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      Good afternoon Redskins nation!  I’m in beautiful Landover, MD with Spaceman Spiff who has been pulled away from Instagram models and tailgating and sent down to the field to do what he does best (roll around in the mud).
       
      Let’s get down to business...  Can we block them?  There are other story lines entering into this game but worrying about them feels largely academic.  The Texans have two terrifying pass rushers and the Redskins intend to block them with optimism and underdog stories.  Alex Smith isn’t a statue but he does take time in making decisions and getting the ball out.  This combination looks disastrous.  The sort of thing that has us all after the game consoling each other with things like “well, it was just a bad matchup" and “we caught them at the worst possible time.” 
       
      Or... we could walk away wondering just how the heck this team managed to pull off another improbable win.  Last week the gave up something like twelve thousand yards of offense to the Bucs, I’ll have to check those numbers to be sure, but only three points.  That’s not supposed to happen.  Maybe we can enjoy an outrageously unlikely result again.  Not probably, not likely, but you know... maybe.  I’m saying there’s a chance.   
       
      I’m here for that chance.  (and you know... the free food and climate controlled free seats) 

      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins are running their bend and break defense, and I’m not sure a little over three quarters is enough time for the Redskins offense to close a 10-point gap.  I’m having flash backs of week nine, but having human emotions is considered “disruptive behavior.”  I'm fine.  Everything is fine. 
       
      That Quinn celebration, whatever that was, was the highlight of the 1st quarter. 
       
      2nd Quarter Update
      Is there a better way to start a quarter than by scoring a touchdown?  There is, if you follow that TD drive with a forced turnover on defense.  Things are looking good! 

      So much for that.  A great start was quickly ended up canceled out by the Redskins offense.  With a chance to take a lead Alex Smith throws a pick six in the red zone and takes the air out of the stadium.  He followed that up by throwing another interception on the very next drive.  Alex Smith almost made me forget about Vernon Davis dropping that pass.  Almost. 
       
      Texans missed a field goal attempt and the lead remains frozen at 10. 
       
      This quarter feels like a giant blown opportunity.  
       
      Halftime Update. 
      I should have stopped at one hotdog.  I deserve this.
       
      3rd Quarter Update
      You know the feeling where you say and think all these bad things about a player and then he breaks his leg and you immediately feel bad about it?  I live there now.
       
      Colt McCoy has freed me from that place of sadness! 
       
      As much as I love this defense, they have to start forcing teams to punt at some point.  Is there a stat for defense tha thas forced the fewest punts?  We have to be near the top of that list.  Texans have punted just once today.  Holding them to three was good, though.   
       
      The lead is down to six and Colt McCoy has arrived to save us.  (Please let that be true.) 
       
      Personal Note:  Someone just stomped, loudly, out of the press area like a while muttering at his phone.  Laughter and comparisons to toddlers followed him.  The media's laugh is an evil laugh!  Good times. 
       
      4th Quarter Update
      Colt has brought us back.  Welcome to the first lead change of the season, Redskins fans.  You like that?!  (Yeesh, was that always so lame?)  I guess you could say Adrian Peterson contributed by actually scoring the touchdown.  I bet Colt told him to score though, so you have to factor leadership into things.
       
      Once again, the defense cannot force a punt, hard to feel great about holding a team to a field goal when that field goal gives them the lead in the 4th quarter 
       
      Remember that whole "can we block them" thing?  The answer was absolutely not on the Redskins 2nd drive of the 4th quarter.  Watt and Clowney each sacked our man Colt, and ended that drive before it really had a chance to begin. 
       
      Horrible, no good, very bad holding called on Norman gifting Houston a first down at the worst possible time for it.
       
      Colt chooses to throw deep at an inopportune moment resulting in a 60+ yard attempt for an injured kicker.  Heartbreaking end to a game that cost this team entirely too much (via injury) yet still seemed to be within reach several times. 
       
      I'm off to the post game press conference and locker room, check back later for updates.
       
      Final Thoughts
      I’ve always found it preferable to watch my favorite team simply get destroyed, than to feel that they were the better team and still managed to lose.  The Redskins gave this game away with mistakes in the 2nd quarter.  Fred Davis makes a routine catch and Alex Smith doesn’t throw a pick six, and the scoreboard shows at least 7 fewer points for the Texans.  Even if the Redskins had settled for field goals, that’s a 13 point swing in 2 point game.   
       
