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More Plays Go Davis' Way

Jason Reid reports:

Although he had no receptions, rookie tight end Fred Davis was much more involved in the game plan this week.

Davis lined up as a wide receiver in a four-receiver set and Jim Zorn ran plays for Davis. "It was a real good feeling just to be able to get out there and play. It was a lot more fun," Davis said. "I just knew the first day we started, back on Wednesday, I had a lot more plays in practice.

"You just have to be ready when the opportunity comes. It takes some time to get adjusted, but now I'm ready. I've seen enough now. I'm ready to go. I'm working on my blocking every day. I was more of a pass-catching tight end in college. Now, I'm trying to be the best all-around. Just like Chris" Cooley.

...

Running back Shaun Alexander had eight yards on three rushes in his Redskins debut. "He did okay," running backs coach Stump Mitchell said. "He missed one read on a run play, but this is his first time, first week here, hopefully he'll get better and he'll be able to help us more next week."

By Cindy Boren  |  October 19, 2008; 10:11 PM ET
 
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Comments

First!

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Haven't done that in a while.


The Seattle Seahawks are not a very good fubbal team.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Freakzilla:

What site do you use to watch Redskins games for $10 a month?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 19, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Glad you asked.

The home team expects to feel a certain vibe from the crowd, and expects to really really like playing at home.

There is something about the stadium, FedEx, whether it is the fact that noise is frequently piped in (fake), or knowing that they are not playing in the CITY, I don't know. I have a feeling of what it is...but the vibe of the stadium is not sufficiently motivating the players.

Giving up RFK was giving up a major major part of their identity. Can you recover from that?

I don't know.

Posted by: slats999 | October 19, 2008 7:25 PM

Yep, these guys, WHO WERE Between 0 and 8 when RFK was relevant just cant identify with 92,000 screaming for them. Real solid assessment. Anyone that thinks the fans that go to the games arent giving their all and the TEAM is not playing to win BECAUSE they are at Fed Ex, just keep watching from your mothers plastic covered couch. We got this...

Posted by: Club320 | October 19, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I know Zorn is a creative play caller, but should we really be running Fred Davis on a reverse?!

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | October 19, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Probably not a play that goes to Davis' strength's, but this kid was an absolute beast in college. Once he catches up with the speed of the NFL game, we'll have the best TE duo in the league. Period.

Posted by: rich20ssu | October 19, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Back to the punting game real quick - afterall we saw like 16 of them total this afternoon - the more I think about, the more I'm intrigued by that Aussie technique of hitting the ball on the nose. Could we get a bit more of a history lesson of where the heck that technique came from? And how it works - like, maybe just a bit, the physics behind it - Why doesn't the ball just hit the punter in the facemask, or go backwards?

Posted by: Josh7 | October 19, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Skins1 you should see the girls' fans at their web site (dallascowboys.com). They are calling for Cowher! What a bunch of sad losers.

Posted by: Skins930 | October 19, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Nope, to do that we'd have to know somebody that knows or has seen Australian Rules football Up Here.
Guess we'll just have to guess that it was developed as a way to kick the ball without spilling beer.

Posted by: daggar | October 19, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Can we give some serious props to Carlos Rogers? This dude is a pro bowler this season no doubt!

Skins Pro Bowlers today:

Portis (obviously)
Moss (obviously)
Fletcher (no doubt)
Rogers (no doubt)
Samuels (borderline)
Campbell (borderline)
Springs (borderline due to injuries)
Cooley (borderline)
Kendall (sleeper)

Posted by: rich20ssu | October 19, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

rich, don't forget Sellers!

Posted by: Skins930 | October 19, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Davis did not look comfortable running the ball... it almost looked like a fake run/pass at 1st. Then it looked like a loss of 4 yards.

Posted by: Dorf | October 19, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Great lead blocker, drops too many passes for my taste.

Posted by: rich20ssu | October 19, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Josh, it's much the same as a Drop Kick (I think that's what you guys call it) except that you make contact before it hits the ground. It's become the most commonly used kick in Aussie Rules, because it's more accurate, far easier to excecute on the run, and in a game like Aussie Rules where the recipient is more often than not, running towards the ball, not with the flight, it's much easier to catch. The draw back to it, is that it generally doesn't travel as far, because you're not making contact with the 'meat' of the ball, which you are on a standard style punt, which we call a 'torpedo'.

Posted by: kost52 | October 19, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Sellers, Randy Thomas, Chris Horton, and Laron Landry have serious shots as well at the pro bowl.

I felt like Zorn regressed today as a playcaller. He called a similar game to the Giants game earlier this year. This may have been due to Campbell's knock earlier in the game, and if that's the case, then I'd say it's ok. But if it wasn't, if it seems like this is how he wants to win from now on, I'm giving a big "no" vote to that. We're going to have to be aggressive at some points during the season, and if we continue to give Portis 25+ carries a game, he's going to burn out towards the end of the season.

Posted by: spizzle | October 19, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and it's called a Drop Punt.

