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      Landover, MD - Welcome all to the Extremeskins coverage of the second preseason game. I'm TSO in the Press box providing you with the best damn coverage I and Spaceman Spiff, who will be providing coverage from the sidelines, possibly can! 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      1999 Redskins go 10-6 and win the NFC East. The following season? Failure. 
       
       
       
      2005 Redskins go 10-6 and nab a wildcard spot. The following season? Disaster.
       
       
       
      2007 Redskins go 9-7 and sneak into the playoffs. The following season? Zorn. 
       
       
       
      2012 Redskins go 10-6, win the NFC East with their shiny new franchise QB. The following season? Epic collapse. 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      So now, here we are. The Redskins are coming off a season that saw a seismic shift occur within the Front Office, where a legitimate talent-evaluating GM was hired to take control of the scouting department and personnel. Gruden got the help he desperately needed and asked for from the Front Office. The Redskins went 9-7 and miraculously won the NFC East on the heels of a young group of draft picks and a ton of personnel hits in general.
       
       
       
      So, the following season? 
       
       
       
      We're going to find out if this is real. 
       
       
       
      Is it? Is our newly and properly structured Front Office as organized and professional as it seems? Is it real?
       
       
       
      Is our energetic and smart coaching staff as good for player development as they were last season? Is it real?
       
       
       
      Is Kirk Cousins the franchise QB we've been so desperately lacking? Is he for real?
       
       
       
      Are the young players truly developing into a core of consistent championship potential?  Are they for real?
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      It might just be the preseason, but these games play a role (albeit a small one) in teaching us who will rise to the occasion and who won't. Who will solidify their spot on the team and who will continue to remain a question. Who will be a part of the new reality we all hope is happening right before our eyes, a hope we continue to question is real?
       
       
       
      The hope that we're witnessing the rise of the Redskins as a perennial contender. 
       
       
       
      Let's start to find out together here on Extremeskins Gameday Coverage!  
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
       1st Quarter Analysis  
       
       
         
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
      Offensively, I think we finally saw the new Matt Jones (7 carries for 31 yards, 4.4 avg) we've heard about all offseason. Though the handoff gaffe was terrible, everything else was very pleasing to see. He had good vision, ran hard, and got whatever he could get on plays that the defense played well. Unfortunately, he got hurt and so his durability issues will, and should, come into question. Let's hope his left shoulder is okay.   
       
       
         
       
       
      Ryan Grant (3 for 3, 27 yards) and Jamison Crowder (3 of 4, 38 yards) also showed up well (well, on offense, Crowder's muffed punt was terrible to see but let's not forget this is his first live action of the year), but you really see why coaches love Grant. He's just very smooth and tough to cover.  
       
       
         
       
       
      Colt McCoy (7 of 9, 66 yards) looked great until the last play of the first drive, which was mind numbingly stupid. I actually think he was trying to throw it away. And that spin? Whoosh. That was fun to see.  
       
       
         
       
       
      As for the defense, the secondary keeps showing up. DHall was in on the first pass break up and Greg Toler had great coverage on the 3rd down.         
       
       
         
       
       
      I've noticed the last two games we've essentially never lined up in a 3-4. We basically have two Dlinemen inside (Reyes, Baker) and 2 OLB (Kerrigan, Preston).   
       
       
         
       
       
      The Oline looks totally different with Lauvao in terms of run-blocking. That is all.   
       
       
         
       
       
      Stay tuned for more after the half!     
       
       
         
       
       
       2nd Quarter Analysis  
       
       
         
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
      Dunbar was a busy bee. He gave up a bad pass against Decker on the first drive for Jets O in the 2nd. On their second drive, Dunbar makes up for it with a beautiful pass breakup. Their third drive, Dunbar gives up a 9 yard completion, but had tight coverage. Mixed bag, but certainly improved from last week's performance.   
       
       
         
       
       
      Reyes and Baker were struggling a bit on interior runs initially. 2nd drive for Jets O, Baker made a nice tackle on an interior run, so that was good. Baker also had with nice pressure causing incomplete pass on 3rd down.   
       
       
         
       
       
      Spaight has been extremely impressive to say the least. It's not just the caused fumble, he's the general of D. I've been watching him between breaks as well and he's constantly communicating with everyone, controlling the huddle. Doesn't look like a 2nd year player coming off of injury. He had a sick read on screen and tackle as well later on in the 2nd.  
       
       
         
       
       
      Jamison Crowder running more north-south on punts it seems.  
       
       
         
       
       
      Ross with a step, Colt throws deeper could've been big play on drive early in 2nd. Rashad Ross two nice plays on first TD drive. Super impressive 2nd TD from Rashad Ross, tackled head first but maintains possession, not easy for a small guy like him.    
       
       
         
       
       
      Safety on Spencer Long, hands seemed more on the shoulders lifting up the jersey right under the chin so it looked bad, nice play to Maurice Harris got nullified, a shame for a young guy like him. But Harris comes back and gets a 19 yard gain on a nice catch off play action.    
       
