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Group Hug Time

December 24, 2014

 

 

Apparently, Jay Gruden is really the good guy in this scenario.

Yes, his words were “harsh” but “true”, his comments were all “twisted horribly” by the media. Which, I assume, would include myself and a few other bloggers who seemed to think he was saying one thing when it should have been nuanced another.

Apparently his trashing of RG3’s mechanics and work-ethic was really nothing more than a “tough love” approach to help the poor man improve.

That reminds me of people who can be so caustic in their remarks and then defend what they are saying as “being honest” as if their opinion is somehow to be considered “truth” and others’ opinions aren’t.

But the season is wrapping up – suitable, I suppose for this season – and will be sealed with a great big colorful bow to be placed under Snyder’s Christmas tree, labeled “a lump of coal”. Yes, everyone has buried the hatchet (the one without the blood-stains) and come together as one big happy family.

Photo op beside the tree, they all smile merrily and embrace – as one – as if the debacle of 2014 never happened.

And the fans, as usual, just shrug and smile weakly as if to say “Just Wait Until Next Year.”

At least we can all end the season in the same frame of mind.

 

 

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Looking for Scores? Wait for it…

December 18, 2014

Here it is, Wednesday evening, and I opened up NFL.com to check all the scores from last weeks’ games.

From the main page, I clicked the link labeled “SCORES”. Should do the trick, right?

Oh, if only it was so easy!!

The page it took me to was one that displayed brightly at the top “WEEK 16”.

Only problem, that is the week that is yet to come.

It hasn’t happened yet.

It starts tomorrow night with the game with Tennessee at Jacksonville.

But that game has not happened yet so naturally there are NO scores.

If I had wanted to see a lack of scores I would have clicked that link… well, if there was one.

If I had only wanted to know which games were upcoming, I wouldn’t even have had to click anything as that data is on a banner across the top of the homepage.

Maybe I’m being a bit too nit-picky here but shouldn’t the link for scores actually take you to some scores?

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But maybe I’m just a little tired after my long day at work.

And isn’t nit-picky what this blog is all about?

That should not be misconstrued… like Jay Gruden claims his comments about RG3 are. He whined and said his words were being twisted. He really harbors no ill will for the fellow and just wants him to become a better quarterback.

Well, Jay, I don’t have to twist your words to know how badly RG3 played in the second half against the Giants after you had your little “pep talk” with him.

Actions speak louder than words, you know.

And you can’t complain anybody “twisted” them.

Party Like a Pirate

December 16, 2014

Looks like it’s all over but the getting down, party hearty.

Sure, the Redskins have been a train wreck this year but the pitiful engineer of the debacle has received word today that his job is secure for at least one more full-filled season.

Hot ziggidy, huh?

RG3 made an appearance in the game on Sunday against the Giants and looked impressive. With the exception of the TD just before half… and you know that was a robbery.

Then, in the second half, the spark that the old RG3 brought to the field in the first half was suddenly missing. He returned to dutifully standing in the pocket and getting beat up.

The radio announcers – Sam Huff, Sonny Jurgenson, Larry Michaels, and even Chris Cooley – were scratching their heads, trying to figure out what had gone so horribly wrong.

It seems rather obvious, doesn’t it?

Robert came out playing like Robert plays and the coach got a bit miffed and told him to focus on being a good little pocket passer.

The results, of course, speak for themselves.

And next Sunday, Robert gets the nod to start against Philly… well only because of Colt’s injury, of course. Its not like he would start otherwise, huh?

So, we can watch and wait for Robert to be injured from the repeated punishment sure to come his way – Chip Kelly and his blitzers are salivating at the chance – and we can see Kirk Cousins coming in off the bench to assist this team to yet another wonderful 3 – 13 season.

Damn! I can hardly wait for next season when we can get to see more of the same!

Almost makes me want to be a swashbuckling Buccaneer. Like Brad Johnson…

Whoopee!

MockingJon

December 11, 2014

A nice article (at profootballtalk.nbcsports.com) summed up the problem in Washington very nicely.

Jon Gruden was talking about the “mess in Washington” – and he wasn’t talking about the dysfunctional Congress we have – but the Redskins football team.

Michael David Smith even hints that the leaks from “inside sources” may even be from this same familial pipeline. Yes, Jay complains to brother Jon about his woes and seeks advice… Then somebody mentions it to the media… but I ain’t sayin’ who does this, of course… though his initials are probably JG.

