|11-28-2008, 02:08 AM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Evanston, IL
Redskins vs Seahawks pint sized GT Defensive Review
One of the problems with having no game film to fall back on is that I can't do the coverage numbers, but it's clear that Carlos Rogers is not exactly the same player he was in the first three weeks. Back then, Rogers appeared to be a shutdown corner, but since then I think he's been more of a run-of-the-mill No. 1 corner on a mediocre pass defense. Which, of course, is exactly what the Redskins are. Rogers is still having a pro bowl season, because of the responsibility that has been thrust upon him, but he's not a special zone coverage player.
But with Shawn Springs back in the lineup, a lot of pressure is taken off of Rogers. No longer does he need to be the shutdown corner that gets the Redskins off the field on third down when Fred Smoot is giving up pass completions like a charitable grandmother gives out candy on Halloween. Springs is still a top cover corner, and with him in the lineup, Carlos can just play a side of the field instead of chasing the best receiver on the other team all over the yard.
The return of Springs turns the direction of our anger to the run defense. Sure, Jason Taylor has been terrible against the run all year, and to a lesser extent the most of his career, but is he really the problem? Not really, at least not anymore so than normal. The problems with the run defense are multi fold:
Of all the problems that the Redskins are facing now, it's the problems that they weren't facing before: namely Golston and Fletcher, that can be attributed directly to injury. No Redskin defensive end is stronger against the run than Andre Carter, so if he can't play on Sunday, it's a huge blow to the Redskins run d. Losing Fletcher would be a killer, but if he's this ineffective, it won't matter. Getting Anthony Montgomery back should help, as he was underutilized against the Giants power rushing attack in Week 1.
I don't have any coverage numbers, and the tackle chart/pass rush chart is incomplete, and thusly, will not be used.
Total Adj Yards = 100
Yards per play = 3.57
Success Rate = 35.7% (10/28)
I don't understand what made the Seahawks pass 60% of the time when their line can't block and their receivers don't know the routes, and the QB is not playing well, and oh yeah we're getting killed by the run, but whatever. They can lose how they want, I suppose.
Two by Lorenzo Alexander, who saw a lot of playing time with Golston out. Alexander is a sieve against the run though, so injured Golston vs. Alexander is just a matter of pass pressure. And yes, for those of you keeping count, Alexander is now tied for the team sack lead with Demetric
Evans with 3. Isn't that the season in a nutshell?
Carter is still bringing a lot of pressure, as he beat Walter Jones in this game 5-6 times. As I write this, DeMarcus Ware is making Walter Jones look like a statue, so perhaps it's not all that impressive. Anthony Montgomery will absolutely improve the pass pressure on Eli Manning this week, as he figures to get the start. He and Griffin/Alexander can combine to collapse the pocket, which is something that the rest of the DL cannot do.
Total Adj Yards = 128
Yards per play = 7.11 (!) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Success Rate = 55.6% (10/18)
Um, yeah. This is a full on problem. Worse than fixing the OL. You know, the Giants have the best running game in the league. Until the Cowboys' game, no team had gashed us quite like the Giants had in Week One. Eight in the box will not be enough. There must be eight in the box, plus disiplined gap play, plus nine in the box when it's short yardage, and the corners must tackle flawlessly in this game. We stopped their running game last year, and we'll have to do it again to have a chance to win.
Maurice Morris and Julius Jones should not be scaring any team, much less a playoff contender. This was embarassing to watch, and I'm glad I didn't have to go over this one play by play.
Total Adj Yards = 228
Yards per play = 4.96
Success Rate = 43.5% (20/46)
The pass defense played just well enough to win this game, ending two drives with interceptions. The Redskins have now forced two interceptions in back to back games. This is a great thing, but I think it has masked some clear issues on the defensive side of the ball.
The Seahawks enjoyed a streak of nine successful plays in a row to end the first half. This cannot happen against a poor offense. Someone has to step up, beat their man, stop the streak and force the punt. The Redskins offense is not a big play offense, and they can't afford to have a defense that gives up big plays. The 44 yard run is the biggest example, but the Seahawks had 9 plays that went for ten or more yards, and that's simply too many.
The Redskins must correct their special teams and run defense issues in order to make the playoffs. But with this win, they are still in a commanding situation. If they can beat the Giants at home, it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that this team is playoff bound, and it will at least re-open the division race between the Redskins, Giants, and Cowboys.
It will be the biggest game of the year to date on Sunday.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
|11-28-2008, 08:22 AM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2005
Re: Redskins vs Seahawks pint sized GT Defensive Review
i always like the analysis. this is the time of year Campbell starts earning that contract extension. the one which alot of people around here would have already given him. our defense has played pretty consistent all year. which is really surprising, considering the change in coordinators
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