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Redskins-Jags first quarter

Redskins-Jags first quarter

Note: --The CoveritLive software isn't working. Actually, there isn't enough bandwidth for it to work here at FedEx. I'm going to have to do this the old-fashioned way and update quarter by quarter or more frequently as events dictate. I'll try to get this worked out for next week but, hey, it's the preseason for all of us.

--You'll still be able to send me your questions via email at rich.tandler+jags@gmail.com

--Opening kickoff by Suisham very high and to the very back of the end zone.

--Alfred Fincher got in there good with a tackle behind the line for a loss of two. He has to convince the Redskins that he's worthy of keeping rather than searching the waiver wire.

--The defensive line got a good rush on Garard on third and six and forced a deep throw to flutter some.

--As expected, the Jags have in a mix of starters are reserves. The Redskins will be semi-tested.

--Campbell's first pass is picked off. It bounced off of the hands of Devin Thomas, was deflected again, and wound up in the hands of a linebacker. It was his first pick of the preseason, but that's not the start they wanted.

--Fincher again with a stop at the line. He's extremely active and aggressive.

--It's Fincher again, knocking away a third-down pass. Unfortunately, it doesn't count as Richardson came up to press and went offside in the process.

Williams 3 pass from Garrard (Scobee kick)
Jaguars 7, Redskins 0 7:33 first quarter

--Williams came all the way from right to left, leaving Justin Tryon in futile pursuit. That doesn't mean that it was Tryon's man, someone else could have blown the coverage. David Garrard won't have an easier TD pass.

--Marcus Mason remains in at running back, not that anything different was expected after Portis didn't come out for that first, one-play series.

--Either it's a late-arriving crowd or it's a non-arriving crowd. It's well under half of capacity in the stands.

--Campbell went to his security blanket, Chris Cooley, on third and three and nailed him in a soft spot in the zone. But Cooley couldn't hold on, or so the referee said. Zorn has challenged the call of incomplete. I think it will be upheld, but I didn't get a good enough look at it before they cut to commercial to be sure.

--Call upheld. Cooley has got to hold on to that ball.

--Fred Davis with a nice hit on punt coverage to force a fumble. It went out of bounds, though, and the Jags retained possession.

--Excellent ball hawking skills just displayed by Reed Doughty. He came out of nowhere on a deep pass to Matt Jones, who was tussling with Tryon. Doughty flew in, jumped, and made the pick just before going out of bounds. A great job of playing center field by Doughty.

--Another open receiver, this time Campbell is at fault as he threw too low for Thrash.

--Three series with a result of a turnover and a pair of three and outs. Ugh.

--Brooks with a 42-yard punt, very short return.

--Cleo Lemon now is in at quarterback for the Jags, and Chauncey Washington is at running back.

--So far, the Jags are having very limited success running but they are converting third and long situations with great regularity. With Tryon and Matteral Richardson in a corner, that's not too surprising.

End of first quarter
Jaguars 7, Redskins 0

 

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Need to Know: Quarterbacks win championships and other lessons for the Redskins

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Need to Know: Quarterbacks win championships and other lessons for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 22, 51 days before NFL free agency starts.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 43
—NFL Draft (4/26) 94
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 230

Quarterbacks win championships and other lessons the Redskins can learn

Quarterback matters: We had the setup of the three castaway and ridiculed quarterbacks leading their teams into the NFL’s final four. But the two who survived were one of the greatest of all time and one who found his groove and had 10.7 yards per attempt and a 141.4 passer rating. Yes, Tom Brady and Nick Foles had a lot of help and we’ll get into that in a minute. But without excellent play from their quarterbacks, it may have been a different story for the Eagles and Patriots. This doesn’t mean that the Redskins need to spend send truckloads of money to Kirk Cousins’ house, but if they don’t, they do need a quality alternative. You won’t win with Bortles-level play.

Defense matters: The Vikings rolled right down the field on their first possession and it looked like the Eagles defense was going to have a long night. But then Chris Long got pressure on Case Keenum leading a pick six that apparently energized the Philly defense. Rookie Derek Barnett knocked the ball out of Keenum’s hand when the Vikings were threatening to make a game of it. Minnesota came up empty in its last eight possessions. As the Eagles offense started to build a lead, their defense played faster and more aggressively. At this point, the Redskins don’t have the personnel or the mindset to play that way on defense.

Does running really matter? It’s a small sample size here but in the two games yesterday it did not. The Patriots ran for all of 46 yards. The Eagles got 110 but at the point in the third quarter where they took a 31-7 lead, they had 202 yards passing and 40 yards rushing. Running the ball was not decisive in either game. Offensively, the games were won in the air. Jay Gruden’s “pass happy” approach can be a winning approach.

Stay aggressive: At times during the year, Cousins expressed some frustration in the Redskins’ inability or perhaps unwillingness to keep the pedal mashed to the floor when they had a lead. I hit on the Eagles’ aggressiveness on defense, but their offense didn’t slow down either. They were up 21-7 when they got the ball on their own 20 with 29 seconds left in the first half. In that situations, the Redskins—and, in fact, most other teams—would run a draw, throw a short pass, and let the clock run out. But Doug Pederson was having none of that. Passes for 11, 36, and 13 yards got them down to the Vikings 20 and they kicked a field goal to close out the half. If the game wasn’t over then it was early in the third quarter when Pederson called a flea flicker and Foles hit Torrey Smith for 42 yards and a touchdown.

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.

Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look. 

Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins. 

Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins? 

Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.

Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks. 

There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense. 

That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory. 

Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.

What is definitely true?

The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.

Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance. 

That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it. 

Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl. 

Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. 

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