March 28, 2017

Washington Redskins: What do Jay Gruden, Kirk Cousins, and Trent Williams think of Kory Lichtensteiger’s return?

(Photo by: Brad Mills/ USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo by: Brad Mills/ USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the highly anticipated rushing attack of offensive line coach Bill Callahan, the Washington Redskins have gotten away from their legacy of a run first franchise. Much of that has to do with losing left guard Shaun Lauvao in the third week of the season as well as center Kory Lichtensteiger after just five games. While Spencer Long has done a decent job when getting rushed into action, after losing his starting right guard spot in the off-season, converted guard Josh LeRibeus has struggled. Now as the Skins get ready to go roaring into the playoffs, they will get the anchor of the offense back as the Bowling Green product is expected to retake his starting role.

Although Jay Gruden did not make it explicitly clear that Lichtensteiger will return to the starting lineup, he feels “good” about his return when asked about his confidence level. Gruden assures that Lichtensteiger has still been fully involved “from a mental standpoint.” Kirk Cousins reiterated the same idea by mentioning that “he’s never left. He stayed in meetings. He’s always at practice.”

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Washington Redskins: Injury Report prior to Wild Card match up against Green Bay Packers

It still might not have soaked in yet that half of the NFC East teams are looking for new head coaches and that does not include the Washington Redskins. The NFC East champions actually have more important things on their mind: Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Defensive backs coach Perry Fewell has been working with an undermanned unit all year and that will likely continue on Sunday. The banged up secondary is just one aspect of the Redskins injury report heading into the playoffs.

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Washington Redskins sign CB Cary Williams to help injury plagued secondary ahead of Wild Card match up

When Kyshoen Jarrett was ruled out on Monday by Jay Gruden, general manager Scot McCloughan must have felt the need to go out and get a veteran talent to contribute to the team’s efforts right away. He has done that all year with the likes of Will Blackmon and Mason Foster and now Adam Schefter reports that former Seahawks, Eagles, and Ravens defensive back Cary Williams will join the burgundy and gold.

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Washington Redskins: Jay Gruden talks injuries, importance of early leads, and Packers

The Washington Redskins found out they will be hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at 4:40 pm, which will be broadcasted on FOX. That news came out several hours following the Redskins beating the Dallas Cowboys to end the regular season with a 9-7 record. In just his second year at the helm, Jay Gruden reflected on the recent success leading up to an NFC East championship and began to preview the Wild Card matchup.

On the injury front reserve defensive back Dashaun Phillips, who was taken out of the Cowboys game on a stretcher in a scary situation, “looks like he’s going to be OK.” Phillips, an ace on special teams as a gunner, is dealing with a painful cervical stinger but Gruden is not ruling out the possibility of him practicing on Wednesday. The news is actually worse for Kyshoen Jarrett who is already ruled out of the Packers game because of concern about the “nerve that affects his right arm.” Jarrett will undergo further tests while Joe Barry and Perry Fewell come up with a “plan on who’s going to play where and how” without their versatile rookie.

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Washington Redskins: List of records and achievements during the 2015 regular season

When Robert Griffin III was benched just weeks before the start of the regular season, I was with the rest of the power rankings not expecting much from the Washington Redskins. Now four months removed from dysfunction, Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden are rewriting franchise history and it has been a pleasure to watch. Once Gruden decided that keeping momentum going outweighed the risk of injury, the Cowboys game turned into a trip down memory lane.

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Washington Redskins to face Green Bay Packers in Wildcard matchup

The Washington Redskins have known for two weeks they would host an NFC Wildcard game. Now we know who they will face.

By virtue of the Minnesota Vikings defeating the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, the Vikings won the NFC Central North [eds. Old habits die hard.], earning the right to host the Seattle Seahawks in the other wildcard game.

That means the Packers, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, will travel to FedEx Field next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. to face the NFC East Champion Redskins. The game will be broadcast on Fox.

The Packers started the season 6-0, but struggled down the stretch, losing back-to-back games to Arizona and Minnesota with the division on the line. Rodgers was 28 of 44 for 291 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings, but also threw a pick.

Against Arizona the week prior, the Cardinals pasted the Pack, 38-8. Arizona sacked Rodgers eight times and returned two of his fumbles for touchdowns. He was 15 of 28 for just 151 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Running back Eddie Lacy has rushed for 94 yards in the past two weeks combined.

All of this is taken with a grain of salt. The week prior to getting pounded by Arizona, the Packers clinched a playoff spot with a win over Oakland, which was their third in row following wins over Detroit and Dallas, two other non-playoff teams. In fact, the last time Green Bay beat a “good” team was Nov. 11 when they beat the Vikings.

