The Washington Redskins‘ offense hasn’t resembled the prolific unit from 2012 so far this season. The main reason is because quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris aren’t having the same impact this season as they did last season. The Redskins’ running game has tumbled considerably from last season, from being ranked first in the NFL last season to being ranked 21st entering Week 6.
Ironically, Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garcon has had a different impact on the offense. He was signed to multimillion dollar contract by Washington before the 2012 season to become the Redskins’ main receiver. He only recorded 44 receptions during an injury marred first season in Washington. It was the exploits of Griffin and Morris, not Garcon, that propelled the Redskins to the NFC East title last season.
This season, Garcon leads Washington with 29 receptions for 339 yards and two touchdowns; this is the type of production that the Redskins hoped for when they signed Garcon last season. He was also brought to Washington to become Griffin’s go-to receiver. Now fully healthy, Garcon is filling that role, becoming the Redskins’ most consistent performer thus far.
Garcon is on pace to catch 116 passes from Griffin, if he remains healthy. It’s unlikely that Garcon will catch that many passes, considering that the Redskins put a premium on running the football. However, Morris’ carries have decreased this season, as have Griffin’s carries. That’s because Washington has fallen behind considerably at times this season, forcing them to abandon the run and throw in an effort to get back into games.
Garcon’s statistics indicate that he has benefitted greatly from Washington’s need to play catch up at times. Redskins’ fans would like for Garcon, as well as the offense as a whole, to be the reason for the Redskins’ building of a large lead. Nevertheless, it’s refreshing to see Garcon play an integral role on an offense that hasn’t live up to expectations this season. Redskins’ fans hope that Griffin and Garcon retain their on field rapport in an effort to regain some offensive continuity.