Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Grades and Recap: Redskins Vs Broncos

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Hey Redskins Nation, it's another loss of a game that Redskins had control of and were playing for the most part error free football up until 4th quarter but some how found a way to lose. Once again Kyle Shanahan went away from the running game, which was working very well and tiring out the Broncos defense but then all of a sudden decides he wants to throw the ball down the field.

  Denver does have the 32nd ranked pass defense but that's mostly because of teams having to throw to keep pace or catch up with their potent offense. I'm guessing Kyle thought he would try to take advantage of this stat but it turned out to kill the momentum that the defense had help build with two turnovers in the first five minutes of the third quarter. The defense has been steadily improving and the sad fact is that since the Broncos put up 45 points it looks like they didn't do their job to the casual fan but this is not true.

With two backup safeties playing for the first time together and Peyton Manning being the super human quarterback that he is no one gave the Redskins a chance. For almost three quarters of the game they kept pace and contained the Broncos offense. The inconsistent offense constantly going three and out for some of the first half and all of the fourth quarter really was the downfall of the defense.

Addressing Kyle's playcalling and going away from what works has been a constant issue for me this season. He's out thinking himself and really putting our offense in situations where I don't see helping the team being successful offensively. I'm looking for the play caller that had a cast of Rex Grossman, Jabbar Gaffney and Anthony Armstrong that stretched the field and had the right play call most of the time.

Now to address Robert Griffin III, to me this was one of his worst performances of his short career. Between him missing wide open receivers, not reading the defense properly, not trusting what he sees and to me it looked like he made his mind up from the jump that he wasn't gonna run the ball. I hope the latter isn't the case because I would have a real problem with that, but it did look like on several occasions he had a running lane but didn't take it.

Don't get me wrong he did extend plays with his feet and made some plays but there was a lot more yards and points left on the field that this team could've used against the #1 scoring offense. The offensive line did give RGIII time to throw but the interior of the line once again was porous and got man handled by the Broncos front seven but was doing a very good job run blocking until Kyle got pass happy.

Last but not least the special teams took a huge step forward by not giving up a TD return this week and contained one of the more dangerous returners in the league. Sav Rocca did have one bad shank that helped spark the Broncos offense but as a whole the unit was much improved and looked like the extra practice helped.

To me this season is still far from over but this team has to put together a full 60 mins on offense, defense, special teams and coaching. until they do this the Redskins will continue to be inconsistent this year. Now I know that I try to stay away from berating the officials but it seems to me that every week the Redskins get held, facemask pulled, even helmet to helmet contact and it's a no call, but if the Redskins commit a penalty it's called asap. I don't know if it's me because I'm a fan and I know the refs can't see everything but when you can clearly see the foul and don't call it during the game but send a letter later in the week say "Sorry we missed the call" what else can you say?

 I'm starting to wonder why the NFL doesn't have a policy similar to the NHL. Roger Goodell says the goal is to preserve the integrity of the game but isn't getting the calls right part of the integrity? When a controversial play or call happens during a game in the NHL they stop play and call NHL headquarters in Toronto for an official review to make sure the call is made correctly and the game continues after the correct ruling is overturned or confirmed. There is no letter later in the week that means absolutely nothing to a team that took a loss maybe because of a called that was missed or called incorrectly. Well that's just a thought I had now let's get to the grades and recap position by position:  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Recap: Redskins Vs Bears

