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Good article here from the scout.com


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Michael Wilbon may be a Bears fan but he does know football and the Redskins pretty well. He hit it right on the money in his column on Monday morning:

They should have been doing this all along. The
should have committed to pounding people with their running game from Week 1. Throwing is nice if you've got
tossing it to
or
pitching it to
. But when your starting linemen are from the likes of
,
,
and
and when your $50 million running back stands on the sideline pestering the coaches for more carries, it's clear the personality of the team is screaming, "Let us run !"

The long bomb, which was supposed to be the new thrust of the offense going in to the season, certainly has its appeal. It's quick it's easy, you really don't have to work for your seven points. It fits with the instant-gratification tone of our current society. It became even more appealing after Mark Brunell unloaded a pair of them to Santana Moss in Dallas and the Redskins got a win after having been outplayed for 55 minutes.

After that, however, the long pass became more of a novelty. Much of the passing yardage came on yards after the catch by the likes of Moss. Although the passes weren't long in distance they were high in number compared to runs. Against Denver Joe Gibbs called 57 passes and 22 runs (note that sacks and Brunell runs are counted as passing plays as that was the play call). In that case, the Redskins did trail by 11 midway through the third quarter so there was some reason to throw more, although Clinton Portis was having a good day against his old team, gaining 100 yards on 20 carries. It was the next week in KC that many started to question the play calling. In a game that never had more than a seven-point spread in the score, there were 47 pass plays called to 28 runs.

<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: Times New Roman; mso-fareast-font-family: Times New Roman; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">It was during the November three-game losing streak, all agonizing, close losses, that the play calling really came into question. Yes they did have to play catch up against Tampa Bay for part of the game but Clinton Portis had 107 yards on 12 carries in the first half but after the Redskins tied the game at 21 early in the third quarter he got only eight more carries.

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It's who they are. and bring back play action. brunell never gives a reall good fake hand off. he just drops back, what's up with that? that is also who they are.does anyone remeber the dallas game that we won 42-14 in the 80's? after the half we got the ball first, thiesmann faked to riggo and dropped back calven mohummed sprinted past the cowgirls saftey who began to eat popcorn and watch the play too and theisman heaved the ball and hit calvin m on a dead run for a td. that's what a good play action does and can do again.order one up for me please, heck i'll take a dozen.

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