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A Revised Prediction

During this week's segment of "4 Quarters" on Comcast SportsNet, I picked the Redskins to defeat the Carolina Panthers, 17-14.

Well, many things happened after we taped, and I now believe the team has too many distractions to overcome today at Bank of America Stadium. Just consider what occurred during the week - all of it bad for embattled Coach Jim Zorn.

Tuesday - Owner Daniel Snyder hired an offensive consultant, Sherman Lewis, to help fix Zorn's version of the West Coast offense, which has produced too few points in Zorn's one-plus-seasons.

Wednesday - Lewis, 67, was introduced at Redskins Park and said he did not speak with Zorn before he accepted the job. Zorn made it clear he had no previous personal or professional relationship with Lewis and never attempted to call around the league to learn about Lewis. The comments of Lewis and Zorn seemed to reinforce the perception that the move was forced on Zorn.

Thursday - A week after stressing the need for personal accountability, defensive coordinator Greg Blache informed team officials he no longer would answer reporters' questions. Under NFL rules, offensive and defensive coordinators must address the media at least once a week.

The league granted Washington permission to have secondary coach Jerry Gray assume Blache's media duties. Blache did not explain his decision, leaving Zorn to do so, and no one in the organization has explained the situation on the record. Blache is performing every other aspect of his job.

Friday - Details emerged about a heated verbal exchange between star running back Clinton Portis and fullback Mike Sellers, which was first reported on Comcast on Thursday night. During the victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Portis telephoned coaches in the booth in an effort to have fullback Mike Sellers replaced in favor of blocking tight end Todd Yoder.

Portis, frustrated about Sellers's blocking this season, essentially attempted to have his teammate demoted during a game, and Sellers went after Portis on Monday after learning of his actions. Although no punches were thrown, the players had to be separated and restrained. Many Redskins players, who requested anonymity, said they are fed up with Portis's me-first approach that they believe stems from his close relationship with Snyder.

When details of the altercation emerged, Zorn played down the situation after practice Friday in his session with reporters. Obviously, Zorn did not want his comments to potentially add anything negative to an already unseemly situation. Zorn, however, went too far in the other direction in saying how much Portis and Sellers "love each other" and constructing a mock conversation about the altercation probably having occurred because they debated who said "hi" to whom first.

And in response to a reporter's question about the events of the week appearing to have created a perception that things aren't going well in Ashburn, Zorn snapped at the reporter, saying basically that the media would be responsible if there's a negative perception because everything is fine in the Redskins' locker room.

Well, again, having spoken and texted with players throughout the week, things are definitely not great in the locker room. In addition to many of Portis's teammates siding with Sellers, the hiring of Lewis has totally undermined Zorn, players said. It's not that these guys dislike Zorn. Many of them think he's a good man, but they believe the handwriting is on the wall concerning his future.

Moreover, some players privately are bemoaning the constant distractions, the latest of which is a Fox Sports report that "word has it" that Snyder has been rebuffed in multiple efforts to persuade Mike Shanahan to become the next head coach.

So I'm going to revise my prediction: Panthers 34, Redskins 10.

By Jason Reid  |  October 11, 2009; 10:15 AM ET
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Comments

This sucks BMW.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 11, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I understand reporters aren't allowed at practice, but a lot of the above disappears at kickoff and the everyone is focused on football and playing/coaching. It's be nice if most others would too. I will focus on watching/enjoying/screaming at the refs, or shouting "run left!" before every first down play.

Go skins!

Posted by: RomoLongballs | October 11, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

No need to revise mine:

Panthers 41, Redskins 3.

Posted by: richie_sheppard | October 11, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The league granted Washington permission to have secondary coach Jerry Gray assume Blache's media duties. Blache did not explain his decision, leaving Zorn to do so, and no one in the organization has explained the situation on the record. Blache is performing every other aspect of his job.

980 just reported the reason why Blache no longer wants to speak to reporters. It would be nice if you reported the real reason.

Posted by: jm220 | October 11, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Now the FO and Zorn needs to be blasted for not giving the real reason unless Blache didn't want it out. If that is the case then the media needs to respect the reason why and not come up with the bs that they have all week.

Posted by: jm220 | October 11, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

yeah--Skins are a sinking ship. Everyone seems to be on the same page now and the page sucks. Daniel Snyder is the reason our team is in this position. He is a weak, meddling punk.

Posted by: budgriff1 | October 11, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Blah blah blah I still say skinz win!!

