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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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Free Agency and Trades

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As for trades and free agency, BOTH will be done through the League Manager and NOT the console. This way you can add the amount of years as well as how much you are paying. I WILL MAKE ALL TRANSACTIONS THROUGH LM.


Trading deadline is Week 6.

There's a limit of 3 trades per team per season.

There will be a trade committee to approve trades; no outrageous trades will be accepted. I'm thinking 3 or 5 people is a good number. Preferably, I'm against trading rookies on teams. However, if the majority wants to trade them, then it's allowed.

Free Agency

There is a salary cap. It is $120,000,000. At season's end, it will increase 4 or 5 million.

You MUST maintain your salary cap.

ONLY ONE FREE AGENT SIGNING PER WEEK! Again ONLY ONE free agent signing per week.

If there is an injury of 5+ weeks you can make a signing ONLY TO THAT POSITION to cover it, regardless if you made your ONE FREE AGENT SIGNING! (If you lose two players for the year in one week, you can sign two players to replace them.)

If week one you made no signing this does NOT mean week two you are able to sign TWO FREE AGENTS!

As for free agency during regular season, it's a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. You want a player, make sure you sign him. There WILL be cap hits, so cut wisely. ;-)

You CAN cut someone and sign someone in that same position REGARDLESS if you made a free agent signing but it must be WITHIN 9 OVR POINTS! So no cutting a 50 OVR DE for a 89 OVR DE.

Through League Manager we will have it so we will bid on free agents in the offseason. Obviously we will set up a time to do free agency and since it is through league manager everyone should be able to make it. The fun part about this is we will get into some crazy bidding wars with high free agents. I also will make it so the highest bidder is hidden - so if you were outbid it will just come up saying there is a higher bidder. There is a tab that will keep an eye on the players you have targeted. There will be a pop up box when you are trying to bid on a free agent that will show your available space and how much is tied up into free agents.

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Just a note for anyone else who is curious like I was: If you attempt to re-sign a contract year player your salary cap figure for this year will remain unchanged, you're basically just extending the player for x number of years beyond this year at a given salary.

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You can sign players NOW. Let me know who you want, and I will make the moves!

---------- Post added December-26th-2011 at 04:38 PM ----------

Cowboys release Phil Costa (68, C) and sign Jake Grove (77, C).

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We can't sign and release ourselves if we follow the rules


---------- Post added December-26th-2011 at 09:50 PM ----------

‎49ers cut SS Reggie Smith (78 OVR) and sign FB Lousaka Polite (87 OVR).

Panthers release DE George Selvie (60 OVR) and sign DE Vernon Gholston (66 OVR).

Packers release RB Alex Green (64 OVR) and sign RB Noel Devine (65 OVR).

Cowboys sign C Jake Grove (77) and cut C Phil Costa (68).

---------- Post added December-26th-2011 at 10:00 PM ----------

Colts cut DT Antonio Johnson ( 72 OVR) and sign DT Clifton Ryan (77 OVR).

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i sent a FA signing due to injury and id like to release several guys. i sent one but it he didnt get released. Do we need to notify you for players we just want to release? im really not used to all these rules and structure, just trying to follow them since I just joined

im used to being able to sign and release any time I wanted like before a game so i understand i just need to be patient since i just joined.

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