This game started off horribly BUT did turn around midway through the second quarter. The bad part is that although it was a win, the signs of trouble are there. With 1:22 left in the first half, Greg Knapp elected to sit on the ball instead of going for more points despite the fact we had reeled off 10 unanswered points. I just don’t understand this. When I look at his playcalling in 2 minute situations or 3rd and 4th downs, I’m just not impressed.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Dunn (21/87), Vick (10/59), Norwood (9/107, 1 TD), Griffith (1/3). 11 of Dunn’s carries went for 4 yards or more. This is the kind of performance we need out of Dunn. Key thing to look for is for his 4 yards or more runs to be half of his carry total. That will pretty much tell the story on the his day. Vick didn’t get as many yards as usual on 10 carries but definitely not a bad day. What else can be said about Jerious Norwood? The man is a speed demon and flat out iced the game on 1 carry. No fumbles in the game either. I’ve been very impressed with the lack of fumbles this season.
Breakdown of passes:
Vick: 8/16, 122 yards, 2 TD/0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions are: 1 bad throws, 3 pass defended and 4 drops. The bad throws number was far less than 20% and the job done today was fantastic. The WR’s are still having issues.
Drops (4): Crumpler 2 (8) and Lelie 2 (8).
Sack responsibility (1): The lone sack was in the first drive and was on Gandy.
Pass blocking: Not a bad job at all. Only 1 hurry and 1 sack.
YTD Sacks (33):
Michael Vick 13 (4 rushing attempts that went for negative yards)
Matt Lehr 2.5
Kynan Forney 2
Eric Beverly 1
Wayne Gandy 5.0
Justin Griffith 1.0
Warrick Dunn 2.0
Alge Crumpler 1.0
Todd Weiner 1.0
Tyson Clabo 1.5
P.J. Alexander 1.0
“Scheme/No line adjustment” 1.0
Note: Vick sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.
Run defense: Was absolutely horrible especially on the ends. The Redskins ran sweeps and pulled guards which caused all sorts of problems for our defense. When you watch the game with that in mind, it really looks like our defense was unprepared for that as their reactions don’t speak to the contrary.
Pass Defense: It was okay. Teams are still trying to pick on Rossum and Crocker and pretty much get the best of us in those situations. Tons of pressure on Campbell which forced two INT’s and 11 hurries.
1 sack: Paul Carrington had the lone sack, unfortunately he also committed a facemasking penalty on the play which gave them an automatic 1st down instead of bringing on the punting unit.
Rossum had 1 kickoff return for: 22. Decent return.
Norwood had 2 kickoff returns for 26 and 27. Not bad.
No punt returns in the game.
Koenen had 4 punts. 1: 39 yards, downed at the 31 of WSH. 2: 37 yards, fair catch at the 30 WSH. 3: 37 yards, return of 3 to the 42 WSH. 4: 43 yards, downed at the 5 WSH. 1 great punt and 3 very mediocre punts.
Kickoffs: Koenen had 5 kickoffs: 1: to the 2, returned to the 37. 2: to the 6, returned to the 27. 3: to the 12, returned to the 37. 4: to the 13, returned to the 23. 5: to the 18, returned to the 26. Not a good day kicking.
Field Goals: Andersen hit 1/1. Good from 34.
Special Teams leading tackler: Omare Lowe and Michael Koenen had 2 each.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Cure the drops!
2. Pass defense
3. Run defense.
Offensive MVP: Michael Vick
Defensive MVP: Lawyer Milloy (9 combined tackles, 3 hurries (caused a big INT), 2 passes defended)
Special Teams MVP: Morten Andersen
Goat of the Week: Run defense
Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:
Next up: AT Tampa Bay, December 10!