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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes–Gruden says RG3 has to ‘let some things fly’

Aug 26, 2014, 4:56 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 26, two days before the Redskins wrap up the preseason against the Bucs.

Redskins Park notes and quotes

The buzz around Ashburn:

DeAngelo Hall doesn’t have an issue with Brandon Meriweather hittin receivers high. “Keep hittin’, keep hittin’ and I’ll pay the fine,” he said on Monday. We’re pretty sure he was kidding. (note: This was said prior to the announcement that Meriweather will be suspended>)

Darrel Young indicated that the players have been led to believe that they might play on in the fourth and final preseason game. “Right now we’re playing vs. Tampa on Thursday, that’s what we’re game planning for,” said Young. “If our first team has to go out there for a half or three quarters, we have to do what we have to do.”

—I think Jay Gruden passed along a pretty insightful comment about what’s wrong with Robert Griffin III (emphasis added). “He’s got to have a trust factor that the drop is going to match the receiver’s depth and all that stuff,” he said. “He’s got to let some things fly. He’s just a little bit hesitant right now, which is normal with some new concepts.”

—Hall certainly is aware of the struggles on offense and he sees good reasons that the defense seems to be ahead of the offense. “Our offense, you know, they haven’t been as successful as we have on defense,” he said. “They haven’t been doing some of the this we’ve been doing. It’s a lot easier to run out there and read and react and make tackles as opposed to trying to scheme guys up.”

—Gruden was not going to use the fact that they don’t game plan much for preseason games as an excuse for the team’s issues on offense. ““We’re running concepts that should be successful,” he said. “They should be more successful than they are. We ran a couple outside zone plays where the guard went the wrong way a couple times and that can never happen. We had some other pass plays that should be OK – shouldn’t be as bad looking as they were. We should be better at what we’re doing.”

Jason Hatcher showed no wear and year after seeing his first preseason action of the season, 19 snaps vs. the Ravens. “He’s good. He played well and he felt good today, so that’s a good sign,” said Gruden.

—Gruden indirectly and probably inadvertently gave us the reason that Rob Jackson was cut. “He’s worked hard, but part of the factoring – it’s not just how well you play that position, it’s what you do that can help the team in other spots, special teams for instance,” said Gruden. The message—if you’re not on special teams you’re not going to be a backup linebacker on this team.

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Today’s schedule: Practice 11:00 a.m.; Open locker room and Jay Gruden news conference following practice, approx. 1:00.

—It’s been 240 days since the Redskins played a game; in 12 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 4; Home opener vs. Jaguars 19; Redskins @ Eagles 26

Will the starters play vs. Bucs?

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  1. skinsgame - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    In reading the comments about Griffin over the last few days I’ve noticed that, if you think the team should consider playing someone other than Griffin because he looks to be regressing or just isn’t playing well and hasn’t now for a whole season plus this entire offseason, you are “knee-jerk” reacting. If you think he deserves years to “develop” because he was considered good before coaches started scheming for him, you are patient and smart. I think everyone wishes Griffin well and hopes he turns things around. I know I do. But if he needs to develop again, he should do it from the bench while watching others whom he could learn from instead of treating the games as if they are a practice. There’s no shame in that.

    • bison4me - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      You can only learn by playing. It sucks at first, but the rewards do come. You can’t mentally rep the the three technique stunting up the B gap, or the Wheel green dogging when they showed zone pre snap. You have to play and get beaten at first, but the expeirence will make you better.

    • realfan82 - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      I think the issue is that everyone is expecting a playoff appearance or even a superbowl win this year. The expectations are too high for a first year coach. We won’t see the finished product until next year. I’m not expecting a quick turnaround to where we make the playoffs this year and then tank the next. I’m looking to them building a team that will get it done every year and put them in the post season every year. Regardless of who is at QB we need to support our QB instead of bashing them and causing division. We all hate the cowboys, eagles and giants, not our own team.

      • skinsgame - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:55 AM

        It shouldn’t be so far fetched to consider a playoff spot a possibility. The team has great players at the skill spots and this is largely the same team that made the playoffs 2 years ago. But, it seems the consensus is, 6 wins would be a miracle. Why is that? Griffins play. That doesn’t mean I hate anyone, it’s just the truth.

    • primetimehero - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Exactly. This is his actual rookie year. He spent four years under one coach – Brile – being a running back with an arm. Then he had a fairly easy transition with the Shanaclan for two years. Now, he’s asked to be a quarterback with speed. He’s being asked to advance his head game. He has to get comfortable being in the pocket and looking to pass first with running as a last resort. He’ll be better for it in the long run.