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Well Redskins Nation, it feels good to say it's #VictoryMonday after a hard fought comeback victory against the Chicago Bears. Could this be the win this team needed to "right the ship" and get some momentum going forward to make a run at a playoff spot and possibly repeat as NFC East Champion.But let's not get ahead of ourselves, this team has to fix some major issues and get more consistent in all phases of the game. The game changed in the 2nd quarter when Jay Cutler went out with a torn groin muscle (out 4 weeks) when he was sacked by Chris Baker (1st career sack) and it didn't look like anything major when he got hit but apparently it was. Once again the special (needs) teams gave up a  81 yard return for touchdown by Devin Hester, who tied Deion Sanders record with 19th return for TD. It was superbly blocked by the Bears but for the second week in a row Niles Paul had the returner in his grasp but failed to make the tackle or atleast slow him up for someone else to make the tackle. The one good thing that came out of this was that the unit didn't implode after that return, they actually improved and the highlight was when Jose Gumbs  made a bone jarring tackle of the returner short of the 20 yard line. Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris looked like the rookies that were the dynamic duo that propelled this team to the title and a improbable run to the playoffs. For the second week in a row Griffin has a season high in rushing yards with 77 yards last week and 84 yards this week. The second year quarterback looks like he has the confidence in his repaired knee to go out and be the playmaker that he was and is. Roy Helu Jr.may has made his case to stay a vital cog in this offense by scoring three TD's and the third being the game winning score 3 yard scamper to the end zone. Last but definitely not least on offense the 3rd round steal Jordan Reed, this rookie broke several Redskins TE records and along the way had his breakout game of the season. With his 9 catches 134 yards and a 3 yard TD catch off a beautifully thrown fade pattern where he abused the safety C. Conte. On defense I have to highlight the play of the whole unit but for the second week in a row DeAngelo Hall get the first star of the game. He all but shutdown the big time receiver Brandon Marshall who had a quiet 6 catches for 75 yards and most importantly no TD's. Brian Orakpo (who is one of my favorite Redskins)  got his first interception and pick 6 of his career when another one of my favorite players Reed Doughty had tight coverage of Alshon Jeffrey. Reed forced a deflection and bobble of the ball which fell right into the hands of the 2-time pro bowler Orakpo who returned it 29 yards for the score to give the team the lead for the first time in the game. I'm not gonna go into the Brandon Meriweather launching himself and getting flagged (twice) all I'm gonna say is reputation rules in the NFL and he maybe looking at a possible suspension since he's a repeat offender. Now lets get to breakdown and grading position group by position group:

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Quarterback: Robert Griffin III reminded us that he is still a dynamic athlete, quarterback and reigning OROY. He gashed the defense on runs and showed off his new rookie playmaker Jordan Reed. Robert did have a couple of bad throws, which included an ill advised throw into triple coverage which resulted in a interception by the ball hawk Charles Tillman but he was more fundamentally sound. The last drive to win the game was impressive and showed how comfortable the QB has become in the offense and how easily he moved the team down the field to win the game. Grade:B

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Running Back: Alfred Morris, Robert Griffin III and Roy Helu Jr. showed sticking with the running game does payoff with another game over 200 total yards of rushing offense. Helu really looked like the rookie that started and had three consecutive 100 yard games while he was the starter in 2011, he was a change of pace back that was too much for the Bears to keep out of the end zone. Alfred was Alfred running threw arm tackles and dragging defenders for extra yards before they could get him down, his running style is what loosens up the defense for Helu to do his damage.Grade:A

Wide Receivers: This unit did improve from last week's dreadful performance but it wasn't a big improvement. We still saw drops by normally sure handed receivers and at times slim to no separation from the DBs. Despite that Aldrick Robinson made a 45 yard TD catch on a deep pass that fell into his arms as he beat double coverage for a much needed score. Hopefully he can start contributing more, he had another nice grab for 30 yards. I don't know what's going on with Santana Moss but he isn't resembling the WR that caught everything thrown his way last year. If he can't get his hands on the ball in the passing game I say put him on punt returns. Leonard Hankerson took a step back this game with a couple of drops and only one reception. Grade:C+

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Tight Ends: With Fred Davis being inactive (healthy scratch) and Logan Paulsen returning from injury it showed that Jordan Reed was going to be a featured target on this day. Of the first six passes RGIII threw all six went to rookie TE and he caught all of them and made a great grab on the fade route to score. The blocking has improved by this young unit as the season has progressed. It's sad to say but possible that we wont see Fred Davis in a Redskins uniform again, unless he can get his practice habits up to the coaches standards.  But it might be time for a change on scenery for the still young TE to get his career back on track.Grade:B

Offensive Line: After last week's embarrassment at the hands of a division rival this unit played better but still have much room for improvement. The interior of the line did block better and didn't look over matched like last week. That being said they did block for a second consecutive 200 yard plus rushing as a team. Chris Chester did make one of the possible game saving plays by diving on top of and recovering a botched handoff  in Bears territory. Pass protection has to improve if the young QB is to progress as a pocket passer. Not to gloss over the job that Trent Williams did on Julius Peppers . He showed why he should be selected for his 2nd Pro Bowl appearance Grade:C

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Defensive Line: This unit had it's second strong showing in a row. They constantly collapsed the pocket, for the most part contained Matt Forte except for his 50 yard run after a great cutback to the open field. I can't say enough about NT Barry Cofield, since he got thal cumbersome club off of his hands he has been a force in the middle and collected a sack in the process. Jarvis Jenkins is getting in football shape and getting more reps and starting getting some push. But once again Stephen Bowen hasn't had one of those stellar games yet this season but I see slowly but surely he's getting back into 2012 form. The backups did their jobs and didn't see any drop off when they were on the field.Grade: B-

