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Washington vs the New York Giants Week 13: 5 Questions with Big Blue View

Washington vs the New York Giants Week 13: 5 Questions with Big Blue View

Photo by Wesley Hitt/ It’s Week 13 of the NFL season and the 7-5 Washington Commanders will be facing a 7-4 Giants team in New Jersey. This game, and the next one between these two teams, two weeks later, have massive playoff implications in the NFC. The Giants have lost 3 of 4, while Washington has won 6 of its last 7 games. Should either team sweep this set of games, they’re a virtual lock for one of the final Wild Card spots. Two losses, and it’s probably time to start thinking about the draft. To learn more about these and other issues, I asked Ed Valentine...
Nov 29, 2022
Washington’s offense is taking fewer penalties with Heinicke at the helm

Washington’s offense is taking fewer penalties with Heinicke at the helm

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ This morning, Bill published an incredible piece on Washington’s offensive strategy, and how that has evolved over the course of the season. Distilled to its essence, this is the central thesis and conclusion: The Commanders game plan is clearly to slow the game down, play defense and field position, and try to make fewer mistakes than the opposing team. Looking at the win-loss details, the strategy seems to be working. Since week 5, Washington has taken steps to emphasize the rushing game, reduce the number of drives in games, and as a result,...
Nov 26, 2022
Let’s have Jahan return punts this week

Let’s have Jahan return punts this week

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ With Dax Milne sidelined with a foot injury this week, Washington needs an alternate option at punt returner. Milne has normally taken between 2-3 punt returns per game, thought he’s returned as many as five in a couple of instances (against the Titans and Vikings). He’s been sure-handed, with no fumbles this year, but his punt return average has only been 7.8 yds/return, which currently puts him at 11th in the league among those with 15 or more returns. Interestingly, he does have the most punt returns in the league, with 30. So he’s...
Nov 24, 2022
Washington vs Atlanta Week 12: 5 Questions with The Falcoholic

Washington vs Atlanta Week 12: 5 Questions with The Falcoholic

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ It’s week 12 of the NFL season and the 6-5 Washington Commanders will be facing a 5-6 Falcons team in Raljon. This game has significant NFC Wild Card implications with both teams still in the thick of the race for the final couple playoff spots. The Falcons are in the midst of a three game losing streak, while Washington has won 5 of 6, and is one of the hottest teams in the league right now. Will Washington be able to dispatch another struggling opponent like it did with the Texans last week? Will the Falcons thrust themselves right back into...
Nov 22, 2022
Washington’s safety room is stacked

Washington’s safety room is stacked

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Somehow, it seems like since Sean Taylor’s passing in 2007, Washington has been lost in the safety wilderness. LaRon Landry, DJ Swearinger, Reed Doughty, Madieu Williams, Brandon Merriweather, Baccari Rambo, Ryan Clark, Dashon Goldson, and Trent Robinson. These are just a few of the names who have held down the safety position in DC over the course of the last decade and a half. In 2022, however, Washington “suddenly” finds itself with an abundance of talent - deliberately cultivated through the draft - at the back-end of its...
Nov 18, 2022
Taylor Heinicke’s football IQ made the difference against Philadelphia

Taylor Heinicke’s football IQ made the difference against Philadelphia

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Lots of things went right for Washington against the Eagles earlier this week. The play calling was improved, the execution was excellent, and the defense was top notch. And, even with all those positives, the game still came down to the last few minutes, with Washington up by only five points until the closing seconds of the match. Against a top end opponent like the 2022 Eagles, there’s very little margin for error. Their offense is just too potent and their defense too unforgiving to play much less than a near flawless game. And...
Nov 18, 2022
Washington vs Houston Week 11: 5 Questions with Battle Red Blog

Washington vs Houston Week 11: 5 Questions with Battle Red Blog

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports It’s week 11 of the NFL season and the 5-5 Washington Commanders will be facing a 1-7-1 Texans team in Houston. While Washington remains in the Wild Card playoff hunt, Houston is in the midst of a re-building season, having lost a number of hard-fought games so far this season. Both teams have beaten the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Texans tied the Colts - who Washington beat - in Week 1 of the season. Will Washington be able to start another winning streak in Texas this week? To learn more about these and other issues, I asked Scott...
Nov 16, 2022
Saving Washington’s 2023 second round pick

