The Redskins started the same five players along the offensive line for 31 of the last 32 games of the Mike Shanahan era. Right tackle Tyler Polumbus was one of those linemen. He has been perceived to be a weak link along the line and the Redskins tried to bring in free agent Donald Penn to take his place. That fell through but the message that the organization wants an upgrade remains. Will Polumbus survive attempts to kick him to the curb? Or will he end up starting at right tackle as he has the last two years?
The conventional wisdom out there is that the Redskins keeping three quarterbacks is a done deed, that Colt McCoy will be the emergency backup being Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. That is what I have said and although I'm sticking to it for now I have some doubt that McCoy will stay. Jay Gruden has talked about the importance of depth on the offensive line. Last year they carried just eight offensive linemen and I think that they will go with at least nine, maybe 10. That roster spot is going to have to come from somewhere and it could be QB.
Last season, 15 teams took fewer penalties in the regular season than the Redskins, who were flagged, on average, 6.2 times per game. In their 31-16 loss to the Cowboys in October, the Redskins were assessed a season-high 12 penalties, including five on special teams.
The first installment of this week's Washington Redskins mailbag features questions on, yes, Robert Griffin III (a reason for hope), Kirk Cousins and, completing the quarterback trifecta, Colt McCoy. Oh, and a little on Chris Neild. Enjoy.
The second round of the mailbag takes a look at Robert Griffin III's knee and how it impacts his passing; Leonard Hankerson; injured players and the physically unable to perform list and DeSean Jackson's numbers in various months. Enjoy.