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Matching Up With Saints, NFC East

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

First of all, with the weird schedule last week I didn't get to do TCCLs. But suffice it to say Rock Cartwright gets my game ball, Coach Z has to take it on the chin for some of the late-game decision making (which he stood up for), the Redskins' front seven continues to look porous and vulnerable. Although it's only Week 2, obviously these are areas of concern.

Got the chance to see the rest of the NFC East for pretty good chunks, and the Skins were by far the only team in the division not to utterly dominate an opponent for at least a half (the Giants could not have been any more overpowering in the first half of that game, save for some red-zone failures and weird playcalling).

Dallas beat up Cleveland - though I have been way down on the Browns and think they will be the annual hot team that tumbles hard and fast, due in large part to being overrated off am easy schedule last season and facing a crazy-stern one this year). So I'm not going to get ga-ga over the Cowboys, though certainly they impressed on both sides of the ball.

Ditto the Eagles. Now that was an utter soul-crusher of a win right there (more on the debut of "Al Saunders's Infinite Playbook" in STL later), and will likely kick talk of coaching turmoil in St. Louis into overdrive. Again, the Eagles were facing an inferior opponent, and the Rams D has long been a joke, but McNabb was fierce. If he stays healthy and gets locked in early, that team could be something.

So immediately the Skins trail the rest of the division by a game, and still have roadies coming up in the next few weeks at Dallas and Philly. The schedule (and injury report) is king in this league. This could be a trying start.

And how 'bout them Saints? Tampa has a pretty solid D, and knows the Saints inside and out from playing them twice a year. They're long in the tooth in some spots but still have playmakers like Barber in the secondary and can get after the passer a bit. But man, Drew Brees stone cold shredded them Sunday. This may not bode well for the Skins.

Brees went 23-for-32 for 343 with 3 TDs and a pick. I mentioned Friday that the Skins looked particularly suspect when the Giants spread them out with four and five receivers. New York didn't go to it much (we saw two wide with a TE and FB pretty much 75 percent of the time), but the Saints sure will, and with Skins corners Shawn Springs and Fred Smoot hobbled a bit it could be rough sledding.

Brees spread the ball around at will. He hit seven different guys for completions. Five Saints had receptions of 16 yards or more. Brees threw TD passes of 84, 42 and 39 yards. The Saints can present a bevy of match-up problems, using Reggie Bush (163 combo yards) as a flanker, and putting Shockey wide and also just going to tall, agile receivers like Colston, a 6-foot-4 beast of a pass-catcher. (After watching the way Manning and Burress played pitch and catch Thursday night, you've got to think Brees is gonna try to go there with Colston as much as possible.

The Saints are not nearly as physical and smashmouth as the Giants, and lack the kind of beef the G-men throw around at the RB and FB spots, but there's more than one way to attack this D. Skins end Jason Taylor made it very clear he's not 100 percent (and, boy, did he look anything but 100 percent against the Giants), but he and Andre Carter had better come up with more pressure on the QB, or Greg Blache better dial up a few more fire zones, because this is going to be a serious challenge.

And with the offense looking unable to put points on the board, the Skins can't afford a slow start in D. The simply aren't equipped to play from behind at this point.

Besides the Saints and the NFC East, I tried to keep an eye on two familiar faces making debuts elsewhere, with very different results. Gregg Williams had his team playing well in his debut running Jacksonville's D - but was again undone by no support from the offense (nothing new for him there) - while Al Saunder's attack in St. Louis was atrocious. (I know it takes time to learn his system and all, but that team has weapons).

Williams's Jags lost 17-10 to his best coaching buddy, Jeff Fisher of Tennessee. The Jags held Tenn to 3-for-13 on third downs, picked off two passes, limited them to 309 total yards (just 6.9 yards per pass) and kept the Titans to 4.3 per carry on 32 attempts (this was an old-school brawl along the line of scrimmage). But it wasn't good enough.

The Jags offense made the Skins look efficient. 189 net yards. 3.2 yards per play? 1.9 per rush on 33 attempts (Haynesworth must had himself a game). So the Jags lose.

Saunder's offense was swallowed up right away and showed no signs of life. They lose, 38-3, and it wasn't even that close. 166 net yards for Saunders's squad. Eight first downs. 3.7 yards per play. 36 rushing yards. 0-for-11 on third downs. Couple that with the weak Rams D and it could be a long season there.

And finally, I've been too busy to mention this lately. But Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Bob Bradley Has Got To Go. I've said it since he was hired and pounded on this relentlessly and the evidence just gets more and more shocking. The conditions were not ideal in Cuba, but the US performance Saturday night was a joke. And the Guatemala game was largely a joke (if not for the egregious red card to even the sides at 10 the U.S. is looking at one goal scored through two games).

They have no idea, no agenda, no seeming tactics, to score goals from the run of play. The two holding midfielder debacle is killing me. The fact that Michael Bradley gets a 90-minute run no matter what is beyond old. Bradley's use of subs continues to baffle me. The lack of an identifiable role for Landon Donovan is bizarre. (Pick an attacking midfielder and two forwards, Bob. It's not that hard. It really isn't). Ching as a long striker is maddening. Don't be afraid to try to score goals. It's kind of the point of the game. What does Kenny Cooper have to do to get another look? Seriously, just post it on ussoccer.com or something so we all can figure it out.

If not for playground defending by Cuba on a hopeful longball from midfield, the U.S. may have been shutout by amateurs (Dempsey's goal was a busted play, a fluky break that will buy you time with the lame honchos at the U.S. Soccer Federation against CONCACAF teams, but merely hides the ugly truths about what this team has shown with this guy as coach). It's kind of sickening to watch this program lose momentum and respect by the outing. He got a ridiculous amount of luck in the Gold Cup, the Copa America was horrible, the England friendly was as big a debacle as I have seen since the '02 qualifier at Saprissa (or pretty much anything from the late-Sampson era), and some of the friendly wins against Euro B teams don't do it for me.

Drawing/beating Mexico is an expected part of this job requirement now, or at least should be. So I don't want to hear about that. I loved the spirit shown against Argentina, but this coach seems incapable of getting his team to play at near that level on anything close to a regular basis.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 8, 2008; 8:25 AM ET
 
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Comments

first?

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 8, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

What a change of tone when we start talking about soccer, i could not raed fast enough to keep up

Posted by: Tappahannock | September 8, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Good post. I'm not a soccer fan, so whateves on that.

One thing however, you can't say, Tampa has playmakers on D, and can get after the passer, then mention how Brees was pretty much lights out the entire game. Those two things seem to contradict each other. But again, whateves...

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

first?

Posted by: eric | September 8, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing how the Eagles 2nd round WR not only gets on the field but makes huge contributions, yet none of the Skins 3 2nd round WR's/TE do ANYTHING and likely won't for a while....

Posted by: AK | September 8, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for reading the box score, JLC.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 8, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

What did Desean Jackson do in the game? I didn't see it?

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday shows how difficult it is for a team to learn a new offense. Rams went to Philly and faced a team that was more familiar(Iggles faced us twice a year for last couple of years) with Saunder's offense than his own 11 were. It does take time.

Skins are facing similar learning curve. Our patience will be tried in first five games.

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

JLC just loves to bring us down.....what else is new?

Posted by: Lisa | September 8, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

It will be a very long and painful year for the Skins. Both sides of the ball,OLD,OLD AND OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rredskins90 | September 8, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Man, do I agree on Bradley... I begrudgingly admit that Arena had gone about as far as he was going to get, but Bradley is not an answer to any of the questions we had after 2006.

Posted by: cload & daggar | September 8, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

What did Desean Jackson do in the game? I didn't see it?

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 8:50 AM

Jsckson had 6 receptions for 106.

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

It's a long season . . .

Murphy's Law.

Posted by: someone | September 8, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

It will be a very long and painful year for the Skins. Both sides of the ball,OLD,OLD AND OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rredskins90 | September 8, 2008 8:52 AM

Dude, don't blame the team's performance on age. The Pats are old and they went 16-0 last year. This team just builds wrong and doesn't draft as well as the more consistent teams.

But we can agree that this is going to be a LONG season.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 8, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

What did Desean Jackson do in the game? I didn't see it?

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 8:50 AM

Jsckson had 6 receptions for 106.


Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 8:54 AM

Also returned a put 60 yd. to set up a TD.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 8:56

sorry, that was me.

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

James Hardy had zero receptions for the Bills yesterday. There you go...

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Our roster is the John McCain of the NFL:
Too old.
Jim Zorn is the Sarah Palin of coaches:
Too inexperienced.

Take note at our results, voters.

Posted by: Can't resist the comparison | September 8, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Also returned a put 60 yd. to set up a TD.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 8:56 AM

Must be hung over. that was supposed to say "returned a punt"

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Limas Sweed ALSO had zero receptions yesterday.

Could Jackson have been an more of a fluke than the norm?

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Jim Zorn is the Sarah Palin of coaches:
Too inexperienced.

Take note at our results, voters.

Posted by: Can't resist the comparison | September 8, 2008 8:58

So, "Can't Resist", I'm still looking for an answer to my question of a few days ago. If your argument is that Palin is too inexperienced, what experience are you looking at in Obama's bio that makes him more experinced than Palin? 3 years in the Senate is the only difference I can see, and he has spent 2 of those 3 running for president.

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I also had ZERO receptions yesterday, and I was the first receiver selected in the draft.

Posted by: Donnie Avery | September 8, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

NO ONE CARES ABOUT STUPID SOCCER ON A REDSKINS BLOG, IF THEY DO SOMETHINGS WRONG WITH THEM. I BET NATE IN THE PDX HAS ENCOURAGED THIS SOCCER LAMENESS. SERIOUSLY THE POST NEEDS TO MOVE JLC ON TO COVERING HOCKEY OR SOCCER AND MOVE JASON REID UP INTO HIS SPOT

Posted by: X-E | September 8, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Also returned a put 60 yd.

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 8:58

Vijah Singh may have made a 60 yard put, but Jackson sure didn't.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Greg, what's the word on Brady? Any rumors yet? 4 weeks, or season-ending?

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Let it be pointed out the Egirls had to throw to their Rookie WR because they have no other options at WR.

Posted by: 35332 | September 8, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

JLC just loves to bring us down.....what else is new?

Posted by: Lisa | September 8, 2008 8:51 AM

It's easier to just skip reading what Jasno writes and get right to the reader comments, ever since Jasno went off the deep end. And it makes for a better day.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Agreed on all counts JLC, and i'm with you that Bradley has to go.


X-E... calm down.

Posted by: Brandon | September 8, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Our roster is the John McCain of the NFL:
Too old.
Jim Zorn is the Sarah Palin of coaches:
Too inexperienced.

Take note at our results, voters.

Posted by: Can't resist the comparison | September 8, 2008 8:58 AM

What a retard. Same comparison to Osama, oops I mean Obama, and Biden.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 8, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

fred, all of Massachusetts is observing a 'day of silence' in hopes that Brady isn't done for the year, but I'm not sure that its helping. Yahoo, and a couple of other places are reporting that its either an ACL, or an ACL, and an MCL. The pats are also bringing in Chris Simms, and Tim Rattay to workout so do with that what you will.

The sound of people's bodies landing as they jump off bridges, and tall buildings is sickening however. Couldn't have happened to a more smug bunch of pseudo-fans however.

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Losing is one thing. But it's the way the Redskins lost last week (and will lose this week as well as the upcoming weeks) that was and will be so troubling.

Dan, Vinny. This is all your fault. Don't blame Zorn...it's not his fault we have no depth and no talent. And don't blame Jason C. Without a O line and any real WR threat save Santana, his hands are tied.

Posted by: Pretzel Boy | September 8, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Nobody cares about soccer, get over it and quit wasting internet space..

Jackson is in a situation where they have their top 2 WR hurt and were playing, perhaps, the worst team in the NFL so I'm not surprised he had a good game.

As for the comparisons to our rookie WR tandem, you've got a team and QB with 10 years in the system and one player having to adjust vs. an entire roster learning a new system.. Grapes to grapefruits, no comparison.

Posted by: MIA in Miami | September 8, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone catch Barack claiming that he was "Muslim" yesterday during my interview with him? He seemed flustered after that "slip of the tongue"....

Posted by: George Stephanopolis | September 8, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Scamp,

I have no dog in the fight either way, I'm no mike vick, but seriously don't people on your "side" know you lose all credability towards your entire arguement, every time you use the stupid Osama/Obama thing? Its the equivilent of recklessly pulling the Hitler card.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Come on man, this is RI, not soccer talk! No one wants to hear that crap, just look at all the comments!

Posted by: Joe Blazin | September 8, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

As for the comparisons to our rookie WR tandem, you've got a team and QB with 10 years in the system and one player having to adjust vs. an entire roster learning a new system.. Grapes to grapefruits, no comparison.

Posted by: MIA in Miami | September 8, 2008 9:17 AM

Great comments, MIA. Dead-on on that analysis.

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone catch Barack claiming that he was "Muslim" yesterday during my interview with him? He seemed flustered after that "slip of the tongue"....

Posted by: George Stephanopolis | September 8, 2008 9:18 AM

Sorry George, no one watches your show... still. Untill you start acting like a guys guy like Mathiews does and Russert did, and stop editing your interviews to make everyone who is not in the DLC look bad no one will like you.

Posted by: 35332 | September 8, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

As for the comparisons to our rookie WR tandem, you've got a team and QB with 10 years in the system and one player having to adjust vs. an entire roster learning a new system.. Grapes to grapefruits, no comparison.

Posted by: MIA in Miami | September 8, 2008 9:17 AM

Great comments, MIA. Dead-on on that analysis.


Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 9:27 AM

Same analysis works for the Patriots. Cassel has been back-up for 3 years, everyone else knew the system.

Thanks, Greg, for the imagery on the status in Beantown. Shhplat! There goes another fan! LOL

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

George Stephanopolis = the only Democrat who exhibits any intelligence on key issues. The rest range from ignorant to downright stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

fred, you should hear the 'spin' that is going on up here. You'd have thought that Matt Cassell were the second coming of Kurt Warner....

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Alex35332, you have never seen the documentry about Stephenopolis and Carvel from the '92 clinton campaing did have you Anon? I won't deny George S is smart, but he is also very Rovian in his campaigning skills, very dirty, and it translates in his show alot when you know the behinde the scenes stuff.

Posted by: 35332 | September 8, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/the_sporting_blog/entry/view/11822/with_brady_done_for_the_year,_afc_suddenly_seems_up_for_grabs


Brady done for the year!

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 9:16 AM

Duh!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the news flash, Cronkite. None of us here watch SportsCenter or read the news on the web.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

You can not be serious! Soccer-talk and Palin? This lack of focus just reflects the on-field problems of the team. Has all of Redsksins-land gone utterly mad?

That said, why won't Palin face the press? Please don't tell me that everyone's uncle Charlie Gibson qualifies. And who do you like in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier between Kazakhstan v. Ukraine? I'm thinking Kazakhstan can catch them off guard for a 1-0 classic.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Nobody cares about soccer, get over it and quit wasting internet space..

Posted by: MIA in Miami | September 8, 2008 9:17 AM

Thank you. So true. Next thing JLC will be writing about the WNBA which is more irrelevant than soccer.

Posted by: Pretzel Boy | September 8, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate Jason's bits on soccer everynow and then.

Posted by: Uh, not everyone | September 8, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Further proof that Russia is still years away from enlightenment.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080908/en_nm/russia_southpark_dc

Posted by: Team America | September 8, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

If you're discussing politics here, please put a blindfold on and try to cross 495 tonight after dark.

Posted by: Pretel Boy | September 8, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Sorry I adressed that to myself. Did not sleep much last night.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Morning Fellas. In the previous threat there was a lot of talk about whether or not the Norv years were satisfying for fans, which I think on balance they were, albeit with a few frustrations along the way that every team experiences. The gleam in Zorn's eye tells me he will not take this loss sitting down. We need to give him 2 to 4 years to implement the plan because I predict he will rebuild this team into a powerhouse.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the depressing news on the rekskins.


Bob Bradley has done ok. I'm not a big fan of his personally but this isn't a good team (or even a decent team like England) you HAVE to be cautious even at first points are points. Beating Mexico is expected now? Have we ever even beaten Mexico in Mexico ever?

