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Blache Again Cautions Defense

Greg Blache's defensive players are hearing the same message about the Browns that they heard about the Rams last week: Under-estimate them at your own peril.

After the Browns gutted the Super Bowl champs on "Monday Night Football," the defensive coordinator had plenty of ammunition. "My one piece of advice to them was, 'Look at the film,'" Blache said.

Despite reports out of Cleveland that tight end Kellen Winslow, a game changer in the passing game, may still be held out Sunday because of an undisclosed illness that hospitalized him for three nights last week, Blache said, "We suspect fully that he will play, and play at a high level," which would present unique match-up problems for his linebackers.

Blache said he has not devoted an alot of time to the Wildcat formation that the Browns run from time to time (the Redskins spent some time in training camp on "crazy" formations like that), running it just three or four times per day with the scout team in practice this week.

Blache touched on several personnel issues.

He told new safety Mike Green early in the week, when the team signed him, that he would be inactive this week as he works off the rust from 8-plus months away from football. However, with Chris Horton still limping from an ankle injury and perhaps unable to play, Blache "might be forced to" play Green. Corner Shawn Springs figures to get more action at safety as well, he said, but with just LaRon Landry and Kareem Moore healthy right now, Green is getting "a crash course" in this defense (he is familiar with it from his time with Blache in Chicago).

Blache said Jason Taylor played more than anyone anticipated last week and is scheduled for more work in this game. Taylor is playing with a pad on the calf where he had surgery, and was not very effective last week, but is finally able to practice regularly now. Blache again praised the work of Demetric Evans filling in - there is no doubt in my opinion that Evans is superior to Taylor in the run game - and is comfortable with the rotation on the D Line, though he is still seeking more QB pressure in general.

Blache was glad to see Marcus Washington hopping around and making plays again, calling Sunday's effort Washington's best in perhaps years. "The old Marcus was back," Blache said, citing better health.

Overall, Blache's demeanor has been a little gruff lately, gruffer than usual. He admits he's not a very happy dude these days, chalking it up at one point possibly to "male menopause." ( I always enjoy talking to Blache, even if he's not in the best mood. He's a world-class quote, very insightful, and generally cracks me up once or twice each interview.)

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 16, 2008; 1:15 PM ET
 
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Comments

First!

We really need Chris Horton to play!

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

so jasno has a man crush on blache?

Posted by: dealer1 | October 16, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Horton being out would be quite bad. Ball-hawking skills would definitely come in handy against these Browns...

Posted by: hobbes9 | October 16, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Male Menopause, I feel sorry for those players right now.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

please god, heal up Chris Horton. We need him so badly.
Blache is a beast!!!

Posted by: marleyb313 | October 16, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Someone send Horton to Dr. Jedi

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

random question - How is Colt Brennan coming along in practices? Will he be ready to be THE backup QB next year?

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 16, 2008 1:18 PM

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 16, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Ok Skins28, if Horton's out would you rather have Green or Doughty in there? Just curious...

Posted by: outsider6 | October 16, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES once again, brought to you by the yahoos and Yahoo!

Cleveland vs Washington. Two enigmas. Cleveland was supposed to be good this season, came out bad, then whipped the team everyone thought was numero uno. The Skins misfiredin week 1, but after that were excellent against quality teams and beat them all -- then lost to a winless team at home. Crazy stuff.

Cleveland is a team that has to be thinking it can make the playoffs. The only division team they trail is Pittsburgh -- a team is vulnerable due to injuries.

In his last game, Derek Anderson had plenty of time to throw. Last year, Cleveland had a good young offensive line -- and many expected it to be better this year.

Which brings me to this week's focus. Jason Taylor. Is Blache understating where he is. By game time, he'll have had 10 days or so of good health and one (unproductive) game under his belt. By now, he should be pretty close to full speed. That knee problem from earlier should be much better. The compartment injury also allowed his knee extra time to recover.

If the Skins can show a good pass rush, its likely to come from Jason Taylor. Cleveland's LT is a stud vs Andre Carter, who hasn't been beating lesser guys so far. Blache may make some changes or throw a variety of looks at the Browns in order to find match ups that work. Pass rush always matters. Anderson riddled the jints defense, wasn't sacked and led 4 drives of 69 yards or more -- a complete turnaround from his prior games.

