Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 24, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.
Three and out—One real snub
1. Yesterday Ryan Clark took a shot at former Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, who blasted defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on TV a few weeks ago. The topic was injuries and Clark pointed out that the Redskins are taking guys off of the street and putting them into games, not just filling out the roster with them. He thinks the defensive coaches in general and Haslett in particular deserve credit for that, not criticism. “The guys we’re bringing in are playing,” said the veteran safety in his possibly last year with the Redskins. “For former players bashing coaches and saying really classless, inappropriate, spineless, disrespectful things, you’ve got to commend a coach on that.” [emphasis added] I don’t think that Clark and Fletcher exchanged Christmas cards this year.
2. Trent Williams was the only Redskins player selected to the Pro Bowl. The one Redskin who I would say was truly snubbed was outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. With 13.5 sacks he has than three of the six outside linebackers who were selected over him and with five forced fumbles he has more than anyone at any position in the NFL.
3. There are two reasons you can’t say that punter Tress Way, who leads the league with a gross average of 47.7 yards per punt, was snubbed. First, not many players from four-win teams get the call. And part of the reason his average is so high is that he outkicks his coverage on a regular basis. Way’s net average per punt, the number that better measures a punter’s effectiveness by taking out yards given back on returns and touchbacks, is 40.0 yards. That is tied for ninth in the NFL. The chances are good that Way will be honored some day after he spends a few years refining his craft.
Out: Jim Jeffcoat played 12 seasons for the Cowboys from 1983 to 1994. His son, Jackson Jeffcoat, is now on the Redskins’ roster and he told me that he will start against the Cowboys on Sunday. “I’m excited,” he said. “The biggest thing is I have to take advantage of it, go out there and play well, play sound, and not be a liability to my team and make sure my level of play is up with everybody else’s.”
—Today’s schedule: Practice 10:30; Jim Haslett and Jay Gruden news conferences, player media availability after practice, approx. 12:30
—Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 4; 2015 NFL Draft 127; 2015 NFL season opening Sunday 263
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