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Need to Know: Redskins Park Notes and quotes–RG3 anticipates intense matchup vs. Texans

Sep 4, 2014, 4:52 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 4, three days before the Washington Redskins open their season against the Texans.

Redskins Park notes and quotes

The buzz from Redskins Park on Wednesday:

Darrel Young on Texans DE and highest paid defensive player in NFL history J. J. Watt: “He’s everywhere, there’s not one play that he’s not around the ball. He’s great at what he does.”

—The Texans and Redskins both went from the playoffs in 2012 to the two worst records in the league last year. Robert Griffin III sees both teams fighting on Sunday to get the new season going right. “There’s going to be some hot tempers in this game because everybody wants to right their ship,” Griffin told the Houston media in a conference call.

—It sounds as though Young is anxious to get out there and show that what we saw in the preseason doesn’t represent what the offense is capable of. “We have a game plan. We didn’t game plan at all during the preseason,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”

—Just before going out for his first full practice as a member of the Redskins, safety Duke Ihenacho said that it doesn’t look like the defense in Denver and the one here are all that different. “A lot of the same things, the same concepts, different terminology,” he said. “I think that’s the hardest thing about it, you communicate with your teammates out there, the rest of the guys. It’s just terminology. Once you get the terminology down and everything we should be good.”

—I seemed as though Jay Gruden was not very concerned about the possibility that a hamstring strain will keep nickel corner Tracy Porter sidelined on Sunday. “If he can’t go we’re okay,” Gruden said, referring to Porter. “We have some good enough players here that are ready and have been taking a lot of work because he hasn’t been available that often in training camp and preseason. So we have guys that are ready to step up and play if he’s not ready.”

—Gruden gave us a thumbnail look at what the passing game will look like. “Our intent as an offense is to make sure we have enough passing plays where he [Griffin] doesn’t have to hold the ball that long. We’ll take some shots here and there, too, where he has to hold it a little bit longer, but for the most part, let’s get him into some rhythm – unlike we did against Baltimore – and try to get the ball moving.”

—Griffin on the running game: “You’ve got to run the ball, and I think that’s the key to success any time. We know that if we want to do what we want to do, we have to be able to run the ball effectively. We have one of the best run blocking offensive lines in the league – very athletic guys that can get to the next level – so we’re definitely going to try to do that.”

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Tandler talks Texans strategy


Today’s schedule: Open locker room player availability 11:15; Practice 1:00 open to media for first 30 minutes; Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)

—It’s been 249 days since the Redskins played a game; in three days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 10; Redskins @ Eagles 17; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 21

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  1. gasngo14 - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    We need to run that ball down Watt and Clowney’s throat! RG3 please let Morris do all the running Sunday!

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      We should be able to use both Clowney’s inexperience and athleticism to our advantage. His movement off the line is incredible but it can also lead to getting himself out of position for some big runs. We can keep him off RG3 by keep the running game going in his direction. Force him to hesitate and second guess his moves. I also doubt Clowney has faced a Tackle as athletic and strong as Trent Williams. Oh and Helu will have his share of runs as well so enjoy!

  2. barrymoyer - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Yes, J.J. Watt is a force but it’s helpful to remember that even with him, the Texans were 2-14 last season. The real story in this game from a Redskins perspective, will be how Griffin plays. If he stinks up the joint, it’s going to be very troubling. Losses and wins count but right now Griffin’s game is key. I’m less than hopeful.

  3. colmac69 - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Imo the offense should start the way they did when rgiii played his first game vs saints…u watch it and bout first 5, 6 plays were quick bubble screens to receivers and allowed qb to get gd feel for game…moved ball upfield and slowed dwn pass rush…got linemen out and establish gd tempo….no guarantee that would work for sure but its relatively low risk strategy but effective….

    • deepball1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      the best offenses keep the defense off balance by doing the opposite of what the Defense thinks is coming. I think they may come out in Turbo right away and could use Turbo a lot in this game. It works. No doubt Houst.on will be looking for a large dose of Morris so why not come out throwing right away?

  4. kenlinkins - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Rich, I think many Redskins fans have over looked the key to the 2014 season. IMO it is not RG3 (RGme), the O-line, the pass rush or even the defensive backfield. It is the new, first time head coach. Will head coach Gruden be able to handle the game pressure, have ice water in his veins, be bold without being dumb, take risk’s without betting the farm, make adjustments as required without panic setting in, and not be out coached. Everything starts with the head coach, the game plan, who starts, the sub packages, adjustments to what the other team is doing, etc etc. On Sunday we get our first look at coach Gruden under fire in a real NFL game and that alone will tell us Redskins fans more than anything else just what is in store for 2014. We will start to see if we have in place the right man for the long term change required to be a winning team once again. IMO, Gruden is the key and the largest bet on the board for us Redskins fans this year!

