Monday, October 16, 2017

Quick Takes from the Redskins Vs San Francisco 49ers Game

I called this a trap game and between the refs blowing calls and Jay Gruden making boneheaded coaching decisions...it almost was. The defense was effective most of the game but took another hit on the injury front. Samarje Perine got his 1st TD as a Redskin on a nice  3 yard catch out of the backfield
Via Redskins.com

  Hail RedskinsNation!!!!! Looks like another #VictoryMonday after a 26-24 slim victory over the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. I like the quote of Preston Smith " would rather a ugly win then a pretty loss". I agree 100%  but this game was too close for comfort even though the 49ers (0-6) have been playing close games but have came up a little short all season so far. Kirk played well despite missing some open receivers in the 1st half . Jay did run the ball 33 times for only 94 yards with Chris Thompson getting 16 carries for 33 yards. I've stated before  I dont like Chris
Here's one of three sacks the defense had on the day, Preston
Smith had .5 a sack and Matt Ioannidis had a career high 1.5
sacks on the day. 
Via Redskins.com
Thompson getting more then 10/15 touches a game running the ball and limit amount of up the gut runs. I don't know if people remember but he came out of FSU after having technically breaking his back, the team needs him all season and as healthy as possible for the offense to be successful. Along with the Fade route in the red zone....the toss sweep needs to be done away with from the playbook entirely, it's rarely successful and majority of the time it losses yards or leads to a turnover. The screen game is more effective and we saw that this game how much of a factor it played in this victory. The fact that Mack Brown was active for the game but only got 2 carries for 2 yards and 1 catch for 11 yards in limited duty really is a head scratcher. I don't know why Mack is in Jay Gruden's dog house but he needs to let him out soon and get in the backfield for some carries. We've seen players like Preston Smith being stuck in his dog house but now that he's out he's averaging half a sack a game so far the season and showing why he deserves to be on the field. I'm not gonna only talk about the no so good things from the game but they're some glaring issues on this team with injuries being the least of them which is saying a lot.
  

Chris Thompson has made a huge impact in all the wins this
season. With 105 yards receiving in this game, he shows
he can be a game breaker when ever he gets in the game and
used effectively.
Via Redskins.com
  The defense has taken major strides despite the injuries and the infusion of youth. Ryan Kerrigan made a impact with a nice sack and constant pressure all day. Zach Brown is a tackling machine and is proving to be one of the best acquisitions of the off season. Matt Ioannidis has proven me wrong and playing better then I ever expected, Stacy McGee had his most impact of the season also in this game. Quinton Dunbar and Kendall Fuller have stepped up huge with all the injuries in the secondary. Bashaund Breeland went out in the 3rd quarter and already missing Josh Norman they really stepped up and answered the call this game. Rookie Fabian Moreau also played well coming in when the injury bug struck over and over in this game. The offense had it's moments in this game but once again consistency is a issue and that has to change. I labeled this as a possible trap game and it almost was but the team found a way to win despite the injuries, missed calls and bad coaching. Jay has to get his coaching and adjustments together, this schedule is getting tougher and the team has to be more consistent in every aspect of the game. Special teams coverage was solid but Dustin Hopkins missed a extra point which could've ended badly for the team but the defense bailed him out....this time. He has to get his act together or they will be some kicker tryouts in Ashburn in the coming weeks but his kickoffs have been consistently going for touch backs which is always a good thing. Tress Way killed it as usual with a 45.1 net avg and a long of 51 yards. The return game has taken a step back and need to have a positive impact at some point this season. Check out my Pregame Hot Takes from this game below. I go FBLive for Pregame, Half Time and Post Game Hot Takes so tune in and give your thoughts, opinions and feedback on the team we all know and love. You can go friend request me @ Carroll Porter III or follow thr SportsOTHP page. #HTTR4LYFE 



  Next week the Redskins have a rematch from week 1 vs the Eagles (5-1) who lead the division and it's a road game on Monday Night Football that can help this 2nd place team move one step closer to taking over 1st place and making a run at a division title and playoff berth.  After this MNF game the schedule gets tougher with Dallas, Seattle and Minnesota which all have quality offenses and formidable defenses. This is the time for the team to gain momentum, chemistry and find their own true identity and that will tell us what this team is truly made of and how far they have come and will go. #CPIII #TattooedScorpio #SportsOTHP #SportsOTHPApparel #TruRadioNetwork
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Quick Takes from the Redskins Vs Chiefs game

