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Moss Named NFC Special-Teams Player of Week

Wide receiver Santana Moss was named the NFC special teams player of the week for his performance in Sunday's 25-17 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Moss returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown -- his only punt return in the game and second this season -- in the fourth quarter to help the Redskins take a double-dlgit lead. Moss also had a 50-yard tochdown catch among nine receptions and 140 yards.

"Santana proves to be an amazing athlete," Jim Zorn said in a statement released by the NFL. "He had one opportunity and not only scored, but made the key play for the win, and then was honored as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. This is an honor that capped off a great week."

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Dan Steinberg has "Today in Blachisms."

By Cindy Boren  |  October 29, 2008; 11:59 AM ET
 
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Nice work, Santonio!
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | October 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Getting plenty of recognition, which is nice... but we just gotta keep it going.

I hope the team is "up" for this game, a nice solid win here would get our medium mojo rising as we head into the bye week and then the Cowboys.

Why don't we have a Steeler fan up here in the mix this week? I know you guys are out there... come on, we wanna discuss...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Blache, what a hater!

Posted by: chrislarry | October 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

irvin vs Gary Clark ... shoulda put in a drug charges column to make it clearer

turns out their stats are almost identical. They also both retired in 8th place on the NFL all-time receiving yards list

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 29, 2008 12:22 PM

C'mon...you should the HoF is nothing but a glorified popularity contest. Since Gary didn't wear a star on this helmet and make an ass of himself on and off the field during and after his career, he doesn't get the nod.

And that's the case with Redskins in general. Since we're a franchise that won with class and not much flair, our guys that deserve HoF enshrinement are overlooked.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"Blachisms" sounds like a disease you'd get from spoiled canned food... Congrats to our one-play wonder, special teams star, Santana!

Posted by: LittleSoren | October 29, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout Santana for player of the week? Seems he did pretty well catching the ball, too.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 29, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

She can't be too far off Jasno's knowledge base. He'd rather be reporting on goalies and strikers than about X's and O's with the Redskins. And if he can't he'll just badmouth the same beaten down issues. Terrible draft, Vinny doesn't have a clue. No OL depth, no QB pressure, etc etc.

Posted by: F_Registration | October 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

One could make the argument that since they are pretty big issues, recurring questionable personnel decisions, quality depth on the lines, linebackers, wide receiver, secondary etc...and that it is jasno's responsibility to talk about the team positively and negatively that its not really jasno's fault they are chronic issues and he has to continue to talk about them until they are fixed. The draft is obviously a debatable subject, but the other stuff is pretty well documented. Ever think he might get a little sick of having to talk about it and wishes (like me) that the skins had used 4 of their five picks on their lines to shore those up some?

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 29, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES
as always, brought to you Yahoo!

Time for a mid year grade, versus what I expected at the start of the year. Its not about who is playing well, but how they are playing against my own expectations. Mind you, I had this team at 10-6, so my expectations were higher than most. Which means that at this point, 6-2 is beating expectations

Starting on the D.

Jason Taylor: not even close
Demetric Evans: well above. I expected a decent rotation guy, but he's been a solid player and deserves to start
Golston: well above, a breakout type year.
Griffin: Below. He was once a force, but not close to that this year
Carter: Below. Seen him get handled by one guy too easily, too often

As a unit the DL performs well against the rush, but has a mediocre pass rush. The upside is they rarely get fooled.

LB
Marcus: a bit above, my expectations were pretty modest for him
Fletcher: Right where I expected, thought he was the best player on the team coming into this year -- and among the best players in football. He is all that.
McIntosh: Clearly better, my expectations were modest with the recovery from last year's surgery. I expected an OK player gradually getting up to speed.

As a unit, these guys are performing at a high level. More turnovers and sacks on blitzes would be the place for improvement.

