Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Celebrating London Fletcher: Best Tackler in the NFL

Once again London Fletcher was snubbed for the Pro Bowl. This is unjust, so let's take just a moment to be perfectly clear about how good London Fletcher really is. By a key index, London Fletcher is the best tackler in the NFL. Period.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Redskins vs. Vikings: The Great, the Good, and the Not-So-Good

The Great
- rookie Evan Royster gets the start for injured rookie Helu and ran for 132 yards on 19 carries; looks like Shanahan has found two talented RBs who fit his system well
- Kyle's passing offense continues to click: 9 different receivers have catches for 289 passing yards and 2 receiving TDs

Sunday, December 18, 2011

How the Skins Could Get Matt Schaub

Alternate Title: Why Skins fans should root for TJ Yates and the Houston Texans

The Skins are building an exciting foundation but still need a franchise QB. Many are focused on the QB prospects available in the draft, but ... could the Skins get a franchise QB who is already established? Here's how Matt Schaub might become available and fit beautifully into the Skins offense.

Redskins vs. Giants: The Great, The Good, and the Not-So-Good

The Great
- Gaffney continues to emerge as perhaps the top Redskins receiver, this time hauling in 6 receptions for 86 yards (Gaffney leads the team with 842 receiving yards)
- London Fletcher continues his run as a tackle machine, notching 10 tackles and 2 assists along with a forced fumble

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Signs the Skins Are Building Something

Shanahan/Allen have taken a lot of heat for leading the Skins to a 2nd consecutive losing season. But we have to remember what they are doing: re-building a franchise from the ground up. New management, new coaches, new offensive and defensive systems, new players to fit these systems.

And perhaps most importantly, the Skins are building through the draft and through well-priced free agents who fit the system. We had 10 years of the old way -- trading drafts picks and signing high-priced free agents. It makes sense to give the new way at least 3-4 years before making up our minds.

Fortunately, there are signs that key pieces are falling into place:

1) Kyle Shanahan's passing game is starting to click. No more are the only receiving threats Santana Moss and a tight end. Jabar Gaffney makes big plays. Donte Stallworth makes big plays. Numerous receivers are involved each game.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Rex Grossman's (lack of) pocket presence

Some QBs are experts at sensing pressure and moving just one or two steps within the pocket to buy time. They do this while maintaining balance and continuing to look downfield. Tom Brady is the prototype. Rex Grossman is the opposite.