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Posted at 3:43 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Hunter Smith released after botched extra point

By Rick Maese

Punter Hunter Smith said that if anyone should lose his job for the botched extra-point attempt that cost the Redskins a shot at overtime against Tampa Bay, it should be him. Apparently, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan agreed with him.

The Redskins tried out punters and kickers Tuesday at Redskins Park and signed Sam Paulescu to replace Smith on the roster as the team's punter and, presumably, holder, according to a league source The news was first reported Tuesday afternoon by Comcast SportsNet.

Paulescu has been out of the NFL this season. He punted for four different teams during the previous three seasons, including a brief stint with the Redskins in 2009. He replaced an injured Smith for the Redskins in Week 8 last year, punting three times for an average of 50 yards against Atlanta.

Smith was a 12-year veteran. In nine games this season, his punting average was 40.5 yards per punt -- 2 1/2 yards below his career average.

But the last straw appeared to be his role as a holder. With only nine seconds remaining in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Buccaneers, the Redskins needed just an extra point to force overtime. The snap was a bit high and the day's steady rain had soaked the football, which sailed through Smith's hands, ending the Redskins' hopes of victory.

Paulescu becomes the Redskins' third punter of the season. Josh Bidwell started the year, but when he went on injured reserve, the Redskins signed Smith.

The 26-year old Paulescu has struggled to stick with a team. He appeared in 10 games in 2008 for the Dallas Cowboys but has punted in just six games since then. He finished last year with Tampa Bay.

By Rick Maese  | December 14, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
 
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So long, Hunter the Punter... until the next Skins regime brings you back.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 14, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

2. I really don't want crazy fans like hessone running around calling me a dive ass crappy owner all day.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 14, 2010 3:35 PM

It's worse than that. He'd organize one of this special boycotts and ruin you financially. Look what the did to Snyder with Six Flags. Bankruptcy.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 14, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Zeke,
There are pros and cons regarding personnel in each defensive front. As before, the most difficult players to find in each scheme are the 3-4 NT and in the 4-3, the DE.

What I like about the 3-4 is that LB are relatively easy to find, and the DE can be less quick/strong than a 4-3 DE.

Now, bear in mind, I'm not talking about Pro Bowl talent, but quality starters.

Posted by: dpc2003

We got a great 4-3 DE in Orakpo (Pro Bowl) and we had another good DE in Carter (top 10 in sacks). That combo was about a 4 year solution. By your analysis, we actually had the toughest 4-3 issue solved for the next several years.

Orakpo is better with his hand down. But he can play OLB in a 3-4 -- though whenever he's in pass coverage, the other side is happy.

The hardest guys to find kn either front 7 are the NTs. And what makes it worse is that you need more than 1 because they usually can't play every down. Notice how gassed the Raven front was last night and how Houston just blew up and down the field.

We took basically a solved problem on the DL and created several holes. Meanwhile, we have 1 OLB who shouldn't be in coverage and a few others who just aren't suited for the spot (Carter, Lo, etc).

As of now, we have exactly 1 guy who I have confidence will be in our 3-4 even just 2 years from now -- Orakpo -- and he's not playing his best spot.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 14, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Its really insane how many P and K guys we've had come thru DC in recent years. Second season in a row where it appears 1 blown kick attempt cost a guy his job. Last year, Suisham, this year Smith.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 14, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Early predictions for the Cowboys game?

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 14, 2010 3:48 PM

Hmmmmm...

Washington Redskins 24, Dallas Steers 20

Sounds about right.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 14, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen also brought division titles to Oakland and Tampa.

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 14, 2010 3:31 PM |

And the great John Elway couldn't manage a Super Bowl victory without Shanny.

Now if that's a fact.....tell me.....am I lying?

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 14, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Its really insane how many P and K guys we've had come thru DC in recent years. Second season in a row where it appears 1 blown kick attempt cost a guy his job. Last year, Suisham, this year Smith.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 14, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Suisham blew more than 1 kick last year.

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 14, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

they ain't scoring over 17 against dallas...

They'll lose 38-14....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 14, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Scapegoating and releasing Hunter Smith just reinforces how desparate and clueless the Redskins are. Even if this were a good team, that would be a stupid move--cutting off your nose to spite your face. Hunter Smith has actually done a much better job at his position than most of the other players--and all of the coaches--have done. Yes, he should have handled the snap (even though it was high and the weather conditions didn't help), but what's the point of releasing him? His mistake wasn't as bad as the mishandling of time by Shanahan at the end of the first half or any number of other bad plays by other players. This franchise is truly hopeless, and it starts with the "leadership" provided by perhaps the league's worst owner and the team's disingenuous coach.

Posted by: nrjlh | December 14, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Danny Smith strikes again! He could take the best kicker or punter and make them mediocre. If they want to improve in this aspect of the game, Danny Smith needs to hit the dusty trail at the end of the season.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 14, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Now if that's a fact.....tell me.....am I lying?

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 14, 2010 4:00 PM

Dennis Hopper?

Posted by: PlayAction | December 14, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Its really insane how many P and K guys we've had come thru DC in recent years. Second season in a row where it appears 1 blown kick attempt cost a guy his job. Last year, Suisham, this year Smith.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 14, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Suisham blew more than 1 kick last year.

Posted by: iH8dallas

That's right, he missed 3. How many has Gano missed again?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 14, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

This move doesn't make sense...i know he blew the game but what is this new guy gonna do?...he'll probably get his 1st punt blocked and returned for a score..i hope not but Shanny deserves to have that happen...anyway we still beat the cowGirls...

