Monday, September 18, 2017

Quick Takes from the Redskins Vs Rams game

The Redskins had a pivotal match up vs the Rams and ex offensive coordinator Sean McVay. This was a big test for Jay Gruden and the offense with McVay knowing the coaches tendencies. Jay defeated his pupil in their 1st meeting.
via Redskins.com

Even though Reed didn't contribute on the game wining drive,
his presence on the field still causes match up issues for
defenses.
via Redskins.com
 Hail RedskinsNation!!!! Its #VictoryMonday and it's only week 2. This game had me concerned as soon as I saw it on the schedule when they first came out. These two teams are forever going to be linked since the trade for RGIII and seems like we play them every other year. We all knew this would be a difficult match up for Jay Gruden and the offense with Sean McVay having in depth knowledge of Jay's tendencies in his play calling and coaching philosophies. I knew Jay would have to switch up but didn't know if he would actually get out of his oh so familiar 3 WR set offense he loves to run, successful or not. The fact that he had a ratio of 39 rushes to 27 passes in this game gives me hope that he has seen the light and will continue to use the run heavy approach to open up the passing game instead of vice versa. I've mentioned several times how the 3 TE formation is teams best set to run offense out of and I noticed that was the prominent package used and was successful. For the second week in a row Chris Thompson showed his value with 2 TDs in the game on one of them was a unbelievable 61 yard TD run (video below of the 61 yard TD run) before the half to give the Redskins a 20-10 lead going in at the half. When Jordan Reed went out in the 3rd quarter with a chest injury you could see the offense bog down. The lack of his presence on the field and the ability to utilize that formation allowed the Rams to come back and tie the game after the Redskins were forcing the action on both sides of the ball for most of the game. Rob Kelley had a great start to the game until he went out and didn't return due to a rib injury and Samarje Perine picked up where he left off during the second half. Kelley had punished the Rams defense on 12 carries for 78 yards in the first half and Perine had 21 rushes for 67 yards, which led to the Redskins putting up 229 yards on the ground. By running the ball, especially out of the 3 TE set it causes the defense to have to pick it's poison. Either bring down the safety to put
Preston Smith gets the 1st sack of the game for the defense and
Ryan Kerrigan got the 2nd along with a strip sack that almost
led to another turnover.
via Redskins.com
 8 in the box to stop the run which exposes the defense to the likes of Reed or Pryor in a one on one situations or worry about covering our 3 versatile TE's and expose themselves to the run. The Rams chose to try to stop the run and force the pass but the O-line was determined to control the line of scrimmage and Jay stayed true to the running game like he rarely has. The culture change on this team can be seen so far this season and can only gain momentum the more they play together as a unit and a team. It's apparent on the defensive side of the ball especially. The way they are swarming and attacking the offense instead of sitting back is a welcome sight. The DC, Greg Manusky deserves all the credit for the work he has done with this unit that had way too many lapses in critical times last season. With 2 sacks and 2 turnovers the defense is definitely showing that they want to be better. This week they ended any chance of the Rams tying the game and forcing OT. Mason Foster came up with a spectacular INT in the final minutes of the game, on the first play of the rams drive just when the Rams were trying to muster a game tying drive. Some fans and analyst expect perfection from the start of the season, game and even the opening drive but it takes time to get the chemistry, familiarity and get on the same page and when they do they will be a dangerous  complete team.  This victory was truly a team effort and hope the team can do the same going up against the tough Oakland Raiders (2-0) in week 3. The Raiders have put up 71 points in two weeks and the defense will have to be on point and stay disciplined in their assignments, rushing lanes and coverage. The offense will have to get off to a faster start, stick with the run, continue to play with limited penalties and have that determination they had during this victory. It should be another good game that will most likely come down to the fourth quarter again.






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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Are the Nationals built for a long playoff run?

