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  1. #FireBruceAllen

    Have to say, even I thought that had to be the Redskins when I read the post on FB earlier.
  2. Redskins Top Draft Need?

    To me, the top 3 highest priority needs are WR, OLB, and ILB. That’s assuming all our FAs leave (specifically Crowder and P. Smith) and Z. Brown is released. I’m not totally sure about the order, but I think that would be it. In today’s NFL, you really can’t get by without passing game weapons that can separate. A wideout who can be both reliable and explosive would change the entire offense. Having Jordan Reed is a nice luxury, but even with Crowder (who I very much think they should re-sign), the WR corps is a major weakness. We can’t hurt teams for trying to smother the run game and the Reed/CT outlet options within 10 yards of the LOS. I thought PRich did a decent (not $8M/year’s worth, but decent) job in his role, but Doctson just doesn’t appear capable of being a lead receiver. It would be monumental if they could add someone like a Michael Thomas or a Keenan Allen (or obviously a Tyreek Hill) to take the offense to the next level. As for OLB, pretty straightforward. My view on defending the modern offense is that you need to beat them from the front 7. Negative plays, turnovers, and disrupted timing are the keys to combating these pass-heavy attacks, especially with the rules preventing secondaries from being consistently able to blanket receivers. That means splash plays (sacks, forced fumbles, tackles for loss) are more important than ever. An explosive OLB is the missing piece as far as those sorts of plays go, and one would be especially effective with our DL developing into such a force that requires much of the OL’s attention. Ryan Anderson is a decent 3rd OLB, but I don’t anyone believes he’s the game-changer that will strike fear into opposing offenses. With ILB, the impact is a little more subtle than it is with the OLB, but I think they’re more important than ever. If you can shut down opposing run games with just the 7 (or even 6) players in the box, you can give the secondary a little more cushion to focus on coverage instead of cheating up to help support the run. And just as important, a good ILB helps give teeth to the pass rush by taking away some of the quick outlet options (RBs/LBs) that allow QBs to dump the ball off under pressure. Being able to cover/tackle those sorts of players forces the opposing QB to play without his usual safety net and gives the pass-rushers more opportunity to get home. It’s absolutely critical nowadays, especially on 3rd down — as we saw all year with M. Foster a step behind backs and TEs who caught short passes and turned it upfield to run for 1st downs. That’s not to say there aren’t other positions of need. We definitely need to add an LG, a backup TE, a starting S, etc. But I think those positions can be effectively addressed later in the draft (especially LG and possibly TE) or with medium priority FAs (especially S and possibly TE). When I think top draft needs, those are positions where we need blue chip talent. And that’s gotta be WR, OLB, and ILB.
  3. I should add, I don't think the "3-4 vs. 4-3" distinction is nearly as important as it used to be. With the proliferation of pass-heavy offenses and nickel/dime defenses to combat them, the base defense is employed far less often than in years past. Plus, pretty much all teams are doing more and more "hybrid" concepts to get specific looks or personnel groups onto the field as the situation dictates. So I don't know that this is necessarily the franchise-altering debate that it once was. But I still don't really see the point in stopping and reversing course when they're finally getting close to putting together a group that actually works.
  4. Given the moral outrage surrounding certain recent personnel moves, I'm really scratching my head at the fact that people would be actively pining for Gregg Williams. He's a pretty good football coach. That anyone would want him carrying their banner, let alone be clamoring for that, is puzzling to me. What he did was inexcusable and disgusting -- in violation of everything that's good and decent about sports and competition. And he's not just *accused* of being an awful and disturbingly violent person, that's proven and admitted. Anyway, I don't really understand the big push to switch to a 4-3. I hated the move to the 3-4 when they first made it, for much the same reason that I don't really get the motivation now. We had very solid 4-3 personnel in place back then, and we ended up rendering some good players redundant (or obsolete) when we switched. We took a giant step back and ended up having to rebuild the whole defense (which we're still trying to accomplish). But now, they're a couple players away from having a really good 3-4 front seven. They clearly need a good ILB who can cover and be the captain of the defense. They also need a pass-rusher opposite of Kerrigan. No doubt they still need those pieces to complete the puzzle. But Allen, Payne, Ioaniddis, Kerrigan, and R. Foster is an excellent core of a 3-4 front seven. Why switch now when we're as close as we've been in over a decade to having a talented, effective defensive front that actually fits the scheme we're running? The biggest issue I have with switching is that the strongest (and probably youngest) unit on the team is the interior DL. Between Allen, Payne, Ioaniddis, and Settle, you've got a group that's already good and has potential to get better. But if you go to the 4-3, you're reducing your ability to put them on the field together. Especially on passing downs. Jonathan Allen is not a 4-3 DE by any stretch -- but even if you think you could get away with using him there on early downs, you're not going to use him as an edge rusher on passing downs. Which means that you're necessarily going to be pulling one of he, Payne, or the Greek off the field any time you're looking to ramp up the pass rush. And it's not an issue of the scheme itself being inferior. 6 of the top 10 defenses this season (by both points and yards) were 3-4 base defenses. The two defenses that were clearly the best in the league this season -- Baltimore and Chicago -- both run 3-4 bases. It's just an issue of talent. And right now they're on the brink of having elite front seven talent, for the first time in ages. Since before the previous switch. Why press the *reset* button on that instead of just finishing the job of collecting talent that fits together?
  5. Charges Against Reuben Foster Dropped

