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Two seasons, 54 players on IR, nobody’s fault.

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GLENDALE , Ariz. (AP) — Alex Smith looked like his old self. So did Adrian Peterson.When the 34-year-old Smith wasn’t carving up the Arizona defense, the 33-year-old Peterson was running through it.The result was a 24-6 Washington victory on Sunday, coach Jay Gruden’s first win in a season opener in five tries, and it was even more dominant than the final score would indicate.“You guys put that monkey there. You guys kept reminding me about the dang 0-4 start,” Gruden said. “It counts as one game. I told our team we are 1-0 and now it is time we have to put back-to-back games together.”Smith and Peterson were playing their first game as Redskins and the two veterans made an impact from the start.“I thought the way we came out moving the ball, finishing drives in the red zone was big,” Smith said. “It certainly started with running the football. I thought our O-line was dominant.”Smith, acquired from Kansas City in the offseason to replace Kirk Cousins, completed 21 of 30 passes without an interception and had TD throws of 13 yards to Chris Thompson and 4 yards to Jordan Reed. Peterson rushed for 96 yards on 26 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown ru n.“The sky is the limit (for this offense),” Peterson said. “Alex is doing a great job running this offense and for the past couple of weeks I have seen these receivers go out in practice and grind. The offensive line speaks for itself and then you add C.T. (Chris Thompson) in there. That young guy got me going today.”Peterson, who played for Arizona a year ago and signed with Washington as a free agent on Aug. 20, finished his day with a 52-yard reception, but fumbled at the end of the play.The Redskins outgained the Cardinals 429-213 and had 30 first downs to Arizona’s 14 and it was even more one-sided before the Cardinals showed some life late in the game. Washington rushed for 182 yards to Arizona’s 68.“The nemesis right now is just stopping the run,” Wilks said. “…Tackling was an issue.”Arizona avoided a shutout when David Johnson ran 2 yards for a touchdown with 5:47 to play.Johnson, who signed a three-year, $39 million contract extension with Arizona on Saturday night with $30 million guaranteed, carried nine times for 37 yards and caught five passes for 30 yards.“I’m not even thinking about the contract,” he said. “I’m thinking about the loss and what I did wrong, the mental errors, dropped catches and how bad I played.”Sam Bradford, in his debut as Cardinals quarterback, was 20 of 34 for 153 yards and was intercepted once.The Redskins manhandled the Arizona defense in a dominant first half to lead 21-0 at the break. And the Arizona team under the new coaching regime was booed roundly as it left the field.The statistics were stunningly one-sided through the first two quarters: 261 yards for the Redskins to 36 yards for the Cardinals. Smith completed 17 of 20 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Bradford, meanwhile, was 3 of 7 for 11 yards. Washington had the ball for 22 minutes, 57 seconds to the Cardinals’ 7:03.“We had three possessions in the first half and we’re down 21-0 at halftime,” Bradford said. “It’s tough on the defense, it’s tough on the offense.”Arizona got two first downs on its first possession and went three-and-out the only other two times it had the ball in the first half.Washington, meanwhile, had touchdown drives of 80, 73 and 92 yards behind a powerful rushing game and the efficient management of Smith.The first scoring drive went 80 yards in 11 plays, Smith went 13 yards to Thompson on the first play of the second quarter for the score.After Arizona’s first three-and-out, Washington used up 9:06 in a 15-play, 73-yard drive, Peterson plowing in from the 1-yard line to make it 14-0.The Cardinals went nowhere again and the Redskins took advantage of their last chance of the half.Smith completed 7 of 7 passes for 77 yards in a 10-play, 92-yard drive. Smith threw 4 yards to Reed for the touchdown and it was 21-0 with 8 seconds left in the half.INJURIESThree Washington players left the game with injuries.Rookie wide receiver Cam Sims injured an ankle in the first quarter and was carted off the field. He did not return. Washington wide receiver Trey Quinn left in the third quarter, also with an ankle injury, and didn’t return. Redskins safety Troy Apke left with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter.Arizona right tackle Andre Smith left in the fourth quarter with an elbow injury.UP NEXTRedskins: host Indianapolis next Sunday. Washington hasn’t started 2-0 since 2011.Cardinals: play at the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday. Arizona lost at Los Angeles 33-0 last season. "How the team holds up in 2019 is likely to be telling. Lightning striking twice can be a wild coincidence. A third time would feel like more than just bad luck." - Michael Phillips, Richmond Times-Dispatch" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHogs Haven homepageHorizontal - WhiteHogs Havena Washington Redskins communityFollow Hogs Haven online:Follow Hogs Haven on TwitterFollow Hogs Haven on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchHogs Haven main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsRedskinsMastheadOddsShopCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsEDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Trying to stop the bleedingTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesTwo days ago, I read a brief article that didn’t say much:I found this interesting.Very interesting, in fact.Following the 2017 season, I had planned to write an article suggesting that the Redskins should get some independent expert to look at the injury situation.Before I got around to it, the organization announced the establishment of a new