Rich Tandler’s 5 thoughts possibly related to the Washington Redskins and other matters.
5. It’s funny how when people are presented with knowledge that runs counter to what they believe they have a hard time dealing with it. Some fans deeply believe that the Redskins’ offensive line is awful, just like it was in 2009. When I posted an article providing evidence that the line is not so bad any more, many rejected it out of hand in comments and tweets. All sorts of reasons to reject the facts presented were brought forth. Bad offensive line has become so much a part of people’s belief system that they can’t handle it when that “knowledge” is challenged.
4. Reggie McKenzie, the new Raiders general manager who created a stir by firing head coach Hue Jackson, is not a former Redskin. Some fans are getting Reggie confused with his twin brother Raleigh, who was a center and guard for the Redskins from 1985 through 1994. A solid member of the second generation of Hogs, “Rollo” started in two Super Bowls for Washington. Jackson was a coach with the Redskins from 2001-2003. The first two years he was the running backs coach under Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Spurrier and he was Spurrier’s offensive coordinator in 2003.
3. Although after seeing the Redskins beat them twice I think that the Giants are a fraud, I have a hard time flatly stating that they have zero chance against the Packers on Sunday. The home teams have been 12-12 in the divisional round since 2005 indicating that home field advantage ain’t what it used to be. The combination of the Packers’ porous defense and Eli Manning and his weapons leads to the possibility that this could be a shootout with the last team with the ball winning.
2. This is a huge offseason for Perry Riley (pictured). An offseason at Redskins Park will give him the opportunity to learn the nuances of the inside linebacker position and the knowledge combined with his athletic ability could take his play to another level. I’d say he could take it to a Pro Bowl level but apparently as long as Brian Urlacher and Patrick Willis are around, they have a lock on the inside linebacker spots for the NFC regardless of injury or spotty play.
1. While it is possible that Rex Grossman and/or John Beck will be back next season, they will not be around to teach the offense to a new quarterback whether he is a veteran or a rookie. Teaching the offense to the new signal caller will be the primary job of quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur with Mike and Kyle Shanahan lending a hand. If Rex or Beck is around he will give occasional pointers but if they both are gone, a new QB will learn the offense just fine.