Posted by: Skinz | September 8, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Having Norv Turner as Head Coach of your favorite football team is like having a Ferrari with an empty gas tank.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Looks like it might be a long year, but remember, it's only week one, and we get the Saints at home aftyer a 10 day layoff. If our d can hold onto some interceptions and get a little healthier, they could keep us in some games while the offense starts to get it's shti together. Hey, our D shut out the g-men in the 2nd half WITH several players hurting/out, and also remember the Giants D is pretty darn good. Much better than the Saints defense anyway. I'm not writing the year off just yet. Maybe they can take all the media putting them down and writing them off and turn it into rage on the field. The Saints are still the freakin Saints in my book......

What's really going to make this a long year for me is the Eagles looking like they are gonne be something again. This bandwagon city can't seem to grasp that they beat the Lambs......already hearing shti about rookie of the year, and how awesome Mcnabb is......If they lose next week it will be all about how Mcnabb is done and Reid is a horrible coach and shold be fired, etc. I hate this town.

Posted by: dlhaze | September 8, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I don't blame NORV for allot of what happened those days. He did not have much to work with for a long time.

Posted by: 35332 | September 8, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The Times had an article about Heyer's performance, pretty good read. He didn't play as badly as originally thought. I think the run blocking will come to him, he'll get better at that, but he seems to be decent at pass blocking, which is good. When Kendall goes at the end of the year, insert Reino, and then draft another G/T type, and they'll have replaced 3/5th's of the line, and gotten younger to boot. When is Randy Thomas's contract ending?

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Redskin Ray wrote that he really wanted Grimm to get the job. May I just go on record as saying I Agree with that. Zorn is a fabulous guy and may get this team deep into the playoffs, but when I zee him on the zidelines I ztill feel like I am watching the zeehawks. We need a Redskins family man or woman for this job, like Grimm. I mean how many Zorn's are even in the greater DC phone books? I think there are even more Zorps than Zorns.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Dallas & Philly are lightyears ahead of the skins, it's going to be a long season, for a rookie coach, with no OC experience & no GM.Whoever's calling the shots on this team, is in over his head.

Posted by: Mingus | September 8, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Norv was awful. He's just not a leader of men. I blame the Ownership flux to the fact that he was able to stay on as long as he did. Where as Gibbs teams stood up to be counted at the end of the Season even in 2.0 his faded down the stretch. That is a leadership issue.

Posted by: Skinz | September 8, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I couldnt post after our debacle, there would be so much emotion and lack of thought by both koolaiders and haters...

so now that things have settled down i can say this.

Blache made halftime adjustments, Zorn didnt.

CP was the only one out there who seemed jacked for the game. Saw him jawing at CC, JC and SM on a couple of occasions. And of course the block...

JC needs to grow a pair and do what a good QB does... manage the game. Call a TO if you think there is a need, yell at your WR for giving up on a route... I dont see that fire. He is too 'aww shucks'... see S Spurrier

Laron learned his lesson, still not 100%... when he is team wont throw deep on us.

JT is a liability. If he is going to eat up PT on the Dline on running plays, then he needs to get at least one sack a game to offset that.

Our O can get better. At least no TO and JC didnt misthrow many but he did lock in and fail to see the field.

Cooley needs 10 touches a game!

We need to figure out what type of team we are... do we run first, if so Jansen should be in there. On obvious passing downs throw Heyer in. Why cant we rotate Linemen>?

S Moss is showing why the jets gave up on him... i love the guy, but he needs more focus.

Not enuf Sellers.

Get more balls to D Thomas... if we are just going to flounder anyway, let him get some game experience. I am thinking lack of tall WR's is hurting us. Bring back mcmullen.

Thats all I gots for now.

Posted by: Zebra | September 8, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The Norv years were okay for me, seemed like we got better and better each year, til the Danny started meddling in 2000......IMO if he had left well enough alone we might have had a good shot in 2000 or 2001. But then again, Norv just does not seem to care one iota about defense. Did anyone see the Chargers lose to Carolina yesterday on the last play? Seem familiar? Losses like that are probably the biggest part of Norv's resume, because all he focuses on is offense......

Posted by: dlhaze | September 8, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The Cowboys and Eagles are coming, the Cowboys and Eagles are coming!!!!

Calm down folks it's one game, there are many injuries to be had for all sides. remember 5-6 when it was all over last year?

Posted by: Chicken Little channelling Paul Revere | September 8, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

From what i saw of the iggles, only D Jackson caught anything when a defender was on him. The ram secondary was beyond pathetic. So i will reserve judgment.

Their D on the other hand looks scary good with Samuel...

Posted by: Zebra | September 8, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Every pre-season our FO and most fans think we are a player or two away from the big boys. So we go out and overpay for a former elite player.

It's like buying a used computer on E-bay based on its impressive specs but not thinking about the all the stuff that has happened to the machine over the years (dandruff in the keyboard, etc.). JT is the latest in a long line of such players.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Who is Bob Bradley? If he doesn't have anything to do with the Redskins, his name doesn't belong here because nobody cares. Otherwise nice analysis of the Skins.

Posted by: ilwasi | September 8, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm a huge politics junkie and the 'Skins are an escape from that. Please, let us read our football in peace and keep the politics out of it. (And JLC - that goes for soccer too.)

Posted by: skinsjoy | September 8, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Early Vegas line on the game is Saints -1.5

Are you kidding me!?

This is a 6 pt game atleast - jump if you're into that kind of action.

Posted by: GAD | September 8, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins lost to the defending superbowl champs in their staduim by 9 points. They alrady should be handed the worst team the NFL award and be given the 1st overall draft pick!

The Eagles and Cowboys crushed 2 poor teams hand the bowl over! The only question is to which one????

Posted by: Expert Logitian | September 8, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Hi Jason,

Thanks for your daily end of the world prognosis for our beloved Skins. I read the blog trying to see what's going on in Redskin land and I am usually reading how Vinny Cerrato sucks and Dan Snyder is a terrible human being. I am not defending either here, but it is getting old. Surprised there was no shots at Vinny in this but I am sure you will find some point during the week to take a shot. You know I appreciate honesty, I understand the problems this team has had and is having, but sometimes be objective. Don't make it clear you hate the Skins. Sure you talked to an executive who said Campbell was not a fit in this offense. Well for that one executive you talked to there have been several others who disagreed. It is a matter of opinion. I am not saying Jason will or will not succeed in the West Coast offense, but I am sure willing to give him time, which I think he deserves. Have a good day and happy skins bashing.

Posted by: Franklin in D.C. | September 8, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I know nothing about Vegas odds, what does -1.5 mean? Skins by 1.5 or more or Saints by 1.5 or more?

Posted by: 35332 | September 8, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The D looks scary good against the worst line I have ever seen. Samuel on the other hand gets paid alot of money to Carlos Rodger's the ball. Asante McDropps

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Mathias is already crying that Samuels tried to hurt him. Everytime someone plays the little G-men they cry that the Oline is dirty.

The only dirty play I remember from the game is when Clinton portis was held to the ground and hit 4 stright times two of which were after the play ended. I also remember when Jacobs slapped Washington across teh face. I also remember when sour grapes Pierce tried rip off Kendel's head.

... Is that more than one???

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Depending on where the -1.5 is. So Redskins -1.5 means that the skins are favored by 1.5. They are "giving up 1.5 points"

Posted by: Skinz | September 8, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Franklin,

That stern talk was so formal and earnest that it leaves me with that awkward mournful feeling I had when one of my childhood friends was scolded in public by his father.

To wit: Why don't you rise to your own standard in your writing and let Jason pursue what comes to mind in his writing. We're all coming to his blog, not yours Franklin. Please reflect honestly upon these words and we can discuss it again tonight. Billy's Dad

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Didn't see GADS post. So the Saints are favored i nthe game by a point and a half.

Posted by: Skinz | September 8, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I watched the Jets Dolphins over Eagles Rams, Brett always more fun to watch, + I have Coles as a WR. Who is the Rams no 2 WR these days?

Posted by: 35332 | September 8, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Dad, you're embarrassing me!!!!

Posted by: Billy | September 8, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

eh, I've moved on from the Giants game....

