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TW3: Redskins will deal Cousins--someday

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TW3: Redskins will deal Cousins--someday

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, August 10, eight days before the Redskins host the Steelers at FedEx Field.

That Was the Week That Was

—It’s as simple as this—you want a coach who is overly protective of his players’ health when they are rehabbing from injuries and you want a player who wants to get in there and play. In the RG3-Shanahan relationship right now, it’s better to have disagreement than to have the player agree with the coach or, worse, the coach agree with the player.

—Jawan Jamison was a healthy scratch on Thursday (the NFL credits him with one special teams snap) but that doesn’t mean that his chances of making the roster are diminishing. In the preseason Mike Shanahan likes to rotate his running back by the game in the preseason, not by the quarter. He mostly used Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. Look for them to get a breather against the Steelers and for Jamison and, if he’s healthy, fellow rookie Chris Thompson to get some more action.

—The Redskins are likely to deal Kirk Cousins at some point in time but later rather than sooner. Of course he’ll be around this year and there is no reason to be in a big hurry to trade him in 2014. Cousins will have two years left on his contract at that point so why trade him unless you get an offer that blows you away? In 2015 he will have on year left on his deal so that would be the last chance to trade him and get some draft pick value for him before he would likely hit free agency in 2016. That should give them enough time to figure out who will back up RG3 moving forward.

—One positive aspect of the Titans game was that there were no turnovers although a key fumble was nullified by a penalty. That’s pretty good in a game with three different quarterbacks and a total of 17 different players handling the ball. The takeaway side of the ledger registered a zero, too. They forced no fumbles but they had legitimate shots at an interception. That was early in the game when it looked like David Amerson had two hands on a Jake Locker pass but he couldn’t hold on. In the second half it looked like Richard Crawford had come up with an end zone pick but the officials ruled it incomplete and there wasn't enough evidence to overturn.

—It should be noted that even though the penalty that nullified that nice Lance Lewis’ nice TD run and catch in the third quarter was charged to tackle Xavier Nixon, it wasn’t his fault. He was supposed to be covered on the line by a wide receiver but the WR didn’t line up right.

—What has not been noted is that the Redskins win over the Tennessee snapped an 11-game home preseason winning streak for the Titans. Well, maybe it hasn’t been noted because it was/is utterly meaningless. But in any case I wouldn’t want to be a Titan this week; Mike Munchak is serious about winning when it doesn’t count.

In case you missed it

Here are links to all 37 Redskins posts from the past week from here and CSNwashington.com.

Sunday 08.04

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Tuesday 08.06

Wednesday 08.07

Thursday 08.08

Friday 08.09

Saturday 08.10

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Want to beat the Cardinals? Bring down Carson Palmer

Want to beat the Cardinals? Bring down Carson Palmer

Many considered the Cardinals a Super Bowl contender this season, though the team has not performed to that level so far in 2016. One huge problem for Arizona - protecting quarterback Carson Palmer. 

In its last four games, Arizona has given up 16 sacks on Palmer, including a staggering eight sacks against the Carolina Panthers. In the last two games, Palmer has gone down six times, and both games have been losses. 

With weapons like wideout Larry Fitzgerald and running back David Johnson, Palmer has lots of options to move the ball. That's why Jay Gruden knows how important it is for his front seven to get home.

"It’s going to start with the pass rush," Gruden said. "If Carson [Palmer] has all day to throw and give Larry time to do double moves and stem you inside and vertical and then get back out or break it back across, I don’t care how big you are or how fast you are, it’s going to be hard."

In all six Cardinals losses, Palmer has been sacked at least two times, and in four of the losses, Palmer has gone down at least four times. Beyond the Panthers' eight sacks, the Bills brought down the Cards QB five times, and both the Seahawks and Vikings got to Palmer four times.

While the sack totals stand out, Washington's Preston Smith knows each week is different in the NFL.

"Every game you’re fired up because you feel like it's an opporttunity to get out there and get sacks," Smith said. "You don’t think about what another team did, they’re going to play us different."

Talking on the latest #RedskinsTalk Podcast, Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy acknowledged that the defense knows how beat up the Cardinals' offensive line is. Murphy, who has seven sacks on the season, added that he's 'drooling' for this matchup and the opportunity to take advantage of the Arizona vulnerabilities up front. (Listen to the full podcast below.)

Bruce Arians knows his team is undermanned on the line, and the Arizona offense will be creative to protect Palmer.

"You have to help them," Arians said of his O-line. "You have got to stay balanced and hopefully not get into a situation where it’s a throw, throw, throw game because then you’re putting them in harm’s way and your quarterback in harm’s way."

It doesn't help that in his 14th season, Palmer is probably one of the least mobile quarterbacks in the NFL. After matching up against Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott in their last two games, the Redskins defense knows Palmer won't move nearly as much, though that doesn't mean he's neccesarily easier to get down.

"You’re not going against a mobile quarterback but you still got to get to that spot," Smith said. "Carson’s a good quarterback."

Linebacker Mason Foster said that sacks aren't as important as consistent pressure. 

"On a great quarterback like that you want consistent pressure all day long. Make things tough on him, you don’t want a clean pocket," Foster said. "If you have pressure in his face all day and you don’t get no sacks, I think that's a success."

Even at 36, Palmer is still a dangerous quarterback. He's thrown for nearly 3,000 yards this year with a beat-up offensive line and missing one start. But numbers are numbers, and the data shows that if the 'Skins pass rushers can get Palmer to the ground, the chances of a Washington win shoot right up. 

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Poll: What is your approval rating for Redskins coach Jay Gruden?

Poll: What is your approval rating for Redskins coach Jay Gruden?

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