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  1. Thinking Skins

    HH: Coaching Speculation Publication; Kaczor replaces Kotwica; Olivadotti, Gray out.

    It's sad. I've never cared less. Right now, normally I'm into the draft, watching a guy like Brady and taking about how good he is, it the bad pi call I've seen on Twitter, but i really don't care about any of that now. This team has sucked the life out of me to the point where i don't really like sports any more. "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted". Maybe that means one day we'll be better but the current state of things makes it look like it won't be any time soon. It's like when I was a kid wanting Ultimate Warrior to win the Heavyweight title and he never did. Then I found out it was rigged. Kinda same here. Sad.
  2. Thinking Skins

    HH: Coaching Speculation Publication; Kaczor replaces Kotwica; Olivadotti, Gray out.

    I doubt they make a big move. If they do, it's for a QB. The last two years they've had the injury excuse so they could argue somewhat justifiably that they'd be a playoff team without the injuries. Firing Greg would have been a splash move and it's something that i could understand a lot more last year than this year. Not saying i have faith in him or that he's a good coordinator but no matter how you spin it our defense was far from the main problem this year. Could there be another Alex Smith,RG3,McNabb or Brunell type trade? Maybe but i see more of a trade for a backup to come in and compete with Colt in preseason like we had with Hogan. I especially believe this if there's any chance Smith plays say by week 8 next year (after pup list expires) Otherwise i could see us targeting some players in free agency but not to massive deals so they'd likely be the bargain basement deals looking for a steal. So what I'm prepared for is a team that has its major changes coming through the draft and player development. I hope Christian and Apke can surprise us, and that Guice can stay healthy because that would go a long way towards helping this team.
  3. Thinking Skins

    Terminate Manusky

    I feel like we do best on defense with players that can do man coverage. Its not that we should always be in man coverage but it gives us more options. Unfortunately, our investment in guys like Stroman, Alexander and Johnson last year was at least two guys who are best in zone (inside) and one who I'm not sure about. I guess the problem with Alexander is that he missed most of the practices and wasn't really in football shape until late in the season, but when Dunbar went down we lost some ability to disguise blitzes, and just cover WRs when we don't have pressure. I think we made some mistakes like not playing SDH and JHC more but thats probably some give and take. Like, I can understand DJ's statements, but from GregM's point of view, DJ probably has more faith in the back 4 than Greg does. And I think that something probably happened that caused Greg to lose faith in JHC or to make him want to play ZB and MF full time over putting JHC in. I mean the later two are definitely better against the run, and I wonder how many tackles JHC missed against a team like Atl or TB that caused us to give up bigger plays.
  4. Thinking Skins

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Knowing Dan's history he'll probably give a press conference and say "I'll never change the name from Redskins" and end the press conference. No questions taken, No statements about coaching searches, but expectations that this little bit will be enough to excite the fan base. I mean its what he did a few years back.
  5. Thinking Skins

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Wouldn't it be the real DC Curse for Snyder to take the team, leave DC, go to a city like St Louis, have them build him a stadium, and then suddenly he learns how to become a legit owner, building a dynasty? Then we get an expansion franchise or some relocation like the Jaguars who come here and give us nothing but suck for another 20+ years?
  6. Thinking Skins

    HH: Coaching Speculation Publication; Kaczor replaces Kotwica; Olivadotti, Gray out.

    I was talking mostly about last year, but your point is valid. I could counter and say that his defenses haven't been horrible either, but thats not the point. We wanted a big name and got Manusky. but yeah an average reputation. See, I think that this is the problem. With FAs its more about the money. I think with coaches its less about that and more about the chaos. If reports from your boy CR are true then coaches don't want to be here. That means that we would have to pay a lot more (if they'll take anything) to come here. So it becomes less about how much will Dan pay and more about who will put up with Dan / Bruce? And the funny thing is that in spite of this we've still got a good coaching tree and GM tree from under us. But where is this going? Is Gray another talent that we will have let get away who will become good elsewhere? It seems like we can discover talent but we don't want to mess with our power structure to enable that power (although I will say that McVay and LaFleur are different cases in that it would have been hard to hire either of them when they were here. But we did in some way choose Gruden over both of them. (Kyle as well, but I don't think he's a really good coach just yet) LaFleur either yet but we'll see. He was the guy I wanted if Gruden was fired.
  7. Thinking Skins

    HH: Coaching Speculation Publication; Kaczor replaces Kotwica; Olivadotti, Gray out.

