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Ganther says he'll be ready for prime time

Quinton Ganther is so new in the Redskins' locker room that his bio on the team's website still reads, "Coming soon," but on Sunday in Philadelphia, the newly-signed running back will likely see increased action with starter Clinton Portis still out because of the aftereffects from a concussion and back-up Ladell Betts bound for the injured-reserve list after tearing his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the 7-6 loss to the Cowboys.

"It's just how this game works," Ganther said. "This game sometimes you get opportunities, sometimes you don't, but when the opportunity presents itself you've got to make sure you're ready for it. I hate to see [Betts] go down because he's a good guy, he's a good player. He runs hard and he does what you ask of him, so that's always a tough loss."

Signed originally on Oct. 20, Ganther was cut shortly thereafter but re-signed on Nov. 11 after Portis's concussion against the Atlanta Falcons.

Now with third-string back Rock Cartwright expected to start, Ganther and fan-favorite Marcus Mason, whom the Redskins re-signed on Monday, are expected to provide relief. Ganther said he was not told what his role will be against the Eagles but emphasized that he is up to speed on the playbook and will be ready.

Ganther also said he is excited about the opportunity both for himself and Cartwright, whom he praised for his willingness to fill whatever role is asked of him.

"Me and Rock we gel together because we're so much alike," Ganther said. "We do whatever's asked of us even if we don't get the bulk of the carries. We just play our role. He's a seventh-round pick, I'm a seventh-round pick and you know how this league go - when you come in as a seventh-round pick you really, there's really no chance for you to stay in this league. This guy has been here for eight years because he does the little things right, he does the things that everyone else is not willing to do and that's what keeps him around and that's what kept me around this league."

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 24, 2009; 9:47 AM ET
 
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I appreciate Ganther's 'tude. He's done alright so far.

I think they should go max 2 backs, either Rock / Mason or Rock / Ganther. Switching out all 3 will disrupt their rhythm.

Posted by: REXskins | November 24, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I thought you had to be an aged and falling apart running back to start for the Redskins... OH YEAH.. we broke both of those already!

Finally, some young bucks!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | November 24, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Got beeped, repost:

Lets just say "fans" think/act/behave/root/act out elation/frustration in as many diverse ways as there are people.....

I mean some of the loudest posters on RI hardly watch any games!

Check this setup out my buddy and I concocted:

So we were sick of spending $60 a week at a loud sports bar to watch the Skins pee on themselves every week so we bought the cable to connect a macbook to a big screen TV, then we sweetalked another friends sister to give us her online Direct TV access code. So we had a clear, strong, legal stream into a big TV. Then we rigged my iPhone to act as a remote control letting us switch to Red Zone Channel and other games during breaks. We ate our own food, drank our own food and partook of herbal pleasures in the safety of home.

Set up to watch the game: Epic Succeed
The Game: Epic Fail.

Posted by: chrislarry | November 24, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: chrislarry | November 24, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Addendum: I am retiring my Portis Jersey, but I don't know who to replace it with. Maybe Orakpo, he looks good and will probably be around for a long time.

Portis was great, but compare his performance at the beginning of the season - after a full offseason to prepare and heal - and with a healthy O-line. Comparing that situation to our backups, similar age, behind a fubar o-line. It seems obvious to everyone except Zorn that Portis is so far past his prime that he's no longer our best starter.

Posted by: REXskins | November 24, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Well put. But there's a third option. You can milk a concussion and save your strength for next year.


Posted by: MrMerkin | November 24, 2009 9:50 AM

Agreed on that. That's why this season will always be the forgotten season to me. Once it ends we shall never speak of it again.

Cl - sounds like alot of work but thanks for sharing the wonders of technology. I recently quit on it....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 24, 2009 10:03 AM

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 24, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

4th don't quit just rethink the "I'm a PC" nonsense....

Posted by: chrislarry | November 24, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

We lost 9-7?

I didn't realize we scored a TD.

boo.

