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Redskins Insider: Seeking something that works
Question of the Day
When the Washington Redskins return to work Monday for the final nine games of the season, London Fletcher hopes “the preparation, focus, all those things” remain a constant despite a 2-5 record and little reason to think things will be turned around.
“The goals never change - you’re always striving for the goals,” he said. “Now whether they’re still realistic…”
The goal of making the playoffs likely is not. A schedule that features Atlanta (4-2), Denver (6-0), Dallas (4-2), Philadelphia (4-2) and New Orleans (6-0) presents too many problems for a lack-the-necessary-pieces team like the Redskins to overcome.
With a trip to the postseason not in the cards, why not mix it up a little bit? The Redskins should try something different because what they’re doing now clearly is not working. Here are five suggestions:
Albert Haynesworth’s arrival has done exactly what the Redskins said - opened things up for Andre Carter (6.5 sacks, tied for sixth in the NFL, and 34 tackles) and Fletcher (league-leading 71 tackles).
But what about opening things up for No. 92? He’s playing 71 percent of the snaps but has 21 tackles and three sacks.
Part of it is how much attention is being paid to Haynesworth. Philadelphia double- or triple-teamed him on 21 of 42 snaps.
The goal should be to get Haynesworth into as many one-on-one matchups as possible. The Eagles’ defense blitzed the A gap - between guard and center - several times. If the Redskins rushed a linebacker and/or safety, that could create a favorable situation for Haynesworth.
When Al Saunders called the plays in 2006-07, the Redskins kept busy before the snap, shifting and going in motion on nearly every snap.
From the start, Zorn has opted not to conduct a pre-snap orchestra. But with the offense broken, it’s time to consider everything.
Against Philadelphia, the Redskins used motion or a shift only 14 times in 72 snaps. Santana Moss was put on the move only twice and never across the formation.
Any chance to get Moss in man coverage - which occasionally can be deciphered if he is put in motion and the cornerback follows him - would provide Jason Campbell with an additional idea of what the defense has planned. And, it gives the speedy Moss some momentum at the snap so he can just turn up the field.
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