On Sunday, the Redskins honored Sean Taylor Losenoidoomock by putting him in the Ring of Fame. Former NBC4 sports anchor, George Michael hosted the ceremony at Fedex Field prior to the sloppy game against the New York Football Giants. The day was somber and dreary because of the rain, which seemed kind of appropriate for the event. It was only about a year ago when Taylor was shot at his Florida home when intruders broke in thinking the house was empty.

It was mentioned that being put in the Ring of Fame usually meant the celebration of a great Redskins career. As Michael said, this was was different. Taylor was being honored for the career that could have been.

Also in attendance were Taylor's family including his mother and father, fiance and young daughter. His father Pedro said a few words to us in the crowd. Then the current Redskins took the field with Clinton Portis coming out last waving a #21 banner. When the cover finally came off Taylor's name in the ring, the crowd roared. Too bad that was the last time on Sunday we had anything to cheer about.

In the game, the Redskins were the Redskins we've seen in recent weeks. Fairly solid defense and a whole lot of nothing on offense. Portis and Ladell Betts were held in check. While Jason Campbell took a few shots down the field, only one long pass was completed. The Sports Freak said it in his pre-game analysis and I said it last week after they took a win over Seattle...the Redskins had to move the ball efficiently.

The Giants proved why they are the best team in the NFC and arguably the best team in the NFL. Holding Portis to less than a 100 yards was one of the keys as many of the Redskins wins were predicated on him breaking that barrier. But even more so was the pressure they put on the offensive line and Campbell. With little time, Campbell rushed passes before the plays could fully develop. For more look here.

The Redskins now head up I-95 to Baltimore in the Battle of the Beltways to face the Ravens next Sunday. The key to winning the game is plain and simple. Keep the defense going, and get the offense moving. Let's hope they figure it out this coming week.

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After a promising 6-2 start to the season, the Redskins mercifully end their season with a dismal loss to the San Francisco 49ers to end the season going 2-6 in the second half. The game itself displayed the same issues which has plagued this team the entire season.

On the offensive side of the ball, this team continued to show two issues - the lack of daring in play-calling or execution and general complacency in its play.

How do the Redskins expect to open up the run game for Portis when it fails to take consistent shots downfield? Is it the West Coast offense or is it Campbell's unwillingness to test the deep ball? Whatever the cause, it needs to be addressed. Too many times in this game was the play called a predictable run play, draw play or a screen to Cooley. While these plays can be the bread and butter of your offense, without anything else teams are able to key on these items when they see them the second and third time around. San Francisco was able to do just that and was able to shut down the Redskins offense for most of the second half. Just like the second half of the season has gone for the Redskins, other teams now know what Zorn likes to call and have figured out what's about to happen on the field - such as the infamous 2 yards short of the first down marker route running on passing plays.

The above issue is either compounded or a result of the general complacency of this Redskins offense. When the Redskins had the lead today at 17-7, they seemed to give the vibe that they felt the game was already won. As a result the offense didn't make the plays it needed to continue to expand the lead. Granted, the Portis fumble didn't help, but I'll get to the defense in a bit here. The Redskins in general throughout this season have always given the vibe that it can come back at anytime in a game, especially when it plays weaker teams - the Rams and the Bengals are good examples. As I've written before, this team needs to realize it's not as good as it believes it is and they need to learn to ALWAYS be closing. Be like the Patriots and always look to score. This needs to be standard operating procedure especially for a team which isn't as talented as someone like the Pats. This complacency allowed the 49ers to get back in the game and win.

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The defensive side of the ball could be characterized by its continued inability to put real pressure on the opposing QB as well as its continued inability to get the big stop when needed, specifically in the case when the other side only needs a field goal or run time off the clock.

San Francisco has a mediocre QB in Shaun Hill and the lack of pressure on him allowed the 49ers to make the plays they needed in order to win the game. With any QB, if you give him enough time, he will find the open man. Heck, this is on what two of the Redskins' championships were built - protecting the QB so that he can find the open man downfield. This defense once again allowed a QB to look like a pro-bowler against them because he had the time he needed, especially in the clutch.

