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Need to Know: Griffin no longer the starter but he's still on the Redskins—for now

Need to Know: Griffin no longer the starter but he's still on the Redskins—for now

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 1, Four days before the Washington Redskins make their final cuts.

Griffin remains a Redskin--for now

Robert Griffin III is no longer the Redskins starting quarterback. But he is still a member of the team.

"Robert's on our football team and he's a Washington Redskin,” said Jay Gruden after announcing that Kirk Cousins, not Griffin, will start the season opener against the Dolphins and for the rest of the season. “We believe in Robert. It's a good problem to have to have three quarterbacks that are competing and working their butts off. I feel like all three of them are capable quarterbacks.”

If you parse those words, noting the present tense, there is nothing that commits to the Redskins keeping Griffin beyond today. But later Gruden indicated that Griffin isn’t going anywhere.

“There's been no discussions about letting him go or doing any of that stuff,” said Gruden. “We are going to plan on playing with these three quarterbacks.”

This does not necessarily mean that Griffin will remain on the roster. Nothing is etched in stone when a coach takes the podium. The best posture for a coach or general manager to take is to say that a player is a member of the team in good standing right up until the moment that he is no longer on the team. The happy talk keeps his trade value up and doesn’t alienate the player. You never know what might happen and you might need to change your mind.

A trade seems unlikely due to the injury-guaranteed 2016 option that the Redskins picked up in the spring. But with his value already driven down by being benched there is no point in pushing it down further by saying anything other than your intentions to keep him.

The Redskins can’t do anything to move on from Griffin while he is still under the NFL’s concussion protocol. There really is no decision to make or “discussions” to be had until he is cleared to play. So, until then there is no reason to talk about him as anything but a member in good standing of the Washington Redskins.

But when he is cleared to play, all bets will be off.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:00, Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice (approx. 1:00)

—It’s been 245 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 12 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Final cuts 4; Rams @ Redskins 19; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 23

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Need to Know: Is there a surprise coming for the Redskins defensive coordinator job?

Need to Know: Is there a surprise coming for the Redskins defensive coordinator job?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 22, 95 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 38
NFL free agency starts 46
First Sunday of 2017 season 231

Sunday morning quick hitters

Talk that Greg Manusky is the favorite to get the promotion to Redskins defensive coordinator seems to be based more on deductive reasoning than from any reports from Ashburn. I think he is likely to be the guy but I’m not sure that there won’t be a surprise selection for the job.

The four-year, $42 million contract extension the Rams gave WR Tavon Austin will set the market for DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Both of their expiring contracts averaged about $8 million per year so they could be in line for healthy raises the year after turning 30. As in other sports, the market is often set by what your dumbest competitior is willing to pay. 

I didn’t give a second thought to leaving DeAngelo Hall off my projection of the defensive roster for the coming season. He said that he would be willing to redo his contract, which calls for him to make $4.25 million this year. That’s fine but I think that the organization will look at the 32 games he missed in the last three seasons combined and decide that they can’t keep a player that they can’t rely on at any price.

How hot is Jay Gruden’s seat in 2017? Assuming he keeps his quarterback, I think that he will be fine with a 10-win season and he will be toast with double-digit losses. The tough call will be if they finish 8-8 or even 9-7 with a playoff miss.

There was a lot of talk about how the Redskins’ salary cap spending on defense last year ($36 million) was dwarfed by what was spent on offense ($78 million). As of right now, the Redskins’ spending is about even, with $57.3 million going to offense and $59.2 million to defense. We’ll see how even the expenditures wind up being when the season starts in September.

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The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

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. 7 worst play of 2016

Giants at Redskins, Week 17

4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10

Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).

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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.

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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season. 

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