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Haynesworth Update, and Other Personnel Matters

Coach Jim Zorn said defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth missed practice with some stomach issues, describing him as "curled up."

"I won't elaborate," Zorn said. "But we did the right thing."

The problem isn't likely to be long term, and Zorn was laughing when talking about it.

Other personnel stuff: Zorn said Clinton Portis would not play in the final preseason game Thursday night in Jacksonville. Portis has a bruised rib -- not knee, as I erroneously wrote earlier. Again, the situation is not supposed to be serious, but Portis's preseason work is done. He will, however, travel with the team to Florida.

It sounds like Zorn will use the bulk of the time on offense to evaluate quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Colt Brennan, who are battling for the third spot. He said backup Todd Collins will "possibly" play, but both Daniel and Brennan will definitely play.

Zorn still doesn't know about the availability of cornerback Carlos Rogers for Thursday's game. He said that the first-team offense and defense will play at least a little bit against the Jaguars.

"We're going to play our guys some, because I want them to have that consistent readiness, and they have to prepare, they have to come out, prepare in pregame, prepare the night before the game, prepare this week so that they can be ready to play," Zorn said. "I haven't decided that -- how long -- but I have decided that yes, they will play."

On the cuts: Alfred Fincher was arguably the surprising name among the five cuts. The fifth-year player from Connecticut played in 15 games, mostly on special teams, a year ago. Zorn essentially said younger players -- presumably rookies Cody Glenn and Robert Henson -- were performing at least as well as Fincher, and in the brutal business of the NFL, the tie goes to the younger player.

"I don't want to take anything away from Fincher because he's worked really hard, and he has improved," Zorn said. "But to us there was kind of a ceiling there on him compared to some of the other guys that are coming on. Now he may have been more seasoned, but sometimes with a younger guy there is a potential there that you like -- a speed or a flash that I think coaches are looking at that kind of give those guys a little bit longer look. . . . Al, in all fairness, he was here a year ago, and the other guys are doing as well as he, so we decided that maybe they'll have a higher ceiling."

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 30, 2009; 4:04 PM ET
 
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weekend firsts are weak.

Posted by: dcsween | August 30, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I think the reference to Robert Thomas is supposed to be Robert Henson.

Posted by: dcsween | August 30, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Campbell play solid ... but a bunch of QBs have been lighting it up this week, lots with crazy numbers. Here's a sample.

J. Flacco 23/28 247 1 0
J. Delhomme 11/16 180 0 0
P. Rivers 10/15 185 1 0
B. Volek 7/9 102 1 0
M. Ryan 14/20 140 1 0
C. Redman 15/19 134 1 0
P. Manning 12/15 123 1 0
A. Rodgers 14/19 258 3 0
D. Brees 14/17 179 2 0
J. Russell 12/18 153 0 0
J. Garcia 9/15 111 1 0
T. Brady 12/19 150 2 0
B. Quinn 11/15 128 1 0
K. Collins 11/14 102 1 0

Flacco, Volek, Redman, Brees and Collins were over 75% completion rates. Peyton was at 80%.

Not sure what is going on. Makes me wonder about the defenses in this league, perhaps the rule changes/adjustments are having an impact making it much harder to play defense. Are OL getting away with lots of holding? Too early to tell.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Are OL getting away with lots of holding? Too early to tell.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 30, 2009 4:19 PM |
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I think that's exactly what's happening, all around the league (not just the Skins) and I don't think they're "getting away with it" as much as it's just not being flagged (I think the league office is complicit in it).

I love pro football for going on three decades, but the constant rule shifts in favor of the offense over the last 15 years has taken a lot of fun out of the game - especially for D lovers.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | August 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

So Campbell had more yards than all but 2 of those huh? Say thank you Chris & Marko.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Can someone post a link to the video of Blache freaking out. The masses need to see it.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 30, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | August 30, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 30, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Not sure what is going on (with all the passing). Makes me wonder about the defenses in this league..."

There's nothing wrong with the defenses, it's just that the league as changed to rules to increase scoring and passing.

