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    Last night, I (along with a number of other season ticket holders) had a chance to attend a tour of Redskins Park, followed by a Q&A session where we were able to ask a multitude of questions to Coach Gruden. I wanted to share an overview of that discussion here, as Jay was extremely candid, and addressed many of the issues which we are currently debating here. I'll just bullet point the summary below, but I want to preface that by sharing how impressed I was by Coach Gruden's participation in the event. To the degree that discretion allowed, he was open, honest, accessible, and exuded a narrowly focused passion to build upon the foundation of the past two years, as well as a confidence in their approach/system to do so. Jay had already won me over prior to last night, despite my initial misgivings about his hiring. However, last night's exchange only made me feel even more comfortable with him at the helm. So, onto the points of interest which he discussed... • He plans to do 100% of the offensive play calling, while relying heavily upon Coach Cav (as well as Bill, Randy, Ike, Wes for the weekly game planning). • I asked him about the potential advantages of the size and skill sets of Pryor and Doctson to his offensive sets, given the departures of Desean and Pierre. He praised his departed players, but said he anticipated improved run blocking on the perimeter sans DJax, and a greater ability to prolong drives and convert in the red zone with the improved size on the outside. Also said he anticipated much more diverse use of Crowder, on the outside as well as the slot. He said it 'killed him' not to have Crowder on the field last year when in 2WR sets. • When asked what to expect for the remainder of free agency, he said mostly 'depth signings' unless something fell in their lap, and even mentioned adding a vet WR for depth (which already has happened today). Got the impression that they have no plans to add any impact DL/ILB unless something unforeseen happens. • My other question to him was how they anticipated improving Run D issues, and getting off the field on 3rd Downs, given that there hasn't been a quantifiable upgrade to the DL/LB corp this offseason. He agreed that both were major issues, going so far as to say that the very first thing they plan to address when the team hits the practice fields this spring is the 3rd down defense. He candidly said that there were major schematic defects in last year's coordination. He said that there were unacceptable lapses in communication, alluding to former DC and DB coach in particular (and Jay is not one to throw a coach under the bus lightly). He said this was bad to the point that they weren't even getting defensive signals in on time with great frequency. He thinks that Manusky will fix the schematic, execution and energy flaws, while playing a much more aggressive style in coverage and blitz packages. On the personnel side he indicated that some DL were low in giving consistent energy, and inconsistent in their assignments. He likes McClain's motor and penetration skills and think McGee will help bolster against the run, while giving some push from DE spot. Hopes to see promise from a return to health for Phil Taylor, and a step forward by AJ Francis. Over the moon high on Lanier's development and potential. Otherwise, noted it's a great draft for D help at DL and ILB early and among DBs throughout. • He was asked numerous questions about the draft which he obviously couldn't answer. The interesting aspects which he did address, in addition to the D focus were as follows... - Asked about taking an RB early: He loves Fat Rob and would only consider taking an early RB that is a big game changer. Doesn't expect Fournette to fall to their spot. - When asked about OL, said he liked their unit as much as any in the NFL, only saw a need for depth. - When asked about areas of need to be addressed early in the draft, he mentioned every unit except TE/OL. Thought it an interesting omission for those who love the idea of Howard or Lamp. • Lastly, as for the Front Office. Declined to speak poorly of anyone on either side of Scot's departure. Said that since he has been here, every draft and roster construction move has been a group collaboration. Implied that with very few exceptions there has been no such thing as a purely Scot pick/Jay pick/Campbell pick etc... extremely confident that the people who have built the current foundation are still in place to do just that. Just wanted to share this info with the forum, for whatever it's worth. I was very pleased with his areas of focus and with his approach. I miss Scot, but have hope with Jay at the coaching helm. My only concern, aside from my disagreement with ideas like we don't need FA help at DT/ILB - we do - is the increased frequency with which Coach alluded to the numerous roles and involvment of Bruce Allen in the personnel side. Otherwise a great message and a great time. If I recollect any more details, I'll post them later.
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    Well, now we got the Rams' second-round 2012 pick. We at least won 1/4 of the trade now!
