The Jim Zorn era is off to a sputtering start.
For all the off-season talk of a revitalized offense, the Redskins sputtered and produced almost nothing offensively in a 16-7 loss to the New York Giants on Thursday. Jason Campbell never looked comfortable and in throwing for 98 yards.
Jim Zorn was ultra conservative with his play calling, almost force feeding the run and leaving extra blockers in on most plays. The Redskins seemed fearful of the Giants pass rush and were never able to establish an offensive rhythm.
Defensively, the Redskins were awful in the 1st half. They couldn’t get off the field and the Giants moved up and down the field at will. They were able to tighten up in the red zone to hold the Giants to 16 points in the 1st half but their inabliity to get off the field added to the lack of success in the offense. The Redskins were able to make adjustments at half time and were much better defensively in the 2nd half.
The only strong suit for the Redskins on this night were on special teams. Rock Cartwright busted a long kick-off return which led to the Redskins only touchdown. The coverage units were outstanding, limited the Giants to minimal returns.
It was an ugly opener for the Redskins. Offensively there just isn’t much to build on. Jim Zorn is going to have to loosen up his play calling and let the offensive line and Jason Campbell earn their pay cheques. Its just one game, but until the offense can show even a smidge of potential, its hard to feel positive going forward.