Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wrap-up: Chiefs 14, Redskins 6
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
I guess we shouldn't be shocked to see the Redskins lose to a once-winless team at this point in the season. It's one of the few things we can count on with this team. Coach Jim Zorn benched starting quarterback Jason Campbell at halftime, but the move didn't really inspire the team or his play calling.
This is an awful team right now, and it's not like a coaching change is going to change the Redskins' fortunes. Still, I'm not sure how owner Dan Snyder could stick with Zorn at this point. Snyder and his right-hand man, Vinny Cerrato, haven't given Zorn a public endorsement, in part, because they wanted to see how things played out. Well, losing at home to the Chiefs rivals ending the Lions' losing streak earlier in the season.
There's absolutely no reason to think the Redskins could turn their season around now -- especially with a game against the Eagles coming up next Monday. I think Snyder wanted to wait until after the Eagles game to make a change so that the interim coach would have the bye week to work with. He won't have that luxury now.
On Sunday, the Redskins' patchwork offensive line couldn't get any push against the Chiefs. And when the Skins had to settle for short field goals in the first half, you had the feeling something like this would happen. Backup quarterback Todd Collins provided a brief spark, but he couldn't get anything accomplished when the game was on the line.
The defense kept the Skins in the game, but the offense couldn't generate anything in the second half. Clinton Portis had 109 yards rushing on 15 carries, but he had to limp off the field. He broke away on a 78-yard romp, but the Skins still couldn't capitalize with a touchdown.
If a change is made in the next day or so, I wouldn't be surprised to see Jerry Gray named as interim head coach. The wild-card pick would be special-teams coach Danny Smith -- just because everyone in the organization loves him.
If Gray becomes the interim coach, Sherman Lewis would probably take over as the play-caller. Just another awful day all the way around for Redskins fans.