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      And we are back!
       
      Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.
       
      My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.
       
      Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so. 
       
      We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.
       
      All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game. 
       
      This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.
       
      Stand by for Inactives...
       
      An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!
       
      Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.
       
      The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.
       
      So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams. 
       
      The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.
       
      Kickoff

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
       
      Half
       
      Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating. 
       
      But that's not the story of this game.
       
      The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall.  A lower leg injury they say.
       
      The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever. 
       
      JimmiJo
       
      I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.
       
      Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.
       
      Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.
       
      Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.
       
      The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.
       
      The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.
       
      The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.
       
      Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.
       
      After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.
       
      And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.
       
      Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.
       
      Hail!
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ESPN: Jason Witten pondering retirement to join MNF

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17 hours ago, pjfootballer said:

Do it! I dare you!

 

I hope he does. No more 7 yard routes on 3rd and 8.

 

Will miss the leadership and passion.

 

Him and Dez we’re holding the offense back 

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4 minutes ago, DeMarco Murray 29 said:

 

I hope he does. No more 7 yard routes on 3rd and 8.

 

Will miss the leadership and passion.

 

Him and Dez we’re holding the offense back 

 

Not sure about that last sentence. Witten, despite declining skills, was still a good safety valve for Dak. Dez is very talented, but I guess they were tired of his attitude. 

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On 4/27/2018 at 4:40 PM, Cooleyfan1993 said:

Looking forward to hearing how he sounds commentating with McDonough 

McDonough was let go. I'd rather see Chris Cooley do Monday night football.

On 4/28/2018 at 10:08 AM, DeMarco Murray 29 said:

 

I hope he does. No more 7 yard routes on 3rd and 8.

 

Will miss the leadership and passion.

 

Him and Dez we’re holding the offense back 

Witten could still hurt teams but he definitely was beyond his shelf date. Exactly what you said, just briefly leave open Witten to bait the QB into throwing him the ball on 3&8 on a 6 yard route because he won't be getting any YAC.

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9 minutes ago, Zazzaro703 said:

McDonough was let go. I'd rather see Chris Cooley do Monday night football.

He was?? Wow. I thought they’d keep him and just replace Gruden after going to the raiders. Have they chosen the guy that will be joining witten in the booth? 

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5 hours ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

He was?? Wow. I thought they’d keep him and just replace Gruden after going to the raiders. Have they chosen the guy that will be joining witten in the booth? 

Nah I don't think they have named a replacement yet. He was let go the beginning of March.

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Bryant's and Witten's days were numbered in Dallas as soon as Romo retired.

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7 hours ago, Zazzaro703 said:

Witten could still hurt teams but he definitely was beyond his shelf date. Exactly what you said, just briefly leave open Witten to bait the QB into throwing him the ball on 3&8 on a 6 yard route because he won't be getting any YAC.

Yeah, but with that line and Zeke in the backfield, they converted an awful lot of 4th and 1's. So maybe leaving Witten wide open for 7 yards on 3rd and 8 still wasn't the best strategy...

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We'll see how this goes.  I dont recall too many occasions where I heard Witten speak and thought he'd be a natural in the booth.  And then in the booth on the marquee broadcast of the week, at that.  

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I don't think Witten has the oratory skills to be thrust into a MNF role.  Someone earlier mentioned Cooley.  Gross.  That dude is terrible, arrogant, and has an obnoxious voice.  His entire persona reminds me of Joe T.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Roger.Staubach said:

I don't think Witten has the oratory skills to be thrust into a MNF role.

 

Is he Emmit Smith bad? :) 

 

Doesn't matter if he has the skills or not. He's a cowboy. That is all the qualifications he will need for the idiot sports media.

 

Aikman, "Moose", Irvin, Sanders, Romo. Now Witten. The idiot sports media is loaded with former cowboy clowns. What's one more?

 

It's obvious they aren't trying to raise the IQ of the discussion. :P  :dallas_sucks:

 

(Seriously, I do like Aikman, and Romo wasn't bad last year).

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Enjoy the broadcast booth, dude. If he's anything like most of his other Cowboy Alum, he'll be anywhere from competent to outlandish and entertaining. 

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Aikman is the best of the bunch.

.Romo has an annoying voice but his analytical skills are awesome.

Moose was average and boring.

Irvin is a homer and too over-the-top for me.

Sanders was/is terrible.

Emmitt graduated from high school?  Seriously, who signed his check?

 

I expect Witten to be slightly worse than Moose.  He is soft-spoken and kind of boring.  However, the market isn't exactly overflowing with likeable talent at the moment.  Maybe he will last.

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If true good luck Witten. You were a worthy opponent and I think a lot of Skins fans respect your skills and sportsmanship. 

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