Posted by: kost52 | October 19, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

"Right now, the Cowboys are generating all the heat of a rain-soaked book of matches. If you're wondering if Jones' team is in serious trouble, they are. Any more frail and they'd break into tears."

haha...now onto the giants

Posted by: Brian_P_McConnell | October 19, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Sox fans... congrats, Rays fans (we gotta have some Rays fans out there, right?)...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 19, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: chrislarry | October 19, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Freakzilla:

What site do you use to watch Redskins games for $10 a month?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 19, 2008 10:23 PM


www.streamtvnow.tv

I suggest not waiting until game day to sign up, because you'll need to install some software first, and it can take a little bit of troubleshooting to get things running smoothly. Some people have no problems and are up and running in no time. Took me about an hour of troubleshooting, but there's good support info on the site. And I did it on a Saturday night, so I didn't miss anything on Sunday.

I've watched 4 of the last 5 games this way (Dallas was on TV out here), and really have no complaints, especially for the money. $7.50 per month, $9.50 after the fee from the credit card processor.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

freak, that site must be of dubious legality....

Posted by: chrislarry | October 19, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

It is definitely of dubious legality, but it's based offshore, so I'm not sure there's anything the League can do about it. And the legality argument probably doesn't apply to consumers, only to the business itself. So, if it works, use it! :-)

It's only a matter of time before the League grants DirecTV the Internet rights to NFL games anyhow. I would expect the price to be somewhere around the cost of NFL Sunday Ticket + 5 months of basic DirecTV service so that there's sufficient barrier to prevent cannibalization of DirecTV sales.

DirecTV already streams games over the Internet for its existing NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers. The technology is there (and it works fabulously).

Posted by: PDiddy | October 19, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

freakzilla, whatever happened to your gentleman friend? I thought he had a sweet pad with giant teevee, a place you could watch games, some such as... not to pry or anything, of course...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 20, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

From the my glass is half full file:

Another thing I like about how the Redskins are winning? This is the type of football that wins in Dec and January. Close games, no panic, team effort. When the rains come and the snow flys...Redskins offense will translate well. Namely, run it down your throat and posession passing.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 20, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

+++Probably not a play that goes to Davis' strength's, but this kid was an absolute beast in college. Once he catches up with the speed of the NFL game, we'll have the best TE duo in the league. Period.

Posted by: rich20ssu+++

He was a good college TE on a very good college team. The book on him was he wasn't the hardest worker around.

Catching up to the speed of the game hasn't been the problem so much as catching up to the effort requirement.

But progress is being made.

Zorn's a great motivator--hopefully he'll cure that.

Posted by: TheCork | October 20, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

++++Pro Bowl voting has started on nfl.com.

By my count, these guys should be shoo-ins as pro-bowlers this year:

Carlos Rogers
London Fletcher
Clinton Portis
Chris Samuels

And these guys should have very good shots of making it as well:

Santana Moss
Randy Thomas
Laron Landry
Chris Horton
Jason Campbell
Chris Cooley++++

You ONLY left off one of the key reasons the running game works as well as it does--fullback Mike Sellers.

Sure, he isn't much of a receiver under Zorn, but he's the best blocking fullback in the NFL today.


Posted by: TheCork | October 20, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

From the Cowboys blog, enjoy :)


Posted by Zippy @ 1:39 AM Mon, Oct 20, 2008

As far as I'm concerned, the meltdown really started right after the loss to Washington. That loss was such a a thorough and complete ace wuppin' that it finally exposed the Cryboys for what they are: a soft, emotionally fragile team with a below average coaching staff and an owner that doesn't know when to STFU.

This was the most telling result of that home loss to the Redskins. When asked why teh Cowboys didn't run the ball, Romo said that the plays weren't being called from the bench....then Garrett said the Redskins had forced him to call a different game...and then Wade said Romo could have audibled out of Garrett's play calling. People...if you didn't do the math on that one, it clearly shows Phillips throwing Romo under the bus after Romo threw Garrett under the bus, who admitted that the Cowboys coaching staff was game planning around what the Redskins would do. If that doesn't tell you all you needed to know about this team, the following three games put exclamation points behind it.

This team has no real leadership, no accountability and no passion to win. Zach Thomas needs to be the one kicking butt and taking names in that locker room.

Posted by: hailbg | October 20, 2008 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Well, shoot, now we're right back where we were a week ago... this team will be picked by EVERYBODY to crush a winless team, arguably the worst team in the league, a team in disarray (this time it's the GM who was canned after a few games, instead of the coach)...

Are the Skins going to remember the lesson of the Rams game?

I hope yesterday's ugly, hard-fought, narrow escape over the Browns only reinforced the lesson that you can't overlook anybody...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 20, 2008 5:22 AM | Report abuse

You guys forgot another pro-bowler:

Rocky McIntosh, the second leading tackler, 2 forced fumbles and has taken a BIG step forward in coverage

Pete Kendall is also having one heck'uv'a season next to Samuels, on that running to the left side isn't just Samuels

Posted by: craig2 | October 20, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

I didn't realize that Zorn coached in Detroit, apparently he oversaw the QBs there in the '99-'00 seasons.

