Tuesday, November 11, 2014

State Of The Redskins (Offense)

It's amazing to me how some analyst and fans are doubting the offensive effectiveness of Jay Gruden. In nine games he's had three different quarterbacks, an inconsistent line and players getting used to a new offense. I say at least give him a whole season before the questions start about Jay Gruden's coaching ability and job security.
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   Hail Redskins Nation!!!!! The bye week is upon us and once again we sit 3-6 after nine games. This season so far has been a crazy rollercoaster ride like no other. I wrote about The State Of The Defense before the season ending injury to Brian Orakpo. Now it's time to talk about the offense that now has it's starting quarterback back under center. After the bad loss to the Vikings there was some criticism of Robert Griffin III. I feel was kind of crazy being that it was his first game back after six weeks rehabbing his dislocated ankle. RGIII did some good and some bad but to put the loss on him
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squarely is unfair and unjustified. I've stated before this is a team game and the team lost not one player. The team is bigger then one individual. This team is still trying to identify itself and what type of team they are going to be. Most would think by week nine that should already been decided and established. With injuries, inconsistent play and the coach still trying to find the best players to be on the field for this struggling team it hasn't. At the beginning of the season we all knew that the addition of DeSean Jackson would help this offense become more dangerous and explosive. But he alone would not  be able to mask the other short comings of this offense. The inconsistency of the offensive line has been the biggest hurdles to overcome and looks like Coach Gruden is starting to figure out who are the right players that can help this team win.

Now that Tom Compton has taken over for Tyler Polumbus at right tackle, it seems to me that either guard position should be the next position to see if it's time for a backup to get a shot at improving an inconsistent line.
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    The offensive line has been inconsistent all season but with the new addition of third year Tom Compton to the starting lineup maybe just what the line needed. Some talent, youth and the possibility of one of our young lineman finally developing are all good signs for a team trying to improve. Now I think Shawn Lavauo and Chris Chester should be feeling some heat during the bye week. It maybe time for Josh LeRibeus to get a start to see if he is the answer to help sure up the interior of the line. The interior is where most teams have been most of the constant pressure. The converted center Kory Lichtensteiger has been a pleasant surprise. He has given quality
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snaps to all three QB's, made mostly the correct line calls and hasn't missed a snap all season. I personally didn't think he would be this effective but the word was he was a better center then guard. The leader of that line Trent Williams has been fighting through some nagging injuries but has not missed a game due to any of them. I believe that is the biggest reason for his sometimes inconsistent play. Trent will still be a pro bowler for the third consecutive year. With this team looking for a spark after the bye week I see it's no better time then now to see if some of our young interior lineman are ready to step up and show they're worthy of those draft picks. Haven't really heard too much about rookie Spencer Long besides he's raw but steadily improving. If either one of the young guards can get some experience this season it can help this team on the field and on the bottom line. Both Chester and Lavauo have cap numbers of four million each in 2015. That's too expensive to be backups and haven't played well enough to be starters in 2015. Through these last seven games I believe they will find out what they truly have on the line and know who will be returning next season. With RGIII back under center it may help fix some of the issues with the line. If Griffin can develop better pocket presence and a better balance of when to hold the ball and when to get rid of it. By doing those things he can help make this line, offense and team better gong forward.



The two biggest acquisitions of the off season DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts were bout here to help this team, offense, and young quarterback improve. The results have been mixed so far but with the stretch run will truly show what this team can and will be going forward.
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   After the 2013 season in which Pierre Garcon led the league in receptions, this offense desperately needed some additional weapons to help balance the attack. By signing Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson and solid slot receiver Andre Roberts they now have bolstered a position of prior weakness. Although Pierre's numbers and targets are down and the word is he's getting frustrated, but as a unit they are one of the leagues best. I don't think it's a bad thing if it's true because he's a competitor and we are 3-6. Now if the team was winning and he had an issue then that would be more concerning. As the
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saying goes "Winning cures all" and if they can string some wins together all that noise will go away. Plus with all the additional talent around him now you would have to expect his numbers to drop and that's not even including the tight ends. The tight ends in Jay Gruden's offense are very important and get a lot of targets which also takes targets away from wide receivers. The emergence of Niles Paul during Jordan Reed's absence has added more depth and diversity to this offense. Now that RGIII is back under center we can truly see what this offense can do, the way it was designed to run from the start of the season. Now adding Leonard Hankerson from the PUP list to the mix is going to take more targets from everyone of the skill position players. Which will not be an issue if the team starts winning, look effective and consistent doing so. With veterans like Santana Moss and Aldrick Robinson being healthy scratches during this season it shows you the depth of this corp. The problem with having all this talent is trying to get everyone enough touches and finding a good feel of everyone's strengths and weaknesses that can help this team win. Coming off of this bye I expect to see this offense step it up and to become the explosive offense that they've shown flashes of during this inconsistent season.
 


Alfred Morris may not be having his normal (two record breaking seasons get expectations unbelievable)stellar season but his numbers are still top 10 in most categories. The question is with RGIII coming back, will that open up better rushing lanes for this workhorse running back.
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   Third year running back Alfred Morris isn't having his normal tackle breaking, forward falling, ground and pound seasons but it's not as bad as some think. Although his yards, yards per carry and yards after contact are all down this season it doesn't mean he is becoming ineffective. It's a product of three starting QB's in nine weeks, some bad line play and the fact that teams know the offense is based on the run. With the offense learning to run a new offense opposing defenses knew that they would lean on their running game. It has been one of the best the since RGIII and Alfred Morris have came to town in 2012. By knowing the young quarterback would be doing more thinking in the pocket trying to learn a new offense and to play the position in a way he never has before. Most
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defenses have decided to run blitz and send pressure right up the gut to try and rattle the young play maker. By doing this they have effectively slowed the offense as a whole and the once reliable running game. Now that the true threat of the zone read and pistol formations (RGIII) is back in play you will now see Alfred get going. The two best performances of the year for Morris were in Houston week 1 (91 yards) and last week in Minnesota (92 yards). The common factor in those games RGIII started and finished both. The third down back Roy Helu Jr. is showing his effectiveness as a all around back in this offense. He has a 5.1 avg, excelled at catching the ball and is the best pass protector in the backfield(I miss Clinton Portis pass blocking skills) but just doesn't have that game breaking, game changing score from anywhere speed. That's where Chris Thompson will hopefully come in soon. He's been on the practice squad all season to see if he could stay healthy and contribute but that has yet to happen. Silas Redd has got some limited playing time but hasn't been able to make a bigger impact.  With improve line play, better blocking by the WR's /TE's , better decisions by the running backs, and more consistent playcalling by sticking with the run. I don't see any reason why this running game can't get back into the Top 5 in the league by the end of this season.



   With Tampa Bay (1-8) coming to town this should be a week where the team should be able to show its dominance. Not overlooking the Bucs but this shouldn't even be a game, similar to the Jacksonville game. Now I know a 3-6 team can't afford to think that way but if they want to shut up the critics and please the fan base its what needs to happen. This game will be a telling sign of what this team is and going to be. If this game is a nail biter or even close in the fourth quarter I believe that is a telling sign as to if this team is closer to 3-6 or 7-2 like Gruden stated in his press conference yesterday. With the added pressure from the media and their "sources" I believe this team will come out focused and ready to handle their business. Now the question is can they play like that consistently for the rest of this season and beyond. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @TattooedScorpio or on Facebook under Porter III. As always #HTTR4LIFE #BeatDa Bucs #RedskinsTweetTeam















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