Earlier this week, Jay Gruden made a decision. He’s sticking with Case Keenum, and that’s excellent news for Philadelphia Eagles fans.
The Philadelphia Eagles got some good news this week, courtesy of Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. The Skins’ head man hasn’t seen enough to warrant sitting Case Keenum and handing the franchise to Dwayne Haskins.
The rest of us have, but we don’t get a vote.
Nowadays, it just feels like Case Keenum’s breakthrough season was ten years ago. Now, we all know it wasn’t. It was Keenum’s Minnesota Vikings that had to be disposed of en route to the Eagles punching their ticket to Super Bowl LII. That wasn’t even two seasons ago. Still, it just seems like forever since Keenum has done anything of note.
His eventual successor, Haskins, threw for 5,396 yards and 54 touchdowns in 22 career games at Ohio State, completing 70 percent of his passes in the process. Now, that may not always translate to the pro game, but there are few occurrences where it hurts.
Gruden has also had the opportunity to see a division rival, the New York Giants, turn the page and go with rookie Daniel Jones. It’s long been known that the two best quarterbacks in the NFC East are Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott. The Redskins currently sit at 0-3, and with the energy that’s been infused into a struggling Giants team, the ‘Skins have to be considered as the worst team in the division.
Jones did well in his first start. He tossed two touchdown passes and ran for two more. That led his team to a victory in Week 3 and earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Jones wasn’t ranked higher on anyone’s draft board than Haskins was (except for New York’s).
At this point, the Redskins fans have to be asking when Haskins will make his debut. Nothing tangible states that he could do any worse than Keenum, but for all intents and purposes, it just seems like he has the favor of his head coach.
Then again, neither did Kirk Cousins. At this point, you have to wonder who Gruden does like. Still, with all of that being said, an underperforming Keenum will remain the Redskins starter. That has to make you smile if you’re an Eagles fan.