When searching my memory data banks for pass plays in recent Redskin history of 35 yards or more for touchdowns I’m hard pressed to find any. Sure I remember the two bombs from Brunell to Moss against Dallas in 2005 and the 67 yarder from Campbell to Moss against the Saints last season but besides that I’m drawing a blank.
When Coach Gibbs, accompanied by offensive coordinator Al Saunders, was running the show the team lived by a run-first philosophy in order to unlock the passing game. With Coach Zorn calling his version of the West Coast Offense the term “dink and dunk” comes to mind. As all Redskins fans witnessed, the WCO worked for half of a season. The pieces are in place for Coach Zorn, it’s just a matter of fitting them together.
Allow me to throw another piece into the mix. Mike Martz for offensive coordinator. His resumé includes two Super Bowl appearances, working with high profile running backs, and knowledge of the WCO. But Martz’s version of the offense comes equipped with exactly what the ‘Skins need. A down field attack.
Martz combined with Zorn could very well be able to change Jason Campbell into a pro bowl quarterback. Look at what Martz did with Jon Kitna during his time in Detroit. He was able to get the then 34 year old Kitna to surpass 4,000 yards passing and get Detroit’s offense to end the season ranked 7th overall. No small accomplishment by any standards.
A pass first offensive mind frame could possibly increase the number of INT’s thrown but the flip side to that is more yards and more points through the air. Clinton Portis can also catch much needed breathers through out games if he isn’t being run into the ground all game long thanks to a potent passing attack.
In a way Mike Martz would be making a homecoming due to him being the Washington quarterback coach from 1997-1998.