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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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Press Release: January 21, 2014 LINEBACKER BRIAN ORAKPO NAMED TO PRO BOWL

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January 21, 2014

LINEBACKER BRIAN ORAKPO NAMED TO PRO BOWL

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The National Football League announced today that linebacker Brian Orakpo has been selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl in place of San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks. The annual contest of the NFL's best will take place Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

The selection is the third of Orakpo’s career, including selections in his first two NFL seasons following the 2009 and 2010 campaigns. He joins running back Alfred Morris and tackle Trent Williams as the team’s Pro Bowl representatives for the 2013 season. With Orakpo’s selection, the Redskins have had at least one linebacker selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the last five seasons, matching the team’s longest stretch since linebacker Chris Hanburger accounted for five consecutive selections from 1972-76.

Orakpo, 27, started all 15 games in which he appeared in 2013, being credited by the coaching staff with 70 tackles (47 solo) and recording 10.0 sacks. The double-digit sacks were Orakpo’s most in a season since setting a Redskins rookie record with 11.0 sacks in 2009. Orakpo’s 10-sack season gave him 39.5 for his career, fifth-most in team history. The Houston native also recorded the first interception and first touchdown of his career in Week 7 vs. Chicago, returning an interception 29 yards for a score. The interception was the first of Orakpo’s life at any level.

With the Redskins’ selections of Morris, Orakpo and Williams this year, the team has had at least one Pro Bowl player for 20 straight seasons. The only year Washington has not had a Pro Bowler in team history was 1993.

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Washington Redskins @redskins
Suit up, @rak98! #Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo will replace Ahmad Brooks at the Pro Bowl. Congrats, 'Rak! #HTTR 10m
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20mins ago on PFT Brooks was the only 49er going, and now he isn't.  Free trip to HI with my fam i'd go everytime i could.  Let alone all the parties.

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20mins ago on PFT Brooks was the only 49er going, and now he isn't.  Free trip to HI with my fam i'd go everytime i could.  Let alone all the parties.

Not only that it's a cakewalk of a game for some extra pocket money.

 

No blitzing, no attempting to block punts or field goals, no more than two wideouts lined up on one side, no offensive shifts or movement on the offensive line prior to a snap, no defensive alignments allowed besides the basic 4-3.

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Rak's agent is working overtime, first the top three FA designation now a ProBowl trip. Wow, wouldn't be surprised to see some team vastly overpay for his services, oh wait, it will be the Redskins. 

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So does this mean every time Rak plays a full season he makes the Pro Bowl? That'll be good news for his agent (and maybe not so good news for those of us hoping to keep him).

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So does this mean every time Rak plays a full season he makes the Pro Bowl? That'll be good news for his agent (and maybe not so good news for those of us hoping to keep him).

I thought Orakpo didn't play in the Giants game.

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Well, this should help pad his case for wanting more $ as a free agent.

 

My first thought also. I want him back, I just don't see how we can pay top dollar for him with all of our other needs.

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Orakpo is a player we should keep.  He's talented, works hard, and isn't a troublemaker.  If he played outside Haslett's scheme he'd be a linebacker we'd all want... A LOT!!!

 

I don't want to break the bank for him... partly because he has gotten nicked a fair amount, but I do think he is worth a premium.

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Cool that we now have 3 pro bowlers after such an atrocious season. As far as the contract .. I kind of agree with everyone else. Don't want to see them break the bank for Rak, but at the same time we cannot be cheap and let him walk away.  

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Whether or not he got a Pro Bowl nod doesn't really matter, as it was obvious he had an outstanding year. If we don't resign him, we will regret it. 


I'm  for keeping him-tired of watching the Champ Bailiey's, Carlos Rogers' and Ryan Clark's.

Can't forget at least 5 kickers..

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I'm sorry, when did we get the luxury to act like we don't need Brian Orakpo?  And it's not like he's going to get the biggest contract of the offseason.

 

We should want to keep him.  And we shouldn't concern ourselves with how much of the bank is broken or whatever.  Let the salary cap football people figure that out.  That's where fandom goes too far IMO, when we start being geniuses about contracts and cap hits.

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Well deserved trip to Hawaii for #98, our best defensive player and beast of a human being. Can't wait to see him resign with us in March!

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Congrats to Orakpo!! Like others have stated this will only increase his value and it might be harder for us to retain his services. I hope he will take a little bit of a hometown discount and stay with us. With all of our other needs I'm not sure we should spend $10 million or over. I would be fine with around 8million but anything more might be too much. Either way can't wait to watch Orakpo, Trent, and the Butler in Hawaii.

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All I ask B. Allen is, please please do not bid against ourselves. Give him a fair offer, if he accepts great, if he decides to test the market, then so be it, But do not overbid BECAUSE even with Rak, the skins will not be a top tier defense as we have many pieces to fill. And Rak has not shown the ability to raise his game year to year so I fully expect him to decline after signing his FA contract.

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I hope the Redskins resign him but after they decided to keep Haslett he might want to move on and go somewhere that uses him the right way and doesn't have him playing coverage twenty yards down the field. No matter what the Redskins should tag him so they can at least get a draft pick if he signs somewhere else.

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So does this mean every time Rak plays a full season he makes the Pro Bowl? That'll be good news for his agent (and maybe not so good news for those of us hoping to keep him).

 

He didn't play the full season.  Got hurt vs Cowboys in week 16.

 

I guess we could also say when he misses most of the season we win the NFC East, then.

 

I'm happy for Rak.  But like everyone else (with a few exceptions) I hope we are smart about what we offer him.

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