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      VICTORY!!!
       
      Redskins 20 - 15 Cardinals
       
      Sorry folks, just made it. Plus, all of our photogs are injured.
       
      It must be the end of a bad season with no hope of playoffs.
       
      But I am here, JimmiJo, to bring you all the action.
       
      Here are my thoughts in a nutshell, bottom-line sort of way: win today or coaches could become at risk. 
       
      This is where you see who is who and who will be here next year.
       
      Follow along on Twitter @Skinscast.
       
      Inactives 
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 19 WR Robert Davis
      o   No. 35 S Montae Nicholson
      o   No. 53 LB Zach Brown
      o   No. 67 G Kyle Kalis
      o   No. 71 T Trent Williams
      o   No. 73 C Demetrius Rhaney
      o   No. 97 DL Terrell McClain
       
      Half
       
      Prototypical game for Washington. Jump out to early start, then the offense starts to fade. The bad news with this is Arizona has stuck with the run game and it is starting to pay dividends for them. 
       
      Thanks to a fumble by Vernon Davis and a good defensive stand by the Redskins; the Cardinals were able to muster a field goal to pull within 5.

      Head coach Jay was visibly upset on that last drive and one wonders if he is not going to be lighting this team up in the locker room.
       
      The Redskins get the ball to start the half. 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      JimmiJo
       
      Make no mistake. A win is a win is a win.
       
      But let’s not kid ourselves; any competent quarterback for Arizona and this was likely a loss. Heck, if the tight end holds the ball at the 1-yard line at the end it is likely a loss.
       
      The Washington Redskins got one they had to have. It meant nothing in the overall; there are no postseason aspirations, and this game likely had no spoiler-implications.
       
      But for the Redskins it was about pride and identity. It was also about people’s jobs.
       
      If a football team cannot get up for a much-needed win against a bad team in front of their home crowd; the problems are about more than injuries and dumb-luck. Such a loss would have been an indictment of the coaching staff. Specifically the head coach.
       
      Attitude is a reflection of leadership, as the saying goes. And lately this team has not been showing up.
       
      That’s on the man in charge.
       
      A loss today and ownership could be starting to consider a change at skipper. At a minimum he is wondering who else is out there.
       
      The good news is the team responded and found a way to win. They had help.
       
      Blaine Gabbert finished the day 16-of-41 for 181 for quarterback rating of 52.9. Worse were those moments when he decided to have poor accuracy. His red zone effectiveness was atrocious.
       
      Then there were the dropped balls from the receivers. If the Cardinals tight end catches the ball at the 1-yard line we are having a different conversation.
       
      The Redskins on the other hand didn’t fare much better. They posted just 218 total net yards of offense, and a paltry 31-yards rushing.
       
      The offense benefitted from an opening drive sack-fumble by their defense. Two plays later, Kirk connected with Jamison Crowder for the easy touchdown.
       
      Two drives later the Redskins would again draw blood when Cousins hooked up with Kapri Bibbs fir a 36-yard touchdown.
      But after this the offense went flat. They managed only 15-total plays in the first half. And early in the 2nd half had only amassed 5-yards rushing.
       
      The turnover the start the second half deflated the team and stadium.  Washington would manage to add another two field goals, and it turned out to be  just enough to get the win.
       
      Cousins was by far the best player on offense finishing 18/26 for 196-yards, 2-touchdowns and a QB-rating of 149.07.
      Crowder led all receivers with 5-catches for 55-yards and a TD. Next came Bibbs, with 4-receptions for 47-yards and a touchdown.
       
      Defensively, Washington brought pressure that made a difference at times. Preston Smith had a banner-day; finishing the game with a sack, fumble recovery, and interception. Anthony Lanier had two batted balls and a forced fumble. Kendall Fuller led all tacklers with 6-solo and 2-assists.
       
      The Redskins did just enough to get a win at home. It means they can still to avoid a losing season which would paint a much different picture on the season.
       
      From here on out it’s about who wants to be here next year. Washington has one more home game against the Denver Broncos, who feature a touch defensive group. They will then travel to New York for the final game of the year.
       
      It’s all about character now.
       
       

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CBS Sports: Report: Cowboys impose new set of rules for Dez Bryant to live by

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http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19924023/report-cowboys-impose-new-set-of-rules-for-dez-bryant-to-live-by

For all of his talent, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has had a tough time staying off the police blotter.

To that end, in the same way you must treat a petulant child, the Cowboys have enforced a set of rules for Bryant to follow. ESPN Dallas has the details of the agreement to which Bryant agreed last week.

A few of the rules: a curfew of midnight, no drinking alcohol, no strip clubs, nightclubs allowed only if he has a security team with him, he must have security personnel with him at all times, he will be driven to practice and games by said security personnel.

The reasons for the Cowboys insistence on a new Bryant lifestyle are obvious and varied.

[...]Though oftentimes Cowboys owner Jerry Jones comes off as a coddler for talented, yet troubled players (Jeff Pearlman's book “Boys Will Be Boys” has some fascinating stories about all this), he certainly seems to be taking a stand here.

Especially when he says he's “too pissed to talk” to Bryant and, “He's just got to come on, step up and accept responsibility, and I think he can get there. I'm demanding that he work through it. He must do it or we can't count on him.”

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I see this ending beautifully

Jerruh, you knew what he was when you drafted him. Don't start getting high and mighty on us

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They shouldn't have made this public. Dez Bryant can easily agree that he's messed up and yet still understandably want nothing to do with the cowboys organization because of this public shaming.

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Crazy talent but the guy is a headcase. It's ridiculous when a professional adult needs more supervision than a 10 year old because he can't be trusted by himself.

Of course he'll agree to it for now because he's not in a position to really fight it. Just wait though, after a month or two of being under constant surveillance and being treated like this he's going to start to resent it and it'll become an issue again.

