Monday, November 3, 2014

Week Nine: Thoughts and Observations of the Redskins Vs Vikings Game

Robert Griffin III and DeSean Jackson congratulate each other on the first of hopefully many TD's from this duo. This was one of the bright spots for the offense that left a lot to be desired on the field.
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    Hail Redskins Nation!!!!! I know plenty of fans are pretty upset after this loss to the Vikings and I can understand that. But as the saying goes "Any Given Sunday any team can be beat" and that's exactly what happened. The game started off well for the Redskins and returning quarterback Robert Griffin III but with how well the defense started out the team should've scored more points. The offense once again showed its inconsistent play by only scoring 10 points in the first half where the team as a whole dominated. That is until a bad play call and throw gave Minnesota some life that they took into the second half. Some fans are blaming RGIII, some blaming the coaches, and some even blaming the curse of the Redskins name (which is really funny to me). The first two are correct. Fans have to understand that football is as much a mental sport as it is a physical sport. The only way a team gets better is by playing as a team on Sunday's. Practice helps you run your plays, watching tape helps you perfect your technique and plays but your team only gets better by playing the game. RGIII only has 10 quarters under
RGIII showed flashes of good and bad. Hopefully the more the
plays the more good we see and less bad.
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Jay Gruden's offense and some people are already proclaiming RGIII isn't the answer for this franchise at QB. Some saying he should've waited until the Tampa Bay game after the bye week but if Peyton Manning or Tom Brady were ready wouldn't you start them?   He's been on the bench for six weeks and has to get the rust off at some point. Also you have to take into account the decision about exercising the fifth year option on the young quarterback has yet to have been made. If the team does that will give him a nice raise to around 12-15 million in 2016. So seeing the young Qb in eight games rather then seven makes sense to me. Unfortunately the play on the field isn't the only factors in these decisions going forward for this franchise.
                                          
    This game came down to adjustments at the half and Coach Zimmer and Coach Turner basically out coached and it was nothing they could do about it. Norv Turner had a great game plan to combat the pressure the defense was going to try and get. In the first half the defense dictated the game by getting pressure and blitzing but Norv Turner adjusted unlike Dallas last week. By them adjusting it did not allow Haslett to blitz consistently because of the formations and schemes Turner was using. When the Redskins lined up to blitz the Vikings went max protect in some occasions. That's when the offense goes with two TE's that stay in to block most of the time, a running back and just two wide
Teddy Bridgewater did just enough to buy enough time to
take advantage of the miscues of the secondary.
Via redskins.com
receivers to run routes. By Norv doing this and having the receivers run crossing and drag routes it makes it easier for the WR's to get seperation. The young Teddy Bridgewater bought enough time with his feet to hit the open man and hurt the defense when they did blitz. Not to mention without Brian Orakpo in the lineup it really hurts the not having him on the field. People complain about his sack numbers or lack there of but his presence on the field makes a major impact for this defense. Now with Orakpo out now teams can double team Jason Hatcher and/or Ryan Kerrigan and unfortunately the defense doesn't have a dominate rusher after those two.

   The second major adjustment that hurt the Redskins was Minnesota using misdirection in their formations. The Vikings would line up in a unbalanced line, which is when you have extra lineman in to block and whatever side he lines up on is considered unbalanced. By doing this the defense tends to slant or shift to that side because it's usually a tell as to which side the ball is going. Minnesota added a twist by lining up unbalanced and running to the opposite or weak side of the formation. In doing that it gave the Vikings the match-up advantage by scheme. Just like how the Cover 0 blitz lines up one more rusher then blockers on the line. It's similar but it's one on one match up which in a running situation the offensive lineman have the advantage. With limited rushers to get constant pressure it makes Haslett's job much harder. Why do you think he blitzed 60% of the game last week? He knew he wouldn't be able to get good constant pressure with out blitzing but last week the Cowboys played right into the defense's hands. I've said on several occasions, this defense needs a playmaker/ballhawk. Maybe in this upcoming draft with a first round pick for the first time in two years this team can address that need.

    Now to talk about this now you see me now you don't offense. I also mentioned that Jay Gruden got out coached. With him and Coach Zimmer both working in Cincinnati the prior three years
Once colleagues and  coordinators on the same staff and now
coaching adversaries trying tom find a way to win a game.
Via redskins.com 
as offensive and defensive coordinators, I feel Zimmer had the advantage in this match up. Defense can always disguise and cause chaos from different looks where as the offense can only do but so much to disguise what they want to do. They both knew each others tendencies but I believe Zimmer had a little something extra to confuse the offense which helped the outcome. To me the first mistake that started the downfall was after the Redskins defense made a huge stop on fourth down with just over a minute left before half. On your own 40 yard line with that much time on the clock why would you call a pass play? Last week one of the keys to the teams success was that on first downs they ran almost 80% of the time which helped key the victory. Not that Jay gets all the blame. The quarterback gets blame for throwing a INT in that game situation. If the Redskins go down and score a FG or TD it could've been a nail in the coffin of the Vikings hopes for a victory. But instead a bad throw and turnover gave the Vikings the momentum they needed and were desperately seeking. This was one of Alfred Morris better performances of this season but I believe he had plenty more in the tank to put this game away. There was real balance with 29 passes to 28 rushes but it's not always about what the playcall is but when you call the play also. We became more pass happy in the second half again even thought Morris and Roy Helu Jr. kept the chains moving. This is Gruden's first season and best believe he is learning plenty on the job but it's also a working process. The same can be said for Robert Griffin III. He's learning on the job and I feel progressing.
Looks like another pro bowl campaign for DeSean Jackson.
Via redskins.com


   The emergence of DeSean Jackson as a deep treat for this team that hasn't had one since the early 90's has been unbelievable. His statistics so far this season are stunning. His ball tracking skills are the best I've seen and looks like maybe another pro bowl season. At the midway point of the season he has 36 receptions for 784 yards and four touchdowns. The more in tuned he and the young quarterback can get the better it is for this offense and team as a whole. It's not just about the deep ball for this team. With the likes of Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon the short and intermediate routes can also produce big plays. The key is now that all the pieces are healthy and on the field they have to stay that way. With the bye week here now this team can evaluate where they are and where they wanna get to by the end of the season. Everyone should be back in the lineup and rotation so should be an interesting final seven games. I've said 8-8 would be a good season and if they can make it there that would be a strong statement going into Jay Gruden's second season. You can follow on Twitter @TattooedScorpio or on Facebook @ Porter III. As always #HTTR and keep a look out for my next article. State Of The Redskins Offense Edition. #RedskinsTweetTeam






























1 comment:

Dujunnea Bland said...

Very well stated. Very good explanation for sure. This game defendantly came down to a lack of adjustments

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