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Need to Know: 5 Redskins notes and quotes from RG3's press conference

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Need to Know: 5 Redskins notes and quotes from RG3's press conference

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 31, 17 days before the start of minicamp.

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A year ago as Robert Griffin III recovered from reconstructive knee surgery his press conferences during OTAs and minicamp were major productions, with ESPN and NFL Network often running them live and national media types in the press gaggle. On Thursday it was quite different with just the locals gathered around the third-year QB and no live broadcast. Instead of stretching out to 15 minutes or more, Griffin’s Thursday session lasted about five and a half minutes. Here are five notable quotes from Griffin’s presser:

Initially, Griffin dismissed a question about his mechanics, but he went on to say that he had made a tweak in his stance. “A lot of that talk I just leave to you guys to talk about that stuff. I talk with coach. We’re just back out there playing football, man. I talked about it already, getting the base to shrink a little bit from what we were being taught before and back to what’s natural. Going out there, playing football, being aggressive, being decisive, and that’s what we’re doing.”

In an answer to a question about his chemistry with DeSean Jackson, Griffin noted that after Jackson’s much ballyhooed absence from the first with of conditioning his attendance at workouts has been perfect. “We’ve been throwing a lot. He’s been here for the majority of the offseason program. I know there was a big splash about him not being here at the beginning but he’s been here since then. He’s a guy that’s so talented and like I said before he’s got a wide catch radius. He can pretty much gel anywhere he goes and we’re excited to have him.”

Last year Griffin was separated from his healthy teammates during OTAs, throwing to the side with others who were rehabbing and running sprints to stay in shape. This year it’s different. “As everyone knows, last year I was rehabbing, getting ready for the season. Right now I get to go out there and be with the guys. That’s the most important part, to be with your teammates, to gel, build that chemistry, and that’s what I’ve had a chance to do. I thoroughly enjoy it and I hope they do too.”

On how he is adjusting to Jay Gruden’s new offense: “It’s always a work in progress. Everything that we’re doing, it just feels good. It feels like it’s flowing well and everybody is fitting in nicely. Moving them around, putting them in different spots. Really just trying to keep our defense off balance.”

Griffin talked about being out of the field with Gruden and it’s apparent that the coach had discussed what happened to Sean Lee, the Dallas linebacker who is out for the season with a torn ACL after a collision during an OTA: “Coach is bringing a lot of energy to the field for us, we’re practicing at a high pace. He wants us to go out there and compete every day but also be safe and take care of each other because we’re all on the same team.”

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—It’s been 149 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 99 days until the play the Texans in their season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 17; Training camp 53; Redskins @ Eagles 113

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Need to Know: Did the Redskins underachieve in 2016?

Need to Know: Did the Redskins underachieve in 2016?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 18, 99 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 43
NFL free agency starts 51
First Sunday of 2017 season 236

The coordinator search and more

Did the Redskins underachieve this year? I know that a metric like Football Outsiders' DVOA is not the final word in the quality of a team but looking at it year after year it usually does work out that the teams with the better numbers in DVOA usually win more games than those with worse numbers. The Redskins finished 2016 eighth in DVOA. Considering that 12 teams make the playoffs, that could be considered a playoff quality team. Yet 15 teams finished with a better record than they did. I’m sure there are some holes in the formula for the stat but just looking at that it sure appears that the Redskins did leave some wins out on the field.

John Keim is reporting that the Redskins are prepared to switch to a 4-3 defense if that is what their new defensive coordinator prefers. They have been in the 3-4 since Mike Shanahan arrived in 2010. Whether it is because of the scheme or lack of draft and free agent resources spent on the line and at safety, the defense hasn’t been very good. As Keim notes, they will need to make some personnel changes if they do change but with a full load of draft picks and $62 million in cap space this may be the time to do it.

I expected the angst that was all over Twitter when word of the Rob Ryan interview got out. But it’s pretty dumb to get all worked up over an interview (with all due respect to readers here who may have been upset). It’s not a hiring. Look, somehow or another Ryan managed to stay employed as an NFL defensive coordinator for 12 straight seasons. I don’t know how to research it without going through some very time consuming and tedious steps but I’d be willing to bet that only about a few dozen men in the history of the league have been able to remain a defensive coordinator for that many season in a row. The organization can learn something from sitting down and talking to him for a few hours.

I understand that we want things to talk about in a relatively slow time. But I just don’t see why there is fear out there over the possibility that Kyle Shanahan will get hired as the coach of the 49ers and somehow steal Kirk Cousins away to be his quarterback. The Redskins can maintain his rights via the franchise tag. They could tag Cousins and trade him to the 49ers but there would be a heavy price in terms of draft picks. But while it’s possible, it’s unlikely. The chances are very, very good that Cousins will be in a Redskins uniform this year via either the tag or a long-term deal. 

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#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

As the Redskins settle into the offseason without both an offensive and defensive coordinator, JP Finlay and Rich Tandler debate who will get the jobs, and when they will be announced. 

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