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Haslett, defense prepare to face Foster

Houston running back Arian Foster was the talk of the NFL this week after rushing for 231 yards and three touchdowns in an opening victory over Indianapolis.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett noticed. Haslett devised a strong game plan for Washington in its 13-7 victory over Dallas, and he has stuff in place to help the Redskins try to contain the Texans' impressive young back Sunday at FedEx Field.

"He's a heck of a running back," Haslett said. "He runs hard, he has great vision, I think that's the No. 1 thing. And their offensive line does a nice job together.

"They play as a whole group and they do a good job with the zone blocking. And he's hard to tackle, so we're going to have to make sure that we're sound technique-wise. We're going to have to tackle the guy, because he really runs hard."

Although the Texans had the league's top passing offense last season, the leaned heavily on Foster, especially after halftime, in their 34-24 victory over the Colts. With Foster running effectively, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning remained on the sideline.

"They were No. 1 in the league in passing last year," Haslett said. "This kid [Foster] was on the practice squad last year and he kind of emerged and they liked him.

"When he played last year, when they brought him off the practice squad, he rushed for a hundred yards, so it's always good to have a pretty good running back. That helps."

By Jason Reid  |  September 18, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
 
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hopefully we can get our own running game going to keep their offense off of the field.

Posted by: ralston21 | September 18, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

hopefully we can get our own running game going to keep their offense off of the field.

Posted by: ralston21 | September 18, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I. Think we can keep him under 100

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | September 18, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Reality finally strikes the Texans! Schaub ain't out gunning Peyton, we better try something else. I think they will face a little more challenging defence Sunday.

Posted by: Spanglerg | September 18, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know who Virginia Tech loses to today?

Posted by: freakzilla | September 18, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

East Carolina I believe.

Posted by: will_ga | September 18, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see a break down of the type of plays where Foster had most of his success. Anyone up on that?

Also, I think it's a lot less like they rely on him this week. I see them challenging our secondary early and often.

Thoughts?

Posted by: bostskin | September 18, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The Skins run defense has been suspect all preseason and wasn't that great vs. dallas. If the run game is working for them, Kubiak is not going to pass just to show off his toys like Garrett did last week.

I'm hopeful but I don't feel good about this one at all.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 18, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Drew Brees on how a QB looks at a 3-4:

"Well, you know, you try to kind of visualize that 3-4 as a 4-3, " Brees began. "So who becomes that fourth pass rusher? And just kind of understanding how 3-4 defenses bring pressure. Typically, variable, to making it seem almost like they are bringing more than they are. As you look at a 4-3 defense, there's four down and then, you know, the three linebackers. When you look at a 3-4, there's five guys on the line of scrimmage and two at linebacker level. So all of a sudden, you start rotating safeties, and you can bring two from a side, but then you're actually dropping one out on the backside, and so in your mind you might, you know, be in a zone pressure, and in that case you're thinking, 'oh, man, it feels like they're bringing six, ' but they're only bringing five because they dropped somebody out."

Posted by: Samson151 | September 18, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

LH this is a tall order this week def. but at least non-conference game and if we punch them in mouth it will be a big win.

Posted by: chrislarry | September 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The Skins run defense has been suspect all preseason and wasn't that great vs. dallas. If the run game is working for them, Kubiak is not going to pass just to show off his toys like Garrett did last week.

I'm hopeful but I don't feel good about this one at all.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 18, 2010 12:24 PM
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I don't know. I think Houston has fewer toys than Dallas. The thing to do is shut down the run game with CR mano e mano on AJ. If they can shut down the run early, while rolling up a few points themselves, it takes the Texans out of their game plan. I think we stack our running game offense and defense against theirs and whomever wins is the winner of the game. I like our chances against their defense. They have a few injuries. If CP is on his A game this could be a really good game, if he isn't, maybe Larry Johnson carries the load...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 18, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Defense didn't stop Dallas's running game as much as they stopped calling runs. In fact, we struggled at stopping the run. I hope it gets better this week but Houston's run game last week was impressive.

Posted by: will_ga | September 18, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

AH seemed like a liabilty on stopping the run at NT. Maybe he will play more DE this game.

Posted by: skinswillwin | September 18, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"They were No. 1 in the league in passing last year," Haslett said. "This kid [Foster] was on the practice squad last year and he kind of emerged and they liked him.


Seems to me that if a guy comes off the practice squad and succeeds, it's all about the 0-line.

And who are those guys on that Texans' line anyways?

They pass/run block well.

They are gonna protect Schaub from Haslett's blitz heavy tendency and run the ball at the edges as much a possible.

The advantage?: If our offense can score, it'll make for a nice, smashmouth low-scoring game where teams' play a big role.

I'd fake punt in the third quarter to extend a drive an keep the Texans offense off the field if I could.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | September 18, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN:

If the Texans' running game's working early, look for them to try to burn the Redskins with a double move off the play-action. That was something the Redskins struggled with last season because they didn't show much discipline on the back end.

Ooooooooo. The evil double move. Double ouch!

Posted by: MrRed | September 18, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the vjax "Lets Make a Deal" window quietly opened at 4:00 edt yesterday.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 18, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

RSH, I'm sorry but Schaub, Johnson, Jacoby Jones and Foster all toll are the equal of the girls offense.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 18, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

RSH, I'm sorry but Schaub, Johnson, Jacoby Jones and Foster all toll are the equal of the girls offense.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 18, 2010 1:25 PM

I personally believe Schaub is better than Romo and they are better coached.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Defense didn't stop Dallas's running game as much as they stopped calling runs.

