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Where are we? The state of the Redskins, Week 12

Where are we? The state of the Redskins, Week 12

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 12 of the NFL season.

Record: 3-7
vs. NFC East: 1-2
vs. NFC: 1-6
vs. AFC: 2-1
Home: 2-3
Away: 1-4

Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 46-54
Opposition cumulative—wins: 10-20
Opposition cumulative—losses: 36-34
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 33-27

Rankings (through Sunday’s games)

Offense (yards/game): 380.4 (7th)
Defense (yards/game): 332.3 (10th)
Passer rating offense: 90.2 (17th)
Opp passer rating: 104.4 (31st)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.2 (21st)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.0 (13th)
DVOA through Week 11 (Football Outsiders): -17.7% (22nd)

Current draft position: 6th

Season to date MVP’s

Offensive: After they scored just seven points against Tampa Bay, nobody moves up to take DeSean Jackson’s spot. He could have had a great game—and the Redskins may have won—if Robert Griffin III had been able to hit him on two or three occasions when he appeared to be open for a touchdown.

Defensive: Keenan Robinson has 20 more tackles than anyone else on the defense. He’s gone from being a first-time starter to being a veteran in a hurry. The defense would be in bad shape without him.

Top three storylines:

You talk too much—Robert Griffin III was trying to take responsibility for the loss to the Bucs and say that the team was all in it together. As things turned out, many thought he was trying to say he would be one of the greats of the game but for the play of his teammates. Another week, another PR disaster in Ashburn.

Harsh words for Griffin—Jay Gruden was very displeased with Griffin’s play on Sunday and he wasn’t shy about letting everybody know about it. Regardless of what the coach said, the Redskins need better play out of the position than they got on Sunday if they are going to pull out another win this year.

A bad loss—It’s hard to quantify just how bad the loss to the Bucs was. Tampa Bay had won a game but the numbers crunchers from Football Outsiders and Pro Football Reference had them rated as the worst team in the NFL by a large margin. In case you were wondering, a team favored by eight points, as the Redskins were, losing by 20 points is a very unusual occurrence.

Next three games

Nov. 23 @ 49ers (6-4)—It’s hard to get a handle on the 49ers, who lost to the Bears but beat the Cowboys, Eagles and just topped the Saints in the Superdome. Their defense should be stronger with the return of outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who sacked Griffin twice when the teams met last year, from suspension.

Nov. 30 @ Colts (6-3)-- This game will match the top two picks in the 2012 against each other. The jury is still out on Robert Griffin III while Andrew Luck is getting close to being one of the elite QB’s in the game. The Colts’ defense is in the middle of the pack and they don’t have much of a running game but Luck keeps them rolling.

Dec. 7 vs. Rams (4-6)—This looked like it might be an easy win for the home team at one point but in their last five games the Rams have beaten the Broncos, 49ers, and Seahawks. The boo-birds could be out in force at FedEx Field again.

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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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Need to Know: Looking ahead—Key Redskins 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: Looking ahead—Key Redskins 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 18, 39 days before the NFL draft.  

Looking at next year’s free agents

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens.

Note: I’m not including Brandon Scherff here because the team has a fifth-year option on him that they surely will activate before the May 2 deadline.

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard).

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility.

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon.

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup.

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight.

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019.

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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Regarding the reported visit of defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins with the Redskins:


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 29
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 131
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 175

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