Wyvern

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    Mezezoic era
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    The 3 R's. Foreign languages.

    I collect masks (wall art). Naturally big interests following the Skins, football in general, and computers. Love learning more nuances of the game from ES -- especially Coach Talk.
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    Since the George Allen days
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    Kilmer, Lorenzo Alexander, Cousins, now Kerrigan
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    After the Skins ...maybe the Packers
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  1. Wyvern

    Next Coach?

    I truly hope they do NOT go after Tomlin. He's among some of my least favorite head coaches currently in the NFL. There's got to be better options out there for the kind of money (and draft-picks?) it would take to get Tomlin here. IMHO, Tomlin's not worth it. ...But heck, I'm already very close to giving up on this team after so many years of being a fan. Maybe one more Snyder/Allen big, long-term mistake would be just what is needed to provide me enough evidence for that final reality check.
  2. Sorry, I don't buy the Gruden conspiracy to sabotage Haskins, allegedly to spite Snyder's faction. I think he thought Keenum was healthy enough to go, and was trying to maintain the maximum level of familiarity of first-team personnel possible, especially amidst all the team's injuries. Many of the offense's players were fairly new to the first-string's entire package of plays, much less being able to execute them in a coordinated manner with their new teammates. It's probably not the time for putting in whole range of new plays, and taking time out of the shortened week to polish up the 2nd string, when the first string was still so ragged. Also, I feel we tend to over-react to QBs having interceptions in Gruden's somewhat aggressive system of passing attack. Unless you go totally risk-averse like Smith did, the INTs will happen -- especially if you're newer to the system and playing from behind. IMHO, Haskins will improve significantly as he gets more acclimated to the system, and would benefit from getting more time to really learn (at almost the muscle-memory, instinctive level) the play scheme and players before being thrust into the fire. My guess was that Haskins was probably slated to take over around the bye... But Keenum's foot changed those plans. Haskins has a lot of potential, but still needs time. I'd hate to see Dwayne get handled the way Ramsey was handled -- Haskins needs to be developed patiently and carefully -- because his raw talent is so worth it! By the way, I suspect O'Connell was handling the calls while Haskins was in, mainly because he probably was more familiar with what Haskins was most at ease with, in Gruden's playbook. I think under the coaching division of labor, O'Connell was likely tasked with more hands-on work with Haskins than was Gruden, whose responsibilities are likely much wider-ranging than those of an offensive coordinator. Bottom line: I'm not going to read too deeply into how things played out today. There are already too many conspiracy theories floating around in Washington DC for me to looking for more. If the Skins can heal up some of their key players... I think it can still be a competitive team, even if it's run by Keenum. (But I'm still not sure about McCoy's readiness). I hope they remain patient with Haskins, in spite of his emergency duties today.
  3. With all respect, Burgold, I think Gruden was first trying more to see how players fit in his scheme and what they were capable of doing in the stock playbook, rather than trying to adapt his playbook to win a preseason game. He's trying to see how people can or cannot fit in on his stock plays, under game conditions. Some of the players on the bubble who don't fit in well, will likely be gone. For folks like Haskins (who's a lock to make the roster) Gruden would develop an understanding what plays would be better executed by Haskins, and which ones would be more lower percentage. Preseason (especially the first two games) is more about learning about scheme fit, capabilities, and team-fit, than the meaningless W-L record. He needs to see what Haskins is capable, so when the time comes he can call plays better suited to what Haskins has learned he can do.
  4. SIP .... not a comment, just a moment to register my appreciation of the quality of your posts. I love reading what you offer up. Please keep posting!
  5. I'm for sitting Haskins to let him learn more about NFL-level football, reading regular season defenses, getting the playbook and adjustment to automatic-memory level, and developing a better understanding of what his teammates are good at (especially his receiving corps). Haskins didn't start right away at Ohio State and that may have contributed to how well he did, when he finally did get the starting QB role. Why not try the same formula? I don't buy into the argument that if Haskins looks great in the OTAs and in the preseason games against vanilla defenses -- that it means he's ready for the crucible of regular season football when the opponents defenses' gloves come off and he discovers how the Skins O-line and WRs aren't presenting him with time or targets to throw. I'm not sure what being thrust into regular season NFL games early on, would do to his development, but I suspect it wouldn't be a positive thing. If Haskins starts, simply as a marketing attraction to fill the seats, then it's more of the same old SnyderSkins philosophy of sacrificing the future for the present. I think the Skins lucked into a real find for their QB of the future, and so I don't want Haskins to be given the Ramsey treatment.
  6. Wyvern

    Does Doctson even care?

