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Need to Know: How will the Redskins do in the second half of the season?

Nov 14, 2015, 5:23 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 14, one day before the Washington Redskins host the New Orleans Saints.

Five thoughts on the Redskins at the midway point of the season

—The defense has improved only marginally from last year, a somewhat disappointing result after the big free agent expenditures there during the offseason. They have allowed 24.4 points per game (17th in the NFL) compared to 27.4 last year (29th), so that’s marginally better. But after they started out well giving up just 27 points in their first two games, they have given up 27 or more points in four of their last six.

—Offensively, they are about a wash. Scoring per game has increased by just a tenth of a point (18.8 last year to 18.9 this year). You can argue over which quarterback should be playing (although there seems to be unanimous agreement at Redskins Park), but it’s hard to argue that sticking with one guy has helped. By the time eight games had passed in 2014 there had already been three quarterback changes with more to come. The issue is the rushing game, with the average yards per carry plummeting from a middle of the pack 4.2 last year to a pathetic 3.6 average.

—Special teams got off to a rocky start with a punt return for a touchdown costing them in the season opener and a blocked punt getting Week 3 in the Meadowlands off to a rocky start. But they have turned things around, scoring TDs on a kickoff return and on a blocked punt. And they haven’t allowed any big returns against them since Week 1. Part of the credit goes to Dustin Hopkins, who is taking kickoff returns out of the equation by pounding many of his kickoffs through the end zone.

—How much have injuries hurt the Redskins? Some more than others. Jordan Reed being out of the lineup may have been the difference in the loss to the Falcons. Chris Culliver could have helped against Brandon Marshall and the Jets. If you want to go back to the preseason, maybe Niles Paul on special teams and Junior Galette edge rushing could have turned around the result of the Miami game. I think that they would have lost at the Giants and at the Patriots even if they were fully healthy. And, of course, the opponents have had their share of injuries, too, so perhaps these things would even out.

—The Redskins are 3-5 at the midway point of the season for the fourth year in a row. Only in 2012, when they lost game No. 9 and won their last seven to win the NFC East, have things ended well after that start. I don’t see a magical run to the division title like we saw with RG3 in 2012. But I also don’t see an 0-8 record in the second half like we saw in 2013 or a six-game slide that started off the second half last year. I could see them going 3-5 in the second half, maybe 4-4 if they catch a few breaks.


Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park, no media availability

Days until: Saints @ Redskins 1; Redskins @ Panthers 8; Giants @ Redskins 15

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  1. JOHNNY B - Nov 14, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Honestly I think that our defense is missing one key component. No serious edge rusher on one side. If we have had that we would have beaten the Giants and maybe even the Falcons. With having about 15 more sacks for the year. We have had a lot of pressure on the QBs but not much contact. Galette would have either sacked the QBs or caused them to shift into other rushers. Also with Galette our run defense would be a little better at least on the edge. Dejax being injured hurt our offense the worst. With him being out teams were able to bring their safeties up and stack the box. So one player being out stopped our run game and our big play capabilities. So if we had both Dejax and Galette all season I think that we would be 6 and 2. With losses at the Patriots and the Dolphins. First game jitters with Cousins to blame for the Dolphins. That is my belief and will never know what really would have happened. Our team has a lot of talent but with so many injuries every year they can’t show it

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Nov 14, 2015 at 8:54 AM

      It’s not just OLB.

      We’ve had some poor tackling for entire games from the MILB positions.

      • JOHNNY B - Nov 14, 2015 at 9:16 AM

        We have had poor tackling from all of the front 7 but what I was saying was Galette would have changed the passing defense. More sacks equals more 3rd and long in which means more punts not scores. Key drives taken away from opponents giving the ball to us more.

      • brucefan1 - Nov 14, 2015 at 1:26 PM

        “We’ve had some poor tackling for entire games from the MILB positions.”

        Remember when the Skins were swarming to the ball and gang-tackling early in the season? Whu happuned??!

