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Redskins-Eagles Fourth Quarter

Nov 22, 2004, 12:00 AM EST

Going backwards after first and goal at the ten. False start on Brown, hold on Samuels, two incompletes, false start on Samuels. Third and goal at the 30 and Gardner drops the ball. 48-yard FG missed.

Then the Skins lose a challenge on the spot of the ball after Pinkston stepped out of bounds before getting a first down. No real explanation from the zebras, but it certainly looked like he stepped out a good yard before the first down marker.

Then the Eagles convert a third and nine on a pass interference by Smoot. Mitchell may or may not have made the catch, and it was a clearly a good call, but it just goes to show you it’s their year.

They got away with a pick on a short TD pass to Westbrook. Owens lined up in the backfield and shielded defenders from the running back. It’s illegal, but it’s rarely going to get called, especially when, sorry to keep on saying it, it’s your year.

It’s really bad when your offense looks to be greatly improved, but it’s still anemic and there are only six points on the board. They just can’t finish off drives. The passing game is pathetically timid, dinks and dunks.

They can’t even get three inches on a quarterback sneak. They lose a foot and, thus, their last chance to pull out a miracle win. A few plays later, Philly scores again.

It seems like a long time ago, but the Redskins had first and goal at the ten on the first play of the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game with a TD and two-point conversion. That series will go down with the penalty on the Portis TD against the Packers as the microcosm of what went wrong with the 2004 Redskins.

There are some who will look at this as a close loss, a good effort. I think it was a horrible effort, and I’m not one of those “if you didn’t win, nothing counts” guys either. The Redskins had the Eagles on the ropes and let them get away. And, yes, Philly did its part to punch its way our, but it’s as though the Redskins decided to fight with one hand, keeping the other clutched closely to the vest. You just can’t win as a big underdog on the road if you play like that.

And, oh, by the way, you can’t commit 7 penalties for 71 yards in the second half of a close game and expect things to go your way either.

  1. mbarnes202 - Nov 22, 2004 at 11:52 AM

    Two comments
    1. I agree with Smoot– the calls against the ‘Skins are beginning to border on the appearence of intent. I’m admittedly a homer, but there were at least four critical calls against the ‘Skins that, in my opinion, were blatently wrong–

    (A) The phantom touchback call on Thrash, a touchback instead of down at the one.

    (B) The ridiculous spot given McNabb on Taylor’s closeline. That was third down.

    (C) The challenge call on the sideline run by Owens (it was Owens, not Pinkston). That was third down.

    (D) And here, I’m going to argue with you, the pass interference call on Smoot. I’ve heard a number of times this year that the rules specifically state that getting feet tangled up when both players are going for the ball is NOT pass interference. In addition, I don’t believe the ball was at all catchable. I don’t buy that Smoot’s hand brushing Pinkston’s back as he was falling was a deliberate attempt to interfere.

    A border line #5 would be the 4th-and-1 spot on Ramsey’s sneak. I saw it on replay several times, and the spot given Ramsey was horrible, horrible, horrible.

    Point #2–
    I wonder whether Gibbs is setting up Ramsey for failure– when the passing scheme is 90% WR screens and dump-offs, you’re going to get a compressed defense that will be very difficult to move on (and susceptible to the big play!!). I thought generally the pass protection was good, certainly enough to merit some shots downfield. Of course, drops by Gardner on slant routes and drops by Portis and Betts on screens do not help.

  2. mbarnes202 - Nov 22, 2004 at 3:52 PM

    Two comments
    1. I agree with Smoot– the calls against the ‘Skins are beginning to border on the appearence of intent. I’m admittedly a homer, but there were at least four critical calls against the ‘Skins that, in my opinion, were blatently wrong–

    (A) The phantom touchback call on Thrash, a touchback instead of down at the one.

    (B) The ridiculous spot given McNabb on Taylor’s closeline. That was third down.

    (C) The challenge call on the sideline run by Owens (it was Owens, not Pinkston). That was third down.

    (D) And here, I’m going to argue with you, the pass interference call on Smoot. I’ve heard a number of times this year that the rules specifically state that getting feet tangled up when both players are going for the ball is NOT pass interference. In addition, I don’t believe the ball was at all catchable. I don’t buy that Smoot’s hand brushing Pinkston’s back as he was falling was a deliberate attempt to interfere.

    A border line #5 would be the 4th-and-1 spot on Ramsey’s sneak. I saw it on replay several times, and the spot given Ramsey was horrible, horrible, horrible.

    Point #2–
    I wonder whether Gibbs is setting up Ramsey for failure– when the passing scheme is 90% WR screens and dump-offs, you’re going to get a compressed defense that will be very difficult to move on (and susceptible to the big play!!). I thought generally the pass protection was good, certainly enough to merit some shots downfield. Of course, drops by Gardner on slant routes and drops by Portis and Betts on screens do not help.

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