Rich Tandler’s five thoughts possibly related to the Washington Redskins and other matters.
5. It looked like there was going to be an energy shortage when linebackers coach Lou Spanos left to become UCLA’s defensive coordinator. He was highly noticeable at practice enthusiastically and sometime profanely instructing his players. But it looks like the gap will be filled by new defensive backs coach Raheem Morris. At the Senior Bowl he has been seen not only loudly directing his players but delivering high fives and shoulder bumps when they make plays. Morris may not be around for long but it looks like it will be fun to have him while he’s here.
4. The contingent of Redskins fans who want Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn to come to the Redskins were hyperventilating when the Dolphins named Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as their new head coach. Miami is in need of a quarterback and the assumption is that Flynn will automatically follow Philbin to South Beach. I’m not so sure about that. First, the assumption is that Flynn likes working with Philbin. That may or may not be so. Also, and most importantly, money, not loyalty to an individual, will be the primary driver in where Flynn goes. This is likely to be his one shot at a big contract and it is likely that he will go to whatever team will maximize the dollars.
3. There is a lot of debate as to whether or not the Redskins should trade multiple draft picks to move up and take Robert Griffin III. To me, it’s not making one type of move (trading picks) or another (spending money) to solve a longstanding problem (lack of a franchise quarterback). It’s about making the smart move. The Giants usually hold on to their draft picks. But in 2004, the smart move was to trade away their 2005 first-round pick for as part of a deal for the rights to Eli Manning. That worked out for them. It is possible for the smart move to be trading away picks to get your man, especially if you need a quarterback. They saw the opportunity and grabbed it. Something similar may be the right move for the Redskins and it might not be, but being smart and not stuck in a rigid mode of thinking is the key.
2. Devin Thomas said that the Giants knew that 49ers backup kick returner and NFC title game goat Kyle Williams had a history of sustaining concussions and they went after him. "We were just like, ‘We gotta put a hit on that guy,’” Thomas said. Thomas said that Williams “looked kind of dazed” after one hit and that this may have led to Williams having trouble handling the ball later in the game. I have never heard of this taking place before but that does mean it is unprecedented or even uncommon. Still, I think that an ethical line is being crossed here. If you target a player’s injured shoulder or knee that could cause serious injury but medical technology can repair or replace those joints. Once your brain is gone from too many concussions, it’s gone.
1. I looked at the Redskins highest salaries for 2012 and Trent Williams tops the list at $11 million. That makes him the second highest-paid tackle in the league behind Miami’s Jake Long, who will make $11.2 million. It’s an odd contract in that Williams is slated to make “only” $5 million next year. Usually salaries don’t go down this much from year to year. If you take his 2012-2013 average of $8 million per year, that puts him in the neighborhood of Levi Brown and Jordan Gross, who are sixth and seventh on the ’12 tackle money list. Williams was starting to play well before his suspension and if he keeps up that level of play (and, obviously, stays out of trouble) he will be a good value at that cost.
Days until: NFL free agency 46; NFL draft 90; start of 2012 NFL season 226