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One More Part Of The Trick Play

Posted by Matt Terl on December 23, 2009 – 3:55 pm

Okay, one more dip into the well on this failed trick play thing.

In the yellow circle and over the yellow arrow above is Fred Davis, the second option — and eventual target, sort of — on the play. Davis is not, as some people have suggested to me, just standing around wondering what the heck is going on. What he’s actually doing is acting; because of the shifted offensive line, the defense is meant to believe that the ball is coming quickly to Davis with an entire offensive line of blockers in front of him. (This is, in fact, one of the most common ways that the swinging gate formation is used.)

Meanwhile, Hunter Smith is dropping back while being rushed by three Giants, Malcolm Kelly is running across the formation away from us, theoretically taking a couple of the defenders with him, and Todd Yoder is about to — again, theoretically — come open and unnoticed into empty space from the long snapper position. But we’ve heard from Yoder at length on this already, so let’s leave him frozen in time, with the play not yet a complete disaster, and get Davis’s point of view.
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Wednesday, December 23: Oh Yeah, It's Dallas Week

Posted by Matt Terl on December 23, 2009 – 11:54 am

Let’s say — and I know this is a crazy hypothetical, but play along with me — let’s say you’re a Redskins fan who’s feeling a little demoralized. Team was just DEMOLISHED on national television, coaching rumors are flying, you’re distracted by the holidays and hockey and who knows what-all else, and you’re having a little trouble drumming up the usual furious motivation for Dallas Week. Well, here’s something new to get cranky about.

Full disclosure: Shaun Suisham was a blog favorite when he was here. Good guy, always willing to answer a question or suggest some sort of blogging topic, always willing to put up with my dumb Canadian stereotypes. As a player, he missed only three field goals this season — albeit three important ones — and as a person he was classy and professional even when he was summarily cut after the New Orleans game. I have no hard feelings toward Shaun Suisham whatsoever, especially on a personal level.

Still, when you watch his Tuesday media session with the Dallas media, it’s hard not to get just a little bit fired up when you see him say things like this:

“Certainly it’s a bit of a surprise. If you would’ve asked me a month ago would I have thought I’d be in this situation, no. When it comes down to it, though, it’s just about kicking field goals, and that’s what I’m here to do. And, man, I’m so excited to be back here in Dallas.”

And this:

“I’m excited to see a lot of familiar faces. I’m real excited to be here.”

And this:

“When you’re a kicker — or a player — all you can control is your performance on the field. And when you have a bad play, you know, you’re vulnerable. Players don’t make decisions; my only job is to kick, and I’m happy to be here in Dallas.”

Oh, and this:
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