Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With The 5th Pick of the 2015 Draft, The Redskins Select......Who Cares!!!!!!

(Since Snyder has become owner, only one thing hasn't changed -failure. Photo: Howard Smith/USA Today)

I'll actually write about where the Redskins stand when it comes to the draft and what are the possibilities of them getting close to the #1 overall pick in the next few days. However, right now I need to make something quite clear if things remain the same with the current status quo.

It won't matter.

That's right. The draft and all the hopes that comes with the vaunted 1st round pick will mean NOTHING!!!!

Why?  It's simple.

There are significant flaws within this organization. From the front office, down to the coaches and players there are problems. But in the end I am convinced that it starts with ownership and the men in the suits making the big calls (No, I'm not talking about the coaches).

When you look at the last four 1st round draft picks (Orakpo, Williams, Kerrigan and RGIII), the Redskins have had mixed results. Also, one player will not make the difference from the Redskins going 3-13 to 9-7 or better.

The Redskins have hit rock bottom again. It's not that they lack talent, but they lack enough talent and pieces around a select few to be able to do much. There is a huge culture of losing and being okay with losing that filters through Redskins Park like the fog that exterminators use when they tent houses to kill off anything inside. Not one player or coach is big enough to wipe out that two decade long stench.

It has to start at the top.

Dan Snyder has to find the right people to run this organization. We thought he did in 2010 with Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen, but in the end it seemed that Shanahan's perceived megalomania/paranoia and Allen's focus on organizational issues (team name/alumni/past traditions/team events) took away from fixing the main problem - the product on the field.

The Redskins need to do some of the following things:

First, the whole franchise mentality of marketing a bad product HAS TO END. Instead of hyping the next big drafted player, next big coach or next big free agent signing, the Redskins need to focus on The Redskins. Matter of fact, quit trying to market the next big splash in order to sell jerseys or season ticket packages. Don't you understand that if the team is good and winning, the fans will come and buy a ton of Redskins themed merchandise? That's how we roll as fans when it comes to this team. If we support you when you suck, imagine how much we'll support you when you're good.

We've learned over the years that neither Steve Spurrier, Joe Gibbs, Clinton Portis, Albert Haynesworth, Jason Taylor, Mike Shanahan or Robert Griffin III can be the savior of this franchise. So quit trying to sell this to the fans.

Second, the leaks have to stop. I know that the team can't control every Tweet, Facebook post and media comment, but the leaks from inside the organization HAVE TO STOP. The old slogan "no press is bad press" does not apply to the Redskins. If the team is more focused on texting Adam Schefter, Jay Glazer or Diana Russini scoops than focusing on winning, this team will remain mediocre for the next twenty years. Not even Dallas has as much issues with leaks and Jerry Jones craves media attention as much as possible.

Third, the organization MUST have a football minded general manager in order to succeed. Some fans are calling for Bruce Allen's head, but if he stays as the Team President (which I can live with, Allen is still well respected in NFL circles and has mended some major fences with alumni and fans) the team needs to have a football minded GM calling the shots on coaching decisions and player personnel. This would allow Allen to fight the battles of the team name controversy and continue to promote charitable events like the criticized Harvest Fest.

The new GM would make up his (or her) mind on Jay Gruden's future as the head coach (and his staff) and would make a final decision on whether the team needs to continue with RGIII or to cut bait and move on. If Jay stays, then it would be up to that GM to work with Jay to give the team an identity and to find the players to achieve that goal. If not, then the GM needs to find his coach that would most likely have a plan and the GM would help execute that plan.

At this point, the Redskins do have AJ Smith in the building as a consultant and making him GM may not be a bad move. Smith should have a general idea of the team's current issues and possibly be able fix them with the support of the team president and owner. There are other options around the league and adding fresh blood to this stagnant organization may not be a bad idea but it could turn on that GM from the fans/media very quickly if things don't start off well.

Finally, there needs to be emphasis that the team is working to build the fan's trust once again. Fans have lived under the "good ol' days" of the 80's for over twenty years. There is a generation of Redskins fans who don't know and frankly don't care about what happened before they were born with this team. They're tired of hearing of glorious Super Bowl victories from their fathers and grandfathers when they've seen nothing but mostly crap over the last twenty years.

