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Brandon Lloyd Ramblings (there is some news in this item, but you gotta dig deep)

Anyone who has been paying attention at all has seen that the Brandon Lloyd experiment has looked doomed for a long time. Unfortunately, a lot of people who bog for a living don't, and it's always easier to be seduced by someone's car or charm than it is delve more deeply into a situation such as this. I'd suggest to all those in radio land or cyberspace who want to roll with the free agent bust to get as much time with him in the next few months as possible, because every indication has pointed to him being gone after the season.

I love Steinberg - okay, that's a lie; I generally like Steinberg - but he's pathetically off base on this one. The wide receiver is not just some poor nice dude who is getting dumped on by the coaches. That's happened around here before, but not in this case. Brandon is also not some demon. He is an incredibly charming, bright, funny individual with diverse interests who comes from an pretty amazing family. Unfortunately, that side of him is often clouded by the immature things he sometimes does and says, and, Steinberg, it's not about Old Media vs. New Media on how Lloyd is viewed, it's about Media Who Report And Are Informed vs., well, draw your own conclusions.

Interviewed Lloyd for over an hour early last season, he made an unbelievably favorable impression and seemed like he was ready to learn from the mistakes he made in San Francisco. But as I continued to report that story and watched the season unfold, Lloyd systematically alienated himself from some coaches and players and it's been a downward spiral. The idea he is being unfairly persecuted around here is laughable. Look at my track record, I have sided with the players in many of these situations before, but let's review how we got to this stage, shall we?

Take out the fact he had probably the worst statistical seasons of any starting WR in NFL history last year. Take out all of his off-field antics out of it - dropping f-bombs on receivers coach Stan Hixon during 2006 OTAs (yeah, his first spring practices with the team), going ballistic on Al Saunders at halftime of the New Orleans game, having at least three blow-ups around teammates on the sidelines including when he threw his helmet and was benched the next week and lost his starting just for good to Antwaan Randle El late in the year.

(Despite all of this Coach Joe - who should have done much better homework on this one - stuck with the kid, praised him throughout that entire miserable season, kept saying how big a part of the future Lloyd is, how young he is, how he's seen guys like this blossom in the past. Dan Snyder and Gibbs met with him in Arizona in the offseason, tried to help build him back up, and during his only public comments of the year before the draft Snyder went out of his way to say how "proud" he was of Lloyd (Snyder made a point to bring this up; no one asked about No. 85) and how excited they were for him to shine 2007. You don't think the Redskins wanted this one to work out? You don't think they had every reason possible - football and financially - to make this work? You don't think they tried to keep a lot of Lloyd's issues in-house?)

Take out the fact he just got a $5 million option bonus in March and has made nearly $12 million in two years including base salary to catch 24 balls and no TDs.

Take out his inconsistency, willingness to learn just one of the three receiver positions and lack of desire to run routes that require him to do more than streak down the sidelines or catch a 5 yard slant. Take out the way he's treated secretaries and other such people at Redskins Park. Take out his outbursts and unpredictability. Take out the dropped passes. Take out the fact he missed 25 percent of 2007 training camp with shin splints. Take out missing practice with a bruised shin last week at a time in which two new receivers were on the verge of making their Redskins debut and essentially take his job.

Take out the fact that they tried to get the ball deep to him as he likes down the sidelines in Week 1, and he made an insufficient attempt to fight the Miami DB for the ball, and after it was intercepted he made almost no attempt to run upfield or make a tackle (at this point if you are the Redskins you have to start looking at guys like Caldwell and McCardell, you have been left with no choice).

Take all of that out, and instead look just at this: Lloyd has a $1.8 million roster bonus due July 1, 2008, according to people who have seen his contract (me included). Impossible to imagine him getting that, and it would take some kind of complete turnaround for it to happen (history around here sez that players in the doghouse don't get to pocket that kind of roster bonus). No one would do it for a player who is at best their fifth receiver right now. (If they pick up that option it would mean Lloyd will have made $11.8 million in bonuses from the Redskins since March 2006, and another $1.1 million in salary).

If the Redskins keep Lloyd until June 1 he would be counting $4.2 million against their cap until June 1, and if they cut him after June 1, he'd count $1.8 million in dead money against the 2008 cap and $5.5 in 2009. Or they could release him before June 1 and absorb a $7.1 million hit all in one year (no way they cut him at all until the end of the season, impossible given the cap space and it makes no sense from a football standpoint, either, as with injuries you might actually need this guy you are paying all this money to in November or December or, dare I say it, January? (For all you real pigskin heads out there, the Skins could designate Lloyd as June 1 cut and release him after the season, and thus would carry him at a $2.4 million cap number through June 1 rather than $4.2).

