The Washington Redskins have a long way to go if they want to be serious playoff contenders in 2015.
The Redskins looked a mess on offense when their first string went up against the Detroit Lions starting defense last night, and things only turned around when the second strings finally took to the field.
In fact, the Redskins offensive line looked so bad that it seemed they were trying to get Robert Griffin III killed. They nearly succeeded too, with Griffin being knocked out of the game which is what has now been confirmed to be a concussion.
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RGIII was treated for a shoulder injury and a concussion after being sacked for the third time in four series Thursday night, with a Lions defensive tackle landing on top of Griffin and bouncing his head into the turf.
After some initial confusion sparked by Joe Theismann saying on the team-owned broadcast that Griffin had been cleared, Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed after the team’s preseason win over the Lions that Griffin did suffer a concussion.
“Obviously won’t be fielding any questions (about it),” Gruden told reporters after confirming that Griffin had a concussion. “We’ll get a further exam and do all the things we have to do.”
Gruden was pressed further on whether he thought about removing Griffin from the game after being hit six times in his first eight drop-backs, taking three sacks in the first quarter.
“We felt confident in our tackle and our offensive line to try to get something going there in that fourth drive. Obviously it didn’t happen.”
It beggars belief of what Gruden could possibly have seen to believe that his O-Line were going to step up and finally stop the Lions physical pass-rush, with 5th overall draft pick Brandon Scherff looking woefully out of depth at right guard.