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Need to Know: NFL says two penalties on Breeland should not have been called

Dec 18, 2014, 5:31 AM EDT

Breeland-vs.-Beckham

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 18, two days before the Washington Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Three and out—

1. With the early game this week the Redskins are going to make up for lost time. Although today is scheduled like one of their lighter Friday sessions they will go a little heavier. I asked Gruden about the schedule “Thursday we’ll change it up a little bit and do more specific work – red zone – and then Friday, instead of doing a walkthrough, we might have a little shorter practice session to make up for some of the periods we lost,” he said.

2. Chris Thompson wasn’t afraid to admit that he was a little bit scared when the participated his first NFL plays from scrimmage but he said that he settled in quickly. “I was very nervous, not sure if I was going to be able to get the job done,” he said. “As the game went on, they gave me a lot more reps than I expected, I started to feel more comfortable and calmed down a whole lot. As the games keep coming along, hopefully I’ll get better.”

3. The Redskins routinely submit plays with questionable calls to the NFL and Jim Haslett said yesterday that the league informed them that Bashaud Breeland should not have been penalized for taunting early in the Giants game and that a third-quarter pass interference penalty should not have been flagged either. Breeland had a tough day battling much of the time with rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Although the notification from the league won’t change the final score or take away any of Beckham’s 12 receptions but it does validate Breeland’s style of play.

Out: Since 1998, the Redskins have been in the top half of the league in scoring points just three times. In those 17 years they have had some better defensive seasons. They have been in the top half in points allowed six times including four times in the top 10. Only one of those appearances in the top half of the league has come since 2008; in 2012 they were fourth in scoring. While a team is building it needs to be able to lean on something, either an ability to occasionally outscore its opponents or shut them down. The Redskins, for the most part, have had neither.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:10; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences, player availability after practice, approx. 12:30

Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 2; Cowboys @ Redskins 10; 2015 NFL Draft 134

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  1. charmerci - Dec 18, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    ” While a team is building it needs to be able to lean on something, either an ability to occasionally outscore its opponents or shut them down. The Redskins, for the most part, have had neither.”

    In other words, they are clueless on how to build a winning team.

    • goback2rfk - Dec 18, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Here is that word “building” again. So pretty much every year the Redskins are “rebuilding” for the better part of the last 2 decades? You can not be “builders” every year, at some point you just plain suck like Brian Mitchell said.

      • charmerci - Dec 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        That makes no sense. The Redskins almost every year think that they are just a few free agents away from success – Albert Haynesworth anyone??? – so no, they haven’t been even trying to “build” a winning team for decades.

  2. hcicron - Dec 18, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Every game some team is the victim of the atrocious officiating this year. The only thing worse than seeing your team getting bad calls is listening to announcers like Darrel Johnston talk about how bad the team/player is to keep committing fouls.

    • goback2rfk - Dec 18, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      Only the teams that suck try to blame it on the refs.. Trying to find an excuse anywhere they can. It goes both ways, some calls you get, other calls the other team gets.. Redskins need to quit blaming other people and blame themselves for the dis functional crap they put out on the field.

  3. sidepull - Dec 18, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    I like Breeland. I like his approach. He wont stop playing aggressive and I think he will mature into a great corner. He is responding to being a starter with energy and attitude.

    • goback2rfk - Dec 18, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      The jury is still out on Breeland. He is the best we got however. He is learning. We will see how he develops next year.

  4. mr.moneylover - Dec 18, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    I here vick wanna come play for the redskins…umm I wouldnt be surprise if he playing with us next season but it dont matter who u put behind center until they make that o-line better QBs gonna get injured every season…alfred morris dont help he struggles in pass protection…I think todd mcshay first mock draft is wrong I think they gonna go after the top right gaurd in the nation and I here the dude is solid I forgot his name…jay said it will help out alot if he find out who his QB will be before the draft so he can attack other needs ….we do have a good group of guys but the bad group of guys still over powering this team and holding this team back from winning…I dont believe hatcher or keenan Robinson is seriously injured I think the coaches holding them out just to keep them from getting seriously injured cause they see how hard they playing and we basically playing for nothing now

    • alextwrs - Dec 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      We have a QB that is athletic and cant get rid of the ball…………… No Vick is not coming our way. If so I will be a colts fan.

