Joe Gibbs talks about Ramsey's overall play the day after the game 08.27.05 Audio
Ramsey's full postgame comments Audio
3-1-WAS 18 (11:44) (Shotgun) P.Ramsey pass to J.Thrash to WAS 30 for 12 yards (W.Williams).
This one showed the benefits of the shotgun. Ramsey is able to drop back just a couple of steps and find Thrash. He placed the ball well, just over the defensive back's hands and into those of his receiver.
3-6-WAS 48 (9:13) (Shotgun) P.Ramsey pass incomplete to S.Moss.
The ball was underthrown on a deep pattern to Moss, but the receiver should still catch a ball that is in his hands. Ramsey's misfire prevented it from being a touchdown while Moss' drop prevented a first down and a big play.
Ramsey on this throw to Moss Audio
2-8-WAS 21 (5:20) P.Ramsey pass to C.Portis to WAS 29 for 8 yards (L.Foote).
Ramsey and the line do a great job of selling the
screen. Ramsey drops back just like he does when he's going downfield and the
line blocked and then released perfectly. Had one Steeler defensive lineman not
sniffed it out, forcing Portis to go a bit wide, it might have been a real long
Ramsey reacts to the interception
2-9-WAS 30 (3:57) P.Ramsey pass intended for J.Thrash INTERCEPTED by T.Polamalu at WAS 34. T.Polamalu for 34 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
Betts was the single back, Cooley was the H-back and lined up on the left side. There were three wide receivers, Santana Moss wide left, Patten wide right, and Thrash, who went in motion from left to right and was about five yards outside of the right tackle when the ball was snapped. Haggans, at linebacker on the left side of the defense, dashed untouched around the end. Betts had started a pattern to the other side, so he was unavailable for protection. The ball sailed as Ramsey delivered the pass while Haggans was delivering the hit. The ball sailed and, has Thrash broken towards Polamalu instead of away from him, as some have suggested that he should have done, it's likely that it would still have been an interception, although Thrash may have been able to make the tackle. You can say that Ramsey should have done this or should have done that, but if an untouched blitzer is headed towards any NFL quarterback, something bad is bound to happen. This was more of a great play by the Steelers than it was a bad one by the Redskins, although Ramsey does deserve some of the blame for how it turned out.
Joe Gibbs talks about this play 08.27.05 Audio
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Moss makes his move, gets YAC
1-10-WAS 41 (2:28) P.Ramsey pass to S.Moss to PIT 19 for 40 yards (C.Hope).
The play action fake didn't seem to freeze the defense much, but Moss was wide open 17 yards downfield. He turned around, almost stopped, caught the ball and then immediately turned and made the nearest defender miss as he turned up the sideline, made a spin move to make another potential tackler miss, cut back towards the hash mark, and was finally brought down at the Steeler 19.
2-4-PIT 13 (1:00) P.Ramsey pass incomplete to K.Dyson.
The pass was a little higher than it needed to be as the ball seemed to sail as it came out of the hands of Ramsey, who had plenty of time to throw. Still, Dyson should have caught the ball.
3-4-PIT 13 (:55) (Shotgun) P.Ramsey pass to D.Patten to PIT 10 for 3 yards (C.Hope).
You can be critical all you want of Patten running a three-yard pattern when there are four to go, but if Ramsey leads his receiver a little bit he has room to run and Patten picks up the first and possible six points. A minor inaccuracy, but a throw that Ramsey has to learn to make.
1-10-WAS 16 (12:28) P.Ramsey pass to D.Patten pushed ob at WAS 24 for 8 yards (J.Harrison).
This is when Ramsey is at his best. He made a quick decision, set, and fired to Patten at the numbers four yards from the line. Patten turned and picked up four more. Not a huge play, but one that was very crisply executed.
1-10-WAS26(11:24) P.Ramsey pass to L.Betts to WAS 29 for 3 yards (J.Farrior).
