Originally posted on Redskins Hog Heaven  |  Last updated 9/12/12
Mike Shanahan must take his team down a peg or two to prepare the Washington Redskins for the Saint Louis Rams. That's where those underpaid quality control assistants (and future NFL coaches) come in handy. They've charted all the player performances and organized them by down and distance for the coach who can now deliver this message to the team – you weren't that good against the Saints. Play like that, men, and you will never beat the Rams, winners of three of the last five games against the Redskins. Fans don't get the secret source. Fortunately, Football Outsiders gives us something close in their breakdown of the Redskins-Saints game. FO asks, "isn't instant stardom [for RG3] a bit much?" "... neither the Saints or the Redskins actually played all that great this weekend. Actually, the Saints 'outplayed' the Redskins in the eyes of our system, but lost." The Redskins did not run the ball all that well per FO's analysis. The Shanahan's handled Robert Griffin III with kid gloves.
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