Art

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  1. Did you really wonder out loud why a pundit would say something untrue? Uh, almost everything they say is untrue. Shefter lost his Redskins contacts when Shanny left. You think anyone on the team is calling him telling him anything about anyone on the team, much less Guice? Lawd. People really need to understand just become someone writes a thing doesn't make it so. Presume what you're seeing is false. Until it's clear it is not. And you'll be better for it.
  2. I saw this yesterday and can say if Haskins doesn't throw deep, if he just throws deep as often as that video, we'll be awesome.
  3. Art

    Starting QB 2019???

    This is a more thoughtful and reasonable statement than the one I replied to and I have no serious issues with it though I'll say it's unlikely Haskins moves in regardless of whether we're an ok offense or ****ty one. The only way I see Haskins in is if he's OVERWHELMINGLY our best player in the preseason and we really can't hold him back ONCE things start to decline in any way. More likely I presume he'll actually look pretty iffy in the preseason as we will be working a ton on his footwork, drops and mechanics instead of encouraging him to just play and he's not an athlete who's going to make plays regardless. And it will be pretty clear he needs a little seasoning and we won't risk him if the team starts to get hurt again and drops out of any contention. I do hold out hope we see him and just know he's our best and that will help it be easier for me to see him start playing at some point in the season.
  4. RGIII's tweet on Haskins was not one bit cryptic. He's saying, "You draft a guy, believe in him and give him time to develop for you." He felt, because he's on the record saying so, that he didn't have that here and he clearly didn't. The botching was that Shanahan, realizing he'd broken his best player, then decides to save his reputation from leading a team to horrendous results by leaking that a player demanded he stop making him run when he had torn ****ing ligaments and he used language the owner would use and people think that's weird. RGIII was trying to save his career. Shanahan was trying to save his next job. It didn't really work for either, but there's a reason Shanny isn't in the league and RGIII still is. I will ever find it amusing in spite of reams of quotes from Shanahan taking credit for the move for RGIII that when Jason Reid gets him to say something else we all forget what Shanahan said, time, time, time and time again before, when it was going well. Shanny is a guy looking to save face and it didn't work for a very simple reason. The league knew HE had full control of the team when here and that Snyder didn't get in his way. Else he'd be coaching. Cause he wants to, or did want to. Some of you just need a Snyder is a meanie bed time story to sleep at night and never realize you're getting played. Anything Shanahan says is generally untrue. And anything Reid writes is from a lens of being pwned by Snyder. Take with a grain of salt. Hell, even Reid's old buddy at the Post shredded his article. But we don't even seem to remember that happened.
  5. What fiasco from 2012? When Shanahan started a rookie QB and ran him to his demise forcing the QB to challenge the coach on his playcalling after shredding his knee? How is that Snyder exactly? Haskins won't start for us Week 1 even if he is leaps and bounds ahead of all competition. You've no fear. Snyder doesn't pick the lineup. Actually never has. So all good.
  6. So your suggestion is in other years we could have lost those games but not last year, thus your opinion is last year, when what you said not only didn't happen, but we won easily in four of six, pretty easily in one and more than the score in the last, that there's some influence. Bro, that's not opinion. That's delusion. If you're ok with it, that's cool. But you're only fooling you on that. If it helps, though, we could have lost all those games, or won them all if those games were nothing like they actually were. In fiction we could have been 16-0 or 0-16. True. In reality we were as solid a 6-3 as one gets. We weren't going to win the three we lost. We weren't going to lose the six we won. But that's only based on the actual games. I can maybe give you the Cowboys as a possible. That still ain't three.
  7. Art

