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Need to Know: Notes and numbers–A solid performance for Redskins’ Morris

Sep 14, 2015, 5:19 AM EDT

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 14, six days before the Washington Redskins host the St. Louis Rams.

Notes and numbers vs. the Dolphins

—The Redskins ran 37 times for 161 yards. If you project that out over a full season that’s 592 rushing attempts for 2,576 yards. Jay Gruden and, especially, Scot McCloughan would be delighted if it actually turned out that way.

Alfred Morris rushed 25 times for 121 yards. Last year he rushed for over 120 yards just once (125 vs. 49ers in week 12). Morris has not carried as many as 25 times in a game since 2013 against the Vikings (26, Week 10).

—The Redskins converted on 43 percent of their third down opportunities (6 of 14). Last year they converted on just 31.5 percent of their third downs.

—Last year the Redskins allowed both a kickoff return and a punt return for a touchdown. In their season opener last year they allowed a blocked punt to be returned for a touchdown. Against the Dolphins, Jarvis Landry’s 69-yard punt return put them ahead to stay in the fourth quarter.

—Kirk Cousins threw two interceptions against the Dolphins. He now has had multiple turnovers in eight of his 15 NFL games.

—Jamison Crowder averaged 11.5 yards on two punt returns. Last year Andre Roberts was the team’s primary punt returner with an average of 7.4 yards. A very small sample size but so far, so good.


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  1. colorofmyskinz - Sep 14, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    Team looked better than our team last year for sure. Defense looked to be the greatest improvement, which was expected.

    Cousins did a fine job facilitating the football. 2 INTs is 1 more than I hoped for. Still a great first start and very little reason for concern with him at the helm. How many sacks? With RGIII we would have seen 4-6 minimum. Looks like QB fixed that problem.

    Front line did outstanding against this defense! Scherff and Moses held their own quite well. Our line moved the ball. MORRIS did outstanding and proved his stability. Reed had a great day and was clutch for us.

    Kotwica?? However, should have placed his head on a platter. He has been the greatest disappointment that has come to this team. I can honestly say, I think special teams is possibly worse under his leadership. There has literally been no improvement and he is going on 2 years. What is going on with our special teams?? So far we can chalk our first loss up to Kowitca and klan. Not a good showing at all.

    Redskins fans, we have a team this year that can compete. Our team looks better this year for sure.

    • brucefan1 - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:36 AM

      A GREAT first game?!

      A 68.8 QB rating makes for a “great” game? (Btw, Griffin never had one that low all last season)

      “Hoping” for ONLY ONE interception a game? Yikes!

      I guess it’s easy to call anything great— if you have low enough expectations for it! Haha

      (And how could you possibly KNOW how many sacks Griffin would have suffered? We haven’t regressed back to confusing “facts” with “speculation” around here, have we? I thought we were past all that drivel.)

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:40 AM

        “And how could you possibly KNOW how many sacks Griffin would have suffered? ”

        He doesn’t which leaves to question any real credibility of his analysis about either QB.

        • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:56 AM

          Even if Griffin takes 4 or 5 sacks, I’d rather have that then to have an int when the team is driving down the field towards the redzone twice.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:38 AM

      “Cousins did a fine job facilitating the football. 2 INTs is 1 more than I hoped for.”

      Well you sure are forgiving calling Cousins start a great one. Either that or you love mediocrity. Sorry 2 interceptions and just 1 touchdown with 10 points on the board after 4 quarters of play is not great. It’s not even acceptable.

      • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:50 AM

        It’s true, Cousins was below average yesterday. And those who are so called redskins “experts” on the radio or elsewhere continually say Kirk looks better than Robert, well Kirk may look “prettier” on the field while dropping back and in the pocket, but this is the Donovan McNabb vs Rex Grossman argument all over!

        Rex looked better running the offense, but McNabb won more games, could extend plays better, run for first downs and the running game was more consistent when the Redskins qb was also a threat to run. This equated to more wins on the season.

        I know for a a fact that Robert could had the same day Cousins did yesterday, Or BETTER! 21-31 for 196 yards, 1 TD and 2 ints is a below average performance.

        Robert probably wouldn’t have thrown two ints, I definitively don’t think he would have attempted the second Cousins pass that was intercepted on his pass to Garçon.

        Sheehan was saying Kirk had chances to run for 10-15 yards several times but didn’t, like on the pass where Reed broke off his route! If Griffin is in, he takes off running when it’s open, gets first downs and extends drives.

        I honestly think of Griffin started the game yesterday, we would have won. I think we have at least one less int, we probably run the ball more in the second half and Griffin runs for 40-50 yards and gets a first few drives which moves he chains and keeps the drive going.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:01 PM

          It’s not about Kirk looking better than RG3 anymore. It’s about Kirk showing he can be a competent starter in this league. The team needs a competent starter to be competitive. You can’t use the lack of running game as an excuse either. Both the running game and the defense deserved better from our passing game. However, the defense themselves did blow a few opportunities in claiming themselves as savior yesterday.

          Cousins was the 25th ranked QB for the day based the QBR and he only helped to manufacture 10 points. Neither should be deemed as acceptable or excusable. However, unlike other fans who are fickle and like to swap out QBs like dirty dishrags; I’m want the coaches to continue to stick with Cousins and give him time to see if he can improve.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:06 PM

          Oh I wasn’t calling you one of the fickle fans. I actually liked your analysis above. It’s hard to surmise what RG3 could have done but based on past tendencies, you probably have it pretty close. I just think it’s time to let RG3 work and development behind the scenes and away from the media. Maybe half way into the season, a change becomes necessary but right not I expect Cousins’ place is secure and it should be since the Coach made his decision as the starter and should stick with it.

        • sidepull - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:30 PM

          I am not saying that your theory about if Griffin starts wouldn’t turn out that way. You may also consider, because it is purely speculation, that there are others who think Suh or Wake could have hit him, landed on him, and ended his season again. I guess when speculating anything is possible.

          I just dint see any fire n Kirk yesterday and that was for real. Very underwhelming performance. Maybe it gets better.

        • hail74 - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:45 PM

          Your assuming Griffin would have had the successes Kirk did while none of his faults. When has griffin shown the ability to pass with anticipation? The fact that Kirk got the ball out in a timely manner was a contributor to the lack of pressure and sacks. For the record Kirk had a better day then luck or Peyton, should they be benched too?

        • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 2:34 PM

          When Griffin has a 65 to 70% completion and throws for 220 to 336 yards like he did in all of his games he played in last year but the Tampa and San Fran games then yeah, I think Griffin can hit the receivers he sees are open and if he doesn’t see them open I expect him to take off and run and get 20 to 50 rushing yards a game. Rarely do I expect him to throw the ball where it could be intercepted, instead he’ll take a snap which I don’t think is as bad as an interception.

          Like I said this is the McNabb vs Grossman argument. One guy looks prettier in the pocket but makes decisions that lead to ints at the worst times and the other guy finds a way to extend plays or run for first downs which often times puts the team in a better chance to win the game.

          Also, one guy has a history of having the execution at the end of games to lead the team to victory and the other doesn’t have a sting track record at that.

  2. colorofmyskinz - Sep 14, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    Let’s put it this way. If we had a slightly below average special teams that would have been a Win. Our players are good enough to put a special teams together, our coach and system sucks. Focus is on you Kowitca.

    • ET - Sep 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM


      Ten points lost to special teams’ misfires. The number of ST gaffes in the past three seasons has been astounding.

    • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:14 AM

      Right. Kotwitca missed the FG, couldn’t kick it out of the endzone, out kicked the punt coverage and got four special teamers on IR plus two special team draft picks. Yep, Kotwitca’s fault.

      • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:19 AM

        At what point do you think coaches need to do a better job? Like I don’t know, saying, now stress, I know we’re back up and you want to knock a 70 yard punt, but we need a punt with a lot of hang time at this point in the game. Can you give us a 50 yarder with a lot of hangtime that causes a fair catch? … Thanks bud ;)

        • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:23 AM

          Way effed up the kick. How do you know that wasn’t stressed? Maybe the coaches wanted a low and far kick to the sidelines.

        • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:28 AM

          Sorry, I meant “Tress” autocorrect changed it to stress and I missed it before I posted it.

          I still say good coaching would be emphasizing game situations with all your players. It’s pretty evident that’s not always being done with this team.

      • colorofmyskinz - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:27 AM

        Ok so we would generate the same exact special teams result under a different special teams coach?? You are one of those fans that likes mediocrity apparently.

        So Shouldn’t there be coverage regardless of where the punt goes? At least some? Or with our horrible special team design our team has a place where if the ball drops there, it is ok to give up a TD? Yes great special team design there. Nice coaching scheme. LOL

        • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:31 AM

          Yes there should definitely have been converge on the kick.

        • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:40 AM

          It’s not the coach it’s the players. How has changing from Smith to Burns to Kotwica gone for us? I’d settle for mediocrity for special teams because that would be a huge step up.

        • ET - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:57 AM

          I don’t buy that it’s all on the players, not after the churn at the bottom of the roster coupled with similar results. Are Paul and Hayward missed? Certainly. But it’s difficult to believe that players like Spaight and Jarrett are vastly inferior to their counterparts in Dallas or Seattle or wherever.

      • colorofmyskinz - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:40 AM

        You are also the guy that supported RGIII and his sacks as a complete Oline problem. You have made every excuse for RGIII except the reality of him holding the ball too long. Oline looked great with cousins under center. Interesting…

        • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:59 AM

          You’ve got me mixed up with the other posters here not that the two have anything to do with each other.

    • brucefan1 - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:22 PM

      Did anyone else notice that the Redskins’ offense produced only TEN POINTS — and zero in the second half! (As usual the opposition made adjustments, the Skins didn’t.)

      No way yer gonna win many games scoring but 10 points. (And I ain’t buying any “great Dolphin defense” rationales, either. That team dint look so hot — and they were primed to be picked! Major FAIL!)

      • sidepull - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:33 PM

        Yea, very underwhelming performance. On a positive note Garcon was beastly tough. Always reminds me of Boldin. Just a tough SOB. Kerrigan came to play.

        • sidepull - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:39 PM

          And for the fans that had been lauding the exit of AM and how he cant catch and how he is not going to perform like the new crowned king of the backfield, and how Morrris should not return next year, all I have to say is get real.

          There is a great back. Only the Redskins could do something so stupid as to get rid of that guy. He is your offense. He is the key to victory. They get rid of him, put all their faith in the rookie, and their gonna regret it.

  3. colmac69 - Sep 14, 2015 at 6:06 AM


    O-line for one…150+rush yrds..1sack allowed and gd protection in the main

    Rushing offense

    Cousins……one bad int and delay game pen…however he responded after his int by leading team for td…did what was asked

    Interior d-line…few times got in and collapsed pocket which led to negative plays

    Rush defense was solid as xpect ed

    Jordan reed…if only he can stay healthy


    Special teams giving up td..missed fg…ten point swing we win 13-10

    Pens esp second half negating gd plays by Garcon and morris (who ran over one miami guy)

    Kerrigan and Murphy as two outside guys rarely heard as pass rushers

    Amerson came into game and miami went 6 for 7 comps that led to td just before ht

    Jackson….hopefully not too bad in but big loss yesterday

    • sidepull - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:38 AM

      With Amerson on the field the other team has a ice target to throw at. I think he s awful.
      Nice to see Jordan Reed make it throng a game healthy.
      Anybody who was banging the drum to have Alfred Morris replaced please move on. That guy is the best player the Redskins have on offense. I love Garcons grit, and Trents heart and skill but Morris is here to stay. Durable, dependable, productive and humble. He is the real deal.
      Stinking penalties and ST. They cost the Redskins big time. Cant hang that loss on RG3 or even Cousins for that matter.
      Preston Smith needs to be on the field more. That guy makes an impact.
      Kerrigan was right. He was ready to play.
      Scot and Callahan building out that Oline. After watching last season and the Detroit preseason game it was refreshing to see them have a decent outing.
      Its going to take time to turn it around and not every story has to be about Rg3. He didnt play yesterday so that’s that.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:47 AM

        “Anybody who was banging the drum to have Alfred Morris replaced please move on. That guy is the best player the Redskins have on offense.”

        Alfred can’t leave – He’s name and number is the only current Jersey I have on this team.