This week is one where the pass rush is likely to be especially critical. So the question is ... will our premier pass rusher, Jason Taylor, show up at last and be a difference maker?

And that is ZEKE's UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES for this week, brought to you by the hot babes ... and other people too, at Yahoo!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 16, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Moore is better than people think. I think it's possible for him to overtake Horton at some point. Horton is further ahead now because he played in similar defense in college.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | October 16, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

So, 2 days ago, JLaC qouted anonymous sources saying Doughty was baffled why they put him on IR so early? Now, he's looking into back surgery? And if he did play, he might have only been able to play only 1 or 2 games straight?

This is why you leave the business side of football to the GM and let players be players. They can't afford to wait and see with something like this. The season is only 21 weeks long, for us :-).......

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 16, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

skins28, consider it closed homie.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 16, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 16, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

As i do every week, I played the browns on madden. final score 35-13 Skins
In the game I got Portis to basically run all over the browns defense.
Portis 23-188 2td
JC- 277 yds 3td
Moss 6-112 1td
Cooley 6-83 1td
ARE 3-48 1td

Posted by: FAB88 | October 16, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

4th, thats a pretty good point. I take back the flat tire comments from earlier....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 16, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

For any Skins fans in ATLANTA, I found a new Reskins spot to watch the game.
here is the address
857 Collier Rd Nw
Atlanta, GA 30318 Map

(404) 350-0105

They are open Mon-Sat. And shut the place down on Sunday just for Redskins games. It's bring your own beer too. So you end up saving a little money most of the time too.

Posted by: dspinx | October 16, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I anticipate Jason Taylor (JT55) to have his breakout game against the Browns.

I say this because we are playing an AFC team, the Inferrior conference from wence he came........

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 16, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

May I also add that I picked off Anderson 4 times. 2 by Dirty Thirty, 1 by C-los, and 1 by Smoot

Posted by: FAB88 | October 16, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

'A coyote pelt, this is awesome'

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and a coyote pelt...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 16, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Good point 4th.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 16, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Greg. Now If we can get those Native Americans who put that curse on the team at the SuperBowl in Minny 17 years ago to remove it.

Maybe it was only for a generation and that time is up????

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 16, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Truth,

I think you should email Jason that question as that gives you a better chance at getting it answered.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

FAB88, assuming you have these stats in front of you, what did the Browns do?

Posted by: RedDMV | October 16, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Barry is on the practice field and reports that the following players are not participating: Jason Taylor, Carlos Rogers, Clinton Portis, Chris Samuels, Chris Horton.
And: Shaun Alexander is wearing No. 37, Mike Green No. 25.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 16, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Outsider6
if Reed were healthy I would would rather have him over Michael Green who has not played football in 8 months!!! Wow that is not saying anything! What a stupid question! I would sure hope a guy that has been a Redskins since 2006 and is very familiar with our defensive system would play over a guy that has been out of the league. Personally I would rather start rookie Kareem Moore over a healthy Reed Doughty. Kareem has a much bigger upside then Reed and the coaches seem to have high praise for him. I want him to continue to get experience and lets see what he can bring to the table.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,
Are any of these Redskins players that are not practicing in danger of missing the game on Sunday?

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Cindy how about Kelly? How is he looking in practice and have you heard any other talks about him going on IR or actually being activated for this game?

Posted by: jsmavisd | October 16, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Here's your text answer from Jasno, Truth:

He isn't practicing at all
Scout team - that's it
Collins barely even gets reps, much less him
He's shelved till otas - that's the gig

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 16, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

From PFT,

COP WHO RESPONDED TO PACMAN INCIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATION
Posted by Mike Florio on October 16, 2008, 1:23 p.m. EDT
The Dallas police officer who responded to the fight involving cornerback Pacman Jones and one of his babysitters is now the subject of an internal investigation regarding the sufficiency of his report.

According to WFAA, the department’s command staff believes that Officer Rodney Allen intentionally omitted key facts from the report, presumably to protect Jones.

WFAA has obtained a copy of Allen’s statement explaining the situation. And the statement is, well, bizarre. It suggests that Allen was at the scene even before the fight started. According to the statement, Allen was there when Jones arrived at the hotel.