It's all about the Benjamins, eh?

More Random Contract Stuff: Can you guess the only Redskin who has a no-trade clause in his contract? ... I'll post the answer later. ... Reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week can earn up to $2.5 million in escalators in his contract for 2008 should he meet performances clauses, based in playing certain percentages of the team's snaps. Jason Campbell would get $200,000 for making the Pro Bowl and $100,000 additional per playoff win (for a maximum of $1 million over the life of his contract). If the Skins are smart they will start working on Campbell's next contract before the start of next season, or he's going to cost them crazy money, 'cuz he's going to be the real deal ...
If the Redskins part ways with CB Shawn Springs in the offseason - as all around here expect - he would count $5 million in dead money in 2008 if released before June 1 and $2.5 in dead money in each of the next two years if cut after June 1. However, the Redskins would carry a $7.5 million cap number from March - June if they kept him (given his $5 million salary) and with the attempts to restructure his deal getting contentious last offseason and Springs averse to taking a pay cut, the Skins would likely want to have as much cap space as possible come the start of free agency in March if Springs is not in their long-term plans (they tried to trade him repeatedly last offseason).
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Okay, gotta run, practice at noon and webchat at 1 pm on washpost.com. Also, the powers that be at Comcast - and I love everybody over there sincerely, for real, not in a Steinberg way - nudged me to let you guys know that you can berate me with emails (Russ will definitely read them on the air, trust me) and throw rocks at your TV every Friday from 5-6, since that's my usual time on Washington Post Live.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 11, 2007; 11:49 AM ET
 
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John Cena will be out of action up to 12 months with a torn bicep.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 11, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

contentious last offseason and Springs averse to taking a pay cut, the Skins would likely want to have as much cap space as possible come the start of free agency

Posted by: Anonymous | October 11, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

3rd

Posted by: sniksder | October 11, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

4th... missed the bronze by one...

Posted by: E in VB | October 11, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Never knew Receiver, The was quite the antics man on the sidelines. Temper, Temper!

Posted by: FBChick | October 11, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

speaking of that host on Wapo live, is he: super nice guy, dork, or a little "light in the loafers"? Can't quite figure it out, but something is a bit fishy.

Posted by: Koko | October 11, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

What is he talking about where is this Steinberg post? Link?

Posted by: Skinz | October 11, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I dont think we can get rid of both floyd and springs too much of a cap hit. I think floyd is gone springs stays.

Posted by: SAK | October 11, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jason, for going on the record and setting things straight. I've notice an alarming resurgence of love amongst my friends for this bust, and blaming everyone but him for his not being on the field. Can't tell you how many arguments I've had in the last two weeks about him. I say we just need to eat his contract and get rid of him. Yeah, it sucks that Snyder is still doing business this way (btw, are we still paying Deion?) but better to get him off the team. Sure, maybe he's a great guy off the field, but he is NOT a professional football player.

Posted by: OD | October 11, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Interesting read, Jason. Thank you. I wonder where Brandon thinks he's going to land if and when the Redskins cut him. Maybe he'll hang up the spikes and move on to hip hop.

For all that we rag on Gibbs for personnel moves, he seems to have hit the jackpot on Campbell. At least I sure hope so. We haven't had a true franchise QB since LT's tackle on Theismann.

Posted by: Joe the Fan | October 11, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Steinberg Posting about the WR | October 11, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Let this be the decisive Brandon Lloyd treatment, and let's bury it. The guy is not a Redskin, does not figure into the picture now or in the future. McCardell and Thrash can pick up the slack until we clean this situation up in the off season. Perhaps Espy will heal up and light it up.

Anyway, a much more significant story than the fading of Lloyd is the emergence of Randel El this year to be a legit #2.

The last year the Skins had a legit #1 and #2 was 1999 when Redskin greats Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell both went over 1000 yards, Brad Johnson went over 4,000 -- and the Skins spanked Detroit in the playoffs before the Turk fiasco in Tampa.

Posted by: Beezer | October 11, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg blogged on his love for Receiver, The last week.

I'm guessing the guy with the "no trade" clause in his contract would be Betts. Maybe Springs or Brunell, but probably Betts. Only b/c these are the guys everyone wonders about trading...

Posted by: dcsween | October 11, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Lloyd is a bum stealing the team's money. Get him outta town now. He is the perfect example of why sports salaries should be totally performance based.

