Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy Holidays From IIWII via the Redskins......

I received a letter from the Redskins the other day and in it was a card wishing me and my family a happy holiday. I thought it was nice card coming from the organization (my guess that this was sent to Season Ticket Holders). Nothing real fancy, but it did have a copy of this year's team photo inside. I figured that I would share this with my fellow Skin fans. This seems to be in line with Bruce Allen's effort to to get back in touch with its fans as well as the team's alumni. If that's the case, then I really believe that the Skins are on the right track, but more of that when I do a "year in review" for the Skins coming soon.

So, in similar fashion as the Skins, IIWII wishes it's readers a Happy New Year. Hopefully, on the football side of things 2011 will be much better than it has been for the past few years. Enjoy the holiday and if you drink too much (nothing wrong with that) please make sure to have someone sober to give you a ride home (my PSA for the year).

I'll be working on some more articles throughout the weekend. More pictures below......

Monday, December 27, 2010

Game Recap: Skins @ Jaguars. Bubblegum Duct Tape D Beat Jags

(Skins celebrate after a 4th and goal TD by Ryan Torain)

I think it's fair to say that the Redskins D has some issues. Many have argued that the Skins lack the personnel at many positions to run the 3-4 scheme effectively. I can't disagree, matter of fact I think the Skins could use upgrades probably on 2/3rds of it's line 1/2 of it's LB corp. and some improved depth. Then prior to the game it was revealed that Reed Doughty, Brian Orakpo and Kareem Moore were out. Plus, the Skins IRed three linemen this week (Kedric Golston, Maake Kemoeatu, Phillip Daniels) so there were some major deficits in the D this week. The Skins had to rely on guys that had either just had been signed to the roster (DE, Darrion Scott, DT/NT Joe Joseph, OLB Rob Jackson) or guys who are playing out of their natural position ("Macho" Harris and Kevin Barnes making the move from back up corners to starting safeties).

The game plan was simple. Stop the run and force David Garrard to beat you with the pass. What helped the situation was that the wind was swirling which will cause some difficulty in the pass game. Most importantly MJD was out this week, but we know that the Redskins have struggled against teams that like to run the ball and stick with it. Also, Rashad Jennings isn't a bad running back and he's averaging 5.7 yards/carry. What happened was that the plan worked to perfection. It wasn't pretty. There was some times when the Jaguar receivers were ridiculously wide open and statistically Garrard put up some decent numbers (22/38 299yds; 1 TD, 2 INT) but the Skins caused Garrard to throw 2 interceptions with a decent amount of pressure and no run game.

The Skins took an early 3-0 lead thanks to a nice KO return by Brandon Banks, a 15 yard face mask penalty on Jags kicker Josh Scobee and a 48 yard FG by Graham Gano. They followed that up on the Jags drive with a Carlos Rogers INT (Yes, I did say that!!!!) that led to a 1 yard TD pass from Grossman to Fred Davis.
(Photographic evidence that Rogers can catch and hold onto the ball. It's rare but does exist.)
The Jaguars came back to tie the game at 10-10. Then, late in the third quarter the Skins had a long 14 play, 7:50 minute drive that resulted on a 1 yard Ryan Torain TD. What stood out was that the Redskins went for the win here by going for it on 4th and 1 on the 1 yard line. Skins lead 17-10. The Jaguars rallied thanks to a poor Sal Paulescu put that gave them good field position. This lead to a long run by Garrard and a tied game at 17-17. The game heads to overtime with the Jaguars winning the toss. The Skins pressure Garrard and he throws a horrible pass that Kevin Barnes had no problems intercepting. This led to a game winning Graham Gano FG from 31 yards.

What stands out the most about this game was that the Skins kept fighting. They kept playing despite playing a team that was desperate to make the playoffs and possibly would have it they did. This has been a trend of this team for many of the games this season and hopefully that trend will stay.

Lets do some The Good, The Bad and The Ugly..........

Dear NY Giants, Please Fire Tom Coughlin

(Tom Coughlin doing his best Sam Kinison impersonation. Image via.)
Tom Coughlin has one year left on his contract after this season and the rumors have been swirling that the Giants are considering letting him go by the end of the season. There are rumors that Bill Cowher is interested in the job if it became available and the media and some Giant fans seem to like the idea.

So, here's my take on the situation:


I, being a Redskins fan, would love to see Tom Coughlin fired.
Since Coughlin has taken over as head coach of the Giants (2004), the Redskins are 3-10 against the Giants. After next Sunday, the Skins could be 3-11. The Giants in that run has only lost 1 home game to the Skins (2007, The Todd Collins led/Sean Taylor inspired playoff run in some of the craziest wind I've seen in a game). The Skins also haven't beaten the Giants since 2007.

Not to even mention the many blowouts by the Giants have had over the Skins in that run 36-0 (2005), 45-12 (2009) and 31-7 (2010).

So what would a guy like Bill Cowher bring to the Giants? Well, he's been very successful in the NFL. He has 1 Super Bowl championship and has been to two Super Bowls. However, here's the problems. First, Cowher runs a 3-4, the Giants run a 4-3 base and as a Redskin fan of 2010 I can tell you that the transition is not nearly as easy as it has been suggested. Second, before Cowher got his ring he was getting called a choker by many opposing fans b/c of his inability to get the Steelers from the playoffs to the Super Bowl. Think the AFC version of Andy Reid. Third, Cowher has been out of the league for four years. It doesn't seem that long and Cowher has still been involved in the league on the CBS pre-game show. That said, being a head coach is rigorous and I seriously doubt that Cowher watches the same amount of game film that he used to watch. Also, New York is a whole different level than Pittsburgh in its fan base and media attention.

