Monday, October 14, 2013

Recap: Redskins Vs Cowboys

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Hey Redskins Nation, I know after a tough loss to our bitter rival is bad enough but being that the Redskins had several chances to win this game makes it even worse. Once again Robert Griffin III had some good. some bad and some moments showing that he is getting back to the RGIII we all know and love. This game was lost on special teams, the O-line and the offense as a whole for not executing with the defense continued to give them opportunities to take advantage of. The defense put forth its best effort of the season by holding the potent Cowboys offense to a little over 200 yards of total offense and DeAngelo Hall did a masterful job of containing Dez Bryant. Kyle Shanahan also had some head scratcher moments with some of his play calls but when your play makers aren't making plays it doesn't matter what the offensive coordinator calls if they're not executing. This game had a division game feeling all the way but the ultimate game changing plays were given up on special teams. I'm not gonna get in to the officiating at this point, after all the questionable and missed calls there is no point to get into it because the players have to overcome adversity no matter where it comes from. I'll just say it felt like the referees were looking to call penalties on the Redskins and not seeing some of the blatant calls that weren't being made by the Cowboys. After five games and four recaps I think it's time to break it down position group by position group and I'll even give my grade and if you like you can comment with your grades or disagreeing or agreeing with my assessment. So let's start the breakdown:
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Quarterback: RGIII had his good points and bad points but overall he missed a couple of wide open receivers on several occasions and he he sailed a few passes that would have been a decent if not big gain if completed. He did have a season high nine carriers for a season high 77 yards and its looking like he's getting more comfortable and hopefully will be seeing the QB the dazzled every time he touched the ball in 2012 His indecision on a few occasions cost his team from sustaining drives and possible scores, if he would've held the ball for a second more or made the proper read there were a lot of yards and plays left on the field. Grade: B-

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Running Backs: Between Alfred Morris , Roy Helu Jr., Darrel Young and RGIII they collected over 200 yards against Dallas on Sunday, those numbers look impressive but with the sporadic and below average blocking by the interior of the O-line it was a hit or miss running game.( I'll get into the O-line a little later) With Griffin becoming more of a running threat I expect these numbers to stay the same or maybe increase if we could get a lead for our running backs to take advantage of . The team has to get Helu Jr. in the mix more, with his vision, balance and speed he can be vital in the screen game with all the blitzes the offense has been facing. But you can't forget about Morris, he broke his career long 45 yard TD run on a great cutback showing how impressive the running backs vision and toughness is on one play Grade:B+


Wide Receivers: In my opinion this unit did not help out the quarterback on Sunday, from dropped passes, miss communication , and inability to get separation from a defensive secondary that had just been picked apart the week before was a disappointment in my eyes. Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss just got outplayed a majority of the game. The down-field blocking is still a plus for this unit but the purpose of having a corp of receivers is to spread the field and take the top off the defense which they did neither on Sunday. This unit has to be more explosive and sure handed like in 2012. In order for this team to shine the WRs must get separation and make plays when the QB gets them the ball. Grade: C

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Tight Ends: This unit I thought would have a bigger impact on the game and should've been more of a focal point to attack on this Cover-2 defense. In the first half this was the case with Jordan Reed showing his hands, athletic ability, balance and heart making catch after catch to move the chains but the second half he all but disappeared. Some because of coverage but some from the quarterback being under siege and not being able to get that valuable extra second to see Reed flash open. Have to get this rookie the ball more. With Reed's emergence it seems the writing is on the wall for Fred Davis unless he can impress coaches with the limited reps that he's getting. i'm hoping to see more two TE sets coming to have Fred Davis and Jordan Reed on the field at the same time to cause defense headaches trying to stop this tandem. Grade: B+
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Offensive Line: I had to go grab a drink before writing about this unit....and it still didn't help. The bright spot for me was the play of our tackles Trent Williams ans Tyler Polumbus had decent if not quality games but they did make some mistakes too. My problem is with the interior of the line, Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger, and Chris Chester were terribly man handled and made to look like children among men all night long. I think its time to get Adam Gettis in the mix at guard with the first team this week, it's time  to see what the second year pro can do especially with Chris Chester over 30 and two more years on his contract at 3 mil per season. The way he looked against Dallas I think father time might've caught up with the 8 year vet. Now onto Will Montgomery his play of glory was on the QB keeper when the center had a 8-10 yard cushion to block LB Sean Lee and he goes for his legs instead of engaging in a grown man type of block and whiffed and Lee was able to make the touchdown saying tackle. Last but not least Kory Lichtensteiger all I have to say about his play is when Cris Collingworth can honestly and calmly say that his man is just overpowering him and every time they show Kory he was on his back or getting ran over. The interior of this unit has to be better in pass protection and run blocking in order for the offense to resemble the explosive team that had defenses trying to figure out how to stop the offense and stop the Redskins from scoring. Grade: D


