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The Week That Was: 'Gummy Bear' makes the Redskins' cut

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The Week That Was: 'Gummy Bear' makes the Redskins' cut

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 1, eight days before the Redskins open their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.

That was the week that was

—I don’t know why the Redskins decided to keep four quarterbacks but it wasn’t so that they could trade Kirk Cousins. He is going nowhere.

—They also didn’t keep Pat White and Rex Grossman because of “concerns” surrounding RG3. Griffin is starting against the Eagles.

—But regardless of why White is on the 53 and no matter how long he stays there, he deserves credit for taking advantage of the opportunity. It seems like he has a long way to go before he could be a regular NFL quarterback but he’s willing to work at it so anything is possible.

—Jose Gumbs, who Raheem Morris calls “Gummy Bear”, was brought in as a free agent when Jordan Bernstine was released at the start of training camp. As he and his new teammates were stretching prior to his first practice there were some front office types out there with him showing him some paperwork to sign. He literally signed his contract while on the field.

—Gumbs is a smallish safety (5-feet-10, 210) but he hustles and hits. This is his third stop in the NFL after coming out of Monmouth in 2012. If he’s active for games he’ll get a heavy dose of special teams play.

—We’ll ask Mike Shanahan why Chase Minnifield was let go. I suspect it was in part because they like Jerome Murphy, who was a third-round pick of the Rams in 2010 and was around here last year. I also think they believed that Minnifield has some work to do before he is a legitimate NFL corner.

—The Redskins can start forming their practice squad this afternoon. The claiming deadline for practice squad eligible players such as Minnifield, running back Jawan Jamison, and wide receiver Nick Williams is noon today. If no other teams claim them the Redskins can offer them positions on their practice squad.

—Many predicted that the Redskins would go with eight offensive linemen with the three linemen the team drafted in 2012 as the backups. But it’s another thing actually to see it, especially Tom Compton as the swing tackle. In past seasons, Shanahan has kept an experienced guy like Jordan Black or Sean Locklear around for that role. Josh LeRibeus is the only one of the three who has seen so much as a snap of NFL action. Adam Gettis was on the roster for 16 games last year and was inactive all 16.

—In case anyone cares, I correctly predicted 49 of the 53 roster spots. On defense I had DeJon Gomes in over Gumbs and Minnifield over Murphy. On offense I had nine O-linemen with Tony Pashos in and Pat White out. I also had Keiland Williams in instead of Evan Royster.

—Evidently some of the Redskins had a costume party last night. Well, at least I hope they did.
Introducing the 2013 Jamaican bobsledding team. @RyanKerrigan91 @KirkCousins8 @NotOnDuty__ @TomCompton76 pic.twitter.com/Ja8qkHXyNt

— Josh LeRibeus (@JLeRibeus) September 1, 2013
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The Final Countdown: Redskins 8th worst play came from a big hit in Arizona

The Final Countdown: Redskins 8th worst play came from a big hit in Arizona

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 8 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Cardinals Week 13

5:13 left in Q3, Redskins ball 2nd and 8 at their own 29, Redskins leading 13-10

Kirk Cousins sacked at WAS 36 for -9 yards (Calais Campbell). FUMBLES (Calais Campbell) [Calais Campbell], RECOVERED by ARZ- Markus Golden at WAS 30. Markus Golden to WAS 10 for 20 yards (Chris Thompson).

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Tandler: The Redskins had survived a rocky start and they were in position to take control of the game after the Cardinals missed a long field goal attempt. But the situation turned abruptly when Campbell blew over guard Shawn Lauvao and hit Cousins, sending the ball flying. Golden scooped it up and returned it to the 10. Three plays later Carson Palmer threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd. That was the beginning of the end of the Redskins’ chances to get a road win that they desperately had to have.

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Finlay: When the Cowboys opened the game by marching right down the field against the Redskins on Thanksgiving, nobody blinked, as Dallas' offense had been superb all season. When Arizona did the same thing the following week, there was reason for concern. The 'Skins were able to stem the Cards early, and even took a lead, before Campbell bull-rushed his way into the Washington backfield and blasted Cousins. The Cardinals defensive line was hitting Cousins all game, and this play almost seemed inevitable. It would later come out Lauvao was playing through injury, but bigger picture, the Cardinals loss was the first game the 'Skins truly needed and the team couldn't win. The loss dropped Jay Gruden's squad out of a playoff spot, and though the team would eventually inch their way back into contention, in hindsight, losing in Arizona was the first real indicator that the 2016 Redskins would not make the postseason. 

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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Dennis Thurman

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Dennis Thurman

The Redskins are set to interview Dennis Thurman for their vacant offensive coordinator position. Here is a look at Thurman’s qualifications for the job.

Before becoming a coordinator: Thurman played in the NFL for the Cowboys from 1978-1985. Redskins fans may best remember him for trying to break up the “Fun Bunch” celebration in a 1983 game. He played for the Cardinals the last season of his career. He coached the secondary for the Cardinals for two years before going to USC and holding the same job there from 1993-2000. Thurman then returned to the NFL as a Ravens defensive assistant and secondary coach. He moved to the Jets to coach the secondary there before getting promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012.

Related: Projecting the Redskins' roster--defense

Note: If you want more complete stats on Thurman’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2013 Jets (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 5,359 (11th), points 387 (19th), takeaways 15 (31st), 3rd down 38.8% (13th), DVOA -5.6% (12th)
Notable players: DE Muhammad Wilkerson, CB Antonio Cromartie*, S Ed Reed

The Jets traded away their best defender, Darrelle Revis, during the offseason. Wilkerson led a good pass rush as he racked up 10.5 sacks and LB Calvin Pace had 10. It should be noted that head coach Rex Ryan is a defensive-minded head coach and he certainly had influence in what went right and what went wrong on that side of the ball.

2014 Jets (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,235 (6th), points 401 (24th), takeaways 13 (32nd), 3rd down 45.2% (30th), DVOA 3.5% (21st)
Notable players: DT Sheldon Richardson*, DE Quinton Cooples

If you want to know how a team can finish in the top six in yards and in the bottom 10 in points allowed just look at the lack of takeaways and the porous third-down defense. An offense with Geno Smith at quarterback couldn’t keep thinks afloat and Thurman was fired along with Ryan after the season.

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2015 Bills (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 5,702 (19th), points 359 (15th), takeaways 25 (12th), 3rd down 40.5%, DVOA 8.6% (24th)
Notable players: DE Mario Williams, DE Jerry Hughes

Ryan and Thurman both moved to upstate New York when they were hired by the Bills. This unit ranked fourth in both yards and points the year before Ryan and Thurman arrived and they obviously didn’t maintain that. It didn’t help that 2014 first-team All-Pro Marcell Dareus got into some legal trouble during the offseason and his production plummeted from 10 sacks in 2014 to two.

2016 Bills (7-9)

Rankings: Yards 5,712 (19th), points 378 (16th), takeaways 18 (23rd), 3rd down 40.0%, DVOA 8.0 (26th)
Notable players: LB Lorenzo Alexander*, CB Stephon Gilmore

Former Redskin Alexander had a good year, racking up 12 sacks and making the Pro Bowl but there wasn’t much else to talk about on defense. They essentially spun their wheels and Ryan was fired with a game left and Thurman soon followed him out the door.

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