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Need to Know: Another special teams challenge on tap for the Redskins

Sep 29, 2015, 5:15 AM EDT

Sproles-vs-Jets

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 29, five days before the Redskins host the Eagles.

Five early thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

QB battle less than thrilling—For one of the few times this year the Redskins could field the better quarterback in a game. Kirk Cousins isn’t exactly tearing up the league but Sam Bradford has the same 3-4 touchdown to interception count as Cousins and has a worse completion percentage (Cousins 69.2%, Bradford 62.4 percent) and a lower yards per pass attempt average (Cousins 6.7, Bradford 5.8). Bradford just doesn’t look comfortable in Chip Kelly’s system at this point.

Protecting the quarterback—The Redskins have done a very good job of protecting the quarterback so far. Their four sacks allowed is tied for ninth best in the NFL. But the Eagles have allowed Sam Bradford to get sacked only twice. This could be an X-factor is the game; one of the teams could get an decided advantage by breaking through and racking up three or four sacks.

Containing Sproles—The Redskins did a good job of bottling up Rams punt returner Tavon Austin a week after he had returned a punt for a touchdown against the Seahawks. Now the Redskins face Darren Sproles, who took one back all the way against the Jets on Sunday. Sproles is also a threat from scrimmage, although he has been pretty well bottled up so far this year.

Lack of Eagles big plays—Reuben Frank, who covers the Eagles for our sister site, CSN Philly, tweeted out the following stat on Monday morning:

The Redskins have four plays that covered a third of the field so far. The Eagles’ big plays likely will come at some point; they had 21 of them last year. But you have to wonder if Chip Kelly doesn’t sometimes regret giving big-play wide receiver DeSean Jackson his walking papers in 2014.

Will Murray break out?—In his years with Dallas, the Redskins contained DeMarco Murray pretty well, holding him under his career averages in both yards per carry (4.8 career, 4.6 vs. Redskins) and yards per game (82.5 career, 74.4 vs. Redskins). Murray has become the poster child for futility in Philadelphia with 11 yards on 21 carries after being a big splash signing in free agency. The Redskins will need to keep him bottled up. If he gets rolling, even just to the extent of having his average game against the Redskins, it could get the whole Eagles offense rolling.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Off day

Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Falcons 12; Redskins @ Jets 19

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  1. troylok - Sep 29, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    Since the Eagles aren’t going deep with the ball, maybe it is time to play a little more press coverage. I got sick of the underneath stuff they were giving the Giants and I would like to see them press. Dallas shut Murray down by run blitzing on every potential run play. The Eagles o-line wasn’t stopping anyone.

    • berniebernard666 - Sep 29, 2015 at 11:29 AM

      the Redskins have a passive coach and he hires passive people.. Joe Barry is also a passive coach. The Defense is another read and react defense. Sit back and wait for things to happen defense. No press coverage and no blitzing. So expect the Eagles to go up and down the field just like the Giants. The first 2 games for the Redskins were an illusion because those teams overthrew open receivers and receivers dropped passes. You can see what happens when those 2 things don’t happen.

      Gruden and Barry will be gone in January.

  2. ericstylezz - Sep 29, 2015 at 6:32 AM

    We should be undefeated- our receivers are getting open but being under thrown. Passing game is where points come from and Kirks arm is weak. Im almost scared for D Jax to come back i can already see him with 3 steps on his man having to slow down to try and catch a pass.

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 29, 2015 at 6:57 AM

      So then tell me how it worked out that in the four games Cousins started and finished last year, Jackson had over 100 yards receiving, including a long TD pass, in three of them. He had three other 100-yard games in the other 12.

      Seems to me that Cousins gets the ball to Jackson pretty well, based on the evidence.

    • wvredskins - Sep 29, 2015 at 7:58 AM

      Yeah I don’t think it is his arm strength that is his problem. IMO it’s more that he needs to trust in what he sees and not short arm his passes. Kirk def has the arm strength with what rich just says proves that.

      • abanig - Sep 29, 2015 at 8:02 AM

        Hi problem is he reads Ds pre nap and decides where he’s going with the ball before the snap. Defense’s pick up on this and it leads to easy ints for them. Kirk is like a robot at times, he’s trained to do things and that’s what he does. He hardly ever adjusts after a snap or improvises.

