Shanahan on his team's fight
Pierre Garçon made headlines last week by announcing that the Redskins passing game "sucks." On Sunday he made headlines with his play, and his part in a revamped passing game.
Garçon had a monster game, hauling in seven receptions for 172 yards. The second year Redskins receiver made an incredible diving catch in the second half, and seemed in sync with his quarterback on a number of timing routes.
"This guy competes every down and you saw he was determined today to make plays," Washington coach Mike Shanahan said after the 30-24 overtime win over San Diego. "Regardless where the ball was, he's going to find a way to come down with the ball."
Clearly frustrated after last week's loss in Denver, Garçon looked impressive against the Chargers. The 172 receiving yards marked a career high for Garçon, and was the highest total for a Redskins receiver sine Santana Moss went for 179 in a 2009 game against Detroit.
One of the best run blockers in the league for his position, Garçon also made an impact that helped let Alfred Morris break the 100-yard mark for the first time this season.
"That’s our offense," Garçon said. "We got to run the ball to open up the passing game."
Shanahan noticed his receiver's blocking as well.
"What people miss is exactly how hard he blocks, because you don't have the yards we have in the running game unless your receivers are really committed to make some plays and playing for each other," the coach said.
The game's hero ended up being seldom used fullback Darrel Young, who scored three touchdowns including the game winner in overtime. But after the game Young praised Garçon.
"That's what separates our team, our receivers block," Young said. "Pierre making big plays, I don't expect anything different. He does it in practice."
There was some sense that Garçon's previous comments were a critique of quarterback Robert Griffin III, though RG3 did not seem worried about it following the game.
"Pierre stepping up for us, made some great catches," Griffin said. "It was great to see that, great to see that fire. Great to see him ball out today."
After the controversy that stormed following Garçon's comments last week, the receiver sounded a much different, encouraged tone following the Chargers win.
"We kept playing. Guys got to keep battling and fighting," Garçon said. "You just have to believe in yourself and believe in the system."