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    I have never, ever been this unexcited/unenthusiastic leading up to a draft. Ever. And this is after two winning seasons in a row for the first time under Snyder and a HC extension for the first time under Snyder. That's how bad this offseason has been. Scot/FO drama...lackluster FA period we were all hyped for, because it seemed like we'd been planning for a jump forward this offseason for a long time...Cousins not signed to LTD. These three things are killing my buzz and I'm less interested now than I ever was during the spectacular ****shows of any of the Vinny/Zorn/Shanahan/Griffin drama/etc. offseasons. This is apathy and its infecting this fanbase more than ever before, you can see it all over this board. We're basically all here arguing out of habit at this point, its all going downhill right now. If this splashes over into ticket sales and leads to the empty stadiums that marked the end of the Zorn and Shanahan eras, it might actually be our best chance to end the Allen era. But I doubt it.
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    Join me in congratulating Haphazard on a big milestone. His work on here should be commended and he provides a service that all of us on here should appreciate. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Hap on their 50th Wedding Anniversary!
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    The attempt by some to blame this all in Scot has made me think a little deeper on the subject and I don't mean this sarcastically but if this is Scot's rodeo it really absolves Scot in my book and puts its all on Bruce. The two players that were telegraphed that the Redskins wanted the most on D line BEFORE FA even started was Bennie Logan and Calais Campbell. Bruce actually considered both players with Logan actually spending two days at Redskins Park. Bruce didn't sign either one. So if its all about Scot. Scot had both guys on the shopping list and by some indications, the top of his list. Keim suggested as much on Campbell. It's like giving an order pick up request for Bruce at a pizzeria and you put on the list, pizza, garlic rolls and salad. Bruce comes back from the pizzeria with the salad and garlic rolls but no pizza. He goes well the pizza price was too steep for me. If so I am not blaming the person who created the order list, pizza was on it. But yeah I do think its silly to blame anything someone doesn't like about FA on Scot, he's gone. When I met with Scot in November he had one theme with me as to the team's needs and it was D line, D line, D line. By indications here, he had some big time D lineman on the shopping list. No way I buy that Scot said lets sign McGee and McClain and then lets call it a day. I buy what Keim said which was Calais Campbell was #1 on the list, and i buy the report that Logan was on that list too -- likely the #2 target. Looks like Bruce went shopping and got the #3 and #4 target and now might be calling it a day for the D line. If so, and it doesn't work out its 100% on Bruce IMO.
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    Found out I passed the CPA exam!!! Finally done after 14 months of straight study!!! FREEEEEEDOM!!
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    Not to stir the pot here but @carex has not been insulting. He just is trying to see the positive in a team he loves. Nothing wrong with being a realist or a "homer". Both sides are valid here I think. I have noticed about 3 or 4 of the "realist" types banging the drum about how the team has declined with the occasional optimist popping up only to be overwhelmed by pessimism. In response these optimists create an argument for why the team is better and then have to defend themselves from the group of "realist" who have repeated why they think this team is worse off. At this point we have lost a couple key players, our talented, super-scout gm and have yet to lock up our franchise qb. That is enough to be upset about. But lets not act like the front office is sleeping at the wheel. We have added some good pieces and some questionable. We got younger on both fronts and we still have 10 draft picks in a deep draft to fill some holes with. I think being optimistic is relevant here. We as fans have been through hell and back these past 25 years, leading to constant skepticism. So I'm not blaming anyone for having those familiar feelings of failure and disappointment set in. But lets not destroy faith, hope and optimism for a team we love. After the dust has settled and the 53 has been set, all 32 teams are 0-0. Let's continue to let this thing play out. Let us also continue to have an open mind to both sides of the mental state of Redskins fandom. HTTR
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    I know this isn't the most popular opinion but I want to see how McClain and McGee look when they are on the field for us before I make a judgement on them.
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    I have two guys who contributed a fair amount to defenses that were pretty good. You have two guys who contributed alot to defenses that did nothing I am a homer, that's why I come to fan boards, and I am sick of the constant expectation of failure from people who supposedly like this team.
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    Thanks for the replies. It was definitely a great outing, filled with encouraging signs that there is an intentional plan to continue in the path they started the past 2 years. There actually was some information on Cousins. First, Jay was overwhelming in the position that he wants Kirk here, not just next year, but for years to come... which isn't really news. What was news, to me at least, was that Jay said the Redskins have a new offer on the table to Kirk right now in terms of a LTD. I got the feeling he was talking about a new, latest offer that had taken place just recently. Maybe that is common knowledge, or maybe it's just part of the ongoing process, but it was news to me.
