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Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:16 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 9:43 am

Film Room: Redskins vs. Eagles preview

Posted by Eye on Football Analyst Andy Benoit

What is wrong with the Philadelphia Eagles? Theories about chemistry, the pressure of high expectations, focus, character and, everybody’s favorite, the “It Factor” make for great talk show palaver. But they lack substance. Fortunately, there are cameras in the sky that can answer Football America’s current favorite question. Heading into a matchup against their division rival Washington Redskins, here’s what the film says is wrong with this nightmare of a Dream Team.

1. Offensive Line
You already know that Philly’s offensive line is young, incongruent and, as of late, banged up. That’s all true. And, perhaps a little bit surprising. Youth is youth, nothing you can do about that. But with new offensive line coach Howard Mudd installing his straightforward and famously teachable blocking techniques, you’d figure things would click up front a little quicker than they have (or have not).

Under previous O-line coach Juan Castillo, there were five to six different blocking techniques that Eagles linemen had to correctly choose from on any given play. It’s not easy to be fundamentally sound when you first have to think about which fundamentals to use. Mudd changed that. He teaches only one technique that has built-in variations depending on the situation.

So far, many situations have been difficult for the Eagles line to handle. That’s in part due to youth (rookie center Jason Kelce had a costly blitz-pickup gaffe against the Bills, and right guard Danny Watkins initially failed to hold onto his starting job) and in part due to injuries (with Winston Justice on the shelf, Todd Herremans has played at the unfamiliar right tackle position, which has left a void at Herremans’ left guard spot; at left tackle, big but awkward King Dunlap has been filling in for injured Pro Bowler Jason Peters).
Though it hasn’t been smooth sailing off the dock, this Eagles’ line is not as atrocious as people think. It’s an athletic group that fits the system well and should improve. Of course, people may not notice the improvements given that the man this unit blocks for always has, and always will, make his linemen look bad.

2. Vick and his line
As Mudd explains so eloquently, offensive linemen are the only athletes in all of sports that play with their backs constantly to the ball. Linemen protect the man holding the ball, but they can’t see the man holding the ball. Because of that, their positioning and execution are built on trust and timing.
Michael Vick’s sandlot nature obliterates that timing.

This isn’t just about Eagles blockers not knowing where Vick is when he’s scrambling around (though that’s part of it); it’s about Vick not having a feel for timing his drop-backs. Quarterbacks take three-step drops when receivers run short routes, five step drops on intermediate routes and seven-or nine-step drops on long routes. Simply taking the steps isn’t enough – you have to synchronize them with the timing of the routes and with the timing of the pass protection concepts.

Vick has a poor sense of this timing. It’s part of his collection of flawed fundamentals. Often, he makes up for his flaws with insanely athletic plays. But in the process, life is always difficult for his blockers.

3. Defensive Wide-9 Technique
People are starting to grumble about new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo’s scheme – and rightfully so. It’s a Wide-9, which is a system built around generating a pass-rush with your front four. The defensive ends align in 9-technique positions, which means they’re outside the tight ends. This puts the defensive ends in space and allows them to be sprinters out of the box. It’s ideal for guys like Trent Cole and Jason Babin, both of whom are having productive years rushing the passer.

The problem is this system puts a considerable strain on a linebacking unit. As Ron Jaworski pointed out in the Lions-Bears Monday Night game, with the ends aligning so far wide, offenses run to the gaping holes inside. This is what the defense is designed to do. The Wide-9 aims to shrink the field by steering all the action inside. But this demands physical, stout linebackers who can take on blocks and play downhill.

The Eagles simply don’t have any. Exacerbating matters is the fact that their miscast linebackers are also inexperienced. Jamar Chaney is a sophomore seventh-round pick who has shuffled from one position to another. Brian Rolle is a sixth-round rookie playing only because he makes fewer mental errors than fourth-round rookie Casey Matthews.

Understandably, Juan Castillo is taking a lot of heat for the defense’s struggles. Only those within the Eagles organization truly know what kind of defensive coach he is. But you don’t have to be inside the organization to see that the system Castillo signed up to coordinate is not right for this team.