For the Redskins, it's time to stop staring at the three Lombardi trophies they've earned and start to focus how to get that fourth trophy. To re-build a once great franchise that has gotten old with the decay of arrogance and has crumpled to dust must be the top priority before you can build the roster with free agency money or newly drafted youth.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Garcon and Griffin III Give Back on Veterans Day (TMZ Exclusive)

TMZ SPORTS EXCLUSIVE: Pierre Garcon -- GIVING FREE PIZZA TO MILITARY ... With Help from RG3


  From TMZSports.com 

 by TMZ Staff

It's Veteran's Day ... and NFL star Pierre Garcon is giving back in a pretty awesome way -- WITH FREE PIZZA!!!

The Washington Redskins wide receiver is offering free slices to military vets at the SpinFire Pizza restaurant he owns in Ashburn, Virginia.

We're told several of Pierre's teammates are at the restaurant RIGHT NOW taking pics with fans and hanging with military vets ... including Robert Griffin III.

Pretty cool, right?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

State Of The Redskins (Offense)

It's amazing to me how some analyst and fans are doubting the offensive effectiveness of Jay Gruden. In nine games he's had three different quarterbacks, an inconsistent line and players getting used to a new offense. I say at least give him a whole season before the questions start about Jay Gruden's coaching ability and job security.
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   Hail Redskins Nation!!!!! The bye week is upon us and once again we sit 3-6 after nine games. This season so far has been a crazy rollercoaster ride like no other. I wrote about The State Of The Defense before the season ending injury to Brian Orakpo. Now it's time to talk about the offense that now has it's starting quarterback back under center. After the bad loss to the Vikings there was some criticism of Robert Griffin III. I feel was kind of crazy being that it was his first game back after six weeks rehabbing his dislocated ankle. RGIII did some good and some bad but to put the loss on him
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squarely is unfair and unjustified. I've stated before this is a team game and the team lost not one player. The team is bigger then one individual. This team is still trying to identify itself and what type of team they are going to be. Most would think by week nine that should already been decided and established. With injuries, inconsistent play and the coach still trying to find the best players to be on the field for this struggling team it hasn't. At the beginning of the season we all knew that the addition of DeSean Jackson would help this offense become more dangerous and explosive. But he alone would not  be able to mask the other short comings of this offense. The inconsistency of the offensive line has been the biggest hurdles to overcome and looks like Coach Gruden is starting to figure out who are the right players that can help this team win.

Now that Tom Compton has taken over for Tyler Polumbus at right tackle, it seems to me that either guard position should be the next position to see if it's time for a backup to get a shot at improving an inconsistent line.
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    The offensive line has been inconsistent all season but with the new addition of third year Tom Compton to the starting lineup maybe just what the line needed. Some talent, youth and the possibility of one of our young lineman finally developing are all good signs for a team trying to improve. Now I think Shawn Lavauo and Chris Chester should be feeling some heat during the bye week. It maybe time for Josh LeRibeus to get a start to see if he is the answer to help sure up the interior of the line. The interior is where most teams have been most of the constant pressure. The converted center Kory Lichtensteiger has been a pleasant surprise. He has given quality
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snaps to all three QB's, made mostly the correct line calls and hasn't missed a snap all season. I personally didn't think he would be this effective but the word was he was a better center then guard. The leader of that line Trent Williams has been fighting through some nagging injuries but has not missed a game due to any of them. I believe that is the biggest reason for his sometimes inconsistent play. Trent will still be a pro bowler for the third consecutive year. With this team looking for a spark after the bye week I see it's no better time then now to see if some of our young interior lineman are ready to step up and show they're worthy of those draft picks. Haven't really heard too much about rookie Spencer Long besides he's raw but steadily improving. If either one of the young guards can get some experience this season it can help this team on the field and on the bottom line. Both Chester and Lavauo have cap numbers of four million each in 2015. That's too expensive to be backups and haven't played well enough to be starters in 2015. Through these last seven games I believe they will find out what they truly have on the line and know who will be returning next season. With RGIII back under center it may help fix some of the issues with the line. If Griffin can develop better pocket presence and a better balance of when to hold the ball and when to get rid of it. By doing those things he can help make this line, offense and team better gong forward.



