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Redskins wake-up call

The Washington Redskins return to work Monday following the bye week, with a 10:30 a.m. ET practice and an open locker room session. Here are three areas of interest:

  1. The vibe. OK, maybe gauging their mood is a better way to put it, but you understand the point. Anyway, what I remember from two years ago is how resolute players were that they would turn their season around coming off their bye week. There was a different sort of confidence for a team that was 3-6 and it stuck with me. The problem is, there was more reason to express that sort of confidence given a lot of what they had shown in the first nine games. Is that the case now? But any player should have confidence and should feel one game can turn it around. If they beat Tampa Bay, that would be three wins in four games.

  2. Barry Cofield. The Redskins’ nose tackle can return this week after spending the past eight games on short-term injured reserve. The question is, who will get cut to make room for Cofield? They just cut Chase Minnifield to create a spot for receiver Leonard Hankerson. The Redskins now have seven receivers -- can they afford to keep that many? I’ve been told that they will keep Aldrick Robinson around. They also have nine offensive linemen and six defensive linemen. They could cut from any of these three areas.

  3. Looking ahead. Later Monday, I’ll take a look at reasons why the Redskins can be optimistic about the final seven games -- and some reasons why there must be some pause. Does this compare to 2012 at all (which was a rare turnaround, remember)? I’ll take a look at that, plus coverage from post-practice interviews.