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Need to Know: Cousins, Reed set records in Redskins’ win

Jan 4, 2016, 7:18 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 4, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Packers in a wild card playoff game.

Notes and numbers from Redskins vs. Cowboys

DALLAS—Here are notes a number from Redskins 34, Cowboys 23

—The Redskins finish the regular season 9-7 to post the 39th winning season in team history.

—Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 12-of-15 passes for 176 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 155.1 before leaving the game in the second quarter. He finished the season with a passer rating of 101.6, becoming the third quarterback in Redskins history to have a passer rating of over 100 for a season (Sammy Baugh 109.9 in 1945, Robert Griffin III 102.4 in 2012)

—According to Elias, Cousins became the first Redskins quarterback to throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter. His TD’s went to Pierre Garçon, Ryan Grant, and Jamison Crowder

—Jordan Reed finished the 2015 season with 87 receptions for 952 yards (both team records for a tight end) with 11 receiving touchdowns. He led the Redskins in all three categories, becoming the first tight end to do so since Jean Fugett in 1977.

—The Redskins recorded four sacks, the third consecutive game with four or more sacks. The team has not done that since Weeks 5-7 of the 1992 season.


Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden news conference 3 p.m.

Days until: Redskins vs. Packers in wild card playoff game 6; Super Bowl 50 34

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  1. kenlinkins - Jan 4, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Rich, can you help explain how Will Compton has gone from a guy who was hanging on by his finger nails for a spot on the 53 man roster as a Special Teams member to starting ILB who seems to make the Redskins defense pretty solid when he is on the field? How does an under sized, undrafted, slow footed guy who looks like a flag football player when standing next to K. Robinson in shorts make such a jump? Both Compton and Robinson are free agents in 2016, which IYO will gain the better contract here in DC and will either be a “Must” sign?

    • goback2rfk - Jan 4, 2016 at 7:54 AM

      Will ‘straight outta’ Compton has been tough as nails when given the opportunity as of late. He has a high football IQ and has a knack for understanding what the offense is trying to do. He seems to be positioning himself where he can make a play on the ball. K.Robinson has all but slipped away down the depth chart.
      Will be interesting to see what happens come contract time.

    • gasngo14 - Jan 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM

      HARD WORK!

    • bangkokben - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      Ken, the local beat reporters seem to be on a general consensus in that Will Compton has a better football IQ and he therefore puts the other ten guys in better position to succeed. (London Fletcher-esque, perhaps – without the end of his career pass coverage issues.) I don’t know who these beat writer’s sources are – if it’s observation or guys in the organization’s quotes or whatever but that is what I’ve heard. And if that is accurate, Robinson will be finding another team, Compton will be getting an offer, and a stud may be drafted.

      • ET - Jan 4, 2016 at 1:32 PM

        Compton is a holdover from the last era, obviously, but hard workers with “high football IQ” are exactly the players Scot seems to prize. Will Compton has done a fantastic job this year, but players like Jarrett, Foster, Goldson, Scherff, Francois, Blackmon and Garçon seem cut from the same cloth—regardless of disparities in absolute talent level, all these guys are tough MFs who use that “football IQ” to maximize their physical traits.

        I see a pattern here, and I LIKE IT.

    • jonevans511 - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:52 AM

      Let’s not forget Mr. Bates either. He was on the couch for a good portion of this season but as soon as he got the call from Scot M he came in to Redskins Park ready to earn his keep. And I’ll tell you what, he’s been a pleasure to watch alongside Compton. Both tackle really well, and they also both read the offensive alignments/shifts like 10 year veterans.

      I remember watching the Eagles game where Bradford kept calling this toss sweep kind of play (I’m no expert so perhaps my terminology is off). They would motion the TE to the inside and as soon as they snapped the ball Bradford pitched it to the RB. The TE should have blocked the ILB and freed up some space to the outside, but Bates took the correct angle every time and blew up the plays for no gain or a substantial loss. What impressed me wasn’t just that Bates made the play, but that he knew exactly what was coming as SOON as the TE went in motion to the point where the Eagles didn’t have a chance at gaining yardage. Very heads up play by him.

