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Redskins-Rams Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following the Skins’ 31-28 loss at St. Louis

Winners

Robert Griffin III — Mostly spectacular once again, completing 69 percent, running for 82 yards and totaling three scores. So very glad he’s our QB.

London Fletcher — Picked one off in the end zone and forced a crucial fumble, because he’s London Fletcher.

Perry Riley — Poked the ball loose on Josh Wilson’s early TD.

Alfred Morris — Eighty-nine yards on 16 carries. On pace for 1,480.

Leonard Hankerson — So glad he hung onto that 68-yard bomb.

Losers

Josh Morgan — That was an all-time boner. Even Iron Sheik thinks so. #morganing

Danny Smith — The world’s worst ST coach saw his unit allow a blocked punt for the second straight week, which led to St. Louis’ game-winning TD. PSGO.

Jim Haslett — Not sure how you allow 30-plus points to that offense.

Mike Shanahan — In hindsight, trying a 62-yarder (rather than going for it on 4th-and-16) may not have been the best choice.

Aldrick Robinson — Dropped what should’ve been a 50-plus-yard TD.

Scab refs — Let the game get out of hand early, and it stayed that way.

Evan Royster and Roy Helu — Forgotten men.

Adam Carriker His knee’s going to need surgery.

Brian Orakpo — Re-injured the pec/shoulder that was surgically repaired in the offseason. /weeps

Medium

Billy Cundiff — Does not appear to have the leg for 62-yard field goals.

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Rusty

    September 16, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Shanny doesn’t call that timeout before the Rams 1st FG attempt at half and we’re looking at a tied ball game.

  2. Raven Mack

    September 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Not excusing Morgan at all, because that was dumb as fuck, but I’m not even partially confident Cundiff makes a 47-yarder. To tie the game. And hope for an overtime win. Honestly trying a 62-yarder is just as dumb as what Morgan did, and that’s your coach being that dumb, not your WR. And when I say “your” I mean “mine” which makes me sad.

    Still though, previous year’s teams would’ve lost this game by 10 and had Santana Moss being interviewed afterward saying, “We’re better than this.” A baby step in the right direction, even in losing.

  3. Joe Z

    September 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Loser addition:

    Redskins Fans – We actually believed the Redskins would go into St. Louis and take care of business. We get duped every time. Trap game indeed.

  4. Moe Greene

    September 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    4th and 23, I believe.

  5. Jim Ed

    September 16, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Losers: Everyone who enjoys the NFL:

    These replacement scabs are not only ruining the game by completely gaffing on what seems to be every play, their total inability or unwillingness to reign in cheap shots, late hits, and helmets-as-missiles tackling is going to end up getting a player severely hurt if not killed.

    If you’re a sack of shit cheap shot artist like Cortland Finnegan or Laron Landry, and you now have two weeks worth of evidence that you can get away with 80% of your bullshit, why wouldn’t you continue unabated? This is the highest grossing sports league in the world and they’re going to put the quality of their product and the safety of their employees on the line so they can Nickel and dime their officials? What a complete joke.

    So in conclusion, fuck that clownfraud Roger Goodell and the cheapskate owners who prop up his Napoleon complex fiefdom.

    /cathartic rant over

  6. Snyder's Bitch

    September 16, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    I was at the game and RGIII looked great. I blame much of the loss on loosing Carriker and Orakpo early and Haslett not adjusting. It was clear we could not get enough pressure to make the zone defense work, but we were playing zone into the 4th quarter. There was so much crap going on between the players that I was fully expecting a brawl. The refs let the game get out of hand. Still, RGIII almost willed us to a win in the end.

  7. Jamie Mottram

    September 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Good stuff, gang.

    Moe, I think Fox mistakenly had it as 4th-and-23 but it was really 4th-and-16.

  8. Carlos

    September 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Meh, I still love RG3 but he had 2 shoulda been picks dropped.

    Shanny ain’t gonna win with three awful assistants in Lil Shanny, Danny and Haslett (FO had an excellent paragraph in one of their annuals detailing Haslett’s lack of success over many many years).

    We just got shredded by Bradford, Amendola and a 7th rd rookie RB

    And we were oly in the game b/c the refs blew the call on SJax’s (non)TD.

    Still, RG3!!!! Imagine what he could do with a decent set of receivers and linemen!

  9. Sisson

    September 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Would be great if Fred Davis could contribute and be a go-to for a rookie QB

  10. Max Wass

    September 17, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Who cares? Washington Kastles repeat WTT champions y’all!!! Back-to-back undefeated seasons! Who dey gonna beat dem Kastles?

  11. deepvalue

    September 17, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    does the win over the 0-2 Saints still mean anything?

  12. Raven Mack

    September 17, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    honestly, I think the Skins starting two games on the road and going 1-1 is still about one game better than I expected, so yeah, beating even a down Saints team means something.
    still though, wtf was Shanny thinking trying a 62-yarder? I still can’t wrap my head around that. I understand stupid players – we’ve seen many of them, but a stupid head coach? horrible.

  13. Bizzaro Danny Smith

    September 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Danny Smith TWICE! Once for the block punt and the other for convincing Shanny at the end of the game, “Yeah, Cundy can make this easy, we’re indoors! You see how far he kicks it on kickoffs, right?”

  14. gano

    September 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Loved how Fletcher demonstrated how you are supposed to react to being on the receiving end of illegal play. The play before he forced the fumble, he was pushed down and his legs were flipped up towards his shoulders, kind of like a wrestling move. Fletcher was visibly pissed that the refs didn’t call it but seemed to use that rage on the next play. Morgan should have tried doing the same.

  15. Snoop

    September 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Can we get Gano back? His leg is strong enough to hit 62 yard kicks.

  16. Wcked Pixels

    September 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    My only concern with going for it on fourth and long is they know its a pass and I would be worried about RGIII getting pasted. Both were low percentage but atleast with one your savior QB doesn’t get injured.

  17. Illformula

    September 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    The decision to kick it is a moot point. It’s 99% on Morgan and 1% on the refs for letting the players continue to get chippy. Morgan needs to know the situation if he wants to contribute to this team in the future. Fucking idiot.

    Griffin looked much more like a rookie yesterday. He made some great plays, some inexperienced, and some lucky ones. Freak of nature, for sure.

    I don’t think that Rams team is as bad as everyone seems to think. Their D-line and Jenkins on the corner are certainly impressive (as also seen against Det last week). And the Bradford/Amendola(sp?) combo was supposed to be dangerous last year before the WR’s injury in week 1.

    1-1, all things considered, isn’t a bad start.

  18. Prock

    September 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Winner: Kyle Shanahan

    The offense put up another solid performance despite the fact that our defense was our own worst enemy and could not get off the field.

    Redskins fans should get behind KS… if we run him out of town that would be a huge mistake. He has been given every opportunity NOT to succeed here in DC but has been very respectable. Now that we finally gave him a weapon in RG3 we are starting to see how good the offense can be. We actually have already seen what he can do with weapons from his time with the Texans, but we have short memories…

    I think it’s remarkable that we finished in the top half of the league in passing last year despite having a Grossman / Beck QB combo with top WR / current FA Jabar Gaffney…

  19. Greenshield

    September 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Loss at to the Rams, Orakpo out for season. Carikker out for season, need to dump Morgan, another blocked punt, attempting 62 yarder, calling time out and FG misses but is made on the second try. Yeah great game!

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