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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 1: Steelers at Redskins 

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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 2: Cowboys at Redskins

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From the ES Photo album 2016 Week 3: Redskins at Giants

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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 4: Browns at Redskins

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From the ES Photo Album Redskins at Ravens - Week 5

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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 6: Eagles at Redskins

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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 7: Redskins at Lions

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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 9: Vikings at Redskins

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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 11: Packers at Redskins

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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 12: Redskins at Cowboys

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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 13: Redskins at Cardinals

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From the ES Photo album 2016 Week 14 - Redskins at Eagles

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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 15: Panthers at Redskins

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From the ES Photo Album 2016 Week 16: Redskins at Bears

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From the ES Photo Album Redskins vs. Giants 2016 Week 17

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Q.  When does the 2018 free agency signing period begin?

A.  At 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 14.


 Q.  What are the categories of free agency? 

A.  Players are either “restricted free agents” or “unrestricted free agents.”  A restricted free agent may be subject to a “qualifying offer.”  A restricted or unrestricted free agent may be designated by his prior club as its franchise player or transition player. 


Q.  What is the time period for free agency signings this year? 

A.  For restricted free agents, from March 14 to April 20.  For unrestricted free agents who have received the May 8 tender from their prior club, from March 14 to July 23 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  For franchise players, from March 14 until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, November 13.  For transition players, from March 14 until July 23.  After July 23 and until 4 p.m. ET on the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, November 13, the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights to unrestricted free agents and transition players.  If the above-listed players do not sign by November 13, they must sit out the season.  


Q.  What is the difference between a restricted free agent and an unrestricted free agent? 

A.  In the 2018 league year, players with three accrued seasons who have received a qualifying offer become restricted free agents when their contracts expire at the conclusion of the 2017 league yearon March 14.  Unrestricted free agents have completed four or more accrued seasons.  Upon expiration of his 2017 contract, an unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any club with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club. 


Q.  What constitutes an “accrued season”? 

A.  Six or more regular-season games on a club's active/inactive, reserved/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists. 


Q.  How do the free agency rules apply to restricted free agents 

A.  If a player with three accrued seasons has received a “qualifying offer” (a salary tender predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players) from his old club.  He can negotiate with any club through April 20.  If the restricted free agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because the qualifying offer entitles it to a “right of first refusal” on any offer sheet the player signs.  If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer.  If an offer sheet is not executed on or before April 20, the player’s negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club.  In addition, prior to the start of free agency a player who would otherwise be a restricted free agent may be designated by his old club as its franchise player or transition player. 


Q.  What determines an unrestricted free agent? 

A.  A player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired.  He is free to sign with any club, with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club, through July 23 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  At that point, his negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club if by May 8 the old club tendered the player a one-year contract for 110 percent of his prior year’s salary.  His old club then has until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season (November 13) to sign him.  If he does not sign by that date, he must sit out the season.  If no tender is offered by May 8, the player can be signed by any club at any time throughout the season.  


Q.  What determines a franchise player?

A.  The salary offer by a player’s club determines what type of franchise player he is: exclusive or non-exclusive.  

An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 20; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player, as explained below. 

Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player: 

The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .


If a club extends a required tender to a “non-exclusive” franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club. 


Q.  How many franchise players and transition players can a team designate each season? 

A.  A club can designate one franchise player or one transition player among its potential restricted or unrestricted free agents.   


Q.  Can a club decide to withdraw its franchise or transition designation on a player? 

A.  Yes.  A club can withdraw its franchise or transition designation, and the player then automatically becomes an unrestricted free agent, either immediately if the tender is withdrawn after the start of the 2018 league year, or when his 2017 contract expires if the tender is withdrawn before the start of the 2018 league year.


Q.  What is the salary cap for 2018? 

A.  The salary cap is $177,200,000 per club. 


Q.  When must teams be in compliance with the salary cap? 

A.  At the start of the 2018 league year, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on WednesdayMarch 14. 


Q.  If a team is under the salary cap at the end of a given season, can the team “carry over” room to the next season? 

A.  Yes.  A team may carry over room from one league year to the following league year by submitting notice to the NFL prior to 4:00 p.m. ET on the day following the team’s final regular-season game, indicating the amount of room that the club wishes to carry over.


Q.  What is the maximum amount of room that a club can carry over?

A.  A club can carry over 100 percent of its remaining 2017 room to its adjusted salary cap for 2018.







Giants 19 - 10 Redskins

Redskins Out of Playoffs


Welcome my friend to Extremeskins coverage of the Washington Redskins versus the New York Giants. My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my partner; Spaceman Spiff.


The most reasonable thing a football fan can expect and hope for is for your team to be playing meaningful games at the end of the season. Sure, there are times when you run away with the division, ala Dallas this year, but at a minimum you want to see the games late in the year have a larger significance than just the football on the day.


My friends, you can't ask for much more than we have in front us day today.


Win and you're in (barring a freak-of-nature tie between Detroit & Green Bay). That's more than than you can ask. For the second-year running the Washington Redskins can go to the playoffs (1st time in 25-years). By virtue of the tie in London the Redskins are already assured a winning season (first time since 1993).


So what can we expect from the team today? I expect a win. For one, Washington has everything to play for while New York are already in the playoffs and cannot help themselves with a win. History also appears to be on Washington's side. According to Rick Snider of Washington Post Express; the Redskins are 9-2 in win-and-in games since 1974.


There is also the fact they are playing at home against a division rival. Then too, the rumor is the Giants will yank their starters early.


Finally, it is not Monday Night Football.


So what are your thoughts? Are you feeling good about today's game?


Stand by for inactives...




The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:

o   No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld

o   No. 31 RB Matt Jones

o   No. 36 S Su’a Cravens

o   No. 45 S Josh Evans

o   No. 47 CB Quinton Dunbar

o   No. 60 OL Vinston Painter

o   No. 78 C Kory Lichtensteiger



The Giants declared the following players as inactive:

o   No. 29 S Nat Berhe

o   No. 30 CB Coty Sensabaugh

o   No. 44 RB George Winn

o   No. 68 G/T Bobby Hart

o   No. 89 TE Jerell Adams

o   No. 90 DE Jason Pierre-Paul

o   No. 97 LB Ishaq Williams



No. 73 Marshall Newhouse is expected to start in place of Hart at right tackle.


Keys to Victory


The Washington Redskins have every excuse to win and very little to lose. They have enough offense and motivation to wrap this up and then get ready for the post-season. That said, a quick punch in the mouth from the New York Giants and the expectations for the game and playoffs could change dramatically. 


To that end, the Redskins should jump out quickly to establish momentum. They also need to be extremely physical. Washington needs to paint the specter of potential injuries so that the Giants will pull starters.


Talk at the half...




I will make this quick and direct; this team was not ready to play in the biggest game of the year. And I am starting to see a trend with this current squad. I tweeted something to the effect that you cannot coach things like injuries, calls by the refs, and weather. But you can sure get your team ready to play. 


Gruden didn't. And it is not the first time.


On the biggest stage Gruden tends to either fail to get the team ready or, is flat out coached.


This team coming out as flat as they have been in inexcusable. You thought Carolina was an aberration. Perhaps not.


Gruden is an offensive coach and the offense looks like crap. If my name is Daniel Snyder, Gruden has 30-minutes to prove hie deserves to keep his job.









Some losses hurt more than others. Then too, some seasons hurt worse than others. For me, this is true of both tonight and this year. 


Following the success of last year my expectations were that the Washington Redskins would at a minimum be better. Instead they muddled through a season most memorable for the opportunities this team gave away.


Following the game and setting up my question for head coach Jay Gruden, I pointed out how this team has controlled their playoff-destiny many times this year and given it up. In fact, one could argue they were knocked out of the playoffs many times this year. Even back to the tie in London.


My question to Gruden was, knowing they controlled their fate multiple times, is it all the more frustrating to have lost tonight? Gruden gave me a great answer where he started listing all the areas where they struggled this year; red zone offense, rushing offense, third down defense, et al. His point being that while the offense racked up a lot of yards, there were areas where the team struggled so that missing the playoffs was not too much of a surprise.


Liz Clarke from the Washington Post asked the best question, and the one I really wanted to ask: did Gruden feel like he had the team prepared to play today?


His answer was based on the results, probably not. I couldn't agree more. In fact, it seems like in the biggest games, this team is not prepared. And this speaks directly to head coach.


I like Gruden quite a bit, but I feel like he lacks intensity sometimes. Check that. I think he possesses plenty. I think he lacks displaying intensity sometimes.


I was talking to another reporter after the game who has been around since the Joe Gibbs' era. And I remarked to him how Gibbs would handle a week like this; he would be darn-near unapproachable. Gibbs would be a ball of tension before big games. And whether some of that was an act I cannot say. But I do know a Gibbs team today would have been more than ready mentally.


As for the game itself; Washington came out flat. The run-game never got going. Kirk Cousins had a very flat performance. And the result was an anemic offense until late in the third quarter.


That said, I just knew they were going to win when the score became tied at 10. The Giants had by that time gone flat and the Redskins had all the momentum.


Sure enough, once Washington got the ball back after tying the game and then went three-and-out, New York did what they do; let Eli Manning march the offense down to win the game with a field goal.


Even then there was a chance with the Redskins marching. But then Cousins decided to try and force a ball that never should have been thrown. 


Gruden usually tries to cover for his quarterback, but even he admitted it was a poor decision to throw the ball.


And just like that, the season is over.


I am curious to see what changes come this offseason. Today was the type of game that cost head coaches their job, IF their job is in any way on the line. I do not think this is the case with Gruden. Sure, it is a direct reflection on the coach missing the playoffs. But with this defense they weren't going far.


And to that end I do expect a change at defensive coordinator (or perhaps just hope for it). There are some pretty good defensive coaches available right now so I hope this is what they do.


As for Cousins, I expect the franchise tag again. Based on his comments post-game it does not sound like he and the team are anywhere close. To be truthful I think throws like the one that cost the game is why the team is not fully sold, at least not enough to give him the fortune he wants. On the other hand, Kirk knows someone will him so he doesn't need to settle for less.


The only way I do not see Cousins here next year is if the team decides both he AND Gruden are not the answer. Otherwise, I expect both back.


Well, it has been another fantastic year. Thanks to ES for allowing me to pose as a reporter for another season. I am looking forward to next year to hopefully do it again.









Redskins 27 - 10 Broncos


This is the 'late as hell' coverage of the Washington Redskins versus the Denver Broncos.


My name is JimmiJo and Spaceman Spiff is on the job on the sidelines.


I think the Broncos' defense will pose a lot of problems for the Redskins. On the other hand, their offense is pretty poor.




The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:

o   No. 13 WR Maurice Harris

o   No. 23 S DeAngelo Hall

o   No. 30 RB Kenny Hilliard

o   No. 52 LB Ryan Anderson

o   No. 53 LB Zach Brown

o   No. 67 G Kyle Kalis

o   No. 74 C Demetrius Rhaney


Follow along on Twitter @Skinscast




After three anemic drives, the Redskins woke up and scored 10-points on back-to-back drives to take a 10-3 lead over the Denver Broncos.


Meanwhile; Denver’s offense is everything we expected. CJ Anderson is a dangerous runner.


But then there’s Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler. He must have grown up a Redskins’ fan because with a fumble-for-loss and interception that had to be intended for DJ Swearinger, Osweiler is turning out to be Washington’s best weapon.


Still, the Redskins have eight-losses for a reason and with only a 7-point lead there is a long way still to go.


See you after.




The Washington Redskins started slow. The offense was anemic and the defense allowed CJ Anderson to get loose on a couple runs early.


Denver took an early 3-0 lead and it sure looked like the Redskins were in for a long-day.


But after three drives, the offense woke up. And what followed was 27-unanswered points hung on the Broncos before Denver added a meaningless touchdown and 2-poinnt conversion.


Along the way were a sack-fumble the Redskins forced and consider recovered and also an interception by D.J. Swearinger. The interception could only have been intended for him, given no-one else was around.

