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Need to Know: Rambo vows to keep fighting

Sep 26, 2013, 5:18 AM EDT

Rambo-vs.-Bills

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 26, three days before the Redskins visit the Raiders.

Nickel coverage

Five things you need to know about from Redskins Park.

1. Bacarri Rambo isn’t necessarily happy about going from playing virtually every defensive snap the first two games of the season to playing none against the Lions. “It was very difficult,” he said. “But the coaches coach and I’m just going to go out there and play to the best of my ability.” It remains to be seen if Rambo’s demotion was a one-time thing or if he will ride the bench until he earns more playing time.

2. Barry Cofield, one of the best locker room quotes on the team, had a great perspective when he was asked about the Redskins “beating themselves”. He doesn’t like that terminology. “I think that we’re hurting ourselves,” said Cofield. I’m not going to sell the other teams short; they’re beating us, we’re losing.”

3. Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson is not one of those who thinks that the read option of the flavor of the month. “The read option I think is something that’s here to stay because it works,” he said on a conference call with Washington media. “All you have to do is catch the defense in the wrong defense and you have the potential for a big play . . . I think it’s good. I think it works.”

4. Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor talked to the Oakland media on Tuesday. Although he said that he had not yet passed the test necessary for him to be cleared to practice, the fact that he was talking with reporters was significant. Players who have concussion symptoms are not permitted to speak to the media so his session means that there is a pretty good chance he’ll play against the Redskins on Sunday.

5. The Redskins converted 46 percent of their third downs (6 of 13) against the Lions, a marked improvement over their first two games when they converted 24 percent (5 of 21). It helped that they had six or fewer yards to go on eight of their third downs.

Stat of the day

—Robert Griffin III attempted a career-high 50 passes against the Lions. Last year, on seven occasions he went two games in a row throwing 50 or fewer passes combined.

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Timeline

—Days until: Redskins @ Raiders 3; Redskins @ Cowboys 17; Bears @ Redskins 24

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:15, Jim Haslett news conference 12 noon; Practice 1:00 (media can observe first 30 minutes), Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan news conferences after practice (approx. 3:00) streamed on RealRedskins.com

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  1. weneedanewcoach - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Rich I have heard rumors Rambo was benched for lack of effort is this what you are hearing as well? HAZ told us all after week 2 that Rambo played well in first 2 games for a rookie so what’s really going on with him?

  2. Rich Tandler - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    I think Haz was trying to keep his spirits up to an extent.

    I read Louis Riddick on ESPN.com and he talked about Rambo’s (and Amerson’s) “compete level”, which I take as a knock on his effort. That’s not something that I’ve heard around Redskins Park and I have not observed it myself during games and watching replays but then again teammates would not talk about that to the media and I’m not a scout.

    It’s still very early in the season and in his career. We’ll see if/how much he plays when they don’t go with the single high safety alignment.

  3. rg3knees - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Rambo has not been a big play maker out there yet. He is still young and has a chance to turn it around. It is not like the Redskins defense is loaded with superstars or anything so Rambo will get his chance. He just needs to make a big play and people will change their mind about him.

    • weneedanewcoach - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      I agree but riding the sideline will not allow for him to develop or make a play, I don’t understand how a DC can say he is playing well and defend him with the media and then turn around and not play him a single down in the very next game but nothing surprises me now with this staff.
      HTTR!

      • Rich Tandler - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Schiano in TB said on Monday that Freeman was his starting QB and then Wednesday he’s not. Players regularly get praised in the media while behind the scenes other wheels are turning.

        • weneedanewcoach - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

          Yes you are correct and that QB was like I win for last 8-9 games and is the most important player on field because he touches the ball every play.so I understand the thinking on that. Rambo is a rookie who we throw out there on a horrible Def team and to not play him a single play after you say he played a good game and HAZ also told the media you have to know the plays called in order to place blame on a certain player, this does not make much sense UNLESS it is for lack of effort and then it becomes a discipline action. so my question is which is it lack of effort / discipline or his play?