    Don’t hold your breath. Not only will they not apologize for condemning the Redskins (and him), they’ll continue to treat him as if he’s been proven guilty. Multiple times. Because they’d already convicted him in their minds. Which, it turns out, is the problem with reaching firm conclusions when you’ve only heard one side of a story. His reputation has been destroyed forever, regardless of what actually happened between the two of them. Meanwhile, the Redskins just got a 24-year-old heat seeking missile of an ILB for nothing and will be paying him pennies. He played like a Pro Bowler as a rookie before spending the last year going through personal hell. They took a big gamble on him, one even I probably wouldn’t have been comfortable with taking at the time — but it appears to have paid off (so far). They do a lot wrong, but this appears to be one of the times where they may have gotten it right.
  6. Todd Bowles

    Not sure why anybody would be so hot on Todd Bowles — as in, both why we would want him so badly and why anyone would think he’d have his pick of DC jobs. After a nice debut season in 2015, the Jets ranked 28th, 22nd, and 29th in points allowed under him the last 3 seasons. And while Arizona’s defense did perform well in two seasons under him (although they did take a step back, 24th in yards, in his second season) — how much of that was because of his abilities as a DC, and how much was just due to having a roster with Calais Campbell, Patrick Peterson, Darnell Dockett, John Abraham, Karlos Dansby, Daryl Washington, Honey Badger, Tony Jefferson, Deone Bucannon, etc.? One thing that concerns me specifically with Bowles is that his scheme appears to be pretty safety-oriented, given his playing background and personnel decisions like ARI drafting Bucannon when they already had Jefferson and Honey Badger and NYJ using their top two picks in 2017 on Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye soon after drafting Calvin Pryor in the 1st. For better or worse, I expect us to be basically starting over at the safety position, and I have no desire to see them making S a top priority in either FA or the draft. If Deionte Thompson is BPA at #15, okay. I’d do that. But it’s not a position I value particularly highly, and clearly Bowles does.
  7. Peterson wants to return

    Couldn’t be more impressed with the guy after watching him all season — he’s a legend, and we got to see firsthand why this season — but I just don’t see how he fits. Guice is The Man™️ moving forward. And while I do believe that next year AD will likely be better than most/all veteran backup RBs we could find in FA, I also believe he’s not the sort of guy who would do well in a timeshare. Especially not as the (much) lighter half of a timeshare. He’s a stud, a true workhorse. That’s what makes him great. But it also means he’s not cut out for receiving just a few carries per game. He’s not a patient runner to start with, just imagine how impatient he’d be if he thought he was only going to get the ball 5 or 6 times (tops). He’d be trying to run for a hundred yards on every play. I’d be looking to rounds 4-6 for a young back (or two) to plug in behind Guice and CT. There are a number of RB prospects that I like (Zack Moss, Reggie Corbin, Miles Sanders, Darrin Hall, etc) who may be available on Day 3, and I think that’s one position where you can plug in a young guy with some talent and get production early on.
  8. Is it too early to focus on the 19 draft?

    Just looked at the same. Pretty massive difference. Hard to come up with many scenarios where it went worse for us (draft pick wise) despite only winning one game on the way out. 5 teams end up with 6 wins, and the only two non-playoff teams with a weaker SoS than us both end up with the same record as us? About as unfortunate an outcome as there could have been.
  9. Redskins release D.J. Swearinger

    I also just have to note that it’s interesting that there was a whole lot less “it’s true though” and “he wasn’t wrong” when DJ and Norman were calling out the homefield advantage at FedEx as “weak” (which it is) and the fanbase as comparatively extremely unsupportive at this point (which it is). His willingness to “tell it how it is” didn’t go over quite as well on that occasion, strangely enough.
  10. Redskins release D.J. Swearinger