Posted by: BootneyFarnsworth | December 14, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

It's worse than that. He'd organize one of this special boycotts and ruin you financially. Look what the did to Snyder with Six Flags. Bankruptcy.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 14, 2010 3:48 PM

Screw that...if I do indeed end up buying the Redskins...then I'll have roccoskins take care of the day to day business and be the front man.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 14, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Now if that's a fact.....tell me.....am I lying?

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 14, 2010 4:00 PM

Dennis Hopper?

Posted by: PlayAction | December 14, 2010 4:05 PM |

BAM!

Give that guy a Chesterfield.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 14, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't disagree with you Zeke. I think they were better off in the 3-4, but that train has already left the tracks.

There are probably 2 3-4 NT in the upcoming draft that will go in the first 2 rounds. Phil Taylor from Penn State/Baylor and Paea from Oregon State although Paea might be a little light for the job.

Posted by: dpc2003 | December 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Yes, he should have handled the snap (even though it was high and the weather conditions didn't help), but what's the point of releasing him?

Posted by: nrjlh | December 14, 2010 4:04 PM

It hit him in a bad place. Right in his hands. The point of releasing him is that he hasn't been a very good punter this year. His average of 40.5 is 31st in the league. Maybe we can find an upgrade at this position, or do you think we should be building our future around Hunter the Punter?

Posted by: beep-beep | December 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Another stupid move. It never ends. How about waiving Cooley and Moss for their dropped passes, or T. Williams for getting beat. Or all the other Charlie Browns. One mistake and you waive a guy? How about waiving Perry Riley on this logic. This franchise makes me sick.

Posted by: double07 | December 14, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

They had to scapegoat Hunter....Big Al ain't around to scapegoat anymore.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry that Hunter had to take the blame for the overall miserable performance of this team. Thanks, though, for being such a quality guy. Not many left like you in the NFL. Hunter, you will be missed...

Posted by: NFLfan00 | December 14, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Kyle Shanahan should be released...he play calling is amatuer at best...he does have what it takes yet...even BINGO was better...

Posted by: BootneyFarnsworth | December 14, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all the dingbats have suddenly shown up to spew out their love for Hunter the Punter: double07, HGR, BuntyFarnsward, NFLfan00, etc.

Can any of you guys explain why Hunter should be on this team? His punting average is 31st in the league? Is this the quality punter you think the Redskins should carry into next season? Or do you think we should look at an upgrade?

UFB

Posted by: beep-beep | December 14, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant move 2 punters cut in one season. Punter? Playoffs? Punter? Playoffs? Punter?

If only we had a punter, super bowl dynasty.

Good job new regime. It's so so different now.

Zorn a cool

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 14, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Suisham sucked for whoever thinks he shouldn't have been released. Will never forgive him for missing that 30 yarder in the 2007 playoffs at Seattle. Gave all the momentum right back to the Seahawks.

Posted by: amorris525 | December 14, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Signs point to possible Rex Grossman start

Posted by Mike Florio on December 14, 2010, 4:22 PM EST

On Sunday, FOX’s Jay Glazer reported that Redskins backup quarterback Rex Grossman split first-team reps with starter Donovan McNabb in practice last week, and that McNabb would be on a short leash against the Bucs.

In the wake of a one-point loss at home to Tampa, the leash may be even shorter.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports there’s a chance Grossman will start on Sunday at Dallas. Though Kelli Johnson of CSN Washington cites an unnamed team source who says, “I don’t think that’s true,” we’ve also heard that Grossman could be getting the start but that, at this point, nothing is definite.

It could be that the two men share the reps in practice again, and that coach Mike Shanahan decides on a starter based on how they both work this week.

Meanwhile, we hope McNabb didn’t spend that $40 million guaranteed all in one place.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Hunter deserved to be cut based on his punting alone. The quote is from True Romance, very underrated movie.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

waive fletcher, the interception he dropped was easier to catch than that high snap and fletcher also got ran over to give up the game winning points

Posted by: coparker5 | December 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Can any of you guys explain why Hunter should be on this team? His punting average is 31st in the league? Is this the quality punter you think the Redskins should carry into next season? Or do you think we should look at an upgrade?

UFB

Posted by: beep-beep | December 14, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

if the skins are gonna start cutting people based on rank gano's cut, the whole defense plus staff, th whole RB Corp, etc.

Blaming punters is the snyder special, it shows a franchise in disarray.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Beeps, I don't think any team should be built around the punter.

That said, I can remember some dreadful punting last year. Sunday he was bad, and DET he was awful. His net this year is 33 and he even had a game with a net of 10!

I like the guy, but I think he's done. Should he have been fired today? I dunno, I might have given him till the end of the year.

Posted by: dpc2003 | December 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

beep-beep -

love for Hunter? Is your reading comprehension that bad or are you always looking for a scrap?

No love for Hunter from me. But yes, MS likes having scapegoats. His clock management was terrible and the play calling worse. Hunter held fine on the two missed FGs. There were a whole host of issues that led to this defeat.

But its always nice to have a clear scapegoat when someone knows they themselves messed up. Its much easier than trying to figure out what oneself should be doing better to win games. In this case, the punter made a wonderful scapegoat.

I do not say I am going to miss Hunter Smith as our punter. I merely said he provides a convenient scapegoat.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

NFL=Not For Long!
Save your checks Gano!

Posted by: Bob2770 | December 14, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Can haynesworth punt? (that'd b entertaining)

was this game haynesworth's fault?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, we hope McNabb didn’t spend that $40 million guaranteed all in one place.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse
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Must be nice to have a job where you can say, 'someone familiar with a source familiar with a team said' ($40 mil guraranteed/Grossman is starting) and then you still get paid when the facts come out.

