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The Redskins and Cousins are not dealing out of desperation

The Redskins and Cousins are not dealing out of desperation

If you go to an automobile dealership and you decide that you absolutely have to a particular car chances are you will overpay for it. If the salesman senses that you won’t walk away from the deal he will try to get top dollar for the car knowing that when all is said and done you will pay whatever it takes to get the car.

This principal of the needing to have a willingness to walk away from a deal applies to all levels of negotiation including real estate, business mergers, purchasing deals—and sports contracts.

While the overriding message of the Scot McCloughan had to say yesterday about contract negotiations with Kirk Cousins was that he is confiden that a deal will get done, he added something interesting to the narrative.

“We're going to figure it out,” he said at Ryan Kerrigan’s charity golf tournament on Monday. “If it’s not by July 15, don’t worry. We’ll get something figured out.”

The key here is the part about “if it’s not by July 15”. That is McCloughan saying that he doesn’t view the possibility that the deadline for getting a new deal done by the deadline as some sort of catastrophe. In other words, if they are negotiating as crunch time gets close Mike McCartney, who is Cousins’ agent, needs to believe that he can’t expect the Redskins to suddenly cave in out of desperation to get a deal done.

As for Cousins, he has made it clear that he is not anxious to get a deal done. He has indicated that he would be perfectly happy to make $20 million this year and revisit the whole contract situation in 2017.

“Whether it’s a one-year deal of a 10-year deal you have to go out and prove it every game, every year,” Cousins said yesterday. “I feel very stabilized in my role and just excited to take advantage of the opportunity I have before me.”

So it appears that Cousins will not make a deal out of desperation either. With both sides being willing to walk away from the table empty handed negotiations should be tough but fair. That is no guarantee that a deal gets done but there seem to be plenty of incentives on both sides to hammer out an agreement.

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Redskins OC Matt Cavanaugh takes you inside Vernon Davis' touchdown against the Panthers

Redskins OC Matt Cavanaugh takes you inside Vernon Davis' touchdown against the Panthers

With NFL RedZone, All-22 footage and GamePass, it’s literally never been easier to access information about your favorite teams and players. Still, nothing can quite beat the actual players and coaches, especially those who drew up those plays in the first place.

Redskins offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh was happy to share some insight on the touchdown pass Alex Smith threw to Vernon Davis to kick off the scoring against the Panthers in Week 6. 

The Redskins took over possession after a Carolina turnover, and the offense was ready to strike quickly. Smith found Davis wide open in the end zone and connected with his longtime tight end to give the ‘Skins an early 7-0 lead.

Interestingly, as Cavanaugh points out, the play was designed to clear out space for the team’s top tight end, Jordan Reed. Instead, the Panthers safety rolled towards Reed, who is generally seen as the more likely receiving threat. You can see in the video of the play that Smith does look towards Reed first, and then noticed the rolling safety leaving Davis wide open down the seam.

Cavanaugh also emphasizes how vital it is for the offense to be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

“When we’re not on the field and the defense creates a turnover and all of a sudden we’re back out there, we gotta be ready to score, particularly when we get the ball in that great field position. It’s huge, it obviously set the tone for the rest of the game for us.”

A one play, 22-yard drive certainly does show off an offensive unit ready to score quickly and without the benefit of a long possession to get into rhythm.

Hopefully Cavanaugh doesn’t give away too many of his X’s and O’s secrets, but it’s always fascinating to experience a behind-the-scenes look at important plays. It’s even more fun when those plays are of Redskins touchdowns, and it’s the most fun when those plays are of Redskins touchdowns that come in Redskins victories.

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'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

Zach Brown is a fearless player. Turns out, Zach Brown's dad is pretty fearless, too.

That first statement is one you can confirm by watching the Redskins linebacker play each time he takes the field, often times hurt.

The second statement, on the other hand, was confirmed earlier this week in an interview between Brown and JP Finlay about the Washington-Dallas rivalry.

"It got under our skin, knowing we got swept by them [last year]," the defender told Finlay after a weekday practice. "You just hate to go back home and hear them talk so much trash."

The leader of the brave "them" who actually taunt a 250-pound LB following a loss? Oh, just Brown's father, who's a diehard Cowboys supporter.

"My dad was giving it to me," he said while looking back on the 2017 season. "I said, 'Don't worry about it. Next year's gonna be a different movement.'"

"I'm gonna talk trash at the end of this season," Brown added. "It's a house divided."

Adrian Peterson knows what Brown's talking about. The Texas native even went as far as to break down exactly how his own house is divided.

According to him, 75-percent of his family are all about the Cowboys, 10-percent are looking for him to put up good numbers in a 'Boys victory and the final 15-percent have converted to the burgundy and gold.

Rookie corner Greg Stroman can relate as well. The Virginia kid who'll be making his debut in the series he's very familiar with said his grandma and her relatives fall on both sides of the matchup.

Stroman does have one advantage over Brown and Peterson, though. Unlike the two veterans, he was able to get his entire family's rooting interests in order for Sunday, at least.

"They all bought in now," he said.

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