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Week Two Grades, Evaluations, Questions

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Week two is in the books and now we take a look at how the entire team fared against the Cowboys. It was a contest that gave fans plenty of hope, but it became a contest that left many of us shaking our heads in disgust. 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 two.

Question: What is wrong with Kirk Cousins?
Answer: Opposing teams now have a full notebook on him and the Redskins offense. Kirk needs to learn the art of adjusting and not staring down receivers. His accuracy is very questionable right now and these factors lead to struggles and poor decisions.
Grade: D+

Running Backs:
Question: Do we still blame the running backs when the pass to run ratio after two games is 89 to 29?
Answer: Redskins coaches need to trust the running game and have a better mix. Matt Jones had a much better week two. Both he and Chris Thompson did a fine job of blocking. Once again, BBQ would like to see more of Robert Kelley.
Grade: B-

Wide Receivers:
Question: Do you think this group is frustrated and upset after Sunday’s game?
Answer: That goes without saying. DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder, and Josh Doctson all had easy touchdowns and were either underthrown or overthrown. The receiving corps ran crisp, precise routes and could’ve had a huge day.
Grade: A

Tight Ends:
Question: Why didn’t the Redskins target our tight ends in the red zone?
Answer: Good question. This was the “bread and butter” of the offense last season in the red zone. The team needs to return to it immediately.
Grade: B

Offensive Line:
Question: How much did this unit improve over the previous week?
Answer: A lot. It wasn’t perfect, but the running game was improved. Pass protection was very good. The only player to struggle a bit was the center.
Grade: B+

Defensive Line:
Question: Does BBQ take into consideration that an injury occurred on the first play?
Answer: No. Next man up and keep on going. The line was improved from the first game, but it still had some difficulties. Rushing defense was certainly better, but the pass rush still needs improvement.
Grade: C

Question: Why isn’t Su’a Cravens starting?
Answer: Patience with the rookie is a virtue, but he could be a starter by midseason. This unit overall was lacking in the short passing defense and rarely got any pressure on the quarterback.
Grade: C-

Question: Why is Bashaud Breeland struggling so much after the first two games?
Answer: Maybe it is the coaching. Maybe it is the scheme. Most likely it is getting away from fundamentals and being a bit long of mouth along with some arrogant cockiness. Game two was better and the corners are going to be facing their biggest challenge yet in game three.
Grade: C+

Question: Same question as last week: Why were the safeties so inadequate?
Answer: Same answers as last week. They lined up wrong at times and it would seem like they were on the opposite side of the field on some plays. DeAngelo Hall is a converted corner who seems lost periodically and is too slow. David Bruton is a career backup at the position and it shows. His play is atrocious.
Grade: F

Special Teams:
Question: Do you like having good kickers?
Answer: Absolutely. Special teams is going to continue to be a strength of the Redskins this season. If BBQ would be in a nitpicking mood, then we would point out that a couple of snaps were high (field goal and an extra point).
Grade: B+

Question: If the team loses on Sunday, does the hot seat warm up a bit?
Answer: No. It could warm up a bit if there is a loss the following week. Let’s be honest here – there will be no coaching changes during the season. In fact, it is possible that the Redskins win on Sunday and could be back in the thick of things rather quickly. However, we can’t ignore another home loss and a difficult schedule ahead. Improvement must come quickly. Too, BBQ does not rule out the possibly of Joe Barry being on the hot seat before the season ends.
Grade: F

How would you grade each position and the coaching staff? Should the Redskins kick the tires of another defensive lineman? Is the season all but over if the Redskins fall to 0-3? Was it wise to wait on giving Kirk Cousins a large contract? What frustrates you the most after two games? On to game three.

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

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