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    Evaluating Jay Gruden in 2018

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    Evaluating Jay Gruden in 2018

    In an ideal situation, but here that was Dunn who we simply cut. And right now its Rhainey and Fuller who haven't seen the field yet. So I'd contend that while valuable it would have been better to have kept a guy like Hogan or even Morris who I think we cut before training camp, but he's a guy who has looked good in Indy's preseason before. But I just think its always good to have a developmental guy. Its unlikely he'll be good and Danny from 1067 (and a lot of media) says that if you get to your third QB you're already bad, but a lot of these guys who are backups now were once third QBs, like Chase Daniels in Chicago. They may never amount to the starters I named earlier but the third QB is the ultimate redshirt philosophy which we seem to be running. Sit them and develop them. If we need the spot because of injuries then you take your chances, but always be developing this position because you almost never know what will happen.
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    Evaluating Jay Gruden in 2018

    I will comment that I think they had plans to play Arie K and Catalina as their guards and depth this year and both went down after they really had any options to do anything. Those are the two that finished last year at OG for us and its reasonable to think they were our hope there. We've even heard Jay reference it a few times talking about the injuries. I mean we do have 5 guards on IR. Supposedly the starter was supposed to be Arie k who has no known injury history, Cooper and Lich have injury histories, but berg and Scherff don't. So I can kinda understand from that standpoint, but I just wish Jay trusted his players more. maybe its the whole "red shirt them" philosophy, and a feeling of not putting the raw guys in if the season is still recoverable...I don't know I think Colt is a good backup QB but my main problem with him since 2014 has been his injury. He will play good for a game or 2 and then go down. I wanted us to keep either Nate or the guy who went to Denver over him for this reason. Not saying either would be a worldbeater but (a) they're young and could be a Trent Green / Kurt Warner / Marc Bulger type QB, and (b) they don't have Colt's injury history. And even if they couldn't beat out Colt, I'm still an old fashioned guy who would like to keep a third developmental QB over a 9th OL who will never see the field
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Well, for my own practical purposes, I'd also be intrigued with the question of how fans would feel if no change took place. Its an NFL team with an active roster and injuries and stuff so we're going to see changes there, but if the elites of Snyder, Bruce, Doug, Smith, Schaffer, Gruden, Manusky all stay in place, how would fans feel there? I can honestly say that I wouldn't be too motivated, but being the person that I am I wouldn't be too upset either. But I'd probably be doing like I am now - I'd be reading more books, commenting on here less (i.e. caring less about football), and the funny thing is that I'd be playing with my son more but those talks would probably be less and less about the Redskins. I'm trying to raise him as a Redskins fan and he gets excited when he sees me excited and we score a TD or have a big play, but I don't let the team get me down any more so when we're going through what Al Galdi and Chris Cooley talked about a bad movie sequel where we know the ending already and we just walk out, thats kinda how it is now. Its like I want my kid to like Batman but if every Batman movie that came out from now on was Batman and Robin with Schwarzenegger as Mr Freeze, then we're not going to those movies and he may say "I like Iron Man more than Batman". Crushing blow to my comic universe, but I'd blame DC for putting out bad movies.
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    Evaluating Jay Gruden in 2018

    So the thing about the injuries is that I'd but that as an excuse if this was the first time on the block with that issue. We had the same type of OL Injuries last year. We can't on one hand praise the scouting department for their drafts and their ability to find talent and how deep our roster is, and then complain that we have no backup guards, and no backup corners and nobody to play ILB when when our current ILBs suck. Thats not just an injury issue its a depth issue. Why are we paying a guy like Dunn on the roster if we're not going to play him? Why is SDH on our roster if he's not going to play? Why are we paying a guy like Alexander if he's not going to play? I get that they're raw, but why did we have Dunn on our roster for like 10 weeks, supposedly as depth, then cut him when we need a G to play. If Cooper was better depth then why did we not have Cooper on our roster from the getgo?
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    Next Day Thread: Redskins vs. Giants II

    In our defense, so does every other team not in the the Pitt, NE, GB (not any more), Seattle, realm. Part of me wants us to just establish continuity and stay with a decent (good but not great) coach like Gruden for a decade or so. He's way better than Norv Turner in my mind, but maybe he's the same guy. He is certainly having the same struggles in terms of first half successes, inability to develop a defense, developing decent QBs but either having them be just mediocre players or having them leave. But even Norv had success here and I always felt that if he could just have hired a good DC who could strategize and put together a game plan he would have won here. I say the same thing about Gruden. And I think Manusky could be that guy because those first 10 games or so was the most excited I've been about this defense since GW maybe before that.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    The Junkies had Rick Snyder on yesterday and he was implying that Bruce isn't as involved in the stadium because VA has kinda bowed out due to the Amazon relocation. Its seeming like a battle between National Harbor and RFK. I'll be honest. I prefer National Harbor. RFK is doing too much of what Snyder does - hang on to old things he had no part of. He needs to be doing soemthing new. The Harbor is right off 295, 495 and 95. Its at the mix of MD, VA and DC, there's already an ecosystem there so it wouldn't be like the current stadium in trying to make an area a target. Problem is the metro access, but they've got to have some possibilities there right?
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    Next Day Thread: Redskins vs. Giants II

