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      ES Coverage Cowboys vs Redskins 2019
       
      9/15/19
       
      Do I look like I'm playing? I'm not playing. This is the Washington Redskins versus the Dallas Cowboys. If you are a fan of this game, and this one does not get you excited you might want to check your pulse.
       
      Hello my friends it is I, JimmiJo, back for another year of this wonderful thing we call Redskins Football. This makes season 14 for me. I am joined by The Spaceman Spiff who will hereafter be known as "The Spaceman Spiff." 
       
      Where's that dude that gets the big tattoos on his back? There's his next one.
       
      So how important is this game? I don't know. What is the different between 1-1 and 0-2? The difference between batting .500 and zippy?
       
      Throw in that this is their 2nd division game to start the year AND a home game and you have a critical match.
       
      And once again they contend with critical injuries to start the year. Last year it was  their rookie star running back. This year its their 2nd year star...well you get the rest.  Darrius Guice is gone and not coming back this year. I think this really hurts him moving forward. Not sure who will build a scheme around him given his first two seasons.
       
      So it is down to the veteran Adrian Peterson. I have no worries of ring rust for hum. None whatsoever. He knows what to do.
       
      Anyway, almost time. Please share your thoughts.
       
      Stand by...
       
      Inactives
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 12 QB Colt McCoy
      o   No. 23 CB Quinton Dunbar
      o   No. 31 Fabian Moreau
      o   No. 64 C Ross Pierschbacher
      o   No. 67 G Wes Martin
      o   No. 86 TE Jordan Reed
      o   No. 93 DT Jonathan Allen
       
      The Cowboys declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 10 WR Tavon Austin
      o   No. 37 S Donovan Wilson
      o   No. 57 LB Luke Gifford
      o   No. 61 C Adam Redmond
      o   No. 69 G Brandon Knight
      o   No. 79 DT Trysten Hill
      o   No. 97 DE Taco Charlton
       
      Follow along in-game at Twitter @Skinscast 
       
      JimmiJo
       
      Head coach Jay Gruden said it is not time to press the panic button when asked if staff changes could occur on the defensive coaching staff. It may not be for him, but he might want to pay attention to the sounds coming from the owners suite at Redskins Park.
       
      For example the sound of shouting and heavy objects striking walls could portend an early offseason for someone.
       
      The Washington Redskins are now 0-2 to start the season. They are 0-2 in the division.
       
      If that is not panic-inducing, they face a Chicago Bears football team (themselves in need of a solid win) on Monday Night Football next. A series they do not typically do well on.
       
      In both games to open the campaign the winning teams had the game well in hand at the start of the fourth quarter, despite Washington taking leads in each of the games.
       
      Against Dallas, the team began well again; taking a 7-0 lead into the second quarter. This was not quite the 17-0 start they had in Philadelphia. Nor did it take until halftime for the Cowboys to adjust.
       
      It happened on Dallas’ fourth drive. Starting at their own 3-yard line at 9:44 in the 2nd period, the Cowboys employed a combination of runs up the middle and quick outs in the flats and sideline to advance the ball 97-yards in 7 plays and tie the game.
       
      Following a three-and-out by Washington, Dallas went 74-yards on 11-plays to take the 14-7 lead at halftime.
       
      The 3rd Quarter began with the Cowboys receiving the ball at their own 25. Nine plays  and 75-yards later they were leading 21-7.
       
      The Redskins made it interesting with their own 11-play, 70-yard drive to cut he lead to 7.
       
      But Dallas responded with a field goal. And would add another touchdown in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 17.
       
      Washington’s consolation score with just under 3-minutes remaining allowed rookie Terry McLaurin to add a touchdown to his debut season.
       
      The Redskins have developed a reputation for not responding well to adjustments. They had little answer for the adjustments Dallas made to their offense. Ditto the game in Philadelphia.
       
      In both, Washington had a lead to protect and could not.
       
      Coming into the season the defense was expected to the be the strength of the team. Yet in two games they have surrendered 910 yards (445 per game) and 63 points. Not exactly setting the world on fire.
       
      Statistically the Redskins defense are near the bottom in points allowed and yards surrendered.
       
      The coach wants to blame injuries. Not only the their excellent young nose tackle in Jonathan Allen, but also to the secondary which has already gone significant realignment to accommodate injuries to Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau.
       
      Still, with the specter of a season going off the rails after only two games, the fans want someone to blame.
       
      Wont be the quarterback. Case Keenum has completed 68.2 percent of his passes. He has thrown 3 touchdowns against no interceptions.
      Ditto other skill positions. Adrian Peterson did not his best outing but the team abandoned the run early. The receivers are doling their own, with guys like McLaurin shining.
       
      And as bad as the collapse was last week and the home loss this, it feels too early to call for the head coach.
       
      That leaves those in charge of the defense. Specifically, Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky.
       
      Fan ire seems more and more to be falling on Manusky, if sentiment on twitter and sports radio means anything.
       
