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Washington Redskins 2014

Washington Redskins 2014

The latest news and analysis of the 2014 Washington Redskins season.

Jay Gruden takes unorthodox path to NFL head coaching job

By Zac Boyer - The Washington Times

Jay Gruden has, for much of his life, lived in his older brother Jon's shadow — first as a football player, now as a football coach. In the end, Jay's hope is that he will be remembered for one trait his brother recognized on a humbling summer afternoon long ago. Jay wants to be a winner. Published September 3, 2014

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Redskins special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica believes fans will see his fingerprint on a unit he has dubbed "special forces." With his military background, special teams will be more physical, more organized, and more disciplined this season. (Associated Press)

Iraq War veteran Ben Kotwica brings authority to Redskins' special teams

- The Washington Times

Kotwica's job has changed since 2004, but he brings the same approach and attitude to coaching that he brought to his role as an officer in places such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea and Iraq: Technical expertise. Meticulous attention to detail. Open communication. And above all else, a type of firm, confident demeanor befitting a military veteran.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden tweaked the offense to maximize abilities and let playmakers like DeSean Jackson (right) do their thing. (Associated Press Photographs)

Don't expect radical changes in Redskins' playbook

- The Washington Times

However one describes it, two things are clear: Jay Gruden, as he has often tried to do, has tailored it to his players' strengths. And, come its full reveal for Washington's regular-season opener on Sunday at Houston, it won't look much different from what the previous coaching staff strung together in recent years.

Referees called 56 illegal contact penalties in the preseason's first two weeks, but only 54 in the entire 2013 season. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: NFL fans ready to move on from preseason penalties, Johnny Manziel

- The Washington Times

It's not that I crave additional coverage of Cleveland's much-ballyhooed backup QB. There's already been more than enough for no good reason. Johnny Football has morphed into Johnny Ad Nauseam. But that's not as sickening as the ticky-tacky penalties officials called on seemingly every pass attempt in August.

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is worth a flier, but can he live up to his fantasy hype? (The WAshington Times)

PALLISTER: Fantasy football impact of new Redskins offense

The Washington Times

Maybe the Gruden-Griffin pairing just needs time, which is fine for a first-year head coach and a young quarterback over the course of a season and beyond. But as a fantasy option, you're just digging yourself a hole if you're counting on Griffin right away.

Washington Redskins Silas Redd (24) elludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenders Dane Fletcher (50) and Marc Anthony (35) during a NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Silas Redd, Redskins' running backs finish one final preseason audition

- The Washington Times

Thursday marked the Redskins' final preseason game, leaving roughly two dozen players with one final shot to state their case for making the team to the coaching staff. Redd, an undrafted running back, kept one thought fresh in his mind during a 24-10 victory over the Buccaneers: No negative plays.

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, left, greets defensive back Akeem Davis before an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

For Akeem Davis, NFL dreams could be realized this week

- The Washington Times

After a preseason in which Davis has had a chance to make his case, his final judgment is pending. One respite: The recent suspension of starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather for the first two games of the season should give Davis a greater chance of sticking.

Washington Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III scrambles during second quarter action against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter of their pre-season game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Pete Marovich Special to The Washington Times)

Redskins offense leaves no mark in Baltimore

- The Washington Times

The Redskins will assess a team where the defensive starters finished the preseason displaying a formidable rush and potential. Yet, the offense was roundly ineffective during their longest preseason outing with the opener just more than two weeks away.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) walks the sideline after being taken out of the game in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the New England Patriots in NFL preseason football at FedExField, Landover, Md.,  Thursday, August 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: As 3rd NFL season nears, 'hopefully' RG3 is 'making progress'

- The Washington Times

Progress from what, exactly? The quarterback who threw 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions in his record-breaking rookie season? The one who played on one leg last year, with just one receiver and an offensive line that leaked like a sieve, still managed to throw 16 touchdown passes and 3,200 yards in 13 games?

Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) walks off the field following morning practice on the opening day of Washington Redskins Training Camp at Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 24, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Brandon Meriweather set for higher-impact, lower-cost season

- The Washington Times

The challenge, of course, will be for the Redskins safety to stay on the field. Though he's professed numerous times a desire to change his tackling habits — he's racked up more than $127,000 in fines from the league over the years — doing so will be another issue.

Washington Redskins Niles Paul and New England Patriots Zach Moore work out during practice at the Redskins Training Camp in Richmond, Va., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)

Redskins, Patriots enjoy butting heads as joint workouts begin

- The Washington Times

After nine days of intrasquad scrimmages, the Redskins finally had the opportunity to practice against — and hit — someone who wasn't a teammate. The Patriots, who have perfected the art of the two-team practice over the past several years, arrived late Sunday for three days of work leading up to the teams' preseason opener on Thursday.