Darth Tater

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  1. In 1982 offensive holding had only been legal at the NFL level for 5 years and the reverse was true for defense, it had only been illegal for about 5 years. You still had competing offensive philosophies. 365 organized football at the was not a thing and, even at the NFL level, many players actually saw football as a part-time job that was mostly a well-paid hobby. Offensive holding was still illegal at the college level, so you had to teach it to guys coming in and even many of your vets still weren't good at it. Much of the basics that a guy coming into the Pros in the late 70s, early 80s was less than what a HS player is supposed to know now.
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    Redskins Lead NFC East

    1996: 5-1, no playoffs 1997: 4-2 (coming off beating Dallas), no playoffs 2000: 4-2, no playoffs (defense was one of the best and our running game was good) 2008: 4-2 (had already beat Philly and Dallas in their backyards with a fluke loss to the Rams), no playoffs (good defense, good running game) 2016: 4-2, no playoffs Conversely, 2015: 2-4, playoffs 2012: 3-3 playoffs
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    Redskins Lead NFC East

    This team reminds me very much of 2008. Good defense, a strong running game (led by a #26) but nothing else. True, we are younger than that team but we get to lock into mediocrity as opposed to turning into a 4 win team.
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    Redskins Lead NFC East

    Also, as we are talking about the state of the team going forward and not the past, a close win like the Carolina and Dallas games makes one wonder if the Redskins are just a mediocre team getting lucky (and we all know that luck is a fickle thing) or truly a good team. Are we a good team that got unlucky and should have beat Dallas 28-17 or the lucky team that should have lost 13-17? That is just 3 plays!
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    Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    Alex Brunell! Got 26 running the ball with a 46 backup. Sunday at times I felt like I was watching the 2005 Redskins!
  6. To me, we are looking like Jacksonville last year. Good running game, good defense and a mediocre QB. Lose AP or have injuries, we could very quickly become what Jacksonville looks like this year except we can do it in season!
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    Next Day Thread: Redskins vs. Packers

    Yeah, a big mo-swing in many games comes after you stopped the other guys right after they got a gift. Think the Ravens fumbling an int in that 2016 game.
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    Redskins vs Saints Prediction Thread: Who Will Show Up In The 'Big Easy'?

    In our case, that is more likely because we weren't really good. Just a mediocre team getting lucky. In 2008, we were pretty much a one-trick pony. Clinton Portis was killing it in the first half of that season, and when he was done, we even started losing to teams that weren't very good. The Saints? Probably because they can kill bad teams but most of the time are just a mediocre team with a great quarterback.
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    Redskins vs Saints Prediction Thread: Who Will Show Up In The 'Big Easy'?

    Do you really think our offense sucks that much that we score significantly less than what the Saints allow per game? That our defense is just on-par with the Giants?
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    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Dave Butz. Until is last year, we really had no other big investment in our front 7 from 1980 to 1988 and was our starter from 1976-1988. Our linebackers were late picks and UDFAs! He never put up big numbers stats-wise, except for 1983. He cost us two firsts and a second (although he was technically a FA due to a contract error by the Cards).
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    The Sean McVay Tracker

    Goff may have been a former number 1 but a lot of number 1 picks have been busts. As a rookie, Goff was 0-7 and threw more picks than TDs. One rumor in 2017 was that Kirk was going to go to LA. In 2015, Kirk was turning into an interceptus but by he was starting to look near elite. While he has Gurley, he had DJax, Garcon, Reed and Crowder here, in LA he has Kupp (a 3rd last year), Woods (pick up from Buffalo last year) and now Brandon Cooks. If Robert Kelly had been our starter the whole season, he'd probably have gone for over 1000 yards. If Matt Jones wasn't a Mr. Fumble, he'd have almost certainly been a 1000 yard+ guy.
  12. Yep, especially if it is the footsteps that is your issue and catching the contested balls is supposed to be your specialty, you got a problem that probably cannot be fixed. However, since he is a Scott guy who the Redskins got every excuse to benc, the fact he is still starting scares me.
  13. Docston is a good route runner, has good hands and has a good feel for the fade. His issue according to D-Hall is that he is very sensitive to footsteps which actually kills the part of the receiving game that he was supposed to be great at (it hurts most receivers but if 50-50 balls are supposed to be your specialty, you can never have alligator arms). He also is not the blocker a guy with his size should be.
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    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    At this time, not a QB in 1-3 but one in 4-7. You need to start looking for late round guys now. The Pats selected a QB in the draft almost every year even while Brady was in his prime. While Farve was in his prime, the Pack kept looking at QBs late. True, we probably don't use a high pick until 2020 (probably would allow the new guy a season or two to develop) but, as with Hogan this year (who was basically equivalent to using a late pick this year), we need to keep playing the numbers.
  15. I also think that Harris takes Crowder or Richardson off the field when we need better blocking. Since we only have 3 TEs (and two are not known as blockers anyway), our 4-minute offense sees a lot more Harris.