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In NFC East news, the Philadelphia Eagles fired Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo this morning. A former Redskins defensive back takes over the job.
The Redskins play the NY Giants this week, Washington's first division game seven weeks into the season. Mike Shanahan likes that:
“The one thing I always say is I don’t even worry about when you play different teams, but I’d say it’s always an advantage if you’re going to play within your division if it’s little bit later than earlier, especially with rookie players,” Shanahan said. “I think it is a big benefit for us with Robert and a kid like [running back] Alfred [Morris]. He’d rather play a little bit later than earlier.”
Rick Snider writes that RG3 is about to face real brutality -- his introduction to the NFC East.
Rich Tandler points out that RG3 is going to be leading the Redskins against some fantastic quarterbacks in the weeks to come, starting this week:
Make no mistake about it, Griffin will not be the better QB on the field for most of the Redskins’ last 10 games, at least not in terms of accomplishments. They face Eli Manning (2 rings), Mike Vick (4 Pro Bowls), and Tony Romo (3 Pro Bowls) twice each. RG3 also will play on the same field with Ben Roethlisberger (2 rings), Cam Newton (shattered rookie QB records), and Joe Flacco (has won 70 percent of his starts). Of the remaining quarterbacks on the Redskins’ slate only Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden could be considered to be inferior to Griffin.
John Keim notes the Redskins defense, for all its many faults, is creating turnovers:
When it comes to the Redskins and turnovers, they're doing a good job of being in the right spot. They're also doing a good job of forcing the action. And it's why they're tied for fourth in turnovers forced and tied for third in turnover differential. The Redskins' defense has enough issues to cause concern. But they've forced turnovers, scored four defensive touchdowns and created numerous opportunities for the offense. The Redskins already have scored 49 points off turnovers this season, which is six more than in 2011.
A bit more on turnovers from Zac Boyer:
Washington has intercepted eight passes and recovered six of its opponents’ fumbles this season while only throwing four interceptions and fumbling the ball away once.