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Jun
1

Episode 50 – 50th Show Special

Join Matt and Mark for a special 50th edition of Washington Sportsjam! Special topics include Wizards Season breakdown, Starting Five for an all 00′s NBA Team, Thoughts on potential Redskins Hall of Famer, and the discussion of all discussions – Is the Redskins name racist?

This is the last podcast with Matt and I as the driving force and hosts. We will still be on as panelists but Bryan is going to take over. We are all excited for the new direction! We’ve had a lot of fun and wanted to thank all of our loyal listeners, friends, guests, and media members who have helped us along the way! Listen at the end for our twitter shout-outs!

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Topics

  • Wizards/NBA
  • Review of the Wizards 2010-2011 Season
  • Season MVP
  • Season LVP
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Offseason Priorities
  • Starting lineup for an all ’00s Team

NFL/Redskins

  • Only 2 Redskins named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame 00′s All Decade Team
  • Recent Redskins HOF or Redskins Ring of Honor bound?
  • Should the Redskins change their name? Is it racist?
Jan
27

Episode 46 – The Redskins 2010 Season Review Show

Matt and Mark are joined by Bryan for the Redskins Season Review show. We’d like to welcome Bryan as the new permanent addition and future host of the show! This episode we recap the Skins season, go over some Redskins news, review the NFL Playoffs, and give our Super Bowl picks! Remember to subscribe and rate us on iTunes!

Topics

  • Orakpo and Fletcher Pro Bowl Trips
  • Redskins will draft 10th overall in 2011
  • Redskins 2010 Season recap
  • Review Pre-Season Predictions
  • Season MVP
  • Season LVP
  • Redskins Rookie of the Year
  • Review Playoff Predictions
  • Conference Championship Recap
  • Super Bowl Picks!
Jan
7

Episode 45 -Is This the End? Show (Redskins Week 17 Review)

Matt and Mark are back to discuss the last game of the Season! They give out their usual game awards and then discuss McNabb vs. Grossman, the future of inconsistent kicker Graham Gano, and give their playoff predictions for this year. Other sports topics include the Caps involvement in the Winter Classic and the Terps hiring a new Head Coach.

Topics

Recap of Giants Loss Game Analysis

Game MVP

Game LVP

Gano’s future in DC

Grossman vs McNabb Season Comparison

NFL Playoffs Predictions

Winter Classic a Success for both NHL and Caps

Terps name new football coach


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Dec
12

Why the Skins Should Switch Back to the 4-3

As the season starts to slip away many are wondering if the Redskins should have stayed in their 4-3 defense.  If they need to make major roster moves to make the 3-4 work. If they should switch back to the 4-3 this offseason. The answer to all these questions is yes they should and here’s why.

The 3-4 scheme is not necessary to suceed in this league or to fit Haslett’s playbook.
There are a few out there who think that 3-4 is the way of the future. This is not necessarily true. Of the top 10 NFL defenses in points allowed five are 3-4 and five are 4-3 schemes. You can be sucessful in this league with either scheme.

There are others who have the misception that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is a 3-4 coach. This is not true.  In his stints as defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and St. Louis he has run both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. In fact, he ran a 4-3 at his last stop at St. Louis.

The 3-4 is failing
The Redskins are curently 23rd in points allowed and last in yards allowed. Injuries or not that is unacceptable. It is true that the defense as already caused more than twice as many turnovers this than last year. However if offenses can move the ball at will improved turnover differential means nothing unless you force a to every other possession.

There are those that say it will take a few years to get the players for the 3-4 scheme and for the unit to get comfortable in it. Why bother? The pieces were already in place for a 4-3 defense to be a top ten unit last year. Which brings me to my next point…

There are more holes to fill in a 3-4 scheme

There are plenty of personnel needs on this team already. The offense obviously needs a lot of help. Regardless of scheme a starting second corner and a starting free safety have to be found for this secondary to be effective against all an opponents receivers. The problem is in 3-4 scheme the Skins need a nose tackle, a 3-4 end to play opposite of Adam Carriker, and a starting linebacker who can shut down the opposing team TEs. In a 4-3 the skins already have three solid starting linebackers in Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher, and RockyMcIntosh. Nose Tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu becomes a DT with less responsibilty. Carriker moves inside to the other DT position. Andre Carter moves back to DE and becomes a force again. Now all the Skins need to find is an end to play opposite Carter. And they already have a few options – Philip Daniels if he returns for another year, Chris Wilson has shown some promise at end as well. They would also have much better depth at 4-3 defensive tackle than they have at 3-4 nose tackle. Kedrick Golston is a competent backup who could even compete for a starting job. Vonnie Holliday is a decent backup as well. Right now the Skins have no good option if Kemoeatu gets injured.

If the Redskins stay in the 3-4 defense they are going to be at least two seasons away from being a dominating defense. If they switch back to 4-3 they are just one good offseason away. Let’s hope that Shanahan can swallow his pride and make the right call when this season is done.

Oct
15

Episode 34 – Redskins Week 5 Review

Mark recaps the Redskins thrilling OT upset of the Green Bay Packers and predicts the next game against the Colts. He also gives out Most and Least Valuable Player of the Game awards and discusses the Devin Thomas release. And the intro and outro music is back!

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