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Week Four Grades, Evaluations, Questions

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Week four is in the books and now we take a look at how the entire team fared against the Browns. The Redskins got off to a great start and finished well, but what happened in the middle left fans disgruntled and frustrated. It was a win and we will try to make some sense of it all as BBQ hands out grades, evaluations and questions. Feel free to offer your own grades, evaluations, questions, and opinions.

Let’s take a look at week four.

Question: Good Kirk. Bad Kirk. Good Kirk. What can we expect in the future?
Answer: Probably more of the same. In obvious passing situations the Browns featured a zone defense with eight players and had just three pass rushers. Opposing teams will do this more often. It’s possible that we are now at the peak of Kirk Cousins’ career.
Grade: C+

Running Backs:
Question: Does it seem like Matt Jones is finally hitting his stride?
Answer: We need more samples, but the last two games have been good. It helps that the game plan included more runs and going against a winless opponent. More time is needed to see if this change is permanent. Chris Thompson also had a good game.
Grade: A-

Wide Receivers:
Question: Why were the numbers the lowest of the season so far?
Answer: Two differences. Emphasis on the tight end and a solid running game contributed to the lower numbers. There are no real negatives here, just a different strategy.
Grade: Incomplete

Tight Ends:
Question: Is Jordan Reed the best tight end in football at this time?
Answer: Yes. Some tight ends are injured or hampered by other factors, but Jordan Reed is currently the best. He had a great game on Sunday. Niles Paul and Vernon Davis did an excellent job of blocking and helped to open holes in the rushing offense.
Grade: A

Offensive Line:
Question: Just how big was this makeshift unit on Sunday.?
Answer: 6-5, 320 – 6-5, 325 – 6-5, 325 – 6-5, 325 – 6-6, 335. They looked great on Sunday. Arie Kouandjio was a bit inconsistent, but hit his stride in the fourth quarter. The running game benefitted.
Grade: A

Defensive Line:
Question: Think Scot McCloughan can sign a few players next week like he did this week with the safeties?
Answer: You would almost hope so. Turnovers late in the game saves this bunch.
Grade: C-

Question: Is it possible to replace the middle linebackers the following week?
Answer: To be fair and honest, Mason Foster is having a decent season thus far. He could do better. Will Compton had another subpar performance on Sunday. The hope is that Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith will soon return to their talent levels. Turnovers help, but tackling is good as well.
Grade: C-

Question: Was this the best unit on Sunday?
Answer: Josh Norman is simply an elite player and had an interception when desperately needed. Quinton Dunbar continues to perform admirably.
Grade: B+

Question: DeAngelo who? David who?
Answer: Will Blackmon probably should’ve been the starter since day one. Yes, DeAngelo Hall is likely finished. David Bruton is a special teams ace and nothing more. Now it is time for Donte Whitner to step forward. Su’a Cravens had another fine game, but he is in concussion protocol.
Grade: B+

Special Teams:
Question: Is this the best special teams unit ever for the Redskins?
Answer: It’s possible. Tress Way pinned the Browns deep in the second half and a turnover led to a touchdown. Again, special teams will continue to be a strength of the Redskins this season. Dustin Hopkins continues to be perfect and is the best kicker since Chip Lohmiller.
Grade: A+

Question: Same question as last week. You were saying something about that hot seat?
Answer: Leave me BBQ alone. Yes – we touched on the subject a couple of weeks ago. Do we now have an established running game? We hope so. The defense is certainly an issue, but that unit hung in there again and had timely turnovers. Special teams continue to shine and that helps elevate the grade.
Grade: C+

How would you grade each position and the coaching staff? Should the Redskins start the same offensive line as last week? Do you think Arie Kouandjio proved he is ready to start at left guard? Will we see John Sullivan soon in the lineup? Is the career of DeAngelo Hall over? Should Josh Doctson be put on injured reserve? How will Donte Whitner perform? On to game five.

See you again next week with grades, evaluations, and questions.

Hail to the Redskins!
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