    • jonevans511 - Sep 14, 2015 at 6:58 PM

      Kerrigan had a batted ball, blew up the 4th down play, and got pressure alongside Hatch on another. He makes plays in the run game all the time. Why is he being called out? I noticed you said “as pass rushers” which you’re not wrong on necessarily, but he made an impact on that game and he was in no way a “negative”. Smh

      • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:05 PM

        I saw Lamar Miller run to the right several times @ Kerrigan & Paea in the second half when the Dolphins for their ground game going and eventually tied the game.

        • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:07 PM

          Lamar Miller had 4 carries in the 3rd quarter and gained 36 yards to the right side, right at Kerrigan and Paea.

  4. Skulb - Sep 14, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    According to the NFL stats the offensive line was the 9th best in week one. So much better than I was afraid of before playing Miami, and if anything the weak spot now is Kory in the middle, and not the newbs on the right, who were stunningly good considering all the hand wringing over the past few weeks. Scherff in particular was impressive in his debut. Roberts dropped yet another key pass and he just needs to sit in favor of Grant next week. Couple of bad throws from Cousins but mostly a decent performance. I wasn´t totally sold on either him or anyone on the coaching staff in the fourth quarter to be honest. Nobody seemed to be on the same page at all. Running on 3rd and 29 is just whack man.
    As for the defense I thought the line was very good, and Hatcher in particular. I must insist though that the secondary spends part of the next week with a ball thrower to learn how to catch balls. Two dropped INTs are two too many, and both of them could have turned the game in our favor. Other than that it was alright in the backfield, apart from David Amerson. I can not figure out why he´s so bad. He just is.

    Discipline in the second half was bad and really what put this game out of reach. There was still a shot at the win and you get pushed back 25+ yards and out of FG range because of stupid mistakes, and then the ST gives up a punt return again to finish it. Just not good at all. Lots to work on and some positives. Hopefully some of this can translate into a win next week.

    • colorofmyskinz - Sep 14, 2015 at 6:57 AM

      Nice summary I agree. Kai forebath is very weak. Out of range when ball past the 25 is pathetic. Kowitca military experience is not translating into anything. Something tells me our special teams player would do better behind a different strategy. We will win some games now that we can control the line of scrimmage.

      • Skulb - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:28 AM

        To be fair to Kai he does do up to 60 and has occasionally hit longer ones too. What I meant was that they were pushed back from the 20 yard line to midfield without running a single play. Just endless penalties.

    • hk2000 - Sep 14, 2015 at 8:13 AM

      You conveniently dismiss the INTs , if this was Griffin taking two sacks instead of turning the ball over twice, you’d be loosing your mind over it!!! Typical Hypocritical fans.

      • Skulb - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:33 AM

        Not this garbage again. The first was a mistake and didn´t result in any negative points and the second was a 50-50 ball and a ridiculous play by the DB. I´m sorry that one mistake doesn´t live up to your lofty QB standards. not please leave me alone with your baloney. I´ve had my fill of the Griffin Cult and have no wish to convert to your mindless ways. Go play the tambourine at the airport and leave decent people alone!

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:53 AM

          How about the fact that Cousins was the 25th ranked QB for the day with a 68.8 QBR? Yeah that’s pretty decent.

        • Skulb - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:49 PM

          Well it wasn´t awesome. But it also wasn´t why the game was lost, which was what I was talking about when the usual tirades started.

          1: Penalties
          2: Special teams, particularly coverage
          3: Dropped interceptions.

          One mistake less in either of these areas and it could have been 17-10 the right way. The only ones who get a pass are both trenches who I thought played a great game. The rest of the team needs a lot of work, Cousins included. But the three most obvious things are what I listed.

        • Stephfan - Sep 14, 2015 at 4:26 PM

          But I bet if griffin was playing everyone would’ve blamed it on him. Face facts, cousin is who we thought he was. He throws an int when the game is in the line

        • Skulb - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:23 PM

          Too early to make this call. But then if you could understand such simple things you wouldn´t be posting all this nonsense.

        • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:46 PM

          Here’s how I see it:

          The first int was a mistake by Jordan Reed and Cousins threw the pass to where he thought Reed was going to be. Reed was supposed to come across the face of the safety who had jumped the route, instead Reed broke behind him and was open for a possible TD. Cousins felt the pressure of the pass rush and didn’t have the time to see Reed break off his route and head up field. This int was mostly on Reed, but Cousins should have also saw the safety jump the route. If Cousins had seen the safety jump the route like Reed did and if he had held onto the ball just a bit longer, that could have resulted in a TD and not an int!

          The second pass was a 50/50 ball, and Cousins was hopeing Garçon could out jump the corner and make a play on the ball, at worse, Cousins is thinking it’s going to be an incompletion..

          Question, why even attempt this pass? And why attempt it to Garçon who’s rarely wins a 50/50 ball where he has to out jump the DB to catch a pass.

          The skins were driving, it was in the second half and they were trying to turn around the momentum they had lost after the Dolphins scored. This was just bad situational football here. Cousins should have looked for an outlet, taken a 5 to 10 yard pass and gotten the team within FG range. Instead, he turned the ball over, further hurting momentum and bringing the moral of the team down because it looked like yet another second half collapse!

          Kirk also could have ran for first downs or 5 to 10 yards and put the team in a better position to kick a FG. All too often Kirk won’t run like Colt or Robert would when they don’t see open receivers downfield. If Kirk runs, he may move the chains, or at worse put the team in FG range.

        • hail74 - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:46 PM

          Better than Luck or Peyton

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM

          There were many contributions to the outcome of this game. Receivers should catch balls and no doubt defenders need to catch those errant passes that fall in their hands. No doubt you want special teams to avoid giving up points in critical moments of the game. However, the running game, possession of time, and defense handed the team a great opportunity for a win. Even a marginal improvement out of Cousins would most likely have yielded us a close win. It doesn’t matter who started behind center yesterday, The fact is the one that did was not very effective in the passing game.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:37 PM

          “Better than Luck or Peyton”

          So this is how we should measure our starting QB after he is given a great opportunity to win a game? The biggest reason Miami was able to comeback was because he couldn’t mount a passing threat. You can cherry pick all day on this play or that one. However, the fact is that even decent passing production would have assured us a win.

        • Skulb - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:24 PM

          Well if you can make sweeping proclamations based on limited sample sizes then so can I.

  5. gonavybeatarmy - Sep 14, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    *Commitment to the run- Callahan.
    *OL vs. a talented front 7.

