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Need to Know: The 5 most penalized Redskins in 2013

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Need to Know: The 5 most penalized Redskins in 2013

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 30, 98 days before the NFL Draft.

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Here are the five most penalized Redskins of 2013 (counts include declined penalties):

1. C Will Montgomery (9 penalties, 73 yards)—Monty got started early with four penalties in the first two games. He was flagged for four holds over the course of the season. Montgomery’s penalties stalled four drives, most on the team.

2. LT Trent Williams (7 penalties, 30 yards)—The numbers for Williams were kind of strange; he was called for holding five time but only three were accepted. He got hit with a false start in the opener and didn’t have another one the rest of the year.

3. LB Perry Riley (6 penalties, 47 yards)—Riley was flagged for some rough stuff with two roughing the passer flags and one each for a horsecollar tackle and general unnecessary roughness in the first 11 games. The last two were enforced at half the distance to the goal line, so they cost just a total of seven yards. His penalties led for four first downs for the opponents, most on the team.

4. QB Robert Griffin III (6 penalties, 44 yards)—Three of those flags were for delay of game. Those are always charged to the QB even though they may or may not be his fault. Two of the penalties were for intentional grounding and those a almost always the quarterback’s fault; even with the knee brace Griffin is fast enough to get out of the pocket before heaving the ball away.

5. RG Chris Chester (5 penalties, 45 yards)—He was on track to having a great year on the penalty front until he got two holding flags in Week 9 against the Chargers. Chester didn’t commit another penalty the rest of the season.

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Timeline

—It’s been 32 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 220 days until they play another one.

—Days until: NFL Combine 20; NFL Free agency starts 40; Offseason workouts start 67; NFL Draft 98

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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 at the 10 worst.

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Redskins at Eagles Week 14

0:21 left in Q4, Eagles ball at their Redskins 14, 2nd and 10, Redskins leading 27-22

Carson Wentz sacked at WAS 22 for -8 yards (Ryan Kerrigan). FUMBLES (Kerrigan) [Kerrigan], RECOVERED by WAS-Trent Murphy at WAS 27. Murphy to WAS 34 for 7 yards (Ryan Mathews).

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Tandler: The Redskins were trying desperately to end a two-game losing streak but the Eagles just wouldn’t go away. Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown on a Chris Thompson run but then had to keep the Eagles out of the end zone to secure the win. The Redskins did but just barely. The rookie Wentz drove his team into the red zone. The drama finally ended when Kerrigan blew past Philly’s third-string tackle and knocked the ball away from Wentz. Murphy scooped it up and a key win that was much more tense than it should have been was in the books.

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Finlay: This game started bad for the Redskins, as the Eagles took the opening kick and scored, a troubling trend for Washington in the back half of the season. Eventually, the Redskins offense looked like it was poised to take control, only to have Kirk Cousins throw a bad out route that got turned around for a Pick 6. Late in the game, needing a score desperately to break a losing streak and climb back into playoff contention, the 'Skins delivered. Then, more drama as the rookie drove the length of the field before Kerrigan's sack ended the Philly comeback hopes. When folks incorrectly say that Kerrigan's 11 sack total didn't amount to much game impact, remind them of this play. 

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Jay Gruden 'felt most comfortable' promoting Greg Manusky to D-coordinator

Jay Gruden 'felt most comfortable' promoting Greg Manusky to D-coordinator

Redskins coach Jay Gruden explained he learned a lot of football during the defensive coordinator search, but in the end, felt most comfortable with Greg Manusky. 

"We did a lot of work, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I learned a lot of football," Gruden said on Redskins Nation (full video above). "The way we felt most comfortable was we hired Greg Manusky."

Washington interviewed a number of candidates after Joe Barry was dismissed in early January though eventually the decision came down to promote Manusky from his position as outside linebackers coach. The 'Skins moved relatively quick on Manusky once Gus Bradley agreed to take over as defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Bradley had been considered by some to be the top choice for the job. Experience helped Manusky too, as the new defensive coordinator has served in that role on three different teams, has played and coached for the Redskins before, and is known to be close with GM Scot McCloughan from their days in San Francisco. 

Considering Manusky was on Barry's staff that coached a poor statistical defense in the NFL in 2016, it's hard to know what schematic changes to expect. Gruden said Manusky's impact could go past scheme, however.

"Greg sold me because he was sold on the players we have," Gruden said. "He’s a great motivator. They have to want to play for the coach."

Numerous Redskins players spoke highly of Manusky's candidacy, and others responded positively on social media after news of Manusky's hiring leaked out. 

"I think we're going to play with a lot more passion," Gruden said. 

Passion is great, but the Redskins need more talent on the defensive side of the ball. Part of that process begins this week in Mobile, Ala., as Gruden and Scot McCloughan are expected to travel to the Senior Bowl and scout possible 2017 draft picks. CSN will be there, stay tuned for content looking at draft prospects. 

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