Redskins Hire Cannon Matthews As New Defensive Quality Control Coach

The Redskins on Monday announced the hiring of Cannon Matthews as the team’s new defensive quality control coach, Stephen Czarda of Redskins.com reports.

Matthews began his coaching career with the Buffalo Bills as a defensive and special teams coaching assistant for two seasons (2008-09) before moving over to the other side of the football in 2010 as an offensive coaching assistant with the Bills for two seasons.

In his two years working with the defensive unit, Buffalo ranked in the top five against the pass, as they allowed just 49 touchdown passes during that span and intercepted 38 passes.

During the 2008 season, Leodis McKelvin finished second in the NFL in kickoff return yards (1,468) and third in kickoff return average (28.2).

Matthews moved to the college ranks for one season to be the running backs coach for Kentucky Christian University in 2012 before re-joining the professional ranks as a defensive coaching intern with the Cleveland Browns in 2013.

Matthews was named defensive quality coach for the Tennessee Titans in 2014, holding the position for two years. In 2015, defensive end Jurrell Casey was named to his first Pro Bowl as he recorded 54 tackles with seven sacks.

Matthews worked with the Cleveland Browns as an assistant defensive backs coach for the 2016 season, helping guide a unit that recorded all 10 of the team’s interceptions during the year.

Josh Norman on the Redskins Loss to the Giants: “That Right There Was Disgusting”

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Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is never at a loss for words and such was the case Sunday after his team lost 19-10 to the Giants, Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today reports.

A win almost certainly would have put the Washington Redskins in the NFL postseason – provided that Sunday night’s matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions wouldn’t end in a tie. But Washington played one of its worst games of the season when it mattered most and lost 19-10 to the New York Giants. The defeat eliminated the franchise from playoff contention.

How did the team let this opportunity slip away?

“Pssh, that’s the question I’ve been asking myself over there,” Norman told reporters after the game. “I don’t know. We’ve got to bounce back and see tomorrow, sit down with the coaches and evaluate ourselves. Because we had opportunities to be special, damn it, man.”

Norman continued: “That right there was disgusting. It was despicable. … We’ve got to be better. We’ve got to give (fans) something to cheer for. That right there was not football.”

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden Takes the Blame for the Upset Loss to the Panthers

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The Washington Redskins were upset by the Carolina Panthers last night and according to Jay Gruden coaching was an issue, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

“We were flat out-coached,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “There’s no question about that. We weren’t as ready as I would have liked to have been. We didn’t execute like I would like to have seen. That falls on my shoulders.”

“We’re too good to be playing like this on a national stage,” said end Chris Baker, knowing the Redskins lost by 22 in the season opener on a Monday night.

“I hate being in this position,” Redskins defensive end Ricky Jean Francois said. “We controlled our own destiny and now we need help. We put ourselves in that hole and now we have to dig out of it.”

Redskins Grind Out Big 27-22 Win Over Eagles to Improve to 7-5-1

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Chris Thompson’s 25-yard touchdown run with 1:54 remaining lifted the Redskins to a 27-22 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes, including an 80-yard toss to DeSean Jackson, and had a pick-six.

The Eagles took a 22-21 lead when Caleb Sturgis hit a 41-yard field goal with 4:59 left after holder Donnie Jones got the high snap from third-string long snapper Trey Burton down in time.

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drove Philadelphia to the Redskins 14 in the final minute, but Ryan Kerrigan sacked him to force a fumble and seal the win for Washington.

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What if the Redskins Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

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Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Redskins will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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Redskins Fall to 6-5-1; Lose in Arizona to Cardinals 31-23

Washington Redskins v Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns, David Johnson scored twice and the Cardinals held on to beat the Redskins 31-23 on Sunday.

The loss by the Redskins (6-5-1) clinched a playoff spot for the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys.

Palmer’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Johnson with 11:09 to play put Arizona ahead 24-20, the fourth lead change of the second half.

After a Washington field goal, Palmer’s 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson with 1:56 padded gave the Cardinals (5-6-1) a 31-23 lead.

Washington drove to the Arizona 28-yard line before Patrick Peterson’s interception of Kirk Cousins’ pass with 41 seconds left sealed the victory.

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Cowboys Rookies Too Much For Redskins in Thanksgiving 31-26 Setback in Dallas

Washington Redskins v Dallas Cowboys

Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott keep winning for the Cowboys, even with Kirk Cousins setting records for the Washington Redskins.

Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, Elliott ran for a pair of scores and the Cowboys extended their franchise regular-season record with a 10th straight victory, beating the Redskins 31-26 on Thursday.

Prescott tied Don Meredith’s club quarterback record from 50 years ago with his fifth rushing TD and the NFL-leading Cowboys (10-1) won despite 449 yards passing and three touchdowns from Cousins, the first Redskins quarterback with two 400-yard games in a season.

“You know you’re talking to someone who knows how hard this is to win 10 games in a row, and I do,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “I know how we’re getting it done, and we’re getting done by hard work and Dak’s a great example.”

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Vikings vs Redskins NFL Week 10 Capsule

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-3) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-3-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  VIKINGS REDSKINS
SERIES LEADER 10-9  
STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 1-0 Jay Gruden: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 22-16 (OT) vs. Detroit Bye (Wk. 8: T 27-27 at Cincinnati in London)
LAST GAME 11/2/14: Redskins 26 at Vikings 29. Minnesota RB Matt Asiata rushes for 3 TDs. Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater passes for 268 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/14/12: Redskins 38, Vikings 26. Washington S Madieu Williams has 24-yard INT-TD. Redskins QB Robert Griffin III passes for 182 yards with TD & adds 138 rush yards with 2 TDs.
REFEREE Pete Morelli
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 121 (Min), 145 (Was). XM: 88 (WW1), 386 (Min), 227 (Was).

STATS

PASSING Sam Bradford: 166-243-1715-9-1-99.0 Kirk Cousins: 215-321-2454-12-7-93.1
RUSHING Matt Asiata: 71-227-3.2-2 Matt Jones: 99-460-4.6-3
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 48-546-11.4-2 Jordan Reed (TE): 42-415-9.9-3
OFFENSE 298.8 410.3
TAKE/GIVE +12 (2L) 0
DEFENSE 298.9 (3L) 369.8
SACKS Everson Griffen: 6 Ryan Kerrigan: 7
INTs 3 tied: 2 5 tied: 1
PUNTING Jeff Locke: 43.2 Tress Way: 44.2
KICKING Blair Walsh: 49 (13/16 PAT; 12/16 FG) Dustin Hopkins: 72 (18/19 PAT; 18/22 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD is averaging 271.8 yards & has 9 TDs with 2 INTs for 92.1 rating in 5 career meetings. In past 8, has 11 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 100.5 rating…RB MATT ASIATA rushed for 3 TDs in last meeting, 1 of 3 career 3-TD games…WR STEFON DIGGS had career-high 13 receptions (80 rec. yards) last week. WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had TD catch in 11/7/13 meeting. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had TD catch in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with rec. TD…DE BRIAN ROBISON has 6 sacks & 3 FFs in past 9. Had sack in last meeting. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with sack. LB CHAD GREENWAY had INT in Week 9. LB ERIC KENDRICKS aims for 4th in row on road with 9+ tackles. CB XAVIER RHODES aims for 7th in row on road with PD. Since 2014, S HARRISON SMITH leads NFL safeties with 5.5 sacks…REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 458 yards & 2 TDs in Week 8. Has 15 career games with 300+ pass yards, tied for most in franchise history (HOFer SONNY JURGENSEN) …Rookie RB ROBERT KELLEY rushed for career-high 87 yards & 1st career TD in Week 8…WR JAMISON CROWDER had 9 receptions for 107 yards & TD in Week 8. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. WR DE SEAN JACKSON is averaging 7 receptions, 157.5 yards & TD per game in past 2 vs. Min. TE JORDAN REED had 9 receptions for 99 yards & TD in Week 8. Has 14 rec. TDs since 2015, tied for most among NFL TEs…DE CHRIS BAKER had sack & FF in Week 8. LB WILL COMPTON had 10 tackles & INT in Week 8. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of past 4 at home. LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 5.5 sacks in past 4. LB TRENT MURPHY had sack in last meeting. Has 3.5 sacks & FF in past 3 at home. CB JOSH NORMAN had 6 tackles & 3 PD in Week 8. Has 41 PD since 2014, 2nd most in NFL. Rookie S SU’A CRAVENS had 1st career sack in Week 8. S DONTE WHITNER has 19 tackles (6.3 per game), FF & INT in 3 career meetings.