Oct 25, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden walks down the sidelines during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Offense: It will be easy for Gruden(and his supporters) to point to the results and claim that his master plan won out, but it’s very hard to honestly look at the game and say that this was anything more than pure, unadulterated luck(more on that later).
Gruden tried to get Alf Morris going, but to no avail and with the return of Trent Williams it’s hard to use injuries as an excuse. Matt Jones returned and gave them more life in the running game(not much though) but this was about passing. And the return of Jordan Reed gave the Redskins just enough to overcome a 24 point deficit.
If you want to say that Gruden’s plan was “Reed comes back and we’re better” then you’ll give him an A. If you want to say that Gruden pulled a lucky horseshoe out of somewhere, then you’ll give him a D.
Barry’s plan gave up 200 yards in the first quarter. Then he got bailed out in the second half by a Bucs’ team that couldn’t get out of their own way on both sides of the ball.
It’s hard to say what adjustments he’s going to make to slow down opposing rushing attacks because the Redskins under Gruden have been far too reactive to results no matter how they got those results. So, a win is going to reinforce bad decisions. Or it has so far this season.
They should have Culliver and Hall back for the Patriots game, but with Goldson and Robinson in place, its hard to see this netting a massive improvement.
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