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Redskins–Seahawks film review: Defense
More impressive was his coverage of Baldwin on third-and-11 from the Seattle 39 with less than 5 minutes to go. Landry was at the line of scrimmage as part of the Redskins showing an eight-man blitz. But Landry was one of two defenders who dropped into coverage. Here’s the problem: He had to turn and run with Baldwin 32 yards downfield on a bum Achilles and bum groin – but he did it. Landry never turned his head to find the ball, and perhaps a better quarterback makes that throw, but he timed his hit on Baldwin well and forced a punt. Huge play.
NT BARRY COFIELD:Cofield has made steady progress at his new position, but Sunday’s game was not another step forward. He appeared to have major problems anchoring in the middle against C Max Unger. Unger was the 49th overall pick out of Oregon in 2009 and apparently has developed into an exceptional NFL center after beginning his career at guard. His leverage and hands were extremely effective against Cofield. On RB Marshawn Lynch’s 5-yard run to begin Seattle’s second series, Unger got off the ball low and got his hands inside Cofield‘s. He pushed Cofield back 3 yards, which not only opened up the hole Lynch took but it also obstructed SS LaRon Landry‘s path to the ballcarrier.
There were a handful of similar plays on which Cofield was pushed back up to three yards. And when the Seahawks used RT Breno Giacomini as the tight end on the left on a third-quarter running play, Cofield ended up six yards in the defensive backfield. He appeared to lose a combination block by LG Robert Gallery and LT Russell Okung. Gallery initially got Cofield’s shoulders turned perpendicular to the line of scrimmage; then Okung got into Cofield’s right shoulder and didn’t stop driving him out until Cofield fell over Gallery six yards back.
Cofield also missed tackling RB Leon Washington one-on-one in the hole on a first-down run late in the third quarter. He lined up shaded toward Gallery and engaged him instead of Unger off the snap. He shed Gallery’s block by throwing his arms, but Washington ran through his tackle and got two yards instead of none.
Cofield, however, rebounded positively on the next play. Although he was blocked out of the ensuing run, he occupied Unger and RG Paul McQuistan. That allowed ILB London Fletcher and Landry free runs to the ball, and they stopped the play for two yards.
FS OSHIOMOGHO ATOGWE:Atogwe didn’t move well, particularly in the second half. He’s obviously injured. His movements aren’t explosive and he doesn’t change directions quickly. I think I could count on one hand the times he has separated an opponent from the ball this season. He’s just not healthy.
Atogwe didn’t get over to help CB DeAngelo Hall in time on WR Golden Tate’s 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. As the single high safety, Atogwe drifted to his right when QB Tarvaris Jackson led him there with his eyes. When Jackson came back to the other side to hit Tate in stride, Atogwe was too far away to help.
The way Atogwe reacted on an eight-man blitz in the fourth-quarter leads me to believe he blew an assignment, but I can’t say that for sure. On third-and-6 from the Seattle 24, the Redskins showed an eight-man front, and all eight players blitzed, leaving three in coverage against three wideouts. The problem was that TE Zach Miller also ran out on a pass route, leaving three Redskins to cover four receivers. Atogwe, who was lined up on Miller’s side, took six steps toward the quarterback before reversing course and trying to find Miller. SS LaRon Landry got home for the sack, so it didn’t hurt the Redskins. Redskins-defense-sack-9-yd-loss” href=”http://www.nfl.com/videos/washington-redskins/09000d5d824863f5/Redskins-defense-sack-9-yd-loss” target=”_blank”>Watch the play for yourself. Again, I can’t be sure what Atogwe’s assignment was, but I strongly doubt the Redskins would intentionally leave a receiver unaccounted for.
CB DeAngelo Hall would have been on the game balls list if it weren’t for one negative play – the fourth-quarter touchdown he surrendered to WR Golden Tate. He was tight in coverage all game, and his interception sealed it. He was right when he said last week that interceptions would come once the Redskins had a lead to protect late in games. Tate wasn’t even close to being open on his in cut on the final play, but QB Tarvaris Jackson forced the issue and Hall easily undercut the route.
Hall broke up two passes in or near the end zone. One of those got the Redskins off the field on third-and-7 inside their red zone and held the Seahawks to a field goal. He might have had another interception on a pass Jackson attempted to throw away in the first half. Hall jumped for it near the sideline but couldn’t bring it in waist-high. Perhaps the leap was unnecessary.
He also missed a tackle near the right sideline when he tried to hit the receiver out of bounds with his shoulder. It cost the Redskins a first down. Still, if Hall were in the front office, I’d hope he’d take it easier on himself after Sunday’s game.
ILB Perry Riley continues to impress. He was credited with 14 total tackles, six solo – both game-highs. The Seahawks averaged only 3.0 yards on the 14 plays on which he was credited with a tackle, and they averaged only 1.6 yards on the last seven of those plays. Once again, he was decisive and quick to the ball, and his ability to elude linemen on the second level is an immense help in run support.
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