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  1. Jay Gruden: Buy or Sell 2017 edition

    My opinion: Gruden is really good at big picture aspects of coaching. I really like his overall philosophy, ability to motivate players, create a healthy, accountable work environment, deal with the media and upper management, and install a successful offense. Where he needs help in my mind is dealing with the nitty gritty day to day details. He is not a micromanager and prefers to let the players police themselves and the locker room. I think this was the reason him and McVay were able to work so well together. Gruden has the great play calling creativity, but McVay was the one who made sure it was executed correctly on gameday. Jay's offense is just as good as it's always been, but I think the players are not executing it nearly as well as last year. Think about how close we've been on some of our busted plays: Doctson in the endzone, Kirk talking about how close he and Pryor were to getting 2 tds last week, etc. McVay was so detail oriented that I think there was an inevitable drop off to our offense's efficiency when he left. Not saying Cavanaugh can't get it done eventually but that seems to be where the issue lies IMO. In my mind Gruden is definitely the one I want leading the ship, but in order to reach the next level, I think he needs to get better assistants he is comfortable delegating to. He is a great big picture coach, but needs a detail oriented coaching staff to help bring his plan into focus. That will lead to better player performances on gameday, and more consistent execution. Having assistants he trusts to delegate more duties to should also help him manage things like playclock and timeouts on gameday because he has less aspects of the offense to worry about personally controlling. One aspect of him that I find promising is he seems to always be willing to try new things to motivate the team. He also is rather quick to admit when things aren't going well and try something new to correct it. I absolutely want him to stay, and am confident that the longer he stays as head coach, the more areas of the game he will be able to figure out what works for him, properly delegate someone who he trusts to execute his vision, and smooth over any remaining rough spots that keep us from getting to the next level.
  2. Dustin Hopkins is out for the season

    Redskins scouting department:
  3. Jonathan Allen to miss rest of season

    Injury bug is kicking ass and taking names
  4. To me the problem isn't with Grant so much as what he represents. Namely, that the receivers on our roster with more natural talent and upside aren't living up to their potential and playing him off the field. But as others have said, you need guys like him to make it through an entire season. And on a personal level I love try hard guys who refuse to let themselves be outworked or give up their roster spots without a fight. Unfortunately, when I see him I immediately associate him with the UNDERACHIEVEMENT of the other receivers, which sort of dulls optimism. The more times your 3rd or 4th option is catching the ball, the more it gives the impression that something is not going according to plan with your number 1 or number 2 option. My issue isn't with a late round pick being our most consistent receiver. My issue is that our most consistent receiver is someone who is not putting up #1 receiver stats. It would be different if Grant was scoring 9 touchdowns a year with over 1200 yards, but he isn't. The fact that with fairly pedestrian stats, he is seen as the "model receiver" by the coaching staff just draws attention to how far from elite our team is overall in this category.
  5. Dustin Hopkins is out for the season

    I'd rather have Younghou Koo who used to be on the Chargers. He got the rookie yips pretty bad, but I'm surprised they gave up on him so quickly.... especially since one of his misses was on a blocked kick. He certainly has a better college record.... "Koo hit 95 percent of his field goals his senior year at Georgia Southern, only missing one field goal, as well as one extra point. He was the second-most accurate kicker in 2016 and was named third-team All-American, the first Eagle to accomplish that goal since Georgia Southern moved to the FBS in 2014. He was also a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, which is awarded to the best kicker in college football."
  6. The Conspiracy Thread

    Sure, two teams who have reputations for not having talented rosters and losing. That doesn't surprise me at all. I agree we are getting more talented, and as we continue to win games, build our roster, and shake our reputation as a losing franchise, I expect us to have more and more games where we enter as "the favorites" and start getting better calls. But if we played the Patriots or the Steelers tommorow, I would absolutely expect to see the short end of the officiating stick 10 times out of 10. For a long time we were very close to the bottom of the league, so we'd get more "terrible calls" than other teams. In the past few years though, we've been a better team than the Jets or the Lions, so we've gotten less "terrible calls" than them. The one exception to this is when we play the Giants. The New York based competition committee has a clear bias of favoring the Giants in games, especially against divisional opponents, while being extremely favorable to them with player penalties off the field. There are lots of examples in this thread of the Giants getting partial treatment, regardless of their opponents skill level, as well as smaller, or complete lack of, fines for off field conduct
  7. The Conspiracy Thread

    If your team has mostly been losing in recent years, it is less likely to get favorable calls on gameday. Refs are human, and thus more likely to subconciously give the benefit of the doubt to teams and players that have a history of playing the game well and winning. Like how Jordan and Brady seem to get calls other players won't get. People are also less likely to bet on teams that have the reputation as "losers" to win (like the Browns, Jags, and unfortunately, the Redskins under Snyder), so sports gambling has a vested interest in making sure the outcomes fall in line with the way people are expected to bet. It looks less suspicious to have a game end with the outcome of "the team that usually loses couldn't overcome the competition today", so an unfair penalty flag is less likely to look suspicious if it happens to a bad team because you think "hey they probably weren't good enough to win anyway". The example with the Browns fumble is a good one because its one of the few times that we were on the field against a team even more inept than we were, and thus more likely to get the benefit of the doubt from the refs.
  8. The Conspiracy Thread

    Again, the two aren't mutually exclusive.
  9. The Conspiracy Thread

    Here's at least one official, Mike Carey, who has openly admitted that he would not officiate Redskins games due to the name and his inability to remain objective. Despite this, he was voted one of the two best refs in the league along with Ed Hoculi. "Carey had established himself as one of the most well-respected referees in football. In 2008, an ESPN poll of NFL coaches named him and Ed Hochuli the two best refs in the league. Also, cherry picking one bad call in our favor (against another bottom dweller organization like the Browns no less) doesn't negate everything against us. That's like saying global warming doesn't exist because we had one day where it snowed. I made this thread to catalog anything unfair that happened to THIS team. That doesn't mean unfair stuff doesn't happen to other teams too. it's not mutually exclusive.
  10. Redskins 49ers Post Game Assessments

    The fanbase today: A win is the only thing that matters, not style points for how pretty you looked during the game. Also the fanbase today: The 49ers are a really good team
  11. A Confidence I Haven't Had in 25 Years

    My biggest gripe was the feeling of getting up early and just knowing, KNOWING, that we would have no urgency and fall asleep on offense until the end of the game. Every game just seems to have that feeling of "ok we executed a scoring drive, time for phase 2 - take this quarter off, dick around on offense, half ass a bunch of 3 and outs, and wait for the other team to score so we can keep playing"
  12. The Conspiracy Thread

    Not a fumble. Absolute turning point in the game. Getting really tired of these New York reviews and watching the commentators and guys like Pereirra scratching their heads. All it does is remove accountability for bad calls so the NFL can control exciting endings and manipulate point spreads. Its becoming unwatchable. The Davis call was bad, the Jets tight end one was even worse. When everyone in the stands, at home, and calling the game sees one thing, and you call it a different way, that's not ineptitude, it's deliberate.
  13. Redskins 49ers Post Game Assessments

    Was it just me or did anyone else notice the ref threw the flag before Nicholsen touched the receiver? Was watching it with the sound off so couldn't tell if the penalty ended up being on him or someone else. But on the replay, it definitely looked like the ref had his mind made up that there would be a flag before that play even ended
  14. Game Day Thread - 49ers at Redskins

    Aren't teams supposed to be worse when the backup QB comes in?
  15. A Confidence I Haven't Had in 25 Years

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Eagles are actually 5-1