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Redskins-Rams: Game Balls, Gassers and Observations — Defense
The Redskins were hurt by four personal foul penalties. ILB Perry Riley and WR Niles Paul were flagged 15 yards for helmet-to-helmet hits on PR Austin Pettis. Shanahan disagreed with the call against Riley, and I do, too. Paul’s illegal hit was obvious — Shanahan and the NFL agreed. Paul announced on Twitter he was fined $20,000.
CB DeAngelo Hall simply played through the whistle when he tackled WR Danario Alexander in the second half. Alexander kept playing, too, though, and it was loud in the dome, so it’s difficult to blame Hall for playing the receiver. The ref showed no discretion on calling the personal foul.
Speaking of Jackson, he played a few snaps on defense in place of ROLB Brian Orakpo. Jackson has flashed as a pass-rusher when he has gotten in (he had a forced fumble disallowed against Dallas because of defensive holding in the secondary). Orakpo after the game complimented Jackson’s play in giving him a “breather,” so that would indicate that Jackson will continue to play a bit on defense even if Orakpo and OLB Ryan Kerrigan are healthy.
The Redskins never ran their infamous eight-man, Cover-Zero blitz, but they dropped out of an eight-man front on six plays, by my count. They rushed four defenders five of those times and five defenders once. Basically, the Redskins realized they could get to Bradford by rushing only four or five, so there wasn’t a great need to blitz.
The disguise helped produce NT Barry Cofield’s fumble recovery, which set up Washington’s second touchdown. Several times when the Redskins showed eight up front, Bradford changed to max protection. That limited his options downfield and sometimes caused confusion on the Rams‘ line, players said.
The Rams also beat the eight-man front on their touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
The Rams began moving the ball in the second half by resorting to quick throws and a no-huddle offense. There really was no other choice against the Redskins‘ dominant pass rush. Washington seemed content to let Bradford throw short and then rally to the ball. Playing conservatively and to not give up the big play paid off for the Redskins.
FS Oshiomogho Atogwe is through four games without forcing a turnover. His history of consistently forcing turnovers is one reason the Redskins signed him, but it hasn’t carried over through a quarter of the season. There probably is a combination of reasons for it, including his growing familiarity with the defense. It’ll let you decide how significant a concern it is. For now, it’s at least worth noting.
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