Recap: Redskins Vs Eagles
Well Redskins Nation, sorry for the delay in recapping the unexpected loss by our Washington Redskins to those Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. I've noticed a lot of negative comments and thoughts about the team and I'm here to say I will not feed into any of them. From my observations of the game it was not as bad as everyone is making it out to be, that could be the homer in me or am I just being stubborn and don’t want to feed into the negative comments always related to the Washington Redskins.
We all witnessed the horrible first half where the team did three things that rarely happened all last year. Robert Griffin III threw INTs, Alfred Morris fumbled, and Kai Forbath missed a long, but makeable FG. For me, that just hit the point home that the team had its first true adversity in a game since the dreaded Pittsburgh loss from last year. In that game they also couldn't get out of their own way. It was the perfect storm for this team that has aspirations of a playoff berth and a Super Bowl Title to follow.
I must admit I underestimated Chip Kelly's offense and the effectiveness it would have in the NFL, so I will be the first to take my hat off to his up-tempo attack. However, we all saw that Jim Haslett did find a couple of ways to slow it down and get pressure/hits on Mike Vick. In my opinion, the defense did not play as bad as most analysts would say. When I said perfect storm that's exactly what this game turned out to be. Three turnovers in the first six offensive plays put the defense in a no win situation with the fast paced, up tempo play calling of the Eagles. The defense did make strides in the second half by running some double A gap blitzes (that's when you send two blitzers right up the middle in between the center and guard, running more man coverage on the outside receivers, and bringing in E.J Biggers to play safety to get more speed on the field to combat Philly's speed and pace of their offense. Chip Kelly would go on and say that he "took the foot of the pedal" but what else would a coach say?
Now I know I wasn't the only person that was caught off guard with the four turnovers in a game. Robert throwing two INTs (first time in his NFL career) and Alfred Morris having two fumbles in his first two touches of the season was a shock and untimely and ultimately cost the team this game. Some analyst say RGIII's mechanics was the reason, some say it was the rust and tentativeness in the first half, and some just say the team isn't as good as the "hype”.
I agree with the second notion that Robert has some rust, wasn't trusting his eyes and was tentative in his follow through in his footwork in the first half, but in the second you saw a quarterback that was in a rhythm, making throws, being evasive in the pocket, taking hits and getting up with no setbacks with his surgically repaired knee. Now to address the fumbles of Alfred Morris, on his first fumble it was just a hand in the right place by the defender to knock the ball loose, but Alfred has to secure the ball better. It couldn't have happened at a worst time in the game and it gave Philadelphia the momentum at
that point and a short field. On the fumble that resulted in the safety,
I would have to put majority of the blame on Kyle Shanahan for the play
call and the timing of the play call. Backed up to your own goal line
in my opinion is never a good time to have a toss sweep play because as
something bad could happen, like a not so accurate toss or a fumbled
ball in the end zone. That play cost the team 2 points and possession of
the ball went back to the Eagles. This put the tired Redskins defense,
in the process of trying to make adjustments, back on the field and
allowed Chip Kelly to go for the jugular. As I said "perfect storm"
against the Redskins to start week one, but one game doesn't make a
The second half of the game saw the offense get into a rhythm and saw Robert Griffin III stepping into his throws and making better decisions. We saw the defense find different ways to throw off the timing of the Eagles offense and started blitzing Mike Vick more, getting some good hits on the injury prone QB to the point where he was limping going back to the line of scrimmage to setup for the upcoming plays. We saw Ryan Kerrigan go back for a concussion test after he was showing signs of effects of a concussion but as of Friday he's been practicing fully for most of the week after passing the test earlier in the week.
The Redskins will see the Eagles again on Week 11 in Philadelphia and in my opinion there will be a different outcome. If Vick can stay healthy in this system (which I don’t think he will) and now that there is and will be more film on this offense, I believe Jim Haslett will have more adjustments made to help counter the fast paced offense with a variety of formations and options that this offense presents. Now to Green Bay for a battle of not being 0-2 where both teams will want to redeem themselves for two subpar Week 1 performances. I believe the team will bounce back well and get its first victory of the season. As always #HTTR
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