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FENNO: Forget RG3; Redskins won’t beat anyone until defense stops beating itself
This wasn’t as much about Rodgers gashing the Redskins’ unfailingly flawed pass defense — though he did so often en route to the 25th-most passing yards in NFL history — as it was handing second chance after second chance to an offense that doesn’t need the generous assistance to thrive.
Oh, the numbers grow worse. Even after a concussion knocked rookie running back Eddie Lacy out of the game, backup James Starks promptly became the first Packers player to rush for over 100 yards in 44 games.
Add that to LeSean McCoy’s gallops in the season-opener and the Redskins rank dead last in the NFL in rush defense (among several other categories). The sudden ability for teams to run on the Redskins is a troubling development buried in the avalanche of points. At least last season the rush defense ranked fifth in the league to help offset the secondary’s big-play problems. Even with Rob Jackson and Jarvis Jenkins suspended for the first four games because of drug-policy violations, this group expected to remain stout.
The season is too young to call for jobs, but the problems are so basic as to call into question what’s going on. If not corrected, they’ll leave Griffin’s methodical, inevitable return to his old self irrelevant.
In Haslett’s four seasons as defensive coordinator, the Redskins ranked 31st, 13th, 28th and, now, 32nd in total defense. The early results against two powerful offenses, if the would-be tackles didn’t make you turn away in disgust, haven’t been promising. The Lions visit Sunday, owners of the NFL’s No. 2 pass attack in 2012. The path doesn’t get easier.
At some point, results have to replace the incessant babble about improvements and steps forward that look to the world outside Redskins Park like steps back. That’s how playoff teams, real ones, operate.
The Redskins need to stop someone. All they’re doing right now is stopping themselves.
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