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Redskins Play as Expected

A few thoughts on the football action from the weekend...first, the NFL

-- Ah, the Redskins. Their loss at Giants Stadium was about what I expected. The offense was about the same as last year, in that it could move the ball in stretches but never sustain drives and turn them into touchdowns. The defense looked nasty at times but couldn't get the Giants off the field when it counted. Same as last season on both counts.

Jason Campbell, as Troy Aikman pointed out during the Fox telecast, failed to step up in the pocket and as a result got stripped of the ball, handing the Giants a touchdown. Thing is, the Redskins' schedule is so Charmin-soft over the next few weeks (beginning Sunday with the Rams, who might be the worst team in the NFL) that the loss to the Giants probably won't matter very much in the long run.

-- The team that had to be laughing all the way home Sunday night was the Denver Broncos. The Broncos beat the Bengals on an absolute fluke play to start their season 1-0, while the alleged franchise quarterback they traded, Jay Cutler, stunk out Lambeau Field in a four-interception game that underscores why he's so incredibly overrated. All night long Cutler tried to do too much and his new Chicago Bears receivers were mostly incompetent in a loss to Green Bay. The expectations are way too high for Cutler, who showed in Denver in his first couple of seasons that he forced too many passes and acted as if he were a veteran gunslinger even though he's never won a playoff game and never won anything in college at Vanderbilt. Clearly, Cutler needs a great tutor and he doesn't have one in Chicago, where the offense is the same old inadequate offense it's been the last few years under coordinator Ron Turner. Cutler now gets to face the Steelers' defense in Week 2.

-- Other teams with QB woes: Carolina. Perhaps Jake Delhomme's time as a front-line starter for a playoff team is over. All Delhomme could manage at home against the Eagles was 74 passing yards and four interceptions. He was dreadful. And it's now nine picks and two fumbles in his last two games, the playoff loss to Philly in Charlotte and this Week 1 loss. It's difficult to imagine the Panthers staying with Delhomme even another week...And Philly, which couldn't get an entire game from Donovan McNabb who took a late hit and suffered a broken rib early in the rout down in Charlotte.

-- Worst loss of the Week 1: Houston, supposedly a playoff team, lost at home to the Jets, which should be a huge disappointment for a team that fancies itself a playoff squad. Jets QB Mark Sanchez, on the other hand, became the first rookie quarterback to win his debut on the road since 1960. Maybe it was the pep talk he got from the one and only Joe Willie Namath.

-- Most impressive win of Week 1: The 49ers, of whom little is expected outside of the Niners clubhouse, went on the road and beat NFC champ Arizona in a division match.


Michael Wilbon

 |  September 14, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Redskins , Wilbits Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Okay, this is hard as a die hard 'skins fan. I was there in the rain when Gibbs, #3,7,44,28,81,85 paraded around in '83...We stink now. But Snyder sues us fans? Takes by bro's tickets when he was away on business? And, we're to pay hundreds of dollars a family for this crap? I'm afraid to bring my family because of all the scalping esp. Philly & Giants fans. Duh, there's a recession, Danny! Does Zorn really know what we're about? Maroon and Black? Fire Zorn! To keep my mind active, I've picked an AFC team every year to root for. I'm a Steeler's Fan now cuz Tomlin went to The College of William & Mary in VA and knows integrity is of utmost importance! I either do that or get a divorce(superstitious maybe?) since my wedding day is the last time the 'skins went to the Super Bowl? So finally, I say, get rid of the logo, change the name and win a few games!

Posted by: martykennedy | September 27, 2009 5:30 PM
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Can you tell us why we are still playing Jason campbell? This guy has been around for a while now and he is just a robot.

No field awareness, no ability to see the big picture, no elusiveness, he is a zombie out there. Does he even have a pulse? He has one speed....Slow!

Take him off the anti depressants and then if that doesn't help, bring in a quarterback who actually appears to be part of the game. You know one that can adapt to changes DURING the play.

Posted by: Sideshow1 | September 18, 2009 8:28 AM
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Mike, your hit the nail on the head. The defense can't stop anyone when it matters. The offense cannot get into a rythm when it sits on the sideline for long stretches. Has anyone else noticed that when a team gets its first first down on a drive against the Skins, it goes on to at least attempt a field goal 90% of the time? It's ridiculous. The talent is there but the schemes are terrible. And Blatche gets too irritated with anyone who questions his bend-but-don't break schemes. Something has to give with the defensive plans.