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    "Due to inclement weather, teleworking is authorized for all employees." Telework? You mean move the mouse with my big toe every 10 minutes while I play video games all day?
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    Simpsons did it. Prophetic troll level == Supreme.
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    Just in case everyone forgot how easy it is to find a good QB in this league, and why we should hold on to them when we get them. 2016 Kirk Cousins (16) 2015 Kirk Cousins (16) 2014 Robert Griffin III (7) / Kirk Cousins (5) / Colt McCoy (4) 2013 Robert Griffin III (13) / Kirk Cousins (3) 2012 Robert Griffin III (15) / Kirk Cousins (1) 2011 Rex Grossman (13) / John Beck (3) 2010 Donovan McNabb (13) / Rex Grossman (3) 2009 Jason Campbell (16) 2008 Jason Campbell (16) 2007 Jason Campbell (13) / Todd Collins (3) 2006 Mark Brunell (9) / Jason Campbell (7) 2005 Mark Brunell (15) / Patrick Ramsey (1) 2004 Mark Brunell (9) / Patrick Ramsey (7) 2003 Patrick Ramsey (11) / Tim Hasselbeck (5) 2002 Shane Matthews (7) / Patrick Ramsey (5) / Danny Wuerffel (4) 2001 Tony Banks (14) / Jeff George (2) 2000 Brad Johnson (11) / Jeff George (5) 1999 Brad Johnson (16) 1998 Trent Green (14) / Gus Frerotte (2) 1997 Gus Frerotte (13) / Jeff Hostetler (3) 1996 Gus Frerotte (16) 1995 Gus Frerotte (11) / Heath Shuler (5) 1994 Heath Shuler (8) / John Friesz (4) / Gus Frerotte (4) 1993 Mark Rypien (10) / Rich Gannon (4) / Cary Conklin (2) 1992 Mark Rypien (16) 1991 Mark Rypien (16) 1990 Mark Rypien (10) / Stan Humphries (5) / Jeff Rutledge (1) 1989 Mark Rypien (14) / Doug Williams (2) 1988 Doug Williams (10) / Mark Rypien (6) 1987 Jay Schroeder (10) / Ed Rubbert (3) / Doug Williams (2) 1986 Jay Schroeder (16) 1985 Joe Theismann (11) / Jay Schroeder (5) 1984 Joe Theismann (16) 1983 Joe Theismann (16) 1982 Joe Theismann (9) 1981 Joe Theismann (16) 1980 Joe Theismann (15) / Mike Kruczek (1) 1979 Joe Theismann (16) 1978 Joe Theismann (14) / Billy Kilmer (2) 1977 Billy Kilmer (8) / Joe Theismann (6)
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    if they did this to a dog, there would be far more outrage i really hate this world sometimes
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    MRI day for Abby. All clear still! The left is her pre-op image last January. Right is today.
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    Silly me...I thought the "Dan hates to trade down" part would make people here feel a little better. From that part it's clear that Allen was saying Snyder is NOT part of the drafting decision making process: "Interesting that when talking about having 10 picks he said "Dan hates to trade down". He said he gets geared up to see who we get and then has to wait again." Um...if Snyder is helping call the shots, why would he have to see who we pick when we're on the clock? He would already know. Allen's comments make it sound like Snyder watches the draft just like the rest of us fans...not like he's making decisions.
