Jay Gruden said, “the jury is still out” on the Redskins quarterback position. The jury, which consists of Gruden, offensive coordinator Sean McVay, general manager Bruce Allen and a few others, will look at the performance of Robert Griffin III over the team’s last seven games. How Griffin performs in those games will go a long way in determining the direction the team will take at the position during the offseason.
Since these seven games are so critical for the future, let’s take a look at who the Redskins play and how they rank in some key pass defense categories:
Average net yards per attempt includes sacks in yards lost; defensive DVOA from Football Outsiders includes both run and pass defense.
It looks like Griffin should have a pretty good chance to play well. Of the seven upcoming opponents only the 49ers could reasonably said to have a top 10 passing defense. San Francisco and Philadelphia are in the top half of the league in pass defense and Dallas and Indy are in the middle of the pack. The Giants are a mixed bag and the Bucs and Rams are just bad.
Fortunately for Griffin, he gets a good opportunity to do well right off the bat going against the Bucs. In five of Tampa Bay’s last six games the opposing team has thrown for over 300 yards and they have allowed a completion rate of 70 percent or higher in five of their eight games this season.
Griffin should have a chance to go deep to DeSean Jackson against the Bucs. They have allowed 19 plays of 25 yards or more this year. The NFL team average is 15.
It is likely to be tougher going the following week in San Francisco. They have allowed just nine big plays this year.
This is just a snapshot of the way things stand after Week 9. Things could change by the time these teams play Washington. The 49ers, for example, will have outside linebacker Aldon Smith back from suspension by Week 12. He sacked Griffin twice when the teams played in 2013. And the Giants just lost starting cornerback Prince Amukamara for the rest of the year to a torn bicep so we will have to see how that affects their pass defense.