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Need to Know: Redskins’ Hall says he wants to be ‘a damn good safety’

Nov 21, 2015, 5:21 AM EDT

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 21, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Carolina Panthers.

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A few things I heard around Redskins Park this week and my reaction to them:

DeAngelo Hall was asked if a move to safety would extend his career:

I’m not going to go play safety to try to extend my career, I’m going to play safety to try to be a damn good safety. I’m not in the business to try to tack on years. I can go home and hang with my kids. But I think I could make a difference at safety somewhere. The mentioned it to me and I said, cool, let’s do it.

Two things are interesting here. He’s right about not needing to extend his career, at least not financially. He’s signed a couple of big contracts, and he could spend more time with his kids if he wanted to. But he likes playing. The other part of this quote that drew my attention was the part about making a difference at safety “somewhere”. In 2016 he will be going into the third season of a four-year deal he signed in 2014. His cap number will be $5.1 million and the team could save $3.4 million by releasing him. Hall turned 32 yesterday and he seems to realize that a combination of his age and cap number might make him a cap casualty in the spring. The veteran could be auditioning for a job in 2016.

Trent Williams on Kirk Cousins:

He’s gaining game experience. He’s never been handed the keys to a team and I think that’s a culture change to a person. You go from playing in spots to this team is yours and as well as you play will be as far as we go. He just had to deal with it the first few weeks and now he’s way more comfortable, he’s got his feet wet. He’s just more comfortable in being that guy. I think that’s the difference. It’s not that he’s made throws that he couldn’t make before. He’s always had a talented arm, he’s always been a talented quarterback. Now it’s all about him. The team is his.

Cousins is one of the few starting quarterbacks in the league who is not a team captain, so having the support of the offensive captain is important. This is some solid praise from Williams, who in five and a half seasons has now blocked for six different starting quarterbacks. Cousins now seems to be settled in; during the last seven games we will see if that elevates his play.

Joe Barry on continuing problems with the running game:

“Well, it gets old after a while just for the simple fact that the common theme has been tackling. We missed a big tackle in the hole last week and then, bam, the guy goes 70 yards. It’s obviously addressed every week, it’s preached every week — talking about the tackling. As much as we do from a physical standpoint on Wednesday, that’s our most physical day, we try to tackle, we try to simulate tackles at least. You can’t do any live tackling. It’s just we’ve got to keep preaching it and talking about it.

The subject of tackling is one of those battlegrounds when it comes to debating whether results on the field emanate from coaching or the players themselves. And there really is no answer. On the one hand, players who get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars at the least and tens of millions at most should be able to execute a tackle. The fundamentals are not complex and it’s something every player has been doing since putting on a helmet. But it’s up to the coaches to drill them enough to keep their tackling skills sharp and making sure there are multiple players around the ball so that one player does not have to make the stop. On the 70-yard run by Mark Ingram Barry is referring to, Dashon Goldson missed a tackle near the line, but just getting by that tackle should not have led to a near-TD.

Jay Gruden on holding lively practices:

“A little bit. You know, it’s starting to grow. The effort was great today — had even a couple little skirmishes out there, which is good to see every now and then – but the intensity level is rising. You can see it — the confidence, the intensity, all that — which is good.”

Cousins on the same subject:

I remember my rookie year, several weeks at the end of the year we just had walkthroughs and only one day of the week we had practice. Even when we did, it was more relaxed and we had a seven-game winning streak and won the division. So I’ve seen that work, and I’ve seen having a spirited practice at the end of the season that was very physical and very competitive lead to a win as well.

The higher intensity at practice has been a topic of conversation around Redskins Park this week. According to the players they started to pick up the tempo at practice last week and after they beat the Saints they continued this week. But the opposite approach of short, low-tempo practices in December of 2012 also worked. Going at a high tempo is great but players can tire and it’s harder on their bodies, especially near the end of a long season. A slower tempo can work but it doesn’t come close to game speed so the value is lessened. The bottom line is that practice is important but it’s what you do on Sunday that really matters.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Travel to Charlotte, no media availability

Days until: Redskins @ Panthers 1; Giants @ Redskins 8; Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 16

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  1. JOHNNY B - Nov 21, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    Hall is a great corner when he wants to be. He always found a way to shut down some of the best receivers but some of the worst one’s were able to smoke him. So the challenge is what drives him so I think him playing safety might be a good thing. What ever they are doing in practice seems to be working so don’t change it.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Nov 21, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    “He’s never been handed the keys to a team…”

    Those would be fighting words if they came from one of your humble Real Redskins common taters, Rich. But I guess TWill can get away with it.