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone figured out the Secret of the Weather People

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan's still earning his locker room cred.

First, he eliminated the Big Dog (Fat Al) from the school yard. Now, he's knocked down the weakest kid (Punter) in the school yard and took his lunch money.

All the players in between know who's boss now.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 14, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I'd respect the move if he'd also released the long snapper and kicker. The Skins are 5-8 because Mike Shanahan's personnel moves have failed. There's no such thing as rebuilding in the NFL, it’s reloading. Next year I expect the Skins to compete for a Super Bowl ring, loosing under the guise of rebuilding is unacceptable. If Shanahan the ego-maniac is not up to the task then let's get Bill Cowher.

Posted by: deshackleford | December 14, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Suisham sucked for whoever thinks he shouldn't have been released. Will never forgive him for missing that 30 yarder in the 2007 playoffs at Seattle. Gave all the momentum right back to the Seahawks.

Posted by: amorris525 | December 14, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

and he's yet to miss for Pittsburgh.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 14, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Punting is not costing this lousy team games. This team is terribly coached and managed. The handling of players from day one was astrocious. Cutting Marko M before preseason started; Cutting Devin T; IR for Kelly; changing to a 3-4 defense, with 4-3 talent. Trading Campbell, yet McNabb is not the answer, handling of Hanyesworth; not using Fred Davis enough; using Mike Sellers too much; carrying 3 "old" running backs thru training camp and now none are playing; keeping ancient Galloway and Roydell at WR; play calling; and I could gone on. Simply atrocious!!

Posted by: garrybrown | December 14, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Can any of you guys explain why Hunter should be on this team? His punting average is 31st in the league? Is this the quality punter you think the Redskins should carry into next season? Or do you think we should look at an upgrade?

UFB

Posted by: beep-beep | December 14, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

if the skins are gonna start cutting people based on rank gano's cut, the whole defense plus staff, th whole RB Corp, etc.

Blaming punters is the snyder special, it shows a franchise in disarray.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

UFB, what are Sam Paulescu's stats for this year? Forgive me, I must be a dingbat, because I can't seem to find them...

Perhaps Hunter's stats are skewed due to the Skins' less than competent coverage team (i.e. he has been instructed to punt either directionally or short distance/long hang-time). Regardless, why does it make any sense to remove him with 3 games left to play?

pabrian2003, you might be onto something. Cutting a punter at this point seems rather desperate.

Posted by: NFLfan00 | December 14, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

When Pitt needs him to come through in the clutch, pabrian, i have no doubt he will miss.

Posted by: amorris525 | December 14, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Can any of you guys explain why Hunter should be on this team? His punting average is 31st in the league? Is this the quality punter you think the Redskins should carry into next season? Or do you think we should look at an upgrade?

UFB

Posted by: beep-beep | December 14, 2010 4:24 PM
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Shanny's just scapegoating with this move...the game was lost long before that play..it was lost in the 1st quarter when kyle couldn't call the plays correctly enough to put the team in the end zone...and at the half...i mean we had the ball inside the 10 with 1:26 left and almost didn't get the plays off...fire the clock management guy..oh theat himself so that wont happen so the next thing to do is fire the punter because he is surely the reason we lost...

Posted by: BootneyFarnsworth | December 14, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

was this game haynesworth's fault?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse
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Good thing the Bears had Julius Peppers against the Patriots, right? I'll bet if they had Haynesworth they would have used him effectively too, 'cuz their coaches are just ridiculous good.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 14, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"We got a great 4-3 DE in Orakpo (Pro Bowl) and we had another good DE in Carter (top 10 in sacks). That combo was about a 4 year solution. By your analysis, we actually had the toughest 4-3 issue solved for the next several years."

"Orakpo is better with his hand down. But he can play OLB in a 3-4 -- though whenever he's in pass coverage, the other side is happy."

AS USUAL DEAD WRONG. There is a reason both Orapko and Carter found themselves playing linebacker in the 4-3. NEITHER are particularly good at stopping THE RUSH as we have seen all season long.

Orapko against the run is like Adam Dunn playing first base. But you always avoid watching the running plays and instead only want "beasts" for the pass rush as in Al Haynesworth and then Brian Orapko ...

YOU HAVE TO STOP THE RUN FIRST IN A 4-3. You can't have anyone on the line who can get bulldozed by a strong run blocking OL. Haynesworth (when he wanted to play) took 2-3 guys to stop him. On the rush Orapko is a sitting duck at the DE position.

ORAPKO is in the RIGHT position for his skill set. And I submit that the reason they decided to go to a 3-4 was precisely because they had players like Orapko and Carter. Daniels and Wynn were good Ends for stopping the run, but not as good pass rushers.

Posted by: periculum | December 14, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say I agree with lots of posts up here. The Suisham move last year and the Hunter Smith move this year feel like reactions to wrong things.

I'll agree Smith wasn't great and while Suisham missed only 3 FGs, they were costly. Neither guy deserved to have firm hold on the job.

But both guys got axed with the Skins well out of the playoff hunt, a few weeks before the endo f the season. Last year, we brought in Gano, who hasn't been an upgrade (10 misses for Gano, while Suisham is 9-9 in Pitt). I doubt whatever punter we find now will be an upgrade over Smith.

Seems more a case of 'finding someone to blame' than a real effort to improve the team.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 14, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Can any of you guys explain why Hunter should be on this team? His punting average is 31st in the league? Is this the quality punter you think the Redskins should carry into next season? Or do you think we should look at an upgrade?

UFB

Posted by: beep-beep | December 14, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

if the skins are gonna start cutting people based on rank gano's cut, the whole defense plus staff, th whole RB Corp, etc.

