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      ES Coverage Cowboys vs Redskins 2019
       
      9/15/19
       
      Do I look like I'm playing? I'm not playing. This is the Washington Redskins versus the Dallas Cowboys. If you are a fan of this game, and this one does not get you excited you might want to check your pulse.
       
      Hello my friends it is I, JimmiJo, back for another year of this wonderful thing we call Redskins Football. This makes season 14 for me. I am joined by The Spaceman Spiff who will hereafter be known as "The Spaceman Spiff." 
       
      Where's that dude that gets the big tattoos on his back? There's his next one.
       
      So how important is this game? I don't know. What is the different between 1-1 and 0-2? The difference between batting .500 and zippy?
       
      Throw in that this is their 2nd division game to start the year AND a home game and you have a critical match.
       
      And once again they contend with critical injuries to start the year. Last year it was  their rookie star running back. This year its their 2nd year star...well you get the rest.  Darrius Guice is gone and not coming back this year. I think this really hurts him moving forward. Not sure who will build a scheme around him given his first two seasons.
       
      So it is down to the veteran Adrian Peterson. I have no worries of ring rust for hum. None whatsoever. He knows what to do.
       
      Anyway, almost time. Please share your thoughts.
       
      Stand by...
       
      Inactives
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 12 QB Colt McCoy
      o   No. 23 CB Quinton Dunbar
      o   No. 31 Fabian Moreau
      o   No. 64 C Ross Pierschbacher
      o   No. 67 G Wes Martin
      o   No. 86 TE Jordan Reed
      o   No. 93 DT Jonathan Allen
       
      The Cowboys declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 10 WR Tavon Austin
      o   No. 37 S Donovan Wilson
      o   No. 57 LB Luke Gifford
      o   No. 61 C Adam Redmond
      o   No. 69 G Brandon Knight
      o   No. 79 DT Trysten Hill
      o   No. 97 DE Taco Charlton
       
      Follow along in-game at Twitter @Skinscast 
       
      JimmiJo
       
      Head coach Jay Gruden said it is not time to press the panic button when asked if staff changes could occur on the defensive coaching staff. It may not be for him, but he might want to pay attention to the sounds coming from the owners suite at Redskins Park.
       
      For example the sound of shouting and heavy objects striking walls could portend an early offseason for someone.
       
      The Washington Redskins are now 0-2 to start the season. They are 0-2 in the division.
       
      If that is not panic-inducing, they face a Chicago Bears football team (themselves in need of a solid win) on Monday Night Football next. A series they do not typically do well on.
       
      In both games to open the campaign the winning teams had the game well in hand at the start of the fourth quarter, despite Washington taking leads in each of the games.
       
      Against Dallas, the team began well again; taking a 7-0 lead into the second quarter. This was not quite the 17-0 start they had in Philadelphia. Nor did it take until halftime for the Cowboys to adjust.
       
      It happened on Dallas’ fourth drive. Starting at their own 3-yard line at 9:44 in the 2nd period, the Cowboys employed a combination of runs up the middle and quick outs in the flats and sideline to advance the ball 97-yards in 7 plays and tie the game.
       
      Following a three-and-out by Washington, Dallas went 74-yards on 11-plays to take the 14-7 lead at halftime.
       
      The 3rd Quarter began with the Cowboys receiving the ball at their own 25. Nine plays  and 75-yards later they were leading 21-7.
       
      The Redskins made it interesting with their own 11-play, 70-yard drive to cut he lead to 7.
       
      But Dallas responded with a field goal. And would add another touchdown in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 17.
       
      Washington’s consolation score with just under 3-minutes remaining allowed rookie Terry McLaurin to add a touchdown to his debut season.
       
      The Redskins have developed a reputation for not responding well to adjustments. They had little answer for the adjustments Dallas made to their offense. Ditto the game in Philadelphia.
       
      In both, Washington had a lead to protect and could not.
       
      Coming into the season the defense was expected to the be the strength of the team. Yet in two games they have surrendered 910 yards (445 per game) and 63 points. Not exactly setting the world on fire.
       
      Statistically the Redskins defense are near the bottom in points allowed and yards surrendered.
       
      The coach wants to blame injuries. Not only the their excellent young nose tackle in Jonathan Allen, but also to the secondary which has already gone significant realignment to accommodate injuries to Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau.
       
      Still, with the specter of a season going off the rails after only two games, the fans want someone to blame.
       
      Wont be the quarterback. Case Keenum has completed 68.2 percent of his passes. He has thrown 3 touchdowns against no interceptions.
      Ditto other skill positions. Adrian Peterson did not his best outing but the team abandoned the run early. The receivers are doling their own, with guys like McLaurin shining.
       
      And as bad as the collapse was last week and the home loss this, it feels too early to call for the head coach.
       
      That leaves those in charge of the defense. Specifically, Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky.
       
      Fan ire seems more and more to be falling on Manusky, if sentiment on twitter and sports radio means anything.
       
      But they don’t decide who stays and who leaves. That is the job of the head coach who so far, is backing his guy.
       
