Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 3, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Chargers in Los Angeles.
Today’s schedule: Off day
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 7
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 14
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 21
The Redskins week that was
If no deal with Cousins comes, one option makes most sense—This is the opinion of colleague JP Finlay. He makes a good case for using the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins if the Redskins can’t sign him to a long-term contract. There is plenty of downside to doing that but it all circles back to the question that must accompany any talk of letting Cousins go—if not Cousins, who plays QB?
Three legends call out Cousins but their criticism misses the mark—Some former players on the NFL Network crew covering the Cowboys game were dishing out the hot takes after the loss. You can go watch the clip and read how the comments miss the mark. To me, if you want to make a case that the Redskins should let Cousins go based on his body of work during his 43 games as the starter, fine. To say he’s not worth keeping because of a game he played behind a patchwork offensive line without Jordan Reed or Chris Thompson, with your best receiver letting you down by letting a ball go through his hands for a pick and fumbling a punt, well, that’s dumb. Sure, he could have played better and maybe someday he will in those situations. But his play in the game was not a fireable offense.
Allen takes first steps towards returning to the field—Jonathan Allen could be ready to come back in Week 15. Early in the week, Gruden indicated that Allen would play if healthy regardless of the Redskins’ playoff status. After the loss to Dallas Gruden’s tone shifted slightly. “He’s a guy that we may not rush back,” Gruden said on Friday. “We may just want to get him fully healed before we even think about putting him out on the practice field.” If he is fully healthy, he needs the experience. But
A look at the Redskins' revamped O-line depth chart—This was written before the Cowboys game and the depth chart may or may not shift again after Morgan Moses had to leave the game with an ankle sprain. Moses may sit a game, putting Ty Nsekhe at right tackle. Gruden said that they would like to see if Nsekhe can be their left guard next year but the tryout may be on hold with Moses possibly sidelined.
Cousins getting sacked more but he's OK with that—Updating the numbers in the post, Cousins now has been sacked 35 times in 11 games compared to 23 times all of last year. Yes, I know that the offensive line has suffered an incredible rash of injuries but it’s not as simple as that. Take a look at the post to get the whole story per Cousins and Gruden.
Tandler on Twitter
Cousins has 23 fewer passing yards/game this year than he did through 11 games last year. Significant but worth the $$ paid to PG and DJax? https://t.co/DtrFvehUrk— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 2, 2017
In case you missed it
- Where the Redskins' season went wrong
- Effort not the issue against Cowboys
- Redskins-Cowboys is Groundhog Day for Redskins fans