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Monday Up-Downs: Jackson has stellar first start

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Monday Up-Downs: Jackson has stellar first start

Whos up and whos down after the Redskins 38-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday?UpAlfred Morriscontinues to impress. The rookie running back rushed 17 times for 78 yards on Sunday, giving him 263 yards for the year. Thats good for eighth in the NFL pending tonights game.DownSantana Mosshad just one catch yesterday for three yards. On the season he has eight receptions for 67 yards, an average of 8.4 yardscatch.UpMaking his first NFL start,Rob Jacksonmade a diving interception in the end zone for a touchdown. For the game he had three tackles, all of them behind the line of scrimmage.DownThe other new starter on defense, end JarvisJenkins, was largely invisible with no tackles and one assist.UpThere were many who questioned whyBrandon Banksis on the roster but he made a pretty good case for himself on Sunday. His 55-yard kickoff return late in the first half jump-started a struggling offense. They scored a field goal that got the Redskins on the road to tying the game after being down by 17 points. In the second half took some pressure off of Robert Griffin III on the option play by presenting an outside speed threat.DownRookie Richard Crawford, playing nickel corner in place of the injured Cedric Griffin, was burned on Andrew Hawkins 59-yard touchdown catch and run that ultimately turned out to be the margin of victory.UpTight end Fred Davis came into the game with just four receptions for 52 yards in the first two games. Against the Bengals he caught seven for 90 yards.DownThe defense. Adding any more would just be piling on.

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More talk of Redskins OC Sean McVay as head coach - but this time on college level

More talk of Redskins OC Sean McVay as head coach - but this time on college level

When LSU fired head coach Les Miles, a lot of big-time names were suggested for the job. But what about Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay?

Albert Breer of the MMQB listed McVay as a potential candidate, along with a host of other NFL names to go with obvious college options like Tom Herman or Lane Kiffin. From Breer on McVay:

His star has risen so quickly that the 30-year-old may be an NFL head coach before colleges even get the chance to call, but he’d make a lot of sense for a program looking for energy and buzz.

Watching McVay work it's obvious he has the passion and ability to connect with young players - as he currently runs the Redskins offense that includes some players older than him. But it's worth keeping in mind the Redskins coordinator was raised around the pro game, not the college one, and with his background and offensive acumen the guess here is that McVay will stay in the professional ranks. 

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Even while scoring is down for Washington through three games, the Redskins offense is moving the ball well. QB Kirk Cousins is second in the league in passing yards, and the team finished 2015 with the 10th highest scoring offense.

"I’m sure he’ll be a head coach a lot sooner than people think," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said of McVay in an early August MMQB article.

It's clear McVay will get a chance as a head coach, the only question is where. Apparently that list could now include Baton Rouge. 

NOTE: Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan also landed on Breer's list of LSU possibilities. From Breer, "Would Shanahan go? He’s 37 and he’s been an OC for nine years, so it’s possible he’d want to get his feet wet as a head coach. Remember, [Texans coach Bill] O’Brien went to Penn State after knocking on the door for NFL jobs, so it’s not hard to see another rising young guy doing it. Shanahan played at Texas and coached at UCLA, which means he’s not foreign to big college programs."

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Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.

Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman. 

Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed. 

The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events. 

"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."

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