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Washington's offense is in major disrepair

Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:57 pm
Kyle Shanahan's offense is not playing well this year (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The fact that the Redskins were shut out by the Bills on Sunday is not the fault of one man. It’s not only the fault of Mike Shanahan, whose team scored zero points for the first time in his career. It’s not only the fault of quarterback John Beck, who threw two interceptions. It’s not only the fault of the offensive line, which allowed Buffalo to sack Beck nine times and helped Ryan Torain to 14 yards on eight carries.

And it’s not only the fault of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But man, something has to change on this squad, and I’m not talking about going from Rex Grossman to Beck or vice versa. Fundamentally, it seems like something needs to change in order for Washington to have any shot at competing for an NFC East crown this year.

The Shanahans talk about wanting balance on offense, and on Sunday, they got it. The running game and the passing game stunk.

But what about Kyle Shanahan? Besides the obvious nepotism in play when his father hired him (though, to be fair, Shanahan was an offensive coordinator in Houston before he went to Washington, and the Texans were a top-five offense at the time) what good is he doing for the squad? The Washington Post’sMike Jones was wondering that exact thing.
The unit hit rock bottom, failing to score a point and producing only 178 yards -- the lowest output since 2007. And as was the case in many of the previous weeks this season, the offense was anything but balanced. Unofficially, Kyle Shanahan called 45 pass plays and nine rushing plays. Another three rushes came when John Beck took off scrambling on broken plays.

The Redskins generated only 26 rushing yards and 208 passing yards, and the team lost 56 yards as a result of nine sacks.

Despite the ineffective attack, (Mike) Shanahan said the offense struggles haven’t come as a result of poor scheme or play selection. (Mike) Shanahan said he is “pretty comfortable” with the offensive playcalling, and said, “I’m heavily involved with the offense.”

But the good news is that the players are defending Kyle Shanahan.

“We believe in this offense,” Torrain said, via Football News Now. “We believe in Kyle. We love Kyle out here working with us. We’re in this together. So, we’ve got to keep fighting and keep pressing.”

The Redskins offense is ranked 20th in the league this year after it finished 18th last season. But as long as Mike Shanahan is “pretty comfortable” with it, I guess all is well in the world. The fanbase, however, might not be.

Which is why we share this from the Washington Post’s Mike Wise, quoting Bobby Bowden: “If you hire your son, you better win all your games. Because he’s usually the first to get criticized. If you lose, people want to know why. They goin’ to think up a reason. And if they can’t think up a reason, they gonna go after your daggum’ son.”

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Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 1:43 pm


....and that's when we're not ignoring Adrian Peterson and picking Laron Landry-only the Redskins could ignore young Jim Brown over a safety....madness. Landry makes a hard hit once in a while, Peterson is one of the best players in the game. I thought Landry would be like Brian Dawkins, I was wrong-Brian Dawkins was a playmaker, Landry is not.

I counted the number of safeties from the time Snyder has owned the team to now and I came up with 26-29 safeties-enough to fill out half of a 53 man roster. What team does that?

Which franchise values safeties and wide receivers so much, they can't keep focused on building the most important part of any football team-the offensive line?

Two answers-1. A losing franchise
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sp; 2. The Washington Redskins

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 1:35 pm

@BAD SANTA- Totally agree

I could not have said it better, I can't stop complaining about drafting three more passcatchers just three years after drafting 3 passcatchers. And that's after using a first rounder on Rod Gardner, a second rounder on Taylor Jacobs and picking up Santana Moss, Brandon Lloyd, Antwan Randle-El, Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth, Laveranues Coles and almost picking up Brandon Stokely.

If the team paid as much attention to the offensive line as they do the position of wide receiver-we might have become a perennial winner already.

The Skins' are the rare team that values wide receivers over any and I do mean ANY position. We were in a position several times to pick one of the young QBs last draft, did we do it?.....nope, too OVERconcerned with wide receivers.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:40 am

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

Funny thing is, Prisco picked them to beat SF this week! Hahahaha

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:43 pm

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

they didnt over pay this year the eagles took home the summer bowl, the problem is no real qb, and the play calling time to time is off.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:35 pm

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

You want to talk about their offensive woes?  Let's see from week 1, different QB, RB, and #1 WR.  Hmmmm????  What offense would be successful under those conditions? 

As a fan, I've seen this attitude for a very long time.  You can't build anything if your MO is to yank and cramp parts into places they don't fit.  Articles like this only exhonerate that mentality.

What's wrong with the Redskins?  Simple, the organization has a negative identity.  Pick a foundation and start building your program around it.  Year after year, the Redskins try to fix 'everything' in one off season with big name free agents and draft picks. 

Washington's problem is all about image.  You want to start winning games?  Simple pick a philosophy and stick with it.  Be known as the team that has a great defense or a team that pounds it between the tackles.  You can't be known as the team that overspends with no direction.  No one respects that, not even the team itself.

Having two higher profile coaches doesn't help.  Mike and Jeff are great coaches, but finding a way to make them coexist is a problem.  Both coaches coming in have personel problems for their schemes.  It's one thing to have the offense built around a principle and continue to mend it while you rebuild the defense.  It's quite another situation when trying to rebuild both at the same time. 

You want to turn this around Washington?  Here you go.  Build the majority of your offense through the draft and piece together your defense in free agency until your identity gets established.  It will take time, but the 'buy your team' scheme doesn't work for football.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:23 pm

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

skins and sucking go hand in of the worst teams in football for 20 years direction. no talent..bad coaching..21 qb's during that 20 is a complete in dc and listening to the snyder-ade drinking morons is worth every penny...they will be worse next year and wait till the shopping spree danny goes on as he wins the summer bowl title for the 11th time in a row...i am sure giant, eagle and cowboy fans love the's 2 wins a year easy! and shanahan getting paid 7 million to be worse then zorn..LOL..

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:00 pm

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

They sucked with those guys, so yes, they will continue to suck.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:58 pm

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

The Redskins suck.  So does Shanahan.  How has this team even won a game?

Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:23 pm

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

it is Mike Shanahan , first he puts his underqualified son as offensive cord. and second of all ..... he has had problems with every quarterback (except john elway , because face it elway was in charge there ) he has ever had !

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:49 pm

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

    I have to agree with the Skins' fan comments, this team has just gotten destroyed by injury.  When a team with too few quality players loses too many of those few they have, how can anything but a disaster ensue?  To say Shanahan has suddenly forgotten how to win a football game or claim that his son only got a job because of nepotism is as ridiculous as saying there is a Conspiracy keeping the Redskins down because Snyder spends too much time with Scientologists (cough cough Tom Cruise).

    As a Philly fan I am going to say to the DC crowd what I said to Mets fans during the baseball season, "It is no longer fun to root against you".  And yes your main problems start and end with both your lines, but certainly the McNabb fiasco, the Haynesworth fiasco, and losing a promising young safety to being murdered a few years back didn't do you any favors.  If there is a silver lining in DC at least Romo isn't your QB, then you would have to pretend he is a capable winner like the delusion Dallas fans are forced to embrace.  

    So in the end I am a Philly fan wishing you the best, which should tell you all you need to know about your team.

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