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Awards? Now? Nah....

We're almost at the midpoint of the season, so we're still a ways off from awards territory, but I figure it's a decent time to at least mull some of the unsung heroes on the club. Two guys who jumped out to me were fullback Mike Sellers and defensive lineman Demetric Evans.

Clinton Portis is getting all kinds of props right now, and justifiably. But on most of his big gains, Iron Mike is a stride or two in front of him helping clear a path. Sellers isn't being utilized nearly as much in the passing game as in some recent years, and with so many running backs toting the ball, his days as a short-yardage back have dwindled as well. No longer an H-back, he's pretty much a lead-blocking bulldozer this season, and he is beating people up every week.

Sellers has always excelled at this part of his job, but he seems to have stepped it up over what we've seen in the past, with one central job in what has been a ball-control offense the past month, and that's saying something.

Evans should on the short list of guys the Skins should try to re-sign/extend this winter. Once again, It's like 2005, when he was thrust into heavy reps and responded well. Only now he is a more complete player. He has bulked up and added upper-body strength, is a far more disruptive force against the passing game when asked to play tackle, and has been a big part of the reason why teams haven't been able to run on Washington.

A lot of teams planned to try to gash the Skins on the end, targeting Andre Carter and Jason Taylor for power running plays, but with Evans playing a lot of run snaps in Taylor's place, there hasn't been a whole lot of room to operate. With tackle Cornelius Griffin in and out of games because of injuries, Evans's presence has been vital and he made one of the plays of the year thus far by knocking down that fourth-down, goal-line pass Sunday.

Just figured these guys deserved a little pub, and I hope you guys agree.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 22, 2008; 8:21 AM ET
 
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Couldn't agree more. Not to mention that Big Mike play on a lot of teams as well.

Good stuff...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 22, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

first again?

Posted by: svxcountry1 | October 22, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Did Riggo ever carry 370 times in a season?

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | October 22, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Where is Flounder, he will know the answer to that.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | October 22, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

cbssportsline, is reporting that Ty Law is headed to Dallas for a visit with the pukes...good, that is EXACTLY what they need, an older player who's best day's are long since gone. That was a move that the Redskins would have made 7 years ago......

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 22, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Did Riggo ever carry 370 times in a season?

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | October 22, 2008 8:29 AM

1983

375 carries 1,347 yards 24 TD's

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 22, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Is everyone having their grande latte enema or something?
Glad to see Jansen is back to form and the starting officially. He is a far better run blocker than Heyer and his pass protection has been much improved.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | October 22, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Flounder, you are a God.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | October 22, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

The are so desperate they will sign anyone with a heartbeat at this point.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 22, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Flounder, you are a God.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | October 22, 2008 8:39 AM

Thats the rumor.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 22, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

1983

375 carries 1,347 yards 24 TD's

Wow, to JLas point, Riggo was DONE after that season as well. Hell, that was the year he was in the hospital after each game on their run to getting smoked by the (in my best Berman) Raaaaiiiiidddderrrss.

Posted by: Club320 | October 22, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Either on Sunday or Monday night football this week, one of the announcers mentioned that it was now illegal to have a "wedge buster" on kickoff returns. This was one area that I remember I loved watching Mike Sellers.

If they banned wedge busting, shouldn't they have banned the wedge as well? How else are you gonna stop it?!

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | October 22, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

If Portis carries 370...he'll go way over Riggo's mark of yards...that's for sure. I'm betting (if he plays all game) that he goes over 1000 this week.

Posted by: svxcountry1 | October 22, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Wow, to JLas point, Riggo was DONE after that season as well.

lol
JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 22, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Good morning,

I'd like to start off the day by jumping on the pile that captjim is buried under.

Are you seriously calling the Skins a "one-trick" pony b/c our running game is awesome and we have a good defense?

I seem to recall the Steelers, Ravens, and Bucs, winning SuperBowls with this formula.

So last year when the Pats were ranked first in passing and 13th in running, by your logic the running game wasn't holding it's own, huh? Barely in the top third of the league? The Pats RBs and running backs coach should have been fired?

Your passing game stat is based on one thing - passing yards per game. If we are moving the ball by running (and we do have the number 1 rusher in the league), then that means we have no need to go deep very often, and it will limit the number of pass attempts per game.

We have a coach who is willing to evolve his offensive philosophy to accomodate the talent on this team and finr a winning formula - and you are criticizing him for it?

No, my friend, you may not have homer salvia dripping from your mouth - maybe it's rabies foam.


Posted by: p1funk | October 22, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

If Portis carries 370...he'll go way over Riggo's mark of yards...that's for sure. I'm betting (if he plays all game) that he goes over 1000 this week.

Posted by: svxcountry1 | October 22, 2008 8:43 AM |

Very true Riggo only averaged 3.6 a carry that year, those were some very tough yards.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 22, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Flound, no kidding about the Cowboys at this point. They're going to have a draft next year like the skins used to have. Lots of sitting around, and not much drafting....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 22, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

JLa, does the FO get any kudos for getting these heretofore unheralded fellas on the roster? Or am I pushing it?

Posted by: p1funk | October 22, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

p1, I think capjim was euthanized, or neutered, thanks to Flound.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 22, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I got to say that I like Mike but think he will get shorted from the pro-bowl this year because non skins fans won't know anything about what he does for the run game.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 22, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I hate to be the guy that comes and stomps on a fella that is already beat up...but he deserved it.

