Initial random notes on Redskins-Browns

• Kirk Cousins: I told ya so, I told ya so, I told ya told ya told ya so. OK, so even broken clocks are right twice a day, but he was a steal in the 4th round. Really good game, and a great job by Kyle Shanahan to alter his game plan to better fit Cousins’ skill set.  He basically just replaced the read option and the 10 yard slant off of play action with bootlegs all day. The only nitpick I have for Kirk is that he threw into heavy traffic a few times. One of those times turned out to be a pick. The other turned out to be a TD to Leonard Hankerson.  The result was good, the decision was not.  But obviously, on the whole, he more than filled in for RG3.  He seized the moment.  That’s all I’ll say about Kirk for now until I re-watch the film.

• London Fletcher also had a really good game.  He was in the right spot for a pick, and when Brandon Weeden threw it near him, he made the play.  He also seemed to be around the ball all day, which is typical of his career, but not as much this season.  I did think Fletch made one dumb play.  On 3rd down, Brandon Weeden was giving himself up by clearly going out of bounds.  Fletch gave him a shove juuuuust before he reached the sideline, but it was close and Weeden went tumbling to the ground on the Browns’ bench.  Weeden was conceding the punt.  Why push him?  Referees have itchy trigger fingers when it comes to QBs. Senseless play, but he “got away with it,” even though it was legal. Does that make sense?

• I’m a huge Rob Jackson fan.  Honestly, I really don’t think it’s been much of a dropoff from Brian Orakpo to Jackson, and I say that as a compliment to Jackson, not the other way around. Jackson’s INT was a laser from short distance.  Great catch.

• I thought the Skins needed to be wary of Browns WR Josh Gordon.  8 targets, 3 catches, 27 yards.  They did a great job on him all day.  Really, the only glaring defensive breakdown by the Skins was on the 69 yard TD to Travis Benjamin.  Inexcusable. Mike Martz tried to be fair to CB DJ Johnson for sitting on a route, by explaining that since the Redskins were blitzing, you’re taught as a CB that the ball is going to come out earlier than normal, so sitting on a route is OK.  Somehow I don’t think Martz would see it that way if he were patrolling the sideline instead of calling the game from the booth.  The Skins had a 17 point lead with 10 minutes left.  You can not, under any circumstances, get beat over the top.  And Johnson did.  Johnson has been on 7 teams since 2009.  He might be looking for #8 after that coverage breakdown.

• Tyler Polumbus is not good.

• Lorenzo Alexander can have a role on my team any day. Big hit on a kick return yesterday.

• Cobra Kai Forbath… What an in-season pickup.  Still perfect. 15 of 15.

• Barry Cofield’s taser… Best sack celebration in the NFL.  This is his best one, in my opinion, when he was still with the Giants:

• And so, heading into Week 16 of this crazy season, the Redskins currently sit atop the NFC East.  When the schedules were released this offseason, it looked like the Eagles and Giants’ Week 17 matchup would be “THE GAME.”  Nope.  Turns out it’ll probably be Skins-Cowboys.

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15 Comments

  1. poolboy87 says:

    So what do you think this game does for Kyle Shanahan’s head coaching prospects? It really was a great game by him, and it’s pretty impressive to take a 4th round QB who hasn’t played, probably hasn’t gotten much practice time, and has a different toolkit from your OTHER rookie QB who has looked phenomenal… It seemed like it was one thing to take a supremely talented player, and have him do well. It’s another thing to do what he did yesterday, against a not altogether bad Browns defense, no?

    Ugh…the only good thing that came out of the friggin’ RG3 drafting was that the Redskins weren’t going to have a first rounder for the next few years…then they have to find a good QB in the 4th…

  2. ct17 says:

    You have to explain what a bootleg is to Giants fans. The younger ones have never seen one.

    For where they were picked, Cousins and Foles were great picks. I think a lot of good QBs will fall this year as well.

