September 22, 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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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 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: Jay Gruden, Joe Barry, and DaShon Goldson talk about Cary Williams’ contribution

(Photo by: Evan Habeeb/ Getty Images)

(Photo by: Evan Habeeb/ Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins are hoping that Scot McCloughan‘s magical talent of picking up players off the street that can contribute immediately continues with veteran cornerback Cary Williams. Jay Gruden previously discussed how the Redskins first year general manager has done a nice job of signing players that can come in on Monday to play the following Sunday, which looks to be the case with the former Legion of Boom member.

Jay Gruden believes Williams has “done well” and does not think “there will be an issue as far as the mental part” of the game.” With Baltimore and Seattle running “very similar coverages” it is just a matter of “calling them [coverages] what we call them” since he’s played all of the pro type of coverages before.

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Washington Redskins sign CB Cary Williams to help injury plagued secondary ahead of Wild Card match up

When Kyshoen Jarrett was ruled out on Monday by Jay Gruden, general manager Scot McCloughan must have felt the need to go out and get a veteran talent to contribute to the team’s efforts right away. He has done that all year with the likes of Will Blackmon and Mason Foster and now Adam Schefter reports that former Seahawks, Eagles, and Ravens defensive back Cary Williams will join the burgundy and gold.

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Washington Redskins: Jay Gruden talks injuries, importance of early leads, and Packers

The Washington Redskins found out they will be hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at 4:40 pm, which will be broadcasted on FOX. That news came out several hours following the Redskins beating the Dallas Cowboys to end the regular season with a 9-7 record. In just his second year at the helm, Jay Gruden reflected on the recent success leading up to an NFC East championship and began to preview the Wild Card matchup.

On the injury front reserve defensive back Dashaun Phillips, who was taken out of the Cowboys game on a stretcher in a scary situation, “looks like he’s going to be OK.” Phillips, an ace on special teams as a gunner, is dealing with a painful cervical stinger but Gruden is not ruling out the possibility of him practicing on Wednesday. The news is actually worse for Kyshoen Jarrett who is already ruled out of the Packers game because of concern about the “nerve that affects his right arm.” Jarrett will undergo further tests while Joe Barry and Perry Fewell come up with a “plan on who’s going to play where and how” without their versatile rookie.

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Washington Redskins to face Green Bay Packers in Wildcard matchup

The Washington Redskins have known for two weeks they would host an NFC Wildcard game. Now we know who they will face.

By virtue of the Minnesota Vikings defeating the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, the Vikings won the NFC Central North [eds. Old habits die hard.], earning the right to host the Seattle Seahawks in the other wildcard game.

That means the Packers, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, will travel to FedEx Field next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. to face the NFC East Champion Redskins. The game will be broadcast on Fox.

The Packers started the season 6-0, but struggled down the stretch, losing back-to-back games to Arizona and Minnesota with the division on the line. Rodgers was 28 of 44 for 291 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings, but also threw a pick.

Against Arizona the week prior, the Cardinals pasted the Pack, 38-8. Arizona sacked Rodgers eight times and returned two of his fumbles for touchdowns. He was 15 of 28 for just 151 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Running back Eddie Lacy has rushed for 94 yards in the past two weeks combined.

All of this is taken with a grain of salt. The week prior to getting pounded by Arizona, the Packers clinched a playoff spot with a win over Oakland, which was their third in row following wins over Detroit and Dallas, two other non-playoff teams. In fact, the last time Green Bay beat a “good” team was Nov. 11 when they beat the Vikings.

Of course, that win was sandwiched by losses to the Bears and Lions. Oh my.

The Redskins, winners of their last four games and 6-2 at home, have to like the matchup with the slumping Packers, despite the reputation that Rodgers will bring to the game.

The Skins will be hampered by injury in the defensive backfield, as both Dashaun Phillips (cervical stinger) and Kyshoen Jarrett (concussion) left the win over Dallas and did not return.

But Kirk Cousins is peaking at the right time. The signal-caller passed Jay Schroeder to become the franchise all-time single season passing yardage leader on Sunday and completed what has to be argued as one of the finest passing seasons in the franchise’s history –which includes some pretty good quarterbacks through the years.

The Redskins were an afterthought by many in the preseason, and when the organization decided to bench Robert Griffin III during preseason and go with Cousins, once again they were derided as dysfunctional.

Through the first few weeks of the season, Cousins played poorly and the Skins took their lumps. But since the comeback win over Tampa Bay, things have continued to look up for Washington football, and it wouldn’t be a shock if the Redskins could knock off the Packers in the Wildcard round.

Regardless, Redskins fans should savor the division title and home playoff game next week.

This franchise has made itself hard to love over the past decade and a half, but GM Scot McCloughan has started to increase the level of overall talent on the squad and seems to have returned a semblance of competency to the front office, which was once occupied by lackies and yes-men.

Worry about next year later. Enjoy things now. You never know when the next chance for postseason happiness might come.

Washington Redskins: DeAngelo Hall gives praise, talks playoffs, and more

The Washington Redskins newest strong safety, DeAngelo Hall did not talk to the media following the NFC East clinching Philadelphia Eagles victory because he thought he had tore his calf. The veteran defender apologized for the non-availability and is happy to say it is much less serious than a tear as he has classified the injury as a strain and is already able to do some light jogging. If healthy enough to play, DeAngelo Hall would “gladly” take game reps to improve his comfort level in the new position; however, he trusts the coaching staff to make the best decision for him and his teammates.

As Kirk Cousins has also said, Hall also believes that Jay Gruden has grown as a coach as the year has gone on. That makes Hall and others “want to succeed and make him look good.” An underrated offseason acquisition on the coaching staff during last summer was defensive backs coach Perry Fewell. Hall called the former Giants coordinator the most detail oriented coached he has ever player for and can see him being a head coach in the future.

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Washington Redskins: Playoffs Scenarios and Possibilities following Week 15 Action

Following a dominating performance against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the Washington Redskins moved to 7-7 on the season and in sole possession of first place in the NFC East division. With the New York Giants loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers, it becomes quite simple for the Skins, as a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday Night Football clinches the division.

However even with a loss to the Cardinals this week, Philadelphia still controls their own destiny. Here is how the NFC East, without the already eliminated Dallas Cowboys, stack up with two games left in the season.

Redskins (7-7) Eagles (6-8) Giants (6-8)
at Eagles vs. Redskins at Vikings
at Cowboys at Giants vs. Eagles

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