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  2. Picks that Matt has.... J. Jones is responsible for 3 of them! But nobody has nothing to say about it. We don't need the old brick hands from UA.. Julio. We need the we spent 5 draft picks and millions on you JULIO! WE ALREADY WINNING WITHOUT THE OFFENSE GOING THROUGH HIM....he better tighten up.
  3. Enough said. And by the way, the trade was worth it.
  4. This is great to see, hear. Especially the way a lot of athletes blow their funds and opportunities.
  5. I thought I'd share an article on how Kyle Shanahan put together his game plan before the game while with the Redskins. the o-line coach is now, of course, Chris Morgan wide receivers coach is Raheem Morris and Tight ends coach is now Wade Harman, but this will hopefully give you an idea of what part of the gameplan that each position coach is responsible for. He still has the RBs coach Bobby Turner and QBs coach Matt LaFluer as you all know. It may answer some question it may not do anything for you, but I thought I'd share the article. "" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; vertical-align: bottom;"> Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan spends at least 18 hours a week watching film to formulate which plays to call in a game. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST) By Barry Svrluga November 12, 2011 The first play the Washington Redskins will run Sunday in Miami will be called by Kyle Shanahan, the team’s offensive coordinator. He will find it on a list, under the heading “1st 16,” in the upper left-hand corner of the white, rectangular sheet he holds on the sideline each week. Against Arizona in Week 2, for instance, it was “19 Wanda Y Sift,” a staple running play. Sunday, it could be that — or one of hundreds of others. Whatever the play, its route to Shanahan’s sheet is both circuitous and orderly. Modern play-calling isn’t an off-the-cuff choice from a grab bag of 300 plays. It is a week-long process rooted not only in the base principles of an offense — in the Redskins’ case, the West Coast, zone-blocking scheme developed by Coach Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. It also is rooted in the perceived weaknesses of an opposing defense and the players available on a given day — with a dash of gut instinct sprinkled in. Kyle Shanahan’s first play? His next play? His last play? They’re not there by accident, and he didn’t select them by himself. “Getting a feel for play-calling, it doesn’t happen overnight,” Mike Shanahan said. “It does take some time. But you got to feel very comfortable, because when you do call plays, you have be able to adjust very quickly.” “You can’t fool coaches,” he added. “Players know. Coaches know. They know if you know what you’re doing, and they know if you don’t know what you’re doing. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, you don’t last very long.” No NFL play-caller is on his own. That first play to be used against the Dolphins was included on a list selected not only by Kyle Shanahan, but by Mike Shanahan and five offensive assistants. The list was developed Monday and Tuesday, two days of intense planning in dark rooms at Redskins Park, the only light provided by flickering monitors showing hours of game tape. Coaches introduced the play to the offense Wednesday, the first day of practice in an NFL week. By Saturday morning, the players learned which play would open the game and walked through it. That one play sits atop the first of a slew of boxes on Kyle Shanahan’s play sheet. It is a grid of football jargon — numbers and letters and made-up words — that is completely orderly to him, lists of specific plays against specific coverages in specific situations, a lifetime of football knowledge on one thin piece of cardboard. “It’s not complicated,” Kyle Shanahan said earlier this month. “It seems complicated when things don’t work.” When things don’t work — as they aren’t currently for the Redskins, who are averaging 11 points per game during a four-game losing streak — every aspect of the offense is subject to discussion. Thus, the way plays are called — a run instead of a pass, a check-down to a back rather than a look deep downfield — has come under scrutiny. ADVERTISING “Pretty comfortable with the play-calling,” Mike Shanahan said a couple of weeks ago. The head coach could say that because the calls aren’t pulled from thin air, nor are they coming simply from the mind of Kyle Shanahan on game day. “I don’t get rattled,” Kyle Shanahan said. “You know what you want to do. You want the players to succeed doing it. The more they do it, you get excited, and it becomes a lot more fun.” Someone to teach you Mike Shanahan called his first play in 1978 for his alma mater, Eastern Illinois. “You had base packages, situations,” Shanahan said. “But it’s nowhere near what it is today.” Offenses and defenses are far more complex than they were when Shanahan coached in college, and when he broke into the NFL in 1984. But one element of coaching is simpler: The