Posted by: SmallPen15 | November 24, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

repost:

edvar, so you 'trust' this coaching staff to develop a player?? Really?? Because they have such a history of doing this.....

Like how we were fed the line that Fred Davis giggles, and doesn't know the playbook, until he was put into the game, and came away with 7 catches, which must have happened through osmosis, or something, because how can you not know the playbook/plays, but have that many catchs?? Or how they keep trotting Rock out there to return kicks despite DT being better at it and as JZ states, it gets him more focused on the game, or ARE out there to return punts despite him sucking at it, and going back a few years they kept Jansen in there when Heyer was a better choice, then coming forward, they used a 3rd round pick on Barnes, but somehow he can't get active despite Rogers STILL not being able to cover the double-move, and lets not forget they use a 3rd round pick on Jarmon, but the openly state THEY DON'T EXPECT MUCH OUT OF HIM THIS YEAR, why, what is the point of saying that??

Yeah, call me when this coaching staff gets changed over, and we'll see what we have, until then, everything is up in the air. You cannot come to ANY conclusion on these guys, until they have a 'real' nfl coach......there is just WAY, WAY too much stuff that indicates that JZ has NOT A CLUE in regard to player development.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 24, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Smart moves chris larry. Getting fat drunk and lifted in the comfort of your home is way better than dishing out cash at a bar to watch a team that you can pretty much predict the outcome.

I personally want the Skins to lose as many games as possible if that means Vinny and his r-tard selection of Zorn are gone. But I couldn't do so this past Sunday. I hate Romo and Wade Phillips as much or more. Anytime something good happens to the Cowboys and Phillips does his stupid fist pump and looks like he just crapped his pants I wonder how in the hell this guy was ever hired. He is a puppet just like Zorn.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | November 24, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4684326

Ha!! Clausen got popped in the eye by a fan.

Where does Vinny eat, I got something for him.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | November 24, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Freakin beeps

++++++++++++++++++++++++

P1funk.

I don't agree. Losing is never a good thing, and justifying it with draft position is short sighted and lazy thinking.

Posted by: edvar | November 24, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse


Short-sighted and lazy???

First, my sole interest is in seeing Vinny fired. Period. I don't care if we have 0 draft picks at the end of the year as long as Vinny is gone.

What is short-sighted and lazy is saying that you don't want to go through the painful inconvenient and uncomfortable process of surgery to remove a malignant tumor that's killing you.

The primary problem with this team is the incompetence at the top level of management embodied in Snyder and Cerratto.

Getting rid of Snyder is futile wishful thinking. The next best thing is getting rid of Vinny. Continued losing is the best clearest way to ensure that Vinny will get axed.

I don't like it. I didn't ask for it. But I care enough about the Redskins to see the big picture and want to be proud to root for the franchise I grew up rooting for again. So I'm ready to bite the bullet.

What is short-sighted and lazy is hoping this team ends up 8-8. And in return for a couple of pointless victories, we will get Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerratto standing in front of media at season's end telling us how well the team rallied after a rough start, and how we are back on track, and that Vinny's contract has been extended and his duties expanded, and how we just extended Clinton Portis for another 5 years, and that we are putting the finishing touches on a trade for Chad Ochocinco who is the last piece of the puzzle to make us a real contender...

Posted by: p1funk | November 24, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4684326

Ha!! Clausen got popped in the eye by a fan.

Where does Vinny eat, I got something for him.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | November 24, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse


Like Vinny has the stones to show his mug in public.

Can you imagine popping him in one of those bug-eyes? It would probably explode like a grape...

Posted by: p1funk | November 24, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

if this team ends up 8-8 then ds/vc, will place blame SQUARELY on JZ, which is only a 50% victory. JZ/VC are both in line to be replaced, they can't continue with VC making player related decisions.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 24, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

We ate our own food, drank our own food and partook of herbal pleasures in the safety of home.

Set up to watch the game: Epic Succeed
The Game: Epic Fail.

Dang, you drank your own food? That musta been some good herbals!

