Reporting Sky Kerstein
Rex Grossman threw four picks and was pulled for John Beck as the Redskins tried to come back from a 20-0 first half hole to fall just short 20-13 to the Philadelphia Eagles and fall to 3-2 on the season and 1-2 in the NFC East.
Grossman said after the game, “ultimately I’m responsible for the football.” He threw for 143 yards with nine completions before being pulled late in the third quarter when he threw his fourth and final interception. John Beck came in to try and add a “spark” as Mike Shanahan said and he did lead them to the end zone for the one and only time on the day, but ultimately the Redskins defense couldn’t stop the run and the comeback wasn’t meant to be. Beck threw for 117 yards going eight for 15 and ran two yards for the Redskins only touchdown of the game.
Beck said on his performance, “When I came in we had the whole fourth quarter and that was enough time to potentially win the game and that was the number one thing on my mind. We were a couple of scores away from tying this thing up, potentially sending it into overtime and right now I’m thinking about those plays and what I could’ve done that so that way whatever happens next, the next time I get on the field, I want to be fully ready and do the best I can.”
Grossman said afterwards that, “there were a lot of things that were a problem today. First of all, we didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that were given to us as an offense. I didn’t execute.”
The Redskins lost Kory Lichtensteiger ( acl/mcl injury), Trent Williams (high ankle sprain) and Chris Cooley (broken left index finger) all in the first half, which really hampered the running game against the Eagles, who came in 30th in the NFL against the run, and only limiting the Redskins to 42 yards on the ground. Ryan Torain started and had 22 yards on 10 attempts, Roy Helu had six yards on two attempts and John Beck ran for 14 yards on two attempts. Tim Hightower didn’t see any playing time. With Williams and Lichtensteiger out, Sean Locklear filled in at left tackle, Will Montgomery moved to left guard and Erik Cook came in at center.
Fred Davis re-appeared after a few bad weeks and had a big game catching six passes for 95 yards. Donte Stallworth had three catches for 30 yards, Jabar Gaffney had two catches for 55 yards, Santana Moss had two catches for 38 yards and Terrence Austin had one reception for 32 yards.
The Redskins defense gave up 237 yards in the air and 192 yards on the ground, but had two big interceptions, DeAngelo Hall and OJ Atogwe, and had two sacks on the day. They also held the Eagles scoreless the entire second half that helped the Redskins stay in the game. LaRon Landry had 8 tackles on the day, followed by OJ Atogwe and Rocky McIntosh each with six tackles and Josh Wilson with five. OJ Atogwe and Barry Cofield had the sacks for the Skins.
The Redskins held the Eagles to 6 of 16 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth. The Redskins offense didn’t fair as well going 1 of 10 on third down, but 1 for 1 on fourth. The Redskins ended up with 287 total yards, 42 rushing and 245 passing, while the Eagles had 422 total yards, 192 on the ground and 230 through the air.
Graham Gano was 2 for 2 on kicks hitting a 50 and a 26 yard field goal. Sav Rocca also had a solid game punching two inside the 20 and had a long of 53.
Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said he would make a decision Wednesday on who would be starting for the Redskins Sunday as they head to Carolina to play the Panthers and an opportunity to improve on their 3-2 record.
Listen here to what Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan had to say about the quarterback situation, injuries, the loss and much more right here.
Mike Shanahan Press Conference
Also listen to what Rex Grossman, John Beck, LaRon Landry, Chris Cooley, Brian Orakpo, Fred Davis, London Fletcher, OJ Atogwe, Trent Williams, Barry Cofield, Adam Carriker, Donte Stallworth, Jammal Brown, Will Montgomery, Roy Helu & Erik Cook had to say after the loss.
Rex Grossman Postgame Audio
John Beck Postgame Audio
LaRon Landry Postgame Audio
Chris Cooley Postgame Audio
Brian Orakpo Postgame Audio
Fred Davis Postgame Audio
London Fletcher Postgame Audio
OJ Atogwe Postgame Audio
Trent Williams Postgame Audio
Barry Cofield Postgame Audio
Adam Carriker Postgame Audio
Donte Stallworth Postgame Audio
Jammal Brown Postgame Audio
Will Montgomery Postgame Audio
Roy Helu Postgame Audio
Erik Cook Postgame Audio