Shop for Washington Redskins gear at Fanatics.com

Calls for Watson! Or, Wentz.

There is a mythology in town that says for us to maintain greatness WFT must 1st secure a franchise quarterback.  Pundits proclaim that this is the most important aspects of fielding a winner in the NFL. Well, this article will make a case to stand pat at QB and argue against the franchise QB mantra.

Here in Washington 3 championships and ,yes, 3 Lombardis’; so, who is a franchise quarterback in Washington probably Eddie LeBaron.

 

With Sonny you still had Billy and then J.T. , Doug, Mark, ( not long enough to be considered franchise QBs)…maybe Eddie LeBaron! The wonderful 1950s Washington Redskins had our franchise quarterback, LeBaron was long before me but that being said let us do the best discussion for the off-season of who should start for Washington Football Team game 1 next season.

 

Bloggers note: Pay no attention to most of these player acquisitions and especially who we draft. Turn off your radio and TV set as much as you can and pick up the season this off season post draft and then come pre-season.  It is a long off season.  Turn in for the major signing but now is time to sit back and relish what was the 1st good season with hope in about a decade.

 

Bloggers note 2: This blogger does not like hearing about how draft picks are good, etc.  This is the most overrated, over analysis part of a league trying to be 24-7, 365 days.
Go watch some baseball for a while…This blogger believes because of the salary attached to players, that younger, hungry players are striving to make it. That being said when the team is close like WFT coaches can and hopefully have a read on; draft picks should be of little consideration.
Who knows if or how long of a window WFT has to build a winner but it is not long these days for any organization! Can 1 player put WFT over the top for the decade, this blogger argues the pieces do not matter, the coaching, systems and scouting department does.

 

If you look for example many of the acquisitions recently of WFT they have been blue chip free agents such as Logan Thomas and blue-chip draft picks such as Cole Holcombe.

 

Scouting departments and good coaching seem to be a winning combination from a coach like Joe Gibbs…and seems to be a blueprint for success for Rivera at least year 1. Reeves, Heinicke….So that being said here is my review of the QBs available for Washington‘s 2021-2022 Lombardi run.

 

Alex Smith: by far, by far this blogger believes Alex Smith should be our quarterback come game 1 in Washington 2021-2022!

 

This blogger does not know if he:

 

1: wants to continue playing

 

2: is able to play again given the severity of his injury.

 

If he decides that he wants to play for us he is our starter.

 

He went something like 6-1 last year missed the playoff game he doesn’t have a Super Bowl victory he’s a great quarterback he seems like an excellent passer he’s a star. Go no further than Smith.

Kyle Allen:

 

Allen showed great determination and intangibles and he’s under contract he’s a quarterback reminded me quite a bit like Tony Romo and he is under contract to us I believe next season so if he can get over his injury I believe a broken leg he should definitely be a second or third stringer.

Taylor Heinicke: How much fun!  His leap showed so much…that this is a consideration, he should be on this roster…we should do whatever it takes to re-sign this guy from wherever he came from…Yes, with him there might be terrible growing pains but yes he should be in the system and being groomed…which leads us to the main question of the off-season does Washington football team go after a free agent quarterback a quarterback in the draft or trade for a quarterback such as Matt Stafford or Deshaun Watson.

Free-agent quarterback: the free-agent quarterback that are out there the one that seem like worth taking a risk from what I’ve scouted is Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky a high draft pick seemed like he might be the type of player who has quite a few throws in him…just needs a new scene to put things together.  The perennial: Mitchell who! Maybe WFT could be saying Mitchell, that’s who!

Quarterback in the draft: of course drafting # 19 we would think we would have a project similar to any rookie quarterback who normally has to play at least a full season before  expecting to be a winner…very few quarterbacks have come into the league like Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson and won but of course that is an option with the first-round pick.  Once again, given all the quarterbacks each season available, this blogger thinks find a franchise QB. is overrated.

