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    5 Keys to Victory for the Seahawks vs. the Redskins …
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    [Hank Williams, Jr playing:] “Are you ready for some football?” Yeah Baby, here we are at long last – back in the playoffs! Seattle finished the 2012 regular season 11-5 – just the 3rd time in franchise history that the Seahawks have topped the 11 win mark. But of course … the Hawks have their sights set on a much higher prize – the Lombardi Trophy. The Seahawks enter the playoffs on a hot streak, having won 7 of their last 8 games and outscoring teams 170-43 over their last 4 games. They are a team that no one truly wants to play. Well on Sunday, the Hawks face another team that enters the playoffs equally hot – the Washington Redskins. I said back at the end of November that this Redskin team was one to keep an eye on, and they certainly proved that, winning their last 7 games in a row. For most of this season, most of the national discussion surrounding who will win Offensive Rookie of the Year has centered on the first 2 picks of the 2012 NFL Draft – the Colts Andrew Luck … and the Redskins Robert Griffin III. After the Bear Beat-down in Chicago though, the rest of the country woke up to the fact that there was a 3rd Candidate – one who hadn’t been handed his job from Day 1 … an unheralded too short 3rd Round Pick who actually had to earn his position as the starting quarterback of an NFL Team … and to prove that he belonged week in and week out – Seattle’s Russell Wilson. This Sunday afternoon it’s Griffin and Wilson – mano a mano – each with a chance to pad their resume … and to get one step closer to football’s ultimate prize. Here are 5 Keys to Victory for the Seahawks as they face Griffin and this high powered Redskin Team …

    We’ve taken a look at 3 of the 5 Keys already heading in to this game on Sunday. For those who might have missed them, here are the links to those pieces …

    Key #1: Put a Governor on the Twin Engine Race Car …

    Key #2: Contain the Clone …

    Key #3: Double the Guard and Defend the Frontier …


    We turn our attention next to one of the more obvious of the Keys this weekend …

    Put the Ball in the Hands of Mr. Double Trouble …
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    Before we begin our discussion surrounding Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Passing Offense, let’s take a look at how the numbers match up against the Redskins Pass Defense …

    Seahawks Passing Offense vs. Redskins Pass Defense …
    Seahawks Off. CategoryNFL RankRedskins Def. CategoryNFL Rank
    25.8 Points Scored/Game9th Most24.3 Points Allowed/Game22nd
    189.4 Pass Yds/Game27th281.9 Pass Yds/Game Allwd3rd Most
    45 Passes of 20 Yards+21st58 Passes of 20 Yards+ Allowed6th Most
    40.25% 3rd Down Conv Rate12thAllw 44.2% of 3rd Down Conv32nd
    33 Sacks Allowed12th Fewest32 Sacks23rd
    27 Passing TD’s7th Most31 Passing TD’s Allwd2nd Most
    8.0 Yards/ Pass Attempt3rd Highest7.4 Yards/Pass Attempt Allwdtied for 20th
    100.0 Passer Rating for Russell Wilson4th Best87.0 QB Passer Rating Against18th Best


    For Redskin fans who haven’t seen Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Passing Attack – just superimpose Robert Griffin III in a Seahawks uniform and make him about 3 inches shorter. That’s the kind of impact that he has had on Hawks this season. Let me put it another way …

    2012 Top 10 Performances by Rookie Quarterbacks (sorted by QB Rating)
    QuarterbackDate/OppCompAttComp%YardsTD’sINT’sQB Rating
    1. Robert Griffin III11/18 vs. Eagles141593.3%20040158.3
    2. Robert Griffin III9/9 vs. Saints192673.1%32020139.9
    3. Russell Wilson10/14 vs. Patriots162759.3%32020139.9
    4. Russell Wilson12/30 vs. Rams151978.9%25010136.3
    5. Robert Griffin III11/22 vs. Cowboys192770.4%30441131.8
    6. Russell Wilson11/11 vs. Jets121963.2%18820131.0
    7. Russell Wilson11/4 vs. Vikings162466.7%17330127.3
    8. Russell Wilson11/25 vs. Dolphins212777.8%22420125.9
    9. Ryan Tannehill12/16 vs. Jaguars222878.6%22020123.2
    10. Russell Wilson12/23 vs. 49ers152171.4%17141115.3


    So, taking a look at the Top 10 Performances by all of the rookie quarterbacks this season … Robert Griffin III had 3 … and Russell Wilson had 6 of the 10 best performances in terms of QB Rating this year. That is remarkable consistency considering some of the opponents on that list.

