…Linebacker London Fletcher on Rams running back Steven Jackson (stopping him is a major key for the defense): “He does have speed and power and some shiftiness to them so he presents a different challenge. You have to get as many guys around him as much as possible to try and coral him.”
…Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was told that safety DeJon Gomes reverted to his days as a high school running back on his 49-yard interception return. “Why didn’t he score then?” Haslett cracked. He then said, “I asked Kyle [Shanahan] if he can run three minutes off the clock when the ball was at the 1. He just looked at me, stared at me. I was serious though.”
…Defensive end Stephen Bowen said second-year end Jarvis Jenkins just needs more experience to start playing lower consistently. “It’s just training your body,” Bowen said. “Most of the time it happens when you get tired, you start to raise up a bit. But that’s something you train your body to do. He’ll get used to it. … He’s a strong man. Very strong dude. Explosive.”
Some things I picked up watching the All-22 film this morning (no time to watch every play, so looked at a couple):
…Here’s why the coaches felt they left points on the board (among other examples): Robert Griffin III could have had a touchdown on his seven-yard keeper around right end early in the second quarter (after his 26-yard gain to Fred Davis). On the play, right tackle Tyler Polumbus goes right to outside linebacker David Hawthorne. But there was little contact and Hawthorne easily shed Polumbus. That forced Griffin to go wider than desired. Tight end Fred Davis had the corner on that side sealed about five yards downfield. But once Griffin went wider, the corner came off and made the play.
But: if Hawthorne is blocked and Griffin is able to cut sharply through that opening, he scores. Why? Because the safety, Roman Harper, had raced from the outside to the middle off the initial ball fake. He would not have had the angle to stop Griffin.
…Harper’s angle was terrible on the 88-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon. However, even if he had taken a better angle, receiver Josh Morgan was right there for an immediate block.
…On the 26-yard pass to Davis, it’s a swap-boot with the tight end leaking out deep to the right. From the end zone angle you can see Griffin knows he has Darrel Young open. So you see him slightly look back to the right one last time to see if Davis is free. That’s when he decides to go for the bigger play. Also, Morris leaks out to that side too. So if Davis hadn’t been free, Morris would have been wide open as well.
…On the 33-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, Drew Brees’ pump fake to the right fooled both corner Josh Wilson and safety Madieu Williams. Wilson was in man and let Lance Moore continue and was nowhere near him on the touchdown as he should have been. Williams was caught flat footed and then took the bad angle, which we saw. In man coverage, the eyes should be on the receiver anyway. You get in trouble when you peak in the backfield as it appears both defensive backs did.
To subscribe to my free weekly email report, click here.
To submit a question for Redskins mailbag, click here.