Thursday, September 26, 2013

Recap: Redskins Vs Lions


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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.

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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.
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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. 
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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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Recap Redskins Vs Packers

Recap: Redskins VS Packers
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Well Redskins Nation after that terrible loss I needed a 12 hour withdrawal from football to try and understand and comprehend what just happened against the Green Bay Packers. I pride myself at being able to look at the game and see what really lead to the team's success or failures and to be honest ....I'm left scratching my head. This game was badly coached, badly played and poorly executed. It's rare that I've used those words to describe my beloved team, but I can see nothing else but bad football. Between the dumb and badly timed penalties, bad field position and the inability to get any type of offensive rhythm I'll have to use the word Mike Shanahan used "embarrassed" to describe this week for the Redskins.
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Robert Griffin III once again started off rusty and I noticed that the coaches are not calling any zone read plays that helped make this team a offensive juggernaut in 2012. I'm left wondering why the team isn't running any zone read option offense if Robert is healthy? Is it because they want him to get more of the rust off before they start running it again? Is it that he isn't fully healthy to run the offense, or is it that they want his knee to get used to the rigors and stress of being back on the field exposed to live action? Well, whatever the reason is, this team and offense isn't the same without the threat of running the zone read to help loosen up the defensive pressure that teams are sending. The rhythm of the offense has been terrible so far and must improve for this team to reach their goals and aspirations for 2013. Last year this team often started fast and kept the offensive pressure on opponents. They rarely looked out of synch or out of rhythm during the final seven games of the 2012 regular season but this year has been the total opposite and I have yet to come up with a definitive answer.

My next issue is the constant dumb penalties at the worst possible times in the game. I'm not gonna rehash all the penalties but the team has to address these fouls especially the 15 yard personal fouls, they give the other team automatic first downs. Penalties change field position and gives the opponents momentum in the game which, in this game, is so very important. It seems like a lack of discipline and frustration is boiling over when the team is facing adversity but no matter what happens on the field, you have to keep your composure and if you want to retaliate do it on the field and in a legal way. This team has too much talent, veteran leadership, and coaching to be making these mental mistakes and constant errors, shooting
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themselves in the foot. After the teams success in 2012, and all the off season hype surrounding this team, they have to realize that they have a target on their backs and are gonna get everyone's best efforts. 
So they have to bring their "A" game, execute their game plan, and play as a team. That's the one thing that stands out to me, is they're not playing as a team. For the Redskins to be successful this season, especially with this schedule, they have to play as a complete team.

My last thought is about the secondary. The team might have to re think having two rookies on the back end. It really is causing problems for a defense that's trying to shake off an up and down 2012 in which the safety play was a major issue. Not saying that the problems with the secondary is all on Bacarri Rambo, but opposing QB's are using their eyes to fool the young safety and get him out of  position. He's also still having some difficulty with his open field tackles. Most of the defense's problems is  with poor tackling. I haven't seen this so many missed tackles in a long time by this team, it really stood out to me when seeing the normally sure tackler like Reed Doughty missing tackles in open space. Final thought is that it might be time to look for another strong safety since Brandon Meriweather can't seem to stay healthy and be able to stay on the field. Unless he can recover from this latest issue (concussion) in time for next weeks game. I like him because of his ability to cover and lay a big hit. On the play he got hurt on, I don't know about the new rules specifically, it looked like when Brandon was trying to hit with his shoulder, James Starks lowered his head and made a helmet to helmet hit which caused the concussion. I thought that was something that the refs were supposed to be monitoring. I wasn't able to see the hit that put Eddie Lacy out (also involving Meriweather) but this hit looked like the running back lowered his head to initiate contact.
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Sorry for all the negatives, but after this game I really saw nothing positive in this game worth discussing. This team has to get it together, play as a team and cut out the unnecessary, dumb, and ill timed penalties or this won't be a "Season To Remember" ..... for anything positive anyway. I personally still love my team and will root for them until I am no longer on this earth but they have to step it up with Detroit coming to town. Even if Reggie Bush might not be 100% or even play, Detroit does have a potent offense with one of the best, if not best WR's, in the game in Calvin Johnson . If the Redskins get off to a start like the previous two games and continue to make the same mistakes, this will be a long season. 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 wont be anymore recaps like this in the future. #BeatDaLion

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Recap: Redskins Vs Eagles

                          Recap: Redskins Vs Eagles

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            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.

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            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?

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            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
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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 season.

            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.
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            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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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Is This the Start Of A Season To Remember?



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            Well Redskins Nation, we're a couple of hours away from the start on the 2013 football season and I'm very optimistic about the season and feel it will be a "Season To Remember". With all the speculation in the offseason regarding Robert Griffin III’s surgically repaired knee, the Zone Read and Pistol formation possibly putting the dynamic young quarterback’s health and career in jeopardy there have been questions on the success of the offense in 2013.  There have also been questions if the team has done enough to repair the secondary that gave up 31 passing touchdowns a year ago.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Defensive Observations Redskins vs. Buccaneers

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            Well Redskins Nation, we finally made it through the pre-season. And we’re less than a week away from the start of the much anticipated regular season so the Washington Redskins can defend their NFC East Championship and make a long playoff run. In year four of the Mike Shanahan Era I believe we have seen the talent level raised, the quality of depth revamped and improved and a better use of the draft. Those three keys have turned this franchise around and made the franchise back into a Super Bowl contender.