Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Redskins vs. Steelers

Washington was completely outmatched. The Steeles had a balanced offense, able to both run and pass effectively. 

The Skins' offense couldn't run the ball nor stop the run when they needed to. Joe Barry should have changed it up early to have Norman match up with Antonio Brown after the first score. 

Sean McVay should have adapted when Couins wasn't getting pressured with just three or four rushers. He should have taken more time to survey the field and let his receivers find soft spots in the zone.

If the coaches don't adapt, this is going to be an extremely long season.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Glimmer of Hope for the Running Game?

Mack Brown had an impressive tune-up in the final preseason game. He was a practice squad player last year, signed as an undrafted free agent. However, he looked decisive in his cuts, he followed his blocking, and he showed off speed to score on the long run.

It's hard to tell how much credit to give when many of the players out there won't be on the regular season rosters. Nevertheless, there's at least a glimmer of hope that Brown and/or Robert Kelley can push Matt Jones and Chris Thompson to uplevel the running game. If not, I hope Scot McCloughan feels comfortable dialing up Pierre Thomas' number.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Preseason Thoughts

1. The Skins' running game is non-existent. It's surprising to me that famed offensive line coach isn't getting the line to consistently create holes. Instead, there is regular penetration into the backfield.

2. Kirk Cousins was decent but everything was short. In preseason, i suppose it doesn't matter but it would have been confidence building to see some deeper throws.

3. Upon further review, Jared Goff (Cal) didn't look as bad as the stats make it seem. After the shaky start with a blitz that forced the INT, Goff got into a rhythm on his second drive with a few consecutive completions.

4. Dak Prescott (Cowboys) looked amazing. Of course, it helps to have All-Pro Dez Bryant but he showed the poise and decisiveness of an established veteran quarterback. Uh oh.

5. Carson Wentz (Eagles) looked shaky. Nothing worrisome at this juncture but certainly neither Goff nor Wentz were as impressive as Prescott.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sad State of Affairs

Chris Cooley reviewed in excruciating detail all the ways in which RG3 failed in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.


Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Jay Gruden Outlook

New head coach (again)... what do we really know about him?

1. Jay Gruden was Cincinnati's offensive coordinator and helped develop Andy Dalton and AJ Green.
2. He's Jon Gruden's brother and has ties with Bruce Allen to the Tampa Bay Bucs organization.
3. He does have head coaching experience, albeit with the Arena Football League and United Football League, for both the Orlando Predators and Florida Tuskers, respectively.
4. Gruden also has ties with Haslett, for whom he served as offensive coordinator when Haslett was his predecessor as head coach of the Tuskers. 
5. Unfortunately, he didn't recognize Marvin Jones' playmaking ability and has played Mohamed Sanu in front of him the last two years.
6. He runs a West Coast system but will run more power running plays and fewer stretch running plays.