Of course, that win was sandwiched by losses to the Bears and Lions. Oh my.

The Redskins, winners of their last four games and 6-2 at home, have to like the matchup with the slumping Packers, despite the reputation that Rodgers will bring to the game.

The Skins will be hampered by injury in the defensive backfield, as both Dashaun Phillips (cervical stinger) and Kyshoen Jarrett (concussion) left the win over Dallas and did not return.

But Kirk Cousins is peaking at the right time. The signal-caller passed Jay Schroeder to become the franchise all-time single season passing yardage leader on Sunday and completed what has to be argued as one of the finest passing seasons in the franchise’s history –which includes some pretty good quarterbacks through the years.

The Redskins were an afterthought by many in the preseason, and when the organization decided to bench Robert Griffin III during preseason and go with Cousins, once again they were derided as dysfunctional.

Through the first few weeks of the season, Cousins played poorly and the Skins took their lumps. But since the comeback win over Tampa Bay, things have continued to look up for Washington football, and it wouldn’t be a shock if the Redskins could knock off the Packers in the Wildcard round.

Regardless, Redskins fans should savor the division title and home playoff game next week.

This franchise has made itself hard to love over the past decade and a half, but GM Scot McCloughan has started to increase the level of overall talent on the squad and seems to have returned a semblance of competency to the front office, which was once occupied by lackies and yes-men.

Worry about next year later. Enjoy things now. You never know when the next chance for postseason happiness might come.

Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys: Five Takeaways

In what was ultimately a victory lap, the Washington Redskins rolled through the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, finishing off their first winning regular season since 2012.

The game’s eventual final score, 34-23, was not indicative of how much better the Redskins were on this day. Jay Gruden’s first team offense, led by fourth-year quarterback Kirk Cousins, jumped out to a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

For the remainder of the game, backup quarterback Colt McCoy directed the offense, leading them to 16 points over the final three quarters. McCoy’s appearance did not come as a surprise as Gruden said late last week that Cousins would start, but that the number of snaps he would receive was still unknown. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins pound Cowboys with multiple record-breaking performances

The Washington Redskins arrived at Jerry World with nothing to gain in the standings with a victory. That being said, Jay Gruden had the “intent” of winning a football game with the healthy bodies he had available. Facing off against the Dallas Cowboys and their fourth quarterback of the year, the Redskins got everything they wanted out of the game as a great tuneup before the playoffs. Washington continued momentum and Kirk Cousins broke some records on the way to a 9-7 record via a 34-23 win against the archrival Cowboys.

Dallas started the game off with a three-and-out thanks to a drop on third down even though Will Blackmon fell down in coverage against Cole Beasley. Washington punted after a single first down picked up but saw Jordan Reed break Chris Cooley’s franchise record (83) for most receptions in a single season by a tight end. Kirk Cousins also joined Jay Schroeder and Brad Johnson as the only people to throw for over 4,000 yards in a single-season. The Redskins offense got the ball back after Kellen Moore went three-and-out again because of hurried throws from a strong pass rush.

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Washington Redskins Week 17 Preview: at Dallas Cowboys

The NFC East champion Washington Redskins travel to face the rival Dallas Cowboys in an extremely rare meaningless game (from a standings perspective). Washington (8-7) has already locked up the division and a home playoff game by beating the Philadelphia Eagles last week, and will likely play their star players sparingly, if at all.

Dallas (4-11) is having the season that most Washington fans expected to have. They have had quarterback problems throughout the season due to the injured clavicle of Tony Romo, and have started 4 different players at the quarterback position this year. This week, they land on Kellen Moore, the lefty out of Boise St. The Cowboys have never been able to get it going offensively this year, and they will not be helped by the absence of Dez Bryant (injury) this week either. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Will Jay Gruden rest his starters against the Dallas Cowboys?

“Right now, we have the intent of playing our guys that are going to be healthy” said Jay Gruden on if he plans to play starters against the Dallas Cowboys or let them rest.

(Photo by: Getty Images)

(Photo by: Getty Images)

On the one side you want to keep the momentum Kirk Cousins has built up over the last three weeks and keep it going. On the other hand the Washington Redskins are a little bit banged up right now. If the Skins rest players who would otherwise play in a real game doesn’t that take away from the momentum? It is one of the ultimate dilemmas in sports, but I guess one of the problems in having to deal with success.

“It’s important for us to be healthy come playoff time but it is also to have some kind of momentum also going in.” – Gruden elaborating

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