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Oh, I agree. It's an absolute tragedy that anyone thinks people in a draft room disagreeing over a pick is in any way unique to the Redskins or a sign of any instability. It happens, probably, on EVERY pick in EVERY draft that SOMEONE thinks another guy is better. The draft isn't science. It's subjective. Someone will ALWAYS have a different view. In our draft, for example, Kyle clearly weighed speed and "character/captaincy" a bit higher than maybe some other things. Some other guys may have wanted something else. Size. Whatever. It's NORMAL. It's ALSO normal that someone in charge of the organization breaks the tie in a discussion where, commonly, coaches and scouts disagree. It is OFTEN an uber powerful coach, like Gibbs was here, or Shanahan here, or Belichick now in New England. It is often the personnel side, like in New York, Arizona and most places and Washington now. It is even, sometimes, the owner who breaks a personnel vs coaching staff tie, as it was under Cooke and in some years under Snyder (not Marty, not Gibbs, not Shanahan and, surprisingly, not Gruden), as well as places like Buffalo, Houston, Indy, Atlanta. Disagreement is the absolute norm in every draft room on every team in every season for all time. Only here do fans think it's weird or even news.
  8. It's really not an opinion. Could we have lost the Cowboy game, sure. That's the only one in that batch. You said we could have lost 3. The fact that we were up 13 with like 5 minutes left against the Cowboys negates even the real danger of losing that, but it would have been a FLUKE loss, not one on merit. We were a very stable and solid, if utterly boring and depressing, 6-3. To suggest we were in close games and eeking things out is fiction. It's not opinion. It's a fact we won four games very easily, one game pretty easily and only a fluke made one game close of the six. We weren't at all pretty, mind you, so perhaps you confuse the ugly nature of our offense with competitive games, but that really wasn't the case. And the fact we were stoned three times did take the shine off any good feeling. All that's true. But we weren't a nearly 3-6 team by any stretch, thought, imagination or factual discussion. At all. You can say a lot against where we were at 6-3. You just can't, truthfully, say what you said.
  9. Cutting him this year would have crippled the team entirely. The current benefit to having him still is we could add Collins and play with the cap a bit. Cutting him would have accelerated things so far it would have brutalized our roster. He has also proven to be quite a good mentor and sounding board for young, coming QBs. I suspect he won't get worse at that for Haskins than he was for Mahomes and Kaep.
  10. Art

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Kyle set our board. Bruce had ZERO to do with it. ZERO. Bruce's role was to honor the board and fight for the integrity of it when there was a challenge as there ALWAYS is in a draft room when someone else loves a guy more. Where there is a disagreement Bruce makes the ultimate decision. Not even Snyder, who used to have that role, as Cooke did, where he'd famously side with Beathard or Gibbs with a caustic, "You'd better be right." Gibbs told that story with a cackle a lot. Gibbs was often right, so it worked out :). Gibbs won in the era you could win with different, non-elite QBs. That's not really where we are now. A team can flash without a top level QB with something else great -- like the Ravens -- or a QB who's playing out of his head suddenly -- like the Eagles -- but consistent winning in the NFL is the domain of teams with Top 10 QBs. Even they will have a fall off, though usually be competitive and average. Until the Redskins get it right and have a Top 10 QB we won't consistently win. No one else will either.
  11. Art

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Shanahan owns the team's record when Shanahan ran all aspects of the team. So Bruce took over in 2014. I'm willing to forgive a rookie coach in a transition year and throw out that 4-12. So we've basically been 31-32-1 since he has effectively run the organization. I think the Ernie Grunfeld comparison is somewhat apt. Moves tend to make sense, but it never totally comes together. But we've not been a disaster with Bruce running things and we seem to have a very clear organizational strategy we are following that seems to be building. Our coaching, specifically defensive coaching, has been the weakest part of this team since Bruce took over, and, sadly, he can't fix that as that's under Gruden's contractual control. Bruce has made mistakes and he's done some good things. He has even said the team needs to win more than it has so he realizes his 31-32-1 leadership isn't good enough, but it's not exactly the dismal, laughing stock some of you can't get yourselves away from, is it?
  12. Except, uh, nope. We easily beat the Cardinals, Packers, Giants and Bucs. We had the Cowboys handled, though a late thing made that seem closer than the than the game actually was. And we pretty much handled Carolina, though they made a late push. In fact we were EASILY 6-3, but no better, as we were blown out three times. Had the injuries not come in those numbers we're 10-6 and all looking forward to this year. We all seem to forget while we were not a great team at 6-3 and our style of play was NOT going to be a championship quality team, we were actually solid and competitive and even tough. Until two dozen guys disappeared.
  13. Art

    Starting QB 2019???

