I was going to do a "missed opportunities" film breakdown but I realized I'd get roasted if I ignored the six sacks taken by Colt McCoy after highlighting the ones Robert Griffin III took. Let's take a look at what went wrong and who is to blame.
1. This one is a play-action with a two man route. DeSean Jackson is running the climb route while Pierre Garcon is running the double move on the outside.
Alfred Morris takes a terrible angle in pass protection as you can see him diving above at the pass rusher. Colt would have had to throw it now to even have a chance and the CB still has 5 yards of cushion.
Garcon DOES get 1/2 a step on the CB and the single high safety stays in the middle of the field so McCoy could have let it go but Morris is going to get the blame on this one.
2. Jay Gruden goes all in here. Slot Go's and outside out and ups. Colts are in a Cover 1.
Garcon gets a step on his CB and is going to run towards the pylon. McCoy sees it but hesitates. Windows are small in the NFL, you can't do that.
McCoy double clutches and then goes to throw it but the single high safety scares McCoy into bringing the ball back down. He should have trusted his eyes.
Instead, he is taken down for sack #2.
#3. It's third and long here so Colts are playing far off Cover 3. McCoy wants Andre Roberts on the dig route from the slot.
The LB, who typically has the flat in a Cover 3, carries Roberts up the seam. Meanwhile, Jordan Reed is coming open on the route to the flat and it looks like he could have ran for a first down.
McCoy's eyes bring defenders to squeeze on Andre Roberts. Trent Williams gets beat but Colt McCoy stayed on his first read too long.
#4. Colt McCoy wants the out route by Andre Roberts at the bottom of the screen.
Andre Roberts doesn't create a lot of separation on the route and Tom Compton has been put on ice skates.
As Colt tries to look back at one of his dump off choices, he is swallowed up in the pocket. I put this one on Tom Compton.
#5. Here is the dreaded 4th down play. Gruden originally had a power run called on this down but the Colts took a timeout. When they came back out, they had loaded up the line of scrimmage so Gruden decided to go play action. Many people complained about the play-action play call. I have no problem with it. As we showed later on the goal line, we have a hard time running on short yardage situations. Unfortunately, this one wasn't blocked correctly.
Logan Paulsen blocks Trent Williams' guy and Williams is left standing there while the outside guy runs free to McCoy. If there is one guy who I don't want NOT blocking, it's Trent Williams. McCoy was going to take the one on one shot with Jackson at the top of the screen but didn't have time to get if off. Sack #5 results in a fumble and touchdown for the Colts.
#6. The Colts bring a CB blitz from the short side of the field and the Redskins are running a Wolf Smash concept (out route and corner route) towards it.
McCoy is reading that side of the field and when he sees the DB crash on the out route, he should throw the corner route now. Especially, considering he has a free DB blitzing towards his face.
McCoy panics and tries to run from Greg Toler while looking to the other side of the field. He could dump if off here but Toler gets to him too quick and causes another fumble. This time we recover but this one is on McCoy.
There is plenty of blame to go around. It's not just the quarterback, it's not just the offensive line and it's not just the skill players. No two facets of the offense have worked like a well-oiled machine, let alone all three. But while there were slow times and plays left on the field, the offense wasn't as stagnant this week. Something to hang our hats on?