Redskins grades: Offense arrived too late

Redskins grades: Offense arrived too late
September 10, 2013, 11:00 am
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Pierre Garcon talks Washington's loss to Philadelphia

The Redskins didn’t get untracked on offense until the second half when it was too little, too late. In the first 31 minutes of play they turned the ball over three times and another fumble resulted in a safety. By the time they got it moving they trailed 33-7. And while they knocked off the rust and put up 20 unanswered points in the second half they did benefit from the fact that the Eagles defense was playing somewhat soft at that point.

Overall grade: D+

Position grades

Quarterback: D+

As RG3 goes, so goes the Redskins’ offense so he gets the same grade as the group. This is an average of his grades from the first 31 minutes of the game, when he had a passer rating of 11.5 thanks to just five completions (in 13 attempts) for 53 yards with two interceptions, and the last 29 minutes. He was more like the 2012 version of Griffin then as he passed for 276 yards with two TD’s and no picks. That was a passer rating of 110.4. The “plus” comes from his rainbow touchdown toss to Leonard Hankerson in the back of the end zone in the late going, a play that was at thing of beauty even though it ultimately was futile.

Running back: D

You could say that Alfred Morris never had a chance to get untracked as he had just 12 carries. But he played a huge part in bringing it on himself with two fumbles, one of which resulted in a safety, that helped the Redskins dig a hole that forced them to abandon the running game.

Receivers/tight ends: C

Leonard Hankerson had his best game since he got injured in 2011 with five catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns and Jordan Reed had a solid debut with five catches for 38 yards. On the other end of the scale, Fred Davis had just two catches in his return to the lineup and both of those came after the Philly defense went soft. Yards after the catch were lacking, although you might blame some of that on Griffin for being less than pinpoint accurate on his throws for much of the game.

Offensive line: D

One unit was slapped together over the offseason; the other had played an entire season together in 2012. But you couldn’t tell from watching that the Eagles’ front seven was the group that had been converted to a 3-4 consisting of some holdovers in new positions and some spare parts and that the Redskins O-line performed as a unit for all of last year. The Eagles did some unconventional things on defense and timed and executred them well and the Washington line just couldn’t react. Still, two of the three sacks the Redskins gave up appeared to be issues with blitz pickups by backs, not by the line. A false start penalty on Trent Williams that turned a late fourth and ten into a fourth and 15 dinged the grade a little bit.