I think that the Saints can be run on, and hopefully this translates into opening up room for the passing game as well. I'd like to see Cools get more involved, as well as Betts and Thomas. Defensively, I think that the Saints Run game isn't the same as the Giants, and having Springs back hopefully translates into a better day for the d.

Lots of Captain Obvious, I know...but thats all I've got...

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

when we are getting nostalgic for the Norv years....we are in for a long year.

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 8, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Every QB I watched over the weekend on winning or losing teams did a great job. Favre, Pennington, Romo, Delhomme, whoever. And then there's Campbell where the offense was offensive. Man o man where's the closest rock so I can go hide. I'm embarrased.

Posted by: enuffalready | September 8, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Greg, I feel the same way. Its been thre days, either move on or leave work now and go to a bar. We lost 1 game, look towards game 2.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Someone brings up that we should have never let Pierce go in 5..4..3..2..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Man, do I agree on Bradley... I begrudgingly admit that Arena had gone about as far as he was going to get, but Bradley is not an answer to any of the questions we had after 2006.

Posted by: cload & daggar | September 8, 2008 8:53 AM

Bradley is Bruce Arena 2.0. Arena did well when nobody knew about the US, but once the pressure mounted, he folded like a lawnchair into his ultra-conservative defensive mold. Bradley is no different. This team will continue to get by in CONCACAF like they're a world power, only to get demolished when true competition pops up. Brian Ching, Eddie Johnson, Frankie Hejduk, Pablo Mastroeni - is the really the best we've got? Shocking that Adu, Altidore, Davies, and Cooper aren't called in for these qualifiers. Shocking.

Time to make a push for Guus Hiddink. That's a man that can take us places.

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

To clarify, Saints favored by 1.5

I just think that's low...

Posted by: GAD | September 8, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Looks like it might be a long year, but remember, it's only week one, and we get the Saints at home aftyer a 10 day layoff. If our d can hold onto some interceptions and get a little healthier, they could keep us in some games while the offense starts to get it's shti together. Hey, our D shut out the g-men in the 2nd half WITH several players hurting/out, and also remember the Giants D is pretty darn good. Much better than the Saints defense anyway. I'm not writing the year off just yet. Maybe they can take all the media putting them down and writing them off and turn it into rage on the field. The Saints are still the freakin Saints in my book......

What's really going to make this a long year for me is the Eagles looking like they are gonne be something again. This bandwagon city can't seem to grasp that they beat the Lambs......already hearing shti about rookie of the year, and how awesome Mcnabb is......If they lose next week it will be all about how Mcnabb is done and Reid is a horrible coach and shold be fired, etc. I hate this town.

Posted by: dlhaze | September 8, 2008 9:53 AM

agree 100% dlhaze. living in philly as a skins fan is unbearable. philly fans are intolerable. i also still have hope for this season. if we hold the saints to 16 points, and come out mad and pissed when we play on sunday, the season could shift for the skins.

Posted by: skins 75 | September 8, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Don't make it clear you hate the Skins. Sure you talked to an executive who said Campbell was not a fit in this offense. Well for that one executive you talked to there have been several others who disagreed. It is a matter of opinion. I am not saying Jason will or will not succeed in the West Coast offense, but I am sure willing to give him time, which I think he deserves. Have a good day and happy skins bashing.

Posted by: Franklin in D.C. | September 8, 2008 10:12 AM

It's funny how people get all up in arms when JLC posts a criticism of the team, but they say nothing when he gives true praise (like how he said JC looked lights out early in preseason, and reported how other "scouts" or "sources" felt the same).

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Thats all I gots for now.

Posted by: Zebra | September 8, 2008 9:56 AM


Zebra, that may be all you got, but that was a mouthful. Have to agree with you on most of it.

I would tend to keep Heyer in as starter, but if/when we get a lead in the second qtr, I think that is the time to insert Jansen.

I think Taylor needs to start, but I would do a lot more rotation with Demetric Evans on 1st down and 2nd & 5 or less.

AS to Cooley & 10 touches, I agree with that as a goal, but that depends on how the D plays him. If they are going to double him, you have to throw to him less.

I'm not down on the team, I just think it's going to be a slow start as we learn a new O. I stated 9-7 season record, and I was assuming a slow start. I'm hoping we can go 2-3 in the first 5 weeks, but wouldn't be surprised at 1-4. It takes time to learn a new O. And we have a rookie head coach, who is new to NFC East. I do like Z-man though. I agree with someone(was it dlhaze?) who wanted to bring in Russ Grimm as HC. I would have loved that. But I'm not ready to reject JimZ. I think he is a good man, and needs several years to see if he can "coach 'em up".

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

+++It is amazing how the Eagles 2nd round WR not only gets on the field but makes huge contributions, yet none of the Skins 3 2nd round WR's/TE do ANYTHING and likely won't for a while....

Posted by: AK | September 8, 2008 8:47 AM+++


Rookie receiver Eddie Royal caught about six balls too.

Okay, so the FO is not so hot at drafting WRs, maybe. But it's not their fault. Afterall, Only the fact Cincy has worse FO people than Washington stopped The Bengals from accepting TWO FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICES for Ocho Cinco, gift-wrapped by Vinny and Dan.

And how did the erstwile Mr. Chad Johnson do in HIS first game?

Well if you guessed Cinco, Ocho caught half as many passes as Wide Receiver, The, you win the prize and YOU get to be redskins GM next year.

Yeah yeah, I know...first year..our guys have been hurt..etc.


What kind of odds would you have gottebn that receiver, The would catch two more passes in his opening game than Ocho Cinco?

Posted by: Corkczar | September 8, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Alex,

can't we have moved on from the Giants game AND leave work and go to a bar?

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 8, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Cork, how did Limas Sweed, Donnie Avery, and James Hardy do in their debuts yesterday?

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

This team is going nowhere if they don't throw to tight ends & running backs.

Posted by: Dik | September 8, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I agree, the Giants game is finished, I'm thinkin anout the Saints now.

I'm only worried about their front seven

DE: Will Smith
DT: Sedrick Ellis
DT: Kendrick Clancy
DE: Charles Grant
LB: Scott Fujita
LB: Mark Simoneau/Johnthan Vilma

It's more of a concern when you think about how long Campbell hold on to the ball and our run first philosophy.

I think someone other than Reed Doughty needs to take reps at SS in practice this week... I'm not concerned about Reginald Bust. He always has a game when he sharts on the competition then goes back to his overhyped self. Make him ineffective in the passing game which isn't hard, he'll go away.

Posted by: Red of the DMV | September 8, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

when we are getting nostalgic for the Norv years....we are in for a long year.

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 8, 2008 10:32 AM

Truer words were never spoken.


Norv was a loser and those teams seemed to lack any identity.

Can't believe that everyone is already ready to throw in the towel. I don't think Philly will look that good the whole year and Westrook or McNabb will go down with injury (not hoping so, but it's a safe statistical bet)

The rest well that's the NFL. How do you think Pats fans are feeling today? Not as sure as they once were.

Posted by: Skinz | September 8, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

chrlS 1Arry,

Your "name" is the most confusing and difficult to look at on this blog. I like what you write, you are logical and to the point and insightful and generous to a fault, BUT your name is a jumble of lower and upper case letters and it makes me feel blue and confused. Please, please tweak it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I wish we could make this happen. Get Q here, and finally have a legit #1 WR.


"A simple truth about wide receiver Anquan Boldin was forgotten the past few weeks as his contentious relationship with the Cardinals went public.

The guy can play.

A great example of that came in the second half of Arizona's 23-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Boldin caught eight passes for 82 yards in the final 30 minutes. He had four receptions - two of which went for first downs - on a 10-minute, fourth-quarter drive that sealed the game for the Cardinals.

"I always look forward to playing football," Boldin said. "For me, it's almost like therapy."

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

not hopeful about the skins season. and fire bob bradley. jason, why not throw in some posts on the soccer insider blog? goff seems to love bradley.

Posted by: ewwww | September 8, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how people get all up in arms when JLC posts a criticism of the team, but they say nothing when he gives true praise (like how he said JC looked lights out early in preseason, and reported how other "scouts" or "sources" felt the same).

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2008 10:38 AM

Actually, some folks b*tch when he says good stuff too. It's just harder to find that stuff...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 8, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I would tend to keep Heyer in as starter, but if/when we get a lead in the second qtr, I think that is the time to insert Jansen
Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 10:39

I meant to say, if we got a lead in the second HALF...

