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Dexter Manley remains optimistic

Amid the crush of pessimistic radio transcriptions featuring former Redskins greats, let me present something dramatically different: an optimistic radio transcription featuring a former Redskins great. It's Dexter Manley, appearing on Friday's Sports Fix on ESPN 980, with hope springing eternal out of his ear lobes.

"Well, I will say that I think the Washington Redskins have a great, historical tradition with the fan base, and I'm really, really optimistic," Manley said, making him somewhat of a minority this week. "You know, we're 2-4 right now, I think we can turn it around...You know, it's sort of a mess, but I think with Sherman Lewis calling the plays, there's no question that the system wasn't working. You know, it's like a person in recovery: if you think you're gonna keep drinking and you're gonna get a different result, then there's something wrong with you, you're delusional. You've got to be able to change something. I think a change was necessary, but I will say this, this is one thing that Certified Building Services knows, they know how to execute."

Wait, what? Oh, Manley is doing some sort of work for Certified Building Services. I wish Vinny Cerrato would work in promos like that during his rants about the media. "I will say this, the media likes to twist my words, but there's nothing improper about the twisting that goes on at Old Towne Dance Studios."

Anyhow, Manley was asked if he's ever seen the populace in such an angry state of mind, and he said no, he hasn't.

"And I don't think it's really warranted," he said. "You know, I walk around this community, and that's all they talk....I can assure you this, I think that it could be warranted, but I don't think Snyder should take all the brunt for this here. I hear people saying, it starts at the top. This guy wrote paycheck after paycheck, so he has entrusted some of his lieutenants to sort of give him the information. I'm not so sure they gave him the correct information. But I feel the Redskins [fans], it's a great tradition here, and they want to win. They're desperate. It's a football town, and they want to win. And they have a right to win, because it's a great football town."

Kevin Sheehan asked what advice he'd have for Daniel Snyder if asked; "Well first of all, I'd wave the white flag for Dan, ask him to surrender, just keep writing the checks and remove himself, step back a little bit," Manley said.

"But I know it's hard to do that when you're the owner. You own the team, you own the players now, you own the locker room, how do you tell me to step back?....I would get me a general manager, I wouldn't get someone who [says] they had some success at certain levels in football, I'd get someone who really knows Xs and Os, who's very insightful, who can go out and recruit players and evaluate them. Whatever type of offense I'm running, I'd bring those kind of players in. The defense I'm running, I'd do that kind of thing. But most importantly, I would have to ask Dan to keep writing the checks, and then slip me a few dollars on the side. If Sherman Lewis can come back after four years, I promise you this: give me a shot Dan. I can come out. I guarantee you I'd get you three sacks. Give me a shot."

The man can still talk, give him that. He also offered thoughts on two specific defensive players.

Brian Orakpo: "You have to be relentless to get to the quarterback, and I think they have a guy who can be that way, but they keep putting him at linebacker. You know, once you move a guy away from the ball, closer to the ball, he's not as effective, but I think Brian Orakpo can really be something special if Greg Blache decides to keep the guy in a three-point stance, keep him coming....

"Coach Zorn is out there every day so I'm gonna ride with him, but from afar, sitting back, I think that this guy could be much more effective and help their team, keeping [the pressure] coming, [by] putting him in the three-point stance versus trying to have him cover some [tight end]. He takes him out of his game and he doesn't help the football team that way. You help the football team keeping that guy coming, keying on that quarterback."

(Zorn was asked about this on ESPN 980 earlier in the week; "I think he's doing a heck of a job learning that strong side linebacker position, and he's really been effective there too," he said. "On the pass rush side, he's REALLY effective, but we're not gonna pass rush every time....[In the run game] double teams will engulf him, so I think we're doing the right thing....There's very few games I think that have been impacted with him in a negative sense in the secondary. But again, on first and second down, if you double-teamed him, as light as he is, he'd be courageous, but he won't be in a pass rush mode, he'll be in a run stop mode. And how effective will he be at that point of attack?")

Albert Haynesworth: "Oh boy, you did have to ask me that," Manley said. "What do I think? I think this. The Redskins' front four, they have all the ingredients. They have speed, power, but they have to execute, they haven't been able to be consistent with this. Now Haynesworth, when he got here, I know he probably likes Reggie White, but he doesn't play like Reggie White. This guy runs off the field, comes on the field. Greg Blache's supposed to be tough, he needs to be real tough.

"He's a guy 6-7, 350, talking about his stomach hurt and he goes to sit on the sideline for a few [plays]? I watched the game, it seems like every play, the guy's running off the field, they're carrying him off the field. Should he be 350? He does look like he's trimming down. He could be more dominant probably if he was 325."

Last radio transcription of the week. Seriously.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2009; 3:14 PM ET
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It's nice to see this guy is optimistic, but he's dead wrong on trying to shield Snyder from any amount of blame. He says that Snyder's lieutenants didn't tell him the right things?

Well I'm sorry, but you have to have your head in the sand, and be deaf, to not see or hear that the problem is the o-line. Snyder doesn't need lieutenants for that, at least he shouldn't if he's competent at all.

Posted by: REXskins | October 23, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I wish the Redskins had a bunch of Dexter Manleys on their roster right now. Sure, it would be chaotic and probably somewhat illegal, but it might result in some winning.

Posted by: acoberst1 | October 23, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"Last radio transcription of the week. Seriously."

You taking book on this? Because there's still 30 hours left to go.

Posted by: Section117 | October 23, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Thank god Dexter the Janitor is optimistic!

Posted by: Leeguru | October 24, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

C'mon, Steinberg, transcribe somethin', maaan.

I need a fix bad, maaan.

Just a little taste, maaan!

Posted by: freakzilla | October 24, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

i quess,according to zorn,they would double team orakpo if he was a down lineman.dont they double and triple team butters i mean haynesworth every play also?how many lineman does the other team have?that would be 4 or 5 guys on those 2 players,isnt there 2 other guys on the d line.

Posted by: DLESMonday | October 24, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Do you REALLY mean this is a sports BOG? We all know what a bog is and it is not pleasant! An L would help a lot!

Posted by: judybowns | October 25, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Do you REALLY mean this is a sports BOG? We all know what a bog is and it is not pleasant! An L would help a lot!

Posted by: judybowns | October 25, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Judy, Judy, Judy:

Had you clicked the link at the top of the page that says "What the heck is this?", you would have read the following at the top of the page behind the link:

Q: Why is this called a Sports Bog?

A: The Author covered the Maryland football team in 2005. When he told Ralph Friedgen he was leaving the beat, the coach replied, "I don't even know what a bog is."

(Who does, really? Check the video.)

Anyhow, the name seemed appropriate, considering this town is something of a swamp. (Or not.) If you want to get really deep, you could also consider this another step in The Washington Post's continuing efforts to wade into the murky quagmire of the Internet sports world, which will eventually cost all of us our jobs. Or maybe you could say our deepest goal is to ensnare bored office types, who will with any luck be caught up (bogged down?) in the wonderful world of weird sports links and inane ramblings. Anyhow, many thanks to Friedgen for the name.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 25, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 730 and no Redskins interview transcripts? Someone's slacking.

Posted by: Section117 | October 26, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I own two club seats and two seats in section 232. I am boycotting the rest of the season. This disaster lies at the feet of Danny Snyder and his butt snorkeling toady, Vinny Cerrato. Giving tickets to other people or selling them on stubhub simply puts another paying customer in the stadium. The only thing Snyder and the front office will understand are empty seats and no sales. Boycott Danny Snyder.

Posted by: LarryJohnson1 | October 27, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

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