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Posted on: September 18, 2009 11:42 pm
 

Six keys to ensure a Redskins victory this week

Forward this article to all Redskin coaches and personnel.

 

This is the blueprint that will help the Redskins put last week’s debacle in the rear view mirror and hand the St. Louis Rams a resounding defeat.

 

DEFENSE:

 

  1. Blitz early and often.  The Rams present a unique combination of one of the most immobile QB’s in the league with one of the most inexperienced receiving corps in the league.  If that doesn’t favor an aggressive blitzing defense I don’t know what does.
  2. Play tight one on one coverage against the receivers.  The Redskins got killed by playing a very soft coverage scheme last week.  The Rams do not warrant that kind of respect.  Playing tight does leave open the opportunity for a big play, but the Redskins corners are used to this type of coverage and will still have help over the top from LaRon Landry.
  3. Run blitz away from Albert Haynesworth.  Last week the Giants ran away from Haynesworth and had moderate success doing so.  The Rams will follow that blueprint.  If the Redskins keep an extra defender down in the box on that side it will help them to cover all their bases.  While Haynesworth was ineffective last week in passing situations he proved his worth on key running plays.

 

OFFENSE:

 

  1. More play action on first and ten.  Last year Jim Zorn passed a lot on first down.  Maybe he was looking to avoid a play calling trend, but this decision did not work out in his favor.  Clinton Portis will command enough respect to get defenders to bite on first down play fakes.
  2. Mix in a little shot gun hurry up.  Jason Campbell was 14-17 from the shotgun last week.  While I don’t advise doing it all the time it would be a nice change of pace to go with the hurry up offense once per half in non hurry up situations.
  3. Sub Portis on second down, not third.  I understand that Zorn is trying to save Portis from an early burnout, and I like the idea.  But I don’t like having the best blocking back in the NFL and the best pass catching running back on the team on the bench in key third down situations.  Betts is a capable player, but the Redskins would be better served using him on second down than on third down.

 

If the Redskins follow these six simple steps they will have greater success this week.  If they don’t they still have the talent to win, but they will give the Rams a break that they do not deserve.

 

Everyone knows what happened in this game last year.  However the Skins do not come into this game overconfident after beating two divisional opponents on the road.  They come in hungry and eager to redeem themselves.

 

Zorn and Campbell may be on a short leash this year.  This is a perfect game to get back on track.  I have every confidence that they will learn from their mistakes and take out their frustration at home against a young team.

Category: NFL
Posted on: August 27, 2009 6:49 pm
 

A few thoughts on the NFC East prognostications


The Eagles proved last year that the NFC East is the best division in football.  They went to the NFC Finals despite going 2-4 in the division and getting swept by last placed Washington.  If that doesn't prove parity I don't know what does.

The Eagles are the hardest team to figure out this season.  I could see them win the East with their talent, but I could also see them finish last due to chemistry issues and injury concerns.

The Giants are probably the safest bet this year.  Even if the recievers don't pan out I have a hard time imagining them going any worse than 10-6 or 9-7.  Their reserve linemen are better than most team's starters.  They are good where it counts: in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

Dallas has been totally overlooked this year, and I can't figure out why.  Does the loss of TO really mean that much?  This is the same team minus two significant players that everyone expected to win it all last year.  Maybe the experts are just afraid to get burned again.  If the defense can improve Dallas will be very good.  The offense will not miss TO.  Their season's success or failure lies with their defense.

The Redskins have the least pressure and most upside of any of these teams.  No one in the media has predicted anything better than a battle for third place, with most placing them squarely in the cellar.  There are no expectations, which could be a very good thing.  The defense should be superb, and Jason Campbell will be playing with a chip on his shoulder during a contract season.  That could go one of two ways, but if the line holds up I think Campbell has the skills to play smart, winning football.

As always with the Redskins, the difference between 8-8 and 10-6 is the ability of the offense to score 20 points a game.  If they can manage that the defense will do the rest.

Injuries play a huge role for every team.  But in the case of the NFC East I think that injuries will be the deciding factor in this very skilled, very even division.  As always, the last man standing will win.
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