First, Schroeder declined when Gibbs asked him if he wanted trickier plays taken out of the offensive package. Then he went to work. He completed his first pass to Art Monk for 44 yards. He later found Monk for 50 more yards. In the fourth quarter, he threw a 14-yard touchdown pass that provided the decisive points in a 23-21 victory. For the game, Schroeder was 13 of 21 for 221 yards.
The next day, everyone wanted to know who Schroeder was. They found out that he had grown up in Southern California and had played two seasons at UCLA before turning to baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He had left after four seasons when the Blue Jays tried to turn him into him a pitcher.
Though the Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs on the last day of the season, Schroeder had rallied the team to victories in five of their last six games to finish 10-6, a striking relief record that then turned into a wonderful starting performance in 1986. He set a franchise record in 1986, passing for 4,109 yards, and led the Redskins to a 12-4 record. His 276 completions in 541 attempts also led the NFC.
The team won its first five games that year, but then came a disturbing 30-6 loss at Dallas. The offense did nothing, the defense wasn't much better and the kicking situation had reached a crisis stage.
In 1985, Moseley had made 22 of 34 field goals. The troubling part for Gibbs was that Moseley was just 8 of 13 between 30 and 39 yards. While coaches want kickers to make the 40-plus-yard field goals, they can't live long with misses from under 40.
The Redskins barely survived in a 14-6 win at New Orleans in which Moseley had missed both field goal attempts, from 29 yards and 45 yards. Against the Cowboys, he missed a 37-yarder and an extra point. He was cut the next day, replaced by Max Zendejas, who in turn would be replaced by Jess Atkinson for the playoffs.
After a loss to Dallas and a win over St. Louis, the Redskins went to East Rutherford. While George Rogers would finish the year with 1,203 yards, that day he gained only 30 yards on 16 carries. As a team, the Redskins mustered just 32 yards rushing, to 202 for Bill Parcells' Giants. The Giants won the game, 27-20, setting an unpleasant pattern for Redskins-Giants meetings that year.
Washington won it's next five games, but the Giants arrived at RFK Stadium on December 7 and beat the Redskins again, 24-14. The Redskins still produced only 73 yards rushing, but the defense limited the Giants to 74.