So please Giants, get rid of a guy that has coached his team to kick the Redskins butts for almost a entire decade. I welcome a change and I would enjoy a Shanahan/Cowher re-match from time to time.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Week 16 Picks

Lots of things going on so, I'll make this one quick again.
Here are my picks for today.
Redskins 31- 28

Last Week: 10-5
TNF: 1-0
Saturday Night Football: 0-1
Season:  135-89

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Head on over to for a live chat during the game. I may or may not be there depending on my work situation. Either I'll be on TBD or I'll be in the snow trying to get to my job for a work related emergency.

Merry Christmas, Happy Anniversary and Snow

( A nice cake, that celebrates two things today on IIWII)
First, a slightly belated Merry Christmas to all of the IIWII readers. May you have a great holiday and I hope you have a blessed 2011 (don't worry, we'll be here for New Year's Eve). Thank you for reading IIWII and I hope that you continue to pop in from time to time.

Second, on December 22nd we at IIWII celebrated our 2nd anniversary. That's right, I've been here writing Redskins and other meaningless stuff for over two years now. As we start on year three, I want to say that I'm trying to always make the site better. We keep adding new and interesting members to our blogroll, while removing a few that haven't been posting for awhile. Sometime in January or Febuary, I'll be taking a week off from posting just to make a few updates to the site and maybe change a template or a font. We've partnered with and we hope to continue that relationship in the near future. I'm also hoping to start on some blog work fro WUSA 9, but still haven't had time to get to it as of now. Also, as of right now the podcast is out....I'm hoping to do some work on it, but I really don't have time to do it and SHD has become unavailable for various reasons.

In the process of evaluation and tweaking the site and some of the articles I post here, I'm looking for some input from you the reader.....what would you like to see in a site that covers the Redskins and "other pop culture"? Should this site only be Redskins? Should I try to add more NFL coverage and not be so Redskins focused? Would you like to see more DC sports here? More non-sports stuff? Leave a comment or shoot me a email at

We also may be changing domain shouldn't affect you and if it works the way I planned, if you still come to IIWII then the site should still come up. It may cost me some money so I may ask for some donations via Pay Pal or something. I'll get to that if/when it happens.

Finally, here's a brief breakdown of things coming up in the next few weeks/month: An analysis of the Donovan McNabb benching and it's after effects, who's to blame with Albert Haynesworth, Do the Redskins need a villain? Yes, they do!, 2010 Redskin Player Awards (many of you will be angry with me on the Defensive MVP- no it's not LaRon Landry) and Who Should Stay and Who Should Go.

(Picture via cell phone- WD)

Oh, and it's snowing. Joy!!! After last year, I've come to hate snow. Snow is beautiful and when it's snowing it's incredibly peaceful and quiet. But it's a pain in the ass to deal with, especially when you have to go to work.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

SatNF Quick Pick

Merry Christmas.
Still not in a writing mood for various reasons, but here's the Saturday Night Football pick.

Dallas. (Cowboys/Cardinals game).

Ok, gotta go. Hopefully I get to some posting tonight and maybe Sunday.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

TNF Pick

Just got home from work. I have been at work since 7AM, got home and then was paged to go back. So I missed putting in my pick for tonight before the game started.

I haven't turned on the game yet, so I'm going with the easy pick and choose the Steelers.

Also, GO NAVY!!! As they try to win the Poinsettia bowl against San Diego St.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Game Recap: Skins @ Cowboys. So Close and Yet So Far......

(Even back in training camp Grossman was getting ready to start.)

The game didn't start well. The Redskins kicked off and what looked like a decent Graham Gano kick with some good down field coverage, led to a 38 yard return by Bryan McCann. The Redskins D played bend, don't break defense and finally held the Cowboys around their 24. 3-0 Dallas. The Skins go a quick 3 and out and then we get to see a repeat of the first Dallas series. A Sal Paulescu punt is returned 31 yards and again, the Cowboys move the ball deep into Redskins territory. Instead of going for three this time, Dallas tries to end the Skins early by going for it on 4th and 1 from the 1 yard line. Not so fast as the drive is stopped by a diving London Fletcher and Rocky McIntosh keeping Tashard Choice out of the end zone.

All is starting to look good as the Skins start to move the ball. But not much longer after the drive starts Rex Grossman floats a ball that looks like it was intended either for Mike Sellers or out of bounds and instead is picked off by Gerald Sensabaugh. The levy finally breaks as the Cowboys score their first TD of the game on the ensuing drive. The first half doesn't get much better as the Cowboys accumulate 20 points (should have been 23 but their kicker David Buehler has been as consistent on chip shots as Graham Gano has been lately). The lone glimmer of hope for the Skins was an early drive in the 2nd quarter that led to a TD when Rex Grossman hit Ryan Torain for a 19 yard screen and run.

It's only halftime, but the score is 20-7 and it seemed like many Skins fans were ready to turn off the channel. It doesn't get better in the beginning of the 2nd half. Rex Grossman while scrambling runs into his Guard (Kory Lichtensteiger) and then is stripped by DeMarcus Ware. That leads to another Dallas TD and now it's 27-7 Cowboys. Just when you're starting to think that this will be the third NFCE blowout in a row for the Skins, something changed. The offense began to click. We may have just begun to see what the Mike/Kyle Shanahan offense is how it's supposed to look.

The Skins score their second TD on a quick slant to Santana Moss in a four play drive that was primarily fueled by a deep pass from Grossman to Anthony Armstrong. The third TD was on a 14 play drive that was capped by a great catch by Santana Moss. Then, Grossman hits Chris Cooley for a two point conversion getting the Redskins closer as the Skins now trail by eight (30-22 Dallas). The next Redskins drive led to another Grossman TD; this time to Chris Cooley. The Skins again tried a two point conversion and succeeded as Grossman hit a wide open Mike Sellers. Game now tied at 30.

The defense did a good job of finally holding Dallas and it looked like the Skins had the momentum to take the game. It started off well, but the momentum died on three ensuing plays. The first was when Grossman threw an intermediate pass to Santana Moss while he was in stride. If the ball is caught, there would have been a good chance that Moss would have gotten a great deal of yardage on the play and possibly a TD. Instead, he couldn't hold onto the ball. The next two plays resulted in sacks and the momentum was killed. The Cowboys took the ball on their next series and scored the game winning FG. The Redskins had one final drive with less than a minute and no time outs to get into field goal range. The game ended on a Grossman interception as he was trying to force a ball to Chris Cooley.