And that makes us wonder whether Pacman’s ’round-the-clock security detail included not only off-duty police officers but also on-duty cops known to be favorable to the franchise, who would then be able to respond to any problems that might arise, and discreetly handle the situation.

By, for example, not even mentioning Pacman’s name in the report.

Something about this stinks, and it’s good that the powers-that-be in Dallas are trying to get to the bottom of it.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 16, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Braylon Edwards-WR-Browns Oct. 16 - 1:29 pm et

Braylon Edwards is expected to be shadowed by Redskins CB Carlos Rogers in Week 7. Shawn Springs typically mans up against big receivers, but Rogers is playing so well that it'd made sense to keep him on Edwards, who will line up on Rogers' usual right side. It will be the biggest test of the year for Rogers, who's coming off major knee surgery but playing at a Pro Bowl level.
Source: Washington Post


Jason Taylor-DL-Redskins Oct. 16 - 1:24 pm et

Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache says Jason Taylor's (calf) snaps will increase this week, but he may not start against Cleveland. Demetric Evans has been more effective in the run game even when Taylor's been healthy, so he may only play in a situational role. Taylor made four stops in Week 6 against St. Louis, but mostly struggled and had no sacks.
Source: Washington Post

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I guess all you clowns, think you know more then Greg Blache, why do you think we has been fazed out completely from our secondary in the last few weeks? It is because he flat out sucks. End of Story.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 1:34 PM

Or, you know, because he has an injury to his back, affecting a nerve, causing numbness down one of his legs, which makes it difficult to simply stand up and walk.

Posted by: 4-12 | October 16, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Has Moore done anything yet, does he suit up? I have not seen his name on the field.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

ew, cyn... ew.

lol

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 16, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Has Moore done anything yet, does he suit up? I have not seen his name on the field.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 1:46 PM

Alex,

He played alot the last couple of weeks.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 16, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"After the Browns gutted the Super Bowl champs..."

sounds like it came straight from the mouth of Doc Walker

Posted by: joeblazin | October 16, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Skins28 - yes, it was a stupid question. I figured that was the only type you were qualified to answer. You did well, by the way. I was afraid you'd say Green would be better. The whole "horrible player" thing really damaged your credibility.

I like Moore too -- but his injury slowed his progress. If Doughty's in there Sunday on that last pass that Torrence couldn't defend, which Blache said was Moore's fault (didn't blitz as he was supposed to), we might've won that game. You're right about Moore's upside but Doughty -- slow or not -- would have completed his assignment.

So to recap again: Doughty's better -- right now -- than both Green and Moore. Not bad for a horrible player!

Posted by: outsider6 | October 16, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

4-12 He sucked before he got hurt. He was benched in the middle of the Arizona game after he got burned badly by Larry Fitzgerald on that deep TD. He was healthy in that game, please stop making excuses for the guy. He is a likeable player but he is just flat out is not good.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

she don't lie
she don't lie
she don't lie...

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 16, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

dspinx, I saw your post on the last thread -- when Portis came in via trade, he made some kind of crazy deal with Ohalete for jersey #26, but for some reason he split it into two payments. Then Ohalete was cut or left or whatever and Portis apparently didn't feel any particular rush to make the second payment, or maybe he thought the whole thing was off, or whatever. Then Ohalete sued Portis for breach of contract or such as... and they settled, as someone noted above... it was ridiculous, of course, and Ohalete was right, but it sure was entertaining stuff, part of our introduction to the goofy/wonderful/enigmatic Clinton P. But I'm probably misremembering some of the details...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 16, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Red,
Anderson 146 yds 1td 4ints
J.Lewis 14-64
B.Edwards 3-28 1td
Winslow 5-67
i forgot the rest

