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Alridge Takes R. Thomas's Roster Spot

The Redskins have signed running back Anthony Alridge off the Houston Texans' practice squad, the team has announced. Alridge takes the spot vacated by Randy Thomas, who was placed on the injured-reserve list and will undergo surgery to repair his torn right triceps.

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Other matters warrant your attention. Dan Steinberg has comments by Clinton Portis on Jim Zorn's playcalling. He says he and the offense are about to have a breakthrough.

By Jason Reid  |  September 22, 2009; 9:17 PM ET
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Comments

First to say the sky is falling waaaaaaahhhhhhhhh CRAZY STUPID NUTS

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | September 22, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I like that addition.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 22, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Seriously...two games in to the season and already everyone knows if Zorn/Campbell should stay....

You are no better than Snyder, stop getting on Snyder for making stupid rash decisions when you call for the same...

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | September 22, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

First to say i told you so...as predicted, Anthony Alridge back on the roster. Maybe he'll provide a spark! Glad to have some speed in the backfield!

Posted by: brian58 | September 22, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Crowded backfield, something will have to give. Alridge now has to stay on the active 53 for something like 3 weeks.
I really don't know what to make of this signing.

Posted by: daggar | September 22, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I was a big fan of Alridge in the preseason. I am concerned about the fumbling, but I think he gives the skins the big play capability they lack. Clearly we need someone who doesn't get caught at the 10 yd line leaving us with another red zone "opportunity". Once again I will say this team can't rely on 14 play drives to score touchdowns. We need big plays. Now, will he actually see the field.

Posted by: CTSkins | September 22, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Have to say, CUT HENSON NOW, get another olineman in there in his spot cause that guy is a m**therf****n IDIOT!!!! Cant believe there isnt more venom for that guy bc he insulted every one of us and he wont sniff a starting lineup his entire career.

Posted by: jefferboy | September 22, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I think the writing's on the wall for Mason. But he leaves knowing he now has more NFL carries than Beantown.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 22, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who don't read the blog on redskins.com and who want to rip Zorn for his playcalling, or boo your home team in a win, or are just dimwits who work at McDonald's (joke), I recommend reading this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outcome_bias

and this:

http://www.advancednflstats.com/2009/09/jim-zorn-on-4th-down.html

and also this:

http://www.advancednflstats.com/2009/09/hawks-doves-and-home-field-advantage.html

Posted by: mmeixler | September 22, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

***From previous thread***

I missed a lot today.

So Jim Zorn tried to carry Sonny Jurgensen?

An all-time great 'skins QB, f that, an all-time NFL QB calls out Zorn and his play-calling, and people are actually siding with f***ing JIM ZORN!

Never ceases to amaze me how far will people go to carry the "I'm right" flag.

What the hell has Jim Zorn done in this league. Jurgensen has forgotten more about football than Zorn can ever learn. 'Cause in his day the QB called the plays, not some corny, arrogant hack HC trying to be a genius.

What's funny is the same people who are siding with Zorn, are the same bamas who are always talking about "how fake 'so-called' fans are", and how they've been following the 'skins for how ever many years.

But yet, a classic QB that donned the burgundy and gold comes out and makes logical criticism of Jim Zorn, and most of them side with Zorn.

smh..ufb...
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Looks like many who wanted Mason and Aldridge (I'm one!) on the roster have gotten their wish.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 22, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to see my cousin Vinny addressed the offensive line needs again. I can't wait to see this guy block as the pulling guard on fourth and two.

Posted by: dcdash | September 22, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Henson didn't offend me.

Posted by: noluvdr | September 22, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

At least we have a change up back? Trying to be positive.

Posted by: mack1 | September 22, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Our Dline doesn't sack enough...
Our Oline doesn't give Campbell enough time...
Suisham misses kicks...
Practice too much...
Practice too little...
Too many picks...
Not enough ballzy plays....
Can't beat the bad teams...
Can't beat the good teams....
Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

so glad this is pros and not college, in the end you either win it all or u don't....

NO ONE REMEMBERS WHO GOT SECOND!!!!!

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | September 22, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who don't read the blog on redskins.com and who want to rip Zorn for his playcalling, or boo your home team in a win, or are just dimwits who work at McDonald's (joke), I recommend reading this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outcome_bias

and this:

http://www.advancednflstats.com/2009/09/jim-zorn-on-4th-down.html

and also this:

http://www.advancednflstats.com/2009/09/hawks-doves-and-home-field-advantage.html

Posted by: mmeixler | September 22, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Actually, from the comments I've seen on this blog, the decision to go for it on 4th down hasn't been criticized much. What's been criticized has been the play selection on the 4th down.

Why call a running play which bounces to the outside left? We'd been running that way all day, they knew we were coming and (from what someone said on here earlier) they overloaded that side on defense.

I'm surprised they don't use JC17 on QB sneak plays in these situations. Dude's really big and tall and powerful. You'd think he'd be able to get half a yard without even trying.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 22, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Cause Sonny was such a good coach or commentator....

When did Sonny get any type of coaching job or respectable analyst on TV or Radio?

The guy is a homer, so am I, but his opinion means JACKKKKK

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | September 22, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I think we don't call the sneak because our center isn't very good.

Posted by: CTSkins | September 22, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Can Aldringe play offensive guard?

Posted by: DownTownClown | September 22, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Have to say, CUT HENSON NOW, get another olineman in there in his spot cause that guy is a m**therf****n IDIOT!!!! Cant believe there isnt more venom for that guy bc he insulted every one of us and he wont sniff a starting lineup his entire career.

Posted by: jefferboy | September 22, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

He made a mistake. He admitted it. It is true though, he signed autographs at camp when most players just hit the showers. Dude was out there longer than anyone the day I went. Him, doughty, eloi, Santana and orakpo were about the only ones and Henson stayed the longest by far so I think his heart is in the right place.

As far as him never starting, who knows? You couldve said the same about Antonio pierce at this stage in his career and we know how that turned out.

Posted by: AdamCr | September 22, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

DownTownClown

Funny you say that. I just sent an e-mail to a friend telling him of the signing and he said the exact same thing.

