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The Go-To Guy Turns Out to Be ARE

After all the preseason talk about the young receivers and the important spark they might add to the offense, it was 30-year-old receiver Antwaan Randle El who had the biggest impact in Sunday's season-opening loss.

Supplanted by Malcolm Kelly as the team's starting flanker, Sunday marked the first game Randle El didn't start since November 2007. The end result? The most yards he'd posted since October 2007.

Lined up in the slot, Randle El said the team took advantage of mismatches that pitted him against slower linebacker. He finished with 98 yards on seven receptions. Quarterback Jason Campbell targeted Randle El nine times. No other receiver was targeted more than five. On blitz packages especially, New York linebackers were taken out of coverage and Randle El found himself with room to roam.

"They were doing some weird - well, not weird - but the blitzes we'd seen, we needed to capitalize," Randle El said this morning.

He especially thrived in man-coverage; rarely did the Giants bother bracketing the inside receiving options. Randle El made sure that Campbell knew that the speedy receiver had a lot of space around him for much of the game. "I caught the ball on the line of scrimmage one time and got like 10 yards. We kind of made eye contact and he dumped it off. That's something we talk about," Randle El said.

And those young receivers? Kelly had one catch for six yards. Devin Thomas didn't show up on the stat sheet and Marko Mitchell saw only a few seconds of action.

The team's No. 1 receiver, Santana Moss was targeted five times, had two receptions and only six yards. But speaking to reporters on Monday, Moss wasn't complaining about the few looks he received. Instead, he thinks that Randle El's contributions from the slot will only open things up for the outside receivers.

"If you're clamping down on the outside and you're running the guys over the top or you're playing a 2-man, then we're going to eat you up inside. Randle El, that's what he does," Moss said. "He's in the middle. Him and Cooley, to me, ate those guys apart."

(Tight end Chris Cooley finished with seven catches for 68 yards, including that 17-yard touchdown grab.)

Moss said if the offense is clicking, it shouldn't matter who's No. 2 on the depth chart and who's No. 3. All the receivers can contribute in a potent offense, which is why he's encouraged to see Randle El contributing from the slot.

"The rotation is the rotation. You've got to understand this offense," Moss said. "It doesn't matter who's outside; it matters about the opportunities that you get and that you take advantage of. Randle El had opportunities and took advantage of every opportunity. That's how this thing goes."

Coach Jim Zorn also addressed his receivers at Monday's press conference.

"It's kind of an opportunistic thing for receivers," he said. "We had Randle El open a lot. He just beat his guy. And Chris Cooley, very difficult to cover. So both those guys did a nice job.

"We did have Malcolm open a couple of times. We didn't get the ball to him. We actually threw earlier. He's open, but we threw to Antwaan. So I really like what he did. He got in open space and was able to do something with the ball."

By Rick Maese  |  September 14, 2009; 2:28 PM ET
 
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Comments

Ugh

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 14, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

What we THOUGHT vs What we GOT for Game 1

THOUGHT:
Zorn year 2= Gibbs year 2

GOT:
Zorn year 2= Spurrier year 2


THOUGHT:
Campbell= Doug Williams

GOT:
Campbell= Heath Shuler


THOUGHT:
Orakpo= Wilbur Marshall

GOT:
Orakpo= Invisible Man


THOUGHT:
Haynesworth= Reggie White

GOT:
Haynesworth= Dana Stubblefield


THOUGHT:
Hall= Shut down corner

GOT:
Hall= 20 yard cushion and a missed tackle


THOUGHT:
Healthy O-Line= Portis running wild

GOT:
Healthy O-Line= Portis for 2 yards and cloud of dust


THOUGHT:
Moss, Kelly, RandelEl= The Possee

GOT:
Moss, Kelly, RandelEl= Never open (except for ARE, who can get open but keeps getting tackled by those yard markers)


THOUGHT:
Vinny Cerrato= Worst 'GM' ever

GOT:
Hey, we got one right!!

Posted by: jgarrisn | September 14, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

bean if anybody has a repetitive rant on here its you, but we'll wait and see won't we?

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 14, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

jgarrison--That's pretty funny.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 14, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Funny JJG, funny. Prolly a bit hyperbolic but funny.

Thought: Jim Zorn was a fresh new coach with updated version of classic offense

Got: The offspring of a drunk one night stand of Norv Turner and Steve Spurrier.

Posted by: chrislarry | September 14, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

zj, we get it, you've made your point ad neauseum, for about the BILLIONTH time....move on....JC screwed up on that play..yup, agreed.....but for F's sake move on would you please.....are you married, because I can't imagine another human being, being able to stand you for longer than a 10 minute stretch of time....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

LOL

Also, I think on like two plays JC was trying to go to Kelly on a fade in particular in the redzone but didn't have the time to get the ball out.

Posted by: ga8085 | September 14, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, okay!

Haynesworth does not equal Stubblefield.

What we saw was a guy who was a little gassed, but extremely powerful in clogging up the middle, exactly as advertised.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I hope a THIRD and FOURTH receiver option emerges soon!

Posted by: Alan4 | September 14, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

zj, that was about the weakest comeback ever, please come up with something better than "I'm rubber and you're glue....."

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Though ARE did good...JC17 needs to look to others as well....

I saw MK12 Open for a TD pass, but the blitz threw Campbell off and he looked elsewhere....

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 14, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

bean if anybody has a repetitive rant on here its you, but we'll wait and see won't we?

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 14, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Dude you've been killing JC for the same play since about 9:30, time to get over it...

Posted by: mattylight | September 14, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

cL,

Don't think Spurrier and Turner could make a baby.

You need a uterus for that.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"It's kind of an opportunistic thing for receivers," he said. "We had Randle El open a lot. He just beat his guy. And Chris Cooley, very difficult to cover. So both those guys did a nice job.

