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Bye, Larry Johnson. Hello, questions.

Well, Larry Johnson's stay in Washington was short-lived. Johnson was brought in this past offseason by Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan, one of three former Pro Bowl running backs expected to lead an offensive juggernaut. First, Fast Willie Parker got the proverbial ax, on final cuts day. And now he's joined on the scrap heap by Johnson.

Now keep in mind, I don't have any problem with a team working to get better, I really don't. But I do have a problem when a team cuts a guy two games into the season, saying he doesn't fit your scheme. I'm confused, because all offseason and throughout training camp people at Redskins Park were gushing about how these Pro Bowl backs were looking in practice. We heard numerous interviews about how they planned on using the three-headed monster. So my question is, where did all the excitement go?

Johnson touched the ball all of five times before the Redskins decided he didn't fit the scheme? Again I'm confused because after you release Johnson you bring in a guy who was cut by the Bills? Hold on a minute: You cut Larry Johnson after five carries for Chad Simpson, who was cut by one of the worst teams in the NFL? It was said that Simpson was a special teams contributor in Buffalo. I'm sure he was, before he got cut at the end of preseason.

Look, I'm trying to understand how all these so-called football geniuses weren't able to see that he didn't fit before now, that's all. I have a very difficult time believing that five carries over two games were enough to conclude that Mr Johnson didn't fit in the scheme.

Shanahan doesn't talk about anything to the media, so we are left to speculate about every decision made. This move makes me wonder if we really brought in the engineer of those Super Bowls in Denver or another ticket-seller like Steve Spurier or, you guessed it, Joe Gibbs his second time around? I'm just asking, does this guy still have it or is he just another on a long list of coaches who came back to make a couple dollars and position his son to be a head coach?

Let's see: Spurrier, yes, brought his son, Marty, yes, brought his son and his brother, and, yes, Gibbs brought his son. None brought any type of championship to D.C. (I know Gibbs did his first time around.) So what really makes Shanahan any different?

Now I'm in questioning mode. I question the handling of Haynesworth, I question the handling of Malcolm Kelly's injury. Maybe we really need to stop attacking DeAngelo Hall long enough to hear what he was saying when he spoke up in defense of his teammates.

One thing's for certain for me, neither Allen nor Shanahan is explaining the method and, if I recall correctly, Shanahan was "fired" in Denver. It feels like a scene out of "The Usual Suspects," only I'm not really sure who Kaiser Soze is. Five carries, people! Announcements on game day that a guy is inactive because of his ankle, but he's walking around just fine and practicing? Please help me understand.

By LaVar Arrington  | September 22, 2010; 7:07 AM ET
 
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Come on now LaVar, don't start hating on Shanny and Allen yet.

We all know that Fast Willie and Larry Johnson were brought in to light a fire on Portis. Shanny knew Portis was the only real possibility he had in house for a 'game breaking' back but that would only happen if he got in shape. As soon as Larry and Willie came in you saw Clinton get motivated and get on board with Shanny's off-season program. If nothing else that was a win right there.

You also have to have hope for K. Williams - history shows us that Shanny can find RBs from now where.

They cut Johnson because he's done, just like Willie. He served his purpose, Williams and Portis have showed more.

Please dont compare Spurrrier to Gibbs II or Shannahan. Spurrier was a joke, Gibbs came back to win, not for a paycheck, it just didn't work out with Vinny and Danny still helping pick the players.

Shannahan you can tell still has it, just look at the shift in discipline and execution this year to last. He son is one of the best O coordinators in the league and Allen, like him or not, is much more adept at running the organization than Vinny ever was. Oh, and how much have we heard from Danny this season?

Have faith, at least we arent a joke anymore - the Cowboys have taken over that spot.

Posted by: LoJankFilDee19338333 | September 22, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Arrington, you now have me beginning to wonder what's really going on. The surface seems calm but that duck is moving his/her feet.

Posted by: WashingtonEverythingFan | September 22, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Lavar , you are so correct . I had this little MF peg two weeks ago . And I will say this right now ... IF YOU DO NOT STOP YOUR MADNESS THAT GREAT QB YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW WILL BE IN A PURPLE JERSEY NEXT YEAR. So yea McNabb is just on loan . This team has issues and the will begin showing and the little MF will try to sweep all this under the rug ... you'll see!

Posted by: terryreece | September 22, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Please help me understand.

By LaVar Arrington | September 22, 2010; 7:07 AM ET
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Chad is 5 years younger then LJ (25 to 30).
Chad is cheaper (assuming this).
Chad can give you 2 yards on 5 carries.
Chad can play RB and special teams.

So you are likely getting more production, from a younger player at a lower price.

Sounds pretty fundamental to me. And to be honest, besides one TD versus Jets scrubs, he was horrible in the preseason (see: Ravens game). No harm waiting until a younger option came around. Yeah, he may have been cut by the worst team in the NFL but LJ definitely wouldn't make Buffalo's roster either with their 3 RB's (Lynch, Spiller, Jackson).

Posted by: fushezzi | September 22, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

LoJankFilDee19338333 said it all.....

LA your jive like all over the place with this article.

Posted by: hammer4 | September 22, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey Lavar you should know better than anyone whats going on cause it happened to you as well. When you do not produce or fit the scheme of things they get rid of you its just that simple. Personally I think you are a Skins hater. Heck the Giants pick you up and you did nothing absolutely nothing in New York. Mr. Hard Hits explain that!!!!!

Posted by: tareil | September 22, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I think cutting him was dumb, if it was an overreaction to his 10 yrd loss last week. Comparing the shanahan era to the rest of the recent coaching era's after two games seems like an over reaction as well though. Maybe there's some PSU bias here?

Posted by: BigNasty | September 22, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Jeeze, what a shocker. Arrington turns out to have an ax to grind against the franchise that cut him after he had ceased to be productive (his career post-Redskins kind of proves that, no?).

The question is, why did the Post hire him? Nobody should be surprised by him special brand of "insight" into the Washington Redskins.

Posted by: kemp13 | September 22, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

They cut him because they realized they made a mistake by keeping him on the roster. I applaud the move. What would be really stupid is if they realized that he can't play and kept him on the roster anyway.

Posted by: randysbailin | September 22, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with those questioning you LA, I mean how many times is your blog going to be 'Skin hating blather? So far, it's all the time. You know, maybe you should write a blog on pavement and highway maintenance, because that gravel on the off-ramp (and your stupidity) is what ended your career, not any coach or owner.

If your life is all about moanin' over the 'Skins, sad. Very sad.

Posted by: soloman5000 | September 22, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

LAVAR..is a frustrated x football flame out....who is criticizing football people that really know things...and have won Super Bowls. Most coaches who stay with one team long enough..will get fired at some point in this modern era!

Lavar forgets, a main reason to bring Johnson in to camp..was to push CP to show up...and get in shape. Which seemed to work out. If...Johnson happened to produce..that would be a bonus!! Turns out, they are impressed with K. Williams...
and JOHNSON IS ONE DIMENSIONAL...he doesn`t block much, nor does he play on special teams. There just wasn`t any need to keep him on the team...to take up a spot..and sit on the bench.

People who think it was dumb to cut him...why not defend your position? What would be the end game here? He is slow, does not block, made a terrible decision when he lost all those yards on the running play( maybe if he had Chris Johnson`s speed)and does not play special teams...so why keep him? GO ON CONVINCE ME!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | September 22, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

In addition to not playing special teams, he also doesn't block well. So if he ain't running great, why keep him? I think this move shows professionals are in charge. Lavar definitely grinds his axe every chance he gets.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 22, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Lavar honestly I hear nothing but bitterness from someone who underachieved! I find it refreshing to finally have an organization that keeps things quiet! That holds there players accountable! That demands there players practice hard and work hard leading up to the game! I would like you to sit back and remember how you felt reading the paper when the media was questioning whether you could really understand Greg Williams defense! By the way he won the superbowl last year! If I remember after you were gone from here our defense ranked in the top 7 every year! Don't be that typical has been that challenges today's players and coaches because you are upset with how your career turned out. Write and comment on real stories not the BS you in the media try to create!

Posted by: skins1113 | September 22, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I see your point LaVar, but I think you're jumping the gun in some respects.

Going into the year, I (and the coaching staff most likely) was hoping Larry could be that bruiser you'd go to in the goal line or late situations of the game to punish a tired defense. At the very least, he'd be a smart back-up with veteran experience which in the end gave him the nod over Torain in the final 53.

But in the game against Houston, we saw a few things:

1. In the goal line situations, Portis was the back and he ran hard, picked the right hole and scored twice. That diminished Larry's value.

2. Keiland Williams caught a few passes and while not doing anything spectacular, showed competence in that role. Larry's value was further diminished because he is not a good receiver out of the backfield.

3. The 10 yard loss. Yes, it was only one run and not an indictment of a complete career. But at this stage, a veteran 30 yr old back should know to take what you can get, go down and move to the next play. Larry diminished his own value there.

I imagine the thinking at this point was, "Larry's not looking as explosive and he might be prone to pressing and making bad decisions. Let's give Williams a shot at the #2 role and get another back to fill out special teams. If Williams screws the pooch, we'll bring Larry back or call up Torain."

The reality is, at 31st in the league in rushing, something obviously needs to be switched up. I don't think Larry is done in this league (and maybe not with this team), but he didn't do himself any favors on Sunday.

Posted by: walkdwalk | September 22, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

It was obvious form the few carries he got that LJ is done. He looked like he was moving in slow motion. No burst. It was almost sad when he tried to bounce a run outside. Portis has been only marginally better. The line is not there yet on the new run scheme but there have been some holes that neither RB has been able to take advantage of. Portis can't keep his feet once he gets to the second level so even his decent runs end a good 5 yards shorter than they should. RB will be priority this offseason. This is CP's last year as a Redksin and probably his last year in the NFL.

Posted by: feeney | September 22, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Lavar you sound bitter

Posted by: JDB1 | September 22, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins cut Johnson cause he wasn't producing just like the Post should cut you Lavar.

Posted by: thorhero | September 22, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I don't have a problem with them cutting him. He really didn't do anything in pre-season, he really has not shown that he is still the same back. Let's see how the young guy and Clinton work out

Posted by: aviator3 | September 22, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Lavar, I'm normally a big fan of your insight on the Skins, but I'm failing to see why you think the Redskins cutting their backup RB demonstrates how Shanahan is no different from any previous regime the Redskins have had since 1993.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember reading or hearing anything about any plans to give LJ a prominent role with the offense. Sure, he apparently looked good in training camp, and was a good locker room guy despite his lack of carries, but why this move significantly takes away from your positive thoughts about the overall direction of this organization is beyond me.

LJ's role in the first two games was simply to come in on 1st and 2nd down if CP was tired or hurt. Keiland Williams has been the 3rd down back if CP was not in on a certain possession. In addition, Portis has seen every goal-line carry so far. So we cut LJ and the sky might be falling down? Does it have nothing to do with the fact that LJ essentially had a drive killing run in the 4th quarter vs Houston that I'm not sure any major conference Division 1 RB would have attempted? Does it have nothing to do with the fact that maybe Keiland Williams has impressed the coaches throughout tranining camp, and has continued to impress in the first two weeks of the season?

Remember, Shanahan kept Keiland on the roster over Willie Parker, and has given Keiland PT both vs. Dallas and Houston. Clearly Shanahan has liked Keiland all along, just maybe none of us suspected that he liked him enough to make him Portis' backup. It wouldn't be the first time that Shanahan found a diamond RB in the rough.....

Love listening to you and Dukes everyday on the Fan, and I'm also a fellow Penn Stater. Just wanted to weigh in on what I thought was an over-reaction on your part. Time will only tell I suppose. We Are!

Posted by: risk48910 | September 22, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Keyser Soze, not Kaiser. The character is supposed to be Mediterranean, not the ruler of Germany. Keep up the good perspective though. You're a fresh voice.

Posted by: Noodles3 | September 22, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Lavar i hope the POST cuts you like the SKINS did and it cant be too soon, everyone knows you have an AXE to grind against the SKINS. hope SHANAHAN & his crew willbe here long after you are gone.

Posted by: wingmd | September 22, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Lavar, like more than half the posts before me, I couldn't disagree with you more. I also like how you of all people call Shanny and Allen "So called football geniuses." This coming from a guy who never studied the game and relied on talent his entire career. Had you been a football genius, you'd probably still be playing and wouldn't have been cut by the Skins. It's funny, but I always liked you even though I knew you underachieved. I thought, well he was great to the fans and he was exciting to watch. But enough is enough. You aren't s Skins fan! Then you started your radio show and I can't even listen anymore because all I hear is negativity. All you know how to do is speculate and be negative. How about this reason for cutting LJ, he sucked! How about, they don't see any other players out there right now so they were trying to make it work with these older guys? Did you ever think of that? No, that probably never crossed your mind. You'd rather think that they know nothing and you know everything. Well if that's what makes you able to sleep at night than so be it. I will tell you this though, as much as you have been winning the ratings war with 92.7, that will change if you don't change. Skins fans are optimistic right now for the most part, and they don't want to hear some bitter ex-player bash their favorite team, all because he couldn't read a defense. And thats what it boils down to, you were cut because they knew you were expendable. I'm sure there were things that happened that weren't in your control. But I also know that true professionals overcome adversity and figure out a way to get better and better. I would be shocked if I turned on L and D and heard you guys say something even remotely positive about the decisions the coaches make. Anyways, stay negative bro.

Posted by: bselby12 | September 22, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Don't be mad Lavar, you and LJ can still go to the Penn St./Indiana game together in a few weeks. LOL!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | September 22, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Since you're in questioning mode, Lavar, why don't you ask again, for the millionth time, why Dan Snyder stole all that money from you? You're toxic, sir.

Posted by: Rational_Man | September 22, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

The Skins had to sign a new returner to free up Devin Thomas for the Vincent Jackson trade.

What, wishful thinking?

Posted by: CommieX | September 22, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Lavar: Funny that your audience is turning on you as fast as you turned on Shanahan. Don't start getting hysterical just to broaden your audience; leave the irrational conjecture to Steinberg and the rest. As an ex-player, you can offer something they can't: experience. Stick with analyzing plays and strategies, avoid stuff like this.

Posted by: RIP-21 | September 22, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

It's a move for V-Jax. Release LJ - free up some $$. Pickup Simpson to replace Devin Thomas on KR. Devin Thomas and #2 for V-Jax

Posted by: dbo5009 | September 22, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Bobby Turner might be the best running back coach in the business. The Shanahans certainly understand the running game. When the games started counting, they obviously saw something in LJ that they didn't like and said no mas. Lavar seems to be trying to stir up controversy to increase his readership.

Posted by: randysbailin | September 22, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"We all know that Fast Willie and Larry Johnson were brought in to light a fire on Portis."

---This is the truth. And LJ did his job and now he's done.

Posted by: wbbradb | September 22, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

10 yard loss AND an inexcusable running out of bounds play against Dallas to stop the clock, he had his chances...