Blaming punters is the snyder special, it shows a franchise in disarray.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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UFB, what are Sam Paulescu's stats for this year? Forgive me, I must be a dingbat, because I can't seem to find them...

Perhaps Hunter's stats are skewed due to the Skins' less than competent coverage team (i.e. he has been instructed to punt either directionally or short distance/long hang-time). Regardless, why does it make any sense to remove him with 3 games left to play?

pabrian2003, you might be onto something. Cutting a punter at this point seems rather desperate.

Posted by: NFLfan00 | December 14, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Shanny: "Hey Bruce! Putting Prince Albert in a can didn't send a strong enough message to the troupes."

Bruce: Why do you say that?"

Shanny: "Because we lost, dummy."

Bruce: "You don't suppose that had anything to do with play calling or game management, do ya?"

Shanny: Icy stare

Bruce: "Ok, I'll bite... What do you think we should do now?"

Shanny: "Fire somebody! These guys need to know that poor performance won't be tolerated in our new environment of excellence."

Bruce: "So then...Kyle perhaps?"

Shanny: Icy stare.

Bruce: "How about the Punter? That always sends a shock wave of fear through the locker room."

Shanny: "Perfect! What was his name again?"

Bruce: "Hunter."

Shanny: "Yeah, the punter. What was his name?"

Bruce: "That's what I'm trying to tell you. His name was Hunt...oh never mind. I'll make a few calls and see who's available that can kick and hold."

Shanny: "Hold! Like what they did to Orakpo? That was more like a..."

Bruce: "Mugging, yeah we've all heard that one already. I gotta go make some phone calls..."

Tough break for Hunter. One of the contributors to his low punting average was that we had him punting out of bounds in a game or two. That will shave a few yards off the top for any punter.

The botched extra point was a difficult play to make. Yes, he should have handled it the same way a WR is supposed to catch any pass they can touch. But a cold wet ball out at the fingertips is a tough play all the same.

Oh well, hope the new guy can get it done.

Posted by: edvar | December 14, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Petty move. Smith took responsibility even though he may not have been totally at fault. This diminishes Shanahan in my eyes. He's the one who replaced pro bowl long snapper Ethan Albright with a rookie who has been erratic at best.

Posted by: jgllo | December 14, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Shanny's just scapegoating with this move...the game was lost long before that play..it was lost in the 1st quarter when kyle couldn't call the plays correctly enough to put the team in the end zone...

Posted by: BootneyFarnsworth | December 14, 2010 4:46 PM


Yeah, but we all know Kyle is safe... otherwise, if Shanahan fires his kid, can you imagine what life would be like at the Shanahan estate? Methinks Mrs Shanahan might just freeze Old Man Shanahan out, and he looks a little uptight already...

Posted by: Alan4 | December 14, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

You people dont know who you want to fire. Now you want to fire the special teams coach. Next the head coach, then the next head coach when they dont win games, then replace the QB. Firing everyone does not make the team better. Building a good team and allowing them to gel makes them better. I know fans get frustrated but we are running out of coaches and players to get rid of and it has not made them any better.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 14, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse


The RI motto.

"Mediocre to bad players are not the problem, it's the coaches and or their egos."

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 14, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

You people dont know who you want to fire. Now you want to fire the special teams coach. Next the head coach, then the next head coach when they dont win games, then replace the QB. Firing everyone does not make the team better. Building a good team and allowing them to gel makes them better. I know fans get frustrated but we are running out of coaches and players to get rid of and it has not made them any better.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 14, 2010 4:55 PM

Funny you should say that. You might enjoy this article:

Broncos have to end firing game

The Denver Broncos have to get out of the firing business.

This team hasn’t been to the playoffs since the 2005 season and there has been an avalanche of change in Denver since. The team has been in a firing frenzy. That trend was started by former coach Mike Shanahan, who was famous for firing people if the Broncos ever slipped. But owner Pat Bowlen has continued that trend after he fired Shanahan.


Posted by: Alan4 | December 14, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

OK, so let me get this straight...the snap is high, so we don't cut the snapper...we cut the guy who couldn't corrale the projectile shot over his head and serves another purpose (you know, punting) is the one to get the heave ho. Got it. So when do we cut the center who keeps tripping up McNabb?

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 14, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

YOU HAVE TO STOP THE RUN FIRST IN A 4-3.


3-4 or 4-3?: what's the best defense in today's pass happy NFL:

1 San Diego Chargers (3-4)

2 New York Giants (4-3)

3 New York Jets (3-4)

4 Pittsburgh Steelers (3-4)

5 Miami Dolphins (3-4)

6 New Orleans Saints (4-3)

7 Minnesota Vikings (4-3)

8 Chicago Bears (4-3)

9 Green Bay Packers (3-4)

10 Baltimore Ravens (3-4)

Conclusion?: the best defensive scheme is one where the coordinator matches personnel to scheme rather than forcing on his roster a style of defense that doesn't fit.

But for the long term, forcing the scheme on a roster during a rebuild is the best way to find out which players fit what you want to do moving forward.

The 2010 Washington Redskins defense is flawed, but after a season of making itself be what it's not, we now know it needs an true outside linebacker opposite Orakpo, an athletic free safety, a stud nose tackle, and strong defensive end.

Our defensive weaknesses only reflect our roster needs.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 14, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

You people dont know who you want to fire. Now you want to fire the special teams coach. Next the head coach, then the next head coach when they dont win games, then replace the QB. Firing everyone does not make the team better. Building a good team and allowing them to gel makes them better. I know fans get frustrated but we are running out of coaches and players to get rid of and it has not made them any better.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 14, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

beep beep


And brownwood I've been telling you guys all along that the coach is a megalomaniac.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 14, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Hunter the Punter's about an average NFL punter. If he was released because of one play, that'd be disappointing. Obviously it was a key mistake, but anyone can fumble a high snap w/ a wet ball on a pressure kick.

