Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 3, the day before the Redskins take on the Panthers at FedEx Field.
Chat starts at 12:30
We’ll be chatting Redskins-Panthers from the press box at FedEx Field on Sunday. Participating will be yours truly, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir, and our producer Jennifer X Williams.
We’ll get things rolling by 12:30, maybe a little earlier. Just keep an eye on Twitter and I’ll let you know via @Rich_TandlerCSN.
See you then!
Jaws says stopping RG3 easier said than done
Ron Jaworski has an interesting article on ESPN.com (it’s behind a paywall) that has a somewhat misleading title. “How to stop Robert Griffin III” is the headline. But the subhead is much more revealing: “Pittsburgh provided a blueprint to halt Washington’s QB. . . or did it?”
Jaws said what I’ve been saying all week—the Steelers really didn’t stop Griffin. The Redskins’ offense was undone by the fact that Pittsburgh scored on its first four possessions, Griffin misfiring on a couple of throws and, of course, the 10 dropped passes.
When it’s running as designed, the Redskins offense is tough to stop.
The Redskins also do a spectacular job of stretching the field horizontally. They do it with the stretch run, and with Griffin's speed through options and bootlegs. Exhibiting that ability to attack sideline to sideline slows defenses down. So far in 2012, it almost has made defenses overly cautious and conscious of gap control, freezing them in place and giving Washington's attackers a split-second advantage they can exploit. And it has paid off big in the play-action game. Griffin is freezing the defense with the threat of the run, then generating good passing windows off those fakes and creating huge voids for his wide receivers to run to. That negates some of the defensive advantage to sitting back in coverage and rushing only three or four linemen.
The Redskins’ offense, said Jaworski, is versatile enough for Griffin to avoid the pitfalls that have slowed down Cam Newton. He compares the Panthers’ offense to a college offense with the big difference being that Washington has a power running game while the Panthers don’t have one.
In the end, he answers the question. “Did the Steelers expose the secret to stopping RG3?” Jaws wrote. “I don't think so, not yet, at least. And I think things will only improve for the Redskins in 2012.”
It was an interesting article and I’ll go back and take another glance at it during he bye week.
No availability, Redskins vs. Panthers Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
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