Last week, the Redskins started using speedster Brandon Banks to line up on the end of the field goal coverage team in the hopes that he could get around the edge and get a block. “I feel like I kinda contributed a little bit,” Banks told me last week, “but, you know, I gotta get there and block the whole thing next time.”
When he said “next time,” I didn’t think he meant it literally, but this week he was again lined up on the end for field goal coverage and — if you believe the official scorer’s play-by-play, he did indeed block the whole thing on Adam Vinatieri’s final field goal of the first half.
Here’s how the line reads: “(:06) 4-A.Vinatieri 48 yard field goal is BLOCKED (16-B.Banks), Center-48-J.Snow, Holder-1-P.McAfee.”
There was some dispute of this in the pressbox — still is, even as I write this. Some people wanted to credit Ma’ake Kemoeatu, others suggested Adam Carriker, and still others maintained that it was just a lousy kick and not blocked at all.
The picture above — which you can click to enlarge — is somewhat inconclusive. That’s Banks coming in from the left side of the frame, somewhat obscured by Vinatieri. Carriker doesn’t seem to have his arm up yet, although Kemoeatu — if that’s him to the right of Carriker in the frame — could be on his way to blocking the ball. But it sure looks to me like the ball has already changed direction at this point, meaning that one of three things happened:
- 1) Banks got a hand on it.
- 2) Banks caused Vinatieri to change his motion and shank the kick.
- 3) Vinatieri just flat-out botched the kick.
I asked Banks what happened on the play, and he shrugged non-commitally. “My fingers just got a little piece of the ball,” he said. “I don’t think I blocked it completely, but I got a piece of it.”
If he got a finger on it, and I have no reason to disbelieve him, that would warrant the block credit in the official play-by-play. Either way, Banks wasn’t willing to count this as fulfilling his promise last week, and — as is becoming typical of the guys on this team — he refused to be satisfied with this somewhat positive outcome.
“I’m gonna get one,” he told me as he left the locker room. “I’m gonna get one someday, and sooner than you think.”
If his prediction-to-results turnaround time is comparable to last week, Chicago’s Robbie Gould should probably get ready for a rough day.
Thanks to Brian Murphy for the photo.
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