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Cousins' talking point: Ravens game a 'wake-up call' for Redskins

Cousins' talking point: Ravens game a 'wake-up call' for Redskins

BALTIMORE—Kirk Cousins only played six snaps before leaving the preseason opener with about 11 minutes left in the first quarter. That gave him plenty of time to come up with the message he would deliver after the game was over.

The message was that the poor performance of the offense was a “wake-up call.” The quarterback used that exact phrase four times in a session with the media that lasted about five minutes. He expressed the same concept in different ways on some other occasions.

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“It was a good wake-up call for us to need to play better going forward.”

“I think it’s a wake-up call.”

“I think that could be a good thing in the long run, a wake-up call, could be the best thing we need right now.”

“All around the board, everybody can go back and say, ‘I could have done this or that better’.”

“Again, good wake-up call for us and I think it will give us a sense of urgency as we get ready for the next game.”

“No one is going to come to practice on Saturday feeling like they’ve got it make or that they have it figured out, that the game’s easy.”

“If it is fixed we can point back at this night as a night that got us going in the right direction.”

I don’t know how seriously we should take the double three-and-out performance that the Redskins’ offense put on. We often see an offense struggle for a few series to get on its feet and then roll the rest of the game. However, sometimes a slow start can put you in a quick hole.

“We always talk about starting fast and you can’t wait until the second or third quarter to get going,” said Cousins. “Many times in the NFL that won’t be enough time. We want to start fast and we probably didn’t do enough tonight to start fast.”

Even though the first-team offense was only six plays, Cousins thinks it can be a learning experience.

“We’ll take a lot of things from this game,” he said. “Every game we got out, every practice, every rep we take we learn something.”

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Cousins did note that the Ravens came with some blitzes and stunts that they were not ready to handle. In the preseason, it is typical to bypass any sort of scouting or preparation for the specific opponent, focusing instead on fundamentals and keeping the plays simple. However, Cousins said that the team still must be ready to play.

“We still need to put a good product on the field regardless of what we face or how little we prepare or what our playbook is,” he said. “That just comes down to execution, it comes to guys being on the details and there wasn’t one phase of the game or one position that can walk away saying, ‘we had a great night tonight.’ All around the board, everybody can go back and say, ‘I could have done this or that better.’”

The Redskins will get back to working on “this or that” on Saturday and Sunday in Richmond. After that, preparations move to Redskins Park. Following their next preseason game against the Packers, they will have just three weeks left to get ready for Week 1, when the Eagles come to town.  

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Josh Norman out against Eagles in Monday night matchup, plus full injury report

Josh Norman out against Eagles in Monday night matchup, plus full injury report

The Redskins will be without one of their top defenders when they take on the Eagles on Monday night.

Jay Gruden announced that CB Josh Norman is out for the second straight game with a broken rib. Norman was able to practice on a limited basis earlier this week but he did not practice today. Gruden said that the recovery from the injury just had not progressed to the point where the doctors would clear him to play.

Bashaud Breeland, the other starting cornerback, is listed as questionable with a knee injury he sustained last week against the 49ers. “He did a good job today,” said Gruden. “He’s looking better.”


Gruden said that a final determination on Breeland’s status will be made on Sunday.

With Norman out, Quinton Dunbar, who did a good job filling in against the 49ers, will start. If both of the starters are sidelined, rookie Fabian Moreau will get the start opposite Dunbar.

Also listed as questionable are RB Rob Kelley (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), S Stefan McClure (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).


Kelley is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered against the Chiefs on Oct. 2 but he has looked good while practicing on a limited basis this week. If he can’t go it seems likely that Samaje Perine will start in his place.

It should be noted that the term “questionable” on an injury report means that it is “uncertain if the player will play”. Many say that means that there is at least a 50 percent chance that the player will be active for the game. So there are a lot of scenarios that could unfold with that designation.

Reserve offensive linemen Ty Nsekhe (core muscle) and Tyler Catalina (concussion) also have been declared out for Monday night.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Need to Know: The week that was—Allen injury, why not the Redskins?

Need to Know: The week that was—Allen injury, why not the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 21, two days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles for Monday night football.


Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference, open locker room, after practice approx. 2 p.m.

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 8
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 15
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 33

Injuries of note:
Not practicing
: OT Trent Williams (knee), S D.J. Swearinger (rest)
Limited: CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),
It was a little surprising not to see Swearinger out there but he has a lingering hamstring injury and they figured he could use day of rest more than the day of practice. Jay Gruden said that both Norman and Breeland did more on Friday than they did on Thursday.

The Redskins week that was

Here is a look at some of the top posts and hot topics from this week at and at

Bad News For Jonathan Allen—A few of the site’s stop posts this week were about Allen’s Lisfranc injury (here's one about how the Redskins will try to fill the void). We went from him being out three or four weeks to him being out for the season to injured reserve with the possibility that he can return after eight weeks. I thought all along that three or four weeks was a very aggressive timetable for return from a Lisfranc. And it would be just short of a miracle for him to return before the end of the season. I think the best that fans can hope for is for Allen to bounce back from his Lisfranc like Morgan Moses did from his. Morgan suffered his in December of 2014 and he became the starting right tackle in next year in training camp. He has played at a high level and he hasn’t missed a game since.

In a muddled NFC, why not the Redskins?  With Aaron Rodgers sidelined and everyone in the NFC looking vulnerable, the Redskins could have a chance to make a deep playoff run this year. The key word is could and they will have to do some things right, starting with beating the Eagles on Sunday. Even a loss in Philly wouldn’t be fatal for their chances. Take a look at the post and see if you agree with me.

Hopkins to IR, Redskins sign Nick Rose—Allen wasn’t the only Redskins player to go in injured reserve this week. Dustin Hopkins suffered a hip injury that is going to take six to eight weeks to rehab so he hit IR. We will see if he comes back, which he could do in Week 15 against the Cardinals. That will depend on his health and on how well replacement kicker Nick Rose is performing.

5 overlooked stories from the Redskins-49ers game—There was plenty of (justified) pre-game hand wringing over Josh Norman being inactive for the 49ers game. But it turned out that replacement Quinton Dunbar played well. The Niners tried to get to him—he was targeted 14 times—but held up well. Check out some details on Dunbar’s play and four other things that weren’t talked about enough.

Week 7 stats, trends, and storylines—The Redskins are still banged up going into this game. While they have been able avoid major injuries since the season started with the exceptions of Allen and Hopkins, they have had enough nagging type injuries to hamper the team’s effectiveness, especially on defense. Take a look at other storylines and see how the Redskins are trending in key statistical categories.

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