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It's a Date: NFL Schedule Due Tuesday

Mark your calendars, set your watches, start working on the excuse you'll use to get out of dinner with your loved ones. The NFL will announce this season's schedule at 7 p.m. Tuesday (that would be April 14 on the Gregorian calendar, kids). Naturally, the announcement will be made on a schedule-palooza-type show on the NFL Network and nfl.com.

In addition to home games against their NFL East opponents Philadelphia, the New York Giants and Dallas, the Skins will play the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs at FedEx Field.

They'll play the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders on the road, as well as Philly, the Giants and Dallas.

By Cindy Boren  |  April 9, 2009; 2:28 PM ET
 
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Half of those teams are pass 1st type of offenses (Eagles, Saints, Denver, KC(no LJ) & Oakland. That great secondary we have will be tested throughout next season. I highly doubt Carlos stays beyond next year as someone will take a chance on him and offer TOP dollar.

It may help to pick up a few late round DBs. Well not sure exactly how many "late round" picks we have!

Posted by: overzealous08 | April 9, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

First first EVER!!!

I think the Redskins should Trade their entire draft next year to the Broncos for both of their 1st round picks this year and a 2nd. They should package one of those 1st and the 2nd and move up. They should then draft Orakpo, Cushing, and an OT. Thoughts?

Posted by: Copious1 | April 9, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Zeke's plan A

Trade with Sea for the #4 overall if Curry is still there. This years #1 + next years 1. Use every other pick on RT.

Zeke's plan B

Hang on for #13. If an OT is the best choice, take him. If a DE is the best choice, grab him and move Andre Carter to LB. If there is a compelling OLB take him

Zeke's plan "FUBAR"
What I expect the Spghetti Gang will do

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that we don't play well under the lights.

Please don't schedule us any night games.

Of course, they probably will

Prediction

Denver at Wash - MNF

Wash at Dallas - MNF

Wash at Chargers - Sunday night

Posted by: skinsbacker | April 9, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't see a win there. First pick in 2010!

Posted by: Leeguru | April 9, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

MOCK MOCK BO BOCK BANANA FANNA FO....

Because doing Mocks and UPDATING them keep us from accomplishing something useful with our lives.

Anyway CorkMock 2.0, post Cutler Division is no up and ready for your Mocking...Especially my SHOCKING Redskins pick

WWW.tinyurl.com/Corkmock

Posted by: TheCork | April 9, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Atleast we have a supposed easier AFC schedule.

Raiders - New HC and DC
Chiefs - Whole new Staff
Broncos - Should be rebuilding
Chargers - Lost. We always lose to former coaches.


(Also, we wouldn't be talking about JC if Snyder wouldn't be contemplating drafting a certain QB in round 1. There's nothing but relevance. Controlling the message will not work before the draft. Sorry Guys.)

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 9, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Cork....Don't mock the draft. You will only make it angry.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | April 9, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Its another tough schedule. The AFC South was the toughest conference in football in 2008, the NFC Beast was the next toughest.

Overall, 12 games against teams that were all 8-8 or better in 2008.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

May I be be first to mock my proofing...

Its' "...is NOW up and ready..." at http://www.tinyurl.com/CorkMock

Posted by: TheCork | April 9, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse


Cork....Don't mock the draft. You will only make it angry.

Posted by: dlhaze1

We mock because we love....

Posted by: TheCork | April 9, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I meant NFC South ... my bad

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Anyway CorkMock 2.0, post Cutler Division is no up and ready for your Mocking...Especially my SHOCKING Redskins pick

WWW.tinyurl.com/Corkmock

Posted by: TheCork | April 9, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Are you really talking the draft or about your up and ready Redskinned Prick? Shocking? Yes. Impressive? Not so much...

Posted by: VaBeachBlitz | April 9, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

TheCork,

Interesting Mock. Better than Banks on SI who still has the Lions taking OT. And Kiper has the skins taking Sanchez. Both of them are crazy. I think if Andre Smith falls to them they jump all over him. If not, they trade back, probably to 19 with Tampa. Tampa doesn't have a second round pick, so they will have to do some maneuvering to get back into the second round. If they trade down, they can pick up a tackle, DE, and LB in the first three rounds.

Posted by: Snydersucks | April 9, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

All right, West Coast peeps... as an inveterate overplanner, I'm putting it out there right now: I'm heading to the game in Oakland, and I want to see a bunch of RI people down there.

sfskin, zeke, my Bay Area peeps, let's do this.

Hail to 'em.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 9, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

cork, can't access it, but can you tell me who you have the redskins picking?

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 9, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I see Skins, based on where they are now and no major impact from a rookie, as follows:

vs NFC East, 2-4 or 3-3
vs rest of NFC, 3-3 or 4-2
vs AFC West, 2-2 or 3-1

That's 7 to 10 wins. Doesn't sound impressive, but it is a very tough scedule and this is a flawed team with a few glaring holes and some major depth issues.

Get Curry and its 9-11 wins

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Redskins will open the new Texas stadium in week 2 on Sunday night. you heard it here first.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | April 9, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Great Nate, you can come down and sit in the ugliest stadium in sports. And watch the Skins win. Be happy to join you, somewhere up there on Mt. Davis

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

They also get to play the AFC West (Broncos, Chargers, Raiders, Chiefs), the only division in the NFL with no winning teams.

Posted by: Alan4 | April 9, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

this South Carolina boy will be going to the game @ Carolina and @ ATL


OH YEAH

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I hope Stafford somehow falls to #13. No way we couldn't get good value for him.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

My thing is, ok you talk it, but you need to walk it. Just one time. If he did it just one time (show strong emotion), most everyone would have his back. Even if it is staged, like in preseason. Just get at somebody or show some human emotion, and I'd be off the fence and back JC up fuly.

(Why must everyone give me there tax info at the same time, 7 days before filing. Sleepness nights, here I come....)

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 9, 2009 2:18 AM

4th, you want JC to enter training camp like Bill Cosby enters this bar, especially at 3:05?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"Will there be a sweep at the 'Yards?"

Orioles always sweep the Yanks (or at least start off hot) to open the season. Only to break hearts on their way back down to the cellar....

Go O's

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

fwiw, not sure any team in the NFC East has made themselves much better for 2009 with this offseason.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Don Banks has Buffalo taking Crabtree at #11


Imagine

Lee Evans
Terrell Owens
James Hardy (who I think will end up being the best WR from last year's draft)
Micheal Crabtree


and


Trent Edwards :|

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

In an alternate universe, the 'skins wouldn't have to play the Bucs, Saints, and Rams every year.

Screw this constant fourth place finishing!

I'm really beginning to dislike those teams on the scale that I dislike Dallas and Philly, even the Seahawks.

I'm not experinced on attending games, is it better to buy your tickets months in advance or a few weeks (maybe even days) prior? I remember going to a Wizards game a few years back to see LeBron and the Cavs and the tickets were actually cheap for where I sat. I was told that it's better going to the box office at the arena/stadium than doing it online.

Can anyone vouch for that?

Posted by: RedDMV | April 9, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Any of the Curry supporters want to tell me why they think he is worth moving up to draft? I watched a few of his games last year and I think he was great in the ACC but dont see him as a game changer. We wont end with him anyway, I just want to hear(read) others opinions.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | April 9, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

LH, thanks for that, what a terrific clip.

Yes, I would like for Jason Campbell to enter training camp like Bill Cosby enters that bar. Though I don't know if he has enough time before then to grow out that amazing beard.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 9, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't count on seeing Jason Taylor in a Jets uniform. The 34-year-old defensive end has been rumored as a target of the Jets, but he made it clear to the Miami Herald that he's not eager to put on green and white. I'd be very, very, very difficult," Taylor said about signing with the Jets. "At the end of the day, if I couldn't find a job anywhere else and the Jets called, I guess I'd have to retire or go play." The Jets reportedly have contacted Taylor, who played 11 seasons for the Dolphins before joining the Redskins last season. During his time in Miami, the six-time Pro Bowler ripped the Jets repeatedly and threw gas on the rivalry between the two teams. The Patriots also are looking at Taylor, and yesterday Taylor admitted he has been talking to the Dolphins about a possible return. "I never said it wouldn't be difficult to play for either, but the Jets are the Jets," Taylor said. "I've had a lot of history saying bad things about Jets fans. The fireman hat guy and all of those people in New York that are Jets fans aren't the ones working on Wall Street. I've said all of those things, so I've got to leave it at that." Taylor is referring to comments he made in 2004 before the Jets played in Miami. He referenced how he expected many Jets fans to be at the game, "a bunch of them chanting their [dumb-bleep] chant and all that other stuff, being the ignorant fans they are. I said it. I don't care if they get mad at me or not. They don't like me anyway. Quite frankly, I don't care . . . I'm just being real. I'm telling the truth."

screw JayTay

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

4th, you want JC to enter training camp like Bill Cosby enters this bar, especially at 3:05?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 9, 2009 3:17 PM

I don't even have to click on the link to know what it is.........

When him Sid are looking for short dude?

Why not?

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 9, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Nate, that movie is a comedy classic. If you haven't seen it, Netflix it. Get "Let's Do It Again" as well.


"You dig it. You knock a dude down you get some respect."

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 9, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

It's all about strategy with those little guys. I'd think Mugsy and Spud pull a tag team on Shaq and use their quickness to keep Shaq from getting a hold of them early on, while Kirk attempts to take out 'Zo 1-on-1 with quick blow from the baseball bat. The x-factor is Jordan. Does he help out Shaq or does he take the risk of blindsiding a guy with the baseball bat? If Kirk could get the knockout on Mourning early, I think the little guys could have a chance.

Posted by: psps23 | April 9, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

good analysis. more interesting than the not so mery go round dissecting our impending draft failure. any three grown men with a bat have a chance. best thing Mugsy could do is commandeer the bat and knock Kirk out so he is not a liability.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 9, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I think the Redskins should Trade their entire draft next year to the Broncos for both of their 1st round picks this year and a 2nd. They should package one of those 1st and the 2nd and move up. They should then draft Orakpo, Cushing, and an OT. Thoughts?

Posted by: Copious1 | April 9, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Looking at that list, I don't think there are many 3-4 defenses the Redskins will be facing - at least, not of the caliber of Baltimore or Pittsburgh. They might actually be able to make do with Jansen-of-slow-feet at right tackle. Chiefs, Broncos, Lions, Buccaneers and Raiders should be wins, but the rest will be tough. Greg Williams' return to Redskin country with the Saints should be an interesting story line - bet both D's will be stoked for that one.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | April 9, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Larry Mize -5 thru 14?? Holy cow. I know he's likely to fade tomorrow but man that is impressive stuff for 50-something yr old guy

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 9, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I do not want a robot as QB. --4th

4th, are you outta your mind?? How cool would that be?

Posted by: daggar | April 9, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I'll take a robot ninja as my QB

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Orakpo is too much High Risk, High Reward. I see him as Vernon Gohlston. He hasn't done alot on film. And Film is what matters the most..........

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 9, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Robo-QB? that would be awesome, agreed. I'm sure Danny has lawyers vetting the legalities as we type

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 9, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

but 4th

what if they put his combine on film

or just still pictures of his bulky body on film?

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Easier schedule than last year, particularly for the offensive offense. No complaints..

Posted by: frak | April 9, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Any of the Curry supporters want to tell me why they think he is worth moving up to draft? I watched a few of his games last year and I think he was great in the ACC but dont see him as a game changer. We wont end with him anyway, I just want to hear(read) others opinions.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer

I will -- and I haven't seen him play. The Skins blueprint to me, is to win with defense. Its where they've invested most heavily, where they are most talented. The defense is close to elite (though not deep). The area of greatest exposure on this defense is OLB.