    As Mike Sando pointed out this week …

    Wilson leads the NFL in QBR since Week 10 (84.1) and ranks second to Manning since Week 5 (81.7). He tied Manning's rookie record for touchdown passes with 26 even though Seattle kept its offense under wraps for the first few weeks of the season. His plus-16 margin of touchdowns to interceptions was the best by a rookie in NFL history. Wilson posted an 8-0 starting record at home. He also leads the NFL in QBR on the road since Week 8 and it's not close (92.7 for Wilson, 88.7 for Ryan and 84.7 for Manning). He has 10 total touchdowns and just one turnover on the road over that span. Wilson has five touchdown passes and no picks in his last three road games.

    Source:
    ESPN.com Mike Sando’s MVP Watch

    For those Redskins fans who haven’t actually seen him in action, here are some highlights of him from the Seahawks Week 6 win over the Patriots …
    Russell Wilson Highlights vs. Patriots 10/14/12

    In a word, he’s been amazing. In terms of the Seahawks Offense, as I mentioned before, they utilize many of the exact same schemes as those of the Redskins, so expect to see the Pistol, the Zone Read Option, various elements of the West Coast Offense, and the kitchen sink, as Pete Carroll is anything BUT predictable.

    Pete Carroll was on with 710 ESPN’s Brock and Salk after the 49er game on Christmas Eve and gave some fascinating insights not only on the Seahawk Offense … but on his mentality as a coach …

    Huard: “… and you watch those plays last night. Those are some of the same plays -- tell me if I’m wrong here. Was the touchdown to Baldwin not the same similar concept as the throw to Charlie Martin Week 1 on the corner route in Arizona? Are they some of the same concepts and plays you’re running?”

    Carroll: “Yeah, you’d be surprised how similar those are. I mean, there’s subtleties on how we move stuff around. There’s splits and things like that. But, yeah – had we, we’re so much better now – we would have won the Arizona game. They wouldn’t have been able to keep us out on 3 shots to get in – I mean, there’s just no way. We’re so much more efficient. That’s a great throw by Russell. You know, they’ve got a little combination coverage there on the guys right there. They jumped the heck out of Golden because he’s caught the Chicago touchdown and he caught one – you know, Carolina – caught a couple of those and made some big plays on that route. Which, it’s just a matter of reading it out for the quarterback. And on the combo they wind out inside of the corner route and they couldn’t catch up – he throws a great throw to the back flag – and a great catch, you know. So, that’s just getting better – them improving and understanding – they’ve thrown hundreds of those now. When we used to throw about 10 or 20 of them – now we’ve thrown hundreds, so it makes a difference in our ability to execute.”

    Huard: “So in some ways that is the essence of efficiency right?”

    Carroll: “We can’t make up new plays week in and week out across the board. There’s just no way. There’s little things that we do – little wrinkles that you put in and stuff, but basically you continue to function with your basic stuff. We’ve run inside-outside zone forever. Those are the same blocking schemes forever and ever and ever and we try to – when the defense breaks down, we make a big play because we’re so consistent. And that’s what makes Tom [Cable] such a big difference on our team because of his commitment to the running game in that fashion. And so, you’re seeing the same plays. You’re seeing the same calls for the most part – with wrinkles and formations and shifts and motions and things to make sure that the opponent doesn’t know that they’re coming.”

    Salk: “The fact that you’re running a lot of the same plays and different formations – does that give you some of the time to work on the Pistol and develop that? Does it give you a little extra time?”

    Carroll: “Yeah a little bit. A little bit. But we still don’t have that much time. One of the things that you really want to do in football is you want to have things that your opponent knows that you like. You want them to have to stop things because when they have to make their efforts to stop things – they become vulnerable. Until YOU know what you know -- and THEY know what you know – you can’t get to that level. Now that may have been confusing, but that’s really what you WANT people to understand what you’re trying to do – and they try to stop it – and you go ahead and do your things to take advantage of that. So, sometimes you’re not even good enough to get to that point. We are now, so it’s helping us and we’ll continue to grow with good fortune.”