The Washington Nationals have won the division for the fourth title in the last six years and are built to win. The
question is, can this team execute and perform in the post season like they have in the regular season?
via lastwordonbaseball.com



via MLB Network
 Hey Nationals fans!!!! The team has clinched the division and are the first team in the MLB to do so. The only knock on this team would be that the NL East is the weakest division in baseball, which is true but the Nats can only play who's on their schedule. Dusty Baker has managed this team great all season long and deserves major consideration for NL Manager of the year. The Lerner's need to lock him in for a long term deal to stay and manage this team. With the injuries, the early season bullpen issues, managing the superstars and the everyday players is a difficult balance and he has mastered it. Every player that has played for him has nothing but great things to say about him, the way he manages and how he allows them to be men and play the game that they love. Check out the list above of injuries and the players that we've lost to the DL at some point and currently this season. This team has faced adversity through the years and this season, now it's the postseason and the game gets that much more intense and important. I feel this team is ready to take that next step and finally get that elusive first playoff series win and more.
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2Arizona DiamondbacksNL83613.6214414440581284.011655785161494531331.
3Washington NationalsNL88553.8314314341561278.211565915441734321277
4St. Louis CardinalsNL75683.8614314340571281.112266045501604271185
5Milwaukee BrewersNL75694.0514414449701283.012326315781705081198
                                     via MLB Network
Pitching: The Nationals have one constant throughout these four division titles and that has been the pitching staff. The addition and long term signing of ace Max Scherzer, the maturation of Gio Gonzalez, and the emergence of Stephen Strasburg have this team stacked and ready to take on any MLB lineup. With Mad Max and Strasburg having late season DL visits, it's great to see them rounding back into form. In Strasburg's case he now is the franchise leader in scoreless innings with 34 consecutive and counting. Not to mention Gio's consistency all season. The fact that these three pitchers are in consideration for the NL Cy Young, which is unheard of says a lot about this team. Fans have gotten so used to this amazing staff that when the back end of the bullpen was blowing saves and games they were ready to fire everybody including Mike Rizzo. The starters have always carried their weight and normally the bullpen did also but it didn't start out that way this season. The trade deadline acquisitions of Ryan Madson, Brain Kintzler, and Sean Doolittle have made this bullpen a strength and not a weakness. Check out the ranking of the Nationals pitching staff in the NL.
                                                                 
                                                          
via MLB Network
Offense: This Nationals offense has been explosive at times, leading the MLB with 24 games scoring 10+ runs and haven't missed a beat with all the aforementioned injuries. When the team has had so many injuries at key positions and players but are still 33 games over .500 that says alot about the team and franchise. With players like Adam Eaton, Jason Werth, Michael Taylor and of course Bryce Harper missing extended time and the offense still produces, what else can you say. Mike Rizzo has drafted well, made quality free agent acquisitions and haven't mortgaged the future. In the first hour of episode 68 of Sports On The Hill Podcast we broke down this team and how good this team really is. With players like Wilmer Difo, Adrian Sanchez, Michael Taylor, Brian Goodwin and many others the talent on this team is amazing. All teams have injuries and have to deal with adversity but being 32 games above .500 with all these injuries just shows this team truly believes in itself and each other. Some GM's would have mortgaged the future for a long shot run at the World Series but not Rizzo. The fact that this team can play small ball or hit the long ball makes this team dangerous and able to adapt to any type of game. Just look at these team numbers and how impressive they are. Mind you I didn't even mention Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman or Anthony Rendon.....This lineup is loaded.

Intangibles: With the post season disappointments and let downs the Nationals have faced through the past six seasons, it can only fuel them even more to reach their ultimate goal as a team. The combination of youth, experience, superstars and dedicated ball players, this team has a comfort level and feel about them that hopefully equals post season success. The talent is there, the desire is there now it's just time to execute and continue to play fundamental Nationals baseball and everything else will take care of itself. With the Dodgers free falling right now the Nationals are only 5 games behind them for the best record in the NL and home field advantage throughout the divisional playoffs. I can go on and on about this team but ill let the pros of MLB Network do it for you. I truly believe this team is built for a long run in the post season. The experience, skill, talent, desire and will this team has, there is no reason this team shouldn't have to win it all. #LetGoNats
Great breakdown of the Nats by MLB Network and love them showing the
teams celebration.
via MLB Network
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Quick takes from the Redskins Vs Eagles game

Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden have a lot of questions to answer about this offense after this inconsistent start to the season.
Via Redskins.com