Posted by: p1funk | October 22, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Riggo was already an old man football wise in '83 and still carried 375 times? Man, that legend keeps gettin bigger. The man was a beast!
In all seriousness, one cannot help but be impressed with the way Coach Zorn has brought this group together. I realize it is very early but he seems to have that secret ingredient that cannot be measured or quantified that makes him a true leader of men.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | October 22, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I always appreciate Doc Walker's perspective. For years he's been singing the praises of "Caveman" Sellers on his shows. Doc's a guy who knows how to identify/praise great players, like Sellers, who don't have opportunities for flashy stats.

Posted by: p1funk | October 22, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Wow, to JLas point, Riggo was DONE after that season as well. Hell, that was the year he was in the hospital after each game on their run to getting smoked by the (in my best Berman) Raaaaiiiiidddderrrss.

Posted by: Club320 | October 22, 2008 8:42 AM

1984

327 1239 3.8 14 in 14 games

1985

176 677 3.8 8 in 12 games

Retired after the 1985 season.

Riggo had played 11 years before he carried more than 300 times in a season, his high before that was 260.

Clinton has carried 300 times in a season 3 times, he carried 275 times and 290 times in his two years in Denver.

2006 he only carried 127 times but he only played 8 games.

Portis is at 163 carries in 7 games this year, not sure what that will project to over the course of the season but it will be a lot.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 22, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Portis is at 163 carries in 7 games this year, not sure what that will project to over the course of the season but it will be a lot.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 22, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Flound, I hope its alot. The kind of $ he's making and the way he demands time off in the preseason, the team needs to get is money's worth now and he's delivering.

Posted by: p1funk | October 22, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

God love Mike Sellers. To say he is a beast is a gross understatement.

Posted by: Cobain | October 22, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Yeah the whole point of the 370 carries thing was that is ruins a back that dosent typically carry a heavy worklaod like that. CP26 has been a prototypical workhorse in his years at WAS he has gotten probably the most carries of any NFL back during his complete season. This stat applies more to a Larry Johnson or someone who typically dosent do 300+ a year then gets a ton of carriers, they generally never are the same. With Clinton having done close to that amount of carriers before he would have to be considered an exception to the rule, a Di*ckhead if you will.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 22, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

p1, are you serious?? If he's up around 370 at the end of the year, he's going to be ground chuck by the time the playoffs arrive. He's already showing nicks, but you want him to get more carries...?? That doesn't make sense. I don't care how much he's being paid, grinding him into the ground is going to prove to be detrimental to the overall success of the team.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 22, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I was just watching the game yesterday and I thought that was A Montgomery knocking down that pass.

So many passes got knocked down by the D Line, I may have mixed it up....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 22, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

You know all those outlandish, superhuman things they say Chuck Norris can do. Well, Mike Sellers is like, better at all that stuff. (Sorry, I'm working on my hyperbole.)

Posted by: LittleSoren | October 22, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

beeps...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 22, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

All Hail Flounder!

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | October 22, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

p1, are you serious?? If he's up around 370 at the end of the year, he's going to be ground chuck by the time the playoffs arrive. He's already showing nicks, but you want him to get more carries...?? That doesn't make sense. I don't care how much he's being paid, grinding him into the ground is going to prove to be detrimental to the overall success of the team.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 22, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm not saying he doesn't need spells or doesn't need his workload monitored. What I'm saying is that I WANT A FREAKING SUPERBOWL, and if we need to turn CP into ground-chuck in order to get it, then so be it. That's why he gets paid. I love CP on gameday, but I ascribe to the Doc Walker theory of football players - if you haven't delivered a ring, then you are replaceable, and no one gets special treatment.

Posted by: p1funk | October 22, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Mike Sellers has been among my top 3 or so favorite players for years now. What a beast!

Posted by: brian71490 | October 22, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Either on Sunday or Monday night football this week, one of the announcers mentioned that it was now illegal to have a "wedge buster" on kickoff returns. This was one area that I remember I loved watching Mike Sellers.

If they banned wedge busting, shouldn't they have banned the wedge as well? How else are you gonna stop it?!

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | October 22, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

They didn't ban wedge busting, but you can't go low on the guys forming the wedge. You have to hit them high. If that was the case they could just form the wedge let the guy run behind it.

Posted by: wstclair | October 22, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I think Evans isn't really that good but has played above average based on expectations. We really need to draft a big time DT in the next year or two.

Posted by: hender_22 | October 22, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

All hail the Beastman, for he is......

Posted by: dspinx | October 22, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I love CP, but he'll wear down towards the end of the year if we don't get Betts back by the Cowboys game to take off some of the load. If we were blowing out some of these supposed 'weak' teams (St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit), CP wouldn't be carrying 25 times a game as we'd have things in hand before the 4th quarter.

CP is probably our most valuable player (besides possibly JC) and we'll need him as healthy as possible for games in December vs. NY and Philly when we are jockeying for playoff position. Not to mention that guys who are nicked up like CP are more susceptible to other injuries and are less effective as the season goes along. He's essentially carried the team on his back the last 4 games and we'll need the passing game to hit some deep balls against Detroit so we're not in a grind it out game in the 4th quarter.

The Detroit game should be a blowout with Shaun Alexander carrying 10-15 times in the second half during garbage time.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 22, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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