Redskins Week 7 Review – Player ratings Vs Bucs

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Oct 25, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) walks off the field after suffering an injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at FedEx Field. The Washington Redskins won 31 – 30. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

4. Serious question #1: Did the defense improve or get worse when Kerrigan went out? #91 left the game with a small fracture to his right hand. He had surgery on it on monday and might miss the next game against the Patriots.

However, the question stands: did the defense improve or regress without him? On the surface, they looked better but this doesn’t mean that they were better.

Losing Kerrigan, no matter how ineffective he’s been for the Redskins, is going to hurt the pass rush over a longer period(it didn’t against Tampa). It might improve the run defense. Kerrigan just wasn’t much match for any large OT in the running game when he’s down in a 3 point stance and he wasn’t able to use his quickness to roll up a running play on the backside with much consistency.

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Even if Kerrigan doesn’t miss any time, he’s going to need to keep from worsening his hand injury and that’s going to mean more Preston Smith on the field. Frankly we should be talking about more Trent Murphy since Smith should be starting over Murphy.

5. Serious question #2: Both Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden reportedly want contract extensions from Scot McCloughan so that they won’t be going through the second half of the season with lingering doubts about their future.

Cousins(and Alfred Morris) would prefer not to hit free agency for completely logical reasons(Morris won’t be able to compete with the likes of Matt Forte and Doug Martin).

Cousins might be considered one of the better free agent options at QB, but the question is: would you give him starting QB money? The average is nearly 12 million a season for an NFL starting QB. The smallest average salary for 2015 is Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 3.75 million. 

Cousins is also the player who literally no one in the league wanted in a trade for a 7th round pick. He’s had some nice games this season, but he’s also had some real stinkers and it’s hard to see much demand for him on the open market.

Would you give Cousins even 3.75 million a year right now? Would you give Gruden a raise?

Overtime: In the 2nd half the Redskins had 251 yards total yards of offense. 65 of them were penalty yards by the Bucs’ defense. The Bucs‘ offense had nearly 40 yards in penalties in the 2nd half. Wow.

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