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 Hail RedskinsNation!!!! Unfortunately the Redskins(0-1) had a chance to break the streak but now they're 0-4 under Jay Gruden in season openers. Losing the first game, a divisional game at that isn't good but it's what we are used to out of this team and coaching staff. I still have to wonder why Jay Gruden, who was a WR/RB screen junkie in his first two seasons now is so reluctant to use them. The few times he called a WR/RB screen it gained yards but he would only call them in the first half when the offense put up 10 points and not in the second half and the offense put up 0. Kirk Cousins
Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan made their presence felt.
via Redskins.com
looked scared and uncertain in the first half and did start to look more comfortable as the game went on. Kirk finally mentioned his ball placement in his post game presser but he has to do more then talk about improving it and make it happen. The Eagles were using a 8 man front which was meant to stop the run and frustrate Jay who they know loves any excuse to stop running the ball. I was hoping that Jay would do more to maintain balance in the play calling but 40 passes vs 17 rushes (3 by Kirk) is ridiculous and should only be that lopsided in a blowout when your trying to come back. Terrell Pryor took full blame for the drops but when the ball is behind you, late, and/or high is hard to know where or when the ball is coming. The defense played well but did have some lapses and missed opportunities. Preston Smith got the first sack of the season. Bashaud Breeland played well and had a chance for 2 INTs but didn't get them but the play didn't get completed either. The defense had 2 sacks but should've had probably 3 more, they forced 2 turnovers but should've had 2 more. For the first week of the season they played well enough to win but couldn't get that timely stop that the team needed. The special teams I thought would help this team win this game but they actually hurt this team. Jamison Crowder's muffed punt after the defense made a impressive 3 and out and it swung the momentum back in Philadelphia's favor.
 This coaching staff, namely Jay Gruden needs to do a ego check and start running the plays that are effective and not the one's he thinks should/could work. The fact that he repeatedly stayed in the 3 WR set for most of the game and played right into Philly's defensive coordinators hands. They constantly put pressure on Kirk and dropping the 8th man down. The screen game came up big today but he went away from it. The lack of balance on offense helps the other team more then folks realize. The time of possession is effected by that also and the eagles had a 9 min advantage in that category too. That's where running the ball or at least using the screen game helps because the clock keeps running when u call those plays. Incomplete passes stops the clock and leads to 3 and outs which wears down the defense. Chris Thompson got a contract extension earlier this week and he showed how he felt about it on the impressive 29 yard catch and run for the offenses first TD of the season. Kirk led him perfectly on the play and was able to catch the ball in stride. Thompson did the rest showing his athletic ability, balance and determination (you can check out the video via youtube above) on that play.

 Final thoughts on this game is that it was a winnable game but in order for this team to win, all three phases of the team has to be clicking at the same time and be on the same page. Next week they face the L.A Rams with the familiar Sean McVay as the head coach and is very familiar with Jay, his play calling and this team. Gonna be a tough game but it's a victory that's needed with the AFC West coming up in back to back weeks.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Five Quick Takes From The Redskins Vs Packers Game

Preston Smith had one of the 5 sacks the defense had as a whole. The defense shows signs of improvement but penalties and miss tackles have to be cured before week 1 of the regular season. Pressure has to  be a point of emphasis if this team is going to be successful.
Via redskins.com

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  Hail RedskinsNation!!!! Another week of preseason is in the books and the results were the same as the first game, a loss but the team did show signs of improvement. We will discuss the game in detail on Sports On The Hill Podcast at 7pm est Monday night.  The call-in number is 347.884.9299 or you can stream it live: bit.ly/SportsOTHP65  Our Redskins coverage will start in the 8 o'clock hour. The team looked out of sync on offense from the start and the defense played well but missed a few key opportunities and had costly penalties. Aaron Rodgers gashed the defense with his arm, legs and field awareness. They're still pieces missing due to injury, learning a new scheme and misstackles.There is still work to do on this defense but I do see improvement. Fabian Moreau getting some extended play, Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson getting their first chances to get their timing and chemistry with Kirk, and Martrell Spaight getting his first live action of the preseason, the depth is starting to show on this team. Now for Kirk Cousins, he's continuing to throw high even with the tallest WR corp this team has ever seen, he is making quick decisions and knows where to go with the ball. His ball location has always and will always be my knock on him. Putting the ball where it should be as opposed to just getting it out is the difference between a 5 yard gain or a 30 yard play to swing momentum in your favor or even a game changing score. Perfect example were the passes to Chris Thompson and Vernon Davis in the 2nd quarter. They were pin point accurate and on target, he could've led them a little more to gain separation.....but it's preseason and early. Once again I would like to thank all the fans, listeners, callers and contributors that help make SportsOTHP what it is today and take it where it's going. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SportsOTHP for all the latest videos and highlights from all the D.C sports teams you love. Let's get into my quick takes from this game:

