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      Cowboys versus Redskins - now that just sounds correct.
       
      Hello friends, JimmiJo here along with THE Spaceman Spiff. Space is already on the sidelines, yucking it up with the important people. Me? I'm thinking how grateful I am for the 3-car accident on the beltway...
       
      If you cannot get up for this game, there isn't enough viagra made on earth for you. After all; the Redskins are hosting their eternal rival, the Cowboys. Winner will be sitting on top of the division, with a truckload of bragging rights.
       
      What's not to like?
       
      Well, for starters, everybody and their mom is inactive. Chris Thompson Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson, Quinton Dunbar; all inactive. What a time to have have your top two receivers out. The chatter here in the press box is Washington should do what they can to bring in receivers - to include making a trade with the Raiders for Amari Cooper.
       
      Then there's the question of which Redskins show up? They could come out and light Dallas up. Or, post an anemic effort to suffer another embarrassing lost. Neither would surprise me.
       
      One this is for sure, the distribution in fans is something like 55-45 Redskins. Already an embarrassment. Until you consider this team has done much to earn the lack of support.
       
      Still, you have offer the finger in the middle to those fans who sold their tickets to Dallas fans. What were you thinking?
       
      Back shortly...
       
      Inactives
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 10 WR Paul Richardson Jr.
      o   No. 23 CB Quinton Dunbar
      o   No. 25 RB Chris Thompson
      o   No. 30 S Troy Apke
      o   No. 55 C Casey Dunn
      o   No. 74 T Geron Christian Sr.
      o   No. 80 WR Jamison Crowder
       
      The team held a touching tribute to my friend Rich Tandler, who passed this week.
       
      Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
       
      Half
       
      Did you hear the one about the team that got chance after chance but couldn't score more than a touchdown?
      That's right; they are tied at 7 at the half and completely anemic in the second half.
       
      "Against the run of play" is a term you hear in soccer all the time. It is applicable here. It means the better team is either tied or trailing.
       
      Whoever said football was fair?
       
      Washington needs to find a way to get hot in the second half. The Dallas Cowboys are infinitely beatable today.
       
      JimmiJo
       
      How do you like them apples?
      The Washington Redskins sent them home happy today. Along the way my ulcer started bleeding, I threw up twice, and peed the chair I was sitting in.
      Up by 10 at the two-minute warning, I did not expect to be hoping for a missed field goal to avoid overtime. But there I was, crossing fingers and toes and noticibly relieved when the ball bounced off the upright to seal the win.
      A lot of things had to go right for the Dallas Cowboys to even have a shot at the end. A lot more things went right for Washington.
      The Redskins held Ezekiel Elliot to just 33-yards rushing. They forced two fumbles by Dak Prescott, one of which went for a Redskins' touchdown, and sacked him a total of four times. 
      Ryan Kerrigan had his best day of the season, sacking Prescott twice, one of which caused the fumble for the score. Preston Smith scored the touchdown off of the fumble. Jonathan Allen and and Ryan Anderson each logged a sack. DJ Swearinger hit Prescott square on the ball to cause the other fumble by Prescott.
      And then there was the offense.
      Adrian Peterson defies time and physics in what he can still do on the football field. His ability to change directions instantly, the speed he still posesses, and his ability to play through multiple injuries is astonishing. He ran for 99-yards on 24-carries with a 4.1 yard per carry average. 
      Kapri Bibbs, the other back; added just 13-yards rushing. But as a receiver he caught 4 passes for 43-yards and the first touchdown of the game.
      Josh Doctson reeled in 3-receptions for 43-yards. Jordan Reed added 43-yards on his two catches. Maurice Harris logged 2 for 22-yards.
      Alex Smith had a adequate outting. He went 14/25 for 178 yards and a touchdown for a quarterback rating of 98.1. He was sacked once.
      His obvious miss of Jeremy Sprinkle running free in the end zone is almost cause for termination. Connect on that throw and the game is much more comfortable at the end. 
      The real stars of this show were the fat guys in the trenches. The offensive line that opened highway lane-wide holes for Peterson to run through, and the defensive line that wreaked such havok all game. 
       
      But we have to thank Dallas as well for things like an illegal snap to back the field goal unit up at the end. The holding call that negated the big gain one play before the sack/fumble/score was huge. They seemed to find ways to beat themselves.
       
      Despite the above, Dallas was right there until last miss that struck the goalpost. The win was entirely too close for comfort.
       
      But now that's it's over, I sure am enjoying the win.
       
