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Are the Browns just hatin' on RG3?


Are the Browns just hatin' on RG3?

So, the Browns didn't want Robert Griffin IIIat all?According to a report on by Gregg Rosenthal, veteran beat writer Tony Grossi, reports that the Browns only pursued Robert Griffin III "enough to say that they tried." Furthermore, Griffin was viewed as "too small" and "eager to show how fast he was."It's not the first time that RG3 has been knocked for his height (and Griffin will gladly point out at the combine he was measured officially at 6-2 38, thank you very much), but tried? What did the Browns gain from doing that?As for the whole speed thing, it's RG3's calling card, that and the socks he sprints in. Why wouldn't the Heisman winner want to sell a (if not THE) component of his game that enables him to be a standout?
Couple that with Ryan Tannehill's lack of leadership skills and throw in Weeden's accuracy and the 28-year old rookie starting QB became the best fit for Cleveland. Allegedly.Keep in mind, Mike Shanahan was able to get a good look at Weeden at the Senior Bowl. Weeden emerged as the standout signal caller in Mobile this year and received praise from Shanahan. But at the end of the day, Weeden simply wasn't RG3.Rosenthal points out that this story would be more believable if the Browns hadn't divulged that they actually wanted Weeden over giving up picks for Griffin.But we know better. It sounds as though the Browns have seen what they drafted during their OTAs and are just trying to save a little face as they move forward with the gamble that is Brandon Weeden.What did you think of the Brown's assessment of RG3? Will Weeden emerge as a good value for the Browns? Let us know in the comments below...

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Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

You're going to feel absurd for reading the following sentence, but probably not as absurd as it felt to type the following sentence.

The Redskins, who are on their fourth option at QB, who made the '18 Giants look like the '72 Dolphins and who are large underdogs this weekend to the 4-9 Jaguars, actually still have a straightforward path to the playoffs.

Now, the word "straightforward" only applies to the path on paper, because realistically, there's nothing straightforward about fixing the litany of issues that are plaguing Washington at the moment.

Regardless, by losing on Monday night to the Seahawks, the Vikings blew a chance to separate themselves from a pack of NFC teams chasing(?) them and their final wild card spot. The Redskins are one of those teams, and here's how they could pass Minnesota to qualify for the postseason:

With the way the season is unfolding, you'd expect the Burgundy and Gold's playoff scenario to involve a bunch of teams losing a bunch of times in these final three weeks. The tweet above illustrates that's clearly not the case. They only need Minnesota to drop one more to go along with the Redskins winning out.

Of course, the Redskins stringing three straight plays together without committing a holding penalty feels like too much to ask for, so anyone expecting a three-game winning streak is either a bit crazy or a relative of Josh Johnson. But still, they're not out of the hunt quite yet. Somehow.


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Jay Gruden not considering changes to his coaching staff

Jay Gruden not considering changes to his coaching staff

The Redskins gave up 40 points and more than 400 yards in a loss to the Giants last Sunday, and that was without Odell Beckham suited up for New York. 

The Redskins have lost four straight games, and five of six, while giving up more than 30 points three times. 

The Redskins surrendered more than 200 rushing yards to the Giants, and have not held an opponent under 100 yards rushing in their last six games. 

You get the idea. 

After the Washington defense got out to an impressive start to the season, things have fallen apart down the stretch.

Despite the struggles, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has no intention of shaking up his coaching staff.

"No. Not really," Gruden said on the Redskins Talk podcast when asked about any coaching changes. 

As the Redskins struggle and lose their grip on a playoff spot, it's not unheard of to think some staff changes might be coming. The Panthers fired two defensive assistants last weekend, and as the NFL season approaches the finish line, more coaches will lose their jobs. 

In Washington though, it seems the staff is safe. Still, the Giants loss stings. 

The Redskins' offense has been decimated by injuries, particularly at quarterback and along the offensive line. There was some leeway for a loss to New York, but not when the home team got down 40-0 to a 4-8 Giants team. 

That type of deficit brings questions. Questions about the coaches, questions about effort.

On Sunday, Gruden made clear he understands his future is week to week.

"We have a game to win next week in Jacksonville," the coach said. "We have to go about trying to find a way to do it."

On Monday, he made clear his assistants are safe. As far as he is concerned anyway.