Many players contributed to today’s win.


Kirk Cousins had a solid day. He logged 19/37 for 399-yards, 3-touchdowns and 1-interception for a quarterback rating of 94.3.


Ryan Grant had a career-day. Grant caught 4-passes for 85-yards to lead all Washington receivers.


Samaje Perine impressed in the second half. He tallied 53-yards on 16-carries before a late-fumble put a blemish on his effort.


Defensively, Washington tightened the ship significantly following the early drive for field goal by Denver. The created multiple turnovers. The sack-fumble on Brock Osweiler, an interception by DJ Swearinger, and the last fumble caused with DeShazor Everette tackled Devontae Booker, dislodging the ball recovered by the Redskins.


Preston Smith had a fantastic day, he posted 5 tackles, 2-sacks and a forced fumble.


Ryan Kerrigan logged 4-tackles combined and 2-sacks.


The Redskins needed this win to close out the season at home. This was a nice early holiday present for the fans who showed today. Though this team was out of any postseason action some time ago, the players are playing with a lot of pride. They also want to prevent a losing season.


A win next week in New York ensures an 8-8 season.


When all is said and done this year was about injuries. Finishing the season strong, as the Redskins are doing, sets them up well for next year. But they have some questions as well.


None bigger than the quarterback position.


Was today Cousins’ last game at FedEx Field as the starter of the Washington Redskins? Who is the starting running back going into training camp next year? Though head coach Jay Gruden’s job is probably safe, can the same be said for all of the position coaches?


There will be lots of changes on the roster. But first they have one more game to play.


This was my last effort of the season. I’ve had a fantastic time covering this year. I will see you next year for sure.



















Hello my friends. JimmiJo here. I am joined by my partner; Spaceman Spiff. Together we will bring you the sights and sounds of today's match between the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. 


This game has all the markings of the classic 'trap' game. The Washington Redskins are hosted an 0-5 San Francisco 49ers; a squad desperate for a win.


The Redskins don't fare well is such games, if history if any game. No, not actual history; but history according to Pappas. I remember witnessing an 0-5 Titans leave with a win. I recall Washington allowing Detroit, who were hosting 18-straight losses, to get well.




But we must consider this Redskins' team is a different deal. These guys are playing with an attitude.


Having Josh Norman out hurts. But it looks like Trent Williams is active and we will see if he starts (betcha he does).


Stand by...




The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:

o   No. 20 RB Rob Kelley

o   No. 22 S Deshazor Everett

o   No. 24 CB Josh Norman

o   No. 40 LB Josh Harvey-Clemons

o   No. 72 DL Anthony Lanier II

o   No. 79 T Ty Nsekhe

o   No. 87 TE Jeremy Sprinkle


No. 25 Chris Thompson is expected to start in place of Kelley at running back.

No. 35 Montae Nicholson is expected to start in place of Everett at safety.

No. 47 Quinton Dunbar is expected to start in place of Norman at cornerback.


The 49ers declared the following players as inactive:

o   No. 10 WR Kendrick Bourne

o   No. 20 CB Leon Hall

o   No. 27 DB Dexter McCoil

o   No. 44 FB Kyle Juszczyk

o   No. 56 LB Reuben Foster

o   No. 62 OL Erik Magnuson

o   No. 97 LB Dekoda Watson


Keys to the Game


Punch them in the mouth early. Use the run to set up play-action. Disruptive pressure on defense. Win the turnover battle.


Here's to a good game with no injuries. 


Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast. 




Redskins are doing well, dominating all statistical categories. But the let down at the end of the game resulted in at least a 4-point giveaway. FOr the second straight game, individual players on the defense are finding ways to extend drive.


Kirk Cousins finished the half 15-for-21 for 201-yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception and a 130.55 rating.


For San Francisco, disarray is the word of the day. Brian Hoyer has been benched for C.J. Beathard, grandson to Bobby Beathard. Beathard just found a way to get 7 on the board.


The 49ers get the ball to start the half. 




They just had to make it interesting.


After a fairly domination first 28-minutes of the game, things changed for the Washington Redskins. Washington was holding a comfortable 17-0 lead when the San Francisco 49ers sent rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard in the game.


All he did was march the team down for a touchdown at the end of the half.


He then led a field goal drive to start the second half, and then a touchdown following Vernon Davis’ fumble.


That tied the game tied at 17. Redskins fans were dismayed, but hardly surprised.


Washington woke up in the fourth quarter; adding a field goal to go up three, and then another six on a Kirk Cousins read-option scamper.


It was a bad omen when kicker Dustin Hopkins missed the extra point.


Cousins finished the day 25-of-37 for 330-yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception with a quarterback rating of 102.3.


Concern turned to nightmare when Beathard hit a wide open (and former Redskins receiver) Aldrick Robinson for a touchdown. Robinson was the beneficiary of a blown coverage that left him running free to the end zone, pulling San Francisco within 2.


The niners would get another chance with under 2-minutes to play. Lacking timeouts, they made a run for it; advancing the ball to midfield before a penalties and dropped balls started to catch up to them.


On the final meaningful play of the game, Kendall Fuller reached up and grabbed the interception to put away the game.


Head Coach Jay Gruden said after the game something to the effect that it is a good sign when a team is not too happy when they get a win. That guys would find stuff not to like about the game.


One writer told me he thought this meant the team is maturing.  I thought it meant that knew the 49ers stink and it should never have been so close.


There was plenty not to like about this game. Surrendering a 17-point lead. Stupid personal fouls to give up first downs. Horrendous officiating.


And once again, injuries.


Bashaud Breelend is going to an MRI tomorrow to discover the extent of his knee problems.


Gruden said Breeland will have an MRI Monday. Defensive Lineman Jonathan Allen suffered a foot-sprain. Montae Nicholson has a shoulder injury. Stefan McClure a knee sprain and Fabian Moreau hamstring tightness.


But a win is a win and Washington will take it as they get ready to travel to Philadelphia for a rematch with the Eagles.


Washington amassed 419 total yards of offense this game. They had 325-net yards passing and 94-yards rushing, with 6-different rushers used. Chris Thompson led all backs with 33 yards.


Thompson finished the day as the leading receiver for the Redskins, totaling 105 yards on 4-receptions. He led a field of 9 different receivers.

Washington’s defense finished the day with 3 sacks and 1 interception.


Next week Washington faces division-leading Philadelphia Eagles at their place. This is a rematch of the Week 1 loss suffered at FedEx Field. They play Monday night.


We will see you for the next home game.























Redskins 20 - 15 Cardinals


Sorry folks, just made it. Plus, all of our photogs are injured.


It must be the end of a bad season with no hope of playoffs.


But I am here, JimmiJo, to bring you all the action.


Here are my thoughts in a nutshell, bottom-line sort of way: win today or coaches could become at risk. 


This is where you see who is who and who will be here next year.


Follow along on Twitter @Skinscast.




The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:

o   No. 19 WR Robert Davis

o   No. 35 S Montae Nicholson

o   No. 53 LB Zach Brown

o   No. 67 G Kyle Kalis

o   No. 71 T Trent Williams

o   No. 73 C Demetrius Rhaney

o   No. 97 DL Terrell McClain




Prototypical game for Washington. Jump out to early start, then the offense starts to fade. The bad news with this is Arizona has stuck with the run game and it is starting to pay dividends for them. 


Thanks to a fumble by Vernon Davis and a good defensive stand by the Redskins; the Cardinals were able to muster a field goal to pull within 5.

Head coach Jay was visibly upset on that last drive and one wonders if he is not going to be lighting this team up in the locker room.


The Redskins get the ball to start the half. 


















Make no mistake. A win is a win is a win.


But let’s not kid ourselves; any competent quarterback for Arizona and this was likely a loss. Heck, if the tight end holds the ball at the 1-yard line at the end it is likely a loss.


The Washington Redskins got one they had to have. It meant nothing in the overall; there are no postseason aspirations, and this game likely had no spoiler-implications.


But for the Redskins it was about pride and identity. It was also about people’s jobs.


If a football team cannot get up for a much-needed win against a bad team in front of their home crowd; the problems are about more than injuries and dumb-luck. Such a loss would have been an indictment of the coaching staff. Specifically the head coach.


Attitude is a reflection of leadership, as the saying goes. And lately this team has not been showing up.


That’s on the man in charge.


A loss today and ownership could be starting to consider a change at skipper. At a minimum he is wondering who else is out there.


The good news is the team responded and found a way to win. They had help.


Blaine Gabbert finished the day 16-of-41 for 181 for quarterback rating of 52.9. Worse were those moments when he decided to have poor accuracy. His red zone effectiveness was atrocious.


Then there were the dropped balls from the receivers. If the Cardinals tight end catches the ball at the 1-yard line we are having a different conversation.


The Redskins on the other hand didn’t fare much better. They posted just 218 total net yards of offense, and a paltry 31-yards rushing.


The offense benefitted from an opening drive sack-fumble by their defense. Two plays later, Kirk connected with Jamison Crowder for the easy touchdown.


Two drives later the Redskins would again draw blood when Cousins hooked up with Kapri Bibbs fir a 36-yard touchdown.

But after this the offense went flat. They managed only 15-total plays in the first half. And early in the 2nd half had only amassed 5-yards rushing.


The turnover the start the second half deflated the team and stadium.  Washington would manage to add another two field goals, and it turned out to be  just enough to get the win.


Cousins was by far the best player on offense finishing 18/26 for 196-yards, 2-touchdowns and a QB-rating of 149.07.

Crowder led all receivers with 5-catches for 55-yards and a TD. Next came Bibbs, with 4-receptions for 47-yards and a touchdown.


Defensively, Washington brought pressure that made a difference at times. Preston Smith had a banner-day; finishing the game with a sack, fumble recovery, and interception. Anthony Lanier had two batted balls and a forced fumble. Kendall Fuller led all tacklers with 6-solo and 2-assists.


The Redskins did just enough to get a win at home. It means they can still to avoid a losing season which would paint a much different picture on the season.


From here on out it’s about who wants to be here next year. Washington has one more home game against the Denver Broncos, who feature a touch defensive group. They will then travel to New York for the final game of the year.


It’s all about character now.




 It was the mid 1990's. In the then WWF (now WWE) Razor Ramon aka Scott Hall and Diesel aka Kevin Nash had their contracts coming up for renewal. In those days, wrestling contracts weren't guaranteed. Guys were basically paid on a per show appearance. The bigger the show, like a WrestleMania, the bigger the payday. However, if you didn't land a match on that card you didn't get paid. As Scott Hall's contract was coming up he negotiated with the Number 2 wrestling company at the time, WCW. WCW was owned by Ted Turner whose goal was to displace Vince McManon's WWF at the top of the mountain. Turner had Eric Bischoff running WCW. Bischoff new he needed bigger named talent to make WCW look & grow bigger. Long story short, he started recruiting WWF wrestlers as their contracts were expiring & he started with Hall. Who then talked to his buddy Nash, telling him not only were the days he worked guaranteed but so was the money. The story goes they neither wanted to leave McManon but there was no way McManon could give them guaranteed money as it'd set a precedent to have to give guaranteed money contracts to his other big name talent. Until then guaranteed money was unheard of in pro wrestling. Hall & Nash essentially changed the business. Even though WCW is defunct, McManon now has his talent on guaranteed contracts. 


Cool story bro but what's this got to do with football?


 Well, if you're a casual fan, you most likely took the Bruce Allen statement at face value. However once you drill down a little bit into it you'll see its roughly $300,000 difference between their offer and Kirk playing on the tag the next two years. In his radio interview on 106.7 (Part 1 & Part 2) the next day Kirk commented that if you look around the League the Front Office contracts and the Coaching staff contracts are fully guaranteed and he'd like to see the players contracts fully guaranteed. Currently, playing on the Tag gives him that fully guaranteed contract. For a year. So with the Rules of the Tag, he can play on it for a total of three years for three separate guaranteed one year deals.  IF Kirk can manage to accomplish a multi year fully guaranteed contract he'll change the business. Just like Hall & Nash did 20ish years ago. 





