For most of Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Eagles, the Redskins seemed a step behind.
There might be a reason for that.
“They did a good job of scheming us up,” quarterback Robert Griffin III said, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “They kind of knew what was coming before it was coming and that was disheartening.
“But like I told the guys, regardless of what’s going on out there, we’re the players and we have to make the plays work, and we just weren’t doing that in the first half.”
It’s easy to read that as an indictment of coaching, and the sound bite will certainly make the rounds and lead to more clarification later this week.
But it wasn’t just the offense feeling that way. Linebacker London Fletcher said the Eagles didn’t change things significantly from the opener.
“For the most part, when we look at what they did on film, the plays they hit us with, they had already shown,” Fletcher said. “They believe in their offense and their system and just try to adjust to what we were doing. Defensively, we played a lot of man-to-man, so they ran a lot of man-beaters and crossing routes and things like that to try to free up their guys, so that was part of their game-plan. Tight end delay, tight end screen, running back screen – a lot of things to beat man coverage.”
Mike Shanahan has coached this team out of holes before (they were 3-6 last year before winning seven straight), but there was no indication yesterday such a run was coming.