Wendy's Redskins Q&A: No quarterback controversy here

Wendy's Redskins Q&A: No quarterback controversy here
August 12, 2014, 11:30 am
Share This Post
Tandler - Tarik

RICHMOND—With training camp about to wrap up we know that Redskins fans have plenty of questions about the upcoming season. Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler answer them in this week’s Q&A presented by Wendy’s.

Loyalty, particularly when it comes to players, is not an NFL value. It’s a highly competitive business and the moment a player shows signs of decline, he's out. This happens in all pro sports leagues but it’s certainly more common in the NFL. Players know the deal. Specialists know the deal better than position players. Let me add this with regard to Forbath: I don’t know who is going to win the kicking battle. It’s been very close in practice. Zach Hocker, of course, had a better effort in the preseason opener. The new coaching staff also spent a draft pick on Hocker, which would seem to give him a slight edge. That’s a longwinded way of saying I do not believe cutting a third-year kicker would have a negative impact on the front office’s reputation, especially if he gets outperformed by a draft pick.

--TEB

It’s 100 percent pure media fantasy. It’s based on the observations of Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, who watched two full practices worth of Robert Griffin III going against Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Jerod Mayo, and Vince Wilfork and of Cousins going against the Patriots’ backups and concluded that Cousins was the better of the two quarterbacks. The bottom line is that there is nobody in the media who has watched every practice who would agree with Reiss’ assessment. Cousins has been more decisive as a whole but too often he makes the wrong decisions and throw interceptions. Griffin holds on to the ball too long at times but he has been the better QB on most days. In short, they both look like third-year quarterbacks learning a new offense which, of course, they are. Move along, nothing to see here.

--RT

I wouldn’t be over-concerned about Reed long-term based on the illness that’s sidelined him the past few days. The team believes it’s a stomach virus. Gruden said it definitely has nothing to do with the concussion that caused him to miss the final six games last season. So as long as it's a stomach virus—he was still undergoing tests on Monday—Reed should be able get his strength back and be ready for the Week 1 opener. Remember, he’s one of the hardest working players on the team. Because of that, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t already have the playbook committed to memory.

--TEB

I don’t like to give one-word answers here but the answer is no. Thanks for asking. Just kidding. While I think that the Redskins could have made some different choices at safety during the offseason they chose to prioritize other areas and went with bringing back Brandon Meriweather and signing Ryan Clark to be their starting safeties. Meriweather started off poorly last year but after his one-game suspension in the middle of the season he played fairly well. While Clark will turn 35 before the bye week the organization judged that he has enough left in the tank to be their free safety this year. They have been here all offseason training and refining their technique in this defense. It’s hard to imagine that one other player would show up on waivers who would be a better option than Clark or Meriweather, let alone both. The Redskins will eventually have to upgrade the safety position but that will happen via the 2015 draft or free agency period, not via the 2014 waiver wire.

--RT

It’s never good to miss time, especially if you’re Chris Thompson and one of your primary challenges was to prove that you could stay healthy. So, yes, missing the reps is hurting his preparedness and, thus, his ability to shine on gameday. And, yes, every rep that he misses gives Lache Seastrunk another chance to show what he can do. But--and I may be wrong on this--but I get the sense Jay Gruden is really pulling for Thompson, and as long as the second-year running back can get back on the field soon, he’ll be okay. If he isn’t able to return in the next few days or suffers another injury, however, all bets are off.

--TEB

For Rak, that’s what this season is all about: putting to rest any concerns the Redskins (and any other team) may have about signing him to a lucrative, long-term extension. If he produces on the field (say 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception or two) and, more importantly, stays healthy, I suspect Orakpo will get the extension he covets, if not in Washington then somewhere else. It’s also possible the Redskins will tag him again—this time at nearly $14 million.

--TEB

After missing his rookie season with a foot injury, Thomas worked hard to return and then followed that up with a strong offseason. But he’s really falling behind right now due to the strained hamstring he’s nursing. He’s missing valuable practice reps and sat out Thursday’s preseason opener. Since being drafted, in fact, he’s played exactly eight snaps--and they all came in the first exhibition game of 2013. That said, I know the coaching staff likes him. I also know they hope he’ll develop into a reliable starter for years to come. At this point, though, I’d be surprised if he were able to push Brandon Meriweather in the opening weeks. He’s simply missed too much time.  

--TEB