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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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3 minutes ago, Skinsinparadise said:

 

 

 

Thrilled to see keenum starting out of the gate. I hope he is successful, so gruden doesn't have the urge to throw Haskins in there.  Young bucks on oline and wr need to step up!!

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Not at all surprised that Keenum was announced starter.

But a little surprised he didn't wait longer to announce it.

So Haskins is the #2.

Wonder if this means Colt could be cut.

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I’m fine with it IF Haskins is 2nd, and colt is cut. If they yank Keenum at 0-4 and put in Colt, I’m done with this staff

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5 minutes ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

Not at all surprised that Keenum was announced starter.

But a little surprised he didn't wait longer to announce it.

So Haskins is the #2.

Wonder if this means Colt could be cut.

Agreed but we need a back up, Im not comfortable with 2 QB's on th roster after last season. And don't say Jalen McClendon

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6 hours ago, benskins26 said:

I’m fine with it IF Haskins is 2nd, and colt is cut. If they yank Keenum at 0-4 and put in Colt, I’m done with this staff

But if we are 0-4 bc the QB doesn't have time to throw and is constantly getting hit/pressured, is that the scenario you want Haskins entering into?  

 

I'm hoping the situation takes care of itself from here on out.  If the offensive line holds up, and the offense is moving the ball, and the skins are winning some games, they have no need to remove keenum this year.  If it ain't broke don't fix it.

 

If the line is a disaster, the QB is getting pummeled, the offense can't move the ball, and the skins are losing games, I'm hoping its painfully obvious putting in your green QB of the future is not a good idea.

 

The worst scenario in my opinion: a mixed bag on offense, with some wins and losses, and an injury to keenum.  The offense shows ability to move the ball at times, but also has protection issues and leads to QB hits.  We have a 500 record and the coaching staff feels we could challenge for a playoff spot, and gruden starts to feel the warmth of his seat, and puts Haskins in behind a struggling oline, and the offense regresses due to his inexperience, and DH gets hit often.  I'm hoping we can avoid this, but I think Murphy was a Redskins fan, and I can't help but thinkwhat can go wrong, will go wrong.

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Alright, it is what it is, he will have a short leash as soon as Colt is healthy, best of luck to him.

 

 

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11 hours ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

DeShaun Watson is next and it kills me.  Hurt so bad he had to take a bus to travel.

 

These guys are the toughest athletes in team sports and they're getting worn out.  Having a functional offensive line is a big deal.  Making sure your QB is ready to set his protections and read blitzes before you run him out there to get his head taken off is a big deal.  The longer we can sit Haskins, the better it will be for him.

I have little sympathy...you get QB's getting 58 Mil, 80 Mil and taking higher % of cap space they have to live (rather Die) on the fact that the money is not there for supporting casts...Brady IS smart enough to realize that...and make money by volume than over 3 years...

 

tahts why I hate this "renegotiation" crap while under contract..

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I find this extraordinarily uninspiring, however I also think that it commits the team to having to win at least 2 of their first 5 games. 

 

If they go 1-4 or 0-5, then I think the wheels are going to come off and anything is possible. 

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I honestly don’t know how anyone can be logically upset about this. I understand the excitement of a shiny new toy but we’re not winning this year, we can all agree that he’s not ready and we can all agree that the OL is more a liability than any other unit on this team. We’ve seen what happened with Campbell and Ramsey and Rg3, why do we want a repeat of any of their careers??

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Yup, we all saw this coming.

 

Games that Keenum gets a pass on (Chicago, New England).  But only if he performs well, even with a loss, against the division rivals.  I can see him sticking around at 1-4, but the offense has to be showing something good.  Otherwise 2-3 is the only way he survives heading into Miami.

 

Why do we have a week 3 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football?  How does that make sense?  Bears D against who at QB?  It's like the schedule makers had a brain fart back in April.  ESPN must hate that they couldn't get a better matchup.

 

So if Keenum goes 0-3, it's going to be really hard to bench him for Haskins on a short week.  Only 6 days to prep for the next game with a rookie QB if that's to be his next start?

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Starting Keenum is (imo - adding that for clarity) the absolute, 100% correct move.