This game was really a game of two halves. In the first (and early 2nd) half, the Redskins looked confused. Rex Grossman had to shake off some rust, but once he did the Skins began to look scary. The offense was 4/4 once they were in the Red Zone.....all TDs mind you. They also were able to go 2/2 on 2- point conversions, something that is rather rare. Unfortunately, neither the defense or the special teams played that well in either half. The defense looked good early on holding Dallas to only 1 TD and 2 FGs in four drives that started inside the Redskins 40 yard line. But throughout the game the defense could stop the Dallas offense. There was little to no pressure on the QB and there was little pressure or disruption that would hinder the run plays. If anything the D-line held position at the LOS and everybody just stood around figuring out who was going to make the tackle with someone finally making the tackle 5-6 yards down field. Special Teams did little to help either. Brandon Banks was made a non-factor in this game in both kick off and punt returns. The coverage was lousy and containment was frequently lost leading to a opening for McCann to break free.

Most people will talk about Rex Grossman's performance in this game as either a positive or a negative depending on where they stand on the Donovan McNabb situation. For the most part he was an overall push. While he led the Skins to 30 points on 4 drives, he was also responsible for two Dallas scores thanks to a fumble and a poorly thrown interception. In the end 2/3rds of the team were beaten badly by Dallas and to me, that's what led to Washington's downfall.

Let's do some The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good
- Rex Grossman (25/43, 322 yards; 4 TD, 2 INT, 1 fumble). Had you told me that we would have seen 2 INTs and 1 fumble from Rex Grossman, I would have told you that wouldn't have surprised me that much. However, I seriously doubt that anyone expected a 4 TD performance. I can live with 4TDs and 2 INTs every week if necessary . This was only one game and I still have concern about Grossman floating passes and not having enough arm strength to make all the NFL throws, but this is a good start. He has two more weeks to show if he can be a valuable member of the team in 2011.

- Ryan Torain (11 carries, 53 yards; 5 catches, 48 yards; 1 TD). Many will teall you that the Skins didn't run the ball enough this week and I can agree with that. However, the Skins found ways to get Ryan Torain the ball with some nice passes in the flat and some screens. One screen in particular led to a 19 yard TD. 101 all purpose yards from scrimmage and a TD is nice. No doubt that Torain will be the #1 RB on the Skins next year. Now if only we can find out if James Davis or Andre Brown can be the primary backup (we know Keiland Williams is the Skins main 3rd down back)......

- Anthony Armstrong ( 5 catches, 100 yards). Another game, another deep 20+ yard catch for Armstrong. He has become the Skins legitimate deep threat and game changer for the offense.

- Santana Moss ( 8 catches, 72 yards; 2 TDs). It took some time but again Moss lived up to his reputation of being a Cowboy killer with some amazing catches and some nice runs. I only wish he had held onto that one pass late in the 4th or we may be talking about a Redskins win.

- Chris Cooley ( 5 catches, 62 yards; 1 TD, 1 2pt. conversion). Silent in the 1st half (again), Chris Cooley made a major impact in the second half. Much like Moss, Cooley is notorious for having big games against the Cowboys and did so again last week.

- Perry Riley (1 tackle). I thought I saw more tackles than that. Oh well, what I saw of Riley when he was playing LB I liked. I think he has the skill set that is needed for a 3-4 ILB.

- London Fletcher (11 tackles, 7 solo). Made a great dive with Rocky McIntosh on 4th and 1 to stop Dallas from scoring from the 1 yard line.

- Red Zone scoring. 4/4 in TDs when in the Red Zone and 2/2 in 2 point conversions. Not bad, especially for a team that usually has their drives sputter out as soon as they get close to the opposing team's 20 yard line.

The Bad
- Special Teams. Kick off and punt coverage was horrible especially in the 1st quarter. This gave Dallas great filed position and multiple opportunities to score on the short field. Return teams weren't much better as Brandon Banks was made ineffective due towards some good kicks/punts on Dallas and poor blocking by the Redskins. This is the second week in a row that special teams were at least a contributing factor in the loss.

- Sal Paulescu (4 punts, average of 26 yards; Long 45). Not a great performance after replacing Hunter Smith. There seemed to be little hangtime on a few of the punts.

- The Defense (overall). Not much penetration, not much pressure on the QB. Gave up 434 net yards to Dallas and generated no turnovers. The only silver lining is that the D held Dallas a few times in classic Skins "bend, don't break" fashion which kept the Dallas score under 35 points.

- DeAngelo Hall. Got burnt for TDs by Miles Austin and Jason Witten. Struggled at making tackles. This is what you get from D. Hall though. When he has a great game, he has a really great game and when he has a bad game, he really has a bad game.

- O-line. 5 sacks isn't good. Especially when two of the 5 come at the end of the game during a drive that could have given the Redskins the lead.

The Ugly
- Rex Grossman has a trend where he follows a good game by a really bad game. It will be worth watching to see if that happens this week.

- Anthony Bryant did a decent job taking most of the snaps at NT. But he's not a starter. He doesn't demand double teams, doesn't make a great deal of penetration on run plays (yes, I understand gap control but you would expect at least a little push backwards) nor does he collapse the pocket on pass plays. He does do a good job at gap control and not getting pushed off the LOS. The point is that the Skins will need a starting caliber NT if they plan on running the 3-4 with any success. They currently don't have that player on the roster.

- Dallas is now 2-6 at Dallas Cowboys stadium. Pretty sad but the Skins are also heading towards a 2-6 home record if they lose to the Giants in two weeks.

-3rd down conversions 36% (4/11). Still a significant problem for the Skins.

