Offensive tackle Morgan Moses of Virginia has been a popular mock draft pick for the Redskins with the 34th overall pick. But should they steer clear if his name is on the board when they are on the clock?
The Dolphins are in desperate need of offensive linemen. Their offensive coordinator is Bill Lazor, who held the same job at Virginia from 2010-2012. His tenure covered the first three years of Moses’ Virginia career. So, is Lazor lobbying for the Dolphins to take his former tackle?
Apparently not. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins are leaning towards Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio over Moses with their first pick, 19th overall. One of the reasons is that, per a source, “the Dolphins are not as high on Moses with concerns over his work ethic and off-the-field issues”.
Any team looking at Moses would have to be concerned if he gets by the team that employs his former offensive coordinator, especially for those reasons. But it would be foolish to write off Moses as a candidate for the Redskins at No. 34.
For one thing, these “off-the-field issues” are very vague. Moses spent four years in Charlottesville and he was never arrested. He was on track to graduate with a degree in anthropology. Not that you can’t have some issues without getting arrested but it’s hard to see how there were many serious problem involving Moses when he managed to stay out of the newspapers and off of the police blotters.
Work ethic problems certainly are a concern but they are not unusual among young linemen and they are not incurable.
The bottom line is that just because a player who is not a good value for the team drafted with the 19th pick could well be a good value for the team picking 34th. The player the Redskins take there will have some flaws; otherwise, he wouldn’t still be there.
They will need to note the concerns about Moses and do their due diligence in investigating them. But they shouldn’t automatically remove him from their draft board just because Lazor may be giving him a less than ringing endorsement.
As the discussion rages around what the Redskins should do with free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, $75 million cornerback Josh Norman made clear he wants the passer back. Norman explained that the 'Skins struggles should not be pinned to Cousins, but rather, a Washington defense that finished the year near the bottom of the NFL.
"We got to help him out of defense, and stop somebody on the field," Norman said on FS1 (click here for full video). "We did not help him out at all. I'll be honest with you. We got to do our job."
Norman's comments came during a spirited argument with Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock and Cris Carter in what amounted to a festival of hot takery. Whitlock's argument was that Cousins is not a franchise quarterback, and shoult not be paid as such, largely for losing the final two home games of the year against Carolina and the New York Giants.
Cousins passed for nearly 5,000 yards this year, a statitstic Norman pointed to in his defense of the QB. He also explained that Cousins still has room to grow.
"He only had two seasons," Norman said. "Cam Newton had five seasons."
Drafted in 2012, Cousins was just named the 'Skins starter in 2015. He's started every game the last two seasons and gone 17-16 while passing for more than 9,000 yards. Norman played with Newton in Carolina before signing with Washington last year, and got to watch the quarterback develop into the league MVP in 2015.
Norman described Cousins as a 'great guy' and leader in the locker room, but he allowed that, "I know a great guy don’t translate into wins. I'm not saying that."
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As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.
No. 9 worst play of 2016
Steelers at Redskins Week 1
10:18 left in Q2, Steelers ball 4th and 1 at the Redskins 29, Redskins leading 6-0
Ben Roethlisberger pass deep left to Antonio Brown for 29 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
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Tandler: Things were looking up for the Redskins prior to this, even though they were unable to punch the ball into the end zone in two forays deep into Steelers territory and had to settle for field goals (a taste of things to come all year). The Steelers drove down the field and went for it on fourth and one. Because Joe Barry opted not to have Josh Norman travel from side to side with Brown, it was Bashaud Breeland with one-on-one coverage on the right side. Brown beat Breeland and DeAngelo Hall was late giving safety help and Big Ben put the ball on the money. The score put the Steelers ahead to stay.
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Finlay: It's easy to forget now that the Redskins had an early lead in the opener against Pittsburgh. In fact, their defense started well, until this point. In something that would be repeated throughout the year, the Steelers did not hesitate to go for it on 4th down against the Washington defense. Breeland was in pretty good position on the ball, though Roethlisberger's throw was right on the money. It would be only one more week until Josh Norman would then start traveling to cover other team's best receivers. Beyond the immediate impact of this play, it also seemed to stay with Breeland as he struggled somewhat in the first half of the season.
10 best plays countdown
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