DBs
Springs: big in the games he's played, but he's missed a lot
Rogers: massively better than I expected, playing at a Pro Bowl level despite the major surgery. Easily the biggest upside surprise to me
Landry: where I expected. He's good, but only in his second year
Doughty/Horton: Obviously Horton is a total suprise and the SS results are better than I would have expected, notably with turnovers, tempered by some missed plays
Smoot: Where I expected. Always thought Smoot was a very capable CB ... and so far, I'm right on this one

As a unit, this group has been excellent. Rogers is the biggest overachiever on the team and Smoot is quietly(?) having a good year. If they'd only catch the balls that they get their hands on ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

sorry 4 of their first 5 picks, still say the Thomas pick was acceptable based on the info at the time, needed A as in singular wideout and we were looking at him in round 1 fell to us in the 2nd fine....

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The NFL has the lamest roster rules. Not that I feel bad for the giants, but this story illustrates it:

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/10/29/osi-umenyiora-says-he-could-have-returned/

Remember back in the day where you could stash a guy on IR for 8 weeks or for the season. Now they want to expand the season. The NFL's roster policies are out of whack with modern game (ie injuries, bodies for practice, developing young players, rookie salaries...)

Posted by: chrislarry | October 29, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2 = JLC's brother?

Posted by: craig2 | October 29, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

tryon

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 29, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Springs: big in the games he's played, but he's missed a lot

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 29, 2008 12:39 PM

Just how many has he missed? Check the numbers. He hasn't missed as many as Rogers over the last three years.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 29, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES
as always, brought to you Yahoo!

and now for the offense

OL
Heyer/Jansen: On average, about what I expected. I figured Jansen would start. He'd be OK in pass protection and good with the run. He's great with the run and worse with the pass protection. Now about the penalties ...
Thomas: A bit better than I expected. He's always been a very good player, the question was would he return to form. Answer is yes
Rabach: Maybe the hardest for me to judge. He hasn't made many mistakes as best as I can tell, but the few I've seen were high profile
Kendall: about what I expected. A solid vet playing solid ball
Samuels: Like Fletcher, he comes with high expectations, and has been playing at that level. Seemed like he was playing better in the first few weeks, but he's still looking like a Pro Bowl guy to me.

As a unit, this group has performed very well. Pass protection seems to be a challenge, but the run blocking has been superb.

TE
Cooley: A bit below high expectations. He has the catches including some important ones, but he is the best end zone target for this team and 1 TD isn't enough. Add a few mistakes (fumble, penalty, blocking) and that's Cooley. Wouldn't be surprised if he has a big second half.

WRs
Moss: Much better than I'd expected, a return to greatness
ARE: Better than expected as a WR, not so much on punt returns
#3 WRs: A bit below. Problem is I had pretty low expectations to begin with and they haven't been met. Not that we haven't talked about this endlessly.

As a unit, the WRs are doing well. Its all about ARE and Moss being healthy and playing at high levels.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 29, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't decide between being a pimp and Portis for Halloween. Then I realized I didn't have to choose.

Here's hoping that Samuels can play Monday, that Springs and JT are healthy after the bye, and that everyone excpet the Cowboy fans on this blog get all the tricks and treats they want come Friday.

HAIL, you spooky SJKs!!

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 29, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

T_E, I think zcezcest1 was just talking about this year.

And Blache is great, between him and Zorn, this team will be ready on Monday night. I know Zorn was very unhappy about how the team showed in that PrimeTime opener, and not just about losing, but the way they played, he's gonna have this team ready to play Monday Night!

Posted by: craig2 | October 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES
as always, brought to you Yahoo!
(part 3)

QB
Campbell: Easily exceeding expectations and I had pretty high expectations for him. I've been an optimist regarding Campbell all along and expected him to be a top 10-ish QB, but the reality of switching systems led me to moderate what I'd expected. He's top 5 in QB ratings and that is despite having at least 2 TDs called back by irrelevant penalties. Plus 2 more TDs where Skins WRs were ruled down when they weren't touched and might have scored. One point rarely mentioned, Campbell has made a number of plays under pressure. He doesn't go down easily and has made several big throws after someone got a hand on him. Plus he's run the ball wisely.