LBs have come into the league as rookies and been instant successes. Mayo, Merriman and Willis, to name 3.

The upgrade in talent with Curry over our current OLBs is immense. Our secondary is good, talented, young and improving. The middle of our DL has the potential to be outstanding. That only leaves the edges at risk. Solve that problem and teams won't be able to run much at all, they'll struggle against our secondary.

Having penetration on the DL by Albert means the LBs can be more aggressive near the line. Which means tackling machines like Fletcher and Curry will be making many more plays at the line than 4 yards off of it (this is extra important in the run heavy NFC East -- none of the other teams have a good WR as of now).

Which means a lot of 3rd and 8 situations. Which should lead to a lot more turnovers than last year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

just saw the cowgirls blog site..
they are not happy today's mock drafts are showing the Skins going after Sanchez ..
They think the Skins should give JC another year (and another, and another, and another).

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 9, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Kiper says Sanchez falls to the Skins at 13- I say Denver doesn't let him slip past, and we get TUB-O-LARD Andre Smith, and sculpt him into the Aegean warrior he actually is..

Posted by: frak | April 9, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"I will -- and I haven't seen him play"


awesome.....just incredible.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 9, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

re: Tub-of-lard Andre Smith

how much do you want your OL to weigh? 160?

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

i dont understand how orakpo can be compared to v. gholston...orakpo has a motor and was much more successful in college than gholston was...the only risk i see with orakpo is his durability...

Posted by: jasonma1 | April 9, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

just saw the cowgirls blog site..
they are not happy today's mock drafts are showing the Skins going after Sanchez ..
They think the Skins should give JC another year (and another, and another, and another).

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 9, 2009 3:41 PM

As long as we keep the same O-line, I'm pretty sure Cowpie fans won't care who we have behind center.

Posted by: Alan4 | April 9, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

frak,

I live in Colorado. The Denver take is that McDaniels thinks he can win with Orton. Almost no way they take Sanchez. McDaniels better be right or his time in Denver will be very short. It would be interesting to see what Washington would do if both Smith and Sanchez fall to them. Take Smith or trade down for someone who wants Sanchez?

Posted by: Snydersucks | April 9, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"As long as we keep the same O-line, I'm pretty sure Cowpie fans won't care who we have behind center.


Posted by: Alan4"

unless it was Big Ben, who had a worse OL than us last year and managed to win a Superbowl.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

anyone know what time the draft starts on the 25th? Noonish? thanks

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 9, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"I live in Colorado. The Denver take is that McDaniels thinks he can win with Orton. Almost no way they take Sanchez. McDaniels better be right or his time in Denver will be very short. It would be interesting to see what Washington would do if both Smith and Sanchez fall to them. Take Smith or trade down for someone who wants Sanchez?

Posted by: Snydersucks"

if that happens, while it would be hard to pass on Andre Smith, I'd say trade down. Take the OT from UConn Beatty or...umm, I can't remember the other OT that is expected to go late in the first, but take either of them and then draft LB with our 2nd pick. That would be huge.

or hell, draft LB/DT/DE with that second. Obviously this is assuming we picked up a 2nd by trading back.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

re: Tub-of-lard Andre Smith


how much do you want your OL to weigh? 160?

You should have seen the obscene footage of him running shirtless on NFL Live..It was like watching a shirtless Oprah on a trampoline..

Posted by: frak | April 9, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"I will -- and I haven't seen him play"


awesome.....just incredible.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg

Blows you away!!! Reality is that scouts seem to do a very good job on figuring out the top LBs (unlike QBs, where there is a lot of hit and miss). Everyone says Curry is the real deal. Last time people spoke this highly about a guy in the draft, it was Calvin Johnson.

You can find highlight footage on anyone that makes them look all-world. But to make a solid judgment on a player, you need to see several entire games. And others who know what to look for have done that with Curry -- and all are very impressed.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

hahaha. nice frak.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 9, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"You should have seen the obscene footage of him running shirtless on NFL Live..It was like watching a shirtless Oprah on a trampoline..

Posted by: frak"

gross yes

but I read a report a couple years ago that majority of NFL linemen on both sides of the ball are technically listed as "morbidly obese".

again, gross yes, but doesn't affect his playing at all most likely. He probably played like that his whole career and he gave up like single digit sacks in 4 years in the SEC. Sign me up.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Z,

I understand where you are coming from, it just feels like the draft hype machine is at work again. That being said I hope the FO is not interested because who knows what they would do to get him. Then again as long as its not Sanchez I would not be too upset.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | April 9, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

if the NBA playoffs began today :

BEast :
Cavaliers Vs. Pistons
Celtics Vs. Bulls
Magic Vs. 76ers
Hawks Vs. Heat

gimme :

Cavs Vs. Hawks
Celtics Vs. Magic

Cavs Vs. Magic

CAVS


West :
Lakers Vs. Jazz
Nuggets Vs. Mavericks
Spurs Vs. Hornets
Rockets Vs. Blazers

Gimme :

Lakers Vs. Blazers
Nuggets Vs. Hornets

Blazers Vs. Hornets

BLAZERS


CAVS OVER BLAZERS


YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST


I'M THE TRUTH BABY

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, if Jansen is correct that his injury took two years to heal, and he can tag team with Heyer, maybe the Sanchez thing isn't impossible. He lost the game to Oregon State on a tipped ball that was intercepted in the endzone at the end of the first half, costing the Trojans a shot at the national title. I still say OT, but after four mediocre seasons, maybe Campbell's time is up. Sanchez has a mighty arm AND he's an excellent scrambler. Throw him right in like Flacco or the Falcon QB, maybe things will rock..

Posted by: frak | April 9, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

cork, do you know the skins? thats the worst pick i've seen yet.. a DT? we just gave a guy $48m guaranteed at this position and have two reliable guys in montgomery and golston coming in to play along side him... i mean come on, you could've gone RT, LB or DE and looked respectable.

Posted by: mopp04 | April 9, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"LBs have come into the league as rookies and been instant successes. Mayo, Merriman and Willis, to name 3."

Ahh, but where lies the caveat?

What pick was Jerod Mayo, and which # LB was he taken in the draft?

What about Patrick Willis, Jonathan Beason, or Lawrence Timmons?

Shawn Merriman or Demarucus Ware (they shouldn't actually be in this conversation -- they're more akin to Maybin or Orakpo)?

The last time a LB prospect was touted this highly was AJ Hawk of the Packers. Good player, hardly elite.

The skins are fine selecting where they are.

Posted by: psps23 | April 9, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Nate et al, this skins fan is in the Bay Area and just got off the phone w/ a friend and (shudder) Raiders fan. I'll be there w/ him (have to have someone to heckle that won't shank me!), so closer to the date, wtvr that is, let's arrange some tail-gating.

Btw, as I'm fond of telling this guy, their team's ownership is as pathetic as ours, but @ least theirs will be "cut" from the roster of the living soon. Ours... well, :-/

Posted by: hogmeister | April 9, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

KingJoffeJoffer, "as long as it's not Sanchez..."

Um, that might read like a dare to those in the front office whose objective is to baffle, infuriate, alienate and astound large portions of the fan base with their every move.

By which I mean, they could actually do something far worse than drafting Sanchez. *shudder*

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 9, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

If Lebron declared today and was available at 13, would you take him?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 9, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Z,

I understand where you are coming from, it just feels like the draft hype machine is at work again. That being said I hope the FO is not interested because who knows what they would do to get him. Then again as long as its not Sanchez I would not be too upset.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer

For me, the guy that gets to the ball quickly and makes the play -- London Fletcher types -- I'm all over that. Willis and Mayo were instant hits in SF and NE. We've got some excellent talent on defense -- but OLB is a big problem.

As a team, we're not one player away. As a defense, I think we are one player away.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Right on, hogmeister, that's what I'm talking about.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 9, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Cavs aren't winning the title. They're pretenders as a top-tier team. They're built to win regular season games by overpowering and out-intensifying weaker teams.

Who were the only teams to beat the Cavs twice this season?

-One anomaly, or simply a cooler team, the Washington Wizards

then

-Magic, Lakers, Boston

The big dogs. The Cavs don't beat the top tier teams. They have a losing record against the true contenders. And they'll be exposed deep in the playoffs. Bank on it.

Championship: Magic vs. Lakers

Lakers bring home the gold.

Posted by: psps23 | April 9, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Pretty easy schedule overall.

Posted by: RHPa | April 9, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"If Lebron declared today and was available at 13, would you take him?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG"

Absolutely.

We need a quality third TE. And imagine us being so good at the TE position that Yoder is our fourth string TE. Now THAT is depth my friends!!


as for psps23, Cavs are 38-1 at home this year. With home field through the playoffs, GAME OVAH

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Question:

How do you feel about Kumar (of Harold and Kumar) in the White House?

Did anyone tell him, it ain't White Castle? And would he be allowed to continue to enjoy his extracuricular activities while working for an Administration who casts off mary jane smokers as unimportant?

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"as for psps23, Cavs are 38-1 at home this year. With home field through the playoffs, GAME OVAH

Posted by: TheTruth11"

36 of those wins were not against the Magic, Celtics, or Lakers.

That one loss was.

Not buying it.

Posted by: psps23 | April 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Truth the flaw in your NBA match up is that you have the Blazers in the 4 v. 5 matchup. If the Blazers win that series they would play the Lakers in the semis rather than the conference finals.

psp, finally something we agree on. Lakers winning the title and the Cavs being frauds.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 9, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Article in SI referred to the San Franciso QB situation as "the hydra-headed three-and-out machine otherwise known as Shaun Hill, J.T. O'Sullivan and Alex Smith."

Now THAT is just mean. Accurate, perhaps, but mean.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 9, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

hey am i trippin but why does that sports illustrated mock got micheal oher listed as ot/RB......wtf rb??

Posted by: all_this_bs | April 9, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"Truth the flaw in your NBA match up is that you have the Blazers in the 4 v. 5 matchup. If the Blazers win that series they would play the Lakers in the semis rather than the conference finals.

psp, finally something we agree on. Lakers winning the title and the Cavs being frauds.


Posted by: learnedhand1 "


There is no flaw in The Truth, my friend. If there was a flaw in The Truth, The Truth wouldn't be The Truth.


YA DIG?

PS all_this_bs, imagine a stable of backs with Portis, Betts, Rock, and Oher! BEAST

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"psp, finally something we agree on. Lakers winning the title and the Cavs being frauds.Posted by: learnedhand1"

Those Wiz victories, both of them, exposed a weakness in the Cavs that could show up in the playoffs. Hard to put a finger on just what, but I think it's the lack of a defensive stopper. They play outstanding team defense, but there's no Bruce Bowen or Michael Cooper to attach himself to the opponent's leading wing player and take him out of the game. Doesn't make a lot of difference during the regular season, but when things slow down and the refs stop calling fouls, then it must might.

You wouldn't have expected the Wiz to expose it, but they did.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 9, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Truth, how does a 4 or 5 seed play in the conference finals? Please explain.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 9, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Now THAT is just mean. Accurate, perhaps, but mean.


Posted by: Samson151 "

gotta friend that is a SanFran fan (lol much?)

dude tried telling my O'Sullivan was the real deal


hrm

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Play in the conference finals against the 1 seed?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 9, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Hallelujah! Schedule time! :D

Posted by: rachel216 | April 9, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

13 LBs have been drafted in the top 15 between 2001-2008. None have been drafted in the top 4.

Among them are 5 of the best, Mayo, ware, Willis, Suggs and Merriman.

