Notes: Name debate, Moses' impact

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
4:20
PM ET
Another day of leftover notes:

Strong column: Jason Reid of the Washington Post had a strong take on the #Redskinspride movement initiated last week, when the Redskins asked fans to tweet to Senate majority leader Harry Reid (do I need to say there's no relation?) regarding their thoughts on the team name. If the Redskins want to win the name debate, occurrences like this won't help. Rather, it will just enflame the opposition and keep them mobilized and desirous to fight back. There have been too many missteps along the way. But for those of you who want the issue to go away -- yet also want them to win -- it'll be tough to separate those desires. Just imagine how big it will become if they somehow made the Super Bowl again?

Both sides claim victory: Redskins president and general manager Bruce Allen told Jason Reid that, "our fans have spoken very loudly in support of what we've been doing. We got a very good response from our fans. Thousands of fans responded, including hundreds of Native Americans, saying we are their favorite team. I do think that's the message we've been hearing." Last week, Harry Reid's digital director Faiz Shakir told multiple outlets they were thrilled by the response. Here's the thing: The majority of people are against changing the name, at least according to polls in the past. So the Redskins will always enjoy a certain level of support. But my hunch is the more this stays in the news, and the more people perceive that the Redskins are handling it poorly, the more who will be swayed the other way. I'm not smart enough to know if/when it will change, but we all know some grow so weary of a topic they just want it to go away at any cost.

Moses' impact: For rookie right tackle Morgan Moses to play, or at least start, he'll have to improve his fundamentals. He has to learn to play more with his knees bent, and not his waist. And how to move his feet in addition to his arms. Then he has to combine that with learning the playbook and everything else. It takes time, which the Redskins are happy to give him. "There's a lot to learn as far as offensive line play," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, "picking up line stunts, all the run schemes that we have -- inside zones, outside zones and then the pass protections we have. We have nine or 10 already and maybe more. So it's a grind for them mentally ... . Lucky for us, we've got a solid line and he is going to contribute when he is ready. There is no exact date on that either."

Gruden's philosophy: Jay Gruden is much more like Joe Gibbs when it comes to delegating responsibility than he is to Mike Shanahan, his predecessor. Gruden won't just stick with the offense; sounds like he's been watching the defense more this week. But offense is his baby and he does not plan to interfere with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett or special teams coach Ben Kotwica. Of course, it is his right; he's the one who bears the ultimate responsibility. Still, it won't be his focus. Going from an offensive coordinator to head coach is enough to handle right now. "I'm letting Coach Haslett coach the defense, Coach Kotwica to coach the special teams and I'm really hands-on with the offense right now," Gruden said. "Part of the reason I hired the guys that I hired is I could count on them to run their specific groups. It's been a very smooth process so far."

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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