    The problem is that DJ did it, and then got reprimanded. And then did it again, and got reprimanded again. And then did it again, and got the axe. Because he’s a pain in the *** who has now clearly demonstrated he isn’t ever going to be willing to keep team stuff inside the team. He got a lot of chances — what are they supposed to do? Just let him keep calling out whoever he wants to the press? He was one of the guys calling out the fans earlier. And the guy constantly going to the media complaining about how he doesn’t agree with the team practices or prepares. And the guy who went crying to Twitter about the mere possibility of them drafting Derwin James. How many more times should they have let him run his mouth to the media about stuff that should stay internal? How many more times should they let this guy who fancies himself a team leader put his desire to shoot off his mouth (and place blame elsewhere) ahead of the team? And more importantly, how many quality teams allow that kind of selfishness out of their players (even once, let alone repeatedly)? I see Gruden get compared to Belichick frequently on this forum, who thinks Belichick would have kept Swearinger after he went in on one of their coaches like that? It’s totally different. If I go home and tell my girlfriend that I think my boss screwed up a strategy or a cross-examination in a case and it gets back to him somehow — that’s totally different from taking out an editorial in the paper to broadcast my criticism of him to the whole world. And “pro bowl” safety? He had a pro bowl caliber first half — he’s been mediocre at best since. He’s a solid starting safety. They probably shouldn’t have given him away for nothing. As I said before, they probably should have suspended him and then traded him in the offseason.
  11. Redskins release D.J. Swearinger

    Actually, the issue is that several players, including multi-year team captain Trent Williams, think a guy should be allowed to shoot his mouth off in the press like that numerous times without being shown the door. I understand the concern that now they start drawing hard lines after letting guys skate on this kinda crap for years. But you need to start shutting this stuff down at some point. I’m okay with it being now.
  12. Redskins release D.J. Swearinger

    As for Swearinger, I’m a little bummed that they cut him. Mostly because he’s a decent starting safety and I like his energy/passion on the field. There’s not much talent there on the roster at this point, and you’d think you could have suspended him and gotten a little something for him in the offseason. But...he’s a problem. There’s a reason he’s about to be on his 4th team by age 27. He thinks he’s much smarter than he actually is, and he thinks he’s a much better football player than he is. And he has no ability to keep his mouth shut and respect the team and the coaching staff. It’s always blame for somebody else, and that’s no kind of leader. Of late, I’ve been concerned that there might eventually be some sort of power divide in the defensive room between a guy like Jonathan Allen (and the players who think like him) and Swearinger (and the players who think like him). I’m fine with that possible issue being headed off before it comes about. Jonathan Allen is the leader the defense needs — D.J. Swearinger is not.
  13. Redskins release D.J. Swearinger

    I think that’s way over the top. Pretty much impossible to address that statement without running afoul of the rules that are imposed (and supposed) to govern the forum, but to wish actual physical harm on someone you’ve never met based on nothing more than the word of an admitted serial liar and extortion artist would be...disappointing. I think you’re a lot better than that, my friend, and I hope you’ll stick with your previously established rule.
  14. Agreed. And honestly, it would be pretty stupid to cut him now. Take all the PR hit, lose all the moral standing, in essence get all the negative consequences to claiming him — and then not even reap the reward at the end of that sordid rainbow. To me, something like this is a classic “in for a penny, in for a pound” situation. Once you claim him, you’re pretty much committed to keeping him until he’s able to play again. SDH and Foster would be a pretty intriguing ILB duo. I would still be looking to draft (or sign — just saw that CJ Mosley is potentially a pending free agent) a star at the position and keep SDH in a 3rd ILB role. But that would be an interesting combination.
  15. In life, sure. Probably not in coaching football at the highest level. This raises an interesting question for me, though. Who has control over the 53-man roster? Does Gruden determine who gets cut or added to the roster mid-week, or is that a Bruce Allen thing? I'm sure they'd say they both have input -- but it seems insane to me that a head coach of a team fighting for the playoffs would be asked, mid-week, to make determinations about protecting promising PS players and things of that nature. For one, there's just not enough time in the day for him to review film, prepare a gameplan, run practices, meet with the press, and all the other hundred little things he has to do each week to get ready to prepare for a game AND be worrying about minutiae like protecting PS players from poaching. And for two, the coach will rarely (if ever) make the right decision on things like that. Gruden's job is to try to get the team ready to win the next game and the one after that. Michael Floyd is probably more able to help the team do that than Simmie Cobbs is right now. Jehu Chesson is probably one of their 2-3 best ST players. Colt McCoy or Jordan Reed, if they can return, could be critical to the Redskins beating Tennessee or Philly -- Simmie Cobbs would be a 6th WR and would likely be inactive. The coach is going to lean very strongly towards stocking the roster with guys who can help him now. Which is why you need the damn personnel people to step in and take the choice out of the coach's hands. Someone has to be focused on the long-term, and that someone needs to have veto power over the coach's natural inclination to try to win the game that's right ahead of him. This should never have been a decision for Gruden to make in the first place -- Bruce (or Doug or whomever) should have advised Gruden that they're adding Simmie Cobbs to the active roster, and the discussion should have been about which player/roster spot is most expendable.