        And it’s not only tackling; the Skins have had a LOT of guys get the crud blocked out of them, at ALL positions — but especially along the front seven!

        When I see how well the opposition has executed and sustained blocks, especially in the last several games, it makes me cringe. (And it makes me jealous too, as in “Awww … why can’t MY team do that?!!”LOL)

        It’s almost as if the opposing blockers (including the Patriots’ backups to the backups that THEY were forced to use) all-too-frequently know exactly where the Skins defenders are, where they are going to be, and that it will be easy to obstruct them for whatever amount of times is needed.

        Can the Skins make this a little harder on the Saints by switching up their looks a bit, and attack with some variations on their “tried & failed” schemes in an effort to put some very essential pressure on Brees? Dunno.

        I’m sure they’ve THOUGHT about it … but maybe it’s not be possible to make such changes effectively right now.

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

      This safeties in the box theory is pure fallacy. The ‘skins aren’t facing 8-man fronts. How many times have we seen the opponents safeties making a tackle on the running back? Very few times. It’s not like our OL is blocking everyone but that extra safety is making the tackle or that the OL is adjusting their scheme to block the safety allowing for an unblocked linebacker or linemen. The fact is that the OL is inexperienced and just about every running play one guy (not the same guy every time) is losing his one-on-one battle in combination with indecisive running. I think the indecisive running is a result of inconsistent blocking but that doesn’t exonerate the poor running.

      • ET - Nov 14, 2015 at 10:42 AM

        Losing Lauvao has been a bigger factor than anticipated. He was better conditioned this year, more confident—and he’s better suited to the power scheme. I don’t think it’s coincidence that the Skins’ rush yards dropped off a cliff when Lauvao was injured.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 14, 2015 at 11:23 AM

          It’s a contributor but we are talking just one position. Also, no on has indicated that Long has played poorly in his place. I think there are bigger reasons behind the overall issue with the run game but non must of you want to believe.

        • abanig - Nov 14, 2015 at 12:21 PM

          One issue no one talks about is the youth of our OL.

          That makes a difference. There have been plenty of instances where our young OL have had bad technique and not necessarily missed blocks, but they’ve gotten beat. This has even happened to Twill, Kory L and Lauvao some when they played, but not as much as it has with Long, Leribeus, Scherff and the TEs.

          The running backs have been indecisive, missed some holes and missed a cut that would have gotten them yardage but I’d still put most of the running issues we have on the young OL, the TEs & not using DY enough.

          Also, when we were running the ball great in the first two weeks we had 3 tight ends a lot and DY in the game. I haven’t seen the skins do that as much since then. They also don’t play DY enough. They often have a one back set, and anyone who’s paid attention to the Redksins running game since 2012 knows that the skins running game has not done as well when DY is on the sideline or misses because of injury.

          If Gruden & McVay really want to commit to the run they need to go to a package of:

          Qb: Cousins
          RB: Morris/Jones
          FB: Young
          Blocking TE: Compton
          TE: Carrier
          HB: Reed
          LT: Twill
          LG: Long
          C: Leribeus/DeLaPuente
          RG: Scherff
          RT: Moses

        • Rich Tandler - Nov 14, 2015 at 4:03 PM

          Actually, Jay has talked about the inexperience along the line along with the lack of time they have had to work to be a cohesive unit. I wrote about it on CSN in the last week or so.

        • abanig - Nov 14, 2015 at 5:09 PM

          I don’t mean the staff or the media, I mean the fans. Fans have a hard time acknowledging/realizing that young players rookies or 1st time starters take some time to develop. Especially if it’s like Scherff and he’s learning a new position at the highest level.

        • ET - Nov 14, 2015 at 12:18 PM

          I agree, there are multiple problems at play. But I believe losing Lauvao for the season was significant—and I say that as someone who was not a fan of his performance in 2014.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM

        “This safeties in the box theory is pure fallacy. ”

        Ah …no it’s not. NE played a 4-3 with a deep cover 1 sitting in the middle of the field. Maybe the safety himself wasnt always in the box but the defenses are loading up tight on the line with more than can be blocked up front.

