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Zorn Points to Offensive 'Miscommunication'

I got a lot of emails about the shoddy pass protection Sunday. Jason Campbell was sacked four times and pounded on a few others, and though they were playing at home, the Skins chalked a lot of it up to "miscommunication." Very odd, with no crowd going nuts with your offense on the field.

Jim Zorn spoke about a few of those instances, and he is of the mind that those problems are correctable.

"We had a protection when our tackle, Jon Jansen, was on the right guy and our back came out and tried to block his guy," Zorn said, "and we had a guy come inside and the back should have stepped outside and popped him.

"We had another call on third-and-one. Jason got sacked on third-and-one, we had a call that created a miscommunication between the line and the backs. And everything is working in choreography between the line and the backs and we didn't communicate well and we got sacked. It was those kinds of things; it wasn't, 'Oh, my gosh, their scheme was so incredibly incredible that it really fooled us.'"

There were too many times when the Skins appeared simply overpowered by the blitz, with the Rams' linebackers roaming too freely. I still can't believe the Skins didn't take more deep shots against that depleted secondary - the inability of Devin Thomas or Malcolm Kelly to make plays was huge - even with Santana Moss doubled. Not being able to keep Campbell on his feet for stretches certainly had something to do with that, and the Browns will pose a much more serious inside rush this week, with some tackles who can really blow things up and get to the backfield.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 14, 2008; 9:05 AM ET
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Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 14, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

rapid posters

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Jim Zorn is incredibly incredible!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

So the g-men lost to the browns.... got dominated... lost by 3 TD's... couldnt stop their suddenly fluent passing attack minus winslow at TE... their back up TE (whose name eludes me because he is the browns backup TE) couldnt be stopped... not even with antonio "im still holding a grudge against the Skins for letting me go thinking they could replace me with a cheaper alternative and think Im the sh!t" pierce. Now the Skins secondary is a few steps above the g-mens... so whats gona happen? Suddenly another one of these "easy wins" before the steelers and rematch with little d doesnt look so much of an "easy win". Maybe this will wake this team up and prepare like they did for little d and philly (notice how i never capitalize nfc east opponents? I recommend you try it, feels good).

Posted by: TonyButterFingersHomo1 | October 14, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

What happened to Moss? Yeah, really. 2 catches the last 2 weeks after what he did the first 4 games is not so good. Well, teams have been double and triple covering him. Just like theyve done most of the time he's been here (minus last year when he was hurt and couldnt make plays like he can when hes healthy). So when JC finally got a chance to hit him, Moss dropped at least one he should have caught. Maybe he's rusty from not catching much for 2 games. But a pro WR of his caliber should make those catches. Its not all his fault. The other WR's cant seem to help him. And Cooley is not a WR. ARE is not a #2 WR. He is a 3rd WR at best in the slot. Hes too small and weak. ARE is quick, but does not have the top end speed like Moss. And hes not physical enough to be a #2 wether its split end or flanker. They need #11 to step up and get JC's confidence to throw his way more. Thats the main thing #11 needs to do. Gain the guy whose throwing you the balls confidence. Of course he must show he can run the correct routes in practice and on game film. Oh, and not PI every time he gets on the field. This is the only way Moss continues his incredible start to this season. Its on the rook. Not ARE, not Cooley. #11.

Posted by: TonyButterFingersHomo1 | October 14, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Now don't go out making Jim Zorn the next Chuck Norris yet there Mr. Truth.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Sinorice Moss caught his first two career touchdowns against the Seahawks last Sunday. And Monday night, he rested. Moss, the Giants' third-year wide receiver, was inactive for the game against the Browns. Rookie Mario Manningham was dressed in Moss' place. It's the third time Moss has been a healthy scratch this year, so what's the big deal? Well, the trading deadline is Tuesday. So did the Giants have a trade worked out for Moss and did they want to make sure he didn't injure himself? Perhaps they had a trade worked out with the Chiefs for tight end Tony Gonzalez? If they did, general manager Jerry Reese wasn't talking. The Giants' interest in Gonzalez appears to be mild at best. It seems they'd be willing to take him at a bargain price (reports are they've offered a sixth-round pick while Kansas City is looking for a first-day pick) but won't make a big push for him. After all, they didn't trade one pass-catching tight end (Jeremy Shockey) only to add another one who isn't as good of a blocker. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor was incredibly incredible on a bad day.

Posted by: Original_etrod | October 14, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Jim Zorn isn't the next Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris was the previous Jim Zorn.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

and the Browns will pose a much more serious inside rush this week, with some tackles who can really blow things up and get to the backfield. JLC

Its not some tackles, its one nose guard Sean Rogers you will know when you see him because he takes up the entire screen, field/ whatever medium you are seeing him on/through.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 14, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

We need a guy like that. Big FAT dude who can build a head of steam fast.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: poolman1200000 | October 14, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

"...the inability of Devin Thomas or Malcolm Kelly to make plays was huge."

Kind of hard for Kelly to make plays when he is inactive. Just wanted to point that out to our "Redskins insider"...

Posted by: hender_22 | October 14, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"We need a guy like that. Big FAT dude who can build a head of steam fast."

SenDerrick Marks - Auburn DT

Draft him and put him next to Cornelius and watch our defense manhandle people.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | October 14, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Ya, we really need Devin Thomas to step up and become a playmaker. Otherwise teams will continue to take Santana out of games.

Posted by: marleyb313 | October 14, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Zorn needs to get Devin Thomas involved in the offense because it's clear teams will let Cooley and Randel-El make their 10-15 yard catches since they aren't going to beat you deep. Even if Campbell takes a shot or two up top to Thomas who will be in single coverage, it might open up things a bit for Moss who is being covered by two guys on every play. It also might be a good idea to get Moss involved through some WR screens or reverses so that he has some involvement in the offense. Good teams figure out how to get the ball to their playmakers even if the defense is keying to stop them.

Cleveland's defense looked very impressive last night and we can't count on CP to put up another 120+ yard effort without Betts to spell him. There weakness is supposed to be in the secondary but you wouldn't have known it from all of the bad decisions made by Manning last night. Don't see JC throwing three picks including one that was taken to the house.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 14, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

All of a sudden next week's game against Cleveland ain't looking that easy. They looked awfully inspired last night. I'm scared for Sunday to get here all of a sudden. Someone tell me it's going to be ok....

Posted by: Cobain | October 14, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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