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Chat Until Skins Hit Practice Field

Mike Wilbon is off the schedule today, but there will be chats.

At noon, Samu Qureshi and Valerie Grissom -- collectors of things Redskins -- will take your questions on their story in Sunday's Post magazine.

Then I'll be taking your questions at 1 on the Redskins, the NFL and/or anything else that might happen to be on your mind.

While we're at it, let's try something new involving the @RedskinsInsider twitter feed.

Want to make sure your question gets answered first? Send out a link to the chat to your Twitter network including @redskinsinsider in your Twitter message (For instance: Q&A on #Skins camp -- http://tr.im/vho9 @redskinsinsider). Then submit your question on The Post site, and include your Twitter username for verification. Check back at 1 p.m. ET to see if your question was selected to start the session.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 3, 2009; 11:07 AM ET
 
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El numero uno!

Posted by: Predator48 | August 3, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

red

"Zach Thomas does have over 1700 tackles. Fletcher has a little over 1300."

I live in dolphinsland and watched tons of games featuring Mr Thomas.

When he was in his alleged prime, Zach Thomas would make a lot of tackles: 7-9 yards downfield.

If you watch top linebackers like Urlacher, Fletcher, Willis, even Ray Lewis, you see they stuff fullbacks or make plays at or behind the line or scrimmage.

Plus Thomas could be abused in pass coverage in ways Ray Ray, Fletch, and Urlacher are not.

But somehow, he was a Pro Bowler.

Nothing against the guy, it's just that to this observer, London Fletcher deserves some rec as one of the league's best is all.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 3, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Just changed my mind on picking the Eagles to win the division:

Birds hold their breath regarding Stewart Bradley
Posted by Mike Florio on August 3, 2009 11:10 AM ET
Eagles middle linebacker Stewart Bradley's 2009 season might have ended not long after it began.

During the team's inaugural "Flight Night" scrimmage, Bradley suffered a knee injury. Our unlikely friend and NBC colleague Howard Eskin said on Philadelphia Sports Final that Bradley heard a "pop."

He's scheduled to have an MRI today, and trainers reportedly are concerned.

Bradley became the starting middle linebacker last year. He's the primary signal caller and the likely successor to safety Brian Dawkins as the leader of the defense.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 3, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I know its part of the game, unfortunately, but I hate seeing guys get hurt in pre-season. That could potentially be a huge loss for the eagles....I hate that...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 3, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

You mean people still chat with Wilbon? Has to be about the NBA......

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 3, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Eskin has a spotty track record with his "breaking news"...we'll see.

They should be more worried about getting Maclin into camp.

Posted by: McMetal | August 3, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"Just changed my mind on picking the Eagles to win the division:"

Wouldn't have made a difference anyway. By any logical sense of analysis, the Eagles were a longshot to win the division to begin with. Just add this to their list of major questions heading into the season.

- Lost the single most important asset to their team's success over the last decade: defensive mastermind Jim Johnson

- Lost their future HOF leader and pro-bowl safety, Brian Dawkins

- Lost both starting tackles, replacing them with (1) a perennially injured right tackle from the juggernaut Bengals that assisted in getting Carson Palmer injured year after year while providing their dominant run-game in recent years, and (2) the NFL leader in sacks allowed by a left tackle last season for the juggernaut Bills, who also had a bad rushing game.

- Have the oldest and most injury-prone QB in the division behind said line.

- Have the oldest and most injury-prone RB in the division behind said line, also coming off the worst season of his starting RB career.

- Have no 1,000 yard receivers yet again. Their best receiver was 900+ yards and a whopping 2 TDs last year (though, admittedly impressive for a rook).

- They're relying on 2 skill position rookies to assist in carrying the offensive load (like we haven't heard that one before).

- Now, they may have lost their starting MLB and signal-caller for the season.

Add that to their spectacular 9-win season last year and, whew, I gotta say, that's a mighty powerful team heading into the season.

Posted by: psps23 | August 3, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

PFT is bloging Bradley is out for the year

Posted by: TWISI | August 3, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Things are bad in Philly. They were gonna have problems anyways with Bdawk leaving. Jim Johnson was truely one of the most respected coaches in the game, they have lost all heart from that D.
Maclin still hasnt signed, Curtis is slowed by injuries.
Also keep in mind Shady who they drafted as Westbrooks backup(very similar style) has had a devestating knee injury in the past that many feel led to him leaving early.
All of this bad news is making me happy!

