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‘Surprising’ ‘Skins In Peter King’s MMQB

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 31, 2012 – 9:53 am

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Imagine your state of mind about one year ago as a Redskins fan.

Washington had just ended its season with a 34-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles to end the year with a 5-11 record, as the team had several issues to address heading into the offseason.

They addressed those issues, alright — and then some.

They got two key free agents at the wide receiver position — Pierre Garçon and Joshua Morgan — and then traded up in April’s NFL Draft to get Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick. They also continued building depth along their offensive line by selecting guys like Josh LeRibeus and Tom Compton, strengthened the quarterback position even more by selecting Kirk Cousins, and, snatched a guy named Alfred Morris from Florida Atlantic in the sixth round.

The result? Well, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King put it perfectly in today’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” column:

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Paulsen: New Offense Was ‘Culture Shock’

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 7, 2012 – 10:46 am

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When the Washington Redskins took quarterback Robert Griffin III as the second overall pick in the NFL Draft, it was announced almost immediately that the incoming rookie was going to be the starter for the 2012 season.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan immediately began the tedious task of figuring out how to form their offense around Griffin III’s talents, which, of course, include a big, accurate arm with the ability to stretch the field with his legs.

About seven-and-a-half months later, the Redskins own one of the top offensive attacks in football. Defensive coordinators cringe as they try to prepare their teams for what’s to come.

But the success wasn’t a given simply by drafting Griffin III. The Washington coaching staff also had make sure the 10 other guys on the field knew how to play their parts to add their brand to what’s now a well-oiled machine.

One of those key contributors to the offensive rejuvenation has been third-year tight end Logan Paulsen, who was thrust into the starter role Week 8 after a season-ending injury to Fred Davis Week 7 against the New York Giants. Paulsen prides himself on coming to the park each day around 6:30 a.m. and leaving no earlier than 6 p.m, and this “gym rat” persona has allowed Paulsen to continue his personal goals of becoming a better all-around tight end  — not coincidentally, he’s in the midst of a career year in Washington.

Paulsen was a guest yesterday on Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King’s Week 14 NFL Podcast(24:52-43:50), and discussed in great detail exactly how the Redskins’ “East Coast” offense has changed and how his teammates have adjusted — and continue to adjust — each week since Griffin III’s arrival.

Paulsen told King that the introduction of the new packages to the offense was at first mind-blowing.

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Redskins Aplenty In ‘Monday Morning QB’

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 26, 2012 – 11:41 am

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The Redskins are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, and, rightfully so, they’ve earned some praise nationally.

The latest of which comes from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who mentioned the Redskins several times today in his weekly “Monday Morning Quarterback” column.

King thinks the Redskins are serious playoff contenders and talked about some of the team’s unsung heroes as they head into their huge Monday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants next week.

Here’s the snippets from the column:

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Peter King: Redskins Will Win More Titles

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 22, 2012 – 12:12 pm

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There’s few football writers I respect and trust as much as Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. I’m sure most in the league agree with that statement, as well.

So when King says that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is going to lead his team to multiple Super Bowl titles, I can’t help but get a little bit giddy.

King broke out his crystal ball and made the projection this morning in his weekly “Monday Morning Quarterback” column.

Oh, and he also compares Griffin III to Irish musician and U2 front man Bono.

But back to Super Bowls.

King said it won’t be long until the Redskins have built around Griffin III enough to capture multiple titles:

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Peter King Gives RGIII’s Debut An A-

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 10, 2012 – 3:52 pm

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For those of you who have been asleep for the past 12 or so hours, Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III made his NFL debut last night in the team’s preseason opener at the Buffalo Bills.

Luckily for you, www.redskins.com was all over the coverage, if you need to play catch-up.

Also offering his assertion of Griffin III’s performance was Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King, who gave the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner an A- after completing 4 of 6 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins’ 7-6 win.

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‘Ker-Rakpo’ Key To Redskins Success

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 5, 2011 – 12:48 pm

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It’s not fair to judge an NFL draft class before it matures, but early indications point to a check mark on first rounder Ryan Kerrigan.

Maaaybe a check-plus.

Kerrigan has played lights-out football so far, twice being nominated for the NFL Rookie of the Week award, and already taking home honors for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September.  On the season, he has 19 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception, and a touchdown.

As a frame of reference:

  • That’s more tackles than DeMarcus Ware.
  • Thats more sacks than Ndamukong Suh.
  • That’s more forced fumbles than Jared Allen.
  • That’s more interceptions than Troy Polamalu.
  • And that’s more touchdowns than Tashard Choice and Larry Johnson combined.

