The Redskins have undergone a lot of roster churn since Mike Shanahan was relieved of his duties as head coach and de facto general manager in December of 2013. Of the 53 players on the roster on Sunday, 33 came to the team since the departure of Shanahan. That’s a remarkable 62 percent turnover in two years.
But when you looked on the field during the team’s win over the Eagles yesterday, you saw a lot of familiar faces. Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round pick of Shanahan’s in 2012, was handing the ball off to Alfred Morris, a sixth-round pick the same year, and throwing to Pierre Garçon, a 2012 free agent pickup. Chris Thompson, a fifth-round pick in 2013, had a big run and a big pass reception on the Redskins’ opening drive
On the other side of the ball, Chris Baker, a Shanahan street free agent find, had two sacks in the early going to set the tone. Ryan Kerrigan, Shanahan’s first-round pick in 2011, got pressure on Sam Bradford early and finally got a sack in the late going. Keenan Robinson, a fourth-round pick by Shanahan, recovered a fumble and Will Compton, signed by Shanahan as an undrafted free agent in 2013, led the team with seven tackles.
Certainly, many of the 62 percent of the players who have joined the team in the last two years contributed to the win. But just watching the highlights and seeing so much of the 20 holdovers you could be excused if you thought is was déjà vu all over again, vintage 2013.
This doesn’t mean that the Redskins should have kept Shanahan around. But he did find some good players and Jay Gruden and Scot McCloughan have done a good job of sorting through who the keepers are and getting good production out of them.