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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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Who is the worst Redskin qb in Recent history?...I think we have him now. Brunell is just horrible. Banks was bad and so were wuerful and shuler, but I think we are hitting an all time low right now.

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Brunell is playing bad right now but he's not a bad qb.

The others were just bad qbs.

Obviously if Brunell is as bad as everyone on this sight thinks then that makes Joe a terrible Head coach not to see it.

I for one don't think Joe is a bad coach so if-fat-so Brunell can't be a bad QB...

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I picked Danny "the arm" Wureful- only because Spurrier touted him as such a great NFL hero/legend and then threw a tantrum when Snyder (finally) did the right thing and cut him for Ramsey.

Shuler was pretty lousy too. Tony Banks actually had one of his best years with us- he and Kent Graham actually didn't look too bad in Marty's offence (after the 1st 5 pitiful losses).

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Obviously if Brunell is as bad as everyone on this sight thinks then that makes Joe a terrible Head coach not to see it.

Can anyone name another veteran qb that would not be benched if he had played as bad as Brunell? I could understand a coach having patients with a young qb but this is the most mind boggling thing I have ever seen Joe Gibbs do.

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Originally posted by Buck812

Who is the worst Redskin qb in Recent history?...I think we have him now. Brunell is just horrible. Banks was bad and so were wuerful and shuler, but I think we are hitting an all time low right now.

The answer is shuler

but if Brunell is the worst qb in your opinion, think how bad the passing game will be if Shuler or Wuerful(without spurriers playbook) ran it.

brunell has two more games to prove to me that it is not all been his fault, but if he doesn't improve -NEXT-

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Definitley Heath

With all the hype he had, then his holdout, then the fact that he wasn't bright enough to be an NFL QB, as well as 5 INT games etc it was him

And I was a big fan on his bandwagon back in 1994 and 1995. He had all sorts of athletic ability, great arm, great scrambling ability.

He just could not read defenses or understand an NFL offense

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I choose Shuler because of the hype this guy recieved, not to mention that he was a first round pick that had manged to fall off the planet in 5 years (3 with Redskins, 2 with Saints). Shuler also managed to pull off a 59.6 and 55.6 QB rating in 1994 and 1995 respectivley. Brunell, George, Banks, Freotte, and Wuerffel all had better ratings playing with the Redskins. Shuler... you are the worst redskins QB in redskins recent histor.

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At least Heath beat Dallas! The saddest day for me was allowing Jeff George to suit up as QB! I also couldn't take Tony Banks.

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Originally posted by zoony

Everyone seems to be forgetting Kent Graham.

Kent Graham beat the Broncos last time we played them. I'd have to say Wuerffel, although if you took each contestant at the very worst, Brunell's entry would be hard to beat.

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Jeff George was the worst. I can't believe his name isn't even on the list.

no....in 2000 he performed quite well in numerous games...the Rams game on Monday Night for example

he fell apart in 2001, though.

He's not the worst.

I do agree though, he should be on the list.

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Even though his career was a total wash, I still sort of feel bad for Shuler. Talk about everything going wrong that could go wrong. First, he holds out and finally signs late into training camp. Next, he gets thrown into the games clearly before he was ready to play. That's still one thing that never made any sense to me. John Friesz was a servicable QB. Granted, he wasn't gonna take you anywhere, but still, he would have been adequate as a stop-gap starter for a season. That would have allowed Shuler a chance to catch up and learn the system. Instead, he gets thrown in early, plays poorly and then, worst of all, Frerotte gets in and has a great game against the Colts...INSTANT QB controversy.

His 2nd season, he gets hurt in the season opener on what I still think was a dirty play by Clyde Simmons. Misses most of the year and then loses a QB battle with Frerotte the following season. End of Redskins career.

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