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  1. 16 points
    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. Look around ES a little and tell me I'm lying? 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. A major point of contention has been our 2016 draft and how many of them (or lack thereof) made the roster. There are two ways to look at it:
 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. 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: 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: 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.
  2. 14 points
    Landover, 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? 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. Let's start to find out together here on Extremeskins Gameday Coverage! 1st 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. Stay tuned for more after the half! 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. Stay tuned for more! 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. Stay tuned for the 4th Quarter update! 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. Click here for ES Exclusive Game Photos ~ courtsey of Spaceman Spiff EXCLUSIVE ES AUDIO CONTENT
  3. 11 points
    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.
  4. 9 points
    VICTORY!! Redskins 29 - Giants 27 Well ladies and gents, here we are. Coming into New York (except not, because it's New Jersey, but who wants to admit they're in New Jersey on purpose?), we sitting here 0-2, last in the division, while the Giants are sitting pretty (pretty ugly) at 2-0 with a division win. My my how things turn so quickly, and that's the goal today. With a win today, we're right back in this. That'll put us at .500 in the division and put some wind at our backs when we come home to face the Browns. So far, it's been a hell of a time up here. Going to the Redskins Rally with @TK, we walked past Trent Williams in the lobby. Keep in mind, I'm not one to get opportunities to see players, so I pretty much was "NBD" on the outside but "OMG!!!!!" on the inside. Rinse and repeat as I met Cooley, Doc, Bruce, and Larry Michaels. Yeah, it was a good time. Just finished up breakfast and I got to rinse and repeat walking by Sonny and meeting Doug Williams. I'm 32 years old and feel like I'm a quarter of that age (probably still the same height). The Rally was a really good time, but now I'm sitting here in the press box waiting for the game to start. Warm ups look like warm ups, but for all of our Fashion Police, we're in white tops and burgundy bottoms. I usually don't care too much about that stuff, but it helped our run in 2005, so why the hell not? Not much interesting going on right now, but we're 80 minutes from turning this season around. I'll update throughout the game, probably at the quarters. ANNOUNCEMENT OF INACTIVES EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for today’s game against the New York Giants: The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 18 WR Josh Doctson o No. 38 CB Kendall Fuller o No. 50 LB Martrell Spaight o No. 72 DE Anthony Lanier II o No. 74 G Arie Kouandjio o No. 97 DE Kendall Reyes The Giants declared the following players as inactive: o No. 8 QB Josh Johnson o No. 23 RB Rashad Jennings o No. 27 S Darian Thompson o No. 73 T Marshall Newhouse o No. 82 WR Roger Lewis, Jr. o No. 97 DT Montori Hughes o No. 99 DT Robert Thomas Well seven minutes before kickoff the stands are not that full, maybe 2/3, especially on the 50. With 6:00 left in the first, down 14-3. Breeland is out for the game with an ankle injury. Did not look good from up here. With 25 seconds left in the first, it's 14-6. Cousins looking better but still not good enough. Can't trade touchdowns for field goals. END OF FIRST QUARTER - Not looking happy. Bashaud out, and that muffed punt seems like it popped the balloon before it even inflated. Really need to turn this around on this third and 8 to begin the second quarter. Not sure how many more happy moments we'll have, but that :32 drive was beautiful by Cousins. Need to see more of that if we want to win, today or ever. END OF FIRST HALF - Story of the day is still the same. Cousins looking like a shell of 2015 except for three great throws. Unfortunately, those great throws for him are expected for QB's getting $19.95M. He's not getting it done, but somehow it's still a one-score game. Tendencies so far are frustration on defense and frustration with number 8. We're also doing our usual when it comes to the penalties. Not really sure why it's going this way this year, but we're being consistent. Injuries haven't been our friend with some of the guys in the box calling this another bodybag game. Breeland, Hall, Jackson, who's next? And then by my count are 35 drive-killing penalty yards. Not sure how this keeps happening either, but at least we're beating the Giants in that department. Despite how this game may be feeling, we're still in this and we get the ball at the half. Hail. Note: Last Redskin to get reception and interception in same game, Christmas Eve, 2000 was Champ Bailey Halfway through the fourth and we've got ourselves a ball game. Really need to start taking advantage of the opportunities that we're getting. Seven for us on this drive would make a lot of people feel a lot better. FINAL UPDATE: Well I went a little silent after basically eight thousand things happened in a row, and then the game ended. This team has a scrap to them, ladies and gentlemen, and boy did it come out when it mattered. We finished with 29 points off of seven scoring drives, and that's nothing to sneeze at. Going forward, we sure want to see those 29 become 49, but it seems that maybe we're wrong about this team. Having a more public platform to state this from, I'll take advantage. Too often here do we have members cheer against the team in order to say "I told you so." Man, being wrong is absolutely fantastic. After we traded two touchdowns for a field goal in the first quarter, I thought that we were going to lose. I didn't say it in the Game Day Thread or in this blog, but I thought we were done. We were 0-2 at the Meadowlands where we never win with an offense that was oozing incompetence and players were dropping like flies. And you know what? I was wrong. Our backups came in, the team got some motivation and some insane plays from Reed, Way, Crowder, and Dunbar, and now I sit here listening to Giants fans being unhappy because we beat them in their house for the first time since 2011. It sounds like Heaven. We overcame adversity and instead of floundering in our losses, we went out there and done won the damned thing! Our defense was porous and allowed six scoring drives for the Giants, but they also came up with huge turnovers to give our offense a shot. Speaking with Josh Norman after the game, he told me that watching new unheralded guys was just amazing, like he's been there. Specifically Dunbar and Cravens, Josh was beaming like a new father. Not sure if it picked up on the audio, but Trent Williams said he was "stunned" when he got the call to shift over to left guard. Maybe it was because he was standing next to him, but he was very happy with how Ty did taking over. I missed the beginning of Gruden's conference because in the press box getting down to the players/coaches is like trying to get a new XBOX on Christmas Eve. Both Gruden and Cousins were very happy with the team's resilience, but something I did like with Gruden is that when he was asked about what the hell happened before the half, his smile instantly disappeared. He was very unhappy with how that was handled, and you couldn't even tell that he had just won the game. It's good to see that the team takes the same approach to fixing mistakes win or lose. A couple of random facts that I may be the only one finds interesting: 1) The Giants had a player ejected after breaking a rule put in place due to Beckham's behavior against Norman last year. 2) Quinton Dunbar now has two interceptions in the Giants' endzone. 3) Quinton Dunbar's interception was an Odell Beckham-like one-handed grab. 4) Giants fans. I mean, just look at 'em. Got some audio up in the downloads section and trying to get some more up later. In case you watch Norman's press conference, I'm the guy awkwardly asking the second-to-last question because why not? Hopefully today is the start of something fantastic and we can keep it going next week at home versus Cleveland. Hell of a first win, guys. Now let's just get 16 more. HAIL!
  5. 8 points
    Hello ES, It's your friendly neighborhood TSO here and I'll be providing ES press box Gameday coverage for the next two preseason home games. Now, now, let's stop with the applause and all calm down. So, I've re-watched the first preseason game against the Falcons numerous times and I came away with some performances I thought were more intriguing to follow than others, with an eye on how they respond in the following games. Will those who disappointed improve upon the issues they showed? Will those who impressed continue to do so? Will we see changes in the depth chart and playing time in the upcoming games based on their performances? Let's start with the disappointments. First up: Stephen Paea, 90. Interestingly enough, Gruden today was asked about Paea and some are interpreting his response as a negative towards Paea. I can see why. Frankly, Paea was a disappointment to watch after hearing about his improvements (namely, his health) all offseason. Though he wasn't necessarily a liability when he was in, he seemed to consistently be a non-factor, which is unfortunate considering most of the time he played was against the second and third-stringers of the Falcons. Let's take a look at some of those snaps... The following (at LDE) shows what was pretty much his issue this game. His legs. Seems to be very tentative and stuck in molasses: Here (at LDE), he gets pushed off the ball and is simply a non-factor: Here, again at LDE, not getting any penetration on his rush: Here, at RDE, same deal, a non-factor with his rush: Now, it wasn't all bad. Unfortunately, the good all came in the 2nd half against lesser players. Still, you can see the upper body strength everyone talks about when he gets his hands directly on a guy and is able to use his arms fully. Here (at RDE), he puts his guy on the ground with ease: Here (at RDE), he shows quick hands and is able to generate a solid rush. Unfortunately, he was a bit late and was actually flagged for hitting the QB (ticky tacky call, though). His speed just isn't where you want it to be, though: His best play of the game here. He's lined up (at RDE) directly in front of the Tackle (4 tech) and destroys him, causing the RB to lose yards: Basically, his legs are an issue, his upper body strength isn't. Doesn't bode well for pass rushing, but this was his first game back after his turf toe injury and maybe he was hesitant versus just not having it. Still, it's disappointing because we've been hearing from him that he's "100 percent" for the last few months and the team seemed optimistic regarding his resurgence. Hopefully we see some improvement versus the Jets on Friday and/or moving forward. But, if we don't, not all is loss because his strength can still be an asset, especially in short yardage/goal line situations lined up at the zero, two, or four technique (directly in front of his guy) where he can just out-muscle them to disrupt gaps. Next up: Arie Kuandjio, 74. Now, Kuandjio was a guy many fans hoped, all offseason, would compete for a starting job at LG. Had that not been the case, his game against the Falcons wouldn't have been a disappointment, just more of a standard preseason affair where nothing necessarily stood out and there are things to work on for a young prospect. Alas, high expectations often leads to disappointment if they aren't met immediately. Let's take a look at some of the issues. Here, we see where that old scouting report (you know, phone booth Guard and all) on him comes in play. He gets out in space and just doesn't have the juice to get to his Linebacker: This ones a little funny, he lets his guy get under him quickly and gets some bad whiplash in the process, only to end up on the ground: Most of his tape was just "meh", not necessarily bad but nothing that stood out. This was about the only play where he did something impressive as he rides his guy right off the screen: It'll certainly be interesting to see how Kuandjio responds the next few games, as he seemed to really have high expectations for himself this year and the first game didn't bear much fruit for him. Next up: Niles Paul, 84 This might be a little unfair considering how fast he's come back from a devastating ankle injury, but we've been hearing how far along he is all offseason so a little bit more was expected. Unfortunately, the plays he was in to start the game were all pretty poor and the one catch he had ended up in a hyper-extended knee. Let's take a look. Here he is at FB pretty much failing at his block. He gets his head way too low and thrusts too early, gaining no leverage and making it easy on the defender to avoid him, screwing Matt Jones over in the process: Here, he's lined up as the outside TE on the right. He does a good job initially getting to his block, but fails at holding it long enough and gets pushed back. His guy makes the tackle: Here, again lined up at TE to the right side, he runs his route a bit tentatively and is in an awkward position to make the catch. Probably was unsure about sitting in the zone or continuing the route, but then to top it off he fails to make the catch: Here, he's the FB and, again, does a good job getting to his block but his guy overpowers him with ease and lays a solid enough hit on Marshall to disrupt the play: So, yeah, not very good from Niles. Hopefully his knee is okay and he can take a step against the Jets. So now with the disappointments all out of the way, let's have some fun, shall we? We've heard about guys like Ziggy Hood, Su'a Cravens, and Ricky Jean-Francois having good games, but I wanted to focus on some who were a bit more unheralded who did. I'll be keeping an eye on these guys moving forward. First up: Kendall Reyes, 97 Reyes hasn't had much fanfare nor expectations placed on him. Most assumed he'd be solid depth or just an okay starter at best. Judging by his first preseason game, I think we may be in for a pleasant surprise. Let's see why. Here, Reyes (at RDE) gets a good jump on the ball and almost immediately penetrates into the backfield: Here, he's lined up as the Nose and gets a solid push initially, though he lets up a bit early because he assumes the QB is about to pass and wants to get his hands up. Should've continued, but a solid job nonetheless: Here, at RDE again, he gets an excellent bull rush and shows his strength: Here, he does everything right except make the tackle: Here, again at RDE, he shows good awareness on the draw and still gets a decent angle on the ball carrier though the Center is focused solely on riding him out of the play: All in all, a very solid performance. All of his other snaps showed a guy who won't get moved off the ball easily, either. I'm looking forward to seeing how he looks against the Jets and if he can continue to build off of his performance. Next up: Anthony Lanier, 72 This guys tape was, by far, the most fun to watch. Though it was against the bottom of the barrel in terms of personnel for the Falcons, the guy was extremely disruptive on pretty much every play he was in. He played like a maniac, to say the least. Let's take a look. Here he's lined up as the RDE and is in on the tackle with Terrence Garvin (who actually deserves a spot here himself, Garvin played well), causing a fumble. The next clip after this one will show just how much he laid out for the hit: Here, at RDE, penetration and tackle: Here, at RDE, he gets immediate penetration but then savagely rips off the RBs helmet. Ugly play on his part and, though you appreciate the effort, he's got to be better than that moving forward: Here, again, penetration and the tackle: Here, just runs down the play and combines for the tackle with Fields: Suffice to say, just a boatload of fun to watch. Can't wait to see what he does moving forward. Next up: Carlos Fields, 59 He's generated a little bit of buzz, but mostly written off as a likely cut, he showed up and was in on pretty much every play he was a part of. He was extremely physical and didn't hesitate to throw his body around against the Falcons, making some fun plays to watch in the process. Let's take a look. Here, you might think there's nothing special about this play, but he takes on a big FB who gained some steam while he was pretty much stationary and handles it extremely well. When you look at it at first glance, the FB should've laid him out but Fields physicality is displayed: Here, he and Garvin (see what I mean about Garvin?) combine for a nice tackle, but notice how Fields (right ILB) sifts through the traffic nicely (and listen to that pop from Garvin while you're at it): This was probably his best play, look at him hustle through the traffic to make the play (left ILB): This play was the same one already posted for Lanier, but pay attention to Fields here instead (middle): Good stuff from the young man and it'll be interesting to see how he follows it up for sure. Welp, that does it. Aside from the more commonly known and intriguing players to follow the next few preseason games, I hope this added some onto your radar. Will Paea, Paul and Kuandjio improve? Will Reyes continue to show up? Are guys like Lanier, Fields, and Garvin moving up the depth chart? Stay tuned right here on the ES coverage blog to find out!
