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      We’re still doing this?  Absolutely!  Despite all the compelling reasons to just let everyone go home and enjoy and extended offseason, this is not an option.  The games must be played, and therefore we the long-suffering fans will feel compelled to watch.  Even games no reasonable football fan would choose to watch like, for example, today’s Redskins Jets game.   

      Today’s convergence of sadness features the 30th ranked scoring offense (Jets 14.4 ppg) versus the 32nd (Redskins 12.0 ppg).  The first team to 15 wins!  With no playoff aspirations the compelling story lines for this game are largely limited to watching young players (hopefully) develop.  Dwayne Haskins gets his first home start and Derrius Guice is back from injury.   
       
      My, reasonable, goals for today’s game:  
      1- Score a touchdown 
      2- Score more than 17 points.   
      3- Haskins throws for 200 yards or more with no interceptions  
      4- Guice runs the ball at least 10 times and finishes at 3.5 yards per carry and healthy.  
       
      Hoping for a win at this point feels like setting myself up for disappointment, so I’m happy to settle for an entertaining loss.  
       
      Special thanks to @pez for some excellent Guinness beef stew.  If you absolutely have to stand in a frozen parking lot at 9am, the best place to do it is at the Extremeskins Tailgate with Pez and @Huly.  Great fans, great people. 
       
      The Redskins have declared for the following players as inactive: 
      Paul Richardson  
      Colt McCoy 
      Deshazor Everett 
      Chris Thompson  
      Ross Pierschbacher 
      Vernon Davis  
      Tim Settle  
       
      The Jets declared the following players as inactive  
      Nate Hairston  
      Darryl Roberts  
      Paul Worrilow 
      Matthias Farley  
      CJ Mosley  
      Jordan Willis  
      Leo Koloamatangi 
       
      1st Quarter - Redskins 0 - 6 Jets
      If you wanted to sit in the cold and watch a football game with some Jets fans at FedEx, but were worried that there were not enough seats available, I have good news.  There’s plenty of space available, so come on down and prove you’re a real fan by sitting though this in person.
       
      Jets dominated the 1st quarter even though they only scored 6 points.  The reason being that Washington managed only 13 yards of offense and a single first down.  
       
      Question: Is it still a check down pass if the QB never looks at anyone else?
       
      2nd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      The Jets have achieved an insurmountable 13 point lead early in the 2nd quarter.  All hope is lost.

      Is there a more perfect example of the Redskins offense than their first scoring drive in the 2nd quarter?  Interception gives the Redskins the ball on the Jets 16 yard line.  They proceed to march 10 yards backwards before kicking a field goal from the Jets 26.  It's perfect.  Two or three more field goals we can call it a day. 

      The Jets score again and if feels like they are are just piling on at this point.  Three touchdowns in the first half for them, just three points for the redskins.  Our streak of no touchdowns has now extended to 15 quarters. 
       
      3rd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      There is a spider slowly descending from the ceiling in the press box and it's the most interesting thing that's happened during the third quarter of this game. 
       
      I have decided to allow the spider to live, provided it does not touch me.  I'm off to get some more caffeine. 

      4th Quarter - Redskins 17 - 34 Jets
      The first wave of Redskins fans, the few that are here, started streaming towards the exits after that 4th Jets touchdown.  As if the Jets didn't have this game wrapped up in the 2nd quarter. 
       
      Jet have now more than doubled their average points per game and have matched their season high of 34 points (and they missed two field goals in this game). 
       
      TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS!  THE DROUGHT IT OVER!  Guice took a short pass from Haskins  all the way to the house.  2 point conversion is successful on a pass from Haskins to Quinn. 
       
      The Redskins score another touchdown!  This feels like an embarrassment of riches, even if we are still certain to lose this game. 
       
      End of Game.
       
      Let's review those reasonable goals I mentioned earlier:
       
      1- Success.
      2- Close enough, I'm counting it
      3- Haskins did throw for over 200, but unfortunately did have an interception. 
      4- Guice was not given the opportunity to run the ball ten times today.  He did however score on a 45 yard TD pass and finish the game healthy.  I'll take it.
       
      Even though the Redskins lost, it was good to see the offense show some faint signs of life and end the streak of games without a TD.  The team looked competitive for much of the second half, and perhaps they could have made this a fun game if they carried that same energy throughout.  It was good to see Guice and Mclaurin show out today.  I think both of them have a future with this team that I look forward to seeing. 

       
       

       
       
       
       
       
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Is this the most talented yet misused defensive front we've had in years?