        • abanig - Nov 14, 2015 at 11:09 AM

          It’s not a fallacy around the league. Many teams run “big nickel” or what we used to call the “cobra package” when we had Chris Horton back in 2009. Arizona runs it most of the time.

          It is a Fallacy with the Redskins.

          1. We don’t really have the personnel. Our safeties suck, the more we can keep them off the field the better.

          2. We haven’t played with 3 safeties on the field since Chris Horton was a rookie in 08 and we had Greg Blache as our Def Coord.

          Haz didn’t run it and neither does Barry.

          If we were to run it, and I don’t think we will, what I would do is. In definite passing situations:

          Insert DeAngelo Hall as the deep FS

          Put Goldson in a spot where he’s playing closer to the line of scrimmage but not exactly in the box.

          Put Johnson as the in the box safety. A true SS playing near the ILBs and I’d use him as a blitzer some.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 14, 2015 at 11:15 AM

          I thought we were discussing the opponents defense. However I do think our safety play this year has improved from the past. A slight better improvement in coverage and much better open field tackling. However, it still can get much better. I agree we don’t have the luxury of stacking are safeties in the box to stymie the run game.

        • abanig - Nov 14, 2015 at 12:07 PM

          Our safety play hasn’t improved much. Goldson, Robinson and Johnson still miss tackles like crazy and have trouble getting over the top to help the corners in coverage.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 14, 2015 at 11:07 AM

        I did notice in some instances WRs giving the DBs direct shot at closing the games with no blocking. So I also question why does it appears the WRs have stopped participation at times in the run blocking.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 14, 2015 at 11:10 AM

          or instead of allowing the DB to shoot the gap with a no block then at least send the WR in the proximity of the run deep.

        • abanig - Nov 14, 2015 at 12:04 PM

          We used to have good blocking wrs in 2012-13. Our wrs haven’t been as good as blockers since then with the exception of Garcon who’s been on the team each of these season.

        • bangkokben - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:47 PM

          I’ll agree with our WRs failing to block safeties but unless that safety is in the box; I’m not counting him in the box.

      • JOHNNY B - Nov 14, 2015 at 11:29 AM

        The safeties are taking the jobs of the inside lb so they can focus on the rb. Watch the game because everyone including Cooley can see it.

        • bangkokben - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:44 PM

          Saying the same thing twice with a little snark adds ZERO merit to your assertion.

          There are way too many issues with the running game to blame it on eight-man fronts and one injury. Safeties aren’t getting blocked by receivers. Count the guys in the box on your TV screen. Seven, sometimes six and occasionally eight. Unless you have a black and white from 70s it’s fairly easy. The problem is the execution by the team – OL, TEs, WRs blocking and finding the right holes by the backs.

          Since you mentioned Cooley, I decided to look at his film breakdown from last week because I suspected that may offer an contrary but well informed opinion then my own.:

          The run plays are about 3/4 down on the page and oddly enough, he says the same thing which I just typed in the 2nd paragraph in the corresponding audio. (Minutes 6:15 through 12:15 – link found just below the top of the page)

          Look, I don’t have issue with your opinion as long as it is backed up by statistical or anecdotal evidence. I offered earlier my wholehearted disagreement to it’s simplicity with no contrary evidence. So now you have some. Listen to Cooley state how our seven man fronts were bested by six man defensive fronts look over the diagrams and still shots provided on the link above. Perhaps it offers new perspective on your conclusions; then again it might not.