The two biggest acquisitions of the off season DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts were bout here to help this team, offense, and young quarterback improve. The results have been mixed so far but with the stretch run will truly show what this team can and will be going forward.
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   After the 2013 season in which Pierre Garcon led the league in receptions, this offense desperately needed some additional weapons to help balance the attack. By signing Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson and solid slot receiver Andre Roberts they now have bolstered a position of prior weakness. Although Pierre's numbers and targets are down and the word is he's getting frustrated, but as a unit they are one of the leagues best. I don't think it's a bad thing if it's true because he's a competitor and we are 3-6. Now if the team was winning and he had an issue then that would be more concerning. As the
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saying goes "Winning cures all" and if they can string some wins together all that noise will go away. Plus with all the additional talent around him now you would have to expect his numbers to drop and that's not even including the tight ends. The tight ends in Jay Gruden's offense are very important and get a lot of targets which also takes targets away from wide receivers. The emergence of Niles Paul during Jordan Reed's absence has added more depth and diversity to this offense. Now that RGIII is back under center we can truly see what this offense can do, the way it was designed to run from the start of the season. Now adding Leonard Hankerson from the PUP list to the mix is going to take more targets from everyone of the skill position players. Which will not be an issue if the team starts winning, look effective and consistent doing so. With veterans like Santana Moss and Aldrick Robinson being healthy scratches during this season it shows you the depth of this corp. The problem with having all this talent is trying to get everyone enough touches and finding a good feel of everyone's strengths and weaknesses that can help this team win. Coming off of this bye I expect to see this offense step it up and to become the explosive offense that they've shown flashes of during this inconsistent season.
 


Alfred Morris may not be having his normal (two record breaking seasons get expectations unbelievable)stellar season but his numbers are still top 10 in most categories. The question is with RGIII coming back, will that open up better rushing lanes for this workhorse running back.
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   Third year running back Alfred Morris isn't having his normal tackle breaking, forward falling, ground and pound seasons but it's not as bad as some think. Although his yards, yards per carry and yards after contact are all down this season it doesn't mean he is becoming ineffective. It's a product of three starting QB's in nine weeks, some bad line play and the fact that teams know the offense is based on the run. With the offense learning to run a new offense opposing defenses knew that they would lean on their running game. It has been one of the best the since RGIII and Alfred Morris have came to town in 2012. By knowing the young quarterback would be doing more thinking in the pocket trying to learn a new offense and to play the position in a way he never has before. Most
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defenses have decided to run blitz and send pressure right up the gut to try and rattle the young play maker. By doing this they have effectively slowed the offense as a whole and the once reliable running game. Now that the true threat of the zone read and pistol formations (RGIII) is back in play you will now see Alfred get going. The two best performances of the year for Morris were in Houston week 1 (91 yards) and last week in Minnesota (92 yards). The common factor in those games RGIII started and finished both. The third down back Roy Helu Jr. is showing his effectiveness as a all around back in this offense. He has a 5.1 avg, excelled at catching the ball and is the best pass protector in the backfield(I miss Clinton Portis pass blocking skills) but just doesn't have that game breaking, game changing score from anywhere speed. That's where Chris Thompson will hopefully come in soon. He's been on the practice squad all season to see if he could stay healthy and contribute but that has yet to happen. Silas Redd has got some limited playing time but hasn't been able to make a bigger impact.  With improve line play, better blocking by the WR's /TE's , better decisions by the running backs, and more consistent playcalling by sticking with the run. I don't see any reason why this running game can't get back into the Top 5 in the league by the end of this season.



   With Tampa Bay (1-8) coming to town this should be a week where the team should be able to show its dominance. Not overlooking the Bucs but this shouldn't even be a game, similar to the Jacksonville game. Now I know a 3-6 team can't afford to think that way but if they want to shut up the critics and please the fan base its what needs to happen. This game will be a telling sign of what this team is and going to be. If this game is a nail biter or even close in the fourth quarter I believe that is a telling sign as to if this team is closer to 3-6 or 7-2 like Gruden stated in his press conference yesterday. With the added pressure from the media and their "sources" I believe this team will come out focused and ready to handle their business. Now the question is can they play like that consistently for the rest of this season and beyond. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @TattooedScorpio or on Facebook under Porter III. As always #HTTR4LIFE #BeatDa Bucs #RedskinsTweetTeam















