Breaking Down the Washington Redskins

Very interesting to study the Washington Redskins against the Indianapolis Colts - defensive sister school of the Chicago Bears.  The Colts and Bears have nothing in common on the other side of the ball but that doesn't mean there was nothing to be learned.  Here are my thoughts on the 'Skins.

  • Brian Orakpo already has five sacks on the season and his strip of Peyton Manning in the third quarter was the biggest play Sunday night for the Redskins.  The Bears have now allowed a league-demolishing 27 sacks, 4.5 per game, so somebody is going to get to Cutler.  They best look out for the Longhorn.
  • Donovan McNabb is just not that accurate on underneath routes but the 'Skins had a lot of success with two plays that historically kill the Bears.  Santana Moss ran what should now be called "The Mike Williams" perfectly - sprinting upfield against the left corner and settling in under his coverage.  Chris Cooley is as good as it gets at finding the hole in the middle of the defense.  That whole is seemingly endless with the Lovie Deuce.  The Bears need a big game in coverage from Brian Urlacher.
  • The Redskins coverage units on both kickoffs and punts were terrific Sunday so this will become one of the better matchups of the afternoon.  Both Chris Wilson and Mike Sellers seems to be at the return man before he's even picked an attack gap.
  • Peyton had a clear plan against this defense, specifically in the red zone.  He went three-wide and attacked their slot corner.  Austin Collie's touchdown to make it 13-7 was a picture perfect example and Manning actually missed Collie a few other times as he ran through the seam uncovered. 
  • Mike Shanahan is going to give Ryan Torain the ball between 20-25 times but I just haven't seen the stretch-play style work against the Bears when they have their starting linebackers out there.  If Lance Briggs plays, I expect to see Shanny put this game in McNabb's hands.  If Lance doesn't, Brian Iwuh should expect to be tested early and often.
  • When Carlos Rogers and LaRon Landry get an opportunity to intercept the ball, they intercept the ball.  Jay can't afford any of those toss-em-up-in-coverage moments.  (I know, I know.)
  • What I don't like about the Redskins defense, and most 3-4 alignments, is they require their inside linebackers to cover an extensive amount of field as they commit their outside guys to rushing the passer.  Once again, and I'm tired of writing it, the Bears should be getting the ball outside to their receivers and backs quickly.
  • Brandon Banks doesn't scare me as a kick returner.  (That being said, he'll score eight times.)
  • I don't know if anybody has the numbers but I'd love to see how many yards Ryan Torain gained after a Colts' missed tackle.  I don't know if Torain's production was a result of his physical toughness or the Colts' porous run defense.  I have a feeling it's the latter.
  • If teams get obsessed with Chris Cooley, Fred Davis will make a big catch.  And what I mean is if the Bears get obsessed with Chris Cooley, Fred Davis will end up in the end zone.
  • I will give McNabb credit for this.  About ten times in this game, the Colts seemed to have him dead for a ten-yard sack and he avoided it with a subtle side step.  I've never understood McNabb's unwillingness to use his legs, his greatest asset, in the aftermath of the Limbaugh controversy.  His other great asset is his ability to launch the deep ball.  If he has time, the ball will go thirty through the air.

What we've got here is the making of a field goal / field position game.

Comments

Leave a comment
  • First to say, it's not how your start but how you finish.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The Bears started with a really bad line and they will finish with a bad line.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    If I told you last year that the Chiefs had the 27th ranked Oline, would you believe me now that they are number one?

    Time changes everything and nothing ever stays the same.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    You get what you pay for and I never promised you a rose garden?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I want some of that. How did that happen? Inspector Gadget is on the case ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Lol did you see the rankings? I didn't make that number up!

    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?archive=false&role=TM&offensiveStatisticCategory=OFFENSIVE_LINE&tabSeq=2&qualified=true

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    After reading Artoo's comment about the Chiefs being #1 OL after being #27 last year I did some snooping to see why over on sbnation: Third paragraph, first line. Tice needs to pull his finger out.

    "We don

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Can we send this to Chicago Headquarters?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    See? The bitching never stops. They have the #1 O-line and there's still shit to bitch about. "Yeah, we're #1, but ..."

