Playbook: Week 4 WRWW mailbag

Twitter-nation wasn’t shy about asking questions this week.

As we compile some of the best queries from throughout the week to answer them on this WRWW (War Room Wisdom Wednesday) mailbag, we hope you aren’t living in a complete 24/7 information, instant-gratification world and remember you asked us a question.

If not … well … send us another. Hit us up at or with the “#askplaybook” tag on Twitter. Follow us @NFLN_Playbook. We enjoy your input.

Hey guys, do you think the 49ers are going to finally win their division this year? @Alex652652

They have a great opportunity. It’s early, but they already have a division win and are two games up on everyone else in the West. Their defensive front seven is possibly the best in the business.

But if their offense wants to succeed, they need to continue to pound the rock. A solid running game can be quarterback’s best friend — and Alex Smith needs one.

Where do you rank Eli Manning on your top quarterback list? @bye_h8er

When he’s on, he’s one of the great quarterbacks in our game. But when he lapses, which he does from time to time, he falls way down the ranks. He has all the skills and can read defenses — as his surname would suggest — but Manning is not consistent enough and occasionally makes weird plays (left-handed passes, falling on his face in scramble situations, etc.). With all that being said, for us, he hangs right around the 11 to 13 range.

How bad is Kareem Jackson? Huge debate among Texan fans. @Bullets

As you grade last year’s tape for Jackson, it’s easy to say he isn’t very good. He was thrown into starting last year on a not-so-good defense and was exposed. For example, he voided his zone responsibilities in Cover 2, trailing an in-breaking route instead of pulling off and covering the flat. He was burned in Cover 3, keeping his eyes on the quarterback instead of running with his receiver on a vertical route.

This year, we’ve seen him rotate with Jason Allen and also play some nickel. Jackson was victimized by Lance Moore and Darren Sproles in Week 3 vs. the Saints and was unable to hang with those speedsters on short routes. At the same time, Jackson stuck around and made the tackle, which is better than last year. With this being Jackson’s second year, and after missing last week with an injury, we don’t want to condemn someone so early in his career.

Small steps.

Without Anthony Armstrong, the Redskins had no vertical game vs. the Rams. Tim Hightower averaged 3.5YPC. What’s the problem with my ‘Skins personnel? @kistulentz

Don’t know if you can say that there’s something wrong with the Redskins in terms of the run if Ryan Torain picked up 135 yards last week. Just a different name on the No. 1 running back’s jersey.

As for the pass, the Redskins rely on the intermediate passing game (12 to 17 yards). Armstrong has the speed to stretch a defense, but with him out, they only lack a deep shot or two per game. Otherwise, Washington will continue to attack intermediate areas, behind the linebackers but in front of the safeties.

But if the ‘Skins want to be successful, they need continue to run the ball.

Should the Broncos blitz more? @bcum155390

Yes, we think they should. The Broncos have something a lot teams don’t have and dream about — edge rushers on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil can both win one-on-one battles and get to the quarterback. However, they stand to benefit from any inside rush and it would give offensive lines something to worry about. Otherwise, teams can keep tight ends and backs in to key on them and chip.

If they do blitz, they should vary the pressure and collapse the middle of the pocket.

What happened to the offenses for the the Jets and Ravens? @rickErude

Both teams try to pride themselves on the run. And as for last week, they both played against each other’s run defenses –- possibly two of the best in the league (OK, we know, the Jets took a little bit of a spill vs. the Raiders, but they have still looked good on tape).

With unsteady passing attacks, the Jets and Ravens aren’t built to be one-dimensional, especially when their run games are the part not working.

Moreover, the Jets have a horrible problem with their offensive line. Right now, they have a lot of changes upfront with Nick Mangold out. This is causing a ripple-effect throughout the entire offense. They don’t have a running back that can cut anymore (LaDainian Tomlinson) and their other option is a downhill runner (Shonn Greene).

Who is worse, Mark Sanchez or Tony Romo? @Orland_Oye

Both quarterbacks are on similar teams. The Jets and Cowboys have good wide receivers and tight ends and above-average running backs. However, they both have sub-par offensive lines.

Putting that aside, we can say that based on our film study that we prefer Romo. He operates a more complete offense in Dallas. The Cowboys can and will throw the ball successfully and are considered a team that passes to set up the run. The Jets are a running team and try to pound the ball first to set up the pass.

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