    First year IR aside, This is effectively Docston 's 3rd year -- traditionally when WRs break through or show you how low or how high their ceiling is. So, WITH OPTION, if Docston flamed out, Skins could always let him walk and not be on the hook for his 5th year. Assuming the Skins can finally get some value out of Richardson (or another WR, or decent TE help) I think Doctson is going to have a good year. But then I also think the Skins will probably have to let him leave, because,without the option, they can't afford Docston's services at free-market prices. IMHO, a dumb move by the Skins FO. I wouldn't be surprised if Bruce was behind this one. Weird how everyone is willing to gamble on other players' injured status -- and then get so risk-averse about Doctson's possible future injuries. My point : Skins FO "dumble-Bruced" this decision.
  7. Wyvern

    2019 NFL Draft discussion thread

    Sorry, but this is where we part ways. If we tank under our veteran QBs, I have a hard time seeing rookie Haskins trotting in and lighting up the defenses with the same cheesy offensIve cast of players that Keenum had to deal with. Also, from what I've seen, Haskins had difficulties pulling the trigger just before receivers came out of their breaks and Gruden's aggressive over the middle timed passing attack requires more seasoning and accuracy than I've seen from Haskins games. We'll see but if the O-line can't protect Keenum, Haskins won't fare much better.
  8. I note the Titans starting LG, Quinten Spain got signed by Buffalo. Looks like the Skins FO is sleeping through the remainder of free agency and is pinning its O-line hopes on a reclamation project (Flowers), or m-a-y-b-e a low-round draft-pick who they figure they can plug&play at a key position. I really don't understand this Front Office at all. They've created so much pressure on themselves to have a perfect draft to solve everyone of their existing roster problems. And by continuing to fail to be serious about their O-line short-falls, they're probably hamstringing their running game and putting even more pressure on their weak/under-performing receiving corps. No decent offensive power means the games will be ugly to watch, even if the Skins manage to occasionally limp through for a win in a low-scoring game. I'll bide my time to see how the draft unfolds -- but the Skins 2019 off-season efforts do not give me much confidence. Looks like Allen is planning to load up on waiver-wire cuts again and then claim he's built a championship roster
  9. I don't think it was Gruden who complained to the media. My read is that it was other internal sources who were leaking to the media about Gruden's internally expressed dissatisfaction with how Allen & Co. were conducting free agency. While I'm sure Gruden was amenable to the idea of Collins replacing the departed Swearinger... I suspect he WAS caught off-guard by the size of the contract and how it dried up most of the remaining funds needed to bring in decent help at WR, linebacker(s), O-line help, and other areas of need. I suspect while his opinion is asked about the talent and fit of potentially new personnel, Gruden doesn't have much say in how much is spent on actually acquiring players targeted as roster-worthy. .... So, would Jay have been willing to pay that much for Collins if it meant there'd be no additional FA help at the other trouble spots?
  10. Wyvern

    Starting QB 2019???

