Redskins Review: Week 9 observations

Redskins Review: Week 9 observations
November 9, 2011, 1:03 am
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Playing time totals and observations from the Redskins 19-11 loss to San Francisco on Sunday:

OFFENSE (67 snaps)
RB: Roy Helu 64, Darrel Young 18, Ryan Torain 3.

TE: Fred Davis 67, Logan Paulsen 15.

WR: Leonard Hankerson 66, Jabar Gaffney 57, Terrence Austin 36, Anthony Armstrong 8, Niles Paul 1.

QBOL: John Beck 67, Will Montgomery 67, Chris Chester 67, Maurice Hurt 67, Trent Williams 66, Sean Locklear xx, Jammal Brown xx.

Playing time analysis:
RB: Helus lone break came during a two-play stretch in the first half and a one-play sequence in the second half. Torains playing time continues to fluctuate 31, 3, 22 and 3 the last four games. Young played only four snaps in the second half when the Redskins went to the passing game.

TE: Davis went the distance for the first time this year. Paulsen played at least one snap on the first five drives but only six (all on the same possession) in the second half.

WR: Hankerson entered the game with nine snaps for the season and matched that by the third drive. Armstrong was shut out catch-wise in part because he played only eight snaps.

Overall analysis:
The first series has become the Redskins norm a punt. After an opening first down, C Will Montgomery was beat on successive running plays and then LG Maurice Hurt gave up a quarterback hit. Beck was hit on the second series when the 49ers ran a stunt that produced an unblocked pass rusher. Helu capped that possession with his first drop.

The Redskins got a break during the third series when Justin Smith dropped a sure interception-turned-TD and Helu was held by Smith on a screen pass. The first turnover, Beck had 3.47 seconds to throw 18 yards down field with perfect protection (four-man rush vs. seven-man protection).

The second turnover came when Helu caught a screen pass behind the line and gained 9 yards before Patrick Willis stripped him of the football. To break their scoreless drought, the Redskins faced a four-man San Francisco rush with a five-man protection.

The second half was another dreadful start sack, 1-yard run and 8-yard pass on third-and-12. The Redskins longest completion was 17 yards to Helu after the pass was batted in the air. On the next play, Austin set the drive back with a crack-back block that cost the Redskins 15 yards. The drive was a complete zero when Davis dropped a pass 5 yards downfield on fourth-and-2 from the 49ers 33.

The Redskins were unable to capitalize on their only takeaway. Taking over at their own 44, they moved to the 49ers 37-yard line before three consecutive incompletions.

The touchdown drought was snapped on the last offensive drive. Beck dropped back 11 straight times, completing nine passes for 72 yards.

DEFENSE (59 snaps)
DL: Stephen Bowen 49, Barry Cofield 45, Adam Carriker 44, Chris Neild 15, Kedric Golston 14.

LB: London Fletcher 59, Ryan Kerrigan 59, Rocky McIntosh 58, Brian Orakpo 57, Rob Jackson 4, Keyaron Fox 1.

DB: LaRon Landry 59, Reed Doughty 59, DeAngelo Hall 57, Josh Wilson 57, Kevin Barnes 12.

Playing time analysis:
DL: Like other spots on the roster, the rookie draft pick Neild continues to get a larger portion of the playing time, partly because of the long drives allowed but also to evaluate him.

LB: Kerrigan remains the only defensive player to be on the field for every snap this year. Fox subbed for McIntosh (one snap) on the second halfs opening series and Jackson for Orakpo (two snaps) two possessions later. Jacksons final two snaps came on kneel downs to end the game.

DB: Doughty returned to regular duty, replacing O.J. Atogwe (knee). The only snaps Hall and Wilson missed were the two 49ers kneel-downs to end the game. Barnes nickel action below average because San Francisco used so many two-TE andor two-RB formations.

Overall analysis:
Frank Gore started the game with a 12-yard run. Carriker got a hand on him and then Gore ran through Doughty for a few additional yards. McIntosh missed his first tackle when Michael Crabtree caught a six-yard pass. The Redskins first sack was four-man rush vs. six-man protection in 5.44 seconds. Bowen and Cofield clogged up the middle and Kerrigan finished up in pursuit.

One of the 49ers rare big plays was a 21-yard pass to Crabtree when Hall got caught looking into the backfield. Orakpo may have forced an incompletion on the next play by timing his jump perfectly to coincide with Alex Smiths pass. Golston made a fine play when he won his battle, allowing Kerrigan to pursue backside for a 4-yard loss. The Redskins provided a different look on third down of the second possession. Orakpo (outside) and Kerrigan (inside) lined up side by side on the left. Kerrigans bull rush forced Smith out of the pocket and his pass was dropped by Gore.

The 49ers were forced to kick their first field goal when Orakpo beat LT Joe Staley to force a Smith throw-away. On the next possession, Hall did his job by setting the edge but his help wasnt there in time, resulting in a 13-yard rush.

On Gores 27-yard run on the next possession, Doughty made contact at the line of scrimmage but couldnt hold on. Landry blitzed unblocked to pressure Smith into a rushed throw, producing a field goal.

The 49ers lone touchdown came on a play after the Redskins second turnover. McIntosh got beat in coverage on a wheel route by Billy Miller for a 30-yard touchdown.

San Francisco clearly wanted to get Smith into a rhythm to start the second half. The 49ers used a six-man protection on gains of 4 and 10 yards and a seven-man protection on a Vernon Davis drop 29 yards downfield. On the next drive, the 49ers used a seven-man protection on completions of 3, 14 and 7 yards.

The Redskins lone takeaway came in the fourth quarter on second-and-19 when Hall forced a Davis fumble after a 4-yard gain, which was recovered by Landry.
Kickoff return: Alexander, Paul, Banks, Sellers, Neild, Riley, Jackson, McIntosh, Doughty, Gomes and Young.

Kickoff coverage: Gano, Gomes, Westbrook, Alexander, Sellers, Young, Austin, Jackson, Doughty, Riley and Armstrong.

Punt coverage: Rocca, Sundberg, Riley, Sellers, Gomes, Alexander, Paul, Young, Westbrook, Fox and Doughty.

Punt return: Banks, Westbrook, Paul, Wilson, Young, Landry, Jackson, Fox, Alexander, Riley and Armstrong.