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The 2015 Redskins were what their record said they were

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The 2015 Redskins were what their record said they were

As the Redskins’ 2015 season starts to fade into the distance there is some revisionist history going on out there.

“If only the Redskins had pulled out those games they should have won, the close losses to the Cowboys and Dolphins at home and at the Falcons, they might still be playing,” some fans and other observers are saying.

Certainly, they had the upper hand against the Cowboys, about to get possession late in a tie game, before DeSean Jackson decided that he had to make a big play and ended up fumbling. In the season opener the Dolphins were begging to be beaten until they finally won on a punt return for a touchdown. And it sure looked like the Redskins were driving for a winning touchdown in overtime in Atlanta when Ryan Grant slipped and Kirk Cousins’ pass was picked off and run back the other way to give the Falcons the win.

The “if only” crowd adds these games to the Redskins’ win total and all of a sudden they are 12-4 and a top contender for the NFC title.

But let’s pump the brakes here. In fact, let’s slam them. The 2015 Redskins were what their record said they were. The notion that they were really a 12-win team does not stand up under scrutiny.

If you’d like, you can say they were unlucky to lose to the Dolphins, Cowboys, and Falcons. But they had some pretty good fortune in at least three of their wins, too. In Week 4 at FedEx Field Caleb Sturgis of the Eagles missed a 33-yard field goal and an extra point in a game the Redskins rallied to win by three. The Redskins deserve a lot of credit for rallying from a 24-0 deficit to beat the Bucs but Tampa Bay gave them some help along the way, particularly the six personal foul penalties they committed. And Robbie Gould of the Bears missed a 50-yard field goal in the late going to help the Redskins avoid overtime in their win in Chicago. And they needed a kind of fluky bounce and catch by Matt Jones to convert a third down and continue to kill the clock (never mind that Jones almost lost the ball). 

Looking at the individual games is the micro picture. For the macro picture, let’s look at the point differential. The Redskins outscored their opponents by nine points. That is the mark of a team within a game of .500. There were 11 teams that won 10 games or more and the lowest point differential among those teams was the Packers at plus-45. On average the 11 teams with double-digit wins outscored their opponents by 115 points.

So Redskins fans should set aside the “if only” when discussing the 2015 season. Be happy for a solid step in the right direction, a nice turnaround, and an unexpected playoff berth. It turned out the way it should have. 

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NFL Draft 2018 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2018 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The 2018 NFL Draft is finally here. It's time to file away the mock drafts and frame your big boards for memory.

Tonight, Thursday April 26, the best college football players in the country will learn which franchise they will begin their professional football careers with.

The NFL Draft is the biggest non-sporting event on the sporting calendar, and the 2018 edition is no different. Taking place at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, the 2018 NFL Draft is sure to be bigger than ever, with four quarterbacks and a freakish running back all vying for the top pick.

The Cleveland Browns are on the clock, and will make the first overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft around 8:30 p.m. tonight.

The Washington Redskins have the No. 13 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and won't make their draft pick until around 9:45 p.m. ET.

But we are keeping you up to date on all things NFL Draft with our life blog and draft tracker.

NFL Draft 2018 Redskins First-Round Tracker and Live Updates:

PreDraft Coverage:

5:05 PM - We did a  bracket challenge for Redskins fans, giving you the chance to vote on who the Redskins should take at No. 13. If it were up to Redskins fans, Georgia LB Roquan Smith would be the choice.

4:45 PM - Since we are on the subject of the Edmunds brothers, let's ask and answer this question: When and where will both Tremaine and Terrell go?

4:30 PM - One option for the Redskins at No. 13 is Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds. He just so happens to be the focus of an exclusive NBC Sports Washington webseries. "E-Boyz" takes a look at draft prospects Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds, as well as their brother Trey, a running back for the Saints and their father, Ferrell, and former two-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Dolphins.

E-Boyz — Ep. 1: The Players
E-Boyz — Ep. 2: Ferrell
E-Boyz — Ep. 3: Danville
E-Boyz — Ep. 4: Celebration

4:10 PM - The first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft won't be announced for another four hours. But we have a lot to prep. Let's get started with draft music. Players in the green room get to select their walkup music. Josh Jackson deserves to be the No. 1 overall pick. 

4:00 PM - Welcome to our live update tracker of the 2018 NFL Draft. The draft doesn't get started until 8:00 p.m. But there is a lot to go over until then.

Here is a good place to start. 

- Draft Day Primer: JP Finlay goes over all the Redskins' options
- Top Prospects: RB options for the Redskins
- Top Prospects: WR options for the Redskins
- Need To Know: Rich Tandler's Seven-Round Redskins Mock Draft
- Mega-Mock Predictions: DC Media choose No. 13 pick

 

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Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

In some circles of modern culture, producing shocking commentary or content seems like the top goal. Being shocking gets clicks, gets attention, and in turn, gets dollars. 

On NFL Draft night, nothing should be shocking. Remember, last season there was no way Jonathan Allen would fall to the Redskins at 17. There was no way Kansas City would trade up for QB Patrick Maholmes. There was no way Chicago would trade up for Mitchell Trubisky. But all those things happened.

Sure, for months draft experts have expounded about what will happen, but the truth is, once the Browns are on the clock, nobody actually knows anything. 

With that in mind, let's look at a bunch of options that should not shock Redskins fans. 

  • Don't be shocked if Washington takes Minkah Fitzpatrick. They want him.
  • Don't be shocked if the Redskins draft Da'Ron Payne over Vita Vea. Washington loves Payne's potential to be a disruptor in the pass game and his incredible strength. 
  • Then again, don't be shocked if the 'Skins take Vita. Plenty of folks like him too. 
  • Don't be shocked if a team makes a move for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. That could happen after the Redskins pick at 13, but Washington's pick could also prove important in the race for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
  • Derwin James will be on the 'Skins list, but don't be shocked if he goes off the board before the Redskins pick. 
  • Don't be shocked with a trade back, but remember that isn't the goal. With four QBs expected in the Top 10, an elite talent should make it to Washington at 13. If that happens, the Redskins should take advantage of adding a blue chip to their squad. 
  • Don't be shocked if Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds ends up wearing the Redskins draft hat. Also, don't be shocked if he plays some outside linebacker in the Washington 3-4 scheme, not just the inside LB role most project for Edmunds. 
  • Don't be shocked if a seemingly sure thing slips all the way to 13. Perhaps that's Quenton Nelson? Or Denzel Ward? Remember, there was no way Jon Allen was supposed to fall to 17 last year.

There are some things Redskins fans should be shocked by. 

  • Washington should not trade up. 
  • Washington should not draft a running back at 13 unless Saquon Barley is available. He won't be.
  • Washington should not draft a wide receiver at 13. 
  • If one of the top four QBs is available at 13, Washington should vigorously work the phones to move the pick. Move down a few spots and get Payne should be the exact plan in that scenario. Arizona at 15 needs a QB. 

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