Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thoughts on Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos

Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. Unbelievably, terribly disgusting.

The Washington Redskins went into halftime tied at 7 against the Denver Broncos, the lowest point total the Broncos have posted in the first half all season. The defense was playing very well, while the offense was doing just enough to not get us in serious trouble.

Enter the second half, and the Redskins get up 21-7 off of outstanding defense and capitalizing. Alfred Morris was running hard.

And then the Broncos mount a comeback, and build a lead, and rattle off point after point on their way to a 45-21 victory. The worst part about it was the absolute collapse of the PLAYCALLING, not all the PLAYING.

Yeah, RGIII was off, badly. You counter that by giving him a few screens to THE RUNNING BACK to find his rhythm and help keep the defense honest by not sending insane blitzes up the middle. Rob had plenty of opportunities to take off or hit a man deep (missed pass to Morgan and Garcon who was open on his way to the endzone). Will Montgomery had his worst game as a Redskin from my viewpoint. Perhaps the guards let him down, but I saw a whole lot of Will making critical mistakes with the snap, and getting demolished by the interior rush.

We weren't fooled by going up 21-7. Our team matched up perfectly today with the Broncos. But Kyle Shanahan continues to call the dumbest game of his life on 2nd & medium and 3rd & short. Why on Earth was Kyle calling some of the pass plays he called on 2nd and medium after Alf got some good yards and we were running their defense into the mud? Why was Kyle refusing the run on first down when up 21-7? Or 21-14? Or when the game was tied at 21-21 when he threw three straight times? Where are all of these 2-man routes coming from against coverage that was clearly locking us down all day? Yeah, Rob can make some better throws, he can take off from time to time when he had obvious opportunities, or he can make plays with his body language to help get his receivers a step or more to get open, but Kyle needs to call plays based, 1.) on what the defense is giving him and 2.) what the players on the field are accomplishing. If Rob is off, take the pressure off of him. If he's getting hit in the face by the blitz, call the zone-read keeper so he can bounce it outside. Call the halfback leak screen. This was the worst coached game I've seen in a while out of Kyle Shanahan. But the worst call of all that I saw from Kyle today, was 1st & 10 down by 7, Kyle calls that ridiculous pitch play to Alfred which loses yards. SIDEBAR: Kyle said earlier this year that the read option was not being called as much because defenses were taking it away (no, Rob just couldn't run effectively enough at the time, but I dig what you were saying). Well, the pitch has not worked more than twice this season, and both times, Alf had to make a phenomenal play in order to gain a few hard-earned yards. If the pitch is that ineffective, why has it not been taken away? This call was the only one worse than 3rd & 1 putting Rob in the Pistol for the HB dive and Will snapping it way too early.

Jim Haslett? He called as good a game as we could have asked up until the team went up 21-7. The first score after that came after Hall's return, so it was understandable that the defense may have been a little fatigued. However, Haslett resorted to the zone and calling off the hounds. CALLING OFF THE HOUNDS! How many times over the years from every defender, coordinator, and coach have we heard that a defense playing with a lead pins their ears back and gets after the QB? Where was that in the entire second half after going up 21-7? I didn't see it. Nobody did. In fact, Haslett got ripped apart for going to the zone. He got content with what he did up until that point, and then punked out. No, the offense wasn't helping. Rob's costly throws and the line's shitty blocking got us beat... but I haven't seen coordinators this uncoordinated since we went searching for an observer & playcaller in the bingo halls.

Mike Shanahan will take blame because his staff is a reflection of him. His players are a reflection of him. But it should be clear to everyone that Mike isn't the one calling these plays... his son and that idiot Haslett are two of the worst playcallers I have seen since Zorn... and both show the potential to be damn-near masterful at it, so there's absolutely no excuse for the debacle of this afternoon.

We had the Broncos on the ropes... and we let them rope-a-dope us. We got beat by getting soft and conservative. Instead of putting our foot on their throats, we took our foot off the gas pedal and we got passed, and lapped, in one of the most embarrassing losses we've suffered.

And then? Sav Rocca. With the worst punt I've seen out of him as a Redskin. I'm fed up of the old guy. Thanks for the good years you gave us. Last season and all of this season have been terrible. It's time you get out of the Burgundy and Gold and call it a career.

Players of the Game:

DeAngelo Hall: I've not seen a guy play this inspired since Fletcher finished last season with a string of games with huge, clutch INT's and turnovers. DeAngelo Hall is playing his best football of his career right now, and unfortunately it's all for nothing except what should be a well-deserved trip to the new Pro Bowl format.

David Amerson: I didn't think he'd perform so well against Eric Decker who was coming off of a career game last week against the Colts. Amerson impressed and made a number of solid plays.

Alfred Morris: I can't let Kyle going away from him or the result of this game take away from his play today. He ran hard and fought for every little yard.

Hard to give any more credit. Safeties didn't do anything too stupid but didn't really do anything extremely exceptional. I'm sick. I need to see the All-22... but I'm definitely not happy about the playcalling and I'm sure the tape will verify that feeling for me even more than it will prove it was just sloppy play.

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