Thursday, December 31, 2009

Redskins vs. Dallas, 3rd quarter review

1st quarter review

2nd quarter review

3rd Quarter

G.Gano kicks 49 yards from WAS 30 to DAL 21. K.Ogletree to DAL 41 for 20 yards (R.Cartwright; K.Moore).

Dallas Cowboys at 15:00, (1st play from scrimmage 14:53)

1-10-DAL 41 (14:53) M.Barber right end to DAL 44 for 3 yards (D.Hall, R.McIntosh).

2-7-DAL 44 (14:08) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass short right to M.Austin to WAS 44 for 12 yards (L.Fletcher). P13

Haynesworth gets a punch on the LG to knock him back, then beats him with an inside swim move, but Romo again gets the ball out just before the pressure gets to him.
The NT blows past Rabach, so Ganther is making cuts in the backfield.

1-10-WAS 44 (13:27) (Shotgun) PENALTY on DAL-J.Witten, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at WAS 44 - No Play.

1-15-WAS 49 (13:02) T.Romo pass short left to F.Jones to WAS 36 for 13 yards (R.Henson, B.Orakpo).

2-2-WAS 36 (12:19) T.Choice left tackle to WAS 35 for 1 yard (H.Blades). direct snap to #23

Another Wildcat with the line unbalanced to the left. The RG pulls to the left to lead block, but H.B Blades absorbs the block, sheds off him, and stuffs the RB. Monster play by H.B. Blades.

3-1-WAS 35 (11:35) M.Barber up the middle to WAS 35 for no gain (L.Alexander, A.Haynesworth).

Haynesworth buries the LG to penetrate and disrupt the blocking, while Alexander at LDE fights past the RT's outside shoulder. Carter are RDE is left to a RB and easily slices inside him, so the RB is stuffed from three angles.

4-1-WAS 35 (10:50) M.Barber up the middle to WAS 35 for no gain (A.Haynesworth, H.Blades).

Golston stand up the C at the line, allowing the LBs to converge. Meanwhile Haynesworth drives the LG three yards off the LOS, then comes off him to grab the RB from the side while Blades takes him down from the front. The front seven is just playing out of their minds.

Washington Redskins at 10:37

1-10-WAS 35 (10:37) Q.Ganther left guard to WAS 35 for no gain (M.Spears, D.Ware).

Rabach and Heyer both go to the second level and nicely square up LBs, but that means Will Montgomery is left to deal with NT Jay Ratliff by himself. Montgomery is driven straight back into Ganther and wrecks the play in the backfield.

2-10-WAS 35 (10:00) J.Campbell pass short left to S.Moss to WAS 43 for 8 yards (M.Jenkins, K.Hamlin).

I'll give Ganther credit for picking up a LB on the offensive right. But Levi and Dockery both get beat on the left so Jason is again under pressure as he throws.

3-2-WAS 43 (9:15) (Shotgun) J.Campbell pass short middle to M.Kelly to DAL 48 for 9 yards (O.Scandrick).

Levi is beat to the outside by the OLB Ware, Montgomery is driven back into Campbell's face by the LDE, and Rabach lets the NT beat him on his left shoulder but Ganther is there to bail him out. Campbell stands tall and is able to hit Kelly on a crossing route out of the slot.

1-10-DAL 48 (8:39) (Shotgun) J.Campbell pass short middle to R.Cartwright to DAL 36 for 12 yards (B.James).

Nice little angle route by Rock over the middle, then he turns upfield sharply enough to slip past a LB and make the first down. I didn't realize until this year how effective Rock can be as a receiver.

1-10-DAL 36 (8:04) R.Cartwright left guard to DAL 34 for 2 yards (S.Bowen; J.Ratliff).

Will Montgomery is driven from his RG spot across the field to clog up the hole on the left side. Rock runs into his back.

2-8-DAL 34 (7:30) (Shotgun) J.Campbell pass incomplete short right to M.Kelly (J.Hatcher).

3-8-DAL 34 (7:25) (Shotgun) J.Campbell FUMBLES (Aborted) at DAL 44, ball out of bounds at DAL 44.

The nickel corner blitzes and no one sees him coming, especially not Campbell who is crushed in the small of the back. As he is going down he lands on the back of Heyer's legs and knocks him out of the game. The ball pops loose, but fortunately it flies out with such momentum it goes all the way across the field and out of bounds.

4-18-DAL 44 (7:05) H.Smith punts 32 yards to DAL 12, Center-E.Albright, fair catch by P.Crayton.

Dallas Cowboys at 7:00

1-10-DAL 12 (7:00) F.Jones right guard to DAL 15 for 3 yards (C.Griffin).
PENALTY on DAL-A.Gurode, Offensive Holding, 6 yards, enforced at DAL 12 - No Play.

