Misdirection: The Redskins haven’t run a single play to try to make the Giants pay for being aggressive. Maybe something has to work for you to base the misdirection off of and nothing has worked for the Redskins all day. Regardless, at some point when the game is still somewhat in doubt it might have helped.
Triple play: Three drops today for Robert Royal, the last of which apparently cost the Redskins a touchdown. Feel free to hold on to one, Robert. It pretty well sums up the Redskins’ day.
Way off: I’ve certainly been wrong in my predictions before and I’m sure that I will be again. But rarely have I been so wrong, my call being a 31-14 Redskins win. I did expect the Giants offense to move the ball some and I even said that Tiki Barber might pop a long one or two. Of course, I didn’t expect both of them to be in the first quarter before the Redskins had so much as a first down. Eli Manning played pretty well, but he wasn’t the reason the Giants won so convincingly.
The unit that I wrongly gave no credit to was the Giants defense. The Washington offense could get nothing going at all. When the game was anywhere near in doubt, the Redskins did not take a snap past their own 42 and they mustered just 10 yards rushing. That’s being owned.
Make no mistake about it, this was a case of good defense, not necessarily bad offense. I don’t think that Pierce or Hasselbeck tipped them off or anything, this was just a case of the Washington offense being physically beaten on the line and in the defensive backfield. When Brunell did have time to throw, which wasn’t often, he had nobody to throw to. I severely underestimated that unit.
Did I miss on the Mara factor? Perhaps, but it’s hard to believe that an owner’s death is worth 36 points.
Regroup: The good thing is that the Skins are still just a game out of first place near the midway point of the season. We’ve seen that there is not necessarily any positive carryover from week to week. Perhaps there won’t be any negative carryover from this game to next Sunday night.
History? I’m sure that someone will come up with this for sure, but I would have to doubt that any NFL team has ever scored 50 points in one game only to be shut out the next.
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 18, 99 days before the NFL draft.
—NFL franchise tag deadline 43
—NFL free agency starts 51
—First Sunday of 2017 season 236
The coordinator search and more
—Did the Redskins underachieve this year? I know that a metric like Football Outsiders' DVOA is not the final word in the quality of a team but looking at it year after year it usually does work out that the teams with the better numbers in DVOA usually win more games than those with worse numbers. The Redskins finished 2016 eighth in DVOA. Considering that 12 teams make the playoffs, that could be considered a playoff quality team. Yet 15 teams finished with a better record than they did. I’m sure there are some holes in the formula for the stat but just looking at that it sure appears that the Redskins did leave some wins out on the field.
—John Keim is reporting that the Redskins are prepared to switch to a 4-3 defense if that is what their new defensive coordinator prefers. They have been in the 3-4 since Mike Shanahan arrived in 2010. Whether it is because of the scheme or lack of draft and free agent resources spent on the line and at safety, the defense hasn’t been very good. As Keim notes, they will need to make some personnel changes if they do change but with a full load of draft picks and $62 million in cap space this may be the time to do it.
—I expected the angst that was all over Twitter when word of the Rob Ryan interview got out. But it’s pretty dumb to get all worked up over an interview (with all due respect to readers here who may have been upset). It’s not a hiring. Look, somehow or another Ryan managed to stay employed as an NFL defensive coordinator for 12 straight seasons. I don’t know how to research it without going through some very time consuming and tedious steps but I’d be willing to bet that only about a few dozen men in the history of the league have been able to remain a defensive coordinator for that many season in a row. The organization can learn something from sitting down and talking to him for a few hours.
—I understand that we want things to talk about in a relatively slow time. But I just don’t see why there is fear out there over the possibility that Kyle Shanahan will get hired as the coach of the 49ers and somehow steal Kirk Cousins away to be his quarterback. The Redskins can maintain his rights via the franchise tag. They could tag Cousins and trade him to the 49ers but there would be a heavy price in terms of draft picks. But while it’s possible, it’s unlikely. The chances are very, very good that Cousins will be in a Redskins uniform this year via either the tag or a long-term deal.
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