      Of course the same can be said about Compton, but since you all hit the nail on the head with him I figured I should give Bates some love too.

      • bangkokben - Jan 4, 2016 at 11:19 AM

        I think you mean Mason Foster, #54, not Houston Bates, now #96. Bates was in on defense for just three snaps against Philly – so it could’ve been him, however, Foster is the guy playing Riley’s spot and played 59 spots on defense. Unless you meant the first game against Philly, where Foster was only playing special teams (nine snaps) Bates was either cut or inactive and Compton was playing Riley’s spot and Robinson was playing the spot Compton is now playing.

  2. goback2rfk - Jan 4, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Great season! Could not be happier. No way in the world anyone had this squad finishing 9 – 7.
    Now its on to the Wild Card round. The team has checked all the boxes this year and now it is time to check off the ‘win a playoff game’ box. No reason to think we can not hang with the Packers especially at home.
    Congrats! Post season football time. Hellz Yeh!

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 4, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Best start to a Redskins-Cowboys game I can remember. HTTR!

  4. colorofmyskinz - Jan 4, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    To all those that doubted cousins and belly aches daily about how many INTs he would throw:


    Many here said this decision would be a disaster. Imagine what our number of wins would be and the stats Kirk would have had, had Gruden announced Kirk the starter in January of 2015. Imagine if Kirk got all of the OTA reps where we and he would be.

    Never doubt the QB whisper for his decisions in QB – Gruden.

    For the record, I called less than 16 INTs the day Kirk was named starter and many here said he would be an INT machine.

    Cousins is clearly our future and franchise. Vindication. HTTR!

    • gasngo14 - Jan 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM

      CAPTAIN KIRK :))

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 4, 2016 at 8:57 AM

      Some of you posters here are the most childish people and certainly poor winners. You trend to more of a Cowboy fan type behavior. Many have spent most of the time discussing what fan was right and what fan was wrong over what? A 9-7 season from a team who’s main reason for a post season is playing in a horrendous NFC East Division?

      However since you declared Vindication, let me play to your level and ask were you vindicated when you called to have Reed moved out of the TE position and into a WR position, or was it that he should be cut in preseason because he has too many injury issues?

      Everyone here has their share of wrong calls and right calls.Also very little has been proven about one season that was far from a dominant one. This team as a whole still has many holes to fill. I wonder if you were the same fan calling RG3 the future and franchise QB after the 2012 season. What will you say if Cousins performs poorly in the playoff game and continues that struggle as the starter in 2016? Will your words go silent about Cousins as it has about what was stated about Reed and probably many others this preseason?

      • gasngo14 - Jan 4, 2016 at 9:02 AM

        Hmm ……:))

      • sidepull - Jan 4, 2016 at 9:43 AM

        2016 Home schedule is filled with better teams than this years home schedule. Will the Cousins development improve to accommodate beating winning teams. I dunno, but I like his chances. HTTR

      • hail74 - Jan 4, 2016 at 9:50 AM

        I’m willing to bet most of us called RG3 the franchise after 2012, I only remember one annoying poster who called him a gimmick, but yeah if cousins follows the RG3 route we will move on to the next guy. However this year people who rooted for cousins have been vindicated, regardless of how our division finished. Why is it that opponents of Cousins and Gruden had no problems voicing their opinions during season, but now call out fans for doing the same who are proponents?

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:45 AM

          “I’m willing to bet most of us called RG3 the franchise after 2012,”

          That’s certainly true and the point I was making about “what if Cousins was to suddenly struggle” is that fan support will quickly sway for the more fickle fans, and hence vindication is more about a current and possibly false perception than it is reality. It’s silly when fans want to cherry pick when they are right to remind others while quickly forgetting their own wrongs. That’s just baseless grandstanding

          “However this year people who rooted for cousins have been vindicated, regardless of how our division finished. ”
          No one rooting for Cousins has been vindicated. Only Cousins himself was vindicated with his own performance.

