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Need to Know: Redskins accountability in action

Oct 6, 2015, 5:33 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 6, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Atlanta Falcons.

More accountability in action            

My CSN colleague Tarik El-Bashir wrote a fine column yesterday of how accountability is becoming a real, tangible thing at Redskins Park. You can read the post right here. Go ahead, check it out, I’ll be right here when you’re done.

Welcome back. As you just read, Tarik uses four examples of how your draft status, tenure with the team and size of your free agent contract just don’t matter as much as they used to. Robert Griffin III and Andre Roberts are on the bench and Kai Forbath and David Amerson are unemployed because they just didn’t get it done as well as others.

But there are plenty more examples of accountability at Redskins Park that Tarik didn’t address. You see, he has to craft a concise column so he only touched on the major points. I am paid to ramble on and go into minutia, so let’s take a look at other players who learned the hard way.

—A few hours before yesterday’s game I ran into Tom Compton in the tunnel outside the locker room. He said his strained calf, which we thought had kept him out of the first two games, was feeling fine. A short time later Compton, who started nine games last season, was on the inactive list. Ty Nsecke, a street free agent who was a surprise member of the 53-man roster, was the only backup offensive tackle active. Since Compton says he’s healthy, he must have been inactive for performance reasons.

—Jeron Johnson was signed to a free agent contract with the idea that he would be the starting strong safety. But the former Seahawk battled with Duke Ihenacho for the job in the spring and lost it to him during training camp. That was not a big surprise. But when Ihenacho went out for the year just eight snaps into the season with a wrist injury it was Trenton Robinson who took his place, not Johnson. We are four games into the season and Johnson has yet to take a single snap on defense.

—Chris Baker was moved up into the starting lineup over free agent pickup Stephen Paea. He already was taking on a larger role.  In the first four games he has played 100 snaps, more than any defensive lineman besides Jason Hatcher. That’s more than free agent acquisitions Terrance Knighton (93), Paea (68), and Ricky Jean Francois (58).

So it doesn’t seem to matter if the player came in before Scot McCloughan arrived as GM or if he was one of his acquisitions. There are no “safe” players, they must perform or an alternative will be found.

Honestly, this really shouldn’t be a big deal. It’s not really something that should be noted and celebrated by fans. It’s the way that most successful teams operate. But the Redskins haven’t operated like the better organizations for quite some time. This is no guarantee that they will turn it around but it’s a step in the right direction.

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Today’s schedule: Player meetings, no media availability

Days until: Redskins @ Falcons 5; Redskins @ Jets 12; Bucs @ Redskins 19

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  1. Rich Tandler - Oct 6, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    To the commenters here, for some reason a lot of comments wound up in the spam folder. Nothing wrong on your end, perfectly acceptable posts that got kicked to spam. I’ve approved them, a little late perhaps. I’ll keep an eye on the situation and if it was more than a temporary glitch I’ll get tech support on it.

    If you have an issue, hit me up on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN or on the Real Redskins Facebook page.

    Apologies, and thanks for commenting here, appreciate it.

    • colorofmyskinz - Oct 6, 2015 at 6:16 AM

      Just happened to my recent post rich.

  2. skinsgame - Oct 6, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Speaking of accountability, Matt Jones was a lot less involved on Sunday. I wonder if the fumbles played a role in that? Incorporate accountability into the penalties somehow and we’ll be cooking with grease!

    • mr.moneylover - Oct 6, 2015 at 8:16 AM

      Matt jone injured his knee early in the game he was gonna be more involved chris Thompson took his snaps

    • voice4thefans - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:29 AM

      I was thinking the exact same thing with a very wet field the Skins did not want to use him that much because of him fumbling

      • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 10:17 AM

        I don’t think it was the concern over Matt Jones fumbling, I think it was the knee injury and the fact that Morris and Thompson were making plays and that left Jones with less carries in the game. Jones also wasn’t being very effective against the Eagles.

        The Redskins really are going with the hot hand at RB this year.

  3. colorofmyskinz - Oct 6, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Finally accountability. Been long overdue. This has been a premadonna team of personal brands that have been supported all the way up to the owner Snyder. With Danny boy calling the shots based off branding vs. production in OTAs and training. Snyder was the one that incentivized and allowed this behavior all of these years. And thus our horrible results. Snyders main focus has been branding of his players for branding of his team regardless of results. And it took 8 fired coaches for Allen to finally pony up and hire a GM that would insulate the coach from Snyders foul decisions.