  6. 7 points
    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. A few warm-up pictures 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 2nd quarter 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. Halftime 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. Third Quarter 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. End of the 3rd Quarter Atlanta 23 Redskins 10 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. Check out ES's exclusive sideline photos from zoony HERE
  7. 7 points
    So, last week I went through the Falcons game and came up with a few players I thought were intriguing to keep our eyes on as we moved forward through the preseason (with a ton of video to boot, probably too much as that page is/was a bummer to load ); either because they had disappointing outings and we hoped to see improvements from them, or because they looked surprisingly good and we hoped to see the continuation of that level of play. I intentionally focused on players who weren't being talked about a whole lot that week so as to avoid any media redundancy. The disappointments I honed in on against the Falcons were Stephen Paea, Arie Kuandjio and Niles Paul. The impressive performances came from Kendall Reyes, Anthony Lanier (before the rest of the world started noticing him), Carlos Fields, and a special guest appearance from Terrence Garvin. So how did these guys do against the Jets? And were there any other performances to add to the current list of Extremeskins Coverage intrigue? Let's find out, shall we (with a little less video for the sake of our browsers, mmkay)? Stephen Paea, 90 Watching the game in the pressbox at FedEx field, I made it a point to focus in on Paea with my cheap Walmart-purchased binoculars (hey, it was last minute, Spaceman Spiff said I'd probably need them) when he came into the game. From what I saw, he was much improved, however, we must keep in mind that he came in about five minutes into the 2nd half, which means he was playing against lesser talent (and may further indicate a demotion on the depth chart). That being said, last week against the Falcons, he seemed to be moving in slow motion and the only positive he showed really was with his arm strength. Against the Jets, however, it was a different story. He moved very well and was a lot more explosive off the snap, to say the least. Let's take a look at a couple of examples. Here, he's lined up at RDE and you can see him move laterally well while penetrating, putting himself in the perfect position to make the tackle: Here, again at RDE, he shows good lateral quickness another time by cutting to his left to find the open lane to the QB, then he puts on the jets to get the sack: Suffice to say, much better from Stephen Paea. Arie Kuandjio, 74 Unfortunately, the same can't be said about Arie Kuandjio, who continued to disappoint. Most of his plays aren't necessarily a negative, but they're plays where he can't be considered as having had a positive impact. He often is either out of position or generally not involved when he otherwise should be. But then there's bad as well. Here, at LG, his guy gets underneath and is able to push him back, who then winds up making the tackle on Keith Marshall: Here, again at LG, is the play I believe John Keim was talking about a couple days ago when he mentioned Kuandjio getting pushed to the ground: Yeah, let's hope we get a better showing from him against the Bills. Niles Paul, 84 Good news for Niles, though, he definitely looked better overall. He did whiff on his first play, but then seemed to make up for it with better blocking in general. Let's take a look. Here, lined up at FB and motioned to the left, is the aforementioned whiff: Here, lined up on the outside to the left at TE, you'll see him get a solid block on #21 of the Jets and maintain it throughout the play: Here, lined up as the outside TE on the right side, you'll see him execute a perfect block: Overall, a better showing from Niles Paul. Kendall Reyes, 97 Kendall Reyes continued to impress for the most part. Nothing spectacular, just solid, and I get the sense that we'll be hearing that a lot when it comes to his play throughout the season. Here, at RDE, he gets some decent pressure on the QB and flushes him outside of the pocket: Anthony Lanier II, 72 By far, the most interesting aspect of Lanier's game was how much earlier he was put into the rotation than in the Falcons game, which may indicate he's moving up the depth chart a little. I asked him about it after the game and he seemed to agree. As for his performance, it wasn't as enjoyable to watch as the film against the Falcons (that's not to say he played poorly or regressed, just nothing splashy), but he certainly had his moments. Here are a few examples. Here, at RDE, he gets quick interior penetration: Here, lined up at LDE, he gets a near sack after beating #64 of the Jets handedly (gotta love the way he lays out there): Here, lined up at RDE, of course is his end of game sack. This one's all about his hustle and awareness: Terrence Garvin, 52 All Garvin has done these past two games is make plays, so I'm putting him here instead of Fields. Last week against the Falcons, he was in on a bunch of plays along with Fields and Lanier, so I didn't give him his own spot and just mentioned his play secondarily. I don't know if it's the weaker competition or not, but he's really impressive out there. Let's take a look at some of the plays he made against the Jets. Here, lined up on the right side at ILB, you have to love his back pedal and then quick reaction to break up the pass: Here, again lined up on the right side at ILB, he shows his speed as he slices his way through to apply quick pressure on the QB, causing the incompletion: He was also in on a fumble recovery (right place, right time, so no need for a video really), but it just shows his hustle. He's really flying around out there and is fun to watch. Well, that does it for now. We'll see how these guys look on Friday against the Bills as well as their spots in the rotation. Will they improve, stay the same or regress? Will we see them higher on the depth chart, the same, or lower? I might do a part 2 of this if I have the time and add some others to the list. Hope you all enjoyed it, see you around on the board!
  8. 6 points
    Landover, MD - Hello ES and welcome all to the Extremeskins Coverage of the third preseason game of the 2016 season. I'm TSO in the press box at FedEx Field along with Spaceman Spiff, here to provide you with the best damn coverage we possible can! Last week I talked about the burden that undoubtedly weighs on every Redskins fan's mind... that fear that lingers knowing that, after every successful season in the last how many years, the team followed it up with utter failure. The paranoia that something terrible is right around the corner. The Redskins "curse", if you will. But then the very real hope that all of the signs - and there are many legitimate ones - point to it being different this time, right? They're steeped in rationale and logic, and we've seen the fruits of it already with an NFC East division title under our belts. That hope is forcing us to remove those fears, doubts and paranoid attitudes, leaving us to remain more curious than anything else. Wondering if this time, you guessed it... is it real? Last week against the Jets we had an insightful, albeit "preseasonal" and therefore half-baked, tour into the answers we're seeking. We saw young, unheralded guys like Anthony Lanier II and Martrell Spaight continue to rise. We saw Colt McCoy continue to solidify why he's a great backup to have, one very few teams have the luxury of. We saw the Oline pick it up in the running game against the elite Defensive Line/Front of the Jets, with Matt Jones reeling off numerous runs that proved not only his improvement, but also why the team hasn't hesitated to trust him with the starting job. We saw the guys who no one talks about at WR, like Ryan Grant, Maurice Harris, and Rashad Ross, show why it's arguable we have the best and deepest WR corps in the NFL. But that was week 2 of the preseason. Week 3 is an entirely different animal, as everyone knows it's considered the "dress rehearsal" for the season. This game also brings with it an extra layer of intrigue due to the surprise Coach Gruden laid on all of us, as well as the players, that many of the usual starters would be getting the night off last week, all the while acknowledging the importance these snaps tonight will have for everyone to prepare for the Steelers on Monday Night. So are we going to keep getting positive affirmations regarding the "is it real" question? Or are those fears and doubts going to be allowed to creep in? Stay tuned here on the Extremeskins Coverage Blog to find out with us! Some Pregame warm-up notes - *Trent Williams is such a great leader (see video below, try to pay attention to how he roams the entire roster). He's involved with every position group, talking to them, getting them hyped, etc... Ihenacho caught a nice pass one-handed and Trent was right there like "yeaaaaaaaah". In the video, you can see Kendall Thompson engage him. It's fun to watch him simply being a Redskin through and through. *Speaking of Olinemen, Leribeus just false started during a simple warm up routine. *TJ Thorpe can dance. *It's oddly very enjoyable watching Gruden and Scot McCloughan together. Somehow every smile, every laugh they have together warms the heart. It's incredibly lame. Ziggy Hood starting for Baker. Dline gets nice pressure, Ziggy Hood cleaned up for sack. First drive solid pressure from Dline overall. Kerrigan hurt, though. Doesn't look good the way he's talking on the sidelines with other players. :/ First Redskins drive, Bills getting good interior pressure, Lichtensteiger with the hold as well. 2nd drive for the Bills, after INT, no pressure from front and they were able to run on them. Not a good look, but secondary came through. Norman, blanket coverage in the redzone, fun to see him make a play in a Skins jersey for the first time. Reed, Grant and Garcon drops on Redskins 2nd drive, followed by a Hopkins miss. Team, outside of secondary and flashes from the Dline, in general seems off. Norman with nice pass break up again on 3rd down of Bills 3rd drive. He's on fire. Redskins 3rd drive, Trent with a slight limp after first play. Continued to go backwards on running play, then screen to DJax, then it was just a penalty-fest. Pretty ugly. Bills 4th drive... Preston Smith beasting on 1st down run play with TFL of 5 yards. DHall with a terrible personal foul that gives the Bills a first down, nullifying the previous loss. Bills running the ball easily up the middle it seems, it's a problem. Will Compton with a TFL as the Bills continue their 4th drive, he's had quite a few this preseason. DHall follows up with a great tackle in the open field to bring the TE down, hurting him in the process. At least the D is holding the Bills to FGs. Redskins 1st drive of 2nd quarter, Lichtensteiger, Long and Trent Williams with great blocks on 2nd down, allowing Robert Kelly to get outside for 9 yards. Bills 2nd drive in 2nd quarter, 2nd down Ziggy Hood with excellent penetration and TFL of 4 yards. Trent Murphy almost gets home on 3rd down, nice speed pass rush. Once again, Norman with the blanket coverage. Redskins 2nd drive, Oline pass blocking well while run blocking is an issue, as usual. Lichtensteiger with another hold. My man Ryan Grant with a sick cut for the TD run after an excellently timed pass by Cousins. Bills 3rd drive, interestingly Paea and Ioannidis out there with some of the 1s. Ioannidis gets immediate pressure causing an incompletion on first down. Followed up by Ricky Jean Francois sack forcing the Bills into a 3rd and 17. Dline making some noise! Redskins 3rd drive, yet another hold on Lichtenstieger that cost Reed a nice catch and run. Ridiculous, that's 3 holds on him. Ryan Grant continues to be hot and cold, drops easy pass behind the LOS on 2nd and 10. After roughing the passer call, Lauvao with a great block on running play, opening a huge path for Robert Kelley. Run blocking has picked up in general, it seems. Good to see, but could be due to Bills bringing in lesser guys on their line. Bills 4th drive, Will Blackmon with the caused fumble... on the same play Trent Murphy actually had another nice rush almost getting home. Coming off the turnover, Redskins score via Kirk to Garcon after seemingly being unable to get the snap off. Check out how it looked from the press box: Bills come back with a nice FG drive of their own, mainly off of an EJ Manuel run that should've been a sack in the backfield, though I missed who got the pressure on him and whiffed. Stay tuned for more analysis by the Extremeskins Coverage Blog! So, some notable stats to start off. Cousins finished 12 of 23 for 188 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT for a QB Rating of 101.1. Not too shabby after a shaky start. Desean Jackson was 4 on 5 for 56 yards. Vernon Davis was 3 on 3 targets for 42 yards. J Reed was 2 on 4 targets for 28 yards and a TD. Garcon was 2 on 4 targets for 24 yards and a TD. Ryan Grant was 1 on 4 targets for 38 yards and a TD (as of the 1st half). Not much to talk about during the 2nd half, but here were some notes: Redskins 1st drive of 3rd quarter, Ty Nsekhe with a great block to seal edge and allow Mack Brown a big gain. Second string Oline doing some solid work opening holes for Brown in general. Though they definitely seemed to lose something once Long went out with an ankle injury and Reiter came in. Long is a nice presence for the run game when he's under center. On Bills 2nd drive, Stephen Paea with nice penetration and a TFL. Ricky Jean Francois continues to consistently penetrate. Corey Crawford with a vicious thrown down of the RB after Ihenacho got a hold of him, then Crawford follows it up with a nice pass rush on 3rd down which caused Manuel to escape the pocket and throw an incompletion. Interestingly, it looks like Garvin has moved up the depth chart as he's playing next to Spaight with the backups. Speaking of Garvin, on the 4th down play of the Bills 3rd drive, he showed a bit of his weakness in the running game as he was easily blocked on the second level by a Bills' Guard, allowing the run for the first. Redskins offense just isn't moving the ball after their first drive of the half (which still came away with no points). Backup Oline seems to be pass blocking well enough, but not many open options for McCoy, who seems a bit off himself. On the first down of Bills 4th drive, Garvin does a good job using his speed to get in position to tackle the RB, but he can't finish and allows the RB to get outside for a nice gain. My man Lanier finally showed up with a nice TFL on the Bills RB. Redskins 4th drive of the half, Oline not getting much push for Mack Brown. Kouandjio with a holding penalty on top of it. This has been quite the utterly boring second half. Lanier with a deflected pass on the Bills final drive. Kendall Fuller follows with a big pass break up in the endzone, followed by another pass breakup by Mariel Cooper! Last two plays were fun, Wakefield with a sack followed by a Kendall Fuller INT to seal the deal, Redskins win! At least the final drive was a little bit exciting, pretty dull 2nd half overall. Going to head down to the locker room now, see you all in a bit. EXCLUSIVE ES AUDIO CONTENT
  9. 6 points
    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 The top Redskins tailgates at FedEx Field and opponent stadiums The best tailgating recipes, shared by your fellow 'Skins' fans A list of the best venues to visit in order to meet up with Redskins fans around FedEx and in opposing cities - we will visit these and provide our report along with photos and other tidbits Fan polls - Every week ES will publish a poll relevant to that week's game asking fans to share their insight. We will then publish the results prior to kick-off. More! More? More what? 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
  10. 6 points
    Pregame Photos here First Half Photos Here Second Half Photos Here
  11. 5 points
    Murf & I arrived here at the hotel a few hours ago. We immediately noticed this one was a bit different then what we've grown accustomed to. No, it wasn't smooth sailing at check as that never happens. Today's check in didn't have Murf down to be in the room. Usually that happens to me. I suggested the chick at the front desk just check me in & hand me an extra room key. I think that was to much for her to process. She still had to check with someone. Anyways, we finally got checked in & headed to the room to drop off our gear before heading out for a couple of breweries. Stepping off the elevator we're greeted by a framed & autographed Marino jersey. OK. That's different. Especially considering we're nowhere near Miami. Then there's an Ali picture hanging in the hallway. Makes sense with Joe Louis Areana being here. Then there's some some more Ali pics up, a Randy Moss signed Vikings jersey, a Joe Namath autographed photo & well, see for yourself. There's just a really cool sports vibe to this floor. I might have to start up a GoFundMe for the Ali/Beatles pic.
