Bucs coach Greg Schiano, fresh out of Rutgers, has made a name for himself just three games into his NFL coaching career. And not in a good way.After his team blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead against the Giants, Schiano had his team fire out on Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants offense when New York was kneeling down to kill the remaining seconds on the clock. Manning was knocked down and a scrum involving some pushing and maybe some punches ensued.In the NFL, there is an unspoken agreement that teams take it easy in such situations in the interest of safety. Schiano said that his team will have a play through the final whistle mentality and wont honor that agreement. (Some suggested that it would have been a better idea for Schiano to have his team play defense in the first 14 and a half minutes of the fourth quarter.)His philosophy earned him a tongue lashing from Giants coach Tom Coughlin during the postgame handshake and scorn from many corners of the NFL world.That did not deter Schiano, who used the same tactic when the Cowboys were killing the clock in Tampa Bays 16-10 loss to the Cowboys last week.This week, it is the Redskins who are hoping to be in a position to take a knee in victory formation. They will be ready for it.Thats who he Schiano is so you cant be upset with him when you know what somebodys going to do, said Lorenzo Alexander.I really dont understand it, said Stephen Bowen. Its usually just an honor system. The games over, theres no point in really doing anything.Bowen and Alexander, of course, are not in a position where they will have to deal with a victory-formation play from an offensive standpoint. That task will fall primarily to the offensive line.Will Montgomery was very matter of fact about the possibility of Schianos tactics.If thats the way they do that, thats fine and well be ready for it, said the center.Guard Kory Lichtensteiger was a bit more expansive on the subject, suggesting that two can play the unexpected roughness game.We know theres no brother in law treatment in victory formation from those guys, he said. Weve just got to be ready to attack it like its a goal line play, not being the ones pushed back, take the tempo to them.Its just a college mentality, I guess. Maybe hell learn to adjust later on. Its kind of setting yourself up for bad things.It was then that Lichtensteiger suggested that the Redskins might bring on some of those bad things.Thats why they invented the cut block right? So they can expect that if they want to bring it.
Kirk Cousins' price tag just moved even higher with the news that he will replace Matt Ryan in the Pro Bowl. ESPN's John Keim reported the roster move first.
Ryan's Atlanta Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 44-21 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers. That victory means Ryan will not be available for the Pro Bowl, held this Sunday in Orlando. Cousins got his spot as an alternate.
Cousins gets the spot deservedly. This season he passed for 4,917 yards, completing 67 percent of his passes and throwing 25 TDs to 12 INTs. In two seasons since being named starter for the Redskins, Cousins has thrown for more than 9,000 yards.
The Pro Bowl nod for Cousins will only make the Redskins pending contract talks that much tougher. The quarterback played in 2016 under the franchise tag, which netted him nearly $20 million. This season Washington could again place Cousins on the franchise tag, with a price tag around $24 million. Both sides can still work for a long-term deal, though the value of that contract would likely soar past $100 million and closer to $120 million.
Some questions exist within the Redskins organization if that is too much money devoted to one player, even if it is a Pro Bowl quarterback.
It's fitting that Cousins is subbing in for Ryan, who has found much success playing under Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. All signs points to Shanahan taking over as the 49ers head coach after the Super Bowl, and a report emerged that San Francisco would make a strong push to obtain Cousins, either in free agency or via trade.
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The Redskins have made official some coaching staff changes that have been reported over the last few days.
The team announced that they have filled both coordinator jobs with internal hires. Outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky is the new defensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh is now the offensive coordinator.
The team also announced the hiring of two assistant coaches, one on each side of the ball. Kevin O’Connell will replace Cavanaugh as the QB coach and Jim Tomsula will coach the defensive line.
Tomsula was the 49ers head coach in 2015. He was fired after that one season after posting a 5-11 record. But it was his eight seasons as defensive line coach in San Francisco that the Redskins care about. Tomsula did a solid job there, working under Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary, and Jim Harbaugh. He also was the defensive line coach under Manusky when he was the defensive coordinator in San Francisco.
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He is known as a fiery motivator, something that will work well with Manusky’s similar style. The line was one of the weakest areas of the defense last year. They are likely to add some talent to the line this offseason and Tomsula is a good choice to coach them up.
The Redskins still need a defensive backs coach. They have a strong in-house candidate in Aubrey Pleasant and now attention will turn to getting a deal for him. It remains to be seen if they will fill Manusky’s former job or if current inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti will add the outside backers to his responsibilities.