      But there is a higher authority at Redskins Park. Legend has it owner Daniel Snyder once put a gallon of vanilla ice cream outside a Redskins defensive coordinator’s door following a poor performance by the defense.  
       
      Given the start to this season, Manusky could be hearing the ice cream truck in his sleep. And that would be better than what many of the fans are wishing for him.
       
DC9

2018 Free Agency Database - (Signed: WILLIAMS - McPhee - Scandrick - P-Rich) - (Lauvao, Bergstrom, Nsehke, Taylor, Z. Brown and Quick re-signed)

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3 hours ago, bobandweave said:

 

So I’m speaking to the owner or the GM now? I don’t pretend to know what they are going to do, I just post what makes the most sense to do. 

 

well I try to keep my predictions somewhere between what is likely and what I hope for. 

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I heard a segment from 106.7 where they mentioned Craig Hoffman interviewed Jay Gruden and Gruden said something to the effect of they have had  contract talks with Zach Brown and it looks like Brown wants to test the market in FA. 

 

I take from that Brown doesn't like the Redskins offer.

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51 minutes ago, Skinsinparadise said:

I heard a segment from 106.7 where they mentioned Craig Hoffman interviewed Jay Gruden and Gruden said something to the effect of they have had  contract talks with Zach Brown and it looks like Brown wants to test the market in FA. 

 

I take from that Brown doesn't like the Redskins offer.

Allen is known to low offer players contracts.  The only one he didn't was one who had multiple concussions in college and the NFF plays TE for us.  Go figure.

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3 minutes ago, RWJ said:

Allen is known to low offer players contracts.  The only one he didn't was one who had multiple concussions in college and the NFF plays TE for us.  Go figure.

 

Yep.

 

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Just talked with Jay Gruden. Nothing super notable. They’ve had discussions with Zach Brown, but it seems he wants to test the market.

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well he did take a one year prove it deal.  It's possible he's more interested in seeing if he proved it

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11 minutes ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

Would love to see us sign Jeremy Hill in free agency. Maybe then we’d get our running game going finally. 

 

The explosiveness he showed the second half of his rookie year is gone for some reason. Maybe he just had fresh legs then and was never very explosive, idk. Whatever it is, he has looked horrible the last couple years and been outplayed even as an interior power runner by Gio Bernard...who is not an interior power runner. Their OL isn't great so they all have similar efficiency (or lack thereof) running behind it over a larger sample size but he did not pass the eye test in comparison to Gio or Mixon, behind the same OL. 

 

He wouldn't be a bad body for cheap but for me, RB is not a position where I think it's cost-effective to spend money on a known mediocre or slightly better player. I don't think Hill gives us anything we aren't already getting on a rookie contract from Perine. Better to look for someone who hasn't had a ton of carries yet and hope to catch lightning in a bottle. Preferably by using mid-late round draft picks to keep the position stocked year to year. 

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Why do I feel like Jerrick Mckinnon would be perfect here? Am I wrong? 

 

He’s practically begging for a larger role, and any time he’s been the featured back in Minny I believe he’s done well. 

 

But that’s totally based off fantasy football knowledge. :ols: 

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5 minutes ago, thesubmittedone said:

Why do I feel like Jerrick Mckinnon would be perfect here? Am I wrong? 

 

He’s practically begging for a larger role, and any time he’s been the featured back in Minny I believe he’s done well. 

 

But that’s totally based off fantasy football knowledge. :ols: 

I actually agree. He and Thompson could keep each other fresh, playing essentially the same role (though creative coaching could find ways to get them both into a few plays), with Perine mixed in as the power back.

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55 minutes ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

Would love to see us sign Jeremy Hill in free agency. Maybe then we’d get our running game going finally. 

 

You want that 3.1 ypc on our team?? You're fired!!! Turn in your Redskin colors.. Claim your Jay Novacek jersey on the way out..

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On 1/1/2018 at 12:54 PM, Wildbunny said:

Unlikely to the least.

With Dunbar locked, we'll let Bash hit FA and he'll sign elsewhere for some kind of big money in Dallas or anywhere else. But I doubt we really make a hard push on him.

 

 

Yea it doesn't seem wise to sign Breeland, when you've invested some high picks on Moreau and Fuller, whose proven his worth last year.. I say draft a kid late and or invest in another young safety..

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6 hours ago, thesubmittedone said:

Why do I feel like Jerrick Mckinnon would be perfect here? Am I wrong? 

 

He’s practically begging for a larger role, and any time he’s been the featured back in Minny I believe he’s done well. 

 

But that’s totally based off fantasy football knowledge. :ols: 

 

I just looked up his score on PFF, 84.6, big time, and 82 as a receiver.

 

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000909725/article/mckinnon-ready-to-be-the-guy-as-free-agency-awaits

The running back, who had his best year as a pro this past season, is ready to be a bell cow. With Latavius Murray still under contract and budding star Dalvin Cook (who began jogging Monday, per the team's website) expected to make a full recovery from an ACL injury, McKinnon spoke like a man Monday who sees the writing on the wall when it comes to his future in the Vikings' backfield.