Those of us riding the "Hope the Redskins Open Up the Offense and Throw the Ball" Express get it.

The NFL is a passing league, and the skins would do well to get their trio of fast, 6' 4" wide receivers on the field in as many formations as possible.

The NFL defenses are excellent.

But the NFL is operating in defense of the Offense.

Touchdowns anyone?

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Blache was just pissed because TB and RM pWned the skins D.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 30, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

definitely a lot of holding going on and not getting called. it drives me crazy watching a d lineman get held right in front of the ref. but i gues it's happenning to a lot of teams not just the skins.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | August 30, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"Not sure what is going on. Makes me wonder about the defenses in this league, perhaps the rule changes/adjustments are having an impact making it much harder to play defense. Are OL getting away with lots of holding? Too early to tell.osted by: zcezcest1"

It's a good question. The vanilla defense you see in preseason is certainly a factor; teams aren't preparing a defensive gameplan for their opponents. Baltimore might be an exception. But as to why the passing percentages are so high as opposed to, say, last preseason -- I couldn't say.

I'm not a predictor, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a radical change in those pass-run ratios once the regular season is a few games old.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

TDs are nice, but I remember the opening day game in '05 when the Redskins beat the Bears 9-7. That win was just as enjoyable as the 35-7 win over Dalls later that same season.

Viewers who demand a lot of scoring should watch the CFL.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | August 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

TDs are nice, but I remember the opening day game in '05 when the Redskins beat the Bears 9-7. That win was just as enjoyable as the 35-7 win over Dalls later that same season.

Viewers who demand a lot of scoring should watch the CFL.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | August 30, 2009 4:52 PM |

You're on crack, watching the Skins beat the Bears is NEVER as enjoyable as watching the Skins spank the Girls.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 30, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Beepo Bryson...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 30, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I think I've seen this before. Cutting a pretty good player (Fincher) for rookies to justify the FO's bad late round choices on draft day, and avoiding a major backlash with the fans. That is why we need a GM that is not an idiot as Cerrato. Don't get me wrong Cerrato makes great first day picks, but the picks that make a team great are in rd.4-7. Marko Mitchell, and Chris Horton are his only bright spots in the later rounds (among 3 others out of SO many late round failures). Where a team like the Steelers make great drafts seem routine year in and year out. That is why they double the Redskins in SB trophys (6 to 3). Just think of their great 1974 draft. The draft in where 4 HOF were drafted (Swann, Lambert, Stallworth, and Webster). I know that it was probably luck, but we need a draft like that in the near future, and that probabaly will never happen as long as idiot Cerrato is running the show. I can see Parcells or Polian, or even a yet to be discovered great GM if they ever became available. Seems that every team that Parcells took over, they went from cellar dwellers to contenders (most notably bringing the Dolphins from 1-15 to 11-5).
Polian also did the same with the Bills (in the 90's) and the Colts. Just my opinion.

Posted by: pbmingie | August 30, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

So as far as Colt and Chase are concerned, whoever plays better wins the #3 spot. If they both play the same and come out equal, Chase wins the spot because Colt has one year already and they say that the cieling is what they are looking for! Come on Colt! Play smart and hard!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | August 30, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

" Where a team like the Steelers make great drafts seem routine year in and year out."

If you look at the Steelers drafts over the last ten years, they've made their share of mistakes. I won't bore you with the names since you can look for yourself. They also lose a fair number of players because they don't like to pay the high salaries (something which has frustrated their fans, as you might expect).

The Steelers were arguably the best team in football last year, but they also had distinct weak spots: the offensive line, the running game, even parts of their special teams. You could argue they won in spite of those weaknesses. Arizona looked positively creaky in the weeks before the playoffs, and suddenly got hot. Prior to the '07 Super Bowl, observers were talking about the Giants as possibly the worst Super Bowl team ever -- and the stats seemed to back that up.

