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Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Redskins need to run Robert Griffin III

For whatever reason, whether it be PR or to avoid scrutiny from the media or his family, the Washington Redskins have not called any designed runs for Robert Griffin III. I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  It has nothing to do with his health. He is as healthy as he's going to be for someone coming off reconstructive knee surgery. He actually looked faster against the Packers than he did in the opener against the Eagles.

The Redskins are a running team (ranked 1st in 2012), and the design of the plays allow for wide open cutback lanes. These lanes are much smaller without the threat of Griffin holding the backside. By not letting Griffin run, the Redskins are only running a portion of his specific playbook, and it only makes sense that it's easier to defend less options. It's also easier to ignore any read option play fakes.

If you're not going to call any read option plays, you might as well put Kirk Cousins in, right? At least then, you have a guy with whom you can run the entire specific playbook for. Cousins would also make throws and decisions with conviction. There would be so much backlash if this took place, and in the people pleasing age that we live in, I don't see it happening.

The fact of the matter is that Washington just isn't very good on offense right now. We all know the defense leaves a ton to be desired, but if you're on the field, you will give up plays sooner or later. When the offense is turning the ball over and not changing field position, things get even tougher. The offense needs to get back on track to protect their defense.

Next on the schedule is the Detroit Lions. Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Reggie Bush will be licking their chops when they come to FedEx Field.

The burgundy and gold could very well be staring 0-3 in the face.

Hashim Horne, NFL Junkie
Twitter:  @_SoundTheHorne

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