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Redskins Eagles 1st quarter

Redskins Eagles 1st quarter

The wind is blowing in FedEx pretty hard. It's unusual to see the streamers on the goal posts moving, but they are pretty steady from right to left as you look on TV. If you're in the end zone where my brother is sitting, it's right in your face.

13:52—The Redskins come out with a quick passing game, over the middle to Cooley on first and a swing pass to Betts on third and four. It's already better than their opening drives the last couple of weeks.

12:25—This coming straight from Capt. Obvious—the Redskins have to stay out of third and long. Philly brought about seven on third and eight and Campbell never had a chance. Fortunately, Rabach recovered the fumble. Now we'll see how the Washington defense can handle the red-hot McNabb and company.

9:29—I can't see the upper deck, but the lower bowl looks pretty full. There is a healthy representation of Philly fans here, but nothing like Pittsburgh.

8:41—The wind "advantage" just hurt the Eagles as it blew a McNabb pass to an open Jason Avant way long. After getting one first down, the Eagles punt and the Skins get another crack at it on offense. McNabb has a lot of time to throw, as usual for any QB vs. the Skins, and eventually the Skins will pay for that.

6:49—Once again, no imagination from a man who seemed to be destined to be famous for it. After the drive gets off to a good start with a 15-yard pass from Campbell to Thomas and a nine-yard Portis run, it stalls when Jim Zorn calls a sweep on third and one. It went nowhere. A little play action or even a quick slant there may have been more effective.

3:03—Wow, a sack by Jason Taylor for a 10-yard loss and then Randle El goes forward on a punt return. OK, the gain was only three but for those two events to occur back to back is amazing.

2:04—Man, when Campbell is decisive and knows where he wants to go, he puts in on a rope. He just zipped on into a crack in the defense to Moss for a first down. Portis just ran for another, and the Skins are on the move.

0:41—Now a catch by Fred Davis. Will wonders never cease.

End of first quarter
Redskins 0, Eagles 0

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Need to Know: The early odds on what happens with Redskins and Cousins

Need to Know: The early odds on what happens with Redskins and Cousins

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 19, 98 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 42
NFL free agency starts 50
First Sunday of 2017 season 235

The coordinator search and more

As noted above, we have 42 days until the deadline for the Redskins to put the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins. The immediate future of the franchise is contingent this situation being handled correctly by the organization. It’s time to turn the attention and the $100 in imaginary casino chips towards what might happen with Cousins as the process unfold. We will revisit this from time to time as the various deadlines approach so consider this the early odds.

Sign before the tag deadline, $5—This seems unlikely after his rather cold response to my question immediately following the season-ending loss to the Giants when he said, “The ball’s not in my court.” He indicated that it’s up to the Redskins to tag him. It doesn’t look like he and his agent will have much of an inclination to sit down to any serious negotiations before that happens.

Let him go into free agency, $5—Yes, I know that this is out there but it makes no sense to take the chance of the possibility that he could walk with zero compensation. While there might be some logic in finding out what Cousins would be worth in a true free market in order to establish the basis for a fair contract the risk of behind left empty-handed is just too great.

Tag and trade, $20—This also has been discussed by various media types as a possibility. It would involve giving Cousins the non-exclusive franchise tag, which would let him go out and negotiate a deal with another team. The Redskins could then match that offer or choose to get compensation. The CBA calls for compensation of two first-round picks although the two teams may negotiate something less. The most frequently suggested trade partner is the 49ers and their soon-to-be head coach Kyle Shanahan but there are probably around half a dozen teams, maybe more, who could be interested. If the Redskins don’t think they will ever sign Cousins long term this could be the way to go.

Tag and sign by July 15 deadline, $30—This may be a little low for this possibility. Perhaps if the other options are off the table he will consider that he is a perfect match for Jay Gruden’s offense and that he might not be such a good fit elsewhere. There also is the possibility of injury or, for whatever reason, Cousins having a subpar season. Those thoughts could spur him to instruct his agent to get the best deal he can get in Washington.

Tag and play the season on the tag, $40—Right now, this appears to be the mostly likely scenario. They can afford the $24 million cap hit and it would get them one more year of his services. However, the prospects for him remaining in a Redskins uniform for 2018 and beyond would be very cloudy.

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3 of 4 Redskins named to Pro Bowl won't attend

3 of 4 Redskins named to Pro Bowl won't attend

Ryan Kerrigan, Jordan Reed and Brandon Scherff will skip next week's Pro Bowl in Orlando a team spokesman confirmed to CSN. All three players dealt with injuries late in the season, most notably Reed, and playing in the exhibition game is not in the cards. Trent Williams, however, is still slated to play in the game. 

Reed suffered a separated shoulder on Thanksgiving playing against the Dallas Cowboys. For the rest of the season, Reed played through significant pain and his production dipped.

Kerrigan played much of the season with an injured elbow and hurt his finger in the final game against the Giants. Scherff played with ankle pain and was listed on the injury report much of the season's final four games.

For Reed and Scherff, this year marked their first Pro Bowl. The recognition was deserved for both players, and shows that the guard and tight end are gaining national spotlight for their play.

Kerrigan played in the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season. He finished this year with 11 sacks, 2.5 short os his career high 13.5 in 2014. 

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