    ;-)

    • voice4thefans - Nov 21, 2015 at 8:06 AM

      Get away with what ? The Truth

    • JOHNNY B - Nov 21, 2015 at 8:15 AM

      Read the comments right he said that he has never been handed the keys to a team as this is his first time.

    • brucefan1 - Nov 21, 2015 at 2:15 PM

      “He’s never been handed the keys to a team…”
      True, “voice”! That’s a very accurate and reasonable statement that no fan should have a problem with.

      • timwillhide - Nov 21, 2015 at 3:26 PM

        I thought he already wrecked the Car twice. Endof 2013 and last year when he was benched

        • gasngo14 - Nov 21, 2015 at 4:23 PM

          just like you tim wrecked your bike!

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 5:11 PM

          Maybe a more accurate statement is “He’s never been handed the Keys and Title to a team….”

  3. sidepull - Nov 21, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    I don’t know if he can pull off what Woodson has done. I like D Hall. I think hes got his mind right and if his body will allow him to make that transition I bet he will do very well. Hes a smart and talented guy. If he does well it surely would fit a team need and he is a bit of a ball-hawk as well. Be fun to watch Hall play safety that’s what I think.

    • brucefan1 - Nov 21, 2015 at 2:11 PM

      WOODSON?! LOL
      Charles Woodson’s a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer! Might as well also say that D-Hall probably won’t do what ROD Woodson or Ronnie Lott when they switched to safety!
      I’ll just be glad if Hall’s close to as good at S as he was at CB.

      But at a reasonable price, of course. Remember when he hadda take a cheap-o deal a few years back due to lack of interest in him? I can’t see how he’d get any more interest now. Except by the B&G?

  4. JOHNNY B - Nov 21, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Hey Rich I was wondering with the way that Cousins is improving and moving up the qb rankings how high do you think that he might go? Do you think that he could pass Dalton and will his rankings affect his contract offers without having the wins. I guess what is his ceiling this year .

  5. redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Call Hall a corner or call him a safety …I like to call him a Redskin!

    Player types like Santa Moss and Trent Williams just seem like they belong here. I think Hall is one of those type of players.

    • ET - Nov 21, 2015 at 2:22 PM

      Agree!

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        You just have to love this guy’s attitude towards the team. He is asked to move to another position. No grips and no statements like “It’s out of my control”. Instead, the response to his new challenge is something in the line of “Okay, let’s do it and I’ll master that position to”

  6. redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    “He’s gaining game experience. He’s never been handed the keys to a team and I think that’s a culture change to a person..”

    Cousins driving skills will be put to task this weekend. This is a pivotal game for him in one aspect: His performance should win over the confidence of many doubters in and around the league. Perform well and keep the turnovers at a minimum and this proves his streak of solid performances is not relegated to average and poor defenses. Struggle mightily and the clamoring of a replacement or “he is a lifelong backup” will return to it’s recent heights. Cousins still has the season to define him but it’s games like this against a good coverage defense that is especially good at getting interceptions will resonate the most. Carolina is not an elite defense by any means, but I expect they’ll be playing their best game at home protecting an undefeated season.

    • bangkokben - Nov 21, 2015 at 12:05 PM

      What do you mean that they are not an elite defense by any means? Elite in the history of the NFL? No. Elite in the current state of the NFL? Hell, yeah.

      As for the clamoring if he fails this week. I don’t doubt that WOULD happen IF he does as Rich outlined as average against Carolina earlier in the week – 20/34 for 210 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INts. I just vehemently disagree with that sentiment. That is stupidity and I certainly don’t put stupidity past our fans – especially our fans who only speak when the team loses. That stat line is the average performance from these quarterbacks:

      Mariota, Rodgers, Luck, Bradford, Wilson, Winston, Brees, Ryan Mallett, and Bortles.

      The same group of fans that can’t wait to crucify Cousins if he throws two picks Sunday also would have taken every one of those QBs over Cousins before this season except for Ryan Mallett. Eff those fans.

      But more importantly, why would or should a QB starting his 17th game exceed average? Of course it is the goal but an inexperienced QB should struggle on the road against an undefeated team that boasts the best defense in terms of passer rating against – 69.1. I hope for the Redskins’ sake that Cousins excels or that they can finally win a game DESPITE the quarterback’s performance – that latter scenario would show an improved team.

      Now having said all that, I expect BOTH the team and the QB will excel and the Redskins to win by AT LEAST 10. HTTR!

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:07 PM

        “What do you mean that they are not an elite defense by any means? Elite in the history of the NFL? No. Elite in the current state of the NFL? Hell, yeah.”

