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Old 08-09-2011, 12:53 AM   #31
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Re: What should we be looking for/at in the 1st Pre-Season Game.

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A. No Injuries

B. Since I expect them to keep their schemes rather vanilla in the preseason, and especially in the first game, I want to see how they execute the basic schemes so far.

C. As listed in the article, individual performances. Namely the new starters, especially the big one on one battles, like T.Will against Harrison, etc.

D. No injuries, this time for emphasis. We are playing the Steelers, and even though it's preseason, it might not matter to a guy like James Harrison, etc.

Points A and D are THE MOST IMPORTANT things to look for in this exhibition game and the next three exhibition games.

Recall that the Detroit Lions went 4-0 one Exhibition Season and then went 0-16 in the games that counted.

These games mean nothing - - unless someone gets hurt. Remember these guys have been practicing under coaching supervision for only about 2 weeks at best. Las Vegas ought to be offering an Over/Under bet on the number of hamstring pulls this weekend...
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:31 AM   #32
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Re: What should we be looking for/at in the 1st Pre-Season Game.

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I've been hearing from different media outlets like blogs.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider and rotoworld.com that kerrigans been coming along slowly and Lou Spanos has been all over him yelling at him daily. plus him getting injured doesn't help him get any better on the field...its already tough enough for rookies this strike year, lets not make it any shorter.
You think that there's a rookie out there NOT getting yelled at? Yeah there have been reports that he hasn't fully made the transformation but what do you expect at this point?
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:32 AM   #33
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Re: What should we be looking for/at in the 1st Pre-Season Game.

I'll definitely be looking for improvement on the defense(especially the D-Line) and some flow to our offense.
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:39 AM   #34
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I know it's still early but I'm worried that Brandon banks doesn't make the team. One of the NFC east teams will surely sign him. And whether shanahan admits it or not. He's a difference maker.

All this man-crush on Banks kills me. No team in all this time has bothered to put him on their team, even when he was on our practice squad last year. Zilch. Nobody. (including NFC East teams) That is even after the fact that freaking Devin "i'd rather be modeling than learning football" Thomas got picked up by not one, but two teams. (one being a NFC East team)

He's 150lbs. He doesn't contribute jack at the WR spot. At least Hester, Cribbs, and many other of the KR/PR contribute at some level at the WR spot.
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:56 AM   #35
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Re: What should we be looking for/at in the 1st Pre-Season Game.

I don't expect the passing game to look like much of anything. But I want to see what we have at the RB spot. I want to see Hightower running decisively, even if his blockers aren't opening many holes. I want to see Helu shred the 3rd team defense, that will tell me he can contribute a bit during the season.

I want to see our defensive line hold up against the run. There's not a lot of scheme to learn there, it's a physical position and I want to see them hold the line and let the LBs flow to the ballcarrier.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:21 AM   #36
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Re: What should we be looking for/at in the 1st Pre-Season Game.

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I'll be interested to see how teams approach this preseason vs ones in the past. These games are more important than they've ever been.

I agree. I think this preseason will be treated more like the regular season than in the past.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:24 AM   #37
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Re: What should we be looking for/at in the 1st Pre-Season Game.

I'm looking for all of these young guys that were drafted this year and last to get on the field and get some game time.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:26 AM   #38
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I know it's still early but I'm worried that Brandon banks doesn't make the team. One of the NFC east teams will surely sign him. And whether shanahan admits it or not. He's a difference maker.
Are they down on this guy or something cause of the stabbing? He's probably the only game breaker on the team. He can flip the field position. No way he doesn't make the team.
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Re: What should we be looking for/at in the 1st Pre-Season Game.

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All this man-crush on Banks kills me. No team in all this time has bothered to put him on their team, even when he was on our practice squad last year. Zilch. Nobody. (including NFC East teams) That is even after the fact that freaking Devin "i'd rather be modeling than learning football" Thomas got picked up by not one, but two teams. (one being a NFC East team)

He's 150lbs. He doesn't contribute jack at the WR spot. At least Hester, Cribbs, and many other of the KR/PR contribute at some level at the WR spot.
Who gives a damn how much he weighs? Look at what he did when his ass got on the field. He's not much of a wr right now but coach the guy up. Way to valuable on teams to let him go.
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Re: What should we be looking for/at in the 1st Pre-Season Game.

I want to see Helu's first time at looking like a young Clinton Portis.
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I want to see Helu's first time at looking like a young Clinton Portis.
That would be incredible.

I still remember CP's first run as a Skin like it were yesterday.

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Re: What should we be looking for/at in the 1st Pre-Season Game.

NO INJURIES!!! I'm interested in the overall look of both the offense and defense. The line play on both sides of the ball has to show improvement or its going to be a long year. If the guys upfront do their jobs, everything else will fall in line. Beck or Grossman?
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Re: What should we be looking for/at in the 1st Pre-Season Game.

Of course, no injuries first.

Then, I want to see if the 3-4 actually looks like a 3-4 this season, instead of a group 4-3 players playing out of position.

Kicking competition should be interesting. Graham is a proven kicker but Gano has the upside.

I want to see pass protection from the RB position with Portis' blocking gone and possibly Sellers too. We know Hightower can block, but what about Helu, Royster, Young?
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All that was true last year but the new rules kill him. He will only be returning punts if he does make it
forgot about that. kickoffs are now back to the 35 yard line.
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Who gives a damn how much he weighs? Look at what he did when his ass got on the field. He's not much of a wr right now but coach the guy up. Way to valuable on teams to let him go.

This reminds me of those discussions with the Marko Mitchell, Devin Thomas, and Colt Brennan fans. WE WILL RUE THE DAY WE CUT THEM!! Years later, Marko is getting cut by a CFL team.
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