- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Final observations from the Redskins’ 27-24 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday:

c Santana Moss’ first touchdown catch in eight weeks was produced by improvisation from Jason Campbell. Moss lined up in the left slot, and the play call was a goal-line run. “I looked over, and I saw [Macho Harris in coverage],” Campbell said. “I thought Santana had an advantage on him if we could just take one step and give it to him real quick.” At the snap, Harris played outside leverage, and when linebacker Jeremiah Trotter read run - the offensive line blocked as if it were a run because Campbell doesn’t verbalize the audible - Moss was uncovered on the quick slant for a 4-yard score.

c One offensive series summed up the year. Following a defensive stop and a bad punt, the Redskins started at the Philadelphia 40 with a 14-10 lead in the second quarter. First down: Will Witherspoon beat Mike Sellers and stopped Rock Cartwright for a 1-yard gain. Second down: Stephon Heyer and Levi Jones were beaten in pass protection, and while being wrapped up, Campbell’s pass was batted down. Third down: Antwaan Randle El appeared to run the wrong route and nearly collided over the middle with Sellers, making the pass to the fullback incomplete. Fourth down: punt.

c To combat Philadelphia’s passing game, the Redskins played “sub” packages on 45 of 72 snaps (including those negated by penalty). The Redskins used nickel 33 times and went dime on six snaps. The Eagles still completed three passes of 35 or more yards. On DeSean Jackson’s 35-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, the Redskins used six defensive backs… and nobody accounted for the most explosive player on the field. No wonder Greg Blache had his hands on his hips after the play.

c In Albert Haynesworth’s absence against Dallas, Kedric Golston absorbed most of the playing time (50 snaps), but the Redskins mixed it up Sunday. End Jeremy Jarmon started at tackle and played eight snaps before tearing his left ACL playing special teams - on a touchback of all situations. End Phillip Daniels shifted inside to tackle 34 times, by far his highest total of the season.

c Philadelphia defensive coordinator Sean McDermott changed up his game plan after the teams’ first meeting. In Week 7, he rushed five or more on 17 of Campbell’s 51 drop-backs (33 percent); on Sunday, he rushed five or more on just 10 of 40 drop-backs (25 percent). The reason: The four-man rush was getting the job done. All eight times Campbell went to the ground, the Eagles rushed four. Suffice to say, it was a tough day for Jones against Trent Cole.

- Ryan O’Halloran

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