    Source:
    Pete Carroll on with 710 ESPN’s Brock and Salk – 12/24/12

    Carroll has shown that he is crazy like a fox, as we’ve seen passes from Sidney Rice to Golden Tate … Tate to Rice … reverses that turn in to pass attempts … onside kicks at unexpected times – pretty much be ready from the old coot.

    Let’s narrow the microscope further and take a look at how the Seahawks wide receivers match up with the Redskins secondary and zone coverage …

    Seahawks Receiving Corps vs. Redskins Secondary and Zone Coverage …

    As the season has gone along, the Seahawks receiving corps has become much more dangerous and more diversified, as more receivers have been getting in the mix. Sidney Rice (6’4” 202 pounds) of course has been and will be the go to guy that the Redskins defense will key on. But as we also know, that hasn’t been the case the last couple of weeks. Rice had been hampered with a knee issue a couple of weeks ago and caught only 1 pass against the 49ers … and actually had none last week against the Rams. Is that knee still bothering Rice? The official injury report says no, but the lack of production there from Rice the lack of production there from Rice lately at least raises some questions in my mind. The Seahawks are going to need him on Sunday. As I mentioned, other receivers for the Seahawks have been stepping to the forefront and making an impact on this team. Golden Tate (5’10 202 pounds) has had some big catches of late and shown that he is a real playmaker that can make things happen when he has the football. Inside slot receiver Doug Baldwin (5’10” 189 pounds), last year’s unsung undrafted hero has rediscovered his penchant for making big catches in the clutch. If there’s a pressure situation on 3rd or 4th Down – Russell Wilson will look for him. Other guys have been stepping up in to the mix in recent weeks and making an impact as well though. TE Zach Miller (6’5” 255 pounds) has looked much more like the Pro Bowler that the Seahawks signed away from the Raiders. FB Michael Robinson (6’1” 240 pounds) has become a nice check down receiver on wheel routes and has made some plays of late. Even backup TE Anthony McCoy (6’5” 259 pounds) has shown a penchant for getting deep and making big plays, as he did this last week on a 49 yard completion against the Rams. Outside of what looks to be a precautionary move by the Seahawks coaching staff in limiting Marshawn Lynch in practice, the injury report looks clean, so these guys should be good to go against this Redskins defense.

    So just who is it that the Hawks receivers will be facing? Well, one familiar face they’ll be seeing is former Seahawks CB Josh Wilson (5’9” 188 pounds). As Seahawk fans are well aware of, Wilson is a mighty-mite who is very quick, aggressive, feisty, and has a penchant for making plays … but Carroll and Schneider deemed him too short for their tastes, so out he went. Might there be some motivation on his part to get some payback? Let’s hope not. Wilson comes in to this game with 74 Tackles … 1 Sack … 13 Passes Defensed … and 2 interceptions on his resume this year. On paper, it looks like he’s scheduled to be lined up against Sidney Rice – look for Russell Wilson to exploit that height mismatch if that happens. On the other side, CB DeAngelo Hall (5’10” 193 pounds) (95 Tackles … 1 Sack … 5 TFL … 14 Passes Defensed … 4 INT) is a guy who has excellent speed (4.37 in the 40) and instincts. In fact, he won the fastest man competition while at the Pro Bowl in 2005. Other scouts though have been critical of Hall in the past, saying that he gets beat by receivers whom he should be able to dominate. This Sunday, Hall will probably find himself matched up against Golden Tate – so that match-up will definitely be interesting to see how that plays out. CB Cedric Griffin (6’0” 195 pounds)(33 Tackles … 1 FF … 4 Passes Defensed) is a big question mark surrounding the Redskins this week. He has been suspended for the past 4 weeks because of performance enhancing drugs (Hmm. We Seahawk fans know a bit about that subject). The question surrounding him is whether or not he’s going to be activated or not for this game. If he does, he’ll be the starting Nickel CB. If not, Jerome Murphy (6’1” 200 pounds) or the rookie out of SMU Richard Crawford (5’11” 188 pounds) probably gets the nod. We’ll see how that shakes out. In terms of the safeties, FS Madieu Williams (6’1” 209 pounds) (99 Tackles … 1 Sack … 2 TFL … 6 Passes Defensed … 1 INT) and SS Reed Doughty (6’1” 206 pounds) (69 Tackles … 1 Pass Defensed … 1 INT) have provided solid play from the position.

