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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Casey Rabach to have surgery on right shoulder

By Barry Svrluga

Redskins center Casey Rabach said he will have surgery on his right shoulder Thursday, a procedure that was scheduled prior to Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants.

Rabach, 33, is under contract for next season. He started all 16 games for the fifth time in six seasons with Washington - a tenure in which he has missed just one game. He was elected by his teammates as an offensive captain, but some analysts have been critical of his play.

"There's always the thought in the back of your mind of: Did you do enough this season to hold your roster spot?" Rabach said. "You can't really worry about it too much. All I know is I played as hard I could each and every play I was out there. Hopefully that's good enough for the coaching staff. Now, it's just about preparation for the next season, and hopefully it's here."

Since 2004, when he started all 16 games for Baltimore, Rabach has started 111 out of a possible 112 regular-season games. Only five NFL offensive linemen have started every game in that time period - Detroit tackle Jeff Backus, guard Alan Faneca - who has been with Arizona, the New York Jets and Pittsburgh - and centers Olin Kreutz (Chicago), Todd McClure (Atlanta) and Casey Wiegmann (Kansas City and Denver).

Rabach began the year with veterans Derrick Dockery on his left and Artis Hicks on his right. But by the end of the season, Kory Lichtensteiger had replaced Dockery and Will Montgomry was starting for Hicks. With the new lineup, and more familiarity with the system, the Redskins began to run the ball more effectively.

"Each time you have a new system in place, there's growing pains," Rabach said. "We definitely felt those growing pains early on in the season. I think we got a better grasp of this offense. We understand more what Mike wanted from us as an offensive line as a whole. Are we there yet? Are we perfect, the way we want to be? No, definitely not. But that's what we're going to use this offseason for."

By Barry Svrluga  | January 3, 2011; 1:00 PM ET
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Comments

Right oogabooga. Here's my question posed to RI peeps: "If you only get 2 draft choices and they happen to be at our 1st and 2nd positions and you can't trade up or back who are the 2 guys you take to help improve this team?"

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 3, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrence. Twice.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | January 3, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

please cut him (from the roster)

Posted by: hockey023 | January 3, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's add some weight/muscle to him while he's under the knife.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | January 3, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

scottcampbell1975

Keep pimpin' that Moe but it ain't gonna happen


Yeah, I know.

Promoting fantasy is what I do best.

I believe in Santa Claus, the Bogeyman, and the Tooth Fairy all at the same time.

But, if I was runnin' thangs at Redskin Park, I'd want what a fan would want:

A Flacco/Ryan/Rivers/Freeman/Sanchez type who is charismatic and just very damn good.

I watch games all around the league and get jealous that other teams have a smart, young gunslinger, and all we have is Rex and Donnie and the unknown flavor of Beck.

And so, if you think Mallet/Locker/Newton/Luck can be that guy, you promote the idea of moving up to a top 5 pick to snag'em.

Yeah, trading to move up to #5 is indeed a blogga fantasy.

But the need for efficient, dominant quarterback play also a reality that this franchise needs to come to grips with as the flavor of mediocrity makes me sick.


Posted by: MistaMoe | January 3, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

True Moe, but I could see us packaging the tenth and McNabb to get the 5th pick to get who we want, mabye draft pick trade, mcnabb and we get a 6th...

Posted by: mhartz1 | January 3, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mhartz1 | January 3, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Here are some recent top 12 QB picks in the draft.... interesting read for those who are thinking we must draft a QB near the top.


http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/22/the-fear-of-the-quarterback-draft-bust/

The Fear of the Quarterback Draft Bust
By LUIS DELOUREIRO

Below is a list of all of the quarterbacks selected in the top 12 of the N.F.L. draft between 1995 and 2005. (Players drafted after 2005 were not included because I wanted to look at the five years after they were drafted.)

The column to the right identifies whether each player ended up being considered a bust by the team that drafted him. (See definition below the list)


Year Team Player Pick No. Bust
2005 SFO Alex D. Smith 1 Y
2004 NYG Eli Manning 1 N
2004 SDG Philip Rivers 4 N
2004 PIT Ben Roethlisberger 11 N
2003 CIN Carson Palmer 1 N
2003 JAC Byron Leftwich 7 Y
2002 HOU David Carr 1 Y
2002 DET Joey Harrington 3 Y
2001 ATL Michael Vick 1 N
1999 CLE Tim Couch 1 Y
1999 PHI Donovan McNabb 2 N
1999 CIN Akili Smith 3 Y
1999 MIN Daunte Culpepper 11 N
1999 CHI Cade McNown 12 Y
1998 IND Peyton Manning 1 N
1998 SDG Ryan Leaf 2 Y
1995 TEN Steve McNair 3 N
1995 CAR Kerry Collins 5 Y

Posted by: Alan4 | January 3, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

See? Have to draft one high just to get a 50% chance of success ;) I agree with Moe Betta, take the shot.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | January 3, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

A4,
So 50:50 on drafting a top QB.

