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      Good afternoon Redskins fans!  I have once again been invited to sit in the relative comfort of the press box and shout my thoughts into the void via this blog.  As you watch the game today and see the rain  pour relentlessly from the heavens, know that I am safe and dry.  Know also that @Spaceman Spiff is out there somewhere, cold and unappreciated, rolling around in the muck trying to capture that perfect picture.  Maybe say a little prayer for his health (or laugh, whatever, I’m not judging you).  Also, be sure not to miss the pictures he posts on this site after each game.     
       
      Before we get into today's Redskins game, I want give some thanks for more positive occurrences in DC sports.  Congrats to the Washington Mystics for winning their first championship.  Congrats go out to the Washington Nationals as well for reaching the world series.  These two teams (along with the Caps) are working hard to change the sports related mood around this town, and we're all happier for it. 
       
      Lets move now into less cheerful topics, namely your Washington Redskins!  Yow know things are going bad, and I mean really dang bad, when your team has gone through three quarterbacks and two coaches and your not even half way through the season.  Today's fresh hell comes in the form of a specter of the our recent past coming to smirk at our misfortune.  Im talking of course of Kyle.  Kyle's spent the week assuring everyone that he isn’t holding a grudge, while very obviously holding a grudge.  “Everything else.”  You know what I’m talking about. 
       
      If all he brought to town were his hurt feelings we wouldn’t have a problem.  Sadly, he’s arrived with an undefeated football team that the NFL says we have to play this week.  This feels entirely unfair. 
       
      My generic key to the game:  Run the ball and stop the run.  The team (spoiler alert: 49ers) that does this today will win.   
       
      Redskins Inactives  
      QB Colt McCoy  
      S Deshazor Everett  
      CB Josh Norman  
      RB Chris THompson  
      LB Josh Harvey-Clemons 
      G Wes Martin  
      TE Vernon Davis  
       
      49ers inactives  
      QB CJ Beathard 
      WR Deebo Samuel  
      CB Ahkello Witherspoon  
      FB Kyle Juszczyk 
      T Mike McGLinchey 
      T Joe Staley 
      DL DJ Jones 
       
      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers
       
      Callahan wasn’t playing around when he said he wanted to run the ball.  That first drive was all runs, and looked great... right up until they tried to pass the ball.  Hopkins missed the relatively short fied goal, because of course he did.     

      Maybe Quinn isn’t a good choice to be returning punts?  Consider it.    
       
      That second Redskins drive looked more like what we’ve come to expect from this offense.  Run for negative yards, pass dropped, and an unsuccessful screen pass.  A quintessential Redskins three and out. 

      Passing yards this quarter:  Redskins 3. 49ers 9.  Are you not entertained?! 
       
      Half Time Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers 
       
      How happy are you to spend your Sunday afternoon watching this game?  Consider that some people paid money, to sit in a poncho, in the rain, to watch this game. 
       
      It’s now time for those half time adjustments that our beloved skins do so well.  It’s unlikely the second half mirrors the first. 
       
      3rd Quarter Update 
      Redskins 0 – 3 49ers  
       
      Good news, this game will not end in a 0-0 tie.  Those half time adjustments have kicked in as expected and the 49ers have found a way onto the scoreboard in this messy throwback game.  The Redskins have decided to spend the second half collecting holding penalties and sadness.  Mercifully, only one quarter remains. 
       
      End of Game Update 
      Redskins 0 – 9 49ers 
       
      Callahan hasn’t spent much time as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, but he’s already proven that his team can waste 2nd half timeouts like a veteran.  It makes little sense to adopt a strategy that shortens the game when your team is losing, and it makes even less sense when your team is short on time outs.  I’m not really sure what the thinking as late in this game.    
       
      Next week Kirk Cousins!   
       
       

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Phillip Daniels -- Dec. 8

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All.

Extremeskins is pleased to bring you an interactive chat opportunity our starting defensive end Phillip Daniels.

The chat session will be conducted Wednesday, Dec. 6 and presented Friday, Dec. 8. Questions for this and other chats can be asked in our Interactive Forum located:

http://www.extremeskins.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=33

This is a special moderated forum where you can ask questions. We will clean up the questions as best we can and ask them directly, working as fast as we can to provide the answers as quickly as possible once we get started.

ALL questions should be asked within this thread.

Please use the reply option in this thread so all questions that are approved land in this single thread. Thanks.

This is YOUR opportunity as fans of the Redskins to interact as directly as possible with the only Redskin player to hug me (after Dallas last year). Let's turn out and show the team how much interest there is in such interaction. Please bear in mind that NOT every question will be approved and not every approved question will be answered given limited time.

Show your colors and bring your game. Here's your chance to get the answers to so many of your threads.

