A Look at the 2017 Redskins Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Washington Redskins Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM

Sep. 17 at Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM

Sep. 24 Oakland Raiders 8:30 PM

Oct. 2 at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 8:30 PM

Oct. 8 BYE

Oct. 15 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM

Oct. 23 at Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 8:30 PM

Oct. 29 Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM

Nov. 5 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM

Nov. 12 Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM

Nov. 19 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM

Nov. 23 New York Giants (Thu) 8:30 PM

Nov. 30 at Dallas Cowboys (Thu) 8:25 PM

Dec. 10 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 PM

Dec. 17 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM

Dec. 24 Denver Broncos 1:00 PM

Dec. 31 at New York Giants 1:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: Some odd scheduling with the Skins getting two of their last three at home, with the finale on the road at the Giants. If this team is going to make the postseason, having those late home games should go a long way.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: November 19th to December 10th the team will play three of four on the road, with two of them being on a Thursday, which might be odd for a team that is use to playing on Sundays.

Redskins QB Cousins Doesn’t Think He’ll Be Moved This Offseason

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins doesn’t expect to be anywhere other than with the Redskins in 2017. He’s already signed under the franchise tag and he doesn’t anticipate being traded, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

“I haven’t heard anything. I’m not expecting anything to happen,” Cousins said on NFL Live Tuesday. “And I’m looking forward to getting back to work with my teammates.”

Cousins and the Redskins remain at an impasse with their long-term contract talks. Cousins’ side did not counter an offer made by Washington — a five-year deal worth approximately $20 million per year — before the combine because it didn’t come close to what they were seeking.

Cousins will make $23.94 million under the tag this season.

Redskins president Bruce Allen has said multiple times this offseason he wants to sign Cousins to a long-term contract. Owner Dan Snyder has let Cousins know that he’d like to keep him here.

Redskins Add Former Rams Wide Out Brian Quick

The Redskins continued to overhaul their wide receiver unit on Friday, adding former Ram Brian Quick, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

A second-round pick out of Appalachian State in 2012, Quick started a career-high eight games in 2016, recording 41 catches for 564 yards and three touchdowns (all career bests).

Th 6-foot-3, 218-pound Quick gives the Redskins yet another big-target wide receiver. Earlier this month, they signed the 6-4 Terrelle Pryor. The team also expects to have a healthy Josh Doctson (6-2) back after an injury-plagued rookie year, and the 6-3 Maurice Harris also returns, as does Kendall Thompson (6-2), who spent last season on the practice squad.

Redskins Announce Firing of GM Scot McCloughan

After weeks of speculation, the Redskins fired General Manager Scot McCloughan on Thursday, a little more than two years into a four-year contract, the Washington Post reports.

An official with direct knowledge of the situation attributed the decision to McCloughan’s ongoing problems with alcohol, which also led to his firing from front office positions with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and Seattle Seahawks in 2014.

“He’s had multiple relapses due to alcohol,” said the official, who spoke on a condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on personnel matters. “He showed up in the locker room drunk on multiple occasions. .?.?. This has been a disaster for 18 months.”

McCloughan, the official said, has received alcohol treatment since joining the franchise in January 2015, but he hasn’t actively worked for the team in weeks. Even before McCloughan left Redskins Park abruptly late last month, the official said, he had already been placed in “timeout” because of his behavior.

“He didn’t make the best of his third chance in the NFL,” the official said, alluding to the two previous jobs McCloughan has lost for alcohol abuse.

Neither McCloughan nor his agent Peter Schaffer could immediately be reached for comment.

Redskins Place Franchise Tag on QB Kirk Cousins for Second Straight Season

For the second consecutive offseason, the Redskins have applied the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins, Mike Jones and Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post report.

This according to Cousins’s agent, Mike McCartney. The Redskins applied the tag prior to Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, meaning its Pro Bowl quarterback will not hit free agency as an unrestricted free agent on March 9.

Cousins becomes the first quarterback in NFL history to receive the franchise tag in consecutive seasons since it was implemented in 1993.

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”

Josh Norman

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

Kirk Cousins

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.”