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Skins-Rams Winners & Losers

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WINNERS:

Jason Campbell.  23-for-35 for 242 yards. He’s now completed nearly 70% of his passes, a number that would be higher had Devin Thomas and Mike Sellers both not dropped touchdown passes yesterday. JC certainly wasn’t perfect, but he also wasn’t the reason this team couldn’t score touchdowns.

Chris Cooley. Seven catches for 83 yards — a stat line that’s become the norm for our best, and most important, offensive player.

Malcolm Kelly. He finally made some real contributions to the offense, catching four passes for 41 yards. He should’ve had bigger numbers than that, had Campbell not under-thrown him on the first play from scrimmage.

Shaun Suisham. Three-for-three on field goals. Anytime he’s in the winners list, it’s probably a bad sign for the offense.

Chris Horton. Five tackles, forced a big turnover to stop a would-be scoring drive for the Rams. Also broke up the Rams’ final play of the game to secure the win.

Rocky McIntosh. Forced two fumbles, one of which was overturned by Orakpo roughing the passer, the other was recovered by Bulger (and didn’t appear to actually be a fumble, but still: McIntosh was all over the place.)

Danny Smith. Not that the special teams did anything particularly outstanding, but he is a winner for screaming at Zorn to hold off on calling a timeout with 30 seconds left on the play clock when they were trying to run out the game clock in the 4th.

The Fans. There was a great divide after the game with fans, players and media falling into two groups: Those who approved of the booing throughout the game, and those who did not. I fall into the former category. The booing wasn’t just about this game — it was about years of inept offensive performances in Washington. When the Rams come to town, and the Skins can’t get it in the endzone even once, on the heels of an awful offensive showing in New Jersey … yeah, the fans have the right — and the duty — to voice displeasure. Having said that, booing while the team is taking knees in victory formation is a tad unnecessary.

LOSERS:

Jim Zorn. Aforementioned near-disaster on the timeout debacle. Plus, red zone play calling was atrocious, particularly this sequence in the 3rd quarter: run left for no gain, run right for two-yard gain, let Clinton Portis, instead of the quarterback, attempt a pass to Chris Cooley. Shocking that it didn’t work, because there’s just NO WAY the Rams would be playing the pass on 3rd-and-goal from the five. If you’re gonna run that bullshit play (which I realize worked once last season), you do it on first or second down when the defense might actually be playing the run and bite on it. And, even though it worked out, going for it twice on 4th down during their final drive is questionable, at best. Kick the field goal, go up five, play defense and make them score a TD.

Santana Moss. He was virtually a non-factor for the second straight week, although this time he threw in a fumble.

Devin Thomas. Dropped a ball in the endzone. It was a difficult pass to handle, but it did hit him in the hands. He ended the day with zero catches.

Marcus Mason. Finally gets his first NFL carry. Three of them, in fact, for a grand total of five yards.

Brian Orakpo. He finally made his first big-impact play of the season: a roughing the passer, which negated a turnover.

Robert Henson. Honestly dude, STFU.

MEDIUM:

Antwaan Randle-El. Four more catches for 39 yards, including one amazing grab over the middle, near the goal line, which lead to — sigh — a field goal. He also fair caught the Rams first punt with no defenders within 25 yards of him.

Clinton Portis. 79 yards on 19 rushes. Nothing spectacular, nothing awful, pretty medium.

Mike Sellers. He dropped an easy TD pass, but he doesn’t get paid to catch passes. Plus, I just can’t bring myself to ever put him in the losers section.

Former Managing Editor at UPROXX; former Senior Editor at @SBNation; former ska-zine editor, fan of bad sports teams and good beer.

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Unsilent Majority

    September 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    The absurdity of that halfback pass call cannot possibly be overstated.

  2. bpmarkowitz

    September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    If we correct some mental errors, there is no reason we shouldn’t be able to get four field goals vs. the lions.

  3. Julz

    September 21, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Fuck Zorn. He just blamed Chris Samuels for the failed play on 4th and 1 at the end of the game. He seriously needs to look in the mirror before blaming all of the players for “lack of execution”.

  4. Jeff V

    September 21, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    @bpmarkowitz

    LOLOCOPTER!

  5. AlvinWalton40

    September 21, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Loser — Ladell Betts. When trying to run out the clock, you NEVER go out of bounds!

  6. DocJ

    September 21, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Loser-DeAngelo Hall- will someone please teach him how to tackle. It isnt 2 hand touch. And what was he doing on that TD pass? Will he make it 8 games with us? I am starting to hope not…

  7. DC Landing Strip

    September 21, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Was anyone else completely furious that on 4th and long from their own 1 yard line with the game on the line THE RAMS BEST RECEIVER GOT SINGLE COVERAGE ON A DEEP ROUTE AGAINST CHRIS HORTON? I am still amazed that we let that happen. If that ball wasn’t underthrown – 99 yard TD and the game.

