gca61087 Posted November 13, 2006 Share Posted November 13, 2006 Let's take a look at those 80's/'92 Superbowl teams...in order of importance. 1. They had the most dominate offensive line in football, perhaps of all time. The hogs obliterated any defensive line they faced. There really was no answer to these guys. They gave Gibbs the ability to control the clock and tempo of the game. 2. They had a series of great runningbacks. Riggo especially. These guys were constantly expected to, and did, carry the ball 30-40 times a game. Behind the hogs anybody looked good, and they dominated on the ground 3. Gary Clark and Art Monk. Self explanitory. 4. Quarterbacks that managed games, but had the ability to play lights out. Doug Williams is the perfect example here. 5. A defense that held its own behind the most dominate offense in the game. I'm sorry, but I could have fallen a**-backwards into a superbowl with those teams. What a complicated gameplan. Run 40 times behind the best offensive line in football, and throw 20-25 times with great success off play action. I'll give Gibbs the credit for mentoring his young QB's and getting them ready to play though. He is perhaps the best at it and that's why it scares me that we haven't seen Campbell. Either Gibbs has failed at progressing him, or JC doesn't have it. Now, when faced with adversity, what can Gibbs do with a struggling offense? Nothing. Now in his third year, the offense has remained stagnant. Even last year when we went 10-6, that was very rarely due to great offensive play. Our defense was great and kept us in games. Until our last 3 huge wins, the offense only scored more that 21 points 3 times out of 13 games. 52 against SF, 24 against St. Louis, and 35 against Tampa. St. Louis and SF were bottom-tier defenses. You can't get away with running the ball 40 times behind this line. I love Joe's philosophy, but when it was unsuccessful he showed no ability to change and adapt to his current talent. He's had the same problem in the past too. It took a career ending injury to replace the struggling Theismann. Thus led to the hiring of Al Saunders (thats right, Gibbs was REPLACED), whose system has fallen victim to Brunell's inability to strech the field and open up those screens that everyone complains about. If we had anything resembling a downfield threat, the underneath plays and running game would open up, and you would see this offense start to roll. Santana especially is great making plays after the catch on underneath routes and screens. ARE would greatly benefit here too. Since we have playmaking recievers and a great offensive mind at coordinator, the blame falls on Brunell and the line. Because teams know we have such a hard going deep, they just blitz and take away the underneath routes. There is rarely more than one safety deep, and the deep routes are often in man-to-man coverage. This should be easily recognized throughout the game and with halftime adjustments. The problem is, we have nothing to adjust to. The only answer here is a QB change. We have seen what Brunell's limitations, which I admit are partially due to protection, have done to this offense. He makes us completely one dimensional. Whether it be Campbell or Collins, I don't care. We just need to give teams something else to gameplan for. This offense has become so predictable it's pathetic. I'm sure i'm not the only one who can sit at home and call out exactly whats coming. I'm right about 70% of the time, so imagine what professional defensive coordinators are getting. I'm 19 with no coaching experince, and I'm calling the skins out on 3 out of 4 plays. For everyone who will immediately reply calling out the O-line: I can probably count on two hands the number of great throws Brunell has made with protection. And also, he causes his protection to break down alot of the time by dropping back WAY too far. He has no pocket presence and is afraid to stand in there and, god forbid, take a hit while delivering the football. Not to mention our blocking schemes are just stupid most of the time. We'll strand TE's against DE's and not help with the edge rushers. Last year we ran alot of max protect (8 men blocking) to solve this problem. This falls on Bugel, not the players. For everyone who will immediatley reply calling out the defense: They have had flashes of great play. Overall, I think they have played decently enough to win games, but have given up WAY too many big plays that have killed us. The Eagles game was a perfect example. Last week we were already down 17-3 before half but had held McNabb to like 4-16 for 132 yards and the 2 TD. With the exception of the big plays, we were OWNING him. The Eagles started twice in our territory near the end of the half and they were shut down. That kind of play is what is supposed to fire up an offense. They were unable to produce and we went in the half still down 14. An offense that has put up 3 points on the road against your division rivals will win you NO games, regardless of how the defense does. For any Brunell supporters left: Last week's performance destroyed and credible defense of him. For Joe Gibbs: Brunell goes, Bugel goes, and instill some discipline in your defense. The quarterback needs to change and you need to get someone in there that will get this offensive line playing Redskins football, or atleast get them protecting well enough to let Saunders' system succeed. If this defense stops giving up the big plays, they will look alot better and get us back in games. Those three decsions are on YOU Joe Gibbs. I refuse to believe that you will sit and watch the franchise that you made prestegious fall into mediocrity or worse. I am calling you out Joe. Give your fans and your players something to believe in. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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