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Special teams' focus is on Jackson

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver/punt returner DeSean Jackson is focus of this week's installment of Special Teams Saturday Sunday with Lorenzo Alexander. Why? Because he's DeSean Jackson.

When the Redskins play host to the Eagles on Monday night, everyone on the Redskins' punt coverage unit will be focused on No. 10 of the Eagles. Many coaches and players consider Jackson to be the most dynamic punt returner in the NFL, and Alexander defintiely is among that group.

"Well, a guy like that has unique speed. Not just speed but unique speed," Alexxander said. "There aren't too many guys in the league who can run like that guy. On film, you watch him, you try to pin him in corners. But we saw this guy take the ball from one sideline to the other sideline and beat everybody across the field and get a 30-yard return. In this league, with all the speed we do have, that's rare. For somebody to do that, you know how fast he is. He's phenomenal."

Jackson is second in the league with a 15.8-yard average on 10 returns, including one for an 85-yard touchdown. The second-year player also has 19 receptions for 354 yards (an 18.6-yard average) and two touchdowns.

Punter Hunter Smith will figure prominently in the Redskins' plans to attempt to contain Jackson, Alexander said.

"The best thing for us is to have great hang time from Hunter, and be able to force some fair catches from this guy to kind of eliminate the return game all together," Alexander said. "Our defense is playing so well right now that I don't think a [big punt return] would hurt as much as it could hurt, but you still don't want it to happen."

The Redskins have to maintain a team approach on punt coverage against Jackson, Alexander said.

"You don't want anyone to go try and hit this guy and by doing that you get out of your lane," he said. "You've got to be real disciplined when you play guys like this and have great punch. If he gets you to moving and your out of your lane, he's going to hit that seam, get back out and he's gone. It's more of a team effort, staying in your lane and covering down on him."

By Jason Reid  |  October 25, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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Gregg Williams? I haven't seen any drop off in the 'Skins defense since he left. Maybe it wasn't about Gregg?

Posted by: League-Source | October 25, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Focus on not getting embarrassed in front of the whole nation.

Posted by: slckposter | October 25, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The second-year player also has 19 receptions for 354 yards (an 18.6-yard average) and two touchdowns.

By Jason Reid | October 25, 2009; 9:00 AM ET

I predict Laron Landry will have several big misses -- almost-jarring collisions -- with DeSean Jackson. Jackson's just the sort of player that makes Laron look like a fool.

Posted by: League-Source | October 25, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

This cat is so fast, it seems like every time he touches the ball, it goes for a big gain. I bet there will be quite a few punts out of bounds so he can't return them.

Posted by: BigE44 | October 25, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I predict Laron Landry will have several big misses -- almost-jarring collisions -- with DeSean Jackson. Jackson's just the sort of player that makes Laron look like a fool.

Posted by: League-Source | October 25, 2009 9:24 AM

One big hit, on the other hand, might be all it takes to remove the little fella from the game.

Posted by: dcsween | October 25, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

"You can't be afraid to make a mistake."
-Gregg Williams

Sounds like something that should be preached to Campbell and our younger guys. Not sure how he would have panned out but it is ridiculous we didn't get the chance to see it because of d!ckface Vinny and the midget.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | October 25, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

One big hit, on the other hand, might be all it takes to remove the little fella from the game.

Posted by: dcsween | October 25, 2009 9:33 AM

If so, maybe Horton or Doughty can deliver it.

Posted by: League-Source | October 25, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Stop fretting over what other teams are going to do and start dictating what you are going to do!Get some killer instinct and you might start to win a game!! No heart what so ever!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | October 25, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

If this guy was any good I'm sure Vinny would have drafted him instead #11 and/or #12.

Posted by: mack1 | October 25, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I think the team would be much better if we kept Williams as HC and Zorn as OC.

Posted by: Redskins001 | October 25, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

If this guy was any good I'm sure Vinny would have drafted him instead #11 and/or #12.

Posted by: mack1 | October 25, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

#11 and #12 are improving every season. At the rate they are improving, they should be a legit #3 receiver in 10 more years!

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | October 25, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I think the team would be much better if we kept Williams as HC and Zorn as OC.

Posted by: Redskins001 | October 25, 2009 10:01 AM

I think that was part of the problem right there. Story was, Williams wanted to pick his own OC. And his own QB. With 20-20 hindsight....

Posted by: League-Source | October 25, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Eagles Insider Blog is focused on stopping Randel El??????????

Posted by: cocodc1 | October 25, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The Eagles only need to fear one guy, Suisham.

Posted by: hock1 | October 25, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

EUREKA!!!! I FOUND THE ANSWER.

Snyder should hire a consultant, another set of eyes, to help Cerrato who has too many things on his plate.

Posted by: hock1 | October 25, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Snyder, himself, is the other set of eyes, and that's another part of the problem.

Posted by: League-Source | October 25, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Jackazzez
Idiots
Morons
Contradictory
Bandwagon
Pu**y

These words may describe our FO, but I'm talking about the "FANS"!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have a Monday night game against the Eagles. We're 2-4 but not mathematically out of anything. We've disrespected one of the great minds in football in Sherm Lewis who has 4 Superbowl rings!!!!

I could be the only one, but I'm looking forward to seeing something different.

Let's wait until the end of the season to give up on the Skins'. I despise the FO too, but let's deal with that in January.

Snyder's not gonna sell the team!
If Zorn fails, Vinny goes...so shut your yaps and stick by our boys!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | October 25, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Not really on point but have you noticed the sideline gear hasbeen Maroon and Black?
Zorn will be in charge of sideline gear!

