- The Washington Times - Friday, October 11, 2019

ASHBURN, Va. — Interim Redskins coach Bill Callahan confirmed Friday what was reported earlier in the week: Case Keenum will start Sunday in Miami against the Dolphins. 

But Callahan didn’t commit to the quarterback beyond this game.

“The NFL is kind of a week-to-week thing,” Callahan said with a laugh. “You know, it’s crazy. Things change so rapidly. Every game is different, so you don’t know what’s going to happen. So we’ll just play it by ear and see what happens after this game. And we’ll go from there.” 

Keenum takes over the starting job from Colt McCoy, who started last week against the New England Patriots. The 31-year-old has started four games this season, but was benched in a Week 4 loss to the New York Giants.

Keenum had battled a foot injury over the past few weeks, though his benching was also related to his inability to hold onto the ball. The quarterback threw a combined four interceptions and lost two fumbles in losses to the Bears and Giants. 



McCoy, though, wasn’t much better in his lone opportunity. In his first start of the season coming off a leg injury, he threw for just 119 yards with an interception. Callahan said McCoy is doing fine healthwise.

Rookie Dwayne Haskins will be the backup, meaning McCoy will be inactive Sunday.

Asked why Keenum gives the Redskins the best chance to win, Callahan said, “he has the makeup of a solid starter.”

“He prepares like no quarterback I’ve seen, or comparable to the quarterbacks I’ve seen,” Callahan said. “His demeanor on the field, obviously around the building, he’s the first one in, the last one out type guy. He’s always watching film.”

In four games, Keenum has thrown for 977 yards and completed 68% of his passes. 

Callahan said he’s making Haskins the backup for “obvious reasons,” calling him the future of the franchise. 

“I think it’s always invaluable that a quarterback is ready, prepared,” Callahan said. “It heightens his awareness. We’ve got a package of plays for him going into this game. So this just allows to kind of focus to bring him along and also groom him futuristically.” 

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