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Need to Know: Redskins searching for back to back playoff spots

Sep 8, 2016, 5:39 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 8, four days before the Washington Redskins open their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Note to readers: This is Need to Know edition No. 1,500. Every morning since July 31, 2012 I’ve had a great time providing fans some fresh Redskins content to peruse with their morning coffee or to make the morning commute a bit more tolerable. Thanks for reading and supporting all of my content over the years.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden and Joe Barry news conference and player availability after practice approx. 3:00

—The Redskins last played a game that counted 242 days ago. It will be four days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 10; Browns @ Redskins 24; Redskins @ Ravens 31

The 2016 Redskins by the numbers

17—The NFL rank of their strength of schedule in terms of opponents’ 2015 winning percentage. Part of the reason it’s in the middle of the pack is because they play the rest of the teams in the NFC East twice.

.563—The Redskins’ winning percentage in 2015 (9-7)

.354—The combined winning percentage of the other three teams in the NFC East (17-31).

24—The number of years it has been since the Redskins made the playoffs for a second consecutive year (1991-1992). This is why it’s difficult to argue with those who are skeptical of the Redskins’ chances this year. The organization simply hasn’t been able to build anything approaching a consistent winner.

32—The number of years it’s been since the Redskins won consecutive NFC East titles (1983-1984)

19—The number of years since the Redskins have had a winning season for a second straight year (9-7 in 1996, 8-7-1 in 1997). They have been unable to get over ever this low bar.

13—The number of Redskins on the current 53-man roster who are new to the organization in 2016. Last year the number was 16.

4—The number of 2016 draft picks who made the 53-man roster (Josh Doctson, Su’a Cravens, Kendall Fuller, Nate Sudfeld). Last year seven draft picks made it.

74.7—Kirk Cousins completion percentage in regular season home games. That’s the highest home completion percentage in NFL history by a player with at least 100 attempts.

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  1. Tyler McCray - Sep 8, 2016 at 5:45 AM

    Thank you Rich. I do enjoy you articles.

  2. redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Congrats on 1,500! Definitely make mornings / days more enjoyable. Love the timeline / contents!

    Kirk Cousins completion percentage is both incredible and key to the Redskins season. Counting on continued great pass protection.

    Don’t forget UCFA Kelley and Lanier. They’re just as important as the four draft picks … I don’t care when / how we pick the rookies up — a find is a find. The Seahawks currently have 24 players on their roster who were originally undrafted free agents. This year, the Seahawks have seven new undrafted rookie free agents and 15 rookies overall.

    • Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 1:19 PM

      Yeah Pete Carroll has a gift for motivating and developing players. It’s really unbelievable.

      As is Cousins 2015 completion %. Even if you count all 16 games it was still 69.something. I doubt he does THAT well again. No knock on Cousins, just not even Brady and Rogers consistently get a 70% completion. But Cousins should still be plenty good to win. I just hope some fans don’t freak out if he’s not as perfect as he was down the stretch last year.

      • bangkokben - Sep 8, 2016 at 4:38 PM

        The freaking will happen as soon as he has a bad game — which he really didn’t have last year. Even a “meh” game will get some fans chirping. Some fans just don’t care. Perhaps you remember the few idiots that chanted RG3 among the throng of ‘skins fans that greeted the team at Redskins Park after their victory in Philly. For some, Cousins will always be that “step” quarterback.

        As for the completion percentage in Rich’s piece, the implication is that is his career % at home starts — not just 2015.

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 4:58 PM

          Yeah I know. I wasn’t talking about the Niners Rich said, just Cousins number last year in general. He had around 70-71 in the last 10 games or so and 69.something on the year. I don’t have the numbers right in front of be but that’s almost 70% even with his “bad games” to start the season. That’s unreal. It’s very, very good.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 8, 2016 at 9:13 PM

          I’d take 4 more interceptions from Cousins this year if we get more 25-40 yard completion and attempts. The one thing you consistently avoided about last season is the short passing games from the offense hit major hurdles when playing better defenses. It’s great he made the comeback he did against Tampa but it just TAMPA like Iverson yells PRACTICE! I want more from cousins on YPC. Not because I want but I think he can produce more if the coaches let him and if Jackson and Dotson can make it on the field at the same time without another IR issue

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 9, 2016 at 1:40 AM

          I do believe that the coaches purposely held Cousins back last year in order to help him progress. He’s always moved the ball well but he took too many risks and made some bad throws because of it. I think they kind of wanted to hit reset with him and get him to play safer before allowing him to take he next step.

