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D.O.A (Death Of Awfense) Pt. Two: The Redskins' Anemia Continues

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins loses the football near the goal line but later recovered it against the St. Louis Rams during their game on September 20, 2009 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  The Redskins defeated the Rams by a score of 9-7.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Manny GeraldoCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2009

You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do what we gotta do, to survive. –2Pac “Changes”

Another Sunday, another bootless showing by the Redskins awfense, another of the same results…kind of. While the Redskins scathed by the hapless Rams, the awfense once again showed how inept it can be by mustering a feeble nine points.

Nine points ladies and gentlemen. The Redskins should apply to be an MLB expansion team. (Forgive me, I almost forgot. DC already has a MLB expansion team that cannot score, the Nationals. Don’t get me started on that gloom party.)

           New SAT question courtesy of  Jim Zorn:

The Washington Redskins and the end zone are most similar to

A. People avoiding the plague

B. East and West Germany before the Berlin wall was destroyed

C. The Pearly gates of Heaven and Beelzebub

D. All of the above

If you answered D, you are correct.

The Redskins anemic awfense under Jim Zorn continued its embracing of inefficiency against the Rams by going bankrupt in the Red Zone FIVE times. The Redskins should file for Chapter 11 protection with the NFL. (Maybe Rick Wagoner can workout a bailout plan?)

For the cherry on top—Clinton Portis was stopped for a two-yard loss on fourth and one on the two yard line with less than two minutes to go (Say that five times fast!). That offensive line is really proving its worth when it can’t forge ahead for two yards. To make matters worst, starting right guard Randy Thomas is down for the year with a torn triceps injury.

While Jason Campbell played decently enough, he failed to make any big plays down field. And his adoration with passing to the middle of the field is beyond palpable. Campbell’s efficiency in the air is notable but his inability to conduct big plays or lead to scoring touchdowns is concerning.

Also, he has yet to find any connection with one of the receivers. Santana Moss, Malcom Kelly and Antwan Randle El combined for just 11 catches and 115 yards. By comparison, on Sunday, six players totaled more yards by themselves.

Two of those players are members of the division rival Giants (Mario Manningham and Steve Smith). Three players came within 15 yards of the trio’s totals, including two members of fellow divisional rivals Philadelphia Eagles (Brent Celek and Desean Jackson).

While Cooley remains a threat (the only), without any legitimate deep throats the Redskins are unable to spread the field. Which in turns allows the defense to play closer to the line of scrimmage and limit the effectiveness of the running game.                      

Zorn needs to be reminded that Portis is a Pro Bowl running back and less than 20-25 carries a game is unacceptable. Portis didn’t reach the century mark against a soft Rams’ defense despite averaging roughly four yards a carry because Zorn failed to give him an adequate amount of carries.

Sunday’s game was a harbinger of woes to come unless Zorn drops his stubborn act and unwillingness to adapt. Is a shotgun formation so bad? What about double tight ends in the red zone? The awfense is clearly not working and implanting change is the only viable solution.

The next game is against the Detroit Lions, who are only slightly better on defense than the Rams. The Redskins struggled to a win last season against the Lions and they’re a better team now. However, this is the Redskins’ best chance at finding rhythm and gaining confidence before the schedule begins to pick increase in  toughness.

Zorn knows the problem, it’s up to him to find the solution.

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