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Were any offensive adjustments made on Monday Night vs. the Eagles?


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If receivers were running free as Die Hard and Blade mentioned and Davis was running strong (when he got to touch the ball), there was no need to make gameplan adjustments. Matthews just needed to throw the ball better, the receivers just needed to make the plays, and the line just needed to block better.

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Buddha, then why not run Davis more - which was successful all game long - to get the line rhythm and confidence and to force adjustments on the Eagles' defense?

Until the TD to Thrash early in the third quarter, and perhaps even then, there was plenty of time to do this. And even if there wasn't, it sure beats pounding your head into the same wall, or the DE into the same QB, however, you prefer to say it. :gus:

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There was one big adjustment: Matthews got benched in favor of Wuerffel, so Spurrier limited the game plan to taking sacks, throwing picks, and handing off.

No, Matthews didn't get benched because of the injury. In my opinion, that just gave SS the excuse. Hey, no fault there -- if Wuerffel had sparked something, anything, we'd all have been thrilled.

I don't think you can fault Spurrier for not running more. He wanted to -- just look at the first possession. It was the Stephen Davis show. SD would have seen a lot more of the ball if we hadn't been getting spanked so bad.

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Go back and take a look at the play chart from the first half, about halfway down this page:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/gamebook/NFL_20020916_PHI@WAS

I definitely see more passes than runs, but I also see untimely drive killers that contributed more to the weak running game than the lack of runs called. Five checkdown passes fell incomplete that would have substituted for runs-- 3 incompletions to Kenny Watson, one to Davis, and one to Leonard Stephens. We had the Champ fumble and the Matthews INT to contend with, which allowed the Eagles to build a big lead and nuke the running game for the second half.

I imagine this will be the HBC's mode of operation. He'll call ballplays all over the field early to find the defense's weakness, then focus on it or sucker the defense into overcompensate for it later in the game. 1st and 2nd drive punts will likely be the norm until he figures out what works, but once he gets them on the hook, they should be on for good.

All of this does put a tremendous amount of pressure on the defense to give the ball back to the offense early and often until they get cranking. But that is their job, isn't it?

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If Spurrier made adjustments to what the Philly defense was doing in the first half, that would explain the lack of success in the second half.

Jim Johnson definately won the battle of the witts, because he came out in the first half dropping 7 and 8 guys back into coverage and rushing 3 or 4. Face it. Neither Matthews nor Wuerffel has the arm to zip the ball into the open spaces with that many defenders in coverage, and dumping it off to the backs didn't do much good because they were tackled immediately.

Then Johnson came out in the second half and pulled quite a switch-a-roo: they blitzed like hell and swarmed the QB, who was probably expecting more of the same defense that worked so well in the first half. It wouldn't have mattered if Matthews returned for the second half, the Eagles would have still blitzed, with probably the same results.

After the damage was done, the Skins were simply too far behind for any adjustments to make much of a difference.

This was definately a baptism for Spurrier. He got bested by a very smart defensive coach. I expect Spurrier to learn from the experience, but he definately got spanked in the battle of the gameplans.

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Here's the list of plays we ran, with the then-current game score posted before each drive:

Drive #1, Score 0-0

Washington Redskins at 15:00

1-10-WAS 20 (15:00) 6-S.Matthews pass to 48-S.Davis to WAS 27 for 7 yards (56-S.Barber).

2-3-WAS 27 (14:32) 48-S.Davis right end to WAS 33 for 6 yards (51-C.Emmons). R1

1-10-WAS 33 (13:57) 6-S.Matthews pass to 47-B.Johnson to WAS 39 for 6 yards (93-L.Kirkland).

2-4-WAS 39 (13:20) 48-S.Davis left end to WAS 42 for 3 yards (93-L.Kirkland; 98-B.Whiting).

3-1-WAS 42 (12:44) 48-S.Davis up the middle to WAS 43 for 1 yard (93-L.Kirkland). R2

1-10-WAS 43 (12:09) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 32-K.Watson (93-L.Kirkland).