  12. 4 points
    Journey to Fed Ex through the eyes of the Press (Matt Jones and Jordan Reed sighting at the end of first video!): Welcome everyone to your week 4 of the regular season ExtremeSkins coverage, I'm TSO here in the pressbox with my man Murf (who will be covering the team on the sidelines) ready to provide you the best damn coverage we can! Oh, the entangled web the NFL can weave. When some random guy named RG3 who no one really knows that well moved on this offseason and signed with the Browns, many around the NFL, let alone Redskins Nation, had this game circled on their calendar. What excitement! What thrill! What adventure lays in wonder with such an intriguing matchup? Alas, it was not meant to be. As he is unfortunately wont to do, RG3 got hurt. The Browns are a total mess at the QB position and so that part of the game has lost quite its luster. But, fear not! The battle of the QBs wasn't the only intertwining aspect these two teams have for us today. How about Hue Jackson and Jay Gruden? Two Cincinnati Bengals ex-offensive coordinators wanting to strut their stuff against each other. After Gruden accepted the Redskins head coaching gig and left the Bengals, Hue Jackson was elevated to offensive coordinator from his running backs' coach position to replace him. There was plenty of talk during that offseason about how Hue was going to take their offense to the next level, some of it fairly interpreted as being critical of Gruden. Yet, in the end, the Bengals offense regressed under Hue, going from 6th in points scored under Gruden in 2013 to 15th overall under Hue in 2014 as well as going from 10th in total yards to 15th. Oh, and that's not even getting into the Hue Jackson/Redskins connection, where he was the team's RBs coach under both Schottenheimer and Spurrier in 2001-2002. Coaching histories not doing it for you? How about recent Redskin castoffs coming back for revenge? Both Stephen Paea and Austin Reiter were cut recently, the former before the season began, the latter after the first game of the year to make space for Cullen Jenkins. Both are starting for the Browns today and definitely looking to prove the team made a mistake in letting them go. If you've followed along here on the ES Coverage blog, you'd know Stephen Paea was a player we focused on during the preseason. The first game against Atlanta, he was subpar at best. But he seemed to improve as each game went on, albeit against lesser competition. It wasn't necessarily a surprise to see him released, but it was disappointing considering the offseason talk about him being fully healthy and ready to play at a high level. Were the improvements during the preseason enough, or was the team right to let him go? As for Reiter, that one particularly stings because of the need the Redskins ended up having at Center with Kory Lichtensteiger out for the year. Reiter would've been backing up Long, either way, but they wouldn't have been forced to sign John Sullivan off the streets. That's certainly a set back in the Scot McCloughan era of trying to build through the draft, generating legit angst among the fanbase by losing a draft pick who seemed to be developing. Still bored? Alright, alright. How about just plain old football talk? This matchup certainly entices, as the Browns come in with the league's 4th best rushing attack while the Redskins have the league's 9th worst rushing defense. Sounds horrifying, right? And it is, but then you factor in that the Redskins boast the league's second best passing attack and is going against the Browns' 9th worst passing defense. So, in the end, I believe this game boils down to the Redskins stopping Isaiah Crowell on the ground more than anything else. I know many are focusing on the threat of Terrelle Pryor, but I really think it's all about the Browns rushing attack today. An X factor coming out of the backfield, as well, could be Duke Johnson, as we've seen pass-catching backs like Vereen have success against us already. If they can't stop those guys out of the backfield, they're going to struggle enough to where any offensive advantage they have will be washed out and it could end up in a terrible loss against a desperate 0-3 Browns. Let's hope Ricky Jean-Francois, Chris Baker, Ziggy Hood, Cullen Jenkins, Will Compton, Mason Foster and even David Bruton, Jr. put on their big boy pants on today because we're going to need some interior run-stuffing more than ever. Cool little nugget: For the first time in forever, with Arie Kouandjio starting, the Redskins now boast an Offensive Line entirely comprised of their own draft picks! Stay tuned for more tweets, notes and general updates right here on the ES Coverage blog.... and let's go Skins, HTTR! Murf's Take What could have been? Months ago, when the NFL released the 2016 schedule, the Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland Browns match-up had so much potential. It wasn't viewed as two perennial doormats trying to claw their way towards respectability or even a .500 record. No, it was the return of Robert Griffin III. Had anyone with sense been calling the shots, this would have been the season opening matchup. Put two troubled franchises on primetime television and let the rest of the football loving world sit back and watch as the Heisman Trophy winner had a chance for redemption at the expense of the team who traded a bounty for him, watched him routinely get injured and, ultimately, allowed him to leave. America loves drama and that was as juicy of a storyline as either of these two teams is likely to be involved in all season long. But alas, it was not meant to be. Griffin did what Griffin does (namely, put himself in harm's way when he didn't have to) and now he's on the shelf, so the 1-2 Redskins will host the 0-3 Browns in a game that no one outside of friends, loved ones and diehards will want to see a single snap from. Without the appeal of RGIII vs. the Redskins, we're left with some pretty basic subplots for this afternoon's contest. Can Kirk Cousins and the passing attack finally work through their red zone struggles? Can Matt Jones finally show he's capable of being a workhorse back (and will the coaching staff stick with the ground game long enough to get him going)? On defense, can anyone on the defensive line other than Chris Baker get to the quarterback? Can the linebackers -- specifically Ryan Kerrigan pass rushing and Will Compton in coverage -- become more involved (because neither did much to stand out last week in New York)? How will the secondary handle the rash of injuries? In short, there are plenty of questions in need of answers as Jay Gruen's squad looks to build off of last week's victory over the Giants. As always, I'll be down on the sidelines during the game -- capturing photos of all the action. Some of the names and faces I'll be paying attention to today include Jordan Reed (can he be the guy to help the Redskins score touchdowns, rather than settle for field goal attempts?), Kendall Fuller (does he make the most out of his opportunity) and Arie Kouandjio (or whoever steps into the offensive line). - murf PRE-GAME TWEETS ANNOUNCEMENT OF INACTIVES LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for today’s game against the Cleveland Browns: The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 18 WR Josh Doctson o No. 26 CB Bashaud Breeland o No. 35 CB Dashaun Phillips o No. 60 OL Vinston Painter o No. 72 DE Anthony Lanier II o No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao No. 47 Quinton Dunbar is expected to start in place of Breeland at cornerback. No. 74 Arie Kouandjio is expected to start in place of Lauvao at left guard. The Browns declared the following players as inactive: o No. 13 QB Josh McCown o No. 19 WR Corey Coleman o No. 22 DB Tramon Williams Sr. o No. 24 DB Ibraheim Campbell o No. 74 OL Cameron Erving o No. 87 TE Seth DeValve o No. 94 DL Carl Nassib No. 30 Derrick Kindred is expected to start in place of Campbell at strong safety. No. 77 John Greco is expected to start in place of No. 78 Alvin Bailey at right guard. No. 62 Austin Reiter is expected to start in place of Greco at center. On Saturday, the Browns signed No. 57 LB Cam Johnson to their active roster from Arizona’s practice squad and placed No. 44 LB Nate Orchard on their Reserve/Injured list. Johnson is 6-4, 268 pounds and in his third NFL season out of Virginia. 1st Half Analysis Spencer Long with a sick pull and block after the holding penalty by Vernon Davis on the first drive, springing Thompson for a big gain on 2nd and 15. Preston Smith with a great play setting the edge against Pryor on the Browns' first drive. Kirk Cousins sharp, decisive on the first drive of the game. 12 plays, 75 yards and took about 7 minutes. That's the offense we've been looking for. 2nd drive, same thing, just smooth sailing. 3rd drive with a terrible INT, didn't see the cover 2 guy on the outside flow towards the inside. Defense seems intent on stopping the run that first drive. After that, they got hurt with Browns going to heavy formations. 2nd drive for the Defense, starts with Blackmon and Ihenacho both in the lineup along with Bruton. Browns in heavy formation, 1 WR... allow huge gain to Crowell. David Bruton got absolutely leveled on one running play by an Olineman on the 2nd drive for the Browns. Ouch. I'm not a big Joe Barry basher, but the defense lining up offsides is ridiculous. Guys shouldn't be doing that under your watch this consistently, period. Pryor is killing Norman. He's got few huge 3rd down conversions as well as a TD against him in coverage, though the TD was a great throw by Kessler. :/ Trent Williams pancakes someone on the Skins 4th drive, then shows off his guns to the guy. Speaking of Trent's, Trent Murphy continues his solid play. Been in their backfield all day. At first glance, it looked like we were going to blow these guys out but, as many have said, the Browns are a scrappy bunch and managed to fight their way back with some great plays. Our offense came out real hot, but Kirk's INT really cost us as it gave the Browns great field position and they immediately tied the game. Browns get the ball first to come out of the half, let's hope the defense can can get a turnover or hold them on the first drive to allow our offense to take control of the game back. Wanted to focus on some new faces, so first Kouandjio: Kouandjio opens with a nice block on the 2nd play of the 1st drive. He gave up quick pressure on the next pass play, but Cousins got it out quick to Reed so it didn't matter. Kouandjio with a killer penalty, holding right after the Redskins got into the redzone on the first drive. Vernon Davis was also called for holding on the same play. 2nd drive, Kouandjio handling Shelton for the most part in pass pro. On rushing play in the red zone, Kouandjio pulls and does a decent job, but you can see his lack of athleticism. Matt Jones finished nicely, though. He then gets pushed back real badly on 1st and goal, costing a Matt Jones run. Great job pass blocking from Arie on the 3rd and goal, allowing Cousins to step up, extend the play, and find Reed for the TD! 4th drive, Kouandjio does a good job blocking for Matt Jones, who gets a 6 yard rush on 2nd down. After big play to Reed, Kouandjio loses initially to Shelton but does a great job recovering. Kouandjio doing a good job run blocking this drive in general. Got to the second level on one run pretty well. 2nd Half: 1st drive, Kouandjio does a good job in pass protection on the first snap, allowing Cousins to extend play and find Vernon Davis for an 8 yard gain. On that strip sack Kouandjio also got pushed back pretty badly by Shelton, but it was Trent and Thompson who messed that one up. Kouandjio follows that up with a hold on 3rd down. He got beat by the Browns' DT, wasn't Shelton. Bad series for him. 2nd drive, Kouandjio got beat again and almost got Cousins hit in the end zone on the first play of the drive. Kouandjio doing a good job run blocking on the following series. On deep ball to DJax that generated pass interference, he does a good job pass blocking. Following play, big run for Matt Jones, does a good job clearing space. Same on the next play... Oline in general killing it here. Finishes with a good pass block on the Kirk TD throw to Thompson! 3rd drive, Kouandjio does a nice job pass blocking on the first 2nd down where Cousins took that terrible sack for no reason. 4th drive, Kouandjio getting pushed back a little bit on the first snap, costing Jones a one yard loss. Kouandjio with a good block on the Jones outside run that almost resulted in a TD. Now, Fuller: 1st drive, Fuller gives up first pass to Hawkins for a 7 yard gain. Fuller and Dunbar combine to make the tackle on Barnidge, short of the 1st on 3rd down and forcing a punt. 2nd drive against the D, Fuller does a good job on Hawkins in the slot on 2nd down, but defense gives up first to Pryor. On the 3rd down following that sequence, Fuller gives up a bit too much space to Hawkins who got slightly open... but Pryor gets the 1st anyway against Norman as Kessler wasn't looking that way. 4th drive against the D, Fuller does a good job against Hawkins on 1st down, but Kessler extends play and hits Barnidge for a 1st. Fuller is shutting Hawkins down this drive, but Kessler keeps finding others. 2nd Half 1st drive of 2nd half, Fuller continues to do a good job on Hawkins in the slot, though on the first 3rd down of the drive he let Hawkins get behind him. 2nd drive, mostly heavy formations from the Browns so no Fuller. On their second 3rd down of the drive they had Hawkins basically run a go route up the seam to clear out space for Barnidge. Fuller is step for step with him, but that's the 3rd or 4th time they've done that and it's worked every time. Frustrating. Anyway, back to Fuller. He's handling Hawkins. Final Drive of the game (Browns almost exclusively went jumbo/heavy formations after that 2nd drive, so Fuller wasn't on the field until now), he continues to shut down Hawkins. There were some times where Hawkins got slightly open, but nothing egregious. Kessler hardly looked his way this entire game. Other 2nd half notes: This defense is ridiculous. Only way they stop anyone is with a turnover in the redzone. Happened again on the 2nd Browns' drive of the 2nd half, with Compton forcing the fumble. Ziggy Hood then does it on the Browns' ensuing drive. I mean, better than not doing it, I guess. If only whatever we're doing, coaching-wise, in terms of teaching fumbles could be extended to everything else we'd be golden. Norman redeems himself with huge INT! AWESOME ES EXCLUSIVE AUDIO GAMEDAY PHOTOS BY MURF Final Analysis (TSO) Going into this game, the run defense was a major concern against the Browns excellent rushing attack and that ended up being the case, to say the least. Fortunately, the defense came through with three huge turnovers. At this point, it seems like we can consider this the defense's M.O. Give up crazy chunks of yardage on the ground, then force a fumble or nab an INT. Not sure that's what you want out of your D, but it could certainly worse. Offensive teams that are more disciplined are likely going to destroy this defense if it remains the same, as we've already seen with the Steelers. Offensively, can't ask for much more than that. Outside of one bad INT and a couple of unnecessary sacks, Cousins was sharp and decisive throughout the whole game, taking advantage of the weak Browns passing D like a good QB should. We finally got to see Reed have a big game, again, which was refreshing. He finishes with 73 yards and 2 TDs. Matt Jones kept getting better as the game wore on, showing us what so few of us still believed he can do. The Oline was excellent throughout, and it was good to see both Spencer Long and Kouandjio play well. It was nice to see the new guys, Arie Kouandjio and Kendall Fuller, play really well today. Seeing draft picks continue to contribute is simply awesome, and something us Redskin fans need to stop and appreciate. We've went for so long almost expecting nothing from our drafts. Don't forget that. Smile some. Oh, and how about Trent Murphy? He just looks real good out there, completely different now that he's going forward more often than not. All in all, the game went almost completely as expected. It initially had the makings of a blowout, but the Browns are better than that and have proven that thus far this season. They fought back and, for a moment, looked like they were going to win this game... but the defense saved themselves from total humiliation, forced some turnovers, and the offense capitalized at the end. We've got a tough matchup against the Ravens next week. The defense will need to perform better, and the offense is going to have a tougher time moving the ball against their defense... so if this same exact team shows up against the Ravens it will likely not end up favorably for our beloved Burgundy and Gold. Hopefully they have a great week in practice, and continue to improve as they have thus far this season.