      The Redskins sit alone at the top of the division after 6-weeks. They travel to New York next week where they can continue to help themselves with a win.
       
      But just because New York currently resides in the toilet does not mean they intend to roll-over and play dead. Washington will have their hands full if they don't get more production out of the offense.
       
      That's next week though. For now, I am intent on  enjoying an excellent victory. Against the Dallas Cowboys.
       
      What's not to like?
       
      Talk soon!
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Press Release: #REDSKINS Quotes - Gruden

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Head Coach Jay Gruden

 

 

 

On injuries:

"Same old guys are getting checked out as we speak. Chris Thompson, Paul Richardson, Adrian Peterson are getting checked out now. I haven’t gotten the official word yet."

 

On his thoughts on CB Josh Norman's performance:

"Well, I mean if you're going…I think as a secondary as a whole, we have to perform better. You know we had some pretty good plays from time to time, but for the most part, the big plays stick out. Those are plays that you can't give up. We blew a two deep coverage. We blew a three deep coverage. Those are simple from day one training camp that for whatever reason we have to communicate and make the right calls and be in the right spots and for whatever reason it didn’t happen. I don’t know if the noise got to them, personnel changes, the formations got them. But for whatever reason, we blew those. We haven’t had a chance to meet as a team yet, but we will get to the bottom of it."

 

On if he is using QB Alex Smith for what he does best in contrast to how he wants to use him:

"Yeah a little bit. I think a little bit. I think we had to become a little one-dimensional sooner than we wanted to last night. But for the most part, I think we have to continue to work with Alex and communicate to make sure that we're all on the same page from what we're doing with our progressions and our reads and all that good stuff – protection. So, work in progress but we intend to get to the bottom of it. It has to happen sooner than later. I think we took a step backwards for whatever reason last night, but we intend to take two steps forward this week."

 

On evaluating Smith:

"We got him outside the pocket a couple times and had some pretty good looks and it didn't work out. I think changing the launch point of the quarterback is going to be important – whether it's a quick game, whether it's outside the pocket, play action, all that good stuff. Like I said, we were pretty much one-dimensional with the straight drop backs last night. But we did try to get him outside the pocket, which we didn’t have much success, unfortunately. We have to stick with the plan and try to move him around a little bit, keep the defense off balance. But, we didn’t have that ability last night because we got behind so quick."

 

On if there is a common theme with the busts in coverage or if it is more of a communication issue:

"Well it's multiple things. Sometimes it's one player. Unfortunately, it's one player and it's not always the one guy everybody wants to point to. It's happened to a couple other guys throughout the course of the first four games. We played pretty good. Our defense was ranked pretty high up until last night. But last night when we did break coverage or blow-a-coverage, it just so happens one was on a screen when somebody ran over with a motion, he wasn’t supposed to and they hit us for like a 40-yard gain. Then they had the two vertical bombs that cost us about 140 yards of offense right there. We gave up about 180 yards of offense on three blown coverages. Obviously when you're playing against Drew Brees, he's going to find the blow up and they had the perfect play called for the time that we actually blew the coverage. They couldn’t have just run the ball and knocked those blown coverage plays, but they got the right play and took advantage of the blows. It is a communication issue and it's something we have to address as a staff. Maybe we're asking too much. Maybe we need to simplify some things, but these are things we've been doing since training camp and we can't have that happen."

 

On responding to a deficit:

"Yeah, it's a number of things really. We had some chances to get back in the game but we just didn’t make the plays that presented themselves. We didn’t make the necessary throws or have the right protection or what have you. There was always something, it seemed like last night and it [had a] snowball effect and it just wasn’t good. I think we had some opportunities for shots to get back in the game and usually we hit those things but last night we didn’t hit anything. It was unfortunate, but we have to get it corrected and make sure we're all on the same page moving forward."

 

On if he sees an issue with a player playing outside the scheme:

"I think you could say that for both sides of the ball really. I think some guys are pressing a little bit too much. You know, it's Monday Night Football, guys wanted to show up a little bit and make some plays instead of staying within the confines of their responsibility. That is a major issue. We have to continue to stay on the same page and be fundamentally sound. If you're a thirds player, be a thirds player. If you're running a 12-yard out; run a 12-yard out. If you're reading flat, the 12, 14-yard out, throw the 14-yard out if the flat is covered. I think fundamentally speaking, I think we were a little bit anxious last night and guys were trying to do too much to impress. It's MondayNight Football, they're excited. They had 15 days off. Maybe they're a little bit too excited and played out of the confines of the defense or offense."