Posted by: JP | October 11, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

That was a great post!!!

1) "The Receiver" was an expensive mistake.
2) SIGN JASON CAMPBELL NOW!
3) Sean Springs is past his prime but we must get younger at the position (I say bring in a free agent...we have no time for Carlos Rogers-like mistakes in a rookie

Posted by: sicwidit | October 11, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg's blog was in response to Lloyd's Junkies interview.

October 9, 11:59 AM posting
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2007/10/b_lloyd_discusses_his_benching.html

Posted by: OD | October 11, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

So, did Campbell get $100 grand for that playoff win in '05???

Posted by: 4th | October 11, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Interesting stuff there altought I don't completely follow the cap hits they take with the 3 ways they can deal with Lloyd...

What an immature idiot that BAMF is...

I bet he's so happy that he got his first pass this year... My Gosh! Big SJK'n whoop!

I think McCardell could be huge for us this year... Those were some big catches in minimal time. FLloyd needs to wake up!

Posted by: E in VB | October 11, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Its a shame we cant give Lloyds salary to someone who acutally shows up and cares. I'd give it all to James Thrash

Posted by: Tom Flick | October 11, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

LB. true, true... I think they can use the DB's for jams and coverage this week and run LB stunts to apply pressure, cuz GB's running attack aint scaring anybody.. the that & just hitting them in the SJKing mouth should be enough.

Posted by: sniksder | October 11, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Jasno,
Awesome Post!

This is why there is a blog and we all lurk around up here, playing Final Insider Jeopardy.

Its exactly the kind of stuff you just can do in a print article...TCCLs for this one.

Okay, all you Jasnoh8ters, do you get it now?

Posted by: Stumped | October 11, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I bet its Thrash. I can see Gibbs providing that "no-trade" security to one of his favorite swinging souls in the whole wide world.

Posted by: Ledell Eackles | October 11, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Lloyd needs to donate ATLEAST a $Million for an upstart program towards DC kids to keep them out of trouble and getting killed at such a young age. Honestly. He is a SJK joke for stealing all of that $$. Gibbs is just as wrong too. I knew he wasn't good for the direction our team was going.......

Posted by: 4th | October 11, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Correct, Lisa! I should have been clearer - dang pronouns!

Posted by: Dik | October 11, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Never thought I would see "Redskins Greats" in the same sentence as Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell.

Posted by: Tom Flick | October 11, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Is thinking 85 has no-trade clause...

Posted by: Tom Flick | October 11, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

This is the Steinbog piece Jasno is referring to, I think:
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2007/10/b_lloyd_discusses_his_benching.html

One thing Dan Steinbog is not is a sports reporter. He's an entertainer, a lightweight version of late-period Tony Kornheiser for the new technology world. And he'd be the first to admit it.

The fact that he's found on the sports page shouldn't mask the other fact that he's usually writing (with tongue in cheek) about sports celebrity, what happens outside the lines, sports fans, bizarre sports factoids, etc. The post-modern sports zeitgeist, if you will. His stuff is light, fresh and sometimes very funny, but it sure ain't sports reporting.

So... meow! Catfight in the news room.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 11, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Never thought I would see "Redskins Greats" in the same sentence as Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell.

Posted by: Tom Flick | October 11, 2007 12:30 PM
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Wad that same response, Tom. Wasn't AC as much of a headache as Lloyd is being? But at least he produced on the field.

Was AC the one who got busted stealing stuff from people's lockers in New Orleans?

Posted by: OD | October 11, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I used to be an Lloyd apologist. Not anymore. Great article, J-La. As far as Lloyd goes, he's pathetic.

B. Lloyd meet Gardner, Rod. Gardner, Rod, meet B. Lloyd.

I TRULY hope that one day, these guys look back on what they had, what they could have been with a GREAT, sense of regret.

Morons...

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | October 11, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Let this be the last of Dan Snyders "Random Acts of Contract" Lloyd like any half smart athlete is going to tell the money guy's like Mr. Snyder anything they need to hear to get their money. The Redskins need to do their homework on the personality of the athlete/employees before they hire. No matter how good a guy "Can" be, he will be poison to a company if he lays down like Lloyd. The old cliche' "Where there is smoke there is fire" works. We heard from many sources he was a problem child and we signed him anyway. I am not against giving a guy a second chance, but atleast build a contract with INCENTIVES! Bite the cap bullet, release him June 1. In the mean time, send him home and pay him to stay away like the Bucs did w/Keyshawn a couple years ago.

