September 20, 2020

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: Bye Week Tuesday Press Conference Wrap Up

On the last day of practice before the Washington Redskins will take some time off during the bye week, Jay Gruden addressed the media on what will be transpiring behind closed doors.

With regards to injury, Gruden did not want to “project and guess” of who would be available against the patriots but did admit he has “high hopes for the majority of them”. Gruden’s main message to his players was to “get their bodies healthy” both physically and mentally. Although some may see it is unfair during their time off, I think Gruden was correct to ask the team to “tune in” to New England’s matchup against the Dolphins Thursday night as another step to be “mentally ready to go”.

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Washington Redskins: Reversing the script in the third quarter before a game-winning touchdown drive from Captain Kirk to beat the Bucs

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS COMPLETE BIGGEST COMEBACK IN FRANCHISE HISTORY AFTER GOING DOWN 24-0

In a “code red” game before the midseason bye week, the Washington Redskins were trying to gain “confidence” going into the bye week according to Kirk Cousins. In five of six games this season, the Redskins have “won” the first half only to see their demise in the second. Today the Redskins could barely stay competitive in the first half as the Buccaneers went up 24-0 just midway through the second quarter. All looked bleak as FedEx Field emptied quickly but in a continued script reversal, the Redskins were the better team in the third quarter. Not only did the Redskins get within a field goal in the third, but the defense gave the offense a chance at the end of the game where Captain Kirk delivered an 11-play 80 yard, game-winning touchdown drive to give Washington a 31-30 victory.

For the sixth time this season, the Washington Redskins lost the opening coin toss and opponents have consistently deferred until the second half. That to me is an underrated reason why the Redskins have struggled in the third quarter; however, today the struggle started from the opening kickoff. After immediately getting behind on the down and distance with a negative play on the opening running play, the Redskins went three and out. Tampa Bay also had just a three play drive, but there’s was a variety of quick strike offense. On the second play of the drive, Doug Martin gashed the Washington defense for a 23 yard gainer. One play later, Jameis Winston threw deep to Mike Evans who simply out ran veteran corner Will Blackmon on the route and caught a 40 yard touchdown.

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Washington Redskins: Same old tune as Skins implode during third quarter in order to lose to Jets

The Washington Redskins had six starters out for Sunday’s battle with the New York Jets, not including the additional three sitting on injured reserve. The injury situation was so bad that in order to fill the 46-man active roster, Robert Griffin III suited up for the first time in 2015. After an initially solid start in the first half that featured Bashaud Breeland recovering two fumbles (one that he forced) and having an incredible interception, the Redskins decided to do what they do best: fall flat in the third quarter. Whether it is poor coaching when halftime adjustments should be made or the team just losing focus, the Redskins gave up 24 straight points and fell to 2-4 after a 34-20 decision.

Things looked bad early. Kirk Cousins threw slightly behind Ryan Grant on a slant pattern to start of the game and getting behind in the down-and-distance led to a three-and-out. Luckily for the struggling offense, Kyshoen Jarrett came up with a big hit on Eric Decker and forced a fumble on the Jets first offensive snap. Being set up on a short field and scoring a touchdown was something the Redskins had not accomplished in their previous 28 opportunities. That changed, as Cousins completed passes for first downs to Jamison Crowder on a screen, Grant on a key third down, and Alfred Morris on a dump off. Two plays later, Pierre Garcon had a great hip fake on Darrelle Revis and hauled in the pass on a slant route to put the Redskins up 7-0.

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Washington Redskins: Week 6 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

Although injuries are probably of the biggest concern for the Washington Redskins who have too many impact players on the mend, the team is ready to prove that they are a “very good” football team this Sunday against the Jets. Today we got our first taste of what head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins are thinking about when they face off against a tough Jets defense.

It is safe to say that the Redskins offense was lacking last game against the Falcons defense. Gruden understands that there are “peaks and valleys” with the quarterback position and you simply have to learn and adapt from it. One of the big problems with the offensive unit was that they were not taking advantage of the three turnovers that the defense jumped onto the scene with. Being unable to “keep the momentum” and not putting the “pedal down” when given the opportunity is why the team lost. Gruden think that this is still all part of “growing up as a football team”. Cousins agrees that he has learned a lot from the past two games in which things turned out to finish in polar opposites. Cousins concurred with the head coach, “especially in the red zone” where the Redskins lost the game to the Falcons following the Bashaud Breeland interception.