Hawk, Jonathan Vilma, Keith Rivers, Ernie Sims, Dan Morgan, Thomas Davis, Lawrence Timmons and Derrick Johnson are the others.

All but 2 are(were) full time starters.

Given the hit and miss nature of the draft, this is a very high 'hit' ratio.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Cavs vs. Blazers???

Truth, are you smacked or something?

Cleveland isn't going to the finals, they're too concerned with making "a statement" to the Wizards, per Mo Willimas.

The Blazers? I can't begin to tell you what's wrong with that. The Blazers aren't better than the Lakers or Nuggets, and probably wouldn't beat the Hornets in a seven game series either.

Lakers will be taking the crown this year, they've been good with Bynum and without him. They went to the finals last year without him, I don't see why they couldn't make it with him.

We may be seeing the ultimate demise of the Spurs (Ginobili and Duncan) as a team, and individually, Kevin Garnett - both are beginning to break down physically... KG has been playing for freakin' ever, his rookie year I was in 6th grade.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 9, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

stop insulting me


it's 4:30 PM on the first day of the Masters


Masters week in Augusta, GA = no one shows up for work = there is absolutely nothing to do = The Truth becomes bored as hell and resembles Fred Davis

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Spurs should look to trade some players while they can, get some value for those old guys.

I'd look at moving Parker, Ginobli, and Duncan. You gotta let it go sometime, might as well go all out!


*this is all speculation and I haven't looked at their salary cap situation(s)

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Truth, how does a 4 or 5 seed play in the conference finals? Please explain.

Posted by: learnedhand1"

I think it's possible (I could be wrong though). If a team upsets a higher seed, the seeds get re-shuffled. So if 6 beats 3, while 1, 2, and 4 all win, then doesn't 1 play 6 while 2 plays 4?

Or am I getting that mixed up with the NFL playoffs?

With regards to the Cavs; 2-6 record against the big three contenders, including winless on the road. Doesn't bode well for their deep postseason aspirations.

Posted by: psps23 | April 9, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Lakers will be taking the crown this year


If KG can't play then I agree with you....If KG gets healthy, then I'm thinking repeat....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 9, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"With regards to the Cavs; 2-6 record against the big three contenders, including winless on the road. Doesn't bode well for their deep postseason aspirations.

Posted by: psps23 "


they can lose every game on the road and still win the championship


CAVS OVER BLAZERS PEOPLE YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST

PS - Braves hurt me last night and I mean HURT ME last night. Up 10-3 in the 7th inning and you lose 12-11? Come on. They had FOUR walks with bases loaded in the 7th inning. That's FOUR RUNS UNEARNED.


Our bullpen couldn't throw a strike last night. Awful!


hopefully we sweep yall's Nationals, starting tomorrow night 7:30 PM at home! Yall still suck in baseball this year or are yall supposed to be improved??

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"The Blazers? I can't begin to tell you what's wrong with that. The Blazers aren't better than the Lakers or Nuggets, and probably wouldn't beat the Hornets in a seven game series either."

I'm a big fan of the Blazers and think they can be huge wildcards this postseason. Brandon Roy is a terror. Their biggest problem is youth and lack of postseason experience. Of course, that's what also makes them dangerous.

Here's a poll for you; if you were starting a franchise right now, what would your top 5 "big board" look like?

Mine:
(1) Dwight Howard
(2) Lebron James
(3) Chris Paul
(4) Deron Williams
(5) Brandon Roy

Posted by: psps23 | April 9, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm on the Blazers bandwagon, as yall saw. They might not make it to the Finals, probably won't, but I'm gonna go out on a limb with 'em.

Aldride is much better than expected coming out of college. Oden is solid. Roy = beast. Fernandez is solid. They got a lot of talent, very athletic. I wish the Beastcats had their lineup.

Spurs I'm pretty sure are done. Nuggets, now yall talk about the Cavs being frauds. Nuggets are frauds.

Only three teams that can come out of the West are the Lakers, the Blazers, and the Hornets. Hornets got so lucky that Chandler trade got sent back. CP3 is regarded as the best PG in the league and STILL one of the most underrated players. He has better numbers than DWade this year and yet no mention of MVP.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Im calling shenanigans. We played 3 of those out of division conference foes last year. What happened to rotating?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | April 9, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

psps, if I were starting a franchise right now, my top five would be something like this:

1 Alex Ovechkin
b Tiger Woods
5 Jason Campbell
f chRIs LaRry
7 Paul Rudd

...and then it's a long way down to:

- LeBron
- Sidney Crosby
- Mark Sanchez
- deluxe platter of ham sandwiches
- Jay Cutler

But then, I'm not very qualified as a talent evaluator, much less a player personnel director.

Sorry, what was the question?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 9, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

cork, can't access it, but can you tell me who you have the redskins picking?
Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 9, 2009 3:07 PM

Sure beans…

13. Washington: Peria Jerry DT Old Miss Because the ‘skins should go offensive line here or trade down, I predict they’ll draft a defensive player. Could be Cushing, who many think will be an all-pro LB, but the chance to sell “Dynamic Duo” game jerseys on the Redskins website is too tempting for Danny. Besides, I think the FO is more concerned about keeping Defensive Coordinator Blache happy and on board than Head Coach and offensive “Guru” Zorn. And if this kid is all that, the Peria ‘n’ Al DT show could be a beauty.

Posted by: TheCork | April 9, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

psp said:"I think it's possible (I could be wrong though). If a team upsets a higher seed, the seeds get re-shuffled. So if 6 beats 3, while 1, 2, and 4 all win, then doesn't 1 play 6 while 2 plays 4?"

There's no "re-shuffling of seeds. The format is the top four seeds - the three division winners and the second-place team with the best record - are seeded according to their win-loss total, guaranteeing that the top two teams in each conference can't meet until the conference finals.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 9, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Team needs: Defensive line, offensive line, linebacker, wide receiver, cornerback (For more: NFC East team needs)

On the beat: Frank Hanrahan, WTEM-AM

Analysis: "He's a ball hawk, he makes plays, his aggressiveness is what the Redskins like. A team official told me they're salivating over his 40 time from his pro day."

Question? Rey Maulauga. 6-2 (almost), 250, 4.6 40 w/a bad hammy... ooooooooh. Man reminds me of a Samoan Ray Lewis. I'm on board.

Posted by: mrsaun | April 9, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Im calling shenanigans. We played 3 of those out of division conference foes last year. What happened to rotating?

Posted by: mattsoundworld

Det, StL and NO -- those are the only 3 NFC teams we face that weren't over .500 last year. Those are good shenanigans

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Isn't a Samoan Ray Lewis a Junior Seau?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

New theory:
The FO will draft all defensive players to get the defense to an elite level. This in turn will give the offense more time with the ball (or practice on game day), which will result in more points on the board, right?

When you really think about it, why not put together a D that is so overwhelming that they score most of the points anyway. Better yet, why not have the defense come out and run a few plays in the Wildcat? I'll bet Fletcher has a pretty good arm.
And you know LaRon would love to pick up the blitz.

No, seriously...(or not).

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Heeeeey ... I think he's making fun of us ...

Posted by: periculum | April 9, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

When you really think about it, why not put together a D that is so overwhelming that they score most of the points anyway.

No, seriously...(or not).

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009

A philosophy seriously espoused and carried to the extreme by Redskins coach George Allen. It did lead to one Superbowl ... but once all the Ramskins retired and the level of talent on the defense drastically diminished ... because he was the original purveyor of the theory that said that draft picks were useless, better to have tried and true veterans ... that only works for so long ...

Posted by: periculum | April 9, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Chad Campbell is having the round of his life.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 9, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Since when is a "South Carolina boy" a Georgia fan??

I don't think so.

Posted by: swowra | April 9, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong...I love some of those monster defensive players. In fact, I subscribe to the whole defenses win championships philosophy.

But the opposite of "if it ain't broke don't fix it", is...well you know.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

LBs have come into the league as rookies and been instant successes. Mayo, Merriman and Willis, to name 3. Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009

DeMarcus Ware, Terrel Suggs, and to some extent the Steller's James Harrison ... indeed these are the guys the Snidely Owl had been seeing ... and yes, Curry could be in their mold so-to-speak. That's the way Scouts sees it by making him the #1 talent available in this year's draft.

One can readily see why Snidely might be interested and its a choice I could readily embrace as opposed to going for a Sanchez which would be downright silly.


Posted by: periculum | April 9, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

From the CorkMock:

"7. Oakland: Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland Someone smarter than me noted that Al Davis truly loves speed, and this guy has funny car speed. Don’t be shocked, tho, if Al gets confused and drafts Cincinnati Center Hasheem Thabeet."

I think you mean something different, specifically, "someone smarter than I" (i.e., smarter than I (am)).

Seriously, I was with you on Peria Jerry (not only b/c I loved the switched names) at DT ... but $100M later, I say that the Skins have more important NEEDS and don't really care about making Greg Blache happy. If anything, the power that be would want Blache to change the pronunciation of his name to rhyme with "splash."

Posted by: dcsween | April 9, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The reason why the Redskins have problems: (it ain't Campbell):

1. Snidely the Owl GM
1a.VP Vinny Barberino the sweathog

2. Clinton Portis.

3. Age and injuries on an eroding offensive line.

4. Clinton Portis.

Posted by: periculum | April 9, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frak | April 9, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

From the CorkMock:

"7. Oakland: Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland Someone smarter than me noted that Al Davis truly loves speed, and this guy has funny car speed. Don’t be shocked, tho, if Al gets confused and drafts Cincinnati Center Hasheem Thabeet."

Posted by: dcsween | April 9, 2009 5:37 PM |

Who's confused -- Davis or Cork? Hasheem Thabeet played for UConn.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 9, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong...I love some of those monster defensive players. In fact, I subscribe to the whole defenses win championships philosophy.

But the opposite of "if it ain't broke don't fix it", is...well you know.

Posted by: _Stumped_

Only 2 teams forced fewer turnovers than the Skins. That's broke. Albert + Curry should change that.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Zeke,

I admire your man-love for Curry, but what are you willing to give up to trade up for him? It will take at least the 2009 1st rounder, and probably more picks than that.

In the mean time, the O line gets older and older.

Posted by: swowra | April 9, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

unless it was Big Ben, who had a worse OL than us last year and managed to win a Superbowl.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 9, 2009 3:53 PM

I really don't think Big Ben's 17 TD, 15 INT, 3300 season (80.1 QB rating) scared anyone. If anything, this point proves beyond a shadow of a doubt what a TEAM game NFL football is... and how important it is to fix the parts of the team that are really broken, not the parts that are good enough.

Posted by: Alan4 | April 9, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest,
Curry or Cushing would be great. Maybe I'm being short sighted and we draft OL next year. But trading up is mortgaging the future, trading down would give us better depth and enable us to re-build in a less impulsive way (Yikes, did I say re-build). Honestly, I don't see teh FO trading down, because they seem to be focused on the individual parts, not the whole machine. I guess impulsive is a good way to describe the FO.

I take your point above. Okay. If the primary purpose of defense is to force turnovers, the Skins Defense was indeed a huge a flop. But aren't they really suppose to prevent the other team from scoring? They were pretty good at that.

My new worry (I worry a lot) is that the secondary may get eaten up this year and of course teams running at the edges. Curry would indeed help there.