Monday, November 3, 2014

Week Nine: Thoughts and Observations of the Redskins Vs Vikings Game

Robert Griffin III and DeSean Jackson congratulate each other on the first of hopefully many TD's from this duo. This was one of the bright spots for the offense that left a lot to be desired on the field.
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    Hail Redskins Nation!!!!! I know plenty of fans are pretty upset after this loss to the Vikings and I can understand that. But as the saying goes "Any Given Sunday any team can be beat" and that's exactly what happened. The game started off well for the Redskins and returning quarterback Robert Griffin III but with how well the defense started out the team should've scored more points. The offense once again showed its inconsistent play by only scoring 10 points in the first half where the team as a whole dominated. That is until a bad play call and throw gave Minnesota some life that they took into the second half. Some fans are blaming RGIII, some blaming the coaches, and some even blaming the curse of the Redskins name (which is really funny to me). The first two are correct. Fans have to understand that football is as much a mental sport as it is a physical sport. The only way a team gets better is by playing as a team on Sunday's. Practice helps you run your plays, watching tape helps you perfect your technique and plays but your team only gets better by playing the game. RGIII only has 10 quarters under
RGIII showed flashes of good and bad. Hopefully the more the
plays the more good we see and less bad.
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Jay Gruden's offense and some people are already proclaiming RGIII isn't the answer for this franchise at QB. Some saying he should've waited until the Tampa Bay game after the bye week but if Peyton Manning or Tom Brady were ready wouldn't you start them?   He's been on the bench for six weeks and has to get the rust off at some point. Also you have to take into account the decision about exercising the fifth year option on the young quarterback has yet to have been made. If the team does that will give him a nice raise to around 12-15 million in 2016. So seeing the young Qb in eight games rather then seven makes sense to me. Unfortunately the play on the field isn't the only factors in these decisions going forward for this franchise.
                                          
    This game came down to adjustments at the half and Coach Zimmer and Coach Turner basically out coached and it was nothing they could do about it. Norv Turner had a great game plan to combat the pressure the defense was going to try and get. In the first half the defense dictated the game by getting pressure and blitzing but Norv Turner adjusted unlike Dallas last week. By them adjusting it did not allow Haslett to blitz consistently because of the formations and schemes Turner was using. When the Redskins lined up to blitz the Vikings went max protect in some occasions. That's when the offense goes with two TE's that stay in to block most of the time, a running back and just two wide
Teddy Bridgewater did just enough to buy enough time to
take advantage of the miscues of the secondary.
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receivers to run routes. By Norv doing this and having the receivers run crossing and drag routes it makes it easier for the WR's to get seperation. The young Teddy Bridgewater bought enough time with his feet to hit the open man and hurt the defense when they did blitz. Not to mention without Brian Orakpo in the lineup it really hurts the not having him on the field. People complain about his sack numbers or lack there of but his presence on the field makes a major impact for this defense. Now with Orakpo out now teams can double team Jason Hatcher and/or Ryan Kerrigan and unfortunately the defense doesn't have a dominate rusher after those two.

   The second major adjustment that hurt the Redskins was Minnesota using misdirection in their formations. The Vikings would line up in a unbalanced line, which is when you have extra lineman in to block and whatever side he lines up on is considered unbalanced. By doing this the defense tends to slant or shift to that side because it's usually a tell as to which side the ball is going. Minnesota added a twist by lining up unbalanced and running to the opposite or weak side of the formation. In doing that it gave the Vikings the match-up advantage by scheme. Just like how the Cover 0 blitz lines up one more rusher then blockers on the line. It's similar but it's one on one match up which in a running situation the offensive lineman have the advantage. With limited rushers to get constant pressure it makes Haslett's job much harder. Why do you think he blitzed 60% of the game last week? He knew he wouldn't be able to get good constant pressure with out blitzing but last week the Cowboys played right into the defense's hands. I've said on several occasions, this defense needs a playmaker/ballhawk. Maybe in this upcoming draft with a first round pick for the first time in two years this team can address that need.

