Washington Redskins Need To Keep Offensive Problems In House

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The frustration of an underachieving 2-5 record has hit the Washington Redskins hard. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon let his feelings be known, saying that the Redskins weren’t very good at passing. Garcon’s sentiments were somewhat harsh, and some say that his sentiments were a thinly veiled reference to quarterback Robert Griffin III.

That didn’t sit well with wide receiver Santana Moss, who opined that the team’s offensive issues should be kept in house. There’s nothing wrong with criticizing Griffin. The Redskins were expected to take their offense to the next level, and a big part of that depends on the QB. That isn’t happening, considering Washington’s 45-21 Week 8 loss to the Denver Broncos. The Broncos outscored the Redskins 38-0 in the final 26 minutes of the game.

The Redskins pride themselves on being an efficient, ball-control offense that masterfully mixes the running and passing game. It’s easy to see that the necessary efficiency in the running and passing game is currently not there.

There’s plenty of blame to go around from Griffin, to his wide receivers and to the offensive line. Even Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan isn’t immune to scrutiny. The zone-read offense he implemented last year isn’t fooling anyone in 2013. That forces Griffin to beat teams with his arm, and that isn’t happening enough to satisfy the Redskins faithful.

It also forces the offensive coordinator to come up with a more imaginative game plan. The ending of the Broncos game indicates that isn’t happening, either.

But I digress. Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan needs to get control of his team. He can’t have his players calling out each other through the media.

We can understand Garcon’s frustration considering that he spent his first three years with the Indianapolis Colts playing with current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Garcon was part of a winning environment in Indianapolis, which was predicated by the precision passing of Manning. He signed a big-money free agent contract with Washington last season in an effort to duplicate what he did with the Colts.

However, Garcon needs to be a professional and address his issues directly with his offense, not in the media. The Redskins are already going through enough adversity. This is the time for the team to come together, find out what the problem is and fix it in house. The sooner the Redskins do that, the better things will be in the long run.


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