Once again point one leads to point two here, where the Redskins defense shows the inability to make the big stop when needed, and once again at the end of the game. A common theme, especially in the second half of the season was the inability to stop the other team when the game was on the line. When the other team needs a TD like the Eagles, the stop will probably be made (especially when the clock is on your side), but time and time again other teams were able to continually run down the clock or make enough yardage to get in field goal range. Does the Rams game ring a bell? Today was no different. This team may have a top ten defense statistically, but that doesn't mean squat when it can't make the plays when it counts, and this defense consistently hasn't made those plays all season.

Redskins' fans can only hope these issues are addressed in the off-season, both by a change in personal (in the right areas) as well as attitude, but that's an article for another time.

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The Giants won a Super Bowl in Losenoidoomock, behind the strength of their defensive line. They lost Strahan and Osi this season due to retirement and injury and are still winning games with the pressure the front four can provide along with a steady offense. Throughout the 1980s the Redskins front four was able to apply pressure during the game, as well as, as on key plays.

Since the Redskins last Super Bowl victory, the team has largely relied upon the back seven and elaborate defensive schemes to put pressure on opposing teams. The back seven this season and for the past several seasons has done a tremendous job especially with the leadership & play of Fletcher.

The lack of any pressure by the front four has had an impact in all areas of the the game.

• The linebackers and secondary have had to maintain coverage longer than they should against offenses. As a result the back seven has covered more ground increasing the risk of fatigue and injury as they take on bigger backs and receivers at full speed.
• The lack of any pressure has produced few turnovers and chances for the offense to play on a shortened field.
• In the 1980s the Hogs often expressed that they practiced against some of the best players in the league to help them prepare for the coming week's game. They faced the likes of Mann, Manley, Geathers, and Stokes beside having to move Butz and Grant out of the way. Facing top quality from the defensive (line) ensured that the offensive line maintained their high level of performance.

Recently it's been reported that there's been breakdowns in technique along the offensive line. Without being at practice it's difficult to see, but it leads knowledgeable fans to assume that the offensive line isn't receiving the challenge needed in practice to maintain their technique needed during a game. The defensive line aside from the first year of Griffin and Daniels has rated near the bottom of the league for years. See more on this website.

The circle of the demise of the defensive line is complete. It's impacted the back seven and put more pressure on special teams to improve field position for years. Now the offensive line has come under scrutiny and one can only wonder why such a good group of offensive lineman can falter. It's not solely due to age as the hogs played at a high level well into their 30s, but had a more fierce level of competition facing them on a weekly basis. One word for Redskin fans come free agency this offseason - Haynesworth!

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On Sunday, the Redskins honored Sean Taylor by putting him in the Ring of Fame. Former NBC4 sports anchor, George Michael hosted the ceremony at Fedex Field prior to the sloppy game against the New York Football Giants. The day was somber and dreary because of the rain, which seemed kind of appropriate for the event. It was only about a year ago when Taylor was shot at his Florida home when intruders broke in thinking the house was empty.

It was mentioned that being put in the Ring of Fame usually meant the celebration of a great Redskins career. As Michael said, this was was different. Taylor was being honored for the career that could have been.

Also in attendance were Taylor's family including his mother and father, fiance and young daughter. His father Pedro said a few words to us in the crowd. Then the current Redskins took the field with Clinton Portis coming out last waving a #21 banner. When the cover finally came off Taylor's name in the ring, the crowd roared. Too bad that was the last time on Sunday we had anything to cheer about.

In the game, the Redskins were the Redskins we've seen in recent weeks. Fairly solid defense and a whole lot of nothing on offense. Portis and Ladell Betts were held in check. While Jason Campbell took a few shots down the field, only one long pass was completed. The Sports Freak said it in his pre-game analysis and I said it last week after they took a win over Seattle...the Redskins had to move the ball efficiently. See more about seo hero wix contest.

The Giants proved why they are the best team in the NFC and arguably the best team in the NFL. Holding Portis to less than a 100 yards was one of the keys as many of the Redskins wins were predicated on him breaking that barrier. But even more so was the pressure they put on the offensive line and Campbell. With little time, Campbell rushed passes before the plays could fully develop.

The Redskins now head up I-95 to Baltimore in the Battle of the Beltways to face the Ravens next Sunday. The key to winning the game is plain and simple. Keep the defense going, and get the offense moving. Let's hope they figure it out this coming week.

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