Coaching Grade analysis for the Redskins victory over the Oakland Raiders.
Game Day coaching: I didn’t see any major errors for head coach Mike Shanahan. The team didn’t give up when they went down 14-0, so they were motivated to win. Shanahan used his time outs well, and didn’t lose any to a desperation replay challenge. Things could have gone a bit smoother to start the game, but the staff made some adjustments in the second half offensively and finished strong. Game Day coaching grade – B+
Offensive Game plan: Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan seemed to understand that the Redskins needed to establish the running game early. However, the offense still sputtered to start the game and the team fell behind by two touchdowns. But surprisingly Shanahan went semi no-huddle, up-tempo and this seemed to jump-start the offense. RGIII hit a groove in the up-tempo offense and Alfred Morris started getting yards running the football. But the Skins still haven’t had a complete game on offense yet this season, and this wasn’t either as the passing game didn’t net many big plays. Offensive Game plan grade – B
Defensive Game plan: Props need to go to much maligned defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, as his defense had its best game of the season thus far. The pass rush was relentless, sacking Matt Flynn seven times, and the DB’s didn’t give up any long passes. Although, the defense was more than likely helped by the fact that Raiders starting QB Terrelle Pryor didn’t play, and running back Darren McFadden left the game early with an injury, they did what they needed to do, and spearheaded the victory. Defensive Game plan grade – A
Special Teams coaching: Special Teams coordinator Keith Burns’ troops struggled at time against the Raiders. They suffered a blocked punt for a touchdown, and surrendered a first down on a fake punt. The special teams were definitely the weak link against the Raiders. Special Teams coaching grade – F
Total Coaching Grade: B- This grade was adversely affected by the special teams, but otherwise a well coached game by Shanahan and his staff. Now they just need to get the offense going early in a game.