October 27, 2016

Washington Redskins: Scot McCloughan talks culture, Kirk Cousins, the draft, and more

(Photo by: Redskins)

(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: Everything you need to know from “Clean Out Your Locker Day”

(Photo by: @Mason_Foster)

(Photo by: @Mason_Foster)

It was a somber day at Redskins Park when the players that worked through adversity for much of the year had to come to terms with the fact that their season was over. The close-knit group sat around playing cards to try and delay the inevitable exit interviews and cleaning out of lockers that would officially end their season. Mason Foster put it best on Twitter by posting the picture to the right with the caption “THEM BOYS ARE HAVIN THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES” from Varsity Blues to underscore the special bond the team has developed.

With regards to in-house free agency candidates click here, but here is everything you need to know from the official last day of the 2015-16 season (ordered based on earliest completion of exit interviews):

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An early look at the Washington Redskins’ in-house free agent options

When the Washington Redskins season came to a sudden end at the hands of the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon, heartbreak fell over the DMV. The reality is that the Redskins were a much improved football team and no longer the laughing stock of the league. With Scot McCloughan at the helm, Redskins fans should feel confident about the stability of the franchise for the first time in years.

Knowing McCloughan’s work ethic of always evaluating talent, he will get right to work on offseason moves, starting with resigning key pieces before Free Agency begins on March 15 at 4 p.m. Here is a list of all 21 of the Washington Redskins 2016 free agents and determining who must be back or who the franchise could afford to let walk. [Read more…]

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: Will Jay Gruden rest his starters against the Dallas Cowboys?

“Right now, we have the intent of playing our guys that are going to be healthy” said Jay Gruden on if he plans to play starters against the Dallas Cowboys or let them rest.

(Photo by: Getty Images)

(Photo by: Getty Images)

On the one side you want to keep the momentum Kirk Cousins has built up over the last three weeks and keep it going. On the other hand the Washington Redskins are a little bit banged up right now. If the Skins rest players who would otherwise play in a real game doesn’t that take away from the momentum? It is one of the ultimate dilemmas in sports, but I guess one of the problems in having to deal with success.

“It’s important for us to be healthy come playoff time but it is also to have some kind of momentum also going in.” – Gruden elaborating

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


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: Playoffs Scenarios and Possibilities following Week 14 Action

Heading into Week 15 play, your Washington Redskins (6-7) are atop the NFC East division. Although they are currently tied with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, the Skins control their own destiny and have relatively favorable matchups to finish out the year.

The Redskins will be at home against the 6-7 Buffalo Bills before finishing the season up with a Saturday night game against the 6-7 Eagles and 4-9 Dallas Cowboys to finish out the year on the road. Philadelphia has to contend against the Arizona Cardinals (11-2) and New York Giants (6-7) sandwiching their second matchup with the Redskins, while New York has Carolina (13-0) and Minnesota (8-5) to deal with before their regular season finale with the Eagles.

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Washington Redskins: Week 11 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

The Washington Redskins are a half-game back of the NFC East divisional lead. At 4-5, the franchise is hoping to keep pace with a tough task of the undefeated Carolina Panthers on the road. On Wednesday, head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins addressed the media on the obstacle ahead.

Gruden believes the biggest challenge in facing Panthers quarterback Cam Newton are his legs not only on zone reads, but also running “between the tackles on the power” reads. Gruden kidded that by simply falling down, Newton could pick up two yards. Gruden knows the “simple math equation” with offenses being afforded an extra blocker when the quarterback is able to run the ball. As a result, the Redskins will have to be “really gap-secure” in their defense.

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Washington Redskins: Week Six Monday Recap following another third quarter let down to Jets

Kirk Cousins takes over as Washington Redskins starting quarterback. (photo by Brian Murphy)

(Photo by Brian Murphy)

It turns out that the Washington Redskins comeback victory against the Philadelphia Eagles gave everyone a sense of false hope that they would not again be the cellar dweller of the NFC East. Now after yet another collapse after halftime against the New York Jets, we are all back to reality that the Redskins are still years away from contention. Hopefully Scot McCloughan can continue to work his magic in player assessments and that rebound will be coming within the next three seasons, not a decade. Today head coach Jay Gruden, you have to start to wonder maybe how much longer, reflected on yesterday afternoon’s loss.

As is expected with inconsistent quarterback play, many of the questions addressed concerned the state of Kirk Cousins as the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins. As Gruden explained yesterday, he is behind the “young” Michigan State product because “he’s getting better and he will play better”. Coach Gruden honestly believes he is “not trying to make excuses for or baby anybody”, but he has yet to find the right balance of defending his players and holding them accountable for game-changing mistakes.

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