Fullback Darrel Young had one word for the performance of Washington’s first-team offense in Saturday’s 23-17 preseason loss at Baltimore: “Embarrassing.” But Young said he felt quarterback Robert Griffin III was getting an inordinate share of the blame for the unit’s poor play, which produced three sacks, one interception and one field goal in six possessions.
From Young’s vantage point, every offensive player on the field had a hand in what went wrong, himself included, noting that he missed a block on a second-and-20 that resulted in yet another third-and-long that proved impossible to convert.
“We can’t do what we did the other night,” Young said before Monday afternoon’s practice. “That was embarrassing to us, what we did, with all the hype in the off-season. It’s just embarrassing to us as players.
“The coach is up there doing a heck of a job up there coaching us. It’s about us players, like I said, just not being in the right technique, missing assignments here and there, lack of communication among receivers, backs and line.”
Against Baltimore, Washington’s first-team offense converted one of six third-downs and gained just 40 yards — 35 rushing, 5 passing — in just more than two quarters of action.
Young credited Baltimore’s defense for frustrating Washington’s offense.
“They’ve got a guy like Terrell Suggs, on third and 20 he’s doing nothing but teeing off the quarterback!” Young said. “So we’ve just got to be better for [Griffin] in those situations and put him in the perfect situation because he’s a heck of a football player.
“I hate the criticism part of things–how it is now–because he has worked so hard to get where he is. I’m excited to see where we go from here.
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