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Redskins-Giants Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games. Today, a 24-13 loss at New York.

Winners

Robert Griffin III — While it wasn’t finest-hour stuff, he played well enough to make people (i.e., me) wonder why he was benched for Colt McCoy these past three weeks.

Losers

Jay Gruden — If he keeps his job, I will wish him well, but it’s not looking good for this dude.

Jim Haslett — How does Odell Beckham Jr. torch half the league, score two touchdowns against your own team and *then* go uncovered downfield for another TD? I don’t know, but it got called back, so ODB went and scored yet another TD.

That new special teams coach whose name I can never remember — Of course they gave up an onside kick coming out of the half.

The offensive line — Another seven sacks for this bunch. Some of those could probably be pinned to RGIII’s QB stylings, but still.

DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon — Fifteen targets for 51 yards. That’s not good.

Medium

Bashaud Breeland — I’m not sure a corner who was flagged four (or was it five?) times has ever played so well.

Ryan Kerrigan — Picked up another sack, apparently. That’s 12.5.

Will Compton — I’d never heard of this man before. He’s our starting middle linebacker.

DallasThey could win 11 games and still miss the playoffs.

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Chris

    December 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Santana Moss was a winner for me. Sure it cost the team 3 points, but it’s nice to see a player get as pissed off as the rest of us. Moss is one of the few players on the team that could have done that without receiving widespread condemnation.

  2. Boo Rod Gardner

    December 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Loser: Bruce Allen. Rambo had 2 ints of Aaron freaking Rodgers today.

  3. deepvalue

    December 14, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    The receivers just look so depressed out there .

  4. SiPhi

    December 15, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    I agree with you on Griffin. He is still the only thing on this offense that can remotely resemble a spark. EVERYONE gets pumped up after a play like his TD run that I refuse to believe wasn’t a TD. He regained possession of the ball before his feet crossed the line.

    Also agree on Gruden being a loser. This dude doesn’t want Griffin to succeed. He runs the clock out with Griffin because he doesn’t want Griffin to accumulate stats, as opposed to McCoy versus the Colts. After that game he said “Well Colt had almost 400 yards passing and 3 TDs”. Yeah and 300 of those yards and 2 TDs came when the Skins were down 18. It’s just utterly fucking obvious that he doesn’t like him. I’d rather keep Griffin than Gruden, but I don’t see them being compatible next year. Colt McCoy couldn’t even throw the ball 15 yards with zip consistently before his neck, with the neck he’s bouncing 10 yard throws.

    Go Wizards. #dcRising

    • SiPhi

      December 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Also don’t see this as a total defense of Griffin. He obviously needs to improve, but he’s the best option moving forward. I know this, but I’m sick of seeing someone that was benched for Brandon Weeden and Thad Lewis, then let walk after having a team TRADE for Blaine Gabbert to replace you as a backup.

      • DocJ

        December 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Hell yeah, 100% agree. That definitely was a TD, he bobbled it and grabbed it and hit the ground. A real BS call. I guarantee if it had been against us they would have not overturned it. This offense definitely looks better with RG3 on the field. I have zero interest in watching this team try to compete with Colt McCoy. You beat Dallas on Monday Night, thanks and that was awesome, but time to go back to 2nd or 3rd string. If we had half a defense and a third of an offensive line, we could compete. Also Wilson just had almost identical numbers against San Fran as RG3: 19-11-106-0-0, 13 points 5 sacks for 29 yards. Russell Wilson vs. 49ers: 24-12-168-1-1, 17 points, 5 sack for 30 yards.

        Fuck Gruden, PSGO! He hates to run the ball, and this is a team that really only has success when they run the ball. Take Haslett, Raheem, Bruce Allen and anyone else who ever coached on a Tampa Bay Team, and USFL or Arena Team with them. And take Chester, Luavo and Compton too. If Djax and Garcon are going to whine like bitches, let them go too. Not like we are winning anything with them. Logan Paulson needs to go also, and take Cousins with ya.

        • SiPhi

          December 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

          100% agree that any other team, the refs would have said the play “Stands”. Not confirmed, but “stands” because they have emphasized the ruling on the field this year.

          Also thank you for bringing up Wilson. I’m putting together something and going to email Jamie to see if I can post a short little piece on why people need to stop saying “Well Russell Wilson wins games, he is MUCH further along in the pocket passing game than RG3.” It is not all on the QB, definitely not all based on QB production.

  5. Mike Bradley

    December 15, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    watching that TD it appears Bob has that speed back. or maybe it was the fast, no thinking about decision to take off and run. but that is what has been missing from him since the knee injury. it was nice to see and i dont care if he only last a few years doing it compared to alot of years not. if those years doing it give us years like 2012, its worth it.

  6. BooRodGardner

    December 15, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    From a Grantland Column:

    “No one better personified the Bills’ effort ­— and what their defense has become — than Bacarri Rambo. Washington selected the safety in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. He made a few scattered starts in his first season while the Redskins scrambled to find a secondary that could cover, well, anyone, but then he was cut two games into this season — and Washington has been the worst pass defense in football since. On Sunday, starting for the best pass defense in football, Rambo had the first clean interception of Rodgers all season, and less than a quarter later, he added another. That’s the type of defense the Bills have become: a place where cast-offs (Rambo, Hughes) and retreads (Graham) are making game-changing plays in meaningful December games. There’s still work to do on offense — plenty of it — but what the Bills have built on the other side of the ball creates a truly miserable experience for opponents. Teams should be dreading that “@ Buffalo” line on the schedule, and it’s been a long time since anyone could say as much.”

  7. Das_pig

    December 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Not sure how scoring 10 points against a crappy team makes Griffin a winner, but I guess it’s better than he’s been lately and better than McCoy last week.

    That being said, I do hope he at least shows some progress in the next two weeks so they don’t do something moronic like draft Winston or mariota. I also hope we continue to lose, though, so we get a better pick and hopefully haz gets fired

    • Jamie Mottram

      December 16, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      I agree, and am only replying to say that the labels are relative. Griffin was a winner relative to his most recent outings, and to the situation this team currently finds itself in.

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