After Sunday’s 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon told WJFK-FM’s Grant Paulsen “If you suck at passing, you suck at passing…”
I’m not sure if truer words have ever been uttered.
With everything the Broncos have done well this year, defending the pass hasn’t exactly been one of them. Denver’s defense has allowed an average of 380.6 passing yards per game. Still, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III had a season-low passer rating of 45.4 and two interceptions against Denver. Both Griffin and Kirk Cousins combined for a meager 154 yards.
When asked about their struggles in the passing game, Garcon had this to say, via nfl.com:
We’ve had trouble passing all year to tell you the truth. What do you think? I can only run the routes, try to make separation. That’s the only thing I really can do.
Doesn’t matter (who you’re playing). If you suck at passing, you suck at passing … We’ve just got to figure it out.
While Garcon is not taking any of the blame himself, he also did not put the blame on Griffin, instead attributing the problems to their offensive system itself. However, Griffin has not been the same quarterback he was during his rookie season a year ago. Chalk it up to a sophomore slump or recovering from his knee injury, but Griffin has regressed in completion percentage, passer rating, and rushing yards per game. With just nine touchdowns to eight interceptions this season, Griffin has been a very average passer. And the Redskins aren’t good enough to win games with an average RG3.