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Kirk: RG3 will be fine, NFCE is iconic and hot dogs are sandwiches


Kirk: RG3 will be fine, NFCE is iconic and hot dogs are sandwiches

A typical AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit carries with it some unpredictability. Whoever is being asked the questions — and this can be literally anybody, from celebrities to athletes to someone who has been on Judge Judy — will face many inquiries about what they're most known for, but will also be interrogated about things that are totally unrelated. 

On Thursday, Kirk Cousins participated in one, and he covered a litany of topics ranging from very insightful discussions on the NFL to whether or not a hot dog qualifies as a sandwich. Here are some of the best parts of the thread, alternating from serious to non-serious...

On him and RG3's working relationship:

"We have a very good relationship and it's been that way since day 1. I remember the first day we met, after the draft, getting to the hotel for rookie mini-camp and he was helping me with some cut-ups on his laptop, showing me plays and that kind of helped and our working relationship continued all the through for four years. Up until the very last week against the Packers, as we worked together to win that game. I know he will be successful with whatever he does. He's very intelligent and a hard-worker and those two things carry you pretty far."

On what he does when anxiously awaiting games that start later than 1 o'clock:

"There's a lot more time in the hotel room where I'm just sitting and twiddling my thumbs. It gets pretty annoying. I just end up sitting in the hotel room and I watch some film on my iPad, I take notes and draw plays. I draw plays over and over in my journal until the whole page is just filled with chicken scratches of plays and then usually, my brain is just fried and it gets to a point where you've crammed everything in that you can cram. Then I turn on the TV and watch Netflix and watch an Office episode to kind of clear my head before I get on the bus and go to the stadium. So, there's a balance of preparation and just trusting it and resting."

On his favorite victory of this past season:

"I think the fact that on the day after Christmas, we won the NFC East in a very well-played game and we won at the Eagles. I thought that was a very gratifying moment and at the time, I said that it was probably the most satisfied I've felt as a football player and I would probably still stand by that comment now."

On a very important debate about breakfast foods:

"Good pancakes beat good waffles everyday."

On what it's like playing in the NFC East:

"What I was thinking the other day about this is that what makes the NFC [East] unique is that the four teams have a major history, they go way back. The Redskins were founded in I believe 1932; the Cowboys are considered "America's Team". The Eagles have history that goes way back and a loyal fanbase, and the Giants are the Giants! I mean, how many divisions have four iconic NFL organizations like that? So whether the teams are 3-13 or 13-3, they're gonna have a lot of coverage, there's gonna be a lot of interest, a lot of discussion, and a lot of excitement, and I think that's why it's a huge privilege to play in that kind of a division."

On whether a hot dog is also a sandwich:

"I've never been asked that question before, and I'm shocked that the rest of the world has never asked me that question in 27 years of life. They gotta be, right? It's between two pieces of bread...I'm gonna go yes, but I'm more liberal than most in the sandwich framework."

On team owner Dan Snyder:

"Nobody wants to win more than Mr. Snyder. I've been around him for 4 years now, and I've seen his passion for the game, and I've seen his frustration after losses in the locker room; I've seen how celebratory he is after wins. He really lives and dies with each game, and he's a true fan. I think that's what you want as a player, someone who cares about your team at the top, someone who cares about winning, and that's Mr. Snyder down to the core."

On his golf game:

"My handicap - I've never actually sat down and calculated because I'm not quite to that level yet, but I shoot in the 90's. I would put my handicap somewhere in the high teens, but maybe even right around 20. I played in a Redskins golf tournament last spring, which we won, as a group. It was a scramble. As a result of winning, I now get to go to the Super Bowl of golf in Scottsdale in April and play with the same group against the winners of the other 31 teams tournaments that they had as well, last spring. So, we'll represent the Redskins in April out in Scottsdale."


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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 


The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.


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Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 20, 22 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

Galette to be a valued free agent

Originally published 12/13/17

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in 2017. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than any one he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely”? Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere that he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency, as much as teams need pass rush, and if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

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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