Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 22, one day before the Washington Redskins travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers.
Redskins thoughts and observations
—I’m not sure what to make out of Jay Gruden’s RG3 comments to Albert Breer. Not too long before the coach talked to the NFL.com reporter—who nobody has ever accused of being biased and/or uninformed—Gruden told us that his public criticism of Griffin a couple of days earlier was a “mistake”.
—The word that stuck out to me when I first read it was “coddled”. Perhaps Griffin has gotten the kid gloves treatment for his two and a half years. Since the “clock’s ticking”, in Gruden’s words, perhaps he thinks that he needs to go to the other extreme with him. Griffin probably doesn’t like it but if he can’t handle that, how is he going to handle an A-gap blitz during a big game at AT&T Stadium one December?
—I may be way off on this (that wouldn’t be a first around here) but I have a fairly high degree of confidence that Morgan Moses will hold his own against the 49ers assuming he is the starter at left tackle on Sunday. He seems very confident, more than the usual bravado you’ll see from a rookie thrust into the starting lineup. Moses will certainly be a dropoff from Trent Williams but I don’t think he’ll be embarrassed.
—There seems to be some hope that Williams will play with a sprained MCL and sprained ankle. Gruden said that he made some progress in rehab during the week and he is listed as questionable, meaning there is a 50-50 chance that he will play. I still think the odds are against him after he couldn’t even warm up all week and ambled slowly around the locker room and in the hallways at Redskins Park. But he’s played on Sundays before when he had trouble walking during the week so we’ll see.
—This may or may not be highly significant but I found it to be interesting. Redskins opponents complete just 56 percent of their passes for 4.5 yards per attempt in the first quarter. In the second quarter, opposing QB’s are much more successful, completing 84.4 percent of their passes for 11.4 yards per attempt. It’s no wonder that they have given up just shy of nine points per game in the second quarter. Apparently offensive coordinators aren’t waiting until halftime to make adjustments against Jim Haslett.
—I don’t know if it’s encouraging or discouraging that the Redskins are in the top 10 in both total offense (7th) and total defense (10th) and that they have outgained the opposition by half a year per play (6.0-5.5). It may mean that the Redskins are doing a lot of the basic stuff well but need to clean up things like both sides of the turnover equation (they’re minus-11, tied for 29th in the NFL) and third down conversions (30th in the NFL on offense). Or maybe there are deeper problems. You’d always rather be winning with bad stats but given the choice of losing while putting up some decent numbers I think that’s where you’d rather be.
—Today’s schedule: No availability
—Days until: Redskins @ 49ers 1; Redskins @ Colts 8; Rams @ Redskins 15
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In case you missed it
- 'We don't have a lot of time' to decide on RG3
- Redskins' Baker, Reed out vs. 49ers; Williams questionable
- McVay on RG3: 'There’s been a lot of distractions'
- Gruden on drama: 'It wasn’t a distraction'
- Redskins defense not helping itself with interceptions
- Redskins safety Thomas likely to get his chance this year
- Gruden wishes Morgan Moses would be a little more nervous about start