Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 9, five days before the Washington Redskins go to the Meadowlands to play the New York Giants.
Three and out--All options on the table
1. I’m glad that Jeff Fisher enjoyed sending out the six players the Rams obtained in the Robert Griffin III trade for the coin toss on Sunday. And he was absolutely right when he said, "They have more issues than the coin toss” at his press conference yesterday. His team won the game so he has the right to say what he wants. But the Rams haven’t had a winning season since making the trade and the Redskins have a division title to their credit. A Fisher team not having a winning record is not unusual. In his previous 19 seasons as an NFL coach he has had all of six winning seasons. I would kind of lay low and not say much about other teams’ issues until I actually had accomplished something in my career besides being able to avoid being fired if I was Fisher. But that’s just me.
2. Among the Redskins’ issues is who will play quarterback against the Giants. Jay Gruden did not rule out any of the three on the roster. Right now it seems like Griffin has the best chance with Colt McCoy being the long shot due to his neck injury. He appeared to be moving gingerly in the locker room yesterday. But Gruden did not rule out Kirk Cousins getting a shot. I can see wanting to keep the Giants guessing for a few days but at some point it just starts to look like a giant mess. Well, maybe that’s because it is a giant mess. When you have three quarterbacks you don't have a quarterback.
3. It looks like Roy Helu Jr. will be out for at least a week with what Gruden described as one of “those turf toes injury type things”. (Yes, Jay is somewhat challenged when it comes to details on injuries.) Helu will go for further examination between now and Wednesday. If it is turf toe the Redskins could decide to put him on injured reserve. That could open the door for Chris Thompson to be moved up from the practice squad but only if he has improved his pass blocking to the point where he can keep whoever may be playing quarterback upright if he goes in. In any case, Helu being out this week opens the door for Silas Redd to get some more snaps on offense.
Out: I’m hearing that everything is on the table when it comes to who keeps his job at the end of the season. The chances are that Gruden will survive but it’s far from certain. Griffin’s future with the team is very much up in the air. Even Bruce Allen is not safe if there is an ugly end to the season. The chances are that one or more will be back but an ugly end to the season, three games similar to what we saw on Sunday, maybe combined with FedEx Field being packed with Eagles and Giants fans in Weeks 16 and 17, could mean a major shakeup is on the way in January.
—Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability
—Days until: Redskins @ Giants 5; Eagles @ Redskins 11; 2015 NFL Draft 143
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