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The Monday rundown and reading list

The new play-calling system the Redskins have installed will be in use tonight when the Philadelphia Eagles play Washington at FedEx Field. As Rick Maese writes, glitches are not unanticipated.

Lewis has had less than three weeks to learn the terminology of Zorn's offense. One wrong word -- just a few seconds -- could spell disaster. And Zorn knows that another voice on the line -- his own -- could delay the entire process.
"When you're a play-caller, you're concentrating. I'm not going to be chiming in, going, 'Oh, my gosh,' " Zorn said. "Or 'Did you really just call that?' or 'Hey, that's a great call, way to go.' I'm just going to keep quiet."
The complicated part is developing a rhythm in selecting plays while working against the clock and dealing with the changing game situations. Lewis will have to be aware of down and distance, available personnel and potential defensive matchups.
"That's play-calling right there," Smith said. "The biggest thing that's got to happen, since it's going from A to B to C, [Lewis is] going to have to have the plays real fast."
Of the potential for delay-of-game penalties, Smith said, "I'll tell you, that's possible."

The weather report

The Capital Weather Gang has a pretty, pretty good forecast for tonight, climatologically speaking.

Chats on tap

Cindy Boren will chat at 3 p.m. today. Paul Tenorio will have the Redskins OT chat immediately after the game.

The lineup tonight

Follow @RedskinsInsider, @HyperSkins, @RickMaese, @JReidPost, @barrysvrluga, @traceehamilton on Twitter from FedEx Field. ... For mobile alerts, text "Redskins" to 98999.

The reading list

Steve Hendrix writes about the Redskins and their fan base. ... On the Philly side, DeSean Jackson will have extra incentive tonight, Les Bowen writes. ... Is Brian Westbrook becoming, as Bob Ford writes, an afterthought on the Eagles' offense?

By Cindy Boren  |  October 26, 2009; 7:37 AM ET
 
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Comments

oh well here we go

Posted by: cosmiccatnip1 | October 26, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

This will never work

Posted by: scottmando | October 26, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

watched a few games yesterday, and came away with this:

1. teams run WR screens and the redskins don't, and I can't understand this. Welker, guy from the Giants, Harvin from the Vikes, the pats probably do this the best, but it needs to be part of the Redskins offense.

2. Watched a segment on NFL Live about the plays after portis's 78 yd run. Fade to ARE in the end zone, throw to DT who is triple covered, the play calling can't get worse can it??

hoping for the best tonight, however......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 26, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

How often do the pre-game shows talk about a dysfunctional front office and what a mess the team is? I think that will be the most interesting part of tonight's game.

Posted by: charley42 | October 26, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

From the Maese article:

"The protections take care of itself," Smith said
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I lol'd

Posted by: REXskins | October 26, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

"...teams run WR screens and the redskins don't..."

They ran it a lot last year to Moss, but teams shut it down.

However, if Moss is moved around, it becomes hard to stop the 'smoke' or 'bubble' screen.

I'd like to see more play action off the stretch where Campbell fakes to Portis going right, then throws to a tight end dragging underneath or Moss/Thomas running a post-corner route to the back side of the play.

I'd also like to see play action off the 'iso lead' and Betts running the 'counter sweep' with both guards pulling is a nice play.

Again: I'm really interested in how Lewis calls things tonite.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 26, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

This play-calling scheme will make us the Three Stooges of the NFL. Larry, Moe, and Curly all shouting in the ear of a not-too-bright QB. Hilarity ensues!

The tragic part: with so many bad teams this year, the Skins are even blowing their chance at a top draft pick. If the draft was today, they'd pick 8th or 9th. Weird.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | October 26, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

moe, throw it to someone other than moss, do something different, you know what I'm saying, change up the offense that's scoring 12 points a game...throw a slant to kelly, do SOMETHING....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 26, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Great article about Williams yesterday. The Saints defense is dramatically improved and they all say it started with Williams "in your face" attitude and his challenging his players to actual step-up or be replaced.

We need someone like that in this organization. We need someone to tell Portis to either get the SJK out there during practice or he can sit on the pine watching the game on Sundays/Mondays. This whole medium thing is BS. We need someone with gusto and passion who will bust your balls when you don't perform.

