Some folks buy into the grades offered by the folks with ProFootballFocus.com. Others decry hocum. So perhaps opinions will vary when hearing that two Redskins made PFF's "Worst Player At Every Position For Week 9" team. Then again, maybe consensus will prevail seeing as the mentions of right guard Brandon Scherff deals with Washington's struggling offensive line while inside linebacker Keenan Robinson's scenario focuses on the Redskins inability to stop opposing ground games. Safety Dashon Goldson rounds out the trio.
Starting with Scherff, PFF had more issue with the first round pick's pass blocking than his work in the running game, which is where the offense struggles most.
Guards: Andrew Donnal, Rams (-7.9) and Brandon Scherff, Redskins (-4.9)
Donnal allowed two hits and two hurries, so his pass blocking wasn’t that great. His run defense was even worse. He surrendered five run stops and even more disruptive plays that ruined a run design for the Rams. He finished with a -5.7 run block grade, the worst in the league. Scherff was mostly average when run blocking, surrendering a few negative plays, but he also had a few positive blocks, too. It was his pass blocking that put him on this team. Two hits, five hurries, and he was beaten an additional time. Tough day for him against a solid Patriots’ defense
As for Robinson...
Linebackers: Keenan Robinson, Redskins (-11.5) and Lavonte David, Buccaneers (-6.4)
Robinson was completely and utterly ineffective yesterday, finishing with the worst grade of the week at any position. This was thanks largely in part to his ridiculously poor -7.0 run defense grade. He was pretty much blocked completely out of every run play, and the few times that he did break free, he missed the tackle (he finished with three). David missed even more tackles in his game (four) and also struggled in coverage. He allowed seven-of-eight targets to be caught for 46 yards and a touchdown.
Interesting that Robinson made the list over Perry Riley, who continues to struggle in the passing game and didn't record a single tackle in the loss. The Redskins allowed 161 rush yards, marking the fourth straight game they've surrendered at least that much. In that span, opponents are averaging 187 yards on the ground. This was the first game without nose tackle Terrance Knighton (migraines). Without Pot Roast on the field, the Patriots carved up the middle of Washington's defense.
Safeties: Dashon Goldson, Redskins (-3.4) and Kurt Coleman, Panthers (-2.7)
Goldson was ineffective against the run, despite finishing with a team-high 10 tackles yesterday. Only two of those tackles actually constituted stops. He also missed three tackles and was mostly unable to do anything against the run, getting frequently blocked out of the play. Coleman’s struggles came in coverage, where he missed a tackle and was frequently out of position and taking bad angles on plays. He finished with a -3.7 coverage grade, the lowest among safeties.
On the bright side, Redskins CB Will Blackmon made PFF's "best" list for Week 9:
Cornerbacks: Darrelle Revis, Jets (+3.5) and Will Blackmon, Redskins (+3.1)
He’s still got it. Revis was thrown at seven times, allowing just two receptions while breaking up two passes. As for Blackmon, he forced a fumble and only allowed 30 yards into his coverage area despite being targeted six times.
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