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Funk-Free Zone

Hey there, finally got a chance to get caught up on some comments.

Just want to let you know that I am in anything but a funk. Actually. feeling good, rolling right along, but thanks for your concern. I love the fact people agree and disagree on this blog, and sure, there are some myopic, naïve folks who post on here, but that's cool, too. There's room for everyone.

But wanted to let you guys know a few things:

Just to make it clear, any references to some sort of event or conversation in the press box Saturday night as mentioned in the comments here is a complete lie made up by pathetic souls. Forgive them for they know not how lost they are. Please consider the source.

Some of you guys have also alluded to a problem with Coach Joe, but wanted to clear that up as well. We're cool, and all of this stuff, as I've said before, is part of the gig. Not the first time it happened and certainly won't be the last time we differ, for him or me.

I'm a big boy, and he has a job to do and they want to sell tickets and pass along a certain message, and have their means for doing so. That's pro sports. I thoroughly reported on major issue with the team, and he responded. Not a big deal.


I wrote a story after speaking extensively to successful NFL people inside and outside of Redskins Park who watched Saturday's game, and all believed the Skins were courting disaster with their current left side of the line and had a "glaring hole" at left guard. I gave ample space in the article to the Redskins'side of things and quoted Buges extensively. Coach Joe said his peace about the article Tuesday, then Wednesday they made inroads to Kendall and by Thurs. morning they dealt what will likely be a 4th round pick for a 34-year old guard and will likely move Wade back to tackle.

Not saying any of these things are related, but also can't figure out how any of this would make me bitter.

I then commended them in the blog for getting the best guard available and being proactive - albeit under poor circumstances they had created for themselves through their own management decisions - and all of a sudden I am ubber-negative or something. Heck, I also recently quoted NFL people extensively about the quality of their defense, depth at certain positions, said some scouts think they are fine at WR, believe JC is the truth, and I even said don't believe the hype when it comes to Coach Joe bashing the preseason running game, 'cause I don't think it'll be a problem.

So let's try to retain some balance, and I'll do the same (feel good stories, etc.). But I can't control where my reporting takes me and ultimately that informs what I do.

Bottom line is all of these moves are a work in progress at this point and we can't fully judge them until we see how the players involved turn out. And I appreciate the various points of view on here regardless, because there is a lot of knowledge out there. But if you want to know something about me, or something that may or may not have occurred, always feel free to email me (lacanforaj@washpost.com). I've always been as upfront as possible with you guys and as available as possible, and while I may not be able to respond to 500 comments, I do get to every email as quickly as time permits.

So basically, everything is cool. Wish I had more time to read all the comments, but thanks for expressing your opinions, nonetheless. Love the spirited discourse.

Should be a fun game Saturday and in a few weeks we'll have another writer on the beat, but honestly it hasn't been a bad August at all, all things considered. Okay, gotta get to bed, will be up with the kids in a few hours.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Cheers.

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 23, 2007; 10:52 PM ET
 
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