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Redskins-Jaguars Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following every Washington game. This time, a 41-10 win over Jacksonville.

WINNERS

Kirk Cousins. Made sports talk radio callers the happiest people in the D.C. area this morning. Completed 66 percent of his passes for 250 yards and a pair of TDs with no turnovers. This happened against the Jaguars. This Sunday against Philly will be an actual test.

Ryan Kerrigan. Four sacks, generally unstoppable all day.

The Running Game. Morris/Redd/Helu combined for 128 yards and three touchdowns with Griffin and Andre Roberts throwing in another 41 yards. As a team, they averaged 4.5 yards per carry with 191 total on the ground.

Jason Hatcher. Seemed to be in the backfield all game, had 1.5 sacks of his own.

Chris Baker. Played great at his natural nose tackle position, danced even better after the game.

Jim Haslett. His defense allowed 148 total yards and sacked Henne 10 times. But he’s here mostly for his tentative Dad At A Wedding dance moves in the Baker video above.

Niles Paul. Hey, isn’t this the fella they drafted four years ago?

Ryan Grant. Played a bigger role when DeSean went down, had five receptions, continues to seem very promising.

Special Teams. No kicks were blocked!

LOSERS

Robert Griffin III. If we never get a full season out of him again, that incredible run in 2012 will still have made it all worth it. It seems we’re doomed to be sitting around in 20 years saying “what if” whenever his name comes up.

DeSean Jackson. Might not be able to play in his return to Philly, which would be a big bummer.

Pierre Garcon. Only one catch, ending his streak of like a million games with 5+ catches that CBS kept referencing.

DeAngelo Hall. A completely unnecessary personal foul when he came flying into the pile head-first. Also got burned after he, in typical fashion, bit hard on a double move for what should’ve been six for the Jags had the receiver not dropped the easiest touchdown of his life.

MEDIUM

Jay Gruden. He got his first win, his offense was obviously productive (although again, Jaguars), but Mike Wise reported Monday that Gruden wanted Cousins to run his system all along. Which raises two concerns: 1) Why hire someone whose offense isn’t a fit for RGIII?; 2) Your offense needs some serious updating if you’d rather have Kirk Cousins run it than a healthy RGIII.

Former Managing Editor at UPROXX; former Senior Editor at @SBNation; former ska-zine editor, fan of bad sports teams and good beer.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Chris

    September 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Actually the only concern Wise’s column raises is why anyone would take that idiot’s word at face value on anything whatsoever.

    • Chris Mottram

      September 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Fair point, but there’s little reason not to believe this specific report.

  2. SiPhi

    September 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    If you would rather have Kirk Cousins than a fully healthy RGIII, either you’re offense is outdated OR you’re a generic Redskins Fan that has blocked out 2012 and were rooting for Griffin to fail. I don’t understand why these people were rooting for his failure and are now acting happy that he got hurt. They are the worst people in the world.

    I’ll root for Kirk same as I did Griffin because I’m a real fan. If he plays well and we win you just can’t go back to Griffin unless you have a competition in the offseason next year, and if we make the playoffs/win a playoff game you can’t go back to him. I’ll be happy because I’m a Skins fan first, but it will be bittersweet.

  3. Ryan

    September 15, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    “If we never get a full season out of him again, that incredible run in 2012 will still have made it all worth it.”

    Er, no. One good year was not worth all of those high draft picks.

    • Chris Mottram

      September 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      I’m sorry you feel that way.

      • Illformula

        September 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        How are three first rounders, one of which was the overall #2, worth one good season?

        It’s not.

        • Chris Mottram

          September 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM

          The whole point of investing time and energy and emotion into watching sports is for experiences like that season. They didn’t win the Super Bowl, but I’ll remember that year — especially Week 17 against Dallas — fondly, forever. To me, that makes it worth it.

          • Ketel on Rocks

            September 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

            The 2012 season was the most joy a Skins fan has had post-1991.

            That’s not even debatable.

          • Jim Ed

            September 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

            Agreed. The win against Dallas to clinch the NFC East was the only time as a Redskins fan I can remember in the last 15 years that was purely unmitigated joy. Every other fleeting moment of happiness has had some qualification or catch or fine print to it, but that one was just a perfect moment in time.

          • Amandiego

            September 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

            My brother moved to Greece summer of 2012 and we went to visit him at Christmas. The day before we left, I purchased and installed a Slingbox with the sole purpose of seeing the last two games of the season while in Greece. After seeing them beat Philly, they moved the Cowboys game to primetime, which was 3am in Greece. No problem. We all set our alarms and crawled into the living room in our PJs and WENT FREAKING INSANE during the game, but at a whisper so as not to wake the kids. I have a picture of me, my parents, my two brothers and my sister-in-law at 3am, bleary-eyed, in jammies, and stoked beyond belief. It’s one of my fondest memories as a Skins fan. So yes, agree with Chris that 2012 season was worth the emotional roller coaster (but NOT saying its worth RG3s health, so don’t even).

  4. WhatsInaName

    September 15, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    The best part of that Vine is Haslett not knowing what the hell to do with his hands.

  5. DocJ78

    September 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    After last year, can we just start ignoring these anonymous sources? “I wanted to confirm those sentiments with a few more people either inside the organization or on the near periphery before writing it.” But then I didn’t because a team that had lost a shitload of games in a row was happy they actually finally won a game, at home. So of course that means the locker room really wanted Cousins all along. I mean, hell, I am not really a journalist so why would I want to actually confirm a quote I cannot assign a name too. In the article the dude admits to not following up on some info because Baker was dancing and Snyder was smiling so that confirms RG3 is a diva, not an NFL QB, everyone hates him, the Shanahans were right and he sucks. Also this source “has knowledge of Gruden’s thinking”. What the hell does that even mean? Not first hand knowledge of a situation, not Gruden actually telling him, but knowledge of the way he thinks… Damn, we crush an opponent 41-10, dominate at home, win for the first time since last Oct. and you still will need to apply the infinite sadness label to this post. Life of a Redskins fan…

  6. Sec314

    September 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Wise is a tool. He probably sourced himself. Or “some guy” who has to wash the sweaty practice gear.

    Meantime, what a shocker to see D’Angelo Hall get faked out AND make a personal foul. I realize this guy can be a game changer, but just like he does every year, I’m willing to bet he makes at least one stupid mistake this year that costs the Redskins a gam.

  7. Dustin Fox

    September 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Twitter was already writing off RG3’s career the minute he went down.
    I agree with the above poster about rooting for Cousins. I’m rooting the for Skins first and foremost, but I want to see Griff play well because he’s a good man, true role model, and deserves some good will for putting it on the line in 2012.

    • SiPhi

      September 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      That’s what I’m saying. Mr. I still has a lot of reasonable commenters, true Skins fans.

  8. Sneaky Uncle

    September 15, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Winners:
    Akeem Davis bringing the wood on special teams (ignore unnecessary roughness call)

  9. OlSkool1972

    September 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Never understood why many fans either root for RG3 “or” Cousins and not both. Mike Wise is just continuing to pad his resume for a National gig by passing on some second hand info from a “source” who is just speculating. He just got some additional attention to go with his Redskins Name trolling.

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