Defensive Line: This unit played well containing the elusive Tony Romo and only allowed him a few plays extended by him using his feet  and elusiveness. Barry Cofield once again showing that he is the best NT in the game, Kendric Golston was his normal steady player doing his job but Stephen Bowen hasn't been as disruptive as I would've hoped for so far this season Jarvis Jenkins obviously wasn't in football shape playing only 6 defensive snaps. The D-line deserves credit for containing the playmaking QB and stopping their non existent running game but couldv've used more collapsing of the pocket to make the QB uncomfortable.Grade: B

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Linebackers: The outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo kept the pressure up most of the game, even tho neither recorded a sack. Rob Jackson made an impact after his four game suspension with a interception that the offense couldn't take advantage of. Inside linebackers Perry Riley Jr. and London Fletcher had solid games but you can see that London's coverage skills aren't what they once were but he's still the best option at ILB right now and played every snap on Sunday. I believe Perry Riley Jr. can take over when Fletcher calls it a career but this unit needs another ILB to step up and it maybe Nick Barnett but he hasn't been able to get on the field with the starters playing consistently. Grade: C+
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Cornerbacks: Now the All Stars of the week goes to the secondary as a whole. DeAngelo Hall gets the first star (if this were hockey) not only did he hold Dez Bryant, the up and coming star wide receiver to under 50 yards but he also made a veteran play saving a sure touchdown when he recognized a blown coverage and made a athletic, diving play and just got enough of the ball to knock it to the ground for the incompletion. Josh Wilson had the pass deflection that force the lone turnover but he also took a bad angle on a sure sack of Romo that he missed on that gave up the game clinching TD. E.J Biggers had a uneventful game but has to get better when called upon and the bad news of the bunch  was David Amerson sustaining a concussion on the punt return TD that looked pretty bad and seemed to be helmet to helmet but no penalty called. That forced Biggers into action even thou he did give up the athletic TD catch n the back of the endzone, the pass was perfect and it was really nothing much he could do even tho he did try to force him out of bounds to negate the catch. Grade: B++ (couldn't give an A cause didn't force a turnover)


Safeties:  With Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty as the last line of defense it's steady but not flashy. Meriweather playing Free Safety isn't his play making position I feel, he makes a bigger impact in the box closer to the ball but as long as no one is getting behind him for a long score or completion I'm good. What else can you say about good ol' reliable Reed Doughty, who is one of my favorite players on the team. He's a sure tackler, has seen almost all formations so he knows what he see and trusts his eyes and instincts, and is a special team demon. You didn't hear these guys names being called so that's a good thing, that means they aren't making mistakes. Grade: B



Special Teams: No amount of drinks will make this unit worthy of any grade but a F but with sustaining two major injuries on this unit is the only thing that makes it possible not to get a F. Losing LS Nick Sundberg and LB Bryan Kehl is the only reason I wont give the unit a F this time. Giving up so many plays and penalties this unit is becoming a thorn in this teams side and constantly making bad decisions or not executing when the pressure is on. Now with the punt return TD I partially blame the coach for not calling a timeout after the first punt was negated by a offsides penalty, knowing that the unit most likely was winded after running down and pinning them deep it seemed like the logical thing to do in the stalemate of the game that was going on. But that's neither here or there the point is the unit is giving up big plays to opposing teams and not giving the team an advantage in field position either on offense or defense. Coach Burns was a part of a top 5 unit in Denver after serving six years on the staff and you can tell he doesn't have the players to fit his scheme. I know its gonna take patience, personnel, and continuity to make a good special teams unit but after 5  regular season games, four preseason games, OTA,s and training camp they unit should have some type of understanding of what's expected and atleast be fundamentally sound. With the season ending injuries to LB Bryan Kehl and  LS Nick Sundberg thats not going to help this unit going forward. Grade: E


