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Cris Carter: Redskins had worst offseason in NFC

The Redskins typically are big movers in the offseason -- sometimes in a good way, and sometimes not -- but this year the reviews were almost uniformly positive. They let the general manager run things, hired a two-time Super Bowl-winning coach, traded for a future Hall of Fame quarterback, drafted a left tackle with their first-round pick and added two more offensive linemen later, had near-universal participation in their offseason programs, didn't sign Terrell Owens and avoided any serious injuries.

Which brings us to Tuesday morning's ESPN NFL Live set, where Suzy Kolber asked Mike Golic and Cris Carter which NFC teams had the best and worst offseasons.

Golic said the Lions had the best. Carter chose Minnesota. Golic said Atlanta had the worst offseason. And Carter?

"I'm gonna go with the Washington Redskins," he said. "Donovan McNabb, that is a plus, They did finally get something in free agency, and [they got] a quarterback. But when you don't trade Albert Haynesworth and you add him to that locker-room mix....They always have tried the last several years to sign a bunch of guys, and none of it panned out, so I'm gonna go with Washington until some of that stuff works out."

"I would argue that the philosophy is still [importing] a lot of guys, but this year, maybe a little more low key in free agency, second- and third-tier," Kolber replied to Carter, coming to Washington's defense. "Obviously the big splash with Donovan, and they improved their offensive line."

Well, the 2009 Redskins were 4-12. If this offseason was the worst in the NFC, I would expect that record to go in the wrong direction. And I really don't think that will happen. So put me on record saying Carter isn't necessarily correct here.

(Via @John_Keim)

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2010; 1:28 PM ET
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Cris Carter is a wind-bag!! What does he know about developing a team? All he knows how to do is run his mouth. The skins not only added McNabb, but also added Bruce Allen, Mike Shannahan, Kyle Shannahan, etc, etc, etc. They were left with virtually NO draft picks from Cerrato. They picked up some very good linemen. Their younger players are coming into a maturation stage. This team has all the "UP" potential. They will NOT be worse than 8-8 this year. No way! Cris Carter can kiss my a**.

Posted by: skinfannomore | June 22, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Did you know that Cris Carter is a former professional athlete - and a competitor?

Ask him...he'll tell you.

Posted by: tha_prophet | June 22, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Q.Son of Sweet Caroline
Hey, I spoke with Coach last night. He's the usher whose life you ruined because his moment in the sun each night was dancing on the Nats dugout to the strains of Sweet Caroline. He said that he's working on a new routine and has proposed it to the Nats brass for their consideration. Should he also run it by you for an informal poll of your readers?
– June 22, 2010 11:43 AM Permalink
A.Dan Steinberg writes:
I've mentioned before that I've also talked to Coach since the Sweet Caroline party ended, and it made me feel like a complete loser. I hope you're serious, and I hope he does indeed have a new gimmick. I'll stay out of it.

Are you serious? That dude should get a life! I don't know what is worse, Teddy or when that guy was dancing like an idiot on the dugout.

Posted by: dclifer | June 22, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

He's just bitter from not being in the Hall of Fame.

Posted by: linroy62 | June 22, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

skinfannomore - you sound like the typical skins fan that buys the BS every year. Players don't come into a maturity stage. they show you signs they can play or they don't. so far out of the draft with the 2WRs and 1 TE, i can comfortably tell you Fred Davis can play. The 2 WRs have shown little to nothing that they have exceptional skills at this level. Orakpo can play. the safety drafted in the 7th round has some skills. Stephon Heyer and many other draftees are serviceable to alright, but we could have better.

Carter's comment was simply saying until they get the right approach and get away from the ways of the past, they've had a bad off season. this BS has Snyder's impact all over it. from the team crying over haynesworth not being here to workout, to missing OTAs to now not showing up for minicamp. it's been yet another PR failure for the Skins and the focus is once again not on the field but in the media.

Posted by: simplewords999 | June 22, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Last year, the Skins had the worst OL and a bottom 10 QB. Now, the Skins have an excellent OL and a top 10 QB. This was a good offseason. Of course, the Skins are still probably behind the other three division teams, but we've at least closed the gap.

Posted by: Dellis2010 | June 22, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Chris Carter deserves to be in the Hall of Fame!!!!