        Elite in a manner that they are not a dominate defense so “hell no” they are not an elite defense even when measured for this season. Carolina’s D can and has been beaten running the ball against them and they have given up a generous 11 passing touchdowns this season. They have also allowed over 3 touchdowns this season. What aspect of Carolina’s defense is elite? If you are just looking at rankings then you need to look deeper.

        Elite defenses play at a high level in all phases of their game just like a Quarterback. Carolina doesn’t fit that category. It’s not relevant when facing an opponent if one is ranked statistically among the highest. It’s within the statistics where you look and ask does this defense dominate teams? Hell No!

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:24 PM

          rephrase…
          ” They have also allowed over 3 touchdowns this season on 5 occasions. That’s over 50% of their games so far this season.”

        • abanig - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:55 PM

          Carolina’s linebackers are arguably the best group in the NFL.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 2:17 PM

          “Carolina’s linebackers are arguably the best group in the NFL.’

          Okay maybe but the point is that offenses have been productive against Carolina’s defense even with that elite unit. I’m in no way stating Carolina is not a good defense. I know they could be even better if Charles Johnson wasn’t sidelined. However, the defense the Redskins will play tomorrow is not an elite group The rushing defense is middle-tier has given up 7 rushing touchdowns. So the Redskins can score and move the ball on this group. I don’t expect it to be easy but again 7 rushing touchdowns and 11 passing touchdowns allowed in 9 games is not elite.

        • bangkokben - Nov 21, 2015 at 9:45 PM

          You WANT this game to be pivotal for Cousins but it isn’t. It’s nowhere close. If he excels he gets on the national map, anything else and it’s on to the Giants. The front office and coaching staff isn’t going to make any changes. You and guys who still are hurt for Robert will use this game to make the narrative Cousins is just a back up but that’s it. In this process you’re trying to minimize the Panther’s D so that you can apply this narrative.

          “Carolina’s D can and has been beaten running the ball against them.”

          FALSE. Carolinia is 9-0. Their defense has yet to be beaten. Green Bay came closest but threw an INT in the Red Zone. Your perception that Carolina’s rush defense is suspect will not help Kirk’s performance. Any objective viewer when asked, “Which has been more consistent for the Redskins this year, the quarterback play or the rushing attack?” would answer the quarterback play. Yet somehow we’re reminded about how horrid the Saints defense is when it comes to Cousins’ perfect passer rating but we’re supposed to forget how bad they’re against the run when suddenly the run game plays above average? And this is suppose to help Cousins play better against the best passing defense? Is that what we’re talking about not how to be the Panthers?

          Defensive passer rating is a key stat in this era of football. It has been a major pitfall for the Redskins defense for years. In this passing era it shows which defenses are bringing it. Here are the eleven teams with QBR below 85, their QBR, and their record. (Btw, that “generous” 11 passing TDs – 5th lowest in the league – is factored in QBR.)

          CAR 69.1 9-0
          ARI 74.2 7-2
          DEN 74.6 7-2
          NYJ 79.1 5-4
          KC 79.8 4-5
          GB 80.1 6-3
          BUF 82.4 5-4
          CIN 83.1 8-1
          ATL 83.5 6-3
          PHI 83.5 4-5
          NE 84.8 9-0

          If you don’t want to call the Panther defense elite, fine. But that doesn’t change the fact that last week Cousins faced the worst passing defense with a 116.6 QBR (better than Tom Brady and every other starting QB) and gave up 31.5 points per game and is now facing the BEST in Carolina who is giving up a miserly 19.1 points per game and making its opponents quarterback look like the 2015 version of Peyton Manning (67.6) AND you are making these games apples to apples. Moreover, not since the 2013 Seattle Seahawks’ 63.4 defensive QBR has any team kept teams below 70.

          Cousins needs to be compared not between the two games but how HE relates to the other Panther opponents. Just as he should be compared against the Saints in how he compared to the other QBs that faced the Saints.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 10:46 PM

          “You WANT this game to be pivotal for Cousins but it isn’t. It’s nowhere close. If he excels he gets on the national map, anything else and it’s on to the Giants. The front office and coaching staff isn’t going to make any changes.”

          Let me past the original comment so you can get what pivotal meant….

          “Cousins driving skills will be put to task this weekend. This is a pivotal game for him in one aspect: His performance should win over the confidence of many doubters in and around the league. Perform well and keep the turnovers at a minimum and this proves his streak of solid performances is not relegated to average and poor defenses. Struggle mightily and the clamoring of a replacement or “he is a lifelong backup” will return to it’s recent heights. Cousins still has the season to define him but it’s games like this against a good coverage defense that is especially good at getting interceptions will resonate the most. Carolina is not an elite defense by any means, but I expect they’ll be playing their best game at home protecting an undefeated season.”