The Redskins defense came out ready, hungry and hitting hard but the combination of injuries, penalties, some missed calls by the refs and Jay's lack of adjustments cost this team a possible 3-1 start to the 2017 season.
via Redskins.com

 Hail RedskinsNation!!! It looked like it would be the first #VictoryTuesday of the season but unfortunately by time the clock read 0:00 the Redskins were 2-2 instead of 3-1 going into the bye week. This was one of the most frustrating games I've watched in years. The 1st quarter was exactly the way the Redskins wanted to start and finish the game. With a 10-0 lead going into the 2nd quarter it looked as if the Redskins were ready to handle their business and get a win on the road on MNF. I mentioned in my pregame and halftime Hot Takes that I was concerned about the coaching match up of Andy Reid Vs Jay Gruden and that was the determining factor in this outcome. Andy made adjustments in the 2nd quarter and Jay didn't/couldn't and it showed. The T.O.P told the story, over 10 mins in the 1st quarter and less then 5 in the second, that along with
the injuries on defense and some questionable calls by the refs it was only a matter of time until the potent Chiefs offense would come alive and take control. Now I never blame the refs for a loss but they do have a major impact on the outcome of the game and I feel this was the case in this game. Jay's lack of changing up his game plan on the fly really did this team in once Andy made his adjustments. Jay played right into the hands of Coach Reid and it was sad to watch. My major questions for Jay is why there weren't any screen plays to the RB's or WR's, why didn't he use the 3
There were some bright spots on offense but they were few
and far between.
via Redskins.com
TE formation more when the Chiefs offense started taking control of the game, and why didn't he activate Mack Brown and give Rob Kelley more time to heal. Once Kelley went out due to injury the running game and offense started stalling out which aided the defense getting worn down along with the injuries. The rookie Samarje Perine did a decent job but some of runs were tentative, he missed some cutback lanes and was pressing the hole too soon and wasn't allowing the holes to open before he went through them. Mack Brown's bowling ball style of running could've helped the offense stay balanced, consistent and effective. Jay has to make wiser coaching decisions if this team is gonna be successful.
 The fact that Jamison Crowder had no impact
in this game says a lot. He is an important piece to the offense.
via Redskins.com
  The 3 TE formation has been the most effective set so far this season but for some reason Jay was reluctant to use it more especially seeing how effective it was against the Redskins defense. I saw Jordan Reed on the sidelines too often last night, even if he wasn't 100%. His presence on the field is huge when it comes to causing match up problems for the defense. The offense had no consistency after the 1st quarter, granted injuries played a key role but Jay's gameplan played a major role also. The lack of creativity on offense and playcalling showed on the big stage especially with Andy Reid pulling out all types of misdirection and quick passess in his offense. The 3 WR set has been effective but not consistent, Terelle Pryor had a great TD catch for his 1st Td as a Redskin but he did have a huge drop on a 3rd down play that could've extended a drive. Jamison Crowder was a non factor on offense, which is never a good sign for this offense. Crowder is one of Kirk's reliable targets and helps keep the chains moving with his quickness and elusiveness, he excels in open space yet Jay didn't call any screens to get the play makers in space to make plays. Kansas City's defense is very aggressive and screens help use the defenses's aggressive nature against them. It worked beautifully for the Chiefs in this game and it amazes me that Jay didn't give them a taste of their own medicine.
Gotta address the defense not being able to make a play when needed late in the game. In the second half their were a few 50/50 plays to be made and unfortunately the defense couldn't come up with them. Granted the injuries to key players at key times in the game did play a role also. The depth was tested last night and the team played well just not well enough to win. The bye week is early but seems to be coming at the right time for the team with all of the nagging injuries from the first four
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weeks of the season. Jay needs to make some adjustments coming out of the bye week in order to get this team back to it's wining ways. Ryan Kerrigan had a rare quiet game in his 100th game as a pro, but the RT was coming out of stance a beat early every snap but was never called for one false start. Preston Smith did get his 4th sack in four games but was flagged for a neutral zone infraction on a crucial 3rd down goal line play and clearly in the replay u can see he was onside and the Chiefs were in a illegal formation that didn't get called on that same play. As I've said over and over, I wont blame the refs but they certainly didn't do their jobs effectively in my opinion. Going into the bye at 2-2 is what I predicted but 3-1 would've been so much sweeter and a confidence boost for the team . With two weeks to get ready for the SF 49ers, the Redskins should come out with something to prove and should have the mentality of running up the score on a lesser opponent.
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Quick Takes from the Redskins Vs Raiders game

