WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins rolled through the Patriots handily in their first preseason game, sending them back to New England with a 23-6 loss in-hand after a relatively meaningless 60 minutes of football.
On Friday, Grant Paulsen caught up with Tom Curran of CSN New England to get some outside perspective on how the Redskins performed.
One question in particular yielded an intriguing response, with regard to the Redskins quarterbacks.
Asked for that outside perspective, Curran offered, “I think that they are stocked at running back. And believe me, I think that that quarterback position, if you ask me, it’s a hell of a lot more competitive one, two and three than I think most people around the league would say.”
“Colt McCoy to Robert Griffin is not a massive, massive drop-off,” Curran said. “He’s a capable player. I watched him beat the Patriots in 2010 when he was in Cleveland. Kirk Cousins is a good player, smart player. You see what we see here in New England, or you saw what we see in terms of Ryan Mallett is a backup. You have two very capable backups, you have four very running backs. They did extremely well in the running game last night, somewhat because of the offensive line, somewhat because of poor tackling, and somewhat because of the excellent open-field ability of those running backs. So I think offensively, it’s gonna be interesting.”
Curran furthered his response with a pat on Jay Gruden’s back, which also felt a lot like a pat on the back of former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.
“Jay Gruden: People used to b***h about him in Cincinnati, in that he handed the ball off too much,” he said. “But I think he didn’t really have the backs to do it – Gio Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis – I think that this could be a very run-heavy team that uses the boot, which we saw last night, and have a lot of success.
“It’ll be interesting though, because that was kind of the operation that Mike Shanahan always used, you know, get that play-action, the boot throwing the other way. But it could really still be successful.”