F Snyder for letting him go. F Cerrato. F them all. I can't wait to hear ESPN blast the ownership and management of this team tonight . . . they deserve it!

Posted by: sjw1 | October 26, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Grilliams gave up 34 points yesterday.

There's NO WAY we could score the way we would need to with his D system.

I'm thankful for his years here, but I don't think we needed him any longer. We need to go forward, not back.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 26, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

moe, throw it to someone other than moss, do something different, you know what I'm saying, change up the offense that's scoring 12 points a game...throw a slant to kelly, do SOMETHING....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 26, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to see a couple out routes to Kelly

A few slants to Devin Thomas.

A fade to Marko Mitchell.

A few go routes to Devin Thomas.

We need to use the sidelines and throw deep more often.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 26, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Throwing deep is not an option with our o-line unless you're talking about a hail mary, or a similar pass where Campbell doesn't know if the guy is covered but he lofts it up there anyway. He simply doesn't have time to let that develop.

Posted by: REXskins | October 26, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

pa, agreed, just watching other offenses makes me green with envy...heck, I mean, the Panthers despite losing put up over 400 yards yesterday....I want this to work, mostly so that JZ will have to eat a little humble pie on the play calling portion of this....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 26, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Williams defense gave up 34 points to the Dolphins.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 26, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

saints offense is really, really good....they just move the ball at will on guys....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 26, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

bean

"...throw it to someone other than moss..."

I like how the Browns traded Edwards to the j-e-t-s.

I'd trade Santana Moss in a heartbeat to get some picks--and we need picks, even if the picker (Vinny) sucks.

If we could get a 3rd rounder for Moss, I'd take it with a smile.

That means I'm drafting Spiller or Locker, then using picks 2 and 3 on linemen.

The best way to use Moss is as trade bait.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 26, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

The article on fan antipathy his a chord close to home. No Redskins paraphenelia, no attending games, no giving Snyder one cent of my har-earned money until he sells the team. I want to see them win, and if they somehow beat Philly tonight, I will be very happy about it. But there is no way that Dan gets my $$ until he either sells or changes his approach to running the team. firing Vinny might be enough.

Focus on drafting well for the big guys is the only LT solution. the o-line is an embarrassment - especially now without Samuels. And I am still irked that he gave Deion $8M in our collective salary cap money. The prices charged for the games have no linkage to quality product and there has been no measurable improvement in the logistics of getting us in and out of the stadium in a decade - only more nickel and diming on parking. I had season tickets which I let lapse three years ago and I have not missed them one bit. Trust me, neither will you when you make the right call and get yourself a big flat screen or projector for far less money than the tickets to 2 losses.

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 26, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

moe, little too late for that now.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 26, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Tonight's game should be a head-scatcher, like that NWA flight that overshot its destination last week before the cockpit crew came around.

There'll be enough chatter about play-calling going on that the coaching staff no doubt will "lose situational awareness."

Whoops, there goes that Eagle right past FDX on its way to victory....

Posted by: Xlnt | October 26, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Reading that Grilliams article makes me sad. Maybe the second G really was for Genius. Maybe we'd have a real O playcaller had he been hired.

Unfortunately he's also an Egotistical A-hole. I guess there is only room for one of those in this org.

Posted by: Gweez | October 26, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

correction - the Saints DEFENSE only gave up 27 points..

Posted by: charley42 | October 26, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Throwing deep is not an option with our o-line unless you're talking about a hail mary, or a similar pass where Campbell doesn't know if the guy is covered but he lofts it up there anyway. He simply doesn't have time to let that develop.

Posted by: REXskins | October 26, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

The speed rush usually comes from Stephon Heyer's side. You can roll Campbell out to the right and leave Portis in to block. You can make it happen. Big ben does it all the time. You have to understand that there will be interceptions thrown but there will also be touchdowns. We have a good defense we should use it. I'd rather throw a deep interception and try for a TD than go 3 and out and give them the ball in the same place on a punt.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 26, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Who cares how many points they gave up.

Saints are 6-0. Hello! You play to win the game. You play to win the game.

The Saints need one more win to match last seasons record and personnel is significantly different how exactly?

Name 3 players on that saints d. He's make chicken salad out of chicken ish.

