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Adam Carriker hopes for a fresh start with Redskins, Jim Haslett

When defensive lineman Adam Carriker joined the St. Louis Rams as a first-round pick in 2007, Jim Haslett was the defensive coordinator, the team played in a 3-4 alignment, and Carriker excelled. Now, Carriker will play for the Washington Redskins - acquired in an offseason trade - and Haslett is the defensive coordinator who is moving the team to a 3-4 scheme.

"It just kind of fits me physically," Carriker said.

Carriker, though, hasn't played since 2008. He underwent surgery to repair a torn muscle in his shoulder late in the 2009 preseason, and missed the entire year. That helped create the impression that Carriker - the 13th overall pick out of Nebraska in 2007 - was a bust with the Rams. In 31 games over his first two seasons, he was in on 53 tackles and had two sacks, and he was traded to the Redskins last month for relatively little - essentially for the Rams to move up 28 spots in the fifth round of the draft, and the Redskins even got to move up in the seventh round in the process.

Does the fact he was dealt for two picks mean he was a bust?

"It depended on who you talked to," Carriker said Saturday, during his first minicamp with the Redskins. "Some people thought I played real well. Some people called me a bust. It just depended on who you talked to. I got to be honest: My rookie year, when people were loving me, I didn't listen to the people outside our football team because I don't want to hear if it's good or bad. I don't pay attention to that. So when things all of a sudden went bad, I didn't pay attention to that, either."

Much of the focus on the Redskins' defensive line this offseason has centered around tackle Albert Haynesworth, the only no-show at last weekend's mini-camp. Because the 3-4 defense is designed to free up linebackers - who thus become the playmakers - there's little time for the linemen, a nose tackle and two ends, to shine by making plays.

Carriker, though, seems just fine with the job description. Asked what fans would see from him when he's at his best, he said, "In this defense, it's going to basically be [ellipsis] keeping the linebackers clean." Doesn't sound like someone seeking the limelight. The Redskins, he said, have asked him to bulk up from his current 300 pounds to 315 or so - better to occupy offensive linemen, and he thinks his long-armed frame is best for the 3-4.

Carriker turned 26 last weekend, and he feels like there's no reason why he can't excel again. He said being reunited with Haslett, the Redskins' new defensive coordinator under Coach Mike Shanahan, "definitely makes the transition easier." But the most important factor, he said, is that he's physically fit to play - which hasn't always been the case.

"I felt like when I was healthy, I played well," he said. "Obviously, part of the time I wasn't healthy, so that's what frustrated me. Now that I'm healthy, I just want to do what I can do here. ... If you're not healthy, you can't go 100 percent, and there were some times I couldn't even go. There was some times when I was playing I probably shouldn't have been playing, but I wanted to be out there."

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 12, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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Comments

Mr. Carricker,
Thank you for actually wanting to play the position you are paid to play. Please explain to Mr. Haynesworth that he will not have to play NT so he will come to practice. That is all.

Thank you,
Fans.

P.S.
First.

Posted by: TheLandshark | May 12, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

FIRST to say Carriker will make a Pro-Bowl as a Redskin. Book it!

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Damn this place is dead...RALLY UP, PEOPLE! And hurry...before JReid fires off another Haynesworth post just to jump start this b*tch!

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

This guy seems like a team guy. We need more "team guys". The more "team guys" you have the better team you will field. Key word here is team, something Complainsworth knows nothing of.

Posted by: FedorEm | May 12, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Adam Carriker=Erasmus James

(BTW, Erasmus James is no relation to LeBron James, but in terms of FAIL!!!, they both are very similar.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 12, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

This is the one off season move that I do like. I think he will excel as a 3-4 DE. I also like the move for Maake.

Posted by: srobert1117 | May 12, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Not only is he a good player, but he's a real carriker guy. Great locker room fella. Long arms, penchant for matching his shirt and his socks, and he always calls his Grandma on her birthday (she's 87).

