September 20, 2020

Washington Redskins: Week 10 Monday Wrap-Up after Impressive Beatdown of Saints

In a “must-win” situation for the Washington Redskins to stay relevant in the NFC playoff picture, Kirk Cousins and company came up large. The New Orleans Saints might not be as dominant as they once were when winning the Super Bowl in 2009, but Drew Brees is still an elite opponent. After getting to 4-5 and having a day to reflect, head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media to recap the victory.

As all involved have preached from Week 1, “it is a process”. Gruden stands by that “you definitely see progress every week” of Cousins and enjoyed that he “answered the challenge”. The injury bug that Cousins seemingly could not shake earlier in his career seems to be gone *knocks on wood*. Gruden believes Cousins is “making good decisions and letting those around him make plays for him”. It certainly helps when the running game is effective and your receivers combine for a season-high 260 yards after the catch. Gruden knows that going forward if the offense “can get the ball out in space, good things will happen”.

After early season struggles, it was presumed that 2015 would be used as a gap season before general manager Scot McCloughan finds a strong quarterback prospect to develop into the franchise quarterback we all that we had in Robert Griffin III in 2012. Now with a possible strong end to the season, Kirk Cousins could earn himself a shot at next year’s starting jobs if not it outright. Being a member of the 2012 draft class like Griffin, Cousins contract is up at the end of the season and Gruden said that they are going to keep all contract talks “in house”. Gruden was frank when stating “Kirk is a guy you’d like to keep around, no doubt”, but “that’s up to Scot [McCloughan], Kirk’s agent and Kirk”.

In his first game action since injuring his toe in Week 3, DeAngelo Hall played on a limited basis. When he was on the field, Hall actually lined up multiple times at free safety. This may just be a one time deal where Hall would not have to put too much stress on his injured toe by backpedaling, but Gruden did say they are looking into a possible permanent transition which “he can make”.

Coming off of another two touchdown performance and five in his last three games of being healthy, Jordan Reed “has proven his worth as a tight end in the National Football League” according to Gruden. The Redskins head coach even campaigned for his tight end as deserving of a Pro Bowl consideration, which is realistic if the former Gator is able to stay healthy.

Starting in place of the injured Keenan Robinson and not for the previously  ineffective Perry Riley Jr., was second year player Will Compton who played the most snaps of any defender for Washington at 96%. The former Nebraska Cornhusker finished with 7 tackles and a pass defense in an otherwise non-eventful game, which is typically good for a defender given that they are not remembered for being burned.

Gruden was also complimentary to the offensive line for their performance in the run game and also impact on well-designed screen patterns. “There are some plays in that game that are highlight reel stuff for offensive linemen” according to Gruden. There was one particular instance where Matt Jones strung it out all the way to the right side and was able to turn a negative play into a decent gain thanks to a single push from Brandon Scherff that sent his man flying five yards down the field. Moreover on Jones’ 78-yard screen touchdown, Gruden loved the effort of his silverback left tackle Trent Williams for not only getting 30 yards down the field but also get back to the opposite side of the field to make a block.

There was not much that wrong for Washington offensively, and you can make the excuse that New Orleans has a terrible defense, but when was the last time the Redskins did what they were suppose to do in a dominant manner?

After Junior Galette was released from the New Orleans Saints over the offseason for reports of domestic violence, the NFL finally came out today with a two game suspension of the pass rusher. Even though Galette is on injured-reserve, he can still “sit out” the next two games in order to serve his suspension in which he will not receive two game checks. Gruden said “I don’t have much to say on that”, but there is a chance that Galette could resign with Washington after his one-year deal expires after the season because there seems to be a mutual trust between the two.

Washington has failed to have a multi-game winning streak this season and it is is unlikely to happen when they travel to the undefeated Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Gruden complained that he is “getting some gray hairs” at the age of 48 because of the Redskins’ inconsistency from week to week.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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  1. […] And yet, at game’s end, the offense had five gains through the air of 20-plus yards. Receiving significant aid from the Saints’ poor tackling defense, Washington accumulated 260 of Cousins’ 324 yards after the catch, per Neil Dalal of District Sports Page.  […]

  2. […] already asked of Coach Gruden on Monday, Cousins said that he does not deal with his contract situation because he would rather […]

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