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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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The 2019 Free Agency Tracker -Added: Landon Collins, Rodgers-Cromartie, Donald Penn, Flowers, Smallwood. Lost:Preston Smith, Nsekhe, Crowder, HaHa

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1 hour ago, Darth Tater said:

We won't resign Preston Smith or Crowder and it is NOT because of talent or price.  It is because both were from the 2015 draft (first Scott) and Scherff is too good.  Norman was a 2016 FA, so he might find himself at risk.  Since another TE with injury history is a FA, Reed could find himself expendable.  Hey,if by some miracle (or Snyder listens to Wormtounge 2.0) Bruce is GM next year, he also gets to get rid of Doctson and possibly Ionniadas.  That would pretty much eliminate Scott's direct work which is a huge goal for Bruce. 

 

Morse is a FA.  He is the guy we'd probably have taken if we'd gone after Leonard Williams.  That would be an in-your face Scott move that Bruce might like and Kujo won't even be in the running for backup (the last 2015 draft pick besides Scherff).

 

Tyler Eifert has an injury history but is pretty good when not injured.  He'll be cheap and a guy with injury history is Bruce's style.

 

We need an edge too.  Is there a guy out there with an injury history who we can get?

 

 

Can't see him getting rid of Ionnidas...i guess I could but that would be awful.

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24 minutes ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

How much would Nick Foles cost as a free agent? More than we can afford, I’m guessing?

 

I presume out of reach but that was before I was surprised by the Flacco rumors.  I'd guess 20-25 million a year range.  I still say long shot at best.  Seems like Jax will be hot in the hunt judging by twitter rumors. 

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24 minutes ago, redskinss said:

When does free agency officially begin this year?

All 2018 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The 2019 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The first day of the 2019 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 13.

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On 2/22/2019 at 10:24 AM, markmills67 said:

What type of deals would we be looking at to sign Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson. 

 

HTTR 

 

 

One that includes crutches and wheelchairs?

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2 hours ago, Skinsinparadise said:

 

I presume out of reach but that was before I was surprised by the Flacco rumors.  I'd guess 20-25 million a year range.  I still say long shot at best.  Seems like Jax will be hot in the hunt judging by twitter rumors. 

 

Agreed. Jags hot favourites, I could see Miami trying hard to get him through the door as well. 

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I'd like to see the skins dump some salaries.

Norman (possible he could stay though)

Reed - gone

Foster - gone

Brown - gone

Smith - gone

Crowder - gone

 

I'd like to see them add a starting caliber FA guard, and a pass rusher. Quinn, Clowney, DLaw, Houston, etc. There are a few of them out there. No idea if Clowney and Law get tagged, odds are they probably will. But if they're gonna spend money on something, make it something worthwhile.. a beastly pass rusher opposite Kerrigan with some combo of Payne/Allen/Ion in between them.. it would be a fearsome group on 3rd downs.

No more bargain hunting for rushers like Gallette. Spend the money on a young proven stud.

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A vet QB and Landon Collins, assuming he hits the market, is where I see our money going. The vast majority of FA sucks. Jay will want Crowder and AP back.

 

48 minutes ago, crabbypatty said:

a beastly pass rusher opposite Kerrigan

 

Personally I'm a big fan of Kerrigan, but he is essentially getting Preston Smith's money moving forward. Some FO would consider moving Kerrigan on via trade and retaining the younger Smith on similar contract terms.

 

Not that I would, but I wonder if that is even being considered. I'd guess no.

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Hoping they hang onto Zach Brown and that one of the reasons Rob Ryan was hired was his familiarity with Brown. If somehow, the Skins have Brown and Reuben Foster in the middle, flying around it could really be a catalyst to the team making a big jump defensively. 

 

Brown was an absolute monster for Skins two years ago, an all pro type in games. Hate to see speed and talent like that go, especially a guy who experienced success with Skins. 

 

I DO NOT want another year of Mason Foster being the starter. I can get with him being on team for leadership (especially with knuckleheads in Reuben and Brown) and on field situationally, but not starting or anything close to it. 

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6 hours ago, wit33 said:

Hoping they hang onto Zach Brown and that one of the reasons Rob Ryan was hired was his familiarity with Brown. If somehow, the Skins have Brown and Reuben Foster in the middle, flying around it could really be a catalyst to the team making a big jump defensively. 

