what everybody seems to be over-looking is the fact that the Washington gameplan
was ALSO to run the clock down and make it a short running attack ball control game.
their coaching staff did not want a shootout because of their 31st ranked pass defense would
get lit up by Eli and company.
they know we have a defense that sucks against the run....an underweight D-line and high school LBers.
they passed 21 times and ran 31 times. their plan was a short game
whereas they usually throw it 32 times (average).
that would LIMIT THE NUMBER OF POSSESSIONS for Eli , and ball control to have a chance of winning.
they did not want a shootout.
we came out in the 2nd half and fell right into their trap. they wanted that kind of game .
we were totally wrong in our approach. we should have thrown 50 times .
out- coached again.
This is like the cut vs uncut debate, everyone arguing because they are mad, anger is simply displaced onto two different things.
i have always felt eli should have the ability to call the offense at the LOS but that means a no huddle type offense and i guess our staff hasnt yet realized u can go no huddle and still burn the game clock, all theyd need to do is watch peyton for a series...
but back to my point, in those heavy set run formations, elis gonna have to see a blatant opening to check into a pass play. the i formation isnt what ud wanna attack certain defensive looks thru the air.
yes i know we pass out of the i formation and other run formations quite often actually, im refering to the mon night game and just the audibles in general, eli is still limited to KG's playcalling with the audibles bc KG is the one given eli the plays he can check into
and the run game looked nothing like it did in the 1rst half. it was working the first half, the 2nd half, 5 yd runs suddenly became our best runs when in the 1rst we were getting solid chunks.
just an awful taste in my mouth. i felt we completely dominated them in every way that 1rst half except one, the score...smh
Maybe he thought a wide open all day Bennett was some sort of trick the Skins were trying to pull on him.......he was too smart to fall for it, though.
Maybe it's just a Redskins thing....I remember a few years back, Gilbride trotted out a gameplan that called for Eli Manning to pass over 40 times against the Redskins......in 40+ mph swirling winds at the Meadowlands. Shockingly, that didn't work out too well.
I guarantee you that Killdrive is going to make the equally pathetic Saints Defense look like the Steel Curtain for a day, too.
Nobody can veer away from an opponent's weakness like Gilbride.
So yeah, the penalties were the biggest problem.....but Gilbride did nothing to help his team overcome them.
Granted RG3 only scored 17 points.....but Fewell's timid approach didn't help either.
I'd think going into this game that the Giants would focus on shutting down the Redskins rushing attack and forcing RG3 to get into a passing shootout with Eli. Given how porous the Redskins pass defense is, I'd like the chances of Eli Manning outpassing RG3.
But, that's not how both coordinators approached this game.
Crap sandwich gameplans + numerous penalties = Super Bowl Champs losing to a weaker opponent.