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Albright shoulders part of blame for miss

Although placekicker Shaun Suisham faulted himself for missing a 23-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter that would have put the Redskins up by 10, long snapper Ethan Albright was also quick to accept blame. The 15-year veteran said the snap felt high to him, which he thought disrupted the entire operation.

"I feel like it started with me," Albright said. "I mean, obviously I've got to watch the film to see what it was, but I felt like it started with me. I threw the rhythm off. I mean, nobody feels worse than me. It's my job to do it right."

The veteran made the Pro Bowl after the 2007, and said he couldn't remember his last bad snap. He said he talked to Suisham about the snap, and the kicker attempted to shoulder all the blame.

"You know, Shaun, he never complains about anything," Albright said. "He's like, 'It was fine, it was fine. But the film won't lie about it. ... I'm certain I'm the one that threw it off. Like I said, I've got to watch the film, figure out what I did and correct it."

Coach Jim Zorn said the snap looked "a little high," and holder Hunter Smith said all three men are responsible for a successful kick.

"The bottom line is, and Shaun would agree with this, you have to make the kick," Smith said. "I'm not trying to make it better than it was. It wasn't a perfect operation."

Albright, meantime, said he would put this game behind him at midnight, as he has every game in his career.

"For me, every snap's a new snap, he said. "If, in my mind, I'm thinking last week I had a bad one, don't do it again, don't mess up, don't mess up. I mean, that's a recipe for disaster. I've got to do it like I've done it every time, getting the grip, follow through, go where it's supposed to, and go to the next one."

Haynesworth's take

Albert Haynesworth was asked whether this loss hurts worse than some of the Redskins' other recent heartbreakers, Dan Steinberg reports at the D.C. Sports Bog. "It's tough, but all of 'em are tough, you know?" he said. "I guess it hurts a little worse, because they're the best team in the NFL, and we had 'em, and then we let 'em go."

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 6, 2009; 6:46 PM ET
 
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Comments

If I think about this game, I'll go crazy.

I like the midnight line. On to next week.

Posted by: farstriker | December 6, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

This is a tough loss, but the (one) silver lining is that it makes it more harder for Cerrrato justify himself staying. It makes it harder for Snyder to not change anything or to keep Cerrato. If the team goes 3-13 or 4-12 I don't see how they can keep the current upper management. With four games left the best the team can end up being is 7-9.

I'll be bold and state that they beat the Raiders. They will probably lose to the Giants, Cowboys, and Chargers. That being said they may give those three teams a run for their money and might manage somehow to eke out a win.

Frankly my impressions so far are this:

1. Cerrato must go.
2. Zorn must go.
3. The Defense is pretty good, although the CB and S corps needs to be replaced. I would perhaps keep Reedy Doughty, but Carlos Rogers and LaRon Landry need to go.
4. Haynesworth is overprice and probably needs to go.
5. Sean Suisham needs to be replaced. He has missed too many kicks at too many key moments.
6. The offense needs to be redone. At this point, of the current "stars", I would keep only Chris Cooley. I might keep Santana Moss. Antoine Randel-El and Clinton Portis need to go. I would draft linemen.
7. Fred Davis, Malcolm Kelly, Mark Mithcell, Devin Thomas, and the RB corps mius Portis should stay. Those second string players did show that they could play well today.
8. On Campbell I am not honestly sure. Sometimes I think that he should go. Other times I think that they should give him one final year against a good offensive line. A lot depends on what QB's are available for what price. Campbell is never going to be a star. That much is clear. It's also clear he can't win when it counts. But would be he good enough to get the team at least to the playoffs as wildcard with a decent offensive line? The ultimate question here is whether WAS is willing to write off the next 2-3 seasons to develop a brand new QB. Snyder may not be that patient. So I could go either way on Campbell. There are justifiable business cases either way for keeping him or getting rid of him.