 

Brown was an absolute monster for Skins two years ago, an all pro type in games. Hate to see speed and talent like that go, especially a guy who experienced success with Skins. 

 

I DO NOT want another year of Mason Foster being the starter. I can get with him being on team for leadership (especially with knuckleheads in Reuben and Brown) and on field situationally, but not starting or anything close to it. 

 

Not happening especially when you have a budding starter like SDH making a minimum salary. Also I don't think Brown and Foster can play together as neither is a playcaller at the ILB position

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Add another Free Agent QB to the list😄

 

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/johnny-manziel-cut-from-canadian-football-league-after-violating-contract

 

"The Montreal Alouettes released a statement on Wednesday announcing that Manziel, 26, had been cut from the team following a directive by the Canadian Football League (CFL) to terminate his contract. "

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27 minutes ago, method man said:

 

Not happening especially when you have a budding starter like SDH making a minimum salary. Also I don't think Brown and Foster can play together as neither is a playcaller at the ILB position

 

The SDH point is valid and Brown being released has been likely since SDH took snaps away from Brown late in season. Just like freaks on the field and Brown qualifies, but i hear ya. 

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21 hours ago, RabidFan said:

Can't see him getting rid of Ionnidas...i guess I could but that would be awful.

I am thinking that only if we have a miracle (for Bruce) season and Bruce has a job in 2020.  Just not resigning Matt in 2020.

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Grant Paulsen tweeted that Gruden says they’ve been in contact with Peterson/his agent and for now it sounds like he wants more money than we’re willing to offer. 

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30 minutes ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

Grant Paulsen tweeted that Gruden says they’ve been in contact with Peterson/his agent and for now it sounds like he wants more money than we’re willing to offer. 

 

Id say the team is being sensible there.

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I'm good with moving on from Reed, Crowder, Vernon, Mason Foster and Norman....none have produced to their paychecks and keeping them hasn't gotten us anywhere. I like Quinn to replace Crowder and I like the idea of taking the money saved by the cuts and using it towards O-line and linebackers. Cut the expensive dead weight guys and bring in younger talent. This coming season and the way our front office approaches it is big for the future of the franchise. We have to treat it as a roster rebuild with an eye towards 2020 and beyond. Take a flier on young QB's like Tannehill or Bridgewater, or a draft pick and see if you can't coach em up. Throw the young WR's in there and get them experience. 

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Dump Crowder and Norman immediately, I for one think we should keep Reed for one more year. If he stays healthy and gets his mojo back he changes the whole game. I think Quinn can replace Crowder in the slot and be very effective. I would also let AP walk, it was a fun year with him and we all loved watching him but Guice is going to be our guy and all eyes will be fixed on him. Hopefully CT can have a bounce back year. Clinton Dix was terrible and I would love to see us get Collins but I think he will be out of reach. 

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On 2/27/2019 at 9:22 PM, crabbypatty said:

I'd like to see them add a starting caliber FA guard,

 

Hell,

 

Given the **** we've signed in FA over recent years, I'd be happy if we sign a starting caliber FA player

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Extending Scherff would be almost like taking some Valium...eeeeeverrrryyyyy thhhiiiiinnng wooould beeee oooooo k..to me anyway lol but seriously extend that big man...how's he doing by the way.. anyone got any scuttlebutt on that?

8 hours ago, SemperFi Skins said:

Regarding AP... it's the guaranteed money they are having trouble with...

 

Aging, Oft-injured RB

I was worried about this...he(AP)is thinking nahh the roo.. second year dude has this.. maybe, hopefully he's not thinking that..I feel they'll come to an agreement..

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3 hours ago, UKskins said:

 

Hell,

 

Given the **** we've signed in FA over recent years, I'd be happy if we sign a starting caliber FA player

That's true. I'm sick of the BA tightwad bottom of the barrel signings. 

He likes to sign mediocre guys to grossly inflated contacts instead of a few above average guys.

He keeps striking out on guys like McGee and the guy from Dallas.

 

What sucks is we wanted away from the Vinny days, but he's gone to the complete opposite end of the spectrum and literally signs the left overs a week or two after the rush dies down. And to top it off, he pays them way too much for what they produce.

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