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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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5 hours ago, HOF44 said:

 I bet the behind the scenes stuff would be shocking.  

 

Like pimping cheerleaders out to high roller fans?

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On 6/27/2018 at 11:31 PM, Tsailand said:

Funny, but at least VOS is going to have someone to root for come January.

 

Why would VOS not root for the Skins in Jan? ;)

 

Well Kirk was not happy that the Redskins selected him. See here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/kirk-cousins-explained-why-he-was-disappointed-when-he-was-drafted-by-the-redskins/ar-AAzOk3N?li=BBnb7Kz

 

Guess he is no longer upset that he has boatload of money thanks to the Skins selecting him. I bet he is no longer upset now. Too bad he left the coach that gave him his start though. 

 

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14 hours ago, zskins said:

Why would VOS not root for the Skins in Jan?

 

Because our season ends Dec 30th.  What, you think we'll make the playoffs?

 

 

14 hours ago, zskins said:

Well Kirk was not happy that the Redskins selected him.

 

What a shame we picked RG3 ahead of him.

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On 7/10/2018 at 2:44 PM, Tsailand said:

 

Because our season ends Dec 30th.  What, you think we'll make the playoffs?

 

 

 

What a shame we picked RG3 ahead of him.

 

There should not be a drop in production on the offense that much. If Guice explodes like he is supposed to there is no doubt we will be in the playoffs. Our running game last year was not that strong. Also, as long as the D stays healthy and doesn't drop like flies we should be good. :)

 

It is a shame they gave up all those picks to get him and not that they picked him ahead of Kirk. I had no problem but where they picked him was the problem. 

 

 

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On 7/12/2018 at 1:33 PM, zskins said:

There should not be a drop in production on the offense that much.

 

I don't like to bet against the Redskins, but I think you are going to be disappointed.  Not saying 9-7 and playoffs is impossible, but it's quite unlikely.

 

Even with Kirk, we were a .500 team for three years.  The worst of those was the one without the two 1000 yard receivers, who we still haven't really replaced. And Kirk is better than Alex.

 

 

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Kirk Cousins Interview with Dan Pompei

 

"Here, I'm known as the starting quarterback and a seven-year veteran," Cousins says. "So I'm instantly given a platform and place to lead from. In Washington, I was a fourth-round pick."

 

 

That sounds weak, if he wasn't the leader then who was, who else was getting paid $20M + a year.

 

 

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21 hours ago, JSSkinz said:

Kirk Cousins Interview with Dan Pompei

 

"Here, I'm known as the starting quarterback and a seven-year veteran," Cousins says. "So I'm instantly given a platform and place to lead from. In Washington, I was a fourth-round pick."

 

That sounds weak, if he wasn't the leader then who was, who else was getting paid $20M + a year.

 

 

Compare his **** made response to Tom Brady.  Even if he's describing how people view him (and I can understand the context) and not how he handled it himself, it's just bizarre to say when you were the starter and they were trying to sign you longer term.

 

"And he looked me in the eye and said 'I'm the best decision this organization has ever made." - Robert Kraft

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On 7/16/2018 at 6:12 PM, JSSkinz said:

Kirk Cousins Interview with Dan Pompei

 

"Here, I'm known as the starting quarterback and a seven-year veteran," Cousins says. "So I'm instantly given a platform and place to lead from. In Washington, I was a fourth-round pick."

 

 

That sounds weak, if he wasn't the leader then who was, who else was getting paid $20M + a year.

 

 

 

Yeah - I have huge issues with his comments and went off on him on Twitter hahaha

 

He is asking for a platform when leadership doesn't really work that way. Effective leadership is natural and inherent, not something bestowed onto you by someone who ranks higher. That reeks of "OK guys, this is Edgar from next store and you will play nicely with him even though he throws funny and talks to himself!" 

 

Sack up and play the role of leader if you want it that bad. Or don't. There's no shame in NOT being a natural leader either. Plenty of effective QBs don't strike me as the unquestioned leader of their teams. I actually don't think Aaron Rodgers is a great leader...but he produces and is a great player. 

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Yeah I'm not really sure where all this "You have to be a leader of men" deal started coming from. You need to not be Jeff George, but you don't have to be Commander Shepard out there. Just play ball. Leadership is about doing, not talking.

 

Like Griffin, I don't hold too much against him, but there does come a point where your play has to do the talking for you, and if it doesn't, things will be revisited. Ugly things.

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On 7/17/2018 at 4:13 PM, Ghost of Nibbs McPimpin said:

 

Compare his **** made response to Tom Brady.  Even if he's describing how people view him (and I can understand the context) and not how he handled it himself, it's just bizarre to say when you were the starter and they were trying to sign you longer term.

 

"And he looked me in the eye and said 'I'm the best decision this organization has ever made." - Robert Kraft

 

When I heard what Kirk had said, the first thing that came to my mind was Tom Brady comparison. Brady, drafted in the 6th round sure sounded like a prick telling the owner how he didn't make a mistake. Brady had lot of balls and confidence that eventually he showed the whole world SB after SB. Brady was drafted in the 6th round and become the the #1 so for Kirk who was at least drafted in the 4th should have kept his mouth shut since he felt like a 4th instead of being a starter. That was a slap on the Coach and Scot for making him the starter. The reality is that Kirk didn't wanted to be treated like the #1 because he was so ****ing hung up on the money and probably thought the Skins are never going to the SB with him anyways. I don't wish ill on anyone but I wouldn't mind if he fizzles out of MN and is run out of town instead. 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

It’s a quote out of context.  We don’t know what questions and answers preceded his remark.  That said, when did he ever enjoy the level of support and commitment in Washington that he has in Minnesota?  Certainly not in 2015.  Nor in 2016 when they told him to do it again.  Shockingly, not even after the 2016season when Bruce Allen proclaimed it was going to be easy to extend “Kurt” and then presented Cousins with a turd in the punch bowl offer.  

