Sep 21, 2013, 5:37 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, September 21, one day before the Redskins play the Lions at FedEx Field.
The men at the top
A quote each from the coordinators and the head coach:
Kyle Shanahan was asked about some plays against the Packers that looked liked read option plays but the ball was handed to Alfred Morris on every one of them. The questioner wondered if Robert Griffin III really had the option to pull back the ball and run. Shanahan talks about the process of the quarterback’s decision to pull the ball away from the running back in the read option. :
“The key is to stay on the field and actually run an offense. You’ve got to get first downs or you’ve got to not turn it over to stay on the field. We’ve got to set a lot of stuff up. If they tackle the back the very first play, we’ll pull it the first play, but if you understand the zone read, you don’t force anything you read a defensive end. [Green Bay linebacker Clay] Matthews was straight up the field, just like he was versus San Francisco the week before, and you hand it off. Usually there is a hole in the defense when they’re doing that because they don’t account for a certain spot. We got about five yards on our first one to Alf [running back Alfred Morris]. We got three yards on another. We weren’t too clean inside, but you keep getting that, you keep pounding guys going inside and eventually they go get the back and when they do, you hope the quarterback reads it right and pulls it and gets the big play outside.”
Jim Haslett on if he’s confident in the defense:
“We went through this last year. We struggled, and then we put it all together. It took us a little while but we got it all together, but I thought we played great the last eight or nine games last year. And the same thing – I thought we were awesome in preseason. Again, I’m going to put that on myself. I’ll take full responsibility for these two games because obviously I run the defense, so, whether it’s getting your swagger back or working at practice – and we’re going to work at the things we need to work at and get better – the number one thing that bothers me is we haven’t done a very good job in the run game. If we can stop the run, and we’ve been pretty good at it over the first three years, last year we were awesome, if you can stop the run and make a team one-dimensional, that’s where you get your turnovers, that’s where you get big plays, and we haven’t done a very good job in the first two games stopping the run. The point of emphasis for our football team at practice yesterday and today is to make sure we do a great job in the run game.”
Mike Shanahan on tight end Jordan Reed:
“He’s done a great job. He’s got a unique ability to be able to beat people one-on-one. If a linebacker covers him or if a safety covers him, he’s got the foot quickness and the ability to move where he’s going to get open the majority of the time, which is very hard for tight ends to do. He can move like a wide receiver, so that’s one of the reasons why he played a lot last week in the two-minute situation, where he got a chance to matchup on some people.”
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