- This team can't stay healthy. Brian Orakpo and Reed Doughty are injured and may miss the Jaguars game. Kareem Moore also is ailing with a bad knee. Phillip Daniels and Ma'ake Kemoeatu were lost for the season with injuries and have been placed on IR.

- Kevin Barnes moved to safety ti fill in for the injured Reed Doughty. He looked good. I would like to see how effective he'll be at corner, but the good news is that he can play multiple positions and be useful to the Skins in many ways.

- With all of the injures and IRing, I have to hope we'll get to see more from players that need to be evaluated like Erik Cook, Macho Harris, James Davis, Rob Jackson, Jeremy Jarmon, Logan Paulsen, Perry Riley, Chris Wilson etc. You have two games, lets see what they can do.

Next week: Road trip to Jacksonville to play a playoff desperate Jaguar team.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Time to Start Doing Your Homework.......

I'm not expert in drafting players. Nor can I project what the Redskins will do with any/all of their picks. What I can say is that it's now time to start doing your homework if you have any interest in who the draftees may be this year for the Skins.

I hate to tell you this because like many of you I believe that we need to spend almost the entire draft picking O and D linemen that will fit the schemes, but I think the Skins will take a QB with their 1st round pick this season.
Unlike other outlets BS rumors and reports that the Redskins are "tanking it" to get the highest draft pick, I do believe that they will have a very hard time winning another game with the Skins traveling to Jacksonville to play a Jaguars team that is desperate to keep their playoff hopes alive and then facing the Giants at home on January 2nd.

If that's the case, the Skins end the 2010 season with a 5-11 record. That means that the Skins could be eligible for a draft pick as high as #2 overall (as of today). I doubt that will happen, but it's a good bet that they'll be in the top 10 and possibly the top 5 overall. They should have a good choice of talent at the position with possibly 4-5 QBs considered 1st round caliber coming out of college (of course this depends on whether Andrew Luck and Cam Newton leave school early to be eligible for the draft).

So here's how you can get ready. Start watching the players during their bowl games.
Here's a list of the bowl games schedule.  Watch them or at least some of the bigger ones to get a good look at some of the top prospects. No, I'm not just watching football, I'm doing research!!!! Always a good excuse to your significant other.

Then comes the East/West Shrine Game (1/22/11)
And the Senior Bowl (1/29/11)

Before you know it the Combine and the 2011 Draft will be here. So get started and come back in 2011 to debate who the Redskins will be taking in the 1st round. My early guess is a QB, possibly Jake Locker.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Update: McNabb Jersey Back to Regular Price.......

After numerous reports coming from various sites including ExtremeSkins, PFT,, SB Nation and us over here at IIWII, the Redskins took notice to the McNabb jersey sale and sent a message over to Pro Football Talk saying that it was all a mix up.

Upon discovering a third-party vendor made a decision to reduce the price of the jerseys, we had it corrected immediately and we apologize for the error.
-Tony Wyllie, Senior VP 

 It is true that the Redskins' team store is run by a third party vendor. Just read this entry over at the Official Redskins Blog for the story about who runs the team store and their makeover of the HOF store at FedEx this past May. So maybe somebody jumped the gun, put two and two together and decided to put the #5 jerseys on sale. Maybe it's possible.......

....but I'm skeptical about the Skins when they do stuff like this. I think many fans that really follow the team as close as I do (there are still some very knowledgeable fans out there) know that usually when something like this goes down, it's not an accident. Now PFT argues that the reason is to keep some flexibility in trade talks for McNabb, but I don't think that's the case either. That ship sailed the moment Mike Shanahan benched McNabb for Rex Grossman. My guess? I think the Skins are trying to end this relationship amicably.

I think many can agree that the locker room likes/loves McNabb a great deal. Heck, Mike Shanahan has said he likes Donovan McNabb the person even though he has issues with the performance of Donovan McNabb the player. I also like McNabb. Getting to listen to him, see the work he put in the off season and how he's handled his time in DC, I have a totally different view of him now than I did when he was in Philly. So, I think the Skins want to end this with a handshake an extra $3.5 million (from the extension) and a "I'm sorry it didn't work out here, good luck in your next city." line. By taking the jerseys off sale is trying to end the "disrespect" that some people are making of this.

It's still worth noting that the Albert Haynesworth jersey is still at $39.95 and is also listed as a sale item to go with the Devin Thomas, Antwaan Randle-El and Jason Campbell jerseys on sale.

Week 15 Picks

Got to make this quick I have a bunch of articles to get done today.

1PM Games
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)
The Browns have looked better, the Bengals are just a mess. I like the Browns here even though the Bengals are technically the better team on paper.
Pick: Browns

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys (-6.5)
2010 is over for both of these teams, what's left is evaluation, draft status and pride. Based on the last few years, I think this will be Dallas' for the taking, but who knows maybe the Skins can spark something with Grossman at the helm. I kind of doubt it.
Pick: Dallas 27-13.

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans (-2.0)
Kenny Britt uis back and I think this is a toss up game, but I'll go with the Titans here.
Pick: Titans

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts (-5.0)
This is a desperation game for the Colts. If they don't win this one, I will be highly surprised despite Jacksonville is probably winning the AFCS.
Pick: Colts

Kansas City Chiefs @ St. Louis Rams (+3.0)
I just think that the Chiefs are a better team here and they are a fast team anyway, so they should excel on the Rams' turf.
Pick: Chiefs

Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins (-5.5)
Dolphins should win this game in a close one.
Pick: Dolphins

Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5.5)
Tampa Bay bounces back after a mediocre performance last week in DC. They win this one in a tight game.
Pick: Bucs

Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers (-3.0)
I doubt the Panthers win another game this season. Andrew Luck is theirs for the taking.
Pick: Cardinals

New Orleans Saints @ Baltimore Ravens (-3.0)
I like the Ravens here at M&T in a shootout.
Pick: Ravens

Philadelphia Eagles @ NY Giants (-3.0)
If the Giants can control the clock and run the ball, they may have a chance to win this one. If the Eagles get ahead early, it will be hard to come back.
Pick: Eagles