4. The Vaunted Secondary
Imagine buying a 65-inch plasma TV, but instead of watching Blue Rays or DVDs on it, you watch video cassettes. That’s sort of what the Eagles are doing with Nnamdi Asomugha. The ex-Raider was worth $25 million guaranteed because he’s the best outside press-man cover artist not named Darrelle Revis. But Asomugha has not been a press-corner in Philadelphia.

Greg Cosell, the executive producer of the NFL Matchup Show and one of the most respected analysts in the country, points out that Asomugha played outside press-man only 40 percent of the snaps through the first four weeks. The rest of the time he was in off-coverage, traditional zone or lined up over the slot (where he’s never regularly operated before). Consequently, Asomugha has been uncomfortable.
There are problems on the other side, as well. Asante Samuel is a classic off-coverage corner who needs to be able to see both the receiver and quarterback in order to be effective. Cosell adds that Samuel is also suited for a blitz-oriented scheme, where the quarterback is compelled to throw quickly, thus making routes easier to jump. In this Wide-9 scheme, Samuel has often had to play bump-and-run coverage, which he doesn’t have the physicality to do.

The Eagles may be sorting this snafu out. A few times against the Bills, they used Asomugha in man-to-man while everyone else played zone. But even if the corners are all utilized to their natural talents, there remains concern about the safeties.

Cosell, who can speak at length about the intricacies of Wide-9 run defense concepts, says a major issue has been Jarrad Page’s failures in run defense. Page was benched in the middle of the fourth quarter last week after several missed tackles.

5. The Redskins Matchup
With their bye, Washington has had an extra week to rest up and study Philadelphia’s myriad problems. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett should be licking his chops. The Redskins run one of the most aggressive (and effective) blitz schemes in the league. Outside ‘backers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan can feast on the Eagles offensive tackles, plus they have the athleticism to plausibly keep Vick in the pocket.

If Orakpo and Kerrigan are told to cut loose, don’t be surprised if strong safety LaRon Landry serves as a spy on Vick. Of course, let’s not get carried away with thinking these matchups spell doom for the Eagles. After all, Philly’s offense hung 52 points on Washington’s defense in Week 10 last year. (Philly’s D added seven more.)

On the other side of the ball, the Redskins’ zone-blocking scheme does not create the type of pounding downhill run game that’s ideal for attacking this Eagles defense.

But it does create passing lanes for tight ends. With the Eagles corners stifling the mediocre Redskins wideouts, don’t be surprised if Rex Grossman throws 15-20 balls to Chris Cooley and Fred Davis. It’s a good place to attack given that the Eagles linebackers have also struggled in coverage.

So who will win? Check our NFL expert picks for all Week 6 games

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Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:37 am

DeAngelo Hall has problem with playcalls, refs


Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For a guy who made such a big proclamation about going after Tony Romo’s ribcage and Felix Jones’ shoulder, for a guy who can talk such a big game, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall didn’t make much of an impact in the Redskins 18-16 loss to the Cowboys on Monday night.

He had six tackles, tied for second-most on the team, but the biggest play of the night featuring Hall was when Romo scrambled on a third-and-21 in the fourth quarter and found Dez Bryant open for the first down. Guess who covered Bryant on that play? Hall. Guess the other mistake Hall made on that play? Yep, he tackled Bryant, in part, by grabbing his facemask to earn a 15-yard penalty.

Now, should Hall be blamed totally on the play that extended the Cowboys game-winning drive? No, because it’s nearly impossible to blanket a receiver in coverage for that long during the course of a play. But for Hall, who made such a big announcement before the game and then did next to nothing in it, he looked rather foolish.

Yet, that didn’t stop him for blasting the referees and the Redskins gameplan in the locker room afterward, especially on that game-losing series when defensive coordinator Jim Haslett continued to dial up all-out blitzes, leaving his corners in single coverage.

CBS Washington
has the audio of Hall’s comments, and it’s clear Hall feels outraged by the game’s result. And by the play-call that preceded his burning.

“Sooner or later, somebody is  going to f------ figure it out,” Hall said. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to f------ figure it out.”