Bitter BS aside. Just like for Art Monk, if Michael Irving is in there. Chris Carter is overdue. personality and his likeability aside, the guy is a HOF worthy player. numbers wise get ready for Andre Reed in a few years too.

Posted by: simplewords999 | June 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"They always have tried the last several years to sign a bunch of guys, and none of it panned out, so I'm gonna go with Washington until some of that stuff works out."

So ... this off-season was bad, because past off-seasons were bad?

Posted by: StuScott_Booyahs | June 22, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Minnesota signed Lito Sheppard and lost Chester Taylor and possibly Favre. How is that the best offseason?

Posted by: wis193 | June 22, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

cris carter is an idiot. of course he's going to say the vikings had a good offseason!!! and as for golic, he's one of those people that just hate the redskins (having played for the eagles) so it's not like i expected something positive out of his mouth

Posted by: daniba | June 22, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

oh no chris is doing cocaine again. sad very sad. 8-(

Posted by: clwalker1906 | June 22, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

This guy is way off base. The redskins may not make the super bowl but I think they can atleast win 10 games.

Posted by: jjohnblack53 | June 22, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Note to Cris Carter: Donovan McNabb wasn't a free agent. It was a trade. When you go on a rant about how much a team stunk, and your follow up point is a fallacy, I think you sunk yourself. What a moron.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | June 22, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

How many Super Bowl rings has Cris Carter won?

Posted by: stwasm | June 22, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I would have to agree with Carter this has nothing to do with if he has rings or not. Yea the drafted Trent with there 1st but every thing give up a4th nextyr give up a 3rd for McNabb when i though Campbell would have played so well under Shanahan. No recievers that are good enough to compete every sunday. This roster still has the same players that stunk it up last year. 4 over the hill running backs i could go on not getting rid of Haynesworth everything the only bright spot Cooley is healthy and orakpo will thrive. But take this McNabb leadership doesnt fix the problem the leadership problem was fixed when new management took over

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | June 22, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"Chris Carter deserves to be in the Hall of Fame!!!!"

Actually, I think he's just angry because Monk got in before him and thats why he's picking on the Skins.

He went out of his way to tell everyone how much better and deserving he was then Monk, but in the end Monk made it before him.

He's never liked the Redskins, I don't listen to what he has to say about them.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 22, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Dont even sniff 10 wins in any of your prediction same players QB wasnt the reason the skins won 4 games everything around it was . from the wr to the db this is not a 10 win team they still cant compete with NO, Dallas Minny Green bay not in there league. Lets not get caught up in his new era because we still dont have the players to be a 10 win team

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | June 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Terrible analyst, but no question, should be in the Hall of Fame.

Posted by: 202character | June 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight. The Redskins had the worst offseason in the entire NFL because they didn't trade Albert Haynesworth? Really? I can understand if someone said the Skins had the best and he disagreed but to say they had the absolute worst is just stupid.

Other than Haynesworth, what of value have the Skins lost?

Jason Campbell?
Jim Zorn?
Vinny Cerrato?
Greg Blache?

Am I missing any big losses? The Skins may not be any better but they aren't going to be worse. There are plenty of other teams that are going to be worse.

Posted by: ouvan59 | June 22, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

If you haven't done your homework as an analyst, well then just take a short cut by regurgitating the most recent, and obvious headlines.

Posted by: yampaco | June 22, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

In Carters Defense, he is basing it on the ongoing fat al saga. If that gets resolved it will change his outlook on their off season. Basically he is saying having a cancer and distraction like that can kill your season.

Posted by: srobert1117 | June 22, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Cris Carter's a dink.

Posted by: jerod1 | June 22, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

so I'm gonna go with Washington until some of that stuff works out."

Way to committ to a statement Cris

I think I am gonna marry Halle Berry ... until something else works out.

Posted by: c-boogie | June 22, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

so I'm gonna go with Washington until some of that stuff works out."

Way to committ to a statement Cris

I think I am gonna marry Halle Berry ... until something else works out.

Posted by: c-boogie | June 22, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The NFL network will put a microphone in front of anybody. They steer their Jock-a-razzi toward controversy to inspire mock news. Bravo. The Post bit.