First to say, Adam Carriker has a nice bubble (That's coach-speak for ass...but doesn't sound as gay as saying "he's got a nice ass"), and good explosion coming off the ball. He's got a nice motor (That's chick-speak for... well, you know, his tool, or whatever), and never gives up on a play, even until long after the whistle is blown... which may explain why he's been tagged with so many unnecessary roughness penalties. I once saw him chase down a quarterback during a time out. Completely wiped him out while he was talking to the coach. The guy is full-tilt, all the time. He's probably chasing Colt Brennan around the facility right now. So, I'm pretty excited that we have him. A real nice guy, too. A workout warrior. Loves having his feet rubbed.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Adam Carriker=Erasmus James

(BTW, Erasmus James is no relation to LeBron James, but in terms of FAIL!!!, they both are very similar.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 12, 2010 7:25 AM


You gotta be kidding Moe...James was an oft-injured disappointment who literally got cut before Vinny said "No! Wait! I'll give a 7th rounder!" He was well on his way out of the league altogether before the Skins came along. Carriker is a guy who is out of position as a 4-3 DT but a solid DE in a 3-4 (you know, like how we've played Landry out of position for two years here). Being phased out by a new coaching regime that runs and completely different defense doesn't not equate to epic fail. I think he's got potential to be one of the more steady contributors to our defense this year and for years to come.

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I think if he hadn't been injured last year, the Rams are in the playoffs. Book it. I'm serious as satellite radio.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

(BTW, Erasmus James is no relation to LeBron James, but in terms of FAIL!!!, they both are very similar.)

Posted by: MistaMoe

I was loving every minute of it last night.

I STRONGLY DISLIKE LeBron James and being a Bullets fans has nothing to do with it. He's an overrated arrogant jackass, that cries like a 3 year old every time something doesn't go his way.

I hope the C's take care of business Friday night (?) and send his arse packing.


F Lebron, F the Cavalier fans. It was a thing of beauty when they were panning the arena and showed the faces of the fans. Poor bastards, they were SO sure they were winning it all this year -- NOT!!!

Choke on it Lebron and Cavalier fans. LA back 2 back champs!!!!

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Excited to have Adam Carriker and Fatsworth playing DE. We will be top 5 in sacks.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 12, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Things are never dead as long as you are around brownie. Wanna' dog my take on this?

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 12, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

If you even SAY "quarterback" around this guy, you're dead meat. I heard when he was with the Rams, he had to be restrained all the time because he wanted to destroy their quarterback coach... which is smart, really. Why go after the QBs when you can smash their coach and nip their skills in the bud right away.

Notice how terrible Bulger became once Carriker got there? Scared to death. Couldn't get any rest with Carriker constantly stalking him, attacking him at random, and showing up at his house in the middle of the night.

Anyway, he's got a motor that wont quit.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Not only is he a good player, but he's a real carriker guy. Great locker room fella. Long arms, penchant for matching his shirt and his socks, and he always calls his Grandma on her birthday (she's 87).

First to say, Adam Carriker has a nice bubble (That's coach-speak for ass...but doesn't sound as gay as saying "he's got a nice ass"), and good explosion coming off the ball. He's got a nice motor (That's chick-speak for... well, you know, his tool, or whatever), and never gives up on a play, even until long after the whistle is blown... which may explain why he's been tagged with so many unnecessary roughness penalties. I once saw him chase down a quarterback during a time out. Completely wiped him out while he was talking to the coach. The guy is full-tilt, all the time. He's probably chasing Colt Brennan around the facility right now. So, I'm pretty excited that we have him. A real nice guy, too. A workout warrior. Loves having his feet rubbed.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 7:40 AM

Judging from that post, whatever you smoked before typing that was likely pencil shavings. Just a heads up...

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

The cornballs are out this morning.

"Serious as satellite radio"???


**Cue the Price Is Right loser music**

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

There's a video on YouTube of him attacking some guy for saying "armchair quarterback." I mean, the guy is nasty.

Monday Morning Quarterback? Go ahead. Say it to him. He hates those quarterbacks more than he hates the Sunday afternoon ones.

Go ahead. Try to "slip it into a question." Maybe like, "Hey, Adam, I don't mean to play Monday Morning Quarterback, but..."

That's all you'll get out. "but." He's got a mean streak and a motor and a nice bubble, so, I wouldn't recommend testing him. Glad he's on our side.

Super Bowl. Book it.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

gl, as long as your take involves common sense dipped in reality, I'll never dog it. If you go all Thinker_ on me, it's my duty as the Referee of Life to call it like I see it.

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

If Brownwood is right, I want to know where I can get some pencil shavings. Basic No. 2 stuff or something more exotic?

Posted by: Goldenfried | May 12, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

We're also pleased to have Adam Carriker's moms up here posting this morning.