Posted by: frediefritz | September 8, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Skinz, the pats fans not on suicide watch, have already moved on to the Celtics.

And agree, either McNabb, or Desean Jackson goes down with an injury. He's what 170 pounds?? His chances of holding up at that weight the entire year aren't good.

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I wish we could make this happen. Get Q here, and finally have a legit #1 WR.

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 10:49 AM

Unless he's going to run the FO, coach, pass protect, pass, rush the passer and stop the run, he's not going to solve this team's problems. He'll be another guy who tanks the prime of his career on a payday with the Skins.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 8, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

It's only week one, but the Skins clearly look the favorite to take 4th in the NFC East this year.

That said, what can we expect when wholesale changes are made every couple of yrs?

There is one common denomimator as far as the teams that clearly look superior to the Skins in the NFC. Same offensive system for several yrs:

Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Saints, Panthers, etc.

Posted by: BB | September 8, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Anon...its just cuz I am a spazz who types like a concert pianist on crystal meth....

Mixilplixt!

Posted by: cHrIs LaRrY | September 8, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember how good the Eagles looked last year against the Lions in week 2? Does anyone remember what happened to the Eagles the week after that? They looked awful.

Point is, we've seen ONE WEEK of football. Predicting that the Skins will be absolutely horrible and that the Eagles will dominate every game is absurd and ridiculous at this point. Same goes for the Cowboys - you can't tell after one game. Sure they looked to be in sync, but who knows how awful the Browns D is.

All you doom and gloom people are pretty funny though.

Posted by: swb | September 8, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Alex,

can't we have moved on from the Giants game AND leave work and go to a bar?

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 8, 2008 10:42 AM


Chris, proving once again that you're wiser than I.

Posted by: 35332 | September 8, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the soccer comments JLC. Huge Redskins fan. Huge USMNT and DC United fan.

Posted by: jva | September 8, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Brownwood I agree, there are many problems, but the vertically challenged WR's are making it hard for 6'5" JC to see them. Q is relatively young, is legit at this level, i just don't think we can afford him, then, where there's a will, there's a way, right?

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The Saints best year so far was the year they implamented a new offense. Get your knowlage right.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

chRIs lArrY put the RI in cL. We love hOw hE rOlLs.

Posted by: dcsween | September 8, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely agree that Bradley needs to go. He's not a bad coach, but his best efforts will hold the team exactly where it is. Progress is going to require someone from outside the USSF system. We can't continue to build this team from the inside.

Posted by: DCBird | September 8, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Brownwood26,

You win the prize for the best post of the morning. Spot on! You refute the notion that the Skins are a player away. What would we have to give up for the impressive Boldin? Way too much unless he would truly put the Skins over the top.

Posted by: Bud Jackson | September 8, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Cork, how did Limas Sweed, Donnie Avery, and James Hardy do in their debuts yesterday?

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 10:44 AM

Greg, I hear ya about those guys, but the Steelers only had 18 passing attempts yesterday. Besides they're a run first squad... James Hardy would've seen either Trufant or Jennings... Avery would've had to see either Samuel, Brown, or Sheppard. Basically what I'm saying is that those guys you named were facing top tier CBs yesterday or are playing on teams that run first. Desean Jackson had a good game yesterday, but lets not give him the Randy Moss rookie status just yet. He was going up against STL CBs. Need I say more?

Posted by: Red of the DMV | September 8, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Tom Brady's goin under the knife...it may have to be my colon shank!

Posted by: Prison Balls | September 8, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

longsuffering, how do you propose fitting Q under the cap?? Because right now, he wants a pay RAISE, and coming here, unless the team cut 5-6 guys, he would have to take a pay-CUT.

I was all for trading for Tom Brady until he hurt his knee, now that he's injured, we'll have to trade for Peyton Manning.

Try and use some logic every now and again...

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

enuffalready, did you watch Carson Palmer? Marc Bulger? Matt Hasselbeck? Enough Already!!

Also, Enough Already to that idiot Colin Cowherd who just announced our season is OVER! Snyder should pull his show immediately.

Posted by: Lisa | September 8, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I have to chime in on living among Eagles fans. I will not need purgatory, because I am living my punsishment now. Not to worry Skins fans who have to listen to them, and that radio station with H.E. They STILL didn't add anything significant enough to their roster to get where they need to be. This was the Rams. The only time they have gone to the Superbowl was with an elite receiver. I am not seeing that this year. They will falter, like always and there is no superbowl in their future. Same old same old in Philly. Can't wait for McNabb to have a bad game. Their crying will give me something to smile about this season.

As for the Saints, I like how Blache adjusted at half-time. I think he will have a good game plan for them. Without pressure, we are in trouble, but if the D cna muster some of that, the skins can compete. The Bucs had no trouble running the ball, which is in the skins' favor. I don't think the skins win, but I think we will see a better showing this week.

When other teams have a rookie coach and new offense, I don't expect them to do anything. So, I am going to try to not get so down this year. I just want to see improvement.

Posted by: PA Skins Fan | September 8, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

DCSween,

I'm pixelexic and cannot handle your taunting. Please nicein up.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Either Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly severely step up their games and actually play multiple snaps, or the skins need to bring back McMullen. This offense will not be successful with Thrash as its 3rd and final WR option.

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

seriously, this is the worst skins team i have ever seen. what a joke. if you can't see this your are blind drunk or in denial. Campbel and zorn suck, the two most important positions. we are old just not talented. the cowboys and eagles will each beat us by 21, at least. what a joke.

Posted by: TJ | September 8, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The Best thing about paying Campbell at this point, is he hasnt shown enough improvement or great moments to justify a massive raise.
He has until the end of the year to prove his worth. The way people are pulled and replaced, Campbell better start playing much much better than the crap he has dished out the past two years.

How many games did he outright lose for us in the 4th quarter last year, 3?

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | September 8, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Try and use some logic every now and again...

Posted by: Greg

Oh wise one, Greg. Logic dictates you are a football fan since you are on this blog, it also dictates that you like the Skins, since, again, you are on this RI blog. I submit, as logic would dictate, you went to public school, since you obviously can't read! I said "I just don't think we can afford him." The remainder of my post goes to the current FO's proclivity of going after high priced veterans at all costs.


Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

seriously, this is the worst skins team i have ever seen. what a joke. if you can't see this your are blind drunk or in denial. Campbel and zorn suck, the two most important positions. we are old just not talented. the cowboys and eagles will each beat us by 21, at least. what a joke.

Posted by: TJ | September 8, 2008 11:11 AM

This is my favorite type of poster. This guy locks himself in the closet and chews his fingernails to the quick when someone knocks on his door after dark. Hey buddy, don't go off half cocked, okay?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 8, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Why the McMullen cut in the 1st place?

Posted by: BB | September 8, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"Coach Z has to take it on the chin for some of the late-game decision making (which he stood up for), "

He actually made excuses for hinself and/or denied that it was an issue. Where are you getting this from?

Posted by: 4th | September 8, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Goooood Morninnnn America,

We'll a looky here, if it ain't my old gang of Redskins buddies a wallerin in their stew. Cause I like you all, I'm gonna offer up a list of ways to get through the lean years, the successive 5-11 type deals.

1. argue bitterly and sarcastically amongst yerselves (aka chew yer own)
2. relax and get away from the game by focusing on politics (ain't no better way to calm down in DC 2008)
3. put Johnny in the 8-track and drive around
4. host neighborhood Vintage Redskins parties and watch re-runs of the Hogs
5. all else fails, come on over to the Cowboys side (we got a big ole bear hug waiting for each of yall)

Your good buddy Slim in Big D

Posted by: Slim Pickins | September 8, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

hope the skins win, sunday... this blog gets bad at a loss.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

How many games did he outright lose for us in the 4th quarter last year, 3?

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | September 8, 2008 11:13 AM

Which 3 are you referring to? The Dallas game where TO burnt Springs & co for 4 TDs? The Green Bay game where Moss giftwrapped TDs and incomplete passes to their defense. The Patriots game where we gave up 52 points? Seriously, which games are you referring to? I'd love to hear when JC "outright" lost us games.

