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Players Exchange Punches at Redskins Practice

Wide receiver Andre Roberts and rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland exchanged a quick series of punches in practice on Wednesday, probably because they play for a dreadful, hardly professional football team.

For the uneventful video clip (in its entirety), you can click here or here.

This organization continues to be the laughing stock of the league.

Cloudy with a Chance of Knee Jerk: Redskins v. Colts

Money to Burn

In the hours following a Redskins game, thoughts and ideas and assumptions run rampant through the mind of a Washington fan, forcing a scattered and cloudy backdrop between the ears. 

Here are my initial notes following the Redskins’ 49-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

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— This team becomes harder and harder to watch each and every week. Sure, the record sucks and the losing is terrible, but even more frustrating is the time you waste as a fan. The umpteen Sunday afternoons that you won’t ever get back because you sat down and prepared yourself for a three-hour game you thought would be different. I blame myself.

— Despite his attractive stat line, Colt McCoy wasn’t perfect. However, generally when you throw for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns, that’s good enough to win the game. The returned fumble for a score was ugly, but I probably didn’t hate McCoy as much as others.

— This may sound weird, but I was a little surprised at how bad the offensive line looked. Not because I think they’re particularly good, but because I believe effective quarterback play can improve the line’s play. Again, McCoy wasn’t perfect, but the offensive line (before watching the tape) was probably responsible for a majority of Indy’s six sacks.

— The Redskins had five fumbles in this game. FIVE. Only one was lost (for a score), thank goodness. But FIVE FUMBLES?!

— Glad to see that third-down conversion rate is picking up — 5-for-15 on Sunday.

— The Redskins committed 10 penalties in this game, which is kind of equivalent to macing yourself four times. Even better, the Colts committed 10 penalties as well (for 94 yards!) and the Redskins still couldn’t keep it close.

— Early in the game, the defense was able to force some turnovers (fumble, then interception), but unfortunately Washington couldn’t capitalize on offense. My guess: the offense was so shocked that the defense was actually capable of doing anything worth a shit, that when they did finally see something good come from the unit, they got excited, peed on themselves, and figured three points was just dandy.

— IN FACT, the Redskins have generated SIX turnovers the last two weeks, yet somehow have only been able to make six points out of it. Without doing math stuff, that’s hardly understandable based solely on the logic of probability. Or something like that.

— How ’bout a bright spot? Tight end Jordan Reed finished the game with nine catches for 123 yards. He’s so, so good when he’s healthy.

— But those bright spots don’t last long. Let’s take a look at defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and the Redskins defense in all their utter disappointment and filth. What a miserable unit. On a football field, this Washington defense is a disaster with legs. Jim Haslett MUST GO after this year. Seriously — all that talk about entering 2014 as an unshackled coordinator was bogus and Jay Gruden needs to be just as assertive with his coaches as he is with his players.

— And I don’t put everything on Jim Haslett. Most of it, but not all of it. Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather are the Redskins starting safeties and their talents COMBINED don’t equal an average starter in the deep half. They’re awful.

— Additionally, why is David Amerson always lost? If there’s more than one guy running in his general vicinity, his head begins to rotate on its axis and his legs just frantically carry him to the closest guy wearing opposing colors. It’s absurd.

— You know what’s fun? Getting TORCHED by Coby Fleener for 127 yards and two scores (should’ve been three if not for a blatant drop), as well as a rookie wideout Donte Moncrief a who went for 134 yards and two touchdowns. They were wide open all day.

— With a decent defense, 27 points is enough to win football games in the NFL. But the Redskins defense barely scratches the surface as a good minor league unit, and that’s why those 27 points are nothing more than stuffing and fluff.

— Here’s a tweet from Washington Post beat reporter Mike Jones. It’s sad and pitiful and brutal and hilarious, all at the same time.

— It’d feel good to orchestrate some type of holdout among fans that gives team owner Dan Snyder about 50,000 empty seats in each of the Redskins’ final three homes games.