    *The Skins need to end the Roberts nightmare and deactivate him for games. His drops are so deflating.
    *What’s the record for the most 3 yard sideline WR pass attempts in a game? When will the media finally stop using the words “Sean McVay” and “one of the best young offensive minds in football” in the same sentence? Does McVay have videotape of the entire media in an unnatural group act?
    *Awful clock management at the end of the first half. Belichik would never snap the ball with a chance to first run down the clock to the 2:00 min warning.
    *It’s a league with the rules favoring the offense and the Skins scored ten points. I don’t care whom the Skins play at QB, but would they have scored fewer points with Griffin starting?

    • colorofmyskinz - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:05 AM

      Yep. Whenever we think Riberts we should think Crowder. We might as well go for every 4th down play because with Kai and Kowitca and klan, might as well get stymied with 4th and 2. At least we can guarantee it won’t be a TD by the other team or a missed FG.

      Pretty bad when going for it on 4th down is a safer bet than a standard special teams play.

    • gasngo14 - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:11 AM

      I like Reed and have said he could have a great year, but he had some really bad penalties that killed drives so he needs to clean that up moving forward!!!

  6. gasngo14 - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    We need to take advantage of turnover chances, we had two plays where we should have made interceptions that hit our players in their hands and could not take advantage! The penalties need to be cleaned up fast they are drive killers. STs have been and still are a joke, won’t win many games with the penalties and STs play for sure.

    • ET - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:56 AM

      The missed interception opportunities were devestating. Tannehill should’ve finished the day with at least one pick (possibly a pick six) in his stat line. We all realize that the D can’t convert on every opportunity, but the team needs to improve on the takeaways. (It’ll be nice to get Breeland back, too.)

  7. mr.moneylover - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    If they gonna take advantage of the time of possession they gotta score points…jay gruden fail this team once again they had to many chances to score and they didnt….we play the rams giants and eagles its really good chance we go 0-4 and if we do our season is over and we should be looking forward to who will be our new head coach next year and witch QB we will draft….jay gruden cant adjust his system to robert Griffin lll now yesterday jay gruden said he couldn’t adjust his system …when d-jax get hurt as a head coach you gotta be prepared for whatever happen on sunday that was a lame excuse for his weak play calling…defense was on the field to much in the second half and jay gruden said his team didnt come out with the same mindset in the second half its his job to keep these players motivated make them believe it aint over until its over the defense gave up a touchdown going into the half thats why they came out with a weaker mindset…its his job to get everybody pumped up again

    • knightingale71 - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:41 AM


      I felt that after half time the team just expected a collapse just as has happened before last year.

      At that point I think maybe they got a little desperate to prevent it, even though they were 3 pts ahead. Just looked like the whole team tightened up, including Gruden.
      Seemed like they went to the pass more, like they were trying to score faster. And then the players started to do stupid things, leading to penalties.

      Even Tress Way on the punt, he said he wanted to try and flip the field to give us a better shot. All very admirable, but if he’d just done his usual punt with a good hangtime we may never have given up that return. At this point I feel like just everyone doing their job would help us alot. We were leading after half time, and even after they levelled the score there was no reason for us to chase the rabbit like we did.

    • sidepull - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:48 AM

      When Djax went out, in theory they “couldn’t stretch the field” making it easier for the Dolphins to clamp down on everything in front of them. I read, and heard talk that Rashad Ross was very fast, a burner, and that keeping him on the final 53 was going be insurance for when Djax left next year ( if he leaves). Why not let Ross try to stretch the field? There is no time like the present. You might as well try him out. I am sure they thought about it. Throw to him deep few times and see if he has the capability to take the top off might not be a bad idea.

      • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:50 AM

        Definitely agree. I’d like to see Ross replace Djax if Djax can’t play.

      • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:03 AM

        You’ll definitely see him active for Sunday; problem yesterday is that he wasn’t active.

      • knightingale71 - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:59 AM

        An element of that I guess, but Djax went out on the first series and we moved the ball ok on the ground for the rest of the half. Indeed we could move it in the second half too, though some of those runs were pulled back by stupid penalties!

      • Skulb - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:57 PM

        Ross was inactive or they probably would have done this yesterday.

  8. mr.moneylover - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Its the same story like last year….score once and go cold after that…

    • jonevans511 - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      True, but i think you may owe Alfred Morris an apology money lover. I respect you because you know football and have valid arguments all the time, but you were off on AMo. He’s a gamer, doesn’t matter what odds are stacked against him he just flat out performs. He had some wide open holes to be sure, but he took advantage of them and then on other plays he absolutely muscled his way for extra yards. He’s our best offensive player, period, and he should stay on the skins for the duration of his career (or at least while his contract makes sense). Let the man get paid in the offseason, nothing crazy but good money to show the rest of the roster you will be rewarded for CONTINUED effort as opposed to one big year. Morris 2015- Top 5 rusher, 4.5 ypc carry minimum, and at least 7 TDs.

      • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:58 PM

        I think you need to tell Gruden & Mcvay that Mortis can still carry the ball in the Redzone. Almost all of his yards were in between the 20s.

  9. knightingale71 - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    On the whole I thought it was a positive performance, and definitely something to build on.

    Capt Kirk had turnover issues again, but he responded with heads up rather than heads down to compound the issue. The first half especially showed a great commitment to the run against a difficult Defensive Line and if that’s the way we’re heading I’m on board.

    I thought in the second half we got away from that a bit, even though the scores were close still we seemed to wander back to a passing mentality a little. May have just been adjustments to the way the Defence fronted us, but still I remember starting to feel wary of a collapse at that point.

    However what really did my head in was the penalties. Not just one or two here and there, but whole massive strings of them one after the other and most of them extremely blatant on the replays. And they all seemed to be in the second half, it just kinda seemed like the team started to see the signs of collapse itself and then people started to play desperate and make silly errors. Maybe getting some wins in these sort of situations would help confidence in that area. Kirk said the team battled but lost and Trent said he didn’t want anymore moral victories… well fellas, get the team to stop shooting itself in the foot with silly penalties.

    That would make a HUGE difference.

    • kenlinkins - Sep 14, 2015 at 8:45 AM

      Very true, in the 3rd quarter the Redskins had 4 runs and 9 pass plays. The runs were -2, 7, 6 and 11 yards so it was not the Dolphins forcing the air attack it was the Redskins coach. When the passing attack fell short the discipline left and the penalties hits. As for Roberts, it seems to me that the signing of D Jax has really effected him and he just can’t seem to get over it. He just doesn’t seem to be a team type player. As for the punt team I think there were 4 or 5 first year guys on the Punt team, so I am not sure you can say it was the same old problem. Out kicking your coverage is never a good idea so maybe there is still hope for a Special Teams turn around.

