THUNDERDOME Posted October 10, 2009 Share Posted October 10, 2009 WP DCSportsBog - Merril Hoge Breaks Down the Skins http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcs...e_sk.html#more With all the questions about whether the Skins have too much talent to be playing like this, or are actually playing up to their talent level, I figured I should ask some people who actually spend their time breaking down game tape. First up: ESPN analyst Merril Hoge. I told him that some fans were wondering whether this team actually has sufficient talent. "I think something that isn't always understood by the fan is everyone in football has talent," Hoge said. "Sure, you can grade some teams' talent level higher than others, but still, everyone in the NFL has good, elite talent. Now, are you maximizing that talent and using it in the best ways?" His answer for the Redskins? No. Not just yet, or at least, not on offense. "You have a philosophy, a West Coast philosophy, and nobody fits that mold," said Hoge, who comprehensively reviewed the Tampa game on tape. "I don't think they try to take advantage of their strengths. It's like they've got a philosophy and they want to run it regardless. Shoot, I'd run the ball, run a lot of run action, stack receivers, bunch 'em coming off the line. I'd use a different philosophy to take advantage of their strengths. The West Coast is not their strength. That doesn't mean you can't do it some of the time, it just shouldn't be your staple....That, to me, is the biggest way to fail as a coach. Just watch the Tampa game. They did nothing to help their guys. The quarterback has nowhere to throw the ball, so then he gets sacked and looks like an idiot." Specifically, Hoge said the Bucs--once famous for the Tampa-2 zone--were running man concept stuff in their secondary for the majority of the game. He said the Redskins were countering with pass routes that would be most effective against zone schemes. He cited one 3rd-and-10 play in which the Skins ran three curl independent curl routes. "Man, you're never gonna win a curl route against man, ever," Hoge said. "Give 'em an option route. Stack your receivers. Run them across the field. You just can't run zone concept stuff and think you're gonna win [those battles]. You're not." continue reading here...... This was a good read. Maybe Sherm can bring some sort of insight like this to Zorn. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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