The Scout’s Eye takes a look at the stop on the Redskins final offensive drive.
Jason Garrett and the offensive coaches did the best job they could managing the final minutes of that game to not only get a lead but take time off that clock. After an Illegal Block Above-the-Waist penalty on the kickoff return puts the Redskins on their own 13, Monte Kiffin and his defense, fresh off a stop on the previous drive, head back out on the field with 1:01 on the clock.
Kyle Shanahan sends his “11” personnel on the field with 3rddown back, Roy Helu as the running back. Kiffin counters with his nickel personnel in hopes to match. Pre snap, Cousins motions Helu wide to the left over
The Redskins are now facing a 2nd – 6 from their own 16. Shanahan sticks with the “11” personnel and does the same thing motioning Helu out of the backfield creating an empty set. Kiffin is still in his nickel but the adjust that he makes, is that he walks Church all the way outside to handle Helu and keeps Carr on Garcon out of the tight slot. It’s a Cover “0” with
Now 3rd – 6. Redskins sticking with their “11” personnel, Cowboys still in nickel. Shanahan goes with a much tighter formation with Paulsen and Robinson on the left side with Garcon and Moss to the right. Helu is lined up in the backfield, next to Cousins on the right side. At the snap, Garcon sprints to his right with Carr in chase, Scandrick goes inside with Moss. Moore takes Robinson and Church is on Paulsen. On the route, Carr gets his hands on Garcon which actually throws him off balance. Cousins is trying to go in this direction without question. As Garcon regains his balance, he heads up the field with Carr on his hip. Garcon raises his hand like he wants the ball down the field, but instead Cousins throws it to the outside like he was expecting the comeback or the out at the sticks. Ball goes out of bounds, forcing a 4th down.
4th – 6. Shanahan has gone with his “11” personnel in the entire series and Kiffin has matched him with his nickel. With the play clock winding down, the Cowboys catch another huge break, Scandrick and Carter with their eye on the clock see it hit :00 begin to call for the penalty but the officials do not and the play is allowed to continue. At the snap, Scandrick runs with Garcon out of the left slot, Carr handles Moss wide left, with Moore on Robinson and Church still on Paulsen. Holloman takes Helu, who stays in to block, left of Cousins. Carr manages to get his left hand on the right shoulder of Moss to hold him up enough. Cousins is looking at him the entire time. Carr is in outstanding position the entire route leaving him no window to throw the ball in. The pass sails over the head of Moss incomplete. In the pocket,
For a defense that has struggled getting stops all year, this one couldn’t have come at a better time with the season on the line.