Redskins turn back to <BR>Matthews at QB

It's official: Shane Matthews once again is the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback over rookie Patrick Ramsey.

Matthews was the starter to open the season. He played fairly well in the first three games, though he did get injured several times. His quarterback rating (84.4) remains tied for fifth in the NFC.

Ramsey got his chance after Matthews had been pulled for the Oct. 6 game at Tennessee. Danny Wuerffel started that day but was injured on the first series, and Ramsey was spectacular in relief. However, since then he has struggled -- including in Sunday's loss at Green Bay, when Ramsey hit just 10 of 24 throws for 135 yards.

"We're going to play Shane Matthews at quarterback now," Spurrier said. "Patrick's had three games, played very well the first game. Since then, it just hasn't worked out. He's just not as prepared as he obviously should be. As coaches, we haven't done a very good job of getting him ready to play. Overall, we believe Shane Matthews gives our team the best chance to win games."

Ramsey has dropped in rating to 14th in the conference (67.4), only fractionally ahead of Detroit rookie Joey Harrington. He missed a number of throws at Green Bay while fumbling five times (losing three) and getting sacked six times. Clearly he was not comfortable, and it appears he might benefit from watching for a little while the pressure is taken off.

"Whatever the situation is, I'm going to learn from it," Ramsey said. "I learned on the sidelines throughout the preseason and throughout the first three games, and if necessary I can do it again."

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