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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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I think you are letting a fantastic last 30 cloud your vision of what occurred in the previous 60. During the first half we could barely crack their defensive third. They easily controlled play and are definately a better team.
You do realize that this was the plan. Klinsmann was not about to commit early lapses so he kept 9 back. The 2nd half he let them go. Neither team had their best 11 on the field so I would not concede that the Mexican team on the field was better than the American team on the field. In fact the Americans had many more quality chances and the Mexicans were lucky to leave with draw.

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US was impressive and could have won. I do wonder if we will stay a 4-5-1 though.

There's three teams I play attention to

Manchester United- I love them for the pride and style of play

Bayern- fast paced, talented team, and awesome fans

DC United- Local, great fans, and usually a good team.

US- well duh. obvious.

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You do realize that this was the plan. Klinsmann was not about to commit early lapses so he kept 9 back. The 2nd half he let them go. Neither team had their best 11 on the field so I would not concede that the Mexican team on the field was better than the American team on the field. In fact the Americans had many more quality chances and the Mexicans were lucky to leave with draw.

It goes beyond the lack of offensive productivity. Our back line looked horrible and Mexico had there way during the 45. The possession had to be 65-35 during the first half.

I realize that it was the first game of a new tenure, and I WAS satisfied with the outcome. I just think some of the talk about how great we looked should be a little tempured.

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Antyone getting FIFA 12 today? Looks like they they changed a lot this year. Demo played great. I'm on the 360. Up for 1-1s and/or team play with created player.

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US was impressive and could have won. I do wonder if we will stay a 4-5-1 though.

There's three teams I play attention to

Manchester United- I love them for the pride and style of play

Bayern- fast paced, talented team, and awesome fans

DC United- Local, great fans, and usually a good team.

US- well duh. obvious.

i can count to 4.

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Wow wheres the NY USA fans? Half the place is Ecuador.

Always like that. There were Ecuadorians from Raleigh traveling up to NY to see their home nation play.

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i can count to 4.

The US should have been implied lol

---------- Post added October-11th-2011 at 07:15 PM ----------

Tuesday night friendly.

If we had a USA friendly around here(and I could afford it) I'd be there whether its Wednesday or Saturday.

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If we had a USA friendly around here(and I could afford it) I'd be there whether its Wednesday or Saturday.

I hate fair weather fans that refuse to go to games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Sunday.

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If we had a USA friendly around here(and I could afford it) I'd be there whether its Wednesday or Saturday.

I never liked the US playing in New York/Jersey.

---------- Post added October-11th-2011 at 07:20 PM ----------

Really interested in seeing how Williams does tonight.

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I hate fair weather fans that refuse to go to games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Sunday.

My point is that if we want Jurgen to build the US soccer team back up its up to our fans to be there to believe in it. Talent is not the only thing that separates the US from the great soccer countries.

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It's not always so cut and dry that because we're the host they'll play where WE want. Contracts have to be signed and there are many motivations on both sides. The US wants to play decent (read: above CONCACAF quality) teams and decent teams will come with demands. Home and homes. They want to play in front of their fans, especially in an expat magnet like the US. If we play where Ecuador wants then we can take some off their appearance fee. Or sometimes, the president of Ecuador's FA just wants a free vacation in NY.

Face it, these friendlies are meaningless in the grand scheme of things. We can pad wins or we can get used to playing in "hostile" environments. All the games that matter (read: WC) will not be USA friendly. It'll be liked this, mixed crowds.

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Much like the Redskins last year, this year is NOT the year to judge JK effectiveness.

He's experimenting and testing guys.

Wins are great fun, but not the goal right now.

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Much like the Redskins last year, this year is NOT the year to judge JK effectiveness.

He's experimenting and testing guys.

Wins are great fun, but not the goal right now.

I don't care about wins or losses but it's obvious Ream isn't working out.

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I trust JK to realize that too. But Im also fine with him playing him in meaningless games to know for sure.

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Much like the Redskins last year, this year is NOT the year to judge JK effectiveness.

He's experimenting and testing guys.

Wins are great fun, but not the goal right now.

No wins aren't but a goal would be nice. 3 out of our last 5 games the US hasn't scored. Thats a problem.

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So after x games ... was there someone Bob wasn't playing that is such a difference maker? Has the formation change made that much of a difference? Has the styptic play made a meaningful change in the end product?

Again we can't score and can't defend. No Tim Howard and we'd be getting crushed.you need to look at this as a coach and see he has no difference makers out there. Donovan is a non factors because he'll be pretty old by the next wc.

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Much like the Redskins last year, this year is NOT the year to judge JK effectiveness.
Actually I'll judge it right now. We threw a lesser squad and on the field and moved the ball as well as I have seen in years. It would have been great to see someone step up and score without Donovan in the lineup. Gave up a cheapie because the defense was asleep. Jurgen has the team playing, he really needs to find a goal scorer.

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dc united plays tonight too. do they have a chance in hell at the playoffs at this point? 3 in a row or we don't go!

They have some good 3 game ticket deals for the "Drive for the playoffs"

---------- Post added October-12th-2011 at 12:47 PM ----------

Actually I'll judge it right now. We threw a lesser squad and on the field and moved the ball as well as I have seen in years. It would have been great to see someone step up and score without Donovan in the lineup. Gave up a cheapie because the defense was asleep. Jurgen has the team playing, he really needs to find a goal scorer.

Eventually Donovan will be gone. We need to know we can score.

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