The decision to replace Durant Brooks after his sub-par outing in yesterday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams didn’t take long this morning. Front office boss Vinny Cerrato said on his radio show earlier this hour that the Redskins will work out a few punters on Tuesday and the team will have a new punter in time for Sunday’s game against Cleveland.
The assumption is that Brooks, a sixth round draft choice last spring, will be cut although he could be added to the practice squad if he clears waivers (update: he has not been cut yet). Brooks is last in the NFL with a 32.1-yard average. He won the job by beating out Derrick Frost in training camp. Frost isn’t faring much better in Green Bay — he’s 26th in net average (37.7 yards).
That the Redskins are opting to give up on Brooks shows just how concerned they are with their punting game and how bad they thought he was this season. Teams never want to cut draft picks (especially rookies and especially positions like punter). It’s an act of defeat when a move like this has to be made.