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Fourth Quarter In The Rear-View

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 13, 2011 – 12:02 am

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According to you, the fans, Rex Grossman and Evan Royster were runaway players of the game.  That’s who I would have picked as well, but voting in your own poll is lame.

And according to my old psychology professor, it’s also unethical, but I digress.

The Redskins executed in the fourth quarter and put the game away with a late Graham Gano field goal.  Final score, Washington 16, Pittsburgh 7.

It’s easy to say that preseason games don’t matter when the team loses, but it’s hard not to smile when they win.  The Redskins came out of the gate fast tonight and never really wavered on either side of the ball.  The most telling statistics of efficiency are prolonging drives on offense and forcing the opposing offense off the field.

Tonight the Redskins dominated the time-of-possession battle nearly 2:1 (39′ 25” vs. 20′ 35”), including holding the ball for over 11 minutes in the fourth quarter.  The Redskins defense held the Steelers to 2-for-12 on third or fourth down conversions, and shut those out until the third quarter.

Not to pour cold water on anything, but the Redskins did benefit from mismatches versus second and third stringers, but looked good against those groupings.  There weren’t any huge disappointments because the players played well as groups.

Frankly, I’m pleasantly surprised at how well the Redskins played, given how many new faces were out there and the complexity of the offensive and defensive schemes.  There were five total penalties in the game, which is practically unheard of in a normal preseason game, much less the first one this year.

Now I’m sure that coaches will go back and find a lot of things to tweak and change, but a win for this group has to feel good.  This bucks the trend as traditionally being the worst game for fans to watch.

If this is the worst that they look this year, then Redskins Nation have a lot to look forward to.

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4 Responses to “Fourth Quarter In The Rear-View”

  1. By T.J. on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    Pour me a big glass of Kool-aid too. terrible performance by Graham and I would say Robinson has fielded his last kick. Rocca looked good punting though. Sellars is gone, Young looked really good. If I was Torrain i would start to get a little nervous about even making the roster. I would keep Banks even if he doesn’t do anything other than return kicks. Better keep Markus White on the active roster I wouldn’t take the chance of no other team picking him up. Also have the Skins ever had this many players with long hair before?

  2. By noname on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    They looked fantastic! Banks is the best. Last year he showedus what he can do and he proved it again last night. We aren’t going to find a better returner then him. He knows what he is doing and does it well. I don’t think I’ve seen him mess up at all. For a small guy like him he can sure run fast.

  3. By reesespieces on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    You could see clearly that the injection of youth and new faces had an immediate impact. The energy level and effort although it was preseason was exceptional. That’s how you build a great team. Practice, study, and play hard.
    I was most impressed honestly with Markus White. He was projected to be picked higher in the draft and I bet right now you have 31 teams saying “Dammit!” He looks to have really great upside. Robinson showed NOTHING. Bye Shayne, sorry. Our draft picks look great! Banks is safe. You can’t ditch a game breaker. As for getting rid of Sellers just because Young looked great in one game is shortsighted. He’s also a great special teamer and the original one man gang. He played DE in CFL. He’s too versatile.

  4. By T.J. on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    I love Sellars but he hasn’t been the same blocker for the last couple years that he used to be. I was mostly making an observation based on Shanahan’s moves, he switched Sellars away from his natural FB position and buried him on the depth chart at TE. I think Shanahan wanted to see Young in live action before cutting Sellars but I think his days are numbered. His special teams work can be made up by younger players.

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