November 20, 2017

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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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: Week 14 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

After their first official practice in a shortened week, head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media.

Although the running game has been consistently abysmal at times this year, Gruden continues to preach that “you cannot abandon it”. Washington ran the ball on 15 of 22 first down plays against Dallas on Monday so there is definitely room for mixing things up better. Defenses have continued to cheat up into the box because of the lack of consistent deep throws. If this team wants any chance of making the playoffs, the ground attack is going to have to come along.

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Washington Redskins: Week 13 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

Following the Washington Redskins second practice of the week, head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media ahead of Monday night’s key matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

With the news that Perry Riley Jr. will be out three to six weeks with a broken fifth metatarsal, Gruden called it a “big loss.” Barry knows that the team has to “move on” although he “feels horrible.” Washington is preparing for Mason Foster to start because Keenan Robinson is still not a lock to return to the fold. Foster “knows the defense” and has a lot of practice reps according to Gruden. All of the injuries have been unfortunate, but the mentality of backups being “starters in waiting” is why Barry believes they have been able to get past the adversity.

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Washington Redskins: Opportunistic defense helps Skins down Giants to take control of NFC East

TEAM CLAIMS FIRST PLACE IN DIVISION AS SCHEDULE MOVES INTO DECEMBER

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(Photo by: @Redskins)

Although much has been made about all games being important by both Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins were faced with a true must-win situation when they hosted the New York Giants on Sunday at FedEx Field. A win and Washington would be in first place in the NFC East and firmly control their own destiny; a loss would set them looking toward the offseason and three games back of division contention. The Giants streak of five consecutive victories over Washington was snapped as the Redskins will go into December as the NFC East leader after a 20-14 win.

The Redskins led all day, but Odell Beckham, Jr.’s diving, one-handed touchdown catch from Eli Manning with 4:57 left drew the Giants within a touchdown, prompting nerves from all in attendance. But the Redskins were able to churn out a couple of first downs — via Alfred Morris — and when the Giants got the ball back with just 19 seconds left, there was little they could do — though a hook-and-lateral on the last play at least made the final play fun to watch. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 12 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

The Washington Redskins have a chance to take the NFC East divisional lead on Sunday with a win at home against the New York Giants. In a “one-game season”, according to head coach Jay Gruden, a loss would mean a three game deficit for Washington and a possible early offseason. On an extended Friday practice to account for the shortened Thanksgiving day effort, Gruden addressed the media before getting ready to host the rival Giants.

Gruden expressed his hatred to losing a “good player” in Chris Culliver yesterday in another “unfortunate” and “fluke” injury that seem to be striking the Redskins the most recently. With Bashaud Breeland ill, while Washington hopes it is “just a 24-hour bug”, the team will be forced to rely on the likes of converted receiver Quinton Dunbar and recently promoted corner Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad. Gruden hopes that defensive backs coach Perry Fewell‘s “schooling” of the Redskins depth will pay off while DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett can both return to the majority of their playing time coming at corner.

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Washington Redskins: Week 12 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

On Thanksgiving Thursday, the Washington Redskins moved an expedited practice up in the day in order to get players and coaches home earlier to be with their families. Jay Gruden explained that they will have more emphasis on Friday meetings and more post-practice.

 Prior to Chris Culliver‘s right knee injury during Thursday’s practice, Washington essentially had seven defensive backs that warranted playing time but only five spots, including nickle corner, to play them in. Gruden believes the hardest part about all of that is their pieces have had to play multiple positions in order to get playing time. “A lot of people think it [playing multiple positions] is easy, but it’s not” because of all the formations and pre-snap checks Gruden said Thursday. Thankfully for the Redskins veteran leadership in Will BlackmonDeAngelo Hall, and DaShon Goldson, the secondary has been able to “help the process along.”

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Washington Redskins: Highest Paid FA, CB Chris Culliver Tears ACL/MCL to End Injury Filled Season

During Thanksgiving Thursday’s shortened practice, Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver landed on his right knee, not his left in which he was sidelined four games with inflammation, and “tweaked” it according to Jay Gruden. The Washington Post’s Liz Clarke first reported the Redskins fear of a torn ACL for their prized free agent and now after the MRI was completed, Ian Rapoport reports that Culliver is done for the year with a torn MCL and ACL.

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Washington Redskins: Week 12 Injury Report

With first place in the weakened NFC East on the line, the Washington Redskins are hoping to be completely healthy when they take on the New York Giants at FedEx Field.

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