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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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2019 Washington Nationals Thread - ***2019 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS*** (Nats Sweep 4-0)

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its not even worth watching this team when its not for Max, Stras, or  Corbin.  The offense including Rendon and Soto are a joke

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Woof. Early mistakes....for the umpteenth time.

 

I don't know if anybody deep down would think it's unfair if they let Davey go tonight. This isn't just an injury year issue. His teams are unfocused. That's on him.

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Davey gonna keep trotting Difo out there until Turner is back. Difo is the reason the team has to get at least 28 outs each game.  It's ludicrous. MAT and Difo should be either traded for a ham sammich or DFA'd in the hope someone calls. 2-15(?) in the opening game of a series? That HAS to have some correlation to what is being done day in and day out.

 

FIRE HIM. At this point, what is there to lose?

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12 minutes ago, Popeman38 said:

Davey gonna keep trotting Difo out there until Turner is back. Difo is the reason the team has to get at least 28 outs each game.  It's ludicrous. MAT and Difo should be either traded for a ham sammich or DFA'd in the hope someone calls. 2-15(?) in the opening game of a series? That HAS to have some correlation to what is being done day in and day out.

 

FIRE HIM. At this point, what is there to lose?

 

I mean... they tried to not use Difo because they knew he was hurting them. Kieboom was significantly worse on defense and also worse at the plate. I don’t believe there’s another option at SS in our farm system, on our bench, or who is a FA who would be any better than Difo for the next two weeks until Turner returns. 

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48 minutes ago, skinfan2k said:

Play Rendon at SS, Howie at 3???

 

I think you’re turning one problem into three with that. 

 

 

You know it’s bad when The Onion is dunking on you. 

 

 

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i'm only watching for Corbin

 

nice to see the bats take advantage of the opposing teams bad pitcher for a change

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Bob "See. You. LLL...the ball is in play" Carpenter.

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Corbin is a beast

 

He has the mets looking foolish on so many swings tonight

 

8ip 108pitches 1er 11ks

 

Really only had one "off" inning

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1 hour ago, Dan T. said:

Can we have this Nationals team for awhile please?

 

the one good thing going for us this season is that MadMax/Stras/Corbin have been as good as we hoped. They'll have to make decisions in the near future on Sanchez & Hellickson because they are pitching far below league average at the moment. No easy answers there as you don't want to yo-yo Fedde/Ross in and out of the rotation, especially as Fedde seems to be settling in to a nice role in the pen.

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20 minutes ago, StillUnknown said:

 

the one good thing going for us this season is that MadMax/Stras/Corbin have been as good as we hoped. They'll have to make decisions in the near future on Sanchez & Hellickson because they are pitching far below league average at the moment. No easy answers there as you don't want to yo-yo Fedde/Ross in and out of the rotation, especially as Fedde seems to be settling in to a nice role in the pen.

 

I wouldn't mind seeing them flirt with an “opener” every fourth or fifth day... “start” Fedde or Joe Ross and then bring in Hellickson or Sanchez after two or three innings. Couldn’t hurt. 

 

It it would be a shame to waste the efforts of Max/Stras/Corbin on a lost season.  

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6 hours ago, skinsfan_1215 said:

I think you’re turning one problem into three with that. 

 

 

You know it’s bad when The Onion is dunking on you.

 

It also looks a little like Scot McCloughan

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I'm not why they are using Helly as a starter.  This guy is not an innings eater.  Fedde even on a bad day can go 5 innings  but he has the potential to go 7 or 8. 

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11 hours ago, Dan T. said:

Can we have this Nationals team for awhile please?

 

 

Lineup is about to get deeper, and defense better, when Turner returns. 

 

Look, the start of this season has been a perfect storm for the Nats. Bullpen came in and performed miserably to start the year. That has since improved to a degree. There have been numerous key injuries. And all this has taken place during a time when the Nats are facing their toughest part of their schedule the entire season. It's significantly front-loaded, with far more frequent series against poor teams during the latter half of the year. 

 

Look who we've played recently while struggling... Rockies, Padres, Cards, Phillies, Brewers, Dodgers. That is a tough stretch even for a team that is playing well. 

 

Who do we have coming up? After the Cubs, 8 straight games against the Mets and the Marlins. Then some games against mid-tier teams, some crucial games against Atlanta and Philly in mid June, and then the first half ends with 12 straight games against the Marlins, Tigers, and Royals. They need to be around .500 at this point. 

 

So we'll know in the next month who the Nats are and if they have a legit shot to come back from this horrific start. On paper they do. Get healthy, maybe swap Fedde into the rotation for Hellickson, maybe add a bullpen arm or two via trade, and then just get your guys performing at their career levels. 

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The Dodgers came back from similar circumstances

 

hopefully Nats can too but the issue is they've been inconsistent. They win a game then lose a few more than win another one. That is just like Sisyphus. Make some progress then the stone come falling down. 

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Corbin has been fantastic. Say what you will about Rizzo but he knows how to land Starting Pitchers.

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