 

 

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8 hours ago, Alcoholic Zebra said:

 

Why do we have a week 3 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football?  How does that make sense?  Bears D against who at QB?  It's like the schedule makers had a brain fart back in April.  ESPN must hate that they couldn't get a better matchup.

 

 

No Sunday Night games two years in a row.  This time no 4 pm games either.  Wow.   I get this is a team that obviously the NFL people think do not draw viewers but MNF games at home are somewhat cruel considering the history here with them.   Maybe part of the drill is to see if they can keep losing these MNF games for curiosity sake?  🙄  We got a couple of segments on ESPN after a recent MNF loss including a spot on First Take where Stephen Smith said the Redskins should be banned from MNF.  

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On 8/25/2019 at 2:33 AM, Veryoldschool said:

Luck is so beat up he is going to retire when he's 29 and should be in his prime as a QB.  I don't want Haskins rushed on the field before he's ready and have his career cut short like Luck's.

 

So what do you propose they do when Keenum stinks up the joint in a game and McCoy is still injured?  Sign another veteran and start them?

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38 minutes ago, Skinsinparadise said:

 

No Sunday Night games two years in a row.  This time no 4 pm games either.  Wow.   I get this is a team that obviously the NFL people think do not draw viewers but MNF games at home are somewhat cruel considering the history here with them.   Maybe part of the drill is to see if they can keep losing these MNF games for curiosity sake?  🙄  We got a couple of segments on ESPN after a recent MNF loss including a spot on First Take where Stephen Smith said the Redskins should be banned from MNF.  

 

Ouch.

 

Every team is required at least 1 primetime game, but usually they shove two teams with questionmarks onto TNF instead.

 

Only way the MNF game becomes worth it is if the NFL thinks it'll be a defensive showdown.  Given that the Bears defense is a clear tier above us, I doubt that.

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16 hours ago, PartyPosse said:

We’ve seen what happened with Campbell and Ramsey and Rg3, why do we want a repeat of any of their careers??


I 100% think that this organization is run by people who couldn't organize a trip to the toilet let alone run a football organization, but this myth that Griffin, Campbell, and Ramsey were ruined by this organization doesn't make any sense to me.  Campbell was given chance after chance after chance with this team and it never clicked.  Guess what happened when he went to a different organization?  Benched for Bruce Gradkowski.  Same with Griffin.  He's with a much better ran organization now, and he's relegated to being a backup.  And Ramsey was never going to be a good NFL QB no matter what line we had at the time.  

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28 minutes ago, DJHJR86 said:


I 100% think that this organization is run by people who couldn't organize a trip to the toilet let alone run a football organization, but this myth that Griffin, Campbell, and Ramsey were ruined by this organization doesn't make any sense to me.  Campbell was given chance after chance after chance with this team and it never clicked.  Guess what happened when he went to a different organization?  Benched for Bruce Gradkowski.  Same with Griffin.  He's with a much better ran organization now, and he's relegated to being a backup.  And Ramsey was never going to be a good NFL QB no matter what line we had at the time.  

 

RE: Campbell. I agree. He had chances. He never took advantage (though he was never as bad as many say, he wasn't good.

 

RE: Griffin. Jury is out. He's relegated to a back-up for the time being. But I think Lamar Jackson is a ticking time bomb. Griffin is probably the better QB, and if he has learned at all about not running the second things get tense, he may still come out of this whole thing as a starting QB in the NFL. However, I don't think Griffin is a case of playing too soon... He was the best of two rookie options on the roster (which sticks to my personal: Best QB plays) at the time, and then he wasn't a few years down the road and Cousins took over. He got injured because of his playstyle (which I suppose you can blame on coaching), but it's clearly also his instinct to run when nothing is there.

 

RE: Ramsey. This is a case, in my opinion, of getting him beat up and gun shy and ruining his career. Ramsey was similar to Haskins in a lot of ways (don't think he's as talented), but he really needed some time. He was rushed, behind a bad line, and then he got completely gunshy. 

 

There is no one sized fits all. But if you go with the mantra of "play the best QB" I think your decision can always be backed with reasoning and logic.

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