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Blache's Surprising Take on Haynesworth

During his weekly group interview session Thursday, defensive coordinator Greg Blache dismissed questions about defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's overall impact on the defense.

Blache said Haynesworth played well in the Week 1 loss to the New York Giants, and acknowledged the Pro Bowler is a "very, very, good player," but he seemed downright offended by the suggestion Haynesworth might actually help to make the players around him better. Middle linebacker London Fletcher was credited with a team-high 18 tackles in the 23-17 loss at Giants Stadium, prompting one reporter to theorize Fletcher had more freedom to race to the ball because Haynesworth often occupied two offensive linemen while being double-teamed.

Well, that's a stupid theory, Blache said in effect, pointing out the Redskins had defensive tackles last season, too. Haynesworth and Fletcher each performed their duties well, Blache said, but Haynesworth was not responsible for Fletcher's success, or any other player's success. "Albert's a good player, but let's not make him King Kong," Blache said. He's "not Superman."


What?

After the Redskins lured Haynesworth from the Tennessee Titans by making him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, often said the Redskins were comfortable with their record financial commitment to Haynesworth, in part, because he would make the people around him better.

"With Albert, it's not just what he does and his stats," Cerrato told me during camp. "You have to look at what he does to help the whole defense. It's what he does to free up another guy when they're double-teaming him and focusing on him. Having Albert out there makes it easier on the other guys. That's what you want."

Well, apparently not in Blache's view. It was kind of stunning to hear Blache's take on The Haynesworth Effect.

I mean, if Haynesworth doesn't do all the things Cerrato said he would do, like helping to elevate the performance of those around him, then why guarantee the guy $41 million and commit to paying him as much as $115 million? What sense does that make?

As I've written on the Insider previously, Blache could forget more about defense in 10 seconds than I could ever learn in my lifetime. The guy is one of the best in the business at coaching and leading productive defenses, as he proved last season and during his stint as the Chicago Bears' coordinator.

But I just don't buy his line about Haynesworth only doing his own job. When Haynesworth takes on double-teams, even if it doesn't occur on every down, someone else's job should be easier, even if only a little bit, right? I mean, we're talking about math easy enough for even sportswriters.

As for Blache's comment about the Redskins having defensive tackles last season, too, well, that's true. Cornelius Griffin, Kedric Golston, Anthony Montgomery and Lorenzo Alexander all contributed to the league's fourth-ranked defense.

None of them, however, is considered to be as talented and productive as Haynesworth. In fact, few in the game are in his class.

Rather than a roster of stars, Blache would prefer to have a bunch of hard-working guys who buy into his system, he said recently. Perennial Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor did not get along with Blache, and from what I've been told, the feeling was mutual. Blache has been much more flexible with Haynesworth, who does not fit the classic role of an interior lineman for the successful system Blache and his predecessor, Gregg Williams, brought to Washington.

Haynesworth became an elite player by being aggressive and following the ball - not simply maintaining gap responsibility and letting linebackers make all the plays. In the offseason, Blache acknowledged he might have to tweak things to let Haynesworth be Haynesworth, and I've been told he has made concessions.

It appears, however, Blache and some players are somewhat sensitive to the whole idea of "Haynesworth as Savior." The front office has pushed this whole notion of Haynesworth, almost single-handedly, transforming the Redskins into the type of defense that produces a lot of sacks and turnovers.

Blache has been around long enough to know it doesn't matter how things look on paper. All that matters is what occurs when the games are played.

If the Redskins fail to produce the type of sack-and-turnover totals owner Daniel Snyder expects for his massive investment in Haynesworth, well, that's going to fall on someone. My guess is Blache would be the prime candidate. In Haynesworth and rookie defensive end/strong-side linebacker Brian Orakpo, Blache clearly has better tools to work with than he did last season.

Of course, Blache didn't need this headache. He had planned to retire after the 2007 season until Snyder persuaded him to return and help Jim Zorn, who had never been a coordinator or head coach until Snyder gave him both jobs.

