Alcoholic Zebra

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  1. Alcoholic Zebra

    Redskins receiving corp is beginning to shape up

    I know he returned to practice on Wednesday with Limited participation. So that's something at least. No idea if he's playing this Sunday.
  2. Alcoholic Zebra

    Next Day Thoughts: Redskins vs. Cardinals

    I was reading that we used RPO's about a dozen times with Smith, and most of them resulted in better than expected outcomes. If Smith can use RPO to decide to hand it off when the backside LB is frozen by indecision, that's one less guy in pursuit and gives our blockers an easier time making decisions. So far, I've liked what I've seen from Smith's mental side of the game. He's making some good pre-snap and post-snap defensive reads. I feel like that's a little more limited to pre-snap while Under Center. There's certainly strengths to having him Under Center. But what I want is for the defense to see Peterson in while Smith is Under Center, the D make's an adjustment and Smith sees that, he audibles to Shotgun and does a RPO. I want the defense thinking everything is on the table when Peterson is in, not just run or play action. I'm not saying we abandon playing with Smith Under Center. We need to have run plays in that work to Peterson's strengths. I just want our offense to not be this or that when he's in, I want the ability for Smith to say "oh crap", and audible into something effective. I worry that if we go somewhere, and we play against a team with talented mobile guys like Harrison Smith, Malcolm Jenkins, etc that we need to have a solution when they get moved all over the place.
  3. Alcoholic Zebra

    Next Day Thoughts: Redskins vs. Cardinals

    Can't really use RPO's while Under Center, which hurts our ability to exploit certain looks. The Eagles used an extensive amount of RPO's against the Vikings in the playoffs, to combat Harrison Smith.
  4. Alcoholic Zebra

    Redskins receiving corp is beginning to shape up

    Stroman can I believe.
  5. Alcoholic Zebra

    Next Day Thoughts: Redskins vs. Cardinals

    I agree, and that's an issue. I think a large part of why Peterson never got a workout (right?) before we called him, is because of his schematic limitations. Chris Thompson was wildly efficient against the Cardinals, part of that is Alex reading the D and making decisions to give that play better odds of success. If Peterson can't adapt, a least a little more, there will be some rough games ahead for him and us. That said, he's still talented, and there will be some opponents who just can't stop him.
  6. Alcoholic Zebra

    Next Day Thoughts: Redskins vs. Cardinals

    Offense Alex Smith's pre-snap identification and quick post-snap reads are invaluable. Kirk did that a little, but it felt more like an area he was growing into rather than Alex who already has that command. We really need to get AP comfortable with some runs from Shotgun. He had at least 1 good one (that I remember) out of Shotgun. If that continues, then Alex can do more RPO's and pre-snap audibles. That I feel is the next big step for our offense, improved consistency. I think that's why we gave CT more of a workload earlier on, he can operate well with Alex. I'm curious about ratio of runs out of Shotgun vs Under Center in the 1st Half compared to the 2nd Half. I have a feeling once we dominated in the 1st half, we went more conservative, closed the playbook a bit (no point in showing Colts and Packers more stuff), and went with more Under Center work relying on AP. I'd have liked to have spelled AP a bit more with Fat Rob. I know AP is a freak, but he's 33 years old and had injuries his past two years. Keeping him fresh in a game the defense is controlling and the lead is 3+ scores seems smart. I read Mark Bullock's piece on the Athletic, and he mentions the Cardinals D was determined for no big shots down field. They had at least one safety backpedaling at the snap most of the time. In Bullock's opinion, the lone shot deep to Paul Richardson was the only good deep opportunity all game. So from that, it doesn't seem like Alex was gunshy or scared of the deep ball, he was just letting the deep receivers occupy more defenders and then work underneath. Defense Really liked what I saw from everything. We were spelling players in the D frequently. Zach Brown played about 30% fewer total D snaps than last season. We rotated Josh Harvey-Clemons in his place on more passing situations. I think it's awesome that the coaches are already doing this and not pretending everyone can do everything. I like that our depth is there and we developed someone like JHC last season. Our DL had a heavy rotation. I wish our pass rush did more. It's awesome Anderson got his first sack (anyone have a link to that clip?) and Ioannidis iced the game, but I still felt like Bradford had a bit too much time to operate. Maybe that's because he was getting the ball out quickly. Maybe I also had an unreasonable expectation for our pass rush. I think the team loves Swearinger. After that pass deflection they swarmed off the sidelines to congratulate him. If he makes a play it will fire up the rest of the defense. Secondary as a whole looked great.
  7. Alcoholic Zebra