  3. abanig - Sep 29, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    I’ve given up on the Redskins punt blocking and coverage units.

    I also think Tress Way is slow getting punts off which has attributed to two punt blocks the past two years.

    • colmac69 - Sep 29, 2015 at 11:10 AM

      Possibly but I always think any kind of block is due to failure upfront whether punt or fg attempt (helu was responsible for blocked punts vs oakland and houston)

      With sproles on field sun ways punting better b spot on

    • jonevans511 - Sep 29, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      I’m sorry but that punt block was 100% on Plummer, there was no chance Way could have gotten that kick off cleanly given the fact Jennings blew by Plummer and had a clean shot at the block…… Heck, Matt jones missed his assignment another time as well and that almost led to another block.

  4. sidepull - Sep 29, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Sproles. That guy is quick, shifty, and it seems like he has been around forever. I hope the Redskins can contain him on those returns. Maybe Ross can break another one for the Redskins. That was one nice highlight from the Giants game. I hope they take a coupe shots Ross’s way. You never know what you have there if you dont give him a chance.

    • abanig - Sep 29, 2015 at 8:34 AM

      Yeah… Sproles… Not a bad trade by Phila there. Drew Bree’s sure misses him, Jimmy Graham & Kenny Stills. I don’t knew fat they were thinking.

      I think Crowder will be a good punt returner for us in time

    • bangkokben - Sep 29, 2015 at 10:07 AM

      Unfortunately, the Eagles didn’t sign Forbath to replace Parkey. Then again, if we can shut them out, we’re only returning one kick-off. Not sure when the last time the Redskins shut out anyone.

  5. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 29, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Are we going to have a healthy O.L.? Seems like things fell apart running-game wise after Lauvao hurt his ankle. Pretty amazing after he was a liability last year. But apparently we need him in there.
    ~

    • abanig - Sep 29, 2015 at 9:17 AM

      Lauvao and Chester were never the liabilities that most Redskins fans made them out to be last year and for Chester the year before also.

      Redskins fans were wrong about that.

      Neither were great starters, but at worst they were avenger. Evidence of this is how Lauvao has played this year and how Chester has played at Atlanta.

      Too much blame was put on the OL & not enough was put on Griffin for not getting rid of the ball fast enough – particularly in the Tampa game.

      • skinsgame - Sep 29, 2015 at 9:47 AM

        About Chester, that just isn’t true. He was awful. Not sure if it was the scheme or coaching but he was routinely manhandled. I don’t blame him for Griffins struggles but I’m not going to pretend he was actually good. The player I thought took unnecessary blame was Polumbus. Chester made the whole line look bad.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 29, 2015 at 10:08 AM

          Polumbus actually had a decent rating last year in his performance and his sacks were pretty low. It was the guard play on both side that stunk it up in 2014.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 29, 2015 at 10:06 AM

        “Neither were great starters, but at worst they were avenger. ”

        No they weren’t and you’re wrong about it. No doubt Lauvao is playing far better than he did last season. However last season he was ranked in the bottom among guards in performance for 2014. That’s just what it is. Lauvao was pretty bad last season to put it lightly and just because he has performed better this year doesn’t change that fact.

        • gasngo14 - Sep 29, 2015 at 2:34 PM

          Stop trying so hard to find excuses for rgme he is not even active any longer, he was the cause for the sacks he took…period! He was a deer in headlights and this is why he has been inactive :)

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 29, 2015 at 2:57 PM

          Gas which is a fitting term about you. You need to go find friends or provide some substance with comments on this site. Just like the BS you tried to spread below and another example how you conjure up lies here to start arguments with other fans. As one person stated, you just come here to “Poke the Bear”. I wish Rich would ban your worthless butt like redskins.com did some years ago. However, understand I won’t provide another response to you going further.

          gasngo14 – Sep 28, 2015 at 3:16 PM
          nameisheretostay …or AKA jdhawk you continue to bash cousins and cry for robert but after the win you were nowhere to be found for almost a week so yes you are here trolling and stiring the pot because rgme is not starting at qb :) go change your name again …ha! or is it true nameisheretostay …….lmao!!!

          redskinsnameisheretostay – Sep 28, 2015 at 3:58 PM
          I was posting comments on the 22nd. I was hiking and traveling after the game until Tuesday. Who are you to question when I comment? And again what value are you bringing here with these false claims on other fans? None! You were banned from Redskins.com for a reason. I guess some folks never learn.

          abanig – Sep 22, 2015 at 3:52 PM
          Exactly, he had too much on his plate! Everyone knew this when be was hired. A lot like when we had Marty, Snyder gave him them too much control and once they got it, they weren’t giving it up.