Posted by: skinztattoo89 | October 11, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

So, what did 980 say is the real reason?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 11, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

jm, what is the real reason?

Posted by: PDiddy | October 11, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

So what's the reason jm220?

Posted by: mack1 | October 11, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

980 just reported the reason why Blache no longer wants to speak to reporters. It would be nice if you reported the real reason.

Posted by: jm220 | October 11, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

can you tell us what they said?

Posted by: jumbo5383 | October 11, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

If the Redskins lose this game because of "distractions" it is totally on the players and they should cut everyone on the team. They are suppose to be professionals who have some pride in their work. Yes it does not help if the coaches make poor decisions and call poor plays but it really all boils down to execution. If players don't miss blocks, drop passes, run wrong routes, give up on plays, and make stupid penalites they should be able to look like professionals even if they don't win. I don't buy this BS about the players have to be motivated. No one gives me inspirational speeches at my work. Our management is disfunctional but we just ignore it and do our job. And guess what, we succeed. Excuses are for losers. Doesn't matter if the FO and coaches suck, the players need to do their job. If they are outplayed and lose so be it at least they tried instead of giving up and blaming everyone and everything else.

Posted by: lifelongfan | October 11, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

what's the reason jm?

Posted by: mohawk44 | October 11, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Time for a Major League "only one thing left to do; win the whole F'ing thing" moment outta the locker room.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 11, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Well Mr. Snyder, sounds like big name coaches don't want to come in and deal with yours and Vinny's nonsense.

You made your bed, now lie in it!

Posted by: kingtutts | October 11, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

P they said it was due to anxiety attacks he has while speaking with the media. I do remember hearing Zorn say it was health reason but he really should have said what the reason was. 980 came down on Zorn and the FO for dropping the ball on this and I agree. I mean Blache doesn't seem like the type that so caught up in himself that he would have been ashamed

Posted by: jm220 | October 11, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Hah! Checking out some Carolina blogs and one of them reviews the skins in a "homer vs hater" section. It's almost like a sampling of RI posters when it comes staking out positions on Portis JC, Oline, etc.

Very funny read--they wrote that our Oline is supposed to be (the strength of the team" this year, lmfao!

http://www.catscratchreader.com/2009/10/10/1079684/homers-vs-haters-washington#storyjump

Posted by: RomoLongballs | October 11, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Makes sense. Wonder if Ohalloran will report it or apologize in this little blog. He went off the deep end over it, LOL

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 11, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

980 been talking about Big Mike starting for the last two hours and not one word from the post. Wow!!

Posted by: jm220 | October 11, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Greg Blache has anxiety attacks when talking to the media???

That guy could rip any one of us in half with his bare hands. He's getting panic attacks when chatting with Jason Reid???

Come on!

Posted by: PDiddy | October 11, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Well usually I am getting amped up by now for the Skins game. It is inevitable we will lose today and lose badly. So in reality I don't care much. Thanks Dan Snyder you complete piece of sh*t.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | October 11, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

P I don't know if it is true or not but it very well could be. We just don't know. A lot of people have problems talking to crowds and to the media.

Posted by: jm220 | October 11, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The "Mayor" wants the Skins to have problems. He doesn't feel he's contributing to the usual "down on the Skins" Washington Post theme, unless he does too. Talk about a rotten FO. Look at the Post's business, political, opinion and sports departments.

HAIL SKINS . . . HAIL ZORN . . . HAIL CAMPBELL . . . HAIL BLACHE
HAIL TRUE REDSKINS FANS

HELL NO TO THE MAYOR
"Down with the Mayor" Vote
GO-34 / STAY-10

Posted by: rmblocher | October 11, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

If the Redskins lose this game because of "distractions" it is totally on the players and they should cut everyone on the team. They are suppose to be professionals who have some pride in their work. Yes it does not help if the coaches make poor decisions and call poor plays but it really all boils down to execution. If players don't miss blocks, drop passes, run wrong routes, give up on plays, and make stupid penalites they should be able to look like professionals even if they don't win. I don't buy this BS about the players have to be motivated. No one gives me inspirational speeches at my work. Our management is disfunctional but we just ignore it and do our job. And guess what, we succeed. Excuses are for losers. Doesn't matter if the FO and coaches suck, the players need to do their job. If they are outplayed and lose so be it at least they tried instead of giving up and blaming everyone and everything else.

