This Redskins remind me of a battered fighter that packs a huge punch, but no longer has the legs to go the distance. When Washington Redskins went to St. Louis I was not one of the foolish ones who predicted an easy, but ugly,win. If this is a boxing match, the Redskins came into the fight with their hands down. The short kick-off gave St. Louis enough of a boost to get an early score.
I knew from the get-go, that if the Rams would win this game they would have to get a quick big score. That they did, and Stephen Jackson scored from 41-yards out. On the subsequent series, the Redskins had a punk blocked, that once again gave the Rams excellent field position. This led to another Rams touchdown.
Looking back, it appears the Redskins may have been gassed after the Dallas win. This team was on a high, excited to get on with their season on a high note, but in reality they may have punched themselves out. Versus the Texans the Redskins gave it all they had, offensively, but could not finish the deal. Today in St. Louis, they were primed for the knock-out.
Let me start with the obvious. The defense today did not help the cause. The glaring elephant in the room was the soft coverage in the middle. DeAngelo Hall look pedestrian out there, nothing like the confident defensive back who demanded the hot receiver. Also, Kareem Moore looked lost, in his first game back. Aside from his early interception. He gave up way too many tackles and many of those led to scores.
What was more concerning, was no apparent adjustments were made. The Rams kept going with the screen and slant, and did it with success.
When the Rams lost Stephen Jackson to a groin injury, the Redskins appeared to lay off the run game of the Rams. This move of disrespect, backfired. It backfired badly, as Kenneth Darby ran for 49 yards in relief of Jackson. A run game and clicking passing offense made Sam Bradford look like Steve Young.
On offense, it seemed like Portis had been benched. Why? Because Torain has no tape? Because Portis went down on a long run when he could have run for a few more yards? Who know. But keeping Torain in the game for as long as he was was a mistake. I will say it again, Torain’s extended play was a mistake. Torain had two great runs early on, but did nothing after that. He had 45 yards after his first 3 runs. He finished with seven carries and….45 yards. Was that a spark? Torain was putrid in pass coverage, even allowing one sack of McNabb.
The air attack stalled one again. Last week eight receivers got in the fun. Today, Santana Moss seemed to be only guy who made the trip. But even Moss wasn’t flawed. He surrounded a loss fumble early in the first quarter.
The part that was most concerning to me was I did not see any adjustments whatsoever. None. I might have to watch the tape again. Actually I’d rather not. This team looked like 8-10 win team two weeks ago, now they look like five or six may be good. October is going to be a nightware. Philadelphia, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Chicago, and even Detroit…do the Skins win any of those? Based off today, no.