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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: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:30 am

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

I gotta think it's a Mike Shannahan thing.  No way he gets into a coaching situation where he doesn't have veto power over everyone but the owner come draft day.

And with that you get this QB situation.  Shannahan being pig headed.

So instead of addressing the O-Line which was horrendous last year we take 3 WR's, 2 RB's with 5 of the first 8 picks and take our soul offensive lineman in the 7th Rd?

Pardon me?

We don't have Green Bay or New England's offensive line here fellas, maybe wanna think about tapping that position inside the 1st 4 Rds maybe?

I mean 2 RB's? We had Torain and Hightower.  OK grab one, we all know Mikey likes em but why another who has been inactive for the season?  Could we not find a RB3 or RB4 in free agency to be our mop up/injury guys?

I'm totally embarrassed to be a Skins fan, I truly am.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:20 am

Washington's offense is in major disrepair


Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:09 am
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Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:27 am

But Grossman said................

But Grossman said they will win the NFC East.  C'mon man (c)

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:07 am

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

Bad Santa got it covered! Living in the Metro Washington DC area, I get to see the Skins every week. During draft night, the talk was getting Locker to groom behind Grossman. The area was ok with that strategy, since Rex was somewhat unknown to DC in Kyle's offensive schemes.

DC all looked at how HOU ran their offense and Rex having a year or two experience. OK! young Locker comes in and studies the schemes and next year, (or his 3rd year) he's ready to lead. Draft night, no Locker, but Kerrigan. ok, DC can take this guy to boookend w/Orakpo. 

Round after round, no QB.  Mallett still on the board, Orton available for trade, GB's Flynn available for trade, hell worse case scenario: Vince Young was on the market. Alex Smith (maybe).

Mike S. and Bruce Allen laid an egg.

Another question: what if Luck is brittle? or worse, he's a Akili Smith/Andre Ware/Dave Klingler?

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:29 am

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

But they didn't lose their starting QB, they benched him.

Hightower being the starting RB was debatable in the last 4 weeks so I don't consider that losing their starting RB, he probably isn't even their best RB, if they even have one.

Losing Moss hurts but it isn't like he has been a major component of this offense this year for an long stretch.

Chris Cooley isn't their best TE and hasn't been for the last 2 years, it is actually a positive that they have Fred Davis starting now.

Lets take our blinders off Redskin fans, this team has offensive line issues, defensive line issues, a gaping hole where Rocky MacIntosh is "playing" and a secondary lacking playmakers at CB2 and FS/SS, wherever LaRon Landy isn't lined up.

Not to mention the QB issue which I didn't think needed to be mentioned int he first place.

But here is something to chew on, as if we Redskin fans haven't been going over it already.  We have our best QB riding pine. Grossman isn't a great QB, good Rex can be good, bad Rex can ruin dreams. But good John Beck is barely even an NFL backup and bad John Beck gets sacked 9 times because he is indecisive with the football.

So my question is this, what does Mike and Kyle see in John Beck to make us think he is the short or long term answer over Grossman.  They did nothing but support Beck in the offseason and he still lost the job to Grossman who can clearly play in the NFL and has proven he can play in the NFL. Over John Beck's career and in his multiple stops, what have the Shanny's seen to make them think he can be "that" guy?  Because as a fan I could have told everyone how the John Beck thing was going to end before the season even started.

So when does the Mike Shannahan genious show through and prove us all wrong with John Beck, because it is time to go back to Rex Grossman.  It was time 2 weeks ago to not go to John Beck and we all knew this.

The only answer that Grossman is, is to the question of long term backup QB.  But he is also the answer for the rest of the year to be the starter and at least from play to play give us a glimer of hope.

We have won 4 games, we can't start to suck for Luck now.  Indy won't win 4 games.

Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:22 am

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

As a life long Redskins fan I have been against the entire QB crew of Washington for a long time.I gave Grossman the benefit of the doubt this year thinking he may somehow prove me and all of his critics wrong.He had me fooled for a while but I guess you can't teach old dogs new tricks.I'm just disgusted that the management was stupid enough to think that the team could actually succeed and win with Grossman and frickin' Beck running the show...please sign another QB that can actually throw the ball with accuracy and get rid of these losers ASAP Snyder/Shanahan or whoever the hell has to call that shot!!!

But I guess at least it's not Tebow running around in the backfield... :|

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:14 am

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

Let me ask you a question -  If the Dallas Cowboys of the Championship years of the 90's had lost Troy Aikman, Micheal Irving, Emmit Smith, and Moose Johnston, how good would their offense have been?  

If ANY team loses their starting QB, starting RB, Starting #1 WR, and Starting TE to injury they are likely going to SUCK -  Right?  

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:12 am

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

This is assumed. Do we really need an article?

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