Colts-Redskins 9-Route

Redskins RB Ryan Torain reminds me of former Redskins RB Stephen Davis

  • Ryan Torain is officially the new Redskins starting running back.  Not just this season, but for the future.  He looked mightily impressive, gaining a slew of real estate after first contact against Indianapolis on Sunday night. 
  • Donovan McNabb seems like he’s a more efficient QB taking shorter drops than longer drops.  Three reasons why: the offensive line, the lack of a second precise route-runner/deep threat next to Santana Moss, and his receivers are better inclined to receive quick throws because of their ability after the catch.  Washington’s offense had the chance to defeat Peyton’s team if they executed better down the stretch.  I believe tight ends Chris Cooley and Fred Davis could’ve been more involved and targeted. 
  • Brian Orakpo and Robert Mathis cemented their status not only as top-notch pass rushers, but game-changers.  You need to have at least one, if not two elite pass rushers on defense in order to become a top team.  Pass rushers do so much.  They get to the QB, hurry throws, force throws, make your secondary better -the list goes on.  They are arguably the most important guys on a football team other than the QB.  I would debate whether or not they are more important to a team’s success than a strong, cohesive group of offensive linemen, especially bookend tackles, or a rangy, playmaking safety that has the skills to cover ground and play centerfield.  Good discussion?  I think so.
  • Imagine if the ‘Skins had a pass rusher to compliment Orakpo consistently.  Shawne Merriman is out there.  Just a thought.  Think about what it would do for the defense.  They are one player away.  Dwight Freeney has Robert Mathis, or vice-versa.  I show you the top pass rushing teams, and you see success.  Better yet, they have more than one guy capable of changing a game by rushing the passer -it’s that simple.
  • Don’t tell me Joseph Addai isn’t a difference maker anymore for the Colts.  He showed against Washington why he is a Top 10 NFL RB.  He can catch, block, run in-between the tackles, outside the tackles -just so versatile.  The Colts have the most weapons on offense than any other team in the NFL.  Is this why the former LSU stud goes unrecognized?  I would be surprised if the Colts don’t make it back to the AFC championship game.  How can you stop them? 
  • Peyton completes those comeback sideline passes with such ease.  It’s almost not fair for a defense.  How do you beat the Colts other than forcing them to make mistakes?  Running the ball on them is my only other idea.  Control the clock.  Keep Peyton off the field.  Two are hard to do, the other doesn’t always work out as planned.
  • Pat Angerer impressed me the most on defense last night.  The kid from Iowa is a classic football player.  He knows what to do, where to be, and is very instinctive and physical.  Jerraud Powers, the Colts second-year CB from Auburn, is also a player on the rise.  He is turning into a good one, opposite the side of standout Kelvin Hayden.  As for the Redskins defense, Phillip Buchanon wowed me.  He stuck with Reggie Wayne for most of the game and did quite a good job.  Others Washington defenders that caught my eye: safety Kareem Moore and the agless wonder a.k.a. London Fletcher.  Now only if Andre Carter can step his game up to give Orakpo some help.  As for LaRon Landry, he was already put on notice.
  • Speed over size.  The mantra of the Colts team.  It’s the theme they have stuck to and have had great success because of it.  Defensively, there is not a team that is more undersized and based more on quickness than this unit.  Offensively, the receivers and running backs are all shifty and move extremely well.  All in all, I think they can do this because of Peyton Manning.  It all comes back to him.  Everything revolves around #18, the best QB of all-time.  Not one player in the NFL has ever turned around a franchise like he has.  He makes everyone around him better.  Donovan has a similar effect on the ‘Skins.  What an impact, difference a QB makes.  Rather, what a makeover a QB gives an organization.  Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez.  I mean, these guys are so instrumental to their clubs.  I could name more.     

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