On paper, the Jaguars Sunday opponent has the potential to be an explosive offense with a couple of fierce pass rushers. So why did this team finish with less than a handful of victories last season?
Lots of reasons.
The team was poorly coached last year as “Shanahanigans” took over. There was a major divide between the team’s head coach and quarterback, and the rift permeated through the locker room.
Secondly, injuries played a major factor as quarterback Robert Griffin, III was never completely healthy as he tried to come back in just nine months from a torn ACL.
Thirdly, injuries to the defense caused the team to fall to a tie for 30th in scoring defense and Washington was ill suited to be in the shootouts that the defense caused them to be in week after week.
It’s a new season and the ‘Skins are looking for their first victory. Their quarterback, Robert Griffin, III looked tentative on opening day as most of his passes were within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Still, Griffin finished 29 of 37 for 267 yards with one fumble lost.
On the outside, Griffin has the speedy DeSean Jackson along with Pierre Garcon and the duo is enough to keep any defensive coordinator up at night. Still, as far as the first game was concerned, the Redskins didn’t test the deep waters of the Houston secondary.
The Skins play a mostly 3-4 defense and when outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan are healthy, they are difficult to account for. Up front, Washington is a pretty average group with Chris Baker, Barry Cofield and Jason Hatcher lining up with their hands on the ground. Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley are serviceable in the middle and Orakpo and Kerrigan are the playmakers.
On the back end, the ‘Skins have a mixture of youth and experience as cornerback DeAngelo Hall and Ryan Clark have 24 seasons combined and safety Baccari Rambo and cornerback David Amerson are both in their second year. Teams will obviously want to pick on the secondary although Amerson proved himself to be a playmaker last season.
We will later explore how the Jaguars matchup against these units and how they can exploit them.
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