Hail RedskinsNation. Been a while since my last article and I hate to comeback to writing with a loss to the Cowboys....yet here we are. Been a rough start to the 2016 season but not time to blow up the ship and start from scratch. After breaking down the film they're some good signs along with the bad. Week 3 versus the Giants can and should be considered a must win, and I hope Scot McCloughan is on the phone with Terrence "Pot Roast" Knighton today. The improved secondary and the money that the team is paying Josh Norman means nothing without pass rush, pressure and collapsing the pocket. To answer all the questions about the DBs not following receivers around the field, the Redskins run a high percentage of zone coverage. That means the players are responsible for areas on the field and not personnel. If you have been listening to our show Sports On The Hill Podcast on Monday nights from 7pm-9pm you would have heard my concerns about not having a true NT. In order to have a effective 3-4 defense your NT must be able to get pressure, occupy blockers and collapse the pocket. At present the team has no one that can do this on the current roster and I don't understand with him available, why the team hasn't signed him. That's for another article on another day. Let's get to my breakdown and observations of this latest loss.
Kirk has to get his ball placement better to keep the chains moving and take advantage of what the defense is giving him. Too many yards and points left on the field....especially early in games.
Kory Lichensteiger is becoming a bigger and bigger liability. Not just getting pushed into the backfield but now penalties. His strength was supposed to be his football IQ...didn't seem like it yesterday. This time his penalties and lapses were at a very critical point in the game. I think some centers need to be bought in since we don't have any other center on the roster.
The offense seems to be opening up some even tho DeSean Jackson only had six targets for the whole game. Kirk got the ball to 10 different targets but his inaccuracy at the wrong time has to end. In order for this offense to be as explosive as expected and this team to be successful Kirk has to improve starting week 3 vs (2-0) New York Giants.
I noticed that Joe Barry has started switching the OLB's around on the line and in the formations.
The ILB's are playing well, racking up a lot of tackles but haven't been as effective as the team would like right now. Both Will Compton and Mason Foster have double digit tackle games but the team needs more. Turnovers are key in a 3-4 defense and those two have to learn to create turnovers and give the offense a short field. Unfortunately the turnovers the defense have forced have only resulted in FGs in the first two weeks of the season. But have to keep creating them.
long time and the team is building through the draft to improve the speed, size and talent level of this unit that has been in much need of that for so many years. The same way it took talented players and time to build the offense it will take time to build up a good defense.
The two most consistent players on this team have been Dustin Hopkins and Tres Way. These special teams stand outs have been crucial in keeping the Redskins in games with their stellar and consistent play. These guys only get talked about when they screw up but I'm gonna give em credit when they're doing well also.
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