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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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Brian Lafemina,, per Ian Rappaport#Redskins to become the president of business operations and COO

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Big News here, seems the FO is evolving right now. 

 

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https://www.redskins.com/news/redskins-name-brian-lafemina-as-president-of-business-operations-and-chief-opera
 

...“Nothing could have prepared me more for this role than working at the NFL,” Lafemina said. “Dan first approached me about a year ago to discuss the possibility of me joining the Redskins. During that time, I was able to see first-hand his passion for the Redskins, the game of football and his deep commitment to the Washington, D.C. community. Working with Dan and Bruce to develop a new dynamic stadium that matches the vibrancy of this organization and its fan base will be an exciting challenge and one of our top priorities. I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank everyone I have worked with at the NFL, starting with Roger Goodell.” 



 

Lafemina spent eight years at the NFL, leading Club Business Development and building the team that works to create and share best practices across all of the NFL’s 32 member clubs. During his tenure, the league saw significant growth in game day fan satisfaction, season tickets sales, suite sales, local sponsorship and media revenue. In addition, Lafemina led or played key roles in league-wide initiatives on fan experience, ticketing strategy, Super Bowl strategy, Pro Bowl strategy and stadium development.

 

 

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Um....

 

I think a LOT of people here on ES are gonna be extremely happy a year from now lol...

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So Bruce stays on, but this has to be a big move toward a restructuring how the team operates. There is now a Chief Operating Officer, with Snyder the CEO. I wonder if this has to do with a potential new stadium as well. 

 

1 minute ago, Califan007 said:

Um....

 

I think a LOT of people here on ES are gonna be extremely happy a year from now lol...

Already ecstatic? hahhaaaa

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1 minute ago, Califan007 said:

Um....

 

I think a LOT of people here on ES are gonna be extremely happy a year from now lol...

It’s starting to look that way.

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1 minute ago, Califan007 said:

Um....

 

I think a LOT of people here on ES are gonna be extremely happy a year from now lol...

 

Knowing Dan's MO, first there is a leak (Bruce might be leaving)...next there is a new hire (happened today)...next the old guy leaves....lastly the team trashes the guy who left. I do believe very much this is a signal that Bruce is outta here and I am already doing a happy dance!

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1 minute ago, SWFLSkins said:

 

Already ecstatic? hahhaaaa

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To quote you lol..."seems the FO is evolving right now"...

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2 minutes ago, SWFLSkins said:

So Bruce stays on, but this has to be a big move toward a restructuring how the team operates. There is now a Chief Operating Officer, with Snyder the CEO. I wonder if this has to do with a potential new stadium as well. 

 

It has everything to do with the new stadium besides of course Bruce Allen finally leaving. You know Dan's going to be salivating over a guy who on his resume it says

 

During his tenure, the league saw significant growth in game day fan satisfaction, season tickets sales, suite sales, local sponsorship and media revenue.

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, bobandweave said:

 

Knowing Dan's MO, first there is a leak (Bruce might be leaving)...next there is a new hire (happened today)...next the old guy leaves....lastly the team trashes the guy who left. I do believe very much this is a signal that Bruce is outta here and I am already doing a happy dance!

 

I'm not gonna say that....yet...but it seems some of the fog is clearing a bit.

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I'm not gonna say that....yet...but it seems some of the fog is clearing a bit.

 

No I admit I am only guessing, no one should be quoting that as fact. It's just what's happened in the past. Nothing guaranteed, just a guess. And a hope to be right lol

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What happened to the new stadium?  Haven’t heard anything since the initial leaks.  Chris Cooley was saying we would know something last season.  Shows how much he really knows lol

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1 minute ago, bobandweave said:

 

No I admit I am only guessing, no one should be quoting that as fact. It's just what's happened in the past. Nothing guaranteed, just a guess. And a hope to be right lol

 

I get where you’re coming from.  I’ll be interested to see if Bruce gets the Redskins treatment of being trashed on the way out though.  I don’t think it will.  While I’d like to see him have a dose of his own medicine, I’ll settle for any exit plan they can come up with.

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4 hours ago, bobandweave said:

 

No I admit I am only guessing, no one should be quoting that as fact. It's just what's happened in the past. Nothing guaranteed, just a guess. And a hope to be right lol

 

The new stadium deal was perceived to be Allen's ultimate worth to Snyder and the Redskins...

 

Cooley speculates/"speculates" (wink  wink) that the new stadium details will be known by next year...

 

Kyle Smith is being lauded as someone they must keep in the FO and could be a good candidate for Skins' GM, but it needs to happen soon...

 

Snyder goes out and hires this guy, with his type of experience, who will report directly to him...

 

A billion rumors about Allen rejoining the Raiders in Las Vegas...

 

 

There's a lot "there".

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Heh, this dude was high up on the NFL ladder. This is not looking very good for Mr. Bruce if he left that gig to come here.

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I know nothing about this guy, I’m just happy that Snyder actually sought someone out that comes with no attachment to him or the team.  I guess you could call that progress.

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Just curious but was Scot’s lawsuit settled?

 

bruce was the tar and featherer to people that leave the org so he’ll probably get a golden parachute of admiration in public but a Huzzah inside remaining folk at the park. 

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The word is out, Bruce is simply a PR nightmare. I'm sure the other owners have been in Dan's ear about Bruce for a long time. Something has to be done about the guy. 

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When does Bruce Allen’s contract expire? That’ll give us a good idea of when he’ll be gone for good. 

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So how did we go from feeling like this was a sign of Bruce’s soon departure to this is freeing up Bruce to watch more tape and fulfill his desire to be known as a “football guy”?

 

That’s just mean.

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Now that the Redskins hired Lafemina, Bruce should have something to do, like refilling the towel dispenser in the men's room

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Nah, not reaching that same conclusion right now...mainly because of Kyle Smith. If he does ascend to the GM position, there's gonna be very little for Bruce Allen to call his own. Right now I can see the possible roles and responsibilities in the upcoming few years for pretty much everyone in the front office and among the scouting department...except for Allen. I'm not sure exactly what would be waiting for him with the Redskins a year or two down the road. Plus I highly doubt Snyder went out and snatched the NFL's senior VP of club business development just to give Bruce more time to watch game film lol...

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15 minutes ago, Califan007 said:

Plus I highly doubt Snyder went out and snatched the NFL's senior VP of club business development just to give Bruce more time to watch game film lol...

Perhaps Bruce is being told that’s what all this is about and Dan’s really setting up to sever ties.  One can hope.

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