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Redskins 27 - 10 Raiders
Greetings good people. JimmiJo here and I am joined by the partner of my youth, TheMurf. We have joined forces to bring to you the sights & sounds of this evening's primetime matchup between the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders are a good squad. The crowd walking in told me as much - a more than healthy portion of silver and black accompanied me up the hill to FedEx Field.
I was encouraged by the Redskins' performance last week against the Rams. But this Oakland team is a different kettle of fish altogether.
If Oakland grabs an early lead on Washington (typical of nationally televised night games the Redskins play in), they could be sunk early.
The Raiders enter this match ranked 5th-overall in offense; 3rd in scoring, 4th in rushing but only 14th in passing.
The Redskins on the other hand are 7th in rush-defense but 26th in passing. Based on these. I am wondering if the Raiders might just be a good matchup?
Oakland is 8th in pass-defense and 18th in run-defense.
Beyond these, Washington's offense is not what we were seeing last season. There has been a significant dropoff since the departure of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
Kirk Cousins has yet to find his rhythm and the great rushing last week may have been an aberation.
My thoughts? Be nervous.
Hello friends, for the first time during the 2017 season I am reunited with my brother from another moth, JimmiJo, and it feels so good. As always, he will be holding things down in the press box while I patrol the sidelines.
Although I covered last week's win in Los Angeles, it's crazy how much has happened on and off the field in the last seven days. As the team headed back to the East Coast, the biggest topic was the sheer number of injuries to several core players -- including tight end Jordan Reed, inside linebacker Mason Foster, running back Rob Kelley and a slew of others.
Before coach Jay Gruden could even provide an update on his army of walking wounded, the story became the "will he or won't he return" saga of safety Sua Cravens, which ended with the team shutting him down and the second-year player handing out a hundred or so free jerseys to Redskins fans.
Just when things got quiet in our nation's capital, the president of the United States decided to weigh in on football players who choose to peacefully protest, which, in an amazing turn of events, has made every single performance of the national anthem at an NFL stadium must-see TV. So far today, players across the league have locked arms, taken a knee or simply refused to take the field until the conclusion of the anthem.
It's safe to assume that the action of the Redskins and Raiders during tonight's national anthem, in the stadium closest to our nation's capital, will be of interest to many across the country. Once we get through that, hopefully everyone can settle down for another enjoyable encounter.
After laying an egg against Philadelphia Week 1, the Redskins looked much better running up and down the field versus the Rams. Even if Kelley can't play this evening, I would hope that Gruden and company continue to emphasize the ground game. And if Reed can't go, it's at least nice to know a capable veteran like Vernon Davis is more than ready to step in and step up.
On defense, the Redskins have the unenviable task of trying to contain one of the league's best offenses. Quarterback Derek Carr, running back Marshall Lynch and receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are about as good as it gets, and could easily put up 40 points tonight if Washington comes out flat, like they've been known to do on primetime games over the last decade.
In order to have any chance at a victory, the Redskins are going to need a strong outing from quarterback Kirk Cousins. As much as it might be a copout to spotlight the man behind center, this team simply cannot defeat Oakland if Cousins turns in another forgettable performance. As he goes, so too will the rest of the offense.
On defense, I'll be watching Bashaud Breeland. Regardless of whether he lines up against Cooper or Crabtree, he's going to have his toughest matchup of the season. If Breeland shines, then the burgundy and gold faithful just might go to sleep celebrating a D.C. rarity -- a primetime win.
The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 20 RB Rob Kelley
o No. 38 CB Joshua Holsey
o No. 54 LB Mason Foster
o No. 68 G Tyler Catalina
o No. 69 T T.J. Clemmings
o No. 72 DL Anthony Lanier II
o No. 86 TE Jordan Reed
No. 32 Samaje Perine is expected to start in place of Kelley at running back.
No. 51 Will Compton is expected to start in place of Foster at linebacker.
No. 85 Vernon Davis is expected to start in place of Reed at tight end.
The Raiders declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 18 QB Connor Cook
o No. 23 CB Dexter McDonald
o No. 41 S Erik Harris
o No. 69 T Jylan Ware
o No. 71 T David Sharpe
o No. 75 DT Darius Latham
o No. 95 DL Jihad Ward
Here's to a good game with no injuries. PLEASE surprise me #Redskins.
Follow along live on Twitter @Skinscast. Murf can be found @HomerMcFanboy
Twelve seasons covering this team and I still don't know jack.
Washington came up with something to say. I loved every minute until the fiasco at the end of the half. Why do I think that's coming back to haunt them? Perhaps they can march down and score to start the 2nd-half and make me feel better. But so far, total domination:
Total net yard - #Redskins 223 - 47 #Raiders
First downs - Redskins 11 - 2 Raiders
Time of Possession - Redskins 20:20 - 9:40 Raiders
See ya soon...
So that’s not something you see everyday. The Washington Redskins demolished the Oakland Raiders at FedEx Field in front of an announced crowd of 77,123, a quarter of whom probably showed up in black and silver.
They left black and blue.
Washington put as complete a beating on Oakland as you are apt to see. Take away a couple of gift-turnovers in the red zone and the Redskins are pitching a shutout.
The game was never as close as the score. Case-in-point – Oakland went 0-for-11 in third down conversions.
I don’t think I’ve seen that before.
A skim of the stats tell you how lopsided the affair was: Oakland / Washington
Total First Downs
Total First Downs
Third Down Efficiency
0/11 - 0%
Third Down Efficiency
7/15 - 46%
Total Net Yards
Total Net Yards
Average Gain per Offensive Play
Average Gain per Offensive Play
Net Yards Rushing
Net Yards Rushing
Net Yards Passing
Net Yards Passing
Times Sacked (Number-Yards)
4 - 22
Times Sacked (Number-Yards)
1 - 9
19 - 31 - 2
25 - 30 - 0
Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks)
Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks)
4 - 35
10 - 77
1 - 1
2 - 2
Field Goals (Made-Attempted)
1 - 1
Field Goals (Made-Attempted)
2 - 3
Time of Possession
Time of Possession
The Redskins defense were the stars of the night, snuffing out every chance of life from the Raiders. Oakland’s big guns shot blanks, with players like Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree, and Derrick Carr looking ordinary at best.
Lynch tallied only 18-yards on 6-carries. Crabtree a paltry 1-reception for 7-yards, and Derrick Carr logging but 19-completes on 32-attempts for 118-yards, with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions, with a passer rating of 52.9.
Washington’s offense on the other hand, featured some key-performers and include guys that opposing defenses are going to have to gameplan for.
One such is Chris Thompson. All the dude does in rack-up all -purpose yards and score touchdowns. Tonight he logged 150-yards thru the air with 6-catches (to lead all receivers) while scoring a touchdown.
Vernon Davis shows there is not much drop-off from Jordan Reed, as he brought in 5-receptions for 58-yards and a touchdown.
Jamison Crowder was the only wideout to crack the top three, logging 52-yards on 6-catches.
But game ball on offense has to belong to Kirk Cousins. Cousins threw 25-for-30 for 365-yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions to finish with a passer-rating of 150.7. I asked Cousins if this is offense starting to “click” and he answered to say he doesn’t think in terms of overall big picture but rather about the individual plays and what opportunities were presented to him.
Fair enough. But the bomb to Josh Doctson said plenty about this emerging offense.
Cousins aired the ball out to give Doctson a chance at a jump ball. That’s exactly what happened, with Doctson going high to literally take the ball out of the defender’s arms and waltzed into the end zone.
Washington rang-up 472-yards on a team who pregame, people were considering a possible Super Bowl prospect. After tonight, the good people of Oakland are probably sending letters to the mayor of Las Vegas, asking if the Raiders can come early.
I was curious last week to see if the performance in Los Angeles was a fluke.
I believe the answer I am searching for is; “Hell no!”
Next week presents a real opportunity for Washington. Go to Kansas City and beat that team and people will talk about the Redskins as a real contender for post season action.
Aight. Last week was kinda fun reviewing the Rams tape, so I figured let’s do both Raiders games for this week. Yes, both. For now, here’s the Raiders at Titans game from Week 1.
First up is Week 1 with the Raiders at the Titans. First thing is it’s weird to hear Romo calling this game because he’s always been an NFC guy yet here he is calling an AFC game. Secondly, the Titans start this game with a failed on-sides kick. It was ballsy, but dumb.
Now to what I’ve been wanting to see, this vaunted Raiders Offense as never watched them last year. So let’s rearview what the Raiders are doing on Offense, drive by drive. Here we go…
Raiders 1st & 10 at the 50 with 14:58 on the clock. Two WR set with Lynch in the backfield. Pass blocking is perfect, Carr with a quick release throws short of the 1st Down marker (a staple of the Redskins O for years) complete to Cooper for 6 yards as he’s wrapped up & on the ground before he can complete a spin around move to go for the YAK. 2nd & 4. Raiders to the line, Lynch in the backfield, 4 WR set- Trips left overload with the fourth(Rookie) on the right. Handoff to Lynch. No rust on BeastMode. Gains 14 simply by plowing though & bowling guys over. It takes 3-4 defenders to bring him down. 1st & 10 at the 30. Raiders to the line 3 WR set with an empty backfield & BeastMode out wide to the right. Lynch does nothing. Absolutely nothing. He stands there facing Carr, watches the snap, doesn’t move. Maybe that 14 yard run gassed his ass? Anyways, Carr connects with Cook who spins around & does a forward roll before even being touched by a defender for a gain of 22. Cook was wide open. 1st & Goal for the Raiders who have been playing the Titans aren’t even on the field. Raiders to the line, going 5 wide. Carr to Cooper on the underneath route. Cooper, drags about half of the Titans defense with him, muscles his way across the plane for the touchdown. Raiders send out there new kicker, he nails it & it’s 7-0 Raiders.
Oakland’s Defense on this series is nothing to get excited about as they allowed the Titans to march down the field for a touchdown that was ran in by Mariota. Oh & Rookie WR Corey Davis owned CB David Amerson on a sweet sideline pass.
The Titans kick it off for a touchback. Raiders ball at the 25. BeastMode in the backfield, 4 WR set, Trips Left. Carr handoffs to Lynch for a run to the left with 3 extra blockers already there for him coming out of that Trips formation. Gain of 3 as the WRs can’t block for ****. Raiders again going 5 wide with an empty backfield. Sideline pass to Cooper gets broken up. I believe this is Oakland’s first incompletion. 3rd & 7 Raiders go 4 WRs with Lynch in the backfield. Sideline pass to Cook for a gain of 12 & the 1st down. It took four defenders to bring Cook down. He’s a big boy who clearly ate his Wheaties before this game. Raiders go with the End Around to Patterson to change things up a bit. Personally I’ve never been a big fan of the End Around as it rarely gets you any yardage due to the time it takes to get the runner headed back the other way & just wastes a Down more often then not. 2nd & 5 and the Raiders go back to 5 WRs. Again. With Lynch in the backfield. Carr changes the play at the lineCrabtree gets called for Offensive Pass Interference. Oakland gets backed up to a 2nd & 15. So far the only thing that stops this Offense is, this Offense. Raiders back to their 5 WRs but with an empty backfield this snap. Carr passes it to no one as Cooper ran the wrong route. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Raiders are going 5 Wide with an empty backfield. Carr with a sideline lob to Crabtree who makes the catch but there’s a flag out. PI call on the Defense so the Raiders get the easy 1st Down. Trips left this time with the 4th WR at the bottom of the screen. Betting here it’s either the underneath or the sideline pass down the right…..Oh I AM surprised, it’s actually Lynch up the middle for 3. 2nd & 7 with 4 wide & Lynch in the backfield this time. There’s the underneath to Crabtree who gets to the 12. Flag on the play back at the 40 & after zebra conference it’s no foul. Evidently the SJ thought a WR was a T & had thrown the flag for not enough players on the field. Or something. Still, this is a Week 1 game & Del Rio is on the sideline laughing in the ref’s face as they explain it to him. Raider ball at the 12. Raiders again back to Trips left with Cooper as the fourth WR on the right & Lynch in the backfield. Lynch runs to the left for five yards. Those extra WRs seemed to block a lil bit better this time. 2nd & 5 at the 7. Raiders go 3 WRs spread on the right with the 4th on the left & again Lynch in the backfield. Swing pass to Lynch for a gain of 2 on the left side. Oh look! It’s an Orakpo sighting. 3rd & 3 at the 5. Titans show a FS blitz, Lynch up the middle but gets pushed back short of the first down. 4th & 1. Raiders are going to go for it. Timeout Oakland…Raiders going for it. Handoff to Lynch who is hit at the ankles in the backfield & should have been stopped except he plants & slightly pivot to the right away from the clogged middle, avoids the guy coming through the middle & heads towards his new hole where there’s nothing but daylight between him & end zone. However a defender comes in out of the backfield & wraps him up short of the goal line but he gets the 1st Down. 1st & Goal Raiders. Again, trips bunched left, Cooper on the right, Lynch in the backfield. Quick slant to Cooper is bobbled & dropped. 2nd & Goal. Three WRs spread out this time on the left, Copper still spread out solo on the right. Lynch still in the backfield. Pass again to Cooper is broken up & incomplete. 3rd Down. Carr in the Shotgun passes to Cooper who drops it in the back center of the end zone. Quarter ends & Oakland opens the 2nd quarter with a 3 point field goal. Great drive that chewed up the clock & yardage. They just couldn’t punch it in when they needed to. Sounds familiar to anyone that’’s been watching Redskins football here lately. Only difference is the Raiders were feeding Cooper who couldn’t eat while the Redskins just throw fades to short WRs.
