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Smoot Lays The Smack Down (Redskins vs. Colts)

After a brief hiatus, the smackdown is back.

For those of you are new here, this is a weekly (ideally) feature that takes a look at what didn't quite work in the previous game.

The idea is not to be negative, bash the team, or say the sky is falling. Just to point out what needs improvement. I'll kick it off and other can jump in.

1.) The Beckwagon-Slow your roll, Beckwagoneers. He did nothing wrong really, and he was very efficient in one half. But he played in a pretty simple offense last night against a simple defense. He didn't cleary distance himself from Rex Grossman last week. The question, of course, is does he need to?

2). Trent Williams-I have very high hopes for Trent, and I believe he will go down as one our best OTs ever. That said, he can't keep getting beat by elite pass rushers. I mean, I understand there's a reason they're elite and he's just starting his second year. But the excuse last year was he's getting a quick lesson in the realities of the NFL facing so many strong pass rushers right off the bat in his career. The hope was/is that getting tossed right into the deep end of the pool so quickly would accelerate his process. The reality is he our LT and he's going to be facing elite pass rushers more often than not. I expect he will be able to handle them more often than not.

3. Leonard "No Hands"kerson-Yeah, that didn't exactly work. But anyhow, I know it was just one drop. And even the best WRs have drops. But what frustrates me most from what I've seen of Hankerson is that he practices so hard and it shows in games. He's a solid blocker, runs crisp routes, gets consistently open (granted against vanilla defenses), so it would be very frustrating to see him do all that just to drop a pass thrown to him. Maybe Malcolm Kelly could lend Hank his hands since it doesn't look like he'll be using them.

4. Perry Riley on Special Teams-Really it's not a big deal, but when he had that block in the back on my man Terrence Austin's 20 (or so) yard return my first thought was to flash back to his infamous block in the back on Banks' TD return last year. Granted, unlike Banks' return I don't think Austin gets as far as he does without Riley's block.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:18 AM   #2
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Re: Smoot Lays The Smack Down (Redskins vs. Colts)

I said it in my another thread but I want Austin over Banks. Banks is a homerun threat but after one great game he is already hurt. Banks can play special team and be a reciever.
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I said it in my another thread but I want Austin over Banks. Banks is a homerun threat but after one great game he is already hurt. Banks can play special team and be a reciever.
He isn't "already" hurt. He was hurt going into the game.

I don't see how Banks isn't a part of this team. Zero....ZERO chance they cut him. Maybe they IR him but they certainly aren't going to cut someone who is legitimately one of the most exciting and best returners in the game.

I think Austin makes it anyways.

As for TW. He's letting guys get into him too much. The times he looked bad last night were when the rusher just blasted off at him and got TW peddling. He needs to plant off the ball and use his size and strength to smack the rusher off kilter enough to keep him from harnessing his strength straight through TW. A little more punch to his initial engagement should fix the issue.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:35 AM   #4
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I understand the thread.....but we have been sucking for so long, that when we finally look good as a team, its hard for me to start looking at flaws...lol I am in awe how differenct we look as a team and organization.

1. Beck needs to do it again (another solid game and he is the starter)
2. TW has to study elite DE moves and tendacies again
3. Torrain better be impressive b/c these young backs are looking good
4. Red zone offense needs to improve big time
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Yeah our RZ offense is looking dicey. Play calling or execution? Not sure. A little of both maybe. And too many mental-errors last night. It is the only real glaring concern right now. Sure there are dozens of smaller things that need work but the RZ offense has to improve or it'll be another season of close games where we have a 50/50 shot at winning despite the whole of our effort on the field.
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Re: Smoot Lays The Smack Down (Redskins vs. Colts)

[QUOTE=SmootSmack;825293]After a brief hiatus, the smackdown is back.

For those of you are new here, this is a weekly (ideally) feature that takes a look at what didn't quite work in the previous game.

The idea is not to be negative, bash the team, or say the sky is falling. Just to point out what needs improvement. I'll kick it off and other can jump in.

