Redskins Pro Bowl offensive tackle Trent Williams would like the team to get the Redskins’ running game going but he doesn’t believe that the team’s season will succeed or fail based on their ability to do so.
“The run is not do or die,” said Williams. “Obviously it helps any time you can get over 100 yards rushing I think your percentages of winning the game go up tremendously but it’s not the end all, be all. You’ve got to look at the flow of the game, sometimes it fits right in and sometimes it doesn’t. The main thing we want to do is do whatever we’ve got to do to win. It’s not about proving a point to anybody.”
Williams may have a point there. The Redskins have rushed for 172 yards in their last four games. Never before in their history have they rushed for so few yards in a span of four consecutive games. The former low-water mark was in October of 1961 when they had a combined 192 yards on the ground.
The 1961 edition of the Redskins was probably the worst ever. They finished 1-12-1 and were outscored by 218 points. During that four game stretch in October they were 0-4, getting shut out in the middle two games.
This is a different era, of course, and the Redskins have been able to keep things more respectable during their recent rushing problems. They took the Falcons to overtime before losing and rallied to beat the Bucs. The Redskins probably weren’t going to beat the Patriots no matter what they did. The game against the Jets could have been at least more competitive had the Redskins been able to move the ball on the ground.
Williams said that the solution to getting things going on the ground is simple.
“Attempts,” he said. “It just takes attempts, it takes reps. The guys we’ve got running the ball are guys we have to get in a groove and kind of wear the defense down. If you’re not getting them any attempts, any carries, it might not work out too well.”
While what Williams said is true, it’s a classic Catch 22. It’s hard to get the running game going if you don’t stick with it. But it’s difficult to stick with it if it’s not working.
The Redskins hope to break the cycle against the Saints, who are ranked 30th in the NFL against the run.