Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 14, two days before the Redskins take on the Browns in Cleveland.
Chat at 12:30
We have our usual road game configuration here so it will be Tarik coming from the cleverly-named Cleveland Browns Stadium, Jen X from the CSN Bethesda studios and yours truly in the Ashburn abode in front of the 55-inch Vizio.
We’ll get things going at around 12:30. Of course, keep an eye and ear on us all morning long to get the latest on the status of RG3.
See you then.
Kyle also needs multiple game plans
There has been a lot of talk this week about how the Browns will have to prepare for two very different quarterbacks given the uncertainty surrounding the injured Robert Griffin III.
But we haven’t heard much about the Redskins’ side of it. Kyle Shanahan has been burning the midnight oil trying to concoct offensive game plans for two different signal callers.
"It’s a little bit of a challenge because I can’t lock in as much as I usually do to exactly how to order and what I’m trying to attack. I’ve got to be a little bit more open-minded because there’s a few different directions you could go," said Shanahan.
If Cousins does start the game, the Redskins will be operating out of the same playbook but emphasizing very different plays. Shanahan said that they only average about nine read option plays per game, plays that RG3 excels in running and that Cousins can’t. Those plays will need to be replaced with something else.
But taking away the option has ripple effects. "Just the threat of it does help” in setting up other plays, said Shanahan.
But he said that while it gets frustrating, he doesn’t have to too bad off. “"You run your concepts that you’ve been doing. Guys are ready to adjust,” said Shanahan. “It’s not that big of a deal.”
11:50—Practice (closed to the media after first 15 minutes)
After practice (approx. 1:30)—Mike Shanahan news conference, open locker room
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