Free Agent QBs

 

DeShaun Watson:

 

From the scouting this blogger has done (watching games with players) this blogger will place Watson as 1 of the best most talented quarterbacks in the NFL…supposedly, he was a golden child in college…and when he first came into the league he turned so many heads in the league with his passing and rushing abilities.   By leading Houston to a winning record and the playoffs even last season, Watson appears to be a ringer or a huge talent. His contract is high but he seems like he would be the best talent Washington has had at quarterback since a player like Alex Smith (except Smith has major injury concerns). Prior to Smith, Watson–potentially the best QB  we have had since Rypien or possibly RGIII (just his rookie season).  If one holds getting a franchise QB near and dear to a franchise, then there should be outrage if WFT does not get into the bidding over DeShaun. Personally, this blogger believes in coaching over gladiators.

Matt Stafford:

 

This blogger is not high on Matt Stafford. Actually when Detroit was victorious over Washington this season this blogger felt that Matt Stafford did not look incredibly accurate on all his throws and throughout his 12-year career no matter how good Stafford stats seem to be, this blogger has been unimpressed. Stafford’s price tag of 1 first rounder is not steep. But add in his age of 33 (well, QBs do get better as they get older and more vet like) this blogger would rather play younger players or an older player such as Alex Smith (who this blogger feel still has more to prove just by running off a champion).

 

 

Carson Wentz:

 

This blogger knows trading in the division is normally a no-no. Wentz looked awful this season.  He displayed next to no accuracy or the grit and greatness of even a Nick Foles.  It would seem that Wentz is one step away from being out of the league or playing a backup role but he would be my target to bring in as an understudy to Smith and compete with Allen and Heinicke. Remember folks Sonny before being WFTs QB was up in Philly: Where It’s Always Sunny according to DeVito.

 

 

Washington Hires Martin Mayhew as the Team’s New GM

Three days ago the Washington Football Team was set to hire Marty Hurney as the team’s new GM, but Friday made an announcement that Martin Mayhew is the new GM voice of the franchise.

Hurney is still expected to come aboard and help the team, working alongside Mayhew according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Mayhew brings a wealth of experience to Washington, as he was the general manager of the Detroit Lions from 2008 to 2015.

His last position was vice president of player personnel for the 49ers.

Head coach Ron Rivera released a statement Friday morning about the move to bring in Mayhew.

“Martin is a proven General Manager who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization,” Washington head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement.

“He will be an integral part of running the daily football operations and will allow me the opportunity to focus more on coaching. He impressed both myself and [team owner Dan] Snyder during the interview process and we both believe he will be a tremendous fit here.

“He is a man of high character and integrity and was part of the rich history and tradition of this great franchise as a member of the Super Bowl championship team in 1991.”

WFT Set to Hire Veteran Front Office Exec Marty Hurney as New GM

Washington is bringing in a voice very familiar with head coach Ron Rivera, as the team is reportedly set to hire veteran executive Marty Hurney as the team’s new General Manager.

The GM role had been filled by Rivera, but now he will have another ally and someone he worked with a lot in his time with the Panthers.

Hurney was back and forth with the Panthers, getting fired not once, but twice, but overall he was with the Panthers for parts of five seasons.

The 65-year-old will work alongside Rivera, who is reportedly still going to have the overall power on the football side for the defending NFC East champions.

Hurney worked on the salary cap in his time with the Panthers, but that role within Washington is already being handled by Rob Rogers.

WFT spoke to a number of other candidates for the position of GM, including former Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew, Tennessee’s vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden and Washington’s director of pro personnel Eric Stokes.

To WFT

This blogger submitted this to WFT. Let us start a campaign for woman on helmet and continuation of human on logo!!!

My dad has been a loving season ticket holder since 1970. We have been in favor of name change since first hearing about name change slowly evolving on our views. Thanks Dan for the name change. Go Washington!

