Against the Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche demonstrated the absolute perfect way to absolutely not play pick-and-roll defense. It was so bad, in fact, it reminded me of masterful demonstration of effort and perseverance Albert Haynesworth displayed against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Memo to LaRon Landry: If you’re going to do a little pregame trash talking that leads to a friendly get-together between teams, you might not want to get your ass absolutely busted on the your very first defensive shift of the game. This little fact of life is only magnified when the player who abused you is the same one you started in on during the pregame fun.
This, of course, was only the beginning of the Michael Vick-powered touchdown avalanche that left the Washington Redskins broken and bruised, all while players from other teams took shots at Donovan McNabb’s new contract.
While the Redskins would go on to give up an additional 52 points, but that’s no way to set a tone, right LaRon? Especially when you talked miles and miles of cash-money trash before the game. I guess you could call Jackson’s touchdown a little bit of karma that knocked Landry on his ass.
When Andre Johnson busts your team’s ass to the tune of 12 receptions for 158 yards and a massive game-tying touchdown while the Houston Texans were facing fourth and long, essentially, the deciding moment of the game, perhaps a “You know, he didn’t really do anything that looked spectacular” statement should be one of the farthest thing from your lips — unless your name is DeAngelo Hall, apparently.
Because that’s exactly what happened. After the Texans came all the way back to win, while being down 17 points in the second half, thanks, in large part to Andre Johnson’s production, DeAngelo Hall thought it would be smart to say he wasn’t impressed with the best receiver in the NFL. Furthermore, Hall compounded his sore loser response by saying he wasn’t impressed with Johnson, or his performance.
I guess Hall was too busy getting his ass busted by Kevin Walter (144 yards and a TD) to notice Johnson’s beast-mode performance; or he was lost in their commitment to zone coverage, all because the Redskins coaching staff had the fear of Arian Foster was coursing through veins. Either way, the Texans receiving group absolutely dominated the Redskins coverage, and for Hall “not to notice” means he’s either a really sore loser or, well, he’s just blind.
I think Raiders fans would agree with the latter assessment.
Anyway, here’s another look at Johnson’s “unimpressive” game-tying touchdown, just in case Hall needs to see how completely his fellow secondary members absolutely failed when it came to stopping the best receiver in the league:
Apparently, Hall was looking for hot dogs when that happened, because I’m not sure what else would explain his healthy dose of “haterade.”
Beast Johnson also offered this telling response, when informed of Hall’s bitterness:
…if he wanted to play me man-to-man, he should have told his coaches before the game. That’s not my problem. For them to be running zone coverages like that with the safety over the top, and for me to still have 12 catches for 158 yards, somebody wasn’t doing their job.”
Now that, friends, is how you get the definitive final word.
Do you think Albert Haynesworth is spinning his helmet in order to knock the rust off of his basketball skills? You know, just in case he doesn’t pass Mike Shanahan’s conditioning test? Maybe he thinks the NBA preseason conditioning stuff isn’t as demanding as the Washington Redskins training camp.
Whatever the case, Haynesworth skipped his latest conditioning test,which was scheduled for today. Is he protesting Mike Shanahan’s “pass before practice” edict, or is he so committed to the preparation, he’s going to wait until he can pass before he takes it again?
Somehow, the latter scenario seems awfully unlikely.
Apparently, there are a number of spellings of the word futility, as demonstrated by the Washington Redskins, and I think they go like this: W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S S-P-E-C-I-A-L T-E-A-M-S or W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S C-O-A-C-H-I-N-G or just W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S.
Anyone of those is acceptable.
Of course, If your name was Jason Campbell, your own personal spelling of “futility” might look something like this: W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S O-F-F-E-N-S-I-V-E L-I-N-E. Over at KSK, they’re (or the person who submitted it) is calling the upcoming video “the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed.”
Considering the incredible amounts of abject failure going on — what a way to end a half and inspire your team as they regroup and try to mount a comeback — I can understand the sentiment about the video. Failure of such magnitude takes a special something. It’s not something you can plan for. Don’t get me wrong, the potential disaster of the perhaps the most boneheaded special teams play of the season (considering Mike Tomlin, that’s saying something) should’ve been evident in its planning, but perhaps the coaching staff told themselves there’s just no way things could go that wrong.
Ah, the life of an NFL kicker. It’s the position no one cares about on an NFL team — that is, as long as said kicker is not missing. Just ask Washington Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham. Against the New Orleans Saints, Suisham was doing what kickers should: making the short field goals and hitting the extra points; in other words, he wasn’t in a position to be recognized. He was simply doing what he was signed to do, and doing it successfully.
That is, until there were under two minutes left to play in the game — 1:56 to be exact.
At that precise moment, Suisham went from the pages of “unknown” to “infamous,” thanks to an errant kick of the leg, leading to an ugly, ugly miss of chip-shot field goal that would’ve given the Redskins a 10-point lead, and would’ve directly contributed to the Saints, in all likelihood, losing their first game of the season.
And what did Suisham do with the opportunity he was given? He failed. Instead of splitting the uprights, Suisham simply missed. His miss was so surprising, even Tony Dungy — considered one of the NFL’s nicer guys — absolutely threw Washington’s kicker directly under the bus. When asked how he’d deal with such failings, Dungy simply responded:
“I’d have to cut him before he cost me my job.”
Keep in mind that, up until his tremendous gaffe against the Saints, Suisham had been incredibly accurate. In fact, prior to the Saints failure, Suisham had only missed two field goals all season, and both of those came against the Dallas Cowboys during the Redskins’ 7-6 loss.
If you are going to miss field goals, Suisham’s lesson is obvious: make sure they are important ones that drastically alter the outcome of the game.
This great screen grab from Mister Irrelevant does a good job in showing just how ineffective things are in the land of the Washington Redskins. To get a better idea of how last night’s face-falling went, LSUFreek chimes in with a list of the play calls Sherman Lewis had at his disposal. Seems about right. In case the Redskins offense wasn’t ineffectual enough — four ugly turnovers (one of which was on a punt return) — their defense didn’t fare much better; especially when DeSean Jackson touched the ball.