Hear me out and please add and debate what you are noticing different in the last few weeks.
We have all watched this team for half the season now. We have all agreed that just 3 weeks ago, this team could and should have been 7-1 or 6-2 before the Steelers game. This team was exciting to watch even after the injuries to our star players, for the exception of this defense.
This team was not only in every game, but some games they started blowing pretty good teams out, Tampa and the Vikings, until our defense let them back in the game. My point and the truth is, if these players weren't any good, then we would have been playing like we are now this entire season.
What has changed so much to make our head coach start looking forward to the offseason. What has changed for this offense to go from scoring 30+ points a game to 13? Have the players given up? No! Has RG3 lost his speed or arm? No! Besides a BAD GAME by our receivers in PA, They are getting open every game, so what has changed in the last few weeks to make this offense and team look like last year's?
Plain and simple our play calling. We started the season attacking defenses! We went after them through the air, on the ground with Morris, and especially with RG3 sneaking up the middle. We were a north and south offense and we took the shots short and deep, but took them into the endzone. Our receivers have no problem getting open, and RG3 has no problem finding them. We started off making 1st downs with 12 - 15 yards to go, and we would gain 25 yards and make it look easy. We would get inside the 20 and red zone, and we would put 7 on the board way more then we would 3.
We would hammer Morris or RG3 up the middle when inside the 10, or play action and zip it to a wide open TE or FB. Here lately we do none of the above. How many bombs have you seen us throw before a desperate miracle comeback? How many shots do we really take, how many times do we throw into the endzone a game?
Inside the 10 yard line twice yesterday and instead of hammering Morris or sneaking RG3, we got fancy. For freaking real? a 5 to 7 yard pitch backwards inside the 5 yard line? That is not what we do and thats why we came out with 3 points each time. Our players didn't call these plays Mike, your son did. Get back to attacking after this bye and rest! Take your shots into the endzone, throw some deep balls and you will keep these defenses on their heels just like you did when you started the season.
And for the Love of God don't ever talk about the offseason again only down 2 games from 1st place with half a season to go