I may have gotten spoiled in watching McVay’s creativity last week when I reviewed the Rams tape against the Colts. And with the last game I watched being the Thursday Night Shootout between the Rams & the 49ers, this Raiders offense is boring af. I’m go take a power nap cause it’s actually making me sleepy. Hopefully;;y when I get back I can stay awake long enough to get through this Week 1 game tape. No idea how I’ll get through the Riders/Jets game from last week. Maybe a box of coffee from Dunkin will do the trick….
Oakland starts their third drive with Lynch on the bench. Not to be confused with all of those “Remember Elf on a shelf get ready for_______” memes that have been making their way across social media this past week. Raiders line up in what ’s been their base formation this game - Trips bunched left, fourth WR at the top on the screen. It’s a handoff to Washington up the clogged middle for 1. Hot route for 3 yards to Cooper & he picks up the YAC for the first down at the 28. The give is to Washington again up the middle for a gain of 4. No idea why BeastMode is currently BenchMode. 2nd & 6 at the 31. Raiders going 5 wide now with Washington split out wide at the bottom of the screen. Carr quick pass to Cook for the first down. Four WR set with Washington still in the backfield & Carr hands off to Washington who goes up the middle again for 2. Raiders go 5 wide with an 18 yard pass to Crabtree. Crabtree makes the catch in the air, stretched out perpendicular like he’s flying & only missing a cape. 1st & 10 at the 43 & Oakland is back to 4 WRs with Richard in the backfield now. Richard takes the handoff up the middle for a short gain. 2nd & 9 four WRs & Richard in the backfield again. Play action fake to Richard & Carr is immediately swarmed & sacked for a loss of 5. 3rd & 13. 4 WRs again & again the Titans sack Carr. 4th & 20. Cue the punt team. Punt takes a bounce & Oakland’s ST down it at the 2. Nice ST play.
On the last drive the Raider Defense pitched a three & out. This drive, not so much. The Titans started at their own 2 yard line & marched it down into the Red Zone where the Defense finally tightened up & held them to a Field Goal. It’s tied at 10 with 43 seconds left in the first half.
Raiders take the touchback at the 25 yard line. Carr to Crabtree on a 5 yard under route. Crabtree with the YAK & gets out of bounds to stop the clock. Raiders go 4 WR set again with two on each side of the line, empty backfield with 36 seconds on the clock. Titans blitz & almost get Carr for a HUGE loss but his quick release allows him to avoid the sack & connect with Crabtree down the sideline again but 2 yards short of the 1st down & he steps out to stop the clock. 29 seconds on the clock, 2nd & 2. Carr dumps it off to Washington over the middle who has some speed & gets a gain of 13. Raiders call Timeout with 20 tics left on the toc. Titans blitz, Carr lobs it over to Cook at the sideline but doesn’t get out. Raiders call Timeout with 2 seconds left, 2nd & 5 & looking at at 50+ FG attempt. 52 yard FG is good straight down the middle. Raiders up by 3 at the half. 13-10 Oakland.
Raiders to kickoff to start the second half. Titans take the touchback at the 25. Titans end up punting & the Raiders get called for a block in the back.1st & 10 at the 9, 5 WR set. Carr incomplete to Cooper. 2nd down. BeastMode is back in & up the middle for 7. #rd & 3. Carr to Crabtree & it’s knocked out of his hands. Raiders punt it the 26 & hit the returner out of bounds but get away with that penalty while the Titans take a 10 yard penalty for a block in the back. That’s the second ref screw up so far in this game. The Defense steps up again & forces another three & out. Raiders Fair Catch at the 37.
Raiders line up in their base offense again with Lynch in the backfield. Seems like with his time out of football the Raiders are easing him back in & working him back into being an every down back. So it’s possible that the Redskins Defense won’t be dealing with him the entire game come Sunday night. Lynch off the Left Tackle for a gain of 2. 2nd Down & 8. Crabtree nobles a completion for no gain. 3rd & 8. Quick pass over the middle to Cooper who comes from across the field while the Titans are rushing 5 defenders,, GREAT play by Carr to avoid the pressure & still make the lobbed pass. 1st & 10. Carr fakes the Reverse & dumps it off to Lynch for the first down. It takes 5-6 defenders to bring his ass down. Geez. Gain of 16 on that play. Carr incomplete to Lynch who was lined up as a WR & completely uncovered. Lynch didn’t take off with the snap, he stood their for a second or two first then took off which threw the timing based pass off. This was similar to the play in the first half where they lined Lynch up as a WR & all he did was stand there looking back at Carr. 2nd & 10. Lynch back on the bench & Richard is back in. Richard up the middle for a short gain. 3rd & 9. Carr complete to Cooper with a GREAT throw that’s negated by a flag on the Center for Hands To The Face. 3rd & 19 at the Titans 43. Raiders go 5 wide, empty backfield. Carr gets flushed out of the pocket, takes off & makes it out of bounds. Raiders forced to punt. Titans get flagged for running into the kicker for a 5 yard penalty. 4th & 10 which put Oakland into FG position at 52 yards out into the wind . Sonofa….It’s good right down the middle. Raiders up 16-10
Personal timeout here as I feel compelled to transcribe this audio gem from Nantz & Romo during the Titans drive.
Jim: “Mariota’s never been intercepted in the RedZone in his career the first two years.”
Romo: “You’re right and it’s probably about to happen here since you just said that.”
Jim: “Well I’m not trying to foreshadow anybody.”
Damnit Romo, you’re making me like you in the booth.
Raiders Defense held em to a field goal & it’s 16-13 Oakland as they bobble the fair catch in the end zone. & the Titans are called for Offsides for a 5 yard penalty. Raider ball 1st & 10 at the 30. Raiders in the Spread again, Carr passes short over the middle to Cook who splits two defenders & gets the YAK for a First Down. Lynch is back in & rushes for a first down. Lynch again on his tenth carry for 4 yards. 2nd & 6. Carr passes left to cooper incomplete. Carr over the middle to Washington for six yards & a First Down. Carr goes up top to Crabtree with a SUCCESSFUL FADE ( Hey now I know what that looks like )to Crabtree who catches it backwards for a First Down. Carr throws a laser to Roberts into the back of the End Zone to Roberts for the touchdown. Impressive throw through THREE defenders. Damn. Kick’s good & it’s Raiders 23-13
Titans take the kickoff just inside the goal line & run it out. He shakes off one hit at the 15 & bounces right, goes through a hole between 3 defenders, hits the 20, turns straight upfield, at the 30 he freaking hi hurdles a dude in traffic which allows a defender to wrap his ankles up in mid air & bring him down at about the 35. Holy hell that was CRAZY. Turns out he was the PAC 12 long jump champion at USC. TWICE. Titans can’t do much of anything & get forced to punt. Punts goes out of the end zone & the Raiders start at their own 20. Carr hands off to Washington to the right side for a small gain of one. Four WR set, Washington still in the backfield, Carr dumps it over the pass rush to Washington for 4 yards. 3rd & 5. Carr across the middle to Cooper for a gain of 23. 1st & 10 with Lynch in the backfield now. Handoff to Lynch for 1 yard. He gets swarmed. 2nd & 9. Lynch to the right a 3 yard gain. 3rd & 6. Nickel blitz gets to Carr who unloads it out of bounds to avoid the impending sack. Raiders punt it into the end zone. Titans get held to a field goal. 23-16 Raiders / 4:49 left on the clock.
Raiders take the kickoff at the 1 & return it to the 41. 1st & 10. Lynch in the backfield. Lynch up the middle, drags the pile with him for a gain of 4. Lynch again to the left side. 3rd & 3 as the clock continues to run towards the two minute warning. 3rd & 3. Richard in, Lynch out. Toss to Richard to the right for the First Down. Richard again on the ground to the left & he’s a hair short of the first down. 2nd & 1. Lynch back in & picks up the First Down. Titans call their second time out. 2:52 on the clock. Lynch up the middle for 2. 2nd & 8. Lynch up the middle, steamrolls Casey. Impressive. 3rd & 2 with two minutes to go. Lynch to the right side & get pushed back. Hard. 4th & 4. Raiders attempt the 43 yard field goal. Down the middle for the third time today. Raiders up 26-16 with 1:09 on the clock. This one is over.
So, what I’ve picked up on Raiders are going to run the Spread & pretty much go 4/5 WRs all game. They’re still going to run as well. However they’re running back by committee right now as they work on easing Lynch back into football. Lynch will get yards, but they’re going to be in small increments unless a defense completely blows an assignment that allows him to spring through them. Its the smaller & faster combo of Washington & Richard that can gash your Defense to shreds. It’s kinda like having two Chris Thompsons. Their Defense never really seemed to show anything special under Ken Norton Jr’s coaching. Their passing game isn’t that exciting or imaginative. What it is however is effective. Carr has a very, very quick release. And their WRs are big, fast, and strong. Though that strength looked to be more upper body. Without actually pulling the stats, I’d say they’re almost a balanced Offense but with a slight lean to the passing game. I’d guess 60/40, again with looking it up. So far after only watching their first game, I think they’re beatable. To do so you’re going to need to have a successful run game that converts yards & eats up clock. Kinda like Goff last week, the best way to stop an efficient QB is to keep him off the field.
With that, I’m going to take a break for a few then start on the Raiders Jets game tape.
RAIDERS vs JETS
Alright, time for the Week 2 game against the Jets. Hopefully with this being Oakland’s home opener there’s a little more excitement offensively. That game against the Titans was boring like Pre Season vanilla.
First thing I notice is Oakland has an entire sideline upper deck tapped off. Second thing is it’s still baseball season in Oakland so a does that mean a pick six gets called an intercepted home run?
Here we go…
Raiders win the toss & will receive. Patterson brings it out of the end zone to the 16. Jets are starting two rookie safeties. Expecting the deep ball this game. Raiders come out in a two WR set with Lynch in the backfield. Lynch off the left tackle for a loss of 1 as he’s swarmed immediately. Raiders catch a flag for Unnecessary Roughness. Tight End Smith ran a linebacker around the pile in a circle after the play was dead. Raiders are backed up to the 7. 2nd & 18. Carr out of the shotgun complete over the middle to Walford for 7 yards. 3rd & 11. Carr again out of the shotgun, Patterson up the middle for 6. That one dumb penalty has already killed this drive & the Raiders are forced to punt. Raiders force theirselves into a three & out opening drive with that penalty. Then they pick up a 5 yard penalty on the punt. We’re 2:12 into the first quarter & they’re being undisciplined in their play so far. On the flip side the Defense forces a three & out on the Jets.
Raiders start this drive in two TE set with Lynch in the backfield. Handoff is to Lynch for 4 yards off the right tackle. 2nd & 6 Carr hands off to Lynch. Lynch flips it back to him, Carr hits Crabtree in stride deep down the left sideline until he’s forced out at the 49. Gain of 26. This is already more exciting the last week’s game. Carr pitches to Patterson to the right for a pick up 8. 2nd & 2 Carr hits the slant to Cooper for the first down. Carr in the shotgun again. Lynch lined up at WR like last week but moved to the inside on the left side. Last week he on the outside. Doesn’t matter though as it’s incomplete. So they go back to what he’s really, really good at & send Lynch up off the left guard for a gain of 4. 3rd & 6. Carr in the shotgun again, Jets jump early, flagged for 5 yards. 3rd & 1. Lynch on the ground & picks up 13 off the left guard. Jets had him in a pile but tried to arm tackle him high. Yeah. That ish don’t work. 1st & 10 at the Jets 17. Carr takes a deep shot but it’s incomplete. Carr incomplete to Roberts in the corner end zone. Carr hits Cook on the right for 6 yards. Carr hits Washington to inside the 5. 1st & goal. Lynch is back in. Carr makes an adjustment at the line. It’s a FADE ROUTE TO CRABTREE FOR THE TD. Sorry bout the all caps there its just I’m excited to have now finally seen two successful fade routes in the RedZone. 7-0 Raiders. Jets drive ends on a 3rd & 9 sack.