    Next Day Thoughts: Redskins vs. Cardinals

    If that happens, you audible to a run play and run at Peterson who while is a big corner, is still a corner.
  8. Alcoholic Zebra

    Cut-Down Day

    Texans have already cut 23 players. When do we think we'll see our first cut? Today? Tonight? Tomorrow morning?
  9. Apparently this thread title has a typo in it. http://www.espn.com/blog/washington-redskins/post/_/id/37022/daron-payne-doesnt-need-hype-nor-an-apostrophe-to-dominate It's Daron Payne. The "Da'Ron" version was a typo back at Alabama.
  10. Alcoholic Zebra

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    It's too early to know anything for certain, but there are scenario's (level of play, free agency, cap spending on position, etc etc) where some positions could be more likely than others in the 1st two rounds. I started to go through them, but possible scenarios exist for most of the positions. I think the only positions where we can rule out prospects for the first two (maybe three) rounds are DT, QB, RB, and OT. Still leaves a lot of highly touted prospects to scout.
  11. Alcoholic Zebra

    MMQB: How Su'a Cravens fell apart..

    He might not make the team in Denver, checked in on some of their fans and they're getting frustrated with Su'a's recurring mystery thigh/knee/whatever injury. I disagree, it's still really useful. Ryan Shazier with the Steelers was a great player because he was so good and mobile in coverage. If you have someone like Shazier, then you don't need a "dimebacker". But linebackers who moved like he did are rare, so teams go with a sub package to squeeze in a "dimebacker". Here's Football Outsiders talking about defensive efficiency versus certain types of routes. Look at how good Pittsburgh is against routes that break into areas a linebacker can reach. #1 against Dig routes, #2 against Curl routes, #3 against Drag routes, #11 against Post routes On routes outside the numbers or deeper than LB's normally drop, they were #32 against Out routes, #8 against Go/Fly routes, #29 against Comeback routes, #13 against Fade routes, #25 against Seam routes Then there are some routes that may or may not be in the Lb's area, it depends. #5 against WR screens, and #18 against Slants. I think the above clearly shows that the short/intermediate middle of the field was on lock down for the Steelers. While Shazier was playing (12 games), they averaged just 5 yards per play allowed on defense, that's 9th in the NFL. After he got hurt (4 games), they averaged 5.9 yards per play allowed, that's 32nd in the NFL. Having a dimebacker wouldn't be as effective as a full time guy like Shazier, but guys like him don't come around often. Having a good dimebacker would help out a defense. Good question, is NY Style pizza secretly a Calzone?
  12. Alcoholic Zebra

    MMQB: How Su'a Cravens fell apart..

    Ok Mr. Big Apple, is NY Style pizza a sandwich or a hot dog? You do fold it in half when you eat it, so there's bread on both sides.
  13. Alcoholic Zebra

    MMQB: How Su'a Cravens fell apart..

    Is a cookie a sandwich then?
  14. Alcoholic Zebra

    MMQB: How Su'a Cravens fell apart..

    What are people's thoughts on open faced sandwiches? It's not between two slices of bread, but it's still called a sandwich. Is that because we don't have a good name (that I've seen) for this type of food presentation, or is it actually still a sandwich?