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  • HogWire’s Week One Injury Report


     

    The Washington Redskins versus The New York Giants

     REDSKINS

     The Washington Redskins have placed Colt Brennan (QB) on injured reserve and he is OUT for the season. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Fire It Up!


    You know, it’s hard to be excited for the Redskins this year; I know.

    You look at our roster and it feels like a scene from the movie “Major League.”

    Malcolm Kelly? Devin Thomas? Ricky Vaughn? Willie Mays-Hayes? Who are these effin guys?

    Using the pre-season as a barometer, the fan excitement seemed to peak in the first half of the game versus the Patriots.

    There are some things to keep in mind as we start this new season. While it’s true, the Redskins’ didn’t go out and land a big-name free-agent QB, or really any new big-name talent on the offensive side of the ball, there is some glimmer of hope here for the offense.

    An offense that’s not offensive

    The Redskins offense in the first eight games of last year showed some real promise. Many are ready to dismiss that as an anomaly but really, the Redskins offense was really clicking, with largely the same players they have now. They put up 20+ points in five of the first eight games and won six of those eight..

    As far as the second half of the season went, they only scored 20+ points in two games while only winning two of their last eight (one of their 20+ games was a loss; San Fran 27-24). If they had consistently scored 20+ points in each of their last eight games, they would have finished with a record of 10-6…not 8-8.

    Most of the blame for this falls on the offensive line. With Jansen, Heyer and Thomas all injured, the right side of the line became an Achilles-heel for the Redskins’ offense. Defenses could pour through that right side and the game plan began to center around shorter quick passes, and running plays that went to the left.

    If the Redskins’ offensive line can stay healthy, we should see the team return to the form that it was in at the beginning of last year.

    Not just a passing fancy

    Last year Devin Thomas was an after-thought in the passing game. He was the only healthy rookie leaving Moss and Randle-El as the only viable receivers not lining up at tight-end. This year Kelly is finally healthy and turning heads in camp, and Mitchell, the Redskins 7th round draft pick has quickly won over many of the fan-base.

    This should mean that Randle-El should be able to line up as the slot receiver (where he belongs, IMO) with Kelly and Moss to the outsides.

    Wind him up and let him go

    If the Redskins’ passing game becomes a viable threat it will take a lot of the pressure of Clinton Portis. Without a viable passing attack, defenders can simply line up shallow and stuff the run, but if they have to worry about play-action, then you can keep ‘em honest with a downfield pass or two.

    Clinton has already shown that you don’t have to give him much in the way of day-light for him to squirt through into the secondary. He was on par to break the single season rushing record last year when the O-line failed. Again, if the line can stay healthy, we should see Portis break the Redskins’ all-time rushing total.

    A little more defensive

    The Redskins’ defense may have been ranked 4th overall last year, but I’ll be damned if I know how. The one thing they did well was stuff the run. They didn’t make a lot of sacks, they didn’t get many turnovers and when the team had a lead, they seemed to let the other team march down the field at will.

    They picked up D’Angelo Hall and that seemed to spruce up the coverage a little bit, but there still really wasn’t a pass-rush to speak of.

    This year the Redskins committed to focusing on the pass rush by acquiring Brian Orakpo and Albert Haynesworth. Even if these two monsters don’t get to the QB, maybe they put enough pressure on him that he throws an ill-advised pass resulting in a pick.

    The keys for the Redskins’ defense are going to be:

    1)      Can they stay healthy?

    2)      Keep the pressure on

    It drove me absolutely crazy seeing the defense let up last year as soon as they had a lead. If you go back and look at those first six wins you’ll see that most of them weren’t as close as the score were implied.

    If the Redskins’ D can keep the pressure on like when they are behind then I think you’ll see more turnovers and more chances for the offense to score.

    The Redskins’ first opponent is the Giants. A game they lost last year by a score of 16-7.

    The Giants have on awfully big hole to fill on offense with the loss of Plaxico Burress. This doesn’t mean that they are gonna be pushovers, but it might just make them weak enough that the Redskins’ have a better chance than many in the media world are currently giving them.

    Kick-off is at 4:15 and it should be a good one!

    Go ‘Skins!

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    Early Play-Off Look For Redskins


    Its definitely too early to really make play-off predictions, but Steve Wyche did so any way. There’s no real surprise information here. Obviously, he has the Giants, Panthers and Cardinals as locks, since all three of these teams are the class of their division, at least as it presently looks in the standings. He also lists Tampa Bay as being “In good standing.” Again, no surprise. They are 7-3 and playing pretty good football. Read the rest of this entry »

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    The All ‘New’ Redskins


    So, we get a new coach for our new season, and start off with New York, and then New Orleans.

    Okay, so the Redskins didn’t exactly knock anyone’s socks off in New York. Probably a good thing since I can’t imagine how knocking someone’s socks off really translates into doing a good job. Whatever the Redskins did, it was certainly the opposite of a good job. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Brooks’ Groin Pain as Metaphor


    Okay, let’s review our pre-game ‘The World is Against Us and We’re Bitter About It’ checklist. First game of the season on the road? Check. In a hostile environment against a division opponent? Check. Superbowl trophy presentation, including retired superstar player and fan-favorite? Check. New coach? Check. Preseason injury bug? Check. Looks like we’re all set to get this season started!

    Even with the Checklist of Doom, I certainly did not expect the Redskins to come out and play one of the worst halves of football I think I have even seen. Aside from a seven-point gift at the end of the half from the Giants and the guys in stripes, the Redskins were about as bad as you can be in all three phases of the game. The only bright spot was Durant Brooks getting his family jewels run into on a punt (okay, maybe not a bright spot for him) which kept the drive alive, and allowed the offense to get a little extra work and go six-and-out, instead of the usual three-and-out. Nice work, fellas. It’s true, we got punched in the mouth, and didn’t do much punching back. When the clock turned over to start the fourth quarter, you could feel that the game was already over – not because there wouldn’t be ample time to score twice, but because the Redskins – despite their resilience in the second half – did not have enough motivation or momentum to pull it out. Let’s hope that next week we’re Tommy Lee, and the Saints are the paparazzi.

    And now, enough with these coherent organized thoughts, and onto some random drivel…. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Match-Up To Watch: Stephon Heyer vs. Justin Tuck


    Gone are the days of yore, when my favorite thing to watch when the Washington Redskins and New York Giants met on the gridiron was my favorite player, Jon Jansen, battling one of our generation’s premier pass rushers in Michael Strahan. With Strahan following former teammate Tiki Barber off the field and into the studio, and Jansen’s unceremonious removal from the starting line-up, a new rivalry could be in the making. Read the rest of this entry »

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