    Scot has been the enabler of typical football philosophies that are in practice around the NFL and I hope he does not get fired for allowing Danny’s boy toy RGIII from being benched and traded. We will see the jury is still out.

    DJax is next in the list of putting brand ahead of football, al la offseason focus on his TV show vs football. The exact reason he is injured right now. If he does not perform when he comes back, he will be riding pine as well. At least he self admitted that his lack of offseason preparation caused his injuries. That to me means he has had his wake up call. I hope he is too great to think he can sit back and not work to stay great.

    Accountability is what we have missed, and it took an organizational move to place a REAL GM between the coach and owner to pull it off.

    • brucefan1 - Oct 6, 2015 at 10:38 PM

      Premadonna?

      Does that refer to any female vocalists who started their careers prior to 1983?

      Oh wait. I figgered it out. ;^}

  4. colorofmyskinz - Oct 6, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    So you have to wonder who in the organization would allow personal branding to carry more weight than performance. Who could stand to benefit more from the personal branding vs field performance? You got it, SNYDER. This owner is what allowed this culture of “I” vs “we”.

    It was only when a true NFL GM was placed between the coach and the owner where the coach has been allowed to make typical NFL HC decisions. Prior to that, Snyder created this culture that most NFL teams don’t follow.h

    Thank god for SCOT. Hope he does not get fired for allowing Snyders boy toy RGIII getting benched.

    We will see… Accountability is here for only one reason, SCOT sitting between SNYDER and our head coach.

    • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 1:46 PM

      Yes, and Snyder hired Scott. You all don’t seem to understand that the decision to hire Scott was thought of by Allen and approved by Scott.

      So, while you’re making fun of Snyder and Griffin, you also need to realize that Dan Snyder hired the GM. So, it only makes sense to give him some credit also.

      On top of that, just because the Redskins are 2-2 let’s not act like we turned the corner and are a winning franchise now. Just as many of Bruce Allen’s signings and draft picks are making contributions to the team right now as McCloughan’s.

  5. hk2000 - Oct 6, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Rich, Your last paragraph says all that needs to be said- This should not be a surprise or reason for celebration, it should be a matter of course!!! I for one always assumed the inactives are players that the coaches determined not to be better than the actives (Not that I always agreed with them), are you saying that was not the case, and if so, where is the accountability for the coaches? Tarik makes it sound this is the GM’s new way of doing business, do you agree? Why is Gruden off the hook, Roberts dropped more passes than he can count but the coach kept playing him while Grant was on the bench- rookie or not, he would’ve been an upgrade even last year.

    • skinsgame - Oct 6, 2015 at 8:20 AM

      I’m sure practice is a major factor as well and we don’t see how players ar doing in practice. Robbers might be a super star in practice, for example, and falters on game day.

  6. murphsman - Oct 6, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Thanks for the post Rich. Thought it was only holdovers that were being held accountable.

    • murphsman - Oct 6, 2015 at 7:49 AM

      Making sure it posted before i finished my thought. Lol. My one question is, has Swaggy played most of his snaps at tackle or end? I know he can play both, but the assumption was he would be rotating at end with rjf or paea. All the talk was we got a steal with Pot Roast as the huge run stuffing nose tackle Washington was desperately missing. I realize this is a very small sample size, but has Knighton been what we hoped so far?

      • voice4thefans - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:33 AM

        rotating at end dude are you clueless Chris Baker is a nose tackle

        • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:39 AM

          Baker plays both DE & NT. He’s played more DE in place of Paea than NT but when the team is in their nickel or dime defense, Baker plays some NT.

          Bakers two sacks on Sunday came when he was playing LDE in place of Paea.

        • emajnthis - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:56 AM

          Baker was inherently a NT, but since they have depth at NT with pot roast (whom baker lobbied to sign with Washington since they’re close friends) they’ve had him transition to left DE. Considering he had 2 sacks lined up at DE I’d say the move suits him.

        • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 1:56 PM

          Baker has always played both DE & NT since we signed him. He’s backed up at both spots. The reason he played primarily NT last season was because Barry Cofield was injuried and missed two months of the season. Even with Cofield’s injury Baker still saw time at DE last year.

