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View Poll Results: How would you grade the 2023 Commanders draft?
A 5 11.63%
B 18 41.86%
C 16 37.21%
D 3 6.98%
F 1 2.33%
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Old 05-09-2023, 08:59 AM   #106
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I prefer the term pragmatic instead of negative, but in deference to trying to be glass half full. There were plenty of games were the o line play was a huge liability in losses. So any upgrade has to better than this, right?

That dance right there, just sums up the state of the O-line last year. When I first saw it, I though it was photoshopped. Pathetic.
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Old 05-09-2023, 09:40 AM   #107
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Same. The first time I saw it I thought there is no way this actually happened.
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Old 05-09-2023, 02:02 PM   #108
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I hear you. You seem to have a half-full approach with Howell though.

Here are my expectations. The offense will improve, the defense will improve, and we'll finally find a return game. However, it won't translate to more wins due to the tough schedule. 10 of their 17 games are against playoff teams from last year, along with games against improved teams like Jets, Bears, Broncos, Falcons.

Unfortunately, I think we're headed toward yet another average-record season, maybe slip into the postseason with Howell OR Brissett, maybe just miss it... somewhere in the 7-10 win range.

Something to build on though - hopefully.

My approach towards anyone is based on what ive seen. Saw only one game from Howell but a lot of his college play. I have never seen this new oline play together, nobody has, so i have no approach.

I definitely think we improve on both sides of the ball, mainly because it wont take much to improve especially on O. Ive fallen into this trap for years though. If last years team can win 7 or 8 or 9 than this years team can win 10, 11, or 12! Lol. And every year I believe it. I really am a glass half full guy, but being a glass half empty guy is almost always a safer bet with this team, and im sick of the excuses- schedule, injuries, new scheme, snyder, etc etc etc. We are perpetual losers at this point and there are plenty of examples of games that we should have won that have nothing to do with the tired excuses. Snyder being gone is a huuuuuge plus though. Im just going to wait for Ws before i see the glass differently. It is too painful to get my hopes up again for no reason!
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Old 05-09-2023, 05:11 PM   #109
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Eric DeCosta (Ravens GM) with some love for Forbes.

https://twitter.com/ryanmink/status/1655992437045592076
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Old 05-10-2023, 08:40 AM   #110
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What does Scot McCloughan think of the Commanders 2023 draft class?
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Old 05-10-2023, 09:05 AM   #111
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The RB:

This is the one guy I really, really liked going into the season. Between the tackles, downhill, no bull s _ _ _ running style. Love it, love it.

I dont know it for a fact, but there may be some issues. I gave him a second-round grade, I think he is an every-down running back starter. He brings the toughness, the no-nonsense.

But the one thing that really bothered me was the fact that he backed out of the bowl game. I dont think that is his character. Now, if it is, then he is not the guy I thought he was. But if not, then I think (the pick) is a steal. He is made for the NFL.
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Old 05-10-2023, 09:25 AM   #112
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Interesting read, thanks for posting it
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Old 05-10-2023, 10:00 AM   #113
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Eric DeCosta (Ravens GM) with some love for Forbes.

https://twitter.com/ryanmink/status/1655992437045592076
Feels a lot like last year when we took Dotson and there were plenty of doubters. I think Forbes will win fans over very quickly just like JD did.
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Old 05-10-2023, 10:10 AM   #114
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Excited for Forbes to lead us in interceptions.
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Old 05-10-2023, 01:56 PM   #115
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I mean, it's not 2003 where corners were expected to manhandle WRs all the way through the route. I get the tackling concerns, but the better he is in coverage, the less that matters. Time will tell, but I'm good with the pick, and the film (versus non-NFL players, obviously) looked pretty good overall.
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Old 05-10-2023, 03:07 PM   #116
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That dance right there, just sums up the state of the O-line last year. When I first saw it, I though it was photoshopped. Pathetic.
Oh, I don't think you should be so judgmental about it. On the positive side, I think the G was showing good technique on the play by keeping his hands inside while blocking his own teammate.
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Old 05-10-2023, 04:49 PM   #117
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I mean, it's not 2003 where corners were expected to manhandle WRs all the way through the route. I get the tackling concerns, but the better he is in coverage, the less that matters. Time will tell, but I'm good with the pick, and the film (versus non-NFL players, obviously) looked pretty good overall.
As a former skinny guy, I expect that Forbes will easily be able to quickly add 20 pounds or more of good weight at which time the issue of his light weight will be moot.
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Old 10-04-2023, 09:56 AM   #118
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I know it is early but in April we were all upset we passed on Gonzalez and it looks like as usual we amateur fans were right and the professionals at the Redskins were wrong. So far Gonzalez has been a star and Forbes has been - well not a star. Question at what point should the team bench Forbes? Forbes has been targeted 25 times and allowed 18 catches for a league-high 356 yards.
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Old 10-04-2023, 10:44 AM   #119
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Is that not suggesting his issue is with the deep routes, near 20 ypc? Or is it that there are a few real big plays skewing the average? Is he trying to get picks/big plays at the expense of shutting his man down?
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Old 10-04-2023, 11:07 AM   #120
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Let Forbes keep playing, he won't get better on the bench. He's going to improve, just a matter of time.
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