bubba9497 Posted August 7, 2007 Share Posted August 7, 2007 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/06/AR2007080601467.html click link for full article Throwing Downfield Is Redskin Offense's Antidote By Jason La Canfora Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, August 7, 2007; Page E01 Joe Bugel lets each syllable dangle in the air a few seconds, exaggerating his pronunciation of the word "vertical" as if the elongation might somehow help the Washington Redskins finally stretch opposing defenses, too. Bugel, the Redskins' assistant head coach-offense, is pondering the team's three-year offensive rut -- the lack of big plays and touchdowns. "Let me just say this -- you've got to throw the ball down the field. That's the bottom line," Bugel said. "Say no more. Get vertical. Ver-ti-cal." Joe Gibbs ended his retirement and reassembled a staff of longtime assistants intent on reprising the glory years when his Redskins bludgeoned opponents on the ground, and finished them off with aerial artistry. The combination was successful from 1981 to '92, during which Gibbs won three Super Bowls. Fans knew what to expect from Washington's offense, and it delivered with rare exceptions. Yet, as Gibbs's fourth season back approaches, the Redskins are still seeking offensive stability, rediscovering running success but lacking a sustained downfield presence. There have been built-in excuses -- whether Gibbs's staff adjusting to a very different NFL in 2004, or the players adapting to associate head coach Al Saunders's new offense in 2006 -- and flashes of brilliance. But players and coaches agree that an erratic deep game has much to do with a tepid scoring offense, 5-11 record last season, and 21-27 mark since Gibbs returned. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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