Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: RedskinsInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS

Bucs Come to Town with New Starting QB

After a loss to the Detroit Lions - a team that had dropped 19 consecutive games and was considered to be at the bottom of the NFL - the Redskins schedule seems to provide another opportunity to right the ship.

On Sunday, the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to town reeling after a 24-0 loss to the New York Giants in which their offense failed to pick up a first down until late in the third quarter.

Tampa Bay totaled just five first downs, finished 0-for-9 on third down and finished with 58 yards passing and a paltry 86 net yards.

That offensive futility brought change this morning in Florida, with Buccaneers Coach Raheem Morris benching quarterback Byron Leftwich and naming Josh Johnson the new starter. Rookie Josh Freeman will serve as the backup, according to reports, dropping Leftwich to third on the depth chart.

Leftwich completed just 7 of 16 passes for 22 yards with one interception against the Giants before being removed in favor of Johnson in the fourth quarter. Johnson completed 4 of 10 passes for 36 yards.

"I hate to make this about Byron,'' Morris said, according to the Tampa Tribune. "Byron wasn't the guy that jumped offsides on the second play of the game yesterday. Byron wasn't the guy who let the three technique into the backfield on a first-down run.

"He missed a few throws. He didn't give us the accuracy we wanted. But at the same time he didn't drop every pass, so it's not all on Byron; it's not all about Byron. But that position, just like the head coach, is usually the guy that gets the blame.''

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Johnson was a fifth round draft pick last year out of San Diego and provides more mobility and athleticism than the veteran Leftwich.

By Paul Tenorio  |  September 28, 2009; 1:16 PM ET
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Injury Update: Haynesworth to Have MRI
Next: Zorn on Snyder, Team Unity and Identity

Comments

The saddest part of this year is - I can't remember a season where we have so many WEAK teams on our schedule - Rams, Lions, Bucs, Chiefs, Panthers, Raiders. Usually, somehow we ALWAYS look back at the end of the season and have faced one of the most difficult schedules out there.
Those teams only have two wins so far, and one was against us. That SHOULD be 6 wins, 5 at least. And yet we will waste it and finish .500 at best.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 28, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

If they lose this game Zorn will get fired, you can put it in the bank.

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 28, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Zorn: 'We're getting better'
By JohnTaylor on Sept. 28, 2009 into Redskins 360

Jim Zorn didn't want to look back during his brief Monday afternoon media availability, either to 2008 -- when his Redskins lost six of their last eight games -- or to the first few games of this season, which has his team off to a lackluster, 1-2 start.

The latest number in that loss column, of course, came in Sunday's 19-14 loss at Detroit, breaking the Lions' losing streak after 19 games.

In fact, Zorn insists he sees progress from his team.

"In the big picture things are progressing, we're getting better," Zorn said.

(I shared that quote with a friend of mine, a huge Redskins fan and a season ticket holder, who responded: "Does this picture stretch to 2016?")


But back to Zorn: "We're just going to continue to press on and take care of the details. ... We have to look and see what happens and take care of the details and take care of the things that will help us win."

The only other real highlight from the presser came after a reporter asked if he'd spoken with Redskins owner Dan Snyder on Sunday after the game. "Not much," Zorn said. "I haven't spent a lot of time with him, but I'll be spending a lot of time with him this week, no question."

Zorn was pressed on expectations and the mood in the locker room, as well as motivation and frustration among players. The coach insisted that questions about job security, or him losing the players, come from "outside our locker room."

Still, Zorn said he'd have his team ready to "regroup" with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming to town on Sunday, though he doesn't expect he'll need to do anything special to motivate the troops.

So don't expect him to do anything other than "stay medium."

"I think I will be 'real' to them," Zorn said. "I don't need to yell at a bunch of men to say, 'Come on guys, let's go now.' And I don't have to play a psychological game with them either."

Ryan O'Halloran is out at Redskins Park today and he'll have a lot more later on the blog and on the site. So, stay tuned.

- John Taylor

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 28, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

ryp,

We will finish under .500 unless something is changed this week.

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 28, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't really seem to matter who the QB is, as long as it's 3rd down teams have an easy time of converting against this defense.