Posted by: CTSkins | September 22, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Can Aldringe play offensive guard?

Posted by: DownTownClown | September 22, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Never mind that... Can he take over play calling duties inside the red zone?

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 22, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Sonny was a CBS analyst for NFC games for a few years after he retired, but if I remember correctly his drinking caught up with him and his contract was not renewed.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 22, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

henson's a d!ck cause he went to the "you wish you were me" defense against perfectly justified fans. our support is not guaranteed...it must be earned JUST like their pay check and JUST like a superbowl. to think anything else is pure chavist/snyder fantasy. Also, it's obvious that we wish we were him. He needs to have more respect for those able to rise above such immature trivialities and pay to see him play. Yes i wish i were getting laid and paid insane amounts to play sports. pointing that out is stupid and makes you look like a jack@ss

Posted by: batigol85 | September 22, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone excited about "Butterfingers" Aldridge? Folks are talking like Mr. Fumblitis is the second coming of Joe Washington.

Posted by: dcwun | September 22, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Alridge can take it to the house. We won't need any red zone offense. Just so you know, I have been drinking heavily tonight.

Posted by: CTSkins | September 22, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

From previous thread, welcome back Aldridge!

RED, it takes zero class, balls, or knowledge to talk about "how I would have run that play" (or not run it) hours after the game with hindsight. It's armchair quarterbacking no matter who it comes from.

Grandstanding, self serving, and disrespectful. And shameful for someone with his pedigree to stoop to dialogue of this nature in an attempt to upstage a current head coach based on sh!t that happend 40 years ago-- ANYONE can second guess after the fact. Sonny can disagree with the call, and I respect his opinion, it's the way he voiced it and the timing of it that rubs me the wrong way.

That said, the call in question also rubbed me the wrong way. Respectfully disagree with Zorn on that one.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 22, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 22, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Armchair quarterbacking is for us bloggers, not HOF quarterbacks while on the air with the coach, who BTW just won the game.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 22, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

THis is not good news for Mason.... I like Mason.. but its like he is too much like Betts.. Either him or Betts has to go....

Posted by: cocodc1 | September 22, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Rachel's in heaven right now ... :)

Posted by: periculum | September 22, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I love this signing. He had fumbling issues in the preseason but that can be overcome. You can't teach speed and he gives us a true "home run threat". I have been very pessimistic about the Skins lately, but after the weekend and I have had time to cool off, I feel better. They need to make a statement in Detroit this weekend. I know that "a win is a win is a win"... whatever. The Skins have and will always have high expectations and there is no way that they could not regain the status of an elite team. I am sick of watching New England, Pittsburgh, and the Giants dominate every year. If Al-Davis-of-the-East will allow it, and Vinny lets Morocco take on a greater role, I know the Skins can do it. Let's go Rhino! This is your shot!

Posted by: HogInCharlotte | September 22, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd take Mason anyday before Aldridge. We've heard for a while that Butterfingers is Vinny's boy.

Posted by: dcwun | September 22, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

An interesting choice. Count me among the confused.

This might push DT11 back, as he has been getting some time in kickoff return. It's also another push on Rock. Didn't Alridge fumble in preseason? Rock is about where he was last year. Good, not great. Betts and Thomas have 1 KR each ... same result as Rock.

Randle El has remained our PR guy, could be a change there. I like getting ARE off KR. He's not a great PR and his is a valuable WR. Have him do more of what he is doing well.

I have a hard time thinking Alridge is coming in here to be a 4th/5th RB. Portis, Betts and Mason all beat him out. Portis is #1. Betts has shown again why he deserves to be our #2 back.

Its a bit early to make a change on Mason at #3. Rock is the #4 RB and he never sees the field as an RB, so why would Alridge come in to play RB?

This could be about getting our future return man in house for later this year or even 2010.

I might be confusing Alridge with Dorsey, but ...

My sneaking suspicion is that he is here because of .... Mike Shanahan. Shanahan apparently likes the kid and maybe we're getting closer to bringing Shanahan into the fold.

fwiw, I think Shanahan the coach is much better than Shanahan the GM/President.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 22, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Ker - thunk - that sound you just heard was Portis running into his own player - AGAIN!!!

Ker - umph - that was the sound of Portis running into the tackler - AGAIN, instead of avoiding him. He has lost his "vision" as a back. The Aldridge move is curious.

Posted by: LMichael1 | September 22, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse


Vinny's boy or not, he gives us something we did not have: homerun ability. Mason is just another Betts. This team needs someone who can take a screen pass and turn it into an 80 yard TD. Alridge can do that.

Posted by: CTSkins | September 22, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Addendum. O line shallowness is obvious.

From stat man Boswell yesterday, " One of the critical ways to measure an NFL quarterback is his percentage of touchdown passes. In all eras, from Sammy Baugh (6.2 percent of his passes were touchdowns) to the present, the great passers know how to finish a drive. A typical touchdown percentage for a star is between 4.5 percent and 6 percent. Below 4 percent is poor. Zorn himself, as well as ex-Redskins coach Steve Spurrier, were only at 3.5 percent.

Out of all the 219 passers in NFL history who have thrown at least 900 passes, Campbell ranks in a five-way tie for 201st at 3.1 percent. Only 14 quarterbacks, all nonentities, rank lower. " Todd Collins career % is 3.4 on 651 attempts; 4.8 in 2007. This is the elephant in the room. Funny how Saunders' O worked when Collins played as it probably would w/ Zorn's.

Spare me the career backup stuff because Soupy will probably be a backup for the rest of his career after this season (like his clone Kyle Boller). DC needs a right now guy. There are older QB's that have won Super Bowls so give the ageism a rest too.

Soup is better in the gun, but the run game becomes limited in it. Still can't read the D quick enough and I've sadly watched him since 2003. Cooley and Davis lined up side by side on at least three plays on Sunday, down the hash marks for at least one huge gain (Davis) and the ball went somewhere else.

Big Ben can read a D, move in the pocket and make winning plays. Please stop making excuses for an average (at best) QB that never has consistently shown these traits from 2003 to the present day.

