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Skins Secondary Not Worried About Pats Points

Photo by Brian Murphy.

"DeAngelo, has any receiver ever worn you out the way Randy was doing in the first quarter tonight?" came the question from a beat reporter Friday evening.

DeAngelo Hall smiled, and turned around to find Carlos Rogers.

"Did you hear this question?" he asked Rogers. "Listen to this."

"Has any receiver ever worn you out like Randy did early tonight?" the beat guy asked again. "We're not used to seeing you give up plays."

Hall laughed. And laughed. And laughed.

"You know, it's football," he finally said. "It's football. You know, guys get paid to throw the ball and catch it just like we get paid to stop them. The touchdown was just a double move, Tom threw a great ball inside, I couldn't get around Randy's body to break it up. But guys get paid to catch balls."

That was the party line from the secondary after they spent around a quarter getting worked over by Brady, Moss and the Pats. After 15 minutes and one play, Brady had 122 passing yards, Moss had 90 receiving yards and two scores, and the Patriots were up 14-7. Washington's secondary, though, didn't seem cowed, and the Patriots got just 55 more passing yards on the night. Much of it, to be fair, came against Kevin O'Connell, but after the second touchdown, Brady was 3-for-7 for 28 yards before leaving with a shoulder injury.

"When we started showing different looks, and he didn't know who was blitzing or how to call out the protections, that's when we started scrambling them a little bit," safety LaRon Landry said.

"We kind of changed calls a little bit, tried to get Tom a little bit of different looks, and we kind of got to him late in the first quarter early in the second quarter by switching looks up, kind of changing some things," Hall agreed. "When you go out there and just play stagnant football, I think Tom and that team is smart enough to know what's going on, so they were kind of able to expose us a little bit from that standpoint. But we came back on the sidelines, making adjustments, were were able to mix it up a little bit. And that's kind of how we were able to get off the field on some third downs and ultimately get that turnover in the third quarter."

"We didn't really bring out all our tricks, either," Fred Smoot added. "We was real vanilla with them, too, and I think we got out there and got what we wanted accomplished. We played, we competed, and we left pretty much healthy, and that's what we wanted."

As for another concern, Hall said the 15-yard personal foul against him on that facemask was justified. Any time you touch the facemask, he said, you'll get called. The 15-yard call against the sideline, he said, was flagged on cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray, who was working the officials. Hall joked that he had already explained to Daniel Snyder that the sideline call wasn't his fault.

Indeed, if you wanted to get an understanding of preseason football, a few moments with the DBs would be a nice place to start. First-quarter explosion or not, they were acting like their usual selves.

"I think everybody knows this is a work in progress, but this was a good test," Hall said. "I think we made adjustments late and we were able to get to [Brady]. I think if we had stayed out there, we'd still be getting to him right now....We knew the matchup between them and us with all their weapons was gonna give us a nice measuring stick, and like I said, I felt like if we had stayed out there and we had played a whole real football game, all the starters stayed out there, I think we had a nice recipe dialed up to where we could get to [Brady] and kind of confuse him a little bit. I feel good. I feel good about this team, I feel good about this defense."

"We're not alarmed they moved the football," Smoot said. "It's like going into a boxing match saying the man's not gonna hit me. He's gonna hit you. That's just the way it's gonna be. I think it was a great test for us on defense. You cant' say that that offense's not gonna be one, two or three in the NFL....Once I seen the preseason schedule I knew the whole preseason was gonna be a measuring stick, so I think we did a good job out there. Nothing to brag on, but we did a good job."

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2009; 2:25 AM ET
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Posted by: mja712 | August 29, 2009 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Redskins PGL

Posted by: mja712 | August 29, 2009 2:44 AM | Report abuse

"When you go out there and just play stagnant football, I think Tom and that team is smart enough to know what's going on..."

What crap. If you get beat in man coverage, it's not the play's fault or the coach's fault or the team's fault. Getting beat in man coverage is your fault. Man up and move on.

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 29, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

After watching Brady shred our secondary,I don`t even want to think of what Eli will do to that crew on opening day...if they don`t get their act together.

Posted by: bowspray | August 29, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

"What crap. If you get beat in man coverage, it's not the play's fault or the coach's fault or the team's fault. Getting beat in man coverage is your fault. Man up and move on.Posted by: WorstSeat"

Huh? Number one, what's a CB doing in single coverage against Randy Moss in the first place? That's a mismatch against any pass defender in the league. Second, everybody knows that if you give Tom Brady time, he'll complete the deep pass. So where was the rush? Answer: there wasn't any. That's because there wasn't a defensive game plan (never is in preseason). They tossed in a couple blitzes, but really, the defensive package was a box of Vanilla Wafers.

Brady's extra hard to pressure because 1) he's so quick at finding an out receiver, and 2) he resists the temptation to step up in the pocket to avoid the outside rusher, thus putting himself too close to the inside rush. I don't know why other QBs haven't learned this, but seems they haven't.

The NE o-line gives up hardly any sacks when Tom is at QB, and with the mobile Matt Cassel last season, they were still among the worst in the whole NFL. Why do you think that is?

