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Tuesday Tweets: Is Jordan Reed the future?

Tuesday Tweets: Is Jordan Reed the future?

It's been way too long since I've taken your Twitter questions, here we go. If I didn't get to your question here I'll answer it on Twitter. If you missed the call, feel free to hit me up on Twitter any time.
@Rich_TandlerCSN is shanny and rg3 relationship so bad that a new coach needs to be hired eventually to keep rg3 here past rookie contract?

— Kyle spitzer (@SpitzerKyle) September 23, 2013
In a word, no. At least not as far as I've heard from anyone that I trust at Redskins Park or from a journalist I respect. Everything I read about some sort of rift/fracture is either sheer speculation--see what Fred Smoot had to say yesterday--or old, third- or fourth-hand knowledge that should be taken with many grains of salt. Things may have been tense after the injury and in training camp but now, Griffin's playing, Shanahan's coaching and there's nothing wrong that a win or two won't cure. My advice here is don't believe everything you read/hear. As always, you should consider the source and think about where this talking head or writer is getting his information. Buy into uninformed speculation at your own risk.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Tweet for the Tweetbag tomorrow. Was has Rambo done to not play much vs Det and LeRibeus done to keep being deactivated?

— Joe Aman (@JoeAman87) September 23, 2013
Rambo just hasn't gotten it done on the field. I read someone from one media observer that said that he didn't like Rambo's "compete level", a code for saying that he didn't think the player was putting out the effort. I'm not sure I buy into that completely but it can't be dismissed. As far as LeRibeus, only on interior lineman is active on game day. The coaches believe that Adam Gettis is the best option to fill in right now if someone goes down. It's not any more complicated than that.
@Rich_TandlerCSN I'm thinking we found our New TE (Reed) do u agree? & Can Our Defense Figure it out before are seasons lost for Good? #HTTR

— McRedSkinz (@MCREDSKINS) September 23, 2013
There is a long way to go before declaring Reed to be the future at tight end. One of my concerns about Reed, the injury bug, popped up on Sunday. Remember he missed all of OTAs and minicamp with a quad injury and missed a good number of practices in training camp. I think he shows great potential when he can stay of the field but we'll see.
@Rich_TandlerCSN besides tackling what is the main problem w/ the D, pass rush or coverage?

— Suhail (@sabuv11) September 23, 2013
I'll include the angles they're taking to the ball carriers in with tackling because that is part of the tackling issue. Behind that, I'll say it's the coverage. Same issue, really. If you're not in the right place in coverage not only will the pass be completed but you're going to have a hard time making the tackle. More missed tackles, more YAC by the receivers, and it snowballs from there. So you can't really isolate any of the issues from tackling; it all really comes down to getting the guy with the ball down to the ground.
@Rich_TandlerCSN @CSNwashington if WAS loses to OAK should they shutdown RG3 until he is 'actually' 100%? Brace-free and technically sound? — Robert Price (@MindfulRob) September 23, 2013
Absolutely not. The brace will remain on all year as a preventive measure. And how is Griffin going to get technically sound on the bench? I think we've been able to establish that as much as Mike Shanahan likes to say that their practices are conducted a game-like tempo and intensity it's simply not true. You can't replicate game conditions on the practice field and the only way Griffin can get ready to play is to play in games. Griffin is not going to the bench, period. It's not even something being debated by Shanahan and the others at Redskins Park who make such decisions.
@Rich_TandlerCSN What are your thoughts on Garcon coming out and saying that Robert Griffin is not fully healthy?

— Balser (@RasslinFan77) September 23, 2013
It's somewhat puzzling. It wasn't surprising that he came out and said something on the radio last week because stuff like that can just come out of Pierre's mouth from time to time (remember him letting the cat out of the bag regarding Kirk Cousins starting vs. the Browns last year). But I'm not sure why Shanahan didn't get it buttoned up immediately. Garçon had the same lines yesterday. It's possible that Shanahan is letting him talk in order to create confusion in the mind of the opposition, throwing some doubt into the minds of the upcoming defenses.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Rich, if D doesn't show marked improvement by years end, would a Rah as DC, move to Tampa 2 def be a possibility? Bad idea?

— Randy Strickland Jr. (@StricknineSkinz) September 24, 2013
I'm not sure why they would want to conduct another transition just a few years after a painful one. If it would magically solve the problems with the defense it might be worth the pain. But the issues have nothing to do with the scheme; it's a matter of missed tackles (and, as noted above, poor angles that lead to those misses) and shaky personnel in the secondary. They aren't the worst defense in NFL history (don't tell me about yards, 44 other teams have allowed more points through the first three games including the 2012 Redskins) and they will give the team a chance to win most weeks.