LaVar is just pulling a "Mike Wise"---talking out of his arse to get people riled up...

Posted by: otiswonsley39 | September 22, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Ummm, can't we disagree with Lavar without calling him a has been, questioning his decision making (motorcycle) or calling for his firing?

This is an opinion page and he gave his opinion. I disagreed with it and gave mine....but seriously, no need for personal attacks fellas.

That is all....carry on....

Posted by: fushezzi | September 22, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Johnson is slow, poor at pass blocking, no good at receiving, and doesn't contribute on special teams. He was brought in to motivate CP, and while he appears to have done so, that job was done weeks ago. The question isn't why they cut him, its why it took so long.

I figure the Skins front office was hoping some other teams might be desperate enough at RB to throw them a draft pick for LJ, until it became clear there was no market for him.

Posted by: CommieX | September 22, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Cutting Larry Johnson has nothing to do with any organizational issues. Johnson got cut because like a few have already posted he was brought in to motivate Clinton Portis, who continues to show every week on the radio station you work for how ignorant he is. Also, comparing Gibbs to Spurrier is RIDICULOUS. Could that be because once Gibbs came back you lost the spotlight?

Shanahan studied film all year last year so he would not loss touch with the game during his absense. I don't believe he did all that just to collect another paycheck.

And for those who thin McNabb is out of here after one season, you are crazy!!!!

Posted by: jcreech1 | September 22, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

It appears from the limited amount I spend reading anything Arrington says that he is, in fact, not wholly enamored with the Redskins. And given his extensive background in football management, I am to guess he knows what he is talking about. My final query is this: Why does the Post give him a voice? While I certainly do not believe we need to be surrounded by sycophants, it would be nice to hear from strong Redskins supporters. Anybody giving Doc Walker a pen and paper?

Posted by: taylorlaw | September 22, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and Hayensworth has been handled the way he has because he is a malcontent who has no business being on this team. I hope his ankle keeps him inactive for the rest of the season.

Posted by: jcreech1 | September 22, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I think the moral of the story is that when you're cut by a team like the Chiefs, there isn't much left in the tank.

Posted by: randysbailin | September 22, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

This is the funniest blog ever. Talk about bringing your emotions to print. You obviously have a chip on your shoulder with the Redskins organization and that is fair. You needed more love, I get it, but numbers don't lie. You yourself said Shanahan doesn't let on with his ideas, so why would he go in front of reporters and say Johnson is on thin ice. His production wasn't good in the preseason and Shanahan gave him a shot to see if things changed once the games meant something. He didn't. Sayonara, there is a hungrier back behind him begging for reps. This is a machine. There is no room for emotions. As far as Shanahan being compared to Kaiser Soze..... seriously...hahahahaah that's really cute. I hope it didn't take long to come up with that. Is there not a market for you in NY????? I like you, but you let your emotions in on this one.

Posted by: dsalinas80 | September 22, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

When will LaVar get over his hatred of the Skins? His career was a disappointment and it was his fault. He is not objective in his reporting and he sounds like a real dope. Johnson was worthless and deserved to get cut.

Posted by: astrober1 | September 22, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

You are off the mark criticizing Joe Gibbs, one of the classiest and best football coaches ever. Gibbs II won a playoff game with Danny Boy and Vinny. He ought to get a Nobel Prize for that.

The first two games of this season we've seen something we haven't seen since Gibbs: professionalism. Sure they lost a game they should have won, but receivers were running the right routes, the QB was able to find them, and the defense -- though beaten up by a first-rate Texan offense -- actually looked cohesive.

You were disappointment as a player Lavar. Don't be a disappointment as an analyst.

Posted by: InTheMiddle | September 22, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Lavar, whose career can be generously described as underachieving, is on thin ice when he criticizes Shanahan and Gibbs. Between them they have 5 Super Bowl rings.

Posted by: randysbailin | September 22, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

He(LJ) took the Check! (That Shanarat gave Him!)

Posted by: phildozier | September 22, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

LaVar, the frustrated player who was cut by the Redskins, get over it. I can't figure why on earth the Post would hire you. I guess they have lowered their standards.

If you checked this preseason, Larry Johnson stunk. For his assinine move in OT(he is supposed to be a veteran) he should be cut.

You just can get over that you had all this potential in your career that you never lived up to. 3 good years and then nothing. Move on LaVar, it is getting old. I rarely read what you have to say now anyway because it is a waste of time.

Posted by: sruppert | September 22, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Lavar everyone here agrees that you are just hating on ur former employer. Which brings the bigger issue as to why in the world the WashingtonPost would bring you on to write bogus blogs like this. Saying idiotic things on the Radio is permissable because ur speaking to ur audience (the whole 20 ppl). Don't start writing blogs, making up questions towards this new regime. LJ was horrible. Brought in to boost CP, and get out. I applaud what they did, and I hope they bring Torrain bck on the squad.

Posted by: moukstar16 | September 22, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins are about as transparent in thier dealings with the media and fan base as a brick wall. Another reason to greet everything they say or do with a heavy dose of skepticism. It's nice to have Lavar and Dan around to remind the sheep(fan base)what relly is going on.

Posted by: Riddler1 | September 22, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Hey guys, ya can't really focus on the fact that it's Lavar saying it. Ya gotta cut through who's saying it and read what he says.

Having said that, I think the whole argument in his article is irrelevant and just downright stupid. It's something to fill space today.

I wondered why they chose LJ instead of WP because they really don't have any speed at the running back slot any more.

As for the coaching staff and their goals, anyone that thinks that their major objective is anything other than winning a championship is just stupid. Coach Mike, Haslett, all of them, they're not getting paid half what the players make. But they get paid to win and half of them would do the job for free. Doesn't automatically translate to winning. But to suggest otherwise (like positioning his son for a head coaching slot) just proves that the writer isn't as savvy as he thinks he is.

Posted by: BenThere | September 22, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't able to watch most of the game, as I was on a cross-country flight, but I read that LJ made a bonehead run in the 4th quarter while the Skins were trying to milk the clock with a 10-point lead--instead of taking what he could get and staying in bounds, he doubled back and lost 10 yards. Maybe he didn't "fit the system" because he made a dumb play and Shanny wants smart guys who know the game-situation and adjust their play accordingly (i.e., high football IQs).

Posted by: Fletch_F_Fletch | September 22, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Oh and one more thing..... To the writer: Please stop over using the phrase "at the end of the day" on your radio show. If you keep over using it then I predict that "at the end of the day", you'll be listening and not talking. - Nuthin but love for ya! Peace

Posted by: BenThere | September 22, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

OK, too many homers here attacking the messanger.

I appreciate your insight Lavar, and I applaud your stellar contributions to the burgundy and gold when you played.

Your question is absolutely on point. How do you judge a guy after 5 carries in 2 games?

Shanahan's last 10 years in Denver show that he is not perfect (1 playoff win in the decade).... stop slurping the Kool-Aid for a minute and you might see that Lavar's questions are worth thinking about.

Posted by: Alan4 | September 22, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

LaVar, by the time I finished reading your post all I really felt like saying was,"Shut the F up!" An opinion is one thing but you put so much stupid crap in this that it's a joke. Some of your posts about the 34 and such were good but I'm done with you. Please go to back to NY.

Posted by: tnand | September 22, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey how about that terrible run to give the Texas a shorter field that's good enough reason for me

Posted by: Joker99z | September 22, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan's last 10 years in Denver show that he is not perfect (1 playoff win in the decade).... stop slurping the Kool-Aid for a minute and you might see that Lavar's questions are worth thinking about.

Posted by: Alan4 | September 22, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

@Alan4...If you can't see the difference in the dicipline and leadership on this team that Shanny has instilled in just this short amount of time, maybe you could use a little sip of the Kool-aid yourself.

Posted by: tnand | September 22, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

you lost me with this one Lavar. Cant disagree anymore.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | September 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

LaVar:
Everything has been said, I suppose. But I loved your column today. Five carries -- that's the issue, or at least one of them. I don't get it, either. I have been a Redskin fan nearly 60 years. I sense major trouble beginning. It will take years to straighten this team out. I hope I live to see it. It will take a while.

Posted by: royhobbs56 | September 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

LaVar - those grapes are really sour aren't they. In fact they are rotten. Keep sharpening that axe. As a reporter you are the same as a football player - lousy.

Cutting Johnson and Parker were good moves. the best will be when they get rid of Haynesworth.

the 'skins need football players who want to play and can play. something you kind of forgot over your career.

The Post should get rid of some dead weight LaVar.

Posted by: mrcox54 | September 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

LaVar - The only thing I read in the Svrluga/Reid article was that the Skins needed a special teams player for the Rams game, no where did it indicate that the skins were getting rid of Johnson because he didn't fit the scheme. I understand you might have sympathy for Johnson because he is a Penn State boy but lets face it when he was in he wasn't cutting the mustard. If he is not contributing on teams then he is essentially taking up a roster spot. I wanted Johnson to succeed, he is a hometown guy but if he ain't cuttin' it he ain't cuttin' it.

Posted by: JMUDUKE44 | September 22, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@Alan4...If you can't see the difference in the dicipline and leadership on this team that Shanny has instilled in just this short amount of time, maybe you could use a little sip of the Kool-aid yourself.

Posted by: tnand | September 22, 2010 10:29 AM |

@ tnand, sure it's fashionable to bash the previous leadership now, but let's not forget they started off 6-2. I won't sip the Kool-aid just yet.... I still have questions about why this franchise always seems to be in a "quick-fix" mode.

Posted by: Alan4 | September 22, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Come on Lavar. They brought him in to cut him. They gave the dude a flyer and probably held on too long. They need someone with some speed who can slip through a hole, not these old washed up knuckleheads (and that includes the "new" and improved CP). We should never have a RB who is over 6 years in the league unless he is brought in to block. They are just too beat up and slow. Start the rookie and use CP as a blocker on passing downs. The rest, cut them all. And FYI - Shanny doesn't need to explain anything to you, just win, baby! And, if he is just like the rest of the coaches from the past, he is just like the players of the present - see bloated contracts and FatAlbert!

Posted by: KDSmallJr | September 22, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Geez, what is wrong with everybody this morning? LaVar definitely makes some good points here. It is really strange that the Redskins are showing a lack of patience by cutting LJ. One of the problems that we have with our running game is that the offensive line blocking is not there yet. I was at the Texans game and their defense is tough. There weren't any big holes, so I think that any RB would have had trouble gaining yardage. I'm sure that the coaches are going to work on the run blocking all this week in practice and hopefully we'll see 100 + yards on the ground this week against the Rams. Keep up the good work and good articles LaVar. I think it was great that the Post hired you, you have definitely brought some fresh insight and good energy to the paper. Don't worry about any of these knuckleheads who can't think before they post. They're probably watching too much "reality TV" and think that's a normal way to communicate.

Posted by: WiseConservtv | September 22, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

The coach makes the decisions and they are based on several things, not just raw output per carry. Questioning those decisions and volunteering your opinion is cool. Going on a long diatribe putting down "so-called football geniuses" when discussing professional decisions made by those a lot more intelligent than you are not. They spend hours assessing these guy and don't just sit back and bull*** with a cigar like Al Walker and you.

Please don't start posting things just to get a reaction like Riggins was doing. Use your brain and maturity which we have seen you display before.

Posted by: jackson641 | September 22, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Hey everyone remember when we had to choose who got that big contract lava or champ Bailey man would I love to have traded LA for a even instead of Champ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Joker99z | September 22, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

oh, I see - "Hard Hits". This means post some bull***, try to get a reaction, and this keeps you employed.

Very good. Sorry I missed it. I was looking for some intelligence. My bad.

Posted by: jackson641 | September 22, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Wow LA. Comparing Shannahan to Spurrier? Are you kidding me?? Do you not see that this team finally has a leader who has brought discipline, high-individual expectations and work ethic, as well as a grain of respect back to the Redskins organization? After two games this team is far more polished than we have been in the past 10 years. I love Gibbs as much as anyone, but even he lost his lustre quickly. Spurrier, Schottenheimer, and Gibbs' kids didn't have a resume that they accomplished on their own. Kyle S., led the number one passing attack in the league without the watchful eye of his father on the sideline. Even if Mike did bring Kyle in with ulterior motives to become head coach someday, we could certainly do much worse. Saying he has botched the Haynesworth situation is to say that Haynesworth should win out when in fact he is the Number One Grossly Overpaid, Over Hyped, Over Self Indulgent, Over Pre-Occupied, Crybaby that ever was a part of this organization. Haynesworth is everything that we are finally trying not to be. If you've watched the same games I've watched, he has made ZERO, NOTHING, NADA impact on the success of this team. Truthfully, he was going against 3rd teamers and getting his butt handed to him in the preseason. Reality is, he has shamed this team.

Shannahan deserves much more respect than the mindless drivel you quickly splashed on the page to get your paycheck!!

Posted by: motiongrfx | September 22, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Hey Lavar, are you still marveling at how Brian Orakpo is everything that you should've been and better?!

You were an overrated bum!

Posted by: WhoRUSupposed2Be | September 22, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

terrell davis, olandis gary, mike anderson.. all nobodies that shanahan turned into 1000 yard rushers, including one hall of famer...

this coach just orchestrated the best offensive performance this team has seen in a decade and if he thinks that keiland williams is better than larry johnson than who the heck are you to say differently...

get a clue, man...

Posted by: zekemowatt56 | September 22, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Wow! That Kool Aid must be real good. Whatever Shanahan does you idots go right along with it. What happens when Portis goes down? You've got another Ladell Betts/Rock Cartwright to put out there. That's comforting. You ever wonder why Schaub had so much time to throw the ball on Sunday? Who wasn't out there. Albert, just pray they trade you. This isn't about you. It never was. It was always about Shanahan. He's pathetic. Just remember, once Terrell Davis retired because of injuries, he never won again. Pat Bowlen, Denver's owner did what Shanahan never thought he would do: Fire his arrogant ass. Shanahan said he was shocked that he fired him. Did he think he Coach for Life, like he was J. Edgar Sissy (excuse me, I mean Hoover). Redskin fans you should feel lucky if you get to 7-9. And don't count on the Vincent Jackson trade. If you don't get him, today, he has has to sit for 6 games for his suspension.

Posted by: ktaylor15 | September 22, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"Come on now LaVar, don't start hating on Shanny and Allen yet."

Exactly.

Lavar stop "rebelling."

I love you man but just because you disagree with what the coaches do doesn't mean they are not doing the right thing.

LJ sucked, end of story. We could all see that in pre-season. And it's not like CP has any juice left in the tank at this point in his career.

Kelly said he was "fine" and he wasn't; Fat Al is a lazy bum, and Hall runs his mouth too much. It's not always coaches vs. the players as you're making this out to be.

Here's something that's going to make you think even more:

The Redskins wouldn't miss any of those guys if they were all cut today.

