May 24, 2016

Washington Redskins: Scot McCloughan talks culture, Kirk Cousins, the draft, and more

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(Photo by: Redskins)

Yes the end of the year may have been disappointing from the standpoint that the Washington Redskins succumbed to the Green Bay Packers out home, but the fact remains that with Scot McCloughan in charge they are a franchise much on the rise. Between North and South practices of the Senior Bowl on Wednesday afternoon, the Skins general manager took the time to conduct his mandatory end of year press conference.

McCloughan made it very clear from the very beginning that “the culture is going in the right direction.” Not only are the Redskins starting to get the right player personnel pieces together, but the coaching staff is much improved from previous regimes. The superb talent evaluator does not think the club is necessarily ahead of schedule after winning the NFC East division after just one year in charge but knows “we are going in the right direction.”

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OPINION: Determining Kirk Cousins’ future contract with the Redskins

(Photo by: Geoff Burke)

(Photo by: Geoff Burke)

The Washington Redskins enter the 2016 offseason with yet another quarterback conundrum.

However, this year’s decision is far different from what we’ve seen the past three seasons. Instead of deciding on which quarterback will enter the season as the starter — the inconsistent superstar or fan-favorite underdog– they need to decide if they’ve found their quarterback of the future or if Kirk Cousins still has some proving to do.

In his fourth season with the Redskins, and first as the bonafide starter, Cousins threw for 4,166 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. To go along with a 101.6 passer rating, he put together a 69.7 completion percentage. Not to be overlooked, he ran for five touchdowns, as well. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: A look back at how Scot McCloughan’s rookie class performed

Washington Redskins rookie General Manager Scot McCloughan has a great talent of recognizing potential in players, especially rookies. With ten picks in his first draft as a part of the Burgundy and Gold, lets look back on the immediate payout D.C. got.

Starting from the bottom to the top, the Redskins never saw CB Tevin Mitchel, WR Evan Spencer, or C Austin Reiter take part as a member of the active roster once the regular season began.

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Washington Redskins: Everything you need to know from “Clean Out Your Locker Day”

(Photo by: @Mason_Foster)

(Photo by: @Mason_Foster)

It was a somber day at Redskins Park when the players that worked through adversity for much of the year had to come to terms with the fact that their season was over. The close-knit group sat around playing cards to try and delay the inevitable exit interviews and cleaning out of lockers that would officially end their season. Mason Foster put it best on Twitter by posting the picture to the right with the caption “THEM BOYS ARE HAVIN THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES” from Varsity Blues to underscore the special bond the team has developed.

With regards to in-house free agency candidates click here, but here is everything you need to know from the official last day of the 2015-16 season (ordered based on earliest completion of exit interviews):

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Washington Redskins: What did Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy think about the Skins post game?

Following the Washington Redskins playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers, players from the visiting team started to mock the Burgundy and Gold. On his way to the locker room, wide receiver Randall Cobb mocked the catchphrase of quarterback Kirk Cousins by shouting “You Like That!?” on his way to the locker room. Rookie defensive back Damarious Randall followed suit on Twitter after the conclusion of the game.

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An early look at the Washington Redskins’ in-house free agent options

When the Washington Redskins season came to a sudden end at the hands of the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon, heartbreak fell over the DMV. The reality is that the Redskins were a much improved football team and no longer the laughing stock of the league. With Scot McCloughan at the helm, Redskins fans should feel confident about the stability of the franchise for the first time in years.

Knowing McCloughan’s work ethic of always evaluating talent, he will get right to work on offseason moves, starting with resigning key pieces before Free Agency begins on March 15 at 4 p.m. Here is a list of all 21 of the Washington Redskins 2016 free agents and determining who must be back or who the franchise could afford to let walk. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins fall apart after good first quarter once Aaron Rodgers and Packers return to form

REDSKINS TAKE SECOND-HALF LEAD, BUT PACKERS PROVE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE

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(Photo by: @NFL)

The Washington Redskins were looking for their first playoff victory in a decade when Sean Taylor helped Joe Gibbs and company knock of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, their demise was foreshadowed by points left on the field in the first quarter as the Redskins were up only 11-0 instead of 16-0.

From that point on, Aaron Rodgers returned to his reigning MVP form and shredded the Redskins defense with an assist from his run game. Green Bay finished the game outscoring the Redskins 35-7. Washington dropped their fourth straight playoff game, 35-18, and will head into the offseason. Though disappointing now, the franchise is in good hands with General Manager Scot McCloughan.

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Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers: 5 Takeaways

Before we get into the nitty gritty and try to breakdown what all went wrong in the Washington Redskins Wild Card Round loss to the Green Bay Packers, it’s important to take a minute to recognize what was accomplished by the Burgundy and Gold this season.

After entering the bye week at 3-4 and with plenty of questions surrounding the future at quarterback and head coach, Jay Gruden’s team responded after a historic come-from-behind win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Redskins finished the season 7-3 to win the NFC East Division and earn a home playoff game.

At the beginning the season, the Redskins were a consensus pick to finish in last in the division. So to go from worst to first, even in a division as poor as the NFC East, is certainly quite an accomplishment.

But in football, there are no morale victories. The Washington Redskins storybook season came to an end on Sunday night at FedExField, a place where they lost just two games all season long. It’s on to the offseason for Scot McCloughan, who will have to negotiate a new contract with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Here are my five takeaways from the Redskins’ final game of the season. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Wild Card Playoff Preview: vs. Green Bay Packers

The fourth-seeded Washington Redskins play host to the fifth-seeded Green Bay Packers in a Wild Card playoff match-up that few would have expected just a month ago. Washington, the NFC East champion, has now won four straight games on their way to a 9-7 record. Green Bay, on the other hand, stumbles in having lost their last two contests, resulting in a 10-6 record.

These two teams have taken very different trajectories this season. Washington has been playing their best ball as of late. After starting out the season at 2-4, fans could see the same old mediocre Redskins team starting to materialize. However, Washington has now gone 7-3 in their final 10 games, with 2 of those losses coming to teams that currently have first-round byes in the playoffs. The Redskins ended up clinching the East in Week 16 and having the luxury of resting key starters last week’s win vs. Dallas. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Jay Gruden, Joe Barry, and DaShon Goldson talk about Cary Williams’ contribution

(Photo by: Evan Habeeb/ Getty Images)

(Photo by: Evan Habeeb/ Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins are hoping that Scot McCloughan‘s magical talent of picking up players off the street that can contribute immediately continues with veteran cornerback Cary Williams. Jay Gruden previously discussed how the Redskins first year general manager has done a nice job of signing players that can come in on Monday to play the following Sunday, which looks to be the case with the former Legion of Boom member.

Jay Gruden believes Williams has “done well” and does not think “there will be an issue as far as the mental part” of the game.” With Baltimore and Seattle running “very similar coverages” it is just a matter of “calling them [coverages] what we call them” since he’s played all of the pro type of coverages before.

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