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Offense continues to roll


Offense continues to roll

By Tarik El-Bashir
CSNwashington.comOffenseGrade vs. Buccaneers: A-Comment: The 24 points Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense amassed vs. the Buccaneers represented the fewest theyve scored this season. But it also could be argued that the unit would have put up 30 had kicker Billy Cundiff connected from 41 and 31 yards.Either way, the offense is the primary reason the Redskins own a 2-2 record at the quarter mark of the 2012 campaign. The unit amassed 474 yards of total offense in Sundays 24-22 victory in Tampa, marking the second time in four games they've surpassed 400 yards. (It happened only three times all last season).And theyve got two rookies to thank for it.Griffin had his best game as a professional, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday, and Alfred Morris eclipsed the century mark for the first time.In fact, the two most important plays of the game were provided by the first-year standouts. (They are the first rookie teammates to each rush for four touchdowns in their teams first four games, according to Elias Sports Bureau. They're also tied for the league-lead in rushing touchdowns.)Morris 39-yard touchdown run in the second quarter showcased the one-cut-and-up-the-field style that has made him so successful in Shanahans zone blocking scheme. After taking a handoff from Griffin, Morris hit the hole left tackle Trent Williams had opened, cut back hard, then burst into the secondary. Williams' block, meantime, highlighted a strong performance by the offensive line.With 113 yards on 21 attempts (5.4 yards per) against the Bucs, Morris joinedLarry Brown (1972), John Riggins (83), George Rogers (86), Earnest Byner (91) and Terry Allen (96) as the only Redskins backs since the 1970 merger to record at least 75 yards in each of the first four weeks of a season, according to the team.As we talk about each week, he can make the first person miss, which a lot of people cant do in the National Football League, Shanahan said Monday. Hes extremely tough. Hes very smart no nonsense type mindset that hes going to go out there and try to prove himself every week. Hes one of those type of guys that you love to cheer for because hes all business.Griffin didnt pass for a touchdown, but he rushed for one and directed the game-winning drive without the assistance of a functioning headset in his helmet. Facing a second and six and the clock winding down, Griffin took a snap in the shotgun, quickly surveyed the field, then sprinted 15 yards up the middle to the Tampa Bay 26 yard line to help set up Cundiffs winning kick.Griffin posted career highs for completions (26), attempts (39) and yards passing (323). Hes also now ranked fourth in the NFL in passer rating (103.2).On Monday, veteran wide receiver Santana Moss said the team must guard against relying so much on Griffins ability to make something out of nothing. But Moss quickly added that its nice to know Griffin can.I thought he played his best game of the year yesterday, Shanahan said. I thought he handled himself extremely well. He made some plays that you always want a quarterback to make. A lot of times, they cant make those plays this early in their career. Im talking about the two-minute drive, some play action passes, quarterback keeps that I thought were exceptional.Exceptional, indeed.

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OLB Junior Galette signs one-year deal with Redskins

OLB Junior Galette signs one-year deal with Redskins

The Redskins and outside linebacker Junior Galette have come to a contract agreement. But they can’t really count on him to be on the field.

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN Galette has signed a one-year with Washington with a base salary of $775,000 and a workout bonus of $25,000. 

Galette has been under contract to the Redskins for the last two seasons but he has yet to see the field due to suffering a torn Achilles tendon prior to the start of each season. 

Galette was not a pending free agent despite having signed a one-year deal last spring because he spent the season on the non-football (NFI) list. He suffered his second torn Achilles a few days before training camp while working out on his own. As unfair as it may seem, an injury suffered while working out off of team property is considered a non-football injury. A player on NFI does not get paid and if he misses the whole year as Galette did his contract rolls over to the next season.

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Galette originally signed with the team early in training camp in 2015. Even though he racked up a combined 22 sacks in 2013-2014 the Saints released him due to some off-field issues, including a domestic abuse case.

Galette needed to rehab an injury and get into football shape so he didn’t play early in the preseason. Days before he was to make his preseason debut he suffered a torn left Achilles in practice. He spent the year on injured reserve.

He rehabbed the injury, signed another one-year deal with the Redskins, and then just a few days before it was time to report to training camp he tore his right Achilles, the other one, while working out, putting him out for the season again.

Galette’s addition is a real-life instance the adage that you can’t have too much pass rush. If he gets on the field and can stay there, great, that’s one more pass rusher. Figuring out where to play him, Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, and Trent Murphy will be a problem that new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky will be happy to handle. And if the injury bug bites again they still have some potent rushers and it would behoove them to add even more.

There are reasons to believe that Galette can be effective when he returns. The following is from former NFL team physician Dr. David Chao:

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Trade winds, Cousins vs. McCoy

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Trade winds, Cousins vs. McCoy

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 25, 12 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  


Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 4
—NFL Combine (3/2) 5
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 51
—NFL Draft (4/27) 61
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 197

The Redskins week that was

Here is my take on some of the week’s top stories from Real Redskins and CSN Mid Atlantic.  

Cousins trade to 49ers could happen at combine, per NFL analyst—The Redskins must decide if they are ever going to sign Kirk Cousins long term. If the answer is no, they must figure out if they are better off having him around for one year prior to losing him without compensation or trying to trade him now. It is possible to simultaneously believe that the Redskins should sign Cousins for the long term but that trading him may be necessary.

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Will McCloughan go defense in 1st round? If the best player available plays defense, he will. If he doesn’t I’m just going to have to shut down Twitter for a while. Or maybe I won’t have to since it will crash.

Under the radar issues for the Redskins—The offseason checklist has more than quarterback, D-line and wide receiver on it. The nine draft picks they have will be critical as they try to build on 2016’s occasionally frustrating results.

Why can't the Redskins sign Garcon and Jackson? That question is easy to answer—with Jamison Crowder due to get an extension next year they will run into cap problems if they bring both of them back. It does look like the numbers will work with one of them coming back, however, and if they do let both walk it will be a head-scratcher.

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Can McCoy produce similar results at less cost than Cousins? With Colt McCoy under contract for $3 million and a potential Cousins tag costing nearly $24 million some at Redskins Park are wondering if Cousins is eight times better than McCoy and if he’s not, why pay him? This is kind of a silly question, like asking if Trent Williams is 15 times better than Ty Nsekhe or if Josh Norman is 20 times better than Kendall Fuller. The question is, does that player at that key position good enough to play his part in getting the team into the playoffs? McCoy hasn’t proven that he is, while Cousins has been to the playoffs once and just missed last year. The proven ability to do something counts for a lot in the form of the number of zeros in a player’s paycheck.

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