Redskins Week 4 Review – Player ratings Vs Eagles

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Oct 4, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) makes a touchdown reception as Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver (29) looks on during the second half at FedEx Field. Washington Redskins won 23 – 20. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

3. A big area of concern for the Redskins is the secondary: not a single starter in the secondary had a good game against the Eagles. More concerning is that this is two games in a row that all four of Culliver, Breeland, Goldson and Robinson struggled.

This is going to be a concern with the Redskins facing three good QBs in the next five weeks(Atlanta, Patriots and Saints). They’re going to need to make adjustments and perhaps personnel changes to try to spark something.

Getting Culliver healthy will be the quickest way to see some improvements. He hasn’t looked right since the St Louis game and not having Hall for a few more weeks means that Culliver can’t rest without bringing in a backup to replace him.

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4. For the third time in four games, the Redskins had a game where they started fast in the first half and then struggled in the second. It’s singularly bizarre to see this team repeat the same pattern with mixed results in a majority of the games this season.

The problem is really coaching. The team can do well when they have time to prepare for an opponent and their scripted plays do well. When they have to adjust, they struggle.

And the common feature in these games is penalties: the Redskins just can’t stop drawing laundry from the officials. The fans might howl that they’re getting screwed(seriously, check twitter), but this is all on the Skins. They’re not doing anything to prevent the Refs from penalizing them.

While the Redskins are 2-1 in these games where they start fast, then struggle this isn’t a long-term strategy for the team-even inside of this season. They’re not going to be let off the hook like the Rams and Eagles did.

More than anything else, this is an indictment of Gruden and his apparent inability to keep the team focused during a game. It’s his primary job to keep the team focused and pointed in the right direction.

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