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Another Guest Blog

AEE chimes in again. He sent this a few days ago - so the first item about Grimm has been resolved, and this dude called it ahead of time. The Hog to the desert.

Okay, the rest of his post follows. Hope you all enjoy it. I have a bunch of stuff to tend to before I leave for Miami - work and family related - so I won't be on-line as much today. But next week should be plenty busy with South Beach madness. Will be interesting to see how many parties - if any - I actually get into, and how often I am able to stay awake past like midnight.

A Grimm Reality

Howdy there folks! Its AEE here, ready to sprinkle some knowledge on you. I think we'll do a nice little numbered list again. I like those.

#1. Russ Grimm didn't get the Steelers HC job. That's a shame. He's been nothing but an able assistant for many years. Also it's a shame Washington has 8.2 million coaches already on staff. Or he would actually be a good addition with all the hopes of a fanbase that he gets the top gig in Washington when Coach Gibbs retires. However, its not likely, we already have just way too many. I imagine he'll follow his buddy to AZ where they really need some OL coaching. He's probably not going to Dallas, not sexy enough. So relax.

#2. The Colts are in the Superbowl. Good for two reasons. First, I am tired of hearing about Manning's legacy. Please let him win this Superbowl so we can never talk about it again. Second, real men don't wear purple, and there is something enjoyable to see the Ravens fans get all upset over the Colts still. Meanwhile, they are rooting for a team that was stolen from another city by another criminal of an owner. So, "Hypocrisy, your table is ready".

#3. Jason Campbell finished the season strong(ly). I am still scared to hear how Brunell's story isn't over yet and somehow he's starting by week 1 next season. Still, fingers crossed.

#4. Where does Larry Michael hide the incriminating pictures of Mr. Snyder? His lunchtime show is awful, bordering on torture. I heard they pump the Redskins Lunch in at Gitmo to get the enemy combatants to talk. You have to tune in just to make sure Redskins Park is still there. Then 5 min later, its time for some music. Larry is still the worst in the biz.

#5. Jeez, Gilbert Arenas is awesome. Isn't he?

#6. Is there a team right now that's in a worst situation than Dallas? They made the playoffs, were so close to ending their decade of no post-season victories. Then their up and coming QB who's holding snaps, just blows it. Now a fumble at the worst time is called a "Romo". Then their coach leaves! So now their QB who's only known one NFL system will have to learn another. After all the quality HC candidates have been hired by other teams. You also have T.O. saying that it was time for the Tuna to go. This guy is on the wrong side of 30, dropping passes, and firing press agents. Well done. Bet they miss Key$hawn in Dallas.

#7. Speaking of the Tuna leaving, imagine him being the GM here in Washington. I can imagine him picking on the coaching staff like Nelson from the Simpson's. "You want another WR?......how about you shut up and let me do my job?.....HAW-HAW"

#8. Becks to MLS and L.A.? I heard its because he's viewed as DONE by the real Futbol leagues in the world. Well, I guess his Wife will be in L.A. with him. Can we hope for a Spicegirls reunion? I know JLC hopes so.

#9. I just read that the Skins sent the following guys to NFL "Europa". Cedric Bonner, a WR from Texas A&M Commerce (Ok, a WR? Are you kidding?). Casey Bramlet, our 4th QB (Unless Todd or Mark are gone, this guy has No shot). Ryan Hoag, another WR from Gustavus Adoplhus (I have no idea where that is. Europe?). Kili Lefotu, OL from Arizona (One of two good ideas). Finally, Bryant Shaq from Mississippi College, a DE (that's solid also). If it were up to me. We're send two DL, one OL and 2 DB's. I swear Vinny must be picking most of these guys to go. What a joke.

#10. Lloyd and Arch-Deluxe will be here next year? What is up with that? I can understand #85. Maybe he'll get his head on straight this offseason and really work with JC and Moss. I wouldn't bet on it. Arch? I don't know how he fits in. Especially if Springs moves to Safety.

#11. I heard Smoot isn't down with being a #3 CB in Minny. I'd love to have that guy back. He's fun, a fan favorite, and did perform in this defense.

#12. The last one. Free Agency is coming up. Lets pray they only go after 1 guy who could start. Either a DB or DL. Then draft the other in April. The rest should be blue collar guys who play special teams, and can play some spot duty.

Ok, that's all my kiddies. I hope that 2007 is finding you well.

Xoxo

AEE

p.s.- Holdman still stinks.

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 25, 2007; 8:00 AM ET
 
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If Brunell comes anywhere close to being the starter I will be driving down and it won't be pretty when I get there.

Would love to see Smoot come back.

Posted by: jm220 | January 25, 2007 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you on #12. I say go after Ravens' Thomas or Colts' Freeney. Colts can't pay Freeney. Their cap situation is nearly as bad as Washington's.

Posted by: LH | January 25, 2007 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Re: Free Agency and the draft. Given that you can't fix everything, who do you pencil in as positions you're happy with?
I'm rolling with the offense as it stands -- just too many defensive needs.
Defense needs help on the line, an MLB, a FS, and a 3rd CB. You only have one draft pick. As IBM used to say, "You Make The Call"...

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

AEE has covered the gammit. I am not sure where to go with this. So in good fun, here's nothing related to another guest blog (sorry AEE)

Associated Press - PHILADELPHIA
Man's Claim to Fame as Easy a Pi

Marc Umile set the North American record for enumerating 12,887 digits of the never ending, never repeating, always fun Pi. He was training for two years to achieve this record because he noticed a lot of Europeans and Asians were dominating the record list and wanted to memorize his guts out to bring the glory back to the states.

"It seems like the eastern part of the world, they really have their stuff together," he said. "I want to help us catch up."

His wife: "I was rally proud of him that he did it... I can't remember a phone number."

BTW: The world record is 67,890 and held by a Chinese man.

This loco mullin update brought to you by Çhinese Prune Candy.

"Dragon foot, bamboo pole, little mouse, Chinese boy, Prune Candy!"

Posted by: Dorf | January 25, 2007 8:37 AM | Report abuse

okay, sorry, had to get that out of my system... Seriously, this is Skins related.

#6 Dallas Cowbingus
They are never guarenteed to be awful (against the Redskins at least.) I still shiver thinking back to the early 2000s where they were the worst team in the NFC and still managed to beat us twice a year. Not looking good for them though and I love that Romo will be under a new system. He'll be like Patrick Ramsey 2.0. Seriously.

Posted by: Dorf | January 25, 2007 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Re: #6 Dallas
I'm just glad Parcells has to walk off into the sunset knowing that in their last meeting, Parcells couldn't beat Joe Gibbs. The only thing better than beating the Cowboys is beating the Cowboys and delivering the death blow that sends their coach running for retirement. Death blow.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | January 25, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

#10 Arch and Lloyd
Do we know this or are we speculating? Cuts don't have to be made until the beginning of free agency, right?

#11
I'd love to have Smmooooooot back. Give him 21 and let the Reaper return to the more original and ferocious 36. Pay off Ohalete if that's what it takes. Make it happen, Redskins!

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | January 25, 2007 9:14 AM | Report abuse

AEE, love the format. Lots of angles and topics. Nice job. I have thoughts on #9 and #10.

Ten first. Springs cannot move to safety. This dead horse topic is nonsense. Safety (in the GG D) requires a more physical, more durable player than CB. I do think Springs' fate is uncertain, esp. b/c I'm convinced that the FA splurge is going to be for Nate Clements, who will become the #1 CB (with Double Move as #2). Of the remaining CBs on the roster, Springs has the biggest salary. I love the guy like I love the anonymous Deep Cover from the ESPN article, but the accumulation of wear and tear is not on his side. On the main point of point #10, Lloyd and AA, for better or worse, the Skins have to eat some of that cap sandwich. I see Randel-El become the Y receiver -- permanently -- with the team scratching their heads on the Z receiver. Lloyd is a good downfield blocker. Could be a candidate to switch to DB. Skins certainly need a DB with sticky hands. AA? Position switch. He'll be fine. Maybe he'll focus on his pass coverage skills a little more in the off-season. The story was that he was a disciplined, workout hound. Maybe he works on technique more instead of physique.

Number 9. Hasta lu, Todd Collins. Hola, Casey Bramlett. The roster has room for one post-prime vet QB, and that's Marco Brunello. He may find new work as the practice team QB based on the success of the Skins' D against the Saints with Mark showing them what Brees does. Lefotu could be the other interior depth guy (i.e., in addition to Pucillo). Ryan Hoag would be the tallest WR (I think), and if he's fast, could be the keeper (in addition to Espy). He and Espy compete for the job to be vacated by David Patten. Everything I've ever HEARD about Patten says it will be bad for "core" Skindom for him to go, but futbol is a business and performance/results matter. Hopefully Thrash gets serious consideration for the Z receiver spot.

#6? Not to kick SMACK when he must be down, I'm going to rush out to get a tissue to dry the tear from my eye. NOT!

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Joe In Raleigh -
How sweet you put it concerning the last Parcells-Gibbs matchup: Death Blow. Keep talking, brother!

Posted by: CT Skinz | January 25, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I totally agree with #2, #5 I love you Gilbert - can't understand why you are overlooked for endorsements, and #11 Come back to us, Fred Smoot!

I can't see Arch coming back but I do think Lloyd will return.

As to letting my man Springs go, you all will hear from one very angry woman if that happens. You remember all the loyalty I've tried to show for the coaching staff? It will be GONE!

Posted by: Lisa | January 25, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

dcsween: The roster has room for one post-prime vet QB, and that's Marco Brunello.

How about Jeff Garcia? I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

Posted by: Megskin | January 25, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't disagree that Springs is an injury concern, but there are some things you have to hope for. If the big FA splurge is on CB, that will leave us with little cap room to fix the problems right throuh the middle of the defense -- DT, MLB, FS. And having one shutdown corner won't prevent a repeat of last year.
What is Spring's cap number for 2007 if you let him go? does he have any trade value? You have a lot of cash tied up in Springs/Rogers/Clements -- you probably can't keep all three...

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Switching BLloyd to DB? Is that heard of? Does that happen? And who said BLloyd had sticky hands?

Brandon Lloyd 23 receptions 365 yards 0 TDs I know there were other variables and Mark Brunell had tunnel-vision, but I couldn't see him being any better than Speed-Rumph.

