- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Final observations from the Redskins’ 14-6 loss to Kansas City:

— Although the timeline is unclear, Jim Zorn told Jason Campbell in the second quarter that he had one more drive to get things turned around. Zorn said the possession ended with a sack. That leaves the Redskins’ three-and-out that started at the 5:28 mark. Zorn’s playcalling did little to give Campbell a chance to succeed. First-and-10: Clinton Portis 5-yard run. Second-and-5: Portis for no gain. Third-and-5: Campbell sacked after Ladell Betts failed to pick up a blitzing Jon McGraw.

— Albert Haynesworth can be an effective player even when he has to take on a double team. When he’s essentially unblocked, he’s unstoppable. On the Chiefs’ third play, Haynesworth (who played a season-high 56 snaps) lined up at right defensive tackle and cruised through the gap between left guard and left tackle untouched. Matt Cassel threw incomplete before Haynesworth hammered him.

— In position to take their first lead, the Redskins faced first-and-goal from the Kansas City 10 after Portis’ 78-yard run. With Todd Collins in the game, Zorn called three plays from formations with an empty backfield - four receivers with a tight end, five receivers and four receivers with a running back. The thought was probably to spread the field and let Collins survey things before throwing. It didn’t work. Collins threw three incompletions; his last pass was batted down when Chiefs defensive tackle Ron Edwards jumped to deflect the throw.

— Some playing-time facts: Safety Chris Horton’s total dropped from 58 snaps to one. Defensive end Andre Carter played all 74 snaps. Defensive back Fred Smoot, limited to one snap the past two games, started at safety and played 13 snaps. Safety Reed Doughty played 60 snaps (his season high). On offense, receiver Devin Thomas (42 snaps) started in place of Malcolm Kelly (two snaps). Through six games, Portis has played 60.2 percent of the snaps. On special teams, Kareem Moore, H.B. Blades and Rock Cartwright played on both coverage and return units.

— The offensive coaches may have arrived at the fed-up stage with second-year tight end Fred Davis, who continues to struggle in all facets. Fullback Mike Sellers joined Chris Cooley in a two-tight-end formation 15 times, a spot usually reserved for Davis and undoubtedly an indictment of his blocking. In 75 snaps this year, Davis has seven catches. He did make his return to blocking on kickoff returns… and was penalized for an illegal block.

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