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  1. Gruden points to ‘issues with the back end’ on defense

    Jan 10, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    The Redskins could be in for some major changes in their defensive secondary. When Jay Gruden was asked about the Redskins’ defensive alignment, he said, “I love the 3-4.” He added that he didn’t like going up against it as an offensive coordinator. Gruden held that position for the Bengals when they played the Redskins…

  2. Need to Know: Five notes and quotes from Jay Gruden’s press conference

    Jan 10, 2014, 5:19 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 10, 60 days from the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five notable quotes from Jay Gruden’s introductory presser: 1. After picking a staff, Gruden said that the first order of business would be to review last year’s team. “When you’re…

  3. Five questions for Jay Gruden

    Jan 9, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT

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    The Redskins have announced that they will have a press conference today at 4:00 to announce the hiring of Jay Gruden as their new head coach. Here are five questions that will be asked of Gruden during today’s presser: 1. Has he talked to Robert Griffin III at any point during the process? Some thought…

  4. Gruden’s the guy, press conference at 4:00

    Jan 9, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

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    As you almost certainly know by now, Jay Gruden has agreed to become the Redskins’ new head coach. The team has announced that there will be a press conference to announce the hire today at 4:00 p.m. We’ll have updates and analysis all day on CSNwashington.com so check both there and here for updates. And,…

  5. Need to Know: It’s lying season again

    Jan 9, 2014, 4:57 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 9, Day 11 of the Redskins’ search for a new head coach. Beware of smokescreens Every year as the NFL draft approaches, I make it part of my civic duty to warn fans that the closer the draft gets the more likely it is…

  6. Jay Gruden, the read option and Dalton vs. Kaepernick

    Jan 8, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    So if you want to believe the post-draft revisionist history—and I’m as highly suspicious of that as I am of pre-draft utterings by NFL personnel types—Mike Brown wanted to draft Colin Kaepernick to become the Bengals quarterback. Jay Gruden, who was then the Bengals’ first-year offensive coordinator, fresh out of the UFL, wanted Andy Dalton.…

  7. Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble in 2014

    Jan 8, 2014, 4:58 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 8, Day 10 of the Redskins’ search for a new head coach. Nickel coverage Last week we looked at some potential Redskins salary cap casualties. There are some other players whose roster spots are in danger due to reasons not related to finances. Here…

  8. Could another stunning hire be on tap for the Redskins?

    Jan 7, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Ten years ago today, the Redskins’ search for a new head coach revolved around guys like Ray Rhodes and some other retreads who had been fired as head coaches at least once. At least that was what we knew during the search for Steve Spurrier’s replacement. But on the evening of January 7, 2004 word…

  9. Need to Know: Five Redskins draft picks with opportunities in 2014

    Jan 7, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 7, Day 9 of the Redskins’ search for a new head coach. Nickel coverage With 21 free agents on the roster and a new coach coming in, there is plenty of opportunity on the 2014 Redskins team. The ideal solution here would be to…

  10. Redskins are trying to catch a rising star

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Bruce Allen and the Redskins are trying to accomplish one of the most difficult feats in all of sports. They are trying to catch a rising star. From looking at the head coaching candidates that we know about the most notable thing is a lack of notable NFL accomplishments. Jim Caldwell was the head coach…

  11. Need to Know: Jay Gruden’s epic Hard Knocks rant

    Jan 6, 2014, 5:37 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 6, 122 days before the NFL draft. Offense or defense? How about neither? Jay Gruden appears to be a strong candidate for the Redskins’ head coaching job, perhaps the favorite to land the position. When Bruce Allen talked about his ideal candidate for the…

  12. Need to Know: Five things the Redskins must do better in 2014

    Jan 5, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 5, 65 days before the start of free agency. Offense or defense? How about neither? Here are five numbers the Redskins’ new coach is going to work to improve in 2014: 1. Defensive passing yards per play: Redskins 7.58, NFL average 6.65—This means that…