I imagine there are times when Blache longs to be relaxing at his cabin and hunting instead of answering questions about Haynesworth's impact on the team. My guess is, he hasn't heard the end of it this season.

By Jason Reid  |  September 19, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
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Comments

Blache is clearly trying to keep the spotlight/microscope off one man. When it comes to D, he's a Communist - the individual wants/needs are subsumed by and for the collective good. That's all. Don't read too much into this, JR. Blache clearly knows how good Albert is. But he needs to get in better shape.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 19, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Thus the motivation by minimization of AH as an individual

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 19, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

i don't know what the big deal is about haynesworth's contract. yeah, it's a lot of money. why is anyone surprised?! everyone should be shocked that he's played as well as he did. it's the skins!!!

i'm glad he didn't turn out to be stubby. he played as if he is the best tackle/run stuffer in the league.

i don't get it. what more do you want from this guy? he's not exactly adam archueleta...

could they have gotten haynesworth for less? maybe a couple of millions but that's it. there is a price you have to pay to get good, established players to come here, a dysfunctional organization and a losing organization. what competitor would agree to come here and be in this BS organization? they see snyder and they see vinny and no chance of that being changed. so they must pay millions extra for a good, competitive player.

this org is being run by idiots. end of story.

Posted by: dealer1 | September 19, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

chasgriffen

"This team has significant talent,..."

Interesting and juicy debate topic, this is.

Question: if there was a redskin 'fire sale,' which players would immediately draw league interest?

My list:

Carlos Rogers
DeAngelo Hall
Santana Moss
Chris Cooley
Albert Haynesworth
Brian Orakpo
Hunter Smith

And that's about it.

We have a lot of guys with big names, but when you miss the playoffs routinely, how can you say you have a talented team?

The falcons, pats, chargers, stillers, iggles, saints, vikings, jints, colts, jets, titans, packers all have talented teams.

What redskins fans support is an underperforming team with parts that don't fit: run-blocking linemen and young pass catching wide receivers.

When we get the fit right, we'll be talented and winning team.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 19, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The only things that concern me about this are that (1) it seems to me like Blache is making an effort to take the spotlight off of Haynesworth in order to maintain the integrity of his defense as a whole and, ironically, not detract from the contributions of London Fletcher, who the team is clearly trying to get into the Pro Bowl this year. Also, (B) I don't want Fat Albert feeling as though he's not welcome in Washington and getting whatever the equivalent of Buyer's Remorse is for a free agent who goes after the big money.

Posted by: mmeixler | September 19, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"...it seems to me like Blache is making an effort to take the spotlight off of Haynesworth..."

I think Greg Blache is stating the obvious: the redskins' FO went out and got a player who's a nice addition, but not the 'superman' the fanbase--and media-- believes him to be.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 19, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Blache is clearly trying to keep the spotlight/microscope off one man.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG
__________________________

Exactly. Come on Reid, how complicated is this? There's no story here, no drama.

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 19, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

This "forth ranked defense" kills me. At 8 and 8, forth raked D don't mean sh****T! If forth rank D had stepped up in forth quarter a few games maybe 10 and 6.

How about a forth quarter defense, when the games on the line!

Posted by: pv1999 | September 19, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

When we get the fit right, we'll be talented and winning team.

Posted by: MistaMoe
_____________________

Hey Moe! (had to say that)

Actually, compared to some teams, that's a lot of players that would IMMEDIATELY draw interest. And there's plenty of others that people would want, either as starters or 2nd string.

By plenty, I didn't mean loaded, but enough to have consistently winning seasons and make the playoffs pretty consistently. It isn't all about talent, as I know you know, it's also about coaching, playcalling, etc.

To me football teams are like companies... you're only ever be as good as your weakest link, and if any one area is incompetent, i.e. doesn't even get a passing grade, that's going to keep you from succeeding no matter what else you have. I think every unit on this team, now that we have a Dline and some WR's, is at least competent. I saw good effort/fight last week, if not always execution. The one thing that looked truly incompetent to me was the playcalling.

