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  1. What to do about the quarterbacks?

    I've mentioned before, I would do it prior to the season. Right now, actually. Extend him for another season or two. Not because I think he's a great coach or because I really want him at the helm of the ship -- but he's going to be the man in charge this season, and I want him coaching with a long-term goal in mind, not a short-term "save my job" mindset. That short-term thinking is what ruins promising QB prospects. Haskins should take the field for one reason and one reason only: because he's prepared enough to be deemed ready to play as an NFL QB at a competitive level and benefit from the experience. "He gives us a better chance to win than Colt McCoy" isn't a good enough reason to play him if he's not ready. And God forbid the "he's the future and we want to give the fans (and the fickle ownership) a chance to see him play and get excited for what's to come" thought process enters Jay's mind. I want him making the best decisions for Haskins's long-term future. Period. If the job security that comes with an extension helps him to feel comfortable managing Haskins in that way, so be it. I agree with your second line there, for the most part. But earlier in this thread, two posters that I respect were (either bluntly or musingly) suggesting that Gruden may not be very good at developing and deploying QBs. Which I think is not really borne out by the past 10 years.
  2. What to do about the quarterbacks?

    I’ve talked a lot about how drafting a QB outside the top half of the 1st round has become a basically fruitless pursuit in the last decade or so. The fact that essentially every team in the league chose to pass on them means they likely lack *something* necessary to be a good starting QB. Of all the QBs selected in that barren wasteland since 2010, only 6 have thrown even 800 passes and been better than league-average (by passer rating). These guys are just not emerging as viable franchise QBs. And of the top 4 among all those guys, two of them are the two QBs Jay Gruden has featured during his NFL tenure (Cousins and Dalton, of course). In other words, he’s taken two guys nobody really thought much of and — without much of a run game to speak of on either roster — he’s turned them into above-average starting NFL QBs. Put another way, Jay Gruden has developed as many of that top 4 as the rest of the NFL combined. He’s a good QB coach. You could say he lucked into it, had it just happened once. But he’s now done it twice, when no one else does it, and that’s likely indicative of a true talent for it. We don’t know at this point whether he can turn a great prospect into a great QB — but we know he’s good enough to turn a marginal prospect into a viable (if not quite good enough) long-term starter.
  3. Day Three Picks Or UDFAs Who Will Play in 2019

    Meyers is the big one for me, but all 3 of these guys were absolutely talented enough to be drafted and can make an impact early on. They all got dinged because of the NFL’s current obsession with speed (justifiable), but they can play. I think Meyers has a shot to be really good. @HTTRG3Dynasty hit the guys for the Redskins, but it’s fair to say there is opportunity there for at least 4 or 5 guys on the roster who fit this description. There are gaping holes on the roster at positions (like LG, WR4, CB4, pass rush specialist) that get playing time, and they went pretty hard at those positions in the late rounds.
  4. Listed as one of PFF’s most underrated picks (10 guys selected in the 3rd or later) in an article they did for ESPN: Interestingly, they did an almost identical article on their website, but that one included Kelvin Harmon in place of Jimmy F. Baby. Suffice to say, they really liked our draft.
  5. Ranking the (B)East - CB

    Yeah, it’s a little puzzling that Dunbar isn’t on the list and some of those abject bums are options. He was really good when healthy last season. Sky is the limit for that guy. He should absolutely be a consideration here.
  6. They probably compared him to 6th overall and thought he must be a massive steal in the 6th round...
  7. Looking beyond 2019

    Embrace the sit! Keep Haskins on the pine, roll with Keenum or (preferably) McCoy, and change the slogan to “Play like doody for Jeudy!”
  8. Looking beyond 2019

