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Where are we? State of the Redskins, Week 15

Where are we? State of the Redskins, Week 15

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 15 of the NFL season.

Record: 3-10
vs. NFC East: 1-2
vs. NFC: 1-8
vs. AFC: 2-2
Home: 2-4
Away: 1-6

Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 82-87
Opposition cumulative—wins: 12-26
Opposition cumulative—losses: 69-61
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 22-17

Rankings (through Sunday’s games)

Offense (yards/game): 357.5 (12th)
Defense (yards/game): 342.8 (10th)
Passer rating offense: 89.2 (16th)
Opp passer rating: 109.2 (32nd)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.2 (13th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.0 (12th)
DVOA through Week 14 (Football Outsiders): -27.8% (27th)

Current playoff position: Eliminated
Current draft position:

Season to date MVP’s

Offensive: The value of DeSean Jackson was apparent even when he didn’t play against the Rams. St. Louis loaded up the box to stop the Redskins’ running game, something that they may not have risked if the speedy Jackson was lined up on the outside, ready to take the top off of the defense. The result was 27 yards rushing for the Redskins and a one-dimensional offensive attack. Jackson should be able to go this week but if not, look for the Giants to use the same tactic.

Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan had two sacks and he gave the Redskins a chance to make a big play early when he stripped the ball from quarterback Shaun Hill on the first one. Kerrigan now has 11.5 sacks on the season, eighth in the NFL.

Top three storylines:

Can Gruden survive?—Despite a report that Jay Gruden could be “one and done” as the Redskins’ head coach it seems likely that he will be back. But the fact that a Black Monday firing is even remotely in the realm of possibility is a sign of major issues.

If you have three QB’s you don’t have a QB—Colt McCoy may lose his starting job due to a neck injury suffered late in the loss to the Rams. But he may have lost his job anyway since the Redskins were shut out. It seems likely that Robert Griffin III will start against the Giants but we can’t rule out Kirk Cousins, based on Gruden’s statements. If there is no clear starter after 13 games, the most important position on the field is in bad shape.

No such thing as a meaningless game but . . .—. . . this one comes close. Of 16 games being played in the NFL in Week 15, all but two have playoff implications. Redskins at Giants is one of them.

Final three games

Sunday @ Giants (4-9)—Eli Manning will remember how he ripped through the Redskins defense in Week 4 and will be looking to get things right in the Meadowlands. Oh, and Manning didn’t have Odell Beckham for that game and, as we’ve seen, he’s pretty good.

Dec. 20 (Sat.) vs. Eagles (9-4)—The two teams looked evenly matched when they met in Philly in Week 3 but that turned out to be an illusion. Add in the fact that the Eagles are likely to be fighting for playoff position and this Saturday afternoon contest has the potential to get ugly.

Dec 28 vs. Cowboys (9-4)—The organization’s worst nightmare could unfold here as the Cowboys could need a win to get into the playoffs and disinterested Redskins fans could sell their tickets to fans of the other team. FedEx Field could turn into AT&T Stadium North.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 17, 40 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Redskins and NFL free agency tracker—I started this a week ago today and it grew to 3,500 words. The problem was there wasn’t much to add by the time that free agency actually started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The legal tampering period or, as I dubbed it to avoid an oxymoron being used, the “permitted tampering-like activities period” was when all of the news happened. By the time actual free agency opened on Wednesday afternoon it pretty much was all over. Thanks to those of you who followed along.

Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source—Since Kirk Cousins’ departure was a foregone conclusion, Brown was the Redskins’ most important free agent. His retention provides continuity in the defense and that will benefit both the team and Brown. His contract (preliminary numbers three years, $24 million) showed that the Redskins are willing to invest some money in the inside linebacker spot for the first time since Joe Gibbs brought in London Fletcher to play middle linebacker in 2007.

Report: Kirk Cousins to sign epic new deal with Vikings—We heard you, folks. The collective voice of the fans who visit NBC Sports Washington on a regular basis let us know that you were not interested in a lot of posts about the Cousins saga that was unfolding in Minnesota. So this was one of very few articles on Cousins that we posted even though Cousins posts have been popular, but with the vast majority of traffic coming from out of town. So, you’re welcome. It should be noted that we will write about Cousins in the future but infrequently.

Redskins officially announce 5-year deal with WR Richardson—He was the opening act for the Alex Smith press conference, and he handled himself very well. If Richardson is even moderately successful I think he will be a major fan favorite.  

Tweet of the week

Here is what fans need to know—a team can afford to do virtually anything it wants in free agency in a given year. If they wanted to the Redskins could restructure deals and sign all of their free agents to contracts that have very small first-year cap hits, creating room to sign the Honey Badger or Suh. The problems come in later years when the cap space you pushed back starts to pile up. The Redskins generally do squeeze free agent contracts into relatively small cap spaces. For example, Richardson’s deal average $8 million per year but the 2018 cap hit is just $4 million. But they don’t like to restructure deals to push money back into later years. That created problems during the Vinny Cerrato years.

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.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 30
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 132
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 176

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.