A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Friday, November 1, 2013.
--Redskins linebacker London Fletcher understands Brandon Meriweather’s comments and expresses his ideas on the NFL’s policies on hitting players.
--Safety Brandon Meriweather spoke with the NFL Players Association director DeMaurice Smith about his comments made this week. Smith released a statement that said Meriweather was sorry for comments made about hitting players low.
--Redskins install Arena Football League uprights to help kicker Kai Forbath increase his accuracy. Arena League uprights are nine feet wide, half the width of NFL goal posts.
--Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett explains that teams are using tight ends to chip linebacker Brian Orakpo which hinders his ability to pressure the quarterback.
--Rookie free safety Bacarri Rambo took advantage of his opportunity vs. Denver and received praise from his head coach and defensive coordinator. Head coach Mike Shanahan said that Rambo had, “an excellent game.”
--Head coach Mike Shanahan responds to Albert Haynesworth’s criticisms and explains why their player-coach relationship did not work the way the Redskins would have hoped.
--Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan shoulders the blame for fourth-quarter play-calling vs. the Broncos. In the fourth quarter there were just two run plays called as the offense was shut out in the second half.
--Tight end Fred Davis admits to nodding off during team meetings and expresses his ideas on why he has been on the inactive list.
--One reporter looks at the lack of pre-snap adjustments that quarterback Robert Griffin III has not displayed this year.
--Five questions that face the Redskins before they take on the Chargers this Sunday including how will the defense force turnovers on the NFL’s most accurate quarterback with at 73.9 completion percentage.
--The Sean Taylor trial is still without a verdict as the jury was sent home.
--A Redskins injury update including wide receiver Pierre Garcon’s practice status.
--Quotes from the Redskins press conference including Jim Haslett’s thoughts on placing cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. Haslett said, “well we usually don’t match a corner on a tight end, but he has the ability to do almost anything.”
--Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett stands up for safety Brandon Meriweather and said, “he’s not going to hurt our football team.” Meriweather had to sit out vs. Denver due to a suspension for illegal hits to the head.
--The Redskins look to improve on their initial offensive drive of the game vs. the Chargers. In seven games the Redskins have scored a total of six points on opening drives.
--ESPN reporters John Keim (Redskins) and Eric Williams (Chargers) preview the upcoming Redskins-Chargers game. Both writers go over intriguing storylines including how Redskins running back Alfred Morris is leading the NFL with 5.23 yards per carry and what the Chargers improved their protection of quarterback Philip Rivers which has allowed just 11 sacks this season, 2nd best in the NFL.
What's Trending In @Redskins Nation?
1) Shanahan on Albert Haynesworth complaints: "The only people I haven't gotten along with as a coach is someone who is lazy."#HTTR
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4) Haslett on S @brambo18: "I thought he did a nice job. He had 12 tackles in the game...you can see he's got his confidence back." #HTTR
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