The teams success is more important then the coaches ego or
inability to adjust his thought process and go with what works
for the team going forward.
Via redskins.com.
Game planning: I totally understand Jay Gruden's philosophy on not game planning for a preseason game but just like the players need reps at the plays, the coach needs reps on making EFFECTIVE game plans. Other coaches game plan, why doesn't he feel it's an important aspect in coaching develoment. I've mentioned his in game adjustments need improving and I don't think with him having play calling duties now that he is going to improve in that aspect of his coaching as long as he's focusing on calling plays. His know it all attitude holds this team back in some aspects on the field. I hope Jay recognizes this and adjusts. This has been my main issue with Jay, his lack of adapting to the game and  waiting for halftime to make adjustments instead of making changes as soon as he can. If you noticed the same thing happened versus the Packers.


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Offense:  To add on to the game planning point, the offense is taking too long to get on track and be effective. Aaron Rodgers made the defense look foolish because of the in game adjustments made by the coach and the QB. Sometimes it seems that Kirk is being held back by the play calling, if he is the QB for this team going forward I believe it's time to give him the control of the offense like Rodgers has in GB. Kirk should have the ability to change plays or freely audible to a better play instead of having to call a timeout or call a play that he knows is gonna be ineffective. As always Jay has to get real about the run game, you have all this talent in the backfield but not using the talent to it's full potential. My last statement on the offense is......Shaun Lavauo needs to be retired.....if there isn't a left guard on this team ti replace him at this point.....it's time for a trade for a LG.


Front 7:  The front seven needed a upgrade and it looks like the team is on the right path to doing that. Having a true NT in Phil Taylor is gonna make this defense better just because of his understanding of the position, leverage and taking on the double sometime triple team to allow his teammates to wreck havoc.The rookie Johnathon Allen is looking to be a solid first round pick for the DL and the needs that needed to be filled, Nico Marley has been making a name for himself with his relentless motor and speed sideline to sideline and Chris Carter looked great getting to the QB for a sack and a half but has to stay smart and avoid the stupid penalties.

Special Teams: It's funny that fans only think about the special teams when they make a mistake or cost the team the game but it's time to start watching this unit. Last season I mentioned the strides Ben Kotwica has been making since he became the STs coach four seasons ago, when the unit was one of the worst in the league. The team drafting more defensive minded has also helped this unit because most of the best special teamers come from the defense unless you have a TE/WR named Niles Paul on your team. This unit forced a turnover after the offense sputtered on their opening drive and had some nice returns and held the Packers special teams in check. This unit will help this team win a game or two this year.



Backup Quarterback: We all know the QB situation with Kirk and the team but the back up QB job is just as important. Colt McCoy and Nate Sudfeld are competing for the back up spot and both have looked like they understand the offense and last week Nate showed that he has been learning under QB coach Matt Cavanaugh. Colt has been very efficient and moved the offense with ease, even tho it's against the back up units. Nate had s stronger arm, bigger, stronger and has a bigger upside but had a lot of learning and growing as a QB. Nate had a chance for a game winning drive but unfortunately couldn't get the offense on the scoreboard. He only had two drives and they were ineffective but the 3rd and last preseason games are more important for the 2nd year QB. Sudfeld should be getting the clean up duty in the 3rd game and possibly a whole half or more in the final preseason game. The next game is Sunday vs Cincinnati at 4:30pm. Dress rehearsal for the starters and they normally play 3 quarters of the game of this 3rd preseason game.



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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Is Erick Fedde the pitcher the Nationals needed to solidify its staff?

