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Need to Know: Five questions for Redskins coach Jay Gruden

Need to Know: Five questions for Redskins coach Jay Gruden

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 27, one day before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


Today's schedule: Jay Gruden news conference approx. 3 p.m. from the Bon Secours training center in Richmond

—The Redskins last played a game 199 days ago. It will be 47 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Falcons 15; Final roster cut 38; Cowboys @ Redskins 53


Two quick notes: First, welcome J.P. Finlay as my new tag team partner in Redskins coverage at If you're a hockey fan continue following Tarik's work at CSN as he become the Caps Insider. Me? I'm staying put.

Well, I'm staying put figuratively, anyway. Tomorrow I'm packing up and heading down I-95 to Richmond for training camp. It starts the non-stop grind of the NFL and I apologize in advance if I get behind in answering your questions in the comments section here. I almost always have Twitter open and in front of me so hit me up @Rich_TandlerCSN if you don't hear back from me.

Five questions for Jay Gruden

The Redskins head coach will get things kicked off today around 3 p.m. with a press conference. Here are some questions that we are likely to see asked. Do you have any suggestion? Hit up the comments!

Is the team going to bring in a free agent to replace Junior Galette?—They have two pretty good pass rushers in Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan so there doesn’t seem to be any need to push the panic button. But they do lack depth now and perhaps they might have someone like Dwight Freeney on their radar. A trade is another possibility but no team is anxious to give up pass rushing talent.

Is moving Trent Murphy back to linebacker a consideration?—The problem with reversing the move that Murphy made over the offseason is that he pushed his weight up to around 290 pounds and probably doesn’t have the mobility needed to play on two feet. But desperate times call for desperate measures and we’ll see if it’s being considered.

Are there plans to bring in another running back to back up Matt Jones?—It has seemed like the only person unconcerned about the Redskins’ running back depth chart is Gruden. For a team that emphasizes depth and competition the lack of either behind Jones seems puzzling. Perhaps Gruden can shed some light on it.

Are there any concerns that Kirk Cousins will press too hard with a potential big contract in his future?—Some NFL players need to be motivated; others need to be calmed down. Cousins, with a $20 million contract this year but nothing guaranteed after that, could push too hard to try to make plays that would justify both his current paydays and to set up a big deal in 2017. We will see if Gruden is at all concerned about this.

Past Redskins teams have tended to rest on their laurels after winning the division. Do you sense that is something you will have to deal with this year?—Not only have the Redskins failed to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1991-1992 but they have crashed spectacularly after two of their last three postseason appearances. They went 5-11 after making the playoffs in 2005 and crashed to 3-13 after their 2012 division title. Does Gruden feel any particular need to guard against the team becoming complacent?


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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 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.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL.

They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 


What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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