  10. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    The Redskins committed 11 penalties for 88 yards.

  11. skinsgame - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    The penalties reflect poorly on the head coach. He has to figure out a way to create accountability where mental mistakes are such an impact. And, going into the season, WR was allegedly the position of greatest strength. Phplt!! Losing Desean was a blow, for sure, but the WR’s were easily handled by Miami. How bad must Ross and Grant be if they can’t move up past Andre Roberts on the depth chart?

    • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:08 AM

      It’s definitely true that if Roberts doesn’t play better next week, and doesn’t catch passes that hit his hands, he should be inactive. Grant plays better as a slot WR than Roberts. Grant runs better routes, is more sure handed and Grant and Cousins have developed good chemistry over the past two preseasons. Either Crowder or Ross can take DJax’s place and produce more than Roberts if Djax can’t go in two weeks.

      Roberts just has let both qbs down too much over the past year to continue to keep his job when the Redskins have 3 young promising wide receivers behind him who make plays when the coaches put them in, the young guys don’t drop balls and they are more explosive.

      • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:07 AM

        The problem I have with Robert is that drop nearly cost the Redskins 6 points as the Dolphins just missed saving the “lateral” from touching the chalk. Roberts wasn’t even aware of the gaffe. I hope that alone get’s him bumped.

    • Skulb - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:59 PM

      Isn´t it obvious that Roberts is the sixth best WR around? I have been trying to figure out why he wasn´t cut for the last week. Maybe this is the final straw though. His only job is catching balls and he drops them on the ground instead. Not good enough.

  12. skinsforever38 - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    It’s easy to play Monday morning QB, but I see the same problems as last yr. We still can’t score in the redzone. (Doesn’t matter who’s at QB) The sloppy play (penalties) I’ve been a fan since 90′ I’m just tired of seeing the same old crap. How can anyone get excited over 20yrs. Of being irrelevant in the league, it’s just sad.

    • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:10 AM

      It seems like we were good until you became a fan. Call it coincidence. JK.

      Not sure that we had much possession in the red zone. It seems that we bogged down just before the red zone.

    • brucefan1 - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM

      And how about those BS mealy-mouthed, “I thought the guys played hard”; ” I was glad the guys really competed”; “I was happy about no hangdog looks on the sidelines” comments in Baby Huey’s post-game presser yesterday! (As if they are satisfied to lose — as long as it’s with heads held HIGH! LOL! Loser talk.)

      That screams to me that the Skins don’t expect to do much more than just “show some competiveness” this season while Mac rebuilds the rosters; that no one is actually gonna DEMAND any winning from this team this season. Zero kickin @$$ & takin’ names! (Cuz lotsa these “names” won’t be around next season anywho!)

      Jerry Brewer wrote a column on just that topic in Sunday’s WaPo. Check it out if you can. He opines that Skin fans should just hope for a nice controversy-free, “dull” rebuilding year, and hints that the team runners would be content with that too; a team that shuts up, fights, probably loses — all while being retrofitted in Mac’s vision.

      Gru’s (paraphrased) comments “we didn’t win — but I’m proud that our guys competed and didn’t hang their heads” comments seems indicative of that kinda mindset, no?

  13. hk2000 - Sep 14, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    “—The Redskins ran 37 times for 161 yards. If you project that out over a full season that’s 592 rushing attempts for 2,576 yards. Jay Gruden and, especially, Scot McCloughan would be delighted if it actually turned out that way.”

    Well if you’re doing this kind of projection, then they’ll go 0-16 as well- Sounds about right.

  14. Brian B - Sep 14, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    What about the two dropped interceptions Rich? Did you skip the coach’s presser? On the last offensive play, according to the coach, Jordan Reed cut the route up field because the safety jumped it. Cousins threw the ball where he was supposed to be. Defense and special teams let this one slip away. The Fins d stepped up, while the Skins d stepped back. But they were competitive, which is s refreshing change.

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:16 AM

      I was at the coach’s presser. Everything is not discussed in every post. This is not intended to be a full review of the game, just some facts. I did discuss the Cousins picks and reasons for them in a post from the stadium last night and I’m getting into the dropped picks some in a post I’m putting up now.

      Geez, take a pill.

  15. Stephfan - Sep 14, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Cousins plays were not great. Two ints and one of them shouldn’t have been thrown.

    • mr.moneylover - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:07 AM

      Agree, kirk cousins cant be a game manage and turn the ball over…he did move the ball a little bit but we need that the whole game to have a chance to win…they definitely gonna need to put up points against the rams….its sad nacho might be gone again for the year with that dislocated broken wrist

    • brucefan1 - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      Shoot it’s obvious that once a team takes the running game away from the Skins, their offense will go kablooey! I think what we saw yesterday was pretty much all Jay wants (expects?) outta Cuz.

      (And knowing that all they gotta do is clamp down on the run game, should make things PRETTY easy for most defenses. Maybe not the Giants! Gotta laugh!)

  16. mr.moneylover - Sep 14, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Agree that goes back to the head coach….penalties is the lack of coaching not holding players accountable for they mistakes

    • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:11 AM

      That’s why we got rid of Shanahan. Always leading the league in penalties.

  17. abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    I have a question, how many carries did Alfred Morris get in the second half?

    It seemed to me it was the same story that this team has had for every year in the past 6, except 2012. The running game built the lead in the first half, and then in the second half the team didn’t totally get away from the run, but the playcalling was spotty at best and didn’t run the ball as much as they should of in the second half once the game was tied.

    Just a classic case of Kyle or Jay/Sean getting too pass happy in the second half because the game is tied, of the Redskins are down by one score.

    When the Redskins move the ball with the running game, keep it up! The Dolphins defense was wore out in the first half, yet in the second half they were fresh because we didn’t beat them up with a heavy dose of Morris & Jones.

    The skins needed to run the ball more in the Redzone, drives kept stalling because they weren’t calling enough running plays in the redzone, when the running game had mostly gotten them into the redzone. You need to use what got you there Jay & Sean!