2-10-WAS 43 (12:01) (Shotgun) 6-S.Matthews pass to 32-K.Watson to WAS 49 for 6 yards (53-H.Douglas; 56-S.Barber).

3-4-WAS 49 (11:32) (Shotgun) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 32-K.Watson (94-N.Kalu).

4-4-WAS 49 (11:24) 4-B.Barker punts 51 yards to end zone, Center-77-E.Albright, Touchback.

Drive #2; Score 0-7

Washington Redskins at 8:10, (1st play from scrimmage 8:04)

1-10-WAS 27 (8:04) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 49-L.Stephens (23-T.Vincent).

2-10-WAS 27 (7:59) 6-S.Matthews pass to 87-R.Gardner to WAS 41 for 14 yards (20-B.Dawkins). P3

1-10-WAS 41 (7:24) 6-S.Matthews pass to 48-S.Davis to WAS 41 for no gain (56-S.Barber; 93-L.Kirkland).

2-10-WAS 41 (6:46) 48-S.Davis up the middle to WAS 38 for -3 yards (97-D.Walker).

3-13-WAS 38 (6:09) (Shotgun) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 87-R.Gardner (31-A.Harris).

4-13-WAS 38 (6:01) 4-B.Barker punts 27 yards to PHI 35, Center-77-E.Albright, downed by WAS-77-E.Albright.

Drive #3; Score 0-14

Washington Redskins at 0:09, (1st play from scrimmage 0:03)

1-10-WAS 29 (:03) 6-S.Matthews pass to 48-S.Davis to WAS 29 for no gain (96-P.Grasmanis).

(2nd Quarter)

2-10-WAS 29 (15:00) (Shotgun) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 32-K.Watson (94-N.Kalu).

3-10-WAS 29 (14:55) (Shotgun) 6-S.Matthews pass to 88-D.Thompson to WAS 38 for 9 yards (24-B.Bishop).

4-1-WAS 38 (14:18) 48-S.Davis left tackle to WAS 48 for 10 yards (20-B.Dawkins; 24-B.Bishop). R4

1-10-WAS 48 (13:35) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 80-J.Green.

2-10-WAS 48 (13:29) (Shotgun) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 48-S.Davis.

3-10-WAS 48 (13:25) (Shotgun) 6-S.Matthews pass intended for 87-R.Gardner INTERCEPTED by 23-T.Vincent at PHI 43. 23-T.Vincent to PHI 44 for 1 yard (87-R.Gardner).

Drive #4; Score 7-17

(J. Green's punt return for touchdown has been omitted)

Washington Redskins at 6:35, (1st play from scrimmage 6:28)

1-10-WAS 22 (6:28) 48-S.Davis right tackle to WAS 26 for 4 yards (51-C.Emmons).

2-6-WAS 26 (5:51) 24-C.Bailey up the middle to WAS 30 for 4 yards (51-C.Emmons). FUMBLES (51-C.Emmons), RECOVERED by PHI-98-B.Whiting at WAS 30. 98-B.Whiting to WAS 30 for no gain (50-L.Moore). Play Challenged by WAS and Upheld. (Timeout #2 by WAS at 05:27.)

Drive #5; Score 7-20

Washington Redskins at 3:54, (1st play from scrimmage 3:46)

1-10-WAS 12 (3:46) 6-S.Matthews left end ran ob at WAS 21 for 9 yards.

2-1-WAS 21 (3:24) 48-S.Davis left end to WAS 23 for 2 yards (93-L.Kirkland). R5

1-10-WAS 23 (2:47) 6-S.Matthews pass to 87-R.Gardner to WAS 35 for 12 yards (20-B.Dawkins; 23-T.Vincent). P6

1-10-WAS 35 (2:12) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 88-D.Thompson.

2-10-WAS 35 (2:04) 6-S.Matthews left end to WAS 42 for 7 yards (21-B.Taylor). Walker shaken up.

