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Old 09-19-2008, 09:52 AM   #46
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Re: Horton Wins NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Chris Horton was coached in college by a former Redskin coach who is familiar with our defense. He's 6'1-212 pounds and a very hard hitter. In college he sent numerous guys to the sideline for medical attention. He has good instincts and is around the ball more often than not. In his first start as a rookie, he won nfc defensive player of the week. He is considered a football player more than an athlete ( H.B. Blades). Reed Doughty should start. But I would say Horton has a very GOOD upside.
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For what it's worth, the SS almost never ends up in coverage in the Blache defense. If we are afraid to play Doughty because we think O coordinators would isolate him, let it be known that NY was unable to do so, and Horton (who was starting his first NFL game) played the whole game, and got thrown at once...and that pass wasn't even close.

So any player who knows their assignments and can help against the run when needed could be successful at SS for us.
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Doughty is one of my favorite players. Anyone who can overcome the things he has, is a hero in my book. I'm completely satisfied with him as our starting safety. I think he catches way to much crap from fans and gets thrown under the bus when another player comes along that people think can play better. They act like he's just there until we get someone better. He does a good job as far as I'm concerned. I don't think that talking about the merits of one of our other players takes away from Reed. I'm glad we have both of them. We finally have quality depth. Someone being good does'nt mean the other guy must be bad. Sorry if it came across that way. I'm glad we have 2 good players at strong safety, are'nt you?
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The way people talk about Reed Doughty and how "bad" he has played, it makes me think that the expectations of him are that of a superstar, when I have always said that Doughty is an average player. Doughty should lose his job either because his performance drops and/or because Horton outperforms hims after a number of games. Doughty should not lose his job b/c he caught a f'ing stomach virus. Rookies are going to perform well in one game, and as Blache would say it can break your heart the next. I don't think the team is going to risk that with the type of passing game that we're going to face this Sunday.

That being said, I tried to find some way to measure RD's performance, and all I could find was # of tackles (since there are some claims that he can't tackle). In seven games (from Wk 13 of last season to this season's Wk 1 game against the Giants) here are RDs tackle stats:

Total Tkls: 45; Total Solo Tkls: 29; Total Ast Tkls: 16; Pass Def: 2
Avg Tkls/Game: 6.4; Avg Solo Tkls/Game: 29
Best Performance (Wk 15 vs. NYG): 11 Tkls, 7 Solo, 1 Pass Def
Worst Performance (Wk 16 @ MIN): 2 Tkls, 1 Solo, 0 Pass Def
Last Performance: 6 Tkls, 4 Solo, 0 Pass Def

Based on just number of tackles, RD's numbers are higher than other Free Safeties in the division . His two pass defended were comparable to other safeties in the division, save for Hamlin of the Cowpokes who had a significant higher number of PDs.

No one is taking away from Horton's performance and potential. We are lucky to have such a good young player. However, stop making arguments that Horton should start after just one game. He needs to develop this season, and could be a starter at the end of the season. But just don't call for a change in roster just b/c of a stomach virus.
Dude I don't give a damn about freakin stats. He has done Nothing to deserve to start PERIOD. Doughty's playing SS not FS so these stats wouldn't be as high if he play SS. Horton made more plays in 1 game then Doughty (according to your stats) made last season. Teams don't Fear Doughty and he's worse in the pass than Horton is. He's slow, he can't hit, can't cover and does'nt make plays BUT that is what you get in Reed Doughty. Its called tough luck when you have a stomach vrus and someone does beter than you in 1 game then RD has done in his NFL career. So Yes Horton deserves to start against the Cards.
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Dude I don't give a damn about freakin stats. He has done Nothing to deserve to start PERIOD. Doughty's playing SS not FS so these stats wouldn't be as high if he play SS. Horton made more plays in 1 game then Doughty (according to your stats) made last season. Teams don't Fear Doughty and he's worse in the pass than Horton is. He's slow, he can't hit, can't cover and does'nt make plays BUT that is what you get in Reed Doughty. Its called tough luck when you have a stomach vrus and someone does beter than you in 1 game then RD has done in his NFL career. So Yes Horton deserves to start against the Cards.
Because of 1 game? Even if he doesn't know his responsiblities as well as RD? Zorn said it himself, RD knows the D well enough to help get people lined up correctly and makes the right coverage calls in the secondary. I am not comfortable right now leaving all of that on a rookie. Lets give him some more time. Maybe he starts by the end of the season but he just hasn't earned it yet. The coaching staff was strongly considering mixing up the whole scheme because they were not sure of CH. They talked about Springs moving back and even switching LL. They decided to leave everybody in their original spot and give Horton help. We don't know how much help he was given either. It may be possible that he was lining up wrong on a few plays? They obviously feel more confident in RD and I agree, at least right now.
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Dude I don't give a damn about freakin stats. He has done Nothing to deserve to start PERIOD. Doughty's playing SS not FS so these stats wouldn't be as high if he play SS. Horton made more plays in 1 game then Doughty (according to your stats) made last season. Teams don't Fear Doughty and he's worse in the pass than Horton is. He's slow, he can't hit, can't cover and does'nt make plays BUT that is what you get in Reed Doughty. Its called tough luck when you have a stomach vrus and someone does beter than you in 1 game then RD has done in his NFL career. So Yes Horton deserves to start against the Cards.
Well so much for this being the site for the knowledgeable fan. Well allow me to make a somewhat intelligent rebuttal (sp?):

