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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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Welcome to the Redskins Montez Sweat Mississippi St.

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1 minute ago, CousinsCowgirl84 said:

@TheShredder I hear you, but if it were a case of a large person has a large heart certain most NFL prospects would carry the same red flag, but they don’t.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

Medically speaking that's not the same thing as was being reported though.  They reported 'degenerative heart', which is 100% BS.  They've not yet isolated that gene to make that distinction so it's likely a draft leak.  The only reality is that prospects had to submit to a chest xray and with that alone they'd have some radiologist who measured his heat from an xray.  Xrays are not diagnostic capable of making that diagnosis.  Trust me, I know. 

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https://amp.democratandchronicle.com/amp/3533053002

 

He compares his game to Jason Taylor

In his two years at Mississippi State, Sweat proved he could function in both a 3-4 and 4-3 defense, diversity that NFL teams love to have in defensive linemen.

He recorded 22 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss playing against top-end competition in the SEC, and when he was asked who he thinks his game resembles, he said, “I watch a lot of pass rushers. I think old-time pass rushers ... like Jason Taylor has a lot of my skill set. He’s long, he’s fast. I watch him a lot.”

 

 

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Nice pick.  I see a first pick trade down to recoup the 2nd in 2020.

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Nice video 98. Seems like another really great guy, who loves to work. 

 

I think it was Rice or someone that said to be great, you have to work and prepare harder than anyone else. We seem to have drafted a lot of guys like that.

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Days later and I still can't get over that we ended up with Montez!

 

They said they wanted to add speedy play makers and they nailed it with Sweat.

 

It's going to be fun watching him with the rest of out incredible DL.

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10 hours ago, DWinzit said:

Days later and I still can't get over that we ended up with Montez!

 

They said they wanted to add speedy play makers and they nailed it with Sweat.

 

It's going to be fun watching him with the rest of out incredible DL.

Like you, I'm just now processing what our defense could look like with Ion healthy, Reub Foster, Sweat and obtw......Landon Colins. The additions on paper are sick. And I'm loving the ballhawk from JMU. Just think if Josh Norman gets focused and reverts back to his salad days? 

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Jason Taylor is a good comp. Athletic, a little lean, but should be big and quick enough to play both in the 4-3 and 3-4.

 

On our D surrounded by Kerrigan and the studs up front pushing pockets up, he could get 10+ sacks as a rook.

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13 hours ago, Warhead36 said:

Jason Taylor is a good comp. Athletic, a little lean, but should be big and quick enough to play both in the 4-3 and 3-4.

 

On our D surrounded by Kerrigan and the studs up front pushing pockets up, he could get 10+ sacks as a rook.

 

Taylor is too lofty a comp IMO, and defense has changes since Taylor was in his prime because of how shotgun has been so heavily implemented.

 

I still like Danielle Hunter as his closest NFL ceiling comparison.  Hunter makes plays due to his incredible length, tenacity, his explosive athleticism, and his ability to reach the QB in like three or four strides.  Sweat is a remarkably similar athlete, with the same kind of 99th percentile physical gifts that give him the potential to make special plays like Hunter.  He's probably the best athlete on our team now, but to get to that All Pro level as a playmaker like Hunter, he's going to have to continue to get stronger, get more comfortable playing lower, and improve his pre-snap approach.  He needs that explosive strength to playmake through contact with tackles and tight ends to truly unlock the potential that his length gives him.  It's going to take a few seasons for him to get there.

 

But I also think he's significantly further along than Hunter was as a rookie.  He looks stronger than Hunter was, and Hunter was a one move rusher who played upright too.  He was certainly way more productive as a pass rusher in college than Hunter was too, but Hunter was probably more instinctive and better at playing the run.  I agree that 10 sacks isn't out of the question for him, but I don't think it's likely.

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http://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2019/story/_/id/26432393/how-montez-sweat-team-molded-freak-elite-prospect

 

"We sent him in to get his body fat taken, and he was 5.9 percent body fat. At that point, I knew we had a freak. I have not seen a 260-pound, 5.9 percent-body-fat guy gain that much weight in 13 days and look the way he did. He's a very genetically gifted human being with the work ethic behind that."

 

 

"We worked on something called the 'long-arm ghost.' It's a move that Von Miller kind of invented. You use the long arm, then go to the ghost. First you long-arm the guy, then you fake like you're going to long arm him and bend underneath. We added that so he's coming into the league with an arsenal. He's going to be one not to mess with in his rookie year."

The long-arm move is natural for Sweat thanks to his 35-plus-inch arms.

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sbnation.com/platform/amp/nfl/2019/3/15/18263489/montez-sweat-nfl-draft-2019-washington-mississippi-state-scouting-report-defensive-end

 

The funny thing, to me at least, is Sweat is what my rush defensive end Create-A-Player would look almost exactly like, both in stature and in the way he plays the game.

