Monday, September 26, 2016

Week Three: Obervations of The Redskins Vs Giants

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  Hail RedskinsNation!!! It's #VictoryMonday and it feels so good. The game wasn't the prettiest but division games rarely are, The fact that a 0-2 team could go on the road, face a early turnover and being down early but still come out with a win is impressive. I loved some of the adjustments made by Jay Gruden and his coaching staff but hated some of the repeated issues of the offense that reappeared. You throw in the fact that the team had injuries in the secondary and the offensive line made the victory stand out more. DeAngelo Hall has a possible torn ACL which could end his season and Kory Lichtensneiger going out with back spasms and another undisclosed injury showed how deep this team is now. Well, I'm not gonna nit pick a victory, especially the first of the season in a place where the team hasn't won since 2011. Be sure to tune in tonight to Sports On The Hill Podcast show tonight starting at 7:00 pm est and talking Redskins at 8:00 pm est. You can call in or listen in at 347-884-9299 or stream it live. Go like our page on Facebook to get the weekly link for our show. Here's my observations of the game:

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The team came out a little slow on offense but got it together after a early turnover and being down in a hostile enviroment. The fact that the line lost the center and left guard but were able to adjust was very impressive and a testament to the coaching ability of Bill Callahan. Trent Williams also showed once again why he's one of the best lineman in the league by moving to left guard for the entire second half and not missing a beat.

Kirk Cousins looked sharp in some phases of his game but still looked unsure and inaccurate in others. The touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson was pinpoint accurate and beautifully thrown. The screen play was well-designed, well-timed and perfectly executed. I'm glad the receivers and backs are learning to become more patient with screens, letting them develop for a big gain and the Jamison Crowder 55 yardTD screen pass was a big momentum swing in the game.

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Matt Jones is improving week by week but the big hit that he took allowed the team to get a look at the rookie Robert Kelly and I liked what I saw. He had cutback lanes but slipped twice when seeing the cutback lanes and could've went for big gains. Chris Thompson is also becoming a good third down back picking up the blitzing LB and a valuable safety value for Kirk.

The WR's came up big when needed in the game. Kirk missed some open targets that would've gone for touchdowns but all in all he had a interception free game. In order to win you have to protect the ball. The screen to Jamison Crowder was a thing of beauty. The play call was timed it perfectly, he patiently used his blockers and did a great job of alluding that last attempted tackle at the 15 yard line to get the TD.

Penalties still are a issue but the fact the Giants were so emotionally charged for this game, they let their emotions get the best of them in several key times in the game. Even though the Redskins were bailed out several times by offsetting penalties, the team is not good enough to keep making these mental lapses and expect to win. The new rule of two unsportsmanlike penalty came into play when the starting center for the Giants got ejected for two of those calls. These penalties has to reduce and not repeat with our upcoming schedule that's getting much tougher after the visit from the Browns.

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Special teams was special yesterday with five field goals by Dustin Hopkins and kicking the ball out of the end zones consistently on kickoffs. Tres Way with his first NFL pass and completion to Quinton Dunbar on a critical fake punt for a 31 completion and a huge first down. There was one blatant mistake on a punt block where the defender came right up the middle and got a hand on it but luckily one of the ,many costly Giants penalties negated that. The 50 yard punt return by Crowder was his best return as a Redskin. The punt return unit looks like it's getting it's timing together. Don"t be surprised if you see a punt return TD coming soon from this team. I believe the Redskins are have the longest drought of not having a punt return touchdown.

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The defensive line is still in need of a bigger presence in the middle. With the speed that the team has on the LB and safety positions getting to the outside hasn't worked as well for teams as running up the middle. On the positive side the defense did get some pressure in the pass rush and had two sacks,one of them a monster sack fumble by Chris Baker that the team was unable to recover. Everyone including players are wondering why Pot Roast is still at home unsigned. Something has to give as we saw Chris Baker and Joe Barry having heated words on the sidelines in that lopsided first quarter.

The loss of DeAngelo Hall will be a big hole to fill, on the field and in the locker room. Will Blackmon is his backup and fellow cornerback transplant to free safety. From the way he stepped up and filled in, I'm not too concerned. He wasn't credited with the forced fumble of Shane Vereen but was in on the play and I believe knocked it loose and had some key pass break ups The depth will be tested with Hall most likely done for the season.

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If you've followed my writing you know how big a fan of ILB Will Compton I am. He constantly gets this team is the right play call and alignment, read and react to the play, and has decent coverage skills. He is becoming a true leader of this LB corp. Love the addition by Scot McCloughan, he know his football players. The linebackers do have to get more involved in the turnover battle. Several balls were on the ground and LB's were near but couldn't come up with it. The defense has forced 5 turnovers in three games but the offense has had to settle for FGs and the impact of those turnovers haven't been fully felt by the other team.


The play by David Bruton Jr. in the end zone should've been ruled a interception. His elbow was clearly down before he rolled out of bounds and had control of the ball. With the injury to a team leader and captain, the secondary still played solid after he exited the game and didn't miss a beat. The season is young but today players stepped up and made plays and that's something the Redskins haven't been able to say on defense for a long time. I have to give props to Quinton Dunbar because I doubted his talent and ability to even make the team but he made two crucial plays to definitely helped this team win this game. The one handed INT was just ridiculous.

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The battle between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham was overblown all week and played out on the field. They both had opportunities and made plays. Norman had a chance for a crucial int that would've stopped a drive n the red zone. The win is the ultimate goal and being this team hadn't won in New Jersey since 2011, I'm sure keeping Beckham out the end and the W feels pretty good. The next match up for the season is Week 17....who knows what might be on the line but will be another great match up.


