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Redskins/Eagles Scouting Report

This is obviously a big game, and a victory could be decisive, not just in a positive way for the Skins, but also as putting up a significant hurdle for the Eagles. I spent some time breaking down the game with an NFL executive who has seen plenty of film of both teams and watched them closely.

The availability of Brian Westbrook will be the biggest factor, and that could come right down to gametime. Just because he's practicing a little bit doesn't mean he will be able to play, and just because he plays that doesn't mean he will be able to play regularly and be nearly as productive as usual. QB Donovan McNabb has called this a "must-win" game for the Eagles, and Westbrook is tough as nails and I'm sure will push to play, but the Eagles are banged up all over and I'm not sure Westbrook will be his usual hyper-elusive self.

Anyway, here's how the exec breaks down the game:

How He'd Attack the Eagles' D:

"A big part of the scheme would involve screens to [Clinton] Portis and [Chris] Cooley to offset their pressure. You want to counter that pressure and that's the best way to do it.

"They're great against the run, but you have to have your attempts. You can't abandon the run. Twenty-five attempts, at least.

"And you've got to hit the big play. [Jason] Campbell has the arm and [Santana] Moss is getting behind people. The Eagles are vulnerable to the big play. Deep comebacks. The spot screen they like to run for Moss. And you have to take advantage of the single coverage on Moss when they blitz.

"I'd expect to see a lot of that stuff. Even some of those reverses. You could run them for Moss, [Antwaan] Randle El, the rookie [Devin Thomas]. That's a blitzing team and you have to find ways to keep the honest.

"There's three pass rushers you have to worry about - [Juqua] Parker, [Darren] Howard and [Trent] Cole. Howard is a factor rushing from the inside in the nickel. The linebackers are more big and physical than speed guys, but they're quick enough and make plays. Asante Samuel may be the best deep-ball corner in the NFL; he will adjust and make plays on the ball in the air and he is definitely an interception threat. They didn't match him up on [Devin] Hester in the Chicago game, but if it's me I'd lock him up on Moss. And I'd try to move Moss around to get him on the other side. [Safety Brian] Dawkins is big in their blitz packages.

"I give [Jim] Zorn a lot of credit with what he's done there. He's catered a lot of things to Campbell, going with stuff that he's comfortable with. You see them in shotgun more. They run more play action, which is basically like a seven-step drop. It's not all bang-bang-bang, West Coast, three-step drops. There's some carryover from [Joe] Gibbs's scheme."

How He'd Attack the Eagles O:

"I know [Greg] Blache doesn't like to blitz a lot, but I think you have to pressure McNabb. He hasn't been right the last few weeks since he got hit in the chest. (Chicago) knocked him around again Sunday night. He's not running like he was the first two weeks. He looks like a different guy.

"In the Chicago game, any time they laid off him, he just played pitch and catch. He'll find the open guy. I think you have to pressure him.

"If he can't run, then I'd play a lot of two deep (safeties) with man underneath. Double the rookie [DeSean Jackson]. The tight end [L.J. Smith] has been hurt and even if he plays, I don't think he brings much.

"If Westbrook is out, then I'm not worried about the run game at all. [Correll] Buckhalter is a good football player, but he doesn't have that change of direction. Westbrook is everything to them. He's like their every-down back and their No. 1 receiver. If he doesn't play, you're talking about 40 percent of their offense being down.

"If he's out, I'm taking some liberties in the run game."

I asked him if with no Westbrook would he be more inclined to try to get by with seven in the box as much as possible (even on run downs), use LaRon Landry shaded to Jackson a lot but also alternate him from free safety and strong safety at times and blitz him. Use one of the safeties as more of a threat to the quarterback and get by with one deep against a team that would be lacking its major threats (Westbrook and injured WR Kevin Curtis).

"Absolutely," he said. "That's one way I would attack McNabb. The Redskins have a chance to deliver a knockout blow here."

I also asked him about any X-factors, and he pointed to Eagles punter Sav Rocca, a second-year guy and Australia native. "He's a great punter," the exec said. "He won that Pittsburgh game for them with the field position. He's excellent."

The exec said it appeared to him like Chicago actually tried to take Rocca out during his first punt Sunday night - "They got a personal foul on the play and I though they were going for his legs."

Also, after Andy Reid called for an inside run on fourth and goal Sunday night and was stuffed, this exec predicts a play-action pass the first time Philly gets back near the goal line. "I know Andy Reid a little bit," he said. "He outsmarted himself on that call. I don't see him doing that again."

