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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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Prehistoric development with new speculation: Trent Williams wants to be traded/released

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The problem with trading him is that many teams are going to be willing to roll with what they have this year, knowing the draft will be deep at OL.  We're going to need a team desperate for a LT and believing they can make the playoffs this year.   I have no idea why Bruce thinks he can keep TW and is unwilling to move him, unless the offers have been jokes.

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This saddens me. If Trent leaves, whom will we pay exorbitant amounts of money to be injured all the time??? Need to think this one through IMO

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51 minutes ago, PotomacGator said:

This saddens me. If Trent leaves, whom will we pay exorbitant amounts of money to be injured all the time??? Need to think this one through IMO

We already have a few of those in Jordan Reed and Paul Richardson just off the top of my head.

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1 hour ago, sempre_victrix said:

The problem with trading him is that many teams are going to be willing to roll with what they have this year, knowing the draft will be deep at OL.  We're going to need a team desperate for a LT and believing they can make the playoffs this year.   I have no idea why Bruce thinks he can keep TW and is unwilling to move him, unless the offers have been jokes.

 

Yeah, I don't get your take here.

 

Teams that are calling (Houston/NE) believe they are contenders now. So, waiting for a deep OL draft next year doesn't help an immediate need for them. It's a team like the Skins who can afford to "wait" because even with Trent they aren't likely to be that good on offense. 

 

We all rip on Bruce for good reason. But I don't know who is saying move Trent today if waiting a few weeks for teams to get a little more nervous can drive the price up. The price isn't going to go down unless all 3+ teams calling all the sudden find a different solution.

 

I love the idea of taking 2 OTs in the draft next year early if the Skins can get the picks to take those guys on Day 1 and 2 in the 2020 draft.

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Remember when the Vikings lost their starting QB a few years ago and out of sheer desperation traded a 1st and 4th for Sam freaking Bradford? Now I know LT isn't QB, but never count out the stupidity of desperate GMs.

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On it's face, Trent Williams is a pro bowl left tackle that is universally lauded as one of if not the best in the game.  Left tackle probably ranks just below QB as for scarcity at the position.  The other side to all this is that most teams would need to figure out cap space to take on his contract at this point.  Over and above that, most teams would want to know from Williams camp that he's going to show up and play for them.  Williams and his camp would then be stupid not to negotiate an extension or threaten retirement.

 

In summary, this isn't as easy as it looks and we have Bruce Allen in the drivers seat.  My gut says stubborn is as stubborn does and this holdout lasts longer than it should.

 

 

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With Williams trade inevitable, OL a massive concern

As I first reported back months ago, left tackle Trent Williams is entrenched in his position that he will never play for the Skins again, and if anything, the front office's ham-handed approach to his holdout has only exacerbated things. He does not trust this team's brass or its medical team, and a trade is inevitable. Numerous contending teams are interested, and the situation with Williams, based on everything I have heard, is past the point of no return....

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/nfl-insider-notes-dwayne-haskins-shows-why-he-wont-be-on-the-bench-for-long-redskins-and-bengals-ol-woes-grow/

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I really can't stand Jason LaCanfora.

The team's "Ham handed approach"
What are they supposed to do? Give in to demands immediately? Fire the training staff in July?  What would LaCanfora expect any team to do in this situation?

 

~Bang

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20 minutes ago, Bang said:

I really can't stand Jason LaCanfora.

The team's "Ham handed approach"
What are they supposed to do? Give in to demands immediately? Fire the training staff in July?  What would LaCanfora expect any team to do in this situation?

 

~Bang

 

If we just trade him right off the bat, doesn't it send a message to other players that if they're unhappy for the most minor reason, or just want to play for another team, all they have to do is hold out 2 weeks, to make their desire come to fruition ? Not much lost pay in the long run, if it's only 2 weeks.

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38 minutes ago, Bang said:

I really can't stand Jason LaCanfora.

The team's "Ham handed approach"
What are they supposed to do? Give in to demands immediately? Fire the training staff in July?  What would LaCanfora expect any team to do in this situation?

 

~Bang

The only question I have is whether they reached out to him early in the process to let him air his grievances and let him know that he's been heard, appreciated, and that they will try to act in his (and the team's best interests). Now, they may have done that or they may have sat aloof and not been in communication with him. The rumors I've heard suggest the latter. Bruce Allen's reputation suggest the latter. He lets a bad situation simmer until the pot gets burnt instead of heading things off.

 

But all of that is only conjecture on my part.

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He has every right to refuse to play for the Skins ever again....just give us *some* of the bonus money back and sit on his ass for the season and we'll talk again in March. Bruce should come right out and say it if TW doesn't show by end of PS. I don't want a cancer coming back to the team in mid season regardless of our record.

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I am coming from the stand point of I want to trade the dude.  And don't care about the back and forth on this aside from how it influences or not them dealing him.  But yeah I can see how both sides are annoyed at the other if their takes are actually true. 

