End of the Day Musings
I fully expect to see a half of football or more from the first team offense Saturday in New England. It's just gotta happen. They have to show a little something in the preseason to build on. Get the ball in Cooley's hands a few times. Run a little something something for Randle El. One deep ball to B.Lloyd. I'm not saying open up the playbook and flaunt everything ya got - this ain't no time to be pulling an Eric "The Magician" Mangini and running crazy stuff like fake punt plays - but give the boys a feel for gameday a bit.
I know August is supposed to be time for vanilla offense and all of that. But come on. Al Saunders has been tearing the NFL up for decades. People have a feel for him, know what he wants to do and he's still stayed a step ahead. They have all of the tape of KC in recent years. That's what opponents will be studying moreso than Skins preseason stuff from '06. Running a big time play or two isn't going to kill the season, and it just might produce an infusion of confidence in the offensive players. This is a new system and all, and any Redskin fan who sat through the constant turnover of the staff during The Snyder Years knows how that usually goes in Year 1 of the latest regime ...
Had every intention of catching up with my boy TK on MNF last night while I got some work done - and thought maybe I should rip him regardless of what I thought of his performace to get some pub for this tough-to-find blog (Gene Weingarten's essay on this very topic is a must read in the Style section, and for what it's worth, I think Mr. Tony is going be very good, but I am admittedly biased). Then I remembered Spike Lee's Katrina documentary was premiering on HBO. Mind blowing, heart-breaking stuff. A must see. The second part airs tonight ...
Just to let you all know, I am still working on the chant judging. Hope to grab Cooley after practice today. Promise I haven't forget. Still open to any suggestions about what first prize should be. Drop me a comment (and try to keep it realistic. A flight on Redbird 1 would be out of the question, for example) ... There's a chance I might end up doing this bloggy badboy all season. I'm mulling some things over. Should I do it, I think the idea would be to spread out the stuff through the day - I'm trying to get with that program today, for instance - so let me know what you guys things prefer. So, I guess the big question of the day is, in the words of Mick Jones (I believe he was the genius behind this ditty, and not Joe Strummer): Should I stay or should I go now?
Jason La Canfora
August 22, 2006; 3:00 PM ET
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