Posted by: colonel5 | September 17, 2009 10:47 AM
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Mike: Please tell Sonny Jergenson and crew they make the games sound so hilarious over the radio. One inept play causes a 10 min rant over play-playcalling (Off & Def), personnel packages, and comparisons to 1)other teams & 2) past Redskins teams.

One Note: The really key play was only the fumble where JC did not step up in the pocket. The camera angle on the replay was right over his throwing shoulder. If you look at the score...that one play (with no fumble) could have given the Redskins the win!

Sorry JC!!! You have to be more like Vick in games against top defenses thanks to the O-line. If no one is open after a 3-count...R-U-N!!!

Posted by: haycoach | September 17, 2009 8:00 AM
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MW why is JZorn not getting roasted? His playcalling is routine and does not set any thing up in the later parts of the game.
Why don't you say what happened on the four? Throw a pass give your team a chance, which Zorn did not.
Ask him about no hot receivers and cooleys blocking or lack thereof.
Tell ARE - nevermind dead horse.
Malcom Mitchell where is he?
Dhall arm tackles in the NFC East?
How about AH in the backfeild all day long?
He does make jacobs look small, he did that by tackling him!

Posted by: zariah | September 16, 2009 9:04 PM
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I did not think that the Redskins played particularly poorly. I saw better pressure on the defensive front and the protection was improved. The Giants are a very good team and they did not run away with the game. But Zorn's unwillingness or inability to make play calling adjustments during the game remains a persistent problem. The Giants decided they were going to take Moss and Portis away leaving the middle of the field open. Zorn: If they are stunting to prevent the run, use play action and throw down the middle of the field. Even better, let the guy up in the booth who can see the field call the plays.

Posted by: Surf1 | September 16, 2009 7:39 AM
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Campbell played like a man who was more scared of his own sideline than the Giants.

He's not wanted by his owner, coach and most of the Redskins fans, but everyone expects him to be the new Sammy Baugh.

Posted by: alhotch | September 15, 2009 4:18 PM
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Will someone please address the horrid play calling by Jim Zorn?! Why doesn't he consider throwing the ball more on 1st & 2nd to open up the run later in the game instead of picking up 1 yard on EVERY 1st down against a good run defense. Why doesn't Zorn allow Jason to call some of his own plays or at the very least put a real offensive coordinator in the sky-box that has a better vantage point to analyze the defense & their tendencies and adjust play calling.

Zorn is being a hard-head and it's only going to get worse as he's fooled into believing in his approach by winning the upcoming 4-5 scrub games we should win anyway. However, once we face another stout defense, like Philly, his predictable play calling will be exposed once again for what it is: the work of a novice! THE PROBLEM IS NOT JASON, IT'S JIM!!!

Posted by: starpopper | September 15, 2009 3:22 PM
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Fix Wilbon Mon Chat link. Goes to Wang now.

Posted by: Cosmos2k | September 15, 2009 8:56 AM
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Hey, same old Deadskins. But, how 'bout them Ravens!!!!!

Posted by: POPS1 | September 15, 2009 7:21 AM
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How was it that Moss was so irrelevant the whole game, with most other teams they try to get the ball into the hands of their playmaker. Maybe moss just isn't good enough to get open or JC is just unable to find him, but the fact remains that the skins were completely predictable on offense. The giants were able to take away any deep threats and all JC could do was find cooley and ARE short. You'll get a few first downs and a high completion % that way, but you're not going to put points up when you can't get anything more then 20 yds. Once again the D played good enough for us to win but the O frankly stunk.

Posted by: djnune03 | September 14, 2009 11:20 PM
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hmmmmmm stockman....was it my imagination or wasn't Hall the one to snag the interception that led to the field goal? a better question may you remember hearing Orakpo's name....even once?

Posted by: mdrockjock | September 14, 2009 2:19 PM
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Can you tell me why Hall is worth $55 Million? Haynesworth is getting some unfavorable press today, but he at least contributed and occupied a couple of offensive linemen on every play. What did Hall do? Besides miss tackles?

Posted by: theStockman | September 14, 2009 11:56 AM
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