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Looking At Sunday

As we all seem to have said up here at one point or another this week, there is no excuse for not taking care of business Sunday. This is pretty much a must win game, or as much as one can be for early November. The Redskins need to expunge memories of last week ASAP and exert their will on the Jets from the first snap. If this drags into the typical weird, down-to-the-wire Redskins game then I don't fancy their chances at The Meadowlands, which is not kind to Washington.

Attack this weak secondary (the rookie CB, Revis, looks like he will be very good but all young corners generally struggle) . Yes you may turn the ball over once or twice, but you're doing that anyway without any threat of a deep ball the past three weeks. More of the 20-30 yard crossing stuff to Cooley and McCardell (should anyone deem him worthy of being on the field). At least launch a few 50 yards down the sidelines to Moss and Randle and make the defense feel pressured for a change.

On defense, it's time to release the hounds and switch back into the Cover-1 and Cover-0 from time to time. Make Kellen Clemens sweat and by all means don't let him get comfortable dinking and dunking against a deep shell. LaRon Landry should be given at least 4-5 chances to attack the QB from the edge. I like Chris Wilson's chances from the opposite side on a few third downs as well.

Let's remember, that the New York Jets have played half of a football season and rank 30th in offense and 29th in defense. All of this wishy-washy close game stuff needs to go out the window. Don't make them feel better about themselves than they deserve to. Don't give them a reason to think this is going to be a game. Come out firing on both sides of the ball with an aggressive game plan and have faith that your superior talent can carry the day.

Yes, anything can happen on any given Sunday - it's a horrible cliché, but it's also essentially true - but often only if you let it. New York ranks 20th or worse in every offense category except third-down conversions. The defense is 26th or worse in every category of note except average allowed per rush (17th - another reason not try force the run game beyond the norm) and interception percentage (22nd).

Now, from the flip side, if I'm the Jets I guess I try to play off the fact that Clemens is an unknown and I move him around a bit and try a few gadgets that might give the defense pause. He has a bigger arm than Pennington, so obviously you try to exploit that as well. I try to spread it when possible and attack underneath, especially if Springs is not in the slot anymore with Carlos now hurt. Not having Coles, if that's the case, is crippling, and if he somehow does play despite that concussion last week, then I want him on Leigh Torrence every time the young CB is on the field.

I think the Jets' greatest chance to make this a game comes on defense, which, again is obvious given the state of Washington's offense. The Pats 3-4 front gave the Skins problems last week, particularly the LBs. The stunts were troublesome, Jason Campbell admitted he was thrown off a time or two by the unusual look and it was clear the right side of the line had issues with blocking assignments and interior responsibilities as well.

Mangini is a Belichick disciple - even if they probably hate each other's guts now - and few people should be better inclined to pick through the carnage of Washington's offense then he is. His defense is an offshoot of Belichick's and he had to see some stuff on film last week that made him lick his chops. Now, the gulf in talent and production between New England's unit and Mangini's is roughly equivalent to the all-encompassing volume of A-Fraud's ego, but nevertheless he should have a trick or two to try to rattle young JC.

Another member of the staff there has a pretty good insight into JC as well. Jets WR coach Noel Mazzone was Cambpell's first offensive coordinator at Auburn and among the coaches who recruited him there. You would have to think the defensive coaches picked Mazzone's brains as much as possible for any little tidbits that might help their game plan.

Randoms: I like the Pats big this week ... The Jets took Clemens in the second round in 2006 with a draft pick they acquired from the Redskins in a draft day trade in 2006 when Washington moved up to draft LB Rocky McIntosh ... As usual, will be on Washington Post Live on Comcast from 5-6, where host Russ Thaler will be sure to read any insulting email you might send my way. So by all means have fun with that ... Did you know that Teddy Atlas, former trainer of Mike Tyson and other bigtime fighters (this is back before Iron Miek was eating ears) is on the Jets staff as - special assistant, boxing. He worked with the team on Monday's during OTAs on boxing during strength and conditioning sessions. Manginius is an outside the box dude, and has tried stuff like practice while a bit of the old Ludwig van was blaring through the speakers, as some studies show that kind stimulate the brain and body ...

If there is any big news on back-up C Mike Pucillo or any other significant injury update I will post it after practice, otherwise have a great weekend and enjoy the game.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 2, 2007; 12:21 PM ET
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Posted by: bigfish | November 2, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Macaca_Johnson | November 2, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Excellent job Jasno. Thanks!

I doubt Cambell's first OC at Auburn will help out too much. He was just coming out of HS plus that was what - like 6 OC's ago for Soup?

Posted by: bigfish | November 2, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Nice update, Jasno. Now if we can just get all the players to stretch out their hammies & groins before stepping on the field!!!

