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Fourth Quarter Frustrations

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 27, 2011 – 12:17 am

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Even though you, the voters, selected the Redskins defense as the winner of tonight’s game ball (81 percent), the credit for tonight’s successes fall on the headset of head coach Mike Shanahan.

In the first quarter, he challenged the failed fumble recovery by Kevin Barnes, correctly determining that Barnes touched the ball while still in the air.  Cornerback Josh Wilson was actually the second player to touch the live ball, and secured it in bounds.  Shanahan is one-for-one on challenges in 2011.

At the end of the game, he called a timeout just before the 2-minute warning to give his offense a chance to drive for the win.  Obviously, it didn’t happen, but the game-plan and clock management were in place to allow the players the opportunity to win.

There isn’t much good to take from a loss.  It’s even harder to find the silver lining on the first loss, against the arch rival, on the national stage, To.The.Cowboys.  But there are a few offensive and defensive notes to take away from tonight’s game that make it worth tuning into next week:

  • The Cowboys marched up and down the field tonight, but the Redskins defense held them out of the endzone.  Yes, there were big plays that ultimately cost them the game, but by trading touchdowns for field goals, they kept the offense in the game.
  • The offense held the Cowboys defense to three sacks, after the unit grabbed nine in the first two games of the season.  Protection is still problem, but this was a tough task against the Rob Ryan blitz-happy defense.

On an individual level:

  • Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is a stud on this defense, and will only get better with more time and seasoning.  Tonight, he finished with four solo tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.  The “rookie” and “new position” storylines are just about dead, because he continues to be assert himself alongside his veteran teammates.
  • Santana Moss slides through the Cowboys defense like a hot knife through butter.  He finished tonight with a team-high five receptions for 70 yards.  He’s not the speed demon like he was for Mark Brunell in 2005, but he’s a smart, fearless, reliable target for Rex Grossman.

Before the game, there were a million reasons to say that the Redskins wouldn’t have a chance tonight.  In retrospect, the Cowboys’ injury woes were overblown: Tony Romo, Felix Jones, and Terence Newman all played, and all three factored into the outcome.  But once the Redskins were ahead, late in the fourth quarter, there are a million reasons that they should have won.

Every unit will study the game film and figure out ways to improve.  Remember that this is still the same young unit that no one believed in two weeks ago, and they had a tall task beating the Cowboys on the road.  The Redskins have another road test next week in St. Louis, and I would expect to see tonight’s problems addressed.

This is going to be the longest short week imaginable for the Redskins.  A tough loss tonight, and a lot of work to be done.

Over and out from Dallas, final score, Washington 16, Dallas 18.

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27 Responses to “Fourth Quarter Frustrations”

  1. By redskins fan on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    If we had a quarterback we would be dangerous with the defense we have it is hard to swallow a loss when you get beat by 6 field goals!!!!!!!

  2. By Owright on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Redskins suck…the Cowboys had ABSOLUTLEY NO BUISNESS WINNING THIS GAME!!!! 6 Fieldgoals???? Are u serious???? !!!!!

  3. By Owright on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply


  4. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply



  5. By adolfo rodriguez on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    redskins have never gone far without a system quarterback. we dont need a star we need someone who can capitolise on opportunities. third and 21 and getting a first down is just lack of mental play. keep the game in front of you.

  6. By John on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    This was a very annoying game to watch. Grossman looked rather inept at times (interception, bad passes, too slow a runner getting caught from behind by big linemen and fumbling) throughout the night. Yes he had flashes of playing good football (not great at any time) but enough is enough. We need to play a MOBILE QB – WAIT A MINUTE!! You have one!! Please play Beck. That is your starting QB and should have been at the start of the season.

    I am so tired of D. Hall. He is a has been who doesn’t realize it. He got burned four times yesterday and that last one ( 3rd and super long) with the penalty on top of it was downright horrible. That should give the coaches clear indication that he doesn’t have it any more. Please replace him like you did Rogers.

  7. By Trent on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    @redskins fan – It is hard to swallow this. But you have to give credit where credit is due… Romo played out of his mind last night, and he is pretty much the only reason they won, aside from untimely defensive penalties.

    Skins will bounce back against the Rams and go into the bye 3-1.

