Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Layout

The new layout is up here at Don't Laugh, People. Thanks to Ryan from WECU for designing the background and header. We'll be adjusting some things still over the next week or so to get everything crisp. Let us know what you all think of the new layout!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Everyone Is On The #KobeSystem

Unless you've been living under a rock, you should probably know SOMETHING about the #KobeSystem. If not, here you go:






















I need to get my shoes and become a system, ASAP. Attack Fast. Attack Strong.


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Settling Down On A Friday Night

Very happy this evening. Tucked up in bed, I have tea and there is great TV on tonight.

I have New Girl (Season 1, Episode 4) which I refuse to watch online and catch up with the American showings like I normally do because I don't want to spoil my Friday nights. Followed by Hustle, which is amazing and unfortunately in it's last season =(..

So yes, my Friday night in is just beginning and I'm chilled, which is lovely!

Memories Are Funny Things..

Living in the past can be a dangerous thing. Reliving memories can sometimes be nice but painful. Reminiscing and seeing triggers can drag you backwards and make you as unhappy now as you were then. It's important to live in the present, and look forward to the future. You can't change the past, so work on shaping the future.

If you were happy in the past, then create more bliss, don't dwell on the old bliss, it won't come back, but you can rekindle it.


Sometimes I think we need to be reminded of this...


Thursday, January 26, 2012

NASA With Stunning 8000x8000 Pixel Image of Earth


This is truly incredible. One thing that stands out to me, is how desolate the land looks though. What happened to all the greenery we saw in previous images of our planet? Surely it wasn't the result of poorer photograph quality. Regardless though, it's humbling to see something like this, and to imagine in the next thought, that an ant on our planet in relation to that picture right there, is larger in perspective than Earth to the Milky Way Galaxy.

Just some of the things I'm thinking.

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Quick Update

I'm currently waiting to hear back from someone about some things with Don't Laugh, People, but I wanted to let you all know we're still fooling around with some looks on the site while we wait for the design. One thing I want to address is my lack of posting this past week. I've been a little preoccupied with other things, but we've seen a tremendous increase in traffic this month to the site, which is very encouraging to me, because it means we've gathered a bit of an audience. It's imperative that I keep producing, and I'm going to do so, I just wanted to let people know that this past week has just been a dry spell as I've focused on a few other things, including the behind-the-scenes work here at Don't Laugh, People.

I've got a few ideas for ventures with Don't Laugh which I can't wait to unveil, unroll, and get started producing for you all. Unfortunately, they're still just ideas as I'm focusing more on the design of the site so I can provide my audience with a more attractive and appealing layout to keep you here when you visit, and keep you coming back day after day. I've also got a few partners in mind for promotion, so I'm trying to iron out details with that as well, just a lot of this focuses on the design and artwork.

BTW, we've unveiled a new slogan here at Don't Laugh, People, which you can see at the top of the page beneath the title. "Too many stupid people, too much incompetence." I'll break that one down in due time; it's not a long story, but the story doesn't belong in this post.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

So You Think Your Cat Is Awesome... Check Out This One

I do love Ed Sheeran and his videos are always a little out the ordinary.. this is brilliant, enjoy!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

NFL Predictions - Playoffs [Conference Championships]

Sean's Picks:

Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
New York Giants @ San Francisco 49ers


Enigma's Picks:

Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
New York Giants @ San Francisco 49ers

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Science: Top 10 Innovations In 2011

The world of science is constantly evolving and changing, some of you may not be interested but I personally find so many of these advances extremely exciting.

A pocket microscope? Really? The invention of the microscope was innovation enough, but a microscope small enough to use in the field? Absolutely astounding. I honestly wish I knew where people get these ideas and where they find the brain power to implement their ideas!

A mini MRI that doesn't destroy your mobile or wipe your credit card strip? Genius!

PCR in a pouch? The use of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is innovative in itself. It's barely been around for 30 years and they've already found a way to make it smaller! Being able to amplify the piece of DNA you're looking for with the use of specific primers is brilliant. Sure it doesn't tell you whether the genes are active, but at least it's a good indication and often aids diagnosis.

Check out the other top 10 innovations in 2011 here from The Scientist

A Sign Of Things To Come... Hopefully!

Yesterday I caught up with a girl who I used to work with, someone who has been a very good friend of mine for a couple of years now. When we used to work together we would always talk about our lives and university. Working where I work only a handful of people are actually university students so it was always nice to connect with someone who's going through what you are going through and will go through.

Yesterday was her graduation day, and she was kind enough to invite me to the celebration after the ceremony.
The weather was awful, it was cold and looked like it would rain at any given moment, but it held off for the most part, only a slight drizzle, and yet the day was amazing. A great atmosphere. When I saw her she was still dressed up in her gown and hat and I genuinely was so happy for her and so proud of her. I had seen her stressing over her exams and I was so happy 6 months ago when she first got her degree classification. She's extremely clever and worked really hard and it paid off - she got a first class degree, which is something I aspire to! Fingers crossed!

She really is an inspiration to me, after all if she has been able to do it, and her exams were all at the end of the year opposed to split like mine, then it must be possible! I just know that this time next year, when my graduation rolls round, I don't want to regret not working hard now, so if I don't blog, forgive me. Trust that I'll be working hard so I can share fond memories of my day with you all!

Google "Define An English Person"

As an English person I can share this: http://bit.ly/tbcgVY

Unless Google has changed it's results, the top result should be interesting, and somewhat disrespectful.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Just Another Life Update..

I promised I would blog when my life became a little less hectic so here I am! Fortunately Sean has been doing the blog justice! I'm very impressed with how often he's been blogging. Exams were stressful and, along with working my regular part-time job, took over my Christmas and New Year. I'm lucky because everyone around me was really supportive and put up with my varied moods - I'm very grateful to them! 

Now that exams are over, I'm looking forward to the coming semester, it's my final one for this degree so I'm really hoping I can be as organised as possible! I'm also spending this time between semesters on my dissertation, need to get it started and I have a lot of research to do. But it's not all be about university, I have been relaxing and enjoyed an amazing full body massage - it was my Christmas present to myself, I also got one for my mother and I think it was well deserved for both of us! Next week I intend on enjoying freedom with my friends. We're going to play laser tag like we always do and also celebrating one of my very good friend's birthday, finally! I'm looking forward to catching up with people I don't often get to see, so all in all it shall be very nice.

Last week and this coming week is my Christmas vacation I suppose! I'll keep you posted..