Posted by: Dorf | January 25, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

hopefully they can get Springs to restructure and also add a cb. He's the only dependable player in the backfield when healthy.

Can someone explain the +'s; -'s between Nate Clemens and Samuel? I know it's thought that Samuel is a punk but his first half against Indy in the champoinship game was impressive.

Posted by: Jeff Hayes | January 25, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

How does a team make the playoffs after having been delivered a "death blow"? I can't even be arsed to debate something so ridiculous.

We have a good core of players, are positioned well financially, have all or most of our draft picks, and won't be stupid enough to throw a 700 page playbook at the kid. We'll be fine. Just keep sittin' there little doggies.

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Megskin - Jeff Garcia will not leave Philly to be a backup somewhere else. Only place he may go to is to start in Minnesota (same offense). Switching positions isn't common but guys like Troy Brown play both ways. That Mike Furrey from Detroit switched from DB to WR and had close to 100 catches this year and just got a new contract. BLloyd is obviously not a team guy and wouldnt have the dedication to learn a new job, unless it has to do with rap music. Smoot coming back would be awesome. Springs and Smoot starting with double move as the nickel. Do not sign Freeney, we do not need another player who is weak against the run especially if we are sticking with the LB's we have. Hail

Posted by: cdubb | January 25, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

When Springs is on, he's on.

But, there is no reason if healthy to NOT use his Skills. Especially if we can get another DB. Springs can play safety and 3rd CB.

Posted by: AEE | January 25, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

"I can't even be arsed..." LM(Arse)O SMACK,! I haven't heard that phrase since I left Olde Englande. :)

Posted by: Redcoat | January 25, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

My favorite Jason Garrett moment

Scoring five touchdowns in less than 19 minutes of the second half, the Cowboys rallied past then buried the Packers, 42-31. Garrett, the third-teamer pressed into starting duty by injuries to Troy Aikman and Rodney Peete, threw for 311 yards to lead the Cowboys to a club-record 36 second-half points and the NFL's best record at 10-2.

Man the pecan pie tasted extra good that Thanksgiving day.

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

SMACK...please...save it. I implore you.

Posted by: Jeff Hayes | January 25, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Megskin, I would LOVE if Garcia was pitching for the Skins, but I'm thinking he is going to give McNabb a legitimate QB controversy next year. I'm thinking Philly needs to draft a QB in the first round to get his clip board carrying clock started ... neither McNabb or Garcia is getting any younger. I tend to agree that, if he is not starting in Philly, he will start somewhere that needs a one year starter. [Who drafted Charlie Whitehurst and Brodie Croyle? One of those teams might need a one year starter ... or whichever team gets JaMarcus Russell ... who ultimately will be awesome.]

cdubb, I can't see moving Double Move to nickel. Sounds like retribution. Coaches need to believe in their players and demand a higher level of performance. Rogers and Campbell are still housemates and pals, so hopefully each is able to feed off the improvement of the other.

On Clements v. Samuel ... Samuel just will be more expensive ... and Grilliams scouted Clement when he was in Buffalo. The Clements pickup is a story of manlove btween GG and Clements.

In other news, at that nfldraftcountdown.com site, the guy has been posting an interesting blog on the Senior Bowl, which is more about the week of practices leading up to the game than it is the actual game itself. I knew that Brady Quinn and Joe Thomas decided not to participate (figuring they had nothing to gain and everything to lose), but I just found out that LaRon Landry and Gaines Adams are also not participating. Too bad, esp. for the LL love from Gov/AMMTS group, as well as the high hopes for a solid DE in Adams.

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Jeff Garcia will not leave Philly to be a backup somewhere else. Only place he may go to is to start in Minnesota (same offense)

Or Tampa, same offense.

Posted by: Megskin | January 25, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Smack, I don't remember that one, but I'll bet your second favorite memory is when he would wear an orange jacket so that Aikman could pick him out standing on the sideline to get the signal...
Not that being the third string QB under one of the best QBs of the era is a badge of shame, but do you think that Jerry has a great feeling about him because of all the time they spent chatting during practices/games ?

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

...wow Grilliams got manlove before he even had manboobs...good for double g.

For those who haven't seen this- ESPN ranked all the superbowl teams in the history of the game.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=super/rankings/1-20

The '91 skins were #10...behind the '86 Giants (#8) and the '92 Cowpies (#4).

As if it's not bad enough that the national sports media currently sharts all over our team (which is well-deserved with Danny's debacles)...now they're messing with our history.

Posted by: Jeff Hayes | January 25, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Tampa may work for Garcia, I just didnt think so since they resigned Chris Simms. I think Brodie Croyle is in KC, not sure about Whitehurst. Moving Rogers to nickel would be tough, but with so many teams running multiple WR sets, the third corner plays close to starter minutes. Either way we need someone else way above the talent level of Kenny Wright. I'm in Philly and see a whole lot of Eagles games. Lito Sheppard didnt become a great corner until a few years in. Hopefully the same can be said of Rogers.

Posted by: cdubb | January 25, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Good topics to get us off and running.

All moves to be determined by how many guys redo their contracts to give us cap room and breathing room to sign new and release old.Its seems like we need a bunch of key guys (Springs heads this list) to cooperate or we may not have the space cap wise to do much at all to improve the roster via a key FA or 2. Worse than that we may have to live with our mistakes read (arch) for another season. In a perfect world, I would blow up almost the entire D and start over I really, really think we have either almost no talent Guys like (marshall) or good guys with no talent (Wynn) good guys some talent but always nicked (Daniels, salley)and finally talented but hurt and expensive (Springs)thats 5 starters/key guys and haven't even mentioned our current chioces at safety lets see, we have a 36 year old whos best years were a corner like 8yrs ago, a career special teamer who was cut by Detroit, another a career back up comming off a knee injury, a division 1AA player who despite our pourous secondary and obvious need, didn't see the field much because the coaches felt more comforable with the afore mentioned scrap heap guys, not good. Do I have to mention our nickel situation, you guys feel real good about seeing jimoh trot out there again. Lots of work to do. Here is my list of guys I do not want to see on the roster next year, I want younger players on D, also willing to sacrifice the Good locker "room types"

Daniels
Wynn
evens
sally
jimoh
vincent
holdman ( no brainer)
beshetti
sykes
wright
torrence
eubanks
arch

I may have missed someone, point is younger faster nastier cheaper just about everywhere. realistically its probbally a two year job. We have to turn the D side of the ball over, Thats the bad news, The good news its the easier side of the ball to fix, at least to get to the decent respectible level, right now thats the target.

Posted by: Old School | January 25, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm just barely still on the boat for moving Springs to S, awfully hard to bet on him staying healthy tho. Also hard to believe he would take a demotion to nickel corner well, and the same could be said for Double Move. Makes the idea of Smoot awfully tempting because bringing in another starting corner would create difficulties with the cap and probably convince Springs we were just waiting for the right moment to cut him loose.

Posted by: cm202bc | January 25, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Cload and Daggar, don't worry, Garrett is supersmart and he's gonna coach his guts out. It's not like he's a 31 year old college assistant coach. He's been in and around the league for 20 years. I'll give him a chance.

Sallie Mae, if you get a second, Jeff needs a hug.

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

J Hayes

ESPN did quallify the ranking saying a good argument could be made that the 91 skins may have been the best ever, but you just can't make them any higher because of the rypien factor.I agree to some extent, I think inside top 10 maybe 5 to 8.

I think what hurts that team more is there was no follow up to that season, it was really the end, as oposed to start/carry on of a run.

Posted by: Old School | January 25, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Here are two references that I use when looking up players:

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/

http://www.databasefootball.com/index.htm

Charlie Whitehurst is in San Diego.

Posted by: Mark | January 25, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Old School, I think you are too quick to cut Eubanks and Torrence (we JUST added Torrence!). The guy you didn't mention, for whom I have big hopes, is Prioleau. Also, no need to bad mouth Doughty just b/c he's a I-AA player (like Rothlesburger was).

I just finished digesting that blog I mentioned about the Senior Bowl. From what I gather, both Trent Green and Jake Delhomme are looking at fighting to keep their spots over the preseason. The blog guy also identifies the players and the team scout who spend alot of time with them. So far, the Skins scouts seem to have spent some time with Daymeion Hughes (CB/California), plus a couple WRs. If the scout chattering gives us a clue, I definitely see the Skins thinking about trading down from #6 to pick up two picks later in Day One.

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

...feelin the love SMACK...that was just waaay too many Cowboy thrills for me.

I'll concede it was totally in the context of the thread. Just that the silver and blue makes me angry. No offense intended.

Posted by: Jeff Hayrs | January 25, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

...and I've decided to change my name to Hayrs.

Posted by: Jeff Hayes | January 25, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

For a sneak preview of whom the FO will be releasing, show up at the Feb Tent Sale at Fedx. If the jersey is half price the player is gone.

Posted by: Throwback | January 25, 2007 11:00 AM | Report abuse

dcsween

Not down Doughty because of the school, he didn't make my definite cut list anyway, bring him back to camp and let him battle it out and if he makes the roster and gets some starts or gets pt than thats what i'm looking for younger/ better, if not cut him. Eubanks was on the practice squad all year it was position of desparte need for us and he couldn't bump a guy like rumph off the roster until like week 16. That tells me he isn't a guy who is going to make it, plus he is tiny like 170 ouch.torence was out of football all year I read somwehere we signed him week 15 or 16 because he was a freind of one of the coaches? just sounds like a guy.Prioleau is decent player who could start, play nickel and be very good on teams. I just hope we can find someone to start ahead of him so he can be what he really is ie Quality depth.

Posted by: Old School | January 25, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Old School, mostly agreement from me. I think Eubanks is going to get a roster spot for returns. ARE was not as productive as in the past and, hopefully, he gets more action at WR #2. Yes, he's small ... like our tiny receivers, but he's fast and has moves. Based on his college performance, he was supposed to have been who Devin Hester turned out to be. I think Rock more than earned another year to be the lead KOR. Maybe Eubanks gets the #2 spot for both PR and KOR.

I have no idea why it took so long to erase Speedbumph from the roster. Probably the same desperate hopes that kept his trade partner, Taylor Jacobs, on the roster for so long ... high draft pick, maybe does OK in practice, former teammates from the U. I dunno, just hoping that Doughty gets his head together, learns not to get burned on play action so much.