 

On inconsistencies:

"I think you have to learn from it. We have to make sure we don’t put ourselves in that position. If a team beats us and they make some plays, or man to man they make some plays, great catches, guys contorting their body, and they are beating our guys one on one pass rush from time to time, where they are playing good bump and run, covering our receivers or tight ends or what have you, I can live with that. I can’t live with the fact when we give up easy plays on defense. We have to make them earn every blade of grass and that’s something we’ve been preaching since day one. Offensively, we’ve got to make the plays that present themselves, let the playmakers do their work and we didn’t do that last night either. We do have to move on; we are still as we stand right now in first place in the NFC East. That’s something to be excited about, but we have a cloud looming over our head with a lot of issues we need to clean up. I have faith that this veteran team will clean it up. They won’t accept that game. But, we do have to learn from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again."

 

On working with QB Alex Smith to give him the best chance to win:

"Yeah, we will see. I haven’t had a chance to sit down with Alex yet. We have a couple plays that we left out there for whatever reason, and we've got to make sure we get on the same page as him, dissect his brain a little bit today, go forward and make sure we are all on the same page for doing what we are trying to get done on each given play. I am a firm believer in really, really, close communication between the head coach and quarterback, especially the play caller and the quarterback, and that's something we are working on, working towards. We will move forward and we will get him in a better situation to succeed."

 

On Smith's relationship with the coaching staff:

"I don’t know about all that. He's been in the league for 15 years and he's seen all these looks that we've done. It's not like we are throwing a whole new scheme at him. He does have new players that he is working with and that comfort level of if he's open and when he is covered in man-to-man. Can I throw him open? When do I progress all that stuff? I think we are still working towards that and he has to feel comfortable. He had a different group of receivers last year in Kansas City than what we have and I think he's still getting to know those guys. They weren't always available in the preseason; that’s part of the reason he didn’t play that much. We had some guys that were dinged up, so we couldn’t get them on the field anyway. Chris Thompson wasn’t going to play in the preseason, Jordan Reed, Josh Doctson had some injuries in the preseason, [Jamison] Crowder was banged up a little bit in the preseason, so it would have been not that beneficial if he wasn’t playing with the guys he was going to play with on game day. We're working through it. We've done some good things on offense. We've had some really good offensive plays against Green Bay, Arizona and did a few decent things last night. But overall, I think when you look at our offense, we should be a lot better and we will be a lot better moving forward and we have to be."

 

On if he believes he has the right playmakers:

"I do. I do believe it. I believe in this football team, the offensive line, tight ends, receivers, the backs and obviously Alex. I firmly believe in this football team and defensively, I have a strong belief in what they can do also. We just all have to get on the same page; take accountability for what happened last night and move forward. If we can do that, then I think we have a great opportunity to put our best foot forward next week against Carolina and then Dallas and whoever else is on our schedule."

 

On what happened to the running game:

"We had a couple looks in there, a couple hits in there, but like I said, we started off the game with a naked running play that we ran against them three or four times, and had a chance at the tight end, then threw it out of bounds. Second down, we had pressure, threw it out there, third and ten we got stopped, and then the next try, we had a nice drive right down the field and got stopped right there in the red zone. We had some decent looks, but when you are falling behind and Adrian was hurt and banged up and all we had left were [Kapri] Bibbs and Chris Thompson and they are different types of backs and some of our running game we had planned for that game were out when Adrian went out."

 

On WR Josh Doctson's injury:

"He's very close. He had a good workout pregame and being that he didn’t practice all week and wasn't out there during practice, I chose to sit him last minute. But, he's close to being 100 percent and I don’t know if he will ever get to that point with the heel the way it is, but I think he could have gone. We've got to continue to strengthen that thing and get as close to 100 percent as we can for Carolina."

 

On Doctson and the game time decision:

"I think it was close, it was close. When I say close, it means that it was my opinion that close without having any practice for that week. I didn’t want to risk it – having that thing get worse."

 

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7 hours ago, Spaceman Spiff said:

Jay "Whatever Reason" Gruden, Ladies and Germs!

 

 

Hes gonna get to the bottom of this...

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1 hour ago, Xameil said:

Hes gonna get to the bottom of this...

Well, he's proven he can get to the bottom.

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Its pretty much the same **** different day with him.

I get he's probably not saying what he wants to say for job reasons, but its always we gotta do better, we'll work on getting that corrected, but nothing seems to get fixed; the very few things that does get fixed creates a new problem and challenge for him to stumble through.