RB:
Portis: Easily exceeding, he's been a beast
Sellers: A bit better. I expect him to be a blocking beast, tempered by his age. He seems to be getting younger

Teams: mixed. we all know the punter problem. Rock has been a good return guy, ARE, not so much. Though a little Santana Moss goes a long way. Suisham is about average on FGs which is what I'd expected.

Coach:
Zorn: Easily exceeds expecations. Made a gutsy call to stop the wholesale conversion to the west coast offense after week 1. That was the right call. He's been sharp in the games ever since.

To summarize, the guys exceeding my expectations in a major way are:
Evans, Golston, Rocky, Horton, Rogers, Moss, Portis, Campbell and Coach Zorn

The guys under performing my expectations include 3 guys on the DL
Taylor, #3 WR, Griffin, Carter

And that is (finally) a wrap for this week on:
ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES brought to you Yahoo!, for as long as my girlfriend works there

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the HOF, reviewing their 2009 preliminary list just makes me mad: http://www.profootballhof.com/enshrinement/story.jsp?story_id=2913

Ben Coates and Frank friggin Wycheck, but no Gary Clark. Heck, there's a friggin "Scout" on the prelim list. Ben Coates? Come one. And friggin.

Posted by: LittleSoren | October 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Cindy Boren | October 29, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Springs: big in the games he's played, but he's missed a lot

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 29, 2008 12:39 PM

Just how many has he missed? Check the numbers. He hasn't missed as many as Rogers over the last three years.
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At least Rogers is not costing us as much as Springs

Posted by: thor2 | October 29, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"tryon

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 29, 2008 12:43 PM"


STOP SAYING THAT

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 29, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

talent, these are mid season grades.

And Gary Clark is on the prelim list -- just double checked the HOF page and he's there. He usually doesn't make the next cut. Though he ought to, very similar to both Irvin who is in and Andre Reed who is close

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 29, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2 = JLC's brother?

Posted by: craig2 | October 29, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

nope, just a guy who wishes our team was well run, we've stumbled into being well coached, now if we could only stumble into be well run, oh wait that would mean that the guy running would have to do the most convoluted search in the history of football and be denied by anybody with any sort of experience or reputation before finally settling on a complete unknown to replace his best buddy in the whole wide world and then have it work out beyond anybody's wildest expectations, doubt that's gonna happen. But hey, Zorn is proof anything is possible, and maybe just maybe Zorn is good enough that he starts to get a say in personnel and eventually takes that role over, that would be great.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 29, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, I must have missed his name. The only Clark I saw was of the Dwight variety. I still reserve the right to be indignant, precisely because of the guys you mentioned who have made it in with comparable stats.

Posted by: LittleSoren | October 29, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"nope, just a guy who wishes our team was well run, we've stumbled into being well coached, now if we could only stumble into be well run, oh wait that would mean that the guy running would have to do the most convoluted search in the history of football and be denied by anybody with any sort of experience or reputation before finally settling on a complete unknown to replace his best buddy in the whole wide world and then have it work out beyond anybody's wildest expectations, doubt that's gonna happen. But hey, Zorn is proof anything is possible, and maybe just maybe Zorn is good enough that he starts to get a say in personnel and eventually takes that role over, that would be great.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 29, 2008 12:58 PM "

cause of Zorn hasn't had a say in bringing what, 3 Seattle Seahawks to the team and drafting three "pass catchers" for his newly implemented West Coast offense in the second round of the draft.

Keep up the great work, zjfr2.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 29, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, I must have missed his name. The only Clark I saw was of the Dwight variety. I still reserve the right to be indignant, precisely because of the guys you mentioned who have made it in with comparable stats.

Posted by: LittleSoren | October 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

What is up with the sight, a lot of crazy crashyness

Posted by: alex35332 | October 29, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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