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8 statements about the 2017 Redskins that are crazy and also somehow true

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8 statements about the 2017 Redskins that are crazy and also somehow true

Calling a Redskins season "weird" is like calling a flight delay "miserable." 

That's because all Redskins seasons are weird, just like all flight delays are miserable.

Therefore, there's no need to write a blog post telling you that the 2017 Redskins season was weird, because you knew it was already. But there is a need to write a blog post pointing out why this particular year was weird, because you may not be aware of the exact reasons.

With that in mind, try to wrap your head around these strange, crazy and true statements about the 2017 Washington Redskins.

1) Ryan Grant finished the season with 333 more receiving yards than Terrelle Pryor

This is where you say, "Well, wait a minute, didn't Pryor's season end after only nine games? So of course Grant finished with more yards than him!"

And this is when I say, "Yes, smart reader, you're right. But Grant still had 39 more yards than Pryor when Pryor went to injured reserve with a foot injury, so the lowly-regarded backup receiver was still outdoing the highly-regarded free agent signing when both were healthy."

And this is when you say, "Wow, OK. You got me there. Yep, that's crazy."

2) Will Compton finished the season with one more interception than Josh Norman

Compton had one, and Norman had zero. Sure, Norman has never been a guy who racks up interceptions by the bunches, but it's still shocking to see him topped by a reserve linebacker when it comes to picks.

3) The Redskins ended the year 1-5 vs. the NFC East and 4-0 vs. the NFC West

Of course Washington beat the Rams in L.A. and the Seahawks in Seattle but got manhandled by the 2-13 Giants and Zeke-less Cowboys. That makes total sense.


4) Kirk Cousins led the team in rushing touchdowns for the second time in the last three years

Cousins' four ground scores paced the 'Skins, a feat he accomplished in 2015, too. This is both kind of neat and also a very big indictment on the state of Washington's running game.

5) Among players with at least five catches on the season, Vernon Davis led the Redskins in yards per catch

(In a hushed tone): Vernon Davis is a tight end who turns 34 in a month.

(In a more hushed tone): How could you possibly think Kirk Cousins is not worth all of the dollars considering his most dangerous target was a tight end who turns 34 in a month?

6) Josh Harvey-Clemons had a half-sack more than Ryan Anderson did in 2017

The second-rounder out of Alabama went his entire rookie campaign without bringing a QB down.

7) The Redskins' scoring defense was actually worse under Greg Manusky than it was under Joe Barry 

Remember how much people disliked Barry? Well, his unit allowed 23.9 points per game in 2016, while Manusky's gave up 24.3 a week in his first year at the helm.

8) Zach Brown finished in the league's top-10 for total tackles despite missing three games

A linebacker shouldn't be allowed to be as fast as Brown, who absolutely provided a good return on the one-year deal the Redskins gave him last offseason.


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Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Redskins fans were frenzied when Scot McCloughan said that Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback, but not a special one. The #KirkHive shuddered and the Kirk Haters celebrated.

McCloughan, the former Redskins GM who's wildly popular with fans, explained what few people will say publicly: Cousins is a skilled player but probably not deserving of the money he might make in free agency. 

Let's start with the obvious: Cousins is good.

He's a durable passer in a league that doesn't have enough of them. He's started the last 49 games for the Redskins and thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons. 

Now more obvious: He isn't great.


Bleacher Report's Chris Simms, speaking on the #RedskinsTalk podcast, said Cousins ranks about 12th among NFL passers. It's top half of the league, but it's not Top 5 or even Top 10. 

Cousins has had tremendous games with the Redskins, like a near perfect performance against Oakland in 2017 or a dominant performance against Green Bay in 2016. 

Cousins has also been awful, as recently as Week 17 in New York a few weeks ago, or an equally stinky Week 17 game against the Giants two seasons ago. 

While some might view McCloughan's statement as controversial — "He’s a good player. Is he special? I don’t see special," he told Denver radio station 104.3 the Fan — it's not. 

Plenty of people agree with McCloughan, including some in Redskins Park. Last year, a source told NBC Sports Washington that the team believed they could get nearly as much production from Colt McCoy as Cousins provided. 

Even this year, Washington head coach Jay Gruden offered lukewarm praise of his quarterback.

When the season ended, asked to evaluate Cousins' play, the coach said, "When you’re 7-9, it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding.’ There’s a few guys obviously that jump out, Pro Bowlers like Ryan Kerrigan had a solid year. Obviously Trent [Williams] when he played was a Pro Bowl-type and Brandon [Scherff] when he was healthy was a Pro Bowl-type guy. Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, you know, we’re 7-9."

That quote made headlines when Gruden said it, much like McCloughan's comments now are circulating faster than Beltway traffic. 


Truth is, it's not new. And it's not news.

There are coaches that think Cousins is only scratching the surface of his capabilities. Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay come to mind, but both of those coaches have other QBs likely for the long-term future. 

Cousins might end up being paid like a Top 3 quarterback in the NFL, and that might be the right move given the demand at the position. Will that make him a special passer?

Not if special is defined as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees. Even Cousins wouldn't argue with that.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?


Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.


January 18: Round two, matchup one

The first Elite 8 matchup was... not close:

January 19: Round two, matchup two

The Elite 8's second tilt is underway. Vote now:


January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

You'd think a turkey hat would be enough to capture a W, but not in this one:

January 17: Round one, matchup eight

The Elite 8 is now set with this showdown going to the retweets side: