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How a simple miscommunication led to the Redskins' crushing intentional grounding mistake

How a simple miscommunication led to the Redskins' crushing intentional grounding mistake

Kirk Cousins and his coaching staff picked a really, really bad time to mix up their signals on Sunday vs. the Saints.

With less than a minute left and the Redskins on the edge of field goal range, Cousins dropped back to pass and lofted the ball to the right sideline. The problem was that the area wasn't occupied by any Redskins receivers.

So, after a brief conference, the refs decided to flag Washington's QB for intentional grounding, a penalty that effectively doomed their chances of kicking a game-winning field goal. New Orleans would, of course, go on to finish off the 'Skins in overtime.

Afterward, Cousins took to the podium inside of the Superdome to try and explain what went wrong on that sequence.

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"We had a run play called, and based on the defensive look they were giving, it was gonna be a tough run to get, and we were probably gonna get stuffed and have to clock it and hope for the best for the field goal," he said (his comments can be seen in the video above).

"I looked over to the sideline out of the corner of my eye and saw the coaches saying, 'Throw it,' and they wanted, potentially, an audible, get to an actual pass play," he continued. "I thought they were saying if you just throw it by Jamison [Crowder], in the general area of Jamison, there's an eligible [receiver] in the area and there's no penalty."

So, according to Cousins, the miscommunication wasn't between him and Crowder, which is what most assumed during the game. Crowder was simply going to block, which was his assignment for the run play that the offense originally went to the line with.

The issue actually occured between the passer and the sidelines, with Cousins not catching onto his coaches' desire for him to audible into a pass. That's the explanation he's giving, at least. And that late slip-up will unfortunately be what most remember from a day where No. 8 was mostly on-point.

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LeBron James hopes Dwayne Haskins makes his doubters pay — but still won't root for Redskins

LeBron James hopes Dwayne Haskins makes his doubters pay — but still won't root for Redskins

As soon as the Redskins picked him 15th overall in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft, Dwayne Haskins picked up millions of new fans.

He also got a tweet from one very, very, very, VERY famous supporter, a guy who rooted for him when he starred at Ohio State last season.

Here's what LEBRON JAMES had to say in response to a post from teammate Josh Hart, who was imploring James to join the Burgundy and Gold bandwagon after Haskins' arrival:

So, Haskins isn't enough to entice James to start throwing around HTTRs, but the NBA legend is already backing the franchise's new passer. Not too shabby for a 21-year-old rookie. 

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Redskins trade back into first round to land Montez Sweat, capping off an incredible start to the draft

Redskins trade back into first round to land Montez Sweat, capping off an incredible start to the draft

The Redskins snagged Dwayne Haskins in Round 1 of the NFL Draft on Thursday. But then, they decided they wanted more.

So, Washington traded back into the first round into the 26th slot and picked up Mississippi State pass rusher Montez Sweat, too. 

Talk about putting in work. 

The Redskins gave up their second-round choice this year (No. 46 overall) as well as their 2020 second-rounder to move into the Colts' position late on Thursday night. In return, they added an athletic prospect who could be a huge problem for offensive lineman opposite of Ryan Kerrigan.

Sweat accrued double-digit sacks in each of his past two seasons for the Bulldogs, then blew up at the Combine. His 4.41 40-yard dash is absurd for someone at his size and his wingspan is about as good as it gets for NFL players as well.

So, why'd he last until 26?

Well, Sweat was diagnosed with a heart condition that could have scared some teams away. However, reports are now saying that condition may not be as serious or worrisome as originally believed.

Of course, the medical side needs to be sorted out. However, what's clear right away is this: The 'Skins not only added a potential franchise passer Thursday in Nashville, they also were aggressive in getting a guy that might elevate their defense to a new level.

Now, Sweat joins what is already a stacked and young front-seven and will line up alongside the likes of Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis. To opposing QBs who'll face the Burgundy and Gold next year, here's a piece of advice: Know where your hot read is so you can get that ball out fast.

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