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Help Me, Please!

Hamster that I am, I was already to go nutz this morning with Asante Samuel talk.
But, jeez, then Gilbert Arenas hurt his knee...So much for this being the year the Wizards stepped up and gave Washington something positive on the professional sports landscape. Because I'm not a native, I turn to you -- where else would I go? -- for answers. What is the deal with the curse on DC's pro teams??? Jagr...Jordan...and, of course, the Redskins....Is there some sort of rite we can perform to make this stop? If it's a human sacrifice, I've got a coupla candidates....

By Cindy Boren  |  April 5, 2007; 11:43 AM ET
 
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Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 5, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The curse comes from all redskins fans seeling our collective souls in 1981 after 40 plus years of wandering the nfl landscape.

Posted by: DC in DC | April 5, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Well done, Ricky Bobby! Way to help out Cindy and volunteer to be the human sacrifice!

Posted by: dcsween | April 5, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Cindy, from where do you hail from?

(That was an editor's special.)

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 5, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Ricky Bobby, you're toast. We'll miss you.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Well i dont know about a curse but there has been a cloud over DC since Mr. Cook died and someone else took over as far as the skins are concerned. With the other sports, the Nationals are well the Expos and that isnt a good place to start from, give that some time. Hockey and NBA.....who cares?

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

If you remember we had a pretty good year in 92.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 5, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The state of Missouri.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Ok about Samuels,
For the last few years I have seen Springs always plagued with injuries, so why not get Samuels? We could get Samuels and #24 and #28, and New England would get #6 and Springs...maybe even Lloyd.

Posted by: DCdangerous | April 5, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

We've got this new summer golf tournament thing, Tiger-powered.

And the Nats at least have some spunk.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 5, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Have you forgotten about DC United? The team won the regular season last year and are the holders of 10 major domestic and internatioanl trophies. The season starts on Saturday and the first home game is on the 14th. Maybe you should should show up at RFK and witness the glory that is United!

Posted by: Confused. | April 5, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

You are correct. I have forgotten about DC United.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

DCdangerous, nice try but no team would make that deal, esp. with the Skins ... and if they won't sign long-term for Samuel, they would never do it for Lloyd. Near the end of the previous post, I vomited out a three-way scenario that would be better for the Bears and great for the Pats (assuming they could afford it) -- my vomit scenario also includes a reasonable karmic slapback at the Skins for poisoning the well on franchise tagging (via their cahoots with NQ!).

Posted by: dcsween | April 5, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Tiger better have a kid every July! The whammy could hit his hammy here! Or something.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"The State of Missouri"


I see what you did there Cindy :)

Misery? Amirite?

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/NFL_Czar/2007/04/03/NFL_team_in_London_Could_happen

Detroit GM Matt Millen really doesn't want Joe Gibbs to trade that sixth-round pick to Chicago. If the Raiders draft Russell, Millen wouldn't mind swapping his choice for Washington's sixth and another draft pick for the rights to Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson.

Owner Daniel Snyder attended Johnson's workout and the word is that Gibbs wouldn't mind acquiring him, believing he would give young quarterback Jason Campbell a truly great target.

Just fanning the flames. Of what? No idea.

Posted by: skinswest | April 5, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Arenas Out 2-3 Months
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will be out two to three months with a lateral left meniscus tear in his knee. The injury will require arthroscopic surgery, which will be performed today at Sibley Memorial Hospital by team doctor Marc Connell.

Posted by: ExtremeSkins | April 5, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"But Grandpa, there are only 49 stars on your flag..." -- Lisa Simpson

"I'll be cold and dead in my grave before I recognize Missour-AH!!" -- Grandpa Simpson

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | April 5, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

KANSAS city has two parts..

KANSAScity Missouri & KANSAScity KANSAS

I was born and bread in Kansas so!!!!!!!

Rock chalk, Royals ETC. And by the way Chiefs fans are the biggest fair weather fans ever!!

HOWEVER i went to the Titans game in DC last year and Arrowhead is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY louder than FedEx and FedEX had 20,000 more people in it.....get it together guys guve us some home field advantage!!

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

KCskinsfan, Chiefs fans may be fair weather, but as long as the Chiefs' performance is minimally 'fair' (e.g., when LJ is on the field), I will NEVER pick against the Chiefs at home (regardless of any spread).

Posted by: dcsween | April 5, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I believe the curse that you speak of is called Free Agency. Ever since it started, the skins and Les Boullez have been in the crapper.

Posted by: etrod | April 5, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

HENCE the homefield advantage i spoke about, they have 20,000 less people in thier stadium and are twice as loud......

But if they go 6-10 Tickets are readily available. I had to get my tickets for the skins game from Gregg Williams himself.

Posted by: kcskinsfan | April 5, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I grew up a Chiefs fan...I do agree that Arrowhead is a great place to see a fubball game. It's interesting that, as old as the stadium is, HOK got it so very right. Chiefs fans are fair weather...I have to agree.
Luv Kansas and KCK, particularly povitica:
http://www.povitica.com/?gclid=CMKp27CCrIsCFQeHgQodQyfhNA

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Strawberry Hill FTW!!

Posted by: KCskinsfan | April 5, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hello - We Have 3 SPERBOWLS and 1 NBA Championship!!

WTF is y'all talking about?? Why don't you move to KC, Arizona, New Orleans, Carolina, Cleveland, Cinncinatti, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Portland, etc, etc and ask them if they would like to trade histories. How spoiled can you get?!?!?!

I must be too young because and you guys must be tooo old because I was all of 11 years old when we won our last SB and I was one year from being born when we last won an NBA Championsihp. But at least we won. In the NFL only 1 out of 32 teams can when/year. Be patient.

On baseball - That's what you Learner fans get! They are so damn frugle it's ridiculous....

Posted by: ExtremeSkins | April 5, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Fed Ex might be the stadium design. You would think a deep bowl structure would be very loud and have good acoustics.

Also the fact that while at the game, I have to tell others around me prior to the game starting, that I am going to be loud, screaming and cheering my team on. I never cuss, but the stares I get sometimes is wierd. Why am I the exception. Old guys with headphones on never standing up.

That is the problem, high ticket prices take away the rabid fan. People come into Fed Ex high and mighty and cannot stoop to my level. Bunch of stuffed shirt MF'ers.....

Posted by: PDSquared | April 5, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

KC,

Skins fans are pretty fairweather, too. We are, as has been previously pointed out, coked up hamsters who have been raised to believe that Redskins tickets are gold and are genetically predisposed to attend every game.

Although we are compelled to attend, however, we do not have to cheer when they perennially underachieve and blow 2nd half leads agains 0-5 teams with rookie QB's.

Posted by: etrod | April 5, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, Missouri, the State that brought us Gregg Williams (and home of John Ashcroft). I ate one of the best steaks of my life in KC, Mo. Seems like a nice place to raise kids.

Someone said it yesterday, but the best scenario that Skins fans should hope for is that Adrian Peterson is available at #6 ... and that either Buffalo (#12) or Green Bay (#16) feels the need to swap in the first round and throw in the second rounder.

Nothing splashy, just vanilla flavored draft picks (hungry to prove themselves as better than the guy or five projected ahead of them) and solidly within the first and second round. DE first and CB second.

Posted by: dcsween | April 5, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

You should also note that Fedex field week to week probably holds the largest number of opposing fans in the NFL.

Posted by: etrod | April 5, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

That 0-5 team had a pretty good QB that day...ya it sucked that we lost to Tennessee, but my cousin who was with me is a Titans fan and 4 years ago we went to Tennessee to see the skins clash against the Titans there and we were crap and beat them at hom so .....it happens...it was a great experience!!

The skins are my team will always be my team and no matter how crap the F/O runs it i have no choice but to love the skins....

Chiefs fans are pretty rabid, i mean i got spit on at the Chiefs game for rooting at a PRESEASON game 6 years ago And when Santana broke that 60 yard screen pass for a TD when the skins played here 2 seasons ago, lets say i thought i wasnt going to make it out alive LOL.

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

etrod, the ticket price is not only for the seat, but also for the right "not have to cheer when they perennially underachieve and blow ...."

PDxPD, the ticket also includes the right to scream your head off. I agree that -- minus the cursing (need to protect the ears of the very young and very old, you know) -- the true fan (from the root word "fanatic") has every right to scream for the team and against the other team. Go Skins!

Posted by: dcsween | April 5, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. The Monday night opener last year was about as loud as I've heard that place.

Posted by: etrod | April 5, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I dont think the Redskins true fan base are fair weather fans. We still sit there and watch in horror.

Skins fans I think are some of the most loyal...

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 5, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I long to see a skins vs dallas game...

Thinking if it makes my skin get goose bumps.

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

ExtremeSkins

YOu must be the golden child. Before the NBA championship in 78, the DC area had not won anything in in almost 40 years. That is patience. Fom 1981 until 1992 we had an excellent run. Maybe if you had not aged during that 14 year window, we would still be winning. Thanks for being born.

Posted by: DC in DC | April 5, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

BTW i live 20 miles from Excelsior Springs where Greg Grew up, i cant wait to see him for his charity golf tourney....

Super nice guy...

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Extreme, I love it here! And DC does have a great tradition. It's just that I've only been here seven years. Uh-oh. Is it possible I am the jinx? Nah. That couldn't be it.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Didnt the Senator's back in the day win a few Championships?

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Sween - The packers will not trade up to get anybody. I say this because they have a million holes to fill and need evry one of their draft picks this year.

Buffalo might be another story, but I haven't read too much about them yet.......

Skins Fans are NOT fair weather. Only the ones on Cap Hill are. I live .25 miles from Redskins stadium and yearn for one of those no shows to just give me their DAMN ticket vs. just letting it go unused. I have plenty of friends that feel the same way.....

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

True fans are never fairweather. That's why there True fans.

I say we have a lot of fairweather fans due to the fact that week to week, our stadium is 25-30% full of fans of the opposing team because ticketholder give them up so they don't have to watch the train wreck.

Posted by: etrod | April 5, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

if we win and win consistenly it will get loud, its also an offensive town, unlike NY or Phila. we like to see big plays and over the years in general (last 10 or so) we have been medicore to poor on O.

Posted by: Old School | April 5, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

At the Titan's game last year there were hardly ANY Titans fans......very small amount where i was at.

Cant speak for the whole stadium but i saw more at Arrowhead(skinsfans) than Titans fans at FedEx

my two cents.

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

DC in DC - I wish! I think the main reason as someone stated above is the freakin salary cap. Snyder would be making less profit w/o it....

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I appear to be contradicting myself a lot today. Perhaps that's because everyone in my office had Chipotle for lunch and the fumes are making me woozy.

Posted by: etrod | April 5, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I bet the place exploded on Portis' First carry for the skins though huh?

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

KCskinfan

The Senators won back in the 20's, the skins won one in the 40's.

Posted by: DC in DC | April 5, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

God, I would kill for a Gates BBQ sammich right now....As for Grilliams, well, he had to be from somewhere.
I hear what you say about free agency, etrod, and free agency ineptitude and bad luck are certainly part of it.
But this Wizards thing...they finally get straightened out and the past seven days have to be the weirdest for any franchise!
On another matter, where's Lisa? I think I have to go over to the Wizards' blog and bring her back.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

LOL thank DC in DC

like i said back in the day LOL

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Its in the mail Cindy.....

LOL you know what i have never been to Gates BBQ.

Jack Fiorellas and Arthur Bryants are DANG good and i always seem to go there. BBQ here is the bestess!!

need any napkins Cindy?

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Relax skins fans at least we dont live in buffalo. Thats a team I would consider cursed. Can anybody tell me whats the talk about asante samuels? I am clueless

Posted by: Brutus | April 5, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, KC! How bad can it be after five days in the mail? Get thee to Gates. Ollie Gates is the god of BBQ.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Well one almost burned down last year and the other one isnt too close.....next time i am down there i will grab a slab and let you know!

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the downside of the BBQ biz.....

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I just read the article that Cindy posted.

We dont need a guy like this on the Redskins. The Redskins have been fortunate that we dont have many of these types on the roster.

When you have a tattoo that reads "get paid" that pretyy much tells me all I need to know.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 5, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

That idiot has a tatoo that says "Get Paid" ???

Sounds like skins' material to me.

Posted by: etrod | April 5, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The tat aside, he's a helluva player....

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"And by the way Chiefs fans are the biggest fair weather fans ever!!"
- KC Skinsfan

Gotta disagree here. I have lived across the state of Missou-rah in Saint Louis for 3 years now... Rams fans are AWFUL!!!! They are so fairweather and god-awful-stupid!!!!

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | April 5, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Come on...Ravens fans have to be the worst! They boo'd when Boller went down 2 years ago. Enough said.

Posted by: CC | April 5, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Etrod,

Dont you think part of the problem with filling our 90K seat stadium has to do with a lot more than whether or not Skins fans are fairweather? For instance, the fact that it is so freakin huge! And DC happens to be a place where people come from all over the country and live there, mostly for jobs. I am a native Washingtonian and you know I brought my loyalty with me!!!

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | April 5, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I meant that they cheered when Boller went down.

Posted by: CC | April 5, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

KC;

I was there for Portis's run. How many perma-smiles were worn leaving that day and 4 three more weeks until reality struck.

First Carry, gone. I was jawing with a TB fan prior to the game who wore his cousin's (Shelton Quarles)jersey. Couldn't find him after the game surprisingly.

Gibbs first game back. Awesome

Posted by: PDSquared | April 5, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Cindy and KC, sorry to rain on your parade. If you're interested in cooked meat, go to Kansas.

