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Redskins respect Foles' ability

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Redskins respect Foles' ability

Although Redskins’ defenders don’t know much about Nick Foles, they are sure of this: they can’t afford to let their guard down simply because the Eagles’ rookie will be making his first NFL start on Sunday.

“This kid is in this league for a reason,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “Our coaches coached him in the Senior Bowl and they definitely told us the kid can make every throw. We have to go out there and treat him like the NFL caliber quarterback he is.”

Foles was indeed coached by Mike Shanahan and his staff at the Senior Bowl in January. But they don't have much game film on the 6 foot 6, 243-pound former Arizona signal caller since he was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of this year’s draft. 

They’ve got his two preseason starts and the two-plus quarters he played Sunday after replacing starter Michael Vick, who is not expected to be available after suffered a concussion in the Eagles' 38-23 loss to the Cowboys, their fifth setback in a row.

That's it. 

“That’s what makes it so tough to prepare for a guy like that – you don’t have a lot of film on him,” linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. “He’s a guy that runs their offense very well. You can see that from the preseason games we’ve watched and from the last couple of quarters from Dallas game.”

Foles was 22 of 32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his first NFL action. He was also sacked twice.

Kerrigan said he also suspects Eagles Coach Andy Reid will lean on running back LeSean McCoy to take some of the pressure off of Foles. McCoy ranks 10th in rushing yards with 705.

“Their skill players are still the same,” Kerrigan said. “And they have one of the best skill player groups in the NFL. We have a challenge in front of us no matter who is at quarterback.”

Defensive lineman Kedric Golston said the key to containing Foles will be playing “assignment football” as opposed to relying on a scouting report.

“He seems like a kid that is very smart, poised and can make all the throws,” Golston said. “You just go out there and play assignment football. You don’t know what he likes to do. You don’t know what his favorite throw is. You don’t know which receivers he likes. So play fundamental football and allow your technique to take you where you need to be.” 

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Josh Norman backs Kirk Cousins, points to Redskins' defense in argument with Jason Whitlock

Josh Norman backs Kirk Cousins, points to Redskins' defense in argument with Jason Whitlock

As the discussion rages around what the Redskins should do with free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, $75 million cornerback Josh Norman made clear he wants the passer back. Norman explained that the 'Skins struggles should not be pinned to Cousins, but rather, a Washington defense that finished the year near the bottom of the NFL.

"We got to help him out of defense, and stop somebody on the field," Norman said on FS1 (click here for full video). "We did not help him out at all. I'll be honest with you. We got to do our job."

Norman's comments came during a spirited argument with Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock and Cris Carter in what amounted to a festival of hot takery. Whitlock's argument was that Cousins is not a franchise quarterback, and shoult not be paid as such, largely for losing the final two home games of the year against Carolina and the New York Giants.

Cousins passed for nearly 5,000 yards this year, a statitstic Norman pointed to in his defense of the QB. He also explained that Cousins still has room to grow.

"He only had two seasons," Norman said. "Cam Newton had five seasons."

Drafted in 2012, Cousins was just named the 'Skins starter in 2015. He's started every game the last two seasons and gone 17-16 while passing for more than 9,000 yards. Norman played with Newton in Carolina before signing with Washington last year, and got to watch the quarterback develop into the league MVP in 2015.

Norman described Cousins as a 'great guy' and leader in the locker room, but he allowed that, "I know a great guy don’t translate into wins. I'm not saying that."

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The Final Countdown: Redskins 9th worst play of the year goes back to Week 1

The Final Countdown: Redskins 9th worst play of the year goes back to Week 1

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, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 9 worst play of 2016

Steelers at Redskins Week 1

10:18 left in Q2, Steelers ball 4th and 1 at the Redskins 29, Redskins leading 6-0

Ben Roethlisberger pass deep left to Antonio Brown for 29 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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Tandler: Things were looking up for the Redskins prior to this, even though they were unable to punch the ball into the end zone in two forays deep into Steelers territory and had to settle for field goals (a taste of things to come all year). The Steelers drove down the field and went for it on fourth and one. Because Joe Barry opted not to have Josh Norman travel from side to side with Brown, it was Bashaud Breeland with one-on-one coverage on the right side. Brown beat Breeland and DeAngelo Hall was late giving safety help and Big Ben put the ball on the money. The score put the Steelers ahead to stay.

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Finlay: It's easy to forget now that the Redskins had an early lead in the opener against Pittsburgh. In fact, their defense started well, until this point. In something that would be repeated throughout the year, the Steelers did not hesitate to go for it on 4th down against the Washington defense. Breeland was in pretty good position on the ball, though Roethlisberger's throw was right on the money. It would be only one more week until Josh Norman would then start traveling to cover other team's best receivers. Beyond the immediate impact of this play, it also seemed to stay with Breeland as he struggled somewhat in the first half of the season.

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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