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Horton Richer, Thanks to C(olt)-Note

Most plays during training camp don't mean much, but Colt Brennan managed to throw a costly interception Tuesday morning - to the tune of $100.

Brennan, trying to overtake Todd Collins as the Redskins' backup quarterback, made it through the first 12 days of camp without throwing a single interception, a fact that he mentioned to the Redskins' defensive backs on a daily basis.

"That was my way of talking trash," Brennan said. "'For God's sake, will you guys pick me?!"

Brennan and cornerback Fred Smoot got to talking and the pair worked out a deal. If Brennan could get through all of training camp interception-free, the defensive backs would give him $20 for each day. But if Brennan threw an interception, he'd have to pull out a crisp Benjamin Franklin to whichever player picked him off.

"I just kept telling them over and over that I want to get that monkey off my back before we went to Baltimore," said Brennan, noting that he'd rather throw his first interception in practice rather than a preseason game.

On Tuesday, the team was going 9-on-9 when Brennan faced a rush and scrambled outside. He lost track of coverage and threw the ball about 10 yards downfield. That's where Chris Horton stepped in front of the pass, catching the ball mid-stride and making Brennan's wallet a little bit lighter.

"It actually put a smile on my face," Brennan said later. "Part of being a quarterback is making mistakes and bouncing back. I've taken a lot of chances out here. I've had a good little camp, but I hadn't throw a pick yet.

"So now, in the end, I guess Chris Horton and the defense get a nice little afternoon lunchbreak on me."

By Rick Maese  |  August 11, 2009; 12:02 PM ET
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Posted by: noonefromtampa | August 11, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I love Colt. If you could put his head and heart into Campbell's body, you'd have a helluva QB.

Guy just seems to get it. He's having fun out there while still trying to work out his game. I bet he gets plenty of profile this preseason.

Posted by: McMetal | August 11, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

If I had to pick one QB as a pure passer, it would be Collins. Not a real strong arm, but he throws a nice catchable ball.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 11, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I could agree with that, McMetal. JC has a nice personality, but he's just a quiet, low-key guy. Colt has the swagger you like in your QB.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 11, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

from tweet

Blache thinks Jarmon farther along than he would be

Posted by: noonefromtampa | August 11, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Colt, on the other hand, has a moderately ugly throwing motion IMO. Really, the guy reminds me of Babe Laufenberg. He's OK when he can throw a dart directly at a receiver, but sometimes when he goes downfield it's more like he heaves the ball than passes it. The spread offense must really have helped the guy at Hawaii because he was most often throwing to an open receiver. Haven't seen much of Daniel, but the same might apply.

You have to like both of them as QBs, but not so much as passers.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 11, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Studs and Duds
By: John Keim
Examiner Staff Writer
08/11/09 11:53 AM EDT

A breezy morning and the temps weren't bad. But no full pads, so take these with an asterisk:


FS LaRon Landry. Intercepted a Todd Collins pass in the red zone with a very nice read. Showed discipline to stay in his area in the nine-on-nine drill, allowing him to make the easy pick. After his interception, which was one of many by the defense, Fred Smoot hollered out as he ran onto the field, ''The [butt] whooping continues!''

SS Chris Horton. Also intercepted a pass.

FS Kareem Moore. Intercepted a Jason Campbell pass during the two-minute drill.

DT Albert Haynesworth. Just because. But also because he was no match for the second-string line, one time splitting Devin Clark and D'Anthony Batiste with ease. But he should. (He also called for a flag after getting through them).

DE Brian Orakpo. When he comes off the edge vs. the backups he wins. He would have recorded a couple sacks today, but he won't be facing backups when the season begins. He did beat Chris Samuels on one rush. Orakpo's footwork dropping into coverage seems to be improving.

DE Chris Wilson. Working at left end, he had a lot of success vs. Stephon Heyer. It was mostly pure speed.

WR Keith Eloi. Made a nice catch down the right sideline, beating Michael Grant. The only thing we couldn't tell from our vantage point was whether or not he came down in-bounds. But it was also a nice throw from Chase Daniel. Also made a nice effort on a deep ball vs. Landry in full-team work. The only question on the incompletion was whether or not Landry interferred. He probably did.

QB Jason Campbell. Looked pretty good and mostly made good decisions, though he was picked off once. Connected with Antwaan Randle El in the back of the end zone in red zone work. Randle El reached up for a good catch.

Posted by: TWISI | August 11, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse


QB Todd Collins. Looked mostly sharp, but made a blunder inside the red zone in nine-on-nine work. Was pressured, so he looked to his right and then blindly looked back left and threw the ball. The only player over there caught it. Alas, it was Landry.

