Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Follow PostSports on Twitter  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS
Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 01/17/2011

Redskins in the playoffs

By Evan Bliss

With the completion of the Divisional Round, the NFL playoffs are halfway over. Even though the Redskins haven’t had a legitimate shot at the playoffs since week 12, there are still some former Redskins lurking around the playoffs on other teams' rosters. Much like an ex-girlfriend, some ex-Redskins you’ll want to still be friends with, the others you’ll love to hate.

The Steelers boast the most ex-Redskins. Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh’s starting free safety since 2006, was paired with Sean Taylor in Washington before Troy Polamalu in Pittsburgh -- not bad company. Clark’s release received various scrutiny from players and fans alike. In the end it was the right move. Washington drafted LaRon Landry to play strong safety and moved Taylor to free safety, and for the little we saw of the Landry and Taylor tandem it was clear they could be the best the game had ever seen.

Another ex-Redskin turned Steeler is punt returner/gadget play-maker Antwaan Randle-El, although El is more of a returning returner than an ex. El was a much better locker room personality than wide receiver and probably should have never left Pittsburgh. He was the third receiver on the Steelers behind Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress, but Gibbs brought him in as a receiver and punt returner. Fortunately, Shanahan released El and found a solution to the non-existent return game with Brandon Banks. Now to find an answer to the non-existent receiving corps...

Shaun Suisham, the final ex-Redskin turned Steeler, should be Graham Gano’s inspiration and mentor, after all Suisham is what Gano should be: an ex-Redskin kicker. I’ve been very harsh on Gano this season, and I’d like to clarify that half of it is because Gano is legitimately the worst kicker in the league. The other half is Mark Moseley and even Chip Lohmiller set standards for Redskins kickers, and Gano and Suisham didn’t and don’t meet those standards.

The Jets have two ex-Redskins on their roster. The more significant Redskin was Mark Brunell, brought in by Gibbs part deux as a saavy veteran quarterback to mentor first-round draft pick Jason Campbell. I can’t dislike Brunell because he did what he was supposed to, and he also gave me that wonderful Monday Night Miracle memory playing in Dallas. Anyone else think that Mark Brunell was the creative inspiration behind man-Shrek in Shrek 2?

The other Jet is Jason Taylor. Philip Daniels tore his something-or-other the first day of practice in 2008, so Vinny Cerrato went out and got Jason Taylor. The Redskins were playing in a 4-3 defense at the time, Jason Taylor didn’t fit in nor play well so he was gone the next year. Now that the Skins play a 3-4 defense, more befitting his build and skill-set, I still wouldn’t want Jason Taylor in burgundy and gold, and I’m never watching one of his Snyder-Cruise produced movies, unless ScarJo is the leading lady.

Da Bears have two ex-Redskins on their roster. Todd Collins, oddly enough the last quarterback to take the Redskins to the playoffs, and Edwin Williams, who was one of the only offensive lineman let go by Shanahan. Collins' NFL tenure is impressive in its failure to impress, a career back-up that actually plays pretty well when he gets the chance. Williams was a low-budget version of Stephon Heyer, an undrafted lineman from Maryland, and one Heyer on a roster is enough.

The Packers are the only team left standing without a former Redskin on the roster, which is why they’ll win the Super Bowl this year -- that and because it would push Brett Favre further into his depressive abyss. Sorry, but he deserves it for retiring three times and inappropriate cell phone use.

Congratulations to all the ex-Redskins in the playoffs, some of them contributing, others waiting for someone to get hurt, but all of them extending their season. I personally am looking forward to enjoying the playoffs again, hopefully next year.

By Evan Bliss  | January 17, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Evan Bliss, Redskins  | Tags:  Evan Bliss, Redskins  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: So you think you can be a Racing President?
Next: Piling up Pirates in Nats Town


Wow, I wish I had a selective memory like that. The way I remember it going is that we dumped Ryan Clark for Adam Archuleta then after Archuleta failed we drafted LaRon Landry.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | January 17, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely right PAskinsfan. Ryan Clark's last year was '05, and Archuleta was brought in for '06 (although I can't blame Bliss for trying to forget that). Clark also was ST's best friend on the team, and helped keep him in check.
We spent a lot for Jason Taylor and tried to put him in a 4-3, then spent a lot on Haynesworth and tried to put him in a 3-4 (granted, the same people who paid him didn't institute the 3-4).
Still, when does we learn?

Posted by: joedavis7 | January 22, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company