  8. By sitara kidwai on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Dear coach and players,this is to let you guys know how sad and embarrased we are at what you guys did or rather did not do last night.I wanted to punch the face of the old idiot Jerry Jones smiling and shaking hands at the end of the game.Why can we not win from AMERICA’S CRACKWAGON,that is the name we have given the idiot Cowboys.You could have lost all the games but won this one,we would have been alright.Now I have to hear these crackheads mouth.We got plenty of chances.What is wrong with us?Why can the quarterback get his act together?Come on coach tell your son to knock some sense into his head.Santana,Santa we need you.Hightower you have to use all your force and run,push,shove and do something.We are just tired of waiting and waiting.We had soo much faith in you guys but now I don’t know?

  9. By sitara kidwai on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    They did not win because of HOMOROMO.They won because we are STUPID and we let them win.He is an idiot and we let him look like a HERO specially to people like you.

  10. By John on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    redskins fan: we do have a QB but he’s on the bench (Talking about Beck, of course). grossman is NOT the QB this offense needs right now. He’s too slow, too inaccurate, poor decisions too often, costly fumbles, and questionable leadership ->couldn’t get two minute offense to line up fast and play with intensity and fired up when game was on the line.

    Trent: and don’t forget the poor play by an over the hill CB who runs his mouth way too much…gave up 3-4 big pass plays which is becoming more and more his style and the league knows it.

  11. By sitara kidwai on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    What do you mean by moderation?

  12. By sean on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with trent, without romo playing “on the shot” and dealing with terrible snaps, they wouldnt have made the plays that they did. The cowboys didnt win the redskins just lost. Nothing to be real proud about in the Dallas locker room last night…The skins will bounce back.

  13. By Redskins24/7Milennium on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    This one slipped through the Redskins fingers. They force 2 fubles that Dallas recovered. And Phil nearly Costa the Cowboys the game. If the Skins had landed on just one those errant snaps they could have salted the game away!

    This is a hard learning experience: when you are given any breake by the opposition- you must take it! Dallas won’t make nearly so many mistakes when they come to Fedex. Hopefully the Shanny offense won’t either.

    BTW: Grossy- nice Mark Rypien impression with all the fumbles. Now work harder on the getting to the playoffs and winning the Superbowl part.

  14. By Bill on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    This game was like watching paint dry, painful, i’ve seen better pop warner games Grossman did not impress me, the Off line gave Grossman all the time in the world to do whatever he wanted and the “D” kept the score down GOOD JOB GUYS, but as usual QB issues killing us

  15. By Bob on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    The Redskins’ touchdown drive to take a 16-9 lead late in the third quarter was the perfect balance of running and passing. Tim Hightower carried the ball five times and Grossman put it in the air four times, one of which was a short pass to Hightower for the one-yard touchdown. It was a huge drive that should have been the breakthrough the struggling Redskins running game needed to close the game out.

    Instead, Shanahan called for 11 pass plays and just two run plays on the Redskins’ next three drives. This is with a lead, mind you. Eleven pass plays and two run plays. I’m saying it again because it needs to be said again. The Cowboys were able to get the ball back three times because the Redskins simply couldn’t sustain drives and chew up the clock.

  16. By jim horath on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I have been a loyal & supportive skin’s fan since 1968 & i wish the skins would get some REAL GUTS to play football like the Kilmer, Jergunson, Baugh, williams & rypien teams. The teams since 1991 have been ” P*SSIES ” in close 4th qrt. win or lose games. After the 3rd qtr. t/d, offense & defense played like “OK ” thats good enough !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “P*SSIES’. GROW UP skin’s players & COACHS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NFL is a MAN’s GAME!!!!!!!! PLAY LIKE IT.

  17. By jim horath on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    what the hell is “waiting for moderation” ? The blog gods don’t like truth told in rough words or what ? Truth is truth guys. The skins handed the game to an inferior dallas team by what appeared to be a defense that ” took it easy ” on the phony playing injured romo & 4 BIG mistakes on costa hiking the ball. how many of the 4 did the skins recover ? 0.

  18. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    @jim horath-

    Calm yourself. It’s a simple function of the blog.