Rams 3 Year Commitment To The UK

So I got an email today from NFL UK which informed me that the St. Louis Rams have agreed to host one of their home games in London for the next 3 years. The first game will be on October 28th against the New England Patriots. Being from London this information excites me... if only it was the Redskins agreeing to do this!

I love that interest in the NFL is gradually starting to grow again here in the UK and I look forward to many more teams taking this step. I understand that diehard American fans might be upset about this as they might have to miss a home game because they can't afford the airfare but in my opinion it's excellent progress. It shows the great influence a great sport can have all over the world, not just in America.

You can read the article here.

Man With Two Hearts Survives Double Heart Attack | Yahoo! News

Doctors managed to save the life of a 71-year-old man with two hearts who suffered dueling heart attacks. "We haven't ever seen anything similar to this case before," Dr. Giacomo Mugnai said in an interview with MSNBC.

At first, doctors thought they had a typical case of cardiac arrest until they examined the patient more closely and noticed his unusual medical condition. It turns out that the man actually wasn't born with two hearts. His second heart arrived after an earlier medical procedure on his original heart.

The procedure, a heterotopic transplant, is done to pair a new, healthy organ with a diseased one.


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So not only does this man have two hearts, but he survived a double heart attack. Mutant putting all of us with 1 heart to shame...

In all seriousness though, thank God he survived, and in some outrageous way, thank God he had the heart attacks in the first place. I'd be interested to know the ratio of people with multiple hearts, surely he's not the first and only?

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Evaluating The Redskins - Wide Receiver

Secondary
Linebackers
Defensive Line
Offensive Line
Tight End

Okay, now we'll look at WR. In 2010, the group showed a little promise. Santana Moss had one of his better seasons, and Anthony Armstrong showed some promise. In the offseason, Mike Shanahan traded Jeremy Jarmon to the Denver Broncos for Jabar Gaffney, signed Donte' Stallworth, drafted Leonard Hankerson out of Miami and Niles Paul out of Nebraska. The group got younger, faster, and Mike Shanahan hoped better.

Santana Moss: Moss missed several games this year due to a broken hand. When he returned, it was obvious he drew double coverage which freed up the other receivers a bit, but Moss wasn't quite himself when he returned. He dropped a few passes, especially some critical ones in the redzone (one which was intercepted to seal a loss rather than contribute to a win). Many fans turned faith into frustration with Moss, who seemed overly frustrated himself, as he let himself commit a couple uncharacteristic moments, one a penalty where he removed his helmet costing the team field position for a possible touchdown. Overall, this was a lousy year for the veteran receiver, and if he's still around next year, one would hope he corrects his mistakes.
Grade: D

Jabar Gaffney: Jabar had a career season, and oftentimes showed a very firm grasp of this offense and being able to make plays. There were also times when he was in a slump, although part of the blame goes to Grossman (the first Philadephia game, for instance). Gaffney's one of the guys who found a way to have fun when the team was on a losing skid, and it rubbed off on the other receivers who found a way to make the most of what they were given late in the year. Gaffney also had some downside as well though, as he failed to show anything amazing after the catch minus a huge play every other week. Part of that was also having to adjust to make catches, which puts emphasis on pulling in the catch rather than just catching in stride and making a play. Gaffney definitely appears to have earned another year in this system.
Grade: B-

Donte' Stallworth: This was a very crazy year. At one point in the season, Stallworth was cut for depth purposes elsewhere, but a slew of injuries (particularly to Leonard Hankerson) along with coaches being upset with Anthony Armstrong, resulted in Stallworth being brought back and able to make plays. Early in the year, Stallworth looked off. But when he returned, Stallworth came up big, particularly on 3rd downs to help move the chains and keep drives alive. Logic would suggest the initial cut would imply Stallworth won't be brought back next year, but he may have earned the right to compete for a spot on this team in training camp.
Grade: C-

Anthony Armstrong: This might be one of the most disappointing players on the offense this season. Armstrong really struggled against press coverage, which negated his speed, which negated the deep threat on the long ball. Coaches thought benching Armstrong would light a fire, but it didn't appear to work. There were times late in the year where he showed the ability to get off the line, but he didn't do much with it. This is a league where you have to adjust play-to-play, quarter-to-quarter, half-to-half, week-to-week, etc., and Armstrong didn't appear to get it done. I'd be shocked if he was let go without a chance to compete in training camp, but Armstrong will have to fight to make a roster once again.
Grade: F

Niles Paul: Paul started off the year in the lineup, but didn't make a huge impact other than solid blocking in the running game. There were a couple very good catches early on, but he failed to get separation or manipulate his way through zone coverage. He was injured for a couple weeks in the middle of the year, and came back to contribute to the team's best stretch in the run-game, but didn't register much in terms of receiving. There was promise shown, but not a lot in the air, and that's where the grade for the young rookie will drop a little.
Grade: D+

Leonard Hankerson: Hankerson struggled a lot early on, especially in preseason. Drops, which weren't a problem in training camp, reared their ugly head and hindered his shot at early playtime. Hankerson eventually got back into the lineup (during the Beck-era) and struggled his first game as a miscommunication resulted in an INT. But his second performance, he came up with some huge catches, focusing, making plays instead of TRYING to make a play. He showed a very great ability to run routes, beat press coverage, good speed, but patience, and focused. His third game, he looked like he was continuing to build on what he started the week before, but he was tackled awkwardly and injured his hip, ending his season on injured reserve. The verdict is still out on whether Hankerson is a real deal #1, with supporters using his consistent success in his 2 starts to support the notion, while skeptics still feel they need to see more before they crown him (logical). In reality, potential says he's well on his way, but skepticism is the safe call here. Also worth noting he was a solid run blocker even when the run wasn't working.
Grade: C-

The group's overall grade? C-, and a low C- at that. This group struggled, whether it be because of Grossman/Beck, or themselves... I think it's safe to say it was a little (or a lot) of both. Mental mistakes were apparent in this entire group from time to time, but other times, mental toughness prevailed and helped make this group look legitimate. One thing I noticed in this group, also brought up by @MrDCsports was that someone was always open in this offense, which means this group must have been doing something right, and perhaps it is the QB who is responsible for some of the struggles of these guys. There's definitely a bright future for the young guys, and this group has the potential to provide comfort to a QB who is competent.


Next up: Running Back


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

UPDATE: Rob Lowe Breaks News On Peyton Manning Retirement?





