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    Game of Thrones Season 8

    Ok, new season, new thread. No spoIlers without spoiler tags. If In doubt, please be courteous to your friends who don’t want to be spoiled. i am going to edit this post a little later to add some fun stuff.
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    2019 Washington Nationals Thread - The Winds of Change

    Depends on the counter...
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    Where is the Outrage over Boeing 737-MAX?

    Boeing should have used the 787 platform and just found a way to shrink it. The issue is they wanted to keep changed to a minimum, especially for the thousands of 737 pilots. That’s also beneficial to the airlines and sales because they don’t have to spend as much money re-training everybody, and pilots can be more transferable beteeen aircraft types. Boeing used to be not only be the best airplane manufacturer, but one of the most innovative companies in the wold. Its a shadow of its former self. The real issue is becuse the 737 max is grounded, it’s causing the price for all my flights to Dallas for work and family to skyrocket.
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    Welcome to the Redskins Bryce Love RB Stanford

    Something Gruden’s offense has always done well is get guys open based on scheme and matchups between the 20’s. For some reason, that hasn’t translated consistently in the red zone. Probably a combination of things, but the red zone offense wasn’t great (though it was better) in 2015 and 2016 when they had Garçon, DJax and crowder. Theres definitely a talent component to this, but I’ve always found the scheme/play calling especially at 1st and goal from the 7 and out to be iffy. Like they don’t know exactly what they want to do so they try a bunch of everything to see what sticks without really having a good sequence of plays to attack the defense. Personally, I’d love to see more spread formations down in the red zone to give guys a little more space and spread the defense, which is harder in compressed spaces. I’d like to see what they could do spread woth CT in the backfield, 4 wide (Reed and David could be “WR” in that set) and even see if they could run out of that a bit. I’ve necer quite understood why they line up in power and try and jam the ball down people’s throats because they’re just not built to do that. Regardless, For some reason, I think this year might be different.
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    Press Release: #REDSKINS QUOTES - Gruden

    There’s a lot of “this guy oooks really good!” going on. I’m hoping because the measuring stick isn’t 3 inches tall. A lot of positive comments though. Which I guess is better than the opposite
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    Will the coaching be good enough for the talent?

    That's not entirely true. In 2014 he had the RGIII debacle, and even I, probably known as his toughest critic, give him a pass on that. 2015 and 2016 he did not have garbage to work with. It's 2 years ago now, but it happened. There was a lot of talent on offense, we didn't have near the number of injuries. However, we did hire the DC with the worst resume in the history of the NFL, and that didn't help much on that side of the ball. I can understand and "forgive" Jay for the injuries, unsettled QB situation, a lot of things in 2017 and 2018. We let 2 good WRs go with no plan to replace them, couldn't figure out what to do at QB, then signed a QB who didn't really fit the scheme, a lot of guys got hurt, yadda yadda yadda. That doesn't absolve him from game-planing, preparation, lead-blowing, no adjustment sins, but there are explanations to a lot of the results the last two years which make some sense. The unforgivable sin to me was 2016. There was enough talent on that team to win 10+ games. But they were SO poorly coached on defense, they ended up with literally the worst 3rd down and long defense in the history of the NFL. They lost must-win game after must-win game to get in the playoffs. Basically a complete collapse down the stretch with a team that should have been able to do a lot better. A better coaching staff gets that team to the playoffs. The week 17 game against the Giants might be one of the single worst team performances in the history of the organization. I'm on record, and was on record as soon as that game ended I thought they should move on from Gruden, Kirk and the whole lot of them. That said, we are where we are. And I think Jay has a good chance this year to be successful. Though a lot of it is going to rest on Manusky and the defensive coaching staff. If the defense can be a top-10 unit, I think the offense can be above average, and they will win some games. For reasons I don't really comprehend, I actually have some optimism going into this year. I don't see superbowl, but maybe, just maybe, they have things pointed in the right direction and can get a few extra wins.
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    Will the coaching be good enough for the talent?

