Birddog

Sykesville, MD

#1 Jan 5, 2013
Vetnam, what do you think of the Shanahans and our Redskins now? Looking pretty good hey? Your thoughts?
VETNAM 2

Centreville, VA

#2 Jan 5, 2013
Birddog wrote:
Vetnam, what do you think of the Shanahans and our Redskins now? Looking pretty good hey? Your thoughts?
Hi Birddog.....

I'm very happy since the sea change. Obviously things finally started to click. I was very optimistic when the Shanahans came on board initially but that soon faded. Now it seems like everybody is doing their job even if that meant loosening the reins a bit once we had the right personnel in place.

Like most people I'm excited to see what RG3 can do not just as a QB but as a spark plug and team leader. He has DEFINITELY been the catalyst for the Skins turnaround. The whole team has come around to where it is greater than the sum of the parts. And look how much deeper we are now when the inevitable injuries occur. Kirk Cousins has been up to the task for sure. And now we have a field goal kicker who's deadly accurate up to mid-field. How awesome is that in light of how many games we've lost by 3 or less points over the last few years? That's a game changer right there. Plus we don't roll over like exhausted roosters in the 4th quarter any more! Before we could be winning for most of the game and then just die in the 4th quarter. Now we have the ability to stay in the game for the whole show and even come from behind to win. Needless to say I'm now impressed.

And, look at our receivers that work so well with RG3.....Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, etc. Look at Alfred Morris, WOW! And I was also very happy to see them bring back Chris Cooley, even though he hasn't had a lot of playing time. He has Redskin blood in his veins. I don't want to slight anybody; there have been guys out there making plays that I didn't even know were on the team until recently. And what about London Fletcher and others with key interceptions at key moments to rescue us last minute from the jaws of defeat.

I think Kyle has shown his strategic acumen lately since working with a very smart quarterback. Everybody has been working with more confidence and that's good. We're not afaid anymore to run a 4th down conversion instead of a lick. Even Dan Snyder has loosened up and almost appears human.

GO REDSINS!

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Birddog

Sykesville, MD

#3 Jan 5, 2013
very well stated, and I agree 100%, I must admit I was real concerned at the bye week after losing to carolina, I wanted Haslett fired for the poor defensive play, I was wrong, he came out of that bye week and schemed up a pretty good defense with the personnel he had. Secondary still has me worried, but I am looking forward to this PLAYOFF game tomorrow at fed ex field. You enjoy the game . HAIL SKINS! Take care..
Goal Post

Washington, DC

#4 Jan 7, 2013
VETNAM 2 wrote:
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Hi Birddog.....
I'm very happy since the sea change. Obviously things finally started to click. I was very optimistic when the Shanahans came on board initially but that soon faded. Now it seems like everybody is doing their job even if that meant loosening the reins a bit once we had the right personnel in place.
Like most people I'm excited to see what RG3 can do not just as a QB but as a spark plug and team leader. He has DEFINITELY been the catalyst for the Skins turnaround. The whole team has come around to where it is greater than the sum of the parts. And look how much deeper we are now when the inevitable injuries occur. Kirk Cousins has been up to the task for sure. And now we have a field goal kicker who's deadly accurate up to mid-field. How awesome is that in light of how many games we've lost by 3 or less points over the last few years? That's a game changer right there. Plus we don't roll over like exhausted roosters in the 4th quarter any more! Before we could be winning for most of the game and then just die in the 4th quarter. Now we have the ability to stay in the game for the whole show and even come from behind to win. Needless to say I'm now impressed.
And, look at our receivers that work so well with RG3.....Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, etc. Look at Alfred Morris, WOW! And I was also very happy to see them bring back Chris Cooley, even though he hasn't had a lot of playing time. He has Redskin blood in his veins. I don't want to slight anybody; there have been guys out there making plays that I didn't even know were on the team until recently. And what about London Fletcher and others with key interceptions at key moments to rescue us last minute from the jaws of defeat.
I think Kyle has shown his strategic acumen lately since working with a very smart quarterback. Everybody has been working with more confidence and that's good. We're not afaid anymore to run a 4th down conversion instead of a lick. Even Dan Snyder has loosened up and almost appears human.
GO REDSINS!
Yep very smart quarterback

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#5 Jan 7, 2013
And how did all this work out for you Redskin fans? Still think Shanahan is the next coming?
Bebop

King George, VA

#6 Jan 7, 2013
He should be fired for that disaster and possibably ruining a QB's career.