Vinny says with those odds we should use our top three draft pick on a pass thrower, that way one of them is sure to pan out, after all, we're only one QB short of the playoffs in 2011. This roster is play-off caliber.

Oh wait, Vinny's gone, never mind.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | January 3, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Who won't be a bust this year:

Cam Newton
Luck
Locker
Gabbert

Who will be a bust:

Ponder
Mallet
Delvin
Kaepernick

On the Fence:

Dalton

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 3, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

We should be able to get a lot done in FA...

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | January 3, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Who won't be a bust this year:

Cam Newton
Luck
Locker
Gabbert

Who will be a bust:

Ponder
Mallet
Delvin
Kaepernick

On the Fence:

Dalton

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 3, 2011 1:41 PM |

Dude, after seeing/hearing that post-game convo with Locker, he's either a dope-head or just realy, really stupid.

He makes Heath Schuler sound like Norman Einstein.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | January 3, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I have a hard time seeing how any rookie QB could come in and be immediately productive; we don't do anything well enough on offense to take the pressure off.
Depending on how things break for #1-#10, it's not that we shouldn't take a QB, but let's not invest a whole lot in him as a starter in 2011.

Posted by: daggar | January 3, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

^^^Exactly....

There are no Sam Bradfords this year....All of these folks that are listed at the top for QBs all need to be sitting year one.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 3, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

doesn't rabach snap the ball w/ his right hand??? time to replace him w/ cook or will montgomery...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 3, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse


RI = vicious cycle

Posted by: hessone | January 3, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

REDSKINS FIRE SECURITY GUARD, HAYNESWORTH AGAIN DISSES COACHING STAFF

ASHBURN, VA -- The last surviving member of former owner Jack Kent Cooke’s original support staff for the Washington Redskins was unceremoniously fired today -- allegedly as part of cost-cutting measures instituted by the team as it enters its long annual off-season, but more likely in retribution for helping rekindle a long, troublesome and dysfunctional relationship between the highly overpaid and underperforming defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, and the team’s coaching staff and ownership group.

According to sources inside Redskins Park, 47-year employee and security guard Norman “the Doorman” Johnson was summoned to the team’s front office and immediately dismissed shortly after he personally vouched that Haynesworth should be allowed to pass through the team’s security gates, despite the fact the player’s building pass -- in accordance with standard team security procedures -- had automatically expired after more than a month of non-use.

Normally, a player will ask a coach or another player to vouch for them when they forget their building passes, but Haynesworth is on record as adamantly refusing to speak with anyone -- including the team’s coaching staff, other players, front office executives, trainers, water boys, cheerleaders, news media, stadium concessionaires, and even Sonny and Sam -- until the team either pays him another $42 million or grants him an unconditional release from his contract.

So it fell to the unfortunate Mr. Jones to make a snap decision on whether to let Haynesworth into Redskins Park to attend the final team meeting of the just-completed 2010 season, or suffer the possible wrath of the coaching staff for failing to let a star player into the meeting.

According to anonymous sources inside Redskins Park, the team had been hoping that if they ignored the player, and didn’t allow him back into the practice facility, he might just go away without any further trouble. Unfortunately, by misreading the situation and allowing Haynesworth to pass through unchecked, the security guard allowed the disgruntled lineman to deliver yet another insult to the team’s head coach.

Haynesworth reportedly carried a note from his agent, Chad Speck, that said that Speck’s star client would again not participate in the team’s “optional” off-season training and conditioning program -- nor would he or Haynesworth accept any calls or other written or spoken communications from anyone else who might even remotely be associated with the team.

Speck also informed Shanahan that effective immediately, he is the new agent for Fletcher Smith -- and now solely responsible for any future public statements from Mr. Smith, and by extension, he is also the uber-agent for the team’s disgraced scout team quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Posted by: Vic1 | January 3, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

its gotta be a combination of things this offseason, the teams has too many needs and too few draft picks. If they can get a WR/WR/G in free agency, that would allow them to pick a NT/C/G in the draft...or vice versa...but this is a HUGE offseason for the team....make no mistake, miss it, and the team will be struggling for YEARS to come...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 3, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

^^^Exactly....