      Losing the game wasn’t even the worst part.  Losing Alex Smith, for at least the remainder of the season, is likely enough to push the Redskins past the point where they can continue toughing their way through key injuries. 
       
      We'll all feel better after a win against the Cowboys next week. 
       

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Don Banks blasts LaVar Arrington...

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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/writers/don_banks/12/30/pregame.snaps.1230/index.html

Nice timing, LaVar Arrington. If you weren't already persona non grata within the organization, you are now. Holding court on your future during the week leading up to the Redskins' biggest game since 1999 is exactly why you're considered part of the problem rather than part of the answer in D.C. Arrington has waited six seasons to play for a postseason berth, and he picks this week to make it all about him.

Say what you will about Banks but he's always recognized that Arrington seemingly wants Redskins games to be the "LaVar Show"....

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Actually, Don Banks is the problem here. He's trying to make Arrington, the story. Is that the best he can say about the skins is Arrington is concerned he might not be here next year. Don't believe the hype Banks wants story to be Arrnington then si won't have to explain to the readers how they could be so wrong about the Redskins. How SI tell us how they picked wrong again as usual. Nothing new to report as usual

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He hit the nail on the head with this one. Why on earth would Arrington have a reporter over to his house THIS WEEK, of all times, to vent about hits "unfair treatment". What a loser. Get him outta here! I say sit his rump on the bench for the entire game against the Eagles or let him play only on special teams.

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He hit the nail on the head with this one. Why on earth would Arrington have a reporter over to his house THIS WEEK, of all times, to vent about hits "unfair treatment". What a loser. Get him outta here! I say sit his rump on the bench for the entire game against the Eagles or let him play only on special teams.
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He hit the nail on the head with this one. Why on earth would Arrington have a reporter over to his house THIS WEEK, of all times, to vent about hits "unfair treatment".

Then he turns around and acts suprised that the reporter released the story right away. Did he really think the reporter would wait til after the season to release the story?

If he and the organization settle everything and he ultimately stays, I really hope he's not allowed to talk to the press. Didn't Coughlin do that with Shockey?

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Can't believe I agree with this chump about something for once...

I'm sure in the next breath he picked us to lose Sunday.

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He isn't siding with the skins. It isn't lavar vs. the skins.

but i do think banks is not wrong on this one

Well, as they say, even a broken clock is right two times a day

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Actually, Don Banks is the problem here. He's trying to make Arrington, the story. Is that the best he can say about the skins is Arrington is concerned he might not be here next year. Don't believe the hype Banks wants story to be Arrnington then si won't have to explain to the readers how they could be so wrong about the Redskins. How SI tell us how they picked wrong again as usual. Nothing new to report as usual

WRONG!!

This story was already splashed all over the place. Gibbs even addressed it. It was even highlighted on the NFL Network. Banks did not make the story, Arrington did. Extremely poor decision (like many others) on Arrington's part. He has something in common with Dexter Manley. HUGE talent and MINISCULE brain. He has shown these characteristics over and over and over.

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Lavar is the one who effed up.

Even on the Redskins report last week George Michaels slammed lavar for biting the head off of the female reporter in the post cowpoke vistory.

Instead of sniveling he could have went the classy happy to be a part of the organization route and then make himself marketable in the post season

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As disappointing as it has been to see stories in the local papers this week, having the National media pick up this story strikes me as "piling on."

When was the first, last, or any time this season the national media has given the 'Skins a second thought???....unless it was to say they were NOT going to make the playoffs when they were 3-0.......OR, do pronounce them dead & buried when they were 5-6.

What's the line from that stupid Charlie Daniel's song:

"Every now & then we may get to fightin' amongst ourselves,

But you outside people best leave us alone!"

Cheers,

CLBinMD

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What's a "Don Banks" anyway?

Hey, I think ALL sides mishandled everything "LaVar", not just LaVar. Personally, I think that SOME player AGENTS should be firing-squaded for their roles in screwing-up train wrecks [LaVar's contract issues], and some Billionaires ought to buy some Miss Manners lessons on the side. Snyder doesn't NEED to be a butthead to win ... see "Joe Gibbs" for instance, and take some lessons in class Danny. Sheez. ;-)

The story that I agree with is the one in the WaPo by UnWise Mike.

"A Dishonorable Discharge" Friday, December 30, 2005; Page E01.