Coming up at the top of the hour: Thinker_ will explain how she was able to breast feed Adam until he was six years old.

Stay put.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

I sure hope I didn't buy a bag of pencil shavings!

I wonder which Redskin we'll get to learn more about NEXT!

It's so exciting. How about that guy with the funny name. Ernie shavers? Dom Capers? Selvish Capers! THAT'S the guy. What a NAME! I mean, wow. Why not Jelvous? Or Elvish? That is one Selvish son-of-a-b*tch!

Speaking of parents playing name darts, I hear Loomis Sweed is on IR again. That's a bust.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

LOL Red...seems to me Thinker_ is watching Terry Tate: Office Linebacker videos and somehow mistaking him for Adam Carriker.

Cocaine is a helluva drug...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PR_rzF8ofw

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

You heard about that, huh, Red?

Yep. And not only that, he was 5'2" at the time. And all she'd say to him while nursing him was, "I want you to kill the quarterback, son. You would make Mama so happy if you could do that for me."

And little Adam Carriker would look up at her with those big blue eyes and say, "I'll do that for you, Mama." Except, it was muffled because he had her nipple in his mouth. But she knew. She knew. Deep down in her heart of hearts, she always knew. Always. Always and forever. Forever and ever.

And now, he's ours.

Hail.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

If Brownwood is right, I want to know where I can get some pencil shavings. Basic No. 2 stuff or something more exotic?

Posted by: Goldenfried | May 12, 2010 7:56 AM


If you think you're Goldenfried now, wait until you get lead poisoning straight to the brain! You might go off the deep end and start changing your handle a bunch of times and settle on a corny reference we use to denote a new post!

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Maybe BurgundyandGoldenfried...

Posted by: Goldenfried | May 12, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

And that "serious as satellite radio" is mine. I made that Sh!t up. Don't try to slip it into a conversation with your buddies or mates or whatever you got and try to pawn it off as your own.

I mean, you can use it, but you gotta come correct with an oral citation.

Yes, with the date and website, etc, etc. Check out the Purdue MLA online guidelines for citing websites. It's in there somewhere, I'm sure.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

gl, as long as your take involves common sense dipped in reality, I'll never dog it. If you go all Thinker_ on me, it's my duty as the Referee of Life to call it like I see it.

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

You think a lot of yourself don't you brownie? You're not my style I'm afraid. But I won't be dissuaded from having takes on the REDSKINS, or correcting you when I think you go all Thinker on us.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 12, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

AW, Man, you're right. I'm not thinking of Adam Carriker, I'm thinking of that Water Boy guy. What's his name?

Anyway, Adam Carriker? Never heard of him. But the Water Boy would be a nice pick up.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Celtics = Team

Cavs = Lebron, and 4 guys.

I think Carriker can be a player, hope he's fully recovered, and can have a huge impact on this team.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 12, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

beep-beep!

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh, man! I got you THAT time!

I mean, talk about a foul!

That's like crying wolf. I'm surprised my computer is still working!

Saying Beep when there's no new post. That's bad. I apologize. I just wanted to see what would happen.

Apparently, not much. Nobody even got annoyed. Oh well.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

You think a lot of yourself don't you brownie? You're not my style I'm afraid. But I won't be dissuaded from having takes on the REDSKINS, or correcting you when I think you go all Thinker on us.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 12, 2010 8:09 AM


Fair enough. Just don't be surprised if I'm not on suicide watch because I'm "not your style". I'm not exactly sure where you're going with that, but it does kinda take the bite out of the whole "you think a lot of yourself" remark. You know, the pot/kettle scenario...

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Dang it! Is this how it's gonna be till September? This stinks. Adam Carriker hopes for a fresh start?

BOOOOOOOOO!

We don't even have Jason Campbell to argue about anymore. Shanahan has ruined the offseason. Which was all we had. The season spoke for itself. And now, it's gone.

I hope Carriker has a fresh start, too, but I'd rather see him body slam Tony Romo. Even if it IS during a time out. I'd take the 15 yards.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

How 'bout some Haynesworth news? Just make somethin up, then. Whatever.

What about Cooley? Any Cooley antics to report? :)

Portis! Go ask Portis somethin. He'll take it straight into some rant against LaVar.

