The Washington Redskins faced a run-first, pass-second offensive attack from the New York Giants last week, but now they are bracing for the Arizona Cardinals’ pass-heavy scheme.
In Arizona’s season debut last week, Kevin Kolb completed 18 of 27 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions. Kolb spread the ball around to eight different pass catchers. Early Doucet led the way with three catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson expects to see more of the same this week, and possibly more than Arizona showed last week against Carolina.
“They do everything,” he said. “They’re going to come out, two receivers, three receivers, four receivers, five receivers and they’re going to run every route you can run in the route tree. You’ve got to strap up your boots and prepare for everything this week.”
The Redskins know they face a tall task, but they look forward to the challenge of trying to limit Kolb, Larry Fitzgerald and Co.
“It’s very exciting,” safety Oshiomogho Atogwe said. “To be one of the best defenses in the league, you have to play the best and do well against them. They’re coming into our house, such an explosive offense, and we have to step up to the challenge if we want to be the defense we believe we can be.”
The Redskins have seen plenty how dangerous Fitzgerald, who has recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in five of his seven NFL seasons, can be. Wilson and Atogwe say there’s no way to neutralize him one-on-one, The Redskins will have to use double teams on the Pittsburgh product.
Kolb, meanwhile, has a less extensive resume, having served as a backup in Philadelphia for the majority of his career. Kolb played a career-high seven games for the Eagles (five of them starts) last season, completing 60.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,197 yards, seven interceptions and seven touchdowns.
But Shanahan said Kolb’s work in Philadelphia means little now because he is in a different offense.
“You look at what they do as an offense now, not what he did when he was with Philly,” the coach said. “We’ve watched Kevin, obviously play a few games, and what he’s done in this system based on the preseason.”