If you’re a peewee football coach, a high school coach or even a college coach, and you want to show your players how not to play defense, have them watch Washington’s performance against Indianapolis this past Sunday.
Washington gave up touchdown plays of 30, 49, 48, 73 and 79 yards in a 49-27 loss – and that doesn’t include a 35-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Scott Ferrall, in all of his years of watching football, has never seen a defense look that bad. Neither has Washington Post NFL writer Mark Maske.
“They were big plays that came easily,” Maske said on Ferrall on the Bench. “There were guys that weren’t covered. There were runs that didn’t require a great run. They were fairly routine. And it’s funny. The Colts had had some real issues protecting Andrew Luck in the first half of the Jacksonville game a week earlier, with the five sacks in the first half before they got it straightened out. And the first two possessions against the Redskins, they come out and turn the ball over and you think the Redskins are going to be able to put some heat on Luck, force some turnovers, maybe hang in the game and play a decent game defensively. And after that, it just totally fell apart. They end up wasting a fairly decent performance by Colt McCoy.”
McCoy finished 31-of-47 for 392 yards and three touchdowns. He was also sacked six times and fumbled four times, losing just one.
“Yes, there were some issues with the sacks and losing the ball,” Maske said, “but he put up numbers offensively – maybe not to win the game against Andrew Luck, but (to) at least (keep Washington) in the game. The way they played defensively, they weren’t really even in the game. It’s hard to win a game when you cant stop anybody. If you can’t stop the other team ever – and they were giving up big plays left and right – it came down to the way they played defense more than anything else.”
Robert Griffin III, meanwhile, is likely done in D.C.
“Yeah, I think there’s a very good chance of that,” Maske said. “It’s been made very clear now that he was not making progress in Jay Gruden’s offense. He was not able to develop as quickly as they hoped as a pocket passer. Now you look at a guy who has been benched by two different coaching staffs in two consecutive seasons. I just think it becomes very hard to go back to him and turn back to him and turn the team back over to him and say that you’re confident that he’s going to get this done.
“At best right now, it is a fairly long-term project to get him to being the kind of quarterback that you want him to be and need him to be in this offense that Gruden is running,” Maske continued. “Certainly there’s going to be an effort made to move him to see what you can get for him. Maybe you can’t get anything for him and that’s the one way that he stays in Washington and Gruden works with him. But if they can get anything of any kind of value for him . . . yeah, I think they move him and I think they move on.”