I really believe if the playcalling becomes competent, we start consistently winning - crushing weak teams as we should, and either beating or coming close to winning against the best.

PS Having said all that, yes, I want the team to get either a better veteran QB or hot new college QB prospect, 1-2 excellent new OT's, a better PK, and a very good OLB and CB and RB during the next offseason... But what we have now is certainly good enough to do very well with.

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 19, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I think the Skins need to figure out a way to do this without breaking the bank cause apparently it doesn't work. All they are doing is over paying for someone who is doing a good job for another team. Obviously its not guaranteed to translate. See: Redskins over the past 15 years. Vinnie needs to man up to Snyder and Lay out his vision for this team or move on. If he is the person that is recommending to Snyder to buy some other teams polished product then the Skins should find someone who understands Football and who can lay out a plan for The Redskins to succeed. To me just cause something or someone looks good on the other team doesn't mean that it will work for you. Just a thought.

Posted by: 15600_sknfan | September 19, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Mista Mayor... Blache was protecting Albert and the rest of the D from the media horde who would love to develop the story line that all things defense start and finish with AH, with a large helping of "he wasn't even on the field the whole game".

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 19, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

SICWIDIT'S POLL OF THA' WEEK!

I'm back! Here we go!

1) Where are you with Jason Campbell

a)I still support him, but I'm wavering.
b) I still think JC is this franchise' QB
c) I've seen enough...he ain't got it.
d) I'm week to week on Campbell

2) Which media schlub is the most negative when covering the team?

a) Andy Pollin
b) Tom Boswell
c) Sally Jenkins
d) Jason LaCanfora

3) Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Campbell or are there whispers?

a) Nah, they've got his back.
b) Yeah, they say they do, but I don't beleive it.
c) A little of both
d) Mutiny abounds with a loss to the Rams

4 Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Zorn or are there whispers?

a) Nah, they've got his back.
b) Yeah, they say they do, but I don't beleive it.
c) A little of both
d) Mutiny abounds with a loss to the Rams

5) Aside from Riggins, who was your favorite Skins RB in the last 25 years?
a) Clinton Portis
b) Earnest Byner
c) George Rogers
d) Stephen Davis
e) Reggie Brooks

6) In the past too seasons that Cerrato has been Exectutive VP of operations, have his personnel moves been:

a) worse than expected
b) about as expected
c) better than expected
d) too early to tell

7) I would run back in my burning house to save these three albums (CD's)

1__________
2__________
3__________

8) Is Jim Zorn:

a) a good coach with perhaps the wrong QB
b) not a good coach
c) a bad coach with the right QB
d) nothing but a QB coach

9) If I had to marry one of these 80's ladies it would have been

a) Linda Carter (Wonder Woman)
b) Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke)
c) Judy Landers (Too Close For Comfort)
d) Victoria Principal (Dallas)
e) Jenna Jamison (if you don't know who she is, never mind)

What was the best ol's skool video game system

a) ColecoVision
b) Atari 2600
c) Intellivision


HAVE AT IT!!!


Posted by: rickyroge | September 19, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rickyroge | September 19, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I also suspect that Blache's comments were almost directed more at the other defensive players. "Just because Albert is here doesn't mean you get to slack off. Keep doing your assignment, full-out."

Posted by: edmj | September 19, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's sign Kanye West to the defense and see how Blache manages with taking the spotlight off him.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 19, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Blache is an idiot, that's why he should be fired.

I'm telling you, anyone can beat his defense. Throw it right over the middle and you win.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 19, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Question: if there was a redskin 'fire sale,' which players would immediately draw league interest?

My list:

Carlos Rogers
DeAngelo Hall
Santana Moss
Chris Cooley
Albert Haynesworth
Brian Orakpo
Hunter Smith

And that's about it

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 19, 2009 3:22 PM


Your argument is nullified when you neglected:

Laron Landry
Chris Samuels


Also, Fletcher and Dockery would be scooped up 3/4 of the league. But maybe not immediately.