I have been writing all season on redskinsgab.com, the definitive blog on WFT. Even though my editors have not changed our GAB site I have written a tremendous amount of a new team identity. Is this the place to submit team nickname and logos…I have a few.
1. A woman on the helmet
2. Washington Trail short for trailblazers with Harriet Tubman
3. Washington Valkyries in honor of Norse goddess of battle. Also Operation Valkyries which involved the few Nazis I respect being Jewish. These Nazis attempted to assassinate Hilter and end the WWII…
4. Any logo should be a human face as really our Redskins and Raiders only representing humans…let’s design somewhat off old racist logo and keep a human. No letters, numbers, confusing for youngsters…we are dc and are government: of the people, for the people, by the people.
5. Being a peacenik, I would go with Warriors soldiers gi janes etc as I know all to well that we still have military etc. best to teach kids, about wartime and peacetime!

 

 

 

 

Meyer’s hiring is great for NFL.


Is this blogger first in town to write he is ecstatic that Urban Meyer finally took a job in the NFL, probably—par for course.

It’s about time for the NFL, fans, for everyone football fan—ultimately, as a Washington Football Team fan what I’m most concerned with is the health of the league and I don’t see how Myers introduction into the league is bad for league. Meyer can help the league in need of  innovaion.
I love it.

Will Meyer get a championship this decade stay tune who knows maybe he’s looking at a possible fa qb. Go WTF today.
Author note: Still a heavy heart towards the happenings here for Democrats Republicans and Americans. But saying in life: when the going gets tough, tough get going.

Something about playoff matchups later this week.

WFTs Year 1: Season in Review, 2.


 WFTs year in review 2: Washington Football Team and owner Dan Snyder’s GM Kyle Smith and head coach Ron Rivera far exceeded expectations but maybe more importantly they taught us a lesson that they seem to teach every year “that almost every Washington football game whether the team is 3-13 or 13-3 are close during the regular season and postseason.” Does Dan know this about his team, this blogger doubts everything that does not treat sports and players as human.

Even though WFT saw same Herculean moments from Alex Smith, Chase Young, etc…everyone knows we are only as strong as one weakest link. This starts from the owner down to the coaches: we looked pretty strong and finally displayed something lacking since 1992: depth.

Very few teams dominated like the 92 version of the Washington then-Redskins.

Most years, most games come down to the last drive on defense or offense. This blogger would bet since 1992, most NFL games are decided by a top chdown or fewer points, and without a bureau we will just allow that to be an assumption or possible assert if proven about WFT. Even so, most fans of WFT have a game in mind when we stole to show from any season. Yet we still play our Madden like it is the book on WFT.

This year we had pundits talking of 5-0 stretches and needing wins and how true the year proved to following the calendar instead of the video game rankings.

A year 1 of Rivera et al.,

we did see was a team performing at 8-1-1 against the Las Vegas point spread in its last 10 games and including the playoff.

The only hiccup really came against Rivera’s former team, the Carolina Panthers—a rare game missed from this blogger. So in some regards this blogger still waiting for a rematch with Prince McCafferty et al. How’d he look anyhow? Guess they could use Haskins?

Which helps prove an adage of old Rick ‘Doc’ Walker, ‘until we are mathematically eliminated, we should be fighting.’

So overall, whether a 1 point loss to NYG or 2 wins against the Philadelphia Eagles including 1 so late in the season it was marked as definite loss by most pundits pre Opener, this season proved that WFT football team far exceeded expectations in a season where they had close to none except Trevor Lawerence.

So as for next season that is when Rivera and his coaches really start to be on the hot seat. Take a step backwards par for course with WFT like every successful postseason team since 1992.

 It sounds like a typical off season game plan in BOS or NY or DAL even.  Player scenarios, muscles, money….

Nah, we need a GM who realizes we have unlimited draft picks.  Right these draft picks are all given power numbers.  So a 7th in this year is worth this many points while a 7th in next year much less value…but because of this we have unlimited number of points…while when the NO Saints traded the house for Ricky Williams and we traded a ton for RGIII those scenarios did not seem to work…we need to establish is there 1 elite player: somewhat like AP displayed the prior with the Skins who we can get or a rookie who we can get at a value.  I am looking for just 1 elite player this offseason. 1 cream of the crop addition like a Wilbur Marshall when we knew we were good but we needed 1 more piece…and to teach the youngster how to improve…

execution relies on getting players like horses to the river…of course, end of the day, only a horse can drink…Go

Let’s hope and pray for America, our country and the always true America’s team: WFT. Or,  here’s hoping, Washington Trailblazers with a pic of Harriet Tubman somewhat like old design. This blogger is in the far left base camp for WFT.