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Goooood Morninnnn America,

We'll a looky here, if it ain't my old gang of Redskins buddies a wallerin in their stew. Cause I like you all, I'm gonna offer up a list of ways to get through the lean years, the successive 5-11 type deals.

1. argue bitterly and sarcastically amongst yerselves (aka chew yer own)
2. relax and get away from the game by focusing on politics (ain't no better way to calm down in DC 2008)
3. put Johnny in the 8-track and drive around
4. host neighborhood Vintage Redskins parties and watch re-runs of the Hogs
5. all else fails, come on over to the Cowboys side (we got a big ole bear hug waiting for each of yall)

Your good buddy Slim in Big D

Posted by: Slim Pickins | September 8, 2008 11:16 AM

No thanks, we actually want to win a playoff game.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 8, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to repost dcsween's smart comments from last night ...

Posted by: dcsween | September 4, 2008 11:30 PM

Posted by: Cindy | September 5, 2008 7:56 AM

Since reading this, I have not been able to focus enough to post. I feel just like a tweenage girl backstage at a Back Street Boys concert. Its hard to shake a three day blush.

I still have a positive feel about the Skins heading back onto the griddleiron at FedEx (assuming that the Negative Nancidom of Skins fans chills out a little about the work-in-progress that is the Chesapeake Coast offense). Jason Campbell is healthy. The offensive line is healthy. The receivers are healthy. The Skins' current hurdle is a mental one ... and mojo ... not an ability deficit.

Though I don't subscribe to the "we're through in the NFC East" based on the performance of Dallas over Cleveland (who does face an injury hurdle) or Philly over the Rams (they are who I thought they were), I'm not ready to crown either one. Those were not the competitors against whom you can decide whether a team is dominant. Plus, though few here seem to buy my logic -- that the statistical and momentum-based ability to beat a Super Bowl champ at home in Week One for the first game of the season -- plus how the Skins beat the Giants by 7-6 in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters -- I still say that the Giants will not be that hard to beat when they come to FedEx (unless the "small picture" crowd up here owns season tickets).

Pay no attention to reports from "NFL executives" and talent evaluators (except RI's own talent evaluator). The reports of the Skins' demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Posted by: dcsween | September 8, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Why the McMullen cut in the 1st place?

Posted by: BB | September 8, 2008 11:13 AM

Cause he wasn't drafted by Vinny. Duhh...

Posted by: Skinz | September 8, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"Rookie receiver Eddie Royal caught about six balls too." - Corkczar

Corky- If Eddie Royal does catch six balls when the Broncos play TONIGHT, I'll have a shot to win my week one fantasy match with Future Mark.

Posted by: 4-12 | September 8, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Slim, admiitedly,your Boys did look good, but Cleveland's D is horrible. Very overrated team.

Until Big D wins a playoff game, there shouldn't be a lot of talking.

Posted by: BB | September 8, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Oops. Looks like I started "60-inch Plasma" Coles instead of Royal. A big ol' goose egg from a fantasy WR.
Nevermind.

Posted by: 4-12 | September 8, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

LOL, Cork, any comments on the lie you got exposed on?

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"unless you win a playoff game"

Ah Shimhorn, I clear out forgot we aint won nothin since 96. Dang it baby, where's the truck keys, Johnny and I is goin out for a long drive.

Posted by: Slim Pickins | September 8, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

BB excellent question why cut your leading receiver in the preseason???

Can anyone shed some light on this logic?

Posted by: trailblazer302 | September 8, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I have avoided participating since the game. Its week one, I seem to remember last years super bowl champs looked terrible the first two weeks and they wanted to run eli and tom out of town, now they are pretty popular. That said, JC definitely needs to improve, and quickly, our oline did a pretty good job protecting him (he ran into the only sack of the game by literally running in front of Heyer so he could be tackled, never seen that before) and he still held the ball too long and made a lot of questionable decisions. This franchise is in the state its in though because of our front office. If we had signed Hacket, or Muhammed, or Bryant Johnson, we could have used our 3 2nd round picks and our 3rd on our lines, where we have needed help for years. Instead we used 3 2nd's on guys who will be backups for a long time maybe forever. I can understand the pick of either kelly or thomas, not both, and the fred davis pick is just stupid when you have cooley on your team as evidenced by him being inactive. A healthy 2nd round pick is inactive, that's pitiful. Imagine this team if we had drafted 4 lineman. Then maybe we wouldn't have had to send a 2nd round pick for a two year rental that is weak against the run and we wouldn't be starting mediocre undrafted free agents. This team will never be better than middle of the pack with Cerrato and Snyder in charge. At some point Snyder has to get that he doesn't know what he's doing and Cerrato doesn't either, and get a real football guy in charge of personnel decisions, unfortunately, I think that point is still a long....long way off.

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 8, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Hey zjfr2,

How do you like it when other people load up their names with gobbledygook?

Posted by: 3ttt4pplRx97br6y | September 8, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

doesn't really matter to me, why does it matter to you?

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 8, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

seriously, this is the worst skins team i have ever seen. what a joke.

Posted by: TJ | September 8, 2008 11:11 AM

You must be new to Redskin Nation. Did you see any of the 90s?

Somebody put this guy on suicide watch...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 8, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Cambell sucks when are you redskins fans see this, no one else wanted him as bad as you because they didnt see anything in him that was good for a starter. He will not finish the year as started because he is a dumbF$#%@ and can pick up any defenses!!! The rest of us would love for him to stay a while though, hahahahahahahaha.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 8, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Also, Enough Already to that idiot Colin Cowherd who just announced our season is OVER! Snyder should pull his show immediately.

Posted by: Lisa | September 8, 2008 11:03 AM

Lisa,

Snyder can not fire Cowpie or Dumb and Dumber.

When he made his deal with ESPN radio they were givin certain time slots for there radio guys.

Cowpie works for ESPN not Snyder.

I agree with you that he is awful and so are Dumb and Dumber AKA(Mike&Mike).

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 8, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Oops. Looks like I started "60-inch Plasma" Coles instead of Royal. A big ol' goose egg from a fantasy WR.
Nevermind.

Posted by: 4-12 | September 8, 2008 11:22 AM

I did the same. my best WR scored me a astounding 2 points.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: dcsween | September 8, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Cambell sucks when are you redskins fans see this, no one else wanted him as bad as you because they didnt see anything in him that was good for a starter. He will not finish the year as started because he is a dumbF$#%@ and can pick up any defenses!!! The rest of us would love for him to stay a while though, hahahahahahahaha.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:28 A

Nice type job.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 8, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Let me do some digging, unless someone knows off the top of their head, he lost 2 or 3 games in the last minutes with interceptions or fumbles. Good not great QB's can manage those situations.

4 years in, we need to stop making excuses for the kid.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | September 8, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

JLC, thanks for the fire Bradley comments.

Nothing better to fire up the internet thugs than posting about something that's cool to jump on.

If you don't want to read about soccer, then don't read that paragraph or two. Wow. Time saved, problem solved.

Oh, and All Caps ='s awesome.

Posted by: Chimaera | September 8, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Im SO TRIED OF SOCCER IN A REDSKINS BLOG!!! STUPID!!!! I'm done with this sorry excuse for a blog.

Posted by: no longer a reader | September 8, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Here is one of them....

Late in the fourth quarter, with Washington trailing 28-23 but driving for a potential game-winning touchdown, the Redskins faced a pivotal 3rd-and-10 at the Cowboys' 19-yard line.

Campbell dropped back to pass, then scrambled right to avoid pressure. He had room to run, but he saw Randle El trying to break away from Newman.

Campbell opted to throw the ball, but his pass was behind Randle El. Newman stepped in front of Randle El for the interception.

"It's one of those plays when you're trying to make a play," Campbell said. "I thought he was grabbed, but at the same time I probably should have tucked the ball and ran as hard as I could towards the end zone.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | September 8, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Come on Guys. The Eagles beat up on the Rams and the Cowboys beat up on a team that has no defense and was missing Jurevicious and Stallworth at WR. It's week one. Some of the teams that looked really good yesterday (Falcons) are going to go 7-9 or 6-10, happens every year.

Posted by: Wetrunway44 | September 8, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I think Colin Cowherd actually has very good points about the Redskins. If you take of your blinders and listen to what he says. He doesn't care if they win or lose, he is unbiased in that regard. He calls em like he see's em.