    Now to talk about this now you see me now you don't offense. I also mentioned that Jay Gruden got out coached. With him and Coach Zimmer both working in Cincinnati the prior three years
Once colleagues and  coordinators on the same staff and now
coaching adversaries trying tom find a way to win a game.
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as offensive and defensive coordinators, I feel Zimmer had the advantage in this match up. Defense can always disguise and cause chaos from different looks where as the offense can only do but so much to disguise what they want to do. They both knew each others tendencies but I believe Zimmer had a little something extra to confuse the offense which helped the outcome. To me the first mistake that started the downfall was after the Redskins defense made a huge stop on fourth down with just over a minute left before half. On your own 40 yard line with that much time on the clock why would you call a pass play? Last week one of the keys to the teams success was that on first downs they ran almost 80% of the time which helped key the victory. Not that Jay gets all the blame. The quarterback gets blame for throwing a INT in that game situation. If the Redskins go down and score a FG or TD it could've been a nail in the coffin of the Vikings hopes for a victory. But instead a bad throw and turnover gave the Vikings the momentum they needed and were desperately seeking. This was one of Alfred Morris better performances of this season but I believe he had plenty more in the tank to put this game away. There was real balance with 29 passes to 28 rushes but it's not always about what the playcall is but when you call the play also. We became more pass happy in the second half again even thought Morris and Roy Helu Jr. kept the chains moving. This is Gruden's first season and best believe he is learning plenty on the job but it's also a working process. The same can be said for Robert Griffin III. He's learning on the job and I feel progressing.
Looks like another pro bowl campaign for DeSean Jackson.
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   The emergence of DeSean Jackson as a deep treat for this team that hasn't had one since the early 90's has been unbelievable. His statistics so far this season are stunning. His ball tracking skills are the best I've seen and looks like maybe another pro bowl season. At the midway point of the season he has 36 receptions for 784 yards and four touchdowns. The more in tuned he and the young quarterback can get the better it is for this offense and team as a whole. It's not just about the deep ball for this team. With the likes of Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon the short and intermediate routes can also produce big plays. The key is now that all the pieces are healthy and on the field they have to stay that way. With the bye week here now this team can evaluate where they are and where they wanna get to by the end of the season. Everyone should be back in the lineup and rotation so should be an interesting final seven games. I've said 8-8 would be a good season and if they can make it there that would be a strong statement going into Jay Gruden's second season. You can follow on Twitter @TattooedScorpio or on Facebook @ Porter III. As always #HTTR and keep a look out for my next article. State Of The Redskins Offense Edition. #RedskinsTweetTeam






























Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tony Wyllie on why "NO MEANS NO!"

 While I don't have a ton of sources, I do have some contacts. One being with TMZ and say what you will about TMZ, they do find a ton of breaking sports related news. Here's an update on why Tony Wyllie had a "blow up" with a reporter from ESPN Deportes at the end of the Redskins victory on Monday Night Football.

TMZ SPORTS EXCLUSIVE: Redskins PR Guy -- I Had a Good Reason ... For Rushing Colt McCoy

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The Washington Redskins PR guy who rushed Colt McCoy away from a live interview with ESPN Deportes tells TMZ Sports there's a good reason he hurried the QB -- he didn't want Colt to miss the coach's post-game speech.

The interaction went viral -- by the Redskins PR guy famously screaming to the reporter, "NO MEANS NO!"

Now, we spoke with Tony Wyllie -- the Senior VP of Communications for the Skins -- who tells us, "We wanted to get Colt in to hear coaches post-game speech."

He adds, "I wasn't denying access. I wanted Colt to hear coach talk. I felt we needed to get him inside."

Wyllie says, "Right after the speech, Colt went out and did the interview. I explained the situation to them. They were happy in the end."

As for the contentious moment, Wyllie says, "Normally we set these [post-game interviews] up before [the end of the game]. They'll say, 'This is who we want to talk to.' They didn't do that."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Week Eight: Thoughts and Observations Of The Redskins Vs Cowboys Game

