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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 head coach, 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!   
       
       
Malapropismic Depository

HH: Coach Speculation Publication: STs Kaczor; DBs Horton; TEs Angelichio; ILBs Rob Ryan; OC OConnell; QBs Rattay; Tomsula $$$

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9 minutes ago, ConnSKINS26 said:

As long as Gruden calls the plays it doesn't really matter. Like it didn't matter for the Browns that they had Kitchens in-house until they booted Hue and gave the guy full reign over the offense. Even if O'Connell is a genius we won't know it. Maybe if Gruden gets canned at the bye. 

 

I think 50-50 Jay gets fired at the bye.  The problem he has IMO is the expectations that he and Bruce are likely selling Dan.  Jay saying in multiple interviews this team is as good as any in the NFL.  Just listened to a Bruce interview where he talks about competing to win the division next year.   So my prediction is Dan is shocked when they get off to a 2-5 start or whatever stumble they likely have next season.

 

My point is it might be good for O'Connell to not have his stamp initially on the play calling.  Keim here though says they haven't decided yet about play calling so maybe Hoffman ends up wrong.  

 

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25879982/kevin-oconnell-promoted-redskins-offensive-coordinator

It has not yet been determined whether O'Connell will call plays, according to sources. Cavanaugh did not, but McVay did during his three seasons as coordinator.

The Redskins are coming off a third straight non-playoff season. Their biggest issue on offense this past season was injuries. They started four quarterbacks in addition to losing multiple starters. They also finished 28th in yards per game and 29th in points after finishing 16th in both categories the season before.

Even when they had starting quarterback Alex Smith entering Week 12, they only ranked 26th in yards per game and 25th in points.

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McVay has energy like he mainlines Starbucks and that's nice to have but I don't think its what makes him a great coach, let's hope if there are any similarities between O'Connell and McVay that it's his attention to detail and ability to scheme, or help Jay scheme. 

 

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2 hours ago, JSSkinz said:

McVay has energy like he mainlines Starbucks and that's nice to have but I don't think its what makes him a great coach, let's hope if there are any similarities between O'Connell and McVay that it's his attention to detail and ability to scheme, or help Jay scheme. 

 

Everybody is looking for the next McVay but I don’t think there’s going to be another one. I think McVay is unique because he’s the complete package as a coach. He’s a genius schematically and building his system around the strength of his players. He’s charismatic, likable and a true leader of his team. He’s willing to take risks either to get his team back into a game or step on another teams throat. He’s confident enough and comfortable enough in his own skin to hire smart experienced people around him which is a big deal. He is willing to openly admit when he makes mistakes during the course of a game just like the NFCG against the Saints saying he screwed up not getting Gurley more involved. Players will respect the hell out of him for that type of accountability. Teams are gonna have a near impossible time finding the next McVay because he’s the complete package as a coach.

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5 hours ago, Skinsinparadise said:

 

I think 50-50 Jay gets fired at the bye.  The problem he has IMO is the expectations that he and Bruce are likely selling Dan.  Jay saying in multiple interviews this team is as good as any in the NFL.  Just listened to a Bruce interview where he talks about competing to win the division next year.   So my prediction is Dan is shocked when they get off to a 2-5 start or whatever stumble they likely have next season.

 

My point is it might be good for O'Connell to not have his stamp initially on the play calling.  Keim here though says they haven't decided yet about play calling so maybe Hoffman ends up wrong.  

 

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25879982/kevin-oconnell-promoted-redskins-offensive-coordinator

It has not yet been determined whether O'Connell will call plays, according to sources. Cavanaugh did not, but McVay did during his three seasons as coordinator.

The Redskins are coming off a third straight non-playoff season. Their biggest issue on offense this past season was injuries. They started four quarterbacks in addition to losing multiple starters. They also finished 28th in yards per game and 29th in points after finishing 16th in both categories the season before.

Even when they had starting quarterback Alex Smith entering Week 12, they only ranked 26th in yards per game and 25th in points.

 

Thanks for the info! Where did Bruce say this?

 

EDIT: Just saw you posted the link in another thread. Thanks.

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2 hours ago, Mrshadow008 said:

Everybody is looking for the next McVay but I don’t think there’s going to be another one. I think McVay is unique because he’s the complete package as a coach. He’s a genius schematically and building his system around the strength of his players. He’s charismatic, likable and a true leader of his team.