      But they don’t decide who stays and who leaves. That is the job of the head coach who so far, is backing his guy.
       
      But there is a higher authority at Redskins Park. Legend has it owner Daniel Snyder once put a gallon of vanilla ice cream outside a Redskins defensive coordinator’s door following a poor performance by the defense.  
       
      Given the start to this season, Manusky could be hearing the ice cream truck in his sleep. And that would be better than what many of the fans are wishing for him.
       
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Why are people thinking about a blocking TE? Unless it's a dual threat, I don't see the need. We have a blocking TE in Sprinkle. 

 

We have to be going OG in the draft and if we plan on plugging and playing them, it will be a high choice. 

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1 minute ago, rumplestilskin said:

LOL. How would those old always injured guys solve our problem? How are they any different than Shaun Luavao other than a different name? TJ Lang is never healthy. Sutton has a ripped shoulder. Cooper I could see but you can't count on him to last more than 1/2 a season. Beadles. I mean really?  These guys are on the street for a reason because they can't stay healthy. I do understand we need some guys on the line but honestly not from that list of Zombies. 

And so, you see my point. There is trash out there right now and the longer we wait, the fewer even trash-tier players will be left on the market. By preseason, if we don't draft anyone to play guard (we didn't last season when it was a huge need, so I won't hold my breath), we will be stuck the trash that literally NO ONE wants. Again, it is insanity to not give a cheap contract to a cheap player and call him "Plan B".

 

Let's reverse this: Based on who is in the draft, who would YOU pick to be our guard? Who do we ride if we don't pick one, like last year? If we don't get anyone in the draft, we're going to be picking from UDFAs and the leftovers of the trash heap, the ones that are less desirable than the people on the market now.

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14 minutes ago, Anselmheifer said:

Why are people thinking about a blocking TE? Unless it's a dual threat, I don't see the need. We have a blocking TE in Sprinkle. 

 

We have to be going OG in the draft and if we plan on plugging and playing them, it will be a high choice. 

How about..

 

rd1 Hockenson

rd2 Guard

rd3 trade for Rosen

rd3 Ben Benagu/Sutton

 

since our Wrs stink run more two TE sets..and have the TEs work the pass game over the seams..and provide blocking for our run first offense. 

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2 hours ago, Anselmheifer said:

 


Also, is there any thought about Ezekiel Ansah? People talk about Houston a lot, but not about Ansah. 

 

I hope they take a look at Ansah. I was intrigued by him coming out of college, physical freak with little football experience at the time. He’s done well for Detroit but seems to get injured fairly often. I think we could finish polishing him up with our coaches and Alabama technician type players around him. Not sure he fits our scheme though.

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1 minute ago, B.A.M.F. said:

 

I hope they take a look at Ansah. I was intrigued by him coming out of college, physical freak with little football experience at the time. He’s done well for Detroit but seems to get injured fairly often. I think we could finish polishing him up with our coaches and Alabama technician type players around him. Not sure he fits our scheme though.

I'm also not sure of scheme fit. I think he's more of a 4-3 DE, but we are in a 4-2-5 most of the time, so, I think it would still be ok. I also think he's be on a 1 or 2 year prove-it type deal. He's the chronically injured type, but hasn't had the type of injuries to substantially limit his skill set. Justin Houston on the other hand hasn't been nearly the same player after his ACL. I think he's going to be on the downside of his career. 

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I'm thinking we pick up two offensive lineman with one early and one late pick in the draft. The FAs I'm still watching are Tre Boston, Clayton Geathers, Jamie Collins, Shane Ray, and maybe Randall Cobb. I'm not super excited about most of these guys, except maybe Boston.  I wouldn't invest much money in any of them.

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12 minutes ago, Anselmheifer said:

I'm also not sure of scheme fit. I think he's more of a 4-3 DE, but we are in a 4-2-5 most of the time, so, I think it would still be ok. I also think he's be on a 1 or 2 year prove-it type deal. He's the chronically injured type, but hasn't had the type of injuries to substantially limit his skill set. Justin Houston on the other hand hasn't been nearly the same player after his ACL. I think he's going to be on the downside of his career. 

 

Agreed. If we use him situationally and keep his snaps lower it might help him avoid injury as well. The thought of a Kerrigan/Payne/Allen/Ansah combo on passing downs gives me the warm and fuzzies. 😊

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23 hours ago, steve09ru said:

he didn't retire because he was unwanted, he was on the Raiders at his time of retirement 🙄

I guess I should be more clear, he was completely unwanted by an NFL team.  He was unwanted until after pre-season, and then the Raiders picked him up at the end of August, and then he retired mid season.  We all know how all of the rest of the Raiders moves were last season.

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So apparently stefon diggs’ Brother posted something on Instagram hinting at him coming to DC? Anyone else see that? 

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16 minutes ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

So apparently stefon diggs’ Brother posted something on Instagram hinting at him coming to DC? Anyone else see that? 

 

Not apparently or hinting, he actually posted a pic of Stefon in a skins jersey.  I should add he commented a shrugging emoji with it.