          ” opponents of Cousins and Gruden had no problems voicing their opinions during season, but now call out fans for doing the same who are proponents?”
          You want to call me an opponent of Gruden then have at it since I have openly stated I dislike the man and his coaching. However, one of the primary reasons I’ve slowly moved off making comments here is the baseless responses like above. I was never an opponent of Cousins. I disagreed with Gruden’s choice to flip on RG3 late in the preseason. However, I supported Cousins as the starter and have stated ad nauseam about it. However you like others continue to perpetuate a false premise that you either blindly root for a player or are against them. The issue here is so many can’t tell the difference between constructive criticism and player hate.

        • hail74 - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:57 AM

          Im not perpetuating anything. Someone posts his opinions on Cousins and you felt the need to call all who agree with him childish and poor winners. Are you implying that if the season had ended differently you and people of your ilk wouldn’t be on here saying you knew it all along and Gruden should’ve been fired and RG3 should’ve been starting? Yes I have seen many posts where you remark highly on Cousins, but so what? Your taken offense at the original post here belies another sentiment altogether.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 4, 2016 at 12:59 PM

          “Are you implying that if the season had ended differently you and people of your ilk wouldn’t be on here saying you knew it all along and Gruden should’ve been fired and RG3 should’ve been starting”
          Know since I don’t post that way. If a favorite player of mine works out I may comment my happiness for that player but I don’t make “I told you so” comments. In the end the team is most important and I’d rather be wrong about Gruden if it means the team has success for many years forward. If he failed as I expected, its of small consolation to me that I might have foresaw it.

      • bangkokben - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:17 AM

        JD, you’re right about the “spirit” of the comments here. However, no one is exempt from it and instead of realizing that you were setting yourself up to eat crow, you and especially others have “doubled-down” against Cousins and/or Gruden. Why? Probably so that they can beat their chests and declare they were right – just as they did at every low point during the season. You, yourself have said that you’d hire Chip Kelly this weekend over Gruden and gave offensive yardage rankings for your rationale. WTF? Our team is hosting the Green Bay Packers and have a legit chance to competing in the playoffs and you’re still against the coach – a coach that this team adores and, oh by the way, the team is winning and breaking offensive records that have lasted decades.

        • sidepull - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM

          The Redskins seem to like playing for Gruden. I cant ask for more as a fan than for stability, improvement and thanks for getting us out of the NFC East cellar and into the playoffs. What a great treat. Its January and the Redskins are relevant. I cant say I think the players in Philly loved Chip. I wouldnt take Kelly here that’s for sure. I just dont think that type of control, smoothies, etc are going to cut it. Well maybe the smoothies…

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 4, 2016 at 11:28 AM

          Let’s differentiate a hypothetical opinion from what is realistic. I was stressing a point that I do think Chip is a good coach, and he will have another shot to prove this and very possibly at Tennessee. While I would pick Chip being a better coach than Gruden in the long term, I wasn’t advocating Chip right now replace Gruden. I was merely stating my preference. That preference is like many here I’d expect would have with at least one other NFL coach over Gruden.

          I’ve not “double-down” on Gruden since if I did then I’d still be asking for his replacement. At the beginning of the season I wanted Gruden out as soon as he proved himself again a complete failure as coach. However, I’ve stopped promoting his departure and have supported a QB that was not my first choice as the starter; why? Because the team is hosting a playoff. I support this team first and foremost over any player or coach. So let’s see how the team performs in a playoff against one of the better NFC teams.

        • bangkokben - Jan 4, 2016 at 11:48 AM

          I hear what your saying but how short is Gruden’s leash, now? How much grace has Gruden earned, if any? Do you still want him out AS SOON AS HE proves himself a complete failure? What does that mean? To some – this weekend, it sounded TO ME, that IF Cousins would’ve gotten injured against the Cowboys, that would constitute proving Gruden a failure and that he had not earned enough this season – unlike Belechick over his career – to overcome the chopping block or at least the discussion of it. Does that sound fickle? Sure, the Redskins could lose Sunday and Cousins could struggle in his second year as the full-time starter but I will do just as I did 2013: chose a side, explain my point of view, and argue my case. I suspect I’ll have a 50/50 chance at being right – but I don’t care about that – I just want this team to win.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 4, 2016 at 1:24 PM

          “I hear what your saying but how short is Gruden’s leash, now? ”

          I actually don’t see any leash on Gruden at this point. He’s earned the right for being the coach next season for a few key reasons IMO.

