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Ganther leads running-back-by-committee

Backup running back Quinton Ganther showed some elusiveness and a nice burst while rushing for a team-high 46 yards with a 5.8-yard average in Sunday's 33-30 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Ganther has been a pleasant surprise on offense and special teams. Rock Cartwright started against the Saints and rushed for 39 yards as the Redskins totaled only 88 yards on 25 carries (a 3.5-yard average).

Cartwright, Ganther and Marcus Mason will continue to share the load against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland, Coach Jim Zorn said.

"I like the way all the running backs are giving effort. It's one of those deals where by committee we're doing a pretty good job," Zorn said. "I think each guy in his own right is going as hard as he can and I think we're getting better as we down here. The guys are feeling more and more comfortable getting themselves up the field."

An in-season addition to the roster, Ganther has surprised some with his solid play. Offensive coordinator Sherman Smith previously worked with Ganther when Smith was the Tennessee Titans' longtime running backs coach.

"He hasn't surprised Sherman because Sherman has known about him," Zorn said. "It's good for our team that we've got guys, even Marcus Mason, with his ability to run as well. All three of those guys are coming on strong."

By Jason Reid  |  December 7, 2009; 1:45 PM ET
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that's just fine and dandy. glad zorn always makes it all seem better.

Posted by: thepinched | December 7, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I like him too, but we need a burner. I still wish we would have given Dorsey or Alridge a shot. Maybe next year.

Posted by: FedorEm | December 7, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Props to Rock and Ganther - they are running better than CP was.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 7, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Ganther gets the start at Oak. He runs hard and has the ability to make people miss.

Yesterday 8 carries for 46 yards w/a long of 13. Give him the ball more.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 7, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Record: 3-9


Moral Victories: 12-0

Chumpionship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: GreatOne1 | December 7, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins offense started playing well for the first time in over a year once Portis went down with injury and Devin Thomas and Fred Davis matured enough to get into the game consistently. Imagine how well we could be with a top 5 offensive lineman draft pick.

Posted by: Section104 | December 7, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me that the Redskins still should have won the game with all that happened.

If I'd told you Brees would throw for over 400,

that the Skins would have 3 turnovers to only 1 for the Saints,

that at the end of the half, we'd have any interception turned TD for the Saints on a freak play,

that we would be "double moved" yet again TWICE for long TD's,

That the Saints would be the beneficiary of two iffy, huge reviews,

...would you have believed the Redskins came within 20?

Something interesting is happening here. The old guard of players is being shown the door, and Zorn/Sherm Lewis/Sherm Smith are building a case for their offense.

I'm not sure what the right thing is to do here - I suppose VC goes, but does Zorn get any thought for the team's step up in play of late? We killed him when they stank it up early, so I suppose he deserves some credit that they are coming to play with nothing to play for.

They are giving it what they have, but they lack confidence at the end of the game - just like us.

BTW: if you are local, check out the Washington Times photo in the Sports Section of the Moore INT. Clearly shows Shockey had a hand on him while he had possession of the INT on the ground. Screwed.


Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 7, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 7, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"It's one of those deals where by committee we're doing a pretty good job"

Too bad this approach wasn't taken with Portis and Betts......

"Devin Thomas and Fred Davis matured enough to get into the game consistently"

Right....Davis giggles, and doesn't know the playbook, but somehow had 8 catches against philly when Cooley went down....

Yes, yes of course, they both just learned how to play 4 weeks ago.....

Please tell me you were kidding there 104.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 7, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I like everything I've seen from Ganther so far - he looks like the "real deal."

He's a strong downhill runner - always heading either north-south or northeast-northwest. He hits the holes hard and fast, makes good reads and cuts, and always keep his legs and feet chopping.

It certainly looks like he has great potential for future games and seasons with the Redskins. Give Ganther more carries. He should be the starter instead of Cartright. Let Cartright come off the bench to give Ganther a blow, not the other way around.

Posted by: SkinsKen | December 7, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if Vinny was awake along enough last night to see Jeremy Bridges shut down Jared Allen.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 7, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing loss; most facets covered already. LL is a clown that doen't make me laugh. Soup's numbers were better. However, the game announcers mentioned repeatedly that NO's top three corners did not play yesterday. Guess that's why Soup(17-31, as a starter) was getting away w/ staring down read one or two most of the day (the usual) and getting away w/ it. Moss was wide open 10-20 yards past Soup's pick throw at the end, just like he's been open for five years and not getting the ball at the right time. The excuses around the losing change by the week, but the QB that wins 35% of his starts doesn't. He's been the common thread of losing since he was handed the job. The excuses around the team losing have changed as long as Vinny's been here too, but he's been stealing checks for ten years. 5-15 in the last 20....No more excuse and lose, more step up and win. Winning teams play players that win games as much as possible at any position from the highest paid to the lowest paid. I'm sure there's a QB out there that could win more than 35% of started games.

