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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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Case Keenum Named Week 1 Starter

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22 hours ago, Stadium-Armory said:

Smith won games with a pedestrian roster by being smart with the ball, like taking a sack when appropriate, throwing it out of bounds, taking what the defense gives him and not turning it over. I think we'll see Case make bad plays where Alex would not have. 

 

This post makes me happy.

 

It's nice when Smith gets acknowledged for what he brought to this team last season.

 

Boring, low stakes, pedestrian, run of the mill, mediocre statistic/abysmal to watch offense... BUT he controlled the clock, kept the ball in Redskin possession and made smart decisions in important situations that helped the Redskins start the way they did.

 

I didn't think it was a coincidence that when he went down other stuff started to snowball and roll down hill faster and faster.

 

As I mentioned above, Smith and this offense were NOT fun to watch. But the team won. And a very, very, very large part of that should be credited to Smith. And I'll take boring and winning over exciting and losing any day. But, damnit, I do have standards. I will never be okay with boring AND losing! :ols:

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On 8/25/2019 at 3:01 PM, Malapropismic Depository said:

I guarantee you, people will be calling for Keenum to be benched, after the first incompletion, in the first game

 

 

Or earlier, in the 4th Preseason game, as soon as Haskins makes a couple nice throws,

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3 minutes ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

 

What are you saying ?

That's your "dream team" ? 😀

 

DUH, Flowers is a beast.  Most consistent LG in the league and Case might have the quickest release/ strongest arm in the league ;)  Cox in company better watch out

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Just now, amm0409 said:

 

DUH, Flowers is a beast.  Most consistent LG in the league and Case might have the quickest release/ strongest arm in the league ;) 

 

Ha, seriously though, did Jay actually make an official announcement that Flowers will be LG in Game 1 ?

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4 minutes ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

 

Ha, seriously though, did Jay actually make an official announcement that Flowers will be LG in Game 1 ?

 

pretty much

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, amm0409 said:

 

DUH, Flowers is a beast.  Most consistent LG in the league and Case might have the quickest release/ strongest arm in the league ;)  Cox in company better watch out

Flowers is a big dude.  If he can get low there is no reason he cant manhandle people.  From what I heard, his problems are when an opposing d-lineman does not line up over top of him.  IE stunts and slants but man to man he should be able to hold his ground.  Hopefully Penn can help him out with that. 

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Between Flowers/Martin I think OCKOC would be well served to get those guys firing off the ball more often than not, early on. And then classic kill the D with play action. Or, if that is still too risky, do some boots/roll right/quick passes, get yards thought the air in the safest way possible for week 1.

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On 8/26/2019 at 6:15 PM, BRAVEONTHEWARPATH93 said:

Well not really. He played just 10 games in 2016 and threw 11 picks and fumbled 5 times. Last year, he played all 16, threw 15 picks, and fumbled 11 times. 

 

2017 really saves his numbers cuz he only threw 7 picks and fumbled once. But when you back further, that looks like the outlier

I'm not saying he is great but he had no chance in Denver and was 100% the scapegoat. For all his good play in minnesota he had the opposite in denver. It is reasonable to expect an average of the two. 

 

We have a shot this year with him at qb and while I think a 12-4 minny 17' is a very low probability, we could very easily be playoff contenders.

 

If our oline holds up..which it probably wont. 

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Haskins gets another workout game to play and develop some positive experience then we to get on the Case bandwagon and hope he can enable a smart ball control offense that produce 20+ points and minimizes our opponent to fewer possessions so the stronger unit, the defense, has a chance to hold opponent to less than 20.  That is a narrow margin error but we a have punchers chance of doing this if the OL can hold together.

 

i am going into the season determined to be optimistic that they will be able to somehow scratch out 9 wins and win a weak division,  upsetting Philly is the key.  If we can steal this game and gets some momentum then a 3-2 start is possible.  It's not the problem outcome but it is at least conceivable.  Let's hope for that until hoping day!

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D jax has a broken finger..I dont recall seeing any reports saying wentz is 100 and ready to roll...keep guice an ap rollin with some play action with a little bit of mclovin sprinkled in, we upset philly week 1..I'm sticking with it..can't wait for the prediction thread to start!!

