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Redskins Insider: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Arrington on Gibbs: Part II

Dan Steinberg revisits the whole LaVar Arrington-Joe Gibbs matter from last week, with Arrington, on Fox's "Best Damn Sports Show," explaining and clarifying his remarks....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 15, 2008; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Guest Blog: A Fan's-Eye View

Every so often, Jason "Jasno" LaCanfora likes to turn this here space over to Redskins fans for guest blogs. He and I feel it's important to let the folks who pay the freight have a forum; today we yield the floor to Royce Jeffrey. Loyalty vs. Money The Tale of...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 15, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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The Week in TCCLs

It's Dallas Week. 'Nuff said. Let's get it on with the TCCLs. 75 TCCLs - Z-Man. So this Austrian TV crew is at Redskins Park the other day, just doing some light stuff about the Skins-Cowboys game (this outfit has the Austrian rights to the game, which will be kicking...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 14, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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The Jasons' -- Sitcom, Dramedy or Dramentary?

You can catch this week's installment of "The Jasons" -- more precisely, one Jason and one Jasno -- here or on "SportsNite" this weekend on Comcast SportsNet....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 14, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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The Official Injury Report

The injury report, in NFLspeak: REDSKINS OUT DT Anthony Montgomery (Achilles') QUESTIONABLE RB Clinton Portis (knee), CB Shawn Springs (calf) PROBABLE RB Ladell Betts (knee), WR Malcolm Kelly (knee), G Pete Kendall (knee), WR Santana Moss (hamstring), T Chris Samuels (knee), DE Jason Taylor (calf), WR Devin Thomas (illness), LB...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 14, 2008; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Springs, Washington, Montgomery Still Iffy

From Jason Reid: Cornerback Shawn Springs (calf) and strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington (shoulder) were limited in practice and said they might play against the Cowboys, although Zorn was more confident about Springs than Washington. "I don't know about Marcus, but I'm much more encouraged" about Springs, Zorn said. "I did...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 14, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
 
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Betts Intends to Play; Portis' Chances '50-50'

From Jason Reid: The Redskins received encouraging news about their injured top running backs, learning that primary backup Ladell Betts plans to play Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys and that lead back Clinton Portis expressed optimism about making "progress" as he recovers from a sprained knee Betts returned to...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 14, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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Betts Says He'll Play

Running back Ladell Betts says he'll play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at FedEx Field, according to Jason Reid. Betts has missed the Redskins' last three games because of a knee sprain. We'll have more info shortly....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 14, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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The Friday Practice Update

JReid files this update from the practice field: Clinton Portis is not practicing; Anthony Montgomery, Shawn Springs and Malcolm Kelly are doing individual work. While we wait for further updates: You can answer this question here if this widget is a mystery....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 14, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
 
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An Unrestricted Look at Injuries

JReid takes a look at the how injuries will affect the Redskins on Sunday. It's another cold, gray, rainy day here, so we'll see if the team plays it safe with some of the injured guys again in practice. And how do you think the game will affect the NFC...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 14, 2008; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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Zorn Focuses on Third Downs and Red-Zone Offense

Jim Zorn didn't change the way the team practiced coming out of the bye, but he did change several points of emphasis. He delivered the cold, hard facts to his offensive players about where they stand in two key categories, which he believes have prevented the offense from becoming as...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 14, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Rock Cartwright's Special Teams Report

Rock Cartwright, as he does each week, shared his thoughts on the state of the Redskins' special teams and what to watch for from the Cowboys. The first time Washington played Dallas, he said the Cowboys didn't do too much on teams that the Skins have not seen before. "It...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 14, 2008; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Special Teams Will Take on New Look

Jim Zorn spoke today about how difficult it was for special teams coach Danny Smith to waive corner Leigh Torrence last week, and said the team realizes what a daunting task it will be to replace him there. In the end, it's likely to take multiple players to supply what...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 13, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
 
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Kelly Says 'Everything Felt Great'

Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, who has had nothing but back luck with his knees, is optimistic that he may have overcome some of the swelling and setbacks. Kelly practiced again today, despite the slippery conditions, and was very pleased with the outcome. "It didn't bother me at all," Kelly...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 13, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
 
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Blache Says Hall, Taylor Are Ready

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache had his weekly meeting with the media, and touched on many topics. He said he had no trepidation about making a move for corner DeAngelo Hall, a player he wanted this offseason when he was on the trade market, and figures Hall may come in as...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 13, 2008; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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No Increase in Optimism on Portis

Coach Jim Zorn said he was hoping for a better report on Clinton Portis today, but the tailback was unable to do much more than get more treatment for his knee sprain. "I was hoping today there would be a little more optimism, but there's not," Zorn said. Tailback Ladell...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 13, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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The Morning Practice Report

Jason "Jasno" LaCanfora reports from the bubbleless facility: It's sloppy and ugly out here. Clinton Portis is nowhere to be seen; Shaun Alexander is working with the first-team offense. Ladell Betts is on the field, but it appears his participation will be limited. Marcus Washington, Shawn Springs and Anthony Montgomery...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 13, 2008; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
 
