This is what I do know after seven Washington Soccer Staff practices that reporters have been allowed to attend.
1. As I’ve talked about on twitter and on this area, “Membership Jay” is lifeless. Fortunately.
Washington Soccer followers and my fellow colleagues within the media used to snicker at me and scoff once I thought it was absurd and counter productive for a shedding staff that had earned nothing, had a ping-pong table within the locker, membership dee jays at choose practices and at one level a shuffleboard table together with a mini basketball hoop within the locker room.
That each one could seem absurd to be apprehensive about however my argument was extra symbolic than something. As at all times, it took on a loopy course however I used to be proper all alongside.
One of many FIRST issues Ron Rivera did as head coach was to blow out the ping-pong table. This did not make some gamers all that completely happy however work is figure. You are within the constructing to work and deal with enterprise.
What you do by yourself down time (and there is loads of it) is on you. So long as it is authorized.
There ought to by no means, ever, ever, by no means, ever be a dee jay at apply. For the size of the apply. For the start. It would not matter. Once more, symbolism and messaging is necessary.
Ron Rivera and his employees permit music to be blaring throughout stretching firstly of apply. That is effective. That is sufficient. Zip it after that and focus.
No dee jays, no dancing, no ping pong and a transparent commonplace of staying centered is a part of a tradition change.
You may have enjoyable and calm down whenever you do issues the best means and the skilled means.
On Saturday, Rivera proved that he is not messing round after a lax apply.
2. Dwayne Haskins and the WFT Quarterbacks have a protracted method to go.
Maybe it is studying a brand new offense with new terminology and targets? It is also a scarcity of recreation planning and attacking an opponent’s weak spot. Possibly it is going in opposition to a proficient protection that’s recent?
Both means – you’ll be able to’t stroll away with some other impression apart from it may be a curler coaster experience for not less than the primary month or so of the season. It may be longer.
This isn’t only a Dwayne Haskins factor both. Kyle Allen has been cellular however very erratic and turnover susceptible. Alex Smith clearly nonetheless has a protracted method to go and nonetheless exhibits some points in his repaired leg, when it comes to wanting fluid and driving by means of easily.
As for Haskins, he is had a few good apply days. There isn’t any doubt about that.
He is additionally had a number of poor practices and regardless that Ron Rivera continues to emphasize that he cares extra about Haskins making the right choices versus accuracy, simply making good selections doesn’t assure success.
It might result in catastrophe because it did earlier this week on a cross to the best flat to J.D. McKissic that led to a pick-six for Landon Collins.
The offense cannot common 17 factors a recreation which is basically what occurred final yr. The unit has to generate across the league common in an effort to give this staff an opportunity to compete for a playoff spot.
The NFL common final yr was 22.eight factors per recreation for all groups and all common season video games. In 2018, the league common was 23.three factors/recreation.
Washington was at 16.6 factors per recreation final yr. In 2018, they solely averaged 17.6 factors per recreation.
three. The protection is both excellent or going in opposition to a mediocre offense?
It is arduous to inform if the protection is so good as a result of they’re deep and proficient or as a result of the offense is so inconsistent.
I am going to select to be constructive and say they may make some pedestrian NFL offenses look dangerous.
The issue is that this: Philadelphia, Arizona, Cleveland and Baltimore (the primary 4 opponents) determine to be good to excellent offensive models.
Excellent may be holding an opponent within the first month within the low 20’s however a lot relies on how good or dangerous the offense is.
Both means, the protection ought to be a lot better on third down this yr and that’s a method we are able to largely decide simply how good the protection is.
four. Coaches are going to be cooking.
WFT coaches and particularly Scott Turner are most likely going to should be cooking up extra trick performs, jet-motions and artistic personnel appears to be like than they’d ideally like and have time to put in.
That is as a result of with out some trickeration, this offense could have a really arduous time in opposition to good defenses.
We have seen PLENTY of proof at apply concerning the time already spent within the lab and it’s thought that Turner will use a giant mix of his Dad’s offense together with a whole lot of the new-age wrinkles which have developed with Andy Reid, Sean Payton, Doug Peterson and different good offensive play-callers.
5. This protection goes to get pleasure from hitting.
Troy Apke who has been the clear No. 1 free security in camp over Sean Davis has great pace. Everybody is aware of that. What I wasn’t conscious of was his physicality.
He’ll should watch out as he is most likely crossed the road not less than as soon as and perhaps extra, however you realize when Apke is on the market.
Similar factor for Shaun Dion Hamilton, who has been noticeable.
Pace can be one thing that has been upgraded throughout the board.
Chase Younger offers that juice on the line of defense. Kevin Pierre-Louis has supplied it on the second degree and Apke together with Ronald Darby have completely added to the secondary, which was gradual and sluggish final yr (Josh Norman, Montae Nicholson).
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