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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--McCoy wouldn't trade his past experiences

Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--McCoy wouldn't trade his past experiences

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, October 23, four days before the Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys on Monday night football.

Redskins Park notes and quotes from Wednesday

—What’s my take on the quarterback situation? I think that Robert Griffin III wants to play badly but Jay Gruden is anywhere from skeptical that he can go to dead certain that he can’t. But he does want Griffin to see that he is being given every chance to get the nod. Today was an extra day since they have the Monday night game, a perfect time to have a QB competition.

—By the way, there is nothing wrong with Griffin wanting to play as soon as possible. That is what players are paid to do and that is the mentality that they have. I he doesn’t try to get back as fast as he can, he’s labeled as “soft”. It is the responsibility of the doctors, trainers, and coaches to keep him from doing more harm than good. That is what failed last year; nobody was willing to put the brakes on the “all in for Week 1” freight train.

—But the bottom line is that it seems highly unlikely that Griffin will play on Monday, although he's making it a tougher decision that Gruden thought it would be. The chances are excellent that he will be back the following week, November 2 vs. Minnesota.

—Gruden, of course, was not here last year. He said that he is not going to rely on what happened in 2013 to guide his decision making in 2014. “I try to take this injury itself into its own entity,” he said. “This is a different type deal. I am not going to assume the fact that he has been injured before that he is going to get injured again. If the doctors say that he has no risk of that thing getting reinjured – if it’s stable, they feel like he can go through a game and get tackled and one little turn is not going to do a lot of damage, if they feel like it is stable – then we will go from there. But I am not going to take past injuries into account.”

—Dallas running back DeMarco Murray is playing very well but he has put the ball on the ground four times this year and 11 times in his four seasons in the NFL. Ryan Kerrigan said that the defense will try to take advantage of that. “If we know a guy is prone to fumbling then we’re definitely going to preach that even more this week,” said Kerrigan. “That will be one way to stop him.”

—Kerrigan was asked if it bothered him that 3-4 outside linebackers are judged almost entirely by their sack counts with aspects like coverage and run defense not taken into account. “It’s kind of just the way it is . . . it doesn’t really frustrate me too much,” he said. “That’s how we’re judged and we have to take that as it is.”

Colt McCoy has gone from being a star at Texas to an NFL starter in Cleveland to a couple of years on the bench. If he had it to d over again, he’d do it the same way. “It’s tough, it’s tough, but I wouldn’t change some of my past experiences,” he said. I’ve learned a lot from them – a whole lot. I’ve seen a lot. My path in the NFL so far has been a lot different than other guys, but I’m thankful for the things I’ve learned and the experience I’ve gained.”

—McCoy thinks that the comeback against the Titans is something that can carry over. “I think the team and the coaches and our organization will build off of that,” he said. “You know, I certainly hope so. As an offense, for us as a unit, you know that was big too, doing that at home, something we really wanted to do was win that game and that was big for us. So hopefully there will be some carryover there for sure.”


Today’s schedule: Open locker room 11:15; Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)

Days until: Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 4; Redskins @ Vikings 10; Bucs @ Redskins 24

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market


As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

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—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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