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First impressions: Cowboys 44, Redskins 17

Dec 28, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

Griffin vs. Dallas passing

—Where has the play that led to DeSean Jackson’t 69-yard catch and run been all year? And why wasn’t it used again in the game?

—Robert Griffin III got his first rushing TD since Week 17 of 2012. He scooted around left end with 6:45 left in the fourth quarter.

—The Redskins had a chance to get back on the fringes of being in the game in the third quarter but Griffin threw a pick right to linebacker Bruce Carter. The quarterback just didn’t see the linebacker and it was an easy play.

—For the second time in three weeks the Redskins get caught by a surprise onside kick. The special teams this year have improved from 2013 but they are still awful. Stuff like that is just dumb football. It’s one thing to get beaten physically but when the other side is beating you mentally, you have bigger problems.

—Dez Bryant’s first TD pass was certainly on David Amerson, who whiffed on the tackle. But it looked to me like Phillip Thomas hesitated when it looked like Amerson was going to bring Bryant down. That hesitation cost Thomas an opportunity to get an angle on Bryant and stop him before he reached the end zone.

—Leonard Hankers was inactive for the Redskins today. The fourth-year receiver was either on the PUP list or inactive for 14 of the team’s 16 games and played just 23 snaps. He is in the last year of his contract and it seems that he realizes that it’s unlikely that will be back.

  1. vcuramsfan - Dec 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Wow. What a horrible excuse for a football team. I am getting too old for this constant rebuilding process that can’t get off the ground floor.

  2. Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Bob was 3-10 with 2 INTs in the red zone. He still has no idea what he’s looking at beyond the 1st read and even that is usually slow. His WR screens to Jackson and Garcon accounted for 116 passing yards, otherwise it was his typical day of late throws, staring down receivers, and having no pocket presence.

    • goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Bob will be back next year and for years to come. Hope he has a strong off season working on mechanical stuff and hitting the film room.. He should be back better than ever next year. All in all, a decent game for Rob, had some mistakes but also showed some good things to build on for next year.

      • Phantom10 - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        You call that a decent game? Good god, that was horrendous. Too many sacks where he should have thrown the ball away, too much staring down his first read, no speed burst, confused in the pocket, too many check-downs, can’t throw the deep ball…shall I go on?

        • goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM

          Well it was not his worse game of the year, it was not even his second worse game of the year. So all in all it was a reasonable game for him, maybe not “decent” but not spectacularly horrible like throwing 106 passing yards for the game.

      • fwhalstead1 - Dec 28, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        goback2rfk – You are an absolute RG3 homer. There is nothing even remotely that suggest Robert had anything but a SUB AVERAGE day…the CB’s of the Cowboys should be well rested after today’s game as they were never tested deep, not even once! As a matter of fact with the exception of 1 game with #10 under center this offense has had to be watered down so much a very good high school QB could run it and that is NOT the coach’s fault…the offense with Robert under center is comprised of 8 yard hitch routes or button hooks and 5 yard WR screens. Oh, and before you tell me about Rg3’s TD run let’s be clear – if Robert is running trying to bring RG3 back to life he has made a mistake because the offense is designed to RUN with Alfred and PASS with Robert…Robert is just another bad player on a horrible football team. Robert will be lucky to be the 2nd string QB on the team next year…and we have not even begun to discuss his 3 turn overs today where he fumbled while getting sacked, threw late into the flat after DOUBLE PUMPING to a receiver on a pass that was tipped by the LB and intercepted, and the interception he threw while staring down his 1st read. He was absolutely bad today in all phases of what a QB should be doing in week 17 of the NFL….no prgression from him at all….

        • fwhalstead1 - Dec 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

          Oh…and i almost forgot – he could have clearly stepped up into a NICE pocket 5 times today and turned it down to scramble and RUN! Nah, he’s not RG3 anymore and he’s not going to out run anyone…he’s gotta LONG way to go just to be AVERAGE!

        • goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 7:59 PM

          There has definitely been some progression with RG3, he looked absolutely terrible during his first few games of the season, so when you look at it, his last couple games he has definitely looked better. I am not saying he has looked great or even close to good enough, but he has looked better than the guy that had a game with 106 passing yards previously. I would say his game today was mediocre or reasonable. It was not great, it was not overly horrible, but it is what it is. I would give him a 6 is someone asked me to rate him on a scale of 1 – 10.

