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The Redskins Blog | Redskins Found A Formula For Success
You may ask, ‘Who cares? It’s not the Redskins,’ and you’re right. But the Redskins’ may have the same formula for success that the 49ers have used to get to two consecutive NFC Championships. Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and the team found a recipe for success this year, boasting the league’s top rushing attack, consistent quarterback play, an opportunistic defense, and immediate contributions from the rookie class.
Redskins Mailbag Jan. 18: Ask John | WashingtonExaminer.com
The Washington Examiner’s John Keim (JK) takes questions from fans about Ryan Kerrigan, Aldrick Robinson and, of course, RG3′s knee in this installment of "Redskins Mailbag."
It wasn’t immediately clear what the latest procedure corrected. The Redskins didn’t release any information on Morgan’s surgery, and his agent didn’t immediately respond to inquiries about Morgan’s status. Morgan tweeted, "Surgery was a Success… Painful but worth it… Thank you god … Time to heal and get back doing me like I really do #HTTR."
Tyler Polumbus is eligible for free agency and was never a perfect solution for the Washington Redskins at right tackle to begin with. Sure, the Redskins' line had a good year with Polumbus starting on the right side. The Redskins led the league in rushing yards, so it obviously couldn't have been all bad. But the threat of running quarterback Robert Griffin III likely helped the line look better than it was. Pro Football Focus rated Polumbus the No. 77 tackle in the NFL in 2012.
Alfred Morris, who gained more yards rushing than anyone in the NFL not named Adrian Peterson this year, will not be going to Hawaii in place of Niners running back Frank Gore. Morris was an alternate but he was the second alternate. Doug Martin of the Bucs was the first alternate and he will be getting on a plane for Hawaii this week. Morris is a finalist for the Rookie of the Year award and Martin is not. And Morris did gain about 150 more yards on the ground that did his fellow rookie Martin. But Martin caught 49 passes for 472 yards while Morris caught 11 for 77. That gives Martin a pretty substantial edge in yards from scrimmage.
Fanspeak.com previews the South Roster for the 2013 Senior Bowl. Players to watch include Terrance Williams, John Jenkins, EJ Manuel and Bacarri Rambo.
Fanspeak.com's preview of 2013 Senior Bowl North Roster. Players to watch include Denard Robinson, Mike Glennon, Arthur Brown, and Kenjon Barner.
Aaron Rodgers, who will be watching this round of the NFL playoffs, thinks that the read option offense is going to go the way of the Wildcat. "Things have come back around that were being used 20, 30 years ago. But this too, I think, will pass. Some of the pistol, read option stuff will eventually pass … now it might not be for 10 more years," he said on 540 ESPN radio last week.
The Redskins led the league in rushing yards and that was due in no small part to the role of the receivers downfield blocking. Flip on the highlight reel of any of RG3’s or Alfred Morris’ big runs and you’ll see a wide receiver shoving a defender back to clear a lane.
Smith said that it is a matter of workplace safety. "In the same way that somebody who works at a department store or somebody who works at a coal mine considers that mine or that floor or that factory their workplace, the field on game day is the workplace where our players work," Smith said on ESPN 980. "If they are in a scenario where that workplace is not as safe as it could be, I can promise you that this union and this leader of players is gonna weigh in and we will take whatever steps we think are appropriate in order to ensure that the National Football League is expending the resources to keep the workplace as safe as possible."
It’s unclear when Robinson will return – the injury required surgery and is similar to Brian Orakpo’s – but prior to getting hurt he had impressed coaches. If Robinson is 100-percent come training camp, it’s not unreasonable to expect the imposing 6 foot 3, 238-pounder to challenge for an expanded role on defense, particularly given the potential for turnover. London Fletcher, 37, hasn't committed to returning for a 16th season, while Lorenzo Alexander and Rob Jackson are free agents and could receive attractive offers elsewhere.