Washington Redskins’ Offense Seeks 2013 Redemption
The Washington Redskins’ offense was one of the most prolific units in the NFL in 2012. The unit was led by a pair of sensational rookies in quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris. Not only did Griffin III and Morris pace their rookie class at their respective positions, but their rookie seasons compared favorably amongst veteran quarterbacks and running backs.
The previous statement is solidified by Griffin III being named 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Morris finished second behind Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson in rushing yards with 1,613. Not bad for an unheralded 2012 sixth round draft pick. Washington earned the franchise’s first NFC East title since 1999 on the strength of their 5th ranked offensive unit, as well as their 27 points per game scoring average.
The Redskins’ offense could have been even more prolific if not for the inability of wide receiver Pierre Garcon and tight end Fred Davis to stay healthy in 2012. Washington acquired Garcon as a free agent from the Indianapolis Colts before the 2012 season. Garcon was added to fill the role as Griffin III’s main receiver, but a right foot injury Week One against the New Orleans Saints limited him to 10 starts in 2012. That wasn’t exactly the output the Redskins expected.
Davis was part of Washington’s 2008 draft class. He was selected to solidify the tight end position and team up with Chris Cooley to form a solid one-two punch. Davis has enjoyed a solid, if not spectacular, career in Washington. However, he suffered a season ending Achilles injury Week Seven against the New York Giants. Davis’ injury prevented him from developing an on-field rapport with Griffin III.
Making matters worse was the way Washington’s season ended. The Redskins would host an NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Washington held a 14-0 lead, which seemed solid until Griffin III aggravated his torn right ACL. That caused his removal from the game. The Redskins wouldn’t score again, losing 24-14 in a bitter end to their first home playoff game in 13 years.
The Redskins expect the offense to be better in 2013. Griffin III is ahead of schedule regarding rehabbing his injury. Davis signed an extension to stay in Washington. And Garcon is working feverishly to establish himself as the Redskins’ primary receiver. If they can stay healthy, and develop an efficient on field rapport, the sky will be the limit for Washington’s high octane offense.