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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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Originally posted by Art

JB,

What you're saying is if the Redskins were the only team in the league to score touchdowns 100 percent of the time in the red zone we'd win a lot more games?

Art once again I am disappointed in you :doh:

I didn't say 100% time I just named a few games where it would have made a big difference. I think 4 of these games were inside the 5 and couldn't punch it in, that is pathetic, stop trying to write some novel about percentates or something and just admit if we had a RB that could punch it in we would have won at least 4 or 5 more games.

When you get the ball at the 1 or inside the 5 you should score a TD 100% of the time, there are no excuses.

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Originally posted by jbooma

We have to look towards freeagency to fix it now and then draft to make it stronger in the future.

Danny: "Vinny, please remove the electrodes. The brainwash is complete." :pimp:

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Art the other point is in some of these games if we scored then the other team wouldn't have just needed one score to come back in win. We would have momentum and they would be playing in our hands not the other way around.

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Originally posted by Flowtrain

Danny: "Vinny, please remove the electrodes. The brainwash is complete." :pimp:

Flow don't get us started now. We have been nice to you, for now. Let me guess Moss scored again and you want us to know right ;)

Or is this another I love Chad thread.

By the way, why did you bench your $40 million dollar DT :laugh:

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Perhaps Booma and Art are BOTH right. Perhaps we aren't getting to the redzone enough to begin with, and, the PERCENTAGE of times we score a touchdown when we DO make it to the redzone is low.

I don't know the percentage...I'm just playing devil's advocate. But I think you have to look at both (a) how often you get to the redzone and (B) what percentage of the time you score a touchdown when you do make it to the redzone.

How many short FGs we've kicked on the season only tells half the story...it's the touchdown PERCENTAGE you have to look at there. If we're not making it to the redzone often enough, AND our touchdown PERCENTAGE within the redzone is low, then it would seem that Art and Booma are both right on this one.

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Originally posted by jbooma

Flow don't get us started now. We have been nice to you, for now. Let me guess Moss scored again and you want us to know right ;)

Or is this another I love Chad thread.

By the way, why did you bench your $40 million dollar DT :laugh:

Booma is not in a good mood today.

I just thought it was interesting that you still view FA as the first means of correcting the team's troubles. That's all.

As for Robertson, he contributed to a shutout win on Sunday -- but as was the preseason plan -- he's part of a 4 DT rotation. I can't really say he's been impressive, but has come along about how you'd expect a rookie DT (statistically better than Sapp's rookie year for what it's worth).

How's the grooming of young drafted D-linemen going on your end?

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Originally posted by Flowtrain

Booma is not in a good mood today.

I just thought it was interesting that you still view FA as the first means of correcting the team's troubles. That's all.

Flow you didn't understand anything I said. What I meant is you are not going to get a stud DT that can dominate and be effective right away. Case in point the young DT that the Jets signed. We need some young DT's in the draft I agree, but we also need DT's that can play now. It is obvious we don't have that. I don't want to spend a ton of money on a DT but if we can find one for cheap in free agency then we have to look that way.

Personally I think we will sign Gardner to a low value deal as well as Russel. Then we might look for another DE, and draft at least to DL.

I also don't want to waste a #1 pick just on a reach for a DT. We have other needs we need to take care of as well as DL.

I know your young DT is doing okay, but he doesn't look to be a #1 pick. It is hard to find a good DT in the first round, look at Courtney Brown.

I also think Brown might come here for cheap just to be able to play with Lavar again, and that would be nice :)

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Originally posted by La muerte de Bufford

Find a team in the league that was willing to pay what Davis would of made in DC.

There aren't any. If he would have been willing to play here for this contract, he would still be here: http://www.nflpa.org/Members/playerProfile.asp?ID=24083

Spurrier said all along that Davis was an excellent back and that he would have liked to keep him but it was a $ thing. He never said anything different, but a lot of people attributed other words and motives to him.

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There are a couple of examples of what Jbooma is talking about and here are a few I can think of off the top of my head

Week 4 vs. NE, first drive we get in the red zone and the drive stalled with Ramsey being sacked on 3rd down. A TD punched in there and its not a nail biter in the end

Week 7 vs Buffalo, This was huge. We punch it in instead of having the goal line fumble, its a 7-7 game and we have the "mo"

Week 11 vs Carolina, Once again goal line fumbles cost us that game

Week 12 vs Miami, 3 field goals, 2 when we were threatening to score TD's. Once again we put the game out of reach if we get TD's instead of FG's.

The whole point is yeah we may have only 7 FG's in the red zone but they were huge in terms of losing the 4 points a TD would have gotten us and could easily have changed the course of 4 games, 3 of which would have been wins. We are looking at 8-6 rather then 5-9

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Jbooma,

You say things on here that are inaccurate in your desparate attempt to defend your boy, but when people prove you wrong you say they don't understand you, or that you are dissapointed in them. Consider this:

1. We had a big back and SOS didn't use him. Big country would have renegotiated if he thought he would have been part of the offense.