You're taking sides with the wrong people. I like what you have to say about the X's and O's but if you're here to rant about current management just because you had a bad experience then I can't read this anymore.

I've always liked you but at some point you have to stop being bitter because all it's going to do is push people away and prove the naysayers right what they all said about you.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

LaVar, you still owe the whole town an apology for trashing us after you left. Now you have the audacity to come back and act like everything is fine? This "column" is nothing more then a witless hit piece brought on by an old, and meritless, grudge. You've got a lot of nerve. Get over yourself and get humbled. You made a mistake, now own it.

Posted by: sjp879 | September 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm with fusheezie on this. We need our #2 back to be a contributior on special teams, a good blocker and a good reciever. Larry Johnson is none of those things Lavar.

Keiland Williams, Chad Simpson and even Ryan Torrain give you those 3 things that you need in a back up running back and they are 5 years (almost 6) and Keiland Williams is 6 years (almost 7) younger than Johnson. They are both what we need right now. If a player does not play special teams and is your #2 or #3 guy on your team you have to question why is he even on your team?

This is the reason Marko Mitchell was cut early. This is the reason that it was rumored for months that Malcolm Kelly could be a cut. (IMO the injury saved him from losing his job) If you aren't going to be able to play special teams then you better be good enough to start and if you aren't good enough to start then I don't think you have a place on any team in the nfl, if you can't do both.

Posted by: avbanig | September 22, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Is this feature a column or a rant? Seems like it is more of a half-baked rant. Get real and stop trying turn the simple things into some type of controversy.

Help you understand? If you don't understand, then you're not too bright. On supporting LJ through the preseason, what would you expect Shanahan and company to say about Johnson in the preseason? What if they said 'hey, we think LJ's lost a step and doesn't make good reads off of our blocks.' Then you would've said they were undermining LJ and preventing him from succeeding.

Tying the handling of LJ to the issues with Kelly and Haynesworth is just plain dumb as well. Kelly is injured, Haynesworth is lazy and LJ is past his prime. They kept LJ as insurance until they felt they found a better option and someone who could contribute on special teams. The coaches talked up LJ during preseason because that is what you do, you support the player while he's on your roster. And on the guy who replaced him, you haven't seen this guy play so again you know nothing. Just because some guy came from Buffalo doesn't mean he's a bad player. LJ doesn't play special teams, if the Skins don't think he can run the ball, then get someone in here who can at least cover kicks or return them. Maybe the guy is a good back, you just don't know so your opinion is once again completely uninformed.

Posted by: jacksquat100 | September 22, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Wow, is everybody that does not like this move BLIND? Yeah we heard that in practice, LJ looked good. He did not in pre-season, and now in the regular season, he just plain looks DONE/washed up!
So now because this RB that used to be good (but is not anymore), is making people question the coach?
The coach sees that the guy is done, so cut your losses and move on!

Posted by: Trophyjeff | September 22, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Is this feature a column or a rant? Seems like it is more of a half-baked rant. Get real and stop trying turn the simple things into some type of controversy.

Help you understand? If you don't understand, then you're not too bright. On supporting LJ through the preseason, what would you expect Shanahan and company to say about Johnson in the preseason? What if they said 'hey, we think LJ's lost a step and doesn't make good reads off of our blocks.' Then you would've said they were undermining LJ and preventing him from succeeding.

Tying the handling of LJ to the issues with Kelly and Haynesworth is just plain dumb as well. Kelly is injured, Haynesworth is lazy and LJ is past his prime. They kept LJ as insurance until they felt they found a better option and someone who could contribute on special teams. The coaches talked up LJ during preseason because that is what you do, you support the player while he's on your roster. And on the guy who replaced him, you haven't seen this guy play so again you know nothing. Just because some guy came from Buffalo doesn't mean he's a bad player. LJ doesn't play special teams, if the Skins don't think he can run the ball, then get someone in here who can at least cover kicks or return them. Maybe the guy is a good back, you just don't know so your opinion is once again completely uninformed.

Posted by: jacksquat100 | September 22, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Let's see: Spurrier, yes, brought his son, Marty, yes, brought his son and his brother, and, yes, Gibbs brought his son. None brought any type of championship to D.C. (I know Gibbs did his first time around.) So what really makes Shanahan any different?
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Not sure what bringing your kid along means?? Spurrier was a bad pro HC son or no son. Marty's kid outlasted him and is doing a good job with the Jets... Gibbs is a great coach.. his problem wasn't his son his problem was his QB.. Brunell to old.. Campbell.. well Campbell just sucked!! Shanahan has a great record.. his son also has a great record. The Skins look night and day better this year and you question him because he fired a BACKUP RB?? Who cares??? BTW Zorn didn't bring in a son.. what does that say???

Posted by: sovine08 | September 22, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

LaVar:

You squandered your talents when you were playing by being an all about me non-team guy. Now through the foolishness of the Post and 106.7 you have been given a forum to display your residual bitterness against the Redskins by being the consumate anti-homer. The only thing that would make your reporting on the Redskins more rediculous would be for you to team up with your soul mate to make it the "LaVar and Fat Albert Show"

Posted by: northvajim1 | September 22, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It's really hard to take you seriously when you characterize the only coach to win a playoff game here in 17 years as a guy brought in to be a ticket seller. It further harms your credibility when it is widely known that had issues with Coach Gibbs. We finally have a coach that doesn't tell every damn thing to the media and as a former player who has won absolutely nothing, how can you have a problem with it, when the teams you played on leaked information like broken faucet.

Please do us a favor. Stick to what you know. Xs and Os. Leave the brainless speculation to noobs like Jason Reid. LJ's resume is the only reason he stuck as long as he did and cutting the loss now makes more sense than waiting until the end of the season.

Posted by: keino83 | September 22, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The booing started in the stadium 2 yards into Larry Johnson's 10 yard loss.

I'd say the fans cut Larry Johnson.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | September 22, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

LaVar is not bitter. All Redskins fans should be wondering the same. LaVar has good comments. Sure LaVar wasn't the next coming of Lawrence Taylor and all Redskins fans cursed the TV when he overran plays (cause he was so damn fast and big). But when LaVar got lucky he hit em harder than they have ever been hit. Remember Troy Aikman?

Posted by: patshan925 | September 22, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Your columns and posts have been outstanding so far, Lavar. But this one seems a little reactionary. Mike Shanahan has definitely brought new life to this team and a new attitude, imho. Sure, he brought his son with him, but Kyle Shanahan has already achieved some level of success as a coordinator. Beginnings are always a bit rocky, but it seems way, way, WAY early to be questioning the head coach and his decisions. We're 1-1, unlike a certain girly-man team in Dallas...

Posted by: BusterK | September 22, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

You are all falling for the dry irony LaVar is dishing out -- get a sense of humor, people!
Redskins: Larry Johnso was cut because he didn't fit our scheme.
LaVar: Why did they cut him? And what is this "scheme" thing they are talking about? Shouldn't football players be allowed to freelance with abandon?
Redskins: Haynesworth has an ankle injury [the schmuck's going belly-up on us but we'll save him the embarrassment of calling him out on it, and maybe preserve a tiny bit of trade value...]
LaVar: What's this mysterious ankle injury all about? Didn't Shanahan hire his son, who hasn't ever proven anything on his own in the NFL, except direct the highest yardage offense last year?

LaVar, man, I love you but, oh, get a life!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cg2JXIfMgM&feature=related

Posted by: minorthread | September 22, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

We all can see/smell the bitterness seeping out of Lavar's pores. How about you worry about paying your restaurant employees rather than bashing every move the skins make. If I remember properly, they drafted you and made you a very rich man.

Posted by: ZMan7 | September 22, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Just because some guy came from Buffalo doesn't mean he's a bad player. LJ doesn't play special teams, if the Skins don't think he can run the ball, then get someone in here who can at least cover kicks or return them. Maybe the guy is a good back, you just don't know so your opinion is once again completely uninformed.

Posted by: jacksquat100 | September 22, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse
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Oh great, great point man. It just poped in my head and I can not believe that Lavar said, man he got cut from Buffalo and he's better than Larry Johnson... or however he put it.

Let's go over Buffalo's running back situaton sir's.....

1) CJ Spiller top 10 draft pick
2) Fred Jackson-been a spot starter over the last few seasons
3) Marshawn Lynch- former starter for the bills and a former #12 pick in the 1st round

No need to go hating on Chad Simpson because he couldn't crack that roster. The guy did play for the Colts last year who last time I checked went to the superbowl for the 2nd time in 4 years. ;)

Posted by: avbanig | September 22, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Who wonders?

Lavar, the angry, over-hyped do little linebacker who went to a division rival so he could beat the Skins? Of course it's dysfunctional, right? I mean, not nearly as ghastly and dysfunctional as your radio show (and throw Mike Wise's assinine in their as well).

Is is really hard to throw out moronic hypotheticals for 4 hours and then have people call in? I guarantee you guys will cover this all day...and i'll have to tune in, prove i am right, then tune out...hoping the lineup changes at some point.

Posted by: zap123 | September 22, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

LaVar, please stop wondering about something you have no insight in. You have no sources, no inside info, and are on the outside looking in. Want to know why they waited until now? Because it's something called game time assessment - look into it. Something that's very important in overall appraisal of your players. And this is exactly why K Williams was held onto and not LJ. This "scheme thing" you so want to know so much about is far from your comprehension. This is well known from your playing days, Mr. Free-lance.

Posted by: CYA_Coach | September 22, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Lavar please, you were all giddy after the Skins beat the boys in week 1 now you're jumping ship and telling us that they should have kept a guy that runs like he's in cement shoes!

Posted by: joeboggs | September 22, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

It's all about production, LaVar.

LJ didn't show anything, including pre-season. LJ showed in Kansas City that he is not a viable receiver out of the backfield. He also showed he can't (or won't) block, something Portis will do.

I really don't see the issue--I'm surprised he even made the roster to start the year.

Posted by: ceebee2 | September 22, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Lavar. Your questions are both to the point and on target. I don't think a pro football team has to be fully transparent, like a government should be (and rarely is.) However, when they get overly clandestine it tells me they've forgotten the very basic fact that without fan support, they don't exist. The Redskins organization needs to keep that in mind when they treat the media like spies who are after classified information.

Posted by: clfrdj | September 22, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

LaVar.
There is a reason you have been handed a hack job as an on-line columnist. You don't have the rains to work in the NFL. Your physical skills served you well as a player but your mental skills prevented you from adding more value to a team.
That said, it was the media who kept promoting the "wealth" of running backs in the Redskins camp. Of course, the coaches are going to say positive things about players in camp. Duh. Otherwise, you cut them. Since LJ was obviously not going to make a difference, the moves some to make a bad situation a bit better.
Quit your baby whines and man up to the fact you don't know much about coaching or front office matters. If I were on staff, I would not bother to talk to you since you don't seem to understand the answers.

Posted by: pjohn2 | September 22, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

They made a mistake. They acknowledged it. They moved on. That's what a competent management does. They won't be perfect, but they fix their mistakes as soon as possible. They gave nothing up to get him. I don't know why he made the 53 in the first place though. He's a power back that doesn't break tackles anymore and has subpar speed. Seen enough.

Posted by: AdamCr | September 22, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Arrington, thank you for your honest, fresh take on the matter. When I saw the by-line, I figured this would be another ex-jock parroting the party line. The question remains: What is going on? Why cut L. Johnson now? Is Redskins management just winging it?

Posted by: ShovelPlease | September 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm in a questioning mood too Lavar...and since you invoked the historical decisions and choices, why could'nt you make the starting lineup for Greg Williams? And would you have preferred he came out and told the truth to the press about why you couldn't play? It may be obvious since you couldn't make it in New York either. I dont know why they cut LJ, and it's probably better for LJ that they don't tell the truth in a press conference. Leave it alone, let the decision makers do their job, if they are not successful in the long run then they will be gone.

Posted by: Mangojuice | September 22, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, there is no Soze on the redskins. No one in this organization is that clever, I promise you that.
This team is less "Usual Suspects", and more "Police Academy".

Posted by: oo7 | September 22, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Man o man, lotta thin-skinned fans out there.

I think LaVar's got a point wrt "why now?". You'd think the coaching staff would have figured this out before now, but perhaps LJ's performance just pushed them over the edge.

The coach comparisons are probably a bit off base, but the team *does* have a history and the organization leadership *does* start with Snyder.

Posted by: mikem1 | September 22, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Ummmm.....Lavar, how many titles did we win when you were the star player on this team? Nuff said!!! When someone starts defending Albert Haynesworth and encouraging people to listen to the crap that D Hall spews, we know what this is about. It's not coaching thing...it's a black thing. Go ahead Bee-itch and moan Lavar! You're a modern black athlete (hasbeen) and you are entitled. You and your ilk are a disgrace to all of the black players that won championships in this town and did it with honor and dignity. We will never win again, until we start drafting Art Monks , Darrell Greens, Tim Johnsons, and Charles Manns.

Posted by: sjakemuzik | September 22, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

This LaVar bashing is making me cranky. Don't take it out on him because God didn't give you the talent to be where he is in life. A blog is someone's opinion folks. No need to get personal or nasty because he's asking questions. As for that axe you all seem to think he has, why did he choose to stay here and cover the Redskins if he has it out for them? He could be anywhere right now, but he is here, covering OUR hometown team. Think about it.

These questions are relevant and insightful. Use the blog for what it is meant to do, make you think. Stop it with the personal attacks, it makes you look foolish.

Carry on LaVar, and keep us thinking. The REAL fans love you!! HAIL!! :)

Posted by: taminione | September 22, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

you've got a lot of questions for a guy whose entire career was filled with questions: about performance, leadership, and following the scheme

Posted by: bestmick1 | September 22, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, Lavar, you figured out how to get lots of comments under one of your articles.
JJEEZZZ...you sound like that idiot, Wilbon!!

Posted by: Club33 | September 22, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Guys, LJ is done! That's why he got cut. I guess he looked good in practice, but big deal. EVERYONE does!! He looked awful in preseason and the only time he ran well was against the jets against 2nd and 3rd stringers. I really think all these guys were brought in to light a fire under Portis. I really do believe that. Who knows about this Chad Simpson guy, maybe they need a special teamer and he fits the bill! Back up Portis with KWilliams and Torain and lets move forward.

Posted by: jon19 | September 22, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Saying he "doesn't fit the scheme" is a nicer way of saying that he's done.

Posted by: nativedc | September 22, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I used to kind of like this column, but your attack on Joe Gibbs, who you NEVER got along with (and he said he's never had to talk to a player as much as he had to talk to you) is garbage! Man, go write for New York.

Posted by: md20j | September 22, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lavar, the answer is because Bruce Allen made the decision.

I don't think the haters realize that Redskin Nation is behind Shanahan and Allen 100%

Players who were screwed by Snyder and Cerrato will no longer be in the majority as a result. Can you find new topics that inform the fans about the Redksins and avoid publishing your preferred decisions?

