Jay Gruden’s Play calling
With five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Redskins took the field down 20-16. Last week Gruden struggled with play calling, leading many analysts to criticize him and call for his job. But on the final drive of Sunday’s game the second year coach showed great improvement. Though time was a constraint Gruden mixed up the play calling, forcing the Eagles to stop playing a very conservative defensive set. Though Alfred Morris was averaging just 1.8 yards per carry going into the last drive, Coach Gruden still correctly remained confident in the bellcow back, and showed it by giving Morris four carries in the game winning drive. The trust paid off, with Morris averaging over nine yards per carry, giving Cousins pivotal room to throw. A full commitment to the passing game would have put too much pressure on Cousins, so Gruden’s change of style looks promising for the rest of the Redskins season.
Put simply. Garcon is the X-factor of the Redskins offense. Obviously he’s a huge talent and threat to defenses everywhere, but his intangibles pose the most helpful aspect to Washington’s team. Simply put, HE. IS. A. DOG. Garçon reminds me of a Julian Edelman type receiver. He isn’t huge, but he plays hard, and plays tough. He represents exactly what you want in a number two receiver, and he is an enormous asset to the Redskins.
`Matt Jones’s Inconsistency
After the first three weeks, fans were starting to question who was the Redskins’ lead back. Jones has shown flashes of potential thus far, but he had inadequate production vs. the Eagles. The rookie back had the least amount of yards, carries, and snaps out of all active running backs for Washington. This could just be a speed bump for the talented Jones, but his inconsistency in the offense has been troubling
To be fair, defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s secondary was banged up. With Chris Culliver playing through a leg injury, and Deangelo Hall and Duke Ihenacho out, Dashon Goldson was the only full strength original starter remaining. The Redskins surrendered three passing touchdowns against Philadelphia, a team which had thrown for the same amount going into the game. When passes were thrown deep towards the middle of the field, Bradford had an 80% completion rate, and totaled 176 yards. When Culliver becomes full strength, and Deangelo Hall returns from injury, I have no doubt that the secondary will improve. Until then, look to see Julio Jones tear The Redskins defense to shreds.