Last week against Cincy, Brady was off-target. This week against Washington, he was on. If the teams played during the regular season, they'd both look very different.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 29, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"After watching Brady shred our secondary,I don`t even want to think of what Eli will do to that crew on opening day...if they don`t get their act together.Posted by: bowspray"

Eli's not Tom Brady. The Jints' big challenge is going to be living without Burress, Toomer, and Ward. And Ahmad Bradshaw isn't the receiver Derrick was, out of the backfield.

Still, NY is one of the five or six best clubs in the NFL. Wish we didn't have to face them right off the bat.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 29, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

BTW, I'd be surprised if the Giants aren't considering Brandon Marshall.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 29, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The 'Skins don't have to worry, the safety Landry is even better than Troy Polamalu according to your def. coordinator. Yeah, and my Pinto is faster than a 'vette. Moron.

Posted by: BigJoeSimpson | August 29, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell sucks!! Colt Brennan should start!! Blah Blah Blah

Where are you idiots now??

Posted by: Barno1 | August 29, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Polamalu is an overrated piece of trash

Posted by: RickFelt | August 29, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Nobody can cover Randy Moss. NObody. Period. EVER.

So, the fact that D Hall was inches from knocking down a couple perfect passes with ZERO pass rush IS encouraging.

I also do NOT, in any way whatsoever, fear Eli Manning. I predict he looks like hammered feces in their opener against the Redskins and the Skins put a severe thumping on them, thereby "stunning" all the idiot "experts."


Posted by: Thinker_ | August 29, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Man to Man coverage on randy moss?! NOBODY can cover randy moss man to man.....DHALL did a HECK of a job out there he got beat a few times SO WHAT. It happens its not like its rod garnder beating him its randy moss one of the top 5 receivers to EVER play the game.Dhall will be fine this year luckily we dont play the pats there offense is gonna be DANGEROUS!

Posted by: kevinkonate21 | August 30, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

somebody has to tell d hall that 'guys get paid to stop other guys from catching balls.' And in his case, way too much. Am I the only one who thinks the loss of Springs is going to be huge?

Posted by: nford2 | August 30, 2009 4:36 AM | Report abuse

although the fact that the skins don't have to face plax or TO twice this year bodes well...Springs was most useful covering big WRs.. DHall/Carlos/Smoot do a better job on smaller guys...

Posted by: nford2 | August 30, 2009 4:41 AM | Report abuse

RickFeltHimself: Care to back that up with any intelligent discourse. You're unable to for one of two reasons:
1. You lack the intellect to do so, as evidenced by the content of your post.
2. Your premise is summarily incorrect, as evidenced by it's lack of veracity and inability to stand on its own.

Probably a combination of the two. Thanks for playing, try again.

And remember how FedEx field became Heinz Field South for one special memorable evening last year...the Steelers owned the Skins that night, on the field and in the stands.



Posted by: BigJoeSimpson | August 30, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

D Hall is right. He's telling us to stop over reacting. R Moss is one of the best of ALL time. After he got beat twice they started locking him and Brady down. Pass rush has nothing to do with the touchdown pass where Moss beat Hall on a stop and go. Moss broke his stop and go and got separation so quickly that our pass rush didn't have time to catch Brady. That was a not a slowly developing play. Brady's the quickest reader of coverage in the NFL and was throwing to one of the best of ALL time at WR. Skins fans need to chill out and realize that Hall and Smoot are right. It's a boxing match, and you're gonna get hit a few times. You take it. And keep fighting, just like they did.

Posted by: destewar | August 30, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Carlos needs to get his act together and get on the practice field.

I'm comfortable with Smoot starting opposite Hall for week 1 and letting Mr. Rogers man the nickel position.

Posted by: elfreako | August 30, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I thought Justin Tryon had a solid day at DB and looked great on special teams on punt coverage.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | August 31, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Big Joe:

When half of D.C. can't get a job and we need to move to Pittsburgh to make a living, then we'll fill up your stadium, too.

Hope you enjoyed last year's title for your boys. This year, that poor O-line comes back to haunt you.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | August 31, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Judged by the number of PA plates and out of state buses, I'd say that overpowering show of Steeler Nation had more to do with loyal fans (and lack of loyal skin fans) than anything else. Were you in the lot? Really, you must admit, it's pretty embarrassing when your home team has to resort to a silent count in their own stadium. And before that game I heard a D.C. newsman make the claim the 'skins have the best fans in the league. Funny, he was eerily silent on the topic after the game.

As for the poor OL...I just laughed when I read your post. "Your line was so terrible last year that your team, uh...uh...oh yeah, they won the Super Bowl. Nevermind, I'm a moron." They may not be great, but THEY WON THE SUPER BOWL!!! Isn't that the whole goal?!?!

Posted by: BigJoeSimpson | September 1, 2009 6:38 AM | Report abuse

And yes, thank you for your kind words of hope for me. I did indeed enjoy two Super Bowls in four years...can you remember what that's like?

Combine that with the absolute trouncing of ovie and caps in game 7 of the 2nd round NHL playoffs en route to a Stanley Cup Championship, and it's a hell of a year.

Hope you enjoyed Jason Campbell's good game last weekend. It's nice he's playing well enough in the preseason to keep his job, that'll pay dividends when the games count. Ha.

Posted by: BigJoeSimpson | September 1, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

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