Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 Draft Report Card

This year will be a pivotal for the Redskins especially the draft class and how they produce. After two seasons of Scot McCloughan calling the shots on draft day, Bruce Allen will be in control of the draft board and the franchises future
Via redskins.com


 Hail RedskinsNation!!!! Welcome to another season of Redskins football and another year of my report cards, thoughts and observations of this team we all know and love. As always I want to thank you the fans for all the support and love throughout the last 5 seasons. If you've been following the blog and Sports On The Hill Podcast, which airs live Monday nights 7pm-9pm est.You can also check out any of our old shows or my old articles on our website www.webngames.com We love seeing our family grow and we have just started our second season. You can follow us on Facebook @ Sports on the Hill Podcast , on Twitter @SportsOTHP , or on Instagram SportsOTHP. You can also follow me, Carroll Porter III or my co host Robbie Gross personally on Facebook and we also have Twitter pages, as you all know my handle is @TattooedScorpio and Robbie's is @eibborssorg. We would also like to announce we will be covering the new AFL team Washington Valor and possibly the Washington Mystics this season and upcoming season.

 This off-season has been....unsettled and defining. The departure of Scot McCloughan and his above average scouting/drafting skills and the still franchise tagged Kirk Cousins has showed some instability. The additions and subtractions on defense has the team looking like it's still using some of the old GM's playbook for addressing free agents and the draft. The fact that this is the first time since 1997 the Redskins drafted defensive players 1-2-3 in the draft has me optimistic for this upcoming season despite all the negative media spin during this past off-season. The team started out with 10 draft picks and drafted 10 players and signed 7 undrafted rookies, I'll just highlight the draft picks here and list the undrafted rookies:
     
                                                       
Via Washington Redskins Official Facebook Page




 By now we've seen the results of the draft as pictured above and I hope that RedskinsNation is as pleased as I am. I honestly have to give this draft a B+ from first look at these prospects. The fact that the team drafted 6 defensive/4 offensive players shows that the team finally understands that you need playmakers on defense and offense to compete and win. The first two picks DE Johnathan Allen and OLB Ryan Anderson look to be immediate additions to this talent and youth hungry defense. These two players out of Alabama makes the defense better in the run stop defense and pass rush/pressure. With the OLB position needing a upgrade and the DL, my thought is that Preston Smith may move to DE which will improve the DL with him playing with his hand in the dirt in college and Anderson will be a upgrade from Smith at the OLB position. The third round pick CB Fabian Moreau is a tall CB with good ball tracking skills and good size but only three career INT's in college shows he doesn't have the best hands when he does make a play. He also could be a possible replacement for Bashaud Breeland who is in a contract year. Now to me the X factor of this draft is RB Samaje Perine the 4th round pick. With his combination of size, power, speed and good hands he could really add an explosive power element to this Redskins offense and run game. My only question is his blocking ability but with his size and low center of gravity, I don't think it will be an issue. S Montae Nicholson, the second of 2 fourth round picks was another solid pick for what the defense needs in the secondary. He has size, speed, athleticism, and physicality which are things that unit desperately needs. He got benched for taking bad angles and bad tackling but has turned that weakness into a strength, he's still raw and could've benefited from another year in school but I'm sure the team can get him coached up. The fifth round selection TE Jeremy Sprinkle could be a godsend for this inconsistent redzone offense. He's a huge kid with above average blocking skills and is a big target in the tight confines in goal line situations if needed. The first of the sixth round picks C Chase Rouiller was my most applauded move. The team finally decided to draft a huge lynch pin to this improving offensive line. He's a little raw with only one year of starting at C but could be a upgrade at that position. The big WR Robert Davis was the second of the 6th round picks and could also be a great addition for the red zone with his long wing span and the ability to stretch the field with his speed. The questions on him was the strength of competition he faced. In the seventh round the team went back to addressing the defense with LB/S Josh Harvey-Clemons. He's looking to be used more as a ILB but with combination of hybrid players this team has on defense, no doubt pressure and confusion is the goal of the defense moving forward. With the final selection the Redskins drafted a risky pick with a often injured CB Joshua Holsey. He's a low expectation/high ceiling player, if he's able to rehab this summer and stay healthy he will be a diamond in the rough that could add more size, speed and play making skills to this revamped defense in the near future.We can all agree the team got bigger, faster, and more physical. Now if they could get the dysfunction out of the front office and the local sports media....everything will be right in the D.C. sports world. Here's the undrafted rookies as promised:


James Quick WR- Louisville
Tyler Catalina OL- Georgia
Zach Pascal WR- ODU
Ondre Pipkins DT- Texas Tech
Kyle Kalis OT- Michigan
Mario Yakoo G- Boise State
Fish Smithson S- Kansas
Nico Marley LB- Tulane
Levern Jacobs WR- Maryland
Jameel Jackson DB- Grambling
Cass Weitl DE- Northwest Missouri State
Verlan Hunter WR- Grambling

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

OVER NOW



This has been a long time coming I think and the events of the past couple of weeks finally made me get off my ass and decide to write a post.

It's time to say goodbye to It Is What It Is.

