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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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It's a 90 min show, I gotta work in the morning so i'm gonna record it. Before the commercial break they said "coming up, a sit down with the Moss going to the pro bowl, no not Randy, Santana" haha

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Ok I stayed up, here is the transcript as best as I could get.

Moss: What makes Santana Santana, a whole lot of determination.

NFL: At what age did you know you wanted to be a pro reciever?

Moss: Age 5 (then talks about chasing cars as a kid)

Moss: Critics always wonder can I do what a reciever at 6 feet do, all I can say to the critics is watch me play football and you tell me.

NFL: What was your reaction when the Jets wanted to trade you to get Coles back?

Moss: Everything happens in life for a reason. And when they said it was my time to part, I looked over my shoulder like Hey with the time

I had, I did everything all I can do. I wasn't a superman, or trying to be, but when Santana had a chance to go play football I played

football, Lavernious Coles I looked at his numbers and what he had last year, and I was crying for those types of things. I've been

silently hoping and praying that I can get in that catagory, I came into this thing knowing that my opportunity was going to come.

Now its up to me as to what I do with the opportunity.

NFL: Against Dallas you guys were down two touchdowns, what happened after that?

Moss: (laughs) the whole season changed. My whole vision of what I'm gonna be here changed. Santana has came. He stepped it up.

After the dallas game, I was pumping gas and a guy saw me and it was like a guy seeing someone he's been waiting for all his life.

He damn near dropped the pump. These coaches have been great cuz you know they called em up and said "hey you like this, lets go" and as

a reciever thats all you want is the opportunity, you want to be able to experiment a little bit, you want to be able to say "hey man, I seen

Marvin Harrison or Holt do his route and I think I can do it. You want to be able to come to your coaches and talk to him on that level.

Thats the kind of relationships we have here, the doors are wide open. I like to get a route and the coach tell me to go in a straight line,

I want to give him a straight line with a wiggle on top of it.

NFL: How do you and Clinton Portis play off each other?

Moss: It's like were back in college again, cuz when we play the run it opens things up for me.

NFL: What does it feel like to have a 1 game season?

Moss: It means alot, cuz its the playoffs and in the playoffs its do or die. And were ready, Were just itching to get out there on that stage come Sunday.

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It was on Total Acccess...Their were plenty of Moss highlights, not just the dallas clips but they used those too, They had screens from KC, mid-field grabs vs Giants, beating Seattle on route running...very well done...

plenty of Moss remarks...how much he wanted to get the kind of chance he saw coles getting when the talks began...feeling good about his work for NY but knowing he was destined to get a better opportunity and it would be all on him to take advantage of it...nothing but good about the coaching in DC...lots of stuff about his childhhod...chasing cars when he was 5 because he was so fast...people would honk at him smile & wave...clips of him in college . maybe high school, wasn't sure...thats all I got right now in my head...he was very well spoken and comes off very cool and collected...a real asset in every way to this team...and he is grateful...

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Thanks fellows. Nice work. Take a six pack and a cheerleader out of petty cash. :silly:

And let's all be thankful that Santana did not catch one of those cars.

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It was on Total Acccess...Their were plenty of Moss highlights, not just the dallas clips but they used those too, They had screens from KC, mid-field grabs vs Giants, beating Seattle on route running...very well done...

plenty of Moss remarks...how much he wanted to get the kind of chance he saw coles getting when the talks began...feeling good about his work for NY but knowing he was destined to get a better opportunity and it would be all on him to take advantage of it...nothing but good about the coaching in DC...lots of stuff about his childhhod...chasing cars when he was 5 because he was so fast...people would honk at him smile & wave...clips of him in college . maybe high school, wasn't sure...thats all I got right now in my head...he was very well spoken and comes off very cool and collected...a real asset in every way to this team...and he is grateful...

I caught it earlier and got to record it, I loved how he said after that 1st dallas game he knew right then the season changed and his whole vision changed on how he was going to help this team.

I tell ya Jumbo, Joe Gibbs can see talent that other coaches dont even know they have, and people worry about draft picks. Give this man time because when he done building and setting this team up for the future, we will have some new trophy's in our showcase.

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Thanks fellows. Nice work. Take a six pack and a cheerleader out of petty cash. :silly:

umm... well what do i have to do to get a 40oz and a secretary? :D

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I caught it earlier and got to record it, I loved how he said after that 1st dallas game he knew right then the season changed and his whole vision changed on how he was going to help this team.

I tell ya Jumbo, Joe Gibbs can see talent that other coaches dont even know they have, and people worry about draft picks. Give this man time because when he done building and setting this team up for the future, we will have some new trophy's in our showcase.

He's really quite a guy. He's everything we've always said he was, even if we had to take all these "Gibbs is God" potshots :) . BTW, we know he's human and makes mistakes, that's never been an issue. I'd say more about what that issue is, but It's late and I need rest :laugh: . I'm old and decrepit. (always play that card before a fight). Oh yeh, I'm also despicable.

Really tho, there's something more I want to respond with, bro, but I'm gonna wait til after Sunday ;) . But I'll remember. :cheers:

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