Washington’s decision to move rookie Brandon Scherff from his college position -- left tackle -- to right guard has sparked conversation and debate about the merits of taking a guard with the No. 5 overall pick.
But former Redskins lineman and now-NBC Sports analyst Ross Tucker says look to Dallas for the reason why the move isn’t necessarily the biggest deal.
“One of the reasons why Dallas had so much success last year along the offensive line was moving Zack Martin, who played left tackle at Notre Dame, to right guard,” Tucker explained.
“I think [new Redskins offensive line coach] Bill Callahan is trying to do the same thing he did a year ago in Dallas by moving Scherff to right guard.”
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With the help of that strong Dallas offensive line, DeMarco Murray was one of the league’s best backs. His departure to Philadelphia in the offseason was likely in part because of the confidence the team has in plugging in another running back behind the line.
“I do think moving from tackle to guard is a pretty big deal -- certainly more so than people might think,” Tucker went on to say. “But I also think that right guard might be the second-most important position along the offensive line, probably behind left tackle.
“Right guard is so important in so many ways, both in the run game and that guy has by far the most one on one pass protection attempts of the interior guys.”
NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.
Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.
“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”
The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”
“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”
Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.
“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.
In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.
It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.
Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?
Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.
The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.
So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?
And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards.
How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?