So why didn't you continue to do that instead of blindly running the ball every first down nitwit?

Posted by: ga8085 | September 14, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

What we saw was a guy who was a little gassed, but extremely powerful in clogging up the middle, exactly as advertised.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 2:42 PM

Haynesworth gassed? That gives me an idea... maybe he should be provided pre-game bean burritos, so he could really make those RBs pay under the pile!

Posted by: Alan4 | September 14, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Repeat:

gassed and powerful clogging up the middle.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I gotta say that when they stopped them on 4th and goal, and AH was lying on the ground, I was a bit worried...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Got: The offspring of a drunk one night stand of Norv Turner and Steve Spurrier.

Posted by: chrislarry | September 14, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse
I think Gibbs slipped in there for a threesome..

Posted by: ga8085 | September 14, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Also, was it just me, or did Reed Doughty not see much action against the Giants?

And if it's not just me, why not?

The man needs to be on the field, not on the sideline, but maybe I missed something...

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually I thought Reed played quite a bit considering he's not a starter, and played quite well at that.

And jgarrisn and all the other Chicken Littles- maybe wait until at least Week 3-4 until you write off all those guys as busts??? SHEESH

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 14, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Thought: Jim Zorn was a fresh new coach with updated version of classic offense

Got: The offspring of a drunk one night stand of Norv Turner and Steve Spurrier.

Posted by: chrislarry

LMAO!!!!

Posted by: jm220 | September 14, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Fantasy Blogga Scouting Report Update:

"In what is sure to be one of the key season story lines in the RI comments section is the bet between beantown greg and Jacky-Z. Week one gave us our first tally, made extra special by a head to head Gina/Skins match-up. First the tale of the tape:

Betts: -2 Yards
Bradshaw: 60 yards

So a clear victory for Jack and his Kids week 1. Z had this to say "Nany Nany Boo Boo" while BG quipped, "Its a marathon not a sprint."

This reporter still feels the stakes of this bet are false and that both will never leave RI. But it sure makes for mid week fodder!"

Posted by: chrislarry | September 14, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

ga, well, now that's just wrong

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | September 14, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

zj, we get it, you've made your point ad neauseum, for about the BILLIONTH time....move on....JC screwed up on that play..yup, agreed.....but for F's sake move on would you please.....are you married, because I can't imagine another human being, being able to stand you for longer than a 10 minute stretch of time....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 2:34 PM

Are you sure about this Bean? I've read it to my son everytime Jack posted it, and my son still can't understand what he's trying to say. Maybe it Jack could try slightly different words?

Did you see the thing on PFT about Garcia visiting Redskins Park tomorrow? Do you think PFT is credible?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 14, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I gotta say that when they stopped them on 4th and goal, and AH was lying on the ground, I was a bit worried...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Me too...the play I liked was in the 2nd half when AH clobbered Bradshaw and clawed his helmet off...had a flashback to Old School when Blue was wrestling the two chicks and Will Ferrell is in the background yelling "RIP HIS HEAD OFF! RIP HIS HEAD OFF!"

Posted by: mattylight | September 14, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Actually I thought Reed played quite a bit considering he's not a starter, and played quite well at that.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 14, 2009 2:49 PM

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My point exactly.

Thinking we need to see more of Reed on the field.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Dude you've been killing JC for the same play since about 9:30, time to get over it...

Posted by: mattylight | September 14, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Trying to get people to see the light and admit JC isn't good enough, that's the kind of dedication it takes to get people off the kool-aid and see the 5 years of evidence he's mediocre, but oh well, guess it won't work, we'll get to 5-2 or 4-3 and everyone will be excited that JC has like 5 TDs and 1 or 2 INTs cause he's so smart with the ball and manages the game well, then we play some teams after the bye with real defenses again and he'll suck it up and we'll finish around .500, its said seeing it all before it even happens.....

and Bean don't be angry at me that you made a bad bet and your days on here are numbered....

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 14, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"If you're clamping down on the outside and you're running the guys over the top or you're playing a 2-man, then we're going to eat you up inside. Randle El, that's what he does," Moss said. "He's in the middle. Him and Cooley, to me, ate those guys apart."

This should have worked all the way down the field then. If they adjusted to the inside attack, it would open up the outside attack.

Begs the question: why did we only throw 26 passes?

Posted by: Alan4 | September 14, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Best thing about the redzone performance yesterday was the Redzone Channel. That was actually pretty cool & entertaining!

Posted by: will_ga | September 14, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I just watched the locker room interviews post-game.

I was surprised that Zorn took some of his frustration out on Sonny Jurgensen by giving curt answers to his questions.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 14, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or would we be better off seeing less of those dinky throws for piddly yards to Randle El in the slot?

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

For once it would be nice to see our coach play to win and not play not to loose.

Gibbs 2.0 and Zorn 1.0 both play this conservative style of football where they try and stay in the game and not loose and pull out a victory instead of just attacking the other team and then putting their foot on the throat of the other team.

Posted by: GreatOne1 | September 14, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Tnats b/c Zorn knows that Sonny knows that he is a sham.

Posted by: chrislarry | September 14, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"and Bean don't be angry at me that you made a bad bet and your days on here are numbered...."

wow...you truly don't have anything else going on in your life do you......


Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is not worth $100 million as much as a lot of you would like to crown him... what did he end the day with 5 tackles?? You can talk about all this pressure he was sending up the middle and maybe I didnt see it but I dont remember Eli spending a lot of time in the dirt...
I did see Haynesworth take himself out of the game more then once. I also remember seeing him sitting on the sideline taking a knee

Prediction Haynesworth isnt even here after the 2011 season... this could be Snyders biggest mistake yet crippling the team for yesrs to come

Posted by: BenchCampbell | September 14, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Trying to get people to see the light and admit JC isn't good enough, that's the kind of dedication it takes to get people off the kool-aid and see the 5 years of evidence he's mediocre, but oh well, guess it won't work, we'll get to 5-2 or 4-3 and everyone will be excited that JC has like 5 TDs and 1 or 2 INTs cause he's so smart with the ball and manages the game well, then we play some teams after the bye with real defenses again and he'll suck it up and we'll finish around .500, its said seeing it all before it even happens.....


Posted by: zjfr2 | September 14, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

hahahahahaha

Posted by: mattylight | September 14, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

JC made ONE good throw all day long:

The one to Cooley in the endzone when it was already to late to make a difference.

F the slot.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Zorn has got to go. Playcalling is the problem. not campbell.

new idea: play action on 1st and 2nd down.

Posted by: sar3 | September 14, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

wow...you truly don't have anything else going on in your life do you......


Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

you're on here more than I am so what does that say about you? I took pretty long hiatus during the offseason, just like you're about to, yours will just happen to be forever....

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 14, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey Skins Nation, Are you reading this? Read carefully. THIS IS ONE GAME. One game against arguably the best NFC football team in the last 3 years. We only came within 6 points of victory. The offense had some times when we looked promising. More so than last year. If we continue to lay eggs then we need to worry, especially next week. Yes there were times that JC made some bad decisions, but the true test of this team is how they react to this. If they're not who we thought they were, it will play out. Relax people, be supportive fans, in spite of how Gibbs made it look in the 80's and early 90's it ain't easy to manufacture dominant teams, and sometimes this kind of loss is the springboard to excellence, or not, either way, its not time to panic yet. Just calm down people. HTTR

Posted by: wopper | September 14, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Zorn has got to go. Playcalling is the problem. not campbell.

new idea: play action on 1st and 2nd down.

Posted by: sar3 | September 14, 2009 2:58 PM

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Wrong again.

and that (play action) only works when you've already established a run game as a viable threat.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or would we be better off seeing less of those dinky throws for piddly yards to Randle El in the slot?

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 2:55 PM

ARE had 7 catches for 98 yards. I don't mind seeing those, many of them were 1st downs. Cooley had 7 for 68 yards and a touch.

I would like to see MORE of those if the Jints leave it open, but put some other playmakers in the slot who would be more of a threat to actually score after they catch it.

Posted by: Alan4 | September 14, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Begs the question: why did we only throw 26 passes?

Posted by: Alan4 | September 14, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Because for some reason, Zorn thinks that there's a football bible out there that states, "Thou shall not pass on first down"

Posted by: ga8085 | September 14, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Notorious_LMG, my post was related to Game 1 only. Could be totally different THOUGHT vs GOT after Game 2 (let's hope)

This should go without saying, but my exaggerations were just a weak attempt at some humor on a dismal monday after a Skins loss.

Posted by: jgarrisn | September 14, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I'se don't know much about inside foosball like a lots of youse guys but I do know one thingee:

WE DIDN'T BRING HAYNESWORTH IN AS A PASS RUSHER. HE'S A FREAKING TACKLE:

See Stats Below

Charles Mann - DE - 83 Sacks in 177 Games
Dexter Manley- DE - 97.5 Sacks in 143 Games

Dave Butz - DT - 35 Sacks in 216 Games

See how this works - Haynesworth is a TACKLE!

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | September 14, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

zj, how many times have you brought up this 'bet' and how you're giving it a grab just thinking about if you win, how exciting that will be........

you took a hiatus in the offseason because you said you were sick of the Redskins and weren't going to be a fan anymore, and went on this pissy whiney rant about the team, and got CALLED on it...so in order to save face you left....don't call that a 'hiatus'

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

If we continue to lay eggs then we need to worry, especially next week.

Posted by: wopper | September 14, 2009 3:00 PM

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Omelettes, any one?

How's about a fritatta?

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: wopper | September 14, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Read this: Stop with they only lost by 6. It wasn't that close. And, if they play this poorly against a good team, guess what? They won't reach the playoffs..again. What makes this loss so frustrating is that this was a winnable game, but Zorn's horrible playcalling and JC's rookie blunders cost them the game.

Posted by: ga8085 | September 14, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2 your weak arguments shows me only that you're not a JC fan. Got that. I'll let his play over this season be my council. To me play calling, especially at the start of games, is as much a factor in this offense's lack of consistency. It's now 7 straight games without an offensive TD in the first quarter. Those are scripted plays. That shouldn't happen, and IMO that speaks to both coaching and player execution.

Posted by: TWISI | September 14, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Chia_Pet

Are you saying running left on every on just about ever first down is good play calling? Running left on fist and second down three straight time is good play calling? Please tell me you are not saying that. My 12 year old daughter even knows that is not good play calling.

Posted by: jm220 | September 14, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Redskin21: I am sure you realize that Zorn isn't a Jurgensen fan Sonny is the most overated QB in the history of this team never won jack, Zorn probably doesn't appreciate Sonny's criticism of Campbell and I don't blame him while Zorn's play calling leaves a lot to be desired he should defend his QB; A NOTE TO ZORN; TURN JASON LOOSE!! and just for discusion sake what the hell is Sherman Smith doing?

Posted by: dargregmag | September 14, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what kind of inspirational book Zorn is reading, but he needs to burn his library.

