Monday, September 14, 2009
Redskins Week 1: Snyder was right... Can we still trade for Sanchez? What about Rex Ryan?
The Redskins lost this game in the first half and it came down to 3 plays. Giants opening drive, Manning was dissecting the Redskins D. Going into the game, the skins were supposed to have the big advantage with their secondary against New York's young receivers, but Manning put in work!!! 1st, 2nd, 3rd down it didn't matter, he was putting it on the numbers every time. BUT, give the skins defense credit, like we've been used to the last 5 years, when in the red zone, the skins clamp down and limit teams to field goals.
After the opposing team comes with a long offensive drive, your guys need to answer with a long one and early on, it looked like that was going to happen. Portis rolled off a huge 20-yard plus run. Zorn actually made a crafty call on a reverse pass to Randle El, which I liked, but the sack is all on Randle El. The read was to Moss, he was covered, THROW THE BALL AWAY. That sack took us out of field goal range and killed the drive. That's Big Mistake 1.
Giants come back...77 yard drive. But this time, we get a HUGE stop 4th and 1, Fat Albert (Haynesworth) blows up the interior, skins ball. We played it ultra conservative with 3 runs, you knew we were going to punt on downs, but COME ON, either first or 2nd down need to be play action. You're not going to beat a good team like the giants just punting and playing defense. They were driving on us, if we were going to get in this game, we had to be more aggressive. It was bad play calling, but a lot of coaches do the same thing, I wouldn't bury Zorn over it...
Giants 3rd drive of the game, we have them stopped for either a long field goal try or a punt, but Fred Smoot, who's usually good in the open field, whiffs on manningham, Deangelo Hall seemingly intentionally misses, TD Giants. That's on the Secondary. You need to make those tackles. If someone was going to beat you on that team, its Jacobs, don't let MANNINGHAM scoot into the end zone on a quick pass.
Then comes Big Mistake #2.... Santana "Scooby Doo" Moss, WHERE THE FUCK WERE YOU SUNDAY? It doesn't take 4 hours to get rows braided, your ass could have at LEAST showed up for a quarter. The highlight of your day was getting snuffed by Webster. Campbell had us rolling on our 3rd drive of the game, and to be honest, it was the first opportunity he had. Randle El buried us, Zorn played it safe, the first time Campbell really had a series to work with was the 3rd one and it looked good. Until he rolled out and Santana decided to stop on the route and let Webster get inside position. Webster made an AMAZING play on the ball, props to him, and he basically showed moss how to run the route, tap the feet, and get a first down, too bad it was going the other way. This one's not on Campbell, it was a good pass right down the sideline.
Big Mistake #3, this is on Campbell. Our offensive line had a great day. They opened a huge hole for Clinton on the first snap, they did a good job protecting Jason. Really, the rushing numbers were down cause of attempts, there were holes. Against the Giants, you're really expecting a bunch of 2 and 3 yard runs, and a couple big ones. Because we were behind the whole game, we never got enough attempts to reel off bigger gains. The fumble by Campbell was all on Campbell. Samuels did a great job forcing Osi to the outside and around, but Campbell is supposed to step up in the pocket after that 5th step at the latest. He just stood there like he was the second coming of Tony "Butterfingers" Banks, fumbled the ball, 6 points the other way. And there you have it folks, that's how the East was won.
Good game: Giants... Eli Manning, great game with a bunch of no name bum receivers. Props to Manningham for breaking the game open singlehandedly. Osi, you got lucky homeboy. Campbell gift wrapped that one.
Goats: Santana Moss, Stephon Heyer (after the deangelo hall interception, your dumbass missed an assignment on Tuck with the zone run play), Deangelo Hall (you whiffed more ass than a poodle), Giants Special Teams (you let hunter smith score), Brandon Jacobs (you got body slammed by laron landry, fat albert crushed you 4th and 1, your fantasy owners hate you)
Weekly Campbell Watch: This is going to be a weekly thing. Everyone is watching Campbell and I say he gets a pass this week. He really didn't even have a shot at running the offense until the game was already almost over. Look, a great quarterback would have looked at that 10 spot and said "I got this". Campbell looked at it and said "Can I Live?" BUT, baby steps. What we need from Campbell is some fire. If Moss isn't going to comeback on his route, Campbell needs to get in his ear. People need to be accountable, they need to fight the coverage and get open. Randle El did it all day reading zones, beating man, so did Cooley who's always on point. But, as a quarterback, Campbell needs to be a leader. Physically, reading defenses, I see no problem with campbell, but he needs to hold his teammates accountable and take some shots. Zorn's also not doing him any favors calling the games close to the vest. OPEN IT UP, he's ready!