Hey Redskins Nation! I know that a lot of you are upset after the loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. I was too, but unlike last week, there was some progress in the team's play. There were also some of the same glaring mistakes that are untimely and costing this team victories. I know you can't blame this loss on the referees, but in my opinion there were a lot of questionable "judgement" calls that went against the Redskins. I like I said, that's just my opinion.
Once again badly timed penalties that extended drives for the Lions, slowed our offense by taking away several big gains and drive extending first downs. But as I said, I saw progress in that area with only six penalties (45 yards) and none of the 15 yard unnecessary roughness or pass interference variety. The next issue is missed tackles and bad tackling. Once again, it wasn't as bad as the previous two games but it showed up at the wrong times in this game. The defense did a pretty decent job of rallying to the ball to avoid a lot of the one on one situations that help lead to missed tackles, but when there was a need for a tackle, the defense just didn't get it done. Like I have mentioned before I have to address the play calling of Kyle Shanahan. In some cases he out thinks himself. Instead of sticking with whats working, he does something to try and out think the opponent and ends up ruining whatever momentum the team is building on the field.
It just seems to me that the ball just isn't bouncing the Redskins way. With the crazy fumble on Robert Griffin III's dive after a 21 yard scramble or the TD that in my opinion should not have been overturned because of not enough evidence on the replay to overrule the call on the field. I know, you can't cry over spilled milk or blame a loss on a bad or blown call, but the team is improving slowly but surely and I feel Washington is on the right track and will be cracking the win column very soon. Last year this team rarely faced any adversity nor did RGIII face as much pressure to perform and pressure on the field by opposing defenses. Teams are dead set on stopping this high octane offense and containing the second year QB. Now with all the analysts and so called experts having hind sight and saying the RGIII should've played in the preseason, of course people forget that he was not cleared to play he was just cleared to practice. Late last week Baylor University football coach Art Brilles in an interview said " It took Robert 4 or 5 games to get back to being himself and they reduced the runs for him until then" so there's no need to panic and talk about playing Kirk Cousins and benching Griffin. If you bench Robert where is he gonna get his timing, get the rust off and get his timing down with his offensive weapons? Not in practice because he's been full practice for almost two months now, the only way to get better is to be on the field in live game action. I believe he will be even better against Oakland this coming Sunday.
The defense did make some strides this week against another potent offense except for the missed tackles that happened at the wrong times, but when is a good time for missed tackles? Improved 3rd down performance (9-13), the teams first interception of the year and for the most part making Detroit a one dimensional team. Unfortunately Matt Stafford used his weapons in the passing game, quick passing game and also would've used Bacarri Rambo to the point that the rookie got replaced for a 1 safety 3 cornerback look to avoid some of the mistakes that the rookie has been making in coverage and in tackling. Bacarri only saw 19 snaps on special teams. I don't see this as anything major, I just see it as a rookie going threw growing pains at becoming a NFL player. But with that alignment it put Josh Wilson in unfamiliar position at playing a safety in essence which led to Wilson sometimes taking bad angles or just outright not making the tackle but he still had a decent game but not stellar. The pressure wasn't constant because Detroit did what every other team is gonna do to counter our pass rushers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, three step drops and quick throws which makes it hard to get to the QB and makes the defenders make tackles sometimes in open space. Until the defense as a whole improves tackling and can start making some game changing plays instead of giving them up this team wont be the team that won the NFC East Championship last year. The secondary is improving but still has strides to make but they are on the right track if u ask me.
Last but not least the playcalling..... I just want to ask Kyle why do you give Alfred Morris so many tosses and pitches? Also why to the short side of the field most times? I counted at least 10 pitches/tosses to Morris which is better suited for a quicker running back so he can get to the edge and try to turn it up field. For Morris it doesn't help him because he's more dangerous when he's running downhill and not trying to key on the ball to catch it then focus on finding the hole and turning it up field. Also I believe Kyle is out thinking himself to the detriment of the team sometimes. By trying to get too fancy and using plays that go away from what's working during the game, he's killing the momentum that the team is trying to build on the field. Alfred Morris was averaging almost 8.0 yards a carry but yet in a close game versus Detroit, he elects to start throwing the ball and stop running the ball, which was working. I understand that you have to change up and adjust when the other team's doing to stop whats working but don't stop whats working until the other team does. It's still a work in progress, the coaching and execution on the field is improving but has to be more consistent from all parties involved. Being 0-3 is not the end of the world but it's surely time to right the ship and go get this victory in Oakland on Sunday and go into the bye week on some type of positive note. As always #HTTR. You can follow me for all your Redskins and football news on Twitter @TattooedScorpio and can follow the editor for this blog, writer for @SonofWashington and good friend @IIWIISOWSkins and don't forget to subscribe to the blog for a email whenever a new article is posted. Hopefully the next recap will be of the Washington Redskins first victory of the season.#BeatDaRaiders