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Week Six Grades, Evaluations, Questions

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Greetings from the international headquarters of BBQ.

Week six is in the books and now we take a look at how the entire team fared against the Eagles. In many ways the Redskins completely dominated the troglodytes from Philadelphia, but a couple of mistakes allowed the score to be much closer. It was the fourth straight win and we will try to make some sense of it all as BBQ hands out grades, evaluations and questions. Feel free to offer your own grades, evaluations, questions, and opinions.

Let’s take a look at week six.

Quarterbacks:
Question: The stats look paltry – how did he help the team to win on Sunday?
Answer: In the midst of any winning streak, a team knows what it takes to win and simply accomplishes that goal. Kirk Cousins started off hot, then went cold. Just before halftime and in the second half he simply became an effective game manager. Improvements are still needed, but the results are still a positive – for now.
Grade: B-

Running Backs:
Question: See what happens when you run the ball?
Answer: Many of us laughed last year when the GM suggested that Matt Jones had some Marshawn Lynch. If this continues, some may dare to compare him to John Rigg---, uh – we’re not going there just yet. Robert Kelley was an UDFA – think about that one for a while.
Grade: A+

Wide Receivers:
Question: Is it possible that Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson return next year?
Answer: Both players are good contributors and each one had another solid game. Nothing flashy, just steady and dependable. Jamison Crowder could be the best receiver on the team right now.
Grade: B+

Tight Ends:
Question: Many pundits thought the Redskins would struggle without Jordan Reed – are they better off without him?
Answer: Nooooooooo. However, the depth is superb and Vernon Davis had quite the impact against the Eagles. Niles Paul continues to be one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL.
Grade: B+

Offensive Line:
Question: Can we expect the offensive line to shine like this the rest of the season?
Answer: One would hope so. Lack of injuries would certainly help. Becoming comfortable with one another helps. Realizing the role each player has can only help. It looks promising. Spencer Long and Brandon Scherff were dominant. They’re “Halloween in Full Clown Garb” scary for any opponent right now.
Grade: A+

Defensive Line:
Question: Hey, who are these guys and what did they do with the old players?
Answer: Hey, let’s not complain and hope the ride continues. Trent Murphy, Chris Baker, and Ziggy Hood had quite the impact. Matt Ioannidis, Cullen Jenkins, and Ricky Jean Francois also had a good game.
Grade: A-

Linebackers:
Question: Was this game from the linebacker corps even better than the previous game?
Answer: Possibly, but one thing they certainly did was build on their success. You can’t argue thee and a half sacks and nineteen tackles from this group. They constantly harassed rookie sensation Carson Wentz into his worst game of the season.
Grade: A+

Cornerbacks:
Question: Is this group back to 100% after the return of Bashaud Breeland?
Answer: Any good football player will tell you that he is always looking to improve. Other than a couple of slightly impactful passes, the corners took what the front seven gave to them – the opportunity to neutralize the Eagles passing attack - COMPLETELY. Wentz completed eleven passes. Other than a fifty-four yard pass completion (Jordan Matthews), no Eagles receiver went for more than thirty-four yards. Without the long completion, Matthews finishes with twenty yards total and Wentz finishes with 125. That is domination.
Grade: A+

Safeties:
Question: Does the team miss David Bruton and DeAngelo Hall?
Answer: The Redskins do miss the special teams play from Bruton and likely misses the leadership from Hall. However, Duke Ihenacho and Will Blackmon are proving they are up to the task. See the statistics we posted on the cornerbacks – rinse and repeat here.
Grade: A+

Special Teams:
Question: Overall it was pretty good, but what happened on that touchdown return?
Answer: One could blame the excessive celebration penalty, but the Redskins should’ve used a squib kick strategy in that situation – the defense was playing well and it likely mitigates that penalty. Dustin Hopkins and Tress Way continued to provide superior kicking.
Grade: B

Coaching:
Question: What hot seat?
Answer: BBQ really wishes you would take that dead horse away and stop with the same question each week – there is no hot seat. The offense decided to put the running game in high gear. The defense was exceptional. It was a masterpiece. Special teams had a brief brain fade, but this unit continues to fire on all cylinders. Once again, here is the bottom line look: Four straight wins. One against an undefeated division rival. Another against a perennial playoff team and recent Super Bowl champion. Another against a rookie sensation – a victory that was dominant and thorough. There was a special teams hiccup and this alters the grade a tad.
Grade: A-

How would you grade each position and the coaching staff? How about the GM and the depth he provided in the offseason at tight end, safety, offensive line, defensive line, cornerback, and running back? Should Kory Lichtensteiger be released? Was the overall defensive scheme better in the Ravens game or against the Eagles? Has Trent Murphy earned a second contract with the Redskins? On to game seven.

See you again next week with grades, evaluations, and questions.

Hail to the Redskins!
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