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2. Please ask ONLY one question per submission. Last time guys had like eight questions per submission and it was hard to clean up.

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hey wuts up, i was just wanting to say you are one of my favorite redskins on defense, i just wanted to know if there is anything you do or maybe eat before every game to get you focused on sacking the quarterback thank you and have a good rest of the season :eaglesuck :gaintsuck :dallasuck :cheers: :notworthy :notworthy :notworthy :logo:

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hey i was just wanting to say that you are my favorite redskin defender, and i wanted to ask you if there is anything you do or eat before every game to get you focused on sacking the quarterback thank you and have a good rest of the season :eaglesuck :gaintsuck :dallasuck :cheers: :notworthy :notworthy :notworthy

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When you are on the line, right before the snap, what is going through your mind? What reads do you make and how do you decide what move you will make?

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Philip,

It looks almost inevitable that the Redskins will use its high first round pick somewhere on defense. How would you feel about the team selecting one of the top defensive end prospects available? (Quentin Moses or Gaines Adams to name two)

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Philip,

The defense has had a major setback this season, plain and simple. Other than using the cliched "missed tackles, lack of concentration" excuse, how can you possibly explain such a dropoff in performance?

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Phillip,

How can a defense that is first in the league in rushing touchdowns allowed (with just 4) be so dreadful in terms of points allowed? With already 8 more passing touchdowns allowed than all of last season, and a whopping 2 more passing yards per play than last year, what has been the reason for the apparent loss of ability in defending the pass?

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Phillip,

It is well documented the team's stuggles in defending the pass. How do you feel about Adam Archuleta being made in what seems to be a scapegoat?

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Phillip,

The Redskins seem to have a number of issues at hand heading into the offseason. If you were GM - with the assumption that we will have a high first round pick and plenty of salary cap room to boot - what would you do?

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Hello from one of your British fans.

You've pretty much tackled every quarterback worth mentioning. Which one gave you the most satisfaction bringing down to Earth with a thump? :D

Keep up the good work Phillip! I'm in awe at your athleticism and muscular physique.

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Hey, in the last two years you've helped beat the Cowboys three out of four times. What do you see in the future?

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Phillip: Gibbs gave the team the shortest training camp he could and tried to take it easy on everyone over the last offseason and training camp. In hindsight, do you think that hindered the team when it came to the regular season, and do you think the team should take more of a blue coller approach to this offseason?

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Philip,

First, we are glad to have you here and hope you can stay with the Redskins for awhile longer! I'd like to ask, what is the single most important aspect or trait a team can have, in your opinion? Thanks again for being a Redskin, good luck the rest of the season and in the future.

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Hey Phillip,

How hard was the to switch to the other side of the line for you?

What's most different about it?

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The redskins haven't had a good 4-man pass rush in like 14 years. The team got Dana Stubblefield and "Big Daddy" Wilkerson one year after Stubblefield led the league in sacks and was NFL defensive player of the year, and they basically went nowhere in Washington. Are the coaches doing something wrong? The players? What has to happen with the 4 d-linemen in order to get consistent pressure on the QB? Thanks for taking our questions.

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Why can't this defense get off the field in critical situations? It has been a staple of this defense for the previous two years to produce three and outs like they were going out of style. Now teams treat third and ten's like they are thrid and one's and seem to have little, if any, fear or respect for our defense. The pass rush has been horrid and the run defense has been gashed the entire year, is this a product of poor conditioning, poor defensive play selection, poor execution on the defensive players part, or a combination of all three?

I respect your ability to speak to the press and fans in a fair and open manner and I apologize for a hard frank question on a Redskin message board but we as fans are probably the most dissapointed we have been in a very long time.

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How has switching sides on the line affected your play? Is it a big difference in technique, or does it feel less natural initially?

Also, you had something of a slow start at the beginning of your tenure here due to injuries, but came on strong the second half of last year and blossomed into a fan favorite. Up until the Falcons game, Andre Carter seemed to be going through a similar struggle this year, in terms of starting slowly in Williams' system. Did you ever come up with any words of encouragement for him, or would you like to say something to all the ifckle fans who have been so eager to label him a bust?

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Phillip

Watching you dominate last year was amazing... Hell of a job..

On to my questions.. Do the players or you really care what uniform colors you use? If so whats your fav?

Seems to me having contrast with other team colors is best givin the time of day played. Is the contrast against other teams colors being considered when choosing?

Thanks for being "A WASHINGTON REDSKIN".. hope your here for along long time!"

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How much do you miss a guy like LaVar on the field? I know he wasn't the dominant player we had envisioned in GW's defense but he seemed to bring much more energy out onto the field and that seemed to rub off on the rest of the defense. It appears that energy and physicality is missing this year.

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Phillip,

To me you are one of the "true" redskins. How did it feel to lead the D with interceptions in October?

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