For Part 2 of the mailbag, a lot of quarterback talk, including a look at a competition from... 1998? Yes, indeed. Plus a few other nuggets. Enjoy.Robert Griffin's relationship with the owner at the end of last season; I know it concerned some of them. It's a bad look if you're not playing well and teammates wonder if you've been handed the job. But I would also say: Shanahan was in charge and the Redskins lost double-digit games in three of his four seasons. That's not all because of the quarterback and the owner and that can't be forgotten.
Brian Orakpo leave via free agency, and the draft will provide a few options when they pick (whether it's Randy Gregory or Dante Fowler or Shane Ray). They need help in other areas, of course, but at No. 5 the value is with edge rushers.
Kirk Cousins returned, it wouldn't stun me (but it depends on who's making that call). My quick take on Griffin is he is a victim of his own poor play and, yes, injuries. I'm not into providing all sorts of excuses for a guy. Sure, he needs more help, but what quarterback doesn't? He's a hard worker, smart and still has loads of talent, and if he starts making better decisions on the run, then his play will improve and it would buy time to keep developing in other areas.
From DCSween on Twitter: Should Skins even bother trying to re-sign Brian Orakpo? Is best hope he succeeds elsewhere (compensatory pick)?
Keim: My guess is they'll move on, but right now that's just a strong guess. He'll be 29 before the season begins so it's hard to imagine him changing much as a player; his lack of game-changing plays, I'm guessing, will be a factor. As for the comp picks, they have nothing to do with how he plays elsewhere. They're awarded based on a formula of how many free agents you sign vs. how many you lost. If Orakpo signs a big deal elsewhere, that would help. But if he signs a small deal elsewhere (a prove-it deal), then it won't do a whole lot.
From Daniel on Twitter: What parallels can be drawn between Gus Frerotte vs. Trent Green in 1998 and Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins in 2015?
Keim: Not a whole lot. Gus Frerotte never had a year like Griffin, nor was he close to being hyped. And Trent Green was still more of an unknown commodity at that time - he had thrown one pass before that season -- mostly showing his talents in the preseason. I do remember how high Sonny Jurgensen was on Green for a year or so before he finally got a chance. Also, the added element here is the investment in Griffin and what he's accomplished in the past. Frerotte made a Pro Bowl after the 1996 season, but that stemmed mostly from how bad the quarterbacks were in the NFC - he threw 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions that season. Frerotte actually was in the role of Cousins when he won the job over Heath Shuler.