2. Rock has been pretty good in short yardage situation other than the 1 fumble.

3. Spurrier's playcalling has been the most predictable in the redzone, though I will give him credit for the Gardner to Canidate play as being a great call.

I totally agree w/ Art's point that if we're going to make big or sweeping changes then we might as well change the coach as well. Last year the Spurrier defenders were saying that Davis didn't fit the offense. Now Spurrier says you need a big back in the NFC East. Well no sh1t Sherlock. Last year Spurrier said he needed speed. Well Snyder went out and got him 3 very fast players and the offense isn't any better. I agree we need a back, but if we get one, will Steve utilize him?

If Spurrier is on for one more year, then sweeping changes in personel would be a big mistake IMHO. Upgrade the Dline, draft a back, and see what SOS can do? If he still can't get it done, he's out of excuses and it's time to send him packing.

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The trouble is that it isn't either/or. The Skins are making sweeping changes to the roster. There will be at least 30% roster change-over. Over 50% of the roster are either FAs, RFAs, or bums like Flem. I can't imagine any scenario where the Skins dump less than 30% of the roster.

So given that, do you keep Spurrier or dump him?

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Originally posted by GSF

Jbooma,

You say things on here that are inaccurate in your desparate attempt to defend your boy, but when people prove you wrong you say they don't understand you, or that you are dissapointed in them. Consider this:

1. We had a big back and SOS didn't use him. Big country would have renegotiated if he thought he would have been part of the offense.

2. Rock has been pretty good in short yardage situation other than the 1 fumble.

3. Spurrier's playcalling has been the most predictable in the redzone, though I will give him credit for the Gardner to Canidate play as being a great call.

GSF first off I haven't said anything inaccurate. I am not deparate to defend Spurrier, but he has gone straight from College, and it is known it takes a while to get use to the NFL.

If you read the other posters they would show you that Art and I are both right. There were games were we couldn't punch it in that cost us.

Spurrier said he would like to have kept Davis, we all know that Davis wanted out and Snyder wanted him gone, who knows who is telling the truth there. Rock has been decent, but when you are on the 1 yardline and you can't punch it in in 2 trys, then to me that shows he isn't capable of doing it.

As for changes, I don't know how much or little of the roster will change. I think what spurrier is hinting at is the FO more then the team.

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It's my view that we should indeed feature a power back like Rock or Betts, feed them, and take shots deep. I wish we'd use Coles like the Colts use Marvin. We all know who the ball's going to over there, its no secret.

Ball Coach should rewrite his offense. Forget just trying to translate his old dumb playbook from college. Just rewrite it for coles and ramsey and a strong feature back. A power back and a speedy wr-core. Who has that?

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Originally posted by inmate running the asylum

From the score it looks like they didn't use either one. :laugh:

No, from the score, the plan was- if they play zone, PANIC and THROW TO *SOMEONE*!

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I would like us to get a better RB back as much as anyone, but what good would it do us if the RB only gets 10-15 carries a game? Most big RBs are used to wear a defense down for the second half when a tired D will tend to give up longer runs and then get faked out with the playaction pass. If we get a big back but don't follow that formula, I am not sure what difference it would make. We have seen Trung & Rock put together some nice runs and get some tough yards, and how are they rewarded.......by having Spurrer make them take the next 10 plays off with some passing plays.

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Bucnh of Spurrier B.S. He said the same thing last year. Next year after another failed season, at least Spurrier will say there will be major changes in 2005; starting with a new head coach.

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Before reading this post just realize that I am not a Spurrier supporter.

But one of the things you must understand is that just b/c SS got rid of Stephen Davis does not mean he will not utilize a back like Davis if we aquire one. At the time Davis was cut Spurrier did not believe his offense required a back such as Davis to be sucessful. He was a new NFL coach and was under the impression that a shifty back with speed i.e. Trung could be effective. It had worked for him before so he thought it would work again.

After this season it became apparent that a back like Davis is just what the redskins need. JBOOMA is right when he says we need a back who can "punch it in." Spurrier realizes he was wrong and now understands that a big running back who can pound the ball consistenly can still work in his offense. He could also use Betts, Morton, Trung, or any of his other players as a change of pace or third down guy.

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Say it over and over again until it sinks in. RB, TE, DE...RB, TE, DE...RB, TE, DE...

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bingo!

that's why most teams have a functional GM, so when the rookie coach wants to rid himself of proven players the GM steps in and reviews the situation to ensure the club isn't making a mistake it is going to regret down the road :D

in Washington Spurrier is looking to Cerrato and Snyder for leadership? :laugh:

geez, when you put it like that, I am almost feeling sorry for the guy.

that is until I think of his weekly bank deposit after the 27-0 jacking out at Fedex :mad:

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