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22 hours ago, kingdaddy said:

Like you, I'm just now processing what our defense could look like with Ion healthy, Reub Foster, Sweat and obtw......Landon Colins. The additions on paper are sick. And I'm loving the ballhawk from JMU. Just think if Josh Norman gets focused and reverts back to his salad days? 

 

The thing I'm thinking about our defense is...who's gonna get double teamed?  Cause if you double team one of Ion, Payne, Allen...you're gonna have Sweat or Kerrigan coming over the top or maybe Reuben Foster up the middle if it's an LB blitz.  Double teaming any one player on this team is going to just open up other opportunities for someone else.  

 

Hopefully they can all be healthy this year, our defense should be legit.

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Out front 7 is much improved and we got some real good depth. I live in Eagles country and even one of my buddies who is an Eagles fan did not like us getting Sweat. He even commented that our front seven is pretty darn good and he wasn’t even factoring in Rueben. 

 

There is no comparison between him and Preston. I liked Preston but he was too inconsistent and awful when he had to drop off in coverage. You can’t teach speed and length and that’s what Sweat has. Once the coaches work with him I see someone who could be better than Kerrigan. Plus I love his enthusiasm for being on the team. Every social media has him saying HTTR which I love hearing. By comparison Haskins seems pretty low key but maybe because he’s still pissed that Jones got drafted before him. He did seem to come around over the weekend. 

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1 minute ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

 

#topfivedefense

#dontsetyourbarlow

Manusky would have to call the right kind of plays for it to happen wouldn't he?..I mean even for a top ten defense..

I've got faith manusky can do it..use all the new toys properly..

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1 minute ago, bakedtater1 said:

Manusky would have to call the right kind of plays for it to happen wouldn't he?..I mean even for a top ten defense..

 

That's my only concern. I think he may just be an average DC.

What I hope happens, is this defense plays its full potential, and ends up Top 5, then Manusky gets a bunch of credit, and it somehow lands him

a HC gig.

I think we could easily find a better DC...perhaps one that is currently on our staff.

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Manusky has not been great as the d coordinator but I believe he will improve. Much easier when you have talent and he has much more than when he first came here. Also keep in mind that we hired Rob Ryan as a lb coach. While I think he was overrated as a def coordinator he still brings experience to the table. 

 

I do take back slightly on our depth on the d line. Forgot we cut McGhee. So Caleb Brantley better be good. Oh any chance Marcus Smith, former first rounder with Eagles, actually can play?  But Brantley and Tim Settle must be viable rotational guys with Allen, Payne, and Ionnadis. Someone mentioned moving Anderson inside and I like that idea. Him and Mason would allow us to be better run stoppers than with Shaun Dion who I like but I see him more as a backup. Add Landon in the box and the big guys up front and our run def should be much better. 

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27 minutes ago, glongest said:

Dude looks like Julius Peppers.  Sure hope he can play like him.

 

Julius Peppers is the same thing I was thinking.

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It would be incredible if he's anywhere near as good as prime Julius Peppers, one of the most dominant defensive players of all time. 

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6 hours ago, skinsfan93 said:

Manusky has not been great as the d coordinator but I believe he will improve. Much easier when you have talent and he has much more than when he first came here. Also keep in mind that we hired Rob Ryan as a lb coach. While I think he was overrated as a def coordinator he still brings experience to the table. 

 

I do take back slightly on our depth on the d line. Forgot we cut McGhee. So Caleb Brantley better be good. Oh any chance Marcus Smith, former first rounder with Eagles, actually can play?  But Brantley and Tim Settle must be viable rotational guys with Allen, Payne, and Ionnadis. Someone mentioned moving Anderson inside and I like that idea. Him and Mason would allow us to be better run stoppers than with Shaun Dion who I like but I see him more as a backup. Add Landon in the box and the big guys up front and our run def should be much better. 

Hopefully Marcus Smith and Caleb Brantley can turn their career's around here, and become solid rotational pieces of the defense.

 

https://www.hogshaven.com/2019/3/21/18273955/did-marcus-smith-simply-fly-under-everyones-radar

 

 

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41 minutes ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

Giants fan(s) asking if Redskins have best defense in NFL

 

https://corner.bigblueinteractive.com/index.php?mode=2&thread=582792

 

 

I think we do, especially if some of the young guys keep progressing.

 

https://www.redskins.com/news/after-learning-the-nfl-ropes-tim-settle-is-taking-advantage-of-the-offseason

 

"I’m so comfortable now because I could do it by myself, I don’t need anybody to tell me," Settle said of working out this offseason. "I come in here every day. I just don’t want to slow down. I just want to keep going faster, and faster, and faster, and faster until somebody tells me to chill. And I still probably won’t chill. I just want to be the person who takes over the game."

 

 

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On 4/28/2019 at 3:27 PM, Newera said:

Nice pick.  I see a first pick trade down to recoup the 2nd in 2020.

I see a veteran trade for a 2nd just as likely. Jordan Reed comes to mind. 

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