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    Just to piggy back off of this thread. I posted the following in the Doc Walker Chalk Talk thread I went to the Bruce Allen and Larry Michael Chalk Talk tonight. There was a tour of Redskins Park followed by dinner in the "players club" aka cafeteria and then talking with Larry and Bruce. A great night. I liked it more than last weeks Doc, Niles Paul and Mo Harris event. Larry did some small talk until Bruce was ready. The main thing he said was regarding Scot there were things he couldn't address that are personal just like we all have things we cant discuss at our jobs. Bruce then came in and he said he was going to start with 4 topics that many of the questions would be about before opening it up to questions. He addressed Cousins, Scot, the draft and I think free agency was the 4th. -Cousins-Bruce said they have offered a lucrative contract to his agent but there hasn't been an answer. He and Larry addressed the rumor that Cousins wouldn't sign with the Skins if Bruce was the President. Larry said the guy that tweeted it out has since deleted the tweet and Larry actually called the guy since he knew him. He called it fake news. -Scot- Bruce mentioned a few times his relationship with Scot's dad and brother and that he has talked to them since the firing. He mentioned that Scot is free to sign with any team right now. I didn't sense any hostility towards Scot in Bruce's words or his body language. He said he will talk with the media about Scot next week at owner's meeting. -Free Agency-Bruce said that he loves Swearinger and he's much needed help in the secondary. He said they lost Baker and they've signed 2 DL. He said they lost 2000 yards receiving. They signed 1000 yards in Pryor so they need other receivers to help replace the other 1000. He specifically mentioned Docston. Bruce said we are at 71 players right now and need to be at 90 for camp. We have 10 picks right now and would like to sign 10 undrafted FA's so they don't have much room for anymore FA's. He mentioned Hightower visited today and another FA is coming in tomorrow but didn't mention who. -Draft-not too much sticks out here. He naturally didn't mention any players or positions. Just that we have holes to fill. Interesting that when talking about having 10 picks he said "Dan hates to trade down". He said he gets geared up to see who we get and then has to wait again. a few other notes: a question was asked about player development and if there are any players that haven't played a ton that he thinks can take the next step. He mentioned Quinton Dunbar right away. How he was a quiet WR and then we had some CB's go down 1 practice so Gruden said to try him at CB. Now he is trash talking CB. He mentioned Mack Brown and how he kills our defense in practice. Bruce said Jay would be calling plays this year Bruce said the winner of the NFC East runs the ball well and stops the run. He thought the lack of running game was why we lost the Giants game. Bruce said Gruden actually signed his extension a week before it was announced. He said they got a good laugh out of the rumors that he signed or agreed to his extension at a restaurant in Indy.
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    Sorry, but I believe this is a total over-reaction. You are acting like because they are kicking the tires on a RB - that's they have not actually even signed yet - that it stops all other efforts and takes up all the roster spots. Moving on from this non-issue.
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    If Bruce Allen could bring us a couple new Lombardis, I wouldn't care if he used Redskins letterhead to endorse Hull Hogan for the supreme court.
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    For Immediate Release March 20, 2017 REDSKINS RE-SIGN T TY NSEKHE LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have re-signed exclusive rights free agent tackle Ty Nsekhe. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nsekhe (6-8, 335) has appeared in 31 career regular season games with six starts. Last season, he appeared in all 16 games for Washington, making four starts across Weeks 10-13. In that four-game span, the Redskins averaged a league-best 435.3 yards per game and allowed only five sacks. Nsekhe, 31, played collegiately at Texas State and Tarleton State after attending Bowie H.S. in Arlington, Texas. He was born Oct. 27, 1985. -REDSKINS-
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    So dangerous to "need" a DT and ILB going into the draft. This draft has so many strengths we could take advantage of, and I can see us leaving huge value on the board in the 1st and 2nd to fill holes just like we used to. So stupid when you can use a moderately-sized contract in FA to fill the hole and then just go BPA. It's not like we haven't already screwed ourselves out of comp picks anyways, fill a couple holes. This is a borderline historic CB/TE/RB class and we're probably going to skip out because if we don't we'll have enormous holes up the middle of our front 7. Best we can hope for is that we still get impact players at those need positions early on, and then get lucky enough to scoop up some of the depth from those strong positions later.
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    MRI day today. All clear! Next one is in June
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    A thread all its own? One more example of the privilege.................