The underdog Redskins found a way to play a full 60 mins of almost error free football to upset the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo was under constant pressure all night and never seemed comfortable. This win took a total team effort to go on the road and beat the division leader.
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The first sack of the night for Brandon Meriweather came of
a Cover 0 look which gave Romo fits all night.
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    Hail Redskins Nation!!!! It's Victory Tuesday and what makes it even better is it's over our biggest division rival. I figured this would take a total team effort and some unsung heroes stepping up but the whole team stepped up. Offense, defense, special teams and coaches all played a major role in this victory that can possibly give some positive momentum to this season. First off Jim Haslett gets my game ball for his gameplan and having his players ready to play. Haslett knew he could't shut down the whole Dallas offensive attack so he picked his poison. Which was to let DeMarco Murray do his thing but Tony Romo and Dez Bryant was not gonna beat them this time. In order for him to do that he had to have confidence in his young corners to be able to play mostly man coverage. The youngsters David Amerson and Bashaud Breeland showed they can step up in the bright lights and handle their business. I said a couple of weeks ago that these two could be a formidable duo in the future but seems the future is now after last night's performance. On third down Haslett used a lot of cover 0 looks. Which is when you blitz one more man than the line can block and usually the middle of the field is wide open. This has burned the team in the past in certain situations but last night worked like a charm. Romo even said after the game he had never seen that many cover 0 looks and let alone actually blitz out of that look. The issue with this defense is that if you don't get home usually your
It's about going full speed on the field and becuase Trent did that
he was in the right place at the right time and recovered a
much needed fumble in the first half.
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secondary pays the price. Last night the defense collected five sacks on the elusive Qb and found a way to get home. Another rookie defender that made a impact and stepped up was new starter Trent Murphy. He hasn't registered a sack yet but recovered a fumble caused by Meriweather and batted a screen pass that almost resulted in his first career int. Those were game altering plays and helped this team keep the momentum and took the ball out of the Cowboys hands. Haslett has taken plenty of heat from fans and analyst alike but you have to give that man credit for the gameplan and execution by his defense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The offense was inconsistent in the first half but I chock that up to a third string quarterback starting for the first time in three years. Colt McCoy played well in his first extended action since 2011. He had a few bonehead plays but none to big the team couldn't recover from. It was good to see the
Alfred Morris didn't get his first 100 yard game of the season but he
was involved heavily in the gameplan throughout the game and
helped the some of the pressure of of Colt McCoy.
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run first mentality of Coach Gruden last night. Out of 25 first down plays they ran the ball on first down 22  times. Now that's sticking with the run and he didn't stop feeding Alfred Morris the ball. It helped the offense by staying ahead of the chains,  keeping the down and distance reasonable and helped win the time of possession battle by 10 minutes. The addition of Tom Compton to the starting lineup looks to have helped this line gain some consistency in the run and pass game. The line only gave up three sacks and I can honestly say two of those were on the Qb. Colt did a quality job in getting rid of the ball, hitting eight different receivers and not making costly mistakes to hurt his team. The team only had six penalties for the whole team but four of those were on the offense and three of those were pre snap. Those have to get ironed out but as we know third stringers don't often work with the
All three Qb's have seen action  this year but we wont truly know
how good this offense can be until RGIII gets back under
center hopefully after the bye week.
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first teamers so I can excuse those....this week. Being that he will probably start next week against the Vikings he can work on those things next week. If he plays well again it will make it an interesting offseason for the backup job. Will the team try to trade Kirk for whatever they can get now that they have confidence in Colt or will they go keep Kirk and let Colt walk via free agency. But that's getting ahead of ourselves. I like what I see from this team on offense, defense and special teams. Never gives up, play as a team, and have fully bought into what the coaches are teaching them. I can't wait for RGIII's return (after the bye week hopefully) to see how much he has learned from watching how the offense should be run and how much he can develop his pocket passing game once he gets back under center. With a little over 400 yards of total offense with the third string Qb against one of the higher ranked defenses....I can't wait until our franchise quarterback get back.

   Now to the much improved special teams unit (which some fans have been very impatient with, you know who you are) that have made major strides since the disastrous start in week one. The last five games for this unit they haven't made any mistakes and in the last two weeks they've actually
Even tho I still don't have total confidence in Kai Forbath. Two game
winners in back to back weeks and getting touchbacks on Ko's does help.
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made positive plays to help the team win. Andre Roberts was back to his usual self making good decisions on punts. Helped the field position battle with a huge 37 yard punt return in the first quarter to help set the tone for the game. Coverage has been solid, few penalties, and even making a play or two to help momentum and field position. With all the issues with injuries and quarterback changes this units improvement has been overlooked. Coach Kotwica is doing his job and doing it well. But like they say if they aren't talking about you that's a good thing because it means your doing your job. An my last point about special teams. They need to keep Akeem Davis active every week for special teams. He is a beast out there, making another BIG hit on punt coverage. They threw a flag like in a previous game after he made a impact play on special teams but this time they picked it up because it was a legal hit and perfectly timed just like the previous flag he recieved.


  Before this game I knew it would be a good divisional rivalry game but had no idea the Redskins would come out that focused and determined to win. It's good to see the fight in this team and the will to win runs deep. With two sub par teams on the upcoming schedule this could be the time to get back to .500. Can't look ahead or over any teams but 8-8 still looks like a possibility and I believe that would be a successful season. You can follow me on Twitter @TattooedScorpio or friend request me on Facebook at Porter III. As always #HTTR4LIFE #BeatDaVikings #RedskinsTweetTeam























We Did It!!!!!!!!!!

(Silas Redd celebrates with a back flip in the 20-17 upset of the Cowboys. Photo: Washington Redskins)
I've been a total slacker when it comes to writing these days. I blame my current job and the fact the Redskins have looked horrible for most of the season for these reasons.

