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More on the Stretch Play Safety

Since I'm still getting e-mails about the stretch play out of the end zone that resulted in a safety, I figured it was worth providing offensive coordinator Sherman Smith's thoughts on the playcall.

In his sit-down with Comcast SprotsNet's Chick Hernandez, Smith said that with Mike Sellers, Chris Cooley, Mike Williams and Stephon Heyer all in one-on-one situations on the right side of the line, the team was in fine shape, matchup-wise.

"We felt that we had what we wanted," he said. "The blocking wasn't uneven. It was, 'Hey, their guy on our guy.' So when you can get one-on-one blocking, you should be able to run inside or outside. That's what you should be able to do. And that's what we had, one-on-one blocking, and we got defeated at the point of attack. You don't plan that when you call the play. If, if, if, you go with that if word, that's the loser's lament. If this, if that. [But] if it's blocked right, then it's a total different outcome, no question."

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By Dan Steinberg  |  October 14, 2009; 3:02 PM ET
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It's the medias fault that there was a safety on that play.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 14, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Isn't calling a stretch play in that situation a fundamentally unsound decision? Forget about whether or not our players were overmatched. In that situation, the RB should be looking to hit the hole quickly because you simply *simply* can't take a loss of yards. After calling a QB sneak on first down, coming back with a stretch run is pretty lame in my view.

Posted by: tundey | October 14, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

As head ball coach Spurrier would say, hindsight is 50/50.

Posted by: dpkennedy | October 14, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I miss Spurrier.....

Posted by: Leeguru | October 14, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Uhhhh.....well, if the Redskins were 5-0, then we'd all be happy as ducks in a Subway.

Who cares "if". That play is going to fail 9 times out of 10, and it did. Just like most of the playcalls this year.

Posted by: grimesman | October 14, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that is a scary comment. Are they even taking into account their personnel when they call plays? When their guy is Julius Peppers, and our guy is Stephon Heyer, doesn't that factor into your play call? Obviously, if a play is "blocked right" it should be successful, no one is denying this ridiculously simplistic idea, but the question is, what percentage of the time are Heyer and Cooley going to be able to block it right?

Why does this organization continue to put people in roles they aren't comfortable with. Why was Jason Taylor played out of position, why is Albert Haynesworth not utilized for his strengths, why are Landry and Orakpo forced to play out of their best positions. Why is Campbell being shoe-horned in as a WCO quarterback, when he clearly is not. We don't have the right personnel to run the WCO at all, but that won't stop them from trying to jam it down our throats, while hoping against hope that it "clicks".

If we ever have success, it is despite our organization, not because they put our players in the best position to succeed.

Posted by: OffseasonChamps | October 14, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

How many yards have we gained with the stretch play this year?

Posted by: ChampKind | October 14, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

+1 to what OffseasonChamps said.

Why spend big picks or bucks on players and then not maximize their chances for success? Why not realize that Heyer vs Peppers (or anyone!) is a big gamble at your own goal line?

Posted by: calhokie | October 14, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

"You don't plan that when you call the play" is eerily similar to whatever Zorn said along the lines of "you call the play to work." Fantastic... the new pair of eyes expresses what it sees in a very similar way to the old pair of eyes. Should make for some very meaningful analysis sessions... *sigh*

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 14, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins have gone from a 700 page play book to a 10 page play book. I can't take it anymore.

Posted by: hessone | October 14, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

@NateinthePDX: Sherman Lewis is the old pair of eyes (the titular OC). Sherman Lewis is the new pair of eyes.

All in all, that's 2 too many Shermans.

Posted by: tundey | October 15, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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