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On 8/25/2019 at 10:13 PM, Malapropismic Depository said:

 

I am expecting the starting receivers to be McLaurin, Quinn, and Richardson...if not Game 1, then soon thereafter.

I would not be surprised if Doctson is cut or traded. Most likely demoted.

Quinn has far exceeded the expectations of a 7th rounder. He is a Route-Running Mozart and workhorse, who has impressed everyone who has laid eyes on him.

The same could be said for McLaurin. Just without the year under his belt like Quinn has, but more physical talent than Quinn.

Richardson, if he can stay healthy, is supposedly a poor-man's DJax.

 

I mean, I like the optimism about McLaurin and Quinn...but the reality is that McLaurin has caught 0 balls in the NFL and Quinn has caught 9. I'm not saying they don't have lots of potential and talent but we've hardly seen them even play outside of some clips from camp and, in Quinn's case, a few games last year. I think it's a bit much to call them both route-running Mozarts and assume it's only a matter of time before they become studs. I feel like if we assume that, we could be setting ourselves up for disappointment. 

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I agree with sitting Haskins out for the year, but McCoy maybe taking over this year when his leg gets better? McCoy proved to me last year that he's nothing but a backup. Has Gruden lost his mind?

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15 hours ago, BleedBNG said:

 

I agree with sitting Haskins out for the year, but McCoy maybe taking over this year when his leg gets better? McCoy proved to me last year that he's nothing but a backup. Has Gruden lost his mind?

It's worded vaguely enough that it could mean one of two ways: 1. McCoy starts when he's back, no questions asked. 2. If Keenum plays poorly, McCoy gets to start instead of giving it to Haskins.

 

I hate the first option; the second one doesn't make me happy, but I can understand it.

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Our #1 QB, the leader of team, who also is playing literally stat-wise as a Top 10 QB, doesn't even have his own dedicated thread, whereas many "much-lesser" players do have one. Hard to believe.

5 TD's, Zero INT's, 111.2 QBR, 69% Completions, averaging 300 yards in the 2 games. I don't think he's fumbled either.

He's easily exceeded everyone's expectations and been a bright spot.

Easily Top 10, and close to Top 5 in many aspects.

 I know it's early, but in a way, that's even more impressive, that he's come in here in his first year, and learned the offense so quick, and if I'm not mistaken, he doesn't have a history with our coaches, or not much if any.

Imagine how much better he'll get, once he gets even more in a groove

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5 minutes ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

Our #1 QB, the leader of team, who also is playing literally stat-wise as a Top 10 QB, doesn't even have his own dedicated thread, whereas many "much-lesser" players do have one. Hard to believe.

5 TD's, Zero INT's, 111.2 QBR, 69% Completions, averaging 300 yards in the 2 games. I don't think he's fumbled either.

He's easily exceeded everyone's expectations and been a bright spot.

Easily Top 10, and close to Top 5 in many aspects.

 I know it's early, but in a way, that's even more impressive, that he's come in here in his first year, and learned the offense so quick, and if I'm not mistaken, he doesn't have a history with our coaches, or not much if any.

Imagine how much better he'll get, once he gets even more in a groove

 

We should have targeted a Case Keenum long ago....traded Kirk & left Smith be. Eventually we backed into finding out that these dudes are all the same, just pay the one nobody wants and protect him until you find the special young QB in the draft.

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I'm on record in this thread saying that Case would make a bunch of mistakes and lose us games by turning the ball over and betraying our top 10 defense. I could not have been more wrong about the whole thing. 

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Case is giving us all he’s got.  He is not the problem.  Hasn’t turned the ball over at all yet, if I remember right.  And putting points on the board.

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One day people will learn that all but 10 QBs are replaceable & paying anyone but those 10 is ridiculous. 

 

One day.

 

Trading for Smith ... what an embarrassment, there are Smiths, Kirks, & Keenum’s all over the place. 

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I'm glad for Case. Always felt he was wronged by the Vikings. Feel he's going to get wronged by the Redskins, too, but at least here he knows he's on a one year audition with the rookie of the future in hand.

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