The purpose of the offense is to score points. Our Offense did a much better job of moving the ball, than they did of scoring. Now I would be the first to admit, linemen don't score points very often, but age and injuries seemed to do us in on offense, that coupled with a broken passing game.

I'm also the first to admit that I don't have all the answers. I just hope that Zorn has a few.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

swowra -- I get the OL problem. Actually I got it 2 years ago when I suggested using the entire draft on the OL. Last year, I wrote that 4 picks be used on the line.

But I think 2009 is about win now, not build now. Which means I look for the biggest impact. We're weak across the OL, one pick won't solve it. We're weak at OLB. One pick can solve that.

I'd approach the Curry thing as offering this year's #1 and next years #1. Tell each team in the chain that if Curry is on the board, we're willing to make that trade. My guess is that someone will make that trade in the top 4.

I doubt he goes #1 overall. Maybe #3 or #4.

One thing that I've noticed about this years draft -- a lot of confusion about who is the best at a given position.

I've seen several guys listed as the top OT, the top QB, even the top WR. But only 1 guy as the top LB.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

CHFF calls Big Ben one of the most under-rated QBs.

It's fine to hunt around and find the next Brady Anderson, Peyton Manning or Ben Rothlesberger-riding-hood, but the odds aren't good when you play that game.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Stumped, you did touch on the essence of the issue. We can't fill all the holes we've got. That's why no one up here can provide a cohesive approach to the 2009 draft. Plus, longer term, we have a lot of turnover coming.

We're going to have to use what I'm calling a combo of 'duct tape and hope'. Whether its on the OL or at OLB, we're missing key pieces.

Replacing Jansen/Heyer with a rookie OT seems like it will make modest difference in 2009. Over the long haul, a good OT makes a ton of sense.

Curry at OLB makes the defense significantly better, right away. And it creates a very strong core for that should be in place for several years (Albert, Hall, Landry, Curry, Golston).

What I don't see is an obvious way to get to 12 wins in the near term. But Curry gives us the best shot.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Zeke,

So from a cash strapped salary cap perspective, your 2 first rounders for Curry makes some sense, cause you only pay one 1st round pick, instead of 2. I agree that Curry appears to be one of those can't miss picks. I was eying him in the early mocks before his stock rose.

Do you think Heyer is ready? Or Rhinehardtttt? If we got Curry, what's the stop-gap?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Schedule doesn't matter we are going to WHOOP A!

Unless they get rid of Campbell

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 9, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh, you read my mind.

BTW: I got all the hope this team needs.
But I swear, I never, never, ever have enough duct tape.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"You know who I can't stand? LANCE ARMSTRONG-F*CK LANCE ARMSTRONG.."
- G. Carlin

Steroids will do wonders for your slender figure, though you might lose some n*ts in the process..

Look, Skins were closer to the playoffs then their record suggested, that O=line blew a gasket, Zorn seemed determined to fry the tread on Portis, and Santana's hammy shows he needs to be used more sparingly..Skins window with these two high-powered U players is closing, time for management to start burning the midnight oil to win this year and next..nedd a OT, regardless..

Posted by: frak | April 9, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

In 2005, everyone thought it was a CB rich draft. Every ranking had the top guys in a different order. pacman, Antrel Rolle and Carlos Rogers all went in the first 9 selections. And none turned into a great player.

2009 sounds like a repeat with OTs. Rich in OTs, no agreement on how to rank them. Maybe there is greatness there, but I'm a bit wary, just because ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

z,
I'd like to see that D you have in mind, striking fear in the heart of the opposing offense. And imagine if Sean Taylor still walked the earth in the Burgundy and Gold.

I live for the day that the Skins OL is showing no mercy, wearing teams down in the 3rd and 4th. Doling it out, like the counter-trey of days gone by.

*sigh*

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

WWW.tinyurl.com/Corkmock

Posted by: TheCork | April 9, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking at this point that the FO actually does the sensible thing in the draft and take a tackle.

I've noticed that the hare-brained numb-nutness of the FO happens in spurts, interspersed with some sensible decisions.

For instance:

Open the offseason with letting Demetric Evans walk with zero offer, even though it seemed we could have signed him for a Honda Civic.

BUT, they salvage some credibility with a great Derrick Dockery snagging.

Then they follow that up by trying to trade JC17 for that snubbed prom queen now sitting in Chicago.

SO...it appears that their next move in the draft is going to be sane and helpful to the team in an area of great need, such as tackle.

Posted by: p1funk | April 9, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Against the Skins, Big Ben completed 5 of 17 passes for 50 yards... 0 TDs passing, 1 INT, and 1 TD rushing.

In the same game, JC17 completed 24 of 43 passes for 206 yards ... 0 TDs and 2 INTs.

The Steelers won 23-6.

Both QBs played like crap, but one team had bigger holes than the other.

Posted by: Alan4 | April 9, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

funk,
Where does signing Albert fit into your numb-nuttedness timeline?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Is Heyer ready? I doubt it. In his rookie year, I was hopeful, but 2008 told me he's likely to be a career backup. Optimism becomes realism?

As for Reinhart, how would anyone know? The little bit in preseason last year wasn't good, but its not a sample I'd read too much into.

For RT in 2009, I think its between Heyer, Jansen and 3 OL guys we draft beginning in round 3 -- maybe even Reinhart. Hoping 1 of those guys meets the challenge.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

...and what of Marcus Washington? Will he come in from the cold?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Against the Skins, Big Ben completed 5 of 17 passes for 50 yards... 0 TDs passing, 1 INT, and 1 TD rushing.

In the same game, JC17 completed 24 of 43 passes for 206 yards ... 0 TDs and 2 INTs.

The Steelers won 23-6.

Both QBs played like crap, but one team had bigger holes than the other.


Posted by: Alan4 | April 9, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The story of that game was defense and pass-rush, not QB play. Which is the whole story of the Steelers.

Look, I give kudos to Big Ben for that last game-winning drive in the SB; although I lay the blame more at the feet of AZ defense (seriously, Ben just locked into Holmes the whole drive).

But up until that drive, Big Ben was basically Trent Dilfer all season long.

Posted by: p1funk | April 9, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

At last...Pandora finally cues up some Ass Ponys.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

funk,
Where does signing Albert fit into your numb-nuttedness timeline?


Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

It's a tough one to call.

On the one hand, we did get the best D-lineman in football; yes, we paid a high price but that was his market value.

On the other hand, I thought it was a lot of money for one position that was not a high priority need for this team. And AH is not exactly the Eagle Scout of DTs.

My current plan is to pull a JLAC - I'm going to wait to see how AH turns out. If it turns out well, I will mention it in passing. But if he is a bust, then I'm going to rip the FO to high-heaven and act like I knew all along it was a bad signing even though I'm totally working off of 20/20 hindsight.

Posted by: p1funk | April 9, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Thats another thing the Titans definitely have better personnel on that line with Van Der Bosch and others, if they double and triple team A.H. , the odds of him sproinging a knee go up, GAAAAAAA!!! This board make-uh me uh cray-zay, me go now...

Posted by: frak | April 9, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

funk,
Got it. The deal was big, no doubt, but wasn't....well, we'll see. I think it was a position of need, certainly, just not the highest priority.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 9, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

and what of Marcus Washington? Will he come in from the cold?

Posted by: _Stumped_

I'm guessing the LB signing we just did means Marcus isn't likely to be here.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

We shouldn't lose a game at home this year outside of the division.
Kansas City, St louis and Denver are all rebuilding teams with weak defenses and should be easy victories
Tampa Bay has no quarterback at the moment, and their defense lost just about everybody who contributed.
New orleans had a good offense, but horrible defense. They just pass almost every down, and we consistently stopped those kind of offenses this year (Arizona, New Orleans, Dallas, Philly twice)

On the road

Oakland, San Diego and Detroit should be easy wins.

Carolina will probably be a loss, but when a qb has that bad of a game in NFC Champ, he might not be in the right mind frame come next season, and they have horrible cornerbacks (exposed by Arizona)

Atlanta- Their defense is weak, they lost their top DT and michael boley at linebacker, and offense is pretty good, about 50-50


Right now we stand at 8 pretty secure victories and two games in which we may win, probably lose so 8-0-2.

Division-

Philly- We beat them twice last year, and were about the only team who could stop their offense consistently. We should definitly beat them at home, probably lose in tough atmosphere up there

Dallas- Dallas sucks, they have no wideouts and secondary is old and weak. If we draft defense (Ayers and a LB) we will run circlesd around their tired slow oline. We dominated them once last year and lost because of our offensive ineptitude (which i hope will correct itself 2nd year) at home. I think we will definitly win at home and a toss up on the road.

NYG- Without Plax, who knows, i have a feeling their offense will be in park all year. Their defense will keep other teams in park as well. I think both games are toss ups, but we will probably lose at giant stadium, that place is a nightmare for us. they went 2-4 without him and didnt look good at all so who knows.

Leaves us at 10 pretty secure victories, 2 probable losses and 4 toss ups. I feel really good about the schedule, losing vs San Fran really helped, getting to play st louis and Detroit rather than seattle and green bay.

Posted by: DaFunBunch | April 9, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Front 7.

Left side. Daniels with Rocky behind him.
Middle. Albert+Golston with Fletcher
Right side. Carter with Curry behind him.

As the old Motown song says ... nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide.

If that's our front 7, the only way to beat us is via the air. Our secondary was the strongest unit on the team, with great athleticism. The guys we have coming back are ALL still improving.

Now, the stop the run, beat us thru the air approach might be problematic against Drew Brees and NO.

But vs Atlanta, we can shut down Michael Turner. Ryan would need to beat us thru the air.

Against Carolina, we're shutting down DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart. Delhomme would need to beat us thru the air

Against Tampa, we're shutting down Cadillac, et al. TBD would need to beat us thru the air.

Against the NFC East opponents, we shut down jacobs, barber and westbrook. The QBs we face are good, but look at the WRs. None of those guys strike fear into anyone.

Other RBs we face include Frank Gore, Steven Jackson, LT.

Aside from Brees and perhaps Rivers, we don't face the elite QBs and only a few elite WRs.

Get Curry, shut down the running games at the line and see what happens on 3rd and 9.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Oakland, San Diego and Detroit should be easy wins.

Posted by: DaFunBunch | April 9, 2009 8:20 PM |

Careful there funbunch, we have this terrible habit of playing bad teams horrible.


Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 9, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

ESPN's John Clayton is reporting that the Redskins have just signed 47 year old Jumpy Gaethers.

Gaethers would be the only Redskin that was a part of the 1991 Super Bowl team. He is expected to compete for a starting DT job with Cornelius Griffin.

Posted by: rickyroge | April 9, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Get Curry, shut down the running games at the line and see what happens on 3rd and 9.


Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

that sounds great but how do you propose getting Curry? How much are you willing to give up? This and next year's 1st rounders?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 9, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

SD isn't a pushover. Merriman will return and they have so much talent, its nuts that they went 8-8 last year. Oakland beat us the last time we met, even though they sucked then, too. Detroit, now that should be easy.

I see 3-1 or 2-2 vs the AFC this year. SD will be tough and I think there's a 50/50 chance that we get beat by 1 of the other 3.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

that sounds great but how do you propose getting Curry? How much are you willing to give up? This and next year's 1st rounders?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG

yup.
then draft nothing but OL for the next 2 years after we get Curry

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

As for Reinhart, how would anyone know? The little bit in preseason last year wasn't good, but its not a sample I'd read too much into.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009

Andre Smith is a but like Curry if not for his off-the-field character issues he would likely be in the Scouts top 3 players for this draft. He could be as much an impact player on the offensive line as Curry would be at linebacker.