With all of the problems this team has, scapegoating the punter/holder is pretty low rent. Let the guy finish out the season and bring in some other punters next training camp. This team is playing out the string anyway.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 14, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

If this team released all the players that haven't performed an average NFL level or because they made a single mistake, the locker room would be empty.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 14, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

From the standpoint of looking to the future, Paulescu is 7 years younger than Hunter Smith. It's a good move in that sense.

From a performance standpoint, I think the staff has seen other poor things about Smith's performance, and this was just the last straw.

Paulescu can "audtion" for the Skins for the remainder of the season, and maybe compete with Bidwell (on IR) next season.

Posted by: steveb2005 | December 14, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

This is just dumb. If you fire a player every time they make a dumb mistake, after 2-3 games your locker room will be empty. Everyone makes dumb mistakes, including the coaches. What matters is their overall performance.

Posted by: unclelonghair | December 14, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Another dumba$$ move by Shanny. THE SEASON IS OVER. Why release your punter with 3 games left. What the &^^$###@#%&* and %$#%^*(*$$ plus $^%$$#^&&. That's why they will end up 5-11.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | December 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

They should have given him a bonus. He moved us up to a better first round pick.

Posted by: jbkulp | December 14, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Problem solved. Super Bowl, here we come.

Good lesson there. Taking responsibility at Redskins Park will be quickly and harshly punished.

Posted by: TheCork | December 14, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Fire the guy who:
fumbled the ball on the kickoff
caused the penalty on Banks runback
dropped the pass
ran his route short of the first down
threw the interception
stopped calling running plays
stopped blocking
missed 2 easy field goals
turned the 5th rank defense into the worst in the league
didnt know how many time outs he had
doesnt let the QB with 15years experience control the last 60 seconds of the game
threw the pass into the ground
who hiked the ball high
for Danny being too cheap to have a dome

Oh yeah fire Hunter Smith because he missed the ball for the second time in his life. Now we'll win games.

Winners Win and Losers Lose.
Dannyboy still Rules
Zorn 8-8 First Season
Shanny 5-11
This circus will continue.



Posted by: dannyboyrules | December 14, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Not that I think it matters very much whether or not Hunter Smith remained as our punter, but this move looks like scapegoating. If he's being let go for poor punting over the course of the season, why didn't they replace him when they still had a chance to stay in the playoff hunt? The timing of this only seems justifiable to me it Hunter's holding has also been largely to blame for Gano's FG misses, but I haven't heard a peep out of Ashburn claiming this. If that's not the case, then this looks like firing somebody for the sake of firing somebody -- very classy, considering everything that's gone into the poor 5-win record.

Posted by: evanescent_panoply | December 14, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Draft Alex Henery out of Nebraska in April. Great kicker and if need can punt the heck out of the ball as well.

Posted by: Nemo4 | December 14, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks 'Skins for giving the Steelers Shaun Suisham. He looks like Ray Guy, Das Boot (Reggie Roby), and Mark Moseley all rolled into one!!! Amazing what happens when you play for a team with good owners - no whiners and crazed fans. I miss the RFK days. Bring back that excitement and don't blame the kickers...

Posted by: Moontock | December 14, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Shannahan is certainly not a great coach, just a coach to be feared.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | December 14, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the punter is a scapegoat, and this is silly move if you think only in terms of whether he deserved it for that one play while everyone else is regularly screwing up too.

Coach knows the team isn't going anywhere this season and this gives him a chance to send a message to carry over for next year at minimal cost. So he loses a yard on his punts in the next 3 games - he's told the players he won't stand for mistakes, even if the replacement plays about the same.

Posted by: sparman | December 14, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I have never once commented (and I find it pathetic that a punter forced me to do so) but it is extremely misleading for Maese to post those punting stats in a vacuum. Now Hunter Smith is an average punter, and him being a Redskin will not and did not make a difference this year, but this is a big-time scapegoating move. Sundberg can't snap the ball, Gano shanks kicks, and the coaching staff just picks one guy and gives him the shaft, citing "accountability," which for this team just appears out of thin air.

I have been watching all year as Danny Smith has Hunter direct punt after punt to the sideline, fearful of any and every returner ever to don an opposing uniform. Forgive me for pointing it out, but it is not a natural move for a punter to catch a snap and waltz toward the sideline while punting the ball.

Danny Smith should be fired for his boneheaded gaffes, the most bizarre of which include making Roydell Williams a gunner and not teaching Perry Riley, or anyone, for that matter, how to block on kickoff and punt returns. We've had two good coverage guys (James Thrash and Lorenzo Alexander) that made Danny Smith look like a good coach. Big mistake.

This whole thing is just a stupid and pointless gesture by our coaching staff, trying to save face this season, which is unnecessary.

Posted by: LunchOfAlbert | December 14, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Funny you should say that. You might enjoy this article:

Broncos have to end firing game

The Denver Broncos have to get out of the firing business.

This team hasn’t been to the playoffs since the 2005 season and there has been an avalanche of change in Denver since. The team has been in a firing frenzy. That trend was started by former coach Mike Shanahan, who was famous for firing people if the Broncos ever slipped. But owner Pat Bowlen has continued that trend after he fired Shanahan.


