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Chargers scouting report: Washington Redskins

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/11/23/sports/professional/chargers/112205193954.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>



    Washington Redskins

    > KICKOFF: 10 a.m. Sunday at FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

    > SERIES: The Redskins lead 6-1. The Chargers won the last meeting, 30-3, in 2001.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Santana Moss

    The best receiver in the league named Moss right now is not Randy. It's the Redskins' Santana, whose big-play ability has given a spark to an otherwise moribund offense. He caught two long fourth-quarter touchdown passes to defeat Dallas in Week 2 and was on pace for a monster season after six weeks. During that time, he caught 10 passes worth 30 yards or more. Moss has only one such catch (and no TDs) in the last four games, however, as teams have begun to double-team him more, reducing the effectiveness of the Redskins' attack. Moss has 57 receptions for 988 yards and five touchdowns this season and is averaging 17.3 yards per catch.


    QB Mark Brunell is enjoying a resurgence of sorts. He has thrown 14 TD passes with only five interceptions, has shown he can still scramble some, and has been a steady leader since replacing Patrick Ramsey one game into the season. Brunell has a QB rating of 86.0. The Redskins like to use several two-back, two-tight end packages, which force defenses to commit eight men close to the line of scrimmage. Moss has taken advantage of this lack of safety help to burn cornerbacks, although in recent weeks teams wisely have paid him more attention. When the corners play off, Brunell likes to throw wide-receiver screens and hitch passes. RB Clinton Portis gives the Redskins a solid ground option. He has rushed for 5,270 yards since the start of the 2002 season, third most in the NFL. Portis has run for 856 yards and five scores this season, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, but he fumbled twice last weekend. The Redskins have been criticized for calling only eight running plays in the second half of Sunday's loss to Oakland after holding a 10-point halftime lead. With WR James Thrash out with a hamstring injury and third-down back Ladell Betts likely to miss the game as well, the Redskins may test the Chargers' strong run defense. Washington, averaging 20.0 points per game, has only three healthy wide receivers this week. The Redskins put David Patten on injured reserve last week following knee surgery.


    Defense has kept the Redskins in most games, but their inability to mount much of a pass rush lately has been a concern. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams called a lot of blitzes early in the season but has backed off the last three weeks because he hasn't been able to reach opposing quarterbacks, even with the extra rushers. Part of the problem is a beat-up defensive line, which includes former Oceanside High star Joe Salave'a. Injured DT Cornelius Griffin is their best pass rusher, but he has missed the last four games and is questionable for this weekend. LB LaVar Arrington is back starting again after serving the early part of the season as a part-time player while trying to rebound from knee surgery and escape coach Joe Gibbs' doghouse. MLB Lemar Marshall returned an interception for a touchdown against the Raiders. S Sean Taylor is a big hitter. Washington ranks ninth in the league in total defense, allowing a shade under 300 yards per game, but is in the middle of the pack in points allowed with 201.


    This is the second straight week the Redskins will host one of their former head coaches. The Chargers' Marty Schottenheimer served them in 2001, going 8-8 before getting fired. Washington dropped a 16-13 decision last weekend to Oakland, coached by ex-Redskins coach Norv Turner. ... Gibbs was the Chargers' offensive coordinator for Don Coryell in 1979-80. ... Schottenheimer and Gibbs have coached a combined 515 NFL games but have met head-to-head only three previous times, with Schottenheimer prevailing twice. ... Interestingly, Schottenheimer was coaching the Redskins the only time the Chargers defeated them. ... The Redskins are 0-3 against the AFC West this season. ... Washington has a minus-13 turnover ratio, tied for last in the NFL. ... The Redskins will be without FB and special teams standout Mike Sellers, who suffered fractured ribs Sunday.

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