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Old 09-16-2006, 11:19 AM   #1
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Mark Brunell: Since coming to the Redskins in 2004, Brunell has been a lightening rod of criticism and controversy amongst the Redskins faithful. Brunell suffered through a miserable 2004 season, easily his worst as a pro. Despite bouncing back with a strong 2005 season in which he helped orchestrate a playoff season, he was still unable to shake the doubt from the minds of many Redskins fans and "experts" in the media.

In 2006 he faces a nearly impossible mission. Super Bowl or bust. Whatever failures the team may encounter in 2006, look for Brunell to be the first player the majority of the fingers are pointed towards. Frequently in football, the QB receives too much credit when things are going well and too much blame when things are going bad. It seems in Brunell's case, the scales tip towards the blame side much more often than they do to the credit side regardless of the situation.



Derrick Frost: Wow, look at this classic shot of two Redskins scapegoats captured in one picture! Frost has been a very inconsistent performer for the Redskins in his short time in Washington, and a lot of the criticism has been well justified. Still, Frost receives my scapegoat mention after the opening game against the Vikings. After a poor first punt, he went on to have a solid evening with a net of 37.0 yards. Yet he was quickly pointed out during the postgame discussions as having had a bad game and he was one of the reasons for the loss. Obviously some fans don't like to do their homework before they post or they would have known that Frost grossed 43 yards per punt on 5 attempts, and helped pin the Vikings deep in their own territory when he dropped a punt inside the 5 yard line. 1 bad punt out of 5, and Frost was quickly singled out as a bad performer. Tsk, tsk Redskins fans. Welcome to the scapegoat club Derrick Frost!



John Hall: Hall has been under fire the past couple of seasons in Washington. He has battled leg injuries that have caused him to miss 14 games over the past two seasons. The injuries appear to have taken their toll on his leg strength, and many are wondering if he has what it takes anymore to be a quality NFL kicker. The opening Monday night game did nothing to quell those worries as his 48 yard miss at the end of the game sailed wide and his scapegoat status reached Mark Brunell proportions in the postgame discussions. Despite hitting 3 out of 4 on the night, the miss cancelled out the makes and Hall's head has been on a stake all week. Hometown hero Nick Novak is sitting home and is only a phone call away. But one has to wonder, if he's sitting home right now, how much better can be he than Hall right now? Yes I know, silly question to ask. The other option is always better. Be on alert John Hall, you could overtake Mark Brunell as public enemy #1 very soon!

Honorable mentions: Al Saunders (one game and we didn't score 40?! Bust!), Andre Carter (one game and you didn't record 5 sacks? Bust!), Adam Archuletta (one game and no picks or big hits? Bust!), Brandon Lloyd (one game and you didn't catch anything! Bust!), Chris Cooley (Where are you?).
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:24 AM   #2
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Great Job Matty!
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:27 AM   #3
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Oh, come on now...how could you forget Carlos Rogers? He's already in his second year and he can't completely shut down WRs on an island! Sheesh, I knew we shoulda drafted Mike Williams...we desperately need a possession receiver.

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Old 09-16-2006, 11:39 AM   #4
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My vote goes to the rest of people in my section(129). Why do I need to be the only guy screaming for my defense? Ok maybe not just my section, but I mean c'mon people your defense is on the field in the biggest stadium in the NFL. Lets make sure the opposition knows it! Was the 12th man flag even out monday night? The wife and I were looking for it and didn't see it. Today (Saturday) Im finally going to watch the game on dvr to transfer it to dvd. I'll definitely be watching and listening to see how the crowd came across the tv. They sure didn't impress me when I was there. Hail.
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:49 AM   #5
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My section (112) was loud and proud...I cant speak for the stadium as a whole, but we definitely brought it the best we could...
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Old 09-16-2006, 01:36 PM   #6
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Props to you Matty! I will admit I have been very critical of Frost, only because I feel there is ALOT more pressure on the QB for the MOST part, and also more pressure on the field goal kicker as opposed to the punter. It's just that in all my years of watching pro football, I've seen more shanks from our punters in the last couple of years, than I have altogether --- at least it seems that way to me.
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:03 PM   #7
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After the Vikings game there have been a lot Chicken Littles running around. It's too early to make any solid predictions. I imagine learning a 700 page playbook might take some time. Hall didn't lose the game. Not capitalizing on 3rd downs did. However, I remember one quote about Hall after the game that totally cracked me up.

"Maybe we could package deal him in a trade with the Jets. In return they give us a hot dog and an usher." author unknown

Sorry, but that was a good one.
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:30 PM   #8
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The Coaching staff is the main focus thus far..if this team fails it will be an organizational failure..up and down..they were headed in the right direction
and if they do a U-turn..they have to answer why..I have every bit as much faith they will
do the job as I did going into Seattle last year..this team will win..
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:37 PM   #9
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Personally, I blame El Nino.
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Old 09-16-2006, 04:17 PM   #10
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I blame monday night's loss on one thing and one thing only. Ineffectiveness in the red zone. You cant go into the redzone and come away with 1 td and 3 fgs and expect to win. With a 700 page playbook there has got to be better plays for use in the redzone.
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Old 09-16-2006, 10:33 PM   #11
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Here, here!
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Old 09-16-2006, 10:39 PM   #12
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Scapegoat:

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Damnit, it's always Maverick's fault! *shakes fist*
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:47 PM   #14
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Tom Cruise IS the scapegoat. For all the money Danny's giving to him to finance his movies, there's absolutely no reason he shouldn't be able to put on a uniform and enter the game as a decoy. I guarantee you if Cruise put on a Redskins uniform and entered the game, the Vikings would've been so distracted we could've thrown as many touchdowns as we wanted to.
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Damnit, it's always Maverick's fault! *shakes fist*
What I'd like to know is which one is wingman? Snyder or Cruise?
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