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Need to Know: Redskins got what they should have expected from Hatcher

Dec 28, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 28, 123 days before the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.

Three and out—One last 2014 roster shuffle

1. The Redskins made their final roster shuffle of the 2014 season yesterday when they put DE Jason Hatcher on injured reserve and claimed defensive lineman Travian Robertson on waivers from the Seahawks. Why bother claiming Robertson, a 2012 seventh-round pick of the Falcons? He’ll likely end up being inactive today since he hasn’t practiced with the team. But since he’s on their 53-man roster they will retain his rights for 2015 and they will be able to take a look at him in the offseason program and in training camp.

2. We can close the book on Hatcher’s 2014 season and it was about what should have been expected. No, not the expectations set when he signed a four-year, $27 million contract with $10.5 million guaranteed last March. But his performance was similar to those he has put up since becoming a regular starter in Dallas in 2011. He had 4.5 and 4.0 sacks in 2011 and 2012 before putting up 5.5 this year. Hatcher’s 11-sack 2013 season was the outlier and that happened to be his contract year. There was every reason to believe that 2013 was the exception for a player in his early 30’s. So the Redskins got the player they should have thought they were getting. But they paid an older player based on one exceptional season and got burned for it.

3. If today’s Redskins-Cowboys game isn’t holding your interest in the late going you might want to stay tuned to see Alfred Morris possibly make history. If he gains 81 yards rushing he will become just the 13th player in NFL history to rush for 4,000 yards or more in his first three years in the league.

Out: The Redskins’ offseason will get underway at about four this afternoon. I would not look for any major changes to be made immediately. As I noted yesterday, I think the chances are that Jim Haslett won’t be back in 2015 (although that’s far from certain). But don’t look for anything to happen immediately. Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden likely will talk about it for a day or two before making any decisions on letting coaches go.


Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park, no availability

Days until: 2015 NFL Draft 123; 2015 NFL season opening Sunday 259

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. Jules - Dec 28, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    The Redskins need to go get
    Rex Ryan..yes Rex Ryan.
    He needs to go back where he
    Belongs. A damn good
    Defensive coach.

    • theismann7 - Dec 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      You stole my thoughts from about an hour ago!

    • theeduck2000 - Dec 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      That will never happen. Rex is a Head Coach. I don’t think he accepts a demotion. He will probably follow Jon Gruden to broadcasting if a Head Coaching job doesn’t present itself.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 28, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      I really hate to burst anyone’s bubble but there is just as much of a chance that I will be the Redskins’ defensive coordinator in 2015 as there is that Rex Ryan will. He will either be a head coach or will take a TV job for a year or so to wait for one.

      • Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        Good. All Rex will do is keep us in a 3-4 that doesn’t fit our personnel. Get a real DC who can run the 4-3 and let our guys play the positions they’re best at.

    • kimbrktty - Dec 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      The Bears Job will be open, and his family has history there, and everyone knows the Bears will be looking to correct that horrible Defense, so i can sse the BEars making him their next headcoach.. because Ryan will not go backwards into a coordinator job. It will either be A HC Job or to TV where he will get paid a BOATLOAD of money to do Analysis.

  2. mr.moneylover - Dec 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    I agree we already had a old defensive line and they just added another one to a long term deal….and they follow that up by bringing in a washed up tracy porter who didnt play most of the season…whoever idea was to bring in these guys show they dont know what they doing and that they dont know how to build a winning team

  3. kenlinkins - Dec 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Rich: Could Haslett say that Tagging Orakpo, Signing Hatcher, Porter, Hall, Perry, Clark, Merriweather and Biggers to be the core of the defense was not his idea and there for the failure is really GM Allen’s? The point does seem to have some merit if you can forget the pass few years of poor play (which many placed at coach Shanahan’s feet). Being a DC is not easy when the GM picks the players. If nothing else Haslett can use the old ” I didn’t pick the players” line in his first interview for a new job in Feb. Rich IYO who carry’s this failure? Haslett, Allen or both?

    • goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      I hate to answer before Rich but I think the both have to take the blame and ultimately I believe Allen and Haz should be fired this Monday coming up. Think about what Fletcher said about Haz, “he is clueless.” Fletcher had to change his calls Haz was making.. Haz definitely is incompetent and if he is on this team next year I will officially give up all hope on the Redskins becoming a powerhouse team in the future.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Haz could not blame Riley, Orakpo, Baker, or Hall on Bruce; he said multiple times that he wanted those guys back.

      As for the rest of them? Well, the guy he’d have to convince that Bruce Allen screwed up is Bruce Allen. Good luck there.

      > > >

      • theeduck2000 - Dec 28, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Nah that’s a stupid comment. Just convince Snyder and he will be fine. But I don’t think Allen is going anywhere. I also don’t think Haslett should be fired. He is a good coach for Washington. I enjoy watching them suck. Go Dallas.

  4. jscx3 - Dec 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Both Haz and Allen have to take the blame. The players might not have been the best and injuries set in, but you still have to coach. When you see guys getting beat and beat bad or better yet so out of position that they looked lost. I can’t believe that the skins draft all the dumb players. Get them a young dc. They have a lot of young talent to develop. This next draft and fa run is going to be big. They can compete in the east. A win today proves it, 3-3. Last year 0-6. As for the qb situation, KC had his chance, int after int all seemed to be at the wrong time if there is aright time for those. McCoy , gives them another good backup option. Griffin will be better next year. On thing that has puzzled me, all these reports that Gruden never wanted Rg as his qb. Seems far fetched, I cant believe that he would get him self in this sort of situation. I think a lot of the media grew up watching soap operas, and LOVE drama. It sells and they got a job to do.

  5. ajdub412 - Dec 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    The Skins still haven’t learned their lesson, and it’s that if a guy has a history of injuries, those issues WILL show up as soon as he puts on a burgundy & gold jersey. I think a larger part of it than anyone’s willing to admit is the turf at FedEx. I’ve long wrestled with wondering whether the franchise was cursed, but there’s definitely something wrong with that field. An alarming number of injuries (even to other players) including RG3’s ankle and Adrian Peterson’s knee tear in 2011, have occurred on that field. I almost think it warrants investigation since the league’s so worried about player safety… but then, since the league offices are in New York, I think everyone knows the story there.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      I hear this a lot and while the FedEx turf is rather ugly, I’d like to see numbers that say they are significantly more injuries and/or more serious injuries at FedEx Field than elsewhere. I suspect it’s one of those fan myths that gets out there.

    • Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Has nothing to do with injuries, has everything to do with paying a guy after a huge year as a 4-3 DT and turning him back into a 3-4 DE where he’s always been just above league average.

  6. Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    The only way Hatcher will play up to his contract is if we go to the 4-3 so both he and Cofield can play the positions they’re actually good at.

  7. goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Washington gave up over 300 yards in the 1st half! LoL. Breeland locks Dez down last Dallas game, but we start Amerson on Dez today. Amerson gets burnt by Dez once and instead of switching Breeland onto Dez, Haz lets Amerson get burnt by Dez again.. If Haz is not gone tomorrow I just can not understand that thinking.

  8. colmac69 - Dec 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Thankfully season at an end…..defense didnt help matters from haslett point view today for sure……amerson roasted whole game…… grand scheme of things though this game doesnt change the myriad of problems this team has….

    • Joe Greene - Dec 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Do you actually know what an ellipsis is and the proper use of one?

      • colmac69 - Dec 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        Just looked up “ellipsis” as im just poor country boy…… not deliberately missing words out…….the dots are my way of shortening sentences so I can make more points without texting long paragraphs…….but thanks for expanding my grammer knowledge. ……if I added dashes I could write my messages in morse code… there a thing..–…..——…..!!!!!

  9. matthew - Dec 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    The real question is why is the GM staying? One more win than last year , talent lacking, questionable choice on head coach, 3 QBs that no other team wants , entire coaching staff that no other team wants. What does it take to lose a job? Archives

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