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      VICTORY!!!
       
      Redskins 23 - 17 Panthers
       
      Will the real Washington Redskins please stand up?
       
      Hello friends, JimmiJo here, joined by the Spaceman Spiff. 
       
      Seriously, which team will we get to see today. The one solid in all quarters, playing fundamentally sound ball and making us believe that just maybe, this year they could be hanging around at playoff time? Or will it be the one who decides not all receivers should be covered? You know, the one that seems to believe no national embarrassment is too great to suffer.
       
      If I am on this team on this day, I am playing like I have been punked-out on national TV (because I was) and I have something to prove. I am playing with a degree of urgency yet to be seen this year. I am playing like the season is on the line today. Because it literally is as far as I am concerned.
       
      Speak amongst yourselves...
       
      inactives
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 25 RB Chris Thompson
      o   No. 30 S Troy Apke
      o   No. 39 CB Adonis Alexander
      o   No. 74 T Geron Christian Sr.
      o   No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao
      o   No. 80 WR Jamison Crowder
      o   No. 99 DL Caleb Brantley
       
      Ok gang, showtime. Here's to a good game with no injuries. You can follow me live on Twitter @Skinscast. 
       
      See you at the half.
       
      Half
       
      Great start, poor ending. They need to produce in the 2nd half to win.
       
      JimmiJo
       
      This team is consistently inconsistent.
       
      I’m just glad I caught them on the good week. And if there was ever a time to go for two in a row, it’s this week.
       
      I was poised to ask the players how much last week had to do with this. I didn’t have to. Most of the guys I interviewed spoke about getting the bad taste of last week out of their mouth.
       
      To a man they wanted to put it behind them. No better way than to do so with a win against a 3-1 Carolina Panthers. The win preserves Washington’s first place position in the division.
       
      If we are looking for heroes we have to start with Adrian Peterson. Coming in with multiple injuries (shoulder, knee, ankle), all he did was run for 97-yards on 17-carries with a 5.7 yard per carry average. The man is ageless, looking more like a first-year back rather than a guy near the end of his career.
       
      On the other side of the ball was Josh Norman. It was clear in speaking to him following the game that the chatter in the media was starting to get to him. This game was important enough for him that he called a defensive backs meeting this week to get everybody on the same page.
       
      Norman payed like the all-star the Redskins signed in 2016. In fact, the interception was his first since week 16 of 2016. But he wasn’t done. Norman punched out the ball to force a fumble later on a critical drive, robbing the Panthers of an opportunity to score.
       
      Given the talk about Norman and the manner in which the New Orleans Saints bludgeoned Washington last week, it was fitting the game came down to a defensive stand that resulted in Carolina giving up the ball on downs.
       
      This was a total team effort for Washington, with all areas contributing.
       
      Alex Smith went 21-of-36 for 163-yards and two touchdowns. He finished with a passer-rating of 88.1.
       
      Jordan Reed had a relatively quiet five receptions for 36-yards to lead the receivers. Vernon Davis on the other hand, made some noise bringing in 3-receptions for 48-yards to include a beautiful touchdown grab on a seam route that left him largely uncovered.
       
      Smith did such a good job of looking off the safety that by the time he turned back to fire down field, Davis was running free and clear into the end zone.
       
      Another hero on the day was Dustin Hopkins. All he did was kick a 6-yard field goal, the longest of his career. I asked the coach if he had discussed the kick with Hopkins prior to making the decision. Gruden told me it was special teams coach Ben Kotwica who proclaimed Hopkins ready.
       
      “I thought it was a 53-yarder,” said Gruden. “When I heard it was a 56-yarder I thought about calling a timeout.
      He didn’t and Hopkins made him look smart.
       
      The Redskins fare best when they score first. They must be aware of this as they started red hot, jumping out to a 17-point lead before the Panthers got off the snide.
       
      A total of 9-unanswered points later, Washington scored early in the fourth quarter to bring the lead back to 11. That lasted officially 1-drive, as the Panthers marched down with relative ease to score a touchdown and bring the game within 3.
       
      Washington then mounted another drive to register another field goal to take the lead back to 6.
       
      Then a defensive stand was needed.
       
      Carolina was able to move the back to the midfield with relative ease. Washington tightened up and it all came down to a 4th-and-5 at the Redskins 16 with 38-seconds remaining.
       
      That was as far as they would go as Cam Newton skimmed the ball off of the field for a harmless incomplete.
       
      It was a much need win. It keeps the Redskins in 1st place in the division at 3-2 with Dallas coming to town next Sunday.
       
      What’s not to like?  

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An Annoying habit of Portis....

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What's the championship formula for football?