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    I went to the Bruce Allen and Larry Michael Chalk Talk tonight. There was a tour of Redskins Park followed by dinner in the "players club" aka cafeteria and then talking with Larry and Bruce. A great night. I liked it more than last weeks Doc, Niles Paul and Mo Harris event. Larry did some small talk until Bruce was ready. The main thing he said was regarding Scot there were things he couldn't address that are personal just like we all have things we cant discuss at our jobs. Bruce then came in and he said he was going to start with 4 topics that many of the questions would be about before opening it up to questions. He addressed Cousins, Scot, the draft and I think free agency was the 4th. -Cousins-Bruce said they have offered a lucrative contract to his agent but there hasn't been an answer. He and Larry addressed the rumor that Cousins wouldn't sign with the Skins if Bruce was the President. Larry said the guy that tweeted it out has since deleted the tweet and Larry actually called the guy since he knew him. He called it fake news. -Scot- Bruce mentioned a few times his relationship with Scot's dad and brother and that he has talked to them since the firing. He mentioned that Scot is free to sign with any team right now. I didn't sense any hostility towards Scot in Bruce's words or his body language. He said he will talk with the media about Scot next week at owner's meeting. -Free Agency-Bruce said that he loves Swearinger and he's much needed help in the secondary. He said they lost Baker and they've signed 2 DL. He said they lost 2000 yards receiving. They signed 1000 yards in Pryor so they need other receivers to help replace the other 1000. He specifically mentioned Docston. Bruce said we are at 71 players right now and need to be at 90 for camp. We have 10 picks right now and would like to sign 10 undrafted FA's so they don't have much room for anymore FA's. He mentioned Hightower visited today and another FA is coming in tomorrow but didn't mention who. -Draft-not too much sticks out here. He naturally didn't mention any players or positions. Just that we have holes to fill. Interesting that when talking about having 10 picks he said "Dan hates to trade down". He said he gets geared up to see who we get and then has to wait again. a few other notes: a question was asked about player development and if there are any players that haven't played a ton that he thinks can take the next step. He mentioned Quinton Dunbar right away. How he was a quiet WR and then we had some CB's go down 1 practice so Gruden said to try him at CB. Now he is trash talking CB. He mentioned Mack Brown and how he kills our defense in practice. Bruce said Jay would be calling plays this year Bruce said the winner of the NFC East runs the ball well and stops the run. He thought the lack of running game was why we lost the Giants game. I'm sure other things will pop in my mind the next few days
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    Since the State declined to press any charges, maybe the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division can investigate. ...Oh wait. Never mind.
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    Imagine being mentally ill, confused about your existence, confined to a concrete and steel room, all because you bought a little cocaine. Now imagine being slowly burned to death with water, while nobody will heed your cries for help. I'm ashamed.
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    I would be OK with riding along with Foster. He got better last year as the year went on. But continuing to keep Compton starting in the middle of this defense is disgusting.
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    Redzone success is not any more statistically meaningful than success on the other 80 yards of the field - given a large enough sample, good QBs will do well in the redzone and bad QBs will do poorly. Cousins' 2016 redzone performance was likely due to a sample size of only 76 throws. That's not enough data to draw any definitive conclusions about his abilities. Cousins' 2016 redzone QB rating of 84.6 was just a hair shy of Tom Brady's 2013 redzone QB rating of 86.3. Notable QBs who have had a single season with sub-90.0 QB ratings in the redzone since 2009 include: Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford (5x), Jay Cutler (5x), Joe Flacco (6x), Tony Romo (2x), Ben Roethlisberger (4x), Donovan McNabb, Eli Manning (6x), Matt Schaub (3x), Philip Rivers (3x), Cam Newton (3x), Andrew Luck (3x), Ryan Tannehill (2x), Carson Palmer (2x), Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, and Alex Smith Reviewing the numbers, one of the big things that jump out at me is that 2016 was an unusually successful years for QBs in the redzone. Kirk's 84 passer rating, in a normal year, would be below average but not really near the bottom. For example there were just 6 teams worse than Kirk's 84.6 rating in 2016. But, in 2015, there were 12 teams that had a worse rating than 84.6. Likewise for 2014 (10), 2013 (11), 2012 (11), 2011 (17), 2010 (10), and 2009 (15). In summary, I don't really see why Kirk's 2016 performance in the redzone is any more meaningful that Tom Brady's 2013 rating of 86, Aaron Rodgers' 2015 rating of 77 (5th worst in the league), or the numerous times that solid QBs like Roethlisberger, Rivers, and Romo underperformed in the redzone. It's a small sample size. (all stats pulled from here: https://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/quarterback-rating-in-red-zone/2016/)
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    i will fight anybody who slanders John Wall for any reason
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    now that a little time has passed, the r's are starting to talk out of school and tell stories of the easily believable nature that make trump and posse look bad regarding some of the interactions behind the scenes...main themes as you'd expect have been trump's "stunning" ignorance and disinterest in healthcare as a topic and the bill's contents and how he never talked about or acted like he concerned about how it would actually impact people other politically and that "it would still be better than obama" ....another being how conway and bannon would make big and contradicting promises to different reps from different factions but no one believed them, and how pence seemed to be focused solely on the political importance of the pres needing the win for the gop to hold onto power. and "achieve our dreams in this once in a generation opportunity"..... ...one said don asked him where he was on it and he said i'm a "no" and don looked over to mulvaney and said "why am i tlaking to this guy?" and walked off and it's just been one day