  3. WeGotLinemen says:

    An interesting PFF stat on Rob Jackson, only 9-hurries and 2-QB-hits to go with his 5-sacks.

    1. horatius says:

      He sneaks up on O-Coordinators. Nobody notices he’s on the field. Until the game’s already over.

    2. ct17 says:

      He goes right around Will Beatty

  4. Joe D says:

    It’s a shame the redskins dont have a 1st rounder for quite a while. It could be a team that could finally contend in the NFC E for years to come. I feel they have too many holes, and it’s going to be interesteing to see what Rg3/shannahan do after defenes start figuring out how to game plan against him like they did against Vick

    1. horatius says:

      You just need 6′ 4″, 260lb linebackers who run a 4.4 40. After that stopping this offense is a piece of cake.

    2. Your first mistake is not recognizing that Washington is ALREADY a team that is going to contend in the NFCE for years to come. Dude, they are contending now with a young team. They are 1st in the NFCE as we speak. Wake up.

      Secondly, you are correct that this team does have holes to fill but you are ignoring the fact that Washington is not just picking contributors in middle to late rounds of the draft….they are picking starters. They are picking starters that are getting pro-bowl consideration as rookies. (RG3, Alfred Morris). I think Shanny will do just fine without a late 1st round pick for the next two years. He still has all of his other picks and has proven to draft exceptionally well of late.

      I know its a tough pill to swallow, but keep rubbing your adams apple and it will go down. The Washington Redskins are going to contend for the Beast for many, many years….starting 6 weeks ago.

  5. wwwfugu says:

    So when all is said and done, you, in your opinion, come out smelling like a rose. Congratulations.

  6. WeGotLinemen says:

    As a ‘Skins fan I would say there is a fairly significant drop off between Jackson and Orakpo. Jackson has done a decent job but he doesn’t have an explosive first step. He is a very capable back-up, and he could perhaps start on the opposite side to an elite pass rusher, but he isn’t going to scare offensive co-ordinators.

    With Kerrigan already filling the more-rounded, LOLB spot, what the Redskins need is an explosive blind side pass rusher. That’s not Jackson. It might not be Orakpo either but Orakpo is the much better athlete.

    One advantage Jackson does have, he’s got decent hands, and seems to have a knack for zone coverage. Orakpo has got hands like feet.

    1. Jackson has his moments of explosiveness. He had a game… I want to say it was against Dallas, in the “holding call to end it” game, when he was getting all kinds of pressure. Really looked good. I’d always wondered after that game why he didn’t see the field more.

      1. WeGotLinemen says:

        He has had some good moments, but there has been quite a lot of times when opposing tackles have looked way too comfortable.

        Part of that was down to Haslett’s scheme, which was giving Jackson and Kerrigan very little help. Since the bye-week it’s become a little more creative and Jackson has been getting more pressure. That said, Jackson was given the opportunity to grab the starting role early on in the season, but ended up losing playing time to Lorenzo Alexander because he wasn’t getting the job done.

      2. horatius says:

        Apparently teams figured out that Jackson on the field means dropping back into coverage. He got subbed on 3rd downs for Lorenzo Alexander. It looks like Jim Hazlett realized his mistake and now Rob Jackson is getting comfortable.

        On another note, is there a better kick coverage guy in the league than Lorenzo Alexander? He manages to make tackles even when he’s triple teamed. And on virtually every kickoff.

      3. Harry says:

        Skins fan here.

        Jackson is great and has done a superb job filling in – he’s done what’s expected of a fill in player. I’m with WeGotLinemen to some degree and Horatius to some degree as well. It’s the scheme Haslett has and at the same time, the dropping back into coverage. I think with the weak secondary the Skins have, Jackson is being asked to help out as well. It looks like Haslett sees Jackson has some ability to rush the passer — just has to choose the right time(s). I’m glad to see Jackson getting more playing time for playing well. It will only help the defense when Orakpo returns. Jackson playing behind him or in another position will only make them a better front 7.

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