        • JOHNNY B - Nov 14, 2015 at 4:26 PM

          That statement was from adding all of the games starting from week 4 to now not just the Patriots game. The Bucks , Jets, and the Falcons all came with 7 to 8 man fronts on running downs. With a deep threat they would not have been so willing to leave the Feild open. Second if I had to repeat myself it is because the person who commented did not read the first post right. Yes there is a lot wrong with our defense I understand that 100 percent but missing a prominent pass rusher on one side is the biggest problem. No pass rush . This teams secondary although not dominant is doing a good job at keeping teams from blowing us out. 1 player can be that important to a team. The front 7 is missing 1 to make it work for the run and pass. And unless either Smith or Murphy steps up it will not change. I wonder if we put Smith starting every down how long will it take to get him better. Murphy had his chance last year .

        • bangkokben - Nov 14, 2015 at 9:49 PM

          I’ll agree that injuries have had an adverse affect on the team. I may even agree with your presumed win total, however, there is no way to quantify that effect and no way to be sure of different results. Suppose Kerrigan missed the first half of the year as well, how many net sacks do we miss? Is it just the 3.5 he accounts for? Or does his affect contribute to Baker’s total or other players on the team? Maybe whoever replaces him actually has five sacks from Ryan’s side of the field but that same replacement player doesn’t help the other guys get their sacks? Follow? (How could you? It’s a bit muddled.) Or how would’ve the team’s total sacks been affected last year if Orakpo was gone from the start of the season instead of his half-sack total in seven games?

          Point is: is that production from injured players is almost always presumed to be optimal when there are multiple factors and reasons that even if healthy optimal performance is rarely reached. Take Griffin in 2013. Everyone assumes that the Redskins were worse in 2013 because Griffin was worse in 2013 for injury or other reason. But I could list five to ten other key contributors to 2012’s success that were significantly worse in 2013 even though most of those players were healthy. Somehow it is always on just one player. (Logan Paulsen, Josh Morgan, Tyler Polumbus, Will Montgomery, London Fletcher, Josh Wilson, Stephen Bowen, and ANYONE who played safety -somehow made me miss Madieu Williams)

          It is my contention that the quantity of the Redskins injured is more significant than WHO was injured.

          Suppose the Redskins were completely healthy except for Junior Galette and DeSean Jackson. I don’t see the Redskins 3-5 in that situation but more likely 5-3, yet you imply they would be 3-5. Perhaps that is from us fundamentally disagreeing about the causes for the problem in the running game.

          I, like others here, believe the start of these rushing woes began with injuries to our OL beginning in game 3 not injury to our deep threat which occurred early in game 1.

          Agree to disagree, if you want but I conject that there isn’t a SIGNIFICANT increase in eight-man fronts since the Giant games and how does that explain that the two long runs against the Rams happened against an eight man front. Seven man fronts – that’s standard.

        • JOHNNY B - Nov 15, 2015 at 3:57 AM

          Losing Lauvao did affect the o-line. But did just losing 1 man affect the run game that much or did teams start focusing on stopping the run game. They started to force the passing game or more like Kirk to win the game. Once they stopped the run by shutting down our young o-line (in which wasn’t hard ) and with no deep threat left Cousins little options. All we had was the short passing game left. With Gruden being new the head coaching job he had no answer to get the run game going again. For the injuries that we have gone through and still have 3 wins I am getting very interested in seeing what we bring the 2nd half of the season.

