The Washington Redskins have major offensive woes, and it might start with the guy who is running it. Is Kyle Shanahan, the son of the head coach, over his head? It sure looks like it. The Redskins are terrible on offense right now.
The Redskins couldn't run it. They couldn't throw it. Beck held the ball. The line was whipped. And the end result was the first shutout in Mike Shanahan's coaching career.
"Obviously, it was a tough game," Mike Shanahan said. "I'm disappointed with the result, and especially the way we played on offense."
Shanahan was asked if was satisfied with the offensive execution. Yes, somebody asked that.
"You think I'm satisfied?" he asked. "We didn't score a point. Obviously, I am very disappointed in our execution."
The Redskins are 26th in scoring and 25th in yards per play. The rest of their offensive numbers are just as bad.
They've changed quarterbacks, and they have a lot of injuries on their line and at receiver, so there are reasons for the problems. But you have to wonder if the main problem isn't the guy calling the plays.
They aren't the answer.
Time will tell, but it's hard to imagine the father firing the son.
---Buffalo's Andy Levitre is one of the best guards in the NFL. He is having a Pro Bowl season. Against the Redskins, he was asked to move from left guard to left tackle because of injuries. And he did a great job in the run game and in pass protection, except for one play where Brian Orakpo beat him around the edge. He is a mauler in the run game. He doesn't look like he would be, but he gets underneath the opposition and drives them off the football. Give this guy some props. He shows up every week on tape.
---Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril is going to become a rich man next spring. In a league where teams crave young pass rushers he will become a free agent after the season. The Lions will do everything they can to keep him, and could put the franchise tag on him, but if he gets to the market, look out. Avril had two strip sacks against the Broncos Sunday, returning one for a touchdown. He has five sacks on the season, but he's been better than that number would indicate.
----Did the Lions players go overboard by "Tebowing" to celebrate plays? Tebowing is the Internet sensation where people send in pictures from anywhere imitating Tebow's prayer pose from game day. Lions players twice imitated the pose. Here's the thing: Tebow didn't start the craze. So it's mocking him for something he didn't start. I know it's just in fun, and players have to get tired of the hype for a bad quarterback, but it's not the kid's fault. It's the responsibility of the Tebow Cult that follows him.
---Six days after the Jacksonville Jaguars corners blanketed Anquan Boldin, he had a huge day against the Cardinals. Boldin caught seven passes for 145 yards, including five for 112 yards in the third quarter. The knock on Boldin is he can't run, which mean he has a tough time getting open. But he did a nice job of doing so against a not-so-good Arizona secondary.
---Should the Cardinals be worried about Kevin Kolb? I'd have to say yes. He had another bad game against the Ravens. Kolb threw for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception. For the season, he's completing 56.8-percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. His passer rating is 77.8. That's not quite the return on investment the Cardinals hoped to get when they traded for him.
----The Jaguars might not admit it, but they have to be concerned with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. He has thrown for less than 100 yards each of the past two games and has completed 45-percent of his passes for the season. Gabbert's troubles are his mechanics. He doesn’t set his feet when he throws. He also has a tendency to feel pressure when it's not there and he doesn't step up into the pocket to avoid real pressure. Some in the organization think it's only a matter of changing the coaching staff, especially the way he's coached, to get him to improve. There's a feeling in the organization that he's not getting taught the proper fundamentals. Did losing quarterbacks coach Mike Shula to Carolina hurt? Shula has done a nice job with Cam Newton, so you have to wonder
---I've preached this over and over and over again: The Patriots lack deep speed. Somehow Tom Brady overcomes it. But he didn't against the Steelers. Brady threw for 198 yards and was sacked three times. The Patriots had just one pass play of 20 yards or more. New England has done a great job this season scheming around their lack of deep speed, but it showed up against Dallas and Pittsburgh. Where have you gone, Randy Moss?
---It seems every week here we take shots at the backs who got big contracts this off-season, Chris Johnson and DeAngelo Williams. Johnson had 14 carries for 34 yards against the Colts Sunday, while Williams had seven rushers for 26 yards. It was so bad for Johnson, who is averaging 2.8 per rush for the season, that Javon Ringer, who had 14 for 60 against the Colts, did the work in the fourth quarter. How many times can I say it: Don't pay backs. Ever.
---Hines Ward missed the Patriots game for the Steelers. One has to wonder if he gets his starting job back when he returns. Ward is the slowest of the four Steelers receivers and Mike Wallace, Emanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown are all significantly ahead of Ward in yards-per-catch. This could be an interesting decision that needs to be made. If it were my offense, I'd sit him down and play the three speedy youngsters. If that happens, expect Ward to live up to his nickname: Wines (sic) Hard.
---The Bills had nine sacks against the Redskins, but they really lack a premier pass rusher. That is something they will definitely address in next year's draft. Rookie Marcell Dareus is going to be a special player up front. He had 2 1/2 sacks from his nose tackle spot against the Redskins.
---What the heck was Rob Ryan thinking not attacking Mike Vick Sunday night? That soft zone he played was a disaster. You have to attack Vick in a big way. He didn't. Bad move.