In case you missed it, we got so many good questions we split the Twitter mailbag into two parts. Here is Part 1 from yesterday; let's get rolling right here with Part 2:
@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk Is Moses' handling of Murphy in minicamp more good or bad?
— L. Allen (@L_Allen_) May 20, 2014
You need a "none of the above" choice in your question there. There are some things you can tell when players are working out in shorts and helmets with not pads, but how one individual might "handle" another when anything is one the line is not one of them. I would caution anyone against reading too much into what you might hear about line play during the upcoming OTAs and minicamp. Let's talk Morgan Moses vs. Trent Murphy in Richmond in August, not in Ashburn in May.
@Rich_TandlerCSN how well positioned are the skins to develop players? Seems like the big differentiator. #RedskinsTalk
— Brandon Moore (@habimaki88) May 20, 2014
The organization has recognized that the team has fallen short when it comes to developing draft picks. Both Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden said that the goal was to draft players with strong work ethics and high football IQ in order to increase the chances that they will improve. This sometimes means that you don't always get the biggest, fastest, and most athletic players. The prime examples of this type of player are Trent Murphy, Spencer Long, and, in the later rounds, Ryan Grant. They also brought in some coaches who are good teachers, coaches like outside linebackers coach Brian Baker. We won't know for a couple of years if this plan will work, if it will result in players who are better in their third years than they were as rookies. But there does appear to be a plan in place and fans should take some encouragement in that.
@rich_tandlercsn what will it take for redskins to get top10 defense again like 05'.coaching? players?was upset they didn't bring back GW.
— joshua aguilar (@krunchySHART) May 20, 2014
I'm not sure they are aiming to be in the top 10 when it comes to yards given up, the traditional measure of defense. The game has changed. I think they want to be in the top 10 in sacks and takeaways; that type of defense wins games. But that doesn't change the larger point of your question. I'm a believer in Harry's and Joes winning games, not X's and O's. They need better players. When they get enough of them they will be an effective defense.
@Rich_TandlerCSN How big is M Brown loss, will Skins replace? Where will Trent Murphy play most and in which situations?
— Fight On (@rickoharrison) May 20, 2014
Normally it's one to a customer but Rick is a long time Twitter follower and commenter so he gets a two-for-one special here. I wrote about Brown on Tuesday so you can get the details there. But the bottom line is that the job will need to be filled but it doesn't necessarily have to be one person. As far as how big the loss is, it's never good to lose good football people in the front office but in the shorter term, Jay Gruden and RG3 are much more important to the success of the team on the field than is Brown. Murphy's role will be sorted out between now and Sept. 7. Look for him in pass rush situations. Not sure if he'll be an extra linebacker, a linebacker while Ryan Kerrigan lines up with his hand in the dirt, or if he'll line up as an end. If he can handle it, he'll do all three in various packages.
@Rich_TandlerCSN with the improvements we have made this offseason, is it crazy to think we can win 10 games this year?#RedskinsTalk
— rich depaul (@peyton03) May 20, 2014
Crazy? No, teams do the worst to first thing all the time and the Redskins could be particularly well positioned to do it for the second time in three years. But thinking 10 wins could be overly optimistic. With a new coaching staff, as many as 25 new players, and some questionable areas like the secondary and the offensive line, it could take a season for things to gel.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Does the June 1st date have any effect on the possibility of cutting Bowen or Chester? #RedskinsTalk
— Ziggy Valbrun (@Ziggy2126) May 21, 2014
Not really. The CBA allows teams to release up to two players prior to June 1 and designate them as June 1 cuts for salary cap purposes (meaning that any prorated signing bonuses remaining on the contract will not accelerate onto the present year's cap but will go onto the following season). So there is no reason for the Redskins to wait if they want to release Chester, Bowen, or any other player. In fact, if they know they want to release one or both players it would be better to do it immediately. If they wait and the player gets injured while working out on team property, they could end up being on the hook for the player's salary for the entire year. The fact that both players are still on the roster indicates that the team plans to keep them at least through training camp.