:xskins: Landover, MD -   Greetings to all my fellow ES'ers and ES'ettes! It's your neighborhood friendly TSO up here in the Press Box at FedEx Field along with the greatest photographer in the universe (verified fact, he has a plaque stating such), my man @Spaceman Spiff. We're here to provide you the best Redskins' coverage you'll find on the planet and, perhaps, in the universe - though I must admit Planet X5567 from the Controria Quadrant does a pretty good job of it themselves. Sorry for that, news of an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie in the making clearly has me overly geeked out. :D 


    Anywho, does this feel like just another preseason game to you? Not if you're as hardcore as we folk here on ES are. We had talk of Jay's "soft" approach to Training Camp, of which arguably cost us big time last year when the team came out and laid a massive goose egg against the Steelers during the season opener, all week where some felt last week's game against the Ravens was another indication of such an approach. Jay himself, to his credit, admitted during his presser on Wednesday:



 .......I just think when you talk about ‘wakeup call,’ I just think everybody has to come out and understand the other team has an agenda also. We didn’t match the same agenda, and that’s probably my fault. You know, six plays, two three-and-outs for the No. 1 offense wasn’t what we expected, but we expect our offense  to come out and play a little bit better, more physical, try to get the running game going a little bit. Two-point-two yards per carry is what I was most disappointed in the whole game. For us to be a physical football team, we have to be able to run the ball better.”


Also, this: 




  Not to mention the anxiousness that exists within the fanbase to see our Defense show signs of real, identifiable legitimacy - if it exists at all - where every gaffe is honed in on and nitpicked to death. I'll also be continuing my intense focus on the Dline that started with last week's game here.


   Then there are the players we haven't seen yet due to injuries. Of course, that starts first and foremost with none other than Josh Docston. We've seen such a minimal amount of live snaps from our 2016 1st rounder it's cut a deep gash in our fan souls. He's a game time decision so we'll find out soon enough if we'll be given some much needed healing. Preston Smith should be playing today along with Jamison Crowder, who will both look to get their first snaps of the preseason. And don't forget some of the young'ns who finally started practicing this week which leads me to the final proof of this game's heightened meaning...


    The still strong and remaining excitement regarding the potential of this year's draft picks. Whether it's our early picks in Allen and Anderson (another game time decision) or the later round guys like Sprinkle, Harvey-Clemons and Holsey... every player has buzz surrounding them. And as alluded to above, our mid-round guys in Fabian Moreau and Montae Nicholson should finally be getting some snaps for us to dig into.    


So, yeah, suffice to say I'm certainly excited. Preseason or not, I can't wait to see what goes down! 


Stay tuned for more tweets, notes, player interviews and general coverage all throughout the day, pre-game and post-game! :xskins:





As usual when I do this, I'll be focusing in on the trenches (well, mostly) since everyone will be following the ball. Got the binoculars ready to go. :)  


1st Quarter Notes


-Shawn Lauvao driven back on first snap for offense. No gain for Rob Kelley. 


- Moreau, first snap in the NFL, causes fumble on punt return! 


- Ty Nsekhe gives up pressure to Matthews on following snap, 4th offensive snap of the game. 


- Oline holding up well outside of those two gaffes. 


-  McGee, Hood and McClain starting on the Line, nice pressure first snap from all of them. 


- Nothing much from any of the DLinemen the next two snaps. Allen and Ioannidis were in the nickel defense on 3rd down.  


-  McGee, Hood and McClain again on following play after penalty. McGee with a nice run stop. Gets off his man, makes tackle.


- Next play, Hood pushed back, allowing 5 yard gain from RB. 


- Allen over pursues, leaves gap on run play following a few quick plays from Rodgers. 


- Ioannidis follows with a good run stop.


- Ioannidis with a good pass rush on following 3rd down. Rodgers does Rodgers' things and runs for a first. 


- Terrell McClain with a good rush on 2nd and 6. 


- Hood and McClain are the linemen in near the goal line. Do a nice job on 1st and goal after penalty to allow Foster to get the run stop. 


- Zach Brown played that well on the TD, just a good throw and good catch by Rodgers and Bennett. 


- Nsekhe and Sherff struggle on pass off, Sherff gives up pressure on second snap of ensuing offensive drive.    


- Fabian Moreau again doing a great job on the punt, first guy there and finishes the tackle. 


- McGee, Hood and McClain your starting linemen. 


- Sack was mostly Preston Smith, but McGee does a good job getting immediate push. 


- Allen and Ioannidis in. Allen with great awareness on screen. Sniffs it out immediately and gets in on tackle. Ioannidis did well to get immediate pressure on QB, but he was essentially allowed a free release since it was a screen. 


- Not much of a rush on following 3rd down from Allen or Ioannidis. 


- Offense back out. Moses is in. 


- Just no movement from Lauvao on run play, Moses pulling inside also nothing. 


- Following 3rd and 1, Moses and Sherff do nice job getting some push to allow Kelley to get the first.    



2nd Quarter Notes


- Oline doing well first two plays of 2nd quarter. 


- 1st down after penalty by Packers on 3rd down, Lauvao pulling but finds no one. Kelley still got a couple yards. 


- Ensuing 3rd down, Oline all do a good job in pass protection. 


- Lauvao pulls again on 4th down, not finding anyone. Surprised they didn't get the first, though. Seemed like it was enough. 


-  Ioannidis, Francis and Hood in now at Dline.


- Francis pushed back on the first play, run picks up a chunk.  


-  McGee and McClain in the nickel. Nothing much from either. 


- Same on the next play near the goal line. 


-  I'm dying right now, some Packer's media in front of me all excited, fist bumping after every TD. Probably some fan bloggers, it's annoying though. 


- Offense back out. 


- Oline does a great job on 2nd down. As clean a pocket as all night.


- Again, on 3rd down, nice job. Kirk with a dime. Finally. 


- Lauvao on following play with zero push, but Trent gets it. Kelley with decent gain.


- Thus far, the Oline really looks exactly the same as last year. Good at pass protection, but just no push in the running game. Frustrating. 


-  Lanier and Taylor out on the DLine now. Both do a good job on first down run. Pick up of 4 not their fault.


- Following play, Phil Taylor destroys his guy and gets into the QBs face quickly, great pass rush. 


- Following play on 3rd down, both are stymied and don't generate any rush.


- Following play, Lanier with a decent rush, but took a while to get off his guy.


- Play after the next, 3rd down, Phil Taylor with a great rush, beats his guy immediately, and finishes with the sack. He just looks the part. 


- Offense back out. 


- Following big play to Vernon down the sideline, Lauvao gives up pressure. 


- Following 1st down pass to Doctson, Lauvao gives up another pressure.


- 1st and Goal, no push upfront on run play. Thompson loses two yards.  


- 2nd and Goal, do a good job in pass protection.


- 4th and Goal, good pass pro, TD.


Half Time Analysis


   Welp, another frustrating preseason outing so far, but thankfully the first team offense scored their first TD of the preseason at the very end. 


   My major takeaways regarding the lines are:


1) The Oline seems to be exactly the same as last year. Strong in pass pro and unable to get any push in the run game. They're still too high, too often, and Lauvao is a liability.


2) As for the Dline, it was also a bit disappointing in comparison to last week when they played much better, but they weren't necessarily a negative. Phil Taylor looks great. Everyone else was just... meh. 


    As for the game, it was nice to see Fabian Moreau out there making plays on Special Teams. He looks the part, and even the bomb he gave up wasn't necessarily bad coverage on his end. Seeing Spaight get that big hit in the backfield was sweet. Montae Nicholson looked good, as well. Breeland struggled against Nelson, which is becoming a pattern for him at this point. The TD Zach Brown gave up was simply a great throw and catch from Rodgers to Bennett, and otherwise he looked good out there along with Foster. Compton actually had a nice play blowing up an OLineman.  


    Kirk was on and off, as was the entire first team offense. Not sure what is going on with them, but they've always got one or two guys failing. It was great to see Doctson out there towards the end, and he should've had a TD, but the moment he came free Kirk looked the other way, panicking in the red zone. But, yeah, can't help but get excited by Doctson. 


   Alrighty, let's see what happens the following half. Hopefully we get to see better overall play from the second teamers. 



3rd Quarter Notes


- Lanier and Mbu the Dlinemen 


- 2nd down, Lanier with a great pass rush, generates the hold! 


- 3rd down, Mbu with a great pass rush, spinning his way to a sack. He had a terrible game last week, so this is good to see. 


- Your 2nd Team Oline: Nsekhe, Kalis, Roullier, Catalina, and Painter. 


- They do a good job on first down run to the left. Perine gains 4.


- 2nd down run, Catalina doesn't get the push you'd like, but everyone else does a good job. 


- 3rd down, they do a decent job in pass rush. Nsekhe and Catalina pushed back a little bit, but maintain. 


- Middle of the line does a great job getting push on ensuing run. 


- Ensuing throw, Catalina gives up a pressure. 


- 3rd down, Painter lost on the outside, but McCoy gets it off quick. 


- Lanier, Francis and Taylor out at Dline now. 


- 3rd down, Lanier with a nice pass rush.


- These guys in front of me are actually flipping out about the way the Packers are playing right now. What the!? :ols: 


- 1st down, Roullier, I believe, falls down and gives up a pressure. May not have been him, happened fast. 


- 2nd down, they do a good job run blocking except Catalina who ends up on the floor.


- 3rd down, good job all around. Big run by Perine to the outside. 


- Following play, Catalina gets no push, everyone else does but only slightly so. No gain from Perine. 


- 3rd down, Kalis loses his one on one, but McCoy throws quick to Paul for a TD. 


- Francis and Mbu are your Dlinemen. 


- Mbu looks really good today... beat his man right away, but run was away from him.


- Aaaand then he follows it up with good penetration, playing a role in the near sack fumble.     


- Offense back on. Bootleg, but Roullier doesn't seem to find his target, who almost gets McCoy. 


- Next play, great double team from Painter and Catalina, good push in general from the rest. Perine for a nice gain. 


- Next play, most get push, Roullier does a great job getting to the second level. 


- Following play, good pass pro from the entire Line. 


- Few plays later, last play of the 3rd quarter, Line does another great job in pass pro. 



4th Quarter Notes


- Mbu, Francis and Lanier are your Dlinemen.


- 2nd down, all three get pushed back slightly. Not very good, but only a gain of 3 for the rush. 


- 3rd down and short, again all three get pushed back. 


- Following 2nd down, Francis with a good run stop. Maintains leverage, sheds, makes tackle on run to the outside right. 


- Same OLine out, but Sudfeld and Matt Jones in.


- 2nd down, good push from all except Roullier, who gets pushed back slightly. 


- Mbu and Banks are your Dlinemen. 


- 2nd down, Banks beats his man for a nice rush, but QB gets it off quickly. 


- 3rd down, no pass rush from either.


- Not much from either of them the next few snaps, as well. TD Green Bay.  


- 3rd string Oline in now. Not much to note here. 


- Lanier, Pipkins and Banks in on the Dline.


- Few plays into the drive, Lanier beats his man soundly but running back too far outside of him to affect play.


- 3rd down with about 2:40 on the clock, zero rush from the Dline. 


- Offense back out. Kuandjio just got beat badly, Sudfeld hit hard but gets the ball out and Davis makes a great play on it.    


- Play after the roughing penalty, Kling just did a crap job on the speed rush. Sudfeld sacked. 


- 2nd and 17, good pass pro from all involved. 


- Good pass pro again on the following 3rd down.




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In honor of Extremeskins' 12th season covering the Redskins from behind the curtain, we are enhancing our Redskins game-day coverage. Beginning this year, our week-to week coverage will include this all in one place. Here, this space will be dedicated to coverage-related content such as:

  • Our world-class game coverage featuring behind the scenes views from the sidelines, locker-room and press box
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  • More!


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Why more cowbell of course! 