Posted by: jjredskins | September 22, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Cutting Johnson was hardly the dumb part. Bringing him in from the KC Chiefs and signing him after he completely washed out with them, now that was dumb.

Posted by: vztownes | September 22, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, it sounds like you are still grinding your axes against coaches that tried to get you play to the scheme, instead of freelancing. Is that why you suport Albert Haynesworth, because you are the same personality/player types? I didn't repsect you as a player, and as a broadcaster I can't stand to listen to you, or Chad Pukes. Shanahan has no reason to explain every move he makes to you, or anyone else in the media. Stop acting like the Glenn Beck of football.

Posted by: lordthrog | September 22, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

If you question the axing of Johnson after only two games, then how can you question Shanahan and what he's doing after only two games. LaVar, I usually enjoy your articles, put please try not to be a hypocrite.

Posted by: adamfrito | September 22, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Walter Payton couldnt run behind this offensive line! They miss blocks and get manhandled(I see this thru binoculars from the stands). Not saying Larry johnson was all that but how do you prove yourself with the way this O line blocks. If I where him I would be celebrating so I could go to a team that can block. No matter who's coaching or who's in charge the idiotcy continues!

Posted by: MDZ28driver | September 22, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Why detail the real reason for the move and slam LJ needlessly? Anyone who witnessed Sunday's game saw a back who appeared to be operating one gear slower than everyone else on both sides of the ball. Kudos to management for taking the high road in explaining the decision.

Posted by: mclanahan129 | September 22, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, Ray Charles could have seen that LJ was so washed up that the only place he was qualifed to work was at a laundromat; they gave him a chance; Jim Brown was not available; reread what you wrote; you sound bitter and, even more, just plain dumb about the subject on which you are writing.

Posted by: maturebenefactor | September 22, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Ahh....LA, you couldn't even beat the Joe's on the Pro's vs the Joe's so give the coach a chance to coach.

Posted by: former_rktect | September 22, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I think they knew they needed some depth at rb and took a chance with Johnson and Parker. It did not work out in either case, but did not cost them too much. They needed lineman first to build a foundation for the future.

Posted by: ASKENNEDY | September 22, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

For all those who say LJ served his purpose by being brought in to light a fire under CP, and that its worked, who are you kiddding??? CP is done...what has he averaged past 2 games like 2 yards per carry?!?!? please...We can bring in whoever but the fact is, Portis is past his prime, he doesn't have that burst and all he is good for is 1/2 yard and blocking...If I'm not mistaken, we wasted money on LJ that could've been spent on bringing some young legs which is what we need...and btw how many draft picks did we end up cutting this year???

I'm with Lavar, you have to question the capabilities of the brain trust here and wonder whether they know how to spot talent....

Posted by: BundyYim | September 22, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Everyone, give Lavar a break. It is painfully obvious he despise the Redskins. Dude's position on any argument is always anti-skins. I agree with previous post...please stop saying "at the end of the day"! Your use of the english language is horrific. When you asked a caller to qualify...it's quantify my friend. Why WP hired you, I DO NOT KNOW!

Posted by: linooz | September 22, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Great article Lavar,some people cant open there minds long enough before the hate starts.Its not like Shanahan is the next coming of Vince Lombardi and like someone mentioned he got fired in Denver.The future will tell the story but I think this article has a lot of merit.KEEP WRITING LAVAR AND DONT WORRY BOUT DA HATE!!

Posted by: bluesbrother | September 22, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, An article about what you do understand and what you're not confused about may be interesting, but if you continue to provide this lame material the Post should send you packing too. At least you didn't turn the Johnson issue into one more reason to state your view that college players should be paid like you do on the radio.

Posted by: RedskinsReverend | September 22, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Love ya Lavar but I think you answered your own question. They loved LJ in camp but he has only had 5 carries during the season and adds nothing to the special teams. They picked up a guy that can run 5 times and play special teams. It's not that difficult to understand. I would try to keep the emotion out of it next time. LJ might be a Redskin in 2 weeks again anyway.

Posted by: Mike4169 | September 22, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Will someone send this bozo back to Penn State - the only place where he ever accomplished anything.

Posted by: g0tcha | September 22, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Why are you all hatin' on LaVar!? Did LaVar lose the game against the Titans? Did LaVar come up with a scheme for a undersized corner to cover a tall receiver who is one of the best in the NFL? Did LaVar make all of these promises about having a change of pace setup in the backfield spearheaded by Portis/Johnson/Parker!? The answer to all of these things is no. So listen to the man, he has valuable things to say that are not coming from the other media outlets which are only mouthpieces for Mr. Snyder

Posted by: markfd | September 22, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

This is just one more clue that the Redskins are not going to be a winning team this year. My prediction: 6-10. Next year 8-8 and 2012, 10-6. If all goes well that is. Lavar, a team as bad as the Redskins last year will not become a winner overnight no matter the coach, you know that. We still have a questionable o-line, questionable receiving corps, questionable running game and new defensive look, which didn't look pretty last week. Even McNabb, the proven vet, is a question mark. Give Shanahan 3 years and if the results aren't reflected as above, give him the boot. But for now expect little more than a two game improvement over last year. And just enjoy watching Dallas nosedive.

Posted by: curtb | September 22, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The Bills do have better running backs then the Redskins, it's not even close.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | September 22, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Once AGAIN, LaVar Arrington hits the nail on the head.

Posted by: ntlekt | September 22, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious? Is this article to stir people up? Are you hanging out with Reid? Johnson being cut shows me that Shanahan is making a difference for the better. In no way does this make me think he is disorganized or past his prime! I certainly don't think of Gibbs 2, Spurrier, or Zorn after reading LJ being cut. As far as Haynesworth goes I think he handled it the best way he could. He did not bring him here yet he is criticized for it. Haynesworth doesn't want to be here and that has showed through his lack of disciplined play. Shanahan benched him for it which was a good move for the team as was cutting Johnson. So he brought him in here thinking he could help and was wrong. Oh no the sky is falling! This article and your opinions on this are idiotic to say the least.

Posted by: Rep281 | September 22, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

the skins are Hair-taing!

Posted by: doyouktt | September 22, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, i like when you stir the pot. ShanAllen will NEVER give up their true thoughts to the media - that is why they are terrific. LJ was cut because the skins were backed up late in a game they were leading and LJ tries to cut the corner and loses 10 yards!! Rather than try to be a 30 year old hero, he should have cut up field and taken no gain. If you do not play within their scheme, Shanallen will cut you loose. What is wrong with that??? Larry J should have never been picked up in the first place and K Williams will run like mad backing up Portis this year. This issue is drama for ya Mama. Lets focus on trading Fat Albert and getting back to winning football games starting with the hapless Rams!!!!

Posted by: skins10 | September 22, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Lavar Arrington writing any column is a joke.
He came here highly touted and never produced.
I know he made a few pro bowls but he was always seemed out of position and out of line.
I remember when only good Redskins got jobs with the media. I'm done reading anything that has to do with Lavar.

Posted by: rickywarner49 | September 22, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

One overrated Penn Stater defending another. Spare me. Is it asking too much for LJ to earn his paycheck?

Posted by: allertonc | September 22, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see a couple of other folks picked up on two huge misplays. The out of bounds against Dallas and the ten yard loss on Sunday. Unforgivable for an experienced back. He's gotta go!

Posted by: expostcarrier1951 | September 22, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

now,someone finally see's what i saw from day one of these shanny hirings.IT AINT GONNA WORK!THESE GUYS ARE IN IT FOR THE MONEY,JUST LIKE THE COACH'S BEFORE THEM!THE GAME HAS PASSED SHANNY BY,AND KYLE BENEFITED FROM A FEW YEARS OF NO.1 PICKS!bruce and shanny were both FIRED from their last jobs because both their teams were on downward spirals,due to their ineptitude,and inability to recognize true nfl talent.just take an objective look at how they are handling the players and their situations,and you will see that this aint gonna work-PERIOD!

Posted by: billydee123 | September 22, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

None of this makes sense to me either. This may be the all time dumb question but is this stuff scripted? Yes, I asked, are NFL football games like pro wrestling? It would seem to me that every time the game mo swings over to another team the offensive lineman who did not jump off sides the last thirty plays all of sudden cannot stay on sides. Watch games this happens over and over again. Dallas lost to the Redskins when their lineman began to jump, Redsking last week in a crucial series. Lavar you played tell me this stuff is not scripted.

Posted by: Baller1122 | September 22, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I was giving Lavar the benefit of the doubt with his writing but this one proves he's there to just grind his ax against the Redskins. We get it, Lavar, you were slighted. We also now get that you don't really know football if you think game carries are all that matters and practice or the ability to play special teams don't matter. Good work by the Post finding another Skins-hater to "cover" the team.

Posted by: dtysko | September 22, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Markfd. The so called promises you mention about a 3 headed monster in the backfield? Who was it again that gave that promise? Certainly wasn't any one on the team! Not once did any one (to included coaches) say/promise that all three backs were brought here together to make a change in the running game, only that they are here to compete for a job. They did, 1 got cut, then another got cut. They competed for a job and didn't get it. That's what teams do in the offseason. The media (to include arrington) might have hyped it up, but never did we here a promise out of any team official that this was going to be a great year because of CP, LJ, WP! Arringtons article is way off base.

Posted by: Rep281 | September 22, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I think Lavar is wrong on this one.

LJ was not producing pure and simple. As far as the timing, Shanahan appears to have given LJ the benefit of the doubt and wanted to see how he'd do with the starting unit before giving up on him.

Better to cut your losses then hang on to a mistake.

As far as what the FO was saying in their pressers of course everything will be positive. When do we ever take what they say literally. Lavar you should actually no this, it goes both ways.

Posted by: Eman8 | September 22, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Boy you are all suckers. This is a lame attempt to drive up traffic on this site, as always.

Any dipitydo can make accusations.

How's this:
Why the heck would you draft a guy #3 and not prepare his body enough to withstand a garden variety injury.

See.....stupid.

Posted by: jmissale | September 22, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Lavar is a haaaaaaaater. Every since he took over with Chad on 106.7 he has been hating on everything under the sun. Only thing the guy will not hate on is the Marley Bros reggae music which I feel, but where's the love dude. Stop being a bama.

Posted by: vicksboy7 | September 22, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: taminione

"This LaVar bashing is making me cranky. Don't take it out on him because God didn't give you the talent to be where he is in life. A blog is someone's opinion folks. No need to get personal or nasty because he's asking questions. As for that axe you all seem to think he has, why did he choose to stay here and cover the Redskins if he has it out for them? He could be anywhere right now, but he is here, covering OUR hometown team. Think about it."

True God didn't give me the ability to be the best linebacker in college and flunk out here. He can't write and even that woman Hamilton is better than Lavar.

taminione says "He could be anywhere right now " that is exactly what I am talking about get him out of here , that big girl writer , Hamilton who is well versed on subway etiquette is better than Lavar.

Posted by: rickywarner49 | September 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"Hey Lavar you should know better than anyone whats going on cause it happened to you as well. When you do not produce or fit the scheme of things they get rid of you its just that simple. Personally I think you are a Skins hater. Heck the Giants pick you up and you did nothing absolutely nothing in New York. Mr. Hard Hits explain that!!!!!

Posted by: tareil"

No! Lavar did great things for this organization and if you payed attention back then you'd know they cut him because he acted on instinct and got the sack, and wasn't playing predictably like all of their other backs, which they felt didn't fit their system at the time, though I view as a mistake as we could've used his raw instinctive talent and play making ability. The Giants he had injuries etc., but how about criticizing his statements rather than the man himself?

If we had talent like Lavar in his prime we wouldnt need to waste money on a Haynesworth. Fletcher, Orakpo, and Arrington would get the job done on sacks and run stopping. But thats like saying if we still had Sean Taylor Andre Johnson wouldn't have demolished Doughty, and Landry would have been a SS all the time (wishful thinking).

I'll say this, we're leaps and bounds better than last year, and the year before. And tied for 1st in our division with a team thats still trying to make its mind up at QB. We have our champ at QB (speaking of champ's, if we still had champ bailey...but no more wishful thinking). Portis' best days are behind him but he managed 2 touchdowns Sunday. Hopefully the new RB will work out and we can find another talent. I wonder if the Chargers would accept a trade of Albert Haynesworth for Vinent Jackson. Al makes a diff when he's in, but he doesnt want to play here, will leave next year, and probably sit out half the games at this rate anyway. While Im pretty sure Joey Galloway wont have too many more 62 yard games, and we need a true second receiver.

Posted by: corrUPTkingpin07 | September 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Parker nor Johnson showed any "great stuff" in preseason. I agree with you that Johnson should not have been kept and then dumped after two games.Rather that he should have been cut earlier, the rookies showed more energy and quickness than either Parker or Johnson.

Posted by: anvil2010 | September 22, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I agree with your Lavar. 5 carries isn't enough to evaluate anyone. Something strange is going on. I guess we'll find out in time.

Posted by: bozhogg | September 22, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

LA that's some serious Hater Aid. It's okay we all still consider you a Redskin.
Sometimes radio personalities come up with a controversial/contrarian view to excite the audience....seems like Chad has taught you some things. Vets get a long leash when it comes to thing like this, of course you take a flyer on LJ in hopes that he performs like the LJ of old. Maybe LJ is a gamer an will step up when the big lights come on, he didn't now he has to go.

Posted by: chamlin | September 22, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I had to come back to comment again after reading the other comments. I have been a Redsking fan for forty-one years and I have the same questions that LaVar has. I appreciate getting the inside perspective that LaVar gives as a former player and with the postive relationships he has built with many of the former and current players. A matter of fact, in the past 60 days it is clear to me that he is holding back or not telling us things that may be negative towards others - you can tell he has the scoop but hesitates to talk about others. STOP HATING ON THE MAN. Until you walk a mile in his shoes just chill!!!

Posted by: Baller1122 | September 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see that everyone sees LaVar for the hypocrite that he truly is. He goes on 106.7 The Fan referring to the Redskins as "we", and then he blasts them in print. A career under-achiever that couldn't or wouldn't play within the framework of a defense, a guy that Marvin Lewis used to derisively refer to as "Can't Get Right".

What does LaVar know about a winning organization? He has as many Super Bowl rings as I do.

As far as I'm concerned, he's just wasting our time.

Posted by: owiz | September 22, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The cutting of LJ makes me feel that we have the right people in place. That being said I'm not feeling great about Doughty still being on this team. I know we are short in the safety area but Doughty should have been with the first cuts made months ago! It stands to reason if LJ was cut due to lack of production So should Doughty be cut. His lack of production hurts us a lot more than LJ's. Immediately after cutting LJ they signed a player who can take his place and contribute on ST's as well. This I hope means they are ready to see what Thomas can do in the passing game. Looks good so far in my book. I'm sure a solution to Doughty is coming soon!

