Offensive linemen relish the opportunity to get into a rhythm and attack defensive linemen with run blocking, but the members of the Redskins’ front didn’t get a chance to do that Sunday, when the Redskins had only nine rushing plays against the Bills.
On three of the Redskins’ run plays, quarterback John Beck actually had dropped back to pass but came under pressure, tucked the ball and ran. (Beck finished with three carries for 10 yards).
Right tackle Jammal Brown said after the game that he wished the Redskins could have had more opportunity to establish its rushing game against a team that entered the game ranked 30th against the run.
“It just felt like we threw the ball a lot,” Brown said. “But we had to. We were down the whole game. That’s part of football.”
Ryan Torain had a paltry 14 yards on eight carries with a long of six yards.
Asked if he thought that the Redskins were close to establishing the run at any point, Beck said, “Nope. We were just pass-pro. That’s what it felt like. We just went out there, had to throw the ball every play so we could catch up.”
The Redskins finished the game with only 12 carries for 26 yards. They threw the ball 33 times with Beck completing 20 passes and getting sacked nine times.
Brown said based on the gameplan offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan installed this week, the intention was not to go at the Bills with such an unbalanced attack.
“Not at all. We’re more of a run/balanced offense,” Brown said. “But when you fall behind, you’ve got to throw the football. The defense knows it, that’s just part of the game. We’ve won games like that, and we want to put our defense in the [same] position...We can’t keep getting behind so we can run the ball.”