  13. 4 points
    10/9/16 VICTORY Redskins 16 - 10 Ravens Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends and countrymen, we are once again gathered to witness the spectacle that is Washington Redskins football. My name is JimmiJo, and along with Spaceman Spiff, will bring you the sites and sounds behind the curtains of today's game. Washington comes in on a roll, the winner of two straight. After stumbling out of the gate with a decisive whoopin' at the hands of Pittsburgh, and then squandering an obvious opportunity for victory versus Dallas, the Redskins pulled off a big win in New York and followed that up with home win against Cleveland. But this Baltimore Ravens team is another bird entirely (see what I did there?). Baltimore features the number one defense in the NFL, where they allow a stingy 256-yards per game. They are ranked third in passing defense and fifth in rushing. And in scoring defense they are eighth. Baltimore will bring this defense to bear against the Redskins' eighth-ranked overall offense in the league. Washington ranks fifth in passing offense, 20th in rushing, and 12th in scoring. If you don't mind, I would rather not discuss the Redskins' 29th-ranked defense... So is this a game Washington can win? Yes, but they have to be solid in most every area. Offensively, Washington's attack has to be balanced, meaning mixing a successful run-game in with their potent passing game. Defensively, the Redskins need to get pressure on Joe Flacco and limit the big play. And they absolutely need to do a better job on third down defense. Theirs currently ranks last on the planet. For most teams such a prescription would be a tall-order for an away-game. But Washington showed in New York they are not intimidated playing on the road. What say you? Do the Redskins have a chance? What are you keys to success? Discuss among yourselves and I will be back shortly. Stand by... INACTIVES The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 18 WR Josh Doctson o No. 26 CB Bashaud Breeland o No. 35 CB Dashaun Phillips o No. 36 S Su’a Cravens o No. 60 OL Vinston Painter o No. 72 DE Anthony Lanier II Final Pre-Game Thoughts Like I said above, the Redskins can win this game. But to do so they will need to play their very best. Defensively, they did something last week that made a difference - they created turnovers. They need more to win today. Predictions? Eh, don't bet the house on the good guys. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast Half I will never forgive them for going for it on 4th and 1 from the 20. That was certain points I think. The FG attempt at the end of the half not so much. This was a half of missed opportunities and mistakes. But still, the Redskins are within a single score and get the ball to start the half. If they get the offense going they have a chance all day. BTW - FU Ravens for taking the timeout at the end of the half. It was more than fitting Joe Flacco was sacked on the ensuing play. JimmiJo The Redskins needed a lot of luck and this game was far from pretty; but this was a BIG win for Washington today. The difference between 3-2 and 2-3 is significant. It means the difference between a winning and losing record. It means a third win on the trot and we can use ‘momentum’ without exaggerating. But it meant even more. The Redskins beat a team with a winning record, in their house, and one who came in with the number one defense in the league. Sure, Washington managed only 60-yards on the ground. Yes, they added but another 250 through the air and managed only 10 offensive points. And but for a very dumb play by a guy who made an outstanding interception when C.J. Mosely bowled the ball through the back of the endzone; the Ravens walk away solid winners. But they didn’t. So I will gladly thank our lucky stars (and Breshad Perriman’s right foot) for the win and go home happy. Mind you, the Redskins won with a below-average performance from Kirk Cousins. Cousins finished the day 29/41 for 260-yards, a touchdown and interception for an 85.41 rating. But the numbers don’t tell the tale. Cousins missed some gimmes today. Jordan Redd and DeSean Jackson were both running free when Cousins overthrew them for what would have been likely touchdowns. There was the interception. But just as bad was the throw wide on 3rd-and-1 on the second-to-last series which would have converted the third down and made the ending a lot less exciting. I am happy a much maligned defense stepped up in a big way to prevent any 2nd-half points. They allowed Baltimore to go only 3-for-15 on third down (20%) after coming in last in the league on third down. Two other key aspects of the defense’s game: pressure and negative plays. Washington had three sacks on the day and more than a couple loss-of-yard running plays by Baltimore. I will leave the defensive writeup with this: Washington’s 29th-ranked defense allowed fewer yards (306) then the league’s best (310). But game ball has to go to special teams. When was the last time you could argue teams won the game for Washington? Jaimeson Crowder on the return showed incredible speed and strength as he ran through what looked to be an obvious tackle on his way to the end zone. Not to be left out, Will Blackmon tacked on a 45-yard return. So after a 0-and-2 start, the Redskins have got it going with three wins in a row. Going to Baltimore and beating the Ravens has got to be a confidence-booster. Sure, Washington normally would lose with a performance featuring just 10 offensive points while they lose the turnover battle and run for just 60-yards. But fate and fortune were on their side and now they are as relevant as anyone in the division. If nothing else, we get to talk all kinds of trash to the Baltimorons this week. Post Game Audio P.S. Only Pappas can be so wrong about this team and be so happy about it. I picked a loss and cheered the win.
  14. 4 points
    DEFEAT!!! Steelers 38 - 16 Redskins Opening Thoughts JimmiJo For me, real football is played in the biting cold of late fall, when the leaves are down and the first snows are come. That said, it is hard to argue with the weather to start this Washington Redskins football season. Bright sun, mid-80s, and low humidity add up for a spectacular late-summer day outside. And while it may be a little on the warm side, I am sure when the sun sets we will settle into a beautiful night for football. Hello friends, JimmiJo here and I am joined by my partner of old, Murf. Together we will bring you the sites and sounds of tonight's action. So what can we say about this matchup? Experience tells us the Steelers come in the more seasoned, accomplished side. From the roster to the coaching staff, Pittsburgh brings a formidable reputation to FedEx Field. Actually there a few reasons to not like this game if you root for the Redskins: - The time - The Redskins do not do well in nationally televised prime-time games - The history - Pittsburgh are winners of five on the trot against Washington. In fact, the last time the Redskins beat the Steelers during the regular season was 1991 - The fans - Few teams' fans travel to FedEx Field as well as those of the Steelers (save perhaps Philadelphia). Though the Redskins won the division last year (which should help ticket sales), expect to see more yellow towels than you'd like Beyond what Pittsburgh bring, Washington has the some question marks coming into the new season: - Run-game - The Redskins first-team offense struggled last season to run the ball consistently. This preseason did little to reassure it is fixed. - Defensive pressure - Washington runs a 3-4 defensive front without a bona fide nose tackle. Admittedly, this is less and less important these days when a high number of snaps are nickle and dime packages. Still, the question of whether opponents can exploit Washington's interior line is unanswered. - Josh Norman - Norman was arguably the best cover-corner in the league last season. And most fans were extremely confident the Redskins had landed a top-tier guy in Norman. But then training camp came and Norman was more than once the victim of a Washington receiver. Tonight we will find out if Norman is the stud the team believed they signed. - Ring-rust - Washington hasn't taken a snap in anger since January. The body of work from the first team offense was minimal and week 3 preseason showed an offense not exactly clicking on all cylinders. Given their recent dominance over Washington, Pittsburgh will be coming in expecting to win. I suspect the Redskins will need to have early success to have a real chance to get this one. My prediction? Who the hell knows... Murf Hello again, my friends. Seriously, it feels like it's been entirely too long since last we spoke. While last season's unexpected playoff run ended in disappointment, it's safe to say that the bulk of the headlines coming out of Redskins Park these days are overwhelmingly positive. Continuity has become the norm with the Washington Redskins, which hasn't really ever been the case since Daniel Snyder bought the franchise. But the roster is no longer in a state of constant turnover, the coaching staff hasn't been radically redone and the foundation of a respectable franchise are evident. In short, the Redskins don't really resemble the punching bag the rest of the NFL lovin' world has come to know and mock. And I, for one, couldn't be happier. When the most constant storyline out of camp was how boring this team has become, you've finally reached respectability. When an NFC East team is drastically overpaying free agents (Giants) or blowing up the roster every offseason (Eagles) and it's not the guys in burgundy and gold, it's time to crack open a frosty and refreshing adult beverage. Welcome to the 2016 Washington Redskins. Know them. Love them. And enjoy the ride, because who knows how long this might last. Chances are, the Redskins will go as far as Kirk Cousins' arm takes them. While that might have been a terrifying propositions a season or two ago, it's actually kind of comforting now. Cousins, as you know, made $660,000 last season, which was respectable considering he was a fourth-year veteran who had done little to show he deserved to be paid as anything more than a backup quarterback. Fast forward to this year and, after putting together an electric second half of the '15 season, there's little doubt of just how important Cousins is to the Redskins. While the team and the player have yet to settle on the terms of a long-term deal, the Michigan State product will play this season on a franchise tag worth a staggering $19.95 million. That means, by the time the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers has concluded, Cousins will have easily surpassed his earnings for all of last season. That's what happens when you throw for more passing yards in a single season than any other quarterback in Redskins history. Yeah, you like that. But questions still remain: Can Cousins prove he's more than just a flash in the pan quarterback? Sure, his second half statistics were fantastic, but can he sustain those kind of numbers over the course of an entire season? And can the Redskins actually defeat a team with a winning record (which is something that didn't happen one year ago)? That doesn't entirely fall on the shoulder of Cousins, but he'll play a vital role as Washington tries to post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1991-92. Fortunately for the burgundy and gold, the season opener takes place at FedEx Field -- a place where Cousins shined in 2015. At home last season, Cousins threw for 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions while averaging 271 yards per game. Conversely, Cousins threw for 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions while averaging 249 yards per game on the road. Aside from Cousins, I'll be squarely focused on the ground game -- for both teams. Matt Jones, for one reason or another, has essentially been given the starting job, even though most people not currently employed in Ashbury rightly wonder why. With injury and fumble concerns and very little to show in his NFL body of work, it's not crazy to wonder why this guy has been named The Guy. Tonight is his first chance to prove skeptic (like me) wrong. And on the other side of the ball, can anyone on the Redskins' defensive line other than Chris Baker become a factor in the team's run defense? I would have preferred to see the front office spend a little more time and resources upgrading this particular area of concern, but in Scot we trust, right? Right?!? Other than that, I just want to see how Josh Norman handles his first game in burgundy and gold. I'd also like to see Su'a Cravens get some playing time and, most importantly, witness a primetime game involving the Redskins that doesn't end in embarrassing fashion. Is that too much to ask? ANNOUNCEMENT OF INACTIVES LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers: The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 19 WR Rashad Ross o No. 29 S Duke Ihenacho o No. 38 CB Kendall Fuller o No. 62 C Austin Reiter o No. 72 DE Anthony Lanier II o No. 74 G Arie Kouandjio The Steelers declared the following players as inactive: o No. 11 WR Markus Wheaton o No. 18 QB Zach Mettenberger o No. 27 CB Senquez Golson o No. 45 FB Roosevelt Nix o No. 51 LB Steven Johnson o No. 72 C/G Cody Wallace o No. 96 DE L.T. Walton Stand by... 6:50 PM KEYS TO VICTORY So the consensus among the writers I have spoken to in the pressbox is a loss for the good guys. Will the Redskins win tonight? I don't know. But I think they CAN win tonight if they do the following: - Establish an effective running game early: In Washington, the pass sets up the run more often than not. This is fine, as long as the Redskins can be effective when they do run. - Make Pittsburgh one-dimensional: The Redskins need to take away one aspect of the Steelers' offense. If Big Ben and company are able to gain yardage on the ground and in the air it is going to be a long night. - Sudden change: Protect the ball and force turnovers. The team that does so usually wins. What did I miss? Twitter - @skinscast & @HomerMcFanboy Pressbox Menu Alert! The Redskins' pressbox menu this evening features a carving-station and prime rib with au jus. Without question the best meal I have had in 11-years covering this team at FedEx Field. Same Old Redskins (Half) Frustrating half. Washington did some good stuff early, but as per usual they failed to take advantage of their chances. Pittsburgh on the other hand showed the one characteristic the Redskins lack: Killer Instinct. When you catch a break you have to make the other guy pay. They did. Washington didn't. And for the record I am cussing out Chris Thompson from now on for not getting past the first down marker on 4th down. Inecusable. There is still hope, but not much. And if the Steelers score on this first drive... AUDIO 2016 Week 1 Steelers at Redskins Post Game JimmiJo I asked head coach Jay Gruden if the lack of significant playing time adversely affected Kirk Cousins’ play and his timing with the receivers. “I don’t know how much an extra series against the [New York] Jets, or Buffalo [Bills] would have made a difference. There could be some merit in that and we will look into it for next year.” Spoken like a coach who has no idea what went wrong. At least, until he sees the tape. One thing Gruden was sure about was the lack of effective running really hurt the overall cause. The Redskins managed a total of 55-yards on 12-carries. Matt Jones led all Washington runners with 24-yards on 7-attempts. But half of those came on a single run. Washington’s inability to run allowed Pittsburgh to focus on the pass rush and secondary. Washington’s heavy emphasis on the passing game was reflected in the stats. The Redskins ran 55-plays; 43 pass attempts and the afore-mentioned 12 rush attempts. Kirk Cousins and the receiving core managed 384 net yards passing, but it should not be construed as success. Yes, Cousins had some big connections with passing plays of 33, 31, and 20-yards. But Cousins managed no touchdowns for the first time in 17 games. Conversely, he was intercepted twice, ending the night 30/43 for 329-yards and a rating of 72.7. Washington lost in almost every statistical category: - total net yards (435 – 384) - Third Down Efficiency (64% - 30%) - Rushing (147 – 55) - Red Zone Efficiency (100% - 25%) - Time of Possession (33:18 – 26:42) But the stats alone cannot convey the extent of the miss-match. After the first few series, Pittsburgh’s offense had their way with Washington’s defense. In the trenches they pushed the Redskins around, which was reflected in their success running. Once the run game got going it was just a matter of time before their passing attack awoke. Antonio Brown had a banner day; going 8-catches for 126-yards and 2 touchdowns. Pittsburgh added two more touchdowns via rushing and another via the air. Ben Roethlisberger went 27/37 for 300-yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception to finish with a rating of 112.4. The most disappointing aspect of this game, beyond the score, is the number of unanswered questions that were either not answered, or answered in a way that is not good. Pregame we said the Redskins had to run the ball, pressure the quarterback, and prevent the big play. They managed exactly none. Early last year Washington ran the ball very well. But then Shawn Lauvao got hurt and the run game disappeared. There was some hope that with him back, the rushing attack would return. It didn’t. When Washington parted ways with Terrance Knighton, they decided they could bring pressure without a traditional nose tackle. They also figured they could deal with the run. Neither were true tonight. I’m not suggesting Knighton is the answer and they should bring him in. But I am suggesting the defensive line is at best a work-in-progress. Watching tonight I wondered how much Junior Galette could have helped. Offensively, Gruden admitted they abandoned the run too soon. He said they suffer from having too many weapons in the receiving corps. But as good as Cousins can be, he is not so good that this team can excel without a running attack. I spoke to Chris Baker and Kedric Golston in the locker room. I wanted to get a sense of how this game will affect their psyche. Both said it’s about watching the tape and working on the things they did poorly. But both seemed to admit they came into this game with high confidence. Golston agreed this is sort of a gut-check. Based on the demeanor of this teams since last year, I think it is safe to say they came into tonight thinking they were a lot better than they showed. But it is only one game. Against a non-conference opponent at that. How much should Gruden and company be concerned? For me, because the challenges are in core-areas such as rushing and defending the run – alarm bells should be ringing. Loudly. See you next week.
