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Poll: Grade the Redskins a quarter of the way through the season

Oct 7, 2016, 9:30 AM EDT


Give us your grade and then explain it either with a Twitter reply or right here in the comments.

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  1. redskins12thman - Oct 7, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Special Teams: A
    Offense: A- (bumped up due to trending upward)
    Defense: D- (opportunism saves from F)

    Overall: B-

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    • Eli - Oct 7, 2016 at 9:52 AM


      Special teams have been outstanding. If the Skins defense were just a C+ or B- this team could make a run under ideal circumstances.

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  2. sidepull - Oct 7, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    C .500 ball is .500 ball

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    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Oct 7, 2016 at 10:33 AM

      I have to agree.

      Special teams are as good as I’ve seen them. Offense: just enough to get us to .500, in spite of the porous D.

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  3. zballman - Oct 7, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Special Teams – B (Would like to see a return for a TD. But otherwise, good play)
    Offense – C (Moving the ball well. But, would like to see continued red zone & run consistency)
    Defense – F (No pass rush. Not good at defending the run. Teams can pass at will)

    Overall Grade: C-

    Prediction – If the Defensive Coordinator does not get it together, he’ll eventually be relieved. At this point, are we any better off than when we had Haslett?

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    • redskins12thman - Oct 7, 2016 at 1:11 PM

      We have a top 5 passing attack that has been playing very well; how can we have an overall average of C for the Offense even if you give our QB and running game a C?

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      • zballman - Oct 7, 2016 at 3:03 PM

        In an effort to be reasonable, I reviewed both player and team stats. Based upon the stats, the Redskins Offense are at a “B” level (as opposed to a “C”). I mean, if they keep this up,…they’ll be at an “A” level.

        To my surprise:

        ~ Kirk Cousins is 6th in the league in passing yards
        ~ Matt Jones is 13th in the league running yards
        ~ The Redskins are 12th overall in scoring
        ~ The Redskins are 5th overall in passing
        ~ The Redskins are 4th overall in receiving yards

        Now, if the defense could just get it in gear.

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  4. lezziemcdykerson - Oct 7, 2016 at 11:47 AM


    we’re .500 and haven’t shown that we’ve gotten better on either side of the ball. Our only improvement is on ST. Other than that teams are going for it on 4th down. Kirk’s averaging an INT a game. Penalties galore, we’ve probably accumulated 4 scoring drives worth of penalty yardage. The defense has been opportunistic but I wouldn’t hedge my bets on being able to pull that off every game. Opening the 2nd qtr of the season with a win would be nice. Hopefully Kirk doesn’t gift them anything.

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    • bangkokben - Oct 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM

      There are 15 quarterback including Cousins and Flacco that are averaging AT LEAST an interception a game.

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      • lezziemcdykerson - Oct 7, 2016 at 6:04 PM

        What does that have to do with the price of beans? Flacco isn’t 2-2 with a terrible defense. Even if he was that doesn’t make it acceptable for Kirk to throw picks just because everyone else is. 3 of those INTs were at clutch moments. 15/32 is pretty close to .500 right? Lets call it a weighted avg since Kirk’s picks were at crucial moments. How many do Wentz and Prescott have combined? Those are the type of performances that warrant a grade above C.

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        • bangkokben - Oct 8, 2016 at 11:19 AM

          There’s some middle ground between unacceptable and perfection. It’s not either or. I think Cousins not playing at his 2015 level is why this team isn’t 3-1 but let’s not paint the picture that he is all of sudden an interception machine either. Neither Wentz nor Prescott are going to maintain those levels and both have big safety nets (defense or a strong o-line). Because Cousins has neither ALL of his interceptions this year will be crucial.

        • lezziemcdykerson - Oct 9, 2016 at 3:11 PM

          Cousins has a great o line in pass pro. Jones doesn’t. Two different issues. It’s almost like Cousins manufactures pressure when his first read isnt open also rushes throws or stares down receivers when they are open. You oversimplify why he isn’t at 2015 level when the proof is in the tape. His INTS have been bad. He may not have as many as some of the worse off QBs but they aren’t playing in our division. He needs to play at or beyond the level they are. Romo will be back so the standard will slip. Hopefully Wentz comes back to Earth I’m banking on it but I need Kirk to not match them he needs to play better than them. I’d take him HE JUST THREW A FRIGGING PICK 6 RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW! HOLD ON NOW THEYRE SAYING IT’S A TOUCHBACK. but this is exactly what I’m talking about. CLUTCH INTS we in the shadow of our end zone and you can’t throw that pass. Are you not watching the same games? He’s been doing this since week 1 and it needs to stop. We may have just gotten away with one but his tendencies are starting to show. You were saying?

  5. kenlinkins - Oct 7, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Rich, An improvement in Special Teams should mean better depth and some Defense talent not yet tried at starting positions. Maybe some of the Special Teams guys like Spaight, Lanier, Loannidis, Garvin, Everett, Cravens, Toler, Fuller could help improve the run defense and bring it up out of the NFL basement if the Redskins coaching staff would just give them some playing time. The problem seems to be yards after first contact (i.e. poor tackling) and we fans keep seeing this week in and week out but do not see many guys lose starting jobs because of poor tackling. You really can not get much worst than 31th so why not try and fix the tackling problem by playing some guys who have shown then can tackle on Special Teams? Coach Gruden seems to be a little too much of a players coach and needs to be willing to make some moves and not be so loyal to his starters. You can not have so many guys on the field who just can not tackle.

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    • bangkokben - Oct 7, 2016 at 4:50 PM

      I don’t know who is “showing” that they can tackle on special teams. Most of the kick-offs are touchbacks and the ‘skins have punted the ball the least in the league. When they did, how many were returned? Three? Furthermore here are the % of special teams snaps from the guys you mentioned last week:

      43% Spaight
      0% Lanier
      10% Ioannidis
      61% Garvin
      61% Everett
      35% Cravens
      30% Toler
      30% Fuller

      The Redskins had 23 special teams snaps last week (kick offs, kick returns, punts, punt returns, extra points, etc.

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  6. smotion55 - Oct 7, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    It’s a C and even if they were 3-1 it would be no better then a C+. They just are not that good yet. Might out score some teams this year and will be lucky to go 8-8.

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  7. snyderisanidiot - Oct 7, 2016 at 3:41 PM


    Without a few lucky fumbles, including one Phantom fumble recovery against the Browns we could easily be 1 -3 or 0 -4.

    We win games we should of dominated. D its a passing grade but barely.

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    • bangkokben - Oct 7, 2016 at 4:52 PM

      Not “lucky” fumbles, forced fumbles. Lucky the she-ref awarded a fumble recovery to the Redskins. Been on the wrong end other times.

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  8. bangkokben - Oct 7, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Put me down for a high “C”. Four straight road road victories going back to last season including each division foe (see why that “can’t win on the road streak/sky is falling” crap was indeed crap) is only extra credit and has no bearing on the grade. Got to do better to reach goals but goals are well within sight.

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    • ET - Oct 7, 2016 at 5:25 PM

      I’ll take a high C as well.

      Offense operating well and trending upward. Special teams playing their best in years. Defense white-knucklin’ through some hard times—but at least creating opportunities. Not terrible, but plenty of room for improvement, especially you-know-where.

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  9. JerryPennington - Oct 7, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    I say 2-2 and playoffs possibility

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