       
         
       
       
      Ihenacho on ensuing kickoff with nice tackle. Continues to show up on Special Teams.      
       
       
         
       
       
      Another Ryan Grant catch.    
       
       
         
       
       
      Golston veteran move on run with about 3:25 left in 2nd, just goes down to cause pile up and trips RB.   
       
       
         
       
       
      Blackmon savvy INT from Safety, don't know what Geno Smith was thinking, but Trail was close to applying pressure... could be Geno felt it.  
       
       
         
       
       
      Dashaun Phillips and Spaight nice zone trade off on drive late in 2nd quarter.  
       
       
         
       
       
      All in all, a very positive quarter for a lot of Redskins. Spaight (1 FF), Rashad Ross (4 on 5, 58 yards, 2 TD) and Colt McCoy (13 of 16, 159 yards, 2 TD) killed it.    
       
       
         
       
       
      Stay tuned for more!       
       
       
         
       
       
         
       
       
        3rd Quarter Analysis  
       
       
         
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
      Not a whole lot to see here, but I was excited about Stephen Paea coming on back to back plays to start the 3rd quarter off. He got good penetration on run and then a sack on the next play.  Then, Paea on the ensuing drive again penetrates nicely on back to back plays with solid rushes. He's a player I was hoping would improve from last game and I discussed that in length here:    
       
       
         
       
       
      Speaking of players I noticed, Anthony Lanier seems to have moved up on the depth chart as he was often playing with 2nd team in the 3rd quarter if my eyes didn't deceive me. 
      Reiter continues to impress. On run play where Marshall went for about 9 yards with slightly under 3 minutes left in the 3rd, he gets his first block accomplished and then passes him off and lands his second block, opening up a nice lane up.    
       
      Stay tuned for the 4th Quarter update!    
       
       4th Quarter Analysis
       
      Again, not much to discuss other than the obvious (Sudfeld with an awesome drive to win the game)... but here are a couple things I thought were interesting. 
      Fuller gives up long pass play to start the 4th but then recovers with three nice plays. He breaks up two passes and then makes the tackle on a 3rd and 2 to stop the Jets drive and force a FG.  
      Garvin continues to make plays, with a nice pass break up and then a pressure that resulted in an errant throw to force a Jets punt. Recovers fumble caused by Deshazor Everett on Jets drive that was moving easily by hustling.  As mentioned in my previous blog, he's been impressive. 
      Anthony Lanier with the sack to finish the game, love that guy!  
       
      Final impressions:
      So today's game clearly didn't go a long way in determining if this Redskins' resurgence is for real (or as much as any preseason game possibly could), considering many of the players who will play a massive role in said resurgence didn't play, but we did get to see who might potentially add their hats to the discussion. 
      And who are those guys?
      Aside from the obvious answers in Rashad Ross, Ryan Grant, Colt McCoy, Matt Jones and Martrell Spaight who absolutely killed it, there were guys like Anthony Lanier (check out the exclusive interview) who seemed to play a bigger role today on the Dline after showing up really well last week.
      Stephen Paea improved significantly upon his performance last week as well, often finding his way in the backfield of the opposition. Other players who improved from last week were Keith Marshall, Will Blackmon, and Morgan Moses. 
      Reiter continued to impress as did Maurice Harris who continues to be used with the second stringers, making him an interesting roster decision to follow considering how much depth there is at his position. 
      Unfortunately, there are some guys who continue to be questions moving forward and are nowhere near a "yes" on the "is it real" scale. Kuandjio continues to be a mixed bag who has a tough time finding any consistency as does Quinton Dunbar, though he had a lot more positive happen than last week. Fuller had himself a mixed bag of a game as well, but his rookie status makes it much more forgiving. 
      So as we move forward and into the third preseason game where we're expected to get a much closer glimpse of the team's "is it real" factor, let's hope to see continued improvement from the players we need to play significant roles in this resurgence... that is, if it's real this time. 
       
       
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Pacific Rim

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I saw it last night. I have a few complaints but I'd still give it a B and a recommendation. I saw it in 3d and I'd say its second only to Avatar in that regard.

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Plan on seeing this soon. Was reading a review that said the majority of scenes are @ night and while raining. The tint of the 3d wasn't affected too badly by this? I'm deciding on to 3d or not

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Yeah the fight scenes are at night in the rain. I saw 3d because iit lined up with my schedule. It looked good to me. Gives you a scope of the size of the monsters

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Movie was great. I loved it. Didnt watch it in 3d but still great

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I want to see it. I did read a review that asked why, with so much money spent on graphics, are most of the fights at night and in the rain with lower visibility? A lot of movies seem to do that.

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Hated it. And I never hate movies.

 

The movie couldn't decide if it was a romantic epic or some crazy action sifi movie. Tried to do both and failed

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I've seen previews, it looks stupid as hell, but I tend not to think much of these sorts of movies.  Will probably RedBox.

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Plan on seeing this soon. Was reading a review that said the majority of scenes are @ night and while raining. The tint of the 3d wasn't affected too badly by this? I'm deciding on to 3d or not

Like Avatar, this is native 3d, and not converted. There's a huge difference. You owe it to yourself to watch this one in 3d.