    If he retires couldn't we "renegotiate" his contract so that its like a 20 year deal for the same fixed amount and just pay it out over time?
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I just gotta say what if. What if we signed Bill Parcells after getting rid of Marty in 2001 instead of bringing Vinny back. Imagine that Parcells has full control, and is all buddy buddy with Snyder, hires a good football coach and puts us on a path towards relevancy
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    Starting QB 2019???

    https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/12/2019-salary-cap-expected-to-fall-between-187-191mm If the cap jumps to 191 from 177, then it becomes more ammunition for us to be able to just dump his salary in a single move and go into 2020 without the Alex Smith contract. We can just call it a cap penalty and go from there.
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    Press Release: #REDSKINS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

    dag, I'm waiting for some action on Reed and Sanchez. I expect Reed to go to IR and hopefully bring in a young QB. Maybe I'm just being wishful. I really wonder if they see something in Fuller though. He's a big guy and he's only 24. I wonder if there's any chance he sees any action this week or if we're just rotating depth.
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    Evaluating Jay Gruden in 2018

    We say that now (and I do want Sanchez cut) but what I hated about Snyder initially was that he couldn't keep a coach for any time. we fired Marty, Spurrier left, Gibbs left, we fired Zorn, we fired Shanny. I wanted to keep coaches because thats when you see players develop into their full potential instead of just what they are coming out of college. I'm interested in seeing what they guys like Stroman and Johnson and Settle and SDH and Anderson can become next year after another year in the system. Look at what we've gotten out of other players. There's a benefit to stability. And the benefit of firing a coach needs to be weighed vs stuff like can that coach continue grow, especially if the players are developing under that coach like we're seeing under Gruden. I will say that I have a lot of questions about Gruden, like are his practices (and training camps and preseasons) too soft? Do players still listen to him? And how well does he adjust to things not going as he planned out initially. But I'm not a fan of just cleaning house. And this goes against what I posted in the other thread (about bruce) saying that we needed to do a real evaluation instead of just cherry-picking our next hire from the current staff. But this is another thing to be weighed vs the consistency we get from in house hiring. I like that we fired Barry, but was Manusky the best hire. We got to keep some of the players we were developing, but would we have benefited from bringing in another guy who was a mastermind instead of just a rah rah guy? I don't know.
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    Evaluating Jay Gruden in 2018

    As much as I despise the Cowboys, i want to say look at what they did. (a) found a good defensive coordinator. (b) stuck with Garrett, who nobody but Jerrah thinks is a good coach (c) found a good QB in the middle rounds (d) drafted an all pro running back (e) go after athleticism on defense. I look at that and say that its a reason to be patient with Gruden. I think we were on the way to a 12 win season this year had we not played Byron Marshall (yeah I'm putting that injury on him). Maybe thats a bit much because we'd still have lost Cooper, Berg, Scherff, and Lich and be in this bad situation on the OL. But this team had the ability to hold teams to low scoring games and duke it out like Chicago did and like Seattle just did Minnesota. i think that would take Manusky not backing off like he's done but maybe a ball control offense could have helped our defense.
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    Evaluating Jay Gruden in 2018

    I think Minnesota is panicking. Firing the OC right now is not thing to do. Its not like they weren't producing. They had one guy who set a record for consecutive 100 yard receiving games. They brought in a new QB and he's still getting used to things. I don't like this move by Zimmer.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I mean I think A LOT has to go right for us to win out and make the playoffs so this is really not even a pipe dream, and more of thought exercise of weighing all options. But what I'm considering with Johnson is what the iead of a running QB does to defenses. Thats why I called him Tyrod Taylor. The thing is he doesn't have things that most coaches covet in a QB like arms strength and accuracy, but his ability to run can simply make some plays and when our OL fails (when, not if) he will be able to scramble so he's not a sitting duck like Sanchez was. If Mahusky can just get the defense to play physical again and we can keep scores close, its a possibility to win again. The thing about Johnson is that when he was a backup in Tampa their golden child was Freeman, who was decent until the stuff about him being on meds to help with anxiety or something came out and suddenly he was blackballed. - Jax is not a world beater - Tenn is looking good so I'm not too confident there, but they're only a game ahead of us and their QB is hurting. - Philly is a good team and I expect to lose that game, but still same record as us. But I really think back to Marty's first year when all it took for a turnaround was stability at teh QB spot. I mean our defense started off good Sunday then after taht first pic-6, it seemed like tehy exhaled and said "here we go again". Think of what Tony Banks did for us that year. I mean we lost 45-13 to KC that year. 350 yards passing and 200 yards rushing. Banks wasn't a worldbeater but we went from -4 (14 turnovers) in the first 5 games to +10 in the last 11. This season we went from I think +4 to -14. Keim quotes something like that. I'm just wondering if Johnson can become a Tyrod Taylor or a Tony Banks. Thats all I ask for. And ignoring the Giants, when was the last time Doctson had 80+ yards? two 30+ yard catches? A should ahve been PI call? This guy isn't RG3 of 2012 but if we can just get stability again, we can go on another run. Its not me thinking that. I honestly think we will lose out. But the fan in me needs to explore the possibility. And I will say that Josh made me able to watch the 4th quarter Sunday. Sanchez seemed like the same play over and over again. He'd see somebody open, he'd pump fake, then he'd run into a sack. That Johsnon throw and run to Crowder was so pretty. Maybe my 2nd favorite play of the year, after the AP play last week. I just need to give myself encouragement to watch the games.