    Overall, the coaches and players can give the classic one liners about how “we are so close, we are only a few plays away” “at some point this has got to turn around.” Whatever! To me the skins look like the same poorly coached, undisciplined and unprepared football team that they’ve looked like the most part of the past 7 years.

    Jim Haslett is probably laughing his ass off right now at Penn State at the mistakes the secondary made against the pass yesterday and the three dropped interceptions, two of which could have been pick sixes.

    • sidepull - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:51 AM

      Plays also kept stalling because of penalties and dropped balls.

    • sidepull - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:52 AM

      My oh my those dropped interceptions……how costly.

    • kenlinkins - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:01 AM

      Morris had 9 carries in the 2nd half, but 3 were on the last drive, he had 16 in the first half.

      • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM

        Thanks, I figured it was something like that. Certainly not enough! Even if it was after a penalty and we had 2nd a 15.

    • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM

      Problem was the holding penalties. Can’t run the ball if that means you’re going to be 1st and 20. Once again the holding seemed be mostly on the tight ends or the back-ups. Nsekhe got one.

      • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:21 AM

        Yes you can when you average 5+ yards a carry. If they run the ball on first & 20, dolphins might not expect it and Morris can get 5 to 10 yards. That sets up 2nd and 15 to 10 then you can throw and have two plays to make 15-10 yards.

        • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM

          What you’re describing is what I saw except for the times that Gruden thought 1st and 20 will become 1st and 30 or did you not think that was going to happen when the refs called 5 offensive penalties out of seven plays?

        • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:31 AM

          That’s one series! That’s set I’ll no excuse for 6 carries for Morris for a quarter and a half in the second half…

        • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:41 AM

          He could’ve got a few more carries. Maybe 2nd 4 at the Dolphin 23 would’ve been a good place for him to carry. Instead it was negative 1 yard pass to Carrier then the delay of game and then the refs determined that whatever the Redskins did, they did it against the rules.

        • jonevans511 - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:03 PM

          Are you serious? If they run the ball on 1st and 20 and don’t get at LEAST 10 yards, which does not happen frequently, they are not in good shape. Especially considering this passing offense does not go further than 5-7 yards minus DJ apparently, this puts the offense in a horrible situation and one that not many teams can crawl out of more than maybe twice per game. Cannot give a pass to offensive penalties, end of story. They are drive killers and speak to an utter lack of discipline or concentration. Unacceptable.

        • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:38 PM

          Are they in worse shape when Morris runs for 5 yards on first and 20 or when Cousins throws an incomplete pass on first and 20?

  18. mr.moneylover - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Agree, kirk cousins cant be a game manage and turn the ball over…he did move the ball a little bit but we need that the whole game to have a chance to win…they definitely gonna need to put up points against the rams….its sad nacho might be gone again for the year with that dislocated broken wrist

    • sidepull - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:02 AM

      Andre Roberts need to catch the ball, Jordan Reed need to come down with the ball. Jordan Reed need to be in the right place and Almo need to keep running. Not just the first half.. Gruden got away from the run again. We need a cold blooded QB. Brady is cold blooded. Killer instinct. I havent seen that since RG3 2012. RG3 killed em back then. Get a lead and step on their neck. Dont see that ever being Cousins, McCoy or the Rg3 of today. We dont have that cod blooded killer QB on this roster right now. What QB out there in draft do you think would fit that mold? Loves to just to play cold blooded? Not scared of nothing, interceptions, getting hurt, getting the hook, fumbling, being sacked……whatever. We need a leader. When everything is falling down, chaos, we need a playmaker to pull something out of his butt to get a win. That was a 7 point game.

  19. skip36 - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Rich the one thing that all the Redskins fans agree with on this website is that the special teams need to be fix if were going to have a successful season, it took too many years to get rite of Haslett but since we have Berry now at least the defensive line has improve, because we have depth their, I don’t know what Amersons probable is but he needs to get his head in the game, with special teams we to get Kotwica either replaced or send to a special teams school for some training because he sure didn’t get it in the military, & those players that muffed those interceptions should have RG3 to throw them passes so they can learn how to catch a football, because it seems that they all must have hands of stone like a another redskins that use to play for us, as far as Roberts I think he should be moved down the depth chart & move Ross or Grant up, we consisted catches for us to move the chains not drop passes.HTTR

  20. bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Anyone expecting special teams improvement over last year just because it cant’ get worse is fooling themselves. We all knew going into the season that ST would be huge and that we were starting from behind because of the injuries: Hayward, Paul, Redd, Paulsen, Spencer, and Mitchell. It has to improve if this team is going to win close games but HOW?

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:08 PM

      I’m with you about ST and I also have posted many of those missing players on coverage throughout most the preseason. You had to know they were going to struggle in that area. However, why keep Ross and not find another coverage guy to help out?

      • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 2:12 PM

        Someone else was playing Spencer’s place. We don’t know who but it wasn’t Ross. We fans know very little about special teams. We don’t know the positions, responsibilities, or who’s playing those positions and holding those responsibilities. I don’t know who was the gunner who was doubled out of the play. So we just blame the coach. Tress Way gets a flat kick at the worst possible time and NONE of the guys get off their block to make a play. So let’s fire the coach because that ALWAYS seems to work.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 2:18 PM

          Hell, you can’t even get a full depth chart on special teams.

          That was an incredible punt by Tress and I don’t know why some are blaming him for it. As you indicated, someone should have been able to come off their blocks to get downfield, or we have the slowest players covering special teams.

  21. Jon humphries - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Who the hell are you kidding they stink .HTTR

    • jonevans511 - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:06 PM

      What game did you watch? Running game, excellent. Run blocking, excellent. Pass pro, good to very good. Coverage, minus Amerson, good (in fact Tannehill spoke to this point). Special Teams, disaster. Punt returns, better than last year, and not bad whatsoever to average about 11 yards a return. Pass rush, can be better but forced a turnover and had we done what we were supposed to would have had two picks (speaks more to our coverage but still). They stink because they can’t put 4 good quarters in a row together, but they certainly don’t stink overall.

      Oh yeah, I forgot. Run D, excellent. Couple holes for Lamar Miller late in the game but overall he was a non factor. Stop whining, support your team and focus on the positives and negatives, not just one.

  22. lorcanbonda - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    The Special Teams hurt, but we have to score more than ten points in a game. Only one team all weekend scored less than that, and that was the Jaguars.

