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Goal Line Stands (Yes, Plural)

The NFL is a league of one-game seasons, and teams are often forced to adopt entirely different personalities from week to week, depending on the opponent and certain matchups. But I can't imagine the brawn and cunning the Redskins exhibited in their goal line defense Sunday not carrying over. If nothing else, it should serve as a warning to every offensive coordinator who watches it on tape.

Cleveland ran five plays from the one, and three plays from the five, finally getting into the end zone. The Browns' beefy back, Jamal Lewis, had three carries from the 1 over two separate drives, and never gained a yard. Most of the time, he was hit behind the line of scrimmage.

Middle Linebacker London Fletcher jumped him once, with tackle Kedric Golston shooting the gap and gaining tremendous penetration. Golston did the same thing on the next drive, with linebacker Rocky McIntosh joining him. Then second-year reserve linebacker H.B. Blades jumped all over Lewis as he tried to burst in on the left end, getting help from corner Carlos Rogers.

You will not find more physical, aggressive and brutish play. Sure, the Browns ultimately got a touchdown on a bootleg pass to receiver Joshua Cribbs, but they had to burn a lot of time over two drives to score. The Skins' pass protection was excellent - helped by Derek Anderson's miserable performance - and the one pass he completed outside of the TD throw, a screen pass, was utterly blown up by Fletcher for a two-yard loss. On fourth-and-goal from the three, on the Browns' first trip to this area of the field with six minutes to play, lineman Demetric Evans made a great play to leap in the air and knock the pass down.

Great stuff all around, and possibly a sign of more to come.

"It does a lot for the team morale and the defensive confidence," Fletcher said. "Those goal-line plays were actually fun. It's an amazing rush, especially when you stop them. It builds a tremendous amount of confidence for you. I know [defensive coordinator] Greg Blache loves that part of the game. Obviously, we don't want to allow teams to get into a goal-line situations, but if we can keep them from scoring or make them kick field goals and things like that, those are huge momentum swings."

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 21, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
 
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Posted by: CrappyWaiter | October 21, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Heads Up, from Our I.T. Peeps

I'm sorry to tell you, but there may be a brief shutdown on comments coming today:

"In response to the recent comment-spam attack that paralyzed blogs and put a serious slowdown on the entire site, we've accelerated the process of setting up all our blogs to require readers to register.

"This will be accompanied by a "no comment" period that may last up to 2 hours but will probably be a lot shorter.

"This includes areas that already have registration."

Hopefully, this should be a relatively quiet day at Redskins Park.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | October 21, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Cindy, I have no comment on that at this time.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 21, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

4th or 5th don't really care. Lost rent again, took the spread !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: poolman1200000 | October 21, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Thank gawd, I have to actually work....

Posted by: chrislarry | October 21, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

That will make for a very long day for a few of these folks. Nate, REDDMV, Chris, etc., you might have to pick up a pen or reply to an email.

Don't worry, the world won't end!

Posted by: redpitbull98 | October 21, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"This will be accompanied by a "no comment" period that may last up to 2 hours but will probably be a lot shorter.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | October 21, 2008 9:07 AM

We've had previous experience with this IT bunch. They operate on a different clock system. Two hours on their clock is two weeks on our calendar. This has a distinct advantage to them: they get their bi-monthly pay check two four hours. Of course, they're not happy about paying their rent every four hours.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 21, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, this should be a relatively quiet day at Redskins Park.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | October 21, 2008 9:07 AM |

And quiet days at RP generate the most anger and controversy on RI. "We never should have let Pierce go." "LaVar was hosed." "Vinny sux." "JC is mediocre at best." "JLC is a hack." Etc.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 21, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

TE,
Dont forget random attacks of Extreamskinsist on the blog

Posted by: alex35332 | October 21, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

The Skins' pass protection was excellent - helped by Derek Anderson's miserable performance

What are you talking about here? Put the bottle down JLC. LOL

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 21, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Good to see that Pat Ramsey still doens't have that clock in his head telling him to get rid of the ball.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 21, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

beeps, maps, and the like...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 21, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I actually watched some highlights of the game last night and I don't think Anderson is at fault for half those throws. Many looked like miscommunication and half were dropped.

Posted by: Gweez | October 21, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Go go power rangers and whatnot

Posted by: alex35332 | October 21, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

redpitbull, we've been through outages before up here. Somehow we'll muddle through. With beer.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 21, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"In response to the recent comment-spam attack that paralyzed blogs and put a serious slowdown on the entire site, we've accelerated the process of setting up all our blogs to require readers to register."

Barno!

Posted by: isnadd | October 21, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

The 2nd goal line stand would have been a lot more impressive if they actually prevented the Browns from scoring a touchdown and a two point conversion. As it is, it is just giving up a tough TD. And a critical one at that. Let's face it, the previous week notwithstanding, the Browns are offensively challenged. Do this against the Steelers in a couple weeks and i'll stand corrected.

Posted by: dave64 | October 21, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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