Tuna Breaks down the Skins...

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Tuna Breaks down the Skins...

Postby Chris Luva Luva » Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:56 pm

Click the link to read all of it.

The much disputed article from the NY times....

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/29/sports/playmagazine/1029play_parcells.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ei=5094&en=00292a0d8a8a5745&hp&ex=1162008000&partner=homepage

Then he resumes his study of the Washington Redskins, looking for player weaknesses and strategic tendencies. His greatest fear is the threat posed by Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss. One way to deal with Moss — the conservative solution — is to assign two defensive backs to cover him at all times. But that leaves one fewer defender to cover other receivers, tackle running backs or rush the quarterback. Parcells decides he would rather risk having cornerback Terence Newman cover Moss man to man. When the Cowboys are in man-to-man coverage, Newman will go where Moss goes. Parcells points out Redskins right tackle Jon Jansen. “This is Jansen getting pushed back,” he says. “He doesn’t look like the player he was a couple of years ago.” The right side of the Redskins’ line seems to have trouble with twists. If Newman can cover Moss long enough, Jansen won’t be able to hold off Greg Ellis or Marcus Spears, the Cowboys’ pass rushers he has to block.

When Parcells turns his attention to the Redskins’ defense, he tries to see the game as the Redskins’ coaches see it, with a view to the weaknesses and strengths of their opposition, so that he can guess what the Redskins are trying to do. Parcells spots an opportunity, and his fear momentarily disappears: no matter who the Redskins play, their cornerbacks have been giving opposing receivers far too much space — leaving the short routes uncontested — while still managing, on occasion, to get burned on deep routes. The Redskins’ coaches obviously do not trust their corners to play tight. “I think they might be vulnerable at the corner position,” Parcells says. “But we go out to exploit that, we may be vulnerable.” The Redskins’ cornerbacks may be relatively weak, but their pass rushers are relatively strong. Now Parcells begins to worry all over again about his left tackle, Flozell Adams, the critical barrier between the other team’s pass rush and Drew Bledsoe. Against the Jaguars, during the game, Adams looked exposed; on video, he looks worse. He gave up a sack, was penalized for a false start and was routinely beaten by quick defenders.

Again, there are ways to compensate. The Cowboys might play with extra tight ends, to help Adams block. But if they do that, the Redskins will respond by inserting extra linebackers — by going into what they call their Diamond Point defense — and Parcells believes the Redskins’ defense is more effective in this mode. So he decides the Cowboys will tempt the Redskins with a vulnerable Flozell Adams all on his own and hope that he proves invulnerable.

Having zipped through all of Washington’s preseason games, Parcells then studies the Redskins’ first regular-season game, against Minnesota, when their offense looked like it belonged to a different team. As the video reaches the end of the first quarter, Parcells points to the screen and says, “They’ve shifted more than they did the entire preseason.” The Redskins’ offense suddenly looks less like the handiwork of their head coach, Joe Gibbs — whom Parcells has faced 20 times over the years — than of Al Saunders, the associate head coach for offense the Redskins poached from the Kansas City Chiefs in the off-season. Parcells moves on to examine the 2005 Chiefs. “If you can just understand what they’re about, a lot of other things follow,” he says. “It’s like finding a common denominator in mathematics.” What the Chiefs have long been about — and what the Redskins are newly about — is exploiting the width of the field. Their running game tends to avoid the inside, or the middle of the field; it’s built instead on sweeps and reverses. Their passing game has a lot of quick screens to the outside. And before every snap there’s a lot of running around. “One of the worst things you can do on defense is be a reactive defense,” Parcells says. “You can’t worry about what they’re doing. All that shifting, all that movement before the snap, is designed to get you worried about what they’re doing. They don’t want you to get a good fix. They don’t want you to stare down for 10 seconds. They want to create indecision.”

Over the next couple of days, Parcells and his coaching staff can drill his team to be ready for pretty much everything that the Redskins can do. He can design a game plan to exploit slow tackles and weak cornerbacks; he even sees an advantage for the Cowboys in the Redskins’ new fast-strike style. Referring to Al Saunders, Parcells says: “This other guy, I think, he’s a lot more indiscriminate. I think he’s not going to be as concerned about the effect on his defense.” In other words, the Redskins’ defense will pay the price — in time spent on the field, in fatigue — for Saunders’s disinterest in controlling the ball and the clock.
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Postby The Hogster » Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:45 pm

Sounds dead on. Now if only our coaches could do that..
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Postby USAFSkinFan » Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:51 am

Not much has changed from his evaluation of the Skins the first time around... except not only is Jansen getting beat, but if you put a speed guy in front of Samuals he's toast as well...

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