MINNEAPOLIS — A backup quarterback playing like a Hall of Famer and a fearless coach digging deep into his bag of gadget-play tricks put a major, Super Bowl-size dent into the greatest dynasty in NFL history Sunday evening. Tom Brady was at his legendary best for the New England Patriots. But it was the Philadelphia Eagles who emerged as the champions of a wildly entertaining Super Bowl LII, riding the passing of fill-in quarterback Nick Foles and the daring of Coach Doug Pederson to a pulsating 41-33 triumph at U.S. Bank Stadium. “A lot of people counted us out,” Pederson said of a season in which Foles took over for injured standout Carson Wentz in December. “But that locker room believed in each other, believed in me.” That belief paid off as the Eagles won their first Super Bowl title, securing their first league championship since 1960 in the pre-Super Bowl days. They denied the Patriots what would have been a sixth Super Bowl crown with Brady as … [Read more...] about Eagles defeat Patriots, 41-33, to capture first Super Bowl title
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will start in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) (Michael Perez/AP) BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Nick Foles wiped the side of his face with his finger, hoping to stave off the sudden rush of emotion. His eyes turned glassy and pink as he tried to speak, but the words, nestled deep in his throat, just wouldn’t escape his lips. In the midst of the pomp and circumstance of Super Bowl week, Foles had remained even-keeled, responding to questions under the bright lights with genuine yet understated interest and matter-of-fact detail. But now there was only silence. And while brief, the pause was telling. Foles, a once-discarded quarterback, is just days away from making the most important start of his NFL career in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots. If the football gods deem him worthy, if the stars align just right to ensure David defeats Goliath on the gridiron, the Philadelphia Eagles passer will hoist the Lombardi Trophy … [Read more...] about Nick Foles knows the Eagles’ future belongs to Carson Wentz. But this Sunday is all his.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.— The Washington Redskins in effect said goodbye to quarterback Kirk Cousins before he could bid farewell to them in free agency. The Redskins’ stunning trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for quarterback Alex Smith, the NFL’s top-rated passer this season, brought an unofficial end Tuesday to Cousins’s tenure in Washington. He presumably will be permitted to leave the Redskins via unrestricted free agency in March, unencumbered by a franchise- or transition-player tag, and shop his services to a group of quarterback-needy teams that could include the Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals. [Redskins reach deal to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from Chiefs] The tentative deal between the Redskins and Chiefs was confirmed by multiple people familiar with the situation after being first reported by the Kansas City Star. The Redskins agreed to a four-year contract extension with … [Read more...] about Kirk Cousins’s tenure in Washington comes to an unofficial end
The Washington Redskins, unable to strike a long-term contract with Kirk Cousins, have solved their uncertainty at quarterback by trading for Kansas City’s Alex Smith, a 13-year veteran who was the NFL’s top-rated passer last season. The move will bring the 33-year-old Smith to the third NFL team of his career and is expected to be finalized Wednesday, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deal. Smith, who had one year remaining on his contract with Kansas City, will sign a four-year contract extension that will tie him to Washington for the next five years, according to a person familiar with the deliberations. The four-year extension is worth $94 million and includes $71 million in guaranteed money. The Redskins, in turn, are sending Kansas City a third-round draft pick and one of their rising defensive stars, cornerback Kendall Fuller, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. [Svrluga: Welcome to D.C., Alex Smith, where the QB is never as good as … [Read more...] about Redskins reach deal to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from Chiefs
Redskins tight end Niles Paul has spent all seven of his NFL seasons with Washington. (Mark Tenally/Associated Press) Niles Paul just wants to come home. Redskins Park is all he has known the past seven seasons, and this facility, for better or worse, has been a personal refuge of sorts. Washington was the team that drafted him in 2011, and the tight end wants to stay with the Redskins for the rest of his career, however long that might be. “This is home for me,” Paul, 28, said in an interview Monday before heading upstairs for his end-of-the-season meeting with Coach Jay Gruden. “I’ve seen the progression of Redskins Park. I was here when we didn’t have a bubble. I was here when we didn’t even have a good cafeteria or a nice locker room. I feel like I’ve grown with this building.” But the “scary” part, the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent admitted, is not knowing if the organization feels as strongly about him.“I … [Read more...] about Free agent Niles Paul hopes the Redskins will give him another shot
