So it has been an interesting 24 hours for Redskins Nation:
- One Redskins' Fan put his loyalty on sale for ebay
- I was calling for the team to be blown up for draft picks
- Thousands of people calling for Snyder to step down, Zorn to be Fired, Campbell to be benched
- Comical tweets making there way around the internet
@ Adam_Schefter Best headline about the Lions victory over the Redskins: "Washington Bails out Detroit Again."
@Lizzs_Lockeroom What do the Redskins and possums have in common? Both can play dead at home and get killed on the road
@Lizzs_Lockeroom What do the Redskins and Billy Graham have in common? Both can make 90,000 people stand up and yell 'JESUS CHRIST!!'
Zorn and the Redskins are the laughing stock of the NFL, and a lot of journalists are jumping on Zorn's optimistic outlook after the Lions loss:
"In the big picture things are progressing, we're getting better. We're just going to continue to press on and take care of the details. ... We have to look and see what happens and take care of the details and take care of the things that will help us win."
For those regular to Hogs Haven, I am quite critical of the Redskins, which is easy given our front office mistakes, but when outsiders take shots, I will be the first to defend our once beloved franchise. The Skins are 1-2, and we have a rookie coach learning on the job. In regards to this season, being 1-2 is not the end of the world. Anyone remember Joe Gibbs starting 0-5? (No, I don't think Jim Zorn is Joe Gibbs). However, there are a lot of statistics that highlight the Redskins are succeeding:
|Yards/game - 341.3||13th|
|Passing Yards/play (avg) - 5.8||6th (tied w/ 3)|
|Rushing Yards/play (avg) - 4.0||17th (tied w/ 4)|
|QB Rating - 92.5||9th|
|Passes 20+ yards - 9||11th|
|Runs 20+ yards - 2||11th (tied w/ 7)|
|1st downs - 44||4th|
|QB Completion % - 67.0||5th|
|3rd down % - 51.0||(32nd)|
|Forced Fumbles - 5 (2 kept)||(10th tied w/ 3)|
|Points Allowed Avg (16.3)||6th|
The stats show that the Redskins ARE effective. They're throwing the ball efficiently and are getting first downs. Obviously, this is a team looking to find its' identity, mainly because the Redskins don't have a designated "go-to" guy. Portis was that guy, but it's obvious he's not anymore. So, if the passing game is so solid, why run it at all? Let the passing game setup the running game. It doesn't have to be the other way around. Skins rank 26th in both rushing attempts (68) and time of possession (27:19). Obviously, Blache needs to get our defense off the field quicker, which is evident in the statistic that the Redskins D ranks LAST in 3rd down conversions.
Portis wants the ball, and Zorn has to have learned now that #26 is not his best option. Like I said after each of the Giants, Rams, and now Lions game, more lessons learned ,and now the offense should be able to get some red zone success this week.