Charley Casserly sees it differently on the Josh Doctson drop against Chiefs

The Redskins left Kansas City Monday night a dropped pass away from their first-ever win in Arrowhead Stadium.

It left us wondering if it was a game that they should have won, or one that they could have won.

Even though we've spent days looking at replays of Josh Doctson's drop late in the game, there was more than just one play that determined the Redskins' fate on Monday Night Football. 

Luckily we have Charley Casserly to help show us exactly what went wrong. 

Play 1: Rob Kelley doesn't see the field

Second-and-goal at the two-yard line. Under a minute to play in the first quarter.

Jeremy Sprinkle and Brandon Scherff set blocks on the left side of the line. As Casserly points out, "Kelley's job is to follow Scherff into the endzone. It's a walk-in for a touchdown. Instead, no gain, they end up having to get a field goal. This is a touchdown, be disciplined. Follow the design of the play."

Kelley ran right up the middle instead of following the Scherff block.


Dustin Hopkins came on to kick the short field goal.

Play 2: Alex Smith gets loose

This came after the now infamous Doctson drop, and happened on 2nd-and-6 with 42 seconds left and the game tied at 20. 

One of Casserly's keys to the game was to put pressure on Smith, but also keep him contained. He has the ability to run, after all. 

That's exactly what he did here. 

"Ryan Kerrigan, great bull-rush, but you can't bull-rush him Ryan," said Casserly. "You gotta stay on the outside shoulder, and keep contain. You opened the gates."


As Casserly pointed out, this was the back-breaker of the game for the Redskins. Albert Wilson caught a 37-yard pass, setting up the game winning field goal for the Chiefs. 

Another example of poor discipline hurting the Redskins.

3. Josh Doctson's drop

What, you thought we were going to completely forget about this?

Just because it wasn't the only play that hurt the Redskins, doesn't mean it still isn't a really important moment in the game.

The situation was a 3rd-and-2 on the Kansas City 22-yard line. Jordan Reed lined up wide to the right. Doctson and Terrelle Pryor lined up to Cousins' left. 

Casserly: "Reed, focus on him at the bottom. He's gonna go a stop, and start, and go. He has the safety beat. He's open. Cousins doesn't hang with the read long enough, and that's where he's supposed to be looking first. He forces the ball to Doctson. Docston makes an incredible jump, has the ball in his hands."


"Should he catch the ball? No question about it. Cousins threw it to the only spot he could do it." 

There's no question Doctson made a ridiculously athletic play to go up and get the ball. But as Casserly pointed out, it shoudn't have gone to him anyway.

Reed already had his man beat. 

"Sometimes Cousins to me predetermines things. He's gotta get out of there," Casserly said. 

"Cousins dropped the ball before Doctson did."

Let's keep in mind though, this Redskins team hits the bye week 2-2 after dominating the Raiders and almost beating the last undefeated team in the NFL on their home field. 

They're in a much better situation than anyone would have guessed before Week 3.