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          redskinsnameisheretostay – Sep 22, 2015 at 7:09 PM
          You’re way off on that Marty assumption there! The worst decision ever for this team was the one that led to letting Marty go. He very well could have built a dynasty after he fired Cerrato and hired John Schneider. Marty was building a world class front office around before he was fired. Then Snyder hires Cerrato back?

          Then…

          redskinsnameisheretostay – Sep 23, 2015 at 6:57 AM
          Do we have one, is the question? I like how Cousins has somewhat displayed fewer turnovers so far. Honestly though, Cousins looks like he is being used how RG3 was at times where most passes are …well very conservative. While his completion percentage looks nice; here are some real stats from last week.

          “There’s nothing wrong with completing 85 percent of your passes, but there’s a lot of empty calories here. Thirteen of those 23 completions failed to pick up a first down, and nine of them were considered failed plays. That includes a 2-yard loss on first-and-10 and three completions on third-and-14 or more that gained a total of 10 yards.”
          http://www.footballoutsiders.com/quick-reads/2015/week-2-quick-reads

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          redskinsnameisheretostay – Sep 23, 2015 at 7:00 AM
          We need to get the ball downfield more. The Ryan Grant pass deep should have been a touchdown but Cousins hit him off his back shoulder going the wrong direction. Cousins needs to get going hitting receivers deep because defenses have become well aware of the Redskins new run attack. They’ll be gearing for it and this opens ups big pass plays for Cousins. He just needs to make them happen.

    • abanig - Sep 29, 2015 at 9:18 AM

      I think Long will start, but it could be Kuandijo. Either way, both are better than Leribeus & better than having to play Compton at guard in the 4th quarter because Leribeus – Shanahan’s great 3rd round guard – was so awful!

      • brucefan1 - Sep 29, 2015 at 1:43 PM

        Wait — I can’t get a handle on whether Josh went outta the NYG game due to an injury or poor play!

        All the talk this week is he might not play because of health on Sunday, not that he was benched for his play (although negative critiques of his play have been popping up lately).

    • bangkokben - Sep 29, 2015 at 10:17 AM

      Kind of reminds me of the year we lost Lichtensteiger to a cheap shot by the Eagles. In 2010 everyone wanted him gone. Then in 2011, he’s gone and running game tanks. He bounces back and 2012 and has become a mainstay. Last year Lauvauo was getting LeRibeused in run blocking. He has certainly improved. LeRibeus’ first play is a run left and he get’s pushed three yards in the backfield. Absolutely calf-straining!

      • skinsgame - Sep 29, 2015 at 12:03 PM

        Calf straining. Lol

  6. skinsdiehard - Sep 29, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Come on. Every team just about has a good returner. It’s the NFL. We don’t need to be reminded of this every week. Please find something more interesting.

    • skinsgame - Sep 29, 2015 at 9:49 AM

      Isn’t it YOUR job to find something more interesting?

    • jonevans511 - Sep 29, 2015 at 11:41 AM

      You must not be watching the Skins very often because the return game has single handedly lost us several games over the last few seasons. Maybe dozens. Not to say this is the one and only reason why we lose, but all else being equal when you concede better-than-average field position to the other team and end up with horrible field position yourself, there are only a handful of teams that can win consistently this way. So when journalists speak about what we need to focus on, and the opposing team has a Sproles type of weapon, it should be highlighted in every “What to Watch For” type article related to the skins. Every single one, whether it’s Rich posting or not. This is a HUGE issue and the fact you’re not surprised that it’s being brought up tells you all you need to know. If YOU don’t need to be reminded of it every week, don’t read these type of articles because you’re wrong about one thing- not even close to every team has a good returner……. unless they play us!!!!! I’ll tell you who absolutely does need to be reminded, however- the Skins special teams!

