On multiple occasions against the Colts, the Redskins mixed up their coverage assignments, leaving Indianapolis receivers wide open targets for Andrew Luck. It appeared that coach Jay Gruden was beyond frustrated with the issues.
“I don’t know,” said Gruden when asked for an explanation. “We addressed that in the locker room. One’s a basic three-deep call and we didn’t have anybody in the deep third. One’s a cover two call and we don’t have a safety playing a half . . . To have guys wide open on plays like that is unheard of on simple, basic calls.”
Well, Gruden may think that it’s unheard of but unfortunately, those following the Redskins have seen and heard of blown coverages all year long. Every team misses coverage assignments but not with the frequency that the Redskins do
Veteran safety Ryan Clark took the blame off of the coaches and put it on the players. He complimented Colts quarterback Andrew Luck but he said they made it too easy on him.
“He just threw it to the guy that we left open,” said Clark. We didn’t do a good job, and when we left guys open he hit them. When you’re playing a Pro Bowl, all-pro caliber quarterback you’re going to get that. Not taking anything away from him. He would have played well regardless; he’s Andrew Luck. But you can’t make it easier on them.”
The question is, who do you blame? Are the coaches responsible for making sure that player know and execute their assignments? Or do the players need to get the job done between the lines?
“Players have to step up and start taking some accountability at some point and we have to do a better job coaching, that’s all I can say,” said Gruden.
You can’t fire all of the players so soon after the season ends on December 28 the organization will take a look at making coaching staff changes. Gruden just completed the first year of full guaranteed five-year contract so he is safe.
The same can’t be said of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and secondary coach Raheem Morris. Many were surprised when they were retained last January after Mike Shanahan was fired. One or both of them might not be so fortunate this time around.
Who do you think is to blame? Speak out in the comments!