4PM Games
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks (-6.0)
Falcons are just a better team despite Qwest's crowd noise.
Pick: Falcons

NY Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.0)
Steelers are w/o Troy and his big hair, but the Jets can't score. They won't be able to do so today either.
Pick: Steelers

Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders (-6.5)
Raiders should win this game, but the Broncos are debuting Tim Tebow today, so that should be worth the watch alone.
Pick: Raiders

Green Bay Packers @ New England Patriots (-6.0)
Rogers isn't healthy. I think the Pats win at home.
Pick: Patriots

Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
I'm more interested to see if they got the stadium ready for the teams to play and for the fans to be semi-comfortable than this game itself.
Pick: Bears

Last Week: 8-6
TNF: 1-0
Season: 124-83

Join Me and Other Redskin Bloggers on for A Live Chat

Live Chat today for the Skins/Cowboys starting at 1PM.
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celebrate the future with us as we evaluate the team for next season.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Proof Donovan McNabb Won't Be A Redskin Anymore......

The Redskins are beyond moronic when it comes to keeping team secrets. They leak stuff to the media, but most importantly they leak tons of information on their site including the team's store. Want to know if a player is on his way out the door? Look no further than the jersey section........
(Wow!!! only $39.95 for a player's jersey that the Redskins don't want anymore)
How I know this? They do this every time a player is about to get traded or released. Look down a little further on their site and you'll see this gem of a jersey you can also get for $39.95. Just proves my point. Neither McNabb or Floppy will be back here next season.

So forget about the "and Coach Shanahan said he may not return next year..." garbage. McNabb is done in DC. So much for trade value for either of these players, the cat's been let out of the bag thanks to the Skins trying to sell a few more jerseys. What hurts even more is for the Skin fans who bought jerseys, McFarlane's or other McNabb memorabilia to celebrate a player who some thought would be the face of the franchise and be here for a few more years......especially after he was given a multi-year extension just a month ago.

Fear not Redskin fans, you can still get your own Joey Galloway replica jersey at full price. Woo Hoo!!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Don't Feel Like Writing...But Here's the TNF Pick

It's been a bad day at work, I'm miserable and frustrated.
But here's the pick: Chargers.

I just think the Chargers have more weapons.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Where Do We Go From Here?

(What happens next for the 2010 Washington Redskins? Photo: WD)
The Skins have been mathematically eliminated. Haynesworth has played his last game as a Redskin. Landry has been placed on the IR and the Skins cut Hunter Smith as the fall guy for the special teams debacle of this past Sunday.

So with three weeks left for the 2010 Skins' season what's left? Is there anything that the fans can be looking forward in the final games? Believe it or not, the answer is yes. Of course the first few things I need to do is to get my article about the Haynsworth saga done. Then I need to finish my game recap of the Skins/Bucs game. Trust me, it's as hard to write a game recap about last week's game as it is to watch the game. And yes, I stayed right up to when Hunter Smith saw the ball go sliding through his hands. Surprisingly, the only part of me was soaked was my gloves despite the downpour of rain throughout the game.

This week is actually important in some circles. It's DALLAS WEEK Redskins fans. The Skins head down to Dallas in a battle of the worsts to determine who's going to have a better draft pick in a few weeks. It's funny reading some Cowboy fan comments on various sites. At 4-9 some of the 'Boys fans are just raving over how the team has improved. Of course this was the team supposed to host their first Super Bowl ever, so they're doing a bang up job in that aspect. The Skins could sweep the Cowboys this year with a win, but the way the Skins are playing I kind of doubt it.

That leaves an away game against the Jaguars and the season finale at home against the Giants. If anything the Skins have a better chance on the road than at home. So far the Skins are 3-3 on the road and 2-5 at home. Maybe Carlos Rogers is right and it's the fans. Actually, I think it's because FedEx does a lousy job of keeping opposing fans away with a poor product on the field. Also, FedEx seems to be one of the worst stadiums for generating and funneling crowd noise in the league. But that's another topic for another day.

So what can you as a fan do with the three remaining weeks? Some say drink heavily. Well, if you're like me in some ways, you'll be working out in your yard or doing some other activity other than wasting your time screaming at the TV. But, I'll also be listening to the games and recording them on  my DVR while I'm doing other things. I'll be doing this to start watching some of the youth of the team and figure if the have a future here in DC beyond 2010.

If you watch the games, here's a short list of players to keep an eye on: Terrence Austin, Erik Cook, Will Montgomery, Jammal Brown, Darrel Young, Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Anthony Bryant, Jeremy Jarmon, Kevin Barnes, Perry Riley, "Macho" Harris, James Davis, Graham Gano, Sal Palescu, Keiland Williams and Ryan Torain.

Many of these players have shown some potential or have something to prove if they want to make it to training camp. It's time to find some new "core" Redskins and some of those players above could be part of that group. It's also a good time to start watching our free agents namely Santana Moss, Rocky McIntosh and Carlos Rogers in particular. Do these guys want to be here based on their play? Do they fit the team's scheme? It's something worth thinking about.

Also worth thinking about is the 2011 draft. Currently, the Skins have 7 picks. Of the original 7, the Skins have 5 remaining (1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 7th round picks). The most likely scenario is that the Skins will be sending their 3rd round pick to New Orleans (for Jammal Brown) and their 4th round pick to Philadelphia (for Donovan McNabb). If that scenario remains true, then the Skins will receive the Saints 5th round pick. The Skins will also receive a conditional draft pick from the Colts for Justin Tryon (my guess is either a 5th, 6th or 7th round pick). Plus, I would hope that the Skins would try to trade Albert Haynesworth (although it's unlikely a team will be willing to give anything for him since the Skins will eventually cut him). There is also a chance that the Skins would get a compensatory pick for a few free agents they will probably let go. The Skins need picks. They need youth/talent on the lines, WR, ILB and other positions. I'm still emphasizing a deep need on the O-line and D-lines in this upcoming draft and those areas alone could use most of the Skins current picks. The key is to start getting familiar with these players. Even if the Skins don't choose the guy you like the most, you at least know what to look forward with the player they do choose (Brian Orakpo and Trent Williams are perfect examples of players I didn't expect the Skins to get or choose, but I knew about their talent and what to expect from their skills once the Skins drafted them).

