Sunday, November 19, 2017

Quick Takes from the Redskins Vs Saints game

Kirk Cousins had a good game with some untimely miscues, Jay Gruden for the most part called a pretty good game but folded during crunch time with bad decisions late in this latest and most frustrating loss.
Via Redskins.com




























Despite the rookie Samarje Perine having his best game
as a pro with 23 carries 117 yards and a TD, Jay stopped
feeding him in the 3rd quarter and crunchtime.
Via Redskins.com
Hail RedskinsNation!!! Last week I took off for my 40th birthday and appreciate all the post, texts, emails and love. It was truly appreciated. Now back to Week 11 and this frustrating yet predictable loss....that is with Jay Gruden coaching this game. Now I've had some fans tell me it's the defenses fault for the loss but I can not agree. Yes, they gave up a 15 point lead with less then 4 mins left in the game but why did New Orleans have that chance. Jay decided to keep passing when all he had to do is keep feeding the rookie, mix in a screen and some play action here and there. What does Jay do, pass pass pass which led to the Saints getting the ball back with their offense in a rhythm and the crowd in the game. After the Saints tie the game up with a little over a minute left the Redskins had a chance to still win the game. Kirk Cousins and Jamison Crowder hooked up on 3 passes in a row that put the Redskins at the 34 with 31 sec left, no timeouts and poised to win. Instead of running the ball to the middle of the field then spike the ball and allow the K to earn his paycheck to win the game. Instead Jay opts to continue to throw the ball and unfortunately Crowder and Cousins weren't on the same page which led to a intentional grounding with the Saints defense getting pressure. The next play instead of calling a screen or a draw to at least try to use the defenses aggressiveness against them, he doubles down and calls a 5 step drop in which Kirk gets drilled from the blindside and losing the ball ending regulation. Now I can sit here and blame Jay over and over but I started the #BillCallahanForOC hashtag for a reason and this game is another reason why. Jay Gruden actually called a pretty good game....for the most part. There were a few bone headed choices he made which I will never understand but the fact that he stuck with the run.....for the most part, mixed up his plays, actually set up some of his adjustments in the first half and allowed the rookie Samarje Perine to get going despite going away from him in the 3rd and crunch time for some reason. Now time to talk about the good, even though most fans don't think there was any good in a loss. One of the bright spots was this 40 yard TD by Ryan Grant. Kirk Cousins stood in there, took the hit and delivered to a wide open Grant.



Josh Doctson is gaining confidence and chemistry with Kirk.
Just wonder why Jay went away from him in the second half.
Via Redskins.com

  The play above was one of the many times Kirk stood tall and made the necessary play even though he was gonna get hit. That worked in the Redskins favor a few times with some roughing the passer calls that I was happy the referees made the call on. I mentioned after the game changing play Josh Doctson made Vs Seattle would help Kirk gain confidence in him and in the past few weeks you can clearly see it has. He's made some impressive leaping catches since then, Josh had 4 catches for 81 yards at half and for some reason Josh ended the game with 4 catches 81 yards. Kirk has built a great chemistry with Vernon Davis, Jamison Crowder is regaining his chemistry with Kirk (even though he needs to have more patience with the ball in his hands), and even the rookie TE Jeremy Sprinkle got his 1st TD and catch in this game. I didn't want to bring up the Chris Thompson injury but he is on the IR with a broken fibula. His absence is gonna be felt on the stat sheet, blitz pick up and getting those crucial third downs going forward for this offense. You know I have to touch on how effective the defense was against one of the leagues top offense. The fact the team was up 15 points and holding the Saints to only 16 points with less then 4 minutes in the game, they had to do something right. They forced a turnover, got pressure on Brees for most of the afternoon but couldn't get the big stop when needed. Kendall Fuller had a INT called back because of a incidental hands to the face. Now I don't have a issue with the call, I just want it to be made consistently. In the first half Josh Doctson was bumped and held going for a TD but no call....if you gonna call it at crunch time call it all game. D.J Swearinger is showing his ball hawking skills with another INT (3rd in 2 games) and the chess match he had going with Drew Brees at the line of scrimmage was epic to watch. I have to mention the special teams getting a crucial 4th and 1 on a punt fake deep in their own territory with Niles Paul getting a direct snap for the 1st down. Wonder why Jay didn't run a direct hand off to Niles on that 3rd and 1 call?? Hindsight is 20/20 but this was a winnable game. I've said, typed, tweeted and posted that a good coach puts you over the top and bad coach holds you back. In some aspects Jay is holding this team back. With a quick turn around with a game Vs the Giants on Thanksgiving after they upset the KC Chiefs will be a uphill battle. The Redskins always have a hard time with the Giants no matter what their record is. The Redskins are 4-6 with winnable games on the schedule, can the team put together some consistency and string together a winning streak...we can only wait and see. Here's my Postgame Hot Takes with my co host Robbie Gross. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel for all the highlights along with insights into my world. As always #HTTR





