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Need to Know: Redskins’ Clark takes a jab at London Fletcher

Dec 24, 2014, 6:20 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 24, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.

Three and out—One real snub

1. Yesterday Ryan Clark took a shot at former Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, who blasted defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on TV a few weeks ago. The topic was injuries and Clark pointed out that the Redskins are taking guys off of the street and putting them into games, not just filling out the roster with them. He thinks the defensive coaches in general and Haslett in particular deserve credit for that, not criticism. “The guys we’re bringing in are playing,” said the veteran safety in his possibly last year with the Redskins. “For former players bashing coaches and saying really classless, inappropriate, spineless, disrespectful things, you’ve got to commend a coach on that.” [emphasis added] I don’t think that Clark and Fletcher exchanged Christmas cards this year.

2. Trent Williams was the only Redskins player selected to the Pro Bowl. The one Redskin who I would say was truly snubbed was outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. With 13.5 sacks he has than three of the six outside linebackers who were selected over him and with five forced fumbles he has more than anyone at any position in the NFL.

3. There are two reasons you can’t say that punter Tress Way, who leads the league with a gross average of 47.7 yards per punt, was snubbed. First, not many players from four-win teams get the call. And part of the reason his average is so high is that he outkicks his coverage on a regular basis. Way’s net average per punt, the number that better measures a punter’s effectiveness by taking out yards given back on returns and touchbacks, is 40.0 yards. That is tied for ninth in the NFL. The chances are good that Way will be honored some day after he spends a few years refining his craft.

Out: Jim Jeffcoat played 12 seasons for the Cowboys from 1983 to 1994. His son, Jackson Jeffcoat, is now on the Redskins’ roster and he told me that he will start against the Cowboys on Sunday. “I’m excited,” he said. “The biggest thing is I have to take advantage of it, go out there and play well, play sound, and not be a liability to my team and make sure my level of play is up with everybody else’s.”


Today’s schedule: Practice 10:30; Jim Haslett and Jay Gruden news conferences, player media availability after practice, approx. 12:30

Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 4; 2015 NFL Draft 127; 2015 NFL season opening Sunday 263

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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  1. wmnatzakanian - Dec 24, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Fletcher was a one dimensional football player and again what do you see, former players taking shots at their former team. Reall good organizations keep this kind of crap in house. Redskins have plenty of problems, and they all start with ownership, management and player personnel. Now shut up and play !

    • Bryan - Dec 24, 2014 at 7:25 AM

      im glad to see Trent make it especially with all the injuries he has played thought. What I don’t understand is how Kerrigan doesn’t make it. Morris has had a lower than expected year and I blame that on blocking but dy should get some love that dude just flat out does his job. I’m also glad to see jeffcoat get the starting nod, I really liked him in college and who knows between him and Murphy we could have a good tandem to attack qb’s opposite Kerrigan

      • bowlregard - Dec 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        It sounds like you don’t expect Orakpo back.

        • Bryan - Dec 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM

          I like orackpo but I don’t expect him back but id like for him to be back

  2. colmac69 - Dec 24, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Kerrigan certainly deserved pro bowl selection…….

    Dont buy theory bout guys coming off street and then starting as reason pass coverage bn shambles…..from start of yr its bn disaster with starters playing and same mistakes getting made wk in wk out….thats on coaching staff not getting their point over or guys who dont have necessary football iq to take what they being taught in……..yr in yr out or points against is consistently mid to high 20, s……
    time for fresh ideas and a new look defensively…..

  3. dcfaninecuador - Dec 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    skins need to let Haslett go. He has not been a success. It seems that whatever defensive success they’ve enjoyed is because of individual skills, not overall schemes. HOWEVER… Wade Phillips or either of the Ryan’s are not the answer. They don’t need more egos!

    • bowlregard - Dec 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      I never thought of Wade Phillips as a big ego guy.