So, all is not lost. The season may be over for the Skins, but the evaluations and analysis never ends and it will give you something to feed that Redskins fix until training camp 2011 (hopefully we'll see a new CBA in place by then) arrives. And luckily for you, there will be plenty of analysis coming your way over here on IIWII.

Let's look towards the future.........

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Initial Thoughts: Bucs @ Skins

- Just got home a few hours ago from the Monsoon at FedEx. The day was wet, cold, wet and insanely miserable. And that was before the Redskins started playing.

- The Skins should have had this game put away in the 1st quarter. If you're a Bucs fan you have to be happy that you got away with a win at FedEx. It wasn't because of great play by your team; it was because the Skins just stunk up the joint each and every time they had an opportunity. Trust me, if this was a playoff contender like the Falcons, Saints or Eagles they would have been up 21-0 very early.

- Those FG misses by Gano are inexcusable. Whats even worse is that he almost missed the extra point (nearly hit the left upright) and the 25 yd FG (also nearly hit the left upright). Is he injured? What's going on? The Skins need some answers ASAP. I like Gano and think his kickoffs have been great, but it only took 1 shank like that by Suisham last year to him fired. This is not good.

-Speaking of hot seats......since the Skins are in the evaluation process, I really think Danny Smith is in trouble. Another holding call during a Banks run, 2 short FGs missed and a botched extra point. This has not been a good year for his unit.

- Donovan McNabb's final drive to tie the game (and almost did) reminded me of the Donovan McNabb that I used to hate drove me crazy when he was an Eagle. That's a good thing. He led the Skins down the field like it was nothing and scored with little effort. I hope we see more of that McNabb next season.

- Now that the Skins have lost their 8th game will we see more playing time for young players/rookies like Terrence Austin, Jeremy Jarmon and Erik Cook?

- Albert Haynesworth who? He wasn't missed today. Note to Redskins Radio: please stop with the Haynesworth conversation. Frankly, we don't care anymore.

-Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams look like they'll be the key running backs in 2011. My only concern is injuries. I wonder if the Skins keep 4 HBs next year?

- Despite feeling the game slipping away the only time I really became angry was with the lousy calls and a few non-calls by the refs (only all 30,000 that were at FedEx saw the blatant hold on Orakpo during the TD catch by KWII). Dear refs., the Skins are experts in losing games by their selves. They don't need your help in that area.

- 'Tana Man. As a insanely loyal fan of the Redskins since 1986, since 1992 I can feel your frustration and pain. Games like this kill me and I can imagine what it's like losing a game like this especially when you had a good day and just scored the game tying TD to see it all go to waste.

- Tampa did a good job with half-time adjustments to slow/stop Ryan Torain and the Zone blocking. The Redskins on the other hand, did not. Where was the play action pass? Where was the over the top passes and slants to counter Tampa crowding the LOS? Did the Skins even make any adjustments?

- Is Donovan McNabb really healthy? He's on the injury report with a hamstring injury. We didn't see much of the bootlegs in previous weeks. Many of his passes today were really low and short (not just the classic 1 hops that McNabb throws once a game). Then there's the Jay Glazer report that 980 mentioned about McNabb looking bad and Rex Grossman possibly taking over. Before this gets blown up (again), can we get some honesty on what's wrong with McNabb.

- This game and in particular the Redskin's first offensive drive sums up the Redskins 2010 season.

- I think this may be one of the least attended games that I've been to at FedEx. While the lower bowl was relatively full, the upper bowl looked like it was at about 20% capacity. It took me longer to get to my car from my seats than it took me to get out of FedEx today. Yet, the crowd was loud at times for those who stayed.

- This season is over, I'm getting ready to start prepping for the draft.

Week 14 Picks (Sunday/Monday)

For some reason I picked the Colts over at BGO.....I wish I had done that here. Anyway here are the rest of the picks for week 14.

1PM Games
Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills (-1.5)
Tough game to figure out, but I'm going against the spread and picking Cleveland here. I like Rob Ryan's defense.
Pick: Browns

Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers (+7.0)
Bad weather may help the Panthers here, but that's all the help Carolina is going to get. The Falcons will run and throw all over them.
Pick: Falcons

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions (+7.0)
A story of two teams going in totally different directions. Expect this one to be closer than the spread, but I still see the Packers winning here.
Pick: Packers

Oakland Raiders @ Jacksonville Jaguars (-4.5)
West coast teams have a lousy time winning when they play 1PM games on the east coast. I don't expect this trend to change after this game.
Pick: Jaguars

Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-9.0)
Another easy pick here. I'm more curious to see the odds on whether T.O or Ochocinco go off this week.
Pick: Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Redskins (+2.5)
I just have a feeling here. If Washington is going to win any of the final four games left on their schedule, this is the one I see them winning. Skins pull the upset here thanks to some bad weather and a return of the run game.
Pick: Redskins 20-17

4PM Games
St. Louis Rams @ New Orleans Saints (-9.0)
The Saints are making a run for the playoffs and there's nothing the Rams will bring that will stop that from happening.
Pick: Saints

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers (-4.5)
Normally, I'd go with the spread here, but I don't trust the 49ers.  I'm going to go with the Seahawks in this dreadful game.
Pick: Seahawks

Denver Broncos @ Arizona Cardinals (-4.0)
Interim coaches have done well this season, I don't don't think it will happen that way this week.
Pick: Cardinals

New England Patriots @ Chicago Bears (+2.5)
Tough game. I have the home team winning this one.
Pick: Bears