          1) He has cleaned up his media communication that was at times last season bizarre.
          2) Despite my disagreement with him moving Cousins as starter at the beginning of the season, he deserves credit for making a difficult choice with Cousins and then showing that Cousins is a legitimate and competent starter for this team running his system. While I’m not a great fan of his west coast offense, he has to get some credit for Cousins’ reduction in turnovers while having improved success in passing touchdowns. Cousins touchdown to interception ratio is a remarkable turnaround that should not be ignored.
          3) The coaching staff has successfully managed many injuries on both sides while implementing players off the street that have positive contribution. Our GM did a great job and finding these players but the coaches deserve credit for preparing these players that have not only served backup roles but starting roles in key games.

          Overall, I’m not sure where the team stands. Are they a product of many bad and mediocre teams on their schedule and division, or is this a team that can be a sustainable competitor and regular playoff contender?

        • bangkokben - Jan 4, 2016 at 2:16 PM

          Fair answer. It is hard to win in the NFL and it is hard to do it consistently – see Atlanta as an in season example. I suppose the Redskins are a product of both improvement and a down conference-wide epidemic of mediocre play. However, the entire conference was in the same boat. Atlanta had four games against the NFC East, four games against the AFC South, and four games against the Saints and Bucs. I’m sure the Bears and Rams would love to have that schedule. The schedule is pre-determined and sometimes there are down divisions. Last I checked, the 6 teams in the NFC with winning records are all going to the playoffs and VERY few teams in the NFC have at least three victories against teams with winning records.. Too bad for the Jets in the AFC but all they had to do was beat the Bills.

      • colorofmyskinz - Jan 4, 2016 at 11:15 AM

        Lol! Touché! Yes I was calling for Reed switch to WR… And he proved me wrong thank god! He had a great season and showed durability, which was a new side of his skill set. He developed well this year as s true TE. Blocking was not his forte but he developed that as well.

        I can comfortably say I was wrong on Reed and so glad he proved me wrong!

        Cowboy fan??? NOT! Frustrated fan for the last 2 decades??? You bet.

        Estactic fan now that the drama is over and we have a real team again??? Thank god!


        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 4, 2016 at 1:34 PM

          That’s a very commendable response colorofmyskinz. Maybe I mistaken your happiness as fan for gloating. Even though Cousins didn’t always have my full confidence, I’ll certainly share in your happiness about Cousins if he leads our team in a surprise playoff run.

      • YOU LIKE THAT - Jan 4, 2016 at 1:07 PM

        Most childish???? No, that’s you with your name calling..Poor winners???? No, just real Redskin fans…You obviously not so much! Trending to a cowboy type behaviour???? No, that’s you with your constant pessimistic views.YOU SPENT MORE TIME TRYING TO PROVE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THIS OBVIOUS LOSING ORGANIZATION,than just being a fan… YOU BRING NOTHING TO THE TABLE THAT INTERESTS ANYONE BUT MAYBE, TIMWILLHIDE!! YOU ARE A JOKE….NOT A TRUE FAN. RICH SHOULD KICK YOU OFF THIS BLOG! IF I SAT NEXT TO YOU IN BLEACHERS AT FED EX, I WOULD THROW A BEER IN YOUR FACE.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 4, 2016 at 1:42 PM

          After many valued comments, I figured one punk would come in with some senseless response. If you threw a beer in my face, I doubt you’d ever be able to walk to another game. But please coward go and buy yourself a ticket in section 308 club leve and I’ll even buy you that beer your so ready to toss my way.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 4, 2016 at 1:45 PM

          By the way Gas2go or whatever you also disguise yourself here as; how long are you going to be using this second account to hide behind?