That said, last night was the first game I really felt the Redskins played with attitude. They wanted to win this game and played with the attitude that was needed to outplay a team that based on record and possibly on paper was the better team.

It started with the defense. I know that Jim Haslett can't blitz on every play, but what we saw last night seemed to be the "UNLEASHED" Redskins defense that has been talked about since Mike Shanahan was fired. Haslett and the D fooled the Cowboys multiple times by having everyone on the line of scrimmage. Sometimes he sent the house, other times he didn't and you could tell that it confused the hell out of Tony Romo.

It took the offense a little longer to work out the kinks, but let's be a bit realistic here. Colt McCoy has been the Redskins #3 guy through all of training camp and through two weeks of the season. Then, he was the backup until last week. The fact that McCoy played this well with the limited amount of reps and limited time to work with his fellow starters is amazing.

I have a lot more to say about the game and stat breakdowns in a GBU that I should have out Wednesday or Thursday but until then here are some major high fives I'd love to give to the following players and coaches.

Colt McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, Jason Hatcher, Ryan Kerrigan, David Amerson, Trent Muphy, Bashaud Breeland, Keenan Robinson, Kai Forbath, Tress Way, Jim Haslett, Jay Gruden.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

State Of The Redskins (Defense)

Plenty of fans and NFL media analyst believe the Redskins are never gonna win again and that there's no hope for this franchise. I disagree and believe this team is on it's way to finding it's identity and learning how to win and will become contenders again.
Via redskins.com

  If you've read any of my articles before you know I tend to lean towards the positive rather then the negative. I'll rather figure out why we have the issues and not just harp on the issues. After a 1-5 start for the Redskins I've heard everything from this team sucks to this team wont ever win again until they change the name and the owner. Instead of making up crazy reasons why this team hasn't been able to win consistently I'd rather look at what is causing this. One of the most heard issues is with Brian Orakpo and his franchise contract. Yes I agree he is not an elite pass rusher by definition but he is a complete OLB. Most elite pass rushers can't say that. Many don't remember that Orakpo came into the league never playing linebacker previously. In the time he's been here he has developed into
One of the best all around linebackers in the game even tho fans
and some media don't agree.
Via redskins.com
a well rounded LB that plays his position well. Only flaw in his game is he hasn't been able to come up with the game changing play or sack when it matters. You have to take into account that unlike the so called "elite" pass rushers he always lines up on the left side against the best offensive lineman on the team in most cases. Most other OLB's move around all over the defensive front and make the offensive line find u and figure out how to block you before the snap of the ball. This makes it easier for defenses to neutralize Orakpo's pass rush by chipping him with the running back or tight end. When they're not doing that they're sending the third wide receiver on his side to force him into coverage and when they're not doing that they quick throw so there is hardly any chance of a QB sack or even pressure. I hope to see Coach Haslett starts moving him around like they do Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan has lined up over center, guards and even a few stunts with the D-lineman to help get pressure on the quarterback. I feel once Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen get back on the field the defense will be better. Once you get your true rotation going it puts everyone back in their correct roles and should make everyone more effective which will improve the whole unit. As for the contract situation with Orakpo it's a sticky situation because some team will pay him what he wants if the Redskins don't and if he leaves via free agency that will leave this defense with an even bigger hole to fill on defense. That will compound one of the Redskins problems as a franchise. Development of talent has been a inconsistent process with this franchise. Too many hit and miss prospects that sometimes goes elsewhere to produce the results the Redskins were looking for.
 
