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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!   
       
       
TK

Press Release: #REDSKINS NAME NATE KACZOR AS SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR

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For Immediate Release                                                                                  

January 19, 2019

 

REDSKINS NAME NATE KACZOR 
AS SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Nate Kaczor (KAT-sir) as Special Teams Coordinator.

 

Kaczor is entering his 12th NFL season after spending the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Kaczor has spent his NFL career in various coaching capacities with the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Before assuming the role of special teams coordinator with the Buccaneers in 2016, he was the special teams coordinator with the Titans' (2013-15) and assisted with the Jaguars' special teams unit (2008-11).

 

"We are excited to have Nate join our staff. We have had the opportunity to face his special teams play during his time at Tampa Bay and respected competing against him," said Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins Head Coach. "He is a competitor and we have noticed and admired the intensity his units have played with through the course of his time as a special teams coordinator and assistant coach in the NFL."

 

In his first year with Tampa Bay, Kaczor worked with punter Bryan Anger, who set Buccaneers records for both punts inside the 20 (37) and net punting average (42.7), with both of those ranking in the top five in the NFL in 2016. Anger and Josh Robinson were key members of a punt coverage unit that ranked fourth in the NFL in punt return average allowed, limiting opponents to just 5.3 yards per punt return. Robinson led Tampa Bay with 12 solo special teams tackles, tied for the third-most in the NFL that season

 

Kaczor joined Tampa Bay after spending four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, the final three as the team's special teams coordinator (2013-15) after being hired as the assistant offensive line coach in his first season (2012). In 2015, the Titans tied for the NFL lead in special teams takeaways, while in 2013 Kaczor’s unit ranked third in the league in opponent punt return average and eighth in kickoff return average.

 

In three seasons under Kaczor, Titans punter Brett Kern tied for the third-most punts inside the 20 (94) in the NFL. In 2015, despite punting 88 times, Kern saw only one touchback on the year. In 2014, Kern posted a net average of 40.8, a career best and a Titans franchise record. Kaczor also worked with kicker Ryan Succop, who set a career high in field goal percentage in 2015 (87.5), surpassing the career best he had established the season before.

 

Kaczor entered the NFL as an assistant special teams coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2008-11. During those four years, Jacksonville had one of the league’s top special teams coverage units, allowing the lowest punt return average in the NFL (6.5 avg.) and the eighth-lowest kickoff return average (21.8 avg.). In each of Kaczor’s final two seasons, Montell Owens earned Pro Bowl recognition as a special teams player.                                                     

 

Prior to joining the NFL, Kaczor spent 17 years coaching in college, the final two working as offensive coordinator (2007) and tight ends coach (2006) at Louisiana-Monroe. In his only season as offensive coordinator, the team ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing offense and averaged its most points scored since 1993.

 

Before his time at Louisiana-Monroe, Kaczor spent two seasons (2004-05) as the co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach at Idaho and four seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Nebraska-Kearney (2000-03). Kaczor began his coaching career as an offensive assistant at his alma mater, Utah State, working as an offensive assistant for nine seasons (1991-99), helping the team win three conference championships.

 

A center at Utah State, Kaczor was a team captain and earned all-conference honors in 1989.

 

KACZOR FOOTBALL TIMELINE

1987-89:          Center, Utah State
1991-99:          Offensive Assistant, Utah State

2000-03:          Nebraska-Kearney, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

2004-05:          Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach, Idaho

2006:               Tight Ends Coach, Louisiana-Monroe

2007:               Co-Offensive Coordinator, Louisiana-Monroe

2008-11:          Assistant Special Teams Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars

2012:               Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Tennessee Titans

2013-15:          Special Teams Coordinator, Tennessee Titans,

2016-18:          Special Teams Coordinator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2019:               Special Teams Coordinator, Washington Redskins

 

 

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This has to be a joke. His STs ranking the last 6 yrs per Football Insiders (not the end all be all, but at least a common measurement method): 

2013 - 26th

2014 - 20th 

2015 - 28th

2016 - 20th

2017 - 29th 

2018 - 29th

 

He may be the worst STs coach in the NFL over the last 6 yrs! Maybe they are trying to tank this season?  Anyway, Bruce doing his thing! You go Bruce!!  Hire a few more bottom feeders! 

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For all you clamoring for that sexy off season move to distract us -- well, wait no more. 

 

 

1 minute ago, goskins10 said:

This has to be a joke. His STs ranking the last 6 yrs per Football Insiders (not the end all be all, but at least a common measurement method): 

2013 - 26th

2014 - 20th 

2015 - 28th

2016 - 20th

2017 - 29th 

2018 - 29th

 

He may be the worst STs coach in the NFL over the last 6 yrs! Maybe they are trying to tank this season?  Anyway, Bruce doing his thing! You go Bruce!!  Hire a few more bottom feeders! 

 

I didn't even know that.  I am full in to a Tank for Tua season, Bruce is continuing to do his magic on that front.  Love the Tampa connection, too

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Before I read the post, I was prepared to point out that we finally made a hire without a TB connection.  LOL. We hired an ex-buccaneer with an abysmal ST history. Move along folks, nothing to see here

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Does Bruce even realize that he wasn't around for his Tampa years? 

I guess at this point he just instinctively grabs Buccaneers.

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So is this the guy who was ST Coordinator when the Bucs drafted arguably the best collegiate FG kicker in a decade, Roberto Aguayo, who then crapped out of football in less than one year ???

 

Well done, Bruce....   #FireBruceAllen

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Should have promoted someone from within special teams. Unsure how Kaczor remains a ST coordinator in this league?