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

As far as the others I will keep looking, but that was one that came right up, I am pretty sure there were two other instances eerily similar to the Dallas game.

I haven't given up hope that he will grasp the system by the end of the season. But if he doesnt, he should not be rewarded with a hefty contract. As much like common sense as that might sound, our Front Office doesnt go by common sense.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | September 8, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

take "off" your blinders is what I meant.

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

JLC is NOT supposed to be a cheerleader of the Redskins, if cheerleading is what you want, may I suggest Larry Michael?

Soccer haters when you write your odious comments about the sport, try to use the correct pronoun: I. Not everyone agrees with you. Open your mind to all type of sports, you will have more fun.

JLC, I don't always agree with you, but I like what I read.

Posted by: x | September 8, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

run, but he saw Randle El trying to break away from Newman.

Campbell opted to throw the ball, but his pass was behind Randle El. Newman stepped in front of Randle El for the interception.


This is a prime example of having lousy receivers, "trying to break away", and a lousy QB! If he hadn't been injured, no way JC leads the Skins to the playoffs last year.

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

1. Brady is out for the year. JASNO, Maybe now (your cheating Patriots team) will feel mediocrity that this Redskin team and fans have felt for the last decade. Just maybe... maybe, you'll finally be able to relate to us fans instead of bashing the team as much as possible.

2. The Chargers last minute loss to Carolina. Ohh, how that just happens over and over again to good guy Norv Turner. It was so reminiscent of many skins games back in the day. I do not miss his (we just lost at the last second) facial expressions either!

Posted by: Looking back | September 8, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Here is the 2nd one psps23....

Ronde Barber became Tampa Bay's all-time interceptions leader with 3:40 remaining. Kelly picked off Jason Campbell's throw in the end zone with 17 seconds left to guarantee the Redskins (5-6) their third straight loss.

I am sure you wont agree with the statement that he lost these on his own, but you have to admit that he was a MASSIVE influence to the loss of both of these games I have posted so far. So far I am at 2. I will find you the 3rd eventually.

A QB that will lose you the game in the last minutes of battle is not a QB I would prefer to have as a starter. He needs to overcome these mistakes.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | September 8, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I like the soccer bit and am mad at bradley for not giving me something to take my mind off of how bad the 'skins are and the optimism police.

Posted by: pindar | September 8, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Soccer? You call what that was soccer?

Posted by: Pele | September 8, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

"Franklin,

That stern talk was so formal and earnest that it leaves me with that awkward mournful feeling I had when one of my childhood friends was scolded in public by his father.

To wit: Why don't you rise to your own standard in your writing and let Jason pursue what comes to mind in his writing. We're all coming to his blog, not yours Franklin. Please reflect honestly upon these words and we can discuss it again tonight. Billy's Dad"

Hello my anonymous friend or should I say Billy's Daddy! If you read the post I mentioned that I appreciate his honesty. We all understand the problems this team has, but the angle of the Washington Post towards the Redskins is a problem. You are blind if you do not see that as well. I am not a Vincent Cerrato fan either, can't stand him, but for the foreseeable future he is here to stay. As for Jason Lalalalalcanfarachi, I like when he writes openly about his thoughts since he is around the team daily, I just cannot stand along with others the articles he writes about well if Anthony Montgomery gets blown off the line of scrimmage that is somehow Snyder's fault. That example is not exclusive to Montgomery, just an example. If this team won more one on one matchups this would not always be a problem. These coaches sure liked some of these players. So have a good day anonymous friend or Billy's Daddy whichever you prefer.

Posted by: Franklin in D.C. | September 8, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

And why did we pass on Desaun Jackson?? That guy is flat out smooth. Wonder when media will ask Vinny that question. Wonder if we will ask why we passed on Peterson last year too? Imagine Portis and Peterson in the same backfield. Cerrato needs to go back to ESPN.

Posted by: rbbbbbbb | September 8, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Jason, I have to say the job you do is amazing. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Vinny C. | September 8, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Hah!!! Greg back to aruging over Boldin and I wasn't even here!! We could 'afford' Boldin by restructuring other contracts, the Skins mgmt has done this many times. Not easy, but its been done before.

The wisdom of doing this is questionable ... it has led to problems (like long contracts for guys like Jansen).

Even I'll say that Boldin is in AZ for the season at this point. In the NFC West, AZ was the only team to win their opening game. Seattle, who was the favorite in that division and the only other team to take seriously, got blown out. 'Zona wakes up today not just as the leader in that division, but the clear favorite to win. Favorites that are in first place don't trade away Pro Bowl guys (of course the owners are the moronic Bidwells ...).

To the extent there was a window for Q, I'd be certain its closed at this point. Too bad. A WR corp of Moss, ARE and Q is massively better than Moss ARE and Thrash (or Thomas or Kelly or McMullen)

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | September 8, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Here is what we need to see Sunday to feel better (5 keys):

-Sustained pressure from the front 4
-Better clock management and sense of urgency
-WR's to make plays other than those named Moss
-Involve Cooley
-Quicker decsion making and better tempo from the QB
-If there is a chance to catch and INT, make the play

Posted by: BB | September 8, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

To the extent there was a window for Q, I'd be certain its closed at this point. Too bad. A WR corp of Moss, ARE and Q is massively better than Moss ARE and Thrash (or Thomas or Kelly or McMullen)

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | September 8, 2008 11:51 AM

WR's are only good if the QB can get them the ball. Look what Philly did with relative unknowns and even Dallas. Romo wouldn't be half the qb he is without that offensive line. Any decent QB would be a probowler if they had all day to throw. We don't have that!

Posted by: Hmmm | September 8, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Here is one of them....

Late in the fourth quarter, with Washington trailing 28-23 but driving for a potential game-winning touchdown, the Redskins faced a pivotal 3rd-and-10 at the Cowboys' 19-yard line.

Campbell dropped back to pass, then scrambled right to avoid pressure. He had room to run, but he saw Randle El trying to break away from Newman.

Campbell opted to throw the ball, but his pass was behind Randle El. Newman stepped in front of Randle El for the interception.

"It's one of those plays when you're trying to make a play," Campbell said. "I thought he was grabbed, but at the same time I probably should have tucked the ball and ran as hard as I could towards the end zone.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | September 8, 2008 11:34 AM

Gator -- Campbell did make some poor plays in the clutch last year. No question. Though vs Dallas, I also recall the previous play. He threw a very catchable pass to Cooley at the 7 which Cooley should have caught, but didn't.

Campbell did play well reasonably last year. Crunch time was the worst part of his game.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | September 8, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

did you see the delhomme td to win the game throug two defenders?
the lofted td pass farve threw? even the long, one-on-one coverage td pass mcnabb threw down the right sideline?
All those throws were questionable, but the qb's took chances and gave their wr's a chance to go make a play. JC stands there looking for some wide open receivers, and when not there he ducks and falls. I'm convinced Zorn is trying to remedy this type of play not to lose mentality Gibbs instilled in JC. The sooner he learns to let go of the ball, the better the skins will be, more int's, but more td's as well.

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I like the post on soccer, so if your trying to speak for everyone else, keep you trap shut !

Posted by: Norman Womack | September 8, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

WR's are only good if the QB can get them the ball. Look what Philly did with relative unknowns and even Dallas. Romo wouldn't be half the qb he is without that offensive line. Any decent QB would be a probowler if they had all day to throw. We don't have that!

Posted by: Hmmm | September 8, 2008 11:59 AM

Thrash had one go thru his hands near the goal line. He couldn't get his second foot down before his knee touched out of bounds on a sideline pass. Thomas caught a pass just short of a first down on 3rd down.

Would a better WR made some, if not all, of those plays? Yup.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | September 8, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"JC stands there looking for some wide open receivers, and when not there he ducks and falls."

Nope ... he was sacked only once. No INTs. No turnovers. As ugly as it was, there are some positives

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | September 8, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

JC looked like a deer in headlights for the 1st part of the game and then seemed to settle down. (You can always tell by the eyes of the QB)

I think more shotgun will help his condifence as well. Smart coaching move there.

Posted by: BB | September 8, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"JC stands there looking for some wide open receivers, and when not there he ducks and falls."

