Washington Redskins' D.O.A (Death Of Awfense)
Before my ninth-grade English teacher Brother Martin flagellates me for a misspelled word, it is misspelled on purpose. I must stress this because years later, the fear of Brother Martin’s red pen still resides in a catacomb inside me. This, a man of the cloth, a man of God, who kowtowed not to the cross, but to Chicago MLA standards. And that’s not a lie.
If Jim Zorn plans on acquiescing to the fellow members of the NFC East, then at least do so in style. Everything looks better in Technicolor!
Zorn’s play-calling is so palpable and undisguised, he might as well hand a copy of the playbook around the league Jerry Maguire-style (“It was a mission statement!”). As if witnessing last season’s anemic offense was not torture right out of a Eli Roth film, it continued against the G-men.
The awfense gained less than 100 net yards rushing. Less than 200 net yards passing. Three fumbles occurred.
Santana Moss was reported M.I.A.
All three of last year’s second-round draft picks were complete non-factors.
Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas totaled one catch for six yards.
Fred Davis was a ghost, meaning I didn’t see him.
Why Zorn doesn’t use a twins set with Cooley and Davis is beyond me. Both are apt pass catchers and blockers. Our Pro Bowl running back, Clinton Portis, didn’t even carry the ball 20 times. This is problematic. A player of his caliber and talent needs to carry the ball 20-25 times each game. The Redskins need to establish an effective run game to counter our ineffective pass game. And as the mantra goes, “you don’t keep a thoroughbred in the barn." CP needs touches.
If Zorn wants to give Campbell a chance at developing, a little less pressure would help. Less pressure comes from a rushing attack that must be respected. Campbell actually played efficiently. He completed 19 of 26 passes for 211 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but was encumbered by Zorn’s lack of creativity.
No adjustments were made to combat the Giants' blitz and pass rush. Deep routes to keep the secondary honest were not implemented.
Does Zorn have an aversion to play action? Campbell is surrounded by a phalanx of talent, but Zorn will not let him use his abilities. There was a slight window of opportunity to win the game, but Zorn’s methodically cursed play-calling left the Redskins coming up short.
While the defense remains the team’s stalwart (despite the secondary’s abysmal tackling on Sunday), the awfense needs to make drastic improvements and fast. If the defense can keep the games close, there’s always a chance to win the ball game. But Zorn has to allow the awfense the opportunity to make plays downfield, to run the ball relentlessly, to spread the field and keep the defense guessing.
If not, the awfensive woes will continue with the losses.
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