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Shanahan: Officials missed penalty on Garçon fumble


Shanahan: Officials missed penalty on Garçon fumble

According to Mike Shanahan, incorrectly moving the chains and telling him that a play just inside the two-minute warning had resulted in a first down wasn’t the only mistake the officials made during the Redskins’ last offensive possession.  He said they missed a facemask violation on their last offensive play and that could have contributed to the result of the play.

On fourth down and one, Robert Griffin III threw a short pass to Pierre Garçon to pick up the first down. Cornerback Jayron Hosley came up to make the tackle and safety Will Hill pulled the ball out of Garçon’s hands. It was the Giants’ ball and they killed the clock.

Shanahan said that a look at the film revealed the penalty. “Pierre is the strongest guy on our team and nobody really rips the ball out of his hands, so that was quite unusual, and if you take a look at the end zone copy one of the defensive backs [Hosley] has his hands on his facemask bringing it down,” he said. “That was probably the only reason why the DB did get it away from Pierre because I haven’t seen anybody do that to him thus far.”

A screen grab of the play does appear to show Hosely with left hand on Garçon’s facemask.

In a look at the replay you can see it better, go to about the 40 second mark to see the best angle on it.

Had the penalty been called the Redskins would have maintained possession and would have had a first down at around the New York 35 yard line.

Shanahan said that NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino called him regarding the snafu over the chains two plays prior to the pass to Garçon. “[He] just went over the scenario,” he said. “Obviously they made a mistake and you live with it.”

The mistake may have been much easier to live with if Fred Davis had caught a pass deep down the middle on the play immediately following the incorrect moving of the chains or if Garçon had been able to hold on to the ball after making the fourth-down catch, facemask penalty or no.

In a statement, Blandino said that referee Jeff Triplette should have stopped play to have the chains corrected and to inform each coach of the mistake.

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year. 


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.