  4. mr.moneylover - Dec 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    I still think london fletcher is right about jim hasslet dont know what hes doing when it comes down to making the right calls….jim hasslet let a rookie QB pick his defense apart instead of adjusting at halftime he didnt adjust he came out with the same crap that vikings game was the dagger of our season…I do think ryan kerrigan did get snub he got better as the season went on…the thing I was surprise to see was pressure on the other side of kerrigan…when trent Murphy went down them new guys stepped up and played really well…

    • jscx3 - Dec 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      I agree, you shut down a potent offense and to let a rookie do that. The corners were so out of position, and Clark seems to be either too slow or out of position. All season long I have heard that they need to find an identity. Look at AZ, they know who they are on defense. Just stick with something. That’s how you get better. If you keep changing it up especially with the young guys mistakes will happen. Haslett must go, they have some young talent, if they can find the right dc. Bottom line great coaching can make up for lack of talent. I know players play, but they have to have a solid game plan and good teaching.

      • renhoekk2 - Dec 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        You either need to draft studs or develop the non-studs you drafted instead. The Skins don’t do either very often. Outside of Kerrigan who have they drafted that has improved much from year to year? Orakpo was decent but a high first round pick. Can’t say he really improved much from his rookie season. Jenkins a second rd pick has never improved. LeRibeus a 3rd rd has not improved. After Orakpo is let go only TWill and Riley will be on the team from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 drafts. Which shows they do not draft well or develop many players they do draft. They have no 5 or 6 year vets that they drafted on this roster. I don’t have the time to go through every NFL roster but that has to be a huge anomaly in the league. Not one single 5,6,7 or 8 year vet that was drafted on a roster. Very few drafted Redskins get second contracts. How have they done nothing to improve the scouting department in that organization?

        • bowlregard - Dec 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

          At least their young corners have a chance to be good for a long time. And they did draft Alfred Morris.

  5. maxpower65 - Dec 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Rich, Kerrigan currently has 13.5 sacks, not 15.5.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Made the fix, thanks.


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  6. renhoekk2 - Dec 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Anybody else find it amusing that Jeffcoat is worried about not matching the level of play by his teammates? Not sure that it’s possible he could play below their level.

  7. Ken - Dec 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Is it that Way out kicks his coverage, or that Skins coverage guys routinely break lane discipline or fail tackle a returner coming through their lane? The exact same thing happens on KO returns.

    • bowlregard - Dec 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      He kicks way to far.

      What you can say is that special teams are better than last year.

  8. goback2rfk - Dec 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Kerrigan would disappear for quarters at a time. Many times he would get an early sack or make a big play early and not do much for the rest of the game. However, he had an awesome year for sure definitely could of made it. If he can dominate the entire game instead of just parts of it Kerrigan will be in the top 3 pass rushers in the league.

    • goback2rfk - Dec 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      do not get me wrong though, kerrigan is a great player, best defensive player on the redskins, many teams would love to have a guy like that.. The skins will sign him big on his next contract, Orakpo style money.

  9. Jr Cather - Dec 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Trent Williams is the latest hype on the skins

    • Jr Cather - Dec 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Trent Williams should be traded

      • Bryan - Dec 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        And who is going to replace him that isn’t going to cost a lot or isn’t a 1 st rd pick? Dude if you actually watch there is far bigger problems than trent. Yea he wasn’t perfect but dude has been playing with issues all year. You keep Trent and work on other parts of the line.

        • goback2rfk - Dec 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

          we need a some decent guards and another tackle at this point.

    • bowlregard - Dec 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Trent was really banged up this year. But voters vote on reputation all too often. I think many of the voters don’t watch enough film.

      • Bryan - Dec 24, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Chester needs replaced no doubt. Lavoua has been better than start of year. Center has been fine but a glaring hole at rt. I think it’s possible to get new rg n rt maybe have leribus n long fight it out n draft/ sign rt.

  10. skinsgame - Dec 25, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Trent Williams going to the Pro Bowl is an example for why no one cares about that joke of a game. Williams is probably somewhere in the lower end of the top 16 tackles. WAY overrated. World of potential but not living up to it. Archives

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