A day after Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan gave quarterback Rex Grossman a surprise start in the team’s 20-9 loss at Miami, Gaffney said he feels the situation can have a positive effect on a struggling offense.
“Hopefully it brings out the best,” Gaffney said. “It’s a competition-type thing. (Shanahan) just wants the best, and he wants the best out of all of his players.”
Grossman, who lost the starting job after a four-interception performance in an Oct. 16 loss to Philadelphia, finished 21-of-32 for 215 yards and two interceptions on Sunday.
The veteran signal-caller’s second interception came in the fourth quarter, on first and goal from the Miami 10-yard line, with the Redskins looking for a potential go-ahead touchdown. Instead, the Dolphins scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession to put the game out of reach.
The Redskins settled for three field goals in their fifth straight loss, the second time in three weeks the team was held without a touchdown. After Sunday’s loss, Shanahan said that going forward he’d evaluate the position “week-by-week.”
Gaffney, who has 34 catches for 475 yards and two touchdowns this season, said that while he understands Shanahan’s thinking, he’d like the expected starter to get a few more reps during the week -- rather than last week’s 50-50 split.
While the team’s quarterback shuffle remained a main point of conversation in Monday’s locker room media session, many players focused on the team’s need to win its first game in more than a month to relieve some of the pressure.
“It’s very frustrating, especially when you couple it with losing,” wide receiver Anthony Armstrong said. “You get a win and a lot of that stuff kind of gets brushed under the rug. I think a win will cure a lot of this indecision and controversy stuff going on.”