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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. 
       
Monk4thaHALL

The Jon Gruden mega contract Thread -- 10 years -- 100 million dollars .......... (or whatever the hell it is). Featuring: Mark Davis

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I have Raider fans as facebook fans, and the photos and memes have shifted from hope to despair rather quickly.  I have yet to watch them play a game, but if he can't save Carr's career, I don't know why they brought him back.  They are going to lose players left and right to Vegas night life when they get there at the rate they are going.

 

Is it possible he's just rusty? How long was he in the booth again?

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It's the same thing with Gibbs 2. You can't step away from the game and come back and expect things to be the same. Gibbs especially, because he was focused on racing stuff and was out longer. The success he had is a testament to his leadership ability but from a football standpoint the game had passed him by quite significantly.

 

I think we are seeing a lot of the same things with Gruden. You lose a lot of that when you aren't in a locker room every day. At least he has supposedly studied the NFL during his TV time so he should be familiar with players and trends and where the game is and where it's headed which will help him. Now he has a 10 year contract so it's possible he will have time to regain his form but it will be pretty difficult for him to be successful there, especially after trading their best player, overseeing a franchise move to Vegas and seeming to be preparing for a massive rebuild. 

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I don't know what he's doing in terms of personnel....and Carr is screwing him over. I watched that Rams game and Carr singlehandedly threw it away for them. For someone that is supposed to be a QB guru, Carr has regressed under him.

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On 10/14/2018 at 11:31 PM, Momma There Goes That Man said:

Don’t worry Raider fans. Only 9.5 more years to go

 

That's just going to feel like about 2 weeks, compared to Redskin fans living under the Snyder era

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On 10/15/2018 at 11:46 AM, Barry.Randolphe said:

 For someone that is supposed to be a QB guru, Carr has regressed under him.

 

Is he really known for that, though ?

I know that's Jay's reputation, but I havn't heard or seen anything in Jon's history, that would indicate that, but I could be wrong.

What QB's has Jon developed ?

 

 * Sorry for the consecutive posts - I thought I posted them close enough, that they would auto-merge, and I don't know how to add an additional quote to a pre-existing post.

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I think Jon is known for blowing thru QBs. Getting quickly dissatisfied and frustrated with them before moving onto another. 

 

Tho I guess he had a bit of a reclamation project in Ganon in Oakland. 

 

I think he has the rep as being a QB guru because of his draft show QB Camp where he reviews film and gets on the field with the top QB prospects each year. 

 

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Gruden's kind of getting a raw deal, IMO. They had one winning season in 15 years, and it wasnt even the last one before Gruden showed up, it was 2 years ago. People act like he's coming in to build on a good foundation, which IMO, they never truly had. 

That 12-win 2016 messed with people's heads thinking they were a team on the come. When in reality, it was an aberration. The only reason they did what they did was by being #1 in giveaway/takeaway. That masks a lot of deficiencies. Makes you look like you're actually good when you're not.  We've seen sketchy teams go a long way by dominating giveaway/takeaway. 

I get as an offensive coach with a QB, more was expected of that side of the ball, but that defense hasnt been any good in more than a decade.

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13 hours ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

I think he has the rep as being a QB guru because of his draft show QB Camp where he reviews film and gets on the field with the top QB prospects each year. 

 

 

That's exactly it - turns out he doesn't know **** about QB play.

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1 hour ago, Barry.Randolphe said:

 

That's exactly it - turns out he doesn't know **** about QB play.

 

I think it was because Rich Gannon went from journeyman backup to MVP under his tutelage.  You only have to really be associated with the development of 1 Qb to get labeled a guru. Norv Turner got labeled a QB guru because of developing Aikman. 

 

And Gruden was on staffs with some great ones like Montana, Young, and Favre.  Don't think he coached any of them, per se.  But the association probably stuck.

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Wait...what? His teammates basically think he’s a ***** for crying after an injury? **** them. They don’t know how “bad” Carr’s arm was hurting at that moment. Why dislike him or not think of him as a leader over something like that?? 

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On 6/29/2018 at 1:15 AM, Monk4thaHALL said:

Jon Gruden seen here explaining the nuances of virtual reality technology for Quarterbacks in the NFL. 

 

 

https://youtu.be/bl9anyD4GwY?t=8m24s

 

 

 

4 months later and those pics still have me laughing the moment I see them.

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It was so much fun watching a 3rd string QB from one of the worst teams in the NFL absolutely destroy Gruden's Raiduhs.

And don't expect him to land good players with all those draft picks.  This is the guy who inherited a great roster from McKay and with Bruce Allen's help destroyed it. Trade away Khalil Mack and draft the next Gaines Adams.  Woohoo!

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