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What Redskins fans should know about Philadelphia Eagles

What Redskins fans should know about Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champions, but they certainly haven’t looked like it so far this season. They come into Monday Night Football with a 5-6 record and haven’t won back-to-back games all season. Everyone in Philly has been waiting for them to return to last year’s form, but it hasn’t happened yet this season. Here are three things fans in Washington should know about the 2018 Eagles:

1. This isn’t the same offense

The 2017 Eagles had a dynamic offense that scored over 28 points per game and swept the Redskins by scoring 30 points and 34 points last season. Well, this year, the Eagles have gone over 30 points just one time in 11 games and are averaging a measly 20.9 points per game, good for 23rd in the NFL. 

Carson Wentz has looked like a dynamic player at times this season, but the rest of the offense hasn’t followed. The Eagles even made a trade for Golden Tate at the trade deadline but have failed to integrate him into the offense. It was supposed to be a move to get the Eagles back to being that dynamic offense, but it certainly hasn’t worked. 

2. Takeaways haven’t been there

Through 11 games, the Eagles’ defense has actually been pretty good. They have given up just 23.0 points per game. But they also have just eight takeaways. Those big plays just haven’t been their for Jim Schwartz’s unit. This is the fewest takeaways the Eagles have had through 11 games in franchise history, which tells you how bad it’s been. They don’t have any player with more than one interception; they have five players with one. 

3. The lines are starting to cook 

The biggest positive sign from the Eagles in their 25-22 win over the Giants last week was that their offensive and defensive lines led them to victory. Their O-line has been hampered by injuries all season, but is starting to get healthy. That includes Lane Johnson, who has been playing through an MCL sprain, and Jason Peters, who has been playing with a torn biceps. The Eagles were able to run the ball last week and protect Wentz. If they can continue to do that, maybe the offense can get going. 

The defensive line is the engine that powers that side of the ball and they’ve been playing much better recently. Michael Bennett has proven to be a menace to opposing offensive lines and getting Tim Jernigan back next to Fletcher Cox has only strengthened their passing attack and run defense. 

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Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Just four months shy of his last appearance on the NFL gridiron sidelines, Jay Gruden may already have his 2020 gig lined up, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Gruden was head coach of the Washington Redskins for six seasons, beginning in 2014 and going 35-49-1 in his burgundy and gold tenure. Gruden pushed the Redskins to their first postseason appearance since 2012 in his second year with the team, as well as back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016, not seen in Washington since 1996 and 1997. 

In March 2017, Gruden signed a two-year extension with the Redskins. He was fired after beginning the 2019 season 0-5. 

Recently, Gruden confirmed to Rapoport that he was "itching for something to do" and seeking employment before Jacksonville brought him in to interview for the OC role. 

After playing four years at the University of Louisville and and eight more in various football leagues, Gruden held many offensive roles, offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers and Cincinnati Bengals. 

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Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera did plenty of research before accepting the job earlier this month.

Rivera spent 30-35 hours with Redskins owner Dan Snyder before agreeing to be the ninth head coach of the owner's tenure. Additionally, he reached out to legendary Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, and ended up spending several hours talking with him prior to accepting the job. The two originally spoke on the phone, before the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach invited Rivera over to his home in Charlotte last month to discuss even further.

On Tuesday, Gibbs spoke on the Carol Maloney show, where he revealed some of the topics he spoke with Rivera about. One of those included the involvement of Snyder, who Gibbs spoke glowingly about.

"Where I felt like I could help the most was telling [Rivera] what it was like working with Dan," Gibbs said. "When I was there, Dan did every single thing he could do to help us win and was never, in any way, an interference. He was always trying to help in every single way he could."

Additionally, Gibbs raved about the Redskins fanbase. He explained to Rivera that fans in D.C. understand football, have been following the team forever, and are some of the most passionate in the sport.

"The other thing I could do, I felt like, was tell him about what it's like coaching in the greatest city in the world with the greatest fans in the world," Gibbs said. "I did tell him I thought it was the greatest job in the NFL."

Gibbs told Maloney that he hates making predictions, but had a strong one about the future of the Redskins fanbase.

"I think our fan base will come roaring back," Gibbs said. "I think [FedEx Field] will be full of Burgundy and Gold. They're going to be cheering their guts out."

When asked if he believed Rivera was the right man to lead the Redskins, Gibbs explained he was thrilled by the hire.

"He was certainly a great choice," Gibbs said. "[He was] Coach of the Year twice, put a team into the Super Bowl. And I think he's kind of a man's man. I think he can talk to the players. And I think he's proven that he can get the job done."

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