    With the major draft investments at QB and ROLB, I think any need outside of WR is sorta playing for second place on the priority list at this point. Yes, there are current holes at some positions — ILB, FS, and probably still LG being chief among them. But those are positions of far lesser importance than WR1, and we actually have some possibilities at each of those positions on the roster. And yes, there are speculative future holes at some major positions that we can reasonably project needed replacements down the road — including OT, CB, LOLB, and TE (obvious lesser importance). But we have quality starters at those positions, out of whom we can hopefully squeeze a couple more seasons. Perhaps Norman will he gone, but I feel okay about the young depth and think we can hope at least one of these youngsters emerges into a viable starter (in the slot, at the very least). WR1 is the only position where we have a gaping hole currently and no reasonable hope on the roster to fill it. And it is a high premium position in today’s NFL, in my opinion, especially when you’re hoping to develop a young QB.
  9. It looks like he didn’t include a section for passes behind the LOS. Haskins had about 120 attempts that weren’t accounted for, which I assume must have been passes behind the LOS. Which is a lot. By comparison, Murray had 92 such attempts, Lock and Grier each had 96, and Jones had 74. Minshew had about 240 attempts not accounted for. Which probably explains why his total accuracy number is so inflated.
  10. Ehh, he looks like a really good combine athlete. He definitely has an impressive burst and he can bend the edge to finish if you let him. And the effort is there. But he plays extremely high. And he doesn’t appear to use his arms/hands effectively at all, he basically just tries to run around blockers. When they get their hands on him, they control him completely — which is related to both of those issues. He also seems to struggle to change directions and redirect, again probably because he plays so high and without much knee bend. My take may be a little skewed because one of the games I watched was him getting dominated by Dalton Risner from Kansas State. Who is awesome. He reminds me of Jon Jansen, a true traditional RT in the best sense. And he even gave Montez Sweat some trouble, so there’s no huge shame in losing to Risner. But it was not a remotely fair fight, and Brailford will see a lot of tackles like that in the NFL. I’d be concerned that he mostly beat guys he outclassed physically in college, and won’t be able to offer anything against guys who are his equal or better athletes Okie State did an interesting thing with him where they lined him up over the center and basically just turned him loose to run toward the ball at the snap. That might bode well for him as a 3-4 OLB, in the sense that they clearly noticed what I did about him playing high and just tried to take the “3 point stance, hand in the dirt” thing totally out of the equation. He was very slow getting up out of the 3-point stance, so maybe playing standing up will at least allow him to get off the ball faster?
  11. Unless that guy is a Haskins family member or an employee of Ohio State, the Redskins, or Haskins’s agent — that’s pretty compelling stuff. The remarkable thing is that there are clear opportunities for him to improve his accuracy with some mechanical changes to his foot positioning and release. He could be even better with some high-level coaching.
  12. Should Haskins sit his Rookie Year?

    Lord, I forgot they had Minnesota on national TV. 0% chance they don’t have Haskins on the field for that game. If they’re going to play Cousins when he’s got a better team and the homefield advantage, they’re going to do it in such a way that the narrative with regard to the Redskins is Haskins and hope and future potential and upside and $25M difference in salary. And if they beat him, they’ll laugh all the way to 73 social media posts about it... (...all of which I would like, love, and save to my hard drive forever and ever)
  13. Should Haskins sit his Rookie Year?

    I do believe he’s likely to start early on though. It’s just not consistent with Gruden’s personal incentives to leave the future of the franchise sitting on the sidelines while his hot seat burns a hole in his track pants. Which is why I think I might consider extending Gruden’s contract for another year (to 2021). Perhaps that would put him at ease about his job security and properly incentivize him to focus more on teaching Haskins and getting him ready to be a star in 2020. Instead of just throwing the rookie out there as a “Hail Mary” in hopes that Haskins shows flashes of brilliance and saves his job.
  14. Should Haskins sit his Rookie Year?

    I agree. He will. But the question is whether he should sit. I think the answer is yes. When I’m thinking about whether a young QB should play as a rookie, I’m thinking about it as a long-term investment. Can he play as a rookie and benefit from it — not be overwhelmed, beaten down, and inhibited by it? In other words, how will he defend himself against NFL defenses (and start to hurt them back)? Does he have a ton of experience that has prepared him for everything defenses will throw at him? Does he have the ability to use his legs as a weapon when things break down around him? Does he have the ability to hurt the defense with deep balls down the field to back them off? Does he have great weapons that will bail him out when things get dicey? Does he have a dominant run game that will allow him to only make easy throws? Does he have an offensive line that will keep him standing and give him that extra time he’ll need? When it comes to the situation with Haskins, I don’t think he’s in a great position to succeed here. He has very little experience for a top QB prospect. He’s not a runner. His deeper throws (15-20 yards and beyond) are inconsistent and still need work. His passing game weapons are very poor and extremely injury prone. The run game has potential but it’s sporadic, in large part because the OL is also very injury prone. He’s going to have to be learning — a lot — as he goes along. And I just don’t think he has the personnel around him to help smooth out that learning curve if he’s thrown right into the fire. We’re looking for steady, healthy growth from the guy, and I think that requires patience and a controlled development process — as opposed to the “sink or swim” development that comes when you’re not sure what you’re seeing, except for Khalil Mack or Fletcher Cox bearing down on you and Josh Doctson or Vernon Davis as your only healthy receivers and an impatient fanbase frustrated with yet another mistake.
  15. They took him despite the injury history because when he’s healthy, he’s awesome. In his 2017 season, he put up 2118 rushing yards. That’s the 5th highest rushing total in a power conference since 2000. Among the top 30 FBS season rushing totals in that span, he was the only one to do it with less than 270 carries (263). That is a remarkable combination of volume, efficiency, and explosiveness. He has breakaway speed, very good change of direction, and remarkable balance. He was a flat-out superstar in 2017, which is why he ended up 2nd in the Heisman and was a consensus top 20-25 pick coming into 2018. He definitely had an injury plagued senior season, but the reward is worth the risk. He has game-changing speed and ability. And it does seem a little odd to say that he can’t replace CT because he’s injury prone — that would kinda make him perfect for the job of replacing CT, who I love but has to be one of the most injury prone players in football history.