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8 minutes ago, Anselmheifer said:

He's been warming up, but 4.5 sacks in 7 games is not impressive for an OLB in 2018. That said, I think Kerrigan has been fine, just not great. Preston Smith has been very underwhelming. Zero sacks in 7 games? Come on. That just isn't getting it done. They need more pass rushing production out of that spot. I think if we let him walk and play Anderson, we lose very little. I would love a major investment in a pass rusher. That could make the whole defense nearly elite. 

 

I am warmer on Anderson then most, as I think he's been doing what's asked of him... but I think Preston has as well.  I've seen him all over the field, including in pass coverage.  I don't think they've been pushing him to rush the passer.  Hard to hold minimal sacks against him, if that's not what's being asked of him.  He's been getting pressures when he has been rushing, but he's also sharing a lot of that with 4 other very good / stud players along the line.  

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On 10/28/2018 at 4:21 PM, Vanguard said:

I'm becoming a big DaRon Payne fan too.

 

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This D-line is ****ing monstrous.

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For years, I've been asking for a ****ing Nose tackle for this team. FOR YEARS. For years, I've had people tell me we didn't need one. Or we could just throw anything at the position (like Ziggy ****ing Hood) and that was good enough. Or we needed a FS, because passing. but no, we don't need a NT, we can run a 3-4 over/ under and it wont matter, blah blah blah...

 

So, we finally go and get one and this is what happens.

 

I'm not gonna say I told you s..... Oh, to hell with that. I am.

 

I told you so. I TOLD YOU SO YOU ****ING **** ****ERS!!!!!!!!! I GODDAMNED TOLD YOU!!!!!!

 

NT is the most important position in the 3-4. I don't care what you want to call the ****ing alignment. If you don't have one, don't even bother running it. Now we have one, and he looks to be damn good. And the defense is killing it, especially with run stops.

 

Tell me, what's it like to face Ingram, Kamara, Johnson, Barkley, McCaffery, Newton and Elliot.............and hold all of them for under 50 yards?

 

I'll tell you, it's ****ing GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Ok.................got that out of my system. That's been building up since we switched over to the 3-4.

 

I'm better now. Until someone says that we could trade Payne for like.....................a FS. Then I'll go ape**** again. :drooley:

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1 hour ago, Anselmheifer said:

He's been warming up, but 4.5 sacks in 7 games is not impressive for an OLB in 2018. That said, I think Kerrigan has been fine, just not great. Preston Smith has been very underwhelming. Zero sacks in 7 games? Come on. That just isn't getting it done. They need more pass rushing production out of that spot. I think if we let him walk and play Anderson, we lose very little. I would love a major investment in a pass rusher. That could make the whole defense nearly elite. 

4.5 sacks over 7 games equates to 10 sacks over 16. That's right along with his average more or less.

 

We just don't have that twitchy, explosive off the edge rusher. We collapse pockets but allow QBs with any sort of mobility to escape because we don't get there particularly quickly.

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Just now, Koolblue13 said:

@Morneblade I honestly dont remember you ever posting about wanting a NT.

 

Whut? I've been beating that drum so hard over the past 8 years so hard my hands fell off. I have to type with my nose now. Which is why I need to edit like every post. Serious.

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Just now, Morneblade said:

 

Whut? I've been beating that drum so hard over the past 8 years so hard my hands fell off. I have to type with my nose now. Which is why I need to edit like every post. Serious.

Yeah, I'm kidding. 

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23 minutes ago, Morneblade said:

For years, I've been asking for a ****ing Nose tackle for this team. FOR YEARS. For years, I've had people tell me we didn't need one. Or we could just throw anything at the position (like Ziggy ****ing Hood) and that was good enough. Or we needed a FS, because passing. but no, we don't need a NT, we can run a 3-4 over/ under and it wont matter, blah blah blah...

 

So, we finally go and get one and this is what happens.

 

I'm not gonna say I told you s..... Oh, to hell with that. I am.

 

I told you so. I TOLD YOU SO YOU ****ING **** ****ERS!!!!!!!!! I GODDAMNED TOLD YOU!!!!!!

 

NT is the most important position in the 3-4. I don't care what you want to call the ****ing alignment. If you don't have one, don't even bother running it. Now we have one, and he looks to be damn good. And the defense is killing it, especially with run stops.

 

Tell me, what's it like to face Ingram, Kamara, Johnson, Barkley, McCaffery, Newton and Elliot.............and hold all of them for under 50 yards?