Sonny was better than Billy, as was Theismann. Doug was better than Jay; Stan was better than Ryp, although DC won a ring with him. As most fans, I do not care what the DC QB looks like but want them to win by as much as possible ASAP. Collins is better than Soup. Prepare a QB for when he's done winning for DC.

HTTR

Posted by: Realness1 | September 22, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I just read Portis's comments from above. He puts all the blame on the execution. Says Zorn is a great play caller. Never known Portis to not speak his mind.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Interesting call on the Shanahan angle. I'm not sure they would do anything mid season, but...

Posted by: CTSkins | September 22, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

"The Redskins have signed running back Anthony Alridge off the Houston Texans' practice squad,.."

Wow.

We replace injured linemen with scatbacks and wonder why we have problems.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"The Redskins have signed running back Anthony Alridge off the Houston Texans' practice squad,.."

Wow.

We replace injured linemen with scatbacks and wonder why we have problems.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:08 PM |

How many O Line do teams usually keep on the 53?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

zceszcest

"My sneaking suspicion is that he (Aldrigde)is here because of Shanahan..."

I think he's here for speed.

The redskins don't have a 'field-flipper,' a speed guy who can change field position with a nice 30-40 yard run.

If you ever see the 34 yard run Portis had in the jints' game, ask yourself: would he have broken it for a long score four years ago.

Yes.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

How many O Line do teams usually keep on the 53?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuseDallas-10
Giants-9
Philly-9

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_NFL_team_rosters

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 22, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe, I think we kept an extra lineman after the final cutdowns for just this kind scenario. It has happened. Now let's get the last cut player back in the fold. That player was obviously Alridge.

Posted by: CTSkins | September 22, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

How many O Line do teams usually keep on the 53?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuseDallas-10
Giants-9
Philly-9

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_NFL_team_rosters

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 22, 2009 10:13 PM |

So now we have 9 + 1 on the PS>

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Bears, Viking, Titans and Jets all have 8 OLs on their current rosters.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 22, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

scampbell

"How many O Line do teams usually keep on the 53?"


I'd think it was a need issue, myself.

I mean, according to this post, the team feels Heyer's not getting it done, Williams isn't a quality replacement, Thomas' career is prob over, Rabach isn't all that, and if Samuels gets hurt, we'll all be shouting, "Danger, Will Robinson is playing."

The skins probably need to carry like, twenty-five o-linemen and smelling salts for Campbell.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I mean, according to this post, the team feels Heyer's not getting it done, Williams isn't a quality replacement, Thomas' career is prob over, Rabach isn't all that, and if Samuels gets hurt, we'll all be shouting, "Danger, Will Robinson is playing."

The skins probably need to carry like, twenty-five o-linemen and smelling salts for Campbell.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:17 PM |

I don't think Heyer has done that bad. J. Reid pulled one of those "according to sources" things that JLaC trained him to do. I did see him miss the snap count on a play this weekend and get ran by before he even got out of his stance though. For that matter I saw Haynseworth take a third down off and it was an important one. He barely made it into his stance and then just stood there and watched everyone else play.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

On Zorn:

Going for it on 4th down. Both times, he made the right decision. One worked, one didn't.

The run to the left didn't work. Me, I would have preferred a pass play where Jason can make a play with his arm or his legs. But ultimately, it wasn't a horrible call. Tired Ram defense. Running a money player (Portis) behind another money player (Samuels). OK call, it didn't work.

On playcalling. Lots of bad calls, and some of his worst decisions aren't even coming up in these discussions (but it will in this week's ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES).

On dealing with Sonny. Sonny appropriately challenged Zorn. Zorn said what he needed to say. Zorn made it clear he is in charge, which was as good an answer as any. The issue that bothers me here is that Sonny would be a terrific resource for Campbell and I doubt that is happening. Lastly, that question, though it was directed at Jim Zorn, was really meant as a message to Jason Campbell. Don't be afraid to assert yourself with your coach.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 22, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Dolphins, Pats, Ravens, Browns, Titans, Chefs, Chargers, Giants, Lions, Falcons, Saints, Bucs, Cards, and Seattle all have five RBs on current roster.

Raiders, Panthers and Packers have SIX. Skins not straying too far from the norm here.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 22, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Classic Crock or Classic La Canfora?:

"....Is it Zorn's fault the people in charge of player personnel have not appropriately addressed an offensive line clearly in need of help? I don't think it can be overstated what a bad job management has done constructing and replenishing the offensive line...."


Memba the Ravens v. Redskins post Canfora did that we all hated on?

Sounds like whatever truth that was is in it is about to raise its ugly head.

Again.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Moe, yes our offensive line sucks and could be even worse if Samuels gets hurt, but who is out there to sign? You have to assume (and this is a stretch) that what we currently have is better than what is available. If there is an injury, then we can pick up some beer keg delivery guy, but let's not do it now. Take the speed guy which this backfield clearly lacks.

Posted by: CTSkins | September 22, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Vinny's boy or not, he gives us something we did not have: homerun ability. Mason is just another Betts. This team needs someone who can take a screen pass and turn it into an 80 yard TD. Alridge can do that.

Posted by: CTSkins

The only home run I recall him hitting was on the KR vs Jax. But that was a home run for Jax.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 22, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I mean, according to this post, the team feels Heyer's not getting it done, Williams isn't a quality replacement, Thomas' career is prob over, Rabach isn't all that, and if Samuels gets hurt, we'll all be shouting, "Danger, Will Robinson is playing."

The skins probably need to carry like, twenty-five o-linemen and smelling salts for Campbell.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:17 PM |

Funny, your omission is ol' Dockery, who didn't even rate as JReid's biggest offseason addition to the line. Mayor's on shaky ground here.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 22, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

scampbell

"I don't think Heyer has done that bad...."


Two ways to look at it.

Heyer didn't give up a sack to Leonard Little, a vet defensive end speed rusher.

But the team can't really run to the right.

This suggests that where Heyer is a decent player, he's not the stud, drive-blocking right tackle you'd really want at the spot.

