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Redskins Steelers 4th Quarter

Redskins Steelers 4th Quarter

15:00—Anthony Montgomery is out with a sprained ankle.

14:44—Nobody was within 20 yards of Moore as he caught a short pass from Leftwich. If they score a touchdown here, it's over.

13:30—It's a last gasp for the Redskins here. Third and eight at the 20. If the Skins can hold them to a field goal here, they would be alive, but just barely.

Holmes 5 pass from Leftwich (Reed kick)
Steelers 23, Redskins 6

The rout is on. Holmes made a nice dive over the goal line after catching the pass at the line of scrimmage. The first interception of the year leads to a touchdown, along with almost seven minutes coming off of the clock.

9:44—The Redskins get a cheap first down on a roughing the passer penalty on a fourth-down play. The drive stays alive but as sloppy as it's been it's only a matter of time. Moss has not bee in on this drive and you have to think that he has tweaked his hamstring. Hopefully it will rest over the bye week.

8:44—The Skins pick up their second third down conversion in 12 tries with a pass from Campbell to Cooley. The Redskins then immediately have to burn a timeout, perhaps stunned by the development. If they can score quickly—and that's unlikely—they can get back into the verge of sort of being partway into the game.

7:19—Campbell gets credited with a TD but it looks like his knee was down when the ball was a good yard shy of the end zone. It's probably going to be fourth and goal at the one.

7:19—That's the call, a good reversal. Now the Skins have to score.

6:55—Campbell tries to go to Lorenzo Alexander, but the ball was knocked down. Steelers take over and the Redskins' last chance fades away.

5:23—Moss is back in the game and looks spry, so he must be doing OK. Can't say the same for the Redskins' chances here.

3:40—Even a miracle chance gets swallowed up with a 14-yard sack on fourth down.

The Steelers were a bit more focused and, as covered in the second-quarter blog here, they made the plays when they have the opportunity. Even after the sequence of dropped INT by Rogers and blocked punt by the Steelers, they converted on third down and maximized their chances. Going back to the first quarter when the Skins had a shot at opening up a nice working margin they twice settled for three, it just wasn't going to be their game.

Another pick by Campbell ends a shot at a cosmetic score with 20 seconds left. It would either have been his second INT or his eighth sack as a Steeler was bearing down on him hard.

 

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Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Since the dismissal of former general manager Scot McCloughan, there's been little question who was in charge at Redskins Park. Unofficially anyway. 

Bruce Allen is back running the show, if he ever stopped, and will be at the center of the Redskins draft room and decision making process.

For weeks, Allen and Jay Gruden made clear that the entire Redskins front office - from scouts to the top brass - have input on draft grades. Those grades will determine what players the 'Skins take, and the team is unlikely to deviate from their draft board. 

On Monday, however, Washington director of college scouting Scott Campbell addressed the media and explained that when a decision needs to be made, it will be Allen's call. 

From Campbell:

The way we have the room when the draft is ongoing is we have Eric Schaffer and Alex Santos are constantly calling teams above us. They’re taking the phone calls from the other teams – also behind [us]. A lot of times per Bruce’s instructions, he’ll say, ‘Hey, you take these five teams. You take the next five teams. Start making calls.’ And then we’re receiving calls too at the same time. Once they get that information, they’ll tell the table in the front and say, ‘Hey, we can trade back for this, we can trade up for that.’ It would be me and Bruce and Jay saying ‘No, no, we’ve got enough guys there’ or say ‘I like these guys,’ or like, “Hey, there’s guys there.’ So it’s kind of a discussion amongst the people, and most times it’s Bruce saying, ‘Just tell them we’re not interested,’ or he says, ‘Get the league on the phone. We’re going to make that trade.’”

Campbell's comments reveal quite a lot. To start, it's interesting to know the roles of Schaffer and Santos during the draft. Both men carry a lot of impact in the team's personnel selection. Also, and it was fairly obvious since McCloughan's firing, but Jay Gruden's role continues to increase.

The biggest tell, however, is that ultimately Bruce Allen makes the decisions. It's not a surprise, but it is important to know. Officially.

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Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

The Redskins may or may not have one of the most polarizing members of the 2017 draft class on their draft board. But they do believe that character counts.

Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, would not say if  Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is seen on video striking a woman and knocking her to the floor in an incident that occurred in July of 2014, is on the team’s board.

“We don't announce who's on and off the board for strategic reasons,” said Campbell on Monday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, saying that it’s the team’s policy.

He added that incidents like the one that Mixon was a part of do come into consideration.

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“Character is very important to me, it's very important to the Redskins,” said Campbell.

He explained that early in the scouting process, character issues are not taken into account.

“What I always told the scouts and how I was trained 30 years ago when I started is when you start to evaluate guys in the beginning, you don't factor in the character, you don't grade character, you grade talent,” said Campbell, who has been with the Redskins organization for 16 years. “You don't throw away somebody early who may have some redeeming quality or a part of the story you didn't know about.”

It’s later on that the scouts gather information on such incidents as problems with the law, failed drug tests, and other quarters of character.

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“Our scouts do a great job getting a lot of information,” said Campbell. “Some of the incidents you brought up happened after the season, at the combine, and just a few days ago. All those things are factored into an evaluation as they are gathered.”

With that information at hand, they start the process of elimination, deciding who fits and who doesn’t.

“When it comes close to the draft, you start weeding out all that, getting more information, deciding, OK, that guy's not our kind of guy, that guy's not a Redskin, this guy could be drafted but good luck to them,” said Campbell.

It seems like much more of a gut feel type of process than anything rigid. There is not much of a clue there as to whether or not the team will consider bringing Mixon aboard, who is inarguably one of the most talented running backs in the draft. The upside is that Mixon could provide a jolt to the team’s offense. The downside would be an immediate public relations hit. The team also must consider what will happen if Mixon were to run afoul of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy in the future, which calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense with penalties getting progressively worse if problems persist.

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