        • emajnthis - Oct 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM

          I wrote exactly what abanig wrote but WordPress lost my post. In any case, I think LDE suits him well from what we’ve seen thus far. He’s a big guy but surprisingly spry and fast for his size. I feel chemistry has a lot to do with it since he gets to play with one of his childhood friends (pot roast), and intangibles like that will always elevate the level of play on the field.

        • murphsman - Oct 6, 2015 at 10:32 AM

          I don’t live anywhere near DC, so i don’t get the games on tv. I just base my comments on what i read online. Rich even said multiple times Baker plays both, so I’m not clueless.

  7. mr.moneylover - Oct 6, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    I think when it comes to rg3 its a different case yeah he got a good amount of money but why send a QB in the game that never knew how to read defense and is in the process of doing that and by not knowing how to read defense its a greater risk at getting injured…with andre roberts its a whole different case he played in the games this year he was a starter and he wasn’t playing well and got benched rg3 never got a chance to play in a game this year….they sign another good blue devil WR to they practice squad Isaac Blakeney he played with Jamison Crowder and that should be a clear message to andre roberts your days are number here…he might get cut when djax come back… that was BS when jay gruden said we gonna need andre roberts down the road he wont even be here when that road comes…but i here scot m. Tryna trade him for a late round pick

  8. mr.moneylover - Oct 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Andre Roberts days are number for sure…but dont agree with the rg3 part he got benched because he need more time to studying defense and working on his mechanics not for work ethic or performance…andre Roberts is a different case he had all last year to step his game up and he fail and the struggles continue into this year when he found out he wasnt playing what did he do he went to go sit on the bench or go talk to players who were injured

    • skinsgame - Oct 6, 2015 at 8:38 AM

      You don’t think his not being able to read a defense is a performance issue? Nor his mechanics?

    • 214hof - Oct 6, 2015 at 8:48 AM

      4TDs to 6INTs in ten games isn’t a ” bad performance” in your book?

      • hk2000 - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM

        Different OL, different play calling, different scheme- Gruden SCHEMED for Griffin to fail ( That, too, calls for accountability, but that’s another story). I’m trying to get passed this, but when you guys bring it up, I have to respond.

        • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 1:53 PM

          Exactly. If those who don’t want Griffin to start would quit including him in their posts, then others wouldn’t feel the need to respond to it.

        • skinsgame - Oct 6, 2015 at 2:20 PM

          Gruden schemed for Griffin to fail? That’s just silly. You “want to get passed this” but then you make outlandish remarks like that? C’mon. Mr Money is the one that posted about Griffin here and, last time I checked, he’s part of the Griffin mafia. Neither of you responded to him and he’s the one that brought it up.

        • squawonthewarpath - Oct 6, 2015 at 7:32 PM

          hk–I find it difficult to believe that a coach would create schemes in order to make one of his players fail. I also find it ridiculous that people actually believe this happened. If the player fails then that reflects on the coach as well as the entire team.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Oct 6, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        Cousins has 4TDs and 4INTs in four games so I’d like so see what hof has to say about that. I’m not attacking Cousins about the numbers but again the balance on criticism is not there for most here favoring one or the other QB.

    • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:26 AM

      I think the less everyone talks about Griffin right now the better. He’s not relevant. He’s the 3rd qb. Can we please just focus on what Cousins is doing?

      Cousins played well and brought the team back for a win with 6 minutes left in the game. I think we should all be proud about that.

      • skinsgame - Oct 6, 2015 at 2:25 PM

        I stand corrected. One of you did.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Oct 6, 2015 at 4:29 PM

        “I think the less everyone talks about Griffin right now the better. He’s not relevant. He’s the 3rd qb. Can we please just focus on what Cousins is doing?”

        Exactly and just because criticism is being made about Cousins, the others here protecting his every flaw don’t need to bring RG3 into the conversation.

        “Cousins played well and brought the team back for a win with 6 minutes left in the game. I think we should all be proud about that.”

        The team doesn’t need to wait for the last drive to manufacture a long scoring touchdown drive. As a fan, I want to see more of those drives before instilling pride in our QB. I have hope for Cousins and especially so when/if Jackson and Reed ever get on the same field together this season. We just need to see more of those scores on early and middle drives as well.

      • brucefan1 - Oct 6, 2015 at 10:53 PM

        Why is ANYBODY here still talking about Griffin in association with this Redskins team?! Barring MULTIPLE QB disasters, RG3 will never wear B&G in an NFL game again.