Posted by: lifelongfan | October 11, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

IMO this is what Portis was saying to the coaches when he asked them to bench a player thats missing his assignments.

Posted by: jumbo5383 | October 11, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I think we need a blogger to explain to us why we would care about a journalists prediction.

Posted by: themantoyou | October 11, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Correction,constantly missing his assignments..

Posted by: jumbo5383 | October 11, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I think we need a blogger to explain to us why we would care about a journalists prediction.

Posted by: themantoyou

I will one up you. Game day and a change in the line up and we get a post about a prediction.

Posted by: jm220 | October 11, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Frank just reported on 980 Chad may have an injury. Will get the if that true or not when he talk with Vinny within the hour.

Posted by: jm220 | October 11, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Have to say, I'm not too crazy about "the mayor" myself. First, you don't give yourself a nickname - talk about cheese! Second, lack of fresh material. Third, too much piling on - where's the actual insight and news?!

Posted by: OldManGibbs | October 11, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad and obviously true - about Shanahan. Just like I and others said, firing Zorn is completely insane for many reasons, not the least of which is that fact that potential head coaches will look at DC with even MORE disdain. Good luck hiring anyone of known caliber Snyder, you meddling idiot prick. I hope you burn in hell for destroying my team.

Posted by: rexforab | October 11, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Vinny just said that Chad has a shoulder problem.

Posted by: jm220 | October 11, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

JReid you flip-flopper...acie-ducie...you know nothing about hard-nose football...you putty packer....

Posted by: jcnjcnj | October 11, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Did he sleep on it wrong last night? He hasn't been on the injury report all week.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 11, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. If Montgomery was so close to Rinehart in practice, why isn't he starting at guard?

More importantly, why am I planning my day around this game?

Posted by: bronco6778 | October 11, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

BMW is going at guard??? Holy crap.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 11, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"Panthers 34, Redskins 10". Nice I will take that bet. Just show me where to sign up. Come on man how do you go from predicting a Redskins win to predicting a Redskins loss? Did Campbell go down? Did Portis? Was there a plane accident that I wasn't aware of regarding our whole offensive line? No we hired a consultant to aid with our offense and two of our players (who haven't done much this year) got into a scuffle where no punches were thrown. I am by no means predicting a Redskins win. I think the game will come down to the 4th quarter (much like it has in 85% of the games over the last year and change) and be decided by 7 points or less. So if you’re giving the Redskins 24 points against the Panthers I will take that bet. Heck Ill even give you 24 points in the next three games. You’re a journalist you should not be an emotionalist. Don’t worry next week you can regain some credibility.

Posted by: krichardson7777 | October 11, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

hopefully bmw opens some holes for cp

Posted by: mohawk44 | October 11, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Williams getting first start since 2005

Posted by Tom Curran on October 11, 2009 11:03 AM ET
Mike Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft who wound up out of the league the past three seasons, is in the starting lineup today for the Washington Redskins.

ESPN 980 reports that Williams will start at right guard in place of Chad Rinehart when the Redskins take on Carolina today.

So it's another positive step for Williams, whose weight was well north of 400 pounds as recently as February.

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Posted by: chrislarry | October 11, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

LOL Now Elfin is pissed off.

>>>Apparently, Williams took all the first-team reps during practice this week. The media isn't allowed to watch any team drills after training camp ends which is how those of us, who aren't paid by the team , missed this scoop.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 11, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Danny and Vinny made us the joke of the league...lets face it, as long as these two clowns run the show, no one that doesn't currently call Bingo numbers in a community center would work for us (or worse someone that care only about money).

Posted by: ibenbassat | October 11, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Snyder:
I wish you and yours nothing but the absolute worst for what you have done to this ONCE proud organization.
You bought this team with no intentions whatsoever to make it a winner. You and I both know that. While people have mistaken in accusing you of "trying to buy a championship", we both know that you have made the idiotic moves you have with one thing and one thing only in mind and that is $$$$ to you.
Now every potential coach worth anything will have nothing to do with the joke that you have created. Regardless of how much $$$$ you throw at them.
I very much hope that financial ruin somehow finds you and that you die homeless and a pauper.
F%$# you.
There. I feel a LITTLE better.

Posted by: jjakubek | October 11, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for changing your prediction, know we can actually win. As for those players who have grown tired of Portis, they must me Tana and Cooley because they are the only people who have done anything this year on Offenese and can actually talk.

Posted by: doitwell | October 11, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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