Posted by: saltine182 | September 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

1. A
2. D, when he was here.
3. A
4. B, players know this guy is not here long term.
5. Trung Candidate
6. D
7. ipod, no more cd's
8. D
9. Kimmy Gibler from Full House

Best old school game was Nintendo Track and Field, Wii before Wii.

Posted by: saltine182 | September 19, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Just curious, did Smoot injure himself when he fully extended himself -- and whiffed -- at the jints WR?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 19, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

hey fellas, just thought you'd get a kick out of this one-fan's take on the off-season and start of the year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6dGw0w7E_8

Posted by: TheDuck1 | September 19, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

1) Where are you with Jason Campbell

b) I still think JC is this franchise' QB (but Danny doesn't)

2) Which media schlub is the most negative when covering the team?

gosh, maybe I ought to pay attention to the by-line more often. Boswell is the best.

3) Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Campbell or are there whispers?

c) A little of both

4 Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Zorn or are there whispers?

d) Mutiny abounds with a loss to the Rams

5) Aside from Riggins, who was your favorite Skins RB in the last 25 years?

b) Earnest Byner


6) In the past too seasons that Cerrato has been Exectutive VP of operations, have his personnel moves been:

a) worse than expected
AND
c) better than expected

Nice to get Orakpo and Mitchell, but where are the OL we need?

7) I would run back in my burning house to save these three albums (CD's)

Run into a burning house for music? Now, if it was Beantown's porn collection ...

8) Is Jim Zorn:

b) not a good coach


9) If I had to marry one of these 80's ladies it would have been

e) Jenna Jamison -- you totally know what you're getting ...

What was the best ol's skool video game system

High powered binoculars and Mrs. Jackson's open window ... wait, did I say too much?

Gosh, I feel so filthy after taking this quiz.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 19, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

SICWIDIT'S POLL OF THA' WEEK!

(cL's answers)

1) Where are you with Jason Campbell

d) I'm week to week on Campbell

2) Which media schlub is the most negative when covering the team?

c) Sally Jenkins


3) Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Campbell or are there whispers?

c) A little of both

4 Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Zorn or are there whispers?

d) Mutiny abounds with a loss to the Rams

5) Aside from Riggins, who was your favorite Skins RB in the last 25 years?

d) Stephen Davis


6) In the past too seasons that Cerrato has been Exectutive VP of operations, have his personnel moves been:

c) better than expected

7) I would run back in my burning house to save these three albums (CD's)

1 Velvet Underground: Velvet Underground
2 Ramones Ramones
3 Stooges Funhouse

8) Is Jim Zorn:

b) not a good coach


9) If I had to marry one of these 80's ladies it would have been

a) Linda Carter (Wonder Woman)

What was the best ol's skool video game system

b) Atari 2600

Posted by: chrislarry | September 19, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I actually found JR's comments at least interesting. Usually, with coaches, it is like reverse Kremlinology - basically nothing to glean from any comments (Spurrier was the exception there). From Buges for example, every player is fantastic, developing, etc. While the idea that Blache is worried about getting fired is pretty stupid, I can imagine that he was proud of his #4 defense and while on the one hand happy to have AH, could easily be annoyed a bit if AH is portrayed as the savior, etc. Certainly after listening to Vinny self-promote 'his guys' on his show, I wouldn't put it past him, and it is precisely the kind of thing that annoys everyone who has ever worked in an organization - some other dude claiming he was the one who made the difference, not the guy who actually worked 12 hours a day etc. Anyway, interesting dynamic. Perhaps it is just the communist approach, but I was surprised that GB's comments were a little more pointed than usual.

Also I never thought I would type this but: I really hope Smoot can play on Sunday

zornskins

Posted by: zornskins2 | September 19, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Blache is clearly trying to keep the spotlight/microscope off one man. When it comes to D, he's a Communist - the individual wants/needs are subsumed by and for the collective good. That's all. Don't read too much into this, JR. Blache clearly knows how good Albert is. But he needs to get in better shape.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG

If he's a Communist, Sen. McCarthy, so is every coach who preaches team play.