Doughty is listed as a FS in the ESPN website, so I went by that.

You say that Doughty is worse than Horton in the pass coverage, so you are implying that Horton is not good in pass coverage and yet you want him to start? I was curious to find out in the past couple of games how much have teams throw in the direction of Doughty (but then I remember that you don't give a damn about stats). So if Doughty is not good in pass coverage (according to you) and Horton isn't, then why start Horton?

Doughty came and replaced Sean Taylor last year, so yeah teams are not going to fear Doughty if you compare him to ST. Now do you think that Horton will strike fear in other teams? I mean did you see how much Santana Moss burned the Saints' rookie CB? Don't forget that Horton's INTs were tipped passes, which speaks to his ability of catching the ball and being alert, but it is not like he made a play.

Well luckily neither you nor I are NFL coaches or the defensive coordinator for the Redskins. There's more than just having a good performance in a game, and that is being consistent in your play, having experience, and knowing the system.

I am glad we have quality depth at the safety position, and a player like Horton is a great asset to have in the defense. He will see lots of playing time, and will be a starter in the future. I just hate when people are willing to throw players in the team that we root for under the bus for stupid reasons.
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Well so much for this being the site for the knowledgeable fan. Well allow me to make a somewhat intelligent rebuttal (sp?):

Doughty is listed as a FS in the ESPN website, so I went by that.

You say that Doughty is worse than Horton in the pass coverage, so you are implying that Horton is not good in pass coverage and yet you want him to start? I was curious to find out in the past couple of games how much have teams throw in the direction of Doughty (but then I remember that you don't give a damn about stats). So if Doughty is not good in pass coverage (according to you) and Horton isn't, then why start Horton?

Doughty came and replaced Sean Taylor last year, so yeah teams are not going to fear Doughty if you compare him to ST. Now do you think that Horton will strike fear in other teams? I mean did you see how much Santana Moss burned the Saints' rookie CB? Don't forget that Horton's INTs were tipped passes, which speaks to his ability of catching the ball and being alert, but it is not like he made a play.

Well luckily neither you nor I are NFL coaches or the defensive coordinator for the Redskins. There's more than just having a good performance in a game, and that is being consistent in your play, having experience, and knowing the system.

