RICHMOND, Va. -- One mailbag turned into two so here we go, a second round of Redskins questions and answers. This time, the topics include Darrel Young, Trey Williams, playoff contention and more. Enjoy.
Good eye. Yes, that was the case as 141 of his 198 snaps last season were on running plays, according to ESPN Stats & Information. But that's in line with what the Redskins had done the previous two seasons under then-coach Mike Shanahan. In the last three years, here are the percentages of Young's plays that have resulted in runs: 71.1 (2014), 67.1 (2013) and 72.7 (2012). What's interesting has been the decrease in yards per carry when the Redskins use two-back sets (it's not always Young, either). They went from 4.27 three years ago to 4.97 and finally to 3.35 last season. My guess? That number will increase by a yard in 2015.
Not sure yet. But what I do know is that he has fans in the organization who matter (it's why he's here in the first place, right?). It's hard to accurately gauge running backs in training camp practices, but what I've seen from Williams is quick feet and a guy learning to run in the NFL game -- still getting to know when he must bounce or hit it inside. Takes time. I'd put him behind Chris Thompson
at this point, but I know Thompson still has to prove his durability throughout the preseason.
Kind of you to ask. And it's not just me, other reporters such as the Washington Post's Mike Jones goes through this as well. The typical work week in the season is probably around 75 hours or so, which includes extra time spent watching games and sometimes talking to people on the phone on the way home or at home. Or my time at home is spent constantly checking Twitter to see what Jones or someone else might have written that I need to follow up on. We joke that there are no days off during the season, only hours off. When there's drama, I know I'll work more because of my responsibilities with ESPN; the day starts sooner and I juggle TV and dotcom duties. When there was a back-and-forth between Kyle Shanahan and Donovan McNabb's agent a few years ago, I was en route to mass on Christmas Eve and texting with people to flesh out the story. When Albert Haynesworth went through his condition work several years ago several reporters would arrive around 6:30 a.m. to watch him run from a distance. Those tests added 20 hours to the work week for some. If something is said/written about Griffin (often from national types), I know my hours will increase that day while we have to discuss/write about what was said. I'm not complaining; this is a job I love. But that is what it takes. Trust me when I say; the job is better when teams just win.
It is tough to answer because we don't know yet if certain questions have been answered, starting with quarterback. If Robert Griffin
III has a great year, then the Redskins will be a playoff contender. If he does not, then. ... I'm not putting it all on him, but that is the power of that position. Also, I do think they could be solid defensively, but not yet to the point where they could have that model of great defense/great run game and make the playoffs. I need to see the safety play first and wonder about corner DeAngelo Hall
's health. Offensively I wonder about quarterback and the right side of the line. The good news for Washington is that it has building blocks on that side and it could just be a matter of when not if. The coaches do like how the line is forming. But we need more proof in too many areas to answer this question definitively.