Man, we got Larry Johnson! C'mon. Ask him about the stuff he said in KC. I mean, c'mon, Jason! You're supposed to be a journalist. Get Diggin, man!

BOOOOOOOO!

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Settle down Thinker_, you're chasing people off the blog, dude. If this were a bar, the bartender would be cutting you off about now and security would be walking toward you, sizing up a way to open the door with your head a la "Casino".

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Loves having his feet rubbed.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 12, 2010 7:40 AM


You are so gay!

Posted by: abxinc | May 12, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Whoever wrote "Complainsworth" - best effin name ever !!!!!
I think Carricker and Fatty would make an interesting set of ends, until fatty gets hurt or winded or whatever. Jarmon should get some good looks this year, but not so sure how Carter & Alexander are going to fare at LB... esp. LA playing the outside?? But, no critcism here. I will let true football professionals coach this team and offer my 2 cents once we see how the finished product performs.

Posted by: scoot21 | May 12, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Like the way this guy sounds... hope he plays as well.

Posted by: Burrasta1 | May 12, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

"RALLY UP, PEOPLE! And hurry...before JReid fires off another Haynesworth post just to jump start this b*tch!Posted by: brownwood26"

LOL it's about that subtle, I think. Or the other method is to dig up a quote from Vinny Cerrato -- that brings 'em out of the woodwork, too.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 12, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

scot21 that was me. Glad you liked it. Carriker has an axe to grind now, so hopefully he hits the weights hard and all his work shows up on the field this season.

Posted by: FedorEm | May 12, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

someone brought up henry ellard's amazing first down ratio. the closest thing to a verified reference is this. it's really just a reference to a reference...
___________________________________________
Evidence that Henry Ellard is one of the best signings we ever made. See David Elfin's story from Dec. 25, 1994, after the Skins final game:
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Of Ellard's 74 catches this season, an amazing 71 were for first downs and 30 were for at least 20 yards. Ellard also almost just became the first receiver to average 19 yards per catch and make at least 70 catches in two seasons. He averaged 18.9 yards. Only eight other receivers have hit the 70-19 combo.
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Posted by: SkinsFanNYC | March 9, 2010 2:06 PM ___________________________________________

so, that's 96% first downs. wow....

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 12, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Adam Carriker will be our Aaron Smith. Book it!

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Walter, I brought that up yesterday...the stat I was thinking about was more along the lines of career catches, what you have is referring to a single season. But wow...I had no idea his numbers were like THAT back in '94! And that's with guys like Heath Shuler and Gus Frerotte throwing him the ball!

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

brownwood26,
well, i couldn't "google" any first down stats for ellard. it must be out there, i just couldn't find it. i couldn't even find the article to which SkinsFanNYC refers. it's easy enough to find out how many catches a guy had, but not how many were for first downs.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 12, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Odds Westbrook becomes a skin, three to one

Odds Doug Williams is part of our scout team, five to one.

Odds Carriker works out on our D-line, fifty fifty.

Odds that there is a nitrous leak in this little cop car we call Redskins Insider, 100% lock.

ROAD.... Road... Roo addd.

Posted by: alex35332 | May 12, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

No worries, Walter...to me, you did well finding what you did. It's not one of those "records" that's readily available or easily found.

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

This is the one off season move that I do like. I think he will excel as a 3-4 DE. I also like the move for Maake.

Posted by: srobert1117 | May 12, 2010 7:34 AM

This was a bad post. It's hard to contradict yourself over the course of three sentences. This was an excellent post.

Posted by: MColeman51 | May 12, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

We better find some outstanding LB's, and Safties or this D is gonna take a major step back.

Posted by: jtrob_1 | May 12, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

"Cocaine is a helluva drug..."

Yeah, Buddy..But the game of makin' the teams, like the Crips and the Bloods and MS-13, etc., that the CIA plays for fun and profit, is just a mini-version of the game the Big Daddy Rothschilds play creatin' wars between nations and peoples fer fun and profits..And of course, a little thing called ..Control...

Posted by: frak | May 12, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

This was a bad post. It's hard to contradict yourself over the course of three sentences. This was an excellent post.

Posted by: MColeman51 | May 12, 2010 9:03 AM

Nice one, MColeman51. As for contradictions, the record belongs to Thinker_. Dude contradicts himself every time he posts: claims to be a Thinker_ but posts like a Clinker_, or Shrinker_ or Winker_. Your choice.