Even though his numbers don't show it, Erick Fedde has pitched well despite facing two of the tougher lineups in the NL. The Rockies and the Cubs are top 5 in batting and runs, they're the two teams Fedde has faced in his first 2 starts.
Via masnsports.com



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 Welcome Nationals fans to my first official article talking Washington Nationals baseball. I'm a football guy but baseball has become one of my favorite sports to watch and talk about, so I figured why not write about my favorite team in the MLB. You can always tune in to Sports On The Hill Podcast every  Monday
night at 7pm est for our Nats coverage, breaking news and highlights. We've talked about the Nationals bullpen issues throughout the whole season. With Rizzo making trades with the Oakland A's and the Minnesota Twins in the last few weeks the backend of the bullpen looks formidable instead of dysfunctional. The key additions of Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the A's and Brandon Kintzler of the Twins have given the bullpen 3 options at closer and not to mention Koda Glover will be coming back off the DL soon. Besides the meltdown vs Miami earlier this week (losing a 6-0 lead when mad max left early) the bullpen has been stellar since the dust settled from the trade deadline.

 We all know when you fix one issue another will arise, well the health of the starters are now in question. Joe Ross out for season (tommy john), Stephen Strasburg (pinched nerve in elbow), and Max Scherzer (neck stiffness) have all went down in the last 6 weeks and has some fans and analyst a little worried. That brings up the rookie RHP Erick Fedde, one of the "untouchable" players Mike Rizzo covets and looks to be worth that label. In his 1st 2 starts the rookie has faced the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs, his numbers aren't good, but his pitching was better then the stats show. Gio has pitched outstanding, Tanner Roark is pitching better in the 2nd half of the season so far and Edwin Jackson has had 2 good starts and 1 sub par start in his return to the Nationals pitching staff. I'm not even gonna mention the call up A.J Cole and his inconsistency.

Harper, Murphy,Scherzer,Strasburg, and
Zimmerman for All Star in Miami 2017
Via nationals.com
 Looking at Fedde's 2nd start vs Chicago it wasn't anything to brag about, 5.1 innings 8 hits, 4 runs with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks. His location for the most part was excellent but he made some
mistakes that Chicago made him pay for with the long ball and timely hitting. The rookie has 4 pitches and has command of most of them, he just has to work on his replicating his mechanics every pitch to become consistent. The fastball, curveball, change-up, slider combo is the same as Strasburg but not as deadly....yet  Going against these powerful lineups will no doubt help the 24 yr old pitcher down the line and in the playoff push the Nationals hope to go on in September. This team has defense, offense, starting pitching, bullpen and the intangibles that make this team dangerous. The series win in Chicago and season series win 4-3 is a huge statement by the Nats. Last year Chicago handled the Nats pretty easily on their improbable World Series run. This come from behind win was a major statement for the possible playoff matchup in the NLDS.

The Nationals have 10 players on the DL right now and once they get healthy that makes this team that much more dangerous and good. The Dodgers have the best record in the NL and look to take on the wildcard team in the playoffs so this win will definitely give the Nats confidence in that possible match up down the road with the Cubs. This week 8/7/2017 our show will be taking a week off but will be back next week with all your latest news, highlights and sports coverage of all your favorite D.C sports teams. If you want to check out last weeks show when we broke down the historic week the Nats had here's the link here: bit.ly/SportsOTHP63 Stay tuned and look out for more articles about the Redskins, Nationals, Capitals and maybe even the Wizards....someday. Be sure to follow us on IG and twitter @SportOTHP or you can follow me on Twitter and IG or friend request me on Facebook.  As always thanks for the love and support for our show, network and blog. #StayTuned #SportsOTHP #TruRadioNetwork #DCSportsWithoutThePolitics #OurNetworkIsBetterThenYours























Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Redskins 3-4 Defense Will Prove It's Effectiveness This Season



