Sometimes the simplest of strategies in football are the most successful.
Take the Washington Redskins’ receivers thriving with their post routes — one of the most basic routes in the game. The NFL Network’s “Playbook” crew of Brian Baldinger, Sterling Sharpe and former Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb broke this down in the above video.
Though quarterback Robert Griffin III should get credit for putting his throws on the money — and running back Alfred Morris is carrying out some good play-fakes — it’s the receivers that are making these plays possible. In one example from last Sunday’s 31-28 overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens, a post route pass to Santana Moss is set up by both a go route by Joshua Morgan and the play action by Griffin III and Morris.
A similar play happens later in the game, but this time, the ball goes to Pierre Garçon.
Even though the Redskins bring the No. 1 run offense in the league — which opens up the team’s passing game — both Baldinger and Sharpe think the Browns are going to come away victorious tomorrow at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
They point at the Browns’ creativity in their win last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, a game in which they ran a double-reverse and used their wide receivers in their run game multiple times.
They even got creative on special teams, bringing in their punt returner to get in on the punt block and sending another returner back to field the punt.
This is all well and good, but it was also against the hard-luck Chiefs, who are definitely having their struggles right now. I’m interested to see how the Browns try to attack the Redskins’ defense tomorrow.
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