Author Archives: Samuel Gold


About The Author

Sam founded NFL Breakdowns after working his way through the journalist farm system and is enjoying life in the big league. Growing up outside of Washington, D.C., Sam didn’t choose the Redskins, the Redskins chose him. Out of a love for the game and an insatiable curiosity to determine why his beloved team was underperforming, Sam turned to studying film in NFL Breakdowns. Follow me @SamuelRGold. For all of Sam's articles: Click Here. Sam is a guest contributor at by Reddit, InsideThePylon, and RedskinsCapitalConnection.

Joe Flacco vs Pittsburgh – 18/29, 259 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

Joe Flacco’s playoff performances over the past 5 years since entering the NFL in 2008 have been remarkable. His 10-4 record and 21 touchdowns to only 8 interceptions put him among the league’s elite quarterbacks in the playoffs. In this po…

Jan 07, 2015 Samuel Gold

RG3 Struggles vs the Cowboys – 27/41, 336 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

The Redskins started with promise on Sunday, but ultimately ended in embarrassment as they were blown out by their division rival the Dallas Cowboys. In this game, RG3’s statistics were misleading as he was inaccurate with the football and showed…

Jan 01, 2015 Samuel Gold

Rookie Recap: Trent Murphy – 2.5 sacks, 6 hits, 15 hurries

Trent Murphy was chosen by the Redskins with the 47th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. With Ryan Kerrigan and the recently franchise-tagged Brian Orakpo on the roster, many thought this pick should have been used on a position of greater need. The Redskins …

Dec 30, 2014 Samuel Gold

Tony Romo vs the Colts – 18/20, 218 yards, 4 TDs

Tony Romo’s performance versus the Colts was very impressive completing 90% of his passes and four touchdowns. This post will analyze his performance. Stats Romo – 18/20, 218 yards, 10.9 ypa, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 3 rushes for 28 yards, 1 sack for…

Dec 26, 2014 Samuel Gold

Week 16’s Longest Runs – Kaepernick, Hill, Lynch, Todman, Gore

Week 16 featured some incredible plays on the ground. I wanted to analyze how these plays were produced. This post will break down the runs by Kaepernick, Hill, Lynch, Todman, and Gore. Play 1Situation: 2nd and 3 at PHI 40Description: Q3 – (2:40)…

Dec 24, 2014 Samuel Gold

RG3 Redeemed; Film Breakdown of His Passes versus the Eagles

RG3 showed very positive signs of improvement during his Week 16 match-up versus the Eagles. In this game, RG3 showed a better grasp of fundamental quarterbacking that he hasn’t shown all season. If RG3 continues to show these signs of progress, …

Dec 24, 2014 Samuel Gold

Ryan Kerrigan and the Double Swipe – 13.5 Sacks

The former Purdue standout, Ryan Kerrigan has put together an impressive season collecting a team-high 13.5 sacks in 15 games. This post will breakdown how he used a variety of pass rushing moves to record sacks, with the double-swipe as his most notab…

Dec 22, 2014 Samuel Gold

Eddie Lacy Shines in Loss vs. Buffalo – 15 carries, 97 yards, 1 TD

Eddie Lacy faced a tough Bill’s defensive front featuring Mario Williams, Jerry Hughes and Marcell Dareus. In 16 touches, Lacy was able to muster 97 yards and a touchdown. He used hard cutting ability, and explosiveness through the holes provided…

Dec 19, 2014 Samuel Gold

Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Redskins – 12 receptions, 143 yards, 3 TDs

Odell Beckham Jr. has taken the league by storm totaling 53 receptions, 757 yards and 5 TDs in the 8 weeks leading up to the Redskins game. Needless to say, Beckham represented a major challenge for the inept Redskins’ secondary. On the defensive…

Dec 18, 2014 Samuel Gold

Colt McCoy to IR; RG3 Passes vs Giants – 18/27, 236 yards, 1 TD

Colt McCoy reaggravated his neck versus the Giants in the first quarter, so RG3 stepped back in as the Redskins starter. RG3 performed well on the ground, but still struggled with decision-making in the pocket as a traditional quarterback. This breakdo…

Dec 17, 2014 Samuel Gold
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