Posted by: clt_skins | October 25, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

That's a lot of exclamation points rickyroge. At least you're a passionate sucker.

Posted by: mack1 | October 25, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"Saunders was crappy when he was here but he sure is doing well in Baltimore."

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Yeah, with Soup running it.

The few weeks that Toddball ran it were the only few weeks the Redskins offense has been fun and exciting to watch since Trent Green ran Turners offense after that idiot Frerotte went down.

The right QB in the right system will make a big difference. (not saying Todd is the be-all end-all, just saying that combo worked)

Posted by: edvar | October 25, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

3 mins 50 secs of the truth...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es9nvnvQ0dk&feature=related

Posted by: tdskinz | October 25, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

WELL WELL SEE HOW IS TALKING

Theismann: Zorn wasn't ready
Posted by Michael David Smith on October 25, 2009 9:45 AM ET
Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann appeared on NFL Network's NFL GameDay Morning today to analyze what's wrong with the franchise he played for from 1974 to 1985, and he said the main problem is that head coach Jim Zorn simply wasn't prepared for his job.

"If I do want to look at one area, I have to say it was giving Jim Zorn -- an inexperienced playcaller, an inexperienced head coach -- putting him in charge of a football team, an operation that he may not have been ready to take on," Theismann said of the Redskins' problems.

Theismann described the team as "talented," but he said Zorn is overthinking his offense, to the extent that he's sometimes taking the most talented players off the field solely for the purpose of trying out different personnel packages.

"They need to stop this shuffling system of trying to get everybody on the field," Theismann said. "It's package after package after package. If you look at this Redskin offense you think you wandered down Christmas morning and you looked under a Christmas tree because there's umpteen packages. You need to stick with your guys on the football field. ... Why do you take Santana [Moss] off the field?"

The Redskins brass says Zorn will stay for the rest of the season, but we may see fewer offensive personnel packages over the rest of the season, because Zorn has been stripped of playcalling duties. Which is a not-so-subtle acknowledgment that Theismann is right about Zorn not being ready.


Posted by: suliman215 | October 25, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Given the fans anger toward the front office, does anyone think that Dan will actually dump Vinny (and anyone else in charge of player personnel decisions) after the season?

With fans chanting "Sell the team!" last week, you would think that eventually it would hit home.

I have heard that some are planning to chant "Fire Vinny!"

Posted by: gatorz | October 25, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Mack1...

No sucker here bro'....

Just a fan who's sick of all the pile on and want to see if Sherm Lewis can help us beat the Eagles.

Posted by: rickyroge | October 25, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

who didn't think Zorn was in over his head? He had never been an OC much less HC. To hire someone like that and not allow them the years it takes to grow into the position is another example of the desperate and rather naive approach of DS and VC. Again, I ask, Which HC would want to come here with these two idiots in charge? My answer is the same sort that would come first for the MONEY. So many FA's have and look what that buys, a group of over paid underachieving millionaires that couldn't care less.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | October 25, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Which HC would want to come here with these two idiots in charge? My answer is the same sort that would come first for the MONEY.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | October 25, 2009 11:48 AM

I want a coach who would work here for free. Or, failing that, for a very low salary. Hey, that's Jim Zorn.

Posted by: League-Source | October 25, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Just a fan who's sick of all the pile on and want to see if Sherm Lewis can help us beat the Eagles.

Posted by: rickyroge | October 25, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm a big fan to. I'm surprised that Sherm Lewis agreed to this arrangement. He could really damage his reputation. There's no way you can make a big impact after being out of the NFL for so long. He has only been here for a couple of weeks and doesn't even know the roster. I wish they had brought in Sherman Lewis during the off season. This is really a recipe for a horrendous train wreck disaster!

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | October 25, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Before anyone mentions AA, he doesn't block, he doesn't tackle, and the guy the Eagles has does. Again, almost worthless.

Posted by: periculum | October 25, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse


League_source clearly doesn't read or follow this blog or the team:

I think that was part of the problem right there. Story was, Williams wanted to pick his own OC. And his own QB. With 20-20 hindsight...

It has come to light that Snyder admitted that he couldn't get a long with the guy? Why? I speculate that he probably wasn't going to listen to a great deal many of the owner's ideas ... haven't already had to clean up the mess he made during the Spurrier years and before.

Compare Grilliams personality with Zorn's. Clearly Gibbs was the good "manager" type that acted as a buffer between "the owner" his players and hard driving coaches like grilliams.

Posted by: periculum | October 25, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The few weeks that Toddball ran it were the only few weeks the Redskins offense has been fun and exciting to watch since Trent Green ran Turners offense after that idiot Frerotte went down.

Possibly, but remember Campbell only had what amounts to a year under Saunders, after 2 years with Gibbs/Breux, whereas the rookie in Baltimore started with him ... and it looks like he may be there to stay. Given Campbell's confidence issues since he's been in the pros your point still may be valid.

Posted by: periculum | October 25, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

So, two asst. head coaches, offensive and defensive coordinators extraordinaire leave the Redskins and go to other teams and in the 2nd year are going gang busters. Meanwhile, in the 2nd year after their departure the Redskins not just in a tail-spin but a veritable death spiral.

But no credit will ever be given Joe Gibbs for the job he did in bringing them in and keeping Danny away from ... well doing the peach-keen job he has been doing as the owner completely in-charge, as opposed to the owner/GM who would defer to President/HC Joe from time-to-time. There is a MARKED difference if you think about it ...

Posted by: periculum | October 25, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

"The complicated part is developing a rhythm in selecting plays while working against the clock and dealing with the changing game situations"
Zorn never mastered this.

Posted by: jmy999 | October 26, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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