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Need to Know: Redskins RB Chris Thompson impresses Gruden

Dec 16, 2014, 5:44 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 16, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Three and out—Thompson impresses Gruden

1. The Redskins will be at work today instead of taking their usual Tuesday off. That’s because of the Saturday afternoon game against the Eagles. Starting quarterback Robert Griffin III will be speaking at the podium. And since many of you are so concerned about where Griffin speaks to the media, it should be noted that Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins have addressed the media from the podium the weeks when it was known that they would be the starting quarterbacks. So did John Beck, Rex Grossman, Donovan McNabb, and Jason Campbell. It’s just the way it’s done at Redskins Park.

2. Chris Thompson played 20 snaps against the Giants in his NFL debut from scrimmage. He caught three passes for 22 yards and a touchdown and ran three times for 12 yards. “I was impressed with Chris,” said Gruden. “I think Chris has earned the right to get more chances as a third down back.”

3. Going into the Giants game, Alfred Morris needed 101 yards rushing to top 1,000 yards for the third time in his three years in the NFL. He is still 52 yards away. If you want to look at one reason why his production is off this year, check out the team’s third-down conversion rate. They are converting less than a third of their third downs, drives are not being sustained, so they are running fewer plays. Last year they ran 1,107 plays; in 2014 they are on pace to run just over 1,000 plays.

Out: NBC 4 is reporting that Gruden has been informed that he will be back to coach the Redskins in 2015. Although I’m not taking that as the final word—things could always change—it’s the right course of action. Instability has been this franchise’s major issue since Dan Snyder became the owner. Does Gruden have a lot to learn? Certainly. But he’ll look a lot smarter with more talented players, something the organization hopes to obtain with a full compliment of draft picks and salary cap room that should be in the $20 million range. That won’t be an instant cure-all but we will be able to get a fairer assessment of Gruden’s coaching abilities with some better safeties and some upgrades along both lines.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 1:20; Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III news conferences and open locker room after practice, approx. 3:15.

Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 4; Cowboys @ Redskins 12; 2015 NFL Draft 136

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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  1. colmac69 - Dec 16, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Thompson and redd did some gd things sun in first half……something to work with I think…..

    If report true then it b gd thing to bring gruden back….he made some big mistakes but I like his honest approach and sun proved to me that guys(most of them anyway) still putting effort in (I questioned their effort vs rams but sun was gd to c in that regard)…..and still onside with coach. …

    Prob is what to do with rgiii…..maybe two gd games from rgiii will prove a few doubters wrong and he can still prove to b the guy….esp if gruden going to try and adapt his offense to his strengths?

    Many questions but whats new there

  2. dcfaninecuador - Dec 16, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Rich…your “out” comment is what I, a modest, non-fantasy football playing, fan since Otto Graham’s tenure, has been saying. Give Gruden a chance to draft with a full compliment; sign FAs with a little money in the bank. In other words, build HIS team and the skins will begin to see some success. It takes time the build a foundation for success and hopefully, the owner now understands that (and to a lesser degree, the fans). Yes, he will make mistakes; he’s a rookie head coach for cry in’ out loud! BTW, I think his honesty in his comment about the team and players is appreciated in the locker room in ways we don’t know. I think his calling out of Bob show other players that nobody, owner fave or otherwise, is above criticism…that EVERYBODY is accountable, including himself.

    • jonevans511 - Dec 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Not sure what ‘non-fantasy football playing’ fan has to do with your post, specifically because you’re addressing the coach. Anyone who puts fantasy stats/performance ahead of their team’s progress is not a true fan of that team so just ignore everyone who says “so and so screwed me in fantasy this year so therefore he sucks”. I cannot stand that crap either but I am an avid FF player.

  3. goback2rfk - Dec 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    We getting close to securing a top 5 pick. Will be interesting what route we go in the draft.

  4. goback2rfk - Dec 16, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    It must be so awesome being a New England Patriot fan.

  5. goback2rfk - Dec 16, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    NFL.com is reporting that “Gruden has taken another shot at RG3” by telling the media the Skins have to get out in front so Robert does not have to drop back to pass or read defenses. LMAO!!!

    The entire thing is blown way out of proportion, the media is trying to stretch this one into something. Obviously that is not what he meant when he made the comments. It was nothing like that. In fact he was kind of standing up for RG3 during the begining of the presser.

    I dunno, but Jay buddy, quit feeding these media idiots out there that twist words around just to make a story. Shameful amateur reports over and over again, that post is stupid NFL.com take that sh*t down.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 16, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Here is the full Gruden quote in question. A hastily-written tweet was blown way out of proportion.

      on.fb.me/1yWrEfy

      > > >

    • Bill - Dec 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      The media had a field day taking Griffin’s post-game comments out of context. So join the club, Jay. You know how these guys work.

      If Gruden doesn’t want his comments to be wrangled, he needs to stop being “honest” and adopt the bland answer approach. Stop elaborating. After all, that’s what he told his QB.

  6. kenlinkins - Dec 16, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    I still can not get over B. Rambo getting TWO INT’s off of Rogers. Seems the Redskins had him playing more of a SS with Clark as the FS (you know the guy who can not get over in time to cover his half of the field). Could it be that the Redskins were more concerned about looking on this years Free Agents signings? Who made the call to cut him after two games?

  7. jscx3 - Dec 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    I am 50/50 on this situation with this team. I want to keep gruden to keep some sort of consistentcy .on the other hand if they let gruden go, they should go after Todd Bowles the dc from Az.

  8. alextwrs - Dec 17, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    I love what Todd Bowles has done with that defense. I think a defensive minded head coach would work here as well. He would value the structure of the game rather than selling jerseys and tickets. I think he would hire a great offensive mind and allow a QB competition as well. With what he has dealt with injury wise, he clearly deserves a chance at a HC position.

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