Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 15, five days before the Washington Redskins host the St. Louis Rams.
One last look at Redskins vs. Dolphins
—Grading Kirk Cousins seemed to be a popular meme on the web and talk radio. I’ll go with a C+ for him. He moved the ball well and the fact that he only was sacked once was a credit to him as well as the defensive line. The interceptions are the biggest reason for the downgrade; he simply won’t last long as a starting quarterback throwing two picks a game. But beyond those two plays, it was his inability to take advantage of numerous possessions in Miami territory. It wasn’t all his fault but Grade A quarterbacks figure out a way to make it happen.
—I didn’t think Preston Smith played a whole lot on Sunday but I was surprised when I looked at the snap counts and saw that he was in just 12 of the 57 defensive snaps. Considering he created the only takeaway of the game, I think that Joe Barry will have to get him in there more often.
—I also was surprised to see that the Redskins ran just 11 times in the second half and that Matt Jones got only one of those carries. The penalties didn’t help the situation and they did run only 28 plays compared to 41 in the first half (26 rushing attempts). But considering the Redskins were either tied or in the lead until it became a one-score game with less than 10 minutes left. I think they could have called a few more runs.
—Speaking of Smith's takeaway, I have neglected to mention that Jason Hatcher deserves a major assist on that. From the three technique spot in a four-man line, he got the quick pressure on Ryan Tannehill. Hatcher had both hands on the QB but he was able to spin away. Smith, who was line up with his hand the the dirt as a 4-3 defensive end, caught Tannehill while he was spinning and knocked away the ball.
—In all, the Redskins had an up-and-down start to the season. There were some positive developments, like the right side of the offensive line handling Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh and the defense holding Miami to 74 yards rushing. But there were too many familiar problems, from turnovers to special teams struggles to not being able to make a play in any phase of the game in clutch situations. Oh, and they lost, a very familiar outcome.
—Today’s schedule: Player meetings; no media availability
—Days until: Rams @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 9; Eagles @ Redskins 19
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