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Behind Enemy Lines: Indy’s Bob Kravitz

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 21, 2012 – 3:05 pm

(AP photos)

This week, the Redskins Blog is starting a new weekly segment we’re calling “Behind Enemy Lines,” where we talk with a reporter, columnist or blogger from the city of the team the Redskins are playing that week.

The idea is to get a feel of the opposing team and to get their perception of the Redskins.

We’re starting off on a very high note today as Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz was nice enough to give us a call and address everything from the Andrew Luck-vs.-Robert Griffin III hype for Saturday’s game, former Colts and current Redskins receiver Pierre Garçon, former Purdue star and current Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and where Kravitz sees the Redskins panning out in 2012 and beyond.

One of the best things about Kravitz — who I’ve been reading for years — is that he tells it like it is. His views aren’t always the popular ones, but they’re just that — his views. You can tell he’s a fan of sports; he’s not just a guy covering the game.

Here’s some snippets from today’s conversation with Kravitz. The complete audio interview is below:

On if Kravitz has ever seen so much hype attached to a preseason game:
“I can’t recall it, to be perfectly honest.  I think it’s more of a Luck-Griffin thing from the Washington point of view. … You do need plans and you do learn a little bit more about your players, specifically your quarterback, in that third game than you do in any other preseason game. … So far I think Andrew Luck has looked not good, not really good, (but) spectacular.”

Is this what you’re talking about, Bob? (via the Redskins Facebook)

Kravitz’ quick assessment of Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck:
“I can’t imagine that he’s handled it any better than he has, he’s very low-key. … Andrew is very low-key type of person, not quite as electric of personality as RGIII. He’s done everything right, y’know, his arm strength is there, his athleticism, I think, has surprised some people. … I mean he looks like he’s been in the league for several years.”

On if Luck’s performance is helping Colts fans move on quicker from the departure of Peyton Manning:
“There’s absolutely no doubt. I mentioned this to a guy in the press box, I said to Larry Hall, the ticket manager, ‘You must be the happiest guy in this press box.’ He was just smiling ear to ear because they are going to be able to sell out every game. I think people here are not only along with Andrew Luck, but I think they’re starting to believe that the Colts have a chance to be pretty competitive.”

Kravitz’s assessment of former Colts/current Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garçon, and if he has No. 1 receiver skills:
“Well, I think he’s got the potential to be that guy. I was not as shocked when they let him go. … Here’s the book on Pierre Garçon, (and) maybe it’ll change a year here or there in Washington. He’s a guy who will make unbelievable, ridiculous catches, and drop the easy ones. And that’s been the whole body of it all the time he’s been in Indianapolis.”

On if he expected early success for Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who Kravitz watched while Kerrigan was at Purdue:
“He was so dominant at Purdue with really not a great defense, and he was a guy that took on a lot of double teams. …. I think the guy’s a stone-cold stud, a great, great player and I would suspect that he’s only going to grow.”

On his projections for the Redskins this season:
“I think that RGIII and Mike (Shanahan) are a perfect combination. I can see them winning nine games — 8 to 9 games. I think they’re going to compete for a playoff spot. I think having Pierre out there, he’s going to be able to, as they say, take the top off the defense. I think they’re going to compete in the NFC East with the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys and we’ll see about the Eagles.”

Here’s the complete audio interview with Kravitz:

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