Head Coach Mike Shanahan says the blocked punts the team has had, two in the first two games of the season, are the fault of poor concentration and execution. In other words: "Don't blame me or my Special Teams Coach Danny Smith." I guess the players were to blame for the six blocked kicks last year, too.
These scab refs are terrible.Everyone knows it.
“It’s just like a team of rookies,” Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said of the replacement officials, who, some players and coaches said, nearly lost control of Washington’s contest with the St. Louis Rams. “If you’ve got a whole bunch of rookies on an NFL roster, you’re going to have a lot of mistakes out there. So it’s the same thing and that’s what we’re getting.” ...
The NFL Players Association has called replacement officials a safety issue for players. Alexander said he’s beginning to have concerns.
“You’re going to come up with schemes, come up with techniques or a mentality and push the envelope as far as the refs allow you to do. Until they call it, why wouldn’t you do it, if it’s going to give you an advantage to win games? …Guys were getting thrown down, literally getting tackled, covering kickoffs [Sunday]. But they’re not calling it. So as a player, why not do it?”
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he never had seen a game like Sunday’s defeat. “I’ve never been in a situation where you feel that there is going to be an explosion on the field,” Shanahan said Monday. “You’re hoping that doesn’t happen. It was very close to losing control.”
Eagles TB LeSean McCoy said one scab ref told him he needed to play well for the ref's fantasy team. It's amazing. The NFL is flush with cash after having locked out the players last year and now they're nickel and diming the real refs and giving us these atrocious games with scabs. NFL owners really are not good people.
Brian Burke crunches the numbers and concludes what I thought all along: The Redskins should have gone for the first down on 4th and 16 instead of kicking a 62-yard field goal. Apart from the numbers, which favor the fourth down attempt, it's also a matter of giving the ball to your kicker or to the best player on your offense, QB Robert Griffin III. I'd give it to the kid 10 times out of ten. He's the future of this team.
Rich Campbell hands out game balls and gassers for the defense against St. Louis last Sunday. Obviously, not a lot of goods stuff happened for the defense that day, but Campbell correctly notes some nice play from CB Josh Wilson, CB Richard Crawford and DE Stephen Bowen. Crawford may see a lot more time on the field this Sunday due to Wilson's concussion. Frankly, I thought Crawford did a better job on Rams WR Danny Amendola than DeAngelo Hall did. Gassers go to Hall, CB Cedric Griffin and ILB Perry Riley, who screwed up his blocking assignment on the blocked punt.
John Keim hands out his studs and duds for the offense. RG3 and Alfred Morris are studs. Duds are Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus, Josh Morgan and Aldrick Robinson.
Tarik El-Basher gives the Redskins offense a B+ for last Sunday's game, thanks mostly to RG3.
Robert Griffin was magnificent against last Sunday, but the Skins lost and no big records were broken so nobody noticed. RG3 under the radar? asks Rich Tandler.