Redskins offense still sputtering
There was so much hype surrounding the offense of the Washington Redskins coming into the season that anything they would have done would not have lived up to the lofty expectations in D.C.. Expectations were high and I had thought that the offense wouldn't live up to the hype, but definitely did not envision the Skins struggling for field goals and barely moving the ball. Sunday's game against Dallas was the second time in as many weeks that the Skins were given a national showcase to display their new revamped offense. Instead, the entire nation saw a team that looked lost and was completely shut down by a slightly above average Dallas defense. The Redskins did not score an offensive touchdown and settled for a field goal early in the second quarter. So who is to blame for the anemic offense? Is it new offensive coordinator Al Suanders? I would say no because he has a proven track record and the plays can only work if there is talent on the field. Is it Joe Gibbs? He has relinquished play calling duties, so theres another no. Is it Mark Brunell? Yes. Brunell is quickly making last season seem like a fluke and is bringing back memories of two years ago when he was benched for Patrick Ramsey. Clinton Portis's absence definitely affects the entire flow of the offense but that is no excuse for the way Brunell has played. Brunell has not played particularly bad, he is just too timid to actually make a throw down field. The receivers are one of the most talented groups in the NFL, but if the quarterback refuses to throw to them, they are not going to be of much use. Al Saunders has given the keys of a high powered sports car to Brunell, and he's driving it like go-kart.