treatment and recovery center, referred to at times on Hogs Haven by the tongue-in-cheek name, The Jordan Reed Rehabilitation Center and Josh Doctson Annex for Research into Puzzling Ailments.Despite the seemingly derisive name, I thought the recovery center was a great idea.I loved that the franchise was trying to take positive action to solve an obvious and serious problem instead of just shrugging their collective shoulders and saying, ‘shit happens’.Jay Gruden answered questions at the time and said that the team was concerned about the level of injuries, and that they were looking at what other professional sports teams were doing.They’d talked to experts, and they wanted to do everything possible to help the players prepare their bodies and recover from the physical strains of practicing and playing professional football.This sounded like someone at Redskins Park had the right idea! (probably Brian LaFemina)Jay made changes to the practice schedule:That was in June last year.I was as vocal as anyone in proclaiming that the 2018 Redskins would be an improved team, if Womens Dwayne Haskins Jersey , for no other reason than the fact that they couldn’t possibly be hit as hard by injury in 2018 as they had been in 2017.In 2017 the Redskins had 26 players end up on injured reserve.In 2018, that number grew to 28 players.Just like ‘sacks’ don’t tell the entire story of a pass rusher’s ability to disrupt the opposing offense, IR isn’t the only metric for evaluating levels of injury.It was probably worse than it sounded.The Redskins had players who were on the field competing because of the feeling that they needed to be there — there wasn’t a “next man” to be “up”.The injuries were bad in 2017.In 2018 they were ridonculous.I won’t be writing anything this off-season to the effect that the injuries can’t get any worse.I also won’t be walking under ladders, breaking mirrors or bringing home any stray black cats.By the end of the 2018 season, I had the feeling that, while the Redskins had taken action last off-season, it clearly had been either the wrong actions, or not enough of the right things.I once again started planning an article saying that the Redskins had to step up their game and do more.At the very least, I planned to write, the Redskins need to bring in third-party, unaffiliated specialists to evaluate what the trainers, coaching staff, and players are doing in order to identify how to fix the problem.It’s the kind of article that I’d normally write and post in late-June, a couple of weeks ahead of training camp.Well, it turns out that the Redskins organization didn’t need my advice last year, and they don’t need my advice this year.They’ve already done what I thought they should do.They hired outside experts, gave them total access to the injury data, Redskins personnel, and Redskins facilities and asked for a ‘white paper’ recommendation.‘Tell us what to do’ seemed to be the remit for the outside experts.Michael Phillips explained it all with an in-depth article published this week in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:Why do the words, “It didn’t work” and the Washington Redskins seem to go together so much?I like this way of thinking and doing.If I owned the Redskins, this is exactly what I would have done.Seriously. Except that I would have fired Bruce Allen before doing it.What I’m keen to know is: What did the experts say? What, in their opinion, is causing the incredible rash of injuries to Redskins players?Huh?Did Bruce just say that the experts didn’t find the answer?Meaning, the experts couldn’t pinpoint the problem?Surely, you can’t be serious?!Apparently he is serious.And stop calling him Shirley.Okay, I’m flummoxed.I thought sure, when I heard about this initiative, that the answer was gonna prove life-altering for the Redskins organization.I’m deflated.Phillips goes on to discuss what this lack of findings means for the Redskins and Jay Gruden, in particular.After all, he’s the one coaching the team with all the injuries and back-to-back sub-.500 seasons.Unlucky? Yeah.Yeah, that makes me feel better.No one to blame.hat doesn’t sit well with me, but... it’s pooossssibbble.So, what’s the other argument?So, injuries are higher than normal because we’ve got the wrong guys and not enough depth?Bill Callahan is working them too hard?It definitely feels better to have some directions to point my finger in.So, what looks like smart drafting might be stupid drafting?I get that.My mind immediately jumps to Jonathan Allen and his health concerns, playing only 5 games as a rookie.But the concerns were for his shoulder, and he went on IR due to a Lisfranc injury.Fabian Moreau was supposed to represent good value because he got injured as part of the Combine process.Has he been injured since being drafted?I’ll have to look that up.What would this mean about the wisdom of drafting Bryce Love in the 4th round?Is Jordan Reed an example of an organization that is just closing its eyes, covering its ears, and refusing to see what everyone else knows is true?Is Jay blind to the fact that you can’t build an offensive plan around a player that appeared in only 64.5% of the team’s games in the last three seasons, and often wasn’t fully healthy even when he was active?Michael Phillips is right about this; the perception of Jay Gruden will largely depend on the upcoming season.If Jay has a healthy team and can get 10 wins, then I think ‘17 and‘18 get written off as horrible anomalies without explanation, and Jay is seen as a victim of bad luck.If the team has another season of injury with more than just a small handful of guys ending up on IR, then Jay and the rest of the staff will be identified, not as the victims of bad luck, but as the root of the problem.If Jay produces another losing season, then — injuries or no injuries — there are sure to be changes at Redskins park.

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