Posted by: Rep281 | September 22, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

LAVAR, you are a Redskins hater. How dare you compare Spurrier with A HALL OF FAME COACH, SUCHAS JOE GIBBS, those two should not be mentioned in the same sentence. Why are soo critical of the Redskins?
Because you didn't fit Greg Willam's scheme and they traded you to the Giants. If I remember correctly, you are not from this area. You come back and open a Sports Bar with the Redskins theme and colors
that was an absolute failure. Maybe that was your way of being near Redskins Stadium, because you damn sure could not step foot back in there. You and LJ need to take your short career , un disciplined buts back to Penn State

Posted by: fredfstr | September 22, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I get it, but one mistake is to look at Buffalo as a bad team, in this context it's an incorrect assumption, because RB isn't their problem. Look at the depth chart in Buffalo. From NFL.com:
1) M. Lynch
2) C J Spiller
3) Fred Jackson

Maybe that's not a pro bowl backfield, but you could be pretty good and not make that team.

Posted by: NovaMike | September 22, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Lavar: The Albert Haynesworth debacle is really simple... He's serving a 4 - 6 game suspension without them saying or declaring that he is and to go further watch how many more snaps he get before this time elapse. They have no authority to suspend him technically, but heck, not playing him is essentially the same effect. Just another ploy by Shanny to tell the overpaid, over-hyped Haynesworth (his real internal feelings not mine), whose in charge of the "Big Burgundy & Gold House" in Landover.

Posted by: ceomatrix | September 22, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, hold on a minute Lavar. You're jumping the gun. This is a much better team than last year and it looks like they're going in the right direction. Give them a chance. Maybe they weren't sure what LJ has left in the tank and needed to find out. He looked pretty bad when he did play.

Posted by: Ttribbett1 | September 22, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I like the new regime - you don't perform, you're gone! We held on to Campbell and Randle-El way too long over the past few years. I'd rather them cut LJ after week 2 than to let him waste a roster spot for three years.

It's time for a youth movement. Draft Ingram!!!!

P.S. - Lay off LA. He was the face of our team when he was here and he does a good job on the radio.

Posted by: JS12 | September 22, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

LA,
Seems to me, you have to address the feeling alot of people are having about you being bitter towards the skins and therefore the many negative comments. My suggestion, put it on the table once and for all!!!!

Posted by: dejanero1 | September 22, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh, sounds like LaVar touched a nerve....

Keep asking the hard questions, LaVar! Until the new leadership puts a winner on the field again, don't bury your head in the sand, and don't fear the homers.

How does a RB who made the 53 man roster as an alleged potential starter suddenly "prove" he's a bad fit after just 5 carries?

Posted by: Alan4 | September 22, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

LA,
Seems to me, you must address the feeling many people are having about you being bitter towards the skins and therefore the many negative comments. My suggestion is to put it all on the table and discuss it once and for all. That way, no one can say anything because you provided clarity about where you stand and what you feel!
Think about it!

Posted by: dejanero1 | September 22, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

LJ and Fast Willy were brought here to get Clinton's attention or replace him, they appear to accomplished the former, but it is a little early to tell for sure. In any event LJ was not contributing and his bone head play near the end of the game deserves some reply, and since he ain't playing anyway, there isn't much left but to end his paycheck and look for someone with younger legs.

Posted by: droberts57 | September 22, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Loved the huge block Portis had in the secondary, I think on a Fred Davis pass.

Posted by: Bodine2 | September 22, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Finally LA, someone with the stones to question the Joe Gibbs regime, as well as this one. Good going! And let me take it a step further:

Gibbs was the team president his 2nd go-round and the de-facto GM at the end of his first. Both times he left, his (then) former teams got old QUICK.

Shanahan/Allen seem interested in building a team the same way: get veterans who will help you win TODAY, and don't worry about next year or later. Clearly, owner Snyder is down with this mentality also.

I do think Shanahan has brought a high level of professionalism to this years squad, no question. But without real rebuilding towards a franchise good not just today but three years from now (by drafting/developing players and supplement your roster with free agents), I think we're headed to the same endings we had under Gibbs I & II--get old fast, and at the cost of future years drafts.

Posted by: rblav40 | September 22, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

La Var, I don't understand why you don't understand. You sound like a reporter now, just creating intrigue where it doesn't exist.

LJ did carry the ball just a few times, it's true. And those carries showed that for a player who only does one thing for the team (poor pass-blocker, doesn't play special teams) he didn't do that one thing well enough to justify a roster spot.

Not really rocket science.

And they brought in Simpson instead of calling up Torain because Chad is a good special teams player.

Did you notice that Mike Sellers was a HUGE part of the offense last week. He's got a bad knee and he's old. Maybe they want to rest him a little on special teams.

Sorry, but there's nothing conspiratorial or even questionable here.


Posted by: bigfoot1 | September 22, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It's really easy LA, no conspiracy theories needed. Larry Johnson is shot as a running back and more importantly he CAN'T BLOCK. He doesn't play special teams either so he has no value. Lucky for him that the Redskins didn't cut him before the season because now he still collects his salary.

Posted by: randyd223 | September 22, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

If Johnson is/was this bad ...
"People who think it was dumb to cut him...why not defend your position? What would be the end game here? He is slow, does not block, made a terrible decision when he lost all those yards on the running play( maybe if he had Chris Johnson`s speed)and does not play special teams...so why keep him? GO ON CONVINCE ME!"

how'd the great coach and great offensive coordinator not see that in camp ?
Why did he make the opening day roster ?

Posted by: petebowling1 | September 22, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

LJ was cut because he looked lost every time he touched the ball. His first step (when he got to make it) was way too slo as was the other 3 or 4 that he managed to do before going down in a heap.
I do like lavar's moxie ?ing MS tho.

Posted by: VBFan | September 22, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

LaVar is so far off on this. The one run Larry Johnson made that lost 10 yards was so amateur. Just face it, non of them could beat out Clinton Portis. I have questions about some of the play calling in the last game, but I agree that Larry Johnson never seemed to fit in. Next year, they will need to draft a back.

Posted by: lvdave | September 22, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Whether he is right or not, the one thing for sure. Ya'll some LaVar hatin' folks on here. Maybe he isn't the only one with an axe to grind.
If I were the Post, I'd have him write more often!! You see how many people comment on his blogs. LOL
Get a life people!!!

Posted by: madmann622 | September 22, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Ouch... Lavar, what the He**?? Questionning Shannya nd B Allen 2 games into the season is pathetic, especially with the improvement we already see on this team. You wanna talk about Fat Albert and Larry "led legs" Johnson as your alibi for your argument? Your analysis of the game is great but you need to stick to it. You have no experience whatsoever in management so why go head-to-head with the "so called geniuses" as you said? Common, you still got credibility as a player. Do not throw that away by fabricating conspiracy theories.

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 22, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

LaVarr asks "So my question is, where did all the excitement go?"

Silly LaVarr. It's the same place all of the GENIUS's excitement goes, it's in the trash heap. It's there along with Deion Sanders, Adam Archwhatever, Brandon Lloyd, and snuggled right up against the two wide receivers whose names must always appear in tandem until one gets put on IR. C'mon LaVarr, get with the program and stop asking so many questions. Just believe, believe, keep your eye on the swinging watch, your eyes are getting sleepy, your eyes are getting sleepy....

Posted by: 44fx2901 | September 22, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

LJ was lucky to get those two game checks. Based on pre-season play he didn't merit being on the opening day roster.

Posted by: snake_taylor | September 22, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

BTW, you ask what happened to Ham Sandwich's ankle. He hurt it running across the street to 7-11 for a box of Krispy Kremes. Tripped over an old hot dog....

Posted by: 44fx2901 | September 22, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"It feels like a scene out of "The Usual Suspects," only I'm not really sure who Kaiser Soze is."

Kaiser Soze is The Danny!

Maybe we're asking the wrong question, Mr. Arrington. Maybe the question isn't why they cut someone who didn't fit their system--maybe the question is why they brought him in.

It's true that you probably can't tell that a guy doesn't fit your system after five plays--but take it a step further! Why couldn't they tell he didn't fit their system after watching Larry Johnson for years on tape?

Last I checked, KC was in Denver's division. Shanahan prepared for LJ and meticulously watched him on tape for days preparing for games two weeks a year--every year he was in Denver. Why didn't he already know LJ didn't fit their system?

The most obvious answer is the same answer it was when we brought Bruce Smith, Deon Sanders, Adam Archuleta and a whole host of other big names in--who didn't fit the system, but somebody wanted them because they were big names...

If Kaiser Soze wants them on the team--they get on the team. It may be encouraging to see Kaiser Soze getting overruled by coaching decisions from the field--but every time you see a big name player come to the Redskins, who doesn't fit the system? Don't be confused about what that is...

That's the Mark of Kaiser Soze. That's The Danny!

Posted by: Shultz86 | September 22, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, can't we disagree with Lavar without calling him a has been, questioning his decision making (motorcycle) or calling for his firing?

This is an opinion page and he gave his opinion. I disagreed with it and gave mine....but seriously, no need for personal attacks fellas.

That is all....carry on....

Posted by: fushezzi | September 22, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Amen. Why do most people have to insult or derride those who have a differing opinion?

Posted by: rjohnson66 | September 22, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Just when you thought LaVar might be off to something promising in his new journalistic endeavour, he then starts letting his obvious distaste for this organization overshadow any attempt at impartiality. I'm surprised this drivel was actually published. What does his son have to do with anything? You can be in questioning mode all you want to - soon you'll be the guy with the tin foil on his head questioning the satellite messages transmitted to your brain from the CIA. Using the "I'm just questioning" line of thought is one of the weakest and easiest ways to hide a not-so-subtle agenda. Really though, this article is garbage and has no point. We all know LaVar hates the Redskins and resents them for cutting him, an obvious malcontent. Why does the Post let him cover the team? That's just a step below consciously keeping a sports writer who knowingly writes fraudulent material. Standards have really fallen in the Post's sports department. With the Larry Johnson experiment over in D.C., why don't we end the Lavar Arrington one as well?

Posted by: nomorereds | September 22, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the Oline coach should have gotten the boot instead. Perhaps even the RBs coach for ever believing these guys could do what was asked from day 1. LJ seems to be a scapegoat for the running game ills of the team. The Oline is still a work in progress, and they are deficient in RB speed and quickness.

Posted by: wagenstill | September 22, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

LA,

You are full of crap, I know Gibbs got rid of you. You are just a jealous person. Who gave you this job?

Posted by: petersamosa | September 22, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, I thought you put your mission against the Redskins behind you. The way this article was written, shows the bitterness you still have. I saw no problems with this move, based one the 10 yard loss run last Sunday against Houston.

Posted by: deiulay | September 22, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Pretty funny,,,Lavar is on the radio right now crying about everyone on here making fun of him. And he still doesnt get it. He is also attacking other columnists expertise when they differ in opinions, he basically is a complete insecure little boy.

Sad that he thinks he has inside knowledge and is an expert, when he doesnt get that LJ was cut because he was a non producer that ran his mouth about his not getting runs. If you produce, you can run your mouth(unfortunately Dbag hall does), but if you dont produce and run your mouth, than you will be replaced...wow was that too much to understand Lavar.

Btw, if you dont agree with him, they tend to screen your calls and not post all the blogs. Very good reporting Lavar and Dukes, thank god I can change the channel a lot on my commutes, whew.

Posted by: cm88 | September 22, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The obvious answer is 'young legs'. That is what he won with in Denver. And rag on him for bringing his son? His son has a pretty good resume besides that family thing - and the offense looks better than last year. 1-1 after games against Dallas and Huston with a victory over Dallas is not a bad start for this team. So far, it looks like the coaching is better than the talent, particularly the offensive talent.

Posted by: mgferrebee | September 22, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line is LJ is done. He looks old and slow. I don't care who we bring in, he's got to be better than LJ. For that matter Portis doesn't look very spry out there either. Truth is, we're old at RB. Which is why Williams will get a lot of touches. Lavar, I love you man, but you're off base on a lot of what you said. Rat Face is the real deal.

Go Skins!

Posted by: CrestfalleninGeorgia | September 22, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Lavar when people's careers are obviously over and they have a bad attitude we cut them. Its the same thing we did to you. We let you go to the Giants because your career was over and you proceeded to be horrible the rest of your career and prove us right. Maybe Larry can get a job n local radio and with the Post now and pretend he's a Redskins legend too.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | September 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah LaVar, you were one of my favorite modern day Redskin players but I think you are way off base on this. I can't believe that cutting LJ is big deal anyway. You talk about the carries but you don't mention the yards he had on those carries including the backwards run. And cutting this one dude is not a signature on the whole regime. The team will be fine without him.

Posted by: tryumpfant | September 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

LaVar

You are right. The skins are thoroughly involved with nepotism. You are absolutely correct. Both are out of touch. Larry is not a change of pace back. He is a punishing RB and you can't give him the ball here or there and expect him to be consistant. The Skins have no speed in the backfield. Fast Willie is not that fast anymore. He's an affected RB and so is Clinton. He doesn't have the drive to run free anymore. You release LJ and Sign a former Kick returner. Ok, Watch out Devin. By 4:00 pm you might be on your way to the west coast.

Posted by: Ranrocy2k | September 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

What is up with this non-sense about Lavar hating? If all you want to hear is goo goo and gaa gaa, then you need an alternate reality.

Here is the deal, I don't like it, but I feel I have an answer (but not the only reason) to Lavar's valid question of why it took until now to find out LJ didn't work out. The D-line has been porous. That's why LJ has looked good in practice. This is an unfortunate but completely natural growing pain in the transition to the 3-4. We were lucky Dallas didn't stick to the run more. Once the gap control is honed in correctly, all will be well. It's just not there yet. The O-line's play has to improve as well. At least the pass protection has already looked worlds better than last year.

Posted by: ScottK1 | September 22, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Hide your wife, whide your kids, Lavar is wrong! cm88... you are so right

Posted by: Renderos121 | September 22, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, Don't worry about the hate here. Danny's magic worked wonders on these cronies. They remind me of the audience at a magic show. Wave your hand and watch the pretty lady, while they pull the strings. The fact is simple. Greed. The Redskins should not be the second most lucrative team in the NFL. Its about the green, not the wins and loyalty.

Posted by: brettpedigo | September 22, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Finally the Great Lavar gets his just due. You took a dumb subject and showed that you are not fit for your current position. The only reason you decided to post on this subject is due to your losing one of the only players in the locker room who kept you posted on what's going on at Redskin's Park. Now you are at a huge loss.

Posted by: cmac55 | September 22, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, its funny how bad a reporter he is, he hung up on me once because I called out his buddy, Leslie Sheppard, for hitting a woman. Then they both with on a rant about slander, etc...basically they have no idea what the word means or they where covering for a convicted woman beater. If youre convicted of a crime, which Leslie the woman beater was, then it is not slander. So either Lavar and Dukes dont know what Slander means, didnt know that their buddy beats women, or they where trying to hide/protect a woman beater???? Class act that Lavar guy :) Really glad Dan ripped him off, karma!