Montae Nicholson and the Redskins defense showed up and showed out on Sunday Night Football against the
 Oakland Raiders. The defense set the tone for the game and did something the Redskins hadn't done in over 30 years. Holding the Raiders to 127 yards of total offense says alot, especially when they were ranked #1 offense going into Week 3.
via Redskins.com



Preston Smith is wreaking havoc on offensive lines early this
season. 2 tackles, 2 TFL, sack and a qb hit. 
Hail RedskinsNation!!!! Well...well....well back to back #VictoryMonday's and an impressive win on the prime time stage at that. I haven't been this proud of the defense since the early Greg Williams years, they forced the action, controlled the line of scrimmage and dominated for the entire game. Forced two turnovers, four sacks and holding the potent Raiders offensive attack to 10 points and 127 yards of total offense after they had scored over 70 points the 1st 2 games showed what this defense is capable of. I know it's one game but what an impressive display by this improving unit.  What can I say about Preston Smith but, he was the one that went BeastMode in this game. He took over the 1st quarter of this game with a sack, 2 tackles for loss and helped the defensive line manhandle the offensive line throughout the whole game. The secondary played outstanding, by holding Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper to a total of 2 catches for 13 yards is jaw dropping. The rookie Montae Nicholson started the game off with a great INT on the second play of the game that led to a opening TD drive and a quick start for the offense and team. Jay Gruden gets some props too for sticking to the run game even if it wasn't as effective as last week and game planning to keep running to wear down the Raiders tough defense.  Only issue I had with Jay this game was not getting Mack Brown involved in the offense earlier. Samarje Parine looked hesitant and like a rookie, Mack Brown came in after Samarje fumbled and injured his hand. Mack runs angry and was punishing the already worn down Oakland defense in the fourth quarter, he had a impressive 4th and 1 run that was called back because of a holding call. Kirk looked  much improved
Chris Thompson has been the teams MVP these 1st 3 games
of the 2017 season. 14 att 119 yards and 13 catches for 231
yards is definitely a great start for his season.
via Redskins.com
 from last weeks performance and has played pretty much mistake free football the last two weeks. This week he should be in line for player of the week for the NFC, he went 25/30 365 yards 3 TD's with 0 INT and a almost perfect QB rating of 150.7 The only problem that I have is that it should've been a bigger blowout but because of some sloppy play which led to penalties that cost the team several times. There was even a Josh Doctson (video at the bottom of the article) sighting in the 3rd quarter with a athletic leaping catch that took the momentum back for good. Kirk had one of his more accurate games of his career. The O-line played well also, giving up only one sack and pretty much kept Kirk clean for the game. There were a few holding penalties and false starts but for the most part the line protected and run blocked well enough to win the game. 34 rushes for 116 yards isn't earth shattering but it's effective and a key ingredient in the recipe for winning week in week out in the NFL. Next week is a road game on MNF vs the impressive Kansas City Chiefs (3-0). This will be another tough match up especially with it being a road game in a hostile environment. The Redskins should use the same game plan and approach that they have the previous two weeks....two successful and wining weeks. The defense will be once again relied upon to dictate the action and pace of the game. I was hoping for a 2-2 start before the week 5 bye but a win here would have the Redskins at 3-1 and poised to make some noise in the improved NFC East.


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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.
1Los Angeles DodgersNL92523.4314414444591287.210905214911653981381.
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.  

                                                                                      


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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.
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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.



As I was writing this article a report just came out that Jordan Reed has been activated from the PUP list (toe) and will be practicing with the team this week and hopefully will play. Be sure to check out show Sports On The Hill Podcast Monday nights at 7pm est. You can call in and listen or ask any sports questions or make comments @347.884.9299 or go like our page and get the link to stream the show live on Monday's or listen at your convenience. You can follow me on Facebook @Carroll Porter III or on Twitter @TattooedScorpio/Carroll Porter or follow me on IG @icarrollporter. Stay tuned for more articles and sports content.#SportsOTHP #HTTR #DCSportsWithoutThePolitics#OurNetworkIsBetterThenYours#TruRadioNetwork