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Jay Gruden says it’s not time to hit the panic button just yet

Redskins Wire logo Redskins Wire 9/16/2019 Zachary Neel
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Through two weeks of the 2019 NFL season, the Washington Redskins have given up 63 points while allowing 910 yards and collecting two losses in games that they led at one point.

According to coach Jay Gruden, it's not yet time to hit the panic button.

While the defense - which was expected to be the team's strongest unit - has been atrocious, the offense has shown some bright spots. Case Keenum has led Washington to score 48 points while throwing for 601 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions. He has been much better than expected and is good enough to win a couple of games if the defense could avoid letting the opposing team score at will.

Injuries have been a big key for the Redskins already, as they entered week 2 as the most banged-up team in the NFL. Several players on the defense were absent for the game, including Jonathan Allen, Quinton Dunbar, and Fabian Moreau. On the offensive side of the ball, both Jordan Reed and Derrius Guice are sidelined as well. When Washington eventually gets closer to full strength, there's a good chance that this team can find a way to win a few games, but while they're playing from behind out of the gates, it's going to be hard to stay competitive.

Gruden says it's not yet time to panic, but Washington fans should at least be locating the button. We'll see what takes shape once some players return from injury, but as of now, there's some cause for concern in D.C.


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