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Who's to blame for the Redskins' blown coverage issues--players or coaches?

Who's to blame for the Redskins' blown coverage issues--players or coaches?

On multiple occasions against the Colts, the Redskins mixed up their coverage assignments, leaving Indianapolis receivers wide open targets for Andrew Luck. It appeared that coach Jay Gruden was beyond frustrated with the issues.

“I don’t know,” said Gruden when asked for an explanation. “We addressed that in the locker room. One’s a basic three-deep call and we didn’t have anybody in the deep third. One’s a cover two call and we don’t have a safety playing a half . . . To have guys wide open on plays like that is unheard of on simple, basic calls.”

Well, Gruden may think that it’s unheard of but unfortunately, those following the Redskins have seen and heard of blown coverages all year long. Every team misses coverage assignments but not with the frequency that the Redskins do

Veteran safety Ryan Clark took the blame off of the coaches and put it on the players. He complimented Colts quarterback Andrew Luck but he said they made it too easy on him.

“He just threw it to the guy that we left open,” said Clark. We didn’t do a good job, and when we left guys open he hit them. When you’re playing a Pro Bowl, all-pro caliber quarterback you’re going to get that. Not taking anything away from him. He would have played well regardless; he’s Andrew Luck. But you can’t make it easier on them.”

The question is, who do you blame? Are the coaches responsible for making sure that player know and execute their assignments? Or do the players need to get the job done between the lines?

“Players have to step up and start taking some accountability at some point and we have to do a better job coaching, that’s all I can say,” said Gruden.

You can’t fire all of the players so soon after the season ends on December 28 the organization will take a look at making coaching staff changes. Gruden just completed the first year of full guaranteed five-year contract so he is safe.

The same can’t be said of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and secondary coach Raheem Morris. Many were surprised when they were retained last January after Mike Shanahan was fired. One or both of them might not be so fortunate this time around.

Who do you think is to blame? Speak out in the comments!

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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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