And again, what is a "Don Banks"?

As for the Washington Times ... why would anyone read a rag published by Sung-Yuck-Moon, anyway? Gimmie a break. The Washington Times is fish-wrap at best. T.P. most of the "Times".

I'm 53 and a 'skins fan since birth, it's a family thing ... grew up in Rockville, I now live in Portland, Oregon and have even gone to support the 'skins in hostile stadiums, carrying a boom box with "Hail-To-The-Redskins", turned it up full blast and held it over my head every time the 'skins score ... so I AM a FAN. And IF I were into tattoos {which I'm not] "Redskins" is the only thing I'd ever consider having emblazoned upon my rump.

BUT, that said ... assistant coach Dale Lindsey was just as dumb as LaVar in that locker room incident, maybe more so. A COACH, any coach, should be even more atuned to the significance of the current environment (prep for Philly) as the players. AND, a COACH should have enough savvy to know how to get the most out of EACH of the various personality types on a team ... do any of US really believe that lambasting LaVar for some PAST [it's in the past the minute the final whistle blows] misscues on the field is gonna motivate an egomanic to play harder in the coming crucial game? I mean, especially a dressing down in the locker room? WTF is that? I HOPE that Coach Gibbs had a word with his position coaching assistant ... but, Joe being the CLASS act that he is, will never reveal if he does (unlike some obviously LESSER coaches).

Tell ya sumptin' else to think about ... we're down one strong contributor in the LB corp already ... and the Eagles play nasty ... if LaVar is forced into long minutes in Philly, and makes ANY significant contribution to a victory, all his critics will be kissing his ring by Sunday nite. Don't even try tellin' me otherwise. Ego or no ego.

And another thing ... emotional players like LaVar have loooong memories ... and if anyone on this board truly believes that LaVar is done in the NFL, or that he isn't a quality talent [perhaps in a diff system] ... they're nuts. Do we REALLY want to give this guy any ADDED incentive to want to hit any of his former teammates with any EXTRA venom when we will surely meet Mr. Arrington again??? HELLO???

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Over the years the Redskins have paid LaVar Arrington what some teams paid their entire linebacking corps en route to the Super Bowl :mad:

don't feel sorry for this guy. he got almost everything he wanted here, including lifetime security financially.

what he didn't get in the end was every single penny he wanted to shake out of the organization.

that $6.5 million bonus in 2006 if paid by the team would cripple this team's ability to bring in any name players to help this team improve for 2007.

evidently, $16 million plus the opportunity to be on a winning team wasn't enough for Arrington to make peace.

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I'm sure Levar didnt intend ,... But when you have idiot reporters... And we are talking about the Wash Times..... lol

Sounds like Levar was just talking about the business side of football and he knows its all about business... We have heard this before about his cap hits and so on.... It Business...

The reporters are reporters. mostly idiots.... that cant write.....

I do agree he shoulnt be talking to anyone this week unless its about the Eagles..

Actually, Don Banks is the problem here. He's trying to make Arrington, the story. Is that the best he can say about the skins is Arrington is concerned he might not be here next year. Don't believe the hype Banks wants story to be Arrnington then si won't have to explain to the readers how they could be so wrong about the Redskins. How SI tell us how they picked wrong again as usual. Nothing new to report as usual

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Actually, Don Banks is the problem here. He's trying to make Arrington, the story. Is that the best he can say about the skins is Arrington is concerned he might not be here next year. Don't believe the hype Banks wants story to be Arrnington then si won't have to explain to the readers how they could be so wrong about the Redskins. How SI tell us how they picked wrong again as usual. Nothing new to report as usual

I think you're on the right track.

This whole LaVar thing is a non-story, especially right now. I am MUCH more concerned about who is going to be our QB on Sunday than I am about who is going to be our starting OLB in 2006.

But in a (currently) 4-game winning streak which has brought the Redskins back from the dead and to the forefront of the playoff race, the national media has found something negative they can say about the team. About how this is going to be a distraction (talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy...the more they talk about it being a distraction, the more it is a distraction...if they shut up about it and concentrated on Sunday's games, it would cease to be a distraction!). So onto the bandwagon hop Don Banks, Lenny P, et al. The only thing I want Don Banks to say about the Redskins is, "I'm sorry I called the Redskins the worst 3-0 team in NFL history. I obviously don't know a football from a foosball and I promise to never set anything to paper again."

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