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Curing the Redskins' offense

The Redskins desperately need a quarterback, but their shopping shouldn't end there

Updated: November 29, 2011, 12:26 PM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Rex GrossmanPatrick McDermott/Getty ImagesRex Grossman has had spurts of success, but he's not the long-term answer in Washington.

The Washington Redskins overcame one of the league's greatest home-field advantages in their 23-17 win against the Seattle Seahawks last week. They did it with an explosive offense and stifling defense despite special teams mistakes, turnovers and penalties.

It was an anomaly, though, not the sign of a turnaround. This roster has plenty of holes, particularly on offense, and not just at quarterback.

The Redskins averaged 6.4 yards per play against Seattle, their best effort this season. Their defense, meanwhile, gave up just 4.7 yards per play, their best since a Week 4 game against the St. Louis Rams. Consider the competition, though. The Seahawks field one of football's most impotent offenses (4.9 yards per play this season, 28th in the league), although they boast a pretty good defense (5.3 yards allowed per play, 10th in the NFL and second in the NFC). So while it was a good day for the defense, it was a special day for the offense.

But that's just the problem -- it was an unusual day for Washington's offense, not the norm. And even then it really wasn't a fantastic performance.