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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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Press Release: #REDSKINS Quotes - Gruden

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Head Coach Jay Gruden

 

 

 

On injuries:

"Alrighty, injury update – I'm sure it's all over probably – but Shawn Lauvao, ACL tear, needs surgery, he'll be out for the year. [Brandon] Scherff tore his pec (Pectoral), he'll be needing surgery and he'll be out for the year. Paul Richardson, shoulder AC joint, he's going to have surgery and he'll be out for the year. [Morgan] Moses, MCL, he'll be day-to-day. [Quinton] Dunbar will be day-to-day with his nerve in lower leg. [Jamison] Crowder, his ankle, hopefully we'll get him up and running, possibly check him out in practice on Wednesday and we'll see where he's at. I'm not sure if he'll go Wednesday or not. Then, Chris Thompson with his ribs, we've just got to monitor his healing and go from there."

 

On WR Paul Richardson Jr.'s injury:

"Yeah, Paul has been dealing with this thing all year as you know, and he's been dealing with it. Toughed it out for eight weeks and I think the pain has been bothering him so much that I think he needs to get it fixed. I commend him for his efforts trying to play for the eight weeks he played but I think it's time to get it fixed."

 

On replacing Richardson:

"Yeah, Michael Floyd, [Brian] Quick, obviously Josh [Doctson] and Mo Harris. Jehu [Chesson] is playing, mostly on special teams, but he's our fifth and then if we get Crowder back, great. Trey Quinn, hopefully, he'll be able to start here soon so that gives us seven. We still have a couple pretty good prospects on the practice squad in Simmie Cobbs, so we've got bodies there and we'll make it work."

 

On adding more speed on the field without Richardson:

"I think we have enough speed. I think Brian Quick can run, really. I think Michael Floyd ran a 4.5, 4.49 at the Combine. I don’t know if he still runs a 4.49 but he can get up and go. I think we have enough speed to get by."

 

On WR Trey Quinn's progress and if he is the other designated to return from IR:

"Not yet, not ready to say that yet. We're close to saying that but I’d like to get him out there on Wednesday and see where he's at before we start his clock."

 

On how losing G Brandon Scherff and G Shawn Lauvao and how it impacts the running game:

"You forgot about Trent [Williams]. Yeah it obviously has a major impact. Your two starting guards when they go out in the same game, you're already playing light at left tackle, it makes it difficult. [Geron] Christian came in and battled. Obviously moved [Tony] Bergstrom in there, he competed. [We] had to move Ty [Nsekhe] into guard there at the end. It's different; those guys aren’t getting any reps in there, especially together, so it makes it a little more difficult with the communication. Hopefully we'll sign a couple of guys here today. We're going through the physicals right now but we have to sign two, maybe three offensive linemen to get us through."

 

On if the injuries from last year helped prepare him for the injuries this year:

"No, not really, it's something you don’t want to go through but it is pro football and you have to go through it. Fortunately we have a very good offensive line coach in Coach [Bill] Callahan and we'll figure it out and make it work. We have a couple of prospects we worked out this morning that could come in here and play right away with some experience and could help us out. We're going to demand a lot out of them, whoever that is, or we have to move some people around that are already here, we can do that. But, we can't slow down, the train doesn’t stop. We're going to keep rolling and go out there and compete against the Tampa Bay [defensive] front that is very, very good with [Jason] Pierre-Paul and obviously Gerald McCoy and Vinny Curry."

 

On what he made of WR Maurice Harris and his role moving forward:

"I think 'Mo', well, 'Mo' will change if Jamison [Crowder] comes back. Jamison will be more regulated back to the slot and 'Mo' can be moved outside, but I like what Mo has been doing. I think he had over 100 yards yesterday and had some good looks. Mo has always been a consistent player for us; not the fastest guy in the world, but he runs excellent routes. He's a quarterback friendly guy, knows how to work in zone, does have the quickness to separate man-to-man so he's a great option for us right now."

 

On how hard it is to coach up a free agent signing this late in the season:

"Yeah, it's difficult. It's going to be depending on that player. We're hoping that player has some experience and can come in and do it – understands what pro football preparation is all about, is in decent enough shape that he can handle it, so that's what we're banking on right now. It's something you don’t prepare for, but when it does happen, this is what you have to do. We have some guys developing in house that are young that have very little to zero NFL experience that we're trying to develop for the future but not for Sunday. If we need to play them, we'll play them but let's take a look at some of these veteran guys and see how they fair, see how they can learn, see what kind of shape they're in and hopefully move forward."

 

On how long we can expect T Trent Williams out:

"Realistically, I don’t know. I think a lot is going to depend, being that it's a thumb and it's his dominant thumb, it's going to depend on whether or not he can get the cast on as comfortable as where he can still grab. I don’t know if that’s going to be another game, another two games, or three games, we're not sure yet. We're hoping two games tops, but that's an optimistic view. It could be three, who knows?"

 

On his evaluation of the defense's performance on third down after watching the game film:

"First of all, Matt Ryan is a very good quarterback and he put the ball on the money – a few tight window-throws. They made some great catches. They have a very, very good receiving corps. Nobody is going to argue that with [Calvin] Ridley and obviously Mo Sanu working the slot and Julio Jones, one of the best receivers in the league. But, they gave them decent time and we didn’t get the pressure that we anticipated. Then, we dropped a few coverages that we normally don't drop. There's a lot to correct from that film. There's no finger pointing as far as one person had a screw up. It was maybe this corner got beat, maybe this linebacker dropped coverage, maybe this safety missed a tackle, maybe we missed a communication here, this pass rush didn’t work, this line stunt failed. There's a lot of things that go into a third down 10-for-13 outing like Atlanta had and something that our guys take very seriously and plan to correct."

