After the Redskins lost to Atlanta in Week 2, the football world and the quarterback controversy were interrupted by another strike, but this time only briefly. The strike began with the union seeking seven main items, including greater freedom of movement for free agents. The owners, who again would not give in, already had their general managers working on finding replacement players.
"Until a few days before the strike actually happened, we all had a hard time believing it was going to happen and that the replacement games were going to come off," Casserley said. "The day of the Atlanta game, John Cooke asked me how many we'd have on the team. I said, 'Between 30 and 60.' He said, 'Well, don't you know?' I said, 'You can call a guy thinking you have him, and by the time you call back two days later, he's committed somewhere else.' "
Other teams either did not take the replacement search seriously or failed with the mix of veterans who crossed the picket line. Casserly said it was the only time in 20 years that he hated going to work, but the job required him and Beathard to field the best squad they could.