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Williams illustrates toughness that the Redskins are looking for

Oct 12, 2015, 12:47 PM EDT


When Scot McCloughan took over as GM of the Redskins, he talked of emphasizing toughness. “The day after a game, you’re going to know you played the Redskins,” he has said on more than one occasion.

Rarely do you get a play that sums up a philosophy in pictures as well as this block from Trent Williams. In the fourth quarter the Redskins were trailing and needed a play. The bubble screen here to Jamison Crowder was good for 26 yards, with the receiver making a few nifty moves in the process. But watch how Williams’ block makes the whole thing possible and how he keeps driving his man to the sideline.

If the Redskins keep playing with this type of attitude, teams certainly will be sore the morning after playing them.

  1. Custer - Oct 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Loving that attitude…..


  2. murphsman - Oct 12, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    I’d much rather them be hurting on the scoreboard like we are. It feels like every other year now

    • Trey Gregory - Oct 12, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      It’s a process man. But it starts with the kind of steps this team is taking right now. I know it’s not as good as winning, but try to enjoy the process. The team is putting up a fight and not getting embarrassed. That’s a plus for me

      • bangkokben - Oct 12, 2015 at 10:20 PM


      • skinsgame - Oct 12, 2015 at 11:59 PM

        Amen. These are the signs of an improving team.

  3. ET - Oct 12, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    That block is beautiful, but I feel like I’ve seen similar efforts from most of this year’s linemen. Not Lichtensteiger, unfortunately, but the rest of the line has looked pretty fiery this year. It’s a darn tough line this year—hopefully it’ll be a feared offensive line next year.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Oct 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      Lichty got lit up in the backfield a few times yesterday.

      I wonder if the Falcons knew that he was a way to hinder our running game?

  4. abanig - Oct 12, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    I’m surprised Williams didn’t get called for holding on that play. He was grabbing the sides of the defenders jersey and the back of the defenders jersey as he ran him out of bounds.

    Look, I love Trent Williams’ attitude, but he seems to have had as many or more penalties than the rest of the offensive linemen this season. Didn’t get get called for 2 penalties in the first quarter? Bottom line is the Redskins are going to have to clean up their holding penalties on offense of they’re ever going to be above average. The holding calls on offense has cost this offense hundreds of yards this year and has killed multiple drives.

    I was more impressed by Spencer Long’s speed and effort on that play to get out infront of Crowder. Long really showed me something on that play.

    • Trey Gregory - Oct 14, 2015 at 2:26 AM

      That was my first thought when I saw that play, that Williams may have been holding. But maybe it’s just the view or thr quality of that video. Still, great to see some dog in these guys. I hope it’s contagious

  5. mr.moneylover - Oct 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    To bad that he dont got a tough minded QB or a tough minded head coach…play calling was only aggressive for one drive and thats it

    • Trey Gregory - Oct 14, 2015 at 2:40 AM

      I don’t know how fair it is to say Cousins wasn’t tough minded. His accuracy was off vs Atlanta for sure, but, what did he do to make you think he wasn’t playing tough? That late int was unfortunate but I’ve been pleased with him overall. But that’s taking into consideration my expectations for him. I never expected Cousins to be playing like a top QB. Just want a guy who can move the ball and out the team in positions to win. If Gruden lets him take a couple shots at the end zone offer that last Breeland INT, then maybe we win. That’s not Cousins fault.

      And I usually say people are way too hard on Gruden. This team has taken major steps in year two and the GM can’t be given ALL the credit for that. Gruden had his hand in it too. The GM can build the team but Gruden creates the environment at practice, scheme, and decides who plays. I saw an article (I think on bleacher repor) crediting Scot for benching certain players when they’re not producing. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Gruden the one deciding who plays and who doesn’t? But despite all that, his play calling is hard to defend. Let Alfred Morris get some momentum, take some down the field shots with Ross, quit being so predictable, don’t abandon the run so easy, and take shots to score when you have the chance. The fact he played it safe and went for the FG instead of even trying a play with any risk to attempt a TD was awful. But, maybe shows how much confidence he has in Cousins. Get this team a real QB in 2016 and they will compete.

  6. cmehustle - Oct 12, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Whats crazy is our Defensive line was getting pushed around. By a couple of familiar faces. Wonder if maybe that Shanahan guy knows what he’s doing….

    • ET - Oct 12, 2015 at 3:57 PM

      Hand it to the Shanahans, they’re very good at finding offensive linemen and running backs to fit their scheme—even if the same players might look like junk in another offense.

    • goback2rfk - Oct 12, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      Never thought Little Shanny would become a Head Coach someday. Now I am thinking the young offensive wizard will make it some day. Congrats Shanny. I always said the Shanahans were much better than people gave them credit for.

      • darcrequiem - Oct 13, 2015 at 4:41 PM

        I never had an issue with Kyle. I always thought he got a bum rap from fans. People seemed to forget how good Matt Schaub looked running his offense in Houston.

        It was his father that bothered me. Nothing was ever his fault. Even now, two years after the fact, he continues to pass the buck. How are you in charge of the football operations and nothings is your fault. Be a man and accept responsibility. I’m tired of his revisionist history. I will give him credit for this. He passed on Blaine Gabbert.

      • Trey Gregory - Oct 14, 2015 at 2:29 AM

        I too never thought the Shannohans were so bad. But I also love what Kyle is doing with that team. There have been a few play calls/designs I considered to be just brilliant while watching that team. I kind of wish Kyle had stayed. Although, I think I like this power scheme better. I feel better with the bigger and stronger linemen in pass protection at least.

  7. brucefan1 - Oct 12, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    I actually wasn’t all that impressed withTrent’s play several times during the course of yesterday’s game (the particular play depicted above not withstanding). I caught myself saying, “most overrated Pro Bowl OT in the league” a few times, on both pass and run plays.

    Go figger.

    (Maybe my expectations for him are just too high?)

    • skinsgame - Oct 13, 2015 at 12:02 AM

      He takes quite a few plays off during games, I believe. He’s done so his whole career. When he wants, he is obviously a force.

      • goback2rfk - Oct 13, 2015 at 12:20 AM

        I like him more for smacking Richard Sherman in the face than his play on the field :)

    • Trey Gregory - Oct 14, 2015 at 2:31 AM

      It’s a little much to call him the most overrated tackle. Nobody is perfect. He’s a very good player. I have a hard time stomaching the penalties, but I’m happy with him overall. I feel good with him on the field.

  8. goback2rfk - Oct 12, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    I do not call that block toughness at all. The 66 Million Dollar man should be doing that on every play.

    • letzgoterps - Oct 13, 2015 at 1:21 PM

      Lol, get real. He plays his heart out on every play.

  9. letzgoterps - Oct 13, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    You can also use this play by Trent:

    And this one by Scherff:

    To make your point about the toughness of this team. I’m loving this o-line and the way this team is changing as a whole, unit by unit.

    • letzgoterps - Oct 13, 2015 at 1:20 PM

      Forgot to give credit to @olinescout for the gifs

      • goback2rfk - Oct 13, 2015 at 8:01 PM

        Those are some sweet GIF’s. The O-Line is undoubtedly the biggest improvement from last year. Archives

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