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Redskins Insider: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

The Portis Interview: Director's Cut

From Barry Svrluga So Clinton Portis obviously had some interesting things to say in the story we ran in this morning's paper. That wasn't all he said, though. He was in a very talkative mood. Here is some other free-flowing stuff from your favorite tailback, some Portis out-takes: How have...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 12, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (352)
 
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Zorn Not Bothered by Portis' Comments

From Jason Reid Washington Redskins Coach Jim Zorn is not concerned about running back Clinton Portis's criticism of Zorn's West Coast scheme and Washington's offensive line, Zorn said today. In a wide-ranging interview Wednesday about his career, Portis, Washington's top back since the 2004 season, said he wished he "could...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 12, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Washington "Still Not Sure" He'll Play

From Jason Reid: Strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington (hamstring, hip) returned to practice after sitting out the previous two days but took few reps. "It felt pretty good," Washington said. "Just trying to test it. Don't want to do anything crazy and set it back. Just trying to see what I...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 12, 2008; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Cartwright and the Weekly TCCLs

Good to be back in a normal NFL weekly schedule, which is always more conducive to our usual Friday pastime around here, the Tom Cruise Couch Leaps. So, on that note, here's the week that was: 31 TCCLs - Rock Cartwright. If you don't know, you'd betta ask somebody. Rock...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 12, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Will Bush (Or Someone Else) Burn the Redskins?

It's video time -- see below for Jason Reid talking about the Saints and Reggie Bush. Speaking of Reggie and the New Orleans offense, we have two questions for you this afternoon: poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 12, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Practice Is Light, with All Accounted for

Here's what we can report from the first 10 minutes of practice (it's a light one, with players in shorts and pads): It appears that everyone is present, according to Jason Reid, and that includes Ladell Betts. He was excused from practice yesterday because of a death in the family....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 12, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Redskins-Saints Scouting Report

Well, the weekend is almost upon us, so let's take one last crack at sizing up this game. I spoke to someone who knows the Saints' offense well, and watched film of the Redskins' first game, and here are his observations about what we all know will be a massive...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 12, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
 
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Redskins Leaning to the Left

Last week we touched on some of the tradeoffs in the switch from Jon Jansen to Stephon Heyer as the starting right tackle. I have no issues with the change and fully understand why it went down. But what the Skins gained in pass protection, they lost a bit in...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 11, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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Betts Excused From Practice/Injury Update

Time to tie up some loose ends at the end of the day: RB Ladell Betts missed practice due to a death in the family, but will be back for practice Friday, Coach Jim Zorn said. TE Chris Cooley (quad) was limited in practice and took it easy at...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 11, 2008; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Cooley Back as Practice Begins

The Redskins' practice has begun and, because we're allowed to report only on the first 10 minutes, we'll give you a quick update now and a full report after Jim Zorn's post-practice presser. Jason Reid says that Chris Cooley was back on the field and doing drills with his position...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 11, 2008; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
 
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Blache Wants D to Play Like "Wild Animals"

Greg Blache has just met with the media for his weekly presser, and I'll give you guys a primer on that. (Reminder: my webchat began at 1.) Blache lauded Reggie Bush from the onset - let it be noted I came around on this guy before chatting with Blache -...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 11, 2008; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Stopping Bush Is Mission One

I used to be down on Reggie Bush. I thought the Saints' former top pick was overrated, overexposed and a product of hype. And to a degree I maintain that stance (though the Beckham commercial, the extended one that ran leading into the 2006 World Cup, was genius). But I...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 11, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Unrestricted Kelly

Jason Reid takes an unrestricted look at wide reciever Malcolm Kelly:...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 11, 2008; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Skins Set to See Familiar Faces

As we all know, pro football is a game of emotion and it's also an insular world in which lives and careers constantly overlap. With that in mind, some of the schlubs got to thinking the other day [editor's note: it's a miracle!] about the Redskins' schedule and just how...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 11, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Step 1 Is the Run for Skins

The Redskins have to run the ball early, often and successfully Sunday. I know this isn't rocket science, but it's worth stating. We all know where the offense is in its development right now (and how far it has to go) and we all know how long these adjustments can...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 10, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (254)
 
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Cooley Has Sore Quad But Plans to Play (Updated 2)

Chris Cooley says he has some soreness in his quadriceps but will play Sunday against the Saints. He said he felt the discomfort this morning and didn't want to risk aggravating anything by practicing this afternoon. "I felt like my best option was to rest it today," he said. Cooley,...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 10, 2008; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
 
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Cooley Not Practicing; Defense Braces for Run (Update 2)

Jason La Canfora reports that Chris Cooley is not taking part in practice; we'll see what Jim Zorn says about that later today. ... Marcus Washington and Fred Smoot have done very little in practice and are not involved in any team drills. H.B. Blades was taking Washington's spot and...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 10, 2008; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Kelly Ready for Turn in Spotlight

Jason Reid reports: Redskins rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, who hopes to make his pro debut this week against New Orleans, has monitored the progress of some of the other wideouts in his draft class. Kelly said he left a congratulatory message on the cell phone of Philadelphia receiver DeSean...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 10, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Taylor Still Isn't Near 100 Percent

Jason Taylor just spoke to reporters and his initial comments made his physical condition very clear, again. "I'm nowhere near 100 percent yet," he said....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 10, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Springs Looks to Shockey to Step Up

