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Five reasons Redskins fans should watch the Super Bowl

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Five reasons Redskins fans should watch the Super Bowl

Here is a bonus edition of Nickel Coverage, five reasons Redskins fans should watch the Super Bowl.

1. Free agent shopping—Many Redskins fans watching will be imagining Denver wide receiver Eric Decker and/or Seahawks receiver Golden Tate wearing burgundy and gold next year. Those players might be out of the Redskins’ price range but some practical acquisitions who will be on display today are Broncos G Zane Beadles, DE Robert Ayres, or S Mike Adams and Seattle CB Walter Thurmond.

2. Potential for Seahawks misery—Most Redskins fans have no love for the Seahawks, who have knocked their team out of the playoffs the last three times they’ve been there. There are many tales from Redskins fans being verbally and physically abused going to Seattle in 2007 with many of the taunts involving the recently deceased Sean Taylor. And many have the impression that the Seahawks, Richard Sherman in particular, did not take their win at FedEx last January gracefully, to say the least. And that whole 12th man thing is, well, tedious. The potential for Peyton Manning to get hot and rip through the Legion of Boom is out there. Either that or a last-second loss that rips the heart right out of that 12th man is an outcome worth rooting for.

3. A chance for Champ to be a champ—If you’re one of those who is still mad at Champ Bailey for leaving, skip to the next item. He was a heck of a football player for the Redskins and he wasn’t satisfied with how much the team was willing to pay him after his second contract. The Redskins franchised and traded him. Bailey really hit his stride and Denver but Mike Shanahan could never get him to a Super Bowl. Now he gets his chance and Redskins fans should be pulling for him to get a ring.

4. You bet it will be a great game to watch—It doesn’t matter how competitive it is, there are plenty of ways to bet on the game (for entertainment purposes only, of course). Starting with how long it will take opera singer Renee Fleming to sing the National Anthem (139.5 seconds is the over/under), you can bet on just about anything. The over/under on “Omaha” calls for Peyton Manning is 28.5 and Erin Andrews is a 55-45 favorite over Pan Oliver to be the first sideline reporters shown on FOX.

5. It’s the last football game of the season—This is the biggest reason for Redskins fans—make that all football fans—to watch. After the clock hits 0:00 at about 10 o’clock tonight it will be 213 days before another meaningful NFL games is played. That’s a long time. But you knew that and that’s why you’ll be watching.

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Eagles coach's comments on effort create a stir in the locker room

Eagles coach's comments on effort create a stir in the locker room

The day after the Eagles 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday, Philadelphia coach Doug Peterson said that he didn’t think that all his players played hard.

Not everybody, and that’s the accountability that I talk about,” Pederson said, via the Birds 24/7 blog. “I hold coaches accountable for that; I hold myself accountable for that because it all starts with me. I pride myself each week to make sure the guys are ready to go, but at the same time, it comes down to a mentality by each individual player. This is a business where we have to be ready to go every single weekend because every team in the league — there are some teams that are better than others, but for the most part anything can happen any weekend.”

This sort of vague shot fired at the team did not sit well with the players. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the most respected voices on the team, said that the comments put players in a bad spot.

“I know the intent of the guys that I practice with and play with every day, and I didn’t see effort being an issue,” Jenkins said. “It puts us in a little bit of a tough position as players because now everybody wants to know, ‘Well, who were you talking about?’”

Some in the media in Philadelphia surmised that two of the players Pederson was talking about were tight end Zach Ertz and safety Rodney McLeod. One on play it looked like Ertz failed to block Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on a Carson Wentz scramble.

“I’m not going to get into the details of every thought I had on that play,” said Ertz. “I’m focused on giving this city everything I have on each and every play. I promise going forward, I will do that. I think I have done that in the past.”

It didn’t look like McLeod did everything he could to keep Bengals running back Jeremy Hill from scoring a touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter.

“I thought the ball was going to hit somewhere else, and then obviously it came through. By the time I could react, Hill already crossed the plane,” said McLeod. “Just got caught flat-footed, tried to react and by the time I did, I feel like if I were to hit him it could possibly be late. Just a tough situation.”

You can see both of the plays in question here.

We don’t know if Ertz and McLeod are among the players that Pederson was talking about when he spoke of issues with effort. Leaving things vague like that doesn’t do much for the coach’s credibility in the locker room. And when that starts to be in doubt the coach gets asked about his job security. Pederson said that owner Jeffrey Lurie and GM Howie Roseman have been supportive.

“From both of them, it’s been 100 percent support on everything. I meet with Jeffrey and Howie every week and we discuss a lot of things and go over a lot of things. Every week, it’s very positive,” Pederson said. “I just don’t think you can base a guy’s career on one season. I think you got to give it time to develop.

But the fact that these questions are being asked after he has been in his job for a dozen games is an indication that he is facing at least a minor crisis as his team prepares for four games that are likely to be meaningless in terms of the playoff picture. We will see if he can get the train back on the tracks by Sunday.

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Poll: What is your approval rating for the play of Redskins QB Kirk Cousins?

Poll: What is your approval rating for the play of Redskins QB Kirk Cousins?

As usual, answer the poll and either rely on Twitter or come back here and hit the comments section.