Posted by: Alan4 | December 14, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don Martindale will, in all likelihood, be the latest one-year Denver defensive coordinator, meaning Denver will have six defensive coordinators in six seasons. There is little chance Martindale will be kept by the new head coach. Another coaching change could potentially mean the Broncos could move back to the 4-3 base defense that Shanahan used.

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 14, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

why in the hell would you release hunter,when the dam kicker is missing chip shot field goals? please god,hurry up and get the dam shanahans out of d.c! and take bruce and hasslett with you! the senior shanny must have old heimers disease! its like he is retarded or somthing.i cant believe this shi-!the place kicker lost the dam game mike,the place kicker!

Posted by: billydee123 | December 14, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Broncos could move back to the 4-3 base defense that Shanahan used.

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 14, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

So Hunter the Punter is the reason the Skins have only won 5 games this season? Special Teams have been sub-par, with the same penalties reoccurring time and time again. Is Hunter the reason the Skins have had so many punt returns come back? What about the coaching?

I wonder if there is any truth to the rumor that McNabb is about to be benched? If the Head Coach is merely shifting blame away from his son and his coaching staff, that would be a sad statement about the direction of this franchise.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | December 14, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

New punter..and holder?
Heaven forbid they should have the 4th string receiver as a holder!!
And what about Gano? HE missed the chip-shot field goals !

Posted by: scmonty1 | December 14, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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Shepherd 40 Shaw 6

D2- Rd. 2 Albany St. 30 Wingate 28

D2 – QF Delta St. 28 Albany St. 7

FCS – Rd. 1 Ga. Southern 41 SC State 16

FCS – Rd. 2 NHampshire 49 Bethune 29

Turkey Day Classic
Tuskegee 17 Alabama St. 10

Pioneer Bowl
St. Augustine 20 Ft. Valley St. 9

SWAC Championship
Tx Southern 11 Alabama St. 6

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Posted by: typrather | December 14, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's all hope that Danny Smith goes after the season. Our special teams have been mediocre his entire time here. He was 'gifted' Brandon Banks. We don't block punts or field goals. We ususally don't even try fake punts or fake field goals. Danny Smith must go.

Posted by: AtDawnTheySleep | December 14, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Cutting Hunter Smith is as dumb as a work stoppage. I can’t wait for his explanation. And get this: Shanahan's next brilliant personnel move is to bench McNabb for Rexx freaking Grossman.

Posted by: deshackleford | December 14, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Which is the bigger boneheaded mistake:

Shanny completely goat-fugging clock management?

OR

Hunter the Punter mishandling a high snap of a wet ball?

If the second is a firing offense, why isn't the first? Now, Hunter the Punter was about 30th in the league in punt average, but he was also 31st in punt return average -- which is more a reflection of the team around him than just him. So he's just the scapegoat of a team full of losers.

So Hunter the Punter won't be missed, but he just reinforces what we already know about the Skins: jackalopes like Haynesworth get a million chances, but Hunter the Punter gets one bad snap.

The culture in the locker room must completely suck.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | December 14, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"Suisham sucked for whoever thinks he shouldn't have been released. Will never forgive him for missing that 30 yarder in the 2007 playoffs at Seattle. Gave all the momentum right back to the Seahawks."

What? Did you even watch that game? That's just completely stupid. The guy who cost us the game was Carlos Rogers. He catches that ball and it's pick 6. Game over.

The Snyder-Skins have done this for 10 years -- hold someone accountable at a very low level while never daring to hold guys like Haynesworth accountable. Hell, has Snyder ever looked in the mirror?

Cutting Hunter the Punter is just more of the same. The Skins have learned NOTHING.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | December 14, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

To his credit, Hunter Smith voluntarily took the blame for the failed PAT. Didn't put it on the snapper, the wet ball, the pressure of the situation, etc. I guess this organization doesn't know how to deal w/ someone who displays a bit of class. From its clueless owner, coaches on a power trip, players pointing fingers at everyone but themselves and celebrating the most routine play, the organization is a cesspool.

I wish Hunter the Punter well in the future. I'm sure some team will be able to use his services next season. He deserves better.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 14, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Scapegoat, what about that fumble on the kickoff, what about that holding call on that kick return by banks, this game should have been put away long before that Extra Point Attempt. And that is the Plain simple truth !, I think we need to cut Kyle cause that is some LAPC .

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 14, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Kyle Shanahan should be waived for his stupid idea to put Rex Grossman in at the end of the Lions game. The season since that point has been one steaming ----. Think it'll happen?

Posted by: randysbailin | December 14, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

My recommendation....cut the next 6 Skins that preen after making a play. Exempt Orakpo and Fletcher. They've earned the right.

Hunter...you've earned my respect.

Posted by: snake23 | December 14, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Did we just swap one iffy (but honest) punter for another iffy punter with only 3 games to go? Why bother?

Also, my prediction regarding Washington v. Dallas: 17/17 tie with Redskins winning in OT by a touch down by McNabb (QB sneak) . (Note: This is my Christmas Wish -- Santa, please make it so!)

Posted by: IndependenceDame | December 14, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

My reading of these posts makes it even more difficult to be a 'Skins fan living in football rich Pittsburgh. This stuff going on since 2000 is beyond soap opera. I even remember waiting for that first Steve Spurrier pre-season game against the 49'ers; and I actually fell asleep during the game. Omen???

Hang in there 'Skins fans. Snyder will be gone soon....

Posted by: Moontock | December 14, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's it, string up the punter for THIS week's failure. This FRANCHISE should be released and rebuilt from scratch, from the owner right down to the groundskeepers.