Posted by: Alan4 | November 2, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Skins by 40!

[not a prediction but a mantra]

in all of Gibbs career he has only won by more than 40 twice - D. Green running down Dickerson in the playoffs and opening day against the Lions the last time they went to the super bowl.


btw concur with jssno

Stumped, check out Sopcast and for the schedule.

Skins by 40!

Posted by: bangkokben | November 2, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Off to bed for real. Must shorten daylight savings time.

Skins by 40!

F Chicken Little!

Posted by: bangkokben | November 2, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SMACK1 | November 2, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

This weekend I am unofficially a Philanapington Eacolskins fan. I would also like to see the Chiefs beat the Packers.

Posted by: bigfish | November 2, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I think this weekend, pretty much everyone is a Clots fan.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 2, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I want Dungy to show Belichick just how badly he misses the point, and that you truly don't have to be a pr1ck to be a winner. Win or lose, Dungy carries himself the way a coach should.

Regardless though, it's hard to see this being anything other than "AFC Championship game 1: playing for home advantage".

Posted by: Redcoat | November 2, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Never know. There's always injuries and the Jaguars.

Posted by: bigfish | November 2, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Where'd everybody go?

Posted by: Redcoat | November 2, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"How will Washington respond after last week's loss? Will Jason Campbell exploit the Jets pass defense like other young quarterbacks have been able to do? How many Washington running backs will break the 100-yard mark? Will the Redskin pass defense give new starter Kellen Clemens a tough time? Which Jet is next to be wearing a Washington uniform?"

"Jersey watch (defense): The Jets better keep their heads on a swivel for #21 (Taylor) or they may be looking around the turf for missing teeth and other body parts."

Posted by: bigfish | November 2, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

RC, preach it brother, preach it. I hope that Dungy comes out on top in this game, I cannot STAND the pats fans in this area.

We need to win, but we need to win in a DOMINANT fashion. The Team's checklist for this game needs to be:

Over 400 yards offense
Over 30 points
Over 150 yards rushing
4-5 sacks
2-3 picks

I know a win will be great, but honestly, we need to start to put some distance between us and them in some of these games. If we go up big at halftime, KEEP CHUCKING IT.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | November 2, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

By the way Greg, how can you NOT be a Fins fan with a name like Marino!?!?

Posted by: Redcoat | November 2, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Whats up today? Its S-L-O-W!

No one seems to really give two craps about the Jets game. I'm not surprised. As Nate said shortly before his brief departure, (Nate come home) this is going to be a ugly game. Both offenses appear to be inept at this point. JLa made a good comment when he pointed out the Jets are 8 games in and are ranked 28 and 29 in both offense and defense. The skins are running behind the cut and paste line, and can't get the receivers involved. I just can't understand, why doesn't the team call more 4-wide and spread formations. This is a pass first league now, that is how you set up the run. To be honest, I always seen it that way. Call 80% pass plays through the first 3.5 quarters, 55-60% of those would be in a spread formation. In other words, STRECTH THE D! Then after 3.5 quarters of chasing our faries we call receivers, I think the opposing defense will be tired. Why was it traditional for teams to try and establish the run first? Is it because in todays game players are faster, stronger, and overall more athletic?


Posted by: RedDMV | November 2, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Jason's post was too positive - it chased all the Negative Nellies away.

Posted by: tafka | November 2, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Thomas Jones should get about 25 carries Sunday. The Redskins haven't really been tested against the leagues better runners. Well, they did go up against Westbrook(?), Edege, and Ronnie Brown. Does anyone think they're better than Thomas Jones?

Posted by: RedDMV | November 2, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

With the exception of Westbrook.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 2, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

no tafka. we didn't get chased away. it's just hard to believe that something about the team was written. i was looking for another article that jasno and sally had devised to put down the Skins.

Posted by: carymowerandsaw | November 2, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Until Soup turns into Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or someone like that we can't expect them to pass 80% of the time. He hasn't exactly been Mr Accurate yet. Give it time.

Posted by: bigfish | November 2, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

That was a much better post by JLC. It's point out the good and the bad but not in the negative spirit of some of his other posts.

They better bring back the lust for mayhem this week. If those lose to the Jets I will be done for the season and pray for a coach change.

Posted by: jm220 | November 2, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: bigfish | November 2, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

This game is about one man and one man only: Joe Jackson Gibbs.

The shameless, classless pundits (Heller at the Times, Shapiro at the Post, Czaban at Sportstalk980) have all done slightly more than just trash Gibbs this week. They have called for him to retire.