That said, if they do trade up and use picks next year one would hope they would be smart enough to trade for more picks this year. It does look like they could fill the holes at LB and the OL with players drafted in the 2nd and 3rd rounds ... to compete with Heyer, Rhinehart, Blades, Thomas, McIntosh, and Wilson. I am hoping that Wilson can play that position. With his speed and size he could be a force both against the run, in coverage against screens etc, and pass rush.

Think you may be right about them giving up on MWash ... but also on Khary Campbell. So, in a sense Thomas may be an upgrade over Campbell. Blades backs up Fletcher.

Be interesting to see what they do ... trade down get more picks. Trade up for the Ram's pick and get Curry or Andre Smith.

Posted by: periculum | April 9, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

dafunbunch: "Leaves us at 10 pretty secure victories..."

10 secure victories?

Young man, pee in this here bottle.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 9, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The Problem: Skins O-line
The Solution: Mooooooooooobs!

Lucky Pick #13.

Go Moobs!

Posted by: Alan4 | April 9, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The 13 Skins 2nd and 3rd round picks since 2000:


TBD: Kelly, Thomas, Davis, Reinhart

Worked out: Smoot, Betts, Dockery, Rocky

Didn't work out: Lloyd Harrison, Rashard Bauman, Cliff Russell, Taylor Jacobs

Star: Cooley


4 TBDs, 4 that did nothing, 4 that did something and 1 star.


I guess this explains why I'm lukewarm about trading down. Some good, but only one guy of 13 who is a real 'cut above' talent.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 9, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The Problem: Skins O-line
The Solution: Mooooooooooobs!

Funny how similar he is to Haynesworth.

Posted by: periculum | April 9, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

There have been a lot of comments about how the Skins should take a OT with their pick at 13 but recent draft history would offer evidence that this would be a bad move. Drafting OTs in the 1st round is something that has to be done with care and caution. There have been successes - Jake Long and Joe Thomas - but there also have been flops - Robert Galleria - and mediocrities like Rickshaw Ferguson, Jamal Brown, Leevi Brown and Alex Baron who might be otay but certainly are not worth blowing a 1st round pick on. The key is finding OL like Thomas and Long who are polished products that have demonstrated (a) they resond well to coaching and (b) they have the discipline and determination to succeed at the next level. In the 2009 draft there are 2 OL who look like they can perform at the level of Long and Thomas - Monroe and Jason Smith. There are 2 other OTs that have the same talent level as Monroe and Smith but lack any signs of having discipline or coachability. These 2, Oher and Andre Smith, are essentially mauler/road grader types that definitely can create havoc, but probably almost as often for the offense as the defense with blown assigments and indiscriminant shoving and pushing and knockdowns. The Skins would be much better off using their 13 pick on someone who has a good chance of paying off or trade down and pick up a OL like Beatty or Britton who are disciplined and coachable and not that much less talented than Oher or Smith.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 9, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 9, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Ignore my comment about Jamal Brown in my previous post. Brown was a good draft choice for NO. He is an elite OL.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 9, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone, especially this FO, could draft poorly either at the top or bottom of the 1st round, or any round... I don't see any player in this draft worth going crazy over, i.e. by trading future draft picks. The Skins need to keep all of next year's picks, not just to stop mortgaging the future in general, but especially because we may well need them even more in 2010 if Campbell is mediocre this year and we want to try to grab one of the (allegedly) potential great QB's coming out next year.

Posted by: chasgiffen | April 9, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, chasgiffen, your post caused me to recoil in horror at the thought that through some act of careless malfeasance the front office might have already traded away one or more of the team's 2010 draft picks... do we still have the full slate of picks for next year? Can someone confirm this? Not that I'm going to miss any sleep over it, but now that my interest is piqued I really want to know...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 9, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

that sounds great but how do you propose getting Curry? How much are you willing to give up? This and next year's 1st rounders?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 9, 2009 8:46 PM

LMG, it would only be next year's first since this years would be a wash with the team we trade up to. Don't make it sound so dramatic!

Wish I could read poetic like Nate!

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 9, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Our 6th round pick in 2010 was traded for Jason Taylor, who may be playing for Miami again by then.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 10, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Curz, as far as I'm concerned you read just fine.

Dramatic, poetic, idiotic, cathartic, phlegmatic, automatic, Trevor Matich, whatever keeps the jibba jabba flowing...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 10, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Tampa Bay has no quarterback at the moment, and their defense lost just about everybody who contributed.

Posted by: DaFunBunch | April 9, 2009 8:20 PM

Leftwich is visiting Tampa Bay, so don't be so sure on this one!

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 10, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Sometime, late in the afternoon on a Sunday in late April, 2010, the final two bits of the Jason Taylor bill will be paid off.

Posted by: daggar | April 10, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Nate, according to Greg, today I was reading idiotic!

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 10, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and they expect better of me!

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 10, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Been a while since I killed the blog. Not even Peri is blogging. Maybe this is a good thing!

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 10, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

BOYCOTT REDSKINS GAMES

Im so sick of Danny and is little boy toy Vinny,

I never thought any owner could be worse the the Bill Bidwells but DANNY BOY IS. Yes he gives away money like water and the results are NOTHING. He trades draft picks for nothing. Well I want to trade DANNY BOY AND IHIS LITTLE GOLF BUDDY VINNY FOR NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Posted by: jasonm703 | April 10, 2009 3:23 AM | Report abuse

BEANTOWNGREG:

Thanks for rising to the bait. The crowd goes wild as he snags a lunker.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 10, 2009 6:41 AM | Report abuse

BOYCOTT REDSKINS GAMES

Posted by: jasonm703 | April 10, 2009 3:23 AM

Unfortunately, this will never work here. Too many fans on a waiting list that will take your spot with a quickness. Even if that weren't the case, fans of other teams would line the stands (think MNF vs. Pittsburgh last year), and their money is just as green as Redskins fans. Danny has the fanbase by the nuts and your only choice is to either keep taking it or walk away.

Sad but true...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 10, 2009 6:47 AM | Report abuse

The boycot idea sounds good if youdo it against Redskin products and their radio Network.

If as fans we do that then our owner mayget a message. For the revenew that these two things bring in helps to keep the skins in the green

That may be the only way to get them to change and we to get back to a winning team

Posted by: joevick | April 10, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how many Haynesworth jerseys have already been sold...

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Mosley talks receievers:

Hardcore analysis: The Redskins have only five picks in the draft, and I guarantee you they won't take a wide receiver at No. 13. They addressed this position in last year's draft by selecting Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly in the second round. They were ecstatic with those choices -- right up until training camp. Kelly was banged up and Thomas showed a lot of immaturity in his approach to the game.

I think Thomas has a chance to break through and make a significant contribution in '09. After watching Kelly play throughout his career at Oklahoma, I'm not so sure about him. This knee injury could be a lingering thing, and I don't see him as a real explosive player. But for now, the Redskins are stuck with their current cast of receivers. Santana Moss is an excellent receiver, but he's not a true No. 1 unless you have someone on the other side who keep defenses honest. Antwaan Randle El's not that guy.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

That may be the only way to get them to change and we to get back to a winning team

Posted by: joevick | April 10, 2009 7:20 AM

The only way a boycott works is if you get a huge segment of the fanbase to go along with it. As evidenced by some of the comments on this blog, some folks are so in love with the past and/or the colors that they'll accept the self-inflicted mediocrity that has become this team's m.o. Unfortunately, it's going to take rock bottom (a couple 2-14, 3-13 type seasons) for everyone to wake up to the reality that the way things are done here is counterproductive.

And that's the rub: while the current system keeps them from competing for a Super Bowl, the flip side is that this team will likely never hit that 2 or 3 win season because they get so much big name talent thru trade and FA. So they'll probably continue to bottom out at 5 wins and max out at 10.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 10, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Poop! [Just changing it up for my super smash brother, RedDMV].

I don't even want to confirm that that Jumpy Geathers thing was blogfraud.

Posted by: dcsween | April 10, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

"Since when is a "South Carolina boy" a Georgia fan??

I don't think so.

Posted by: swowra"


since I grew up and currently live 10 minutes away from Georgia, on the other side of the bridge.

Anyway, I don't care what you think and don't feel the need to defend my fandom. I'll be in Athens on Saturday for the G-Day game. IT'S FOOTBALL SEASON IN ATHENS! YALL ALL TUNE INTO ESPN on Saturday to watch THE DAWGS spring game.

anyway, so I'm sad I've missed the last two South Park episodes, heard they were good and one of 'em put Kanye in his place and he (Kanye) actually said South Park "murdered" him.

but The Office, WOW I can't believe it! I hate Ryan, he'll always be a temp. Dude got picked up by his mom last night! And Charles, GTFO Charles!!


Braves tonight against Washington @ ATL. Get ready!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

what was Jumpy's Wunderlic score??????

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

With our pick of an OL in the draft, improved play from our current line due to healed injuries and motivation from critics that they are over the hill and too old, We will much improved on offence. Clinton will rush for 1450 yards, 11 touchdowns. Campbell will have a career year. 3750 yards, 22 TDS 4 rushing. Skins finish 11-5 second to the Giants 12-4. Wildcard. How about that for a prediction. Is that good enough? I'll take that.

Posted by: FedorEm | April 10, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

but The Office, WOW I can't believe it! I hate Ryan, he'll always be a temp. Dude got picked up by his mom last night! And Charles, GTFO Charles!!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 8:05 AM

Don't worry...he'll get his in that Obsessed movie with Beyonce.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 10, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

"With our pick of an OL in the draft, improved play from our current line due to healed injuries and motivation from critics that they are over the hill and too old, We will much improved on offence. Clinton will rush for 1450 yards, 11 touchdowns. Campbell will have a career year. 3750 yards, 22 TDS 4 rushing. Skins finish 11-5 second to the Giants 12-4. Wildcard. How about that for a prediction. Is that good enough? I'll take that.

Posted by: FedorEm"


would you be satisfied with that if we didn't win a playoff game? Honest question.

I'm not really sure where our expectations are supposed to be for this year.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm not really sure where our expectations are supposed to be for this year.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 8:22 AM

I'm sticking with 8-8 and calling anything over that gravy. All throughout the Snyder era, the lower the expectations are the better this team performs. So keep 'em low...worst case scenario is you're right.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 10, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Truth,

I live over in Columbia. It's going to be another craptastic year for USC with Garcia now running the show. I've been cursed with a washed-up Spurrier for years now.

Posted by: swowra | April 10, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

any Spurrier is a bad Spurrier

but I swear to god only Florida can go out and get somebody even worse than Spurrier! Urban has zero class!

at least Spurrier can take a beating like a man. Urban cries and cries like the little twerp he is!

I got no beef with USC for the most part, but I did hear two fans just the other day talking about if they could only win one game it would be against us. I was just thinking "Clemson?"

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

NFL.com..

With the 13th pick, 'Skins will take USC linebacker Ray Maualuga...

"He's a ball hawk, he makes plays, his aggressiveness is what the Redskins like. A team official told me they're salivating over his 40 time from his pro day."

Posted by: swowra | April 10, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, if it's only one game it has to be Clemson. Given that you are over near Georgia, they may hate the Bulldogs more.

But if you polled the entire state, it would be Clemson.

Posted by: swowra | April 10, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

swowra, what did Rey run at his proday for a 40 time?