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The difference between Bears avec Briggs and sans Briggs is this: SWAGGER. Insert him in the Old Spice commercial instead of Ray-Ray, and it loses nothing. No one bounces off Briggs, period. And this instill confidence in Urlacher and everyone else on D. Our Run D will be back as soon as Briggs is.

    And I don't feel bad for Grant. Bears never should have signed him. He would've just taken away reps from Wooten, who should at least be given a chance.

    The Bears run game will get stuffed early - the only question is: will the bears D blank the Skins, so that we stay with it. What happens is that once the other team scores, Martz just sorta panics and goes with what he knows best - the pass.

    Speaking of the pass, Cutler began the season on fire, but now it seems, not that he's gun-shy, but gun-inaccurate, which come from "holy shit, I better just throw - FAST." This creates all those overthrown passes, or passes on the wrong side of the receiver. He's been lucky so far, but if he throws those into the Skins secondary, it's gonna be a multiple pick day, and we'll be back to praying that our D can hold them to FG.

    Speaking of which, it seems like every game we produce a WR player of the week. This is giving me bad flashbacks of when we allowed T.O. catch 20 passes, and we're back to arguing about the chicken or the egg - is it the lack of pass rush, or bad coverage? or just the scheme...

    A strong pass rush negates this, but who's gonna step up? I was prob the only one on here who wanted to trade for Haynesworth, but alas, that window has passed now - so both our lines better improve, fast, or we're looking at another 8-8 season, unless you think this year's D and SP is better than the '06 squad...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Cooley got KO'd Sunday and might not play. Speaking of being accurate on the deep ball, Cutler is terrible at this. When he's on, he's great out to 20-25 yds after that it's up for grabs.

    Lovie has actually out coached Shanny head to head so this will be an interesting game.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Cooley didnt get KO'd. In fact he didnt tell anyone about the concussion. Then made another 2 catches for 37 yards before they noticed strange behavior on the sidelines. Thats hard knocks. Da Skins 21, Da Bears 17.

  • In reply to lsjackson2:

    What do you call a concussion? I'd call it a KO. Did he keep playing? Yes. Should he? No.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    If the Bears run a balanced attack on offense, they should beat the Redskins. If they just try to run the damn ball 25-30 times, even for only 80-110 yards, the Bears win. It opens up play action and the whole rest of the offense. Matt Forte is healthy this year, and he's our best offensive weapon. The Redskins offense sucks ass. As long as the Bears don't become one dimensional or turn it over a bunch, they should beat Washington. Like the last few years, Washington only wins the tight, close knit games. Martz better not play right into their hands.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    +1000. That is what i been trying to get across these past couple of days.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I'm with you Fresno. The Bears beat the Cowboys and Packers because they both abandoned the run. They put up lots of yards passing, but not many points. They became one dimensional.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    One thing we need to keep an eye on Sunday... Redskins have the best cheerleaders. Seriously, keep an eye on the sideline!

  • In reply to Church:

    Thanks for the heads up. Back in the '70's and early '80's when I used to go to Soldier Field, the Honey Bears were often times the best part of the game.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    It seems you may have succeeded Fresno.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Reasons I think we will win.

    1. I can't and won't believe that this line can play worse and worse. It has to begin to get better. Somewhere in my mind, Tice and Martz are going to make it work.

    2. Lance Briggs should be back and somehow, in a strange way, he makes this defense click. When he isn't in the game our wins and losses are always close.

    3. I bet Pepper's comes out of his slumber from that last game. I think he really likes sacking big name good qb's. Just my opinion.

    Reasons we will lose.

    1. Mike Shanahan is a great coach and he knows who he is playing. The Cover Two D and his old qb. Trust me, if anyone knows how to get to Cutler it will be him.

    2. Once again, our line fails to block. They just don't seem to get that it is their job. Odd, right?

    3. Jay Cutler will try his best to show his old coach that he is still a great qb and that they should have stayed together somehow. This will lead to Jay wanting the game all on him and we know he can't do it. Not with this oline , lack of run game, and lost receivers.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    There's a slight chance we can win :

    * We get a Hester/Manning return for six.

    * The defense plays lights out.