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To Gadget or Not to Gadget

I was asking Coach Jim Zorn the other day about changes that were made during the bye week, and what tweaks the coaches chose. He was cordial but a little evasive - at least by his standards - but one thing he did volunteer was that he won't be putting...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 13, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Spring Forward! Chat Time Changes (Updated)

There's been a change the chat schedule today: Jason "Jasno" La Canfora will step up at noon. Bombard him with your questions now. Jasno moved up because weather forced the Redskins to change their schedule. Because of the rain, they're practicing from 11:15 until 1:30 (although that may be shortened)....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 13, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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JReid on Portis; What to Wear at FedEx

Jason Reid talks about Clinton Portis' knee injury and how the Redskins offense would work without him. If you're going to the game at FedEx Field on Sunday, you should know that you might freeze your giblets off, so layers, people, layers. And you know what the arrival of cold...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 13, 2008; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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The Power of the Running Game

I harped on the relationship between being among the league leaders in time of possession and having a winning record earlier this week, and decided to take it a step further. This has become more of a passing league in recent years, but I'm still a little old school in...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 13, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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More on Death of Darrell Green's Brother

Just wanted to share a little more information on the death of Darrell Green's brother, from Zack Bolno of the Redskins and Talia Boone, Green's spokesperson: Leonard Green, 53, passed away yesterday evening (Tuesday) at 5 p.m. CST in Houston. Green was the older brother of Darrell Green and the...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 12, 2008; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Hall Takes High Road on T.O. Incident

We've documented the spitting incident between the Skins' new cornerback DeAngelo Hall and Dallas wide receiver Terrell Owens from back in 2006, when T.O. was fined $35,000 for spitting in Hall's face when the DB was with Atlanta. T.O. holds a grudge to this day, saying Hall said some incendiary...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 12, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Phillips Knows Season Is on the Line

The weekly conference call with the upcoming opponent's coach was relatively tepid. Dallas Coach Wade Phillips was a bit defensive about his defense and all the points they have given up. He was a bit defensive about the Skins' ability to shut down RB Marion Barber for the most point....

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 12, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Zorn: Portis Still a Game-Time Decision

Clinton Portis did not take part in practice, but Ladell Betts did return in a limited role, Coach Jim Zorn said. Portis, who is recovering from a second-degree MCL sprain, is not expected to practice until Friday, Zorn said. Betts is returning from a knee sprain as well. Zorn said...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 12, 2008; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Afternoon Practice Update

From Jason La Canfora: Clinton Portis is not out for the portion of practice that we are allowed to watch. Ladell Betts is in full pads, but likely will be limited in what he does. Shawn Springs, Anthony Montgomery and Marcus Washington are not in pads. As usual on Wednesday,...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 12, 2008; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Samuels Bracing to Play Through Pain

From Jason La Canfora: Tackle Chris Samuels said he still has a considerable amount of pain in his knee, but is steeling himself to play through it. Samuels told the athletic trainers that wants to practice despite the condition....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 12, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Campbell Says It's a Must-Win Game for Skins, Too

From Jason La Canfora: Jason Campbell said he agrees with the Dallas Cowboys on one thing: The game Sunday is a "must-win" for his team, too. "It's must-win for both teams," said Campbell, sounding like several Dallas players who said they need to win to stay in the playoff hunt....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 12, 2008; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Portis, Betts: More than Just Carrying the Ball

The Clinton Portis watch will be on full blast this week, with us schlubs analyzing his every step and positing whether he will be back to play Sunday against Dallas. But to me, the biggest factor is not Portis's ability to run the ball, nor that of injured back-up tailback...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 12, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Smoot: Hailin' Hall, Hatin' on Dallas

Presenting Fred Smoot's likes and, um, dislikes -- the DeAngelo Hall acquisition and the Dallas Cowboys -- as told to Dan Steinberg Tuesday....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 12, 2008; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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There's Only a Little D in Big D

The Cowboys have certainly been in the news a lot since the Redskins beat them back in the fourth game of the season, sending them into their tailspin. But for the most part, I don't think they have addressed their issues. They are falling apart on defense, and, aside from...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 12, 2008; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Portis, Zorn Broadcast the Injury News

Dan Steinberg listened so you don't have to and learned the following about Clinton Portis' knee injury, which he described during his weekly appearance on John Thompson's radio show as a second-degree MCL sprain: The good news? "I had 15 injuries two weeks ago," Portis said. "Now I've only got...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 11, 2008; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Time for Kelly or Thomas to Step Up

From Jason Reid: With top wide receiver Santana Moss slowed by a hamstring injury, the Redskins have expressed hope that rookie wideouts Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly could make significant contributions in the final seven games. Thomas - Washington's top pick - has only eight catches for 63 yards in...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 11, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
 
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Secondary Makes Room for Hall

From Jason Reid: With the addition of Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins appear to have excellent depth at the position. But they also could have a logjam there because cornerbacks Shawn Springs, Carlos Rogers and Fred Smoot are proven veterans who expect to be on the field often....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 11, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
 
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How Will Romo, NFC East Shake Out?