Posted by: FAB88 | October 16, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Has Moore done anything yet, does he suit up? I have not seen his name on the field.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Moore has been in on a ton of ST tackles. He played last week and it was well documented that he didnt blitz when supposed to on their pass to avery at the end of teh game.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Flound, that PFT piece, has dirty written all over it. Shows you that money talks, and bull-stuff walks. The problem is that I'm not sure that Roger Goodell gives a rip at this point. He gave Pac a chance, and the tooth paste is out of the tube at this point.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 16, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Last we heard about Kelly, Zorn was going to push him in practice this week, see what he has and then they'd face a decision on what to do about him.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 16, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Chris Horton as a rookie is already leaps and bounds ahead of Doughty, he was after the first game he ever played in when he had 2 picks and a fumble recovery vs the Saints. Reed Doughty is supposed to be ahead of rookies, especially late round drafts that Moore and Horton were. That really is not saying much.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

the only trouble I had with the browns in the game was on special teams. Cribbs kept having decent returns

Posted by: FAB88 | October 16, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I think they'll all play Sunday.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 16, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I missed that game last week for my grandmothers 80th. Sorry for not realizing.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,

As in play him or put him on IR?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 16, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Like Horton was benched when he blew the coverage on Witten against the 'pokes?

Like the coaches from the previous staff, and this current staff too, rave about Doughty?

But yeah dude, *don't let facts get in the way* of your "he sucks" argument.

*bonus points on the way to Beantown from me for borrowing this phrase*

Posted by: 4-12 | October 16, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

If Cleveland is going to be effective against us, it'll be thru the air. They do have a run game, but we've done well against several good run games.

Evans vs Taylor? They both will play, but Taylor is the guy who is here to disrupt other teams passing games. For #55, its showtime!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 16, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

DANG-IT!!!!

Guys, no more bonus points...none....I'm giving the things away like Christmas Fruitcakes, and STILL can't make a dent in my supply.

I swear the little friggers are multiplying......

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 16, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Greg, "toothpaste is already out of the tube" ... never heard that one before ... but I like it

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 16, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I interpreted Zorn's remark as meaning they might IR him.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 16, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Damn,
I asked a question to La Canfora in his chat and he did not answer. Maybe its because I closed the question with F Larry Michael

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

4-12

Sorry that Chris Horton made a bad play as a rookie in only 3rd game ever as a pro. Give me a break. That guy has been a playmaker for us. He was the 4th to last pick in the entire draft and he is going out and making plays every week. I am sorry he has 3 Picks and a fumble recovery, not mention he had 10 tackles last week vs the Rams. Get a clue. Why is your name 4-12 anyways? Do you honestly feel that we are going to lose the rest of our games? Some fan you are!

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

As i do every week, I played the browns on madden. final score 35-13 Skins
In the game I got Portis to basically run all over the browns defense.
Portis 23-188 2td
JC- 277 yds 3td
Moss 6-112 1td
Cooley 6-83 1td
ARE 3-48 1td

Posted by: FAB88 | October 16, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse


Sure that worked REAL WELL last week against the Rams.

Posted by: virtueandvice | October 16, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope Kelly plays this weekend that would be a great lift. We need someone to run the slant.

Posted by: Gweez | October 16, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

As for Doughty -- don't forget this guy has less than a full season being out there. He's a young pup. He got thrown in cold with the injury to ST21, and Landry switched postitions. Give credit where it is due. During the hot run last season, Doughty was very solid part of a very good defense.

Its so hard to know how guys will recover from an injury, I just go with the odds (which C Rogers has absolutely beaten). A healthy Doughty is an asset to this team.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 16, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the insight Nate,

Posted by: dspinx | October 16, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

chat link anyone?

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 16, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 16, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Skins28, you just showed you're too much of a newbie.

4-12 has been 4-12 since.....the last time we've been 4-12 (or 5-11/6-10, but does the # really matter, we tanked that year).....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 16, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Love the positive comments on Doughty -- thanks for the help. But I think Skins28 is beyond hope. He's a mental midget.

Not sure how this became a "Doughty vs. Horton/Moore" debate. I think both rookies were good pickups... but they're just rookies. Horton had an obvious edge playing for DeWayne Walker at UCLA. He took the GWilliams/Blache defense with him, so Horton knows all the terminology. In that sense he's probably on par with Doughty in experience, with an edge in athleticism. Moore is a rookie in the classic sense but he's developing nicely.

Bottom line: I'd like to have all 3 on the roster next year. Get well fast Reed!!

Posted by: outsider6 | October 16, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Only thing about Reed is he cannot tackle kinda hurts you when your a saftey, comes with the job. Still great person from what ive heard I wish him the best in life even beign stongly aginst him being on a field in a skins jersey.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

If "annandale, VA" is reading this umm the World Cup isn't played this year but even if it were there is no way that England wins it. Even with an Italian Coach.