    • brucefan1 - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      Ya hadda go and state the obvious didn’t ya, bonda?!

      Whatcha wanna do blow up the bubbles of all those here who have deluded themselves into thinking that this was just a “special teams” loss or a “dropped interceptions” loss. (Like we should expect the defense to do even more toward a victory than they did! IMHO, whenever Amerson wasn’t in there they were VERY good)

      Ain’t gonna sugarcoat it (unlike many others here); this loss should be laid a the feet of the OFFENSE, and those who directed it, more than any other facet of the team.

      • Skulb - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM

        Oh yes, my favorite person to accuse others of being delusional….

        • brucefan1 - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:00 PM

          Yeah, delusional … just LIKE lorcanbonda, redskinsname, ET, abanig.

          I’d rather be a member of their crew than a “skulb” any day!

          Right fellas?? LOL !

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:05 PM

        That’s the crux of the loss right there. Lack of production in passing. How do you produce over 150 yards rushing and score only 10 points? The offense had control of the clock for almost a whole half and should have sealed a win before the 3rd quarter even started.

        • ET - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:27 PM

          True, very true. Ten points isn’t enough for that massive time of possession advantage, either. A team that’s better in the red zone would’ve had 17-21 points at the half. Dominating the time of possession becomes less of a factor when the coverage unit gives up a TD. A few quick setbacks can negate a ground control game pretty quickly.

      • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 2:16 PM

        I agree, and it was clear the offense didn’t make enough plays in the second half and made too many mistakes.

        Maybe that shouldn’t all fall on the feet of the qb, but we all know that if one of the other qbs had started those who wanted Cousins to start this week would be saying that it was all the other qbs fault. Just like in the Detroit preseason game when Robert for land blasted because the OL missed blocks and missed protection calls.

        It shouldn’t all fall on the feet of Kirk, but as the Qb of the skins, Kirk hasn’t led this team to victory in a tight game since 2012. He still fails to make the game changing plays in the second half that can lead the team to victory.

        That’s what I see. Kirk’s always a play or two away from winning the game, but never the reason the Redskins win. If he wants to have a new contract as the presumed starter of the Washington Redskins going into the 2016 season, Kirk Cousins is going to have to make some game changing plays in the second half of games that lead this team to victory.

        And yes for the detractors, even Robert has done that a handful of times over the past two seasons. It’s Kirk’s time, he must step up. Even if the other units aren’t perfect, he must overcome that and find a way to win.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:01 PM


  23. bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    1st and 10 at MIA 28

    (4:58) A.Morris right end pushed ob at MIA 22 for 6 yards (K.Misi).
    2nd and 4 at MIA 22

    (4:17) K.Cousins pass short middle to D.Carrier to MIA 23 for -1 yards (K.Misi).
    3rd and 5 at MIA 23

    (3:29) (Shotgun) PENALTY on WAS-K.Cousins, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at MIA 23 – No Play.
    3rd and 10 at MIA 28

    (3:07) (Shotgun) K.Cousins pass short right to P.Garcon to MIA 19 for 9 yards (J.Jenkins, W.Aikens). PENALTY on WAS-J.Reed, Offensive Pass Interference, 9 yards, enforced at MIA 28 – No Play.
    3rd and 19 at MIA 37

    (2:43) K.Cousins pass short left to C.Thompson pushed ob at MIA 30 for 7 yards (J.Jenkins). PENALTY on WAS-T.Nsekhe, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at MIA 37 – No Play.
    3rd and 29 at MIA 47

    (2:20) (Shotgun) A.Morris left end pushed ob at MIA 36 for 11 yards (J.Taylor).

    *next drive*
    1st and 10 at WSH 20

    (11:34) A.Morris left tackle to WAS 24 for 4 yards (J.Jenkins; Z.Vigil). PENALTY on WAS-D.Carrier, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at WAS 20 – No Play.
    1st and 20 at WSH 10

    (11:13) (Shotgun) K.Cousins pass incomplete short left to A.Roberts.
    2nd and 20 at WSH 10

    (11:08) A.Morris right end to WAS 12 for 2 yards (D.Shelby; B.Grimes). PENALTY on WAS-M.Moses, Personal Foul, 6 yards, enforced at WAS 12.
    3rd and 24 at WSH 6

    (10:55) M.Jones right end to WAS 15 for 9 yards (E.Mitchell). Penalty on WAS-M.Moses, Offensive Holding, declined. Penalty on WAS, Illegal Formation, declined.
    4th and 15 at WSH 15

    Jarvis Landry 69 Yrd Punt Return A.Franks extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Denney, Holder-M.Darr.

    • hail74 - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:49 PM

      I was just thinking that everyone complaining about the run game in the second half should go review the play by play and see that the actually ran a lot until that punt return.

  24. bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    From the delay of game until the punt returned for a TD. The Redskins had eight offensive snaps over two drives that resulted in SIX penalties with only the last penalty being declined.

    • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:27 AM

      Well damn! Lol

      • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:46 AM

        Textbook example of how snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    • gasngo14 - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:54 PM

      Thats right can’t win games with the drive killer penalties and then top it off with not so special teams!

    • jonevans511 - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:10 PM

      THANK YOU. This lost us the game. Sure there were other factors, but kudos to the Dolphins for seeing us implode and snatching away the opportunity to win. They could tell we didn’t want it! It’s a shame too because we made a valiant effort to get back those 7 inexcusable points we allowed on the punt return, only to watch it fizzle out.

  25. jscx3 - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    What happened to Johnson the safety from Seattle? Did he even play? Anyway solid performance by our defense special-teams always the killer but when the game is done I was sad that they lost but I was also encouraged by the fire that I saw in our team . I thought the rookie right guard and The right tackle did a pretty good job . With that many yards rushing somebody had to be doing their job right now it’s not easy defense of line to run through . The next 15 games are evaluation of the future Redskins Scott is going to pick the guy he wants the ones that are tough but would like to stay healthy in the ones that don’t make mistakes I do that next year DJ or Pierre might be gone but I think I would Cape year does not get hurt as much he can Fight for extra yards. The d will be better with our suspened corner back.

    • bangkokben - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:06 AM

      He played on specials, Trent Robinson was next man up for Ihenacho.

    • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 11:23 AM

      Trenton Robinson is a better safety than Jeron Johnson

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 2:14 PM

        I’m starting to believe this as well. I’m really impressed with Robinson this year.

