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  1. Need to Know: Don’t look for immediate changes to Redskins personnel staff

    Jan 10, 2015, 6:23 AM EST

    McCloughan intro

    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 10, 59 days before free agency starts for the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL. Question of the day We’re changing up the format of Need to Know for the offseason. Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted…

  2. Seven questions for Redskins GM Scot McCloughan

    Jan 9, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Gruden-vs-Eagles

    The Redskins will introduce Scot McCloughan at a press conference today at noon. Here are some questions that the team’s first true general manager since 1999 that are likely to be asked. When did the possibility of McCloughan coming to Washington first come up? There are some who suspect that the Redskins acted after all…

  3. Need to Know: Redskins’ GM McCloughan–‘It’s a big man’s game’

    Jan 9, 2015, 5:26 AM EST

    Jackson-vs-Texans

    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 9, 60 days before NFL free agency starts Three and out—Only big bodies need apply 1. In looking around to read as much as I can on Scot McCloughan there is one point that comes up frequently—he like big guys. “I’ll never lose sight of this…

  4. It’s official: Redskins announce McCloughan as new general manager

    Jan 8, 2015, 6:34 PM EST

    Scot-McCloughan

    It’s finally official. The Redskins have hired Scott McCloughan as their new general manager. He will be in charge of all personnel matters and will have final say in the draft, free agent signings, and the 53-man roster. He will be introduced in a press conference at noon on Friday. Here is the press release…

  5. McCloughan fared well in earlier Seattle drafts, too

    Jan 8, 2015, 2:40 PM EST

    Scot-McCloughan-2

    We have heard plenty about the draft history of new Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan when he was in San Francisco in the late 2000’s and in Seattle from 2010-2014. Both of those teams went to the Super Bowl with a core of players that McCloughan had a major role in drafting. But those were…

  6. Need to Know: Will Redskins fans be patient enough for rebuilding with the draft?

    Jan 7, 2015, 8:04 PM EST

    Redskins-fans-FedEx

    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 8, 61 days before NFL free agency starts Three and out—Will Redskins fans be patient? 1. Scot McCloughan is a believer in the draft. He cut his teeth in the Packers organization where the philosophy was, and still is, to build through the draft. As…

  7. Need to Know: Has Snyder found the right structure for the Redskins?

    Jan 7, 2015, 5:10 AM EST

    Dan-Snyder-Arizona

    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 7, 62 days before NFL free agency starts. Three and out—After trying everything else, Snyder may have it right this time 1. On Monday morning very few Redskins fans knew who Scot McCloughan was. Now, assuming that he and the organization are able to finish hammering…

  8. Four questions raised by the Redskins’ McCloughan hire

    Jan 6, 2015, 4:50 PM EST

    Scot-McCloughan

    —Will Jay Gruden stay on as the head coach? A general manager will often have the authority to name his own head coach. We don’t know what McCloughan thinks of Gruden, who went 4-12 in his rookie season as an NFL head coach. It’s possible that McCloughan will use this as an evaluation year for…

  9. Redskins 2015 salary cap outlook: Offensive tackle

    Jan 6, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Trent_Williams-intro

    As Jay Gruden and company search for a new defensive coordinator people in another part of the building at Redskins Park are looking forward to free agency and how best to utilize the approximately $20 million in cap space the Redskins have. Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation and explore some…

  10. Need to Know: Did Allen say he’d give up his control of Redskins football operations?

    Jan 6, 2015, 5:02 AM EST

    Bruce-Allen-press-club

    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 6, 63 days before NFL free agency starts Three and out— 1. After DeMarcus Lawrence sacked Matthew Stafford to clinch the Cowboys’ playoff win over the Lions, a number of people on Twitter remembered that Dallas had acquired the pick that they used to take…

  11. Redskins 2015 cap outlook: Interior O-line

    Jan 5, 2015, 1:00 PM EST

    Shawn Lauvao vs Jags

    As Jay Gruden and company search for a new defensive coordinator people in another part of the building at Redskins Park are looking forward to free agency and how best to utilize the approximately $20 million in cap space the Redskins have. Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation and explore some…

  12. Need to Know: Should the Redskins draft a right tackle at No. 5?

    Jan 5, 2015, 5:17 AM EST

    Brandon-Scherff-Iowa

    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 5, 64 days before NFL free agency starts Three and out—Why the Redskins won’t draft Scherff at five (and why they will) 1. Last week we put up a post about Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff before he played in his team’s bowl game. He…

  13. Redskins 2015 salary cap overview: Some room to operate

    Jan 4, 2015, 10:30 AM EST

    Allen-Syder-TB

    The Redskins are going into 2015 in worse shape regarding the salary cap than they were a year ago. But if we take general manager Bruce Allen at his word that “free agency is not going to be your solution” they still should have plenty of room to operate and start the process of improving…