We are excited about these changes and hope you enjoy them as well. Check back throughout the week for updates and announcements surrounding Redskins game-day coverage. And with that, let's get ready to defend the East!

~ JimmiJo, Murf, SpacemanSpiff, TK


Week 17 League Leaders



:229:Redskins Offense:229:
»» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in percentage of 3-and-out drives (12.3%)
»» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in receiving yards at catch (2783)
»» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in pass completions of 25+ yards (43)
»» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in average rushing yards on second- down (5.49)

»» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in plays of 20+ yards (74)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in total yards per play (6.46)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in receiving yards (4661)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in passing yards per game (300.8)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in passing yards per attempt (8.15)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in pass completions of 20+ yards (64)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in passing yards per play (7.89)

»» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in percentage of first-down passing plays gaining 4+ yards (60.2%)
»» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in total yards per game (411.3)
»» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in third-down conversion percentage (46.0%)
»» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receptions per game (25.7)
»» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receptions (385)
»» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in second-down conversion percentage (36.5%)
»» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in average receiving yards at catch (7.2)
»» Ranks third in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in passing yards per completion (12.11)
»» Ranks third in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in third-and-medium conversion percentage (50.9%)
»» Ranks third in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in average rushing yards (4.55)

»» Ranks fourth in the NFC and NFL in passing first-downs (212)
»» Ranks fourth in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in pass attempts (572)
»» Ranks fourth in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in pass attempts per game (38.1)
»» Ranks fourth in the NFC and tied for sixth in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (17)
»» Ranks fourth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in average yards to go on second-down (7.82)
»» Ranks fourth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in third-and-long conversion percentage (31.5%)

»» Ranks fifth in the NFC and NFL in average yards gained on firstdown (5.85)
»» Ranks fifth in the NFC and NFL in pass completion percentage (67.3%)
»» Ranks fifth in the NFC and tied for fifth in the NFL in first-downs per game (21.9)
»» Ranks fifth in the NFC and tied for fifth in the NFL in total firstdowns made (329)
»» Ranks fifth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in offensive points scored (380)
»» Ranks fifth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in points per game (25.7)

»» Ranks sixth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in percentage of passing first-downs (37.1%)
»» Ranks sixth in the NFC and eighth in the NFL in receiving targets (559)
»» Ranks sixth in the NFC and eighth in the NFL in targets per game (37.3)
»» Ranks sixth in the NFC in rushing yards (1658)
»» Ranks sixth in the NFC in rushing yards per game (110.5)

»» Ranks seventh in the NFC in receiving yards after catch (1878)
»» Ranks tied for seventh in the NFC in passing touchdowns (24)

»» Ranks eighth in the NFC in percentage of rush attempts gaining 10+ yards (12.1%)
»» Ranks eighth in the NFC in rush attempts gaining 10+ yards (44)
»» Ranks eighth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in percentage of rushing first-downs (24.2%)


:229:Redskins Defense:229:
»» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in tackles for loss (78)

»» Ranks fourth in the NFC and fifth in the NFL in total tackles (911)

»» Ranks fifth in the NFC and tied for sixth in the NFL in fumbles forced (15)
»» Ranks fifth in the NFC and NFL in solo tackles (644)
»» Ranks fifth in the NFC in assisted tackles (267)
»» Ranks tied for fifth in the NFC and tied for seventh in the NFL in sacks (37)
»» Ranks tied for fifth in the NFC and tied for 10th in the NFL in passes defensed (73)

»» Ranks sixth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in sack yards (244)

»» Ranks eighth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt (6.58%)


:229:Redskins Special Teams:229:
»» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goal attempts (40)
»» Ranks tied for first in the NFC and NFL for longest punt return (85)
»» Ranks tied for first in the NFC and tied for third in the NFL in field goals made (33)

»» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in kickoffs (89)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in kickoff yards (5565)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in kicking points (134)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in average punt return yards (12.7)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in kickoffs for touchbacks (62)
»» Ranks second in the NFC and fifth in the NFL in percentage of kickoffs for touchbacks (69.7%)

»» Ranks third in the NFC and eighth in the NFL in total punt return yards (304)

»» Ranks seventh in the NFC in average kickoff yards (62.5)



Redskins Players
»» Will Compton ranks fifth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in assisted tackles (42)

»» Kirk Cousins ranks first in the NFC and NFL in passing yards at catch (2753)
»» Cousins ranks first in the NFC and NFL in passing plays of 25+ yards (42)
»» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and NFL in passing yards per game (308.7)
»» Cousins ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in pass completions per game (25.6)
»» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in pass completions (384)
»» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in passing yards per attempt (8.11)
»» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and NFL in passing yards (4630)
»» Cousins ranks tied for second in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in pass attempts (571)
»» Cousins ranks third in the NFC and NFL in passing first-downs (211)
»» Cousins ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in average passing yards at catch (7.2)
»» Cousins ranks third in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in passing yards per completion (12.06)
»» Cousins ranks tied for third in the NFC and tied for fifth in the NFL in pass attempts per game (38.1)
»» Cousins ranks fifth in the NFC and NFL in pass completion percentage (67.3%)
»» Cousins ranks fifth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in percentage of passing first-downs (37.0%)
»» Cousins ranks sixth in the NFC in passing touchdowns (24)
»» Cousins ranks seventh in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in yards after catch by a quarterback (1877)

»» Jamison Crowder ranks first in the NFC and NFL in average punt return yards (13.1)
»» Crowder ranks tied for first in the NFC and NFL in longest punt return (85)
»» Crowder ranks second in the NFC and tied for third in the NFL in punt return yards (288)
»» Crowder ranks tied for fifth in the NFC in punt returns (22)

»» Vernon Davis ranks first in the NFC and third in the NFL in average yards after catch amongst tight ends (5.4)
»» Davis ranks third in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in average receiving yards amongst tight ends (12.7)
»» Davis ranks sixth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in average yards at catch amongst tight ends (7.3)
»» Davis ranks eighth in the NFC in yards after catch amongst tight ends (226)


»» Dustin Hopkins ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goals attempted (40)
»» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL in kickoffs for touchbacks (62)
»» Hopkins ranks tied for first in the NFC and tied for third in the NFL in field goals made (33)
»» Hopkins ranks second in the NFC and NFL in total kickoffs (87)
»» Hopkins ranks second in the NFC and NFL in total kickoff yards (5565)
»» Hopkins ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in kicking points (134)
»» Hopkins ranks second in the NFC and fifth in the NFL in percentage of kickoffs for touchbacks (71.3%)


»» DeSean Jackson ranks first in the NFC and third in the NFL in average receiving yards (18.0)
»» Jackson ranks tied for first in the NFC and NFL in receptions for 25+ yards (14)
»» Jackson ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in average receiving yards at catch (12.7)
»» Jackson ranks tied for fourth in the NFC and tied for seventh in the NFL in longest reception (80)
»» Jackson ranks seventh in the NFC in receiving yards at catch (688)


»» Matt Jones ranks first in the NFC and third in the NFL in percentage of rushing first-downs (28.3%)
»» Jones ranks third in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in percentage of rush attempts gaining 10+ yards (14.1%)
»» Jones ranks fourth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in average rushing yards (4.65)


»» Rob Kelley ranks third in the NFC and NFL in rushing yards amongst rookies (671)
»» Kelley ranks third in the NFC and NFL in rush attempts per game amongst rookies (11.1)
»» Kelley ranks third in the NFC and NFL in rushing first-downs amongst rookies (28)
»» Kelley ranks third in the NFC and NFL in rushing yards per game amongst rookies (47.9)
»» Kelley ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in rush attempts amongst rookies (156)
»» Kelley ranks third in the NFC and fifth in the NFL in longest rush attempt amongst rookies (66)
»» Kelley ranks sixth in the NFC in average rushing yards amongst rookies (4.3)


»» Ryan Kerrigan ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in sack yards (84)
»» Kerrigan ranks fourth in the NFC and tied for seventh in the NFL in sacks (11)
»» Kerrigan ranks tied for fourth in the NFC and tied for fifth in NFL in tackles for loss (15)

»»Jordan Reed ranks fifth in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in receiving first downs amongst tight ends (39)
»» Reed ranks fourth in the NFC and eighth in the NFL in percentage of receiving first-downs amongst tight ends (63.9%)
»» Reed ranks tied for fifth in the NFC and tied for seventh in the NFL in receptions amongst tight ends (61)
»» Reed ranks seventh in the NFC in receiving targets amongst tight ends (83)
»» Reed ranks seventh in the NFC in yards after catch amongst tight ends (231)

»» Reed ranks seventh in the NFC in average receiving yards amongst tight ends (10.6)
»» Reed ranks eighth in the NFC in receiving yards amongst tight ends (646)
»» Reed ranks eighth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in yards at catch amongst tight ends (415)
»» Reed ranks eighth in the NFC in average yards at catch amongst tight ends (3.8)


It’s Always Sunny In LA



Greetings from San Diego which means Whale’s va.... Wait. The Chargers moved to LA so there goes the Anchorman joke. 


Take 2. 


Greetings from the StubHub Center in LA. Because, you know, StubHub is the official NFL ticket resale spot. It’s currently a delightful 70 degrees with it to be in the 80s by kickoff. Be jealous snowy East Coast. :)  




Today’s match up features the Burgundy & Gold going up against the Bolts. The Bolts should just permanently wear their powder blue while the Skins should never ever wear their all burgundy again. It’s not that I don’t like the all burgundy look, it’s that they’ve never won while wearing it. 


Meanwhile, 15 minutes down the road at the LA Coliseum you’ve got the Eagles at the Rams. And their kickoff is 20 minuets  after the kickoff here. Who scheduled this? You’ve got the East Coast Skins & the West Coast Skins playing in the same city at the same town. Oh & I was hearing last night that the Rams/Eagles tickets were going for $200 as of last night. Plus the hotel & everywhere went last night in El Segundo seemed to be infested with imported iggle fans. Let’s hope our guy McVay puts the Eagles on the L train outta town.


On paper, both the Chargers & Redskins seem evenly matched. However, the Redskins have seen this before in KC & New Orleans along with the Rams & Seahawks. Hopefully this game is more Redskins/Rams/Seahawkish then the other two. 


The Redskins will need to do several things to get the W today. First is to protect Cousins against a nasty pass rush. Second is the WRs need to catch every ball. These dropped passes from the last few weeks need to be eliminated. And thirdly they can’t get away from the run even if it’s not working at times. They’ll  also need to keep their Defense off the field so they have time to actually dissect what Rivers is doing on Offense & make the proper adjustments. 










