After some film study and three days on the field, Robert Griffin III is in he process of learning the playbook. At this point, he knows how to call the plays better than he knows how to run them.The verbiage is a lot easier than you think, said the rookie quarterback. Im not saying anybody can go out and do it but its different when you look at 14 words on a piece of paper and you have no idea what those 14 words mean.Griffin said that after the coaches explain it it becomes a lot easier. If you forget the back half of the play you know it in your head just because youve gone over it so many times in the film room, he said. We didnt struggle much with the verbiage.Running the plays was another matter. Its different when you know what routes you have on a certain play but youve got to know where to go with the ball during certain coverage. Thats the biggest thing when it comes to playing quarterback in the NFL.In order to learn the offense, Griffin has been watching a lot of film featuring quarterbacks from the Redskins, Matt Schaub of the Texans (Kyle Shanahans old team), and the Saints' Drew Brees. Everybody that runs the same kind of concepts, he said. Its good to see those guys the way they break it down, the way they read it, the way they progress through their progressions. Theres no better way to learn than from guys who already are doing it.One person who believes that Griffin is doing just fine in learning the offense is a fellow rookie, guard Josh LeRibeus. Feels like when he came in he knew the damn playbook, he said.
With Trent Williams eligible to return to the Redskins after serving a four-game suspension, much chatter has emerged about the All Pro left tackle moving inside to play left guard.
Don't listen to that chatter.
Williams made the move inside to guard once this season, during a win in New York when injuries decimated the Redskins offensive line. He played well, especially considering Williams said after that game that he had never played guard in his life.
Any thoughts of moving Trent Williams to LG & keeping Ty at LT, forget it per team source. TW Williams will be back at LT vs Eagles. #httr— Chick Hernandez (@CHICKatCSN) December 5, 2016
For Washington moving forward, some fans want Williams at left guard and Shawn Lauvao sent to the bench. That would mean Ty Nsekhe stays at left tackle.
A few problems with this plan: 1) Trent Williams is the best left tackle on the team, and maybe in the NFL. 2) Injuries are mounting up for Nsekhe and right tackle Morgan Moses, not to mention the rest of the offensive line.
Nsekhe left the locker room in Arizona with a walking boot on his foot. Moses has dealt with a severely sprained ankle since Halloween. A healthy Williams returning to the team allows Nsekhe or Moses sit and get the rest they need for their injuries.
Further, on Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals, center Spencer Long sustained a concussion. His backup John Sullivan came in and handled the center duties well.
Some might suggest that Long move to guard, Sullivan stay at center, and Lauvao go to the bench. That move has more merit than moving Williams inside, but still seems like it would be a reach. And now with Long forced to enter the NFL concussion protocol, it's unclear when he will be back on the field at all.
Another suggestion has been to move Nsekhe inside to left guard. Consider that Nsekhe has been a development project; he's bounced around lower professional football leagues and at age 31 only has six career NFL starts. Couple that with his size - he's 6-foot-8 - and it's a tall task to move from tackle to guard.
Lauvao played poorly against the Cardinals, that's indisputable. But as much as some fans believe a reworked offensive line is the answer, moving those pieces is not very simple. Coaches and players like and respect Lauvao, and his play can only improve with Trent Williams back standing next to him.
Like all things in sports, the situation will remain fluid. More injuries could force more changes, but speaking with folks that know the situation, do not expect to see Williams at guard when he returns to the field next week in Philadelphia.
Coming off their loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Washington Redskins will face the Eagles in Philadelphia in Week 14.
The Redskins (6-5-1) fell to the Cardinals, 31-23, last week and will try to avoid losing their third straight game this week against the Eagles.
The Redskins offense struggled to get going in the first half against the Cardinals, and the defense had some trouble getting stops on third down.
The Eagles are coming off a 32-14 loss last week to the Bengals, and they'll attempt to stop a losing streak of their own. Philadelphia has lost three games in a row.
The Redskins beat the Eagles by a touchdown when they played them in October. With only a few weeks left and the NFC playoff race looking tight, both teams need a win here.
Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the game:
Week 14 Eagles vs. Redskins game information:
Who: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
What: Week 14 of the 2016 NFL Season
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When: 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 11
TV Channel: FOX
How to Watch: Redskins Kickoff begins at noon ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: NFL GamePass
Radio: ESPN 980, Redskins Radio Network
Point Spread: Redskins -1 (oddshark.com)
WASHINGTON REDSKINS 2016 SCHEDULE:
Week 1 (Mon. 9/12): 16-38 loss, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
Week 2 (Sun. 9/18): 27-23 loss, Dallas Cowboys (0-2)
Week 3 (Sun. 9/25): 29-27 win, New York Giants (1-2)
Week 4 (Sun. 10/2): 31-20 win, Cleveland Browns, (2-2)
Week 5 (Sun. 10/9): 16-10 win, Baltimore Ravens, (3-2)
Week 6 (Sun. 10/16): 27-20 win, Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)
Week 7 (Sun. 10/23): 17-20 loss, Detroit Lions (4-3)
Week 8 (Sun. 10/30): 27-27 tie, Cincinnati Bengals (4-3-1)
Week 9 (Sun. 11/6): BYE WEEK
Week 10 (Sun. 11/13): 26-20 win, Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1)
Week 11 (Sun. 11/20): 42-24 win, Green Bay Packers (6-3-1)
Week 12 (Thurs. 11/24): 31-26 loss, Dallas Cowboys (6-4-1)
Week 13 (Sun. 12/4): 31-23 loss, Arizona Cardinals (6-5-1)
Week 14 (Sun. 12/11): at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 15 (Mon. 12/19): vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m. — ESPN
Week 16 (Sat. 12/24): at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 17 (Sun. 1/1): vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. — FOX