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  1. Game Day Thread Skins at Saints

    Not impressive, Snake.
  2. Game Day Thread Skins at Saints

    Apparently the code feature doesn't work?
  3. Game Day Thread Skins at Saints

    I've felt for some time, long before this game, that the NFL is fixed. Specifically, I have seen so many illegal contact-type/hands to the face on a D-Back at the end of games like this, when a team absolutely needed a bail-out penalty, that I've lost count. They ALWAYS seem to happen at crunch time, and when you see the replay, it's almost always laughably ticky-tack (the type of thing that happens on every play and they just so happened to call it at the most crucial moment), or it's totally non-existent. I've said a dozen times watching non-Skins games, "Man, if I were a fan of [WHATEVER TEAM], I'd be so pissed. That call was BS." Now, the Redskins could have done several things to seal this game. Mainly calling a play-action pass on that 3rd & 1 play, that would have worked so easily. They had a total meltdown. That's not the ref's fault. But the defense made the one play they needed to make, against a HOF QB, in crunch time. And the old standby phantom penalty on a D-Back was there to make things go the, ah preferred way. I don't trust this league. I really don't.
  4. Common Kirk....I just don't know....

    32 TDs and 8 INTs.
  5. Common Kirk....I just don't know....

    Kirk Cousins is probably the least of the Redskins' problems. I think the thing that we all saw tonight that is really depressing is that the Eagles have a far, far superior quarterback who will haunt Washington for the next 15 years.
  6. Eagles Redskins Post Game Assessments

    I am tired of screaming that at television sets.
  7. Jay Gruden: Buy or Sell 2017 edition

    Take a moment and think back to 2013.... Okay. Remember what happened that year? The Redskins finished the season with 8 straight losses. The starting quarterback was throwing picks at a rate of one per game, basically. Then the backup came in late to mop up the season and threw 7 INTs in 3 games. The coach and OC were both fired. Do you remember how you felt after the 2013 regular season came to a close? I bet you do. It went something like this: (Spurrier + Zorn + meddling owner + narcissistic QB)2 ÷ 2 Shanahans = I'M SENDING BRUCE ALLEN MY FAN CARD At that very moment, if I told you that the Redskins would hire a coach who, after one predictably bad season, would: right the ship and coach the team to 2 consecutive winning seasons, take that same shaky backup QB and coach him up to achieve over 9,000 passing yards and 63 total TDs over those 2 winning seasons lead the Redskins to a 3-2 start the season after that ...would you have taken that coach? Of course you would have. Compared with the Browns-esque nature of the Redskins in December 2013, that would've seemed like the football equivalent of skinny dipping with frisky underwear models in a pool of champagne. I'm buying Jay Gruden for the foreseeable future, warts and all.
  8. Jay Gruden: Buy or Sell 2017 edition

    Jay Gruden has more positives than negatives. He is a good offensive play designer and he has a good feel for how to maximize the strengths of the offense. However... he needs to improve in late game management. Kind of a lot. This is simple: on that last a play-action pass on 2nd down! The Niners were stacking the box and beelining for Perine. A play fake with a short pass to Davis is a high percentage play in that situation, imo. I was screaming for him to do that. Because what's the downside? If Kirk doesn't have exactly what he wants, run and slide to get what you can. It doesn't change the yardage by more than a yard or two, versus yet another ineffective run. The time on the clock remains the same. If they get a 1st down, the game is over. There's very little risk and a ton of reward. The Niners called a timeout after the 1st down run to Perine, so there's time for Kirk to come to the sidelines and talk to Gruden about what to do. Kirk, if you don't love what you have, just take a couple of steps forward and slide. I'd really like to have a conversation with Jay Gruden about this. He knows a lot more about football than I do. There has to be a reason, maybe a good one, why he ran three chicken**** plays that had about a 2 percent chance of getting a 1st down in that situation. I just can't think of what that reason is. Edit: Thanks to the WaPo's Dan Steinberg for asking the same question. I attached audio of Gruden's answer in his post-game presser if you're interested. gruden-answer.wav
  9. Got Dammit Doctson