    The article states the 'Skins became predictable on first down offense. Ya think? However, I actually think this is going to take care of itself. I wrote in anther post somewhere that I really don't think Jay ever trusted Smith to throw the short/quick WCO style passing game. And wthout that trust, he thought AP getting yards on first down would be more consistent. I can't blame that logic, though after about the 200th run for no yards on first down, you might want to try something different. That said, after Smith got hurt, we only had a flash of Colt before Sanchez and then Johnson were playing, and again, putting the ball in APs hands more often than not was not a bad plan. So with Smith out this year, and Keenum probably better at what Gruden likes than Smith, I think there's a pretty good chance they will be more varied on first down. At least I really hope so. I don't actually even know if O'Connell changes much there. Jay probably WANTS to be more aggressive on first down, but felt he couldn't be. I kindof disagree with the premise, I think being unpredictable helps execution, but I understand what he was thinking.
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    Press Release: #REDSKINS QUOTES - Gruden

    From your mouth to God's ears. If they can get playoff level production out of this group of WRs, that would be a hell of a good job.
  9. It's actually tough to tell, but I think the St. Louis are on the right. They have larger bones, more fat. They take longer to cook, but i actually prefer them myself. I use a 3-2-1 smoking method: 3 hours of heavy smoke at about 230 degrees. 2 hours brazing. I wrap my ribs up really tight in tin foil with butter, apple cider, and smothered with dark brown sugar. Braze at about 240 degrees. 1 hour with the sauce. Removed from tin foil, more smoke, and slathered with BBQ sauce. They fall off the bone if you look at them sideways, which is the way I like it.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I can't argue that Alex Smith and Josh Norman have bad contracts. Though if Smith had stayed healthy and played reasonably well (better than he was playing) it would have been ok. But he played poorly then had a potential career ending injury. Paul Richardson's contract is bad (so far) because he's been hurt, which you could say was predictable because of history. I don't think we know anywhere near enough to say whether or not the Landon Collins contract is good or bad. I think the Vernon Davis contract is atrocious, however. They're paying a ton of money for a receiving TE who's like 98 years old and can't block. To go along with with younger version of himself who also gets a lot of money, can't stay healthy and can't block. If you wanted one area where the 'Skins REALLY should have done more this off season, it was TE. Because they have such a tell based on personnel. I'd almost be included to move Reed to outside WR, put Quinn in the slot, Richardson on the other side, and go from there. Because lining Reed up on the line or asking him to set the edge is like banging your head against a concrete wall. Replace Reed with Davis. Same thing.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    This is probably very true. I put an enormous amount of emphasis on "coaching," because especially in today's NFL, with free agency and players moving around as much as they do, the one on the field element that can always be consistent, and is controllable, is coaching. And it's not all on the head coach, it's the entire coaching staff. And when I say "coaching" it's kindof a top-to-bottom look at everything to do with how the team is prepared to play games. This includes, but is not limited to: strength training/conditioning (and everything that goes into it, like nutrition, recovery, etc), individual technique coaching, scheme, game plans, who to play, game day execution. Everything. That's not all on the HC. It's on the organization to get right. Except in New England, where I think it's all up to Bill Bellichick, because he's essentially the President, CEO, GM, HC and everything else. In other organizations, it's somewhat spread amungst different people, which is fine. Here are a couple reasons why I think BB just operates at a different level. The packers have had possibly 2 of the best QBs in the history of the NFL back-to-back for the past 27 years. 1992 - 2007 was Favre, and 2008-2018 is Rodgers. They have translated that into exactly 2 SBs, one apiece for Favre and Rodgers. And I ask myself, "self, if Bill Bellicheck was in Green Bay, could he have done better over the past 30 years with those 2 QBs than what they have put together?" And my answer is "yes. Yes he could have." That's debatable, and there's no way of really knowing. I grant the extra cap money Brady gives to New England is a huge benefit. I grant that Brady is better than both Favre and Rodgers. But I also think BB is better than Holmgren, McCarthy, and all the GMs and other folks they've had up there. And if he had the opportunity to work with and develop and put a team/culture around Rodgers/Favre, I think they would have done better. I also think to myself, "self, if Tom Brady had ended up in San Diego, would he have developed into Tom Brady? Or would he have developed into Philip Rivers? The comparison is apt because Rivers actually sat a year with Brees starting, then took over in year 2 for Marty. I love Marty, but he can't win the playoffs. What happens if Brady has a year starting under Marty, then is coached by Norv Turner? What happens then? Same discussion with Big Ben in Pittsburgh. Anybody who thinks BB couldn't have squeezed more out of one of the most talented teams in the entire NFL over the years is crazy. Tomlin is a complete under-achiever. Anybody could coach a team that talented to 10 or 11 wins. But they consistently fall short when it matters most. I see it like this in general: good/great/exceptional "coaching" can have his team perform at a level above that of their combined talent, average coaching can get the team to perform to their level of talent, and bad coaching can undermine the collective talent of the team. That's not saying BB and his coaching staff etc. could make the Arizona Cardinals (worst team in football) of last year SB champs. Definitely not. However could they have squeezed more production out of the folks on the team? Probably. Anyway, we're way off topic (though it's June 9th, so probably not the worst sin. Overall, I think the talent on the team is the most important thing to winning. If you don't have talent, you can't win. However, "coaching" is a close second, because every team needs preparation, leadership and direction.