Redskins running back Kapri Bibbs gathers his belongings at Redskins Park on Monday. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Upstairs at Redskins Park on Monday morning, Washington Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar and his agent were led into the team’s opulent “Contract Room,” where a three-year contract awaiting his signature had been placed on the large round table. “The first of many blessings,” Dunbar called it in his Instagram post, thanking the team for its belief in making him a Redskin for three more years. Meanwhile, in the locker room downstairs, dozens of players packed up their belongings the morning after an 18-10 humbling at the New York Giants had rendered the sum of their efforts since early August a gutting disappointment. “Missed opportunities, I feel like, would be one of the themes of this year,” said outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who finished the 7-9 season with 13 sacks. Defensive captain D.J. Swearinger was more … [Read more...] about After a disappointing year, Redskins enter another offseason of uncertainty
As the Washington Redskins’ 2017 season limps to a close, owner Daniel Snyder is said to be disappointed with the team’s performance and angry over the public debacle that resulted from the firing of general manager Scot McCloughan in the spring. His marketing team, meanwhile, is tracking less-than-rosy data on game-day attendance; season ticket sales; TV ratings; and the confidence (or lack of it) of premium-seat holders in “team executives,” “the team’s overall visions/strategy” and “team performance in 2017,” via a recently circulated email survey. But Snyder doesn’t plan to fire Coach Jay Gruden regardless of whether the team finishes 8-8 or 7-9 after Sunday’s regular season finale at the New York Giants, according to a team official and associates familiar with his thinking. Nor does he intend to replace team President Bruce Allen despite evidence of his unpopularity, believing that continuity is the best course. … [Read more...] about The blow-it-up Redskins appear ready to gamble on stability
Unless the Washington Redskins really lose their minds — always a possibility — the 2017 season will end Sunday without drama. They should win a third straight game for the first time all year and finish 8-8, and only an Eli Manning fairy tale could stop them. Then they should slip comfortably into an offseason that doesn’t require a massive leadership overhaul. In other words, they got by. Earlier this month, it seemed that detonation was possible after back-to-back sleepwalking performances against Dallas and the Los Angeles Chargers. But it’s only fair to look at the season as a whole, and through all the frustration and injuries and uneven play, the prevailing sentiment should be that Coach Jay Gruden & Co. did an adequate job managing a strange season. If the coach is safe, then you also must figure that a Doug Williams-led personnel department should be evaluated in similar fashion, especially because that group hasn’t had a full year together. … [Read more...] about The Redskins are building toward something. What that is, we don’t yet know.
The creek kept them occupied. The boys would carry their fishing poles across the grass as instructed, past the yellow uprights and beyond the back corner of the field. They would cast their lines, hoping to get a nibble, while their father, sturdy and strong, would watch when he could. But work invariably would require his attention. “He had us fishing behind the park,” Chad Grimm recalled of those excursions with his younger brother Cody. “And then he was like, ‘Okay, I’ve got to go to practice. You guys fish for a little bit and come walk through the practice field when you’re done.’ ” His dad, Hall of Famer and Washington Redskins legend Russ Grimm, remembers those days, too. “Sometimes you’d have to go to practice and hope they stay out of trouble,” Russ said by phone a few weeks later with a deep, throaty chuckle. “That is until practice was over and they’re covered in mud and everything else. But … [Read more...] about Russ Grimm is a Redskins legend. His son carries on family name as an assistant coach.
It’s an inexact science, evaluating football players heading into free agency and the NFL draft. And the challenge is compounded for NFL teams that aren’t quite sure about the quality and depth of talent they already have under contract. That describes the Washington Redskins (7-8) as they wade into the pool of running backs expected to be available this offseason. Following an injury-hampered 2017 season in which nine running backs have cycled through the roster — none making more than seven starts — do the Redskins have their lockdown starter in second-year player Rob Kelley or rookie Samaje Perine? Could a preseason casualty such as Keith Marshall or a late-season signee such as Kapri Bibbs contend? Or do they need to upgrade? “There is something to like about all these guys,” Coach Jay Gruden said this week when asked about the team’s revolving running back corps, “but from a consistent production standpoint other than Chris … [Read more...] about For Redskins, RB position has basically been an open casting call all season