Posted by: ericenderle | December 14, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Hunter Smith was not the problem. Maybe he ranks 31st in the league, but the NFL is a league that often does not know how to keep meaningful statistics. For example, if we had the ball on the opponent's 40 yard line and punted (because our kicker has trouble with even extra points)and Hunter kicked it into the end zone, he would get credit for a 40 yard kick even though the ball only moved 20 yards. If instead, he kicked the ball out of bounds at the 10, he would get credit for a 30 yard kick. Which would you rather have?

Hunter kicked everything out of bounds against the Bears and we did not have to worry about the awful tackling that Danny Smith's special teams display game after game and year after year. That wonderful special teams coaching of his is the reason for Hunter's poor net average.

The wrong Smith lost his job today!

Posted by: rpm2nite | December 14, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I remember when Norv Turner used to find some poor scapegoat every week to deflect the fact that once again he was leading the team to nowhere. This new regime seems just as clueless, putting in Rex Grossman for the two minute drill, poor time management--yeah, go ahead and cut your punter, that will really save the team.

Posted by: taonima2000 | December 14, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Ah, gotta LOVE the consistency...or is it Tradition now?

'Got troubles? Cut a kicker...'

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 14, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Hunter Smith might not be Shane Lechler, but he's a decent punter. One dropped hold should not have cost him his job. Paulescu is terrible.

But at least Ego-han has shown again just how powerful he is and how smart he thinks he is.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | December 15, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Never should have come down to having to make the extra point. Wasn't the punter's fault for not scoring in the first quarter.

But a Scapegoat he has become...but his punts this year have been lacking as well...

Posted by: wagenstill | December 15, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe this organization. As soon as anyone good comes here (whether it's a coach or a player), they lose their minds and their ability to play or coach. I can't believe the decisions that Shanny is making. McNabb has turned into one of the worst QBs in the league. Haynesworth lost his mind. Think of all the free agent busts. Everyone we bring in here turns into a buffoon, and then they leave here and turn into superstars.

Hell, even Joe Gibbs couldn't live up to his potential here. It's a testament to his genius coaching skills that he was able to take this POS organization to the playoffs 2 out of 4 years.

The one common denominator in the years of utter failure and buffoonery? DAN SNYDER

Good luck Hunter. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise and you will wind up on a real NFL team instead of this fantasy football train wreck.

Posted by: Monk81_Green28 | December 15, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

i also think it is time to cut danny smith and his gum. the special teams have been just average at best since he has been here.

Posted by: cavalieri10 | December 15, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan has compltely lost it. He has been making one irrational/questionable decision after another - and this is no different.

Instead of firing Gano who has missed more FGs than anyone else in the league he fires Hunter Smith for a botched hold on a high snap.

I curse the day Snyder bought our team - he has ruined it and it has been jinxed with bad coaching and front office ever since

Posted by: Rohit_33410 | December 15, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Clearly this move was the final piece of the puzzle. The Skins are now ready to go to battle down the stretch in quest of a 7 win season!

Posted by: randysbailin | December 15, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I curse the day Snyder bought our team - he has ruined it and it has been jinxed with bad coaching and front office ever since

Posted by: Rohit_33410
-------------------------

You're not the only one cursing The Danny's disastrous ownership. Who knew? I am so glad I don't live in DC/MD/VA right now. As much as I love the Skins I cannot invest myself (money or emotions) into this farce of a franchise. I will always be a Redskins fan, but I just need to watch the local team (Falcons) to keep my sanity.

Posted by: mdflorals | December 15, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Gano was perfect this year until Hunter Smith became his holder, but Smith's holding for placekicks is the least of his problems. The guy just wasn't punting well and it was costing us field position every game.

But I fail to understand the advantage of having the punter hold for placekicks. It used to be that you would have the backup QB doing that job, which gave you the constant threat of a fake. This kept the other teams from rushing heedlessly to block the kicks, and we've had some blocked this year. And, of course, it would sometimes let you run an effective fake.

But as for that last play Sunday, we had no business kicking the extra point anyhow. The way our offense had become a guaranteed 3-and-out and our defense wasn't stopping anything, our best bet was to go for two and win the game in regulation. That one's on Shanahan.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | December 15, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

^^^

According to NFL.com Hunter Smith was averaging 0.8 yards less this year than last year per punt. Now I don't know about you, but less than 1 yard difference isn't exactly costing us field position.

Maybe your stats are better than NFL.com.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | December 15, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Smith can get a better punt off if he did'nt have a player in his face all the time. The protection by the special teams line is definitely nothing special. In fact it's pathetic. This move did not make any sense whatsoever.

Posted by: MDL7 | December 15, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Why? Isn't it a little to late for this crap? They keep the kicker who cost us the game and fire the punter who also cost us the game. This makes no sense. Riddle me this: Why in the hell do we have a punter as a holder to begin with? Why don't we have a clip board holder (3rd string QB) holding kicks? Wouldn't that be a little more logical should we happen to call a fake kick? Maybe that may lead other teams to believe we may fake a kick. Wouldn't that be adventageous to us? We pay these guys millions of dollars to manage and coach our team. Could we possibly ask for a little creativity and an ounce of common sense?

Posted by: Howsthathopeandchangeworkingforyou | December 15, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

All these azz_____ on the team and you cut Hunter Smith. Pathetic. Count me an ex-Redskin fan, and I've been rooting since 1971.

Posted by: redhotCAPSaicin | December 15, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Punter Hunter Smith said that if anyone should lose his job for the botched extra-point attempt that cost the Redskins a shot at overtime against Tampa Bay, it should be him.

HE SAID THAT SO THE SKINS WOULD RELEASE HIM & HE COULD JUMP SHIP FROM THE "TITANIC".

