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Offensive gameplan

The pun is intended, as the game plans on the offensive side of the ball have certainly been offensive to Redskins fans. I don't believe that the stats tell the entire story, but I was looking at some stats and realized that they were perfectly in line with what my eyeballs were telling me.

Did you know that the Redskins, once again, lead the NFL in yards per rushing attempt? I didn't. The narrative the media has sold us is that the running game, thanks to the read option not being much of an option, was not effective. Instead, the Redskins lead the league in yards per attempt, but are 16th in rushing attempts. Despite being 16th in attempts, the Redskins are 6th in rushing yards and 4th in rushing touchdowns (these stats courtesy pro-football-reference.com).

QBR is a stat I don't really like that much, but it attempts to measure a quarterback's situational play, as well as the raw stats. RGIII's QBR of 37.6 is good for 28th in the league, just behind Mike Glennon's 37.7. He is also behind several quarterbacks that have been failures this year, such as Matt Schaub, Eli Manning, and Michael Vick. He did post one great game (91.8 against the Bears) but Sunday's debacle against Denver was 7.5, easily the lowest of his career. (His two lowest-QBR games have taken place this year, against Philthy and in Denver.)

Looking at these stats, it's relatively simple to see what the focus of the offense should be. Especially considering that there are two good running backs, as well as RGIII, to run the ball, and that RGIII has repeatedly showed bad form/made bad decisions when passing. But instead of running the ball, the coaching staff abandons the running game long before the game is out of reach, and sometimes (last week) when leading. That is simply inexcusable.

I'm not in favor of benching RGIII (Cousins' decision making was equally bad) or bashing the deal. Simply put, we have what we have to work with. It's no coincidence that RGIII's best game by QBR was also the best game in terms of running the ball. The implication is clear: the Redskins must focus on running the ball if they are to be successful, and if they want RGIII to be successful. Another fiasco like Sunday could not only end the Redskins' playoff hopes (which it is shocking that they still have, anyway) but could end RGIII's season, or worse, his career.

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