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Missed Tackles in Week One

There were plenty of things to complain about in the aftermath of the Redskins' 23-17 loss to the Giants, so for now I'll pick just one: the missed tackles. Seemed like there were an awful lot, including three on the Giants' first touchdown, the 30-yard pass to Mario Manningham.

"We had instances where our tackling was shoddy," defensive coordinator Greg Blache told Comcast SportsNet, "and we had penalties, we had offsides, we had a roughing out of bounds, we had an illegal contact. Those things are gonna kill you in a close ballgame, and a big ballgame like this."

On that touchdown, Fred Smoot completely whiffed, then Andre Carter couldn't corral Manningham, and then DeAngelo Hall went flying past the receiver, who waltzed into the end zone. Later, safety LaRon Landry missed at least two tackles. Four of those misses are pictured here, for your enjoyment.

"I didn't make plays when I needed to," Hall told CSN. "Obviously like y'all talked about I missed a tackle on Manningham getting into the end zone. We just didn't execute when we needed to."

Blache and others were asked about giving up big plays to the sort of unknown crew of Giants receivers, and the coordinator responded colorfully.

"You know, they're in the NFL," he said. "We didn't play a college team today. These guys are still NFL receivers, and they've been in the NFL, so these guys get paid. It's not like we were playing little sisters. Those guys are good players, and as I alluded to earlier in the week, even though you didn't have names that YOU knew and mentioned didn't mean that there weren't guys that would be names that you mention.

"That's a natural progression in the NFL. As guys move on, other guys move in and fill that void and make those plays, so I could see it coming where people were giving these guys no justice, no props. These guys didn't get to the NFL on their looks. I'm not saying they're ugly dudes, but they didn't get here on their looks."

All that said, Blache wasn't despondent, and even laughed several times during his postgame appearance. I'm with Blache; the Redskins actually stayed closer with the Giants than they did a year ago, when they followed up on their season-opening loss with five wins in their next seven games.

"We have to learn from what we did wrong and continue to work and improve, but quite honestly, I'm not about to go jump off a bridge or anything. I mean, all the things we did wrong are correctable," Blache said. "We've got to give [the Giants] some credit. You know, I'd like to just say it was all us and our mistakes, but they had some good stuff and it took us some time to adjust to it. And they made some plays, and we didn't."

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 13, 2009; 8:02 PM ET
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Somehow the ticket waiting list grew by 20,000 after this loss. Danny really has his fans by the short hairs. The marketing sizzles and the steak stinks.

Posted by: rdpinva | September 13, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

$23 million dollar missed tackle by D. Hall
with the sideline as help.

Redskins secondary make the Giants receivers look like a pro's today

Posted by: dc4life | September 13, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

get used to it guys. i was hoping zorn could rid himself the holmgren style of coaching mentality..but it doesnt look like it. zorn is a great guy, but his playcalling hasn't worked for the 10 years i watched him in seattle...i went to every home game, a lot of people didn't see how futile and useless the seahawks were b/c the games were blacked out...they got moved to the weakest division in the history of the NFL and still made the playoffs at 8-8. the WCO does not work, except when you have a team of stud players like the old SF 49'ers during the late eighties/early 90's, but that was before F/A so its unlikely you'll see such dominant teams again. basically the holmgren/zorn playcalling strategy relies on YAC..which wont work when you have tough / quick defenses as exist in the nfc east. zorn needs to brain wash himself clean of his holmgren tutilege. even joe gibbs 2nd incarnation of coach was better than this latest crap. the redskins have no aura anymore. the curse of art monk, ever since the team dogged him and didnt treat him with respect they've failed miserably at the wide reciever position. how many draft pick busts at WR.since the departture of Monk? i've lost count. Bring Art back as a coach with DG. Lets get this mess sorted. cerrato needs to go find himself a job as well.

as it stands now i imagine cowher will be taking over from him sometime during this season or at the beginning of next.

Posted by: manaia888 | September 13, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know what happen to the Redskin's "natural progression" for their receivers? If the new Giant receivers can easily replace the names of "Burress", "Toomer" and "Tyree" by making significant contributions in this game, then what happened to the new Redskin receivers? I think "Kelly", "Thomas" and "Mitchell" had a total of 1 catch! Is that the QB's fault or is that the Coach's fault or both? Or maybe the Redskins are the "little sisters" when they play other teams.

Posted by: JohnWWW | September 13, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

The Curse of Art Monk.

Posted by: manaia888 | September 13, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Why don't we try to use a four receiver set w/ the young guys at 1 &2 and put moss and Are to run the middle? And go no huddle while your at it....

Posted by: DNPUrban | September 14, 2009 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Dirty 30 = Chump

Posted by: ridgely1 | September 14, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Giant fan but, I think Haynesworth played very well. He stuffed Jacobs pretty much like I have never seen. Your problem is a very average quarterback and no number2 receivers. I mean the giants were missing 2 cornerbacks and Campbell never went after the rookie. Thank God.

Posted by: hughsie48 | September 14, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I have one question why in the hell didint zorn go in to the hurry up offence sooner? because as we know the giants were dominating the T.O.P. and we were trailing by two scores does he not trust the team to run it?

Posted by: ltpeach2 | September 14, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I was just wondering why, if a pass is illegal (over the line of scrimmage), does it not count if caught by an eligible receiver on your own team, but when caught (interception) by the other team it counts? Doesn't seem right does it? If it's an illegal pass then it's not really a pass that should count at all no matter who ended up catching it.

Posted by: sir_blip | September 14, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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