If RGIII gets Shut Down, Here are Five more Redskins to Shut Down too

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5.  Brian Orakpo, OLB - Orakpo may be the best player on the team right now.  Why risk him getting injured going into the off-season?  He’s already proven himself deserving of a contract extension by leading the team in sacks with 8.5.  If RGIII shouldn’t play the final three games then why should Orakpo?

Brian Orakpo

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  • xXwindsofchangeXx

    Only problem about that last one is if you start Kirk Cousins (who, to state the obvious, isn’t nearly as mobile as even a hobbled RG3) he may not make it through the end of the season behind a line with no Trent Williams. If you’re concerned about young players’ health, Rex Grossman has to start those last couple of games if Trent Williams doesnt. If Cousins is going to be a future trade chip or even competition for RG3 going into next year’s camp (an unlikely situation, but given the latter’s play this year, not impossible) he’s got to stay healthy, too, doesn’t he? And it does the team no good to give Kirk Cousins reps if all those other guys (Orakpo being the exception) sit. It will put him in a lot of high-fail situations where he’s likely to struggle or even get hurt (keep in mind we get practically no production behind Reed at TE and Garcon at WR), which would kill his trade value going into next offseason.

    • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

      You make some good points. This post is borderline (TIC). In that I think Mike Shanahan is just trying to create a controversy more than look out for RGIII’s safety. So if he’s really looking out for safety, then why not go further? If RGIII isn’t safe, then why would Cousins be any safer? If Cousins gets hurt do you go back to RGIII, or bring in Grossman?

      • xXwindsofchangeXx

        I almost feel like they’d be better served switching out the OL and letting Compton/Gettis/LeRibeus play. I mean, LeRibeus is said to be overweight but at this point I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. Kory Lichtensteiger could use more meat on his bones in pass protection. Much more. I’m sick of seeing him consistently in the QB’s grill on every other pass play.

        • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

          Good point. But I’d sit Chris Chester before I would Lichtensteiger. Chester is the lowest rated starter on offense according Pro Football Focus.

          • xXwindsofchangeXx

            Okay, maybe I’m being a bit unfair to Lichtensteiger. I’m just not a fan of linemen that are THAT small (he’s listed at under 300 lbs.) and I especially dislike the fact that he’s one of Shanahan’s old Bronco pets. But maybe he was half decent at one point before he blew out his knee. So I wouldn’t see Shanahan replacing him anyway. But Tyler Polumbus, FOR GOD’S SAKE… he’s been getting beat like a drum the last month in particular. His metrics have got to be somewhere near the bottom of the league.

            While we’re on the subject of metrics, though, where’s Darrel Young ranked? Because ever since he got hurt (2 weeks ago, I think it was now) Morris hasn’t been able to find holes anywhere.

          • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

            Young is ranked in the top 15 of NFL fullbacks, but he’s not that highly rated as a Redskins starter. However, when you consider he’s the only true fullback the Redskins have, there’s a big drop off when he’s not available.

          • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

            Lichtensteiger would make a good center, but because LeRibeus was overweight, word is they had to keep him at guard at start Montgomery.