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Redskins Cardinals first quarter

Redskins Cardinals first quarter

14:56—We have a new press box announcer and it seems that the PR staff is making a great effort to get the information that is spoken over the PA correct. That has been a challenge in the seven-plus seasons I've been sitting here and probably beyond that.

13:24—A great WCO-style pass from Campbell to Portis. It was a short dart that hit the target in stride for a first down.

11:49—I guess you have to be a tough sucker to survive if you're the size of Santana Moss. He just got knocked and tossed around like a rag doll and bounced right up after picking up 10 and a first down.

9:08—The Redskins are in all-white today and the Cardinals have those red jerseys. I thought that the Saints' black shirts had something to do with them fading in the fourth quarter last week, maybe we'll see the same effect here.

8:28—Nice opening drive. 11 plays, 62 yards, 6:32

Portis 3 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 7, Cardinals

8:28—Five different Redskins caught passes on that drive—Moss, Portis, Cooley, Randle El and Yoder. Excellent distribution, a sign of a maturing QB who isn't locking in on one receiver.

8:20—On the replay, I noticed that Samuels didn't drive block on that TD run. He set up as if to pass block, apparently knowing that the DE was going to take an outside route. He did and Portis had a nice opening with the OT at the point of attack barely doing anything besides get in the way.

6:36—The Cardinals are on the move on the ground with Edge tearing off about five yards a pop.

4:27—The Cards are going on fourth and one from the Skins 40. Delay of game torpedoes that idea (which probably was the plan all along).

3:39—Moss was back to receive that punt, which went for a touchback. The thinking was that Santana would just return from around midfield, but apparently ARE has been yanked from the role.

1:39—Offsetting PI calls, something you rarely see, called on a deep sideline pass to Thomas. I think it was a copout by the Zebras.

1:28—Stephon Heyer is down on the field. It's a little puzzling since he's way off on the numbers on the right and the play went to the left. He was helped up but made it off the field OK. Jansen is in at RT.

1:04—Heyer headed into the locker room, he's walking without a limp under his own power.

0:12—The drive died after the sack for a loss of 12. Still, they moved the ball and flipped field position.

0:12—Durant Brooks to punt. Short but high and a fair catch. 35 yards on the punt. Not great, but not fatal.

0:00—Redskins get the ball back after a fumble. First down at around the 35 of Arizona.

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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.