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

dc

were cool. Didn't know pr/kr stuff on Eubanks

Posted by: Old School | January 25, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

dc

Maybe someone like Eubanks is an upgrade on lets say Jimoh.Thats I guy who I see as an example of how our coaches just can't construct a roster. That guy should have been gone like two years ago. Yeah, he can cover a punt, but you can't keep a guy on your roster for 4 yrs, who plays defense, who is no better now than he was 4 yrs ago in coverage! I can see a project now and again but this experiment must stop.each upgrade you make makes you a stronger team even if its a decision you make on your 6th corner.

Posted by: Old School | January 25, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Amen on Jimoh, esp. not any Jimore of that guy. This was his make or break year, and it broke. From AEE's #12 above, Jimoh demonstrated he cannot play "spot duty." Time for him to begin the journey of the journeyman ... and either become some team's Walt Harris ... or some other team's Matt Bowen.

In other news, former interim HC, Terry Robiskie, got the WR position coach job in Miami.

Also, double checking my facts on Eubanks, his college numbers were as a KOR and I didn't seem much about PR. I dunno what attributes separate the two positions.

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I pick Samuel over Clements any day...

Posted by: Lisa | January 25, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Regarding my previous post....

I pick Samuel over Clements any day except that we have not had much luck with former Pats players (Patten, Fauria)

Posted by: Lisa | January 25, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

There once was a coach called the Tuna,
Who had the rep of a great Kahuna,
But then T.O. grumbled,
And Romo, he fumbled,
So he quit and retired to Acu¬na.

Posted by: james63k | January 25, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

YAWN. THESE GUEST BLOGS ARE BECOMING OLD AND TIRESOME. JUST LIKE SKINI FANS WHINING AND COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW STINKY THEIR TEAM IS, AND HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST DECADE. I GUESS THE 2 GO HAND-IN-HAND.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

People don't realize how close we are to absolute chaos. The stage is set for Joe Gibbs to leave us. Who would fault him? I've said all along that we'd only get 3 years.

Man do I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | January 25, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

#4 The Larry Barf Lunch - AEE ... Good Lord, man, you actually stomached listening to his show? Once, I listened for all of a minute of the Lunch show by accident and felt a little vurpy. You have a stronger stomach than I!

#6 Dallas - My hydraulic pump leaks nary a thimbleful for their sorrows. My Washington D.C. upbringing demands that it be so.

That said, Parcells' departure isn't as devastating as it might appear (or hope). Sure, they lost their coach, but their staff actually built up a goodly amount of depth at some crucial positions. They're not hurting too badly. What, we really have room to be commenting at this point?

#7 - Tuna as G.M.? Two fundamentally opposed personalities on the same team? I think there'd be a fire sale on winter coats in the Deep, Deeep South (or is that the deal with the store sale over in FedEx?).... Their styles are way too different for that to really work. Of course, given the current state of Skinsland inner politics, maybe it would be a positive thing - the bull in the ego chinashop.

#9. NFL Europe sendoffs - Of course we're sending Lefotu and Shaq to 'Yurp'! They haven't been injured and worn down enough to be considered a proper injury-prone liability, er, I mean, a smart, proven veteran....

#10 - Brandon (Not-Stokeley), I can see staying around for perhaps another year or two, sadly enough. He'll be the team test case for 'positive faith will bring positive results'. Not that I think that will work, but that's just my opinion. And Not-Stokeley as a CB - isn't that like using Band-Aids in place of duct tape?

As to Archubingus, I think he'll get the axe by free agency. If I remember our discussions here on RI correctly, he has an escalator clause in his contract that'll send his contract from merely 'ridiculous' to 'Becks-like' that kicks in next season, so if there's a time to pickle the Smart Bomb, it'll be right away. Maybe they're praying someone will make a trade for him (With that contract? Yeah, right...), but he's as good as gone.

#12 - This will be the hairiest part of the discussion. First, I just hope that the coaching staff has finally eaten the crow on the 'Plug 'n Play' drafting/FAing that they've been serving themselves, and realized that it's no chicken pot pie. No matter how many square pegs you bring in, you're not banging them through round holes until you shape them - and that's presuming they were good pegs to begin with. We only need to look at the Two-Wrongs/ Speedbumph/Idle Ade shabingus for evidence. However, I haven't seen much to convince me that this will change.

As to drafting depth, we're going to have to have some realism. We're not going to get out of this hole this year. Even trading down, we won't get the number of young bodies that we need for adequate depth and security. It's only more crucial now that the Down 'n Out Gang have begun to show the physical fraility that makes our lack of depth even more apparent. We have no real leverage in trading, either - how I fear the FO sees that #6 pick as a trading opportunity rather than a way to get a good young player in.

Posted by: FlimFlam | January 25, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"Scouts were impressed with the awareness of Utah S Eric Weddle in coverage. The 5-11, 201-pound Weddle also lined up for a few plays at cornerback vs. tall, fast Fresno State WR Paul Williams, but it's clear that Weddle's professional future is at safety."
--Pro Football Weekly


haha just thought i'd keep updating on my new favorite college safety, Eric Weddle.

Posted by: Paul TAJ | January 25, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"Eric Weddle/DB/Utah: The versatile defensive back started making a lot of plays on the ball Wednesday. Truly a hard-working player, he broke up several passes and was constantly around the action."
--SI.com

again...

Posted by: Paul TAJ | January 25, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

A Samuel Clements defensive backfield would be novel.

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

boobs

Posted by: Ron | January 25, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Somebody asked what Springs cap number is for 2007. It's $7.3 million. Should be interesting to see his reaction when they approach him to renegotiate.

Posted by: 4-12 | January 25, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

dcsween: Roethlisberger went to Miami of Ohio... which I believe is in the MAC.. and is a D-1A school.

I remember Champ Bailey sometimes gettin put on offense, so yeah, i know there are DBs that do that (troy brown like you said) but when has a WR switched over to DB like you are proposing/prognosticating?

Posted by: Dorf | January 25, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I like that Samuel Clements novel idea. I think we'd be the best team east of the Mississippi.

So anyone want a $7.3M shutdown corner who can give you a good seven games next year?

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Cload, you'd whitewash everybody.

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Dorf, my bad. I was thinking the MAC was 1-AA. Also, same thing about moving a WR to DB. I think the move probably happens more as a player moves through high school and college. Just wishful thinking on my part. To be more practical, it would be best if Lloyd could just live up to his expectations as a WR.

Nice on the Samuel Clements idea. They'd force a twain wreck every time.

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Through the power of the internets and the googles on the internets, the following 2007 salary cap figures are in the millions of dollars. I know we've discussed it before, but looking at it again, well, WOW.

Chris Samuels 8.600
Shawn Springs 7.358
Clinton Portis 7.031
Mark Brunell 6.715
Cornelius Griffin 6.166
Marcus Washington 6.021
Jon Jansen 5.853
Randy Thomas 5.544
Santana Moss 5.032
Renaldo Wynn 4.028
Casey Rabach 3.650
Philip Daniels 3.100
David Patten 3.012

That's about $71.7 million of the 2007 cap tied up in these 13 players, if they play with their current contracts. Clearly, Wynn and Daniels are gone, perhaps back at the veteran minimun since they're strong locker room guys. David Patten? Sorry, just spit my coffee on my keyboard laughing at that one.

Posted by: 4-12 | January 25, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Damn, look at those salaries. Have the Redskins been experimenting with bionics?

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

4-12

Mark Brunell is the one that just makes me sick.

Posted by: jm220 | January 25, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

But don't those figures change if you cut them (due to signing bonus accelleration)? Isn't that the big deal with the cut pre-March 1 or Post-June 1?

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Smack,
No, I think we've been experimenting with Crack

Posted by: Diesel | January 25, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

jm- I hear ya. Knowing from day 1 that we could've had Brunell when the Jags cut him, instead of giving up a 3rd rounder.... and then giving him a 7 year deal with $8.6 million signing bonus! Damn, I'm getting aggravated again. I need to go change a dirty diaper to calm down!

Posted by: 4-12 | January 25, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

On a related topic, I heard Richie Kotite is the front runner for the Dallas head coaching vacancy.

Posted by: Diesel | January 25, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Brunell has had a fine career, but the old man needs to save us those 6.7 million bucks. Time to hang up the jersey, head back to Jacksonville where he's still a hero, and spend the rest of his days deep-sea fishing and resting that flaccid left arm. Or, barring that, he should at least stop appearing in local pizza ads on the radio when he's no longer the starter. Only first-string QBs get to plug Domino's and Jerry's.

Posted by: Clint Didier Fan | January 25, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

At least it's heartening to see four of our five O-linemen on that list. I think we have stalwarts up there, and we're lucky to have them. (I know not everyone will agree.) I want to see Dockery added to this list! He's earned a nice big fat paycheck right up there with his linemates. Where are we on Dockery?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The advertising business is like the NFL in some ways. They doled out all that cash for those promos and need to recoup their investment no matter what. I live in cowpoke country and they still run the "Hi, I'm Drew Bledsoe Dallas Cowboys starting QB" ads all the time. Hilarious.

Posted by: james63k | January 25, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

We need a bunch of these guys to help us with the credit card play in order to have the room for doc and or a key addition on D.

Posted by: Old School | January 25, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

james63k, on recouping the investment: Anybody remember when one of the DC car dealers had some ads featuring Brad Johnson after he left and then won the SB? Those ads suddenly came out of the vault and were everywhere for a while, as I recall. Pretty funny.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Brunell should be cut and forced to pay back most of his bonus a la Lavar. He was awful when he played for 3 years save the first half of 05. Dockery should be abel to be resigned for a deal with a bonus in the 5M range I would think. If they are too cheap to keep him after wasting 20M between arch cant cover and #85 they are more idiotic than we already think.

Posted by: cdubb | January 25, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

LeVar still appears in Eastern Motors ads, which rival only the Senate Auto Insurance ads ("Kiss my bumper, just kiss it") in the Pantheon of DC's crappy, low-budget local TV advertising.

Posted by: Clint Didier Fan | January 25, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Agreed on the 'credit card play', Old School.

These guys know the deal. They get some cash on the barrelhead, some walking around money, and the team gets some relief for this year. It's pretty routine at this point. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if we started seeing almost every big player's deal re-worked every season, since the system seems to allow for it.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Battle of the free agent cornerbacks: go to myspace.com, search on "Asante Samuel" and "Nate Clements." The first result for each is touted as the 'official' page for that player.