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    Thanks Jumbo, it's good to be back posting some rather than just observing. You were definitely way ahead of the curve on Jay, and I think you were right about his capabilities. There have definitely been some ups and downs, as there are bound to be with any first time head coach. However, if every F.O. member and every assistant were as adept at their job as Jay largely is, I think we'd be in great shape. Something I would clarify in regards to other comments: Jay's comments regarding communication and scheme deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball, were in response to a specific question about the schematic failings of the 2016 defense. He didn't mention names, but the implication was DC and DB coach were sources. He is ultimately responsible for both their hires, and for oversight of them. I think he owns that, and hopefully has learned from it. Lastly, in terms of the personnel issues on defense, I couldn't agree more. How much say Jay has in FA acquisition I have no idea, nor do I know if he feels that the moves they have made are more than lateral moves at best. He did sound pretty high on the DL additions, especially McClain, and said he loved the addition of Swearinger as an interchangeable safety who can play FS in single high. I fully believe they should have added another quality DT/ILB in FA, but it sounded like they were fully relying upon hitting some home runs in a deep defensive draft.
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    NSFW Language. Some bad words, so ear muffs maybe.
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    Yeah I agree that Calais' price tag was too high. And yeah agree if you are missing on the top DTs -- go sign a Zach Brown or a top player at a need position on defense. I am more skeptical about Logan and how that went down. The one year deal with him was in lieu of him not getting what he wanted in a multi-year contract deal. Ditto with Pryor where he took the one year deal to bet on himself but preferred bigger money on a multi-year contract if he got what he thought he was worth. As just about every national reporter who cited agents and Joel Corry ex-agent has said -- money talks in FA, almost every time the team who offers more money lands the guy. I just don't see Logan going through the trouble of meeting with the Redskins brass on a Friday and then again on a Saturday just to scare the Chiefs into a better deal. Even if he'd only take a 1 year deal, why wouldn't he take the Redskins deal over the Chiefs if they offered more? Though granted, we will never know. My issue with Bruce in FA is like Keim likes to say his drill is to get the bargain. And I just don't like that being the overriding approach to FA. Sometimes you got to overpay to land a target. If you got to pay $500,000 more to land Logan over KC to ensure you have a real NT, than its worth it IMO.
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    Actually, my side just wants a full FBI investigation of GOP/Russian collusion. My side being, of course, American citizens.
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    look, people go to Cleveland and Jacksonville so let's drop the crap about people not coming here backup RBs have nothing to do with starting defense
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    For me it would be a depressing move for mainly 2 reasons 1. Shows me that Bruce likely cares more about making money than winning. I really doubt they go on a spending spree with the extra cap space they conserve on the trade. This low key FA season for me is the coup de gras for me on that front. Money saved on Kirk I am convinced is mostly money pocketed versus reinvested in the team. 2. For me there has been two themes for this team being one of the worst teams of the NFL in the last two decades plus. 1. lack of a stud personnel guy making decisions. 2. lack of a franchise QB. Bruce trading Kirk would bring home both points for me and in a bad way. I am about as a draft fanatic as it gets. The draft is like a religion to me. Still, you are likely to find 2-3 starters in the draft. That's it. And like Parcells liked to say in his draft specials -- that's a good draft finding 2-3 guys. The Redskins are not the only team with draft picks EVERY team will be drafting, every team in theory will be improving. Do I think Scott Campbell/Bruce are simply smarter than the FOs in the rest of the division and will get more out of the draft? Sadly, I don't. Give them a couple of more high draft picks and watch out. I am not enthusiastic about it. What did the Rams do with all the picks they got in the RG3 trade. Not much. Do I think the same team who has spent five first round picks, two third rounders and failed (some of that was ironically under Scott Campbell) to find a franchise QB will all of a sudden get lucky super quick and in one fell swoop land on the key guy in 2018 -- I wish I did, instead I'd put a lot of money on them failing. Most do fail, drafting a QB is a crap shoot especially if you don't have the first pick in the draft which I don't expect they will. On a scale of 0-100 how much would I like them trading the first franchise QB that it took them 25 or so years to find -- so they can bring to the fold Jonathan Allen or whomever? I'd give it a flat 0. I'd unadulterated hate it. Or lets play wth the sceanrio that they'd build without a QB for now -- we see that movie say hello to the Jets and the Rams who are loaded on defense but they stink. Not saying you should agree, I respect wherever everyone is coming from. But yeah Bruce trading Kirk to me makes him in my book the worst Redskins GM of my lifetime and by a mile. Vinny for his faults was overzealous in his quest to win and went too far. If Bruce takes his frugality to the level of letting Kirk go -- to me he's the opposite extreme -- we'll lose but its not the end of the world because the franchise is making mountains of money. It's cringe worthy for me.
