If you asked me to play mad scientist and pick one player to pluck out of Gregg Williams's defense as an evil ploy against all of Redskin Nation, I'm taking Cornelius Griffin every single time. The defense does not have the same bite without him there - regular season, pre season, spring practice, mini camp, whatever - the pass rush falls and suddenly opponents are able to slam the ball between the hash marks with abandon.
Griffin is a quiet warrior, who draws double teams and opens up terrain for the defensive ends. When the ends start getting into the backfield, suddenly life is easier for the linebackers to make plays, and, with Griff a stud run-stopper, too, you can see what makes everything tick around here. When he went down with that knee injury a few weeks ago, you should have seen how fast Williams was sprinting out to midfield to check on him. That don't happen for just anyone.
With Griffin out (he went down against New York with a knee sprain), the Jets and Patriots ran right up the gut. There was no pass rush, and quarterbacks had time to pick apart the secondary. If Griffin's injury lingers much longer, red flags should wave. He's practicing without pads this week, with a brace on the knee, and heaven knows he's a gamer. He'll be out there at far less than 100 percent if he has to be, and he'll still be effective. But you don't want your d-linemen having to worry about their knees, and with Phillip Daniels (back) and Renaldo Wynn (ankle) hurting, too, there is ample reason for concern.
Everyone seems confident these guys will be fine for the real games, but Griffin will need several more days work with the trainers before he is cleared for more work.
Randoms: Any Libertines fans out there? Our boy Pete Dougherty is in jail again (if anyone has access to any Babyshambles stuff on the net, please email me -email@example.com -. I haven't heard any and at this rate it might never get a proper release). I'm not blaming Pete's galpal Kate Moss for him being a junkie and, but she does seem to have a thing for the strung out rocker/actors. Not quite to the depth of Courtney Love, but gaining on her ... Who would anyone submit their relationship to an MTV reality show at this point? I think Ed Lover and Dr. Dre were the last two to get off the air with their partnership in tact. Speaking of which. What happened to Yo! MTV Raps? Anything better than getting home from school and flipping that on with EPMD or Slick Rick kicking it with Fab Five Freddy? ... This is me accommodating a request for a shout-out on the blog. Hey there Shelby Morrison, queen of Redskins PR. We'll see if she notices. Chances are it will slip by undetected ... Anyone looking for definitive statistical Redskins resources, check out some of Rich Tandler's stuff. His team histories and compilation of box scores are a must for me on this beat, and I'm not just saying that because he gave me one for free. Okay, maybe I kind of am, but he's a really good guy who has a vast knowledge of the history of the franchise ...
I'm thinking Al Davis has totally lost his mind now. Jeff "The Teammate" George? What the bleep! What coupling will last longer: Jeff George/Art Shell or The Danny/Tom Cruise. What are the odds that Redskins.comn get the first pictures of Suri? I can imagine our buddy Larry Michael leading off his nightly news with that tidbit, Suri tucked in her Redskins onesie, with a Six Flags pacifier in her mouth and Triple-X Radio diapers on her bottom. A marketing wonder-strike ... I think Mike Espy is on his last legs. Seemed like he had chances to do a little more with the kickoffs in New England. I don't see him beating out Jimmy Farris now, much less Patten. But that's just me guessing.
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