Okay, so I’ll provide 4 things that NEED to happen for the Redskins to win against the Jets tomorrow. I’ll be AT the game myself, so I won’t be Tweeting as usual during the game, but I’ll be up close behind the Redskins bench cheering.
My first key to victory is common thought for me… run the football. The Jets haven’t been outstanding against the run this year, although they will be tough when they get to hit Helu. This Redskins team also tends to run a little better against better run defenses, so committing to it should pay off.
Second, protect the football. The Jets get decent pressure, but they still don’t generate a lot of sacks, although they’ve gotten decent pressure over the last couple of weeks from Aaron Maybin. The offensive line hasn’t played great against 3-4 defenses yet, but if they’re sound and Rex trusts his pocket and doesn’t lock on to anyone out of desperation, the Redskins could find themselves having a helluva game.
Limit the Jets’ passing game. Sanchez is a beast in the clutch, and he can play in the 4th quarter with receivers in Holmes and Burress who show up in the 4th quarter. Conventional wisdom would suggest we’d see a lot of Hall on Holmes, but Hall has done well against taller receivers his entire career. Regardless, I think they need to just play sound and not bite on anything, and don’t give Holmes much underneath to work with. If they can make sound tackles when they DO give up a catch, and don’t let these receivers get extra yards, the job should be a lot easier.
Beat the Jets DB’s. Gaffney should have some success if he can stay away from Cromartie to make a catch and then make a move in the open field because Cromartie won’t tackle. I’d look to put Moss in the slot often to negate Revis’ strengths outside if he follows Moss, or to pick up the huge mismatch of Moss vs. Kyle Wilson. Fred Davis could have a huge game against these linebackers if he’s disciplined in his routes and timing and focuses on hauling in the catch, which should leave him 1-on-1 against a DB to pick up extra yards.
Bonus Key: Kyle Shanahan has to carry over what he was doing last week. We’re facing another zone/blitz defense, and we should take advantage of their aggressiveness. Quick pitches and screens could really get us some easy yards, and while it’s not easy to confuse Rex Ryan defenses, we could easily take control of this game by establishing the run game like last week to set up playaction. A commitment to the young playmakers on this team will pay off in the second half, and definitely in terms of their futures here in Washington. It starts with Kyle though, as he’s got to take what the defense gives HIM and not get carried away thinking this game is out of reach at any point.
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First of all, for all the people shocked at the chippyness of this game, and how these two teams could possibly be rivals, I’ll say to you that you can look no further than any other game we’ve played against the Seahawks. They’ve all been chippy, and they’ve all been tough. While Trent Williams was the key guy in a lot of the video getting into it, and while it’s documented that the Seahawks may have started it by taking offense to a Redskins huddle at midfield, I wouldn’t count out veterans like Mike Sellers and Santana Moss having a lot to do with it before the game on our side.
On to the game, the opening drive was refreshing. It’s been a long time since this team has started a game with a long drive, and even longer since scoring (a touchdown at that) on the opening drive. It was a bit disappointing following up that drive with drives that just fell short, or ended early due to penalties in this chippy game, but my biggest praise goes to Kyle Shanahan for sticking with the run. There were definitely times we didn’t run enough still, but the early influx of the run definitely kept the Seahawks honest enough. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Anthony Armstrong, Brian Orakpo, DeAngelo Hall, fred davis, Jim Haslett, Kyle Shanahan, laron landry, Mike Shanahan, Perry Riley, Rex Grossman, Roy Helu, Ryan Kerrigan, santana moss, Trent Williams, Washington Redskins
Okay, it’s finally time I present this long-winded rant about the Redskins. Just a quick disclaimer, there may be some foul language, I may target some people, and this is not going to be a rant all about the team or coaches… “fans” are as open a target as any. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Brian Orakpo, Bruce Allen, John Beck, Kyle Shanahan, laron landry, Leonard Hankerson, london fletcher, Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman, Roy Helu, Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Torain, Tim Hightower, Washington Redskins
Well, as some of you may have seen, I tweeted in the early hours of Sunday morning that the Dolphins wouldn’t care for the QB controversy that the Shanahan’s created because it wouldn’t matter in terms of their preparation overall. If they could score first, they could play pass defense the rest of the game, and they would win. Well, that proved to be the case. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ll break down the game in depth tomorrow, and then I’ll be on a rant this week… just figured I’d share that with you all because people didn’t seem to believe I made that call when I brought it up during the game.
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The Washington Redskins lost to the San Francisco 49ers 19-11 yesterday. 8 of those 11 points for the Redskins came in trash time when the 49ers weren’t playing a pressure-based defense. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: art monk, Brandon Banks, Brian Orakpo, fred davis, Graham Gano, John Beck, Kyle Shanahan, Leonard Hankerson, Mike Shanahan, Reed Doughty, Rocky McIntosh, Roy Helu, Ryan Kerrigan, Terrence Austin, Washington Redskins
Last week, prior to John Beck’s proclamation in his impromptu media session, I made it a point to remark that Leonard Hankerson may not have been to blame for the INT late in the game. I said it looked as though he made a read on the corner who bit down, and Beck threw it to where Hankerson would have been had he just contested Gamble for the catch instead of trying to make a play by getting open downfield. John Beck confirmed that, and whether he was just being the pro and leader and taking the bullet for his guy or not, is left to nothing but speculation. Read the rest of this entry »
The Washington Redskins travelled to play the Carolina Panthers, and pretty much just got destroyed.
Before I get started on the offense, I want to bring up the defense. Read the rest of this entry »
Okay, so by the numbers, the Redskins offense overall ranks 17th in the 3 major categories (yards per game, pass yards per game, and rush yards per game). They rank 22nd in the league in yards per play. They’re tied for 19th in yards per carry, and 12th in attempts per game. They’re tied for 25th in plays from scrimmage with 327, of which 180 are passing attempts. That’s 55%, which is respectable.
But let’s break down into more numbers. On first down, the Washington Redskins (with Rex Grossman) have attempted 67 passes. Ryan Torain has run on 15 first downs, Hightower 38 times, and Roy Helu 15 times. That’s 68 attempts on the ground vs. 67 attempts through the air. Read the rest of this entry »