For the record, Shanahan defended the play-call, saying, "We had a chance to have a sack there. (Romo) did a good job scrambling and made a play. It happens. That's the nature of the game. It didn't work."

Hall also had some words of wisdom for the official who penalized him for the facemask call that added 15 yards onto the end of Bryant’s 30-yard reception.

“It was a f------ terrible call,” Hall said. “I told the ref that he was going to f------ lose his job. I told him that might be the worst call of the game. He’s going to get some demerit points for that call. That wasn’t no facemask, man.”

Except that replays (and in the photo above) showed Hall clearly grabbed, even if for just a split-second, Bryant’s facemask in the process of bringing him down to the turf.

But the facemask hardly matters in the scope of Hall’s performance. Hall made some big plans before the game, and he failed to deliver. Not just in hurting Romo and Jones and/or knocking them out of the game.

But in failing to make a positive impact whatsoever.

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Posted on: September 21, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 3:31 pm

Film Room: Cowboys vs. Redskins preview

Posted by Eye on Football Analyst Andy Benoit

One of the most storied rivalries in pro football is renewed Monday night when the Cowboys welcome the Redskins to Big D for their home opener. Mike Shanahan’s team is a surprising 2-0. The Cowboys, after two close games, are 1-1, ensuring their performance on Monday’s national stage will spark an overreaction from Football America (at 2-1, people will ask if the Cowboys are legit Super Bowl contenders; at 1-2 they’ll ask if Jason Garrett is right for the job).

1. Perpetually Maligned Quarterbacks
Are any other two quarterbacks, fair or unfair, viewed as blunder-prone as Tony Romo and Rex Grossman? If Grossman were a star, he’d be Romo. If Romo were a bum, he’d be Grossman. Their performances this season have been overanalyzed in contrasting extremes.

Everyone took part in National Dump on Romo Week (Sept. 12-18) and pilloried the sixth-year starter for being a “choke artist”. While Romo has made his share of mistakes in crunch time, in reality, prior to the interception he gifted Darrelle Revis in Week 1, the only late-game mistake that 90 percent of fans could instantly identify with Romo was his botched field goal hold in the January ’07 playoff loss at Seattle (a play that had nothing to do with his quarterbacking ability).

Reputations rarely form by accident, though. The truth is, Romo is mistake prone.

He’s mistake prone because he has trouble deciphering defenses before the snap, and he tends to take aggressive action on faulty hunches. This is problematic, especially if Dallas has Super Bowl aspirations. That said, at the end of the day, Romo still has respectable playmaking talent. Hence his 345-yard performance with a fractured rib and punctured lung at San Francisco.

Grossman is on the other end of the spectrum. He’s not a naturally talented playmaker. But he can be functional when properly used. His two performances this season have received mostly positive reviews. He threw for 305 yards against the Giants and 291 against the Cardinals. But he was somewhat inaccurate in Week 1 and benefited from several terrific catches by Redskins receivers.

He also struggled in the face of pocket pressure (fortunately he had just one turnover from it, which didn’t prove to be costly). Grossman came back to earth a bit against Arizona and, given his track record and limited role in Washington’s offense (his reads are defined, his audible powers are minimal), he’ll likely level off over the coming months.

2. Washington’s ground game
The Redskins have shown a commitment to running the ball these first two weeks. After posting lackluster numbers against New York, Tim Hightower was sharp versus Arizona, registering 96 yards on 20 attempts. Hightower is a much better fit for Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme than he was in Ken Whisenhunt’s pounding approach.

Reason being, Hightower does not have great burst when coming from a standstill, but he has proven to be an effective momentum runner.

A zone-blocking scheme allows for a one-cut downhill run, but as the illustration below shows, the nature of the sliding blocks allows a runner to take a few extra steps in the backfield, which a runner like Hightower needs in order to build momentum before breaking through the line of scrimmage.

Hightower – as well as his backup, fourth-round rookie Roy Helu, who runs with good tempo and changes direction fairly well – benefitted from stellar offensive line play last week. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger and left tackle Trent Williams were particularly impressive landing blocks on the move and taking angles that created natural running lanes.