Posted by: dfbovey | September 28, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Its time to storm the castle, Im talking full on coup style. Sound the alarms signal the milita its time to act. The acts that have transpired for far to long under Snyder must be stopped. Grab your pitch forks and lanterns and head on down to the palace near the river with all the missing trees. Take actions do not stand for these injustices anymore. We all know who the problem and its starts with one man... he must be stopped at all costs!

Posted by: Stu27 | September 28, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

When you can't run the ball you can't control the clock, when you can't control the clock you can't get the D off the field and when you cant get the D off the field they are going to let the other team put up more points.

Look at the skins TOP for the last 3 games.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 28, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Why is ARE calling a fair catch on every punt, he called one yesterday when there was no one within 15 yards.

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 28, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

My problem with this team is our Defense. We claim to be one of the better defenses, but we can't stop people and get them off of the field. Our offense needs reps to get better, and they rarely have the ball. How are they ever going to get better? I don't see defenses like the ravens having these issues. If our defense was truly as good as we think they are, we could win these type of games.
The same thing happened in the Giants game, but everyone wants to solely blame the offense.

Posted by: Redskins001 | September 28, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

new qb.....blache will play the cb's even FURTHER off the LOS, and wont blitz once....pissed off about this defense....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 28, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Look, I'm pretty disgusted too, but this is no where true.
Oakland, KC, and Cleveland definitely have bigger problems (from the ownership to the coach to the players).
I'd also throw in Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Jacksonville, and Houston to that list. Granted we aren't the cream of the crop, but we aren't baement dwellers either.

Posted by: RITCA | September 28, 2009 1:35 PM
=====
Do you really believe that the skins could beat any of the above teams?????

Posted by: pennstate1
============
Abso - freakin - lutely!! Houston would be the only team that has better talent, but they seem to self-implode somehow.

Posted by: RITCA | September 28, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is ARE calling a fair catch on every punt, he called one yesterday when there was no one within 15 yards.

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 28, 2009 1:40 PM

Because he sucks.

Posted by: Section104 | September 28, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

..."I think I will be 'real' to them," Zorn said. "I don't need to yell at a bunch of men to say, 'Come on guys, let's go now.' And I don't have to play a psychological game with them either."

Gee, that's great Zman. Guess Parcells, Gibbs, Walsh, Lombardi, Cowher, Jimmy Johnson, Tomlin, etc. etc. ETC. handled their teams wrong.

Zman... news flash. Great coaches may not play "psychological games", but guys like Walsh bring in Steve Young to make Joe Montana better. Is that a game?

Most NFL players seem to do better when properly motivated.

Posted by: dpc2003 | September 28, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

If there is any team in the MFL you want to start against as a rookie, it's the Skins. We absolutely make marginal players like look Pro Bowlers, especially young QB's.

Gradkowski, Vince Young, Stafford, it doesn't matter who is back there, he is going to have a great day against the anemic pass rush and swiss cheese secondary.

Posted by: McMetal | September 28, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Is the Cadillac going to be in the shop or driving through our defense?

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | September 28, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

As long as rush 4, drop back into zone, and wait for the other team to lose the game, we'll be alright against the young Johnson.

Looking for a huge game out of Betts too. Hopefully more staying in-bounds, 2 yard runs, and not understanding the concept of "lateral or lose."

Posted by: Section104 | September 28, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

REDSKIN OWNER EARNS PRESIDENTTIAL AWARD

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snidely is the proud recipient today of a special award from the president.

Snidely was called to the White House earlier this morning for a private audience with President Barak Obama and U-2 lead singer Bono. Bono is in town for a Tuesday evening rock concert at FEDEX Field, and asked to participate in the special award ceremony feting the team owner.

After exchanging fist bumps with the president and Gaelic pleasantries with the Irish singer known for his humanitarian appeals, Snidely was presented with a National Economic and Environmental Leadership Award by the President.

The award recognizes Snidely’s assistance in helping rescue the Detroit football team from their multi-year losing streak – along with the Redskin owner’s continuing commitment to the highest ideals and standards of energy conservation.

According to the award citation, the Washington Redskins expended minimum effort and energy in losing to the hapless Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The citation read, in part: “It was a completely uninspired performance against one of the worse teams in the league.”