— If I were you — and I am in fact me — I wouldn’t give this team anymore money. That doesn’t mean you can’t be a fan and root for them and tune in on gamedays. But in terms of jerseys, apparel, and my gracious, fucking season tickets (!), don’t do it. If you want to light money on fire like that, email me and I’d be more than happy to take it off your hands.

 

  1. who I loved coming out, by the way  (back)

Cloudy with a Chance of Knee Jerk: Redskins v. 49ers

Jim Carrey Horking

In the hours following a Redskins game, thoughts and ideas and assumptions run rampant through the mind of a Washington fan, forcing a scattered and cloudy backdrop between the ears. 

Here are my initial notes following the Redskins’ 17-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

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– The best part about this game was that I talked to people after the Redskins had already lost and delusional fans actually told me, “We played pretty well, but just couldn’t get it done.”

LOL

– The 49ers didn’t play well. I know their offense struggles; and sure, give the Washington defense some credit, commend the special teams unit, whatever. San Francisco wasn’t playing their best ball.

Robert Griffin III finished the game 11-of-19 for 106 yards and it’s scary to think he might just be another version of Blaine Gabbert.

– The Redskins offense was so watered down it was comical. And I mean that literally, as in I laughed while watching the offense.

– Hats off to Alfred Morris. Thanks for your effort, friend.

– The Redskins finished 2-for-13 on third down.

DeSean Jackson finished the game with two catches for 39 yards.

– I’m still in love with him, but Tress Way punting the ball EIGHT times should be all the stat you need to know the Redskins didn’t have a good game (/pointing to you delusional Washington fans).

– Sometimes I like to think about how bushy and cheerful this whole RG3 campaign started, and then compare it to how much of a train wreck it’s become — while crying in the shower.

– This Redskins team is vomit mixed with cactus juice.

 

Dear Robert Griffin III: Just Throw It, Dude

Robert Griffin III 3

As if Sunday’s 20-point blowout wasn’t depressing enough in real time, I rewatched the festivities and focused on bad dropback plays from Robert Griffin III.

Bad dropback plays don’t necessarily mean incompletions or misses, but instead failing to see open guys, holding the ball too long, committing turnovers, and taking unnecessary sacks.

Just a few notes before diving in:

— It’s always easier to go back and watch the film and scream for what a guy should’ve done. But this isn’t me ignorantly saying I could’ve done it better myself. Instead, just couch quarterbacking at its finest.

— I read a few takes regarding Griffin and his struggles being a result of less play action. While I don’t necessarily disagree with that (play action opens up passing lanes and Griffin thrived with that as a rookie in 2012), it’s not like guys aren’t open without play action. Quite the opposite, actually. Griffin just isn’t hitting them.

— A constant theme throughout the following screen shots consists of Griffin eyeing down one receiver, not throwing his guys open, and not trusting what he sees when he actually does see it. Often times I’d catch myself saying, “Just throw it, dude.”

— For the record, I won’t forecast Griffin’s future in Washington — at least not yet — because it’s depressing and makes my brain hurt. However, I do think it’s too soon to write him off with no chance of becoming an effective NFL quarterback.  Call me naive, I guess.

 

 

Throw 1

Throw No. 1 — Not a whole lot going on for Griffin down field and the rush is clearly pressing, but Jordan Reed appears like a decent option and there’s a wide receiver clearly open on the screen.

 

 

Throw 2

Throw No. 2 — The more I see this failed third down attempt, the more I feel like it was miscommunication. Jordan Reed is running a slant and that’s what Griffin is throwing to, but it appears Reed feels the oncoming defender and slows up a bit (maybe to sit in a spot). Hard to put this on Griffin or Reed because we don’t know the communication, but it’s a failed play nonetheless.

 

 

Throw 3

Throw No. 3 — Despite being backed up in his own end zone, Griffin has time. He needs to anticipate these kinds of throws and give his guys a shot with plenty of space in front of the safeties.