        • gasngo14 - Jan 4, 2016 at 2:15 PM

          nameisheretostay….AKA jdhawk…please leave me out of your problems on this site :)) I have one name and one name only!

          BTW…you need to take down the Rob posters and get over it and enjoy a winning season!!!

        • timwillhide - Jan 6, 2016 at 1:10 AM

          I’m not even on here saying anything and your running your mouth like a kid I would love for you to try and throw a beer in my face because you would be eating your cup.

          All I have ever said about Cousins is I don’t like his down field accuracy grow up

      • brucefan1 - Jan 4, 2016 at 3:52 PM

        “Will your words go silent about Cousins as it has about what was stated about Reed and probably many others this preseason?”

        Great comment from a grown-up’s perspective, redskinsname.

        It’s obvious that there are more than a few insecure types who comment here who hate to hear the opinions of those who differ from theirs. To them, there’s only one valid point of view, and that’s their own. All the rest are “haters” or “false fans”. Real childish … all that’s missing are the “nah nah nah-nah-nah”s! LOL

        And as far as “doubters” are concerned, I ALWAYS want some people like that around me to keep me aware of ALL possibilities, options & possible pitfalls, no matter how little I may want to hear about them. (Heck, I even married one — and her “skepticism” has been a godsend! But don’t tell HER I said that!!) But that’s just me. Weird, right?

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 4, 2016 at 6:57 PM

          “It’s obvious that there are more than a few insecure types who comment here who hate to hear the opinions of those who differ from theirs.”

          Bruce, this is what I find most difficult at times about making comments here. You can express an opinion like Cousins’ lack of production and the painfully conservative passing scheme was the reason for the Miami lost at home. Suddenly responses are I’m hating on Cousins. Then you spend most your time trying to defend the accusations instead of discussing constructively why the lack of passing game was the cause, how it could have been better in that game, or even how Jackson’s injury was the primary reason for the lack of production in the passing. Conversely when others condemned the special teams and the punt return coverage, Even though that was just one moment of a 60 minute game, nobody is being called haters of the special teams unit or SP coach. I get there was opposition towards Cousins as the starter, but the level of sensitivity about that opposition made it almost impossible to even discuss his challenges as a passer, the passing scheme, or where the offense needs to improve.

        • hail74 - Jan 4, 2016 at 8:10 PM

          I’m on record here as someone who loves the back and forth of differing opinions. It would be rather boring if we all agreed and said the same things. What I don’t understand is the need to resort to name calling and insults, such as those levied in your first post of the day. If you want to take the high road then take it, but don’t insult someone for their posts then lament on the backlash.

        • gasngo14 - Jan 4, 2016 at 8:43 PM

          exactly 74 !

          nameishere or AKA jdhawk has always been this way and unfortunately will never change!

        • ajbus1 - Jan 4, 2016 at 9:53 PM

          Right there with you hail74. What I’m wondering is what colorofmyskinz did to redskinsnameisheretostay? I must’ve missed or forgot about some comments earlier in the season. Did color say something about his mama? I’d like to think redskinsnameisheretostay had a reason for being so defensive and wanting to take away color’s “vindication”.

        • timwillhide - Jan 6, 2016 at 1:16 AM

          You can’t give your opinion orassessment of anything on here anymore without someone shooting off to ya. Nobody wants to look at both sides it’s just I’m right your wrong no debating. I’ve bin on this blog longer than anyone and iit’s sad that a few kids are ruining what use to be a very good blog.

    • John - Jan 4, 2016 at 5:43 PM

      Cousins would eventually be the guy, regardless of the earlier announcement in the off season. Robert was named the due facto starter in name only (to keep the media from making a circus of it). Once it was clear that Robert was doing the same stuff he did last year, he got the hook. Kirk was a better fit and just needed a clean slate.

      Unfortunately team Robert could only see the Robert of 2012 and not the oft injured epic fail of the last 2 years.

      • ajbus1 - Jan 4, 2016 at 9:54 PM

        I totally agree.

    • darcrequiem - Jan 4, 2016 at 8:01 PM

      Actually I do like that. I’m a Redskins fan. I’m glad my favorite team is in the playoffs.