Now I could go on and rant about Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, the end of Scot McCloughan's run as the Redskins GM, the Kirk Cousins contract mess and other things but I've said most of that already on my Twitter account and I don't feel like writing another 2-3 pages about power struggles and dysfunction.

The thing is that many Redskins fans have short memories. The Scot McCloughan saga is already being swept under the rug as people realize that Bruce Allen isn't going anywhere and that they might as well start to get ready to learn about the new free agents that will save the franchise (but probably leave us empty and hoping for the next group of saviors in 2018). You can only stay angry for so long before the 'Skins wave something new and shiny at you and all is forgiven........

Face it folks, DC is still a football city and despite other sports doing well in our Nation's Capital, it will remain so barring multiple championships being won by the Nationals, Capitals or Wizards.

Me on the other hand? I've just grown apathetic.

I'm a 1st generation Redskins fan. My mom grew up as a Baltimore Colts fan and then she rooted for the Dan Fouts Chargers. My dad wasn't really into pro football. I started watching the NFL in the early 80's and consider myself a Redskins fan no later than '85 or '86. One of my dreams as a kid was to get season tickets because watching RFK rock was amazing and it was damn near impossible to get tickets to a game.

I continued to try an catch every game that I could as I was growing up despite school and work taking a large portion of my free time.

In 1999, Dan Snyder bought the team. Snyder peaked my interest because he grew up a Redskins fan and was a young guy (in ownership age) when he bought the team. He also seemed to share the passion that I did for seeing the team being a annual contender. In 2001, I got to see my first ever live Redskins game and was hooked. Eventually, I purchased season tickets in 2004.

Also, during this time the internet was starting to really thrive with Redskins message boards and websites dedicated to what was going on with the team.

As time went on, things continued to sour. Poor moves by the team, coaching changes right and left and some very questionable policies made by the team towards its fans slowly started to turn me off. Again, there's no need to go into details. Go look them up yourself if you want.

By the end of the 2013 season, I had given up my season tickets. This blog that at one time I was writing almost 1-2 posts a day had fell into disarray and I had quit all of the 'Skins message boards to rant on Twitter.

There was hope though in 2015 as the team hired an actual football guy in McCloughan and I thought the franchise, it's team president and it's owner finally had figured out how to run a successful football operation. The team had back to back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016. While 9-7 and 8-7-1 aren't great records, this was the first time the Redskins had back to back winning seasons in 20 years.

20 FUCKING YEARS!!!!!

And now here we are. Blame McCloughan's alcohol problem if you want but it seems like it was more ego than EtOH that ended this situation. Now the team has to rely on Bruce Allen to build the team. Allen, the son of one of the most loved Redskins coaches George Allen, will be always known as the man who was more satisfied with Redskins functions than Redskins football. "Winning off the field" will be his epitaph in DC while his father will always be remembered for "40 men together and you can't lose",  reviving  the rivalry with the Cowboys and making the team relevant on the football field.

It's not that losing Scot has made me mad. It's that I've finally come to the conclusion that the Redskins will probably never be much while Dan Snyder and his people (cronies is a better word) are running the team. Oh sure, we'll have a playoff appearance or two. We might even win one, like we did in 2005. The team will win the division every once in a while but it will not be anything substantial. And every 3-4 years (or less) something will come up and tear down everything that has built the team up. Still not understanding my point? Think RGIII and Mike Shanahan. 2010-2013 overall were pretty mediocre for the Redskins. Yet, 2012 the fans got excited. We went 10-6, won the division and went to the playoffs. Some fans are still living in the 2012 season, despite it's now 2017 and Shanahan and RGIII are both no longer on the roster (nor does either currently have a job in the NFL). You can now start to wonder when the Jay Gruden era is coming to an end? Sure, he was extended to 2020 but I wonder if another 6 win season will give him his pink slip despite being hired by Allen. Of course, this will be Jay's fault and not that of the team president or the owner.

There's still nothing wrong about being a Redskins fan. I consider myself still one. That said, I don't have to spend my money to go to games, buy and wear merchandise, spend hours on Twitter checking transactions or debating with fellow Redskins fans about the most stupid of topics. I now enter the world of casual fandom.

So what now?

Well, there are plenty of blogs out there that cover the Redskins and in some cases do a much better job than I ever did or could do with my time. So find them and check them out. I want to thank again the 12 or so constant readers of the site and all the folks that I've debated over the years on Twitter.

Speaking of Twitter, the IIWII account will probably be shut down in the next week or two as I set up my new account. I don't plan on leaving Twitter, I just plan on dropping off of Redskins Twitter (mostly) and there is no need to plug a blog that is done.

IIWII at least for the short term will remain up on Blogger. I want Tattooed Scorpio's stuff to remain available to read. I haven't talked to him about this but he is still welcomed to write if he wants and plug his stuff here if it helps his writing career.

So consider me officially retired as a Redskins blogger. Again, thank you for reading this or any of my posts. I hope you enjoyed them and if you didn't I hope you got something out of them.

This is The Burgundy Ghost......aka Walking Deadman signing off.