1.) The Beckwagon-Slow your roll, Beckwagoneers. He did nothing wrong really, and he was very efficient in one half. But he played in a pretty simple offense last night against a simple defense. He didn't cleary distance himself from Rex Grossman last week. The question, of course, is does he need to?


I disagree, yes it was preseason but he managed the game and spun the ball well on the run into some tight spots. The Beckwagon is being pushed along flat ground right now by those who see an exciting QB leading the redskins on and off the field. If you don't want to get on or help push thats okay, but when it really starts rolling don't be upset if you can't catch up! HTTR!!
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Old 08-20-2011, 11:25 AM   #7
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Cue Monty Python here:
Always look at the bright side of life...
Consider:
The Skins beat the Steelers.
The Steelers beat the Eagles.
Everybody says the Eagles are shoo-ins for the NFC Championship Game.

Therefore, get your tickets now for the Skins/Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. It's a mortal lock...
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LIKE what I'm seeing out of these Skins!
Grossman hits Sellers across the middle......Sellers hits the turf rather than get tackled by safety? WTF?
I hope 280 pound Sellers tripped?
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If you have a KR that does what Banks does (if he can continue to deliver) his job is secure. The kid is electric
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Re: Smoot Lays The Smack Down (Redskins vs. Colts)

Penalties, turnovers, sacks allowed.... Something we didn't see last week. And Hankerson- I know you led the team in receiving last night, but stop dropping passes dude.
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That said, he can't keep getting beat by elite pass rushers. I mean, I understand there's a reason they're elite and he's just starting his second year.
Are you including John Chick in that group?

Unless I'm mistaken he was left floundering by Chick as well as Freeney.
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I dont know if Kyle is just going very vanilla in the red zone, but we gotta get better. Where is that redzone reciever? And please stop calling RB screens that give no room to develop.

Becks gotta get the ball downfield a little more to impress me. This competition is far from over.

Silverback, im not worried about.

Safety play was better, but not much. We need LL and OJ back in there.
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Re: Smoot Lays The Smack Down (Redskins vs. Colts)

Most of my thoughts about last night's game are positive but, in the spirit of this thread, there are a few concerns that I have about some players.

1. Beck - Many positive things but I need to see him throw the long ball before I try to catch up to and jump on the Beckwagon.
2. Hankerson - Right now, I just can't think of a WR who came into the NFL and dropped a lot of passes who corrected that problem over time. I may be wrong. If so, somebody school me. Any WR who is just as likely to drop a pass as he is to catch it won't make it in the NFL.
3. I still think that Rocky McIntosh is not a good fit for ILB in a 3-4. In fact, he wasn't very good in a 4-3 either. Does he ever make an eye-catching play?
4. The pass rush was so-so against an unsettled Colts OL.
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:31 PM   #14
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I'm not too worried about Hank, I think he'll be a stud. Kudos to Keenan McCardell for working with the rook. Helu, stud. Tim Hightower...funny, he reminds me a little of Brian Westbrooks before his wheels gave out.

I'm honestly on the fence about Banks. The one dimensional thing just makes him expendable in today's NFL. Are the Redskins really the caliber team that can carry a guy who's good at one thing? I don't know.

The one thing I'm very pleased with is that it appears as though this team is buying into the system on both sides of the ball. Considering how we imploded down the stretch last year, it's good to see some cohesiveness which is usually good for a win or two during close games.
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Re: Smoot Lays The Smack Down (Redskins vs. Colts)

[QUOTE] 1.) The Beckwagon-Slow your roll, Beckwagoneers. He did nothing wrong really, and he was very efficient in one half. But he played in a pretty simple offense last night against a simple defense. He didn't cleary distance himself from Rex Grossman last week. The question, of course, is does he need to?

What you saw last night will not keep many DC"s up late trying to figure out how to defend. I'm in agreement with those who want to see if Beck can deliver the ball down the field on any consistent basis, until then no team is going to fear him as a NFL QB.
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