Clements has a bunch of Bills among his 'friends,' which is cool, but his page on the whole is a mess (sorry, Nate in the BUF). Overall as far as page design I'm giving the nod to Samuel.

Is it 'tampering' if we start posting messages about how great it would be if they took Snyder's money to come to DC? And how great they and their MySpace pages would look bedecked in burgundy and gold?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Nate, that would be tampering ... but I don't think there are any penalties for tampering ... unless they both do decide to join ... because a Samuel Clements deal would make Skins salary cap more of a Twain wreck than it already is.

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Finally, Bryant Shaq from Mississippi College..."

Geez, shouldn't he be playing pro basketball?

"YAWN. THESE GUEST BLOGS ARE BECOMING OLD AND TIRESOME."

The expert speaks!

Posted by: charlie | January 25, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

OK, OK

Holdman still stinks

LOL - yes, he does!

*hugs*

Posted by: SallieMae | January 25, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"#6. Is there a team right now that's in a worst situation than Dallas? "

The Raiders, Cardinals, Lions, Browns,....

Posted by: charlie | January 25, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"#6. Is there a team right now that's in a worst situation than Dallas? "

The Raiders, Cardinals, Lions, Browns,....

Posted by: charlie | January 25, 2007 02:23 PM

BUT THE SKINI'S ARE IN BETTER POSITION THAN DALLAS? MAN YOU GUYS SHOULD BE COME COMEDIANS BECAUSE YOU'RE MAKING ME LAUGH SO MUCH.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

its cool dcsween, just hate to see Helmetlessberger not get his dues as a D-1A player. and yeah, we wouldn't even be talking about this if BLloyd played ball as much as he thinks hes good at rapping.

Hey Redskins, Justin Rascati out of D-1AA JMU should be a diamond in the rough. I could really see him being a reliable back up. Maybe its just me though.

Posted by: Dorf | January 25, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Redskins, Justin Rascati out of D-1AA JMU should be a diamond in the rough. I could really see him being a reliable back up. Maybe its just me though.

Posted by: Dorf | January 25, 2007 02:44 PM

I'd rather just bang the cheerleaders

Posted by: Ron | January 25, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dealer | January 25, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Justin Rascati is money!! Transfered from Louisville (i think) to play for JMU and led them to a National Champoinship (D1-AA). Can throw and run... has a nice deep ball.

Any Dukette that becomes a Redskins Cheerleader as a result of drafting Rascati would only be a sweet sweet side benefit.

Posted by: Diesel | January 25, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

STFU before you get KTFO

Posted by: AEE is a douche | January 25, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Nate

Exactly. I wouldn't be surprised if in contract negotiations snyder tells each agent that we give your player this extordinairy deal , but if we ask in the future your player will redo his deal.

This in combo with the increase each year in revenue/cap and the fact the rules allow you spread out bonus and last but not least snyder makes like 100mil a year on the team alone and is willing to hand over a good % of that to players each year is why the media (ESPN) is still waiting for the Skins salary cap implosion. as long as the players and agents are in line, the league keeps making more and more $ and snyder is willing to spend, this could go for awhile(ever?)

Posted by: Old School | January 25, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Before you all start Brunell bashing again, let it be noted that he restructured his contract in order for the Skins to sign Betts and said he would be willing to do it again. Not his fault he got such a great contract.

And Springs has indicated that he may be willing to restructure as well.

Posted by: Lisa | January 25, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm on the "Springs at safety? ABSURD!" bandwagon ... as are many others here at RI.

Who might disagree with me?

Apparently St. Joe and Springs himself.

http://www.redskins.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=24549

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

You're right, Old School... We've been hearing that we will be in Cap Jail since 2000. Here we are in 2007 and ready to sign some more big name guys (read: future busts) to some (I assume) record contracts.
As has been stated many times on these blogs, the problem is not with cap management, it's with horrible horrible player evaluations (yes, I'm looking into your crazy eyes, Vinny C)
That's what makes being a Skins fan sooo frustrating: we can imagine how great we COULD BE, if only we had a coach that would decide on our true identity and a real GM to get players that fit that style... because Danny knows how to get anyone to sign with us.

Posted by: Diesel | January 25, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Guy le Douche... keep it classy man, its a family blog

Posted by: Dorf | January 25, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

BTW how do you K someone TFO on the internet?

Posted by: Dorf | January 25, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Nice link, dcsween. Very surprised to hear Springs say "I'd love to play safety"

I guess it would be great to have better cover guys at safety with Vincent and Springs, but we better get some beef on the D-Line and MLB positions or the safeties simply won't last the season.

I could see Clements and Double Move at CB, Reaper and Springs at Safety with Vincent playing safety on passing downs and Springs moving to the #3 CB spot.
But ONLY if we get a huge DT and a run stuffing MLB.

Posted by: Diesel | January 25, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The point I was struggling to make above was that I wouldn't be surprised to see this trend of 'credit card shuffling' which has become so prevalent continue to its logical conclusion: every big contract on every cap-strung team being revised every year. I realize this only logically works to a point, but that's the point I'm trying to make.

If it works to the team's advantage and to the player's advantage, and if there is no real penalty for living in the now -- Diesel notes how we somehow find cash for player acquisitions every year despite the doom and gloom cap scenarios -- teams would be foolish not to do so.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

AEE hater - who are you again, and why did you bring that nastiness up here? We don't generally appreciate that kind of conduct, as my man Dorf pointed out. It is you, sir, who are offsides, not AEE. Tsk, tsk.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

keep it classy man, its a family blog

Posted by: Dorf | January 25, 2007 04:09 PM

Hey, it's not a family blog - it's a classy blog. We is all supportive and nice to each other here!

Posted by: charlie | January 25, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Diesel, if that HAS to happen, then there are still age and durability concerns as between Vincent and Springs (not to mention salary re: Springs). The suggestion to keep both as safeties means another roster spot at safety needs to be cleared, meaning cutting Prioleau, Doughty, or Fox. I don't know what he makes, but I'm guessing Fox is the lowest paid of those five ... and most vulnerable to get cut. I think they need to think about development of players not only for this year, but for a few years out. Though Springs and Vincent have both had good careers, the sun IS setting.

Of those five guys, Fox actually had the best numbers (52 tackles) followed by Springs (38), with Vincent (21) and Doughty (13). Fox and Springs each had a pick. Fox was on the active roster for every game. Springs and Vincent active for 9. [Doughty for 10.]

What I'm saying is that Springs and Vincent, for better or worse, were healthy enough to make the active roster for one game better than half a season. Nostalgia is what inspires picking up guys like Deion Saunders. A "team" guy, I'm sure, but performance is performance. Nothing wrong with taking a player on their way UP the performance curve and demanding more from them (as opposed to a player heading the other direction ... and depending on him to sustain past performance).

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

BTW how do you K someone TFO on the internet?

Posted by: Dorf | January 25, 2007 04:12 PM


No sense in trying to figure it out, just another jackoff trying to be a tough guy.

Posted by: TM | January 25, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

JLaC- You're wondering how many parties you'll get into in South Beach... call up CP. You know he's down there and he's got the 411. He'll take care of you.

Posted by: 4-12 | January 25, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow, wouldn't it be weird to have Gibbs coach the Cowpokes?????

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/football/16545107.htm

Anyway, what is it with hiring an offensive coordinator BEFORE hiring a head coach? Hmmmmm. *scratches head*

Posted by: charlie | January 25, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

4-12, good lookin' out.

J-La, also, if you happen to spot some sweet ATVs and think about taking one of them for a spin, maybe think again.

And the jaywalking, watch the heck out with the jaywalking and the disobeying of the police.

Um... other notorious DC sports connections to the greater Miasma area?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Charlie, I think the point is that PlasticMan has found his top offensive coach. The question is whether the top defensive guy (either Ron Rivera or Wade Phillips) is going to be the head coach ... or whether Garrett is going to be head coach. I'm guessing the defensive guy is going to be the head coach based on age and years in the league. Jones tries to look young, but inside he is something like 700 (in dog years), so he's not down with the NFL trend to hire young guys.

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

charlie- that's great. Jerry Jones would probably demand he change his last name. Also, did you catch the very last sentence? Their OLine coach this year was named "Tony Sparano". Classic!

Posted by: 4-12 | January 25, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

my sauces tell me that JJ is thinking about coaching the team(dallas nfl team) next year.

Posted by: dealer | January 25, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

dcsween... I agree that Springs and Vincent are past their prime... but we all know the skins' front office does not think 'long term' as you suggested (had we resigned a player on their way UP, like Clark, we wouldn't be having this discussion). Gibbs has 1 maybe 2 years left, so he ain't thinking long term. Danny/Vinny NEVER think long term.

But if the 'identity' of the team truly is 'Stop the Run on Defense, Run the Ball on Offense', then I don't see how they could put smallish former CBs at strong safety.

Posted by: Diesel | January 25, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

SMACK, by the way, thanks for the stroll down memory lane, but I was kind of looking for Skins fans' memories of Jason Garrett. The kind where, you know, he didn't do so good.

He IS the big redheaded dude I remembered.

Mark, thanks for the stats links above. Since this is a vaguely Redskinny blog, I looked up Jason Garrett's lifetime stats versus the Skins:

1996, week 17 at Washington*
3 cmp / 3 att / 44 yds, 0 td, 0 int
result: WAS 37, DAL 10
* This was the final Skins game at RFK

1998, week 5 at Washington
14 cmp / 17 att / 169 yd, 1 td, 0 int
result: DAL 31, WAS 10

1998, week 17 vs Washington
5 cmp / 11 att / 51 yd, 0 td, 0 int
result: DAL 23, WAS 7**
** Garrett played in garbage-time relief of Troy Boy. The next weekend, Dallas lost wild card game to Cardinals, in Dallas (cue Nelson's mocking laugh from the Simpsons)

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Nate, remove the blinders and embrace the whole truth. I admit Garrett scared the bejeezus outta me every time he dropped back to throw, but he really wasn't that bad. You could see how smart he was, but he lacked the physical tools. His mind was making promises his body couldn't keep.

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

charlie, that is a brilliant scoop: Jones naming himself as head coach of the Cowboys. Following the Joe Gibbs model, he delegates almost everything to the other coaches. He gets good but young coordinators and puts all the blame on them when things go wrong. And best of all, he doesn't have to take the elevator down to the sidelines during the game to celebrate or intervene... he'll already be down there!