Raiders take back over at the 15 after the punt. Richard runs off the right tackle, Raiders get called for clipping, Ruled No Play. Richard off the left end for no gain. 1st & 17 Carr in the shotgun again with 5 WRs. Raiders try to run it to the left side. 3rd & 7. Carr to Cooper for 14. 1st & 10 & the Jets call a timeout. Carr with a quick screen to Cooper a loss of one. And that ends the 1st Quarter. 2nd & 11 to start the 2nd Quarter, Carr in the shotgun, dumps it over the middle to Richard who shows the Jets his jets. Richard picks up 39 yards on this one. I said it before, Richard & Washington are like having two Chris Thompsons on your team. 1st & 10 at the Jets 30. Lynch in the backfield, Carr under center this time. Hand off to Lynch who gets nothing up the middle. Back to Carr in the shotgun, 4 WRs & Lynch in the backfield this time. Usually when in shotgun they’ve been lining Lynch up as the fifth WR. It’s possible they took him out of the WR lineup here because he never had his timing right when Carr would throw to him. Anyways, handoff to Lynch for 4 off the left tackle. 3rd & 6. Carr in the shotgun, 5 WRs….Carr down the sideline complete to Crabtree at the 5. TE Cook draws a double team which puts Crabtree in single coverage down the sideline. Crabtree splits two defenders at the goal line & he’s in. Again. This time on an under thrown fade route
Seven plays & the Defense allows the Jets in the end zone & on the board. 14-7 Raiders. By the way, the Jets scored on a 34 yard Fade Route. Go figure. Patterson takes the kickoff out of the end zone to the 30. Oakland called for their third Unnecessary Roughness penalty during the return. Their second was during the Jets last drive. 1st & 10 at the Raiders 15. Carr out of the shotgun complete to Crabtree for 21 yards. 1st & 10 at the 36. Raiders go no huddle for the next two plays, both out of the shotgun. Lynch up the middle picks up 8 then an incomplete pass to the TE Cook. Raiders burn a timeout. Another incomplete short pass over the middle to Cook. Raiders are forced to punt. During the Jets drive, the Oakland defense picks up a Taunting penalty but holds the Jets to a field goal. 14-10 Raiders with 3:11 left in this half. Raiders take the touchback on the kickoff. 1st & 10 at the 25. Lynch picks up 2 yards off the left tackle but more importantly he gets the clock running. Carr is incomplete to Cooper but connects with Cook on the next snap. Cook gets pushed out at the 31 to stop the clock. The Jets had already burned two time outs. Doesn’t really matter though as it’s the two minute warning. 4th & 4 has the Raiders punting it 55 yards to the Jets who muff the catch & Oakland recovers it. At. The. Four. 1st & 10 raiders at the 4. Raiders try Lynch to the right for nothing. 2nd & goal. Lynch finally gets yardage in this game as he picks up two. Lynch up the middle for another gain of two & the touchdown. Lynch had ben shut down on the ground until these last two plays. He’s got 4 yards & a touchdown right before the half. 21-10 Raiders. Raiders punt, Jets takes a knee & that’s Halftime.
Back from the Half, the Jets go 12 plays for 45 yards, chew up nearly 8 minutes of the third quarter & only come away with a field goal. It’s not that the Raiders Defense is THAT good, the Jets just aren’t very good at this whole football thing. I mean McCown, a 39 year old journeyman QB had a 22 yard run on them this drive.
1st & 10 at the Raiders 16. Carr under center hands off to Washington & he picks up 6. Washington again this time to the left side for 10 yards. Raiders run it a third time this time Washington goes nowhere. 2nd & 10 at the 32. Raiders continue to feed it to Washington for the fourth time in a row, this time it’s through the air for 1 yard. Flag out on the Jets this time for Unnecessary Roughness which moves the Raiders down the field by another 15 yards. 1st & 10 at their own 48. Carr with a swing pass to the right sideline complete to Crabtree who gets pushed out at the Jets 48. Gain of 4 yards on this one. Carr over the middle to Cook for 5. Then Carr hands it off to Patterson on a draw play for a 43 yard touchdown. Jeez that kid has some, ahem, jets. The Raiders just went 84 yards in 7 plays in 3 minutes 39 seconds. 28-13 Raiders.
The 3rd Quarter ends with McCown getting sacked & the 4th opens with the Jets punting it. Carr passes to the left to Cooper for 6 who then picks up another 10 in YAC. Next play Lynch finally catches a pass from Carr for 4 yards. Lynch off the right guard for a gain of 7. Next play Carr pitches right to Richard who makes one cut & ****ing explodes down the field & into the end zone. Holy **** that was impressive. 4 plays, 79 yards all in 2 minutes & it’s 35-13 Raiders
Raiders kick off for 65 yards & the touchback. Jets in the shotgun when McCown gets sacked for a loss of 8 yards, Fumbles & the Raiders recover it at the Jets 18. 1st & 10 Raiders. Carr goes for the kill shot in the corner end zone to Cooper. Carr’s pass is caught out of bounds & ruled incomplete, Jets are called for Defensive Pass Interference, ball at the 1. 1st & goal. Carr out of the shotgun rolls right & fires it to Crabtree in the right corner of the end zone at the pylon for his third touchdown of the day. Kick is good & it’s 43-13 Raiders. They’re rolling.
Jets go 75 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown to try to somewhat stay in it. It’s now 42-20 Raiders. Still trying to stay in this one, Jets go with an on sides kick that’s recovered by Washington for Oakland. Are you geographically confused now? After 37 yards in 12 plays the Raiders are held to a field goal of their own. 45-20 Raiders with less then 30 seconds on the clock. Jets kick off, Raiders take the touchback then take a knee to end this mauling.
So, after watching 8 quarters of Raider offense, I’m not picking up on them showing one thing to set up another like McCoy did when watching the first Rams game. They’ve ran two plays that stood out. The handoff to the running back who flipped it back to Carr for a pass attempt & the draw with Patterson. I’m only noting the Patterson draw because he’s their primary return guy & they’re already rotating three other, different running backs.
They run a lot of quick, short passes & expect the receivers to pick up the yards after the catch. His longest completion in Week 2 was only 39 yards. Yet he completed 23 of 28 passes. You have to be wary of Carr as he’s got a super quick release, but on top of that, he’s learned how to move defenders off of where he’s actually going with eyes. Torrian Gray is gonna have to really coach up the DBs to not fall for that.
As far as their WRs, they spread it around. And around. And around. They’re loaded with weapons in Crabtree, Cooper, Cook at TE & the two Chris Thompson clones in Richard & Washington.
The Raider’s run game, also nothing special, they just get enough to move the chains. Both teams they’ve played have seemed to made sure they swarmed Lynch anytime he got a carry to stop him from ripping off any major chunks of yardage. In Week 1 they were limiting Lynch to ease him back into football. In Week 2 Lynch had 12 attempts for 45 yards & a TD with an average of 3.8 while Washington & Richardson each had 6 attempts.
I think the Redskins can beat ‘em, but to do so they can’t make any mistakes. Until Pryor starts catching everything thrown at him & Doctson gets involved to where Cousins looks for him, the Raiders have the clear edge at WR. I’d give the Raiders an edge with the running game as well except the Redskins seemed to found theirs last week against the Rams. At Tight End, if Jordan Reed is out tonight, it’s a wash between V. Davis & the Raider’s J. Cook.
And I fully expect Gruden to call at least two failed fade routes in the RedZone.
Feel free to leave your questions &/or comments below.
So I was finally able to get a copy of the Rams vs Colts game from Week 1.
The first thing that stood out is that no in LA goes to NFL games. The sideline seats are over half empty at kickoff. One end zone is open & it looks like there are more fans in the stands of the closed end zone section then there are on the sidelines. The field still has the PAC 12 logos on it as you can see them, along with the hardline numbers, through whatever the grounds crew tried to cover them up with. The Rams don’t even have their logo on the field. Instead it’s the NFL shield logo at the 50 yard line.
Let’s take a look at the Offense, we’ll skip the Defense for time reasons & the fact that Luck was on the sideline for this one giving Wade Phillips an inexperienced backup QB to tee off against.
McVay still likes to deep to 11. However now it’s Tavon Austin & not DeSean Jackson. Speaking of Austin, McCoy ran him on a Fly Sweep in the First Quarter. He got 9 yards on it on 1st Down. McCoy actually gets Gurley involved with calling two back to back runs. However it still produces that 3 yard gain that Redskins fans have gotten used to seeing the last four years. Go figure. That said, the Rams seem to have better luck in actually passing it to Gurley then trying to have him run it. Last play of the first Quarter, it’s a run for Gurley & he goes no where. He just get smothered & covered in the backfield like hash browns at the Waffle House.
To start the 2nd Quarter it’s a handoff to Austin who goes left towards a wall of defenders, reverses to the right & gets stopped for a minuscule gain. McVay’s easily identified his top two weapons & is getting them ball in several creative ways so far.
So far this Offense looks both familiar & good. Even the off sides & holding penalties on the O-Line look familiar. Speaking of the O-Line, I don’t think Goff has been hit yet & it’s currently about two minutes into the 2nd Quarter as I’m still watching the tape. There’s a shot of Luck on the sideline- Holy …He shaved the neck beard & doesn’t look like a Goonie Goo Goo anymore Gus. Austin just returned a punt. Kupp. Damn nice one handed wide open grab for a completion on the intermediate/deep ball. Another completion downfield to Everett. Rams are in the end zone & still can’t run. Surprisingly they stick with the run again on the next call & Gurley gets into the end zone.
One thing I’m noticing about Goff is his accuracy which he was already known for. Thing is when he has time to set his feet in the pocket, he trows with laser precision. It’s when he’s under pressure or hurried that he’ll heave it downfield without his feet planted on the ground. Every one of those passes fall short. Also, I haven’t seen him throw it away yet either. This is going to be a key for Week 2. The Redskins Defense needs to be in face all day long.
Maaaan. About 5 & half left in the 2nd Quarter, Goff has all day in the pocket & hits a laser to Kupp in the end zone for a TD. The whole play in action was probably prettier then when McCoy drew it up. Just a beautifuly executed play.
Well now. Gurley on a sweep to the right, hurdles a defender & loses the ball out of bounds. Nice run. Next play & this was NICE. They fake it to Gurley so the Defense forgets about him only to air it out to him down the field where he’s already got 3 linemen downfield blocking for him for a gain of 23. Sick. Just effing sick. So far the Rams look like they’re going to give you a fun team watch this season when the Skins aren’t playing.
Overtime Goff calls TURBO in his cadence I think back to Kyle Shanahan.
At the Half, the Rams have put 27 on the board, 7 of those were provided by the Defense who had a pick six earlier in the 1st Quarter.
The Rams start the 3rd Quarter with another one of those famous 3 yard runs. Then the next play Goff nails a 26 yard strike into triple coverage to Woods. The play was again setup with a fake handoff to Gurley & Austin in motion from left to right. Gurley (wide open) at 5 yards pass the line of scrimmage turns to look back at Goff as his release valve. Goff launches it downfield to Woods coming off a deep crossing route. Even the announcers are starting to gush over the creativity on the Rams Offense.
A handoff to Gurley now gets him more then 3 yards as the pass has started to momentarily open up the run game. Though so far the run game has been pretty basic compared to the passing game. And then with three receivers, Goff takes the snap, fakes the handoff to Gurley & runs it himself for a gain of 2. Back to Gurley who gets stuffed in the backfield for a loss of 6. It’s 3rd & 14 & they actually try to run it up the middle for 2, & the kick it for 3. Defense just snagged another pick 6, this one right in front of TY Hilton.
Remind me again why we didn’t even interview Wade Phillips? I know this Colts team is trash without Luck running t but damn all they do is get held to 3 & outs, get sacked, or throw pick sixes. With nearly 3 minutes left in the 3rd the Defense nearly gets another one but it’s negated by the Colts getting for a facemark penalty on the DB that caused him to drop the ball as his head was getting yanked around.
Last Rams drive in the 3rd Quarter has a Sammy Watkins sighting to convert a 3rd Down. Five seconds into the 4th Quarter & Goff finally takes his first sack.
The Colts are so out of this game they’ve switched QBs for the 4th Quarter. Scrubby McScrubb launches a 50 yard completion to get the Colts at the 4 yard line. And the Colts finally get a touchdown, only to miss the extra point. This series is the only one where you can maybe say the Defense didn’t fully do their job.
Gurley rips off a run outside to the left that gets called back due to holding. I think we’ve seen that movie here in DC before. Miscommunican between Goff & Cooper cause the Rams to punt as Goff’s pass goes 10 yards over his head. The Defense can now add a Safety to their resume.
There’s about 9 minutes left & the Rams have 39 on the board so there’s still another touchdown waiting to happen.
Goff to Kupp for a gain of 28 in coverage. McCoy goes to the run game to start chewing up the clock which surprises me as I’d have expected him to continue trying to pass it into the end zone. Brown runs it in for 6 on 3rd & 2.
In what’s most likely the Rams final drive, McCoy gives Goff the rest of the game off & let’s the backup QB start at the 10 yard line. At the Two Minute Warning the Rams take a knee to run this one out.
Even after watching this I have no idea what to expect later today when the Redskin take on the Rams. With Gruden’s teams the rule has been look like garbage in the Week 1 game & rebound in Week 2. However the other rule has been that Wade Phillips has basically ate Gruden’s lunch overtime they’ve gone against each other. I can easily see a shootout happening but I can just as easily see the Rams delivering another blowout.
Redskins 27 - Rams 20
Hello friends. I know it's been a while since last we chatted, but I am back again for season number 13. Much like many of my previous seasons covering this franchise, the Washington Redskins did not get off to the best of starts with their 2017 campaign -- snapping a five-game winning streak over the Philadelphia Eagles with a disheartening 30-17 loss.
Whether it was due to nerves or the first-team offense not getting enough reps throughout the preseason, quarterback Kirk Cousins was more inaccurate than 'Skins fans are used to seeing. While Terrelle Pryor's drops weren't helping, the franchised quarterback sailed more than a few passes over the head of his intended targets – most notably on the soul-crushing red-zone interception that essentially ended Washington's chances for victory in Week 1.
As trite as it is to say, this offense will only go as far as Cousins' arm takes it. Do you know what helps a quarterback struggling with accuracy? A big, reliable target. You know just who might fill that bill? Second-year wide out Josh Doctson.
