"Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in."
...and now I'm out again.
In what looked to be the worst game of an already disappointing year, the Redskins made another late game push against the Eagles. Seasoned Redskins fans know better than to look ahead but be my guest and cast the first stone if you didn't start thinking about the upcoming 2-point conversion. For a second week in a row the Redskins lost the chance to tie the game late and save their season by stalling in the Red Zone. History will remember this game as a 'rookie mistake' from Robert Griffin III but the comeback will sweep under the rug the utter embarrassment this team was in all three phases for 3 quarters.
The roller coaster ride that has been the Redskins season is all but over after another game oozing of false hope. But if you thought this ride has been bumpy, be prepared because the wheels are starting to fall off. Already we are hearing of players making reference to lack of preparation, to predictable schemes, and to a misuse of talent. There doesn't seem to be any waking up from this nightmare in the near future. Blame rests on more than one party but the body language from our young QB and his deflection of responsibility concerns me. Mistake after mistake (some his fault and others not) his expression portrays an attitude of: "Oh well...what do you want me to do?!" He is not the sole reason for this collapse but I'd love to see him own the burden of responsibility with a little more grace.
I know you don't want to but here's a quick look at the snap count for Week 11.
The Offense had 82 plays
|Number of Snaps||Name|
|82 (100%)||Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Robert Griffin III|
|73 (89%)||Pierre Garcon|
|72 (88%)||Logan Paulsen|
|51 (62%)||Aldrick Robinson|
|44 (54%)||Roy Helu Jr.|
|38 (46%)||Alfred Morris|
|33 (40%)||Jordan Reed|
|31 (38%)||Santana Moss|
|28 (34%)||Niles Paul|
|15 (18%)||Darrel Young, Leonard Hankerson|
|10 (12%)||Nick Williams|
What Stands Out
- This week marks the 5th game which Roy Helu Jr. saw more time on the field than Alfred Morris, and we are 10 games into the season. This is an testament to two things: 1. Alfred Morris is an absolute machine who is making the most of his opportunities; he is averaging 5.1 yards per attempt and is the #3 RB in rushing yards. 2. The 2013 Redskins either play from behind or cannot sustain a lead. Tough times.
- Nick Williams did not have the debut many fans hoped for. As a returner he muffed one punt and then badly played the Eagles' last punt that put the Redskins on their own 4 yard line for the last drive. As a receiver he was thrust into an increased role with Josh Morgan inactive and Hankerson and Reed out with injuries. He was in on 10 snaps and targeted twice. He caught one ball and converted one of the two point conversions the Redskins attempted late, however, he did look lost when he was in on offense.
- Santana Moss is about as up and down as this offense. One minute he'll be dropping crucial passes (highest drop rate among Redskins receivers) and another he'll be converting 3rd & 25 on a game-tying drive. He's not what he used to be but Robert trusts him in big situations (see Minnesota game) and I do too. I still vote to put Tana back on punt return duty.
|Number of Snaps||Name|
|66 (100%)||Perry Riley, David Amerson, DeAngelo Hall|
|62 (94%)||Brandon Meriweather|
|59 (89%)||Josh Wilson|
|58 (88%)||Ryan Kerrigan|
|57 (86%)||London Fletcher|
|53 (80%)||Brian Orakpo|
|52 (79%)||Reed Doughty|
|45 (68%)||Barry Cofield|
|33 (50%)||Jarvis Jenkins|
|23 (35%)||Chris Baker|
|19 (29%)||Kedric Golston|
|17 (26%)||Bacarri Rambo|
|13 (20%)||Rob Jackson|
|12 (18%)||Stephen Bowen|
|8 (12%)||Trenton Robinson, Darryl Tapp|
|5 (8%)||Nick Barnett|
|4 (6%)||EJ Biggers|
- The Redskins tied a season high for the amount of defensive players they utilized in this game at 20 players. Aside from Stephen Bowen and EJ Biggers' injuries, all the other substitutions appeared to be made to keep guys fresh...or Haslett was just searching for answers.
- It is a rare sight to see London Fletcher as only the 7th most utilized defender on this team but that is what it has come to. At 86% of the snaps, Fletcher played in his lowest percentage of snaps this year. Is the transition beginning?