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Redskins vs Rams 4th quarter

Redskins vs Rams 4th quarter

14:00—Zorn has not abandoned the run and it is serving the team well as Portis is banging for some good yardage and a 23-yard pass to Randle El off of play action has the Redskins on the move. We've seen this before, though, and they have to finish the drive.

12:41—And a first-down false start doesn't help matters any. Betts goes for three and then Campbell takes a five-yard sack. There is no margin for error for this group today.

FG Suisham 38
Rams 16, Redskins 10

Well, better than the last eight drives or so have ended. There is plenty of time and the Redskins need just one touchdown. Just one touchdown.

10:39—If Suisham doesn't lead the league in kickoffs out of bounds, he leads the league in ill-timed kickoffs out of bounds. His ability to do that at just the wrong time is uncanny.

8:53—The Redskins may just have received a break that is the equivalent of the 12 men on the field against Dallas. An illegal formation negates a scramble by Bulger to convert a third and 10. The retry on third and 15 is incomplete and the Rams will punt. Instead of Rams ball with a first down at midfield, the Redskins are in decent shape at about their own 25 after the punt.

5:50—Again, Zorn is sticking with the run and, again, it's serving him well. Portis popped a 29-yarder and the Redskins are on the move.

5:27—And again the Redskins will have to overcome a first and 15 after a first-down penalty. They haven't been able to do this all day and it looks like now is no exception.

4:00—This time the Skins do overcome it as Campbell hits ARE on the move for 29 yards and a first and goal at the two. Actually, it may turn out to be good that he didn't get into the end zone as it allows the Redskins to burn off some more clock.

Portis 2 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 17, Rams 16

Go back to the illegal formation flag when the Rams had the ball. That was the turning point.

3:40—All the Rams need is a field goal and Brown can bomb them from long distance. It doesn't look like a prevent setup, the Redskins can't afford to give them much yardage.

2:00—Bulger throws a bullet to convert third and two. They're about 20 yards away from field goal range for Brown. Someone needs to make a play.

1:45—Horton low and Rocky high for a big stop on second and ten. Two more plays.

Probably the dagger. Bulger to Avery for 43 yards and they're in easy FG range. It will take a miracle.

Josh Brown missed a potential game-winner from about the same spot on the same end of the field for Seattle in 2005.

Some help, maybe. A 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct pushes it back to something hear a 50-yard try. We will see.

FG Brown 49
Rams 19, Redskins 17

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Need to Know: Did the Redskins underachieve in 2016?

Need to Know: Did the Redskins underachieve in 2016?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 18, 99 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 43
NFL free agency starts 51
First Sunday of 2017 season 236

The coordinator search and more

Did the Redskins underachieve this year? I know that a metric like Football Outsiders' DVOA is not the final word in the quality of a team but looking at it year after year it usually does work out that the teams with the better numbers in DVOA usually win more games than those with worse numbers. The Redskins finished 2016 eighth in DVOA. Considering that 12 teams make the playoffs, that could be considered a playoff quality team. Yet 15 teams finished with a better record than they did. I’m sure there are some holes in the formula for the stat but just looking at that it sure appears that the Redskins did leave some wins out on the field.

John Keim is reporting that the Redskins are prepared to switch to a 4-3 defense if that is what their new defensive coordinator prefers. They have been in the 3-4 since Mike Shanahan arrived in 2010. Whether it is because of the scheme or lack of draft and free agent resources spent on the line and at safety, the defense hasn’t been very good. As Keim notes, they will need to make some personnel changes if they do change but with a full load of draft picks and $62 million in cap space this may be the time to do it.

I expected the angst that was all over Twitter when word of the Rob Ryan interview got out. But it’s pretty dumb to get all worked up over an interview (with all due respect to readers here who may have been upset). It’s not a hiring. Look, somehow or another Ryan managed to stay employed as an NFL defensive coordinator for 12 straight seasons. I don’t know how to research it without going through some very time consuming and tedious steps but I’d be willing to bet that only about a few dozen men in the history of the league have been able to remain a defensive coordinator for that many season in a row. The organization can learn something from sitting down and talking to him for a few hours.

I understand that we want things to talk about in a relatively slow time. But I just don’t see why there is fear out there over the possibility that Kyle Shanahan will get hired as the coach of the 49ers and somehow steal Kirk Cousins away to be his quarterback. The Redskins can maintain his rights via the franchise tag. They could tag Cousins and trade him to the 49ers but there would be a heavy price in terms of draft picks. But while it’s possible, it’s unlikely. The chances are very, very good that Cousins will be in a Redskins uniform this year via either the tag or a long-term deal. 

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#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

As the Redskins settle into the offseason without both an offensive and defensive coordinator, JP Finlay and Rich Tandler debate who will get the jobs, and when they will be announced. 

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