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Old 09-11-2011, 10:42 PM   #16
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Re: Smoot Lays the Smack Down (Giants at Redskins)

Hightower played as well as he could have, considering our O-Line got pushed back almost every run play; add on that the Giants stacked 8 men in the box, meant they had some respect for Hightower and the run game. Almost every stretch play our O-Line got pushed back into Hightower. That's not his fault. His 3 yard average is a reflection of our mediocre O-Line play. NOT Hightower. We've seen what he can do when the O-Line opens holes. Everyone has touched on the poor O-line play and that needs to be addressed, but the stretch play did set up the bootleg and play action pass which was key in the win.

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Old 09-11-2011, 10:42 PM   #17
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Running game had it's moments today but it still needs a little maturation time to me. That stretch zone is really a major coordination nightmare. Last year we didn't have the skill-sets to even really have a chance for it to work. Now we do have mor athletic guys but it may take some time for it to mesh up. Giants filled pretty well all day on gaps. Generally I expect NY to have a pretty good run defense this year.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:46 PM   #18
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Hightower played as well as he could have, considering our O-Line got pushed back almost every run play; add on that Giants stacked 8 men in the box, meant they had some respect for Hightower and the run game. Almost every stretch play our O-Line got pushed back into Hightower. That's not his fault. His 3 yard average is a reflection of our mediocre O-Line play. NOT Hightower. We've seen what he can do when the O-Line opens holes. Everyone has touched on the poor O-line play and that needs to be addressed, but the stretch play did set up the bootleg and play action pass which was key in the win.
Totally...what is more disheartening is that this is our starting OL against effectively their backups due to their not having Tuck and Osi. Let's hope they can tighten that up and get better next week.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:50 PM   #19
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Re: Smoot Lays the Smack Down (Giants at Redskins)

Osi was in danger of losing his spot to Pierre-Paul anyways.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:52 PM   #20
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Look, I think it's easy to over-analyze and nitpick this win. Take it for what it is. We beat a dinged up, but good Giants team. We scored more touchdowns.

The offensive chemistry will continue to improve, Tim Hightower will find his groove, and Rex seems like he's maturing as a QB. These are good things.

One thing we can take away for sure after one game is that this Redskins team is much better than last year's version.

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Old 09-11-2011, 10:54 PM   #21
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Re: Smoot Lays the Smack Down (Giants at Redskins)

folks we BEAT NY, a team that has kicked our ass for a few years.. ENJOY it
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:57 PM   #22
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I'm not trying to nitpick or be negative by any means, but win or lose (unless I have some other pressing obligation) this thread will be here every week. Just as Scud's Studs will be around win or lose. Either we do them after every game or we just don't bother at all..but hey if you prefer one thread that says "Our OL Sucks" another that says "Reed Doughty Has to Go!" another that says "Where was Helu???" and so on...
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:58 PM   #23
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folks we BEAT NY, a team that has kicked our ass for a few years.. ENJOY it
This is how we enjoy it man...by nitpicking every thing we did wrong
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I certainly didn't mind sticking to the run. The thing that puzzled me was seeing a running back not named Hightower on only two or three plays.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:04 PM   #25
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Totally...what is more disheartening is that this is our starting OL against effectively their backups due to their not having Tuck and Osi. Let's hope they can tighten that up and get better next week.
Very True. Which is quite alarming and dissapointing.
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I'm definitely gonna enjoy this one. As for these things that went bad during the game, I am willing to not be as harsh about it since we won and we looked definitively better in doing so.

But the things I saw wrong during this game were:

The offensive line: Couldn't run block at all, and we're lucky Grossman is willing to stand in there and take a big hit if it means a completion, because they didn't play well today.

And Graham Gano: Come on man, you had a perfect preseason and then you go out and miss your first kick that should be considered near-automatic? I was hoping that you had moved past your issues and could finally be consistent, but it appears we're going to have to continue holding our collective breaths every time you kick a field goal.

That's all I got off the top of my head, and I think both issues could be fixed. Gano just needs to get his mind right and maybe the o-line problems will be fixed if we give them a little time.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:10 PM   #27
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I'm sure people will bring this up, but what they forget is that our team couldn't beat the teams we were supposed to beat. I do hope that we do well against good teams, but also I want to continue to see us do well against inferior teams and not play down to the level of our competition.
I don't think that will happen anymore. I think the redskins losing games in the 4th quarter or allowing teams to come back is over. Like the way the defense was still going strong until the very last play. And even after the fumble by grossman, the offense builds on the blocked field goal by marching it downfield to score a td-- with grossman capping it off. I believe that the days where the redskins fall apart in 4th quarter are over.

The giants were relying on those same ol redskins to wilt. Ha! All I have to say is: HTTR!!!
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:15 PM   #28
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I'm not trying to nitpick or be negative by any means, but win or lose (unless I have some other pressing obligation) this thread will be here every week. Just as Scud's Studs will be around win or lose. Either we do them after every game or we just don't bother at all..but hey if you prefer one thread that says "Our OL Sucks" another that says "Reed Doughty Has to Go!" another that says "Where was Helu???" and so on...
I like the Smack-Studs combo. It is good to critique both positives and negatives since no game is either perfect on one extreme or lacking in positives on the other.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:17 PM   #29
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I like the Smack-Studs combo. It is good to critique both positives and negatives since no game is either perfect on one extreme or lacking in positives on the other.
Seconded. Not sure where the thinking was coming from that people don't want a thread to discuss the positives and a thread to discuss the negatives, but I'm firmly on the bandwagon at this point. I feel like you can't have one without the other.
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I concur
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