Last summer, Al Saunders rolled into Redskins training camp as a big deal. He brought along a big reputation: The offense he’d run for the Kansas City Chiefs had ranked first in the National Football League in 2004 and 2005. He got a big payday: $6 million over three years. He carried a big playbook: 700 pages, a length rivaling a pork-barrel bill on Capitol Hill. He got a title worthy of the federal bureaucracy: associate head coach, offense. He was handed lots of powerful weapons: Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El, Clinton Portis. Joe Gibbs, himself an offensive genius, let Saunders do the play calling.
But there’s a big problem. So far, the Redskins offense hasn’t jelled; nearly halfway through the season, it ranked a mediocre 14th in yards per game.