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Need to Know: End-of-year Redskins player one-liners, defensive edition

Need to Know: End-of-year Redskins player one-liners, defensive edition

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 4, 113 days before the NFL draft.


Days until:
—NFL free agency starts 64
—NFL draft 114
—First Sunday of 2017 season 249

End-of-season one-liners for each player, defense

Yesterday, I took a quick look at every offensive player on the Redskins. Today it’s the defense and specialists.

DE Chris Baker—It will be interesting to see how this plays out as pending free agent Baker has said he wants to retire as a Redskin but this this is his last shot at a substantial contract so he is unlikely to go the hometown discount route.

DL Ziggy Hood—Good for him for making the team and getting a lot of snaps but if he returns he should be down the depth chart, maybe the fourth or fifth guy in the rotation.

DL Cullen Jenkins—Another warrior who played many more snaps than he should have.

DL Matt Ioannidis—It was not a good sign when the fifth-round pick got cut coming out of training camp but after he was re-signed he showed some promise in very limited (103 snaps) action.

DL Ricky Jean Francois—The veteran seems to make things happen when he’s on the field and with a year left on his deal he should be back in 2017.

ILB Will Compton—He is solid as a defensive signal caller and captain but somewhat limited as a playmaker.

ILB Mason Foster—He led the team in tackles despite playing only 70 percent of the snaps.

ILB Martrell Spaight—When Compton missed a game and a half with a knee injury Spaight filled in a showed some promise but also plenty of flaws to be cleaned up.

ILB Su’a Cravens—The rookie had an “S” next to him on the roster all year but he didn’t play a snap at safety; next year he will.

ILB Terence Garvin—He played only 58 snaps on defense; will solid special teams contributions be enough for the Redskins to bring him back next year?

ILB Zach Vigil—The late-season signee played just two snaps on defense but the team has the option to retain his rights for 2017 and may see what he can do.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—It looked like he was headed for a strong finish but an elbow injury slowed him down the last few weeks.

OLB Trent Murphy—He finished a sack short of double digits; that may help the Redskins if they want to negotiate an extension for him this offseason.

OLB Preston Smith—If you think fans were frustrated by his inconsistency imagine what the coaches went through.

OLB Lynden Trail—A very large (6-7, 270) project for the offseason program.

CB Josh Norman—The Redskins will want to see more impact out of him but that’s hard to do when QBs won’t throw his way.

CB Bashaud Breeland—At this point talk of him moving to safety is more speculation than an actual plan but it could end up happening.

CB Kendall Fuller—He started off strong at nickel corner but his play faded as the season wore on; he will get a chance at a fresh start this year.

CB Quinton Dunbar—The converted wide receiver is still learning and he got more playing time towards the end of the year before missing the last two games with a concussion.

CB Greg Toler—He turned 33 two days ago and he’s a free agent so the Redskins might look to a draft pick for cornerback depth in 2017.

CB Dashaun Phillips—After starting the year as the nickel corner, Phillips’ progression went from injured to inactive to released to the practice squad and back to the 53-man roster but inactive.

S Will Blackmon—He’s a solid pro who was adequate at free safety but not the playmaker the team could use there.

S Duke Ihenacho—He is slated to be an unrestricted free agent and the Redskins might want to try to upgrade and move on.

S Josh Evans—In two stints with the team this year he did not see the field on defense.

S Deshazor Everett—It wasn’t until the end of the year that he got some run at safety and he did well enough to get consideration for a spot in the rotation next year.

LS Nick Sundberg—He is a free agent but it’s reasonable to expect that the team will re-sign a snapper who is essentially perfect at his job.

K Dustin Hopkins—Some bad misses this year may prompt the team to bring in a competitor in camp but expect him to pound the team’s first kickoff of 2017 into the end zone.

P Tress Way—His net punting average fell almost a yard from last year but there weren’t any long returns.

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49ers seal rainy victory over Redskins with slip-n-slide celebration

49ers seal rainy victory over Redskins with slip-n-slide celebration

After coming across the country and holding the Redskins scoreless, the 49ers celebrated their victory over Washington in the most appropriate way possible.

