Kevin also asked me some questions about the Eagles, which can be found here. Let’s just get right to it (his answers in quotes):
We all know that Pierre Garcon is in charge of monitoring water temperatures in the training room tubs, Brandon Banks’ job is to catch bubble screens for a loss of 2, and Josh Morgan provides intimidation by throwing footballs at opposing DBs. But those jobs aside, what exactly are the roles of this team’s receivers?
Pierre Garcon – Redskins fans are not happy. After Landry blasted the Redskins medical staff for screwing up his recovery (always playing hurt), Garcon’s case seems to follow suit. The Redskins brought him back a few weeks after his week 1 injury and he injured his foot more. In Shanahan’s latest presser, he said they plan to play Garcon vs Eagles because he’s not 100% and they don’t know if he ever will be. Wut???
Brandon Banks – I’ll be the first to admit fans get most personnel decisions wrong, but most of us wanted him in the final cuts. Shanahan is a person that hates being wrong, seriously, so he’s going to keep playing Banks until he’s proven right and he makes a play. The Redskins don’t have a Djax…so this is their attempt in finding one.
Josh Morgan – I’ve actually met Josh and he’s the most low key guy I’ve met. Jimmy, if you played for the Redskins, wouldn’t you throw balls at people and curse out refs? I would say at least it hasn’t driven anyone to heroin, but it’s too early for that joke and hearing how affected Andy Reid was this summer is heart-breaking.
Madieu Williams and Reed Doughty? And yes, that’s my entire question.
Neither were meant to be starters this year. Now, it is fair to criticize Tanard Jackson who was suspended indefinitely before week 1 and Brandon Meriweather (aka Big Bang Clock) who will start FINALLY this week. Yea, he concussed his own teammate in game warmups several weeks ago. That’s some great personnel work there. I do sympathize a bit since Goodell put the cap penalty on the Redskins right before free agency started.
London Fletcher is one of my all time favorite non-Eagles. Has this season been the beginning of the end for him? Has he been healthy?
Fletcher is definitely not the same player. He’s been seeing a specialist for dizziness for some time and it’s clear his speed is not what it used to be. I’d be shocked if this wasn’t his last season. Just put him up in the Fedex Field Ring of Fame now. The development of Keenan Robinson has been encouraging. The plan is for him to take over.
I think that people are generally familiar with RG3’s body of work so far this season, but what about Alfred Morris? RG3 is of course the golden child and the face/future of the franchise, but has Morris actually been more important to the success of the offense, and what makes him so effective?
Morris means SO much to this offense. I knew he was something special when one of his first carries of pre-season he trucked Lance Briggs. No one does that to Briggs. With the running options between Morris and Alfred…LBs have to hold. Have to. With RGIII’s accuracy, that leaves holes. Losing Fred Davis has meant so much though. He was the leading Redskins WR in targets.
Earlier in the season, one of your writers (UkRedskin) did an awesome job breaking down the Skins’ read option offense and the looks they’ve shown in the passing game building on the success of the Skins’ ground game. Have opposing defenses simply caught up to those looks in recent weeks?
I think so. It doesn’t help our WRs have been dropping so many passes. In the Steelers game, there was 11 drops…2 of which were sure TDs and I’d say a total of 7 of them were easy drops. Last week there were a couple. You’re not going to keep drives going or score much that way. Shanny is rotating starting WRs trying to find consistency. With how porous the Redskins defense is, the offense sadly has to play mistake free. RGIII is tied with Tom Brady right now for fewest INTs at 3, so, go buy your RGIII jersey today.
Is Trent Williams going to the Pro Bowl? Anyone else?
He should be there. He deserved to go last year until he fell to the siren of sweet Mary Jane. As good as Trent has been in pass pro, he’s a mauler on rushing plays. As for others…Lorenzo Alexander needs to make a Pro Bowl already for Special Teams. He’s always making huge hits…just ask Jorrick Calvin. Alfred Morris is worthy of discussion. if Peyton Manning is on one side of the Pro Bowl curve, Madieu Williams and Billy Cundiff are on the other. Or maybe Nnamdi Asomugha.
Eagles 38 Redskins 34. Shanahan is 0-2 after the BYE with the Skins. Ironically, both losses were at Fedex vs the Eagles.