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Redskins wake-up call

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have a day off -- yes, after a bye week they still get a mandatory day of no practice. You can complain to union leadership if you don't like them getting another day. Anyway, here are three areas of interest:

  1. It was obvious being in the Redskins' locker room Monday that the bye week really came at a good time. They came across as refreshed. After the loss in Minnesota, followed by a couple news reports regarding Robert Griffin III, it was a good thing they didn't have to answer those questions for an entire week. Getting time away helped clear their minds. Not sure they're ready to embark on some long win streak, but there's no doubt they needed time away from Redskins Park -- and seemed glad to be back.

  2. Another full day on the blog; I talked to both Niles Paul and Darrel Young about differences in this 3-6 season compared to the past couple years and coach Jay Gruden talked about reviewing the first nine games -- and what he learned. Two years ago they turned a 3-6 record into a seven-game win streak while last season they lost the last seven. Also, there will be a Film Don't Lie segment and a look at how other first-year coaches have fared this season.

  3. Player moves. There's not a whole lot they can find on the street right now, but they'll usually work out a handful of players on a Tuesday. The big decision will be who gets cut to make room for nose tackle Barry Cofield. Because they don't have a lot of cap room, it could be tough to release certain players who have guaranteed contracts (any veteran on the roster at the start of the season). That's still being decided, or at least it was Monday.