And I know hindsight is only great when the piece of azz is walking away from you, but do you think maybe the likes of Monroe, Oher, Britton would've served the team better in the long run than Orakpo?

Yeh and hell yeah.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Dolphins, Pats, Ravens, Browns, Titans, Chefs, Chargers, Giants, Lions, Falcons, Saints, Bucs, Cards, and Seattle all have five RBs on current roster.

Raiders, Panthers and Packers have SIX. Skins not straying too far from the norm here.

-- Dolphins have 4 tailbacks and 1 fullback, as do the Giants. I didn't bother to check the others. Skins have 6 when you include Sellers.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

- Dolphins have 4 tailbacks and 1 fullback, as do the Giants. I didn't bother to check the others. Skins have 6 when you include Sellers.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Got a point there. Just thought about checking to see how often the fins/ginas FBs lined up at TE or split wide and my head exploded. Must be time for bed...

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 22, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

scampbell

"I don't think Heyer has done that bad...."

Two ways to look at it.

Heyer didn't give up a sack to Leonard Little, a vet defensive end speed rusher.

But the team can't really run to the right.

This suggests that where Heyer is a decent player, he's not the stud, drive-blocking right tackle you'd really want at the spot.

And I know hindsight is only great when the piece of azz is walking away from you, but do you think maybe the likes of Monroe, Oher, Britton would've served the team better in the long run than Orakpo?

Yeh and hell yeah.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:28 PM |

I was all for drafting Oher over Orakpo. It's archived, it's on record.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

ctskins

"...If there is an injury, then we can pick up some beer keg delivery guy, but let's not do it now...."


Let's not do it now?

Sir, if there is another serious injury to the redskin offensive line, the beer delivery guy will the most important dude in the house...if he isn't already.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

ctskins

"...If there is an injury, then we can pick up some beer keg delivery guy, but let's not do it now...."


Let's not do it now?

Sir, if there is another serious injury to the redskin offensive line, the beer delivery guy will the most important dude in the house...if he isn't already.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 22, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

So assuming Rinehart starts, our backup OL now are Edwin Williams, D'Anthony Batiste, Mike Williams, and Will Montgomery. I guess I didn't realize how pathetic our depth was til I just typed this. That has to be the worst backup OL group in the league. Was Jeremy Bridges that bad??

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

So assuming Rinehart starts, our backup OL now are Edwin Williams, D'Anthony Batiste, Mike Williams, and Will Montgomery. I guess I didn't realize how pathetic our depth was til I just typed this. That has to be the worst backup OL group in the league. Was Jeremy Bridges that bad??

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:35 PM |

Did you really just type this? Do you even know any other teams full compliment of O line backups without looking it up?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

No, I didn't, but I doubt too many other teams backups consist of 3 recent undrafted rookies and a guy who just lost over 100 pounds.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

No, I didn't, but I doubt too many other teams backups consist of 3 recent undrafted rookies and a guy who just lost over 100 pounds.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Here is what I think with the Alridge signing.... Rock was not overly impressive on Kickoff returns the past two weeks and Betts is solid but his time is coming.... The Skins will play Marcus more and more each week to develop him into a solid back for next year. The Skins will draft a young and fast running back who will be raw but that will give them a solid experienced back up in Marcus and a developing Young Stud in the draft pick and Rock and Betts will be gone. We have three aging backs and two are back ups with the same age and will end their tenure together at the same time. They need to start now with the development.... They can slowly bring the two 25 year old backs along with game experience......

Posted by: thebanker21 | September 22, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

The only home run I recall him hitting was on the KR vs Jax. But that was a home run for Jax.

Posted by: zcezcest1

As I said in an earlier post, his fumbling is a concern, but this guy is has serious quicks. If you watched him at all in college, you would know what I am talking about.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOkLuTtckKs&feature=fvsr

Posted by: CTSkins | September 22, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, my apolgies, Montgomery was a 7th round pick.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Front Office thinks Henson is right. If the FO doesnt gives a good cr*p about the fans now (ie lawsuits, stadium issues, etc).. why would they care what Henson says?
I'd bet Snyder and Vinny (and the players) laughed and high fived each other (in private of course) when they saw the "dim wits" and "McDonalds" comments.
Henson is now a cult hero at Redskins Park.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Have to say, CUT HENSON NOW, get another olineman in there in his spot cause that guy is a m**therf****n IDIOT!!!! Cant believe there isnt more venom for that guy bc he insulted every one of us and he wont sniff a starting lineup his entire career.

Posted by: jefferboy | September 22, 2009 9:32 PM

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | September 22, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I think we should trade Betts for a late round pick if we can. I'd rather give his carries to Mason and/or Alridge.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, my apolgies, Montgomery was a 7th round pick.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:42 PM

Yea, 3 years ago, with starting experience.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Moe, my point is that they were already carrying more lineman than most teams and even after the Thomas injury have more than some. Who do you think is out there to get? This guy can help us. Trust me, I revere the Beer Keg delivery guy, but he will be available later and if we need him the season is over anyway.

Posted by: CTSkins | September 22, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, my apolgies, Montgomery was a 7th round pick.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:42 PM

Yea, 3 years ago, with starting experience.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:46 PM | Report

But yes, I too am worried. About a lot of things in regards to this team.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

agreed jj250...we'd be lucky to get a 4th round for him.. Skins always over estimate the value of their players.. Remember Jason was not commanding any better than a third rounder last March (according to NFL.Com). 31 NFL GMs thought he was just a "back up" not a starting NFL QB.
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I think we should trade Betts for a late round pick if we can. I'd rather give his carries to Mason and/or Alridge.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 10:45 PM

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | September 22, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

5 RBs... interesting. I'm sure they could've done a little more with the available roster spot.

Posted by: JinxMan | September 22, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I like Alridge, glad we picked him up. Trading Betts makes a lot of sense. I'm sure someone could use an experienced backup RB.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I like Alridge, glad we picked him up. Trading Betts makes a lot of sense. I'm sure someone could use an experienced backup RB.