(Maybe this was among the "revenge scenarios for every remaining game" that Cindy and/or Jasno put together a while back, but if so I forgot it.)

That means Zorn coached our boy Gus Frerotte, as well as Charlie Batch.

Also, the Zorn-QB-coached Lions beat the Skins in the '99 and '00 seasons, both times in Detroit... though the Skins did beat the Lions in the '99 playoffs at our place. I remember that one so well...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 20, 2008 5:29 AM | Report abuse

http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot?icampaign_MB_PB_235

Pro Bowl ballot... if we're gonna be talking about it up here, we might as well be voting early and often...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 20, 2008 5:30 AM | Report abuse

Pro Bowl ballot-box-stuffing note: Jason Taylor is on the ballot as an outside linebacker -- must be his "official" position because of the jersey number? -- so unfortunately the Skins only appear to have one D end on the ballot, Andre Carter... but you can vote for up to three outside linebackers, so like me you can voted for Rocky, Marcus, and JayTay.

Did I have any qualms about voting for Placky after just one game with our team? No, no I didn't.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 20, 2008 5:36 AM | Report abuse

(just vamping until the inevitable new thread goes up... Monday Morning H-Back styles...)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 20, 2008 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget Sellers as a pro bowler.

Posted by: TWISI | October 20, 2008 6:05 AM | Report abuse

From the my glass is half full file:

Another thing I like about how the Redskins are winning? This is the type of football that wins in Dec and January. Close games, no panic, team effort. When the rains come and the snow flys...Redskins offense will translate well. Namely, run it down your throat and posession passing.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 20, 2008 12:31 AM

From the glass is half empty department.

The Redskins are not likely to face a QB in January who is as bad as Anderson was yesterday. 14 for 37 passing, with 137 yards is going to get that guy benched in favor of Brady Quinn. Patrick Ramsey would be an upgrade. Redskins should give him a game ball. He had a few drops and he did have a hot streak in the 4th quarter, but the rest of the game he was as bad as cold oatmeal.

Oh, and our man Frerotte had four INTs yesterday for Minny.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 20, 2008 6:07 AM | Report abuse

t_e, agreed that it was a lousy outing for the Brown QB, but just for the sake of argument, did the Skins' D have anything at all to do with the miserable day Anderson had?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 20, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

("just for the sake of argument"... hehehe... as if we do anything up here for the sake of anything else...)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 20, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

How 'bout them Cowpies! Go to www.nfl.com and watch the "Cowboys in Trouble". T.O. is at his surly, mumbling best, then Jerrah fields a question about firing his coach (!?). Man, those fans are SPOILED ROTTEN to start whining so about "Amurrica's Teem" so quickly. Liked the comments about playing/hanging together as a TEAM, which they ain't doing and we are.
Our team is playing well, the coach is a revelation, the owner is keeping quiet, and the Cowpies are getting the negative media, whoo hoo!
Burgundy and gold, baby!

Posted by: ILikeSonny | October 20, 2008 6:26 AM | Report abuse

If we could just get some sacks, we might have a pretty good defense.

Oh, wait, we already have a "pretty good" defense. HeHeHeHeHe.

Nice win even with JC having a "bad" day, another 96 rating kinda day and he was off most the game, I'll take it!

Posted by: craig2 | October 20, 2008 6:32 AM | Report abuse

if there is any team in the NFL whose Defense is playing smarter than Washington let me know. But it seams that all 11 players know exactly what there job is and do it the best they can every down.

As John Madden said and the Ravens proved,
if you have a good D and a good run game thats 2/3 of what you need to go to the playoffs.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 20, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

THE “OLD” ROY WILLIAMS OUT FOR THE YEAR
Posted by Mike Florio on October 20, 2008, 6:54 a.m.
Cowboys safety Roy Williams, not to be confused with Cowboys receiver Roy Williams, is out for the year with a broken arm.

On Sunday, Williams broke the same arm that he broke earlier this year.

And now maybe the other Roy Williams can learn to play safety. Maybe that way the ‘Boys would get some value in return for that mini-Herschel package they sent to Detroit.

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 20, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse

quick question. Does not matter now. But traditionally when 2 players have the same last name they put their first few letters of the first name on the back of the jersey. What if 2 guys have the exact same name?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 20, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

They star using middle initials.

I think one was R. S. Williams

and the other was R. I. Williams

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 20, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

R.I. "Redskins Insider" Williams?

I like the sound of that.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 20, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

good morning and beep beep

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 20, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Portis on pace to be in the top RB of all time.
Some math.

c+(a*g)=
c=career yards
a=average ypg this year
g=games to play this year

8.533+(116.9*9)= 9,585

according to NFL HOF (though out of date)

20 Earl Campbell 9,407
According to NFL.com he is now No 25.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 20, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Ok, its official. I gotta eat some crow. Last week I made the case that AP was a better running back then Portis.

In the words of Quagmire channeling Bill Clinton,

"I did giggety her geshmoigan with my gufflavan, and I am sorry."

That is all.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | October 20, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

attaboy, mattsoundworld!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 20, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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