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20 questions in 20 days: 3 How many wins is enough?


20 questions in 20 days: 3 How many wins is enough?

By Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir
CSNwashington.com20 questions in 20 daysAs we count down to the first game of the Redskins season, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to be looking at some of the big questions facing the team and attempting to look into their crystal balls and answer them.Question 3:How many wins is enough?The background:It is well known that Mike Shanahan has a worse record after two seasons than Jim Zorn did. Zorn did not get a third season while Shanahan remains firmly in charge of the Redskins. Although it seems that he is safe from getting fired by Dan Snyder until his contract ends after the 2014 season, that doesnt mean that Shanahan will survive in the court of fan opinion. How many wins will it take for Redskins Nation to symbolically sign off on the coach returning for the 2013 season?Tandler:I dont think that there is necessarily a magic number here. The Redskins have not only posted bad records in recent years but they have also committed the sins of being boring on the field and largely irrelevant in the national conversations. Even if the Redskins only add a win or two to the five they posted last year, if they are exciting to watch and get talked about positively by the national media, that should be enough for most Redskins fans to believe that there is some progress being made under Shanahan. Oh, and improving on the 2-6 home record they posted each of the last two seasons would help, also. The paying fans are getting very tired of sitting in FedEx Field traffic after yet another loss.El-Bashir:Let me start by saying handicapping wins and losses before the season begins is likely an exercise in futility. Teams that are good early arent necessarily able to late as the leagues collective intensity rises. Anyone remember the Redskins 6-2 start in 2008? Health is a huge factor, obviously, and that cant be predicted. But Ill play along. The success or failure of this seasons Redskins likely hinges three positions: quarterback, kicker and safety. If Robert Griffin III adapts to the speed and complexity of the NFL seamlessly, Billy Cundiff makes more kicks than Graham Gano and Madieu Williams and Brandon Meriweather (remember what I said about health?) are merely adequate, I think .500 is in reach. If not, it will be another forgettable season in Washington.What do you think? How many wins are enought for you to be happy? His the comments here or hit us up on Twitter @Rich_Tandler and @TarikElBashir20 questions in 20 days20 Aug.20Will Jammal Brown play this year?
19 Aug.21Will Chris Cooley make the team?
18 Aug. 22Can Brandon Meriweather get he job done at safety?
17 Aug. 23Is Garon a No. 1 receiver?
16 Aug. 24Can Trent Williams go from good to great?
15 Aug. 25Can DeAngelo Hall be a defensive playmaker?
14 Aug. 26Can Santana Moss regain his old form?
13 Aug. 27Can Orakpo post 15 sacks?
12 Aug. 28Will Leonard Hankerson break out?
11 Aug. 29Can the Redskins flip their turnover ratio?
10 Aug. 30How much can Hightower contribute this year?
9 Aug. 31Was making Billy Cundiff the kicker a good move?
8 Sept. 1Will Josh Morgan be worth the investment?
7 Sept. 2What can Jarvis Jenkins contribute?
6 Sept. 3Is the offensive line depth good enough?
5 Sept. 4Will a running back by committee work?
4 YesterdayIs the defense ready to carry the load?
3 TodayHow many wins is enough?
2 TomorrowHow much should RG3 run?
1 SaturdayCan RG3 . . . ?

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With injuries at cornerback, Fuller is the next man up for the Redskins

With injuries at cornerback, Fuller is the next man up for the Redskins

With Bashaud Breeland week to week with strained tendons in his ankle and Dashaun Phillips day to day with a hamstring strain the Redskins are in need of help at cornerback. The first person they are going to turn to is third-round draft pick Kendall Fuller.

“He’s obviously our No. 1, Option A,” said Jay Gruden. “We’re excited to see him play.”

The Virginia Tech product has been inactive for the first three games of the season.

“I think he finished really strong in training camp and I think he had a good preseason,” said Gruden. "He was right there, neck and neck with Phillips and we played Phillips there to start the season with the idea to get Fuller a little bit more time to get ready, his body and his mental state of mind and I think he's more than ready.”

Even though he could miss multiple games with his injury, the news on Breeland was about as good as could be expected after the initial diagnosis.

“I think there was fear that he had a high ankle sprain, the bad one, or maybe even broke a bone in there,” said Gruden. “But I think this is good news. And he's always been a quick healer. He's going to be back a lot sooner than I think most people anticipate, hopefully.”

Breeland will be on the inactive list for each game while he recovers and Fuller will take his spot on the 46-man game day roster. But the unclear status of Phillips may necessitate bringing in another cornerback.

“We’re going to have to work a few guys out, see where they stand,” said Gruden.

As far as replacing Breeland in the lineup, one possibility is having Greg Toler start or perhaps having Quinton Dunbar on the outside with Toler in the slot. A lot of how they work it out  depends on Phillips’ status.

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Will DeAngelo Hall return to the Redskins in 2017?

Will DeAngelo Hall return to the Redskins in 2017?

Is DeAngelo Hall at the end of the line?

The Redskins cornerback turned safety suffered a torn ACL against the Giants on Sunday. That will end his 2016 season.

This is the second time in three seasons that Hall has suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3.

In 2014 he suffered a torn Achilles in Philadelphia. In between, in 2015, he had a toe injury that sidelined him for five games.


Hall was once the model of durability. From when he joined the Redskins in 2008 with seven games left in the season he played in 100 of a possible 103 games through the 2013 season. Since the start of 2014, counting to the end of the current season, he will play in 17 of a possible 48 games.

Will the Redskins bring Hall back in 2017?

It might be difficult for them to do so. One factor is money. Hall will be in the last year of his contract, a deal that will pay him a salary of $4.25 million. That’s what they are paying him this year and their return on investment is rather low. It would be hard to justify that cost for a player who has appeared in so few games since he signed the $17 million deal in 2014.

The Redskins and Hall could agree to a deal with a decreased salary, perhaps one with incentives that would let him make some or all of the money back if he stayed healthy and performed well. But you still have to wonder if he will stay on the field. He turns 33 in November and players rarely get healthier as they get past that age. The organization may want to avoid spending the whole offseason planning to have Hall fill a role only to see him go out with what at that point would be a predictable injury.

The organization should proceed carefully and respectfully as they decide Hall’s fate for 2017.

They don’t have to do anything until after the season ends. But it will not be surprising if the decision is to move on from Hall.