Posted by: jj250 | September 22, 2009 11:00 PM |

All you people that think someone would want to trade for Betts are on crack. They're are still unsigned backs sittin' on the couch waiting for phone calls. Betts had one year worth noting. We'd be lucky to get a 6 rd.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Aldridge reminds me of Trung Candidate.

Posted by: jazapfsp | September 22, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Just keep in mind folks that when Mike Williams was in Buffalo, in his prime, the Bills fans referred to him as Mike "The Human Turnstile" Williams.

Posted by: natsfan007 | September 22, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Teach this guy to hold onto the ball, and I'm all for this.

Looks like Rock's days are quickly coming to an end. Bumped down the depth chart for RB, bumped off kickoff duty, it's only a matter of time before he's gone.

Posted by: psps23 | September 22, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Just keep in mind folks that when Mike Williams was in Buffalo, in his prime, the Bills fans referred to him as Mike "The Human Turnstile" Williams.

Posted by: natsfan007 | September 22, 2009 11:14 PM |

At least he's younger than Jon "The Human Turnstile" Jansen.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

hail to the Redskins

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | September 22, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I was all for drafting Oher over Orakpo. It's archived, it's on record.

Posted by: scampbell1975

Really? It's archived? Man, that's history in the making right there. You get the prize for being the f'ing blogger Nostradamus. After 2 regular season games, you've been elevated to genius status after laying it on the line pre-draft with your bold views about O-Line needs. Please head to your local McDonalds, and you can claim your free large fries from Robert Henson.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | September 22, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

was all for drafting Oher over Orakpo. It's archived, it's on record.

Posted by: scampbell1975

Really? It's archived? Man, that's history in the making right there. You get the prize for being the f'ing blogger Nostradamus. After 2 regular season games, you've been elevated to genius status after laying it on the line pre-draft with your bold views about O-Line needs. Please head to your local McDonalds, and you can claim your free large fries from Robert Henson.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | September 22, 2009 11:22 PM |

I'm assuming that he's your manager there. Now go clean the toilets.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I do need to eat some crow on DHall v Rogers. Psps23 was right. Rogers is our best corner. It's not even close. He's still not a "top ten" corner until he catches the ball, but he's got mad cover skills.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | September 22, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Teach this guy to hold onto the ball, and I'm all for this.

Looks like Rock's days are quickly coming to an end. Bumped down the depth chart for RB, bumped off kickoff duty, it's only a matter of time before he's gone.

Posted by: psps23

I totally disagree. Rock is a team captain and Danny Smith loves him.

Posted by: Lisa_R | September 22, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe what i'm reading on this blog, MARCUS MASON! to replace Betts in the future, WHAT? Mason can't carry his own jock strap much less Bett's, do any of you remember when Portis got injured a few years back and Bett's came in and gained what? damn near 1200 yds. in how many games? and you think Mason can do that? hey put down the pipe the meth and whatever else you're doin cause from what i saw Sunday dude can't get get out of his own way in fact i like Aldridge better than Mason.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 22, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I was all for drafting Oher over Orakpo. It's archived, it's on record.

Posted by: scampbell1975

The real issue isn't Oher vs Orakpo, we had needs for both. The real issue is that we didn't get ANY offensive linemen in this draft and only 1 the prior year.

A round 1 or round 2 OL stud would be nice, but we could have drafted only OL the rest of the way and gotten 2-3 overachievers.

In the past 2 years, we picked 11 guys in the 3rd round or later.

Add up Barnes + Glenn + Henson + Mitchell + Eddie Williams + Tryon + Colt + Brooks + Moore + Jackson + Horton.

We netted 3 good players, Moore, Horton and Mitchell. Not that I have anything against these 3 guys, but I'd rather have gotten 3 good OL out of those 11 picks. That would have been more helpful to this team.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 22, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

testing 1 2 3

Posted by: jenksredskins | September 22, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

The real issue isn't Oher vs Orakpo, we had needs for both. The real issue is that we didn't get ANY offensive linemen in this draft and only 1 the prior year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 22, 2009 11:33 PM |

I agree, but my point was that we had bigger needs at O line than at D line during this draft.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Here is what I think with the Alridge signing.... Rock was not overly impressive on Kickoff returns the past two weeks and Betts is solid but his time is coming.... The Skins will play Marcus more and more each week to develop him into a solid back for next year. The Skins will draft a young and fast running back who will be raw but that will give them a solid experienced back up in Marcus and a developing Young Stud in the draft pick and Rock and Betts will be gone. We have three aging backs and two are back ups with the same age and will end their tenure together at the same time. They need to start now with the development.... They can slowly bring the two 25 year old backs along with game experience......

Posted by: thebanker21

I think the core point here, that mgmt is thinking that its time to let Betts and Rock move on after 2009, is probably correct and behind the Alridge move.

I'm guessing the 2010 depth chart inside Redskins Park has Portis for as the #1 RB, Mason as the #2 and Alridge as #3.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 22, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I do need to eat some crow on DHall v Rogers. Psps23 was right. Rogers is our best corner. It's not even close. He's still not a "top ten" corner until he catches the ball, but he's got mad cover skills.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz

D Hall looks a lot more like the guy that the Raiders cut than the Pro Bowl DB we thought we might be getting. On one play, with the Ram WR having caught a short pass, he gently pushed the WR with 2 hands -- like he was playing 2 hand touch!! It was a terrible effort.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 22, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

What three good OL would you have gotten? It is easy to say draft OL it is a little harder to pick the right ones. Whose to say that any of the OL drafted after the 3rd round the last two drafts are better then the backups currently on the roster.

Posted by: lifelongfan | September 22, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Hunter Smith is 27th in punting average, 25th in net and 30th in % inside the 20.

And yet, he is a huge upgrade over the last several punters we've had.

Sorta tells you had bad it was ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 22, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Hunter Smith is 27th in punting average, 25th in net and 30th in % inside the 20.

And yet, he is a huge upgrade over the last several punters we've had.

