Missing Person: Skins Defense Yet to Return From Bye Week

Most NFL teams spend the bye week going over game plans and prepping for the team to come but not the Redskins…

No sir not them.. They enjoyed the week off so much they decided to take another one off or at least thats how it felt on Monday night when they were routed by the Eagles 59 to 28.

To start I want to point out three important facts from the game

1. Skins defense gave up 4 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing touchdowns on 592 yards of total offense
2. Eagles offense  scored 5 touchdowns on their first 5 drives
3. Skins defense gave up a 88 yard touchdown reception to DeSean Jackson on the very first play from scrimmage

While watching the game on defense what I saw was a team that was often out of position, made poor attempts at tackling, does not have the right pieces for the defense they run and in my opinion was out coached.

I am not saying this loss completely falls on the defense but the fact is you can not give up 7 touchdowns and expect to win the game. When you give up 5 straight touchdowns to start the game it puts your offense in a bad situation because they pretty much have to play perfect just to avoid getting in a hole too deep to dig out of.

Washington could not stop the pass (332 yards) or the run (260 yards only 80 were from Vick) and they could not stop the big plays (3 touchdowns on plays of 40 or more yards).

Landry got beat deep, Hall got beat deep, Haynesworth got caught napping on the field and pretty much to be honest the entire defense just played bad.

If the Skins hope to have a chance over the next 7 games the defense will need to step up……

On a side note during the game I found myself wondering a couple things

Why was Landry out there alone deep on DeSean Jackson? Landry’s strength is around the line of scrimmage and on that play he was out deep which plays to his weakness. It was a mismatch that highly favored Philly

Why do we run a defense that keeps Andre Carter off the field? In past seasons Carter has been a big factor in the Redskins defense often times getting good pressure on the opposing quarterback.

Am I the only one who thinks a 4-3 line of Carter/Kemoeatu/Haynesworth/Orakpo might have the potential to be part of a pretty good defense? I think it could make it difficult for teams to run up the middle and at the same time would allow for the Skins to get good pressure on the quarterback.

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