          That being said, I think they will make bolder play calls and open the offense. We saw it at times last year when our backs were to the wall. And I agree that Doctson is a big part of this. If Doctson, Jackson, and Reed are all on the field at once then there are so many options to run with some really talented receivers. That’s not even including Crowder. Not that I’m forgetting Garcon either. But the most dynamic passing package would probably exclude him.

          We will see what they actually do. I’m not going to go nuts if they still play it kind of safe until they see what they have in the defense. There’s no need to take risks just for the sake of it. I honestly kind of appreciate how calculating Gruden is with his play calling.

        • bangkokben - Sep 9, 2016 at 7:39 AM

          JD, I can’t fix your perception. Tampa was 10th in total defense and 16th against the pass. Stop pretending they were playing the 1978 Buccaneers. They weren’t. The Redskins were not effective against the elite teams — INCLUDING but not exclusively the offense. Name one very good team that the Redskins defense played well against and the offense did not.

          The Redskins averaged 8.03 YPA when Jackson was on the field last year. That would’ve been 0.01 yards per attempt less than 1st for the season. Of course, Jackson has to stay healthy and who knows if the same production could be maintained over 16 games but it is a good sign.

  3. colorofmyskinz - Sep 8, 2016 at 5:59 AM

    Rich thank you! You hav bridged us successfully between seasons and through seasons. You give the facts and are not afraid to tell it like it is. That is why I continue to read your material. And yes, the 5:45am release is critical for my morning coffee. Thank you!

    Now skinz…

    Looks like we will have a full boat of our most important players for the game. That had to be a record, to get through preseason without losing starters. Maybe the trainer and Doctor changes have finally made a difference. Maybe it was less contact practices. Hope those less contact practices have not compromised our readiness. When was the last preseason were we entered week 1 without losing a starter to injury? Has to be a record.

    Stealers. We have to show the world we can beat top teams and what a way to do it on Monday night football. I think back to the opening game on Monday night football with RGIII coming back from injury too early against the eagles. This is our chance to right that ship with a real starting QB with a team that did not have to experience drama during the preseason. Let’s hope that we can condition the positive behavior of no drama with a win this opening Monday night!!!


    • Sam - Sep 8, 2016 at 6:40 AM

      You’re forgetting Gallette.

      • colorofmyskinz - Sep 8, 2016 at 7:05 AM

        Good point! Nice catch and major loss.

      • renhoekk2 - Sep 8, 2016 at 9:09 AM

        He’s never played a down for the Redskins, and probably never will. Can’t lose something you never had.

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 2:25 PM

          It was a major loss because we planed in having him. Gallette, Kerrigan, and Smith could have formed one of the most disruptive OLB, or even edge rushing, corps in the league. Not quite Denver, KC, or Baltimore but right under them. So, OLB wasn’t a priority in free agency or the draft. If we assume McCloughan truly drafts BPA then that wouldn’t really affect the draft. But I’m confident McCloughan would have looked for edge rushers in free agency if he knew Galette was out.

          Having great edge rushers can make up for a lot of weaknesses in the middle of the defense. That was the plan and now we’re without. It’s a big deal.

        • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 2:37 PM

          Trey, I think you are spot on. Usually you will have similarly valued players and they’ll then take into consideration need — I think they use numbers. So let’s say they’re 4 players graded at 6.7: a WR, NT, OLB & P. The Redskins would take the player that best addresses need at that point, while factoring in how deep that particular draft is at certain positions too.

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

          Yeah I agree that need is factored into the BPA equation. It’s a small part of it, but still a part. They’re not going to pass on a once in a generation type player just because we’re fairly set at his position and we need another worse. But if the guys are close then need can bump it to the player who technically is lower on the ranking scale. But I didn’t want to get into all that because it always fires people who who think McCloughan opperstes on a pure BPA basis.

        • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 4:32 PM

          Yes, what the team won’t do is “reach,” taking a player of need earlier than his value warrants. I think it’s a philosophy that pays off long-term and it’s one of the reasons why the Redskins are turning around quickly; the caliber of the roster continues to improve.

