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Redskins Will Go Long -- if That's Smart Move

Top wide receiver Santana Moss had two receptions for six yards during Week 1 against the New York Giants. No. 2 wideout Malcom Kelly had one reception for six yards in his first career start.

Obviously, the Redskins want more production from their starting receivers, and I expect Coach Jim Zorn to attack the St. Louis Rams with deep passes. Zorn would never admit it, but I just don't think he was comfortable taking a lot of deep shots against the Giants because of their formidable defensive line.

And give credit to the Giants' secondary. Cornerbacks Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas played very well in coverage (Thomas is a former Trojan, so it's not surprising he played well).

"We definitely wanted to get Santana and Malcolm going, it wasn't like we didn't want to get the ball," Campbell said. "But you have to play smart football. You just don't throw the ball if it's not there.


"Each week, we want to get all the guys involved. We want Santana to get going, Malcolm, [Antwaan] Randle El, [Chris] Cooley, [Devin] Thomas, because we need everybody. But we have to be smart."

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This week's Gameday graphic looks at a pass play to Chris Cooley from several angles (my favorite: as seen by Cooley) at Sunday's game.

Going to the game? Dr. Gridlock (psssst...I don't think that's his real name.) has hints for negotiating traffic to FedEx Field. And the weather? Well, thank Dan Stillman for this week's weather (I have it on good authority that he actually controls DMV weather, but don't tell anyone.) forecast. It's just puhfect. -- Cindy Boren

By Jason Reid  |  September 19, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
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Comments

A slow Saturday morning.

Posted by: Markin21132 | September 19, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

'Skins O owes the fans a good day and some TDs. I'm confident they will deliver.

Posted by: stevebeagrie | September 19, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I feel so sorry for Jason Campbell. Poor fellow. Could not figure how to go deep on the Giants. Football is such a complicated game. Oh well, hope they are able to figure something out against the Rams. They did not last year.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 19, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

By the way, Third Up. Also, JR those comments about the Redskins above says a lot in there evaluations of the Giants. They did not believe they could beat the Giants.

They wanted to beat the Giants but they did not believe they could. This is sad.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 19, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

If he wasn't comfortable taking long shots down the field because of the GMen's D-line, why so many 7 step drops??

Posted by: rob23 | September 19, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Cornerbacks Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas played very well in coverage (Thomas is a former Trojan, so it's not surprising he played well).

By Jason Reid | September 19, 2009; 9:30 AM ET

The guy was a condom? He's perfect for the prevent defense.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 19, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

LarryinClintonMD:

Where in the above post did it say that JC "could not figure out how to go deep on the Giants?" What JC DID say -- intelligently -- was that the 'Skins have to play smart football and that he can't throw the ball if its not there. And what evaluations of the Giants by the 'Skins lead you to believe that they didn't think they could win last Sunday? The only evaluations in the above post were by Reid, including the one that the 'Skins were reluctant to throw deep because of the quality of the Giants' D-line, a reluctance that may or may not have been shared by Zorn. Either we're not reading the same post, or you're reading things into this one that I don't think are there.

Posted by: rbpalmer | September 19, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Clinton,

Unfortunately, until Redskins can demonstrate consistent success in the air game, teams are going to play the run against us. "smart" money says go deep, take some chances and hope your QB can connect so that we can have success running the ball.

Playing like scared cats is not going to get the Skins into playoffs. Zorn made a monumental mistake calling the Giants game. And the fact that he was preparing for that game all preseason makes everyone a little bit worried.

Now, to be fair, you cannot just "expect" the Redskins to beat the Giants at home because the fans want to. I am just saying they played poorly, that's all.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 19, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

If I am Zorn, I am telling JC, "listen, go deep, don't be scared, if it is intercepted, it is 50 yards down th field, like a nice punt!"

Redskin need to open the game up when they are past their own 40 yard line or so.

Go deep young man

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 19, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Cornerbacks Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas played very well in coverage (Thomas is a former Trojan, so it's not surprising he played well).

By Jason Reid | September 19, 2009; 9:30 AM ET

The guy was a condom? He's perfect for the prevent defense.

Posted by: talent_evaluator
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funny t-e

Sheikh Thomas!

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 19, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I fiercely urge JC to go deep now!

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 19, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Why don't we have a HC that knows what he's doing? I feel sorry for JC. Not that he's great or anything but he's decent. I blame mostly the play-calling.

Posted by: tc200716 | September 19, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

you can throw long all you want , but first we need an accurate passer. throwing long out of bounds will not do us any good.

Posted by: cavalieri10 | September 20, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

you can throw long all you want , but first we need an accurate passer. throwing long out of bounds will not do us any good.

Posted by: cavalieri10 | September 20, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

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