ASHBURN – My late grandmother’s Thanksgiving stuffing may be the single greatest recipe on Earth. But one year my mother, also a wonderful cook, forgot one little ingredient from that recipe, and even she admitted it tasted… well, less than stellar. While the Washington Redskin receiving corps may not be the “greatest on Earth (yet),” it has become exponentially better the past two weeks. There is one reason, and one reason alone for this dynamic shift in performance; the missing ingredient to a successful Redskins passing recipe has returned in Robert Griffin III’s favorite target, Pierre Garcon.
Although Griffin and the Redskin offense lit up the scoreboard during the first month of the season, the defense,
which scored four touchdowns in that time, collapsed in the second quarter of the schedule and the burden to win fell solely on the shoulders of RGIII.
Eight weeks without a healthy Garcon did not help matters and Griffin struggled to trust his receivers after several drops over the next few weeks. The wheels completely fell off in weeks eight and nine against Pittsburgh and Carolina when Washington’s wide outs, running backs and tight ends combined for 14 drops. Continue reading