After the Redskins’ Week 1 overtime game against Miami last September, I wrote a story analyzing how Chris Samuels fared against Jason Taylor. (click here for the story)
Before the game, I figured Samuels would be at a disadvantage because he had missed nearly all of training camp with a sprained knee. I figured the Redskins would give him help against Taylor, who was the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. But as the story (link below) shows, Samuels fared well.
The two key stats (aside from Taylor’s sack) were: Samuels played all 64 offensive snaps and he got double team help only once and that was on a running play. The Dolphins made a tactical error in keeping Taylor at right end. After Jon Jansen went down in the second quarter, he was replaced by rookie Stephon Heyer. But Taylor, aside from a few snaps, stayed put instead of being able to challenge the untested Heyer. I bring up this point because the Redskins have a luxury with Taylor and Andre Carter. Taylor has experience playing both sides of the line. Greg Blache should spend August devising ways to mix up the defensive alignment so he can create mismatches for both Taylor and Carter.
- Ryan O’Halloran