Behind Enemy Lines With Rich Tandler, Part 1

Rich Tandler, the publisher of Warpath, our Redskins affiliate at Scout.com, answered ColtPower's questions about how former Colt Marcus Washington is doing, the cause of the Redskins' erratic results, the unknown player that Colts fans will notice on Sunday and more in the first half of this feature!

Ed Thompson: Other than the running game, what battle do the Redskins have to win to win this football game?

Rich Tandler:  They have to get some takeaways. They've been pretty good at holding on to the ball--they've given up just three picks and have lost three fumbles. But they can't take the ball away to save their lives. The Redskins have forced 10 fumbles and they've recovered only three; they can't seem to get the bounce. On top of that, they must lead the NFL in dropped interceptions. You'd think that the old boxer Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran was their nickel back. Washington won't get many takeaway opportunities on Sunday and the Skins need to take advantage of every single one of them that they do get.

ET: What has been the cause of the Redskins up and down performances?

RT:  Many theories are floating around; they are still adjusting to Al Saunders' offense, the new players on offense and defense are still fitting in, they had a flat tire, the dog ate their homework. The one that makes the most sense to me is that they took it too easy in camp and they didn't work on the offensive and defensive schemes enough during the preseason. Joe Gibbs only scheduled three two-a-days and the Redskins had two days off before most team had even one. His theory is that he wants to keep them fresh for the stretch run in December. The question is, will the December games matter?

ET:  Who is the Redskins player Colts fans are least likely to know, but will notice on Sunday?

RT:  Fullback and special teams demon Mike Sellers. He's listed at 6-3, 260 but he's probably closer to 280. A devastating blocker and special teams player, he is a load to try to bring down when he does get his hands on the ball. Last year he had 12 receptions, six of them for touchdowns.

ET: How do you think the Redskins defense will fare against the Colts offensive line?

RT:  It's a virtual certainty that the Redskins will line up at least one rookie at defensive tackle and there's a real good chance that there will be two rookies there again this week. Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery, sixth and fifth-round picks respectively, are nice rotation players, but when they start together the result is Travis Henry shattering his career high in rushing yards. Jake Scott, Jeff Saturday and whoever the Colts line up at the other guard spot should be able to create gaping holes for Rhodes and Addai. Ends Andre Carter and Philip Daniels have been decent against the run but they haven't been able to generate much pass pressure and there is absolutely no reason to believe that they will start to on Sunday against Tarik Glenn and Ryan Diem.

ET: How's former Colt Marcus Washington doing this year?

RT:  With the departure of LaVar Arrington, Washington has become the emotional leader of the defense and the guy that the members of the media go to when we want a quote about the state of the team. After two Pro Bowl caliber years, he's off to a slow start this year, but so is the defense as a whole. If he can pick up his level of play--and there is every reason to believe that he will--it seems likely that the rest of the D will follow.

Check back on Friday for Part 2 of "Behind Enemy Lines with Rich Tandler where he'll field questions about the addition of cornerback Troy Vincent, the Redskins' second-half scoring problems and much more!

In-story photo of Mike Sellers: Getty Images


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