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GameBlog: Second Quarter

GameBlog: Second Quarter

Second Quarter
The defense needs to tighten up here. Denver is getting running room.

Shawn Springs is out with an injury. No word as to what is injured or how long he will be out for.
The Redskins pay as “Uh-oh” Jimoh is beaten on a fade by Ashleigh Lelie. I’m not quite sure why the catch by Patten was offensive PI and this one was not as Jimoh got the same stiff arm that Patten gave his defender, but apparently there was a difference.

If Springs can’t come back in, they’ll need to get Jimoh some help. A lot of it.

That’s three TD’s in three opposition possessions for the Redskins defense. Not the dominating unit they have been. Denver’s run is working and it’s setting up the pass.

Plummer got away with one there, throwing up that dying duck on third and two. It’s unclear how the Redskins avoided interception that one. The strategy is sound, however. Keep him in the pocket and get someone in his face and good things will happen for the defense.

Is it going to get to the point where other teams put a spy on Brunell? Another superb third-down conversion with his legs.

Portis looks to be pretty concerned on the sideline, but I don’t know if it’s all that serious. He hasn’t been take off for X-rays or anything, so that’s a good sign. Frankly, I’m much more concerned about Springs. We didn’t see him out there on the last series, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t there.
I don’t want to be too terribly hard on Jimoh, but the guy  told me himself during training camp that he hoped that his primary contribution on this team was playing special teams. If he doesn’t particularly want to be out there, I sure don’t want him out there either.

Washington manages a field goal with the big play being, big surprise here, a long pass to Moss, this one for 32 yards. I can’t figure out why Brunell decided to throw away that pass when he was across the line. He could have slid a made a yard or two. Heck, he could have take a knee where he was and it would have been third and seven.

Consecutive three and outs forced by the Washington offense. Again, Plummer is extremely jittery when he’s kept in the pocket and he’s been forcing passes into coverage. They’ve shut down the run for the last two series as well.

Good late drive by the Redskins although it resulted in no points.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

My weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on and

An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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.


Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.


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