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Blocking Will Be Key for Betts' Replacement

From Jason Reid:

In addition to their running and receiving skills, running backs Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts are considered outstanding blockers. Portis and Betts excel at picking up blitzes in pass protection, coaches and players said, inspiring confidence in quarterback Jason Campbell.

"Clinton and Ladell, both those guys, they really do the job back there as far as giving me that extra time" to locate pass catchers in patterns, Campbell said. "If Clinton or Ladell are in there to pick up the blitz, I know that's what they're going to do.

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"They look at it like that's a big part of their job. When you have backs who take that pride in their blocking the way those guys do, it can only help your whole offense."

With Betts possibly sidelined a month because of a sprained left knee, the Redskins this week signed Shaun Alexander - a former NFL MVP - to fill a reserve role behind Portis. But even if Alexander displays flashes of the running form that enabled him to lead the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl XL, he never was among the best blockers at his position.

Return specialist Rock Cartwright, also considered effective in pass protection, could have an increased role on offense against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at FedEx Field, coaches said, but Alexander must block well enough to get on the field. And if Alexander blocks ineffectively, the Redskins probably would lean more on Cartwright or tip their hand when Alexander comes in, indicating a running play.

"If I had to rate Shaun as a pass protector among the backs that we have here right now, I would say he would be the last one, in terms of pass protection," said running backs coach Stump Mitchell, also Alexander's position coach with the Seahawks. "Will he pick up his guy? Yeah, he will.

"Will he pick him up as fluid or as good as these other guys? No. They're more powerful blockers than Shaun. But rarely did Shaun go being a problem [sic] with sacks during the season. He's going to get in front of guys. Rock and these other guys have better form. Maybe these guys just had a better teacher in [former Redskins running backs coach] Earnest Byner."

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If you're going to FedEx, the Weather Gang has the updated forecast

By Cindy Boren  |  October 17, 2008; 11:58 AM ET
 
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Comments

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Posted by: theFreshinAU | October 17, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Hail
Boxers
1st
From 4th!

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 17, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Dissin' the new guy...

Posted by: Alan4 | October 17, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Someone on the previous thread mentioned Braylon Edwards' comments re the Redskins. Is there a link to that?

What did he say?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 17, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Shaun needs to be behind Rock

Posted by: JABrooks | October 17, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Beep-beeped agaiN! Cut back on the Jason's caffein, wouldja?
Reposted because it has SKIPPY news...


+++Not to sound pessimistic or anything.....

Posted by: TheCork | October 17, 2008 11:32 AM

Isn't that your MO??

Though I did like your Skippy persona...

Posted by: Skins930 |+++

I'm a professional curmudgeon, in case you haven't figured it out yet.

Skippy has been busy lately. He was called to Washington to help out with the financial crisis, but we expect him back in the trailer park, soon.

Apparently the Skipster was fired when he suggested the solution was simply to fix the Lemon Meringue infrastructure and send a slice to everyone. Cheney ate a whole pie and ended up in the hospital for a Heart Zap and a Pedicure..

Skippy called last night claiming he tapped Sarah Palin behind the Lincoln Memorial, but he's SUCH a kidder.

Posted by: TheCork |

Posted by: TheCork | October 17, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

From that last thread, I love Springs. I couldn't tell if you guys were suggesting otherwise, but I say he must stay as a starting corner for as long as he can stand up. The guy is irreplaceable, by which I mean that the only way to replace our 6'0" 204 pound ball-hawking CB from Ohio State would be with this 6'1" 201 pound ball-hawking CB from Ohio State.

http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=87746&SPID=10408&DB_OEM_ID=17300&ATCLID=1059260&Q_SEASON=2008

Posted by: dcsween | October 17, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Allman's over Pierce's anytime, and get a milkshake also

Posted by: Tappahannock | October 17, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Someone explain to me again why we signed Shaun Alexander?

Posted by: p1funk | October 17, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

p1, because Rock plays on EVERY special team, and Betts was going to be down for a month.....what part is unclear, or confusing to you??

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 17, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Cindy, this Capital Weather "Gang" ... are they the ones holding the gnome hostage? and do you know what they require for ransom?

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

Posted by: dcsween | October 17, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Someone explain to me again why we signed Shaun Alexander?

Posted by: p1funk | October 17, 2008 12:30 PM |
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A. Ladell Betts is injured.

B. We got him for the league minimum.

It's a no-lose situation.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 17, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know if Malcolm Kelly is playing on Sunday?

Posted by: hender_22 | October 17, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse
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Yep he's defo playing. Elvis will also be spelling Cooley at TE and John Lennon is our new punter

Posted by: mikeysuperdons | October 17, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

And why in particular Alexander... he knows our coaches, he pretty much knows this offense, he appears to be rested and ready...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 17, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Allman's over Pierce's anytime, and get a milkshake also

Posted by: Tappahannock | October 17, 2008 12:29 PM |

Whenever I go to Williamsburg I eat at Pierce's, but I have to say that I think the food there is just okay. I've lived and eaten BBQ all over the south and I would rank Pierce's in the bottom 1/4th. Mind you, BBQ is like sex: even when it's bad it's still great.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 17, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Browns, you don't really want it. Wax em skins.

Posted by: jsa80 | October 17, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

going back ... on the UFO defense with everyone standing ... you power run against it. The reason players get into a 3 point stance is because you can generate power going straight ahead. Standing allows you to go left right and backwards more quickly.

