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Everything posted by Burgold

  1. I think the Redskins got a mulligan. They should reach out to Breeland and invite him to come back home. With the first wave of free agency done his price will drop, but what he agreed to wasn’t unreasonable. When Bree’s head is right we’ve all seen him be very good. Now, I don’t know that he wants to be here. He was pretty upset at Norman’s arrival and becoming entrenched as the #2 corner, but I like him better then Cromartie. With him, I think DB returns to a strength. Sometimes you get a second chance. I think the Redskins should seize this one.
  2. Call it preseason, but I kinda like the potential of Doctson, Crowder, Richardson, Reed/Davis, Sprinkle, and Mo Harris. There's some good size, a little speed and a decent mix of production vs. potential. I still think we're leaning on the potential side and Reed and Richardson certainly come with some injury baggage though if Richardson got knocked out for a year with a hammy that probably speaks to roster juggling versus health. Reed is a M*A*S*H unit guaranteed to miss three to twelve games with concussion worries. More specifically: Tight end remains a question, but could be potentially good. Reed is great when he's on the field, but will he be able to see the field? Davis still provides chunk plays, but will Father Time catch up to him? Sprinkle showed a little last year, but they only sprinkled him in. I think the kid will see the field more because he's our top blocker (if he can show he has hands and can find those holes in the zone.) Wide Receiver? Doctson has the size and I think he has the hands once he gets his confidence back (and masters his route tree). Last year was effectively his rookie year. He showed some wow and some ugh. Crowder suffered early from putting too much pressure on himself and early injuries. Still not sure what happened to him as a returner, but if we give him a mulligan, he has shown he is a very good slot guy and can be both dangerous and reliable. Richardson has the speed, but I don't know a lot about him. He hasn't put up mind blowing numbers, but Seattle's offense is weird. It's so often about playground scramble drills. Maurice Harris has size and really good hands. There's always been something I liked him even though he's been sprinkled in less than Sprinkle. In any case, I'd love for him to show up and be one of those diamonds in the ruff for us. Davis showed some promise in training camp. I'd love for him to emerge too. Good size, speed, and hands (at least against other rookies) Other guys?
  3. I'm a firm believer of freedom of speech and protest. That said, I think not standing during the Pledge or during the playing of the National Anthem is wrong. Now, I support your right to stand up silently and not say the pledge (for religious or other reasons). I can even get behind you not putting your hand over your heart, but I do think you should stand. I think part of it is that I look at some of these issues as a matter of harm. As a young Jewish boy, I wasn't harmed in being asked to sing Christmas songs during the school assembly. I remember being invited to be part of a Presidential prayer breakfast during an inauguration. When the priest asked everyone to rise I did. I didn't say the prayers, but I did stand. These are the little slights we bare as being part of the community. So, when I read about Kaepernick choosing to sit during the National Anthem, part of me gets it and most of me doesn't. He says he's doing this because he's frustrated with racial inequality. Is not standing a good gesture to announce that disquiet? I don't think so because no one knew why he wasn't standing. They just saw it as a sign of disrespect. More, as a QB in the NFL he has a tremendous platform to use his voice or his money to make an actual difference. That makes the act of sitting seem hollow as far as gestures go. If you believe that police abuse is one that deserves action and comment than ACT and COMMENT! As a side note, I see this police abuse issue as more of a local issue than a national one as it doesn't involve federal abuse of power, but local ones. If that's true it makes protesting America by sitting even less effective as a statement. I suppose Kaepernick's action did generate some attention and so I may be wrong, but I think it garnered a lot less than the NBA and WNBA players who wore protest t-shirts and got fined for it. I respect the latter statement more if for no other reason... their actions were unambiguous and clear. In other words, stand up for your beliefs and your country. Don't sit on your arse and sulk.
  4. For some reason, this teams' philosophy (now continuing with three DCs) is to believe in the 34 Defense, but not believe in the need for a NT. It's kind of baffling... and I know we aren't primarily lined up in a 34, but it's still what we call ourselves and act like.
  5. Yeah, the punter is probably to save wear and tear on the leg during OTAs and training camp. As for Quick, it's a head scratcher. I would have liked to see him more utilized last year esp. given the woes we had at receiver. I wonder if looking back at the tape they felt there were opportunities missed. Seems a strange signing for both sides unless he's a special teams' stud.
  6. I think he's still associated with the team. It would be awesome if he or Francis would somehow emerge... even if only as dependable rotation guys.
  7. I think this is an important point. In addition to not being able to fill every hole on your team as strange as it sounds you may not want too. What I mean by that is that sometimes you do more long term harm with a patch job. So,if we decide we need a "patch job" player, hopefully, it's on a one-year deal. Too often, we have stuck with jerry-rigged fixes for years.
  8. My only concern about signing a game DL is that I want a top end one. Too often it seems we sign a Okay-good D Linemen from Phil Daniels to the Mcs and stop there. The problem with with this approach is that it can get you to good, but it never gets you to great. We need more game changers. We don’t need more solid players.
  9. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    So, ideally I think I want us to draft a running back and a D lineman in the first two rounds with an eye open in case there’s a surprising draft value. I normally like like a pretty pure BPA approach and if the mocks hold up that should suit us well as very few rushers or D linemen seem to be slotted above us. I still would like like to find Someone to groom to be Foster’s heir. I’m conflicted about dB as I really like the promise of both Moreau, Holsey, and Nicholson. I still think WR is unsettled, but wouldn’t take one early. The hole at guard is a biggie. It needs to be addressed.
  10. Continuing my contrariness, the tale of the Redskins D is a tale of two halves. We were actually a good run defending team and an above average defense for the first 6-8 games. What happened after that is not that we lost one guy, Allen, but that we lost essentially the entire middle of the defense to injury. We lost Allen, Foster, Brown, Matt Ionadis, and Nicholson. The entire middle of the D became manned by second and often third stringers. Now, we have to decide what is the true story. One hypothesis is that without all the injuries, we're a pretty good D. The other hypothesis is that Manusky ran out of smoke and mirrors, and the offenses figured out our roster weaknesses and exploited them. A third hypothesis is that the first 6-8 games were the mirage and as offenses grew sharper we would have fell apart no matter what. I think the answer is a bit of hypothesis one combined with hypothesis 2.
  11. The problem Murphy faced with the Redskins is that for three years in a row, the Redskins signed essentially the same edge rushing, high motor, blue collar guy in the second round. Plus, they like Gallette. If they signed Murphy does that mean that the Anderson pick was a waste? If they signed Murphy for starter money what do you do with Smith or Galette if you bring him back? They were kind of in a no-win situation with Murphy because they kept doubling and tripling down on the position. What makes it worse is that Murphy had a good year two years ago and lost last year due to injury and suspension. So, he becomes a tough gamble because he's at a position of plenty even if not clearly an area of strength. The problem of Murphy was one that was predictable because of odd drafting.
  12. A contrarian thought on the DL (which I'm not sure that I agree with). Jonathan Allen and Matt Ionadis look pretty strong and should improve (assuming injuries don't get in the way) Anthony Lanier flashed more than Matt did. He may be a good rotation guy. McClain and McGee were just signed last year and were learning the system. Hood isn't a bad rotational guy though they consistently misuse him at nose. Mind you, he looked pretty good there when Allen and Matt were firing on all cylinders. It's possible that DL is not as bad as we think. The question revolves around a couple important questions. How much does Allen and Ionadis improve in their second years and do they come back well from injury. Does Manusky and Tomsula understand better how to use these players and will they scheme to their strengths/Do the players get what's required of them and with greater scheme comfort get better? Will these guys develop chemistry and trust? Remember, that last year was the first year any of these guys played together. This was an entirely new D Line and they were learning each other and the scheme on the go. So while I agree it'd be good to get more on the D Line I don't know that the cupboard is bare. We really only need to get someone with a high ceiling. The only really missing piece to this puzzle is the ever present question of NT.
  13. America goes through phases of welcome and anxiety when it comes to the issue of immigration. Some groups seem to be welcome with open arms as Cubans were or people from Eastern Europe during the Cold War, but most groups Irish, Italian, Chinese, Latino, Jewish, Muslim etc. face varying degrees of hostility. Most seem to acculturate and/or the culture adapts to fit them within its weave. Today, we seem to be in a period of anxiety. After a prolonged recession, there was already talk in some corners about building the Great Wall of America. Now, with the Syrian refugee crisis we are seeing resistance both because of religion and a fear of terrorist extremism. The question is not only what we should do and where we should stand, but what type of nation do we want to be. Are we the nation that turned away boats full of Jews fleeing the Holocaust or are we the nation that embraces those struggling and fleeing harm and despotism. It's of course not a simple question there are economic, safety, and other factors that need to be weighed and measured. At it's heart though is the question. What is America and are we the America we want to be?
  14. It’s a strange move to me only in how little they used him. Even when our receivers were so often ineffective.
  15. Election 2018 Thread

