Doesn't take a rocket scientist
Here is one way I know things are not going well for the Redskins in 2009, forget the record, the turmoil, the fresh set of eyes, the bus that keeps rolling over head coach Jim Zorn again and again and again and the 14.1 points per game offensive average.
When I read through eight weeks, there are only four teams with fewer rushing attempts than the Redskins in 2009, I know things are bad. The Redskins are a running team, it is in their DNA.
When I read through eight weeks, there are only four teams with fewer rushing yards than the Redskins in 2009, I know there is a problem. The Redskins are a running team, have been for decades.
When I read through eight weeks there is only one team with fewer rushing touchdowns than the Redskins, I know we are off track. The Redskins are a running team, line em up and knock em over.
With Clinton Portis still sidelined from last week's concussion suffered against the Falcons, perhaps we will see a little of the Ladell Betts that ran for more than eleven hundred yards on only nine starts in 2006, including five straight games of one hundred yards or better in November and December.
It is not all on Clinton, it is a terrific example of the perfect shitstorm engulfing the Redskins in 2009: poor blocking up front, deteriorating feature back and playcalling that does not value the run.
Clinton Portis: Getty Images from here.