Try this for inspiration: "I will enter this game to win. I will play with courage. I will call plays to go for the jugular. I will not call a run play unless I have to. I will not call run play on 3rd and 30, I will not call run play on 2nd and 10, I will not call run play until my passing game is working"

Funk man, Who told these stupid coaches that running can set up the passing game? that was 20 years ago! or maybe towards the end of the game when people are tired.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 14, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks GA I wanted to say the same why in the H#ll does everyone keep saying we only lost by six... Did you wake up and look at the score and stats and say oh Campbell had good numbers and we only lost to the Giants wow! If you watched the game you would realize mistakes were made and we were never really close the whole game. Anyone who watched the game past the first quarter and thought we were going to win that thing is delusional...

The offense scored 3 points outside of a drive late in the game when New York was playing a SOFT prevent defense

Posted by: BenchCampbell | September 14, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

HERE ARE SOME MORE FACTS FOR BLOGGERS:

FACT: The Giants defense is BY FAR the best defense the Skins see all season. Great opening day test. They’ll get it together.

FACT: Carlos played and excellent game yesterday. He is a bigger, better corner than both DHall and Fred. Other teams will see this and continue to go at Hall and Smoot all game long. If DHall doesn’t get it together, this could turn out much like the Asomugha/Hall situation in Oakland. Good for Carlos, bad for Deangelo and the Skins.

FACT: All the Skins need to do is go 3-3 in the division to easily go 11-5 overall. Of the 10 non-divisional games, only 2 scare me: NO and ATL. And even both of those are winnable games. (Yeah I know, this is actually an opinion, but it is still a pretty accurate statement.

FACT: Bloggers need to look at facts rather than making hasty generalizations after a week one loss on the road to the best defense in the NFC.

FACT: I continue to type in bold and caps because it looks cool on the screen.

Posted by: cj658 | September 14, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

DARGREGMAG:

Eddie Jordan will fail in Philly, much like he did in DC.

Posted by: cj658 | September 14, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I said ALL preseason that my biggest concern was the chemictry lost with our new defensive players. Let's hope we're good enough to win without it during the upcoming "soft" part of our schedule and that BOTH sides of the ball get that chemistry b4 the second half of the season rolls around. It's not how you start it's how you finish. Two years ago Giants started 0-2 b4 beating us at home, then went on to beat the unbeaten Pats in the SB. Last year we started 6-2 then crumbled. It's one game.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | September 14, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Piece 11, ARE and Cooley

Appropriately enough, the offense gets a hip hip hooray for finding these 2 guys open often. Dink and dunk away if these guys are open all day. Most of the offense went to Cooley and ARE. Of the 270 net yards, 166 went to these 2 guys -- over 60%.

Sometimes you just have to do what works. This is what works. A lesson for the next meeting, I suppose.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 14, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I just think Zorn and Campbell were just way too afraid of making a mistake that they didn't take chances...and here I thought the conservatives were voted out of Washington!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | September 14, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Enough about the game...I was looking at the schedule -- with Jake "the turnover-machine" Delhomme at QB in Carolina (if he is still starting) -- we've got a very nice stretch coming up before the Philly game on Monday night. I think, looking at our 2nd half schedule, that we'll need to be at least 5-2 heading into that game...maybe even 6-1...thoughts?

Posted by: mattylight | September 14, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Zorn, please practice this mantra while breathing deeply in and out....

I will not call run on 2nd and 10
I will not call run on 3rd and 10

I will not call run on 2nd and 9
I will not call run on 3rd and 9

I will not call run on 2nd and 8
I will not call run on 3rd and 8

I may call run on 2nd and 7 only in the 2nd half

I will not call run on 3rd and 7

I will not call run, period, until the passing game works

I will not call runs until the passing game works

I would rather have three passes and punt than three runs and punt

I will use pass to set up the run

Use passing game to open up the running game

My running game sucks even more than my passing game.

It is better to throw an interception 40 yards down field than have 3 runs and out

If I don't stop calling plays like a pussy, may Gos take away mine

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 14, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Zorn, please practice this mantra while breathing deeply in and out....

I will not call run on 2nd and 10
I will not call run on 3rd and 10

I will not call run on 2nd and 9
I will not call run on 3rd and 9

I will not call run on 2nd and 8
I will not call run on 3rd and 8

I may call run on 2nd and 7 only in the 2nd half

I will not call run on 3rd and 7

I will not call run, period, until the passing game works

I will not call runs until the passing game works

I would rather have three passes and punt than three runs and punt

I will use pass to set up the run

Use passing game to open up the running game

My running game sucks even more than my passing game.

It is better to throw an interception 40 yards down field than have 3 runs and out

If I don't stop calling plays like a pussy, may God take away mine

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 14, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I saw a lot of similarities between last year's opener and this one. I think the Redskins actually had a better first half, especially the defense. Bad break on the Osi TD, and on JC's interception intended for Moss. (BTW, what was Moss thinking? His head was not in the game).

On balance, slightly better performance in the opener this year than last.

And, as some of you have clearly forgotten, last year the Skins proceeded to win 6 of their next 7.

Posted by: dpc2003 | September 14, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

z, ARE averaged 14 ypc yesterday, which while not a world beater, isn't really dink, and dunk....whateves, I guess....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Zorn: you're going to live or die on the performance of Jason Campbell. This team will not beat other NFC East teams running the ball, especially on 1st downs.

Whenever you're behind by double digits, tell him to forget about his stats and go downfield. Hurry up style. Tell him this is his team, and the future is now. He's your Huckelberry. Get 'er done! At least 35 passes a game, unless we're up by 21 and need to burn clock.

Posted by: Alan4 | September 14, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

FBO ranking:

13. Jason Campbell WAS

It was a bad throw, but Campbell deserved more of an effort from Santana Moss on his first interception; while Randy Moss has the reputation for taking plays off and failing to give 100 percent, it's Santana who seems to prominently do so on important plays (think the Seahawks playoff game). Campbell's another quarterback who needs to spend more time in the shotgun: He was 14-of-17 for 155 yards out of the shotgun, but only 5-of-9 for 56 yards with two sacks and a pick when he lined up under center.

