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Practice report: Things get a bit feisty

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Practice report: Things get a bit feisty

We're going to try something different today, a look at today's practice through the tweets of Tandler and Tarik, your CSNwashington.com Redskins coverage team.
Not quite Saturday but another solid crowd here in #RVA #RedskinsTalk pic.twitter.com/1KkjuWJePY

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Chris Thompson also in pads (a good sign for him). #RedskinsTalk pic.twitter.com/vZEc4bjMhn

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Trent Williams has the club cast on his left wrist/hand again. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

Some WR's dunked ball over crossbar after catching passes in end zone. Hank wisely shot a layup. #dontgethurt

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Hall lined up with first team defense. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Meriweather getting some snaps with first team. Good sign? #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

Many reminders that zone runs often aren't going to look good in practice. Backside blockers don't cut block due to danger of injury.

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Chris Thompson (knee) welcomed back to practice with a hard hit from Phillip Thomas. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

Nice reach back by Moss to grab aCousins pass thrown behind him. Barely slowed down. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

#RG3 4-5 in first set of 7 on 7. Last one INT by Will Compton. Tippevd ball by Moss. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

#RG3 4-5 in first set of 7 on 7. Last one INT by Will Compton. Tippevd ball by Moss. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

RG3 got an ovation from the crowd when he slid -- a little awkwardly -- in 7 on 7s. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

#RG3 ends up 13-16 in 7 on 7. A few intermedtate passes to Garcon and one to Briscoe rest short. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Chris Thompson (knee) also getting some run on special teams. Must be feeling better after not practicing last week. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

Usual gang returning punts--Crawford, Moss, Nick Williams, Dawson. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Not sure what happened to TE Jordan Reed, but Chick says he limped off. Ankle maybe? #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

Forbath went 6 of 7 in FG drills today. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

I thonk these guys need to pay another team. We've seen a few tackles to the ground in this 11on 11 session. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

First tussle of camp, very minor. Paulsen vs. Hall a draw that lasted about 5 seconds. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Chris Thompsom having a good practice, showing some burst. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

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Eagles coach's comments on effort create a stir in the locker room

Eagles coach's comments on effort create a stir in the locker room

The day after the Eagles 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday, Philadelphia coach Doug Peterson said that he didn’t think that all his players played hard.

Not everybody, and that’s the accountability that I talk about,” Pederson said, via the Birds 24/7 blog. “I hold coaches accountable for that; I hold myself accountable for that because it all starts with me. I pride myself each week to make sure the guys are ready to go, but at the same time, it comes down to a mentality by each individual player. This is a business where we have to be ready to go every single weekend because every team in the league — there are some teams that are better than others, but for the most part anything can happen any weekend.”

This sort of vague shot fired at the team did not sit well with the players. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the most respected voices on the team, said that the comments put players in a bad spot.

“I know the intent of the guys that I practice with and play with every day, and I didn’t see effort being an issue,” Jenkins said. “It puts us in a little bit of a tough position as players because now everybody wants to know, ‘Well, who were you talking about?’”

Some in the media in Philadelphia surmised that two of the players Pederson was talking about were tight end Zach Ertz and safety Rodney McLeod. One on play it looked like Ertz failed to block Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on a Carson Wentz scramble.

“I’m not going to get into the details of every thought I had on that play,” said Ertz. “I’m focused on giving this city everything I have on each and every play. I promise going forward, I will do that. I think I have done that in the past.”

It didn’t look like McLeod did everything he could to keep Bengals running back Jeremy Hill from scoring a touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter.

“I thought the ball was going to hit somewhere else, and then obviously it came through. By the time I could react, Hill already crossed the plane,” said McLeod. “Just got caught flat-footed, tried to react and by the time I did, I feel like if I were to hit him it could possibly be late. Just a tough situation.”

You can see both of the plays in question here.

We don’t know if Ertz and McLeod are among the players that Pederson was talking about when he spoke of issues with effort. Leaving things vague like that doesn’t do much for the coach’s credibility in the locker room. And when that starts to be in doubt the coach gets asked about his job security. Pederson said that owner Jeffrey Lurie and GM Howie Roseman have been supportive.

“From both of them, it’s been 100 percent support on everything. I meet with Jeffrey and Howie every week and we discuss a lot of things and go over a lot of things. Every week, it’s very positive,” Pederson said. “I just don’t think you can base a guy’s career on one season. I think you got to give it time to develop.

But the fact that these questions are being asked after he has been in his job for a dozen games is an indication that he is facing at least a minor crisis as his team prepares for four games that are likely to be meaningless in terms of the playoff picture. We will see if he can get the train back on the tracks by Sunday.

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Poll: What is your approval rating for the play of Redskins QB Kirk Cousins?

Poll: What is your approval rating for the play of Redskins QB Kirk Cousins?

As usual, answer the poll and either rely on Twitter or come back here and hit the comments section.