Never in 16 years as head coach of the Redskins has Gibbs been so utterly disrespected as he has this week. Never. Not in 04. Not in 06. Not ever.

Expect a return to Redskins football on Sunday. Expect both Portis and Betts to have big games. Expect the Redskins to score early and often. Expect the Redskins to win one for the Gibber. And expect embarrassment from Heller, Shapiro, and Czaban to shut up about Gibbs retiring come next week...

Posted by: gerstenrc | November 2, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

My guess is the Redskins won't be overly concerned with T. Jones. With Coles out and Mangini's game-planning based on last week's NE debacle, look for Williams to counter with Cover-3 and Landry close to the box, handling rushers and blitzing the rookie QB.

Posted by: tafka | November 2, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

RC, LOL, yeah, I get that question lot. Alas, no, he's no relation of mine. I was a fan of his however, back in the day.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | November 2, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

oops, wait. there was a back-handed comment about a 40 year old receiver that was brought in for depth not playing.

Posted by: carymowerandsaw | November 2, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse are on to something... it is a passing league most good offense now use the throw or threat of the throw to set up the run ....idea being to spread out the D....get a lead and run latter in the game the end of the game you end up pretty balanced but it might be more pass than run early and the opposite late.

seantizzy you may be on to something also thats is the fit for the offense betts vs portis....betts maybe better ....not a better back but a better fit which is saying he is a better back....I'll repeat Portis is much different than i thought he was" he really has no feel for the holes or creases stops his feet to cut and just generally doesn"t see it quick enough....Betts does a better job of making the slight adjustment to where the hole actually is as opposed to wear its supposed to he is 20 pounds heavier so when he runs down hill there is more going down the hill.... the real problem with the running game however is the passing game specifically game Moss involved 15/20yds downfield...fix that and you will see the running game improve with either Portis or Betts....just one man's opinion....

Posted by: Oldschool | November 2, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Jason must have played Madden last night - that's the only explanation for this nonsense posting.

"Yes you may turn the ball over once or twice", but who's counting. "At least launch a few 50 yards down the sidelines" - doesn't matter that your QB can't complete one of those passes.

"On defense, it's time to release the hounds and switch back into the Cover-1 and Cover-0 from time to time." Who cares that our defense has been ranked number 1 in the NFC most of the year. Scrap that strategy, because we had a bad game against the best team in football. Lets completely go away from everything we do.

Great analysis, Jason. Couldn't have done it better myself.

Posted by: tedunni1 | November 2, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

We Gotta beat the Jets JOE JACKSON STYLE!! Gibbs dont have JACKSON as a middle name for nothing.

Give that Joe Jackson whippin!!!

Posted by: signicolls_03 | November 2, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Ah, San Antonio, DFW, Houston - the trifecta! Now if we can just find someone in Austin to join us!

I'm here visiting my brother and his family in Austin. I've ensured the wife packed the full compliment of Redskins apparel for the family to wear tomorrow to Sea World in San Antonio. Showin' our Burgundy and Gold pride - can't wait for the nasty looks!!!

Posted by: john.eiden | November 2, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

FYI: john.eiden is the true identity of relatively newbie blogger, skinz57

Posted by: skinz57 | November 2, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Mangini will pick the Skins' offense apart.....simply because he coached with Belichick? Are you kidding? THAT is your analysis?

Nonfootball guy covering the Skins' beat -- outstanding.

Posted by: eppard03 | November 2, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

" I like the Pats big this week ..."

Big surprise, JLC!


An anonymous source has it, you did some job searching last week in Boston, another BIG surprise!

I think Belicheat's sphincter is cutting off oxygen to your brain, pull your head out of his Arse already!

Posted by: filmchis | November 2, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

It should not take a beat-down to get this team ready to play. Rallying around Gibbs is not a long-term solution. Gibbs is facing the same type of criticism that Parcells and other retired and then re-cycled coaches have faced. There is no rule against columnists and pundits communicating their opinions regarding the team's coaching, leadership and front office (or lack thereof)just because it is Joe Gibbs. As long as the opinions are couched respectfully, they need to be heard. At the end of the day, it's all about winning and the Skins have not been able to do that consistently for the last 15 years. The expectations were sky-high when Gibbs returned and rightfully so based on past history. But that just makes the losing even more insufferable and gut-wrenching.

This is a trap game for the Skins. They have suffered humiliations and beat-downs in this stadium for years and the Jets have nothing to lose at this point. If the mindset of the team is to survive another tough opponent, Monday will be ugly. There once was a day when you knew in your gut what would happen - the Skins would take care of business and exert their will on the opponent. Now, it's just more questions and hope rather than confidence. Very depressing.

Posted by: i155133 | November 3, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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