    And as mentioned before, the Redskins Linebacking Corps is the real strength of this defense. As a 3-4 Defense, they are used heavily in coverage and have put up excellent numbers back there …

    LILB London Fletcher (5’10” 248 pounds) … 139 Tackles …11 Passes Defensed … 5 INT

    RILB Perry Riley (6’0” 238 pounds) … 129 Tackles … 7 Passes Defensed … 0 INT

    LOLB Ryan Kerrigan (6’4” 260 pounds) … 54 Tackles … 8 Passes Defensed … 1 INT

    ROLB Rob Jackson (6’4” 266 pounds) … 37 Tackles … 7 Passes Defensed … 4 INT

    All of that said, this is a group that I firmly believe that Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Passing Attack can take advantage of …

    Yes, it’s true that the Redskins did finish with 21 interceptions (3rd Most in the NFL and 3 more than the Seahawks) … but some other things are also true.

    The Redskins gave up an average of 281.9 Passing Yards/Game (3rd Most in the NFL)

    The Redskins allowed an average of 7.4 Passing Yards/Attempt (20th in the NFL) …

    They allowed 58 Passing Plays of 20 Yards or more (6th Most in the NFL) …

    They allowed 44.2% of 3rd Downs to be converted (Worst in the league) …

    At Home, the Redskins allowed their opponents to score TD’s 62.5% of the time in the Red Zone (4th Worst in the league).

    They surrendered 31 Passing TD’s this year (2nd Most in the NFL) …

    Opposing teams have passed the ball 636 Times on the Redskins (more attempts against this defense than against any other team in football). The fact that teams have passed against them so much says to me that opposing Offensive Coordinators have seen some real weaknesses in the Redskins Zone Defense that they can exploit (and they obviously did).

    If the Redskins DO end up blitzing Russell Wilson and the Seahawks as much as I believe they will, then I very much like the Hawks chances, as receivers will be open somewhere. Wilson won’t have to do it totally on his own though, as this Seahawks team has one other big gun that can really break down a defense …
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  • The Hawks offense should have plenty of room to work with here . . . the Skins D is their Achilles heal this year as it has been the strength of the team in the past, now that opposing offenses have to score more (because the Redskins have been scoring a lot) the defense is showing its true colors (IMO) . . . it would be interesting to see a breakdown of the NFL defensive rankings fro the frist 9 weeks . . . then for the last 7 weeks as the Redskins D has been playing FAR better after their bye week . . . IMO Haslett didn't know what to do personnel wise as he lost both of his starting safeties prior to the season (jackson due to suspension and merriweather to injury) and lost Orakpo and Carriker (the Redskins best pass rushing LB (and probably best overall defensive player) and best pass rushing DE) early in week 2 . . . once he got a feel for how to use what he has left (yes, took to the bye week, haslett is not the quickest at adjustments) the defense started to play far better . . . the run D has been said to be pretty good, but really is middle of the pack (see opposing yards per carry of 4.2, ties with 6 others for 13th . . . though better than the 4.5 the Hawks defense gives up) and due to the fact the Skins were so easy to pass on teams didn't bother running . . . another area that scares me is the 3rd down defense as the skins have been pretty gracious to opposing offenses on 3rd down, though again much better since the week 10 bye . . .
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  • Week at WAS defense was ranked 22nd (DVOA). They are now 17.
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  • Shock2k wrote:Week at WAS defense was ranked 22nd (DVOA). They are now 17.


    right, but that is the overall for the season . . . what would they have been ranked if only weeks 10 - 17 counted??
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  • SkinsGuru wrote:
    Shock2k wrote:Week at WAS defense was ranked 22nd (DVOA). They are now 17.


    right, but that is the overall for the season . . . what would they have been ranked if only weeks 10 - 17 counted??


    This is a legitimate question. The NFL is a "What have you done for me lately" league and lately, the Skins defense has been pretty damn good. Not great, but damn good. Last 7 games we've allowed 20 points per game. At home during that same time period, we've allowed 17 points per game and scored 27.
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  • Did the OP say that Madieu Williams had provided solid play? Yikes. Worst player on our starting unit on either side of the ball, to be honest.

    Also, I'm not sure Jerome Murphy has taken a snap yet. Johnson has played quite a bit, but it looks like you'll be seeing Ced. But nothing official out on that yet.