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    Actually, I did watch both seasons. I also saw Alex Smith get his leg broken in half, and the need for a QB. And before you cry that the OL was at fault for that, it wasn't. The running back who shouldn't have even been playing (Marshall) missed the block and Smith got crunched. Then I saw the backup QB break his leg on a scramble the next game. I saw that there was virtually no pass-rush outside, and that was an issue. I saw basically the only talented veteran WR get injured (Richardson) as well as both the rookie WRs who were supposed to contribute (Quinn and that other guy). I also saw Guice tear his ACL. I saw AP play with a separated shoulder the entire year. You are basically saying that in 2019, we should have ignored everything else and just draft OL. That's fine if you think that way. However, they did draft 2 OL players in this draft, including in the 4th and 5th rounds. That's not ignoring the OL at all. They spent the first 2 picks of the draft on a QB and possibly the best pass-rushing talent they've had since the 80's. Both of those were also needs. The 3rd round pick went to a WR, which is probably the most talent devoid group on the roster top to bottom. Doctson should be competing for a roster sport at this point, not a penciled in starter. Richardson has never been healthy, and coming off an injury also. Do we really want to line up with Mo Harris and Quinn as the starters there with no depth? I mean, come on. 4th round was Martin, 5th was the center with the long name. Last year was Christian in the third. Again, all the facts support that the team is consistently drafting OL across the board. But if you want to focus soley on one position group at the exclusion of the others which are as desperate needs as well, then please be my guest. As I said, there is no reason to let facts get in the way of a good monologue. No, we should have spent the first 3 picks on OL and rolled with Case, Doctson, Mo Harris, etc. Because that would have been successful for now and the future.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    Yeah, I always forget about Christian because he didn't play at all last year. But yeah, I think the drafting OL thing should be burried along with the "win the off-season by spending big" thing, but there are some that just can't ignore 2000-2009 even though they can ignore 2010-2019. As I said before, there are plenty of things to pick at. This just isn't one of them.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    Save the Cheerleader, Save the World
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    I mean, Williams was a 1st, Scherff was a first, Moses was a 3rd, Martin was a 4th... You act as if we're still in the 2000's when they legitimately neglected both lines for basically an entire decade through the draft. If you move forward to 2010-2019, that's just not the case. Of course, it would be a shame to let facts get in the way of a good narrative...
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    Something Cooley said about Gibbs, he told everybody, "if you don't want to be here, come see me, I'll make that happen for you." He did it for Coles. I agree, if you don't want to be on the team for any reason, you shouldn't be forced to be on the team. As painful as that is.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    Well, that is a lot of it. But I think you are taking some credit away from Bellichick, who is one of the best coaches/GMs in his own right. Don't forget, early on with the Pats, before Brady really became Brady, they were still winning superbowls. Brady was there, but he wasn't what he has become. A lot of the early success was Bellichick and the defense. Here's the other thing: In the superbowl they lost to the Eagles, their best cover corner, Malcolm Butler, for what turned out to be some type of rules violation. Is that why they lost the SB? Maybe not, but when you bench one of your best players for the SB because of a rules violation, it shows that you are willing to sacrifice short term for long term accountability. That's what I was getting at. Now, since I wrote the post, the entire story changed, and it has little if anything to do with money, so my initial post doesn't really hold true regardless.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    I say this as the guy who basically got a ban for talking about Jay, but I agree. To my memory, this is now the second time in the last call it 8 months (maybe less) Jay has had to go face the music for something that isn't of his making. The first was the Reuben Foster stuff, now this. Hell it might not even really be Bruce's deal, I don't know, but as President, "this," whatever "this" is, falls under his purview, and he needs to get out in front of it and save his head coach. And he can't trot Doug out for this, or Eric. It's gotta be Bruce.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    When I heard the "personal" comment I immediately thought "oh oh, that's not just money." I also don't think it was a slip up. I think Jay was putting it out there that this isn't on him, and it isn't money. And I don't really have a problem with that. That is a reasonable scenario, one which I would hope did not play out, but if it did, I wouldn't blame Trent 1 bit for being furious.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    I am all about bashing Bruce and company, however the narrative that they don't address the OL and DL are both out of date and tired at this point. The 'Skins DID actually draft a couple of OL in THIS draft, but it was the back part of the draft. They also drafted OL in the last several drafts. In fact, the entire OL has been drafted at this point assuming Martin starts at LG, which seems to be the plan:: Williams, Martin, Rouille, Scherff and Moses. Also, none of them except for Williams is over 30. I think this is just picking at something to pick at something. There are plenty of things to fault management for, this doesn't seem to be one of them.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    So that's kindof rude. Also, on a public message board, people can kinda discuss whatever they want to. And since the Patriots do ti better than anybody, which is proven by results, I think comparing to the best isn't the worst comparison you can make. Sure, we could compare to what the GM of the Cardinal's would do, but what's really the point of that?
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    The reason it's so tough to compare what BB would do is because they're so good at planning for the future, they probably already have the "next in line" LT on the roster, so they move Trent to purgatory somewhere, and just move on. The 'Skins don't do that well, so it's tough to compare.
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    Press Release: #Redskins Quotes- Gruden, O’Connell

