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Case Keenum likens learning the Redskins offense to ‘learning new languages’

Redskins Wire logo Redskins Wire 6 days ago Zachary Neel
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When you've spent the bulk of your career bouncing around the NFL, learning a new offense becomes second nature.

Sure, each system has a load of new schemes and verbiage that sets it apart from the other 31 in the league, but largely the landscape of the NFL never strays far from the center.

For Case Keenum, his eighth season in the league is being spent trying to learn his fifth offense. At this point, he knows the challenges ahead-he knows the tricks to pick up on things quickly.

"I view new offenses like learning new languages," Keenum said, via "Certain offenses are like English to Chinese. Certain offenses are like Portuguese to Spanish. I would say I've been in Spanish before and this is more Portuguese."

Whatever works for you…

Keenum is engaged in a quarterback competition with rookie Dwayne Haskins, and it's safe to say that by physical talent alone, Haskins probably has him out-gunned. But Keenum has one huge factor in his favor-years of experience in the NFL.

"There's some carry-over, but some little tweak of the same word might mean something different in a different language," said Keenum. "Part of it is trying to forget some of the old stuff and replace it with new stuff."

The words that he says when barking out plays in the huddle may be different, but they will largely mean the same things they've meant in the past. Keenum knows how to play the game, now he just needs to learn a new way to talk about it.


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