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Linebackers: This unit was a steady force this game nothing to flashy besides Brian Orakpo's first interception and pick 6 of his NFL and football career. Perry Riley Jr. is one of the more underrated ILB's in the game because he's rarely out of position and makes the plays that are in front of him. Ryan Kerrigan had a quiet game with only one tackle and an assist but his presence is always felt on the field with his relentless motor. London Fletcher played better this week but did get beat on the late TD to Martellus Bennett while staring into the backfield trying to read the quarterback. Nick Barnett got some limited action he didn't register any tackles, but seeing him on the field with the defense to me is a good sign.Grade: B+

Safeties: The steady and reliable Reed Doughty got his 2nd start at SS and had a hand "so to speak" in on Orakpo's pick 6. His sure tackling and ability to read the play and help diagnose it before it happens is a vital part to the resurgence of the defense the past three weeks. Unfortunately he got a concussion on the surprise onside kick Chicago attempted late in the game. Already spoke about Brandon Meriweather if he were in the box playing SS he wouldn't be in those positions to get those 15 yard penalties.  The 1st penalty looked to me that it was more shoulder then helmet in my opinion. With Meriweather facing a two game suspension I'm not sure where the team sits at FS going into Denver next week and hosting San Diego the following week.Grade: C+

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Cornerbacks:  The cornerbacks have been playing very well as of late and no one more then DeAngelo Hall, who for the third week in a row has faced an elite WR and has won the battle and the war. Calvin Johnson , Dez Bryant, and Brandon Marshall all are bigger and frequent targets but DeAngelo Hall only gave up one touchdown total. Very impressive by the seasoned veteran. Josh Wilson had a decent game trying to cover the Bears other big WR Alshon Jeffrey who had a quiet 100 plus yard receiving day. The rookie David Amerson is rounding into the 2nd round pick the Redskins imagined when they drafted him. Very physical, instinctive and as long as he stays discipline and be weary of the double move, he will be one of the starting cornerbacks next year.Grade: B+

In order to not sound redundant I'm not even gonna speak on the (non) special teams unit. I know everyone else is talking about so I'll leave it alone. All I will say is Keith Burns might be showing why he was a assistant special teams coach  and not the special teams coach. Special teams should win you games and give you good field position not cost you  games like they already has. With Denver Broncos coming up next this team will need to be at its best, especially special teams. Trindon Holliday of the Broncos is a game changer returning punts and kickoffs. Its bad enough you have to face Peyton Manning after a loss to his replacement but you have to contend with  Von Miller and Champ Bailey returning to the defense. If the Redskins can answer back if and when the Broncos score they will have a shot..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. #BeatDaBroncos

