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Shanahan: coaches have 'productive' bye week

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Shanahan: coaches have 'productive' bye week

While the bye provided a welcome break for players, Mike Shanahan spent much of the week hunkered down at Redskins Park studying all aspects of his struggling program.

Although he wouldn’t go into detail, or divulge what changes might come as a result of his exhaustive review of the season’s first nine games, the head coach described the sessions as “productive.”

“You look at personnel,” Shanahan said. “You go back and you evaluate the players and you look at your scheme.”

He added: “You take a look at the things you’ve done poorly and you try to correct it. Obviously, I’m not going to go through all the details of the things that we’re going to work on. But it [was] a good, productive week.”

Shanahan said the majority of what he studied during the bye week centered on personnel, particularly reserves who have been pressed into the starting lineup because of injuries and whether adjustments are necessary to accommodate those changes. 

“What you do is you really go back and study players,” Shanahan said. “You go back and study the new guys that came in maybe the second, third game of the season. You evaluate their play. A lot of times when you’re looking at schemes, you don’t really get a chance to study these players as much as you’d like to, like you do in the offseason.”

How much Shanahan and Co. actually accomplished, though, could become evident Sunday, when the Redskins (3-6) host the Michael Vick-less Eagles (3-6) in an NFC East contest that amounts to an elimination game for both clubs. The Redskins are 0-4 since 2007 in the week following the bye, according to this post by Rich Tandler on Real Redskins. 

“Now, there’s no room for error,” Shanahan acknowledged when asked about his message to the players. “You have to play your best from Philly on.”

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 6, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Joe Barry news conference 12:40; Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 16; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 24

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
Out:
G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Baker (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), G Lauvao (groin)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle
Wednesday injury report

QB Kirk Cousins—It’s on his shoulders. Not just this game but the entire playoff run. He can’t have an off day, not even one like the Arizona game where he was off for just part of the game. Cousins doesn’t have to be perfect on every throw but for this team to win he has to be very good every quarter.

OT Trent Williams—Back from his four-game suspension, Williams can’t miss a beat in returning to his All-Pro form. Any mistake, much less any sacks allowed, will open him up to further criticism that he left the team in a bad spot. 

WR DeSean Jackson—The dynamic here has become more intriguing since media reports of mutual interest between Jackson and his former team have emerged. Jackson has done his thing the last two games, catching passes for long gains. But if he is going to be of value down the stretch (and of value to any other team next year) he is going to need to get his hands on some shorter and intermediate passes as well.

OLB Preston Smith—He was a regular on this list until he came up big against the Vikings. But he has since disappeared again and needs to come on strong for the team’s stretch run.

ILB Will Compton—He has been coming under fire lately for ineffective play, including missed tackles and being out of position on occasion. The Redskins need him to raise the level of his game if they are going to land in the postseason.

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Reed catches a pass. Staying away from contact. #Redskins

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.