There are no Sam Bradfords this year....All of these folks that are listed at the top for QBs all need to be sitting year one.....

Posted by: 4thFloor
____________

All the more reason to get the sitting started. If we can get the right sitter.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | January 3, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Coach: Gano needs to be stronger mentally.

Gano: I've never had a problem mentally.

+++++++

Coach: McNabb is struggling with some fitness/injuries.

McNabb: I'm 100% healthy.

+++++++

Coach: Albert is sick and couldn't play so he was inactive.

Albert: I feel fine and I wanted to play.


Posted by: p1funk | January 3, 2011 12:25 PM
++++++++++++++

Facts:

Gano choked.

McNabb was limping worse than Chester in Gunsmoke and was totally ineffective.

Albert needs to be translated: I feel fine = I have a hangover. I want to play = only when I feel like it and when I am allow to do what I want, and yes!!! I want to take a nap on the middle of a play.

But of course the big bad coach is lying and he is mean for not taking care of our boys …

Posted by: isthatallthereis | January 3, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse


A little defensive there, eh?

Did anyone say the "big bad coach" was lying?


"What we have here is a failure to communicate".

Posted by: p1funk | January 3, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

What... we're not jumping @ Jacory Harris?

...I kiid, I kiid...

Posted by: DikShuttle | January 3, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Jake Locker has a cool name so that's who I'm rolling with.

Posted by: Original_etrod | January 3, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

vic, more hilarity, how do you do it...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 3, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't know 4th, I think Luck, Ponder, and Devlin will succeed and the rest will fail.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | January 3, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

vic, more hilarity, how do you do it...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 3, 2011 2:14 PM

Thanks, Greg. Trick is to spend as much time as you can with the players... and there no telling what you might pick up. And never take "no comment" as a final answer.

We also have it on good authority that Albert was expressly prohibited by his agents and lawyers from travelling to Dallas for the Superbowl week festivities this year, as they cannot afford to take on yet another paternity and child support lawsuit at this time.

Posted by: Vic1 | January 3, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse


We also have it on good authority that Albert was expressly prohibited by his agents and lawyers from travelling to Dallas for the Superbowl week festivities this year, as they cannot afford to take on yet another paternity and child support lawsuit at this time.

Posted by: Vic1 | January 3, 2011 2:22 PM |
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oh, and the thought of another freakin haynesworth in the world, jeesh

Posted by: hessone | January 3, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked earlier some question about if we don't move in the draft, who do we pick 1&2.

Well, why not take Pouncey with the 10 pick?

Center is the 2nd most important position on offense other than QB.

The reason the Steelers/Pats/Colts etc. are so good is that they are always picking late.

So picking a center with the 20-some pick...who cares. They aren't reaching.

I think he would be worth every penny.

Then snag a QB in the 2nd.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 3, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Besides, a center touches the ball EVERY play.

I've made up my mind. As GM and COO of delusional world, I'm taking Pouncey with the 10 pick.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 3, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, why not take Pouncey with the 10 pick?

Center is the 2nd most important position on offense other than QB.

The reason the Steelers/Pats/Colts etc. are so good is that they are always picking late.

So picking a center with the 20-some pick...who cares. They aren't reaching.

I think he would be worth every penny.

Then snag a QB in the 2nd.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 3, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I think Pouncey may be an all pro gurad someday, but he is not a grat center prospect. He is not his brother......

Did you watch Florida this year? He had more bad snaps then any "elite" player I have ever seen.

Posted by: rupertpupkin | January 3, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Did you watch Florida this year? He had more bad snaps then any "elite" player I have ever seen.

Posted by: rupertpupkin

Ditto That! I been wondering the same thought. What's all the hype with this guy?
If we are sniffing centers, someone better check out the kid Joe Pa's been coaching up!

Posted by: Spanglerg | January 3, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

On drafting a quarterback: The current staff wouldn't know one if he bit them in the but. Besides, this franchise has not picked a quarterback of ANY caliber in recent memory. How is Heath Schuller doing anyway? I think Patrick Ramsey is changing oil in cars at Oil Can Henry's now. It's tough making any move to get a top candidate or we would have had Bradford here or Sanchez the year before. But it won't make a bit of difference if Kyle S. has 4th down and One Yard plays that run left, into the best defensive ends in football as was done againts the Giants. It is, was, and always will be STUPID. Kyle old buddy, watch the game your team is playing, and not what's on your Blackberry. See ya.

Posted by: Blueslegend | January 4, 2011 1:22 AM | Report abuse

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