Posted by: Gweez | October 26, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen of the church, please join me in a moment of prayer for our Skins' that they come out of this game destroyed, humiliated, and Vinny Cerrato gets the boot for such a ridiculous decision in hiring "Bingo" Lewis to do play calling.

Please Lord let Synder hit rock bottom for treating the Skins' as a business venture and not a football team.

Please allow Mike Holmgren to join our team as GM and Mike Shanahan as head coach and not "Chucky" Gruden.

Our Father, please draft us an Offensive Lineman (1st), Running back (2nd), Quarterback (3rd), and 4 new cornerbacks and/or Offensive Linemen from somewhere in the Big Ten or SEC. Please let the Skins' understand that top tier talent comes from conferences that play rivalries every weekend and not from Northern Iowa (Chad Reinhart).

Finally, heavenly Father, please show Synder that we (fans) are sympathetic and forgiving as long as the decisions made by upper management are truthful. We don't mind wrong decisions but when the decisions had/have red flags and you gamble on it anyway against good judgment (i.e. Mike Williams, Chad Reinhart, Mr. Hall's new contract, 3 second round picks on receivers, Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, Adam Archuleta, Brandon (I had one spectacular catch as a 49er) Lloyd, releasing Ryan Clark, etc...).

HTTR

Skubsnax pronounced Scoo - B - Snacks

Posted by: Skubsnax | October 26, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm not ragging on Grilliams. I'm saying his system doesn't work here - with this ultra low scoring O. 27, 34 doesn't matter - if he's not holding a team to 14, he's not getting wins on this team - under JG 2.0 or Zoron.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 26, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Meep meep.

Posted by: Original_etrod | October 26, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Remember folks, only after Greg Blache blamed himself for the defense, Jim Zorn came forward and blamed himself for the offense. Prior to that time, he was quoted as saying he does not call plays to fail and blamed execution. He not once blamed himself until Blache did. The biggest problem is Jim Zorn. We should see a more varied offense tonight.

Posted by: getitritegov | October 26, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The complicated part is developing a rhythm in selecting plays while working against the clock and dealing with the changing game situations. Lewis will have to be aware of down and distance, available personnel and potential defensive matchups.
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The Skins would be better off having Rube Goldberg design the play-calling scheme.
This is like the bartender on the Titanic saying, "Well, at least we have enough ice."

Posted by: InRealAmerica | October 26, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Again: I'm really interested in how Lewis calls things tonite.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 26, 2009 8:32 AM

So really, its still the basic Zorn playbook ... but maybe with a different sequence to get rhythms? So far, there has clearly been a rhythm getting problem ... arrhythmia?

Question: Is Samuels on the IR yet so that they can activate Marko Mitchell?

At the midpoint here, because everything likely will change in about six weeks, I'd like to take a bow for my offseason pimping about how the Saints were going to rule the roost this season. I'd like to thank the Academy, my agent Vera, and, of course, Eli Manning's Week Six performance (also known as Weak Six).

Though I know that people started committing hari kari up here after the low point margin wins against the Rams and the Buccs, I want to take this opportunity to remind people that a one point win counts as a "W" and such a win tonight would merit sacrifice of a family jewel.

Posted by: dcsween | October 26, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I agree Dik,

The team wouldn't be significantly different from a def. perspective. I think the fact that Grilliams would have hired an O coord. with playcalling experience or at least had someone on the offensive staff with PC experience would have made a huge difference.

It's inexcusable to hire a HC/OC/PC and not insist on having someone, SOMEONE on the staff who had called a game before. That is on Zorn, Vinny and Dan. Elementary.

Posted by: Gweez | October 26, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

let's hope GIRG!

I'm actually kinda psyched. Goin' to the game w/ my dad.

Hail!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 26, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Will be interesting if a 4th down situation arises. If Zorn says go does he wait for S. Lewis to develop a play? Divided authority rarely works, especially when imposed from above. Sadly, the off-field machinations have bcome the main focus of attention for this team. The game itself is an afterthought. Vinny's radio show is far more entertaining. AFter last week's incoherent babble you wonder how long he will stay on the air. At some point you would think someone would tell him to just shut up. Maybe Snyder figures better him than me. For grins someone should count the number of "you knows" and "obviously" from Vinny.

Posted by: SackMan | October 26, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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