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Old 08-11-2007, 09:53 AM   #1
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Will the Redskins 'Play Fast'?

I have a topic for discussion. In watching the first couple of pre-season games, coaches are puttting a lot of emphasis on getting to the line quickly and operating their offense at a brisk pace. I'm specifically thinking of New Orleans and Dallas. The Redskins have taken the opposite tack (tact?) in recent years under Gibbs in that they milk the play clock all the way down. The players move quite 'deliberately' it seems to me, which is to say slowly. So, does anyone else here think, the Redskins might be helped on offense by getting to the line of scrimmage and running the play quickly even if there are say 10 seconds on the play clock? I don't mean no huddle. I mean play faster so that the defense doesn't have that extra 10 or 15 seconds to a)make adjustments and b)rest. Or is it just me?
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I have a topic for discussion. In watching the first couple of pre-season games, coaches are puttting a lot of emphasis on getting to the line quickly and operating their offense at a brisk pace. I'm specifically thinking of New Orleans and Dallas. The Redskins have taken the opposite tack (tact?) in recent years under Gibbs in that they milk the play clock all the way down. The players move quite 'deliberately' it seems to me, which is to say slowly. So, does anyone else here think, the Redskins might be helped on offense by getting to the line of scrimmage and running the play quickly even if there are say 10 seconds on the play clock? I don't mean no huddle. I mean play faster so that the defense doesn't have that extra 10 or 15 seconds to a)make adjustments and b)rest. Or is it just me?
Ideally, a team can "play fast" for the first few possessions as long as they are scoring points and keeping the other teams defense from resting. If you are not marching down the field, you are then keeping your own defense from resting. Gibbs has always used the philosophy of shortening the game by running and being deliberate. In this way, he limits the points the other team has an opportunity to score because of time he takes off the clock. He always has believed he can win in the 4th quarter if the game is a least close.

I expect him to keep burning the clock as fast as possible.
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Re: Will the Redskins 'Play Fast'?

Saunders and Gibbs have both liked to have a lot of motion and movement pre-snap, in order to give the qb an idea of what the defense is doing and to give the defense different looks. Maybe we stay in the huddle longer, but you've got to use the time on the play clock efficiently and the most effective use is to find the right rhythm for your offense.

I think you have a point, and I'd like to see the Skins mix it up from time to time.
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Ideally, a team can "play fast" for the first few possessions as long as they are scoring points and keeping the other teams defense from resting. If you are not marching down the field, you are then keeping your own defense from resting. Gibbs has always used the philosophy of shortening the game by running and being deliberate. In this way, he limits the points the other team has an opportunity to score because of time he takes off the clock. He always has believed he can win in the 4th quarter if the game is a least close.

I expect him to keep burning the clock as fast as possible.
I understand the logic behind the approach they use and I don't expect it to change. It's just that in watching these other teams, it seems like you can get the defense to the point where they are totally clueless, punch drunk, and tired. The caoches have been TALKING alot about changing things from last year and I think this is another thing they might consider. (I'm pretty sure they follow my postings very closely )
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I'm not sure if they'll play fast, but I think they will come out with a serious chip on their shoulders. Buges said the first unit is raring to go and they're angry after last year. I want to see them come out with a regular season attitude tonight.
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I understand the logic behind the approach they use and I don't expect it to change. It's just that in watching these other teams, it seems like you can get the defense to the point where they are totally clueless, punch drunk, and tired. The caoches have been TALKING alot about changing things from last year and I think this is another thing they might consider. (I'm pretty sure they follow my postings very closely )

I think that Saunders will push harder for a faster tempo. Gibbs will resist and they might compromise in between.
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there's been no talk of being "very vanilla". I think we will play good.
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they need to play fast and be aggresive. None of this afaird of showing things.
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:48 AM   #9
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I think they could play fast if JC was more of a vet but he's too raw to run an up-tempo offene. Maybe he can do it by the end of the season.
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I'm not sure if they'll play fast, but I think they will come out with a serious chip on their shoulders. Buges said the first unit is raring to go and they're angry after last year. I want to see them come out with a regular season attitude tonight.
So much for that... maybe if they came out with a Post-Season attitude? :cheeky-sm

Maybe if they weren't merely angry but furious?

Talk is cheap, obviously. Hopefully they make all the required adjustments and show us something more against Pittsburgh.
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I think they could play fast if JC was more of a vet but he's too raw to run an up-tempo offene. Maybe he can do it by the end of the season.
I don't think that we need to go no-huddle as much as the coaches just getting the plays to the QB quicker. How many times during Gibbs 2.0 have we burned time outs due to the team lollygagging to the line of scrimmage without ample time to audible out of a bad look?
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I don't think that we need to go no-huddle as much as the coaches just getting the plays to the QB quicker. How many times during Gibbs 2.0 have we burned time outs due to the team lollygagging to the line of scrimmage without ample time to audible out of a bad look?
Its hard to get plays into the QB fast when it has to be approved by 2 layers of coaches before JC gets it.
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