1. Jason Taylor.
He might be a bust so far, but don't give up on him just yet. He said he's feeling the best he has all season, which isn't surprising given his knee issues and then the calf problem. If the Redskins can have him play even at 90 percent, that would help. Remember, he's barely been close to that at all this season. It was nice to see Demetric Evans have a strong game in his place Monday night. One of those sacks came on the inside paired next to Chris Wilson. Imagine what he could have done paired next to a healthier Taylor. The guy has done well for a reason in this league: he's competitive. Nobody feels worse about what's happened to him than he does; and nobody wants to prove a point more than him.
2. Bye week.
The Redskins needed this bye in a big way, with a handful of aging veterans banged up (Marcus Washington, Cornelius Griffin, Springs, Taylor). The Redskins will need these players down the stretch. The good thing is, they should return from the bye in much better condition. Will that be enough? We'll see. The Redskins have done an excellent job winning despite injuries, but that will get tougher in the final month and a half. Jim Zorn and his staff are also taking a lot of time off this week. That's a good thing and I give Zorn credit for giving them so much time off. Zorn's balanced life gives him equilibrium as a coach.
3. LaRon Landry.
Pro Football Weekly named him to their first half All-Pro team, which was a bit surprising. Landry has played fine, but I would not call this a breakout year. I'm struggling to come up with a few big plays that he's made. I know of some good plays and some nice hits, but I'm not sure he's played at that level yet. Then again, Sporting News put center Casey Rabach at center, another interesting pick. Both have had good years, but All-Pro?
4. Sean Taylor.
The Redskins will induct him into their Ring of Fame before the Nov. 30 Giants game. As if that game won't have enough riding on it already; this will serve to energize the crowd and players even more. It's hard not to watch this team and wonder what might have been with he and Landry. Think of the plays Chris Horton is making and then put Landry in his place – with Taylor over the top. A defense that doesn't make a lot of plays would suddenly be making a lot more. That's not to diminish the other side of Taylor; but I only knew him as a player so that's the side that's missed.
5. Punt problems.
Rookie Kareem Moore needs to have a better finish. He blew another play Monday, allowing a punt to be blocked when he put his head down while attempting to block – and the rusher merely stepped inside and had a clear path to Ryan Plackemeier. Moore had a rookie brain lock against St. Louis that prevented him from entering a clear lane to St. Louis QB Marc Bulger who then threw a 43-yard pass to set up a game-winning field goal. Moore is a physical safety, but he has a long ways to go.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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