  26. warpath1 - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    change Roberts jersey # to 50/50

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:54 PM


    • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:50 PM

      More like 40/60. I swear, one more game we he drops two catchable passes and he should be the #6 wr.

      Grant, Crowder and Ross have more potential than Roberts to make big plays once they get the ball in their hands.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 2:13 PM

        I expect some changes on wide receiver next week. Roberts may still be listed as the starter but I think he’ll start to lose some of his playing time.

  27. redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Well I viewed this game as a team introduction of what we have as a group. There were so many questions about this team coming into the regular season. I agree with some here and see some positives coming out of this game. Very few are expecting this team to challenge for the playoffs so I think most here got pretty much what they expected in game one.

    –I think Alfred has answered the question about if the man can tote the ball under a more power blocking scheme. I admire that guy so much and I really hope he continues on with his production and gets a long term contract here.

    –The defense played well overall but blew some opportunities in forcing turnovers. One caveat here! Miami’s offense is not known for being an elite one.

    –Do we have any other deep threat unless D Jackson is on the field? Is there an opportunity for Ross if Jackson continues on with his injured ways?

    –We should have seen better production from Cousins. The running game churned up over 150 yards and the defense gave up just one offensive touchdown. It’s inexcusable, for a starting QB to not provide enough offense production to get a win.

    –There are few things about coaching that offer more merit for blame than Penalties.

    Cousins is out of the gate ranked 25th so far in offense QBR, tied for 1st in most interceptions, 14th in passing touchdowns, 18th in passing yards. I’m not advocating a quarterback change like some would. Cousins needs to be given an opportunity to see if he can improve. However, this was his game to win or loss.

    • jonevans511 - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:13 PM

      Have to think Ross should get some burn in practice and if he succeeds allow him the opportunity to be our deep threat in DJax’s absence. It’s pathetic, however, that missing DJ resulted in no down field throws whatsoever. Even a seam route to Jordan or something that creates the opportunity for a big play. I know Miami’s D focused on taking away our running game in the second half so it made things more difficult than just “throw it DEEP!”, but i’m annoyed as heck that we didn’t even try. Oh well, I didn’t think the game would even be that close but it hurts even worse when we outperform the other team 80% of the game and lose. Probably over 90% actually.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:37 PM

        I agree, the offense played too much of the short field. They should have tried to go long on a few occasions to keep the defense back.

      • brucefan1 - Sep 14, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        Can’t believe I’m still checkin this blog at 9:50 — while watching my Yankees, MNF, AND monitoring my son’s new Scion ads dropping tonite on TV, all at the same time, but I am!

        Been thinking about Ross a lot today. Gotta wonder how much stock we should put in a guy who until the last preseason game was considered to be a long shot to even make the team!

        But every once in a while an “Alfred Morris” come outta nowhere; maybe this is Ross’s time?

  28. TheHogs - Sep 14, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    redskinsnameheretostay posted: “Well you sure are forgiving calling Cousins start a great one. Either that or you love mediocrity. Sorry 2 interceptions and just 1 touchdown with 10 points on the board after 4 quarters of play is not great. It’s not even acceptable.”

    You shouldn’t use points scored to assess QB play, but you’re right to say that Cousins didn’t play up to par yesterday. Per Pro-Football Reference’s adjusted net yards per attempt and ESPN’s QBR, Cousins was among the bottom of the league in QB performance. We know what posters📹would be saying if Griffin posted those numbers.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 14, 2015 at 2:12 PM

      I think the 10 points have some merit on the QB when you have 161 yards of rushing and stout defense most of the game. However, you’re right to suggest that any one position including QB isn’t completely responsible for the score. Heck, I think Reed got away with a pass interference on the one TD catch Cousins had.

      Anyway, the forgiving nature of some here about Cousins performance is obvious bias when you go back and read their same comments on RG3’s performance. That was even when it was like 8 pass attempts. He was blasted for his QBR and …ah, yes receivers dropping passes was part of the game in that instance, or defense line breaking off containment in 2.2 seconds is something RG3 should have managed to avoid. Even when I agree RG3 is to be blamed for some of those sacks, it wasn’t enough since the sacks were all on him!

      • TheHogs - Sep 14, 2015 at 6:24 PM

        Points can be just as much of a function of field position (and the run game) as QB play. It’s simply easier to score when your defense and special teams help you to start a drive on the 50 yard line than your own 20.

        You’re right about bias. There would be ten times as many angry comments and twenty times the media coverage and Cooley film breakdowns if this exact same game was played by Griffin.

        • abanig - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:02 PM

          Like the field position that Preston Smith and the defense gave to Cousins and the offense after Smith’s strip sack and force fumble Cousins and the offense went 3 and out in the third quarter?

  29. timwillhidetimwillhide - Sep 14, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    I don’t think Cousins played too bad. He wasn’t great but he moved the chains. He had 2 interceptions which is what I have expected out of him. The Oline I thought played great besides the penalties. The Defense played pretty good too.

    I would put this loss on the Head Coach Play Calling and Penalties is what Killed us. Gruden went away from the Run when Morris was killing it and the Penalties hurt us at critical moments..

    As far as people thinking RG3 could have done better. I would say we will never know he didn’t play it’s really not worth debating.

    I will say like I’ve said before Cousins needs to cut his interceptions or he will be pulled. Everyone said RG3 shouldn’t get anymore chances but I believe this shouldbe Cousins last Chance. This will behis 3rd chance. That is plenty for a 4th round pick

    • brucefan1 - Sep 14, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Agreed that Alf’s & and the OLine’s work will be key this season, Tim, but can’t help but feeling a little squeamish about what will happen when teams start to game plan that away from the Skins. I sure hope Cuz reaches down to find whatever it is Gru’s is staking his job on that he has!

      But if (or when) Gru’s is forced to pull Cuz, I gotta feel he signs his own separation papers. Can’t help but think Kirk’s elevation is HIS baby to swim or sink or with.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Sep 15, 2015 at 1:28 AM

        I think That Starting Cousins was Defiantly Gruden’s decision and his alone. Otherwise RG3 would be gone. It’s the decision we all have to live with so lets hope for the best.

        • abanig - Sep 15, 2015 at 7:04 AM

          More like let’s hope Cousins’ worst game of the season was last Sunday. He was a C at best Archives

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