Miami Dolphins @ NY Jets (-7.0)
Jets rebound after a tough loss against the Dolphins
Pick: Jets

Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers (-7.0)
No Matt Cassel, no win. Phillip Rivers wins in a shootout for the desperate Chargers.
Pick: Chargers

Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys (+3.5)
Eagles pick apart the Dallas D with their pass game. Mike Vick is scary in prime time.
Pick: Eagles

Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans (+3.0)
Joe Flacco should have a field day going up against the worst pass defense in the league.
Pick: Ravens

NY Giants @ Minnesota Vikings (+1.5)
Postponed due towards bad weather, the game has been moved to Monday. I don't think it changes the outcome.
Pick: Giants

Last Week: 9-6
TNF: 0-1
Season: 115-77

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Week 14: Thursday Night Football

Quick pick because I probably won't even watch this game.
I'm going with the Titans. Colts D is horrible against the run and while the pass game is average with Kerry Collins, it might not be as INT friendly as much as Peyton will be.

This could be the end of the Colts at least for this season.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Some Good Redskins News....

After falling to 5-7 and having ANOTHER Haynesworth/Shanahan drama on our hands, you need some good news heading into another tough game this week against the Bucs.

While I don't like to hear about injuries and wishing ill on players, the Bucs may be losing two more players heading into Sunday. One of their top corners Aqib Talib and starting center Jeff Faine are done for the year. Tough news because the Bucs are one of the teams that I'd root for in the playoffs now that the Skins are all but eliminated (and rightfully so).

As for the Skins, it looks like a few guys might be getting healthy and could be back this week. LaRon Landry is out of his walking boot and is going to try to practice and hopefully play this week. Same with RB Ryan Torain. While Torain hasn't played much this season, it's clear that of all of the RBs he's seems to be the most productive of the RBs currently on the active roster.

More on the Haynesworth suspension coming soon........

Monday, December 6, 2010

Game Recap:Redskins @ Giants

Wow, two weeks in a row I almost called the scores perfectly. This week I got the teams right. Skins fall to the Giants 31-7. I had the Giants winning 31-9, so the Skins actually scored a TD in the game is good I suppose. This game was no surprise for many knowledgeable Skins fans out there. The Giants have played the Skins incredibly well at The Meadowlands through the past decade. The Giants run the ball well. The Giants have a very nice D-line and have a nasty pass rush.

Apparently, the Redskins haven't been able to figure that out yet.......

The only way the Skins would win this game on the road is that they play an excellent game with few mistakes and hope the Giants make a few mistakes of their own. Instead we see 6 Redskin turnovers, 4 sacks (by the Giants) and a dozen or so missed tackles. Same old story really by the defense: can't stop the run, can't put any pressure on the QB. The offense has a similar problem, they can't run the ball and have difficulty protecting the QB for any length of time.

This game was pretty much more proof that the Skins have a ways to go on both sides of the ball with their linemen to get where they need to be. Let's make this quick with some The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good 
- James Davis (9 carries, 40 yds; 3 catches, 41 yds). Not a great game, but when there wasn't much good for the Skins you take what you can get. We need to keep an eye on Davis to see if he has a future here in D.C.

- Anthony Armstrong (6 catches, 97 yds; 1 TD, 1 Fumble). I was tempted not to put him here based on the fumble, but Armstrong was wide open many times and scored the lone TD. I guess you can overlook the fumble for the lone highlight of the game I suppose.

- Chris Cooley (6 catches, 61 yards). Another nice game by Cooley, yet also tarnished by a fumble. What made him stand out was how Cooley was stopped short of a 1st down, broke a tackle and then ran down the sideline when many would have just gone out of bounds.

The Bad
- O-Line. Another game, another poor performance in creating holes and protecting the QB. Gave up 4 sacks. Heyer and Brown really struggled out there today in particular. No way should Stephon Heyer be playing left tackle unless he's facing a 2nd or 3rd string DE or OLB.

- The Defense. Hard to blame any particular person because every time I watched a play, somebody missed a tackle (notables: Reed Doughty, Brian Orakpo, Maake Kemoeatu, Lorenzo Alexander), London Fletcher seemed to get blocked on every play and there was no penetration or pressure in the pocket by the D-line or any blitzers (of course no sacks).

- Phillip Buchanon. Benched for Kevin Barnes after being dominated by Derek Hagan (7 catches, 65 yards). Silver lining is that Barnes gets some playing time to be evaluated. We know what Buchanon can do and he's a pretty good nickle corner. Maybe less of a #2 but a good nickle back this year.

- Donovan McNabb ( 2 INTs; 3 fumbles, 1 lost). The INTs were bad. Especially the 1st one when McNabb throws into the end zone to a double covered Moss. At that point the game was 28 to 7, had the Skins found some way to score, maybe it would have made the loss less embarrassing.I know McNabb had a lot of pressure on him, but he has got to do a better job of holding onto the ball. Jason Campbell had the same problem with fumbles and it drove everybody crazy.

The Ugly

- Typical Redskin fan anger here and here. Not that bad compared to other games I suppose.

- Devin Thomas, had a pretty good game as a special teamer for the Giants. He partially blocked a Hunter Smith punt (Net 8 yards). Made a nice tackle on Terrence Austin on a kick off and downed a punt for the Giants inside the 5 yard line. Overall, Thomas has become quite a good special teams specialist. The problem is that when you are the Redskins and you draft a WR high in the 2nd round, you expect more than special team performances by the time that player is in his third year. Thomas has yet to make a catch in 2010. That is not good for a guy you'd hope would eventually be Santana Moss' replacement. His prospects as a WR in the league aren't looking that good. You wonder if Thomas is another Desmond Howard........
I know, I know we could have had DeSean Jackson........
Speaking of  bad moves made by Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato.......

