“Despite running a defensive front classified as a 3-4 (which utilizes two ends, a nose tackle and four linebackers), Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry and his charges often shift to their nickel package, which utilizes a four-man front (with two edge rushers and two interior linemen) and is better designed to defend the pass.
“Coach Jay Gruden estimated last week that the Redskins utilized their base package on less than a third of their defensive snaps last season, and that reduces the need for an exclusive nose tackle. Barry plans on further de-emphasizing the position this season, Gruden said. As a result, he could lean more heavily on holdovers Chris Baker and Kedric Golston to play nose tackle in those limited circumstances where the team uses a three-man front. Baker is the starting left defensive end, but saw time at nose tackle when Knighton needed a breather, or was injured. Golston, meanwhile, served as a rotational player both at end and nose tackle.”
~ Mike Jones, washingtonpost.com, Redskins lean towards further de-emphasizing the nose tackle.
There will be a lot of interesting divisional games in the 2016 NFL season. A lot of players have changed teams this offseason, and many of them are playing for former division rivals. Some of these players have been released and were picked up by another team in their division. Some of them were signed […]
“I’m not celebrating like I would have had the Mike Holmgren-led Cleveland Browns traded up to get Robert Griffin III in 2012, but compared to the Browns’ prospects at quarterback on the morning of Wednesday, March 24, I’m excited. RG3 is not a lock for anything. Nobody who gets beat out by Kirk Cousins can be considered a lock in terms of his NFL career. That said, this is why you hire a head coach like Hue Jackson. These are exactly the kinds of chances to take. Given where the Browns are and have been in the recent past, signing Griffin is a low-risk move for them. It’s one that should be celebrated, not because it’s guaranteed to work, but because you could spend your time doing worse things than trying to resurrect a 26-year-old who has only recently lost his way in the NFL.”
~ Craig Lyndall, waitingfornextyear.com.
Hue Jackson, the former Redskins offensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier, is the coach who gave Jason Campbell a second chance with the Raiders. Griffin joins the team that lost the 2012 bidding war with Mike Shanahan for the right to draft him. Mike Holmgren ultimately lost his job for that failure.
~ Hog Heaven.
“The world is a circle without a beginning and nobody knows where it really ends.”
~ Lyrics by Hal David from 1973 movie “Lost Horizon.”
NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison designated the Washington Redskins the 11th-ranked team in NFL preseason rankings. Games are played on the field and not on paper. Preseason rankings are cursed by recency. Analysts draw straight-line projections from the way last season ended into next season. The Cowboys were ranked highest in last year’s preseason rankings. Blah! Blah! […]
The most important, fan-friendly feature in in a new Redskins stadium is a perennial Super Bowl contender that wins at home. Team owner Daniel Snyder says he wants to build a new stadium reminiscent of good old RFK Stadium. We do not revere RFK because of the facility, or even because it was in the […]
“I have to laugh whenever fans get all riled up over things like Josh LeRibeus re-signing with the Redskins. The deal is for around minimum salary and the Redskins could afford to cut him at any time. He has been around for four years, they spent a draft pick on him, and they think he is worth keeping around. Scot McCloughan is not going to bypass a promising interior lineman in the draft because he has LeRibeus on the roster. If they don’t sign a veteran center like Stefen Wisniewski it won’t be because they have LeRibeus.”
~ From Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins.
