G-Prime Posted October 24, 2005 Share Posted October 24, 2005 Since our blow out win over of the 49er's yesterday, I've seen quite a bit of perspective being lost in various degrees. From "well it was the 49ers" to "We're going to the super bowl!". Allow me to break down unit by unit of how well our team has "truly" done so far this year. This is just from my perspective, so please keep that in mind. Offense: After the Bears game I saw little from our offense to believe that they have made any marked improvement over last years unit. We looked sluggish, slow and unmotivated. The Dallas game was in many fan's minds the turning point for the offense. Two big plays opened sideline eyes to what our personnel is truly capable of. The next game vs. Seattle we saw more improvement from an offense trying to find an identity and rhythm. In Denver the offense made further strides, improving in yards per game and looking unstoppable by everyone but themselves. Kansas City tells the same story as Denver. Noticeable improvement in offense with a nose for the big play seemingly at will. However our own mistakes cost us the game. The 49er's game is a game that we needed to portray our dominance. Consistency starts with a perfect performance. It is impossible to be consistent without first having a strong first performance. Perfect, Low penalties, no turn overs, forced turn overs and a methodical, go for the throat offense. Yesterday's performance should be the true start of Joe Gibbs football. Methodical, mistake free football that Gibbs is famous for. Most importantly we've once again continued the trend of offensive improvement. The weight has been lifted from Portis and the Defense. Mike Sellers has immerged as a viable redzone threat to go along with Moss, Patten, Cooley and Portis. Mark Brunell's reemergence can in part be attributed to a wonderfully target rich environment the Redskins possess. Defense: Our Defense is giving up on average of about 1 big play per game. Oddly enough running plays. Something our defense was supposed to be strong against. Don't read to much into the big plays, but we can't ignore them either. For 58 Minutes of the last three games we've played, we've dominated the line of scrimmage on the defensive side of the ball. A few brief moments we've lapsed and given up the big run. This is crucial in the moment as in two of those games it could have meant the difference between winning and losing. We don't give up those big runs we are 6 and 0. However the defense can hardly be blamed for offensive mistakes and penalties the halt drives. However a tighter defense could have helped. Our defense is still good. Very good as a matter of fact. We've gone up against really good offenses and punched them in the mouth. Last week I mentioned in a post that our Defense looked sluggish, slow, and asked "Where's the pop we had last year". As we've done well, I haven't seen any emotion on that side of the ball. Yesterday I did, I saw our defense play with an attitude and a mean streak. We punished people on hits and finished plays definitively. It was a very pretty thing to see. Special Teams: A unit on our team that has been excruciatingly mediocre all season. Our return game is average at best and boring in actuality. I'm not sure why, but you would think that we could break someone loose with the amount of speed we have on this team. We've tried Betts and Cartwright and the faster Thrash. Nothing seems to be working. We can't power our way through with Betts, Cartwright and Broughton and we can't speed our way through with Moss and Thrash. Perhaps it's poor coverage blocking, I'm not really sure, but it is in my opinion our most glaring weakness and should become a top priority if the other two units remain consistent. On coverage, we are very good. Every guy on coverage running to meet the ball carrier with explosive hits or boxing them in for no gains or losses(Dante Hall). Even Frost got into the action laying a big hit on a ball carrier. We should really have no complaints over our Special Teams coverage units. So there is my opinion of what I've seen. Should we feel unstoppable after handing the 49er's their manhood on a burgundy and gold platter? No. Should we feel like a good team moving in the right direction? Absolutely. We have plenty to be excited about, we have a game to build consistency upon and we need to carry that consistency on the road with us. We beat the Giants and Philly and you will then start to hear about the Redskins being a top team among "the better" national media sources. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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