Week 17 What To Watch For



»» The Redskins earning their 25th postseason berth in franchise history.
»» The Redskins qualifying for postseason play in back-to-back seasons for the first time since a three-year streak from 1990-92.
»» The Redskins attempting to qualify for the playoffs after an 0-2 start for the second time in team history (1984).
»» The Redskins becoming the first team since the 2003 Philadelphia Eagles to qualify for the playoffs after opening a season 0-2 with both losses at home.
»» The Redskins winning their ninth game of the season to give the franchise nine wins in consecutive campaigns for the first time since a four-year stretch from 1989-92.
»» The Redskins recording their fifth home win this season. It would give the Redskins at least five home wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1996-97 seasons.
»» The Redskins improving to 4-2 in NFC East play this season. It would give the Redskins at least four division wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1996-97 (both seasons in which the team played eight divisional games). The Redskins would post divisional winning percentages of .667 or better in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1982-83 seasons.
»» The Redskins and Giants meeting for the 170th time, including postseason play. The Giants are the Redskins' most common opponent.
»» The Redskins scoring 20 points in an eighth consecutive division game, dating back to Week 16 of the 2015 season. It would be the team's first eight-game streak with 20 points or more against NFC East foes since a nine-game streak across the 1999-2000 seasons.
»» The Redskins sweeping a season series with the Giants for the first time since 2011.
»» The Redskins attempting to earn a second consecutive home victory against the Giants for the first time since winning two straight across the 2011-12 seasons.
»» The Redskins improving upon their 46-36-2 all-time in regular season finales.
»» The Redskins seeking victories in consecutive regular season finales for the first time since the 2004-05 seasons.
»» The Redskins (6,170) gaining 84 yards to break the franchise record for total net yards in a single season (6,253 in 1989).
»» The Redskins (6.46) setting a single-season team record for yards per play (6.17 in 2012). The Redskins' current yards per play average this season ranks ninth in the NFL since the 1970 merger.
»» The 2016 Redskins (411.3) attempting to become the first team in franchise history to average 400 yards per game. The Redskins can accomplish the feat with 230 more yards in Week 17.
»» The Redskins adding to their current team record by exceeding 300 yards of offense in a 20th consecutive regular season game, dating back to last season.
»» The Redskins setting a team record with their ninth 400-yard game of the season. The team's eight 400-yard games this year are currently tied with the 2013 squad for the most in a single season in team history.
»» The Redskins improving upon their team-record three 500-yard games this season.
»» The Redskins recording their fourth 500-yard game this season to tie for the sixth-most in a season in NFL history.
»» The Redskins (385) completing two passes to break the team record for completions in a single season (386 in 2015).
»» The Redskins (329) tallying 25 first downs to break the team record for total first downs in a season (353 in 1983).
»» The Redskins (212) recording six passing first downs to break the team record for passing first downs in a single season (217 in 1989).
»» The Redskins (572) attempting 40 passes to break the team record for pass attempts in a season (611 in 2013).
»» The Redskins attempting to feature multiple 1,000-yard receivers for the first time since 1999 (Albert Connell and Michael Westbrook). The Redskins have three receivers within 175 yards of the mark: DeSean Jackson (971), Pierre Garçon (945) and Jamison Crowder (831). If all three meet the mark, it would be only the second time in team history the Redskins have had three 1,000-yard receivers (Gary Clark, Art Monk and Ricky Sanders in 1989).
»» The Redskins' next 1,000-yard receiver recording the 29th 1,000-yard receiving season in team history.
»» The Redskins recording a sack in a 24th consecutive regular season game, dating back to last season. Washington's active streak ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL (Cincinnati, 28).
»» The Redskins pushing a regular season sack streak to 24 games for the first time since a 30-game span across the 2008-10 seasons.
»» The Redskins recording a sack to give the team at least one sack in every game this season, the franchise's first such accomplishment since 2009. It would mark the seventh time the team has accomplished the feat since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1996 and 2009).
»» The Redskins (37) recording three sacks to record the team's first 40-sack season since 2011.
»» The Redskins posting multiple interceptions in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 8-9 of the 2013 season.
»» The Redskins (+3) finishing back-to-back seasons with a positive turnover differential for the first time since a three-year stretch across the 1995-97 seasons. The Redskins were +5 in the category in 2015.
»» The Redskins turning the ball over zero times in back-to-back games for the second time this season (Weeks 11-12).



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»» Head Coach Jay Gruden becoming the first Redskins coach to guide the team to consecutive postseason berths since Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs in 1990-92.
»» Gruden joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Ray Flaherty, George Allen and Joe Gibbs as the only coaches in team history to guide the team to at least two postseason berths in the first three seasons of a head coaching tenure.
»» Gruden winning his 22nd game with the Redskins to take sole possession of eighth-most in team history.



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»» Safety Will Blackmon picking off a pass in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.



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»» Cornerback Bashaud Breeland adding to his career-high three interceptions this season.
»» Breeland intercepting a pass in back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 5-6 of the 2015 season.
»» Breeland or Josh Norman picking off two passes to become the first member of the Redskins since Darrell Green (two in 1993) to record multiple games with two or more interceptions in a single season. He would become the first member of the Redskins to post consecutive multi-interception games since Paul Krause in Weeks 11-12 of the 1964 season.



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»» Quarterback Kirk Cousins entering the game third in NFL history in completion percentage (65.9). Cousins reached the 1,500-attempt threshold needed to qualify in Week 16 at Chicago.
»» Cousins adding to his team record 4,630 passing yards this season.
»» Cousins throwing for 370 yards to record the first 5,000-yard passing season in team history. Excluding other quarterbacks whose 2016 seasons may qualify pending the results of Week 17, it would be the ninth 5,000-yard season in NFL history.
»» Cousins (308.7) attempting to become the first quarterback in team history to average 300 passing yards per game in a season. Cousins can accomplish the feat with 170 more yards in Week 17. The previous record was 269.1, set by Mark Rypien in 1989.
»» Cousins setting a new team record with his eighth 300-yard passing game this season. Cousins holds the existing team record with seven 300-yard passing games in both 2015 and 2016.
»» Cousins adding to his team records for career 300-yard passing games (19, including 18 in regular season play) and 400-yard passing games (three).
»» Cousins (two) adding to his team record for 400-yard passing games in a single season.
»» Cousins recording his third 400-yard passing game this season to tie Philip Rivers (2013), Tony Romo (2012), Eli Manning (2011) and Dan Marino (1986) for the third-most 400-yard games in a single season in NFL history.
»» Cousins (24) throwing a touchdown pass to register the seventh 25-touchdown passing season in team history, joining Sonny Jurgensen (31 in 1967), himself (29 in 2015), Joe Theismann (29 in 1983), Jurgensen (28 in 1966), Mark Rypien (28 in 1991) and Sammy Baugh (25 in 1947).
»» Cousins starting his 16th regular season game for a second consecutive season to join Jason Campbell (2008-09), Mark Rypien (1991-92) and Joe Theismann (1983-84) as the only quarterbacks in team history to start 16 games in back-to-back seasons.
»» Cousins (nine) rushing for a touchdown to tie Joe Theismann (10) for the second-most career rushing touchdowns by a Redskins quarterback.
»» Cousins rushing for a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 14-15 of the 2015 season.



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»» Wide receiver Jamison Crowder entering the game as the NFL's leader in punt return average (13.1). He will attempt to become the first member of the Redskins to lead the NFL in punt return average since Brian Mitchell in 1994 (14.1).
»» Crowder (831) accruing 169 receiving yards in 2016 to become the fourth member of the Redskins to post a 1,000-yard receiving season within the first two years of an NFL career (Gary Clark in 1986, Charlie Brown in 1983 and Rod Gardner in 2002).
»» Crowder (seven in 2016) becoming the first Redskins wide receiver with eight touchdown receptions in a single season since Santana Moss in 2012. (Tight end Jordan Reed had 11 touchdown receptions in 2015.)
»» Crowder (seven in 2016) catching two touchdowns to become the first member of the Redskins to record nine touchdown receptions in a single season within the first two years of an NFL career.
»» Crowder (nine) recording his 10th career touchdown reception to become the fifth member of the Redskins to compile 10 touchdown receptions in the first two seasons of an NFL career (Charlie Brown, 16; Chris Cooley, 13; Gary Clark, 12; Rod Gardner, 12).
»» Crowder tying a single-season team record with his second punt return touchdown of the season (Brian Mitchell in 1991 and 1994, Mike Nelms in 1981, Bert Zagers in 1957 and John Williams in 1952).



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»» Tight end Vernon Davis (503) chasing Dallas Clark and Frank Wycheck (505 each) for 10th on the NFL's list of career receptions by a tight end.

»» Davis adding to his 57 career touchdown receptions, eighth most of any tight end in NFL history.
»» Davis catching three touchdowns to tie former Redskins great Jerry Smith (60) for sixth-most touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history.



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»» Wide receiver Pierre Garçon extending his streak of consecutive regular season games played with a reception to 102, the fifth longest active streak in the NFL (Larry Fitzgerald, 194; Brandon Marshall, 159; Steve Smith Sr., 142; Michael Crabtree, 110). Seventy-three of the games in Garçon’s streak have come with Washington, the third-longest streak by a member of the Redskins since the 1970 merger.
»» Garçon (945) gaining 55 receiving yards to reach 1,000 receiving yards this season.
»» Garçon and/or DeSean Jackson posting his second 1,000-yard receiving season with the Redskins to join Gary Clark (five), Art Monk (five), Santana Moss (three), Henry Ellard (three), Ricky Sanders (two) and Bobby Mitchell (two) as the only players with multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons in team history.
»» Garçon (21) chasing No. 11 Rod Gardner (22) and No. 10 Michael Westbrook (24) on the team's career receiving touchdowns list.



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»» Kicker Dustin Hopkins adding to his existing single-season career highs in field goals (33) and points (134).
»» Hopkins (33) breaking Mark Moseley's record (33 in 1983) for the most in a single season in team history with his next field goal.
»» Hopkins (134) chasing No. 3 John Riggins (144 in 1983) and No. 2 Chip Lohmiller (149) on the franchise's single-season scoring list.
»» Hopkins (248) scoring two points to become the 18th player in Redskins history (including both kickers and position players) to record 250 career points.
»» Hopkins (248) chasing No. 6. Sam Baker (253) on the franchise's list of career points by a kicker.
»» Hopkins (58) chasing No. 6 Graham Gano (59) and No. 5 Kai Forbath (60) on the team’s list for career field goals made.
»» Hopkins kicking three or more field goals in a seventh game this season to tie Mark Moseley (seven in 1983) for the most three field- goal games in a season in team history.
»» Hopkins recording a third four-field-goal game this year to tie Mark Moseley (three in 1983) and Chip Lohmiller (three in 1990) for the most games with four field goals in a single season in team history.
»» Hopkins (five) kicking his sixth career field goal of 50 yards or more to take sole possession of third-most in team history.



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»» Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (496) catching four passes to become the 16th active player to reach 500 career receptions.
»» Jackson (971) gaining 29 receiving yards to post the fifth 1,000-yard season of his career, including his second with Washington (2014).
»» Jackson setting a Redskins record by recording a fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game.
»» Jackson (12) recording his 13th 100-yard receiving game with the Redskins to move past Michael Westbrook (12) for sole possession of seventh-most in team history.
»» Jackson (46) scoring four receiving touchdowns to reach 50 career receiving touchdowns.
»» Jackson (four) scoring his fifth career receiving touchdown of 80 yards or more to tie NFL records set by Derrick Alexander, Lance Alworth, Bob Hayes and Jerry Rice.
»» Jackson (22) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown (including returns) to tie Jerry Rice (23) for the most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history.
»» Jackson (26) recording a 50-plus-yard touchdown to tie Terrell Owens (27) for third in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more (including returns) in the NFL since the 1970 merger.



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»» Running back Robert Kelley (six) chasing Nos. 3 Don Bosseler and Robert Griffin III (seven each) and No. 2 Skip Hicks (eight in 1998) on the team’s list of rushing touchdowns by a rookie.
»» Kelley (671) staying atop the Redskins' leaderboard for rushing yards in 2016 to mark the third time in the last six seasons that a rookie has led the Redskins in rushing (Alfred Morris in 2012, Roy Helu Jr. in 2011).



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»» Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan becoming the first member of the Redskins to start all 16 games in each of the first six seasons of an NFL career since the adoption of the 16-game schedule in 1978. (Note: Jon Jansen started all 16 games in the first six seasons in which he played from 1999-2005 but missed the 2004 season with an injury).
»» Kerrigan starting his 96th consecutive game, the second-longest active streak among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career.
»» Kerrigan (58.5) posting 1.5 sacks to become the third member of the Redskins to record 60.0 sacks since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982 (Dexter Manley and Charles Mann).
»» Kerrigan (11.0) recording 2.5 sacks to tie his single-season career high of 13.5 sacks, set in 2014.
»» Kerrigan (11.0) chasing Nos. 8 Dave Butz (11.5 in 1983) and Charles Mann (11.5 in 1991) and No. 7 Marco Coleman (12.0 in 2000) on the team's list of sacks in single season since 1982.



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»» Linebacker Trent Murphy adding to his career-high 8.0 sacks this season after entering the year with 6.0 sacks in his first two NFL seasons from 2014-15.
»» Murphy (8.0) recording two sacks to give the Redskins multiple players with 10.0 sacks in a single season for the first time since 2009 (Andre Carter and Brian Orakpo, 11.0 each).