This is the same stupid bag of bricks who called the Caps chokers in the second game when they were down 4-1. He might have had a point except that they won the game 6-5 in OT.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 12, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

hey brownwood, I think I found some stats for Ellard on NFL.com:
In 1994 he caught 74 passes, 71 of them were for first downs, that's 95.9% of the passes he caught were for first downs! Dude was a beast that year! Hope this is what you were looking for

Posted by: monk811 | May 12, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

well, i couldn't "google" any first down stats for ellard. it must be out there, i just couldn't find it. i couldn't even find the article to which SkinsFanNYC refers. it's easy enough to find out how many catches a guy had, but not how many were for first downs.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 12, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I remember the announcers during games would always make a big deal about that whenever Ellard made a catch. It was some rediculous stat like 85% of his catches were 1st downs.

I don't know why he never got much HOF consideration.

Posted by: Original_etrod | May 12, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"I think in all fairness, I should explain to you exactly what it is that I do. For instance tomorrow morning I'll get up nice and early, take a walk down over to the bank and... walk in and see and uh... if you don't have my money for me, I'll... crack your fuc*in' head wide-open in front of everybody in the bank. And just about the time that I'm comin' out of jail, hopefully, you'll be coming out of your coma. And guess what? I'll split your fuc*in' head open again. 'Cause I'm fuc*in' stupid. I don't give a f__k about jail. That's my business. That's what I do."

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Henry Ellard's best years went to waste while he was with the LA Rams. Sort of like London Fletcher in Buffalo.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

LOL Red...love that movie.

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Nice one, MColeman51. As for contradictions, the record belongs to Thinker_. Dude contradicts himself every time he posts: claims to be a Thinker_ but posts like a Clinker_, or Shrinker_ or Winker_. Your choice.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 12, 2010 9:13 AM

Good one yourself. Although try this contradiction on for size: Talent_Evaluator, League-Source, and with your new handle beep-beep you should only be heard from at the end of the blog.

F Duke, you old lady. 293 more to get to 300.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 12, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Just tryin' to move some product on the corner, that ain't nuthin'...But if Galloway can move the chains anywhere near as good as Ellard, or old Monk, or even Fryar, that'll be cool..

Posted by: frak | May 12, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

brown, it's a Scorsese movie. It really doesn't get any better than those, IMO.

Goodfellas
Casino
Cape Fear
The Departed
Gangs of New York
Raging Bull
Taxi Driver
Mean Streets
The Color of Money


...are my favorites from Scorsese

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

A.C. means we finish @ least 2nd in the east!

Posted by: GOmellyDOTcom | May 12, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

No to Doug Williams... fire Donnie Warren... aren't there any more ex-Iggles (McNabb, Westbrook), Cowpies (Galloway), or Gints (Osi is disgruntled) we can hire to key positions? Wade Phillips might be out of a job soon!

I love trying to get excited about the same peeps I always hoped would turn an ankle running out of their locker rooms in years past... NOT!

Posted by: Alan4 | May 12, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

As an avid LEBron HAter...he once again proves why.....Win something 1st before you get annointed please....once you win a championship...I'll give you props....

What position will Carriker play?

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 12, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

with your new handle beep-beep you should only be heard from at the end of the blog.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 12, 2010 9:33 AM

Thanks for sharing your "interesting" feedback. I'll keep it in mind. Always good to get the insights from a guy who doesn't even understand how they select the defensive ROY.

beep-beep signifies not the end of the thread but the final word in any discussion. Once I've spoken, no one needs to follow up with lame suggestions, advice, name-calling, etc. In your case, beep-beep signals that the Diesel needs to pull over to the side of the road because it's blocking the faster cars behind it.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 12, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

4th, agreed on Bron, although his teammates just sort of stand around, and do nothing if he's not dominating.

AC, will probably play DE in the 3-4, and DT in the 4-3....my .02..anyway...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 12, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 9:38 AM |

Love the scene in Casino where Pesci is harassing the blackjack dealers.

“How the F can you grin? If you had any heart at all you’d be out stealing for a living.”

Goodfellas is all time classic. Final scene in Gangs of New York still gives me goosebumps anytime I watch it.

Amazing when you think of what people had to endure to get us where we are today.

Posted by: Rypien11 | May 12, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you 4th...LeBrick needs to fade to black until he's clutching a trophy other than MVP. All hype and no substance...kinda like basketball's answer to Tony Romo.