      • abanig - Sep 29, 2015 at 1:40 PM

        I blame Shananan. He cut a one in a generation type return man Brandon Banks because he didn’t have an “official position” yet, he would have won the Redskins one or two more games in 2010 if it wasn’t for Doughty & Riley holding calls.

        Another dumb move by a dumb talent evaluator!

        I think the skins have good return men now with Crowder, Ross and Thompson. I NEVER bought into Andre Roberts as a return man last year or this year.

        The redskins need more Shitfy/quick guys or speed guys on their team and I think Allen and McCloughan have found them in Ross & Crowder.

        • brucefan1 - Sep 29, 2015 at 1:49 PM

          I’d back your play a little stronger if BB had ever landed a job in the NFL again.

          (And while Banks’ CFL ain’t chopped liver, it is a significant cut below the Big League. THAT’S were “once in a generation” types play!)

  7. bangkokben - Sep 29, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    If Spencer Long doesn’t start Sunday, what does that say about him?

    • abanig - Sep 29, 2015 at 10:23 AM

      It says he’s our back up RG, not LG because that’s where he practiced the majority of the offseason and needs more time to develop?

      Didn’t Kuandijo practice and play all offseason at left guard and Spencer Long played and practices at Riggt guard?

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 29, 2015 at 10:50 AM

        Yeah that’s correct but can Kouanjio get out and block into the second level. He looks as mobile as a tree on a windy day. However Callahan did wonders for Lauvao performance so maybe he can do the same for Kouanjio. However, I doubt he is ready to start this season.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 29, 2015 at 10:47 AM

      That he’s only reliable at Right Guard at this point. However it can be inferred that this is a major concern if he can’t be more reliable than LeRibeus at on the left side.

      • colmac69 - Sep 29, 2015 at 11:20 AM

        Callahan will certainly earn his money in nxt few wks for sure

        Interesting stat in last night’s game was Rogers pass completions over first two games….out of 43 comps 27 of them were 5yrds or less…..just shows how methodical packers can be moving ball yet cousins gets criticised for not taking more chances downfield (certainly helps when you got one of best qbs directing offense)

        • jonevans511 - Sep 29, 2015 at 12:17 PM

          Rodgers also has ridiculous, otherworldly accuracy which means he can “force” many 5 yd/less passes that would result in a pick for most other QBs. It’s all well and good to pick the best QB in the league and explain his team’s offensive success, it’s another thing entirely to take an average-at-best QB and determine whether or not he should be targeting players down field. Rodgers has the uncanny ability to squeeze a pass in to a tight window, but most of his success comes from his ability to extend plays in and outside of the pocket. Watching him slide away from pressure without looking at the pressure and keeping his eyes down the field is absolutely beautiful to watch. This awareness, vision, and accuracy allows him to take his last option- a short dump-off pass to Cobb or a RB or a TE- once the defense is completely spread out. This then gives the receiver yards after the catch opportunities with receivers as blockers while the play develops, whereas many of Cousins’ passes (short or long ones) do not give the receiver that opportunity. It comes down to how well your QB puts players in positions to make plays, not the distance of the pass itself. Cousins, aside from missing wide open receivers against the Giants, also under threw the ball on several completions that would have resulted in much larger gains had he hit the receiver in stride. I am not saying all of this because I don’t like Cousins, he is what he is as Rich mentioned, but it’s unfair to compare any offense to Rodgers’ offense for the simple fact Rodgers is one of maybe 3 (but more likely 2, with Brady being the other) QBs who can throw short, throw deep, throw intermediate, and throw ACCURATELY in all instances. Rodgers plays the QB position unlike most any other QB you’ll see because he’s smooth one play and then grits out an ugly looking but crazy accurate pass the very next play. He’s got both a calm demeanor behind center and the heart to take off and run in the open field without putting himself at risk. This sounds like an absolute love-letter I realize, but the fact of the matter is no one can do everything that he can- not even Brady in most instances.

