September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Why the Redskins Need Pierre Garcon to Win


For the third straight week, Redskins star wide-receiver Pierre Garçon is questionable with a bothersome foot injury. Unlike the past two weeks, Garçon has been practicing with the team, but the coaches have set a limit of what he can do.

There is nothing the team would love more than to have him back, as the ” big-play” factor has been minimal during the absence of the former Colt. Coach Shanahan would love to have his receiver back, but knows that these type of injuries take time to heal. He also knows what a difference Garçon makes on the field

“It [opens the playbook up] a ton. Pierre is a very talented guy, as everybody knows,” Shanahan said. “He’s only played eight plays this year and still had over 100 yards, so you guys can see what a difference he can make on the field.”

In the first half of the Redskins season opener against New Orleans, a Saints defensive-back clipped Garçons foot with his face-mash as the Redskin made his way to end-zone for RG3′s first professional touchdown. In that small amount of time, he racked up 109 yards on eight catches. Fred Davis leads the Redskins in receiving with 142 yards on 11 receptions, which is pathetic regarding the fact Garçon racked almost as much as that in one quater.

Robert Griffin III has obviously missed his top target, as the team has seen missed opportunities on long-balls that Garçon would have made. The inability to stay on offense than effects the defense, as the constant on-field time for London Fletcher and company tires them down and worsens their play, seen extremely evident in the secondary.

Bottom line, the Redskins need Pierre Garçon if they want any chance of competing this season in a tough division. And the team wouldn’t mind have their star player back against a weak and vulnerable Tampa Bay secondary.

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Tags: Mike Shanahan Pierre Garcon Redskins Robert Griffin III Tampa Bay Buccaneers