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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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Welcome to the Washington Redskins Shaun Dion Hamilton ILB Alabama

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Welcome to the team young man! Have fun tackling !

 

SHAUN DION HAMILTON

 

ILB Alabama

 

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Height: 6' 0"

Weight: 228 lbs

Arms: 31"

Hands: 10 1/4"

 

Prospect Grade

5.04

Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster

 

Bench Press

20 Reps

 

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/shaun dion-hamilton?id=32462018-0002-5600-07bf-34f3d8e28f9c

 

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Player Bio

Hamilton combined with Reuben Foster to form one of the best inside linebacker duos in the country in 2016, at least until he tore his right ACL in the SEC Championship Game. In the first 13 games of the year, Hamilton had 64 stops, nine for loss, two sacks, and two interceptions; he was a downhill player and showed the coverage ability NFL teams need today. Hamilton started the first nine games of his senior season before another injury (fractured right kneecap) sidelined him for the rest of the Tide's playoff run (40 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks). He started five times as a sophomore in 2015, playing in every game of the team's national championship run (27 tackles, 1.5 for loss). The Alabama native was a top 10 inside linebacker prospect coming out of high school and played in all 14 games on special teams as a true freshman (three tackles). Hamilton graduated a semester early from high school and was also his class' valedictorian.

 

Overview

Technically sound and tough, Hamilton is a 3-4 inside linebacker with good football intelligence who is almost always where he is supposed to be. As with all Alabama linebackers, he has benefitted from big, talented linemen in front of him to occupy blocks and will be forced to do more of the heavy lifting on the next level. Consecutive season-ending knee injuries will likely hurt his draft stock -- especially considering the fact that he may not be able to run or workout for teams before this year's draft.

 

Strengths

Good lower body thickness

Plays the game with demeanor and toughness of a bigger linebacker

Always finding his run fits

Very smart and called the "brains behind the operation" on the field

Won't give up his gap control willingly

Plays square and will stick a strong shoulder into blocks to squeeze his gap

Technically sound

Meets climbing blockers with a sunken anchor and a stiff punch

Nice, easy hips allow for smooth drops into coverage

Quick to recognize and react to play-action and screens

Able to weave around blockers without losing sight of the ball

 

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so... we're going with the nickname the Burgundy Tide, right?

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This guys tape looks good. Seems like he has some major burst right before contact. Small for a linebacker and has had injuries but hope he stays healthy and contributes on special teams this year as he tries to work his way up.

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34 minutes ago, TheBlueIndian said:

In related news.  The Washington Redskins will now be known as the Red Tide.

 

Did you know that Red Tide is toxic to humans, kills fish, evacuates beaches, and is considered by many to be a revolting sight ?

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Could end up the second best steal of the draft after Guice. Skins must have been comfortable with his knees. Dude is a playmaker though when he actually plays.

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2 hours ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

 

Did you know that Red Tide is toxic to humans, kills fish, evacuates beaches, and is considered by many to be a revolting sight ?

 

Sounds like a perfect match

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Seems to have a+ play recognition, great covering backs and dropping into coverage. Sure tackler even though he is undersized. Nice pick up by the Skins. Should excel on special teams with a chance to play down the line at LB..

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3 hours ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

 

Did you know that Red Tide is toxic to humans, kills fish, evacuates beaches, and is considered by many to be a revolting sight ?

And comes around roughly once a month.

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Small LBers get washed out too easily if you don't have a big powerful line. 

 

We have a very big powerful line. 

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So basically we are making a bet against the knees.  Im not opposed to that with a late round pick, most get cut anyway.  If his knees continue to be an issue he gets cut, and if not, we end up with a top tier talent that probably would have been in the first 3 rounds without the injuries.

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15 hours ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

 

Did you know that Red Tide is toxic to humans, kills fish, evacuates beaches, and is considered by many to be a revolting sight ?

Seems appropriate 

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10 hours ago, Peregrine said:

So basically we are making a bet against the knees.  Im not opposed to that with a late round pick, most get cut anyway.  If his knees continue to be an issue he gets cut, and if not, we end up with a top tier talent that probably would have been in the first 3 rounds without the injuries.

Even if he has to get stashed on IR for the year, like the Jags did with Jack, this guy has the ceiling of a high level starter.  Great pick. 

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15 hours ago, clskinsfan said:

Could end up the second best steal of the draft after Guice. Skins must have been comfortable with his knees. Dude is a playmaker though when he actually plays.

 

More than that he was the coach on the field for that 'Bama defense. He called the signals and made the adjustments - really really high football IQ. Really good player BUT not sure he holds up physically. 

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14 hours ago, Koolblue13 said:

Small LBers get washed out too easily if you don't have a big powerful line. 

 

We have a very big powerful line. 

London Flecther says hi.

 

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On 4/29/2018 at 12:13 PM, RawRebel said:

London Flecther says hi.

 

You know him or you are using him as a small LBer that constantly got washed out of plays because of the line? 

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22 hours ago, Koolblue13 said:

You know him or you are using him as a small LBer that constantly got washed out of plays because of the line? 

London Flecther was a small linebacker that I never recalled being washed out due to having a weak line.

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2 hours ago, RawRebel said:

London Flecther was a small linebacker that I never recalled being washed out due to having a weak line.

 

London Fletcher was short (5’ 10”). But he was also around 240.

 

Thats not small.

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12 minutes ago, MartinC said:

 

London Fletcher was short (5’ 10”). But he was also around 240.

 

Thats not small.

 

5 10" is short, damnit, LF had the heart of a Lion and as you said,he was compact and solid. 

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18 minutes ago, SWFLSkins said:

 

5 10" is short, damnit, LF had the heart of a Lion and as you said,he was compact and solid. 

 

Well it’s short for an NFL middle linebacker but exactly average for a US male. It’s all relative :-)

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