But if you want BBQ, and I'm talking about real BBQ, you need to be in Carolina. End of story.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | April 5, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

As long as Philly doesn't win anything before we do, I'll be all right.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Say it ain't so, Joe!!!!!!!!!!!
KC Q is far superior.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Heard an interesting interview on sports radio in providence yesterday with Scott Paioli. The Pats draft board is done and has been done for awhile. they pay zero attention to the scouting combine and scouting services. They only care about can the player play football, and can he play in our system, thats it.They rely on their own scouts and coaches and no one else only people who truly know thier system and what kind of player will fit.That is their system, along with the philospy that each position has a dollar value, in other words a ceiling. a center is only worth x guard y linebacker z... etc, the players are just employees (temps), they are all just temps and all are replaceable, therefore we will not pay above x for that position,. we are confident in the backup or the next guy we pick will play just as well or better for the money we are willing to pay at his position.That works when you win rings on a regular basis, players are willing short term to take less to win, ... but eventually they all want to get paid, Pats system is being tested.

Winning is the only system that will ultimately work. I think thats why the other owners hope we don't start to get it right, because if you think about it, our way potentialy is the best ie we have an owner that will pay sick money, we have a fanatical fan base, we play in a high profile city, we have a rich and storied history just.... add the winning

I'm not say'n.

Posted by: Old School | April 5, 2007 12:55 PM

Posted by: Old School | April 5, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The Ravens do it that way, too. Not say'n, neither.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Inigo,

How long is the season ticket waiting list? I don't think filling that stadium is a problem.

I'm torn between NC and KC barbecue. I grew up on Carolina sytle, but Mrs. etrod is from Omaha, a short (kind of) hop from KC and we have on occasion made a road trip down to just for the food. I can't delcare a winner. there.

Speaking of awesome BBQ, I recommend that anyone in the DC area make the trip down to Dixie Bones in Woodbridge.

Posted by: etrod | April 5, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Here's how we settle this: the Etrods swing by KC and bring some Gates to DC. Joe drives up from Raleigh with some NC Q. I'll make the call.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

and the WaPo will cover the airfare?

Posted by: etrod | April 5, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the curse, it began when the Harlem Globetrotters chose the Washington Generals as their permanent foils.

Posted by: Throwback | April 5, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hahahahahahaha. No.
But we will schedule a blog pub crawl to coincide with your trip.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Between Wilbon covering the NBA and Mr. Tony covering the NFL, next-day deliveries of BBQ to the WaPo sports editors' desk should be more efficient than FedEx Overnight.

For those without a sportswriter on staff, I recommend Pierce's in Williamsburg.

http://www.pierces.com/

Posted by: Smokey Joe | April 5, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

first blog from an avid reader of this blog...

for starters KCskinfan, fed ex field did explode on cp's first run for a td. we couldn't believe it. surely a holding penalty after the ol' counter trey? no. whew. there was a beautifully sustaining mayhem all throughout those newly installed metal rafter seats (before danny douchbag installed the hanging flat screen tv's). st. joe had returned in all of HIS glory that day.

as for all of this Reaper business from the last posting, i truely hope the skins give him whatever ridiculous amount of money he wants when the time comes...cooly as well. every team needs at least 1 player on the defense who EVER player on EVERY team fears, and ours is the Reaper. It makes me think of the play in the 05 dallas game when the Reaper gave terry glenn aligator arms and made him look like a scared little boy because he knew he was about to get lit up. or unloading on patrick crayton in dallas. wow, i'm getting all hot and bothered.

Posted by: heyron | April 5, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Ex-Patriots WR Stingley, paraylzed since 1978 hit, dies at 55

Posted by: Throwback | April 5, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't the Redskins play the Buffalo Bills this year? That Pro Bowl punter from Buffalo probably won't even come on the field if Sean Taylor is in the huddle.

Posted by: Smokey Joe | April 5, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

If I'm that punter, I call in sick that day.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Did he die because of the paralysis? I heard the guy who hit him had his legs amputated. Football is a tough sport. Was it a legal hit?

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser's got it right. Its the curse of Lez Boulez. And its spread to the Redskins. Change the name back to The Bullets, and watch the Lomardi trophies start rolling in (as they once did).

Posted by: kirkiez | April 5, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I hoping that little trip to Hawaii will wake up the reaper and get him all fired up for the season.

I truely belive his skills are lacking when he has to turn and run. When he can come down field on a crossing pattern or a ball carrier is when he is best.

Last year our D-line gave QB's 6 - 8 seconds to throw the ball, and we looked stupid in the coverage game.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 5, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Sorry, Coach - I'm too sick to punt this week. Must be that bad BBQ I got in KC last weekend."

Posted by: Smokey Joe | April 5, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

From the ESPN story...

Both Gene Upshaw, who played in the game for the Raiders, and Steve Grogan, who threw the pass for New England, said it was a collision, not a hit from behind. There was no penalty on the play and Grogan's objection was that the hit came in a game that didn't count.
"That hit probably was not necessary in a game with no meaning," Grogan added.

For the whole story:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2826562

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

JUST MOVE OUT OF HERE WASHINGTON PRO SPORTS IS CURSED!!!!!!!YOUR NEXT

Posted by: Smithers | April 5, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for making me LOL, Smokey.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

etrod,
didn't think about that. I guess I just have a hard time thinking about our fans being fairweather.

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | April 5, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

J-La, hope you're tuning in for Dice-K's first game. Good time to introduce young Rocco to Red Sox baseball.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | April 5, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Slow day at the office Cindy? Blogging your guts out! Me too. I'm out on a 4 day sabbitacale (sp?) after today!

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Lez Boullez changed their name in '97. The Skins were well into their ineptitude at that point.

I believe it is the curse of bad management that has led to the situation in DC.

I'm pretty sure the Bullets team name had anything to do with them trading Ben Wallace for Ike Austin, Rashid for Rod "the alarm clock" Strickland or the host of other ridculous personel moves they made with Wes Unseld running the show.
They will be fine, they just had some bad luck this season.

Nor did it cause the Skins to pick up Jeff George, Bruce Smith and Prime Slime and ruin the chemistry of a team that looked like it had something going.

The jury's still out on the Nats. I kind of like the approach their taking, though.

I could honestly care less about Hockey so I'll just chalk that up to Jagr cutting off the Mullet before he came to DC. (The curse of lez mullet?)

And don't forget the United, they're pretty good year in and year out and their games are a blast to attend.

Posted by: etrod | April 5, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

i should stop flirting with the thought that the skins will somehow draft calvin johnson AND address the d-line. addressing the d-line has GOT to be more important after last year's debacle. so unless we trade away a lot of next year's pics to get cj, (nudge), draft okoye b/c he's very smart, a beast, only 19 years old, and will be even more of a beast once he bulks up for the nfl.

Posted by: heyron | April 5, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

You're welcome, Cindy. I'll try anything to break this post-apocalyptic (5-11), pre-draft tension.

Posted by: Smokey Joe | April 5, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey PD, calm down. I've been going to games since '82. At RFK we HAD to stand up because the front row in our section was blocked by the bench. They stood up, so every row after them stood up. I pay a small fortune for my SEAT. And I like to sit in it now that FedEx makes that possible. Are you one of the guys who thinks he's God's gift to fandom because you had 12 beers in the parking lot and therefore have the right to stand the entire game, blocking everybody's view? For what it's worth, I do stand when it's called for: an important defensive stand, a big play, you get the idea. But when the other team has the ball on 2nd and 2 at their own 38? Sit down. Try and act like you understand the game.

Jack Kent Cooke wasn't the nicest human being, but he knew how to run a pro sports franchise. Nothing's been the same since his passing. As smart as some say Snyder is, I'm amazed he hasn't tried to emulate The Squire.

Posted by: Mike Diamond | April 5, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,

Curse, smurse. There is no curse, no jinx. It's poor management, both of the 'Skins and the Wiz. The former will give anything to win now, and the latter -- aside from the Michael Jordan fiasco -- will give anything to win (much) later.

We've got DC United to disprove the curse thing. The Nats? Well maybe next year.

Posted by: KK | April 5, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I've submitted the post "From where do you hail from?" for consideration by the Department of Redundancy Department.
They'll get back to you as soon as they get back to you.

Posted by: Corkczar | April 5, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

As long as the Learners are the owners, the Nats won't be winning anything. Everyone thinks they will spend big $$ on this team.....Yeah right.

Then they'll blame DC Government and fans attendance for why aren't winning or why they aren't spending..

Fleecing of the District, I tell ya!

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

ETA on the regular season schedule, anybody?

Posted by: CC | April 5, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

They're now saying next week on the schedule, altho it could be as late as the 19th.

Posted by: Cindy | April 5, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Re: Amobi Okoye

Am I the only person in the country who doesn't believe this kid is only 19? I was married to a Nigerian and met many of them, there and here in the States, and I can't remember ever getting to know one who emmigrated here who used their real age on their passport and entry documents. They have invariably shaved a couple of years off of their age, and subsequently that of their children as well.

I just wondered because people always mention Freddy Adu's (I know he's not Nigerian) age with a wink and a nod, but never this kid.

Whatever... If we stay at #6, I'd love for us to get him. With some push from the middle of the line, the ends should have an easier time getting at the QB.

Posted by: JustMe | April 5, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Why is this called Redskins Insider? We haven't seen inside information in a long, long while.

Posted by: itsmeyourfave | April 5, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The schedule is prob being delayed because the coaches prob HATE the schedule. They are prob going back and forth on the issue right now...

Just like they wanted to schedule a Cowboys and Indians game last Thanksgiving for the night cap game. But Gibbs vehetmenly (sp?) resisted, so the NF of L still threw us into the the new 'MNF' on Sunday in week 2 which was still a shame. Gibbs is like 2-7 all time on MNF, which is now Sunday night......

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

OK for all the BBQ debate it goes this way

For sweet and spicy BBQ come to KC

If you want runny vinager crap BBQ go to Carolina.

/pushes KCBBQ win button

Posted by: KCskinfan | April 5, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Mike Diamond. You make a lot of assumptions in your reply. I never said I stand the whole time. And you assume I dont know the game. So read my post before you retort.

And I said the old person with the headphones (specfic person a few rows ahead of me, not all) never stands, which may be because he is old. But as you state, I stand when it is needed.

All I really ask is that I dont get stares because I stand or yell. Making me feel like I am doing something wrong. I dont stand the entire time, and I am always conscious of other sitting around me if they don't stand, because it would piss me off if the situation was reversed.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 5, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

As a Skins, Orioles, Wizards, and Caps fan, what have I done to deserve this? Aside from that "blind squirrel finding his nut" for each team once or twice (okay, never for the O's), what have these teams really accomplished over the last decade?

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 5, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

We've got 3 super bowl trophies to disprove the curse of DC.

I think it's more of a curse on big name players coming to DC, which has resulted in poor performance by our teams.

Big Names who came to DC and sucked:
Jordan
Stackhouse
Jaeger
Albert Bell
Sosa
Dieon
Spurrier

I'm sure I'm missing a few here.

Point is, we do better with the less glamourous player (Rypien, Monk, Green).
We will get back on track once our owners realize they should leave the pretty boys to teams in Dallas and NY.
Sadly, that learning process may take another few decades.

Posted by: Diesel | April 5, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I really enjoyed Arthur Bryant's, but for me Carolina BBQ is best. Heading to NC this weekend and salivating at the thought of the Q which awaits.

Best BBQ I ever had: Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby, NC. Freakin' incredible.

In the interest of fairness and balance, I recommend this delicacy of the great plains: the sliders at Cozy Inn, Salina, KS. Get a dozen in a little bag and be on your way. That is some good, good stuff.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 5, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

You gotta admit that even if a name change for the NBA team was 'justifiable' due to the local murder stats, the Caps and River Dogs going away from red-white-and-blue unis really sucked. Especially because the replacements were nothing special, IMO.

The Caps are righting this wrong for next season, returning to the red, white and blue. Can a return to annually breaking out hearts with thrilling annual playoff series defeats far behind? I think not. The Boulez would be wise to follow suit.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 5, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

When you guys talk about BBQ - Are you talking about Pork or Beef?

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

KC vs NC bbq. It's all good. For pulled pork I'd take NC. Ribs and brisket - KC. My two cents anyway.

Posted by: skinswest | April 5, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

In D.C., it's gotta be about the pork!

Posted by: charlie | April 5, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lou Diamond Phillips, zip it or I'll break your hip! Just kidding.

I'm with PDS. I don't stand the entire game... not even close. But to get the evil eye or "down in front" comment during a 3rd and long for the D OR a big play for the O, is flat out ridiculous. Frankly, those folks need to stay at home and watch the games in their recliners.

I just think it's funny because here we are complaining (me included) that the crowd noise at FedEx is about as loud as mass at the ol' Jericho Church, yet there are so many fans who literally get angry when some of us get excited during the game.

I mean, I agree with you guys about standing the entire game. That is ridiculous and something SHOULD be said to those people. But, and I'm sure PD can concur, I have received the ol' "DOWN IN FRONT" (in an angered tone) after approximately 2.2 seconds... and sometimes it's just to take off a shirt or something in between plays.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 5, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Not with me buddy. I am a chicken and Fish Meat guy. With beef on the side......

I have never had pork in my life, save for the time I was really really hungry when I was 10yrs old and the bacon was just staring me in my face.

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes I can concur Rickey Bobby. THere used to one drunk guy in that same old section, lower level just under the over hang, who used to cuss and stand the entire game. I looked back at him once and he started ripping into me. Then all those I was with stood up and we let him know either he leaves or dies!!

Not in so many words, but you get the drift. I hate ignorant peeps, and hate those who do not know what a football game is about. Down in front, etc. I actually almost got into a fight in the bathroom with 2 cowboy fans over them cussing. Very funny story. Some other time maybe. Time to punch out.

I will look for your reply Mike Diamond tomorrow, if that is your real name.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 5, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, I have never been to NC, but I'm from Omaha and I can say that the KC Q is excellent, it puts Chicago to shame, which is supposedly another well known BBQ location.

No Pork ?!?! I feel sorry for you, its like you haven't even lived yet.