Posted by: Bob-Ashburn, VA | October 11, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

This wouldn't excuse everything, but I have to wonder if Blloyd is bipolar.

Posted by: skinfanman | October 11, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I think it was CP who had the no trade claus, him or santana.

Posted by: SAK | October 11, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Old Media doesn't know how to link.

Also, it's worth mentioning that Lloyd was bad in SF. So why was he offered big money to begin with? We should be upset with the Redskins, not the Receiver.

Posted by: Jamie Mottram | October 11, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the links.

That guy is an idiot. I'd like to see the Hits/month comparison between J "ol'media" La and "New Media".

Furthermore he basically says it's ok for him not to perform because he's funny. That's like paying money to see Bill Belicheck do standup.

I'll tell ya what Stein. You pay out the rest of his contract and then say whatever you want. He's paid to help win football games, no one made him do it. If there was ever a guy who deserves all the critism he's gotten it's Blloyd.

Posted by: Skinz | October 11, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Ah, it is a wee bit uncomfortable to see Jasno bashing Steinbog so aggressively up here, but I will say that it would *appear* that Steinbog cast the first stones with his snarky comments about beat reporters/old technology or whatever.

Funny that somewhere Steinbog noted that his trip to Green Bay was cancelled. So Jasno (and J3, and Boz?) will be heading to Lambeau to actually cover the team, while Steinbog will be here writing about rugby or whatever.

And Steinbog is wrong, wrong, wrong about The Receiver! There is no apparent reason to root for this guy as a football player. I just hate that he occupies one of our precious roster spots.

Boo on Steinbog.
Boo on WashPo infighting.
Boo on FLloyd.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 11, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I say the no trade is one of the two players JLa was looking into for this post. He was looking at Floyd and Springs contract. So I assume it would be one of them, unless Jla was looking into all of the contracts

Posted by: Zebra | October 11, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I think it's fair to say we can be upset with both the Redskins front office and Lloyd. Sometimes a change of teams does wonders for a player (see Randy Moss in Minnesota vs. Randy Moss in Oakland vs Randy Moss in New England).

Blame goes to the Skins for gambling on a player who (unlike Moss in Minn) was inconsistent at best. Fine.

But most of the blame goes to Lloyd for not making the most of his "fresh start" opportunity.

Posted by: redskirt | October 11, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it is CP. On his show Redskins Players Lounge, CP was chatting with Chris Samuels and Randy Thomas. CP mentioned that both Chris and Randy have longterm contracts and should be Redskins for life - he then said "I want to be a Redskin for life too but do not have one of those contracts."

Posted by: Lisa | October 11, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Jamie, Jamie, Jamie, you cannot come in here as a fan of the Redskins and prop up Brandon Lloyd! He's indefensible, and I don't mean that in a way that would be complimentary to a wide receiver.

Steinbog seems to be picking a fight with his colleagues because he likes the cut of Lloyd's jib. This is ludicrous.

Lloyd should have played himself into position to be our #1 option when Santa and ARE went down, but after a season and a quarter he cannot even get on the field! If he had ever exerted himself here, EVER, I would feel differently.

There's room in my heart to be upset with the Skins for signing this guy, AND to be upset with him as a player.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 11, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The obvious Answer would be #85 in having a no trade clause. I agree because I think I know JLaC's style, which can be cynical at times, just as some of the regulars up here. Especially when he's on a vengeance...

Gibbs 2.2 should shoulder the most blame on this one, but it is hard to bring the hammer down on him since he has done soo much for this franchise. His leash is about 200 miles long,....

So, did Jason Campbell get $100 grand for that playoff game or did have to start that playoff game to receive that bonus?

Posted by: 4th | October 11, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Jamie, love ya buddy. Some of us over here on the old media thread DO know how to link. :)

http://misterirrelevant.com/

-Nate

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 11, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Not trade clause for Lloyd?

If I had explosive diarhea I wouldn't trade it for Lloyd.

Posted by: AFC Personell Man | October 11, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Blog Fight, Blog Fight, Blog Fight.

Question: As opposed to food or other projectiles, does one throw around irreverance and wit around in a blog fight?

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | October 11, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking it's 90% Lloyd, and 10% Redskins.

Its obvious that they've given him EVERY chance in the world, but he could give a rats behind. His teammates had to lobby for him to get in the game last week. Isn't there a sense of responsibility on his part to put forth the effort for the team?

There must be guys on this team(SELLARS) who just want to crush this guy....

