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2018 Redskins Superlatives: MVP, who needs a hug, who will get cut, Wild Card and more

2018 Redskins Superlatives: MVP, who needs a hug, who will get cut, Wild Card and more

Like the month of March, the 2018 Redskins came in like a lion and out like a lamb. The team started 6-3, but finished 1-6. 

Things went sideways after the injury of Alex Smith, but plenty of other things happened during the year. 

To best remember the 2018 season, the Redskins team at NBC Sports Washington convened to determine the team's MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, the best and worst moment of the season, the biggest disappointment, the biggest politician, what player needs a hug and what player needs to be cut, and one wild card entry. 

BRIAN MITCHELL: Redskins Icon. Nuff said.

MVP: Adrian Peterson - Without him, the Redskins would have won less games.
Offensive POY: Adrian Peterson - Over 1,000 yards, and word is the powers that be weren't interested.
Defensive POY: Ryan Kerrigan - Still putting up numbers. 
Biggest Disappointment: The Offense - never got close to being dominant.
Biggest Politician: Chris Thompson - All the years and loving everybody and everything. 
Best Moment: The Defensive line’s performance early in the season, when they held three stellar running backs (Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley) to less than 100 yards total in 3 games.
Worst Moment: 1a) Seeing Alex's leg getting broken, horrific injury. 1b) Watching the Eagles fans overtake FedEx Field, Philly had twice more fans than we did.
Who Needs a Hug? Greg Manusky: His unit fell off and they didn't have many injuries.
Who Needs to get Cut? Jordan Reed - He isn't available, you can’t trust in him, and isn't worth the money anymore.
Wild Card: Time to Go Award - Bruce and Jay - Check out both of their records!!!

 

JP FINLAY: Redskins Insider

MVP: Tress Way - He was great every game. 39 punts inside the 20 without a touchback. Remarkable.
Offensive POY: Adrian Peterson - Rushed for more than 1,000 yards and was the single best story of the Redskins season. Only loses to Way for MVP because of a few quiet games, but easily the best player on offense over 16 games. 
Defensive POY: Jonathan Allen/Ryan Kerrigan/Daron Payne - Yes, it’s cheating to pick three players, but all made a tremendous impact. Payne was dominant early, Kerrigan was great late, Allen was very steady throughout the year. 
Biggest Politician: Ryan Kerrigan - Like the best politicians, Kerrigan can speak to the media without giving out bulletin board quotes. Quite a skill. 
Best Moment: Beating the Cowboys, after the loss of Rich Tandler, will be a moment I never forget.
Worst Moment: When Alex Smith went down with a broken leg was a gruesome scene, and the results after he got hurt proved that.
Who Needs a Hug? Chris Thompson - An emotional player that dealt with injuries for a second straight year, Thompson seemed upset at a few different times in 2018.
Who Needs to Get Cut? Samaje Perine kept his roster spot all year despite just eight carries this season. 
Wild Card: 2018 Redskins golf foursome - Jay Gruden, Tress Way, Deshazor Everett - Three funny guys with very different personalities. This would be a fun round. 

 

MITCH TISCHLER: Redskins Videographer, #RedskinsTalk podcast

MVP: Adrian Peterson
Offensive POY: Adrian Peterson
Defensive POY: Ryan Kerrigan
Biggest Disappointment: Jordan Reed
Biggest Politician: D.J. Swearinger
Best Moment: Adrian Peterson  90-yard TD run
Worst Moment: Alex Smith's leg injury
Who Needs a Hug? Jay Gruden
Who Needs to Get Cut? Samaje Perine
Wild Card: (2) - Best TD Celebration - Jeremy Sprinkle - Best emerging leader - Jonathan Allen

 

