O'Halloran: Redskins playing time vs. Tampa Bay

O'Halloran: Redskins playing time vs. Tampa Bay
December 14, 2010, 7:30 pm
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 2:28 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff writer


Playing time totals and other observations from the Redskins 17-16 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday:
OFFENSE (65 snaps)RB: Ryan Torain 39, Keiland Williams 23, James Davis 1, Mike Sellers 19.
TE: Chris Cooley 65, Fred Davis 20, Logan Paulsen 2.

WR: Santana Moss 61, Anthony Armstrong 61, Roydell Williams 32, Brandon Banks 1.

Analysis: As he jokedstated-the-truth on his radio show, Cooley was primarily a blocker he was targeted only four times and didnt make his first catch until the final drive. Davis went from 31 snaps against the Giants to a single play this week. He was done after failing to pick up a blitzing Ronde Barber, ending in McNabbs first knockdown. K. Williams played at least one snap in every series, including nine of the final 13 plays. Cooley played every snap for the sixth time this season but first since Week 5 against Green Bay. R. Williams posted a season-high playing time total. After going with three tight ends 14 times against the Giants, the Redskins did it just twice this week (one resulting in Paulsens first NFL touchdown). On the opening 54-yard run by Torain, Kory Lichtensteiger and Will Montgomery reached the second level to block the linebackers and blocks were also made by Davis and Moss. The first drive stalled when McNabb one-hopped a throw to Cooley. McNabb had time when K. Williams picked up a blitzing Barrett Ruud up the middle but threw off his back foot. Aiding the Redskins running game was the departure of rookie DT Gerald McCoy in the first quarter with a torn biceps. He got into the backfield twice but missed tackles, resulting in runs of 23 and 10 yards by Torain. McCoy would have been a game-long problem. The first sack allowed: Third-and-9 from the Bucs 43. Five-man rush vs. six-man protection. LB Quincy Black blitzed and collided helmet to helmet with Lichtensteiger, knocking him back (and appearing to stun him). Black and Michael Bennett (who beat Jammal Brown) sacked McNabb in 3.28 seconds. Moss converted a third down by catching a pass 9 yards downfield but then losing a yard while trying to get more yardage. Creative play call on Moss 22-yard catch. He motioned into the backfield and at the snap, snuck around the protection to run an under route. Aiding Moss was Barber slipping in coverage. K. Williams helped by picking up Geno Hayes on a blitz. How effective was the Redskins running game? Torain got smacked by Bennett even though he was doing a play action. The dropped Bucs interceptions were by Hayes, E.J. Biggers and Barber. On the first two drops, the Redskins benefitted by McNabb throwing a bad enough pass it couldnt be picked off. The second Bucs sack: Second-and-8 from Redskins 49. Five-man rush vs. six-man protection. Torain was late to pick up a blitzing Hayes. McNabb was in trouble in 1.59 seconds. On the Redskins final drive, Tampa Bay rushed five on three McNabb drop-backs, sticking with a four-man (eight times) and three-man rushes (once). McNabb didnt throw a pass that traveled more than 14 yards on the drive the distances were 14, 6, 6, 11, behind line, behind line, 5, 4, 10, 2, 2 and 1.
DEFENSE (54 snaps)DL: Kedric Golston 25, Anthony Bryant 24, Vonnie Holliday 16, Phillip Daniels 23, Adam Carriker 31, Maake Kemoeatu 18.

LB: Rocky McIntosh 53, London Fletcher 54, Lorenzo Alexander 40, Brian Orakpo 53, Andre Carter 18, H.B. Blades 1, Chris Wilson 10.

DB: Kareem Moore 54, Reed Doughty 54, DeAngelo Hall 53, Phillip Buchanon 52, Kevin Barnes 13, Byron Westbrook 1.

Analysis: As expected, Bryant picked up most of Albert Haynesworths vacated snaps Bryant entered the game with 20 plays the entire year. Wilson also saw extended time on passing situations as a stand-up pass rusher. A week after getting benched, Buchanon played all but two snaps, one because the Redskins were in their goal-line defense. Carter has played only 30 snaps the last two games combined. Alexander and Orakpo posted hits on Josh Freeman during the Bucs first series. LeGarrette Blount gained 18 yards in the first quarter after McIntosh hit and missed him 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage and Moore was dragged 9 yards downfield after trying to tackle him above the waist. Hall was headed toward a touchdown had he caught Freemans pass at the Bucs 29 when he jumped a route. Hall showed some want-to on his forced fumble. He hit Blount a yard behind the line but couldnt finish the tackle. Undeterred, he kept after it and punched the ball out of Blounts right hand after Alexander couldnt make the tackle. Hall eventually recovered the fumble. Halls negative play was not wrapping up on Arrelious Benns 64-yard reception he had his hands on Benn 21 yards before the eventual tackle. Orakpo was held all day but the only holding call by Tampa Bay was drawn by Alexander (by James Lee). Hall got away with a horse-collar penalty on Benns reverse. The Redskins lone sack: Second-and-7 from the Washington 30. Five-man rush vs. six-man protection. Daniels beat Derek Hardman (who looked like he also tripped over center Jeremy Zuttah) and split the sack with Golston, who had beat Ted Larsen. The Redskins had good fortune on Tampa Bays goal-line fumble. Hardman (the right guard) pulled at the snap and knocked the ball out of Freemans hands. Fletcher recovered in the end zone.
SPECIAL TEAMSKickoff return: Banks, Westbrook, Alexander, Sellers, Wilson, Golston, Moore, Riley, Doughty, Blades, Young.

Kickoff coverage: Gano, Westbrook, R. Williams, Doughty, Wilson, Riley, Sellers, Alexander, Blades, Armstrong, Harris.

Punt return: Banks, Harris, Westbrook, R. Williams, Blades, Young, Davis, Riley, Buchanon, Wilson, Paulsen.
Punt coverage: Smith, Sundberg, Harris, Westbrook, Doughty, Blades, Moore, Young, Sellers, Alexander, Wilson.

Analysis: Graham Ganos numbers on kickoffs were 3.88 seconds66 yards20-yard return, 3.906419 and a squib kick. Hunter Smiths numbers on punts were 4.3734fair catch, 3.21388, 3.1636no return, 4.0135fair catch and 4.105011. On Ganos first missed field goal, it appeared that Smith had to trap the low snap into the ground before placing it. It would be interesting to see if Mike Shanahan and Danny Smith talk with Banks this week about where he is catching punts. He fielded punts at the 8- and 2-yard lines, obviously pressing to make a play since he isnt being used as a receiver. Wilson would probably be the first to say he should have just fallen on the second-half opening kickoff. Instead, he never got a handle on the squib kick and Tampa Bay recovered. Officials took 26 seconds to make a decision on who recovered.

Contact Ryan at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com