"I want to be the guy," McKinnon, who's set to be a free agent this offseason, told reporters, via ESPN. "I don't put in all the work in the offseason to come back and be in this role. I appreciate the role. It worked out well, but I want bigger and better things for myself."

While it might be easy for some in purple to justify McKinnon's likely departure, given the way Cook looked prior to his injury and the way Murray ran as a change-of-pace back, McKinnon's spark in Minnesota's offense shouldn't be understated.

He had career-highs in rushing yards (570), total touchdowns (five), receiving yards (421) and catches (51). He was one of the few Vikes to find success in the NFC Championship Game, leading the team in rushing and receiving yards.

Change is coming for a Vikings team that fell just one game short of the Super Bowl. Their offensive coordinator is off to New York. The quarterback situation still needs to be figured out. Now it appears one of their top playmakers in 2017 will be on a new squad when the season kicks off in the fall.

 
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7 hours ago, thesubmittedone said:

Why do I feel like Jerrick Mckinnon would be perfect here? Am I wrong? 

 

He’s practically begging for a larger role, and any time he’s been the featured back in Minny I believe he’s done well. 

 

But that’s totally based off fantasy football knowledge. :ols: 

 

Dude, great minds. I was literally watching cut-ups all day of McKinnon yesterday.... reminds me of Le'veon Bell. This dude can run, catch, and block.... and take it to the house..

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I wanna sign Cousins, and Samamy Watkins to be our WR2 and Amendola to take over for Grant...Draft DLINE in round 1 and take a RB thats got agility and can catch the ball and run in round 2. Thats all i want....

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38 minutes ago, CjSuAvE22 said:

I wanna sign Cousins, and Samamy Watkins to be our WR2 and Amendola to take over for Grant...Draft DLINE in round 1 and take a RB thats got agility and can catch the ball and run in round 2. Thats all i want....

 

You want Amendola, who I believe is a slot guy as our primary backup to all WR positions, which is what Grant's primary role is

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56 minutes ago, carex said:

 

You want Amendola, who I believe is a slot guy as our primary backup to all WR positions, which is what Grant's primary role is

Yes he can punt return something grant can’t do.

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Zach Brown wants north of 10 mil per year.

 

I would love nothing more than to sign him and draft Roquan Smith... that's the best middle of the defense since Wilbur Marshall and Collins and them were here.

 

Doesn't look like it's in the cards.  For me you have to keep either Kirk or Brown (I'd prefer Brown between the two)... sucks.

 

Hopefully we keep him on a short leash or we meet halfway or something.  He changed the whole defense. 

 

If Spaight is anywhere near the starting line-up next year we may as well simulate the season.

9 hours ago, thesubmittedone said:

Why do I feel like Jerrick Mckinnon would be perfect here? Am I wrong? 

 

He’s practically begging for a larger role, and any time he’s been the featured back in Minny I believe he’s done well. 

 

But that’s totally based off fantasy football knowledge. :ols: 

 

I'd love to get him and Rashad Penny with CT.  That's a massive upgrade that can move the ball and help just about any rookie or proverbial back-up getting a chance to start.

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1 minute ago, DC9 said:

Zach Brown wants north of 10 mil per year.

 

 

That's a bit upsetting, as I was hoping to get Brown resigned ASAP. What is the source of this info?

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2 minutes ago, bowhunter said:

That's a bit upsetting, as I was hoping to get Brown resigned ASAP. What is the source of this info?

 

I saw John Keim say it in an exchange with someone on twitter.  However, if so, just because that's what Zach wants doesn't mean it will get it on the market.

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It's not impossible that he gets that much as free agency is crazy.  I just don't see how you go from having to take a deal for under 3M for one season to signing a LTD at 10M APY the next.  Dude is awesome at stopping the run and has elite sideline to sideline speed.  But he's shown to be a liability in coverage and not necessarily a general of a defense.  If I can see that as a novice fan, I'd imagine true talent evaluators see it to and aren't about to lock up 10M a season for an ILB that's not awesome in most every duty of the position.

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33 minutes ago, BatteredFanSyndrome said:

It's not impossible that he gets that much as free agency is crazy.  I just don't see how you go from having to take a deal for under 3M for one season to signing a LTD at 10M APY the next.  Dude is awesome at stopping the run and has elite sideline to sideline speed.  But he's shown to be a liability in coverage and not necessarily a general of a defense.  If I can see that as a novice fan, I'd imagine true talent evaluators see it to and aren't about to lock up 10M a season for an ILB that's not awesome in most every duty of the position.

 

The bigger worry to me is that Jay says we need two of the three back in Foster, Compton, and Brown.

 

That tells you where this is going. 

 

It is absolutely essential to upgrade that position at this point.

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I personaly feel like the lack of talk on a possible resigning of Brown-Foster duo is more concerning than the QB talk. They looked amazing early in the season before Mason Foster went down. What I’ve seen from them is by far the best ILB play since the switch to 3-4. Not saying any of them is a  London Fletcher material, but they complement each other soooo well. One of them hits the gap, the other one makes the tackle. Simple as that. I feel like they can both be locked up for under 15m APY for both. 

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