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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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we got screwed!!!

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The guy screwing all of us over and over is Danny boy! IT ALL STARTS AT THE TOP!!!

The only good thing he's done is win a lawsuit that could have eventually led to a name change if he'd lost.

Regime change is required here!!!


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Uh huh.

Before Spurrier came here, he was the one everyone of us wanted. Come on. There was no reason to suggest that he wouldn't have succeeded here. Look at the guys record.

And I'm sure it's Snyders fault that the players on the field are not playing well.

Uh huh.

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I agree I was happy to see Spurrier come here and now I will be one of the happiest when he leaves, before another blown season. He has proven me wrong I thought he was a smart coach! Well everyone makes mistakes and alot of people where happy to see him come but not as many as when he leaves.

I don't put much blame on Snyder because of the fact hes just trying to turn a program around that has been sad since Gibbs left it. Alot of things have happened in the last 10 years and not all is Snyders fault. Snyder puts good players on the field and our coaches continue to put bad game plans together and make our talented players look like high schoolers.

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my attitude is it is the responsibility of the front office to hire the right coaches and draft the right players :)

I don't know the third cornerback playing at South Texas State University and whether he will be a keeper in the NFL, that is why the Redskins have a scouting staff :laugh:

When the Skins hired Spurrier, I assumed that the proper questions were asked and the team was assured that Spurrier was properly focused on winning in the NFL.

Now we see that is not the case.

Spurrier wants to win but evidently only under circumstances that validate the way he has won in the past in college.

He simply is not going to run the ball when the weather conditions and balance of talent indicate that is the best chance the team has to win, at least not on a consistent basis.

He promised us when he came here that we would see an offense with some pop to it. So far the offense is far less effective than it had been under former coach Norv Turner.

And since Spurrier doesn't have any interest in managing the special teams, defense or indeed in issues on the other side of the ball, what are we paying him for? :)

The Redskins could have hired Sean Payton or Gary Kubiak to come in here for a lot less money and design an offense that could compete.

I don't know every deserving assistant coach in the NFL for a shot at a HC vacancy, but there are some right there for the asking.

And there are veteran coaches who have had a track record of producing winning teams.

Maybe not the 3 Super Bowl appearances Parcells has garnered, but Green, Shell and others have produced playoff contenders.

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Snyder is to blame for this mess he wants to be THE MAN, THE GM,

Alrighty then, he takes the credit when they win the big games (they have not been to any big games because management is incompetent) alrighty then he takes the blame when another season under his regime is a FAILURE. Do us all a favor you Richie Rich pr1ck sell this franchise!!!!

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I remember when so many people thought the bringing in Spurrier was such an great idea and this was our return to glory.

Funny how reality can destroy that, in two looooooooooonnnnng seasons he is ready to be run out of D.C.

Once again Thank-you Mr. Sndyer! :soapbox:

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Either way, coaches don't count vs the cap, so in terms of being screwed out of the money, why would anyone care?

It's not your money.

Every single coaching hire in the NFL is a risk unless you can get Parcells or Gibbs.

Every single one.

And guess what... every single coach but ONE goes home a loser every single year.

The idea Spurrier would just be sitting back laughing over his paycheck is absurd.

It's not working for the guy. Is that any reason to doubt his personal integrity? Criticize his team, criticize his job, but leave it at that.

However, you CAN guarantee one thing. If Snyder fires him now, the next coach , and the next coach, and the next one after that... they will come for no other reason than the paycheck.

Fire Spurrier now, and the only people left who will deal with Danny are those who want to dip into his deep pockets,, because no coach in their right mind would believe he actually would be given a chance to succeed if it doesn't happen overnight. So the obvious recourse would be to take as much money and run.

Is that what we want? Because that is what we'll get.

The gamble for Spurrier didn't work. Unfortunately, it must be seen thru to the end to preserve any chance of integrity for the future.


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The Cooke family started this mess, let's not forget that. Snyder has simply been unable to to reverse the tailspin. Under the Cooke family, with Casserly calling the shots, we hired Norv, kept Norv too long, bungled free agency year after year, and drafted some HUGE, HUGE busts in the fearly rounds of the draft.

This nightmare was set in motion long before any of the current characters were in place.

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Originally posted by La muerte de Bufford

Good Point....or John Cooke.....I wonder if Norv would still be here.

I often wondered if we were better off under John Kent Cooke but I guess his old man must of know something when he did not leave the team to him.

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This is obviously Jack Kent Cooke's fault. If he hadn't died we wouldn't be in this bind. Damn you Jack Kent Cooke! Damn you to hell!

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