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 3, 2008; 4:30 PM ET
 
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which exec is that now?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Eagles IR for today:

DE Victor Abiamiri Wrist Limited Participation (D)

G/T Shawn Andrews Back No Participation (D)

WR Kevin Curtis Limited Participation (D)

RDT Dan Klecko Hand Limited Participation (P)

QB Donovan McNabb Chest Full Participation (P)

RB Brian Westbrook Ankle Full Participation (Q)

S Quintin Demps Knee Full Participation (P)

TE L.J. Smith Back Full Participation (Q)

DE Darren Howard Abdomen Full Participation (P)

Philly is hurtin'... but not as much as they hopefully are Sunday.

Posted by: Realness1 | October 3, 2008 3:59 PM

Posted by: Realness1 | October 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Nice

Posted by: Gweez | October 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Realness1 | October 3, 2008 3:59 PM

Dude!!! post of the day!!! i nominate you as the secretary of state, responsible for brining in the opponents injury list everyweek.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 3, 2008 4:21 PM

Just doing my duty for my beloved 'Skins bretheren and sistren. We need to sandblast Philly and take their cheesesteaks!

Posted by: Realness1 | October 3, 2008 4:34 PM

Posted by: Realness1 | October 3, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse


AI gives warning:
Says "We're talkin' 'bout practice".
Beware hurt Eagles!

Posted by: HaikuMan | October 3, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Did the schedule makers hurt or help the 'Skins? If we win Sunday, and maybe even if we don't, I'd say they helped us. The worst of our schedule will be behind us and we'll be either 4-1 or 3-2. Giants can't say that: they've been on vacation for four weeks. Cowboys and Philly have both faced a few tough teams, but Cowboys will have to face them again on the road and the Eagles still have to come to DC.

"Tough schedule" cuts either way, depending on whether you're a strong team or a weak team, so -- with 20-20 hindsight -- I'm saying that they gave us a gift with the early season schedule.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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It could have gone either way - luckily, it has gone this way so far. But the fact of the matter is the NFL made a rookie head coach open the season on national TV against the reigning champions in their house (and we see how great that all worked out). Realistically, we could have been at 1-4 after Sunday (giving us the AZ, but not the Saints), and 0-3 in our division. My fear was that while we finished the division all at home, by getting our butts kicked the beginning of the season, these games would mean absolutely nothing since they are not until Nov. 16, 30 and Dec. 19.

Now, we have only played 4 games, but I am optimistic that the schedule will actually work to our advantage come November and December. But at first glance, it looked like the season could have been over very, very quickly.

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 3, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 3, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4-12 | October 3, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

it read like how charlie casserly talks to me alex

Posted by: sloozebury | October 3, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

So this 'expert'... this guy play a little Madden or something?

Double DeSean Jackson? Seriously? McNabb is too wiley a vet to lock onto his rookie WR. Please.

The punter won a game? Has this guy seen Pittsburgs offense lately?

Holy Moses, this is what analysis has come down to?

Look, our front seven has to get there. They have to push for 60 minutes. Same with the secondary. We stay balanced and capitalize on their mistakes.

On offense, we work the ball around, stay balanced, and then lean on them in the 4th quarter.

We dont need gimmicks. We need focus and execution against a tough team.

Or we just take out the punter... Was this the same exec who said Campbell couldnt play the WC at this level?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | October 3, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Casserly should not try to go anonymous. His phraseology is so identifiable it's ridiculous.

Posted by: LiberalMike | October 3, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

which exec is that now?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Come on Alex.....you know it's Ozzie Newsome.

Posted by: ksquare | October 3, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

JLaC - Bring back that other NFL Exec who was trashing the Redskins.....

I like him better. This one sounds like he works for ESP of N.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 3, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

which exec is that now?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 3, 2008 4:38 PM

Matt Millan

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I suspect the NFL Exec he's talking to this season is Louis Riddick......

I doubt JLaC knows Casserly....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 3, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

We need to watch that backup RB - he's big & you remember what the Gints did to us!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 3, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Haiku man cracks me up!!!

Practice?! We talkin' 'bout Practice?!!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

By the time we reach the bye week, the jints game on opening day will be the exception on both offense and defense (1st quarter). Blache is putting some good schemes together and Zorn is mixing it up. The OL is doing a great job and D line is getting stronger.

We basically gave dallas 10 points at the end of both halves (3 in the 2nd qtr & 7 in the 4th), however, the 7 points given up at the end of the 4th was smart because it made dallas use up the clock with no timeouts left.

Still predicting a 27-17 win at philly.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

which exec is that now?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 3, 2008 4:38 PM

There is only one ... former tight end for the Browns ... Hall of Famer ... studies film rather than doing a radio show ... just a hunch ...