While Santana Moss said Doctson "might be the best receiver on this team," we'll have to take his word for it until head coach Jay Gruden actually lets him get onto the field with any regularity. Until then, Redskins fans will have to settle for large doses of Ryan Grant and not throwing to Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Reed. Consider me dubious of the chatter this week about Doctson not being 100 percent.
It was much more telling when, during the same press conference, Gruden said Doctson has to earn more playing time. Look, in theory it's great to play hard ass and hold playing time over a young guy's head to show him you mean business. But, in reality, this offense hasn't look good since Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson were let go, so letting a quality asset ride the pine just to make a statement isn't exactly what's best for business.
You know what else helps a quarterback get into rhythm? A running game.
Stop me if you've heard this before: the rushing attack got off to a slow start, leading Gruden to abandon the ground game almost entirely (17 run plays versus 40 passing plays). From there, the team's one-dimensional attack became even more narrowly focused thanks to Cousins' insistence on forcing the ball to receiver-in-training Pryor. In related news, Philadelphia had little trouble shutting down the Redskins’ offense.
Thanks largely to struggles along the offensive line (Cousins was pressured on 19 of 47 dropbacks), the Redskins allowed five sacks and the team turned the ball over four times. Right tackle Morgan Moses in particular had an off day, seemingly bested by whoever lined up against him. If Washington is going to actually produce yards on the ground or give Cousins enough time to complete his three-step drop, it’ll have to start with better output from Moses.
During the Jeff Fisher era, the Rams were chronically mediocre – winning seven or eight games per season while being completely unwatchable in the process. After five forgettable seasons, Fisher was let go and replaced by 31-year-old Sean McVay.
Anyone watching "All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams" on Amazon Prime immediately noticed the stark contrast between Fisher and the former Redskins offensive coordinator, who comes across as someone you'd love to work for in any capacity.
While Fisher couldn't be bothered to develop talent on offense, McVay seems to have been just what the doctor ordered for the Rams, who struggled to put points on the board last year, but scored five touchdowns in a 46-9 blowout over the Indianapolis Colts last week.
Prior to the arrival of the youngest head coach in modern NFL history, quarterback Jared Goff was destined to be a bust, running back Todd Gurley looked lost and no receiver on the Rams roster appeared to be anything other than average.
With McVay calling the shots last season, the Redskins offense averaged more than 400 yards per game for the first time in franchise history while also finishing as the league’s third-best offense. So it should come as no surprise that McVay looks like he’s doing more of the same in Los Angeles.
Goff completed 21 of 29 attempts for 306 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Gurley picked up a total of 96 yards (40 rushing and 56 receiving) and a touchdown (although he was limited to just 2.1 yards per carry). And a rookie wide out allegedly named Cooper Kupp burst onto the scene with four catches on six targets for 76 yards and a touchdown.
In summary: the Rams already look leaps and bounds better than at any point in recent memory under Fisher.
McVay knows the Redskins organization as well as anybody -- warts and all. Those who know him best call him detail oriented, so it's safe to assume he'll be prepared to take on the franchise he called home for the last seven seasons.
Where might he look to attack? For starters, I'm guessing he's looking forward to exploiting Washington's deficiencies on 3rd-and-long. While outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan scored the team’s first touchdown of the 2017 season, inside linebacker Zach Brown and cornerback Kendall Fuller were the two best defenders wearing burgundy and gold in Week 1. For the record, cornerback Josh Norman had a solid outing as well, but wasn’t as involved as Brown or Fuller.
Those three alone weren’t enough to get the job done however, as the defense still allowed the Eagles to convert eight (out of 14) 3rd downs. Simply put, that’s not good enough.
The areas that I am focused on heading into this pivotal match-up:
1. Will head coach Jay Gruden actually stick with the Redskins running game long enough to keep the Rams defense honest?
2. Can the safety combination of D.J. Swearinger and Deshazor Everett rebound from their uneven Week 1 effort?
3. Which team limits mistakes and wins the turnover battle?
I have a feeling the answers to those three questions will go a long way towards determining the mood and/or panic level at Redskins Park next week.
Philadelphia 30 - 17 Washington
It's a late hello to all my friends. I am JimmiJo and I am joined by my partner; Spaceman Spiff.
Together we will bring you the sights and sounds of today's game. I love the first game of the year. It is full of promise and expectancy. All records are even and this is where we begin to define the legacy.
So what to expect from this game and this team? For the first time in a long time I am not sure what to expect. I don't think we saw anything like the real team in preseason. Then too, I think we did witness some of the shortcomings:
- New receiving corps has brought the challenge of working with a QB on timing and anticipation
- The run game continues to be a riddle head coach Jay Gruden cannot solve. This has been the case since he arrived.
- And what of the defense? There is talent more so than we have seen for some time. Let's hope that talent can gel into a cohesive unit.
So late start, let me get going here.
- 34 Mack Brown
- 38 Joshua Holsey
- 40 Josh Harvey-Clemmons
- 68 Tyler Catalina
- 69 T.J. Clemmons
- 72 Anthony Lanier II
- 87 Jeremy Sprinkle
Color me nervous.
All the bad stuff I feared happened in that half. Turnovers. Anemic offense. Lack of preparedness. Philadelphia jumping out to a lead.
But then something happened. Opportune plays. Mistakes by Eagles, and the offense finally woke up.
We have a game folks.
You didn’t have to watch the game to know who won. A quick glance at the stats tells the story:
- First Downs Eagles 19 – 16 Redskins
- Third Down Efficiency Eagles 8/14 57% - Redskins 3/11 27%
- Total Net Yards Eagles 356 – Redskins 264
- Fumbles/Lost Eagles 1-1 – Redskins 3-3
- Touchdowns 3 – Redskins 2
- Field Goals Eagles 3-3 – Redskins 1-1
- Time of Possession Eagles 34:16 – Redskins 25:44
It was a game of catch up from the start. Washington’s offense could not get in gear at first. Except for a few drives it never really did. Meanwhile Philadelphia scored on their opening drive. Two drives later, the Eagles took advantage of a muffed Redskins’ punt to match down and score again. A missed extra point made things interesting for a time.
Kirk Cousins did little to justify a shiny new contract. He finished the day 23/40 for 240-yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception and a passer rating of 72.9. His accuracy was poor. He often threw over the receivers, or behind them. The pick at the end of the game was unforgivable.
Cousins said after the game he was trying to lead Terrell Pryor III to a spot which was never going to amount to anything.
The rushing attack did little to help. Washington amassed 64-yards rushing. Rob Kelley logged 30-yards on 10-carries. Cousins contributed, rushing for 30-yards on 4-carries.
The Redskins will need help from the backs if this is going to work.
Washington’s defense was the highlight for the Redskins. They pressured Carson Wentz throughout the game. Wentz was sacked twice, hit nine times and with four tackles-for-loss.
But it was the busted plays that got Washington in hot water. The first touchdown was on a busted play. So was the big conversion for first down with just over 8-minutes to go.
But the defense did enough to allow the Redskins to hang around. So much so that it looked like the Redskins were set to take the lead again early in the fourth quarter. On third-and-six with Washington set to take the lead, Cousins overthrew Jamison Crowder and was picked at the goal line by Jalen Mills.
On one play Washington when from at least a 1-point lead to watching the Eagles begin another march downfield.
The Redskins’ defense would hold the Eagles on that drive. Ditto the one following.
But Washington can only hold off bad luck for so long.
The Eagles marched to the Redskins’ 20-yard line before stalling. They added a field foal to their 2-point lead to go up five at the two minute warning.
Washington began their drive at their own 25. On 2nd and 3, Cousins was hit, then appear to have the ball knocked out of his hand by Fletcher Cox, who then picked up the ball and took it in the end zone for the score. Reviews of the play showed Cousins was going forward to throw.
The referees saw it different however and upheld the call, making it 30-17, which is how the game ended.
Anyone who watched the Redskins’ preseason had concerns about this game. Washington lacked urgency throughout the preseason. They had very little time together as a unit before today, and it showed.
I was concerned when I realized both the number 1 and 2 receivers were leaving the team. Today I believe we saw that lack of chemistry and timing. The good news is time should produce a better product.
Until then however, we are going to have to suffer through an inconsistent offense and our share of losses.
I had a fabulous time today, though I was not able to get audio beyong the coach and Cousins. I will see you for the next home game.
» The Redskins evening their all-time record in season openers at 41-41-4 with a win. A victory would also push their record in openers to 25-23 since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
» The Redskins attempting to snap a four-game losing streak in season openers. The team won three straight Week 1 contests from 2010-12 prior to the current streak.
» The Redskins opening against an NFC opponent to snap a three-year stretch in which the Redskins opened against AFC competition every year from 2014-16.
» The Redskins opening a season at home for a third consecutive season, marking the franchise’s first stretch of three straight season openers at home since opening six consecutive seasons at home from 2002-07.
» The Redskins improving to 18-13 in Week 1 home games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The win would push Washington to 9-5 all-time at FedExField on Kickoff Weekend.
» The Redskins opening a season against a division opponent for the 29th time all-time, dating back to the Boston Redskins’ season opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates in an NFL Eastern Division clash on Sept. 13, 1936.
» The Redskins seeking a sixth straight victory against Philadelphia for the first time since posting a six-game winning streak in the series across the 1981-84 seasons. The Redskins have won five consecutive games against the Eagles dating back to 2014.
» The Redskins pushing their all-time record against the Eagles including postseason play to 87-73-5, including season series sweeps in 2015 and 2016.
» The Redskins adding to their current 86 all-time wins against the Eagles (Including postseason play), their most against any opponent.
» The Redskins improving to 45-35-3 all-time in home games against the Eagles. The Redskins enter 2017 having earned wins in four of their last five home games against Philadelphia.
» The Redskins seeking their first four-game home winning streak against Philadelphia since the 1981-84 seasons.
» The Redskins recording a sack in a 25th consecutive regular season game, dating back to 2015. Washington’s active streak of 24 ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL (Cincinnati, 29).
» The Redskins posting a sack in a 25th consecutive regular season game to tie for the third-longest such streak in team history since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982. The previous 25-game streak was recorded by the Redskins from Week 1 of the 1982 season to Week 16 of the 1983 season.
» Head Coach Jay Gruden winning his 22nd game with the Redskins to take sole possession of eighth-most in team history.
» Quarterback Kirk Cousins starting a 33rd consecutive regular season game for the Redskins, the third-longest streak by a Redskins quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger behind Joe Theismann (60 from 1980-84) and Mark Rypien (41 from 1990-93).
» Cousins entering the game third in NFL history in completion percentage (65.9) among players with at least 1,500 career attempts.
» Cousins adding to his team records for career 300-yard passing games (19, including 18 in regular season play) and 400-yard passing games (three).
» Cousins (12,113) accruing 240 passing yards to move past Billy Kilmer (12,352) for the fifth-most career passing yards in Redskins history.
» Cousins (72) throwing three touchdown passes to join Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, Joe Theismann, Billy Kilmer and Mark Rypien as the only quarterbacks to record 75 career touchdown passes as a member of the Redskins.
» Cousins (nine) rushing for a touchdown to tie Joe Theismann (10) for the second-most career rushing touchdowns by a Redskins quarterback.
» Tight end Vernon Davis (505) catching a pass to move past Dallas Clark and Frank Wycheck (505 each) for sole possession of 10th on the NFL’s list of career receptions by a tight end.
» Davis (6,424) gaining 146 receiving yards to move past Heath Miller (6,569) for the 10th-most career receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history.
» Davis adding to his 57 career touchdown receptions, eighth most of any tight end in NFL history.
» Davis catching three touchdowns to tie former Redskins great Jerry Smith (60) for sixth-most touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history.
» Kicker Dustin Hopkins (five) kicking his sixth career field goal of 50 yards or more to take sole possession of third-most in team history.
» Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan starting his 97th consecutive regular season game, the second-longest active streak among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career.
» Kerrigan (58.5) posting 1.5 sacks to become the third member of the Redskins to record 60.0 sacks since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982 (Dexter Manley and Charles Mann).
» Tight end Jordan Reed (248) recording two receptions to become the 12th player to catch 250 career passes as a member of the Redskins. He would be the Redskins’ third tight end to reach the milestone, joining Chris Cooley and Jerry Smith.
» Reed (20) catching a touchdown pass to tie Jean Fugett (21) for third-most career receiving touchdowns by a tight end in Redskins history
» The Redskins kicking off their 86th season in franchise history, dating back to their debut as the Boston Braves in 1932.
» The Redskins representing Washington, D.C., for an 81st straight season, dating back to the team’s move to the District prior to the team’s 1937 championship season.
» The Redskins finishing a third consecutive season with a winning percentage above .500 for the first time since a four-year span from 1989-92.
» The Redskins (586) attempting to win 14 regular season games to become the fifth franchise in NFL history with 600 regular season wins all-time.
» The Redskins (team record 6,454 in 2016) posting back-to-back 6,000-yard seasons on offense for the first time in team history.
» The Redskins exceeding 5,000 offensive yards for a 13th straight season. Only five other NFL teams have an active streak of 12 or more seasons with 5,000 yards (Green Bay, New Orleans, New England, Philadelphia and Dallas).
» The Redskins amassing 4,000 passing yards in four consecutive seasons for the first time in team history.
» The Redskins throwing at least 25 touchdown passes as a team in three consecutive seasons for the first time in team history.
