Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 5, 37 days before NFL free agency starts.
—NFL Combine (3/1) 24
—NFL Draft (4/26) 80
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 216
What the Redskins can learn from the Super Bowl
The Redskins are lagging behind in the NFC East—The NFC East is now the first of the NFL’s eight divisions to have all four teams with at least one Lombardi Trophy. But the Redskins’ last Lombardi was the least recent. Since they won it in 1991, the other three NFC East teams have been to eight Super Bowls or an average of about one every three years. They have won six with the Cowboys going 3-0, the Giants 2-1, and the Eagles now 1-1. Meanwhile, the Redskins have won just two playoff games and have failed to make the NFC title game. The Redskins are in a nice neighborhood, but their house need repairs while the neighbors are making improvements. The way they are doing things clearly is not working.
The whole Eagles with an empty trophy case thing was fun while it lasted—It had a good run from 1966 until now but the Eagles are deserving Super Bowl champs. So the Lombardi trophy case with the cobwebs needs to be retired. So do memes like this one:
Damn, can never use my favorite “shut up Eagles” pic again.... smdh.... pic.twitter.com/taxffLV4BV— 🇺🇸The WuFlu Dude Abides🇺🇸 (@jeffreylbragg) February 5, 2018
Start aggressive, stay aggressive—Doug Pederson was aggressive about going for it on fourth down all year and he didn’t tighten up on the big stage. The call to go for it on fourth and goal near halftime was brave as it was, but the Wildcat-reverse-pass to the quarterback showed world-class onions for Pederson. And they went for it late, picking up a fourth and one with 5:39 left while on their way to what proved to be the winning touchdown. The two times a year that the Redskins play Philly they have to be ready for anything, and Jay Gruden has to be ready to match Pederson’s style.
Depth overcomes injuries for Eagles—It would not be accurate to say that the Eagles were hit as hard by injuries as the Redskins were. But they were hit in some key areas, including middle linebacker and signal caller Jordan Hicks, left tackle Jason Peters, and MVP candidate quarterback Carson Wentz all suffering season-ending injuries. But the next men up came in and got the job done. Of particular note was Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who started the last 10 games at left tackle after Peters went out. Redskins fans recall his debut as a rookie in Week 6 of the 2016 season when Ryan Kerrigan treated him like a turnstile, getting 2.5 sacks and many more pressures on Wentz. Eagles fans were terrified when he was put in after Peters went out. But, hey, guess what, they stuck with him, developed him, and he was ready when his second chance came around.
Tandler on Twitter
This was in response to the Adam Schefter report that the Redskins are discussing trying to do a tag and trade deal with Kirk Cousins.
Despite this report, I continue to believe that there is a zero point zero percent chance that it will happen. There are just too many obstacles. If I’m wrong, I will be at the mercy of the folks here with whom I’ve discussed this and of @OldTakesExposed https://t.co/FbE8AhiIwi— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) February 4, 2018
In case you missed it
- Redskins reportedly considering tagging Cousins but odds of a deal still slim
- Tandler's Take--Sorting out the Cousins era
- Bobby Beathard gets the Hall of Fame nod
- Jacoby doesn't make the Hall on his last chance
- The Redskins week that was-Why trade Fuller and other questions answered
- Joe Jacoby talks to JP Finlay...on a Ferris wheel
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is upset about losing Kendall Fuller