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  1. Note to Redskins: Buyer beware on Giants’ WR Nicks

    Jan 19, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

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    Many Redskins fans have their eye on Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks as a possible big-play addition to their team’s offense. But according to a report, it appears that Nicks is in the “buyer beware” category of free agents. Ian Rapoport reported on the NFL Network that Nicks is not expected to return to the Giants.…

  2. Need to Know: Joe Gibbs’ five NFC title games

    Jan 19, 2014, 7:06 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 19, 51 days before NFL free agency starts. Nickel coverage Here is a look at Joe Gibbs’ five appearances in the NFC championship game: 1982 (season) vs. Cowboys—I don’t care how loud they say it’s going to get today in Seattle, it won’t be…

  3. Will the Redskins move away from zone blocking?

    Jan 18, 2014, 11:53 AM EDT

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    Are the Redskins preparing to change the way they run the ball? All NFL teams utilize some zone blocking running plays but only a handful use zone as their primary scheme. The Redskins have been one of those teams ever since Mike Shanahan arrived in 2010. We are getting some indications that change may be…

  4. Need to Know: Can Garçon still make the Pro Bowl?

    Jan 18, 2014, 5:36 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 18, 52 days before NFL free agency starts. A Pro Bowl spot for Garçon? Could a Denver Broncos win over the Patriots send another Redskins offensive player to the Pro Bowl to join Alfred Morris and Trent Williams? It was announced today that DeSean…

  5. Need to Know: Five things the Redskins need to do to beat the NFC East

    Jan 17, 2014, 5:49 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 17, 111 days before the NFL Draft. Nickel coverage The Redskins went winless against the NFC East last year and have finished last four out of the last five years. Here are five things the Redskins have to do compete in their division. 1.…

  6. Did the Redskins hire the right Bengals coordinator?

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

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    Less than a week after the Redskins hired Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to be their new head coach, Minnesota hired Cincinnati’s other coordinator. Mike Zimmer, the defensive guru for the Bengals, was announced as the ninth head coach in the Vikings’ history on Wednesday. The Redskins requested an interview with Zimmer per NFL protocol…

  7. Need to Know: Five priorities for new Redskins coaches

    Jan 16, 2014, 5:03 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 16, 112 days from the NFL Draft. Nickel coverage The Redskins have brought in four new coaches so far and have given a major promotion to another one. Here is the major challenge facing each of them. 1. HC Jay Gruden—The first-time NFL head…

  8. Press Release: Redskins hire Brian Baker

    Jan 15, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

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    LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Brian Baker as Outside Linebackers Coach. Baker joins the Redskins with 30 years of coaching experience to his credit, the last 18 of which have come at the NFL level. Last season, he served as the Cleveland Browns’ outside linebackers coach, helping the…

  9. Press release: Redskins hire Kotwica as special teams coach

    Jan 15, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT

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    LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Ben Kotwica (COT-wee-kuh) as Special Teams Coordinator. Kotwica is entering his eighth NFL season after spending the first seven years of his NFL career in various coaching capacities with the New York Jets. Before assuming the role of coordinator in 2013, Kotwica assisted…

  10. Cap review: Redskins likely can’t afford a top WR

    Jan 15, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Salary cap review: Wide receiver As Jay Gruden continues to assemble his coaching staff, people in another part of the building at Redskins Park are looking forward to free agency and how best to utilize the approximately $28 million in cap space the Redskins have. Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation…

  11. Need to Know: Five Redskins cap bargains

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:35 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 15, 113 days from the NFL Draft. Nickel coverage We’re looking at the Redskins’ salary cap all week long here on Real Redskins. Here’s a look at five of the Redskins’ best cap values in 2014: 1. QB Robert Griffin III (2014 cap $5.76…

  12. Redskins will have ample salary cap room this year

    Jan 14, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    For the first time since 2009, the Redskins will experience a normal offseason when it comes to free agency and the salary cap. In 2010, free agency was altered due to the end of the collective bargaining agreement. There was no salary cap but players could not become free agents until they had completed six…

  13. Need to Know: Five things the Redskins can learn from last weekend’s games

    Jan 14, 2014, 4:47 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 14, 114 days from the NFL Draft. Nickel coverage Five things the Redskins can learn from the divisional playoff teams: 1. Give your young QB a solid D—The two veteran QB’s remaining, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the AFC side, play on teams…

  14. What if the Redskins match the Bengals’ red zone success?

    Jan 13, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Jay Gruden’s Cincinnati Bengals were one of the best red zone teams in the NFL in 2013. They scored a touchdown on 73.9 percent of the drives where they took at least one snap from inside their opponents’ 21 yard line. The Redskins, on the other hand, were not so efficient. They got into the…

  15. Need to Know: Which Redskins stay and who goes?

    Jan 13, 2014, 5:52 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 13, 115 days from the NFL Draft. Nickel coverage Of the Redskins’ 18 unrestricted free agents, five of them were originally drafted by the team. Here are my odds on the Redskins keeping them after free agency starts on March 11: 1. LB Perry…

  16. Will Gruden be more like Gibbs or more like Norv?

    Jan 12, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Jay Gruden is a different breed of coach for the Washington Redskins. Not since they hired Joe Gibbs in 1981 have they gone with a relatively unknown coordinator with a limited record of success and no experience a head coach as their new head man. Since then they have hired two coordinators without head coaching…

  17. Need to Know: Five items on Jay Gruden’s to-do list

    Jan 12, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 12, 58 days from the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five things on Jay Gruden’s to-do list: 1. Hire assistant coaches—All signs still point to Jim Haslett remaining at defensive coordinator and Sean McVay moving up to offensive coordinator. But…

  18. Report: ‘Little question mark’ about RG3’s work ethic

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Hey, it’s been several days since we’ve had unsubstantiated questions about the character of Robert Griffin III floated out there. We were due for some more, right? Well, whether we needed it or not, we got it. On Friday, Chris Mortensen was on ESPN’s NFL Insiders show and he was talking about how Jay Gruden…

  19. Need to Know: Comparing the Bengals and Redskins

    Jan 11, 2014, 5:59 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 11, 59 days from the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five areas on offense where Jay Gruden’s Cincinnati Bengals ranked considerably better than the Redskins in 2013: 1. Sacks per pass attempt: Andy Dalton was sacked on 4.9 percent of…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.…

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