        Zero relevancy in DC for 2015.

        As of season’s end Robert will be part of Skins’ history only. Those of us who think he was always the team’s best option going forward are just gonna hafta deal with that. And move on.

  9. abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    I’m really loving how Chris Baker has played. We expected this from him last year but he didn’t live up to expectations. Perhaps it’s that he fits the new scheme better than the old scheme.

    I’m really shocked at Jeron Johnson. I thought he would be a starter for us, he’s been a disappointment so far.

    • ET - Oct 6, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      I’m sort of confused by the Jeron Johnson situation as well. I think Duke deserved to win the starting spot, no question (I’m a big fan of The Nacho). But it’s somewhat surprising that TRob took over the spot so easily—no platooning or situational substitutions that I know of. Has Johnson fallen into disfavor? Does he have some weak spots that were uncovered in practice?

  10. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    I think it is getting the team turned around. A shame we’ve been hit by the injury curse so hard this year.

    Is tomorrow when we get the injury updates, Rich?
    ~

  11. smotion55 - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    All these young guys getting playing time is great and it is about time that status in owners eyes means nothing.ALMOST ANYWAY. Would love to get a couple of picks for these inactives. [ RG3, and Roberts ]. The way things are going the GM will get a good idea what we need next year, and the youth movement is in full swing. Love it

    • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      Not gonna happen. I seriously doubt we are able to trade either of them, that’s a pipedream for fans.

      • renhoekk2 - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:38 AM

        Mostly agree. The only thing that might get them traded is there are probably a few GM’s and coaches on notice right about now. Philbin just got canned in MIA already. If someone thinks getting Roberts or Griffin might save their job, they might just do it.

        • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:48 AM

          Again, why would any GM or HC think that either Griffin or Roberts would “save their job” right now?

          Griffin has been inconsistent since he’s had to play more from the pocket. I’m not sold he’s an upgrade over any starter in the league right now and the ones where he may be are rookies and no team is going to play Griffin over their own drafted rookie.

          Andre Roberts has been a total drop machine at wr. He’s cost us several first downs and possibly touchdowns since about the mid point of last season. It didn’t matter which qb was playing, Roberts always seemed to let them down with a big drop at some point.

          No team is going to trade for Roberts’ contract when Roberts isn’t proving that he’s better than any #3 WR in the NFL right now.

          100% NO WAY that Griffin or Andre Roberts are traded.

          I predict that Andre Roberts will be cut when DeSean Jackson comes back from his hamstring injury and the Redskins will continue to have Griffin on their roster until they can cut him before his $16 million 5th year option is due next year.

        • timwillhide - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:57 AM

          If the GM wanted to trade RG3 he would have done it by now. RG3 is still on the roster by the GM’s choice. RG3 is not playing because by Grudens choice. Period

  12. timwillhide - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    I think this is more about Gruden holding people accountable He is the one who sets the line up. The GM says who is on the Roster. If they are on the Bench that should be Grudens choice not the GM’s

    • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:32 AM

      I agree, but everyone wants to attribute every win to McCloughan and every loss to Gruden because it makes them feel good.

    • voice4thefans - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:36 AM

      Thank you , you are 100% correct

      • voice4thefans - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:39 AM

        abanig and timwillhide thank you I see it is at least 2 people on here who really understand football

        • captblood3000 - Oct 6, 2015 at 4:12 PM

          Tim’s right here, but I usually don’t agree with him.

        • hk2000 - Oct 6, 2015 at 5:43 PM

          I said it way in the beginning, but since my comment was critical of Gruden as usual, you just dismiss it, right?

        • hk2000 - Oct 6, 2015 at 8:17 PM

          Ooops, my bad, I siad the same but in a comment on Tarik’s post, not this one.

  13. dcfaninecuador - Oct 6, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    The way I see it is this… Gruden was hired because of his experience with offenses and QBs in particular. Early on, he saw serious deficiencies in Griffins play: either because of injuries, lack of confidence, inability to adjust…whatever. He knew Griffin was not the answer. But, the head bean counter (Allen) and the guy that holds the checkbook made it clear to Gruden that too much was invested to sit him. The same can be said for other high profile and costly acquisitions (see Roberts, Andre, etc). After a year of this nonsense somebody realized a real GM, dedicated to building a competitive, winning team, was needed. Now, Jay knows he has the support of the GM in his personnel decisions. This has freed him up to make good, and sometimes difficult, decisions. As McCloughan has said: commas on the paycheck don’t matter…play on the field does. This was NOT THE PHILOSOPHY PRIOR TO HIS ARRIVAL. Gruden was hamstrung by the powers over his head, but as long as he and Scot sty on the same page, and Allen Snyder let them do the jobs they a have been hired to do this team will get better as the season progresses.

    • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 10:37 AM

      I agree with this except don’t forget that Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder hired Scott McCloughan. So, you can never forget who his bosses are. You also can’t overlook that many of the players who are breaking out and playing much better this year are in fact those players that were drafted by or signed by Bruce Allen last year. I think it’s been a total team effort in making the team better and more competitive this season.

      I know it’s fun to make fun of Allen and Snyder but they made a lot of the moves that have put this team in the right direction over the past two seasons.

      • dcfaninecuador - Oct 6, 2015 at 11:23 AM

        I wasn’t making fun of Snyder and Allen. Just trying to point out that I think they spent last year trying to protect their investments and that Jay was somewhat hamstrung by the philosophy. Also, trying to refute the “Gruden is stupid” trolls. I truly believe he was hampered from doing the job he wanted to do by the higher ups trying to get the most out of their investments. I mean, seriously, Gruden knows more about football than any person who comments on any of these sites. And he knows more about his players than anyone here does so to imply that he is too dumb to make Griffin something he is inherently not is pure nonsense. He sees what none of us can see and knows what none of us can know and the bottom line turns out that Griffin is not the answer. I truly wish he was, but he’s not. And this year, Jay finally has the front office support he needs to move forward and build a competitive football team. And finally, yes, Allen & Snyder hired Scot so more power to them for finally seeing the light.

        • colmac69 - Oct 6, 2015 at 12:02 PM

          100% agree

          We finally appear to have light at end of tunnel

        • gasngo14 - Oct 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM

          well said dcfaninecuador !!!!!

        • ET - Oct 6, 2015 at 1:15 PM

          Gruden was hamstrung by previous personnel decisions, regardless of pay grade—even though they weren’t all bad decisions, as Abanig noted. The depth on the team was depleted, and there were once-serviceable players like Cofield, Bowen and Clark who were no longer performing well. The salary cap penalty was a factor as well. Both the free agent acquistions and the draft moves this year helped position Gruden so he can make accountability decisions. I’m not sure it was a realistic option last year.

  14. timwillhide - Oct 6, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Since I wasn’t able to post my thoughts on the game yesterday I’m posting them here

    Cousins played ok for the plays the Coach called most of the game and played pretty good that last drive. This game he eliminated 2 of the 3 major issues I have with him and if he keeps doing what he did that last drive and get better constancy and timing with our WRs he can limit the 3rd issue I have with him and that is accuracy with throws down field. He missed quite a few passes that were called down field and threw some “What Was That?” Throws. He will need to fix his accuracy down field because eventually defenses are gonna load the box and eliminate all those short passes he has bin throwing…….. The other2 issues I had with him which he did not do this game are Turnovers and throwing passes that hit the defenders directly in the hands

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Oct 6, 2015 at 2:20 PM

      I prefer a more aggressive Cousins that will got deep and hit his open receivers on target or in stride while risking a few interceptions over a passive Cousins that struggles hitting players on target and deep but manages to reduce his interception output. Another way to put it is give me quasi Brett Farve over a quasi Alex Smith for every game.

      It was refreshing to see Cousins go deep on a few and just as Money commented, I don’t care so much that the end up incomplete.

      You have to find a way to get the defense to back off and reduce the traffic of defenders playing the short and middle of the field.

      • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 2:37 PM

        That will happen when Djax comes back. Their other wrs – with the exception of Ross who’s very raw – don’t have the speed to get behind a defense like Djax comes back.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Oct 6, 2015 at 4:16 PM

          “That will happen when Djax comes back.”

          That’s what I’m waiting for, but then we’ll have to get Reed back before we provide all the best weapons for Cousins. Unfortunately it’s hard to even know with confidence if that’ll be anytime soon. Crowder has enough speed to do the same and should be able to help stretch the field as well. He just needs time to become more acclimated to his new starting role.