Posted by: periculum | September 14, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I think, looking at our 2nd half schedule, that we'll need to be at least 5-2 heading into that game...maybe even 6-1...thoughts?

Posted by: mattylight | September 14, 2009 3:14 PM |
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It's very tempting to believe that.

But I want to wait and see how they bounce back against the Lambs, who won at FedEx last year.

If the Redskins beat the almighty tar out of St. Louis (and they should, all indications are that the Rams suck), I'll feel better about things in general.

But if they only slip past them, I'll still be worried.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 14, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

And I'm sure it's been pointed out by this time, but all you guys who wanted Cutler, what did you think of his performance last night?

What a loon. There was one series he was ABSOLUTELY DETERMINED TO THROW A PICK. He had to hit Packer DB's 3 times before one of them would catch the ball. IN a SINGLE SERIES.

Makes me think the NFL is fixed.

Posted by: dpc2003 | September 14, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

OK, so many of us had to hold back from puking watching that nauseating crap yesterday - but at least Jim Zorn has an interesting iTunes library.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | September 14, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

What a moron Lavar is... is anyone listening to him right now? He's talking
about how Jason had a higher completion % and higher QB rating than both Mark Sanchez and Eli Manning... he's using the stats to say JC played better than both.. shows how much he knows about football. First, Sanchez and Manning had those stats when the game MATTERED, JC padded his stats when we were down by two possessions
and Giants were playing prevent..

Throw the stats out the window, Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez played better than JC. Everyone knows that.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 14, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

FACT: I continue to type in bold and caps because it looks cool on the screen.

Posted by: cj658 | September 14, 2009

And do so blockquotes :)

Posted by: periculum | September 14, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Read this: Stop with they only lost by 6. It wasn't that close. And, if they play this poorly against a good team, guess what? They won't reach the playoffs..again. What makes this loss so frustrating is that this was a winnable game, but Zorn's horrible playcalling and JC's rookie blunders cost them the game.Posted by: ga8085 | September 14, 2009 3:06 PM.


Agreed. But how did JC look in the no-huddle. How did we look when special teams put a TD on the board. How bout only one Giant offensive TD. Yes we made mistakes but they are correctable is my point. This game alone does not define this team. How they react does define this team. Thats my point. I'm not flying with blind optimism. But thanks for the condescension, it was delish!

Posted by: wopper | September 14, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Campbell's another quarterback who needs to spend more time in the shotgun: He was 14-of-17 for 155 yards out of the shotgun, but only 5-of-9 for 56 yards with two sacks and a pick when he lined up under center.

Posted by: periculum | September 14, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I think Bean would agree with this -- Campbell has always looked like a stud from the shotgun in the hurry-up offense. We should start both halves of every game like this and get opposing D's on their heels...play to your strengths!

Posted by: mattylight | September 14, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This is an 8-8 team, at best. Yesterday's game was a repeat of the 2 beatings that we took from the G-Men last year. Not a damn thing has changed other than we paid WAY too much for Haynesworth and Hall.

Fat Albert can't even play the snaps that we need him to without taking himself out of the game.

D-Hall might be one of the worst contracts that we have given out in a really long time. Shut down corner my a$$! He plays 15 yards off of everyone and could not tackle anyone to save his life. He seriously might be one of the worst starting CBs in the league.

Campbell was, well Campbell. Confused and had no pocket presence at all. he just does not get it and will never be the answer for us. he is a great guy, just not a great or even good football player.

Finally, I could not be more disappointed in LaRon Landry. Is he ever going to make a play for us? He consistently lets average WRs get behind him and is there a FS in the NFL who misses more tackles the LaRon? All of this diving at people around the head crap has got to stop. He is definitely not living up to his draft status, or even being picked in the 1st round period!

Posted by: NCMatt1 | September 14, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"He was 14-of-17 for 155 yards out of the shotgun"

Wow...thats telling..putting him under center on passing downs=straight tart...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

peric, does FBO = Football Outsiders?

Posted by: psps23 | September 14, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Throw the stats out the window, Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez played better than JC. Everyone knows that.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 14, 2009

Campbell's another quarterback who needs to spend more time in the shotgun: He was 14-of-17 for 155 yards out of the shotgun, but only 5-of-9 for 56 yards with two sacks and a pick when he lined up under center.

Rachel these stats probably show that Campbell's offensive line was in trouble. Albeit the Giant's defensive line is probably far-and-away the best defensive line in the NFL.

Besides, didn't you know that Nyjer and Jason are related? ~smiles~

Posted by: periculum | September 14, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

ARE was pretty good yesterday, we should be abe to exploit the third corner matchup this year. Cooley looked good as well.
MK and Santana disappeared yesterday. I don't know if JC didn't like what he saw on their routes or if he was just too scared to take the shot. Whatever it was, he needs to make quicker decisions.
Watching and comparing other teams, it just seems that the Skins never look comfortable about what they are doing. They also don't seem to have any type of motivation. The players have to execute but its the coaches job to get them motivated and prepared. The coaches are not doing their job in this respect.
The Defense, blows.
You can't tell me that they are good or 'were the #4 defense last year' and convince me otherwise. Last year it was the exact same problem : no pass rush, DB's playing soft, can't get off the field (when they need to & when they have to). I don't know if its the scheme or ability but the Skins need to work in some 'effective' blitzes and create a rush with the front 4. I know, all teams want to do this but we are supposed to have the players to do this. It didn't show in this first game.
Its not the end of the world and improvement will take place this year. The disappointment is that the Skins continue play sloppy and unmotivated.