    I don't know if that's the case. How many times have we seen the Right continue to vote for the R candidate despite doing nothing or exactly the opposite of what they campaigned on? I think that's even more true with Trump and his promises to "Drain the Swamp" "Replace Obamacare with something better" etc.
  16. Election 2018 Thread

    Are saying that "ironically" the Republicans all act like Lambs?
  17. Election 2018 Thread

    I bet they’ve already mailed Moscow an angry letter of complaint for not cheating vigorously enough.
  18. In a normal race, I can see going third party. If the choice is between Romney and Obama or McCain and Obama then third party is a perfectly reasonable stance because while you may like one guy less than the other or like one guy more than the other... neither are catastrophically bad options. Trump was a catastrophically bad candidate. That throws all the rules out the book. If you are facing a nuclear explosion and your only chance to get out of town is to get in a smoker's car I don't care how much you detest cigarettes. Hop in and hold your breath. There are times to make a moral stand and a time where acting for the public good is more important.
  19. That's because your candidate AND your platform was crappy.
  20. Election 2018 Thread

    Democrats have been the centrist party for years. At least since Bill Clinton. While the Republican party has moved further and further to the right the Democrats have not made a parallel move to the left. Yes, there is a fringe Bernie wing, but it's a small voice unlike the Trump wing which is the heart and soul of the modern Republican movement.
  21. RIP Stephen Hawking

  22. Election 2018 Thread

    Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania. It's a start.
  23. Redskins receiving corp is beginning to shape up

    Agreed. We need a running game, but that's a different thread. On the other hand, it is fair to analyze whether our receivers are good run blockers. I'd say Sprinkle shows potential, but Davis and Reed aren't good. Doctson has the size to be effective. I think Crowder is willing, but isn't that effective. Richardson? I have no clue if he can block or is willing to. Mo Harris blocked pretty well. Robert Davis has the size and speed, but again, we have zero evidence that he can be an effective blocker at this level in the regular season.
  24. I don't know that that is true. We re-signed Reed, Kerrigan, Williams, Thompson, and a host of others. I think you are suffering from the recency effect which is magnified by the guy who dominates every thread. Besides, the Redskins have not been that great at drafting or developing players over the last 20 years. How many players left this team and became a superstar or even a star? Pretty darn few.
  25. Ugh. Sounds like a contract I wish we'd be competed for especially because of the loss of Fuller. Breeland when his head is right is a pretty good corner.