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Thoughts: The Redskins’ Sorrows

1 December 2013 No Comment

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By: Mohammed Jamal
Thoughts Editor

It does not take an ESPN analyst to notice the inherent problems associated with the Washington Redskins. There is no team chemistry, especially between Robert Griffin III and Santana Moss. This is evident in the Philadelphia post-game comments uttered by Griffin and Moss. Ever since the start of the season, Griffin has not been able to connect with his receivers. He has either overthrown or under-thrown many of his passes. He has already thrown 10 interceptions, yet we are not even two-thirds into the season. It seems as if he has not been the same quarterback ever since he got injured last year. You can see him often scrambling in and out of the pocket trying to avoid getting sacked. However, it is not entirely Griffin’s fault.

Most of the blame for Washington’s poor performance should be directed at the head coach, Mike Shanahan. Some of the decisions he has made have contributed directly to some of the team’s losses, which in turn is a great disservice to Redskins fans.

As the head coach, Shanahan has not done enough on his part to improve Washington’s winning tactics. The team’s defense not the offense is one of the main reasons why they are struggling to win games. They are allowing 31.1 points per game. That is a high amount to surrender especially when every point matters. Shanahan needs to address this issue with his defensive staff.

Another concern is the Redskins’ specials teams. They need to be replaced since their shock and awe factors have become nonexistent. The majority of National Football League teams have figured out the Redskins’ formation and are able to outsmart them.

A move that Shanahan should consider is benching Griffin. It could be temporary until Griffin is confident in his ability to pass to his receivers.

With their current style of play, it is possible but very unlikely that they will be able to have a better record than their rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, or any other team in the National Football Conference East. Take my words lightly because I do have a little bias since I am from Dallas. With a 3-7 record and fourth in their division, Washington needs to implement drastic change in their strategy to recover the season and keep their fans pleased.

By: NOVA Fortnightly Staff

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