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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FACT CHECK: Enemy Scouting Report vs Redskins

For every prognosis, there is a diagnosis.  Every week I will return to the previous week's Enemy Scouting Report and bluntly report on whether there was accuracy in my claims or not.  You are welcome to chime in as well, it will be helpful to hear if I have overlooked anything.

R.G. THROUGH

1.) THE PISTOL OFFENSE HAS SOME DEFINITE KEYS.  DON'T LET IT INTIMIDATE YOU. 
Fact Check: The Redskins ran one end around out of the pistol, which was not a play action-schemed reverse but a quick WR cutting against the grain of the play from scrimmage and taking the ball the other way.  The Redskins ran often out of the pistol, but stayed true to form by running stretch plays.  They hit underneath crossing patterns to much success early.  They capitalized on the skinny post, especially on the last drive of regulation for them.

2.) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO WE GIVE UP THE EDGE.
Fact Check:  We did a better job than NY did of protecting the edge.  Early on, we allowed cutbacks to gobble us, but we adjusted well and stymied the run game.

3.) R.G. III DOES HIS MOST DAMAGE RUNNING THE NAKED BOOTLEG. 
Fact Check: His scrambles were harassed, and by my count, he only play-actioned the stretch run  in order to run the naked, ONE time all game, and he was promptly met by a DB.  He did not hurt us with the bootleg.

4.) R.G. III IS FRAGILE AND WILL DROP THE BALL IF HIT IN SPACE.
Fact Check: Griffin withdrew from the game in the 4th quarter and has a level one LCL strain.  We hit him and hobbled him.  He did not fumble on any hits, mainly because he slid down after short scrambles  or went out of bounds.

5.) R.G. III IS MORE OF A RHYTHM PASSER THAN A DISSECTOR.
Fact Check: Griffin was sacked three times and had two intentional grounding penalties called against him.  Two of the sacks could be called "coverage sacks," and Griffin scrambled out of the pocket on a few occasions because he was not finding anyone downfield.  In my opinion, he stayed true to form as a rhythm passer and did not dissect our defense.

6.) R.G. III LOVES THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD.
Fact Check: In this odd phenomenon, Griffin continued to struggle with throws outside the numbers.  I recall at least four incompletions in this way.

7.)  ALFRED MORRIS IS AVERAGE.
Fact Check: Morris registered one of the longest runs from scrimmage against the Ravens all season (29 yards) , in the first quarter.  After that quarter, he became a non-factor in the game.  He was not allowed to get to the edge and found congestion in the stretch lanes.  He lost 1 fumble.  He did register 122 yards, but 61 of those--50%--were in quarter one, alone.  13 more were in quarter two.  (minus 5%)

8.) ALFRED MORRIS NEEDS TO BE TACKLED LOW.
Fact Check: Especially in Quarter one, Morris was breaking high tackles and proving hard to bring down due to poor tackling.  He stayed true to this form.

9.) GIANTS' COVER-2 SHELL GOT DESTROYED.
Fact Check: We did not run a cover-2 shell look until injuries forced us to in the final drive of regulation.  A hobbled rookie starter and his rookie backup drove down the field on this look, using the skinny post to the left middle just like in previous games, to exploit it.

10.) EXPLOIT THEIR DEFENSE, ESPECIALLY FORMER RAVEN J. WILSON.
Fact Check: Wilson had one pass defensed and one solo tackle.  He was beaten deep by Torrey Smith once, but the pass was underthrown.  D'angelo Hall was victimized twice by Anquan Boldin for touchdowns.  Ray Rice had the longest run from scrimmage for the Ravens all season against this defense.  Flacco had three touchdown passes.  The defense was not stout, to say the least.

Grade: 95%.