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  1. They keep raising my hopes that Dan will be forced to sell, only so he can wriggle out it once more!
  2. Blewit kicked for the Pitt Panthers. Maybe Rivera thought he was getting another former Carolina player.
  3. Not saying Hopkins is a stud kicker, but the timing here is suspect IMO. Hopkins was 14-16 for the year on FGs, tied for 11th in the league in FG %. OK, so maybe he was a bit erratic at times. BUT...it's not like he is the reason the WFT is losing. The reason we are losing is because our defense has disappointed and our offense has regressed. But instead of holding guys like Landon Collins or WIlliam Jackson III accountable by totally benching them, we have a "public hanging" of Dustin Hopkins to prove that "we hold players accountable." The problem is, Hopkins has not been SO horrible this year so as to replace him with a untested kicker who only made 70% FGs as a college kicker at Pitt. It's all very suspect to me and I just think it's a public hanging of the sacrificial lamb to get other people's attention, which sucks and is a clear sign of weak, ineffective leadership from the coaching staff. HOLD THE RIGHT GUYS ACCOUNTABLE. If this is the last "accountability move", it's gonna be exposed as a weak, ineffectual ploy. It's like the timing of the Sean Taylor event. They did a last minute, disrespectful send off, for the purpose of changing the narrative away from Bruce's emails. I know that's speculation but look at the track record of this team. Even when we do the "right thing" the motivations, timing, and execution are highly suspect.
  4. Yeah, I guess that depends on whether the TV graphic was correct or incorrect. The TV graphic shows a blue line on the 21; I'm just assuming that's what it was. But I'm not saying I'm correct. If there is evidence or record that the LOS was the 20 then that changes things yeah.
  5. I remember the refs explanation was that the kicker's "heel" was behind the LOS -- they had not looked at any replay at this point. I guess it was just what the ref saw on field... When I go back and look at that replay, assuming that the blue line was LOS, it looks "too close to call" one way or another. That heel looks smack dab on the 21. WHich means, maybe he was over, maybe he wasn't. But ref is not out there measuring centimeters on the field, you know? This is like any "bang bang" play that is too close to call. Ref does the best job he or she can and everyone argues about it. But based on the rules, it doesn't seem to be clear cut screw job by the refs.
  6. Interesting side note is punter Michael Dickson is Australian and played Australian rules football as a youth. Even as I was watching that second kick on the run, I was thinking, "this looks like a kick from Australian rules football." Looks like his unique instincts came in handy this time. Not pertinent to the rules discussion of course; just thought was an interesting side note..
  7. So 3 decent defensive players have been signed by other teams in the last week. LB Jamie Collins - NE CB Stephen Gilmore - CAR Jaylen Smith - GB I wonder if the WTF is even looking at any of these players? Or if we just consider our roster to be so deep we don't need to look at any of them? I am not advocating going full on Vinnie Cerrato mode in FA, but consider: 1.) we have something like the 8th most cap space in the NFL right now and 2.) we can sign guys to 1 year deals that won't wreck the cap next year. Is Rivera betting that guys like Hudsen and Darryl Roberts can repeat what Kurl did stepping in last year? Seems like a big gamble to not even try to sign guys to 1 year deals to try to plug some holes and improve the team...
  8. Hurts may not be a great NFL QB but he seems to be a good FFL play. Can can move the ball and score and with Philly's defense, he always seems to be coming from behind. The last two games, he's been coming from behind and has compiled lots of points late in the game. I may not play him against Carolina but many weeks he can score well enough to contribute to a positive FFL outcome...
  9. I looked it up and NO is near the bottom in offense. I think they average less than 200 yards passing per game -- I mean literally like 150 passing yards per game. Of course, I'm expecting Jamis WInston to have a "get right game" and sling for 350 yards and 3 scores. Half joking but it would be third game in a row we served as the "get well game" for opponents offense...
