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Redskins' Jay Gruden knows consistency is team's next step


Redskins' Jay Gruden knows consistency is team's next step

On Sunday the Redskins showed just how good they can be in a 47-14 throttling of the New Orleans Saints. But Washington coach Jay Gruden recognizes that his team needs that type of performance every week, and will need that kind of effort especially this Sunday when they face the undefeated Carolina Panthers.

"We’re just focused on the next game, which is Carolina," Gruden said. 

In the last few weeks, the Redskins played their best against New Orleans, but just two weeks prior, Washington played awful in the first half against Tampa. It's enough to wear a coach out, and Gruden admitted as much. 

"I am getting some grey hairs, that's for sure," the coach said. "We haven’t been the most consistent team.”


One player starting to show consistency though is QB Kirk Cousins. Highly turnover prone coming into the 2015 season, Cousins has cut way down on his interceptions this season, and only has one interception in his last three games, which the Redskins have gone 2-1. 

"I just think he’s making good decisions," Gruden said of his QB.

It's also interesting how the conversation surrounding Cousins seems to change week to week. The QB's contract expires at the end of this season, and Gruden acknowledged the decision will come from GM Scot McCloughan, team president Bruce Allen as well as Cousins and his agent. For his part, however, Gruden wants Cousins with the Redskins.

"Obviously Kirk is a guy we’d like to keep around. No doubt."

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

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

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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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?