3. Tight ends significant
Washington’s offense makes great use of the tight end, in large part because a tight end crossing pattern is a natural outlet off the rollouts and bootlegs that Shanahan’s scheme uses frequently.

While Chris Cooley has had a modicum impact coming off a knee injury, fourth-year pro Fred Davis has emerged as a fluid target in an elevated role. Davis makes good adjustments to the ball and has the athleticism to be effective in space.
For the Cowboys, Jason Witten becomes all the more significant with Miles Austin (hamstring) out and Dez Bryant’s (quad) status in question. Witten is the ultimate safety valve. Generally the beneficiary of mismatches created by others outside, he should be able to create a few of his own mismatches inside, as Redskins linebacker London Fletcher tends to struggle covering elite tight ends.
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4. The outside ‘backers
DeMarcus Ware has registered more sacks than anyone in pro football over the past five years, and he appears to be even more potent in Rob Ryan’s scheme (Ryan, like Wade Phillips, has aligned Ware primarily on the weak side of the formation, where one-on-one matchups are easier to come by). Opposite Ware, Anthony Spencer (in a contract year) is a stout playside run defender.

But the Cowboys may soon have the second best outside linebacking corps in the NFC East. Brian Orakpo has made two Pro Bowls his first two seasons and has superb strength to compliment his edge speed.

Opposite him, first-round rookie Ryan Kerrigan has flashed monstrous potential through two games. Kerrigan, a high-motored Big Ten player who drew predictable comparisons to Aaron Kampman coming out, has the swiftness to chase plays as a backside run defender and the body control to outmaneuver blockers in the phone booth. He’s a much, much better athlete than many had guessed.

5. Something to keep an eye on ...
The Redskins are a fairly blitz-heavy team, but those blitzes have usually involved safeties. They caught the Cardinals off-guard last week by blitzing their inside linebackers aggressively. Fletcher in particular blitzed with great timing and downhill speed.

His blitzes were done not necessarily in an effort to get sacks, but to make Kevin Kolb move before throwing. Romo is better throwing off movement than Kolb, so perhaps Jim Haslett won’t use this tactic as much in Week 3.

But with the Cowboys having a young offensive line and depleted receiving corps, the reward could be greater than the risk.

So who will win? Check our expert picks for all Week 1 games

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Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:37 pm

Spurrier era in DC equal parts sad, hilarious

Posted by Ryan Wilson

This seems like an appropriately awesome way to ease you into another football-less weekend (and who knows, maybe that will change in the next 48 hours). Either way, enjoy!

Before Ross Tucker was a member of the media, he was an NFL offensive lineman. He played for five teams over eight seasons, but we're guessing the two years he spent with the Redskins were among his most memorable. We make that claim based solely on Ross' recent comments to 106.7 The Fan in Washington, DC, where  he talked about the three-ring circus otherwise known as the Steve Spurrier era.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder hired Spurrier in 2002, after Marty Schottenheimer's one-and-done 8-8 campaign the season before. In retrospect, that was probably the wrong move.

Spurrier went 7-9 in '02 and 5-11 in '03 before heading back to the SEC and the University of South Carolina. But to hear Ross tell it, Spurrier squeezed more unintentionally hilarious moments into two years than most of us experience in a lifetime. Here, for your amusement, the choicest nuggets from Ross' radio appearance (thanks to the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg for the transcription).

“Marty [Schottenheimer] was the only guy that literally I think almost all of us would run through a wall for,” Tucker said. “I mean, he could just get the hair on the back of your neck standing up. He was awesome....But then the next year Spurrier comes in and we go to ... training camp and his opening meeting was, ‘You know men, I played 12 years in the NFL and went to 12 of these here training camps and I can’t remember one darn good thing I ever got out of it. But you know what, Mr. Snyder wants us to be here, so let’s try to get something done.’”

Just to reiterate: this is the man Snyder fired Schottenheimer for. This reminds us of another story. In 2002, after Spurrier had resigned from the University of Florida but before he was hired by the 'Skins, here's what he said during his farewell Florida press conference about then-Saints coach Jim Haslett: "I saw a story saying Jim Haslett comes in at 4:30 every morning - that's not doing him much good."  (The Saints were 7-9 in 2001, the same record Spurrier had in his first year in Washington.)

