When asked about the fourth-and-one conversion during the Washington Football Team's Week 1 win against Philadelphia, running back coach Randy Jordan's answer was a motivational one.
“I told them: ‘Don’t count the reps, make the reps count,’" said Jordan. "Don’t sit there and ask: ‘How many times did I get the ball?’ Whenever you get an opportunity to make a play, you make a play."
It was the perfect answer from Jordan, who's been employing the "running back by committee" approach on offense this season. That came to fruition when head coach Ron Rivera turned to running back Peyton Barber for the gutsy call on fourth down when Washington easily could have settled for a field goal.
Barber proved his coaching staff right, maneuvering his way past the markers to move the chains. He went on to score a touchdown only a few snaps later.
"We were able to get that first down and it was a tremendous effort by our whole offense," Jordan said. "It gave us a lot of confidence finishing that game off.”
If Washington's offense can continue gelling in this capacity, especially in the backfield, which was efficient, if not consistently productive, then Rivera's team has a chance to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2011.