Posted by: will_ga | September 18, 2010 12:51 PM |

The run is working well so let's try something else. End of the half, deep in our own territory, let's try something risky and gimmicky. Christ on a crutch. I'll bet Wade Phillips blisterated his OC after the game the same way Rex Ryan did to his OC after the Jets stinkeroo against the Ravens.

Posted by: MrRed | September 18, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I personally believe Schaub is better than Romo and they are better coached.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely.

Redskins will need to score in the 20's to win this game. Doable with Texan's D being down two starters. But drops and silly penalties need to be non existent.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 18, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I personally believe Schaub is better than Romo and they are better coached.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 18, 2010 1:29 PM |

Agree with the coaching part, especially the O, not sure about the Schaub/Romo part.

Posted by: MrRed | September 18, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Someone's not a hokie. What year did you graduate from UVa?

Posted by: beep-beep | September 18, 2010 11:42 AM


'Twas '96.

Posted by: freakzilla | September 18, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that if a guy comes off the practice squad and succeeds, it's all about the 0-line.

They pass/run block well.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | September 18, 2010 1:00 PM |

It's all about the OL blocking scheme. It's MS zone-blocking working like a champ. He learned Kubiak real good.

Posted by: MrRed | September 18, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know who Virginia Tech loses to today?

Posted by: freakzilla | September 18, 2010 11:32 AM |

I ain't no Hokie grad neither but it ain't nice to hate on them like you are.

Posted by: MrRed | September 18, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I ain't no Hokie grad neither but it ain't nice to hate on them like you are.

Posted by: MrRed | September 18, 2010 1:51 PM

Huh? Any team calling themselves hokies (or hoyas) is begging for hating.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 18, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Hessone and Redskinhead are too busy giving each other blumpkins, cleveland steamers, and hot carls, to be bothered with posting today.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 18, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I was disgusted to see on The NFL Network that Joe Theismann is siding with the Texans! Say it ain't so, Joe.

Look for a low scoring game. The run attack will be expected this week unlike against Indy in week 1 since they were looking for the 2009 pass happy Texans and were caught with their pants down. We'll provide enough pressure on Schaub that he won't have many scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, our offense will still be dealing with their growing pains, but we'll sneak away with another narrow, heart-pounding win! 2-0 baby!!

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | September 18, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Any team calling themselves hokies (or hoyas) is begging for hating.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 18, 2010 2:15 PM |

No team "is begging for hating". Each team has a unique history out of which their names evolved. UVAs call themselves "wahoos" from the school's yell, "wa-hoo-wa."

Posted by: MrRed | September 18, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

And they all dress like preppy d0uchebags.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 18, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Be nice if Portis outgains Foster on Sunday

Daniel Thomas 225lb K-State RB would look good in a Redskin uniform next year.

Posted by: coparker5 | September 18, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 18, 2010 1:25 PM

I'm a Ramblin Reck from Georgia Tech
And a hell of an engineer....

Posted by: beep-beep | September 18, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

follow me to the New Thread about "Texans have weapons on offense" Who'd a thunk it?

beep beep

Posted by: beep-beep | September 18, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I know this isn't Redskins related but HOLY CRAP!

Patriots fan dies at Gillette Stadium with son at his side
Posted by Michael David Smith on September 18, 2010 3:21 PM ET
The saddest story of Week One of the NFL season happened at Gillette Stadium, where a 40-year-old fan died of a heart attack after a confrontation with a stadium worker over whether his 6-year-old son could step on the field.

The fan, Jeffrey Chartier, was reportedly told by NFL officials before the game that his son, Tedy, could run on the sidelines and take pictures on the field. But witnesses told the Sun Chronicle that a stadium staffer told Chartier that his son couldn't come on the field and was generally "giving him a hard time."

When Chartier's son started crying, Chartier and the stadium worker got into an argument.

"He was saying, 'He's 6 years old. How can you make him cry on opening day when he just had one of the most exciting experiences of his life?'" witness Dwayne Hunter told the Sun Chronicle.

Chartier reportedly collapsed when he got back to his seat and was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Firefighters took care of Tedy until his mother arrived.

NECN.com reports that a memorial fund has been established for Chartier's two children.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 18, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

texans center is weak at the point of attack similar to rabach only he is younger. NT's on washington must push him(center into backfield)that can happen if haynesworth decides to play correct way in the 3-4. schaub is NOT mobile like romo attack him and run the football..stop the nonsense changing dockery with lichtensteiger who is in no way shape or form a better,stronger player, if they want to make a change on the line start bringing rabach out of the game.

Posted by: wathu19 | September 18, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The kid had one big game and everyone has him in the HoF. His big game is as much a function of Indy's lousy run D. No doubt Haslett and Kyle S. have talked late into the night as to how to stop the excellent Houston offense. Look for a low scoring game.

Posted by: randysbailin | September 18, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

seriously romo isn't better than schaub texans are deep with there wide receiving core and carlos rogers on andre johnson 1 on1 is a match we will take any day don't forget about owen daniels . The redskins offensivly have mediocre wide receivers they have a bunch of has been running backs the only real threat to the texans is chris cooley defensivly texans will take the game texans win 24 to 14

Posted by: Texan2010 | September 18, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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