  15. 4 points
    Tampa Bay, FL - Welcome to the #9 Bowl, no its not named after Sonny but tropical depression #9. I'm Hap Haszard and I'm covering the game from the pressbox, due to the change of schedule, our fearless leader TK could not make it to cover the sidelines. I arrived at the team hotel around 12:45, and from some of the bands of rain felt I was lucky to have made it that soon, Orlando was totally awash, the rest of the way it was bands of heavy rain then slacking off repeated until I reached the hotel, it was raining and windy when I arrived. While I was in the hotel lobby waiting for the team to arrive, I got to sit and talk with Jay Gruden's parents, a very delightful couple. The team was scheduled to arrive around 2 pm but it was 3 before they arrived. Once Jay arrived I left since I didn't want to intrude on their reunion. A shaky out of focus picture of my credentials HapExtremeskins ‏@HapHaszard 2h2 hours ago Just picked up my credentials [/] The field is covered and probably will be fairly good for the first quarter. I haven't had a chance to go down and check it out yet. I have a sideline pass so will go down during warmups and try and get some pictures from my fancy flip phone HapExtremeskins ‏@HapHaszard 33m33 minutes ago Field well protected I just located my seat in the press box, I'm in the very first row right at the window, last time I was in row 3 over so far I could barely see the field. Really nice to sit with the big boys. Brian McNally beside me, and the missing TK on the other side. HapExtremeskins ‏@HapHaszard New Video Board at Raymond James Stadium The are removing the tarp from the field now. I think the caterers here at Raymond James produce the best media meal I have had at any stadium. Tonight I went thru the Brisket line then back to the submarine line in honor of the weather. I even ate an extra cookie for TK, and it was good. HapExtremeskins ‏@HapHaszard 22m22 minutes ago Time for a little refreshment Please excuse the fuzzy pictures but these darn flip phones are hard to hold steady especially at my age. They have removed the tarps from the field, several Bucs out throwing the ball around no sign of the Redskins yet. Heading down to the field for a quick look around. Back from the field from up here it doesn't look like its raining but down on the field its coming down pretty steady just a solid drizzle no frog stranglers like in the DMV. A couple of redskins slowly coming out on the field. Dustin Hopkins is doing wind sprints for some odd reason since he is all by himself. ANNOUNCEMENT OF LINEUP CHANGES TAMPA, Fla. – The following members of the Washington Redskins did not travel with the team and will not play this evening: - No. 8 QB Kirk Cousins - No. 11 WR DeSean Jackson - No. 20 CB Greg Toler - No. 23 S DeAngelo Hall - No. 24 CB Josh Norman - No. 25 RB Chris Thompson - No. 26 CB Bashaud Breeland - No. 30 S David Bruton Jr. - No. 31 RB Matt Jones - No. 51 LB Will Compton - No. 54 LB Mason Foster - No. 61 G Spencer Long - No. 64 NT Kedric Golston - No. 71 T Trent Williams - No. 73 DE Ziggy Hood - No. 75 G Brandon Scherff - No. 76 T Morgan Moses - No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao - No. 78 C Kory Lichtensteiger - No. 80 WR Jamison Crowder . - No. 86 TE Jordan Reed - No. 88 WR Pierre Garçon - No. 91 LB Ryan Kerrigan - No. 92 DE Chris Baker - No. 94 LB Preston Smith A lot more Redskins are on the field, Mostly seeing Tress Way and Hopkins kicking the ball around couple guys chasing the ball, the rest are playing catch. Redskins doing passing drills at the moment. Linemen doing drills blocking view of passing drills Redskins done with drills and warmups headed back to the locker room, Bucs still on the field A couple of sideline shots The flaggettes and cheerleaders making a cheering line for the Bucs players coming out from the dressing room Pardon me I'm standing for the National Anthem FIRST QUARTER Tampa won the toss elects to kick off Redskins first series at 25 yl (touchback) Kelly 2 runs for first down. 2 more plays first down Running game is kicking butt Line giving them big holes I jinxed them 4th and 1 at 29 FG Hopkins Bucs first series 25 yl (touchback) run gain of 1 run gain of 4 deep pass incomplete punt Redskins 2nd series Big run on first play then they went backwards sack loss of down on penalty Redskins punt Bucs second series Pass good, for 1 yd, personal foul Redskins 15 yards run for 1 fumble on sack loss of 24 Punt Redskins 3rd series pass complete 3 yards Run for 3 incomplete pass Punt Bucks 3rd series run gain of 1 run no gain end of first Quarter It appears that our run game is much stronger than the Bucs can handle, our Defense seems to be able to stop their run game fairly easy. Sudfeld's timing looks off on his passes. Have to see if he settles down in the 2nd Quarter. FIRST DOWNS Redskins 4 Bucs 1 NET YARDS Redskins 73 Bucs -3 SECOND QUARTER Mack Brown 60 yard run for TD Redskins really working on causing fumbles, going for the ball in gang tackles Redskins FG 23 yard set up by Ihenichao interception 13-0 Redskins Looks like for today at least Ross has punt return duties Mac Brown is getting big chunks of yards on his carries. Making the most of his chances Bates and Wakefield getting some penetration into the Bucs backfield just looking at the vast crowd of fans in the stands they actually may have more in the stands than the support people for the game Rough half time stats not official Redskins rushing 188 yards TB 11 Redskins passing -1 net yards TB 33 Brown 12 carries for 130 yards Kelly 11 carries for 58 yards THIRD QUARTER Tampa on their first series got some moxie and drove to the Redskins 32 before they were stopped, a 50 yard field goal gives the Bucs their first score of the game now 13-3 Redskins Thorpe took a short pass and was pushed out of bounds 41 yards later. 11 yard run by Kelly then a false start penalty Kelly is hard to bring down takes more than one person. TD by Ross Redskins now at 215 Rushing yards and 60 passing yards. Sloppy play by both teams ends the 3rd Quarter Redskins 276 yards total to 69 yards for TB Redskins 233 yards rushing to 26 for TB FOURTH QUARTER Mac Brown really really wants to play on the 53, he has done everything he can to get there this game. End of the 3rd quarter he had 14 carries for 134 yards with a 9.6 yard average. Wow... Kelly has 16 carries for 99 yards. The Bucs have a nice series going nice combo of pass and run moving the sticks Bucs 3rd or possibly 2nd string QB look a lot more polished than Sudfeld nice passing game all of a sudden. Lousy tackling by Redskins Bucs QB ran around for 5 minutes in backfield 3 Redskins linemen had a shot at him but all missed. I'd tell you who they were but I was laughing so hard I didn't bother looking. TB FG, after that nice drive that's all they got. 20-6 REDSKINS Just took 4 guys to take down Mac Brown Bucs another nice drive going, 1:59 sec to go at Redskins 38 off sides penalty give Bucs first down at 33 TD Bucs 20 - 13 Redskins Bucs onside kick goes out of bounds Redskins ball on 49 yl 2 knees and that is the old ball game folks don't forget your hat on the way out
  16. 3 points
    Week 1 Loss Leaves Redskins Searching for Answers By John Pappas (ES Coverage Staff) For Redskins’ fans, this offseason was filled with excitement and anticipation. Washington won the NFC East in 2015, riding the back of an offense and quarterback in Kirk Cousins that seemed to get better each week until losing in the first round of the playoffs. Despite the loss, the team entered the post-season with no major injuries to key players. There were no salary cap issues and fans expected the team to keep their major stars. Even better, General Manager Scot McCloughan would have another free agency and draft to enhance the overall talent-level of the roster. Then there was quarterback Kirk Cousins, who, unlike last year when he was named starting quarterback late in preseason, would have the benefit of an entire offseason working and learning as the starter. Despite the franchise tag placed on him by the team, which some construed as a lack of confidence in the hurler, reports from camp and limited play in preseason suggested he would pick up where he left off in 2015. All of which left fans with a hopeful feeling for 2016, which even extended to week 1 verses Pittsburgh. Sure, there was the fact that the Redskins don’t seem to play very well in prime time. Nor had they managed a winning campaign against the Steelers since 1991. But the expectation was a competitive game featuring scoring and a close finish. Following the division title, many thought Washington poised to change the dynamic in nationally televised games at FedEx Field. Instead, the game unfolded like so many other Redskins’ losses. Competitive early, Washington could not take advantage of turnovers and field position. Settling for field goals instead of touchdowns gave way to huge, momentum-shifting scoring plays by Pittsburgh. They had no success running and excepting a few passing plays beyond 20-yards, were limited to check-downs in the passing game. Only when the Redskins abandoned the huddle for the hurry-up in the second half did they find any kind any sort of rhythm which led a touchdown drive. In all, the loss left fans with more questions than answers. And now, the week two matchup verses the Dallas Cowboys becomes a must-win game. Sure, the Redskins can afford a non-conference loss at home to the Steelers. But add to that a division loss at home to the Cowboys, while arriving at an 0-2 record, and it becomes intolerable. But there was one question answered in the loss: The Redskins are not an elite NFL team. Oh they can still be good. They can still win the division. But they are not-yet ready to be discussed along with the top two or three teams in the league. They haven’t yet staked their claim. As the sting of the loss wears off, fans are left with serious questions. Can the Redskins run the ball? Washington allowed Alfred Morris to leave following the season. They decided instead to hook their wagon to Matt Jones and players to be named. To begin the season, the Redskins backfield features Matt Jones, carry-over Chris Thompson, and rookie Robert Kelley. Against Pittsburgh the rushing attack totaled 55-yards on 12 carries (one being a quarterback scramble). Jones was the top rusher with 24-yards on seven-carries. But half of those came on a single carry. Washington’s offense ran 55-plays. But only 11 designed running plays. With so few attempts it is apparent the Redskins abandoned the run well too soon. In order to answer whether Washington can have an effective rushing attack, the Redskins need to stay with the run-game to see if it can work. Can Washington’s defensive front pressure opposing quarterbacks? The Redskins registered no sacks against the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger is a master at getting the ball out quickly, and the result was 300-yards passing with three touchdowns and an interception. Following the game, Washington made roster moves, bringing in defensive line veteran Cullen Jenkins. Jenkins spent the final week of the preseason on the Redskins’ roster, registering a sack in game 4. Washington hopes his addition will lead to more pressure on the quarterback, which will result in quarterback sacks and hurries. Will the Redskins secondary be as good as advertised? If Washington can generate more pressure up front, it will reduce the obligation of the secondary to cover for as long. Conversely, if the secondary can cover the receivers longer, it will create opportunities for the pass-rushers. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry was asked why new addition Josh Norman wasn’t assigned to Anthony Brown full-time. Barry explained to the press this week Baushad Breeland was in excellent position for the first Brown touchdown Monday night, but that Brown made a near-perfect catch. In fact, Barry stated, on very few occasions was Breeland beaten badly by Brown. The challenge was the exceptional skill of Brown, whom he described as one of the best receivers in the league. Still, it is hard to imagine Norman not being assigned exclusively to Dez Bryant this weekend. And with the New York Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. on the horizon, the subplots involving Norman matching up against star receivers have fans salivating. In the big picture, Washington will need to do these things somewhat effectively to make the transition to a top-tier team. The Redskins have not logged back-to-back winning seasons since 1993. But this year, they have a good chance to do it. The division remains weak and Washington need only to register performances akin to last year to compete for the NFC East. But in order to take the next step, real improvement is required on both sides of the ball. Gregg Williams, when he was in Washington, used to say a team is never as good or as bad as a single game suggests. This is likely true and it is likely the Redskins are a better team than their first game suggested. But in order to make the case of an improved squad, they need to start to answer the questions above. John Pappas (JimmiJo) has covered the Washington Redskins since 2006 for Extremeskins, Warpath Magazine, Skinscast Podcast, and others. His mind-numbing rants can be enjoyed on Extremeskins and on Twitter @Skinscast