Posted by: Stu27 | August 3, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I love when people up here try to be politically correct and show how bad they feel when other teams get a stroke of bad luck…..whenever I read people saying “so sad” or “tragic”, I picture Clark Griswold doing his little fake shudder when he is telling the cop how sorry he feels for the dog that he just killed by leaving it tied to the bumper……

I’m with Stu….couldn’t be happier (except for the part about J. Johnson actually dying of course).

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Barbacoa goat taco, Pork taco, Shrimp ceviche, cheese empanada, cheese papusa, 2 Hibiscus iced teas!

Posted by: chrislarry | August 3, 2009 11:04 AM

Now that's a real lunch!

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 3, 2009 11:08 AM

In Austin they call it the "Mike Williams Platter." Eat it three months straight and you're up to 425 pounds -- regardless of what your starting weight was.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

i dunno stu27.....i wanna win the division when everyone is at their full strength. if not, you may hear that we only won b/c the other teams are having a down year. let us win b/c we were the better team. just my $0.02 worth......

Posted by: mafreeman | August 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

the NFC East is good enough that any of it's teams could go all the way, with the benefit of health and a few "good bounces".

tha being said I predict the Redskins to win the Super Bowl.....why not? the Giants did it

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 3, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Nice all this state-of-the-art info stuff...now, can someone at WaPo get J La Can't Find It's name off the blog directory before the season begins? Come on, it's like moving into a new office but they keep the last guy's name on the door.

Posted by: InRealAmerica | August 3, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

- Lost both starting tackles, replacing them with (1) a perennially injured right tackle from the juggernaut

Replaced the left tackle with a guy from Buffalo who replaced current Redskins Mike Williams there. Ranked by scouts.com as the #1 left tackle in the NFL.

The right tackle is still a significant upgrade over what they had the year before.

- Have the oldest and most injury-prone RB in the division behind said line, also coming off the worst season of his starting RB career.

They drafted a pretty decent college RB to address that.

- Have the oldest and most injury-prone QB in the division behind said line.

If he stays healthy?

- Lost the single most important asset to their team's success over the last decade: defensive mastermind Jim Johnson

- Lost their future HOF leader and pro-bowl safety, Brian Dawkins

The combination of these two plus the loss of their MLB definitely has to hurt a great deal.

______________________________________________


Looking at the Redskins:

NO OL, NO OFFENSIVE line. The Redskins offensive line would be a significant drop from the Eagles. We are already seeing that when they practice against this defense!!!! They have to be ranked close to the bottom of the NFL out the gate. And you think Carson Palmer had it bad?

NO WR outside of Moss and Cooley. Yeah the 3 amigos are there. Will they step up? You're criticizing the Eagles WR corps? Look at Randle El!? You're criticizing perennial all-pro and team MVP Westbrook, for his age? LOOK AT PORTIS!? Do you really think he will last the entire year injury free? Just because he goes out and lines up in the backfield does not mean he is effective especially given his injuries!!

The Redskins may not have questions at safety but they do have them at linebacker and corner back. Definitely there's some experimenting that could go awry! The defensive line, although solid, is still a work in progress: these guys need time to work together, and for Blache to come up with schemes that make best use of them.


Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm still shocked people are surprised about Skins Offensive struggle, simply put, our offense, or any offense for that matter, will struggle as long as the defense is lining up Orakpo and Haynesworth against an offensive line that hasn't gel. Let's not forget that Dockery just came back after years outside of Redskins skim.
I will honestly expect resting Haynesworth for one or two practices, just to see if the offensive line will do better.

Posted by: abxinc | August 3, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

PSP -- you are too right regarding the Iggles. Don't forget their QB stunk so bad at one point last year he got benched. I think maybe McNabb made a herculean effort the last half and was his last squirt of greatness. He's gonna be limp and dribbling in 09.

Far more likely that the GiAnts win the division, since they're really depending on one thing: somebody to step up and replace Bozo Burress. They really rolled the bones deciding to improve their strongest unit and not a critical need at WR.

Dallas -- whatever their problems are, it doesn't seem to be talent.

Meanwhile, the Redskins are perfectly positioned: ranked at 26 in the "Power Rankings"? Widely picked to finish last in the division?

I think not. The OL will be as good as it was early last year this year: the difference is these guys are younger and won't wear down like last year's crew did. Give JC some time, CP some holes, and JZ some field position, and they will definitely score more.

I am FIRED UP about this year!!!

BTW, I was watching NFL Replay of the 08 PIT-BAL AFC Championship game last night.

I think I hate the Ravens almost as much as I hate the Cowboys.

