I’m confused. I admit it. Jason Campbell played well today. The Redskins outgained the Rams by more than 100 yards. They had 7 more first downs than the Rams, and possessed the ball for almost 10 more minutes. They ran 20 more plays than the Rams. The penalties and turnovers were almost even. I can’t find a stat to explain how the Skins only won by 2 points. Oh yes I can – it’s called red zone efficiency – 0 for 5.
I’m trying to think of this game as an improvement over last week. A win is a win – nice cliche. But, 9 to 7? No touchdowns? Holy inefficiency Batman! Last year I watched the Redskins play the Giants at the Meadowlands. I told my NY Giants’ fan(atic) friend that the Redskins would have to score from outside the 20, because once they got into the red zone, they wouldn’t know how to act.
The Skins proved me wrong several times last year, but not enough to make me change my general opinion. I very much want to think differently. Let’s face it – the Redskins are incredibly pathetic inside the 20, and are establishing themselves as a team that doesn’t scare the Sisters of the Poor when they’re inside the 10. They can’t even punch the ball in from the 3.
The worst part of this reality is that so many good things the Redskins did today are overshadowed by a single point of failure. And, it’s not as if they don’t try. They played hard. The inability to score touchdowns rests squarely on Jim Zorn’s shoulders. Whatever he’s done to try and fix it, he either needs to do more or do something differently. Until he figures it out, the Redskins should pass the ball into the end zone as soon as they get to the opponent’s 20.