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Need to Know: Redskins' five-pack of picks most since 1983

Need to Know: Redskins' five-pack of picks most since 1983

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 25, seven days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.

**Merry Christmas to all!**

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Today's schedule: No availability

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 7; Wild card playoff round starts 13

Injuries of note:
RB Kelley (knee), CB Breeland (ankle), S Whitner (quad), WR Jackson (jaw)
Postgame injury report

Redskins vs. Bears by the numbers

—The Redskins intercepted five passes. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland had two each and Will Blackmon had one. The last time they intercepted more was on 10/31/1983 when the intercepted six against the Chargers. Mark Murphy picked off three passes in that game and Vernon Dean, Neal Olkewicz, and Anthony Washington had one each. 

—The Redskins will finish no worse than 8-7-1. That means that they have clinched a second straight winning season for the first time since 1996-1997.

—Kirk Cousins did not take a sack. That was the Redskins’ fourth sack-free game of the season, their most since 2006 (six)

—Cousins completed 18 of 29 passes for 270 and one touchdown. On his 14th completion he topped the team record for completions in a season with 384. Cousins set the record last year.

—Cousins also ran for two touchdowns. He is the only quarterback in the NFL with a multiple rushing TD game this season.

—The rushing touchdown was Cousins third of the seasons. He joined Aaron Rodgers as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to have 4,000 yards passing and three rushing touchdowns in the same season. Rodgers did it twice (2008-2009).

—DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 114 yards. He now has three straight games with 100 or more receiving yards, tying the team record set by Santana Moss in Weeks 5-7 in 2005.

—Preston Smith blocked a field goal attempt in the first quarter. It was the first time the Redskins have blocked a field goal since DeAngelo Hall blocked one against Carolina in 2012.

—The Redskins have beaten the Bears seven straight games, their longest active streak against any team.

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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 under-performed 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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DeAngelo Hall defends cornerback Josh Norman, but believes Redskins should move on

DeAngelo Hall defends cornerback Josh Norman, but believes Redskins should move on

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman has drawn criticism because of his performance in D.C. during his 5-year, $75 million contract he signed in April 2016. Former Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall came to Norman’s defense during a radio appearance with Craig Hoffman on 106.7 The Fan on Friday.

“He does compete, he’s a competitor. And if I have a football player on my roster who’s a competitor, who wants to be out there, who fights hard and plays hard, I’m [going to] find a way to put him in position to make plays,” Hall said. “I think we could’ve done a much, much better job of putting Josh in position to make plays.”

In November, then-interim head coach Bill Callahan benched Norman, and the 32-year-old cornerback played just 10 defensive snaps over the last six games of the season. Should Washington choose to cut ties with Norman this offseason before June 1, the team would save $12.5 million of cap space.

Hall, who interviewed for the Redskins’ defensive backs’ coaching position last January, said Norman wasn’t given the chance to be the leader of the defense. Hall said some of that was self-inflicted because of Norman’s habits and preparation, but a portion of that was because of schematics. 

“I always told those coaches ‘If you want Josh to be a leader — because Josh wants to be a leader — you’ve got to put him in a position to make plays, the same way Carolina put him in a position to make plays,” Hall said. 

The peak of Norman’s career came in 2015 under the direction of Washington’s newly hired head coach Ron Rivera. In that all-pro season, Norman recorded 56 tackles, 18 passes defended, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two touchdowns. 

Hall believes Norman still possesses that all-pro ability; it just needs to be tapped with the right defensive scheme. Hall compared the situation to Richard Sherman, who has revitalized his career in San Francisco after battling injuries. 

“It’s not because [Sherman] is the best lockdown man-to-man corner. It’s because they play Sherm in a system that he’s able to succeed and shine, and they put players around him so that he can make plays,” he said. “If we [would’ve] done the same thing to Josh Norman, he could’ve been an all-pro player here, too, just like he was in Carolina.”

Despite Hall’s belief in Norman’s ability, and the presumption that Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will run a similar system to what Norman played in with the Panthers, the former Redskins defensive back doesn’t think the $15 million price tag is worth it for a franchise that has other holes to fill.

“I, as a fan, would love to have Josh back on this team, in this defense that I feel will be similar to Carolina,” Hall said. “But to me, it doesn’t make sense to bring Josh back for $15 million. It’s just a big pill to swallow when you can do a lot with that money on a team that needs a lot of help.”

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