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 10, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

he had a 4.6 40 with a tweaked hammy

Posted by: swowra | April 10, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Greg, I don't know if I read it here or somewhere else, but he ran a solid 40 with a bad hammy.


thing is


the key phrase there isn't "he ran a solid 40"

key phrase is "bad hammy"

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

would you be satisfied with that if we didn't win a playoff game? Honest question.

I'm not really sure where our expectations are supposed to be for this year.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I would be happy with a winning season and a playoff appearance. Jason has to get there once himself. I am not asking for a championship. He needs playoff experience before he can lead us further. You gotta crawl before you walk.

Posted by: FedorEm | April 10, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

key phrase is "bad hammy"

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 8:52 AM

I'd still take him over the workout warrior.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Just saw that piece on Rey M. on nfl by Hanrahan. I am sold. That dude is Troy P on roids. Can't go wrong with samoan/polynesian dudes. All beasts.

Posted by: FedorEm | April 10, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

thanks....interesting. I still think that someone will fall to them at 13. Maybe I'm delusional, but I think it happens.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 10, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Can't go wrong with samoan/polynesian dudes. All beasts.

Posted by: FedorEm | April 10, 2009 8:58 AM

Look at the recent Super Bowl winners and even some of the contenders. You pretty much HAVE to have a Samoan to win in the NFL.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 10, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

"Byron Leftwich left another city empty-handed.

Five days after a visit with the Redskins failed to produce a contract, the free-agent QB departed Tampa without a deal from the Buccaneers, the St. Petersburg Times reports:

Now we’re hearing its unlikely the Bucs will sign Leftwich but they are committed to adding a fourth quarterback and wanted to evaluate him."

Posted by: swowra | April 10, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

key phrase is "bad hammy"

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 8:52 AM

I'd still take him over the workout warrior.


Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who ***

If only he had suspect knees, then we'd know for sure the FO would draft him!

Posted by: lsskinsfan | April 10, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

"but I swear to god only Florida can go out and get somebody even worse than Spurrier! Urban has zero class!"

I'll take 2 National Titles in three years as opposed to Class. Maybe three titles in four years? Stay a loser the rest of your life, oh, and stay classy. Hah!!

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Look at the recent Super Bowl winners and even some of the contenders. You pretty much HAVE to have a Samoan to win in the NFL.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 10, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Good point. Polamalu, Gnata, Seau, Kemoeatu, coming soon Malauga to the Skins baby!!!!!!

Posted by: FedorEm | April 10, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I'll take 2 National Titles in three years as opposed to Class. Maybe three titles in four years? Stay a loser the rest of your life, oh, and stay classy. Hah!!

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 9:26 AM

It's possible that his Utah squad would have won one if they were given a chance. Dude can flat out coach.

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 10, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

If you want to see a true Arse clown, take a look at Tennessee and Lane Kiffen. Guy has never accomplished anything of value but is louder than the Mouth of the South, Jimmy Hart.
I am looking forward to his baptism in the SEC.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

There's been a Leigh Torrence sighting!!!

From PFT:

End Of The Road For Jason David?
Posted by Mike Florio on April 10, 2009, 9:25 a.m.

When the Saints signed then-restricted free agent cornerback Jason David to an offer sheet in 2007, his former team didn’t bat an eye.

They let him walk, in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

The thinking was that the Colts’ Tampa Two defense doesn’t require cornerbacks to engage in extensive downfield coverage of receivers, but instead to handle mainly short zones and provide run support.

So some feared that David wouldn’t be able to make the transition.

And in his first game with the Saints, David proved that he couldn’t, getting torched by his former team’s offense.

Two full seasons later, the Saints might be willing to concede that they made a mistake.

As Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune recently pointed out in a Q&A item (hat tip to the Red Zone), the Saints likely will be parting ways with David, whose position on the depth chart behind Jabari Greer, Tracy Porter, Randall Gay, Leigh Torrence (nickel back), and Usama Young (dime) doesn’t justify his $2.4 million salary.

Duncan predicts that, if the Saints draft a rookie defensive back, David will be released.

We think that David will be gone no matter what. The Saints can easily sign a veteran free agent for the one-year minimum to fill David’s dramatically diminishing role.

Posted by: HenryHog | April 10, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Q: While Jason David hasn't been what the Saints organization and fans expected as a player, he hasn't been Fred Thomas (at the end of his career) either. This guy adjusted from being a Cover 2 corner to traditional man, and whether it's been him looking in the backfield occasionally, a safety not being able to track a pass, or the rush not getting home JD has still been a playmaker for the Saints defense. How can a guy that has eight interceptions and scored two defensive touchdowns over a two-year period be in danger of losing his roster spot? Sam Hawkins, Soto Canto AB, Honduras.
A: Easy answer, Sam -- money. David is scheduled to earn $2.4 million and carry a cap figure of $2.8 million this season. That's a lot of jack for a player his own head coach admits is not in the club's top three cornerbacks. The Saints are locked in with Jabari Greer, Tracy Porter and Randall Gay as their top three. That leaves, as Sean Payton recently said, Leigh Torrence and Usama Young as the nickel and dime backs. Trust me, Sean Payton didn't just forget to mention David's name when asked about his depth chart at cornerback. He's not counting on him. Now things might have changed in the last few weeks but I think the Saints are just waiting to see what transpires in the draft before making a move. You could make the case that David is more productive than either Young or Torrence, but that's not the point. The NFL is all about economics. You're not going to pay your No. 4 corner $2.4 million. Maybe the club would be willing to restructure David's contract and allow him to compete for a back-up spot, but that remains to be seen. Sure, David made some nice interceptions the past few years but he was victimized for twice that man big plays. In his case, the bad far outweighed the good. His play was so bad against the Panthers in Week 7 that the Saints made him inactive for the next two games, including a game against the pass-happy Chargers. He saw playing time and even started some games down the stretch solely because of a rash of injuries at the position. Here's how I see the situation: If the Saints add a rookie defensive back, then David is likely gone. Depending on what player they select, it would give them either five safeties or seven cornerbacks under contract. If they take a safety or corner in the first round, then that player is certain to make the roster. You know Greer, Porter, Gay, Sharper and Roman Harper are locks. I would think Young and Pierson Prioleau are in good shape to make it, as well. That would leave David to battle Torrence and perhaps another rookie for the final draft spot. That's a precarious position for an overpaid veteran like David. The best hope for David to make the final roster is for the Saints to select players at other positions in the draft. Otherwise, he's likely to find himself a victim of the numbers game.

http://blog.nola.com/jeffduncan/2009/04/post_3.html

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 10, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrence stays due to the economics of football.

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 10, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

'...With the 13th pick, 'Skins will take USC linebacker Ray Maualuga...'

Let's hope so.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 10, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

"I'll take 2 National Titles in three years as opposed to Class. Maybe three titles in four years? Stay a loser the rest of your life, oh, and stay classy. Hah!!

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 "

sucks that Georgia > Florida all-time

Hah!!


go get a haircut mullet boy

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

and yes, I'd take Maluaga (sp) with #13 if he fell. He's unanimously the best of the USC linebacker trio, but there lies the problem, dude was playing on a linebacking squad with another first round level backer and a guy who should also be drafted in Clay Matthews. I could probably have a decent year on that D.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

found a nice little writeup on Maualuga :


"There are few things scarier for a quarterback than a 6'2" and 254 pound angry linebacker screaming towards you. Meet Rey Maualuga.

Maualuga is so dominant on the field that scouts have thoroughly combed through his game to find any flaws that will prevent him from becoming the next Ray Lewis. His most notable negative is that he overreacts to plays which can get him caught out of position.

On the flip side, even when he does find himself out of position he still uses his strength and motor to disrupt blockers or even in some cases make the play from behind.

Maualuga is an elite run-stopping middle linebacker and he is the best blitzing middle-backer we have seen in years. If the D-Line can open up a hole for him, he will quickly buck the running back and start hounding the QB.

In the passing game Maualuga can get deep in his drop and does a good job of reading the quarterback's eyes and re-routing receivers. His man skills are average, but won't be called upon much.

If there is a sure thing in the NFL Draft, Rey Maualuga is it because of his sideline-to-sideline play making presence.

Most projections have him going five through nine. Although, Kansas City could really use his run-stopping ability at the third pick. "

also has writeups on the other two

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/116326-2009-nfl-draft-maualuga-cushing-lead-usc-lb-trio-into-draft

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

How long did Leigh Torrence sign with the Saints? I suggest we bring him back...as it does seem like we went downhill after we cut him. Don't get me wrong...I'm not saying losing his "supreme talent" was why we starting losing games after his departure but possibility just the bad karma involved.

Ok, hit me...I'm ready for your abuse....

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 10, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"I'll take 2 National Titles in three years as opposed to Class. Maybe three titles in four years? Stay a loser the rest of your life, oh, and stay classy. Hah!!

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 "

sucks that Georgia > Florida all-time

Hah!!


go get a haircut mullet boy""


Too bad that wasnt in your lifetime, unless you are 80.

Florida is 16-3 Since 1990. Enjoy living in the past!!! When was the last time Georgia won a National Title? Words mean nothing. Trophies mean everything.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

If there is a sure thing in the NFL Draft, Rey Maualuga is it because of his sideline-to-sideline play making presence.

Most projections have him going five through nine. Although, Kansas City could really use his run-stopping ability at the third pick. "

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 10:05 AM

I haven't seen him in the top thirteen of any draft. One thing I see is Cushing falling into the 20s. One mock had the three USC amigos going 23-24-25.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 10, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Truth11,

How was that 49-10 smackdown last year? How did it feel to watch the Gators win another one? As much as I love the Redskins and my season tickets with them. They will never stand up to the College football game and its Rivalries and the Passion of the Fans.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

How long did Leigh Torrence sign with the Saints? I suggest we bring him back...as it does seem like we went downhill after we cut him. Don't get me wrong...I'm not saying losing his "supreme talent" was why we starting losing games after his departure but possibility just the bad karma involved.

Ok, hit me...I'm ready for your abuse....

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 10, 2009 10:08 AM

I still can't believe they kept both Tryon and Westbrook over Torrence. Especially since everyone knew Springs wouldn't be here in 2009.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 10, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Lisa - I wouldn't mind bringing him back either as a dime CB....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 10, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm not 100 percent sold on rey, obviously there are greater issues elsewhere, but if you do take him, where does he play with Fletch in the middle....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 10, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"...but there lies the problem, dude was playing on a linebacking squad with another first round level backer and a guy who should also be drafted in Clay Matthews. I could probably have a decent year on that D."

From what I've read, it seems Maualuga impacted Cushing and Matthews more than the opposite. Film doesn't lie though, dude is a stud.

If the Skins do draft him, and Fletcher has a pro-bowl year behind Fat Albert...how much would Fletcher fetch in a trade?

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

yod, given his age, probably not much....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 10, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

As was the case the last few years, our players really are only worth anything to us.

I guess that's a by-product of Danny's 'spend first' mentality. Everyone knows we're stuck & we won't get what we consider proper value for them. That's why were always stuck trading pics for players rather than the other way around.

Still, we've got some talent & if we can find some diamonds in the rough out there (a la Horton) we may come out ok. Can a few of those be on the O-Line, though?!

geez...

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 10, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Here's the video of Rey popping his hammy at the combine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-mUneJSMAQ&feature=related

He was bothered by it a few weeks prior to the combine, but wanted to show the scouts what he could do.

Was still bothering him weeks later at Pro Day, but he gutted it out and ran a 4.6.

Still, with the recent hammy shabingi among 'Skins players, to me it's a concern.

