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Redskins.Com Writers Muse About The Schedule

Posted by Matt Terl on April 20, 2011 – 3:43 pm

(Chris Cooley’s name does not appear in this post; it’s a picture of a game in Seattle, because the Redskins travel to Seattle this year and the post does talk about the schedule. We apologize for any confusion the picture may have caused.)

When the 2011 Redskins schedule was released yesterday, I have no doubt that you read my take on it and thought to yourself, “That was fascinating, but I wonder what ELSE Matt Terl thinks about this list of sixteen games — and how do his ideas play off those of Redskins.com’s Gary Fitzgerald and Larry Weisman?!?!?”

Boy, are you in luck! This week’s Writers’ Roundtable is up over at the Redskins.com moonbase, and it deals with EXACTLY that question. Plus, it’s peppered with this sort of scintillating banter:

  1. LARRY: Our friends at ESPN say the Redskins’ schedule ranks 27th in difficulty (here I go, making a U-turn) because of the games against the NFC West teams, which have played poorly outside (and inside) the division. More of this comes down to how good you are than whom you line up against.
    Every team in the NFC East knows who will line up at quarterback but the Redskins don’t. Until that issue is settled, I cannot be your little beam of sunshine.

    MATT: You’ll always be our little beam of sunshine, Larry, no matter what you say.

And there’s insight in addition to that kind of repartee. You couldn’t possibly ask for more, so go check out the whole conversation. Read more »

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Phil Taylor And Value In The Draft

Posted by Matt Terl on March 30, 2011 – 12:03 pm

The second installment of our Writers Roundtable posted over at the big Redskins.com supercenter, and it finds Gary Fitzgerald, Larry Weisman, and I yet again discussing possibilities in the upcoming NFL Draft. This time around, the question starts with What should the Redskins do with the tenth pick? and ends up with me contemplating the abstract concept of value itself while the other two sort of gaze on in pitying horror.

The excerpt below features what wound up being, I think, my biggest question coming out of the conversation:

Here’s my question – and this is something I really wrestled with in my mock draft earlier this week, too – why not nose tackle Phil Taylor at No. 10?

I mean, if the team believes (as I do) that they need a nose tackle, and Taylor is (as Larry points out) the only nose tackle with a first-round grade … well, he might not suit someone ELSE at 10, but it seems like you’re filling a prime need with the best player at that spot. Maybe it’s a few spots higher than he’s “projected”, but … frankly, so what?

This kind of thinking has worked out in the past – Jacksonville taking Tyson Alualu at 10 last year; the Patriots taking Logan Mankins in the first round – so why not try it here?

As always in things like this, I’m feeling a little bit of esprit d’escalier about the discussion. (That’s a fancy-pants term for all the clever things you think of after the fact but didn’t say at the time.) Because both Weisman and Fitzgerald seem to agree that Baylor’s Taylor is a suitable pick for the Redskins, but there’s a lot of question about if he’s “worth” the 10th pick — and I don’t know that I successfuly explained why that idea of “worth” is meaningless here. So let me give it a shot now:

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