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Stocking Stuffers

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A few Christmas morning nuggets here before finishing the wrapping of the presents under the tree (hey, who says you can't wait until the last minute?)

  • I didn't see something about Sundays game that Mort reported last night on ESPN's pregame repeated anywhere in the print editions this morning. If you recall, Brad Childress was complaining that the Vikings should have been allowed an opportunity to get substitutes on and off the field on the Gibbs 12-man challenge play. Mortensen said that the league had reviewed the tapes and had found that the Redskins did not substitute any players between the completion to Santana Moss (and, yes, he did drag his left foot inbounds to make that a legal catch) and the penalty for too many men on the field was the right call. Update: In Childress' press conference yesterday he also stated that the Redskins did not substitute between those plays.
  • Wade Phillips is talking bravely about the integrity of the game and wanting to win this game against the Redskins badly. He's not saying, though, that he'll play Sunday's game just as though their playoff survival was on the line. When asked about whether or not specific players would go he was vague, as he should be. No healthy player—or as healthy as any player can be at this point during the season—should know that he will sit out the upcoming game. The mental preparation won't be there and if the backup gets hurt and the starter has to go in, there is the danger of both injury and lapses.

    I think that he plays it like the second or third preseason game, with anyone who is banged up at all sitting out and the rest of the starters playing a half. The bottom line is that despite a 13-2 record, Phillips' job is not 100% secure. If Tony Romo gets hurt in the third quarter and the Cowboys experience another one and done, Wade's long-term future in Dallas would not be very secure.

  • Joe Gibbs was equally evasive yesterday when asked if Jason Campbell would return as the starting quarterback when his knee was healed should the Redskins make the playoffs. His answer was of the "we'll cross that bridge when he come to it" variety. This also is the proper approach. You don't want Collins to have to focus on keeping his job and you don't want to make a promise to Campbell that you can't keep.
  • By the way, where are Gibbs Must Go and the rest of the lynch mob? Have the last three weeks changed your perspective on the job that he's done? Is it a good idea to offer him an extension? I've been critical of Gibbs and I've stated that I didn't think that he could take this team to the next level. I could be proven wrong.

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Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan advising other teams in advance of NFL Draft, per NFL Network

Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan advising other teams in advance of NFL Draft, per NFL Network

Redskins team president Bruce Allen made clear at the NFL League Meetings that former general manager Scot McCloughan is free to work elsewhere in the NFL. Now it appears that's happening. 

Mike Garafalo of the NFL Network reported that McCloughan has advised multiple NFL teams in advance of the draft. 

McCloughan was let go by the Redskins in early March after a tumultuous few months following the 2016 season. A slew of reports pegged the GM's ouster on a combination of a power struggle with Allen and other outlets suggested problems with alcohol played a part in his firing. 

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In previous stops with the 49ers and Seahawks, alcohol played a large role in McCloughan's removal from front office jobs. Before he was hired by Washington in 2015, McCloughan was operating his own scouting service. 

Redskins director of college scouting Scott Campbell explained earlier this week that McCloughan played a part in setting the Redskins draft board. Campbell added, however, that much information on the board has changed since McCloughan was fired.

Outside of a small circle of people, it's hard to know exactly what transpired that led to McCloughan's firing. Regardless, it's not a surprise that he is back providing information about college prospects. 

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Five things to watch during the NFL draft while waiting for the Redskins to pick

Five things to watch during the NFL draft while waiting for the Redskins to pick

The Redskins have the 17th pick in tonight’s first round. Things get underway when the Browns go on the clock at about 8 p.m. There are 10 minutes allotted between picks. If each team takes the maximum time the Redskins will pick sometime after 11 p.m. However, picks are usually in with a few minutes to spare so Washington will go on the clock sometime between 10 and 10:30.

So, what is there to watch for until then? In what everything thinks will be one of the wildest and most unpredictable first rounds in recent memory, here are five places where the decisions made could have ripple effects back to pick No. 17.

No. 1, Browns—The steaming hot rumor that has popped up in the last 24 hours is that QB Mitchell Trubisky, not DE Myles Garret, will be the top pick in the draft. Of course, that talk could be a steaming pile of, well, what comes out of the south end of a bull. If the Browns do go with Trubisky, who was expected to remain on the board through the first five picks, there could be a run on quarterbacks in the top half of the draft, with teams maneuvering to get their guy. That could push a solid defensive player back to the Redskins.

No. 4, Jaguars—Nobody is quite sure what is going on here. Leonard Fournette is the chalk pick but this is the team that drafted Blake Bortles completely out of the blue in the top five a few years ago. They have spent a lot of draft capital and free agent money on defense. They may be ready to move on from Bortles so a QB is a possibility, a move that would start or, if Trubusky goes to the Browns at No. 1, continue a run on quarterbacks.

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No. 8, Panthers—In a draft that is supposedly unpredictable, the constant in mock drafts over the last 10 days or so has been Christian McCaffrey to Carolina. It almost seems to be too simple to be true, especially if the top seven picks are loaded with surprises. The Panthers have plenty of needs and if they have a top safety or linebacker fall into their laps they could well bypass McCaffrey. That would put him in play for the Redskins at 17.

No. 13, Cardinals—We go back to quarterbacks here. Will the Cardinals, who have plenty of needs, take a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech to groom to replace Carson Palmer? If they do, that could force the a QB-needy team picking later in the first such as the Texans to move up to make sure they aren’t left out. That could have them on the phone to Ashburn offering their second-round pick to entice the Redskins to move down to No. 25.

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No. 16, Ravens—Picking immediately in front of the Redskins, the Ravens also have needs everywhere. Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster seem like the type of player the Ravens like so there is the possibility that the Redskins could see a very good player at a top area of need slide back towards them only to get snatched up one pick prior to them going on the clock. The good news may be that many analysts have Baltimore addressing wide receiver or offensive line at No. 16 and those positions are not likely to be of high interest to the Redskins in the first round.

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