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Starter Ryan Torain and Roy Helu combined for only 61 yards on 17 carries.

“The first thing you’ve got to do is look at your running game,” Shanahan said. “We’re going to have to improve in that area to be the type of offense we want to be.”

Grossman forged some semblance of a rhythm; more, at least, than Beck did. Rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson (106 yards, eight catches) became the first Redskins receiver to eclipse the 100-yard mark in a game this season.

His 22-yard catch down the middle on third-and-10 gave Washington first-and-goal from the Miami 10, trailing 13-9 early in the fourth quarter.

But Grossman failed when it mattered most. The Redskins on first down came out with three receivers to the left. Hankerson ran out, and Jabar Gaffney ran in.

“The linebacker came down on Jabar and I tried to put it to Hankerson behind him,” Grossman said. “He stepped back and made a great play on it. I’ve got to be more careful with the ball, especially on first down in the red zone at a crucial point the game.”

The Dolphins turned Karlos Dansby’s interception into a 10-play, 81-yard touchdown drive that sealed Washington’s defeat.

It left the Redskins at a loss. Beck wasn’t a solution, and neither was Grossman. Now what?

“Anything right now,” right tackle Sean Locklear said. “We’re trying to find anything that might spark us.”