KDawg Posted January 2 Share Posted January 2 4th and 1. The Commanders show some grit and risk and decide they are going to go for it. The 14 Commander fans in attendance are on their feet with anticipation. They are excited but nervous. It's a big play. Getting it can turn the tide of the game entirely to our side. Wait. Robinson is on the sideline. Strange. But okay, we can still run down their throats with Williams. We got this. Wait. WAIT. A TOSS!? A SHOTGUN TOSS?! And that sums up the Commanders 2022 season. I thought about ending this post there. But I have a little more to say. After the game, when questioned about if we'd see Sam Howell next week if the Commanders are eliminated today, Ron Rivera looked blankly out at the reporter gallery. Silent. I thought about ending this post here, too. But I guess I'll finish this thought, too. "We can be eliminated?" To some out there, this was just another moment to roast Commander fans for their team being a living, breathing meme. It coincides with the tremendous unveiling of Major Tuddy, which I got no less than 7 text messages from opposing team fans with some variation of, "hahahahahahah wtf is this?" about. Speaking of Major Tuddy... The team really took one on the field today. I digress. "We can be eliminated" can be written off, of course. The team wanted to win today and didn't put focus into all of the playoff scenarios and, as I saw in many media outlets last night (not just here) the statement, "The coaches aren't fans that pour over every detail like playoff scenarios. They prepare to win and that's it". First, I have spoken to many coaches in many levels, including NFL coaches in real life. I can assure you, most coaches pour over every playoff scenario. The team I coached this season wasn't great, but we had an idea every week of what needed to happen for us to improve playoff position. When I was on a D3 collegiate staff we knew what we had to do to get into the tournament or have a chance at an at-large every single year. To think coaches don't think about that stuff or know about it, for the most part, is an incorrect assumption. People like to know what is in store for their destiny and what needs to happen. It's an adrenaline surge. Most people that coach are in some shape or form adrenaline junkies. Not always the case, but for the most part it is. Why am I going on a diatribe about adrenaline and playoff scenarios? I'm curious. If the Commanders truly didn't know yesterday was a potential elimination day (spoilers: it wasn't potential, it WAS) did they sit some of their primary players purposefully to rest them for the must win Dallas game and have them fully healthy? Could Curl, BSJ, Gibson have played? What was the extent of Jon Allen's injury that held him out the remainder of that game? It's entirely possible none of them could have physically performed and their injuries were limiting to their play. I'm not suggesting otherwise. But curiosity has piqued it's head with me here: Were any of them healthy enough to play if the Commanders had known this was a must win game? That could be potentially game changing. Or absolutely no difference at all. And I'm not saying the players themselves didn't want to play. My curiosity is based on if it was a coaching decision. Curl himself is a big reason this team was able to transform the defense. With Curl in the lineup, the Commanders were 6-5-1. Without Curl? 1-4. I'd argue he's the most valuable player on our defense. I mean no disrespect to Daron Payne or Jon Allen, of course. They are pivotal. But Curl is the reason the secondary magically was able to cover. And then in his absence, no longer able to cover again. I've seen enough to say that Curl is the most important part to the secondary and his impact on a game is tenfold. We need to re-sign Daron Payne. He has to be back. But we need to get Curl re-upped as soon as possible as well. He is a legit top 3-5 strong safety in the NFL. Is he a turnover machine? No. But as a guy who values defensive players that understand and can be field generals, Curl is a guy who can range in the secondary, play at the line of scrimmage, a sure tackler, an unselfish player where he does his job as a force defender or spill defender to help his teammates make plays that need to be made and he knows what needs to be done on every play. He is our defensive MVP. It doesn't show in things like studs and duds because he's quieter than other guys. But make no mistake, he is one of our most important players. Carson Wentz was on the field. I could have started the post with this and ended it there. But reoccurring theme: I'm going to keep going anyways. If Wentz is brought