        • bangkokben - Nov 15, 2015 at 8:55 AM

          I too am interested in seeing what we bring the 2nd half of the season. The running problem has been an unsolved issue for more than half the season and it’s not like “we’ve” been facing elite run defenses. Because it is an obvious problem with little to no sign of improvement it speaks to the layers of cause and effect – not just one man. The signing of Brian de la Puente at center and suggestion at the time of his signing that he could start immediately by the HC shows where the team thinks the best chance of fixing this problem. Lauvao’s injury was compounded by Lichtensteiger’s injury. Add in the youth and inexperience at four fifths of the line as well as the tight ends along with slumping running backs and you have a recipe for disaster irregardless of a deep passing game. In fact with such a running game it’s a wonder that play action would be effective at all. Yet, last week even the weakest of attempts early in the game provided big opportunities in the passing game – which were of course dropped. Why? Because as you said and addition to all I wrote, teams are focusing on the run game and are asking Kirk Cousins to beat them. Will that continue as Jackson gets up to speed? Probably less likely but the difference from the safety position in the run game is minimal. Instead of the safeties crashing the line of scrimmage from outside the box providing run support they’re likely to hold their ground a beat longer ensuring it is not a pass before pursuing. This could affect the run game but its affect will likely be felt in the result of more 5 yard+ runs then turning a 0 yard gain into three yards. The addition of a deep threat helps the 2nd level in run blocking but if the 1st level isn’t getting blocked and the backs aren’t breaking those tackles it isn’t going to make much of a difference. So that is where the emphasis needs to be made.

  2. colmac69 - Nov 14, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Nxt four requires minimum 2-2 record…u then got bears /bills which offers chance of 7-7 with two left

    1-3,0-4 season done and we might win one more for a 4-12,,,5-11 season

    3-1 u got 6-6 with four left u got chance of 8-8,,9-7 chance of playoff

    4-0 u got 7-6 with real possibility of div title

    So many equations…..think nxt three games determine what record we finish up with….

    All starts tom

    Vive la France!!!!!!!!

  3. troylok - Nov 14, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    On offense, I think it all comes down to being able to get a running game going. Gruden is a passing gamemaker. Callahan was brought in not only to develop the offensive line but to develop more running packages. Maybe they should throw in some unbalanced line or more jumbo packages. Letting Cousins roll out more and then playing off the defense’s anticipation of that with some misdirection runs might open things up. The Redskins have also not been stretching the field which gives the defense the luxury of creeping in their safeties for run support. Popping off a few long passes to start the game might loosen things up. Finally, they need to get Chris Thompson in on early downs, so maybe they throw in a few plays where both Thompson and Jones are in the backfield together.

  4. nealc53 - Nov 14, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    4 wins second half= 1 to short to win division :( = won’t take much this years but it will be Philly or giant – BUT!! next year another year for MCLovin to add pieces ??

  5. hk2000 - Nov 14, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Too many would’ve, could’ve in your analysis! Even you can see the problem is in coaching, the talent did not improve much and unless the coach gets a sudden divine revelation, he’s not going to improve either. I’d rather they go 0 and 8 so we get a clear cut case for SM to fire this idiot and get a real coach.

    • bangkokben - Nov 14, 2015 at 10:18 AM

      Spoken like a true fan.

      Nice to see your hate for the coach transcends your love for the team.

      Bring back ol’ lobster face – he excelled at the 0-8.

    • ET - Nov 14, 2015 at 10:55 AM

      “I’d rather they go 0 and 8 so we get a clear cut case for SM to fire this idiot and get a real coach.”

      Really, that’s your best case scenario?

      • brucefan1 - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:02 PM

        True, ET … it wouldn’t take anything THAT drastic. Total overkill!

    • Penz - Nov 14, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      Eh? You’re that confident that Gruden is a bad coach you want the Skins to finsh 0-8 just to make sure he gets fired?? Some fan you are, can’t imagine anything having me wishing that, especially when 2 of those losses involve Dallas.

  6. therealistcat - Nov 14, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    When are we ever going to come to terms with the fact that we still have a culture and coaching problem in DC? We are marginal at best with play calling, scheming, making in-game adjustments, and scout reporting. Even after benching one of the most talented quarterbacks to come out of college in several decades, you guys still can’t come to that conclusion——-at least you don’t have him to blame anymore, SMH.

    • hk2000 - Nov 14, 2015 at 8:41 AM

      Watch out for the mob attack from the KFC (Kirk’s Fan Club)

      • brucefan1 - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:19 PM

        Mmmmm … KFC…..

        Come on, hk, you know the blow back from your 0-8 scenario is coming from more than just “Kirk fans”.