Shawn Springs said the New Orleans Saints still have ample weapons on offense even with Marques Colston out. Springs praised Coach Sean Payton for using his players in ways best tied to their skills. Colston excelled in making plays on intermediate routes, in traffic, and Springs looks to tight end...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 10, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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How Will Teams Attack Redskins' D

I had a long conversation with a member of the organization last night, and talk eventually turned to the defense. The early signals thus far are distressing - shaky run defense coupled with a lack of a serious pass-rushing thrust - and given those issues it will be interesting to...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 10, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Colston to Miss Skins Game

The Saints, who play the Redskins on Sunday, will be without wide receiver Marques Colston, who underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. Jay Glazer reported that Colston will miss the next month to six weeks. Colston was the Saints' third-leading receiver in their Week...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 10, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
 
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Guest Blog - JC and His Peers

Got this email from John Little, and I thought it was perfect for the blog, so I'm going to share it with everyone. John writes: "Jason, I posted this on a message board, but I am interested in your take (and/or the take of some of your NFL peeps) on...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 10, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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Redskins' Super Bowl Odds In The Tank

Man, after one game Vegas is giving the Skins no love. For what it's worth, Bodog.com had the Skins at 40-1 to win the big salami at the start of the season ... and after Week 1 the Skins are down at 100-1, with the dregs of the NFL, with...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 9, 2008; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (306)
 
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Saints-Skins 2006 Game Offers Clues

After getting an initial glimpse of the Saints on film and watching them on TV on Sunday, some members of the Skins offense see a lot of similarities to the club Washington faced in The Big Easy near the end of the 2006 season. Center Casey Rabach for one thinks...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 9, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Taylor: Knee Injury, Loss Tough to Take

Dan Steinberg filed from Jason Taylor's charity event Jason Taylor was "unavailable" to speak after Monday's practice, but media members who wanted to ask him about the status of his knee were encouraged to attend a charity event sponsored by his foundation last night at the Leesburg Old Navy. Call...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 9, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
 
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Campbell's Teammates Bear Burden, Too

From Jason Reid Although quarterback Jason Campbell is under the microscope as the Redskins continue their transition to Coach Jim Zorn's version of the West Coast offense, all of the team's top offensive players must raise their level of play for the new scheme to work, several of Campbell's teammates...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 9, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Saints Present Special Teams Challenges

Rock Cartwright had a great night Thursday by all accounts and was one of the few guys to actually do so. But he was far from satisfied. He's still kicking himself for not pressing the wedge more on one return. He wishes he could have more quickly avoided the kicker...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 9, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Zorn and the Shotgun

Watching Jim Zorn as he talked about Jason Campbell going more to the shotgun yesterday, I couldn't help but get the feeling the rookie coach was a little hesitant, something less than thrilled about it. First of all, kudos to J Reid for being all over this development, and I...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 9, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
 
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Me And Coleman On The Radio

My boy Jerry Coleman made his debit at his new station, 1370 AM, yesterday. It's an all sports station, Fox affiliate, and it's a 50,000 watt best out of Baltimore in the day. I could hear it clear as heck pulling out of Ashburn late Monday afternoon. Anyway, Coleman, former...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 8, 2008; 8:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Springs Returns to Practice at "90 percent"

From Jason Reid Cornerback Shawn Springs returned to practice after sitting out the opener because of a bruised shin and "looked good," Coach Jim Zorn said. "He was probably 90 percent out there. He had a nice interception today. He looked like he was moving very good on his leg."...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 8, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
 
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Fletcher's Stretch of Games Goes On

From Barry Svrluga Linebacker London Fletcher entered the season with the eighth-longest streak of consecutive starts in the NFL. Sunday against New Orleans, he will start for the 121st consecutive time - a streak that has more resonance now that New England quarterback Tom Brady, who started his 128th game...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 8, 2008; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Buzbee's Long Road Back

It's easy to forget the guys who are injured. In this, the ultimate week-to-week, next-man-up league, that's the sad norm. I bumped into Alex Buzbee, the second-year defensive end who torn his Achilles on the first day of camp in a mundane, no-contact special teams drill. Buzbee's cast was removed...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 8, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Kelly Is Back on the Field

After sitting out the preseason because of hamstring and knee problems, rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly returned to practice yesterday, even though he spent most of it on the sideline observing and getting tips from wide receivers coach Stan Hixon. If all goes well the rest of the week, Kelly...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 8, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Smoot, Kelly Say They'll Practice (Updated)

From Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid and Dan Steinberg Fred Smoot (hip pointer) says he plans to be on the field for practice this afternoon in a limited capacity and will try to do more through the week. The workweek will be a little longer. Since they played Thursday...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 8, 2008; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (215)
 
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Redskins Unrestricted: Saints Are Up Next

Jason Reid previews the Redskins' plans for the Week 2 matchup with New Orleans, at Fed Ex Field. Players are available at 11:30 today, so we'll get back to you with updates....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 8, 2008; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Matching Up With Saints, NFC East

It's always an odd, yet refreshing feeling, when I get to check around the league on a Sunday afternoon (between trips to the playground, an ill-advised trip to the pool for the annual "doggie swim" and various tantrums and meltdowns). So I figured I'd reflect on that a little bit,...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 8, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (193)
 
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Redskins Take a Break Today

For the Redskins, it's time to look ahead to Week 2 and the New Orleans Saints, even while we watch the Week 1 games. Players are off today, then resume what's closer to a regular weekly schedule (used by teams that play on Sundays). So expect no practice news today....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 7, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (202)
 
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