Redskins Rewind: Week 13 Defense

Redskins Rewind: Week 13 Defense
December 6, 2011, 7:42 pm
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Playing time totals for the Redskins' defense and other observations from their loss to the Jets on Sunday:

DEFENSE (65 snaps)DL: Stephen Bowen 51, Barry Cofield 46, Adam Carriker 41, Chris Neild 22, Kentwan Balmer 10, Darrion Scott 10.

LB: Ryan Kerrigan 65, London Fletcher 64, Brian Orakpo 63, Perry Riley 54, Rob Jackson 3, Lorenzo Alexander 2, Keyaron Fox 1.

DB: O.J. Atogwe 65, DeAngelo Hall 63, Josh Wilson 62, Reed Doughty 62, Kevin Barnes 18, DeJon Gomes 11, Byron Westbrook 1.
Playing time analysisDL: Bowen, Cofield and Carriker almost made it through the opening 18-play possession, playing 16, 14 and 14 snaps, respectively. Balmer and Scott spelled Bowen and Carriker on early downs throughout the game. The Redskins used five linemen on two goal-line plays early.

LB: Kerrigan remained 100 percent for the year (778 for 778). Alexander saw his first defensive playing time in weeks on two goal-line plays. Weird personnel grouping saw the Redskins in Dime (six defensive backs) and Fox as the middle linebacker, replacing Fletcher. Rocky McIntosh remains a rumor.

DB: Halls only two missed snaps came at the goal-line, the same for Wilson plus a play when he was shaken up. The Redskins used plenty of Dime, using Barnes as the third corner and Gomes as the third safety.

Overall analysis
The Jets 17-play (not counting play negated by penalty) that consumed 9 minutes, 6 seconds was the longest in both categories allowed by the Redskins this year. The first third down conversion was 5 yards to Santonio Holmes, made possible by RB LaDainian Tomlinson picking up a blitzing Barnes. Cant say its a completely new wrinkle, but the Jets used TE Dustin Keller and RB Shonn Greene on Orakpo in pass protection early on. Cofields first batted pass happened when he left by RG Brandon Moore and used a spin move against C Nick Mangold. The Jets set up their touchdown with an 8-yard pass to Burress against Hall on a quick slant. It looked like Hall was expecting the fade since he was playing outside leverage. Orakpo was pan-caked by TE Matthew Mulligan on Greens 1-yard TD.

The Jets first three-and-out started when Kerrigan pushed Keller back on a run to the right (even though they had trips receivers to the left) and Green tripped over Keller for a 2-yard loss. Kerrigan beat Mulligan on the next play when Cofield held up against a John Conner-Mangold double team.

New York tied it at 10 with a 10-play, 57-yard drive. A great call by the Jets when Holmes was put in motion and was matched up against Kerrigan. Holmes quickly got open and made a one-handed catch for a 12-yard gain. Hall shook his head after Burress 18-yard catch. He again played outside leverage but was in trouble when Atogwe bit on play action and was late getting back. Hall doesnt blitz a lot but he rushed when he had no coverage assignment on his side of the field. He helped force a field goal two plays later when he stopped Jeremy Kerley short of the marker on third down.

To start the second half, the Redskins forced consecutive three-and-outs. On the Jets third series, they forced a field goal when Wilson and Doughty made run stops, a Wilson pass break-up (Holmes couldnt hang on while falling out of bounds) and Bowen beat LG Matt Slauson for a quarterback hit.

After a Roy Helu fumble, the Redskins again held when Orakpo beat LT DBrickashaw Ferguson to force Mark Sanchez out of the pocket and throw for no gain to Conner. Nick Folk missed a field goal on the next play.

Hall admittedly dropped his only chance at an interception when he got inside position on Burress. Kellers 15-yard chop block penalty was for cutting Kerrigan. The last defensive stop included another Cofield bat down.

The go-ahead TD: Four-man rush vs. seven-man protection. Holmes used a double move and got open when Wilson bit on that and Sanchez pump fake.

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