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Jay Gruden calls Redskins' 43-19 loss to Saints ‘an absolute embarrassment’

Jay Gruden calls Redskins' 43-19 loss to Saints ‘an absolute embarrassment’

NEW ORLEANS — Early on, the Redskins made stupid penalties. 

Later on, the Redskins got completely outplayed. 

Add it all up, and the result is a 43-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints that brings far more questions than it does answers. 

“That was an absolute embarrassment,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said following the game. 

He was right. 

The entire organization needs to be embarrassed by the Monday night debacle. Washington was coming off a bye week and had two weeks to prepare for the Saints matchup. 

But the team didn’t look at all prepared. 

Their veteran quarterback looked rattled right out of the gate. Alex Smith either seemed unwilling or unable to deal with the Saints' defensive pressure. 

Adrian Peterson never got going, and some of that was because he nearly had his leg taken off on the first possession. 

Smith threw a late check down to Peterson in the flat that a New Orleans defender saw coming and delivered a massive hit to the running back’s left knee. 
 
Peterson survived that hit, but later in the game suffered a dislocated shoulder on a hard tackle. An MRI on Tuesday will reveal the extent of the damage. 

Smith played bad, by far his worst performance of the season, and the whole Redskins team followed suit. 

Defensively, Washington seemed competitive early in the contest yet determined to undermine their own effort. 

A wildly dumb personal foul call on Montae Nicholson negated a Ryan Kerrigan sack of Drew Brees that would have forced a punt. Instead New Orleans kept the ball, and a few plays later, the Saints scored. 

There were other dumb penalties, and certainly more Saints scores. 

The secondary squabbled for the second time in two weeks, and confusion reigned in multiple spots. 

Josh Norman got benched to start the second half. Yep. Benched. 
 
It was a disgrace of a football game for a team that cannot find anything close to consistency. 

Now all the questions will mount, and they will range from strategic errors to personal preparation. 

A number of Redskins players pointed the blame at their fellow players after the loss. 

Jonathan Allen asked why guys weren’t ready to play, and DJ Swearinger said that Redskins players need to cut out the laughter and hijinks during practices. 

Whatever the answers are, the Redskins better find them quick. 

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Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Dan Snyder is facing mounting pressure from three of his minority investors to sell the Washington Football Team according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

“The stakes have attracted interest from a variety of potential buyers, but Mr. Snyder has been reluctant to give any of them the option to eventually buy control despite the attempt to oust him,” the Journal wrote in its story Thursday afternoon.  “That has prompted some would-be buyers to walk away.”

Snyder’s ownership seems to face battles on nearly every front.

In the last six weeks the team dropped its more than 80-year old “Redskins” moniker amid threats from multiple sponsors of significant lost revenue due to its racist connotations. 
Last month, a Washington Post story alleged widespread sexual harassment and verbal abuse against women inside the organization and the team is now conducting an internal investigation on the report.

The three minority investors combine own about 40% of the team but their shares would be worth much more if the entire organization was up for sale. 

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Snyder has also filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court this week that loosely claims a conspiracy against him from one of the team’s current investors. A lawyer for Snyder told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday that a former team employee bribed an Indian media company to put out a defamatory and false story against him. 

The Journal reports that tensions between Snyder and his minority investors have simmered for “at least a year.” It writes that FedEx founder and chairman Frederick Smith, one of the three minority owners and the man whose company has the naming writes to Washington’s home stadium, attempted to sell his share of the team last year only to have a slow approval process involving Snyder sink a potential deal. The interested investor instead purchased a minority stake in another NFL team. 

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Jets DC Gregg Williams says Jamal Adams will "get bored" after trade to Seahawks

Jets DC Gregg Williams says Jamal Adams will "get bored" after trade to Seahawks

Once the Jets agreed to send Jamal Adams to the Seahawks in exchange for three draft picks, it ended a long saga between the disgruntled superstar and the franchise. Or so we thought. 

During a conference call with reporters Thursday, former Washington and current Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams expressed his concern with Adams' new team, saying he'll be "bored there." 

"Jamal may get bored there because they don't use safety-type things and all the different complexities of maybe not showing what they're doing as much as we do," Williams said. "We'll still do the same patterns of things, we'll still do a lot of the same exact things, but we'll highlight the people we have here."

The Seahawks have a reputation for their zone defense, which reached its peak with the "Legion of Boom" with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Adams figures to add to that legacy of success in the secondary and help put a contending Seattle team over the top in the NFC. 

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Still, Williams' overall point was that their defensive scheme doesn't tend to highlight the skills of its players as much as his does in New York. 

"You saw what we did [in 2019] was, [Adams] had maybe his most productive year here because we highlighted the skill sets that he's had," he said. "I've had a lot of really good guys at that position, a lot of really good safeties to build things around."

It's hard to argue with that. I mean, Adams became an All-Pro last year at the age of 24 and solidified himself as one of the best defensive players in the game.

But you also can't argue with the track record Seattle's system has had over the years. No matter what players have played on that defense, they're routinely solid and difficult to move the ball on. If the Seahawks don't bring Adams to a new level, there's a good chance he'll be able to do it for them. 

Great players typically elevate good systems. 

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