  5. skinsgame - Jan 4, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    During the Vikes/Pack game last night, Chris and Al told a story while tripping over each other’s tongues in admiration of Aaron Rogers. They said the Packers actually brought in some folks from MIT to hone and perfect Rogers’ “skill” of drawing opponents offsides with cadence and inflexion in his voice. He does it least a dozen times a game and it’s blatant.

    How is it that if a defender makes noise during the cadence to deceive the opponent it’s “unsportsmanlike” but if the QB cheats this way he’s admired for it? It will be an issue for the Redskins. The league has formation and procedure penalties to try to keep the offenses honest. Allowing QB’s to cheat before the snap seems ridiculous and hearing the announcers slobber all over each other about it rather than pointing out the hypocrisy was disappointing.

    • gasngo14 - Jan 4, 2016 at 8:50 AM

      Well you go when the ball is snapped so what he says or how he says it doesn’t really matter much……

      • sidepull - Jan 4, 2016 at 9:48 AM

        Another tool in the toolbox. Rodgers, Brady, Belichick, they know whats in the toolbox. Cousins is just learning ie kneel down vs spike. I dont see Rodgers or Brady doing that…I bet Cousins never does that again and it would be nice to see Cousins draw a few off sides penalties if he can.

        • bangkokben - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:23 AM

          Cousins has drawn a few this season – before LeRibeus starting snapping the ball on the hard count. It is true that this is against the letter of the law when reading the rules, however, every HOME team makes an effort to do this. I expect with Lichtenstieger back we may see one or two on Sunday and it being a road game, not likely for Rodgers.

        • John - Jan 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM

          The whole situation was odd on that one. It appeared the refs were calling offsides on the Eagles, but then the flag was picked up and Lerib may have snapped early to catch the eagles offsides catching Kirk and everyone else off guard. The play was supposed to be a fade to Garcon but then he never took off at the snap. Kirk kneeled. Cluster all around.

    • John - Jan 4, 2016 at 5:48 PM

      QBs do it all the time with counts, double counts, hard counts. Its a common occurrence. If the QB moves, bobs his head, to simulate starting a play without a snap, its a penalty on the QB.

      • skinsgame - Jan 4, 2016 at 5:58 PM

        Called next to never. And even so, linemen don’t see his movements as they are usually fixated on the lineman in front of them. Everyone knows other teams attempt to draw opponents offsides, I just get sick of the announcers never ponting out the hypocrisy of it all. Bringing in MIT to assist your team on tricking your opponent is overboard and should be ridiculed or ignored, not praised.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 4, 2016 at 7:38 PM

          “Bringing in MIT to assist your team on tricking your opponent is overboard and should be ridiculed or ignored, not praised.”

          Seriously? What is there to ridicule? This makes stance no sense because a cadence has nothing to do with committing a false start. The QB is the player in control of the snap and initiates it with his cadence. Finding ways to improve a QB’s cadence and draw a player off for reacting to such cadence is good, sound, and justified football sense.

    • ajbus1 - Jan 4, 2016 at 9:56 PM

      “The shield” likes offense better.

  6. metalman5150 - Jan 4, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Well the skins have done quite an outstanding job getting into the playoffs and looking like a team ready for the big boys.

    This is my red flag! I am beginning to believe that this team can beat the Pack! However, my experience tells me that the moment i start believing in the team’s chances’, is the same time that the team decides to prove me wrong.

    • sidepull - Jan 4, 2016 at 9:50 AM

      This time your skepticism will not be validated. GB is going to lose this game. I hope:)

  7. gasngo14 - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    How about another young guy stepping up BIG, Neskhe held Hardy in big way. Hardy had Big bonus $$$$$ on the table. Hardy needed 2 sacks for a $500,000 bonus and could have landed a million bucks with 4 sacks.
    Just another example of young guys stepping up BIG for this team and KUDOS to this coaching staff for developing players something we haven’t seen much of in past seasons!

