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Skins-Eagles Second Quarter

Skins-Eagles Second Quarter

Second Quarter

Another first down for Washington, another five-yard penalty. They overcame the first, but not the second. Two series and no downfield throws, just screens.

The Redskins need to play virtually a perfect game and they need to take a few chances to pull this one out. Not doing well on either front so far.

Thrash downs another one at the one. Now’s the chance for the defense to make a play.

McNabb launches a prayer and Pinkston catches it after Smoot falls down for a big gaine. It’s the kind of play that comes through for you when it’s your year.

Jerimaine “Bring on the Pain” Haley gets the D-lineman’s triple play. He sacks McNabb, forcing a fumble that he recovers. Big break for Skins to kill the drive for Philly. D-Mac did his scrambling thing, but when he stopped to throw Haley blindsided him, popping the ball loose.

A false start turns a third and three into a third and eight.

Thrash downs another one at the one, but the refs blow the call. Gibbs, for some reason, does not challenge. Touchback.

McNabb takes off on third and eight but is nailed short of the first. With 4:00 to go in the half, TO is truly T-Oh, as in zero catches.

Ramsey is getting some time to throw, he needs to start going a little deeper if it’s there.

Randy Thomas getting carted off the field with what looked like a leg injury. Too early to speculate, but I will anyway—it doesn’t look good. Lennie Friedman is at right guard in his place. Right hamstring injury, return unlikely, according to Fox sideline reporter.

Skins take shots at the end zone on first and second and goal from the 10. Then there is an off pass on third down to Coles on the sideline at the six and Skins settle for three to make it 7-6. Nice drive.

Eagles burned at end of half after completing a pass to the Redskins 30. Eagles wanted to spike the ball to set up a FG attempt, but McNabb lined up behind the guard and a false start resulted in the remaining 10 seconds being run off the clock (the same as the end of the game last week for the Skins).

I woulnd't exactly say that the Eagles are being punched in the mouth and don't know how to react, but it's something like that to a lesser degree. They clearly didn't expect such a game from the Redskins.

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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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