Posted by: cm88 | September 22, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Ahh the heartless one with another jab at the organization. LaVar give it up man. This is almost as bad as your 5 hr show. Larry Johnson is old, slow, can't block, can't catch and can't play special teams. On top of that his 10 yard loss in the 4th quarter didn't help things.
There is another piece to this puzzle. We saved money by cutting him.
I understand you think the organization did you wrong. But quit deflecting the blame. Your agent didn't read the contract. It's Potson's fault. It's a shame that you allowed that to derail your promising career. You are riding the coatails of 3 pro bowl appearances but patience with you is wearing thin. I already can't listen to my man Dukes anymore because of you. Hopefully the fan will wise up and replace you with B Mitch.
Amature!

Posted by: wynnebs | September 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Ahh the heartless one with another jab at the organization. LaVar give it up man. This is almost as bad as your 5 hr show. Larry Johnson is old, slow, can't block, can't catch and can't play special teams. On top of that his 10 yard loss in the 4th quarter didn't help things.
There is another piece to this puzzle. We saved money by cutting him.
I understand you think the organization did you wrong. But quit deflecting the blame. Your agent didn't read the contract. It's Potson's fault. It's a shame that you allowed that to derail your promising career. You are riding the coatails of 3 pro bowl appearances but patience with you is wearing thin. I already can't listen to my man Dukes anymore because of you. Hopefully the fan will wise up and replace you with B Mitch.
Amature!

Posted by: wynnebs | September 22, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

What happened to that "breath of fresh air" LaVar was projecting when he first came to the post?

LaVar is a joke, how he managed to wind up here is beyond me. I never bother to listen to him on the Radio because the guy is just plain ignorant and not worth listning too. The Post is looking for bloggers? Get rid of this jerk.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | September 22, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Lavar,

What does Chad Simpson getting cut have to do with anything. Bills have 3 RB's that could start in the league;doesn't fit just like LJ doesn't fit in the league anymore. Stop trying to defend the LJ situation cause its your boy and hopefully he'll invite you to some lame party at The Park.

BTW ask ya boy Larry when the last time Jay Z returned his calls.

Posted by: realtalk3 | September 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe they said "he doesn't fit our scheme" Lavar. I believe they said they couldn't afford to keep someone that doesn't do special teams.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

It's not your fault LaVar. Potson didn't read the contract. He admited it and is no longer an agent. Just think had you not gone down that road. You might have had a fan base and success in washington. Instead you climb in your ivory tower every afternoon for 5 hrs and hand down judgement and life lessons. I can't wait until B Mitch replaces you. And you can ride out your old age and bad knees in Anapolis.
Larry Johnson is another classic Penn State washout. You guys are building quite an alumni network. Maybe try flag football or a Madden league.

Posted by: wynnebs | September 22, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Well LaVar....

Maybe Chad Simpson got cut because the Bills have:

CJ SPiller
Marshawn Lynch
Fred Jackson

That's 3 RBs right there buddy...That's no offense to Chad right there....I'll take Shanny's side..

And the Skins don't owe LJ anything...He got a $200K signing bonus and got paid for 2 games. And Shanny realized they might as well get cheaper and try out some new blood.......It's the NOT FOR LONG LEAGUE...

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 22, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Lavar - I tend to agree with you on most of your points on your radio show. I actually find it refreshing, despite you taking 4 minutes to ask a simple question. But I feel like you're not practicing what you preach. You're talking about giving LJ a chance after two games? Why don't you give this new regime a chance after two games?

I also don't understand what bringing Gibbs, Spurrier, and Marty's sons have anything to do with Kyle. Kyle was the OC of a top 3 offense last year. He is a proven OC, and after last week I think he's shown that he can manage a game without a star caliber receiver.

Now the running game is suffering, is this due to Portis? LJ? Perhaps, not. I'm sure I don't have to tell you this, but it takes more than just the running back to have a solid run game. The O line is still a work in progress.

To me this article just seems like a lot of anger rant with very little substance. Just give the the new coach and GM a chance. These aren't the same old Redskins we're used to seeing the past decade.

Posted by: MGS82 | September 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Its great to see a ton of pro/positive Skins on here, its gets old listening to Bmitch and Lavar complain all the time and try to bring this organization down. Its great to see that we have hope this year, when must of us thought 8 and 8 was crazy to think. We beat the Girls and almost beat the team that beat Indy(who beat the Giants), that gives us hope that we can play with and beat anyone on any Sunday. Will we, no, but its great to be excited about the team again and have a GM and Coach that finally have some ballz and are holding players accountable.

The fans that are defending Lara Arrington, just dont see that they are wishing for the same old same old. Nothing against you but this change is good and needed!

Posted by: cm88 | September 22, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Lavar,

3 strikes for you my friend.

1. Failed Career
2. Failed Business
3. Failed Radio show (Bring on B Mitch).

How can you bash skins for blind siding LJ with the release. You did the same thing to me when I was working at The Sideline. At least LJ got some dough.

Posted by: realtalk3 | September 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

LA - simmer down. We are two games into the season. All we did was cut a subpar back up running back. No reason to get too excited.

Overall the team looks greatly improved. Why don't you give this time to play out? If anything Shanahan/Allen deserve the benefit of the doubt over Haynesworth/Hall.

Remind me again....Between you, Haynesworth, Hall, Shanahan and Allen, who has a super bowl ring?

Posted by: curiousinva | September 22, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

WOW! I actually used to root for Lavar especially when the Skins benched him but the more I listen to his show, the more my feelings changed course. Lavar to me has shown himself to be an arrogant "know it all". You want to insinuate without really insinuateing (b/c ofcourse you think we're idiots) that Shanahan is only here for the money and doesnt care about winning??? that is dispicable and very Low. Reality Check Lavar, get over your obvious anger that you got dropped, go home and try picking up a grammar book b/c listening to your show its obvious you spent more time on the field in Penn state than you did in Class. Humility is the best quality and you have none. Get over yourself and take some English Lessons from Dukes! Oh and try to use the "big words" you actually know how to pronounce (try saying it in your head first)!! pronounce cause its embarrassing to us Blacks...seriously!

Posted by: Red4Life | September 22, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Go fall off the motorcycle again, Lavar. I'll side with Shanny over you everyday of the year. What, you expect Shanny to do his thing with just 8 months on the job? Give him another couple years to tweak the roster and to have the chance to get better suited personel in here. Maybe we did give Larry a couple more chances to show he belonged. I have no problem cutting a guy who doesn't bring anything to the table.

Go write about Dallas' problems and Reid's eenie-minee-moe choice of who's going to play qb.

"In Shanny, we trust." Thank goodness Vinny is gone, and we have one of the best coaches there is.

Posted by: redskinbo | September 22, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm just gonna say it like this....no success story goes without turmoil or confusion. I can understand LaVar's concern about Shanahan's decision to cut Johnson but what LaVar should understand (and I'm sure he does) is that no championship comes easy. Sometimes you have to make the wrong decisions in order to make the right ones. Not saying that cutting Johnson was the wrong decision but maybe it took Johnson to open a path to greatness. Just like what LoJankFilDee19338333 said, maybe Johnson and Parker were pawns to get Portis to be the back he was and can be. Think about it...does anyone remember when Shanahan said such good things about Campbell and didn't say too much about Portis? Now Campbell is in Oakland (and last I heard got bench in favor of Gradkowski...I still like Campbell but such is life) and they keep a say-whats-on-my-mind-and-I-still-won't-practice Clinton Portis. Now look at him, a good teammate, he lost weight, he practices, and even though reports say the ground game is slow, he's looked pretty good when he has carried the ball. His Denver days seem to be coming back.

Instead of thinking about what's wrong and what the coaches and GM's should do, let's just be happy that we do have a new attitude in the Redskins organization. Snyder is no longer making decisions on players. We are building so be patient. We are off to a pretty good start. I applaud Hall's comments. He's right. How do you think Deion Sanders became a now-considered Hall of Famer. All he said was tell me who you want me to cover and I got him. Hall pulled a Sanders.

People may not see it but the players are now beginning to believe in themselves. That's where it starts. They have a coach with a system that the players are buying into. The coach wasn't too far removed from football. The GM is a football guy...he helped out Tampa Bay. Oh yeah...didn't they get a Super Bowl championship under his tenure? We as fans and ex-players need to change our mindset. I know we've been the laughing stock since Norv Turner left (yes even he kept us competitive for a while after Gibbs left the first time). It's a new day. Let's enjoy it and see how the sun sets. And just a little morsel for ya...though we lost we scored 27 points. When was the last time we got past 20 pts?

Posted by: solo_project | September 22, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Lavar and LJ are both from Penn State...sure that had nothing to do with his take on things.

Posted by: rymanskins | September 22, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Redskinbo - "go fall of a motorcyle again?" - thats a bit harsh No?? I dont agree with Lavar in the least but thats taking it too far. Lavar's tone just bothers me.....arrogance bothers me! but i dont wish any harm on him.

Posted by: Red4Life | September 22, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How can you be so obtuse? Larry Johnson is not good. The only questions with the organization are coming from you trying to fill 5 hrs of air time.
The skins have a united front and the communication that is important happens behind the scenes. Shanny has won 2 superbowls. You have one playoff win under your belt. I'm gonna side with the experts on this one.

Posted by: wynnebs | September 22, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

standing behind shanahan and allen blindly is plain stupid, the herd mentality on display...shanahan has won NOTHING in years his last 3yrs at denver were(if I am not mistaken) was 24-24. haslett his main man had a horrible defense when he was head coach with the saints(washington's defense at this point is also horrible) and they can't run the football even pre-season they had no run game. As of now this team BLOWS" will they get better?....

Posted by: wathu19 | September 22, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Do you really expect that moron to understand what obtuse means??? haha

Posted by: cm88 | September 22, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

LaVar:

I listen to you everyday on the fan, and read all of your blog posts. You say that you are not a hater almost weekly, but honestly with the manner in which you react to the slightest of things in regards to the Redskins, one would have to beg to differ on your stance. Larry Johnson wasn't a starter. Roster moves occur throughout the season on every team every year in the NFL.

Could we have gotten rid of him sooner? Sure, absolutely. But, to throw the coach and the GM under the bus so quickly is ridiculous. This team has had so much positiviy around it since Bruce Allen came on board.

You say you have gotten over your personal gripes with this organization, but I can honestly tell you that you could have fooled me. You are all about getting hyped on gamedays, feel the excitement and even boasted about the new vibe surrounding this team and then the first transaction that you personally disagree with, you are going to compare the new regime to all of the failed past ones? Come on, you owe fans and readers, and listeners more intelligence and insight than this.

You and Chad got so riled up yesterday and I couldn't understand it when all of my fellow fans in my various circles were all unanimously elated about the move. We got younger, we got a special teamer, and potentially a running back. Mike Shanahan has taken no names before and turned them into thousand yard gainers.

If anything LJ was probably just a band aid and emergency fix from the beginning.

Be objective, and open minded. The owner and front office hating has gotten old over the years. Fans are tired of hearing about it.

Talk about the positives and the light at the end of the tunnel. Not everything is a catastrophe.

Posted by: atulsharma | September 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, I gotta disagree with you here. I may change my mind, but, from what I've seen, Chad Simpson is pretty dang good.

Larry Johnson was a ticking time bomb with the mouth. He also creeps around in the backfield. Just too slow these days.

I think what happened is that the Redskins had an interest in Chad Simpson going back a bit. When he became available, they took him. I think he will be good. I just hope they get him in the game soon.

I obviously hope I'm right. If not, sorry. I think the potential upside is worth the gamble.

Posted by: Double_Handle | September 22, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, free advice. This is the age of the Internet. It does not cost a thing to do your home work before you spew some uninformed BS down our collective throat. Nice trying to stand up for your Penn State buddy but LJ is done. He should have been cut in pre-season. You compare coaches that are not on the same level damn not even on the same zip code. You compare a has been like LJ who had his chances but kept playing sandlot football. Did you watch the Dallas game? He is a vet... but he plays like he is a rookie. Did you watch the negative yards against Houston? Dude is horrible at blitz pick up, can't hit the holes and gives you negative yards. At that price he is a luxury.

And please do your home work. Before you post this kind of half hazard incoherent BS.

Seriously, did folks take your exams for you at Penn State?

Posted by: samiismoni14 | September 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The real question is why replace LJ with a throwaway player?

Activate Ryan Torain or trade for a young, promising backup like Tolbert from SD or Snelling from Atlanta (not that they would trade him now, just examples).

Posted by: mac2j | September 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

LA - Did you see the play when LJ ran backwards and lost 10 yards. He appeared to be running in slow motion. We don't owe him squat. By the way, I saw that woman beater in Vegas weekend of March 27th when he was supposedly being excused from an OTE for "medical reasons." I met him at a black jack table with Jamaal Charles. The guy was a jerk. Didn't ask for an autograph or anything. Just said "Hey man, I'm huge Skins fan! Welcome." He looked at me like I had horns.
LA - Just admit you are running interference for another washed-up Nit'Lion.

Posted by: jwm1974 | September 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Those of you defending Shan and Allen for cutting LJ because he can't run, block, or play special teams, are missing LA's point. LA is arguing if Shan and Allen are so GOOD, they should have known this before they signed him, or figured it out during camp. Instead they made it seem like everything was okay...they are either conniving, incompetent, or both. Bad orgs bring players in to push other players. Good orgs ask the bad player to shape up or ship out. I will be the first to admit this team is better coached than in the past, but coaching is not going to get this team over the top. The problem with this team for the past 10 years has been talent. They have no game breakers on any of their teams, including the new LJ-MOTIVATED Portis. This lack of talent is traced directly back to management...including Shan and Allen. LA is questioning whether Shan and Allen are any better than the talent evaluators and managers this team has had in the past. It's a legitimate question to ask. I am a life-long Skins fan, but I would rather go 4-12, 2-14, and 1-15 with a young nucleous of players, coaches and management, than watch a team try to plug holes with big name coaches, managers and players just to win 6-8 games instead of 4. I hate the Cowboys with a passion, but the best team I ever saw was that Cowboy team that went 1-15 in the early 90s (and yes that 1 was against the Redskins). They were young, fast, strong, and athletic; and yes they had what our kids would call today SWAGGER. But they made a lot of mistakes that cost them games that year. That team turned out to be the best team in football for years...and that's hard for me to say as a Redskins fan. I for one think LA was overrated as a player, and bitter at the end of his career, but he has raised an objective question that demands answers.

Posted by: cbernett | September 22, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Don't sweat the negative writers on this blog Lavar. Keep on writing!

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | September 22, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

9/20--Bloated juice buddies Lavar and Dukes bragging about the ratings on 106.7...