PETE HAILEY: Redskins 100, #RedskinsTalk podcast

MVP: Adrian Peterson - When Adrian Peterson goes into the Hall of Fame, he'll be remembered as a Viking. But Redskins fans will remember Peterson's strong 2018, where he was the team's lone consistent playmaker and even produced some vintage, iconic moments (with the most iconic featuring a sweet, sweet handoff from Mark Sanchez).
Offensive POY: Adrian Peterson - Seven games of 90-plus rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. By the way, he was the 77th highest-paid RB in the NFL in 2018.
Defensive POY: Jonathan Allen - D.J. Swearinger and Matt Ioannidis drew some heavy consideration, but Jonathan Allen gets this because he played in every game, racked up eight sacks and finished fifth on the team in tackles as a D-lineman.
Biggest Politician: Vernon Davis - He's always pleasant, is always smiling and would absolutely help make your neighborhood safer by getting that stop sign put in on the corner of Cherry Street.
Best Moment: The sack-fumble-touchdown of Dak Prescott in the first Cowboys game was incredible. That may have been the loudest FedEx Field has been for a Redskins play in a few years, and the fact that it came in the game where we all paid tribute to Rich Tandler made it even better. It was electric in that stadium when Preston Smith picked up the ball and stepped into the end zone, and it rarely ever is electric these days.
Worst Moment: The Mark Sanchez pick-6 vs. the Giants at home. It started the downpour of Giants points in what eventually became a 40-16 stomping
Who Needs a Hug? Quinton Dunbar... He was having a solid season in his first real year as a starting corner. Then, that weird shin issue popped up. And then it persisted. And then it kept persisting. And then, finally, they put him on IR.
Who Needs to Get Cut? Samaje Perine - He finished 2018 with eight carries. Yes, guys can be late-bloomers, but this offense needs dynamic weapons, and Perine doesn't look like he'll ever become that.
Wild Card: My Favorite Tress Way Punt - I liked the one that didn't bounce into the end zone for a touchback. So, all of them.  

 

BEN STANDIG: Redskins Writer

MVP: Tress Way - Maybe this is some form of brainwashing from that picture of the scarf-wearing, beer-toasting Way JP Finlay constantly tweets, but I'm indeed going with the punter. Everyone agrees that BOTH sides of the ball suffered when the team lost Alex Smith's safe but steady play. Smith's formula: few turnovers, and let the defense play the field position game. Way booting kicks served as the middleman, and he rocked all season. 
Offensive POY: Adrian Peterson
Defensive POY: Jonathan Allen - Finished tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (11), second in sacks (8) and fifth in tackles (61). He's a run-stuffing presence, and by next season he'll be considered the leader of Washington's defense.
Biggest Disappointment: Three seasons in, and the 2016 first-round selection isn't close to looking like a No. 1 receiver. His basic statistics were pedestrian this season, and his catch percentage of 56.4 ranked worst among Washington's reception leaders.
Biggest Politician: Kirk Cousins - (Um, Ben, he doesn't work here anymore). I don't care if you like that call or not. He'd certainly make the athlete politician playoffs.
Best Moment: Tim Settle cited the Week 3 win over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers was pretty sweet. Good enough for me.
Worst Moment: Alex Smith's horrific leg injury, for the physical horror and the record slide that followed.
Who Needs a Hug? Josh Norman arrived in Washington fresh off a Super Bowl appearance with Carolina. He expected more chances with his new team. Three years later, Norman hasn't returned to the playoffs, and the frustration is evident. 
Who Needs to Get Cut? Mark Sanchez. Seriously, what was that? ... Fine. How about... Colt McCoy, IF the Redskins view him as anything more than the backup quarterback and therefore do little to address the need with Smith's injury. Eliminate the crutch, and they must figure out a viable short- and long-term plan.
Wild Card - Player I most want to road trip with - Trent Williams. Chill, but down for a good time. Normal, down-to-earth chats possible. Nobody gonna give me lip with 71 on my side. I just hope our music tastes align enough, since I clearly won't have control of the radio.

 

TROY MACHIR: Redskins Gameday, Senior Digital Producer

MVP: Tress Way - Adrian Peterson was the team's best player, but there's another category for him to get an award in and Tress Way was awesome and deserving of top billing.
Offensive POY: Adrian Peterson
Defensive POY: Jonathan Allen
Biggest Disappointment: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The Redskins were riding high and picked up a Pro Bowler. The team then went 1-7. Clearly not all on him, but the "deadline-winning deal" didn't win anything, really. 
Biggest Politician: D.J. Swearinger
Best Moment: The entire home game vs. Dallas. Rich Tandler's passing impacted all of us, each in different ways. I haven't been here nearly as long as the others in this article, but I've read every word of Rich Tandler's work since my first day here in April 2016. I've edited damn-near every Rich Tandler article in that time. I didn't know how to cover the Redskins without Rich. I didn't know if I could or if I wanted to. But one of sports' best attributes is its abillity to be an incredible release. That wasn't an ordinary day of football. It was a beautiful day of healing and remeberance. 
Worst Moment: The entire first half vs. the Giants. The obvious answer is "injuries," so I'm going with the ugliest stretch of football I watched all season. 
Who Needs a Hug? Trent Williams
Who Needs to Get Cut? Morgan Moses. There we're a handful of players who this could be said about, but penalties, penalties, PENALTIES.