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Washington Redskins: Week Five Monday Recap after Heartbreaking loss to Falcons

The Washington Redskins fought back yesterday on two separate occasions before eventually falling to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. Usually we would have been accustomed to losing as soon as Atlanta took a 13-12 lead and surely after the Falcons took a 19-16 lead with just 24 seconds left in the game; however, in the end the loss was even more painful at the end.

As Jay Gruden stated yesterday, “Ryan Grant just slipped and fell, it’s unfortunate” on the pick-six that ended the game. Today Gruden avoided explicitly blaming one individual for the end result as he understood that Kirk Cousins “had to get rid of the ball quickly” because “you don’t want to take a sack there in a big situation”. It was summed up best as “an unfortunate play” that kept the Redskins from maintaining their lead in the struggling NFC East. According to Gruden, Ryan Grant was running a stop route indicating that it was not an out and Cousins’ pass attempt was far too wide even if Grant does not stumble. Gruden called Grant a “developing football player” that “got a turf monster at the wrong time”.

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Washington Redskins give up walk off Pick-6 to Falcons after coming back to force OT

Although the Washington Redskins were just 2-2 on the season, they were tied for first place of the weakened NFC East and looking to keep pace when they traveled to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. With the defense playing their hearts out while the offense gave them little to work with, it looked like it would be a classic Washington blown lead. After losing the lead twice, quarterback Kirk Cousins orchestrated two drives to regain the lead and then tie the game to force overtime. On the ensuing series, bad luck haunted the Redskins as a slip and early throw resulted in a walk off pick-6 touchdown, dropping Washington to 2-3 with a 25-19 loss.

Penalties have been an Achilles heel of the team throughout the season so far. The flags reared their ugly head again as the Redskins went three-and-out on the opening possession following a holding penalty on left tackle Trent Williams. Right when things were looking bad for a beat up secondary, Washington was bailed out by a drop and overthrow to Julio Jones. The latter resulted in the Redskins first interception of the year by Trenton Robinson who was stepping up to make a possible tackle.

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Washington Redskins Game 5 Preview: at Atlanta Falcons

The Washington Redskins face maybe their biggest test yet this season at the Georgia Dome vs. the first-place Atlanta Falcons. The Redskins look to build momentum off of their biggest win of the season, a 23-20 victory over division foe Philadelphia. The Falcons look to remain undefeated on the year and repeat the performance they had vs. the Houston Texans, which they won handily, 48-21.

The Falcons are one of the NFL’s biggest surprises thus far, carrying a 4-0 record behind a potent offensive attack. The Falcons’ offense is led by QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, and RB Devonta Freeman. Jones and Freeman have combined for 11 TDs in the first 4 games, and the Falcons are 5th in the league in total offense, averaging 403 yards per game. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that former Redskins’ Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, now with Atlanta, will draw up a great game plan vs. his former team. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 5 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

Besides injury updates, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry continued to shed light on Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

In the theme of conducting a culture change around the franchise, Gruden made one remark that summed up exactly what you will hope can come out of all of it. “The players have done an excellent job of buying in and performing”. Not that the Redskins had not always believed what their coaches are telling them but that they actually have something to show based on their performance is more exciting. In short, Gruden wrapped it up by saying “we’re trying to let the past be the past and we’re trying to make this [something] new”.

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Washington Redskins: More roster shuffling ahead of traveling to Atlanta

The Washington Redskins were back to work on the personnel side of the game shortly after their comeback victory over their division rival, Philadelphia Eagles. Today the Redskins announced the following roster moves today.

DE Frank Kearse‘s roller coaster of a season continues as he is signed for the third time this season after being cut the previous week. Kearse is clearly wanted on this team but has the most flexibility in his position, similar to younger baseball players having minor league options. With the fear that veteran defensive lineman Kedric Golston could be out for a significant amount of time with a hand fracture, it makes sense for the Redskins to bring back Kearse.

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