Here is what you need to know on this Friday, September 29, three days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.
Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden press conference and open locker room after practice, approx. 2:45
—49ers @ Redskins (10/15) 16
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 24
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 30
Answering your Redskins questions
"are they actually good, or are they just getting our hopes up again?"— A-Fiddy (@AndrewNBC12) September 26, 2017
I got this question from a number of you. I chose Andrew’s because he is one of my early-morning Twitter pals and a top-notch meteorologist at the NBC affiliate in Richmond. I think that they are improved from last year with the additions on defense. They could improve more if Kirk Cousins can get things going with Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson. But they are not going to hold an offense like the Raiders have to 128 yards with Cousins completing 80 percent of his passes for over 350 yards every week. So what it looks like now is that the Redskins have jumped up a notch or two, from the middle of the pack into a spot somewhere in the top dozen or so. If that’s your definition of “good” it seems that they are there.
Should the redskins rest Reed from now through bye week? Also what are your thoughts on Speight over Compton. I liked it, more speed.— Hunter Bottoms (@Coach_Bottoms) September 26, 2017
You apparently didn’t listen to me and JP on our #RedskinsTalk podcast this week. With a player like Reed, you don’t “rest” him when he can play. You only get 16 games and teams don’t generally let a player who is healthy enough to participate sit, especially one who has the impact of Reed. I thought Spaight played well.
Why the hesitancy to give Mack Brown more of a go? Will it only be due to injuries he ever gets a real shot— LJ (@EDWARDS85L) September 26, 2017
I’m not sure what Brown has done to deserve “more of a go”. He has played well in the preseason the last couple of years but almost always late in the game when the last string was in the game. In both of his regular season looks, against the Bears last year and Sunday against the Raiders, he was in against tired defenses who were on the wrong end of a blowout. Don’t get me wrong, I like Brown but I have to say I just don’t get all of the calls for him to start or get more carries. The Redskins are in the top six in the NFL in rushing attempts, yards, and average per carry. It’s not like the Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, and Chris Thompson aren’t getting the job done.
Crowder has uncharacteristically been a liability in the punt return game. Could argue it cost us a perfect 3-0 start. Any plan to change?— Dan Rosenblum (@YesIamAPirate) September 26, 2017
Gruden said on Sunday that they have no plans to make a change. Crowder went for two years without losing a fumble on punt returns and the coaches see no reason to pull the plug on him now. A third muff in the next few weeks might change their minds but for now, Crowder is the returner.
What's it gonna take to get the respect and be viewed as a true Super Bowl contender?— John (@RedskinsRecon) September 26, 2017
One thing—consistency. So far this year they have played, in order, a poor game, a solid game, and a great game. They need to make the bad games the exception and play solid games week in and week out with the occasional great effort thrown in there. If the Redskins want that respect they can’t lose a division game at home unless they go on the road and win the return match. And it will take some time. People still remember what happened at the end of last year so perceptions are not going to turn around very quickly.
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