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  1. The main DC candidates are gone. I wouldn't hold my breath on many positive whole sale defensive changes at this point. And as much as we all liked to get on Manusky, I wouldn't put the team's struggles squarely on his back (or the defense's). I still think people are thinking more micro instead of macro when they push for the DC change, despite the fact most know the biggest issue with the Skins is the FO. I'm assuming it's the mentality of "well, nothing is going to change up top so any change is better than no change". If the GM/HC are in place, then if you have a desire to win football games you need to try to stick with the staff the best that you can for continuity reasons. It's one of the only reasons a team with talent but injuries and poor management can stay afloat and stay in contention. If the goal is to build for the future, my mindset changes. But I don't think that's what the Skins FO is going for. I think they are selling that they are close to being in the big picture. And so the best way to move forward is with continuity* * denotes that my opinion changes here if a guy with a big name that Snyder would acquiesce to takes over the defense. At that point, the defense would likely improve at the very least just because that DC wouldn't be walking on egg shells. Any lesser candidate will, in my opinion, result in more of the same just with a different flavor
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I'd rather be Shamed for Sunshine at this point.
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    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    How does he hold up versus a mauler? Regardless of where he is projected to actually be drafted, is he worthy of that pick talent wise? (IE: Is he an all around player at the position or a specialist?)
  4. I'm of the opinion that everything plays a role. However, to be a touch more specific: Our front office likes to rely on players with an injury history to fill the roster. They come a touch cheaper. Therefore they can maximize talent and minimize cost on players. This, in my opinion, is the biggest reason we are so injury prone: We fill the roster with injury prone players. Soft practices by Gruden/the CBA are also a contributor to injuries on the Redskins/around the league respectively. Callahan allegedly pushing the linemen much harder, if true, is also a contributor (which really blurs the line on Gruden's soft camp causing injuries vs. Callahan's tough nature on the linemen causing injuries, doesn't it?) Some may even be the S&C staff... or it may not. They can't control a player's effort. But maybe they aren't focusing on the right things with the program... We really have no way of knowing that. But broken legs aren't on the S&C staff. Concussions aren't, either. Guice's ACL probably shouldn't be either. Trey Quinn's injuries likely aren't. The list goes on. But the S&C staff is lower on my list of culprits... but in totality it's the organization as a whole that is at fault for the rash of injuries.
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    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    In addition to volsmet... @Anselmheifer @stevemcqueen1 @Skinsinparadise I have seen enough of Polite to know that he's a hustler... explosive on the edge... utilizes pass rush moves extremely well. He seems to have a great football IQ to diagnose a play. But I have not seen enough of him to know how he holds up against larger, road grater types of tackles that he'd be facing in the NFL, especially in the run game. I know he played in run situations in college, but will he be able to hold up to a guy like Trent Williams mauling him down after down? At 260 pounds his size isn't particularly the issue in my eyes. I just haven't seen him enough in those run situations to know how he holds up. A lot of times these guys with such great explosion seem to sacrifice some of their ability to stop the run in order to get that extra burst. In obvious pass rush downs that's not particularly a concern. A draw should be diagnosed by the ILBs quick enough that they can rally to it. But in those tweener situations where offenses don't have a specific tendency, his ability to go toe to toe with a mauler is pretty important. If he's strictly a pass rush specialist he should still be a target for this team, albeit in an appropriate round... What's the consensus?
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    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    This is exactly the type of player the Redskins need to stay away from. He has excellent talent, no doubt, but his injury history should be an immediate red flag for the FO to take in the draft round that his talent reflects for him. If he can be had later in the draft, where his upside far outweighs the injury concerns, it's worth the gamble. But this franchise doesn't have the luxury of selecting injury prone players in their market value round in my opinion.
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    Starting QB 2019???

    I feel like I'm asking a lot of questions to the board today... But... Why does anyone even remotely think Alex Smith will make a full recovery and be able to play this year? What about next year? Is it optimism? Because I get having optimism. That man could have lost his life, lost a significant portion of his quality of life, etc. So I hope he makes a full recovery, too. And if he does make a full recovery, what makes anyone think he's going to be able to come back and even be the same guy that he was for us? My advice, and it's only advice and you can collectively tell me to kick rocks and I'd understand that sentiment: Don't count on Alex Smith ever playing another down of football again. Don't listen to the rumors. Don't buy into every little juicy morsel. Don't count on him to take another snap. And then, if he does, for the Redskins or any other team, it's all bonus. Personally speaking, I'm more worried about his recovery being good enough that he has a fantastic quality of life moving forward. Him playing isn't even a question in my head right now. I don't believe its impossible, but it's certainly not likely. As far as AJ McCarron goes... He got cut from the Bills who started the season with a rookie that they intended to have sit for awhile and Nate Peterman. Peterman beat McCarron out for the starting quarterback position. Let that sink in for a second.
  8. Out of mild curiosity... Why do you think the S&C staff are responsible for the injuries? What do you think the S&C staffs role is? Do you believe there are any other parties responsible for the injuries? This isn't just directed at you... I'm kind of curious for anyone who is all in on this "it's the S&C staff's fault for the injuries" to answer these so I can try to understand your vantage point.
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    Trade up to draft Haskins???

