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Redskins outbid for Cutler

Redskins outbid for Cutler

I have an iPod Nano. It's one generation old and it's perfectly functional for what I need an iPod to do. It plays music fine and while the video screen is pretty small I can still watch stuff on it without killing my eyes.

I was in Costco last week and I saw the new iPod Touch. Much bigger screen, WiFi, you can use most of those cool apps made for the iPhone. It clearly is superior to my Nano.

But it carried a price tag of over $200. I probably could sell my Nano on Ebay and recoup some of the cost, but it still would be a net purchase of well over a hundred bucks. I went home, did some research on it, went back to the store picked up the card to take to the register to buy the Touch.

Before I got in line, however, I decided to stick with the Nano. I put the card back and walked away from the shiny new Touch. While the Touch certainly would have been an upgrade, the price of that upgrade didn't justify the added benefits.

I'm sure you know where I'm going here. Jason Campbell is that Nano that the Redskins already had and Jay Cutler was the slick, shiny model that the Redskins coveted. The Skins were willing to pay to upgrade. Apparently, they were willing to overpay, but only so much. When the price became too steep, they walked away.

Of course, it's not as simple as that. There were other factors in the unraveling of what seemed to be a done deal that would have brought Cutler to Washington and would have sent Campbell packing.

A big factor was that the Broncos weren't particularly interested in Campbell. I was told that by someone who knows the team well when all of this popped up a couple of weeks ago. According to John Keim, that may have been the deal breaker.

"They had the compensation," another NFL source said of the Redskins. "In the end they [the Broncos] chose Orton over Campbell."

To be sure, the Redskins could have sweetened the pot enough to make the Broncos swallow hard and accept Campbell. Or they could have gone further to make the three-way deal with Cleveland discussed in Keim's article, one that would have sent Brady Quinn to Denver, one that the other two parties couldn't refuse.

But even teams in a "covetous frenzy" as Michael Wilbon put it, have their limits. I'm not going to join those congratulating Snyder and Cerrato for their restraint because, from what I can gather, what they were willing to give up was still ridiculous. They just didn't cross the line to totally outrageous.

Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make. We'll have to follow the careers of Cutler, Campbell, and whoever the Redskins take in the first round this year and next to figure out if this trade the wasn't is one of those.

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Goal to go situations another problem area for Redskins' defense

Goal to go situations another problem area for Redskins' defense

In the third quarter of the Redskins’ Week 3 game against the Giants, New York drove to a first and goal at the Washington 10. A Trent Murphy sack and two incompletions later, Josh Brown came in and kicked a field goal.

Since then, opponents have had goal to go situations 12 times. They have scored touchdowns on every one of them.

The stop against the Giants was one of just two all year. They had one against the Cowboys in Week 2. Their opponents’ goal to go success rate is 90.5 percent. That’s the second worst in the NFL.

The failures have been costly. On Sunday, the Cardinals recovered a Kirk Cousins fumble and returned it to the Washington 10. The Redskins led 13-10 at the time and coming out of that situation with the game tied would have been large. But on third and goal at the six Carson Palmer hit Michael Floyd with a touchdown pass and the Cardinals had both the lead and the momentum.

Opponents usually haven’t had to work that hard. Teams have run 21 plays in goal to go and they have 10 touchdowns.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Cowboys got to goal to go three times. A stop on any one of them would have been a boost to the Redskins and would have changed the dynamic of the game. But Dallas was three for three.

The goal to go problems are a subset of the Redskins’ problems with red zone defense in general. Opponents have scored touchdowns on 27 of 40 red zone trips, a 67.5 percent success rate that puts the Redskins 30th in the NFL.  

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NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

The NFC East was a beast for a while, but in recent weeks, the division is fading. All the teams outside of Dallas lost this weekend, and losing streaks are popping up throughout the I-95 Corridor. Here's the NFC East update:

  1. The Minnesota Vikings gave the Dallas Cowboys all they could handle last Thursday night, and yet, the Cowboys won 17-15. Dak Prescott was not impressive in Minneapolis, but Ezekiel Elliott was and the Cowboys defense did just enough to slow the Vikings terrible offense. At 11-1, Dallas has clinched a playoff berth, and with a date in New York this Sunday night, Jerry Jones' crew has a chance to avenge their only loss of the year, which came in Week 1 to the Giants.
  2. It seemed expectations met reality for the New York Giants last Sunday in Pittsburgh. Ben McAdoo's team had won six games in a row, but largely, faced poor competition. In their first tough test since the leaves started falling, Eli Manning's offense could not get going and the Giants fell to 8-4, still in possession of the first NFC Wild Card spot. Even on their win streak, the Giants didn't pass many eye tests. Beat Dallas on Sunday night and all that changes.
  3. Two weeks ago the Washington Redskins were one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Winners of two straight and with a surging Kirk Cousins, the Redskins marched to Dallas on Thanksgiving and gave the Cowboys a real test. Despite the loss, Washington still held its spot with the second NFC Wild Card. After a deflating loss in Arizona, now the 'Skins are on the outside looking in of the playoffs. Good news for Jay Gruden and company: The team can get right back in the thick of things this week in Philly, and the remaining four-game schedule looks advantageous. 
  4. While the Redskins have lost two in a row and are in danger of falling out of the playoff race, the Philadelphia Eagles have lost three in a row and look to be falling apart. Rookie QB Carson Wentz is devoid of offensive weapons to work with and the Eagles have been outscored 85-42 in their last three games. Philly can get their first NFC East win this week with the 'Skins visiting, but it will take a different effort than they've shown in the last month.

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