I am glad we have quality depth at the safety position, and a player like Horton is a great asset to have in the defense. He will see lots of playing time, and will be a starter in the future. I just hate when people are willing to throw players in the team that we root for under the bus for stupid reasons.
I'm sorry, but I can't stand when people say that Reed Doughty replaced Sean Taylor last year. Doughty didn't replace Taylor, LaRon Landry replaced Taylor by moving to the FS position. Essentially Doughty replaced Landry at SS.
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I'm sorry, but I can't stand when people say that Reed Doughty replaced Sean Taylor last year. Doughty didn't replace Taylor, LaRon Landry replaced Taylor by moving to the FS position. Essentially Doughty replaced Landry at SS.
You are correct and my apologies for incorrectly stating that Doughty replaced Taylor. However, the point that I was making still applies...of course you can say that Doughty is not going to strike fear in any team, because Doughty is not a superstart player like Landry.
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Doughty or Horton-Horton or Doughty. We're sitting pretty good at strong safety huh?
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I urge anyone who is making the argument that doughty is a very good player to watch game film from last year. It speaks for itself. People that try to defend this below average player make statements like "he replaced Sean Taylor" or "strong safeties don't have to cover". This is rediculous. Homers never want to admit that they have a bad player on thier team...why do you people think we drafted two safties and brought in other FA's?

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Because of 1 game? Even if he doesn't know his responsiblities as well as RD? Zorn said it himself, RD knows the D well enough to help get people lined up correctly and makes the right coverage calls in the secondary. I am not comfortable right now leaving all of that on a rookie. Lets give him some more time. Maybe he starts by the end of the season but he just hasn't earned it yet. The coaching staff was strongly considering mixing up the whole scheme because they were not sure of CH. They talked about Springs moving back and even switching LL. They decided to leave everybody in their original spot and give Horton help. We don't know how much help he was given either. It may be possible that he was lining up wrong on a few plays? They obviously feel more confident in RD and I agree, at least right now.
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I guess for the same reasons we drafted other positions ...depth. If Doughty is below average, I guess Greg Blanche is just an idiot for keeping him on the team, right? I don't believe that for a minute. They will both play alot during games and if Doughty does'nt cut it I guess he'll hit the bench. What's the big deal? There's been an awful lot of talk about this after one game. Remember Timmy Smith rushing for over 200 yards in the Super Bowl? One game. What happened after that? The cream always rises to the top. It will in this case to but you have to give it more than one game. I don't think they want to mess up Hortons head by throwing him into something he might not be prepared to handle just yet. He talked about how nervous he was when he found out he was going to start. You don't want him to lose confidence so you bring him in a little at a time. Is'nt there some unwritten rule that a player should'nt lose his job because of injury? It will play out.
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I urge anyone who is making the argument that doughty is a very good player to watch game film from last year. It speaks for itself. People that try to defend this below average player make statements like "he replaced Sean Taylor" or "strong safeties don't have to cover". This is rediculous. Homers never want to admit that they have a bad player on thier team...why do you people think we drafted two safties and brought in other FA's?
I think a lot of us are saying to give Doughty the chance to lose his job. I personally don't think Doughty is a great player, all I'm saying that the people that criticize him talk like he should be a GREAT player. I mean it's not like the team is paying him millions like Archuleta. So he's an average player, so f'ing what? Let him play, let Horton develop and take the job later in the season.

The way people talk make it sound like he's the f'ing demise of the team, which is absolutely ridiculous. When the Redskins lost to Jacksonville, people acted like Doughty was the only horrible thing that happened that day. I mean WTF did Doughty do to the fan base? Did he kick Jim Zorn in the nuts or something? People speak of him worst than they speak of Chad Johnson, T.O., and Randy Moss (when he was bad) combined. Maybe Reed should blow out his knee and be done for the season so all these haters can calm down and stop bashing the hell out of Doughty.
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We think alot alike Ruhskins. Good post.
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This has nothing to do with one good game for a rookie! I was calling for his ass last year, wich is why I said watch the film. RD found himself as a starter by DEFAULT, I think we all know why. Horton is a rookie and he will make rookie mistakes. If you all look back at my origional post you'd see that I said Horton should see more time on the field and that there are no starters on our defense. He is a playmaker, Doughty, is not. Being that such natural playmakers are rare, you need to find a way to get them on the field no matter what. Blache, (not Blanche, 53) said in an interview that there are packages where you will see Doughty AND Horton on the field at the same time. There are obvious, however few weak links on our team. Doughty, Rabach and some teams players. Don't kid yourself guys. Oh, and this whole thing of "an NFL coach can do no wrong" is BULL! There have been plenty of NFL coaches that have made horrible personel decisions. There are so many coaches in the league that would never admit any wrong doing.. Having said that I don't think/ hope not Blache is one of those coaches.

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