  8. Krem

    September 21, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    I was ok with the decision to go for it on 4th down. The only problem: Everyone in the stadium knew the Redskins were running — and that they were going to run left.

  9. Terps77

    September 22, 2009 at 12:18 AM

    Ahh, the classic Jason Campbell trap game. Looked pretty damn good between the 30s, couldnt find a way to punch it in the end zone. The most boring 240 yards of passing anyone will ever witness. When was the last time someone threw for 240+ yards and no TDs? I know that sounds cynical, because he did perform well Sunday, but is anyone really that fired up from that showing? It just feels so grey and lukewarm.

    Zorns play calling has been inexcusable the last two weeks. He chokes in situations where you have to think, like on the goal line, and how to call a time out and still milk the clock, hell even which play to call, which are situations youre in just about all of the time. Im starting to think his job is to find ways to lose games and Im “tired of looking at him”.

  10. Jamie Mottram

    September 22, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    To me, that’s classic illogical JC criticism: He was the victim of two dropped TD passes and bad play-calling, yet he takes the blame.

  11. Chris Mottram

    September 22, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Did you watch the game, Terps77? Despite the fact that Zorn handcuffed him in the redzone with play-calling, he STILL should’ve had two touchdown passes if his intended receivers could catch.

    But yeah, if you just look at the boxscore and don’t actually watch the game, 240 yards and 0 TDs is kind of odd.

  12. Terps77

    September 22, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    I did watch the game and said, Campbell performed well Sunday, I even put the blame for not scoring on Zorn. Coaching is about putting your players in positions to succeed. Campbell was put into the position of throwing to a bust of WR and a FB (thought that was an excellent point Sellers isnt paid to catch TDs) in a goal line situation.

    I just found the performance uninspiring. The offense pretty much did as it pleased except score. Regardless of the reasons why, too many coaches, bad play calls, dropped balls, holding the ball too long, it seems he cannot lead the offense to TDs, even on good bordering on great days.

    If you gave a coach a choice between an opposing QB throwing 23-for-35 for 242 yards and no TDs or a QB throwing 5-for-35 for 100 yards and 3 TDs, I think theyre taking the yardage and no TDs every time.

  13. Chris Mottram

    September 22, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    It’s a fine argument, if not for this one little flaw: in order to throw TD passes, your receivers must catch them. You are essentially blaming Campbell because Thomas and Sellers can’t catch. I’m not sure I see your logic here.

  14. Terps77

    September 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    I agree that it takes two players to throw and catch TDs, add that excuse to the long list of reasons why Campbell isnt more of a success.

    Targeting the right guy in the right situation is part of the game. Throwing the ball so your guy is in a position to make a catch is part of Campbells job. Im not saying he made poor throws or that the drops were his fault, but he played a hand in the balls being dropped, for whatever reason. Brady, Manning, Brees, hell even Carson Palmer, deliver the ball to their guys in a way that allows them to score.

    I think thats a mental and physical thing. You dont see alot of drops of Peyton Manning passes. Youd better make sure you catch the ball when Brady hits you in the hands.

    I dont see that kind of effort being made for Campbell.

  15. Terps77

    September 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    I should also say, I dont think Campbell is incapable of being a good QB. I dont think hes capapble of doing it here though for the usual myriad of reasons, probably the biggest one being the organization itself doesnt want him.

  16. bpmarkowitz

    September 22, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Is the “Danny Smith Timeout Freakout” on YouTube yet? It might be the best sideline clip since the Steve Spurrier slow-mo lip flap.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZBJTXyDL7g

  17. omgwtfbbq

    September 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    First and foremost, it’s DT’s job to catch the fucking ball. Every fucking ball that comes his way, not just the easy ones.

    However, that play call on his dropped TD was retarded to say the least. It seemed like DT was the primary read on that play, which is stupid considering his underperformance thus far.

    It would be one thing if they tried to get DT, Kelly, or Davis isolated one-on-one in the endzone for a toss up, but to have DT get his chance running across the middle – the most densely populated area of the defense, especially in the redzone – where he ended up getting cross-checked by a linebacker a split second before the pass was thrown, well that shit was doomed from the start.

    It gets back to putting your players in a position to score and using the strengths of your personnel to your advantage. Instead of just saying fuck it, we’re gonna run whatever bullshit we feel like regardless of where we are and/or who we have on the field.

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