          Where do you see pivotal meaning the coaching staff was going to make changes. Do you NOT clearly see that I stated “Cousins still has the season to define him”???

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 10:48 PM

          “ou and guys who still are hurt for Robert will use this game to make the narrative Cousins is just a back up but that’s it. In this process you’re trying to minimize the Panther’s D so that you can apply this narrative.”

          You are a complete joke, do you know that. This HAS NOTHING to do with RG3. Maybe you hate RG3 so much you want to keep reminding others to fuel you bias. However, this is all about what Cousins means to the team as a future franchise QB. You are just plain wrong and can’t accept that. Instead you want to redirect with you traditional Red Herring BS to avoid sticking to the point.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 10:50 PM

          “FALSE. Carolinia is 9-0. Their defense has yet to be beaten.’

          Football 101! beaten means a touchdown or having success moving the ball on them. When you discuss beaten on win/loss then that is a team subject. Another Red Herring diversion tactic. It’s getting old and infantile.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 10:56 PM

          “Yet somehow we’re reminded about how horrid the Saints defense is when it comes to Cousins’ perfect passer rating but we’re supposed to forget how bad they’re against the run when suddenly the run game plays above average? And this is suppose to help Cousins play better against the best passing defense? Is that what we’re talking about not how to be the Panthers?”

          That’s because the Saints defense is horrible! I commended Cousins for his performance and defended others that tried to negate his performance with the YAC. Look, I’m not going to continue to repeat myself about the great job Cousins did last Sunday. However, I’m also not going to ignore the obvious about that defense the played last week. You need to get over that Cousins passion fruit you been drinking and go back to the rational guy you used to be here.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 11:15 PM

          “Your perception that Carolina’s rush defense is suspect will not help Kirk’s performance. ‘

          So identifying the fact that Carolina gives up a rushing average in yards per game that is 14th in the NFL and allowing said rushing of 7 touchdowns doesn’t provide hope that the rushing attack could help Kirk in the passing game? Okay Check That! I get what this means to you. Now, I’ll play you’re game with a Red Herring response. So in you viewpoint all the credit this season is completely due to Cousins accomplishment. The running game and defense can’t survive without him. To you this season is all about Cousins. Don’t question his challenges or flaws because you and your flock have deemed him to be beyond judgement or question. He is our savior that has risen the team from the ashes of shame. Any fan who provides comments of question shall be forever banished as a fan of this team. So continue on oh proud righteous one and protect the honor of the new God behind center. Protect him with at all cost that include distortion, lies, and misplaced statistics.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM

          ““generous” 11 passing TDs – 5th lowest in the league – is factored in QBR.

          Ummm! There are 4 teams with better numbers but 4 other teams with match the 11 passing touchdowns allowed. So nice piecemeal job there

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:22 PM

        y”As for the clamoring if he fails this week. I don’t doubt that WOULD happen IF he does as Rich outlined as average against Carolina earlier in the week – 20/34 for 210 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INts. I just vehemently disagree with that sentiment.”

        Disagree with it if you may but the clamoring will present itself it the outcome looks bad for Cousins. This is not an indicator of myself but others who have very little patience for Cousins if he starts to struggle. If stats show Cousins had a bad day but I see justification for it beyond his control then I’ll defend him. However, the undeniable truth is that if Cousins looks bad against this team then it revisits serious questions about his ability in being a long term starting QB here. This is exactly why this game is so pivotal.

        “Mariota, Rodgers, Luck, Bradford, Wilson, Winston, Brees, Ryan Mallett, and Bortles.

        The same group of fans that can’t wait to crucify Cousins if he throws two picks Sunday also would have taken every one of those QBs over Cousins before this season except for Ryan Mallett. Eff those fans.

        Well subtracting Mallett, I’d certainly take Mariota, Rodgers, Luck, and probably Brees and Winston over Cousins right now. Does that make this fan such a bad guy?

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:30 PM

          Sorry for the rushed responses. I’m in a hurry today…

          I get your point now about those other QBs that posted average numbers against Carolina’s defense. However, I wouldn’t be one to rush to attack Cousins’ performance for a 20/34 for 210 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INts game. I’d prefer to see what transpired in the game before criticizing. Under many circumstances those stats may not be very bad.

        • abanig - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:43 PM

          Were those avg games for the Panthers when Kuechley was out for 2/3 weeks with his concussion.

          My guess is they were.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:22 PM

        y”As for the clamoring if he fails this week. I don’t doubt that WOULD happen IF he does as Rich outlined as average against Carolina earlier in the week – 20/34 for 210 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INts. I just vehemently disagree with that sentiment.”