The citation also noted the owner’s unflagging loyalty to his worthless excuse for a coach and his equally dunderheaded quarterback.

During the ceremony, Bono asked for an opportunity to meet Snidely’s friend and confidante Tom Cruise. Snidely said he would bring the movie star to Tuesday’s concert – to which Bono responded, “Rock on!”

Posted by: Vic1 | September 28, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The Bucs, like the lions, can't wait to play us.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | September 28, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

RITCA, We are basement dwellers b/c all the teams you mentioned don't look at themselves as contenders year in and year out like the skins, we think we are always one FA signing away from going to the SuperBowl. It's precisely that attitude that puts on the bottom maybe one notch above the Raiders but we're closing the gap quickly.

Posted by: forever8-8 | September 28, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Let me ask the RI--

How many successful NFL coaches out there don't provide motivation, or play "psychological games" with their teams?

Posted by: dpc2003 | September 28, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

My problem with this team is our Defense. We claim to be one of the better defenses, but we can't stop people and get them off of the field. Our offense needs reps to get better, and they rarely have the ball. How are they ever going to get better? I don't see defenses like the ravens having these issues. If our defense was truly as good as we think they are, we could win these type of games.
The same thing happened in the Giants game, but everyone wants to solely blame the offense.

Posted by: Redskins001 | September 28, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

new qb.....blache will play the cb's even FURTHER off the LOS, and wont blitz once....pissed off about this defense....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 28, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree the defense hasn't been anywhere near as dynamic as advertised but let me point out that it hasn't given up 20 points this season. (Giants don't count cause of the 7 points on the Osi strip) We had a top 5 defense last year and did nothing. We have an above average one this year with the potential to get better, but DEFENSE IS NOT THE PROBLEM WITH THIS TEAM when you can't resemble a legit offense you can not win, its that simple.

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 28, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 28, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't really seem to matter who the QB is, as long as it's 3rd down teams have an easy time of converting against this defense.


Posted by: dfbovey | September 28, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to score points if you don't have the ball. We put a lot of money into this defense. They are supposed to be giving us a lot of oppurtunities and good field position. Instead we get 10 possessions the entire freaking game and most of them starting on our own 20.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 28, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

DC's O was 2-10 on third down. That's why the D was on the field so much. Doc Walker said Cooley was open all day, yet he only had three catches.

Posted by: Realness1 | September 28, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

ARE should not be taking punts and the other rb should not be taking kick offs! It's sad to watch this aspect of the game. (as opposed to the OTHER sad aspects of the Deadskins). Carve this turkey up and cut close to the bone - make sure Vinny is included in this purge. Go get Cowher - he is an NFC East type of guy. I hope Cowher asks for both coach and GM position - not that I think anyone can do it these days, but because that would assure that Vinny would leave on the next stagecoach with JZ! (they could take DS with them too and it wouldn't break my heart! Sell the team to Ted Leonsis!!!!

Posted by: 1of9000 | September 28, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

We have an above average one this year with the potential to get better, but DEFENSE IS NOT THE PROBLEM WITH THIS TEAM when you can't resemble a legit offense you can not win, its that simple.

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 28, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

How can you say that? A rookie QB engineered 4 scoring drives of 80+ yards. A legit defense? Cloaked in failure.....

Posted by: ksquare | September 28, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Why is ARE calling a fair catch on every punt, he called one yesterday when there was no one within 15 yards.

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 28, 2009 1:40 PM

Because he sucks.

Posted by: Section104 | September 28, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

ARE has been the most consistent player we have on offense this season. Sad but true. His punt returns werent the reason we lost. If your looking for players to blame try again.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | September 28, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

RITCA, We are basement dwellers b/c all the teams you mentioned don't look at themselves as contenders year in and year out like the skins
========================
I'm sure you were singing this same tune last year when we started out 6-2 (beating Arizona, New Orleans, Dallas, and Philadelphia) in four straight weeks.

Posted by: RITCA | September 28, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

No its this simple: The whole team sucks. Its broken from every possible vantage point. Stop the he said she said about various aspects. They all suck.

Once you accept that, its easier and you can drop the agita of all the "if only..." and focus on this:

What mutha humper is going to stand up and say it starts with me, lets rebuild after the fire! One good catch, a good drive, tackling with fundamentals, puting somebody on their azz, playing with passion, pride in your job, taking blame.......

