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Jim Zorn To Relinquish Playcalling Duties

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2009 – 8:47 pm

So here’s what happened, as it was explained to the assembled media by the folks in Redskins PR:

After today’s loss to the Chiefs, head coach Jim Zorn had a private meeting with executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato, where Cerrato said to Zorn, “I believe you have too much on your plate. Let’s take some responsibility off you. I want you to succeed; I want someone else to call the play.”

Zorn said “I don’t disagree,” and now the two are going to meet tomorrow morning to finalize who the new playcaller will be. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Chiefs – So, Um, Now What?

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2009 – 6:40 pm

The postgame locker room is never cheerful after a loss, but I have never seen it as grim as it was today. Most of the interviews I heard featured players who sounded miserable, trailing off their sentences and shaking their heads. The whole scene felt like some sort of bizarre sports movie directed by Darren Aronofsky.

So, not fun.

But there’s really only one question that matters at all at this point: what can the team actually do to improve at this point?

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Redskins vs. Chiefs – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2009 – 4:02 pm

I’m on my way down to the locker room for postgame reactions, which I imagine will be a lighthearted and jovial experience.

My fourth quarter thoughts are as follows: this was one of the most frustrating and disheartening games I’ve watched — and there have been quite a few frustrating and disheartening games in the past. The team somehow managed to look completely overmatched by the 32nd ranked defense in the league. And this week, there’s no confusing muffed punt call to discuss: the Redskins failed to take advantage of their opportunities and lost. The patchwork offensive line played as well as you could hope, and it didn’t matter. The coach tried a quarterback change, and it didn’t matter.

In the end, this was just a flat-out bad loss. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Chiefs – Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2009 – 3:09 pm

Best news about this quarter: Todd Collins is in. I’m not saying this is good news because I necessarily think that Collins is that much better than Jason Campbell (although Campbell has been having an undeniably bad string of games lately), but because it means all the commenters who have been clamoring for this feel at least a little better right now.

And it looked like the QB switch was going to come up aces: Collins’s first pass went 42 yards to Santana Moss.

The second-best news this quarter? Clinton Portis running a career-long 78 yards to the Kansas City 10-yard line.

But both those big plays led to only six points, and the game is tied.

Something to watch: the Collins substitution should provide at least a little bit more data about how much Campbell and Zorn each contributed to the offensive struggles over the last few games, depending on how much the offense changes now. Guess this was a good day to run that Rich Gannon/Todd Collins thing. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Chiefs – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2009 – 2:35 pm

I’m not usually one to fall back on cheerleader photos, but there wasn’t much else to like about the second quarter, especially after the final two-minute drill, which pretty much melted my brain. Let’s run down some of the strange things about that drive.

  • First, the basics: when you take over with 2:15 left in the half and all three timeouts, you should not wind up deciding between a 53-yard field goal attempt and a Hail Mary into the endzone.
  • If, for some bizarre reason, you do wind up making that decision — and you’re trailing by just three — you should probably attempt the field goal.
  • Not all the blame should fall on the sidelines, though; Jason Campbell‘s decision-making throughout that drive was, well, questionable at best: far too many short passes to the middle of the field and scrambles instead of pass dumpoffs, with an especially questionable scramble on the final second-and-6 with :24 seconds remaining. The interception on the Hail Mary call wasn’t great either, but — as that play should never have been called — I’ll let him off the hook on that one.

On top of which, Clinton Portis jogged off the field with an ankle sprain. NOT the best quarter of Redskins football in history, to say the least. Still, nice work by the cheerleaders. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Chiefs – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2009 – 1:44 pm

When people are observing on Twitter that a long incomplete pass — from Jason Campbell to a leaping Devin Thomas, just unable to get his feet in bounds — is the best offensive play of the game … well, you know you’re watching a barn-burner.

I would argue that there were a few other high points, including Brian Orakpo‘s fourth straight game with a sack and Andre Carter continuing last week’s sacking hot streak. Essentially, it’s the same story again: the defense is looking strong, and the offense just can’t seem to click. The conventional wisdom was that Clinton Portis had to get going early, and that hasn’t happened at all.

But the reshuffled offensive line is doing a lot more favors for Campbell than Kansas City’s fill-in left tackle is for Matt Cassel, so there’s that. And the weather’s still holding. So … there’s that, at least. Read more »

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Follow Redskins vs. Chiefs On Twitter

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2009 – 1:12 pm

I don’t know how the quality of the playing surface is, but the sidelines at FedExField were pretty darn wet during pregame. The weather appers to be holding, though, so that’s nice.

Anyhow, as always, for those of you who don’t use Twitter, you can follow on the Twackle module below for Twitter updates from me (@redskinsblog), Gary Fitzgerald (@redskinsdotcom), and Larry Weisman (@LarryWeisman). Offer your thoughts either with the gold colored respond button on the module, or in the comments section right here. Read more »

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Sunday, October 18: Rich Gannon Reminisces About Redskins, Todd Collins

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2009 – 11:22 am

Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon will be doing the color commentary on CBS’s TV broadcast of today’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was at Redskins Park on Friday for prep and production meetings, and the first thing he saw was completely familiar to him.

“I played here in ’93,” Gannon said, “and today I got a chance to walk in and see B.J. still at the front desk, and the surroundings are the same. It was good to be out at practice and see some very familiar people doin’ their thing. Not a lot’s changed — the faces and the names, maybe, but there’s a lot of history here.” Read more »

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