Anyway, the tribe Grudenois is letting it be known that the problem with the Redskins is RG3 and that there is “no way” the Coach can work with the fellow.

We heard rumors that his mechanics were crappy… then QB guru Sean Hill goes over the film and asks “where?”

We hear rumors that RG3 has “lost the locker room”… but those fellows don’t seem to play any better for Kirk or Cort either.

It seems all these rumors coming out of Redskins Park support the claims of the illustrious novice Head Coach.

Ain’t he a marvel?

Okay, so I’ll put this out there:

All these rumors are from Head Coach Gruden himself to bolster his position against Snyder. “Ya see, Danny boy, everyone seems to agree with me.”

And the one who has “lost the locker room” is Coach Gruden himself, otherwise the team would be a cohesive whole standing shoulder to shoulder with their coach, the game plans, the scheme, and so forth. Since all we see is a professional sports franchise in meltdown, I would say the problem starts at the top.

And this time, it doesn’t seem to be emanating from Snyder.

This stench has JG written all over it. I mean, really, how many coaches in the history of the league have publicly trashed the starting QB?

One would also get the impression that the team would rather be doing something else, like getting behind the franchise QB and putting together a system – behind the superstar – and win some games.

Unfortunately, the players are professionals who know well enough to keep their opinions to themselves.

One can only wish that Jay knew as much, huh?

Gruden Follies of 2014 Continue

December 10, 2014

Saw an interesting article recently about RG3 and his supposed lousy mechanics. (You know, the game that Chris Cooley dissected to show how bad Robert was in his development.)

Sean Hill, a quarterbacks trainer and QB guru looked at the game film expecting to see a train wreck but came away with a different take. Not too surprising to me as it was what I got from watching the game as well. Griffin executed well and his fundamentals were in good shape – funny that Gruden seems to have missed it, huh? but what would you expect from a novice – but what really bothered him was a porous offensive line.

Many say he should learn to trust the O-line but I think you first have to see something trustworthy. It reminded me so much of the beating Patrick Ramsey had gone through with his O-line – especially the supposedly great Chris Samuels – allowing him to get pummeled on every stinking play from scrimmage.

Now, the fans are relieved to know that Griffin will be starting against New York in the upcoming game. People are relieved that Gruden has finally “got it right”. but I am not so easily convinced.

Sure, Robert is starting but with Gruden’s itchy finger, he could very easily pull him and throw Cousins in. The problem, as I see it, is not that Griffen gets the nod, it’s that the game plan is still going to be Gruden all the way. And expecting the QB to suddenly become a pocket-passer without a suitable offensive line…

It just seems a little offensive to me.

Perhaps if Robert conspired with his teammates to play his sort of game instead of Gruden’s…

But that ain’t gonna happen is it?

No, these people are all professionals.

How About The Real McCoy, Huh?

December 7, 2014

Everyone’s been raggin’ on RG3 and expecting Colt to be “the guy”.

Last week he looked miserable against Indy but – after all – they are one of the top teams in the NFL. But this week? This week we were at home against the 5-7 Rams. Gruden seemed assured this was going to be a walk in the park.

Nope. More like a mugging.

People seem to forget that the reason Colt seemed so good is no one was expecting to defend against him and his technique of play. Once he was made the starter, we get to really see how ineffective he is.

So many of the fan sites I have seen go on and on about how bad RG3 is and how he can’t make the adjustment to “pocket passer” like Gruden wants him to. Unfortunately, those people seem to know less about people in general and gifted athletes in particular… just like Jay Gruden. Like, nothing.

If I were Snyder, I wouldn’t even let the coach finish out the season. By this point, his methods and his philosophy – not to mention his knowledge of football – have been proven to be sorely lacking.

And what was that about sending in RG3 with two minutes to go. Does he really think the star player really “needs to get a few reps”? Why not Kirk? I would burden Gruden with a few expletives but I try to keep a family-oriented blog here and I will refrain from doing so, but feel free to blast him with whatever choice phrases you want. Please!

If the owner, Dan Snyder, understood football a little better he could probably make better decisions. Probably hearing Gruden’s schpiel about “pocket passers” are the future of the NFL… just look at Andrew Luck… he was convinced to go for it. RG3 is not a pocket passer. He is not a typical athlete. He is a gifted quarterback who plays the position naturally. It was not something he had to learn so Gruden is naturally wrong thinking he can merely “re-train” Robert. The kid was never trained to be a QB to start with, it’s all just him.