That's Rob Lowe, actor who has appeared in all sorts of Films (Wayne's World, Tommy Boy, Austin Powers) and sitcoms (Parks & Recreation, Californication). He's an Indianapolis Colts fan, and well documented to be a good friend of Jim Irsay. As you can see, he broke the news that Peyton Manning is planning on retiring.

I'm not one to suggest that Manning wouldn't choose Rob Lowe to break the news of his retirement, but with the two having no documented relationship beyond celebrities with a connection in management, and most of Manning's news being broken by his father and his brother just this weekend saying he'd love to see his brother in New York if things don't continue in Indianapolis, I'm leaning towards these sources not being highly reliable. However, if they are, I'd believe Manning has been disrespected in not being able to address this on his own, or appointing someone to speak for him. It appears Lowe wasn't told by Manning himself, so one would have to believe that's exactly the case.

I don't believe Peyton's career is over, yet. I'm not saying he won't retire in a month, but I'd be shocked if Manning didn't at least test OTA's and perhaps even training camp to see where he's at physically before making this type of decision. Besides, a gamer like Peyton would probably go the Brett Favre route and get that itch, although I don't believe it would be 4 consecutive years of speculation and reneges.

As a Peyton Manning fan, I hope he's well enough to continue playing for a few more years, and definitely hoping that, whether it's this year or 4 from now, that the Colts give him the honor of retiring a Colt and on his own terms, with his own announcement, and not leaked information through unnamed sources to a celebrity who is friends with the boss.

Stay tuned, and we'll keep you updated on Manning's status as the story progresses. Or follow us on Twitter @Sean_Bishop.


UPDATE:

According to Irsay, Rob Lowe is full of BS. Or maybe he's serious about Rob Lowe's future movie role. Stick with us and we'll keep you updated.

Porn industry mulls leaving LA if condoms required - Yahoo! News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of the most prominent purveyors of porn say they'll start packing up their sex toys and abandoning the nation's porn capital if authorities carry through with a nascent effort to police adult film sets and order that every actor be outfitted with a condom.

That effort took a serious leap forward Tuesday when the Los Angeles city council voted 9-1 to grant final approval to an ordinance that would deny film permits to producers who do not comply with the condom requirement. The measure now goes to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for approval.

Before the measure can take effect, however, the council has called for the creation of a committee of police officials, the city attorney, state health officials and others to determine how it might be enforced.



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This is interesting. They're planning on policing porn to ensure condoms are being used on set if this bill passes. The entire industry is likely to leave LA if this passes, which would ultimately cost the city, county, and state millions of dollars.

While it's commendable to promote safe-sex, the porn industry does have a good record of also promoting testing, but you can't always get immediate results for all diseases, and outbreaks, especially a huge incident this past summer, have occurred. But the idea of using condoms also doesn't solve everything, and some diseases can still be passed through oral sex, and there's not always a safety measure to prevent fluid exchange that way.

This also doesn't exactly have a direct relation on home results either. So do they next have some law enforced where police can raid homes when they suspect someone is having sex out of wedlock without condoms to hand out fines and/or arrest people?

Porn is an industry dedicated to taboo, and making unprotected sex even more taboo will only bolster its views and purchases.

But we condone safe sex. Leave a comment with your thoughts.

Rob Lowe Breaks News On Peyton Manning Retirement?





That's Rob Lowe, actor who has appeared in all sorts of Films (Wayne's World, Tommy Boy, Austin Powers) and sitcoms (Parks & Recreation, Californication). He's an Indianapolis Colts fan, and well documented to be a good friend of Jim Irsay. As you can see, he broke the news that Peyton Manning is planning on retiring.

I'm not one to suggest that Manning wouldn't choose Rob Lowe to break the news of his retirement, but with the two having no documented relationship beyond celebrities with a connection in management, and most of Manning's news being broken by his father and his brother just this weekend saying he'd love to see his brother in New York if things don't continue in Indianapolis, I'm leaning towards these sources not being highly reliable. However, if they are, I'd believe Manning has been disrespected in not being able to address this on his own, or appointing someone to speak for him. It appears Lowe wasn't told by Manning himself, so one would have to believe that's exactly the case.

I don't believe Peyton's career is over, yet. I'm not saying he won't retire in a month, but I'd be shocked if Manning didn't at least test OTA's and perhaps even training camp to see where he's at physically before making this type of decision. Besides, a gamer like Peyton would probably go the Brett Favre route and get that itch, although I don't believe it would be 4 consecutive years of speculation and reneges.

As a Peyton Manning fan, I hope he's well enough to continue playing for a few more years, and definitely hoping that, whether it's this year or 4 from now, that the Colts give him the honor of retiring a Colt and on his own terms, with his own announcement, and not leaked information through unnamed sources to a celebrity who is friends with the boss.

Stay tuned, and we'll keep you updated on Manning's status as the story progresses. Or follow us on Twitter @Sean_Bishop.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Evaluating The Redskins - Tight End

Secondary
Linebackers
Defensive Line
Offensive Line


This was yet another position thought to be a huge strength for the Washington Redskins this year, but would be tested immensely as the year went on. Fred Davis seemed to have assumed the starting role at Tight End, while Chris Cooley played more at Tiger, which was a lot like his H-Back position Joe Gibbs drafted him as... a cross between a Fullback and a Tight End.

Chris Cooley: Cooley went down somewhat early in the year after breaking his hand, or a finger on his hand. Coaches shut him down because they believed his knee wasn't fully healed. Cooley had been playing primarily out of the backfield, even registering his first rush of his career (what's interested to me is that we just saw New England play Aaron Hernandez out of the Tiger position in their win over the Denver Broncos and he looked exceptional at it, so it could be a mark for future packages). Cooley didn't appear to be 100% at all this year, which was frustrating because the offense wasn't up to par either, although the team had more success when Cooley was around than when he wasn't. Cooley has been sidelined by injury and/or limited a lot in the past couple seasons, and appeared somewhat ineffective his first year in Shanahan's system (a system Cooley grew up following and loving). It will be interesting to see what they do going forward with Cooley, but evaluating the depth, I think they're best off sticking with him on the roster and in the 2-TE sets that both Mike & Kyle have spoken openly about since inheriting the roster. For what Cooley did in his limited action, I'd say he was average, and that's taking the injury into consideration.
Grade: C-

