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  • Redskins Post Game Musings: Week 2


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    30-27.

     That’s how you spell heartbreak.  There’s hand wringing aplenty in Redskins Nation this day… though, for the life of me, I can’t really understand why.   Read the rest of this entry »

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    Musings from Curmudgeon Corner, 6/17/2010


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    Posted from Curmudgeon Corner, Maine

    Fans are cranky, these days. With the optimism that has come with the new management team, has also come “Mr Petulant”… Albert Haynesworth.

    Hey, Al… you blew it. You have taken an outstanding opportunity and screwed it up…  Totally.  You have become the poster child for “How not to manage a conflict with team management”.  You have alienated management,  the fans, the press (with the exception of the usually contrary Mike Wilbon… but, that’s just Mike being Mike),  former Redskins, and, incredibly, team mates.  Former players on ESPN, NFLN, and others have voiced complete bewilderment at your behavior.

    An unofficial poll taken by member BurgundyandGoldfaith of The Hogs dot Net indicates that 59% of Redskins faithful would just as soon see you leave deep  impressions on the pine of FedEx’s sideline benches.   They say a resounding NO to a trade, since your behavior has made you practically worthless as a tradeable commodity  (OK, there are a few who say “Trade him now, while we don’t have to pay anyone to take him”).  They say a resounding NO to releasing you…  most appreciate that you took the money knowing what the circumstances were… and then changed your petulant mind.  They scream NO to holding you through training camp, and seeing then what injuries to other teams might do to your trade value.

    Remember Sean Gilbert, Al?   No?   Neither do most fans.

    We vote with the front office. You want a trade? Here’s our suggestion:

    Come to camp.  Work your tail off. Whatever role Haslett gives you, be the best ever.  Play the season… make other teams want you.   Then, in February, you can shop for a trading partner.   I don’t know, maybe it’s just me… but I kind of think you ought to earn at least a little of the money they paid you.

    If the Redskins say “We want first round value, from an AFC team, or no trade” we’d be fine with that.
    I guess you need to get to work.

    The Redskins are going places. Maybe not this year, but very soon.   Too bad “Mr. Petulant” won’t enjoy the ride.

    Hope you enjoy your summer, Al.

    You might want to swing by IKEA, and pick up a really good seat cushion (just in case).

    HTTR!

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    Redskins Preseason Impressions… vs Buffalo


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    The muffed kickoff did nothing to tarnish the first impression…  the first drive ended in a punt from the 34, but the aura was undiminished… from that point on, our 1st and 2nd team offense, defense, even special teams exuded it…

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    Joe Bugel… we will miss you!


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    Well, of course, there are mixed feelings.  Joe Bugel was the architect of (arguably) the most dominant offensive line in football history.  The Hogs were masters of the trenches for over a decade. The Hogs WERE Joe Bugel. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Musings from Curmudgeon Corner


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    Posted from Curmudgeon Corner, Maine

    As is typically the case, the Redskins are off to a fast start in the offseason championships. Heck, the regular season wasn’t even officially over, and we already had a 4 game lead over the competition after the hiring of Bruce Allen. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Devin Thomas Scrubbed from the Roster


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    You could see it coming, but, honestly, I was still taken by surprise when the Redskins cut Devin Thomas.  The conventional wisdom is, it takes about 2 seasons for most new pro WR’s to reach their “full potential effectiveness” (who knows what that really means?)… It’s, obviously, not all about talent, as that only provides your starting point. Read the rest of this entry »

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    One Down… 6 More 'Skins Who Should Be in the Hall


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    Russ Grimm is FINALLY about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. This is welcome news to all fans of The Hogs. Redskins fans the world over are thrilled with this announcement. Russ Grimm was the heart of the Hogs. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Musings from Curmudgeon Corner


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    Posted from Curmudgeon Corner, Maine

    You know what they say about opinions…
    I have no idea what the next few weeks may hold… but I suspect that there is some fun afoot.

    My plan?
    Re-sign Campbell. Work on building an OL for the future. If a QB falls to us, fine. But, what the heck… nobody listens to me since my dog died. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Musings from Curmudgeon Corner 4/5/2010


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    Posted from Curmudgeon Corner, Maine

    I’m worried. I’m uncharacteristically optimistic. That frightens me, a bit.

    Yesterday evening, the Eagles and Redskins finalized a deal, sending future Hall of Fame quarterback, Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in exchange for the 37th pick this year, and the Redskins’ 4 round pick next year (3rd round of certain performance measures are reached by McNabb). Read the rest of this entry »

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    Rule Tinkering… Bad for Football


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    This is NOT about the Redskins loss to the Detroit Lions… they did not deserve to win that game… while there were bad calls that influenced the outcome, a good team does not let the game fall into the hands of the officials to begin with.

    It’s probably happened for much of the league’s history, but sometime, probably in the early 70’s, the league decided that NFL offenses needed help.  Rather than waiting for the coaching form of natural selection to slowly work it’s evolutionary magic, the league decided to ban the bump and run technique that had begun to shut down many NFL passing attacks.  They knocked over a domino that began a chain reaction of increasingly complicated and situationally specific rule changes designed to increase scoring by hamstringing defenses. 

    I think it’s responsible for the incredibly complicated situation that NFL game officials find themselves in today… resulting in incredible inconsistency of officiating, missed calls, bad calls, blown calls… many of which are changing the outcomes of games. 

    Natural selection works in building coaching philosophies… there is forever a swinging pendulum of offensive dominance, to defensive dominance, and back again… the league erred in attempting to disrupt that swinging pendulum… and made a huge mess of the lot of the NFL Official…

    Want to fix it? BACK OFF… make tactics such as bump and run legal again… let the brilliant offensive coaching minds figure out how to beat it…

    They figured out how to beat the Tampa 2 without league help…

    The NFL needs to simply stop tinkering… let the game be the game.  The product that was on NFL fields in 1970 may not have been of the “quality” of the teams taking the fields today… but the game was a whole lot more pure… and officials made fewer mistakes… because their rulebook was simple…  clean… uncomplicated.

    HTTR

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