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      I get what you’re saying and it’s true to an extent. But all of those qualities matter only to the extent that they get Tyler Polumbus to block J. J. Watt, Bacarri Rambo to make sure tackles at safety, and gets the special teams in position to make plays.

      It’s two sides of the same coin, really, but I think that games are won not by X’s and O’s but by Larrys and Joes.

      • kenlinkins - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        You right about 2 sides of the same coin, but I have seen so much damage done by the likes of Spurrier, Zorn and Shanahan that I feel snake bit. The good news is I like what coach Gruden has done so far and my hope is that he can turn this team into a winner again long term. Sunday is a major step and will set the tone for 2014. My hope is that the Redskins now have a head coach who can win in the NFL even with the ownership that is in place.

  5. deepball1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Damn that Gruden he just gave away the game plan. So now Houston knows that they plan to run the ball sometimes, except when Griffin is making quick throws to get in rhythm, or except when they go deep to take some shots. lol

    I think Gruden forgot to tell them about the end around to Jackson…..RG3 running a few Read Options….targeting Jordan Reed 8-10 times….or about all the bootlegs they will run. And I also know Gruden forgot to tell Houston about the fierce pass rush that is coming for FitzPatrick.

  6. deepball1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Hey Rich…Nobody is talking about Orakpo and his newest injury. Is this guy going to be healthy this season? Will he be limping around during the Houston game and how effective can he be with a bum ankle? Isn’t this why we got Trent Murphy?

  7. redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    JJ Watt lined up in between Lich’ and Chester is where I expect we’ll be most vulnerable. It’s the worst match up we have in this game. In preseason there were a few samples where the pocket collapse between those two. Chester getting bull rushed while Lich’ was too late to come to his aid. Our running backs have also not blocked well this preseason. So it makes sense that RG3 will be getting rid of the ball very quickly. To avoid RG3 taking some heavy hits from that monster, his timing and the offense needs to be in a rhythm similar in how Tom Brady is used in New England.

  8. skinsgame - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    2 things I’ll be particularly watching for will be the defense and 3rd downs on offense. The defense has the luxury of continuity in coaches and schemes. Hatcher and Murphy were added to bolster the pass rush, Shanahan is gone, and Haslett will have no one to blame now for poor tackling techniques.
    And for all the talk about Griffin having to “transform” into a “pocket passer”, can he deliver an accurate pass when he needs to? No matter if he’s rolled out or in a straight drop, can he read the defense and throw an accurate pass for a 1st down? He was bad at it last year and the 3 and outs completely killed them. Gruden is tasked with much as the head coach but nothing is more important than getting Griffin to deliver a ball and cut out the chronic fumbling.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      I agree about the 3 and out issues. It’s been sometime that I recall having good ball control on offense.

      As for Trent Murphy, I feel like I’m the only one that hasn’t been overly impressed with what I see on the field. He hasn’t yet shown to me that he can get off his blocks. Many times in preseason I saw a tight end containing him at the line for more than 3 seconds. He is a rookie but I still want to see more explosion from him. I honestly feel he needs at least a season to improve his strength. He has great size but I’m not seeing the power yet.

  9. deepball1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    all I hear is people talking about the Houston Defense as though only one defense is going to play Sunday.

    The Redskins Defense will also be headhunting for FitzPatrick. Hatcher had 11 sacks last season which is MORE than J.J. Watt. People have already turned Clowney into a living legendary Giant Killer. Clowney had 3 sacks last season…..we have a pass rusher from college in Trent Murphy and he had 15 sacks.

    What is going to win this game is ATTITUDE. If the Redskins keep talking about how they have to run from Watt and Clowney…then they will lose. If Pete Carroll or Jim Harbaugh were coaching this team…we would be hearing about how FitzPatrick is going to be running from the Redskins pass rush.

    You either ATTACK or you RETREAT. I would like to hear a bit more ATTACK coming from our coaches and players and a little less RETREAT.

  10. realfan82 - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    As much as I hate to say it, it’s all on griff, he has to put up or shut up. I feel the rest of the pieces are in place but it depends on his play. Fans aren’t trying to wait for him to learn how to play QB, the receivers aren’t looking for him to be captain save-a-team and run, we need him to take a deep breathe and get rid of the ball. The ball doesn’t need a massage every throw. Side note: I think they should play hot potato.

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      ³The rest of the pieces are in place.²


      • kenlinkins - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Well, at lease the Plan is in place! And that is step one. Archives

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