Redskins returning to Case Keenum as starter

KD Drummond

The Washington Redskins are still trying to find themselves in a season that quickly drifted from the proposed plan. Head coach Jay Gruden was fired on Monday morning and Sunday's game will be the first NFL game coached by Bill Callahan since his time in Oakland in 2003. Sunday's game will also mark Case Keenum's fifth start of the season.

After officially missing the Week 5 game to a foot injury, and possibly due to Gruden's last stand of starting Colt McCoy, Keenum will return to the saddle to try and steer the Redskins to their first victory of the season.

They will attempt to do so by helping to push the Miami Dolphins further under water.

The Redskins will face the Miami Dolphins, who are also winless on the year and are coming off a bye week.

After playing for Denver, Minnesota, the Rams franchise and Houston, the eight-year veteran was acquired by the Washington front office in the off-season when it became clear there wasn't a healthy quarterback to be found. Alex Smith, acquired the year prior has been dealing with the fallout from his broken leg and is missing the entire season, and at the time McCoy was dealing with his own broken leg that kept him sidelined until last week. 

Keenum was traded for before the club had a chance to draft Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, and has been in the driver's seat of the competition ever since.

Keenum has thrown seven touchdowns against four interceptions on the season, completing 68.1% of his passes and totaling 970 passing yards. Pro Football Focus grades him as the 26th-ranked of 26 QBs who have taken over 50% of their team's snaps on the season, with a 46.3 grade (on a scale to 100).

His Total QBR sits at 46.2 on a scale to 100 (22nd) and Football Outsiders ranks him 18th in defense-adjusted yards-above-replacement, which measures effectiveness compared to league-average performance in the exact same game situations against the same defenses.

In short, Keenum has been underwhelming at the helm for Washington, but hopes to turn things around against a Miami defense that has not been able to stop any opponent to this point.

The Dolphins are a league-worst 84.8 in defensive expected points added and average giving up a league-worst 40.8 points a game. 

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