Washington Redskins Meltdown: Major Changes Possible After Season


WASHINGTON (The Fan D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins are mathematically still alive in the NFC playoff race, but after four straight losses and with the team down to its fourth quarterback, many fans have given up on this season with three games to go.

And going into next season, there needs to be some new blood in the front office and on the coaching staff, ESPN reporter John Keim said Monday on "The Junkies."

"They have to take a hard, hard look at every aspect of this organization, and why are people staying away in droves," Keim said. "You have to look at everything. And you can't just write it off because of the injuries, I think that would be a mistake.

"What changes will be made? I don't know, but whether it's (team president) Bruce Allen, (head coach) Jay Gruden, (defensive coordinator) Greg Manusky, all of them, one of them, you can't come back with the same group and expect fans to buy into that."

Washington owner Dan Snyder has plenty of tough decision to make this offseason, but one problem which Keim points out is Snyder's "inner circle" includes Allen and Gruden, whose jobs need to be evaluated.

"Inside the organization, ... it's Bruce, and it's Bruce and Jay," he said. "I don't know that there's anybody else there."

Thus, if significant change is to occur, other members of the ownership group may need to step in, says Keim.

"That group does have an influence over what's going on, or at least can get to (Snyder) and say some stuff," Keim said. "I don't know ... what they think about anybody here, but I do think that he has that group, and that's a group that has been influential and heard in the past."

Josh Johnson will start at quarterback for the Redskins in Week 15, their fourth different starter of the season following Alex Smith (broken leg; post-surgery "complications"), Colt McCoy (broken leg), and Mark Sanchez (benched at halftime of Sunday's loss to the New York Giants with the Redskins trailing 40-0).

Johnson hadn't thrown a regular season pass in the NFL since 2011. 

Johnson ended the day with 240 yards of offense: 195 through the air and 45 on the ground. He also passed for a touchdown and rushed for another, accounting for the team's only points of the day.