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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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Good game Packers but honestly **** the HB SLIP SCREEN

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Not to mention the game making me pick instead of swatting the ball TWICE for two touchdowns. I should NOT have lost that game at all. Good game though. It was fun just hate how the defense reacts to the slip screen especially when it is a crucial down.....twice

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It shouldnt be used more than say 5 times.. never on same drive..

or IMO in key downs (like 3rd downs) it is such a terrible designed play

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I just hate that even when I play a mix of man and flat zones the defense runs straight through the line and does not flow to the screen. I almost always play the DL and by time I can see that it is a HB Slip Screen it's too late and they always have 3-4 blockers. When it is inside the 20 it is almost an automatic touchdown.

He ran it like two or three times.....just hate that damn play! I will be happy when that play gets the axe

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Really?? I didnt think the screen was that hard to defend in this madden...

Agreed. I've been burned by it, and also burned others using it. But if you key on the RB's movement at the snap, you can usually figure it out, and mess up the timing of the play before the RB has the chance to make his move.

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I ran the halfback screen twice in the game and once I only got a couple yards and the other I got a first down. I don't how you think you should have won the game I beat yoou by 11 and missed 2 field goals in a freakin dome.You hit guys deep when I had you blanketed too.The one Jennings caught and ran in he had a step on your safety.The one Cobb caught right before half was luck, but it was still 1 on 1 man coverage and time was running out and I was out of timeouts. There were F'ed up plays on both sides like Snelling breaking tackles like he's a freakin Riggins clone for a 63 yard gain. Not mention you got a freakin gift on the first play of the stinkin game. I pretty much held your offense with the exception of 2 long td runs by Turner and the Riggo like run from Snelling.3 turnovers by both of us led to score be higher than it should have. Screens are apart of football its not like I over used it. Screens aren't that hard to sniff out either, if all the sudden your guys are breakin through the line like fat kids after chocolate cake then its probably a screen.

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It shouldnt be used more than say 5 times.. never on same drive..

And I don't and never have. You played me when I had the Titans and I had Chris Johnson, I ran the screen like 2 times on you and you shut it down. It worked on him once and he stopped it once.

---------- Post added October-26th-2011 at 02:55 PM ----------

I dont have problems defending the screen in fact I like when people run it against me.

Thats what Im saying its not like its an illegal play or something and wouldn't the best time to use it be when he least suspects it. I think the one time it worked was on a 3rd down. NFL teams run screen on third downs all the time. I ran 2 flanker screen with Jennings that worked well too. I think one went like 15 for a TD. He trid to run a flanker screen too but it didn't work

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And I don't and never have. You played me when I had the Titans and I had Chris Johnson, I ran the screen like 2 times on you and you shut it down. It worked on him once and he stopped it once.

i was speaking purely just for future.. thats why i was asking him for what you were doing.. hell.. i dont even remember you running it.. lol.

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i was speaking purely just for future.. thats why i was asking him for what you were doing.. hell.. i dont even remember you running it.. lol.

Yeah I tried didn't work though. I dont't use it alot cause its a feast or famine play. If you get stopped its usually for a loss, but if you have a quick back its silly not to use it some

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And I don't and never have. You played me when I had the Titans and I had Chris Johnson, I ran the screen like 2 times on you and you shut it down. It worked on him once and he stopped it once.

---------- Post added October-26th-2011 at 02:55 PM ----------

Thats what Im saying its not like its an illegal play or something and wouldn't the best time to use it be when he least suspects it. I think the one time it worked was on a 3rd down. NFL teams run screen on third downs all the time. I ran 2 flanker screen with Jennings that worked well too. I think one went like 15 for a TD. He trid to run a flanker screen too but it didn't work

Mechanics of the slip screen are wacked out a bit, makes it tough to defend sometimes.

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I just looked back at the stats for the game it looks like D.Williams caught one ball for 38 yards and Larod Stephens-Howling caught one for 23 yard TD. Not sure if both were screens or not. The Stephens-Howling catch would have been on third down because I was using him as my 3rd down back

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I ran the halfback screen twice in the game and once I only got a couple yards and the other I got a first down. I don't how you think you should have won the game I beat yoou by 11 and missed 2 field goals in a freakin dome.You hit guys deep when I had you blanketed too.The one Jennings caught and ran in he had a step on your safety.The one Cobb caught right before half was luck, but it was still 1 on 1 man coverage and time was running out and I was out of timeouts. There were F'ed up plays on both sides like Snelling breaking tackles like he's a freakin Riggins clone for a 63 yard gain. Not mention you got a freakin gift on the first play of the stinkin game. I pretty much held your offense with the exception of 2 long td runs by Turner and the Riggo like run from Snelling.3 turnovers by both of us led to score be higher than it should have. Screens are apart of football its not like I over used it. Screens aren't that hard to sniff out either, if all the sudden your guys are breakin through the line like fat kids after chocolate cake then its probably a screen.

I was saying **** the HB Slip Screen in general. I was not bashing you at all. I was saying that it is a play that pisses me off. I think you took this thread as me bashing you in some way I wasn't

---------- Post added October-26th-2011 at 09:54 PM ----------

Mechanics of the slip screen are wacked out a bit, makes it tough to defend sometimes.

THAT is my issue. I just feel that how it is designed it can be a game changer in a bad way. The TD on third down was huge and it being a slip screen burnt me a bit

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I was saying **** the HB Slip Screen in general. I was not bashing you at all. I was saying that it is a play that pisses me off. I think you took this thread as me bashing you in some way I wasn't

---------- Post added October-26th-2011 at 09:54 PM ----------

THAT is my issue. I just feel that how it is designed it can be a game changer in a bad way. The TD on third down was huge and it being a slip screen burnt me a bit

Nah, Its cool, but it really isn't a hard play to stop if you sniff it out its basically like any play. I hate playing against the wild cat and think its hard to defend at times. Plays like that only work well if you set them up and catch the person off guard with it. I think if ended up telling people not to use the slp screen would hurt the games, because where does it stop and I know your not saying don't use it. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses, you think its hard to stop it others don't. In fact I haven't had much success with it so far.

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Nah, Its cool, but it really isn't a hard play to stop if you sniff it out its basically like any play. I hate playing against the wild cat and think its hard to defend at times. Plays like that only work well if you set them up and catch the person off guard with it. I think if ended up telling people not to use the slp screen would hurt the games, because where does it stop and I know your not saying don't use it. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses, you think its hard to stop it others don't. In fact I haven't had much success with it so far.

Alot has to do with if your in man or zone D. Man defense your pretty good, caught in bad zone d its a problem. I have just started making a person cover the back 1 on 1 if im in zone so I dont have to watch for the screen all game.

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I will say though, when I do get beat by the screen, it pisses me off more than any other play for some reason. Maybe bc a couple Maddens ago, it was damn near impossible to stop and everyone ran it all the time on head to head match ups.

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I will say though, when I do get beat by the screen, it pisses me off more than any other play for some reason. Maybe bc a couple Maddens ago, it was damn near impossible to stop and everyone ran it all the time on head to head match ups.

Its still a favorite early in the game in ranked matches.

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It's just me but I don't even use that play because I never feel right using it. It was a fun game just burned me that a touchdown came from it. It's all good - just one of those play I feel is not designed properly for either offense or defense

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It's just me but I don't even use that play because I never feel right using it. It was a fun game just burned me that a touchdown came from it. It's all good - just one of those play I feel is not designed properly for either offense or defense

i may use it once or twice.. usually to keep the defense guessing.. i dont think ive scored on it yet though. hell i dont even think ive gotten a damn first down off it.

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