Sunday, February 26, 2012

I'm Trying to Not Get My Heart Set on RG3.....



....but every time I see him play or even run around at The Combine, I'm thinking "Man,we have to go get this guy". Mike Mayock then shows highlights of what he can do on game film and I just think that the Redskins will have to make some sacrifices to get him.....but he'll be worth it.


Griffin could be the shot in the arm that the Redskins have been looking for at QB for almost two decades.Part of me still expects somebody else to get him though.

So far Griffin has ran unofficial 40 times: 4.41 and 4.38.
Also, Griffin was scheduled to meet with the Redskins last night.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Name The Next Redskins QB: Even the Beat Writers are Undecided

This weekend, there have been a few stories on who will be the starting QB for the Redskins in 2012.
The thing is that I'm not sure anybody knows who will be at this point, possibly not even head coach Mike Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen. It really depends on a number of factors and a few decisions the Redskins will make in the next few weeks/months leading up to the draft in April.

What We Know
Is actually very little. Most is speculation with some fact sprinkled in. Although most of it is straight gossip and rumor from "sources" (anybody can be a source), "league sources" (which usually means a source from another team including a GM or a scout or agent) and "inside sources" (which usually means somebody within the organization although this could include a janitor or a cashier from the Redskins team store).

- Peyton Manning may become a free agent. He is due a large roster bonus by March 8th and the Colts could cut him loose anytime before that. While the Jets, Cardinals and Dolphins are rumored to have interest......so have the Redskins. Matter of fact Kyle Shanahan implied that the Redskins would be interested if Manning was healthy. Of course, we don't know that a) the Colts will release Manning (although all signs point to it happening sometime after The Combine) b) if Manning is healthy (he was medically cleared, but can he throw a football like he used to?) and c) would Manning even want to come and play for the Redskins?

- The top free agent quarterback not named Drew Brees is Green Bay's Matt Flynn. There has been tons of rumor that the Redskins may target him. But nothing has been that confirmed.

- After the Senior Bowl NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported that the chatter in Mobile had the Redskins targeting free agent QB Kyle Orton. Which many thought was a bit crazy.

-Not so says ESPN's (and friend of Mike Shanahan) Adam Schefter who reported yesterday:
 - Now CSN Washington's Ryan O'Halloran has a story that the Redskins would be interested in Manning if he's healthy and Kyle Orton but not Matt Flynn. According to his sources, the 'Skins aren't that high on Flynn and think he's like Kevin Kolb.

- There have also been rumors that suggest the Redskins may target a trade up to the #2 overall spot in order to get Robert Griffin or Andrew Luck (depends on who Indy doesn't take at #1). But we won't really know until April 26th.

Heck, even the beat writers seem to be a bit divided on which QB they think is the best fit for the Redskins. One writer who I really like and read frequently seems to be convinced that Matt Flynn would be a great pick up for the Redskins. Another is convinced that the price tag will be too high for an untested player like Flynn and that the Redskins would be better off financially (thus more money to spend on putting players around the QB) by trading up for Griffin.

Here's my thoughts: I think the Redskins will bring in a free agent veteran QB who will start the 2012 season. Meanwhile the Redskins will draft a QB early in the draft (be it Griffin, Luck, Tannehill or Weeden) and probably that rookie will be starting by the end of the year unless the veteran pulls off a Kurt Warner in Arizona type of performance and leads the Redskins to the playoffs. Either way, it doesn't look like the Redskins will be bringing in a veteran to be a long term solution (like they had hoped with Donovan McNabb and long term being at least 3 years or so) but more of a stop-gap while they develop their quarterback who hopefully will be in DC for the next 10 years or so.

What We Don't Know

- Who is the veteran? It doesn't seem like it will be either John Beck or Rex Grossman. Based on the Kyle Orton story, it looks like Grossman may be the odd man out in DC. He's a free agent and the Redskins could probably bring him back easily, but if Orton is signed he won't be back. Beck has one more year left on his contract and I think the Shanahan's will give him a full off-season to try and figure out if he can run their scheme. But Beck could be cut prior to the season with little consequence.