back next year for $26M I'm treating it as a Tress Way punt and I'm going to try to find better stuff to do on Sundays. Someone in the QB thread (or game day thread) said that an improvement in QB play would have been finding a QB who can hit the ocean from a boat. And based off of that one pass to the running back about six yards away that bounced off the turf, I'm not sure Wentz honestly would have gotten the ball in the ocean from a boat there. Maybe it gets a friendly bounce and ricochets off the edge of the boat and gets in the water... But I'm not sure otherwise. As far as Heinicke goes, I'm more than okay with him coming back as a backup next year, but only if Scott Turner is back. And, to be quite frank, I think Turner should probably be replaced at this point. A toss on 4th and 1? How many times have we lined up in short yardage situations and seen it wasn't Robinson that was in the backfield? Or we got too cute and didn't do the obvious (QB sneak, Robinson up the gut)? Furthermore, I want to know who is in charge of subbing in several scenarios. It seems we have backups in on defense nearly every time an opposing team starts deep in their own zone, but that could be my imagination. What isn't, though, is whoever is subbing the running backs. I'd assume it's the running back coach but assuming is usually mistake, and there is no way that a guy who spends all of his time with the position group wouldn't want Robinson in on those scenarios. Shotgun toss plays on 4th and 1, jet sweeps on short yard to go scenarios... why? Heinicke is most valuable in the Turner system. Heinicke himself I'm fine with. And if Turner is back he makes sense. But I'm not sure Turner should be back... and that means that Heinicke may not really warrant a return, either. But we'll see. It's time to see Sam Howell. I keep seeing people saying the same things about Howell across media, and it's semi-frustrating: Sam Howell was a 5th round pick, he's not going to be good. His footwork is bad. It's not fair to play him against Dallas. It's not fair to play him behind this offensive line. Folks, are you aware that his offensive line his senior season at UNC made this one look like the 90s Tuddys? Sam Howell going into his senior season was touted as a potential top 10 pick after his sophomore year. Then Michael Carter, Javante Williams and Daz Newsome and Dyami Brown went to the NFL and his OL went from decent to horrendous. And what did Sam Howell do his junior year to make his draft stock slip? 24 TD, 9 INT, 3k passing yards, close to 1k rushing yards, 11 rush TD. He fell because his team went 6-7. That's it. The guy is the same tough, elusive SOB that he was his entire career. His foot work was a work in progress, but that hasn't stopped other teams from playing their rookies in scenarios they've had to play them. Howell is just about the only one we haven't seen this year. You cannot tell me, and have me believe you, that he is the least NFL ready QB that came out in this year's draft class. The guy went from a top 10 pick to a 5th rounder because... why? I don't get it. Brian Robinson is a stud. All of you who were mad about us picking him should think about overreacting to draft picks that you haven't really watched. There's a lesson there for sure. I don't want to keep going. I'm tired of talking about this team at this point. Studs: *** - Brian Robinson ** - Daron Payne * - Darrick Forrest * - Andrew Norwell (only reason I am giving him a single star is that he wasn't as awful as he was earlier in the season and quite frankly, I want Wentz' performance today to land him as our biggest dud with no competition) Duds: - Scott Turner - Ron Rivera - Carson Wentz Season to date: * x 24 - Daron Payne * x 21 - Terry McLaurin * x 16 - Brian Robinson * x 15 - Jon Allen * x 13 - Jahan Dotson * x 10 - Curtis Samuel * x 9 - Darrick Forrest * x 7 - Montez Sweat * x 7 - Antonio Gibson * x 7 - Jamin Davis * x 6 - Benjamin St-Juste * x 5 - Kam Curl * x 5 - Kendall Fuller * x 3 - Tress Way * x 3- Dyami Brown * x 3 - Back Judge in Vikings Game * x 3 - Jack Del Rio * x 2 - Chase Young * x 2 - Joey Slye * x 1 - Danny Johnson * x 1 - Scott Turner * x 1 - Rachad Wildgoose * x 1 - James Smith-Williams * x 1 - Jonathan Williams * x 1 - John Bates x 1 - Wes Schweitzer x 1 - Jon Bostic x 3 - Taylor Heinicke x 3 - Cam Sims x 3 - Entire OL (whatever iteration in Giants Game II) x 4 - John Ridgeway x 5 - Charles Leno x 5 - Trai Turner x 6 - Nick Martin x 6 - WJ3 x 7 - Sam Cosmi x 7 - Ron Rivera x 7 - Scott Turner x 7 - Andrew Norwell x 8 - Carson Wentz 12 8 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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