Sorta tells you had bad it was ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 |

And he can score TDs

Posted by: Lisa_R | September 22, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

What three good OL would you have gotten? It is easy to say draft OL it is a little harder to pick the right ones. Whose to say that any of the OL drafted after the 3rd round the last two drafts are better then the backups currently on the roster.

Posted by: lifelongfan

simply this ... the odds are that with 11 picks used on OL, you'd likely get 2-4 guys worth having.

The thing is, the OL is an area that needed the help more than any other. So the value to this team would be higher with OL than at the other positions.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 23, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who don't read the blog on redskins.com and who want to rip Zorn for his playcalling, or boo your home team in a win, or are just dimwits who work at McDonald's (joke), I recommend reading this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outcome_bias

and this:

http://www.advancednflstats.com/2009/09/jim-zorn-on-4th-down.html

and also this:

http://www.advancednflstats.com/2009/09/hawks-doves-and-home-field-advantage.html

Posted by: mmeixler | September 22, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

nice

Posted by: BMACattack | September 23, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 23, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I don't disagree that OL is important. I am just saying that maybe right or wrong, the scouts did not feel anyone available was better then what the Redskins already had. No point in drafting a bunch of guys if they are unlikely to make the roster. In addition to the 3 "good" players you mention, 3 more are on the roster (one plays), 2 are on the practice squad, and 1 is on IR. These 6 have a chance to develop and if so you could end up with 9 out of 11 contributing at some point in time.

Posted by: lifelongfan | September 23, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Give Alridge the ball. Maybe he'll score from outside of the red zone.

Posted by: VegasJim | September 23, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

First to say the redskins are going to be good this year despite the crying, they are focused and they believe, they will be special this year, super bowl I hope, who knows what the future holds.

Sp many people are caught up in last season this is a new season, time to believe again that they have a chance to start over, it is not about last year, the offense will click at some point, we have some good players on this team and alot of them are quite egotistical and prideful, they will get hot and surprise alot of people. Did they need a good booing hell yes, Sunday against the Rams was embarassing but a win is a win, so all of Washington needs to take a chill and focus on the positive. The front office is ass backwards, at times I think that DS thinks he will own the redskins for eternity, but the Skins will have another owner one that will actually get what a good franchise is all about but for now this team will win despite his arrogance. Let's support the boys and have some fun doing it we are the best fans in the world very very passionate but let's keep a clear and proper focus. This season is about winning the super Bowl by hook or by crook

Posted by: gentlestep | September 23, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I don't disagree that OL is important. I am just saying that maybe right or wrong, the scouts did not feel anyone available was better then what the Redskins already had. No point in drafting a bunch of guys if they are unlikely to make the roster. In addition to the 3 "good" players you mention, 3 more are on the roster (one plays), 2 are on the practice squad, and 1 is on IR. These 6 have a chance to develop and if so you could end up with 9 out of 11 contributing at some point in time.

Posted by: lifelongfan

Your odds at making a good choices in your OL picks isn't that different than any other position. The need at OL, however, is much higher than the other positions.

If I bet $1, and my odds are 50/50 of winning, the question becomes, what do I get if I win. If its 20 cents, its a foolish bet (which is what we did with drafting Fred Davis -- his upside over Cooley is minimal). If its $3, its a smart bet.

An upgrade at OL is worth more to the Skins than an upgrade anywhere else. Which is why the front office needed to place their bets on OL picks.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 23, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Sarcasm aside, my guess is this is a two-step move, and someone else will be cut soon to make room for a guard. I'm guessing they want to test Alridge's speed in a real game and see if he helps them.

Posted by: freakzilla | September 22, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse


I smell a trade brewing. Or Rock's days are numbered.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 23, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

On Robert Henson, the guy made a dumb move by making public what I suspect at least a few guys feel in private. I'm guessing the owner's attitude isn't radically different.

As a young guy, Henson needs to learn respect for others. Hopefully, there are guys on the Skins, both coaches and players, that are helping him as a person in this area.

In one respect, I like what Henson did. He stood up for his team. He cares what people are thinking and he got angry at people that he (incorrectly) thought were against him and his team.

However badly it came out, it's not a bad attitude to have if you want to succeed as an LB. Lots of players are motivated by wanting to 'shut up' doubters. Channeling that energy better will help Henson in the long run.

Making a mistake of this nature isn't a reason to get cut. It is an opportunity for those with more life experience to step in and teach. And it is a reason for Henson to look in the mirror.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 23, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Why is everyone excited about "Butterfingers" Aldridge? Folks are talking like Mr. Fumblitis is the second coming of Joe Washington.

Posted by: dcwun | September 22, 2009 9:52 PM
Hey, Larry Brown had a fumble problem but fixed it. I don't mind risking a fumble here or there for the chance to see a screen or draw go for 6. Hell, Betts fumbles too.

Posted by: kenboy1 | September 23, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Alridge had better produce if he ever expects blog commenters to start spelling his name right.

Posted by: freakzilla | September 23, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

The real issue isn't Oher vs Orakpo, we had needs for both. The real issue is that we didn't get ANY offensive linemen in this draft and only 1 the prior year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 22, 2009 11:33 PM |

I agree, but my point was that we had bigger needs at O line than at D line during this draft.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 11:36 PM
I originally flipped out when the Skins didn't take Oher, but after reading all the hype about Orakpo and seeing his maturity, work ethic, and ability in the pre-season, I'm willing to admit that I was wrong and that he was a good, even great pick even considering our need at OL. BUT, there were several highly regarded O-linemen available when we picked that CB in Rd 3, and that oversight I cannot understand or excuse.

Posted by: kenboy1 | September 23, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Not to mention, couldn't we have done more than we did (i.e. in addition to Dockery) in free agency to find better & younger OL guys?

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 23, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I guess I'm and Alrigde fan.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | September 23, 2009 1:46 AM | Report abuse

...a mean an Arldge fan.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | September 23, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

..an Adrilge fna.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | September 23, 2009 2:06 AM | Report abuse

a fan (F_it)

Posted by: _Stumped_ | September 23, 2009 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Video of Alridge running for first down against the Pats-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptkC5BIQ90Q

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 23, 2009 2:08 AM | Report abuse

lol stumped.. even the best of us have bad keyboard days (err.. nights for that matter)

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 23, 2009 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Stumped....oooooh, that guy....pissin' me off.