  10. What I can't figure out is Jack Del Rio has a pretty solid track record as a defensive coordinator. You can say that the players didn't become stupid overnight (which I agree, the guys aren't stupid), but using the exact same logic, you could say that Jack Del Rio didn't become a bottom 5 defensive coordinator overnight either. When players are out of position constantly or do not communicate, and we say it is coaching, what exactly does that mean? Are we honestly arguing the JDR doesn't know defense well enough to teach scheme or communication? That doesn't seem credible to me, given his track record. Also, it's kind of hard to say, "the scheme doesn't work" until the players actually implement the scheme, so we can see whether it works and doesn't work. As far as I'm seeing and reading, they are not doing that yet. Mind you, I do agree with you that the players are not stupid and they definitely want to win. Maybe something is up culture wise between the coaches and the players -- a disagreement or something. I dont' know anything of course, but I'm not ready to just say the players are all A+ but the DC sucks and that's the problem. I dunno maybe JDR needs to simplify the scheme and sort of strip out opportunities for players to misinterpret or misunderstand aspects of the defense?
  11. Very similar themes: 1. Heinicke a gamer who pulled the game out. 2. Attrocious defense. Atlanta 10-16 on third downs, including multiple 3 and longs? GTFO of here. 3. Hopkins shaky. If we knew what the issue was on defense...guys not playing their assignments and communicating, then they either tuned the coaches out last week or were too stupid to get it. Guys were running free in the secondary. Plus, now there are fundamental problems...guys can't even make a tackle with the game on the line. Rivera may need to put the hammer down on these guys. Ironically, quarterback play has saved our season so far. He's not perfect, but Heinicke is a baller and he gives us a chance to win. Ironically, if we had a decent defense, we may actually be an above average team... And yeah, it's time to bring in competitioin for Hopkins. Don't know whether to be happy or frustrated this morning. Honestly, both...
  12. Heinicke is for real. Our defensive is attrocious. Who predicted that combination pre-season?
  13. Montez Sweat maybe better stop talking about breaking sack records for a bit. Herbert converting on like 80% of third downs against our supposed top 5 defense? That 3rd and 16 conversion toward the end was a joke. I thought Heinicke looked good and thought his improvisational skills were more suited to an offense in which the offensive line wasn't protecting QB. Am excited to see what he can do. Hopkins took a lot of heat pre-season but performed well. 3-4 yes, but the miss was 50+ yards. He nailed a 48 yarder. He wasn't the reason we lost. The defense was the reason we lost. Giants game is must win IMO if we have aspirations to make the playoffs with a fairly murderous schedule. Next three games are: NYG, Buffalo, Atlanta. NYG and Atlanta are must wins IMO. Finish the first quarter at 2-2 and the sky is all of a sudden not completely falling. But lose Thursday and people will be talking draft order...
  14. I thought the same thing about Moreland and AGG. But then both players cleared waivers -- meaning that no other team thought they were so good as to displace anyone on their rosters -- and Rivera ended up getting them back. AGG is on practice squad and Moreland is on IR. I do like both players a lot and hope they can keep them. I know you can protect a few players on PS. Anyways, I disagreed with those moves too but I got to take my hat off to WFT staff because they seemed to understand the rest of league better and who would likely clear waivers...they turned out to be right. The thing with Hopkins is a real head scratcher to me. I get that you want to give the guy a chance to work through the new "operation" but he just seems shaky as all heck. They could have brought in some other legs and still retained Hopkins if they wanted, but they didn't even try to look at anyone else. Way more than Moreland and AGG, this is the decision that I think will be second guessed the first time we lose a game by 2 with DHop missing a field goal. It seems like the only guy we lost on waivers, who we didn't resign to PS, was Stephen Montez. Maybe not a huge, huge deal but I did like that we had that 4thCovaid QB on PS...I wonder if we'll think about picking up an emergency QB just so he at least knows the playbook if needed...
  15. If you are in a league where you can keep a player for the future, this guy may make some noise down the line. Maybe not full proof, but ceiling could be pretty high... Yes, I think the international appeal is a real thing, but there may be something here...he's a work in progress re: catching securely but his athleticism is off the charts and Rivera has said without irony that he may be the most physical blocker of all the WFT tight ends (which also is a slight jab to the other TEs to pick it up)...