But today we must drop all our camps whatsoever, Republicans and Democrats and play for 1: Of the people, for the people, by the people. Go WFT Today.

WFT Today: 2020 Review


Well the rest the Washington football team really did well this year as they exceeded expectations and this is a brief or not so brief year in review of the team so let’s jump forward to Saturday evenings contest.

But before Saturday evening, let’s review or  look at some symmetry from 2019 to 2029: Tom Brady came in as a Patriot here against Washington in 2019…however those who looked at the game closely there were good moments for WFT. Maybe our town misread the personnel of the 3-13 2019 squad. Whatever the case, our 7-9 record should be encouraging. This blogger like to keep all the same personnel on the training camp roster with few addition. We are young, gelling, mean, a very good 1st year for a team on the rise? It is the early part of a new decade still and thankfully this season ended for WFT the way it did!

First off Steve Sims, Jr. really had his first highlight moment of his WFT career against Brady and NE in 2019. In the first quarter one of the first plays of the game as this blogger remembers, Sims took an end around 66 yards for a td. Sorry no time for researching a play like Sims, Jr. Going on memory.

Secondly, the 2019 team was very good at holding opponents  inside the red zone to fog or get stops, no time to check on stats on red zone d or compare…but it was a reason for concern this off-season if the stats do not gimprove…so, in 2019, late in the first half there was a Montae Nicholson sighting as he  actually intercepted of Brady normally sure fire corner td pass—to give WFT a slight deficit at halftime.

It looked like this past sat, Brady in a better offensive system seemed to be doing better completing similar over the shoulder passes against us. Brady from this blogger perspective appears more like the GOAT.

However,  WFTs defensive system under Gruden and maybe since Snyder or since our last super bowl have been hole ridden and pretty mediocre including no 12 win seasons; something to shoot for next year.

In 2019, it looked like Brady had the ability to completely find uncover receivership will against Gruden and WFT.

in the building of a new system by Rivera, it seems like finally we have a system that for every play is on top of covering players. On Saturday there might have been breakdowns in execution and even a few free receivers. But in general our team is finally lining up and playing football.

Actually, Bill Callahan who took WFT over a  8 game stretch to three wins five losses before losing his last 4 in an obvious Chase Young tank as the whole town seemed right in getting DMV own Young… so there were outlets in town pre covid after reviewing schedules had WFT team as high as 8-8.

Yet, nationally most all of the  rankings this blogger could remember: 31st or 32nd and Trevor Lawrence.

So are we ecstatic with next seasons roster standing at 7-9, no not today.

Taylor Heinecke, Heineken‘s back in town. Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio and Scott Turner, Alex Smith’s comeback, Terry McLauren…names and names

Finally, those who are consumed with personnel have a happy off-season of hope for our team being championship bound next season (NFC?).

That most of us were wrong about how good and how exciting pro football can still be for town, the politics of this team from Bobby Mitchell’s and Joe Bugel’s passing, RIP the name Redskins and the George Preston Marshall legacy, the hiring of woman and trailblazing Presidents, GM…will we improve? This season as sad as we feel about not winning a championship yes we finally saw major improvements innovation and trailblazing.

Yes, this blogger still favors a new with some character and identities. Of a good political name change and that name change this blogger would go with would be Washington Trail.

I was ecstatic with the original choice by Snuder to change the name because this blogger had been listening somewhat since pre super bowl XXVI to native concerns.

Currently, demands of Native Americans were met, bravo Dan for getting it right.