After this matchup the only feeling I have is that the Redskins will see the Cowboys again on December 22 and hopefully it will be a different outcome. We can only talk improvement so much more going into Week 7 but we all have figured out that Griffin missing his 2nd offseason didn't do his progression as a quarterback any favors. Not saying this season is over by any stretch but I can't wait to see the holes get filled next off season with the cap space that the team has and it will finally be able to fill some much needed holes. With the Chicago Bears and their turnover hungry defense coming to FedEx Field this coming Sunday the offense better get its act together and the special teams better not have a repeat of this week with Devin Hester the all time leader in special teams returns for TDs in NFL history. Readers let me know if you like this breakdown of the game or the previous recaps of the game.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. #BeatDaBears

7 comments:

Dujunnea Bland said...

Turnover and the lack of discipline with 12 penalties for 80 yards are killing this team. Discipline starts with coaching, The Redskins look disorganized on offense and the play calling is putrid. They could have taken advantage of the weaknesses of the cowboys on Defense and they didn't.
Special teams is a freaking joke along with its coach who after that bone head penalty should be Fired. I'm sick of player stepping up and being accountable. Its time Kyle Shanahan and the Shannys either Crap or get off the pot. As well as the defense played This is acceptable

@TattooedScorpio said...

well its hard to open up the playbook when your QB is getting constant pressure in his face. dont get me wrong kyle did have me scratching my head on several playcalls but if your unit isnt producing or not in sync its gonna look worse for the OC. ST has to improve because when u start costing the team victories it i a problem. Im not talkin about firing anybody because then the team would b starting from scratch again n no one wants that. the defense is improving but with the broncos in 2 weeks that will be the ultimate test so hopefully the defense has another strong performance to build on to get ready for Peyton n that potent broncos offense

Brick said...

Your grading is not realistic for two areas;
Linebackers - I am begining to believe Orakpo is the most over rated member of this team. He has two rushes, a bull rush and a no rush.
Wide receievers - this should have been a field day for this unit. Playing against a secondary that has more holes in it than ours. If this is the avaerage (C) of what we get, this will be a long season.

@TattooedScorpio said...

well the reason i gave the WRs a C was because they did get open some but RGIII was either getting pressure in his face, sailed a pass or just point blank missed a wide open man. It was more of making a play when the play is there and they failed to but it wasn't all on them. As far as the orakpo overrated debate I can not agree. He gets held and hooked on a regular basis and majority of the time it doesnt get called. just look at the impact on Ryan Kerrigan. Last year he only had 8.5 without but with orakpo he has 5 already and thats because orakpo gets double teamed and he is going up against the best O-lineman on the opposing team and doesnt move around alot like most of the big name pass rushers

Brick said...

"He gets held and hooked on a regular basis and majority of the time it doesnt get called."
I am so tired of this excuse. If he is being misused by the Coaching staff (which I agree) then say so. I had very high hopes for Orakpo when he came to us. He just hasn't lived upto the hype. As far as playing against the best O-lineman on the opposing team...I guess every team we play has an All Pro at Left Tackle.

@TattooedScorpio said...

didnt say alk pro i said best player which the LT is to protect the QBs blindside. if u watch tape and see the holds and hooks and send itto the league, what do u get.......nothin at all. if they dont call it wat else can he do but keep playing n hope they call it the next time and keep getting pressure. how do u figure hes being misused? also its hard to get pressure when most teams go to a 3 step drop to get the ball out fast which we have faced a lot of the season.

Brick said...

You brought up the suggestion that he isn't being used correctly "doesnt move around alot like most of the big name pass rushers". I agree. If our Coaching Staff would make use of his talents correctly he would be attacking from different angles on every play. Then maybe we could see the Orakpo we all know is there.

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