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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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Redskins Talk live from Miami for Super Bowl week: How to watch, live stream, listen

Redskins Talk live from Miami for Super Bowl week: How to watch, live stream, listen

Before the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers play for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, the Redskins Talk crew will break down the Redskins and happenings around the NFL.

JP Finlay and Mitch Tischler will welcome special guests everyday from Tuesday to Friday, live from Radio Row in Miami.

The Redskins are in the midst of a busy time, ushering in a new era under the direction of newly minted head coach Ron Rivera. With the NFL Combine, free agency and the draft right around the corner, Redskins Talk has your fix with analysis, discussion and high-profile guests. 

Here's everything you need to know.

Redskins Talk: End of Season Special

When: Every day from Tuesday, January 28, through Friday, January 31, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Radio Row in Miami

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Redskins' wide receiver Terry McLaurin planned NFL future in 2005 letter

Redskins' wide receiver Terry McLaurin planned NFL future in 2005 letter

Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin just finished his rookie season in the NFL and ranked among the best first-year pass catchers across the league in 2019. Among rookies, the Ohio State product ranked second in receptions with 59, second in receiving yards with 919 and tied for third in touchdowns with seven — all in 14 games.

That kind of production from a third-round pick may have surprised some. But for McLaurin, this was always the plan.

On Friday, McLaurin took to his Instagram story to post a letter he wrote in 2005 — when he was 10 years old — where he proclaimed his aspirations to be an NFL wide receiver.

“I really want to be a wide [receiver] and a starter,” McLaurin wrote in the letter titled ‘My Future.’ “I will play hard every game.”

McLaurin officially achieved his goal of becoming a professional wide receiver when the Redskins made him their third-round pick last April. He didn’t waste any time accomplishing the second part of his dream, cracking the starting lineup in the first game of the season against the Eagles.

In his letter, McLaurin also discussed the possibility of playing running back in the NFL. In his senior year of high school, the 2013 Indiana Mr. Football was an all-around weapon. He posted 14 total touchdowns, recorded 58 catches for 953 yards receiving and rushed for an additional 744 yards.

Ultimately, McLaurin settled into the receiver position in college when he joined the Buckeyes program. His best season came in his senior year, when he was paired with Dwayne Haskins, and caught 35 passes for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Low productivity in college — just 75 career receptions — may have caused McLaurin’s fall to the third round. But now, he’s making up for it and was one of the steals of the draft.

If McLaurin’s standout numbers continue, he should have no problem accomplishing a couple other goals he laid out in the letter.

“Make lots of money and live in a big house,” a young McLaurin wrote.

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