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Did We Have Gibbs II Backwards?

Did We Have Gibbs II Backwards?

Maybe we had this Gibbs II thing all wrong.

When Joe Gibbs came back in 2004 with what amounted to total control of football operations, the conventional wisdom was that this was good and bad. It was good because Gibbs was without peer when it came to matters of preparation, game planning, and in-game strategy. The down side was that his ability as an evaluator of personnel was not thought to be nearly as strong as his ability to prepare players for a trip to Dallas. Redskins loyalists fervently hoped that Gibbs the coach would be able to overcome the missteps of Gibbs the personnel guy.

Three years and 13 games into Gibbs' return it looks like the conventional wisdom had it exactly backwards.

In general, when you're watching a game unfold, the Redskins don't seem to have any particular edge over their opponents in the coaching department. In fact, they generally seem to be a step or two behind the opposition. The play calling has been unimaginative, both before and after the addition of Al Saunders. The Redskins always seem to make more dumb mistakes than the other team. The game management, including clock management, has been unimpressive at best, horrid at worst. If you're reading this, you don't need a list of particulars here.

The whole tenor taken by the team is beyond conservative, it's cautious. Maybe he'll change and become more aggressive. We've seen flashes like we saw on that last TD drive against the Bears. But it's unlikely that this leopard will change his spots.

Coach Gibbs II has been, and is likely to remain, a major disappointment.

General Manager Gibbs, however, is another story.

Gibbs has collected a pretty good array of talent. Start with one of his more controversial acquisitions, Jason Campbell. He has a lot of developing yet to do but he has a chance at being very good. Gibbs traded for Clinton Portis and Santana Moss and they now hold the team records for rushing yardage in a season and receiving yardage in a season respectively. Antwaan Randle El is developing into a solid receiver. Chris Cooley is one of the league's best tight ends.

On the defensive side, LaRon Landry and Rocky McIntosh could end up playing in multiple Pro Bowls. Carlos Rogers seemed to have figured out how to be a solid corner before he got injured. Andre Carter should have a few top prime seasons left and he's become a one-man wrecking crew. Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery should develop into solid starters.

Of course, the one who could have been the best of them all, the crown jewel of Gibbs II, Sean Taylor, was taken from the team and its fans (not to mention his family and friends) way too early.

Have there been mistakes? Certainly there is heavy buyer's remorse over the Brandon Lloyd trade and contract. Other draft picks have been flat-out wasted (cough, Duckett, cough). There has been the good, the bad, and the Adam Archuleta. A whole chapter in the history book of Gibbs will revolve around Mark Brunell. But there have been some pretty impressive hits along with the misses.

When Gibbs left the Redskins in 1992 the core of talent that had won him multiple Super Bowls had grown old and the replacements weren't nearly as good. Or maybe they were and Gibbs wasn't around to get the most out of their talent and put them in situations where they could succeed. In any case, the team has been in an extended funk ever since that day.

Looking at the roster now, it's possible to conclude that Gibbs has assembled the core of his fourth Super Bowl championship team. The ultimate irony is that it's likely that someone else will have to take over to coach the players that Gibbs selected for them to get the most out of their ability.

 

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Redskins Playbook: Beyond Jordan Reed, questions mount as training camp opens

Redskins Playbook: Beyond Jordan Reed, questions mount as training camp opens

RICHMOND - Everything seemed cool at the Bon Secours training facility when Jay Gruden left the podium on Wednesday, but that quickly changed when the Redskins released their  Physically Unable to Perform list a few hours later. Jordan Reed landing on the PUP list was an unexpected bomber, a big deal even if the star tight end returns to the field quickly.

On Thursday, the Redskins will take to the field for their first day of training camp. There will be plenty of questions:

  1. When and why? Reed on the PUP list for the first day of camp does not mean Redskins fans should panic, but it also doesn't mean there isn't reason for alarm. Reed has a distinct injury history and it seems the team is being smart trying to handle an injury rather than let it linger. The Washington offense is at its best with Reed on the field. Jay Gruden will be asked about Reed a lot in his Thursday press conference; perhaps their will be some clarity.
  2. D-Line questions - Rookie Jonathan Allen should immediately help the 'Skins up front defensively, but beyond that, there are no sure things in the trenches. The Redskins added Stacy McGee from the Raiders and Terrell McClain from the Cowboys in free agency, and both are expected to have a significant role right away. Those guys have had productive flashes in their past, but injuries have been an issue. The Redskins need them to be good, and healthy, right away.
  3. Time to shine - Josh Doctson hardly had a rookie season as he dealt with Achilles injuries. He played just two games in 2016. With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon gone, the Redskins need last year's first-round draft pick to produce in 2017. A strong training camp, develping chemistry with Kirk Cousins, could help calm fears about the revamped 'Skins offense. 

Stay with CSN all day for updates from the Redskins first training camp practice of the 2017 season. Football is finally here.

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Reed on PUP is not a reason to panic, at least not yet

Reed on PUP is not a reason to panic, at least not yet

RICHMOND—Redskins fans got into a panic when the news that Jordan Reed will start the season on the PUP list with a sprained big toe. But the injury is no cause for great concern. At least not for now.

It’s not that Reed isn’t an important cog in the offense. Of course he is. He was No. 2 in our ranking of the Redskins who will have the most impact in 2017. But there is every indication that the move is precautionary. History indicates that toe injuries tend to linger. Similar to hamstring injuries, the best path often is to rest and rehab until the pain is gone and then rest and rehab a little while longer. That minimizes the chances of the injury coming back.

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The irony here is that Reed did not go to OTAs in order to work on conditioning in Miami. Most areas of his body probably are bullet proof. But there is not a lot you can do to prevent a toe injury; it’s just not one of those areas of the body you can fortify with conditioning.

We don’t yet have a timetable for Reed’s return. They will not be in any hurry. Reed knows the offense and he has good timing and rapport with Kirk Cousins. After missing OTAs he came in a dominated the two-day minicamp. The Redskins could choose to have him work on rehab and conditioning until the third preseason game one month from today. They can let him get a little tune up against the Bengals and then put him back in bubble wrap until they open the season against the Eagles on September 10.

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That sounds like a good plan but there is always the possibility of a relapse. These injuries are tricky. And while it’s too soon to panic, some great concern would be warranted if Reed still is on PUP in a month.

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