Fred Davis: Fred Davis came into this year in perhaps the best shape he has ever been in, and earned his job as starting Tight End on the Redskins. There still appear to be some issues with his hands, as he had a few drops early in the year, but Fred's ability to maneuver comfortably against zone-coverage finding soft spots left and right helped him haul in easier catches and display his dynamic ability to run after the catch. Fred didn't put up amazing touchdown numbers this year, but he was well on his way to competing with Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham as members of the 1,000-yards club. Fred's pursuit of the mark was cut short when he was suspended 4 games alongside Left Tackle Trent Williams. Fred registered career highs in receptions and receiving yards this year. Fred will be a free agent this offseason, but with his high promise, one has to believe that the Shanahans are willing to take the risk to re-sign Fred and let him perform with a quarterback and healthy offense which should help him maximize his production.
Grade: B+

Logan Paulsen: He had to come in when Cooley went down to play as the #2 TE, and got a few receptions but was mainly used to block. Logan had discipline problems on the field, suffering a few penalties (2 or 3 of which took points off of the board). He eventually started showing some promise as a route runner, and was good at getting position blocking on the edge, but his technique wasn't all crisp. With a little more experience, Logan could find himself in favorable position as he has the talent to be a contributor, and loves the chance to play, hopefully with experience he will learn to correct his mistakes and become a sure-hand in this offense.
Grade: D+

None of the other guys got extensive time... the Redskins utilized less TE sets and more formations focusing on 3-WR's and the spread late in the year after Fred Davis' suspension. Whether some of these young TE's that had to be signed to fill the mandatory roster count work out and make the team next season, is yet to be seen or determined. There's some promise in them though, so the decision makers might have to make the favorable decision of evaluating tough competition. But my money would be on the Redskins going in with a similar TE group next year (perhaps without Mike Sellers). The grade of the entire group is an average C...

Next Up: Wide Receivers

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Evaluating The Redskins - Offensive Line

Secondary
Linebackers
Defensive Line


The Offensive Line was a concern coming into this season, although a little depth was addressed in the draft/pre-draft FA, it was widely thought we'd be lucky if those guys panned out. The starting line had some promise and it was thought that the group staying healthy could be highly beneficial to the offense. As the year went on, depth was tested heavily through injury and suspension.

Trent Williams: The #4 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, entering his 2nd sophomore season, a lot was expected of the Silverback. Trent didn't attend the team organized workouts during the lockout, but showed up to training camp in great shape. His demeanor and attitude were thought to be well improved. Trent had a couple ups and downs in game at times early in the year, suffering through injury at a crucial stretch in the year during a losing streak, but generally played exceptionally well, often blocking at an All-Pro level. He showed excellent ability to get to the next level blocking, especially on screen passes. After the Jets game, it was discovered that Trent, along with TE Fred Davis, would be suspended the final 4 games of the season for failing multiple NFL drug tests, believed to be for marijuana.
Grade: B

Kory Lichtensteiger: Kory was playing very well through the first 5 games of the season, but went down to injury in a loss to the Eagles. I've argued that Kory was perhaps the Redskins best offensive lineman to that point, and his loss proved to be critical, especially considering that Trent Williams suffered his injury that game as well. Kory was extremely versatile, pulling to block outside, and he was very sufficient in communicating with C Will Montgomery early on.
Grade: B-

Will Montgomery: Will played 2 positions this year, so I'll start first by saying that if I were to grade him for his play at LG (which was the result of losing both Trent Williams and Kory Lichtensteiger and comfort with the LT replacement Sean Locklear, I'd give him a D. However, Montgomery played extremely well at Center this year, and is believed to have been one of the best in the NFC. There were some very key struggles though, especially when playing heavier DT's like Sioni Pouha, an Vince Wilfork. But Montgomery's knowledge of the offense and the ability to adjust the line pre-snap and communicate with the quarterback proved to be valuable as he often helped put this offense into position to make some good plays, especially late in the year in the run game. To be fair to this list, I will grade him overall, and the time at Guard will weigh him down. If I had to grade him for strictly his play at Center, he'd have a B+.
Grade: B-

Chris Chester: Chester is the only guy on the offensive line to play every single game at one position. His speed and agility were a strength in the run game, especially late in the year, and he definitely seems more comfortable attacking the defense and getting to the next level opening holes for the running backs, and he seemed less comfortable in pass protection, although not horrible. Another year in this system could really be beneficial for Chester, who suffered most this season during the period of Trent Williams & Kory Lichtensteiger's injury and the line shift, being lined up next to Eric Cook instead of Will Montgomery.
Grade: C

Jammal Brown: Brown is a very rare talent. This guy is still good enough to be a LT, and I'm sure he'd be a lot more comfortable at LT as well. Unfortunately, his talents have been hampered by the hip injury which caused the Saints to trade him, and it has been a recurring issue. Brown's ability to block the edge has suffered, and it shows when speed rushers are lined up across from him. He's been abused several times. Brown is, however, an exceptional run blocker still, much like Trent Williams. He's violent when he gets to attack the defense, and he's bright enough to engage the block to spring the runner for extra yards, rather than try and chip or take a weak angle. Brown will spend a lot of time rehabbing this offseason at Redskins Park, which means 1 of 2 things. Either he gets healthy with the team, evaluated to get surgery to get healthier, or they will determine he's not fit to continue here, at least as a starter.
Grade: C

Sean Locklear: Sean saw limited action this season, proving to coaches he wasn't a comfortable LT. His only other relief effort was a brief stint at RT late in the year for a series, where he got abused.
Grade: F

Willie Smith: Smith is a very young tackle, and was eventually asked to replace Locklear at LT in relief, and then to replace Trent Williams during his suspension. Smith struggled early on in his first stint, and then struggled more early on in his second stint, but as he got more time on the field, it paid off and he was blocking like a very reliable talent. Smith showed us that we may have far more depth on our line than we believed, and may have proven himself a capable starter who might have some value if Trent Williams can keep himself out of trouble and healthy. Smith was violent blocking in the run game, and at times looked as much like a rock in pass protection as Chris Samuels did.
Grade: C+

Eric Cook: Cook got called in to play Center during the Beck-stretch, which was the stretch when Montgomery was moved to LG and Locklear started at LT. Cook got blown up constantly, didn't communicate well with the line or QB, and struggled to get much going. Worse than his pass-protection was his run-blocking, which helped see Ryan Torain eventually get benched and Roy Helu not get many touches on the ground, rather, have to go out and set the Redskins franchise record for receptions in a game.
Grade: F

Maurice Hurt: Hurt is a guy we grabbed late in the draft, and one of those aforementioned guys we were hoping could provide depth. Hurt got extended play-time at LG when Trent Williams returned to the lineup and Montgomery returned to Center. He finished the year off at LG, and played very strong the more he was on the field with teammates building a rapport for how they play and communicate. Hurt's still a far way from being a dominant lineman, but he showed a lot of promise, and constantly seemed to improve from snap-to-snap.
Grade: C