  16. I think what he may have over the JOK kid from ND is more size to make tackles at the line in addition to covering? Interestingly, the ND LB didn't go AT ALL in the first round. That has to be one of the biggest surprises of the first round...teams are hesitant over something there, and at least Rivera was...
  17. I was wrong in my prediction but happy with the pick. I totally get why Rivera took Davis and like everyone else, I trust judgement of Rivera and Del Rio with respect to linebackers. The big thing is this definitely was a football pick not a Snyder pick.
  18. Rappaport reports that Washington and Miami swapped the 258 and the 244 picks (7th rounders) to make this trade...so it cost WFT very little. meanwhile, Schefter reports that “To make his trade to Washington from Miami official, OL Ereck Flowers restructured his contract whereby the Dolphins will pay $6 million in a signing bonus and Washington will pay a $3 million base salary, giving Flowers $9M fully guaranteed this year, per drew rosenhause” all in all it seems like a solid move to fortify the OL, Depth at worst and starter at best... .
  19. https://www.si.com/nfl/washingtonfootball/news/breaking-ereck-flowers-traded-back-to-washington-source-confirms Redskins swap late round picks with Dolphins to bring back Eric Flowers. Didn't cost us hardly anything in draft capital and at worse a quality depth signing. We have to take his contract, which is probably 8 M/ year, which is kind of expensive for a backup? But this may be part of a move to insulate us against Scherff leaving next year. I just have this hunch that this signing means Scherff negotiations not happening and the team thinks they'll lose him. Just something about it. That said, if we go Darrisaw at 19 our OL may be pretty decent in 2021...
  20. Two weeks to the draft. Obviously, BPA at 19 won't be known until you get to 19, but speculating, it feels like many talking heads are now looking at one of these two: Christian Darrisaw, OL, Virginia Tech https://www.nfl.com/prospects/christian-darrisaw/32004441-5268-2260-1da4-71998bd16533 Could be immediate starter and future left tackle anchor. Our OL kind of overperformed toward the end of last year but I think we still desparately need to upgrade, particularly with Moses getting older and Sherf possibly signing elsewhere next year. I keep hearing we need LB and that's true, but I think we have more there to keep it together and more FA options than OL. This would be my # 1 choice. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame https://www.nfl.com/prospects/jeremiah-owusu-koramoah/32004f57-5560-4524-4478-5c5967f00096 We don't just need a LB, we need a LB who can cover. I think that's supposed to be the trend in the NFL now with all the passing. So Owusu-Koramoah is supposed to be strong in this regard. So strong that ND played him in the "slot corner" position when needed. This is the kind of hybrid talent that Rivera likes and quite frankly that fills a specific need. What do you all think? I really don't want to see QB or WR first, even though some mocks show that. Either of these players to me would be an immediate game changer worthy of a number 1 selection.
  21. You don't win football games in March and April, so I take it with a monster grain of salt, but still it's a neat headline: https://twitter.com/PFF/status/1372387573310586881 Per @KevinColePFF's Improvement Index, the Washington Football Team is the NFL's most improved team in Free Agency FULL in-depth look here http://bit.ly/3r2aUGc What is equally encouraging: Fitzpatrick, Jackson, and Samuel all signed to reasonable contracts, that will not "break the bank." Things are being done differently.
  22. Also, I think Nittny made this point, and I've heard this point made on the Al Galdi Podcast (excellent by the way), that Ron is slowly cleaning house of all the old guard loyal to Bruce. This is not just coaches but other front office guys. I think by surrounding himself with guys who are loyal to him (not Dan), Rivera may be somewhat insulating himself from Dan's influence on personnel. Back in the day, Bruce and Danny could basically decide to draft players or make trades by outvoting Jay. Now, Rivera controls the Marty's. Dan would have to come in and outvote ALL of them...that's a different proposition than using a boot-licking Bruce as a wedge to get his way. Obviously Dan is owner so if he wants to "stand on the table" for a player he can, but doing it by himself may not be something he's as likely to do, as often...
  23. Notice the lack of “leaks” before these FA signings?
  24. We are gonna have some speed at WR and someone not afraid to throw it deep... samuel also one of those flex guys who can play multiple roles that Rivera likes. I like the signing
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