How I fared: Pretty darn close. And I had downgraded my record from 9-7 in April after seeing the run game struggle in camp and wondering about the receivers. Still, I can’t take too much credit for being a game off for a simple reason: Had I been presented with the scenario that unfolded for Washington, with 20 players on injured reserve at season’s end and playing one of the toughest schedules, I would have predicted probably two fewer wins. Also, most people who cover the team probably predicted anywhere from seven to nine wins. The Redskins landed right in that ballpark, but did so with more obstacles than expected.
The Redskins’ season changed after Thompson went down. Before he was hurt, the Redskins averaged 23.10 points and 359.4 yards per game. After his injury, they averaged 16.17 points and 267.5 yards. Tight end Jordan Reed also wasn’t playing, and left tackle Trent Williams played only two more games after the Week 11 loss, and the toll on the offense became too much.
There’s a good chance Cousins’ agent, Mike McCartney, and the Redskins will talk in the next week or two. But Cousins clearly wants time to process his situation and to assess other possible destinations. If that’s indeed his preference, then the Redskins would have to decide by 4 p.m. on March 6 if they’ll use one of the tags. If they don’t, then he would become a free agent on March 14.
The biggest news that was broken here was Cousins saying that the Redskins had offered him a contract extension prior to their Week 14 game against the Bears in 2015 and that he wanted to take it. His agent talked him out of it and while that decision may have caused endless frustration for Redskins fans, it has made Cousins a lot of money.