Chris Chester was released with the confidence that Long could start at right guard. That plan changed one week into training camp. Whether you'd like to believe it was based on Morgan Moses' progress or coaches realizing Brandon Scherff's best position was RG, the scenario left Long on the bench. The last time we saw Long on the field for the Redskins, he was getting embarassed by third and fourth stringers in the final preseason game. It does not matter if that was a true indication of his talent or it was pure lethargy based on his reduced role. Fans who wanted Long to compete with Lauvao at LG quickly quieted down.
The key for any cover-three defense against concepts like four verticals is to generate a pass rush with just four rushers. Against the Giants, the Redskins failed to do that. If the same happens against the Eagles on Sunday, then Kelly will be sure to open up the playbook and attack down the field.
The group grew, and the conversations became a fixture of his game days. Morris learned all the staffers's names. He kept in touch with them during the offseason. They started meeting up for all-you-can-eat crab and shrimp feasts at local restaurants. He calls them "my Stadium Fam," and if you think there isn't peace and happiness at FedEx Field on fall Sundays, you've never observed these 20-minute sessions, which start with laughter and end with a prayer.
"I want to see the quarterbacks throw a wet ball, just see how we handled it in general," Gruden said. "It could be a lot worse out there on Sunday. It may not rain at all, we don't know yet. I thought it was beneficial to all our guys. It was good to see our quarterbacks throw it and our receivers catch it in the rain."
The Redskins can't afford more losses in the secondary with corner DeAngelo Hall already out for three to four weeks with a toe injury and safety Duke Ihenacho on injured reserve. If Culliver can't play, then the Redskins would have to start either Will Blackmon or Quinton Dunbar. Blackmon was signed after the season began and Dunbar switched from receiver to corner in training camp. They can use safety Kyshoen Jarrett as a slot cover corner. Bashaud Breeland will start at corner regardless.
Eventually they returned, but the Bears' field remained a mess. Paea might be playing in similar muck Sunday when the Washington Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles, thanks to the impact of Hurricane Joaquin. Even if it doesn't hit, the area is expected to get heavy rain Friday and Saturday. So Paea knows what he might encounter Sunday. Paea ended up getting hurt in that game, perhaps an indirect result of the weather. He used longer cleats in the second half and sprained a toe.
Kirk Cousins needs a bounceback performance after last week's 32-21 loss to the Giants. He threw two interceptions for the second time in three games, including a baffling decision deep in Washington's end that helped the Giants open an early 9-0 and forced the Redskins away from their game plan. Cousins also missed a handful of open receivers. Coach Jay Gruden reiterated his confidence in Cousins this week, saying he and his assistants are seeing gradual improvement from the fourth-year signal caller. But, as we all know, this is a bottom line kind of league, for quarterbacks and coaches alike. Cousins will face a Kiko Alonso-less Eagles' defense that defense ranks 24th against the pass, seventh against the run and is allowing 21 points per game (11th).
The surprise of the season so far is Morgan Moses. Nobody was sure what his future was when training camp started. Having successfully rehabbed from a Lisfranc injury, he moved into the starting right tackle job as top draft pick Brandon Scherff went to right guard. In three games Moses has allowed no sacks and just two hurries.