Just finished the game review this morning. Here's the link for each individual quarter if you're a detail person:
If not, here's a not-at-all exhaustive list of some things that jumped out at me. Feel free to add your own.
- In the 4th quarter, at 7:27 and 3:56, you get two good examples of why the Redskins often motion running backs out to receiver positions but rarely throw to them Click the game review above for the details.
- I'm not sure I've ever seen as many unsuccessful cut blocks as the Redskins committed in this game.
- Kevin Barnes gets overeager before blitzes and tips them off, and on two occasion the Redskins got burned for it. One of was Larry Fitzgerald's 73 yard touchdown.
- There were some lapses, but on the whole the Redskins blockers - linemen, tight ends, and backs - did a pretty good job of communicating and making the necessary adjustments to complex blitzes.
- Chris Chester and Jammal Brown seem out of sync on the left side and regularly interfered with each other getting into position.
- Kory Lichtensteiger was guilty of misreading a couple of blitzes and also had trouble at the second level on run plays, be it blocking the wrong guy or failing to lock on to the defender.
- After a very rough Week 1, Trent Williams performed quite well in pass protection. He kept his feet moving well enough to adjust to misdirection, but maintained his base so he wasn't easily overpowered. Of course, Jason Pierre-Paul wasn't on the field.
- Roy Helu had a number of succesful blitz pickups and appears to be as effective in that role as Hightower.
- Chris Chester continues to look like the weak link on the offensive line. Hopefully the struggles are because he is learning a new system and we will see improvement down the road.
- A number of Helu's good gains came after his vision and athleticism compensated for his blockers' failures. The guy can really run.
Happy Dallas Week everyone.