When was the last time an owner coached an NFL team? Paul Brown?

SMACK, are you ready for Coach Jones?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"You could see how smart he was, but he lacked the physical tools." That hits pretty close to home, SMACK.

Did Chan Gailey ever praise Garrett in a postgame presser with verbiage along the lines of "he's super-smart"?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm the decider. I'll do the deciderin'

Posted by: Jerry Jones | January 25, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget to vote for the '91 Skins Superbowl team:
http://sports.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnation/story?id=2742432

This was a top 5 all time team for sure, but the donkeys at ESPN have them in the 10th seed.

Posted by: Diesel | January 25, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I have an "important" question for

jm220

and

ArtMonkToTheSticks

and I need to take it off the blog. You two dudes, please mail me (nateinthepdx at gmail dot com) when you get a chance.

Danke schon.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Nate, Jones is already on the only owner in the NFL who gets to be on the sidelines b/c he's the GM.

SMACK, agreed that Garrett was smart, but not SUPER smart. If he was super smart, he'd have been throwing (repeatly to the sidelines) for the Skins.

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Coach Jones could probably wheeze out a 5-11 season just as well as the next guy.

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Irvin always drew double coverage. Garrett just closed his eyes and threw it as far as he could to Alvin Harper. Oh, and that was when Harper was still viable - long before you picked him up off our scrapheap.

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

SMACK, if Coach JJ heard you say that, he would surely crack a smile (and you would literally hear something cracking).

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I gotta hand it to you there dcsween, at least Snyder has the common sense to just remain goofy looking.

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Here's another useless fact -

all 3 Colts SB appearances have been in Miami.

(Forgot where I got that from.)

Posted by: charlie | January 25, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

SMACK, assuming by "goofy" you mean self-important, stoop shouldered, and dorky, I cannot disagree.

I'm typing this right under the WaPo caution against posting "personal attacks" ... so let me say something in response to AEE's excellent blog thread starter ...

#11 ... the return of Smoot. When, in recent history, has a player left a team and then returned and played well? [I'm just asking out of curiosity, having been called on history about switching a WR to the D side of the ball.] Smoot is not a free agent this year (although Stoutmire is). It seems like players move back and forth with the Eagles, but I wonder if anyone moved back and forth and back again. Anyone?

Posted by: dcsween | January 25, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I feel like the DB/CB discussion is in round 15 so I'm switching to LB.

Any words floating around the league or internets about Skins going after FA LBs?

Also Brunell should go ahead and restructure although I know they ain't gonna cut him. He's got a wad o'cash already why not restructure and ride the pine for year before heading off into the sunset. He doesn't think he has a shot at started does he?

Butz for Utz!

Posted by: sfskin | January 25, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Junior Seau is a FA. Maybe the 'Skins can give him a Brunell-esque deal. Although, since he's a FA, we'd have to find another way to give the Pats a draft pick

Posted by: 4-12 | January 25, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

sween, one Jeremiah Trotter went Iggles-Skins-Iggles and fared pretty well in all three stints.

He was the first guy who came to mind, but I'm sure there are others. No supah-stars I can think of, but I bet we'll come up with some dudes like Trots with that same kind of boomerang ride.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Nate, off blog? There's a world that exists off this blog? Say it ain't so!

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 25, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Good call on Trotter, Nate. Coles also pops into mind for the Jets-Skins-Jets see-saw.

Posted by: 4-12 | January 25, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Nate I just sent a message to your e mail account.

Smack if JJ becomes the coach. I will feel for you. (not a lot just a little lol)

Posted by: jm220 | January 25, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The Wee One - Fran Tarkenton

vikes-jints-vikes

Posted by: charlie | January 25, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I love this player evaluation! (From scout.com)

"Broughton, also undersized, spent most of the last two seasons on the practice squad and is just a guy."

Posted by: charlie | January 25, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

And how long is this going to be around???

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/webcams/snowcam.htm

Funny.

Posted by: charlie | January 25, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Thrash went Redskins-Eagles-Redskins.

Posted by: x | January 25, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for Gilbert, All-Star starter in the East. That is awesome.

x, good call on Thrash. Tend to forget about the comings and goings of the role players.

Another interesting career path is Mike Sellers'. I loved him first time around with the Skins, then he went away and was off the map for a few years, and now he's back with a vengeance. Starting to think this may be fairly common.

A subset of these dudes are ones who get gigantic paychecks from Danny and then go home not too long later, fat and happy. Dana Stubblefield comes to mind.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 8:13 PM | Report abuse

okay who's watching Friends of God on HBO tonite?

Friends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi (one hour) debuts tonight on 9 on HBO.

who knew about my girl nancy pelosi's daughter!

btw, wolfy blistery of cnn should be fired for asking what he asked of cheney. i don't agree with cheney on anything at any level but wolfy should've kept that question in his pocket. it's just stupid. there's enough to worry about than someone's sexuality...

and now to football/sports...in these trying times of war where there are casualties every hour of the day. my request to sports fans and professionals is to refrain from using phrases like "go to war/battle with him", "bullets flying", "in the line of fire", "going to war"....to express their feelings on PLAYING GAMES.

*looking down* ohh my that's a mighty tall soapbox i'm standing on...gonna need a ladder for this sfskin *steppind down my soapbox"

Posted by: dealer | January 25, 2007 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I simply can't not click on snow webcam because it is the best webcam around particularly when it isn't snowing.

I secretly and openly hope it is "hosted" by a WaPo employee who will tipped off to our ahem I guess my Insider obsession and begin to add things like a garden gnome.

Posted by: sfskin | January 25, 2007 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Trotter has performed for the Eagles in a way he never was able to as a Skin. I don't remember anyone being sad to see him go, although there are at least a couple of times a year I wish he hadn't gone where he went.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

dealer - I find it's best to tie a bungee cord around oneself when mounting the soap box. That way you can get off but always pop right back on as needed - as I always seem to do : )

I visited a scouting site's Skins thread and they actually had a long set of posts about drafting Calvin Johnson with the 6 pick.

Simply one more piece of evidence that we here at RI are the far superior, smarter, funnier, sexier, nuttier, prettier, more popular, better blog. Oh and we have really good fashion sense too.

Posted by: sfskin | January 25, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

And when we get Darnarian McCants back from the Eagles, we'll have someone who was "just a guy" from skins - eagles - skins...

on second thought, maybe we stick with Thrash.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I remember Trotter being a washout here and unhappy as well.

What would make more sense . . .paying big $ to get a guy like Thomas at LB and then drafting CB/DB to develop them? Or vica versa with big $ going to a Clement or Samuels?

Oooh how about big $ for a Thomas, less money for Smoot and then a draft?

Posted by: sfskin | January 25, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

A garden gnome on the snow cam would be great!

Posted by: P Diddy | January 25, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Diddy! I was wondering where you were.

dealer - A. Pelosi made a doc about 2000 Bush campaign which was pretty good and proves what I've always said about El Presidente . . . he ain't dumb. Au contraire he is quite wily and good at the politics game if not so much the governing stuff.

Posted by: sfskin | January 25, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Been schmoozing investors all day. Long day. Now I get to preside over my condo Board meeting as...el presidente! :-)

Posted by: P Diddy | January 25, 2007 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I've always felt that the President is a good guy, and even a fairly intelligent guy. He's just a horrible speaker and an incompetent leader (who has an MBA! which is further evidence as to why I never hire MBAs).

Watching "Friends of God" now...really interesting. I personally have no problem with religion or religious teachings. But I personally abhor sanctimonious behavior of any kind, and I find the evangelical movement to be far more of the latter than the former, which, to me at least, is backwards.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 25, 2007 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree Diddy. Faith is such a strong force for good for so many people. It motivates people to go out and do good and try to make the world better and that can't be a bad thing. In fact they're the ones on the front lines in places like Darfur, the HIV/AIDs crisis in Africa, tsunami relief and NoLa.

Unfortunately most of the people who are the most prominent public face of faith in the US particularly evangelical are stomach turning and sanctimonious and the exact opposite of Christian principles.

uh oh dealer I'm teeter tottering up here on my soap box.

Posted by: sfskin | January 25, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Just grab onto the bungee cord, you'll be fine.

Speaking of faith...lots of interesting discussion today. Does anyone have any faith left whatsoever that the 'Skins are capable of doing the right thing this off-season?

I'm not going to get excited until opening day. Show me the money.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 25, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

You've nailed the essential question - the big problem is that one of our big needs --MLB-- doesn't seem to have an answer out there where we can reach it. None of the top three are rated high enough to go #6, and it's not clear that any of them would be able to step up in one of the more demanding positions on the field. I like Marshall, but he's no MLB -- way too small, doesn't have great speed -- worth every bit of his $700K (?) contract. We can't have all-stars in every position, but MLB in the 4-3 is one you want to spend some time thinking about. Marshall is 6'2" 227 (for comparison, ArchD 'too small to play LB' at is 6' 223). The current prototypical MLB (Urlacher) is 6'4" 258; Lavar was a beast at 6'3" 257. Carry that much weight but still move around like Lavar did and Urlacher does (admittedly, not Reggie Bush speed, but...) and you create a lot of problems for any offense.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

My impression though is that the Skins are more interested in getting a big name FA at CB/DB then LB. Of course that is all based on media stuff and not necessarily what the organization says.

Posted by: sfskin | January 25, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Did you see that Walt Harris made the Pro Bowl (as a replacement)?

I'm gonna blame Norv Turner for this one, too; he obviously let Alex Smith throw a lot of picks in practice to get Harris all confident and stuff.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, there's no one that really fits us at MLB (in FA or the draft), while there are at least two top-drawer corners available.

If we had a decent second-round pick, there are a couple of LBs that might be worth a shot, but... and the top-drawer FAs at LB are OLBs or 3-4 ILBs, as far as I can tell.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... whoopty-doo about Walt Harris. I mean, good for him, but we definitely, absolutely, for sure, without a doubt would have had someone in line in front of Walt for that available Pro Bowl spot, but for the small matter of 'completing' some picks.

"If I even just picked up the balls thrown to me, I think it would be a Pro Bowl season," Rogers, 25, said. "So I think I'm getting there. I've got games and quarters and things when I've played to where people know -- and I'm not worried about what people think -- but to where I know I should be playing at, for instance, the Carolina game. I've got to continue to have games like that every year and week in and week out and completing my interceptions. Then I can be where I want to be."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/14/AR2006121401589.html

*sigh* oh, for a better season in 2007.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Here's another vote for a garden gnome on the snowcam. It's now officially a movement.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm having a full blown brain fart and am too lazy to go look it up . . .RockyMac - is he a legitimate MLB?

