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1. Blitz early and often. The Rams present a unique combination of one of the most immobile QB’s in the league with one of the most inexperienced receiving corps in the league. If that doesn’t favor an aggressive blitzing defense I don’t know what does.
2. Play tight one on one coverage against the receivers. The Redskins got killed by playing a very soft coverage scheme last week. The Rams do not warrant that kind of respect. Playing tight does leave open the opportunity for a big play, but the Redskins corners are used to this type of coverage and will still have help over the top from LaRon Landry.
3. Run blitz away from Albert Haynesworth. Last week the Giants ran away from Haynesworth and had moderate success doing so. The Rams will follow that blueprint. If the Redskins keep an extra defender down in the box on that side it will help them to cover all their bases. While Haynesworth was ineffective last week in passing situations he proved his worth on key running plays.
1. More play action on first and ten. Last year Jim Zorn passed a lot on first down. Maybe he was looking to avoid a play calling trend, but this decision did not work out in his favor. Clinton Portis will command enough respect to get defenders to bite on first down play fakes.
2. Mix in a little shot gun hurry up. Jason Campbell was 14-17 from the shotgun last week. While I don’t advise doing it all the time it would be a nice change of pace to go with the hurry up offense once per half in non hurry up situations.
3. Sub Portis on second down, not third. I understand that Zorn is trying to save Portis from an early burnout, and I like the idea. But I don’t like having the best blocking back in the NFL and the best pass catching running back on the team on the bench in key third down situations. Betts is a capable player, but the Redskins would be better served using him on second down than on third down.
If the Redskins follow these six simple steps they will have greater success this week. If they don’t they still have the talent to win, but they will give the Rams a break that they do not deserve.
Everyone knows what happened in this game last year. However the Skins do not come into this game overconfident after beating two divisional opponents on the road. They come in hungry and eager to redeem themselves.
Zorn and Campbell may be on a short leash this year. This is a perfect game to get back on track. I have every confidence that they will learn from their mistakes and take out their frustration at home against a young team.