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Marion No 'Barberian' Against Skins

Marion Barber has been a beast at times in his brief NFL career, but rarely against the Redskins. Even when he was tearing up the rest of the league a year ago, the Redskins held him in check.

Barber faced the Skins in September and had what has been his lowest output of the season with eight carries for 26 yards. Against the Redskis in the last regular-season game last year, Barber ran six times for minus-6 yards, his lowest output of 2007 (he ran 15 times for 43 yards - 2.9 per carry) in the other meeting in 2007.

So in his last three games against the Skins, Barber has rushed 29 times for 63 yards, 2.17 yards per carry. That's shutting him down, totally. In 2006 Barber had some success against the Skins as an understudy to Julius Jones (eight carries for 39 yards in one game, seven rushes for 45 yards in the other), but he has yet to put up anything close to a huge outing against them.

In six career games against the Skins, Barber has 54 rushes for 177 yards (3.3 yards per carry), and one TD. Washington and Philly are tied for the lowest average per carry that Barber has produced against any NFL team that he has carried the ball against 10 times or more. (In six games against the Eagles, Barber has rushed 67 times for 222 yards - 3.3 per carry - but with four TDs.)

Overall, it's been tough sledding for Barber against the NFC East. Here's his career stats within the division, and against the rest of the NFL.

Barber vs. the NFC East
19 Games - 194 rushes for 658 yards (3.4 per carry) and 8 TDs

Barber vs. the rest of the league
34 Games - 455 rushes for 2174 yards (4.8 per carry) and 26TDs

Now, it's not surprising that he would have trouble stacking up the yards in divisional games. Few backs tear up these teams and stopping the run has long been a way of life in this division. But I found these numbers a bit startling.

How have the Skins done it, you ask? Well, they've employed sound tackling principles and generally, despite Dallas' vaunted passing attack, continued to play the run first and foremost, not afraid to deploy additional manpower around the line of scrimmage. They've also had powerful safeties like Sean Taylor and LaRon Landry creeping up to pop Barber.

Under Gregg Williams, the mode of attack was "hunting" Barber's legs, punishing him low as often as possible. They wanted to set a physical tone and whack this guy hard as often as possible early. And they wanted to hunt him in bunches, knowing it can take more than one defender to bring him down.

Through the first game with Dallas under Greg Blache those principles still applied, and I'd imagine that will be the game plan against this guy again Sunday night. With the Cowboys expecting to have Tony Romo and Felix Jones and other offensive cogs back from injuries, that should open things up for Barber at least a little bit, but he's averaged just 2.8 yards per carry over his past two games, and seemed to be in need of the bye as much as anyone.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 11, 2008; 8:30 AM ET
 
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Comments

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Posted by: poolman1200000 | November 11, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

t_e -- yeah, that's probably accurate, and best for the team. If the 'Boys don't know what to expect from our backfield, they won't be able to focus on what to do about it either.

From everything I have read from the 'Boys' blogs and news, they are definitely focused on CP, they will most likely be trying to take a page from the Steelers defensive playbook and be aggressive at the line, stop the run and put pressure on JC to make to quicker decisions. I would think that Zorn and the coaching staff know this and will be working to be ready for it.

It should be fun to see what they come up with!

Posted by: craig2 | November 11, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I also thought this was kinda funny from them:

http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/11/major-distraction-for-redskins-jason-cam.html

One of the key ways to stop guys like Barber (and Jacobs in NY) is getting hits on him before he gets going, that means penetration. We've had success with that against the 'Boys, but not so much against the G-Men. Thus, Jacobs success versus Barber's lack thereof.

Posted by: craig2 | November 11, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

No CP this week, means that the D needs to put up some points. Someone on the D needs to step up and ball out of their minds...

Having Betts healthy would be huge this week...we'll see.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 11, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

With the Cowboys expecting to have Tony Romo and Felix Jones and other offensive cogs back from injuries, that should open things up for Barber at least a little bit, but he's averaged just 2.8 yards per carry over his past two games, and seemed to be in need of the bye as much as anyone.

By Jason La Canfora | November 11, 2008; 8:30 AM ET

Dallas had all these "cogs" the first time we played them, and it didn't do them any good. The significant change is the addition of Roy Williams. Also, that dunderhead of an OC, Jason Garrett, might call a better game this time. His swift cog, Felix Jones, never touched the ball on offense.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 11, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I bet if we sign McMullen and Leigh Torrence, we'll hold Dallas to negative rush yards. At least that's what a source that has scouted the Redskins twice said!!!

Posted by: Lacantwrite | November 11, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Veterans Day Post:

To all the veterans, past and present, thanks for all that you have done and are doing today. May you always have fair winds and following seas.

Posted by: Markin21132 | November 11, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Veterans Day Post:

To all the veterans, past and present, thanks for all that you have done and are doing today. May you always have fair winds and following seas.

Posted by: Markin21132 | November 11, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse


HERE HERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: craig2 | November 11, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Dallas had all these "cogs" the first time we played them, and it didn't do them any good. The significant change is the addition of Roy Williams. Also, that dunderhead of an OC, Jason Garrett, might call a better game this time. His swift cog, Felix Jones, never touched the ball on offense.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 11, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

And their addition was "hopefully" countered very well by the acquisition of D' Hall.

It still will come down to stopping their running game. We match up well against this team, 5 of the last 7 games, let's just make it 6 of 8 and we'll all be happy.

Posted by: craig2 | November 11, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

2 things I know for sure:

1. Based on this article it's clear that JLa hates Marion Barber. (Not as much as Vinny though)

2. The Saints are an instant Super Bowl contender having picked up Leigh Torrence.

Posted by: Gweez | November 11, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Having SSprings for this game is gonna be huge. If he can neutralize TO, put Rogers on RWilliams, and then crowd the line to stop the run. Put Horton up in the box...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 11, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

bGreg -- definitely will help. But one thing I expect to see more of is "bunched WR sets" and more motion. Those are the two biggest things an offense can do to prevent good "bump coverage". That will create separation at the line and put our guys in the position of having to run with these guys more. I have a feeling we may end up seeing more of D' Hall than would seem appropriate from just coming in this week.

I think this game may shape up to be a game in which Landry will really be tested because the 'Boys are going to get creative in an attempt to free up TO and RW.

Posted by: craig2 | November 11, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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