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  1. All the excitement I had vanished after he started blaming the Shanahan regime for what were largely his own problems.
  2. The tackle was a bit much, for sure. I'm just not sure if Robinson just went WAY overboard to make the big tackle or if he tried to make an adjustment to the receiver putting his hand down to stay up and put more into it than he needed to (it certainly turns out very different if thats a bigger/heavier player he's trying to wrangle). It's one of those tackles that looks more unreasonable in slow motion where you get a false sense of deliberation than in real speed.
  3. No. An independent NFL neurologist cleared him and then uncleared him after consulting with another independent doctor. This was actually a league thing and not a Redskins thing (for once).. unless you're big on behind closed doors, jet fuel can't melt steel beams level conspiracies. Statement from neurologist regarding Robert Griffin III not being cleared for Saturday. #redskins pic.twitter.com/iFIjpQlFDP — John Keim (@john_keim) August 28, 2015
  4. The offensive line isn't great but it's looked worse with Griffin under center than it has with anyone else. A large part of the problem there is that he has not developed any sort of pocket feel. He tries to escape the edge every time he senses pressure (he's unreliable in this regard) even when that's where the pressure is and he has room to step up in the pocket. Russell Wilson is the best in the game at sensing where he has to move to but it's still a trait that's common among even the more immobile succesful passers. Not even Big Ben or Cam Newton would do very well putting themselves in a lot of the positions Griffin does. At this point I don't think he has the mental makeup to make it as a starter in the league anywhere. He's proven to be too much of a basket case and his base nature seems to be to blame everyone else first and merely pay lip service to his own faults after the fact.
  5. Hi boys and girls, long time no talk. Absolutely you can label him a bust. It's no coincidence that Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan, Jay Gruden, and now supposedly Scot McCloughan have all tried to create some distance from Griffin as a starter. The Shanahans in particular were by FAR his best opportunity to learn and mold himself in to a true NFL passer and he yet was resistant to adapting his game and ultimately instrumental in them getting the boot. The behind the scenes nonsense with Griffin turned out to be way more ridiculous than I ever imagined possible... but such is life with the Redskins. RG has (had? he still looks slower than he once was) all the physical potential in the world. He hasn't made an ounce of progress where it really counts, though, which is running an offense and making good decisions with the ball in his hands. His instincts are just all wrong, he'd have been fine if EITHER his passing or running instincts were better. Not only are those instincts not great on their own but they actively work AGAINST each other much of the time.
  6. Unless you're a scout with an eye for this sort of thing, saying that he absolutely couldn't transition to a 3-4 OLB is every bit as ridiculous as suggesting that it's a good fit for him. It's important not to forget that most of the better 3-4 OLBs out there got their start as 4-3 ends.
  7. I mean, I expected him to get heavily fined and suspended again at SOME point. This was kind of questionable, though. Usually Meriweather is about 10,000x more overt with the head-hunting.
  8. Maybe so but I'm not convinced Sanchez ever had it to begin with.
  9. For mostly self-interested, investigative reasons... RGIII. Former Redskin... easily Chris Cooley. Just seems like a cool guy and is one of the more knowledgeable and enjoyable media personalities we've got. If I had the chance to actually talk football with someone... I think you'd almost have to go with Peyton, Tom, or a guy working the other end of the game's great mindgames like Ed Reed. If it could be ANYONE without regard for the laws of space and time... Sean Taylor. Would kill for an opportunity to even say something in passing but it's too late for that now. Thanks, man. You were a joy to watch.
  10. I mean, it really depends on circumstance. If they turn to Savage mid-season because the other QBs are failing and "we've got nothing to lose with the rookie", then that's not a great marker for personal success at all and often seems to bode poorly for young QBs. If someone goes down and Savage comes in off the bench and impresses, that's definitely a great sign. If he improves every week in practice and eventually they decide he's their best option and bump him up then that's also good... but with coachspeak being what it is it'll be hard to tell if this is really the case or they're actually back at that first scenario.
  11. I figured Johnny would disappoint on the field but now I don't know... That's the kind of training and supplementation regimen that did wonders for the 90s Cowboys.
  12. The thing about Romo is that he's played at a consistent level throughout his career. He started VERY strong after riding the bench a few years and his production hasn't wavered much at all from year to year. I bring this up because you talk about Romo not being successful because the Cowboys have no defense but fail to realize that for much of his career he's actually had a VERY good defense. The Cowboys D was on the rise under the infinitely amusing Bill Parcells (ft. Mike Zimmer) and was consistently in the top 10 during Wade Phillips' tenure as head coach. Romo played just as well then as he does now (at a very high level 90% of the time) but still couldn't get postseason results (always playing his worst in December and falling apart completely going into January) and rightfully earned his reputation for being anti-clutch. That monkey has been riding his back his entire career and is why I also hesitate to put him up a level despite believing he has more than enough raw ability to play at that level. The difference between Wilson and Romo definitely isn't the defense, though, or even run game for that matter (MBIII was a terror during his short run and DeMarco Murray is legit). I think what Romo lacks that Russell has now is really quality offensive coaching and playcalling. He developed fantastically under Sean Payton, who most would agree now is a certifiable offensive mastermind, but Payton was out by the time Romo got his chance on the field. As a starting QB he's been working mostly with the dreadful Tony Sparano and highly dubious Jason Garrett. If you kept him with Sean Payton his entire career or even put him in a situation like Denver under Shanahan or Philly under Andy Reid or any team with Norv as OC (but, dear god, NOT HC), I guarantee his potential would have been better tapped into and his weaknesses would have been managed better. Also, please don't rate Trent Dilfer on the same level as any even serviceable modern starter. He's a relatively smart dude but he was questionable even as a game manager (career 55% completion, more INTs than TDs thrown, only 1 quality season in a 13 year career). It took one of the best defenses of all time to carry him to a Super Bowl win and there have been numerous rookie QBs recently who have been better players day 1 than Dilfer was (Wilson, Luck, Griffin, Dalton, Cam, Tannehill, Foles, Glennon).
  13. You're honing in on a single phrase without reading the context.
  14. The Graham hearing had important implications regarding the franchise tag. It will have zero impact on what Graham earns if he is allowed to negotiate a contract with the Saints or another team. He will absolutely command money befitting a top WR if his performance doesn't suddenly decline. The market ultimately cares less about position than production and on-the-field value. Just look at what happened to safety salaries over the last decade. It used to be that the gulf between CBs and safeties was similar to the gulf between WRs and TEs. However, as more and more dynamic playmakers have emerged at the safety position salaries have gotten more and more similar. These days top safeties routinely command money commensurate with top CBs. Richard Sherman's contract, for example, is worth only about 1.5mil more per year than Earl Thomas'. Notorious, big-time playmakers like Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu, Bob Sanders, and Sean Taylor played a pretty pivotal role in getting the ball rolling here. Now mega-athletic TEs like Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, and Jordan Cameron are poised to have a similar effect for their position.
  15. This actually has no impact on his asking price. TEs can and will be paid like WRs if their performance warrants it when it comes time to work out a long-term deal (see: Gronk's contract). The whole point of the franchise tag is to avoid paying a valuable player their asking price and/or market price.
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