Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, October 23, four days before the Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys on Monday night football.
Redskins Park notes and quotes from Wednesday
—What’s my take on the quarterback situation? I think that Robert Griffin III wants to play badly but Jay Gruden is anywhere from skeptical that he can go to dead certain that he can’t. But he does want Griffin to see that he is being given every chance to get the nod. Today was an extra day since they have the Monday night game, a perfect time to have a QB competition.
—By the way, there is nothing wrong with Griffin wanting to play as soon as possible. That is what players are paid to do and that is the mentality that they have. I he doesn’t try to get back as fast as he can, he’s labeled as “soft”. It is the responsibility of the doctors, trainers, and coaches to keep him from doing more harm than good. That is what failed last year; nobody was willing to put the brakes on the “all in for Week 1” freight train.
—But the bottom line is that it seems highly unlikely that Griffin will play on Monday, although he's making it a tougher decision that Gruden thought it would be. The chances are excellent that he will be back the following week, November 2 vs. Minnesota.
—Gruden, of course, was not here last year. He said that he is not going to rely on what happened in 2013 to guide his decision making in 2014. “I try to take this injury itself into its own entity,” he said. “This is a different type deal. I am not going to assume the fact that he has been injured before that he is going to get injured again. If the doctors say that he has no risk of that thing getting reinjured – if it’s stable, they feel like he can go through a game and get tackled and one little turn is not going to do a lot of damage, if they feel like it is stable – then we will go from there. But I am not going to take past injuries into account.”
—Dallas running back DeMarco Murray is playing very well but he has put the ball on the ground four times this year and 11 times in his four seasons in the NFL. Ryan Kerrigan said that the defense will try to take advantage of that. “If we know a guy is prone to fumbling then we’re definitely going to preach that even more this week,” said Kerrigan. “That will be one way to stop him.”
—Kerrigan was asked if it bothered him that 3-4 outside linebackers are judged almost entirely by their sack counts with aspects like coverage and run defense not taken into account. “It’s kind of just the way it is . . . it doesn’t really frustrate me too much,” he said. “That’s how we’re judged and we have to take that as it is.”
—Colt McCoy has gone from being a star at Texas to an NFL starter in Cleveland to a couple of years on the bench. If he had it to d over again, he’d do it the same way. “It’s tough, it’s tough, but I wouldn’t change some of my past experiences,” he said. I’ve learned a lot from them – a whole lot. I’ve seen a lot. My path in the NFL so far has been a lot different than other guys, but I’m thankful for the things I’ve learned and the experience I’ve gained.”
—McCoy thinks that the comeback against the Titans is something that can carry over. “I think the team and the coaches and our organization will build off of that,” he said. “You know, I certainly hope so. As an offense, for us as a unit, you know that was big too, doing that at home, something we really wanted to do was win that game and that was big for us. So hopefully there will be some carryover there for sure.”
—Today’s schedule: Open locker room 11:15; Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)
—Days until: Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 4; Redskins @ Vikings 10; Bucs @ Redskins 24
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