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Hunter Smith isn't ruling out a return to Redskins

Veteran punter Hunter Smith wasn't exactly surprised that the Redskins planned to sign Josh Bidwell, who played under General Manager Bruce Allen in Tampa Bay. And Smith hasn't ruled out returning to the Redskins, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

Although Smith, who was among the team's top performers regardless of position last season, apparently is not opposed to competing with Bidwell, he is continuing to explore his options. It would seem that Smith still has more than enough ability to start in this league, and there are several teams without veteran punters on their rosters. Included in that group: Denver, Green Bay and New England. As training camp draws closer, expect interest in Smith to increase.

After having the league's worst punting attack in 2008, the Redskins had a top unit last season. In addition to having the highest net average (36.8) of a Redskins punter in 10 seasons, Smith, 32, also played a key role in the improvement of the coverage team with effective hang time. Washington had no punts blocked and Smith, who was a positive influence in the locker room, rushed for one touchdown and passed for another.

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  March 23, 2010; 2:38 PM ET
Categories:  Bruce Allen  
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Comments

I'm wondering why they signed bidwell. Just because he was part of Tampa Bay and so was Allen? I find that mildly ridiculous.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | March 23, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

stop...just stop....there is a highly regarded rumor that you put more faith into rumors, and crap of this nature than you should...

--BeantownGreg1

The rumors are always true

—Griffin Mill

Posted by: TheCork | March 23, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Um, 'cause it's good to have two punters going into camp?

Posted by: DikShuttle | March 23, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"After having the league's worst punting attack in 2008..."
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Attack? Really? Somebody is smoking the specialist skin flute.

Once you go Shweez...

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 23, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Just in case you didn't catch it before the beep, here it is:

http://www.gleeclub.com/experience/music/almamater.mp3

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 23, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Can all the Colt McCoy people please tell me what he has/does that would make him an attractive pick to us on any level?

What is he going to bring to the table that someone like Colt Brennan cannot?

Posted by: p1funk | March 23, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

More accurate passer. Played and had success against tougher competition. Better work ethic.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | March 23, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I've not compared the college stats, but if you tell me MCoy is mroe accurate, fine.

As far as having success against better competition, that is a double-edged sword. McCoy not only played against better competition, but he played WITH much better players. You could turn the argument around and say that Brennan had more success (statistically) playing with less talent around him.

Better work ethic? Not sure how you actually measure that...I'll take that with a grain of salt.

Posted by: p1funk | March 23, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I don't cede as fact that McCoy is more accurate then Brennan. I think one of Brennan's strengths is his accuracy.

Not advoccating here, but I think the Shanahan's may just think they have a "developmental" guy like Tebow or McCoy already on the roster in Brennan. All this QB research could just be proper due dilligence with a heaping helping of misdirection. Will surely be interesting to see how it all plays out.

I think the move is to get the line fixed and then let the QBs on the roster prove they are the solution... or not in 2010. Drafting a QB in the 4,5,7 is just a waste of a pick better spent on an athlete who can contribute on special teams at the very least. Drafting Tebow, McCoy or Mr X in the second doesn't meet a need that is not already on the roster and robs the pick from a guaranteed starter in any of the other 21 positions.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 23, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

So lemme see if I have this right.

The 'skins didn't sign Sims, the offensive lineman they had visit, but just signed a second punter. Heck, Cerrato could have done that.

Oh and Bigfoot...just what exactly is "mildly ridiculous"

Posted by: TheCork | March 23, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

pas, here you go, facts, and stuff...you know, the truth, and reality...

updated 9:15 a.m. ET May 16, 2008
BOSTON - The Boston Herald sports writer who reported the New England Patriots taped a pre-Super Bowl walkthrough by the St. Louis Rams in 2002 said he will regret the erroneous story for the rest of his life.

“First and foremost, this is about a writer breaking one of the cardinal rules of journalism. I failed to keep challenging what I had been told,” wrote John Tomase in Friday’s editions of the newspaper

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 23, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Browns might trade up for McCoy
2:50PM ET

Colt McCoy Top Email Earlier, we considered Mike Holmgren's comments relating to the Browns' search for a QB to draft this April, making note of the fact that Holmgren has never drafted a QB higher than the third round during his career.

Well, that might change this year. ESPN AFC North blogger James Walker got word from a source that the Browns are interested in Texas QB Colt McCoy, and reported Monday that the team will host him for a two-day visit on April 12-13. Given McCoy's stock, the Browns might have to snag him with their pick near the top of Round 2. There are some size concerns with McCoy, but he had one of the better interviews amongst the QBs at the combine, and is expected to go somewhere in the second round.

Update: On Tuesday morning, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the Browns' interest in McCoy is "real," and that it's quite possible they'll use that high second-round pick to take him, or package some picks together to move into the bottom of the first round to snag him. Cleveland currently has three third-rounders and four fifth-rounders to play with.

Todd McShay
He's not first-round material
"[McCoy] does not have prototypical size at just 6-1 and one-eighth and 216 pounds. McCoy worked primarily out of the shotgun at Texas, and his height raises concerns about his ability to scan the field when dropping from under center."

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 23, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"LaVar is one my favorite Skins..."