Via Hdimagelib.com




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  Hail RedskinsNation!!!! Training Camp is here and preseason games right around the corner, so you know it's time for me to start writing about our beloved Redskins. If you want to hear about the Redskins, Nationals, Capitals, Wizards or any of the D.C sports teams be sure to check out Sports On The Hill Podcast on Monday nights starting at 7pm est. We cover all sports every week and give you only the REAL news and not the gossip or rumors. #DCSportsWithoutThePolitics isn't just a catch phrase....it's what we do. Go check out our social media pages to stay on top of all the latest sports news and highlights or you can check out our website @ www.webngames.com  You can like our page on Facebook Sports On The Hill Podcast or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SportsOTHPbit.ly/SportsOTHP63 is the link from this past Monday's show (RedskinsTalk is about a hour and 5 mins into the show). For years now RedskinsNation has been divided.....not just by the QB debate but 3-4 defense vs 4-3 defense. Being a ex LB and Defensive Coordinator I am a huge fan of the 3-4 and after this season the fan base will be too.
 ICYMI we had our Redskins insider, Bryan "Big Hurt" Carr  of Hurts House on this past week and he gave us things to look for going into training camp,

  The way the NFL is set for high scores, big offensive plays and excitement it also makes it that much more difficult for defenses to play defense. We've seen all the rule changes and ways they set the offense up for success but putting the defenses at a disadvantage. To me ,the 3-4 is the remedy for the offense happy new NFL. The way they protect the QB, allow receivers to gain separation on DBs but any contact initiated by the defender is automatic Pass Interference, and we've all seen when a defender is squared up to make a big hit and the WR ducks or tries to elude the big hit and the defender gets hit with a unnecessary roughness call because the WR tried to avoid the defender....I could go on and on. Now the defenses have to adjust to what the offense does or is doing and try to stop it or atleast slow it down. As we've seen with the vaunted 3-4 Pittsburgh Steelers run, the defense has to make the offense adapt to what the defense is doing. When you change the mindset of a offense you change the whole complexion of the game.

With not knowing who is attacking the gaps or
dropping in coverage the O-line doesn't know until the ball is
snapped, which leads to confusion on blocking
assignments
Via Hdimagelid.com
  Redskins fans remember the good ol' days of the 4-3 and the high rankings in the standings, but they seem to forget that those same defenses wilted at the end of games and could not get a stop or turnover at the end of the game to save their lives. Fans and analyst get caught up in stats and rankings but it comes down to the make-up of your defense and matching up or confusing the offense into making a mistake. The 4-3 is more of a bend but don't break defense, you put a man on man and hope your player wins the battle 1 on 1 to force the action. With the 3-4 it's more of a confusion and pressure game. The offense has to figure out who's coming in to blitz or who's dropping in coverage. By doing that it confuses their blocking schemes and timing on plays. As you see in the front 7 alignment they're multiple combinations of defenders that can bring pressure or drop in coverage. With the confusion you get missed assignments which leads to turnovers. Either you get the sack by getting pressure or the QB rushes his throw to avoid pressure and the other defenders are there to capitalize on those mistakes. We witnessed in 2012 the impact of turnovers and how many the defense created the 2012 NFC East Champs when the defense forced 33 turnovers and the team had a NFL best +22 turnover ratio for the season.

Looking at how the team drafted, the defense finally got the attention it deserves after so many offense heavy drafts. Having the 2 studs from Alabama on this new revamped defense will definitely help this inconsistent unit.
Via redskins.com

  We all know what this team looks like on paper but with the quality additions through the draft and free agency this defense will be much improved from last year. With the hybrid LB/S, that we have on the roster and the more experienced versatile secondary this defense should be able to cause confusion and force turnovers. The front 7 will set the tone for the back end. If the front doesn't get pressure the back end can't make plays, it's as simple as that. With camp just starting and not knowing who the starters are going to be, I can only speculate. The fact that stands out to me is that  the team went out and got younger, stronger, faster and more athletic on defense and now just need to add a playmaker or a playmaker emerges from this talented defense.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 Draft Report Card

This year will be a pivotal for the Redskins especially the draft class and how they produce. After two seasons of Scot McCloughan calling the shots on draft day, Bruce Allen will be in control of the draft board and the franchises future
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 Hail RedskinsNation!!!! Welcome to another season of Redskins football and another year of my report cards, thoughts and observations of this team we all know and love. As always I want to thank you the fans for all the support and love throughout the last 5 seasons. If you've been following the blog and Sports On The Hill Podcast, which airs live Monday nights 7pm-9pm est.You can also check out any of our old shows or my old articles on our website www.webngames.com We love seeing our family grow and we have just started our second season. You can follow us on Facebook @ Sports on the Hill Podcast , on Twitter @SportsOTHP , or on Instagram SportsOTHP. You can also follow me, Carroll Porter III or my co host Robbie Gross personally on Facebook and we also have Twitter pages, as you all know my handle is @TattooedScorpio and Robbie's is @eibborssorg. We would also like to announce we will be covering the new AFL team Washington Valor and possibly the Washington Mystics this season and upcoming season.