        Disagree with it if you may but the clamoring will present itself it the outcome looks bad for Cousins. This is not an indicator of myself but others who have very little patience for Cousins if he starts to struggle. If stats show Cousins had a bad day but I see justification for it beyond his control then I’ll defend him. However, the undeniable truth is that if Cousins looks bad against this team then it revisits serious questions about his ability in being a long term starting QB here. This is exactly why this game is so pivotal.

        “Mariota, Rodgers, Luck, Bradford, Wilson, Winston, Brees, Ryan Mallett, and Bortles.

        The same group of fans that can’t wait to crucify Cousins if he throws two picks Sunday also would have taken every one of those QBs over Cousins before this season except for Ryan Mallett. Eff those fans.

        Well subtracting Mallett, I’d certainly take Mariota, Rodgers, Luck, and probably Brees and Winston over Cousins right now. Does that make this fan such a bad guy?

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:40 PM

        “But more importantly, why would or should a QB starting his 17th game exceed average? Of course it is the goal but an inexperienced QB should struggle on the road against an undefeated team that boasts the best defense in terms of passer rating against – 69.1.’

        There are holes in that Carolina passer rating as I pointed out. Cousins is not on his own here on the offense. The running game should help to open things up for him. That’s 17 starting games from a 27 year old QB that has been playing a similar offense since he was in college. I think Cousins can perform well against this defense. It would be understandable if Cousins struggles at times in this game however IMO there is no allowance for him to have a bad game here and also escape criticism for such a performance.

        • abanig - Nov 21, 2015 at 2:07 PM

          Do you really think the skins can run on Carolina’s front 7?

          I think Cousins is going to throw a lot this game, like last week and most weeks. I don’t see Jones or Morris going over 100 or even near it like Morris was last week. This game will be won or lost on Cousins’ arm.

          I think he’s going to have to throw a like vs Carolina.

          So let’s say:

          30/40, 240 yards, 2 TDs, 1 int

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 2:21 PM

          “Do you really think the skins can run on Carolina’s front 7?”

          Based on the games I saw Carolina play and looking at some defensive stats, yes I do. I’m sure they won’ match last weeks figures but eclipsing 100 rushing yards against Carolina is doable.

          “I think Cousins is going to throw a lot this game, ”
          I think the team will be in serious trouble relying on throwing the ball often. You are attacking what Carolina does best and that is coverage. They are also not an easy team to crack with bubble screens or dump offs. The Redskins will need to be able to move the ball rushing if they are going to have a chance IMO.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 11:18 PM

        “If you don’t want to call the Panther defense elite, fine.”

        I don’t want to call them an elite defense because they are not. An above average coverage team does not make a defense elite. There are other areas of a defense that need to play to the same level before a defense is considered elite. What rational person continues to argue this?

        • bangkokben - Nov 22, 2015 at 8:43 AM

          They are not above average in coverage – Minnesota is above average in coverage – they are the BEST in the league in coverage and the best in more than two years. The Panther defense is NOT elite because the season isn’t NINE games but if they continue their trend, at the end of the season they will be considered Elite. But the original debate is whether this is a pivotal game for OUR quarterback. It is not and any minimizing of Carolina’s accomplishments won’t make it a pivotal game. I had thought that a good performance by Cousins and a Redskin victory would earn Cousins some good will by the can’t-let-Robert-go crowd. Now, I’m not so sure. It appears, that that crowd is clinging on to Cousins – not the Redskins – not being able to beat superior teams on the road. Until then…

        • bangkokben - Nov 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM

          Who are Cousins doubters IN AND AROUND THE LEAGUE? He has none. He has fans of his team that doubts him – most of which think that Robert would be excelling this year with this same offense. As for Red Herrings, that you brah. You put of total TDs without any context. Piecemeal? Well call me, Kettle, Mr. Pot! QBR calculates TD% and INT% into is factor. A team that is undefeated and carries double digit leads is going to give up a passing TD or two in garbage time. How about Cousins’ TD pass against NE?

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 22, 2015 at 11:37 AM

          “They are not above average in coverage – Minnesota is above average in coverage – they are the BEST in the league in coverage and the best in more than two years. The Panther defense is NOT elite because the season isn’t NINE games but if they continue their trend, at the end of the season they will be considered Elite. ”

          Carolina is ranked 11the is passing yards allowed per came. You are clinging to one statistic and I keeping mounting others to disprove your lone statistic. Also, I think Denver, Seattle, and Arizona might have something to say about your assumption of who has the best coverage defense in the game right now. Finally, using the current trend, an average rushing defense combined with a LONE high ranking passer rating makes a defense unit elite?

