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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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On 12/28/2018 at 7:52 AM, bowhunter said:

It at least appears that he has learned his lesson, Sadly a bit too late for those of us who liked the talent and emotion (on the field.)   " " understand it wasn't my role to call out the defensive coaches even though we had a relationship "

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25619790/dj-swearinger-arizona-cardinals-says-keep-mouth-shut-next

My husband isn't a fan, but he knows how deep he's in...he cracked up when I told him about this! 

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First, Thank you for your service.  I have deep respect and appreciation for all those serving our country!

14 hours ago, joeken24 said:

But sports is not that type of team. Its nowhere near it. Sports is nowhere near business either.

I disagree, somewhat.  Yes, military teams have life/death on line and sports teams do not, but the concepts of trust/teamwork/relying on the individual members to successfully complete their task for team success to happen are the same.

Mission success depends on vision, intelligence, planning, preparation, then execution (this is my basic civilian take on it - not pretending to be an expert).  This is the same in military/business/sports.

 

15 hours ago, joeken24 said:

But its no secret about the Redskins issues. Particularly what DJ was talking about.

But DJ is the one that took this stuff public.  It is one thing for opposing coaches to use tape to plan....it is another for a player to publicly give them anything extra to use against the team.  I will grant you, it may have very little impact....but at the same time, if it gave them even 1 small idea to modify/adapt to use against the team, it is unacceptable.

 

I doubt what fans talk about in team forums is read by opposing coaches and used to plan/prep their team ;)

 

15 hours ago, joeken24 said:

Do you think the Redskins practice like the Patriots? Do you think the Redskins play calling is that of the Rams, N.O. or KC (just to name a few)?

I think the elite teams do things in ways others don't.  But I also think there are many different styles of coaching that can be successful.  If only 1 style ever worked, every coach on every team would do it the same way....copycat league, right?

 

15 hours ago, joeken24 said:

Do you think anything that DJ said was not true? If you do, there is no amount of discussion that will help you understand because that's all we're talking about. 

To me, it doesn't matter if anything he said was true.  For the record, I have no reason to think what he thought/said wasn't true, and may very well have had a lot of truth to it.

I do not disagree that the product on the field since Dunbar went down has not been good.  Why the changes away from what was working, as @Burgold pointed out so well above, I don't understand, either.

Going public, 3/4/5 times - even after being told to keep it in-house - is completely unacceptable and totally disrespectful and undermining of his team and teammates.

 

If you only want to talk about what DJ said in the media, then I will leave off with the discussion ('cuz I don't necessarily disagree by what I am seeing on the field).

I can't ignore/separate out the fact that he went public 3/4/5 times and feel that is also part of the discussion.

Happy New Year!

HTTR

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