Is it a team coached my a disciplinarian? Or a player's coach? Is it an offensive-minded team or a defensive-minded team? Should you stop the run or focus on shutting down the pass? Should you run the ball or should you win by passing the ball? There are pocket passers that have games... and there are scramblers that have won games. Do you win with a bruising running attack? Or play-action pass?

Does every quarterback have the same windup? The same release point? No. Of course not. Favre was criticized for having a horrible throwing motion.... all the way to the Hall of Fame.

Some coaches teach runningbacks to hold the ball with their index finger on the point of the ball. Others teach it by putting the point between the index and third fingers.

There's no hard and fast rules to football... the bottom line is... whatever works.

Well put. There is not just one way to do things. Heck, when Pistol Pete Maravich (sp?) first started playing, he was criticized up one side and down the other. Not drawing a connection between the two. Just pointing out that what may seem ridiculous and not part of how the game should be played at the time does not mean that it doesn’t work just as well if not better.

*edit* Just in case for those of you who do not know, Pistol Pete played basketball. Made it the game it is today. *edit*

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Ok... I think Desertfox gets my idiot of the week award. I know its popular for people to harp on basics(we all know coaches tell you to put the ball in the outside hand), but the fact is, talent and skill trump over technique at times. Some QBs also had abnormal throwing motions yet were awesome.

So criticizing portis after all he has done is one thing, its another when he has barely fumbled the ball in his career. Its yet another to call great running backs, including the NFL record holder, overrated. Seriously.

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That's unreal. The man just broke the single season franchise rushing record, and people are pissed because he held the ball in the wrong hand?

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Look I love Portis...he's awsome but the guy is a pro running back and he doesn't put the football in the proper hand when he is running. The other day on his touchdown run he was running left but carrying the ball with his right arm, his inside arm...! NO! NO! NO! put that ball in the outside arm..keep it away from the defense...that is just basics....jeez..

GO Skins!

if it's a touchdown run i don't care what arm it's in....when it's a run ending in a fumble (twice this year) then we can talk arms

i think if he's more prone to fumble with his left arm, regardless of sideline he's running to, then he should carry in his right

he makes good money and is better than high school football players, so i say he can fool with mechanics a little bit

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The lesson learned from this thread is that if you don't agree with desertfox then you are a moron and he will talk down to you.

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Portis just came off a great season where he rushed for 1500+ yards and you want to complain about how he carries the football.

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Look at the greatest run in Redskin history, Riggo has the ball in his left hand. Good point

Yeah stop talking. He led us into the playoffs. He rarely fumbles. He gets the job done. You don;t play so you have no right to criticize about half of our offense.

*This is NOT aimed at the person I'm quoting. It's to ther person who started this stupid thread.*

Lol. Riggo had it in the left arm. Shook!

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You know, I have had a chance to do a little coaching in my time and I can say this:

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

If I had a kid who had some wild way of doing a particular move in football that seemed to go against the norm, I would ask myself, is he failing at what he is doing?

If the answer is no, then I would shut-up. Let him do what he is doing and as long as he is successful, take credit for putting him in a position to succeed.

Catch a coach trying to change him? Tell him to stop trying to reinvent the wheel. If its rolling, leave it alone.

I have a ton more pithy little sayings to go along for this but the bottom line is:

Micro-managing sucks.

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Look I love Portis...he's awsome but the guy is a pro running back and he doesn't put the football in the proper hand when he is running. The other day on his touchdown run he was running left but carrying the ball with his right arm, his inside arm...! NO! NO! NO! put that ball in the outside arm..keep it away from the defense...that is just basics....jeez..

GO Skins!

glossary time GibbSkins11 style.....

frange - not right , off , and just well frange

buddy that stuff u just wasted my eyesight with is well frange:doh:

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I dont care how he carries it if he keeps putting up the big yards and not fumbling. If it was a problem, then yeah it would be a good point you brought up but its not really a problem is it?

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Have you thought about a position as Runningbacks coach? Perhaps you have more to offer then Ernest Byner. I mean after all you probibly have a multitude of years of experience dealing with NFL Runningbacks.

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Desert, you are seriously confused. Emmitt did move the ball to the correct hand when he could. As far as being overrated, when did you start watching football? Let me guess, since the skins became an over .500 club?

I for one dont hear a lot of people suggest that Emmitt was THE best that ever ran, rather he is one of the best all time, I would agree with that.

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Sometimes changing hands with the ball is not a priority when a back is using his field vision to look for the hole.

My complaint is about the fact that Portis doesn't always look to see where no one is. So many times he ran in the back of people and pushed when all he had to do was look and bounce outside and he would've had a 1700 yard season.

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