Tyler Polumbus: This kid was a surprise. He got a couple snaps at LT rotating with Willie Smith, but eventually played across from Smith as the RT, and did an exceptional job. He was a huge part of a stretch of games where the Redskins' run game looked as good as one could hope for, and was really pummeling defenders in the run game. His pass protection, like the others, was very shaky, but also improved with time on the field. He's got an agility that is beneficial in this offense and fits the scheme, rather than the scheme fitting him. He has some promise, whether it's a lot or a little is yet to be determined, but he didn't make many critical mistakes in his time on the field.
Grade: C

Overall, this group gets a C-. They're definitely not all-the-way-there, and more time to gel and become cohesive should do nothing but help them. I think, for an average line (they were average in most aspects as a unit and individually) they did well enough, especially for the multiple makeshift line groups that were thrown together. There's more depth on the line than we imagined at the beginning of the year, and there's more talent in some these guys than we may have anticipated. One of the more intriguing thoughts about this group is how well they will play with longevity and health, and if they can become a more dominant unit to maximize their potential. Time will tell.

Next up: Tight Ends

Saturday, January 14, 2012

U.S. offers Bangladesh $1 billion in aid over next five years - Yahoo! News

DHAKA (Reuters) - The United States said on Saturday that it would offer Bangladesh close to $1 billion in aid over the next five years.

A U.S. Embassy statement said that the money would go towards alleviating poverty and malnutrition, as well as family planning and the fight against infectious diseases.


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How is the United States still able to spend money it doesn't have? I get that this is money that will eventually be owed back to us, but we're spending money that doesn't exist. If my bank account has $1 in it, I can't buy something that costs $1.50. If our debt cap is many billions of dollars, how can we spend another billion somewhere?

This is the kind of crap that has us in this financial crisis.

5.8-magnitude quake hits Philippine island region - Yahoo! News

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude-5.8 earthquake in the Babuyan Islands region off the northern tip of the Philippines.

The U.S.G.S. said the earthquake struck at 12:36 a.m. Sunday (1636 GMT Saturday). Its epicenter, with a depth of 15.8 miles (25.5 kilometers), is about 317 miles (511 kilometers) north of Manila.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has not issued any warnings or advisories.

NFL Predictions - Playoffs [Divisional]

Enigma's Picks:

New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers


Sean's Picks:

New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers

Colbert preps prez run, transfers PAC to Stewart - Yahoo! News

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert isn't running for president — at least not yet.

During Thursday night's episode of "The Colbert Report," Colbert legally transferred his super political action committee to his friend and Comedy Central cohort Jon Stewart. Dropping by from "The Daily Show," Stewart happily signed the documents and accepted the post, which was ceremonially observed by the two holding hands and bodily transferring the PAC powers.

The move potentially paves the way for Colbert to enter the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, his home state. Campaigning politicians are prohibited from simultaneously running super PACs.

Read More on Yahoo! News...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Who Am I? Who Are You?

I’ve blogged about introspection before. I take a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. I’m an optimist; I find a way to make things look good. My glass is always half-full. But who am I?


The unintended genius of that question was asked brilliantly in the movie Anger Management… and I must give credit where it’s due. @JohnSupernova brought this subject up before me, but it resonates… he knows from our early discussions that I, as does he, stake a lot of importance on introspection. And he knows, as I do, that inquiring of someone “I just want to know who you are” is one of the most difficult questions to answer. Your average person won’t answer that properly. Your most consciously aware probably wouldn’t be able to answer that properly. I’ve struggled to answer that properly, but I believe I’ve got the answer, finally.

Who I am? I am. I am Sean Bishop.

I know that sounds like a smartass comment, but it goes deeper than that. Sean Bishop is who I am. I am all that encompasses Sean Bishop. Delve into my blog a little bit, and you’ll see clearly precisely who I am.

I’m good with words. I’m most comfortable in my life when I’m reading and/or writing. I’m positive I was born several centuries too late for my professional interests, and a couple decades too soon for my progressive style of writing. We’re on the cusp of being allowed to do exactly what I want to do with writing, but it’s too soon for me to unleash the style I’m most interested in exploring. But that doesn’t mean I won’t flirt with the other side of this invisible line placed before me.

I’m one of those people who want to change the world, but my strengths aren’t in anything other than words. The aforementioned @JohnSupernova told me recently that I’d be a “net preacher” and he’s 100% correct. But sometimes, a voice is needed in order to inspire those who can actually take the ideas from paper (or monitor in this case) and build the wheel to set the scheme in motion.

I’m not the kind of person best suited to build a library, but I’m the kind of person who can draw the design and fill that library with script. I’m good with words, and I love using them. I’m good with tools, but I know I’m not the best suited to use them. While I try to figure out the next steps on Don’t Laugh, People and in my life, I want my words to carry with them the power to inspire people, to promote working together for the good of humanity, not separatism.

So who am I? I’m Sean Bishop. If you want to know who I am in a more natural element, pay me a visit @Sean_Bishop. My goal is to advance my blog, which relies not only on me, but on my ability to relate to you. So I just want to know who you are…

Evaluating The Redskins - Defensive Line

Secondary
Linebackers



Now, we'll evaluate the Defensive Line.

This is a unit that was in disarray in Mike Shanahan's first year with the team, and that was a huge contributing factor to the entire defense being ranked 31 overall last year in terms of yards allowed. The Albert Haynesworth debacle really hurt, and while I thought Anthony Bryant proved to be a somewhat stable nose at times, it was clear an upgrade was needed. Defensive End also had to get better, and even more with the eventual release of veteran Phillip Daniels. The Redskins went into the offseason and draft with the mindset to improve the line, which should help improve the play of the other levels... and this proved true.