    How do these threads always wind up on race? Anyways, Murray strikes me as a higher ceiling, lower floor prospect. Haskins seems to be more of a steady prospect. His ceiling probably isn't as high as Kyler Murray, but I don't think he has the same chance to bomb out like Murray does, either. Murray reminds me of Russell Wilson. Smaller QB (although Wilson is a bit bigger), mobile, playmaker. I don't think he's ever going to wow you with stat lines, but he could be the guy that moves a team down field on his back. Haskins really does remind me of more of a pocket passer. Not un-athletic, obviously. I kind of like the Andrew Luck comparison as far as style goes. I don't think he's anywhere near the same talent as Luck. But that's the kind of player I view him as.
  10. I just don't see how the Redskins get Williams here without him being the head coach. Not only for his terms and conditions, but the team's. Manusky is already going to be in the disgruntled category. If Gregg comes in as Jay's DC, Jay has to know its a matter of time before he's replaced. How do you lure a guy like Gregg into a dysfunctional organization? You have to promise him something and pay him good money. And Jay isn't a stupid guy... so he'd know that. That leads to a lot of awkward and some strange meetings when you know you're likely staring at your replacement. But Jay also knows he can't violate his contract if he wants to get paid, so you most likely have a guy going through the motions knowing he can be undermined by the DC at any point... So unless they are purposely using Jay as a tank commander if Williams is brought in as DC, the best bet for the team would be releasing Jay. Which means the team needs a head football coach. I just don't see a scenario where Williams is brought in and isn't the head guy ultimately... so why delay it?
  11. Defensive coordinator is usually a more lucrative position. I don't know what they're paying Manusky, but a cheap FO isn't likely to pay a guy DC money to coach Teams. We're going to learn a lot about this franchise in the coming days.
  12. Or relieved that you may be out of the clown show for the time being. It really is remarkable that the coaches and the players have been able to keep this team hovering around .500 with the amount of dysfunction going on in the front office. It's actually fairly impressive. Sure. When has that stopped them?
  13. The Williams as HC thing I believe was started by me... Maybe someone else has said it though? I haven't read anywhere else to be honest. It's just a guess based on the timeline and Gregg's status/history here. No smoke or fire there to be honest. But to counterpoint: There's been nothing about Manusky being released as the DC, either. The team is doing this whole thing backwards.
  14. Eh. Do they, though? DL Allen Payne McGee Ioannidis Brantley Settle Kerrigan* Smith* McPhee* Anderson* LB SDH Brown Foster Vigil JHC Anderson could maybe go to either the DL or LB. But the other guys function more often as a DE than they do as a OLB.
  15. Does that make it not one? Trying to understand this the best I can. It's like me driving a Lambo one time and then saying, "I drive a Lambo as my base" when I wheel around in a 2006 Ford Focus every day.
  16. We don't run a base 3-4. I'm not sure why this is said so often. Your base is your bread and butter. What you're in most often. We run a 4-2ish look more than anything else. We have moments of odd-front defense, but we are usually in an even front. I agree that we have personnel more in range for an even front base. I'd be completely shocked if the Skins got Williams without him being the HC. There are better opportunities for him to call a D elsewhere. If he winds up at the DC, I have to wonder what promises were made. And so will other coaches. The FO is setting 2019 up to be a total lame duck year. Interviewing candidates for unopen positions is a really bad way to go about doing this. Sure. They may have. Things change. Dan/Bruce could get desperate.
  17. Absolutely. I may not be "happy" still as a fan, but I'd be intrigued. It would be a scenario where, if Bruce Allen can keep his head on the business ops side and merely help with negotiations on contracts and scout organization (because I think the team has been doing fairly well in the draft), it could be a phenomenal move for the Skins. I just have my reservations about the Allen part of that whole thing.
  18. Again.... this is an issue. We still have a defensive coordinator and a DB coach if reports are correct. But then again, we didn't know Kotwica was gone, either. So who knows. I said it before... but I don't think Gregg Williams is interviewing for the DC job. If Williams comes here, he's coming to be the HC, and he's going to have some kind of roster control. Any other way and he won't work. And actually, that hire still wouldn't "appease" me, because I'm not confident Bruce Allen can keep himself out of the limelight long enough to let Williams actually control the roster. And, well, we still have a HC. My initial thought, based on reports is: Gregg Williams is interviewing to be the HC. If he's hired, Joe Woods will be brought in as the DB Coach/DC (but Williams will run the D). If Williams is not hired, Woods may be brought in as the DB coach. Again, this is just me thinking out loud.
  19. I realize there’s a lot to be negative about... but do you realize how hard it is to go 0-16? This team has too much talent on the roster to go 0-16. Some would say that’s the problem with the roster... that we have talent but are mired in mediocrity purgatory.
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    Watching the NFL playoffs

    Bingo. This is my biggest criticism of Gruden. There is no flow or tempo. No rhythm.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Dear all who are getting mad: Just laugh. It’s all we can do. Petitions don’t matter. Fan feedback doesn’t matter. Empty stadium and laughter is the best medicine.
  22. So Manusky it is. Congrats, big guy. They've tried to replace you and have failed thus far. But there's probably some quality control guy from the Tampa days that they can still hire. So hold on tight.
  23. But again, you're discounting the "Search for a new DC while a DC is employed" factor here either way. If they can do that with a DC, they can do that with a HC. And being back in 2019 could mean "yeah, you're employed in 2019." *hangs up the phone with Jay and calls HC candidate, "Hey, just reaching out. Would you be interested in being the head coach of the Washington Redskins?"