        I imagine a lot of other Redskins fans think, “Maybe … maybe … the Gru/Cuz thing can work out? There is still half a season to go. Maybe the team’s figurers finally figure out something that WORKS. Still a chance of that, ain’t there?” (Unless you’ve seen something in a crystal ball yer not telling us about!). And if Jay & Kirk DO prove to be an item, then the Skins gotta go with it, no?

        Me? I say let’s let the season play out. We could very well all be whistling a much happier tune by around this time tomorrow! (And then a sadder tune in two weeks … then a happier tune in THREE weeks … then a …well, you get it. ;^})

  7. garg8050 - Nov 14, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    I’m hopeful that the secondary getting healthier, along with the changes to Johnson and Compton, will help the defensive efficiency, and maybe allow Barry to be more aggressive versus the run, as well as allow more blitz pressure in the second half. Assuming the key offensive players can stay healthy, I see the offense averaging between 20 and 24 points in the second half. Still hopeful that 4-4 is a real possibility….it all starts with tomorrow. 4-6 heading into two home division games would make things very interesting.

    • brucefan1 - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      “along with the changes to Johnson and Compton”

      Speaking of Compton — I’m shocked … SHOCKED I say, to find out that Compton is replacing Keenan and NOT Perry!

      This must be an injury thing, right — and not so much performance related?(I haven’t seen any statement really definitive on that topic. Anybody?)

      I mean, #52 hasn’t been up to par (injuries?), but I thought he was playing better than #56.

      • garg8050 - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        Definitely an injury thing. Is Robinson definitely out for tomorrow? I was hoping to see Compton and Robinson with Riley on the sidelines…

      • abanig - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:42 PM

        Kennan has been battling injuries for weeks, if not a month. It’s a reason why his play has tapered off and he’s missed a lot of tackles.

      • Rich Tandler - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        If Keenan can’t go, Compton will start in his place.

        If Keenan plays, Compton will start in Riley’s place.

        • bangkokben - Nov 14, 2015 at 4:09 PM

          Thanks. That’s good news then.

      • Penz - Nov 14, 2015 at 7:35 PM

        Wouldn’t shock me either way, big fan of Keenan, not so much Riley, but Keenan has missed a lot of big tackles, pretty disappointing so far.

  8. berniebernard666 - Nov 14, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    injuries…..,,,poor tackling……dropped passes…….blocked punt(Giant Game)………Fumbles………Missed Blocks…

    Take away all those mistakes and the Redskins are 8-0. Unfortunately you can’t take away mistakes with the current coaching staff…..and THAT is the biggest mistake of all.

    • timwillhide - Nov 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM

      Lol ya take away that from all the games last year and we won the Super Bowl . Man it feels great Cheering for the Champs lol SMH

  9. abanig - Nov 14, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    I think the skins, Cousins, the running game and the defense will do better the second half of the season.

    4-4 finish seems about right to me, possibly one game better or worse depending on how everything falls into place.

    • bangkokben - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      Yep. The over/under is four wins and I’m calling for a push.

  10. greed - Nov 14, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    teams adjusted to our defensive schemes after 2 games and barry still hasnt adjusted to them same vanilla D week in week out, same with offense teams play close to the line 8 inda box and gruden mcvay run the same run formations no fullback to match their extra defenders no misdirections traps motion blocks nothing to make defense think,move same with passing game everything short kirk gets praised for it rg got riddiculed and kirk has had the best pass pro ive seen from skins o-line in yrs yet dink k dunk is the scheme with an occasional desperation down by 2td deep pass, and dont say wr droppd passes that was one game, where the screen game to rb’s the constant shuffling of RB’S not helping either every back should have a role a starter who gets bulk of carries a backup who gets some carries a thirddown bk , instead of playing sound football gruden tries to play fantasy ball, simplify the obvious things and be more fundamental while mixing in creativity on bothsides of the ball

    • brucefan1 - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:31 PM

      I’ll bet there was a lot of wisdom in that post! ;^}

      (That’s my boy greed!!)

