The Redskins have not been running the ball well lately. Not at all.
In seven of their last eight games they have averaged less than three yards per carry. While there is something to be said for sticking with what you believe in, there comes a point where you have to give up and try something different.
It appears that Jay Gruden has come to that point.
“We have to look at what we’re doing . . . It hasn’t been pretty for . . . seven out of the last eight,” said Gruden.
“I think we’re probably going to have to err on the side of throwing the ball,” said Gruden. “If that means throwing quickly, throwing screens on the running downs, try to get in positive down and distances, to throw it on first down, second and five, and maybe try to get in some pass situations, maybe throw some draws in there.
“We have to look at what we’re doing.”
Last night’s game against the Cowboys was a good example of the Redskins having the desire to run the ball but not the ability to do so. They called 34 passes and 26 runs. That’s good play calling balance. But they averaged just 2.8 yards per rushing attempt. For sticking with the running game to make sense, a team has to average at least four yards per carry, maybe 4.5. It just wasn’t working.
“We have to execute better, obviously, but we also have to look at when we’re calling plays and how we’re calling plays, put our guys in better positions to succeed, get the ball into our playmakers’ hands, figure out who those guys are and get them the ball,” said Gruden.
For the past two months Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder, and Matt Jones (the pass catcher) have proven to be more productive playmakers than Alfred Morris and Matt Jones (the ball carrier). The play calling has not reflected that reality. It looks like Gruden will consider shaking up what plays get run in order to take advantage of their best weapons.