      People want him to just be “Black Jesus” like he was in 2012. Well, in 2012, he was running a VERY similar system as he did in college. Now, he’s asked to become what scouts thought he could. People fail to recognize the growing pains that come with, basically, learning to play quarterback in the NFL.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      I like the way you phrase your comments Skinsgame. However, the “knee-jerk” reactions are apparent to many because of other comments were far more extreme. There were words like bust, bad investment, or salvage. These are not comments deserving of a player who hasn’t even played two full seasons. A player that was ROY and returned his second year from a severe injury with no OTA or TC preparation. A player is now learning a new variation of the offense under a rookie head coach/offensive coordinator. We all expect a lot from RG3 but the newly found “RG3 naysayer Fans” are completely disregarding the challenges he has had to deal with that may have affected his development. He was not always coached well by Shanahan and yes he made his own share of poor decisions which a young player in the NFL will do.

      So in my perspective; many Fans calling for Cousins now and have indicated to some degree the end of RG3 is completely without merit. Some Fans want to point out comparisons with Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, even a struggling Kap who is having his own issues this season (I guess some didn’t receive the memo on Kap)! What they don’t acknowledge or just don’t understand is that RG3 was better than all those QBs in his rookie season and last season NONE of those QBs had to deal with the hurdles and strife returning back that RG3 had. Luck has been coached well and was supposed to be a better prepared QB for the NFL. R.W. plays with the best defense and running game around him. He isn’t required to do near as much to get a win as we need from RG3. It’s just makes no sense to me how anyone can already be convinced RG3 a failure. As others indicate, he needs to play but I agree if he struggles result in him regressing further then it may then be best to bench him and let him work out his issues through practice.

      • skinsgame - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:31 AM

        It is perfectly natural have Griffin at polar opposites of the faith spectrum and, for fans, it’s purely emoting. On both ends. One, euphoric with hope or promise and the other with despair or worry. That’s what puts butts in the seats and has millions tuned into a lowly Rams vs Browns contest.

        When the regular season starts, I will take off my rational hat and become a rabid fan but, during this time of the year, I try to look at the team with specific interests and tend just to observe. Griffin has been bad and, as a pro, his time of playing badly has eclipsed his time of playing well. By all accounts, he works hard at preparing, studying film, practicing hard, etc… The trouble is, he does all of that work and has spent so much time “studying” the mental part of the game but still seems to make mental mistakes. Even in practices, we read how he is just not playing well. The fan in me becomes skeptical of his cerebral ability to be an NFL QB.

        If what we’re witnessing is, as you say, his attempt to transition into a so-called, “pocket passer”, that is more cause for concern. That would mean they drafted a player who will have to be taught how to be a QB. Let’s get serious. If indeed that’s what we’re seeing, as fans, we’re probably in deep trouble. The odds of someone developing into a great QB are incredibly long.

  2. bowlregard - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Defenses are traditionally ahead of the offenses at this time of year.

  3. cowboyhater - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Please….let’s just get this season under way so we can get all of the questions answered about this team. Too much writing, and commenting about what is wrong and right. I just want to see what the finished product will look like in week 1 against Houston.

  4. Phillip - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Rich do you have any problems with Kirk taking some snaps with the first team & if Kirk plays better, do you have any issues with Kirk starting until RGIII can be brung up to speed or beat Kirk out of the QB position. I just want wins, I like both our QB’S

    • realfan82 - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      you won’t get em this year. You can’t have an instant dynasty. This is a building year like it or not. If we were in win now mode, then they would throw in kirk everytime griffin makes a mistake which doesn’t work and which you people want. Then when kirk make a mistake it’s throw in colt, by the time ya’ll are through, the kicker will be throwing passes

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        “Then when kirk make a mistake it’s throw in colt, by the time ya’ll are through, the kicker will be throwing passes”

        Funniest comment I’ve seen in awhile!

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      They made a commitment to Griffin. If they veer in another direction now it¹s a sign of utter chaos in the organization. Griffin needs every snap with the starters that he can get.

      I don¹t think that would be a good idea. If they go through this year, or even half of it, and he¹s still having issues then, yes, open up the competition.

  5. redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    “The Redskins released veteran offensive lineman Mike McGlynn, along with two other players, as they trimmed the roster to 75 by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Washington also released receiver Rashad Ross and tight end Matt Veldman.”

    I was really hoping Rashad Ross was at least going to get past the cut down to 75.

  6. kenlinkins - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Rich: Right now I see 19 guys on the 70 man roster who could be placed on the Practice Squad, of these I see 9 guys who will make the 53 man roster. Do you feel the Practice Squad in set and the there are only 7 guys left to cut? Do you see the Redskins picking up any players from the “wire” on cut down day (and if so, what positions do you see the Redskins seeking help at)?

  7. colmac69 - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Imo majority of roster is already made up…maybe 5, 6 spots up for grabs then 10 for practice squad…..b interesting what happens at safety for first couple games…..watched game again and pressure our d-line got even rushing only four was better than I thot…..could b defense could b strength of team this yr and who would put money on that earlier in season. ….. Archives

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