Washington Redskins: Good, Bad, and WTF against the Arizona Cardinals
When it comes to the Washington Redskins, playing with their back against the wall seems to wake them up. Now that the team is no longer in playoff contention, the only pressure is saving their job. While that is enough pressure for most of us, these players seemed to be a little more relaxed. That was just a bit of the good from the game on Sunday. What else was there from Sunday? The Good, Bad, and WTF should tell you a bit.
The defense of the Washington Redskins was on the field for 80 plays. That is compared to the defense of the Arizona Cardinals. They were on the field for 47 plays. Hence, if not for the outstanding effort of the Redskins defense, this game would not have been close. Thus, this was one of the best defensive efforts of the season. Also, every player on that side of the ball should receive a game ball.
The Washington Redskins receiving corps has been often criticized this season. Sunday there was some consistency from this group. This was one of the keys to the game. Of the 18 completions that QB Kirk Cousins had, they went to seven different receivers. Jamison Crowder led the way 5 catches for 55 yards and 1 TD. Passes were also caught by Kapri Bibbs, Samaje Perine, Vernon Davis, Josh Doctson, Niles Paul, and Ryan Grant.
- Time of Possession
As we mentioned above, the Redskins defense was on the field or 80 plays. That totaled a TOP of 36:16 for the Cardinals. The Washington Redskins, on the other hand, could not stay on the field offensively. Their longest drive of the day was 11 plays that lasted 6:04. It did result in a score. It was a 24-yard FG by K Dustin Hopkins.
- Play Calling
While many are calling for Jay Gruden to be fired, I believe it is more simple. Specifically, he needs to give up play-calling duties. It’s clearly too much for him to have head coaching and play-calling duties. He often misses plays that need to be reviewed. Sometimes he even makes bad offensive calls. He is a great young coach and just needs to focus on being a head coach. Not a play-caller and head coach. This was clear with some of his calls late in the game.
- Special Teams
How does a team start the second half of the game, and not know that they need to catch the ball? Additionally, the team looked flat coming out of the locker room. Thus, this falls on the coaching staff. Moreover, Ben Kotwica needs to chew the kick return unit up one side and down the other. Above all, it is absurd to have a professional football team look at a live football on a kickoff. If Kotwica doesn’t want to do it, then the hones fall on Jay Gruden.
Looking ahead for the Washington Redskins are games against the Denver Broncos and New York Giants. In fact, both games are winnable in all aspects. So, while not a playoff team, a respectable record is very obtainable.
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