Observations from the Redskins 34-19 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday:
Obviously, the big news came during the Redskins opening drive, when Sports Illustrated reported tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams would be suspended four games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy.
Both were allowed to play because they had not yet received written confirmation of the ban.
Not only does it hurt the Redskins for the final quarter of the season Davis leads them in catches and Williams is their best offensive lineman but it also hurts the players for the future. Davis is a free agent after the year and was in line for a big payday. He lost a lot of money today. Williams will lose a lot in salary.
If the suspensions are upheld, Logan Paulsen is your new starting tight end, and veteran Sean Locklear is likely the next man up at left tackle. Paulsen was abysmal as a blocker Sunday.
So much for the offense turning the corner. It had two decent games production-wise, but the Redskins were back to their incompetent ways. Rex Grossman had by far his poorest game of the season, missing open receivers, getting passes deflected and misfiring most of the time.
The defense kept Plaxico Burress in check and forced Mark Sanchez into some bad situations, but it failed to force a turnover. DeAngelo Hall and Reed Doughty dropped interceptions in the second half.
It was surprising to see Jabar Gaffney involved as little as he was, making no catches and rarely being a target.
Santonio Holmes 12-yard catch was completely one-handed. The Jets used Holmes in motion to create an ideal match-up in coverage against rookie outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
Redskins punter Sav Rocca was gimpy after getting run into on a kick in the first half. The penalty was bogus it should have been a 15-yard roughing the kicker, not a 5-yard running into the punter.
Even though he wasnt on the play-by-play sheet, Niles Paul did a great job covering a punt return by Jeremy Kerley, who fumbled. Perry Riley recovered at the Jets' 18.
The Redskins had a golden chance to take a 17-10 halftime lead after the turnover. An 11-yard pass to Davis gave them first-and-goal from the 7. But then came a needless delay of game, a 7-yard pass to Santana Moss to get some of that back and two Grossman incompletions.
Graham Ganos 23-yard field goal was a very low kick and nearly blocked.
The Redskins squandered good field position to start the second half. They took over at their own 43 and promptly went 5-yard run, minus-4 run and incompletion.
The third quarter was a return to the bad, old days of the Redskins offense. Two three-and-outs to start the half. The Redskins had 12 plays for 11 yards in the third quarter.
Do the Jets even trust quarterback Mark Sanchez? After winning a challenge and possession, New York had first-and-10 at the Redskins 29. Take a shot to Burress? Throw deep to Holmes? Nope and nope. Instead, New York gained 6 yards when Kerley ran the wildcat play.
Cornerback Kevin Barnes penalized hit on Sanchez was the correct call. Barnes put his head down before sacking Sanchez, and thats generally automatic. Barnes blitzed from the slot corner spot unblocked.
On a third-and-seven from the Jets' 28, Grossman got away with one when he threw for David Anderson into double coverage. The pass was incomplete.
After the Redskins took a 16-13 lead, Gano tried to place his kickoff to a non-returner and it backfired. Fullbacktight end Josh Baker returned the kick 29 yards to the New York 49. The Jets eventually scored on a 30-yard touchdown catch by Holmes.
On the Holmes touchdown, he used a double move that got both Josh Wilson and Oshiomogho Atogwe out of position.
Grossmans first turnover came with 4:26 remaining when Aaron Maybin used his speed to get the advantage on right tackle Jammal Brown for the sackstrip.
The Jets sealed the game two plays later when Shonn Greene received the direct snap and scored on a 9-yard run.
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