Posted by: dcsween | October 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

My biggest concern this week is that this game means MUCH more to the Eagles than it does to Washington. Skins can afford to lose this game and still be in great shape after Rams/Browns/Lions and with no more road division games. The Eagles will be in deep trouble if they lose (2-3) and they still face 2 division road games.

i just hope we play well. whether we win or not, just play well. A win here is icing.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | October 3, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

which exec is that now?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Come on Alex.....you know it's Ozzie Newsome.

Posted by: ksquare | October 3, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

There is only one ... former tight end for the Browns ... Hall of Famer ... studies film rather than doing a radio show ... just a hunch ...

Posted by: dcsween | October 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Great minds sween....great minds.

Posted by: ksquare | October 3, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Okay, enough with all this the "iggles need this win more than we do" crap! We need every friggin win we can get! Remember the gints game last year? We let them off the hook( and they were who we thoght they were...couldn't resist). Seriously, we are playing well and the birds are beat up. We need to bury them while we can cause I don't think more than three teams will make it from our division.

So...

F the iggles
F Andy Reid
F their fans(except adam)

And most of all F Sal Pal, that sorry a$$, no account iggles homer!!

Hail Skins! Hail 4-1!

Posted by: cosomfla | October 3, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

DreamOutLoud, are you kidding? We need this win! We cannot overlook any team (Rams, Lions, Browns). We play the Rams AFTER their bye week - and they will be due for a win - I already have a bad feeling about that game. If we were to lose to the Eagles and then the Rams we would be back in the NFL toilet.

Posted by: Lisa_R | October 3, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

i just hope we play well. whether we win or not, just play well. A win here is icing.
Posted by: DreamOutLoud

amen, brother. we come out of this game with no significant injuries, we're in great shape, win or lose.
on another note, my guess is neither thomas nor kelly will have extended contributions this year, although it wouldn't surpise me if each scored at least one TD.
we'll see what happens with them in the offseason. if they get with the program, work out in Ashburn all year, show up in shape and ready to kick ass at minicamps, then we've got something. otherwise... they'll be hoping to catch on somewhere else.
again, my guess is they'll pay off down the road. especially kelly. i saw him play a few times in college. he's a real talent who needs to grow up and learn about work ethic.

hail to 'em.

Posted by: RedskinWillie | October 3, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Definitely Casserly.

He's still interviewing for the non-vacant GM job.

It's looking more and more like that job is not going to be open for a while.

There's currently a big stamp of validation being put on every decision Cerrato has made on his own.

At some point, people are going to have to start eating some crow on having slammed Cousin Vinny so bad. He's quickly rising the GM power rankings.

Posted by: mirf59 | October 3, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

At some point, people are going to have to start eating some crow on having slammed Cousin Vinny so bad. He's quickly rising the GM power rankings.

Posted by: mirf59 | October 3, 2008 5:51 PM

I hope I live long enough to see the day. But, yeah, there's one and only one way to get respect in the NFL: win.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 3, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Not sure I like this idea, but if the game were followed by a bye week, then...


COOLEY WANTS TO PLAY IN ENGLAND
Posted by Mike Florio on October 3, 2008, 6:02 p.m. EDT

A PFT reader in the U.K. tells us that Redskins tight end Chris Cooley wants to see his team play a game in London.

“Redskins fans would definitely be disappointed in losing a home game so I guess if it was an away game for us I would love it,” Cooley told BBC Sport.

“It would be great if we could come and spend a week there — even though we’re so busy it would be such a good experience for us. And it’s cool to see how our game affects people outside America.”

If/when Cooley gets his wish, we predict he’ll spend most of the week trying to figure out why everyone is calling him “Monty.”

And, yeah, we wrote this story for the sole purpose of using that line.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse


You WaPo kids get paid by the word, now?

Solid day's work. Take the weekend off.

Posted by: Corkczar | October 3, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that it was Ozzie. Why would he be watching a lot of film of the Eagles and Skins or watching them closely? It was probably Jerry Jones or his son Stephen. JLa was just in Dallas. I'm just sayin' is all.

And people need to stop dismissing DeSean Jackson. He's a burner. The Eagles have either been or national TV or televised locally every week so far this season. I've watched each game and, his premature TD celebration aside, that kid is the real deal.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | October 3, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

“It would be great if we could come and spend a week there — even though we’re so busy it would be such a good experience for us. And it’s cool to see how our game affects people outside America.”

