- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Final observations from the Redskins’ 23-17 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday:

• Coach Jim Zorn was asked several times Monday about Albert Haynesworth’s playing time, and much was made about how he came out during the opening drive. Whatever. Haynesworth played 46 of 64 snaps (72 percent). Defensive tackles are hit on every play, and every team has a rotation. “I wish Albert could play 100 percent of the time at 100 percent speed, but he weighs 340 [pounds],” Zorn said. “He’s a load, and moving that much mass will take it out of you.”

• Running back Clinton Portis should be fresh for St. Louis on Sunday. He carried 16 times but played only 24 snaps against the Giants. Portis’ playing time was limited because Ladell Betts took eight of the 10 third-down plays in which the Redskins used a running back, and Portis wasn’t on the field for the final seven-play scoring drive.

• A five-man defensive line is common on short-yardage situations, but defensive coordinator Greg Blache unveiled it on five “regular” downs. Brian Orakpo moved from strongside linebacker to end, and several backups were used in the alignment, which produced a sack/turnover but also a 30-yard touchdown. “It was a package we wanted to hold off on until the first game,” reserve Lorenzo Alexander said. “It’s all one-on-one blocks and we have some good pass-rushers, so it’s hard to block all of us.”

• The Giants held a 110-108 advantage in yards after the catch. The Redskins’ biggest postcatch gain was Antwaan Randle El getting 25 yards of his 35-yard reception after the catch. Only one of Jason Campbell’s 26 attempts traveled farther than 20 yards - a 57-yard incompletion to Santana Moss.

• In a sign the Redskins coaches have confidence in their defensive depth, when Andre Carter sacked Eli Manning in the second quarter and forced him to fumble, six reserves were on the field: linemen Alexander, Jeremy Jarmon and Kedric Golston, linebacker Chris Wilson (as a pass-rusher), cornerback Fred Smoot and safety Reed Doughty.

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