Here are some Redskins who helped and some who hurt themselves on Saturday night in Chicago.Stock upQB Kirk CousinsHes not going to challenge RG3 for the starting job and he hasnt yet pushed Rex Grossman off of the roster. But he could well be Griffins top backup sooner rather than later.CB Richard CrawfordIt will be tough to keep him off of the roster after he broke up a pass (possibly should have had in interceptions) and hit the quarterback a couple of times on blitzes.WR Aldrick RobinsonIts unusual for a receiver to get 100 receiving yards in a game because they usually dont play long enough. But Robinson made his case for a roster spot with 6 receptions for 104 yards including a 49-yard TD catch. On the TD catch he made a nice adjustment on a tipped Cousins pass and then outran the Bears reserves to the end zone.Stock downRB Antwan BaileyThe D. C. native had three carries and lost a fumble on one of them. His long shot chances of making it became even longer with that.CB Richard JonesHe was beated short and long. The only times Jones was really close to his man, he committed pass interference on what probably was an uncatchable ball.Adam GettisHe played pretty well last week but not so much against the Bears. He gave up a sack, the defense got push through him on a few occasions and he committed a hold right out in the open on the Redskins third offensive play.
As attendance slumps at FedEx Field this season it's become quite clear the Redskins need a new stadium. By all accounts the team is working hard towards that end.
News emerged last week that the Redskins are working with the Trump administration and D.C. government officials to get back to the RFK Stadium site. It's far from a done deal, but there is some progress.
Fans remember RFK fondly, as it was the site of the team's greatest seasons. Every Super Bowl team the Redskins ever fielded called the East Capitol Street stadium home.
Since 1997, however, the Redskins have played at FedEx Field in Maryland, and it appears Governor Larry Hogan doesn't want to lose the team either. Speaking with reporters, Hogan revealed his plans to get a new stadium adjacent to the MGM National Harbor casino in Oxon Hill.
The Washington Post reported that Hogan has begun the process of a potential "land swap" with the federal government. Maryland would surrender lands in the western portion of the state in return for the parcel of land next to the casino to develop a new Redskins stadium.
Nothing is official, but conversations have been ongoing between the Hogan administration and the Department of the Interior. There is one important caveat, however, that Hogan wanted to make clear.
"We are not going to build a billionaire’s stadium, either,” Hogan said. “We have no interest whatsoever, and there have been no discussions, ever, about us spending one penny in construction."
The Redskins' lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027, but sources have told NBC Sports Washington that if the team builds a new stadium in Prince Georges County, those terms could change. The Oxon Cove site would be in Prince Georges County.
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The Redskins average fewer than 20 points-per-game. The Redskins rank 27th in the NFL in yards-per-game. The stats are bad for the Washington offense, and watching the games, it makes sense.
For a Jay Gruden team, it's odd that the Redskins can't move the ball. Even when Alex Smith was healthy at quarterback, the offense still struggled.
Watching the games all season, the offense has often been ugly. On Wednesday, Gruden revealed what he believes to be the root cause for the problems.
"The big thing is we have way, way too many negative runs. Negative runs have been the death, that and penalties, both of those two things have been the curse of this offense and that kills our drives, that kills our momentum, that kills our ability to call plays, keeping everything open in the playbook," Gruden said.
The coach isn't wrong.
The Redskins have 24 false start penalties in 13 games, 2nd in the NFL. The Redskins have 27 offensive holding penalties, the most in the NFL.
Penalties have been a persistent problem all season, as have the negative runs.
Using data from the NFL, the Redskins have 19 negative rushes when they run to the right. That's tied for the worst in the league. The Redskins have another 26 negative runs to the center or left of the offensive line.
Teams can't win when they don't run the football, and the Redskins can't run the football with their current penalty problems and negative plays.
"When you have second and 18, and third and 15, your playbook goes down," Gruden said. "When you're first and 10, second and six and third and two, everything is open and we haven’t had that luxury."
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