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RG3 "concerns" identified?

RG3 "concerns" identified?

ESPN host Trey Wingo tweeted the following early this afternoon.
Sources telling me the "concerns" about @RGIII have less to do with health of the knee, much more on how the team plans to use him

— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 30, 2013
Shortly after that, ESPN's Adam Schefter followed up with this:
What @wingoz also reports: Dr. Andrews does not want Redskins to expose RGIII's knee to punishment during games.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2013
So, as some suspected, the "concerns" of Dr. James Andrews that Mike Shanahan referred to last night may not be not medical but had more to do with football strategy and, perhaps, the need for Griffin to do a better job of protecting himself when he runs the ball or scrambles.

Of course, it is impossible for any football player to participate in a game and not expose his knees to some degree of punishment. It doesn't require too much of a leap here to think that in the interest of brevity that the words "excessive" and/or "unnecessary" in front of "punishment" were left out.

Andrews' concerns are not necessarily in conflict with the assertion that his right knee is sound. Griffin tore the ACL in the same knee in 2009 as a sophomore at Baylor. You would certainly expect Andrews to recommend an abundance of caution under those circumstances.

Or are there any concerns at all? Andrews texted a few media organizations, including the Washington Post. "None of it is true. No concerns,” the message read.

Maybe it's a matter of semantics. Perhaps these "concerns" were common sense advice that perhaps Griffin should throw more and run less and when he does run he should quickly look for the nearest sliding area or sideline. And maybe Shanahan is using these "concerns" to slow down the process a bit and establish that the final decision here belongs to him.

And it's hard to blame him for that. The last time Griffin said he could play and Andrews gave the green light Shanahan went along with it and it turned out to be the biggest, most disastrous mistake of the coach's stellar career. It's hard to find issue with him slowing things down a bit and making absolutely sure that starting Griffin is the best thing to do for the long term good of the player and the organization.

It is very likely that Shanahan's answer will be "yes" and Griffin will start a week from Monday but the coach taking his time and making sure of the best way to proceed is the smart thing to do.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - A.J. Francis talks Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky and Kirk Cousins

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - A.J. Francis talks Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky and Kirk Cousins

Redskins defensive lineman A.J. Francis opens up to JP Finlay on what it's like to play for Jay Gruden, his pick for defensive coordinator, and the latest on Kirk Cousins' contract.

Listen below, and if you'd like to hear more from Francis, check out his pro wrestling podcast Jobbing Out Show here

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Redskins set to interview new defensive coordinator candidate in Dennis Thurman, per report

Redskins set to interview new defensive coordinator candidate in Dennis Thurman, per report

The Redskins have conducted interviews with a number of candidates at defensive coordinator, but a new name emerged Thursday morning. 

Thurman played cornerback in the NFL for nine years from 1978 to 1986, recording 36 career interceptions in 137 games. The bulk of his playing career was spent with the Dallas Cowboys, but he played his final season with the then St. Louis Rams. 

In coaching since 1988, Thurman's coaching career started working with the secondary for the Cardinals before an eight-year run at his alma mater, Southern Cal. From there, Thurman came back to the pros, joining the Ravens coaching staff in 2002 working under Rex Ryan. In 2008, Thurman moved on with Ryan to the New York Jets, and in 2013, was named Jets defensive coordinator In 2014, he went to Buffalo with Ryan to serve as their defensive coordinator when Ryan was named head coach.

In four seasons as a coordinator, two in New York, two in Buffalo, Thurman's defenses ranked no worse than 19th, per Pro Football Reference.

A football lifer like Thurman likely has connections all over the league, but it's interesting to note he has worked with new Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn since 2009. The two were on staffs both with the Jets and the Bills. Another Redskins coordinator candidate Gus Bradley has often been linked with Lynn, though the two have never been on the same staff.

Meeting with Thurman will satisfy the NFL's guidelines to interview minority candidates for coordinator positions. The Rooney Rule, as it was instituted, requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching jobs, but only suggests that teams extend the practice to coordinator positions. Washington had set an interview with Carolina's Steve Wilks, but then he was promoted internally to be the Panthers defensive coordinator and the meeting never took place. 

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