If the first month of his career is an indication, Robert Griffin III had better have a really big trophy case. The NFL has named the Redskins quarterback the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.
In four games, Griffin has completed 86 of 124 passes for 1070 yards and four touchdowns. He is among the league leaders in completion percentage (69.4), yards per attempt (8.6), and passer rating (103.2). Griffin leads all NFL rookie quarterbacks in those three categories.
He is the third quarterback to pass for over 1000 yards in the first four games of his rookie season joining Cam Newton of the Panthers (2011) and Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins (2012). The former Heisman Trophy winner also leads all quarterbacks in rushing with 234 yards.
Griffin was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Redskins season-opening win over the Saints and he was the NFL rookie of the week for that game as well. Griffin is in the voting for the rookie of the week for last week as well.
Griffin is the first Redskin to be named the Offensive Rookie of the Month since offensive tackle Chris Samuels won it for his performance in October of 2000. Last year, Ryan Kerrigan won the defensive rookie honors last year in September.
There seems to be little question that Griffin will continue to collect hardware.
Well it looks like the name many considered to be the Redskins top choice at defensive coordinator is off the market. Adam Schefter broke the news of Gus Bradley to the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Redskins interviewed Bradley early in their process of selecting a new defensive coordinator. His latest gig ended poorly after he was fired as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Bradley's best success came as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks.
When he served in that role with Seattle, Bradley worked with Scot McCloughan. And prior to his coaching stint in Seattle, Bradley coached in Tampa, where he worked with both Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden.
Those connections, and his success in Seattle, had many fans hoping Bradley would take over for Joe Barry, who Washington dismissed more than two weeks ago.
The connection between Bradley and the Chargers comes as no surprise, and it leaves Washington still in need of a defensive boss.
Mike Pettine probably jumps to the top of the ranks of other coaches the Redskins have interviewed, but it still seems internal candidate Greg Manusky could be in position to move up to coordinator. Manusky spent the 2016 season as outside linebackers coach and has prior coordinator experience.
The Skins have also interviewed Dennis Thurman, last of Buffalo, Jason Tarver, last of San Francisco, Rob Ryan, also last in Buffalo, and John Pagano, last with the Chargers.
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The Redskins are reported to have a new quarterbacks coach. Normally that is not news that moves the needle much but if the report proves to be accurate the move has some big implications for the Redskins coaching staff.
First, about the coach. Kevin O’Connell was most recently an offensive assistant with the 49ers. Prior to that he was a quarterback who spent time with the Patriots, who drafted him out of San Diego State in the third round in 2008, Lions, Jets, Dolphins, and Chargers. He only saw the field the Patriots and he attempted just six passes. His addition as the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach was reported by Fox Sports.
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The thing is, the Redskins don’t officially have an opening for a quarterbacks coach. The job is held by Matt Cavanaugh. However, the Redskins do need an offensive coordinator since Sean McVay left last week to become the head coach of the Rams. Moving Cavanaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons before starting a 23-year career in coaching, to offensive coordinator, seems to be the logical move to make to many.
If O’Connell’s addition to the staff does indeed become a reality, that would all but confirm that Cavanaugh is getting the promotion. Nothing is official until it’s official but this seems to be the way things are heading.
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