Posted by: dpc2003 | August 3, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

You're looking at a carbon copy of the Ravens: No offense, or a very limited one and a potentially great defense. Will that win the division? Maybe yes, if Haynesworth plays every game and doesn't go down with an injury as he has done the past few years. Maybe it will take a year or two for this defense to jell.

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

i dunno stu27.....i wanna win the division when everyone is at their full strength. if not, you may hear that we only won b/c the other teams are having a down year. let us win b/c we were the better team. just my $0.02 worth......

Posted by: mafreeman | August 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Well ill take it, I caould care less about any we only won b/c talk if were holding a trophy.
And J.Johnson was their defense, best blitz caller in the league bar none. Dik Lebeau the Steelers D cor is great but they blitz out of a 3-4. to do the kind of things J.Johnson did out of the 4-3 is simply incredible, R.I.P. Also losing Stewart Bradley would be monumental.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 3, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I think not. The OL will be as good as it was early last year this year: the difference is these guys are younger and won't wear down like last year's crew did. Give JC some time, CP some holes, and JZ some field position, and they will definitely score more.

Samuels and Thomas, the lynch pins of this line are a year older and coming off very serious injuries! In fact they were career threatening!? Who do you have to step on and replace them? Compare THEM with what the Eagles have.

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

periculum that strting LT you're talking about has already been limited in practice with a back injury. I don't see him playing at a high level through the whole year. Every team in the NFC East has major question marks that have to be address. The skins lack of depth on the OL and WR are no worse than the Cowboys. The Eagles are a mess right now. Also, I'm not sure Eli can carry the Giants down the stretch when defenses load the box to stop that rushing attack.

Posted by: TWISI | August 3, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Anybody seen "Rajneesh", the tent wearing rasta with the huge beewaxed dreadlocks walkin' around Northwest?? He would only say "Rajneesh", so thats what we called him..gablessim..Eagles in trouble, lettin' Dawk and Lito go, and now this..The Eagle takin' in mud, better batten the hatches, like Macklin..

Posted by: frak | August 3, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I never said the Redskins don't have questions marks, just bringing some reality to all the people pimping the Eagles as if their additions of the league leader in sacks allowed, a perennially injured Bengals tackle, a rookie WR, and a rookie RB translates into the equivalent of adding Anthony Munoz, Jonathan Ogden, Jerry Rice, and Barry Sanders in the offseason. Or to those Eagles fanatics pimping the Dawkins release as if he was Roy Williams (the safety). Or that their 9-win season last year somehow qualifies them as an automatic title contender as their stars get another year older, more worn down, and less productive.

Posted by: psps23 | August 3, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

F the Eagles

Posted by: chrislarry | August 3, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

whenever I read people saying “so sad” or “tragic”, I picture Clark Griswold doing his little fake shudder when he is telling the cop how sorry he feels for the dog that he just killed by leaving it tied to the bumper...

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"tough little mutt...probably kept up with you for a mile or so..."

Giants would have to be the favorite on paper to win the division. The "experts" understandably have too many questions about our offense, but I really think JC is going to take a big leap forward this year, aided by Thomas/Kelly's development and a young Terp stepping up at RT. And, and don't forget the addition of our new secret weapon Hunter Smith.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 3, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Samuels played hurt last year, so did Thomas. Even then, they were by far the better half of the OL. Cast your mind back: CP got most of his yards running left, the pressure on JC was from the right or up the middle.

I don't know how to compare OL who play in different divisions. I do know that Chris Samuels played 8 games against the best DL in the NFL: 2xNYG, 2xDAL, PIT, BAL, 2xDAL and did pretty well. Well enough to be sent to the Pro Bowl.

As far as stepping in and replacing, name some teams that could replace their LT and not feel it. I'll start the list

SF, OAK, TB, KC, DET... oh, wait. Name some GOOD teams that can replace their LT or LG...

Posted by: dpc2003 | August 3, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, DAL twice. I meant the Iggles.

Posted by: dpc2003 | August 3, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Samuels played hurt last year, so did Thomas. Even then, they were by far the better half of the OL. Cast your mind back: CP got most of his yards running left, the pressure on JC was from the right or up the middle.

Samuels went on the IR last year as I recall? Thomas wasn't even ranked as the top guard last year, most GM's and scouts ranked Pete Kendall as the Redskins best guard ... as I recall?

And in the 2nd half of last year, the last eight or nine years Portis had numbers that were more akin to Benny Malone than a pro bowler averaging around 3.1 yds/carry with only 2 touch downs. That's what I recall.