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»» Cornerback Josh Norman (three) tying his single-season career high with his next interception (four in 2015).
»» Norman recording an interception in back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 3-4 of the 2015 season.
»» Norman (two) matching his single-season career high with his next forced fumble (three in 2015).



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»» Tight end Jordan Reed (243) catching two passes to move past Don Warren (244) in team history for third-most career receptions by a tight end and 12th-most career receptions by any player.
»» Reed (243) recording seven receptions to become the 12th player to catch 250 career passes as a member of the Redskins.
»» Reed (19) catching a touchdown to become the 16th player in team history to record 20 touchdown receptions with the Redskins.
»» Reed (19) catching a touchdown to surpass Clint Didier (19) for sole possession of fourth-most by a tight end in Redskins history.
»» Reed (19) chasing Jean Fugett (21) for third-most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in Redskins history.
»» Reed (six) scoring multiple receiving touchdowns to move past Santana Moss (six) for sole possession of the sixth-most games with multiple touchdown receptions by a member of the Redskins since 1960.



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»» Guard Brandon Scherff starting his 16th game this season to join Chris Samuels (2000-01) and Jon Jansen (1999-2000) as the only Redskins offensive linemen to open their careers by starting 16 games in each of their first two NFL seasons.



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:1386:Atlanta GA-. Welcome to the Extremeskins coverage of the first preseason game and the beginning of the  season.  I'm Hap Haszard in the press box and Zoony will be covering the sidelines.  A few of the players are on the field warming up and stretching Falcons on one end and Redskins on the other.


Great view of the field from the press box, much better than Fedex or TampaBay which are the other stadiums I've been at.  You would have to pay good money for these seats.

:1386:A few warm-up pictures :1386:





Redskins are wearing white jerseys and gold pants, Falcons red jersey and white pants.

12 minutes until game time and the stands are flat empty.

And the Redskins are taking the field faint boos are heard, from the few Atlanta fans here.

Redskins first team moving the ball well.  Big run but holding penalty caused 1st and 20.

Redskins first series resulted in a 54 yard punt to Falcons 1.

Redskins D held Atlanta to 3 yards on 3 plays, Atlanta punts and McCoy is in for Washington's second series.

Second series, Redskins 41 yard FG by Hopkins.

Redskins kickoff resulted in a touchback, Atlanta's ball at the 25 yard line.

Atlanta's second possession was -1 yards, Defense is balling.

Washington starts 3rd series at the 28 yard line.  Run game still needs a lot of work, 3 and out for Washington

Atlanta's 3rd series 2 first downs. End of the first quarter.

Redskins 3 Atlanta 0

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47 yard pass to Washington 12

Run of 10 yards to Redskins 2 ylard line. False start 1st and goal from 7 now 3rd and goal from the 11.  Defensive penalty 5 yards to 6 yard line, incomplete pass, FG Atlanta. Tied at 3.

Washington's first series 2nd half - McCoy at  QB - 3rd down and 5 - McCoy runs for 8 to get a first down.  Washington's run game needs a lot of work.

False start on the Redskins, 2nd down 16, 3rd down and 11, 4th down and punt.  Huge pass by Atlanta 68 yards first down Washington 4, run to  foot line, TD Atlanta 10 -3

3 and out for Redskins after a nice return by Thorpe.

Atlanta is marching down the field against the Redskins D.  Cravens stopped a run in the backfield. He is having a good game. Despite penalties, Atlanta converts a 42 yard FG to make it 13 - 3 at the half.


 The Redskins played decent defense during the first quarter, but really stunk it up in the 2nd quarter.  The offense really wasn't burning down the barn either.  I know its preseason and all but it looks from here like there is a lot of work that needs to be done.  Now its time for the guys who will be working at 7-11 in a month or so to show what they can do.

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And they just did kick return by Atlanta 101 yards its now 20-3, Hail.

I know this is preseason, and the first team was only in for a series so I'm not upset over the play but there is going to have to be some work on penalties. They are causing a lot of problems.

Sudfeld in at QB - first down for the Redskins. Run loss of 2, 2nd and 12. about a 40 yd pass dropped by Ross. 3rd and 12, incomplete 4th down. Punt time.

5 million yard punt actually 64 yards.

Atlanta's either 3rd or 4th string QB is in now.   Atlanta runs and Cravens stopped it in the back field for 5 yard loss.  Pass to Redskins 42, pass to Redskins 17, run for 1 yard stopped by Trail. 4th and 11. 36 yard field goal is good. 23-3 Atlanta.

Redskins are good running and passing to Atlanta 17. Run to 1. Flags everywhere on next play.  Offset penalties replay first down at 2 foot line. TD Redskins Kelly.  23-10

The game on both both teams is getting sloppy. Cravens is really having a decent game but he is in against 3rd and 4th string players now.  Redskins' roughing passer penalty gives Atlanta a first and 10. Atlanta has been going deep on the Redskins, this time it didn't work. 4th down. Delay of game by Atlanta.

The Atlanta crowd is amusing themselves by doing the wave. Its a bit hard to do with so few in the stadium.  Redskins punt out of bounds. Atlanta 1st at 30.

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Fumble Redskins recover at Atlanta 34. Play being reviewed. Confirmed to be a fumble.

Redskins run for 3, run for first down, 3rd down incomplete pass. 4th down. Redskins going for it. Pass to Ross for 1st down. Zebra error, reset the play clock and try it again. Hey its preseason for them too. First down Redskins, Run gain of 5, Run gain of 2, Pass TD. Extra Point is good. 23-17

Things are getting so sloppy its not worth reporting on whats happening.  I'll report scores if any happen.

After a series of defensive penalties, Atlanta misses a field goal attempt. The Redskins take over and now the offense is producing their own penalties. 1 minute left in the game.  

Over all I would say the Redskins played a very sloppy game.  Same penalties on multiple plays so I'm sure they can be corrected.  I think I counted 5 lined up in the neutral zone by the D, that can be corrected.  What worries me is the running game, I did not see much there. The secondary gave up some really long plays, not a couple but several.

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1386.gifLandover, MD - Welcome all to the Extremeskins coverage of the second preseason game. I'm TSO in the Press box providing you with the best damn coverage I and Spaceman Spiff, who will be providing coverage from the sidelines, possibly can! 











1999 Redskins go 10-6 and win the NFC East. The following season? Failure. 




2005 Redskins go 10-6 and nab a wildcard spot. The following season? Disaster.




2007 Redskins go 9-7 and sneak into the playoffs. The following season? Zorn. 




2012 Redskins go 10-6, win the NFC East with their shiny new franchise QB. The following season? Epic collapse. 








So now, here we are. The Redskins are coming off a season that saw a seismic shift occur within the Front Office, where a legitimate talent-evaluating GM was hired to take control of the scouting department and personnel. Gruden got the help he desperately needed and asked for from the Front Office. The Redskins went 9-7 and miraculously won the NFC East on the heels of a young group of draft picks and a ton of personnel hits in general.




So, the following season? :huh:




We're going to find out if this is real




Is it? Is our newly and properly structured Front Office as organized and professional as it seems? Is it real?




Is our energetic and smart coaching staff as good for player development as they were last season? Is it real?




Is Kirk Cousins the franchise QB we've been so desperately lacking? Is he for real?




Are the young players truly developing into a core of consistent championship potential?  Are they for real?








It might just be the preseason, but these games play a role (albeit a small one) in teaching us who will rise to the occasion and who won't. Who will solidify their spot on the team and who will continue to remain a question. Who will be a part of the new reality we all hope is happening right before our eyes, a hope we continue to question is real?




The hope that we're witnessing the rise of the Redskins as a perennial contender. 




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 1386.gif1st Quarter Analysis















Offensively, I think we finally saw the new Matt Jones (7 carries for 31 yards, 4.4 avg) we've heard about all offseason. Though the handoff gaffe was terrible, everything else was very pleasing to see. He had good vision, ran hard, and got whatever he could get on plays that the defense played well. Unfortunately, he got hurt and so his durability issues will, and should, come into question. Let's hope his left shoulder is okay. 








Ryan Grant (3 for 3, 27 yards) and Jamison Crowder (3 of 4, 38 yards) also showed up well (well, on offense, Crowder's muffed punt was terrible to see but let's not forget this is his first live action of the year), but you really see why coaches love Grant. He's just very smooth and tough to cover.








Colt McCoy (7 of 9, 66 yards) looked great until the last play of the first drive, which was mind numbingly stupid. I actually think he was trying to throw it away. And that spin? Whoosh. That was fun to see.








As for the defense, the secondary keeps showing up. DHall was in on the first pass break up and Greg Toler had great coverage on the 3rd down.       








I've noticed the last two games we've essentially never lined up in a 3-4. We basically have two Dlinemen inside (Reyes, Baker) and 2 OLB (Kerrigan, Preston). 








The Oline looks totally different with Lauvao in terms of run-blocking. That is all. 








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1386.gif 2nd Quarter Analysis















Dunbar was a busy bee. He gave up a bad pass against Decker on the first drive for Jets O in the 2nd. On their second drive, Dunbar makes up for it with a beautiful pass breakup. Their third drive, Dunbar gives up a 9 yard completion, but had tight coverage. Mixed bag, but certainly improved from last week's performance. 








Reyes and Baker were struggling a bit on interior runs initially. 2nd drive for Jets O, Baker made a nice tackle on an interior run, so that was good. Baker also had with nice pressure causing incomplete pass on 3rd down. 








Spaight has been extremely impressive to say the least. It's not just the caused fumble, he's the general of D. I've been watching him between breaks as well and he's constantly communicating with everyone, controlling the huddle. Doesn't look like a 2nd year player coming off of injury. He had a sick read on screen and tackle as well later on in the 2nd.








Jamison Crowder running more north-south on punts it seems.








Ross with a step, Colt throws deeper could've been big play on drive early in 2nd. Rashad Ross two nice plays on first TD drive. Super impressive 2nd TD from Rashad Ross, tackled head first but maintains possession, not easy for a small guy like him.  








Safety on Spencer Long, hands seemed more on the shoulders lifting up the jersey right under the chin so it looked bad, nice play to Maurice Harris got nullified, a shame for a young guy like him. But Harris comes back and gets a 19 yard gain on a nice catch off play action.  








Ihenacho on ensuing kickoff with nice tackle. Continues to show up on Special Teams.    








Another Ryan Grant catch.  








Golston veteran move on run with about 3:25 left in 2nd, just goes down to cause pile up and trips RB. 








Blackmon savvy INT from Safety, don't know what Geno Smith was thinking, but Trail was close to applying pressure... could be Geno felt it.








Dashaun Phillips and Spaight nice zone trade off on drive late in 2nd quarter.








All in all, a very positive quarter for a lot of Redskins. Spaight (1 FF), Rashad Ross (4 on 5, 58 yards, 2 TD) and Colt McCoy (13 of 16, 159 yards, 2 TD) killed it.  








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 1386.gif 3rd Quarter Analysis















Not a whole lot to see here, but I was excited about Stephen Paea coming on back to back plays to start the 3rd quarter off. He got good penetration on run and then a sack on the next play.  Then, Paea on the ensuing drive again penetrates nicely on back to back plays with solid rushes. He's a player I was hoping would improve from last game and I discussed that in length here:  








Speaking of players I noticed, Anthony Lanier seems to have moved up on the depth chart as he was often playing with 2nd team in the 3rd quarter if my eyes didn't deceive me. 

Reiter continues to impress. On run play where Marshall went for about 9 yards with slightly under 3 minutes left in the 3rd, he gets his first block accomplished and then passes him off and lands his second block, opening up a nice lane up.    


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1386.gif 4th Quarter Analysis


Again, not much to discuss other than the obvious (Sudfeld with an awesome drive to win the game)... but here are a couple things I thought were interesting. 

Fuller gives up long pass play to start the 4th but then recovers with three nice plays. He breaks up two passes and then makes the tackle on a 3rd and 2 to stop the Jets drive and force a FG.  