  13. Need to Know: The Redskins’ third option

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:10 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 4, 66 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel package “We’re going to look for someone who is a leader first and it could be on the offensive side of the ball, defense or special team,” Bruce Allen said after Mike Shanahan…

  14. Need to Know: Five possible Redskins cap casualties

    Jan 3, 2014, 5:51 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 3, 67 days before the start of free agency. Nickel coverage It’s a fact of life that players get cut during the offseason in order for a team to create more cap space. The presence of a new coaching staff can make for even…

  15. Five reasons why we can’t close the book on the Shanahan era

    Jan 2, 2014, 5:09 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 2, 68 days before the start of free agency. Nickel coverage The Mike Shanahan era is over. On Tuesday we took a look at some things that went well during the last four years. Yesterday was about what went wrong. Today, the question is…

  16. Will Bruce Allen being in charge of personnel work for the Redskins?

    Jan 1, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    “The control will be mine.” With those five words, Bruce Allen notified us of a seismic shift in the power structure of the Washington Redskins. Mike Shanahan’s departure left a power vacuum in the personnel decisions department and Allen stepped right into it. Was it a good idea for Daniel Snyder to give this power…

  17. Need to Know: Five things that went wrong for Shanahan’s Redskins

    Jan 1, 2014, 5:26 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this 2014 New Year’s Day, 249 days before the opening Sunday of the 2014 NFL season. Nickel coverage The Mike Shanahan era is over. Yesterday we took a look at some things that went well for the during the last four years. Today we’ll ring in the…

  18. A Gruden-Allen reunion is unlikely

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    We now know that the decision on who the Redskins next coach will be is largely in the hands of Bruce Allen. It just so happens that there is a coach who has enjoyed some success who is not currently working on the sidelines and who used to work very close with Allen. Many are…

  19. Need to Know: Five good things from the Shanahan era

    Dec 31, 2013, 4:49 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this 2013 New Year’s Eve, 250 days before the opening Sunday of the 2014 NFL season. Nickel coverage The Mike Shanahan era is over. This morning we look at some of the good things the team accomplished since 2010. Tomorrow we’ll turn our attention to the bad.…

  20. Redskins’ statement on Shanahan firing

    Dec 30, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

    For continuous coverage, stick here and check out Redskins Pulse on CSNwashington.com. From Redskins PR: LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have relieved Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan of his duties with the team. “Redskins fans deserve a better result,” Owner Daniel M. Snyder said. “We thank Mike for his…

  21. Need to Know: Five questions–What’s next for the Redskins?

    Dec 30, 2013, 4:58 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 29, 251 days before the opening Sunday of the 2014 NFL season. Nickel coverage According to multiple reports, Mike Shanahan will be fired this morning when he meets with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Although that will be the end for Shanahan, it will be…

  22. Redskins wrap up historically bad season

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    The 2013 Redskins season was supposed to be one of the best since the Super Bowl glory days. Instead it turned out to be one of the worst years in team history. They lost a dreary game to the Giants 20-6 to finish the season 3-13. That was a far cry from the 10-6 division…

  23. Multiple reports say Shanahan is out

    Dec 29, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Glazer, Schefter, and the Washington Post are all reporting that Mike Shanahan is out as Redskins head coach. Catch some details on CSN Washington. Your comments, as always, are welcome.

  24. Need to Know: Buckle your seat belts, Redskins fans

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:04 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 29, the day the Washington Redskins visit the New York Giants. Buckle your seat belts It looks like we are about to enter crazy time, folks. The firing of Mike Shanahan appears to be inevitable. It is likely to happen by the time the…

  25. Should Mike Shanahan stay or go?

    Dec 28, 2013, 9:11 AM EDT

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    If you are reading this post you probably know that Mike Shanahan is very much in danger of being fired soon after tomorrow’s game against the Giants. The conventional wisdom is that his departure is inevitable. But is it the right move for owner Daniel Snyder to make? There certainly are people who want Shanahan…

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