November 27, 2015

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


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 9 Monday Wrap Up after mistake filled loss to Patriots

Following a tough loss to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Sunday, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media on Monday to discuss the self-inflicted wounds and moving on to the New Orleans Saints.

The only injury concern that will be monitored throughout the week on Sunday was a hamstring strain for FS DaShon Goldson. Gruden said little about DeAngelo Hall and Kory Lichtensteiger besides that they are still progressing. Gruden does not know if Terrance Knighton‘s migraines will keep him out long-term, but he certainly hopes he does not loose another member of his defense in his massive nose tackle.

Gruden said “clearly we’re disappointed with the [New England] game, but it’s important to move on to New Orleans”.

The astounding eight dropped passes yesterday was abnormal and Gruden hopes that “we got them all out of our system” because such a problem is destined to doom an offense on a consistent basis. Things could have turned out a lot differently if Pierre Garcon catches the Redskins first offensive play instead of the pass resulting in a pick or if Derek Carrier hauls in the beautiful touch pass from Cousins in stride.

With the regards to the continued terrible running game that produced just 37 yards, Gruden repeated the same old tune. It has to do with everyone from missed blocks on the offensive line, backs missing holes and/or not running through tackles, etc. Some of the run struggles with the offensive line are chalked up to youth by Gruden, which is understandable since the team has been unable to run the ball ever since the losses of Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger. Gruden said that he does not expect a finished product for a while.

Between the drops and non-existent running game, it is no surprise that the Redskins could muster up just a field goal before a touchdown during garbage time.

With regards to Kirk Cousins, who in my opinion did not play anywhere as poorly as the rest of the offense, Gruden commented on his decision making. “Sometimes Kirk Can overthink some things…he’s got to be decisive with the decisions he makes”.

After being a team that got out to an early lead just to give it away at the end earlier in the season, the Redskins have seen themselves fall into 24 and 17 point holes over the past two games. Gruden stressed the importance of a quicker start against the Saints because “we can’t keep putting ourselves in 17 point holes”.

With the return of the speedy DeSean Jackson, many fans thought that all the offensive woes would be fixed instantly. That was far from the case as Jackson was targeted just three times prior to the fourth quarter. Gruden said that cohesion was stunted by Jackson’s absence in voluntary OTAs and training camp to explain the lack of involvement from the receiver.

The lack of run defense starts, but unfortunately does not end, with the pitiful play from inside linebacker Perry Riley, who’s struggles in coverage are a completely different story. Riley was juked twice in the hole within the Patriots first three runs of the game. Finally the coaching staff had enough and decided to play Will Compton in an increase role at inside linebacker. This does not mean that Riley will not start against the Saints, but Gruden also did not rule out that possibility.

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: 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 6 Injury Report

The Washington Redskins had their worst case of the injury bug last week against the Falcons when four starters on the 22 man roster, not including those who have already had their season ended on injured reserve, were unable to play. DC fans hope that last week’s injury casualties would be the worst of the season, because the Redskins are arguably able to defeat the current undefeated Atlanta franchise is they have impact players like Chris Culliver or DeSean Jackson at their disposal. This week when Washington travels to take on the New York Jets, they may be even more shorthanded relative to last week.

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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: 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: Week 5 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

After an exciting comeback performance against the Philadelphia Eagles to bring the Washington Redskins record back to 0.500, the club hopes to continue keeping pace as a co-leader of the NFC East. A small dose of the game plan against the Atlanta Falcons was revealed on Wednesday when head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins met with the media.

With the injuries to opening day starters Chris Culliver and DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins will have a tough challenge in defending Julio Jones who Gruden called “a different human being”. If Culliver is unable to go, expect lots of safety help for Bashaud Breeland and the reliance that the pass rush can get home before Matt Ryan has enough time to make a big play. On a quick point dealing with safety Trenton Robinson, the league DID clear him of any wrong doing when penalized twice for a targeting personal foul last week. Robinson has been a lift to the team after the season ending wrist injury to Duke Ihenacho and will be relied on to help contain the explosive Julio Jones on Sunday.

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Washington Redskins: Week 5 Injury Report

The Washington Redskins have had their fair share of injuries to impact players since the beginning of the preseason. Many big time names have been lost for the year, but the team is finally starting to see improvements from their short term injury players. When facing the surprisingly undefeated Atlanta Hawks this week, Washington can use all hands on deck in attempt of another upset.

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