Redskins-Bills Film Review: Offense

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3. Third-and-7, WAS 18 (10-0, 7:52 2Q). Shotgun; 5-man protection vs. 4-man rush. It appeared to be good coverage by the Bills, and LB Arthur Moats got his hands on Beck within 3 seconds of the snap. LT Sean Locklear tried to block Moats past Beck in the pocket, but Moats disengaged and turned the corner sharply enough to swipe both hands across Beck’s back. Beck tried to scramble left, but NT Marcell Dareus, who stunted from the inside, and had gotten his hands inside RT Jammal Brown’s and had pushed Brown back into Beck. Dareus disengaged from Brown and finished the sack.

4. Second-and-3, WAS 27 (10-0, 1:29 2Q). Shotgun; 6-man protection vs. 4-man rush. LG Will Montgomery was overpowered by DE Dwan Edwards. The Redskins were in their 2-minute offense at the end of the half, and it was an obvious pass-rushing situation for Buffalo. Montgomery got a tad overextended on his initial punch, and Edwards used his reach advantage to make Montgomery pay. This one seems to be a perfect example of why Montgomery is better suited to play center. He doesn’t have long arms, so he operates much better in tight spaces where defensive linemen with longer reach don’t have room to capitalize on that. Edwards got to Beck in 2.9 seconds.

5. Second-and-17, WAS 32 (20-0, 8:25 3Q). Shotgun; 5-man protection vs. 4-man rush. In another obvious passing situation, LB Chris Kelsay attacked RT Jammal Brown’s weakness by lining up wide on the left side of the defensive line. Brown has struggled at times this season moving his feet and staying balanced against wide rushers, and that’s what happened against Kelsay, who stayed lower than Brown and got into Brown’s chest initially. Then he pushed Brown off balance by shoving him in the chest with his right arm. Brown had to hop on one foot to stay upright. Kelsay shed him easily and sacked Beck, who also sensed pressure up the middle. DE Dwan Edwards got great push between LG Will Montgomery and C Erik Cook. Kelsay got to Beck in 2.8 seconds, insufficient time for receivers’ routes to develop.

6. Second-and-10, midfield (20-0, 5:09 3Q). Shotgun; 5-man protection vs. 4-man rush. Beck might conclude he should have gotten rid of the ball quicker on this one. DE Spencer Johnson, who beat LT Sean Locklear, sacked him 3.2 seconds after the snap. Before that, WR Niles Paul was open on a shallow cross. The routes run by the three receivers in the bunch on the left side of the formation took longer to develop. It’s quite clear, or at least it was by this point in the game, that long-developing routes were not going to succeed behind such a porous offensive line, even if the Redskins had a numbers advantage in protection. Beck has to keep that in mind, and so does the playcaller. As for Locklear, Johnson got into his upper body while Locklear’s hands were low. An easy win for Johnson.

7. Fourth-and-4, BUF 44 (20-0, 3:50 3Q). Shotgun; 5-man protection vs. 4-man rush. LB Arthur Moats got a hand on Beck within 2.5 seconds of the snap after stunting inside LG Will Montgomery. I was a bit surprised that Carolina didn’t test the Redskins‘ backup linemen with more stunts last week, but the Bills sure did. Moats lined up wide against LT Sean Locklear but looped underneath DE Dwan Edwards. Edwards rushed at Locklear, and a rush lane was created when Montgomery stayed with Edwards. Beck stepped up, and NT Marcell Dareus peeled off C Erik Cook to trip him. I wish we had an overhead look at the receivers’ routes on this one because four yards is a manageable distance that doesn’t require long-developing routes. TE Fred Davis ran 5 yards down the right seam and turned, but he was covered.

8. Second-and-4, WAS 30 (23-0, 2:56 4Q). Shotgun; 5-man protection vs. 4-man rush. Beck probably should have thrown the ball away as he scrambled toward the sideline and couldn’t find a satisfactory option. The protection was OK but not good. DT Marcell Dareus rushed at RT Jammal Brown as part of a stunt, and Dareus pushed Brown back with superior hand placement. Beck extended the play by rolling to the sideline while Dareus pursued him from behind. Beck didn’t get rid of it, so Dareus eventually got there and threw him to the turf.

9. Third-and-7, BUF 14 (23-0, 0:53 4Q). Shotgun; 6-man protection vs. 6-man rush. The Redskins‘ protection broke down somewhere against Buffalo’s creative blitz. The Bills stunted their tackles and their inside linebackers. ILB Kirk Morrison came unblocked and sacked Beck 2.2 seconds after the snap. He rushed from a depth of 2 yards, looping behind the stunting defensive tackles. RG Chris Chester turned his attention to the tackles inside. Meanwhile, RT Jammal Brown blocked LB Danny Batten, who rushed wide. That created a lane between Chester and Brown for Morrison to sprint through. The Bills did the same thing with a linebacker between the left tackle and left guard, and RB Roy Helu blocked on that side.

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TE Fred Davis finished with quality numbers – eight catches for 94 yards – but four of those catches and 57 of those yards came on the final drive after the Redskins trailed 23-0. In other words, they didn’t impact the outcome.

Davis broke down a couple times in the run game. LB Chris Kelsay stood him up and set the edge on the Redskins’ first play of the second half, on which RB Ryan Torain gained 1 yard. On a first-quarter run, Torain gained only 2 yards after LB Alex Carrington slanted inside Davis and made the tackle.

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The Redskins ran 24 plays while they were within two scores of Buffalo (all in the first half). TE Logan Paulsen didn’t take a single snap during that time. Instead, the Redskins used FB Darrel Young on 11 plays.

That surprised me a bit because Paulsen positively impacted the passing game with two catches the previous week against Carolina. Paulsen did leave the field favoring his right arm/shoulder following the kickoff that preceded the Redskins’ third possession, so that might have factored into his lack of playing time.

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Mike Shanahan attributed the blocked 49-yard field goal to the low trajectory of K Graham Gano’s kick. The Bills, however, did generate some push. DL Kedric Golston was pushed back. LB Ryan Moats helped push DL Marcell Dareus through Golston’s block. LS Nick Sundberg ended up on his backside, which is not uncommon for long snappers because they must complete the snap before blocking.

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