Or go here to answer this question if you can't access the widget above. And go here to answer this question you can't access the widget or want solid proof of your genius....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 11, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Step Right Up and Predictify

The Cowboys are hoping that Sunday's game against the Redskins at FedEx Field is the start of a nice stretch run...do you like their chances? If your computer or the suits IT staff won't let the widgets above work, you can go to our Prediction Center and make your picks...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 11, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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A Look Back at Skins' Transactions

I'm interested to see what you guys make of this. I went back through the Skins' transactions since setting the roster in September. First of all, I was startled by the lack of movement they have had to make - putting Reed Doughty on IR, signing a few players in...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 11, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Marion No 'Barberian' Against Skins

Marion Barber has been a beast at times in his brief NFL career, but rarely against the Redskins. Even when he was tearing up the rest of the league a year ago, the Redskins held him in check. Barber faced the Skins in September and had what has been his...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 11, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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McMullen Trying Out in Detroit Today

With the Redskins still mulling whether/when to put rookie WR Malcolm Kelly on IR, let's catch up with the guy who was cut to keep him around - veteran Billy McMullen. The longer the Skins have waited, the more other teams have suffered WR injuries and the fewer talented players...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 10, 2008; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Skins by the Numbers

We've reached that part of the season by which every team has had its bye, so from a statistical standpoint the field is level. Here's where the Skins stand (with tonight's "MNF" game, obviously, still to be played): The Skins rank 11th in total offense (fourth in rushing yards per...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 10, 2008; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Torrence Finds Spot in New Orleans

From Jason La Canfora: Recently released cornerback Leigh Torrence was claimed off waivers by the Saints and Vikings, according to sources. He was awarded to New Orleans based on fact that they have a worse record. Among the teams that expressed interest in having him visit had he become a...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  November 10, 2008; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Zorn on Hall, Biking with Bush, the Bye

Jim Zorn said he believes he has sufficient leadership and character is his locker room to take on a outsized personality like corner DeAngelo Hall, and said the team agonized over the decision to cut depth corner Leigh Torrence. Zorn praised Hall's ability and coverage skills and said the two...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 10, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Zorn: Portis 50-50 for Sunday

Clinton Portis is questionable at this point and his chances of facing Dallas on Sunday are "50-50," Coach Jim Zorn said after practice today. Portis has a knee sprain that has worsened since the team last played Nov. 3. Zorn remains optimistic that Portis will play, but conceded that "it...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 10, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Practice: Moss, Springs, Betts, Others in Skicaps

From Jason La Canfora: Practice has begun and Clinton Portis is not on the field. Santana Moss, Marcus Washington, Shawn Springs, Anthony Montgomery and Ladell Betts are wearing skicaps, not helmets, and are limited at best. In fact, Montrgoemery isn't even in pads. We do not see Todd Collins, either....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 10, 2008; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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Doughty Recovering Well from Surgery

From Jason La Canfora: Safety Reed Doughty said he is "feeling great" 10 days after undergoing lumbar fusion surgery. The operation corrected a fractured vertebre that was putting pressure on a nerve, Doughty said, and causing him to lose in his leg and foot. Doughty said the relief was almost...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 10, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Betts Hasn't Worked at Full Speed Yet (Updated)

From Jason La Canfora: Tailback Ladell Betts said he did drills and ran every day last week as he recovers from a second-degree knee sprain but he said he has not done anything "at full speed." Betts did not rule out playing against Dallas but said he was not certain...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 10, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Hall: 'This Is the Place for Me' (Updated)

From Jason La Canfora: DeAngelo Hall said he chose the Redskins over other suitors because he is from southern virginia, and grew ip dreaming of playing here. He said he hopes to have a future here well beyond the one-year deal he signed. "I just kind of feel like this...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 10, 2008; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Bye-Week Adjustments

This should be an interesting week in terms of how much the Redskins and Cowboys tweak their plans. Dallas and Washington obviously know each other well, but are coming off a bye week. Both hope/expect to have a fair amount of talent healthy and back on the field, and both...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 10, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Our Version of Talk Soup

Self-described media schmo Jason Reid looks at last weekend's acquisition of DeAngelo Hall and this weekend's game against Dallas. I'll be chatting at 11. Join me there; I get paid by the question....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 10, 2008; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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State o' the Cowboys

The Dallas Morning News says that Jason Garrett is focused on correcting the Cowboys' offense, which would seem to be a good idea....As for the defense, well, it struggles against the run. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram points out that whatever is the next step beyond "must win," this Sunday against...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 10, 2008; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Weigh in on Hall

The Skins head back to work tomorrow, as Dallas week officially begins. Can't decide which games to watch; while we have the Sunday ticket, I'm hampered somewhat by the fact that my clicker does not work. Anyone wanna come in and switch between games for me? poll by twiigs.com...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 9, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (184)
 
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