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Old 08-20-2010, 11:08 PM    (permalink
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The Redskins will have a running game and they will pressure the QB. That's a formula for wins. Also we're going to style on the Cowboys Week one.
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The Redskins will have a running game FALSE and they will pressure the QB. TRUE That's a formula for wins. Also we're going to style on the Cowboys Week one.
Answers in bold. There isn't a single RB on the Redskins that threatens a defense, none.
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Answers in bold. There isn't a single RB on the Redskins that threatens a defense, none.
You don't think one of the reunification of the coach of one of the most prolific running games in the last few decades with his most prolific RB is any cause for concern?
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You don't think one of the reunification of the coach of one of the most prolific running games in the last few decades with his most prolific RB is any cause for concern?
Key word in there: DECADES
Which is how long it has been since they worked together (not actually but close enough)
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Key word in there: DECADES
Which is how long it has been since they worked together (not actually but close enough)
One year away from the NFL and the game has passed by ole shannahan i guess. I bet Portis can't even remember Shannahan's system and even if he could his legs are so withered he can hardly stand.

This idea that once a RB hits a certain amount of carries his career is in the shitter needs to die.
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This idea that once a RB hits a certain amount of carries his career is in the shitter needs to die.
Ideas supported by countless examples, save for some of the most absolutely great players of all time, tend not to go away easily.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:49 PM    (permalink
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Ideas supported by countless examples, save for some of the most absolutely great players of all time, tend not to go away easily.
Well there's this idea that shanny can produce RBs at a whim, and there's a lot examples of this idea being true. So, no worries Shanny will just produce another Terrel Davis.

What is the magical number that ends RBs careers anyway?
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Shannahan's RB magic started running out towards the end of his rein in Denver. About the same time their great offensive lineman started aging. Coincidence I'm sure.

Besides, Clinton Portis is not the back he was in Denver. He is about twenty pounds heavier and two steps slower. He and Larry Johnson would have been an unstoppable duo in 2007, but not now. Apparently his rapidly declining health, ypc average and visible burst must have been a figment of my imagination...
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Shannahan's RB magic started running out towards the end of his rein in Denver. About the same time their great offensive lineman started aging. Coincidence I'm sure.

Besides, Clinton Portis is not the back he was in Denver. He is about twenty pounds heavier and two steps slower. He and Larry Johnson would have been an unstoppable duo in 2007, but not now. Apparently his rapidly declining health, ypc average and visible burst must have been a figment of my imagination...
Meh...in Shannahan's last year in Denver, they had like seven running backs on the IR. The year before that, Travis Henry was beasting until his positive weed test and injuries derailed his season.

I think Portis has a little bit left in the tank and will have a better season than most believe. Plus, the Skins' o-line is vastly improved compared to last season, they have an upper echelon QB now, and Portis is returning to a system that he knows and has excelled in. Granted, he's a different type of back now, but grinders have shown that they can still be very successful in Shannahan's scheme. Is he going to be one of the league leaders in rushing? Probably not. But if he stays healthy, I think he can still be a 1000 yard back this year.
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It wasn't just his last year YFS. He tried to recreate the Clinton Portis magic by using the 2nd rounder from the Champ-Clinton trade to grab Tatum Bell, who had a mediocre at best career. From all-time great (Terrell Davis years) to elite (Clinton Portis years) to above average production in his final years in Denver. At the end of the day Shannahan's bad decision making and his arrogance in assuming he could coax winning production from just his offensive "genius" did him in. Seems like a Dan Synder recipe for disaster. Coaching is nice, but the Redskins have been down this road before: Joe Gibbs' offenses were great too back in the day.
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Shannahan's RB magic started running out towards the end of his rein in Denver. About the same time their great offensive lineman started aging. Coincidence I'm sure.

Besides, Clinton Portis is not the back he was in Denver. He is about twenty pounds heavier and two steps slower. He and Larry Johnson would have been an unstoppable duo in 2007, but not now. Apparently his rapidly declining health, ypc average and visible burst must have been a figment of my imagination...
You mean in 2008 when he went through 7 starting RBs due to injury? Or maybe 2007 when they finished 9th in rushing yards? I looked through the last 10 years and the 10 Shannahan's teams never finished lower than 9th in total rushing except in 2008 when he couldn't even keep a starter on the field. That year they finished 12th.