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No tension between Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins, but the coach wants improvement 

No tension between Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins, but the coach wants improvement 

MOBILE -- Jay Gruden is making jokes about Kirk Cousins again, and that's good news for Redskins fans that worried about a fracture between coach and quarterback. 

It all started in the weeks following the Redskins dreadful Week 17 loss to the Giants as Gruden and Cousins seemed to be throwing slight jabs at one another.

Gruden, in his end of year press conference, explained that while Cousins "showed flashes" in 2017, when the team goes 7-9, the coach can't say any player was outstanding: 

You know when you’re 7-9, you know it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding.’ You know there’s a few guys obviously that jump out, Pro Bowlers like Ryan Kerrigan had a solid year. Obviously Trent when he played was Pro Bowl type, Brandon when he was healthy was Pro Bowl type guy. Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, you know we’re 7-9. He did some great things, threw for over 4,000 yards and 29 touchdowns I believe. So, I think he’s a very, very good quarterback without a doubt, but as far as getting us over the hump from 7-9 to winning a division with all the injuries that we had, I think he competed and did some good things.

Cousins, in his year-end radio appearance with 106.7 the Fan, explained that he wants the team to do better but doesn't think the 7-9 record should fall on his shoulders alone. (Quote via Washington Post)

What I gathered from the comment was 7-9 and the quarterback play are causally related and that quarterback play is 7-9, 7-9 is the quarterback play. I saw that and I thought, ‘I think it’s slightly more complicated than that.’ I think there’s a few more dynamics in play as to what your final record is. … At the same time, his job is to evaluate. That’s a big part of his role and his position. In that comment, he’s just doing his job, he’s evaluating the position and he has the right to say what he wants to say.

Both comments were fairly innocuous, but also clearly at odds. Combine that dialogue with the undercurrent of another offseason contract negotiation, and it seemed things between coach and quarterback weren't quite right. 

On Tuesday, speaking at the Senior Bowl, Gruden cleared the air. Asked directly about tension between he and Cousins, the coach was blunt. 

"No." 

Gruden went on to explain his answer about Cousins 2017 play, the now infamous 7-9 line.

"When I say 7-9, if I say one player played great that means I'm saying everybody else was not very good," the coach explained (full video above). "I think we all have to stick together, we all have to improve from a 7-9 season, coaches, players, everybody."

Cousins was good in 2017, throwing for more than 4,000 passing yards for the third straight season. He also showed that he can produce offensively without a great supporting cast, as injuries robbed the Redskins of many of their best passing game threats and seriously damaged the offensive line. 

The quarterback did play two terrible games in the last month of the season, however, including a three interception stinker in the Week 17 finale.

It's possible that Gruden had that fresh in his mind when he spoke in early January, and with the benefit of a little time, his assessment mellowed by late January. 

Either way, Gruden joked about Cousins deserving a vacation, and even said the QB needs a tan. Gruden often uses humor to defuse touchy situations with Redskins players, and maybe he just did it again. 

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Redskins have begun contract talks with Zach Brown, but free agency looms

Redskins have begun contract talks with Zach Brown, but free agency looms

Redskins fans want Zach Brown back. Bad. And for weeks there had been no news about contract talks between Washington and Brown. 

Now that's changed.

"We've been talking to his agent," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said on Tuesday. 

Gruden, speaking from the Senior Bowl, explained that the team would like Brown back in 2018 but Washington also understands that the linebacker might want to explore the free agent market. 

"It’s a process," Gruden said (full video above). "These guys have a chance to be a free agent, they had a good year and they want to check what the market is sometimes. If we can get them before they get to free agency, great, but if not, the bidding wars will begin."

For Brown, free agency will look different in 2018 than it did last season when he signed a one-year. bargain deal with the Redskins. 

Prior to injuries forcing him to miss the final three games of the season, Brown led the NFL in tackles. For two straight years, 2016 in Buffalo and 2017 in Washington, Brown has proved to be a tackling machine and arguably the fastest linebacker in the NFL. Brown also signed new representation last offseason, Jason and Michael Katz of CSE Football, and should Brown hit the free agent market the Katz brothers will aggresively market their client. 

Washington Senior Vice President of Football Operations Eric Schaeffer will handle the contract discussions for Washington, and is known as a shrewd negotiator. 

Like many business deals, this will come down to money. Brown established himself as a fit in Washington, both on the field and in the locker room. Interior linebackers do not command top dollar like pass rushers do, but Brown will still expect to be compensated appropriately. 

Further complicating matters for Washington, the Redskins only have Josh Harvery-Clemmons, Zach Vigil and Martrell Speight under contract for 2018. 

It's too early to predict what "it's a process" means from Jay Gruden, but Redskins fans should draw some encouragement that talks have begun with Brown. 

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