9/22--Whinney kids now complaining about no one liking them and disagreeing with them since their points are "off base" as Lavar put it as he was "axed",,,think he meant asked

9/23--106.7 realizing what a trainwreck/cancer Lavar really is, watch ratings slowly disappear

Posted by: cm88 | September 22, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Lavar you are exactly right, keep it real! the fans don't want to know the truth! This is the same koolaid different flavor. Bringing in Bruce was a marketing move just like the gold pants. I will take it a little further Why are the Reskins messing with everyone that Vinny brought in? stop trying to proove a point Shanny! This team is in trouble! Keep pretending you don't need Albert! Are we really ranked 31st in pass defense? wake up poeple still to much political bull!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: gwest1 | September 22, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, keep it real Lavar, the inmates should run the prison, like they have over the last decade, there should be no accountability, we should defend guys that beat on women, we should let fat out of shape losers play that dont do anything on the field in preseason or against the cowboys...eventhough we just beat our rivals and hung with a great team, we should keep it real homie!

Posted by: cm88 | September 22, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Hard Hits w/ BIGG LaVar Arrington: Bye, Larry Johnson. Hello, questions. My 1st question is 2 LaVar, why havent u been trying 2 make a comeback so we can all c u lay down somemore Hard Hits like the 1 u put on Troy Aikman, lol! There r going 2b opinions on both sides of the fence when it comes 2 why Redskins let Larry go but i heard he still has a chance 2 get back on the team...!? Only a few will probably know the real reason of whats going on w/ Larry & why he got let go but i was hoping it would workout 4 Larry in Washington but i guess thats just how the ball roles sometimes! Larry's father worked @ Laplata Highschool when i went there & i was the guy w/ the best arm in school that could throw a football 69yrds but i blew my chances by being 2 Hard Headed but it is what it is! Now Redskins r getting another R.B. from MD. & letting 1 go from MD., lol! What a coincidence! I know u played @ Penn State LaVar w/ Larry's father on the coaching staff & so did Larry a few yrs later so im sure u want things 2 workout 4 Larry also! The NFL works in mysterious ways sometimes & there r alot of what ifs, would ofs, could ofs & should ofs but thats Life 4U! Larry had a few great yrs in the NFL & whatever chances he had 2 make the team, the offensive line sure didnt help his chances any! Larry seems like the type of R.B. that needs & gap & then he is on his way, its just 2 bad the line couldnt provide that 4 him! Im not trying 2 make excuses 4 Larry so i will say that his 1st step wasnt looking so quick & his effort wasnt looking 100% @ times so mayb he lost a step or he just needs 2 get his SWAG back, lol! Alls u can really do now Larry is move forward & turn a bad in2 a good so keep it moving & GoodLuck 2U! I will say Clinton Portis has no blocking @ times also but his effort & swag r looking on point this yr, especially on that block down field! W/ all this said LaVar, i guess ur just trying 2 find out some facts & so on & some r going 2 say this & some r going 2 say that about Larry & U also but the world will still continue 2 turn so keep it moving BIGG man & stay on point! The REDSKINS got a more THOROUGH system this yr w/ the new coach, Q.B., players & they have the pieces 2 the puzzle so its just a matter of time b4 they all get on the same pg & put the puzzle 2gether & execute wins so lets Git-R-Done! Stay open minded but THOROUGH folks! LOYAL SKINS & SPORTS FAN:E.

Posted by: E-34-P | September 22, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"Offensive juggernaut"? Seriously LaVar?

Posted by: N07H4NX | September 22, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Lavar in his question. The one question I had is why they did not sign Bettes before NO did. It is to bad that Lavar has to work with Dukes on 106.7 since it clear he rides the short bus.

Posted by: DallasHater | September 22, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Keep Larry Johnson, the guy is done and Portis has very little left himself. Neither one of these players are even close to the game changers they used to be. Great move dumping him and would like to see them use Keiland more to run between the tackles and Portis on the edge. Shanny will work Keiland in and should begin splitting carries with Portis already. Portis will conjure up some injury anyway so he can sit out and save face. Does anyone remember Rueben Droughns? Williams could be the next coming of him. Williams should be getting more of the load. They need a young workhorse back. So tired of the 2 yards and a cloud of dust with Portis going down so easily. Let's face it Johnson wasn't all of a sudden going to take over any of these games. Would have rather seen Torrain on the roster and not Johnson. Smart move! LaVar - Please stop ananlyzing no brainers. So happy they dumped Johnson!

Posted by: dandrew14 | September 22, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

WHO at the Wash Post decided to make LaVar Arrington a featured reporter, as opposed to just one more retired NFL "pro" who has a blog? The featured article on today's Redskins section online? Come on, what an insult to the true sports writers at the Post! LaVar's viewpoint should be relegated to a blog IF anything -- where he can state his opinions that are so poorly researched and not even logical.

Posted by: kdk2 | September 22, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter how good a player looks in training camp, as the proof is in the pudding, and everyone always sames game speed is so much faster than training camp.

He got his chance in a game, and looked terrible. He served his purpose in training camp, but could not get the job done in live game action. So they would have been foolish not to cut him. The cut also sends a message of another kind to the players. If you suck and do dumb bunny moves, get ready to pack your bags.

Posted by: DrWho2 | September 22, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

larry johnson was given every opportunity to stick, and he didn't. the redskins decided to move on, and that's okay. he practiced well but he didn't perform in games. now the redskins have a back that can contribute on special teams and provide a change of pace to portis (simpson is fast and shifty). i'm good with that.

Posted by: zatoichi77 | September 22, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Who came up w/ the brilliant idea of giving a disgruntled former player, whose claim to fame was that he couldn't play disciplined, intelligent football, a forum where he's able to offer his opinions on his former team and the game of football?

Posted by: randysbailin | September 22, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Listening to LaVar's radio show makes me want to drive my car off the side of the road. The guy is an ego maniac and the fact that he was a bust in the league makes it even worse. As somebody else said LaVar, pay your employees and run a more honest ship.

Posted by: sjp879 | September 22, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

In this case Hard Hits = hit the gong hard to make a lot of noise and that's it.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | September 22, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Lavar sounded hurt and puzzled about why people disagreed with his viewpoint on his radio show today, yet listeners/readers are only giving him a taste of his own medicine: personal opinion in the form of negative feedback and critizism. It seems like Lavar can give it out, but he can't take it. What gives with that? He proudly proclaims he's just "stating facts", yet he ignores context. It's not uncommon, unusual, frowned up or in any way considered negative for head coaches to mentor their sons on the sidelines? That's obvious, because it happens so often. Yet Lavar makes a big deal out it. He states Shanahan was fired in Denver; yeah, is that supposed to be unusual or any indication of his expertise as a head coach? Look at Norv Turner, Bill Parcel, even Billachek (I believe) has been fired before. Lavar comes off sounding like sour grapes. I'd like to see him man up and come clean on this, admit that his satisfying a personal vendetta against the 'skins by writing this piece.

Posted by: sherberg | September 22, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

YOU'RE ALL WRONG - I've spent the last 20 mins reading some nasty posts. Saying LaVar was an underachiever and he was cut. Before you call anyone names get your facts straight. The man got screwed by Danny. He was in the process of getting a bigger contract when Dan tried to screw him out of some money at the signing. It wasn't noticed until later. His agent was even suspened by the PA for not representing his client properly. So would you want to stay and play for Danny after that? Is that how you treat your family? LA paid back some money so they would release him. He went to NY. He had a knee injury. Then he tore his achilles. It enede his career. His heart was always in Washington. But Danny broke his heart and he moved one. Underachiever? I wish the Skins would sign him today. That man was an animal and everyone of you was cheering for him when he was hurting the opponent. We all wanted him blitzing on every down. He was a monster. Danny gave him the shaft in a contract. He wasn't cut. He asked to leave. Think back, LA doesn't bad mouth Danny personally. He does diagree with some of his moves but he doesn't attack him. LA loves Washington and the Skins. He wishes he could still be apart of the Skins family. Danny won't allow that. All you armchair coaches need to grab another beer and sit your fat butts back down on the couch. But hey, at least you still have those memeories of the big game you played in high school. LA played pro ball. He's earned the right to talk. The rest of have not.

Posted by: JamesWar | September 22, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I didn't want to keep him in the first place. What's with bringing in nothing but old guys, or marginal guys, if you want to have a running ATTACK? CP is already past it. Yes, he can still get yards. But most backs his age are coming off the bench from the 20 in, not leading the attack. (Think Rogers during Gibbs' first tenure.) Where is the future? LJ certainly wasn't that. So, I'm not sorry he's gone. I'm just wondering why we got rid of him for this guy. Maybe others are right; he's cheaper and can't do any worse.

Posted by: navylady20051 | September 22, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Are you saying JamesWar that because LaVar played pro ball he can say anything he wants, take things out of context, tell half the story, and the rest of us don't get to say anything, because we didn't play pro ball? That why invite readers/listeners to respond then? Like I said, LaVar can dish it out, but he can't take it.

Posted by: sherberg | September 22, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Lavar: Since are asking question mostly out of ignorance and hatred, let me ask you few factual questions :

Why did Post hire you, so thaty you can bash the redskins at every opportunity? source: Article above and previous articles and the 106.7 radio show

Why is your grammar so bad? article above

Why you did not pay your eployees at the resturant before you closed the resturant specially right before christmas..source fox news

Are you jealours of Fat Albert?

what hard hits did you deliver in this article? none
Good bye Lavar, dont let the sun go down on you...

Posted by: mazbar | September 22, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Lavar: Since are asking question mostly out of ignorance and hatred, let me ask you few factual questions :

Why did Post hire you, so thaty you can bash the redskins at every opportunity? source: Article above and previous articles and the 106.7 radio show

Why is your grammar so bad? article above

Why you did not pay your eployees at the resturant before you closed the resturant specially right before christmas..source fox news

Are you jealours of Fat Albert?

what hard hits did you deliver in this article? none
Good bye Lavar, dont let the sun go down on you...

Posted by: mazbar | September 22, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Why in the world would any thinking person care about Arrington's "insights" into the Redskins?

Posted by: pk11232 | September 22, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm with u Lavar, most of the haters on here were all over u when u ended a certain career with a big hit on the sidelines, or the interception u took back to turn an entire season around, now they call u bitter because u speak ur mind, they must have forgotten how your injury was handled, anyone with eyes could see johnson has nothing left during the preseason. Haynesworth handling of things is less than admirable yet brett farve plays god while his team mates sweat it out at camp and its ok, BS, anyone can see haynesworth is needed put him on the field, fine him deep for the shananigans pardon the pun, but play him.

Posted by: etrocker | September 22, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, I'm glad you're asking these questions, playing devil's advocate. If they're not going to explain what they're doing, they invite speculation/questioning. That said, fantastic rebuttal by LoJankFilDee19338333. Time will tell this season which view proves correct.

Posted by: fansince78 | September 22, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

You haters need to just shut it down. LaVar picked the Skins to win this game!!!!!!!

He does have a valid point after Portis, we have Williams & then nobody. If they cut LJ on his performance, then they should have Cut every back on this team!!! The ground game was NON EXISTANT!!!

I have been the most staunch supporter of the coaches v Haynesworth. After seeing how pathetic that defense the Skins put out there.. I'm beginning to question my perspective on that!

Posted by: skins91r | September 22, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

mazbar

If you're gonna rip someone about grammar please read what you write first!!

Read your post tomorrow when you are sober and then you'll realize how much of FOOL you made of yourself!

Posted by: skins91r | September 22, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

i agree with most of your analysis, Lavar, but LJ hadn't really shown much prior to the move. why not see what a younger guy can do? relative to clinton, he blocks HARD (and tends to leave his feet with an "up-hit" on the lineman); and he also tends to lower his head when finishing a carry into traffic. just saying... that may contribute to the headaches. if yes, it is fixable.

Posted by: dcjazzman | September 22, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm piling on, but the bulk of the comments so far are right on. Did you see LJ try to cut-back and switch fields on Sunday? It was laughable. He looked like he was 30-years-old going on 50. My pops could have cut quicker. And while we're at it, I think we should be concerned less about our receivers (which you spent hours talking about on your radio show a couple weeks ago), and more about our running game. I mean, Portis's big plays are when he bursts for a few yards then inexplicably trips up. Other RBs around the league are churning and picking up big gains for chunks of yards at a time. Clinton's so-called return-to-glory has been a let down, and thankfully we have guys now like McNabb, Cooley, and Moss, to pick up the slack; however, that won't last long once teams catch on to our weakness(es)... That's already proven to be true as our offense sputtered against the Texans when it mattered down the stretch.

Posted by: nathanaevans | September 23, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

i agree Lavar .......... yes S. was fired and his performance lackluster after elway at best

we have a control freak with not much success, nothing worse in my opinion...

albert and S. deserve each other

and that great defense, where were they on sunday

and at least act like you are going to freeze the kicker, michael!

Posted by: agra09 | September 23, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Lavar honestly I hear nothing but bitterness from someone who underachieved! I find it refreshing to finally have an organization that keeps things quiet! That holds there players accountable! That demands there players practice hard and work hard leading up to the game! I would like you to sit back and remember how you felt reading the paper when the media was questioning whether you could really understand Greg Williams defense! By the way he won the superbowl last year! If I remember after you were gone from here our defense ranked in the top 7 every year! Don't be that typical has been that challenges today's players and coaches because you are upset with how your career turned out. Write and comment on real stories not the BS you in the media try to create!

Posted by: skins1113 | September 22, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse
I find it funny that you can call a guy who's a Penn State grad, #2 pick in the draft and transitioned into a successful insider/broadcaster an underachiever. Someone should probably stop "underachieving" on their English. When you reference an organization or a group of people let’s start using "their" instead of "there."

Posted by: murphyz703 | September 23, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Skins1113 :

Thank you for your post. I believe you are providing the edits for Lavar's posts (LOL). I do not have to checke my grammar because i am not paid to write my comments. Think Man and stop following Lavar blindly. Read what has been written about him. Truth and little bit of analysis will set you free. Peace my brother...

Posted by: maz3 | September 23, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

LA,
LJ was technically cut 2weeks too late is the way I look at it. He showed nothing in Preseason and dropping him for another Special Teams player and depth at RB with Young Legs who can rush for more than 5yrds. What is so confusing about that move. Why are you criticizing Shanny on handling of Haynesworth? He is doing exactly what he needs to do, the guy is the highest paid player on the team, has verbally expressed he doesn't like the defense wants to be traded and has shown no interest to play on this team. Why in the world would you put some whining big baby on the field who doesn't want to play for you on the field? Makes no sense he is treating like the child he is and putting him in timeout while the other kids who want to play and win on this team play....Stop making Shanny the bad guy

Posted by: kevioconnor | September 23, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Lavar was a great football player, that's all!!

Get over it and stop the hateraid.
What have you every coached in your life? That's right a resturant that is closed down.

Posted by: nbmrick | September 23, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

LaVar, you're way off base here. They thought LJ had some fire left, realized he didn't and let him go.
Get behind the home team or move out of town.

Posted by: tomgill21 | September 23, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm just asking, does this guy still have it or is he just another on a long list of coaches who came back to make a couple dollars and position his son to be a head coach?

