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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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Would you want HBO Hard Knocks to feature us this year?

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I am sure it would be useful if you want to laugh a lot.  I hope they pick the Raiders.  

Skins need to work hard and improve a lot.  No need for tv distractions.

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The “Hard Knocks” life would be good for the Redskins.

The team needs to excite its fan base. Washington wants to promote its rookie quarterback as a franchise saver. It seeks a chance to return to the national narrative. And, ticket sales could certainly use a boost.

The HBO series does all of that as essentially a weekly infomercial during the preseason. Feared as exposing “insider” secrets, the series merely showcases several hopefuls trying to make the team, the brutal business of releasing players, and the profanity too often found in locker rooms.

But a real look at playbooks or chalkboards that can cost the team a game? Not in the least. And that’s why president Bruce Allen shouldn’t fear the program, but embrace the marketing opportunity. This team badly needs feel-good narratives after rampant season ticket loss in recent years that left FedEx Field too often vulnerable to visiting fan takeovers.

Even coach Jay Gruden doesn’t fear “Hard Knocks,” though he has been pushing his brother Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders as the best bet for the show. Detroit, San Francisco, and the New York Giants are also eligible.

“If we’re forced to do it, then obviously we’ll have to make it work,” Jay Gruden said. “You know, it’s a process that can be distracting at times, but, really they do an excellent job as far as keeping out of your business. So, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I think our guys would probably have fun with it at the end of the day.”

Oh, who doesn’t want to hear Redskins inside linebackers coach Rob Ryan barking at players? Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins learning plays in the classroom before trying them on the field? Seventh-rounder cornerback Jimmy Moreland showing he deserves to make the team?

It’s just storytelling, and not much more insightful than daily information on the internet. The Redskins should embrace the chance to show they’re just a bunch of guys trying to have fun, make money and win games.

https://thefandc.radio.com/hbo-s-hard-knocks-would-be-good-redskins-rick-snider

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1 hour ago, Skinsinparadise said:

The team needs to excite its fan base. Washington wants to promote its rookie quarterback as a franchise saver. It seeks a chance to return to the national narrative.

 

Ok, Rick. Answer one question: When have the Redskins been in the national spotlight and not come off looking like an inept, dysfunctional mess?

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I would love to see it. Hard Knocks is must watch tv regardless of who's on it. But the Redskins??  That would be awesome!!!   I want to see Snyder squirm when the cameras are around and on him. I want to hear that coward talk and be asked uncomfortable questions. I want to see Bruce Allen fumble and bumble all over himself so everyone can see how stupid he is.  But I also want to see Haskins win the job.  I want to see Guice win the job. I love that kid and he hasn't even played a game. I want to see Sweat. We have 3 guys right there that have the potential to be not only great players, but marketable players at impact positions.   That hasn't been the case around here in forever. I want to see Josh Norman, Rob Ryan. I want to see the drama of the wr position unfold. I want to see Holcolm win the job at ILB. I can keep going on but I really hope we are picked. Plenty of headlines coming for the 2019 camp. 

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Maybe all the TW drama moves the Redskins up in the pecking order for Hard Knocks.

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This team is basically Hard Knocks material every offseason by default.....and that ain't a good thing.   Actually, their Hard Knocks usually come during the regular season. 

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We're up against the huge NY market and Jon Gruden. As much as I'd love to see us on Hard Knocks, I just don't understand how we could be chosen over either of those teams. If they go with the Lions or Cards, I'll be extremely disappointed and would be really curious to know their reasoning.

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4 hours ago, CTskin said:

We're up against the huge NY market and Jon Gruden. As much as I'd love to see us on Hard Knocks, I just don't understand how we could be chosen over either of those teams. If they go with the Lions or Cards, I'll be extremely disappointed and would be really curious to know their reasoning.

The cardinals can’t be chosen since they have a new head coach. That disqualifies them from being picked 

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I used to be of the opinion that Hard Knocks would be a distraction to the coaches and players and I was against it.  But after the last 25 years under Dan Synder, what would Hard Knocks distract our team from?  Winning?  ROFL.  Bring on Hard Knocks, I want to see my team from behind the scenes.  

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1 minute ago, Rex Tomb said:

@Skinsinparadise I actually worry that it might add even more pressure to start Haskins at the start of the season.

 

Browns were featured and Mayfield didn't start.  Rams were featured and ironically not only didn't Goff start but Keenum did. 

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4 hours ago, Rex Tomb said:

@volsmetthat is way too high school 

 

But it’s close enough to an old Tampa Bay Bucs design that it may intrigue the men & women of TB north. Nobody loves Tampa like the Skins love Tampa.

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1 hour ago, volsmet said:

 

But it’s close enough to an old Tampa Bay Bucs design that it may intrigue the men & women of TB north. Nobody loves Tampa like the Skins love Tampa.

 

Tampa was the first thing I thought of when I saw that picture :ols:

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Well....if they don't tell us by this weekend, it will be the new record for the latest they've ever released the news. We'll see, I guess.  

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What could they possibly be waiting for to make the announcement on which team it is? Just make the dang announcement 😂 

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1 hour ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

What could they possibly be waiting for to make the announcement on which team it is? Just make the dang announcement 😂 

 

Agreed.  It's beyond me, and you'd have to think logistically by now they HAVE to know where they're heading.  There's a lot of work that goes into getting it all put together. 

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Sure, as it will likely be more entertaining than our on the field product. But they need to follow around Bruce....

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On 5/23/2019 at 6:31 PM, Skinsinparadise said:

Dolphins (2012): May 29

Bengals (2013): June 15

Falcons (2014): June 12

Texans (2015): May 27

Rams (2016): March 23

Bucs (2017): April 19

Browns (2018): May 17

 

Just wanted to quote this as we're now hitting the limits on when teams have been announced in the past. I'd also point out that the Bengals in 2013 were under the old system where teams had to volunteer. Starting with Atlanta in 2014, HBO could simply pick from the eligible teams. Not sure why it's so much later this year, maybe HBO/NFL are trying to convince some team to volunteer again?

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If it does happen, not only will I watch, I will dvr every episode.  I want the inside info on Haskins.

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