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Need to Know: 5 Redskins notes as they report for minicamp

Jun 16, 2014, 4:49 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 16, one day before the start of Redskins minicamp.

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Here are five things you need to know about the Redskins as they prepare for minicamp and the final week of their offseason program.

—Today is reporting day for minicamp and practices start tomorrow. Players check in and, if necessary, get playbooks and take a physical. With attendance at OTAs running near 100 percent, with just a few players missing a few days here and there, it’s all kind of a formality. Everyone has been there, introductions are not needed and they have been running the plays in the book.

—The only player who has missed minicamp since I started covering the team full time in 2009 was Albert Haynesworth. It was his shot over the bow to Mike Shanahan. Say what you will about Shanahan and his tenure in Washington but he did do the franchise a huge favor by getting rid of Albert, who would still have two years left on his contract had he stuck around.

—On the other hand, you have to wonder how much of a favor Shanahan did the Redskins having Robert Griffin III run the read option so much when he was a rookie. Sure, it got the Redskins a division title and RG3 earned a ton of individual accolades. But it cost him a year of development into a pocket passer and then last year his development was hampered by his knee injury. It’s not as though Griffin is like a rookie this year but he’s going to have to learn a lot of stuff that he should have been learning the last two years. The decision to use Griffin as they did seems to be a case of short-term gain for long-term pain.

—We’re not looking for any of the Redskins’ walking wounded to return for minicamp. Even if the likes of Leonard Hankerson (knee), Richard Crawford (knee), Tracy Porter (shoulder), and Stephen Bowen (knee) are feeling well enough to give it a go—and there is no indication that any of them are—the Redskins would do the smart thing and not risk a setback for the sake of three days of practice.

—After practice on Wednesday the veteran players will be off for five weeks before reporting for training camp in Richmond on July 23. The rookies may be required to report earlier for some classroom learning. The coaches will probably take a week or perhaps two off before getting into the grind of work weeks that run 80 or more hours a week from the start of camp through December (and, if things work out well, longer).

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Timeline

—It’s been 169 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 83 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 1; Training camp 38; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 91

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  1. mrhart76 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I agree with you about RG3. It was short sighted. I disagree however about Albert. I know im in the minority on this but Albert could play. As a coach you play to your players strong points. We have been running a 3-4 for about 4 years now. And our defense has sucked ever since.

    • Knife - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      I agree..I’m sick n tired of def. beating on Skins QB’s like the Passion of Christ while other QB’s have all the time in the world …I don’t get it …every year is the same thing.

      • thirdistheworrd - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Yes and no to both of you. Yes the D has looked bad since switching to a 3-4, and sure, our defense was consistently good (if unheralded) for a long time before that, but that had nothing to do with the 4-3, we had the personnel. Cornelius Griffin, Andre Carter, Philip Daniels, Anthony Montgomery, Joe Salavea– great guys, great team players, but you can’t form a defensive dynasty out of soon-to-be AARP members (also who is impressed by my ability to pull those names out of my butt?). A change was needed, and considering that we had to start from scratch anyway, there was no reason not to switch schemes.

        Haslett stated after the season that he feels like Shanahan has been handcuffing him the last couple years, and he would have a chance to really implement his scheme this year. I’m sick of the guy too, but he deserves one last shot. Obviously if the D struggles again this year he’ll be on the first Bolt Bus out.

        On Fat Al, you’re not just in the minority, you don’t even appear on the census. Haynesworth stated that he come to DC to grab a fat paycheck and then get himself cut: flat-out robbing the team. And “coach to your players’ strong points”– so hire a different DC so that one of your D-linemen is happy? (even though he would have found another way to get himself cut, regardless)

        Point is, I think our whole fanbase is itching to give Haslett the boot, but he’s getting one more shot, so we should make our peace and hope he nails it.

        • greed - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

          I thought regardless of the hancuffing claim haz shouldve been gone dont remember any of his defenses that were good in n.orleans or rams being a 3-4 always 4-3 & really werent dominating my choice woyldve been wade phillips he maynot be a gd headcoach but hes a 3-4 guru his defenses when hes the DC wete pretty damn good

  2. greed - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    On another note i hope gruden goes back to the burgandy pants & white jerseys atleast for the road games – we did win lombardys in that scheme hey call me supersticious

  3. shermanp79 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I have commented on the Pistol thing many times in the past in my posts. It helped him have some comfort but stunted his growth which was so obvious last year. Now I think the injury played a part. I don’t expect only 5 picks but 10 at most? As bad as last year was, he had what…12? So I think it will be around there. I expect 30 TDs if not more plus a handful of rushing TDs. I expect 4k passing. If Dalton can do it RG3 certainly can. What I want to see if big plays when things break down. Shanahan put in a crappy scheme for that and I believe that’s one thing RG3 hasn.t given this team. When you look at what Luck has done , RG3 has to step it up. He needs to see the field better than last year. That is why I think the Pistol wasn;t the way to go. Again the injury screwed up his growth. He has the talent to do it.

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