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Redskins vs. Packers report card: Coach and QB get top grades

Redskins vs. Packers report card: Coach and QB get top grades

Here is my report card on some players, coaches, and various other aspects of the Redskins’ 42-24 win over the Packers.

If you think I’m off or if I didn’t issue a grade where you think one is needed, hit the comments.

A

The fourth-down call alone would warrant the top grade for Jay Gruden. If the Redskins go on to make the playoffs it will go down in team lore. The call was a highly calculated gamble that took into account the score, the wind, how well Aaron Rodgers had been moving the team, and the play of the Redskins’ offensive line.

If I must explain this grade for Kirk Cousins to you, well, go take off your No. 10 jersey and actually watch the game.

For a while it was looking like Rob Kelley was going to have his first dud game as a starter as he got tackled for losses a few times. But he ended up with three TDs on his ledger and the clinching 66-yard run. As Gruden said, it’s going to be very hard to unseat him from the starting role. He does need to improve his hands when it comes to receiving but he gets a pass on that for now.

If you get over 100 yards receiving and score on a long touchdown pass like Pierre Garçon and Jamison Crowder both did, you get an A.

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B

I had to look for a reason to downgrade Sean McVay’s play calling on offense because I’m handing out a lot of A’s. They averaged 8.3 yards per play and scored six touchdowns and a field goal on their last eight possessions (excluding the last series of kneel down plays) so it was hard. But I didn’t like the calls on either of the two-point conversion tries. It’s essentially a fourth and two play, throw the ball. It turned out to be a footnote but the misses could have been critical.

Rookie Su’a Cravens was his normal active self with a tackle for loss and a pass batted down. The facemask penalty could have been very costly had the Jordy Nelson “touchdown” been negated on replay.

As a whole, the defense played pretty well. They gave up 24 points to the Packers, about what the Packers average on the year. It’s also a point above the league average per team per game. When they really needed a takeaway, Josh Norman got it. In all they had two sacks, the fumble recovery, and an interception. In all, a good effort.

C

The Redskins’ strong safeties, Donte Whitner and Duke Ihenacho, both got burned on deep passes to tight ends. On both plays the tight end got behind them and the safety couldn’t catch up. Whitner did lead the team in tackles with 10 so the strong safety position didn’t get downgraded too far.

The officiating crew of John Hussey didn’t do a bad job overall but that touchdown “catch” by Jordy Nelson was just an awful call. What was worse was there were perfectly clear replay angles to provide evidence one way or the other but Hussey copped out with “the play stands”. Come on, man.

Preston Smith did not follow up on his big game against the Vikings. He was quiet, with two tackles. We will have to see if his game last week was a breakout or a blip.

D

None

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Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

During a conference call with 13 professional sports commissioners Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he believes the 2020 NFL season should start as scheduled in September despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Trump also reportedly remarked that he would like to allow fans back into stadiums and arenas by August or September.

The president used the call as an opportunity to commend the commissioners for their response to the pandemic. On March 11, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to suspend play in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The NHL, which was less than a month out from the start of the playoffs, followed suit—as eventually did the MLS, ATP, WTA, PGA Tour, NASCAR and MLB spring training.

With the NFL still in the midst of its offseason, there remains hope that the 2020 season will begin on time. So far, the league has canceled its annual league meaning and delayed OTAs. The draft will be held as expected while teams make their selections remotely rather than in Las Vegas as originally planned. While many free-agent deals have yet to be finalized due to the inability for teams to conduct physicals, the NFL has yet to be affected as much as other major sports.

The season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 10 with opening Sunday coming Sept. 13.

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President Trump meets with league commissioners, commends their response to the coronavirus

President Trump meets with league commissioners, commends their response to the coronavirus

The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with commissioners of the country's sports leagues on Saturday and told them he recognizes "the good work being done by many teams and players" to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus.

After the conference call that included the president, two of his advisers and 13 sports commissioners ended, ESPN reported that Trump "believes the NFL season should start on time in September."

The virus has decimated the sports world with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons indefinitely and MLB postponing the start of its season.

The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field. No representatives of the NCAA were reported to be in the call.

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The White House says the commissioners thanked Trump for his "national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry." He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.

A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

NBC Sports Washington's Matt Weyrich contributed to this report.

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