Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, the day before the Redskins open up their preseason in Buffalo.
We’ll have a live chat during tomorrow’s preseason opener against the Bills. I’ll be live at Ralph Wilson Stadium and we’ll get things at about 6 p.m. with kickoff schedule for 7. Keep an out here starting tomorrow for the particulars.
On RG3’s “struggles”
My Twitter timeline is peppered with fans in various stages of panic over reports that Robert Griffin III has not been lighting it up daily at training camp. My stock answer is that it is not surprising that he is not lighting it up.
The Redskins seem to be doing everything they can to challenge Griffin. There are no seven on seven passing drills where Griffin could pick out a receiver at a leisurely pace. He rarely lines up against reserve defenders. Almost every snap he takes in practice is against all 11 members of the Redskins’ first-team defense. Receivers are rarely sent out on deep patters so the defenders know they can crowd the line of scrimmage with impunity.
There is no need for Mike Shanahan to try to build up Griffin’s confidence by cutting him any slack in practice. A player who has a commercial airing about how “greatness is taken” does not have self esteem issues. The Redskins are making him earn every completion and every yard on the ground.
The method isn’t giving the fans who have flocked to Redskins Park to see the franchise savior much of a show. But it should make him a better player when he goes up against other teams, perhaps starting tomorrow in Buffalo.
Assistant coaches speak
If you’ve been looking to see what Kyle Shanahan thinks of Griffin’s camp so far or what Jim Haslett sees in the new safeties or what Danny Smith has to say about the kicking competition, there is a reason you haven’t found those comments. The coordinators and assistant coaches have yet to be permitted to speak to the media.
That will change this morning when we get the coordinators and, we believe, all of the assistant coaches including quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur and secondary coach Raheem Morris for about an hour. There won’t be a flood of news coming out of Redskins Park after this event but we should have a better insight into a lot of aspects of the team and that will help everyone do a better job reporting over the next few weeks.
In case you missed it
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Some Redskins will sit out tomorrow’s game and some other players will benefit from the situation.
Tony Moll wants to play.