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All Aboard the Train Rex

Posted By Mercedes Green On Oct 17 2011 @ 9:27 am In Washington Redskins | No Comments

The Philadelphia Eagles in a near must-win game against the Washington Redskins did exactly what they had to do:  They stopped the running game in its tracks thus forcing Rex Grossman to throw and boy did he ever!  The only thing wrong was the fact that none of the Redskins caught those passes.  Grossman threw 4 interceptions and was yanked out of the game late in the 3rd quarter.  John Beck played the 4th quarter for 117 yards in 1 quarter to Grossman’ s 143 yards in 3 quarters.  The only TD by the Redskins was run in by Beck himself.

The running game never got started for the Redskins.  The combined total rushing yards was only 42.  Rex Grossman not only made mistakes with the interceptions, but he was not making good decisions.  TE Chris Cooley, who finally was able to play from a previous injury, suffered another injury during the 1st quarter (a broken left index finger and will require surgery) and this one is also on Rex Grossman.  When you are running a play that requires the receiver to be with his back to the defense, it’s up to the quarterback, who has full vision of all the defenders, to protect that receiver.  The pass never should have been thrown to Cooley as he was flattened as soon as the pass was caught.  He never saw that defender.

The decision to pull Grossman was the coach’s and could not agree more.  Consistent mistakes, interceptions and bad decisions do not a quarter back make.  John Beck, making his first appearance since 2007, ran for a 1st down and scored the only TD of the game for the Redskins.  They had the momentum, but they just ran out of time.  The Redskins ended losing 20-13.

Here are the positives:  The defense did allow 20 points in the first half, but 10 of those points were directly from 2 of Grossman’s 4 interceptions.  There were zero points scored by the Eagles in the entire second half.  The Eagles were in possession for over 38 minutes, so this defense played hard and long.  They recorded 2 sacks and 1 interception.  When you have no offense though, it’s pretty hard to win with just good D.

The decision to start Rex Grossman for the season I did agree with, however, there has not been significant improvement in 5 weeks.  Last year veteran Donovan McNabb was benched, so this should be a sign that John Beck will be starting next week.  Luckily it’s only week 6 so there’s still plenty of weeks to go to break in yet another QB for the Redskins.

Passing

CP/AT

YDS

TD

INT

R. Grossman

9/22

143

0

4

J. Beck

8/15

117

0

0

M. Vick

18/31

237

1

1

V. Young

0/1

0

0

1

Rushing

ATT

YDS

TD

LG

R. Torain

10

22

0

6

J. Beck

2

14

1

12

R. Helu

2

6

0

4

L. McCoy

28

126

1

21

M. Vick

7

54

0

31

D. Lewis

2

10

0

7

V. Young

1

2

0

2

Receiving

REC

YDS

TD

LG

F. Davis

6

95

0

31

J. Gaffney

2

55

0

45

S. Moss

2

38

0

23

T. Austin

1

32

0

32

D. Stallworth

3

30

0

15

R. Helu

2

11

0

8

C. Cooley

1

-1

0

-1

J. Maclin

5

101

0

59

D. Jackson

3

46

0

23

B. Celek

4

42

1

21

J. Avant

3

28

0

18

L. McCoy

2

13

0

10

S. Smith

1

7

0

7

 

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