bobzmuda Posted October 31, 2005 Share Posted October 31, 2005 OBSERVATIONS - Redskins Luck: Redskins fumbled 3 times and lost all 3 in Redskins territory; Giants fumbled 2 times and recovered both. - It's been beaten to death, but the lack of a pass rush is disconcerting. There isn't a pass rusher on the roster that the D can count on to beat an OL 1 on 1. Clemons and Washington can beat a 1 on 1 on occasion, but most pressure comes by design. - 1st tiki run - Holdman blocked; Daniels good job holding point of attack; Harris blocked; Taylor might be thinking Tiki cut it up since assumed Harris would have the outside. Harris and Taylor are to blame for this long run. - The big goat of this game has to go to Harris. He showed no break on the ball, despite playing several yards off. There's more Harris criticism later. - Redskins Luck pt 2 - Plax catch on the sidelines early in the game was definitely OOB, his knee was out and he bobbled the ball as he was rolling OOB. - Harris looked clueless in pass coverage biting on some bad route fakes (Toomer In route) - Harris falls down on a blitz when could have hit Eli for a big loss on a sack - Ryan Clark is a tough guy; puts his nose in there blitzing up the middle and helping in run support; not the most physically gifted guy, but Williams can count on him. - Brunell wasn't seeing the field well; eyes started moving towards the rush; we saw this last year; instead of looking to get rid of the ball he starts looking at the rushers and tucks his head and the ball. He got a bit better as the game went on, but he was rattled early for some reason. - LaVar was getting off blocks well, hustling well, but missed a tackle on the Shockey TD; Holdman played poorly not getting off blocks or disrupting the play. You should see LaVar starting in most packages this week. - Score at the end of the first quarter was only 6-0; Defense screwed up on the first long Tiki run but played okay outside of that. What really blew up the scoreboard was the Redskins inability to switch field position and turning the ball over on its own side of the field. The Giants started 4 drives in Redskins territory and came up with 20 of their 36 points on those drives. - Second long Tiki Run - Harris blitzed but got caught looking at Eli, hoping to get a sack instead of seeing the ball; he gave up a huge gashing hole to Barber on the cutback; Holdman got washed inside but I suspect that Williams wants his LBs flying to the ball; DE Demetric Evans got pushed in but played his assignment; you can chalk this one up to Walt Harris for knowing he was going to blitz and trying to get the sack to make up for his previous missed sack and not seeing the ball. The end man can't give up contain. This one is all on Harris as he had a free run to Tiki. - I wonder if the constant emphasis on turnovers and sacks is causing the defense to lose their assignments and try for the big play? If so, I'd think Williams should just forget trying to over-emphasize turnovers and make sure the defense plays its assignments and quit trying for the big play. - Joe Salavea is a warrior. Played most of the game on that painful foot when Noble and Griffin were out. He wasn't holding up well against double teams, but he wasn't getting blown up either. The interior run D was okay against base hand-offs. - Brandon Jacobs TD; Marshall runs out to protect against the sweep, Sean Taylor forces it back inside after missing the leg tackle and Renaldo Wynn overpursues allowing Jacobs to go inside of him for the TD. Doh. - It's amazing how the dropsies are contagious. After seeing how well the receivers have been performing all year they made some big drops. Perhaps none bigger than David Patten's drop on 3rd & 14 to the 50 yard line after a Portis missed block on a safety blitz and a good scramble and throw by Brunell. That catch might have given the offense some momentum. - Boschetti seems to be real solid in one on one situations against the OL; but he can't anchor against the double team as well as Noble, Griffin, or Salavea. - Daniels did a great job sniffing out a screen; that's why Williams loves him, because he's a smart, fundamentally sound, albeit not the most gifted, player. - Redskins Luck 3: The illegal formation call with 5 minutes left was about as funny as you can get. The official called illegal formation as #75 was uncovered on the end of the line of scrimmage without reporting as an eligible. Funny thing is the Redskins have no #75 on the active roster. What's more is that the Robert Royal (#88) and Mike Sellers (#45) were the ends on the LOS and both have eligible numbers and there were 7 guys on the LOS. I have no clue how the Head Linesman came up with that call. I think he thought he saw that, dropped his flag, realized he was wrong and then started making **** up to cover his ass instead of admitting he wasn't sure. The Ref just trusted his official, as he should. A struggling Redskins offense loses a 6 yard gain on first down and is put into 1st and 15. Moss fumbles a few plays later on the same screen play that has been so effective for the Skins this year. - The defense was obviously missing lots of tackles and overpursuing. Again I wonder if this is pressing to make a big play. - Redskins only held the ball for 9 minutes of the 30 minutes of the first half. - Interior traps seem to be working well against the Redskins non-blitzing defense since Blache teaches his DL to anchor instead of trying to penetrate. No DL shoots through the gap and the pulling lineman usually gets movement at the point of attack. This results in a solid gain. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT NEXT WEEK - Look for lots of tosses to Westbrook test the Redskins corners (especially Harris) on contain. Reid doesn't like to run, but the toss has burned the Redskins on multiple big plays. - Look for a few designed zone, cutback runs (i.e. zone running play to the right but the backside T/TE collapses the DE/LB to the playside giving the RB a huge cutback lane - More of the 3-4 against the Eagles' pass-heavy offense with LaVar and Chris Clemons being used extensively to rush. Luckily for the Redskins' injury situaton at DT the Eagles love to throw. Look for Williams to continue to play a lot of 3-4 to give his DT's some rest. - Demetric Evans likely earned some more playing time - If Rogers is healthy, he'll likely get the start over Harris who looked absolutely lost out there - Last year Williams played the Eagles straight up most of the time in their second matchup, blitzing very seldomly. I suspect he'll try to get some early pressures on McNabb to get him off balance and then lay back in the same zones and man-zones as last year. - Who knows what to expect with the offense, they were on the field so little and everyone screwed up so big, it was hard to get a grasp on what was happening. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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