Well as the Title states it is Redskins Week here at BTB. And time for another installment of What Will Garrett Do? First off here is the explanation of this series:
In this Series of posts I am going to look at the Defenses that Dallas will be facing this year. I will give a Scouting report on each, then based off that I will try to set out what I think the Game plan that I think Garrett will employ. This will be based off my "Air Garrett" posts (Version 1,Version 2) where I set out this statement:
That is what I think "Air Garret" is all about. Attacking the Defense at it's weakest point. Study the opponents carefully. Find out where they are lacking defensively. I bet you will see alot of plays designed to target that area.
So on Monday Sept 26th, the Washington Redskins(2-0) will be visiting Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys(1-1) will finally be coming home. However, they will be without several key players, and a few others will be playing injured. I would expect the the gameplan would be slightly different if They were fully healthy, but I will attempt to do my best.
So what do we know about the Redskins? Well they are coached by second year coach Mike Shanahan, who is considered one of the best coaches in the league. They usually have a pretty formidable defense, backed by a good running game, with average QB's. SO where on the defense are the weak spots? Well lets look a little deeper into the numbers.
Currently after two games the Redskins have held their opponents to an average of 17.5 points per game, 186 rushing yards on 35 carries and 471 passing yards with a completion % of 56%(35-62). that all sounds really good until you see that it was against such passing giants such as Eli Manning(58%) and Kevin Kolb(61%). so it is really hard to judge if this is a good Defense, or if they have played bad Offenses. Now Look at the rushing numbers. 35 attempts for 471 yards. That is a 4.8 yard average folks. Most of that was against the Cardinals who gained 6.2 yards a carry against them, and most of the that Damage there was done by Beanie Wells who ran 14 times for 93 yards, a 6.6 yard average folks. I don't know about you, but I think that Felix/Murray are better backs than Chris"Beanie" Wells.
Now why has The 'Skins given up so many yards? Well the starting D-Line of the Skins is very small. The Biggest player they have is the Backup Rookie NT Chris Neild at 6-2 319 lbs.....otherwise the have only one player that is more than 310, the LDE, Adam Carriker, who is 6'6" 315. Now what this means is Dallas should be able to effectively run the Ball. The key will be the Kowalski/Cofield match up. IF Double K can handle Cofield one on one, and I see no reason why he can't, that will allow Koiser to seek out London Flecther,who is a key player in the run Defense. Here is Cofield's numbers before he was drafted:
Combine Invite: Yes
40 Yrd Dash: 4.95
20 Yrd Dash: 2.88
10 Yrd Dash: 1.68
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 35
Vertical Jump: 34
Broad Jump: 08'09"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.35
3-Cone Drill: 7.43
Now another Key player will be Brain Orakopo.
Combine Invite: Yes
40 Yrd Dash: 4.63
20 Yrd Dash: 2.60
10 Yrd Dash: 1.56
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 31
Vertical Jump: 39 1/2
20 Yrd Shuttle:
No full workout, hamstring strain
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Broad Jump: 10'10"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.45
3-Cone Drill: 7.26
As we All know He is the Redskins version of D-Ware. He will line up everywhere. Now the key thing is he is not a great run stopper. while He is an excellent Passrusher he can be run at. Now the Redskins Drafted Ryan Kerrigan, who while has shown some good things, is still a rookie. Plus is having to switch positions from DE to OLB. Here is what he did pre draft:
40 Yrd Dash: 4.67
20 Yrd Dash: 2.72
10 Yrd Dash: 1.61
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 31
Vertical Jump: 33 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'02"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.39
3-Cone Drill: 7.18
So What will Garrett Do? Well I think that he is going to run the ball...Bear in mind that Dallas has so far been at a 64/36 pass /run ratio. Almost a 2:1 ratio. Now Alot of this has been due to A. our running game sucking. B. We have faced two teams in the Jets and 49er's that both rank in the top ten for least rushing average(2.5 and 3.3 respectfully). The Redskins on the other hand are allowing almost 5 yards a carry. So we should get a good indication of if our running game sucked because of the really good Defenses, or if it is because Our O-line sucks....though it may be because of both....
Now if we were fully healthy I would say that Dallas would go 3-4 wide with Felix/Murray in the backfield, then run draw after draw....However, considering the fact that Austin is out, Dez is 50/50 to be out, and Ogletree may be banged up, Dallas may have to use our TE's as WR's. However this works in our Favor. The Corners for the Redskins stand 5-10 195(D. Hall) and 5-9 192(J. Wilson). So with the Injuries to the WR corp., Here is my "Funky Formation" for the week:
RB's Jones, Murray
TE's- Witten, Phillips, Bennett
Notice I am not using any WR's here. The reason is Witten and Phillips are argueably just as good recievers as any remaining WR's that we have. Now Witten and Phillips line up as the Outside Recievers, while Bennett lines up on the line. Witten then motions to the Slot position and Felix/Murray goes out to the Outside WR position.
The great thing about this is A. it allows Romo to find out if it is Man or Zone Coverage in the secondary, B. It still leaves Murray/Felix in the backfield. C. It puts Witten in the slot thus either against a CB(man coverage) or a LB(zone) and if it is man who goes out to cover Felix/Murray? I dare them to put a LB out there.
You can also use this TE set up with a WR and a RB, (Bonus Formation)
WR- Dez Bryant(if healthy)
TE's- Witten, Bennett, Phillips
The same principle Applies, you motion out either Witten and/or Phillips, leaving Felix in the Backfeild. tou also have the mismatch of the TE's against their Corners. Can you imagine Hall or Wilson trying to Jam Witten or Phillips at the line?....yeah I laughed too....
Now one HUGE key for Dallas is that they HAVE to get the play in quickly...no more winding it down to 1 sec. The Redskins play a fairly bland form of the 3-4. Find Orakapo and Kerrigan, then make quick adjustments accordingly, then get the play off. If possible I would Go No-Huddle for at least half the game. Don't allow the Redskins time to substitute players. Another key thing will be to do what the Jets did to us in the first game. Force Orakopo and Kerrigan out wide to cover the TE's then run against the 5 man front. I would also expect to see the Cerberus Formation again, but with Two TE's....But If Dez is Healthy then him against D.Hall is a total mis match....
Well I am at over 1300 words now, so I will leave you as always. I welcome any comments or critiques, and to any Skins fans who show up I would really like your honest(i.e non homeristic) opinion on the Defensive breakdown....IF you see anything that is way off base feel free to let me know.....