Posted by: gethanr13 | April 5, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

skinswest, great point about the general dichotomy that it's pork in the deep south and beef from Texas up through the midwest.

charlie, nicely done.

There's a little neighborhood Q place which just opened in North Portland, and it's doggone good, reminding me that you can get good Q anyplace that knows how to cook the meat (low and slow) and has good sauce. But for sheer concentration of places with high-quality Q, I'll take NC.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 5, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The first game I went to was a dallas/redskin game. I was six, so that would be in 1990 i believe. I remember we won 21-14 and there was only one dallas fan in my sight and he got booed out of the game. Thats when I knew this is my kind of team.

Posted by: dyin for consistency | April 5, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

My first was a Monday Night game against the Indianapolis Colts at RFK. I remember being scared about the way the whole stadium seemed to sawy from side to side.

Posted by: Cheyenne. WY | April 5, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, I have never been to a game in DC, the only one that I have been able to go to was the game in Denver a couple years ago. There were LOTS of skins fans there, but that wasn't a surprise to me. It seems that there are skins fans every where, and its not too often that the fans in the midwest get a game that is relatively close, so when there is we invaid that stadium. Or at least the upper deck that I was setting in.

Posted by: gethanr13 | April 5, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Exactly my point. If you want brisket or ribs or whatever, I'm sure KC is just fine. But it's just cooked meat covered with sauce, like any of us could do on our Weber grills. It's not BBQ. The real deal is in North Carolina.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | April 5, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I admit I jumped to a few assumptions, probably because of something I experienced at a couple of games this year. And because there's this one guy about 3 rows in front of me who insistst on standing virtually the entire game.

I jump up and yell and scream with the best of them. But I also enjoy sitting when it's time.

Posted by: Mike Diamond | April 5, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

dc

from previous thread.

I forgot to say the pats actually have made to exceptions to the temp player justacoginthemachine system Tom Brady ( but even he took the home twon discount for the good of the team) and Richard Seymore.

Posted by: Old School | April 5, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

New to posting all, so be gentle with me.

I was born at Sibley Hospital, but parents made the move to LA when i was 5. One thing we never stopped hearing about growing up on the left coast was our beloved Skins.

I am now 32 and have a 3 1/2 year old boy who yells touchdown when we score and bull poopoo when the other team scores(really says bull poopoo. hasn't learned the word Sh*t yet).

I just want my boy to be as rabid a fan as my father and i have been and too see the true nature of a Redskin fan... Loyalty, Grit, and Courage to face all forms of obstacles, i.e. difficult times, blitzing linebackers, whatever they may be.

Posted by: LosAngeles Skins | April 5, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Going back to when the ineptitutde began, i am surprised nobody mentioned the curse placed by a group of Indians during the Super Bowl versus Buffalo. We have sucked since then...

What do we do to break that curse??? should we make a human sacrifice, Snyder, Cerrato, maybe both?

Posted by: LosAngeles Skins | April 5, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

What do we do to break that curse??? should we make a human sacrifice, Snyder, Cerrato, maybe both?

Posted by: LosAngeles Skins | April 5, 2007 04:38 PM
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I like the way you think. :-)

Posted by: JustMe | April 5, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Worst fans are in LA. That's why the NFL can't quite get a team in there, no one cares.

I was wondering if anyone was going to remember the indian curse. But here is my take which I consider "original" : )

We started sucking in 1994ish. What happened? What was new? What was different? Republicans took Congress. We've sucked ever since. Especially since major power brokers were from Texas.

Notice for example that Soups was a starter around election time. Andre Carter started getting better around election time. Betts played exceptionally well around election time. We seemed to settle our kicker problems around election time. . . .

So now that the Dems are back so are we babee!

Posted by: sfskin | April 5, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Spoken like a trus Bay area Liberal!!!

Posted by: LosAngeles Skins | April 5, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

So now that the Dems are back so are we babee!

Posted by: sfskin | April 5, 2007 04:51 PM


What kind of pills are you on?

Posted by: Rush Limbaugh | April 5, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I dont care if you're in the bay area. you're a skins fan and that's all that matters.

Posted by: LosAngeles Skins | April 5, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Joe,

I respect your opinion on NC Q, which I have never had. But have you ever been to KC, because I is deffinately not just cooked meat with sauce. And the pork is excellent, even though this is more beef country.

Posted by: gethanr13 | April 5, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm way too much of a cynic to be a Bay Area Liberal.

Liberal yes.

But hippies annoy me.

Plus for the love of pete there are starving people in the world stop trying to save one stupid tree by sitting in it and go help feed someone.

I do love trees just not the ones with people sitting in them.

Posted by: sfskin | April 5, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

There are two problems LA fans have.

First problem is traffic. I've seen your so called "Beltway Traffic". Thats like Sunday morning traffic here. To get anywhere in LA you need at least 1 1/2 hours and thats just to go 10 miles.

Second problem is most of the people here are gang-bangers or worse gang-banger wannabees. That means they love the Raiders and always start a fight at Dodger games. And dont get me started on Laker championship rioting.

The real fans in LA stay away and watch the games from home or a bar. It safer than getting in a fight or car accident.

Posted by: LosAngeles Skins | April 5, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The dish frequently referred to as "BBQ" in the Southeast is pulled meat (usually pork) slow cooked to tenderness in sausy BBQ-like juices. For this, the Carolinas are king.

Common references such as "Let's have a BBQ" typify cooked meat fillets (usually beef) basted with a sauce thicker than its Southern cousin. For this, the Mid-West rules.

Then there are ribs, which are often referred to as BBQ ribs. Rib BBQ sauce has similarities to both the Mid-West and Southern BBQ sauces and was perfected in the Jazz/Blues region streching from the MS Delta to Chicago.

As a general rule, linemen like all of the above -often during the same meal. Just ask Randy Thomas.

Posted by: Pasifikawv | April 5, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Yo gethanr13, I'm just happy to talk about BBQ and not a bunch of change-the-name silliness.

I've had cooked meat in KC but it was a long time ago. I remember liking it, for what that's worth.

Good summary by Pasifikawv, except what you refer to as "lets have a BBQ" should more correctly be called a "cookout." If you're having a BBQ, there should be a pig in the ground and beer on ice.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | April 5, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

My 1st game was the Sunday Nighter in the Gibbs 2.1 era (2nd time around 1st season) when we played philly and still had playoff 'hopes'.

We were actually in the game, until Ramsey overshoot Cooley on like 1st or 2nd down and threw a freakin interception to Dawkins. F*CK!

Posted by: ExtremeSkins | April 5, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

How about the new Skins CB Macklin? Seems like Gibbs did some sweet talking.

Posted by: mugamack | April 5, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mugamack | April 5, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes, the voice of Joe Gibbs can have a great impact.


Macklin


That had to be the case Thursday when Gibbs, head coach of the Washington Redskins, talked Cardinals cornerback David Macklin into accepting a one-year deal with the Redskins over three more lucrative deals with other teams. Macklin agreed to a one-year, $760,000 deal Thursday.

The Chiefs, Eagles and Saints had better financial offers on the table, but Macklin agreed to fit within the Redskins' cap restraints and accept a deal for the NFL minimum, along with a $40,000 signing bonus. The Chiefs were offering him two years of security.

Instead, Mackin, 28, decided to compete against three other veteran Redskins cornerbacks for playing time. Macklin had seven starts last season for the Cardinals and played 41 percent of the defensive plays.

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

ByeBye Shawn Springs.

Lisa - Say Hello to Calvin Johnson!!

Posted by: ExtremeSkins | April 5, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if that means that Springs is gone...certainly would make sense that he might have a little trade value. Its hard to say after his injuries.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 5, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I see it this way.

Double Move gets thrusts into the #1 Spot since this is his 3rd year and GG has told him this is basically gonna be make or break buddy.

Smoot goes to his natural position of #2.

Macklin serves as #3.

The only way this guy decided to sign with us is if Gibbs 2.4 PROMISED playing time so he could get an even better contract elsewhere or with us next year. The guy wouldn't sign here if he wouldn't get any playing time, point blank.

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

He obviously does not have the "get paid" tattoo ala Samuels

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 5, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Can somebody dig up the cap implications of cutting or trading Springs now or in the summer?

Do we need Lisa to issue another ultimatum?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 5, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Seems Macklin is from Newport News. Maybe he just wanted to end up near home. Still, nice acquisition. I think all heck is going to break loose on draft day, with variations and permutations that are as yet unimaginable.

Posted by: Mike Diamond | April 5, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

An historical article snapshot:

"Updated: March 10, 2004, 1:26 PM ET
Arizona signs cornerback to three-year deal
Associated Press
National Football League News Wire

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent
cornerback David Macklin to a three-year contract on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old has started for the Indianapolis Colts 37 times
over the past four seasons.

He was the Colts' third-round draft selection in 2000.

The 5-foot-9 Macklin was in the Colts' starting lineup for the
final four regular season games and three postseason matchups. In
the postseason, he had two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and
14 total tackles. "

But, he didn't too much w/ the Cardinals. His from Newport News, so maybe that's the reason he decided to come to the Redskins. He's a Fan???

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Damn this news...it's taking me away from the Masters.

Nate- Springs still has about $7.5 mil of bonus money to count on the cap at 2.5 mil/year for the next 3 years. Traded or cut June 1 means $2.5 mil on the '07 cap and $5 mil on the '08 cap.

Posted by: 4-12 | April 5, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Look here and determine for your self on Cap Savings....

http://www.skinsfans.com/pcinoz/Cut_Trade_Savings.htm

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

5'9"! He's like Darrell Green minus the speed and interception ability.

NFL Career
In his six NFL seasons, David Macklin has appeared in 96 games and started 68. Macklin spent four years in Indianapolis before signing a free-agent contract with Arizona in 2004. He was released by the Cardinals in March, 2007. Macklin reached the 2004 AFC Championship Game with Colts, but the team lost to eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in that game. He scored his only NFL touchdown on a 60 yard interception return for the Cardinals in 2005.


College Career
Macklin was a three-year started at Penn State. He was selected an All-Big Ten player as a junior in 1998, the year when led the conference in interceptions with six. As a freshmen Macklin briefly played point guard for the Penn State basketball team, after the football season had ended.

Macklin studied business logistics at Penn State.


Personal Information
Macklin attended Menchville High School in Newport News. He played football and basketball for Menchville. As a freshman he guarded Allen Iverson in a basketball game, a game which Iverson scored well-below his season average.

Macklin runs a foundation named 27 Reasons (27 is his college and professional number) which aids underprivileged kids in Arizona and Virginia.

Posted by: mugamack | April 5, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I think that signing Macklin means we can probably say goodbye to Springs. He will probably be traded somewhere prior to the draft.

Posted by: oldskinsfan | April 5, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

good link ES

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 5, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Gibbs offered Macklin a spot on the Wizards roster now that Arenas is out.

Posted by: mugamack | April 5, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

No prob Wyoming! The link has been posted previously before (to the larger site with all the cap details but the web address is complicated to remember).

After June 1st, that is..

BUT, we can cut him now and treat it as a post June 1st cap hit! Not that I am a fan of getting rid of Springs, but I am thinking from purely a business decision, which we have to do in a slary cap era.....

Posted by: ExtremeSkins | April 5, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Forgot, we need to trade him because he would too valuable of a comodity on the open market.

When trading him, we need to make sure he goes to an AFC team, unless we are sending him to get CJ, which might be very intersting. Do not, though, trade him to Tampa Bay. We seem to play them every freakin year since Allstot had that ridiculous TD against us in the playoffs back in 01/00. I can still picture that freakin run to the right and back to the left!

Posted by: ES | April 5, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Bringing in Macklin to replace Springs is just plain crazy! 7 starts last season? I'm hoping Gibbs just wants depth....after last season we definitely need depth. As I've stated many times before, having Smoot and Rogers as your starting CBs is just asking for another year like 06-07.

Posted by: Lisa | April 5, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

sfskin -

Bad news for you (and many others here) - There has been a Republican as President each time the Redskins have won the Super Bowl. That's right - Reagan, Reagan, Bush Sr. And Reagan and Nixon were in office when the Redskins made their other two Super Bowl appearances. So, Democrats in the House and Republicans in the White House seem to be the ticket.

The last time a Clinton was in the White House, the Redskins hired Norv.

Posted by: The Mole | April 5, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins went south in 1993, which was Clinton's first year in office. Richie Petitbon led them to an awesome record of 4-12.

Posted by: The Mole | April 5, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Carlos Rogers had better be getting his game ready for next year. Springs is gone. This is shaping up to be the Skins trading up to #2 to take CJ with Springs going to Detroit along with #6. Only thing that may screw this up is Al Davis deciding to take Johnson instead of Russell.

Posted by: cdubb | April 5, 2007 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, thanks everybody. The heartburn is back.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 5, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Well Mole, nice theory. But like everything else associated with Bush Junior, things aren't exactly working out as planned.

Personally I think the problem is the Indian curse put on the team.

Posted by: Corkczar | April 5, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

cdubb that is a totally stupid idea - and hopefully not what they have in mind. Al Davis has just as much interest in Calvin Johnson as he does in Russell - and he is a strange dude so might just go for Johnson and worry about their QB situation later. Then where would the Skins be? Hopefully, they remember that most of our losses last season were because of the defense....

Posted by: Lisa | April 5, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

#1 CB - Carlos Rogers
#2 CB - Fred Smoot
#3 CB - David Macklin, playing nickel.
Strong Safety - Sean Taylor

And introducing your new Free Safety, Shawn Springs!

Posted by: The Mole | April 5, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Didn't say it was a great idea Lisa but that is what I am reading from this pickup of Macklin. Your bias is obvious and great. From things I have been reading it sounds like Detroit likes Brady Quinn and he will likely be there at #6. This is definitely going to downgrade our CBs if this is what they are positioning to do. Calvin Johnson better turn out to be the can't miss WR prospect so many are making him out to be if we do in fact trade up for him. I have long been an advocate of only drafting defense or a guard with later picks.

