Players know the playbook, which makes everything “easier,” Garcon said. “You’re not getting coached as much. You’re just tuning up the details. . . . It’s building from last year.”
The Redskins’ foundation is solid. Statistically, Griffin had the greatest year for a rookie quarterback in NFL history. Alfred Morris was the league’s top rookie running back. Left tackle Trent Williams finally stopped being an underachiever and became a star. The return of speedy pass-catching tight end Fred Davis, who suffered a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury in Week 7, should be great for Washington’s midrange passing game. Many on offense have big-play ability. No wonder Garcon is excited.
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“Fred can take it to the house,” he said. “Robert can take it to the house [running] it and passing it. Alfred can take it to the house. We have a great offensive line. We have players at every position [who] can be dangerous.”
Here’s where some Redskins observers would ask, “But what about the injury factor?” Griffin spent his offseason rehabbing from reconstructive knee surgery. The Redskins plan to bring him along slowly in training camp and the preseason. Davis has to regain his groove as well. And Garcon’s toe could be better. Sure, the Redskins have to stay healthy to achieve consistency on offense, let alone greatness. But it’s the NFL. When it comes to injuries, every team needs good fortune to succeed.
On offense, the Redskins have a winning combination of talent and leadership. Garcon provides both. The late-season comeback Garcon made off the field was no less impressive than the one he made on it.
To put it nicely, Garcon wasn’t fulfilling the league-mandated requirements for players to make themselves available for interviews. Eventually, Redskins officials persuaded Garcon to improve his approach, and you have to respect the professionalism he has shown. “You learn from mistakes,” Garcon said.
After a slow start, Garcon helped ignite the Redskins. Now he’s eager to take on more for an offense that could be the game’s best. And that’s no joke.
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