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

                                           Recap: Redskins Vs Raiders

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Victory Monday is upon us RedskinsNation, that's right we finally got our first win of the season against the Oakland Raiders. Don't get me wrong it was by no means a perfect game or even a decent game but in the NFL a win is a win. We saw some good things, some bad things, and some of the same old things that cause us fans to wanna scream and throw things at the television during the game. There has been some weekly improvement with Robert Griffin III and the offense and with the dynamic duo of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan and the defense. On offense there is still a problem with a slow start and not looking like the team from 2012 that had answers to whatever the opposing defenses try to throw at them. The adjustments
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came faster this week with the team going to a fast paced hurry up offense which created a spark for the team. One area the team needed to improve on and did drastically this game was penalties. With only three penalties (
29 yards) the team addressed the issues that had them ranked as one of the most penalized teams in the league in the first three weeks of the season. Another issue this team is having is with the Keith Burns coached Special Teams. Normally its just penalties or giving the offense bad field position or putting the defense is a no win situation with field position but the blocked punt for TD was utterly ridiculous. I understand Coach Burns is new, installing new systems and have new players on the unit but there are just some things you can't have happen on the road in a rowdy stadium such as the Black Hole. After two horrible weeks and one decent week the defense finally showed up and showed what they are capable of when they can get pressure and don't have confusion in the secondary. There were missed tackles in this game but not as many as previous weeks and it mostly comes from not wrapping up and trying to lay a big hit instead of making the sure tackle. I have to be honest if it wasn't for a stuck in quicksand Matt Flynn I don't know if this team would've had seven sacks but they were definitely getting pressure from any and every angle. The victory wasn't without injuries and one of the biggest for the Redskins was when Alfred Morris went down early in the fourth quarter with an apparent rib injury. Mike Shanahan said in his weekly Monday press conference that there was nothing broken but after watching film he could see Morris wasn't running like himself from early in the second quarter but couldn't say what the extent of the injury was before speaking to the head trainer. Now let's address all three phases of this team in their performance against Oakland.
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Offense: Once again the offense was able to move up and down the field sometimes during the game but also sometimes looked stagnant and unsure of itself. To me it looks like the rust is almost completely off of RGIII but not fully. The more reps the second year QB gets the better his mechanics and timing with his weapons will get. He had some good throws that zipped in there like darts and there were other throws where he didn't fully step into his throws and  they sailed high or wide but you can see the progression. Pierre Garcon is proving naysayers wrong that he is a legitimate #1 wide receiver. From his aggressive run blocking, the anger that he runs with after he gets the ball in his hands or the speed that makes him a threat from anywhere on the field, he adds a much needed dimension to this offense. Leonard Hankerson looks like he is in the midst of having the breakout season that everyone has been waiting for from the 2011 3rd round pick out of the University of Miami. Hankerson is making critical third down receptions, making nice downfield blocks and  developing into a deep threat along with a red zone threat. Unfortunately there are injuries on every team and  the same can be said here. Alfred Morris going down opened the door for Roy Helu Jr. to step in and remind us that he can do impressive things with the ball in his hands also. Helu Jr looked like he didn't miss a beat after being out almost all of last year, making great blitz pick ups, catching anything that's thrown his way and hurdling the occasional defender leaving them grasping for air. His pinball touchdown run was a display of all of his skills that make him a good running back.His patience to find the whole, the power to run threw arm tackles and the balance to be able to take a hit from a defender and stay on his feet to fight for extra yards. Overall the offense is improving but not quite looking like the offensive that was so explosive and averaged 27 points a game in 2012, let's hope this bye week has he same result as last years bye. More focus, better execution and ultimately wins.

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Special Teams: Coach Burns has a lot of work to do with this unit during this bye week. From the bad penalties, bad field position for offense and defense and after this week one of the worst things to happen a blocked punt for a touchdown. Also the fake punt hurt but didn't do any damage and the team looked like it was ready for it but  Oakland still was able to pick up a first down. Mike Shanahan stated that they practiced fake punts more this past week more then they have all season. There are plenty of reasons for these glaring errors, new personnel, new scheme, new coach, players playing in new or different positions on the team. With time and practice this unit has to improve to give the team a boost when its needed. Sav Rocca does have a slow catch and punt time but he is booming his kicks lately with good hang time to give the unit time to get decent coverage but his occasional shank hopefully is a thing of the past. If this unit can gel and get itself together it can help propel this team back to a .500 record and in a position to challenge for the Division title and a playoff berth. Not time to panic about special teams but if the unit doesn't show improvement and consistency it could hurt this team even more going forward.
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Defense: After three weeks of confusion, missed tackles, penalties and just bad play, the defense had its best game of this young season getting a pick 6 from rookie David Amerson, getting seven sacks and holding the Raiders to only 298 total yards. With Bacarri Rambo only playing on special teams and not on defense that put Brandon  Merriwether at the FS position and thrust one of my favorite players Reed Doughty in at starting SS. The experience on the back end paid off this week keeping the Oakland wide receivers pretty contained and covered so the front seven could get constant pressure. The seven sacks came from all over. Brian Orakpo had two sacks (6 sacks in two games in Oakland) two passes defensed, Ryan Kerrigan had two sacks, Barry Cofield had a monster game with two sacks and a fumble recovery and last but not least Darryl Tapp with a sack. There were a few missed tackles during the game but none that cost this team too badly but have to sure it up for future games against mostly 10 win teams from a year ago. I believe the game changing play was made by the rookie David Amerson, who got his first pick 6 of the season and career. The combination of Orakpo and Kerrigan showed what everyone has been saying if they both could be on the field at the same time.....havoc. Hopefully this defense will take another step forward going into Dallas in week 6 for a possible shot at taking the division lead. 
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  I know it sounds crazy at 2-3 the Redskins could lead the East but this year the NFC East has not gotten off to a good start but we all know that it will come down to the last week of the season. This bye week will either get this team back in the form we saw at the end of 2012 or be up and down like it was at the start of 2012 and 2013. 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. I know its not Dallas week yet but #BeatDaCowboys