When Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris walks into Raymond James Stadium on Sunday afternoon, hell do as an opposing coach for the first time.Morris climbed the coaching ladder in Tampa, rising from defensive quality control coach in 2002 to head coach seven years later. In 2010, he directed the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record as a 34-year-old but was fired last January after the team stumbled to a 4-12 mark that included some unsightly losses down the stretch.Its always emotional, Morris of returning to the team that gave him his start in the pros. But its not really weird. You dont want to win any more. I dont think thats any more motivation.Theres no ill will, he added. They helped me and developed me throughout my professional career. I can still talk to ownership, management, whoever I need to.But after saying his hellos at the stadium, Morris said hell immediately get to the task at hand: turning around a Redskins secondary thats yielded 300 or more passing yards in each game this season not to mention a league-worst 10 passing touchdowns.Really, those things are put away, said of the friendships he forged over the years in Tampa. Right now, its about getting our secondary to be the best that we can be. We have to play better obviously. Weve had had two back-to-back games where we were subpar.He added: We have to eliminate those big plays. Thats about players being accountable for themselves. Were playing great up front. Were playing great at the linebacker position. If we can get the secondary to play a little bit better, well be a great football team and we know that.
ASHBURN, VA--The Redskins need to do some shuffling on their offensive line. They hope that they can keep up their performance in one particular area.
Washington is fourth best in the NFL when it comes to giving up sacks. Kirk Cousins has been sacked on four of his 124 pass attempts, a rate of 3.1 percent. Around the league quarterbacks are sacked on 5.5 percent of pass attempts.
Per Pro Football Focus, Morgan Moses is responsible for two of the sacks but that perhaps isn’t fair. One of them had to have been the sack that Cousins took on the last play of the first half as the clock ran out. On that play Cousins was supposed to get rid of the ball immediately and Moses blocked Jason Pierre Paul accordingly. He had no idea that Cousins was going to move around.
The low sack total is no surprise. Last year the Redskins were fifth in the NFL with a sacks against rate of 4.6 percent. That likely is a big reason they elected not to make changes on the line during the offseason.
It should be noted that sacks are not all on the offensive line. Although you rarely see a QB charged with one, Cousins should have been on the play discussed above. Jordan Reed was responsible for a sack against the Cowboys, although one can wonder about a play design that has Reed responsible for blocking a defensive end.
The quarterback also should get credit for sack prevention. Cousins does get rid of the ball quickly, perhaps too quickly sometimes. Occasionally that results in a missed opportunity for a big play but it does keep him off of the ground.
After a very wet day of practice on Wednesday, the Redskins will head inside to the practice bubble for Thursday's session. There is plenty to watch before the 'Skins face off against the Browns on Sunday. Here's what we'll be watching:
- Questions remain at LG - Jay Gruden has been very hesitant to commit to Arie Kouandjio at left guard. With John Sullivan in town and working to get ready at center, and the possibility of Trent Williams remaining at left guard left a little bit open, this week has hardly been a testament to the organization's belief in the second-year man out of Alabama. If Sullivan can go - and that's a big if - then it seems the 'Skins would like to play him at center and Spencer Long at left guard.
- DeSean back? - Speed WR DeSean Jackson missed Wednesday's practice, and it's becoming a pattern. He also missed practice last Wednesday. What Gruden cares about - Jackson has been good to go for all three games despite battling knee and ankle injuries. The team expects Jackson to again be fine for the Browns game.
- Back to Reed - After a breakout season in 2015, expectations for tight end Jordan Reed skyrocketed this offseason when the team and player agreed to a nearly $50 million contract extension. Through three games Reed's numbers have been impressive - 16 catches for 190 yards - but Reed is yet to get into the end zone for Washington. Gruden said opposing defenses have been banging Reed at the line of scrimmage and deploying more zone defenses to stop him inside the 20.
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