» The Redskins allowing 30 or fewer sacks in three consecutive seasons for the first time since a seven-season span from 1986-92.
» The Redskins (No. 3 in 2016) finishing in the Top 5 in the NFL in total offense in back-to-back seasons for the first time since a three-year stretch from 1989-91.
» The Redskins (No. 2 in 2016) posting back-to-back seasons in the Top 5 in the NFL in passing yards per game a five-year run from 1987-91.
» The Redskins (24) extending their current streak of consecutive regular season games with at least one sack, which enters 2017 as the fourth-longest in team history since the NFL made sacks an official statistic in 1982.
» The Redskins (+5 in 2015, even in 2016) finishing even or better in turnover differential in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1999-2001.
» The Redskins (No. 4 in 2016) posting consecutive seasons in the Top 5 in the NFL in punt return average for the first time since leading the league in the category in both the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
» Head Coach Jay Gruden joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Ray Flaherty, George Allen and Joe Gibbs as the only coaches in team history to lead the franchise to multiple postseason berths.
» Gruden (21) chasing Nos. 6 Mike Shanahan and Jack Pardee (24) and No. 5 Joe Kuharich (26) on the Redskins’ list of all-time wins by a coach.
» The following players appearing in enough contests to reach 100 career regular season games played: guard Shawn Lauvao (15), linebacker Mason Foster (14), long snapper Nick Sundberg (nine), linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (four) and tackle Trent Williams (three).
» Kerrigan and Williams starting four games each to reach 100 career regular season starts.
» Cornerback Bashaud Breeland recording multiple interceptions to become the first member of the Redskins to open a career with four consecutive multi-interception seasons since Fred Smoot (2001-04).
» Quarterback Kirk Cousins starting all 16 games for a third consecutive season to become the first Redskins quarterback to do so since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978.
» Cousins (41) starting nine games to become the eighth quarterback to start 50 career regular season games for the Redskins, joining Joe Theismann, Sonny Jurgensen, Sammy Baugh, Billy Kilmer, Mark Rypien, Eddie LeBaron and Jason Campbell.
» Cousins (No. 3 in 2016) becoming the first player in team history to finish in the Top 3 in the NFL in passing yards in a season in back-to-back years since Sonny Jurgensen in 1966-67.
» Cousins throwing for 4,000 yards for a third consecutive season. It would mark the 14th instance of a quarterback posting three straight 4,000-yard seasons in NFL history. (Note: Carson Palmer, Russell Wilson and Jameis Winston can also accomplish the feat in 2017).
» Cousins (1,556) chasing No. 6 Jason Campbell (1,637) and No. 5 Billy Kilmer (1,791) on the team’s all-time pass attempts list.
» Cousins (1,025) chasing No. 4 Mark Rypien (1,244) on the team’s all-time pass completions list.
» Cousins (12,113) chasing No. 5 Billy Kilmer (12,352) and No. 4 Mark Rypien (15,928) on the team’s all-time passing yardage list.
» Cousins (72) chasing No. 5 Mark Rypien (101) and No. 4 Billy Kilmer (103) on the team’s all-time passing touchdowns list.
» Cousins throwing 20 passing touchdowns to become the first Redskins quarterback with three consecutive 20-touchdown seasons.
» Cousins throwing 25 passing touchdowns to become the first player in team history to record 25 or more passing touchdowns in a season three times.
» Cousins posting a 100.0 or better passer rating to become the first Redskins quarterback to post multiple 100-rating seasons (min. 100 attempts).
» Wide receiver Jamison Crowder becoming the first player to lead the Redskins in receiving touchdowns in back-to-back seasons
since Chris Cooley in 2006-07. He would be the first wide receiver to accomplish the feat since Santana Moss in 2005-06. (Note: Cooley and Moss tied for the team lead in 2006).
» Crowder (No. 4 in 2016) attempting to become the first member of the Redskins to finish in the Top 5 in the NFL in punt return average in back-to-back years since Mike Nelms in 1980-81.
» Crowder becoming the eighth player to record multiple career punt returns for touchdown with his next score, joining Brian Mitchell, Rickie Harris, Dick Todd, Bert Zagers, Cliff Battles, Mike Nelms and Johnny Williams.
» Tight end Vernon Davis (505) chasing No. 9 Kellen Winslow (541) and No. 8 Jeremy Shockey (547) on the NFL’s list of career receptions by a tight end.
» Davis (6,424) chasing No. 10 Heath Miller (6,569), No. 9 Kellen Winslow (6,741), No. 8 Greg Olsen (7,365) and No. 7 Pete Retzlaff (7,412) on the NFL’s list of career receiving yards by a tight end.
» Davis (57) chasing No. 7 Jimmy Graham (59), No. 6 Jerry Smith (60), No. 5 Shannon Sharpe (62) and No. 4 Jason Witten (63) on the NFL’s list of career receiving touchdowns by a tight end.
» Safety DeAngelo Hall (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor (six) for the most career fumble return touchdowns in NFL history.
» Hall improving upon his 43 career interceptions, most among active NFL players.
» Hall (23) chasing No. 9 Ken Houston (24), Nos. 7 Pat Fischer and Mark Murphy (27), No. 6 Paul Krause (28) and others on the Redskins’ all-time interception list.
» Kicker Dustin Hopkins (59) chasing No. 5 Kai Forbath (80), No. 4 Shaun Suisham (81) and No. 3 Curt Knight (101) on the team’s list of career field goals made.
Happy Friday & enjoy.
Welcome to ES's blog coverage of the final preseason game, I'm HapHaszard in the pressbox and TK will be on the sidelines. Everyone says this isn't an important game but to the players on the bubble its a very important game. Who will show up and grab one of the 53 or do well enough to make the practice squad. Last year Fat Rob showed what he could do and made the 53, while Mac Brown made the practice squad. Someone always surprises or at least validates what the coaches saw at training camp. Will we see Matt Jones get enough on tape for another team to pick him up, or will he make the team keep him. These questions and more will be answered tonight. It is the final chance for many players.
This game belongs to Nate Sudfeld, plans are for him to play the entire game. Some of the local reporters are wondering if he will make the team this year. From what I saw in training camp the few days I was there he still has a long way to go, and he gets limited chances to practice. At training camp he seemed to be very streaky, one day he was really bad, the next day he seemed to have cleaned up some of the problems he had and threw some pretty balls. The final day I was there I didn't get to see much of what he could do since I had to leave after walk-thru practice. One thing I noticed was that he is so tall he has trouble getting down low to receive the snap, he looked really awkward the first day. The second day he was bending his knees more and seemed a lot smoother and was throwing better. He still isn't getting the ball out as fast as Cousins or McCoy.
From the 2017 media guide: Nate Sudfeld played college football at Indiana from 2012-2015. He appeared in 37 games, with 28 starts. He exited Indiana ranked first in passing touchdowns (81), passing yards (7879), 350 yard games (6). He was tied for first in 400 yard games (1). So he does have potential, it just has to come out in these pre-season games.
I arrived at the team hotel around 12:30 and since I couldn't check in until 1pm I decided to have an adult beverage from the lobby bar, I grabbed a table, happened to glance over to the next table and Clinton Portis was sitting there. I had almost finished my refreshing beverage when I saw Sonny Jergenson sitting across the lobby in the lounge area, someone was sitting next to him, they looked familiar but I just couldn't place who he was. All the Redskins media folks, Larry Michael and all were gathered around having their pictures taken with Sonny and the other person. It wasn't until TK arrived that I found out it was Billy Killmer. Boy has he changed, really gotten old, but then so have I. I don't look much like me in the 60's and 70's.
Teams were on the field warming up but the Redskins have left for the locker room, Tampa is now leaving also. The stadium looks empty but it is still 20 minutes until kickoff.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF LINEUP CHANGES
TAMPA, Fla. – The following members of the Washington Redskins are not expected to play this evening:
- No. 8 QB Kirk Cousins
- No. 11 WR Terrelle Pryor Sr.
- No. 14 WR Ryan Grant
- No. 18 WR Josh Doctson
- No. 20 RB Rob Kelley
- No. 24 CB Josh Norman
- No. 25 RB Chris Thompson
- No. 26 CB Bashaud Breeland
- No. 29 CB Kendall Fuller
- No. 30 S Su’a Cravens
- No. 36 S D.J. Swearinger
- No. 51 LB Will Compton
- No. 52 LB Ryan Anderson
- No. 53 LB Zach Brown
- No. 54 LB Mason Foster
- No. 58 LB Junior Galette
- No. 61 C Spencer Long
- No. 71 T Trent Williams
- No. 73 C Chase Roullier
- No. 75 G Brandon Scherff
- No. 76 T Morgan Moses
- No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao
- No. 79 T Ty Nsekhe
- No. 80 WR Jamison Crowder
- No. 85 TE Vernon Davis
- No. 86 TE Jordan Reed
- No. 90 DL Ziggy Hood
- No. 91 LB Ryan Kerrigan
- No. 92 DL Stacy McGee
- No. 94 LB Preston Smith
- No. 95 DL Jonathan Allen
- No. 97 DL Terrell McClain
- No. 99 DL Phil Taylor Sr.
Sudfeld's first series, passing 4-0 for 36 yards, one delay of game and one sack. Running game 2 for 0 yards.
Defense first series, hard to tell how that went since TB had delay of game and holding, Redskins had trouble stopping the run.
Sudfeld's second series, 3-2 passes, 3 runs for 6 yards ending in a 53 yard FG 3-0 Redskins Run game is not working at this point.
Looks like TB has figured out our defense can't stop the run, 4 downs and ran for 1st down on 4 and 1. Defense came thru finally stopped the run for a loss and TB punted.
Redskins time of Possession 9:57 Tampa Bay 5:03.
Running 6 for 6 yards
Passing 7 of 9 for 54 yards
In the second quarter the Redskins got the run game going finally. They are moving the ball well against TB they have been in Tampa's end 2 series, first series gave the ball up on a 4th and 1 that was an incomplete pass. Now at 1st and goal at the 7 yard line. Matt Jones 6 yard run to the 1 but holding call cost them 10 yards and had to settle for a 36 yard FG attempt that was missed.
Half time Redskins - 3; TB - 0
First downs Redskins - 12, TB - 2
Total net yards Redskins - 194, TB - 40
Total offensive plays Redskins - 41, TB - 17
Net yards rushing Redskins - 64, TB - 34
After looking at the 1st half stats, my feeling that TB was running well against the Redskins was an illusion. Funny how watching you get an impression of how things are going and then find out when you see the stats that you were not as astute as you thought you were. Actually after the first series or two the Defense has played a very good game. Defense is gang tackling, seems like 2 or 3 hit the runner at the same time.
Redskins are moving the ball well they just don't seem to be able to put it into the end zone.
Hopkins 50 yard FG Redskins 6, TB 0
TB Field Goal now Redskins 6, TB 3
As of the end of the 3rd Quarter Redskins have 16 first downs to Tampa's 5. Redskins have 290 total net yards to Tampa's 75. The Redskins have Rushed for 112 yards and Tampa has 71.
Redskins pick 6 for TD Redskins 13, TB 3
My take on the game, for the second year in a row we have outplayed TB in the preseason. Nate Sudfeld played much better than I was expecting.. Mack Brown did about what I was expecting him to do. Quick, Hazel,and Sprinkle had good games, over all guys making it hard for the coaches come cut down day.
Defense got sloppy and allowed Tampa to score a TD. Score now Redskins 13 -10.
Sudfeld 22 of 33 for 228 yards
Matt Brown 18 carries for 69 yards.
Hazel 4 receptions for 60 yards.
Total yards Redskins 360 to TB 242.
Welcome everyone to your Preseason Week 3 coverage on Extremeskins, it's TSO here in the Press Box with my man @Spaceman Spiff, who will be providing his usual assortment of magnificent pics from the sidelines, ready to provide you the best damn coverage on the planet!
So here we are, as usual, placing way too much emphasis on a preseason game. We just can't help ourselves, can we? Especially not when the team has come out looking uninterested, flat, emotionally disconnected, or whatever amatuer psychobabble we find fitting to describe something we probably shouldn't.
Alas, that won't stop us!
It's been pretty frustrating to see the offense sputter as much as it has. And while there are legitimate reasons for some of it (like the lack of practice time with Reed and Crowder - who are arguably the most important pass catchers on the team - as well as Doctson pulling his hamstring after starting out camp on fire), some of it has seemingly been inexplicable (like the generally poor play from the Oline as a unit, and specifically Brandon Sherff who's more often a massive positive than not).
The defense, on the other hand, has generally looked okay. Not great, by any means, and definitely not after Rodgers did what Rodgers does to people... but "looking great" is not something that truly matters during the preseason, anyway.
We've seen solid play from Dlinemen like Anthony Lanier II, AJ Francis, Stacy McGee (outside of his two brain farts that resulted in penalties that gave both the Ravens and Packers first downs during otherwise stalled drives) and our beloved first rounder Jonathan Allen, while we've seen excellent play from Phil Taylor Sr. (who's just been an absolute wonderful surprise) and Matt Ioannidis (who seems primed to take a significant leap from his rookie year). We've all been relieved to see both Foster and Brown starting at ILB the last couple weeks. The secondary hasn't been tested so much, but they didn't look too good against Rodgers (specifically Breeland going up against Nelson), so hopefully we get a better showing there.
