It was merely 12-7 at halftime before the Patriots (5-0) turned it on and started playing at a level the Redskins couldn’t match. Outside of Sims 65-yard rush, the Redskins averaged less than three yards per play.
Mess up they did. McCoy finished 18/27 for 119 yards and an interception as the Redskins failed again to get the run game going. Peterson has yet to break 40 yards in a game this season. Sims' 65 yards are the highest for any single player for Washington this season, and they all came on one carry and he is a wide receiver.
The defense played well in the first half. They sacked Tom Brady four times. They still had no chance. The Washington defense ultimately surrendered 348 yards passing to future Hall of Famer before he exited the game with just over six minutes to go. Over one hundred of those yards went to Julian Edelman, who beat seemingly every Redskins defensive back as he dominated the middle of the field.
There is no in-depth analysis here: This is what we thought would happen. The Patriots are an excellent football team. The Redskins are the opposite of that.
They are better in every way. They have better players. They are significantly better coached. They have better food in the press box. They literally do everything better as an organization.
That time should be now, but Haskins is so far behind the learning curve, I’m not sure it’s possible. He struggled to call plays against New York, nevertheless run them. However, it might just be time to live with those mistakes, as unbearable as they may be, to figure out if he can play in this league or if the very high draft pick the Redskins will have in April should be used on another quarterback.
Players learn in different ways. If Haskins learning style is to learn by doing, he needs to do. He needs to get reps. That can’t happen unless he’s the starter.
That’s the dilemma with the future, but the other biggest questions are who will be a part of the Redskins past. For now, Gruden is safe. The Redskins coach said after the game that no one in the organization has spoken to him about his job status. He also said no staff changes are planned.
Norman, Jon Allen, and Ryan Kerrigan echoed similar sentiments. “We’re professionals,” Kerrigan said alluding to the fact that they have 11 more games no matter the record now.
Next week brings the Miami Dolphins, a fellow winless team. It is an opportunity to feel good in the short term, but the long term issues with this team and this organization remain.