This story was originally published on October 4, 2005
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Mark Brunell talks about carryover of momentum from the
3-9-WAS 30 (14:12) (Shotgun)
8-M.Brunell pass to 83-J.Thrash to WAS 44 for 14 yards (21-A.Dyson).
From the shotgun, Seattle rushed four and sent seven back
into zone coverage. They didn’t pay much attention to Thrash, who found a dead
spot in the zone about six yards past the first-down line. Brunell had a
perfect pocket and was able to step up and fire it in to Thrash. Although there
were five Seattle defenders in the picture, none reacted to the ball and the
catch was made easily by Thrash.
3-7-SEA 13 (8:07)
8-M.Brunell sacked at SEA 21 for -8 yards (28-M.Boulware).
Brunell lined up behind center with Betts in lined up seven
yards behind him and everyone bunched in tight. The defense rushed seven, two
linebackers and a safety in addition to the front four and the safety Boulware
came in untouched and Brunell briefly eluded him, but he couldn’t get rid of
the ball and Boulware got him for the sack.
Joe Gibbs talks about making adjustments Audio
3-13-WAS 17 (5:11)
(Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass to 83-J.Thrash to WAS 33 for 16 yards
Seattle again came with a blitz, rushing six. This time,
though, the Redskins countered by rolling Brunell out and keeping Chris Cooley
in on a wing to provide additional protection. Brunell rolled right and fired
to Thrash near the sideline. Thrash came from the inside slot and, broke to the
sideline, receiving what was perhaps an illegal pick as Taylor Jacobs ran into
corner Kelly Herndon, who was supposed to be covering Thrash. Thrash came back
to the ball and his momentum actually carried him to the wrong side of the
first-down marker. He quickly reversed his field and made the first with a
couple of yards to spare.
3-13-WAS 30 (3:39)
(Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass to 89-S.Moss to WAS 45 for 15 yards (21-A.Dyson).
Seattle brought the heat again, rushing seven. It doesn’t
seem as though the Redskins waited until halftime to adjust as they kept seven
back to block. Dyson was playing Moss very tight and stayed with him, although
there was no contact. It seems like a bump would have helped Seattle as it was
a perfect timing pattern with Brunell, who had plenty of protection, whipping
it in to Moss just as the receiver made his little hook to get momentary
Brunell talks about success on third and long Audio
(Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass incomplete to 80-D.Patten (21-A.Dyson).
Another blitz and another max protect by the Redskins.
Brunell still had to hurry his throw a bit and it went into double coverage.
Patten never had a shot as Dyson got a hand on the ball and it fell incomplete.
Jon Jansen talks about adjustments
(Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass to 88-R.Royal to SEA 13 for 10 yards (94-B.Fisher,
Royal lined up at tight end on the right side and set up to
pass block. Seattle rushed six, but the two blitzers came from the left. He then
slid out just beyond the line. Brunell looked left, didn’t find anyone, and
checked down to Royal, who was standing just beyond the line of scrimmage with
his arms up. He got the pass and easily ran for the yardage—yes, Robert Royal
got some YAC—for the first down by the length of the football.
8-M.Brunell pass to 89-S.Moss to SEA 2 for 8 yards (21-A.Dyson).
Seattle rushed seven and although the Redskins picked it up
momentarily it was evident that the protection wouldn’t hold up for long.
Brunell took about a two-step drop and fired it into Moss who had run a slant.
Moss, the ball and the first-down line all intersected at the right hashmark
and Moss snapped it in.
Gibbs talks about Moss’ hands Audio
3-10-SEA 33 (7:31) (Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass incomplete to
80-D.Patten. PENALTY on SEA-28-M.Boulware, Defensive Pass Interference, 29
yards, enforced at SEA 33 - No Play
Certainly a questionable call here. Seattle changed up
tactics here, rushing three and sending eight into coverage. Brunell had plenty
of time and fired for Patten at the five. Boulware and Patten went up and the
defender got his right hand on it while his left was behind Patten. He may have
pushed off a bit, but there certainly didn’t seem to be much effect. The odd
thing was that the zebra who threw the flag was in front of Patten, so he
wasn’t in much of a position to see any shove in the back.
3-9-WAS 30 (3:23)
(Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass to 26-C.Portis to WAS 42 for 12 yards (54-D.Lewis).
On third down, you should never throw to a stationary
receiver who is short of the first-down marker unless, perhaps, that receiver
is Portis. From the shotgun, Brunell checked down to Portis, who had run a
little circle route out of the backfield. It appeared that Dyson had him dead
well short of the first down but Portis quickly spun and found a crack between
two other converging defenders for the first down.
Gibbs talks about Portis’ play here Audio
3-6-SEA 22(:13) 8-M.Brunell pass incomplete to 89-S.Moss
Brunell was being chased backwards by blitzing cornerback
Kelly Herndon and he couldn’t get it to Moss, who had a little bit of room near
the sideline but the pass was off the mark.
3-7-WAS 48 (8:03) (Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass incomplete
to 80-D.Patten (23-M.Trufant).
The Redskins missed a chance for a game-clincher here.
Patten split corner Trufant and safety Hamlin and had a step or two. Brunell’s
ball floated up there a little too long, though, and Patten had to wait for it
and Trufant recovered to make the play.
Brunell talks about the feeling going into overtime Audio
3-10-WAS 23(14:12) (Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass to
89-S.Moss to WAS 36 for 13 yards (23-M.Trufant).
From the Shotgun formation, the Redskins sent just three
receivers out into the pattern and max protected against just four Seattle
rushers. Despite the fact that it was seven defenders on three receivers, Moss
found a spot in the zone about a few yards past the first down marker and
Brunell, with plenty of time, fired it in. Moss slipped a bit breaking for the
ball, but he snatched it in. (This brings up a criticism of Gibbs from last
year. One of the “game has passed him by” specifics was his pass protection
packages, that you can’t only put three receivers out and keep the rest back to
pass block. It appears that the issue was not an outdated, but receivers who
weren’t resourceful enough to get open in such situations.)
3-9-WAS 37(12:47) (Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell up the middle to
SEA 45 for 18 yards (26-K.Hamlin).
Brunell went back and was immediately confronted with a
blitz and a stunt. End Bryce Fisher was drawing a bead on Brunell as he set up
in the collapsing pocket. Before Fisher got to him, though, Brunell decided to
run and all Fisher could do was try to grab an arm as he passed by. The moment
he got by Fisher, Brunell was in the clear and he made the first down and then
some easily before doing a kind of running flop at the end of the run.
Gibbs talks about Brunell’s play Audio
Brunell on his decisions to run Audio
Jansen just hoped that Brunell would emerge healthy Audio
3-10-SEA 45 (11:15)
(Shotgun) 8-M.Brunell pass to 89-S.Moss to SEA 15 for 30 yards (31-K.Herndon).
Again the Redskins are in max protection, keeping back seven
to block. Moss just ran to the 30, came back a couple of steps and Brunell’s
pass was right there. Dyson was playing him a bit soft and Moss took off
laterally to the left, leaving Dyson to be a spectator as Moss found some wide
open running room. The game-winning field goal came two plays later.
Gibbs on trying to get the ball to Moss more in the second
Brunell talks about this play Audio