Garvin continues to make plays, with a nice pass break up and then a pressure that resulted in an errant throw to force a Jets punt. Recovers fumble caused by Deshazor Everett on Jets drive that was moving easily by hustling.  As mentioned in my previous blog, he's been impressive. 

Anthony Lanier with the sack to finish the game, love that guy!  


Final impressions:

So today's game clearly didn't go a long way in determining if this Redskins' resurgence is for real (or as much as any preseason game possibly could), considering many of the players who will play a massive role in said resurgence didn't play, but we did get to see who might potentially add their hats to the discussion. 

And who are those guys?

Aside from the obvious answers in Rashad Ross, Ryan Grant, Colt McCoy, Matt Jones and Martrell Spaight who absolutely killed it, there were guys like Anthony Lanier (check out the exclusive interview) who seemed to play a bigger role today on the Dline after showing up really well last week.

Stephen Paea improved significantly upon his performance last week as well, often finding his way in the backfield of the opposition. Other players who improved from last week were Keith Marshall, Will Blackmon, and Morgan Moses. 

Reiter continued to impress as did Maurice Harris who continues to be used with the second stringers, making him an interesting roster decision to follow considering how much depth there is at his position. 

Unfortunately, there are some guys who continue to be questions moving forward and are nowhere near a "yes" on the "is it real" scale. Kuandjio continues to be a mixed bag who has a tough time finding any consistency as does Quinton Dunbar, though he had a lot more positive happen than last week. Fuller had himself a mixed bag of a game as well, but his rookie status makes it much more forgiving. 

So as we move forward and into the third preseason game where we're expected to get a much closer glimpse of the team's "is it real" factor, let's hope to see continued improvement from the players we need to play significant roles in this resurgence... that is, if it's real this time.;) 



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Final Update From Dallas



The 2nd half started with Moses being downgraded to out with an ankle injury as the Skins Offense managed to make it to mid field before stalling out. Oh & Dak came back throwing garbage to start their 3 & out drive. Dallas would go on to feature Alfred Morris on their next drive. Evidently since Dak couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, they started to just hand it off. The Third Quarter ended just like the First one did. No one scored.


However the Fourth started with a Dak to Dez TD from their 15 yard line. This put the Skins down 24-7. With the recent Cousins comparisons to Brees, this was the time for him to turn it on & takeover the game. Cousins took the Offense 87 yards to the endzone on their next drive. This put them down 24-14. Dallas played ball/clock control on the following drive where the Skins Defense managed to get called for having12 men on the field. A few plays later & Dallas was in the end zone. Again. They went 75 yards & used up over 6 & a half minutes. Skin down 31-14 with 4:55 to go. 


Down 17, the Redskins start to display a gripe I’ve had with them all season, no hurry up. Guys are taking their time getting to the line of scrimmage. Kirk ends up throwing the INT. And to add insult to injury they’re called for personal foul, half the distance to the goal. They punched it in to go up 38-14 which also ended Cousins night & gave the last few minutes to Colt McCoy to run the clock out.


The Redskins have now fallen to 5-7 & been swept by both the Eagles & the Cowboys this season.  







:1386: SEATTLE - Welcome everyone to your Week 9 of the Regular Season coverage on Extremeskins, it's TSO here up in the Century Link Press Box along with the top guy himself, @TK - who will be providing us wondrous pics of the action from the sidelines. We're both geared up and ready to provide you the best damn Skins' coverage on the planet! 


     "Next man up!" 


     "Injuries are just an excuse!"


     "Good coaches overcome injuries!" 


     Sounds contagiously valiant, doesn't it? The go to phrases for fan machismo, if you will. But I'm here to say screw that, yeah right, and whatever.


     When your unquestionably elite starting LT is hurt, and the backup who can fill in for him admirably is as well, you've got a problem. When the guy who's started next to him for years now is also hurt, the guy with which ample amounts of chemistry has been built through experience, that just adds to it exponentially. But wait, there's more! The Center is out, too! Oh, the stud RG you drafted 4th overall a couple years ago? Yup, he's hurting. And the guy next to him? Two ankles.


   Yeah. It'd be enough to damage any positional unit's ability to succeed when its two best players are hurt. But when all the above is happening AND you even got those backups filling in getting hurt during the game on top of it... it's friggin ridiculous, suffice to say.    


   When your stud rookie Dlineman - who you just picked in the first round to bolster what was an absolute terrible unit the previous season - is out with a Lisfranc, and then the guy who has emerged next to him as another stud while both turning the unit around so much so that it elevated the entire defense (as is the prerogative of a good Dline) also gets hurt with a broken hand, well, that's a problem. Again, the two best players on the unit HURT. 


   When you lose your elite starting CB for a few games, and then also have your next best one starting on his opposite side getting hurt enough to miss at least one game (notice the trend here?), while the rookie Safety who has emerged can't stay on the field an entire game, and the vet Safety you just signed is also struggling with injuries, and one of the backups to those Safeties ends up on IR, and some of the backups to the aforementioned DBs are getting hurt during games, and... well, you get a run on sentence. 


  When arguably your best pass catcher on the team, who happens to play at TE, is hurting all season (granted, to no one's surprise), but then your third TE also gets hurt, while your top two outside WRs are struggling, and you're relying on your slot WR who ALSO just got hurt and isn't going to play now... welp, yay for that.


  Season ending injuries. Nagging injuries that are significant enough for guys to miss games and/or playing time during games. Injuries guys can play on but are hampering their ability to perform at their best. Freak injuries. Injuries one can play on but might lead to significant future damage. It's all there. All the time. At every. Single. Unit. 


  It isn't just an excuse to justify poor performances anymore, by the coaches or players. It's turned into THE story of the season, and absolutely justifiably so. Those who are unwilling to point to that while being lenient to all those involved in terms of criticism simply lack a shred of empathy in my mind. Frighteningly so.    


  What's so frustrating about it is that this was the roster, going into the season, that was unquestionably the best one we've had in decades. This was the year we could've witnessed a significant leap, and did for a few glorious weeks. A scrappy win against a Rams team with a solid roster from top to bottom. A dominant win against a Raiders team that was as dominant themselves as any team in the league at that point, in prime time. Taking it to the Chiefs, who were arguably the best team in the league at that point, up to the last minute - also in prime time but at their place. Only to have one injury after another occur (we lost both Allen and Norman that game, with a litany of others to immediately follow as disgustingly described above) and destroy the momentum being built right before our very eyes. The bye week after did next to nothing to save us. 


  So this game against a Seahawks team, looking like a contender (per the norm) and at their place where they rarely lose, is in the books already, right? All is lost, no point in suiting up, go home with our tails between our legs and save ourselves some embarrassment. 


  But that's the beauty of it, isn't it? When human arrogance dares to call something contingent as necessary, it gets humbled real fast and often. When that same arrogance blinds one to the realism of hope, and they fool themselves into believing that being realistic excludes being hopeful, well... hope prevails much more often than they're willing to give it credit for, to put it nicely.  


  So that's what I'm holding on to right now. And desperately so, because all indications point to a beating here. There's so much going against the team and for the Seahawks, even with them having some key injuries like Earl Thomas, as well. It's just not remotely as bad overall for them. 


   But I'm hoping a team filled with guys who want to prove themselves - in what they surely know is likely an extremely small window of opportunity for them to do so - play their hearts out and shock the world. A team that has played hard for a good group of coaches more often than not. A team going through the struggle together and for each other. Those are the type that often surprise and, God willing, we get quite the pleasant, season-defining, one here today. :) 


  Stay tuned for more coverage throughout the day from @TK and I, and Hail To The Redskins! :1386:      











1st Half Notes: 



- Kelley and Perine out returning kicks. 


- Brian Quick out there consistently. 


- Doctson and Grant starting two WRs in base formation with Sprinkle and Davis as two TEs. 


- DHall starting at Safety. 


- Perine doesn't open up enough for handoff, paying too much attention to the blocking. Fumbles after a great pass from Kirk to Davis. 


- Lanier in on third down nickel defense. Provides a nice rush and hit on Wilson. 


- Arthur Jones playing mostly at LDE. 


- Defense keeping us in it big time. Dline started strong getting consistent pressure on Wilson, then Seahawks started running more with success. Hood playing better than last week early on, but regressed a bit in the 2nd quarter. Surprised to even see Hood rushing the passer well. Lanier has shown up in a big way. Pass rush after pass rush. Really impressive stuff. Holds and false starts on the Seahawks Line also a product of the front's play. 


- I have no idea how this offense is going to move the ball. No Oline to either run block well or pass block well. Kirk is freaking out. TEs can't run block as usual. RBs automatically have to make moves in the backfield.a Receivers not getting open against this secondary. It's just, ugh. That drive in the 2nd quarter featured some quicker throws to Davis and nice running. Seems like that's the only way at this point. 


- Seahawks are a 2nd half team. We've got to come out firing, as crazy as that sounds right now. Love the defensive performance, and the offense seemed to have found something there in the 2nd quarter, notwithstanding the final drive. Hopefully they can maintain. 


2nd Half Notes: 


- Lanier continues his solid play with another good pass rush on the first drive and hasn't stopped since. Just relentless. He's caused a bunch of bad throws from Wilson single-handedly. It's been super impressive. 


- Seahawks clearly going back to what they were successful with in the first half, rushing the ball. Our pass rush has been unstoppable though. 


- As usual, just nothing you can do about Wilson scrambling and finding receivers outside of the play. Otherwise, constant pressure on him has forced errant throws. 


- Started bootlegging Cousins more. Some limited success there. 


- Cousins definitely had some bad throws this game, but he is also facing consistent pressure and going against one of the best secondaries in the game. Guys are just not getting open down the field. One clear poor throw to Davis on a wheel route in the third quarter.


- Kendall Fuller displayed his closing speed a few times. One was a TD saving pass break up. 


- Another bad snap from Roullier in the shotgun formation, this time high. Last week he had one low. 


- They didn't score, but that 2 point conversion with Norman and Swearinger playing catch was fun to watch. So close, yet so far away. 


- We had too many first downs that were losing yards, be it due to sacks, bad snaps, or TFLs. Can't recover against this defense like that. Was worried the Seahawks would take away the quick game that worked on that one drive in the first half and we wouldn't have an answer. We don't. People can claim injuries aren't an excuse, but they make you one dimensional as a play caller. It's not easy to be dynamic when your options are limited personnel-wise, and you've got guys who aren't in tune with every aspect of the offense on the field. 


- It's okay to allow your defense to win you a game. It's actually allowed, last time I heard. Especially when you're in an environment like Seattle, against a team that plays consistently great defense, with an Oline ravaged by injuries. It's. OH. KAY. That won't stop many from making this some kind of treatise on Kirk or Jay, I know. Nothing will. But it needs to be said.  


- Defense played valiantly. Can't complain about them, even with the final drive from the Seahawks. Seahawks only scored twice on the day, with an offense that had only one drive for a TD, and tough field position throughout. The pressure they applied on Wilson was amazing, suffice to say. 


- Overall, I know this'll be an opportunity for people to pile on Jay and Kirk. But I'm not going to and I don't think anyone should. Kirk didn't play well. Yes. As is the case with so many QBs going up against this defense in their place. But that last drive was glorious. Two absolute strikes to Quick and Doctson with the Seahawks playing super aggressive. So many use phrases like "he's not a gamer" and "he's not clutch", yet, that's EXACTLY what he proved he is there.  


- Huge opportunity for Dunbar to finish the game with an INT on Seahawks final drive. McClain does it for him with a huge sack on Wilson. Game over. HOPE IS ALIVE, THANK GOD!!!! 



