    • Skulb - Dec 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Maybe we can get Geno too and have a five QB rotation system. I can`t wait!

  5. mr.moneylover - Dec 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    I give jay gruden a pass this year…the players on this team now is hand picked by mike shanahan who had a bad draft every year since he been with the skins…we had a good draft last year if we keep building and if they keep developing they players this team will get turned around sooner then what ppl think but u cant have a bad free agency and a good draft u need to have both…but im excited to have trent Murphy and breeland island…the giants front office read my quote about adam gettis was better then leberius playing the guard now watch how good he play for the giants leberius shouldve been cut …adam gettis looked like he can be a starter in this lead

  6. jscx3 - Dec 18, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    I would give gruden a half pass for this year. I don’t think he put game plans together that suited griffins abilities. I also think he needs to be harder on o line. If you keep changing the qb and are still getting the same amount of sacks, it kinda of makes the assessment that one can read the field better or making reads faster moot. Bottom line get people to block. Last week I saw rg straight arm a safety, and if you watch the replay he made it look easy. The other two guys can’t do that. Put your ego in check Jay, realize that you work for an owner that if you are winning will buy you every weapon you want.

    • Skulb - Dec 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Yes but it`s not all the line right. Some of the blocking from the RBs has been terrible all year long. That`s where a lot of the sacks have come from, and particularly from the QB weak side. You`re gonna get blitzes and side rushes on dropbacks and the line can`t stop all of that even if you have the best line in the league. You need the rest of the backs and TEs to hit their blocks and protect the passer as well.
      The individual stats for the Redskins O-line are actually decent, yet they have the third worst team stats. This is because they get little to no help on the sides and plugging lanes from Morris, Helu, Reed, Paulsen, Paul and the WRs. Depending on the play, these people really do need to do a lot of stuff defensively and they just haven`t been doing it consistently this season.
      To me this is poor offensive coaching more than anything. The two parts of the offense have not been working well together at all. And when you add struggling and slow QBs to that it looks just like the Redskins have looked this year. Horrible.

      • Skulb - Dec 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Edit: I shouldn`t say “defensively”. The correct phrase is “pass protection”. What I meant to say is that there are defensive components to any offensive play, and that the backs and receivers need to be well coached in order to perform them consistently. Most of them have at various times been very good on offensive duties but not quite so good at protecting the plays they`re not the targets of. To me Jackson is the worst example of this and does very little on running plays, probably because of his limited size. It still puts you perpetually one guy short on running plays though, which probably makes things harder than they need to be.

  7. alextwrs - Dec 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Sorry boys but no one on this team deserves a pass. Unless you they have 12.5 sacks and came into the season more prepared than anyone else on the team. Especially the one that was on the opposite side of the field that Mr. Allen thought deserved 11 million dollars so he wouldnt become a Giant, Cowboy or Eagle.

    • bangkokben - Dec 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      And until last week was getting booted on to death. What good is a sack and a half but give up 50+ on three boots? That’s still a negative net.

  8. alextwrs - Dec 18, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Here is my problem w GRU. He was hired to do a job. He was asked to make RG the best QB he could be. He did not perform that duty in any fashion based on results and results alone. I dont want to hear he needs to develop when he has spent plenty of time on the bench and on the field w #1 practice reps all day every day (when healthy). If and when he realized that RG couldnt move in the pocket, locks on one reciever and has no defensive scheme awareness than he should have held what most coaches would call a QB competition.

    • samhuff96 - Dec 18, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Maybe RGIII is the best QB he can be.

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