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Monday, November 6, 2017

Quick Takes from the Redskins Vs Seattle game

The underrated Redskins defense dictated the game, made plays and executed with back ups and a healthy, rejuvenated DeAngelo Hall. The win goes on the shoulders of Greg Manusky and the defense even thought Jay is gonna get the credit.
Via Redskins.com

Kirk Cousins managed the game and the inconsistent
offense to a much needed victory.
Via Redskins.com
  Hail RedskinsNation!!! It's a improbable #VictoryMonday and I'm happy being one of the naysayers, thinking the team wouldn't win this game on the road. The Redskins went on the road to one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, against one of the best QB's at home, Russell Wilson and against the "Legion Of Boom" minus a few pieces. I stated to a couple of fans that if Jay Gruden pulled this off I'd give him a break.....I can't keep that promise. His two successful offensive drives and a standout performance by the defense were enough luckily to prevail in a 17-14 battle of week 9. Jay's play calling was predictable, had no imagination, had no rhyme or reason why he was calling the plays he was calling, as usual his reluctance to stick with the run and his lack of imagination to help the run game produce. The balance was definitely better with 31 passes and 23 rushes, still not where I would like it but it produced a win so not gonna rain on the victory parade, so to speak. The lack of adjustments almost cost us again but I feel the team won despite Gruden's play calling and lack of coaching I.Q. Okay, enough about Jay, Kirk managed the game well but for the third week in a row took some bad sacks when he had a chance to
Vernon Davis proves his value week
in and week out.
Via Redskins.com
throw it away. We saw last week on the play before the infamous FG block and how it cost the team. He wants to be labeled a franchise QB, well a franchise QB doesn't constantly make that mistake. Other then that Kirk had a good game, some better game planning and play calling this wouldn't have been a game that shouldn't have had to come down to a Hail Mary at the end. The rookie Samarje Perine looked good and decisive in his runs until he mishandled the hand off that led to the lone turnover of the game.....for the Redskins that is. Vernon Davis has been a godsend for this team and I have no problem admitting I didn't like the signing originally but glad I was wrong. He finds a way to get open and take some of the pressure off the young WR's and Kirk. Also have to give credit to Ryan Grant for making some tough catches to move the chains and Josh Doctson's game changing catch in crunch time to save the game and set up Robert Kelley for his 2nd TD of the day. We've seen Josh almost make the BIG catch but it was great to see him make a play in crunch time, in a hostile environment with everything on that catch. Now maybe Kirk can build more confidence in Doctson and help him show why he was drafted in the 1st round. Check out the catch below:




