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Redskins @ Jets – Final Checklist Review

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2010 – 10:07 pm

So I think I like the fundamentals of this checklist gimmick. It needs some refinement, but I think there’s a seed of a good idea here, and I’ve got a whopping one more preseason game to iron out the wrinkles. If you have any thoughts, drop a line and let me know.

Anyhow, let’s see how the remaining items on the list wound up:

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Redskins @ Jets – Third Quarter Checklist Review

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2010 – 9:16 pm

Strangely, no one mentioned this as something to look for during the game, but the defensive reserves are really doing a surprisingly good job against the Jets’ first-team offense. It may be more an indictment of the Jets than a positive thing about the Redskins defense, but it’s got to be considered a good thing. (I keep hearing Giants-centric local New York media guys discussing how the Jets hype is a little out of control around town, and I suspect they’ll use this anemic offensive performance to prove their point.)

Anyway, back to the successes from your list:

@TnBOWND728: consistency from o line

Well, they were consistent, but probably not in exactly the way that @TnBOWND728 had in mind. They consistently had problems opening up holes for the running backs and suffered a bit in pass blocking as well. I definitely noticed Artis Hicks having a couple of rough moments, and there were at least two plays where Trent Williams looked confused as well.

And that leads us into the things that didn’t quite work out, and there were plenty of them. Here, look:

@WallyG3: consistent and effective run blocking.

@alanhqc: Power run game.

@DaSkins804: The Oline showing that they can block the pressure that a #1 D is going to bring, keep QB clean and open running lanes for RBs
@gart9426: hands down, it would have to be solid OLine play. Shanahan’s O REQUIRES the ability to run the ball

@derricgray63: two rushing touchdowns by the first team O! Let’s go O-line!!!!!

Okay, those are all pretty much the same thing — and, to be fair, I don’t think performed nearly as poorly as this relentlessly harping blog post would seem to imply — but like I said, this checklist approach is still a work in progress. I’ll try to iron out the kinks as we go along. Still a few things left to watch for during the fourth quarter, and they’re listed (of course) after the jump. Read more »

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Redskins @ Jets – Second Quarter Checklist Review

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2010 – 8:37 pm

Two quarters. Six points scored. Five points allowed. Twenty-two rushing yards gained. One ugly safety given up. Three fumbles, one lost. Not the prettiest set of numbers in the history of football. Let’s see how the Checklist Of Potentially Good Stuff matches up.

The good stuff that we can check off:

@ZoomShaKaLaKa: Forced turnovers is what I want to see!

Mission accomplished, ZoomShaKaLaKa! DeAngelo Hall with another interception (although with a questionable inside cut on the runback that might’ve cost the team a touchdown), Phillip Buchanon with a punch-out forced fumble, and rookie Perry Riley recovered.

@vawn20: pressure on sanchez

Two sacks in the first half, plus at least a couple of QB pressures. Sanchez finished the half 6-of-12 for 74 yards and that one interception — a 34.7 QB rating. I’ll take it.

@BroodingBlog: Rex leads a scoring drive vs. tough D and PROTECTS THE FOOTBALL when big play’s not there

Can we count the field goals as scoring drives? Does giving up the safety qualify as not protecting the football? I’m calling this one a success, but only because it came against the Jets’ tough defense.

And the failures:

@andrewbutler85: Rex stepping up and parker making competition for portis. i loce LJ but lasr week was not his week

Rex may have stepped up okay, but Parker’s 8 carries for 16 yards isn’t going to give Portis any trouble at all.

@TKextremeskins: No dropped passes. And more Anthony Armstrong.:-)

One big drop by Santana Moss on a long pass negates the first part. Call it a push, though, as Armstrong added another catch and a couple of special teams tackles to his impressive preseason tally.

@chrislarry33: No turnovers by Grossman and DT#11 with 5 catches for 80 yards and a TD

Safety has to count as a turnover for this. I suppose Devin Thomas’s night isn’t over yet, but that’s mainly because it hasn’t started yet; I suspect that’s a disappointment to @chrislarry33.

Still plenty more that can still be achieved tonight, though. They’re listed after the jump. Read more »

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Redskins @ Jets – First Quarter Checklist Review

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2010 – 7:43 pm

All right. With the first quarter in the books, let’s see if there’s anything we can cross off that Checklist Of Things That Would Make You Happy.

@ElFen0men0: QB protection

So far, the pass protection has been solid at worst.

@BradForrest1: a good showing by rex would make me feel real good
@Only1K2: Grossman does well against Jets first unit. Would make me feel better about possibility McNabb missing time

Too early to comment on his whole showing, but he finished the first quarter 5-for-8 for 64 yards, with no touchdowns and — much more importantly — no interceptions.