In the end, I think it's safe to say we're all just looking for that spark. That glimpse into the potential of this roster and what they can do as a team. It's been too disappointing of a preseason to really feel good about anything, but there is no doubt that this roster has talent. Arguably more than it ever has during Snyder's tenure as owner and maybe even before that. But they need to start getting in sync; the players we've become accustomed to watching perform at a high level need to start, well, performing at a high level; the coaches need to show the fans they've got a motivated team with positional units working in concert with each other; and it'd be nice if some of the new pieces stepped up and showed us why they were added to the team or what the hype is all about (perhaps none more important than Chase Roullier, who will be starting for an injured Spencer Long at Center).
I don't feel like we can afford another ugly outing. The anxieties about Gruden's methodology during the offseason will be hard to not view as legitimate. The concern that it'll leak into the season, as it arguably did last year, will be overwhelming. They need to show up today and send out some good vibes. Stay tuned here on the ES Coverage Blog as well as the ES Gameday Thread and let's find out if they do together!
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Half Time Analysis
Alright. So, terrible first quarter, better second quarter.
It was really nice to see us finally get our running game going for the first time this preseason. Kelley and Perine both looked sharp once the offense got going a bit in the 2nd quarter. Roullier has looked really good out there. Sherff started out looking terrible again, but then really picked it up in the 2nd quarter. Can say that about the entire Oline, really. It's been frustrating to watch Pryor have as many drops as he's had, but fortunately he also picked it up with a great catch. Kirk has been inaccurate, consistently pressured, and just generally looking out of sync with his receivers, but again, he picked it up. The pick six was just woeful, though it seemed to light a fire since after that the offense started moving the ball.
Defensively, they looked good after that pathetic first drive. Our Dline hasn't looked good, but hasn't looked bad, either. Seeing Taylor go down was depressing, especially since he's been having the best preseason on the line. Hood is still an issue, but he had some good plays. Allen looks like he has looked... flashing potential but definitely not really impactful yet. A rookie, basically. Ioannidis didn't look as good as he has in the previous two games, but not bad. McGee had a nice rush, and McClain was just okay. Both Francis and Mbu looked good. The secondary is a little scary right now. That first drive was just horrendous, everyone off, no tight coverage, easy completions galore. Frustrating crap. But they picked up a bit, as well, and it was great seeing Norman make some impact plays.
Alright, be back after the game with our usual locker room interviews and awesome pics from Spaceman Spiff, see you then!
Landover, MD - Greetings to all my fellow ES'ers and ES'ettes! It's your neighborhood friendly TSO up here in the Press Box at FedEx Field along with the greatest photographer in the universe (verified fact, he has a plaque stating such), my man @Spaceman Spiff. We're here to provide you the best Redskins' coverage you'll find on the planet and, perhaps, in the universe - though I must admit Planet X5567 from the Controria Quadrant does a pretty good job of it themselves. Sorry for that, news of an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie in the making clearly has me overly geeked out.
Anywho, does this feel like just another preseason game to you? Not if you're as hardcore as we folk here on ES are. We had talk of Jay's "soft" approach to Training Camp, of which arguably cost us big time last year when the team came out and laid a massive goose egg against the Steelers during the season opener, all week where some felt last week's game against the Ravens was another indication of such an approach. Jay himself, to his credit, admitted during his presser on Wednesday:
.......I just think when you talk about ‘wakeup call,’ I just think everybody has to come out and understand the other team has an agenda also. We didn’t match the same agenda, and that’s probably my fault. You know, six plays, two three-and-outs for the No. 1 offense wasn’t what we expected, but we expect our offense to come out and play a little bit better, more physical, try to get the running game going a little bit. Two-point-two yards per carry is what I was most disappointed in the whole game. For us to be a physical football team, we have to be able to run the ball better.”
Not to mention the anxiousness that exists within the fanbase to see our Defense show signs of real, identifiable legitimacy - if it exists at all - where every gaffe is honed in on and nitpicked to death. I'll also be continuing my intense focus on the Dline that started with last week's game here.
Then there are the players we haven't seen yet due to injuries. Of course, that starts first and foremost with none other than Josh Docston. We've seen such a minimal amount of live snaps from our 2016 1st rounder it's cut a deep gash in our fan souls. He's a game time decision so we'll find out soon enough if we'll be given some much needed healing. Preston Smith should be playing today along with Jamison Crowder, who will both look to get their first snaps of the preseason. And don't forget some of the young'ns who finally started practicing this week which leads me to the final proof of this game's heightened meaning...
The still strong and remaining excitement regarding the potential of this year's draft picks. Whether it's our early picks in Allen and Anderson (another game time decision) or the later round guys like Sprinkle, Harvey-Clemons and Holsey... every player has buzz surrounding them. And as alluded to above, our mid-round guys in Fabian Moreau and Montae Nicholson should finally be getting some snaps for us to dig into.
So, yeah, suffice to say I'm certainly excited. Preseason or not, I can't wait to see what goes down!
Stay tuned for more tweets, notes, player interviews and general coverage all throughout the day, pre-game and post-game!
As usual when I do this, I'll be focusing in on the trenches (well, mostly) since everyone will be following the ball. Got the binoculars ready to go.
1st Quarter Notes
-Shawn Lauvao driven back on first snap for offense. No gain for Rob Kelley.
- Moreau, first snap in the NFL, causes fumble on punt return!
- Ty Nsekhe gives up pressure to Matthews on following snap, 4th offensive snap of the game.
- Oline holding up well outside of those two gaffes.
- McGee, Hood and McClain starting on the Line, nice pressure first snap from all of them.
- Nothing much from any of the DLinemen the next two snaps. Allen and Ioannidis were in the nickel defense on 3rd down.
- McGee, Hood and McClain again on following play after penalty. McGee with a nice run stop. Gets off his man, makes tackle.
- Next play, Hood pushed back, allowing 5 yard gain from RB.
- Allen over pursues, leaves gap on run play following a few quick plays from Rodgers.
- Ioannidis follows with a good run stop.
- Ioannidis with a good pass rush on following 3rd down. Rodgers does Rodgers' things and runs for a first.
- Terrell McClain with a good rush on 2nd and 6.
- Hood and McClain are the linemen in near the goal line. Do a nice job on 1st and goal after penalty to allow Foster to get the run stop.
- Zach Brown played that well on the TD, just a good throw and good catch by Rodgers and Bennett.
- Nsekhe and Sherff struggle on pass off, Sherff gives up pressure on second snap of ensuing offensive drive.
- Fabian Moreau again doing a great job on the punt, first guy there and finishes the tackle.
- McGee, Hood and McClain your starting linemen.
- Sack was mostly Preston Smith, but McGee does a good job getting immediate push.
- Allen and Ioannidis in. Allen with great awareness on screen. Sniffs it out immediately and gets in on tackle. Ioannidis did well to get immediate pressure on QB, but he was essentially allowed a free release since it was a screen.
- Not much of a rush on following 3rd down from Allen or Ioannidis.
- Offense back out. Moses is in.
- Just no movement from Lauvao on run play, Moses pulling inside also nothing.
- Following 3rd and 1, Moses and Sherff do nice job getting some push to allow Kelley to get the first.
2nd Quarter Notes
- Oline doing well first two plays of 2nd quarter.
- 1st down after penalty by Packers on 3rd down, Lauvao pulling but finds no one. Kelley still got a couple yards.
- Ensuing 3rd down, Oline all do a good job in pass protection.
- Lauvao pulls again on 4th down, not finding anyone. Surprised they didn't get the first, though. Seemed like it was enough.
- Ioannidis, Francis and Hood in now at Dline.
- Francis pushed back on the first play, run picks up a chunk.
- McGee and McClain in the nickel. Nothing much from either.
- Same on the next play near the goal line.
- I'm dying right now, some Packer's media in front of me all excited, fist bumping after every TD. Probably some fan bloggers, it's annoying though.
- Offense back out.
- Oline does a great job on 2nd down. As clean a pocket as all night.
- Again, on 3rd down, nice job. Kirk with a dime. Finally.
- Lauvao on following play with zero push, but Trent gets it. Kelley with decent gain.
- Thus far, the Oline really looks exactly the same as last year. Good at pass protection, but just no push in the running game. Frustrating.
- Lanier and Taylor out on the DLine now. Both do a good job on first down run. Pick up of 4 not their fault.
- Following play, Phil Taylor destroys his guy and gets into the QBs face quickly, great pass rush.
- Following play on 3rd down, both are stymied and don't generate any rush.
- Following play, Lanier with a decent rush, but took a while to get off his guy.
- Play after the next, 3rd down, Phil Taylor with a great rush, beats his guy immediately, and finishes with the sack. He just looks the part.
- Offense back out.
- Following big play to Vernon down the sideline, Lauvao gives up pressure.
- Following 1st down pass to Doctson, Lauvao gives up another pressure.
- 1st and Goal, no push upfront on run play. Thompson loses two yards.
- 2nd and Goal, do a good job in pass protection.
- 4th and Goal, good pass pro, TD.
Half Time Analysis
Welp, another frustrating preseason outing so far, but thankfully the first team offense scored their first TD of the preseason at the very end.
My major takeaways regarding the lines are:
1) The Oline seems to be exactly the same as last year. Strong in pass pro and unable to get any push in the run game. They're still too high, too often, and Lauvao is a liability.
2) As for the Dline, it was also a bit disappointing in comparison to last week when they played much better, but they weren't necessarily a negative. Phil Taylor looks great. Everyone else was just... meh.
As for the game, it was nice to see Fabian Moreau out there making plays on Special Teams. He looks the part, and even the bomb he gave up wasn't necessarily bad coverage on his end. Seeing Spaight get that big hit in the backfield was sweet. Montae Nicholson looked good, as well. Breeland struggled against Nelson, which is becoming a pattern for him at this point. The TD Zach Brown gave up was simply a great throw and catch from Rodgers to Bennett, and otherwise he looked good out there along with Foster. Compton actually had a nice play blowing up an OLineman.
Kirk was on and off, as was the entire first team offense. Not sure what is going on with them, but they've always got one or two guys failing. It was great to see Doctson out there towards the end, and he should've had a TD, but the moment he came free Kirk looked the other way, panicking in the red zone. But, yeah, can't help but get excited by Doctson.
Alrighty, let's see what happens the following half. Hopefully we get to see better overall play from the second teamers.
3rd Quarter Notes
- Lanier and Mbu the Dlinemen
- 2nd down, Lanier with a great pass rush, generates the hold!
- 3rd down, Mbu with a great pass rush, spinning his way to a sack. He had a terrible game last week, so this is good to see.
- Your 2nd Team Oline: Nsekhe, Kalis, Roullier, Catalina, and Painter.
- They do a good job on first down run to the left. Perine gains 4.
- 2nd down run, Catalina doesn't get the push you'd like, but everyone else does a good job.
- 3rd down, they do a decent job in pass rush. Nsekhe and Catalina pushed back a little bit, but maintain.
- Middle of the line does a great job getting push on ensuing run.
- Ensuing throw, Catalina gives up a pressure.
- 3rd down, Painter lost on the outside, but McCoy gets it off quick.
- Lanier, Francis and Taylor out at Dline now.
- 3rd down, Lanier with a nice pass rush.
- These guys in front of me are actually flipping out about the way the Packers are playing right now. What the!?
- 1st down, Roullier, I believe, falls down and gives up a pressure. May not have been him, happened fast.
- 2nd down, they do a good job run blocking except Catalina who ends up on the floor.
- 3rd down, good job all around. Big run by Perine to the outside.
- Following play, Catalina gets no push, everyone else does but only slightly so. No gain from Perine.
- 3rd down, Kalis loses his one on one, but McCoy throws quick to Paul for a TD.
- Francis and Mbu are your Dlinemen.
- Mbu looks really good today... beat his man right away, but run was away from him.
- Aaaand then he follows it up with good penetration, playing a role in the near sack fumble.
- Offense back on. Bootleg, but Roullier doesn't seem to find his target, who almost gets McCoy.
- Next play, great double team from Painter and Catalina, good push in general from the rest. Perine for a nice gain.
- Next play, most get push, Roullier does a great job getting to the second level.
- Following play, good pass pro from the entire Line.
- Few plays later, last play of the 3rd quarter, Line does another great job in pass pro.
4th Quarter Notes
- Mbu, Francis and Lanier are your Dlinemen.
- 2nd down, all three get pushed back slightly. Not very good, but only a gain of 3 for the rush.
- 3rd down and short, again all three get pushed back.
- Following 2nd down, Francis with a good run stop. Maintains leverage, sheds, makes tackle on run to the outside right.
- Same OLine out, but Sudfeld and Matt Jones in.
- 2nd down, good push from all except Roullier, who gets pushed back slightly.
- Mbu and Banks are your Dlinemen.
- 2nd down, Banks beats his man for a nice rush, but QB gets it off quickly.
- 3rd down, no pass rush from either.
- Not much from either of them the next few snaps, as well. TD Green Bay.
- 3rd string Oline in now. Not much to note here.
- Lanier, Pipkins and Banks in on the Dline.
- Few plays into the drive, Lanier beats his man soundly but running back too far outside of him to affect play.
- 3rd down with about 2:40 on the clock, zero rush from the Dline.
- Offense back out. Kuandjio just got beat badly, Sudfeld hit hard but gets the ball out and Davis makes a great play on it.
- Play after the roughing penalty, Kling just did a crap job on the speed rush. Sudfeld sacked.