    I understand (on Tuesday?) Gruden is supposed to provide an explanation about McCoy being on crutches, and hopefully, provide some comments on Colt's readiness for the OTAs in May. If McCoy did have some kind of set-back, it could be a serious matter for the Skins -- and could impact the team's draft plans, possible trading strategy, etc. I'm hoping McCoy is just using the crutch as a safety pre-caution; still, at this stage in his healing process, you'd imagine he could be "safe" by just using a decent cane rather than a crutch.
  11. RE: Extending or trading Scheff I understand the logic of trading someone while the FO still has contract rights but doesn't think they can afford to extend that player's original contract or .... eventually have to compete for them in free-agency. Frankly, if the Skins FO knew it wasn't serious about trying to retain Orakpo, Cousins, Long, Breeland, Grant, Smith, Crowder, etc., then the FO should have considered what it could get in trade value before the players were eligible for free agency and the Skins FO lost their leverage. Too many times, Skins players who are well-regarded as NFL-level talent are allowed to get to free agency, and then the best the Skins can hope for is a compensatory draft pick. The Skins simply wait too long to consider trades on their "market-worthy" players until they've significantly diminished in skills/value or teams can simply wait until the player hits free-agency. The Skins really need to make quicker decisions on if they are willing to consider trading marquee players, especially if it's expected they'd be too old to help (or they'd be ending their contracts) when the Skins were actually ready to make the playoffs. Right now, some of those types of players are folks you'd consider "not for trade"... Williams, Norman, Kerrigan, Reed, or maybe "we just need to see more of how good they are" (Docston, Moreau, Richardson, Montrae N., etc). Truly, It's tough to trade them, but the Skins need to get away from this "The Future is Now" philosophy they call into EVERY season. The truth is the Skins need to continue to stockpile draft-picks and young players to build their foundation of talent, like many other successful franchises do. The more first and 2nd round picks they accumulate, the more young play-makers they can add to the team, and the more trade value their roster has (if the Skins decided they could live without that talent's higher-cost contract. So for Scherff, he's got trade value, well-regarded, youngish, in a position which he could play at a high level for 8+ more years, a "football player and good for team chemistry", but not in a position that is known for being a playmaker. I think he is foundation material, but if his price tag is too high... The cap-strapped Skins need to be entertaining trade offer for him now, not next year. ...Please know I really like Scherff, and deeply hope the Skins make a real effort to retain him, but how many mega-contracts can the team bear while it's trying to build a solid foundation for a talented roster for the future? And make no mistake, the Skins future is NOT now. They need to keep rebuilding to recover from the A. Smith debacle.
  12. My two cents ... 1. Don't mortgage the future for a splashy signing of Antonio Brown. A diva receiver is not what this team needs when the pass protection is suspect and the starting QB's arm suggests that most of the long passes would be floating in, rather than rifled in. How long is it before Brown starts publicly complaining about not being used the right way. This team's coaching and TO would probably not be skillful enough to handle this "Terrell Owens type" of personality, and soon be trying to unload the person they'd sacrificed so much to obtain. 2. I also hope the Skins FO doesn't mortgage the future trying to trade up for Murray -- the O-line protection isn't dependable enough and the rookie would likely have a short (but flashy) stint before he started to rack up too many injuries. I'm even lukewarm to trading up to 9 to leapfrog teams in order to select Lock (who, with some seasoning might be serviceable in 2020.). I think the Skins have to acknowledge their 2019 and 2020 seasons have been hamstrung by what happened with Alex Smith, and just roll with McCoy and a serviceable -- and mobile/durable -- backup for when McCoy goes down again. (Maybe look to the 2020 draft to select a high-quality QB who can have a season to back-up in order to learn and acclimate to the NFL level game) Bottom Line: The team is barely getting itself out of the hole created by the RG3 trade and the post-Shanny overhaul. Consequently, it needs to follow a more steady and incremental pace of improvement, rather than "doubling down" and staking the future on some flashy signing or trade in search of the magical "missing piece for a championship" . While the Skins FO may feel they need this to be able to hype the 2019 Skins and fill stadium seats -- the reality is that the team is probably 3 years away from having a stable enough quality roster, an adequate stockpile of affordable homegrown depth and surplus of draft-picks to support that kind of gamble. IMHO, the Skins need to keep pursuing a "slow-&-steady" strategy for improving the team, until they emerge from the Alex Smith disaster. Sadly, I suspect Dan/Bruce aren't willing to be that patient.
  13. Wyvern

    Starting QB 2019???

    Considering they went after Sanchez, maybe they'll try to check another QB off of Snyder's wish-list and try to coax Cutler out of retirement?
  14. Wyvern

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Sorry, when I look at the Skins record, and consider the shape they're in today... I don't think anyone really considers Washington as a dangerous team to block a teams progress to the NFC Championship, much less the Super Bowl. The franchise has been decidedly mediocre in the 21st century.
  15. Wyvern

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    2000 2000 NFL NFC East 3rd 8 8 0 — Norv Turner (7–6) Terry Robiskie(1–2) 2001 2001 NFL NFC East 2nd 8 8 0 — Marty Schottenheimer 2002 2002 NFL NFC East 3rd 7 9 0 — Steve Spurrier 2003 2003 NFL NFC East 3rd 5 11 0 — 2004 2004 NFL NFC East 4th 6 10 0 — Joe Gibbs 2005 2005 NFL NFC East 2nd 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Buccaneers) 17–10 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Seahawks) 10–20 2006 2006 NFL NFC East 4th 5 11 0 — 2007 2007 NFL NFC East 3rd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Seahawks) 14–35 2008 2008 NFL NFC East 4th 8 8 0 — Jim Zorn 2009 2009 NFL NFC East 4th 4 12 0 — 2010 2010 NFL NFC East 4th 6 10 0 — Mike Shanahan 2011 2011 NFL NFC East 4th 5 11 0 — 2012 2012 NFL NFC East 1st 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs(Seahawks) 14–24 Robert Griffin III(OROY) 2013 2013 NFL NFC East 4th 3 13 0 — 2014 2014 NFL NFC East 4th 4 12 0 — Jay Gruden 2015 2015 NFL NFC East 1st 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs(Packers) 18–35 2016 2016 NFL NFC East 3rd 8 7 1 — 2017 2017 NFL NFC East 3rd 7 9 0 — 2018 2018 NFL NFC East 3rd 7 9 0