December 17, 2018

Washington Redskins: Week 11 Monday Wrap Up After Another Mistake Filled Road Letdown

After Andre Roberts returned a kickoff for a touchdown to tie the game at 14, the Washington Redskins gave up 30 points unanswered on their way to an embarrassing loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. On Monday, head coach Jay Gruden addressed some of the many points of concerns about the loss.

A recap of the injuries suffered on Sunday are headlined by a left knee patella contusion for Trent Williams and reaggravation of Alfred Morris‘s rib injury from the Saints game. Both are considered day-to-day and Gruden hopes both to be available in a divisional matchup against the Giants on Sunday. Jordan Reed also was dealing with an MCL sprain, but returned to the game. CB DeShazor Everett suffered a hamstring sprain and would be a loss for the team on special teams as a gunner.

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Washington Redskins Game 10 Review: Turnovers, penalties, and missed tackles doom Skins against Panthers

CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY REVERSES PICK-6, MOMENTUM AS PANTHERS BLOW OUT SKINS

Even though this might not have been a “must-win” for the Washington Redskins against the undefeated Carolina Panthers, it would have been huge for the DC franchise to keep pace in the muddled NFC East. After an early shootout similar to the Saints game last year, Washington had a pick-6 interception get called back on a controversial and questionable personal foul penalty. Not only was the 14-point swing a big deal in the final score, but the Redskins had no swagger about them on their way to a mistake-filled blowout. The Redskins fell to a record of 4-6 after a 44-16 thrashing to the 10-0 Carolina Panthers.

One of the main keys for the Redskins on defense was to stop the running game and put pressure on Cam Newton in the passing game. In the first three plays they did exactly that by dropping Jonathan Stewart for no gain before forcing back-to-back incompletions from Newton thanks to pressure from Trent Murphy and Ryan Kerrigan. Unfortunately for Washington, on a third down for Kirk Cousins felt the pressure and delivered way to high for an open DeSean Jackson for an interception.

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Washington Redskins: Week 11 Injury Report

Despite the considerable amount of starting caliber talent out for the season on injured reserve, the Washington Redskins are a relatively healthy team. Last week against the Saints, only middle linebacker Keenan Robinson missed the game due to injury. This week against the undefeated Carolina Panthers on the road, Washington hopes to have their full roster available.

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Redskins Week 10 Game Preview: vs. New Orleans Saints

The Washington Redskins return home after a one-sided road loss to face the up-and-down roller coaster ride that is the New Orleans Saints. Washington put forth a feeble effort against the mighty Patriots last week, dropping 7 balls and committing costly turnovers, all while allowing LeGarrette Blount to run all over them and Tom Brady to slice them up in the passing game. The Saints are also coming off an embarrassing loss to the lowly Tennessee Titans at home, a game in which they allowed Titans rookie Marcus Mariota to throw for 371 yards and 4 TDs.

The Saints had won three straight games to move to 4-4 before that game behind their powerful offense, but now sit at 4-5 looking to sniff .500 again. The Redskins sit at 3-5 but are a stellar 3-1 this season at FedEx Field, and they look to make that mark 4-1 this week. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 10 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

Coming off of a mistake filled loss to the New England Patriots Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, addressed the media with their attentions now set on the New Orleans Saints. All involved know that a sixth loss this early in the season, will likely end the slimmest of hopes at a run for postseason contention.

After Washington was forced to place starting center Kory Lichtensteiger on injured reserve, they decided to quickly bring in seven-year veteran center Brian de la Puente in to possibly take over for converted guard Josh LeRibeus. LeRibeus has struggled in shotgun snaps and run blocks and Gruden hopes that de la Puente’s primary background as a true center will help with that. Gruden said that the team has not “given up on Josh [LeRibeus]” but they need to see the former third-round pick improve while the Redskins evaluate “how much de la Puente can do”.

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Washington Redskins: Week 10 Injury Report

Although the Washington Redskins are healthier relative to just before the team’s bye week, they are still without and losing key pieces to their franchise. On Tuesday, Washington placed starting center Kory Lichtensteiger on the injured reserve list/designated to return. With the rule that one must stay on IR for eight weeks before being allowed to return, Lichtensteiger’s regular season is over but he could return in the playoffs should the Redskins by some miracle make the postseason.

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Washington Redskins: Offense, not Cousins, shoots themselves in the foot too many times to stay competitive with Patriots

Coming of the biggest comeback in franchise history and a much needed bye to get healthier, the Washington Redskins had the toughest task they would face this season. Playing the defending champion New England Patriots in Foxborough, MA. Everyone knew it would not be easy, but Washington was more primed for an upset this year relative to their atrocious performance against worse teams last year. Unfortunately, the Redskins are no where close to contend against good teams when they are shooting themselves in the foot. With three turnovers and unofficially seven drops, the defense was on the field way too much to keep things competitive. Washington fell 27-10 and to 3-5 on the season.

For just the second time all year, the Redskins won the opening coin toss and decided to give the ball to Tom Brady to start the game. Although you never want to give the ball to Brady, he made them pay early. After Dion Lewis gained 25 yards on three rushes, two of which were helped by the continued poor play by Perry Riley Jr., Brady went to work in Redskins territory. Lewis would gift Washington with a dropped touchdown, but Brady would make up for the mistake by converting on fourth-and-2 to Julian Edelman. Following a third down conversion by the Patriots, Brady would get the ball to Edelman again for a touchdown.

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Washington Redskins: Week 9 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

After announcing the usual injury update, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden continued to address the tough challenge of the New England offense, which was also the main theme of defensive coordinator Joe Barry‘s press conference.

Of the many things that Gruden discussed, one was about Brady’s extreme efficiency in quarterback sneaks that Gruden assessed to the recognition of a certain defensive front. Gruden also complimented Brady’s use of the snap count to catch the defense before they are completely ready, one of the major pros of a tempo offense. The Redskins head coach and former quarterback kidded that he hated running sneaks because he “always got killed”.

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Washington Redskins: Week 9 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

Besides recapping the injury progress over the much needed bye week, head coach Jay Gruden addressed the New England Patriots similarly to Kirk Cousins.

On the topic of trying to continue, because it is nearly impossible to stop, tight end Rob Gronkowski, Gruden did not commit to automatically doubling the Pro Bowler because “who will cover Edelman”. Gruden maintained that Brady will find how to exploit you in other areas because of the weapons he has in Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis, and Danny Amendola. In my opinion, those three individuals do not always win in one-on-one coverage and therefore should not be given any where close to the same attention as Gronkowski.

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Washington Redskins: Week 9 Injury Report

The Washington Redskins were buried in injuries going into the bye week after a franchise record comeback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As much as many were optimistic that the Redskins would be completely healthy before playing the defending champion New England Patriots, it seems that Washington will still have a few missing pieces. That being said, today marks the first day that the team has not had to rule anyone out ahead of time although there are a number of game-time decisions.

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