I'm starting a superstition--you can never say anything nice about any member of the Redskins organization on game day, because the very next play, or half, it'll all come crumbling down.
Kyle Shanahan has seemed absolutely allergic to the run game at times this season, but this week, he let Torain loose, and the Redskins stuck to the run game for most of the day...even if they only had seven points to show for it.
The red zone play calling this season has been horrible.
While the players on the field certainly had some opportunities they didn't take advantage of, the Redskins take too many chances in the red zone.
With Ryan Torain bowling over men on one drive, in the red zone, Shanahan suddenly decided a different tactic, a very ill advised shovel pass to Santana Moss (a play that failed in the game versus the Titans, another game where the run was working well.)
The Redskins chose not to run the ball on first and second down, leaving them in long situations in the red zone, and leaving it to the incredibly unreliable (for this game) Graham Gano to put points on the board.
In the second half, however, if was back to Shanahan's usual boneheaded playcalls.
The Bucs did have better luck stopping the run in the second half, but not so much luck that the Redskins had to stop running the ball. The Redskins did exactly that; while Torain continued to break off big runs when given the chance, the Redskins went pass happy in the second half.
Not only did they go pass happy, but they also, strangely enough, didn't take advantage of a banged up Bucs secondary, or the exit of DT Gerald McCoy.
While pass protection was still spotty, the Bucs began dropping safeties into the box to stop the run. Instead of the play action passes that the Redskins had luck running before, and instead of throwing it deep, they seemed content to drop back three steps and throw it short.
The screens and dump offs worked for a time, but the Redskins had to put points on the board, and they didn't.
And, weirdly enough, Chris Cooley—amongst one of the most reliable players on the team—continues to get ignored in the game plan. Yet again, Cooley did not record a single reception until the second half and well into the fourth quarter.
Fred Davis also saw little to no action. Logan Paulsen did score a touchdown, but the lack of plays built around tight ends on an offense that's lacking big receiving threats is baffling and slightly ignorant.
I don't know what it is about Kyle, but while the players on the field seem to be willing to play for sixty minutes, the offensive coordinator seemingly does not.
It's becoming a weekly thing, where there are no adjustments made in the second half.