  19. By Ian UK on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Well that was frustrating – even more so because it was 0445 here in the UK with 40 seconds to go and I truly believed that I would be going to get 2 hours sleep a happy man. We need to work on that red zone offence – our defence played brilliantly but we need to back it up by scoring on offence.

    good news that Landry was on the field.

  20. By jim horath on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    ok– ok I’m calm Brian about the “moderation’. BUT I AM NOT CALM ABOUT 20 YRS. OF ” too soft playing ” ( get the moderation brian ? ) of skins teams in comparison to the skins teams before —-head snider got control of the team. WE LOYAL FANS need john riggins to come in & teach these ” SOFTY ” players about NFL MANHOOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!! also the coach’s play calling about how you beat inferior teams when you play them.

  21. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    @jim horath-

    You got it brother. What did you think about the first two wins of the season? I’m just curious, because it looked like to me that these same players that you’re calling soft were able to out-physical both the Giants and the Cardinals. Your thoughts?

  22. By jim horath on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    yes to a point but home games make a difference & ariz. wasn’t that good but skins held out in that game. I don’t expect skins to win every game but I don’t expect them to play half the game either especially against the boys at dallas. I had 2 cracked ribs in 1973 & I couldn’t hardly walk & breath deep — meaning romo’s heroic effort was phony as a 3 dollar bill & the skins defence let up on putting the hammer on him. Also giants were with out starters on D. & the skins D. played up 2 their potential in that game.

  23. By jim horath on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    also brian I f u want 2 c a d that gets your attention watch the raiders d. teams they play know the d will knock your ass off & that makes a big difference with receivers going up the field. yes they get penalties & some times really hurts the team but the fact the other team knows they will do it makes them adjust their game plan. also I’m not 2 confident with jr. shanahan’s play calling when u look at the afore mentioned in this blog 2nd half play calls after the t/d 16 to 9. 11 pass plays & 4 running plays in 3 possessions after the combo of run-pass that got the only t/d in the game

  24. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    @jim horath-

    I’m a big fan of a physical defense, but your characterization of the Raiders is generous at best. This is the same Raiders that have given up 82 points this season, compared to the 66 that the Redskins have yielded? This is the same Raiders defense that gave up 38 to the Bills? Regardless of how the Bills are doing so far, the Redskins have played solid defense and haven’t gotten into shootouts with anyone. No disrespect to what they’re doing out there, but I wouldn’t put them up there as a testament to effective defense.

    I just think it’s way way way too early to write the book on the Redskins season. If you’re really honest with yourself, would you have expected this start at the beginning of August?

  25. By jim horath on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    i partially agree with your assessment but the raiders r 2& 1 same as skins & with a much improved campbell (x skin ) qb. raiders d also is tough on run game. how do u explain ravens dominance of pitt. then lose to lesser ranked team the following week ? sure ( s— happens in the nfl ) & I am not throwing the skins on the scrap heap this early. You did not respond 2 the plays ran in the entire second half at dallas by the skins ( d. & o. ) 3 f/g’s — 4 20 plus yrd. gains by the boys & 3 of the 4 on 3rd & long !!!!!!!!! hard to explain for a d. ranked in top 10 in nfl in a division game even this early. I don’t have room here to start on the 3/4 washed bear reject as a qb. LOL grossman. I am not 2 sure beck is answer but may not be worse– young & hungry. thx

  26. By mickael ahern on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Way too early people to be coming to what you think the defense is and what they can do. Hall does have to back up his talk or the coaches need to lay the hammer down and put someone in there that can read offenses and can shadow a receiver for more than 5yards. Offensively: either rex corrects his blunders in holding onto the ball and then knowing when to get rid of it. Or am i describing beck?

  27. By BERNARD GREEN on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    If the Skins couldn’t beat the Cowboys, who had a hurt Tony Romo, a hurt Dez Bryant, and Miles Austin didn’t even play, then I don’t expect them to win on Nov 20th, with a possibly healthy Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Miles Austin. They may be 2-1, but if you’re 14-2, and the two losses are to the Cowboys, then you can’t celebrate a good season, because you’ll possibly meet the Cowboys again in the playoffs and lose to them a third time. I can’t explain why they have a hard time against the Cowboys. I guess with the money the players make in Washington, they don’t necessarily have to care about winning.

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