Only one NFL team had fewer wins in 2013 than the Washington Redskins. The Redskins suffered a self-inflicted loss to them Sunday. Cue the violins. The season is over. Well, not really, but the Houston Texans were one of the few teams on the 2014 schedule the Redskins could expect to beat.
Of the many things that disappointed fans – two red zone fumbles, special teams failures that led to Houston points, inability even to contain J.J. Watt – one stands above. It is the unaggressive nature of Jay Gruden’s offense. Short passes to your high profile receivers and little use of the power run game is not the path to a .500 season. Robert Griffin III’s passer rating (96.7) was decent. His QBR (29.7) showed him to be a non-factor in Washington’s performance. The solution to too much running by RGIII must not be an offensive scheme Colt McCoy could run. You may as well put Griffin in bubble wrap. Thoroughbreds must run sometimes.