- 2nd and 17, good pass pro from all involved.
- Good pass pro again on the following 3rd down.
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Alrighty fellow ESers, I'll be doing the ES coverage up in the press box at FedEx for the next two preseason games with my main man @Spaceman Spiff taking awesome pics of the action as usual!
As I did last year, I'll be focusing on players (or in this case entire positions) that have intrigued us all offseason. I'll go through what I saw in the previous games and, as we journey through the preseason, who improved or regressed along the way.
And what has intrigued us all more than the Dline this offseason?
So, first, a quick primer as to how I've approached this. I've uploaded a bunch of videos I took of the Dline's snaps to twitter since that seems to be the easiest method to embed stuff here.
The videos I took are essentially snaps that I thought either had a clear win or a clear loss by any single Dlineman or more. I judged wins/losses more off of the initial movement generated, or ground given up, from the player so as to keep it as basic as possible and avoid schematic context. The snaps that occurred where neither a win nor a loss necessarily occurred (player did nothing impactful either way) were omitted in this count. However, that only happened on a few occasions, the majority of snaps held some intrigue for us.
At the end of this, I'm going to compile the number of wins and losses for each player, and then I'll continue to do this throughout the next two preseason games. Click on the videos to see the line of text detailing said wins/losses.
Shall we begin?
(Apologies for the small text size of the chart, wanted it to fit properly in a mobile format, as well)
Player Wins Losses Snaps Accounted For*
63 Brandon Banks 1 1 2
69 AJ Francis 7 1 8
72 Anthony Lanier 8 1 11
73 Ondre Pipkins 1 1 2
78 Joey Mbu 0 8 11
90 Ziggy Hood 0 3 6
92 Stacy McGee 5 2 7
95 Jonathan Allen 2 0 5
97 Terrell McClain 2 0 2
98 Matt Ioannidis 3 1 4
99 Phil Taylor 5 0 5
*Total snaps accounted for is just a tally of snaps where a win/loss occurred on the Dline, and not a total snap count. That being said, the number somewhat reflects total snap counts since the majority of snaps had a win/loss occur.
So what did I learn from this? Let's go down the list.
-Brandon Banks didn't play many snaps, only coming in towards the end of the game (along with Pipkins). So his competition was weak, as well. He had 1 (slight) win and 1 loss, while the 2 snaps accounted for were pretty much all that he did.
-AJ Francis had a great game, tallying 7 wins to only 1 loss. He played early on and often, but mostly after the Ravens' first-stringers came off the field. That was out of 11 snaps accounted for, so only 3 of those snaps were ones where he wasn't impactful either way (again, that doesn't include other snaps where no Dlineman won or loss, but it shouldn't be much more than that).
-Anthony Lanier also had an excellent game, tallying 8 wins and only 1 loss. His 1 loss came after a snap in which you could see he was clearly tired after the whistle, so it was almost expected. He played a lot, but like Francis came in after the 1st stringers for the Ravens went off the field. That was out of 11 snaps accounted for, so 3 of those snaps were ones that were neither negative nor positive along with those unaccounted for.
-Ondre Pipkins, as mentioned above, came into the game late with Banks and didn't have many snaps overall. Like Banks, he had 1 win and 1 loss, though his win was certainly a better one.
- Joey Mbu didn't perform well at all. It's surprising considering he opened up TC as the guy getting the most reps with the first team at NT and had a decent amount of buzz surrounding him all offseason. But you can totally see why he lost ground to both Taylor and Francis. He ended up with 8 losses and a whopping 0 wins out of the 11 snaps accounted for. He played a significant chunk of the game, but like Lanier and Francis it was mostly against the Ravens 2nd and 3rd teams.
- Ziggy Hood also had a poor game. 3 losses to 0 wins on 6 snaps accounted for. He played mostly against the first team of the Ravens. With Hood, there was a decent amount of snaps he played more than what was accounted for, but that only means he did nothing impactful (negative or positive) in any of them including the other 3 that were. Let's see how it goes the rest of the preseason, but overall he had more plays than not that neither were positive nor negative, and he had 3 clear losses.
- Stacy McGee had a solid outing, winning 5 snaps and losing on 2 out of the 7 snaps accounted for. He got a decent amount of time in against the first team, as well. His wins weren't necessarily big time ones, but he was a net positive overall
- Jonathan Allen was an interesting case. The consensus opinion was that he had a good game, and I agree with that to a degree, but his plays mostly came against the 2nd team of the Ravens. He got a decent amount of snaps against their first team, but those neither ended up as wins or losses. Either way, he had 2 wins and 0 losses overall on the 5 snaps I accounted for (so you can see he had a bunch of plays where he was more inconsequential than not). Not too shabby for his first outing as a pro, either way, and he got himself one of the better "wins" of the night with a sack. He shows great awareness for a rookie, as well, which is why he's always around the ball.
- Terrell McClain had a solid outing. Which was a surprise because after the game it seemed like most were down on him. He didn't play against the first team of the Ravens, but he finished with 2 wins and 0 losses on the 2 snaps I accounted for with him in. One of his wins was one of the better ones of the entire night.
- Matt Ioaniddis had a good outing, with 3 wins and 1 loss on the 4 snaps I accounted for with him in. He got a significant amount of reps against the first team Ravens as well as their 2nd team, and the good news is that 2 of his wins came against their first team.
- Finally, Phil Taylor came in with a solid performance. He mostly played against the first team of the Ravens and finished with 5 wins and 0 losses in the 5 snaps he was accounted for. 4 wins against their first team. We might just have a Nose Tackle ladies and gentlemen.
In summary, Hood and Mbu were the only two who clearly had bad games. Not enough for either Banks or Pipkins to go off on. The rest played really well, with Lanier and Francis having the two best individual performance (granted, against 2nd and 3rd stringers). I'm genuinely excited about the prospects of this Dline moving forward. Can't wait to continue focusing on them the next couple of weeks and finding out where they all go from here!
ES Coverage: Redskins @ Ravens
Ravens 23 - 3 Redskins
Welcome my friends to another season of Washington Redskins Football (queue applause)!
I can think of no better person to kick off this season than me, JimmiJo. Along for the launch is my partner; Spaceman Spiff. In our time together we have inadvertently glanced at more NFL locker room manhood than is acceptable in polite company.
All that aside, we will do our best to bring you the sights and sounds of tonight's action.
Story line for me is how the offense will look with new 1st and 2nd receivers, running backs, and tight end. Is this offense plug-and-play enough to swap out arguably the two most important pieces and keep on going? We will start to see tonight.
And then there's the defense. How will a Greg Manusky defense perform? Likely we won't see anything like a defensive game plan. All eyes will be looking to see good execution in a bland scheme.
Let me take this first preseason game and get this out of the way:
- I believe this to be Kirk Cousins. Blame it on irreconcilable differences. From afar it appears Cousins never got over what he thought a pauper-offer his first year of free agency. Can Washington throw enough money at him, or be willing to do this dance again to kick keep him? Hard to see but I am wrong all the time. Just ask my ex-wife.
- The question will then become whether you keep Jay Gruden to develop the next guy? Survey says; depends on how the season plays out.
Gonna be fun to watch.
Season record; a very generous 9-7 trying to eek into the playoffs. Most of you are smarter than me so I will look to see what you say.
In the meantime it is time for some free food.
The teams are taking the field ahead of the National Anthem and then kickoff.
Here's to good running, passing, scoring, tackling, and no injuries.
Talk to you at halftime. Follow in-game on Twitter @Skinscast.
Wow that was bad.
The Washington Redskins appear unprepared and uninspired. I hope the coaches see something good on tape to look at, cause from here in the press box I am not sure there was much.
Not that the Ravens were much better. But they did enough to keep the chains moving. Their own difficulties limited points, but did not prevent them.
The game's highlight was the Ravens' 59-yard field goal to end the half.
Baltimore 13 - 0 Washington
There really isn’t much to say about the game. At least, not for the Washington Redskins.
They came out flat, and got worse as it went.
In fairness the starters only played six plays. But to be precise, the Redskins offense accomplished very little between the two drives.
Kirk Cousins went 1-2 for 5-yards over the span. Anything he thought he was going to do was thwarted by the pressure from Baltimore.
After Cousins, the offensive highlight belonged to Vernon Davis, who pulled in a 31-yard grab later in the night.
Washington started poorly, and the second-teamers were every bit as bad. But for a single drive to start the fourth quarter that resulted in 3-points; there was very little of note.
Unless you count the inability to sustain drives, ill-timed turnovers and big-plays surrendered.
The worst part is that no questions were answered.
We don’t know if the offense will function with the new receiving corps. At least, as it did with the old.
We don’t know if the defense is an improved with the new coordinator.
We don’t know if the run-game is any better.
Ditto play-calling. We do know what we saw was not particularly good.
In the old days a coach like Joe Gibbs would use a performance like this to bludgeon and then inspire the team to respond. Then again, it is only the preseason.
Many a rotten-egg game 1 of the preseason has turned into a more respectable affair later on.
That said – there just isn’t much talk about or takeaway from this one.
Your reporters had a terrific time however.
Richmond -- Overcast rainy day here in Richmond, sprinkling right now. 75 degrees at 8am. Today's schedule is a walkthru at 10:45 am, Jay Gruden Presser at 2:45 and practice at 3pm. This is subject to change with the possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon. (and me forgetting to bring my poncho) If the weather does as forcast with heavy rain and lightning the Redskins will conduct practice at an off-site location and it will be closed to media.
It is just sprinkling right now so I suspect that the walk thru will be here at the Bon Secours facility.
This will be a short day for me I will be leaving before practice begins.
One thing I noticed yesterday and forgot to mention was how low to the ground Junior Galette gets in his 4 point stance, his nose is almost hitting the ground. I'm not sure if this is why he gets such a fast jump at the snap but it was an odd stance to look at.
Yesterday Trent Williams suffered a bruise on his stomach and did not go the full practice, today at walkthru's he was there for a short period, then was replaced by Ty Nsekhe so the left side of the line was Lauvao at guard and Nsekhe at tackle. Not sure if his bruise was still bothering him or Nsekhe was getting some reps. Walk thru's must be really boring for linemen, they more or less just stand there after the snap. The receivers are walking thru their routes, and no passes get thrown. They do hand off to the running backs but its all in slow motion. It is really difficult to determine what type of of play it is because both the O and D line are standing up and you can't see what is going on behind the lines.
A new record for Breeland, he was kicked out of walkthru's for fighting, actually not a real fight but he jammed Pryor really hard and it lead to some loud words and Gruden removed him from practice. I think this was the first time that has ever happened in a walkthru.
Jamison Crowder's presser
Asked how he was feeling Crowder says he is doing better, its day to day, it is frustrating not to go out and compete.
He doesn't feel like he is behind, since they did a lot on OTA's.
What he learned from recovering from his hamstring injury last year was just getting back healthy, just to try to be back and be ready for week 1.
He did not feel any lingering effects from his injury after he returned.
He is doing nothing different this year training for a move outside. Just daily workouts, weight room, field work, to prepare to be a better receiver
He says as of now he is still the return guy and he hopes he can continue to do returns.
The receivers have had a good camp so far. Doctson has made a lot of catches, Pryor made a lot of catches, Ryan Grant and pretty much everyone across the board has made plays.
He was asked about the intensity level in one on ones between receivers and defensive backs, he stated that is just how it is in camp and it is what you want, the competition.
You want to make each other better.
He does not see his role changing in the red zone this year, he is going to be in the slot if I'm healthy and can go, with the addition of Pryor, and Docston and Quick they have height and with Jordan Reed it will help us out tremendously in the red zone
He mentioned that Pryor with his size and speed for his size and his route running, he has really great routes, like a small guy. I look forward to playing alongside him.
This is the end of my coverage for today, I need to get back to Northern VA to watch my grandson's football practice. I'll report on that tomorrow
Richmond -- Its a nice cool morning here in Richmond, 65 degrees at 7am, clear and sunny The doors open for the fans at 9:30am. There were already several fans waiting when I arrived at 7:30. One gentleman I spoke with said he had driven an hour and a half to get here, he was first in line.
A walk thru is scheduled for 10:35 and practice starts at 3pm, 2pm will have NFL Officials discussing changes to the rules. At 2:45 Jay Gruden will have his daily presser.
Crowd waiting to get into training camp
The fans are now going thru security and into the Bon Secours training camp. Not as big a crowd as yesterday but it was lined up around the block, with people still coming from the parking areas.
Walk thru is completed, Brandon Scherff walked by me coming off the field, I had to look up to see the top of his shoulders, I didn't realize how big he was. Morgan Moses is even bigger. We are not allowed to take pictures during walk-thru's and also during practice other than warmups and drills. We also can not discuss formations etc, but there were some interesting things to see, hopefully it translates to some great plays during the season. It really seems odd to me since the media is tied, but fans can post pics and videos during practices.
Su'a Cravens at the podium.
He is happy to be back at safety, it aids his skill set, allows him to play the open field, to make decisions on balls in the air, ultimately to be a play-maker.
When asked if he did any special conditioning for safety, he stated that he conditioned hard during the off-season, his biggest thing was to change his diet.
On the difference between Joe Berry and Greg Manusky he said that they both were great defenses but with Manusky, we are going to be a bit more aggressive. On 3rd and short we are going to send more pressure, before we would sit in a cover 2 or 3.