Two-Minute Warning

3-3-WAS 42 (1:55) 6-S.Matthews pass to 48-S.Davis to WAS 45 for 3 yards (98-B.Whiting). P7

PENALTY on PHI-53-H.Douglas, Roughing the Passer, 15 yards, enforced at WAS 45. X8

1-10-PHI 40 (1:44) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 84-C.Doering.

Timeout #2 by PHI at 01:40.

2-10-PHI 40 (1:40) (Shotgun) 6-S.Matthews pass to 83-K.Lockett to PHI 35 for 5 yards (21-B.Taylor).

3-5-PHI 35 (1:08) (Shotgun) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 84-C.Doering.

4-5-PHI 35 (1:02) PENALTY on WAS-64-D.Loverne, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at PHI 35 - No Play.

4-10-PHI 40 (1:02) (Shotgun) 6-S.Matthews pass incomplete to 87-R.Gardner.

Drive #6; Score 7-23

(3rd Quarter)

Washington Redskins at 12:29

1-10-WAS 10 (12:29) 17-D.Wuerffel pass to 48-S.Davis to WAS 30 for 20 yards (53-H.Douglas).

PENALTY on WAS-50-L.Moore, Offensive Holding, 5 yards, enforced at WAS 10 - No Play.

1-15-WAS 5 (12:02) 48-S.Davis up the middle to WAS 16 for 11 yards (51-C.Emmons; 24-B.Bishop).

2-4-WAS 16 (11:22) 17-D.Wuerffel pass incomplete to 87-R.Gardner (21-B.Taylor).

3-4-WAS 16 (11:17) (Shotgun) 17-D.Wuerffel sacked at WAS 8 for -8 yards (94-N.Kalu; 97-D.Walker).

4-12-WAS 8 (11:04) 4-B.Barker punts 37 yards to WAS 45, Center-77-E.Albright, out of bounds.

Drive #7; Score 7-30

Washington Redskins at 10:04

1-10-WAS 20 (10:04) 17-D.Wuerffel pass to 87-R.Gardner to WAS 36 for 16 yards (24-B.Bishop). P9

1-10-WAS 36 (9:38) PENALTY on WAS-76-J.Jansen, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at WAS 36 - No Play.

1-15-WAS 31 (9:20) 48-S.Davis left end to WAS 41 for 10 yards (20-B.Dawkins; 24-B.Bishop).

2-5-WAS 41 (8:41) (Shotgun) 17-D.Wuerffel pass incomplete to 87-R.Gardner.

PENALTY on WAS-87-R.Gardner, Offensive Pass Interference, 10 yards, enforced at WAS 41 - No Play.

2-15-WAS 31 (8:36) (Shotgun) 17-D.Wuerffel sacked at WAS 29 for -2 yards (42-R.Cook).

3-17-WAS 29 (8:08) (Shotgun) 17-D.Wuerffel pass incomplete to 83-K.Lockett.

4-17-WAS 29 (8:00) 4-B.Barker punts 38 yards to PHI 33, Center-77-E.Albright. 30-B.Mitchell to PHI 40 for 7 yards (89-Z.Flemister).

Drive #8; Score 7-30

Washington Redskins at 6:18

1-10-WAS 10 (6:18) 17-D.Wuerffel sacked at WAS 3 for -7 yards (53-H.Douglas).

2-17-WAS 3 (5:53) 48-S.Davis left guard to WAS 10 for 7 yards (39-S.Brown).

3-10-WAS 10 (5:17) (Shotgun) 17-D.Wuerffel pass to 48-S.Davis to WAS 17 for 7 yards (21-B.Taylor).

4-3-WAS 17 (4:33) 4-B.Barker punts 41 yards to PHI 42, Center-77-E.Albright. 30-B.Mitchell to WAS 45 for 13 yards (47-B.Johnson; 55-K.Mitchell).

Drive #9; Score 7-30

Washington Redskins at 2:47

1-10-WAS 20 (2:47) 17-D.Wuerffel pass to 48-S.Davis to WAS 26 for 6 yards (51-C.Emmons).

2-4-WAS 26 (2:22) 48-S.Davis up the middle to WAS 24 for -2 yards (90-C.Simon).

