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Fourth Quarter Redux

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 2, 2011 – 12:28 am

I pity anyone that left the stadium or turned off their television sets at the 2-minute warning.

With three minutes left in the game, the Redskins were comfortably ahead.  After a 60-yard, 44 second drive by the Bucs, they were trailing by one.  After a 74-yard, 60 second drive by the Redskins, they were back up by five.

Clearly the fast-break offense was on the court.

Here’s a crowd reaction from the tunnel:

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After another valiant bend-but-don’t-break stand that saw a desperate shot at the endzone, the Redskins ran off the field, victorious.

Brandon Banks was the Most Valuable Redskin tonight, securing over 75 percent of the vote.  Without question, his stock rocketed up with each of his 197 total return yards.

Who said the new rules left no room on the roster for a return specialist?

The Redskins learned more about the depth on their team tonight, than they did through all of the first three games combined.  Certainly the first three games supplied plenty of reasons to be optimistic in 2011, but tonight should give everyone confidence in 2012 and beyond.  This team has a lot of depth up and down the lineup, which should be a breath of fresh air compared to last year.

At skill positions like running back, wide receiver, cornerback, safety, linebacker and defensive line, the team should feel comfortable rotating playing time.  When a starter gets banged up in a game, there won’t be the urgency to rush him back into the game, because the team can be built more around scheme instead of individuals.  Certainly this team has star power, but it’s brought in a lot of guys that are worthy and capable of playing time.

I think Donte’ Stallworth said it best after the game when he said, “This team is gonna surprise some people this year.”

The next 48 hours are going to be critical, as the coaching staff decides who stays and who goes.  The bad news for the coaches is that the players haven’t made it easy.  The good news for the Redskins, is that the players haven’t made it easy.

Ten days until the Giants race out of the tunnel at FedExField.  Do you think the Redskins are ready?


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7 Responses to “Fourth Quarter Redux”

  1. By Carl007 on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    I think more than any unit on the team, the secondary needs a bit of work right now. Third-string QBs should not be marching their teams up-and-down the field the way they have been.

    The Redskins need to find another quality CB before week 1 because Hall and whoever else they plan on trotting out there will get abused every week.

  2. By RotGut on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    The key to our secondary issues will be getting some healthy safeties back there. Atogwe will solidify the over the top coverage if we can get him healthy. With a solid D-Line in play, we won’t have to cheat the corners up. I don’t expect we’ll be as pitiful in coverage as last year. The real question posted in the blog should have been, “Are the Giants Ready?”

  3. By bigman on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    I think both comments are right above yes the secondary has been making a lot of mental mistakes, but it is something that can be fixed without adding another player to a already talented roster. The only game that I have seen and was disappointed was the buccaners game. It was sloppy out there and sometimes embarrassing.
    The Redskins are going to have one of the best linebacking core in the NFL if they stay healthy. Plus the offense is amazing so I full confidence that it we get into a scoring match we will be victorious.
    Ok so I am very interested to see how the starters will play a full game. We might be a under estimated this year but I don’t care I like a under dog story.

    Hail to the Redskins

  4. By Keith on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    I pity you having to stay to the end of a meaningless, douchbag game 4 of the preseason that the fans get to pay full price for!!!

  5. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    @Keith-
    I wonder is Brandon Banks, Chris Neild, Brandyn Thompson, Niles Paul, Donte Stallworth, Ryan Torain, DeJon Gomes, Rob Jackson, Markus White or Logan Paulsen would consider it a meaningless game?

  6. By RotGut on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    I hear you and agree Brian. I bet dozens of players each year make rosters because of this final game. Just a few days ago, there was a feeling that Banks may not make the cut. Can we say that now? Probably not. I don’t care whether it’s preseason or regular. After 8 months, I need me some Skins football. HTTR!!!!

  7. By Gstarr on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    @ Keith
    Really? I watched every moment and loved it all! Pre season football is my favorite “reality show”. No gossiping women throwing glasses of water on each other. Just men doing their best to earn a job, support themselves and their families, and play the game they love on the highest level!!! I’ll definitely be online at 6pm today.

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