Stephen Bowen: Bowen was an incredible surprise this season for many. I noted often that this was a guy who contributed strongly when he got on the field in Dallas, and with an increased load, hopefully he'd pan out. Well, he toppled the sack totals of the entire D-Line LAST year in his first season with Washington, and he really helped plug gaps and provide space for not just Brian Orakpo on the edge, but the ILB's blitzing up the middle. He has a very strong push and a really good knack for sniffing out the play early in order to disrupt things in the backfield. Everyone will tell you he needs to do better, I'm sure he'd be the first to say it... but anything better than his solid outing this year would net him the respect of every single offensive lineman he goes up against. Throw in the adversity he dealt with this season having lost one of his premature twins and the other fighting for months to be healthy enough to come home (the child is safe, strong, and healthy now, thankfully) and you've got a physically dominant guy, who is young, and has tremendous character. Bowen will be a leader on this defense for years to come.
Grade: B+

Adam Carriker: Adam is a guy who, in St. Louis, never seemed to maximize his potential. He had very high expectations entering the league, but he never seemed to fit as a DT/DE in the 4-3. Stabling off his weight between 295 and 305, Carriker seemed to play more natural, with higher energy, and he really fits as a DE in the 3-4 helping to penetrate with his initial burst of power but commanding attention from blockers to help free up someone else. It's safe to say that Carriker has been one of the better performers on this defense, and this past season was a huge step into an even brighter direction having had teammates around him who fit the scheme.
Grade: B+

Kedric Golston: Golston got injured towards the end of the year, but he had been playing at a real high level. This is a guy who has stuck on this team for a while now, and his move to DE in the 3-4, like Carriker, appears to suit his strengths greatly. This is a scrapper, with a high motor, and he is capable of recovering to chase the ball-carrier down. He's got to work on his gap technique a bit more, especially against the run, but he's still a young guy as well, who seems to get better year after year and is getting a lot more comfortable, especially in a good rotation when legs are able to stay fresh.
Grade: B-

The other DE's didn't play enough this season to warrant a fair grade, although I can say that Balmer seemed to be a very comfortable fit in this scheme as well, and it will be interested to see if he is competing for a starting spot at either position next year, especially with a healthy Jarvis Jenkins returning to the lineup.


Barry Cofield: Cofield is a guy who Mike Shanahan said from the get-go, had a very high motor and played in as many snaps as possible, and would prove to be a unique fit at NT if he was comfortable, but they were confident would make for a dominant DE if NT didn't pan out. Both Mike Shanahan and Jim Haslett have said of Cofield in recent weeks that next season, he could prove to be the best NT in the entire league once he settles with this year under his belt, and entire offseason to practice, and having the DE's around him in a better rotation. From what I saw this year vs. both the run and the pass, I'm confident that Cofield already played up to the level of a top 5 NT, and it's really believable that with the obvious improvement that should come with time spent in this scheme with these teammates, that Cofield will be among the very best at NT.
Grade: A-

Chris Neild: This is a kid who started off the season tremendously. In his first game, against the Giants, Neild registered 1.5 sacks, which is very high for a defensive lineman in the 3-4, even higher for a NT. He stabled out as the year went on, but he continued to plug gaps when he did play and showed a good burst. He eventually looked like he was getting beat a little too frequently, but as a rookie in one of the most important positions on the defense, he really didn't look terrible, showing some flashes of brilliance which we hope he will capitalize on soon.
Grade: C


What do I think the D-Line is graded overall? B+. This is a unit which was very strong all year, even with multiple injuries and replacements. When a healthy group returns next year with even greater rotation, they can be among the most dominant in the league, and should really wreak havoc on offenses week after week. They will only make the jobs of those behind them easier, and should eventually provide the linebackers with lanes to blitz through and stockpile stats. DB's, naturally, would feast on mistakes this causes... and while this still sounds a bit like wishful thinking because we don't know for certain that Jarvis Jenkins will play 16 weeks at the level he looked like he would be playing and we pray he will perform at, the writing is on the wall for this unit playing strong enough already to do some good things.

Next up: Offensive Line

Monday, January 9, 2012

NFL Predictions 2011-12 Results

Week 1:

Enigma - 14
Sean - 10


Week 2:

Enigma - 12
Sean - 13


Week 3:

Enigma - 9
Sean - 9


Week 4:

Enigma - 13
Sean - 11


Week 5:

Enigma - 8
Sean - 8


Week 6:

Enigma - 9
Sean - 9


Week 7:

Enigma - 8
Sean - 9


Week 8:

Enigma - 9
Sean - 8


Week 9:

Enigma - 7
Sean - 10


Week 10:

Enigma - 7
Sean - 7


Week 11:

Enigma - 10
Sean - 9


Week 12:

Enigma - 14
Sean - 14


Week 13:

Enigma - 11
Sean - 9


Week 14:

Enigma - 11
Sean - 9


Week 15:

Enigma - 8
Sean - 8


Week 16:

Enigma - 11
Sean - 12


Week 17:

Enigma - 11
Sean - 11



Total:

Enigma - 178-256
Sean - 166-256



Congratulations to Enigma for the win!

Friday, January 6, 2012

NFL Predictions - Playoffs [Wildcard]

Enigma's Picks:

Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans
Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos
Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants


Sean's Picks:

Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans
Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos
Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants

NFL.com news: Raiders reach agreement with Packers' McKenzie for GM role

NFL.com news: Raiders reach agreement with Packers' McKenzie for GM role

This should be interesting.. McKenzie has played a huge role in the Packers' success as an organization, and a fresh start in Oakland where he'll have a role that hasn't existed outside of Al Davis should be intriguing moving forward. There is talk that McKenzie could bring more of the Packers' front office with him, which could be a huge blow to Green Bay moving forward.

Casey Anthony makes no mention of daughter in video - Yahoo! News

Casey Anthony makes no mention of daughter in video - Yahoo! News

So this bitch feels absolutely nothing towards her deceased daughter? But she loves the dog she adopted and the computer she now owns to vlog from? Selfish, disgusting cunt!

Rivals.com Football Recruiting - Army All-Americans feel for Landon Collins

Rivals.com Football Recruiting - Army All-Americans feel for Landon Collins

Gotta love it. What this kid just did is bolster a rivalry to even larger heights in the midst of a rematch for the National Championship, and it garnered more attention than his recruit status should be able to attract. I'm looking forward to seeing this kid make plays.

Redskins: Fletcher made 209 tackles

Redskins: Fletcher made 209 tackles

According to coaches review of tape... that's just outright amazing.

Navy rescues Iranians held by pirates - Yahoo! News

Navy rescues Iranians held by pirates - Yahoo! News

Yeah, so... we hold all the chips now, bastards.

Evaluating the Redskins - Linebacker

Secondary



This is a group that saw some change in the offseason last year, with the addition of Purdue DE converting into 3-4 OLB Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins also added veteran inside linebacker Keyaron Fox for his experience in the 3-4 system. This isn't a group that was horridly weak to begin with, rather just not an immediate fit for the 3-4 defense. This year, the pieces were in place, and the guys who didn't fit the scheme were out of here.

