June 1, 2016

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 13 Tuesday Wrap Up following division letdown against Cowboys

Even though the Washington Redskins still control their destiny in the NFC East and have everything “still available” to them, according to head coach Jay Gruden, they made their lives a whole lot harder on Monday Night Football. The Redskins had an opportunity to be a full game lead in the division and put Dallas out of their misery with an early offseason. Unfortunately, poor offense against the blitz, miscues from DeSean Jackson and Dustin Hopkins, and another ineffective ground attack foreshadowed a heartbreaking loss. On Tuesday, Gruden addressed the local media over a conference call as Washington now turns their attention to a road matchup with the Chicago Bears.

Despite Alfred Morris playing just eight snaps on offense, including no action after the first quarter, Gruden maintains that he is the team’s first string back. Gruden chalked things up, running back coach Randy Jordan‘s decision to utilize Matt Jones more, as how the game played out. Matt Jones averaged 2.7 yards a rush for 49 yards while Morris, on a third of the carries, finished at just two yards per attempt. “We didn’t get anything we wanted out of any [offensive] package” according to Gruden, clear from the total of three points on three turnovers forced by the defense.

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Washington Redskins continue trend of primetime nightmares by fumbling away division against Cowboys

DESEAN JACKSON BUNGLES LATE PUNT RETURN, SCORES MINUTES LATER — ALL TO NO AVAIL

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Last week’s victory over the New York Giants to take control of the NFC East showed that the Washington Redskins are indeed contenders, not just pretenders. However, with the Philadelphia Eagles returning to form with the return of Sam Bradford, the magnitude of a prime time matchup against the archrival Dallas Cowboys grew.

In their last 22 games in night games, Washington is a dismal 4-18, though they were victorious last year in Dallas under the lights. After the team’s traded  field goals, an action-packed final two minutes ended in the Redskins doom.

Dan Bailey hit a 54-yard field goal with 9 seconds to go and the Cowboys further muddled the mess that is the NFC East with a 19-16 win over the Redskins.  [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 12 Monday Wrap Up as the NFC East Division Leaders to Start December

Following the drama surrounding a benched Robert Griffin III towards the tail end of the preseason, who could have possibly seen the Washington Redskins as the team in the driver’s seat of the NFC East heading into December? Not me. Head coach Jay Gruden knows that with five games left, there is nothing that is being taken for granted and preaching consistency during this final stretch.

After Sunday’s first victory of the New York Giants since 2012, it was revealed by players in the locker room that veteran safety DaShon Goldson was responsible for calling a players-only meeting on Saturday night with a theme of “stop losing” according to Pierre Garcon. Monday, Gruden claimed to not have any involvement in or knowledge to such a meeting. “Sounded like it was beneficial” said Gruden about the opportunity to possible air out their issues.

Although Washington certainly has veteran leaders on both sides of the ball from DeAngelo Hall to Trent Williams, Kirk Cousins probably is not in that role as a leader yet though he did draw the compliments of rookie running back Matt Jones yesterday for taking charge. Cousins is “still finding his way” according to Gruden who said the Redskins is “his team.” Gruden believes “the leadership stuff will come” even if being a vocal leader is not his style because he is still looked up to because of “how hard he works.”

On the development of Jordan Reed into an all-around tight end in this league, Gruden started out by stating the obvious that the Redskins “love him in the passing game.” The Gator was given a bit of a pass on his three early penalties yesterday, which Gruden described as “ticky-tack”, but he must “get his hands inside.” Reed is a “huge weapon” on third down and the red zone thanks to his flexibility.

The performance of Washington’s patchwork secondary against one of the best receivers in football, Odell Beckham Jr., and a two time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Eli Manning, was superb. Whether it was veteran journeymen corner Will Blackmon, converted wide receiver Quinton Dunbar, or rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett, Washington got it done when it counted. Gruden attributes that to the “glue” provided by DaShon Goldson and the “excellent job of just teaching” by Perry Fewell, last years Giants defensive coordinator.

As for a quick injury update, Derek Carrier (high-ankle sprain), Quinton Dunbar (open dislocation on index finger), Andre Roberts (knee inflammation), and Chris Thompson (AC joint sprain) are all listed as day-to-day. Dunbar will probably not require surgery as the Redskins will try a splint as their first option in treatment.

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 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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