Three takeaways from Redskins loss to 49ers in NFL Week 7
1. Case Keenum needs to throw the ball a bit quicker
Let me start this out by saying that Case Keenum played well considering the elements. Keenum completed 9-of-12 passes on the day for 77 passing yards. Again, given the horrible weather, that was fine.
What wasn’t as good was the number of sacks he took. Despite passing so infrequently, he was sacked three times (two if you don’t include the final play of the game). Part of the problem? Keenum was holding onto the ball for far too long.
On the sacks, Keenum was just trying to look for too much or do too much. Given that he wasn’t passing much, it’s understandable that he wanted to make plays. But the sacks put them behind the chains and in some circumstances, they put the team in tough positions.
Moving forward, it would be nice to see Keenum get the ball out a bit quicker. It seems that the offense has been at its best when Keenum has been able to do that and has targeted his teammates on short to intermediate routes.
We’ll see if Bill Callahan and Kevin O’Connell prepare a gameplan for this and try to get the ball out quicker in the coming weeks. Keenum will get the start on Thursday night as he takes on his former Minnesota Vikings team.