Posted by: dc4life | December 15, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

When you think of all the picks Carlos Rogers has dropped.. many which could have been game changes.. and most of them easier to catch than the one Hunter had it seems pretty unfair to blame a guy for missing one catch that was high on a wet day. Not to mention Gano missed 2 very makeable FG's which would have made that extra point meaningless.

Posted by: sovine08 | December 15, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

This makes no sense. Riddle me this: Why in the hell do we have a punter as a holder to begin with? Why don't we have a clip board holder (3rd string QB) holding kicks? Wouldn't that be a little more logical should we happen to call a fake kick?
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That's because the 3rd string QB can't get into a game unless the first 2 QB's are declared inactive. So Beck is out. Grossman could be the holder but maybe he sucks at it. Again it was a high snap on a wet day. I see receivers and DB's drop easier balls EVERY GAME and yet they don't get fired.

Posted by: sovine08 | December 15, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"And I submit that the reason they decided to go to a 3-4 was precisely because they had players like Orapko and Carter."

Well not if you believe Shanahan. Supposedly he studied defenses while unemployed and decided the 3-4 was the bees knees or something. He came here with the 3-4 in mind.

Speaking of Shanny, Greg Easterbrook has a few critical things to say about him in his ESPN column - calling him a fraidy-cat for not going for the win with a 2 point attempt. The 'Skins had a 6.7 yards per carry average in that game, and a rushing attempt for the 2 has a 65% completion average in the NFL versus a 50-50 chance in overtime. He points out that if it fails, Shanny gets blamed, but if the kicker fails, he has a scapegoat. Ergo, the kick attempt.

Posted by: AlohaFan | December 15, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

No one should have lost their job. If up to skins fans we would cut a player after every loss. Should we have cut Doughty for allowing Andre Johnson to catch the Jump ball against the Texans? Maybe we should have cut the special teams player for the blog in the back penalty after Banks ran what would have been the game winning return for a TD. Someone has made a bad play in each loss. We cant cut everyone just because they make one bad play. We are the Detroit Lions, only they have better fans.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 15, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

These are the things you talk about when your not a playoff team. We are behind by 14 years times 4 or 5 draft picks per year. Too many holes to fill, it takes time.

Posted by: newbridge | December 15, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

And the great John Elway couldn't manage a Super Bowl victory without Shanny.

Now if that's a fact.....tell me.....am I lying?

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 14, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

John Elway went to three Super Bowls WITHOUT Mike Shanahan, but didn't win. How many Super Bowl or even Championship games has Mike Shanahan been to as a Head Coach without John Elway?

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller.....

Posted by: Redcoat | December 15, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Why in the world would get rid of Hunter and keep Gano? It wasn't Hunter who missed those field goals.

Posted by: sameolddoc | December 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

That is so typical of a franchise like the Deadskins to can someone for an honest mistake, especially considering that the entire bumbling conglomerate of village idiots that represent that team had about as much chance of making the play offs as Joe Biden does at becoming the spokesman for MENSA!

Posted by: burro2 | December 15, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree, terrible miss but this seems like cutting off our nose to spite our face. Gano needs to go, he is just not good. Also, how come the skins kickers keep getting injured?

Posted by: rfjh1 | December 15, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

People are complicating this. Nobody is saying this solves all the problems, but it's far easier to replace a nonperformer at these spots than it is a QB. Smith got dumped because he's been a below average punter. It's that simple. Gano should have gone first though.

Posted by: messykat | December 15, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

No BEEPS, say it so... comparing a NFL Franchise with a theme park? That's just ludicrous.... Although all the finger pointing of blame for the last decade belongs with you know who. It's posted everyday in one of the post threads...

SNYDER SUCKS!

Posted by: TKing1 | December 15, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I used to love the Redskins. But now I can't stand them. I've been a Redskin fan all my life. But when the top to bottom design of the organization has no character, I just can't follow them anymore. It all starts at the top, with Dan Snyder. There will never be building with him. It will always be scapegoating and the next quick fix. Look at how many Redskin players have gone to other organizations to become much better. How people buy Redskin tickets or paraphernalia anymore, I have no clue. I went into a sports store the other day and was going to buy a redskin jersey so I could go to a bar in another state to show it off, but I just couldn't do it. Losing is one thing. But losing and rooting for an organization that has no character is impossible.

Posted by: Playitagainsam | December 15, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Smiths 30 yard punts didn't help his chances. Nice guy, inconsistant punter. Fire Danny Smith.

Posted by: wewbank1 | December 16, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, releasing Hunter Smith because he let a wet ball snapped high slip through his hands? That would be akin to fire a safety who missed the last tackle on a receiver that resulted in a touchdown. It is always easy to fire a kicker.

Posted by: agrimech | December 16, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

You morons really think you can upgrade 13 weeks into the season? You really believe the other teams left a good punter on the sidelines all year, just so the Redskins can upgrade NOW?

I agree with the comments that this is a desperate move and a sign of franchise disarray for a mediocre coach who took a top 1o defense and turned it into a sieve, just because he likes a 3-4. His clock management skills rank him below many high school coaches....

For that simpleton who said Elway needed Dumbahan to win a superbowl, I can only say three things:

a. The cart does not go before the horse;
b. You are indeed a quintessential Redskin fan (yes, that is a real word- go look it up... in a dictionary, not the phone book).
c. Run for Congress as a teabagger!

Posted by: lumerm | December 17, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Once again the Redskins have made the point that everybody in the organization, from owner to coach to waterboy, must be the very top in their profession. Consequently, if they make mistakes and they play a relatively unimportant position and can be easily replaced, they will scapegoated and replaced.

Posted by: markfromark | December 17, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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