London Fletcher: London Fletcher turned 36 during the offseason, and showed his leadership to not only the linebackers, or the defense, but the entire Washington Redskins team, when he organized the team workouts during the lockout. Fletcher even brought the majority of the plays he studied so hard to learn the year before in order to coach his teammates into position to win. Fletcher's knowledge and leadership show every single play, whether it be when he's countering Tom Brady's calls at the line pre-snap, when he's shifting his own players at all three levels of the defense vs. the no huddle, or when he's chasing down LaRon Landry after a blown coverage surrendered a touchdown and yelling out "I know my defense! I know my coverage and my responsibilities!" London Fletcher doesn't amaze me with his knowledge anymore, but he does amaze me in that he seemingly gets better every single year. London Fletcher finished the year 1st in the league in tackles with 163, 1.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. London Fletcher lays the wood, and while he's not the fastest guy in the league, he's not limited in his athletic ability to the point that he can't play in coverage (as seen when he deflected the pass that Oshiomogho Atogwe made the spectacular interception against Eli Manning). Fletcher continues to play at the highest level imaginable, and it still infuriates me that anyone on this team could play anywhere below their highest and most passionate level, when you see one of the oldest guys on the team playing at the highest level he can, which is much better than most of the NFL. London Fletcher doesn't have to make the Pro Bowl to be recognized as the consummate pro, there's not one opponent, teammate or coach who would suggest otherwise.
Grade: A+

Rocky McIntosh: McIntosh was coming off of a decent year in 2010, and was looking to improve and become a much improved player. He started off the 2011 season looking like perhaps the best player on the defense, but then bad angles were taken and his coverage looked shaky for the first time in his career. McIntosh was eventually benched for Perry Riley, and eventually shut his own season down when he was rumored to have missed curfew on New Year's Eve in Philadelphia. I thought Rocky was one of the hungrier guys on this team who would handle adversity a lot better than what it turned out he did, so I don't expect him to be back in Burgundy and Gold going forward.
Grade: D- (he started off with an A through 5-6 games, so that tells you how far he fell)

Perry Riley: Riley eventually took over for Rocky McIntosh and provided a huge spark for the fan base. Playing alongside London Fletcher, it did come as a bit of a surprise when, through a 5 game stretch at one point, Riley was registering the most tackles on the team (of course until London closed the gap with a 17-tackle game). Riley's speed helped him out in coverage and beating blockers when he did get to blitz. Riley was constantly seen in offense's backfields and making sound decisions (probably mostly by Fletcher's ability to identify the play pre-snap). Later on in the season, there were a couple instances where Riley was beat outright in coverage, and other times when he whiffed on tackles. He's still a very young kid though, and his potential shines bright.
Grade: B-

Brian Orakpo: Year 2 in the 3-4, Orakpo was expected to improve a lot. No matter how you look at it, he really did. Orakpo drew line-slides and double-team blocking. He drew more holding calls than last year, and even more seemed to be missed. For everyone who says he needs to run through those holds, I still want to remind you an arm around your neck is too dangerous, and it's on the league to recognize that instead of allowing offenses to keep doing it. God forbid either he or Kerrigan have to be paralyzed by it before the NFL adjusts its officiating of those penalties. Orakpo was much better against the run this year, and was far improved when they dropped him into coverage. He improved on his sack total from a year ago to lead the Redskins. If the NFL does what is right and addresses these holds, those numbers should skyrocket (I don't see Jared Allen or Ware getting held like that) and when teams stop shifting support against Orakpo because they're worried also about Kerrigan, Orakpo will dominate. In fact, I've argued that Kerrigan's life was made easier by Rak's presence and drawing extra blockers, and I maintain that with the sack total from the defensive line as well. Rak played a far better year than most seemed to want to give him credit for (even considering trading him away)... Rak is here for the long haul, so don't consider not buying a 98 jersey.
Grade: A-

Ryan Kerrigan: The rookie linebacker... this kid did something nobody else on the defense did, and something that happens so rarely for any player that it's actually remarkable. Ryan Kerrigan didn't come off of the field for a single play this entire season. Some argue he hit a wall, others argue that it wasn't wise to tire him out, but I look at it differently. This is a kid at an entirely new position, with entirely new responsibilities, learning to play at an entirely different speed than he's ever encountered. It was wise because it maximized his learning for the year, and for every mistake he made early on, he never repeated those mistakes. 91 took advantage of his opportunity and didn't complain one bit, he just went out and played and learned and improved his game all year long. His week 1 tip/INT/TD against the Giants was a huge play and foreshadowing of a good season, and he registered 7.5 sacks on the year. His growth in year two should be infinitely better, which means we have a lot less to worry about, especially when we CAN start giving him rest from time to time. The kid has a motor, and while his explosiveness was lost at times late in the year, he never stopped pushing through offensive linemen and trying to wreak havoc.
Grade: A-

I know there are other linebackers on this team, but none of them played enough in reality to fairly grade their performance, although I was pleased by the play of Rob Jackson when he got opportunities. So what do I think of the unit as a whole?
B-; that grade is only brought down from an even A out of the reality that Rocky McIntosh's grade DOES count and matter. This unit is full of iron, these guys fight and are all blue-collar, all accountable and all making an effort to play with a passion and have fun (all except Rocky McIntosh). If there's one unit I'm most looking forward to next season on the defense, it's this one, solely because I know stability DOES exist with this group.

Next up - Defensive Line

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Evaluating The Redskins - Secondary

This is the first installment of my evaluation of the 2011-12 Washington Redskins. Every day over the next week+, I'll be evaluating the Redskins in groups. Players, phases, and coaches will all be evaluated.

First up: Secondary.

Secondary was thought to have been a strength coming into this season. The addition of solid Pro Bowl FS Oshiomogho Atogwe was thought to be the key to actually playing safety, as Kareem Moore struggled most of last season to make plays. DeAngelo Hall would have spent another year in this scheme and was hoping to make huge strides. Josh Wilson was replacing Carlos Rogers, and was looking to bring the ability to come up with the football with him. And star safety LaRon Landry was hoping to return from his achilles injury that ended his 2010 campaign.

