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Redskins-Colts Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games. Today, a 49-27 loss at Indianapolis.

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Ryan Kerrigan — Now top-10 in both sacks (9.5) and forced fumbles (3). Not bad, especially for a Redskin.

Jordan Reed — Nine catches for 123 yards. If he could stay healthy and keep producing these last four games, that would be something.

DeSean Jackson — Five catches on six targets, including a 42-yard touchdown. Still don’t know how he does it in this offense, and he may not any longer after suffering a “fibula contusion” in the third.

Santana Moss — Made his first three catches of the season. Is Redskins legend Santana Moss.


Jay Gruden — “It is better to keep RGIII on the field and let people think you are a fool than to bench him and remove all doubt.” Mark Twain said that.

Jim Haslett — Allowed five touchdowns through the air and one on the ground, with blown coverages galore. I hope Dan Snyder or Bruce Allen or whoever it is that’s in charge remembers this game when deciding what to do with Haslett this offseason.

David Amerson — Serial blown coverage specialist.

Offensive line — Even with Trent Williams back, these guys were terrible. Allowed six sacks, none of which could be pinned on RGIII.

Alfred Morris — Seventeen carries for just 67 yards, a muffed pitch and at least one missed block. Strange coincidence that four of his five best games this year were the four games RGIII played.

Pierre Garcon — Nightmare season continues with three catches on nine targets for nine yards.

LaRon Landry — Good to see him still doing that thing where he gives up a 16-yard reception for a first-down, gets run over on the tackle and still gets up and talks some shit like he actually did something. (I will say, though, the Sean Taylor tape was a nice touch.)


Colt McCoy — His stats look awesome (392 yards, 66% completions, 8.3 yards/attempt, three touchdowns), but he piled them up when the game was largely out of hand, and his first half was garbage. Still, that highlight-reel TD was incredible, and what more could you expect from Colt McCoy?

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  1. anon

    December 1, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    great post!

  2. snackmaster

    December 1, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    I think you gotta include Ryan Clark in losers. Who cares he had an int tipped directly to him or that his geriatric ass can fall on a loose fumble. He is way more than a step slow, is constantly out of position and is a huge hindrance. Let one of the young guys with fresh legs play

  3. Carlos

    December 1, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    “Jay Gruden can take his’n and lose to yor’n, or yor’n and lose to his’n”

  4. RL

    December 1, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    I didnt think I could loathe a Redskins team more than I did in 2013. I’ll never doubt you again, Dan.

  5. DocJ

    December 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Umm, is it blasphemy to wonder if we were better when Vinny Cerrato was in charge? Think maybe he could come back and take Bruce Allen’s place?

  6. Phil R.

    December 1, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Watch T. Will on that Colt scramble. Really hustling there.

    • Carlos

      December 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      I hadn’t noticed that! It’s crying out for someone with more digi skills than I’ve got to make a “controller disconnected” gif.

  7. Jim Ed

    December 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Winners –

    People who skipped the game and went outside to do something in the nice weather, probably with their families because they’re better adjusted people than the rest of us.

    Losers –

    Basically everyone else even tangentially linked to this franchise. The best course of action at this point would be to raze Redskins Park with everyone inside, and then salt the earth so nothing ever grows there again.

  8. Mama Nooooo

    December 1, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    If I was the coach, and I watched the video of that McCoy td and saw all those o-lineman walking around. I’d bench every single one

  9. DocJ

    December 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Why last week does Morris run all over a good D (San Fran) and than this week he barely gets any touches against a pretty bad D? If Griffin as QB gets Morris 100 yards rushing I would much rather role with Griffin because McCoy passing for 400 yards and Morris running for 60 definitely equals a loss but Morris running for 100 yards may actually equal a win no matter what Griffin does. Hell, this team rushing for 175-200 yards will get us close 7-9 wins a year. This team passing 40-50 times and for 400 yards will get us 5-7 wins a year. Ill find better things to do with my time the rest of the season if Colt McCoy is our starter.

    • SiPhi

      December 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Also, doesn’t it seem kinda shitty that Griffin’s 4 games all came against solid to very good defenses? Whereas McCoy gets to face the Colts.

      • sisson

        December 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Indy and Tampa Bay give up the same number of yards per game. 27 points to 7 points

        • Mama Nooooo

          December 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

          I think Aaron Rodgers would look questionable behind the turnstyle that is our o-line.

          The two most telling plays that display what ails our offense:

          Alfred Morris getting hit as he takes the handoff in the backfield.

          McCoy getting sacked by a DT that basically teleported through the line at snap.

        • DocJ

          December 1, 2014 at 3:53 PM

          Yeah, and going by yards per game our D is the 11th best in the league…

          • sisson

            December 1, 2014 at 4:09 PM

            Ok, my point was not that YPG was an accurate measure of quality, but rather that Indy and TB are virtually the same in that statistic, and the results favored McCoy. Similarly, TB has given up more passing TDs this season than Indy

        • DocJ

          December 1, 2014 at 4:09 PM

          Not too mention that the Tampa Game was semi close until late in the third, the Indy game was over at 21-3 early in the second. Also are you saying that 27-7 is worse than 42-27? They both seem pretty shitty in my book.

          • sisson

            December 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

            When we are only talking about QB play, yes, 49-27 is better than 27-7

        • SiPhi

          December 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

          So you’re basically saying Colt McCoy is better than Jay Cutler, because Cutler only threw for 130 yards against Tampa Bay the week after Griffin threw for 207. Yardage is an overrated stat in the NFL.

          • sisson

            December 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

            Let’s use PPG then. Excluding the games vs WSH, Indy gives up 23.3, TB 27.9

          • SiPhi

            December 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM

            Teams change over the course of the year. The 2 games before the Bucs played the Skins, coupled with the 2 games after they played the Skins, they gave up an average of 21 points per game. The 4 games Indy played before the Skins, they gave up an average of 30 points per game.

            So the most recent quarter of a season, excluding their respective games versus Washington:
            Indianapolis: 30.0 ppg
            Tampa Bay: 21.0 ppg

  10. Ketel on Rocks

    December 2, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Arguing wether RGIII or McCoy had a better game against a crap D like TB or Indy is like two bald men arguing over a comb. They both stunk.

    I think the broader point is that the only people who think Colt McCoy is a viable QB going forward are dullards who watch “First Take”. Colt ain’t a long-term answer.

    RGIII was certainly bad his last two games. But he’s played a whopping 4 games all year. Why not let him play it out a little longer and get a definitive answer on a guy you gave up 4 fucking picks to get? If he sucks shit, fine. Cut bait and move on. At least we’d have a verdict. Colt McCoy ain’t going anywhere, so what’s the rush in a lost season?

    I swear, this organization could fuck up making toast.

    • SiPhi

      December 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      ^This. This 1000x over.

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