Posted by: sfskin | January 25, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Yay! A Garden Gnome movement! Only from the minds of Insiders!

Posted by: sfskin | January 25, 2007 10:22 PM | Report abuse

sf -- rockymac is light and quick (6'2" 231). at 6'2', you want him to be ~245 (of course, without losing any speed) to take the punishment of MLB. Plus, you need the MLB to call the sets -- something rocky is still working on.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 25, 2007 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I'm also dating Nancy's daughter Alexandra. I can't help it.

Posted by: Captain Chaos | January 25, 2007 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I like your thinking, sfskin. If no lesser persons than Coach Gibbs and Springs himself are willing to sincerely consider the preposterous notion of Springs playing safety (as reported in the house organ article linked above), then why the heck shouldn't we give some thought to RockyMac playing middle LB?

Springs at safety would be like Sam Jackson in "Unbreakable." Look, I love Springs, but the second defensive snap of the game would be his clavicle. And then little lost RockyMac in the middle...

Wonder if any of our opponents would like their chances running against a D with Holdman outside, Rocky in the middle, and Springs at safety? Ugh.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 25, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

I'll give up one NBA season to play against Duke. One college game that's five fouls, right? ... 40-minute game at Duke, they got soft rims I'd probably score 84 or 85. I wouldn't pass the ball. I wouldn't even think about passing it. It would be like a NBA Live or an NBA 2K7 game, you just shoot with one person.

I'm not bitter, just an All-Star.

Posted by: Gilbert Arenas | January 26, 2007 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Hold the phone... Gilbert Arenas is 6'4", 215 lbs., the perfect size to fit into the Skins' slimmed down, 'like running through a field of wheat' dream defense.

Springs to strong safety!
RockyMac to middle LB!
Agent Zero to defensive end!
P Diddy for defensive tackle!

Aaaargh.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 26, 2007 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Like I said brain fart on Rocky Mac so took the wrong path, forgot his size wasn't at all suited to mike. As for inexperience well you gotta start somewhere.


As I said I'd be . . . a few days behind but finally watched XXIV (I know me Roman numerals are right on this one).
Such a kick arse show! I've decided that I'm going to keep all my dry cleaning bags from now on just in case I have to torture my sister in order to SAVE AMERICA FROM NOOKULAR BOMBS!! By the way sister-in-law so loved Jack who didn't love her back so there is bitterness there.
Oh and the older less perky Reese Witherspoon friend of terrorist lackey (bad guys always have some version of a British accent)is so going to turn on him and help out CTU because he told her to shut up and they aren't going to Wegas.

Just goes to show that Bill S. was right:
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

Finally the ahem Anacostia Detention facility bears a striking resemblance to many schools found in Los Angeles . . . hmmm and the WH bunker also bears a striking resemblance to bunker in LA season 4 and pres gettaway in LA from last year. Woo production designers!

Posted by: sfskin | January 26, 2007 1:14 AM | Report abuse

I simply can't not click on snow webcam because it is the best webcam around particularly when it isn't snowing.

I secretly and openly hope it is "hosted" by a WaPo employee who will tipped off to our ahem I guess my Insider obsession and begin to add things like a garden gnome.

Posted by: sfskin | January 25, 2007 08:44 PM

You know, it looks REALLY strange late at night. Instead of a snow gauge, it looks like a BK King bobblehead being beamed up to the Enterprise.

I'll bet the Editor knows more about this than she is telling.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 1:28 AM | Report abuse

For MLB comparisons, Ray Lewis of the Ravens is listed as 6'1 and 250. My guess is he is more like 235.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Ocho, Ray Lewis is very sensitive about his weight. He posts up here sometimes as "rl220."

If you're reading this, Ray-Ray, I think you're just fine the way you are.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 26, 2007 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Ray Lewis is fat. I'm willing to debate him on this issue, in person, at a Burger King.

It's awesome that the WashPo is so on top of things:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/25/AR2007012501814.html

That's an article straight out of the Department of Duh.

Note to WashPo: you may want to locate a reporter somewhere in the Silicon Valley where, you know, technology isn't totally old news.

Side note: I keep searching for "Paris Hilton and Tara Reid in hot lesbian encounter" on YouTube and all I get is the silly guys on treadmills. WTF?

Posted by: P Diddy | January 26, 2007 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Nate:

Based solely on my understanding of the defensive secondary positions and the generally accepted roles of each (without regard to how certain players are listed by the Redskins), it seems to me that Springs could easily adapt to the traditional Free Safety position.

As a FS, his primary responsibility should be deep zone pass coverage and acting as a "center fielder", if you will. There are more than a few NFL players who have been listed as CB/FS due to the similarity of required skills, or who have made the transition from one position to the other.

I think part of the confusion is that Taylor is usually listed as a Free Safety, when, in fact, he is more like a traditional Strong Safety. However, in the Skins' defense, he is really expected to play both positions (FS and SS) at once. Taylor's primary responsibility should be to provide run support first, and tight end/slot receiver coverage across the middle second - tasks that he has the skills to excel in, and which commonly define the Strong Safety position. (I would much rather see him acting more like a "deep middle linebacker" than as a 3rd cornerback most of the time, wouldn't you?). However, I don't think Springs is well-suited to this traditional position, and it would be folly to try him there. Otherwise, his year will end early yet again. (On the other hand, the traditional SS position is exactly where Arch Deluxe has done well in the past. But it is not the same position and responsibilities that he was asked to play by the Skins.)

I think the real problem is with Grilliams's defensive schemes. It seems to me that the Skins secondary tends to line up horizontally across the field, so that both safeties are required to provide run support AND deep coverage. It is no wonder they get caught out of position on play-action passes using this scheme. Only with the size of Urlacher and the speed of Bob Hayes could a safety handle both responsibilities equally.

There are many teams that line up the safeties in a vertical arrangement, with the SS close to the MLB and the FS further back to fill the hole that exists in the Cover-2. This requires having fast outside LBs who can cover sweeps and flare passes. But it also requires at least one CB who can handle the demands of single coverage on one side, so the FS can cheat to the other side and help out deep on the offense's fastest receiver. That need indicates that the Skins primary/only FA acquisition this year should be in the form of a shut-down CB.

It seems to me that playing Taylor or Arch Deluxe shallow at SS and Springs deep at FS could solve many of the problems we saw in the defensive secondary this year. In other words, find the right players for the traditional positions and dump the Cover-2 that was exposed as mostly worthless this year.

There is no good reason for Grilliams redefining the positions and responsibilities when his definitions and schemes don't work. Fixing the schemes and utilizing the players with the right skills for each position, however, will go a long way to fixing the problems.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Nate:

Based solely on my understanding of the defensive secondary positions and the generally accepted roles of each (without regard to how certain players are listed by the Redskins), it seems to me that Springs could easily adapt to the traditional Free Safety position.

As a FS, his primary responsibility should be deep zone pass coverage and acting as a "center fielder", if you will. There are more than a few NFL players who have been listed as CB/FS due to the similarity of required skills, or who have made the transition from one position to the other.

I think part of the confusion is that Taylor is usually listed as a Free Safety, when, in fact, he is more like a traditional Strong Safety. However, in the Skins' defense, he is really expected to play both positions (FS and SS) at once. Taylor's primary responsibility should be to provide run support first, and tight end/slot receiver coverage across the middle second - tasks that he has the skills to excel in, and which commonly define the Strong Safety position. (I would much rather see him acting more like a "deep middle linebacker" than as a 3rd cornerback most of the time, wouldn't you?). However, I don't think Springs is well-suited to this traditional position, and it would be folly to try him there. Otherwise, his year will end early yet again. (On the other hand, the traditional SS position is exactly where Arch Deluxe has done well in the past. But it is not the same position and responsibilities that he was asked to play by the Skins.)

I think the real problem is with Grilliams's defensive schemes. It seems to me that the Skins secondary tends to line up horizontally across the field, so that both safeties are required to provide run support AND deep coverage. It is no wonder they get caught out of position on play-action passes using this scheme. Only with the size of Urlacher and the speed of Bob Hayes could a safety handle both responsibilities equally.

There are many teams that line up the safeties in a vertical arrangement, with the SS close to the MLB and the FS further back to fill the hole that exists in the Cover-2. This requires having fast outside LBs who can cover sweeps and flare passes. But it also requires at least one CB who can handle the demands of single coverage on one side, so the FS can cheat to the other side and help out deep on the offense's fastest receiver. That need indicates that the Skins primary/only FA acquisition this year should be in the form of a shut-down CB.

It seems to me that playing Taylor or Arch Deluxe shallow at SS and Springs deep at FS could solve many of the problems we saw in the defensive secondary this year. In other words, find the right players for the traditional positions and dump the Cover-2 that was exposed as mostly worthless this year.

There is no good reason for Grilliams redefining the positions and responsibilities when his definitions and schemes don't work. Fixing the schemes and utilizing the players with the right skills for each position, however, will go a long way to fixing the problems.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Stupid WaPo servers.

Bad enough I write something long enough to be a daily guest blog, and then the WaPo servers put it up twice.

I hope the server people aren't in charge of the Official WaPo Snow Gauge.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 2:49 AM | Report abuse

" a few days behind but finally watched XXIV (I know me Roman numerals are right on this one)"

sfskin:

I don't remember Super Bowl XXIV - which teams played that year??? ; )

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 2:55 AM | Report abuse

Ocho, hopefully there will be a new post first thing tomorrow and nobody will catch your unsightly 'double post move' gaffe. Otherwise you'll have to figure out the Spanish word for sixteen-sixteen.

I think we have all these dudes suited for one position. Like an NBA team that suddenly realizes it has six small forwards on the roster. Sean Taylor is a free safety. Shawn Springs would be a free safety. Pierson Praline is a free safety. Rookie hero Reed Doughty is a free safety. LaRon Landry is a free safety.

Is it really the case that SeanTay is a "natural" strong safety or could easily shift and play whatever corresponds to the strong safety position in the Grilliams scheme? Or are we kidding ourselves on this as on so many other things?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 26, 2007 2:57 AM | Report abuse

And what the heck am I doing still up, still on the blog? I have a busy day at work tomorrow! Really!

