Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 22, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden and news conference, open locker room after practice approx. 1:30
—Redskins @ Giants (12/31) 9
—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 82
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 125
Answering fan questions
Here are some questions I answered from fans on my Twitter feed (@TandlerNBCS) and on my Facebook page (Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS). Any time you have a question, hit me up. I'll usually get back faster on Twitter but I do monitor both constantly. Thanks.
If* the redskins move on from Kirk, which QB would you suggest to take his place.— Sven (@srhule) December 21, 2017
JP Finlay wrote a post listing eight quarterbacks who, at this moment, appear to be available options to replace Kirk Cousins if he leaves. Taking a veteran from the list, I think I’d go with Sam Bradford. He is the closest match for the offense that the Redskins are running and he is a very accurate passer. He does have injury issues but all free agent QBs have issues. For a draft pick, I’ll go with Lamar Jackson of Louisville. Yes, he would require adjustments in the offense but he could be the 2018 version of Deshaun Watson. There will be other options as the offseason unfolds but those are a couple to chew on for now.
If Cousins leaves, the need for a quarterback trumps everything. If he is staying, I think they need to look very hard at the inside linebacker spot. They will need someone to either replace Zach Brown or to pair with him. On offense, left guard is a position the Redskins will need to fill. It seems unlikely that Shawn Lauvao will be back. Perhaps an easy solution might to re-sign free agent Spencer Long and put him at left guard. Otherwise, they will need to find a solution in free agency or in the draft. It also looks like wide receiver will be a need.
Lanier and Ioannidis have flashed this year so I don’t think either would be all that “sneaky.” I’m not sure about Davis; he may be one to look out for in 2019. The young player I’m hearing the most buzz about is CB Fabian Moreau. He hasn’t played much on defense this year but they have been very impressed with his performance in practice. He could start at some point next year. They also are very high on S Montae Nicholson, who was good when healthy, so they could have a couple of good, young defensive backs for a number of years.
Which coach is most under pressure for next year?— Laurcan&kaidensdad (@laurcansdad) December 21, 2017
I’m going to go with special teams coach Ben Kotwica. The special teams have been awful this year (27th per Football Outsiders). They haven’t made any big plays and they have been responsible for plenty of them by the opposition. The teams have been pretty good the last couple of years, and between that and the injuries, he should keep his job this year. But another bad year no matter what happens and he will be out.
Tandler on Twitter
#Redskins O-line filing in to locker room about 25 minutes after practice ended. Don't tell them there is nothing to play for.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 21, 2017
In case you missed it
- Projecting the Redskins' 2018 defensive depth chart
- Fantasy Football -- Super Bowl/Week 16 rankings
- For Junkies, football still as enjoyable as ever to watch
- Cousins' last home game at FedEx?