That said, I have a fear he's gonna be a Wizard...

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Scorsese's film's = Hughes Brother's/John Singleton Films

As far as being opposites

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 12, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"Adam Carriker=Erasmus James

(BTW, Erasmus James is no relation to LeBron James, but in terms of FAIL!!!, they both are very similar.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 12, 2010 7:25 AM"

I'm expecting Adam Carriker=Cornelius Griffin.

Former high pick labeled a bust in his previous stop largely due to injuries, but comes here and plays a significant role in a great defense.

No impact player, but a nice glue guy to hold the scheme together up front.

Posted by: psps23 | May 12, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I have a fear he's gonna be a Wizard...

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 9:52 AM

Why do you think that? I could see it if Snyder had bought the team but this doesn't seem like Leonsis' style.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 12, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

One thing they both have in common is they love using the word n!gg__

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 12, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

As an avid LEBron HAter...he once again proves why.....Win something 1st before you get annointed please....once you win a championship...I'll give you props....


Posted by: 4thFloor


**NBA Post**


Co-f'ing-sign!!!!


The thing is he started calling himself 'King James' back in high school.


You know why he's changing his number? Because Jordan doesn't respect him like he does Wade, Bryant, and Carmelo.

"Somehow, James has boxed himself with this ridiculous story about how no one should ever wear No. 23, and he’s the first to give it up and maybe everyone else should follow him. This was met with a roll of the eyes, with everyone asking: Wait, you’re giving up No. 23 to take … No. 6?

What about Bill Russell and his 11 NBA championships? Jordan, the greatest ever, cleared a path for the worldly basketball star. But Russell was a black star in turbulent Boston in the 1960s. He anchored the greatest dynasty in the sport’s history, and they’ll remember him as the most dominant defensive player to ever live. In the end, James and everyone else understand this has nothing to do with Jordan or Russell, with No. 23 or No. 6. This is business, and he’s insulting everyone’s intelligence suggesting it’s something else.


The idea that James is honoring Jordan is, well, pure mythology. In a lot of ways, LeBron’s working to distance himself from him. Truth be told, they are rivals far more than confidants. With different lines of shoes, they are competing for power within Nike. They’ll be competing in the Eastern Conference, where the Charlotte Bobcats have beaten the Cavaliers two of three times this season and could be an opening-round opponent. They’ll be competing in collective bargaining talks, owner versus player.

They’ve never been close, although Jordan has never been overly generous with the next generation of NBA icons. He’ll show those players within the Jordan Brand some attention, but his interaction with LeBron and Kobe mostly stems from professional courtesy. Jordan is still protective of his legacy as the greatest player ever, and he’s never been terribly motivated to lend a hand in the overtaking of that.

Around the time James started with his bit about retiring Jordan’s number, Jordan sat with Pat Riley in Miami for a Cavs-Heat game in November. It didn’t go unnoticed to those sitting around them how often James would peer over, searching for some kind of approval from Jordan. He’d make a play and glance over – and it was probably no accident that Jordan offered little to no response. After all, Jordan was there to promote Dwyane Wade as an endorser to his line of shoes, so James was treated as afterthought.


“He’s always looked for that approval from Michael,” one Jordan associate says, “and I don’t know that he’s ever really gotten it – or ever will.”

**End NBA Post**

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Police seek bank robber in Cowboys hat, with large mole (Houston Chronicle)

Any one seen this guy around?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | May 12, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Love the scene in Casino where Pesci is harassing the blackjack dealers.

Posted by: Rypien11 | May 12, 2010 9:51 AM


My favorite is when Pesci beats the dude with the cowboy hat over the head with the phone. The accompanying profanity laced tirade still ranks among my faves.

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Anyway, Adam Carriker? Never heard of him. But the Water Boy would be a nice pick up.

Posted by: Thinker_

I thought South Central Louisiana State University ran a 4-3 defense. Not sure if Bobby Boucher wants any part of a 3-4.

Posted by: Predator48 | May 12, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

PSPS - If Griffin was considered a 'bust'...why did we sign him to a phat contract? Like $5 Mil a year?

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 12, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

"That said, I have a fear he's gonna be a Wizard...

Posted by: brownwood26"

Surely this can't be a legitimate, rational fear. Lebron having his choice of any team in the league, and he chooses the most dysfunctional organization in the NBA right now?

