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Gruden happy with Cousins 'efficient' play in Redskins' win


Gruden happy with Cousins 'efficient' play in Redskins' win

You may have heard that there is a quarterback controversy in Washington. For this week it is gone or at least muted.

You may also have heard that that the Redskins have not won a game that Kirk Cousins, the man who currently holds the job as the Redskins’ starting quarterback, started and finished for them since December of 2012. That 1,009-day skid came to an end today.

Cousins wasn’t great against the Rams today. In fact, if you want to go down a list of reasons the Redskins won, Cousins would not be near the top of it. But he didn’t make mistakes that cost the team the game and the way this team is structured, that can be enough.

A look at the numbers shows that Cousins completed 23 of 27 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown. His stats were similar to what he had in the loss to the Dolphins a week ago with one key difference. Cousins was intercepted twice against Miami and not at all today.

“He was efficient,” said Jay Gruden. “I’m happy with the way Kirk played. I’m sure there were some throws that he wishes he had back but to get a victory against a defense like that is very impressive.”

Cousins was sacked twice against a Rams defensive front that was coming off a big, six-sack performance against the Seahawks last week. Part of the credit goes to Cousins for moving around in the pocket and getting rid of the ball quickly. But the quarterback was quick to deflect credit to the offensive line.

“If I could give you five reasons for us playing so well, it would be those five guys [on the line],” said Cousins. “That starts with them.”

Cousins also finished off a fourth-quarter drive that the team desperately needed, something he was unable to do against the Dolphins.

With the Redskins clinging to a 17-10 lead with nine and a half minutes to play, they embarked on the game-clinching drive. Cousins got things going with a 10-yard pass to Chris Thompson to convert a third and eight and then a 29-yard pass to Jordan Reed on third and two. All he had to do to cover the final 40 yards was execute handoffs to Matt Jones and Alfred Morris. Jones finished off the 12-play, 77-yard masterpiece that ate up almost seven minutes of the fourth quarter with a punished three-yard touchdown run.

As long as Cousins can do his part on drives like that and Morris and Jones can be effective, the Redskins will at least stay in most games. That will keep those who want to see Robert Griffin III given another shot at the starting quarterback job quiet, at least for the time being. 

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks. 


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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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.