 

The travesty, of course, is that Grown Ups 2 is beating this.

I want to see it. I did read a review that asked why, with so much money spent on graphics, are most of the fights at night and in the rain with lower visibility? A lot of movies seem to do that.

It's harder to render daylight scenes. Their budge was only so big.

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I saw it last night.....and this was the review I wrote for some friends afterwards.

 

My review of "Pacific Rim". For Sci-Fi and CG lovers, its like eating a pile of cotton candy topped with sugar and then washing that down with a Jolt Cola. Story didn't always make sense, but it didn't need to. It was all about giant robots fighting giant monsters. Overall rating.... "7.25"

xoxo

-Andy 

p.s. - The Apocalypse has been canceled.

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Amazing movie for what it was intended to be.  Really enjoyed this with my son.  

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Midway thru I looked over at my 12 year old son. His eyes were bugged out, jaw gaping, and a huge grin on his face. Was worth every penny I paid to take him to the movies. Fun summer flick and actually pretty well acted too....and I hated the Transformer movies other than Megan Foxx.

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I just saw it! It is extremely entertaining. The fight scenes were in the dark and rain, but the robots had lights and the monsters had blue highlights. You can follow the action. If there was ever a movie made to be viewed in IMAX 3D, it's this movie. If you are looking for visual movie with action and great fight scenes this is a great choice.

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Just got back from seeing it, I enjoyed it. Definitely one of the better visual movies I've seen in a while. The action was great.

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Best giant robot vs monster movie ever made.  Definitely made for the folks who grew up watching anime.

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Just saw it in Imax 3-d (figured if they were gonna charge me an arm for 3-d might as well give them my leg too), and this was a movie I've been waiting on for some time and was quite excited. It basically met all my expectations and then some. I didn't think it'd be as entertaining as it was. The acting isn't remarkable by any means...but the last summer blockbuster action movie I saw that had above average acting was TDKR. The movie attmepts to be kinda comical at points, which is fine...I think they wanted to incorporate a subtle love theme as well, but i'm glad they left it as pretty subtle. 

 

I honestly liked it better then every transformers movie, iron man 1/2 (haven't seen 3, refuse to cause the first 2 were trash so I'll red box it) and I thought it was more entertaining then Avengers. 

 

Its definitely a "theater" movie, I'm not sure the "epicness" can be appreciated at home unless you have a decent setup. 

 

8.5/10 for me.  Other people prolly ought to knock it down 1-1.5 points if they aren't a fan of the genre this movie attempted to depict. 

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Hopefully this kills in Asia. I'd love for this movie to be viable enough to get sequels or at the very least spawn more entries in the Mecha/Kaiju genre. 

 

This movie kind of feels like it's a sequel already since we don't get the origin story shown.  We just get a briefing of the events. I'd be down with a movie covering the first SF attack and the events that follow. Not that I would mind if they just moved forward. Either way. Just give me more. 

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This movie is tracking to be just another box office flop.    There isn't a wide appeal for this type of movie in the U.S.

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Resident Evil sequels keep coming even though those movies either don't make back their budget or barely break even domestically. They make most of their money on the international market. I think the foreign take has the potential to be huge for PR seeing as how this movie is tailor made for the Asian market. That's what I'm hoping, at least. 

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PR should do well in Asia but in the U.S.  it probably made it's big money.  Especially with Despcible Me 2 raking in the money and 4 movies opening this weekend though a couple could be even more flops.   Do RE movies even cost as much as PR did.  That's where it will be hard to envision a sequel.

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Well, the RE movies are relatively cheap (about 50-60 million) compared to PR's 180 million dollar budget. I don't think PR is gonna recoup those costs domestically. Honestly, it would shock me if it did.  Thats why I hope Japan and China come through. I figure if those two markets do well enough, it might not matter that the movies dont fare as well domestically. Asia could still turn a huge profit. I'm sure the studios don't care where the money comes from, as long as the profits are there. 

 

I just really want to see more Mecha/Kaiju movies. I think the genre is begging to be a big summer movie franchise. I like what PR has done and I think there is a rich enough world from which to move forward and tell some good stories, I would love to see the Jaeger program implemented and how the Mark 1s fought their first battles. I'd love to see how each country built their programs. I'm so disappointed we didn't get to know the Russians better.  I would love to see how they move forward after the events of this movie. 

 

I'd love to see more of these as opposed to another rehash of a super hero origin story. Or needless trilogies based on a single book. Or Vampires and zombies. Or sequels to comedies that weren't very good the first time. Stop letting accountants make movie decisions. Thanks in advance Hollywood. 

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I'm down for more Kaiju movies. I love this stuff and always have. 

 

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You may need to go to Japan or China to get your wish.

 

I don't see them greenlighting a another big budget Kaiju movie in the U.S. again.  Maybe one of those low budget Redbox rentals but it's not going to happen. 

 

PR needed to do Iron Man 3 type numbers.   You could always start a kickstarter campaign. 

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