Kendall fuller is proving to be a steal as a 4th round pick due
 to a injury late in his college career but is surely paying off
big for the Redskins.
Via Redskins.com
  Now let's get to my favorite....the defense!!! I've said over and over this defense would be a top 15 unit maybe even a top 10 unit if they stayed healthy. Well they haven't stayed healthy but the "Next Man Up" mentality of this team shines through every week. I've mentioned Kendall Fuller and his play in the slot and making plays for the defense. He definitely gets props for his play and nice int early in the game. Junior Gallette has made a impact for the defense even if you can't see it on the stat sheet. Zach Brown is no doubt the best signing of the off season. He led the team once again with 11 tackles, 8 solo, and 1 tackle for loss and a sack, Will Compton also has to be mentioned. His int was a beautiful play by both ILB's. Brown's pursuit of Wilson and Compton making the play after a errand throw. The healthy return of DeAngelo Hall I believe gave this defense a mental boost and a physical edge in this game. This was a will game and the Redskins willed themselves to win this tough game and avoid a 3 game losing streak with a tough Minnesota team coming to town next week. Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan have become a dynamic duo on the
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outside and Brown and Compton have helped solidify the LB corp as a whole. Kerrigan is playing through a shoulder injury and other nagging injuries, Preston has been getting chipped by the running back on most pass plays to try to slow the pass rush. We even saw the Seahawks start using the zone read more and more to make the LB's slow down their pursuit and give the Seattle offense a chance to make a play. D.J Swearinger and D. Hall as safeties has me breathing a little easier with their veteran presence and leadership. I have to mention that great tackle by Josh Norman on the Thomas Rawls on that crucial 3rd down play where it clearly showed Josh's wanted to make that tackle.The healthier this team gets the more dangerous they are gonna be. As long as jay gets his act together and starts calling a better game this team will not be able to get over the hump and win tough games like this. The Vikings are gonna be another tough test for this team and we all know these match ups always come down the final quarter or possession. Should be another solid defensive battle that hopefully the Redskins come out on top and start a two game winning streak with the HOT New Orleans Saints next up after the Vikings. Check out my PostGame Hot Takes from week 9.



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Monday, October 30, 2017

Quick Takes from the Redskins Vs Cowboys game

This week special teams wasn't special at all. Now Kirk did take a bad sack to push the kick back further but the block was the momentum swing that the Cowboys needed to take control of the game.
Via Redskins.com


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Jamison Crowder is one of the keys
to the offense being consistent.
Via Redskins.com

 Now I mentioned Kirk and his bad decision to take a sack instead of throwing the ball away that preceded the momentum changing fg block. I'm not sure what is going on with Kirk and his decision making lately....but it hasn't been his best. He's back to throwing high and behind receivers plus not hitting them in stride. There were a few throws that were behind that cost the team yards after the catch and some 3rd downs. Now the fact the him and Jamison Crowder found some chemistry was a good sign for the offense. Crowder had about half of Kirk's throwing yards, 9 catches for 123 yards was the spark the offense needed to get some type of rhythm. Chris Thompson is having a break out season but I've stated over the last few weeks that Jay is overusing him and teams are looking to tee off on him knowing his injury history. Josh Doctson had another almost outstanding catch in the game but had a huge TD reception to put the game back in reach for a possible comeback to force OT. Terrell Pryor wasn't on the field for a lot of snaps and I don't know how  they expect him to develop on the bench and with Jay calling plays for no rhyme or reason. Mix up the play calls, use misdirection and use some different wrinkles for these formations that are becoming so predictable.

  Between the injury bug, Jay's play calling, rookies making mistakes and refs missing holding calls....this defense does't stand a chance to succeed. Now the defense didn't execute in key situations, allowed plenty of turnover opportunities to slip through their hands, and didn't get enough pressure consistently but did keep the team in the game for the whole game. Holding the potent Cowboys offense to 4 FG's, 3 of those in the red zone shows that they were playing well but just couldn't make a momentum swinging play like the FG block. The groin injury to Ryan Kerrigan slowed him and the defense along with the hand injury to Matt Ioannidis who has been having a hell of a season at the DT position. I know "Next Man Up" is a old and overused cliche' but it's the truth and proven. You're only as good as your depth, the Redskins depth is being tested big time at this point in the season. With a road game in Seattle next week and having to take that long cross country flight is going to determine who can play and who can't. Getting and staying healthy is going to be key down the stretch if this team is going to make the playoffs as a wild card. Zach Brown had another monster game with 12 tackles and 8 of those solo and D.J Swearinger was next with 7 tackles and 5 of them solo. The defense has been flying to the ball and tackling for the most part this season, the defense will have their hands full with Russell Wilson and the potent, diverse Seattle offense. Check out my Post game Hot takes from the Dallas game and going forward for this team below:






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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Quick Takes from the Redskins Vs Eagles game


Jay Gruden once again gets out coached in every way imaginable and the Redskins take the loss. I'm tired of wondering why Gruden refuses to adapt his play calling to suit his team and not the other way around.
Via SI.com