Pair that with NFC Defensive Player of the Week Brian Orakpo, and you’ve got a dynamite combination, says Peter King of NBC Sports: Read more »

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Bruce Allen Provides A Reason For The Existence Of Mock Drafts

Posted by Matt Terl on April 18, 2011 – 9:15 am

So I’ve been a little critical of the entire Online NFL Draft Industrial Complex this offseason. I’ve been frustrated by the sheer volume of information, disillusioned by past inaccuracies … you name it, I’ve probably complained about it.

Of course, the underlying truth to that crankiness is that I read an awful lot of mock draft stuff. The people who complain loudest about something on the internet are probably giving it the most clicks. If that’s not an internet law, it should be. And Redskins general manager Bruce Allen is living proof.

Allen isn’t cranky about mock drafts (like I am). In fact, speaking at a charity event Saturday at Deanwood rec center in D.C., Allen even explained how mock drafts can be useful to the people who are going to be doing actual, non-mock drafts.

John Keim of the Washington Examiner was the one who prompted the comment, asking Allen if he’d looked at any of the seventeen million mock draft permutations online. Personally, I half-expected Allen to scoff at the idea and say that he’d never look at random internet speculation. But that’s not quite how it went down.

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Matt Bowen Disagrees With Peter King On That Sean Taylor Thing

Posted by Matt Terl on March 29, 2010 – 10:26 am

Last week, I got a little cranky when Peter King included Sean Taylor in an argument against taking a safety early in the NFL Draft. The next day, I failed to get un-cranky when King offered an unsatisfactory explanation of his reasoning. Some people seemed to get the impression that I was upset that King was speaking poorly of the deceased, but that was really not what it was about.

Here is my point, much more concisely: the reason that Taylor did not make the contribution you would want from a top 10 pick is because he was murdered three and a half years into his career. Therefore, including him as a datapoint in your analysis of ANYTHING from a football standpoint — not just the 2004 draft or taking a safety in the top 5, as King discusses — is pretty much pointless.

What happened to Taylor didn’t happen because he played safety. Or because he was drafted in 2004. Or because he went to Miami, changed his number, played for the Redskins, or because he didn’t always answer questions from the media, or anything like that. So it probably shouldn’t be factored into conversations about those things.

That was one point that I was trying to make that got a little lost. But another point, and the one that most of the people who emailed me agreed with, is that Taylor was well on his way to being EXACTLY the kind of franchise player that you would want to draft at fifth overall. And it’s not just fans saying that.

Matt Bowen played for the Redskins for three years, overlapping with Taylor for two of them. He saw Taylor’s rookie campaign, saw him change his number, and saw him start to develop into a Pro Bowl player. (That’s him in the background of the picture above, wearing number 41.)

Now Bowen writes for the National Football Post, and today he addresses the same topic that set Peter King off: is Tennessee’s Eric Berry worth the fifth overall pick, where he is widely projected to go. He reaches part of the same conclusion that King did — that safety can be a risky pick in the top 10, although unlike King he believes Berry might be worth the risk — but with one glaring, glaring difference.
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Peter King On Sean Taylor Redux

Posted by Matt Terl on March 23, 2010 – 2:25 pm

I have no idea if SI.com writer Peter King saw my piece yesterday criticizing his comments about the late Sean Taylor, but it doesn’t really matter — MMQB reader “Tim of Washington” made King’s mailbag today with pretty much the same complaints, and King responded.

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Monday, May 11: I Guess Peter King Is No Longer Smitten

Posted by Matt Terl on May 11, 2009 – 10:54 am

I have a strange and hard-to-describe relationship with Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column over at SI.com.

I’ve been reading it forever — I clearly remember following it when I was working a temp job back in that long-gone year 2000, when the column was “only” 2,200 words, rather than the 7,000ish it tends to run these days — but I haven’t been enjoying it nearly as much for the last couple of years. I suppose at this point it’s more of a habit than anything else, that and a way to make sure that I understand the (language warning!!!!!) parodies of King’s writing over at Kissing Suzy Kolber.

But read it I do, like clockwork, every Monday morning except for those two or three weeks that King takes off, and sometimes it still manages to elicit a reaction other than a bored “For the love of God, enough with Brett Favre already.”

Today would be one of those days. The short version is this: in his column today, his first stab at ranking the teams for the 2009 season, King has the Redskins projected at 23rd in the league. I know, I know: who cares, what does he know, it’s only May, waaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh, and all that. Fair enough. But maybe the longer version will explain why I find this particularly disappointing. Read more »

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