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Monday, April 6, 2020

Articles tagged: Zach Brown

Eagles LB who ripped Kirk Cousins dodges questions after loss

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins got the last laugh on Sunday after a Philadelphia Eagles linebacker essentially said that his unit was eager to force the Minnesota Vikings quarterback into throwing.

Zach Brown, an Eagles linebacker and former teammate of Cousins in Washington, said during the week that the quarterback was the “weakest part” of Minnesota’s offense and that they wanted to make Cousins throw the ball. Cousins did just that on Sunday, completing 22-of-29 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns — with just one interception.

After the game, a chastened Brown was not in the mood to answer questions about Cousins or his comments.

This turned out to be a pretty big lesson in premature trash talking. Brown’s comments backfired, the Eagles got shredded, and Cousins silenced some doubters. Maybe he even calmed the doubts of one of his teammates.

Ex-teammate: Kirk Cousins is ‘weakest part’ of Vikings offense

Kirk Cousins

A Philadelphia Eagles linebacker and ex-teammate of Kirk Cousins is pretty eager to face the quarterback in Week 6.

Zach Brown, who played with Cousins on the Washington Redskins in 2017, said Cousins is the “weakest part” of the Minnesota Vikings’ offense and the goal is to force him to throw the ball.

“Cousins, I think every defense is going to want that guy to throw the ball,” Brown said Friday, via Tim McManus of ESPN. “For me, that’s probably the weakest part of their offense is him. Everything else is good. They’ve got a good running game, probably one of the best in the league. They have real good receivers. You just want them to pass the ball. You want Kirk Cousins to get it in his hands.

“I realized when I was in Washington, he was kind of careless with the ball. But at the same time, hey, you make the bed you sleep in.”

The fact is, Cousins has been so shaky this year that he essentially apologized to wide receiver Adam Thielen for his failures. Add in the fact that another key offensive player has shown signs of being disgruntled and Brown is essentially picking at an open wound here. Whether Cousins is motivated by this will be interesting, as he’s had success against Philadelphia in the past, with a 5-3 lifetime record against the Eagles.

LB Zach Brown takes aim at Redskins coaches in deleted tweet

Zach Brown

Zach Brown took aim at some of his Washington Redskins coaches in a tweet he sent on Saturday night that was quickly deleted.

Brown started off by sending a tweet saying “Smh ppl nowadays”. That translates to “shaking my head, people nowadays.”

He followed that up by venting about his coaches.

“Own coaches hating and blaming me for Atl loss smh naw B check the film b4 blaming someone eye in the sky don’t lie.”

The Washington linebacker feels like the coaches were blaming him for the Redskins’ 38-14 loss to the Falcons last weekend.

Brown closed things out by saying he was sharing “just facts.”

Brown is second on the team with 50 tackles this season. Having this sort of discord is probably the last thing the team needs before a big game at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Redskins LB issues warning to Terrelle Pryor before joint practices

Terrelle Pryor

If Terrelle Pryor is healthy enough to take part in joint practices with the Washington Redskins later in the offseason, the wide receiver had better keep his head on a swivel.

The New York Jets will be holding joint practices with the Redskins — Pryor’s former team — in August. According to Washington linebacker Zach Brown, Pryor did some showboating with the way he caught balls during practice last year, but the catches came when head coach Jay Gruden was not allowing full tackling. Brown told the “Inside the Locker Room” show on Team 980 recently that he and his teammates are planning to make up for lost time when they line up against Pryor again.

“That’s going to be something right there,” Brown said, as transcribed by JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. “The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now. … Jay ain’t here to protect you anymore.”

Pryor apparently had a habit of making one-handed grabs during practice in Washington, and his teammates didn’t like that they were unable to make him pay for showing off. Defensive back Bashaud Breeland was actually thrown out of practice at one point after he became angry that he wasn’t allowed to hit Pryor at the line of scrimmage.

“The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year,” Brown said. “Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm.”

Pryor had a disappointing season with the Redskins that ended prematurely when he had to undergo ankle surgery. He has been dealing with another injury this offseason, but a bold prediction he recently made indicates he will be healthy in plenty of time for August practices. We’ll see if the coaching staffs from either team try to protect him.

Report of Redskins lowballing LB Zach Brown not true

Zach Brown

A report saying that the Washington Redskins had lowballed linebacker Zach Brown during negotiations is apparently untrue.

One report that circulated on Twitter Saturday said that Brown was testing the market after being lowballed by Washington.

NBC Sports’ JP Finlay later dismissed the report, calling it inaccurate.

Washington has interest in bringing back Brown next season, though head coach Jay Gruden understands he could leave in free agency.

“It’s a process,” Gruden said in an interview during the week. “These guys have a chance to be a free agent, they had a good year and they want to check what the market is sometimes. If we can get them before they get to free agency, great, but if not, the bidding wars will begin.”

The 28-year-old linebacker had 127 tackles in 13 games this season. Brown recorded 149 tackles the year before with the Buffalo Bills.

Zach Brown tells Davante Adams he is ‘always headhunting’

If Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is concerned about taking blows to the head and potentially sustaining another concussion, he had better avoid Zach Brown in the future.

Brown, a star linebacker for the Washington Redskins, apparently had no issue with the vicious head shot Thomas Davis threw on Adams during Sunday’s game. We know this because after Adams took to Twitter on Monday to call out Davis for his dangerous hit, Brown chimed in.

There’s a big difference between complaining about getting hit and calling out an opponent for targeting your head. Davis basically lined up Adams with a blindside hit, and he looked like he very cleared aimed for the head. Davis, who has stressed player safety in the past, appeared visibly upset after the play, but that doesn’t excuse what he did.

While we’ve heard plenty of players say the NFL might as well start a flag football league, Brown openly admitting he is “headhunting” is a disturbing look. Davis is probably going to be suspended, and Brown had better watch the way he tackles in the future. He may have just put himself under a microscope.

20 NFL free agent signings who have paid off most this season

Calais Campbell

The 2017 NFL regular season is nearing the end with only three games remaining. With so many games having been played, evaluating previously signed free agents becomes a bit easier. And more often than not, the mid-season and post-season grades for such signings vastly differ from their pre-season grades.

Case in point: Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Washington Redskins. It didn’t appear to be much of an investment on the surface, and some could have considered the deal a steal. But after substantial struggles early in the season, Pryor was lost to injury and the Redskins were out $6 million. Needless to say, not every high-profile deal is a good one.

Though the Pryor signing turned out to be a bust, many others yielded excellent results for their teams this season. Here’s a look at 20 free agent signings that have paid off this season (in no particular order):

20. Barry Church, S, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have been wheeling and dealing in recent years, so they’ll be well featured on this list. First up is safety Barry Church, who was signed to a four-year, $26 million contract this offseason. Although he’s playing slightly worse than a season ago, he’s still been a solid addition to Jacksonville’s defense. In 13 games, Church has recorded 60 tackles (47 solo), one sack, five passes defensed and two interceptions. He’s also warranted a 83.7 Pro Football Focus grade.

19. Rick Wagner, OT, Detroit Lions

Wagner signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal this offseason and has rewarded the Lions with 12 starts through 13 weeks. And while he hasn’t been perfect, he has earned a 81.7 PFF grade, which is good for 10th-best among tackles in the NFL. Needless to say, for a team that struggled along the offensive line in 2017, Wagner has helped provide some much-needed stability.