Posted by: priceisright | September 14, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

wopper, well said.

Although, I myself, remain optimistic. Skins were quite lucky to get the AFC West this season.

Posted by: cj658 | September 14, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Don't think Spurrier and Turner could make a baby.

You need a uterus for that.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Unless Spurrier really is a shape shifting soldier from another dimension...

Posted by: bostskin | September 14, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

peric, does FBO = Football Outsiders?
Posted by: psps23 | September 14, 2009

Yes.

Posted by: periculum | September 14, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Throw the stats out the window, Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez played better than JC. Everyone knows that.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 14, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

People like to throw meaning less stats in to prove their point, conveniently leaving out the contradicting stats. I cant believe anyone who watched that game came away saying JC looked like a great or even a good QB.

Statistically he and ELI had similar numbers, however Eli put up his when it mattered, JC got his stats when the game was realistically over. Same numbers, different scenarios.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | September 14, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"Last year it was the exact same problem : no pass rush, DB's playing soft, can't get off the field (when they need to & when they have to)."

Actually, the defense led the league in 3 & outs last season. That was certainly missing yesterday, though.

Posted by: psps23 | September 14, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

RE: our schedule.

KC hung with Baltimore. Detroit looks better. Think Calvin Johnson would like to see DHall near him? Atlanta is a playoff level team. NO & Brees will probably win their division. No, our non division will not be as easy as people might think.

Posted by: will_ga | September 14, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

First week, first week - no conclusions can be drawn about other teams - we've got trouble, but we don't know about most of the rest of the league

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | September 14, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: wopper | September 14, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

But you see, that's the problem. Its easy to say they'll fix this and fix that. But does Zorn have it in him to fix his crappy playcalling and put his offensive players in position where they'll thrive? I hope so but I'm definitely not confident. When the next tough opponent comes up, what then? What will the excuse be? This should of been a tougher matchup for the Giants. Zorn played right in their hands. God I still feel like slapping his teeth out thinking about it.

Posted by: ga8085 | September 14, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey Skins Nation, Are you reading this? Read carefully. THIS IS ONE GAME. One game against arguably the best NFC football team in the last 3 years. We only came within 6 points of victory. The offense had some times when we looked promising. More so than last year. If we continue to lay eggs then we need to worry, especially next week. Yes there were times that JC made some bad decisions, but the true test of this team is how they react to this. If they're not who we thought they were, it will play out. Relax people, be supportive fans, in spite of how Gibbs made it look in the 80's and early 90's it ain't easy to manufacture dominant teams, and sometimes this kind of loss is the springboard to excellence, or not, either way, its not time to panic yet. Just calm down people. HTTR

Posted by: wopper | September 14, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

AMEN MY BROTHER!!!!!!!! Also, you do what works till they stop it. So what Eli threw to 7 different receivers. I don't care if we throw to ARE EVERY play...so long as we win. Play calling was horrible. You do what works till they prove they can stop it. When they do, go to what they're giving us. How many times did Eli throw the quick out three yards behind the LOS only to have the receiver get 10 yac yards. We couldn't stop it so they kept running the same play. THAT'S GOOD PLAY CALLING AND STRATEGY!!!

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | September 14, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

if that's the only thing that works, he should be shotgun for the whole game.

No reason not to, it's not like we're foolin' anyone with the standard Madded Iso & Blast plays... lmao.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 14, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

RE: our schedule.

KC hung with Baltimore. Detroit looks better. Think Calvin Johnson would like to see DHall near him? Atlanta is a playoff level team. NO & Brees will probably win their division. No, our non division will not be as easy as people might think.

Posted by: will_ga | September 14, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, but IMO we should post W's against Detroit, St. Louis, KC, Denver, Tampa and Oakland. Not saying we will -- we always find a way, once per season, to lose to a team we should beat, but those are games we should take care of...emphasis on should...

Posted by: mattylight | September 14, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

And I'm sure it's been pointed out by this time, but all you guys who wanted Cutler, what did you think of his performance last night?

Posted by: dpc2003 | September 14, 2009 3:19 PM

I didn't want Cutler for more than a 2nd round draft pick, but I figured he'd struggle learning a new system anyway--and lacking the Broncos' O-line. I said so back in March.


psps, you know Cutler's stats will go down too if he comes her--in fact his interception rate would probably skyrocket. Because no one will be open, but he'll want to make something happen.
Every now and them Moss will get open, but the smart teams will double Moss and keep all their DBs in coverage and let their standard 4 man front collapse the pocket so fast it looks like a blitz.

Posted by: Alan4 | March 18, 2009 12:36 AM

Posted by: Alan4 | September 14, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

First week, first week - no conclusions can be drawn about other teams - we've got trouble, but we don't know about most of the rest of the league

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | September 14, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I would like to believe the same about the Redskins. I am still holding out hope that we come out next Sunday and whoop arse. And that propels us for the rest of the season, OHHHHH YEAH!!! I'll drink to that.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | September 14, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

At least we got one of our 8 or 9 losses out of the way.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | September 14, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

If we ran shotgun for the whole game, wouldn't that eventually not work as well?

Then what?

Judging the last minute of play, I'm inclined to think we should run the no huddle for 4 quarters.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to get the "out of the shotgun" versus the "under center" stats to Chris Meidt......whats his role again??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to root for Jason Campbell but I'm loosing faith quickly. I'm almost convinced that he cannot or will not attempt to buy time with his feet when plays break down. He may be "OVER COACHED", it's as if he is thinking too much and trying to please his coach by not from the play that's called. If the 1st,2nd & 3rd read are not there he seem to go blank. Mark Sanchez is playing better right now. Stafford and the lions put up 27 points. I'm starting to believe that Jason is the problem or Zorn is not allowing him to use his natural ability be he is "OVER COACHED!!!!!!!!!!almost robotic

Posted by: pennstate1 | September 14, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

and play action on every down.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

pennstate1, I can buy the "overcoached" theory. Funny how good Colt Brennan looked last year, prior to a full year of being coached up.