Good grief, this blog is just as problematic as any of the other addictions I've fought over the years... but it feels so goooooood!

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 26, 2007 3:00 AM | Report abuse

I am not trying to be overly critical, because I don't know AEE and don't know if he/she is a regular contributor here or not, but . . .

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like about half of what was listed in AEE's guest appearance above has been previously discussed at length here in the past few weeks. Is AEE lurking here on a regular basis and then forgetting that some of his/her predictions/assessments were discovered here?

I'm not saying, blah blah blah . . .

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 3:04 AM | Report abuse

I'll have to check with Carlos Rogers to see if I executed the "double post move" properly. I'm sure he can tell me!

As for sixteen-sixteen, I won't be able to figure that out without my son's help - and there is no chance I am calling him and waking him up tonight. (I only learned how to count to 10 en espagnol in 4th grade, and that didn''t include spelling lessons.)

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 3:13 AM | Report abuse

All right, we can leave it at Ocho-Ocho-Ocho-Ocho and call it a night. See y'all tomorrow/today...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 26, 2007 3:18 AM | Report abuse

It is interesting that J Jones hired "Leif" Garrett first to be OC in Dallas if he is going to hire someone else as HC. I think the average HC in the NFL would be put off by not being able to hire his own guys.

Perhaps this is a new trend, however, as the Dolphins did the same thing a few weeks back. First they gave Capers the DC job, and then they hired Cameron as the HC.

Let's hope the decisions by both teams are miserable failures.

On the other hand, the Dallas situation seems doubly strange, as it appears that Garrett is projected as the Dallas "HC of the Future", and that a different HC for next year will be a temp job only. (I wonder if Jones got that HC-in-Waiting idea from Snyder.)

In any case, these are strange times in the NFL.

(Are we sure the Head Coach Carousel ends when Dallas fills its opening? I've lost count.)

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Okay, Nate - have a good Friday!

Posted by: Ocho x4 | January 26, 2007 3:28 AM | Report abuse

Attn: SallieMae

Hi there! It's good to see you've returned. Welcome back! You have been missed greatly. (And by some much more than others.)

I hope this finds you well.

Best thoughts and wishes to your mother during this difficult time.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 3:33 AM | Report abuse

Attn: SallieMae

And . . .

***hugs***

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 26, 2007 3:35 AM | Report abuse

I wish we had a guy like Bart Scott like the Ravens do.You know,like the kind of guy you could get for next to nothing because nobody really knows about him,then you could put him in your system for about 2 years and when he finally got his chance to play,he kicks a$$,so you give him a fat contract to keep him off FA,because why would you let someone else benefit from the work you put into this guy,right?Yeah,I wish we had a guy like that.Oh wait,we had a guy like that,he wears #58 for the Giants now.Nevermind.

Posted by: smittdiddy | January 26, 2007 7:48 AM | Report abuse

btw, wolfy blistery of cnn should be fired for asking what he asked of cheney. i don't agree with cheney on anything at any level but wolfy should've kept that question in his pocket. it's just stupid. there's enough to worry about than someone's sexuality...

Posted by: dealer | January 25, 2007 08:31 PM


Please, what a load of non-sense dealer. When the POTUS advocates a constitutional admendment to ban same-sex marriage it's a perfectly acceptable question. When the VP/POTUS run on a platform of discriminating against homosexuals and get elected because of people's bigoted views, it's a perfectly acceptable question. When you have the daughter in question, actually out there publicly campaigning with her father, it's a perfectly acceptable question. Whatever horse you rode in on needs to take a trip to the glue factory and that soap box you brought with you needs to be destroyed.

Posted by: Hollywood Hulk Hogan | January 26, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I think Garrett is going to ultimately be named HC in Dallass. Like Ocho Ocho says who wants to come into the current situation. In addition, any potential candidate has to consider the Terrible Owens factor. That Dallass job can't look to appealing.

Posted by: LH | January 26, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

this just made my morning:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/25/AR2007012501409.html?nav=hcmodule

gotta love agent zero. I'd pay good money to see him take on Duke.

Posted by: Jeff Hayes | January 26, 2007 9:52 AM | Report abuse

He wouldn't get 84 or 85 against dook at Cameron Indoor. As evidenced by last night's game, it's 8 vs 5 in dook's gym.


Posted by: LH | January 26, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

ESPN News was saying this morning Turner was going to be interviewed for the HC. Smack if that happens it will be a long year for you my friend. T.O. and Turner going at it on the side line.

Posted by: jm220 | January 26, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

sorry sorry sorry...weird night...fell sleep at 9...

sfskin, i like the bungee cord idea.

hollywood, please don't destroy my soapbox it's my only vehicle (to take me out of my slums of my brain). and no, i don't ride horses. have you ever ridden one? hammmer-oids.

okay hollywood, the reason it's not appropriate is because that question is a personal attack. and his daughter isn't the VP. He is the VP. It's HIS agenda to ban samesex marriage not her's. Wolf's problem is with VP's daughter. That question needs to be asked of her. WTF is she doing supporting a man who's legislations are treating people like her as second class citizens.

it sounded like "haa haa your daughter is a lesbian...haa haa!" wrapped in a bunch of BS!

and eventhough i don't know this person i'm sure her response would be: "the world he lives in saw and still sees homosexuality as disease, abnormality. he didn't take me to a doctor or sent me to an "purification institution". he accepted me as i am long before it was COOL to do so. he is my father. he supported me even when he thought i was wrong. and now i'm supporting him even when i think he's wrong. it's called love wolfy. and ohh also being a savy politician. ibtch!"

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

T.O. and Turner going at it on the side line.

jm, i just had a Norv and Michael Westbrook flashback!

AHHASOME! :)

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

dealer, Hulkster, get something started up here. Too quiet. With no news coming from the Park and nothing shocking or even interesting from the rest of the league, you fellers should brew up a little controversy.

Or I could go back to searching for NFL players' pages on MySpace.

Or I could do some actual work.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 26, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The thought of Norval having one of those original team - wandering in the desert - original team story arcs is a wee bit worrisome... what if he turned it around and became the coach he never was for us, Bill Belichick style? I realize how incredibly unlikely that is but oh my gawd that would suck.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 26, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

...quick someone get dealer some smelling salts

...norv flashbacks...never good.

Posted by: Jeff Hayes | January 26, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

What was Wolfy's question? Didnt' catch it.

I just know that Cheney's upset he can't scratch himself back there during speeches anymore, with Pelosi next to him.

Or maybe he'll scratch himself more. Hmmmm.....

Posted by: Pulldownclaw | January 26, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

If Norvus gets the job, Julius Jones and Marion Barber will both rush for 2000 yards every year, but the team will never make the playoffs

Posted by: Diesel | January 26, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Norv cannot motivate a team. He is a poor communicator BUT that would be our luck..lay an egg in Landover, go kick ass somewhere else.

although the raiders stint did little to inspire confidence...I can still hear my old man yelling at the tv during Norv's pressers 'I can't hear you Norv! It sounds like you've got marbles in your mouth!"

Posted by: Jeff Hayes | January 26, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the Skins should have moved up a couple more spots and got Demeco Ryans last year. Not saying RockyMac won't be good but that would have solved the MLB spot and moved Lemar back to the outside where he belongs. Hindsight is 20-20 but thats what Vinny and the clown posse get paid for.

Posted by: cdubb | January 26, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

i heard he/cheney had a smirk on the whole night back there. does nancy sit close enough to play footsy with him?

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Norv cannot motivate a team. He is a poor communicator

jeff, that's where JJ comes in. also did i read up here correctly that owners can't roam the sidelines? but jj can cuz he's the gm? i really thought i saw another owner, maybe of lanta, recently down there...roaming

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Wolf claimed...and I admit not seeing it...but he claimed that he was giving the veep a platform to respond to some of the groups that have become critical of his daughter....which could be argued as being newsworthy given they those groups largely support his administration

Posted by: Jeff Hayes | January 26, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Norv Turner coaching the Cowboys would be exactly what the Cowboys deserve. That's worthy of a party. I love Norv, I really do. He's a stellar offensive coordinator. But he's a lousy head coach, and if he and the rest of the League haven't learned that by now...well, good luck to Dallas!

Posted by: P Diddy | January 26, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

can we talk about brooklyn decker for a second? that pic of her's on si.com's front page...NOT GOOD! it's really hard to ignore such pics being a hetro, warmblooded animal.

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Jeff Hayes, that's a common rhetorical technique (used OFTEN by Fox News) to wrap up an agenda question in a cloak of altruism. Vice President Cheney (who I am NOT a fan of at all) was absolutely correct in telling Wolf to go F himself. I despise the VP, but Wolf's question was stupid. He could have easily asked the question without bringing up the VP's daughter, gotten an answer, and then reminded the audience after the interview of Mary Cheney's sexuality.

Cheney, of course, is too smart to fall for it anyway. He would have stuck to his talking point (used in the 2004 VP debate) that his views are inconsistent with the Administration's but that he serves at the pleasure of the President.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 26, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Brooklyn Decker...my favorite style of Domino's pizza AND my 5th favorite Enterprise Captain. How can you go wrong?

MMMMMMM.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 26, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Arenas is thinking about quiting the NBA and going back to college at UMCP (maryland @ college park). woohoooo! go terps!

"He'd like to see what I'm going to do against Duke," Arenas wrote in a posting this week on his nba.com blog. "I thought it was funny because if I have the chance to go back to college, I'll give up one NBA season to play against Duke.

"One college game that's five fouls, right? ... 40-minute game at Duke, they got soft rims I'd probably score 84 or 85. I wouldn't pass the ball. I wouldn't even think about passing it. It would be like a NBA Live or an NBA 2K7 game, you just shoot with one person."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/basketball/nba/01/25/bc.bkn.arenas.duke.ap/index.html

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

People! People! Settle down people. It doesn't matter who the Cowboys' coach is. With the amount of talent on this team, there are probably 500 coaches who could lead us to a championship.

Posted by: SMACK | January 26, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

That is funny, SMACK. Real funny.

Wonder what Tom Landry's Ghost would have to say about all this?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 26, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Smack,

A mediocre O line, unproven QB, two aging WR's, and 2 solid if unspectacular RB's.

I'll concede that your D as a whole is pretty good especially up front. Other than Terrence Newman who's that good in your secondary? Please don't say Roy Williams.