Posted by: freakzilla | September 23, 2009 2:24 AM | Report abuse

From Peter King at SI --

• HE DOESN'T LIKE ZORN'S PLAY-CALLING. From Daniel of Richmond, Va.: "I'm a big Redskins fan, and I believe the blame for the poor offensive output should be placed on Jim Zorn, not as much on Jason Campbell. In my opinion, I thought the play calling was terrible, especially in the red zone. The Redskins ran the ball on 10 of 16 snaps inside the 20,and one of the passes came from Portis. It's hard for me to expect Campbell to make plays when he doesn't have the opportunity to do so! The Redskins engineered some good drives yesterday, but as soon as they get close, it seems like the play calling gets more conservative, like Zorn is afraid Campbell will make a mistake. Your thoughts?''

A: That sounds like the mark of a coach who doesn't trust his quarterback to make big plays down near the goal line. That trust has to be earned. Maybe that says everything you need to know about why the Redskins pursued Mark Sanchez and Jay Cutler so fervently in the off-season.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 23, 2009 2:39 AM | Report abuse

The real issue isn't Oher vs Orakpo, we had needs for both. The real issue is that we didn't get ANY offensive linemen in this draft and only 1 the prior year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 22, 2009 11:33 PM |

I agree, but my point was that we had bigger needs at O line than at D line during this draft.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 22, 2009 11:36 PM
I originally flipped out when the Skins didn't take Oher, but after reading all the hype about Orakpo and seeing his maturity, work ethic, and ability in the pre-season, I'm willing to admit that I was wrong and that he was a good, even great pick even considering our need at OL. BUT, there were several highly regarded O-linemen available when we picked that CB in Rd 3, and that oversight I cannot understand or excuse.

Posted by: kenboy1

Exactly ... you can address more than one issue in a draft. Orakpo addressed a DL issue, the rest of the draft could have focused on OL. Plenty of good OL get drafted in round 3 and below.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 23, 2009 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Coach Zorn if your listening, this is the last time I will tell you this. Marko on the fade in the END ZONE ! you Know it works ~

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | September 23, 2009 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning RI and thank you for tuning into another wonderful episode of:

'365 REASONS THE REDSKINS SUCK'--NFC Beast opponent fans eat your heart out. Your one stop shotgun shot aimed directly at your local mediocre team.

...and here's your host, Brownmood26!(Crowd cheering, whistling and clapping)

On today's show Brownmood26 will explain how he has the balls to go out on a limb and predict an average season for the Redskins09-ya know, cuz, every1 from Skin's fans to Mike Floreo himself hold on to some Pseudo Hope that the Skins could be the Cardinals08! Remember folks every1 knew the Cardinals08 were Superbowl bound!

Posted by: Vicc | September 23, 2009 4:11 AM | Report abuse

Wow, my head hurts. Does any1 have a aspirin?

Brownmood26? I didn't get the satisfaction I needed from your earlier response and to your credit, you played your cards well. May I add that i've also noticed that liberals tend to be more intelligent and less gullible than their 'No Fun Allowed' counterparts? With the exception of the hot Blondes and Cork.

And your marital status would help me understand why you take your positive energy; shove it in a battery and save it for later. b/c The Skins definitely don't get any love from you.

Posted by: Vicc | September 23, 2009 4:14 AM | Report abuse

To whom it may concern,

(not you Brownmood, but that old fart--you know who U are)

Yes to ANARCHY! If there were another species above us on the food chain, there'd be no use for government and quite frankly when have laws ever deterred a criminal from deciding to break the law? You're a man who places your faith in science, right? Isn't it scientific to assume we'd coexist to preserve the species?

Let's chit-chat. Would government even exist if not for religion? Read our Constitution lately? Or how about a history book on the origin of Government? Funny cuz being the type that you are, I would assume that you do not believe in a creator, but you sure wanna act like you do! From chaos comes clarity. ANARCHY.

Posted by: Vicc | September 23, 2009 4:17 AM | Report abuse

Oh and Vicc's post a few threads ago about politics and parenting being a indicator of what kind of fan you are was seriously one of the dumbest things ever posted up here.

Posted by: chrislarry


Debbie Downer = a). The alleged Redskin fan who 80+ % of the time criticizes the team, and b). Bears striking resemblance to opposing team fans critique of the team.

Yeah Brownmood26, Periculum, and Cork are all conservatives--you're right chris--I'm way off there. *Moron*

And I was just trying to get under his skin, by going political and suggesting that family stress has lead to his sour mood. Brownmood's approach was classier than yours. Why you took more offense is puzzling?

I did say I was going to stir the pot though didn’t I?

Child Please.

Posted by: Vicc | September 23, 2009 4:21 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe what i'm reading on this blog, MARCUS MASON! to replace Betts in the future, WHAT? Mason can't carry his own jock strap much less Bett's, do any of you remember when Portis got injured a few years back and Bett's came in and gained what? damn near 1200 yds. in how many games? and you think Mason can do that? hey put down the pipe the meth and whatever else you're doin cause from what i saw Sunday dude can't get get out of his own way in fact i like Aldridge better than Mason.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 22, 2009 11:33 PM
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Dargregmag, you can't judge th

Posted by: thebanker21 | September 23, 2009 5:40 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe what i'm reading on this blog, MARCUS MASON! to replace Betts in the future, WHAT? Mason can't carry his own jock strap much less Bett's, do any of you remember when Portis got injured a few years back and Bett's came in and gained what? damn near 1200 yds. in how many games? and you think Mason can do that? hey put down the pipe the meth and whatever else you're doin cause from what i saw Sunday dude can't get get out of his own way in fact i like Aldridge better than Mason.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 22, 2009 11:33 PM
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Dargregmag, you can't judge the Kid off three carries. But what you can see that the writing is one the wall for both Betts and Rock. You talked about 2006. Great but that was 2006 and during that time since Betts put on a some major years in RB age. Yes, he is a reliable veteran but Marcus can be groomed to be the same veteran which is reliable. As I mentioned in a previous post, Portis will be replaced very soon with a young draft pick and at that time Marcus and Aldridge will be that new combination of Betts and Rock. Look at the situation and see that we have three running backs above the age of 29 which is a problem because your body starts to break down which is clear when you see Portis looking for a place to fall once he hits the holes a half a second to late. We have no youth at RB but we have plenty of experience which is causing us problems for break away speed at that position.

