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Need to Know: Is Cofield the best in the business?

Oct 3, 2013, 5:31 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, October 3, 10 days before the Redskins visit the Cowboys on Sunday night.

Nickel coverage

A little something different during the bye since we’re lacking the usual newsy nuggets that go here—the top five most valuable Redskins so far this season. We’ll count them down 5-1 here:

5. Barry Cofield—Jim Haslett called him the best nose tackle in the business and less biased observers agree that he’s right up there. And if you don’t have a nose tackle, you don’t have much of a 3-4 defense.

4. Pierre Garçon—Garçon is on pace to shatter the Redskins’ season record for both receptions and yards but they probably won’t end up passing enough for him to continue that pace. But even if they don’t pass he’s still valuable since he’s a fierce run blocker.

3. Robert Griffin III—Yeah, I know that he’s having an off year. But QB is the most important position in any sport. And plays like the scramble and pass to Helu in the fourth quarter make me think that the best is yet to come and it’s coming soon.

2. Ryan Kerrigan—Five sacks and 12 pressures of the quarterback have helped out the defense immensely. Brian Orakpo owns a piece of this because we’re seeing what an experienced Kerrigan can do with a legit threat on the other side.

1. Trent Williams—He has the raw power to drive a big lineman like the Packers’ Johnny Jolly 12 yards downfield and the finesse to guess wrong on an opponent’s pass-rush move and still move back into position to protect the quarterback.

Stat of the day

—Per Pro Football Focus, the Redskins have dropped 14 of Griffin’s passes. Only the Rams’ Sam Bradford has had more of his passes dropped. That puts the Redskins on pace to have 56 drops this year; they had only 35 all of last year.

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Timeline

—Days until: Redskins @ Cowboys 10; Bears @ Redskins 17; Redskins @ Broncos 24

—The Redskins are on their bye, no availability this week.

3 and Out: Can the Redskins win the NFC East?

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  1. hailyeah1 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    well Cofield is having a great season so far as well as the front seven.
    Garcon is playing well.
    Griffin is playing better with each game
    Trent Williams is having a Pro bowl season so far.
    over all the team may be on the verge of breaking out to get on a long wining streak!!

  2. Jason Holden - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Griffin is ranked way to high. Most of his dropped passes are his fault because of his poor accuracy. One scrambling play to Helu who by the way broke his because Griffin couldn’t see the two receivers down field doesn’t make him the God everyone makes him out to be. I don’t see him developing into a quality starter for a couple more years. He wants to be the best and you can’t do that by playing it safe. Sooner or later he has to trust himself and his receivers and I don’t see that happening for some time.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      So you completely should ignore the fact that RG3 came back from a severe ACL injury over a month ahead of schedule and came out to lead his team with no OTA or training camp? So now that he comes out rusty due to lack of practice and game participation he is two years away from developing into a quality starter? Also, are you insinuation that last season’s performance never existed?

      Let me put this into another perspective for you. Adrian Peterson didn’t post a plus 100 yard game until game 4 last season and didn’t repeat that performance until game 7 but still barely missed out on a single season rushing record.

      Point is your analysis on RG3 is at best premature and based on ignoring key reasons for his slow start.

  3. rg3knees - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I agree pretty much with everything on the post. I think Wilfork, before he got injured was right up there with Cofield. However, I would remove RG3 from the list and add A. Morris who is having a pretty decent year so far. RG3 has just not done anything special enough to get on the list. His accuracy pct. is mediocre, his rushing yards are down, his qb rating is not even in the Top 15 in the league, and most of all his longest pass play of the season is only 44 yards. The big play potential seems to be missing from the Redskins offense. Therefore, I am going to have to drop RG3 out of the top 5. Last year RG3 was number 1 for sure, wow last year what a season, what a memory. Morris deserves a nod. Morris is ranked 7th in the league in rushing which is tremendous. I am also going to say P. Riley is having a pretty good season on a defense that is not performing well.

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