    • goback2rfk - Oct 6, 2015 at 5:57 PM

      We can nick pick Cousins to death but he is who he is. He probably will have some more ups and downs but he has proved he can win some games. Certainly his performance this year has earned him a spot in this league for a long time. If Cousins does not make it with us he will make another team a solid back up for many years to come. I think Cousins is much more likely to develop into a career backup then a franchise QB.
      However, he sure will make one hell of a back up QB. We will see what happens.

  15. timwillhide - Oct 6, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Rich I think one of my posts hit the spam folder again

    • hk2000 - Oct 6, 2015 at 10:16 AM

      Same here.

  16. ET - Oct 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    So happy for Mr. Swaggy. He’s been playing extremely well, been a playmaker, and he gets to play with his best friend. How cool is that?

  17. goback2rfk - Oct 6, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Awesome. Sound like the Skins are moving in the right direction. No more in the doldrums! We are actually holding players accountable which in turn should make them play harder. Perform or get benched. I like the new policy.
    Definitely see this team doing some good things. A long way from perfect but I can see there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is very exciting to see! Next up, the Falcons.
    All faith in Scott! httr!

  18. goback2rfk - Oct 6, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    I want to know the plans on who is covering Julio Jones next week. I guess it will be up to Breeland but that is going to be asking a lot. Our depleted secondary does not match up well with the falcons at all. Maybe we can control the ball the entire game limiting Matt Ryan’s chances. Who knows. If Gruden can pull a game plan out of his ass for the Falcons and come away with a win I will earn a new respect for the inexperienced Head Coach.

  19. kenlinkins - Oct 6, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Right now the Redskins remind me of a nice two year old colt that has just won it’s first race. The owners are thinking Ky, on the first Saturday in May 2016 but the true horseman understand that much must happen before making travel plans. I like a lot of what I am seeing but I understand how hard it is to step up in class. The Redskins have the Falcons next and there are match up problems to over come. Guts and pride will take you only so far but they are required for a winning football team and we finally saw some of both vs. the Eagles (and some accountability for the coaching staff). Some players are stepping up, player development is happening, some of the young guns are pushing the Vets and showing some talent. Win or lose vs. the Falcons I want to see another big effort and keep a “also ran” off this years record. If this team can keep taking the next step we may see a play off game sooner than later (say 2016). “And Their Off” ….

    • abanig - Oct 6, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      Good analogy

    • brucefan1 - Oct 6, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      Hey, are all those worried about facing the Falcs forgetting that they’ve won only a total of 10 games over the previous two seasons?!

      What did THEY ever do to earn such a big, bad rep this season — except maybe add a couple stud coaches, like Quinn … and KYLE??

      Ummmmm…. never mind!

      (I’m not even gonna mention the part about their getting good production outta a few Redskins cast offs!.Yikes!)

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Oct 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM

        I think Atlanta provides the biggest test for the defense with their deep passing game. However, I agree with you that overall Atlanta doesn’t concern me any more than the Rams did a few weeks ago. They just provide a threat in different areas. The Falcons passing defense is sub-par and if Jackson can get his butt back on the field then we could see the teams best chance in getting some big plays downfield. Redskins do need a big offensive game this week to pull out a win.

  20. Johnny B. - Oct 6, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Good read Rich but I think you got your teams confused. You can’t be taking about the Redskins. Hell teamwork, accountability, development and best man starts are not in their vocabulary. Next thing you know they will be talking about winning LOL. Wait a minute do we have 2 wins by week 4 wow what happened did the other teams just forfeit didn’t want to waste their time. It’s about time that someone has the balls to stand up to Bruce and Dan. We are now starting to act like a real team. By the way we can and will beat the Falcons. Their stats are good so are our stats, actually better in most categories but the win column and points scored. Well both of them are padded. Week 1 Philly first game for Bradford in almost 2 years in a totally different offense they looked like crap. We played a little better Philly team. Week 2 the Giants won that game if it wasn’t for bad calls on their behalf We played a better Giants team. Week 3 Dallas 1st game with Weeden and no Bryant. I wish we got that lucky. Week 4 Houston say no more. Our record would be 4 and 0 with those lucky breaks. We will win HTTR die hard.

  21. Brad - Oct 7, 2015 at 1:55 AM

    Not article related and I apologize for that, but we should go after Jimmy Graham. Clearly not happy in Seattle and given McCloughens relationship with them, maybe something could happen. Just a pipe dream I guess.

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