Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 19, the day before the Redskins start OTA’s.
That was the week that was
—I wrote about the Redskins on the NFL Top 100 list (Alfred Morris, London Fletcher, Trent Williams) the other day. It looks like just one more Redskin, Robert Griffin III, will be named to the list. I’m going to guess that the total of four players in the rankings will be among the fewest for any playoff team, if not the fewest. The hosts on the show have said that there will be a total of five representatives from the Chiefs on the Top 100 and they finished with a total of two wins. While some Redskins fans might feel insulted by relative paucity of Redskins on the list I think that in some ways it’s a tribute to the team. They won 10 games and the NFC East without any full-fledged superstars, a few “A” players and a lot of “B” and a few “C” players. That is a team playing better than the sum of its parts.
—When asked about RG3’s knee, Bruce Allen said "We’re not even going to think about it until later in July." I know we’ll write about it and talk about it before that but we really won’t know anything until then. (h/t @JakeRussell)
—I found a cool stat cooked up by Chase Stuart on Football Perspective. It’s called the game script and like most good stats it’s fairly simple. There are 3600 seconds in a 60-minute game. The game script is “the average score over each of those 3600 seconds. The Redskins’ game script last year was 1.9, meaning that every second of every game they led by an average almost two points. In 2011 they were, coincidentally, at a -1.9. In 2012 the best game script belonged to the Patriots at 7.7, the worst was the Chiefs at -7.3.
—Something I want to try to figure out between now and the start of the season is how much pressure the Redskins are under. I’m seeing a lot of fans predicting that the Redskins will go 12-4 or something like that. If I dare to go on Twitter or into a chat and suggest that I think they might go 9-7 I get strong push back. High expectations equal high pressure. While I think they are out of the territory where they are a threat to lose double-digit games, they are not yet to the point where they should be written in as the division champs every year either.
—Honestly, I have no idea why so many Redskins fans who want Charles Woodson to come to Washington. I see Twitter inquiries addressed to me and to others daily. In case you missed it, the Redskins drafted three defensive backs. Even if Woodson was to sign for the minimum—and he wants much more than that—his presence on the roster would take away snaps from Bacarri Rambo, David Amerson, and Phillip Thomas. That makes zero sense. Add in the fact that they would have to redo contracts to make salary cap room for him and push cap charges off into future years (the old Vinny credit card cap management style) and it makes less than no sense.
In case you missed it
Here are links to all 26 Redskins posts on Real Redskins and CSN Washington from the past week. Get some coffee and get caught up!
- The Week That Was: Links to all 26 posts from last week
- Enemy Intel: Giants
- Big expectations for ’13 Redskins—but big enough?
- Redskins sign Rambo, Jenkins
- Pass defense will face tough early tests
- Redskins 53-man roster projections, offense
- It’s time for Cousins, White to shine
- The 53 Roster projection: Defense/specialists
- Tandler and Tarik chat archive
- RG3 is the USA’s most marketable athlete
- RG3’s knee not the only injury concern
- Should the Redskins go no huddle?
- Redskins sign Chris Thompson
- Roster churn continues
- Thursday Tweetbag: Answering your Redskins questions
- Jamison in the fold
- Defensive injury concerns for OTA’s
- Redskins sign Jamison
- RG3 No. 83?
- RG2 says RG3 “is doing extremely well”
- Redskins sign draft picks Amerson and Thomas
- Countdown to OTA’s: What is RG3 missing?
- Another running back in the mix?