 

AJAY ATAYEE: Redskins 100 Producer

MVP: Adrian Peterson
Offensive POY: Adrian Peterson
Defensive POY: Jonathan Allen 
Biggest Disappointment: Jordan Reed 
Biggest Politician: Vernon Davis
Best Moment: Missed FG against Dallas
Worst Moment: Scherff injury
Who Needs a Hug? Trent Williams 
Who Needs to Get Cut? Josh Norman
Wild Card - 1a) The Annual Daron Payne stop the run award: Daron Payne 1b) Most promise shown by a young player: Fabian Moreau

 

TIM SHOVERS: #RedskinsTalk Podcast Producer

MVP: Adrian Peterson
Offensive POY: Adrian Peterson
Defensive POY: Jonathan Allen 
Biggest Disappointment: Jordan Reed 
Biggest Politician: In the 2018 sense of not being diplomatic, Josh Norman
Best Moment: Missed FG against Dallas
Worst Moment: Colt McCoy injury.  There was still hope after Smith injury, none after Monday night in Philly.
Who Needs a Hug? Kevin O'Connell
Who Needs to Get Cut? Can they cut Swearinger again?   
Wild Card: Josh Johnson dropping to his knees when Jacksonville game ended was more than just a football moment.  It was a moment for everyone who has ever worked their butts off again and again despite being fired and blocked from employment opportunities over and over.  He turned in a lot of playbooks over the years before getting the chance to say he was a starting NFL QB in a winning effort.

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DeMatha alumni Chase Young and Paul Rabil execute socially distant jersey swap

DeMatha alumni Chase Young and Paul Rabil execute socially distant jersey swap

Chase Young hasn't played a single snap for the Redskins yet and he's already swapping his No. 99 jersey with other pro athletes. 

Fellow DeMatha alumni and PLL star Paul Rabil got things started on Twitter by offering his No. 99 Atlas jersey for Young's, all the while abiding by social distancing guidelines. 

Young then responded, which feels like an appropriate time to mention how nonchalantly these guys throw around the triple-XL jersey as their jersey size. 

Rabil and Young, who share the same high school, have a mutual admiration for one another. A few months after the Redskins made Young the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Rabil revealed he reached out to the young pass-rusher to congratulate him. 

Chase is great, man," Rabil said in June. "I shot him a note because obviously I think he's a generational talent, his athleticism, his size and his work ethic... I'm pumped to see him wear No. 99. We have that in common. Sharing some additional commonalities is something Chase and I went back and forth on."

From Rabil to Markelle Fultz, Young has plenty of support from local stars as he gets set to begin his career with his hometown team. 

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Tony Dungy won't say Redskins team name on air: 'It's not hard to change the name'

Tony Dungy won't say Redskins team name on air: 'It's not hard to change the name'

The controversy surrounding the Redskins' team name has gained steam in recent days as numerous investors have reportedly urged Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to end their relationships with the franchise unless the name is changed. 

Several government officials have also reportedly denied Washington from potentially moving to RFK stadium in the future if they remain the Redskins. 

Now, more voices around the game have begun to let their objections be known, including two-time Super Bowl champion and Football Night in America analyst Tony Dungy. In an interview with The Undefeated's William C. Rhoden, Dungy admitted he's stayed away from using "Redskins" when referring to Washington's pro football team on the air. 

“It’s not hard to change the name,” Dungy said. “When I’m on the air, I try to just refer to them as Washington. I think it’s appropriate. If the team doesn’t want to change, the least I can do is try not to use it.”

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The increase in attention to the team's name comes at a time where racial injustice has become a paramount societal problem. Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, protests erupted across the country. 

“You can say, ‘This has been a historic name and we’ve used it for this team for X number of years, but in this day and age, it’s offensive to some people, so we’re going to change it.’ I don’t think that’s hard,” Dungy said.

RELATED: RON RIVERA MAKES FIRST PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING REDSKINS' NAME

In his first public comments about his new team's name, head coach Ron Rivera said the conversation, "Is all about the moment and timing."

"But I'm just somebody that's from a different era when football wasn't such a big part of the political scene," he said. That's one of the tough things, too, is I've always wanted to keep that separate."

The Redskins have not yet responded to recent developments involving outside investors and government officials. 

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