In a rain-fulfilled contest that featured poor field conditions, including multiple puddles throughout the playing surface at FedExField, several players on both sides slipped constantly on Sunday. 

On the last play of the game with a San Francisco victory just seconds away, 49ers rookie Nick Bosa sacked Redskins quarterback Case Keenum as the clock winded down. Bosa celebrated with a headfirst slide across the grass, fully embracing the poor field conditions that affected both sides all afternoon long.

But as soon as Bosa hit the turf, several of his 49ers teammates joined him in the act. All of a sudden, dozens of white jerseys were sliding across the wet grass, as the two teams began to commemorate postgame.

"It was a lot of fun. It was definitely worth it," 49ers defensive end Deforest Buckner said. "I saw Bosa out there sliding, so I said, 'Let's do it.' Everybody else started sliding around and everything. It was like a bunch of little kids out there. That's part of the game, having fun. Right now, we're having a lot of fun."

Even head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was likely happier about this victory than many others, considered joining in.

"I did think about it," Shanahan said. "But I don't think I would have done it right."

The head coach wasn't the only 49er to sit the celebration out.

"I spent plenty of time getting wet in the game," tight end George Kittle said. "I let other guys do [the celebration] for me."

"I saw those guys running and diving on the ground," cornerback Richard Sherman said. "I was like, I got out of this one healthy, so I'm just going to go. I'm just going to observe and then jog to the sideline, but it was fun. It was the 'Mud Bowl 2019 Champions.'"

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo also sat the celebration out, but not by choice.

"I missed the slide. I was upset about that," he said.

After holding the Redskins to zero points and just 154 total yards, the 49ers deserved to celebrate in any way they wanted. And they did just that.


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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan gets his revenge on Redskins, gives dad, Mike, the game ball

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan gets his revenge on Redskins, gives dad, Mike, the game ball

It is personal for Kyle Shanahan. It always will be. 

The former Redskins offensive coordinator, who served in that position under his dad, Mike, for four years from 2010-2013, and helped Washington win an NFC East title in 2012, says he moved on long ago from the traumatic end here. 

The Shanahans were fired after a miserable 3-13 season where they sniped with upper management and their young star quarterback Robert Griffin III as things fell apart on the field. 

On Sunday, Kyle Shanahan returned to FedEx Field for the second time since taking over the 49ers in 2017. They lost that initial return game here in his first year with a rebuilding roster. But it was gratifying nonetheless to leave with a 9-0 win this time. According to 49ers players, he even gave the game ball to his dad.   

The 49ers are 6-0 and headed toward the playoffs. The Redskins are 1-6, fired coach Jay Gruden, the man who replaced the Shanahans, and are starting over. Again. Shanahan might try to keep the personal out of it, but a small smile creased his face when asked about the irony.

“I'm always a little more sensitive to this because of what I went through with my dad here,” Kyle Shanahan said. “It’s always nice to get the win. But it definitely had nothing to do with the game, nothing to do with the score. You always want to take care of things the right way when you're bothered by some things that happened to a family member."

Shanahan tried to say all the right things during his mid-week conference call with Washington reporters. It was NOT personal. He’d been back to FedEx Field before and lost. He’d been to other places he’d coached before and played without strong emotions. He’s moved on with his life and so has the family. 

But there will always be a little part of the Shanahans that will revel in beating the Redskins. Mike Shanahan doesn’t get the game ball if they’ve totally moved on. They never felt everyone was on the same page during their tenure here. The issues with drafting and developing Robert Griffin III are well told at this point. 

The Shanahans certainly deserve a fair share of criticism for what happened in Washington. The overall record was 24-41, including that lone playoff loss to Seattle in 2012, and a change had to be made by owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen. Things had turned toxic by the end - even if the staff had three future NFL head coaches as assistants. 

But each Shanahan has had success in other places during their careers as NFL coaches, and Kyle is riding high now with a talented young team that hasn’t lost yet. At 1-6, with yet another coach fired and more change on the horizon, the Redskins remain lost in the wilderness.