Wondering about a player's status? Trying to recall a past game? Want some insight on the Redskins? Redskins.com's Gary Fitzgerald opens up the mailbag on Tuesday and answers fan questions.
Question: Gary, will we see some no-huddle offense from the Redskins this season?
-- Shawn H.
Gary: The no-huddle is something the Redskins may use as the season progresses, but I don't think it is going to become a staple of Jim Zorn's offense. Jason Campbell has shown he is effective running the no-huddle when in hurry-up mode. In the season opener against the New York Giants, Campbell guided the offense to its only touchdown using the no-huddle in the final three minutes of the game. Sure, it was against the Giants' prevent defense, but clearly something clicks in the no-huddle. Even more interesting are Campbell's stats in shotgun formation against the Giants: 14-of-17 for 155 yards and one TD.
Question: Just curious, why don't the Redskins ever wear their burgundy jerseys with white pants at home? Who in the organization insists on white jerseys? Or is it a team decision?
-- Ron C.
Gary: Before last year, the last time Washington wore burgundy jerseys at home was in 2003. When Joe Gibbs returned, he wanted the team to wear white jerseys, burgundy pants for all home games. Jim Zorn lets the players decide what they want to wear, but he does believe that wearing white jerseys in warmer weather months reflects the light away and helps players manage the heat better. That's why you saw a white-on-white combination early in the 2008 season. Midseason, the Redskins wore burgundy jerseys at home for the first time since 2003 in a Monday Night contest against Pittsburgh. Of course, they also wore burgundy pants. That may not be the combination you're looking for, but it's close. In the Dec. 21 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins wore burgundy jerseys and white pants.
Question: With an obvious need at tackle, why did we move Chad Rinehart to right guard instead of right tackle?
-- Trevor W.
Gary: When the Redskins drafted Chad Rinehart in 2008, they immediately transitioned him to right guard. He has also seen practice time at left and right tackle to maintain his versatility. (He played left tackle at Northern Iowa.) So the Redskins have been fairly consistent with Rinehart and Joe Bugel believes his body type and skill set may be a better fit inside than outside where he has to deal with speed rushers. Coaches hope that Stephon Heyer emerges as the right tackle of the future, so Rinehart's best opportunity for playing time may be at right guard. If Randy Thomas goes down with an injury, then I expect Rinehart would get the call.
Question: Gary, I'm hoping you can clear something up for me. Could you please explain the difference between the off-sides, encroachment and neutral zone infractions?
-- Wes D.
Gary: An off-sides penalty is when a defensive player jumps the line of scrimmage before the snap; the play is not stopped, though. An encroachment penalty occurs when the defensive player makes contact with an offensive player before the snap; in this case, the play is stopped. Finally, a neutral zone infraction is called when a defender jumps the line of scrimmage and forces an offensive player into a false start.
Question: What really happened with Chase Daniel? Did the Redskins choose Andre Woodson instead of Chase Daniel, or did Chase Daniel choose the New Orleans Saints?
-- Jerry M.
Gary: On cut-down day, the Redskins talked to Chase Daniel about staying on the practice squad. At the time, they did not know that Andre Woodson would become available. The Redskins scouted Woodson prior to the 2008 draft and came away impressed, but they had Colt Brennan rated higher. Woodson, at 6-4, has prototypical height for a quarterback and has good mobility, something that Jim Zorn wants from his QBs. In the end, the Redskins opted to sign Woodson to the practice squad and let Daniel move on to the Saints. All this according to Zorn.