Welp, we've made it. 
       The regular season is finally upon us and we've just entered the first game week, so naturally we fans are feeling the nerves kick in and are ready to start freaking out, jump off ledges, and kill each other and everyone around us.  
      Now, I can understand people's concerns about this offseason, but I think they're missing the forest for the trees. I sincerely believe those who are frustrated about things, to the point of calling this offseason a failure (or even perceiving it as Scot not doing enough this go around), were assuming we were one or two position groups being solidified away from being a Super Bowl contender. 
     Yet, Scot has repeatedly stated we need about 10 more "reds" (eg solid players) to be "there", and that was even after this year's draft. Some of us, on either side of this debate, are assuming Scot doesn't think Dline or RB is a weakness, but that's a faulty assumption. That's simply a misunderstanding about how BPA really works, and not just regarding the draft but in an organizational approach to personnel altogether. 
1) It just wasn't a very good draft or,

2) Our depth has gotten a lot better and we can't afford to just hold on to guys because they were draft picks. 
     Of course, this is ignoring the fact that two draft picks (Steven Daniels and Keith Marshall) went on IR, and if you're simply writing them off this guy might have something to say about it:
    So, here's the thing. There are signs all over the place showing us that this is the right way of doing things. Maybe none more evident than the team keeping someone like Lanier on the roster, which says a lot more than what it seems to on the surface.
     Remember, I've been big on Lanier since the first preseason game, as well as the ones after that. Few are bigger fans of his:
     But, if I'm being honest here, he's nowhere near ready to be anything other than maaaaybe a situational pass rusher on the line. Which is why I felt he would likely get cut and placed on the Practice Squad. Even posted about this very thing a few days ago. I, like many others, assumed we needed bodies on the Dline that could contribute immediately and was expecting Jenkins to make the team over him. 
    However, what he IS, is young and full of potential, thus making him the BPA over others who may have been safer or more short-term fixes. That's great and indicates a focus on the long term outlook of the team, even if it's at the expense of the present. Maybe we would've been stronger at Dline right now with someone else, but is our organization better off in the future? 
    They could've kept Jenkins on the Dline or kept Mack Brown on the roster, but instead they kept a guy like Lanier who needs time to develop but is filled with promise. Another example? They could've kept Ioannidis on the roster simply because it's an area of concern and he's a draft pick, but then a guy like Everett - who is the better player and a young guy as well - is likely to get cut. 
Even though he plays at a position of strength, we kept him.
      This is what BPA is all about. This is how you build a strong roster that can consistently contend over time. You take the better player over perceived need. You go into the season with only 6 Dlinemen and 3 RBs because others playing different positions were better. It's as simple as that. 
    It's the correct approach. Yes, you're going to have clear weak areas and it might cost you games, but then you're going to have clear strengths because there's less of a chance at missing on guys or having guys go elsewhere and be successful because they can actually play - which should win you games. Aside from the obvious benefit to our depth (shouldn't we, for instance, feel good about Safety for the first time in years with DHall, Bruton, Blackmon, Ihenacho and Everett there?), you get the added bonus of eventually being so rich at one or two positions you can swing trades. 
    Oh, and, guess what? We got a boatload of draft picks we're starting to stockpile to do just that, as well. To get that we gave up an entire round this year. Again, short term loss for long term gain. 

McCloughan on trading draft 2015 draft picks: “A lot of people don’t want to do it because it’s not immediate impact. 'Well, that’s next year. What about this year?’ Coaches want this year, which I understand completely. But what it gives me the opportunity to do is not just worry about next year’s draft and trading up and that kind of stuff, but this offseason and during the season trading. We’ve got multiple picks now.”


    Although it didn't work out in the end, we've already seen the truth of this statement in action with the Stork trade. Moving back from the ledge, yet?

    Eventually, those weak areas will naturally be addressed just by the law of averages. It's extremely unlikely that things will fall, two off seasons in a row, where BPA in the draft isn't at those weak positions or guys in Free Agency are way too overpriced to address it there. 
     But it requires patience. We need to go back and see what Scot's said all offseason. Like here: 

On not addressing the defensive line until the fifth round:


“I was looking. Again, it’s best player [available]. It’s 53 guys. In my personal opinion, if you draft for need, that’s when you get in trouble because all of the sudden you’re like, ‘Son of a gun, we had these three guys higher and they’re going to the Pro Bowl, but we forced the issue to take that guy.’ I wanted to address it early. I wanted to address it [in the] first five picks, but again, I’m taking the best football player. I have to. For me to do my job and make this organization as strong as it can be, I’ve got to take the best football players.”



On comparing the defensive line depth in the draft class to the depth on the roster:


“Yeah, you can say that, but looking at the depth and looking at the names and that stuff, but you know what, we still have good football players on the defensive line. We’ve got a lot of good football players on the defensive line. I would have loved to add a younger guy – younger guys – but it didn’t work that way. Like I said, we went into it and if you had told me the night before I’m taking a receiver in the first round, I would have laughed at you and said you’re crazy. But he was the best player. I don’t want to force the issue, but I understand where our depth is at. I understand who can and can’t play. We’re OK upfront. We’re OK.”

    To think we're all on top of these weaknesses and he's just missing the boat here in terms of addressing them is laughable, and I'm not someone who won't criticize him if necessary. Heck, I'm still concerned about his past/family issues while most consider it a nonissue. 
     He could've went all out and addressed every area of concern on the roster, but then we'd have likely reached in the draft for a lesser talent and/or overspent in FA. Look at what the Giants paid average players to fix their Dline this offseason. Do we then miss out on Norman when he unexpectedly became available? Ryan 
Kelly, the center out of Alabama, was taken a few picks earlier than ours in the first round. If we wanted him, it would've cost us significant draft resources to move up ahead of Indy. What players are lost in the process, then, and can we afford to give them up for one Center?
     That is what an anxious, impulsive man does when running an organization. That is the exact problem we've seen for so long from Dan and Vinny. It is the very essence of the fan-fueled, emotional "quick fix" philosophy that has been absolutely devastating to the organization. I'm not being lazy here and talking about the age old criticism of Dan trying to "buy" a championship... I'm talking about the obsession of attacking every weak area during the offseason while assuming everything else will remain as is. 
     I mean, come on, we as Redskins fans should know better at this point. How often did we have an offseason where it seemed like we totally addressed all the areas of weakness/concern, assuming our previous strengths will remain as such, only to find out we reached/overspent on those players we thought would solve things while suddenly and unexpectedly watching our assumed strengths become gaping holes in the process?
    Then what does the team do the following offseason? Rinse and repeat. 
     We've seen it a million times, haven't we? And in all our desperation to immediately become a contender, we set ourselves back because we had a roster filled with those misses who not only played poorly, but also cost us valuable development time for better players. Or we just cut those better players altogether. 
     This is the difference in philosophy that has us keeping guys like Lanier and Everett on the roster. 
     As of now, and due to our current philosophy, we may have three elite positions on the team at QB, WR and DB. And that doesn't look like it'll change anytime soon. You can't ignore the fact that not addressing other spots or perceived areas of weakness has allowed us that. 
    Calling this bad in any way is simply ridiculous to me, and I think it just comes from the nervousness occurring within us as the season approaches and knowing we've got some weak spots at key areas. If we can't see past the 2016 season, well, we don't have a solid grasp of where this roster is at. Fortunately, for the first time in forever we've got some adults in charge who do. 
     I'm sorry to sound a little harsh here, but get used to the fact that we might be further from an elite team than we'd like to think as fans (naturally), and that our way of thinking could easily set us back from getting there sooner. 
     Now, that doesn't mean we have to ignore any bad move that's made or assume Scot and the FO have been perfect and have had everything go as planned. I'd bet, if they were being honest, they'd admit they were wrong in this or that case; and/or didn't see this or that coming; and/or thought the draft would fall like this instead of that... but that also doesn't mean they did poorly, or that things suddenly aren't going in the right direction and we took a step back. Actually, no need to bet on it: 

On sticking to his decision making process:


“At a time when your roster is really strong and you’re a really good team, then you can start worrying about things on the back end. Right now, we’re going forward. We’re taking the best player and throwing them in there. We’re not always going to be 100 percent accurate. It’s not an exact science, but we’re going to keep going and going and keep adding players.”


     Not to sound all preachy, but we should be happy and satisfied that we've got a group of guys in charge who have a plan; can adjust in the right way (and not panic) when things don't go accordingly; and are properly assessing the roster's state, therefore avoiding the wishful, faulty, thinking that causes teams to give up too much of their future while assuming they're close enough to contend. 

     I know this may be too much to ask but can we, as fans, take their lead and be as patient as them when/if we lose this season? 
      Because, as hard as it will be at the time, it'll be the right thing to do. No homer, just the truth. :) 

Cut or Keep - RB Edition

Zoony threw this question out last night around the 3rd QTR in the Game thread. 

After their rain soaked performance last night against the Bucs, who do you Cut & who do you Keep? 

Think of it as the ES version of either F/M/K :ols: or Highlander - There can only be one.

Below are their per game rushing stats:

Against Atlanta



Against NY Jets



Against Buffalo



Against Tampa Bay



So, yeah it's just the first Pre Season game which I've grown to call "Talent Evaluation". Even so, most fans weren't going into this game worried about the passing game. The two bigger issues were the run game as it became non existent early into last season & the Redskins struggled to put together a threatening ground campaign. The other issue was the pass rush without a true NT (which this scheme doesn't really use) & the run defense, especially up the middle. 
Here, I decided to go back & re-watch just the run game for the First Half as the starters were done after that. Keeping in mind that the left side of the line was still backups. So, buckle up your chin straps because here we go.
On the first run the backup left guard is blown up & pushed back into the play and then into the RB. 
Next run in the same series draw up the middle.  Matt Jones is pretty much picked up by one leg as he's in stride & pushed/thrown down to the ground. 
First string is now out 
Left Guard 61 gets stood up. 76 stood up & pushed back. 85 gets a great leveraged push forward while 84 is manhandled backwards.  Marshall gets clotheslined in the backfield. 
Paul in at Fullback with Marshall at RB. Paul hits the hole 5 yards in front of Marshall & the hole closes behind him RG already out in space while RT is pushed back closing the hole. Marshall tries to bounce it out to the right & sheds the first one & brought down by the next two tackles. 
Thompson in at RB. Hits the hole that gets opened between the RG & RT & brought down by a LB before he can make any progress forward. 
Marshall in at RB. Run to the right & 13 is getting pushed back as McCoy is handing off to Marshall. The line had a lane to the right sealed off for a second or two. 82 & 13 are both on the outside right & pushed back which opens a hole for the LBs. Marshall has nowhere to go. 
Kelly up the middle. Quick, instant opened lane against the the DL. Nearest LB is 3 yards from the line of scrimmage while Kelly is taking the handoff at five yards back. The difference is Marshall is already in motion, running to the handoff while the LB is still deciding where to go as at this freeze frame it could still be play action. Kelly is actually hit by a different LB on first contact & then immediately buried in a pile up. 19 called for unnecessary roughness for a negating 15 yard penalty. 
Kelly in the backfield on 2nd & 20. RG & TE cross to the right side behind two WRs crossing to the left side. Pitch to Kelly to the right. 83 & 69 now in motion to hit the second level. The two WRs are now at the middle of the field blocking off pursuit from the left side. Kelly comes up behind the RG & TE who are outnumbered 2-3 by LBs. The two LBs simply split around 83 & hits a wall of two LBs as the third piles onto the gang tackle. 

The biggest issues standing out to me (besides some unfriendly camera angles making it harder to identify a few jersey numbers) were Moses holds. A lot. The OL seemed to be simply getting out powered/muscled when it came to opening running lanes. All of this is fixable especially if use Paul more as a pass catching TE opposed to a blocking TE.

If I were to hand out an award for their performance, it'd go to Brandon Scherff. That guy is simply a mauler when he's out in space to open up the second level in the run game. He's showing why Scot McCloughan took him in the First Round last year. 




And we are back!


Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.


My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.


Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so. 


We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.


All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game. 


This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.


Stand by for Inactives...


An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!


Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.


The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.


So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams. 


The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.



It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast




Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating. 


But that's not the story of this game.


The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall.  A lower leg injury they say.


The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever. 




I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.


Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.


Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.


Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.


The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.


The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.


The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.


Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.


After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.


And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.


Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.



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