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Robert Griffin looked unreal. He utilized his athleticism, his improvisation and poise. Put all of those aspects into one and you have one dangerous quarterback who appears to have some good athletes around him.
Everyone had an opportunity. Eight Redskins recorded a reception and five had a rushing attempt. That’s a balanced attack while keeping their playmakers fresh.
Trent Williams is dominant. I thought he had a great preseason and played even better against New Orleans. I think Williams’ potential is going unnoticed. Of course, Robert Griffin should be given a lot of credit, but his production is incredibly reliant on Williams' ability to keep pass-rushers away.
It wasn’t pretty, but Alfred Morris had a good game. A running back with that downhill style deflates a defense, it tires them out and controls the possession. Despite his heavy production, I would have liked to see Roy Helu get a few more carries. When the Redskins needed to put it away, a Helu breakout run could have emasculated that Saints defense.
Oh, so that’s why we gave Pierre Garcon all that money. Luckily, his injury appears to be minor, but in one half of a game, Garcon showed what the Redskins have been missing for so long; a legitimate and consistent playmaker. Serious debate: What play is more memorable, Clinton Portis’ first run in Washington or the Garcon touchdown?
Of course the game ball was going to Robert Griffin, but hats off to Kyle Shanahan. Seriously, I would hug him right now. From his college style formations, to his play-action calls, screen passes and an overall balanced scheme.
I’ve been critical of him in the past, but that was the best game plan that I’ve witnessed in a long time. The Saints had no idea what hit them. This was a team that was shutout by the Buffalo Bills last season—a defense that just surrendered 41 points to the New York Jets.
So much for Aldrick Robinson being a bubble guy; he was getting reps over Josh Morgan, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson. He didn’t disappoint, as he recorded his first touchdown catch. However, I was more impressed with his back shoulder reception and run more than anything. Plays like that will keep you on the field.
Of course Pierre Garcon should be given credit for his 88-yard touchdown catch and run, but it was Josh Morgan who made it happen. He blocked two defenders and cleared the path for the speedster.
After much scrutiny, the offensive line did their job. Tyler Polumbus appears to be a solid right tackle, which leads me to this: Just how much better is the offense with Jammal Brown at right tackle versus Polumbus? Why are we still paying this guy? Cut the cord, Shanny.
In previous articles, I haven’t been particularly fond of Will Montgomery; yesterday was a different story, however. I can say for certain that Will Montgomery didn’t have a lot of experience snapping from the shotgun position before. That said, he was able to make the adjustment and did a great job.
Fred Davis was rather quiet. I’m all for spreading the ball around, but Davis was rarely targeted, only recording two catches and had one drop. He’s arguably the most talented pass catcher on the team, I expected more from him. The same goes for Leonard Hankerson; he didn’t get a lot of playing time, but when he did, he wasn’t targeted.