    If it looks like last year and we're 6-3 before the injuries just devastated us you think we'll make a change? Of course you don't, but I do find it intriguing you only remember how we sucked when all our players were hurt but not how we were doing ok when that wasn't the case. No team could overcome what we've had the last two years from an injury standpoint. And we finished 7-9. If we had HALF as many injuries last year we finish 10-6. This team is flawed and is not deep, but while true the way we have ended the last two seasons with dozens of players out has been terrible, we've not been, on the whole, terrible, for a reason. That reason is it's not as bad as it looks until everyone's gone and it's terrible. I think Gruden wants Colt to start, and he gives us the best chance at a good start while we're healthy to start the year because he knows the system best. I do see Keenum coming in when Colt sputters and the two going back and forth a bit for as long as we're reasonably competitive. I do not see Haskins coming in at all next year because he won't win the competition early when we are as good as we'll be, and we won't risk him when the team looks like it did when we put Josh out there.
  14. Art

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I will agree with you the totality of the Smith deal was pretty dumb. We should NOT have given up Fuller. Period. And I would not have extended him as far as we did. Obviously this is made somewhat better in that a three year would have been harder to absorb than a four. I actually DO think had Smith not been hurt we'd have drafted Haskins though. Best case for us Smith was a starter for three years before handing off to someone else. Haskins is a growth project. Having Smith would have been a great way to ease in.
  15. Art

    2019 NFL Draft discussion thread

    I see we signed Chidi Okeke, who I don't know much about other than he started for LSU before moving to Tennesee State. And since he was at LSU, it reminds me of that funny line Kitchens said on ESPN today when he was interviewed about having so many LSU players on his team. He said, "Hey, if they were better in high school they could have played at Alabama." That's funny right there.
  16. Might be closer to truth than you know. The Redskins were quite leaky back in the day, but have significantly tightened in recent years. There are a lot of planned leaks. And most of the leaks you see, like stuff from Russini, are fiction. You know they are fiction at birth. Hell, the team even had personnel separated during the draft so leaks couldn't occur, with leadership, middle management and coaches in different rooms. They did that for a very simple reason. No information coming out of the room making the choices was leaking and anything else was fiction. And they are fine with people not realizing that.
  17. Art

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I have not followed this thread closely and thought it was a Bruce as a GM discussion, not a body of work discussion. But, yeah, glad we agree, he seems damn good on the personnel side, which, you know, is pretty much all that ultimately matters.
  18. Art