Posted by: swowra | April 10, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Maualuga = Arrington?

Arrington was a beast LB who didn't play according to the scheme, and who could NOT beat an NFL tackle one-on-one. In the open field, Arrington was death -- he knocked Aikman right out of the league, but he could not shed blockers. Dude, if you can't do that, then you'd better play the scheme.

Really, one of the most dissappointing Redskins ever, because I kept waiting for the guy to eventually get it, and he never did. So forgive me if I am skeptical of drafting any LB in the first round this year, including reported roid-boy Cushing.

Posted by: dpc2003 | April 10, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Bean, I guess you're right...he will probably have another great year, but teams won't give up much because he's getting up there in age. It would be nice to get a 3rd or 4th round pick before he leaves though. Probably just daydreaming though...

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Maualuga = Arrington?

Posted by: dpc2003 | April 10, 2009 10:35 AM

Maualuga = Maulayoua

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 10, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Something that may affect your opinion of Rey Maualuga - Larry Michael LOVES him and wants the Skins to draft him.

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 10, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

"Larry Michael LOVES him and wants the Skins to draft him."

Son of a...

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Question is can Rey play Sam?

Posted by: skinfanman | April 10, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I think the days of us getting any pics for older vets are long gone. Unless the Vin&Dan show establish a winning ideology, our vets won't demand much on the market no matter how good they actually are.

I think our current linebackers will definitely benefit from Prince Albert if he stays healthy. (please no more JayTalorian 'hidden' injuries)!

I still think they need to really re-vamp their med/train staff, though. Wherever the Dolphins have been getting their trainers, we should be lookin' there too!

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 10, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

'...Maualuga is an elite run-stopping middle linebacker and he is the best blitzing middle-backer we have seen in years...'


Again: we wholeheartedly endorse drafting Mr. Maualga.

Slip him into #53--the jersey's not being used this year.

The fear is that the FO will look at C Wilson playing slb this off-season and think, "Hey, we don't need to upgrade the linebacker spots on our team."

Oh yes we do.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 10, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

This team has a glaring weakness that became evident the last 6 games of the year, and it's that the OL wore down. They're old, and they need an infusion of youth.

In MHO, there isn't a defensive player worth taking at 13 and leaving OL unaddressed. So, unless a miracle occurs and Monroe or Oher is available at 13, trade down for additional picks this year, and draft the best tackle and guard/center available.

The Sanchez stuff is just crazy. I went back and watched some of the games from last year, and JC made some really great plays. He's a solid pro, no Jay Cutler mind you, but solid. Give him time to throw and a running game, and he can win a SB. He's the best here since Doug Williams, and maybe even better than Doug.

Posted by: dpc2003 | April 10, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

And yeh, I'll pass on 'Hammy' Maualuga

O Line O Line O Line

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 10, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

ReyM is a MLB.

Please don't try to move him as well......

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 10, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

'...how much would Fletcher fetch in a trade?'

How about once you draft Maualga, you have a built in replacement.

And after a season of playing slb, maybe C Wilson finds a way onto the field.

That's two new young backers just because the FO made a forward thinking choice.

Also, there's no value in trading London Fletcher--the guy has more mileage on him than a 97 Honda Accord.

And yes: he is a player--but for how much longer?

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 10, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

there is a fundamental problem with our offense. first we have a smash mouth run game which entails that safeties and corners play up closer to suppor the run. Second we have a West Coast Offense that relies on short passes. in this we have a problem because if the Secondary is already up close to the line of scrimmage and then you try to throw short passes the secondary is already in position to lock down a receiver or break up the play. that is why our receivers are never open because the DB's are already in position to break up the pass. Until Zorn realizes this we will see more of the same next year.

If you are going to have a smash mouth run game then on the passing side you must air the football out in order to keep the secondary honest.

Football 102-

Posted by: GreatOne1 | April 10, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

how much could a flethcer fetch if a fletcher could fetch.

say that three times fast

Posted by: GreatOne1 | April 10, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"How about once you draft Maualga, you have a built in replacement."

That was my point Moe. That's why I asked if Fletcher would fetch anything of value in a trade, considering he'll probably put up pro-bowl numbers behind Fat Albert. Getting any draft pick is better than nothing.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Moe, I think you're looking at his last season here. Let's make our run this year for what it's worth.

We've got a lot of age around the corner. We're going to have to ditch it & start over again.
____________________________

And here's another radical idea that will never see an NFL board discussion, but should:

NCAA is starting to loose $$ and bowl games are losing sponsors, yaddda... Why not have the teams split the schools into 'farm systems' and sponsor the programs outright. It could do 2 things: Keep kids in school & develop talent without fully exploiting it.

My other idea is that 'pay for position' structure that eliminates agents! woo hoo!

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 10, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

dpc2003

'...there isn't a defensive player worth taking at 13 and leaving OL unaddressed...'


Not to argue the point, but given the depth of offensive line players in this draft, if you draft a defensive player at 13, you can still find an offensive lineman in round 3.

If one of the alleged 'elite' tackles is there, I doubt the team will draft him as it must feel it's Stephon Heyer's time to shine on one side and they have the steady Samuels on the other.

They've added Dockery, have Rhinehart--so a right guard/center prospect is what should be the hird round pick.

Hopefully.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 10, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"Taking advantage of his superior size and athleticism, Crabtree frequently won jump balls over smaller defenders down the field, alleviating the pressure on quarterbacks to make perfect throws." "pressure on quarterbacks to make perfect throws" - heh, heh. JC, your ship has just docked.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 10, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: skinfanman | April 10, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

1st round picks are inherently risky business.

How, and if... collegiate talent matriculates into the pro game is pure speculation. Among the many insidious variables: the effect of a large signing bonus on motivation is the most potentially damaging to a newbie's development.

Then there are the injuries that no one can account for, and the myriad other unknowns and intangibles that winnow the wheat from the chafe.

Until you get these youngsters into training camp and into the grind of a full season, it's anyone's guess who the next Matt Ryan, or Heath Shuler will be.

Let's stop this nonsense about Sanchez. We would've been much better off trading for a known quantity, like Cutler... but as a result of previous shortsightedness on the part of the FO, this team has too many other needs to address.

Campbell is a serviceable QB. We need an offensive line, first and foremost; to help both our run game and our QB, whomever he may be.

Trade down for more picks.

Nuff said...

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 10, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

unbelievably sad about Nick Adenhart. just senseless and horrible. Scott Boras is a scumbag - if I have to see him breaking down one more time on Sportscenter I'm going to puke. I may be cynical but he seems so phony to me.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 10, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Add to the "much in need of file;" a pass rushing DE.

Philip Daniels isn't the answer.

And if Chris Wilson was the answer at linebacker, or at any other position, one would think we might have seen that by now.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 10, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Moe, with glaring needs at OT and DE, why would we take Rey when we have a top 10 MLB in Fletch? I know he's 33 yrs old but that is a luxury pick...a luxury that we do not have, my friend. As a Terp fan, I'd love to see Heyer step up, but I think he's more of a depth guy. And Jansen has been a great REdskin, but he is probably finished as a top end starter. Draft Smith, Oher or Orakapo if any (likely Oher) are available

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 10, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"Too bad that wasnt in your lifetime, unless you are 80.

Florida is 16-3 Since 1990. Enjoy living in the past!!! When was the last time Georgia won a National Title? Words mean nothing. Trophies mean everything.


Posted by: gatorskinz2000"

maybe you don't get it

Georgia all-time, which is my lifetime, my dad's lifetime, my nephew's lifetime, my grandfather's lifetime > Florida


all-time

stupid loser, I hate you

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Trade down.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 10, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

What's the deal with Howie Long Jr?

He seems to have had an awfully quiet first season.

Not a peep.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 10, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Trade down."

with who?

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

With anyone who wants that #13 pick.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 10, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"With anyone who wants that #13 pick"

If the Skins don't want it, why would anyone else? Only if Stafford or Sanchez fall can I see them trading down...which is very unlikely.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

You probably never heard anything about "Howie Long Jr." because nobody by that name plays in the NFL.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 10, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Chris Long on the other hand had 4 sacks including one against the Redskins.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 10, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for clearing that up.

I totally thought his name was Howie Long Jr.

4 sacks?

Cooooooool!

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 10, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

True or False : They are who we thought they were.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I really love the way 'Hammy' can blitz with no one covering his position, or tackle in groups... those were the highlights, anyway.

Seriously can we pass on over-hyped USC juiced 'talent' please?

Corn-Fed middle american O Line. Do it!

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 10, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

... Scott Boras is a scumbag - if I have to see him breaking down one more time on Sportscenter I'm going to puke. I may be cynical but he seems so phony to me.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 10, 2009 11:18 AM

It creeped me out to see someone dedicated to a life of screwing others get so maudlin.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 10, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

If the Skins don't want it, why would anyone else? Only if Stafford or Sanchez fall can I see them trading down...which is very unlikely.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 11:43 AM

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Your logic is flawed.

What Vinny Cerrato wants or does not want is irrelevant.

see last years draft: WR - WR - TE

Are you telling me that there isn't another equally incompetent FO that the skins can get a deal done with?

Vinny Cerratto

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 10, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

CHIA! Are you still hanging out on the windowsill?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | April 10, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

That is a tough loss for all people involve. That guy killed 3 people. I wonder if he'll be able to cope with that. He affected many lives.

I am glad the pitcher went out on the up and up, though. 5 scoreless innings. And he was young. Potential may have been on the cusp of being realized...........

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 10, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

JohnDinHouston,

I was sold to the highest bidder on ebay for $.25.

They put me in a box, shipped me to Salt Lake City.

I'm now perched on a nice sill on a south facing bay window overlooking a wide swath of white capped peaks.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 10, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"Larry Michael LOVES him and wants the Skins to draft him."

Son of a...

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

If Larry Michael loves him, then I want nothing to do with him.

The only thing worse than our laughingstock FO is their crony yes-men...

Posted by: p1funk | April 10, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Kiper has us taking Sanchez in his altest mock draft

Posted by: Skins281 | April 10, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Where? 13? He wont be there...
++++++++

Kiper has us taking Sanchez in his altest mock draft

Posted by: Skins281 | April 10, 2009 12:36 PM

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 10, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

49-10, National Champions.


After their humiliating defeat to Florida, Georgia's season crumbled.

I love you Georgia Fan!!! You make all us Florida Fans happy with your hate and jealousy. Drink the Haterade, its soooo good..

Good Luck this year, hahaha

Entire Defense returns, Georgia will be lucky to get 10 pts this year.

Ahhh 1980, it was only 29 years ago, I would be bitter like you too.

Better to be a winner and hated, than a loser trying to find a shoulder to cry on.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrence stays due to the economics of football.
Posted by: 4thFloor

I think it's clearer to state that "Leigh Torrence's march to the Hall of Fame continues due to the economics of football".

Posted by: daggar | April 10, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I think Seattle takes Sanchez at 4. Cant see Holmgren passing up a elite QB to take Hasselback place.. Didnt Hasselb have an avg to below avg year last year?

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 10, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

And Truth11,

Mullets are grown out in Georgia, not Florida. And you know this, man..............

I know you love that initial hit from Brandon Spikes on your overrated Knowshon. How well did he do in that game?

In the past 19 years you have had 3 times to be happy. Kudos to you.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

1) we don't judge our happiness on beating some lame ass Gators

2) Spikes has just as much class as everyone else on that team. I was just wondering wtf he was doing humping Moreno. Romo ***.