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 22, 2015 at 12:01 PM

          ” A team that is undefeated and carries double digit leads is going to give up a passing TD or two in garbage time.”

          Proof you haven’t even watch Carolina play this year and are just throwing random inaccurate arguments.

          WHERE’S THE GARBAGE TIME:
          Carolina vs Jacksonville
          Halftime 10 to 9
          Going into 4th 17 to 9
          Win +11

          Carolina vs Texas
          Halftime 10 to 3
          Going into 4th 17 to 10
          Win +7

          Carolina vs New Orleans
          Halftime 10 to 10
          Going into 4th 20 to 16
          Win +5
          ..
          Carolina vs Tampa Bay
          Halftime 37 to 10
          Going into 4th 31 to 17
          Win +14

          Carolina vs Seattle
          Halftime 7 to 10
          Going into 4th 20 to 14
          Win +4

          Carolina vs Philadelphia
          Halftime 14 to 6
          Going into 4th 21 to 16
          Win +11

          Carolina vs Indy
          Halftime 10 to 6
          Going into 4th 17 to 6
          Win +3

          Carolina vs Green Bay
          Halftime 27 to 7
          Going into 4th 30 to 14
          Win +8

          Carolina vs Tennessee
          Halftime 14 to 10
          Going into 4th 13 to 10
          Win +14

          If anything it shows there were a few games where opponent’s had success coming back only to lose by a narrow margin.

        • abanig - Nov 22, 2015 at 4:23 PM

          Come again? Skins really showed up today! Lol

          Panthers D shut down the running game and Cousins.

          You can apologize to Bang & I now.

    • HTTR - Nov 21, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      That’s the truth Kurt has to step up this is a big game and I believe he will.

      • Rich Tandler - Nov 22, 2015 at 7:18 AM

        The guy’s name is Kirk.

      • abanig - Nov 22, 2015 at 7:24 AM

        Kurt Warner?

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      “You WANT this game to be pivotal for Cousins but it isn’t. It’s nowhere close. If he excels he gets on the national map, anything else and it’s on to the Giants. The front office and coaching staff isn’t going to make any changes.”

      Let me past the original comment so you can get what pivotal meant….

      “Cousins driving skills will be put to task this weekend. This is a pivotal game for him in one aspect: His performance should win over the confidence of many doubters in and around the league. Perform well and keep the turnovers at a minimum and this proves his streak of solid performances is not relegated to average and poor defenses. Struggle mightily and the clamoring of a replacement or “he is a lifelong backup” will return to it’s recent heights. Cousins still has the season to define him but it’s games like this against a good coverage defense that is especially good at getting interceptions will resonate the most. Carolina is not an elite defense by any means, but I expect they’ll be playing their best game at home protecting an undefeated season.”

      Where do you see pivotal meaning the coaching staff was going to make changes. Do you NOT clearly see that I stated “Cousins still has the season to define him”???

  7. abanig - Nov 21, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Skins should retain Hall, and starting next March/April work on making him the team’s FS if they can’t draft Jalen Ramsey in round 1. They should also draft Karl Joseph in round 3/4 to develop behind him.

    If Goldson wants to return, he needs to rework his contract. No way they pay him 8 million. I’d move him to SS.

    Preferably though, I’d like to cut Goldson and make Kyshoen Jarrett the starting SS next year. I’d bring back Ihenacho to compete with him.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:52 PM

      I’d love to see Jalen Ramsey on the team, but I think he’s a top 10 talent and we are a top 16 picker, maybe.
      ~

      • abanig - Nov 21, 2015 at 5:59 PM

        I tend to think the same but he does play safety and generally safeties don’t go top 10. Earl Thomas for example was a mid 1st round pick. So was Ed Reed & Polumalu.

        Of course there are the Sean Taylor’s & Eric Berry’s, but that’s very rare.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 2:25 PM

      I agree about Hall, He is not the traditional fan favorite for reasons I never understood. Hall was worked his contract to stay on this team. He is committed both to the team and this area. I feel there is value in having him on the team.

      “Preferably though, I’d like to cut Goldson and make Kyshoen Jarrett the starting SS next year.”
      I’d like to hang on to Goldson with a reduced contract but I like this Jarrett kid. He shows some real promise.

    • ET - Nov 21, 2015 at 2:34 PM

      I don’t think Goldson stays unless it’s a substantially reworked contract—like 75% off, with some performance incentives. I’d love it if Jarrett can work his way into the starting lineup. Love that guy.

