Washington Redskins' First-Team Offense Could Be Intentionally Stalling

By Jason Bailey
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In a Week 3 preseason exhibition game, the Washington Redskins‘ first-team offense scored just one field goal, consistently facing setbacks which stalled drives. Robert Griffin III went five-of-eight for 20 yards, was sacked three times and fumbled a snap. Other than that, he had a pretty good outing.

Washington’s second-team, on the other hand, was effortlessly spearheaded by Kirk Cousins for four second-half drives. Two of them ended with Cousins uncorking touchdown passes to veteran wideout Santana Moss and sophomore Nick Williams. Does anyone else see a glaring problem with the numbers? It’s safe to say that the Redskins’ first-team offense has left plenty of doubts during the preseason, while the second and third teams are making the strongest impressions.

It would also seem that Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay engaged in some false advertising, as he raved about Griffin’s status and development, saying that there was no question the third-year signal caller looked decisive, sharp and explosive.

That evaluation doesn’t hold water. Or does it? QB guru Terry Shea invested extensive hours working with Griffin during the offseason and expressed the same enthusiasm as McVay, so either he and the OC are both wrong, or Griffin is poised to explode in 2014.

Does that perhaps seem a bit unlikely? Allow me to remind you that former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan wisely withheld the team’s offensive playbook during Griffin’s freshman year until the season opener against the New Orleans Saints; when it was finally unveiled, however, it blew the NFL away and mystified even the league’s most dominant defenses.

Is it time to hit the panic button on Washington’s offense? Hardly. The Redskins’ unsettled fanbase would be wise to buckle up, because Jay Gruden is about to throw the offense into sixth gear.

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