 

Both O'Connell and McVay have the Irish surnames, so maybe they are distantly related, and somehow the "complete football package with schematic genius and player strength-building, charismatic, likeable, leader" gene got passed onto each of them through their ancestors.

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Yeah we should not join the crazy NFL logic. Just because Sean McVay is a young O mind head coach doesn't mean that every young O coach is a potential amazing coach. 

 

Every person is unique, you can't just find a copy. Sean is not great HC because his is young or because he is a O coach. It's his vibe & personality. His age has nothing to do with it. He is a great leader, teacher and knows how to make the scheme work for his players. That is what makes him a great coach.

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Put me into the camp that hopes that O'Connell gets a chance to call plays.  Not that I have a reason to think he'll be great at it but I'd just like to see someone else after several years of the same Gruden offense.  Maybe he can mix things up and have more success.

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Hopefully, we'll see something similar to McVay where Gruden realizes he can't do it all and welcomes O'Connell doing more and more and our offense just takes off with some unknown QB who most of the city and probably the league had given up on. 

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1 hour ago, SkinFanInMinn said:

Put me into the camp that hopes that O'Connell gets a chance to call plays.  Not that I have a reason to think he'll be great at it but I'd just like to see someone else after several years of the same Gruden offense.  Maybe he can mix things up and have more success.

 

 

I agree, Trust me when I say this, who am I to judge but I’m in the crowd who thinks that a HC should over see his entire staff and make the final decision but at the end of the day I like when the OC calls the game and has the reins as well the DC should the HC be from the defensive side of the ball.  But it’s more likely a personality thing, cause for me if I hire a guy for a certain job, area I’m expecting him to be what I wanted and feel confident in him doing the best possible job at his craft cause if I had to do his job maybe I didn’t hire the right guy.....just my opinion though

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Just now, OVCChairman said:

It sure sounds like they're posturing to have options to make moves mid-season. 

Definitely true. Definitely a lot of experience on that defensive staff right now. Not all of it good experience but experience none the less. 

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No Joke!

 

Redskins hired former Bills assistant Rob Ryan as ILBs coach.

Ryan last coached in the NFL in 2016 as assistant head coach/defense on his brother Rex's staff with the Bills. Prior to that, Ryan was the Saints' defensive coordinator from 2013-2015, which was mostly a failure. Ryan has the "name", but he's long overseen some weak defenses. He'll work closely with Reuben Foster and Zach Brown and may have some say in the defensive plan.

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We have 3 ex-defensive coordinators as position coaches now, I like it and I like Ryans attitude, this team has been soft for too long.

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4 minutes ago, MEANDWARF said:

No Joke!

 

Redskins hired former Bills assistant Rob Ryan as ILBs coach.

Ryan last coached in the NFL in 2016 as assistant head coach/defense on his brother Rex's staff with the Bills. Prior to that, Ryan was the Saints' defensive coordinator from 2013-2015, which was mostly a failure. Ryan has the "name", but he's long overseen some weak defenses. He'll work closely with Reuben Foster and Zach Brown and may have some say in the defensive plan.

 

I'd be surprised if he ends up working closely with Zach Brown....

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He brings the energy for sure and now everyone loved KO thru several regimes, he deserves a fresh start elsewhere and to become a DC one day.

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3 minutes ago, JSSkinz said:

We have 3 ex-defensive coordinators as position coaches now, I like it

 

I can definitely see the positive side to that, but the concerning side is the "too many chefs in the kitchen" theory, where maybe egos clash.

Not saying it will happen, but a possibility.

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2 minutes ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

 

I can definitely see the positive side to that, but the concerning side is the "too many chefs in the kitchen" theory, where maybe egos clash.

Not saying it will happen, but a possibility.

The same thing crossed my mind but the Ryan brothers have been around long enough to know what they are getting into.  Rob's probably trying to rekindle his career so coming in and creating drama wouldn't help his case.

 

We'll see, who knows if Manusky is even the D coordinator by the time the season starts. 

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i like the Ryan hire..  he is not a coordinator where he's a bit overmatched, he can funnel his naturally aggressive style right where we need it.

Tomsula's boys up front backed up by Ryan's LBs sounds good to me

 

~Bang

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Just now, Bang said:

i like the Ryan hire..  he is not a coordinator where he's a bit overmatched, he can funnel his naturally aggressive style right where we need it.

Tomsula's boys up front backed up by Ryan's LBs sounds good to me

 

~Bang

Same

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