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Kyle and Mike Shanahan are not making full use of their personnel.
Mike and Kyle Shanahan are not making full use of all of their weapons on offense. They are ignoring valuable rotation players who would add variety to the attack.
The issue is most evident in the running game. Going away from Morris in the second half in Minnesota didn't make much sense.
But even if there was a valid reason, then why not unleash a heavy dose of Roy Helu Jr. to give the Vikings a different threat to contend with? Or perhaps even run Evan Royster between the tackles to help slow down that pass rush?
Instead, the Shanahans are wasting a versatile stable of runners and pinning everything on Morris. So when he is slowed, the only choice is to air it out more often and expose Griffin to greater pressure.
When he does have time, Griffin is aiming only for familiar targets. Given how well Reed has performed, it makes sense that Fred Davis would miss some time.
But by declaring him inactive every week, the Shanahans are denying themselves the chance to challenge defenses with another talented pass-catcher.
That might have made things different on the final drive in Minnesota, when the Vikings knew they could just lock up Reed and Garcon behind a blitzing front.
Had Davis been on the field, the Vikings may have been forced to commit more bodies to coverage. Or had Morris and Helu been placed in the backfield together, the Redskins might have been able to run it in on one of their first two goal-line plays.
The Shanahans need to expand their play-calling to make the most of all the weapons at their disposal.