Scouting the Enemy: Q&A with Redskins Blog Riggo's Rag

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Sep 19, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) rushes for a first down against the St. Louis Rams during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Redskins 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

 

 

Jeff Johnson of Riggo’s Rag, the official Redskins blog of the Fansided sports network, was kind enough to do an interview with us in preparation for today’s Bengals vs. Redskins matchup. You can view our answers to his questions at Riggo’s Rags here. 

 

1. The Redskins are a young, up-and-coming team. Do you think the 2012 draft additions and a year of growth for the other players under Mike Shanahan will be enough to win the NFC East?
The talent is now in place for this team to win the NFC East.  At least it was there before last week’s season ending injury to key parts of the defense in Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker.  Even still, I think counting on a rookie QB to come in and win a division as tough as the NFC East would have been a tall task.  I think this team still has a chance to sneak in as a Wildcard, but is a year or two away from developing that talent into being a division winning contender in this division.
2. In our matchup Sunday, what matchups will you be focused on the most? What holes in your defense do you think the Bengals could expose? In that same token, what part of the Bengals defense do you think the Redskins will focus their attack on?
I’m most worried about the combination for A.J. Green, and what he will do for Andrew Hawkins.  Last week the Redskins had a tough time with slot receiver Danny Amendola who torched the Redskins for 15 catches and 160 yards and he didn’t have the benefit of an A.J. Green stretching the field to draw out the safeties.  On the flip side, I look forward to the match up of Alfred Morris and undrafted free agent Vontaze Burfict.  Burfict is switching from an inside to outside linebacker.  He played well last week, but I think that’s asking a little too much for someone too young, and expect to see a few blown assignments.
3. How unexpected has the emergence of Alfred Morris been? Do you think he’ll receive most of the touches Sunday, or do you think the Skins will use Evan Royster and Roy Helu more this week?
Who is Alfred Morris?  Who drafted this guy in their fantasy draft before the 14th round?  That’s how unexpected the emergence of Alfred Morris has been.  I think Shanahan has finally found a go to guy.  Mike Shanahan knows how to develop backs, and with Royster and Helu to back him up, I don’t see the head coach over using a talent like Morris early in the season.  I think you’ll see some spreading of the ball around so that Alfred Morris still has his legs towards the end of the season.
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