Our favorite source of Sunday heartburn and indigestion returns to Fed-Ex field Sunday to play the lowly Kansas City Chiefs. They will match up against their record setting sixth consecutive opponent without a win this year.
They have two choices. They can rise to the occasion or set a new low in fan and player morale.
Since it seems that the Redskins need help from anyone who is willing to give it, I thought that I would give the coaching staff several strategies that could help them avoid another embarrassing loss to a winless team.
The first thing that I would do is leave seven players in pass protection at all times. Todd Yoder would draw the start at tight end and play the majority of the game to help block.
Due to recent injuries to two of the Skin’s best linemen the Redskins are forced to start four players who did not see significant action last year, including two players who haven’t started a game in years.
If given time Jason Campbell has proven that he can make plays, but this lineup will not likely give him that time, despite facing the leagues worst defense. We saw how this unit made a horrible Tampa Bay unit look like they were the championship unit of the Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks’s heyday.
The Redskins must protect this makeshift unit and give Campbell at least enough time to scan through his progressions.
Leaving Yoder in to block and using Clinton Portis in all passing situations will let the Skins benefit from having their best blocking tight end and running back on the field. This will limit Campbell’s targets but give him enough time to have a chance of actually finding them.
Keeping Yoder in the game would in theory limit Chris Cooley’s playing time. But if I were Zorn I would go with my three best receiving threats most of the game to maximize the effectiveness of the limited amount of receivers that will be sent out into formation.
In most scenarios I would use Moss, Cooley, and Randle-El as my three targets. I would also look to line Cooley up out wide and keep Randle-El in the slot to maximize the huge advantage the Redskins have against the Chiefs’ nickel back.
The Chiefs have been horrible all year defending the slot receiver, including Miles Austin’s ten catches for 250 yards last week. Randle-El may not be a great receiver, but he is at least as good as Austin. The Redskins should seek to force the Chiefs into the same scenarios that they were beaten on last week and every week this year.
On goal line formations I would substitute Malcolm Kelly for Randle-El to give the Redskins the option of the lob.
The defensive unit has been pulling its weight for the most part. But they have many injury concerns on the front line this week.
In order to increase the line’s effectiveness and give them another healthy body to help in the rotation I would play Brian Orakpo on the line the entire game. The Redskins are deeper at linebacker this week than they are on the line and this move would help solidify their front while putting the best combination of talent on the field.
If Campbell is given the protection he needs to make decisions and the defensive line can play well despite its injuries the Redskins should win this game.
If they don’t make the correct adjustments to minimize the weaknesses within their lines this could turn into another very long afternoon for Redskins’ fans.