Portis had a bad season last year but i'd say that's as much the fault of one of the worst redskins offensive lines i've ever watched. It didn't help that his season ended in a concussion either. Nobodies saying he's going to put down 15 tds at 5.5 yards a carry again, but the idea that he's an anemic old man with one foot in the grave is laughable.
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It wasn't just his last year YFS. He tried to recreate the Clinton Portis magic by using the 2nd rounder from the Champ-Clinton trade to grab Tatum Bell, who had a mediocre at best career. From all-time great (Terrell Davis years) to elite (Clinton Portis years) to above average production in his final years in Denver. At the end of the day Shannahan's bad decision making and his arrogance in assuming he could coax winning production from just his offensive "genius" did him in. Seems like a Dan Synder recipe for disaster. Coaching is nice, but the Redskins have been down this road before: Joe Gibbs' offenses were great too back in the day.
There was also the Quentin Griffin experiment. I think he went off against an awful Chiefs defense, everyone thought he was going to be great, then he vanished as soon as the defenses got tough.

Shanny once had incredible magic. He could take undersized, more athletic lineman that other teams passed on, put them into his scheme designed for them, and almost any RB looked awesome behind them. But as YFS said, those lineman got older, and other teams started looking for smaller, more athletic lineman and drove up competition for their services. Where he could once find a Tom Nalen (7th round) or Matt Lepsis (undrafted) dirt cheap, he now had competition for them, making it difficult to find replacements for the old veterans he was losing. And i think that started to hurt him just as much as constantly switching mediocre backs. (Tatum Bell and Griffin mentioned...there was also Mike Bell and, oh yeah, remember Maurice Clarrett?) His own hubris in believing that he could turn these guys into studs hurt him too.

Between the old backs Washington has, assuming their o-line plays well and adjusts to his scheme successfully, I think they'll get a decent running game going. But they should probably invest in a youngster at the position either in FA next year or early in the draft.
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I remember when Mike Anderson ran for like 250 yards one time. Mike Anderson.

People are sleeping on Jammal Brown too, dude will beast again.
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I think the Peppers signing will be one of the few big-time FA signings that we'll see work out. Apparently, he's added an additional ten pounds to his frame and is beasting in Bears camp. He's already been named a captain. His effort issues in Carolina had to do with him feeling trapped as a big fish in a small pond and desperately wanting to get out of an area he's spent his entire life in.
He has never had a camp where he wasn't beasting but it just didn't always translate to a good season. Julius is not your typical athlete, he is reserved, quiet and doesn't have the same drive for stardom that a lot of other guys do. He wanted to stay in Carolina for the early part of his career in Carolina but then started wanting out these last two years.

I understand his issues with the team/scheme however when I look at the other side of the ball and see Steve Smith playing with the same intensity for Delhomme, Vinny Testerverde and a young Matt Moore, I stop making excuses for him. Whining doesn't excuse being blocked solo by average tackles consistently some years when he really should beat anyone. (Based on his talent or the money he wants, whichever you prefer)

If Peppers had the cojones of Smith he would probably be hall of fame bound by now.
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Houston should have won at least 12 games last year, but they had no power RB who could hold on to the ball and their kicker missed eleven FG, mostly at the worst moment. Like Arizona in '08, they are due to finally break through.
+1,000,000

Like the Cardinals, the Texans have been sleepers for years...like the Cardinals many people started getting annoyed with giving the Texans that label....like the Cardinals the Texans will break out in the year when people seem to have quit on calling them sleepers.

Matt Schaub is pretty gd underrated...and AJ should have been a superstar long ago.

The 49ers or Eagles will replace them as that young team loaded with talent to wait on...

Also agreed on the Cowboys...I like the Packers but I feel like Arizona is the other NFC team to watch. If they get solid QB play then that team is scary....
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Made some adjustments:
  • Took out the AFC East article, because I no longer feel that way. The Patriots will be just fine.
  • Expounded on my point about the Texans, adjusting for Arian Foster taking the reins.
  • Added a paragraph about my MVP prediction, which I always have but didn't for this year.
Season starts next week and no more revisions for me. I wrote the original too early in the season.
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