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Pff: Refo: Phi @ Was, Week 1


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Haven't seen this posted or mentioned in other threads, so I figured I would go ahead and take care of it.  There were some silver linings, but as most would expect, it's a mostly negative review of the Redskins performance.


Washington – Three Performances of Note


Raw Safety Pairing Exposed

You’ll struggle to see a team defensive performance much worse than what the Redskins put forth against the Eagles last night. They were clearly short of ideas of how to stop this Eagles offense and frequently on the receiving end were the new safety pairing of Bacarri Rambo(-4.3) and E.J. Biggers (-4.0), facing down runners in space and were frequently unable to corral them. The two combined to record six missed tackles with Biggers missing two each in the run and pass game while Rambo missed one in each facet of the game, but was beaten so badly he couldn’t attempt a tackle on at least one other occasion. With both players starting at safety for the first time in the NFL, this was an extremely tough assignment and they were both well short of having the answers to stop a running game that was slicing through the front six at will.


Not Carrying On Where He Left Off

Though he might have racked up 300 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns, this was not the Robert Griffin we saw last season and it seems he will need to be given time to feel his way back in. Though he took off on a scramble three times, Griffin was clearly not a threat to run the ball and his passing wasn’t good enough to cover for that. Though his fourth quarter was better, no downgraded passes compared to more than a half-dozen positively-graded throws, it was largely built around short passing until Patrick Chung did his best Rahim Moore impression to give the Redskins a one-score defeat in the final reckoning. In his first live action on his return from injury, Griffin had accuracy issues like his opposite number in the game both with overthrows and underthrows, never really getting a handle on anything but the short passes that slowly brought the Redskins back to respectability in the fourth quarter. Griffin’s recovery in the off-season was dubbed as “Operation Patience” and was thought to be complete when he returned to start against the Eagles. It may yet have time to run while Griffin finds his form again in the coming weeks.


A Few Bright Spots on Offense

After the start the Redskins made to this game, bright spots were always likely to be thin on the ground but there were a few. Left tackle Trent Williams (+2.6) started the season strongly in pass protection yielding only two pressures (one each to Trent Cole and Brandon Graham) on 58 pass protection snaps. Fellow lineman Will Montgomery (+1.8 run blocking) had a solid start as a run blocker in spite of his two penalties in the game. While starting running back Alfred Morris’ day was ruined by a botched pitch, his backup Roy Helu (+1.6) had a strong opener and ended up notching more snaps than Morris (41 to 37).



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