Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, November 28, five days before the Redskins take on the Giants at FedEx Field.
Brown is done for the season
Jammal Brown’s season is officially over before it every really came close to starting.
Since the team did not put him on the active roster prior to yesterday’s 4 p.m. deadline, the player who was to be the team’s starting right tackle remained on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. By rule, he must remain there for the rest of the season.
Brown went on the PUP list just before the start of training camp after the experienced pain in his hip while running sprints. His hips have been an issue since he came to the Redskins in a trade in May of 2010. Brown returned to practice earlier this month but experienced pain in the hip after working for just a few days.
The Redskins must decide what to do with Brown going forward with the remainder of the 5-year, $27.5 million contract they signed him to prior to the 2011 season looming as a major factor.
We will look at the big picture at right tackle going forward here sometime in the next few days. But it is safe to say that it is unlikely that the picture will include Jammal Brown.
Redskins a topic of conversation
Redskins fans have had the dual curses of following a team that has been both bad and irrelevant. Not only have they finished at the bottom of the NFC East year after year but they also have been largely left out of the national conversation.
Things are looking up. The Redskins aren’t an NFL powerhouse just yet but there is a very good chance that their four-year residency in the cellar of the NFC East is going to end and they are on the fringes of playoff contention. And they have a player that everyone likes to talk about.
Or at least one that everyone likes to tweet about. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (@RapSheet) tweeted the following, citing Twitter as the source:
The Redskins may have dug themselves too deep a hole to make the playoffs this year. Fans may have to settle for having their team relevant and talked about and that is a step in the right direction.
Don’t expect Babin to become a Redskin
I had a lot of Twitter inquiries about whether or not the Redskins would go after Jason Babin, the defensive end released yesterday by the Eagles. He had 18 sacks last year and although he had dropped off to 5.5 this year, that total would be second on the Redskins by a comfortable margin. Ryan Kerrigan leads the team with 6.5 and Perry Riley is second with 2.0.
But there is very little chance that the Redskins will pick him up. He is a 4-3 defensive end and although he played some outside linebacker when he first came into the league that was eight years and 25 pounds ago.
Not only is he a 4-3 player, he has only thrived in defensive line coach Jim Washburn’s Wide 9 scheme. Babin had no more than five sacks in any of his first six seasons before he came to the Titans and got into Washburn’s scheme. He had 12.5 sacks in Tennessee in 2010 and 18 in 2011 after moving to the Eagles with Washburn.
The combination of the poor scheme fit and the fact that Babin is 32 makes it very unlikely that he will be wearing the burgundy and gold.
11:15—Open locker room
1:00—Practice (closed to the media after first 30 minutes)
After practice (approx. 3:00)—Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan news conferences
In case you missed it
Will Montgomery is putting together a Pro Bowl caliber season.
Alfred Morris, that other rookie, is on the verge of getting to 1000 rushing yards on the season.
Days until: Monday night Giants @ Redskins 5; Ravens @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Eagles 25; first round of NFL playoffs 38