Posted by: Gweez | October 16, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

England couldnt even make the Euros, and they like live near there.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"4-12 has been 4-12 since.....the last time we've been 4-12 (or 5-11/6-10, but does the # really matter, we tanked that year).....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 16, 2008 2:18 PM"


oh excuse us for not being regulars!!!!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 16, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

My Friends let me settle this Reed issue with a little story about a plumber name Joe. Now Joe is a big fan of watching the Clevland Browns, his local team as a Toledo man. Joe said that he has been saddened by the news of Reed being out because he hoped that the Browns passing game would be helped by that.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Doughty's tackling was one of the areas he was most praised for by coaches. The only legitimate knock on him is speed... he ain't fast! But he compensated well through excellent preparation and sound positioning.

Posted by: outsider6 | October 16, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I was away when the Skins grabbed Alexander ... so tell me again, how have these older guys they've signed worked out in the Danny era? At least he is inexpensive.

George Allen knew how to pick vets, the Spaghetti Gang, not so much. But this feels like a Zorn driven choice.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 16, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I am going to laugh so hard at all of you when at the of the season we do not bring back Doughty and he ends up unsigned in the NFL. He wont even get the NFL minimum.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Probably more Stump Mitchell than Zorn. I really would have preferred Marcus Mason, but if Alexander really is healthy, given the way the O-line has been creating space on the edge, he could be dangerous. And he catches balls out of the backfield well.

Heal quick Ladell... we miss ya.

Posted by: outsider6 | October 16, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I listened to JayTay on the radio down here this morning. Dont' expect too much from him now.

He is NOT healthy and admitted as much on the show. He wants to play and will help as much as he can, but he sounded really down. More than I've ever heard him.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 16, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If we keep Alexander and get back Betts, Can you say 3 back set?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

My Friends
alex35332

Where is my hammer? After months of hearing that from McCain if I ever hear "my friends" it will way too soon.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 16, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Skins28... we decided not to wait. We're laughing at you now.

Posted by: outsider6 | October 16, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Joe said that he has been saddened by the news of Reed being out because he hoped that the Browns passing game would be helped by that.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 2:38 PM |

And Obama said "If I'm elected, Doughty will play every play for Joe." But McCain pointed out that "Joe won't be able to watch him because taxes will be so high that Joe will be working Sunday afternoons."

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 16, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

F you Outsider6 you have no idea what you are talking about. Reed Doughty is garbage, he will not be a Redskins next year. Should I send you a box of tissues so you can cry when this happens?

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Sorry if this has already been posted, but it makes interesting reading:

Few people know wide receivers and the Dallas Cowboys better than former Pro Bowl cornerback Deion Sanders, now an analyst on NFL Network.

So it was curious to hear Sanders’ answer when he was asked what he thought of the deal that will send a first-, third-, and sixth-round pick to Detroit for wide receiver Roy Williams and a seventh-round pick.

“Don’t like it one bit,” Sanders said. “First of all, it raises your eyebrows when a franchise gives up their best player, their best receiver. There’s a problem there. What’s the problem? I don’t understand. I’ve done my homework, checked on Roy. I don’t think Roy’s the hardest worker inside that Detroit Lion locker room that’s coming over here. Now, is he ready to play second fiddle? Because T.O. is the man in Dallas. Is he ready to do that? Is he losing speed? Can he get deep? What do they need?

“You give up a 1, a 3 and a 6 for Roy Williams when there’s a guy, Chad Johnson, who’s begging to get out of Cincinnati. I’m sure Cincinnati could accept a 1, 3 and 6….

“I smell panic, and there’s no need to panic at this time. Because this is still a good team, but I feel like Jason Garrett may have gone to Jerry Jones [and said], ‘You know what? We need another receiver.’ Tony Romo: ‘You know what? We need another receiver.’ Instead of understanding, well, Jason, they might have caught up to your offense from last year. Tony, get rid of the ball every once in a while. Let’s tell the truth to these guys. Let’s quit pacifying them.”