        • greed - Sep 29, 2015 at 12:37 PM

          kurt not getting critisized for short passes he getting attacked for his down field decision making game 1 dolphins when he had to throw down field when we was down his last three passes couldve been int and his last one was and dont tell me it was a great play by db cause cousins threw to a man who was covered to give db chance to make a play -game 2 rams threw be hind wide open grant an others had a pick six int droped and against the gmen he was awful until the giants started playing a soft zone in the 4th qt dont ever compare his stats to rogers who knows how to set up db with short passes then strike accurately downfield and viceversa- what i see from kurt is a backup up qb who has problems in pressure situations whether it pressure of the defense or pressure of the moment!

        • bangkokben - Sep 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM

          #8 is KIRK Cousins. On the team for four years and you’re calling him Kurt. Geeze. That’s right up there with Gholston. Spelling issues don’t bother me usually, but with guys that have on the team for a number of years. Get it right – unless it’s Lichtensteiger. Any name that long is asking for misspellings.

        • brucefan1 - Sep 29, 2015 at 1:55 PM

          “kurt not getting critisized for short passes he getting attacked for his down field decision making game 1 dolphins when he had to throw down field when we was down his last three passes couldve been int and his last one was and dont tell me it was a great play by db cause cousins threw to a man who was covered to give db chance to make a play -game 2 rams threw be hind wide open grant an others had a pick six int droped and against the gmen he was awful until the giants started playing a soft zone in the 4th qt dont ever compare his stats to rogers who knows how to set up db with short passes then strike accurately downfield and viceversa- what i see from kurt is a backup up qb who has problems in pressure situations whether it pressure of the defense or pressure of the moment!”

          Whoa! Is that all one sentence?! You win a Kewpie Doll for that one, jon! ;^}

        • brucefan1 - Sep 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

          Yikes ! I wanna make sure I give credit where credit is due; GREED gets the kewpie! Sorry, jon. LOL

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 29, 2015 at 4:30 PM

          Great analysis jonevans511

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 29, 2015 at 4:42 PM

          Actually I don’t criticize Cousins for not throwing down field. I don’t see the scheme giving him that option. I criticize the fact he has been played conservatively but is still very inaccurate all the while still throwing interceptions. I’m not sure if there is a cure for the interceptions Cousins throws, but I do feel he can perform better than he has if the coach opens the passing game up more for him. It’s quite possible Jackson returning will correct some of his issues. However, there is no denying he has been a very unproductive QB, and he is NOT the guy many here touted he’d be after watching a few preseason games. Oh what a surprise that Cousins doesn’t look like that same efficient QB as the one playing against backups in games that don’t matter. Every year you have to fix fans expectation about what the see out of preseason …smh!

      • greed - Sep 29, 2015 at 2:10 PM

        i dont give a damn if his name kirk curt kurt or kevin i can spell turnover interceptions and backup

  8. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 29, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Speaking of Aaron Rodgers, here’s PFF defending why they gave him a grade of -0.8 for last night’s game:

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/09/29/why-aaron-rodgers-earned-a-slightly-negative-grade/

    To which I say, “LOL!”
    ~

  9. kenlinkins - Sep 29, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Rich, Has the Special Teams coach addressed why the Redskins didn’t change the type of punt the Redskins used after Plummer almost allowed the first try to be blocked? Plummer got pushed back pretty badly on the first try and yet the Redskins went with the same type of punt formation on the 2nd try and it was blocked. The Giants must have been licking their chops seeing the same punt formation after almost getting that first one. It was clear that the Giants targeted Plummer as a weak link having just been called up on a short week and showed just how weak he was with that first effort. Why didn’t the Redskins change up the formation or change the protection to help him out? The Redskins were lucky it only cost them 2 points but most of all it says something about the Redskins lack of being able to adjust when required.

    • brucefan1 - Sep 29, 2015 at 2:09 PM

      Don’t know what Rich thinks ken, but, like me, I can’t imagine anybody involved could have imagined that Plummer could ever be THAT ineffective twice in a row! A virtual swingin’ door. Haha.

      I was relieved to see that Carrier was in that spot on subsequent punts though, and will be interested to see who starts there on Sunday. (But due the the coaches’ widely acknowledged inability to adjust properly that you mention, I’d put my money on Plummer. ;^})

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 29, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      We do not get to talk to Kotwica on a regular basis.