    * The Redskins have the second to last pass defense in the league. Light them up early and then try and mix in the run (they're 24th against the run)

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You know, Mcnabb likes to throw deep... Our safeties are going to get tested big time this week.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Everytime I see McNabb play, he sucks. I've heard this and that about how he's a top QB, but all I can honestly say I've seen is an inaccurate passer who makes bad decisions. He must just have off-days when I catch him - but true, it doesn't take much of a QB to pass it against us.

    BTW - This was nice, hope reads it :

    http://blogblitz.nfl.com/chicago-bears/entry/letter_offensive_coordinator_mike_martz

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Looked like Donovan had a man for an 80 yarded to win it Sunday night and he underthrew it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That was awesome. Good find irish.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    this is funny: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/10/20/colts.punter.ap/index.html

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    All of this is because of Don Coryell may he rest in peace.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Jack, put your avatar back man.

    Don't take any guff from these malcontents man

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Go with this one Jack.

    http://www.blogdownchicagobears.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/lance_briggs-2.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    THAT is beautiful GP

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    We win this game because Martz realizes that if he doesn't adapt he will never coach in this league again. we have the weapons to work teams over and the coach with the playbook to do it...as long as he can keep his hard on for the 7 step drop in check.

    Give me some screens, runs, short passes to the tight ends and Bennett, mid range shit to shabba and knox/hester and when they start playing honest that's when you pull out the fucking nintendo 10 step drop off the playaction.

    I agree with SC with a slight tweak, 35-17, bend don't break as we give up 2 td's and a field goal.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    +1

    Martz and Luvz know that if they miss the playoffs with this team, they are gone from the NFL's biggest market and gone from the NFL period.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/NFL-players-speak-out-on-the-NFL-s-awful-new-da?urn=nfl-278498

    The Hurt Locker: "It's freaking football. There are going to be big hits. I don't understand how they can do this after one weekend of hitting. And I can't understand how they can suspend us for it. I think it's a bunch of bull.

    "You know what we should do? We should just put flags on everybody. Let's make it the NFFL - the National Flag Football League. It's unbelievable."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You might have something there MB. It may improve our team !

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If you thought Lynch was a bitch to get down, wait til Torain comes to town. We're gonna have to gang tackle that dude; it will take more than one guy to get him down.

    Jack Lacan; I think your name can get you in porn. Take advantage of that. Maybe you could drill that Octomom.

    I was at my cousin's bat mitzvah on Saturday and had a few too many libations. Crown and cokes are like tits. One is not enough and neither is seven. So, I'm talking to my uncle about the Bears pourous O-line and I decide to show him some technique. I told him that we need to punch and engage rather than wait for the defender to get us. I get down in 3 point stance, pertend there was a fake snap, and half punch block my uncle against the bar. He has always been the tough uncle that could take it. I seperated his shoulder; but the tough son of a bitch pops it back in on the bar and does a half swim move half leg sweep that takes me to the ground. I look up at him and he's laughing. He says don't worry about his shoulder. He says it happens a lot since the first time he popped it out playing real football. Finally, he says that the Bears could use us on their line. I'm starting to believe him.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    We need Youtube of this.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1

  • In reply to Crowned:

    The NFL is becoming a puss league. If this trend continues, this Canadian league seems to have the violence I'm lookin for.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZh9CTiXaDY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Why is it that people who have never played always take umbridge with the league trying to enforce good tackling technique. Notice how most the Bears dont hit big they hit right. They form tackle, head on the right side of the ball, arms wrap them up and legs continue driving. If you want to watch big hits then youre also going to see a lot of missed tackles.
    I think Ditka is on to something when he says bring back old school single bar helmets.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    You can't lead with your helmet Sac. You can't lead with your shoulder either. It makes it hard to tackle period. I didn't see Heap, Deasean Jackson or Massaqoiu need to be wrapped up after they were popped. No missed tackling there.

    C. Harris said "I garauntee you Butkus, Singletary, Dent, Plank, and Otis Wilson didn't think twice when hittin someone but NFL want us to now."

    Not too long ago, you could close line, face mask, horse collar, or whatever the fuck you needed to to get a man down. They've gone too far now in the other direction.

    And the rent is too damn high!

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Ok...I will change it to 55 --- I really did like the Green Lantern cover though...