        • bangkokben - Sep 8, 2016 at 4:58 PM

          That’s silly. That’s two years the Redskins have invested in the position and got nothing from it. I’m sure you wouldn’t be saying the same thing if he was a 3rd round draft pick.

          Trey and 12th, as for the BPA thing concerning Galette, the draft, and whether the Redskins passed on anyone considering Jr. being on the roster; look no further than Josh Doctson. Galette was/is on a one year deal. There is little reason to believe that had there not been a solid meat and potatoes talent that McC wouldn’t have drafted him.

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 9, 2016 at 2:48 AM

          That’s actually not what I was saying. I’m almost positive Scot would have drafted an OLB if a Shane Ray type was sitting there. Because I also think, no I know, that the value of the position plays a part of the BPA. Edge rushers are arguably the next most valuable position after QBs.

          I was talking more about free agency and edge rushers with Galette. I thought I said Galette wouldn’t have affected the draft if a worthy OLB fell to us but maybe I wasn’t clear there.

          And when I say need affects BPA, I mean slightly. Almost just to the point of being a tie breaker. But WR was a need, and Doctson was an amazing talent. I would argue the second most talented WR in the draft after Corey Coleman but more valuable than Coleman because of his size, therefore the best WR in the draft in my opinion. Not too shabby for the 21st pick. I’m very happy with it. I literally jumped out of my seat when they read his name. No complaints here.

        • bangkokben - Sep 9, 2016 at 7:42 AM

          We’re in agreement here. Was trying to support your point.

        • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 5:23 PM

          I will be shocked if Redskins did not draft an OLB in 2017 unless they land one in Free Agency (and even then they may take a rookie OLB or two).

          I think the top five off-season priority positions (besides resigning Cousins) are: C, G, DE, OLB and safety.

    • Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 3:03 PM

      @Color: I just read your original post. You’re jynxing us man! If anyone gets injured in that game I’m blaming you! ;)

      But this is a winnable game against a tough team. If Washington is for real then they have to win at home no matter the opponent. It’s that simple. We should have won week 1 last year and blew it. Let’s hope they come ready to play this year.

      • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 4:29 PM

        I agree the game is winnable for the Redskins. As Tomlin said in the first game focus on not beating yourself: “being detail-oriented from an assignment standpoint, playing hard, communicating well, not being highly penalized.”

        While I WANT the Redskins to win, and feel it would be a terrific way to start to season, what the Redskins NEED to do is keep trying to score even if they have a big lead (don’t rest on their laurels) and keep the game close if behind (keep close to or reach goal of not falling behind by more than a touchdown at any point). I want to start seeing these two actions continually occurring regardless of the opponent and game location.

  4. garg8050 - Sep 8, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    A couple of keys to achieving a 2nd winning season. First of all, they’ll need to win the “winnable” games, no slip ups. That means the Browns, Bears, and probably Eagles twice. They need to maintain their home field advantage by going no worse than 6-2 ideally. They’ll need to be no worse than 4-2 in the division; ideally 5-1. And lastly, they’ll need to win some games they aren’t supposed to win, i.e. Panthers, Packers, Cardinals, and Bengals. If they can split these 4 games, they’ll be well on their way to another NFC East title.

    • colorofmyskinz - Sep 8, 2016 at 6:21 AM

      The first step is not going 3-6 for the first 9 games like we have for the last 3 years I think.

      I think we surprise and beat the Stealers. I having us winning everything until our first game with Giants. I feel we lose it and win the final game of the season to the Giants.

      I did the redskins win loss challenge for a football and came up with an 11-5 season. Hopeful for sure. 10-6 more reasonable, but if we beat the stealers, I say 11-5.

      • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 6:40 AM

        I think the Redskins need to go 5-2 in their first seven games in order to make the playoffs; 4-3, they have a slim chance and if they start 3-4 or worse, I would be amazed if they make the playoffs.

        Monday night is not must win, but it would be a fantastic way to start off the season and the Redskins can do it!

        • colorofmyskinz - Sep 8, 2016 at 6:46 AM

          I see us going 7-2. Only losing to Giants and Bengles.

