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After coaching change and quarterback change, can Redskins regroup in Miami?

After coaching change and quarterback change, can Redskins regroup in Miami?

The Redskins blew it up last week. The team fired Jay Gruden as head coach and reinstalled Case Keenum as starting quarterback. 

Will it make any difference in Miami?

Maybe, as interim head coach Bill Callahan wants to run the ball more and play more physical football. And Keenum had some good games early in the year before he started to turn the ball over at warp speed in Weeks 3 and 4. 

But the real difference, and opportunity for Washington, is just how bad the Dolphins are. The Redskins should get their first win of the year in Miami, and if they don't, the problems will only amplify.

  • The Redskins run game is awful, and without one long run from rookie Steven Sims, the numbers would be even worse. The team is averaging less than 70 yards-per-game on the ground and fewer than 4 yards-per-carry. But good news Hog fans - Miami's run defense is actually way worse than the Redskins run offense. The Dolphins rush defense is worst in the NFL by a fairly wide margin. Miami is giving up 175 rush yards-per-game and near 5 yards-per-carry. Callahan says that the team needs to establish veteran running back Adrian Peterson to make their game plan work and help the defense. There has never been a better week for that plan. 
     
  • Going back to Case Keenum is a curious move. He played well in the season opener in Philadelphia but things detiorated from there. In his last six quarters, Keenum has six turnovers. Now, it's not like the Redskins are benching Steve Young to go with Keenum. Colt McCoy played last week against the Patriots and was largely ineffective.

    He completed 66 percent of his passes but for only 122 yards and he threw an interception. McCoy also got sacked six times in the game, though the Patriots defense is a freight train. This week, McCoy seems likely to be inactive with rookie Dwayne Haskins backing up Keenum. Remember in Keenum's last start he got benched just before halftime in favor of Haskins.

    If Keenum and the Redskins struggle against Miami, a defense that has given up nearly 300 passing yards-per-game, then maybe Haskins goes back in. Earlier this week Callahan said that the team will have a package of plays available for Haskins. 
     
  • For all the consternation about the Redskins offense, their defense has also been terrible during the 0-5 start. The Dolphins have given up 12 passing touchdowns this season. The Redskins have given up 13. The Dolphins defense gives up first downs on 58 percent of third down plays. The Redskins defense gives up first downs on 56 percent of third down plays. But make no mistake, as bad as Washington has been, Miami has been worse. The Dolphins have given up 163 points in just four games. The Redskins have given up 151 points in five games. 
     
  • As always with the Redskins injuries will be a factor. Special teams captain Deshazor Everett will miss Sunday's game, as will veteran tight end Vernon Davis and rookie guard Wes Martin. Jordan Reed hasn't played yet this year and that won't change in Miami either. And don't forget Trent Williams is healthy but refusing to play for the organization. 
     

News & Notes

  • Dating back to last season, the Redskins have gone 1-11 over their last 12 games. 
  • During that stretch, Alex Smith, Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Josh Johnson, Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins have all taken snaps at quarterback.
  • With his first carry Sunday, Adrian Peterson will move past Eddie George into 15th place on the NFL's all-time rushing attempt list. With 13 carries, Peterson will surpass Thurman Thomas for 14th place.
  • Ryan Kerrigan has started every Redskins game since being drafted in 2011. A remarkable streak. 
  • In the past four years, the Redskins have gone 4-0 in Week 6 games. Maybe that will do it...
     

They said it

Speaking a few hours after firing Jay Gruden, Washington Team President Bruce Allen when asked about the culture surrounding the 0-5 Redskins and no playoff wins in the last decade:

The culture is actually damn good. These people care. We have a very young core of players that we have brought in here who are accustomed to winning. If you look at the records of these guys, they’re accustomed to winning, they want to win. 

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Report: NFL proposed a potential 35% pay cut for players to offset losses from coronavirus pandemic

Report: NFL proposed a potential 35% pay cut for players to offset losses from coronavirus pandemic

The NFL is doing whatever it can to limit the potential financial losses for the 2020 season, which will be directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The league has proposed that 35% of each player's salary is held as a way to eschew costs for the lost revenue the league may face due to the pandemic, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero,

As expected, the idea did not sit well with many of the league's players.

Several players across the NFL, such as Saints star wideout Michael Thomas and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, laughed at the idea on Twitter.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents numerous clients across the league, called the proposal an "absurd ask by the NFL."

Detroit Lions cornerback Jamal Agnew simply said, "no thank you."

A labor war in the NFL could begin just days after Major League Baseball and its players association ended an ugly fight with a commissioner-imposed 60-game season. The NFL will hope to avoid any type of back-and-forth the MLB underwent this summer, which ultimately cost the league numerous games in 2020.

RELATED: NFLPA VOTES TO CUT PRESEASON GAMES FOR 2020

Even if players' salaries are not ultimately held and business goes on as usual, the NFL will look significantly different this fall.

It's still uncertain whether fans will be allowed to attend games, and the league has already announced that the first six to eight rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Additionally, the preseason has already been reduced to two games, with the potential of it being canceled altogether.

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Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

On Tuesday, Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president J.C. Tretter penned a letter questioning if the NFL is truly prioritizing player safety in its return to work plan, which is expected to begin with training camp at the end of the month.

Hours later, Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Maryland Terrapin standout Stefon Diggs voiced similar concerns on Twitter, stating "I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable starting back up."

Earlier in the day, he tweeted that he missed football and that he loves the sport.

If and when the NFL does resume this fall, games will be played without fans in some stadiums. Diggs mentioned that it would be "weird" to play in front of an empty stadium, something he's never done before at any level of football.

Even if there are fans at NFL games this fall, they will be away from the playing field. The league has already announced that the first 6-8 rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, those sections will be covered with advertisements, similarly to how the Premier League has done during its restart.

Training camp is set to being on July 28, around the same time both the MLB and NBA will begin/resume their respective seasons. With live-action just a few weeks away, we've seen multiple players across both sports opt-out from playing, including Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans.

As the NFL season begins to get closer, it's likely only a matter of time before a few players opt-out, too.

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