Furthermore I just feel the Washington Trail short for Trailblazers with an image of Harriet Tubman would be legacy and anti neo-fascist. It will really inspire of the people, for the people, by the people-

I feel it’s time especially given BLM supporters, ALM supporters,  on calling on the team to name to team the Washington trail… think of our radio personalities, “we’re on the comeback trail today.” Yes, the radio team was very good this season and made the games enjoyable…So, it is said by buds in town, “we can’t have a woman on the helmet” it is a men’s team.

well I say that we need to trailblazers because if we are trailblazing for everyone all lives matter Black Lives Matter blue lives matter everyone participates here in town.

Sent from my iPhone

Next Gen Stats: Time To Throw, A. Smith vs T. Brady, 2020

Next Gen Stats: Time To Throw, A. Smith vs T. Brady, 2020

 

Next Gen Stats: Time To Throw, A. Smith vs T. Brady, 2020

Next Gen Stats: Time To Throw, A. Smith vs T. Brady, 2020

 

For any NFL football fan, NFL blogger, NFL insider, Next Gen Stats are a great resource to educate oneself on the level of play on the field in the league. Always considered a copycat league, teams are looking to innovate and gain an edge.

 

For example, from the NEXT GEN Website here are 3 of a litany of stats which the NFL Next Gen Stats are keeping track of as of this season (released on the website and to the public).  These are passing statistics.

 

Average Completed Air Yards (CAY) and Average Intended Air Yards (IAY)

Air Yards is the vertical yards on a pass attempt at the moment the ball is caught in relation to the line of scrimmage. CAY shows the average Air Yards a passer throws on completions, and IAY shows the average Air Yards a passer throws on all attempts. This metric shows how far the ball is being thrown ‘downfield’. Air Yards is recorded as a negative value when the pass is behind the Line of Scrimmage. Additionally Air Yards is calculated into the back of the end zone to better evaluate the true depth of the pass.

 

Average Air Yards Differential (AYD)

Air Yards Differential is calculated by subtracting the passer’s average Intended Air Yards from his average Completed Air Yards. This stat indicates if he is on average attempting deep passes than he on average completes.

 

Longest Completed Air Distance (LCAD)

Air Distance is the amount of yards the ball has traveled on a pass, from the point of release to the point of reception (as the crow flies). Unlike Air Yards, Air Distance measures the actual distance the passer throws the ball.

 

For this article, to keep things simplistic while focusing on Was vs TBB and in particular the QB Battle on sat in WAS, we will just focus on tie to throw.

 

 

Time To Throw (TT)

Time to Throw measures the average amount of time elapsed from the time of snap to throw on every pass attempt for a passer (sacks excluded)

 

While this analog is unscientific, it seemed like one of the key moments of last Sunday PHI WFT game on Sunday game came when Smith found tight end Logan Thomas with the eventual game winning td towards the end of the 1st half. That whole drive it appeared that Smith had more time to operate in a 2-minute offense and was able to orchestra a great timely drive.  More plays and drives like this will be needed for WFT to win on Sunday. But do the numbers point to this against Tom Brady and TBB!

 

Interestingly, PHI QB Jalen Hurt led (TT) in limited action with a 3.11 (1st).  His 1-3 record notes that (TT) does not valid or guarantee success or wins.

However, Alex Smith ranked 29th with a respectable 2.63 (TT) and was able to display a 5-1 record.

Tom Brady on the other hand ranked 33rd with a 2.57 yet played 10 more games than Smith.  At 11-5, Brady was 4 spots below Smith.

For example, a player in the middle of the pack, fan favorite and HOF and arguably GOAT Aaron Rodgers ranked 21stwith a 2.72, 13-3.

Interestingly, Baker Mayfield and his 3.05 was good for 2nd and an 11-5 record.

 

This blogger wonders if teams have their own stats and measures: this blogger would think that question is unimportant in deciding who a fan feels is a GOAT!

Of course, TB Buc fans would point to the BUCS 4 game December winning streak where 27, 31, 47 and 44 points were scored to dispute records early in the season detractors, might point to their week 12 loss at KCC, 27-24 as still a possible stumbling block to a perfect 5-0 ending.

 

So, Offensive genius vs upstarts WFT could come down to 1 or 2 plays on the o line or d line.  Whatever the case, (TT) and Next Gen can help to figure out those intangibles come game day!