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 6:14 PM |

Why doesn't he just buy at ticket on British Airways and go in the off-season?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 3, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

This is not by an NFL Exec, but a pretty good breakdown none the less:

http://mvn.com/nfl-redskins/2008/10/03/how-the-redskins-will-beat-the-eagles/

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that breakdown, Curz. Very interesting. I'm not sure how we define a "must-win", but to me, this is it. I know, we don't have our backs to the wall, we are not out of it if we don't win.

But this is our opportunity to knock the Iggles for a loop, set them back 2 games, improve our conference record to 2-1. If we want to be a factor in the play-offs, if we want to have a shot at home-field advantage, this is a huge game to win. To me, this is a must-win game.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 3, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

A win Sunday will legitimize this team in the eyes of the national media, which have, for whatever reason, been reluctant to adopt the Redskins as a legitimate playoff team/super bowl contender. Would such attention take away some of the drive that has unquestionably contributed to our last three wins, or help push us deep into the playoffs for the first time since 1991? This game means more than 4-1 or 3-2. The outcome will define this team, either as a pesky underdog or an NFC powerhouse. I, for one, believe we are the latter.

Hail

Posted by: PosseofSmurfs | October 3, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

which exec is that now?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 3, 2008 4:38 PM |

I'm 100% with alex35332 on this question. What serious NFL exec has so much time on his hands that he can break down a game he ain't even playin, much less do it for a schlub. I've seen so many posts by LaCanfora using his unnamed NFL exec, I have to doubt the quality of the source. What I mean is, if these guys are so busy that they normally work 7 days 18hours per day, how does LaCanfora find a guy with any real weight who can give him that kind of time?
All of that said, I think LaCanfora does a fine job on this beat and is mucho generous with his time to maintain the blog for we, the rarely grateful.
Neil in Durango

Posted by: neilbourjaily | October 3, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

DreamOutLoud, are you kidding? We need this win! We cannot overlook any team (Rams, Lions, Browns).

Posted by: Lisa_R | October 3, 2008 5:40 PM

My thoughts exactly.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 3, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey PoS (posseeofsmurfs, this game is just part of the definition of who we are. We started with the Cowboys. The other part of your comment (which I mostly agree with) will be how we put away the subpar teams in the middle of the schedule.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 3, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Everyone on PFP picked against us this week. Big surprise.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 3, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Only Schlereth is picking us on ESPN. Keep it going guys. Every time they all pick against us we win.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 3, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

But this is our opportunity to knock the Iggles for a loop, set them back 2 games, improve our conference record to 2-1. If we want to be a factor in the play-offs, if we want to have a shot at home-field advantage, this is a huge game to win. To me, this is a must-win game.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 3, 2008 8:13 PM

FF, agree with you 100%. This is a must win game for the Skins to set the right mind set. Like buges said, hit 'em in the throat! This is their chance to put the iggles away early and put themselves in prime position.

After looking at the remaining schedule, I can't find a game that is not a must win for the Skins. Their has to be no let up in any game. One game at a time and play to win. Now to go with what Blache said, the only stat that counts is win or lose.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Only Schlereth is picking us on ESPN. Keep it going guys. Every time they all pick against us we win.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 3, 2008 10:05 PM

Not sure how Schlereth was shown on the espn article as picking the skins. I watched mike & mike yesterday, sportscenter and nfl live today and he picked the iggles in each of those programs. He trashes the skins any chance he gets.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Scampbell, I agree that this game is only part of the definition of this team. However, beating the teams we are supposed to beat in the middle of our schedule doesn't do anything to change that definition from the pedestrian to the extraordinary.

Posted by: PosseofSmurfs | October 3, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Its going to be tough either way. Their house, division game after two tough road games, our second division road game in a row... this was about the time a Gibbs team would lay an egg.

Hopefully Zorny can keep the fellas pressing into the bye. If we can beat who we oughta beat, then maybe we can head into the bye 7-2.

We'll need all the rest we can get to survive the Dallas, Seattle, New York, and Baltimore gauntlet. That may actually be the toughest 4 game stretch of the season, given that west coast trip smack in the middle. 2 wins out of that group would give us pretty much control over our playoff hopes.

I actually hope they have to compete to the finish, tho, because the last few Super Bowl winners have generally gone into the playoffs hot.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | October 3, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Scampbell, I agree that this game is only part of the definition of this team. However, beating the teams we are supposed to beat in the middle of our schedule doesn't do anything to change that definition from the pedestrian to the extraordinary.

