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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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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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Well he looked like he was trying too hard in the preseason wet run on Thursday version of MNF.  He kept looking down and bending over towards his counterpart and wouldn't look at the camera.  Also took his suit coat off to reveal his little brothers shirt he was wearing. Mega tight and looked awkward. They made him put the coat back on. He did a below avg job. Probably gets a C- 

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I thought the whole broadcast was pretty poor and amateurish. Sounded really bad, unprepared, awkward, hesitant, etc. Not just Witten but the other guy.

 

Hopefully they figure it out, because that was rather rough to me. Worst broadcast I have ever heard in professional sports.

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He was pretty bad on his first time out. Much worse than Romo (who I am still not a huge fan of).  The saving Grace for Romo is his ability to predict offenses and defensive plays before they happen.  I saw nothing from Witten to suggest that he will bring an equally intriguing viewpoint to the game.

 

Hopefully, he will improve.

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