Coach Steve Spurrier left open the possibility of making another starting-quarterback change this week following the Washington Redskins' 19-17 loss to the New York Giants today at Giants Stadium.
Danny Wuerffel could be next in line if a switch is made. The Redskins moved Wuerffel ahead of rookie Patrick Ramsey as their number two quarterback behind starter Shane Matthews today, although he didn't play in the game.
"We'll look at it," said Spurrier, who already has changed his starting quarterback once at the end of the preseason and three times since the season began. "We'll look at anything. We've got to do something to give some excitement to this offense. I'm not sure what it is right now, but we've got to do something."
Matthews already has been benched once this season and said he hopes he remains the starter. But he failed to make his case on the field, completing only 15 of 35 passes for 113 yards.
"I'd like to think that [I'm the starter but] I'm as frustrated as anybody," Matthews said.
Wuerffel had been the Redskins' inactive third quarterback in each game since he hurt his right shoulder one series into his lone start of the season Oct. 6 at Tennessee. Ramsey was on the inactive list today.
Asked whether Wuerffel would get the next chance to start, Spurrier said: "We'll look at it this week. We've got to try to do something to get some life in us. That's what we've got to do right now. We're struggling right now."
Spurrier said when he decided to start Wuerffel in Tennessee that Wuerffel deserved a "full opportunity" to prove himself, and the coach still might feel that way. Wuerffel has lost the starting job twice this year while playing only one regular season series. He was in line to enter the season as the starter before a five-sack, three-fumble first half in the final exhibition game prompted Spurrier to go with Matthews.
Wuerffel relieved Matthews in the second and third games of the regular season, then got the starting nod against the Titans.
If the Redskins fall completely out of playoff contention -- a point Spurrier said today they would reach, in his estimation, with their eighth loss of the season -- some members of the organization would like to see Ramsey back on the field so that the team could get a read on the first-round draft choice's progress before next season.
"Offensively, we have to do something to try to get better," Spurrier said. "We can't look like that every game and have much of a chance. It's disappointing and frustrating. . . . It's a struggle. I thought we'd play better offensively than what we're doing right now. . . . We've regressed a little bit the last couple games. But we're going to carry on."
Davis Is Pass Unhappy
Tailback Stephen Davis said his injured right knee, which kept him out of the Redskins' previous two games, did not bother him today as he returned to the lineup and rushed for 59 yards on 19 carries. But he was bothered by the Redskins' 21 rushing attempts, compared with 35 passes, and seemed particularly frustrated about a fourth-quarter sequence that included three straight passes and a punt to end a drive that began with a 14-yard run by Davis.
"I can't do anything about that," Davis said. "I'm not calling the plays. We just have to go out and execute well, no matter what we do, pass or run.'' . . .
Punter Bryan Barker had a slightly better day, averaging 38.3 yards on his seven punts. But the Giants' Delvin Joyce had a 28-yard punt return to set up a field goal and averaged 12 yards per punt return. The Redskins auditioned several punters last week, including veteran Lee Johnson, as possible replacements for Barker. . . .
Linebacker Jessie Armstead lost in his first game against his former team but said he was pleased with the warm reception that he received from the fans. "Like I told the guys in the locker room, I wanted this game, coming back to this stadium," Armstead said. "It didn't work out for me.''