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Topic - Richard Crawford
When Richard Crawford went down with a season-ending knee injury, few could guess what a significant impact his loss would make, especially on special teams.
That unit is expected to act like clockwork. Hit field goals and extra-point attempts, don't turn the ball over, provide the occasional big play and make sure the opponent doesn't. It's a pretty simple formula, but so far the Washington Redskins have struggled to execute it.
Five questions Redskins beat writer Brian McNally has heading into Washington's Thursday night preseason game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was blunt with rookie running back Chris Thompson. "No matter how good you are, if you fumble you can't play," Shanahan said after Thompson's second turnover in two preseason games on Saturday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills.
Coach Mike Shanahan is hoping for improvement despite the club's inability to sign an elite free agent cornerback or draft a safety in the first round. That requires an improved pass rush and some young players to raise their level of play.
The Washington Redskins are going to the playoffs. As unbelievable as that possibility seemed two months ago, they punched their ticket Sunday night by beating the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 to win the NFC East.
The footballs fluttered toward the end zone, one after the other, as the final seconds slipped away.
Barry Cofield wasn't heaping praise on himself or teammates along the Washington Redskins' defensive line Sunday after the 27-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins allowed 411 yards, and the veteran nose tackle said he'll spend the week reminding guys of what needs to be better.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced Thursday and continued to progress toward playing through a mildly sprained right knee against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Sunday it was Richard Crawford. In 2005, it was Antonio Brown. Name ring a bell? It's OK if it doesn't.
If anyone outside the team could just see the reaction after the Washington Redskins' overtime victory Sunday, Alfred Morris said, "Oh my goodness, it was electrifying." Players celebrated not only an emotional win but that they're 7-6 and very much in contention.
Twice now Robert Griffin III has reduced FedEx Field to silence -- the kind that comes not from awe but from the awful sight of him being knocked out of a game. Against Atlanta, he suffered a "mild" concussion, if there is such a thing.
This was one of those games Washington Redskins fans might be re-living for decades. When the first names that roll off your tongue after a victory are Kirk Cousins and Richard Crawford, you know you've seen something special.
Kai Forbath had nerves, "just a little more than normal." A few teammates did, too. The game and the Washington Redskins' playoff hopes were on the line as the rookie kicker — who was perfect in his NFL career — stepped onto the field in overtime.
To Richard Crawford, it was so simple. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told him Friday he'd be replacing Brandon Banks on punt returns, so he got his mind right and prepared.
"We're trying to go to the playoffs," said cornerback Richard Crawford, whose 64-yard punt return set up the game-winning field goal. "That's all I'm going to keep saying is playoffs, playoffs, playoffs."
"I ran out of gas, to be honest with you. When I hit midfield, I was tired. I don't know what happened," he said.