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Redskins Are A Big Disappointment, So Far

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What can I say? I am at a loss to describe what the issues are in DC and the Redskins. I’m obviously not the one getting paid to find the solution, but I know at least last year everyone could see that Kirk Cousins faced more blitzes each week as a new starting QB than most other 4-year QBs. But last year, Captain Kirk had the answers.

This year defenses seem to realize blitzing Cousins is the wrong thing to do as he is having issues facing a fully-manned defensive backfield. Last year, halfway through the season, Cousins learned how to light defenses up when they blitzed. This year, defenses are dropping seven into coverage making it hard for the Redskins QB to find an open man. Often, Cousins has been trying to squeeze that ball into very tight spots. So far, Kirk has been getting burned. He will figure it out, though.

According to ESPN, Kirk has thrown three interceptions on 74 attempts when defenses dropped at least seven into coverage. What’s Kirk’s problem? It’s not the offensive line this season. The Redskins offensive line has only allowed pressure 14 percent of Kirk’s dropbacks through week 2—89 total attempts.

ESPN said the Redskins lead the league in pass protection this season having controlled the line of scrimmage 57 percent of the dropbacks this season. Despite this control, Kirk is having his usual early season hiccups.

According to the Redskins coach, Jay Gruden, we shouldn’t panic just yet. And to be truthful, Kirk is not the only thing the Redskins are having trouble with. As what seems to have become the norm around the league except for a mighty few, defense has become a thing of yesteryear.

Oh, Manley, Manley, wherefore art thou? You know, as in Dexter Manley and his ilk. He probably needs some money. Re-sign his old a**. He could get at least as much penetration as this current bunch of Redskin defenders. Where is Ryan Kerrigan this year?

And don’t get me started on the cornerback fiasco. What the heck is Redskins Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry thinking, not preparing Josh Norman to float around to the best receiver each play? No one understands why the DBs weren’t coached to do that this year.

Yes, the coaching staff had high hopes for Bashaud Breeland. We all did. But Norman is the $75 million man. He should be able to cover any body at any time. And, when Norman has had the chance to cover the best the offense has to offer, he’s done just fine.

So, to appropriately recap: The Redskins offense is anemic and the defense cannot stop anything. Hopes are being dashed week by week. But in true Redskins fan fashion, we have to believe our mantra “there is always next week, and then next year.”

We, as Redskins fans, seem to be able to sway the Redskins ownership any which way we want to by complaining too much and wanting some heads on platters. If the fandom calls for someone to pay, ownership will likely fire the coach and start all over again. Let’s simmer a bit and let things play out.

paraphrasing the words of a very wise man, and my fantasy QB this year, five letters here for everybody out there in Redskins-land: R-E-L-A-X.

I have been writing professionally for more than 20 years on various topics, including sports. Football is my passion and the Redskins are my favorite team. I will try not to have this favoritism influence my opinions. I hope that this passion translates into my writing as I bring my very opinionated pieces to you via Sports Rants.

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Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges

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Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.

Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.

According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).

Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.

Kraft has denied the allegations.

 

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.

Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.

“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.

The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”

While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.

“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”

KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.

Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.

The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

 

 

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WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo

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Cole Beasley

In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.

Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.

Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.

Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:

  • Caught 71 percent of the passes
  • Targeted 449 times
  • 319 passes caught
  • 130 passes dropped
  • 3,271 reception yards
  • 23 Touchdowns

For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.

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