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GameBlog Fourth Quarter

Oct 9, 2005, 7:46 PM EDT

Fourth Quarter

Still plenty of time to overcome an 11-point deficit. I want them, though, to flash up on the screen what Shanahan’s record is when is team has a lead of 10+ points in the fourth quarter.

If the Redskins can get a turnover, they will win. If not, they won’t.

Ade Jimoh with a game-saving play on Lelie. Good job,.

That blocked punt could have the same effect as a turnover. Could, mind you, I still think the Skins will need a regulation takeaway if they’re going to take this one. But the blocked punt does improve the chances greatly.

Huge non-catch by Thrash on that punt. It would have been a tough catch in the rain and I’m not necessarily blaming him as it would have been very risky play to make. Still, Thrash does almost everything right and that wasn’t one of those plays.

Flags going the Redskins’ way. Not sure that they’ll be able to take advantage, but they’re being given—and given is the apt term here—some good opportunities.

Win or lose, the Redskins have shown their mettle in this game. Cliché time here—there ain’t an ounce of give-up in them.

A tipped ball away. 94 yards to score, they can’t get another two yards to tie it. Still in first place in the division, I think that before the year started anyone would take 3-1 at the quarter mark of the season.

Nevertheless, you have to think that they let an opportunity slip away here.

  1. Anonymous - Oct 10, 2005 at 3:00 AM

    With Walt Harris and Shawn Springs out, the William’s D performed extremely well. However, this situation does not bode well for the future as Williams will be unable to go with his blitz packages with Rogers and “Uh-oh” Jimoh as the corners.

    What are our options? Is there way to get more depth at cornerback?

    And what about LaVar? As you said, the Redskins probably aren’t playing him because he’s not used to playing in a system that emphasizes discipline. But we haven’t gotten any turnovers! Don’t you think we should put in LaVar for Holdman? Or maybe even make him replace Marshall in the middle?

  2. Anonymous - Oct 10, 2005 at 10:31 AM

    Lavar in the middle? With his lack of football smarts? That’s hilarious.

  3. Joe - Oct 10, 2005 at 10:59 AM

    Who are you to comment on Arrington’s football smarts? Unless the answer is Gregg Williams, keep it to yourself. Let’s be honest, none of us have any idea how smart Lavar is or how hard he practices or if he “fits into the system” or what goes on in meeting rooms.

    The Redskins have 2 defensive playmakers: Taylor and Arrington. One of them sits on the bench while stats like this one show up in the box score:

    T.Bell YDS: 127, AVG: 10.6, TD: 2

    Arrington doesn’t miss that tackle on Bell to let him go for 55. The coaches and Lavar have got to settle whatever it is that’s going on between them and get that guy on the field. I don’t care if he’s got to play MLB, Defensive End, Safety, or corner. He’s got to be on the field.

  4. mbarnes202 - Oct 10, 2005 at 12:42 PM

    Arrington DOES miss that tackle. A few years back, in San Francisco, T.O. runs a reverse– he’s caught behind the line by LaVarr, who has an arm around his waist, but can’t pull him down. T.O. twists, escapes, runs this way and that, and scores on a 30+ yard run.
    But I will grant you that we need more turnovers. This is ridiculous. In four games we have a grand total of two (an INT and a fumble) take-aways– both against a rookie QB. NO fumbles? NO Ints? NO sacks? Look at the stats in this game 28 1st downs to 11, 7+ min TOP differential, and the ‘Skins LOSE– because there were no sacks, no fumbles, and no INTs, AGAIN.
    Even WHEN the offense plays nearly flawlessly (53 passes and zero sacks, zero INTs??), and the ST battle is a nearly a push (blocked FG & Sellers’ boneheaded penalty vs. our blocked punt), we cannot win every game if our defense does not do more to help us out.

  5. MDSkinzfan - Oct 10, 2005 at 2:03 PM

    so what’s up with LaVar..something tells me this is all about the Benjamins. He won his arbitration with Snyder and Danny is not happy. That “not playing within the system” is a bunch of horse hockey. He’s too good and too smart. It is an interesting dilemma though, the Skins don’t see a future with him and he more than likely would not be resistant to a trade, so let him play to increase his value. He’s either going to stink and not be a hot property and thus lower is value come contract negotiating time, or play like a stud and increase his trade value and contract value and possibly, though HIGHLY unlikely win back the favor of the Skins boss.

  6. Joe - Oct 10, 2005 at 4:25 PM

    Possibly, except he didn’t exactly “win” the arbitration. Gibbs brought the sides together and they settled it without arbitration.

    If I recall, they added some unlikely to be earned incentives that would allow him to make the 6.5M or become a free agent in the next year or two. I believe the incentives were something like (1) make the pro bowl 2 of the next 3 years and (2) play 95% of the special teams snaps.

    Williams and Gibbs aren’t being forthright with the media so no one knows exactly what’s going on. Hence, all the speculation. But I tend to agree that all that business about “playing outside the system” is garbage. There’s something personal at play here.

  7. Anonymous - Oct 10, 2005 at 7:11 PM

    I’m going to have to disagree with Joe’s statement that there is a personal reason why LaVar is not playing.

    Let me say this – Gibbs will always do whatever it takes to put the Redskins in the best position to win. Look at what he said regarding Ramsey and Brunell during the preseason and right after the Bears game. He wasn’t forthright at all with the QB situation and he obviously never told the media what he or Musgrave really thought of Ramsey. Then he did what was best for the team, switched QBs, and look at the difference.

    I don’t think Gibbs would allow some personal difference to interfere with the team’s performance. Gibbs knows that a W is a lot more important than some personal difference he has w/LaVar. Come on, Sean Taylor didn’t even answer Gibbs’ calls during the offseason and was off firing bullets in Miami, but he’s still on the field.

    It must be that Williams and Gibbs don’t like what they see of LaVar in practice: either he doesn’t practice hard enough or he just isn’t used to disciplined play. There just can’t be any other explanation.

  8. Anonymous - Oct 13, 2005 at 11:28 PM

    I agree completely. Gibbs’ desire to win is above all else. My guess is that Greg Williams reviewed tape from the previous years and saw how many times LeVar was caught out of position (which was not a rare thing) while trying to make the big play. GW decided that LeVar is too undisciplined and will not play him until LeVar proves him wrong IN PRACTICE. This is similar to the way Gibbs feels about Ramsey. In the past, because of LeVar’s charisma, personality, likability, and occasional big play, the press and fans have been excessively forgiving of LeVar when he’s caught out of position. I don’t have any doubt that LeVar is intelligent and incredibly talented, but so far, his record as a linebacker hasn’t lived up to the “56″ on his jersey. He’s no LT. You only need to look up the road to Ray Lewis to see a linebacker who is a true impact player throughout the entire game. As much as I hate the Ravens, there’s no way on earth anyone could say that LeVar is anywhere near as dominant as Ray Lewis or LT, although he has the talent and potential. Another thing that should be pointed out is that GW isn’t the first incredibly accomplished, incredibly respected defensive coordinator to have a problem with LeVar. How many aclaimed recognized defensive geniuses have to be thrown under the bus on LeVar’s account. “LeVar has to fix Levar” as Marvin Lewis once said. Marvin never had to say that about Ray Lewis.

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