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Sooner or later, the Redskins will have to adjust their offense


Sooner or later, the Redskins will have to adjust their offense

The Redskins rushing offense is on a roll. In two games, their backs have carried 74 times for 343 yards. If you project those numbers out over a full season the Redskins will rush 592 times for 2,744 yards. Those are some serious rushing numbers.

But it would be foolhardy to project out those numbers over a full season because the Redskins will have a tough time keeping them up.

“In this league, everything comes to a halt sooner or later,” said Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams. “You might have success for two weeks, maybe five or six weeks. Eventually, the guys in this league, the coaches in this league are too good to allow you to do one thing against everybody.”

For their part, the Redskins are figuring that they will be figured out at some point.

“So we anticipate them being able to make changes to be able to throw a wrench in our plans but that's what the coaches are here for, that's why they get paid the big bucks that they do, to coach and to make changes on the fly,” said Williams. “We anticipate that happening sooner or later. As of right now we're going to continue to do what we do best. Hopefully we can continue to set the tone for this team.”

Then when the Redskins adjust, the defensive coordinators will go back to work to counter the adjustments. The changes, both subtle and major, will keep taking place through the season. We will see if Jay Gruden, Bill Callahan, Sean McVay and company will be able to keep ahead of the game.

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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