- Who is the rookie? Ryan Tannehill may be the best fit if the Redskins choose this path. He ran a pro style offense with Mike Sherman at Texas A&M. Matter of fact, he ran many stretch plays with a play action bootleg pass in that scheme. Sound familiar? It should. That's Mike Shanahan's bread and butter of his scheme. The big question is whether Tannehill is worth #6 overall. Robert Griffin is, but will he be available at #6. Is he worth going all in when the Redskins have needs at WR, CB, OL and S? Can the Redskins even make that trade if a team like the Browns have the firepower (2 1st round picks in 2012 draft) to out gun the Redskins if they want Griffin?

Keep reading.....we have a few months before this all gets sorted out.


What's On Tap for IIWII?

I'm still hoping to release an article a day, but my work schedule has been pretty hectic as late (I come home feeling like I've been hit by a truck by the end of the day). That said, expect to see more daily posts coming. My hope is to put out a post daily. So while you won't be reading about a great deal of breaking news, hopefully you'll get more content.

Expect to see some catch up on some topics I meant to hit earlier in 2011 including a photo essay on the HOF, the Army/Navy game and the 2011 Redskin player awards. I also hope to touch on the East/West Shrine Game, free agency,the draft and anything else I can think would be worth a read.

Again, if you are a IIWII reader let me know if there is a topic or issue you'd like me to write about and I'll see what I can do.

Enjoy the Offseason and Hail to the Redskins!

-Al

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl, Meh: Thoughts, Picks and Predictions

(Meh. Haven't we seen this game already a few years ago?)
As a Redskins fan I really don't care that much about this game. I don't want the Giants to win this game, nor do I want the Patriots to win either. I guess if I have to pick a team it would be the Patriots for two reasons. First, the Giants are an NFCE rival and I frankly don't want to hear about them being Super Bowl champs all off-season. Second, the Giants played like crap during a large portion of the season (and for any Giants fan that wants to tell me about how great the Giants are this year, let me remind you that my 'Skins swept you this season). Granted, they played well in the post-season, but they looked just horrid at points at 2011. So much so, that Tom Coughlin was again on the hot seat for his coaching job (although it's worth mentioning he's been on the hot seat since 2007).

As for the Patriots, I do have respect for what Belichick and Tom Brady has done for this organization but it's hard to root for this team even though they are acting like the underdogs this time around. I still remember the Patriots of prior years that ran up scores on teams after they have clearly won the game. Both are going to the Hall of Fame one day, but none of that makes me want to support the Patriots banner today.

So will I still be watching the game? You bet. It's almost required viewing even though I don't have much of an interest. It gives us a chance to have a few friends over, make some food and have a good time. It also bids farewell to the 2011 season and starts the best part of the year for Redskins fans: off season.The point in the year where we hope we can finally get the pieces in place to start winning. I swear the draft at times is my favorite part of the entire football year.

So will this be a good Super Bowl year? I'm not sure. I've already talked about my thoughts on the game and I'll go into a bit more detail when I make my pick. So what can make this a good Super Bowl? How about the half-time show? Well, the good news is that it isn't the Black Eyed Peas this year. The bad news is that it's Madonna. I get Black Eyed Peas in a sense because most stadiums play at least one of their songs during a game. Their music is generally up beat, high tempo and non-offensive so I get it. Madonna makes no sense to me. I can't think of football fans being that hyped up to see an aged Madonna trying to dance without breaking a hip......but maybe that's me.

I still wonder if Metallica or AC/DC has been offered to play?

As to the game. It's another rematch between Brady and the Giants D-line. Can Brady get the ball off before he get leveled. If he can it will be a very long day for the G-Men; if he can't Brady will need help getting up by the end of the day. On the other side of the ball it really depends on Eli Manning. If Manning is playing like an elite QB, it is damn near impossible to stop him. If he makes mistakes, the Giants will have to depend on good routs run by Victor Cruz and some semblance of a run game.

In the end, I think the Giants have taled all week and have underestimated the Patriots. I like the Pats to win 31-24.