Posted by: Skinz | January 26, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

OK,OK

Ocho-Ocho - *hugs* You are very sweet mydear. Thank you.

OK,OK - I know I may further separate myself from main stream bloggers ... but Go Duke! I love coach K and the Bluedevils. Did you see that game lst night? The kid who made that last second shot said this:

"I've been on teams where we've hit shots like that, but I've never been the one to hit it," McClure said. "You can't even explain how it feels. I just started jumping around and about a second later I got hit by the rest of the team and we all went down. It's one of the best feelings you can experience in a lifetime."

well said, huh?

and *HUGS* to everyone today.

Posted by: SallieMae | January 26, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Don't get your hopes up for Norval to be the HC. IF he is hired he will be the OC and Garrett will be the HC. My guess is they will pursue Wade Phillips as HC because he knows the 3-4 defense and Howdy Dowdy (Garrett) will be OC.

Posted by: james63k | January 26, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

SallieMae, You mean the way Duke was able to cheat themselves to victory with the fact that mr. timekeeper conviently didn't start the clock soon enough? Duke turns the ball over with 5 seconds left and after the Clemson guy makes the 3 there's 4.4 seconds left. So it took the guy .6 seconds to get the ball, shoot it, and for the ball to go through the basket? ESPN used a timer and showed that Duke should've gotten the ball back with 2 seconds left. Now could they have still won it? Yes of course. But those odds decrease. Could they have won it in overtime? Yes. The point is, Clemson was somewhat cheated and calls like that ALWAYS "seem" to go Duke's way. And this is coming from someone who isn't even a fan of Clemson. BTW, how's that Duke football team doing?

Posted by: Butts McGhee | January 26, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

SallieMae, you always give and earn plenty of hugs up here, but I think you're getting in dangerous territory giving Duke some props. Good for you to go out on that limb and stake out an unpopular position.

Kind of like when I suggested that I don't dislike the Iggles the way I hate the Cowboys and Jints. That didn't play too well up here.

*HUGS*

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 26, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Good call Butts, if slow starting and stopping time clocks is cheating then you can point the finger at every home game ever played in the NCAA in Bball and Football.

It's ok to hate Duke, just don't kid yourself into thinking they do anything differently than any other team in college.

Posted by: Skinz | January 26, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Hate, thy name is salliemae

go terps! (eventhough there doesn't seem to be a "bread and butter" play on this team.)

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Sorry kids, I have the disadvantage of being old. The "500 coaches" thing is what Jimmy overheard Jerry saying in a bar, which caused him to quit and put in motion this series of inept coaches. Try not to take me too seriously. The Cowboys suck, but I love 'em anyway.

Posted by: SMACK | January 26, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

OK,OK

Nate - I know but it is so much fun *hugs*

Butt - That mistake was unfortunate. If only our beloved skins could get calls like that, huh? *hugs*

Dealer - I agree, "Go Terps" I loe coach Williams too.

*hugs*

Posted by: SallieMae | January 26, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Diddy, I am no more a Wolf fan than you are a Cheney fan...nor was that post defending the question. I was simply stating his line of defense as it was printed in the papers.

It was a chicken sh** move and I didn't like it when Kerry pulled it in the debates...BUT when you are a hard line right wing public figure pushing a totalitarian agenda and your daughter's a lesbian who is adopting a baby with her partner...the question comes with the territory. Deal with it, war monger.

Posted by: Jeff Hayes | January 26, 2007 11:12 AM | Report abuse

SMACK I guess if Barry Switzer can win a Super Bowl anyone can.

Posted by: cdubb | January 26, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

OK,OK

cdubb - but, if I remember correctly, Switzer road the wave created by JJohnson - the Aikman/Irvine/Smith triple threat.

Did Switzer contribute anything?

*hugs*

Posted by: SallieMae | January 26, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Yeah cdubb, ain't that the damnedest thing? When you think about the pantheon of SB winning coaches, you just don't have the Bootlegger's Boy sitting at that table do you? God bless you Neil O'Donnell, wherever you are.

Posted by: SMACK | January 26, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

OK,OK

This IS my favorite time of year. Playoff football and NCAA basketball. I love March Madness. I have gone to every final four in the past 22 years.

The ACC is my favorite conference followed closely by the Big East.

*hugs*

Posted by: SallieMae | January 26, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Spreading the knowledge. The hits just keep on coming:

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/redskins/home.htm

Posted by: Skinz | January 26, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

OK,OK

JLaC - since you are in Miami for a week, working on your tan sweetie?

Yep - i gotta lotta reading catchup to do in this blog.

*hugs*

Posted by: SallieMae | January 26, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the Dallas HC situation - Grab some popcorn, sit back and watch the show. Who hires an OC before the head coach? T.O and a new coach with little to no authority? Destined for trouble - can't wait. Maybe JJ thinks he should be the GM and HC - please say it's so.

Posted by: skinswest | January 26, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I have gone to every final four in the past 22 years.

salliemae, i don't know weather to hate you or marry you. give up the dukies and we'll have a chance.

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The NCAA hoop tourney should be awesome again this year, especially with the new rule that forces the elite high schoolers to go to college for at least 1 year. Jealous of SallieMae......

Posted by: cdubb | January 26, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

OK,OK

dealer - sweetie, does it matter if I also love the terps? I will always want the terps to win with the only exception being a head-to-head matchup with big blue.

wait - there is a reason ... coack K is a friend of the family. We knew Mike when he was in the army.

- off to lunch - bbl.

*hugs*

Posted by: SallieMae | January 26, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

DUKE SUCKS!!!!!!! GO COWBOYS!!!! BET SKINI FANS WOULD NEVER THOUGHT THEY'D BE AGREEING ON THE DUKE PART EH?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 26, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"The NCAA hoop tourney should be awesome again this year, especially with the new rule that forces the elite high schoolers to go to college for at least 1 year. Jealous of SallieMae......"


Yes! And it looks like all of the the elite high schoolers playing in the ACC reside in Chapel Hill baby. Next up on "Who Wants a Beatin'?": Arizona. And mark your calendars for February 7 when dook gets savaged on ESPN. The twerps are fortunate to only have to face the Heels once this year, and at home too.

Posted by: LH | January 26, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

does it matter if I also love the terps? I will always want the terps to win with the only exception being a head-to-head matchup with big blue.

ummmmmm Ye AAAH! you can't possibly...ohh wait...K being your fam friend...okay. but soon he leaves promise to give up blue. really it's like saying i like the skins but i like the cows too cuz tom landry was my dad's friend. c'mon mae!
how this going to work?

ohh well we tried...have a good lunch and please come back and tell us what you had...

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Guys, I haven't been in the 'blogging' mood lately. MY daughter was admitted back to the Hospital the very next day (Wednesday) and might be released today. So its kinda been crazy. She has that 'Staph' infection (MRSA?) that MArk MAske wrote about back during the season which included Noble who had it around her knee. All thoughts and prayers or jokes to make laugh would be appreciatted.

Please, NO FREE AGENT SPLASH THIS YEAR. Do not get adaluis thomas. He hasn't played in our defensive system. Don't get a CB. Draft only. Or buy on the cheap for once.

Also, why is Gibbs 2.4 doing NASCAR now? WTF?? He's suppose to be in Mobile, Alabama this weekend. What's really good????

Posted by: 4th Floor | January 26, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I will always want the terps to win with the only exception being a head-to-head matchup with big blue.


So who do you like salliemae, dook or IBM?

Posted by: LH | January 26, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

4th sorry to hear that the little one is sick again. I hope she gets better real soon.

Posted by: jm220 | January 26, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

4th sorry to hear that. I'll be thinking about you both.

On the lighter side, JLa was just on 980 and was as optimistic as always.

Posted by: Skinz | January 26, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

OK,OK

4th - sorry to hear about your 'lil girl. I'm wishing hra speedy recovery. My mom is also in the hospital ... which reminds me ... anyone know where i can get a cheap backscratcher? You know - one of those wooden sticks curved slighly at one end into a hand or something similar? I want one for mom - her left shoulder is in a sling from a fractured shoulder and her left femur is also broke. A scratcher would help all of us since she insists on someone being close to her to scratch her in areas she can't reach

:)

*hugs*

Posted by: SallieMae | January 26, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

OK,OK

Dealer - has a Wendy's #1 combo with a diet coke. I gave up on McD's when I learned how dangerous the Trans Fat epedimic is and how McD's has the highest trans fat content of any fast food.

*hugs*

Posted by: SallieMae | January 26, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

SallieMae hope your mother gets well soon. Hugs

Posted by: jm220 | January 26, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

jm220 - thanks sweetie *hugs*

Posted by: SallieMae | January 26, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

that's freaky salliemae. i never eat fastfood for lunch but today i had the craving for McD's #1. and paid $8 for it.
so dCians, where was i?


Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Dealer you must be at Fed-Ex stocking up on all the closeout Redskin gear.

Posted by: james63k | January 26, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

haa haa james...but no, i promised i wouldn't give danny a dime of my money (no matter how discounted it may be) until he does it the ol' fashioned way...

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Always love when Duke wins a close game so I can hear the familiar 8 vs 5 refrain. Yes, 4.4 seconds was too much time for the last play of the game, but adding time to the clock is a completely subjective guess made by a couple of refs in a less than ideal environment that almost always gets screwed up. It was a hell of a last basket, wasn't it?

As for the GA snubbing, a lot of Coach K's motion offense sets require a point guard who is very good at being able to create shots for himself/others in 1 vs 1 situations, so I was somewhat surprised that GA did not make the WBC roster. However, the biggest requirement Coach K puts on all players is that they play hard nosed defense. My guess is that K thought he got a better defensive effort from Heinrich and that's why GA was left off the team.

Personally, I'm not sure sure that was the right decision and I would have like to have seen that re-visited during the next USA BB training camp. Unfortunately, since K really doesn't brook public dissent amongst his players, I can't see that happening after GA's media comments.

And um, LH (and Brooklyn Decker, btw)...

GO TO HELL CAROLINA, GO TO HELL!

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 26, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

LOL, sorry dealer I couldn't resist. So where you inside or outside the US making this purchase?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 26, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

no no...it was in our nation's capital...

Posted by: dealer | January 26, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

dealer at the auto show? That might make you an auto dealer? I hope you got a Royale with Cheese for $8....

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