This is a grab your nuts and take a stand moment. It's game 4. SOMEBODY has got to be willing to lay it on the line and say follow me!

One heart, one mind, can't lose! (ok I stole that From Friday Night Lights....)

Posted by: chrislarry | September 28, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

With all the talk of blackouts in the NFL this year, let's blackout the Skins this weekend to show Snyder we are disappointed with him. All fans attending the game this coming Sunday should wear black to the game to begin the process of boycotting Snyder.

Posted by: tdlsteel | September 28, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Williams will have 200 combined yards. Bucs 24-17.

Posted by: LouLewis | September 28, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

With all the talk of blackouts in the NFL this year, let's blackout the Skins this weekend to show Snyder we are disappointed with him. All fans attending the game this coming Sunday should wear black to the game to begin the process of boycotting Snyder.

Posted by: tdlsteel | September 28, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse


I agree. Snyder is the source of the problems. Let's show him he is the problem!

Posted by: Redskins001 | September 28, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!

Dan Snyder has just hired a team of private investigators to help the Skins find the endzone…

Posted by: cromag23 | September 28, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"Its time to storm the castle, Im talking full on coup style. Sound the alarms signal the milita its time to act. The acts that have transpired for far to long under Snyder must be stopped. Grab your pitch forks and lanterns and head on down to the palace near the river with all the missing trees. Take actions do not stand for these injustices anymore. We all know who the problem and its starts with one man... he must be stopped at all costs!"

---------------------------------
No, not at all costs. There is a much simpler solution a BOYCOTT. It's easy and highly effective. Wearing paper bags or black tee shirtsto the game is incredibly stupid. You go to the game, you've been had! I mean really had. Snyder is no P.T. Barnum.

The goal of a boycott should be nothing less than to force Snyder to sell the team. If you signed one of those multi-yar season ticket deals, sorry.

Posted by: Pepper5 | September 28, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

For those who bare going to the Bucs game this Sunday!! Can we get a "Snyder you suck" chant going. I think that is the only thing that can save my season at this point. If all 97K were chanting that, it would be the greatest thing ever!!!! Spread the word

Posted by: cromag23 | September 28, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

ZORN DECLARES SUNDAY WILL BE "TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY"

Searching for a way to reverse a dismal losing trend for the Washington Redskins, team head coach Jim Zorn has declared Sunday at FEDEX Field as "Talk Like a Pirate Day."

Team insiders say the coach is hoping to decipher the complex offensive and defensive schemes of their NFC foe for Sunday afternoon – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – by listening to their play calling and analyzing the game film following their match.

While the coach doubts that the Redskins will have any chance of winning Sunday’s game, he nonetheless predicts that the thus winless Buccaneers will present an “awesome opportunity” for his team to learn how to lose gracefully.

“You know the Buccaneers are going to come in here hungry for a win. So the question becomes can we match their intensity? Well, I somehow doubt it.”

The coach concluded, “ARGHH! Ahoy, there matey! Would yer be needin’ a new quarterbacks coach anytime soon?”

Posted by: Vic1 | September 28, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Too bad for Tampa. Leftwich killed the Redskins last season when he was with Pittsburgh.

In the meantime, let's get back to the important stuff:

FIRE VINNY! FIRE VINNY! FIRE VINNY!

Replace him with a real GM who wouldn't flunk out of 9th grade. Let THAT guy decide what to do with the coaching staff.

Posted by: drischord | September 28, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Smith left yesterday's game with 6:56 remaining in the 3rd quarter. He ended up with 101 yards on 16 carries.

So in 2 and a half quarters this guy goes for 100+ yards on Greg Blache's vaunted defense? Why isn't this a bigger story?

JC wasn't missing tackles. Soup didn't fail to stop Stafford on 3rd downs. #17 wasn't fair catching punts all day like a wussy.

Here's what we know JC cannot do:

Throw a good fade pass
Slide
Lose the Mississippi accent

Other than that he's pretty legit so don't tell me how Todd Collins would have this offense cooking with grease especially with Zorn calling half back options on 3rd down.