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24 minutes ago, goskins10 said:

This has to be a joke. His STs ranking the last 6 yrs per Football Insiders (not the end all be all, but at least a common measurement method): 

2013 - 26th

2014 - 20th 

2015 - 28th

2016 - 20th

2017 - 29th 

2018 - 29th

 

He may be the worst STs coach in the NFL over the last 6 yrs! Maybe they are trying to tank this season?  Anyway, Bruce doing his thing! You go Bruce!!  Hire a few more bottom feeders! 

 

Reading the announcement, he sounds like the Bill Belichick of specials teams. Going by Football Insiders, he's the Joe Barry equivalent.

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35 minutes ago, Skinsinparadise said:

 

 

 

It's not true that every kicker digressed where he has coached, though.

 

With the Titans, they signed Ryan Succop as the placekicker in 2014. He previously kicked for the Chiefs for 5 years.

 

His two years under Kaczor:

2014 - 86.4%

2015 - 87.5%

 

His five years with the Chiefs:

2013 - 78.6%

2012 - 82.4%

2011 - 80.0%

2010 - 76.9%

2009 - 86.2%

 

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Question 1: why was he available? Probably because he’s not good at his job.  But who really knows.

 

statement: No good coach in their right mind would come to this situation with the HC entering year 6 coming off of 3 non-playoff years, 2 years left on his deal (which really means that he’ll either be extended or fired after this season because you don’t let any coach go into a lame duck season), no QB to speak of and not a lot of salary cap room to play with if they had ANY other option. Because if this year goes badly, and coaches are smart enough to know given the situation that’s fairly likely no matter how good they do individually, the whole crew might be thrown out on its ear.  

 

So question 2? Why did this guy come here?

 

Answer: he had no other options.

 

Its just another clear indication Dan had no idea what he was getting when he decided to stay pat with Bruce and Jay.  The unintended consequences were obvious to every year except him.

 

#FireThemAllOfThem

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Specific rankings for ST under what's-his-ass (can't remember and don't feel like scrolling lol):

 

FG% rankings

 

Titans

2013 – 20th

2014 – 10th

2015 – 9th

 

Bucs

2016 – 32nd

2017 – 28th

2018 – 29th

 

 

Kickoff returns

 

Titans

2013 – 7th

2014 – 16th

2015 – 28th

 

Bucs

2016 – 32nd

2017 – 17th

2018 – 26th

 

 

Punt Net Average

 

Titans

2013 – 17th

2014 – 6th

2015 – 12th

 

Bucs

2016 – 3rd

2017 – 26th

2018 – 24th

 


Punt returns

 

Titans

2013 – 24th

2014 – 26th

2015 – 17th

 

Bucs

2016 – 12th

2017 – 6th

2018 – 26th

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Tampa

Alabama

Tampa

Alabama

Tampa

Alabama

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33 minutes ago, RVAskins said:

I'll reserve judgement until I see how special teams perform.

 

Reserve judg...??!!

 

You kids and your crazy ideas.

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When was the last time that the Redskins hired a primary coach or coordinator on the basis that they were clearly the best available candidate based on merit? Virtually every Redskins hire requires the fan base to trust that somehow the front office knows best that this candidate is a good fit despite the track record indicating otherwise.

 

Sure, it is apparent that given Jay’s near lame duck status, that the Redskins won’t be a desirable landing spot for many competent coaches. However, the fact is that the Redskins operate on this same counter-antalytical hiring basis even when they do have leverage (see: hiring of Barry, Manusky, promoting Cavanaugh over a top OC etc...). 

 

As another poster said, while other rising teams seem to be targeting up-and-coming coaches from proven franchises as their new hires, the Redskins are always hiring someone either on the basis of personal relationships or on the premise that they know better than the empirical evidence to the contrary why the candidate is the best hire. 

 

There sinply is no way for this franchise to succeed in any type of sustained way until a top-down housecleaning of this front office occurs, starting with Bruce Allen being replaced by an autonomous President of Football Operations or GM. 

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Doug Williams didn't have any connections/inside info on young innovative up and coming coaches from the HBC ranks?  I think I'd rather use Dougs collegiate connections than Bruces Tampa ones.

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7 hours ago, RVAskins said:

I'll reserve judgement until I see how special teams perform.

 

Of course, he will given a chance. I can;t speak for anyone else, but I always root for people coming to this team to have success. I would be absolutely thrilled if he came in and put the STs in the top 5 every year. What a positive impact to the overall team that would have. It would also mean the back half of the roster is pretty stout. To that end, some of his ranking could absolutely be due to poor rosters. Having said that, he has 6 yrs of being STs coordinator. Of those, his teams have never been above 20th in ranking. His 2 most recent seasons he was 29th. 

 

But's also very fair to look at his performance in the job he is being hired for and be very skeptical. Unlike stocks, past performance an very good indicator of future performance. 

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8 minutes ago, Califan007 said:

 

Reserve judg...??!!

 

You kids and your crazy ideas.

I'm 56 and haven't been called a kid in a very long time. Thanks! :)

 

In no way am I comparing the two but Belichick had one winning season when he was head coach of the Browns and look at him now. My point is lets see what he does with special teams before dumping on the guy.

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4 minutes ago, RVAskins said:

 My point is lets see what he does with special teams before dumping on the guy.

So very true,  But it's a good idea to also remember that a ST roster is usually composed of your 2nd and 3rd tier guys. Our injury history and thus constant roster turnover means that he will be forced to cook with new and less talented ingredients every week. If you can't have a great ST roster, then you better compensate for it by having a great ST coach.

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