The Redskins mailbag topics are predictable: quarterback play and outside linebackers. Enjoy.Robert Griffin III had a couple inconsistent days and one or two where he looked sharp in certain drills in particular (a couple nice plays in two-minute situations), but he looked a little better. Since that point I cooled because I started to see too many inconsistent days and when they faced the Texans - and a different defense - some of the old issues resurfaced. The tricky part in camp, and it's something I would mention in write-ups, is that on some plays you don't know how it would have unfolded in a real game - would he have been sacked because he held the ball too long? Also: Why did he hold the ball too long? From the sidelines, and without benefit of instant replay, it's tough to know what really happened. So you go by how he's throwing the ball, is he being intercepted, is he running a lot, is he hitting guys in stride, etc. You really need to watch the practice tape to truly know, and we don't have that luxury. After a while I thought there were inconsistencies in all three (others in the organization said as much). But when the games began, some of the past problems were more evident - and I had benefit of instant replay. Coaches can gloss over things from practice, but it's tougher to do so after watching a game. And the beauty of the job is this: After watching, I get to talk to coaches and players to get a more complete picture. If someone can't do that, they're just guessing. told the Washington Times on Thursday that he wanted Galette back. No reason to think that wouldn't be the case. Also, because he's coming off an injury, he won't require a big deal and that means they'll be in the same spot as this summer: Signing a potentially strong pass rusher on a one-year deal. If he becomes an issue, they can cut him with no big cap hit. Jackson Jeffcoat and while he focused hard on his explosiveness, he's still a backup. Even with him on the roster, along with Murphy and Smith, the Redskins knew they wanted more help at this position. Jeffcoat does show signs of being at least an OK fourth outside linebacker (strictly as a pass rusher).
Keim: The biggest in Griffin's career? Well, if he plays poorly and somehow the Redskins make a move then sure he was right. Short of that, if Griffin struggles Saturday but plays well in the opener, then was it really that pivotal? Still, I will say is that it's a crucial game for Griffin. Yes, it's only the preseason, but anyone who is around the team, and knows how certain people have felt, understands what's at stake. Griffin needs to play well to prove he not only is the starter but deserves the honor. Every player in the NFL has to play well to keep his job. Griffin should be no different.
#jkmailbag Is Joe T right about the importance of the Ravens game?— TheSkinsRKillingMe (@hchristo456) August 28, 2015