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Plackemeier Rates His Performance

Punter Ryan Plackemeier knows there is ample room for improvement after his debut with the Redskins. Plackemeier punted eight times Sunday - that's not a misprint - for an average of 37.3 yards and a net of 28.8. He had a few short punts, and also hoped that his first punt, inside the 20, would have had a little less on it, allowing corner Leigh Torrence a better chance to down it before it could skip into the end zone.

"I helped our case with a couple of punts and made it a long field for the Browns," Plackemeier said. "And I definitely want a couple back. It's something we can build on. Nothing disastrous, nothing too bad."

Plackemeier had not kicked in a game since Week 1, and he was released by Seattle shortly after that opening game. Working with expert longsnapper Ethan Albright helped his transition, Plackemeier said, with no worries about bad exchanges despite such a limited time together in practice.

"It felt great with the snapper," Plackemeier said. "I haven't had a snapper like that in a while. We went through three different ones in Seattle. So having Ethan and his reliability is awesome, getting comfortable with him. The protection was amazing and we covered the heck out of [returner Joshua] Cribbs."

Plackemeier employed his Australian Rules Football style on his first punt, kicking below the nose of the ball rather than on its meaty part, creating heavy backspin to try to get the ball downed inside the 10. It was a very short kick - the ball was spotted on the Cleveland 35 - and bounced past Torrence.

"It's a tough punt going from the 35, but whatever the head coach calls there - to go for it, field goal or punt - we've got to make him look good," Plackemeier. "I needed to take a little more off of that punt. I wanted to make a great play in my first punt with the Redskins, but I needed to take a little more off of that and give the gunner more time to make a play."

Coach Jim Zorn, who was in Seattle with Plackemeier, praised his work Sunday. Zorn conceded that the final punt with the game on the line - 39 yards - was not ideal, but given how long the punter had been inactive he was enthused by the performance

"To come in cold, I thought he did a really good job," Zorn said.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 20, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
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Posted by: Skins930 | October 20, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Plackemole: The Redskins' World is watching. Be really good or be gone quickly.

Posted by: tafka | October 20, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I mean, we're talkin' bout punters... punters... I mean, c'mon.... punters!

Posted by: daggar | October 20, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Derrick Frost was a problem. Durant Brooks was not the solution. Plackemeier looks like he will be.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 20, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: LittleSoren | October 20, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

So we are back talking about punters. How about something on great CP been doing?


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

Plackypuss is no wuss! Nice to hear some self-analysis. When's the last time we heard THAT from a punter??!!

I wish we had that draft pic back... lol.

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


Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 20, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"So we are back talking about punters. How about something on great CP been doing?


Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 20, 2008 3:20 PM"

I'll have to agree. I've had enough punter talk this year for the next 10 years of my life. Just too much darn punter talk.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 20, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

What's amazing is that Brooks went higher than Horton! Good thing DeWayne Walker called Vinny on the hot-line on Draft Day 2 to tell him to draft Horton. If not, this kid would've been picked up as a FA for another team. I can't give Vinny all the credit for that pick...he was 'recommended' rather than 'researched'.

Plackemeier played OK. He's definitely a better coffin kicker but he's still just average. Special teams isn't that special this year. That group needs some tweaking.

Posted by: redpitbull98 | October 20, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Word came in this week: the Redskins now own an impressive NFL record.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Redskins have now thrown 332 pass attempts without an interception, dating back to last year.

That beats out the previous NFL mark of 281, set by the Oakland Raiders in 2002.

The Redskins’ tally includes Jason Campbell’s 23 pass attempts in Sunday’s 14-11 win over the Cleveland Browns at FedExField.

Campbell completed 14 passes--for 164 yards--in the Redskins’ win and threw no interceptions for the seventh game this season.

Overall, Campbell has now thrown 224 consecutive passes without an interception, a franchise record. He broke the previous record of 161 against Philadelphia on Oct. 5, when he surpassed Joe Theismann’s mark set in 1983.

This season, Campbell has attempted 202 passes without an interception.

It’s a remarkable streak for Campbell. Every other quarterback with at least 65 attempts has thrown at least two interceptions.

Of the Redskins’ record 332 pass attempts without an interception, Campbell has thrown 224 of them. Todd Collins has 105 of them, Antwaan Randle El has two and Clinton Portis has one.

In Sunday’s game, Campbell and the Redskins’ offense got off to a slow start against the Browns.

The offense was just 3-of-8 on third downs in the first half, contributing to the struggles.

“We were slow to get out,” Campbell said. “The Browns’ defense was doing an outstanding job of holding us. We moved the ball, but their defense was doing a great job. Coach [Jim] Zorn told us to stay patient and keep working.”

In the second half, the Redskins put together two scoring drives, thanks to strong running by Clinton Portis and clutch catches by Santana Moss.

Portis capped one drive with a 3-yard touchdown run and Moss caught an 18-yard touchdown pass to provide the winning points.

Campbell has been most impressive when he finds his second and third options on pass plays.

“We’ve been able to get to that third and fourth progression in the offense,” he said. “The offensive line has given me a lot of opportunities to stand back there [in the pocket] and maneuver the ball downfield. When you have time, you’re able to go through all of your progressions, and that’s important.

“I always tell the offensive line that even if it’s a three-step drop to try to give me as much time as possible because the first and second receivers may not be open.”

Campbell suffered a minor groin injury in the first half.

He emphasized after the game that it was not a serious concern.

“It wasn’t really an injury--my foot just got caught and I tweaked my groin,” Campbell said. “It was really tight and really stiff, but as the game kept going, it got looser.”

Added Zorn: “I’m not worried about it. He’s fine now. He finished the game. He may have a sore groin, but he seemed to be fine after the game.”

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 20, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Way off topic here but why do Cowgirl fans show up to Skins games with their lame jerseys on when they're not even playing?

Then they get all offended when someone says something to them. What idiots.

Posted by: redpitbull98 | October 20, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Has Zorn transformed into Gibbs 3.0? Sure looked like a Gibbs offense yesterday. I was surprised that he went pretty conservative yesterday. Sure, JC had a groin twinge and CP was Riggo Revisited but man did it resemble a lot of games over the last 4 years!

Posted by: redpitbull98 | October 20, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Good pull Truth. Fantastic record for JC.

Posted by: Gweez | October 20, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: dcsween | October 20, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

also if anyone is wondering, and I'm sure no one is, I had a tweaked groin injury my senior year. I sat out one week but felt like I could play.

I'm sure no one is interested in reading about The Truth's groin, so I'll apologize in advance. Just saying it's not that big an injury. But darn is it painful to stretch out, I almost cried right when it happened.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 20, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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