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | October 11, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Something for Jla to dig around about, ARE not returning anymore punts? Trash can do it and ARE is too imp to the passing O now.

Get on it Jla (unless it was already discussed the last 4 days and I missed it)

Posted by: Zebra | October 11, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Can someone give me a link to the Webchat Jason LaCanfora -Thank in Advance

Posted by: JJ Sticks | October 11, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: redskirt | October 11, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

It is samuels with the no trade clause, and that is a fact, jack.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 11, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 11, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: Skinz | October 11, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Beans n Franks...or is it Franks n Beans.... Skins are to blame for bringing him here, in hindsight, Lloyd is to blame for sucking and not breaking into the starting line up.

Posted by: POOP | October 11, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

well, this is certainly interesting ...

Posted by: littles | October 11, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Whatever. He's still awesome.

Posted by: jfkdsaopvnwk | October 11, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

My guess is Betts or Cooley.....

Posted by: Lisa | October 11, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Honey

Posted by: Anonymous | October 11, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The bigger question is - Can Steinberg and Jason co-exist in the Post?

Posted by: Swinging Soul | October 11, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Lloyd is another example of guys in the NFL because they can play... collect some Benjimens.

Lloyd has proven he really doesn't want to play... ala Ricky Williams...Michael Westbrook... JJ Stokes and a slew of other talented and heartless individuals.

I don't care how nice his family is...
I don't care how smart he is....
I don't care how charming he is....

Lloyd has athletic gifts
Lloyd has no heart

As a Giants fan I hope he starts sometime soon...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: Ravioliman66 | October 11, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I posted on the Bog post about this, so I feel the need to do so here too. Whereas I appreciate Steinz lighthearted approach to sports coverage, I agree with JLC that bLloyd is a lost cause when it comes to actual football.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: bLloyd, bGood or bGone!

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | October 11, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

My guess is Samuels has the no trade clause.

Posted by: Dennis | October 11, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

CAN SOMEONE KINDLY LICK MY FAT WET JUICY VAGINA?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 11, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

B LLOYD IS A BUST PLAIN AND SIMPLE,WITH THE INJURY TO MOSS THIS WAS A CHANCE FOR HIM TO GO TO THE COACHES AND MAN UP, BUT YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE A MAN TO DO THAT!

Posted by: skinsfan in the ATL. | October 11, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"Take out his inconsistency, willingness to learn just one of the three receiver positions and lack of desire to run routes that require him to do more than streak down the sidelines or catch a 5 yard slant."

Ah, makes the Thrash promotion last week make a lot more sense. Thanks for the info.

Posted by: worstSeat | October 11, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

That was just about the most unprofessional post we the readers have seen from Jason La Cantreporta since he started this blog last year (and that is really saying something). Someone needs to tell Cantreporta that he should not be feuding publicly with a fellow washington post reporter.

what an utter idiot Jason La Canfora truly is.

Posted by: Ummmmmmmm | October 11, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Afternoon Skinnies.
Great read Jason.

Umm... I think Brandon Lloyd is THE worst FA signing. Ever. He has no ceiling, worlds of potential, but potential in most cases means you're doing nothing right now.

I think the Redskin with a no trade clause is either Chris Cooley or Chris Samuels. Maybe Jon Jansen.

My post from the last thread...

Skinz- I see they're giving T.O. and Ware some kudos, kind of. Everyone knows that Roy Williams is his best at the LOS. That is why Ken Hamlin was signed, to have him cover downfield. It's a shame Jason Ferguson was lost for the year. It would be interesting to see the Cowboys in a 4-6, they have the linebackers and d-line to pull it off.

Other NFL stuff...

I loved the note Terrell Owens left on his locker. I think him and Randy Moss are the two best WR in football over the last 10 years, when they're not bickering with QB's or taking plays off. Oh and Randy Moss has like a 30/yd. reception avg. with like 6 TD's in Texas Stadium, needless to say I'm a little worried.

Lance Briggs just defined the meaning ashy to classy. He now wants to remain in Chicago. I don't know, how can one minute you on national TV saying "I'll never play for the Bears again" (Yeah right, like he was leaving 7mil on the table) and then show up in training camp. No doubt he was influenced by the best sports agent walkin: Drew Rosenhaus.

Wade Phillips contacted the league office to complain about coaches trying to 'ice' kickers. I think the fact the kicker had to kick twice was his real argument. He claims if your kicking a 30 yard field goal its ok because not a lot of energy is used, but 50 yarders can be a little harder for the kicker, especially if you have to do it within the span of 30sec.

