Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 7, 66 days before NFL free agency starts.


Days until:

—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 66
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 109
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9/18) 225

The Redskins week that was

Taking a look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics from the week on Real Redskins and on NBC Sports Washington. 

New contract for Dunbar could mean the end for Breeland in DC—The three-year extension that CB Quinton Dunbar wasn’t the beginning of the end of Bashaud Breeland’s time in Washington, it was the end of the end. The beginning came two years ago when they drafted Kendall Fuller in the third round and it continued last year when they tabbed Fabian Moreau in the third. It was succession planning at work and we will see how it turns out.

Gruden honest, not critical, of Cousins’ season—The most telling part of Jay Gruden’s assessment of Kirk Cousins’ 2017 came in the pregnant (and I mean about eight months pregnant) pause before he answered. To put that into words, it’s complicated. Across the board, his major stats—completion percentage, yards, yards per attempt, passer rating—were all the worst of his three seasons as a starter. But he did have to deal with a rash of injuries, subpar running game, and the loss of his top two receivers.


Redskins have more questions than answers on third-down problems—After being pretty good on offensive third-down conversions for a couple of years, the Redskins were 31st last year. You probably didn’t have to look up the numbers like I did to see that they were the worst in the league on third and short and when running on third and short. Hit on the post for details.

Looking to 2018 with each Redskins player, defensive edition—There are plenty of tea leaves to read regarding the 2018 fate of most defensive players. They one key player who is hard to figure out is Zach Brown. The Redskins want him back but they’re not going to overpay. The market for his services last year was tepid and his stats weren’t quite as good this past year as they were in 2016. The Redskins will make a fair offer but it only takes one team to overbid and take him away. This likely will be the last chance for Brown, who turned 28 during the season, to get a big money contract and his goal could be to maximize the dollars. That may not mesh with staying with the Redskins.

Breaking down the key points from the Cousins Q&A—How much stock should fans put in Cousins saying that he wants to be a Redskin? I think you should take the statement at face value. But what Cousins didn’t say also is important. Cousins did not say that he would not want to be anywhere else. If that was the case, he could simply instruct his agent to work out the best deal with the Redskins that he could get, sign, and be done with it. So, the wait goes on as we find out what teams Cousins might also want to play for.

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