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Barry will coach the players made available to him

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Barry will coach the players made available to him

Since the Redskins’ game in Dallas on Sunday has no effect on their playoff seeing, the Redskins might play a good chunk of Sunday’s game with some players who haven’t been with them for very long. If that’s the case, it will be business as usual.

All year long, Joe Barry has had to deal with shuffling in players due to injuries. Three key defensive players, starting cornerback Will Blackmon, nickel back Quinton Dunbar, and inside linebacker Mason Foster, were not on the Redskins’ 53-man roster on opening day. Blackmon and Foster were unemployed, having been cut at the end of training camp. Dunbar was on the Redskins’ practice squad trying to learn the ropes at cornerback after having been converted there from wide receiver just about a month earlier.

On Sunday the Redskins might take advantage of the situation to give some playing time to cornerbacks Deshazor Everett and Dashaun Phillips and linebackers Houston Bates and Carlos Fields. But Barry says it won’t be his call.

“I honestly do not get involved with that one ounce,” he said when asked about a substitution plan for Sunday. “That’s Jay [Gruden’s] call. When and if he decides to pull the trigger on a guy, but it always is exciting just like all year long when you have a guy that gets an opportunity to go play and see what he has, so yes, if it does happen that’d be great.”

The same decision-making process applies to players who are nursing injuries. Safety Dashon Goldson (rib) did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but DeAngelo Hall (calf) was able to participate on a limited bases Thursday. Barry put out the mantra that he will coach the players he has to coach.

“I have ‘DC’ on my business card. Jay has ‘HC’ on his,” said Barry. “I let him make those decisions and handle those things. We have 53 men on this roster and we’ll have 46 on game day and those guys will play their butts off.”

One note, Larry Hess, the guy with “Head Athletic Trainer” on his business card, will also have a big voice in who goes and who doesn’t. 

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NFL trade deadline is 2 weeks away and the Redskins should absolutely be selling

NFL trade deadline is 2 weeks away and the Redskins should absolutely be selling

With the NFL trade deadline coming up in two weeks the Redskins front office needs to plant a for sale sign in front of their Ashburn facility. The problem is they might not attract many buyers.

Just about any player not named Terry McLaurin should be available on offense, and while the defense has a few more performing assets, Washington team president Bruce Allen should be taking any and all calls about possible trades. In fact, Allen should be making calls, trying to move players for future draft picks. 

One thing Allen absolutely should not do is give up future assets. At 1-5 and playoff prospects nearly dead, the Redskins are in no position to deal away draft picks. 

The reality at Redskins Park might not be realized yet, but this is a team that needs a major rebuild. The Burgundy and Gold got their first win of the season on Sunday in Miami, and while there were some encouraging signs, don't confuse the victory with accomplishment. Miami was giving up 40 points-per-game and the Redskins scored just 17. Had Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a pass on a two-point conversion attempt in the final seconds of the game, the great Redskins meltdown of 2019 would be in full swing. Instead, the ball fell to the turf, and the Redskins squeaked out a win. 

Squeaking out wins over a hapless Dolphins team means very little when it comes to overall roster organization. And the harsh truth is Washington needs more talent or chances to get more talent in a bad way. 

The problem with trying to sell at the trade deadline, however, is having players that other teams want. Outside of young players like Terry McLaurin and Daron Payne, the Redskins don't have many marketable pieces. Could Adrian Peterson maybe help a team making a playoff push? Sure, but what would that squad give up for Peterson, considering he was unsigned for months of the 2018 offseason. What about Ryan Kerrigan? Good teams can never have enough pass rushers, but it seems unlikely Washington would even consider moving him.

There is one big piece that Washington can dangle in trade conversations: Trent Williams. 

The seven-time Pro Bowler hasn't shown up in 2019 and it's painfully obvious to all parties that he's not coming back. 106.7 the Fan's Craig Hoffman reported that the Redskins won't move Williams this year, which seems crazy but believable given the absurdity of Williams' lengthy holdout and the Redskins insistence on thinking it will end.  

The time to trade Williams was months ago, and it's just grandstanding to continue bashing the team for something that is so obvious. Still, trade Williams now. Get draft pick compensation or player compensation, whatever works, but get it done.

There are internet rumors that Tampa might be looking to move young tight end O.J. Howard and Washington could be interested. If it's a straight player swap, that is worth considering. Howard has up to two years remaining on his rookie deal, and the Redskins options at tight end are in bad shape. Jordan Reed is on the injured reserve list and there are real questions about him never playing again. Vernon Davis is 35 and in the last year of his contract. Howard would be a talent upgrade and he's an Alabama alum. The Redskins love 'Bama guys. 

The Williams/Howard rumor could be pure nonsense too. Allen has been very clear he has no plans to trade Williams, repeatedly, and so far has stuck to his word. Allen even said last week that there has been "no dialogue" with any other team. 

Last season the Redskins bought at the trade deadline, bringing in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for what the organization thought would be a late-season playoff run. Washington sent Green Bay a fourth-round pick for Clinton-Dix, and the price ended up being too high. Clinton-Dix was barely, if at all, an upgrade over Montae Nicholson and for most of his time in Washington he seemed focused on his pending free agency. 

What that trade did prove was Allen is willing to wheel and deal at the trade deadline. He should do the same this year but in the opposite direction.

Sell. Don't buy. 

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The Eagles cut Zach Brown but don't expect a Redskins reunion

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The Eagles cut Zach Brown but don't expect a Redskins reunion

Zach Brown had a rough week.

The Eagles linebacker made headlines prior to a Week 6 matchup when he said that Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was the "weak link" on the Minnesota offense. By the time Philadelphia left Minneapolis, Cousins had thrown for more than 300 yards with four touchdowns as the Vikings routed the Eagles 38-20. After the game, Brown got asked about his Cousins' comments, and the linebacker didn't want to discuss his comments at all. 

On Monday, things fared even worse as the Eagles cut Brown. 

In six games this season he registered 29 tackles and two tackles of loss. He was playing fine, but not good, and Philadelphia's management clearly decided the juice wasn't worth the squeeze with Brown after his Cousins' comments.

For Redskins fans thinking about a possible ZB reunion, think again. Last year, Washington's coaches and management came to the same conclusion as Philadelphia just did. 

Brown signed with the Redskins in 2017 and played well that year. He was leading the NFL in tackles for much of the season until he was lost to injury in December. The team re-signed him in 2018 to a three-year, $21 million deal, but things went bad about halfway through the year. Brown lost his starting job to Shaun Dion Hamilton and openly talked about the "writing on the wall" with his role in Washington. 

In March, the Redskins released Brown before free agency opened. Philadelphia signed him later in the offseason to a one-year incentive deal, and he didn't even last half the season. 

Brown has talent. He's a good tackler and has elite speed for the position. In 2016, Brown posted 149 tackles and four sacks with the Bills, but Buffalo elected not to bring him back. He then landed in D.C. before his eventual release. Now he's available again and the Redskins defense has been anything but stellar. 

Don't expect Brown back in Burgundy and Gold though. The team cut him less than a year ago, and while there has been a coaching change, the smart money says Brown won't be back. 

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