    Just because I named many (note - never use the word plethora) French philosophers previously does not mean I do not believe in "American Fries". I do worry about Curly Fries however.

    Ditkus was a French philosopher.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Ya, I love the Green Lantern. Haven't read "the blackest night" yet though...graphic novels cost like 35 bucks now! Sheesh! How long does a kid have to save up now adays for one of those?

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Does anyone remember the "Ditkus" incident? Like Lovibron...Martzafouts?

  • In reply to kenbill:

    I believe I do remember that. Some drunken Bungles fan at Da Coach's post game presser after the Bears had pounded Cincy into the turf in 1986.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    No, but Shoopgate was disastorous Jack. Sorry about the banging Octomom comment. You look like a younger and more wordly Joe Paterno. Like you could own most people on Aristotle or Aquinas; but could also back hand slap some sense into someone that disagrees with your theories too much.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I am torn between the need to enforce the helmet to helmet rule and the overreaction that the NFL has undertaken. I do want to see old time players stop talking about the one bar helmets and how tough they were. 235lb was huge back then for a football player and now we have 240lb wide receivers, 260lb running backs, 320lb defensive tackles, 290 lb defensive ends that are faster than running backs were back in the day and 210lb badass DB's that would fuck them to pieces. I respect the old game but it is a little embarassing to imagine Michael Turner or Adrian Peterson playing back in the 60's. How many hundereds of touchdowns would Peterson have? How many men would Turner put in the fucking morgue?
    The athlete is evolving and the technology had to evolve with it or people would have died every single game. Now we have to admit that the rules got a little lax and now were are going pay for it with possible season changing suspensions. i don't know what to think.

    There are only a handful of men that could have stood up against todays players and those guys wouldn't even see the field because they would be Kevin Malast.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    No offense Johnny but that makes no sense. The players back then are the players now. Do you think Butkus and Sayers wouldn't use all the training and nutrition info now? Those guys were badasses then and would be now. Most of those old players had jobs in the offseason or were out on the rubber chicken circuit. If they were making crazy money back then all of them would have been working out and doing everything in their power to hang on.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    That's exactly his point. They were badass, relative to everyone else. It's not a question of the players' toughness, it's a reality of the evolving game. There's simply more force in the hits in the modern game, because of larger and faster players......it doesn't matter how tough you are, it's just physics. Sayers and Butkus would be fucking huge today, obviously, but they would also need more protection because the hits are just bigger.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    All you have to do is watch old highlight films. Players were pushing and dragging backs and wideouts to the ground, not de-cleating them.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    And i'm sure anyone could pull up some old school highlights to dispute that claim, but I doubt you'll find anything like this.....and this is just a couple years worth of one team.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82VbyzWef80&feature=related

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I can totally dispute it. I started watching the Bears in the early '60's. Were they as big and fast as the players today? Were they allowed to mug guys? Fuckin' A Right. Almost anything went except for clipping. Spearing was totally legal. Hitting out of bounds was legal. QB's and WR's were constantly getting blindsided. It's the same amount of pain in the end and just as many injuries (except back then you were never the same after knee injuries).

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Wrigley is right; there is absolutely no disputing what he says. Larger bodies moving faster = more force.

    Yeah, the equipment has improved, but kinetic energy and the effects of deceleration cannot be neutralized byany technology I know of, and certainly not by UnderArmor

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    The lyrics to Get Crunk. It's modern day Shakespeare.

    http://www.sweetslyrics.com/606354.Brokencyde%20-%20Get%20Crunk.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And they said the poetry of Timbaland was dead.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Anybody want MJ's ride? Only $422k. Comes with his signature.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mercedes-Benz-SLR-McLaren-SLR-07-Mercedes-SLR-McLaren-722-Celebrity-owned-/250709381813?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item3a5f7192b5

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    know what, i would be fucking livid if I were him too. not only did they go to the extreme, but they fucking grandfathered the rule for the PREVIOUS weekend?!?!?! WHat the fuck is that ridiculous shit. That is inane.

    How do you do that have maintain any credibility whatsoever? I mean, that

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Am I the only one to feel bad for Charles Grant? We could have put him in for a couple plays at least, if only to satisfy our curiosity. Did he hit on Lovie's wife or something?

