What the heck? I’m excited about the performance of my team in the first preseason game of the year? I must be nuts! Well… maybe not. Look things happened in the Friday Preseason game against the Steelers that cannot be attributed to “luck”. 3 penalties… one, a roughing the QB called on Kerrigan (it was one of those “the league says we have to call this cheap penalty so nobody breaks our quarterback” penalties).
But, the outstanding factoid was NO FALSE STARTS called on the O-line, which, oh by the way, was running at mid-season efficiency and discipline. Sure, you can say all you want about vanilla D line play by the Steelers, it still follows… that is one of the most effective defensive front 7’s in the league, even with their early substitutions. You also have to be highly impressed with the play of OUR defensive front 7. They were everywhere, even with the same vanilla philosophy used by the Steelers…
I’m also going to note, that, despite the hand wringing about the new kick-off rules, this may well prove to be a strength of the Redskins. Gano consistently put the ball through the end zone (anybody else out there want to see him try a 65 yard fg?). On the other hand, most kickers on other teams will not be so consistent in their ability to drive the ball. If Brandon Banks makes this team (he certainly made a strong case last night), he will not hesitate to bring the ball out, meaning many opportunities for big returns. I think we need to see this play out..
I fear that, at the moment… I’m suffering from an optimistic outlook. It’s an unusual feeling. Don’t tell anybody, but I kind of like it.