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Redskins vs Rams 3rd quarter

Redskins vs Rams 3rd quarter

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15:00—It's now up to Kendall's teammates to bail him out of the mental blunder. Again, I don't want to blast him too hard because there really wasn't much time to think, but that still wasn't smart.

12:53—The Redskins drop another interception, this time it was Fletcher. That's two in the hands that were not caught. When your offense is coming off of a three-turnover half, you have to even those things up.

12:03—Now the Rams are going for it on fourth and four at the Washington 37. I don't know about this one, if I'm the Rams I don't want to give the momentum back to the Redskins and St. Louis hasn't exactly been moving the ball with any great degree of efficiency. We will see after the Ram timeout.

11:55—They got it with a pass to Holt. The Redskins were playing some pretty soft coverage there, almost conceding the first down. That dropped interception is looming larger and larger as the Rams move downfield towards the end zone.

8:48—Chris Horton gets credit here for stuffing Minor for a two-yard loss on first down. That knocked the Rams off rhythm and they have to settle for a field goal.

FG Brown 25
Rams 13, Redskins 7

It's still a one-score game but the Washington offense really needs to get it going here. The momentum is all on the Rams' side and nothing will turn it around like the Redskins offense getting into a rhythm and moving into the end zone.

7:00—Chris Samuels is back in the game, looking no worse for wear. Unfortunately, he didn't help the offense out of its funk as another drive stalled near midfield.

5:04—It's getting late early. The Rams burn a timeout before a third and 15 play. A Dante Hall punt return got them good field position and the Redskins defense needs to throw a ton of water on this fire. A conversion here would be a big, big blow. Look for the screen.

5:00—Springs with a sack to kill the drive. The Redskins now get another shot, but a holding call on the punt return pushes the Redskins back inside the 10.

3:12—A strip forces a three and out and then a shanked Brooks punt gives the Rams a golden opportunity to widen their lead. Again, it's getting late early.

FG Brown 44
Rams 16, Redskins 7

It's not desperation time, but the Redskins need, say, a first down or two. The offense has been sluggish ever since that fumble by Kendall and they just can't seem to shake it. Somebody—say Santana Moss, who has two catches for 22 yards—needs to make a play.

 

 

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Kirk Cousins had his eye on Kyle Shanahan's offense, but is there more to it?

Kirk Cousins had his eye on Kyle Shanahan's offense, but is there more to it?

Of course, Kirk Cousins is disappointed the Redskins didn’t make the playoffs, but among the various things he’s done in the offseason, one of them is a little curious.

Sunday, Cousins wasn’t just watching the Falcons dominate the Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship Game. He sent out a picture on Instagram from the stands of the Georgia Dome.

“Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!” Cousins wrote.

But — especially with rumors that Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will be offered the head coaching position with the 49ers — is there more to this post than the Redskins’ quarterback simply watching the game?

Shanahan was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator from 2010-2013 and was reportedly “integral” in the team selecting Cousins in the 2012 NFL Draft.

So if Shanahan makes the move out to San Francisco and if the Redskins don’t put a franchise tag on Cousins, could the pair be reunited?

It’s possible, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, who said, “don’t be surprised if the 49ers make a run at Kirk Cousins if the Redskins do not make him their exclusive franchise player.”

There’s a lot of if’s involved for that to happen, but it’s possible. It’s also possible Cousins was just enjoying the NFC Championship Game and decided to Instagram about it. 

MORE REDSKINS: Why Matt Cavanaugh makes sense for Washington

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3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

Championship Sunday produced a flurry of Redskins news. A pair of internal promotions erased the team's vacant coordinator positions, as Greg Manusky landed the defensive coordinator spot and Matt Cavanaugh will take over as offensive coordinator. When Sean McVay left to coach the Rams, many expected Cavanaugh to take over his spot. Here are three reasons why:

  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - There was plenty to criticize from the Redskins the last two seasons, but not much of it came on offense. Cavanaugh joined the organization in 2015 as quarterback coach, and the offense has consistently improved in those two seasons. Though the team struggled to score TDs in the Red Zone, the 2016 version of the Redskins moved the ball at a team-record clip and ranked among the top offensive teams in NFL yardage. When something is working as well as the 'Skins offense, it's not wise to change it dramatically.
  2. Impressive work - Cavanaugh began coaching QBs for the Redskins in 2015. Kirk Cousins took over as Redskins starting quarterback in 2015. In two years working together, Cousins twice broke the Redskins franchise passing record and is now poised to get a mega-contract in free agency. Talking after the 'Skins loss to the Giants earlier this month, Jay Gruden said, "I think [Cousins'] really improved his game a lot in the last couple years. And a lot of it has to do with Matt Cavanaugh and Sean McVay."
  3. Make the call - The biggest question remaining for the Redskins - outside of the HUGE unknown surrounding Cousins - will be about play calling. All indications are that Jay Gruden will return to calling the plays from the Washington sideline, and obviously, that's a situation Cavanaugh understands. For two seasons now, Cavanaugh along with McVay, Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan have had input on play calling. With McVay gone, Cavanaugh and Callahan will likely contribute even more in support of Gruden. 

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