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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.   
       
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TennesseeCarl

What Does It Mean To Say A Team 'Quit'?

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I'm sure everyone's heard that term - 'quit' - before. Most times I've used it in reference to the Redskins, folks argue bitterly about whether or not the team quit on the field.

But what does it mean. I realize we've never seen a team simply walk off the field (yet).

At what point does the lack of effort...the lack of coaching moves...signal that a team has quit?

I felt that the coaching staff quit in the second half. It was obvious that Hasselbeck wasn't going to do anything, yet we didn't even give Hamdan a look. We didn't seem able to change our offensive play calling (our running game uses more draws than any team I've ever seen).

The run defense either quit out there or Troy Hambrick is one of the greatest running backs in the NFL. I'm guessing it's the former.

Did the team quit? Which players just stopped? Or are the Cowboys just that much better than we are?

I don't have any answers. :doh:

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I think the D for the most part in the 2nd half was just exhausted -- there was definitely some loafing to be seen, but for the most part they just got pounded. Having a totally inept offense makes stopping people seem pretty worthless...

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I also think (especially defensively) when meaningless games start going badly, individuals play as individuals and not as a team and that leads to some UGLY plays.

For example, if it is a DT's responsibility to occupy a gap on a given play he may do that for the majority of the game. However, if the score is 20-0 and the team is on their way to 5-9, he may decide to try to shed a blocker and make a big hit or something. That will lead to a breakdown all the way to where Hambrick gets a long run or something.

That was just a generic example. I obviously have no way of knowing if that happened, but I think it could explain some of the plays where it looks like we're "quitting" out there.

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the Giants have quit on the season. that to me is obvious. Fassel is on the way out and a lot of players realize there is going to be a roster shakeup in the offseason so they are not going to kill themselves the last few games and risk getting hurt.

I don't think the Redskins have quit as much as they showed yesterday they are not as mentally tough as a Parcells' coached team.

As Coles and others said, the Cowboys seemed to have the Skins plays diagnosed before they were run. They knew the tendencies and what was going to be done and when.

On the other side, Quincy Carter managed to use the quarterback draw and bootleg to effect for the 3rd or 4th game against the Skins in his relatively short career.

The Redskins were not ready for it. As usual.

One thread that runs through what teams have done this year against the Skins defense:

THEY KNOW IF THEY KEEP AT IT THAT ARRINGTON AND TROTTER WILL SELL THE SCHEME OUT AND FREELANCE TO BE CAUGHT OUT OF POSITION FOR BIG PLAYS.

It has been that way the past 2 years.

Only Lewis was smart enough to put Arrington in one spot and keep him there to minimize the adverse effects of his free lancing.

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I think the players played hard.

BUT - the coaching SUCKED

The offensive game plan SUCKED

The defensive game plan SUCKED

and Hasselbeck SUCKED HARD

Dallas did not suck. They played very well on defense, and ran the ball really well on offense.

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Wait, our defense was exhausted in the second half? That's your excuse? You've got to be kidding me.

I've seen teams in overtime in nastier weather play with lots more heart and determination and effort than those guys showed.

The only thing exhausted about this team is its spirit.

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Hambrick was averaging 3.2 yards per carry before yesterday and then he gets 189? :laugh: :laugh:

as Gary Clark said on the Comcast postgame show, the defensive line simply failed to show up at all.

from the first drive these guys were on their heels, and against a Cowboys line that Parcells admitted was having some problems.

but then again, everyone gets healthy against the Redskins.

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Originally posted by lavarleap56

Lavar is the third highest vote getter in the nfc .

That shows you what a load of crap the Pro Bowl voting is all about.

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Originally posted by lavarleap56

Lavar is the third highest vote getter in the nfc .

by the fans that only count 1/3 of the total points. I think Peppers and Reed led their positions last year in the fan votes, but neither made the pro-bowl.

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Originally posted by TennesseeCarl

But what does it mean. I realize we've never seen a team simply walk off the field (yet).

What it means to me is, the players realise that there is nothing left to play for and they see no way that they can win a game. This is what the Redskins looked like for the most part. The defense, with the exeption of the line was playing a great game.

Yes the defense was tired, of course when you're on the field for over 40 minutes of a 60 minute game, that happens. The offense had a good running game going, and once again, the Ol' Ball Coach decides to chunk the ball around to force turnovers.

I can see now, with the fact that Spurrier will be back again next year, we'll be watching other teams in the playoffs next season too.

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