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Need to Know: Gruden grades the Redskins

Need to Know: Gruden grades the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, November 4, 12 days before the Washington Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field.

Notes and quotes from Jay Gruden’s news conference.

—Gruden thought that the performance of Robert Griffin III was a bit of a mixed bag. “You know, over the course of a football game, I’m sure there’s a lot of plays that he wishes he had back,” he said. “There’s some pocket issues where he stepped into pressure a few times and maybe could’ve run for more yards or whatever, but that’s just something we’ve got to continue to watch and monitor and try to coach him. Overall, for his first game back in quite some time, I think he did some good things that really, ultimately should’ve helped us win that football game.”

—Assessing the first nine games, Gruden is happy with the effort. “We’ve got to claw ourselves out of this thing and we’ve got a good group of guys,” he said. “I don’t feel like the effort was in doubt in the game. I just think the execution wasn’t very good in key situations when we had chances to put the game away, had chances to get stops – third-and-10, third-and-eight.”

—However, he gave a properly harsh assessment when he was asked to give the team a grade for the first nine games. “So, the grade is 3-6, whatever – that is the lower half of the league, bottom half of the league so that is probably a D or an F-plus, maybe,” he said. “So, from a football standpoint that is not very good – you know, we are only judged by wins and losses.”

—The Redskins have yet to win a replay challenge in six tries this year (they have had a some calls overturned on automatic booth reviews). Gruden is getting to the point where he’s willing to grovel to win a challenge. “I don’t know what the deal is. I thought that for sure was an interception,” he said. “All I can do is challenge them, man. I’m going to start begging here pretty soon, man [laughter]. I’m 0-8. Please just reverse one for me, good golly, but I thought for sure that was an interception.” Of course he was joking. At least we think so.

—Although it’s too early to judge the long-term viability of Trent Murphy as a starter, Gruden likes some of what they’ve seen so far. “Murphy has got to continue to grow,” he said. “He is a young kid and he has had some good – he had a chance to have three or four sacks yesterday and just missed a couple of them and took the inside route when he shouldn’t have a couple times and he is going to get there. He is a very talented kid. He just has to continue to play himself.”


Today’s schedule: Practice 10 a.m.; Open locker room and Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 12 p.m.)

Days until: Bucs @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ 49ers 19; Redskins @ Colts 26

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


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