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  1. The Politics Sexual Assault Thread

    I'll give them credit. Positive Reinforcement of low occurring behaviors can eventually create better habits. I still will be shocked if they don't elect Moore, but if they reject him I will applaud their decision even if it is only baby steps.
  2. Is Jay Gruden a quitter?

    I'll put this in Kirk Cousins' terms. The Front Office predetermined that there was no way that Kirk would sign a long term deal so they never reached out to him. They faxed one low ball contract and sent out a franchise agreement. Did never approaching him or trying to hold serious talks benefit the team? Wouldn't have been better to have ongoing, continual dialogue? Maybe fire up Redskins 1 and get Kirk some good steak at the very least? Was quitting the best way to get Kirk to sign a LTD that was team friendly? Given that it's Hanukkah... Such favors, I don't need. Phah!
  3. The Politics Sexual Assault Thread

    Good post. The idealist in me disagrees as I think the Democrats are best served by a strong Republican party (and vice versa). Both sides need to up their games, but from all appearances, the GOP has to up its game just to climb out of the lowest gutter on the lowest tier of hell.
  4. The Politics Sexual Assault Thread

    I believe you're right. I also think actions speak louder than words. If they elect him then he represents them and they represent him.
  5. The Politics Sexual Assault Thread

    Alabama knows the truth no matter what they say publicly to save face. They know. Still, I have no faith that they won't elect a pedophile, racist, homophobe, and jurist who was so bad he was kicked off the bench twice.
  6. Season Ticket Renewals

    Trent Williams has been playing on one leg the entire season. Don't tell me he doesn't care. You paint with too broad a brush.
  7. Is Jay Gruden a quitter?

    The one thing that bugs me about this (and I'm willing to believe I'm almost entirely wrong about it) is how many times that Gruden has announced that his team is too hurt to practice and so they will only do walkthroughs and skip practice this week. It seems to me when you need to rely on guys brought up from the practice squad as starters or primary back ups or worse, if you have to rely on guys brought off the street who've been on the roster for three days that those guys absolutely need practice. I can see running practice using skeleton drills or even doing seven on sevens, but the lack of practice may very well be the reason why our team's precision and sharpness has fallen off a cliff. Now, I don't really expect Trent Williams to practice just as I didn't expect Riggo to back in the day when he was in traction for half the week before playing, but somehow you have to get everyone up to speed.
  8. Is Jay Gruden a quitter?

    It's funny. Most of the arguments against Jay being a quitter read to me as "Sure he quit, but this is why I think it's okay that he did." Which might be in itself an interesting discussion. When is quitting okay? When is it the best decision? Personally, I'm of the "never say die" school of sports, but I see the value of the rationalizations concerning injury, liklihood of loss, etc. I see it. I just don't like it.
  9. Is Jay Gruden a quitter?

    Side note: Anyone who thinks the mods don't allow negative threads... I think this thread as well as others answers your question.
  10. Did you finish the Chargers game???

    It does. Cherish the little things. Cheer for the moments. The Saints game was such a microcosm of our season. So much hope, so much good, so much waste, such a ridiculous all but impossible ending.
  11. Did you finish the Chargers game???

    That sounds way too healthy. Shame on you.
  12. Is Jay Gruden a quitter?

    I don't believe they (the players) quit either. At least not most of them. I saw quite a few players going back in after injury and others trying hard. I do think many played flat, but that's different than quitting. I do think Gruden quit. The failure to go for two is the most blatant sign, but I think he quit on this game well before that. I also think there have been entire games where he quit before the opening kickoff in past years. Just a feeling I've gotten where I think he said, "This is a loss," before the first tackle and just went through the motions with no fight at all.
  13. Did you finish the Chargers game???

    I made it into the fourth, but for the most part checked out with about ten minutes to go. I kept flipping back because I'm a sucker, but the game became the secondary. I did see the Breeland interception and run back and the subsequent trash decision to go for 1, but they just didn't give me any reason to stay. Like @goskins10 said, this is really rare for me. I can probably count on my hands the number of games I have walked away from in the last thirty years.
  14. The State of the Roster

    Good thread and it's precisely which confuses and frustrates me with this team. Even some of the street subs seem to have at times overperformed expectations. I think what Warhead said might the crux of it though. The Redskins have been pretty good at accumulating good, solid players, but they haven't found many game changers. That may be why we don't see as much drop off when we go from the starter to their back up. Is there that much difference between a B and a C? What we lack are A's. There are still holes, some due to injury, and some due to players not on the roster (Do we have the starting receivers we want?) Is Foster the answer? Do we have an answer at free safety (We might, but Nicholson needs to figure out how to stay on the field.) In one respect, we have done a pretty good job of building and finding depth. We are at least okay everywhere with each position having credible back ups. On the other, the team is just missing something. I don't know if that's about coaching, play calling, or talent. I'd guess it's a mix of all of the above.
  15. Is it still early?

    And therein lies my confusion. For the longest time, I could make the argument that Gruden and the Front Office did a remarkable job not only holding this team together, but making them competitive despite the insane degree of injuries. Perhaps it's that duct tape can only hold an engine together for so long, but for two weeks this team has not put up a fight. They've played like they've been given permission to lose. Have the Redskins in keeping the boat of water for so long been amazing or do we condemn them now that it's taken on so much water that it sunk? Has the Captain abandoned ship or is he leading a ghost crew? All I really know is that for two weeks, the Redskins haven't come to play and just looked terrible, unprepared, incompetent, and uninspired. The Dallas game was worse because the Cowboys tried their hardest to give us the game and quit themselves until we offered them one too many chances.