Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 29, seven days before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.
Five Redskins thoughts and observations
As the Redskins begin the last day of their four-day mini bye, here are some long- and short-term thoughts.
—I know that Tyler Polumbus is not who the organization would like to have playing right tackle. They tried some free agent options but they couldn’t get any deals done and there wasn’t an immediate starter available when their first draft pick came around. Tom Compton isn’t an upgrade at this time. The team hopes that Morgan Moses will be an upgrade over Polumbus by the time the 2015 season starts but at the moment he’s not. So that’s why he plays.
—The Redskins don’t need an upgrade at the other tackle, although Trent Williams isn’t having his best year. Still, he should end up in the Pro Bowl for the third straight season. His contract runs out in 2015 and it will be interesting to see if the Redskins try to extend him this offseason. His cap hit next year is $13.7 million and they might want to do something to bring that down. His next deal will push the $15 million per year mark.
—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy if the Washington special teams would simply stop making bad things happen. If they could just stop allowing kick returns for touchdowns, blocked punts, missed chip shot field goals, penalties that kill field position and the like, most would be satisfied. But then you look at the Eagles getting a touchdown on a blocked punt and another one on a punt return yesterday against the 49ers in addition to their TD on the kickoff return last week and realize that special teams doing no harm isn’t good enough. When your special teams are giving up points and your division rivals are scoring points in the kicking game, well, that’s a huge gap that has to be bridged. The Redskins have a long way to go.
—Alfred Morris has 71 rushing attempts on the season. He probably should have more, particularly in the second half of the Eagles game and throughout the Texans game. But you should keep in mind that through Sunday’s games Morris was fourth in the NFL in carries. So it’s not exactly like Morris is collecting dust in a corner somewhere. He’s on pace to gain about 1,250 yards.
—The Redskins already are at a minus-5 in turnover ratio. That’s the tied for the worst in the NFL. They probably won’t have many more six-turnover games like they had against the Giants but if they are going to get into plus territory they are going to have to start taking the ball away with greater frequency. The Redskins have just four and after Sunday’s games 20 teams had more. If you’re going to build your defense around sacks and turnovers, well, you’d better get some turnovers.
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—Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability
—Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 7; Redskins @ Cardinals 13; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 28
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