    The thing is that other than his personality, we don't know that Williams would be that much of an improvement over Manusky. Its still like reordering chairs on the Titanic. Manusky has a good resume and if you look at this year, I'm sure that if he was released from his contract he'd get offers. Probably the same with Gray. That's probably why the Skins are doing things as they are. Its not like we have a complete dud as a coach. The question is can we do better.
  8. Thinking Skins

    Poll: How are you choosing to be a Redskins fan right now?

    I'm so meh. I like to look for reasons to be optimistic, but I just don't see it. And I hate to sound like I'm assuming the conclusion or predicting the future, but it gets so frustrating to see the pessimistic fans say "we're not a playoff team" for whatever reason and then no matter why, it ultimately holds true. We're into a few years of the Klye Smith drafts and as optimistic as I was about him over Vinny & Bruce, I can say that its more of a marginal improvement so far when it goes to results. I don't like the "no all pros since xxx argument" because we have had all pro caliber players like Green, Bailey, Samuels, Arrington, Williams, Kerrington, Morris, RG3, etc and if you look at the history of all pro teams (available at pro football reference), you see that through different sources have voted players as all pro. But it seems like our players we're drafting, while making the team, aren't making an impact. I remember having high hopes for Keenan Robinson, Amerson, Rambo, Thomas, Murphy, Spaight, Daniels, etc. But all those guys are gone with little to no impact. And its not just picking a few names out of a hat, but its the question of are we going for the most talented player or the player who has the highest ceiling or the player who has the highest floor, or something else? It seems like we're going after these highest floor type players, who can be capable backups or ok starters but their ceilings are generally relatively low - either that or we miscalculate their floors and ceilings because our draft picks, while making the team are not having a major impact on the final product. Its great to have so much home grown talent, but the major reason to invest in home grown talent is because other teams don't let playmakers get away. So we need to use some of these draft resources on playmakers and just meh talent. Cause when you have a playmeker like RG3 or CP or Santana Moss or ST21, it can do a lot to make me not think about Danny Boy and his antics. But when we've got no playmakers and we've got to pray to cross the 50 3 times a game, the moment Bruce or Danny does anything "Redskins" it makes me just say "ok" to watching "Jane the Virgin" instead of the clownshow.
  9. Thinking Skins