 

On running backs finding a rhythm with new pieces to an offensive line:

"I think when you're talking about a running back reads whoever is blocking for him – he still has his reads – whether it's the A-gap to the B-gap to C-gap or D-cap to C-gap to B-gap.  Whatever it might be, he has to press the line of scrimmage and make his cuts based on the defensive front. The reads won't change a lot. It's just we'll have different people making the blocks for him in the combinations. The key is to get the communication right so we're going up to the right people, which is critical. We had a few of those mess-ups when we had all the people moving around. I think we'll be fine. We just have to make sure we stick with the plan, keep it fairly simple but not too simple. Still going to challenge our guys to do some great things and hopefully the guys we sign can fit right in and play."

 

On G Arie Kouandjio coming off IR:

"No, no. I just saw him. No, he's not ready yet. He's working out but his injury is pretty significant."

 

On RB Byron Marshall returning to the active roster:

"I don’t know yet. I want to check on Kapri [Bibbs]. Kapri's not on the injury report but he had a good game again yesterday. He's been steady. I think with Kapri and obviously [Samaje] Perine got a few looks there late and Adrian [Peterson]. Those are our three [players] right now. If we chose to bring Byron up, we'll have to figure out a way to make him fit in the lineup."

 

On T Ty Nsekhe and TE Jordan Reed:

"Yeah Ty is OK and Jordan came and got treatment today. He should be fine."

 

On if he is bringing in players for depth on the offensive line or to start:

"Well, I think they might have to start – somebody. One person is going to have to start at least, maybe two, depending on the competition and how they do. I anticipate signing at least three guys, maybe four. I don’t know yet but we put two guys on IR. We have to look at some people quickly."

 

On if C Casey Dunn will play right guard:

"Right now, guard only. We moved Ty [Nsekhe] in there at left guard and played [Geron] Christian at left tackle. We'll have to wait and see if that's an option for us. I like having Ty at tackle and Morgan [Moses] at tackle – having those big bookend-tackle – then [Tony] Bergstrom and [Chase] Roullier on the inside. Then, whoever that other one is – it could be Dunn – whoever else we're looking at right now."

 

On getting the new offensive line prepared for strong defensive fronts:

"Oh yeah, that's just something we have to try and rep in practice with the limited time we have out there in practice and work it. That's all you can say. Some of these guys have done it and played it in games and know what to do. But, it's a matter of going out and doing it with another guy that they haven’t done it with is a challenge."

 

 
 
 
 
 

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6 minutes ago, Sandy Monk said:

wow... that's quite despicable, really... and yet so familiar.

 

It's also a joke. Lighten up.

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34 minutes ago, skins4eva said:

We are so ****ed...Gonna have to get that screen game going and hope the defense can really step up.

 

You do realize that running screen plays.. actually involves competent OL and even WRs getting in position for effective blocks... right? 

 

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5 hours ago, Veretax said:

So what happens if Smith gets an ACL tar or other year ender?

 

5 hours ago, DCtoSC_SKINS_LIFER said:

Colt McCoy would play......wait, is this a trick question?

 

It is, of course.
He snuck in the word "tar" instead of tear, which changes the whole meaning.

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19 hours ago, TK said:

Head Coach Jay Gruden

 

 

 

 

On injuries:

 I'll have to check the tape.

 

On WR Paul Richardson Jr.'s injury:

 I'll have to check the tape.

 

On replacing Richardson:

I'll have to check the tape.

On adding more speed on the field without Richardson:

I'll have to check the tape.

 

On WR Trey Quinn's progress and if he is the other designated to return from IR:

 I'll have to check the tape.

 

On how losing G Brandon Scherff and G Shawn Lauvao and how it impacts the running game:

 I'll have to check the tape.

On if the injuries from last year helped prepare him for the injuries this year:

 I'll have to check the tape.

On what he made of WR Maurice Harris and his role moving forward:

 I'll have to check the tape.

 

On how hard it is to coach up a free agent signing this late in the season:

 I'll have to check the tape.

On how long we can expect T Trent Williams out:

 I'll have to check the tape.

 

On his evaluation of the defense's performance on third down after watching the game film:

 I'll have to check the tape.

On running backs finding a rhythm with new pieces to an offensive line:

 I'll have to check the tape.

 

On RB Byron Marshall returning to the active roster:

 I'll have to check the tape.

 

On T Ty Nsekhe and TE Jordan Reed:

 I'll have to check the tape.

On if he is bringing in players for depth on the offensive line or to start:

 I'll have to check the tape.

 

On if C Casey Dunn will play right guard:

 I'll have to check the tape.

 

On getting the new offensive line prepared for strong defensive fronts:

 I'll have to check the tape.

 

 

 This may be a little more accurate. :bill:

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1 hour ago, skins island connection said:

 

 This may be a little more accurate. :bill:

Don't know... I'll have to check the tape.

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Yikes, I watched this interview, Jay seemed very defeated today.  I know it was a mountain of injuries, but man, I didn’t think he would have been so openely dejected......bad news for this weekend.....

 

 

 

I wish one of these reporters would flat out ask Jay why is the offense so bad???  Flat out, tough question, you are in charge of Offense, why is it so bad???  Please someone, grow a set. 

 

Lol

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