Ramsey went through his progressions quickly and checked down to Betts just as a blitzing linebacker made his way around Jon Jansen and was headed towards the QB's back.
2-7-WAS 29 (10:44) (Shotgun) P.Ramsey pass to S.Moss to PIT 43 for 28 yards (I.Taylor).
This is the kind of play that you normally associate
with a taller receiver. From the Shotgun, Ramsey took a couple of steps back
and looped the ball 25 yards downfield to Moss. Ike Taylor didn't see the ball
until the last second and, by that time, Moss had positioned himself in between
the cornerback and the ball and made the catch.
Ramsey on this play Audio
1-10-PIT 43 (10:01) (Shotgun) P.Ramsey pass incomplete to D.Patten.
This was a huge opportunity missed and it was all on Ramsey. He rolled right, towards the side where Patten had lined up and run a fly pattern. The receiver had a couple of steps on the defender as Polamalu was trying to provide deep help. Any throw towards the inside would have resulted in a touchdown, but Ramsey threw to Patten's outside and was short to boot and it fell incomplete.
2-10-PIT 43 (9:54) P.Ramsey pass incomplete to C.Cooley.
Ramsey dodged a couple of rushers, who forced him to roll to his left. That forced him to throw on the run to his left and his attempt for Cooley was way off the mark.
3-15-PIT 48 (9:48) (Shotgun) P.Ramsey pass incomplete to S.Moss.
Actually, the pass was intended for a fan in the front row Dream Seats as Ramsey eluded the rush and threw it away.
3-2-PIT 39 (6:46) (Shotgun) P.Ramsey pass incomplete to J.Thrash.
Just like the last one, Ramsey threw it away under duress.
1-10-WAS 45 (5:01) P.Ramsey pass to D.Patten to PIT 38 for 17 yards (R.Colclough).
Ramsey has plenty of time to survey the field as Pittsburgh rushed just four. This was just a "grip it and rip it" throw, a bullet that never appeared to rise beyond Patten's shoulder pads during its flight of about 24 yards.
1-10-PIT 38 (4:21) P.Ramsey pass to L.Betts to PIT 29 for 9 yards (R.Colclough).
The screen strikes again. Betts didn't quite have his feet under him when he caught the pass, having been bumped by a defensive lineman as he released to move over to catch the ball.
2-8-PIT 24 (2:32) P.Ramsey pass to D.Patten pushed ob at PIT 15 for 9 yards (T.Polamalu).
Ramsey threw the out pattern on a rope. Knowing that he had Polamalu behind him, the corner gambled for the interception but never came very close to it. That made the TV announcer say that it was a "risky" pass, but the truth is that it was a very safe, very accurate throw by Ramsey.
2-2-PIT 7 (2:00) P.Ramsey pass to C.Cooley pushed ob at PIT 7 for no gain (T.Polamalu).
Under a fierce rush, Ramsey went to Cooley on a hot read. Polamalu made a solid open-field tackle to hold it to no gain.
Cooley goes up and gets Ramsey's throw
1-4-PIT4(:38) P.Ramsey pass to C.Cooley for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
Cooley lined up on the left wing and shifted over to
the same spot on the right. Mike Sellers was lined up at fullback and he slid
out into the right flat and was wide open there as Polamalu rushed Ramsey.
Cooley was also wide open as Ramsey ignored Sellers, who probably would have
been tackled before scoring had he caught the pass, and arched a pass for
Cooley. It's hard to say what would have happened had Ramsey put the ball a
little deeper into the corner; perhaps Cooley would have had an easy catch,
perhaps not. However, Ramsey put some air under the ball and Cooley had to turn
around and leap to get his hands on the pass. Chris Hope, the one defender
within three yards of Cooley, jumped up with the receiver but the ball was just
over Hope's outstretched hands and into the hands of Cooley for the touchdown.
Ramsey on the importance of getting this TD Audio
Is Sellers (left) trying to get back what
could have been his TD ball?