Posted by: cdubb | April 5, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't think signing Macklin means Springs is gone, necessarily. Macklin is talented, but has a history of injuries. He's not a guy to rely on.

Furthermore, he might have picked the Skins because they were the team willing to give him a one year contract. Talented CBs tend to command big bucks, but Macklin has to prove he can stay healthy and play at a high level. If he does that then he could cash in a year from now. Could be the other teams wanted to tie him up for two or three years.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 5, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

The curse was put on us during the game? So the curse is that we would win the Super Bowl and utterly crush our opponent in that game, but then stink for most of the next 15 years? That's a sweet curse. I hope we get cursed like that this season, too.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 5, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Lisa -

There seems to be a lot of experienced but unemployed quarterbacks hanging around this year. It wouldn't be too difficult for the Raiders to grab one and draft Calvin Johnson.

I can't imagine that any team would try to trade up for Detroit's #2 pick until the Oakland pick is settled.

Posted by: The Mole | April 5, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

When you put a "curse" on someone or something, what makes the curse work is the belief by the people it is supposed to affect.

Good luck trying to find 5 Redskins players who even know the curse exists, much less believe in it. (Except for Carlos Rogers maybe, whose hands and feet seem to be cursed in tandem. Double-Move/Hands of Stone.)

Posted by: The Mole | April 5, 2007 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Final thought for the day -

Desmond Howard
Michael Westbrook
Gardner, Rod
Calvin Johnson?

Maybe it's a wide receiver curse.

Posted by: The Mole | April 5, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Macklin signing is interesting. Don't see where it means Springs is gone though.

Well it's quittin time! Yabba dabba doo! Gotta get me some bbq thanks to you guys.


Posted by: skinswest | April 5, 2007 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's a wide receiver curse.

Posted by: The Mole | April 5, 2007 07:12 PM

And it can't be lifted until #81 gets in the HOF. We're screwde.

Posted by: skinswest | April 5, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Ok..the NFL Network (Adam Schefter) just reported that Calvin Johnson "quietly" visited the Raiders today and was rated an "11". They stated that if the Raiders pick Johnson it could spin the entire draft in a totally different direction.

Schefter also mentioned the Skins signing of Macklin. He said that Macklin turned down more lucrative offers because he is from the DC area and has always wanted to play for Joe Gibbs.

Posted by: Lisa | April 5, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Just saw Scheffter on NFL Network. He says Macklin grew up in the DC area and has always rooted for the Skins and Joe Gibbs. He turned down better offers from the Chiefs and Eagles.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 5, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

great signing and GREAT manuevering by Coach Joe. Especially for the vet minimum. I think SS IS GONE and could be traded to the bucs for their #4 overall and our 6. Then again if springs is stays healthy he and Barber could form a top CB tandem.

Posted by: Dave 87 skins | April 5, 2007 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Ronde Barber?

Posted by: mugamack | April 5, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

right

Posted by: Dave 87 skins | April 5, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Dave, it has been reported that Gruden loves Calvin Johnson (who doesn't?) and is very excited about drafting him. Why in the world would he give him up the best player in the draft for a CB? That makes absolutely no sense to me.

Posted by: Lisa | April 5, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, I think we can all see the writing on the wall with the Macklin signing. Springs is gone. I guess I can now hang up his jersey next to Ramsey's in the closet. I really need to get a throwback.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 5, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't see Springs going anywhere, not without getting another #1 CB. If it does happen then it would show that everything bad that anybody has said in here about the FO and off-season decision making was completely accurate. As people already posted he is a skins fan and it seems we got the benefit of that. He is not being paid like a top tier CB, so there is no reason to cut him. We were going to sign some CB for depth at probably around the same price. Just got lucky that we got a player like him for that amount of money.

Posted by: gethanr13 | April 5, 2007 8:23 PM | Report abuse

You guys it's not nice to make a girl cry. . . and give her an ulcer . . . and a headache. . .

Posted by: sfskin | April 5, 2007 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey kids. Been WMGO (working) trying to make it look like I've been doing so for the last six months. Kind of like flossing 8 times before going to a dental cleaning. We have layoffs coming at work on Monday, and I hope not to be a victim. Can't help but think of Mora Sr. Layoffs? LAYOFFS? You are football people, what do they call that guy who comes around, takes your playbook, and tells you you've been shticanned? Speaking of the formerly employed, anyone seen 4th floor around lately? A sad farewell to Darryl Stingley too. I know I never forgot that day. (Sorry I'm sure that's been addressed, haven't had a chance to read yet).

Posted by: SMACK | April 5, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I gave up on buying current skins jerseys a while back. Went to nfl.com and had some made. 17 D. Williams, 81 Monk, 43 L. Brown and the latest, 51 M.Coleman. At least this way Danny does not get his hands on those $$$. (A small protest)

Posted by: DC in DC | April 5, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Why would you all think Springs is gone? Macklin is no Springs, he is a backup at best... look at what they paid him. Don't forget GW likes to use 4 and sometimes 5 cb packages.

Springs is gone if they bring in someone like Samuels. For now he is here. Remember he is the #1 CB not Smoot, not Rogers... it would make more sense to get rid of one of them.

Posted by: JoeyV | April 5, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

We may keep Springs. If we do we've just replaced Wright and Rumph with Smoot and Macklin. Huge upgrade times two. The Redskins have four starting caliber CBs. This is a good thing. If they get Briggs they'll have five starting caliber LBs. Now let me see, they'll have how many starting caliber DLmen? One, two...

A question on Macklin is, did he just start seven games last year because he was banged up, or are his skills slipping? I think it's the former, but I'm not sure. We might have to worry about his health as much as Springs'.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 5, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Depends on where you get the Macklin info... Looks like he played in 14 games with seven starts according to SI.com:

ASHBURN, Va. (A)P) -- The Washington Redskins signed cornerback David Macklin on Thursday, adding depth to their defensive backfield.

Macklin is entering his eighth NFL season. He spent the past three years with the Arizona Cardinals after four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

Last year, he had one interception and 33 tackles in 14 games, including seven starts.

Posted by: JoeyV | April 5, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

http://sportsline.com/nfl/story/10110513

Interesting article. Thinks Pucillo will win the job at LG. Interesting take on London, also.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 5, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

The biggest question about Macklin or anybody who wants to join our secondary -- and I am certain Gibbs and Grilliams include this in their evaluation process -- is whether the dude can walk it out.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 5, 2007 11:30 PM | Report abuse

why do the old folks even bother coming to the game if they dont want to stand up and cheer. take a look at any other stadium in the league that has a reputation for being loud and having a substantial home field advantage. what do they have in common? rabid fans foaming at the mouth trying to disrupt the other teams offense. look at the colts, 80 % of the plays are called at the line of scrimmage. if you can be loud enough to make them use hand signals for audibles to the backs and wrs then you have an advantage. it limits the plays they can call and gives the d a chance to pick of the signals (see recent espn story). if you can make it loud enough so that the line cant hear then you really have them. watch when teams play at KC or denver. the tackle and guard have to hold hands so that the tackle knows when the ball is snapped. that is a true homefield advantage. i understand you dont want to stand for 3 hours but the team is actually only on the field on d for like 35 to 45 minutes of those 3 hours. you say you pay alot for your seats well if im in your way that means i paid as much if not more than you did so that is bs. if you dont want to support the team by making noise while on defense then sell your seats and watch from home. the reason why fedex sucks is because of the people who always yell "down in front". does anyone ever remember hearing that at rfk?

Posted by: STAND UP ON D! | April 5, 2007 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Amen STAND UP ON D! The folks who were lucky enough to get seats at RFK would never think of not yelling on defense. 3rd and long, second and 2, it didn't matter. We took pride in rocking those stands and our rep. as a rowdy stadium. Since the move to "The Cooker", people are more worried about their Smirnoff Ice not spilling than the game. Stand Up is right, if you don't want to support the team on defense then sell your seats to one of the 200,000 (is that really true?) on the waiting list who will.

Posted by: skinabego | April 5, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Jason, where are you from?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

North Carolina IS the home of BBQ!!

Posted by: ME | April 6, 2007 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Why dont the Redskins get real and stop going after other people's franchise players. It would be one thing if they had some draft picks to bargain with but I think they already traded them all for a box of CHEEZ-ITs. And if they continue to try to overpay other teams problems why not go for Freeney. He is a Franchise Player at a position where they are worse than warm Pabst Blue Ribbon. His contract will be similar to the one ASSante gets and he has proven himself for 4 years. Another example of a terrible management.

Posted by: Brinley | April 6, 2007 12:50 AM | Report abuse

MMMMMMMMMMMM..... CHEEZ-ITS and WARM PBR. Its like I died and went to heaven. If only I had some spray cheese and a pack of Maverick cigarettes, that would be a hell of a fishin' trip!

Posted by: bobolak | April 6, 2007 12:55 AM | Report abuse

PBR and some good ol' Lexington (NC) BBQ!!! That's what I'm talking 'bout!! Just add a winning season for the 'Skins and I'd be in heaven!!

Posted by: ME | April 6, 2007 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey Cindy,

Is there a curse in KC? The chiefs haven't been or won since'69, the baseball team is awful, and the basketball team left town in 85 for Cali.

Posted by: bison4me | April 6, 2007 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Agreed stand up and skinabego;

It is the one way for us lowly morsels to affect the game. I am always emploring people to stand up.

Springs is not gone. Grilliams loves players to play multiples roles. Springs can play 3rd safety, in the middle of the DB's, 1st corner etc. Having a dime package with Rodgers, Smoot, Macklin, Reaper, LANDRY and Springs... match up prob's for the offense everywhere!

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 6:53 AM | Report abuse

WASH TIMES:

Although they appear set at cornerback, the Redskins are expected to call New England about Asante Samuel, who expressed disappointment Wednesday about not getting a long-term contract and would be open to a trade. Samuel shared a tie for first in the NFL last year with 10 interceptions and was designated as the Patriots' franchise player.
Unable to complete a major trade this offseason -- talks with Chicago for linebacker Lance Briggs broke down earlier this week -- the Redskins might make a play for Samuel.

Posted by: Rob | April 6, 2007 7:09 AM | Report abuse

...Morsels... must be breakfast time.

As you can gather form my post above, I think we are going after Landry. The more I hear about him, the more I like him. The anti-taylor we need... speed, coverage and hops.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Rob, now that we have great depth at CB (signing Macklin) I really dont see us getting in a bid for Asante Samuel. (but with the Danny you never can know)

Posted by: Dave skins 87 | April 6, 2007 7:28 AM | Report abuse

again... i mean CB speed.... Taylor is fast for a safety

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 7:33 AM | Report abuse

I like this Macklin signing. Instead of buying one big name and having it flop, we are picking up solid players and expecting one of them to raise their game.

Of course now that I have said that we will trade for Samuel.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 7:35 AM | Report abuse

The thought of us calling NE about Samuel is absurd. So that means we'd have Springs (you guys seem to think he's staying), Rogers, Smoot, AND Samuel all on our roster... not to mention this new guy Macklin and Jimoh. Did we sign Smoot to be a reserve?

Please don't contact them, please.

Why are we the only team in the league who believes in shelling out mega deals to your #3-5 WR's, #3-5 CB's, etc? That's what the draft is for. And that's why we'll always be within $2 of the cap max every year and have to beg our players to restructure.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 6, 2007 7:46 AM | Report abuse

The Samuel thing is ridiculous! Hopefully they are just covering all the bases.....

Posted by: Lisa | April 6, 2007 7:52 AM | Report abuse

RB;

Until we sign Samuel I think we are doing it right. Macklin was vet min. Smoot was higher, but I think he will be #2. Rodgers is still in his rookie contract and Springs deal is good for his experience.

So # 1 - #3 are high, but you need 3 cb's this day and age. Until we get CJ, if we do, then our 1 - 3 wr are paid. You also need 3 good wr's. But after that? Patten is gone, Thrash is not highly paid.

If this Offseason stays to form, I would say we have learned. The fact we tried to get Briggs miff's me a little... but it has not happened.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 7:54 AM | Report abuse

PDS,

I hear ya... I'm definitely putting the cart before the horse.

But even the thought of Calvin Johnson infuriates me. Before you guys fly off the handle, hear me out. It's not about CJ, because I think he's going to be an incredible WR in this league, it's the fact that we'd have 4 WR's on our roster with 10+ mill signing bonuses. Moss, ARE, CJ, and Lloyd...

With a salary cap, you just can't put all of your eggs (pun intended, Easter) in one basket, especially on a team with 2 stud RB's, a coach who loves to run, and a QB with 7 starts.

Look at our Dline. Look at our depth in other areas. Doesn't it make you angry that the Skins are willing to spend 30/10 mill on a #4 WR on this kind of team? Even the most passing oriented teams don't pay their #3-4 WR's that much loot. Those teams actually draft guys and let them prove their worth at the #3-4 WR position under their rookie deals. We go out and sign a Lloyd and a Patten, when a 3rd or 4th rounder out of the draft would have been just as effective, and about 1/20th the cost.

Again, it's not CJ, it's the way we operate as a whole. It's honestly sickening to watch sometimes... okay most of the time.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 6, 2007 8:20 AM | Report abuse

So since the blog is slow, and it is good friday, I will tell my story of Fed_Ex run in's with Cowboys fans that I alluded to earlier.

So we are losing to the Cowpies... 3rd quarter... go into the bathroom. First thing I notice is a lot of young children in the bathroom. Also I notice the fathers holding their sons ears.

Why, because two drunk cowboy fans were acting real ignorant. Cussing to each other in line, some S I wouldnt say to Lucifer himself. (Including Lisa's Fav... The C Bomb).

So we were losing, I was a little inebriated, so I decide to do something.

