Among the more famous Redskins fans around is NASCAR drive Dale Earnhardt Jr. Fans monitoring his radio communications during Sunday afternoon races in the fall can often hear him get updates on Redskins games in progress as he speeds around the racetrack.The news hasnt been too good lately, for Junior or for the Redskins. Washington hasnt played in a playoff game since January of 2008. Earnhardt hasnt won a race since June of the same year, a span 138 consecutive races.But NASCARs most popular driver sees hope in the new, most popular Redskin, Robert Griffin III. "I hope it's a good deal and hope the 'Skins are successful, I hope that Robert's successful," Earnhardt said in Richmond last week."He seems like a good guy. It'll be fun to be a Redskins fan and see how that plays out this year and see how well he does. I know all the Redskins fans are excited and expecting big things, and so am I."It will be interesting to see if RG3 can end the Redskins playoff drought before Earnhardt can finally win a race.
If Austin Reiter was on the Redskins roster as he was at the beginning of the season, he could well be starting at center against the Browns this week in the wake of injuries to Kory Lichtensteiger and Shawn Lauvao.
Instead, he could well be starting for the Browns.
Mary Kay Cabot, Browns beat writer for Cleveland.com, tweeted the following:
#Browns Hue Jax says there's a chance center Austin Reiter, signed off the Redskins' practice squad, could play Sunday— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 29, 2016
Reiter, a seventh-round draft pick of the Redskins in 2015, made the 53-man roster coming out of training camp. But he was cut after Week 1 to make room for defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins. The Redskins signed him to the practice squad, but Reiter went to Cleveland when the Browns signed him to their roster after injuries hit at the center position.
What Browns coach Hue Jackson said doesn’t sound definitive, and it may be some misinformation to try to throw the Redskins off. Veteran John Greco started at center for the Browns last Sunday, and he does not appear on their injury report.
Update: Breaking Burgundy is reporting that Reiter will start on Sunday.
ASHBURN, VA — The Redskins need to do some shuffling on their offensive line. They hope that they can keep up their performance in one particular area.
Washington is fourth best in the NFL when it comes to giving up sacks. Kirk Cousins has been sacked on four of his 124 pass attempts, a rate of 3.1 percent. Around the league quarterbacks are sacked on 5.5 percent of pass attempts.
Per Pro Football Focus, Morgan Moses is responsible for two of the sacks but that perhaps isn’t fair. One of them had to have been the sack that Cousins took on the last play of the first half as the clock ran out. On that play Cousins was supposed to get rid of the ball immediately and Moses blocked Jason Pierre Paul accordingly. He had no idea that Cousins was going to move around.
The low sack total is no surprise. Last year the Redskins were fifth in the NFL with a sacks against rate of 4.6 percent. That likely is a big reason they elected not to make changes on the line during the offseason.
It should be noted that sacks are not all on the offensive line. Although you rarely see a QB charged with one, Cousins should have been on the play discussed above. Jordan Reed was responsible for a sack against the Cowboys, although one can wonder about a play design that has Reed responsible for blocking a defensive end.
The quarterback also should get credit for sack prevention. Cousins does get rid of the ball quickly, perhaps too quickly sometimes. Occasionally that results in a missed opportunity for a big play but it does keep him off of the ground.