And Sanders was not alone in his sentiments, though his were the strongest. On NFL Network’s Total Access, Marshall Faulk said: “I don’t see where Roy Williams makes them better. I feel like for Dallas, they need DBs. They needed a DB. I don’t see how Roy Williams is going to help them unless they outscore everybody.”

Posted by: RedskinWillie | October 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't see Reid coming back as a starter but maybe on STeams.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah he did have great positioning, but could never wrap up his man, he always got beat during his breakdown. Coaches prob liked him in practice cause you dont tackle all the way you let go after squaring the guy up. He could always be trusted to be there in position to square a guy up but could never get them to the ground.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Now I'm laughing so hard my eyes are watering... guess I could use those tissues after all. Grow up, Skins28. It's just a silly football blog, you knucklehead.

Posted by: outsider6 | October 16, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

CINDY/JASNO -

Whats the latest on Horton hears an ankle? We need him in there with Reed out.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 16, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Outsider6 just be ready to eat your when we opt not to resign Reed in the offseason and no other team signs him. I do not want to hear some excuse that he is not healthy or some crap when this happens.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Alex and Stu -- I agree on Doughty. I mentioned in an earlier thread that he was never projected as a starter... Sean Taylor and LaRon Landry were going to be the best safety tandem the NFL's seen in a long time. Doughty's brains and work ethic added something that a guy like Skins28 can't understand... there are some players who contribute off the field too. Anyway, Doughty's a solid backup and special teams stalwart. If healthy, he'll be back.

Posted by: outsider6 | October 16, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

++Despite reports out of Cleveland that tight end Kellen Winslow, a game changer in the passing game, may still be held out Sunday because of an undisclosed illness that hospitalized him for three nights last week...++++

Ah that's just nuts.

Posted by: TheCork | October 16, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Kelly?

Posted by: Devo2 | October 16, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

outsider6 and skins26,

You are the two most boring twirps up here today. If Reed Doughty is with the team next year, or not, no one but the two of you will remember your silly cat fight. Why don't you get a hotel room together and work it out in privacy?

Posted by: troll1 | October 16, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

++++Male Menopause, I feel sorry for those players right now.

Posted by: alex35332+++

Dude, save your sympathy for Blache...

MM is a beeyotch--er, or so I've been told.

Posted by: TheCork | October 16, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

oh excuse us for not being regulars!!!!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 16, 2008 2:36 PM

So The Truth is claiming to not be a regular again. That's great. Just absolutely hilarious.

Posted by: BCBarney | October 16, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Thats nuts

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

+++Any word on Kelly?

Posted by: Devo2 +++

Not to be Alarmist, but trainers have decided to try Ice Nine on his knee...

Posted by: TheCork | October 16, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Still upset over what could have been. AREA 51 would have revolutionized safty play forever!

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The Truth went to Charleston College. When he says "I'm not regular" he's saying something different from what we're hearing. He thinks that "regular" means "normal."

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 16, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"+++...will our premier pass rusher, Jason Taylor, show up at last and be a difference maker?

And that is ZEKE's UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES for this week+++

Good point Zeke. i've been impressed with all one of Taylor's sacks this year.

Seriously, the last Premiere with pass rush skills like Taylor has shown this year was named Khrushchev.

Posted by: TheCork | October 16, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

AREA 51 would have revolutionized safty play forever!

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 3:16 PM |

If we still had Area 51, Roy Williams would have refused the trade to Dallas. No way he would have faced Area 51 twice a year.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 16, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree Stu... tragic. Especially with the plays of our corners this year.

As for Troll1, you're right. Skins28 won't remember this next year. And I won't remember it tomorrow!

Posted by: outsider6 | October 16, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

All in good fun, Zeke. My column will be up soon, and it will be your turn...
You beat me to the punch on Thomas v. Carter--but I've got a suggestion to compensate...

Cork

Posted by: TheCork | October 16, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I keep waiting for someone to speak up on behalf of Cincinnati. Anyone?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 16, 2008 10:44 AM |

I'll speak up for Cincinnati. I have some family out there and I visit twice a year.

