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When asked about the defensive decline, DJ Swearinger gives response 'they want' him to give

When asked about the defensive decline, DJ Swearinger gives response 'they want' him to give

A frequent question Redskins players have had to face this past month is, in some form or another, "What's wrong with the defense, and what's changed?"

Washington's defense was, for the most part, effective and at times dominant during the team's 6-3 start.

But in this losing streak that extended to four games after the disgraceful performance against the Giants, the unit has been a train wreck on top of a dumpster fire. 

DJ Swearinger was the latest 'Skin to be asked the increasingly common question in the FedEx Field locker room postgame. His response was noteworthy.

"We just didn't execute, we just didn't get the job done," he said. "That's the answer they want me to give."

Swearinger attracts some of the largest media crowds when he speaks because he's passionate and never holds back with his quotes.

However, some recent comments from No. 36 about the Redskins' practice habits caught Jay Gruden's attention to the point where the coach explained in one of his weekly pressers he'd prefer the safety keep those thoughts in-house.

So, is Gruden or another coach or front office person the "they" that Swearinger referred to following the Giants blowout? You'd have to assume so.

Regardless, it's obvious that he wanted to say more, but instead, he kept his full, unfiltered opinion to himself — this time. If things continue to trend downward and his frustration continues to trend upward, though, don't expect him to keep giving the answers "they want."

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Momentum points toward Kyler Murray to Arizona; so what happens with Josh Rosen?

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Momentum points toward Kyler Murray to Arizona; so what happens with Josh Rosen?

There aren’t many facts during the NFL’s pre-draft process, but there’s plenty of speculation and rumors. 

One fact: The Redskins need to add a quarterback on a rookie deal this offseason. 

Washington has Colt McCoy, Case Keenum and Alex Smith under contract for 2019, but that list of veteran passers has lots of questions. McCoy and Keenum are only signed for one season, and Smith’s leg injury leaves his future very much in doubt. 

Add all that up, and the ‘Skins need a young passer. 

While most look to the 2019 rookie crop of QBs, keep in mind Josh Rosen might become available via trade if Arizona drafts Kyler Murray. 

As the days inch closer to the Draft Day, it seems more and more apparent the Cardinals will take Murray. Of course, that might not happen, but it probably will. 

And if it does, Arizona will have to move 2018 first-round pick, Josh Rosen. 

Rosen did not impress as a rookie quarterback. His numbers were ugly, but plenty of talent evaluators will suggest he ranks highly against the 2019 QB class. 

If the Cardinals decide to make Rosen available on the trade market, the Redskins should definitely be interested. But the truth is plenty of NFL teams could be targeting Rosen. 

As the draft nears, Rosen will become more valuable, even if it becomes more obvious Arizona is going to take Murray. 

Washington might want Rosen. 

Despite a bad rookie year, few talent evaluators would write him off after 13 ugly starts on a bad team. 

Washington should want Rosen. 

The ‘Skins must add a rookie QB, and he could be the best option. 

While it isn’t a certainty, plenty of teams might be in the Rosen market. Keep that in mind. 

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Two Redskins and Kirk Cousins land on 2019 list of most overpaid players

Two Redskins and Kirk Cousins land on 2019 list of most overpaid players

NFL teams, like any other business in the universe, love finding people who far outproduce what they're being paid. However, sometimes franchises end up on the opposite side of that scale: compensating players at a level that's higher than what they're doing on the field.

Well, thanks to For The Win, there's a new list available that projects the 20 most overpaid guys in football for 2019. Unfortunately for the Redskins, they're quite familiar with two of the 20. 

Steven Ruiz's "Value Above Market Price" metric — a.k.a VAMP — measures "how much a player is being paid for his production compared to the league-wide market rate for his position" and is what fueled his analysis, which was published Tuesday. Basically, Ruiz looked at PFF's 2018 grades as well as an individual's 2019 cap hit to figure out how undervalued or overvalued that pro will be this coming year.

And according to Ruiz, Josh Norman is the eighth most overpaid athlete in the sport. 

"The Redskins gave him the big contract he was looking for and they have to be regretting that decision now," he says of the DB, who carries a projected VAMP of $-9.2 million. "Norman has been exposed as a corner who struggles in man coverage but he's being paid like a shutdown guy." 

Ruiz also has Alex Smith on his list, slotting him at No. 20 even though his VAMP is much higher than anyone else due to the fact he's likely not going to suit up for the Burgundy and Gold this campaign. He acknowledges the ranking "isn't really fair," but fair or not, his giant salary is a burden to Washington.

"The Redskins are paying him $20.4 million to rehab, which is going to force the front office to put together its roster with one hand tied behind its back," he writes.    

If you're now an annoyed Redskins supporter, perhaps you can take some petty solace in the fact that Kirk Cousins checks in at No. 3. 

"Cousins is being paid like a player who can overcome a weakened supporting cast, but he's never proven that to be the case," Ruiz says.

Slightly less annoyed, right? That's because petty solace is the best.   

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