Is It Time for Washington Redskins Fans to Panic?
A win is a win. Right? That is what glass-half-full Redskins fans are saying to themselves after their team nearly laid a very stinky egg at Fed Ex Field Sunday against the woeful St. Louis Rams. You know kind of like they did last season when they lost to the Rams 19-17.
The offense has continued its downward turn from the second half of last season when it averaged less than 13 points per game en route to going 2-6. So far in two games this season they have scored 17 and nine points for an average of exactly 13 points.
Worse still is the fact that Santana Moss has been a complete non-factor this season. The Redskins number one receiver and only deep threat has an anemic five receptions for 41 yards in the first two games.
Second year players Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelley are looking like busts and fellow class of '08 member Fred Davis is lucky to even get on the field at this point.
The most troubling aspect of this early season ineptitude however has to be the play calling of head coach Jim Zorn. Say what you want about the decision to go for it on fourth and one with the 'Skins only up two and with over a minute left in the game. If he had made it it would have been gutsy if it misses its a horrible call. Whatever.
I'm more concerned with Zorn's refusal to call more plays that attack down field and their red zone ineptitude. In between the two 20-yard markers the Redskins offense is above average. Washington had drives of 13, 13, 15, 14, and nine during their eight offensive possessions. But they could not punch the ball in from inside the 20.
If you know your red zone offense is not hitting then I don't understand why you wouldn't try to go for a big hitter play. At least attempt it. Jason Campbell almost never throws interceptions so what is Zorn afraid off?
So again the question is asked, is it time for Redskins fans to panic? Absolutely not. I know inside the beltway the modus operandi is to live and die with everything the 'Skins do or don't do. Not dominating the awful Rams is a bad sign and should be reason for concern going forward.
However the Redskins still have one of the best defenses in the league and they figure to get better as the season goes on. And while its not a great sign that the offense has not started clicking, I still think the potential is there. The Redskins should come out of this stretch of games 5-1, 4-2 at the worst, which gives them a good cushion going into the meat of their NFC East schedule.
So please back away from the ledge D.C., you've still got 14 games to go.
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