Posted by: PosseofSmurfs | October 3, 2008 10:17 PM

Sure it does. It sends us from Gibbs 2.0dom to Zorndom. We used to lose to mediocre teams we should beat all the time. So it may not vault us to the extraordinary, but it keeps us from mediocrity.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 3, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Not sure how Schlereth was shown on the espn article as picking the skins...

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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I found the link he was talking about:

http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/intel?gameId=281005021

Posted by: mattsoundworld | October 3, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 3, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

So what are you sayin' Kerz? Mark Schlereth is hedging his bets? Media d-bags wouldn't do that would they?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 3, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

mattsoundworld, someone posted the link earlier and I was surprised by Schlereth's pick because I had watched him pick the iggles earlier in the day. Later, watching nfl live on espn, he was all over the iggles, again.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Scamp, I would never question the integrity of espn employees...OK, I would and especially with this d-bag.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I like the comparative breakdowns, and they definitly favor us when you compare the Eagles have played the Powderpuff League aside from Dallas.

PITT and STL are 29 and 30th in the league offensively, and CHI Bearly breaks the top 20.

NO, NYG, and ARI are 3, 4, and 5, respectively.

'Nuff said.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | October 3, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Eeesh... What is it with slurping Jim Johnsons Johnson? That Defense is flat out suspect. Dallas hung 41 on them, and if Orton could hit a pass between 15-25 yards (he seemed to miss everything in that medium depth range) they would have blown the Eagles outta the water.

They racked up gaudy sack numbers versus Pitt and STL, so of course they can beat up on an ailing offense and The Saunders Experience Remixed.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | October 3, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow what an absolute d0uche bag. Shclereth is a straight j@ck@ss.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 3, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Most of these guys already picked their playoff teams and are going to stick to them regardless of how foolish they look. Reminds me of mel kiper. Once he picks his top draft picks, he doesn't change them regardless of how they look in the combine.

Not to mention that espn is dallas central.

Matt, I like your post above showing the difference of the offenses we played compared to the offenses the iggles have played. Not sure why these sports prognosticators can't see what is so obvious!!

Go Skins!!

F the iggles!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Gorgeous weather forecast for Philly Sunday, partly cloudy, mid-60's, low humidity, light wind... filling in for loco mullin...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 3, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

which exec is that now?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Count me in to vote Charley Casserly. JLa and Ole Chuck were hanging around the studio of WaPo Live one day and realized they have something in common - deep hatred for the Skins FO - and from there they just hit it off.

Posted by: p1funk | October 4, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

JaLaC just had to go there on Friday. I should have known it wouldn't last, he had to take a shot at some point. Even winning doesn't keep him out of this crap. In the same day we see him take the pot shot at Snyder, and bring back the "famous" and mysterious "NFL exec". Why? I guess the lack of "comments" lately have been driving him crazy. Registration alone drove away many of the habitual haters, winning got rid of many more, I guess he's trying to convince them to come back by showing that he hasn't changed, and he's gonna continue to be a Jack@$$ no matter how well Snyder/Cerrato and the team plays. He said if the Skins started winning then it would be time to give some credit to Vinny and Dan, well, where's the credit jerk o f f!

Get on with it, I'm waiting.

Posted by: craig2 | October 4, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

The game was won by an Aussie punter, hey? Who'd have thunk it?

Me! That's who!

Posted by: kost52 | October 4, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Anyhow, I agree with Charley Casserly's take with regards to Westbrook. He has been the Skins-killer in recent years. Before that it was McNabb destroying us with his scrambles; now that he doesn't do that anymore, Westy has taken the role of Skins back-breaker. But if he plays, it's on half an ankle and I like that already.

I'm not sure about doubling DeSean. I see us playing LL in deep center as usual and letting him float to help in deep coverage if he needs to.

With Westbrook hobbled, I see us doing nothing to change/scheme our base defense unless Philly shows us something. I know it's a division game on the road, but quite frankly, I think N.O., AZ and the Cowpies have more explosive offenses than Phillthy, and we seemed to figure those guys out. Football is football and we don't need to get goofy with our D, just because it is the Eagles on the road.

Posted by: p1funk | October 4, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

How about we put Justin Tryon and Chris Horton on Desean all day? They played him in college so they can turn his lights off at will. And, Desean's only an inch taller than Tryon.

Just a suggestion.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 4, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

If a tree goes

beep beep

in a forest and nobody hears it, is it still a new thread?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 4, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

"which exec is that now?"

yep, it is about time JLC at least mentioned when it's the same exec. This is poor writing in that regard, imo. If it's a different one each time, give or take, I could understand it, but there have been too many times that the description is so similar it's time to call the guy Shallow Throat or something.

Posted by: WorstSeat | October 4, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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