Moss: Redskins 'have a chance' with Case Keenum

Chris Lingebach
October 22, 2019 - 9:23 pm
Moss: Redskins 'have a chance' with Case Keenum

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Santana Moss doesn't think the timing's right for the 1-6 Redskins to make the switch to rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Coming off a 9-0 loss to the 49ers in a slopfest at FedEx Field, interim coach Bill Callahan expressed in the media that Haskins is "still learning," and that he maintains "total faith" in Case Keenum. On a field so muddy it made throwing the football nearly impossible, Keenum completed nine of 12 passes for just 77 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, but a 91.3 passer rating, still.

Moss appears on 106.7 The Fan each week – presented by Paul Henry's Windows – and was asked by Chad Dukes on Monday if the Redskins should have gone to Haskins at some point against the 49ers.

"No. No. No," Moss repeated for effect. "I mean, I hear all these people man, especially on social media when so many folks have their little quotes and they want to say, 'Well, I'm representing the Redskins and this should happen.' No, you don't have the blue check in saying that you're officially a part of the Redskins organization, and so you shouldn't be talking about what should happen with the Redskins."

"Let them do what they do," he said. "I feel like right now, even me, I can't tell them what to do and none of us have that seat to say whether this should happen or that."

Moss believes the Redskins still have a chance with Keenum, which should be the deciding factor at the quarterback position.

"But, they have a chance with Case, man. Honestly," he said. "And that's me speaking here. They have a chance with this guy. If you continue to run the ball. In a better game when it comes to conditions, he would have his opportunities to throw to wide-open guys. There's some guys is gonna be getting more attempts now because you have a guy like Terry (McLaurin) on the outside.

"He's created now attention more than he did when he first came in, so you're gonna have teams pretty much covering him and leaving guys open now. So if they continue to just build on what they're doing with Callahan, man, we should find these guys in a better state offensively. You can't just say because of the game (Sunday), they didn't score any points, now it's time for the rookie. I do believe that he is the future."

Redskins running back Chris Thompson told 106.7 The Fan this week he doesn't want to see Haskins thrown into a "bad situation."

"I think it would help him to be able to sit back and just continue to learn all year, and then when it's his opportunity next year, because he's the future quarterback here, you give it to him and you let him go," he said.

"He has so much potential that, yeah, I want to see him now, too," Moss conceded. "But I don't think it's the right time to put him out there knowing that we're not where we want to be as a whole with this team, especially on the offensive side. I don't want to just put him out there and say okay, regardless if it's practice or not, he has enough reps or not, and you have a game plan or not. I don't want to waste his season. I don't want him to waste that."

"And people might say, hey, I'm wrong for saying this, but we all have our opinions," he continued. "I just feel like he can get a lot of maturity when it comes to just what he's taking in each week by practicing. And when the right guy gets there, whoever's gonna be the head guy, and they build this team around him, then I want to see him. But right now man, not because we want to just throw the kid out there.

"I don't believe that he's gonna make a big difference right now, but I do believe that he is a difference maker and, for our future, it's pretty bright with him at the quarterback position."

It's worth noting that just three weeks ago – albeit under wildly different circumstances, when Jay Gruden was still the head coach and the Redskins were just 0-4 – Moss was championing Haskins to start against the New England Patriots. That was coming off the Giants game, in which Haskins took over for Keenum in the second quarter, going 9-for-17 with 107 passing yards, three interceptions and two sacks.

Moss also suggested, at the time, playing Haskins under the guise of him giving the Redskins the best chance to win. At 1-6, Keenum apparently gives them the best chance to win.

You can hear Moss starting at the 40-second mark below.