 

Kirk is now with the team he selected and is blessed with an ownership and management that are fully committed so naturally it feels easier taking control because it’s Kirk’s team.

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12 hours ago, Veryoldschool said:

IThat said, when did he ever enjoy the level of support and commitment in Washington that he has in Minnesota?  Certainly not in 2015.  Nor in 2016 when they told him to do it again.  Shockingly, not even after the 2016 season when Bruce Allen proclaimed it was going to be easy to extend “Kurt” and then presented Cousins with a turd in the punch bowl offer.  

 

Kirk is now with the team he selected and is blessed with an ownership and management that are fully committed so naturally it feels easier taking control because it’s Kirk’s team.

 

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12 hours ago, Veryoldschool said:

It’s a quote out of context.  We don’t know what questions and answers preceded his remark.  That said, when did he ever enjoy the level of support and commitment in Washington that he has in Minnesota?  Certainly not in 2015.  Nor in 2016 when they told him to do it again.  Shockingly, not even after the 2016season when Bruce Allen proclaimed it was going to be easy to extend “Kurt” and then presented Cousins with a turd in the punch bowl offer.  

 

Kirk is now with the team he selected and is blessed with an ownership and management that are fully committed so naturally it feels easier taking control because it’s Kirk’s team.

 

No the quote is not out of context. He clearly said he is being treated like a #1. In another words he got a wad of cash from the Vikings and the Skins weren't going to bow down to his demands. Did Kirk take the Skins deep into the playoffs? Nope. So yeah he was treated like a 4th round pick. He never proved here he was worth Round 1 type of money. He thought he was being treat like a Round 4 pick because he didn't get the payout he was looking for. We shall see if all that money MN gave him will make him instantly into a true #1 or not. It is simply is that.

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The Vikings made Kirk feel like #1 by doing the following....

 

"When Cousins' parents arrived at their hotel room, they found Vikings jerseys for each of them with their last name stitched on the back. Julie had a jersey waiting in her hotel room as well, and a gift basket full of Vikings swag—baby clothes, including a jersey for Cooper, a sippy cup, a toy football and glassware. For their Goldendoodle Bentley, there was a Vikings dog collar, bandana and leash. Also in the basket were Minnesota specialty items such as candles and coasters.

 

At the practice facility, team officials showed Cousins the locker that could be his. The nameplate read "Kirk Cousins 8." Hanging in the locker was a gift—a Vikings jersey with his name, as well as a team duffel bag with Vikings sweatpants, shorts, long-sleeve shirts, short-sleeve shirts and hats. During a tour of U.S. Bank Stadium, another Cousins locker with a jersey was waiting for him. In the locker room, one set of TVs played his highlights and the other set had a still shot of Cousins wearing a Vikings uniform.

The team also presented Cousins with an iPad that played a video highlighting the team, the ownership and the region.

 

"It's very different from the Redskins," Don Cousins says. "The Vikings clearly wanted him. They did everything to make Kirk and Julie and for that matter, MaryAnn and I, feel welcome and wanted. They could not have sent a stronger message."

 

Whereas, the Skins made him #1!!!  Kirk must have felt that was not enough and should have been showered with gold confetti as he walked out on the field as the starter... lol 

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On 7/24/2018 at 1:23 PM, TryTheBeal! said:

Really gonna enjoy watching Kurt crash and burn in Minnesota this year.

 

 

What is your definition of "crash and burn"?

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1 hour ago, Tsailand said:

 

 

What is your definition of "crash and burn"?

 

Ryan Kerrigan or Jonathan Allen smashing Cousins to the ground numerous times when the Redskins destroy them in the playoffs. :headbang:

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4 hours ago, zskins said:

Whereas the Redskins made him #1!!!  Kirk must have felt that was not enough and should have been showered with gold confetti as he walked out on the field as the starter... lol 

 

So true. The Redskins paid this guy TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars for just two seasons of work.

 

What the hell did Cousins want? A group of maidens throwing rose petals before his feet as he walked? :rolleyes:

 

The heck with him and his ungrateful jackwagon family.

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3 hours ago, Tsailand said:

 

 

What is your definition of "crash and burn"?

 

1 hour ago, SkinsGuy said:

 

Ryan Kerrigan or Jonathan Allen smashing Cousins to the ground numerous times when the Redskins destroy them in the playoffs. :headbang:

 

Thats about right.

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20 hours ago, Veryoldschool said:

It’s a quote out of context.  We don’t know what questions and answers preceded his remark.  That said, when did he ever enjoy the level of support and commitment in Washington that he has in Minnesota?  Certainly not in 2015.  Nor in 2016 when they told him to do it again.  Shockingly, not even after the 2016season when Bruce Allen proclaimed it was going to be easy to extend “Kurt” and then presented Cousins with a turd in the punch bowl offer.  

 

Kirk is now with the team he selected and is blessed with an ownership and management that are fully committed so naturally it feels easier taking control because it’s Kirk’s team.

 

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10 hours ago, zskins said:

Whereas, the Skins made him #1!!!  Kirk must have felt that was not enough and should have been showered with gold confetti as he walked out on the field as the starter... lol 

Maybe Cousins was bitter about Redskins fans doing that weird RG3 wedding gift project? The Vikings seem to have done their best to replicate it lol

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7 hours ago, SkinsGuy said:

 

Ryan Kerrigan or Jonathan Allen smashing Cousins to the ground numerous times when the Redskins destroy them in the playoffs. :headbang:

 

Madden football?

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1 hour ago, Veryoldschool said:

 

Madden football?

 

Fantasy football. ;)

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