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State of the Redskins, Week 15: Still in control

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State of the Redskins, Week 15: Still in control

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 14 of the NFL season.

Record: 6-7, T-1st in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 2-2
vs. NFC: 6-4
vs. AFC: 0-3
Home: 5-2
Away: 1-5

Key stats changes from 2014-2015

 

Rankings (through Sunday’s games)

Offense (yards/game): 336.5 (25th)
Defense (yards/game): 363.7 (21st)
Passer rating offense:  93.0 (13th)
Opp passer rating: 95.2 (22nd)
Yards/rush attempt: 3.6 (29th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.6 (29th)
DVOA through Week 14 (Football Outsiders): -5.6% (17th)

Top three storylines:

Still in control—By getting their first win on the road, the Redskins stayed in control of their playoff fate. If they win out, they are in. There are some complex scenarios that will let them get in if they don’t put together a 3-0 finish. But there is a good sound to win and in.

Injuries continue to pile up—Another week, another season ending injury for the Redskins. This week it was second tight end Derek carrier, who went out with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Carrier joined over a dozen teammates on injured reserve as the team signed Alex Smith, who played for Jay Gruden in Cincinnati. Just another case of next man up.

Cousins stays hot—Kirk Cousins’ future in Washington was looking shaky after he threw two interceptions and posted a passer rating of 57.9 against the Jets in Week 6. But since then he has been on fire. Since then he has thrown just three interceptions and has five games with a passer rating over 100 including his last three in a row.

Next three games

Sunday vs. Bills (6-7)—The Bills’ defense was supposed to be dominant but that hasn’t materialized. LeSean McCoy, who burned the Redskins on occasion when he was with the Eagles, seems to be healthy and is playing better the last five games than he has all year. We will see what Rex Ryan brings to town on Sunday.

December 26 @ Eagles (6-7)—The only thing this game will mean is everything. The winner probably wins the NFC East, the loser likely heads home for the playoffs. We’ll take a closer look at where these two inconsistent teams as we get closer to the Saturday prime time contest.

January 3 @ Cowboys (4-9)—This game could be critical for the Redskins or it could be the January equivalent of a meaningless preseason game. We know it won’t mean anything for the Cowboys.

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Redskins, Cousins agent will meet at the NFL Combine

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Redskins, Cousins agent will meet at the NFL Combine

The Redskins will sit down with Mike McCartney this week to continue the process of working out a long-term contract for his client, franchise tagged quarterback Kirk Cousins.

“Eric Schaffer, who’s a great guy and works hard for the Redskins, and I are going to get together this week,” McCartney told Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday, just a few hours after the Redskins announced that they had placed the exclusive franchise tag on Cousins.

McCartney said that he has had “a few back and forths” with the Redskins since the end of the season, when the two sides were permitted to talk about a long-term deal again after being prohibited from doing so during the season as Cousins played on the franchise tag.

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Schaffer’s formal title is the Redskins’ Vice President of Football Administration. In layman’s terms he is the team’s contracts and cap guru. He and McCartney will work to hammer out the details of a deal that, if it gets done, will have a lot of zeroes in it.

How much will it take to get it done? McCartney strongly hinted that their position would start with making Cousins one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the game.

He was asked about using the extension that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck signed, a deal that carries an average annual value of $24.6 million, as a comparable deal to work off of in the negotiations. He said that they certainly would have to consider that contract in the negotiations. However, McCartney believes the price tag that the Redskins themselves put on Cousins is the best indicator of his value.

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“We’re sitting here today, we’ve had a one-year offer placed on Kirk that says he’s worth $24 million,” he said. “Kirk didn’t ask for that, I didn’t ask for that. The club chose to put that on him. Now, we’re very, very appreciative of that. We recognize that that’s a commitment from a club and they’re sending a message by making it non-exclusive that they see him as a franchise quarterback. And they’re willing to do that for one year. But that’s his value right now, until we do a deal.”

[McCartney apparently misspoke when he said that the tag was “non-exclusive” since it was exclusive]

Note that McCartney did not lock himself into a negotiating position, saying that the QB’s value is $24 million “right now, until we do a deal”. He could negotiate from a higher or lower number depending on what happens between now and the July 15 deadline to get a contract done.

In any case, he’s talking about high-priced territory. It remains to be seen if Schaffer, Bruce Allen, and Scot McCloughan are willing to talk about a deal in that neighborhood. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - Talking Kirk Cousins' options with NFL Network's Mike Garafalo

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - Talking Kirk Cousins' options with NFL Network's Mike Garafalo

NFL Network's Mike Garafalo joins JP Finlay with the latest on the Redskins options with Kirk Cousins, and despite the exclusive tag, that still includes trade options.

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