      • Mr.moneylover - Nov 21, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        From what I was told… He gave up some money to scot m. So he’s not really getting paid a lot of money…dashon goldson has a special bond because scot m. Drafted him so of course he gonna stay for a friendly deal dashon goldson is all about winning when he was with Tampa bay he said and revis said it seem like they got fooled because once they signed they contracts it was completely different …scot m. Guys not going no were…kyshon Jarrett will make his money covering the slot postion and playing saftey…this defense only gonna get better year by year…I said I’ll LB postion needed to be upgrade and I forgot all about the kid who I said needed a year to learn the playbook and work on covering… Martrell spaights ohh and the guy can make big hits

        • ET - Nov 21, 2015 at 7:05 PM

          Dashon’s salary isn’t crazy this year, but it’s supposed to be $8 million next year. I can’t see how that’s justifiable, even though I like his presence on the team. DHall, I think they might work something out.

  8. kenlinkins - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    IMO it is still a bit too early to run a list of Cap Cuts for 2016. The next three games are the key for the Redskins. If they can string together 4 wins and get to 7-5 then and only then are they sitting on a outstanding year. If they go 2-1 (6-6) then they have a shot at a very good year if they can battle to 8-8. Making the play offs is not the key this year, it is wins when it counts and who helps generates those wins. If the Redskins go 10-6 or 9-7, then a few on the Cap Cut list or contract re-do list might be able to avoid any adjustments if they are seen as reasons for adding 5 or 6 wins to the total. If the Redskins lose Sunday and can not beat the Giants AND Cowboys they are in for another major roster rework in 2016. The next three games will go a long way for Garcon, D Jackson, Hatcher, Riley, Goldson and Hall to just name a few, as there are 21 Free Agents that will require new contract is 2016 and some could cost more than planned (i.e. Cousins, K. Robinson, Way, Knighton, Blackmon, Galette,). Up to now, the Redskins have just placed themselves in a position to make a run but have not yet “made a run” at 4-5 and still need to do that in order to have something other then just a “good” year!

    • abanig - Nov 21, 2015 at 1:12 PM

      ” The next three games will go a long way for Garcon, D Jackson, Hatcher, Riley, Goldson and Hall to just name a few, as there are 21 Free Agents that will require new contract is 2016 and some could cost more than planned (i.e. Cousins, K. Robinson, Way, Knighton, Blackmon, Galette,). ”

      We know these players age, we know their contacts. It’s pretty easy to see that a player 30 or older with a high 2016 cap # likely won’t return.

      Vinny Cerrato isn’t our GM anymore, McCloughan isn’t going to just keep names and big contracts because it makes the skins look good on paper.

      • Mr.moneylover - Nov 21, 2015 at 4:43 PM

        Djax not going nowere he just came off a injury now ppl want him gone….junior G. Will get another shot with the same deal….I really think will blackmon will return idk probably another one year deal…the guys who might be gone is Shall and Jason hatcher simply cause they old and Jason hatcher is old he gotta miss every wensday practice… Another guy who will be gone is Andre Roberts you can see the writing on the wall with that one…p.garcon won’t get number one WR type money he might end up bein our third WR next year cause I clearly see them going after a WR next offseason

        • abanig - Nov 21, 2015 at 8:19 PM

          I agree. I was quoting someone else.

          I have the following being gone:

          1. Roberts
          2. Hatcher
          3. Riley
          4. Goldson
          5. Garcon
          6. Griffin
          7. Morris
          8. Leribeus
          9. Knighton

          I see the McCloughan getting Bruce Irvin & Muhammad Wilkerson for the DL.

          I think Hall is moved to FS. Will Blackmon is re-signed to be our #3 corner.

          Draft:

          1. Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
          2. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
          3. Hassan Ridgeway, NT, Texas
          4. Karl Joseph, FS, West Virginia
          5. Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
          6. Johnathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
          7. Cody Kessler, QB, USC
          7. Wayne Lyons, CB, Michigan

          I’d re-sign Cousins, McCoy, Chris Thompson, Tom Compton, Junior Galette, Keenan Robinson, Will Blackmon, Duke Ihenacho, Will Compton, Frank Kearse, Tress Way, Dustin Hopkins, Mason Foster, Quinton Dunbar, Deshazor Everett

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 8:55 PM

          Garcon is going nowhere

        • abanig - Nov 22, 2015 at 7:40 AM

          He’s getting paid 10.2 million and performs like a 5.1 million dollar wr.

          Time to save 8 million and move on.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 8:58 PM

          I never speculate about the draft players until combine. It’s not just the performance in the combine but too many times I’ve seen guys dominate college football and then not even get draft before 4th or 5th. The combine and beyond defines where teams are looking. I’d be impressed if even one of those guys are drafted by the Redskins or in the order you expect.