  17. 3 points
    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 or Highlander - There can only be one. Below are their per game rushing stats: Against Atlanta RUSHING ATT YDS TD LG R.Kelley 7 40 1 18 M.Brown 7 28 0 7 Against NY Jets RUSHING ATT YDS TD LG R.Kelley 3 8 0 6 M.Brown 2 7 0 4 Against Buffalo RUSHING ATT YDS TD LG R.Kelley 12 51 0 9 M.Brown 11 43 0 15 Against Tampa Bay RUSHING ATT YDS TD LG M.Brown 19 149 1 60 R.Kelley 16 99 0 14
  18. 2 points
    Down Analysis Report for Detroit Lions Offensive Down Analysis Report for Detroit Lions First Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 3 (4) -3 (20) -1.00 0 (16) 0.00% 2 3 4 5 3 (3) 8 (7) 2.67 1 (4) 33.33% 6 1 (3) -2 (7) -2.00 0 (3) 0.00% 7 8 1 (5) 3 (5) 3.00 0 (4) 0.00% 9 10 69 (14) 246 (20) 3.57 8 (13) 11.59% 11-15 1 (11) -3 (23) -3.00 0 (4) 0.00% 16+ 2 (5) 47 (1) 23.50 1 (1) 50.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 4 1 (5) 2 (7) 2.00 0 (7) 0.00% 5 6 1 (3) 5 (6) 5.00 0 (6) 0.00% 7 1 (3) 7 (1) 7.00 1 (1) 100.00% 8 9 1 (2) 8 (3) 8.00 0 (3) 0.00% 10 71 (21) 451 (24) 6.35 19 (17) 26.76% 11-15 3 (5) 12 (11) 4.00 0 (7) 0.00% 16+ 5 (1) 12 (13) 2.40 0 (8) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2 (12) 11 (16) 5.50 0 (9) 0.00% Second Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 6 (4) 3 (28) 0.50 3 (14) 50.00% 2 4 (9) 13 (12) 3.25 2 (10) 50.00% 3 6 (2) 32 (2) 5.33 4 (1) 66.67% 4 1 (29) 7 (19) 7.00 1 (14) 100.00% 5 1 (29) -6 (32) -6.00 0 (22) 0.00% 6 2 (24) 10 (21) 5.00 1 (10) 50.00% 7 3 (14) 13 (13) 4.33 1 (8) 33.33% 8 3 (10) 3 (26) 1.00 0 (9) 0.00% 9 1 (22) 2 (18) 2.00 0 (4) 0.00% 10 11 (9) 52 (11) 4.73 2 (4) 18.18% 11-15 1 (25) 5 (20) 5.00 0 (10) 0.00% 16+ 1 (18) 7 (14) 7.00 0 (1) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 7 (1) 42 (4) 6.00 5 (1) 71.43% 2 3 (9) 44 (3) 14.67 2 (4) 66.67% 3 3 (14) 34 (7) 11.33 1 (16) 33.33% 4 8 (3) 56 (6) 7.00 5 (3) 62.50% 5 4 (15) 61 (7) 15.25 3 (7) 75.00% 6 6 (9) 41 (9) 6.83 4 (3) 66.67% 7 3 (27) 18 (25) 6.00 1 (24) 33.33% 8 3 (26) 93 (2) 31.00 3 (8) 100.00% 9 10 (2) 27 (20) 2.70 2 (9) 20.00% 10 12 (27) 19 (32) 1.58 1 (29) 8.33% 11-15 15 (1) 80 (11) 5.33 2 (11) 13.33% 16+ 10 (1) 78 (2) 7.80 1 (4) 10.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 (2) 2 (8) 2.00 0 (6) 0.00% 7 8 9 10 11-15 1 (2) 29 (1) 29.00 1 (1) 100.00% 16+ 1 (3) 4 (5) 4.00 0 (1) 0.00% Third Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 5 (17) 3 (28) 0.60 2 (26) 40.00% 2 1 (19) -1 (26) -1.00 0 (18) 0.00% 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11-15 16+ 1 (11) 2 (16) 2.00 0 (3) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 3 (11) 24 (9) 8.00 2 (5) 66.67% 2 6 (5) 23 (13) 3.83 4 (3) 66.67% 3 2 (22) 6 (22) 3.00 1 (19) 50.00% 4 5 (16) 46 (7) 9.20 3 (9) 60.00% 5 3 (27) 14 (25) 4.67 2 (18) 66.67% 6 5 (11) 7 (24) 1.40 2 (6) 40.00% 7 1 (32) -9 (32) -9.00 0 (31) 0.00% 8 1 (30) 17 (17) 17.00 1 (14) 100.00% 9 10 (1) 83 (3) 8.30 4 (1) 40.00% 10 6 (14) 31 (14) 5.17 2 (11) 33.33% 11-15 9 (7) 166 (1) 18.44 5 (1) 55.56% 16+ 7 (3) 54 (6) 7.71 1 (1) 14.29% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 1 (2) 6 (3) 6.00 1 (1) 100.00% 4 1 (2) 5 (4) 5.00 1 (2) 100.00% 5 6 7 8 2 (1) 19 (3) 9.50 0 (4) 0.00% 9 10 11-15 2 (1) 39 (1) 19.50 2 (1) 100.00% Fourth Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 3 (4) 6 (8) 2.00 3 (3) 100.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 2 (1) 4 (7) 2.00 2 (1) 100.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % League rank listed in parantheses. Defensive Down Analysis Report for Detroit Lions First Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 1 (4) 2 (10) 2.00 0 (9) 0.00% 4 5 2 (9) 2 (18) 1.00 0 (14) 0.00% 6 7 8 9 1 (5) -6 (16) -6.00 0 (3) 0.00% 10 62 (26) 318 (9) 5.13 6 (21) 9.68% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 1 (3) 1 (1) 1.00 1 (1) 100.00% 2 2 (1) 2 (1) 1.00 1 (1) 50.00% 3 4 1 (5) 4 (2) 4.00 1 (2) 100.00% 5 6 7 8 9 1 (2) -10 (10) -10.00 0 (4) 0.00% 10 88 (4) 738 (3) 8.39 29 (7) 32.95% 11-15 2 (10) 0 (23) 0.00 0 (7) 0.00% 16+ 3 (8) -6 (29) -2.00 0 (8) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 1 (1) 1 (1) 1.00 1 (1) 100.00% Second Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 6 (8) 34 (5) 5.67 6 (6) 100.00% 2 5 (4) 7 (16) 1.40 2 (12) 40.00% 3 4 (11) 22 (6) 5.50 2 (7) 50.00% 4 3 (16) 6 (23) 2.00 0 (25) 0.00% 5 5 (6) 26 (6) 5.20 3 (2) 60.00% 6 4 (13) 21 (8) 5.25 1 (9) 25.00% 7 1 (27) 9 (17) 9.00 1 (9) 100.00% 8 2 (21) 5 (23) 2.50 0 (10) 0.00% 9 1 (24) 10 (8) 10.00 1 (1) 100.00% 10 15 (2) 59 (9) 3.93 2 (5) 13.33% 11-15 5 (4) 7 (14) 1.40 0 (9) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 1 (19) 1 (17) 1.00 1 (11) 100.00% 2 4 (4) 34 (5) 8.50 3 (2) 75.00% 3 2 (14) -1 (28) -0.50 1 (13) 50.00% 4 3 (23) 38 (13) 12.67 3 (11) 100.00% 5 6 (7) 62 (7) 10.33 3 (9) 50.00% 6 8 (2) 45 (8) 5.63 3 (7) 37.50% 7 5 (17) 44 (13) 8.80 3 (8) 60.00% 8 3 (30) 0 (32) 0.00 0 (29) 0.00% 9 2 (30) 12 (25) 6.00 0 (28) 0.00% 10 16 (15) 76 (25) 4.75 2 (27) 12.50% 11-15 10 (13) 109 (3) 10.90 2 (9) 20.00% 16+ 6 (10) 82 (2) 13.67 2 (1) 33.33% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 (1) 9 (3) 9.00 1 (1) 100.00% Third Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 4 (24) 12 (14) 3.00 4 (14) 100.00% 2 3 (2) 20 (1) 6.67 2 (2) 66.67% 3 4 5 6 7 1 (3) 3 (7) 3.00 0 (5) 0.00% 8 9 10 11-15 4 (1) 2 (14) 0.50 0 (3) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 (16) 20 (10) 10.00 1 (12) 50.00% 2 4 (14) 43 (7) 10.75 4 (5) 100.00% 3 4 (11) 23 (11) 5.75 2 (9) 50.00% 4 6 (11) 48 (6) 8.00 5 (3) 83.33% 5 8 (5) 26 (17) 3.25 4 (7) 50.00% 6 2 (29) 10 (20) 5.00 1 (15) 50.00% 7 7 (5) 48 (9) 6.86 4 (2) 57.14% 8 8 (1) 51 (7) 6.38 2 (7) 25.00% 9 1 (29) 8 (26) 8.00 0 (26) 0.00% 10 3 (31) 0 (30) 0.00 1 (21) 33.33% 11-15 5 (25) 80 (8) 16.00 1 (21) 20.00% 16+ 3 (23) 46 (10) 15.33 0 (8) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 (1) 18 (1) 9.00 2 (1) 100.00% 2 3 4 5 6 1 (1) 6 (5) 6.00 1 (1) 100.00% 7 8 1 (2) 11 (5) 11.00 1 (1) 100.00% 9 10 11-15 1 (4) 10 (6) 10.00 0 (4) 0.00% 16+ 1 (1) 14 (3) 14.00 0 (3) 0.00% Fourth Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 (5) -3 (25) -1.50 0 (21) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 4 1 (1) 9 (4) 9.00 1 (1) 100.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % League rank listed in parantheses.
  19. 2 points
  20. 2 points
    »» The Redskins recording a fourth consecutive victory to match their four-game winning streak to close the 2015 season. »» The Redskins evening their home record this season at 2-2. »» The Redskins improving to 4-2 through six games for the first time since 2008. »» The Redskins adding to their 84 all-time wins against the Eagles, their most against any opponent. »» The Redskins seeking a fourth straight victory against Philadelphia for the first time since posting a four-game winning streak in the series across the 1985-87 seasons. »» The Redskins improving upon their 43-35-3 all-time record in home games against the Eagles, including home wins in three of the last four seasons. »» The Redskins attempting to secure their first three-game home winning streak vs. Philadelphia since the 1997-99 seasons. »» The Redskins recording a second punt return for a touchdown in a season for the first time since 1994. »» The Redskins scoring a touchdown on a punt return in consecutive weeks for the first time since Weeks 5-6 of the 1957 season (Bert Zagers, 76 yards at New York and 56 yards at Cleveland). »» The Redskins exceeding 300 yards of offense in a 10th consecutive regular season game, dating back to last season, for the first time since Weeks 1-11 in 2014. »» The Redskins holding a second straight opponent to 10 points or fewer for the first time since Weeks 10-11 of the 2001 season. »» The Redskins forcing a takeaway for an eighth consecutive regular season game, dating back to last season, for the first time since a 10-game stretch from Week 12 of the 2013 season through Week 4 of the 2014 season. »» The Redskins forcing a fumble in an 11th straight regular season game, dating back to last season. The team’s current 10-game stretch is the team’s longest in records dating back to 1991. »» The Redskins adding to their 29 defensive forced fumbles since the start of the 2015 season, most in the NFL. »» The Redskins facing a defense ranked in the Top 2 in yards per game for a second straight week. The Ravens entered last week’s game as the No. 1 defense in the NFL; the Eagles enter Sunday as the league’s No. 2-ranked defense. »» Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (one) intercepting a pass to become the first member of the Redskins since Fred Smoot (2001-03) to open a career with multiple interceptions in three straight seasons. »» Quarterback Kirk Cousins recording his 15th career 300-yard passing game, including postseason play, to move past Joe Theismann (14) for sole possession of second in team history. »» Cousins facing the Eagles, against whom he has averaged 360.7 yards per game and posted an 8:1 TD:INT ratio in three career games. »» Cousins (54) chasing No. 7 Jason Campbell (55) and No. 6 Eddie LeBaron (59) on the team’s all-time passing touchdowns list. »» Wide receiver Jamison 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 1947 and John Williams in 1952). »» Crowder becoming the first member of the Redskins since Zagers (Weeks 5-6 in 1957) to post punt return touchdowns in consecutive games. »» Crowder (two) setting a new single-season career high with his next receiving touchdown. »» Tight end Vernon Davis adding to his 55 career touchdown receptions, seventh-most of any tight end in NFL history. »» Cornerback Quinton Dunbar (one) setting a career high with his next interception. »» Wide receiver Pierre Garçon extending his streak of consecutive regular season games played with a reception to 92, the sixth longest active streak in the NFL (Larry Fitzgerald, 184; Brandon Marshall, 149; Steve Smith, 134; Jason Witten, 124; Michael Crabtree, 100). Sixty-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 (19 with Washington) catching a touchdown pass to become the 15th player in Redskins history to post 20 touchdown receptions with the team. »» Garçon tallying a touchdown reception in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game stretch to close the 2015 season. »» Garçon (3,738) gaining 193 receiving yards to pass Henry Ellard (3,930) for 11th-most receving yards in team history. »» Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (24) recording a 50-plus-yard touchdown to tie Steve Smith, Sr. (25) for fourth in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger. »» Jackson (20) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown to tie Devin Hester (21) for second-most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history. »» Running back Matt Jones (two) tying his career high (three in 2015) with his next rushing touchdown. »» Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan starting his 86th consecutive game, tied for third-most among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career. »» Linebacker Trent Murphy adding to his single-season career high 4.5 sacks. »» Murphy posting at least a half-sack in a fifth consecutive game for the first time in his career. »» Tight end Jordan Reed adding to his 33 receptions this season, tied for the most among NFL tight ends. »» Reed (215) catching 12 passes to tie Rod Gardner for the 15th most receptions in team history. »» Reed (16) catching three touchdown passes to tie Clint Didier (19) for fourth-most by a tight end in Redskins history.