      • colorofmyskinz - Sep 8, 2016 at 6:44 AM

        Correct on first 9 games:

        2015 went 4-5
        2014 went 3-6
        2013 went 3-6

  5. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 8, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Happy 1,500, Rich, congrats!

  6. chimps000 - Sep 8, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    thanks rich- I’m happy to have found your site-keep up the good work.

  7. renhoekk2 - Sep 8, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Thanks for all of the hard work and time you put into reporting on OUR TEAM. Much appreciated.

    I think a lot of people are undervaluing the depth that the Redskins have on their roster. Living in Philly I’m forced to listen to a lot of Eagles chatter. I confess to listening to Philly sports talk radio when I’m not listening to DC sports talk radio. One of the major concerns facing the Eagles is the struggle to find 53 guys to fill out their roster. They have no depth anywhere on their roster except maybe TE. When “experts” and odds makers are making their predictions they generally look at the starting 22 and look for name recognition and not much else. They see names like Beckham Jr, Dez Bryant, Manning, Romo and immediately think they have better teams than the Redskins. Other than RB I don’t think either team has any real depth anywhere on their rosters. Top to bottom the Redskins have the best roster in the division and it’s not even close. Over a 16 game NFL season that is usually what separates the teams.

    • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 10:12 AM

      Interesting comments; I would think the “experts” would go a little deeper than name recognition but, as you point out, that might not be the case.

      Are any of the Eagles starters on defense weak? If so, which ones?

      I can’t speak beyond Cowboys starters, but I think their 25 are under-rated / good and Manning is very good at quick passing game… very difficult to stop even when their offensive line is playing just okay.

      • renhoekk2 - Sep 8, 2016 at 11:25 AM

        There are more experts picking the NYG and DAL (even without Romo) to win the division than the Redskins. Based on what? It’s safe to say none of the three have a great defense. Offensively the NYG and the Redskins are pretty even at least statistically with Dallas trailing behind. So where exactly did the NYG and DAL improve to overtake the Redskins from last season? Because both team finished behind them last season. The NYG improved their D but so did the Redskins. Other than improving at RB, where did Dallas get better? And they were a top 10 rushing team last year without Elliot so I don’t know how much of an impact that will have for them since they didn’t really improve a weakness. Does going from a top 10 to top 5 running attack vastly improve a team? I don’t see how.

        Yes the Eagles CB play is very sketchy to say the least. They are making a big deal about Schwartz as the DC in Philly. They moved Barwin and Curry to starting DE in their move to a Wide 9 type of 4-3. Hard to say if that is good or bad. Curry was a rotational guy last year and Barwin was always a 3-4 OLB. Both can rush the passer OK I guess but I don’t see either of them holding up against the run very well. LB is also a question mark for them. Again they have 3-4 LBs moving to a 4-3. Not sure how the pieces fit. One of their starting safeties (Thurmond) retired out of the blue as well from last season. Not sure what the fuss is about the Eagles defense. “Experts” seem to think they have the best defense in the division. Other than F Cox I don’t know who is above average on the unit.

        • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 8, 2016 at 12:49 PM

          Based on what I’ve read, the people picking Dallas or NY for our division think Cousin’s last season was just a fluke and that our D will continue to be bad.

          Obviously I am hoping they are very wrong on both counts.

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 2:59 PM

          I do believe the Eagles have a good defense. Best in the division in my opinion and I have a ton of respect for Shcwartz as a DC. But I struggle with the wide 9. I would say that’s a bad move if I didn’t trust Schwartz. I do think the Eagles will be better than some people think. But I doubt they really compete for the division.

          I do see NY winning it though. They have a very explosive offense and lost s lot of close games last year. Their defense doesn’t have to get much better for them to win more games. But, where we basically only added Norman, they added a bunch of pieces. I’m always skeptical of splashy FA signings but if even half of those signings work out then they’ll be much improved.

          Dallas also gets Dez back 100%. That’s makes a huge difference. And Elliot looks like a special player. Going from 10th to first in rushing isn’t a huge jump, but that’s just because first is the highest they can go. Their run game could be twice as good as last year and they still would only move up 9 spots in the ranking. So maybe that’s not the best way to look at it. They’re going to be REALLY good running the ball and that will keep our offense on the sideline. People also perceive Prescot to be a better backup than Weeden, Castle, and Moore. That hype is unbelievably overblown but we will see. If he has his full cadre of weapons then a rookie QB might be able to light it up.