          Anyways,

          So who exactly do you think is going to be the number 1 guy if RG3 is a back up? Colt McCoy will not get a big contract. You do not think they will sign Colt to a bigger contract to keep him around for 2 or 3 more years do you? Colt McCoy is not the future of the Redskins and neither is Cousins. Robert wins out just by there really being no one to challenge him. Unless they plan on going after a QB with the 1st round pick, there will be no moves made at the QB position. Cousins is still under contract for next year, keep him around as the number 2 guy, grab a Pat White to fill the 3rd spot. Focus on the offensive line, safety, etc. and hope and pray that RG3 get a lot better during the off season.

          They are going to give Rob another fresh start next season in a do or die type situation. At this point they will sign him to a new 3 year deal worth somewhere around 30 million dollars + incentives. The guaranteed money will be on the lower side and look for a way out on that 3rd year option.

        • gasngo14 - Dec 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM

          well stated fwhalstead1 , goback is the same guy who screamed 24-7 to draft bob on redskins.com. I think he has a couple of posters on his bedroom wall :)

        • Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 9:53 PM

          A 6 on a scale of 1-10? His two best passes all day were WR screens where everyone else did all the work. He’s a bad QB and today was no more than a 3.

  3. Phantom10 - Dec 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Zeo QB’s on this team. Only about 3-4 legit keepers, no GM. Here’s the real deal though – Gruden and Griffin are back next year, no decent FA’s are going to want to play here and adding a 2-3 starters in the draft are not going to help this team from going 4-12 next year.

    • goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Were rebuilding again, should be getting better by 2018 or so.

  4. goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    A disgusting excuse for a football team. Goodbye 2014 , it was another despicable season for the deadskins. Keep those ticket prices down, may be able to catch a game next year for $5 bucks again.

    httr

  5. goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    On the bright side looks like we are picking 5th in the draft. Securing a top 5 pick was big today were gunna need all the help we can get.

    • Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Trade the pick. If Jailhouse Winston slides to #5, and Cleveland is actually interested, try to get their two picks (13 and 17 coming into today) for #5 to give the front office more chances to actually get a pick right.

      • Phantom10 - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Agreed. Too many holes to fill to waste it on the 5th overall pick. Trade back and get more picks

      • goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Sounds pretty good, but for a guy like Jameis, if he was going to slide to number 5 (which he will not, he is going number 1 or 2) I would want say the #13 pick #17 pick and another 2nd or 3rd pick to go with it.

        • Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

          Jailhouse is going to slide once teams get to interview him. He’s a moron at best with massive character issues and his numbers dropped off dramatically this year without Kelvin Benjamin making him look like a superstar.

      • goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        Why is he “jailhouse” Winston? Just because he stole some grab legs and screamed out a womans body part in public? Come on dude, the guy is not that bad. He is young and immature, give him a chance to mature a little.

        • Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

          He’s been in trouble, repeatedly, since high school. He got away with rape. He’s got the IQ of an your average pincushion. He looked like a superstar last year because he had a WR that was elite. Now that he doesn’t, he’s an above average college QB with major character flaws and no brains.

  6. kenlinkins - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    It was way to clear which Redskins wanted to play today and which ones had one foot on the Jet for the flight home for the off season, and yet the head coach would not say anything more than “I have to check the film”. Well coach, let me give you a clue. When other teams pull off on-side kick-offs two weeks in a row, you have a problem that film review will not help. Some, Anyone on the sideline should have warned the kick off return team what happened last week to be 100% sure that it does not happen again because only a team of fools would allow that to happen again. One more clue coach, when 2015 OTA’s start, trying not being everyone friend, set the tone early of working hard, find time to check out the film room and see who is there studying and made a point of letting everyone know you are doing it (if that is part of the problem). Tell the press you are doing it and tell them who was there (and who should have been there). Last Clue, FIRE YOUR DC! you shouldn’t have to review the film to know he must go. Show some leadership and cut of the head of the main failure in 2014. Show this team that you will not stand for results like the 1st quarter today. In short coach, grow a pair and become the leader of this team!

    • Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Gruden CAN’T fire the DC. Rich just posted a link yesterday showing that Gruden only gets to be “part” of the decision but does not have final say on his own staff.

    • manilarizzo - Dec 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      I worry whether Jay can be that type of leader.

  7. kenlinkins - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Anyone else think that the “on-Side” kick off was Rich Bisaccia’s (Dallas Special Teams coach) way of telling GM Allen “you should have hired me as your new Head Coach”!

    • Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      No. It was the Pokes watching the film of us vs the Iggles last week and realizing that we have no clue how to pay attention to what may happen at any point of the game in any phase of the game.

      • goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        LoL!

      • kenlinkins - Dec 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        I believe you are right. These Redskins just do not have their head in the game most of the time. They seem more concerned with fighting anyone who “dish’s” them personally. They do not understand that when a teams pulls a “on side” kick in back to back games that the other team is calling them fools! The effort given by the 2014 Redskins is the major concern that must be fixed this off season. I have about 20 guys I would CUT on effort alone (film room, weight training, playing hard each play until the end of the play, feeling like they owe the team something after a mistake, taking coaching and development of position, willing to play Special Teams, working together a units of a team, picking each other up and helping out, locker room drama, etc etc etc). Joe Green: you have hit the nail right on the head!

  8. colmac69 - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Rgiii b back but if he wants to b starter he will have to earn it

    Off season its defense, defense and more defense……plus the o-line of course

    • goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      There is no one to compete with him at training camp next year. They already have picked RG3 over Cousins and Colt is gone after this year, it looks like they are going with RG3 no matter what the circumstance.

  9. goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Any news on Haz yet?

  10. Skulb - Dec 29, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    To Rich: You got any idea whether something will be done to the terrible pitch Washington is playing on before next season? Have they fired their lawn guy or something? Looks like they`re in the desert, covering the sand up with some patches of grass or something.

    Oh and a great game to finish the season btw. The Redskins looked like they were playing handicapped with lead weights in their pants. There`s just so much wrong with this team it`s hard to even know where to start. On offense there`s no long passing and poor execution of most things, The most they can make of it is some screens to pick up a few points, but they never really threaten to compete at any point. And on defense it`s just leaking like a siv, with a secondary that can`t go a single quarter without giving up a big play. And special needs is now back to where it started this season; making boneheaded mistakes that cost you games. So much talent and so little to show for it. I can`t even watch whole games right now but skip ahead and then when I feel sure it`s gonna be a loss I go look up the result. And yes I watch delayed games in limbo so I can avoid commercials. They give me a headache.

  11. greed - Dec 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    rich please explain to me the sense of cutting A.Robinson in favor of Hankerson and then having him inactive all but two games ? outside of first couple games ARob didnt get any burn either i know gruden likes grant from his preaseason play but couldnt you say ARob was just as impressive in preseason once again skins fail to develop young talent i luv S Moss but clearly they shouldve let him go & catch on with a contender and kept younger players such as ARob & given them chances to grow i.e. breeland, compton

  12. lpddawg - Dec 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    I don’t understand why they wouldn’t give Cousins a shot next year as the QB.He is the only one who moved the team consistently and looked like a real NFL QB. Sure he threw some bonehead ints. but what do you expect from a player making only 8 career starts.But the team scored more,moved the ball better,and was in every game he played except the Giants game.

  13. redskinsinrichmondva - Dec 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Please keep in mind that two of those red zone attempts were drops, and key drops at that. In fact, right before Griffin’s first INT, his TE failed to secure a pass that Griffin threw right at his upper torso. (As an aside, why Gruden forced his QB to make a play instead of attempting to run the ball ONCE on either 3rd & 1/4th &1 is a head-scratcher; this sums up Gruden’s subpar coaching this season.)

    Your comment (and some other comments here) are misguided. Griffin didn’t light up thr Cowboys, but he wasn’t ineffective either. Hs 5.4 adjusted net yards per attempt for the game was only slightly below the NFL average of 5.7 for the day’s slate of games; so Griffin’s performance was “decent” as gobacktorfk suggested, not “horrendous”. And, on the season, plenty of QBs have won games with that kind of production. Too bad Griffin’s defense allowed Tony Romo to go for over 7.0 adjusted net yards per attempt and DeMarco Murray to run for 5.0 yards per carry, 100 total yards, and a TD. (Don’t blame ToP for this either, there’s no proof that defenses are less effective the longer that they’re on the field. I invite you to present definitive counterevidence on the matter.)

    Also, downplaying Griffin’s game for throwing WR screens is ludicrous. The goal is to get the ball into the hands of the team’s playakers on offense, and that’s exactly what Griffin executed to perfection. As Rich wrote in the blog post, the lack of these plays (especially with the Redskins O-line’s inability to protect its QBs on dropback passes; namely Griffin and McCoy) is a mystery.

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