3-6-WAS 24 (1:39) (Shotgun) 17-D.Wuerffel pass to 87-R.Gardner to WAS 45 for 21 yards (24-B.Bishop). P10

1-10-WAS 45 (1:02) PENALTY on PHI-21-B.Taylor, Defensive Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at WAS 45 - No Play.

1-5-50 (:39) (Shotgun) 17-D.Wuerffel pass intended for 87-R.Gardner INTERCEPTED by 20-B.Dawkins at PHI 12. 20-B.Dawkins to PHI 12 for no gain (87-R.Gardner).

Drive #10; Score 7-37

(4th Quarter)

Washington Redskins at 9:52, (1st play from scrimmage 9:46)

1-10-WAS 21 (9:46) (Shotgun) 17-D.Wuerffel pass to 47-B.Johnson to WAS 29 for 8 yards (21-B.Taylor; 24-B.Bishop).

2-2-WAS 29 (9:14) 48-S.Davis right end to WAS 33 for 4 yards (56-S.Barber). R11

1-10-WAS 33 (8:44) (Shotgun) 17-D.Wuerffel sacked at WAS 21 for -12 yards (20-B.Dawkins).

2-22-WAS 21 (8:16) 17-D.Wuerffel pass to 32-K.Watson to WAS 20 for -1 yards (90-C.Simon).

3-23-WAS 20 (7:38) (Shotgun) 32-K.Watson up the middle to WAS 36 for 16 yards (21-B.Taylor).

4-7-WAS 36 (6:56) 4-B.Barker punts 46 yards to PHI 18, Center-77-E.Albright. 30-B.Mitchell to WAS 33 for 49 yards (34-A.Lott).

Penalty on WAS-52-L.Marshall, Illegal Formation, declined. Refree's delay of game.

Drive #11; Score 7-37

Washington Redskins at 1:08

1-10-WAS 6 (1:08) 32-K.Watson left guard to WAS 6 for no gain (58-I.Reese).

2-10-WAS 6 (:39) 32-K.Watson up the middle to WAS 6 for no gain (94-N.Kalu).

(End of Game.)

Please, show me where there was an adjustment.

BTW, it's ludicrous that the first first-down running play we had that was not a QB scramble was this one, more than halfway through the second quarter on our fourth drive of the game:

1-10-WAS 22 (6:28) 48-S.Davis right tackle to WAS 26 for 4 yards (51-C.Emmons).
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A few things stick out to me in this play-by-play for the Skins:

1. Davis had several good solid runs (6yds, 10yds, 11yds, 10yds, 7yds). Certainly would have been nice to see more of that.

2. While DW really looked bad, his first two series we had 2 drive-killing penalties. The 20 yard pass play to SD called back the first play of second half (with a short punt shortly thereafter), and then Gardner's off. pass int. in DW's second series when we were up to the 41.

3. The two interceptions killed 2 drives where we were actually beginning to move the ball decently. Both times we were at or near midfield when these occurred.

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Originally posted by redman

Here's the list of plays we ran, with the then-current game score posted before each drive: Please, show me where there was an adjustment.

BTW, it's ludicrous that the first first-down running play we had that was not a QB scramble was this one, more than halfway through the second quarter on our fourth drive of the game:

You can't just put the plays on paper and say "see, no adjustments." We could have made a million adjustments to the passblock, routes, etc.

Spurrier may not run on first down so much. That may be part of his plan. I know that I'm in no position to double Spurrier's playcalling.

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Originally posted by redman

Shony, I posted those plays because Buddha cited them to argue that adjustments had been made. I agree that this doesn't tell the full picture.

Actually, I totally agree that there were no adjustments made because the problem was executing the plays on the field and not the plays that were being called. If it wasn't a penalty that screwed up the continuity of a drive it was an interception or an incompletion on a checkdown. How can you expect to adjust when blame has to be put on your players for not carrying out the plays you are calling?

Blade and DH's report that wide receivers were running free DOES tell the whole story when you also factor in Davis having several solid runs. The offensive gameplan was neither the problem nor required any halftime adjustments whatsoever.

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