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Report was that he was fat and out of shape. Why you don't see that before you sign him is beyond me.

    Check out these dumb Canadians concussing themselves. And they're just doing it for a case of Labatts.

    http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81140270/

  • In reply to Crowned:

    To make it even worse, when they say a case, they mean 12 beers!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    hosers

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I resemble that remark!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Reason #3217 for firing that rat's ballsack, Angelo.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Speaking of Wooten -where the hell is he? Iwuh was our leading tackler against the Hawks, just sayin'. And if we're going to pass it then this is the team to do it against. 31st against the pass.

    I don't think it's our coverage so much, but the amount of time that we give QBs to throw the ball. The Giants killed us by rushing four, we rush four and the QB has all day to find a receiver. Okung had no problem containing Peppers on his own, we need a dominant tackle beside him collapsing the middle and we don't have that. Tommie don't surf.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Tommie who?

  • In reply to Jokey:

    tough to feel sorry for any of these guys jokey. He probably made more as a bear than most of us make in half a year (well, not him, but you catch my drift).

    And if you were in the NFL wouldn't you be working you ass off to try and get on that field as much as possible... instead of eating fucking pop tart and playing madden all day every day?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I dunno... $200K for a couple cases of pop tarts and a month of Madden sounds like a nice vacation

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Really wish I was a fly on that wall...

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Jacques Lacan - see Google...My parents were therapists therefore the name...

    Who is Jeff Hughes photo?

    Albert Camus? Jacques Derrida? Roland Barthes? All of the above have made helmet to helmet contact and violent tackles...

  • In reply to kenbill:

    ha!

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Jack, the Blogfather's photo is of the late, excellent, character actor, Murray Hamilton. That pictuce is from one of his best known roles as Larry "...you're the mayor of 'Shark city'." Vaughn, from JAWS. His list of film credits is extensive including, THE HUSTLER, THE GRADUATE, THE FBI STORY and ANATOMY OF A MURDER.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    And he's still the weirdest choice of avatar ever.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Wow. Was he your father, really? "Language as subjective perception." -does that mean nations are defined and shaped by the imitations of their language? If it is, then I dig that. Thai is a very basic, simple language that is very vague and doesn't allow for anything other than the most shallow of conversations.

    And that was funny ... who's that? Camus? Derrida? No, it's Murray fucking Hamilton, the mayor from Jaws. Beautiful.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    limitations, even ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think the Bears might just give me a big gift and win this one. They have a way of coming back after a loss and playing some screaming D. It's either that or I'm gonna have to hear my two friends that are Redskins friends talk all morning.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    35 points?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    shoot for the stars, you miss, you still hit the moon. I'll be happy with 21 but with proper use of the tools we have we can put up those kinds of numbers. we just have to stop getting field goals out of 1st and 10 from the 16 yard line.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Skins haven't given up 35 in a game since Tom Brady and Randy in 2007. I don't think either of them play for "Da Bears." Da Skins 21, Da Bears 17.

  • In reply to lsjackson2:

    Skinflute's

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=skin%20flute

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Skins haven't given up 35 in a game since Tom Brady and Randy in 2007. I don't think either of them play for "Da Bears." Da Skins 21, Da Bears 17.

  • In reply to lsjackson2:

    We heard you the first time. Did you get KO'd?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    There is no analysis or science behind this, but this year seems less about football is all about what the Bears are doing to *our* emotions. Since they love to yank them around, it's time to go back to elation after the depression of last week.

    So, I'm calling a BIG win for the home team. Bears 35, Redskins 13.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    We sucketh therefore we loseth. Skins 16-13.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Larry Meyer told us that the Bears line will gel and start to play solid ball, just give it time.

    So, you know, I'm totally down with that. Larry, he's one of the guys and tells it straight.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The Redskins are going down.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    With McNabb coming to his hometown Chicago, I thought it was time to dial up a Deadspin classic that Big Al brought us this summer.

    One more time on the platter, let's hear it for Sweetness runs the Wildcat

    http://deadspin.com/5575843/water-payton-runs-the-wildcat?skyline=true&s=i

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Awesome!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Second to say that we need to have better Offensive balance. We need Identity.

Leave a comment