        • goback2rfk - Nov 21, 2015 at 9:59 PM

          The Top 5 I have Gone:

          1) Jackson
          2) Hall
          3) Roberts
          4) Leribus
          5) Morris

        • abanig - Nov 22, 2015 at 7:49 AM

          I’m tried of seeing Jackson on this list, it’s soooo stupid! The only reason he hasn’t performed this year because of a hamstring injury, it happens. Last week, he had a huge catch that opened our offense up, I guess you slept through that.

          Hall’s a possibility and the rest are probable.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 10:41 PM

          You lost me at Hall

        • timwillhide - Nov 22, 2015 at 12:50 AM

          Coleman will be a 1st round WR.

        • abanig - Nov 22, 2015 at 7:51 AM

          Like Terrence Williams was, oh, oh wait no he wasn’t.

          At best Coleman is a late first. He’s the 3rd or 4th best WR in the draft. That usually means round 2.

      • kenlinkins - Nov 21, 2015 at 7:51 PM

        Well, if the Redskins win the next three games, then go on to be 10-6 and win the NFC East title with these “aged vets” showing they can help the Redskins win, (i.e. start, not be the weakness and not holding a young / cheaper guy from getting on the field) IMO they would be the guys to keep instead of trying to find cheap Vets with big question marks (i.e. why re place your bet after you have already won). NOW they the Redskins fall on their face the next three games then I would agree the new GM would make many Cap Cuts from that group. If you are winning it is better to try and reload the roster with draft picks and slowly develop them to replace the over priced vets, but if you are losing there is no reason to keep guys who burn up Cap money that could be saved for the next year. It is not one size fits all with contracts, the goal is to win, NOT try and get every guys cap number correct due to past GM’s contract failures. The key is WINNING football games and that is why the next three games are so important. The Redskins must show that they can win 4 games in a row to prove the improvement most of us Redskins fans think we see. Winning games when you are 4-9 means much less then when you are 4-5 and still have a shot at something other then just adding one win over the last year.

        • abanig - Nov 22, 2015 at 7:53 AM

          So you want to be like the 2005, 07 & 2012 teams that go to the playoffs with mostly old vets but for a few young players and we keep them but we don’t build a future?

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Nov 21, 2015 at 2:04 PM

      Junior Galette came here on a one-year prove-it contract, and promptly got lost for the season to an Achilles tear before the first game.

      Ideally he’ll return for another for the same reason he came here in the first place. There’s no reason to think that his value went up based on what happened in 2015.
      ~

      • brucefan1 - Nov 21, 2015 at 2:42 PM

        I’ve read were Junior said he would like to return to take another shot at it as much as the Skins would.
        Seems like working that out may be no fuss , no muss.

      • kenlinkins - Nov 21, 2015 at 7:56 PM

        IMO Junior Galette’s cost will increase. The items that were hanging over his head are now gone and it well be a full year removed from the fans minds. He was willing to take a big cut for one year to show he is a good person, that year will be over. He may give the Redskins some price break, but the Redskins will have to come close to other offers as he will not walk away from a few million dollars and he will get those kind of offers next year.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 11:36 PM

          Ken, he was recently suspended for two games next year. So I think he’ll come cheap next season for the Redskins.

        • Rich Tandler - Nov 22, 2015 at 7:16 AM

          Galette is serving his suspension now, while on IR. He’ll be eligible from Week 1 on next year.

        • abanig - Nov 22, 2015 at 7:37 AM

          Galette proved nothing, he got hurt and manages to get suspended all in the matter of 6 months.

          And his price has increased?

          He’ll get the same contract he got last year from anyone, esp coming off a torn achillies

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 22, 2015 at 12:07 PM

          “Galette is serving his suspension now, while on IR. He’ll be eligible from Week 1 on next year.”

          Wow, nice loophole but if it works to the teams advantage…

  9. Mr.moneylover - Nov 21, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Not surprise at what dhall said…with his ball hawking skills it should lead to more INTS once he get use to the postion….once we sure up the linebacker postion this will be a pretty good defense… Kirk cousins gotta show he can beat a tough team its easy to beat up on the worst defense in the NFL…panthers game will show his growth on were he’s at and jay gruden gotta keep mixing things up when he’s calling plays…giants next so something gotta give

  10. goback2rfk - Nov 21, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    I will see yall out at Bank of America stadium tomorrow morning. Got my Breeland Away Jersey rocking. I live only 10 mintues from the stadium but traffic getting into Charlotte tomorrow will be awful. Better leave earlier. There will be many Redskins fans at the game just like in years past. Lets hope for the biggest win of the season tomorrow.
    I will be in section 206 hit me up.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 21, 2015 at 11:34 PM

      Enjoy goback2rfk! Raise some hell there in Charlotte. I wish i could be there with ya.

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