    Surprisingly, I kinda think (hope?) this is going to take care of himself. I think Jay is going to trust Keenum and possibly Haskins more than he did Smith to throw quick-game on early downs. What I am banking on is that Jay just didn't trust Alex (then the rest of the QBs minus Colt who played for 35 seconds)) to execute the short passing game which is so common to the west coast. A primary focus of Bill Walsh when he founded the west coast offense in Cincinnati where he was OC (and before the offense was named the west coast offense) was to cover for a miserable OL, and substitute the short pass for a run. If memory serves, when Jay was OC in Cincy, he got blamed for not running enough, and was known for throwing the ball all over the place. Andy Reid also had the same reputation. It's very traditional "west coast." About the only guy who came off the Walsh tree who REALLY embraced the running game was Shanahan. So maybe in 2017, Jay didn't trust the receivers to be able to execute the short game, and in 2018 he didn't trust the QB. And he thought he would prefer to take his shot with AP getting 3-4 yards rather than completing a pass. Which I would say, "ok" except it became clear after a couple weeks that wasn't going to happen either, and I'd also say if that's the plan, then maybe call more than the same 2 running plays to confuse the defense would be a good idea. However, with the benefit of some time to ponder it, I definitely understand WHERE the thought to run on first down might come from. The execution of the plan was still F-, but the reason makes sense. The inability to adapt does not make sense, but that's a different issue. So what I'm hoping for is that with Keenum, who by all accounts can execute the quick passing game, and Haskins who did it a ton at Ohio State (different offense, but they threw a lot of short/quick one-read type of stuff), Jay will have more faith in the QBs to execute the quick game than Smith. Smith has to SEE the guy open before he throws, the WCO quick game is predicated on the QB throwing before the receiver makes his break on time, and that was never something Smith was good at. (Side note, this is why I thought it was ludicrous to pair Smith and Jay. But I would have let Kirk walk after 2016 also because he isn't a winner. So I understand needed a QB, and getting a "good" one, but it wasn't a good fit from the beginning.) Then the next question becomes, can the receivers get enough separation to pull it off. I think ... maybe? If Richardson stays healthy, his deep speed alone should be enough for him to create underneath separation. Quinn has shown the ability to. Reed certainly can. So can CT. Which says nothing of any of the rookies, who we just don't know. I refuse to really think about Doctson as a possibility until he shows he deserves it. So MAYBE, just MAYBE, this works itself out because Jay feels more confident in the QB to throw quick on first down, and the receivers can pull it off. This might be a stretch. But it's a hope.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    That is damn true. Ok, flip Maisie for Nathalie and make it a 4-some. All good? Back to Trent. Several short thoughts: 1. He's playing his leverage, which is somewhat tantamount to holding the team hostage. He KNOWS they have nothing behind him, he KNOWS they need to win this year, and he KNOWS that they have either a 1st round rookie or Case Keenum as QB, so protection is going to be key. He KNOWS that they really can't afford to have him not play. Personally, I don't like negotiating with a gun to my head. 2. What would Bill Bellichick do? He'd trade Trent to the Arizona Cardinals for a 4th and a serviceable OL player, and figure out how to make it work. 3. If this wasn't being done with a gun to my head, I would suggest that the team might be able to extend him, deferring more money into future years, guaranteeing parts of it, and freeing up more money this year under the cap which they could roll into next year, which might be helpful if they need to dump Smith's contract into 2020. There is a much higher probability Trent plays 3-4 years down the road than Smith, and he's still very good when healthy.
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    New development: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

    Ok, in fairness if you go back through the whole series, yeah, there are several who would pop in line in front of her. I guess there is recency bias because she was actually IN the last season. I also named the other 2 women IN the last 2 seasons.. Otherwise you could include folks like Rose Leslie and Natalie Dormer, and whatever the woman's name was who played Rob Stark's wife.... Honestly possibly both?