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Turnovers Set the Tone in Opening Day Loss

The Washington Redskins were unable to protect the football on Sunday turning the ball over twice and coming close to losing the ball two more times. We all know what happened to Jason Campbell as he threw one bad interception.

The throw was forced and the pass should have been tossed out of bounds. Another very costly Jason Campbell fumble led directly to 7 points for the Giants. The protection was solid on the play but Campbell failed to keep the ball high and step up into the pocket. Campbell was visibly frustrated on the sideline, something I personally like to see. His actions on the sideline were in contrast to what we are used to from Campbell and goes against head coach Jim Zorn’s mantra of “staying medium”.

I think it shows us that his heart and passion for the game is in the right place and that Jason has a strong desire to succeed.

On a more worrisome note is the recent fumbling habit of our golden boy Chris Cooley. Cooley fumbled the ball twice against the Giants. The Redskins got a favorable bounce on the first fumbled as the ball bounced harmlessly out of bounds. Fortunate the Redskins were on the second as well as Cooley was ruled down by contact before being stripped of the pigskin.

Cooley had some trouble coughing up the ball last year as he was credited with three fumbles with two being recovered by the opposing team. The ball popped out several more times after he was ruled down by contact. The trend continues into the first game of this season. Being ruled down by contact before fumbling is merely a coin flip in my opinion.

As a player you have to assume the play is not over until the whistle blows. Whether the ball comes loose before or after the knee is down is irrelevant because sooner or later you are going to get burned. Hopefully coaches have recognized the issue and are working with Chris to correct the problem.

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