That guy isn't even in my bottom 200 fav players, see:

291. Jaquez Green

292. Trung Candidate

293. Christian Faruia

294. Shane Matthews

295. Taylor Jacobs

296. Andam Archuleta

297. Brandon Lloyd

298. Danny Wuerfful

299. Tim Smith

300. Coach Steve Spurrier (tie)

300. Vinny Cerrato (tie)

301. The people who take fan made signs away at home game.

302. Dan Snyder (numbers 302 to 1,000)

1,000. LaVar Arrington

1,001. Mario Mounds

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 23, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

“First and foremost, this is about a writer breaking one of the cardinal rules of journalism. I failed to keep challenging what I had been told,” wrote John Tomase in Friday’s editions of the newspaper


Kinda like all the "journalists" who bought the story that Jason Taylor didn't stay with the Skins because he wanted to be closer to home. And that's why he walked away from $7million.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 23, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

zeke- Your Ivy League music is very, um, Ivy League. The wrong Cinderella is still Dancing...should've been OU. Here's OUr school song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osd5tQPaULQ

Posted by: 4-12 | March 23, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Mario Monds, hahaha...ugh...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"...the Redskins had a top unit last season"

Mr. Reid, can you please quantify this? I see that Hunter was ranked near the bottom of the league of punters with more than 8 games played.

Please provide some sort of fact or facts to support your claim that we had a top unit last year.

Thank you,

Posted by: jgarrisn | March 23, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"It would seem that Smith still has more than enough ability to start in this league, and there are several teams without veteran punters on their rosters."

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese | March 23, 2010; 2:38 PM ET

It's a good thing since there is NO such thing as a 2nd string punter.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 23, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 23, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Bean... that writer was destroyed in Boston. The city, the pats, most of the fans and a number of journalists attacked him consistently and attacked his credibility and his professionalism when he broke the story. The man who supposedly did the video taping flaked on the reporter and didn't back him up like he said he was going to. Thus, the only option this reporter had was to backtrack and try to save face, saving his job and his ability to write in the city of Boston.

Now, I am not saying this to say that it without a doubt happened... I'm just saying I have a hard time believing anything that comes out of a Boston newspaper when it comes to spygate and an ever harder time with a story that is a direct contradiction to what OTHER reporters wrote as well. He wasn't the only one to take this story and run with it, he might have broken it, but multiple other people jumped on it and took it for truth....

Sorry Bean, I am going to say that this rumor is still a rumor... but I tend to believe it... and you cant prove it wrong just like I can't prove it right.

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | March 23, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

299. Tim Smith

Did he shoot your dog?

Posted by: closer44 | March 23, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Can all the Colt McCoy people please tell me what he has/does that would make him an attractive pick to us on any level?

What is he going to bring to the table that someone like Colt Brennan cannot?

Posted by: p1funk | March 23, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse


There are REAL reasons. McCoy played in a pro style offense and Brennan played in a run-&-shoot offense at Hawaii. Those guys tend to have inflated numbers, just like the Texas Tech QBs. But, look at the other things on film. It's the throwing motion. Brennan has the 3/4 delivery that may lead to more balls getting batted. Some people dispel that (it was the same knock on Brees) as long as he can find the passing lanes. People also look at his decision-making (does he try to fit in into a space that he shouldn't?), pre-snap reads versus top-flight college defenses (i.e. Stoops' Oklahoma teams), how he reads coverages before and during a play (they may show man D, but move into a zone or vice versa), how he reads the MLB and safeties, etc. When he throws a slant, where does he place the ball compared to the CB, LB and safety? Can he make the throw he needs to every time or 75% of the time. If the How accurate is he on the run, what about at 25 yards, 35 yards, 50 yards with a safety playing over the top coverage? How well does he pull off the play-action? And, one of the most important things, how smart is he? Does he understand what you are trying to do on offense? Does he understand your scheme? Does he understand what the Defense is trying to do? Does he know how to adjust if the defense takes away the game plan? Brennan may have moxie, but he probably lacks a lot of those qualities or he would have been a higher draft pick. Sure, the draft is a little subjective and early picks are busts and late guys are stars, but all things considered ... McCoy has a better chance to be Brees than Brennan does if you look at the film. I hope this helps explain what they look for when comparing two guys who may seem similar on the surface.

Posted by: C-DubDC | March 23, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Bringing two punters into camp is fine, competition. But try to salvage smith's position on the team, don't drive him away. Especially if it is true that he's a good looker room influence.

Posted by: Pedro01 | March 23, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...I seem to recall they had the worst passing attack in 2008 and in 2009? well, not much better :)

Posted by: dc1020008 | March 23, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the Redskins had a punt blocked in the second half against Kansas City. It totally tipped the scales in the Chiefs' favor b/c it changed field position. Just sayin...

Posted by: DCity | March 23, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This guy showed that not only is he a decent punter but a pretty good football player, don't really understand why they wouldn't want him?

Posted by: 72Redskins | March 23, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Most Unappreciated Redskins... for good reason, of course:

Jeff George

Deoinne Sanders

Adam Archuletta

Johnny Morton

James Washington

Shawn Suisham (he kinda made up for it, though)
"The Sheriff" Stanley Richards

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 23, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Ethan Horton...

was so proud when Norv cut him.

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 23, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Jason Taylor.

Not a big fan.

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 23, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Anybody sad to see Alvin Harper leave?

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 23, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

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