Still, there is no guarantee that Morris will sign a second contract with the Redskins. If his production continues to slide as it has since his stellar rookie season, the team might want to move on. Even if he plays well the Redskins might not want to break the bank for a running back, a position that has proven to be fungible. Look at the negotiations between DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys now if you want a glimpse of what that future looks like.
Cofield converted from defense tackle in the Giants' 4-3 defense to nose tackle in the Redskins' 3-4 when he signed with Washington as a free agent in 2011. He was solid in the role his first two seasons but his performance has started to fade. Injuries are partly to blame. He played the first few games of the 2013 season with a cast on his hand after suffering a broken thumb in the preseason. Then last year he suffered a high ankle sprain in the season opener and spent the next eight games on short-term injured reserve.
Keim: Maybe too early? In some cases it's way too early. I've never been around Joe Barry, nor seen him work as a coordinator and or handle in-game adjustments. I know what happened in Detroit, but I also know it's silly to judge him on that alone without knowing more or having in-depth insight. A stat sheet can't give me that. But I have no idea if he'll be a good coordinator. I will say, I like having Perry Fewell as the secondary coach and I like Matt Cavanaugh as quarterbacks coach. Bill Callahan has a terrific reputation as a position coach. I like the potential atmosphere that might be created with this staff and hope that the excuses are a thing of the past (some were legit; some were crutches by the organization).
Keim: Great question because it's important. I've heard that Perry Fewell, Bill Callahan and Matt Cavanaugh are good teachers. But it's not as if everyone they replaced wasn't that way. The problem is when there's always change, of systems or coaches, it alters the path of some players -- some guys in San Francisco drafted by Scot McCloughan, for example, did not fully develop for five years (Joe Staley, Dashon Goldson). I think Kirk Olivadotti is excellent in this area. But I need proof to know more about this current staff -- it's not always just because they're not getting talent -- though too often the talent they're losing isn't exactly making noise elsewhere.
Alfred Morris plays in the EA SPORTS Madden Bowl 2015 - Yahoo News
Alfred Morris plays in the EA SPORTS Madden Bowl 2015 Thursday, Jan., 29, 2015, in Phoenix.
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Former Redskins running back John Riggins joined SportsTalk Live on Friday night on the 32nd anniversary of Super Bowl XVII, of which he earned MVP honors.
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