Redskins Rewind: Week 13 Offense

Redskins Rewind: Week 13 Offense
December 6, 2011, 6:15 pm
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Playing time totals for the Redskins offense and observations from Sundays loss to the New York Jets:

OFFENSE (72 snaps)RB: Roy Helu 66, Mike Sellers 14, Evan Royster 4.

TE: Fred Davis 72, Logan Paulsen 25.

WR: Santana Moss 64, Jabar Gaffney 58, Donte Stallworth 20, David Anderson 19, Anthony Armstrong 11, Niles Paul 2.

(QB Rex Grossman and the entire offensive line played every snap.)

Playing time analysis
RB: Helu was the workhorse for the second straight week hes missed only 11 of 146 snaps in the two games and has led the running backs in playing time seven straight games. Royster played during three possessions. Sellers picked up for the injured Darrel Young, playing 14 snaps for the second consecutive game. Sellers had just six snaps in the first 10 games.
TE: When Davis is told by the NFL to go home for the season, the Redskins will be faced with replacing a player who has played 98.04 percent of the offensive snaps (452 of 461) since Chris Cooley was shut down. Paulsen has averaged 30 snaps the last three games and he should be ready for additional work.

WR: Moss saw his workload increase by seven snaps in his second game back from a broken hand. Stallworth and Moss played all of the 14 snaps during the hurry-up (last two drives). Paul saw two snaps on the opening series as the lone receiver in goal-line offense, his first action since missing three games with a turf toe.

Overall analysis
The first drive eight plays, 82 yards and a touchdown was one of the Redskins most efficient all season. They didnt face a third down during the march. Helu started with a 15-yard run in which he got blocks by all five linemen. On the next play, LB Garrett McIntyre beat Paulsen to hit Helu 3 yards behind the line but he still managed to gain 3 yards. Helu broke tackle attempts by DL Muhammad Wilkerson and LB Aaron Maybin on a screen pass that gained 8 yards. Davis first big play was a 42-yard catch (23 after the reception). Helu picked up a blitzing Bart Scott up the middle. It looked like there was confusion in the Jets secondary between CB Antonio Cromartie and S Eric Smith. Helu made it 7-0 when he took a pitch, ran left and got a block from Sellers (on Smith) and LG Maurice Hurt got just enough of DE Ropati Pitoitua.

The second drive started by Helu gaining 2 yards even though Davis, Hurt and RG Chris Chester all lost their blocks. Gaffney was shut out for the game but he adjusted his route when Grossman scrambled and was wide open behind the safety. Grossman threw away after 5.13 seconds. Helu gained 22 yards when he sprinted around the right side (it was 14 yards before he was touched). Chester, Paulsen and Gaffney all had good blocks. The drive stalled when Moss lost 4 yards on a quick pass down the line. LT Trent Williams couldnt get out to CB Kyle Wilson and Hurt didnt get to Scott, leaving them free to make the play.

Hurt had a tough third series he was beat by Wilkerson for a quarterback hit and then by DT Sione Pouha, who stopped Helu for a 3-yard gain. Grossman had an interception wiped out when CB Donald Strickland was called for illegal contact downfield against Davis. The drive concluded with interesting play-calling andor decision-making. First-and-10 from the Redskins 47: Moss drop 3 yards downfield. Second-and-10: Moss throws behind Moss 1 yard behind the line. Third-and-10: Grossman bobbles snap and overthrows Moss short of the marker.

The Redskins third scoring drive was a tidy 13 yards on six plays after the Jets committed their sixth special teams turnover of the year. They had a first-and-goal from the 7, but committed a delay of game penalty (out of a timeout nonetheless) but still had second-and-goal from the 5, but Grossmans pass was tipped and nearly picked off and he threw incomplete to Helu (short of the end zone).

The third quarter was hideous. Three plays-1 yard, three plays-minus 3 yards, two plays-4 yards (fumble), three plays-9 yards. The first drive derailed when Paulsen whiffed on LB Jamaal Westerman and Helu lost 4 yards. The second drive started with a sack. The third drive ended with a Helu fumble. The fourth drive had a third down play that was just a mess needed a yard, the Redskins ran a fire drill and Scott almost intercepted Grossman.

Things eventually got a little better when Grossman completed passes of 13, 12, 8 and 12 yards. The Redskins reached the Jets 40 but stalled when Pouha beat C Will Montgomery on a stretch play (no gain) and Grossman threw away when Paulsen was beat by LB Calvin Pace in pass protection.

The Redskins took a 16-13 lead on a four-play, three-yard drive set up by Brandon Banks 20-yard punt return. Two Helu runs set up a third-and-7 and Grossman threw 28 yards incomplete to the end zone. A wasted opportunity.

Down 20-16, Grossman was sacked by Maybin and fumbled. Two plays later, the game was over (27-16).

The Jets two sacks of Grossman
1. First-and-10 from the Redskins 25 (third quarter). Four-man rush vs. six-man protection. Linebacker Jamaal Westerman used a simple speed, outside move to get around Paulsen for the sack in 3.22 seconds.

2. Third-and-10 from the Redskins 20 (fourth quarter). Four-man rush vs. seven-man protection. Maybin started as if he was going to go outside against RT Jammal Brown, but he planted his foot, used his right hand to swipe Brown and gain leverage. He sacked and forced Grossman to fumble in 3.35 seconds. Calvin Pace recovered and the Jets scored two plays later.

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