Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 7, 53 days before the NFL franchise tag deadline.
—NFL free agency starts 61
—NFL draft 110
—First Sunday of 2017 season 246
Top stories of the week that was and Tandler’s comments
Defensive coordinator Joe Barry fired—My take on Barry all year has been that it won’t make any difference if he’s gone if the organization doesn’t take further steps. Those steps include getting in a defensive coordinator with a proven philosophy and then signing and drafting quality players who are fits in that philosophy. Fans got their scalp and that’s fine. But a new man on the headset won’t change things all by himself.
Mock draft 1.0—Sure it’s waaaay too early. I mean, there’s another week and a half to go before the deadline for underclassmen to declare. But I’ll bet you’re going to check out who Ben Standig has the Redskins taking with the 17th pick. I don’t know what they’re going to do but I am confident in saying that it won’t necessarily be a defensive player. It will be the best available player. Scot McCloughan has a philosophy and he’s going to stick to it.
Cousins on new contract: 'Not trying to suck out every dollar possible'—The quarterback’s approval rating has taken something of a hit since he that critical interception against the Giants six days ago. His somewhat uncomfortable and neutral answer after the game when asked if he wanted to remain with the Redskins didn’t help things. His attempt to smooth things over the next day on his regular appearance on with Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan but it fell kind of flat. His awkward attempt to say that he didn’t want to take too little because the precedent would hurt future quarterbacks’ earnings was widely panned as disingenuous.
Redskins have ample cap space to work with—As noted above, the Redskins have a lot of defensive needs and a starting quarterback who is a free agent. They also have Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson going into free agency, among others. The good news is that they have a lot of cap space to work with and the ability to create more if they choose to move on from some veteran players. The organization has done a good job of bouncing back from the $36 million cap penalty that was spread between the 2012 and 2013 seasons and get into such good cap position now while remaining reasonably competititve.
Tandler on Twitter
One area where the #Redskins improved in 2016—They were hit with just two offensive pass interference penalties after taking 9 in 2015— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) January 5, 2017
Last year they had 99 yards of offense nullified by offensive PI. This year just 20. #Redskins— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) January 5, 2017
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