INJURY UDPATE: QB Robert Griffin III [concussion] is apparently feeling well and in high spirits, but he's got to pass some medical tests this week and be cleared by an independent doctor before he can play again. Mike Shanahan says it is possible RG3 could practice on Wednesday. SS Brandon Meriweather is out for at least another month due to his knee injury. Boy, the Skins just can't get the safety position right. RT Jammal Brown might be able to return after the Redskins bye week on November 11, according to head coach Mike Shanahan. Don't hold your breath on that one, people.
I discussed the Redskins and RG3 on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt on News Channel 8 yesterday. There is also a lot of Nationals talk in there. Check it out.
The Redskins are looking at PKs Chris Brown, Olindo Mare and Kai Forbath to possibly replace the struggling Billy Cundiff, who remains on the roster despite missing 5 of his last 8 field goal attempts, including two missed 31-yarders. Interesting that the Redskins are not looking at Graham Gano or Neil Rackers. Is this because the Redskins really don't like them more than their other choices or is it because they already know enough about Gano and Rackers and they want to check out these three other guys first. We'll find out.
Do you think the Redskins pass defense is awful? You're right.
The Redskins have given up 1643 yards through the air. Through five games that is the most in team history and the third-worst performance in NFL history.
To put the 1643 passing yards the Redskins have yielded in perspective, no other Redskins team has even allowed as many as 1500 passing yards through five games. The second-worst performance came in 2010 when they gave up 1490 passing yards in the first five. The 1999 team gave up 1375 yards through five games, the third most in team history.
In NFL history, only the 2005 49ers (1718 yards) and 2010 Texans (1648) have been worse than these Redskins at defending the pass at this point in the season.
CB Josh Wilson is upset about the 18-yard TD pass he gave up to Falcons WR Julio Jones last Sunday and seems to be laying at least some of the blame on poor safety play. I don't think that would surprise anyone. SS Reed Doughty admits he screwed up on the play.
Rick Snider writes that protecting NFL players like RG3 from themselves is paramount.
Backup QB Rex Grossman, last year's starter, has some thoughts on the RG3 injury:
Grossman said the play in which Griffin got hurt was a tough one primarily because of the area. In the red zone, things move differently. “Everything happens so fast in the red zone,” he said. “Lanes close quick and you think you might be able to run it in there and all of a sudden they’re scraping over the top and knocking you out….I think he might learn from that one a little bit. He’ll be fine. He seemed like he was fine after the game. He’s tough. He’ll fight through it and probably play, but I don’t know.”
Speaking of Grossman, he had to swallow his pride when RG3 went down on Sunday and another rookie took his place behind center.
The Redskins have a history of kicking ineptitude, writes Dan Daly, and Billy Cundiff is just doing his part to keep the tradition alive and well.
Former Redskins TE Chris Cooley talks about the time he thought teammate DE Adam Carriker was going to beat him to death.