Only way a player of this caliber comes to DC this offseason is if we get the #1 overall pick, Leonsis does an organizational makeover ala the Capitals circa the lockout, and the team rids themselves of Arenas.

Of course, my pipe dream is seeing Kevin Durant make his way home in 2011 after Leonsis does at least two of those (high draft pick + organizational makeover this season).

Posted by: psps23 | May 12, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Police seek bank robber in Cowboys hat, with large mole (Houston Chronicle)

Any one seen this guy around?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | May 12, 2010 9:58 AM

I think he was posting up here yesterday, but I'm not sure about the mole.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 12, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Excited to have Adam Carriker and Fatsworth playing DE. We will be top 5 in sacks.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 12, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

This does have a lot of potential to be successfull. If you're an opposing Offensive Coordinator, and you see Haynesworth and Orakapo on one side with Carriker and Landry creeping up on the other, on an obvious passing down, what do you do??? Better yet, what does Romo and Kold do???


If only the coaching staff can get Fat Al to buy in. Ugghhhhh

Posted by: Devo2 | May 12, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Excited to have Adam Carriker and Fatsworth playing DE. We will be top 5 in sacks.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 12, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

This does have a lot of potential to be successfull. If you're an opposing Offensive Coordinator, and you see Haynesworth and Orakapo on one side with Carriker and Landry creeping up on the other, on an obvious passing down, what do you do??? Better yet, what does Romo and Kolb do???


If only the coaching staff can get Fat Al to buy in. Ugghhhhh

Posted by: Devo2 | May 12, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

4th, White characters using the word ni**a in Scorsese movies is nothing short of the truth in how blacks are described when talking amongst each other.

Every now and then the real bold ones will shout the N-word at you from a distance.

They're called "Tea Partiers".

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

^^^I know...So I don't hate on it...Just sayin...But, isn't it really narrowed specifically to Italians in his movies vs. all white people? That's what I thought....

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 12, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

My fear of LeBron becoming a Wizard isn't based on anything...it just seems like every time I develop a strong distaste for an NBA player, he ends up in D.C. Happened with Laettner, happened with Popeye Jones, happened with Arenas, happened with Stackhouse. Hopefully, Leonsis puts an end to the madness and we get the 1st overall pick when there's actually a difference maker available. Getting the 1st pick in '01 was more a curse than a blessing if you look back at that draft...

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 12, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

bron is going to the team that offers him the most cash, and biggest opportunity to boost his personal income. he has always, and will always be about himself/money first, and basketball 2nd.

If he were smart, he'd take a mid level deal, and sign with the Celtics and learn from 3 future HOF players....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 12, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"You took your boots off? You put your feet on the table? You sh*t-kicking, stinky, horse-manure-smellin' motherfuc_er you."

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Odds Westbrook becomes a skin, three to one

Odds Doug Williams is part of our scout team, five to one.

Odds Carriker works out on our D-line, fifty fifty.

Posted by: alex35332 | May 12, 2010 8:55 AM

Just to explain odds up here. If I put a dollar on the table, and Westbrook does not become a Skins, you pay me three dollars. I take that bet.

If put a dollar on the table, and Doug Williams does not become a Skin scout (that sounds kind of kinky), then you take my dollar. I also think he will become a Skin scout, so I do not take that bet.

You say even money on Carriker. I put a dollar on the table. If he makes the roster, you pay me a dollar. If he does not, you take my dollar. I take that bet.

Posted by: dcsween | May 12, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I thought LeBron wanted to play in New York? I don’t think he would come to DC; horrible franchise and he’s gotta know the DC fans hate him. I could actually see him pulling the Deion Sanders routine and go to a team who is “one piece” away from a championship, so that he could bestow all of the credit upon himself if/when they won it all, and then depending on his contract, try to do it again with a different team to legitimize the “fact” that he is a franchise “savior”. So I would predict that if LA doesn’t win it this year, he’s a Laker next year, or else goes to Orlando.

and beeps

Posted by: dlhaze1 | May 12, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

But, isn't it really narrowed specifically to Italians in his movies vs. all white people? That's what I thought....

Posted by: 4thFloor


Naw, I wouldn't say that. I can recall in Goodfellas the dude that walks into the diner and claimed "two ni**ers" stole his truck didn't seem Italian.

