The Washington Redskins Status Quo: A Slim Win Against Another Bottom Feeder

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 20:  Head coach Jim Zorn of the Washington Redskins exhales as his team runs out the clock 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)

There are times in golf when a player makes a great swing or hits a solid putt and the ball misses its intended target. The golfer doesn’t get mad because the shot was properly executed.

The action becomes independent from the result.

That’s the way to assess the Washington Redskins 16-13 victory over the hapless and winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Separate the action from the result and it paints a different picture.

The Redskins managed 277 yards of offense, well below the league average of 329.7 yards per game. They converted 4-of-14 third down attempts, just 28 percent.

Jason Campbell turned the ball over four times, and it could have been five or six.

That sounds like a loss, on a normal day, against a respectable NFL team.

The reality was that the Redskins only had to put together a handful of good plays to beat the Buccaneers.

Look past what Jason Campbell said on Monday because it’s results-oriented.

“We need to win games the way we win games, not the way people want us to win.”

It’s not that “people” expect the Redskins to throw it around like Drew Brees, or put fear into defensive coordinators like Peyton Manning and the Colts.

We just expect mediocrity.

When the Redskins haven’t finished in the bottom 10 in total offense during the past decade, they made the playoffs both times.

The Redskins have shown that they can only beat teams whose offenses are worse than their own. Since the Redskins rank 27th in points scored—56 points in four games—that’s not going to equal too many wins (Bucs—54 points, Rams—24 points).

When you look at it objectively, winning ugly is not always a positive. The Redskins continued to prove their offensive ineptitude, their lack of special teams’ contributions, and the fact that they have a shaky defense against NFL-caliber quarterbacks.

Jim Zorn made a couple of great calls and he should be given a lot of praise (since he’s been shouldering most of the blame).

The Redskins faced a crucial 4th-and-2 from the Buccaneers 36-yard line with 6:10 left in the third quarter. They were out of field goal range and unwilling to punt.

Zorn called a playaction pass with a rollout to Jason Campbell’s right, a play that always works and one that was called for the first time this year, four weeks too late. Cooley gained the first down and 12 yards on the play.

It also works as a great red zone play, whether Campbell can throw it to Cooley, or Mike Sellers, or even Fred Davis.

On the next possession, Campbell completed a 59-yard pass off of playaction fake due to a great double move by Santana Moss along the sideline.

Two great calls was all it took for the Redskins to manufacture 16 points.

Two plays aren’t enough to beat anyone in the NFC East, and people expect more.

Jason Campbell looked at the result and was content.

When people saw the product on the field, it encouraged abject depression.

The Redskins have played like an 0-4 team, but still reap the benefits of being in contention at 2-2.

There has become a deep disconnect between their record and their play, between their perceived talent and their true talent.

The fear is that the Redskins' poor play will catch up with their record, and when that happens, it won’t just be the fans that will expect more.