As the Redskins kicked off their 80th anniversary celebrations with the unveiling of the practice bubble, Mike Shanahan said he has 'never been more excited for a season to get started.' As he explained why he felt this way, one would even describe the head coach as jovial. Yes, Mike Shanahan.Those in a attendance saw a few different sides of Mike Shanahan.First, there was 'The Architect.' Since his arrival in Washington, Shanahan has methodically constructed his team, noting that only 15 of the 90 players from 2 years ago remain in Washington. "When you work for for a couple of years and what you are trying to do is get a foundation built and you see the foundation coming togetheryou feel pretty good. It's like building a house, if you build a home and you don't have a foundationyou know it may last for a week, it may last for 6 months, a year, 5 years but eventually that house is going to fall apart. I really believe we have a foundation with our football team, right now, that gives us a chance to have success for a long time."This a far cry from the role his previous role of 'Doctor,' which had Shanahan placing a band-aid over the Redskins holes, especially in regards to the quarterback position. It's no surprise that the foundation the Shanahan spoke of, is Robert Griffin III."With the addition of our quarterback, a franchise quarterback that will be here for the next 15 yearsyou will see in time, its not going to happen over night,we'll have some growing pains but I promise you, he will do things you have never seen quarterbacks do"Then Shanhan, 'The Pupil,' spoke as the coach noted that he arrived at this conclusion, because he had studied RG3, watching him day in and day out. While Griffin has the speed, arm and athletic ability, Shanahan was most impressed in his ability to be a natural leader, the quality Shanahan believes a franchise can be built around. While these statements are nothing new to come out of Redskins Park, it was the fervor, in which the coach said them amongst Redskins greats, which made the words so poignant.Up next was Shanahan, 'The Warrior,' who spoke of the character and work ethic of his current regime,"I promise you-the 90 guys we have now, you want to go to war withwe've hit a few skilled positions that give us a chance to be very very competitive within the NFC East."A squadron created through competition at various positions."As we've gone into this off-season for four full weeks we've had 98 participation. We got a lot of competition at a lot of different positions and as everyone knows when you have competition and people that care, you gotta chance to do something special."Between the 'I promises' and 'I guarantees,' did we also hear from Shanahan 'The Salesman'? Or was it just Shanahan 'The Future Hall of Fame Coach,' speaking? If the coach can deliver on his promises, then he will become Shanahan, 'The Prophet,' to burgundy and gold faithful."You're going to enjoy this season. We're going to be young, but you'll see a different attitude on the field this year then you've seen in a long time."Mike Shanahan could have easily been talking about himself.
While the rumors about the Redskins potentially trading for Marvin Jones from over the weekend were total nonsense, a reason they resonated so much with fans is because many believe Washington needs major help at wide receiver.
But during a segment of Monday's Redskins 100 show, analyst Trevor Matich assessed the position group and actually thinks that, as a whole, the team should be relatively pleased with the talent it has outside.
"I like it better than I have in recent years, especially if Paul Richardson stays healthy," Matich said.
His "especially" qualifier is a common one, and that's because Richardson is the most established wideout currently on the roster — and he still has just 1,564 career receiving yards to his name. However, a healthy Richardson (which the 'Skins never really saw in his first year, considering he got injured early in training camp and was never the same) provides Jay Gruden the field stretcher he loves to have.
Richardson isn't the only player Matich is anxious to see, though.
"Terry McLaurin, their draft choice from Ohio State, is legitimately a 4.3 guy," he said. "He gets deep down the field and catches the ball in space."
One of the biggest issues for the 2018 Redskins was a lack of speed at every single spot. In Richardson and McLaurin, the Burgundy and Gold now have a pair of pass catchers who can fly past corners, do damage 30-plus yards down the sideline and open things up for other targets as well.
Overall, in reacting to the Jones storyline, Matich really doesn't see a huge need for the organization to make any additions to that collection of pieces.
"I think that when you take a look at all the other guys, Trey Quinn in the slot, things like that, this receiving corps is fine," he said. "It's not desperate. They don't need to invest resources to bring extra people in."
Now, is "fine" and "not desperate" the level the front office and coaches want their receivers to be? Of course not. But Matich's stance is intriguing, because he's content with who'll be lining up there while plenty of others absolutely don't see it that way and feel a trade would be prudent.
If you're in that second group, recent history indicates this is the dead zone for NFL deals. So try not to waste your time refreshing Twitter over and over and over.
This Marvin Jones stuff is obviously BS but it made me look up if trades happen at this point in the NFL calendar and they really don't. Here's a sample of trades from the past 4 years. Going by this, we're officially in the Trade Dead Zone pic.twitter.com/4Y2q6m57ab— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) June 24, 2019
Perhaps Washington gets to Richmond and, after a few weeks of practices and a couple of exhibition contests, realizes their depth chart could use another name. Or maybe an injury happens and forces their hand. But according to Matich, as of now, the offense can function with the parts it has in place.
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There's a reason the Redskins invested their No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft in quarterback Dwayne Haskins: They expect him to be their franchise quarterback of the future.
His former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer also believes Haskins has all the tools to succeed in the NFL.
Appearing on the Bow Tie Chronicles Podcast, Meyer praised Haskins, calling him the "most accurate passer I've ever had."
Haskins' numbers from his lone season as the starter at Ohio State support Meyer's claim. He completed 70.0 percent of his passes, which was best in the Big Ten this past season. He shattered the Big Ten record for most passing yards in a season, throwing for 4,831 yards, more than 1,000 yards more than the previous record holder. Additionally, Haskins broke Drew Brees' Big Ten record for most passing touchdowns in a single-season, as Haskins tossed 50 in 2018, compared to Brees' 39.
Although he only had one season as the Buckeyes starter, it is not unreasonable to say that Haskins is the best passing quarterback in Ohio State history.
So, it makes sense that Meyer had only positive things to say about Haskins.
"He's going to be great," Meyer said on the podcast. "He’s very intelligent. His only issue is that he played just one year. Every other thing, he’s got it."
The Redskins begin training camp on July 25th, and Haskins will be in an open competition with Case Keenum for the starting quarterback position.
NBC Sports Washington's J.P. Finlay noted that during minicamp, Keenum did look like the better option at times. But that does not necessarily mean that Keenum will be the Week 1 starter. Head coach Jay Gruden already announced that Haskins will have the chance to win the job.
There's no secret that Haskins will be the Redskins starting quarterback very soon. It's a matter of when he becomes the starting QB, not if. How quickly that happens is up to Haskins and his progression.
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