Posted by: Alan4 | September 14, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

We only came within 6 points of victory.

Posted by: wopper | September 14, 2009 3:00 PM

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Hrmmmm.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

z, ARE averaged 14 ypc yesterday, which while not a world beater, isn't really dink, and dunk....whateves, I guess....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

A lot of the throws over the middle were pretty short passes ... but effective. ARE's average was much higher because of the 35 yarder.

Still, I'm fine with 10 yards a catch. Which was my original point. Completing a high % of short (or medium) length passes is an effective way to run an offense.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 14, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Spurrier may be a shape shifter, but The Danny is definitely a LIZARD!

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 14, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

....my bad....


I'm trying to root for Jason Campbell but I'm losing faith quickly. I'm almost convinced that he cannot or will not attempt to buy time with his feet when plays break down. He may be "OVER COACHED", it's as if he is thinking too much and trying to please his coach by not deviating (when necessary) from the play that's called. If the 1st, 2nd & 3rd reads are not there he seems to go blank. Mark Sanchez is playing better right now. Stafford and the lions put up 27 points. I'm starting to believe that Jason is the problem or Zorn is not allowing him to use his natural ability be he is "OVER COACHED!!!!!!!!!!Almost robotic

Posted by: pennstate1 | September 14, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The question was, what did you think of Cutler's performance?

"Struggle" is a nice word, but you're being waaaay to kind. Flailing is closer to the truth.


But, one game is one game.

The GiANTS have matched up very well against the Redskins for years. The good news about that is that the GiANTS are one of the best teams in the NFC, and it doesn't say much about how the Redskins will do the rest of the year.


The critical game is next week. At home, against what's supposed to be a bad team, one they should have beat last year except for a freak play. Although, to be fair, the Redskins didn't play particularly well in that game.

If they've improved, then the should be able to handle the Rams on both sides of the ball. If not, perhaps the doubters on RI are right.

Posted by: dpc2003 | September 14, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

till, I'm fine with 10 yards a catch. Which was my original point. Completing a high % of short (or medium) length passes is an effective way to run an offense.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 14, 2009 3:40 PM

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Only if you can outscore your opponent.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Bears game, how bout that long snapper & his fake punt audible deep in his own end up by two points. All Hail Ethan Albright!!!

Posted by: will_ga | September 14, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

mattyl -

More ike we find a way to lose 2-3x a season to teams we should beat. Undecided on JC. four tackles by a part-time DT is pretty good actually. D Hall has hands but can't cover. Game takes on a different complexion altogether if Rogers holds onto that first interception. 9-7 and missing the playoffs.

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | September 14, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Unless you really expected the skins to go 16-0 this season it's a little early to panic.

It was disappointing the way the team lost yesterday, but most of what happened can be fixed.

On the positive side we got 2 takeaways against a pretty good offense. And we got out of yesterday healthy.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | September 14, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I saw the game differently than others did. I would not put the blame on the players this time, especially not on JC. Zorn should bear the brunt of the blame for this loss. I thought we had a shot at pulling off an upset yesterday. We lost largely due to poor decision-making. When I say poor decision-making, Zorn’s insistence to run the ball even when it was painfully obvious that the Giants were hell bent on stopping the run and would rather make us beat them by passing the ball.

Zorn did not do a good job yesterday, how else can you explain calling 3 consecutive running plays at the goal line. If this team is to take the next step, they have to trust their passing game much more. Zorn needs to be more aggressive in his play calling. He has become so conservative in his play calling; it is as if Gibbs 2.0 never left.

Posted by: Ejayraptor | September 14, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I think the pass rush was noticeably better.

But how often did they blitz? I remember one time, and when they did they put Eli on his backside.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | September 14, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Even Gibbs wouldn't have run the ball three straight times deep in his own territory, especially when the running game is not working at all

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | September 14, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

If they've improved, then the should be able to handle the Rams on both sides of the ball.

Posted by: dpc2003 | September 14, 2009 3:43 PM

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The Rams won three games last year and failed to score a TD against the Seahawks.

If we of the NFC East beat the sorry Rams next week, I think we can glean pretty much nothing from it.

If we lose to the Rams, however...

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"A lot of the throws over the middle were pretty short passes ... but effective. ARE's average was much higher because of the 35 yarder."

Welcome to the WCO.

Posted by: psps23 | September 14, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Doc Walker is saying that the Giants were saying after the game how predictable (particularly when running the ball) the skins game plan was. In the next game, JZ needs to be less predictable. Get that mojo back JZ.

Posted by: TWISI | September 14, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

peaceful2008, I totally agree with you. Why are they keep running the ball against one of the best defensive lines? Throw the damn ball. Keep throwing it. Go with the no huddle offense. The play calling totally sucks..............

Posted by: TheJury | September 14, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Certainly not much blitzing yesterday, stumped.

Maybe once or twice.

Eli seemed to audible out of a few plays when we showed blitz, though, and we then backed off.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTjAppTguMY

Even the UVA mascot sucks. Horses can't stand the cavaliers any more than fans right now...

Posted by: will_ga | September 14, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

As one of the more outspoken Campbell advocates and one of the more outspoken 'what has Cutler really done' skeptics -- I can only say week 1 comes as no surprise. Cutler again showed that he knows how to lose a game with his mistakes.

The GB defense Cutler faced isn't nearly as good as what Campbell faced yesterday.

