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Bad news Redskins fans: No real answers in run game trouble against Colts

Bad news Redskins fans: No real answers in run game trouble against Colts

When things go bad in sports, fans want answers.

After a dominant Week 1 win in Arizona where the Redskins pounded the ball in the run game, Redskins fans expected another strong performance on the ground. 

It didn't happen Week 2 against the Colts, and what's worse, there might not be a real answer. 

"It's very frustrating. It's something that we do pride ourselves in is getting the run game going and when it doesn't get going we take that fall on ourselves," Washington center Chase Roullier said on Monday. 

The stats are downright ugly.

The Redskins ran the ball 22 times for 65 yards, which amounted to 2.9 yards-per-carry. Adrian Peterson, fresh off an impressive 26 carry, 96-yard performance in Arizona, ran 11 times for 20 yards. The leading rusher on the team was wide receiver Jamison Crowder. 

Naturally, people want to know what happened.

What was different between Week 1 in Arizona and Week 2, at home, against Indianapolis?

"When you're going against different defensive personnel, different things are going to have to change in the game plan. You're just going to have to be able to run some different plays," Roullier explained. "We definitely had a little bit different list of runs for this game."

Against the Cardinals, the Redskins found success running inside and outside. Peterson and Chris Thompson could not be stopped, and the offensive line got great push up front. 

Against the Colts, the Redskins found no success inside and little on the outside.

"When you run a play and it may not work out one time, you start trying other things. You start to maybe get away from what worked the week before," Roullier said.

Washington's best run of the day came on a gimmick play - a jet sweep to Crowder on the team's first offensive snap. Throughout the game, the offensive line got stood up and pushed back at the point of attack. 

"Obviously, they just outplayed us," Roullier said.

That, above anything else schematically or strategically, made the biggest difference in the game. 

Credit the Colts defensive line for playing a rigid, physical game. Indianapolis also deployed consistent pre-snap movement and stunts along their defensive front. 

"You definitely can't pinpoint the lack of the run game yesterday on just the movement. There was a lot more going on and stuff that we need to figure out."

Redskins fans might want one singular answer about the team's abhorrent rush display on Sunday.

They're not going to find it. 

To a man, the Washington offensive line said their Colts counterparts won the fight in the trenches. That's the problem. 

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Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Of all the moments that arose from the one-of-a-kind 2020 NFL Draft, the view inside Kliff Kingsbury’s house was easily the most memorable.

The Arizona Cardinals' head coach was pictured on draft night in an iconic photo at his insanely beautiful house, which quickly went viral. However, in a pre-camp interview on Wednesday, Kingsbury admitted that the photo was indeed staged.

"Going into it I knew I was going to be super extra in the picture," Kingsbury said. "I do think the fire –– it was 100 degrees and sunny –– was a bit much, but I laid four phones on the table because the NFL gave us a couple...all the screens, I just wanted to make it as extra as possible and it turned out good. It made for fun."

The photo featured Kingsbury lounging on his couch during the draft with four cell phones, a laptop and two computer screens on the table in front of him, which he later claimed he had “just in case” something went technologically wrong. The viral picture also showed a view of the coach’s backyard with a huge outdoor kitchen, firepit in the middle and stunning view of the mountains in the background.

While the photo was staged, his house is completely real. Kingsbury purchased the 7,000 square-foot house in Paradise Valley, Ariz. for $4.45 million in 2019 after joining the Cardinals. 

If he ever has to take part in a virtual draft again, Kingsbury has ideas for the next go-around. 

"The NFL only allowed us to have one person at the house or I might've had some people on the float swans in the back, or a DJ, really doing it big. There's always next year, hopefully."

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Twitter goes crazy for Washington Football Team's new helmet decals

Twitter goes crazy for Washington Football Team's new helmet decals

The Washington Football team on Wednesday released an up close and personal look of all angles of their new helmets set to debut this season, and let’s just say they received the stamp of approval by many.

We’re not the only ones that stan a classic, crisp, clean look of the burgundy and gold. Big time D.C. sports fan and rapper Wale retweeted the reveal with the caption “We love to see”, confirmation that the award-winning singer is on board with the new vision. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also kept his reaction short and sweet with a GIF, followed by a “they look amazing” tweet.

On the other hand, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reacted by providing us with some bold predictions for the upcoming season. Ready for these hot takes? Florio’s first prediction is that “if Washington makes the playoffs in 2020, they'll remain the 'Washington Football Team' for at least two more years.” His second prediction reads “if they somehow make it to the Super Bowl (stranger things have happened), 'Washington Football Team' will become the new name.”

We don’t plan on ruling out any possibilities, but just know we have this one bookmarked. 

 

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