Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thursday NFL/Redskins Round Up

(Will Riley rejoin the Redskins in 2014? Photo: Gene Puskar -  AP)
Thoughts on the Super Bowl......

Well, I hope you didn't make any bets off my prediction. That said, I don't feel bad with my final score because very few got it right (and even fewer predicted a Seattle blowout). When beat writers and other experts have similar predictions, then I think we all got a bit surprised.

To be honest, I quit watching after the Percy Harvin TD. It was pretty much over by then and Sherlock was about to come on MPT.

What the Redskins Should Learn From This Game......
Two Things:

1.  The Redskins need to radically improve upon their defense and special teams.
You see what made the Super Bowl for the Seahawks? They won on special teams and defense. By dominating with both units, they ate up Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Thus, the Redskins have a lot of work ahead of them.

2. Granted, the Seahawks have a few big named players that they acquired through free agency or trades, but the majority of their starters have come from the draft. Most importantly, the Seahawks have been able to find some gems in later rounds over the years.
The Redskins have done a better job drafting, holding onto and getting more picks over the past few years. The key now will be for the 'Skins to develop players like Aldrick Robinson, Tom Compton, Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis, Maurice Hurt, Bacarri Rambo, Phillip Thomas, Keenan Robinson, Richard Crawford and Chase Minnifield (just to name a few) and have them start to develop into key depth and starting caliber talent.

Redskins in Process of Re-signing Four.....

According to CSNWashington and The Washington Post,  the Redskins have begun discussions with four players (DeAngelo Hall, Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley and Chris Baker) in order to re-sign them prior to the start or free agency. This is really no surprise as Jim Haslett mentioned these for players while at the Senior Bowl as being top priorities to have return for 2014.

Hall makes sense as he can be used as both a corner and safety. Riley and Baker have shown potential to be long term starters although they still have a ways to go. The big question is whether Brian Orakpo is worth the estimated 11 million/year it'll probably cost the Redskins to keep him.

Cousins Trade?

Kyle Shanahan was hired by the Cleveland Browns to become their offensive coordinator which had led to a great deal of speculation on whether or not Kirk Cousins will be heading to Cleveland via trade. While this makes a modicum of sense since Shanahan is high on Cousins and Cleveland really doesn't have a starting QB, wouldn't the Browns be better off drafting a Manziel and signing Rex Grossman (who is a free agent) to help install the offense than trading for Cousins who is 1-3 and has thrown a INT in every game he's started?

My guess is that no matter what Cousins will be traded in the off-season. With the draft being this deep with nearly 100 underclassmen entering along with Seniors and Red Shirt Juniors, I can see the Redskins taking a 3rd round pick for him to get some high end talent and then signing a veteran QB to backup RGIII.

CBS Thursday Night Football

CBS and the NFL Network has announced that CBS is bringing football to Thursday night for 8 games in 2014. The games will be on both channels. Also, The NFL is bringing back Saturday football during week 16 with a double header.

Not sure if I like this or not. It really screws with my TV viewing.

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