Enough Already!!!!!
One of the reasons why this franchise is a failure

(Yep, this guy again!!!)
When you bring in a guy with a $100 million dollar contract with $40 million guaranteed, you'd expect the guy to be in almost every down and be a regular contributor. Instead he's been know for the headlines he's made off the field than on it. Now maybe you can argue that Haynesworth didn't sign on to play 3-4. That's fair, but the Skins wrote a clause that he could void his contract if he paid back the $21 million bonus. It's clear by now that Haynesworth wasn't worth the money, despite his occasional domination when he feels like playing. When Mike Shanahan came here, he was trying to bring a new era to DC, instead he's having to deal with the remains of the Vinny Cerrato (really Dan Snyder GM) era. This non-stop soap opera has yet to end and I personally can't wait for 2011 to get here so the drama will (hopefully) finally conclude. At this point all Haynesworth can be to this team is a distraction and a PR nightmare.

- Comment of the game:
” I’m tired of it.  I know a lot of people are tired of it.  I know you guys are tired of it, covering a terrible team like this.”
 -Brian Orakpo (via DC Pro Sports Report)

- Hopefully a sign of good news for the upcoming draft. Bruce Allen mentioned on the Redskins Radio pre-game show that "the game" hasn't changed much over the years and that its won starting with the performance of the O and D lines. Does this hint that the Redskins will push hard during Free Agency and The 2011 Draft for O and D linemen. I hope so. I would argue right now that the Redskins could use at least 1 new starting DE, a starting NT, 2 OGs and a new Center. That's not including depth at those positions.

-Is anybody really surprised by the out come? Let's look at the last decade of the Skins @ the Giants:
2000: W16-6
2001: L 23-9
2002: L l 9-17
2003: W 20-7
2004: L 20-14
2005: L 36-0
2006: L 19-3
2007: W 22-10
2008: L 16-7
2009: L 23-17
3 out of the last 10 were wins. Skins need to figure out how to beat the Giants at home.

Next Week, back at home to face a Buccaneer team hoping to make the playoffs. Come back for the fun that will be out in the cold at FedEx.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Week 13 Picks (Sunday/Monday)

1PM Games
Buffalo Bills @ Minnesota Vikings (-6.5)
Vikings are 1-0 after beating the Skins with interim coach Leslie Frazier. Bills have won the last 2 of 3 and the game they lost was a close one to a good Steelers team. I'm not convinced the Vikings are back to being the 2009 Vikings after beating my mediocre Skins.
Pick: Bills

Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins (-4.5)
Cleveland has looked better and Miami struggles at home, but Cleveland has only won 1 game on the road this season. I just like Miami in this one.
Pick: Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans (-3.0)
The Jags actually look like a playoff contender. The Titans look rough and unless Kerry Collins is healthy I don't like their chances.
Pick: Jaguars

Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs (-9.0)
Chiefs look to continue to fight for the AFCW title and should have a lot of help at Arrowhead today.
Pick: Chiefs

Washington Redskins @ NY Giants (-7.0)
Skins are injured and so are the Giants, but Tom Coughlin knows how to beat the the ball with the power RB. Unlike other teams he'll do just that. Expect Brandon Jacobs to touch the ball 25-30 times but it will be Eli throwing the passes for the TDs. This game could get ugly early even though I've been talking to some other NFL fans and they think the Skins will win this one. I don't.
Pick: Giants 31-9 (ouch!)

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions (+3.5)
If anything this could be a proverbial trap game for Chicago. Bears have a struggling O-line. Lions have Suh and VanDenbosch. But I think the Bears will find a way to win with their D.
Pick: Bears

San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers (-10.0)
Used to be a fun match up between NFL juggernauts, now not so much. One team is going to the playoffs, the other isn't. Guess who wins?
Pick: Packers

Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3.0)
Tampa has yet to beat a really dominating team and the Falcons are one of those teams this year. I like the Falcons in a close one.
Pick: Falcons

New Orleans Saints @ Cincinnati Bengals (+7.0)
Saints here. Bengals D is just horrible.
Pick Saints

4PM Games
Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers (-13.0)
Chargers are in their end of season run and the Raiders are better but not that good.
Pick: Chargers

Dallas Cowboys @ Indianapolis Colts (-5.5)
Neither team has been that impressive this season. Expect Dallas (or at least they should) to run the ball. Expect Peyton Manning to do his thing. Team that makes the less mistakes will win this game. The Cowboys have done nothing but make mistakes in the games they've lost. I think they do that again today.
Pick Colts

St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals (+2.0)
I like Sam Bradford as the difference maker of this game. He's the real deal.
Pick: Rams

Carolina Panthers @ Seattle Seahawks (-6.0)
They're playing a Qwest. I don't like the Panthers' chances.
Pick: Seahawks

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens (-3.0)
Normally, I'd pick the Steelers in this one. Main reason is that they've owned the Ravens in prime time games the last few years. However, I don't like that Big Ben is banged up and I think the Ravens are in a groove to win a close game. This game could start to separate the Ravens from the rest of the pack in the AFCN.
Pick: Ravens

NY Jets @ New England Patriots (-3.5)
I think Rex Ryan's D has Tom Brady's #. I like the Jets here in an ugly, close game.
Pick: Jets

Last Week (Sunday/Monday): 10-3
Thursday: 1-0
Season: 106-70

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Week 13: Thursday Night Football

Houston Texans @ Philadelphia Eagles
This game seems like a total mismatch to me. Michael Vick is currently one of the league's best passers and has two pretty nice targets in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. He's going up against the worst pass defense in the league (no, NOT THE REDSKINS), the Texans. While I don't think he'll have a 59-28 performance like he did have against the Skins, I think he'll do plenty to win this one I feel ill for talking up the Eagles.

Pick: Eagles

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

DeAngelo Hall's Interception

 An early FNV treat........

Two of the highlights for me in 2010 has been Chris Nolan's Inception and the play of DeAngelo Hall. Hall has been a master pick artist this season and is currently tied for 2nd in the league with 6 INTs. Radio Rabbit decided to combine the two and make this little parody/tribute with the BRAAAHM!!!! trailer theme of the movie.