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Nine punts

May 16, 2008, 9:40 PM EST

From the Washington Redskins Inside Slant in USA Today.com:

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Our (special) teams are pretty good. We don’t want to be average at anything. We punted nine times in (the wild-card playoff loss at) Seattle and we didn’t have a 4.5 hang time on any of ‘em. If you line-drive the ball, these premier returners will stick it right back down your throat.” — Special teams coach Danny Smith explaining why incumbent punter Derrick Frost is being challenged by sixth-round draft choice Durant Brooks.

Certainly, the poor hang time points to the fact that the Redskins would benefit from an upgrade at the punter position. I’ve come out strongly in favor of the drafting of Brooks.

But that’s not what struck me about this quote. It’s the number of punts—nine. I went to NFL.com and looked at the Gamebook. The Redskins’ first six possessions ended in punts. Their seventh ended on downs. Their next one ended when the first half expired.

You just can’t go on the road and win a playoff game with an offensive performance like that. It points to the lack of offensive firepower that has been keeping this team from breaking out of the ranks of the mediocre this decade.

  1. William Warshauer - May 19, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    And a big reason the Offense was so weak was that they could not protect the passer vs. Seattle’s pash rush. Yet we have done zero to address that problem in the offseason. I think our weakness across both lines will hurt us this year….

  2. William Warshauer - May 19, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    And a big reason the Offense was so weak was that they could not protect the passer vs. Seattle’s pash rush. Yet we have done zero to address that problem in the offseason. I think our weakness across both lines will hurt us this year….

  3. Rich Tandler - May 19, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    You don’t think that getting a G who should be able to start in ’09 is “doing something”?

    In Heyer and Reinhart, 40% of the next generation OL is in place.

  4. Rich Tandler - May 19, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    You don’t think that getting a G who should be able to start in ’09 is “doing something”?

    In Heyer and Reinhart, 40% of the next generation OL is in place.

  5. Anonymous - May 20, 2008 at 12:43 AM

    not only that, we lost 2 starters, jansen and thomas for much of the year. even though they are older, the odds are that it wont happen again this year.
    plus, heyer got a full year and reinhardt will likely be a starter in time. plus, i have a strong suspicion that out of crummey, de van or brown we will find at least 1 keeper and perhaps, another practice squadder
    i actually worry less about the O line than the D line this year

  6. Anonymous - May 20, 2008 at 12:43 AM

    not only that, we lost 2 starters, jansen and thomas for much of the year. even though they are older, the odds are that it wont happen again this year.
    plus, heyer got a full year and reinhardt will likely be a starter in time. plus, i have a strong suspicion that out of crummey, de van or brown we will find at least 1 keeper and perhaps, another practice squadder
    i actually worry less about the O line than the D line this year

  7. Rich Tandler - May 20, 2008 at 7:37 AM

    I’m going to be pounding the drum for Brown to make it. He’s got the same nasty streak that Reinhart does.

    He’s probably have to make it at the expense of Fabini so I’m not sure they’d be willing to go with two inexperienced backups, but it would be great to see.

  8. Rich Tandler - May 20, 2008 at 7:37 AM

    I’m going to be pounding the drum for Brown to make it. He’s got the same nasty streak that Reinhart does.

    He’s probably have to make it at the expense of Fabini so I’m not sure they’d be willing to go with two inexperienced backups, but it would be great to see.

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