Redskins training staff the focus again after latest McCoy injury news

Ben Krimmel
August 15, 2019 - 1:41 pm

The Washington Redskins have had a lot of injuries the past two seasons.

And a lot of that has been down to just plain bad luck. But some have continually pointed the finger at the team's medical and training staff.

This week former Redskins safety Su'a Cravens criticized the team in a series of tweets and offensive tackle Trent Williams is currently holding out, reportedly, in part due to the medical staff. 

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On Wednesday, head coach Jay Gruden revealed quarterback Colt McCoy is still not ready to play after sustaining a broken leg in Dec. 2018.

"Right now he's not able to do much," Gruden said, after announcing McCoy would miss the team's second preseason game.

“First and foremost we’ve got to get that leg healthy,” Gruden said. "I don’t think it’s very far away. It’s the same thing. I don’t think he’s had full strength yet. He’s tried to battle through it. It just hasn’t been there for him.”

On The Sports Junkies Thursday, 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman expanded on McCoy's injury delay saying pain is a factor, but not the only issue facing the veteran QB

"I think there's a huge lack of trust in the leg," Hoffman told The Junks.  He doesn't trust running around on it, he doesn't trust driving off of it, and really lacing a throw or floating one deep.

"And you can't be thinking about that stuff when you play quarterback. You've got too much to think about: where's the safety, is my back-side covered, where's my checkdown, is my number one receiver open, two, three, four, on through the progression." 

Quarterbacking has to be second nature, Hoffman said, and for McCoy that takes him out of the running for the starting job for the time being.

McCoy's long road back from injury and the outside criticism of the team's training staff are connected because it has been eight months since he broke his leg and is still not at full speed. After Gruden's announcement, NFL analyst (and guest on CDVTW) Warren Sharp made this observation quoting an Apr. 2019 article by JP Finlay.

In response, Hoffman had this to say about the Redskins medical staff.

Fair or unfair, the medical and training staff have been in the spotlight among Redskins fans and if there is another injury delay the attention will only increase.

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