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Turn the Page

In the mainstream media, the story of a Redskins game has a shelf life of about 36 hours after the game is over. That would mean that for a Sunday day game, you want to say all you have to say about it by Tuesday morning and then move on. Coverage of a Monday night game could linger into Wednesday afternoon, but that’s about it. Here, given that the level of interest is higher than it is in the “normal” world, you can add about 24 hours to that cycle.

This week with the perfect storm of a stunning, exciting win on Monday night over a hated rival who has owned the Redskins, followed up by a bye week, the cycle stretched into the weekend. As we’ve watched the final five minutes on their Tivo’s over and over again, we haven’t been able to get enough of reading different perspectives on the game. We’ve soaked up stories about and interviews with Santana Moss, Mark Brunell, Joe Gibbs, the various defenders involved in the late defensive stands, the assistant coaches, Joe Gibbs’ wife’s reaction and so on. While the sheer giddiness has faded, the desire to hold on to the good feeling remains.

Not to be a wet blanket or anything but it’s time to turn the page here. By sunset today Dallas will have played another game and we won’t be dealing with current events when we talk about last Monday night any more, we’ll be talking about history. Not ancient history, to be sure, like the Cowboys fans who are talking about how they’ll take 14 of the last 16 vs. Washington, but history nonetheless.

No more rehashing who else might have been open on the second TD pass to Moss. No more trying to figure out who the kid was that Gibbs embraced right after getting doused with the Gatorade bucket. No more running Sean Taylor’s hit on Crayton back in super slow motion to see if it really should have been called a fumble. No more replaying Moss’ second TD catch to hear the Redskins fans in Texas Stadium cheering loudly. OK, another peek on the Tivo is fine, but beyond that it’s time to move on despite the temptation to linger. It’s time to stop thinking about what it was like to move to 2-0 and start looking at the prospects for going 3-0.

Seattle, like Dallas and the Redskins, is another team in the muddled middle of the NFL. They’re not elite but they’re not horrible either. Washington should be favored based on the home field advantage with perhaps a bit more of an edge granted since Gibbs and company have had extra time to prepare and game plan for the Seahawks, who host Arizona on Sunday. They’re not a good road team and they’ll be making a long trip. The prospects are good, let’s start focusing on them.

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' defensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' defensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 20, 37 days before the NFL draft.  

Looking at the 2018 depth chart—defense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions and there is the draft, but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the defensive side of the ball stands now. The offense was covered yesterday.

Defensive line: Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee
Backups: Terrell McClain, Anthony Lanier, Ziggy Hood

I wrote this on Monday afternoon wondering if I would have to edit it to add Jonathan Hankins but that has not happened yet. I have to think that they will use a top draft pick on a D-lineman if they don’t land one in free agency. That could create some competition between Hood and McClain for the last roster spot.

Linebackers: OLBs Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan; ILBs Mason Foster, Zach Brown
Backups: Ryan Anderson, Zach Vigil, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Martrell Spaight

Again, I thought I might have to edit this because of the return of Junior Galette or the addition of Pernell McPhee but as it is, the Redskins are looking for an additional reserve edge rusher to go with Anderson. There might only be room for two backup inside linebackers between Vigil, Harvey-Clemons, and Spaight.

Defensive backs: CBs Quinton Dunbar, Josh Norman; FS Montae Nicholson, SS D.J. Swearinger
Backups: Orlando Scandrick, Fabian Moreau, Josh Holsey, Deshazor Everett

I debated including Su’a Cravens here because he is on the roster, but I think that the odds that he will be on the 53-man roster in September are slim. If he doesn’t return they will need some help at safety. You can count on Scandrick playing in the slot. They seem to like both Dunbar and Moreau better on the outside and Scandrick can give Holsey a chance to develop inside.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 28
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 130
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 174

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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.