Nope ... he was sacked only once. No INTs. No turnovers. As ugly as it was, there are some positives

Posted by: AL Zeke


I'm referencing his body of work, not just the last game. Boy, everyone's so literal on this blog. Greg, is the head of the logic police, zeke is the proofreader of all blogs!

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

top 5 Zeke calls from last week:

From before the game:
1. Intensity would be a big issue
-- no question ... it was
2. WRs were the weakest unit
-- sure looked that way
3. Campbell looked 'overcoached'
-- my observation after the Jax game ... a lot of others seem to agree with at this point

After the game:
4. Campbell looked much better out of the shotgun.
Alex and I both called it ... the next day, the Post article came out on this exact subject

and most important of all ....

5. Game 2 will be more telling than game 1

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | September 8, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2d2,

I'm not buying into your optimism 100% but seeing a bunch of other teams sh*t the bed yesterday definitely numbs the sting from Thursday's debacle. A win vs NO is key.

I've been gone for awhile...what's with all the JLa hating? Esp from lifers like Lisa?

Posted by: Jeff Hayes | September 8, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree more about Bob Bradley. The fact that Adu, Altidore, and Cooper aren't even on roster game after game is infuriating. And watching his son give the ball away and slide tackle into a yellow card a game is depressing as hell. How he scored so many goals for hs club team last year is beyond me. At least Eddie Johnson didn't play in Havanna. That's the only good thing I can say about the game.

Switching gears, the Saints game is a must win IMO. If we go 0-2, 0-4 is not far behind.

Posted by: gwt0199 | September 8, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Love the soccer twist. Bob Bradley is struggling, but they got the results. In years past we have lost those AND looked bad doing it. At least now we look bad but are winning.

We need to see where we stand against the better teams in events like next year's Confederations Cup to see if we can play with the big boys or not.

Posted by: GoldenChild | September 8, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

How'd the Jedi Master of the West Coast 0 Obi Wan Holmgren do yesterday? Did Hasselback light up the scoreboard against the Mighty Bills? By Jason Campbell's twitching ass, things are really looking up this year!
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"Jason Campbell has a "tell." The D-linemen know when he is about to snap the ball. I read a quote last year (can't remember who said it) that he lifts his hips just before he calls snap. Justin Tuck was getting ridiculous jumps last night.

Anyone else notice this?

Posted by: Ben | September 5, 2008 2:49 PM "


This is important because it's true. I'm not sure if it is every snap, but JC definitely leans back a decent amount right before the snap. Definitely a tell, which is exploited easily at this level.


Posted by: The Truth | September 5, 2008 3:40 PM

Posted by: flynnie | September 8, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Do not ever even mention soccer in the same post as the Redskins again. I lost allot of respect for you with that nonsense. This is the sports page, soccer is a game not a sport.

Posted by: Tim | September 8, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm tired of the glass-half-full-of-it crowd. How many years do we have to wait for this team to come around? Two playoff wins since 1993. Doesn't the current owner and his hare-brained GM structure owe it to us to prove themselves before we give them the benefit of the doubt? Or were the past 8 years just my imagination?
Contrast the debut of our team, a team that made the playoffs and were thought to be a threat to make it to the Super Bowl when we were on that tear last year, with that of the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons' owner stepped away from decision-making, hiring real football people to run the franchise in an unflashy but disciplined way. Atlanta was as down as a franchise could be, but through saavy draftwork and free agent signings seem to have rebounded.
Stop this ride, I want to get off.
Yes, it's only one game, but I'm perceptive enough to see where this is heading, knowing who's running the ship. Got better things to do with three hours of my life, even though a grew up immersed in the team. More of us need to send this message to the ownership, instead of bickering amongst ourselves.

Posted by: minor thread | September 8, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Got to wait more match on Bradley. Tactics tend to be very conservative on the road in CONCACAF Qualifying, but if the USA doesn't throttle Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago on Wednesday night then Gulati and the USSF need to take a hard long look at someone else! Jozy Altidore scores a hat trick for Villareal. USA! USA! USA! Hey, how about those US fans that snuck into Cuba for the match!

Posted by: Keenan | September 8, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

2. WRs were the weakest unit
-- sure looked that way
3. Campbell looked 'overcoached'
-- my observation after the Jax game ... a lot of others seem to agree with at this point

After the game:
4. Campbell looked much better out of the shotgun.
Alex and I both called it ... the next day, the Post article came out on this exact subject

and most important of all ....

5. Game 2 will be more telling than game 1

Posted by: AL Zeke


Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back Zeke!

The Wr's are one of many weak links on this team, and will continue to be so.
obvious, not visionary

JC overcoached? so he doesn't need to learn anything at all about the new system? He's demonstrated this fact through his exemplary body of work? again, ridiculous comment.


most Qb's look good out of the shotgun as it does afford more time to discern the play, trouble is, you can't rely on it for the whole game.


what exactly do you mean more telling for game 2? If they lose, what then? If they win? That doesn't change the fact they are deficient in many areas, it may however, add another hue to the rose colored glasses of the "too loyal fan base for this mediocrity!'

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

i agree with you minor thread, time for real leadership in the FO.

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | September 8, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

LaCanfora's soccer analysis is amateurish. Bradley has no forwards to play. Landon stinks no matter where you put him. He has to play Bradley to get him the experience he needs to be the main guy in SOuth Africa in 2010. He says that the game is abotu scoring goals, yet chastises Dempsey for taking control of the ball in the box and firing a shot in the net. Rediculous!

Posted by: moreno4prez | September 8, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey at least Bob Bradley doesn't promise West Coast offense only to deliver NOTHING NADA ZILCH!

Bradley at least low-balls his expectations.

I guess I'd prefer that to Zorn's campaign promises.

Posted by: Drew-ROC | September 8, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Week 1 of the NFL is in the books and I am already frustrated. 133 yards passing is just not going to do it. Could be a long season.

Regarding Bob Bradly, he has been playing the same formation for a while now and the team is clearly regressing. Fact is, with Bradley at the helm we are barely getting by some very poor teams now and creating few chances doing it. I can only guess that if this team struggles at home then Bradley will be canned. The game Wednesday night now takes on significance.

And to all the soccer haters, stop acting like the close-minded rednecks that you are. Soccer is not going anywhere but up and you should get on board and stop acting like, well, dumb, fat, ignorant Americans.

Posted by: JimZorn | September 8, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

You are totally on target with your Bradley comments! "Cheatin" Bob has no clue what he's doing. I think MNT might beat us at home now that they have Sven-Goran Eriksson under the helm. Cheatin Bob needs to put Altidore up top, and when is Freddy going to get some playing time, there is NO ONE with creativity on the field! But that's how Cheatin Bob likes it. He needs to get fired NOW!

Posted by: Rick | September 8, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Do not ever even mention soccer in the same post as the Redskins again. I lost allot of respect for you with that nonsense. This is the sports page, soccer is a game not a sport.

Posted by: Tim | September 8, 2008 1:00 PM

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Yeah, Genius, it is a "game" where every player plays both offense and defense, every position is a "skill" position, every player can score, a "game" where you don't play for a few seconds and then trot off the field and sit on a heated bench for 10 minutes or longer slopping up gatorade and wheezing into an oxygen mask until they call your number again, a "game" played by the players on the field rather than having practically every on-field decision made by a coaching committee in front of monitors.

JCL likes football as well as soccer, as do a number of readers. It's his blog. If that is too complex to get all 37 of your IQ points around, I can't help you.

Posted by: Ron | September 8, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

JLC.

Posted by: Ron | September 8, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

You still on the Adu Family payroll?

Posted by: JayBee | September 8, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Badda Booom! Word Up Drew-ROC.

Posted by: dadryan | September 8, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Fire Bradley... AMEN

Posted by: 10-4 | September 8, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Nice post Ron. BB needs to go and Bradley
Junior needs to go to the bench. Tim you are a joke, as are others that share your narrow point of view. JLC can write what he wishes on his blog. If you had the ability or intelligence then you would be writing; however, that is not the case.

Posted by: BB Sucks | September 8, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

go skins

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:29 AM | Report abuse

Just curious, Jason. Have you ever written anything this scathing about a coach you actually have to interview and cover? Or are you just being a fan-boy here?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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