The Italians in his movies use racial slurs for everyone: Blacks, Jews, Arabs, Asians, hell even Italians.


Scorsese and Spike Lee are cool. I think Spike Lee wouldn't have anything to do with dude if he felt he just put the N-word in his movies just to put it in there.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Getting the 1st [NBA] pick in '01 was more a curse than a blessing if you look back at that draft...

Kind of like being the first team needing a quarterback in the '94 draft when the "obvious" choices were Heath Shuler or Trent Dilfer.

Posted by: zimbar | May 12, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

"...........My fear of LeBron becoming a Wizard isn't based on anything..........."

There's a lot of that going around.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 12, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 9:57 AM

You forgot to add that Jordan is just a general all-around dsjk in the first place and will never give credit to anyone. He invited the guy who made his HS team over him to his Hall of Fame induction to rub the guy's face in it.

I don't like LeBron but anyone who watches the game knows he is the best player in the league right now and one of the best to ever play the game. Put the roster of his Cleveland teams next to the rosters of the teams led by Jordan or any of the other greats. Dude has been doing more with less for years. He's hurt right now and it has hampered his effectiveness. To his credit he hasn't made a big deal out of it.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 12, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

4th, White characters using the word ni**a in Scorsese movies is nothing short of the truth in how blacks are described when talking amongst each other.

Every now and then the real bold ones will shout the N-word at you from a distance.

They're called "Tea Partiers".

Posted by: RedDMV | May 12, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I used to use that word when I was eight hiding under some bushes. I didn't know better, my parents being the bigots that they were. But after attending church for years and learning some of the dictates of Jesus Christ, I began thinking about how I might feel about being called "cracker" to my face. Not that anyone ever did that I knew of. Gradually, I began to realize that we're all equal in this world, monied or not, and that a basic common respect for one another is hard earned, and easily lost. So I try, but than I fail when I meet some on here who do not respect themselves or others. At that point, I revert to my childhood for which I must apologize to all for my human failings.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 12, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

When healthy the guy is good. I have no idea what the Rams were thinking, but everyone gets injured, just asked Albert "where's the oxygen mask and cart" Haynesworth.

The guy did great for the team then got hurt, some moron said he was a bust and they believed him. I hope AC comes in here and rips it up for the LB's. He's a team guy, has a good attitude and I look forward to seeing him in the Burgundy and Gold!

Posted by: ajb1094 | May 12, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"I used to use that word [nigg*r] when I was eight hiding under some bushes. I didn't know better, my parents being the bigots that they were. But after attending church for years and learning some of the dictates of Jesus Christ, I began thinking about how I might feel about being called "cracker" to my face....."
Posted by: glawrence007 | May 12, 2010 10:39 AM
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well...good for you for getting that "do unto others" message from your church experience - a message that had apparently, from your description of them as "bigots", been lost on your parents.

the "ethic of reciprocity" is a common theme in many many religions and philosophies. how could it not be - it's so obvious. the real "crux of the biscuit" is in how it's applied. unfortunately, for most of mankind's history it has been only applied to the local "in" group (people who pretty much match one's own race, religion, social status).

http://www.religioustolerance.org/reciproc2.htm

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 12, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

As a Rams and Big XII fan I must make one thing clear, the Rams did not play in a 3-4 alignment when Carriker was drafted, nor have they ever. AC did, however, play DE in the 3-4 at Nebraska. Also, while on the Rams roster, he did not excell at much of anything except getting hurt. He was in on all of those tackles because teams didn't have to pass the ball when they played the Rams, they would run it at Carriker. The whole idea behind drafting him was the thought, by the idiot Scott Linehan and his sidekick Jim Haslett, that Carriker could be moved to an interior position to stuff the run and tie up blockers for DE's Leonard Little and Tony Hargrove. He was asked to add about 15-20 pounds to his 285-290 frame which slowed him down. He helped the Rams to the 31st run def in his rookie year and could barely stay on the field in his second. Last year he went on the Inj Res in the preseason, but he did show Steve Spagnuolo enough to get him traded to the Skins. I do hope that AC will turn things around in DC, but I'm afraid he will soon join the last Ram's bust the Skins went after... Adam Archuleta

Posted by: jos_sports | May 12, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Just make sure Haslett stays away from the cheerleaders!

Anyone who is from New Orleans knows what I am talking about

Posted by: Bious | May 12, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

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