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Need to Know: The Redskins defense's five worst moments under Joe Barry

Need to Know: The Redskins defense's five worst moments under Joe Barry

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 6, 54 days before the NFL franchise tag deadline.


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The five low points of Joe Barry’s defense

These are in ascending order of importance.

5. Dec. 24 2016—Matt Barkley completes an 18-yard pass to Deonte Thompson to convert a third and 18 This wasn’t a critical play but the fact that a third-string quarterback was able to complete a pass to a less than average receiver to convert third and very long was very symbolic in regards to the futility of the third-down defense.

4. Jan. 10 2015—Getting called for two offside and two 12 on the field penalties in the second quarter of the playoff game Again, these were not hugely important plays in and of themselves. But they helped turn the momentum in a game that the Redskins had control of in the first quarter. And, even worse, the Redskins knew this was coming. Anyone who has watched a Packers game on TV knew Aaron Rodgers was going to try to quick snap to catch them trying to get off the field and that he would use the hard count to try to draw them offside. Yet they fell for Rodgers’ tricks anyway. It was a failure of both Barry and the players.   

3. Sept. 18 2016—Dak Prescott and the Cowboys drive down the field in the fourth quarter for the Week 2 winning touchdown Kirk Cousins had just thrown an interception in the end zone. The Redskins held a three-point lead with 10 minutes to play and they desperately needed a stop. But Prescott and company methodically moved 80 yards in 11 plays to the game-winning touchdown by, of all people, Alfred Morris. The drive sent the Redskins to 0-2 after two home games and set off an 11-game winning streak for the Cowboys. Washington's defense of the NFC East title essentially ended early.

2. Jan 1, 2017—Eli Manning throws a 44-yard pass to Tavarres King, setting up the game-winning field goal Going into the game, King had caught just one pass for six yards all season. After lulling the defense to sleep with some running plays after the Redskins tied the game up at 10-10, Manning launched one down the sideline to King, who beat Greg Toler and hauled in the pass. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked the field goal that ended up sending the Redskins home for the playoffs.

1. Oct. 23, 2016—Matthew Stafford leads a game-winning drive in the last minute to snatch a victory away from the Redskins Cousins had scored a touchdown on a 19-yard run with 1:13 left to play to give the Redskins a 17-13 lead. Stafford needed a touchdown to win and he got it with relative ease. He ate up huge chunks of yardage with three passes that moved the Lions from the 25 to the Redskins’ 18. Then after two incompletions Stafford delivered the gut punch on third down with a TD pass to Anquan Boldin. It was just too easy; the Redskins didn’t get much pressure on Stafford and they weren’t covering well either. The loss ultimately cost the Redskins a playoff spot. 

I’m sure there are more. What plays or moments stick out in your mind? Talk about it in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN or on

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One important thing that Ron Rivera will bring to the Redskins, according to an NFL agent

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What will Ron Rivera bring to the Redskins in 2020 and beyond (well, besides lots of people who worked with him in Carolina)? That's a question everyone's trying to figure out.

Many are hoping for more wins, obviously. Washington's been one of the league's worst franchises for the past decade, while Rivera was a two-time Coach of the Year with the Panthers who made it to the playoffs four times in nine seasons there.

Beyond that, however, there's an expectation that Rivera can also elevate the Burgundy and Gold's day-to-day operations, making the organization more professional, consistent and stable — words that haven't been used to describe their operations in a long time.

In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast, longtime NFL agent Andy Ross spoke to that second point.

"I will say this," Ross, who reps players such as Morgan Moses and Taysom Hill, told the podcast. "The one thing that Ron really instilled in the players, because I've had players on Carolina, was accountability. These are young men that are growing into men, so he wants to teach them to be strong men, be strong leaders. And I think that's something he's going to bring into Washington."


The 2019 campaign was beyond chaotic for the Redskins, and one of its major turning points came when Dan Snyder made the decision to fire Jay Gruden after five straight losses to open the year. One of the most popular criticisms of Gruden was a lack of accountability. According to Ross, that won't occur now that Rivera's in charge.

The 58-year-old also possesses another quality that'll be incredibly valuable as he tries to turn around the Redskins, a place that's been plagued by distractions, leaks and fracturing season after season.

"He doesn't allow the outside influence to affect his football team," Ross said. "So I think you're going to see, with the Redskins going forward, that everything is going to be really kept in-house."

Rivera's reputation precedes him. Right after he was hired by Snyder, in fact, Panthers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy said he would tell players in Washington that "one of the best things in your career is about to happen."

Ross is yet another person to echo that kind of praise for the head coach. With each passing day, it sounds more and more like the Redskins landed someone with an approach that's precisely what everyone involved with the team needs.

"They have some really good, young talent," Ross concluded. "And I think he's really going to mold a lot of these young players into really strong men, and that should be good for the culture."


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Ron Rivera sends military veteran to the Super Bowl

Ron Rivera sends military veteran to the Super Bowl

One lucky fan is headed to Super Bowl LIV, courtesy of Redskins head coach Ron Rivera.

Teaming up with USAA and the American Veterans, Rivera is sending military veteran LeCheton “Omar” Settles to Miami. The Redskins head coach tweeted about it on Wednesday.

Settles joined the United States Marines at age 17 and dedicated eight years of his life to service. During his military tenure, Settles spent time as a Field Artillery Cannoneer, Marine Corps Security Force Guard, Martial Arts Instructor-Trainer, and Small Arms Weapons Instructor.

Rivera comes from a military background himself and is using this as a way to reward one military member for his service.

"Inspired by my father’s military service, we always had a strong military appreciation in our team’s culture during my time in Carolina and I plan on continuing that now with the Redskins in Washington, D.C.," Rivera said in the release. "To kick that off, I am privileged to partner with USAA and AMVETS to award a trip to the Super Bowl to Sergeant Omar Settles in recognition of and for his service to our country."    


He will meet with Settles on both Friday and Saturday of Super Bowl week at the USAA Salute to Service Lounge in Miami. 

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