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Draft pundits not loving LeRibeus

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Draft pundits not loving LeRibeus

WhenSMU guard Josh LeRibeus was introduced to the world as the newest member of the Washington Redskins, the name sounded familiar. Even I've checked out a bunch of mocks, not that. No, not in my research as a potential third or fourth round selection.Then it hit me: in his final mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShayprojected LeRibeus to the Redskins...in the 6th round. Eh, that's fine; lots of opinions out there and one man's trash is another man's treasure (no, I'm not calling LeRibeus trash, stop it.). But it just got me curious to see what others thought of the 6-foot-3, 312 pounder. Presented without analysis...National Football Post: LeRibeus not listed among the top 25 guard prospects (I checked; not listed as tackle or center either)Rob Rang, CBSSports: Projected as a 3-4 rounder. Analysis..."He sat out the 2010 season due to academic issues before returning in 2011 and again earning honorable mention all-conference accolades. He has only average athleticism overall, but LeRibeus is a scrappy player whose real value is as a versatile interior lineman who can play multiple positions. He also earned back the trust of the coaching staff by dropping around 70 pounds and showing up in much better shape for his senior season."Pro Football Weekly: The 6-foot-3, 312-pounderranked 26th among guards. Analysis...Positives: Functional run blocker gets in the way and works to position and sustain. Good weight-room strength and 20-yard short-shuttle time (4.67 seconds). Tough competitor. Negatives: Stiff, try-hard, limited athlete. Is tightly wound. Plodder. Has a dumpy-looking physique. Appears stiff in space. Struggles to adjust to movement in pass protection. Hand use is inconsistent shows little pop or power in his hands. Not explosive. Summary: Tough, competitive, try-hard, bump-and-steer blocker with potential to be tried as a center. Emerged with a solid senior season and has a chance to develop."

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John Pagano's resume doesn't deliver Redskins ties, few bright spots

John Pagano's resume doesn't deliver Redskins ties, few bright spots

John Pagano's entire NFL career has been spent in San Diego, not a bad location. Hired by Mary Schottenheimer in 2002, he began as a quality control coach in 2002, then moved up to assistant linebackers coach in 2003. In 2004, he advanced to coach the outside linebackers, and then in 2005 he took over as linebackers coach, a position he held until 2011.

By 2012, his 10th year in the organization, Pagano moved up to defensive coordinator, at that point working under Norv Turner. The former Redskins coach of much of the 1990s, Turner was let go after that season, and Mike McCoy was hired. McCoy retained Pagano to serve as his defensive coordinator, and he stayed in that role until this offseason. 

The circumstances surrounding Pagano's release from the Chargers are a bit sloppy, including this report from a San Diego broadcaster:

The important stuff for Redskins fans: As defensive coordinator his team's twice finished in the Top 10 in yards allowed in 2012 and 2014. That's about the only real highlights on his coordinator resume, though it's worth pointing out few coaches last as long with one organization as Pagano. Below are his defense's ranks from 2012 to last season.

 

It also seems Pagano has no real ties to the Redskins organization, which might be considered an advantage. He never worked directly with Bruce Allen, Jay Gruden or Scot McCloughan, though his team's deployed the 3-4 base like the Washington defense. Pagano's brother Chuck is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

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The Final Countdown: Redskins 8th best play of 2016 comes from blowout vs Packers

The Final Countdown: Redskins 8th best play of 2016 comes from blowout vs Packers

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and at the 10 worst.

No. 8 best play of 2016

Redskins vs. Packers Week 11

2:30 left in Q4, Redskins ball at their own 30, 2nd and 8, Redskins leading 35-24

Rob Kelley right end to GB 4 for 66 yards (Ladarius Gunter).

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Tandler: The Redskins had held a lead since late in the second quarter but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers kept hanging around. The Redskins were just trying to pick up a first down but Kelley ran through a weak tackle attempt, dodged a defensive back, and bolted down the right side before an ankle tackle got him at the four. Kelley was deprived of the touchdown only momentarily as he ran it in on the next play, putting a bow on the most important win of the year.

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Finlay: Any football fan who has watched the last two weekends of the NFL playoffs knows just how dangerous Aaron Rodgers can be with the ball in his hands late in a game. Rob Kelley's long run eliminated that danger, as he burst through the Packers defense and sealed a huge victory for the Redskins. This game, and the few days leading up to the Cowboys game on Thanksgiving that followed, marked the high point in the 'Skins season. The team had a 6-3-1 record and had just vanquished Green Bay, avenging a playoff loss to the Packers some 10 months earlier. I disagree with Tandler that this was the most important win of the year - that distinction came in the Week 3 victory over the Giants - but it was the best win of the year.

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10 worst plays countdown

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