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Vernon Davis says Jay Gruden is a big reason why he wants to remain a Redskin

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Vernon Davis says Jay Gruden is a big reason why he wants to remain a Redskin

Three years into his head coaching career, Jay Gruden has compiled a 21-26-1 record. In his rookie season, the Redskins slogged through a 4-12 campaign, but he has helped guide Washington to two —albeit, both of them were barely — winning seasons since.

However, even after a playoff berth and near-playoff berth, many have wondered if Gruden and his .448 winning percentage really do belong at the helm of an NFL team. But in a #RedskinsTalk podcast discussion with CSN Insider JP Finlay, Vernon Davis sounded like he had no such doubts.

"Jay Gruden is probably one of my favorite coaches, all-time," Davis told Finlay. "And I say that because of his personality, his enthusiasm, his approach to the game. He's just a terrific coach. Everyone respects him, they look to him as a leader. He's just everything you could possibly want in a coach."

Davis didn't just stop there, though. He went as far to say that Gruden is a reason why staying in the Burgundy and Gold is such an attractive option for the free agent tight end. 

"I love him, I love him, and that's one of the other reasons that I wouldn't mind staying here," he said. "He allows the players to play really, really loose, and you want that in a coach."

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Aside from the way Gruden carries himself, it's obvious that Davis can fit in the coach's system. Last season showed that he, even as a No. 2 tight end behind Jordan Reed, can put up impressive numbers and be a featured weapon instead of an afterthought like he had been in previous years.

Add those things up, plus the fact that the 33-year-old is from the area, and he made it clear to Finlay that signing back with the Redskins is something he'd be very interested in doing.

"You know I'm letting my agent deal with that at the moment with hopes that I'll be back with the Washington Redskins," he answered when asked about free agency. "I'll just be optimistic about it. I would love to stay here because it's such a great organization. The locker room's amazing. I'm extremely happy here, and it would only make sense to stay here and continue to be a Washington Redskin."

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Need to Know: Facebook Redskins mailbag—Media disrespect, Cousins risk

Need to Know: Facebook Redskins mailbag—Media disrespect, Cousins risk

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 22, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 80 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 25
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 72

Fan questions—Facebook edition

I put up a post on Facebook to get some questions from fans and while I got a lot of good ones I didn’t get any that would require an answer long enough for a full post. So I picked some questions to answer rapid-fire style.

I will do the same thing with questions I got on Twitter tomorrow.

Marc, the reality is that the Redskins took a step back last year. Their record was worse and they didn’t make the playoffs. Looking at the recent history of the Redskins, what reason would an analyst have to think that they wouldn’t continue to backslide. Quite simply, the Redskins are going to have to prove it on the field if pundits are going to predict that they will improve from year to year.

He takes risk but how much depends on why the hypothetical decline in his numbers happened. Is it simply because they passed less often? Was he less accurate? Did the receivers have trouble getting open and/or drop a lot of passes? Did game situations differ? Where there injury issues? NFL teams aren’t simply going to look at top-line numbers and determine his value from there. The “whys” will be very important.

I’m very confident that Su’a Cravens and D.J. Swearinger will be an upgrade over what they had at safety last year. Neither is going to the Pro Bowl but the new safeties should represent more than baby steps towards impriving the position. I also ask you to recall all of the talk of Josh Norman getting burned in training camp last year. He turned out to be pretty good.

I don’t make much out of them. He’s not going to bluff anyone into thinking that Nate Sudfeld is going to be a 2018 replacement for Cousins. And Mike McCartney isn’t going let a Williams “take one for the team” statement affect what he sees as a fair deal for his client. Carry on.

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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Former NFL GM lays out some staggering numbers in potential Kirk Cousins deal

Former NFL GM lays out some staggering numbers in potential Kirk Cousins deal

Charley Casserly is tired of people talking about Kirk Cousins' potential new contract with the Redskins without talking potential numbers, so on Wednesday's edition of Countdown to Redskins Training Camp on CSN, he came up with some of his own.

Feel free to fill up a cold glass of water before you hear them, though. Maybe two glasses, actually, because the numbers are quite large.

The ex-GM took into consideration the money Cousins is set to make in 2017 because of the franchise tag and then outlined the deal from there. In the end, he settled on $81 million as the minimum amount of guaranteed dollars the Redskins must offer the QB, and even at that point, he still isn't sure an agreement would happen.

To hear how he arrived to that staggering number, watch the full video in the video player above. And maybe get a refill for that water, too.

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