The full adage: “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”
The NFL free agency period opened this week with a few oohs and aahs. But what have been the biggest surprises so far? Here are 10 to start. (contract details courtesy of Spotrac) 10. The Ryan Fitzpatrick-Jets contract standoff Fitzpatrick had a career year in his first season with the Jets, throwing for 3,905 yards […]
Hope springs eternal for NFL teams who have landed big-ticket free agents this week. Some teams have improved their rosters and have a lot to look forward to in 2016. Some teams, however, made moves that they’ll regret. They either overpaid for players, botched negotiations with their own players or just put too much emphasis […]
Chip Kelly and the San Francisco 49ers may have a replacement in mind for Colin Kaepernick if the 49ers do decide to deal the 28-year-old quarterback. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the 49ers are expected to have “serious interest” in former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III if Kaepernick is traded to the Denver Broncos, […]
The Denver Broncos will consider Robert Griffin III to replace quarterback Brock Osweiler, who signed a $72 million deal with the Houston Texans on Wednesday. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Griffin III is “on the Broncos’ list of replacement quarterbacks,” with Denver potentially hosting the former No. 2 overall pick for a visit in […]
The 2016 NFL draft begins April 28 in Chicago. While NFL teams hit the free agent market this week, the draft is where teams really can build long-term success. With a little less than two months to go before Roger Goodell takes the podium in the Windy City, here’s a look at how the draft […]
Mike Freeman caused quite a stir this week with his Bleacher Report story that at least 10 teams are interested in signing RGIII when the Redskins inevitably release him sometime next week. Andy Benoit wrote in his MMQB story that Griffin will be out of football before he wins his next ten games. Both cannot […]
The Rams are back in Los Angeles next season, possibly with a new quarterback. Nick Foles, who the team acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles last spring, lost the starting quarterback job to Case Keenum about halfway through the 2015 season. And when Keenum had to sit because of a concussion, Foles was […]
There appears to be a sizable market forming for quarterback Robert Griffin III, even as the Washington Redskins desperately attempt to trade the former Offensive Rookie of the Year. According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, “at least 10 teams” are giving Griffin a “hard look,” with the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns and Houston […]
Once quarterback Robert Griffin III is released by the Washington Redskins, the former No. 2 overall pick might zero in on Houston for a chance to revive his fading career. According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Griffin has already identified the Texans as “a potential long-term destination.” With a talented roster already in place and an obvious […]
The veteran cuts are already rolling in around the NFL, with Chris Long, Mario Williams, Arian Foster, Antonio Cromartie and Roddy White already among the biggest cap casualties. Teams still aren’t done trimming the fat. Here are 10 others who are likely to be cut before the start of the NFL’s new league year: QB […]
“Under some previous Redskins regimes, a roster starting to get a little top heavy in terms of salaries would be cause for alarm. Drafts under Vinny Cerrato and Mike Shanahan were mediocre at best and if one of them was still in charge the chances of them being able to stock the team with quality, low-priced talent on a consistent basis would be very low.
“It may be asking too much for McCloughan to produce a draft class that contributes as much as his 2015 group did year after year. But if he can land a few quality players every year the team won’t have to bring in free agents like Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Chris Culliver, and Jason Hatcher. Combined, they are taking up $37.3 million in cap space this year, or 24 percent of the total available to spend. If their roles were being filled by draft picks working on their first contracts you can see that the Redskins would have plenty of room to maneuver.”
~ Rich Tandler, csnwashington.com, With more high-priced players, draft is key for cap management.
NFL teams gave a version of the franchise tag to 10 different players before Tuesday’s deadline. The tag comes in three forms—exclusive, non-exclusive and transition—and is used by teams to either keep a free agent off the market or control if the player is allowed to sign elsewhere. The one-year tender is valued using the average of […]
The Redskins likely will get to see if Kirk Cousins can do for a full season what he did in the second half of the 2015 season. Washington placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, according to Pro Football Talk. Cousins threw 19 touchdown passes and two interceptions in the final eight games of the […]
At least Campbell was tradeable. For the record, The Redskins in 2010 got a future Draft choice for Jason Campbell when they traded him to the Oakland Raiders. The pick turned into a 2012 fourth-round pick. Yes, Virginia, Campbell’s value was so miniscule in 2010 that Mike Shanahan had to wait two years to see […]
The Washington Redskins are prepared to use the transition tag on free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins. According to
It’s looking more and more like Kirk Cousins will remain a Redskin in 2016. According to ESPN.com via Pro Football Talk, the Redskins plan to use the franchise tag on the free-agent quarterback. According to an NFL.com estimate, the franchise-tag figure for quarterbacks in 2016 will be $19.6 million. The Redskins also could use the […]
Watching the stocks of 2016 NFL draft prospects rise and fall this week will be like watching a ticker on Wall Street. The NFL Scouting Combine begins Tuesday at Indianapolis, and it’s a safe bet that a player or two will climb up draft boards because of his 40-yard dash time, number of bench-press reps or vertical […]
That yawner of a Super Bowl is fading into the past and destined to get lost in the shuffle of Super Bowl memories. Now we can look at some games during the 2015 NFL season that were actually exciting. Each of the season’s 10 most memorable games were decided in the last two minutes or […]
Quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins are no longer discussing details of a new contract, making it increasingly likely the two sides will resort to the franchise tag at some point during the next two weeks. According to