Posted by: VaBeachBlitz | November 24, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

So, what was C'Los' role this past week? I saw him on the field in DH23's spot when he tweaked his knee. Looked like FS27 had his usual corner spot all game. So was Los in the mix as nickel/slot guy with JT20?

Posted by: VaBeachBlitz | November 24, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The beep is one of those retarded poll questions

Posted by: p1funk | November 24, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

watched the game, and didn't see much of 22 out there...curious to see the Times piece they do detailing the number of plays each player was involved in......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 24, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4684326

Ha!! Clausen got popped in the eye by a fan.

Where does Vinny eat, I got something for him.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | November 24, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse


Like Vinny has the stones to show his mug in public.

Can you imagine popping him in one of those bug-eyes? It would probably explode like a grape...

Posted by: p1funk | November 24, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Anyone see that video of Nickelback getting stoned by an audience in Portugal? That was frikin awesome! I hate that band! I think Im part portugeuse.

Posted by: VaBeachBlitz | November 24, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

This is a bad team. And this is what happens to bad teams. They sometimes catch better teams napping and almost win. But the better team gets it together and pulls it out in the end. This is what happened in Dallas. They played Dallas to a standstill for 3 1/2 quarters until Dallas woke up. Same thing against Atlanta. They started a comeback when Atlanta's defense went to sleep a bit. But then they woke up and shut the Redskins down.

Don't believe the statistics. The defense has been run on all year, ever since the first 15 minutes of the first pre-season game against Baltimore. They've had a penchant for giving up the big play. The offense, well the offense is what it is.

Until you can prove that you have more than just a collection of a few talented players, that you have the right talent in the right place in the right scheme doing the right things you are a bad team. This is what Gibbs understood. Its about fitting a group of players to a scheme. Its about making sure you have players that compliment each other as a team, not just 53 guys no matter how much raw talent they have.

Posted by: elkiii_2008 | November 24, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

How does ownership not see what is happening. These young guys come in and we play exponentially better, even though we lost. Get rid of all the overpriced old guys on the offensive side of the ball and start from scratch. Draft a LT in the first round, move Levi Jones to RT(I like him), cut ARE, Portis, and put the franchise tag on Cooley. Hopefully someone will trade for his franchise value(like Cassel) and we can get something out of it. The defense is great, so I think that needs no tinkering except in the late rounds of the draft. Watch DT,Marko and Fred Davis blossom, especially if we get a young RB in the second round.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 24, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Ganther after 2 games:

6 rushes for 10 yards = 1.7 avg.
1 catch for 18 yards tackled immediately.

Posted by: hessone | November 24, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Just hope that nothing happens to Cartwright or things could get REALLY ugly around here.

To be fair to the team, there aren't many NFL clubs that could lose their TWO top backs and still present a capable ground attack.

And the Redskins could survive those losses better if the passing game ever had shown any improvement.

But in 2 years Zorn has not been able to get any solid production out of his young wide receivers or to have Campbell in sync with Moss down the field even when he is open and Campbell has the time.

This offense is capable of scoring 10-14 points a game right now.

Unless the defense or special teams adds 7 points off a turnover or return, the Redskins will not reach that 21 point plateau where victory is usually possible.

That's the simple, unvarnished truth.

Posted by: leopard09 | November 24, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Ganther after 2 games:

6 rushes for 10 yards = 1.7 avg.
1 catch for 18 yards tackled immediately.

Posted by: hessone | November 24, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Did you watch him play? He was met at the gap on every run but he drops his head and plows into the defender. On the pass play he did the same thing. I want to see him get more carries. He is fun to watch.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 24, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Ganther after 2 games:

6 rushes for 10 yards = 1.7 avg.
1 catch for 18 yards tackled immediately.

Posted by: hessone | November 24, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Did you watch him play? He was met at the gap on every run but he drops his head and plows into the defender. On the pass play he did the same thing. I want to see him get more carries. He is fun to watch.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 24, 2009 11:43 AM |

Agree. I feel with our record why not put the young talent in and see how they react. If anything they will get some experience for next season.

Posted by: hessone | November 24, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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