March 30, 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 fall apart after good first quarter once Aaron Rodgers and Packers return to form

REDSKINS TAKE SECOND-HALF LEAD, BUT PACKERS PROVE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE

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(Photo by: @NFL)

The Washington Redskins were looking for their first playoff victory in a decade when Sean Taylor helped Joe Gibbs and company knock of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, their demise was foreshadowed by points left on the field in the first quarter as the Redskins were up only 11-0 instead of 16-0.

From that point on, Aaron Rodgers returned to his reigning MVP form and shredded the Redskins defense with an assist from his run game. Green Bay finished the game outscoring the Redskins 35-7. Washington dropped their fourth straight playoff game, 35-18, and will head into the offseason. Though disappointing now, the franchise is in good hands with General Manager Scot McCloughan.

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Washington Redskins: List of records and achievements during the 2015 regular season

When Robert Griffin III was benched just weeks before the start of the regular season, I was with the rest of the power rankings not expecting much from the Washington Redskins. Now four months removed from dysfunction, Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden are rewriting franchise history and it has been a pleasure to watch. Once Gruden decided that keeping momentum going outweighed the risk of injury, the Cowboys game turned into a trip down memory lane.

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Washington Redskins: Skins clinch NFC East with impressive victory over Eagles in primetime

When the season started, the Washington Redskins were easily the laughing stock of the NFL. Robert Griffin III was benched and Kirk Cousins was given the keys to the team. With Tony Romo hurt, Chip Kelly’s player personnel thinking not panning out, and the Giants defense out of sorts, the NFC East was up for grabs.

Things might not have looked pretty early in the year, or even near halftime of today’s game, but in the end Kirk Cousins is showing why he is a starter in the National Football League. Behind 365 yards passing, four touchdowns, and poise after making an ultimate blunder from Cousins, the Washington Redskins steamrolled the Philadelphia Eagles 38-24. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Gruden and Cousins talk improvement, while DeSean Jackson says all the right things

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(Photo by: @Redskins)

Everyone knows what is on the line Saturday. Win and the Washington Redskins are hosting a playoff game, probably against Seattle again, for the second time in four years. DaShon Goldson knows how important it is to maintain control of one’s own destiny, so he organized a pre-practice team huddle to get things off on the right foot. Following one of only two practices in the shortened week, head coach Jay Gruden, quarterback Kirk Cousins, and ex-Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson addressed the media.

The theme of Gruden’s presser was all about improvement. On the defense, Mason Foster and Will Compton have “played well together” and Preston Smith has gotten off the ball better with speed and aggression. On offense, Gruden called the connection between Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed a thing of beauty because the latter is playing “with a lot of confidence” while Kirk has a “great feel for him [Reed].”

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Washington Redskins: Drought against AFC East and back-to-back wins is over as Skins top Bills

COUSINS THROWS 4 TD PASSES, RUNS FOR ONE TO LEAD REDSKINS TO .500

skinsIn the last regular season game at FedEx Field, where the Washington Redskins boast a 5-2 record going in, the Buffalo Bills stood in their way to keep pace in the woeful NFC East. With the easiest remaining schedule in the division, the Skins were still looking for back-to-back victories for the first time since Week 8 of last season. A clinic by quarterback Kirk Cousins, with a career high five total touchdowns, allowed the Redskins to continue their success against the Ryan brothers. Despite a couple of big plays by Buffalo in the second half, Washington dominated the Bills for their first victory over an AFC East team since 2007, 35-17.

It has been customary for Alfred Morris to start the game on offense, which continued today. Two yards on his first three rushes looked to stall Washington’s opening drive, but Cousins delivered a beautiful ball in between the corner and safety to DeSean Jackson on a double move for a 28-yard game. Sean McVay started to exploit the Bills run defense with play-action and bootlegs that netted 35 yards on three plays with a great second effort by Alfred Morris sprinkled in. Faced with a goal-to-go situation, Cousins fired to Jordan Reed who ripped the ball away from former Redskin Bacarri Rambo for a touchdown.

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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 10 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

After Thursday’s practice that saw no one sit out for the first time this year, head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media.

When asked about the possible lack of production opposite of Ryan Kerrigan, Gruden partially avoided the question by explaining that they are always looking for more from Trent Murphy and Preston Smith. Gruden elaborated that both young players are a “work in progress” that have a “ways to go”. Barry added that both have had “some good, some bad”. Washington would have loved to have the talent of Junior Galette, who continues to “rehab his butt off” at the Redskins facilities, according to Gruden.

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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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