Pierre Garcon: What Loss of WR Would Mean to Washington Redskins Offense

Mike HoagCorrespondent IISeptember 16, 2012

September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Pierre Garcon is a game-time decision for the Washington Redskins in their Week 2 matchup against the St. Louis Rams. This comes as no surprise as Garcon was noted as being “very limited” in practice this week after suffering a foot injury during his 88-yard touchdown run-and-catch last Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

While he is a game-time decision, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported (via Twitter) late Saturday night that Garcon is unlikely to play.

Team not planning on him. "It's pretty hard to play when the first time you really even try it is (warm-ups) before the game," source said

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 16, 2012

Without Garcon, Kyle Shanahan and the offensive staff in Washington may have to rethink their approach for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. RGIII has shown he can effectively execute the short passing and option run attack with the script his coaches provided him.

But how will he fare if the team is missing the threat of Pierre Garcon in Week 2?

While Garcon certainly poses a big challenge to opposing defenses, he isn’t the only threat on the Redskins roster that can play the required role and execute the quick-release game plan of the Shanahans.

After executing that opening week game plan to perfection, the Skins offense didn’t miss a step with Garcon on the sidelines. Sure, they’ll miss his big play potential, but they won’t have to alter things in order to successfully nickel and dime the St. Louis Rams defense up and down the field.

If RGIII can be as poised and accurate as he was in his debut, there will be little effect felt by the loss of Garcon, especially because of the Rams’ poor secondary.

So, then again, the Redskins may not have to change very much at all if Garcon is indeed unable to play as expected against the Rams.

What do you think about the Skins' chances with Garcon likely on the bench in this one?


Mike Hoag is a Trends and Traffic writer for Bleacher Report and also covers the Cleveland Browns and the NFL for the site.