Posted by: elfreako | September 28, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I see the blame game has begun. NO reason in throwing any of it at JC cause we should already be used to the crap we're getting out him. I simply think this team barring a miracle turn around this season is heading for off-season implosion. Which it needs desperately. Along with a few moves on the player front. Its would be best to fire not only Zorn, but Blache and their entire coaching staffs. I mean when you think about it. It is their teachings and philosophies that the player have been asked to carry out on the field. We need either a Gm or a coach capable of doing both Gm and head-coaching duties. A whole new coaching staff that will imput the systems without cross referncing the old systems from previous coaches. THat's it in a nutshell. FIRE ZORN, BLACHE and the ENTIRE coaching staff. HIRE NEW GM and/or GM COACH. Basicall take all personnel power from SNYDERRATO!!!!

Posted by: cee_212002 | September 28, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Let me ask the RI--

How many successful NFL coaches out there don't provide motivation, or play "psychological games" with their teams?

Posted by: dpc2003
-------------------

You're exactly right, dpc. Mike Tomlin, that coach that won some games last year, told the team he was gonna take them to the movies. At the last minute, he cancelled it and told them, "You need to learn how to deal with disappointment."

Posted by: walkdwalk | September 28, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Please Please Please -- Can we have a new starting quarterback, too?

Posted by: kls1 | September 28, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

And a new GM? And owner? Plee-heee-heeease!

Posted by: kls1 | September 28, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Zorn should take a cue from the Bucs and bench Campbell in favor of Todd Collins. The Redskins' offense needs a spark and some rhythm, and Campbell has shown neither over the course of his entire career. What do we have to lose? Campbell,in the last year of his contract, will unquestionably become an unrestriced free agent and depart Washington after this season - in short, he's not the franchise QB of the future. And while Collins, at 37 years of age isn't the QB of the future either, he seems to have much more presence and command of an NFL offense that Campbell. He certainly outplayed Campbell in 2007 after Campbell went down in the Chicago game. I have no doubt that we would have never made the playoffs that year if Collins hadn't stepped in and lead us on that 4 - 0 run to close out the season. Why are we worrying about "developing" Campbell anymore when there is no way in hell he returns next year? Let's try to win ball games and start developing a strategy to bring in a top tier QB in 2010 - wheter through the draft, trade or free agency. No question the defense is getting worse each game and looked horribly bad yesterday - worst third down team in the NFL - what can anyone expect when they were on the field for 22 out of 30 minutes in the first half?

Posted by: SkinsKen | September 28, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Rypien11 wrote:

"The saddest part of this year is-I can't remember a season where we have so many WEAK teams on our schedule" As one 'Skins fan to another, WE ARE ONE OF THOSE WEAK teams!! Sorry to have to say that but it is true.

Posted by: tapscott_k | September 28, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins, need to draft better, that way we wouldn't have to spend 100 million, on one person, And it might be time to give Colt Brennan a try.

Posted by: jeffscottpark | September 28, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

This is our problem SNYDER.This man throws millions at people that don't produce on a year to year basis,from vinny on down to our overrated overpaid player's this is a sad situation,unlike most of you all that live in this madness day to day in the DMV, I LIVE ABOUT 700 MILES AWAY IN LOUISVILL KY.born and raised in SOUTHEAST D.C. used to walk to JACK KENT COOK STADIUM and skin for life,there are very few skins fans here but the ones i know hit rock bottom yesterday with the rest of you all,OBAMA said it best TIME FOR A CHANGE..............

Posted by: fboyd454 | September 28, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

So... will the fans at FedEx wait a drive or two, or will they boo when the Skins take the field?

Posted by: Redskinrex | September 28, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Zorn should take a cue from the Bucs and bench Campbell in favor of Todd Collins. The Redskins' offense needs a spark and some rhythm, and Campbell has shown neither over the course of his entire career. What do we have to lose?
Posted by: SkinsKen
____
You are 100% correct!!! Skins need a change to light a fire on this team .. And while not putting all the blame on Campbell he is the leader on the field and he has not gotten the job done. He's 3-8 his last 11 starts. Skins need to try someone else at QB cause as you so correctly stated.. what do we have to lose?

Posted by: sovine08 | September 29, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company