I walk up to the first one, tap him on the shoulder and said quietly to him.. "Hey man, I know you're kicking our ass, but could you not cuss? (As I point to all the little kids with hands over thier ears) There are a lot of kids here.". The guy was cool. He said defiantely, sorry, and yes they were whipping us. We joked about it a little. Very good example of a fan.

Then I went to his friend who had started jawing with a redskins fan. I did the same exact thing. Except this time there was a different reaction. He pushed me away, told me to get the F outta his face, and the funniest line anyone has ever accused me of "What, you got a 'S' on your chest"? ( A reference to Superman, also an slang term used in that year - 2001)

This fan continued screaming at me, his friend had to hold him back, said he would kill me.... blah blah. I was pretty taken a back by his rection, only b/c of his friends reaction before him was so different.

Now they were close to 40. I was 22. But the best thing was when I turned around to go back to getting in line, There were three redskins fans behind me who decided to stand with me in that situation. Also, after it had calmed down a bunch of the fathers/ people around me thanked me and said that I did the right thing, and it was good to see someone stand up for things like that... etc.

I didn't really think I was doing something out of the ordinary. I would think that most people would do the same. Especially in THAT year, when all had gone on.

Oh well, pretty interesting. Luckily they have Metal detectors at stadiums b/c I believe that guy would have tried to do exactly what he said he would. I prolly should never go to Philly for an Eagles - Redskins game, cause I might get killed there!

Happy Good Friday to those who celebrate. Happy Friday to those who do not.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Once again...I hear a lot of fans clamoring for a stud defensive lineman. We DO need defensive line help, but what makes you all think they will be so bad this year? We have a young solid player in Kedric Golston and Andre Carter in his second year. I would be in favor of the Skins trading down for a low first rounder and a third rounder to pick up D-Lineman. If they can get Calvin Johnson...I say go get him. He's a special player. We can pick up D-Lineman in the later rounds, a la Kedric Golston (6th Round).

Posted by: sicwidit | April 6, 2007 8:48 AM | Report abuse


Why is it that so called "fans" never want the Redskins to make any deals ever again?

Posted by: sicwidit | April 6, 2007 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I know I'm late, what do you all think of the skins signing Macklin

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2827391

Posted by: Go Skins Go | April 6, 2007 8:55 AM | Report abuse

sic;

I want to know what is going on with the scouting dept. We heard they all might get canned? I wonder if that was just a fleeting report.

It also makes me wonder if they did their homework on the draft so we can find another late round player. I think that Golston was a good find. I want to see Montgomery get some more playing time. I agree that Carter will finish his comeback and play well this year. If Griff is healed, and Daniels can get some relief, then we could be okay without a first round stud. I also always worry about DL busts. I do beleive they are high in the bust category.

So yes, our D line should be okay. But we need to blitz. Grilliams did not have much D-line pass rush 3 years agoi when our D was 3rd, but he blitzed from all angles and confused the protection. Otherwise our Db's will get burned all day long.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse

PDS,

Yeah, I worry about the other idiots more than I worry about me and my friends. We may enjoy some verbal debates, but we would never let it turn physical. Obviously that is not the case with a lot of people out there.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 6, 2007 9:03 AM | Report abuse

"Once again...I hear a lot of fans clamoring for a stud defensive lineman."

Because we need one.

"We DO need defensive line help, but what makes you all think they will be so bad this year?"

Ah, we agree... somewhat. The fact that they had 19 sacks as a defensive unit last year, and are all a year older makes me think that they may not be much better next year. We have two young guys (1 starter) on the line and the rest average somewhere around retirement. This unit, more than any other on the team, needs help... especially after the David Macklin signing.

"We have a young solid player in Kedric Golston and Andre Carter in his second year."

You named two players out of four starting positions. That's not good. I too believe that AC will be much improved this year, but it is yet to be proven. We can't bank in it because other than a game or two, he was pretty miserable last year. And Kedric is great, but he's one of two DT's on the field at a time, and you really need at least three decent DT's to rotate. Corn is very good, but struggling to stay healthy. Saliva is a solid fill-in at best, and Anthony Montgomery is still young and rough around the edges. Our other DE spot is a HUGE question with two senior citizens rotating in over there.

"I would be in favor of the Skins trading down for a low first rounder and a third rounder to pick up D-Lineman."

We agree wholeheartedly on this one, as does just about every other regular on this blog.

"If they can get Calvin Johnson...I say go get him. He's a special player."

Very true, but we cannot afford him, nor should we. There is a special player in almost every year's draft. We've screwed the pooch too many times (in free agency) to be able to trade up again and again and pay out huge rookie contracts at the expense of depth. Think about the number of draft picks that we have tied up in single players... and then think about how many of them have been almost useless to date: McIntosh has great potential, but has been a special teamer and situational player to date: two second rounders, bLloyd couldn't catch a bus at a bus stop: a second rounder and exorbitant amounts of money, TJ Duckett: a third rounder AND he's not even on our team, etc.

"We can pick up D-Lineman in the later rounds, a la Kedric Golston (6th Round)."

Doesn't happen every time, and very hard to predict that we can get someone like that. Reference Montgomery, Anthony. Still a project, and picked a round ahead of Golston.

"Why is it that so called "fans" never want the Redskins to make any deals ever again?"

Because the Skins Front Office stinks at making deals. We MAKE them for whoever we trade with by not playing hardball. Lance Briggs!?! We have two WLBs on the roster... Calvin Johnson!?! We have one pick in the first five rounds of the draft, and something like 30-40mil in signing bonuses tied up in our WR corps already.

And we're supposed to be a run-first team!?!

Sorry to vent on you sicwidit. No disrespect meant. I just can't stand it when Skins fans (a) forget that this Front Office has done nothing but put together sub-par teams for the last 10 years and (b) feel as though critical analysis makes you any less of a fan.

If I didn't care about the team and franchise, I wouldn't give two shtis about what they did.

Don't forget Redskins Nation... don't forget.

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | April 6, 2007 9:11 AM | Report abuse

PDSquared, in November 2005 some dude got stabbed in the bathroom at a Jets game at the Meadowlands. A random guy at the urinal was making fun of another guy's Chad Pennington jersey. So in return, the jersey wearer stabbed the heckler.

Wanna know who the heckler was there rooting for?

The Jets... yeah, they were both Jets fans.

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | April 6, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Hmm

I know they have metal detectors there. I guess they dont do such a good job. I know I have been able to sneak baggies of liquor into the stadium.... but I digress.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Jets Nation... classy.

Anyhoo, I would say that Buck's breakdown above is spot on. The Mole (farther up) said something about the matchup problems our putative dime secondary would pose to the offense... but that won't amount to much if the QB can hang out in the pocket indefinitely, waiting for something to develop downfield. It's the matchup problem our D line faces that is the one big problem yet to address.

We need D line help so we can stop the doggone run AND collapse the pocket. Our guys last year were not good enough. One or two more solid pieces in the rotation and we'll be much better off.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 6, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Baggies of liquor??

Definitely voting NO on blowing up our plan for Calvin Johnson. That is not a position of primary need at the moment and we should be dedicating our meager draft picks and remaining cap space to D line, in my opinion. And we better not be thinking about a game of chicken where we trade UP and then expect to trade DOWN, that's too fraught with risk. And we better keep our 2008 draft picks in a lock box, durn burn it.

There was a coach in my middle school and high school who I'm almost sure was named Calvin Johnson. He was a gigantic dude, really massive, and the rumor was he had a short NFL stint as a lineman, maybe with the Iggles. This guy was tall but really overweight and a smoker, as I recall. (Terrific role model for the kids in gym class, no? Eh, it was a small town in Arkansas, they were probably happy to have him.)

Anyway one time Coach Johnson good-naturedly challenged the fastest kid in our class to a race -- this kid was really fast -- and absolutely smoked him in a sprint. Incredible to see.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 6, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"..blowing up our plan in order to get Calvin Johnson"

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 6, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

If the skins stay pat at #6 and pick d-line or are able to trade down and pick d-line. Our defense should become solid again. We should be a playoff team.

We would give up to much to trade up and get cj. Plus he will be expensive. Who knows mcintosh could be the next lance briggs and is several years younger. We already gave up alot to get mcintosh it only makes since to play this kid and see what he can do instead of bailing out on him.

Posted by: j | April 6, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Just don't see any logic in Calvin Johnson. Especially since the roster already has, moss, ARE, lloyd, thrash and probably some that I am forgetting-What is the point.

Posted by: connskin | April 6, 2007 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Baggies of liqour was for the HFS Fallstival back in the day. It was at Fed Ex. Had a suite, could order beers, $10 a 6-pack. not really a festival location, but the leather couches were nice to pass out on.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Hey StandUp, unless you're in a suite or club level or "dream seat", your seat didn't cost more than mine.

For the record, I stand up and scream until I can't talk for two days. But I do it when it's time, when stadium noise can make a difference.

Back to the real subject at hand: Draft day is going to be nuts.

Posted by: Mike Diamond | April 6, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

If the Redskins try and trade for Samuel, then I would say that Springs is probably gone. But who knows.

The Briggs deal is starting to make more sense to me. I know I'm in the minority here on this. But I'm thinking about stopping the run. Having LF in the middle helps, but he may not be the complete answer. Briggs would give us 5 starting caliber LBs - three pro-bowl caliber. Might be the best LB corp in the NFC. We'd have depth, and you know GW likes to rotate players. And we can bring Rocky along more slowly - wouldn't have to force him in there. And Marcus has a hip injury; when is that not a cause for concern? Then we can take a DLman at 31. It may be they think there'll be someone they really like at 31.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 6, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why everyone is so down on Johnson. If i learned anything with picking up Bruce Smith, Andre Carter, Deion Sanders and Lloyd it's that you go out and pay too much for people and ignore present needs at less flashy positions.

I mean the Patriots, Steeler and Colts don't do that and you see where it got them.

Posted by: Skinz | April 6, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Skinz;

I am a little confused. Lloyd is at the same position as Johnson. So what is the need/less flashy position with Johnson.

More to the point b/c we still have Lloyd, we should not go after Johnson and have 10mil+ wrapped up in bonuses for the 1 through 4 WR on our team.

Get rid of Lloyd, which is a cap hit and a half, then get Johnson. But as many have stated, the cap hit for releasing or trading Lloyd, plus the bonus for Johnson would kill our cap for years to come.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

"But I'm thinking about stopping the run."

You don't stop the run at the LBs. They are 5-10 yards off the line of scrimmage. The D-line should be stopping the run, with LB support. Besides, Rocky's biggest (reported) asset when we drafted him was his ability to stop the run. Good thing he never started.

Fact: in Rocky's one start (against STL) he had more tackles than Warrick had in any single game the whole year (10-7).

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | April 6, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The redskins signed CB David Macklin - we need a new thread.

Posted by: Max | April 6, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Johnson is not a need. Besides, this is a run heavy offense that we use. We don't even get S. Moss or ARE enough touches per game. We are fine at WR. Defensive line is our primary need, and we should draft a DT or DE at #6, period.

I love the signing of David Macklin (CB), this guy is a player. We might actually have some heated competition for the starting CB spots.

Posted by: Max | April 6, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

If your cornerbacks are good enough to cover man-to-man you can load up the box and stop the run. Just about any NFL team can stop the run when they commit to it. Our problem last year was that we couldn't stop the pass, so it was to risky to commit to stopping the run, because then they would throw 80 yd TD passes. Suring up our CB position will indirectly help us stop the run.

Posted by: Max | April 6, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

this should set in stone the focus of the redskins draft is the d line, as it should be. The redskins have a history shying away from drafting d lineman on the first day ever since bobby wilson, especially Defensive ends.

Posted by: macklin | April 6, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Redskins signed veteran cornerback David Macklin yesterday, adding depth to a cornerback position that was victimized last season. After trading safety Adam Archuleta and releasing cornerback Mike Rumph, Macklin is the first defensive back the Redskins have added this offseason.

Macklin, 28, began his career with the Indianapolis Colts after being selected out of Penn State in the third round of the 2000 draft. He spent the last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, and has long been eyed this offseason by the Redskins' coaches to challenge cornerback Ade Jimoh.

-- Howard Bryant

I guess Howard was on vacation when they signed Smoot...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I think the point is WR is the one position that doesn't drastically change a team.

I still say we pick up that monstrosity that is Branch. If not, trade down and get one of the Top 5 DE.

You want to upgrade your LB's? Let them run run free without having to shed blockers. It's not a coincidence that the Pro Bowl LB's of the Bears stand behind the Pro Bowl DLman.

Posted by: Skinz | April 6, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I doubt seriously that even if we wanted Calvin Johnson that we would be able to draft him. The Raiders are already looking at acquiring McCown(sp?) from Detroit... I think CJ will go in the #1 or #2. We would have to get the #1 or #2 to have a shot. I don't see it happening. Especially since the Bucs at #4 want him. They would probably be able to trade up before we could.

Posted by: JoeyV | April 6, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I am willing to throw in an idea that would be very interesting if we could make it happen.
Trade off L. Betts for a 2nd round pick
Get Briggs and 31st picks for 6th pick
Trade 2 round pick and 31st for a higher 1st round pick
Get A. Branch
All problems solved!

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I think the L. Briggs, CJ, A Samuels talk is all a big mirage. JG has finally done the right think in not forcasting what the team is going to do in the draft and with S. Springs. Dan S. realizes now you can't run the team exactly like you run a corporate business. We are setting up for the draft and will get A. Branch because our DLine sucked big time. Just my opinion.

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

skin4ever - Who would back up CP if Betts is gone? Cartwrigt? Betts won't be going anywhere.

Posted by: CC | April 6, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

It won't matter who the LBs are if the D-line cannot hold up at the point of attack. The most obvious issue to me is that the line still cannot rush the passer.