    DeAngelo generally matches up with opposing team's number one receivers, and he did a good job on Dez last week. I'd expect you see some switching it up between the two main receivers, but I think Hall will be on Rice most of the time with Wilson on Tate. But again, with our zone blitz scheme, they're not always "on" them.

    Overall good writeup. Thanks for sharing :)
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  • rdskns4eva wrote:
    SkinsGuru wrote:
    Shock2k wrote:Week at WAS defense was ranked 22nd (DVOA). They are now 17.


    right, but that is the overall for the season . . . what would they have been ranked if only weeks 10 - 17 counted??


    This is a legitimate question. The NFL is a "What have you done for me lately" league and lately, the Skins defense has been pretty damn good. Not great, but damn good. Last 7 games we've allowed 20 points per game. At home during that same time period, we've allowed 17 points per game and scored 27.


    Seahawks average points per game from week 10-17: Allowed 13. Scored 34.5.

    And Russell Wilson could beat up RG3.
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  • 12evanf wrote:Seahawks average points per game from week 10-17: Allowed 13. Scored 34.5.

    And Russell Wilson could beat up RG3.



    Hawks last 5 road games = 24 points per game
    Hawks last 5 road games = 19 points allowed per game

    And RG3 has greater reach. Stick and move, baby! Stick and move!
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  • rdskns4eva wrote:
    12evanf wrote:Seahawks average points per game from week 10-17: Allowed 13. Scored 34.5.

    And Russell Wilson could beat up RG3.



    Hawks last 5 road games = 24 points per game
    Hawks last 5 road games = 19 points allowed per game

    And RG3 has greater reach. Stick and move, baby! Stick and move!


    Since you're playing at home.

    Skins last 5 home games = 24 points per game
    Skins last 5 home games = 17.8 points allowed per game

    Pretty evenly matched, until you realize Russell Wilson has been using the rope-a-dope technique the whole time.
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  • Interesting numbers there. Ten of their interceptions were in the five gamed against Foles, Romo and Weeden. In five games against better QBs Ryan, Dalton, Roethlesberger and Manning they had four interceptions. Of those four interceptions against the better QBs, three of them were by outside linebackers. Two by Jackson and one by Kerrigan. Two were returned for touchdowns. All three came inside the opponents 30 yard line and all were on short passes. I only see the play-by-play write up, but it might indicate that the 'skins linebackers gamble by jumping routes if they are in favorable field position.
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  • In the Seahawks five games against the other top five DVOA teams they went 4-1 with an average winning score of 21.8 to 15.6. In the Redskins games against top five teams they went...oh wait, they didn't play any top five teams. The Redskins did play five games against teams ranked 7-12 though. They finished with a 2-3 record and were outscored on average 23.8 to 26.6.

    What does all of this prove? No seriously, it's not a rhetorical question...what does it prove?

    That was funny in case you guys weren't sure. The Seahawks have proven they can hang with and beat the big boys. Sometimes beat them down! The 'skins haven't had a chance to prove if they can or not. They get there's on Sunday.
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  • KDawg_ES wrote:Did the OP say that Madieu Williams had provided solid play? Yikes. Worst player on our starting unit on either side of the ball, to be honest.


    Well ... Truth be told, I was being a bit PC there. Thought "solid" sounded a lot better than some of the other alternatives I could have come up with.

    KDawg_ES wrote:Also, I'm not sure Jerome Murphy has taken a snap yet. Johnson has played quite a bit, but it looks like you'll be seeing Ced. But nothing official out on that yet.


    That's what it sounded like to me with Cedric, but again, it sounded pretty tenuous on whether or not he'd be activated for this game. That's kind of what I figured because the alternatives for the Redskins don't look too promising otherwise.

    KDawg_ES wrote:DeAngelo generally matches up with opposing team's number one receivers, and he did a good job on Dez last week. I'd expect you see some switching it up between the two main receivers, but I think Hall will be on Rice most of the time with Wilson on Tate. But again, with our zone blitz scheme, they're not always "on" them.

    Overall good writeup. Thanks for sharing :)


    I also kind of figured that regarding DeAngelo Hall (as he's got the quickness to keep up with Rice) ... but here again, that looks like a real mismatch to me. Has Hall been as suspect in your opinion as others seem to think? As far as the Wilson on Tate match-up -- that would be a real interesting one. Tate, once he has the ball in his hands, has shown that he can make things happen.