 

I'll tell you, it's ****ing GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Ok.................got that out of my system. That's been building up since we switched over to the 3-4.

 

I'm better now. Until someone says that we could trade Payne for like.....................a FS. Then I'll go ape**** again. :drooley:

 

 

My name is OVC and I'm a scheme-oholic.  I'll freely admit that for a long time I've been of the idea that we rarely run a 3-4, so the need for a true NT was mitigated.  I understand how important the position is, not only in the 3-4 but in any defensive alignment, and I'm here to say... I was wrong.  

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Even more important than getting a good NT... we got a good NT that’s also a good DT in our 43/42.  Feels damn good.  ?

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I don't know if it is that we needed a DT so much as that we needed some defensive linemen with talent. 


BWT, I having just watched that Carolina game, I can say that I think Payne is extremely special. He isn't the massive immoveable Ngata type player, but he is incredibly agile for such a big, strong guy. Two plays stood out to me. In the first half, they had Payne move out to end and rush from a 2 point stance in an obvious passing situation. On another play in the second half, Payne ran down Greg Olsen, well downfield,  on a screen pass. 

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1 hour ago, skinny21 said:

Even more important than getting a good NT... we got a good NT that’s also a good DT in our 43/42.  Feels damn good.  ?

This is a good point, his athleticism is what makes this hybrid possible. He is way too fast and quick for how big he is. He looks like a 8 to 12 sack a year player from the NT position when hes in his prime... which is insane. 

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Just now, Burgundy Yoda said:

This is a good point, his athleticism is what makes this hybrid possible. He is way too fast and quick for how big he is. He looks like a 8 to 12 sack a year player from the NT position when hes in his prime... which is insane. 

Pretty sure hes only 20 and going to keep getting stronger and better. Payne will be the best defensive lineman in the NFL inside of 3 years.

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16 minutes ago, Anselmheifer said:

I don't know if it is that we needed a DT so much as that we needed some defensive linemen with talent. 


BWT, I having just watched that Carolina game, I can say that I think Payne is extremely special. He isn't the massive immoveable Ngata type player, but he is incredibly agile for such a big, strong guy. Two plays stood out to me. In the first half, they had Payne move out to end and rush from a 2 point stance in an obvious passing situation. On another play in the second half, Payne ran down Greg Olsen, well downfield,  on a screen pass. 

 

 

I'll be blunt. We needed a ****ing NT in the worse ****ing way. :D

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10 hours ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

I think it's actually an NFL rule instituted that anytime the Redskins have a good defense, they must have a crappy offense, and whenever they have a good offense, they must have a crappy defense. They can never have them both good at the same time. That rule has been in effect I believe for decades.

Hence the 25 years of suck to mediocre back to suck.

If we had a good offense and defense we probably wouldn't suck.

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1 hour ago, Warhead36 said:

4.5 sacks over 7 games equates to 10 sacks over 16. That's right along with his average more or less.

 

We just don't have that twitchy, explosive off the edge rusher. We collapse pockets but allow QBs with any sort of mobility to escape because we don't get there particularly quickly.

 

Give me a ten sack guy who can play the run over a 15 sack guy who can't.  Especially when that ten sack guy NEVER misses a down.

 

You can't force runs worth a damn with an OLB who can't set an edge.

 

I've really come to appreciate Kerrigan the last few years.  He was always made for playing this scheme and this level of defense.  We just never had the personnel to run the defense right until now.  What good is forcing a run inside when your inside tacklers are trash?  Similarly, we're going to miss Kerrigan when he's gone.  Teams are going to be spilling runs outside on us for chunk yardage and running off tackle while our talented defensive tackles can do nothing but watch unless we replace Kerrigan with someone good.

 

Guys like Kerrigan don't grow on trees.  He's going to finish his career with 100+ sacks and 16 game seasons every year until that final one when his body breaks down.

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37 minutes ago, Anselmheifer said:

I don't know if it is that we needed a DT so much as that we needed some defensive linemen with talent. 


BWT, I having just watched that Carolina game, I can say that I think Payne is extremely special. He isn't the massive immoveable Ngata type player, but he is incredibly agile for such a big, strong guy. Two plays stood out to me. In the first half, they had Payne move out to end and rush from a 2 point stance in an obvious passing situation. On another play in the second half, Payne ran down Greg Olsen, well downfield,  on a screen pass.  

 

Yeah he's extremely special.  It's been a while since a one tech as good as him has come into the league.  I can't think of any other dominant one techs who are every down guys that can also play every other technique out to the five at a very high level.  And who get better through the fourth quarter.  He's a once in a blue moon type of talent at the position.