Even when the Redskins' secondary was better than it is now, they still couldn't get a pass rush. In today's NFL, you need to be able to occasionally get pressure with 4 guys. Relying on the blitz too often will get you burned; good teams pick up and exploit the blitz (just watch the Colts). Even worse, the Redskins' D had trouble stopping the run as well.

Griffin is good but a bit injury-prone. Salave'a is a warm body, decent against the run but can't pass rush. Golston might be good. Daniels is very good...but OLD. Wynn is a good run stopper, but can't rush the passer and is similarly old. I think Carter is the best pass-rushing lineman they have.

The Redskins once had a great secondary under Norv that included Darrell Green and Cris Dishman at the corner spots. I think the LBs included Greg Jones and Derek Smith, both of whom were good at the time, plus an older solid veteran. But the line sucked. The Redskins were #2 against the pass but last against the run. They didn't have a good season. QBs literally had all day to sit back in the pocket and wait for someone to break free. No matter how good your secondary is, it won't matter unless you can put pressure on the QB.

So I'd say the priority is to get one more DT to rotate/groom, and one more DE to rotate/groom to replace Daniels and Wynn.

Posted by: jcabana | April 6, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

No way should we let Betts get away. CP had a tough year and Im not sure his body can hold up to the style of play he is used to. CP is definitely a game changer but sometimes he sacrifices the body.

We need to have a proven back up, thats what Betts provides.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

As for the Samuel talk, every team links the Redskins to every disgruntled player because they've shown themselves to be a team that gambles (sometimes inexplicably) on other teams' players at te expense of their own.

That said, Samuels has a lot more upside than Springs at this point. Skins fans got lucky with Springs his first couple of years; he had been injury-prone for a long time in Seattle. Much like Bailey and Bly in Denver, this team could use another corner of the same caliber as a healthy Springs.

But they need depth on the defensive line even more.

Posted by: jcabana | April 6, 2007 11:39 AM | Report abuse

4ever;

2nd post, I agree. He might just be that wiley.

Re the first post: Betts is going NOWHERE. THey need him, no other back up except Rock. Also the teams playing 2 backs is en vogue. With Portis missing significant time, they need a capable back-up. And Alan Branch did not impress very many at the combines.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I gotta say, hats off to the blog peeps and for Cindy for keeping it rolling. It appears that we have actually gained pace in the last week and are going strong, with all the inevitable comment generation from the schedule and the draft yet to come.

Where, oh where, is MV Dame with some blog stats? We need you, buddy!

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 6, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

And a tip of the PPTP to young Rocco for doing whatever he's doing.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 6, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Bucktown

Agree that you at least need DL to tie up blockers so LBs can shoot the gaps or whatnot. And that LBs play best when playing behind a stout DL. I think about Trotter when he had his best years behing some excellent Eagle DTs. (Last year, not so much.) And also Ray Lewis, same thing. But I wouldn't just say it's the line that stops the run. Rather I think in terms of the front seven. That might be especially true with 3-4 defenses like the Pats and Steelers. But at any rate it's the LBs that make most of the tackles, even when the DL is playing well. It's generally only LBs who have a shot at 100 plus tackles. It's very important to have LBs who are very sure tacklers. A monster like Briggs is a very good thing.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 6, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

CC and PD

I forgot to mention we can draft a back with the playing skills as L. Betts. True he is a good player but he can't run anyone over for a player his size he plays like a little back. Portis has more yards after first hit than Betts and Betts is heavier than Portis. LB is a pure backup RB in the 'Skins system. He is more of a fit for something like the way the Rams use S. Jackson where the pass is your game and the holes open wide because Dlinemen are playing the pass. S. Jackson unlike L. Betts can actually run someone over as well as burst through the hole.

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

PDSquared:

No offense intended, but I believe the combine is a silly exercise where people salivate over stuff that is only loosely connecte to NFL success. It's like choosing a wife based solely on how pretty her walk is and how she looks in a bikini. Football is a physical game, but lots of people have the physical tools to be football players. What often separates the football players from the mere men are things like technique and mental faculties.

So many players have defied their combine ratings it isn't even funny. Among them: Jerry Rice, Leon Lett, Terrell Davis...the list goes on and on. Unless the guy has personality issues or some GLARING numbers deficiencies revealed at the combine...anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm impressed by what I saw of Alan Branch's play during actual football games, and wouldn't mind seeing him in a Redskins uniform.

Posted by: jcabana | April 6, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Bly, Briggs, Samuel (Do I see a pattern here?).

If you are upset about your contract, go to Snyder, he has the answer to all of your problems.

Posted by: BT | April 6, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

skin4ever, thanks so much for that reminder of S. Jackson bursting through the holes in our line and running people over. Appreciate that.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 6, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

BT

I think you are right. We are quickly become the poster child for "Any Price Is Right". I heard someone mention, I think it was JG, we needed to grow "Redskins" versus grabbing folks from free agency. We have few true "Redskins" player; Samuels and Jansen are the only two I can think of in the past 8 years who are left. We keep grabbing OPP(Other People's Players) and have no REAL loyalty on the team. I think that is our "curse". Until we have loyalty from the players we will continue to fail. I am a realist and I know no is all loyal to anything(except family and that is iffy), but, THEY have to SELL the idea to the players and make them want to play for you and bleed burgundy and gold! This is where Dan's business since would be great in convincing people(players) your business is the best and you must play for our team.

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I guess Howard was on vacation when they signed Smoot...

And Stoutmire.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 6, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

PDX,

You see my point

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"You don't stop the run at the LBs. They are 5-10 yards off the line of scrimmage."

Tell that to the Ravens and the Bears.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Wait, thats not how to chose your wife?

I agree the Combine is a crapshoot. But his college games were against OL's that may never crack the starting lineup in the NFL. Also the players around him make him better as well.

That is why I love drafting from a small school. Probably the best player on a bad team. Says more if he can do it all by himself than a Michigan team who had a killer DL.

But I digress. I dont believe in combine hype, I guess it was more of a feeling about the player. I also think they say he dogged it out there. Didn't train so was out of shape an slow; didn't give it his all cause he didn't care? Either one speaks volumes to his character. I say Okoye since he has so much upside and is smart and probably could play DE as well since he is not too huge.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

skin4ever

Seems you're a little harsh on my man Betts. The thing that Betts does well is the most important thing a RB can do - hit the hole fast. Portis is good at this, too, only he also has excellent vision once he's past the line of scrimmage. Ducket seemed to be a back who took too long to hit the hole.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 6, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Also I am reminded of Ryan Sims who was a complete bust despite his combine workout.

As I said earlier, I think DL is the position of biggest busts in the draft.... QB being a close second. And that is only because there are not as many QB's chosen overall and in the first round.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The Macklin signing is good. Esp at the vet minimum. Unfortunately, this means some of you may have collector's items on your hands with your 70th anniversary throwback Jimoh jerseys (with GSS patch).

I would love to say the Skins have had a strong and surprisingly restrained free agency binge this year, but the Briggs attempt is still leaving a sour taste in my mouth. Hopefully we will not crap the bed with a mega-trade for Briggs or Asante Samuel before the draft.

I still think someone good will slip to #6 and we can trade down with someone who is desperate for Adrian Peterson or LaRon Landry. Or even Quinn if he falls that far. We can get a good D-lineman in the middle of the 1st round.

If we stay at #6, consider my vote cast for Amobi Okoye.

HTTR

Posted by: F Snyder | April 6, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

So what did the combine tell us about personal punt protectors. That's gotta be an area of concern. I heard AA was off the charts when he was there.

Posted by: skinswest | April 6, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins are expected to call New England about Asante Samuel, who expressed disappointment Wednesday about not getting a long-term contract and would be open to a trade. Samuel shared a tie for first in the NFL last year with 10 interceptions and was designated as the Patriots' franchise player. Unable to complete a major trade this offseason -- talks with Chicago for linebacker Lance Briggs broke down earlier this week -- the Redskins might make a play for Samuel.

Posted April 06, by Ben Maller,via Wash times.

Here we go again. Sorry if I'm repeating old news

Posted by: skinswest | April 6, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"Tell that to the Ravens and the Bears."

Anonymous poster, they would probably nod their heads and agree with me. Have you ever met Tank Johnson and Tommie Harris? How about Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata?

Ask Ray Lewis how he felt the year after Goose left and before Ngata was drafted. He blasted the team for not having big, talented DTs in front of him to help.

I never said that LBs don't help stop the run. Big time LBs at the EXPENSE of the D-line do not stop the run. And if they do, they do it after the line of scrimmage.

Do you realize what a 4/5YPC average spells?

F-I-R-S-T D-O-W-N-S

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | April 6, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope any conversation with the Pats is more gamesmanship. Do the dance, but don't consummate a deal unless it's clearly in our favor.

(I mean, who is in a better position to play games than the front office perceived as the biggest spendthrift dunderheads in the league?)

I feel good about our corners (Springs, Smoot, Rogers) and close to good about our safeties (Pierson Praline playing alongside the Reaper) so I'm puzzled what all these conversations could mean.

NO on adding disgruntled money hogs!

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 6, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Bucktown;

Exactly. Grilliams D is best when it is third and long and we can bring everyone. Shortens the time the QB has to throw, the routes the recievers run, then our DB's play off, let them catch in front of the first down and then everyone converges and Taylor blows them all up!

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I was on the Alan Branch bandwagon, but his stock seems to be dropping. Maybe a trade down opportunity? Hmmmm.....

Stop the run, stop the run, stop the run.

I don't care which DL we draft as long as he can help us, well, you know....

Posted by: Pulldownclaw | April 6, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The Macklin signing is nice if its providing depth for the Cbs especially how we got short changed last year. Either he loves the Skins and Gibbs that much he signed here for less than other offers or he was promised playing time. He shouldn't be sniffing the field if the top 3 are here and stay healthy so that is the reason I would think maybe something else could be in the works. I hope not as I am liking our CB situation. Now go get us some D line help.

Does the HFStival still go on in DC? I been to that a few times. Good stuff abot 6 years ago.

I prolly should never go to Philly for an Eagles - Redskins game, cause I might get killed there!
Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 08:36 AM

Its not that bad. I'd suggest getting tix in the lower section. Not nearly as bad as the Vet used to be.

Who in the hell would stab someone at a football game? That shti is ridiculous.

Posted by: cdubb | April 6, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I think the front office needs to stop the win now mentality and build a future. If a guy is really that vauable to a team his contract most likely will never get to a point where he has to be franchised. Team's who don't re-sign the big name players to a deal know something everyone else doesn't know. There have bee few exceptions where players were traded and made an even bigger name for themselves. One player in mind was Jerome Bettis. JB left the Rams and made it big with the Steelers. Santana M. is another but he needed a better QB to be great and we may have that guy finally. I am pretty sure there are a couple of names I don't know but my point is still we need to grow "Redskins" in-house!

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

What did they say about Leon Lett after the combine? "He's a smart football player, a student of the game"?

Posted by: SMACK | April 6, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Can we stop the "speculation" that we're going after Samuel, until there is SPECIFIC EVIDENCE that supports this. The Washington Times has NOTHING that supports that story, and for people to even lend it credence is almost as bad as them reporting it.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | April 6, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

SMACK - I hope you are joking?

Posted by: BT | April 6, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Greg - You have a point, but the Redskins have earned themselves a "guilty until proven innocent rep."

Posted by: BT | April 6, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Exactly. Grilliams D is best when it is third and long and we can bring everyone. Shortens the time the QB has to throw, the routes the recievers run, then our DB's play off, let them catch in front of the first down and then everyone converges and Taylor blows them all up!"

Or, double move Rogers bites on the "appear to be quick slant" and ends up getting burnt for a 60-yard TD...

Posted by: CC | April 6, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Enough about the KC Cheifs already. There is barely enough room for 2 racially slanderous teams in the NFL, and only room for one on this blog!
So far as alternate DC teams go:
Wizards - Bring back the Bullets
Nationals - Bring back the Orioles
Capitals - Bring back Rod Langway
United - One football team in DC is plenty. We had RFK first!

Posted by: JonTPK126 | April 6, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe moving Springs to Safety isn't such a bad idea??? He could provide the vision and expertise we need at the Safety position along side Sean and maybe give Sean some pointers?!?!?

Posted by: skins4ever | April 6, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the answer to the steep decline in our D's performance last year?

(may need to cut and paste)

sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2827975&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab7pos2

Posted by: BT | April 6, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

SMACK, someone called Leon Lett smart? Was it Don Beebe... and did he stifle laughter afterwards?

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | April 6, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Team's who don't re-sign the big name players to a deal know something everyone else doesn't know. There have bee few exceptions where players were traded and made an even bigger name for themselves. One player in mind was Jerome Bettis."

I disagree. There are plenty of big names who were successful with other teams. The biggest being Reggie White. But the Redskins have had plenty of success with big names in the past as well like Wilbur Marshall, Ken Harvey, Jim Lachey, Gerald Riggs, George Rogers and Henry Ellard just like they've had flops like Bruce Smith, Deon Sanders, Adam Acheletta and Jeff George.

Building in house doesn't always work. Just ask Detroit, Arizona, Cleveland and Buffalo.

The FO just needs to find a healthy mix or draftees, vets and free agents(and fire Vinny). As much as the Dan gets bashed, at least he's willing to spend.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

BT, yahtzee!! I was singing that same tune last season...

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | April 6, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

CC;

But by the double move, Springs has sacked the QB or he throws it into the dirt because of pressure by the LB's. A good DL can hide you DB weaknesses, and we had a lot of them last year.

So I have officially come full circle. Move down and grab Anderson, the best run stuffing DE and a capable pass rusher. Young legs should help him immensly in that area.

cdubb;
HFS actually was bought out by a spanish radio station, but they take over 105.7 at certain times during the week (Afternoons and sunday morning I think). I dont really listen so I have no clue. I think the Festival still goes on.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I understand there have been players who have gone on to be successful, my point is we can't keeping spending money like crazy. Maybe we need to fire Vinny and get a GM. Maybe we need to sell our current players on the idea that once a Redskins always a Redskin or MAYBE we hire Sanjaya from American Idol and threaten he would sing for the players before games which would completely drive them nuts, which would make them go out and break some heads during the game. lol

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The Whine about losing Pierce starting in 5...4...3...2..

