Saturday, November 15, 2014

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

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


  From TMZSports.com 

 by TMZ Staff

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

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

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

Pretty cool, right?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

State Of The Redskins (Offense)

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

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



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


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



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















Monday, November 3, 2014

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

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

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

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