Saving Washington’s 2023 second round pick

Photo by Dylan Buell/ At this point, it feels a bit like piling on, but so be it. I have nothing personal against Carson Wentz, but I don’t want to see him take another snap in the Burgundy and Gold. The primary reason for that is that I want Washington to keep winning, and it’s pretty clear that Taylor Heinicke gives the team the best chance to keep doing so. pic.twitter.com/RloBAMuyjR— KyleSmith4GM (@Smith4Gm) November 15, 2022 Even if Ron Rivera lacks the fortitude to pull the trigger on that decision once and for all: Ron Rivera is essentially delaying...
Nov 11, 2022
Washington’s clock/game management continues to be abysmal

Washington’s clock/game management continues to be abysmal

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Washington’s loss last week to the Vikings was the product of a multitude of factors, including - of course - a number of boneheaded plays on the field: Ben St-Juste’s defensive pass interference in the third quarter on third and 11, Taylor Heinicke’s interception in the fourth quarter, and John Ridgeway’s personal foul in the closing minutes of the game. That’s not what this article is about. This piece will explore the coaching staff’s continued ineptitude when it comes to making critical judgement calls during the...
Nov 11, 2022
Washington vs Philadelphia Week 10: 5 Questions with Bleeding Green Nation

Washington vs Philadelphia Week 10: 5 Questions with Bleeding Green Nation

Photo by Cooper Neill/ It’s week 10 of the NFL season and the 4-5 Washington Commanders will be facing a 8-0 Eagles team in Philadelphia. The teams meet up for the second time this year, with Philadelphia getting close to locking up a playoff spot, and Washington just looking to keep the hopes of a Wild Card berth alive. The last time these two teams met, Carson Wentz was sacked 9 times and the Eagles rolled 24-8. This time, a 2-1 Taylor Heinicke, just off a backbreaking late game loss to the Vikings, leads a Washington team hoping to spoil Philly’s perfect...
Nov 10, 2022
Washington Commanders sale updates: Dan Snyder, stadium and more

Washington Commanders sale updates: Dan Snyder, stadium and more

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder has initiated the process of selling all, or part, of the NFL team in Washington. Find updates on the sale and Snyder’s moves here. Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder is exploring selling all or part of the NFL team in Washington D.C. Snyder is under intense scrutiny from not only Washington fans but also Congress for various alleged indiscretions. The allegations against Snyder range from workplace harassment and misconduct to financial misconduct. Snyder has had to testify before the...
Nov 8, 2022
Assembling Washington’s new football management team, Part 1

Assembling Washington’s new football management team, Part 1

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports A new start With the miraculous news that the Snyders are selling Washington’s football team, it’s time to start thinking about how to re-build this franchise from the ground up. You see, with Dan Snyder in charge, the team’s options were limited. A strong man in “complete” charge of football operations - ala Ron Rivera’s current role - was the best possibility in a terrible situation. A younger, less experienced coach would have been completely run over by Snyder and whatever hack general manager he might have brought in as...
Nov 4, 2022
Who is in the mix to buy Washington’s football team?

Who is in the mix to buy Washington’s football team?

Photo by Cooper Neill/ Washington football fans got some of the best news in years this week: The Snyders are looking to sell the franchise. The team, which has been a train wreck since they purchased it in 1999, appears to be headed for the market, where it is expected to draw the interest of some of the wealthiest individuals in the world. Many people now forget that when the Redskins were initially purchased, they were the most valuable franchise in the league, per Forbes, at around $750M. The Snyder ownership tenure and the team’s fecklessness both on and off the...
Nov 3, 2022
Washington vs Minnesota Week 9: 5 Questions with the Daily Norseman

Washington vs Minnesota Week 9: 5 Questions with the Daily Norseman

Photo by David Berding/ It’s Week 9 of the NFL season and the 4-4 Washington Commanders will be facing a 6-1 vikings team in Raljon. Washington comes into the game on a three game win streak and the Vikings are off to one of their best starts in years, and four games up in the loss column on their nearest competitor in the NFC North. Former Redskins Offensive Coordinator Kevin O’Connell is thriving in his first head coaching gig, in Minnesota and seems to have former Redskin Kirk Cousins on the right path so far this season. Having added tight end TJ Hockenson at...
Nov 2, 2022
The Snyders are looking to sell the team!

The Snyders are looking to sell the team!

Photo by Rob Carr/ The day that we have all been waiting for has finally arrived! Dan and Tanya Snyder have engaged Bank of America Securities to explore the sale of the Washington Commanders franchise. At long last, we may finally be free of this nightmare. More details to come soon: Commanders announced that Tanya and Dan Snyder have hired Bank of America Securities to explore the sale of their franchise. pic.twitter.com/segaWzHyQP— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 2, 2022

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