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Since: Dec 09

Colonial Beach and Wash DC

#7 Jan 7, 2013
Bebop wrote:
He should be fired for that disaster and possibably ruining a QB's career.
Hold off a little bit on the rope trick :) This last 7 weeks have been the best in a long time! I can really see "next year"! I would have liked this year, but on any Sunday....
This will be taken apart and reassembled in the next week so many times. How quickly we forget how dim it looked. Just bask in the improvement and look at it again in 2 weeks the view will change :)
Bebop

King George, VA

#8 Jan 7, 2013
Hold off hell!! To continue to play a player with a serious injury only compounds the damage and the possible long term affects of that injury. Shanahan not only hurt the team by not putting Cousins in the 2nd quarter but could have caused permanent injury to our best QB in years.
VETNAM 2

Centreville, VA

#9 Jan 7, 2013
The_Bill_P wrote:
And how did all this work out for you Redskin fans? Still think Shanahan is the next coming?
No comments all weekend, then on Monday morning all the armchair quarterbacks surface.

The same Monday morning quarterbacks that are blaming Shanahan for not taking RG3 out earlier, are probably the same ones that faulted the Nationals for jeopardizing the team's chances by NOT playing Stephen Strasburg when clearly it might have favorably affected the outcome. You're damned if you do and damned if you don't!

My personal feeling is that they should have put in Cousins after the 1st half, if not sooner. RG3 was obviously not himself but HE kept himself in. Shanahan IS the MAN and he SHOULD HAVE preempted RG3 on this one. I'm not going to get involved in all the who shot John hoopla. I just hope that RG3 is OK, that we've learned some valuable lessons, and that next season is at least half as exciting as these last 8 weeks.

In the meantime, GO REDSKINS!

And for now, Good Luck to the RAVENS in moving forward.

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HB Rules

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Jan 7, 2013
The shanahans have the team headed in the right direction. They have basically retooled the lineup from when they arrived. They have a young team that is hungry to win. They are good coaches. Many will second guess them when they should have pulled RGIII. I would have sooner also. However, I think RGIII probably told the coach he could continue to play for as long as he did and if I was coach I can understand given the player the chance to win the game being he is the main reason you are there. RGIII had earned that opportunity.
Bebop

King George, VA

#11 Jan 7, 2013
HB, if you were the coach, would you continue to play a onelegged running QB because he said he cuold run on one leg??
HB Rules

Virginia Beach, VA

#12 Jan 7, 2013
Bebop wrote:
HB, if you were the coach, would you continue to play a onelegged running QB because he said he cuold run on one leg??
clearly he was hurt, as coach i would have asked the player what his condition was and if he could play? then i would see how his performance on the field was as compared to how his backup would stack against that. if i thought a starter at 70% is better than the backup, then yes i would keep him in. if i thought the backup was better than the starter at 70%, then i would put the backup in. Naturally all this would be weighed against a thought to the future and chance of a carrer ending injury. my guess is a doctor, coaches, and RGIII had very quick discussions about that on the sideline and a decision was made. I am alright with that. If the coach put in the backup when the shins were ahead 14-0 yesterday we all would be talking how they lost the game because he pulled RGIII. Thats my point in all this. Focus on the fact that the management and players are moving the team in the right direction. I look forward to the future. Makes me dream of the days of billy kilmer and sonny, also of joe gibbs.
VETNAM 2

Centreville, VA

#13 Jan 7, 2013
Bebop wrote:
HB, if you were the coach, would you continue to play a onelegged running QB because he said he cuold run on one leg??
Hey Bebop.....

If he could actually do it, yes.

Go to a Special Olympics sometime.
Bebop

King George, VA

#14 Jan 7, 2013
Hey Vetnam...

If RG3 were your son, would you continue to play him knowing he may be doing permanent damage to his leg??
HB Rules

Moyock, NC

#15 Jan 7, 2013
Bebop wrote:
Hey Vetnam...
If RG3 were your son, would you continue to play him knowing he may be doing permanent damage to his leg??
I think RGIII is basically a grown man now able to make decisions about if he should play with the coach and team doc. I doubt he was on the sideline yellling take me out of the game coach. They are all grown men and they know what they do for a living.
VETNAM 2

Centreville, VA

#16 Jan 7, 2013
Bebop wrote:
Hey Vetnam...
If RG3 were your son, would you continue to play him knowing he may be doing permanent damage to his leg??
My son played JV football for one year and varsity football for 3 years. He also played varsity lacrosse for 4 straight years and lettered all four years in both sports except for JV football in Freshman year. I attended every single game, home and away. And a lot of his practices as well. I absolutely CRINGED every time I saw him take a hard hit or hit the ground, AS WELL AS his teammates, and even opposing team players. But that is the game and everyone knows the risks. Young male brains do not even fully develop until they're in their mid twenties but still we rely on them (maybe even partly for that very reason) to fight our
wars and come back with missing limbs, burns, and worse.

I think our teams and leagues have taken big steps toward protecting against injuries, but they will still happen, just the same as you take a risk every time you step into your car.

Personally I don't see how a lot of us even managed to make it to adulthood given all the risks of growing up, what with dodgeball and playing cowboys and Indians and all that. I would hope that in the process of protecting our kids and our athletes it does not lead to a complete wussification of our Country.

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