- Peter Frampton lives there.
- Cincinnati Chili is really very good. (Alex for your food thing - there are a lot of people of German descent in Cincinnati - go with Brats for that game)
- They have a great Oktoberfest.
- The Zoo is cool.
- The Purple People Bridge. http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc21280.php
- A water park called The Beach changes into a winter wonderland during winter. You can slide down the water slides with no water. Don't know how they carry insurance but it was fun!
- Mount Adams http://www.mtadamstoday.com/

Of course, the midwest is very different from the east. And I'm not leaving Virginia! but it's not a bad place to visit. Certainly not when you can catch a Redskins game while you're at it. I'll be there!
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Hey guys, I just got my 'Skins-Bungles tickets today. I got two $59/each end zone ticks for $64 total (including fees, shipping, etc) from StubHub. Last time I went to a 'Skins away game was in '03 in Atlanta when Vick got hurt in the preseason and Falcons fans dumped their ticks on Ebay. It was about 60% 'Skins fans and very fun. You should consider going if you are within decent driving distance. Plus, my wife is from Cincy, and it is surprisingly a pretty good town. And, the chili is VERY good.

Posted by: jwlemons | October 16, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

For all of you ragging on Jason Taylor, here's a question.

If the Skins don't go get him, who plays that position? And before you say Demetric Evans, understand that he plays a lot, but only as part of a rotation. If Blache and company thought he could handle it full time, don't you think they would have spoken up?

Rag, mama, rag. It makes it tough to slog thru the blog sometimes.

Posted by: RedskinWillie | October 16, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I want an injury update on are guys that missed practice today.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

+++Doughty's brains and work ethic added something that a guy like Skins28 can't understand...+++

I've read his posts. Believe me, it's only one of a long list of things Skins28 doesn't understand...

Posted by: TheCork | October 16, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Hope to see some RI'ers for the Cinci game. Already talked with one. Anymore takers? JWLemons?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 16, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm definitely there - already got my tickets. Cincinnati is notorious for giving up on their teams, so there should continue to be tickets available at good prices. I think it would be sweet to make it a "home" crowd for the 'Skins since we only have one December game at FedEx and will most likely be making a playoff push.

Posted by: jwlemons | October 16, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Skins28,

I was not a fan of Reid the FB player either. Good effort guy, teams...but no way should be starting or nickel guy in the secondary. You will find no disagreement here.

However, the reason you came of like SJK-heel is the vitriol you spewed at the dude. Its well documented about his kids illness, his deafness, now a cracked back...not to mentioned the fact that he gave maximum effort even when the skills were not there. So it just smells lame when you throw around insults and act like a dude laughing in his injured face. Dig?

Also he filled in like a champ after #21 last season.

So maybe come off the rhetoric cliff, huh?

Posted by: chrislarry | October 16, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't we try doing that for the Ravens game? More realistic to take that stadium

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

+++He was benched in the middle of the Arizona game after he got burned badly by Larry Fitzgerald on that deep TD. +++---SKINS28

Beat by THAT bum? Hard to believe.--CORK

+++He was healthy in that game, please stop making excuses for the guy. He is a likeable player but he is just flat out is not good.+++ Skins28

Unless you are God or a Redskins trainer--and I pray it's neither, you HAVE NO IDEA what his physical condition was in that game.

NFL Players play hurt. Anyone who knows ANYTHING about the NFL knows that those who complain about injuries soon become ex-players. So you gut it out and try.

Here's a guy with a sick infant, sudden hearing loss and a bad back. And he's out there trying.

If he's a "horrible player" explain how he played extremely well during the Redskins playoff run last year?

And if you ever had a pinched nerve in your spinal column you'd be in a wheelchair, not trying to play football.

I've had that problem and my top end speed was reduced to 1.3 MPH--downhill.

Posted by: TheCork | October 16, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Cork, my column runs once a week during the season. You may be shocked to discover this, but I actually do this for free. And it is all (mostly?) good fun. Though it would be even more fun if Cindy (and what a wonderful person she is) wants to pay me for my above average insights. Plus I could add a few tax deductions, like that new hi def TV I've been mulling over ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 16, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The Truth is irregular?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 16, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The Cork,
Blah Blah Blah... We will not resign Reed Doughty this offseason, Mark my words. Case Closed.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 16, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

FYI all, an independent group is going to be doing a 4th debate to be broadcast by C-Span where they invited all 6 candidates that can win the election.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 16, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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