It’s that time of the week again where I go behind enemy lines to interview one of the writers from our sister company within the Fansided Network. This week, Just Blog Baby (JBB) took some time to interview Kiel Maddox of Riggo’s Rag (RR). Kiel Maddox has been writing about the Washington Redskins since 2009. During that time his work has been featured in The Washington Post, ESPN, 106.7 the Fan, Comcast Sports Net, and much more. Kiel answered the following questions from JBB:
JBB- It’s been a tough three weeks for the Washington Redskins. Is it about to turn around, and what is the number one key to success as the Skins move forward?
RR- It’s tough to say when it will turn around exactly. The Redskins offense has been pretty bad, and the defense has been at least five times worse. The Raiders, due to their rebuilding, are one of the teams the Redskins COULD beat, but unless the secondary shows up, odds are it won’t happen. Nothing has shown that it will, and until then the Redskins won’t see a win.
JBB- RGIII is clearly not 100% yet. However, he looks like he is beginning to get his feet under him again. Will the Redskins coaching staff try to keep him in the pocket, or is it time to pull out all the stops?
RR- RGIII, so far, has shown that he is unable to be a pocket passer. Whether that’s because he’s still babying his knee, or because the offensive line is struggling, nobody knows. Right now the best thing for Griffin is to roll out of the pocket and make his passes that way. The Lions were a nice challenge, and though the Redskins lost, they showed some signs of improvement, especially Griffin. Washington should start to slowly unleash Griffin more and more as the season progresses, but don’t expect it to happen all at once this weekend. I would expect to see the same style we saw against Detroit, but obviously fitted more towards Oakland’s defense.
JBB- It’s only three games into a long 16 game season. Are the Redskins still a viable contender in the NFC East, or does it appear that the Dallas Cowboys have the upper hand with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins struggling?
RR- With the Eagles and Giants struggling, the Redskins definitely are still in it, especially at this point. Dallas has been known for great September’s, followed by a decent October, and then a complete downfall until December when they collapse. Obviously the same applies for the Giants and Eagles, but Philadelphia has a new head coach which could be an issue, where the Giants have a veteran in Coughlin who has been at this page many times throughout his coaching career in New York. If Washington can fix things such as they did last season, they could make a nice comeback, but with the strength of schedule the odds seem to be against Washington.
JBB- What is the most positive thing you have observed about the Redskins? What is the most negative?
RR- It’s tough to pull a positive, but Ryan Kerrigan seems to continue to get better and better each season, and he has molded himself as one of our best defensive players on the team. Ironically, defense also get a negative with Bacarri Rambo. While Rambo was thrown in too soon, there was a lot of hype surrounding him not only when the Redskins drafted him, but also throughout training camp. Since preseason, Rambo has been nothing close to what the team had hoped, and currently he has the bust label on him.
JBB- What is your prediction for the game against the Oakland Raiders?
RR- I think the Redskins lose this game at the end by a field goal. The Redskins defense shows no real signs of improving, and it certainly isn’t going to happen over- night. RGIII is still a little shaky and doesn’t like to plant, which will cause some three-and-outs. If you can put up 21 on a Denver defense, there’s no reason why you can’t see 30 or near 30 with the Redskins defense, whom through the first three-games, is the worst the NFL has ever seen.
Wow Kiel, those are some pretty harsh words for the Washington Redskins, but I see that you’re a no-nonsense type of writer. I’d just like to say thank you for the opportunity to interview you, and I look forward to future communication.
I, too, believe that the Oakland Raiders will be victorious this weekend at home. The Raiders defense, coaching staff, and even the offensive linemen learned a lot from the Denver Broncos game. It’s time to put that knowledge to work against the Redskins for a dominant performance at home.