It's official. Three things in life are a given. The aura of the Dallas Cowboys, Brett Favre's quick slant, and Vinny. Yes Vinny Testaverde will not only hold a clipboard this season, but is looking to see some action after injuries to Jake Delhomme and David Carr. Vinny has a lot of cred in my book. Some people will think a player is garbage based on the fact they played for so many teams, I think nothing can be further from the truth. If you have played 12 years and played for 8 or 9 teams that means you have longevity. Long live Testaverde!

The latest Cole/Robinson NFL power rankings on yahoo.com have the Skins seated at 9 and Dallas at 3. I think these are easily the two best teams in the NFC east and maybe the NFC, peroid. The NFL is always better when rivarly teams are playing good football.

Thats just my 2 measly pennies.

Posted by: Dx5 | October 11, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

No Trade: Either Cooley, Smoot, or Betts.

Interesting piece, but why should you be taking management or players sides at all? You're a beat reporter, not an editorialist. We're not supposed to get any sense of your opinions in your writing.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 11, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'll say Brunell has a no-trade deal.

Posted by: Shotgun | October 11, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Dear Washington Post Sports Editors,

What does Jason La Canfora have to do to get fired? Apparently, he has the freedom in your newsroom to do and say and write whatever the hell he damn pleases, with no consequences for any of his actions.

The guy is a hack. Always has been, always will be. He's a total fraud. He somehow believes he is Mike Wilbon or Mike Wise or any of your other fine columnists. But he is no such thing. He is not a columnist, but a beat reporter. Nothing more, nothing less. His job is to report on the goings-on of the Redskins.

Instead, La Canfora does very little reporting and very much putting his foot in his mouth. I've never in all my years rooting for teams in DC (25+ years now) seen any reporter like him. He has no journalistic integrity, no class, and apparently, no clue what his job is supposed to be.

Look at the other local teams in your sports page and how those teams are covered by their respective beat reporters. Do you see any of the raging hostility towards those teams by the very people assigned to report on them? Of course not.

Look at Ivan Carter and his blog and how he approaches covering the Wizards. There is no hostility, just reporting the news. Carter doesn't try to smear the team or create pseudo-controversies such as badmouthing certain players by using anonymous quotes by their teammates in order to cause drama. No, Carter doesn't do that. Neither do any of the reporters covering the Nationals, the Orioles, the Terps, or the D.C. United.

But La Canfora is different. He lacks the common respect that a reporter should have for the subject they are covering.

CAUTION: I AM NOT SAYING A REPORTER SHOULD NEVER CRITICIZE THE TEAM THEY ARE COVERING. I'M NOT SAYING THEY SHOULDN'T REPORT ON NEGATIVE NEWS CONCERNING THE TEAM. AND I'M NOT SAYING THEY SHOULD BE THE MOUTHPIECE OF WHAT THE TEAM WANTS US TO HEAR.

What I am saying is that Jason La Canfora is so far beneath the Washington Post, he doesn't belong on its pages. He is dangerously close to becoming the next Jayson Blair, and you don't want him on your staff when that happens.

Fire him immediately.

Sincerely,

The Readers

p.s. You will find much support for la canfora on the pages of his blog. Do not be fooled. I am willing to wager that many if not most of the favorable comments were in fact written by La Canfora himself. Just take a look into it...

Posted by: The Readers | October 11, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Do I detect a little professional jealousy from JaLaCo? Does he wish he could be more of a writer than a sports beat reporter? Ouch!

Posted by: Matt | October 11, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Steinz is the man!!!!!!!! Boooo JLC.

Posted by: Jon | October 11, 2007 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Quit hating!!! In case you people are as bad with math as you are writing, I make $500,000 per catch!!! Huh! Yeah, Boy! Thanks Dan and Joe!!

Posted by: The Receiver | October 11, 2007 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I took all that stuff out. You didnt really finish off the article with anything other than explaining his contract. So he is done in D.C. because some people thought he didn't try hard enough to come down with the ball in the Miami game?

Posted by: DDT | October 12, 2007 3:11 AM | Report abuse

What does SJK mean?

Posted by: Essex | October 13, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I am from San Francisco and Brandon Lloyd was a great player here who made great catches and we would love to have him on the 49ers again.

Posted by: D Wizzle | October 13, 2007 10:52 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances that inane post by "The Readers" was actually Steinberg?

I say 100%.

Posted by: Tommy Jackson | October 21, 2007 7:37 AM | Report abuse

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