Imagine where we'd be saying today if we had the same result at ny with Cutler -- but no Orakpo and no #1 next year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 14, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Ejay, I agree on the playcalling. The one sthat bothered me were to keep running to the left, the reverse pass, and the bubble screen.

Bubble screen was used a lot last year, and the GiANTS were more than ready for it.

Portis ripped a big gain to the left, but then got 1-2 yards each time he tried thereafter.

The reverse pass, or any reverse, is a stupendously low percentage play against a defense like NYG. They've got extremely agile, fast DE and are not likely to take an angle on a play to the opposite side, but instead run it down from behind. Having the ball go from side to side behind the line of scrimmage is asking for trouble.

Instead, use their eagerness to get up the field against them. I thought several screens worked well, and they could have been called more.

One play to the right could have netted a touchdown, but Heyer went after a LB and left the DE unblocked when LG doubled the inside guy. That was a 4 point mistake, whether by Heyer or Thomas I don't know. But, if they play together more presumably that won't happen.

So, not terribly impressed with the playcalling, or the tempo, until they went into the 2 minute drill. They ought to do that more often.

Posted by: dpc2003 | September 14, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The Rams won three games last year and failed to score a TD against the Seahawks.

If we of the NFC East beat the sorry Rams next week, I think we can glean pretty much nothing from it.

If we lose to the Rams, however...

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 14, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. I still won't take nothing from that game if they win. They need to beat a good team to see if they truly have improved. Yeah, watch Zorn be more aggressive next week cause he knows the Rams stink. But when they go against a good team again, he'll regress to the old conservative mode, giving the other team too much respect before they even get on the field.

Posted by: ga8085 | September 14, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm really mad at the Redskins! They made me say, 'son of a b!@#$,' numerous times in front of my kids! I blame the Redskins for my bad parenting.

Posted by: authorofpoetry | September 14, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Chia, I think thumping the Rams would tell us a great deal about the Redskins.

Last year, if they had beat the teams they were supposed to beat, they'd have been 10-6 or better. Instead they struggled against the Seahawks, Rams, Bengals, Browns, Lions, and Niners, winning only 3 of 6 when they should have had 4 or 5.

So, going out there and thrashing the Rams, maybe hanging 30+ on them, would tell me a lot about the 09 Redskins

Posted by: dpc2003 | September 14, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse


"Stafford and the lions put up 27 points."

Understand one simple thing here:

The Saints Defense ≠ The Giants Defense

Posted by: RedDMV | September 14, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell and Eli Manning and both had a bad interception and a bad fumble yesterday. So why aren't Giant fans all over Eli like we're all over JC?

Well, obviously, because Eli won. But it's also because Eli's offense does not require QB perfection. Ours does.

Zorn can say whatever he wants about what his offense is "designed" to do...but the way plays were called yesterday, there was no room for JC error, not one. We simply aren't aggressive enough to make up for any mistakes.

Of all the games I watched yesterday I didn't see a mistake-free QB game, even from Mr. Brees. And until we get aggressive and call plays that can compensate for mistakes, I'm never going to be convinced that we need to get rid of JC.

Posted by: PrisonMike | September 14, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

thought: My man ARE would be the man.

got: He gave them hell...


But

6 points away... [crickets][chirp]

No moral victories. This is professional football, not amateurs from Notre Dame.

Posted by: ElYeah | September 14, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong:

1. Tampa bay drafted a DE(forget his name)=Tampa bay use him as a DE and rush the quarterback(good move)

houston drafted Mario Williams(DE)=use him as DE and rushes the quarterback(good move)

3.Washington draft a orakpo(DE)= use him in pass coverage 90% of the time(Fu**ed up move)= bad coaching=fire they ass;-)

Posted by: lamarlamarwash | September 14, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Campbell and Moss have never seemed to be on the same page. Campbell hit El in stride all day on those slants over the middle but when Moss got separation running the exact same pattern Campbell threw behind him.

Posted by: coparker5 | September 14, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

OK here is my take, Our team in preseason never gets any time to gel, Portis doesnt play the wideouts play sparingly so they spend first couple of weeks basically getting in shape, also why is it that JC never has more than 2 guys involved? When Collins played a couple years back he was able to find different recievers and spread it out, JC has his mind made up before the snap and he and JZ need to go.

Posted by: gwjuniors | September 14, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow, did you see that pass rush we got yeterday? How about the top 5 defence? Oh yea, wasn't that play calling great? That head coach sure knows what he is doing. Lets run a reverse on the 2nd play of the game that will really fool the other team. Boy this west coast offense can really score points. Just think, its only game 1. We fans get to see 15 more games this year. The only real question left is will this team win a game this year?

Posted by: mike1ad | September 14, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, did you see that pass rush we got yeterday? How about the top 5 defence? Oh yea, wasn't that play calling great? That head coach sure knows what he is doing. Lets run a reverse on the 2nd play of the game that will really fool the other team. Boy this west coast offense can really score points. Just think, its only game 1. We fans get to see 15 more games this year. The only real question left is will this team win a game this year?

Posted by: mike1ad | September 14, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Laron Landry made several bad plays again and has a history of doing it. He always charges with his head down and can't react to the ball or make a tackle. Trying to deliver the big hit caused him to make mistake after mistake again yesterday missing tackles, interceptions and getting flagged for cheap shots. We should definitely trade him now while we may still be able to get something for him.

Posted by: jjredskins | September 14, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

"THOUGHT:
Vinny Cerrato= Worst 'GM' ever
GOT:
Hey, we got one right!!
Posted by: jgarrisn"

LOL
THOUGHT: jgaggisn=reasoned comments
GOT: hysterical overreaction after one game

Fits right in at RI, wouldn't ya say?

Posted by: Samson151 | September 15, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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