  4. Rich Tandler - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    If you’re expecting coaches to be completely honest in their assessments of their players, I don’t know what to tell you. Don’t hold Haz to a standard that few if any other coaches in the NFL would meet.

    • weneedanewcoach - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Yes Rich not trying to hold coaches to a standard like you say just want to understand this move is it for discipline or the way he has played? If its for his play not sure why he does not hit the field for a single play that’s all im saying. Rambo is young and is going to make mistakes especially on a poor D, that has to be expected from a learning curve. This D has been horrible stopping the run and pass so not sure I understand this benching for entire game that’s all!

      • weneedanewcoach - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        here are some stats for Rambo after 3 weeks with him only playing in 2 of the 3 . Rambo is tied for 2nd in sacks 4th in tackles and 4th in assists on the team, minus an entire game. This adds to my question of how or why would this kid not play a single play in our 3rd game of the season after putting up these kids of numbers in his first NFL games ever. Also add the fact of how bad our D has played as a whole! Yes he has had some issues but how many rookies put in this same situation would fare better after 2 games?

  5. rg3knees - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    In the newest news, Michael Wilbon, famous commentator and host of the ESPN show “Pardon the Interruption” says that if the Redskins fall to 0-4 with another lack luster performance from the offense, than he thinks there will be a change at QB. It makes sense since the skins lose the game the season may not be mathematically over, but generally they will be removed from the playoff race. At that point there becomes no reason to ‘risk’ RG3’s knee and the skins would want to let Cousins give it go to maybe even get other teams interested in him.
    Next year when RG3 is “actually” technically sound the skins will get off to a better start. You know let him take the reps in training camp, preseason, and such. I look forward to a completely healthy RG3 with no brace, and no talk about his prior injury.

    Go Skins! First W of the season coming on Sunday afternoon!

    • rg3knees - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      And I am not dogging RG3, I am simply stating a fact that Wilbon said on an ESPN phone interview at 2:45 pm EST today.

      • Rich Tandler - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        So is this just Wilbon speculating/opining or does he have a source for this revelation?

        There is zero chance that Griffin will sit even if the Redskins are 0-10.

        • weneedanewcoach - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:18 PM

          I agree with Rich I see a zero chance at rg3 being benched this season, two guys with “two” ego’s IMO!

        • dcterrain - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM

          I like Wilbon, but I’m with you on Griffin not getting benched no matter how bad he looks. He should have been benched for injury for all the games following the win at Baltimore. She should have been out until the bye week this year. If being seriously injured keeps him on the field way past when any sane person would have taken him out then going 0-10 won’t either.

    • weneedanewcoach - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      I would not be so fast in showing off KC for trade bait, as know one knows if rg3 will ever be the same player we all saw last season!

  6. dcterrain - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Rambo has had a rough christening in the NFL so far. He seems to be a player that operates off of intimidation and always being around the ball. He runs up against Chip Kelly with Vick, McCoy, and Jackson on his first game. Second game he runs up against Aaron Rogers. Not the way you want to break in a player. I’d be surprised if he has confidence issues due to not having watched enough film on these teams. He will eventually be able to put his act together with watching a ton of film. It’s also not like he’s getting a lot of support out there either from his teammates. He will be a fine player in time.

  7. rg3knees - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Rich:

    You would know better than me, have you heard anyone in Redskins Park say that there will not be a change at QB no matter what, or is your comment “speculation” or your own “opinion”?

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      It is the opinion of both me, a person who is at Redskins Park every day, and of others I talk to who have more inside type sources than I do.

      And it won’t not happen because of egos or anything like that, it won’t happen because it’s a horrible idea. Griffin needs to play every snap he can. And if you need me to explain that, I can’t help you.

      • rg3knees - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Thanks for the reply. I saw your live stream show today and I thought you guys hit on a lot of good points. Keep up the good work!

        HTTR

      • weneedanewcoach - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        I would agree to ” it’s a horrible idea” because and only because he started week one, we sure don’t need a QB controversy we have enough issues and need no more.

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