Also, while that may be the intent of Communism, history has shown it doesn't work that ay.

Might be, Blatch is also helping Fletcher get his long overdue Pro Bowl visit

Posted by: TheCork | September 19, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

guys this is hilarious:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1O7rs6dEdY&feature=related

Hitler pisssssed off at week one Redskins loss to Ginas'

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 19, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Let’s hope the secondary stops playing the wide receivers like that are Olympic runners like in last week’s game (playing 30 yards from scrimmage). Same thing happened when we got scorched by the Patriots during Gibbs 2.0 (-2.0 as I see it) couple years ago. Glad that did not happen last week…

Posted by: rb_rivers | September 19, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

1) Where are you with Jason Campbell

a)I still support him, but I'm wavering.

2) Which media schlub is the most negative when covering the team?

c) Sally Jenkins

3) Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Campbell or are there whispers?

c) A little of both

4 Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Zorn or are there whispers?

d) Mutiny abounds with a loss to the Rams

5) Aside from Riggins, who was your favorite Skins RB in the last 25 years?
a) Clinton Portis
d) Stephen Davis

6) In the past too seasons that Cerrato has been Exectutive VP of operations, have his personnel moves been:

d) too early to tell

7) I would run back in my burning house to save these three albums (CD's)

I need at least 5

1 Metallica- Kill 'Em All
2 Faith No More- Angel Dust
3 Misfits- Walk Among Us
4 Stevie Ray Vaughn- Greatest Hits Volume 2
5 The Doors- The Best of The Doors + Soft Parade
8) Is Jim Zorn:

I must reserve judgement until the end of year 2. He worries me though.

9) If I had to marry one of these 80's ladies it would have been

b) Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke)

Marry is not what I would do with Jenna

What was the best ol's skool video game system

b) Atari 2600


Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 19, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Simple poll question.

In the Jim Zorn era, the largest lead the Redskins have had is 12 points.

Is this "record" broken vs the Rams?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 19, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

tough question to answer zcezce,

With Redskins leading by 10 points in the third quarter, Zorn is going to kneel the rest of the game. It will depend on whether we can get some defensive/special teams score

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 19, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

SICWIDIT'S POLL OF THA' WEEK!

I'm back! Here we go!

1) Where are you with Jason Campbell
b) I still think JC is this franchise' QB


2) Which media schlub is the most negative when covering the team?

c) Sally Jenkins
&
d) Jason LaCanfora

3) Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Campbell or are there whispers?

a) Nah, they've got his back.


4 Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Zorn or are there whispers?

b) Yeah, they say they do, but I don't beleive it.


5) Aside from Riggins, who was your favorite Skins RB in the last 25 years?
a) Clinton Portis

6) In the past too seasons that Cerrato has been Exectutive VP of operations, have his personnel moves been:

c) better than expected


7) I would run back in my burning house to save these three albums (CD's)

1__no cd's , just my wife

8) Is Jim Zorn:


b) not "my ideal" coach


9) If I had to marry one of these 80's ladies it would have been

why would I want to marry any of them?

What was the best ol's skool video game system

didn't play them


HAVE AT IT!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | September 19, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frediefritz | September 19, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh, the social envy around here is pathetic, but I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. A person is just not allowed to make it big in this country anymore.

Posted by: benevolentanarchist | September 19, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pv1999
=================
my sentiments exactly

Posted by: priceisright | September 19, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Cork,

any redeeming aspects to life in So. Cal., other than an IN n Out burger?

Posted by: Chia_Pet

Don't like LA one bit--tho I'll be less stressed when Summer is over. California coast from fantastic Santa Barbara Northward is terrific, however.

Tough to drive thru San Fernando Valley after spending time in Marin County, which I just did.

And the miseries of three winters in Boston is a faded memory. Wnter in LA is tolerable--except for the Lakers.

