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Five observations from the Redskins' narrow win over the Eagles

Five observations from the Redskins' narrow win over the Eagles

PHILADELPHIA – Here are my five observations on Redskins 27, Eagles 22.

—The Redskins played with fire for the fourth time this season and for the third time they survived. Against the Ravens, Lions, Viking, and now the Eagles, the Redskins held a lead of more than a field goal but less than a touchdown and watched the other team drive into their territory. This was the third time they held on for the win; only Matthew Stafford and the Lions were able to get it into the end zone. That says a lot about this team. Not all of it is good as it seem like many teams can get stops before causing severe stress among their fan bases. But a win is a win and the Redskins move on.

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—The Redskins can win with a balanced attack. The called 23 passing plays and 22 rushing plays. They didn’t rack up a ton of yards (334, right around their average for the season) but they did get it in the end zone four times and they never started with field position better than their own 46.

—The defense had a tough time in the first half, stopping the Eagles only once and that was on Deshazor Everett’s interception in the end zone that stopped a drive down to the Washington three-yard line. But when you look at the game as a whole they only gave up one touchdown (one Eagles score came on the pick six) and three field goals. It wasn’t a great defensive game by any means but it was better than it seemed at the time.

—Both teams were digging down their depth charts. The Eagles were on their fourth-string right offensive tackle and their third-string long snapper by the end of the game. Martrell Spaight had played just seven defensive snaps before he had to replace injured signal caller Will Compton. Everett had not played a single defensive snap this year before today. Teams have to dig deep this time of year and subs for both sides came up big.

—I asked Chris Thompson about his 25-yard touchdown run to win the game. He went through the start of the play and they he said he saw “Trent Williams doing Trent Williams things” out in front of him. Few tackles are athletic as Williams. Yes, Ty Nsekhe did a nice job filling in for Williams. But he can’t do what Williams does and that’s why the offense is better for him being back.

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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