  21. 2 points
    Redskins Offense »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in passing yards (992) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in receiving yards (1020) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in 25+ yard passing plays (11) »» Ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL in percentage of sacks per pass attempt (2.25%) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in air yards (404) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in gross passing yards (1020) »» Ranks first in the NFC and tied for first in the NFL in percentage of 3-and-out drives (6.5%) »» Ranks first in the NFC tied for first in the NFL in scoring percentage on 1st and goal from inside the 5 (100.0%) »» Ranks first in the NFC and third in the NFL in pass completions of 20+ yards (14) »» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in percentage of first down plays gaining 4+ yards (56.5%) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in receiving targets (122) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in pass attempts (125) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in total yards per play (6.48) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in passing yards per game (339.5) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in receiving yards at catch (731) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in total net yards (1219) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in total average yards per down (6.48) »» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in percentage of offensive drives resulting in points (51.6%) »» Ranks second in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in red zone drives (14) »» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in pass completions (80) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in average receiving yards (12.8) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receiving targets per game (40.7) »» Ranks third in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in percentage of rushes gaining 4+ yards (45.8%) »» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in receiving yards per game (340.0) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in total net yards per game (406.3) »» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in net passing yards per game (330.7) »» Ranks third in the NFC and third in the NFL in yards gained per first down play (7.16) »» Ranks third in NFC and sixth in the NFL in average rushing yards per play (4.72) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and NFL in passing yards per attempt (8.16) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and the NFL in receptions per game (26.7) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in yards after catch (289) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in average yards after catch (3.6) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and NFL in pass completions for first downs (45) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in percentage of first down pass plays gaining 4+ yards (60.0%) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in average yards to go on second down (7.52) »» Ranks fifth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in average receiving yards at catch (9.1) »» Ranks fifth in the NFC and tied for sixth in the NFL in 3rd-and-long conversion percentage (40.0%) »» Ranks tied for fifth in the NFC and tied for eighth in the NFL in plays for 10+ yards (44) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in passing yards per play (7.63) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC in percentage of receptions for first downs (56.3%) »» Ranks seventh in the NFC in percentage of rushing plays for 10+ yards (10.2%) »» Ranks seventh in the NFC and eighth in the NFL in percentage of second down plays converted for first downs (36.1%) »» Ranks eighth in the NFC in pass completion percentage (64.0%) Redskins Defense »» Ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL in total tackles (213) »» Ranks first in the NFC and third in the NFL in passes defensed (19) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in fumbles forced (6) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in assisted tackles (81) »» Ranks tied for fourth in the NFC and eighth in the NFL in QB sacks (5) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in average yards after catch allowed per reception (5.9) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in yards after catch allowed (273) »» Ranks tied for fifth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt (7.46) »» Ranks tied for sixth in the NFC in sacks (7) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC in interception yards (28) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC in average interception yards (9.3) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC in longest interception return (26) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC in interception rate (2.86%) »» Ranks seventh in the NFC in sack yards (37) »» Ranks eighth in the NFC and tied for 10th in the NFL in solo tackles (132) Redskins Special Teams »» Ranks tied for first in the NFC and NFL in field goal percentage (100.0%) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goals made (11) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goal attempts (11) »» Ranks first in the NFC and tied for first in the NFL in kickoffs for touchbacks (15) »» Ranks tied for first in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in special teams assisted tackles (4) »» Ranks tied for first in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in percentage of opponent kickoff returns of 20+ yards (25.0%) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in average starting field position following kickoffs (26.4) »» Ranks tied for second in the NFC and tied for third in the NFL in percentage of kickoff returns for 20+ yards (75.0%) »» Ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in average starting field position (32.5) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in kickoff yards (1221) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fifth in the NFL in percentage of kickoffs for touchbacks (78.9%) »» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in average punt return yards (17.5) »» Ranks third in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in average starting line position after kickoff (22.8) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in total punt return yards (105) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and NFL for longest punt return (50) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in total kick return yards (201) »» Ranks tied for fifth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in average kickoff return yards (24.0) Redskins Players »» Bashaud Breeland ranks sixth in the NFC in interception yards (26) »» Will Compton ranks first in the NFC and third in the NFL in assisted tackles (15) »» Kirk Cousins ranks first in the NFC and NFL for 25+ yard passes (10) »» Cousins second in the NFC and first in the NFL in passing yards (989) »» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and tied for third in the NFL in pass attempts (124) »» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and NFL in passing yards per game (329.7) »» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and second in the NFL in passing yards at catch (564) »» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in yards after catch by a QB (425) »» Cousins ranks third in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in pass attempts per game (41.3) »» Cousins ranks fourth in the NFC in average yards after catch per reception by a QB (3.7) »» Cousins ranks tied for fourth in the NFC and NFL in pass completions per game (26.3) »» Cousins ranks fourth in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in pass completions (79) »» Cousins ranks fourth in the NFC and eighth in the NFL in yards after catch by a QB (289) »» Cousins ranks fifth in the NFC and NFL in passing yards per completion (12.52) »» Cousins ranks fifth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in yards per attempt (7.98) »» Cousins ranks sixth in the NFC and tied for sixth in the NFL for passing first-downs (45) »» Cousins ranks sixth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in average passing yards at catch per reception (8.9) »» Cousins ranks ninth in the NFC in second-down passer rating (91.8) »» Cousins ranks ninth in the NFC for longest pass (57) »» Jamison Crowder ranks second in the NFC and NFL in punt returns (5) »» Crowder ranks fourth in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in punt return yards (47) »» Crowder ranks tied for sixth in the NFL in receptions on 3rd-andshort (1) »» Vernon Davis ranks first in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in average yards after catch amongst tight ends (7.3) »» Davis ranks eighth in the NFC in yards after catch amongst tight ends (44) »» Davis ranks seventh in the NFC in longest reception amongst tight ends (32) »» Davis ranks eighth in the NFC in average receiving yards amongst tight ends (11.8) »» Josh Doctson ranks ninth in the NFC in longest reception (57) »» Mason Foster ranks tied for fifth in the NFC in total tackles (24) »» Foster ranks tied for fifth in the NFC in assisted tackles (11) »» Foster ranks tied for eighth in the NFC in solo tackles (18) »» Dustin Hopkins ranks tied for first in the NFC and NFL in field goal percentage (100.0%) »» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goals made (11) »» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goals attempted (11) »» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goals made in a single game (5) »» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC and in the NFL in points scored by kickers (38) »» Hopkins ranks second in the NFC and tied for second in the NFL in touchbacks on kickoffs (15) »» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC in points scored in a single game by any player (17) »» DeSean Jackson ranks second in the NFC and tied for second in the NFL in 25+ yard receptions (5) »» Jackson ranks eighth in the NFC in receiving yards (238) »» Jackson ranks eighth in the NFC in average receiving yards (17.0) »» Jackson ranks eighth in the NFC in receiving yards per game (79.3) »» Matt Jones ranks ninth in the NFC for total rushing yards (150) »» Jones ranks eighth in the NFC in rushing attempts (37) »» Jones ranks eighth in the NFC in rush attempts per game (12.3) »» Jones ranks ninth in the NFC in rushing yards per game (50.0) »» Trent Murphy ranks tied for fourth in the NFC and tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks (3) »» Josh Norman ranks first in the NFC and tied for first in the NFL in passes defensed (7) »» Jordan Reed ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in receiving yards amongst tight ends (190) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in receiving yards per game amongst tight ends (63.3) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receptions amongst tight ends (16) »» Reed ranks third in the NFC and NFL in targets amongst tight ends (25) »» Reed ranks tied for third in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL for receptions resulting in a first down amongst tight ends (10) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receptions per game amongst tight ends (5.3) »» Reed ranks third in the NFC and NFL in targets per game amongst tight ends (8.3) »» Reed ranks tied for third in the NFC and NFL in first-down receptions amongst tight ends (7) »» Reed ranks tied for third in the NFC and tied for 7th in the NFL in yards after catch amongst tight ends (65) »» Reed ranks fourth in the NFC and NFL in yards at catch amongst tight ends (125) »» Reed ranks sixth in the NFC in average receiving yards amongst tight ends (11.9) »» Reed ranks sixth in the NFC in percentage of receptions resulting in first downs amongst tight ends (62.5%) »» Reed ranks seventh in the NFC for average yards at catch amongst tight ends (7.8) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and NFL in yards at catch amongst tight ends (88) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receiving yards amongst tight ends (134) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receiving yards per game amongst tight ends (67.0) »» Reed ranks tied for second in the NFC in 25+ yards receptions amongst tight ends (1) »» Reed ranks tied for third in the NFC and NFL in first down receptions amongst tight ends (7) »» Reed ranks tied for fourth in the NFC and tied for sixth in the NFL in third-down receptions (5) »» Reed ranks fifth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in yards after catch amongst tight ends (46) »» Reed ranks tied for eighth in the NFC in receptions (12) »» Reed ranks eighth in the NFC in yards per catch amongst tight ends (11.2)
  22. 2 points
    DEFEAT Cowboys 27 - 23 Redskins The word of the day is; "URGENT." Hello everybody, JimmiJo here and I am joined by Spaceman Spiff. And our mission is to bring you the sites, sounds, and smells of today's Washington Redskins - Dallas Cowboys game. The Washington Redskins used a prime time Monday Night opportunity to lay a spectacular egg. They were beating in most every significant area and suffered yet another national embarrassment. Ok, so that one's over. But while I am usually all for the 24-hour rule; the one where you celebrate a win or bemoan a loss for 24-hours and then move on either way - today's game must be viewed in the context of last week's loss: - The Redskins were horrible running the ball last week. All eyes are watching to see if the rush attack exists, let alone improves. - The run defense was very poor. Dallas is known for having a poor line. They have a rookie is Ezekiel Elliot who wants to prove he merited the low draft pick (5th overall). Then there's this guy named Alfred Morris who would love to show Washington what they let get away. - Is our best guy gonna cover their best guy? Yea, I heard all the rationalization how both Redskins corners are good and they have this scheme-thing they do...Sounded like a bunch of crapola to me. We paid a mountain of money for Josh Norman. Time for him to show us why they did. - 0-2 at home to start the season could be really, really bad. The teeth of the schedule is later this year. You cannot give away two home games. Yes, this is must win. Let me say that again; YES, this is MUST-WIN. The difference between 1-1 and 0-2 is profound. Dallas features a quarterback starting just his second game in the league. This is one of the marquee rivalries in the NFL. If the Redskins can't use all of the above as motivation to go out and start whoopin' monkey ass, I'm not sure what they can use. Prediction: They better win. ANNOUNCEMENT OF INACTIVES LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for today’s game against the Dallas Cowboys: The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 19 WR Rashad Ross o No. 38 CB Kendall Fuller o No. 50 LB Martrell Spaight o No. 72 DE Anthony Lanier II o No. 74 G Arie Kouandjio o No. 97 DE Kendall Reyes The Cowboys declared the following players as inactive: o No. 9 QB Tony Romo o No. 34 RB Darius Jackson o No. 35 S Kavon Frazier o No. 53 LB Mark Nzeocha o No. 65 G Ronald Leary o No. 75 DE Ryan Davis o No. 99 DE Charles Tapper Keys to Victory - Run the (freaking) ball - Pressure the youngster - BE BOLD (play-to-win)! Check me out in-game on Twitter @skinscast BTW Way too many Dallas fans here today. Way more than Steelers' fans last week. Please send these chuckle-heads home butthurt. Half Dumpster-fire to start on defense. Kirk Cousins is apparently allergic to throwing touchdowns. And Joe Barry finally started switching Norman back and forth. Audio May be found here 2016 Week 2 Cowboys at Redskins Post Game Photo Album - 2016 Week 2: Cowboys at Redskins JimmiJo It is hard to articulate my frustrations with this team. On the one hand it is maddening the extent of missed opportunities. On the other, it is more than just that. Here's the bottom-line: the better team lost. But they lost because they did not take advantage of opportunities. They lost because they let a rookie quarterback outplay them. They lost because of the stubbornness of head coaches and coordinators who place system ahead of staff capability. But this is more than just missed chances and dumb-luck. As of right now this team is profoundly worse than the team that won the division last season. I plan to do a more-extensive article, but here are three areas that are killing this team right now: 1. Third Down Offense - This is an area Washington excelled in last year. In fact, it was one of the areas where they were most improved from the season prior. The Redskins ended the 2015 regular season ranked 5th overall in 3rd down conversions. This year? They currently rank 25th. Today they went 5-for-12 for 42%*. 2. Third Down Defense - This is another area where a profound drop in production has occurred. The Redskins finished last year ranked 8th in this stat. They currently rest at a dismal 27th*. Washington's drop in effectiveness in this area was noticeable week 1 versus Pittsburgh, and the trend continued against Dallas. They cannot seem to get off the field on third down, especially on third-and-long; where most teams succeed. 3. Quarterback - Kirk Cousins is having problems. In his case, it's all in his head. Cousins finished 2015 with an overall QB rating of 101.6, 10th among quarterbacks. Following two games in 2016 Cousins is rocking a 72.7 and 32nd in the league. Beyond the numbers, his accuracy is way off. On Sunday he overthrew two wide open receivers, both of whom would have run into the end zone untouched. He also tried to force a throw into the end zone to a receiver covered by multiple defenders. The result was an interception. The subsequent Dallas drive resulted in the game-winning touchdown run from Alfred Morris. If the Redskins would have fixed two of these today they would have won. Unfortunately, the real list of problems are longer than the above. There is an ineffectual rushing attack. Poor personnel groupings on key plays.Poor defensive scheme, especially in the secondary, and of course; penalties. This team has a lot if issues. And now they get to travel to New York and play the Giants. Anyone remember what happened last year when they went? Can you say 0-and-3? I wonder if succession planning has already begun. A loss next week and I have to believe it will begin. * According to teamrankings.com
  23. 2 points