 

 

Throw 4

Throw No. 4 — Again, tough spot to throw from, but Griffin has the time. Every receiver has decent position on their man and the safety can’t afford to break this early. Throw your guy open.

Instead, Griffin waits, holds the ball, and the middle linebacker gets a hand on a poor pass that deflects and eventually lands in Jonathan Banks’ hands, who returns it for a touchdown.

 

 

Throw 5

Throw No. 5 — Not an easy toss for Griffin, but he has a pocket and at least one good option on this route. The safety crashing down on the crossing receiver is a little intimidating, but still doesn’t appear to be a huge risk if the ball is thrown well.

 

 

Throw 6

Throw No. 6 — Probably a tight squeeze for Griffin, but not an impossible completion. He has the pocket to throw and this is one of the spots where you’d like to see Griffin survey the defense pre-snap and give his receiver a heads up on what to be ready for.

 

 

Throw 7

Throw No. 7 — Another chance to throw to open space and trust your receivers. Everyone knows Griffin can make these throws because we’ve seen him throw them before. Some sort of mental block feels like the only rational excuse.

 

 

Throw 8

Throw No. 8 — Time, open guys, space. Not sure what happens here.

 

 

Throw 9

Throw No. 9 — Arguably the most frustrating miss of the game. Sure Griffin overthrew a couple deep balls to DeSean Jackson throughout the game, but he didn’t even appear to notice him streaking free on this play.

A decent throw and it’s a first down. A good throw and it’s probably six points.

There’s also the receiver in the middle, which is a likely completion and — assuming Griffin hits him in stride — a potential one-on-one with the safety following the catch.

 

 

Throw 10

Throw No. 10 — This play may not look like much, but a completion to Pierre Garcon (coming from the bottom of the screen) gives you positive yards rather than a sack. Griffin shouldn’t second guess himself on these kinds of plays — he has the arm strength to fire ‘em in there and give his receivers a stab at the catch.

 

 

Throw 11

Throw No. 11 — No idea. Griffin has his feet set like he wants to throw, he has guys open with plenty of space. Just throw it, man.

 

Jay Gruden’s Press Conference Got a Little Hot

FanDuel Redskins

The Redskins’ loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday ruffled plenty of feathers, and head coach Jay Gruden was sure to assert himself as part of the group during his press conference at Redskins Park on Monday afternoon.

In addition to mentioning Robert Griffin III played with “fundamental flaws” and “below average footwork”, Gruden also threw out the quote of the day by saying, “Robert needs to understand he needs to worry about himself first, and not everybody else.”

And a few more tidbits and reactions…

DeSean Jackson Lets Us Know How He’s Feeling on Monday

Following the Redskins’ embarrassing 27-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, DeSean Jackson didn’t pull any punches when describing how he feels the morning after.

DeSean Instagram Comment

Sad thing is, DeSean Jackson is right. From the top of the organization, to the players on the field, the Redskins aren’t capable of epic shit with the current staff.

It may seem a bit awkward in context given Jackson’s role with the franchise, but he’s not saying anything different than what fans like you and I take to Twitter about nearly every week.

 

Cloudy with a Chance of Knee Jerk: Redskins v. Buccaneers

In the hours following a Redskins game, thoughts and ideas and assumptions run rampant through the mind of a Washington fan, forcing a scattered and cloudy backdrop between the ears. 

Here are my initial notes following the Redskins’ 27-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

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It’s hard to find a starting point when attempting to vent about games like these. Everything was bad. And everything was bad from start to finish.

To root for this team, to deal with the constant drama, to try and get up and excited for a game (even against a bad 1-8 team) — it’s a task. Being a Redskins fan feels like a part-time job and it’s a strenuous gig.

– The first play of the game was Robert Griffin III short-arming an easy pass that bobbled on the hands of tight end Niles Paul before being intercepted.

The. Very. First. Play.

Griffin never improved. Poor pocket presence (as usual), bad throws (both interceptions were on the quarterback), couldn’t read a defense, etc.