      The solution there is not necessarily changing formations or personnel. What Callahan does with his linemen is to learn for themselves what needs to be corrected if they get beaten. You don’t pull an o-lineman off the field if he gives up a sack, you teach him to figure out what went wrong. A veteran special team guy could probably make the adjustment that Plummer did not.

  10. goback2rfk - Sep 29, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Sorry Rich Tandler I have to disagree with you. No way I will say Kirk Cousins is better than Sam Bradford. Kirk has put up numbers that are on the verge of being the worst in the history of the NFL. Never once has Bradford thrown more INT’s in a season than TD’s. Before he tore his knee up in 2013 he had 14 TD’s and only 4 INT’s.
    Lets get real, Sam Bradford is certainly not that good but he is definitely better than Cousins at protecting the ball and managing the game. In 2012 Bradford threw for almost 4000 yards.
    It show how shitty the Redskins really are at the QB position when players like Bradford are an upgrade from what you have.

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 29, 2015 at 3:05 PM

      So interceptions are the only stats that matter? Not valid analysis.

      But don’t apologize for disagreeing. That’s why the comment section is here.

      • abanig - Sep 29, 2015 at 3:13 PM

        Interceptions aren’t the only stat that matters, but winning the turnover battle leads to a winning season – just look at 2012.

        If Kirk is going to be Rex Grossman and have 20 some turnovers a season, the team isn’t going to win no matter what else they do.

        Possessing the ball is the way to win consistently, not giving your opponent a short field several times a game because you made a poor read or didn’t see a safety or linebacker.

        • goback2rfk - Sep 29, 2015 at 5:29 PM

          I understand INT’s are not the only stat that matters but it is pretty damn close. Coming from a scientific approach statistically the best QB’s generally have the better INT/TD ratio. The not so good QB’s have worse INT/TD ratios. Generally speaking, a QB’s INT ratio is a very basic way to determine who sucks or not. This ratio is a quick test to sniff out the QB’s that are performing poorly on the field.
          For instance, look what Colin Kapernick did last Sunday. I am not an expert analysis person like the people at CSN Washington, however, I will tell you in my humble opinion a QB’s TD / INT ratio is the most important ‘stat’ to judge performance and old the field productivity. Passing yards and other factors count to, however, if a QB does not throw INT’s they are elite. Correct? Aaron Rodgers has not thrown a INT at home in years. It is difficult to overcome turnovers and having a QB that does not turn the ball over much to me is extremely important.
          If someone like Cousins could protect the ball better he would be a great quarterback right? His INT’s and TD ratio are what prevents him from being a top tier QB.

        • abanig - Sep 30, 2015 at 7:36 AM

          Cousins is inaccurate and erratic at times, just like Rex Grossman. He takes unnecessary risks at the worst times in games.

          He had 3 TDs in 3 games. Yards only matter if it leads to Touchdowns. Right now Cousins is on pace for 16 or so TDs and 21 interceptions.

          Those stats are worse than RG3’s 2013 season if Griffin had been allowed to play all 16 games.

  11. kenlinkins - Sep 29, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Did anyone else see Kory L handle the rush of the DT and hand him off to the LG and still be able to turn right and get the rushing LB , Twice in the first half? In years pass that would have been a sack for sure but this new line coach has Kory L. playing his best football ever! While I still believe the Redskins need a new center at some point, but if Kory L can keep playing at this level it is not my highest concern (1st – 3rd) for the draft in 2016. That would now be CB, FS, and SS (and this is a good draft for all 3 spots). As the Redskins move forward, I look for Breeland to start making an impact soon. He has been just short on a few INT’s and I look for him to start making those plays. I am not as concerned as some about Cousins been off target on Thursday night. I have seen that before from him and he seems to come back for “off nights” pretty well (we will see this Sunday if it is a start of problems due to playing 4 or 5 games in a row or just a bad night soon). It was nice to see the Redskins get a Special Teams TD on that kick off even if it was too little too late, they need much more of that. Maybe this kid Ross can start them thinking they can do it. All in all I am still very positive about the way the Redskins are building into a solid team, not there yet but you can see something changing for the better.