 

The FO seems to be leaking to everyone that speaks to them that Trent's drive is all about money.  That's what just about almost every beat guy and national guy have said when referring to their sources at Redskins Park and they haven't been shy saying that's the Redskins side of the story.  Even Bruce speaking on it basically referred to Trent's contract -- implying money is the issue.   The only difference I've seen on this is some reporters will say that the FO thinks there might be some medical beef in the soup but its still primarily about money and money would solve it. 

 

Trent's side seems to be saying it's not about money.

 

Then you got a third camp theory saying it's not about money but Trent will overlook this if he gets paid more.  I personally hate this narrative.  I can't back Trent on the idea of him being upset but will shut up about it if he gets paid more.   If that's true, I can't look at him as that principled if he can be bought off.  And if this becomes reality then Trent comes off to me truly all about the money. 

 

Granted we don't know if any of this is true and what the real narrative is.  But yeah when Casserly goes on TV and says he knows its absolutely all about money as to Trent and in a different segment he admits its people at Redskins Park who are his source and hasn't talked to Trent's camp (and this isn't the only example of that among reports) then if Trent's camp truly aren't driven by money, you'd figured their beef with the FO/medical staff or whatever has only deepened as opposed to softened through this process. 

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3 minutes ago, The Hangman- C_Hanburger said:

He has every right to refuse to play for the Skins ever again....just give us *some* of the bonus money back and sit on his ass for the season and we'll talk again in March. Bruce should come right out and say it if TW doesn't show by end of PS. I don't want a cancer coming back to the team in mid season regardless of our record.

Maybe not the best way to word that. 🤔 Probably exactly what Bruce would say though. 

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1 hour ago, TryTheBeal! said:

I feel like Trent’s approach has been even more “ham-handed”, really.

I feel like you dont have a clue what trents approach actually has been.

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1 minute ago, Peregrine said:

I feel like you dont have a clue what trents approach actually has been.

 

Trash the team vaguely via LaCanfora leak/tweet?

 

What else am I missing?

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You guys have probably covered this.  But I haven’t been actively watching the thread.  Would you like to see a piece added to the defense?  Maybe a good, fairly young, inside linebacker.  Or a piece added to the offense forTrent?

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18 minutes ago, The Hangman- C_Hanburger said:

He has every right to refuse to play for the Skins ever again....just give us *some* of the bonus money back and sit on his ass for the season and we'll talk again in March. Bruce should come right out and say it if TW doesn't show by end of PS. I don't want a cancer coming back to the team in mid season regardless of our record.

That's not how any of that works

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1 minute ago, ConnSKINS26 said:

That's not how any of that works

 

They were fining him for missing, it wouldn't be cap impact since it's not signing bonus level.  Team wise the fines don't have impact.

 

Not disagreeing with you just easier to quote...

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3 hours ago, Bang said:

I really can't stand Jason LaCanfora.

The team's "Ham handed approach"
What are they supposed to do? Give in to demands immediately? Fire the training staff in July?  What would LaCanfora expect any team to do in this situation?

 

~Bang

 

In my opinion, the reports from the front office telling the media that they expect fines will force Trent to come back was a very bad approach.  It seems like, even if you believe that it will work, it is a bad idea to make that public.  I feel like that public posturing will just make a player dig in deeper.

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3 minutes ago, Nerm said:

 

In my opinion, the reports from the front office telling the media that they expect fines will force Trent to come back was a very bad approach.  It seems like, even if you believe that it will work, it is a bad idea to make that public.  I feel like that public posturing will just make a player dig in deeper.

 

Can you provide me the link or an article where the FO publicly stated that? I’m honestly curious cause maybe I missed something. 

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11 minutes ago, HardcoreZorn said:

 

Can you provide me the link or an article where the FO publicly stated that? I’m honestly curious cause maybe I missed something. 

 

It was a Washington Post article from Aug 1st.  I'm having trouble with a link, the article is behind a paywall 

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Trent good guy or clown.  Medical staff great or stink. Bruce good guy or clown.  I still don't think relevant to the bottom line as to this contract impasse which IMO is if they can get a first rounder for Trent -- its the perfect draft to replenish. 

 

For example I hope Laconfora's story is right and he's been rubbed the wrong way and doesn't want to come back. It's no offense to Trent who I think is a great LT and by most accounts is a really good dude.  

 

But what a draft to replenish that position and you take 13 million off the books.  I think the main thing standing in the way are jobs on the line and Trent helps a win now mindset.  That's why IMO Trent is doing them a favor by forcing this issue.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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30 minutes ago, Skinsinparadise said:

Trent good guy or clown.  Medical staff great or stink. Bruce good guy or clown.  I still don't think relevant to the bottom line as to this contract impasse which IMO is if they can get a first rounder for Trent -- its the perfect draft to replenish. 

 

For example I hope Laconfora's story is right and he's been rubbed the wrong way and doesn't want to come back. It's no offense to Trent who I think is a great LT and by most accounts is a really good dude.  

 

But what a draft to replenish that position and you take 13 million off the books.  I think the main thing standing in the way are jobs on the line and Trent helps a win now mindset.  That's why IMO Trent is doing them a favor by forcing this issue.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We may actually agree on something! 😎

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