December 6, 2009 by USA Post
Laron Landry,The Redskins are doing an excellent job in coverage. They’ve blitzed a couple times, but have relied mostly on coverage and their four-man front. Drew Brees, for example, had five seconds to find someone on the third and seven from the 16, but no one was open. The seven in coverage forced him to throw it away.
» The Redskins forced the Saints to go 50 yards in 12 plays. Guessing they’ll take that stat every time. Big play teams like the Saints aren’t used to taking that long to drive – for a field goal no less.
» Saw a new play today: Quinton Ganther lined up just off left tackle giving Jason Campbell an empty backfield. But he motioned to running back at the last second. Ganther gained five yards on the run to the right.
» It wasn’t his fault necessarily, but on Marcus Mason’s one-yard run to the right, Stephon Heyer moved no one and then a linebacker drilled him back a yard. Just sayin’.
» Brian Orakpo is not playing as much at linebacker today, getting replaced at times by H.B. Blades. Orakpo has lined up at LB a few times, just not as much.
» LaRon Landry was playing about 25 yards deep on the play in which he deflected the pass away from Robert Meacham. The pass was slightly underthrown, a rarity from Brees. One thing Landry talked about during the week was that because Brees was almost always on target he felt the Redskins would have a chance at some picks – if those passes were just a little off. He almost had one.
» Ah, but for some reason Landry came up hard vs. Marques Colston on the 40-yard touchdown pass. Looked like Landry reacted when Brees started to move up in the pocket and Colston ran right by him.
» So much for forcing New Orleans on long drives.
» The Redskins are protecting Campbell well, partly by design with a number of quick throws and misdirections.
» Outside of the touchdown pass allowed, which is a big deal, Landry is playing a heck of a game.
» The 38-yard pass to Moss came as a result of more movement and motion, something the Redskins have done a lot of today. More than normal. Again, taking advantage of New Orleans’ aggressiveness. On the play, Malcolm Jenkins bit on the out route, playing Washington’s tendencies. Who would have figured they’d go deep on that play. But Moss sold the route and turned upfield for the long gainer.
» Another new play on the touchdown. Devin Thomas started on the right and went in motion to the left, pausing just off the tackle. He delayed for a second and then headed back to the right. He sold it well, enabling him to have more room to run to the outside and use his speed. Another nicely designed play.
» What can you say when a team has a punt hit off one of the up men twice in one season? You’re just doomed.
» And then the defense holds, intercepts the ball and New Orleans still manages to score on one of the most freakish plays you’ll ever see. Kareem Moore intercepted the ball and ran up the left side where Robert Meacham ripped the ball from him and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. Moore had the ball in the wrong arm, but can’t blame the kid. And replays did not show conclusively that he had been down by contact (or that it wasn’t an interception). Unbelievable. The defense plays a great series and they give up a score.
» That play sums up the season.
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