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  1. @kleese You should know better than giving Mara ideas! I bet right now he's chatting up the competition committee so they can pass a rule saying that if any one of our receivers catches a winning touchdown it doesn't count because it goes against the spirit of the rules.
  2. If the risk is that high, I hope we err on the side of caution. This doesn't feel like a Superbowl year. Shelve Allen if there's doubt. Give him the Strasberg treatment.
  3. Redskins 49ers Post Game Assessments

    I think the other thing we fans ought to consider today is that the 0-5 Giants beat the 3-1 Broncos. Thankfully, we didn't go splat. Mind you, I think some are being unfair. This is a thread about post game assessments and it is fair to be critical in this thread. The game turned very stressful after half time. I think a large part of that had to do with injuries, but it also had to do with the Redskins thinking the game was over and letting their foot off the gas. It was way too early to start coasting. So, some criticism and negatives are warranted in our analysis. The other thing is, this thread started right after the game ended and so the first blush of emotions were still coursing through our veins. The win certainly did feel like an escape vs. a triumph. It also felt like a C+ effort (which was my initial grade). We have room to improve, but ultimately we can smile, because while we can improve we won. Imagine how we'd feel if we were Denver today. Actually, none of us have to image... recent Redskins teams have been the one to give zero win teams their first win all too often.
  4. Ryan Grant is kind of having a breakthrough year. Maybe it's just because he's getting more looks/opportunities with Jackson and Garcon gone, but I don't think so. I think he's made a jump in play and his expectations for himself. He knows that he's a counted on contributor this year and so expects the ball and mostly has made good with it. The other side of the coin is that Grant is a victim of expectations, not his own, but everyone else. People were excited to see what Pryor and Doctson could bring and they've been underwhelmed. People were expecting Crowder to continue to be very good/great and Reed to be great and they've been all but invisible. So, Grant is a very good story among a receiving group that feels like it's struggling. I love underdog stories and so if Grant can continue to be good that will make me happy in the way I loved when Rock Cartwright or any other underdog rose from obscurity to become a contributor. At the same time, I do want to see Crowder make a come back, Reed to start producing more, and Doctson and Pryor to find their way. If Grant becomes a hero and pushes the others down the depth chart that's great, but we do need the others to step up their game.
  5. Do We Suddenly Have a Dominant Defense?

    We don't have a dominant defense, but we have the makings of an above solid/good defense. I think if we can somehow get through the injuries I'd say we can field a good defense. Manusky, a good draft, and some under the radar free agent pick ups have turned this D from a laughing stock into a respectable one.
  6. Redskins 49ers Post Game Assessments

    The way he was limping you have to assume Breeland will be out against the Eagles. Norman, Dunbar, Fuller, and Moreau (Holsely) is still a pretty interesting and talented secondary if a bit raw. Dunbar, Fuller, Moreau, and Holsely is talented but really, really raw.
  7. Redskins 49ers Post Game Assessments

    Every quarterback has a little Rex Grossman in him. Kirk is a QB who seems to preprogram a lot of his plays. I think there are times he launches that pass without using his eyes or brain because of his presnap read, the play call or whatever. On the other hand, it might be a good sign that he's willing to try to give our receivers more 50/50 balls. The problem wasn't necessarily the idea, but that it was such a lousy throw.
  8. A Confidence I Haven't Had in 25 Years

    I can admit that I didn't have much confidence that the Redskins' D would hold up. I cheered when Dunbar made that great play batting away Beathard's pass, but then it staggered me when Garcon tracked it down and caught it in bounds anyway. What a play! I breathed a little sigh when Garcon redeemed himself by getting the offensive PI called against him, but at that point I was all nerves and no confidence.
  9. Redskins 49ers Post Game Assessments

    On the other hand, I really don't have anything against blowouts and cakewalks. Those are so much fun. A game where you are laughing and smiling the whole game and just whooping your voice raw is a good thing. We need more of that. I think we've only done it once this year and ironically it was a team that no one gave us a chance against.
  10. Redskins 49ers Post Game Assessments

    The good news is that I remember us being the almost team. The one in which week in/week out we could see the one or two plays that would have made our misery wins. Those almost teams so often ended in 6-10 seasons or worse. I'm glad to be on the flip side of that equation. It causes stress, but I'd rather have the stress of winning close than the distress of almost winning.
  11. A Confidence I Haven't Had in 25 Years

    That's pretty perfectly said. I'm perfectly happy/relieved with the win. I'mm not really satisfied/proud of how the game played out.
  12. Redskins 49ers Post Game Assessments

    Btw, someone who's better with rules than me (@Kleese maybe) help me to understand why the offensive PI didn't result in a ten second run off. I thought penalties inside a minute also earned a time penalty.
  13. Jay Gruden: Buy or Sell 2017 edition

    The three runs didn't kill me. I would have liked third down to be a safe pass/run option, but I can live with the three runs. I don't understand Jays use of time outs to help out the opponents' offense.
  14. Redskins 49ers Post Game Assessments

    On the luck issue, luck was playing both sides, but that Garcon catch when he managed to track down the ball Dunbar batted away was an amazingly lucky play. How many times do you see that and that close to the sidelines too! On the other hand, we had a couple of fumbles skip safely out of bounds.
  15. Redskins 49ers Post Game Assessments

    Well, if you give them the Davis screw job and the Swearinger gaffe... We survived spotting them 11 points. Thanks to an Offensive PI call