Those who have wrestled know how being low gives you leverage. If a player is upright, they are more mobile to go left right and back.

So its power running between the tackles ... which we do well.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 17, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse


From Schein on foxsports.com:

Here's what the Redskins running back had to say after Washington was humbled at home by the winless Rams last weekend:

"The headlines got good. The guys started high-fiving," Portis said. "We hadn't thought ahead all season long until this week. ... The previous four games, the focus was there."

That's pretty damning stuff. And he's also ripping his head coach Jim Zorn. With the way Zorn's coached to start this season, that's unacceptable.

Portis has had an MVP-caliber season thus far. But it will be interesting to see his teammates react to those words with their play against the Browns in Washington this Sunday.


I may have missed this being discussed but it seems to me this guy is spinning this in the wrong direction and just trying to cause problems.

Posted by: will_ga | October 17, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

You're exactly right, this guy is spinning controversy out of nothing. I read that same interview and thought Portis was being just like everyone else in the aftermath of the loss to the Rams: critical of play, trying to point out what they did wrong, and how they're going to correct it going forward.

Posted by: redskirt_ | October 17, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

You run between the tackles they got this big ol Pilar right in fron of you. IF your gonna do it do it early and often and try to wear him down, also if you wrestle you know its hard for a 400+ pounder to get in a 3 stance and that he has just as much leverage standing up right scratching his @ss as he would getting down lower.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 17, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Yep..That was a lame post by will_ga

Posted by: Tyler84101 | October 17, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Schein is a mega-tool. He is def anti-skins. They teamed him up with Riggins on Sirius NFL lately, and he had to eat a ton of crow the first part of the season.

He actually picked the Skins big time this week. Oh no!

Portis' teammates agree completely.....you need dudes on a team to speal like Portis....non story, move on...


Remember dudes like Schein have to puke out content about the NFL everyday/all year so they just say stuff. And that fine, I would kill for the job and do the same thing.....but grains of salt all over the place.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 17, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Stu27, your partially correct, attack Rogers eraly, but not straight up, get him moving sideways, that will wear him out.

And NO MAN, WOMAN OR CHILD, NO MATTER HIS/HER SIZE, has more leverage standing straight up as they do when they get low. Period.

To say otherwise shows more than ignorance, it shows stupidity.

Posted by: craig2 | October 17, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Stu, I disagree, I think you wear him out by making him chase the play. Run AWAY from him, make him chase the ball carrier, but still have to work through the wash. I'd run at him every now and again, but most of the time I'd run behind Samuels/Kendall, and then Thomas/Jansen.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 17, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The Capital Weather Gang had nothing whatwoever to do with gnomebingus, but if you want to scrap with them, well, why not?

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 17, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

SPRINGS IS A PU**Y.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 17, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Stu ... if you wrestled a 400 lb guy -- you have my sympathy.

In virtually every sport, the power comes from legs. Hockey goalies, track sprinters and even baseball pitchers (Tom Seaver would have a dirt stains on his knee when he pitched) are all people that get power from being low and driving forward.

Getting low gives you more power and leverage.

As for Shaun Rogers, I agree that you make him run and change directions a lot. I've often thought that on a shotgun play with a guy that big, you let him go unblocked and have the QB wait one step and then roll out (quickly). Let Rogers get his momentum going towards the QB, then make him change directions and sprint. He's only got so many of those a game

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 17, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Thats why i put the IF in capitals, i think CP26 can run on anyone but i dont think that running between tackles all day is the best approach. I wrote earlier that misdirection runs could really hurt this defense, ill try layin the sarcasm on a little heavier next time.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 17, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

as for the ufo..people r bringing up points that the way to counter it is with a run...well problem is...anyone that has watched browns games knows this...is that they dont run it for a 2nd and 6 or a 3rd and 4...they run that formation for 3rd and longs...so u can run...but if ur talking about 15 yards to make the 1st down...its gonna be tough to make it by running it...

Posted by: jasonma1 | October 17, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I was also tryin to say it dosent really matter that hes standing up, actually helps because its hard for someone of that size to be getting down in a stance and out of it quickly all day. I dont think that running into the pilar in fron of you will be the best way to handle them. Get some cut back runs, screens, ARE reverses. Rabach will be injured by them or us if we run straihgt downhill all day.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 17, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

beep beep
Springs news

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 17, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Stu27, your partially correct, attack Rogers eraly, but not straight up, get him moving sideways, that will wear him out.

And NO MAN, WOMAN OR CHILD, NO MATTER HIS/HER SIZE, has more leverage standing straight up as they do when they get low. Period.

To say otherwise shows more than ignorance, it shows stupidity.

Posted by: craig2 | October 17, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

chuck norris has leverage standing up, and even when he jumps in the air

Posted by: jasonma1 | October 17, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Whats going on on the practice field?

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 17, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I've often thought that on a shotgun play with a guy that big, you let him go unblocked and have the QB wait one step and then roll out (quickly). Let Rogers get his momentum going towards the QB, then make him change directions and sprint. He's only got so many of those a game

This could work or it could get JC killed!

Posted by: Stu27 | October 17, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Stu -- my initial comments were related specifically to that defense where no one is in a stance. I think you power run on that, but I don't think they use that defense often.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 17, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Portis has taken a leadership role. He wasn't throwing anyone under the bus. He said that coach had to get on everyone a lot during Thursday and Friday's practice. Portis was one of the few Redskins that came to play last Sunday.

Posted by: cspwoods3 | October 17, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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