Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What I Learned This Week About The Redskins From Watching The Combine

(Because "Johnny Football's" shuttle and 40 time is why you'd draft him #1 overall. Photo: Brian Spurlock/USA Today)
If you read or have read my takes on The Combine from either here at IIWII or at Son of Washington, then you probably know that I don't think you get much from the television coverage of The Combine.

So this year, I took my own advice and didn't watch much of it. I kept track of some of the rumors and numbers that came out of the event and watched enough to see Jay Gruden in the stands, but overall I avoided the coverage.
(Hey Look...It's Coach Gruden at the Combine! Photo via Redskins).

That said, here's a few things I did learn from The Combine this week. The good news is that there are some tasty tidbits here dealing with draft position, draft needs and maybe where the Redskins are headed with the 34th pick in a few months.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

How Much Is Kirk Cousins Really Worth?

(Will Redskin fans get the draft pick(s) they want for Cousins? Image Via.)

Ever since he was drafted at #102 overall (4th round) in 2012, there has been trade talk associated with Kirk Cousins. This has been obvious since many in the league think Cousins has starting potential (although that opinion varies between league insiders and even certain fans/bloggers like myself) Its been pretty clear that in Washington, Cousins is only the next man up to RGIII and that he'll never get the opportunity to lead the team barring injury/inactivation of Griffin.

So of course after a successful start in 2012 (to go along with three relief performances off the bench against Atlanta, Baltimore and Seattle), the "Trade Cousins" talk began during training camp and carried throughout 2013. It started hitting its peak during the final three games of the season when RGIII was de-activated and Cousins had his opportunity to start. Even Mike Shanahan threw out demands of wanting a first round pick for Cousins.

The off-season hasn't gotten any better. With the need for more depth and talent on the roster, fans have been dreaming of what the Redskins could get this year for Cousins. When Kyle Shanahan became the Browns' offensive coordinator, there were comments on Twitter from fans suggesting the Redskins getting the Browns late 1st round pick or players like Josh Gordon or Joe Haden (none of this likely to ever happen). That seemed to stop because GM Mike Lombardi is not a fan of Cousins and that the Browns are likely to draft a QB with the early 1st round pick.

However, with the firing of Lombardi, the chatter has started again about a possible trade with Cleveland or another team for Cousins. So the big question is what is Kirk Cousins worth after two seasons in the league? Today, we're going to look at Cousin's numbers and compare what he's done so far to that of other recent trades for backup QBs who would become starters in the league.

Is Cousins really that valuable or is this just fan/media driven hype?

Let's look at Cousins' stats before we look at some of the historical trades.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Who (Draft Prospects) Have The Redskins Been Talking To?

(Will the Redskins add Shaq Richardson to their roster? Photo: by Ron Medvescek and Kori Rumore via)
We're about two weeks out from the NFL's yearly event where draft prospects run around in their underwear (AKA: The Combine) and it will be at this time that the Redskins and 31 other teams will be able to work with, interview and meet (possibly to work out or interview at a later time) many of the prospects on their draft boards. While most of the player (and agents, can't forget about them) meetings take place then, teams are allowed to meet and talk to players during the two all-star weekends of the East/West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.

During their coverage of both games, WalterFootball.com keeps track of the players' meetings with various teams. Now, this may mean nothing and can be just rumor or a team doing due dilligence but it may give you an idea what type of player or what positions the Redskins are targeting to fill with 2014 draft picks.

Here is the list so far:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Redskins Re-sign Two

(Robinson will have to show that he's more than the occasional big play to stay in DC. Photo: Johnathan Newton/WP)
This past week, the Redskins began free agency by starting extension negotiations with five current players (DeAngelo Hall, Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley, Chris Baker and Santana Moss) who's contracts will expire/void prior to or at the start of free agency. They also re-signed two Exclusive Rights Free Agents in Aldrick Robinson and Doug Worthington. More or less, this was a done deal from the get-go. ERFAs can only negotiate with the team that holds their rights. So unless the Redskins released either player, its either re-sign with the team or be out of the NFL.

Both deals are for 1 year.

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.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Points, Picks and Predictions: Super Bowl Edition

(In a few hours will Peyton add another Lombardi to the Manning trophy case?)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos (-3.0)
MetLife Stadium, NJ

This is a harder game to call because it begs to question the old NFL adage that states "Defense Wins Championships". Clearly Seattle has the better defense in this game and I think overall, they have the better team. That said, they're going up against one of the most potent offenses in the league that has shown that they can succeed on both the ground and air. Also, it helps that they have one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history who has made an amazing comeback after a neck injury that could have ended his career.

I Think in the end this game will be closer than some expect. I'm guessing that Denver will have one big play on a kick return and Russell Wilson gets picked off at least once in this game. The key for the Seahawks will be shutting down Manning.

It can be done. The Redskins of all teams were able to do it through three quarters this season forcing Manning to turnover the ball three times. The problem for the 'Skins was that they just couldn't keep it up.

I think Manning is a man possessed to win his second Super Bowl and in the end he'll do enough to get the Broncos over the top.

Final Score: 27-24 Broncos
MVP: Peyton Manning (Duh! If the Broncos win there is a 99% chance he gets it no matter what happens in the game).