Posted by: TheCork | September 19, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Just curious, did Smoot injure himself when he fully extended himself -- and whiffed -- at the jints WR?

Posted by: zcezcest1

If whiffing on tackles caused Redskin injuries, DeAngelo Hall would be in intensive care with a priest hovering nearby.

Posted by: TheCork | September 19, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

"A person is just not allowed to make it big in this country anymore."


I dunno 'bout this idea.

I mean, didn't some hawaiian raised by a single mother who used food stamps to feed him just become president?

Then there's the richest guy in the country--and he's a college drop out.

Speaking of college drop outs, some dude who sells music with pictures of bears wearing backpacks as a part of his album art keeps saying the kind of dumb stuff that usually comes from the uninformed-- and we all pay attention.

So I guess it's possible to find success in America...but first, you have to find it within yourself.


Posted by: MistaMoe | September 19, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

e) Jenna Jamison (if you don't know who she is, never mind)

She was born in 1974 so she was 6 when the 80's started & 16 when they ended. Just wrong and quite illegal for most of RI. Afew years later & she's in the discussion but not as an 80's girl.

Posted by: will_ga | September 19, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Today's Dumb Excuse:

"I tell you Mr. Officer, my cat downloaded all that kiddie porn on my computer."


True story.

Thing is, the cat is now in jail where it has been raped by some dudes on death row.

I guess some guys will take pussy in any way they can get it.

Even if its from a pedophile.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 19, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe, I found my dog transfering my 401k funds one day to Fido National Bank. He was going to short Alpo stock.

That little scamp!

LOL

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 19, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

mountain out of a mole hill.

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | September 19, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

saltine182

Your argument is nullified when you neglected:

Laron Landry
Chris Samuels


Kinda, sorta.

I'd say LaRon Landry and Chris Horton.

Chris Samuels is an old dude by NFL standards.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 19, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I think Blache also doesn't want to take away from other players accomplishments (or take them off the hook) by crediting AH for them.

SICWIDIT'S POLL OF THA' WEEK!

1) Where are you with Jason Campbell

b) I still think JC is this franchise' QB

2) Which media schlub is the most negative when covering the team?

I don't get this question -- who says the media is supposed to cheerlead for the team? After years and years of mediocrity, why do people still get upset when thte team gets criticized? Don't get it at all...

3) Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Campbell or are there whispers?

a) Nah, they've got his back.

4 Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Zorn or are there whispers?

c) A little of both

5) Aside from Riggins, who was your favorite Skins RB in the last 25 years?

Kelvin Bryant

6) In the past too seasons that Cerrato has been Exectutive VP of operations, have his personnel moves been:

b) about as expected

7) I would run back in my burning house to save these three albums (CD's)

1 Pearl Jam Ten
2 Jay Z Black Album
3 Hole Live Thru This

8) Is Jim Zorn:

b) not a good coach

9) If I had to marry one of these 80's ladies it would have been

b) Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke)

What was the best ol's skool video game system

b) Atari 2600
But Intellivision football was the best...

Posted by: Beat_Kal | September 19, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

SICWIDIT'S POLL OF THA' WEEK!

I'm back! Here we go!

1) Where are you with Jason Campbell

b) I still think JC is this franchise' QB

2) Which media schlub is the most negative when covering the team?

c) Sally Jenkins

3) Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Campbell or are there whispers?

a) Nah, they've got his back.

4 Do you REALLY believe the locker room is behind Zorn or are there whispers?
.
b) Yeah, they say they do, but I don't beleive it.
-Coaches too, at least on the defensive side of the ball...