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | April 6, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Say what you want about Vinny, but leave Sanjaya out of it. jk

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Greg from Beantown - of course it's all speculation - given the skins history it's what they do. Agreed that there's no sense in getting riled about it until it happens, but if their potential interest is going to be reported on then it's fair game to speculate in favor or against.

Posted by: skinswest | April 6, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

oh no i've found a Sanjaya fan!?! lol
just making blog talk

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Beebe is a real folk hero, having prevented those 53rd-59th points.

Posted by: SMACK | April 6, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Do you think we need a GM? Joe won his Superbowls with a GM... hummm

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Only reason I heard of sanjaya is with Kornheiser babbling about it with Wilbon on PTI. Can there be a new blaw to never mention him or Ade Jimoh again on here?

Posted by: cdubb | April 6, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe you have a job still! What's going on with Asante Samuel? Where's our "insider?" What a joke. You should be fired.

Posted by: FireCindy | April 6, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Thats a little harsh

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Define 'potential interest'.

Just because the Washington Times put's it in print doesn't make it true.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | April 6, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

It's good Friday...give the girl some slack.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

aawwww SMACK, you know I got nothin but love for you.

I'm out... it is indeed a GOOD Friday.

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | April 6, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

It will be a better Friday in about 4.5 hours.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by:%noname%

I agree to leave Sanjaya alone because it's not his fault we had a horrible season last year.

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"It will be a better Friday in about 4.5 hours."

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 02:01 PM

Are you talking HAPPY HOUR!!!! OOOOOOH YEHHHH

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

This Macklin signing seems fishy to me. Why would an 8 year veteran pass up more money from 2 better teams to sign a 1 year league minimum contract with the skins?

Posted by: etrod | April 6, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

FireCindy

Our "insider" is out watching NFL Network for more tidbits to feed the Skins Nation. She is holding her own while JLC is minding the little one. Or maybe she started Good Friday off right with a early Happy Hour!!! lol

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

by "better" I mean record-wise...not more awesome.

Posted by: etrod | April 6, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

etrod

This was taken from an article written by Adam Schefter. Maybe it will explain Macklin's logic.

DON'T SHOW ME THE MONEY
At a time when many players make decisions on where to play primarily for the money, one player has done just the opposite.

Free-agent cornerback David Macklin, who has started 68 games in his eight NFL seasons in Indianapolis and Arizona, rejected more lucrative offers from the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles to sign a one-year, $760,000 deal with the Washington Redskins on Thursday.

Macklin's reasoning? He grew up in Newport News, Va. -- where he actually guarded Allen Iverson in a high school basketball game -- and was a big Redskins fan. Macklin always admired Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, and always wanted to play for him.

Now he has his chance after saying no to Kansas City head coach Herm Edwards and Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid. Macklin will go home, play for Gibbs and, if he performs well, will have the chance to become a free agent again next year and then try to make some of the money he is now leaving on the table.

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

etrod;

He grew up in VA. Loved the skins. Loves coach Joe... core Redskin right there.

Smoot realized his mistake and feels he is 'home'.

Getting solid players who want to be here without braking the bank. So far so good.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 6, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Macklin for looking past the dollars. Even if its only for one year.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Do you know when Allen Iverson, Michael Vick and Aaron Brooks played football in Norfolk who the player footbal player was?? Yes Allen Iverson.

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

We need 53 David Macklins on our active roster on Sundays in the fall of 2007.

Posted by: cdubb | April 6, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

who the player = who the better football player

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I honestly would be happy with a few scenarios:
1. Trade for Briggs and Draft DL with # 31.
2. Draft Landry and pray that a Charles Mann is available in the 5-7th rounds
3. Draft Calvin Johnson and watch the Skins Offense put up 40+ points a game

The only thing I dont want to do is draft DL at #6... I just dont see who is worth that pick. Maybe Gaines Adams is, but not for our defense. He would be perfect for a 3-4 or a defense that doesnt already have an undersized DE. If we do draft DL with #6 it had better be for the 19 yr old or Branch. But I would prefer the above scenarios.

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | April 6, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I cant see how drafting Calvin Johnson would translate into 40 points. If we get the defense straightened out, we can with 20 per game.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Cheyenne. If we draft Johnson we mayput up 40 points but we will give up 50. His addition to the team may add points but it doesn't fix the problem. We need to plug the middle and stop the run therefore our DB's will get more INT's which will result in more W's. Makes sense huh?!?!

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Just trying to figure out the last time we scored 40. I'd just love to see consistent 20s or more with a bunch of W's coming our way.

10/23 52-17 W SF 2005

Posted by: cdubb | April 6, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

cdubb

It was against Dallas!!!!

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

cdubb

I know it wasn't Dallas it just seemed like we scored 40 points!!!

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I remember the SF game well. That was pretty wild

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

It's all good. I assumed you were referring to the Phillip Daniels sackfest/Chris Cooley TDfest 35-7 win in 05. Awesome game in a great stretch of some of the only good football we have been treated to in the last 15 years.

Posted by: cdubb | April 6, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The Wapo blog is f'ing up my post. Not a double move so no tribute this time Carlos.

Posted by: cdubb | April 6, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Ok so 40 might be a stretch... but our offense would be pretty sick!!! I'm just sayin if Calvin Johnson is that "player that only comes around once a century" then lets get him.

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | April 6, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Inigo--

Jerry Rice was the player that only comes around once a century. Calvin Johnson is a lot of buzz -- this year's "can't miss" wonder. There's one of them every year. We already have good receivers. We don't have a good defensive line. Let's build a team.

Posted by: KK | April 6, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

If you aregoing to gamble (which is what the draft is pretty much going to be anyway) then why gamble on a position that we already have pretty well stacked.

We have good receivers on the Skins and I think the depth is there as well. If we are going to gamble we should focus more on defense.

Remember JC is still pretty fresh and although he showed poise and ability in and out of the pocket, it's hard to say if a Calvin Johnson can get us over the hump.

We need to fix what needs to be fixed, and thats the defense. The FO has identified some of the problem areas with the Fletcher/Smoot/Macklin signings. The D line has to be the next target.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The Skins have a run first mentality. It's already hard enough to keep Moss, ARE, Cooley, and Lloyd happy. So, how in the world can you keep all these guys content with the addition of a Calvin Johnson? You can't. It'll just create more turmoil.

Posted by: Chris | April 6, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I do agree that it doesnt make a lot of sense to draft a DE with the #6 overall pick. Theres gotta be a way to trade down without giving up the talent we have been trying to build.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

There is a difference between a burner and a possession receiver. We have all burners. The good Skins had all burners too, except for one guy who was half possession receiver and half burner, his name was Art Monk. The guy in the draft now who's half possession receiver and half burner is Calvin Johnson.
Eat up.

Posted by: SmartFan | April 6, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Like I've said before in previous posts, the Skins need to wait until draft day to see how the other teams draft. I'm sure that the Dolphins or Vikings will want to trade up to get Brady Quinn or some other prospect, since someone is bound to slip in the draft. It always happens. The FO needs to take a wait and see approach. Maybe we'll end up with an entire team's draft like in 1999, but that's wishful thinking of course.

Posted by: L'Ville Skins Fan | April 6, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

We should shock the world by moving up to number #1 and then draft a kicker.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Cheyenne

Oh that is funny as heck!!!! i am ROTF
That would be hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: skin4ever | April 6, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

SmartFan - That's great but the Skins don't need CJ. Now, if CJ has hybrid nose tackle and defensive end skills, then I'm all about it...

Posted by: Chris | April 6, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I also think it would be a waste to draft a DE w/the 6th pick...of course he'll be good, but we should trade down and draft a DE and another need like S or DT. Just say no to CJ, yes, he will be the man, but we would never keep everyone happy and we prolly would fall apart again.

Posted by: Skin_fn_n_TN | April 6, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Bravo. I've been screaming that since we acquired BOTH ARE and Lloyd last offseason... and we all know how that turned out.

How do they figure adding another 35/10 mill guy to the mix is going to help? Seriously, how?

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 6, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Never keep anyone happy???

If we have players who are more concerned with getting touches then getting a Super Bowl ring, they should be cut this afternoon.

Posted by: SmartFan | April 6, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I dont think last year dcan be used as a gauge for the success of the ARE and Lloyd signings.

Brunell obviously was unfomfortable throwing deep for some reason and that really limited the receivers abilities. I think with JC at the helm and practicing with the first team offense will do wonders.

The receivers will have a much better year with a younger QB with a strong arm.

Again, I think the offense is in good shape...we need to focus on the D line.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Define 'potential interest'.

Just because the Washington Times put's it in print doesn't make it true.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | April 6, 2007 01:57 PM

Then that's the Times' problem. Doesn't mean the blog can't speculate on it. I'm not saying its true or false, but what's the blog for if not to speculate on these things. Otherwise it'd just be another ESPN ticker. Pretty boring.

Posted by: skinswest | April 6, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Smart Fan,
unfortunately the rapping-good-for-nothing WR we have, we cant cut. way to lock him up last year though huh :(

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | April 6, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Lloyd drops the ball on Madden every other pass. Even John knew what we were getting. lol Great job Vinny!

Posted by: lloyd hater | April 6, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I dont want to sound like I am whistling past the graveyard, but I think Lloyd is going to have a breakout year. The focus on the run with Portis and Betts will open up the passing lanes.

JC will actually be able to see this and will be able to throw the ball in open space.

Hopefully our O line can give him some time in the pocket to make good reads.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

We need a new blog!!! :) PLEASE!!!

Posted by: JoeyV | April 6, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I actually believe Lloyd is going to have a decent year as well. I find it hard to believe that the scouting department can really be as bad as we all think. I certainly wish Vinny were gone. However, he has been a part of winning organizations in the past. The most successful 10 year span for Notre Dame was under Lou Holtz and Vinny was a in charge of recruiting, The 49ers in the 90's and ... ok - well I agree Vinny most go, but I do think Llyod will produce this year.

Posted by: Hail to 'em | April 6, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I dont think last year dcan be used as a gauge for the success of the ARE and Lloyd signings.

Brunell obviously was unfomfortable throwing deep for some reason and that really limited the receivers abilities. I think with JC at the helm and practicing with the first team offense will do wonders.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 03:45 PM

I think ARE could have a nice year with JC for 16 games. Lloyd I have some serious questions about. The reason Brunell was uncomfortable throwing deep is because he couldn't. Probably 75% of Saunders 700 page playbook couldn't be used with his candy arm.

Posted by: cdubb | April 6, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Its 430 on a friday out there...everyone has punched out.

Unless you are unfortunate enough to live in the midwest...then you still have two hours left

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

And with CP coming back, defenses will have to respect him and that can draw the coverage closer to the line.

Once we see the LBs and safeties cheating up, we can go over the top.

As long as its not too bright lloyd can make the big grab for a touchdown

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see CP blow up this year. Put an end to any doubters that shouldn't exist anyway. Happy w/e and holiday to all you RI locals.

Posted by: cdubb | April 6, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Of course the scouting department is bad. Look back at the scouting reports on Blloyd last year...undersized, disappears against physical corners, average to below average hands...everyone knew this going in. FO should have held out for Deion Branch.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I hope I don't jinx it, but the Redskins have actually made some good moves this offseason.

1) Bringing Smoot Back
2) Brining Stoutmire back
3) Signing David Macklin maybe forcing a starting CB competition
4) holding the line on the Springs deal. He's old, he's hurt and while still a good starting corner, not worth 7.3 million.
5) Resigning Betts, Thomas, Jansen, Sellars, Wade and Yoder
6) showing restraint with Leonard Davis and Lance Briggs (so far)
7) Keeping the 6th pick and next year's picks so far.
8) Oh...London Fletcher (tackling machine)

C'mon guys, you gotta give the Skins FO some love so far.

Oh yeah...whoever blogged earlier that the Redskins had a great secondary under Norv Turner with Darryl Green and CHRIS DISHMAN!!!!!

Pass the Grey Goose and hold the cranberry. CHRIS DISHMAN???????

Posted by: sicwidit | April 6, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I was just reading some of the archived blogs from the reseason.

Pretty interesting stuff..alot of SB talk.

We need not jinx oursleves this year.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Lloyd made some AMAZING acrobatic catches in SF. Of course, Walt Harris made some amazing interceptions in SF also - and went to the Pro Bowl!

After the Wizards downfall with both Caron Butler AND Gilbert Arenas out for the season within 4 days of each other, I believe DC is cursed.

Posted by: Lisa | April 6, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

in the midwest but gettin ready to check out...

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | April 6, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Betts was a great signing. London Fletcher is terrible. Mackling is useless. But can't be much worse than Rogers. O-line and D-line are a mess. That is killing this team. Briggs, Samuel, Bly, CJ....they can't help.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Bethel Johnson made some acrobatic catches. So did Ashley Lelie. Both busts. Need more than athleticism. Blloyd is even a bad rapper.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah the Walt Harris thing drove me a little nuts...thats how it always seems to happen.

I cant recall many players that signed with another team and didnt seem to do alot better.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Lloyd was never given the chance to show his talent. Yes, he dropped a few passes, but so did Moss and the rest of the team (both sides of the ball)...even Cooley dropped a few. Everyone just remembers that one bomb from JC that he dropped. Well, that one play didn't make or break our season. I know it's hard to forget, but we have to disassociate that play with Lloyd's capabilities. He can help this team.

I agree with a few of the other posters, give Lloyd and JC a full camp to work on chemistry and develop more knowledge of the playbook and I'm sure we'll see a huge difference in Lloyd's play.

Posted by: Chris | April 6, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I hope you like my newest tune - here it is.

