By HCR Staff | Oct. 25, 2019
We like what Bill Callahan is doing with Washington. When you’re the road team on a short week, there’s not much you can do to game plan, so sometimes it is best to simply go vanilla and rely on execution. Washington Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan had his team ready to play, and we especially like the renewed emphasis on the running game. Callahan also did a good job with quarterback Case Keenum by emphasizing the quick passing game. Keenum tends to get into trouble when he tries to extend plays, so Callahan wisely avoided those situations. Washington was in this game until Keenum had to leave due to a concussion. Callahan has done a good job since the termination of former head coach Jay Gruden.
Mike Zimmer is a good leader, but his in-game judgment can be shaky at times. We have emphasized on more than one occasion that the first rule of head coaching is: Do Not Harm Your Own Team. Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer broke this rule in last night’s game. When leading by seven, and faced with 4th and 1 deep in his own end of the field, Zimmer inexplicably decided to go for it, and when QB Kirk Cousins’ sneak attempt failed, Zimmer immediately brought Washington back into the game. There was no reasoning that could justify Zimmer’s decision. Under no circumstance would a head coach like Bill Belichick or Sean Payton do the same thing. Zimmer’s good, but it’s decisions like this one that will prevent him from being great. Hopefully, he’ll cut down on these types of mistakes in the future.
The Vikings are showing impressive depth. One thing that stood out to us in last night’s game is the impressive depth on the Vikings roster. They have a lot of young, athletic talent on both sides of the ball, and this will serve them well in the second half of the season. On the offensive side of the ball alone, rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. and rookie running back Alexander Mattison flash impressive potential.
Washington rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is a long ways away. At this juncture, there is nothing about Haskins’ game that impresses us. On top of that, his body language lacks confidence and frankly is incredibly negative for a first-round draft pick. He came into last night’s game at a point when the game was still in doubt, but he brought zero energy to the exercise. We don’t want to be too hard on him, but this is what he projected to our eyes.