    • greed - Sep 29, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      i always felt kory L was best suited for C its his natural position it was shanny ego and bright idea to put him at G to go against dt 20-50 lbs heavier than him on every play , and Josh L got hurt on his first or second snap he peeled back and picked up a dlinemen who stunted at the line actually did a good job of picking it up and giving KIRK a pocket to step up in and like any player who hasnt played and finally got his chance he tried to tough it out until he became a liability , and ill take ya dumb azz kwepie award or whateva tf it is this not my blog to be punctual sir just giving my opinion dont like then state yours instead of trolling me why dont u add something worth discussing to the convo instead of being an azzhole

      • kenlinkins - Sep 29, 2015 at 5:36 PM

        Did I miss something? What “kewpie award” and who was I trolling?

        • bangkokben - Sep 29, 2015 at 6:23 PM

          Ken, Ben, Bruce? There all the same, right? ;)

        • kenlinkins - Sep 29, 2015 at 7:43 PM

          I hope not as I am sure it would up set a few wives!

    • abanig - Sep 29, 2015 at 3:09 PM

      Center has always been a mid round focus IMO, just like guards.

      A playmaking free safety like Jalen Ramsey is what this team needs the most or a #1 elite receiver that can do it all. It would not surprise me if this is Garcon’s last year in DC.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 29, 2015 at 5:11 PM

        Will Shields would disagree with you. Watching how Schreff gets out to the second level shows me guards can be worth more than a mid round pick. Now if Schreff continues his progress and becomes an elite guard, he has earned every bit of his pick in the draft. There is a fools gold share of disappointing skill players selected in the top ten. If you can land a sure thing like Sean Taylor then sure go for it. However, many times teams are reaching for players in the top ten simply because they hold that philosophy that it’s has to be a guy in these positions. That’s not a winning formula in my book.

  12. bangkokben - Sep 29, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    No Lauvauo or Justin Rogers for the rest of the year. Bummer. Here’s what I wrote Thursday afternoon:

    bangkokben – Sep 24, 2015 at 9:43 AM
    “…It seems as if every year the Redskins are 1-1 and about to make it 2-1 and then the season gets pear-shaped in a matter of seconds.

    Last year, the Skins were coming off a dominate performance against Jacksonville, getting 10 sacks; and the thoughts were that the defense indeed was “unshackled” and could be good. The team “gave away” the first game to Houston with bad special teams. Sound familiar? (blocked punt for a TD and blocked extra point) Then in week 3, against a division foe, special teams once again were their nemesis and defensive injuries began to turn the tide for the season as D. Hall was lost with an Achilles injury and Nick Foles began to pick apart the secondary which Eli Manning continued to do the following week and before we knew it, our team was 1-3.

    Does history repeat itself? God, I hope not, but it certainly could. So far Dashon Goldson, Hall, and Jason Hatcher have been key cogs for the defense and reasons for its success. Losing one or two of these “old dogs,” and the season gets pear-shaped once again. At this point, NONE of them seem like next off season’s cap casualties, although there are fans of the team that wanted to move on from them this year. Those fans might get the chance to see what the young guys if injuries occur…”

    • goback2rfk - Sep 29, 2015 at 6:18 PM

      Shawn lost for the season. Wow that sucks he was playing beast this year.

      • bangkokben - Sep 29, 2015 at 6:20 PM

        At least we get to see what we’ve got in Kuandjio, Long, and/or LeRibeus. (Trying to find a silver lining.) Imagine if they all fail. The horror.

        • goback2rfk - Sep 29, 2015 at 8:17 PM

          Maybe someone can trade us a left guard for Rg3 ;o)

  13. kenlinkins - Sep 29, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    I noted that of the 22 listed starters, The Redskins had 13 with Special Team snaps in week three, in week two there were 15 starters and in week one there were 16 starters that had a Special teams snap. (Just so you know, New England had 18 starters with Special Teams snaps). To date, I would not call the results from the Redskins Special Teams unit very good. I wonder why one of the best teams in football have 18 of 22 starters on Special Teams and the Redskins only have 13. You might think that the better teams would use less starters on Special Teams, not less. Just something to think about.

  14. Blackbutcolorblind - Sep 29, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    What was that formation on punts? Didn’t two weeks of not working make them think to change it before Giants?

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