    • bangkokben - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:41 AM

      I didn’t see any “holding.” ;)

    • jonevans511 - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM

      Good point Gas, Neshke more than held his own yesterday (but to bangkok’s point, he didn’t “hold” at all!) and it’s an encouraging sign. Along with the rest of our young linemen, Neshke goes in there and doesn’t worry about who he’s replacing or who he’s competing against. Hardy is a physical freak so for him to keep a guy like that in check for the most part is great to see.

      I also want to shout out Crowder for stepping up in a big way. He doesn’t always have huge numbers like yesterday, but it seems as though the KC to JC connection has clicked since day one and they always make at least one big play (be it a short completion to get a 1st down or a big play to move the ball further down field). The future is bright for him as well as the rest of this team!

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 4, 2016 at 11:46 AM

        With TWill, Morgan Moses, Scherff, and Lauvao starting, and Ty Nsekhe, Tom Compton, Spencer Long, and Arie Kouandjio backing them up, we are so deep at O.T. and O.G. for next year.

        We just need Kory Lichtensteiger’s heir apparent on the roster. I’m guessing McGlue will be on it this offseason.

        • ET - Jan 4, 2016 at 2:20 PM

          There’s no such thing as too much depth, as we saw across many position units this season. And a weak link (LeRibster, Amerson at the beginning of the season) will impact the entire group, like it or not. Kudos to the many journeymen who stepped up and played smart this season—it would’ve been another Lost Year without guys like Carrier, Blackmon and Foster playing all-out.

        • smotion55 - Jan 4, 2016 at 2:23 PM

          You are so right. I noticed Leribus is not on your list. he is not on mine either. He has had 4 years to prove his worthiness, I hope they draft a big center early or at least 1 that will start midway threw the season

  8. Skulb - Jan 4, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Pretty good for a jittery career backup QB and a fat racist coach I must say.. Imagine how great this team would be if we had only sacked Gruden in September, like some of you were calling for, and started Griffin to set of another carousel! The mind boggles. We’d probably already have won the Superbowl a long time ago if we had followed your sage advice.

    • timwillhide - Jan 6, 2016 at 1:34 AM

      The Oline finally getting fixed is the real story here

      • Skulb - Jan 6, 2016 at 10:02 PM

        No it’s not. Cousins and the play calling makes the same line that looks garbage with Griffin on the field look good. But you just stick your head back in whatever orifice you’ve had it wedged in for the last few years and keep ignoring reality.

        Oh and please stop pretending to be a Redskins fan when your hero leaves. You have no clue about football and all you do is spew endless negativity.

  9. hail74 - Jan 4, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Now Coughlin steps down too. So glad to be talking playoffs now and not wondering about change like so many fans of other teams are.

  10. brucefan1 - Jan 4, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    While still basking in the afterglow of an NFCE title, I, like most of you no doubt, am already looking forward to Sunday afternoon out the corner of my eye, and have a few observations. (Yay, right??)

    I think most here were hoping for a match up with GB, as the team that seemed to be scuffling the most as this time … no? I was. But there were times last night when I thought, “be careful what you wish for” when I saw Rodgers spin his elusive magic time and time again. He alone may make facing GB instead of Seattle a case of jumping outta the frying pan & into the fire. Luckily, much of the rest of GB’s arsenal seems to be sputtering and misfiring, putting it all on AR12’s shoulder pads. If the Skins can somehow bring the kind of rush that will contain him in the pocket then all the rest may fall into place. But is that goal even achievable??!!

    Also, I was glad to see that the Skins got the late Sunday time slot. Just that little bit of extra time to prepare. Beats a Saturday game, plus saves the best till last for us! Of course those (former?) big stage jitters have to calmed completely at that time. But they’ve already “slain that dragon”, right? ;^}

    (Btw, that playoff sched looks a little whacky to me, what with both AFC games on Sat, then 2 NFCs on Sunday — plus all four networks broadcasting games during that time. Kinda different? Whatever. Point me to FOX @ 4:40 next Sunday evening!)