          I believe Washington can win the division. But I don’t think it’s a slam dunk. I think im the division is wide open. We have a lot of weaknesses too. We also have to see if Cousins can maintain his level of play (I believe he will). But it’s going to take more than a single 9-7 season to make people believe in this team. Don’t worry about what they’re saying. Frankly, I couldn’t care less about winning the division. We are not ready for a Super Bowl so what’s the point? I just want to win more games than we lose, or at least go 8-8, be competitive in our losses, and see young talent develop. I’ll take a higher 2017 draft pick over one and done in the playoffs. But, for the record, I see this team going 7-9 with some close losses along the way. 8-8 if they sweep Philly. Look at the schedule guys. Our road schedule is brutal and we play some tough teams at home.

        • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 3:16 PM

          Some people (I’m not saying you) think the Cowboys will have another 4-12 season with Romo and I don’t think this will be the case; also, I think the Cowboys will be tough to beat, not an easy game, and teams taking them lightly are in for a surprise. A lot of people have pointed to Cowboys poor play when Romo is out but I don’t think Prescott will do as poor at QB as the prior back-ups. As a rookie, Prescott will have a learning curve but he’s playing with a fair amount of poise which the O-line affords and that will serve him well.

          The Dallas OL is the best in the NFC East and they have one more year of experience. Elliot is a strong player and the Cowboys are also using Morris to catch passes out of the backfield.

        • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 3:21 PM

          Thanks for your take on Eagles D too. It’s good to know that there are question marks — CBs, LBs, etc. and that Cox is the only one that stands out to you.

        • mtskins - Sep 8, 2016 at 4:10 PM

          I Guess you can count me as one of the ones that think the Eagles will have a pretty solid defense this year and probably the best in the division. It doesn’t automatically mean a player is great or is going to be great but there are lot of first and 2nd rounders in the front seven: Cox, Graham,Curry, Marcus Smith. As you mentioned Cox is good but I guess I have a higher opinion of Graham and Curry. They might not be elite but Graham can get after the QB and while Vinny did play a rotational role he was fairly effective when he was in there. Eagles handed him a pretty big contract with the idea he will play more this year. Jury is certainly out on Smith (probably overdrafted) but one would think there is some ability there. Bennie Logan wasn’t drafted quite a high but is solid against the run. Kendricks is a 2nd Rounder as well but definitely a lot to prove there as you have mentioned the past. Hicks seems fairly solid. So I guess i think they have a good front even if you include Barwin.

          You tend to leave out Malcolm Jenkins who made the switch to free safety and is probably one the better players at the position with a trip to the Pro Bowl last year. They did lose Thurmond but replaced him in free agency with Mcleod. Completely agree with with you on the Cornerbacks. Think they are hoping the Dline can get enough push to help them out. Guess the point is there is a lot of talent on the line and the Eagles are hoping Schwartz can maximize their strengths with a scheme change. Will have to wait and see if it works (hopefully not).

          Think if Cousins shows up big this year we should have a good chance of winning the Division but it’s going to be a tough road.

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 4:12 PM

          Jenkins could potentially be the best defender in the division this year and I too notice people like to leave him out. That guy is the real deal.

        • renhoekk2 - Sep 8, 2016 at 4:22 PM

          Is Jim Schwartz better than Bill Davis. Yes. But he’s nothing special. Has he had top 10 defenses? Sure. But he’s had more bottom 10 defenses. Funny how that is always glazed over. In his 15 yrs as DC or HC his average def ranking for his teams is 17th. Decent but not great. So I don’t understand how his showing up in Philly is going to suddenly transform the 30th ranked defense into some dominant powerhouse unit in one offseason. Especially when it was a 3-4 defense and not all of the pieces fit.

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 9, 2016 at 2:11 AM

          Weren’t you the guy just saying that history doesn’t matter because it’s different people? I get that Schwartz is the constant but isn’t there a chance that he learned something from year one to 15? He had a very good defense his last couple years in Detroit and had a very good defense in Buffalo. But let’s also not act like personnel doesn’t play a huge role in if a coach is successful or not. Also, as a HC, he didn’t just focus on the D.

