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Redskins-Rams, Best and Worst

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

Best and worst from the Redskins' 30-16 loss to the Rams.

Best Question, Part I: Did Clinton Portis just lose his job to a guy who was on the practice squad a week ago?

Worst Deja Vu: Week 3, on the road, against a bad 0-2 team with a rookie quarterback, and the Redskins lose. This probably wasn't as horrific as the Lions game, since Detroit had lost 19 straight at the time and was a national laughingstock in the way St. Louis wasn't. But this wasn't good.

Best Question, Part II: Why did Portis come in for that 3rd-and-goal play in the third quarter, when Ryan Torain had been moving the ball so effectively?

After that play, on which Portis lost a yard from the 3, he was mostly confined to the bench. And that will obviously be a major focus the rest of this week. If you're going to have all that drama, might as well give the new guy the ball inside the 5.

(And his best nickname, via @broodingblog, has to be Gravy Torain.)

Worst Drive: The Redskins got the ball at their 37 late in the third quarter. They went incomplete (bounce pass to Roydell Williams), incomplete (off-target to Cooley), incomplete (pass behind Keiland Williams). The drive lasted 23 seconds.

Best Drive: On their ensuing possession, St. Louis kept the ball for more than five minutes. Without Steven Jackson, their best player, they ran 10 plays, got three first downs, barely stopped the clock, and ended the drive with a field goal to go up by eight. It was a clutch drive by a rookie quarterback and a bunch of nobody skill players.

Worst Penalty: Holding on Stephon Heyer on the next drive in the fourth quarter, nullifying a 14-yard Santana Moss catch. The Redskins would have started a crucial drive with a heartening first down. Instead, they wound up with a 3rd-and-15, and were forced to punt.

Best Savior: Safety Kareem Moore came back into the lineup and got the Redskins' first crucial turnover, an interception after a blocked punt when the Rams could have gone up by three scores. Reed Doughty was chased out of the starting lineup but starred on special teams, causing the Rams' second turnover on a kickoff return.

Worst Savior: After that start, there seemed to be a lot of plays where Moore fell down, including on Kenneth Darby's 12-yard TD run in the third quarter. If Moore was supposed to be the solution for the Redskins' defensive troubles in the first two games, they might want to look elsewhere.

Best One-liner, Part I: Sam Huff, before the game, when Doc Walker attempted to reassure the crew that Stephon Heyer would hold his own.

"He not only holds his own, he holds the opponent," Huff said.

Worst Talk: DeAngelo Hall said earlier in the week that this was his defense, and that he wanted to cover the playmakers on the other team. His defining moment from this game came when he slipped on a short pass to Mark Clayton, allowing Clayton to run free down the sidelines.

Best Quote: Brian Mitchell, in the Comcast SportsNet post-game: "This is a terrible team at this point....The game I saw today reminded me so much of last year, it's ridiculous."

Worst Pre-Game Injury: Josh Bidwell, the punter, got injured while warming up? How does that happen, exactly? Do punters get injured in practice when they're just kicking on their own? Do the Redskins suffer an extraordinary number of special teams injuries? Are punter injuries a big deal?

"All he has to do is get the ball back from the center and kick it. I mean, that's no big deal," Huff said.

Of course, Bidwell was replaced by the place kicker, Graham Gano, whose first punt was blocked.

Best Special Teams Unit: N/A.

Worst Stretch of Kicking: At one point, Gano had three consecutive kicks that went like this: missed field goal in overtime against Houston, kickoff out of bounds against St. Louis, blocked punt against St. Louis.

Best One-Liner, Part II: "Did the Redskins practice this week?" Huff asked. "I mean, I wasn't out there."

Worst Hands on Plays That Didn't Count Because of Pass Interference Calls: Rogers, Carlos. Yes, he has the same issues on plays that do not count.

Best Development From the Fox Booth: Loved it when Jim Mora's mic didn't work. That's almost as good as the yellow first-down line. Here's hoping for a future system in which all three of those guys lose the ability to transmit audio. Or for the Redskins to be good enough that they're never again cursed with that booth.

Worst Development From Fox: The camera seemed to lose the quarterback about eight times, affecting both teams.

Best Redskins Stretch: After going down 14 points, the Redskins went field goal, fumble recovery, touchdown pass. That was 10 points in 13 seconds. That marked the quickest successive Redskins scores in at least a decade, according to Matt Terl.

Worst Running Back Slide: For the second straight week, Portis went down without any contact from the opponent. Last week, there was the run inside the red zone where he appeared to trip. Against the Rams, it came on his 27-yard first quarter jaunt, in which he showed a massive burst and then inexplicably slid to the ground in traffic. I'm used to seeing quarterbacks slide. Sometimes wide receivers, too. But running backs?

Best Redskins Stat: Brandon Lloyd: 6 catches, 169 yards, 1 TD. Oh, wait....

Worst Redskins Stat: Washington has 115 rushing yards in the first half, and 1 rushing yard in the second half.

Worst Celebration: After the Rams converted a 3rd-and-6 late in the second quarter, LaRon Landry leveled Danny Amendola, and then appeared to celebrate. It was a vicious hit, but I still don't get how you can celebrate a play in which the other team gets a first down.

Worst Defense: In three games, the new Redskins defense has allowed 380 yards, 526 yards, and 365 yards.

Worst News: The Redskins defense just got shredded by a rookie quarterback in his third NFL game. Next week, they face Michael Vick, who just accounted for four touchdowns and better than 300 yards on his own.