DeAngelo Hall: Hall really struggled this year, in every sense of the word. He was voted a team captain - he committed stupid penalties. He called this HIS defense, he was targeted even more in critical moments. He improved in run defense, he regressed in run defense. He plays hard... he doesn't play so hard. Hall had 6 INT's a season ago (4 of which came in one game against the Chicago Bears) and wanted to topple that this year with an improved pass-rush and better players for the system. Hall finished the season starting all 16 games, registering 90 tackles (2nd best in his career), 17 passes defensed (career best), 3 INT's, 1 FF, and 0 TD's. The $45M man even admitted he would have cut himself this year, and while Hall did have some pretty good stats, he still didn't do enough to prove he's the #1 corner. One would hope that Hall has a fiery-passion stoked by this year, others hope he's gone completely and replaced. I'm apart of the former.
Grade: C+

Josh Wilson: Wilson found himself injured a couple times this year, but started all 16 games. It took Wilson some time to admittedly get comfortable in this scheme and used to playing in this defense. There were times early on when he looked really good, contributing to his career best 15 passes defensed, and times like Santonio Holmes' touchdown catch when he bit on a pump fake the entire crowd called out before the snap. Wilson's brightest moment may have been when he ended Tom Brady's redzone streak of not throwing a TD when he came up with a brilliant INT in the back of the endzone, or his spectacular catch the following week when he picked off Eli Manning, also in the endzone. It showed that Wilson got more comfortable, and he started looking like a true playmaker in this defense.
Grade: C+ (boosted by his play late in the year and his toughness)

Kevin Barnes: This was expected to be a big year for Barnes. Last season, he didn't see a lot of playing time in the Nickel behind Buchanon, filled in at times when Rogers was injured, and then was moved to Safety when both Moore & Landry were shut down (a position he seemed to have some comfort in). There was a lot of talk of Barnes blitzing this year which we saw early on, but when the offense sputtered and couldn't threaten opposing teams, Haslett was forced to keep Barnes in coverage, and he struggled often. He's a very aware player though, and came up with 2 solid INT's on the year. When he did blitz, he applied a lot of pressure, although he didn't register a sack. Late in the year, Haslett played Barnes less, either getting a feel for Byron Westbrook, or admitting Barnes wasn't yet ready to play in coverage still.
Grade: D

Byron Westbrook: Westbrook played in only 15 games this year, but played a lot outside at times when Josh Wilson was being looked at by trainers on the sideline. Byron did a lot of good things this year, playing very solid in coverage. One of the things I most liked about Byron's play was his concentration and trusting his physical ability to keep him from getting beat, he seemed to play the most confident out of this entire group. He's also a very sure tackler... not a lot of ticks in that column, but all of 'em were plays he made when he had to make them. The highlight of his year though was his forced fumble of Arizona Cardinals WR Chansi Stuckey under 2 minutes to secure the win for the Redskins.
Grade: B-

Oshiomogho Atogwe: Atogwe had a very up & down year as well, struggling to stay healthy. He played through injury, but coaches could see his injury was apparent and decided to shut him down at times. Even being injured, Atogwe was able to make some big-time plays this year, with a couple of goal-line interceptions on the season. He also had one of the most remarkable INT's of the year as he duplicated Troy Polamalu's 1-handed diving grab, against Eli Manning and the Giants. He definitely didn't duplicate what he was doing as a Ram, but you'd have to believe an entire season under his belt, an offseason, and being healthy, would really give Atogwe a boost in his performance which started to look better towards the end of the season.
Grade: C

LaRon Landry: This was a very disappointing year for Dirty 30, whose 2010 season was shut down with a torn achilles. He opted not to have surgery, and he was estimated to return for the opener, which was delayed when he injured his groin, or hamstring, or something, in the preseason. Landry finally returned to play the Cowboys in prime-time, and looked like he was going to be the same force from before. But as the weeks progressed, Landry missed more and more time to other various injuries and was eventually shut down when his groin wouldn't heal and his achilles admittedly wasn't anywhere near 100%. Coaches hope Landry goes through with surgery, but 30 wants nothing to do with the knife. Time will tell if he goes in and has the procedure, but one has to wonder if he has disappointed this coaching staff in his contract year.
Grade: F

Reed Doughty: For all the life of me, I still can't understand why Reed is on this team. I know he's by far one of the smartest players on the team, if not the league, and I'm sure he's a great guy and teammate, but this is a sport where sometimes, smarts just aren't enough. Reed is so limited by his physical ability that you constantly have to wonder how on Earth anyone ever gave him the chance to prove he was intelligent after they saw how much he lacked physically. If he's in position, he can't jump high enough. If he's a step out, he's not fast enough to cover ground. I maintain that I'd love to have him as an assistant on the coaching staff... but as a player on the field, I find myself disappointed in his play far too often. Never a lack in effort, simply a lack in ability. If I could put his brain and heart in the body of every player on the defense, I'm sure we'd have a bunch of Pro Bowlers, but the fact is, he is limited. Also can't count how many times I saw him take bad angles against the run, especially on the goal line.
Grade: D

DeJon Gomes: The rookie out of Nebraska came in this year and played very solid. They blitzed him a lot which didn't yield sacks, but it did a couple times provide an edge to Kerrigan who capitalized. Gomes best play, to me, wasn't even a positive play for the Redskins, we gave up a touchdown to Tom Brady and Gronkowski, but I saw something on that play that stood out to me miles above Gronkowski setting the TE record for touchdowns. Gomes, who was far outmatched by Gronkowski in height & weight, was able to jam the TE but keep the inside position in man coverage. Gomes went up with Gronkowski in the endzone, but the height advantage went to Gronk. But Gomes' tight coverage on the play was a marvel when you've been watching the cushion coverage and flopping being done by corners like DeAngelo here in Washington. Gomes did do something wrong on that play, and that was mistime his jump or pull off the old veteran elbow to the gut, but far "better" players got abused by Gronkowski this year, so I can't be mad my rookie safety with perfect coverage got beat out by height. Gomes is going to be a very good player in this league.
Grade: B-

Now, my grade of the entire secondary as a unit? C-; they did some very good things this year, they didn't give up as many big plays as last year, and didn't give up that many scores. They stepped up in run support, and they did give some receivers fits. However, Hakeem Nicks did drop a 60-yard bomb which was a sure touchdown, and DeAngelo Hall did watch as Gronkowski barreled upfield for another 40 yards after a catch and shred of 2 tackles, and Josh Wilson did get faked out at times, and the safety play simply was not up to par behind Gomes who didn't see excessive time anyways. There's a lot that will improve with health and growth for the younger/newer guys in this system, and there will be upgrades. It also won't hurt if the offense can build a lead so pressure up front can help us repeat what we did to Eli & the Giants the 2nd time around.

Next up: Linebackers