Five Sunday morning thoughts on the Redskins and other possibly related matters:
5. Kyle Shanahan needs to learn when he is overworking his running backs. Tim Hightower averaged 20 carries per game the first three games of the season before getting dinged up. When he tore his ACL against Carolina early in the third quarter he had 17 carries (no implication here that the ACL had anything to do with the workload, that can happen at any time). Roy Helu had 23, 23, 27, and 23 carries in four games before he had to sit one out with knee and toe injuries. They apparently have some depth at the position, Kyle needs to use it or lose it.
4. Mike Shanahan will certainly survive Black Monday. But I’m predicting that either Tom Coughlin or Andy Reid will be gone, probably later in the week. If Coughlin goes, it could be of his own volition. He might decide to retire.
3. If LaRon Landry leaves the Redskins, I’m not sure if DeJon Gomes will get a crack at starting at strong safety or not. He might not be ready.
2. Folk, I hate to tell you this but Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer were the winning quarterbacks on Super Bowl champs a long, long time ago in terms of the evolution of the game.
1. I just perused the transcripts of media sessions with Mike Shanahan (4 of them), Jim Haslett, Kyle Shanahan, and Rex Grossman. I also reviewed my notes from the open locker room session (I was not at every locker room interview). Not one question was asked about the Eagles and the coaches made no effort to steer talk in that direction. Between that and Shanahan revealing that he has been viewing college QB’s on tape for a while, the 2011 season is clearly in the rear view mirror.