Another game, another multi-sack performance and another week of finger pointing amongst media and fans. It's become almost routine but until the finger pointing is done, I feel like the duty is mine to review these sacks and find out who actually deserves fault for these plays. Let's take a look at the results this week:
1. On the first play, Giants are showing a single high safety but drop into a Cover 2 zone.
Griffin wants Jordan Reed (the bottom circle) but the defender who is close to him scares Griffin off of that read. Meanwhile, Andre Roberts is coming free in the middle of the field. In a Cover 2 zone, the MLB drops to cover straight deep in case of any seam routes.
When Griffin moves off J.Reed, he tries to run but Cullen Jenkins blocks his way. Andre Roberts is right in front of him but unfortunately, by the time he cocks back his arm to throw it to him, Jenkins already has a hold of him and brings him down for the sack. Griffin took off too early and had plenty of time to throw on this one.
2. This one occurs in the red zone. Griffin is going to scan the Trips Bunch side of the field.
This should be a learning point for Griffin. He goes to throw the ball to the shallow route but turns into a pump when he doesn't like the look. What he doesn't realize is the pump made three defenders commit to the shallow route including the guy responsible for deep. Roberts is about to go free to the back of the end zone.
Immediately after the pump fake, Griffin looks to the slant on the opposite side of the field which is covered meanwhile Roberts is in the clear to the back corner of the end zone.
Griffin then tries to run left but the Giants swarm him and he can't escape. A pass to Roberts would have been a touchdown. This one is also on Griffin.
3. Redskins run a "Slay" concept at the top of the screen (slant/flat). The Giants have a single high safety so that should alert Griffin to Cover 3 or Cover 1.
Griffin looks to the "Slay" side. He wants Jordan Reed on the slant but he sees the LB who is about to run into the passing lane. What Griffin doesn't realize is that LB is not dropping into a zone underneath Reed but he's chasing Alfred Morris out of the backfield on the flat route which opens up a huge window for Griffin to throw into.
Griffin ends up looking away just as Reed runs into the open window.
Griffin really didn't have time to get to a second read because of the pass rush. If Jordan Reed would have been covered, this would be on the OL but Rg3's first read was open so this one is on him.
4. Giants are showing two high safeties. Griffin wants Jordan Reed on the double move up the seam.
The MLB was playing deep so he doesn't bite on the double move and the safety comes over the top. Griffin gets sacked as he looks to his second read. This one is on the OL.
Literally, the OL. Trent gets beat on the outside by Jason Pierre-Paul, Shawn Lauvao gets manhandled and thrown to the ground, and Kory Lichtensteiger doesn't pick up a stunt.
5. Once again, Jay Gruden has a Smash Variation called against a Cover 2 zone. Needless to say, thats exactly when you want to have that call. Now Giants are showing a single high safety but are bailing into the Cover 2 before the snap.
The short in-route does exactly what it is suppose to do: makes the CB crash on it (LB crashes on it too) opening up the sideline for the corner route. Reed is making his break now and the ball should come out. It doesn't.
Griffin is looking at the in route. By the time he realizes the corner route is open, he gets taken down for the sack. This one is on Griffin.
6. Griffin has three deep routes on the right side of the field with a drag from the left and a RB release. The drag route gives Griffin a short read and puts everyone on one side of the field. I don't blame Griffin for wanting to make a play down the field late in the game, but Giants clearly showing Cover 4. Hard to get the ball to one of those deep routes. He wants the deep comeback from the slot.
The drag route and RB release are open immediately but like I said, Griffin is waiting on the deep comeback. Also note that Jason Pierre-Paul beats Tom Compton easily right off the snap.
Before Griffin can throw the deep comeback or notice the open drag, he is taken down by Pierre-Paul. This one is on Tom Compton.
7. Here is the last one. Giants are in Cover 4 again as it's late in the game.
Tom Compton again gets beat pretty easily but the RB release route is open. Griffin tucks the ball and runs left.
As Griffin is running, a Giants defender is able to hit his foot and send him crashing to the ground.
I really wasn't planning on doing another sack breakdown but to see Twitter and Facebook explode and shift ALL the blame back to the offensive line had me wondering what exactly everyone was watching. The offensive line does not get a pass in the mess but to blame any one position group is completely ignoring the entire picture. I received an e-mail that said, "Redskins have given up at least 5 sacks in 6 straight games. The only constant is the offensive line!" That's inaccurate. Regardless of the name on the back of the jersey, inconsistent quarterback play has also been constant.