Theismann calls Skins' system "horrific"
I'm having a hard time figuring out whether Joe Theismann thinks the Redskins' play-calling system is good, bad or medium. I guess the system has its positives and its negatives, its supporters and its detractors, its highlights and its lowlights. And sometimes you just never know who's on which downward sloping side of the team's play-calling trapezoid.
So, Joe, do you want to clarify your position, maybe?
"It's horrific!" he said on his ESPN 980 show Monday morning. "Horrific! Terrible! Stupid! Dumb! Everybody's got something that they're responsible for. It's like having three people run an organization, and not one person capable of making one decision. You have one person in charge of the passing game, you have one person in charge of the running game. That is the most absurd, ridiculous thing I've ever seen, and we see the results of that when you see the Redskins burn timeouts....
"And that's coaching, to me. That is coaching. Not getting the plays in, if there's a problem with plays, whatever it is, the communication to the quarterback has to be, such that if he looks at a clock and you haven't given him a play yet, then he goes ahead and runs it. I mean, Jason has got to have that flexibility. If the coaches don't give that to him, then they are missing the boat.
"But I am so sick and tired of watching us burn timeouts and not have them at the end of the game. You think we wouldn't have liked to have had at least a couple of timeouts at the end of that football game? It changes everything you want to do. When you have the ability to stop the clock, plus the two-minute warning, it changes things that you can do. You can throw the ball down the field a little bit more, if by some chance you get protection. But I just sit and I scratch my head: 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, timeout. I'm thinking, what is going on?....
"None of us know what the style of the Washington Redskins is on offense, because you've got too many stylists doing their hair. You've got curls in one place, you've got straight in the other, you've got bangs over here, you've got a short back. I mean, that's the first thing that needs to get fixed."
The thing I still don't understand is why, on the second wasted timeout of the second half, did Jim Zorn say "I hurt [Campbell], because I didn't have the needed call." What are you calling? Seriously, you don't call plays any more, right? Someone else better have hurt Campbell there besides you, because I'm not sure what comes next after a trapezoid.
Oh, and giving up and settling for that field goal attempt late in the first half? Zorn addressed that again on Monday.
"With 21 seconds to go, we did take a shot," he said. They had five guys back. I took a shot to the end zone with five different guys. Then with 15 seconds left, no timeouts, I couldn't risk either getting sacked, I couldn't risk completing the ball in bounds and trying to get a last second field goal. So I thought the smart thing to do was take the field goal right there, in field goal range. We had the ball on the 26-yard line, and it was missed. So we just went in at halftime, and we still had the lead, and I think we were very excited about the possibilities at that particular time, and came back out and got after it."
I mean, sure, it's easy to pick nits the day after, but as for his "did take a shot" with 21 seconds to go, what actually happened was they sent five receivers out, Dallas's Bobby Carpenter blitzed and was completely unblocked, and Campbell immediately scrambled toward the sideline before throwing it away just before stepping over the line. I'm not sure how much that counts as "taking a shot," but I guess it would encourage you not to want to try again.
Ah, whatever. That wasn't the silliest part of Monday's press conference. Here was the silliest part: when a reporter wisely asked about the potential for the defense to begin resenting the offense's inability to score
"We know that we're struggling on offense, but that's what it is, and yet our guys continually fight," Zorn said. "There's never complaining on the field. Even in a sudden change, when we've had a turnover and our defense has gone back on the field, nobody's dropping their heads and slapping guys as they come off....I think the same way when a team goes down and scores on our defense, our offense just comes back out and we know we have to go down and score."
My word machine is breaking down, but I'm pretty sure that when asked about his miserable offense's inability to help a fairly competent defense, Zorn wound up saying that the offense doesn't get bitter when the defense allows points.
Finally, here's Theismann on the quarterback situation.
"I thought Jason Campbell played courageously," he said. "Now there's a guy that's been under a ton of pressure, both outside of the ballpark and inside the ballpark. He has stood to everything. He is a true professional. I go back to training camp, and management, boy, 'We want Jay Cutler, we want Jay Cutler, Jay Cutler takes more chances.' Jay Cutler is terrible. Hello? The guy has no idea what he's doing, he throws the ball off his back foot half the time, he would have never survived to this point where Jason has survived because [Campbell's] a tougher guy. [Cutler] makes bad decisions. Jason's not given a chance to make bad decisions because he's on his back all the time or running for his life. To me, this football team should consider Jason Campbell as their quarterback."
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