5) Aside from Riggins, who was your favorite Skins RB in the last 25 years?
f) Kelvin Bryant gets honorable mention, wish we had a 3rd down back like him now. Was also gonna mention Timmy Smith until I saw this, who knew?:

http://www.goteamsgo.com/forum/washington-redskins/5786-former-superbowl-rb-tim-smith.html

6) In the past too seasons that Cerrato has been Exectutive VP of operations, have his personnel moves been:

c) better than expected

7) I would run back in my burning house to save these three albums (CD's)

1 Tool Aenima
2 Stevie Ray Vaughn Texas Flood
3 Ralph Vaughn Williams Symphony no.2 "A London Symphony"

8) Is Jim Zorn:

c) a bad coach with the right QB-actually not sure about how good he could be as a coach, but he needs to show us something this year

9) If I had to marry one of these 80's ladies it would have been

a) Linda Carter (Wonder Woman)

What was the best ol's skool video game system

b) Atari 2600

HAVE AT IT!!!


Posted by: rickyroge | September 19, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 19, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN: "If Smoot can't play on Sunday, second-year player Justin Tryon will likely see more playing time."

Oh no! Although we need to rethink just how good Smooty is. He was the lead guy in the Three Amigo's whiffs on Manningham - first Smoot, then Hall, then Landry. Strange that the injury should manifest itself at this point, not immediately after the Giants game. Mebbe there is a reason, as the Statler Bros like to say.

Posted by: CottonEyeJoe | September 19, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Beathard and JKC are nominated for the Hall this year.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 19, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 19, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Charles Mann, B Mitch, Gerald Riggs, George Rogers, Clark Shaughnessy, Doug Williams and Joey T too.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 19, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

This year's Redskins Insider is quickly becoming last year's Redskins Insider.

Creating drama where there really isn't any in articles like this -- Blache is basically saying football is a team game and Jason acts like he's saying Big Al was a bad signing.

And making excuse after excuse for Campbell while not pointing out some really damning stats. Hey Redskin fans, did you know our very likeable QB has --

Completed only 10 passes over 40 yards in his entire career?

For comparison, DMAC threw 11 last year alone. In the west coat offense with average receivers.

Or how bout this? JC has only beat a team by more than one score ONE TIME IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER.

By comparison, journeyman Collins did it four times in five starts.

But every year the Post pushes the same excuses because Jason caters to the press and is so damn nice.

Instead Gibbs, Saunders, and now Zorn take the heat. All of them have been too conservative, Jason writes. All of them just needed to "unleash" Campbell, Wise writes.

Please. Do a little research. Be objective. JC is a great guy and his teammates love him, but get guys like Moss to talk to you off the record and they'll tell you the truth:

It's the QB that is too conservative.


And it's the Post that simply refuses to point that out.

Posted by: MylesMonroe | September 19, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

If the Skins are going to get the turnovers/sacks the FO is looking for Blache needs to be more imaginative in his play calling. Be more the chess man vs. his offensive counterpart. Disguise coverage schemes. Call more strategic blitzes. They didn't blitz the Giants much but when they did they were able to sack Manning.

Posted by: CottonEyeJoe | September 19, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Myles' analysis...

My issue with the franchise has always been the damn if you do damn if you don't. It's obvious that Haynesworth is better than what we had and Golston and Montgomery are not bad players. We've gotten criticized for not upgrading the D-line, but when we do we still get criticized.

Posted by: rickyroge | September 19, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

It's certainly impossible to disprove the possibility that JC is the missing link in the chain. It's not like there's any alternative (and I like the Todd, but let's be realistic).
The best you can do is judge the team's opinion by their actions... which doesn't bode well for JC. Of course, those that think JC is the guy are most likely to believe that the team's opinion of him is exactly the problem.
It does seem clear to me that JC has to make something happen this year, though. Whether this is his contract year or not -- based on the CBA -- he has to show flashes of more-than-adequacy. Put the team on his back and carry that beeotch over the goal line -- then collect the paycheck.

Posted by: daggar | September 19, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

e) Jenna Jamison (if you don't know who she is, never mind)

She was born in 1974 so she was 6 when the 80's started & 16 when they ended. Just wrong and quite illegal for most of RI. Afew years later & she's in the discussion but not as an 80's girl.

Posted by: will_ga

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thanks for the buzz kill willga

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 20, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse

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