The rookie Su'a Cravens is quickly becoming a fan favorite with his favorite player being Sean Taylor and wearing his rookie #36. Last week I spoke about him making an impact on this team and defense and he made a huge impact in the outcome of this game. With New York driving for a game winning FG in the final minute of the game he makes a diving, game sealing int jumping a underneath route to the running back. With Hall being lost for the season, it looks like Cravens will be getting more rotation with Blackmon being most likely pushed into the starting lineup.


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 It's a wonderful #VictoryMonday but the Redskins still have room to grow as a team along with Kirk Cousins. Taking a bad sack with a timeout and taking sure points off the board at halftime is usually a recipe for disaster but the team stepped up, battled back and got a important win. Next week Cleveland Browns on the schedule with a chance to even the record and start the second quarter of the second off .500. Once again thanks for all the love and support. Be sure to tune into Sports on The Hill Podcast and go like the page on Facebook and go follow on Twitter @SportsOTHP. Show starts at 7:00 pm EST and talking Redskins at 8:00 pm EST. You can call in to give your take on the win or about this article or any D.C pro sports team at 347-884-9299 or stream it live. The link will be available at the time of the show on our page. Have a blessed day and #HTTR4LIFE
































































Monday, September 19, 2016

Week Two: 10 Observations Of The Redskins Vs Dallas



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  Hail RedskinsNation. Been a while since my last article and I hate to comeback to writing with a loss to the Cowboys....yet here we are. Been a rough start to the 2016 season but not time to blow up the ship and start from scratch. After breaking down the film they're some good signs along with the bad.  Week 3 versus the Giants can and should be considered a must win, and I hope Scot McCloughan is on the phone with Terrence "Pot Roast" Knighton today. The improved secondary and the money that the team is paying Josh Norman means nothing without pass rush, pressure and collapsing the pocket. To answer all the questions about the DBs not following receivers around the field, the Redskins run a high percentage of zone coverage. That means the players are responsible for areas on the field and not personnel. If you have been listening to our show Sports On The Hill Podcast on Monday nights from 7pm-9pm you would have heard my concerns about not having a true NT. In order to have a effective 3-4 defense your NT must be able to get pressure, occupy blockers and collapse the pocket. At present the team has no one that can do this on the current roster and I don't understand with him available, why the team hasn't signed him. That's for another article on another day. Let's get to my breakdown and observations of this latest loss.


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 Jay Gruden's offense has to wake up and play before the second quarter. It's been a issue for most of his tenure and must improve. Think it's time for Jay to finally adjust his playbook to his players instead of trying to make his players adjust to his playbook and play calling. I believe Jay is handcuffing Sean McVay in his play calling trying to force his game plan. As might be the same for Joe Barry and the defense.

Kirk has to get his ball placement better to keep the chains moving and take advantage of what the defense is giving him. Too many yards and points left on the field....especially early in games.

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Matt Jones looks like he's finally starting to get his legs back after missing the last three weeks of preseason with a shoulder strain. His touchdown run was a mix of vision, speed, and desire to get the end zone. I still would like to see Robert Kelly activated on gameday. Jay Gruden has to learn to stick with the run and make quicker in game adjustments..The running backs only get more effective the more touches they get.

  Kory Lichensteiger is becoming a bigger and bigger liability. Not just getting pushed into the backfield but now penalties. His strength was supposed to be his football IQ...didn't seem like it yesterday. This time his penalties and lapses were at a very critical point in the game. I think some centers need to be bought in since we don't have any other center on the roster.

 The offense seems to be opening up some even tho DeSean Jackson only had six targets for the whole game. Kirk got the ball to 10 different targets but his inaccuracy at the wrong time has to end. In order for this offense to be as explosive as expected and this team to be successful Kirk has to improve starting week 3 vs (2-0) New York Giants.

I noticed that Joe Barry has started switching the OLB's around on the line and in the formations.
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This is a change for the LOLB position. Since the Redskins have switched to a 3-4 the LOLB always lined up over the LT and Ryan Kerrigan would be moved to different positions around the line. Yet I  saw Preston Smith and Trent Murphy line up in different positions on the line to cause confusion and created pressure. The team had 4 sacks and Trent Murphy with 1.5. For the second week in a row Preston Smith made a impact in the game more then the stat sheet shows. Can't wait until the team figures out the NT position so he can have more one on one match ups.

 The ILB's are playing well, racking up a lot of tackles but haven't been as effective as the team would like right now. Both Will Compton and Mason Foster have double digit tackle games but the team needs more. Turnovers are key in a 3-4 defense and those two have to learn to create turnovers and give the offense a short field. Unfortunately the turnovers the defense have forced have only resulted in FGs in the first two weeks of the season. But have to keep creating them.

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 The secondary are learning each other and becoming comfortable with each other. The narrative that Bashaud Breeland has lost confidence or getting  burned is totally wrong in my opinion. Dez Bryant had a good game but he didn't score and had flashes in the game but wasn't as big as the commentators or fans would have u believe. The team has drafted defense heavy for the first time in a
long time and the team is building through the draft to improve the speed, size and talent level of this unit that has been in much need of that for so many years. The same way it took talented players and time to build the offense it will take time to build up a good defense.


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 Both sides of the ball has to improve execution on the field and in the meeting rooms. The slow starts and penalties are killing the team and making it a uphill battle when trying to comeback all the time. The defense has to force timely turnovers and find a way to get points to help this struggling red one offense. Also need to be more effective at getting teams off the field on long 3rd down situations. 3rd and 8 should be a stop short of the first or possible turnover.

 The two most consistent players on this team have been Dustin Hopkins and Tres Way. These special teams stand outs have been crucial in keeping the Redskins in games with their stellar and consistent play. These guys only get talked about when they screw up but I'm gonna give em credit when they're doing well also.

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