1-16-DAL 6 (6:24) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass incomplete short right to M.Bennett [C.Griffin].

Haynesworth blows past the LG but trips up and goes to the ground as he penetrates. Meanwhile Griffin fights past the RG's outside shoulder, then slips behind Carter's inside rush. He hits Romo in the back of the end zone and takes him down, but of course Romo gets the ball out just in time.

2-16-DAL 6 (6:23) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass short left to F.Jones to DAL 16 for 10 yards (H.Blades, L.Landry).

3-6-DAL 16 (5:42) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass short left to J.Witten to DAL 31 for 15 yards (H.Blades).

1-10-DAL 31 (4:58) (Shotgun) F.Jones up the middle to DAL 38 for 7 yards (C.Wilson, H.Blades).

The DTs line up with a wide split and that is exploited as the LG blocks Montgomery to the outside and Golston is simply held by the RG, opening a big running lane straight up the middle. The TEs immediatley seek out each of our outside LBs. The C has a clean shot at Fletcher but Fletcher slips by him to prevent this from being an even bigger gain.

2-3-DAL 38 (4:16) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass incomplete deep left to J.Witten.

3-3-DAL 38 (4:10) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass short left to M.Austin to DAL 45 for 7 yards (F.Smoot).

1-10-DAL 45 (3:36) M.Barber up the middle to DAL 49 for 4 yards (L.Landry).

Lorenzo Alexander is at RDE but fights his way down the line to cut off the RBs path. Impressive physical play, but he was probably supposed to stay at home as the RB spins away and redirects around the offensive left.

2-6-DAL 49 (2:56) (Shotgun) M.Barber up the middle to WAS 39 for 12 yards (K.Moore).

Lorenzo Alexander is at LDT and stunts with LDE Carter, but this plays right into Dallas' hands. The C easily turns to the outside and seals Carter there, while the LG turns Montgomery the other way and opens a gaping hole up the middle for the shotgun draw. Fletcher isn't in that spot because for some reason he was assigned the slot receiver, and at the snap raced to the outside.

1-10-WAS 39 (2:13) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass short right to M.Austin to WAS 31 for 8 yards (D.Hall).

2-2-WAS 31 (1:31) T.Romo pass incomplete short left to S.Hurd.

Smoot was playing outside and giving him the slant, but he dropped it.

3-2-WAS 31 (1:26) (Shotgun) M.Barber left guard to WAS 30 for 1 yard (L.Fletcher).

Blades continues to have a solid game. For the second time he meets the RG as he pulls to the left, and for the second time stops him dead in his tracks to allow Fletcher to come in clean and make the tackle. LBs should not be able to take on guards head-on and win, but Blades has done it twice.

4-1-WAS 30 (:55) M.Barber right guard to WAS 30 for no gain (H.Blades).

Daniels and Carter collapse the blocking on the offensive right.

Washington Redskins at 0:50

1-10-WAS 30 (:50) J.Campbell pass short right to S.Moss to WAS 47 for 17 yards (K.Brooking).

1-10-WAS 47 (:14) Q.Ganther up the middle to WAS 49 for 2 yards (A.Spencer, I.Olshansky).


  1. More credit yet to H.B. Blades for blowing up the right-guard-pull plays: Dallas's RG is Leonard Davis, an absolute mauler at 6'7" and 350+

    ...Blades, in my opinion, should start at SLB next year if Orakpo moves to DE full-time.

  2. Good point, and an interesting thought on Blades.

    Ordinarily I would argue that he is undersized for the Sam role, but of course these plays suggest otherwise. However, I would point out that part of his success on these play came from reading the play early and getting to the point of attack before Davis could really turn upfield - so Blades entered the collisions with much more forward momentum than Davis. So while the physicality was impressive, he was also aided by his football smarts and got himself into good position. I'm not sure we can count on him to consistently have this level of success taking on blockers, but he certainly deserves tons of credits for what he did on Sunday.

  3. But of course he is the best option for SLB that is cuurently on the roster, assuming that if Orakpo is converted to DE then Chris Wilson will be as well. And given all the needs on offense I doubt that we would want to go invest significant resources in a new linebacker.

  4. Unless a new defensive coordinator brings in one of "his guys", I can see him starting for precisely that reason. I recall that a few years ago the team brought in Blades to eventually take over from Fletcher, and if that's still The Plan they have to give him experience somewhere.
    More than anything, though, his coverage skills are much better than either Orakpo or Wilson. Depending who ends up calling the defense next year, they all might end up as situational players-Orakpo/Wilson as pass rushers from either DL or LB, and Blades covering tight ends out of the backfield. I suppose we'll see soon enough...