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Grading the Redskins: Best marks of the season

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Grading the Redskins: Best marks of the season

Note: Due to the compressed schedule, this week’s edition of Redskins’ unit grades will be abbreviated. A full version will return next week. 

Offense

Grade vs. Eagles: A-

Comment: Quarterback Robert Griffin III was near perfect (14 of 15 and four passing touchdowns plus 84 yards on the ground), the unit did not commit a turnover and it amassed 31 or more points for the fourth time this season (after scoring as many points just three times the previous five seasons). But … the unit committed seven of the team’s 13 penalties, including five false starts. That’s an unacceptable total -- even for the league's most penalized team -- and it will cost them against a better opponent.

Defense

Grade vs. Eagles: B+

Comment: Led by London Fletcher (12 tackles) and Perry Riley (3 tackles for loss, 2 quarterback hits, a sack and a defended pass), the unit yielded its lowest point total in five seasons and fewest yards against (257) in 15 contests. They also harassed quarterback Nick Foles into a pair of interceptions and sacked the rookie four times. But … the unit’s most complete effort of 2012 came against quarterback making his first career start, an injury-depleted offensive line and a staggering program that, in the second half at least, looked more than a bit disinterested.

Special teams

Grade vs. Eagles: B

Comment: Kai Forbath continued to be perfect on field goals, connecting from 25 yards out to improve to 9 for 9 since joining the team. But the first-year kicker was "poor" on kickoffs in the words of Coach Mike Shanahan, putting only one of his five kicks into the end zone for a touchback. Although the coverage team ensured it wasn’t a problem, Forbath needs to improve in that area. Nick Sundberg, meantime, had an uneventful day (exactly what you want from a long snapper) in his return from a broken arm. On a first quarter punt, Riley was flagged for illegal formation, forcing Sav Rocca to kick again (with a sore knee).

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Mic'd up: This is what it sounds like as the Redskins running backs go through drills

Mic'd up: This is what it sounds like as the Redskins running backs go through drills

During a chat on the #RedskinsTalk podcast last month, Washington's running back coach Randy Jordan clued in CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay about the way he teaches his players and the things he wants to see from them.

Now, though, thanks to an exclusive Redskins Nation video, you have a chance to truly watch and listen to how Jordan and his students approach their on-field work.

In this all-access Mic'd Up segment (which was filmed at minicamp and which you can watch in the player above), you'll see the assistant encourage Samaje Perine, correct Matt Jones and compliment Rob Kelley. You'll also hear every grunt, bump and cut, an important ingredient that these types of packages must have.

It's clear from the footage that Jordan cares about the details. Now, don't blow this assignment, and go check out the video above.

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Special thanks to Redskins Nation for the video.

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Poll: Three weeks out; does a Cousins deal get done?

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Poll: Three weeks out; does a Cousins deal get done?

Three weeks from right now, Kirk Cousins will either have a new long-term deal or he will be playing on the tag. Which will it be?

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