Whatever the case the team needs lots of changes. If Cerrato goes that will be the first step. And frankly, given that the team is headed to its worst record in years, even for Snyder, I don't see what business case there is to keep Cerrato. And if Snyder does have a "dark heart", per what Riggins says, I wonder what his breaking point with Cerrato is.

Snyder wants the team to make money. I was at the stadium today. There were lots of empty seats there. At some point the diminished revenue is going to force him to finally relent. While there will always be hardcore fans who will come to the stadium even if the team puts up 1-15 seasons, at some point, revenues will diminish to the point where Sndyer will have to do something.

The team needs lots of work. What do you all think of my points?

Posted by: jiacinto | December 6, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Shankham should have made the kick. Choked another one. But zorn did not do him any favors by playing not to lose. How did that work out?

Probably won't get over this game til sometime Saturday.

Oh well...

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 6, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

He still shoulda made it...

Posted by: rachel216 | December 6, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"...you want Zorn BACK next year? Lordy Lordy. He's the number one reason we've choked the last three games. Look no further than Jim Zorn."

Yes, I want Zorn back.

You see losses.

I see a team that loses, but plays hard, stays united, and responds despite injuries, mismanagement and getting stiffed by officials.

The 2009 Washington Redskins weren't a playoff team, and we've know this since the middle of the summer.

So why are we now beefing about the record?

Let's keep hoping for the continuing improved offensive play by the young players on the roster.

With that, you win next season.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Not only that, but F those short kickoffs!

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 6, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Moe, it is Zorn that calls the plays that f__ks up the rhythm with Lewis & Lewis, and Campbell.

I think the players are playing for either themselves or each other. ZORN has NOTHING to do with it.

The three consecutive running plays before the end of regulation has Zorn's fingerprints ALL over IT! Since he's been here he's always coached this team not to lose instead of coaching them to win.

And that is the problem. And as much as I have respect for the man, it started with Gibbs 2.0.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 6, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2009 7:26 PM

I usually agree with you but can't get behind bring Zorn back. I know they haven't quit but...No way, No how.

You know they say you need players to win but a good coach is worth 5 wins a year on his own?

Zorn is the reason those good coaches are winning and along with Cerrato the reason we are 3-9.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 6, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This loss should not have happened. Suisham should have made the kick, but you can't make any mistakes and expect to beat the Saints. Especially when the referees must have been told by the league office (they were on the phone) to reverse that call and give Sellers a fumble.

I think there was some help from the refs to make sure NO went 12-0.

But my 'Skins played with HEART today. And though this one hurt a LOT, I'm proud of the team. They have found some FIGHT!! Go 'Skins!!!

Fire Vinny though.

Posted by: mdflorals | December 6, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This whole operation has the kiss of death.

You know the saying: I'd rather be lucky than good?

Well the Skins are neither. I guess they played well enough to win. And then they also did just enough for them to lose. Moore's fumble. Suishy's kick. JC's Int. Sellers' fumble.

Whatever. It's not like we were really expecting them to win.

Posted by: p1funk | December 6, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

And that is the problem. And as much as I have respect for the man, it started with Gibbs 2.0.

Could not have said it better.

Posted by: shanteefamilee | December 6, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

And that is the problem. And as much as I have respect for the man, it started with Gibbs 2.0.

Could not have said it better.

Posted by: shanteefamilee | December 6, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

When the skins had the ball in the 4th quarter and they snapped the ball with 3 something left on the game clock, it appeared to me that they snapped the ball with about 10 seconds left on the game clock. Those 10 seconds were huge considering that had they used all of it, they could have run a play after the 2 minute warning and then tried the field goal with about 1:20 left.

Also when they ran their 3rd down play, there was 2:03 seconds left. I thought they should have at least tried a pass play there because it wouldn't have mattered.

And my final point in, OT when they ruled Sellers had fumbled the ball. The ref said that the Saints recovered. But the thing about that play was that after Sellers fumbled (he knew it), and he turned to dive at the ball, but the whistle blew as he was in the motion, and so he made a half-hearted effort at the ball, and knocked it further out and then McCalister recovered. I'm sure when ther head ref is reviewing the play they do it in slow-motion and don't hear the sounds so they wouldn't have known that the whistle blew when it wasn't clear who would recover the ball.

