Redskins Week 5 Review – Player ratings Vs Falcons

2 of 5

Dec 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) forces Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) to fumble in the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Ratings

5 DE: Chris Baker 5.8. He had a nice strip sack with a consistent pass rush but man did he get pushed around against the run. The Falcons went at him over and over and over again.

When Matthews wasn’t pushing around Kerrigan or Murphy in the run game, he was able to take a breather when facing Baker in a run call.

0 NT: Terrance Knighton 4.99. While the Skins didn’t give up many run yards up the middle, that wasn’t because of Knighton’s play: it was because they couldn’t resist running it at Baker.

5 DE: Jason Hatcher 4.98. Some nice penetrations but disappeared far too often.

OLB: Ryan Kerrigan 6.99. 2 sacks, 2 TFLs, 2 QB hits and 5 hurries. Maybe the old Kerrigan is back? 

ILB: Perry Riley 4. Can the Redskins get Compton back in there at ILB? Riley was just awful throughout the game, in both the run and pass.

ILB: Keenan Robinson 4.2. As this author wrote last week, Robinson had been one of the pillars of the team and his play had been carrying the Redskins since the season began.
The Falcons made Robinson look bad. They ran at him with impunity and abused him very badly on the zone seams all game long(it was their best move).

OLB: Trent Murphy 3.79. He contributed little in terms of rushing the passer or run stopping. Joe Barry flipped his and Kerrigan’s sides to try and generate something. It worked for Kerrigan, at times, but Murphy was largely invisible.

CB: Will Blackmon 4. It was a BIG ask to throw Blackmon in there against Julio Jones, Hankerson and Roddy White. Blackmon largely didn’t get torched. However the scheme was designed to hide him.

Later in the game, Blackmon stayed on his side of the field and played loose far too often-especially on the Falcons’ final drive of the game.

CB: Bashaud Breeland 5.5. A rebound game. The Falcons threw Roddy White at him most of the game and Breeland wasn’t tested that often. He had a beautiful INT in the 4th quarter when he read Ryan’s eyes.

Generally a solid performance.

FS: Dashon Goldson 3.9. If the Redskins had anyone competent to take his place, he’d be benched. He’s just not getting the job done-especially in coverage. He bites far too often and doesn’t have great instincts for the ball.

He might be more effective as a in the box strong safety but he keeps his FS job in DC solely because of a lack of options behind him.

SS: Trenton Robinson 5.2. He had a nice INT(especially holding on to a ball that was deflected a bit) and didn’t get beat deep nearly as much. He didn’t help much as Tamme had a number of catches on the seam.

Prominent backups:

Ricky Jean-Francois 5.2. A solid backup who doesn’t make many mistakes. They might need him more to help with the run defense.

Stephen Paea 5.3. As a backup, he was more effective. He had 2 hurries and a nice hit on Ryan early in the game.

Preston Smith: 4.4. He had a couple nice rushes but largely was invisible. It’s hard to see what his role is with this team right now. Especially if Murphy is getting the starter’s reps.

Kyshoen Jarrett: 4.49. He played a significant amount of time and it was hit and miss. He had some nice coverages and he got beat nearly as much. He gets a slight markdown due to Matt Ryan mack trucking him late.

Will Compton 4.74. He recovered a fumble. Thats about all the positives he had in his limited play.

Next: Coaching Ratings