The Redskins averaged 24th in the Power Rankings last week. Apparently a bye week made people forget a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings, and raised their ranking by 1 spot. Then they had to ruin it by playing a game. The Redskins were 7-8 point favorites against the 1-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coming off their bye week, and playing at home. The odds were so good I actually went to the game, but the only thing that made the 3+ hour trip worthwhile was Ken Meringolo's scrapple, egg and cheese English muffin sandwiches at 10:30AM at the tailgate. The Redskins lost 27-7 and dropped back down near the bottom of the league. We are deep into November Redskins football and it's not pretty.
Washington lost 27-7 to Tampa Bay as a 7-point home favorite and suffers our panel's biggest drop of the week at 1.5 points. The Redskins are 3-7 SU and ATS.
Jay Gruden's very specific criticism of Robert Griffin III on Monday seemed like him saying, "Nothing else is getting through, let me try this approach."
Washington takes the biggest fall of the week after a home loss to Tampa Bay. Now the Redskins head to San Francisco and Indianapolis for consecutive road games.
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QB calls out teammates, then denies it as coach calls out QB? They don't win, but they remain entertaining.
Where do we even begin? After a bye week, they come out and lay an egg at home, looking pathetic in every phase of the game. But to top it off, Griffin seems to be regressing badly and adds to it by creating drama with postgame press conference comments that lead to media scrutiny. It may get way uglier in DC before it gets better.
Coach Jay Gruden did not pull any punches critiquing his quarterback, Robert Griffin III, after the game.
"His footwork was below average. He took three-step drops when he should have taken five. He took a one-step drop when he should have taken three, on a couple occasions, and that can't happen. He stepped up when he didn't have to step up and stepped into pressure. He read the wrong side of the field a couple times."
Evidently, Josh McCown is the second coming of Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen and Doug Williams in the Super Bowl ... at least, the mighty-friendly Redskins secondary made him look that way. Meanwhile, Robert Griffin III continues to be just good enough to get Washington beat. Not losing faith, though.
Robert Griffin III has at least five sacks in five of his past seven games. His QBR, sack percentage, touchdown percentage and interception percentage have regressed since his rookie year.
It's not so much that the Redskins went back to Robert Griffin III at QB. That had to be done at some point, with that big-money offseason decision looming about whether to exercise the fifth-year option in his rookie contract. It's that they did it with Colt McCoy having just orchestrated such an uplifting Monday night victory in Dallas, and with one game left before a bye week. The situation simply called out for McCoy to be given one more start before the switch was seriously contemplated. Griffin isn't the only problem. Far from it. But the Redskins have gone 0-2 since his return and another season is broken into so many tiny pieces.
RG3 is a work in progress ... maybe. Griffin has missed a lot of practice during his career and needs work. Washington is 4-14 in his past 18 starts, he's thrown only two TD passes in 100 throws and is being sacked once every 7.5 pass plays.
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This thing is a mess. What do they do about Robert Griffin III?
Robert Griffin is the starter for now, but leaders don't usually deflect blame on their teammates as he did in his postgame press conference. Griffin's play in a loss to the Bucs was erratic, and he was way off on his deep shots.
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The Redskins have a knack for following up an atrocious on-field performance with exponentially more destructive finger pointing. Anyone who believes Sunday's loss to Tampa was rock bottom hasn't been following this team for long enough. Next up: San Francisco 49ers.
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