 

Tracked down who made it, an account for DC Sports Experience.  They also did one for AJ.  Either Travon, Stefon's brother, knows something, is trolling, or didn't think before he saved and posted the picture.

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9 minutes ago, LaxinFish29 said:

 

Not apparently or hinting, he actually posted a pic of Stefon in a skins jersey.  I should add he commented a shrugging emoji with it.

 

Tracked down who made it, an account for DC Sports Experience.  They also did one for AJ.  Either Travon, Stefon's brother, knows something, is trolling, or didn't think before he saved and posted the picture.

 

the shrugging emoji might mean "It happened, who knows why?" or "will it happen who knows?"

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8 minutes ago, LaxinFish29 said:

 

Not apparently or hinting, he actually posted a pic of Stefon in a skins jersey.  I should add he commented a shrugging emoji with it.

When i said “Apparently”, i was saying it appears he did. and yes, hinting/suggesting something. No idea what it means. Could just mean nothing at all. 

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3 minutes ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

When i said “Apparently”, i was saying it appears he did. and yes, hinting/suggesting something. No idea what it means. Could just mean nothing at all. 

It means nothing.  Why people (his brother and others) do stuff like this is to get people excited like April Fools Day.  Ain't happening.  

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11 minutes ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

When i said “Apparently”, i was saying it appears he did. and yes, hinting/suggesting something. No idea what it means. Could just mean nothing at all. 

 

 

Got ya, wasn't arguing with you.  I just read it as, "I heard but don't have or haven't checked for myself."  Not sure why he would do it at all though.

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6 hours ago, TheShredder said:

Yeah basically that's what TE's are now.  He doesn't block.  Reed and Davis are two of the best receiver options in the current system.  Need to find a WR in FA somehow or they're not going to do anything next year. 

 

3 hours ago, RandyHolt said:

 

I feel like we were lacking at TE, in talent and utilization.   Sprinkle for all his blocking should be wide open in PAP short yardage several times per year.  If we aren't going to pass to him, maybe an extra OL would be more effective. At least he finally caught a pass but I think it took ~300 snaps. Reed survived last year but was no longer a dynamic threat like in years past.   Davis had issues with drops seemingly all year. 

 

None of the 3 were utilized in the red zone to my liking, notably Reed.  You can line him up wide and see if he gets doubled, and go from there.  I heard an interview on 980 and they said when Reed is lined up to block, D's can expect to easily beat him.  Maybe he needs to be officially converted to WR.  He did cut back on the penalties, at least.

 

We have bigger problems to address in the short term, and think we will muck it out with those 3 again.

 

These both kind of clarify my point; that Reed can't/doesn't block.

 

I would like to see us to get a TE that can block, but still poses some threat as a receiver. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Jordan (as a receiver) but think that our run game would benefit greatly by using a more traditional TE (and a FB).

 

Like I said, I don't really see us addressing this in FA, but hopefully we do in the draft.

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Now we're reading the tea leaves on posted emojis...what has this world come too.

 

What happened to the "hey this guy is supposedly at Mortons" rant.  Ha Ha

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2 hours ago, Anselmheifer said:

Why are people thinking about a blocking TE? Unless it's a dual threat, I don't see the need. We have a blocking TE in Sprinkle. 

 

We have to be going OG in the draft and if we plan on plugging and playing them, it will be a high choice. 

I think one of the great weaknesses of Jay’s offense has been predictability based upon the package on the field. To that end, we could use a TE on the field who is versatile enough to improve our run blocking, while also being a legit threat in the passing game. We don’t have that right now, as Davis and Reed are inadequate blockers, and as Sprinkle hasnt developed much in the passing offense. 

 

A great thing about drafting a guy like Hockenson (and an added bonus to having Guice on the field) is that they are truly 3 down players who aid all aspects of the offense. Right now everything is telegraphed to the 1 dimensional strengths of guys like Reed, Davis, AP, CT) when they are on the field, and if we utilize them on downs where they are ineffectual, they usually get exploited. 

 

Agreed that they need to go LG, and probably fairly early. I think a strong case can be made for a well-rounded TE early too. 

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Posted (edited)
2 hours ago, Anselmheifer said:

Why are people thinking about a blocking TE? Unless it's a dual threat, I don't see the need. We have a blocking TE in Sprinkle. 

 

We have to be going OG in the draft and if we plan on plugging and playing them, it will be a high choice. 

 

That's kind of the point. Sprinkle is there to block, Reed is there to catch passes, it's too predictable. A TE that can block and catch at least gives the defense something to think about.

 

<Edit> I see that Stormy addressed this above more eloquently, but my point is still valid.

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9 minutes ago, UK SKINS FAN '74 said:

I'm still worried we are going to trade away Scherff.......

If he doesn't want to sign a long term deal then we might as well dangle that carrot, he probably wants LT type money and as good as he is he's not worth that, I would rather spend that on a good RT and get rid of Moses.

 

 

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