The staff saw what Darren did for the Chargers this past weekend and see we need that speed. Marcus is another Betts which is a compliment but with better eyes, more speed, and younger. Experience will come over time this season. Aldridge will provide the change of speed at KR and out of the backfield on swing plays. Rock was replaced this weekend in KR because he lost a step and yes Danny Smith loves Rock but his job is on the line like all the other coaches if they don't win so that love affair can only go but so far.

Posted by: thebanker21 | September 23, 2009 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Vicc,

Who rattled your cage this morning? Your Cardinals '08/Redskins '09 comparison is laughable. The Cards can score and pass. The Skins can't. The Cards have a quality coach who isn't so worried about his scheme as he is using the available talent he has effectively. The Redskins don't. The Cards have an owner who has hired a GM and stays the F out of the way of the football operation and the Skins obviously don't.

The irony here is that the Cardinals highlight why the Skins WON'T be successful this year...they showed us last year that ANY team that does a decent job in the draft and gets a top-notch coach to develop that talent (and plays in an easy division) has a chance to make a run. Teams with an owner that usurps the coach's authority and that frontload the roster with expensive free agents and backs them up with undrafted slappies stay mediocre.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2009 6:07 AM | Report abuse

And this Alridge resigning makes no sense...this team is already carrying 4 RBs and you go and get another? How about getting some O-line help?

And no pointing out that the team has 9 active OL...it's not about quantity, it's about quality.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2009 6:09 AM | Report abuse

VICC = expensive free agent
brownwood26 = undrafted slappie

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 23, 2009 6:13 AM | Report abuse

T_E = Vinny's 3rd nut

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2009 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Like the signing, but let's guess how many touches he gets for the season. (Marko is the second coming and has got no nearer the ball so far than I have). Can only imagine he'll get some returns

Posted by: mikeysuperdons | September 23, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Here is the area the skins need the most help at the oline their line is good enough to get by but they are not physical against strong defensive lines such as the Giants for example and unless they get physical lines on their offensive lines all over they are not gonna beat them no matter how hard they try it's just that simple also one of the most weakest areas of the skins lines in at Center.now let me make another point here against the Cowboys the Giants couldn't generate any pressure because of the physicality of the offesive line of the cowboys this is one o fthe biggest areas of the skins.

Posted by: rmnkevorkian | September 23, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I guess Dan and Vinny were watching Sproles the other night.

Posted by: manbrute | September 23, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

This is what Robert Henson really said on his twitter:

"All you fake half hearted Skins fan can . . . I won't go there, but I dislike you very strongly, don't come to Fed Ex to boo dim wits!!"

Tony Kornheiser said it best when he thinks that Henson is actually criticizing the organization and the team (including himself) by not having the correct punctuation between the words "boo" and "dim wits". In a sense, I hope Danny and Vinny are celebrating Mr. Henson's comments because that would justify the "dim wits" part of the statement and for the fact that Henson is still on the team.

Posted by: JohnWWW | September 23, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"What the hell has Jim Zorn done in this league. Jurgensen has forgotten more about football than Zorn can ever learn. 'Cause in his day the QB called the plays, not some corny, arrogant hack HC trying to be a genius."

Not the point. When Sonny called plays (not all that often), he called passes that Sonny Jurgenson could complete. But Sonny routinely completed throws that few other QBs of the time would attempt.

Like a lot of great athletes, Sonny would make a lousy coach, because he'd expect his QB to be as good as he was.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 23, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

If Aldridge is active, I assume it's to return punts and let Randle El focus on the slot.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 23, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

HE FUMBLES!!!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | September 23, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

WOW... we lose a body on the O-line and we pick a.... RB? Yes, we may need some help in the return game but I would rather have a solid option out the for the other 40 - 60 plays instead of the 3 or 4 special team plays.

Posted by: GiveMeTheBall | September 23, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"The staff saw what Darren did for the Chargers this past weekend"

Please note that Sproles is primarily succeeding as a receiver. As a runner, he hasn't achieved much, at less than 3 yards a carry and a lone TD. Why they slipped him the ball on 4th and 2 is beyond me, unless they were following the Zorn deception theory.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 23, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

don't really know what the o-line back-ups can do. one williams is a rookie the other one was a former first round pick trying a comeback, d'batiste is a guard who has been moved to tackle and montgomery is a center/guard who from what I read did his job last wk when he came in for r. thomas. the good news is that all are under 30yrs,are they quality?..we will soon find out. as far as zorn not trusting campbell in the red zone that is bull zorn himself was nothing but an average to mediorce qb. campbell does not throw many interceptions and he can run try throwing some fade patterns or use the same pattern the rams used against wash. on their td last wk..throw it up in the air and block out and out jump the cb. zorn has the team playing scared.

Posted by: wathu19 | September 23, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

See I don't think the writing's on the wall for Mason (though I by no means find him dynamic at this point), however, I am seeing some scribblings on the old cinderblock pointing to either Mr Betts or Mr Cartwright. (I would trade Betts while he has SOME value, and let Rock play out this season).

Bless and thank them both for their loyalty and service as Redskins.

Let's face it though, neither is what they once were nor are they likely to be again.

Aldridge (or Mason) should offer about the same production (or very little drop off) at lower prices going forward (starting next season), and both are far younger with more spring in their step.

Yes rookies make mistakes, but they also learn how not to by playing more.

We feel the need, the need for speed...not for age, where speed tends to receed.

The more holes we fill during the course of THIS season, the closer we are to drafting O-linemen and CBs NEXT off-season.

Posted by: ThinkingMan | September 23, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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