          Now, I’m not really a believer in the wide 9 and I question its value in the modern NFL. But just about all of these schemes can be affective if taught and executed properly. And I’ll bet anything Philly takes a lot of defensive snaps with the linemen closer together in nickel packages. Schwartz is a great defensive mind and learned to coach from the master, Bill Bellichick. I do believe him entering the division is a problem for us. It’s not saying Philly will be better than us. It’s just giving a guy his due respect.

        • mtskins - Sep 8, 2016 at 6:04 PM

          I guess I would respond by saying maybe not all the pieces are in place but certainly some of their higher draft picks and better players on D, Graham and Curry, were originally drafted because they fit better in the 4-3 Scheme the Eagles were running. Bill Davis decided he would run the 3-4 instead. You also can’t discount the effect Chip Kelly and his “high octane” offense had on the Defense, especially in their rankings. Prior to 2013 when Kelly/Davis they were ranked in the top 15 for most years starting in 2008. Not necessarily a dominant powerhouse as you saw, but as someone smartly pointed out on here in the past you don’t have to be dominant to have the best defense in the division. The competition really isn’t that stiff based on the last few years.

      • Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 1:36 PM

        Trust me the “experts” don’t dig deep into every team. Some guys do. Some of the hosts on NFL radio do a great job and both hosts on Movin the Chains picked Washington to win at 9-7. Brady Quinn and Zig (Fercoski?) did a good job imo too but they did not have Washington winning. Zig said the team will be better but win less games based on the schedule. Said maybe Washington is the best in the division but the road schedule will cause us to go 7-9. I completely agree with him. It’s more than just depth charts.

        But a lot of the guys on TV just glance at a depth chart and give a prediction. They’re doing 1,000 other things and don’t have time to dig deep into 32 teams. They’ll go largely off reputation and Washington doesn’t have a good reputation over the past 20 years. It will take more than one 9-7 season to change that.

        • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 3:03 PM

          Is NFL radio just on SiriusXM or is it on other stations and / or Game Pass too?

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 9, 2016 at 2:13 AM

          I believe it’s only on Sirius. But I’m not positive. It’s very good though. A couple of the hosts are just wealths of knowledge. They also put a lot of their stuff on their website: real football network. You can learn about a lot of the little things you just can’t learn unless you’re in a NFL building.

    • bangkokben - Sep 8, 2016 at 5:31 PM

      I’m in agreement here. “Experts” rarely are able to scratch beneath the surface except for a few teams that matter to these experts. I’ve seen most of the comments below on this thread and it appears that these folks don’t want to believe in the potential of the Redskins as fear that it may jinx that potential while they are quick to embrace the potential of our division rivals despite no real evidence that it is anything more than potential.

      • Trey Gregory - Sep 9, 2016 at 2:18 AM

        I just know that we recently released our football picks in a magazine at work and I was horrified with how some guys just kind of threw darts or looked up other people’s picks and repeated them. Everyone where I work knows the local teams but you really have to put in some work to know about the bad or distant teams. I saw behind the curtain and realized most people go with history, preconceived notions, and the easiest thing to google.

  8. Hokietaa - Sep 8, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Congrats Rich! I’ve been a daily reader for several years! My first cup of coffee in the morning just isn’t the same without your morning post. HTTR!

  9. smotion55 - Sep 8, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Great Job Rich ! Hope for another 1500..

    Gallette was never a starter – do you miss what you never had . Sure do. Hope Preston Smith is making the progress they say he is making. They will need it with weak D-Line.
    A fast start is a must with the schedule they have and mostly to build confidence with Cousins and the offense . A bad start and reporters will start doing what they do way to early into the season for me. In agreement that 5-2 will make for an interesting 2nd half with some momentum. 4-3 would be progress and a winning 1st half sure would feel better.
    I believe the season ticket holders could play a big part in the home record by actually showing up for the games early and not selling their tickets for profit .{ nieces have season tickets -sure they will go now }. They were sick and tired of losing and giving away there tickets in 2013 and 2014 and having a hard time doing that. I thanked them but declined several times, 6-2 at home a must and 4-4 on the road is my hope.

    I am sure Gruden has challenged theses guys with not beating teams with winning records , not having back to back seasons with winning records and the rest of the have nots yet with his team. Plenty of ammo to make change for this team. the biggest for me is – not winning a playoff game in a long time.

    • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 10:28 AM

      Since last winning the Super Bowl in early 1992, 25 seasons ago, the Redskins have won only three playoff games — against the Vikings the following year, the Lions in the 1999 season and, most recently, the Buccaneers in the 2005 season. Most recently, the Redskins have been 3-6 in the playoffs with four losses in a row.

      • renhoekk2 - Sep 8, 2016 at 12:01 PM

        I don’t understand how history has anything to do with this upcoming football season. I see fans and media types using that as a basis for why the Redskins will either finish with a losing record or not make the playoffs. Another one that gets tossed around is NFC East teams haven’t repeated since 2003-04. The only history that might matter is last season. And they made the playoffs and won the division. What did or did not happen since 1999 or 1992 is meaningless. If it was the same roster full of players and coaches it might have some relevancy. But since non of the players were on the team or in many cases even born when all of that futility was taking place it has zero bearing on this upcoming season.

        • Rich Tandler - Sep 8, 2016 at 12:37 PM

          @Renhoekk2, I see it as relevant because while coaches and GMs have come and gone, the in ability to be consistently successful has not. I don’t know what the odds are that such a streak could be due to sheer coincidence but they’re probably pretty long.

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 1:28 PM

          I have a hard time with these historical stats too. Because it’s not the same people. I wanted to bang my head on the table every time someone said UT was going to beat TCU or Baylor the past few years because UT has won national titles and TCU and Baylor are just new programs. Like the 1980 Longhorns were coming back or something. Well, TCU and Baylor mostly won.

          But there does seem to be some sort of correlation. The owner is the most obvious, except these trends go back even before Snyder. So I have to assume it’s some sort of culture that’s rolled over year to year. Doesn’t matter if the players change. The old players pass that culture to the new players and it just keeps going. That’s the only logical explanation I can come up with.

  10. kenlinkins - Sep 8, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Happy 1,500 Rich, may your love of football and the Redskins continue for many more years. I enjoy your work very much and still find it very interesting to read each morning and enjoy learning new things about the NFL.
    Last year IMO was the first year in a very long time that the Redskins won a few games by not giving up and hanging in there when things turned bad. The heart and will to win had grown bigger as the core of players who just didn’t get it grew smaller. IMO that could be the winning margin in the opener. I see the Redskins winning a very close game that will have ups and downs.
    Rich, Do you see any changes in coach Grudens coaching style for 2016? (i.e. attacking more on both offense and defense)? To date, coach Gruden has been pretty predictable, some may say even too predictable with play calling. I have to think that with so many changes on defense that using some of that talent in blitz packages could help a pass rush that might be lacking early in the year.

  11. Mr.moneylover - Sep 8, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    now a reporter saying a source said redskins will wear all burgundy with the logo of the spear on the side of the helmets when the color rush game come up he said nothing is a official yet they still thinking about other options

    • Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 1:24 PM

      I thought we weren’t doing color rush? Which is honestly fine with me. I love Florida State’s uniforms but I don’t want to look like them out there.

      • bangkokben - Sep 8, 2016 at 5:37 PM

        Those are great Redskin uniforms but that whole color rush stuff is just manure. Why is the NFL tinkering with what for the most part is fine — the product. Fix the part that detracts from the game, inconsistent officiating, lack of understanding of the reasons for the rules as opposed to the specifics of the rules.

        • Trey Gregory - Sep 9, 2016 at 2:23 AM

          I thoroughly enjoyed the headlines last year after the first color rush game with the Jets and…. I want to say Bills? Because it was all red and all green so color blind people couldn’t tell the team’s apart. Just such typical NFL. It’s the most popular product in America, they tinker with it, and make headlines for looking like morons.

          Not going to lie though, I liked those Tennessee color rush uniforms. Just not every team lends itself to it. Maybe if they took each team, still did two colors, but brightened them. But that seems more like something that works in theory but would be hard to pull off.

    • redskins12thman - Sep 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

      Is that the Thanksgiving game?

  12. Trey Gregory - Sep 8, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Rich, I have true respect and appreciation for what you do. You do a great job and are the only sports media I read every single day. Thank you.

  13. metalman5150 - Sep 8, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Rich –

    Thank you for your hard work! The internet would not be the same with out you. Archives

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