    Finally, I was a bit surprised to see the Redskins were actually made the FAVORITE in Sunday’s game! Well … I’ve seen lines from Skins -1.5 to pick ’em, actually. But the B&G are the only home team that are not full underdogs this weekend. That’s kind of a mixed blessing to me, because while I dig the love Vegas is FINALLY giving them — vs. an NFL darling,no less — I also feel that being a home dog has worked out well for the Skins this season. I’m taking some consolation in the common belief that being favored by less than 3 at home is actually kinda like being an underdog, tho. So I feel we may have the best of both worlds there! LOL

    This week is gonna be fun. Hail to the Redskins!

  11. firesnyder - Jan 4, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Will you numbskulls please quit with “who was right” and “who was wrong” with whichever QB? Its so old and tired and, really, who cares? The team is doing well and the team is always above the individual, right????

    • John - Jan 4, 2016 at 5:52 PM

      Yeah but we like to rub Team Roberts nose in it.

      • brucefan1 - Jan 4, 2016 at 8:43 PM


        You don’t think the Griffin/Cousins book done being written yet, do ya?! It’s gonna be years before the last chapter of that one is done.

        Those of you who obsess on all that “who laughs last” bullspit might want to remember that.

        Me? I ain’t got the energy for generating such foolishness. But if that’s the kinda stuff that floats yer boats, have at it! LOL

        • John - Jan 5, 2016 at 11:52 PM

          I guess some of us don’t remember the “I like Sonny” and “I like Billy” bumper stickers and the QB controversy under George Allen.

          Sonny threw a perfect ball but took risks that did not sit well with the coach. Billy threw a lot of wobbly passes but did not lose games, so Allen played him.

          In the case of Kirk and Robert, Kirk is a better fit in a pro offense. Some thought Robert should have been the starter and got a raw deal. Unfortunately, based on the way most people saw the way he was playing in the preseason, he would eventually get the hook within 4 games. Thankfully, Gruden put Kirk in other and stuck with him. Result, numerous records broken, a playoff birth and a lot to look forward to.

          So, what is Robert’s future? He will be cut loose at the end of the season. Where will he end up, Cleveland? Some think he’ll end up in Dallas. With Romo there, its unlikely he’ll play. Most of the other suck teams have drafted QBs (Jacksonville – Bottles, Tennessee – Mariota, Tampa – Winston and so on), so wherever Robert goes, he’s probably not going to play, so its going to be sometime before that chapter is written.

      • squawonthewarpath - Jan 5, 2016 at 12:14 AM

        The “Team Robert” group will return when the team loses at some point in the playoffs, full of criticism for Cousins and calling for Gruden’s firing….lol.

    • ajbus1 - Jan 4, 2016 at 10:11 PM

      I’ve been saying that for months firesnyder. I tried to tell them the horse was dead but caught holy heck on here about it. Let’s focus our energy on supporting our Redskins! HTTR!

  12. goback2rfk - Jan 4, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    The Packers are going down. It has been over 10 years since the Redskins have won a playoff game. 2005 to be exact. As long as the good Kirk Cousins shows up and the team executes this is a winnable playoff game.
    HTTR! And I hope the players enjoy cashing those bonus checks for making it to the Post Season.

    • ajbus1 - Jan 4, 2016 at 11:31 PM

      Hail ya! Good Kirk showing up, the defense getting pressure on Rodgers, and keeping Cobb and Jones from getting easy pitch-and-catch plays is the recipe for a W!

    • YOU LIKE THAT - Jan 5, 2016 at 1:31 PM

      I see no way the Redskins can lose Goback2rfk…This team has shown steady improvement every game. Even the games they lost with exception to the Panthers game. We will be in 2nd round of playoffs!! I never doubted this team..

  13. John - Jan 5, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Timwillhide the Kirk hater can’t use his real identity after referencing useless statistics to try to diminish the success of Kirk that now he uses a phony alias. Pathetic!

    • timwillhide - Jan 6, 2016 at 1:29 AM

      WTF are you talking about? I haven’t been on here I have a life. Every state that I’ve ever posted are easy to find on the web and a factual. Again I don’t hate Kirk I don’t like his inaccurate passes down field. Get a life. Not everyone has to share your Opinion. Archives

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