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1 minute ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

Give me a ten sack guy who can play the run over a 15 sack guy who can't.  Especially when that ten sack guy NEVER misses a down.

 

You can't force runs worth a damn with an OLB who can't set an edge.

 

I've really come to appreciate Kerrigan the last few years.  He was always made for playing this scheme and this level of defense.  

 

Kerrigan has been effective from the very first day he came into the league.  The same cannot be said for Preston Smith.  Zero sacks is not what you expect from a second round draft pick who may have maxed out his skill set.  The pass rush is noticeably lacking against QBs that release the ball more quickly than Eli (I realize that's a problem for all defenses but the Skins rush is slower to develop than the really elite ones).

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4 minutes ago, PlayAction said:

 

Kerrigan has been effective from the very first day he came into the league.  The same cannot be said for Preston Smith.  Zero sacks is not what you expect from a second round draft pick who may have maxed out his skill set.  The pass rush is noticeably lacking against QBs that release the ball more quickly than Eli (I realize that's a problem for all defenses but the Skins rush is slower to develop than the really elite ones). 

 

We're not really having trouble getting to the QB.  And we've got the best run defense in the NFL.  We're doing it without the benefit of an offense that forces teams to start passing.  Preston Smith is a part of that.  The sacks will come for him.  He's been getting pressure.  He's a solid rotation player.

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50 minutes ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

We're not really having trouble getting to the QB.  And we've got the best run defense in the NFL.  We're doing it without the benefit of an offense that forces teams to start passing.  Preston Smith is a part of that.  The sacks will come for him.  He's been getting pressure.  He's a solid rotation player.

NO has the top run defense, on paper, but I think in actuality, we are better, given the top back that we have stopped and that we are not playing from ahead all of the time. 

I agree that Preston has been a part of our run defense. How do you think Anderson would do in that department, in Preston's stead? I wouldn't say that we are, "having trouble" getting to the QB. I'd say that this defense is very good, but with some upgrades, could be the kind of elite unit that can drag an underwhelming offense to the Super Bowl. It's not that I think we aren't good, it's that I would love to see us be the kind of defense that people still talk about in 10 years, and I think we actually have the young building blocks to reach that level and stay there for a while. 

 

When the Patriots already had a very good offense or defense, they have continued to add pieces, right? Ditto the Rams team from last year. They were already very good and added pieces anyway, and look where they are now. I'm not saying all of our additions need to be expensive FA acquisitions. I just want to see us striving to reach the next level, especially on defense, where I think we are so close to being special. 

 

I think some of those pieces could already be on the team. I really like SDH as a player, if he can stay healthy, which is a very big if.   

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Getting HaHa and this DL yes I say we potentially have an elite Defense and that is with our shortcoming in CB position which I feel will get much better when Dunbar returns.  If our offense can be a little more productive in the passing game and we remain healthy I don't see us not making a serious run here.

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5 hours ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

Give me a ten sack guy who can play the run over a 15 sack guy who can't.  Especially when that ten sack guy NEVER misses a down.

 

You can't force runs worth a damn with an OLB who can't set an edge.

 

I've really come to appreciate Kerrigan the last few years.  He was always made for playing this scheme and this level of defense.  We just never had the personnel to run the defense right until now.  What good is forcing a run inside when your inside tacklers are trash?  Similarly, we're going to miss Kerrigan when he's gone.  Teams are going to be spilling runs outside on us for chunk yardage and running off tackle while our talented defensive tackles can do nothing but watch unless we replace Kerrigan with someone good.

 

Guys like Kerrigan don't grow on trees.  He's going to finish his career with 100+ sacks and 16 game seasons every year until that final one when his body breaks down.

 

I agree about Kerrigan. Luckily he is durable and is a weight room junkie. He doesn't win with pure get off and is more a power player with some speed than a speed player with some power. I think he will age well. 

I still disagree about Smith. He is long, and fundamentally sound. He sets an edge. He generates a little spontaneous pressure. As much pressure as we get up the middle though, for Smith to have zero sacks is embarrassing. And, there have been stretches in games where we needed and did not get pressure. Everyone was hoping he would step up this year and he stepped back. The fact that Payne and Allen have improved the middle of the defense so much, to some degree makes everyone look good. I wouldn't especially attribute the play of the defense to Smith. It is the big 3 in the middle, Swearinger, and Kerrigan that have been doing the heavy lifting. 

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