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Need to Know: Notes from Browns vs. Redskins–Power rushing game needs work

Aug 19, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 19, four days before the Redskins play their third preseason game against the Ravens.

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Five notes from last night’s preseason game against Cleveland:

–It was a bumpy performance by Robert Griffin III, literally and figuratively. He has some very good throws, including the bomb to Andre Roberts. But on the other hand you have the interception he threw as the Redskins were nearing the end zone. He threw while under pressure and there are many things he should have done, from taking the sack to throwing it away, rather than throw that pass.

–And he got bumped around running the ball. It’s apparent he’s still in search of that fine line between daring and taking smart risks. Griffin also had a rather clumsy slide after one run and it looked for a moment like he might have gotten his legs caught in the turf. But he escaped the night with only a thigh contusion.

–It was surprising to see that Lache Seastrunk led the team in rushing for the second straight game; he picked up 35 yards on seven carries. The rookie appeared to be close to breaking a long one a time or two but he couldn’t quite do it.

–Just like Alfred Morris and the line couldn’t quite punch it in for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Jay Gruden said that they tried some power runs but “low man wins” and the Browns defenders got lower. That power running series may need a second look if it keeps getting stoned like that.

–Ryan Kerrigan got two sacks although the first one was something of a gift as half of the Cleveland offense didn’t know the snap count. Among those who didn’t know it were the ones responsible for blocking Kerrigan so he was able to get Brian Hoyer down without much of a fight.

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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—It’s been 233 days since the Redskins played a game; in 19 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 11; Home opener vs. Jaguars 26; Redskins @ Eagles 33

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  1. colmac69 - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Only watched condensed highlights before work…..couple nice throws from rg111 esp long pass but horrible int…also his run dwn sideline could bn disaster…running game was poor and goal line opportunity summed the first half run game in a nutshell…..def looked reasonable solid altho browns are hardly off juggernaut but they did what they had to do. ……always hard to get true reflection after two games….xpect tougher challenge nxt wk with baltimore…

  2. cowboyhater - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Couldn’t really take this game seriously……it was a joke on both sidelines. What I got out of this one is that a 3-13 team looked like a 3-13 team, and it looks like the Browns are going to continue to be a circus. When I see our 3-13 team play a real team like Baltimore, then I will have an opinion on what to expect from the skins this year. Ugh!!!…what a joke last night!!

  3. kenlinkins - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Rich, Did it seem to you that the Redskins had “dead legs” last night? (It did to me). Things I liked: The starting O-Line forming a pocket on the first 4 passing plays (they had problems with stunts, cross overs, and blitz’s later on). RG3 learning to touch pass. WR’s getting open, RB’s lowering pads when attacking holes, Pass rush had pressure early, over all tacking was better, Things I didn’t like: Turn overs, lose coverage by LB’s and DB’s, power run blocking was really bad (even behind Williams and Lauvao). Other than Rambo, none of the young Safety’s took a step forward, All the flags. Over all, the Redskins showed that they are working on getting better. At best, right now they are still very raw but you can see that there are major differences between 2013 and 2014. I also liked that fact that the new head coach understands these are preseason games and has not been talking about being 2-0 under his leadership. IMO he understands just how much work is still ahead of his team. Over all grade year to date IMO is a solid B.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      You’re the second person to comment on “dead legs”, had one on Twitter specific to the O-line. I didn’t notice it particularly but you might be on to something. Zero excuse if that was the case.

      I think that we can be pretty confident that the Redskins didn’t get another Zorn when they hired Gruden. That doesn’t mean they’ll win the Super Bowl with him but I don’t think things will get bizarre like they did with JZ.

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      • gasngo14 - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Rich, it was pretty ” bizarre” last season and Zorn was nowhere near this team! IMO it will come down to RG3 and our OL play, we have all the weapons anyone could ask for on O…..Now it’s up to RG3 and the OL but if RG3 keeps taking these hits he won’t last long and won’t be pretty!

  4. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    The interior of the O-line was weak last year, and it appears to remain so.

  5. bowlregard - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    The thing about a power running game is that it typically has more success in the second half after you wear a defense down. And I doubt they’d call those same four plays on the goal line during a game. And by the way, I thought Royster looked really good in limited action.

    The biggest positive I saw was D Jackson. Man, he can get open.

    • manchild157 - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Right- get open and then extra yards after the catch. The sack on Griffin was squarely on the shoulders of Chester and Helu. Griffin’s run play when the Browns blew him up could be viewed as all on Griffin. Browns had 3 men rushing, we had 3 recievers with Helu in the backfield. Helu ran to the right and was wide open and our oline was holding the pocket. I think Griffin just over reacted and took off.

  6. gasngo14 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    RG3 needs to chill with the hits he allowed on himself he won’t last long like this. Ravens game should show us more I hope. I was not impressed last night, DJ looked ready but nothing from Garcon, well its just preseason. Archives

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