The Redskins went 4-1 during the 2002 preseason largely because they played their starters longer than their opponents. During Week 3 of the preseason, Washington defeated Pittsburgh 35-34 to go to 3-0. Ross says that at the time "I was like, wow, we’re awesome, I’m awesome, life is awesome, this is fantastic. And then I realized wait a minute, we actually only have two pass protections, and the Steelers are laughing at us because they say they know what our protection is, and Shane Matthews and Danny [Wuerffel] are getting blown up, and our poor running back, there’s no hot reads, there’s no sight adjusts."

The Redskins released Ross midway through the 2002 season and he was picked up on waivers by the Cowboys. "So I went into Redskins Park to get my bag and all my stuff," Ross begins, "and [Spurrier] looks at me and he says Cowboys, huh? And I’m like yup. And he’s like, well, don’t be telling ‘em any of my secrets. I’m sitting there thinking number one, dude, your secrets are pathetic, and number 2, as soon as I get there tomorrow, I’m actually going to tell them every single thing I can remember about your pathetic offense.”

We lived in Washington, DC during those heady times with the ol' ball coach and we distinctly remember the clown-college atmosphere Tucker describes. We just had no idea how bad it was. Upside: it makes for a great story nine years later. So there's that.

Further reading:
Okay, we promise to never speak of this again.

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:58 pm

Next person to trash Haynesworth? His DC

HaynesworthPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The “Albert Haynesworth is a lazy, worthless piece of garbage” stories are not difficult to find on the Eye on Football blog. Whether he’s been charged with sexual abuse, accused of road rage, or suspended for the last four games of the season, it’s actually pretty difficult to find a positive story about Haynesworth.

This post, thanks to Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, continues that theme.

Today, Haslett told 101 ESPN Radio in St. Louis (via Pro Football Talk) that Haynesworth basically is a worthless piece of garbage (he didn't say it quite that harshly, though).

“He can do almost anything he wants. He doesn’t want to do anything. To me that’s the issue,” Haslett said. “He’s one of those guys you walk in a meeting and you tell him, ‘Put down the phone.’ The next day you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day, you tell him to put down the phone.

“You tell him, ‘Don’t read the newspaper in meetings.’ The next day you have to tell him the same thing. It doesn’t stick; it’s an everyday thing.”

It is possible to feel some sympathy for Haynesworth, because he was told he wouldn’t have to play a 3-4 defense before the Redskins coaching staff decided to, you know, implement the 3-4 defense.

So, if you want to make the claim that the team went back on its word to Haynesworth, that’s a fair point.

But the lack of professionalism (picking up his phone and reading the newspaper during team meetings? Really?!?!) apparently displayed by Haynesworth continues to astound. And when his defensive coordinator is the one calling him out, that’s pretty darn telling.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 5:15 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 5:22 pm

Jim Haslett vents frustrations with Haynesworth

Posted by Will Brinson

Poor Jim Haslett. All season long, he's had to deal with trying to make Washington's defense better, all the while knowing he has a guy who's worth $100 million worth in talent and zero bucks worth in effort hurting the defensive coordinator's reputation by refusing to even pretend to try.

So it's a little reasonable to understand if Haslett wants to get his grievance airing on, now that Albert Haynesworth is out of his hair, having been suspended for the team's final four games of the season. And he did just that in his press conference today. Things started out pretty reasonably, but got a little heated a few questions in (via SB Nation DC's Mike Prada).

"We tried to accommodate him," Haslett said in response to Haynesworth not responding well to certain schemes. It's a shame, because he's athletic enough and he can do anything he wants, but obviously he didn't want to do it. And good athletes can do a lot of different things ... I watch wild receivers do the Wildcat and if you're a good enough athlete you can do almost anything you want."

It's true of course -- Haynesworth could be successful if he wants to. Look no further than a) his first contract year and b) his second contract year. Then someone asked about whether or not Haslett regretted the whole "changing his entire defense around just to suit the really rich fat guy who doesn't try hard and eventually got suspended" thing (paraphrased).