3) here is a picture of our good friend gatorskinz2000

http://bigeastsux.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/gatorfans.jpg

GO GATURSSS DURRR


idiot

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

From NFL.COM
Needs Analysis: The Seahawks are high enough in the draft (No. 4 in the first round) to take a quarterback. They might surprise with the pick instead of making the obvious selection, an offensive tackle or even a cornerback.

I think if Danny really wants Sanchez, the key will be a deal with KC picking at No. 3 before the Hawks grab Sanchez..
What does KC need the most? Run stoppers / LB's. So what does Danny offer to move up to 3?

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 10, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

All the NFL experts say that mock drafts are never right and have really bad percentages.

All the NFL experts say you shouldn't draft according to team needs, but pick the best available player.

I'm not an NFL expert, so I have nothing to say.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 10, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

What does KC need the most? Run stoppers / LB's. So what does Danny offer to move up to 3?

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 10, 2009 12:51 PM

Nothing. The only way Danny should move up is if someone desperately wants to get out of their pick. Then he offers a bare bones trade otherwise it is not worth it.

Due to economics, the Skins cannot afford to move up.

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

How about this truth11, if you are in the DC area when wifey doesnt want to go to a skins game, I will offer you her ticket for free. No joke. Despite the internal hate of SEC fans, it is still the best conference in the country and I would enjoy talking trash with you all day.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Video games will be responsible for the Skins winning a Super Bowl:

http://affiliate.kickapps.com/_Chemistry-Homework/BLOG/238275/84736.html?widgetId=103383

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"All the NFL experts say you shouldn't draft according to team needs, but pick the best available player."

What? Says who? Mel Kiper has his BPA (as in #1 on the "Big Board") as Aaron Curry, but has Matthew Stafford going to Detroit.

A couple years ago, he had Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson as #1-#2, yet had them going later in the draft than their "BPA" suggested.

The only time you should ever draft BPA is when your team doesn't have a true "need". Everything in the draft is hit or miss, so the best chance of landing a draft selection that works for your team is to select a need. At least with that, the guy has a better chance to make an impact even if he doesn't become a home-run draft selection.

Posted by: psps23 | April 10, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

HAHAA, the infamous Jorts. I love it.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Taking a QB high in this draft would be the biggest lamest full-retard move that the FO could make.

Do we trade Campbell straight up?We would basically be starting from scratch with a totally unproven commodity.

Or we would have to stash him on the bench and let Campbell play - but what if Campbell has a great year? What if he's worthy of an extension? Do we continue to pay #13 money or top 10 $ to a backup? Do we trade him? To whom? For what? We'd never get equal value in return b/c he'd never have a chance to prove himself and without that chance his stock would never be as high as it would be on draft day.

Would we let Campbell walk after a stellar season? If so, WTH happens to Colt Brennan? Have we just decided that he sucks and has no future here and we admit that we wasted (yet another) late round pick?

Frankly, I would rather that we trade down and take 2 WRs and a TE than take Mark FRIGGIN Sanchez at #13...

Posted by: p1funk | April 10, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 10, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"How about this truth11, if you are in the DC area when wifey doesnt want to go to a skins game, I will offer you her ticket for free. No joke. Despite the internal hate of SEC fans, it is still the best conference in the country and I would enjoy talking trash with you all day.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000"

I live in SC, have made plans to go to Skins game in the last couple years but haven't ever actually had the time. This year I'm going to the game @ ATL and @ CAR for sure, so I probably won't be headed up there.


as long as you don't wear any stupid orange or blue (god awful, ugly colors seriously) or mention Florida, we'd be fine. Nothing more obnoxious than a Florida fans are like yankees, they're okay until you realize they're a Florida fan (or a yankee).

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Georgia all-time, which is my lifetime, my dad's lifetime, my nephew's lifetime, my grandfather's lifetime > Florida


all-time stupid loser, I hate you
Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009

SCAD is much, much better than any bulldog or yellow jacket ... they have Picasso!

Posted by: periculum | April 10, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

What? Says who? Mel Kiper has his BPA (as in #1 on the "Big Board") as Aaron Curry, but has Matthew Stafford going to Detroit.

psps23 Curry would fit a need, unfortunately not the greatest and most critical need right now ... but he would fill a need. They do need a replacement for MWash ...

However, Andre Smith would fill a far more critical need ... with a single dimensional
running back, a dearth of wide receivers ...
a beefed up offensive line can help the backups be productive at wide receiver and running back.

Posted by: periculum | April 10, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I dont know about that, no fans compare to the Yankee fans. They are in a league all to themselves. Well maybe Philly fans, they are all Nuckin Futs.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

How about this truth11, if you are in the DC area when wifey doesnt want to go to a skins game, I will offer you her ticket for free. No joke. Despite the internal hate of SEC fans, it is still the best conference in the country and I would enjoy talking trash with you all day.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | April 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse


HA! Truth11 is NOT an SEC guy. He's a jock-sniffing poser who carries water for Georgia b/c his own school had no athletic programs worth paying attention to.

Gatorskinz, If you want to go to the game with an actual SEC guy, keep looking...

Posted by: p1funk | April 10, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

where is POSITIONAL BATTLE:

Jason Reid - prognosticator extraordinaire vs.
Jason LaCanfora - Baltimore's answer to Mel Kiper

Posted by: periculum | April 10, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, I would rather that we trade down and take 2 WRs and a TE than take Mark FRIGGIN Sanchez at #13...

Posted by: p1funk

I'm with you. I didn't think of stashing him on the bench, though. Ultimately, I just want to see Campbell finish his contract and prove himself.....and re-sign.

We're stacked at QB already if Leftwich comes even more so. It won't matter who the QB is if we don't get some young OT's in here!

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 10, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The only way I'd be happy about drafting a QB would be if he was instantly traded for something better - like the Eli Manning trade.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | April 10, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

How about once you draft Maualga, you have a built in replacement. And after a season of playing slb, maybe C Wilson finds a way onto the field.

That's two new young backers just because the FO made a forward thinking choice.

Moe, by your own logic this makes no sense. You have a competent backup who is still developing in HB Blades. He started and the defense finished 4th. So, why Maualaga?

Whereas Heyer was on the field when the OL collapsed in the 2nd half and did not receive the glowing ratings one would have hoped for.

So, if its between Andre Smith and Curry or any of the SC LB's you swallow hard and pick Andre Smith.

Posted by: periculum | April 10, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

HA! Truth11 is NOT an SEC guy. He's a jock-sniffing poser who carries water for Georgia b/c his own school had no athletic programs worth paying attention to.

Gatorskinz, If you want to go to the game with an actual SEC guy, keep looking...

Posted by: p1funk | April 10, 2009

SCAD rules, Georgia State is next.

Posted by: periculum | April 10, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"HA! Truth11 is NOT an SEC guy. He's a jock-sniffing poser who carries water for Georgia b/c his own school had no athletic programs worth paying attention to.

Gatorskinz, If you want to go to the game with an actual SEC guy, keep looking...

Posted by: p1funk "

you're partly right

I wouldn't consider myself an "SEC guy"

that'd be like cheering for Philly, Dallas, and the Giants. Ain't happening.

I'm a Dawg fan, screw majority of the SEC. Screw Auburn, Florida, LSWho, Carolina, etc.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 10, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't see the logic in taking any defensive player at #13 for this team in this draft.

If our tackle is not there at #13, then we look to trade down for more picks to beef up the O-line.

We are not building the 2000 Ravens or the Steelers. If we were, then why would our Baby Huey owner be prepared to trade our picks for Jay Cutler?

We've got plenty of $$ and bodies invested in the defense.

IT IS TIME TO SOLVE THE O-LINE PROBLEMS NOW!

Posted by: p1funk | April 10, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"I'm a Dawg fan, screw majority of the SEC. Screw Auburn"

Glad you know who to put first.

Screw UGA.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 10, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

IT IS TIME TO SOLVE THE O-LINE PROBLEMS NOW!

Posted by: p1funk

I agree. I do see some logic in taking a LB or DE that could START right away and allow us to make some cuts.

More logic than a QB, for sure.

Then the most logical move is OT. Andre Smith is the guy I would like to see here, if he's gone then Oher should be there.

It's hard to argue with taking an SEC lineman at a position of need. Anyone can bust, but this is a SAFE pick.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 10, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

that sounds great but how do you propose getting Curry? How much are you willing to give up? This and next year's 1st rounders?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 9, 2009 8:46 PM

LMG, it would only be next year's first since this years would be a wash with the team we trade up to. Don't make it sound so dramatic!

Wish I could read poetic like Nate!

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 9, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

what are you, a lawyer? spin doctor? I'm not being dramatic, I'm stating a fact - do you think Aaron Curry is worth 2 frist round picks? I wasn't saying he is or isn't, merely fueling the discussion.

For my money, I would not do that trade even if it were possible. We have too many needs. Those type of trades almost always benefit the team getting additional picks. I think Curry will be a fine player, but I don't think he's the next LT.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 10, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Dear Danny/Vinny

Take the best 4 at the following positions OT, OLB, DL and rank the players...whichever is the top ranked player on this board you take at no.13.

Is this so hard to figure out???

Posted by: carsonspence | April 10, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

We are going to draft Michael Oher, 70% chance. Andre Smith is unlikely to be available. Orakapo will most likely be gone too. Someone will save us from ourselves and draft Sanchez. They will take the best OT on the board, which will be the Ole Miss giant. I am totally OK with that.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 10, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"Andre Smith, who once was considered the top offensive tackle and maybe the best player in this year's draft, only to lose that projection -- and likely millions of dollars -- with a series of questionable decisions, is expected to work out for the Detroit Lions next week."

Posted by: swowra | April 10, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Baby Huey is actually bigger and has a better football IQ than Snyder.

So, if its between Andre Smith and Curry or any of the SC LB's you swallow hard and pick Andre Smith.

Posted by: periculum | April 10, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Periculum, I assume you mean trading up for Curry...if he is there at 13 (which he won't be), you would take Andre Smith over him?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 10, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Nothing. The only way Danny should move up is if someone desperately wants to get out of their pick. Then he offers a bare bones trade otherwise it is not worth it.

Due to economics, the Skins cannot afford to move up.

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

weren't you arguing we should do this earlier? I agree we shouldn't but..

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 10, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 10, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Actually we're looking to move down and have someone that wants Sanchez move up into our spot.

The problem is the 2 interested teams dont have anything great to offer (Minnesota and TB)....

I guess if we're desperate we could take Minnesota's 1st and 2nd but theyre 2nd is so low (54) its a bad value for us to drop from 13 to 22 unless they throw in something else.

Posted by: mac2j | April 10, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, I would rather that we trade down and take 2 WRs and a TE than take Mark FRIGGIN Sanchez at #13...

Posted by: p1funk | April 10, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Best idea yet. p1funk, I have to agree with you.

Posted by: frediefritz | April 10, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

We have a good chance to get Samuels eventual replacement in

Smith or Oher

We better do it now while we have the chance

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 10, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I think Seattle takes Sanchez at 4. Cant see Holmgren passing up a elite QB to take Hasselback place.. Didnt Hasselb have an avg to below avg year last year?

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM

Holmgren is no longer with the Seahawks....Jim Mora, Jr. is their new coach.

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 10, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Corrected.. Thanks
++++++


I think Seattle takes Sanchez at 4. Cant see Seattle passing up a elite QB to take Hasselback place.. Didnt Hasselb have an avg to below avg year last year?

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM

Holmgren is no longer with the Seahawks....Jim Mora, Jr. is their new coach.

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 10, 2009 3:39 PM

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 11, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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