What went wrong with the Redskins’ opener?

Alfred Morris, Robert Griffin III

Alfred Morris scrambles to recover a missed connection with Robert Griffin III. Morris fell on the fumbled pitch for an early safety. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

openingkicklogoFor a lot of you, the snap reaction to the question “What went wrong?” would be “everything.”

To a point, like from kickoff through Kai Forbath’s missed kick, that’d be fairly accurate. To be quite honest, some things happened — Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III being careless with the football — that were uncharacteristic and won’t happen again. And some issues might be correctable, if the root cause can be traced.

Also, give the opponent some credit. The Eagles have a lot of offensive talent, and when it’s moving at that pace, it can be dangerous. But they also gave a good effort on defense and special teams, and hung on to win.

Still, we’re all football fans. It’s too easy to simply say “sometimes, there are games when not much goes right” and blow it off. There are fingers to point and people to blame, dang it!

So we ask, what went wrong?

Some of the simplest conclusions — the Redskins were rusty, or unprepared, or buckled under the pressure of high expectations, at home on Monday night — don’t necessarily hold up. Washington, after all, got the game’s first big break, the DeAngelo Hall scoop-and-run after Ryan Kerrigan batted a Michael Vick pass. Shouldn’t they have been the ones off and running?

Maybe the Redskins were overconfident. Out of sync. Ran into an opponent that simply played a better game that night.

Not everything can be so easily summarized. But we’re football fans, darned if we don’t try.

Jason Reid wrote that the defense got exposed and Griffin didn’t have his normal touch. Tom Boswell said the Redskins were stunned and confused. The Redskins themselves were disappointed in their play, but realize they’ve got 15 more games to better represent themselves.

So where do you stand the morning after? What went wrong, and how do the Redskins fix it quickly, with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers up next?

From The Post:

For Griffin, a frustrating return to action

D.C. Sports Bog: Redskins-Eagles best and worst | More Bog

Kerrigan might have concussion | Lingering soreness stopped Meriweather

NFL made Griffin hide knee brace | Shanahan defends preseason caution 

Postgame quotes from live blog | Game summary | More Redskins news

From around the Web:

● Get ready for six days of adulation as NFL writers heap praise on Chip Kelly. It’ll be more fun when the Xs and Os guys really dig in to what Philadelphia did, but meantime, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo wonders if we just witnessed a revolution.

● Re: Griffin, NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal reminds us that even Tom Brady wasn’t himself when he first came back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

● In case you missed what happened in the rest of the league this week, Grantland’s Bill Barnwell recaps it.

What’s ahead:

● Mike Jones’s mailbag moves to Tuesdays during the season. He’ll answer questions about Monday night’s game, so fire away to mike.jones@washpost.com with “mailbag question” in the subject line.

● It’s a quick turnaround for Sunday’s game in Green Bay, in which two teams with high hopes will try to avoid an 0-2 start. The Redskins do not practice on Tuesday, but RB Alfred Morris and Coach Mike Shanahan will speak with reporters in the afternoon.

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