By Dan Steinberg  | September 26, 2010; 7:41 PM ET
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I blame this loss on Jim Zorn and Jason Campbell.

Wonder what Sherm Lewis is up to.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | September 26, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh how sweet it is to finally see the true team emerge and show their tru last place colors. Maybe now people will get off the meth-laced koolaide and see what we got. BUM SCREET as Clinton Portis would say. Khairtaing!!!

Posted by: doyouktt | September 26, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Thata boy, Danny!

Posted by: Riddler1 | September 26, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

DeAngelo Hall would do well to cover opponents in the game as well as he professes to do with his mouth. That schoolyard "gotya" in the end zone was strictly low rent.

Posted by: jdpnsmf | September 26, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

DeAngelo Hall would do well to cover opponents in the game as well as he professes to do with his mouth. That schoolyard "gotya" in the end zone was strictly low rent.

Posted by: jdpnsmf | September 26, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

This team is technically 0-3 (save for a penalty flag vs Dallas)and rapidly sliding toward 1-15 or maybe even 2-14; if they can get another lucky call.

Overall, neither the offense or defense are performing as advertised. At times, they look better than in the recent past but the same mistakes lead to the same result.

There are a few guys, however, that week in and week out play well and play hard the entire game. I feel sorry for them because it has to be really frustrating to know that you're busting your back on every play trying to win but, as a team, not getting it done at so many levels on offense, defense, and special teams.

Posted by: swtnvc | September 26, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"I'll gladly buy season tickets if Daniel Snyder returns kickoffs." What do you think?

Posted by: sonnykilmer007 | September 26, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Sell the team, Dan. End the bad karma. Thanks for keeping Vinny around all those years. He's gone, but his work lives on.

Posted by: jburnetti | September 26, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

No excuses, we're old slow and awful right now. I don't know how you go from being up 17 points on a solid team like Houston to getting beat by two scores to a team like the Rams. Seems like not that long ago I was optimistic. We'll be luckly to make it to 7-9 with this scheme and personnel. I can't understand why we're not playing Dockery more, why we've kept Stephen "Drive Killer" Heyer on the team this long, and why D.Thomas isn't getting a shot at WR. Portis shouldn't have seen the field again after he slid on that long run. I've never seen a RB slide before, what was that? I'm willing to get Shanahan some time, but this was a tough one to watch.

Posted by: mclachlan_doug | September 26, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Book it--we will lose to the Eagles, and lose badly. Vick will kill us! This is a B-A-D team--old, slow, not particularly talented, and VERY thin. Can't run, can't stop the run. BAD o & D lines. Soon, 4-12 will look pretty good! I figured on 7-8 wins this year; I was wrong.

And yet, somehow, this team remains arrogant! They need to look in the mirror and admit that this is NOT a talented team. How many of our starters would be back-ups on any other team? Of course, trying to call Orakpo a LB is a joke & will fail, as will the 3-4 D. We don't have the LBs or DL personnel to run an EFFECTIVE 3-4, so why use it at all?

It's gonna be a LONG year! Seems pretty clear Skins are 2-3 years away from being any good, & that's only IF they draft well (a pretty big if). Very disappointing...

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | September 26, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Suckers. This team is built for yesterday. Snyder just wants to vacuum your wallets.

The Skins badly need to start over with youth. Instead they cling to the one-missing-piece philosophy and trade draft picks for aging has-beens. McNabb has been a bright spot (in a black hole), but he won't be around by the time this team is relevant again. Same old, same old.

I'm still saying 6-10. I'm just struggling to figure out where we're going to get the 5 wins. Now they've got tape of our offense. See if you can figure out how to stop this: weak offensive line, no running game, and only two receivers to cover (Moss and Cooley). Sounds tough, doesn't it?

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | September 26, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Next week is going to be a beat down something ugly. 5-13 or 7-9. Thats the best to hope for this year. Good luck Skins.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | September 26, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Where are all those who proclaimed so loudly that the return of K. Moore was the answer to our woes? He is average, at best. And he looked downright horrible on several missed tackles, something that Doughty (last week's undeserved scapegoat) excels at. Ironically, Doughty made one of the few good plays in the entire game today when he forced the fumble of the kickoff. And our new defensive coordinator D. Hall? He was pathetic, pitiful, embarrassing today. But it won't stop him from mouthing off again, because that's his "MO" - talk big, but play like a schmuck.

Posted by: teresae878 | September 27, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse


1. Was CP26 hurt, or was he disciplined for
that slide?
2. Why is OC Kyle on the field and not up in
the booth where he can see what's going on?
3. Why is it that the team wasn't mentally
prepared to play during the opening mins of
the game. That's on the coaching...
4. Why can't Shanny leave the disciplinary
duties to the Front Office and play his
best players?

We need W's and not be focused on making
cetain players better people.

Posted by: DeployedFan | September 27, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Landry is a beast but he's also a meathead. The best safeties in the league play aggressive and smart. Landry plays aggressive but incredibly stupid.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | September 27, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see our new 3-4 scheme makes us the #1 team of 32 in total yards and #2 in passing yards given up! I was quick to pick on Albert for his being pissed about making the switch. Apparently he knew something that us and the staff didn,t know. Don't wait until week 16 to fix something that is BROKEN! I'm sure that the players are saying the same thing today! If Hasslet does not adjust this defence now he will be on the unemployment line.

Posted by: truckmclaren | September 27, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: opmeco | September 27, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Landry is a dope. That guy pumps his fist in the air if he successfully snaps his chinstrap to his helmet.

Posted by: tristesse27 | September 27, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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