Skins Put Up 40 And Beat Saints 40-32
I don’t know if anyone was expecting what we saw today from the Redskins. They went to New Orleans and laid 40 points on the Saints in their dome. It was a great debut for both rookies QB Robert Griffin III and RB Robert Morris. Griffin threw for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns. Most importantly, no INT’s. Morris ran the ball effectively powering into the Saints defensive line and churning out positive yardage. He finished with 28 carries for 96 yards.
It was really nice seeing Kyle incorporate some of Baylor’s scheme for Griffin. I do believe they need to work on the spacing when they run those option reads. Morris and Griffin will also have to do a better job with spacing in the backfield as well. Early in the game, I thought I was watching a Gibbs offense with all of the wide receiver screens that we saw but I believe they were effective in getting RG III in rythm and accustomed to the speed of a regular season game.
Both touchdowns that RG III were things of beauty. He hit both guys in stride although Garcon has to reach a little to pull that catch in but he never missed a step. How about the across field pass he threw to TE Fred Davis while on the run. Griffin looked like he was in total control of the offense today.
I can’t talk about the offense without mentioning the play of the offensive line. They did a great job for most of the day protecting Griffin and making a little room for Morris. There were a couple of plays where the defense got penetration and got to Morris in the backfield, but for the most part, the offensive line played a pretty good game.
The defense played a great game up until they allowed a 33 yard touchdown on 4th and 10. That is just completely unacceptable. The defensive line applied pressure on Brees most of the day but they need to get the sacks. I know we’re talking about Brees but there were several times where defenders had hands on him and he got away. It was going to be very tough for London Fletcher to match up one-on-one with the Saints TE Jimmy Graham but he did the best he could. Graham is just too big and can go up and grab the ball over Fletcher.
The weakest positions, CB’s and safeties, on the defense actually played pretty well in my opinion. A lot of people expected Brees to torch our secondary but I believe they held their own for the most part, Again, you simply cannot allow a 33-yard touchdown on 4th and 10. There was definitely some miscommunication between the safety and CB on that play.
As for the special teams play, Cundiff hit all of his fields goals (37, 41, 37 and 45 yards) and that is a great thing. However, how in the hell do you allow a rusher to come straight up the middle untouched on a punt. That was just ridiculous and Danny Smith should have been embarrassed. Again, that is just completely unacceptable. Last season we had to deal with blocked field goals and in the first game this season, we see a blocked punt go for six the other way. Fix it Danny and fix it now.
As I said earlier, a lot of folks didn’t expect the Skins to go to New Orleans and leave with a win. They probably thought it would be a blowout with the Saints putting up 40. It was a great first game and I will enjoy it for a week. However, it is on the first game and now teams will have more meaningful film to break down RG III. The Redskins need to keep expanding the playbook and keep defenses off balance to be successful. Based on today’s game, I believe they’ll make adjustments as the season wears on.
Hail To The Redskins.