"I'm gonna say this -- I'm gonna say this okay?" Haslett said.  "Last year, I got here, and the first thing I did is watch all the tapes. I saw a guy that just got $100 million play bad, play bad, as a three technique, and then the year where the defensive coordinator left, I saw a guy blasting him. Saying, 'Well, I didn't like the defense, I didn't like the 4-3, I didn't like the way I was used.' So, can you ever make the guy happy? I don't know. What do you want? You do exactly what you do in Tennessee, and you're not happy?"

Of course, if Haslett -- or anyone -- knew how to make Haynesworth happy, we wouldn't even be having these conversations or writing these posts or dealing with defensive switches or suspending guys without pay. But that's a philosophical questions for later. Unless you want to answer it now, coach ...

"To me, the player's gotta ... You know, there's things in life that you don't want to do, but you gotta do it," Haslett continued. "My father told me, 'Son, there are things in the world that you're not going to want to do, but if you want to get ahead in the world, you're going to have to do it. I think we're at that point. Not everybody in the National Football League is going to just let Albert do what he wants on the field. It doesn't work that way. So, wherever he goes or stays here or wherever, it's going to be under the same constraints.

"He wasn't happy this year with the 3-4. He wasn't happy last year with the 4-3. What else do you want to do? Run a 2-5?"

Then Haslett had some fun with Mike Wise and unnamed columnist at the Washington Post who called Haynesworth a bunch of nice names that Haslett disagrees with (since they involve "being good" and "trying hard" and stuff like that). 

"The guy doesn't practice well on Thursday -- about as poor as I've ever seen. And then Friday with the so-called 'illness' he doesn't practice, if I'm the head coach, you've got to make a decision on what's best for the football club. And I think
Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:11 pm

'Heated discussion' between Haynesworth, Haslett?

Posted by Will Brinson

Seems like a while since we've had some Albert Haynesworth drama with the Washington Redskins doesn't it? Well, if you were desperately hoping for some, we've got some good (albeit reported) news.

First of all, Haynesworth is a surprise inactive for the Redskins in New York on Sunday. But more spicily, Kelli Johnson of CSN Washington reports that there was a "heated discussion" between Big Al and Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett outside the Redskins locker room within the last hour.

You don't have to be an expert to connect the dots here -- either Haynesworth was told he was going to be inactive and got upset with Haslett, or Haslett was telling Haynesworth to do something or another, the big guy got upset with his coach, and that resulted in him being inactive.

Either way, it's just another item in the long list of problems Washington's had with their high-priced defensive lineman and another reason to believe that he won't last more than this season with the 'Skins, as long as Mike Shanahan's staff is running things.

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:00 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 10:36 pm

Redskins spreading the blame around to everyone

Posted by Will Brinson

Were it not for the still-not-subsided rage in Washington over Donovan McNabb's new contract, there might have been a whole lot more noise made about Albert Haynesworth giving up on a play. In case you missed it ...

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said he finally saw what happened about "3:30 in the morning when [he] watched film," which means he was probably totally thrilled with the outcome and the hustle from Haynesworth.

But he also said he doesn't totally blame Haynesworth.

"If he’s going to take a lot of heat, there are a lot of guys out there that are going to take a lot of heat for that play because the quarterback held the ball for about eight seconds," Haslett said. "We had coverage then we let it go and then plastered right at the end. I think he understands that we want to get him up and chase him."

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, whose team has just been terrible on third down this year (and didn't convert a single one on Monday night), also spread the blame around.

"I think ['here we go again' on third down is] what people think," Shanahan said. "Each play is it's own play. You can't worry about the last play. As a whole, guys are doing well. We're not doing [well] at it but guys are doing well at times. It only takes one guy to break down a play and that's what [has happened] on third downs."

Shanny Jr. also pinned the coaching staff for the poor third down performance. Really, though, it doesn't matter who's to blame, because something needs to be fixed before Sunday if the 'Skins want to avoid another embarrassing beatdown and get booted from playoff contention.

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