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22 Oct 2009

Breakdown: Beating the Zone Blitz

This week's play animation in the Washington Post details a Philly zone blitz, and how the Redskins might deal with it. No matter who's calling the plays for the Redskins this week, it would behoove them to keep Jason Campbell in there against the Eagles on Monday night (or at least avoid the quick hook).

Campbell may not be the answer long-term, but he has been pretty exceptional against the zone blitz -- he put up an 89.1% DVOA against zone blitzes in 2008, and Washington faced more zone blitzes than any other team. The Eagles, on the other hand, sent more zone blitzes than any other team and posted the best Defensive DVOA when using them (-70.0%). Campbell found Philly's more problematic than those of other teams, but he's still got some good outlets if the "braintrust" decides to use them.

Posted by: Doug Farrar on 22 Oct 2009

2 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2009, 12:30pm by Doug Farrar

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by DrewTS (not verified) :: Thu, 10/22/2009 - 11:41am

"This week's play animation in the Washington Post details a Philly zone blitz, and how the Redskins might deal with it."

Spolier Alert! It involves loss of bowel control and taking a safety.

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by Doug Farrar :: Thu, 10/22/2009 - 12:30pm

That's the Todd Collins version. Didn't have time to do that one.