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    See, you're talking about that but what I want is just some sense of a future within the team. Like, if I squint my eyes and don't look directly at the outcomes, I can say we were buiilding a DL and possibly a defense. But whats that based on? Payne and Allen? Can we count R. Foster? Can we count SDH? I thought we could count Z. Brown and DJ into that, but they're looking to be quickly replaced. So do we have anybody that I'm looking forward to seeing next year, that we're building around? Again, all I can see are Payne and Allen. - Kerrigan's great but is getting old, same with TW. - Norman's old and about to be cut rather than pay that salary. And even with him, I don't get excited about seeing him play the way I did with Champ and DG. He's more of just a guy with a mouth who we pay as a number 1, but not somebody that can take over a game. - HaHa has talent but has been MIA since he got here. - Monte got praise for that handful of games last year (really that first game where he got the int) but has done little since. - Guice has been hurt - AP is old - Doctson is a disappointment I was excited at the beginning of the year because I legitimately thought we had a top 10 if not top 5 defense this year. I was wrong. That's in part because players didn't live up to their hype (Monte and Moreau for example), but also partly because we didn't use players correctly (why was Moreau inside and Danny/Stroman outside so much when their roles should have been reversed), why didn't we play Anderson more, or SDH more, or Alexander more, why aren't we more aggressive, especially when we saw that our DBs couldn't hold long? That said, I was also a big fan of some of the WRs who I thought could break out if given a chance. Harris had a 100 yard game but after that kinda did nothing and gets no separation. Not having QBs that could throw him open didn't help, but this became the story of our WRs this year (1) just praying that we could get good starting field position, (2) praying that they caught one or two passes on a given drive, (3) knowing that they wouldn't break a tackle or have any separation, just hoping that when the drive eventually stalls that we can depend on Way to change the FG position or maybe Hopkins could kick an extra long FG. With the nationals, when they were going through their 100 loss seasons, we saw things like Harper, Rendon, Strausberg, and J. Zimmerman, and lets not forget R. Zimmermann who was already there building something. So while we were going through the losses, we could look up and say this team is going to be something good one day. With the Skins, part of the reason I get mad about the 8-7-1, 7-9, and 7-9 seasons is because its not like I see players and say "they're going to be a dominant force one day", again with the exception of Payne and Allen. And this reflects directly on the front office - Dan, Bruce, Doug, Kyle, Eric and Alex. I've been the first guy to be happy that we're investing in the draft but we've got to be better than just filling a roster with par players. Where's the player that's going to knock a few out of the park? Where are the players who are going to change a game? Who do we have that can take over a game? And what I fear is that we're going to just do what we've been doing again - fill these holes on the team with par players to keep us from tanking. Who knows, maybe we will find a few steals who can turn the team around, (and maybe Allen really is that guy for the defense), but I fear that we are playing it safe too much and going for the guys that "fit our system" rather than the guy that can be an absolute wrecking ball.
  10. Thinking Skins

    HH: Coaching Speculation Publication; Kaczor replaces Kotwica; Olivadotti, Gray out.

    If we bring in GW as HC, did we comply with the Rooney Rule? Is that what the Woods stuff is about? I'm confused
  11. Thinking Skins

    Terminate Manusky

    The key question for me is are we going to use our players differently? Even more, i wonder if we're going to draft any players like Lavar. Not saying anything about him as a player, but the rumor was that he would freestyle when he thought he needed to. Not sure if this is the best option either but if we're in one coverage and getting abused, somebody needs to know to change things. And if DJ wasn't that guy who will be? I guess the alternative is just to get better players like more depth at corner, guys that are better at man, etc.
  12. Thinking Skins

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    In general I'm not a fan of this theory either. It kinda shows a lack of scouting overall, and is eerily similar to our JetSkins and TampaSkins days. At least these guys are young and talented but it's like we're really trying to answer the question of can Alabama beat an NFL team.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    That's the thing. I don't think we're a 3-13 bad type team. We're a team that's stuck in win now so we're going to keep trading chips for the future to have a 8-8 season. We're going to address all our holes this off-season, but instead of just letting the chips fall and building a good team for the next 5-10 years, we're going to trade a lot for somebody or sign a big contract or just go all in again. To me that's been Dan's biggest problem. He doesn't know how to hedge his bets. He went all in on the 2000 roster. Went all in on Campbell, went all in on MnNabb, all in on Haynesworth, all in on a bunch of older vets like the DE from Miami. All in on Alex Smith (after doing what I thought was wise with not going all in on Kirk). The current strategy of going all in on the draft is ok because even if we're not getting D. Lawrence and the all pro guys, it's setting up our roster with depth and special teams improves. But do we have the patience? And are we going to notice when a guys got talent in practice and needs more playing time? I was very disappointed with how we used our rookies, both the players we got and how we played them. And unfortunately i see us abandoning that system soon and going all in on a vet CB or S or ILB or WR or Lord help us if we trade for Flacco, Foles, Hasselbeck, or Bortles. But that's the kind of move we'll make because developing players is not our real strategy yet.
  14. Thinking Skins

    HH: Coaching Speculation Publication; Kaczor replaces Kotwica; Olivadotti, Gray out.

    I wonder if this will be any type of departure from the coach raw talent into good players philosophy into a grab bag of free agents like we did before or will it be like lower value free agents. It's interesting Plus what will happen to Gray? Will we have a cb coach and a s coach? Will Gray coach elsewhere?