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Both Thomas and Samuels has some pretty serious surgical procedures. In Thomas case it was close to life threatening and involved his neck.

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I meant "games" not "years".

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The news out of Redskins park this weekend was that Mike Williams actually redirected one pass rusher so that he could not get to the quarterback. This compares to the other twenty times when he directed the pass rusher to the quarterback. I know the big guy is still scraping some rust off, but I think it has been embarassing for him so far. How much of that kind of thing can his ego take?

Then it sounds like Heyer made a blunder in pass blocking and got an earful from Buges. He's still not getting low enough in his run blocking, too.

Vinny, get on the horn for a trade or scour the waiver wire for a diamond in the rough. Don't leave right tackle to chance and don't make a panic move like last year when you went after Jason Taylor.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 3, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The Eagles are a mess right now. Also, I'm not sure Eli can carry the Giants down the stretch when defenses load the box to stop that rushing attack.

True. But I think the Eagles, Giants, (no not the Cowboy) are better at picking guys who might be able to step up when the going gets tough. I have very little faith in Snyder and Cerrato where that is concerned. Do you?

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's widely known that the Redskins success will be highly dependent on the health of the offensive line.

Can't say the same about the Eagles. Even when their 'pro-bowler' is healthy, he's still giving up an NFL-high in sacks allowed.

Posted by: psps23 | August 3, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Then it sounds like Heyer made a blunder in pass blocking and got an earful from Buges. He's still not getting low enough in his run blocking, too.

The take on him by the scouts is that is something he may never be able to do. He doesn't have the athleticism.

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Can't say the same about the Eagles. Even when their 'pro-bowler' is healthy, he's still giving up an NFL-high in sacks allowed.

Posted by: psps23 | August 3, 2009

As did our new starting guard on that same line? Sounds like the scheme perhaps? Not the player? See the Spurrier years for reference.

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

peric, what "scouts" are saying this?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 3, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins have the worst OL in the NFC East, might be one of the worst, if not the worst in the entire NFL. That is a serious problem when you feature a guy like Portis in your offense.

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

peric, what "scouts" are saying this?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 3, 2009

Ex-GM's on ESPN Insider, Scouts.com, etc. They appear to be right more often than not.

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Vinny, get on the horn for a trade or scour the waiver wire for a diamond in the rough. Don't leave right tackle to chance and don't make a panic move like last year when you went after Jason Taylor.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 3, 2009 1:09 PM

Feeling schizophrenic today? In the first sentence you ask him to make a panic move. In the second sentence you tell him not to. Your right brain doesn't know what your left brain is thinking.

Plenty of time to pick up an RT if we need one. Wait until the other teams have looked over their guys to see which teams have extra tackles on the roster. There will be some talent available even when the other teams cut down to the 53 man roster.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 3, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Ask yourself, if Heyer were so good ... why are they touting Mike Williams so much? What about Bridges? Heyer will make a good to excellent swing man between the guard and tackle positions, not a starter.

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 3, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Plenty of time to pick up an RT if we need one. Wait until the other teams have looked over their guys to see which teams have extra tackles on the roster.

I am worried more about depth at left tackle. Right is important ... but the left side is critical.

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey JReid, how about an article focusing on the progression of the '08 draft class, particularly how they are looking at camp? I would love an update on Rinehart.

Posted by: CBT2 | August 3, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins will finish with a 4-12 record.

Too bad, Danny Snyder.

Maryland football will finish with a 2-10 record.

Maryland basketball will finish with a 15-16 record

No NCAA bid

No NIT bid

Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels - Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | August 3, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Well ill take it, I caould care less about any we only won b/c talk if were holding a trophy.
And J.Johnson was their defense, best blitz caller in the league bar none. Dik Lebeau the Steelers D cor is great but they blitz out of a 3-4. to do the kind of things J.Johnson did out of the 4-3 is simply incredible, R.I.P. Also losing Stewart Bradley would be monumental.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 3, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse


not saying that it doesnt count or that i dont want it to happen. im just saying that i dont want to believe that we are that good because we won the division and then turn around and get bounced out of the playoffs. i want to beat teams with ease while they are at full strength so that we enter the playoffs at full swagg and know that we really can and will handle anyone in our way. now superbowl, i could care less what excuse was given to justify the trophy coming home. i will take that victory all day, EVERY DAY!!! and i agree that losing jim johnson was a MONUMENTAL loss for the birds. that alone is relief to us. i feel for his family and pray that they can overcome the loss.

Posted by: mafreeman | August 3, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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