Sure, he can learn schemes, formations, and so forth, but he cannot be untrained in the intuitive way he plays because it was never learned.

RG3 is truly a naturally gifted quarterback.

Fixing the wheel that isn’t broken will never assist you along the journey. RG3 is not that wheel.

But the Head Coach position is the wheel that’s broken.

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Anyway, how ’bout that Colt McCoy, huh?

Yeah, whatever.

Coaching ‘Em Up

November 18, 2014

Jay Gruden shocked the football world when he came out and “trashed” his quarterback in public.

Peter King’s column took up the case and said Griffin III has to be tried and tested very thoroughly the last six games of the seaon to determine if he is going to stay a Redskin.

Both of these gentlemen seem to be overlooking the obvious: RG3 is a dynamic athlete that has played well in the past when playing HIS brand of football.

Gruden’s complaints were very explicit in his saying RG3 missed the number of steps each drop should have entailed. Yes, it is obvious Gruden wants to make Griffin into a pocket passer… you know, like Kirk Cousins. Hey, Gruden, tell me again how well that worked for you and Cousins, huh?

But Gruden’s desires are not new. He stated in his very first news conference that he uses a scheme that requires a good pocket passer.

So, why didn’t he go to a team that already had a good pocket passer? Duh!

Instead he comes to DC and apparently those in command of the organization (owner Snyder and GM Allen) were made aware of Gruden’s taste and plans before hiring the guy. So they all seem to be on board with the idea of forcing RG3 into becoming a pocket passer.

And I thought some of these people actually knew something about football!! (Not Snyder, of course, but he’s just the owner and doesn’t need to know.)

It is almost as if these guys went down to a car lot to find a vehicle to haul wood around and they come home with a Mazerati, hitch up their trailer to it, and start carting wood. How long do you think the car is going to last under those conditions?

As I have mentioned before about the case of Lavar Arrington, the team took an absolutely dynamite player who led the team in tackles his first year and then benched him under the new defensive coordinator because the fellow could not learn “the scheme” put in by Greg Williams (remember him, huh?).

Schemes are for people who are very good but really mediocre. Sure, their “mediocre” is better than anything other than the NFL, but they are just very, very good. Not great.

The greats are those whose natural talent far outshine everyone else. They are dynamic and play instictively.

In other words, not by any scheme.

Would you force Peyton to run the play that was called in rather than make any “adjustments” of his own at the line?

Would you force Brady to do what RG3 does so well, run with the ball?

Of course not!

So why would any rational human being take the square peg that RG3 is, shave off the corners and force him into a round hole? If RG3 had been capable of being a great pocket passer, he would have already done that in college like Andrew Luck.

The Seattle Seahawks built their offense around the strengths of Russell Wilson. The year before Peyton arrived, John Fox did the same at Denver, adjusting the offense to match the strengths of Tim Tebow. These teams nade it to the playoffs because the coaches were smart enough to know that the majority of the players CAN adjust to the play at quarterback.

If the quarterback is to be the commander on the field, it had better come naturally. Otherwise he will spend too much time trying to re-think everything he already knows about the game (and himself) to become something the incompetent coach is forcing him to be.

In a game earlier this season, RG3 headed for the sidelines, turned his body to throw a pass, broke his ankle – and knew it immediately as he kept that leg well elevated – and while falling backwards and sideways STILL COMPLETED THE PASS down field for a first down.

And all the coach can think is trying to force him into being a pocket passer.

Stupid!

It was in that same game where it looked like we had the old RG3 back. He was running – not the same extended loping strides of his first year – but exciting enough for the crowd. They went nuts, cheering everytime he took off running. THAT’s what they love about RG3. If they wanted to cheer a pocket passer, they should get Aaron Rodgers’ clone.

Another thing about Gruden, he said that RG3 should worry about his own actions on the field and not worry about what the other players are doing. Then he says RG3 should be paying more attention to all aspects of the game around him, not just his mechanics.

If that is the sort of self-contradictory “coaching” RG3 has been getting, I’m surprised he can function at all.

If Peter King is correct that Washington needs to use the final six games to determine if they are going to keep RG3, I’ll save them the tension: trade him away NOW.

Perhaps the next team will be run by someone intelligent enough to use his talents.

Some coach smart enough.

And we already know that can’t be Gruden because – paraphrasing his own words – he ain’t even close to being smart enough.