  14. Need to Know: Is Wade Phillips the right guy for the Redskins?

    Jan 4, 2015, 6:31 AM EST

    Wade-Phillips-sideline

    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 4, 116 days before the Redskins make their pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Three and out—Redskins casting a wide net 1. The Redskins now have another couple of names in the pool to be their next defensive coordinator. Wade Phillips…

  15. Need to Know: How much can A. J. Smith help the Redskins?

    Jan 3, 2015, 5:16 AM EST

    AJ-Smith

    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 3, 117 days before the Redskins make their pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Three and out—Would A. J. Smith be an upgrade? 1. How much can A. J. Smith help the Redskins? It depends on how much authority he’s given…

  16. Need to Know: Redskins’ Allen–‘Free agency is not going to be your solution’

    Jan 2, 2015, 6:52 AM EST

    NFL-draft-podium

    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 2, 118 days before the Redskins make their pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Three and out—Will the Redskins actually build through the draft? 1. The Redskins have started their search for a defensive coordinator with a couple of very intriguing possibilities…

  17. New coordinator just a first step towards fixing Redskins’ defense

    Jan 1, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Haslett-headset

    As it turns out coach Jay Gruden did not recommend that Jim Haslett should remain the Redskins’ defensive coordinator. We found out yesterday that he agreed to let him walk out the door. Although the authority to terminate Haslett’s employment rested with Bruce Allen, the general manager said that let the head coach and coordinator…

  18. Need to Know: Redskins’ Allen does little to inspire confidence

    Jan 1, 2015, 5:24 AM EST

    Bruce-Allen-5

    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 1, 119 days before the Redskins make their pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Three and out—Happy New Year edition 1. Before I could ask Bruce Allen my planned question about why season ticket holders should expect things to be any…

  19. Transcript: Bruce Allen news conference 12.31.14

    Dec 31, 2014, 2:18 PM EST

    Allen presser 12.31

    Here is the transcript of Bruce Allen’s news conference today, December 31, 2014. (courtesy Redskins PR) President/General Manager Bruce Allen Opening statement: “We just finished a frustrating season that had a few ups and too many downs. As Coach [Jay] Gruden talked about with you all on Monday, we’re going to take this time to…

  20. Need to Know: Will Redskins’ Gruden stand on the table for Haslett?

    Dec 31, 2014, 6:26 AM EST

    Haslett-Gruden-2

    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 31, 120 days before the Washington Redskins make their pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Three and out—More change for the sake of change? 1. This seems to be Jay Gruden’s New Year’s resolution. “There are some changes that are going…

  21. Need to Know: Will Cousins get a chance to compete for the Redskins QB job?

    Dec 30, 2014, 6:12 AM EST

    Cousins-vs-SEA

    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 30, 121 days before the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Three and out—Cousins’ future in Washington 1. Yesterday was another lesson in how “news” can get bent out of shape. What started out as a small group of reporters chatting with Kirk Cousins…

  22. Need to Know: Lack of opportunistic play among 2014 Redskins’ fatal flaws

    Dec 29, 2014, 6:18 AM EST

    Paul fumble vs Texans

    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 29, 122 days before the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Three and out—Third downs, pass defense Redskins’ big issues 1. We’ll spend a lot of the next few weeks doing an autopsy on the 2014 season and looking at what the Redskins need…

  23. First impressions: Cowboys 44, Redskins 17

    Dec 28, 2014, 4:05 PM EST

    Griffin vs. Dallas passing

    —Where has the play that led to DeSean Jackson’t 69-yard catch and run been all year? And why wasn’t it used again in the game? —Robert Griffin III got his first rushing TD since Week 17 of 2012. He scooted around left end with 6:45 left in the fourth quarter. —The Redskins had a chance…

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

    Dec 28, 2014, 6:08 AM EST

    Hatcher-vs-Texans

    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 28, 123 days before the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Three and out—One last 2014 roster shuffle 1. The Redskins made their final roster shuffle of the 2014 season yesterday when they put DE Jason Hatcher on injured reserve and claimed defensive lineman…

  25. Can the Redskins score the sweep of the Cowboys?

    Dec 27, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

    Redskins-Cowboys-lines-2

    Eagles (9-5) @ Redskins (3-11) FedEx Field Saturday, 4:30 p.m. NFL Network We’re changing up the format of the prediction post here. I’m going to give my take and then turn it over to the fans who sent me their predictions via Twitter (@Rich_TandlerCSN) and on the Real Redskins Facebook page. So what will happen?…

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