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Montgomery out 10 days with broken hand

Montgomery out 10 days with broken hand

Defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery of the Washington Redskins broke a bone in his right hand during Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage. He is going to undergo surgery to shore up the bone and he will be sidelined for about 10 days.

As injuries requiring surgery go, this one seems to be pretty minor. DT's hands become banged up early in camp and they don't get better until sometime in March or April. A broken bone is more serious than a bruise or a cut, of course, but it's only a matter of degree.

Montgomery was something of an underachiever in college at Minnesota, not coming close to unlocking the potential that was within his 6-6, 315-lb. frame. He still played well enough to be drafted by the Redskins in the fifth round and to make the team.

Still, he was perceived as lazy until a light went on in between his rookie and second seasons. Montgomery worked on his conditioning and honed his technique and earned a starting job last year. It would behoove both the player and the Redskins if Montgomery were to continue along the same improvement path.

It's likely that Kedric Golston will fill in with the first team while Montgomery is out. In 2006 Golston got several starts as a rookie, but Montgomery beat him out of the first-string job in camp last year.

In the NFL, one man's pain is usually another man's gain. Montgomery's absence will give guys like Matthias Askew and Ryan Boschetti a few more reps to make their cases for either making the team or at least being at the top of the call list should an injury occur.

That's a spot that Boschetti has occupied on a few occasions. He has bounced off and on the roster since coming to the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2004.

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Kirk Cousins had his eye on Kyle Shanahan's offense, but is there more to it?

Kirk Cousins had his eye on Kyle Shanahan's offense, but is there more to it?

Of course, Kirk Cousins is disappointed the Redskins didn’t make the playoffs, but among the various things he’s done in the offseason, one of them is a little curious.

Sunday, Cousins wasn’t just watching the Falcons dominate the Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship Game. He sent out a picture on Instagram from the stands of the Georgia Dome.

“Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!” Cousins wrote.

But — especially with rumors that Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will be offered the head coaching position with the 49ers — is there more to this post than the Redskins’ quarterback simply watching the game?

Shanahan was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator from 2010-2013 and was reportedly “integral” in the team selecting Cousins in the 2012 NFL Draft.

So if Shanahan makes the move out to San Francisco and if the Redskins don’t put a franchise tag on Cousins, could the pair be reunited?

It’s possible, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, who said, “don’t be surprised if the 49ers make a run at Kirk Cousins if the Redskins do not make him their exclusive franchise player.”

There’s a lot of if’s involved for that to happen, but it’s possible. It’s also possible Cousins was just enjoying the NFC Championship Game and decided to Instagram about it. 

MORE REDSKINS: Why Matt Cavanaugh makes sense for Washington

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3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

Championship Sunday produced a flurry of Redskins news. A pair of internal promotions erased the team's vacant coordinator positions, as Greg Manusky landed the defensive coordinator spot and Matt Cavanaugh will take over as offensive coordinator. When Sean McVay left to coach the Rams, many expected Cavanaugh to take over his spot. Here are three reasons why:

  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - There was plenty to criticize from the Redskins the last two seasons, but not much of it came on offense. Cavanaugh joined the organization in 2015 as quarterback coach, and the offense has consistently improved in those two seasons. Though the team struggled to score TDs in the Red Zone, the 2016 version of the Redskins moved the ball at a team-record clip and ranked among the top offensive teams in NFL yardage. When something is working as well as the 'Skins offense, it's not wise to change it dramatically.
  2. Impressive work - Cavanaugh began coaching QBs for the Redskins in 2015. Kirk Cousins took over as Redskins starting quarterback in 2015. In two years working together, Cousins twice broke the Redskins franchise passing record and is now poised to get a mega-contract in free agency. Talking after the 'Skins loss to the Giants earlier this month, Jay Gruden said, "I think [Cousins'] really improved his game a lot in the last couple years. And a lot of it has to do with Matt Cavanaugh and Sean McVay."
  3. Make the call - The biggest question remaining for the Redskins - outside of the HUGE unknown surrounding Cousins - will be about play calling. All indications are that Jay Gruden will return to calling the plays from the Washington sideline, and obviously, that's a situation Cavanaugh understands. For two seasons now, Cavanaugh along with McVay, Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan have had input on play calling. With McVay gone, Cavanaugh and Callahan will likely contribute even more in support of Gruden. 

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