    I don't talk about that. Not ever.
  10. Got Dammit Doctson

    Painful drop is a nice way to put it. My buddy ran across the living room then stopped suddenly and just stared at a non-descript spot on the wall for what seemed like several minutes. I think the Chiefs drive right down the field into the red zone but they do not score a TD.
  11. Got Dammit Doctson

    I really have to wonder where Josh Doctson goes from here. That would have been the coolest way imaginable to win that game. It was everything. It was all the things. After all that missed time, Doctson goes full epic fail doing the precise thing he was drafted to do. You never go full epic fail. Dammit Doctson!
  12. Eagles Redskins Post Game Assessments

    One thing to keep in mind is the number of players and coaches that are different from last season. A little over a third of the team's starters are new and most are 1st year Skins. Almost the entire defensive staff is either new or in a new role. New OC, change in playcaller. Not to mention the earthquake that hit the front office. Not an excuse but rather an explanation: no team, regardless of talent level, goes through that much change in one year and comes out of the box fully assembled. The one thing that is shocking is how bad the offensive line looked – not just yesterday but ever since the 1st preseason game. I can't figure that out, and it's troubling. This is the most intact unit from last season, same position coach who apparently is one of the best in the league. There's little to no chance of this team righting the ship if that unit doesn't start humming, and soon. If it were up to me, I'd ask "why is Shawn Lauvao still starting?" and consider permanently keeping Chase Roullier at center and moving Spencer Long to LG when he's fully healthy. Because Shawn Lauvao sucks.
  13. At this point there might be 7 or 8 new starters on the defense, versus last year's week one depth chart. I would not be surprised to see something like this DL: Terrell McClain, Stacy McGee, and someone from the draft (Carlos Watkins?) OLB: Kerrigan and Junior Galette ILB: Zach Brown and Martrell Spaight CB: Norman, Breeland, and Fuller in 3 CB packages S: DJ Swearinger and Cravens That's 8 new starters in the above scenario. Although I think Brown is a better fit for Mason Foster's role. Maybe Spaight is ready to call the plays for the defense as a full-time starter? Whatever happens, Compton has got to be replaced. He's just not making many (any?) impact plays. Slow footed, bad gap integrity, poor at setting the edge, not athletic enough in coverage. Foster was better but still as much of a liability as an asset. I'd agree that both ILB positions need a change of scenery.
  14. When did you get off the "Snyder is learning" train?

    Despite intervals of self-inflicted wounds that erupt as reliably as Old Faithful, many Redskins fans seem to hold on to the belief that the "Snyder is Learning" train will one day pull into the station of Gridiron Eden. This arrival will occur on the day when Dan finally completes his intrepid quest for football enlightenment, which he is surely undergoing, even as we speak. In this mystical magical land, Dan Snyder does only three things: 1) He pays the employees 2) He holds the employees accountable to the highest standards without ever micromanaging them 3) He ensures that the image and reputation of this storied franchise suffers no undue public embarrassment or tarnishing In this brave new world, we regularly hear confidence-building reports of the top notch GM who collaborates well with the long-tenured head coach. They are praised for creating a winning roster of tough players who eat, drink, and sleep football. The owner inserts himself into this well-oiled machine only to serve as an inspirational leader who fosters a healthy work environment. He settles disputes with discernment and wisdom, using a tough but fair hand. The team's front office leadership is free to run the show as they see fit. They have a long-term plan based on sound football principles, forged from years of NFL experience. They do not deviate from that plan at the first sign of trouble. They never over-react. They keep their eyes on the prize. They treat everyone more or less equally, always with respect, dignity and class. know what? I know where this land is! It's on the way to Santa's workshop, a few miles north of Shangri-la, and 914 cubits due west of the Fountain of Youth.