Chris Carter isn't an idiot, he either didn't bother to take any time to take all moves into consideration or he is jaded from the "Ghost of Snyder Past". Not sure you can blame him for the latter.

Posted by: damjammer | June 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

He's just mad because Art Monk got into the HOF before he did.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 22, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

How is this even a newsworthy article? Chris Carter??? Who cares. Why don't you next tell us what Jamal Mashburn thinks of the NBA draft.

Posted by: mschmall625 | June 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"Which brings us to Tuesday morning's ESPN NFL Live set"
-- dansteinberg

"The NFL network will put a microphone in front of anybody."
-- damjammer

NFL Live / NFL Network = not same

Posted by: KeithMcMillan | June 22, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't necessarily this this is "newsworthy" either, but you need to lower your expectations a little when clicking a link to a blog entry, friend. What you find is typically entertaining, not intended to be hot-off-the-press, front-page sports news.

That said, actually, Carter is a pretty well-respected commentator these days, so I'll take what he says with more than a grain of salt. To be sure, I think he's making a decent point here. The net return we've had this off-season hasn't been spectacular ... WHEN you factor in the AH mess.

Look at the Nats bullpen earlier this month. Before we dumped Bruney, their stats blew chunks. Not saying Clip, Save, Store weren't incredible, but can't give the pen an overall A+ until you remove the 800lb gorilla in the room. Similarly, can't give the 'Skins FO a passing grade -- just yet -- until they deal with their own gorilla (which they will ... they're that good).

Posted by: reddog278 | June 22, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The entire point of his saying Washington was to make an overstated and obvious football-guy talk show comment about Haynesworth. Boring, change channel.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | June 22, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The off season does not matter. the question is are they getting prepared to play on the field!!!! Seems the 'Skins never get coverage over things on the field, but off field issue. there's something always going on off the field.

Posted by: oknow1 | June 22, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This wreaks of lazy journalism on Chris Carter's part. How do you go from Cerrato to Allen, Zorn to Shanahan, Cambell to McNabb, no Tackles to bookends and have the "WORST" offseason?!

If anything Haynesworth may allow us to recoup some of the picks we lossed getting Mcnabb and Brown at the very least.

I'm pretty confident he's completely and utterly wrong and this is just this first thing that popped into his mind would be a safe choice.

Posted by: Eman8 | June 22, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

CC is the biggest hater of all the analysts in today's game. Everyone on this feed knows we had a great end to last season with the firing of VINNY bag of donuts and the hiring of Allen and had a great off-season as well. CC still hasn't recovered from all his cocaine binges from his time as an Eagle. That's why Buddy cut him.

Posted by: skinsfanNC | June 22, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Carter's dumber than a bag of dirt. He forgot to mention the additions of Shanahan and Allen during the offseason. The Skins tried to trade Haynesworth. They've made moves in past off-seasons that didn't work out, so that's how he's evaluating this one? Sounds like Carter did about 10 seconds of research for his answer.

Posted by: randysbailin | June 22, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse are missing the picture. Are the skins better now than they were a year ago? If the answer is a resounding "YES", then how can you support the moronic statement C Carter made? As for the "maturing" young players, time will tell... but I believe coaching and system had something to do with their early performance. I am willing to bet the Shannahan will get more out of the young men than Z-man ever did....

Posted by: skinfannomore | June 22, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Last comment on this..... Just getting rid of Vinny Cerrato should feel like the skins won the lottery! We had the best offseaon by unloading Vinny!!!

Posted by: skinfannomore | June 22, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

F.U.C.K. Cris Carter! He or his team could not beat the Redskins when he was with the Vikings! Art Monk = Hall of Fame! Cris Carter = Looser! Get over it you f-ing crybaby!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | June 22, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Skinfannomore: The Redskins still did not have a great offseason. It may not have been the worst (although it's close), but it still wasn't great. If you consider dumpster-diving for castoffs and rejects a great offseason, then your expectations are way too low.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 23, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

so the only thing that constitutes a "good offseason" is the personnel moves you make?

Before opining - did Cris Carter actually visit the Redskin training camp to see what was going on?

The whole of them at ESPN are a bunch of asshats - why even ask that question when you dont have the ability to make an educated answer?

Posted by: rtramonte5500 | June 23, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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