way to analyze it all. “Technology’s changed everything,” he said. “It used to take me a whole offseason to get different ideas. Now, you can do it instantaneously.” If Mike or Kyle Shanahan, or anyone on the staff, wanted to see this week what the Dolphins’ defense does in any circumstance — on first down, on third down, in the red zone, when it has an opponent deep in its own territory — he could call up a series of videos that show those situations. The Redskins, like most teams, use a system from a company called XOS Digital that provides information on every play of every game. That video can be sorted by down and distance, by the receiver targeted on a pass, by nearly any situation a coach can think up. “Still,” Mike Shanahan said, “you have to have somebody to teach you.” At 59, Shanahan has had many teachers. One tenet of play-calling he still holds is rooted in a speech he heard when he was in college. The speaker was the man who structured the way plays are called in the West Coast offense: Bill Walsh, then an on-the-rise assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, now in the Hall of Fame. The message: Any good play-caller knows every single aspect of the game. “You have to know defenses inside and out,” Mike Shanahan said. “You got to know fronts. You got to know coverages. You have to know the strengths and the weaknesses of coverages and what attacks different coverages, both in the running game and the passing game.” Shanahan called plays for 18 years in college and the pros before, as the head coach in Denver in 1999, he handed over the responsibility to Gary Kubiak, his offensive coordinator. Kubiak later became the head coach of the Houston Texans. And in 2008 he gave the play-calling duties to a 28-year-old assistant, Kyle Shanahan, who said he had thought about calling plays “my whole life.” The first play Kyle Shanahan called was a pass from Matt Schaub to Kevin Walter, a first down against Pittsburgh. It began the forging of a key relationship for a play-caller — the one with his quarterback. “The quarterback has 10 personalities that he has to deal with on the field,” said wide receiver David Anderson, who joined the Redskins last week after spending the first 51 / 2 years of his career with Houston. “The offensive coordinator, not so much. He has to relate to the quarterback. That’s most important. And Matt and Kyle were like that.” It got to the point in Houston that Kyle Shanahan could call a play, see Schaub get to the line of scrimmage, recognize that the opponent was in the coverage they expected and close his eyes, knowing the pass would be completed. By 2009, the Texans ranked first in passing yards and fourth in total offense. But that first possession against the Steelers ended on fourth and one. Kubiak elected to go for it. Schaub tried a quarterback sneak. He was stuffed. Almost instantly, the Texans were in a 21-0 hole. “All of a sudden, I’m throwing my game plan out the window, and just trying to play catch-up,” Shanahan said. “You do get frustrated during games.” Eighteen hours of film When the Redskins opened the fourth quarter last Sunday against San Francisco, they faced third and 17 from the San Francisco 48. Kyle Shanahan selected just about the only kind of play that had worked all day, a screen pass to running back Roy Helu, who wriggled ahead for 15 yards. Down 16-3, the Redskins had little choice but to go for it on fourth and 2. A key play was about to be called. “I think the way that Kyle teaches us, it all makes sense,” quarterback John Beck said. “There’s a rhythm and a flow to everything. It’s just a matter of us executing it.” The players are aware of what they’ll be expected to execute well in advance. Though unexpected circumstances — changes in coverages, new personnel — can arise, the plays Kyle Shanahan has to choose from on his play-call sheet are meticulously selected during an arduous process conducted largely in isolation on Mondays and Tuesdays. “It takes hours to understand what the defense is doing,” Kyle Shanahan said, “so you got to get into your dark room and watch 18 hours of tape.” Each offensive assistant is responsible for a certain section of what will end up on Shanahan’s game-day chart. Offensive line coach Chris Foerster concentrates on the running game as a whole. The other four have more specific assignments. Running backs coach Bobby Turner is responsible for short-yardage and goal-line situations, as well as first- and second-down plays in the Redskins’ “base” personnel group — two wide receivers, one tight end and two backs. Receivers coach Keenan McCardell concentrates on the two-minute offense, the strike zone (plays run between the opponent’s 20- and 35-yard lines that might take a shot at the end zone) and first- and second-down plays run in the “gator” personnel group — three wide receivers, one tight end and one back. Quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur focuses on third-down plays and those in the “U” personnel group — two tight ends, one wide receiver and two backs.