  Hail RedskinsNation!!! The team is 0-2 in attempts in 2017 at #VictoryTuesday and Kirk Cousins is 0-6 on MNF as a starter. The Redskins took a ugly 34-24 loss on the road in Philadelphia to the (6-1) Eagles. This was a winnable game played by this team but the little things and some big things hurt
This has been a common theme of the Redskins defense, the
opposing O-linemen get to hold, hook and grab jersey without
getting a penalty called.
via Redskins.com
this team and cost them a victory. Now I'm just gonna get the refs out the way....I don't know how clearer can Ryan Kerrigan be held by the offensive lineman and it not get called, the phantom pass interference call on Dunbar in the end zone that should've been a no call, and not even gonna talk about the dirty hit on Brandon Schreff in the first half that the refs missed and later after another Philadelphia defender went low and hit his knee putting him out of the game. I'll repeat, I will never blame the refs for a loss but they do have a profound impact on the game and the final score. These refs have to get more consistent with their calls and enforce the calls when they see them. I said before the game started that Jay's play calling and the health of the defense as a whole would determine this game, and those were key factors in the outcome of this game. Jay's play calling leaves a lot to be desired and has me wondering....WTF was he thinking. On two separate occasions with the team trailing and trying to retake the momentum Jay decides in all his wisdom to throw the ball instead of running it. On a 3rd and 2 in a similar situation he doesn't learn from his previous mistake, he doubles down and goes shotgun just letting the defense know it was gonna be a pass...y'all know what happened next. I always talk about pass:run ratio and in this game is was 40 passes to 18 rushes, which is a recipe for disaster. The screen game was working for the most part until it became predictable once again.  The last nail in Jay's coffin for this game is him not using Mack Brown on the offense in any capacity but sitting three offensive lineman, lineman that could have helped the team win.It's little things like that that makes the difference between winning and losing. Also Chris Thompson is not a RB you constantly run up the gut in the heart of the defense and if you  noticed every time he got the ball the Philly defenders were teeing off on him trying to put him out of the game and stall the limited offense.

 There were some good things to take from this game but they're no moral victories in the NFL, the defense played well early in the game but once again the lack of adjustments and bad play calling cost this team a critical victory before a tough stretch. Constant pressure from the defensive line and 3 sacks to show for it but they couldn't get the crucial play to turn the games momentum. The injury bug has taken it's toll on this team especially for the defense.
The defense has been the most consistent unit on this team this season....
who'd of thunk it.....I also said to line up Kerrigan somewhere besides
over the RT....I believe I did.
Via Redskins.com
Josh Norman should be active for the Cowboys game on Sunday, hopefully Brandon Schreff, Morgan Moses and Trent Williams will be healthy enough to get the start and be effective. The offense has become predictable in the sense of not sticking with the run and becoming one dimensional which makes it so much easier for a defense and a defensive coordinator to stop. The game of football is more then just folks lining up on a field and hitting each other, it's a strategy is a key element and has to be explored by Gruden. He calls plays with no rhyme or reason, no purpose or to set something up for later on in the game....kind of like teams do to the Redskins. That's where coaching comes in and obviously Jays's coaching maturation has taken a break or he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet. I truly would like to see Bill Callahan get the play calling duties, he's a old school coach that will run the ball, maintain balance and use the 3 TE set to perfection. He's a time of possession type coach and would help this team find a true identity, but that's just a hope and a dream I'm afraid it wont ever happen. It's time for Gruden to step up the same way folks expect the players to step up, I understand some fans are frustrated and want Jay gone but my question is.....replace him with who??? Then are the fans prepared for rebuilding the team and roster again with these young talented players we have then when they become free agents after their rookie contracts are up they are gonna roll because they'll be tired of the rebuilding mode and want to win and get a nice payday.

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  We all know what week it is now....it's Dallas (3-3) week and with the combination of the injuries, the bad coaching, execution and play calling it's going to take a major turnaround from what I saw on MNF. This is a winnable game in my eyes but it comes down to Jay having a successful game plan, adjusting on the fly, sticking to the run, who's healthy on defense/offense and being more creative with his run plays. The defense will have their hands full trying to stop the run, Dak Prescott, and Dez Bryant but I feel this team has the talent to do it but do they have the coaching. That's going to be the question every week for the rest of this season and possibly the rest of Jay's coaching career. In case you missed my Post Game Hot Takes after the game last night here's the video below. Let me know your thoughts about my observations and insights.







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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.
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 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.
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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.
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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?
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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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