Informative, interesting, and even creative post, Mahons 21.
Informative, interesting, and even creative post, Mahons 21.
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Good stuff M21
It's a passing league now, and teams that pass score in bunches, and spend much of the game in prevent. Heads almost exploded in the 2nd half against Dallas, but prevent somehow worked. We see it ever year, give up a bunch of yards and points to milk the clock.
No one cares how many points you allow when you win. So those statistically "bad" defenses are largely overlooked because... it just doesn't matter.
While our high powered offense isn't pass first, RG3 and Kyle are changing the league so we can have a "bad" D and survive.
It is refreshing to see Haslet finally change things up, and be more aggressive. Its not always the personnel.
Last edited by RandyHolt; December-5th-2012 at 09:09 PM.
I really do not see how Haslett can take blame this year.. We finished ranked 13th last year from 31 the year prior? Before Orakpo and Carriker were hurt, Meriweather and Jackson were not playing in the safety positions, C. Griffin was still learning the scheme, D-hall moved to nickle back, then Rak and Carriker go down. I think Meriweather and Jackson make a huge difference in that secondary like they did during preseason. This defense will climb back to the top next year even as they add pieces in the offseason. Some games he could have been more agressive but not every coach or player has a great game every week. Don't forget, New York wanted him and we signed him away from the Giants. He is a good d-coordinator and he will be fine.
Some would send him to the Giants but I hope he stays here.
RG3 did not get sacked all night.
Last edited by rk3025; December-5th-2012 at 10:09 PM.
On a serious note: you guys should see how this defense does next season with Orakpo and Carriker back. I think they make a huge difference for your D.
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2010 Cowboys didn't even allow 4,000 yards through the air. Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or you really called BS without even taking the time to check it out.
The chargers team at the bottom of that list allowed 4311.
Last edited by Mahons21; December-6th-2012 at 12:41 AM.
Even when we were tanking I thought we should keep Haslett and still do.
Carriker, Orakpo, meriweather, Jackson, Robinson, fletcher at 50% the list goes on and on. Injuries have crushed this defense and they are still keeping us in games, and in some cases winning them, with depth. I'm not interested in having another coach come in with a new scheme and then have to play the "we are all learning a new system" waiting game, watching guys play out of position, etc. haslett's done a great job, keep him here. I hope Shanny was 100% truthful about him getting an extension before the year started.
Glad to see so many people change their tunes. Although this is EXTREEEEEEMEskins and if we lose a game or give up a big play, of course the sentiment will shift wayyyyyyy back over to the other extreme - fire him now, burn every memory of him on this team, rah rah rah!!
Last edited by da#1skinsfan; December-6th-2012 at 06:37 AM.
I think its incorrect to say that because of injuries, or the salary cap penalty, drug addictions, etc, that Haslet is "limited" in what he can do. I think its more the opposite.
When he has great players at all positions, he can run a base defense and it will do well because those great players will win their one on one matchups, and not need to be used as band-aids for other problems.
It's when the going gets tough, that the coaches get going. Losing Orak forces him to open up the playbook, and craft a pass rush. Losing Orakpo does limit our 4 man pass rush, so it forces him expand what he does to attain the same results, he has to turn past page 1 of his playbook now.
He is now unlimited in what he is doing, he had to be to save our season. Running a very limited playbook led to our pathetic showing before the bye week. Yet people argued he was limited in what he could do, basically waving the white flag on the season, because of injuries.
Our defense is actually helping to win games now. It was easy to see against the Giants, he is showing a lot of different looks, doing a lot of different things, to try to attain the same results. We see the 5 man pass rush, yet are not gouged any more deep than we were rushing 4. We see cover 1 masked as cover 2. We see Bowen stunting more than ever.
Haslet forced to coach, does better than Haslet running a limited vanilla defense.
Last edited by RandyHolt; December-6th-2012 at 07:33 AM.
I was calling for Shanny to be fired if he put up a crappy record this season, and I still think his coaching contract should rest on how well we do in these last four games. Along those same lines sould be Haslett. He maybe on thinner ice because Shanny may realize that his defense is part of the main reason why we've lost most of our games, as our offense is no longer the main problem.
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Great defenses that gives up the least yardage result in better field position for their offense, on an average. Thus, the offense usually gets less yards in the end.
High scoring offense, tends to put points on the board quickly and to stack them even faster. Forcing the opponent to force deep throws and be one dimensional, so the defense is in prevent mode and only take care about not giving up TD. Players don't go for ints that aren't sure, you focus on knocking it down if you have a good opportunity for it, but, most surely you just make the tackle and stop that.
To me, yards allowed by a defense doesn't mean much if you don't take into consideration when are those yards given up, how the offense is performing...
Heck, if you look at last years, if you just look at the scores of our schedule, it'll look like our offense was often in games and lost a by a few points. While in fact, lots of those same points where scored while we where down by 2 or 3 scores, and opposing defenses on prevent mode. Just like the Cowboys this year. They were able to get back a few scores, but the game was not as closed as the score suggest it right now f you haven't watched the game.
Points allowed, Nbs of turnovers and the most important to me: the 3rd down % are way much more indicatives of how a defense performs. And while we're at it, we're 23 in points allowed. We've allowed 31 TD, 7 by the run and 24 by the pass. And we're dead last in 3rd down % with 45% allowed.
Our 3rd down conversion is scary and have to be improved.
RG3 does not stand for Rex Grossman 3rd year as a Redskins starting QB.
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As we have seen, if a player such as RAK goes down, there is no back-up who can be near as productive as him; even when he's in there, there were alot of times where Rak was invisible during the season. Some began to question his skillset regarding rushing the QB, and IMO justified.
The issue is, since him and Carriker have gone out, the d-line pressure has been non-existant; most DCs would have come up with a creative way to work around this, but Haslett hasn't for the most part. Even utilizing a modified 3-4-4-3 scheme to get more rush against a QB hasn't happened, except in blitz pkgs.
The offense is over-shadowing the defensive woes, such as the Dallas game. Not much was mentioned about the lack of adjustment or killer instinct in the 2nd half of that game, but if Dallas had come back and actually won, the tone of Haslett's future here would have been far different, just as it was in the Panther game.
I can see the idea of Mike picking him as DC because he wanted the 3-4 and most likely there wasn't anyone else available to hire, but if the defense had been even middle-of-the-road this season, the Skins would most likely be sitting at a 10-2 record.
And I will mention once again, great players don't make great coaches, great coaches make great players...
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