Oct 4, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant (14) is interfered with by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Eric Rowe (32) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
5. While everyone will be focused on Garçon’s final drive and game winning catch the WR story that grabbed this author’s attention was the play of Jamison Crowder and Ryan Grant.
Both were far more effective than Garçon was and carried the passing attack throughout the game, especially in creating first downs.
Garçon and DeSean Jackson will still have roles with the team this season but it looks like Crowder and Grant will have roles in the post 2015 Redskins landscape. Almost no matter who the coaching staff will be.
Losing Lauvao dramatically changed the rushing attack. With Spencer Long in at left guard for the injured Lauvao, the Redskins switched back to the zone block scheme with Morris at RB.
Jones also rarely saw the field, even on third downs. This wouldn’t appear to be a punishment for a fumble in week 3, since he wasn’t benched for his fumble in week 2.
Thompson got the backup touches that Jones would usually get. It’s interesting that Gruden would appear to have abandoned Jones’ role in the offense due to a change in the offensive line personnel so easily.
Also considering how relatively ineffective Morris was as the primary back in this zone block scheme, the question will be how long before Gruden abandons this new scheme to get Jones back on the field.