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Crazy talent but the guy is a headcase. It's ridiculous when a professional adult needs more supervision than a 10 year old because he can't be trusted by himself.

Of course he'll agree to it for now because he's not in a position to really fight it. Just wait though, after a month or two of being under constant surveillance and being treated like this he's going to start to resent it and it'll become an issue again.

They gave Pac Man 24 hour surveillance, too.

He ended up getting into a fight with his bodyguard :ols:...

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They gave Pac Man 24 hour surveillance, too.

He ended up getting into a fight with his bodyguard :ols:...

I was thinking the same thing when I read this. It didnt work for Pac Man and I highly doubt it will work for Dez

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Anyone watch that show on USA "Necessary Roughness"?

It seems like that show was based on the life of T.O., but it's getting to seem more and more like Dez now.

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You should see how some people are reacting on NFL.com. They say things like, "At least he is try? He understands he has a problem and asked for help." What? He never asked for help. Jerry Jones told him this is the way it is going to be or you're gone. But Jerry will never learn. He continues to draft or sign players that he thinks he can temper or even tame their problems. He thinks he is a person that can change them into productive citizens in society becaue of his work with troubled players and youth in the past. What an idiot. He gives the NFL a bad name with players like T.O., Pacman Jones, Tank Johnson, and now Dez Bryant continuing their issues off the field. It brings a smile to my face every time I hear something like this happening to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys. And he calls the Cowboys America's team. You never saw any trouble on the Cowboys before Jerry Jones owned it or during Tom Landry's coaching days. Landry would have got rid of them. I remember when they had a QB get all big and bad with I think Staubach and he was gone the next day. I don't remember the guys name but Landry ran a tight ship unlike Jerry's Circus World.

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Dez Bryant at night clubs, couple of cute girls comes hey, hey dez you're hot, lets drink

"No sorry, i'm not allowed to drink, my boss forbids it, and I can't go home with you cause these guys have to drive me everywhere"

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Wait, Dez agreed to this? hhahaaa, pretty sad when you're boss has to have a nanny sit you to keep you from trouble.

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Crazy talent but the guy is a headcase. It's ridiculous when a professional adult needs more supervision than a 10 year old because he can't be trusted by himself.

Of course he'll agree to it for now because he's not in a position to really fight it. Just wait though, after a month or two of being under constant surveillance and being treated like this he's going to start to resent it and it'll become an issue again.

I for one can't wait for this to happen.

This dude is an insane nutcase who is about to be smothered with rules, hell catholic priests have less strict standards to live by!

I figure when he rebels against his rules, he's gonna do it in a big way, the fireworks should be spectacular!!!

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You should see how some people are reacting on NFL.com. They say things like, "At least he is try? He understands he has a problem and asked for help." What? He never asked for help. Jerry Jones told him this is the way it is going to be or you're gone. But Jerry will never learn. He continues to draft or sign players that he thinks he can temper or even tame their problems. He thinks he is a person that can change them into productive citizens in society becaue of his work with troubled players and youth in the past. What an idiot. He gives the NFL a bad name with players like T.O., Pacman Jones, Tank Johnson, and now Dez Bryant continuing their issues off the field. It brings a smile to my face every time I hear something like this happening to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys. And he calls the Cowboys America's team. You never saw any trouble on the Cowboys before Jerry Jones owned it or during Tom Landry's coaching days. Landry would have got rid of them. I remember when they had a QB get all big and bad with I think Staubach and he was gone the next day. I don't remember the guys name but Landry ran a tight ship unlike Jerry's Circus World.

Hollywood Henderson would disagree.....

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I find myself wondering if jerry is also going to sew dez's name in his underwear and pack him a lunch with a sippy-cup too.

If this went the pacman route it would be absolutely priceless. I thank god for the day when jerry decided to pass on randy moss which further strangthened his resolve to draft the dez bryants of the nfl world.

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I find myself wondering if jerry is also going to sew dez's name in his underwear and pack him a lunch with a sippy-cup too.

If this went the pacman route it would be absolutely priceless. I thank god for the day when jerry decided to pass on randy moss which further strangthened his resolve to draft the dez bryants of the nfl world.

you hit the nail on the head. Passing on Moss not only deprived them of an uber talented receiver who wanted to play for Dallas, when he proceeded to light up the league, Double-J vowed to never make the same mistake again. I don't know if drafting Dez was a mistake, his numbers have been pretty good and everybody seems to think that the sky is the limit for him. However, the more I hear about him off the field, the more I cringe. I just can't wait for the season to start. The off-season is not friendly to him, dude needs structure.

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Im really disgusted by this. I am sick and tired of this paternalistic nonsense with athletes. They are not children, let them live their lives.

And if the Cowboys are really concerned with Dez, get him real help on a human level. Not on a "dont do this and that" level.

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Im really disgusted by this. I am sick and tired of this paternalistic nonsense with athletes. They are not children, let them live their lives.

And if the Cowboys are really concerned with Dez, get him real help on a human level. Not on a "dont do this and that" level.

Don't worry. The NFLPA will never let this stand. They're not going to allow teams to dictate what players do in their personal lives.

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Situations like this is what makes me sour on pro sports a little bit more each passing year. No one is telling Dez he has to be an angel off the field, but if you are the GM/Owner of a team and you honestly feel you need to go to these measures to keep a player from hurting the team then it really puts the "win by any means necessary" phrase into perspective.

Some guys, no matter how much raw talent they have just don't deserve the opportunity in front of their face. Dez is too young still probably to completely give up on for Dallas, but the fact that Jerry Jones thinks this kind of thing is classy or reasonable merely because the guy can score TDs on the field, is a little sickening.

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