Lasting Images From Skins-Panthers
My master plan to make a living off taking pictures of my television set was completely done in by the Fox fiasco yesterday, that briefly had the game off television entirely in my house, and seemed to be afflicting the HD channel more than SD. So these television photos are even worse than my usual offering. Still, just for fun, here are a whole bunch of images, each followed by a description and comment.
What's happening: D'Anthony Batiste seems to have lost his man.
Comment: The best part of Monday's Jim Zorn press availability was this question from Jason Reid: I mean, Jim. You know. If this is the offensive line for the forseeable future, how can you run anything?
"Well. It's. Um. You can only do what you have right now," Zorn said. "So even during the game, we could do what we could do."
Here was another take on that question. "I'm gonna take it back to the offseason," Brian Mitchell said on CSN. "They didn't address the offensive line. They went in and they brought in a guy, Mike Williams, and they thought he could fill those shoes. He didn't....Chad Rinehart played last week. And based on everybody that talked about Chad Rinehart, they said he played great. He did some great things. He was inactive today. So what is it? We're being lied to. We're being told whatever they think we want to hear. But if the guy played well, why in the hell is he not in the game today? And now you put in a guy who hadn't played since he was 400-plus pounds. So what is going on?"
What's happening: Jim Zorn has attempted to challenge a non-reviewable call. One of the officials hands him back his red challenge flag as this is explained to him.
Comment: I doubt anyone asked Zorn about this, and really, nothing else needs to be said. He--and the entire Redskins organization--have straight-up struggled with this for years. But on Monday, he did again address the failed challenge after the botched fair catch.
"I could have saved the timeout, but gosh, it was worth it to me to challenge that one," Zorn said. "I mean, that was a key play in the game, and I wasn't gonna save a timeout for that. It was my duty, in fact, in my mind, to challenge that one."
What's happening: Sherm Lewis is entering the building.
Comment: The extra set of eyes have not yet done much. But they did help the national media pile on the Skins this week, and the eyes became a frequent topic during the telecast.
"Here's the problem I have with bringing in Sherm Lewis, who is an outstanding coach," Brian Billick said. "You have a head coach who, by the way, the players love and respect....But he's under fire right now. Yeah, you can bring in that extra set of eyes, but that tells your players, your organization, 'I've got some serious issues here and I'm not sure my head coach can handle them.' The Washington Redskins, obviously you want to do something, but I don't know if bringing in a Sherm Lewis--who's an outstanding coach--is the answer or the message you want to send to your players."
What's happening: Anthony Montgomery is pledging allegiance to the flag, or something like that.
Comment: Only problem is, Fox has identified him as Chris Samuels. You're really not gonna get the best crew when you're a bad team that only plays other bad teams.
What's happening: A replay of the incident that led to the Mike Sellers-Clinton Portis fight. And, of all things, Billick comes out and takes Portis's side!
Comment: "Well, Clinton Portis had every right to talk," Billick said. "I want you to watch the way [Sellers] approaches, this is a fourth-down call against Detroit, this is way too passive for a fullback. We always taught the fullback, you've got to block like you've got the ball. Score with your block. I don't care where you go, punch a whole in this defensive front. You can't go from gap to gap to gap. In that instance, Clinton Portis had a right to be upset."
What's happening: Sellers and Portis are again involved in a failed stretch play, this one coming out of their own end zone. And Billick again blames the Pro Bowl fullback.
Comment: "Julius Peppers just JACKIN' the right tackle up," Billick said. "You're gonna see on this right side, Stephon Heyer just gets BLOWN UP by Julius Peppers. But Mike Sellers, now Mike Sellers is a heck of a fullback, but just like we saw earlier, here you're gonna see Sellers, you CANNOT move laterally on either side of the goal line. We saw it going in and coming out. You've got to punch a hole in the defense. You've got to secure the edge. Mike Sellers is just skating along the line of scrimmage. He has GOT to be more of a factor in the shadow of your own goal line."
What's happening: After Santana Moss fumbles a first-down catch, Chris Cooley recovers the fumble, and mimics Moss's typical first-down celebration.
Comment: "Chris Cooley doing the Santana Shake after recovering Moss' fumble was the highlight of the season," Chris Chase wrote, in his excellent recap of all that went wrong on Sunday. Go read it.
What's happening: DeAngelo Hall is celebrating his interception on the ground, with help from Carlos Rogers, who is like dusting off his chest or something.
Comment: Well, at least they still have interesting celebrations.
What's happening: Clinton Portis is celebrating his ensuing touchdown by leaping up into a similarly airborne Hall.
What's happening: Double photo action! First, Marcus Mason and/or Derrick Dockery have some sort of miscommunication that allows a Panthers lineman to skate through toward Campbell. Then, Dockery and Mason exchange words about the mix-up.
Comment: "It doesn't matter who's out there, every snap, [Campbell] has to go as though he's gonna get fully protected," Jim Zorn said on Monday. "That's how he has to play the game. So we have no excuses that way, especially at the QB position....He can't even have a sense that there's not gonna be protection, because then he can't do his job."
It occurs to me that if you're playing a backyard game of war, and you've built a fortress out of Styrofoam peanuts, and your opponent shows up with a battering ram made of solid oak, maybe you'd want to base your subsequent strategy on the idea that your opponent will be able to penetrate your fortress. Or else, you could just eat bark, I suppose.
What's happening: Devin Thomas has a deep ball hit his hands late in the fourth quarter, when a catch would have almost certainly allowed the Redskins to do no worse than tie the game. For a second-round pick who has yet to make a signature play, this is one you'd sort of like to have, in my opinion.
Comment: "I looked at it this morning, and it was gonna be an extremely tough catch," Zorn said. "I thought it was a very good throw, it was great effort by [Thomas], it was on his finger tips. There was a guy going at his legs, and he was actually going down when the ball got there. I hope we can review that and see what's been said, but I don't fall either one of those guys for their efforts. It was just one of those plays that was unsuccessful."
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