    »» The Redskins kicking off their 85th season in franchise history, dating back to their debut as the Boston Braves in 1932. »» The Redskins representing Washington, D.C., for an 80th straight season, dating back to the team’s move to the District prior to the team’s 1937 championship season. »» The Redskins repeating as NFC East champions for the first time since winning the division in three consecutive seasons from 1982-84. The Redskins would be the first team to repeat as NFC East champions since the 2001-04 Philadelphia Eagles. »» The Redskins making the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since doing it in three straight seasons from 1990-92. »» The Redskins posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1996-97. »» The Redskins winning four home games to reach 350 home wins all-time, including postseason play. Washington’s all-time home record is 346-254-11. »» Head Coach Jay Gruden becoming the first Redskins coach to guide the team to consecutive postseason berths since Joe Gibbs (1990-92). »» Gruden joining Pro Football Hall of Famers George Allen and Joe Gibbs as the only head coaches to guide the Redskins to the postseason in two of their first three seasons with the team. »» The Redskins exceeding 5,000 offensive yards for a 12th straight season. Only five other NFL teams have an active streak of 11 or more seasons with 5,000 yards (Green Bay, New Orleans, New England, Philadephia and Dallas). »» The Redskins leading the NFL in team completion percentage again to become the first team to lead the league in consecutive seasons since the New Orleans Saints across the 2010-11 campaigns. »» The Redskins amassing 4,000 passing yards in three consecutive seasons for the first time in team history. »» The Redskins throwing 30 touchdown passes as a team in consecutive seasons for the first time in team history. »» The Redskins allowing 30 or fewer sacks in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2006-07. »» The Redskins ranking in the Top 10 in the NFL in points per game in consecutive seasons for the first time since a three-year stretch across the 1989-91 seasons. Washington was 10th in the NFL in points per game in 2015 (24.3). »» The Redskins finishing in the Top 10 in the NFL in average kickoff return yardage allowed for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons. The Redskins finished fourth in kickoff return average against last season (20.1) and ranked in the Top 10 in the category for seven consecutive seasons from 2005-11. »» The Redskins posting consecutive seasons with a positive turnover differential for the first time since the 1995-97 seasons. The Redskins finished plus-five in turnover differential in 2015. »» The following players appearing in enough contests to reach 100 career regular season games played: center Kory Lichtensteiger (10) and defensive end Ricky Jean Francois (seven). »» Cornerback Bashaud Breeland recording multiple interceptions to become the first member of the Redskins since Sean Taylor (2004-05) to open a career with multiple picks in each of his first three NFL seasons. »» Quarterback Kirk Cousins chasing Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen’s team record of 23 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Cousins’ active streak stands at 17 games, including 16 in the regular season. All 23 of Jurgensen’s qualifying games came in regular season play. »» Cousins (69.8 in 2015) leading the NFL in completion percentage again to become the first NFL quarterback to lead the league in consecutive years since Drew Brees in 2010-11. »» Cousins becoming the first Redskins quarterback to lead the NFL in completion percentage in consecutive seasons since Sonny Jurgensen in 1969-70. »» Cousins (12) chasing No. 2 Joe Theismann (14) and No. 1 Sonny Jurgensen (15) for the most career 300-yard passing games in team history. »» Cousins (950) throwing 114 passes to move past No. 10 Robert Griffin III (1,063) on the team’s Top 10 list for career pass attempts. »» Cousins (619) chasing No. 8 Robert Griffin III (679), No. 7 Gus Frerotte (744) and No. 6 Billy Kilmer (953) on the team’s all-time pass completions list. »» Cousins (7,196) chasing No. 11 Jay Schroeder (7,445), No. 10 Eddie LeBaron (8,068), No. 9 Robert Griffin III (8,097), No. 8 Norm Snead (8,306) and No. 7 Gus Frerotte (9,769) on the team’s all-time passing yardage list. »» Cousins (7,196) passing for 2,804 yards to become the seventh player in team history to reach 10,000 career passing yards with the Redskins (Joe Theismann, Sonny Jurgensen, Sammy Baugh, Mark Rypien, Billy Kilmer and Jason Campbell). »» Cousins (47) chasing No. 8 Gus Frerotte (48), No. 7 Jason Campbell (55) and No. 6 Eddie LeBaron (59) on the team’s all-time passing touchdowns list. »» Cousins repeating his 4,000-yard passing performance from a season ago to become the first player in team history with multiple 4,000-yard passing seasons. »» Cousins entering the season having 232 consecutive pass attempts at home without an interception dating back to Week 1 vs. Miami, the longest such home streak in team history according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also threw an additional 46 passes without an interception in the NFC Wild Card Round last year. »» Cousins posting a 100.0 or better passer rating to become the first Redskins quarterback to post multiple 100-rating seasons (min. 100 attempts). »» Cousins adding to his active streak of six consecutive regular season games with a passer rating of 100.0 or better, the longest streak by a Redskins quarterback in records available back to 1960. »» Tight end Vernon Davis (461) catching 39 passes to become the 12th tight end in NFL history to record 500 career receptions. »» Davis (5,841) gaining 467 receiving yards to pass No. 10 Steve Jordan (6,307) and enter the Top 10 in career receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history. »» Davis (55) chasing Nos. 5 Jason Witten and Jerry Smith (60), No. 4 Shannon Sharpe (62) and No. 3 Rob Gronkowski (65) on the NFL’s receiving touchdowns list among tight ends. »» Davis (148) playing in two games to reach 150 career regular season games played. Davis (140) also can reach 150 career regular season starts with 10 more starts. »» Wide receiver Pierre Garçon catching 65 or more passes for a fourth consecutive season, which would tie the longest streak in team history (Art Monk, 1988-91). »» Garçon (485) catching 15 passes to reach 500 career receptions. »» Garçon (297) making three catches to become the ninth player to record 300 career receptions with the Redskins (Art Monk, Charley Taylor, Santana Moss, Gary Clark, Chris Cooley, Jerry Smith, Ricky Sanders and Bobby Mitchell). »» Garçon (3,508) gaining 773 receiving yards to pass No. 10 Michael Westbrook (4,280) and enter the Top 10 in career receiving yards in team history. »» Garçon reaching 100 career regular season starts with his next start. »» Defensive lineman Kedric Golston (140) playing in 10 games to reach 150 career regular season games played. »» Safety DeAngelo Hall (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor (six) for the most career fumble return touchdowns in NFL history. »» Hall improving upon his 43 career interceptions, most among active NFL players. »» Hall (23) chasing No. 9 Ken Houston (24), Nos. 7 Pat Fischer and Mark Murphy (27), No. 6 Paul Krause (28) and others on the Redskins’ all-time interception list. »» Kicker Dustin Hopkins (114 in 2015) scoring 100 or more points to become the first member of the Redskins to post back-to-back 100-point campaigns since Graham Gano in 2010-11. »» Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (7,814) gaining 186 receiving yards to become the eighth active player to reach 8,000 career receiving yards (Andre Johnson, Steve Smith Sr., Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson). »» Jackson (42) recording eight receiving touchdowns to reach 50 career receiving touchdowns. »» Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan reaching 7.5 sacks for a sixth consecutive season to become the fifth player in NFL history to post at least 7.5 sacks in the first six seasons of a career. Only Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie White have accomplished the feat since the NFL made sacks an official statistic in 1982. »» Kerrigan (47.5) recording 2.5 sacks to become the third player in team history to reach 50 career sacks since 1982 (Dexter Manley and Charles Mann). »» Kerrigan (five) joining Manley (seven) as the only players in franchise history to record at least six seasons with 7.5 or more sacks. »» Kerrigan adding to his streak of five consecutive seasons with 16 starts. From 2011-15, Kerrigan became one of only three players in team history to open his career with 16 games played in each of his first five seasons (Jon Jansen and Champ Bailey). »» Tight end Jordan Reed (11 receiving touchdowns in 2015) recording 10 or more receiving touchdowns to join Bobby Mitchell (two) as the only players in Redskins history to post multiple 10-touchdown receiving seasons. »» Reed catching 10 or more touchdowns to become the first player in franchise history to record double-digit receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons. »» Reed leading the team in receptions to become the first Redskins tight end to do so in consecutive seasons since Chris Cooley (2006-08). »» Reed leading the team in receiving yards to become the first Redskins tight end to do so in consecutive seasons since Bill Anderson (1959-60). »» Reed leading the team in receiving touchdowns to become the first Redskins tight end to do so in consecutive seasons since Jean Fugett (1976-78). »» Reed (182) catching 18 passes to join Chris Cooley (429), Jerry Smith (421) and Don Warren (244) as the only tight ends in team history to reach 200 career receptions with the team. »» Reed (14) chasing No. 4 Clint Didier (19) and No. 3 Jean Fugett (21) on the team’s all-time receiving touchdowns list among tight ends. »» Guard Brandon Scherff starting all 16 games to become the third offensive lineman in team history to open a career with consecutive 16-start seasons (Jon Jansen in 1999-2000 and Chris Samuels in 2000-01). »» Linebacker Preston Smith repeating his 8.0-sack campaign from 2015 to join Brian Orakpo (2009-10) as the only players in franchise history to begin their careers with at least eight sacks in each of their first two NFL seasons. »» Returner Rashad Ross recording his second career kickoff return touchdown to tie the team record for career kickoff return touchdowns. Andy Farkas (1938-44), Eddie Saenz (1946-51), Bobby Mitchell (1962-68) and Brian Mitchell (1990-99) are tied for the franchise lead with two each. »» Punter Tress Way (two) averaging at least 45.0 yards per punt to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh (eight) as the only players in team history to record three or more seasons with a punting average of 45.0 or more yards. »» Tackle Trent Williams appearing in 15 games to reach 100 career regular season games played and starting 16 games to reach 100 career regular season starts. »» Williams earning a fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection to join Ken Houston (7, 1973-79), Len Hauss (6, 1967-72) and Chris Hanburger (5, 1972-76) as the only players in franchise history to record the honor in five consecutive years. »» Williams making the Pro Bowl to become only the eighth player in Redskins history to record at least five career Pro Bowl selections (Chris Hanburger, 9; Charley Taylor, 8; Darrell Green, 7; Ken Houston, 7; Chris Samuels, 6; Len Hauss, 6; Gene Brito, 5). »» The Redskins opening the season on Monday Night Football for the 11th time since the introduction of the broadcast package in 1970. »» The Redskins seeking their first season-opening Monday night win since defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 35-16, in Week 1 of 1993. »» The Redskins improving upon their 40-40-4 all-time record in season openers, including a 24-22 record in openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. »» The Redskins opening the season against an AFC opponent for the third straight year for the first time since the formation of conferences following the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Redskins opened against the Houston Texans in 2014 and Miami Dolphins in 2015. »» The Redskins opening a season at home for a second straight year, marking the first time the franchise has played consecutive season openers at FedExField since 2010-11. »» The Redskins improving upon their 17-12 record in Week 1 home games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Washington is 8-4 all-time at FedExField on Kickoff Weekend. »» The Redskins adding to their 30-16 record in home openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Redskins have won 11 of their last 16 home openers, including most recently in 2014 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. »» The Redskins attempting to snap a current five-game losing streak against the Steelers and earn their first victory against Pittsburgh since 1991. »» The Redskins scoring 30 or more points in a fourth consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time since Weeks 1-4 of the 1991 season. »» The Redskins setting a team record with a fourth consecutive regular season game with 400 yards of offense (dating back to last season), surpassing three-game streaks in 1949, 1981-82, 1983 and 2013. »» The Redskins recording four or more sacks in a fourth consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time since Weeks 5-8 of the 1992 season. »» The Redskins posting zero turnovers in a third consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time since Weeks 8-11 of the 2012 season. »» Quarterback Kirk Cousins adding to his streak of 17 consecutive games (including 16 regular season games) with a touchdown pass. The streak is already the second-longest in team history (23, Sonny Jurgensen). »» Cousins entering the game having 232 consecutive regular season pass attempts at home without an interception dating back to Week 1 last year vs. Miami, the longest such home streak in team history according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also threw an additional 46 passes without an interception in the NFC Wild Card Round last year. »» Cousins recording his 13th career 300-yard passing game, including postseason. Cousins is two 300-yard passing games shy of tying Joe Theismann (14) for second-most in team history. »» Cousins continuing his active six-game streak of consecutive regular season games with a passer rating of 100.0 or better (dating back to last season). »» Cousins (950) attempting 50 passes to become the 12th quarterback to attempt 1,000 career passes with the Redskins. »» Cousins (7,196) throwing for 250 yards to pass Jay Schroeder (7,445) for 11th-most career passing yards in Redskins history. »» Cousins (47) throwing one touchdown to tie or two touchdowns to pass Gus Frerotte (48) for eighth-most career touchdown passes in Redskins histiory. »» Cousins (47) throwing three touchdown passes to join Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, Joe Theismann, Billy Kilmer, Mark Rypien, Eddie LeBaron and Jason Campbell as the only quarterbacks in team history to throw 50 career touchdown passes. »» Wide receiver Pierre Garçon starting his 100th career NFL regular season game. »» Garçon catching a touchdown pass in a fourth consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time in his career. It would be the first such streak by a member of the Redskins since Fred Davis in 2009. »» Safety DeAngelo Hall (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor (six) for the most career fumble return touchdowns in NFL history. »» Hall (three with Washington) returning another fumble for a touchdown to break the team record for career fumble return touchdowns (three by Chris Hanburger and Brad Dusek). »» Hall improving upon his 43 career interceptions, most among active NFL players. »» Hall intercepting a pass to tie Ken Houston (24) for ninthmost in team history. »» Hall maintaining his lead among active players in career nonoffensive touchdowns (10). »» Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (7,814) gaining 186 receiving yards to become the eighth active player to reach 8,000 career receiving yards (Andre Johnson, Steve Smith Sr., Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson). »» Jackson (24) recording a 50-plus-yard touchdown to tie Steve Smith, Sr. (25) for fourth in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger. »» Jackson (20) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown to tie Devin Hester (21) for second-most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history. »» Jackson improving upon his 33 career regular season receptions of 50 yards or more, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008. »» Jackson maintaining his 19.7-yard average on receptions since joining the Redskins in 2014, the best among qualified NFL players in that time frame. »» Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recording 2.5 sacks to become the third player in team history to reach 50 career sacks since 1982 (Dexter Manley and Charles Mann). »» Tight end Jordan Reed (1,916) gaining 84 receiving yards to become the sixth tight end in team history to record 2,000 career receiving yards with the team (Jerry Smith, Chris Cooley, Bill Anderson, Don Warren and Fred Davis). »» Returner Rashad Ross recording his second career kickoff return touchdown to tie the team record for career kickoff return touchdowns. Andy Farkas (1938-44), Eddie Saenz (1946-51), Bobby Mitchell (1962-68) and Brian Mitchell (1990-99) are tied for the franchise lead with two each. ... be the Redskins’ fifth consecutive regular season win, dating back to last season, the team’s longest streak since 2012 (seven). ... improve the Redskins to 43-32-3 all-time against the Steelers. ... make the Redskins 21-12-3 all-time at home against the Steelers. ... snap a five-game losing streak to the Steelers and give the Redskins’ their first victory against them since 1991. ... give the Redskins three consecutive wins against AFC North opponents dating back to 2012. ... push the Redskins to 41-40-4 all-time record in season openers and 25-22 record in openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. ... give Head Coach Jay Gruden his first career win on Kickoff Weekend.
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    2016 Regular Season Play Direction Report for Detroit Lions Rushing Offense Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End Plays: 19 Plays: 15 Plays: 7 Plays: 40 Plays: 10 Plays: 20 Plays: 25 NFL Rank: 11 NFL Rank: 18 NFL Rank: 29 NFL Rank: 15 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 8 NFL Rank: 5 Avg Gain: 3.89 Avg Gain: 5.07 Avg Gain: 3.86 Avg Gain: 4.35 Avg Gain: 1.10 Avg Gain: 3.80 Avg Gain: 5.16 NFL Rank: 24 NFL Rank: 15 NFL Rank: 18 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 15 NFL Rank: 12 Rushing Defense Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End Plays: 14 Plays: 30 Plays: 6 Plays: 36 Plays: 7 Plays: 14 Plays: 24 NFL Rank: 24 NFL Rank: 2 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 19 NFL Rank: 30 NFL Rank: 24 NFL Rank: 3 Avg Gain: 5.21 Avg Gain: 5.37 Avg Gain: 1.67 Avg Gain: 4.83 Avg Gain: 5.43 Avg Gain: 4.93 Avg Gain: 4.21 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 23 NFL Rank: 1 NFL Rank: 27 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 25 NFL Rank: 15 Passing Offense Short Left Short Middle Short Right Deep Left Deep Middle Deep Right Plays: 76 Plays: 35 Plays: 72 Plays: 9 Plays: 5 Plays: 15 NFL Rank: 2 NFL Rank: 18 NFL Rank: 10 NFL Rank: 29 NFL Rank: 27 NFL Rank: 13 Avg Gain: 6.46 Avg Gain: 8.51 Avg Gain: 6.11 Avg Gain: 12.78 Avg Gain: 13.60 Avg Gain: 15.80 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 8 NFL Rank: 12 NFL Rank: 12 NFL Rank: 17 NFL Rank: 8 Comp %: 73.68 Comp %: 80.00 Comp %: 68.06 Comp %: 33.33 Comp %: 60.00 Comp %: 46.67 NFL Rank: 9 NFL Rank: 4 NFL Rank: 16 NFL Rank: 19 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 8 Passing Defense Short Left Short Middle Short Right Deep Left Deep Middle Deep Right Plays: 53 Plays: 40 Plays: 72 Plays: 13 Plays: 11 Plays: 16 NFL Rank: 22 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 13 NFL Rank: 19 NFL Rank: 8 NFL Rank: 8 Avg Gain: 6.79 Avg Gain: 7.13 Avg Gain: 5.51 Avg Gain: 15.77 Avg Gain: 17.36 Avg Gain: 16.63 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 15 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 25 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 26 Comp %: 77.36 Comp %: 77.50 Comp %: 79.17 Comp %: 46.15 Comp %: 54.55 Comp %: 62.50 NFL Rank: 29 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 20 NFL Rank: 12 NFL Rank: 30
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