FedEx Field (December 7, 2014) Two games into the Colt McCoy era, the result remains the same as the Redskins were sounded beaten by the St. Louis Rams 24-0 yesterday. The loss drops the Redskins to 3-10 and, with the Giant’s win yesterday, sole possession of the basement floor of the NFC East.
Here is where I would normally mention the highlights of the game-but there were none, unless you are a Ram’s fan. I guess the defense was ok, but it looked more like the Rams were stopping themselves with penalties as opposed to the defense imposing their will. The Redskins offense was anemic, with 27 yards rushing, two passes picked off and was 3 of 12 converting 3rd downs. The special teams gave up another score on 74-yard punt return. The best thing you could say is they were only down by 6 at half-time, but only one team came out to play in the second half.
Colt McCoy’s passer rating was a measly 59.8 with 20 competitions on 32 attempts and 199 yards. It seemed that the Redskins were always in a third down and a mile situation. I don’t care who your quarterback is, 3rd and a mile is not a recipe for success in the NFL.
While the game droned on, a significant portion of the faithful began chanting for RG III to right the ship. However, even if you had the second coming of Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana rolled up into one, it would not have made a difference.
My plea for Mr. Snyder is simple. He has always stated that he wants to return the team to its glory days of the three Super Bowl championships. All three of these championships had one thing in common, and it wasn’t the quarterback. It was THE HOGS.
The path forward for rebuilding the team is start with the offensive line. Focus your efforts on creating the best line in the league. The history of the Redskins was pounding the ball down the other team’s throat to the point of exhaustion, then when they were sufficiently softened up, we went over the top to a trio of receivers that would break the game open. We had a bunch of competent quarterbacks that were able to operate and succeed in that system. But it all begins with the Offensive line.
Please Mr. Snyder, launch The HOGS 2.0.