Yeah, its nit-picking but still relevant points.

Posted by: tedunni1 | December 6, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Also.

I can't stand Laron Landry anymore.

The guy is a first-class CHUMP.

I can't stand his posturing and posing. I can't stand his missed tackles. He's had an awful year, he blows assignments and misses tackles regularly. The one time he actually blows someone up in a game, he starts wiggling around like he's in some kind of rap video.

He is the anti-SeanTaylor.

Posted by: p1funk | December 6, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe--I don't agree with you about Zorn. To me it's clear that he's in way over his head. I view him as a victim in this situation because Snyder and Cerrato should never have hired him. He wasn't qualified or suited for the position. They both have humiliated him.

With that being said, however, it's clear that Zorn isn't suited to be coach. If I were Snyder and Cerrato, once the season is over, I would give him his severance package and find him a coordinator/QB coach job elsewhere.


Posted by: jiacinto | December 6, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The team needs lots of work. What do you all think of my points?


Posted by: jiacinto | December 6, 2009 7:22 PM |

I think your AH point is stupid he is great and should stay. His contract would prevent getting rid of him anyway. He totally shut down there run today, we were getting killed by the run while he was out.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 6, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Flounder--I just see that Haynesworth has to go out on way too many plays. I don't think that he's worth the price that the team paid for him.

Posted by: jiacinto | December 6, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"I usually agree with you but can't get behind bring Zorn back..."

Disagreement is cool.

I honestly think most of us are drunk on the logic in our own posts.

Despite what most of us want, I don't see much changing with this team.

That means:

Campbell is resigned.

Jones and Heyer are our tackles.

Portis will eventually return.

And Zorn and Sherm/Sherm aren't going anywhere.

If I'm wrong, I'll go to work naked and drunk.

Wait--I did that already.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Nice team effort today. Was nice to watch JC play w/confidence, up to the point that Zorn said, JC, I have no confidence in you so I am going to call three running plays.

LL biting on two double moves negated the good game he otherwise played.

Too bad Zorn F'ed the team again because the Skins played super today.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 6, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Flounder--I just see that Haynesworth has to go out on way too many plays. I don't think that he's worth the price that the team paid for him.

Posted by: jiacinto | December 6, 2009 7:41 PM |

Really, he plays just as much if not more then any other great DT in the league. The money is already spent so cutting him does not get it back.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 6, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Nice team effort today. Was nice to watch JC play w/confidence, up to the point that Zorn said, JC, I have no confidence in you so I am going to call three running plays.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 6, 2009 7:41 PM

I listened to JC in the post conference. He said he would have loved to punch it in for 7 points instead of settling for a FG. What he really mean ti say is WTF Zorn I threw red zone TD's today and you take the ball out of my hands. F U.

Posted by: TWISI | December 6, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs 2.0

"They fought their guts out today."

I also think that Gibbs would say that LL is not "super smart."

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 6, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2009 7:41 PM |

You left Vinny out of the equation.

If Zorn is here next year, then so is Vinny. Can't have it both ways. I would be happy to see them both gone.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 6, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Flounder--Fair enough. What do you think of the rest of what I said?

Posted by: jiacinto | December 6, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes Mister Moe, but it is entirely within the realm of possibility to keep the good mojo with the team and the players (minus a couple key ones, like LL, Portis) and ALSO win in the clutch. Your scenario and we just play hard for 3 or 3 and half quarters, and continue choking at the end like we have been doing the past 6, 7 years. We need a coach who is a LEADER OF MEN.

Posted by: sugarstreet | December 6, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 6, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Flounder--Fair enough. What do you think of the rest of what I said?