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Except he hasn't had any real sins in terms of drafting, has he? Shanahan ran the team and draft when Allen started here. Allen is clean on all Shanahan's idiocy, right? So 2014 was his first year presumably running that and that was the Murphy, Moses, Long, Breeland, Grant draft. That's damn solid. All of them are starting pros. The 2015 draft was McCloughan, with Scherff, Crowder and Smith who are starting NFL players. The 2016 draft was McCloughan, and that's the Doctson draft, which kind of sucked. Fuller is a stud and Ioannidis is our best player from it. So, Allen then took back over in 2017, 2018 and 2019 where he's run the table on clean, professional, responsible drafts, right? You can't argue that can you? So, what are Allen's sins, precisely, from a personnel standpoint in your eyes? For me, I HATE the effort to maximize supplemental picks. But that's a Bruce strategy as much as I hate it I can forgive him as a lot of teams are doing that. Not resigning Cousins seems fairly genius right? I mean, Cousins leaves here, goes to the odds on Super Bowl favorite and does what exactly? Right. Oh, and we have Keenum, Smith, Colt AND Haskins at a lower cap hit than Cousins. Or right around that. Pretty slick dude. Cousins isn't worth that hit. Few are. I know some blame him there for sure, but that's one of his biggest smart moves don't you agree? One of the greatest tributes to just how good Allen has been is the Round 4 thread where Love was taken and a fan who knows better bitterly complained because three players he liked better were available. Turns out we got two of them he specifically mentioned and the third has a bad knee. Trust me, Allen's smarter than us. He's even proved it. You'd be wise to understand that.
  19. I've watched his stuff. I'm not overly concerned with his 40 time but he doesn't appear AT ALL QUICK to me. A lot like Doctson who's faster in a straight line, but seems to have ZERO quickness. This guy is a bit bigger and can be a solid player for us. I just don't know that I've ever seen a No. 1 receiver taken this low. Can anyone think of a legit No. 1 wideout out of the sixth round other than Antonio Brown, who is elite quick? Hey, I'm not knocking him. He's a good player with great production. Super happy to have him. I just can't see what I've seen of his skill set being a legit No. 1 receiver in the NFL. But I hope in three years that's the dumbest thing I've ever said :).
  20. Some of you are a little enthusiastic, which is good to see. He's a sixth rounder. If he's on the roster in two years it's an ok pick. I think No. 1 material is a bit much :). But I ain't going to tell you to put down the kool aid. I hope you're right :).
  21. His size means he's NOT an every down back. He's not replacing Thompson. He's functional in the role of Thompson, if he can catch, and is a good change of pace back.
  22. Hamilton is normal speed, not slow. He's just not "fast". And we're adding "fast".
  23. Say what you want to say, but NO ONE can say the Redskins didn't realize, as an organization, they were super slow on the field. Ignore the offensive linemen and Haskins who don't HAVE to be fast. The team clearly weighed "speed" relative to the position as an immense benefit in this draft. Speed, relative to the position, is the key thing you are seeing here for us for sure. This guy is an inside backer who is way too small, like Hamilton, but unlike Hamilton, has high level speed and burst at the position. The Redskins realize they lack team speed and are doing their best effort to increase that with each pick it seems.
  24. Oh, good. A draft without Alabama doesn't exist. I'm ok with any Alabama player the Skins want to add. Now we have a couple of guys, very different in nature, who can play guard or center for us. One is super strong but sluggish. This guy is a bit lighter on his feet, but isn't strong. All we need is one not to suck :).
  25. Art

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    The Redskins defense has plenty of talent but there are a couple of reasons why Top 10 is a difficult thing for me to envision. They SHOULD be there, mind you, but we remain a team that has two crucial flaws. One, the main one, is Manusky. It isn't even that he's not innovative. It's that almost every game we looked like we had NO IDEA what the other team was going to do. We got caught without prep so many times which means other staffs evaluated what we liked to do on defense and changed what they do on offense to surprise us. Not vice versa. This was seriously troubling. Atlanta was the start of it and it was brutal to watch. I'd be SHOCKED if Manusky can lead a perfectly healthy defense into the Top 10. Rob Ryan has had disaster defenses, but that's because he wants to go all aggressive even when his teams don't have talent to play that way. I'd much prefer him calling our plays as with this team we'd be a Top 10 for sure with that. Importantly, but less so, is we remain a team that has a weakness on linebacker level in any sort of coverage. Kerrigan is horrific, but can KIND of play zone. Sweat is an athlete and can't be worse than Smith, but I don't imagine he's going to be great this year. Anderson I'm much more confident in. Reuben Foster helps our interior quickness but Mason Foster remains a plod horse there. Hamilton really is a better fit for coverage needs here as he can go a bit more to the side and help with some hope of tight end coverage up the gut. Given there is always a clear way to attack us it puts stress on us for sure UNLESS we play uber aggressive, which Manusky doesn't do. Montae is good enough as a free safety in coverage that I don't suspect that's a weakness there. And I think if Dunbar actually returns fully healthy -- something I worry about with nerve issues -- he's a wonderful, top level corner no one knows about. But if he's at all limited we are going to have coverage issues we will get bitten by more than a Top 10 defense can prove out to be.