    One of the next biggest issues talked about is the secondary. They have also had a inconsistent season and have not been able to create any turnovers. Once DeAngelo Hall went down with the season ending injury some didn't realize the impact it would have on the defense as a whole. His absence is hurting this defense two fold. the first is his veteran presence on the field. The next issue is with Tracy "Glass" Porter who has only been healthy for one game this season  and it has forced Bashaud Breeland into a starting role. Which the team was
The rookie is playing solid football, he just has to limit his
mistakes. Without the veteran presence of D. Hall it's a little
harder for the rookie while learning on the job.
Via usatoday.com
hoping would to avoid. They wanted to use the same formula they did with David Amerson last season. Gaining experience playing the nickel back and gain more snaps and experience in a lesser role throughout the season. The rookie has been learning on the job with some good plays and some bad, but the valuable experience you can't replace. I believe he will be a quality starting corner in this league. There's talk of converting him to safety because of his aggressive nature and physical style. His lack of elite speed makes him a candidate for the move. He's naturally long and athletic which helps him at CB. Now the other rookie Trent Murphy hasn't made any plays yet but also hasn't made any rookie mistakes either. Looks as if the rookie is finding his way in the league. Sometimes it takes more time for some then others to pick up the speed and pace of the NFL game. It will also help the rookie if the team had a lead and could force a team to throw to catch up it will allow the rookie and the other pass rushers a chance to pin their ears back and go get the quarterback. Now at safety Ryan Clark is a steadying force in the secondary and his knowledge is invaluable and should help the young players learn. There's hope for Phillip Thomas, being that he's still on the practice squad and hopefully getting healthy. I've documented the issues at safety for this team and it's crazy how they can't find someone that plays well and sticks at the position. Brandon Meriweather has had a forgettable season that started with a unjustified suspension for the first two games of the season. I believe this has hurt his play in two ways. The worst of the two is that he's unsure in his tackling which is making him hesitate which leads to mistakes and miss tackles. Brandon has had both of these issues happen since his return. The second is that he wasn't in football shape when he came back because of the suspension and not being able to be around the team.

   With all of that being said this defense is ranked 10th in the league in total defense. Which is very good stats for 1-5 team but we all know this game isn't won on paper it's won on the field. Now imagine when all the pieces are back healthy and ready to return this unit will gel and hopefully start to live up to their full potential. I think creating turnovers starts up front with getting pressure but teams are quick throwing and throwing a lot of screens to combat the teams pass rushers. The team should start trying to bat more balls down when teams start to do this. Deflections are just as good as a clean int. I would also like to see more of Chase Minnifield on the field to see what he has. With this being his second season on the practice squad he only has one more year of eligibility and the team needs to see if he can play in this league. The same can be said for Phillip Thomas. It's only seven weeks into the season so it's too early to proclaim anything about this defense or this team. They have to learn how to win, play as a team, play a full 60 mins and find an identity. This season will play itself out and I'm hoping it starts to trend in a more positive way to finish out the season strong. As always #HTTR #BeatDaTitans.



























Monday, October 13, 2014

Week Six: Thoughts and Observations After The Redskins Vs Cardinals Game

Via eog.com


  Hail Redskins Nation!!!! For the second week in a row the Redskins were in a close game heading into the fourth quarter but somehow found a way to lose. This week unlike last week the cause of the teams demise was costly, untimely turnovers. First I'll speak about the late interceptions by Kirk Cousins....all three of them. The first interception was a product of bad mechanics. With the pressure coming Kirk rushed his throw and did not set and plant his feet while throwing which caused the ball to sail and fall right to the Cardinals defensive backs arms. That one I can understand but the last two were just horrible. He basically threw it directly to the defenders. If there is a bright spot it's that even with the second interception the team still forced a punt and had a shot to tie the game. That is until Kirk threw his third int for a pick 6 and ultimately the nail in the coffin. Not that I'm blaming Kirk for this loss but those turnovers are becoming more and more routine when he's under pressure. An we all know the league is a copycat league. If it continues to work, as it has the last three weeks all teams will continue the same strategy until Kirk shows he can make a play under pressure. Now to the Andre Roberts fumble that wasn't but somehow was. Now his knee was clearly down but because they couldn't tell when the ball came loose the call stood. They say it's a game of inches and that play clearly proves that saying.

The GBU: Redskins @ Cardinals


(Ryan Clark braces for the inevitable ending. Photo:
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Something had to give today. Either the Redskins were going to win their first game on the road since September 2013 (a ugly, ugly win against the Raiders) or the Cardinals were going to beat the Redskins for the first time in eight tries (at least according to the Fox broadcasting team). The Redskins unfortunately made many of the same mistakes that they've been doing all season long and despite a shaky performance by the Cardinals, the 'Skins fall to 1-5 with a 30-20 loss in Arizona.

The biggest thing I think we've learned today is two fold. First, the chances of the Redskins having a winning season during Jay Gruden's first year as head coach seem slim to none. Second, I think it's pretty clear that Kirk Cousins is not the long term solution to the team's woes at quarterback.

This team is just a mess despite thinking that there was more depth and talent on the roster coming into training camp than we had seen in years. The fact is that there are significant problems with the defense at almost every position. The offense isn't much better as the team has some serious problems in the trenches. Even special teams have question marks that may not be answered until we reach the 2015 off-season.

So what happened today? Well, let's take a look at who did good, who did bad and what ugly things happened to make this game what it was. It's time for this week's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.