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Need to Know: No logic for Redskins Monday night issues but they are real

Need to Know: No logic for Redskins Monday night issues but they are real

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 21, three days before the Washington Redskins visit the Chicago Bears.

Timeline

Today's schedule: No media availability  

Days until: Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 3; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 11; Wild card playoff round starts 17

Injuries of note:
Injured reserve:
LB Bates (knee)
To be monitored: OLB Kerrigan (elbow), CB Dunbar (concussion)
Injury report

Last look at Redskins vs. Panthers

Who’s to blame? I’ll say this again—those who are blaming the loss on the defense should take their buckets of tar and bags of feathers elsewhere. No, they did not play great. But they were good in the red zone and good on third down. Had the offense not turned the ball over twice in Redskins territory, one of those at the one-yard line, they would have given up 16 points. That is a winning effort.

Monday, Monday: It’s impossible to explain the futility of the Redskins on Monday nights at FedEx Field. Their 1-16 record there spans seven head coaches, about a dozen quarterbacks, and multiple different heads of player personnel. There is simply no reason why a 45-10 loss to the 49ers in 1998 by a team that was coached by Norv Turner, quarterbacked by Trent Green, and featured Terry Allen as the lead running back has any link to what happened two days ago. Yet unless and until the Redskins string together a few Monday night wins at home they will continue to be part of either a simple run of bad luck or a massive jinx.

Are there Cam rules? I don’t know if a personal foul should have been called against Trent Murphy for hitting Cam Newton in the head while he was sliding or not. I do know that I have seen similar contact flagged before and I would not have had much of a beef if they have penalized Murphy. For that matter, Jay Gruden said yesterday that he thought the flag might go against Murphy when it was thrown. After seen that and some other hits on Newton not called, particularly hits in the pocket, I think it’s fair to ask if Newton does get treated differently than others.

Snap judgements: Jordan Reed almost doubled his snap count from the Eagles game, playing 19 snaps, but he still caught the same number of passes—one . . . Martrell Spaight got his first NFL start and played all 73 defensive snaps . . . DeSean Jackson led the offensive skill position players in snaps with 58

This ‘n’ that: Kory Lichtensteiger was inactive after being activated, suiting up, but not playing in the Eagles game. We may have seen the last of him in a Redskins uniform . . . Although the safety play was bad on Monday and has been bad this year it’s actually been improved over the last few seasons. That doesn’t mean that the organization should stand pat there. To the contrary, they need to blow it up completely and find some safeties instead of continuing to try to convert cornerbacks.

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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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