He feels that the college and pro games are different in a lot of ways but they are starting to get similar when it comes to the passing game. Its all match-ups. He feels the tweener role is exactly what is needed in the NFL, and guys like him are what the NFL is looking for.
He said Swearinger reminds him of Dion Bailey who he played with at USC always loud, always communicating. You could rely on him to get an energy boost.
Playing linebacker last year helped him to learn every ones responsibility, knowing run fits and where everyone is going to be.
On getting off the the field on 3rd down, he feels this is why they are getting more aggressive on defense. They are not going to sit back and allow the offense to take their shot.
NFL Official Presser
Josh Norman's Bow and Arrow celebration is illegal. Concidered a weapon. Group celebrations and using the ball as a prop is now legal, other props are illegal. Lambeau Leap is now legal.
No hurdling O linemen at all.
Ball on the 25 yard on touchback is extended for this year.
Attention to Low hits on the QB, no longer allowed to wrap QB below the waist. Can grab a leg or swipe arm to bring him down, but if you wrap and shoulder gets to the leg it is a foul
Gruden was asked about roughing the passer penalties and how to keep them from instinctively grabbing the QB. Basically he said its difficult, but if your down low and crawling to the QB then you have to swipe his leg and pull it.
Does game week change teams plans for practice? No we are still in training camp and we will handle today and tomorrow as training camp.
How long will starters play on Thursday? We will see how we get thru the next two practices and see where we are.
Does injuries around the league play a role in determining how many reps starters get? You have to get them ready, No substitute for playing in some preseason games, it is a risk involved in Football.
Areas he has told Chris Thompson to improve and if Thompson has done so.
I have seen him get better. Chris is a pro, when you talk about Chris your talking about taking care of your body in the offseason, getting stronger and continue to work at your craft. Which he has
Gruden was asked about Josh Norman's work ethic and what he brings to the defense. Josh is finding his niche as a leader and his work ethic is rubbing off on everybody.
On the steadying presence of Ryan Kerrigan. Not a lot of people talk about Ryan anymore, he is just always there a mainstay and very productive player. Excellent player against the run, hard to run on his side, and his pass rush is still pretty darn effective.
Asked about our secondary against the receivers in NFCE, Gruden said we are going to need the pass rush going effectively. How they mesh together is going to be how our defense plays.
A question on Robert Davis brought this response. Robert has done some good things, not just catching the ball but blocking. I'm impressed with him, a good physical receiver who can block, Robert has proven he can do that.
What kind of camp has Bashaud Breeland having?
He is doing good... He is a competitive guy, he gets in trouble sometimes he is so overly competitive, but for the most part I like what he is doing.
Asked about Trent Williams hosting the O line for workouts and chemistry of the line, Gruden answered, They have great chemistry. Its getting better and better.
Practice started with stretching excercises, once those were complete, Field #1 was devoted to Special Teams practice. Field #2 wind sprints.
Breeland took one kick off hit a rather large hole and was gone. Blackmon also took a Kickoff and made a good run.
Field #1 Running Backs drilling taking the ball and running, or faking having the ball then slipping out for a catch.
Quaterbacks practicing catching bad snaps, ball to their left, right high and really low.
Running Backs do drill where they block, slip the block and cross for a catch.
Field #2 Defensive Backs doing interception Drills.
At the far end of the field it looks like the WR's are practicing (wait for it) fades.......
11 on 11
Nice run by Chris Thompson for about 20 yards. Hard to tell if he would have gotten 20 or not since they are not tackling but never the less it was a nice fast run.
Cousins to Pryor on what looked like a broken play for a touchdown in the left corner, it wasn't a fade route though.
2nd Team 11 on 11
Pass McCoy to Derek Carrier for a first down.
Matt Jones stopped in the backfield for a loss of about 5 yards
TD pass McCoy to Robert Davis, from the 25.
One more TD for 2nd team, they were looking very good against the 2nd D.
one min 40 sec on 50 yard line
Cousins long run to around the 25 yard line on a broken play.
Pass to Vernon Davis to the 20.
2 seconds left after Cousins spiked the ball.
1min 40 Sec ball on 50.
Some players blocked my view but somehow they got to the 23 before I could move.
TD pass McCoy to Robert Davis.
Extra Point Good.
This ends the practice session for today.
Richmond Today is Fan Apprecaition day, a good day to collect autographs and selfies with the players and coaches, At 7:00 fans started arriving for a 11:30 am opening. At 1:15 Jay Gruden will have a press conference and practice will be at 1:30.
You can follow me on twitter @haphaszard.
The media room is starting to fill up now so things should be starting soon.
A very large crowd here today
Something new in the Media room, free pepsi products as well as chips. Pepsi the new Redskins Partner.
Jay Gruden's presser:
Jay discussed the NFL eliminating the cut to 75. He is all for it, since last year they had to cut to 75 before the 4th preseason game and with guys hurt they barely had enough to play the 4th game.
Cornerback Fabian Moreau and Safety Montae Nicholson He thinks they are getting closer its on the trainer and the doctor when they are cleared for full contact,
No updates on Jordan Reed, but he thinks Rob Kelley is good to go today.
Gruden is unsure if Jordan's injury will go into the season, but the doctors and trainers and Jordan he will be ready for the season.
Preston Smith twisted his ankle, He is in a boot. Probably a week or two.
Jamison Crowder is getting close,
Junior Galette has been doing very well Had a sack fumble that would have won the game for the defense.
Is it possible for a coach to work an 8 hour day? Gruden: Yeah I think you could if you want to coach for a year,
For some reason I am unable to download video's to this article, so I will load the tweets with the videos.
It was the mid 1990's. In the then WWF (now WWE) Razor Ramon aka Scott Hall and Diesel aka Kevin Nash had their contracts coming up for renewal. In those days, wrestling contracts weren't guaranteed. Guys were basically paid on a per show appearance. The bigger the show, like a WrestleMania, the bigger the payday. However, if you didn't land a match on that card you didn't get paid. As Scott Hall's contract was coming up he negotiated with the Number 2 wrestling company at the time, WCW. WCW was owned by Ted Turner whose goal was to displace Vince McManon's WWF at the top of the mountain. Turner had Eric Bischoff running WCW. Bischoff new he needed bigger named talent to make WCW look & grow bigger. Long story short, he started recruiting WWF wrestlers as their contracts were expiring & he started with Hall. Who then talked to his buddy Nash, telling him not only were the days he worked guaranteed but so was the money. The story goes they neither wanted to leave McManon but there was no way McManon could give them guaranteed money as it'd set a precedent to have to give guaranteed money contracts to his other big name talent. Until then guaranteed money was unheard of in pro wrestling. Hall & Nash essentially changed the business. Even though WCW is defunct, McManon now has his talent on guaranteed contracts.
Cool story bro but what's this got to do with football?
Well, if you're a casual fan, you most likely took the Bruce Allen statement at face value. However once you drill down a little bit into it you'll see its roughly $300,000 difference between their offer and Kirk playing on the tag the next two years. In his radio interview on 106.7 (Part 1 & Part 2) the next day Kirk commented that if you look around the League the Front Office contracts and the Coaching staff contracts are fully guaranteed and he'd like to see the players contracts fully guaranteed. Currently, playing on the Tag gives him that fully guaranteed contract. For a year. So with the Rules of the Tag, he can play on it for a total of three years for three separate guaranteed one year deals. IF Kirk can manage to accomplish a multi year fully guaranteed contract he'll change the business. Just like Hall & Nash did 20ish years ago.
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Giants 19 - 10 Redskins
Redskins Out of Playoffs
Welcome my friend to Extremeskins coverage of the Washington Redskins versus the New York Giants. My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my partner; Spaceman Spiff.
The most reasonable thing a football fan can expect and hope for is for your team to be playing meaningful games at the end of the season. Sure, there are times when you run away with the division, ala Dallas this year, but at a minimum you want to see the games late in the year have a larger significance than just the football on the day.
My friends, you can't ask for much more than we have in front us day today.
Win and you're in (barring a freak-of-nature tie between Detroit & Green Bay). That's more than than you can ask. For the second-year running the Washington Redskins can go to the playoffs (1st time in 25-years). By virtue of the tie in London the Redskins are already assured a winning season (first time since 1993).
So what can we expect from the team today? I expect a win. For one, Washington has everything to play for while New York are already in the playoffs and cannot help themselves with a win. History also appears to be on Washington's side. According to Rick Snider of Washington Post Express; the Redskins are 9-2 in win-and-in games since 1974.
There is also the fact they are playing at home against a division rival. Then too, the rumor is the Giants will yank their starters early.
Finally, it is not Monday Night Football.
So what are your thoughts? Are you feeling good about today's game?
Stand by for inactives...
The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld
o No. 31 RB Matt Jones
o No. 36 S Su’a Cravens
o No. 45 S Josh Evans
o No. 47 CB Quinton Dunbar
o No. 60 OL Vinston Painter
o No. 78 C Kory Lichtensteiger
The Giants declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 29 S Nat Berhe
o No. 30 CB Coty Sensabaugh
o No. 44 RB George Winn
o No. 68 G/T Bobby Hart
o No. 89 TE Jerell Adams
o No. 90 DE Jason Pierre-Paul
o No. 97 LB Ishaq Williams
No. 73 Marshall Newhouse is expected to start in place of Hart at right tackle.
Keys to Victory
The Washington Redskins have every excuse to win and very little to lose. They have enough offense and motivation to wrap this up and then get ready for the post-season. That said, a quick punch in the mouth from the New York Giants and the expectations for the game and playoffs could change dramatically.
To that end, the Redskins should jump out quickly to establish momentum. They also need to be extremely physical. Washington needs to paint the specter of potential injuries so that the Giants will pull starters.
Talk at the half...
I will make this quick and direct; this team was not ready to play in the biggest game of the year. And I am starting to see a trend with this current squad. I tweeted something to the effect that you cannot coach things like injuries, calls by the refs, and weather. But you can sure get your team ready to play.
Gruden didn't. And it is not the first time.
On the biggest stage Gruden tends to either fail to get the team ready or, is flat out coached.
This team coming out as flat as they have been in inexcusable. You thought Carolina was an aberration. Perhaps not.
Gruden is an offensive coach and the offense looks like crap. If my name is Daniel Snyder, Gruden has 30-minutes to prove hie deserves to keep his job.
Some losses hurt more than others. Then too, some seasons hurt worse than others. For me, this is true of both tonight and this year.
Following the success of last year my expectations were that the Washington Redskins would at a minimum be better. Instead they muddled through a season most memorable for the opportunities this team gave away.
Following the game and setting up my question for head coach Jay Gruden, I pointed out how this team has controlled their playoff-destiny many times this year and given it up. In fact, one could argue they were knocked out of the playoffs many times this year. Even back to the tie in London.
My question to Gruden was, knowing they controlled their fate multiple times, is it all the more frustrating to have lost tonight? Gruden gave me a great answer where he started listing all the areas where they struggled this year; red zone offense, rushing offense, third down defense, et al. His point being that while the offense racked up a lot of yards, there were areas where the team struggled so that missing the playoffs was not too much of a surprise.
Liz Clarke from the Washington Post asked the best question, and the one I really wanted to ask: did Gruden feel like he had the team prepared to play today?
His answer was based on the results, probably not. I couldn't agree more. In fact, it seems like in the biggest games, this team is not prepared. And this speaks directly to head coach.
I like Gruden quite a bit, but I feel like he lacks intensity sometimes. Check that. I think he possesses plenty. I think he lacks displaying intensity sometimes.
I was talking to another reporter after the game who has been around since the Joe Gibbs' era. And I remarked to him how Gibbs would handle a week like this; he would be darn-near unapproachable. Gibbs would be a ball of tension before big games. And whether some of that was an act I cannot say. But I do know a Gibbs team today would have been more than ready mentally.
As for the game itself; Washington came out flat. The run-game never got going. Kirk Cousins had a very flat performance. And the result was an anemic offense until late in the third quarter.
That said, I just knew they were going to win when the score became tied at 10. The Giants had by that time gone flat and the Redskins had all the momentum.
Sure enough, once Washington got the ball back after tying the game and then went three-and-out, New York did what they do; let Eli Manning march the offense down to win the game with a field goal.
Even then there was a chance with the Redskins marching. But then Cousins decided to try and force a ball that never should have been thrown.
Gruden usually tries to cover for his quarterback, but even he admitted it was a poor decision to throw the ball.
And just like that, the season is over.
I am curious to see what changes come this offseason. Today was the type of game that cost head coaches their job, IF their job is in any way on the line. I do not think this is the case with Gruden. Sure, it is a direct reflection on the coach missing the playoffs. But with this defense they weren't going far.
And to that end I do expect a change at defensive coordinator (or perhaps just hope for it). There are some pretty good defensive coaches available right now so I hope this is what they do.
As for Cousins, I expect the franchise tag again. Based on his comments post-game it does not sound like he and the team are anywhere close. To be truthful I think throws like the one that cost the game is why the team is not fully sold, at least not enough to give him the fortune he wants. On the other hand, Kirk knows someone will him so he doesn't need to settle for less.
The only way I do not see Cousins here next year is if the team decides both he AND Gruden are not the answer. Otherwise, I expect both back.
Well, it has been another fantastic year. Thanks to ES for allowing me to pose as a reporter for another season. I am looking forward to next year to hopefully do it again.
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