Um, Kyle Shanahan was an OC for Houston before Shanahan took him on for the Redskins. How does hiring him as the OC for the Redskins position him any better as a head coaching candidate?

I like your LA's interpretations of what he sees on the field. I think he brings a perspective the sports page sorely needs. However, LA is just as bad at intuitive speculation as the rest of the DC sports media.

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 23, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Hang in there LaVar. Most on this forum have no clue what it really takes for a successful running play. The 'Skins knew what they had in LJ when they got him, and carried him all the way into the season knowing that. He's not an outside runner, period. He tried to reverse which was bad but he was trying to make a play. But what choice did he have?? 4 defensive guys were there waiting in the backfield after the Stellar blocking, led by #74!
LaVar , I've heard you after games on the radio where you were physically and emotionally beat down after giving everything you had for this Organization. I'll NEVER question your heart. Your beef with Snyder was probably just, but the timing and way it unfolded was bad. Nonetheless, Your "opinion" (and that's what it is, from someone who has played and experienced and witnessed the NFL at it's best and worst) to me was a valid observation. Square pegs and round holes typically won't match, unless you have a sledgehammer. Shanahan is the sledgehammer I'm afraid. I won't question his motives since his past was successful, but I can question the timing of some things. Even #5 seemed disappointed and taken off-gaurd by the LJ release. Getting younger is GREAT, but should have been done during TC and pre-season. The coach either commits to rebuilding from the start or he doesn't. It seemed that Shanahan wasn't as decisive that he should have been. He's acted like he wants to compete successfully now. Again, they knew what they had in LJ, so why wait until game #2 (and ONLY 5 bcarries to date) to do this? In that regard, they need to rid themselves today of #45, #74,#61,#99,#92,and perhaps others as they too have underperformed this year or they represent a square peg that will NEVER fit.

Posted by: wagenstill | September 23, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I actually enjoyed the ride home last night in the rain and traffic, you could hear that Lavar was on the brink of a breakdown. It's pretty obvious he is a very insecure kid and needed a good cry when he got home. Hopefully he will realize some day you cant treat people like dirt, not pay them, talk bad about everyone, and still have people like or respect you. Just a bunch of wannabe's and tagalongs will be by his side.

As for you guys that think Fat Al is the answer or is treated wrong, please go back and re-watch the Dallas game. He didnt stop the run, and actually he opened up holes for the offense since he would not play within the scheme(sp?), just like Lavar did in his day. Check out the 1st down run, inside the 5 yard line when he tried to go up field, instead of taking his guy head on....if Lavar was such an expert, he would be pointing out these issues as to why FatAl is not playing and not bashing the ownership/coaches,,,if Lavar was such an expert/insider, he would know that LJ running his mouth/questioning the coach and not producing was his downfall, not just his lack of production. We already have Dbag hall running his mouth, but he produces, luckily for him.

Its good to see the Redskins finally having accountability and leadership that doesnt let the immature kids run the team.

Be positive fans, and Lavar, we could surprise everyone, including ourselves.

Posted by: cm88 | September 23, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Lavar, Hang in there! Disregard the haters who really don't know what it takes for a successful running game. LJ's not an outside runner, and it's hard to run to a hole that AIN'T THERE!
Besides, your emotional and physical sacrifice for this Organization will NEVER be questioned by me! Although ill-timed, that fiasco with Synder WAS predictable, but you have more than enough smarts in the business of Pro-Football to know what's going on. And whats' going on with the running game is a mess so far.

Posted by: wagenstill | September 23, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

LaVar was not screwed by this franchise. Call Snyder what you want, but he is far from cheap. LaVar f'd himself over by hiring agents that couldn't read. The Poston bros. were so bad that the NFL has revoked their liscence.
But LaVar being typical LaVar omit's that part of the story when talking about the organization. Bottom line. He is a pot smoking lazy player that never had a true passion for the game.

Posted by: wynnebs | September 23, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/104555

Poor LaVar bought into these criminals. Classic case of an impressionable athlete buying the race card. Good luck fighting the man LaVar.

Posted by: wynnebs | September 23, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Foolishly I will jump in on this conversation. Comparing Gibbs' and Spurrier's sons to Shanny's and Marty's. The latter two had coached at multiple locations and worked there way up the ranks before they came to work for their respective fathers. By doing this you devalue your opinion.

I am not a regular at the Skins training center and since Shanny has always kept injury reports to the bare minimimum I will at this point not question the decision process. We all know that Mr. Arrington is not a regular out there either. I think most of us presume that security at Redskins Park has a Polaroid of Mr. Arrington like a 7-11 has one of a shop lifting kid.

I am also struck by the amount of apparent anger in this evaluation. The postition analysis seems to be even handed and logical but this is anything but that.

Posted by: Hank4 | September 23, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

OH NO! The team has cut an aging second string running back! They clearly have NO idea what they are doing! The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

But look - in the last few days the Saints cut a back-up running back, Baltimore a back-up safety and Philadelphia a back-up wide-out, so clearly they have no idea what they are doing either!

What has happened to the standard of personnel decisions in the NFL?!?

Yeeshk, have some f'ing perspective.

Posted by: craig81 | September 23, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

At least we don't hacve to look at your wardrobe when you write. Don't get thrown off the sidelines by the refs at the PSU game in DC this year. Shanahan brought in alot of guys that had NFL experience and might fit his system so he didnt have to completely gut Redskin Park. Some work out and some don't - all levels of FB are that way from youth to pro. Now they will begin to draft players to fit his system. Within 5 years are reminders of the Vinny days will be out of the NFL.

Posted by: eaglesfan1963 | September 23, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Exactly how motivated is Portis going to stay now? Football is a long hard season and you have to "STAY" motivated. It's easy to be motivated for the first couple of games. If the dude has a history of taking days off and the reason he was motivated was just let go....well let's just say CP is a smart football player and if he sees an undrafted rookie and special teamer as his competition don't be surprised if CP from the last few years shows up at Redskins Park again.

Posted by: renhoekk2 | September 23, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I completely agree with what you are saying. You do have to question it but the reality is that larry Johnson and Willie Parker both were going to be cut any way. larry simply made it easier when he ran ten yards the wrong way. As far as jumping on Hall, the man brings that on himself. Stop saying you want the top reciever. Son you have seen the pro bowl since your first or second year with Atlanta. Your not even one of the the top ten corners in the league.

Posted by: opmeco | September 23, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

LaVarr, I can understand you wanting to defend your Penn St. Alumnus but COME ON MAN, the guy is washed up. I like your tell it like it is approach but you are going to have to understand reality if you are going to write these columns. The
Redskins knew they were taking a risk on Johnson and it did not work out. It was a cheap risk and now they will have to suffer not having a quality back-up running back. Thank goodness for McNabb, he will be able to throw it 60 times a game and the running game will cease to exist, just like it did in Philly.

Posted by: reidpd165 | September 23, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

LA - thanks for giving me something to laugh at today; glad I didnt go to any of your Gambrills parties - I might have gotten shot in the back - did they every solve that crime? btw did you stop pissing off the neighbors in St. Margarets w the jet skis; listen to G Cobb or Hugh Douglas on 610 WIP in Philly - 2 former players that do a great job on the radio and have transitioned well into a 2nd career.

Posted by: eaglesfan1963 | September 23, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Dude got cut because he ran out of bounds in the game against Dallas, stopping the clock when it could have been run down to the 2 minute warning. Then the next week, inexplicably and mindlessly runs 10 yards backwards, killing the drive. He was pulled immediately following that as he should have been. You keep making stupid plays that hurt your team on top of the fact that you're completely unproductive, expect to get cut.

Posted by: corky1031 | September 23, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Lavar,

You are too biased to work in this area. Larry Johnson and Willie Parker looked at best average in preseason. What made the decision easy for the Redskins staff was probably that -10 yard backwards run in the 4th quarter that really hurt the team. We have faced the Cowboys and the Texans who are both considered to have top run defenses. We didn't run very much against Texans because they play the 8 in the box so play action was there all day. Hello !!! McNabb threw for 426 yards on 38 attempts. That's 11 yards per attempt. I will take that all day. That is a coaching staff who is going to take what the defense gives it. Do you all remember the crap on the field for the last 10+ years? Might not see a Super Bowl this year but I certainly enjoy seeing a decent football game. If you don't have a problem with a team getting better than you shouldn't have a problem with them getting rid of Larry Johnson. Hayneworth? He is nothing but a cancer. He was worthless last year and he is worthless now. We are just stuck with him. I am sure they are trying to trade him but believe me nobody wants him unless they get him cheap. I'd rather have him inactive than see his out of shape self kneeling on the sideline getting ready to pass out. He got his check and that is all he wanted. He could have been somebody too. Typical 'woe is me' athelete, huh Lavar? You don't know anything about a winning NFL football team. You're era with the Redskins was after they became all talk and no action. I wished you would have came around when the Redskins were a real team. I rooted for you but now I tire of your negativity. There is nothing to be negative about right now. Go Skins.

Posted by: jay25 | September 23, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lavar, the only reason Haynesworhless is still with the team is because of the investment. I he was a player who makes only a million a year, he would have had his azz fired a long time ago.

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 23, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Is this it? This is the best we can do as Redskins fans? I'm bewildered by the inability of some to answer the question without taking personal shots the way they are posted here. This isn't Philly. I'd have expect this from them. I remember how pissed off we were as fans to hear of how classless Seattle's fans were in light of Sean Taylor's death. And now we have clowns here making light of Lavar's motorcycle accident. We have more class than that.

Last year, everyone was ready to "storm the castle" with pitchfork and torch because of the way that Snyder was running/ruining things. And with a quick couple of signings (Allen/Shanahan), everything is all good right? It didn't take much or long for you to pull your wallets back out to hand Snyder more of your precious hard earned money now did it? While I don't believe that cutting LJ 2 games into the season is in line with the same thought process that we have had to deal with over the last decade, it harms no one to question the move.

With that said, some of you need to grow up. I don't remember taking a blood oath to protect this team, so I'm not sure why some of you would take it so personally that LA had some issues with Gibbs, Williams or whomever. It's just a game that has no influence on how the rest of your life unfolds.

Posted by: Rahwaj | September 23, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

LaVar is a tool and always has been.

Posted by: bpoboyle | September 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, chill. Are you writing just to fill out your page, or does your article have any substance? Let the new coach do his job. Give him at least 8 games and see what pens out. Ok?

Posted by: muktech | September 23, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

He took the day off from the show because he couldnt handle all the truth...hahaha, poor little guy

Posted by: cm88 | September 23, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I think LaVar raises some decent questions, and releasing LJ after just two games does seem a bit quick, though adding a special teams guy is as good a reason as any. But I think it is interesting to look at whose offense this is, Mike is known for focusing on the run, so far that hasn't happened, and it makes ense, you don't bring in Donovan McNabb to hand the ball off all game and Kyle runs an aerial offense, it's what he did in Houston it's what he's going to do here. I think that's why Johnson doesn't fit, maybe they thought there would be enough offense to go around but through two games it hasn't looked like it and Williams showed the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, so while the skins may have been too quick to pull the plug on LJ it may not be the wrong decision.

Posted by: bclancy | September 23, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Lavar needs to improve his writing skills; I do not know if he graduated, but it is a hard read and off of focus with poor writing skills.

Larry Johnson is troublemaker known problem to any team, if he was cut, it was due to his attitude and lack of being a team player.

Why keep blaming all the coaches Larry Johnson has had trouble with throughout his NFL Career?

Many players coming out of Penn State including Lavar and Johnson have been troublemakers and NFL Busts before their time.

Penn State is no longer the school it tried to image as being special when they far more arrested players that later cause trouble in the NFL, and the NFL Coaches are starting to avoid such Penn State Players rather than putting up with them.

Grow up and be a man not a spoiled brat and Larry Johnson Father has been the one recruiting such immature players at Penn State.

Posted by: agmines | September 23, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Wash Post... Do us all a favor and cut LaVar

Terrible hire.. Dude's still bitter

Posted by: Goterps74 | September 23, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow! LaVar you are terrible at journalism. Fist of all, they cut L.J.because you don't turn around on run play and lose 7 yards. Not when you're deep in your territory in such a close game.

L.J. has lost his desire. If he hadn't then he would have barreled straight ahead and gained one yard or lost a yard. But the play that got him cut was a play made by a high schooler who isn't certain of his own abilities.

As for your insight. It really isn't enlightening, but rather lame.

Posted by: jmounadi | September 23, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

LaVar's writing is comparable to that of a middle schooler's. His opinions are biased, based off speculation, and largely illogical. The Post pretending he's a real "journalist" is an abomination to the entire journalism industry. His articles are laced with poorly supported opinions and nothing more. The only reason for his employment is that his name is just one that is widely recognizable. We all know LaVar has no more "insight" into the Redskins locker room than anyone. It's sad that despite all his criticism of the Redskins over the years, he still relies on them to make a living. Without the Redskins, where would he be? A bankrupt, failed restaurant owner. (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2009-12-26/entertainment/bal-md.arrington26dec26_1_restaurant-sideline-lavar-arrington) There's an innumerable amount of reasons why this moves makes sense which have been sufficiently documented by multiple users' comments. But the fact that LaVar used this (relatively minor) story as an excuse to question the Redskins organization he so vehemently despises yet again is flat out shallow, selfish, and petty, yet sadly, not surprising.

Posted by: jmillerHTTR | September 23, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, chill. Are you writing just to fill out your page, or does your article have any substance? Let the new coach do his job. Give him at least 8 games and see what pens out. Ok?

Posted by: muktech | September 24, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

What a stupid cheap shot at Joe Gibbs. It's obvious you were praying for him to fail back then (his second stint of course) , just because he didn't want you anymore. Just to get the record straight and in case you missed it: Gibbs II took the the team to the playoffs twice in 4 seasons. Other than that the team has been to the playoffs since 1992 only ONCE! This accomplishment alone is Hall of Fame worthy considering Gibbs achieved this feat under Cerrato/Snyder.

So please stop whining LaVar. We all know you ain't too bright. So please stop emabarrassing yourself publicly like you did at ST's funeral and every other time you decide to voice yourself publicly. You were just an average player. You did make the Pro Bowl thrice but only due to the hype that was created when you came out of college. Pretty soon coaches figured out you were anything but special. Did you really believe you'd become the next LT? Man, you even picked his number. That's the definition of beeing delusional. Face reality. Living on in self-denial and clinging to the past will get you in real trouble in the long run. You're still young enough to turn your life around. I know it's sad that young & less intelligent people get hyped and then dumped. It's a horrible business. Some start drinking or go completely nuts (like Clarett or Phillips). I honestly don't wish you to end up like that, but c'mon man, please stop emabarrassing yourself like that. Don't you have any adviser? (Since you don't see it yourself). You need therapy - sooner than later.

Posted by: vladoiu | September 26, 2010 4:53 AM | Report abuse

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