    • squawonthewarpath - Nov 14, 2015 at 10:30 PM

      Wonder if greed talks like he types? lol

  11. abanig - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    I forgot to mention my theory on the running game besides the OL injuries affecting the running games, Jones’ injury and the running backs missing the holes… Not having Griffin start hurts the teams running game. When Griffin plays, the running backs have more room to run because of Griffin’s threat always run and because Griffin will get some yards himself.

    • bangkokben - Nov 14, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      It may be a theory but is it a solution? Not one this coaching staff will entertain.

  12. goback2rfk - Nov 14, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Let him go Rg3 fans. Let him go. He was a anomaly, a flux in the space time continuum, a fluke. The Rob we all grew to love in 2012 has permanently left the building and all that’s left is a shadow of his former self wearing street clothes to the game. He is a great guy, a talented freak of nature, a track and field superstar. The man could hurdle and run like a lighting bolt. He may be great again someday, somewhere, but I think the “what if” talk of the once superstar out of Baylor has got to stop. What if I won the lottery? What if I could have 2 more wives? Speculation is bad and at this point i am just hoping for a miracle so maybe we can have some meaningful December games. Hopefully they crush hall of fame QB drew brees tomorrow.

  13. Skulb - Nov 15, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Not sure how figure the QB position to be a problem right now Tandler, which it decidedly was last year.. With a normal running game we would have had one or two more wins. With normal tackling we would have had one or two more wins. With normal both we might have had three more for all we know. Those two things haven’t been a little bad. They have been pathetic. Perry Riley had zero tackles in the Pats game. Meanwhile the team was registered with at least 12 missed tackles, eight of them on Lewis..

    • hk2000 - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:12 AM

      More of the would’ve could’ve crap us fans have been hanging pour hats on for years…. time to start demanding better, starting with the coach.

      • Skulb - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:35 AM

        Well you can demand and demand. It’s not going to lead to success. Meanwhile being one or two plays away from a win is better than being blown out, which the Skins were routinely in 2013 and 14.

    • abanig - Nov 15, 2015 at 9:14 AM

      Totally agree, with better tackling and a better running game I definitely think we win the Atlanta game, and maybe the Jets game. Of course if Cousins was more accurate, Jones didn’t fumble and our receivers didn’t drop some passes, we should have won those games also and others.

      • Skulb - Nov 15, 2015 at 9:23 AM

        I know its what ifs and stuff but that’s an improvement in itself. Even with what ifs we were never going to be better than a 6 win team last year and a 5 win team the year before that. Most of the losses were embarrassing and not the slightest bit close.
        What ifs now puts us at at least 5-3, maybe even 6-2.
        It’s the closest this team has been to competitive since 2012, just as long as they can keep it going like this or hopefully even improve a little down the stretch.
        That start against the Saints. They can not lose that game without disappointing every single Skins fan on the planet. In the interest of continued optimism and positivity it is very close to a must-win game.
        With a win today it won’t be such a disaster if they lose at Carolina next week.
        And then the final six games, all winnable in my view, will make or break the season.

        • goback2rfk - Nov 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM

          I will be at the Panthers game and I am really hoping for a miracle Win. Panthers stadium will be filled up with Redskins fans probably 50 / 50. Maybe we can beat the Saints and then grab a road win at Bank of America.
          Any Given Sunday!!

        • Skulb - Nov 16, 2015 at 1:13 AM

          Wish I could go with you but in Europe so the commute would kill me. I’m hoping for a statement against the Panthers too, although they do have a fearsome running attack to match our at times lame run defense. Might get ugly but it might also be the game of the year.
          But even if they lose the key will be the four divisional games. And particularly the Giants game. I’m hoping Kirk will break his New York curse in that game and his away curse against Philly and Dallas.
          If he can do that we’re actually looking at a possible division win here.
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