WR Devin Thomas. Did a few decent things, but ran the wrong route in the red zone on one pass, leading to an incompletion. Also did a mini-touchdown dance after catching a pass in individual work. So, too, did Antwaan Randle El but there's a difference.

QB Chase Daniel. Still too often inaccurate with his passes. Was way behind Malcolm Kelly on a slant pass. But did have one nice deep pass. He's still learning, which is why he's still not throwing in rhythm.

RT Stephon Heyer. Kept giving up pressure to Chris Wilson off the edge. Joe Bugel had to talk to him after one time when J.D. Skolnitsky got past him. Mostly, he kept allowing Wilson to turn the corner.

CB Justin Tryon. Here's another caveat: this was for his work in the slot. Randle El beat him easily on one crossing route. I'd like to see Tryon more in this area, but this is also where he seems to have the most difficulty. He's covered better on the outside.

WR Marques Hagans. Did not adjust to balls in the air well, turning the wrong way on two different passes -- one in individual work and the other in the two-minute drill. Could be part of the learning process at receiver.

CB Michael Grant. Was easily beaten by Keith Eloi and then Trent Shelton on deep balls.

LB Rocky McIntosh. Not on the run; he was fine and he came through nicely on a blitz. But he struggled to cover the tight ends, especially on crossing routes.

WR Trent Shelton. Dropped a pass from Colt Brennan.

QB Colt Brennan. Had one pass knocked down at the line of scrimmage and the next pass was intercepted by Horton. Of course, Brennan made a couple good throws later.

Posted by: TWISI | August 11, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

noone, thanks for the update.

I think Jarmon is gonna be part of the DE rotation this year...think he's gonna be a player.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 11, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I think Jarmon is gonna be part of the DE rotation this year...think he's gonna be a player.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 11, 2009 12:34 PM

Well, he better be a player. PFT reporting that the Skins are trading Orakpo to Denver for Brandon Marshall and Denver's second next year.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 11, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

nice one te....not even close to getting me to click on that link....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 11, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Today's Winner: o_trod


When they ship styro-foam, what do they pack it in?


Hopefully not in what Richard Gere used to smuggle gerbils into the country.

(INSERT audio of "...oooh that scratchin', it's makin' me itch..." from Malcolm McClaren's 'Buffalo Girls'.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 11, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

How come are the 'studs' are defensive players and the 'duds' RI posters, er, I mean offensive players?

Just askin' is all.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 11, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

nice one te....not even close to getting me to click on that link....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 11, 2009 12:48 PM

I would believe you if your post were at 12:45. But 12:48 shows that you spent three minutes trying to make that link work before you realized that you'd been pwned. Three minutes, sucka.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 11, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Moe quoting Sex Pistols members.

... sweet.

& T_E, I was really hoping for a creative rick roll there!

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 11, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

beep beep beep

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | August 11, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

'Cause I'm at the gig, there is no way I'm clicking on any type of the bogus links that are thrown up here from time to time -- i can imagine some of the minds of you sick people.

Posted by: RedDMV | August 11, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I also noticed that all the QBs landed in the 'duds', except JC17 making it to the 'studs'.

I'm pretty sure the haters will have excuses ready ("John Keim is a moron", "do it in a real game", "it's just one practice", etc.).

It is kind of bothersome to see Stephon Heyer in the 'duds' category going against J.D. Skolnitsky and Chris Wilson, though. No QB is going to look good if Heyer can't hold his own against those kind of guys.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 11, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Colt, on the other hand, has a moderately ugly throwing motion IMO. Really, the guy reminds me of Babe Laufenberg.....

Posted by: Samson151 | August 11, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Sheehan just called him the same thing on 980am LMAO! Was this Babe guy any good?

Posted by: Rush21 | August 11, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Maryland will finish with a 2-10 record.

Maryland's defensive line and linebacker corps are a joke --- no pass rush whatsoever and give up a ton of long yardage plays.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

The only hard hits the Terps make - are out of bound plays - which cost them an additional 15 yards - which are quite frequent.

California's running back - Best - will gain 296 yards in the opening game

I love it, when Maryland constantly gets embarrassed on national TV.


California -- 56
Maryland -- 10

It's hilarious to see Maryland win a game - and the very next week get clobbered by a Virginia Tech - Boston College.

It is great to see Maryland go down to a crushing defeat on recruiting front (the kids they have received commitments from - are a joke! - taking the bottom of the barrel)

Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels - Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | August 11, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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