Sep 20, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry looks on from the sidelines against the St. Louis Rams in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Gruden’s plan was to try to zone block run with Morris and spread the Eagles’ defense out. It worked very inconsistently.
The zone block running was largely a failure. Morris couldn’t get much going, but this was probably largely the fault of Spencer Long playing left guard where he’s more uncomfortable.
Where his plan did work, more consistently, was spreading out the Eagles’ secondary and attacking the CBs with in and dig routes. The offense did stall out in the second half for far too long and Gruden’s playcalling struggled in the red zone all game long.
Joe Barry switched up his defense from the Cover-2s we’ve seen so far this season to more Cover-3. Only Barry allowed Goldson to freelance and be responsible for the slot receiver or TEs leaving Trenton Robinson to cover the deep ball in his place.
This is the opposite of what the Cover-3 is designed for. Generally, the strong safety covers the slot and the TE while the free safety plays back. Seattle under Pete Carroll is a great example of this working properly.
Since Goldson was allowed to freelance, the defense struggled with the deep ball when Culliver couldn’t cover Riley Cooper.
This defense worked, somehow, in the first half because the front 4 was able to disrupt Bradford and flush him out of the pocket with consistency. When they couldn’t in the second half(until the final drive), the Eagles were able to exploit the holes in the secondary.
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