@alanhqc: I’d like to see our starting tail back with more than 4 yds on 8 carries.

Gets through on a technicality: Parker finished the quarter with 5 yards on 4 carries. Not good, but that’s one more yard on half as many carries as @alanhqc asked for.

Four items down, three quarters to go — and I’m happy that Joey Galloway finally got a catch. But we can also scratch a few items off the list as things that AREN’T gonna happen, so let’s get those out of the way too.

@theryanlex: malcolm Kelly actually playing would be incredible to see

I’m not seeing Kelly in uniform on the sidelines, so it seems unlikely that he’ll play. I suppose that would just make it even more incredible, though.

@rkudeshi: Joe Gibbs.

Also doesn’t seem to be here. Sorry.

@JackAttack82: Double rainbow?

Got dark without so much as a single rainbow. Sorry about this one too.

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Redskins @ Jets – A Checklist Of Your Hopes

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2010 – 7:12 pm

I thought it might be nice to try something different for the in-game coverage this evening, so I made the following request on Twitter:

Someone suggest something that you could see in tonight’s #Redskins game that would make you feel better about the team.

I took the responses, copied them out of Twitter, and pasted them into a handy list format. So now I’ve got a checklist of important items for this game. I’ll note them in the quarters as they come off the list, and discuss any remaining items when the game is over. This approach is a work in progress, but I like the idea of applying some framework to the coverage, and I like the idea of you all determining that framework. Let me know your thoughts as we go; the whole list appears after the jump. Read more »

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Rex Grossman Sees Tonight As An Opportunity

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2010 – 2:03 pm

I was surprised, when at looked at the stats for the 2010 preseason to date, to find out just how well Rex Grossman‘s been doing. 25-of-39 for 335 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. That’s a 97.7 QB rating, and a perfectly agreeable stat line by any measure.

So I respect Grossman all the more for his willingness to frankly discuss his miscues, and the general perception of him as a QB who throws spectacular passes and bizarre, inexplicable passes in roughly equal measure. Read more »

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Chris Horton Is Ready To Fill In Again As Well

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2010 – 11:15 am

When I wrote the other day about Reed Doughty preparing to fill in for the injured Kareem Moore — a post that focused almost entirely on how tired Doughty was of the same “Can you step up” questions — more than a few people suggested that I was overlooking Chris Horton. And those people were pretty much correct, so I decided to rectify it.

Horton, of course, had the breakout rookie campaign in 2008, proving himself to be an opportunistic safety with a knack for being in the right place at the right time to make a play — and a more important knack to actually make the play when it presented itself. Injury derailed his 2009 season, and by the time he was healed up and ready to return, the safety depth chart had been reshuffled and Horton found himself slated pretty firmly to be a backup.

Now, for what seems like the twentieth time in the last two years, he’s being positioned as the 1A behind Doughty as Doughty — you guessed it — steps up to fill in for Moore.

So I asked Horton if the whole situation made him feel like the forgotten man, like his NFC Defensive Player Of The Week and NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Month days had just vanished down a memory hole.

“No,” Horton said, “not at all.”

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Joey Galloway Is Not Worried About His Lack Of Catches

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2010 – 9:30 am

Heading into tonight’s preseason game at the Jets — the usually-crucial “dress rehearsal” of a third game — wide receiver Joey Galloway is in two very different places on two lists that you would think would be interrelated. On the depth chart he’s listed as a starting wide receiver — literally the first guy on the list if you look at the version on Redskins.com. But in the Redskins preseason receiving stats, a list that’s fifteen guys long spanning 43 receptions, he’s literally nowhere to be found.

That might seem like cause for some alarm, but Galloway sounds pretty much unconcerned. Read more »

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Worlds Collide in Hail!

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2010 – 8:35 am

It’s a Crisis On Infinite Earths-style mega-crossover in this week’s Hail!, as writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli introduces Cartoon Murf, of ExtremeSkins and Homer McFanboy fame. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that both Murf and Ceccarelli are also involved in the newly-launched Hail! Magazine — a project that shares a name and an exclamation point with this cartoon through the miracles of synchronicity but which is otherwise completely unrelated. It’s nice work, though, and you should go look at it.

There are two major problems with Murf’s depiction here. First, he’s been covering this team for something like eight times longer than I have, so there’s no way he’d be asking me for advice. But we’ll accept that as convention of the crossover genre, like when Superman shows up in a Batman comic and is all, “Oh, despite being able to count the atoms on Jupiter and crush tungsten in my bare hands, I’m completely stumped by some specific problem and only you — with your complete lack of superpowers — can help!”

The second problem is tougher to handwave away: Murf is roughly nineteen feet tall and should really tower over me. Other than that, another excellent job from Ceccarelli. As always, click on this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest.

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