If I had to pick a most valuable participant in last year's Steeler season, it might be Dick LeBeau.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 30, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope Zorn uses the same criteria when its time to decide on rb's and kr's. Mason, Aldridge and Dorsey all seem to have higher ceilings than Betts and Cartwright. If anything we've seen the maximum production that Betts and Cartright can provide and they appear to be on the decline. Give the faster younger players a chance. If we keep Betts, use him on 2nd down cause bad things happen on 3rd down when Betts is on the field.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 30, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I think I've seen this before. Cutting a pretty good player (Fincher) for rookies to justify the FO's bad late round choices on draft day, and avoiding a major backlash with the fans. That is why we need a GM that is not an idiot as Cerrato. Don't get me wrong Cerrato makes great first day picks, but the picks that make a team great are in rd.4-7. Marko Mitchell, and Chris Horton are his only bright spots in the later rounds (among 3 others out of SO many late round failures). Where a team like the Steelers make great drafts seem routine year in and year out. That is why they double the Redskins in SB trophys (6 to 3). Just think of their great 1974 draft. The draft in where 4 HOF were drafted (Swann, Lambert, Stallworth, and Webster). I know that it was probably luck, but we need a draft like that in the near future, and that probabaly will never happen as long as idiot Cerrato is running the show. I can see Parcells or Polian, or even a yet to be discovered great GM if they ever became available. Seems that every team that Parcells took over, they went from cellar dwellers to contenders (most notably bringing the Dolphins from 1-15 to 11-5).
Polian also did the same with the Bills (in the 90's) and the Colts. Just my opinion.

Posted by: pbmingie | August 30, 2009 5:18 PM


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PB you could have kept that opinion to yourself and I bet the world would have been a better place.

The answer for success is not always by sucking other team's behind. you can make your own mark.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | August 30, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

So as far as Colt and Chase are concerned, whoever plays better wins the #3 spot. If they both play the same and come out equal, Chase wins the spot because Colt has one year already and they say that the cieling is what they are looking for! Come on Colt! Play smart and hard!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | August 30, 2009 5:26 PM

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I was rooting for Colt to be a decent 3rd stringer, maturing on the sidelines over the next few years, etc, etc.
But he seems to be too much of a risk taker and that is not necessary for a QB. You want a capable, confident QB, but you don't want him to lose games for you. it is demoralizing to drive 80 yards and give it up for no point or get -7. much better to get 3 than -7

Posted by: peaceful2008 | August 30, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Not surprised by FINCHER being on the cut list. Who else?

Posted by: glawrence007 | August 30, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I doubt he will consider it for the RB's. I think Rock and Betts are overated!

I hope Zorn uses the same criteria when its time to decide on rb's and kr's. Mason, Aldridge and Dorsey all seem to have higher ceilings than Betts and Cartwright. If anything we've seen the maximum production that Betts and Cartright can provide and they appear to be on the decline. Give the faster younger players a chance. If we keep Betts, use him on 2nd down cause bad things happen on 3rd down when Betts is on the field.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 30, 2009 6:51 PM |

Posted by: KurtShanaman | August 30, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I was rooting for Colt to be a decent 3rd stringer, maturing on the sidelines over the next few years, etc, etc.
But he seems to be too much of a risk taker and that is not necessary for a QB. You want a capable, confident QB, but you don't want him to lose games for you. it is demoralizing to drive 80 yards and give it up for no point or get -7. much better to get 3 than -7

Posted by: peaceful2008 | August 30, 2009 6:57 PM |


When I saw Brett Favre as a rookie in Atlanta, he was the same way and the Falcons cut him. Look how he turned out later...

Posted by: KurtShanaman | August 30, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow we are comparing Colt Brennan to Brett Favre??? This love fest for a 3rd string QB will never end huh?

Posted by: gcoles32 | August 30, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

All this ridiculous hate on Campbell is just ignorant but Redskin fans a large majority are fair weather.

If these wanna be GMs look atthe big picture and see that Campbell's fate is tied into ttrhe ridiculous decision makiing and drafting of Snyder it can and will have an effect on his production.

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | August 31, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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