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RG3: 'We're all frustrated'

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RG3: 'We're all frustrated'

Maybe Robert Griffin III and the Redskins have hit rock bottom. Maybe they haven’t. But they sure did look bad in front of a national television audience on Monday night.

Griffin finished 17 of 27 for 127 yards and one interception. His passer rating of 58.7 was the third lowest of his NFL career. He has had worse ratings in two games in the past six weeks.

But at least in those other games Griffin was able to get his team in the end zone. According to ESPN, Griffin had never played a game at Baylor or with the Redskins in which his team’s offense did not score a touchdown. That streak ended at 67 games.

“We’re all frustrated. Everybody is tired of losing,” said Griffin. One thing to take away, one thing that we’re not, we’re not quitters.”

The Redskins mustered just 30 yards of offense and one first down in the entire second half.

“We haven’t been dominated like that since I’ve been here,” said Mike Shanahan.

Griffin didn’t go into much detail about what went wrong. “What am I supposed to do, come up here and talk about how bad we are?" he asked rhetorically.

It’s not as though Griffin got much help. His line provided scant protection as he got sacked four times and was running for his life on many other occasions. That same line couldn’t provide any running room for Alfred Morris, who picked up just 52 yards rushing on 14 carries. And the Washington defense breathed life into struggling 49ers QB Colin Kapernick.

But last year it seemed that Griffin would lift the team over and above whatever wasn’t going right. But on Monday, as in most of the rest of the season, he either was unable to pull his team past the problems or he contributed to them.

Griffin had a rocky first half. The Redskins went three and out on their first three series with Griffin unable to get anything going with the exception of a few runs. Near the end of the first quarter the Redskins got something going until Griffin threw an interception to safety Donte Whitner.

It was one of those mistakes that Griffin never seemed to make as a rookie last year. Defensive end Justin Smith didn’t bite on a play action bootleg. As the defender zeroed in on Griffin, the quarterback threw the ball towards Pierre Garçon around the hash mark. But Whitner was in much better position to make the catch and he made the easy pick.

San Francisco drove for a field goal to take a 10-0 lead. At that point, Griffin was 0-6 passing with the one interception. His passer rating was a perfect 0.00.

But then things turned around for Griffin and the Redskins. Alfred Morris got a drive going on the ground and they moved into the red zone. But the drive fizzled after Griffin threw into the vicinity of two receivers on first down and he couldn’t get off an accurate pass against an all-out blitz on third down. A Kai Forbath field goal cut the lead to 10-3.

Things got going again on the Redskins’ next possession. Santana Moss snagged a low Griffin pass to pick up 18 yards on third and nine. Then Josh Morgan gained another 18 down the sideline.

But this drive died in the red zone as well. Griffin wasted a timeout after Garçon went out of bounds after a catch and then he fumbled while scrambling. That forced them to burn their final timeout. After a completion to Garçon was inbounds and short of the first down, the field goal team scrambled onto the field and Forbath’s 35-yarder made it 10-6 at the half.

As bad as the half was, it was better than the second.

"For us, as players and coaches, you have to believe,” said Griffin.

It’s hard for people on the outside to see much to believe in right now.

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Matt Ryan throws some serious shade at Kyle Shanahan for the Super Bowl loss

Matt Ryan throws some serious shade at Kyle Shanahan for the Super Bowl loss

Matt Ryan spoke to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco about the loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl and how the Falcons will rebound in 2017. 

In the process, he took a shot at former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's play-calling and put some of the blame on his style of coaching for the disastrous fourth quarter.

"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in," Ryan said. "As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."

Those are some harsh words from Ryan and not exactly a ringing endorsement of Kyle Shanahan. This loss will surely haunt him should he never get back to another Super Bowl.

"There's always going to be a little sting," Ryan said. "You never lose that. Hopefully we've got four Super Bowl victories after this one, but that doesn't mean we won't still be like, 'Damn, let's talk about the other one we should've had."

Redskins fans may be able to relate to Matt Ryan's pain as some were vocal about Kyle Shanahan's play-calling during his time in Washington. Maybe Kirk Cousins takes notice of Ryan's comments as well before he considers San Francisco next off-season.

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Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Redskins running backs over-under

The Redskins’ running backs depth chart looks quite different from how it did a year ago. Rob Kelley, who was “ninth-string” back last year per Jay Gruden, is the starter. Samaje Perine enters the mix with expectations that exceed those normally assigned to a fourth-round pick. Chris Thompson is the constant as the third-down back. What kind of numbers will they put up this year? Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay go over-under on some Redskins running back stats. 

Rob Kelley, 1,000 rushing yards

Tandler: If you project Kelley’s production in the nine games he started over 16 games it comes to about 1,050 yards. He had his ups and downs in those nine starts and he will have them this year. But he should have enough ups to be able to average the 62.5 yards per game needed to hit the thousand-yard mark. Over

Finlay: Unlike wide receivers, where 25 guys broke the 1,000 yard mark in 2016, it's getting harder and harder for a running back to hit four-figures. In 2016, only 12 RBs ran for more than 1,000 yards, and only eight got over 1,100 yards. As the NFL becomes more and more of a passing league, less backs are getting the carries sufficient for a 1,000 yard season. The Redskins haven't had a 1,000 yard rusher since Alfred Morris in 2014. While I think Kelley gets the bulk of the yardage, I think it caps out about 900 yards and Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine creep into the total. Under

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Kelley, 10 rushing touchdowns

Tandler: He scored six as the starter last year and doing the math that comes to 11 over 16 games. But last year there wasn’t a player like Perine, who could come into the game and vulture some touchdowns after Kelley did the work to get the ball in goal to go position. Under

Finlay: Sorry to keep going back to stats, but last year only seven running backs got to 10 TDs or more. Only seven! Hard to see Kelley getting there on a team that didn't run all that much, or all that well either, in 2016. Under

Samaje Perine, 500 rushing yards

Tandler: It tough to set a line for a guy who hasn’t played. I’ll go off Matt Jones’ 2015 rookie season when he gained 490 yards while sharing time with Alfred Morris. If Perine averages four yards per carry, which is not hard to do, he’ll need about eight carries per game to get to 500. It’s close but if Kelley is effective, as I believe he will be, Perine might not get enough carries to have a chance. Under

Finlay: Tandler's Matt Jones comp pretty much works for Perine, but Jones had explosive speed that Perine doesn't have. A better comp for me was Derrick Henry last year as a rookie with the Titans. DeMarco Murray was established as the top dog, and Henry worked for a productive 490 yards. Under

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Chris Thompson, 60 pass receptions

Tandler: His role is beyond just third down. If the Redskins are behind in the fourth quarter, Thompson is usually in there to try to help spark a rally. Along with TE Jordan Reed and WR Jamison Crowder, Thompson will benefit from Kirk Cousins’ familiarity with him. Over

Finlay: Thompson should be a strong contributor in 2017, but 60 catches is a lot for a running back. Only David Johnson (80) and Le'Veon Bell (75) went over that number in 2016, while James White had exactly 60 catches. Thompson grabbed 49 balls in 2016, an impressive total. I could actually see Thompson getting a bigger percentage increase in carries, he had 68 rushes last season with a very solid 5.2 YPC, than catches. Under

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