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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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Ravens Sign Robert Griffin III

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Ravens Team Twitter:

 

 

 

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Wow. At first I thought this was an April Fool's joke, that somehow managed to stick around for a few extra days.

Good for him.

It's been an uphill climb. And this is a big step, especially when you consider how hard it is for an NFL QB to come back after a long period of in-activity, not to mention the other things that he's had to deal with.

Also, they had Ryan Mallett as an un-signed FA, so they chose RG3 over him.

The only other QB's are Flacco and Woodrum, and Harbaugh was quoted as saying "We needed a #2 QB". Interesting.

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Pump the brakes though. 

 

Has he passed a physical yet?  You know how the Ravens  like to gauge public reactions to their signings before you know, honoring their deals.

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Wait, the tweet says they signed Robert Griffin. Like, his gramps?

 

Is grampa Griff gonna be slingin the pigskin in Baltimore? 

 

This league is wild, man.

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Two things may help him succeed this time:

1. A surgically repaired and healed knee.

2. Hubris.

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Good luck, brother. Certainly in a more stable situation in Bal'mer than he was in D.C. or Cleveland.

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He's a low risk back up at this point. I still think if he could get his confidence back he has a shot, but injuries and especially his brain got too much in his way. Still, in his magic year he was amazing. Extremely accurate, scanned the field doing multiple reads, elusive. Then, when it went away it went away so completely he barely managed to be able to hand the ball off without fumbling it. I never really witnessed a case of the yips as bad as RGIII. 

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If Griffin makes it onto the field, we can pre-rank the Ravens o-line at 32nd. :)  

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Good luck to him but he’s his own worse enemy.  Gruden was right in that he thinks he can turn every play into a touchdown.  Until he learns it’s better to slide or throw the ball instead of taking a kill shot for a 5 yd gain, his injury history will continue as it has.

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4 hours ago, Stadium-Armory said:

He who's name shall not be mentioned, signed a 1-year deal with the Ravens. 

Back in about 2011, I coined the draft in 2008 "The Draft We Do Not Speak Of" and a player from said draft who's nickname is a hair styling implement "He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named."  I've been referring to him as such, and I even chastised a poster earlier today who refereed to this player by his full name that that WE DO NOT SAY HIS NAME.  

 

I respectfully ask that you refer to the QB formerly of the Redskins, then Browns and now Ravens as "you know who" or some other variant, as you are infringing on my copyright, (granted, I'm infinging on JK Rowling's copyright, but she's richer than the queen, so she can go stuff it...)

 

Thanks for your consideration...  

2 hours ago, Mr. Sinister said:

I have no earthly clue why this is in the Stadium...

 

And just like that, POOF, it's not.  

 

I had the same thought and it's why I didn't reply to it earlier...

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8 minutes ago, Voice_of_Reason said:

And just like that, POOF, it's not.  

 

I had the same thought and it's why I didn't reply to it earlier...

 

Honestly I'm surprised someone signed him. Hadn't paid much attention until that Mike &Mike interview before the playoffs, where he sounded monumentally delusional and entitled.

 

But Harbaugh must have been convinced that he was the best available backup. I'd give it a couple weeks before he ignites some controversy up there. Can't help it.

 

I also don't think he can help being a de-cleater magnet. Never seen a dude supernaturally find concussive hits like him. Was like watching a crash test dummy with a mop on it's head.

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18 minutes ago, Mr. Sinister said:

 

Honestly I'm surprised someone signed him. Hadn't paid much attention until that Mike &Mike interview before the playoffs, where he sounded monumentally delusional and entitled.

 

But Harbaugh must have been convinced that he was the best available backup. I'd give it a couple weeks before he ignites some controversy up there. Can't help it.

 

I also don't think he can help being a de-cleater magnet. Never seen a dude supernaturally find concussive hits like him. Was like watching a crash test dummy with a mop on it's head.

I honestly am not convinced he'll make the final roster. I wouldn't at all be surprised if the Ravens drafted a guy in the mid-rounds...

 

Here's the other thing.  Just like with Kirk, I don't wish him ill, but I certainly don't wish for him to succeed either.  He basically blew up the franchise because of his enormous ego.  I don't hope he does well, and I don't want to see the redemption story.  

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its going to be kirk vs rg3 in next years superbowl. no doubt about it

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