 This off-season has been....unsettled and defining. The departure of Scot McCloughan and his above average scouting/drafting skills and the still franchise tagged Kirk Cousins has showed some instability. The additions and subtractions on defense has the team looking like it's still using some of the old GM's playbook for addressing free agents and the draft. The fact that this is the first time since 1997 the Redskins drafted defensive players 1-2-3 in the draft has me optimistic for this upcoming season despite all the negative media spin during this past off-season. The team started out with 10 draft picks and drafted 10 players and signed 7 undrafted rookies, I'll just highlight the draft picks here and list the undrafted rookies:
     
                                                       
Via Washington Redskins Official Facebook Page




 By now we've seen the results of the draft as pictured above and I hope that RedskinsNation is as pleased as I am. I honestly have to give this draft a B+ from first look at these prospects. The fact that the team drafted 6 defensive/4 offensive players shows that the team finally understands that you need playmakers on defense and offense to compete and win. The first two picks DE Johnathan Allen and OLB Ryan Anderson look to be immediate additions to this talent and youth hungry defense. These two players out of Alabama makes the defense better in the run stop defense and pass rush/pressure. With the OLB position needing a upgrade and the DL, my thought is that Preston Smith may move to DE which will improve the DL with him playing with his hand in the dirt in college and Anderson will be a upgrade from Smith at the OLB position. The third round pick CB Fabian Moreau is a tall CB with good ball tracking skills and good size but only three career INT's in college shows he doesn't have the best hands when he does make a play. He also could be a possible replacement for Bashaud Breeland who is in a contract year. Now to me the X factor of this draft is RB Samaje Perine the 4th round pick. With his combination of size, power, speed and good hands he could really add an explosive power element to this Redskins offense and run game. My only question is his blocking ability but with his size and low center of gravity, I don't think it will be an issue. S Montae Nicholson, the second of 2 fourth round picks was another solid pick for what the defense needs in the secondary. He has size, speed, athleticism, and physicality which are things that unit desperately needs. He got benched for taking bad angles and bad tackling but has turned that weakness into a strength, he's still raw and could've benefited from another year in school but I'm sure the team can get him coached up. The fifth round selection TE Jeremy Sprinkle could be a godsend for this inconsistent redzone offense. He's a huge kid with above average blocking skills and is a big target in the tight confines in goal line situations if needed. The first of the sixth round picks C Chase Rouiller was my most applauded move. The team finally decided to draft a huge lynch pin to this improving offensive line. He's a little raw with only one year of starting at C but could be a upgrade at that position. The big WR Robert Davis was the second of the 6th round picks and could also be a great addition for the red zone with his long wing span and the ability to stretch the field with his speed. The questions on him was the strength of competition he faced. In the seventh round the team went back to addressing the defense with LB/S Josh Harvey-Clemons. He's looking to be used more as a ILB but with combination of hybrid players this team has on defense, no doubt pressure and confusion is the goal of the defense moving forward. With the final selection the Redskins drafted a risky pick with a often injured CB Joshua Holsey. He's a low expectation/high ceiling player, if he's able to rehab this summer and stay healthy he will be a diamond in the rough that could add more size, speed and play making skills to this revamped defense in the near future.We can all agree the team got bigger, faster, and more physical. Now if they could get the dysfunction out of the front office and the local sports media....everything will be right in the D.C. sports world. Here's the undrafted rookies as promised:


James Quick WR- Louisville
Tyler Catalina OL- Georgia
Zach Pascal WR- ODU
Ondre Pipkins DT- Texas Tech
Kyle Kalis OT- Michigan
Mario Yakoo G- Boise State
Fish Smithson S- Kansas
Nico Marley LB- Tulane
Levern Jacobs WR- Maryland
Jameel Jackson DB- Grambling
Cass Weitl DE- Northwest Missouri State
Verlan Hunter WR- Grambling

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