    I realize that it's a bit simplistic to boil things down to individual match-ups given the Redskins zone schemes ... but at least it's a way to conceptualize it somewhat. It really appears to be that unlike the Seahawks defense those short to middle of the field areas are tough to find real holes in due to the strength of that linebacking corps. It would appear to me that teams that have been successful against this secondary have been finding those holes more in the intermediate to deep range. Accurate assessment in your opinion?

    Thanks for the thoughts.
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  • The Redskins have always been my #2 team in the NFL (they were #1 when I was a little kid before we had a Seahawks team because at first I didn't realize that Washington Redskins were Washington DC Redskins. I loved the old Over the Hill Gang and still am upset that Larry Brown ins't in the HoF. There is even video of Cosell referring to Brown as "the future Hall of Famer".

    Anywho, it's very nice to see that our visitors are as knowledgable and considerate as they are. Definitely the best enemy fans we've ever had on here. Makes me happy to have been such a longtime Skins fan.

    This game will be great.

    Okay, now back to your regularly programmed browbeating of why the Hawks will defeat the Skins :)
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  • Seahawks defense vs top 10 offenses on the road has given up 17.7 pts/game.
    Redskins offense vs top 10 defenses at home have scored , oh wait, other than the one game early in the season vs Cincinatti when no one had any film on their team, the Skins haven't played any top 10 defenses at home. But they scored 31 on Cincy in that loss.

    Redskins defense vs top 10 offenses at home have given up 18.5 pts/game
    Seahawks offense vs middle of the road defenses on the road have scored, oh wait, they've only played one game vs a middling defense (either they play elite defenses or total crap defenses). But in that game vs Miami they scored 21 in a loss.

    I know it doesn't mean anything come Sunday, but I'm thinking the team that scores 20 wins.
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  • Salish- I agree.. first to 20 wins.. the over is 46 and I think that is too high..
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  • Hawkscanner wrote:Has Hall been as suspect in your opinion as others seem to think?


    Yes.

    And no.

    He's been better recently, and I can't explain why. He's been playing through injuries and playing more to his responsibilities than he had prior to the season. But the best way to describe DeAngelo Hall is: "Ballhawk". Hall will play his responsibility, then see a slight opening that he probably can't get to and gamble on an interception. There have been times in his tenure where he gambled and made a miraculous, game-changing interception. And there are other times where he misses the pick and allows a big play. But during our streak, aside from some moments of utter stupidity, he played much better, particularly in the last few. I don't think Hall on Rice is as big of a mismatch as you think. Where Hall gets worked more often than not is when he tries to make up for our safeties coverage abilities. He finds himself out of position when he does that. He hasn't done that as often.

    I realize that it's a bit simplistic to boil things down to individual match-ups given the Redskins zone schemes ... but at least it's a way to conceptualize it somewhat. It really appears to be that unlike the Seahawks defense those short to middle of the field areas are tough to find real holes in due to the strength of that linebacking corps. It would appear to me that teams that have been successful against this secondary have been finding those holes more in the intermediate to deep range. Accurate assessment in your opinion?


    Somewhat accurate. London Fletcher has had some trouble with tight ends while in coverage this year. Our linebacker coverage is somewhat hit and miss, but the good news for us with London is he is a very sure tackler. If he gives up a catch it usually doesn't come with a ton of YAC. Our outside backers don't gamble as SoCalSeahawk says. Rob Jackson is good at peeling off his rush and getting to the flats to defend a flat pass. When we play our fire zone defenses, which are three deep and three under zones, while bringing heat, the OLB is responsible for the flats to their side from time to time. He's also responsible for flats in cover 3 principles as well. What they'll do is come off the edge hard and rush until they see a back threaten to the flat, then they'll peel off and cover. Jackson's pick on Romo came on that play. It also happened vs. Cincinnati on that touchdown, except he didn't really have to peel, Dalton gift wrapped that one. I'd agree that we've been carved up, mostly in the safeties zones, and in particular to Madieu Williams. But you can complete passes behind our linebackers as well. The issue is more that London Fletcher is a smart linebacker who does his homework and knows route combinations. That's partially why he had as many picks as he did. Kerrigan's pick this year and last year came from batting down a pass. With Wilson's height, I think Kerrigan is really going to try to knock a few down, as our front is pretty good at doing that.
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