Posted by: jiacinto | December 6, 2009 7:47 PM |

Looks good

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 6, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Really, the offense played with such great rhythm with Lewis calling plays, until Zorn does the Red Zone sh!t. Zorn has to realize that he can't depend on the defense to win the game, score when you are presented the opportunity. Looks like he would have learned that from the Dallas game.

Posted by: VegasJim | December 6, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Many things can be said about the 2009 Redskins but one thing is for sure: These guys aren't quitters. Given the relative rash of injuries to starters, there is more depth to this team than we thought - but this also points to poor coaching by not involving them sooner last year to get them ready sooner this year. I heard the excuses that they weren't ready, but nothing changed this year until they started playing - at the beginning of this year the coaches said "they weren't ready" and look what is happening now.

Obviously the Redskins don't miss Clinton Portis. Where possible, this dead weight needs to be offloaded - even if it makes a cap hit next year. I see more passion and energy from the backups and Randle El needs to part ways here as well.

Landry is simply being put in a place where isn't good - it isn't that he is a poor player, but he is being asked to do things that don't use his strengths - poor coaching.

The 'skins need more depth on the offensive line - it is amazing at how less mediocre Campbell looks when he has time - though he is shell-shocked by the mere shadow of a defensive player on him.

Management must change. I'm not sure Zorn is a problem or an answer - his guys haven't abandoned him so perhaps we should keep him for one more year and keep the funky signal calling system - it is producing better results than we've seen in ages. A quality GM should be hired first, given a year to look at the Redskins and to then make a decision on head coaching and assistants. Obvious player acquisitions through drafting.

In short, this team needs more Ladell Betts and Rock Cartrights and Number 37's and fewer Clinton Portis's. A team full of heart and overachievers will do more in the long term than a team of prima donnas who point fingers and run to mama.

Posted by: laserwizard | December 6, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

This is the worst, most blatant fixing of a game I have ever seen. Yes it is ridiculous that Suisham missed and we probably would have lost either way, but was I the only one who heard the ref repeatedly blow the whistle like 50 times as soon as Sellers hit the ground. That means the play is dead and cant be overturned. Its a clear and simple rule. For some reason the announcers didn't even mention it which I thought was pretty fishy right away, and then they overturn it? Someone explain how this could happen. There are cameras out there, its not like we didn't see what happened. Someone explain how thats legal? I am so confused and I expected us to lose in OT but to see an NFL game be blatantly fixed like that is something I have never witness and makes me sad for this sport. Someone tell me I was hallucinating all 50 of those whistles to kill the play.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | December 6, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I AGREE THE GAME WAS FIXED

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 6, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I apologize to Sherm Lewis. I tried to clown him about the BINGO stuff but the skins have looked more like a pro team since his arrival.

Posted by: coparker5 | December 6, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Jiacinto, You must be joking when you say Haynesworth has to go. Do you think the Skins will get a refund of their money by returning him. This is not Walmart.

Posted by: VegasJim | December 6, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Moe, it is Zorn that calls the plays that f__ks up the rhythm with Lewis & Lewis, and Campbell.

I think the players are playing for either themselves or each other. ZORN has NOTHING to do with it.

The three consecutive running plays before the end of regulation has Zorn's fingerprints ALL over IT! Since he's been here he's always coached this team not to lose instead of coaching them to win.

And that is the problem. And as much as I have respect for the man, it started with Gibbs 2.0.

Posted by: RedDMV
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I couldn't have said it better...

Posted by: priceisright | December 6, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Suisham missed the field goal but the Saints still had to go 80 yards against the NFL's #1 ranked pass defense - and with no time outs!! It took them about 40 seconds. They scored so fast that they actually had a chance to win the game in regulation. #1 pass defense my a$$.

Posted by: coparker5 | December 6, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

coparker5- but it'd be 33-30 and the saints would have to get the onside kick.. and what's the percentage of onside kicks that succeed??

Posted by: rachel216 | December 6, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Does this loss hurt Haynesworth?

Everything hurts Haynesworth.

But he'll be back on the field after a few snaps.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 7, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

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