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    Kudos to CNN and MSNBC for not carrying live the Louisville Trump rally. Non news. Let those stupid events happen in a vacuum.
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    Almost feel like he should buy us dinner first
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    73 and a couple months The congratulations should be going to "MissHap" she has put up with this grumpy old man for the 50 years, while I've been blessed. Thanks everyone for the well wishes.
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    What a great psot @Stormy and thank you! I was prominently out in front and pretty much alone (slight exaggeration) with an early and well-founded appreciation for Jay's assets. I had even better feelings about his potential, but his road here has hardly been easy. This is a circus for years and sure was when he arrived, and unfortunately this off season was actually more unstable than the previous one. And it isn't settled out yet. So not only was that all just great specific material from great questions (way to go, amigo) , but big picture wise I like getting the vibe that his energy is still high and positive and getting a snapshot of his grasp of things in a setting like that amid all the turmoil is reassuring. Good to see ya, old timer.
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    Wow...so Trump is not really an amazing businessman/dealmaker and is actually just a bullying man-child con artist who was born with a silver spoon up his ass? Who could have ever predicted that?
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    I'll say this about Bruce (and you can call me a homer if you want) but he is almost the opposite of Vinny in every regard. He is a guy who listens to his scouts - which is something that Vinny never really did. He values the draft. I mean in his 7 years here we have had 6, 12, 9, 7, 8, 10, and 7 picks. I think Vinny had 1 year here with more 7 picks or more (maybe 2 - 2002 and 2008). Then there's the being cheap / frugal / wise, depending on who you talk to. He's also making good deals - whether these are Scot or him, the fact that we were able to trade for Carrier and give up almost nothing, we've been able to trade players away and get players to come in and compete. But the thing I like the most about our team, and this is not about wins and losses because those are too hard to predict and quantify, but its that we aren't just looking to fill holes with other teams success stories. I'm sad to lose Baker because he was one of the best home-grown stories that we've had here in a while - even better than Rock Cartwright. But he was pushing 30 and signing a player in free agency shouldn't be about what they've done on their last contract as much as what you expect them to do on their next one. I also wonder if what Art was saying in the other thread had anything do do with our not sending out offers. I doubt it, but makes you think. Every year under Vinny I would watch the UDFAs and hope we'd sign some, then I'd look at the ones we signed hoping that one would break through. But what I saw was they were often not given the opportunities that I wanted so they would wind up stalling. But with Bruce we've seen Baker, Compton, Kearse, Kelley, Ross, Harris, Dunbar, Forbath, Way, Hopkins, Akeem Davis, Jackson Jeffcoat, Chase Minnifield, Nick WIlliams, etc. I'm not saying that all (any) of these guys were worldbeaters, but the fact that we were out looking for talented young guys to not just fill the roster but have active roles means that we were giving ourselves a shot at finding gems. Look at our average experience under Snyder 2016 - 4.1, 26.8 2015 - 3.4, 26.4 2014 - 3.5, 26.4 2013 - 3.6, 26.7 2012 - 3.1, 26.4 2011 - 3.7, 26.8 2010 - 4.4, 27.5 2009 - 4.4, 27.6 2008 - 4.7, 27.7 2007 - 5.4, 28.6 2006 - 5.0, 28.1 2005 - 4.2, 27.5 2004 - 3.8, 27.2 2003 - 3.6, 26.8 Thats the last 14 years (7 Bruce, 7 pre-Bruce) and you see a stark difference in the type of players we're going after. Maybe we're not world beaters like the Packers at doing this but we are also not making those same mistakes of those teams and using Schaffer to get us out of cap hell after a deal goes bad. And while people are quick o rag on Bruce and the state of the team we are still coming off back to back winning seasons with our current defense. I don't think that finding a DT/ILB/FS will be easy and the fan in me does kinda wish we were able to bring somebody else, the side of me that hated Vinny's FA moves is quietly happy that we're going into the draft with 10 picks, hoping we don't trade up (keeping that number at 10) and hopes that we're able to find some gems that have rookie years like Alfred Morris, but I wouldn't even mind if they come into their own in their second or third seasons like Moses or Long & Murphy.