 

Need someone to call it like it is, screw players' feelings, they are severely overpaid pansies who cannot take criticism without going to the 'flaming sword' twitter to express themselves.

Gruden has become encapsulated in his own BS and is overwhelmed by ineptness. I've bit my lips enough on him, but no more. This Monday night massacre pt.2 was the final straw. He was out-coached big time and never figured out how to even stay relatively close.

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"All that good stuff" he says. "Some decent looks" he says. "Maybe the guys were too excited," he says. 

 

Ugh, this team. So embarrassing. Is there a professional in the house? 

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I'm so tired of hearing the same old excuses every Monday or Tuesday.  It's time for Jay to hit the road and don't look back, with Bruce on his back.  We need to fix the damn O-Line.  Smith was running for his life, or getting driven into the ground.

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Flame the performance, fine. But not sure what you all want him to say post game? He called it an embarrassment, I think that owns it pretty well. He has to move on to the next game and I don’t think calling out guys individually is a wise move. I have a bunch of employees and I am careful to never single out any of them negatively in front of others—- I’ll usually stick to group performance and then work with individuals one on one. 

 

I have no issues with his comments. He answers the questions; he respects the media and doesn’t make them look stupid or waste their time. He acknowledges areas of failure— albeit doing so with a broad, group mentality. I have no problem with his comments. 

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4 minutes ago, kleese said:

Flame the performance, fine. But not sure what you all want him to say post game?

I'm not sure we're asking him to say anything... we're asking him to do better. His career with the Redskins has been Groundhog's Day. We're ready for the happy ending or at least for a different morning.

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18 minutes ago, Burgold said:

I'm not sure we're asking him to say anything... we're asking him to do better. His career with the Redskins has been Groundhog's Day. We're ready for the happy ending or at least for a different morning.

 

That is fine. But he has media obligations and every week people complain about him saying the same stuff. But he does one press conference per day starting in July.... gonna run out of things to say. 

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35 minutes ago, kleese said:

 

That is fine. But he has media obligations and every week people complain about him saying the same stuff. But he does one press conference per day starting in July.... gonna run out of things to say. 

Not if he starts doing better :silly:

 

The wash, rinse, and repeat of press conferences is only because of the wash, rinse, and repeat of history.

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59 minutes ago, Burgold said:

Not if he starts doing better :silly:

 

The wash, rinse, and repeat of press conferences is only because of the wash, rinse, and repeat of history.

 

Nah, BB in New England has been saying the same thing (nothing) for 20 years. And he’s grumpy about it. I actually like Jay at the podium. He doesn’t get defensive and he treats the media with respect. He doesn’t bury his team but he does generally take responsibility when they fail. He keeps it pretty generic but that’s fine. He also has a little sense of humor which I appreciate. I think it’s totally fair to judge/criticize him on the results. But I don’t have any issues with his words. 

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After games like the saints game I want him to go to the podium. Say "we ****ed up" drop the mic and walk off stage...

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7 minutes ago, Xameil said:

After games like the saints game I want him to go to the podium. Say "we ****ed up" drop the mic and walk off stage...

Can I add, 

 

"We ****ed up. Dan is issuing refunds and I'm donating this week's salary to ___________."

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33 minutes ago, Burgold said:

Can I add, 

 

"We ****ed up. Dan is issuing refunds and I'm donating this week's salary to ___________."

Too wordy...after a game like that I want as least amount of talking as possible

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Either he is a bad teacher or he has stupid students. Not sure, but guy has got to go.

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I'm done with Gruden.  He's an 8-8 / 9-7 coach under perfect conditions.  Half the times his teams don't even get off the bus to play.  Poor motivator, poor game planner, even worse half time adjuster, and seemingly a bad eye for talent.  I'm ready for a full house cleaning of the front office.  I want a new GM hired that in turn hires his own staff.  It's time.    

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6 hours ago, Burgold said:

Well, he's proven he can get to the bottom.

 

Believe me, there is further he can go.

 

43 minutes ago, Cskin said:

I'm done with Gruden.  He's an 8-8 / 9-7 coach under perfect conditions.  Half the times his teams don't even get off the bus to play.  Poor motivator, poor game planner, even worse half time adjuster, and seemingly a bad eye for talent.  I'm ready for a full house cleaning of the front office.  I want a new GM hired that in turn hires his own staff.  It's time.    

 

^^^this x 1000. If you really want to be impressed, watch that local show he does with Cooley and Baghdad Bob. He really comes off like a rocket scientist.

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