I float like a butterfly
And jump like a flea
I can cut and run so fast
No one ever catches me
I grab them when they're high above
I snare them going deep
I'm such a great receiver
I can catch them in my sleep
Going deep post or corner
Coach G can depend on me
I only drop the easy ones
When they underthrow me
I'm going to be number one
Moss ain't got shti on me
That Cooley's just a slow white boy
And I'm better than ARE
I hope Dan has his wallet filled
If they take the CJ bait
Cause they won't get shti from me
Unless they renegotiate!

Posted by: B Lloyd | April 6, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

That's tight, B Lloyd.

Posted by: Chris | April 6, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

can we please not compare lloyd with moss or cooley. that is absurd

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

All I said was that ALL three of them dropped passes last year which is true, moron. I never said Lloyd was better (nor will I ever say that) than Moss or Cooley.

Posted by: Chris | April 6, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article on free agency. Notice there are DLmen with the tag who may be about to voice their displeasure as Briggs and Samuels have done.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2828276

Posted by: skinfanman | April 6, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

It's a quiet Friday evening in April, and I am switching between the Orioles-Yankees and Nationals-Diamondbacks. It's so nice to see the W on a baseball cap again. And, snow is the overnight forecast with as much as six inches expected in Southern Maryland. There is something strange about baseball and snow.

Posted by: Mark (in 21132) | April 6, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

why do i always read everyone constantly whining about building through the draft and stop the win now attitude but then everyone is wanting a dlineman with the #6. the way that you build through the draft is to take the best player available regardless of position (except kicker). if the FO feels that cj is that much better than who they will get at 6, do it. i think that not drafting cj b/c we have mighty moss, EL, and double L is like turning down a threesome with jessica alba and elisa cuthbert because you can bag heidi klum. yeah klum is hot but the threesome would be much more rewarding. cj is a freak. a combo os size, speed (faster than mightymoss by .04) and a possession reciever. the reason why we are never consistently good is because we are always taking lesser players to fill our "last"need. last year we gave up 3 picks for the pick that got us rocky b/c we NEEDED a lb. a solid team like NE, PIT, CHI only moves up to grab a special player like cj. otherwise they let the players drop to them. i have never been one to call for a gm or to fire uncle junior but if they continue this trend i will be changing that may 1st.

Posted by: bobolak | April 6, 2007 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why people get on B Lloyd either. I mean come on, I love when the "3rd receiver" has more fumbles than touchdowns in a season, averaging less than 2 catches per game. And I get really excited when a receiver throws his helmet almost as far as his longest reception of the season. This guy is a SUPER-STAR!!!

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | April 6, 2007 8:46 PM | Report abuse

"Why do i always read everyone constantly whining about building through the draft"

Yeah, because those teams that try to build through the draft are never successful. The Patriots, what a garbage franchise. And the Saints after last year's draft, how pathetic! The DS concept of signing free agents has brought nothing but success to the Skins, and it really is amazing that people would be worked up about it.

Have you been paying attenion Bobolok?????

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | April 6, 2007 8:50 PM | Report abuse

just crapped my pants. smells better than this blog

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

For some reason that last comment reminded me of this brilliant exchange from "Happy Gilmore":

Shooter McGavin: "I eat pieces of sh** like you for breakfast!"

Happy: "You eat pieces of sh** for breakfast?"

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 6, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

It's been a few hours since I posted a comment indicating how little interest I have in trading up to draft Calvin Johnson.

I have no interest in trading up to draft Calvin Johnson. No wide receiver is going to help our defense.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 7, 2007 12:13 AM | Report abuse

After reading all that, what else could be said?

Where's DCsween? He seems to think we need eight corners. What does he think about the Macklin signing (and its ramifications)? Macklin sounds like you or I if we were talanted enough to play in the NF of L. Wouldn't we want to take less money to play for the team we rooted for and the coach we idolized? Hell yeah!

Springs is still #1. Don't forget, the FO never wanted Springs to go but to just stick around with less money (or cap hit). He does not get traded before June 1st and I for one think he stays and starts maybe moves to safety. For all the hype about the Reaper being a ball hawk when he was coming out; there is no evidence of that. We need someone who will play alongside of him with the ability to actually play the ball, go for the pick and ignore the crossing receiver. Then Taylor can lay out said receiver as a 'block' to free the safety for a big return.

As far as the #6, keep it until April 29th then trade as we're on the clock for the best available deal. I hope for some team's #1 this year and next year. As for 1999 when we got Champ (later) and the Saint's draft, who is still in the NFL? How did that work out for us?

Posted by: bangkokben | April 7, 2007 3:58 AM | Report abuse

"Oh yeah...whoever blogged earlier that the Redskins had a great secondary under Norv Turner with Darryl Green and CHRIS DISHMAN!!!!!

Pass the Grey Goose and hold the cranberry. CHRIS DISHMAN???????"

Posted by: sicwidit | April 6, 2007 04:46 PM

They did indeed. Go back and check the defensive stats.

And that's CRIS DISHMAN and DARRELL GREEN. Believe it or not, Dishman was once a very good corner. Along with Green in their first year together, it would take QBs about 10 seconds to wait for someone to get open, since there was no pass rush and great secondary play.

Posted by: jcabana | April 7, 2007 4:09 AM | Report abuse

"Formation of Player Advisory Council Officially Announced
The league officially announced the formation of its player advisory council.

The council has been formed to advise Commissioner Roger Goodell on a variety of issues.

The group met with Goodell on Tuesday in New York and discussed player conduct, concussions and pensions.

The members of the council are Troy Vincent, James Thrash, Jeff Saturday, Takeo Spikes, Tony Richardson and Donovin Darius."

Congrats to Thrash!!

Posted by: ExtremeSkins | April 7, 2007 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Different sport, but an excellent article about how to go about finding and selecting players

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/06/AR2007040601889.html?hpid=sec-sports

Contrast this approach with the Skins approach to talent evaluation (though this year, they may have finally gotten it) and it's easy to see why DC United contends for league championships and the Skins do not.

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | April 7, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Different sport, but an excellent article about how to go about finding and selecting players

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/06/AR2007040601889.html?hpid=sec-sports

Contrast this approach with the Skins approach to talent evaluation (though this year, they may have finally gotten it) and it's easy to see why DC United contends for league championships and the Skins do not.

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | April 7, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I cant recall many players that signed with another team and didnt seem to do alot better.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | April 6, 2007 05:07 PM

Now, I'm an old man with a poor memory, but I'm thinking about LaVar Arrington, Patrick Ramsey, Rod Gardner, Darnerian McCants, Taylor Jacobs.

Fred Smoot, Omar Stoutmire, and Antonio Pierce didn't exactly set new records when they left the 'Skins. I'm sure they all wish they were back in Washington.

And if we go further back, there's Heath Schuler, Michael Westbrook, Sean Gilbert, Dan Wilkinson.

Is there someone out there with a real memory who can pass judgement on this point? I'm sure if DCsween were at work today he would have time to research this.

Posted by: KK | April 7, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Been reading for several weeks, first post.

Some comments about subjects that come up frequently in this blog.

1. The evil team name Redskins.
Please! Enough already!!!
You've all made your points.

2. Calvin Johnson.
We don't need him! We need to improve the D-line! Offense should be better next season. But, it will be meaningless if the defense can't stop the opponent from scoring!

3. Been a Redskins fan for longer than I care to admit. I love the Redskins and want them to win. That's why, along with all of you, I'm so frustrated with the futility of the past 15 years. But I will keep the faith and cheer for them no matter what!

Thanks for the opportunity to vent.

Posted by: notherNWskinsfan | April 7, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Bravo, notherNWskinsfan! That is the definition of a fan!

Posted by: Dcdangerous | April 7, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

There is no chance this group will ever reach 50,000 blog entries by Draft weekend. The reason is quite simple - we just don't have enough real fans who are also dedicated bloggers. Instead, we are normally populated by too many people who represent the following categories:

Bureaucrat bloggers - They say, "I only blog at work - it feels like I am getting away with something." (Translation - "My wife would kick my a## if I tried this at home.")

Foul Weather bloggers - "Damn, the sun came out. Guess I won't be able to blog today."

Weekend Warrior bloggers - "What would my neighbors think if I didn't spend all weekend working on the yard?"

Madden GM bloggers - "If I don't get these new unis designed this weekend, I am going to explode."

Monotasking bloggers - "There is no way I could ever blog while watching the Masters. I'm absolutely sure it is physically impossible to do at the same time."

Chicken Little bloggers - They only show up when there is "real news" to trumpet and then fret over. (Oh my God! Are we really going to trade Shawn Springs for a rolling BBQ pit?!?!? What could they possibly be thinking???)

Stat Cruncher bloggers - Usually big Fantasy players, they slowly fade away as last season's numbers become less relevant. ("Did you know that Lance Briggs' tackling efficiency percentage is 98% when 6-10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, but only 43% when 1-5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage? That's not very good.")

I'm sure there are lots of other minor categories of bloggers but I am only concerned presently with the biggest offenders.

So here it is: Saturday afternoon, early spring, the day before Easter, Round #3 of the Masters on TV, and who is around to blog their guts out? That would be me (a member of the weasel family and dedicated Redskin fan) and possibly an editor (who may be working or may have just taken the holiday weekend off). As a result, it's a really slow day up here.

The rest of you guys are wimps.

Posted by: Otter | April 7, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget me.

Posted by: A$$clown | April 7, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

don't you need to pick up some cucumbers?

What particular aspect of Hamster Nation do you want to address?

Posted by: cload and daggar | April 7, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

So how many entries do we have so far?

Posted by: j | April 7, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Adam. I don't think that an eagles fan can really give advice on how to win championships. Until one of your seasons ends without tears and you saying "Damn....maybe next year" I dont think that you should blog on our site. and don't give me that 6 out of 7 winning seasons crap. at least when we're good we're the best. nfc east championship trophies are made out of aluminum.

Posted by: Pat O'C | April 7, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

My favorite team has won more Super Bowls than yours. I guess that makes me smarter than you? You should know not to bring that weak shti up here.

Posted by: SMACK | April 7, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Pat O'C:

Adam/EaglesFan is a regular R.I. contributor who is both respectful to and respected by the regulars here. My best sense is that most of the regulars here would categorize Adam as a "core blogger and good guy".

We don't insist on blind allegiance to the Redskins here, although most of the regulars are Redskins fans. We generally prefer intelligence, wit, and insightful contributions.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | April 8, 2007 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Pessimistic hat on today. Macklin sounds alot like a Kenny Wright or a Mike Rumph to me, both of whom were total busts last year. I read some Arizona boards that said he stunk it up and got benched for a rook last season. Just as we asked ourselves "are we picking up the Niners re-treads from a losing program" last year, I wonder why we feel this Cardinal re-tread from a losing program helps out in a meaningful way. If Macklin gets in the game it means a starter is down, and Grilliams probably won't be blitzing. The Asante aquistion would give Grilliams the nearly shut down cover corner necessary to cut lose the backers and Safteys on blitzes.

Also the more I read on Bills sites and scout sites, Fletcher was not lighting the world on fire in Buffalo against the run either and was considered undersized. Sigh....

I think we should restart the Briggs conversation or the Samuels conversation and not trade up to get CJ. If we trade up for CJ and dump Springs (relying on Smoot, Rogers, Macklin & Jimoh), its a sure white flag for rebuilding.

Posted by: Down Town Clown | April 8, 2007 1:55 AM | Report abuse

How London Fletcher does in D.C. remains to be seen, but paying attention to anything on the Bills-related sites is a waste of time.

The Buffalo Bills and their fans are in their own little alternative reality dimension. They truly believe that their ninety-something owner and eighty-something General Manager/Football Operations are the future of football. They also believe every player they sign there is the best thing since sliced bread, and that any player who would dare leave their podunk town is the worst player to ever have an NFL contract. I'm not sure what's in their Kool-Aid there, but the fans must drink it by the gallon daily.

After all their brilliant signings, magnificent trades and savvy free agency maneuvering, look for them to once again finish at or near the bottom of the AFC East this year.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | April 8, 2007 3:50 AM | Report abuse

Happy Easter.

The Bills and 49ers clearly have the curse of Chris Berman.

Posted by: bangkokben | April 8, 2007 5:12 AM | Report abuse

The CJ and Briggs conversations are just smoke-screens designed to hide the Skins true intent... to trade down in this draft. Snyder has such a reputation for being a kamikaze (and rightfully so) that we have to assume it is true. Nevertheless, I believe the Skins would love nothing more than to move down and pick up another pick. But to get the best deal come draft day, they need to come off as not desperate to trade down.
I believe that both Adams and Quinn will there at six. Miami wants a QB and Atlanta wants a DE... and Minnesota needs both. The Skins "could" trade down 2 or 3 spots, still draft Anderson (best DE in this draft) or Branch, and acquire a third round pick in the process.
Let's just cross our fingers!

Posted by: Matt | April 8, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

So what are the Bills bloggers saying about Dockery?

And about Macklin, he missed game 2 altogether last year. I expect he had an injury or two. Whatever muscle you tweek early in the year, for a DB it's hard to have it not effect your entire season. That's why it's good, if you have the depth, to be able to put a guy on the shelf for 3 or 4 games and then bring him back. But to say he's not an upgrade over Rumph or Wright, two career backups, probably isn't right. If he can get healthy Macklin should be good.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 8, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Happy Easter, everyone...but we need a new POST!!!!!!

Posted by: Macaca Johnson | April 8, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Meet me at the new post! Let's watch Tiger, talk Samuel and eat some chocolate.

Posted by: Cindy | April 8, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

After looking at the draft points, the Skins should contact the Patriots about trading our 6th overall pick for their 2 first round picks, their third round pick, and a second day pick. It would add up to the 1,600 points that the 6th overall pick is valued at. We need more day one picks!!!

Posted by: Mack | April 9, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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