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    And hopefully KC is one of the highest paid QB's otherwise we go back into QB carousel like we have the past 25 years.
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    The day they released Scot was the very moment that Bruce owned everything that happened after that - good or bad. If you fire someone then follow their exact guidance it's not the persons responsibility who was fired. It's on the person following that guidance as they can make the decision not to follow it. But if things do work out you can't just say - well that was Scot's plan. Regardless of the outcome it's 100% on Bruce - good or bad.
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    The fact of the matter is this may be one of the more intelligent and sophisticated free agents our idiot front office has dealt with. And as a result, Cousins has won every battle they have fought against one another. Instead of just offering him the deal he earned last year, they gambled and lost HUGE. And currently Dumb and Dumber 2.0 PLAN TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN. Instead of giving him the contract he has earned, they are trying to lowball him.... again. And I can give you 1 guess how that will turn out........ The fact remains that Cousins is guaranteed 24M this year and next year he'll sign a LTD with whomever that will most likely include a 30M sign and 50M+ guaranteed. So that's -- at a minimum -- 54-64M (including Y2 salary) in 2 years f---ing years!!! If our idiot front office isn't willing to start there, WTheF would Cousins sign? So under the current conditions --- conditions CREATED by the organization and not Cousins ---- any logical front office would have to understand that the "starting point" guaranteed portion is 64M with the length of the deal being 4 or, better, 5 years; and honestly, I'd even go to a 75M "starting point" guaranteed portion considering his year 2 salary (or at the very least a portion) would also be guaranteed on the LTD he receives. What is there not to understand and why is this taking so long??? I am honestly beginning to wonder if our front office is SO STUPID that they are too dumb to realize Cousins understands his leverage. Does Snyder really think Cousins would be willing to "take less" to stay in DC considering our rampant and consistent history of gross mismanagement and being completely dysfunctional? No one "takes less" to play here. We aren't the Patriots. Then again, this may be that Cousins realizes what a dumpster fire this franchise is and that Snyder is literally the worst owner in all professional sports. And if they don't sign him by July 15 --- he's as good as gone next year. Could you imagine Dumb & Dumber 2.0 mulling over a 33M per season "starting point"...... What idiots!!!!!! And all of this is assuming (which no one should) that Cousins is actually naïve enough to want to stay within an organization run by these two dopes.
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    that brings new meaning to its a dog eat dog world out there...
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    Got to stir up the third of the country remaining that doesn't think he's a moron.
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    There was never a power struggle. Scot was never in power. He had full control over the free agent board, draft board and draft, ultimately. Gruden had full control over the final 53, as is proper, as well as the depth chart. And, yes, it's 100 percent true his voicemail was full and reporters have even reported it. It is accurate to say the team's leadership wanted Scot to be more productive as a GM as none of our success as a team in two years was due to his players. "Do your job", is exactly a phrase he heard. It's no secret Dan Snyder took a page out of Jack Kent Cooke's playbook. "You want this, ok, but you better be right." He was not right enough. Now, we still have a batch of guys who could turn him into a genius yet. If Doctson can play, and we get a couple other players to develop and, say, Spraight becomes a stud, then we'll be loving Scot for years. I do think over time he'd have been fine. He just lost his **** at the end. You can't go dark in this league and it's not the first time he's done that.
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