Even discounting quarterback Jason Campbell's three kneel downs to run out the clock inside the St. Louis 10-yard line this past Sunday, the Redskins were still 0-for-4 in the red zone with three field goals by Shaun Suisham and a thwarted fourth down rush by running back Clinton Portis.
"It wasn't like they surprised us with their coverages," said tight end Chris Cooley, whose touchdown with 1:42 left in the opener against the Giants is the only one scored by Washington's offense so far (holder Hunter Smith scored the other on a fake field goal). "They did a good job. We just weren't able to get it in."
Indeed after converting 14 of 24 red zone chances during Jim Zorn's first seven games, the Redskins are just 11-for-32 since for the second-year coach/playcaller.
That latter success rate would be better -- and 4-for-8 this season -- if fullback Mike Sellers had held onto an easy touchdown and No. 4 receiver Devin Thomas a tough catch in the end zone against the Rams.
"I should have caught the ball," Sellers said of his drop on second-and-goal from the St. Louis 8 midway through the second quarter. "We won the game, but it still felt like a loss to me."
Thomas' play came on third-and-goal at the 3 less than 10 minutes into the game.
"Once I collided with the linebacker (Will Witherspoon), I just tried to find a way to get back open," Thomas said. "I looked back and there was a real small window where Jason saw me and I saw him. He threw it and I didn't get both hands on the ball. It hit my arm. I definitely should've caught the ball. I was sick about it."
Redskin Player Notes:
- QB Jason Campbell is averaging 5.5 yards on his eight carries, equaling his career-high average of last season.
- RB Clinton Portis' 79 yards against the Rams gave him 9,343 for his career, leaving him 657 shy of becoming the fifth active player with 10,000.
- WR Antwaan Randle El is off to a career year with 11 catches and 137 yards in the first two games. His personal bests are 53 catches and 728 yards
- TE Chris Cooley's receiving 151 yards through two games are nearly twice his personal best (79 in 2008) to this point of a season.
- WR Santana Moss needs just 115 yards to pass Michael Westbrook for eighth place on Washington's career list with 4,281.
- K Shaun Suisham is 4-for-4 on field goal attempts of less than 30 yards this season and 25-for-25 for his career.
- LB London Fletcher has played in all 178 games during his 12-year career.
- LB Brian Orakpo recorded the first two hurries of his career against the Rams.
- RB Ladell Betts' catch against the Rams was the 150th of his career.
- LS Ethan Albright played in his 220th game this past week.
- LB Rocky McIntosh's forced fumble against the Rams was his sixth in his 32 career starts.