And bad field/situational awareness too, like this scramble followed by a body-heave.a

– Don’t let Griffin’s 23 completions fool you. He rivaled John Beck as the check-down king.

– Head coach Jay Gruden mentioned the jury is still out on the quarterback position, and Sunday’s game was good evidence as to why he maintains that stance.

Sure, Griffin has the strong arm and the track speed, but there’s a lot more to the position than sexy attributes. Griffin hasn’t given coaches (or fans, for that matter) any reason to chisel him in as the savior and franchise cornerstone.

– That said, I wouldn’t list Robert Griffin III as a career failure at the age of 24. Does he have a long way to go? Yes. Would that “long way” require patience? If you value your health, yes. But these final six games are very important.

– Left tackle Trent Williams left the game with an MCL sprain, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed it’s just a sprain and that all ligaments remain intact.

– As a whole, the offensive line was ugly. Chris Chester sucks. And Shawn Lauvao (who left with a concussion late in the game), he sucks too.

– It probably isn’t fair to say the offensive line allowed all six sacks on Sunday, but Robert Griffin III was sacked six times.

– With decent throws, DeSean Jackson should’ve finished the game with at least two scores. Griffin overthrew the speedster on two deep balls in which Jackson worked his way behind the defense and had nothing but space between he and the end zone.

– I’d complain about not enough DeSean Jackson, but there really wasn’t enough of any offensive playmaker on Sunday. Not enough Jordan Reed, not enough Pierre Garcon.

Alfred Morris deserves credit for running hard all game. Not everything was easy, and that’s not to say Morris was perfect. But he finished with 96 yards on 20 carries and stayed aggressive.

– The Redskins finished 4-of-13 on third down. Same old, same old.

– One thing I did like for the Redskins on Sunday (or at least, one thing I understood) was the way Jay Gruden handled his offense before the half. The Redskins were trailing of course, so points were certainly needed, but it was still a two-score game. Gruden had conservative play calls to start the drive with a little over a minute to go in the first half and on second down, Alfred Morris broke a draw play for about 20 yards.

I don’t know for sure of course, but it doesn’t seem like rocket science. Gruden was playing it conservative from his own 21-yard line because 1.) he was pinned back on his own side of the field, and 2.) despite how ugly it all was, it was still a two-score game. He didn’t want to risk a mistake to completely deflate his team heading into the locker room, but as soon as one of those conservative plays hit for a decent gain (ie. Morris’ run), Gruden changed his way a bit, called a timeout, and effectively worked the underneath stuff that eventually led to a score.

I know this was hardly a difficult task for Griffin, but I liked it from a coaching standpoint.

The defense actually wasn’t terrible to start the game, but Griffin didn’t do them any favors and by the end of the game they still came out looking like themselves. b

– Rookie wideout Mike Evans finished the game with seven catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns against the Redskins.

Ryan Clark seems like a nice guy. Seems like a good veteran voice. But in terms of on-field production, he’s not effective anymore. He’s average near the line of scrimmage and an absolute mess in coverage.

– This defense doesn’t/can’t generate turnovers.

– The Redskins came into this game off their bye week. They had two weeks to prepare for a 1-8 Tampa Bay team.

– I don’t know whether it’s delusion, foolishness, or both, but I support Jay Gruden. I think he has what it takes to be a good head coach. And I also recognize the lack of talent on this roster, as well as who his bosses are.

– I don’t support Jim Haslett. He remains firmly on the shit list.

– The rotten mismanagement and moronic football knowledge starts at the top. The Redskins are ran more as an advertising platform than they are a football franchise and we can all expect shit like this until a.) the owner somehow learns how to take a hint, or b.) we all get lucky enough to see the current owner sell the team. c

 

  1. And before you say Griffin had to leap because of the guy going low, note that Griffin also has the option to go right or left.  (back)
  2. A turd of a defensive unit.  (back)
  3. …which feels near impossible.  (back)
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