Posted by: Realness1 | December 7, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Quinton Ganther sits right behind Samkon Gado and Hokie Gajan on the list of odd RB names.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 7, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Why run by committee when one guy clearly stands head and shoulders above the rest? I say give Ganther the bulk of the carries and let the other guys spell him from time to time. Ganther is the fastest of the trio and stands the best chance of breaking a long one, plus he has shown he can catch the ball out of the backfield pretty well, too.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 7, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Section104 | December 7, 2009 2:00 PM |

It had more to do w/playing time than "maturing". Once they were giving playing time, they showed they could play.

I am thinking the same way about Marko and Moore. Yes, Moore made a mistake yesterday, but good players learn from mistakes (read LL and Los are not good players at their current positions). Moore needs a chance to see what he can do as the starting FS and LL needs to be benched, then moved to SS.

Play the young players on the team. Barns looked decent out there as well. Give them a chance, that is why they were drafted.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 7, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Interesting stat line on 3rd conversion % for each play caller:
Zorn 30%
Sherm 50%

Now if we could only figure out their respective redzone %'s.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 7, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Diesel, I get the feeling that Sherman's red zone stat line is short, if it even exists. We may never know.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 7, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"Vinny isn't picking--tho he's looking a lot less dumb these days as Thomas and Davis develop."

(INSERT plate of crow.)

I'm the kind of brother who admits when he's wrong.

And since no one has done so, I'll consume my plate 'o crow in full view.

Like most folks, I thought the young receivers were a waste.

That Justin Tyron wasn't all that.

I posted this multiple times.

I've posted that Mr. Cerrato was a moron for drafting them.

But now, they and Jason Campbell are getting on the same page were Sanatana Moss and Campbell haven't been.

It appears that I was wrong.

I apologize.

So I will eat my crow and crow about the other perceived failures besieging the team.

Hopefully, there are some other assessments about Mr. Cerrato's roster where I've been wrong.

Excuse me, I got bird to eat.

(INSERT salt shaker, knife fork, and glass of burgandy 'n gold kool.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 7, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Some quick FF updates as the regular season ends tonight.

In the Hamster league, the playoff teams appear set. Salmon, Zornskins, Realskins, F Bombers, Billes and Copro have all essentially clinched.

The top two seeds get a bye. One bye will go to Salmon. The other bye will go to the Billies or Realskins. It comes down to the game between Realskins and F Bombers, which gets settled tonight. If Realskins, trailing now by 16 points, rallies to win, he's gets the #2 seed (based on a bizarre and incredibly close tiebreaker).

Realskins has got Derrick Mason going. Mason has topped 16 points just once this year, but has had 3 other games with 14 or 15 points.

Over in the Peeps league, 5 of the 6 slots are settled. Futaleufu, Tampa, Buffaloes, Fins and Zombie Hord are in. The last spot will go to Future Winners if he can hold off the Buffaloes. Winners leads by 3 points going into the game, playing Aaron Rodgers. The Buffaloes play Mason Crosby.

If the Buffaloes win, then the Jackalopes (who is the team owned by the father of the Buffaloes team -- hope things are good in THAT household!!) make the playoffs instead of Future Winners.

The Buffaloes/Future game also impacts who gets a bye. Tampa is getting one of the byes. The other bye will go the Buffaloes or Futaleufu. The Buffs need to win and the Futa needs to lose for the Buffs to get a bye. The Futa trails Alex's Zombie Hord by 12 heading into tonight. Futa has Ray Rice and Derrick Mason going, while Alex has Ryan Grant.

Lots of things up in the air in our FF leagues!!!


disclaimer : I reserve the right to be wrong

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 7, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

JC shouldn't be 'annoited' b/c of this game but let's give the man his due.
The INT was bad but beside that play he was lights out.
I'm proud of the fight in this team but dissappointed with the fight in this head coach. SS should have never been in that position, they should have went for the TD. SS has got to make that FG!
As always, at critical moments in the game over the last few years the players failed to execute and the coaches failed to put the team in the position to win (decisively).

Posted by: priceisright | December 7, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Moe, a little something to go with your bird:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/102973/saturday-night-live-fuquay-satins-champagne

A little Minneapolis Mystery, perhaps? Always goes down smooth.

I think I've got some crow waiting for me at home too. In fact, I think there might be a run on RI crow today.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 7, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

beep-boop-boop-beep beep!

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 7, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

No mention of Portis so I assume he's stil out?

No more jokes about "talking a bingo caller out of retirement" I guess.

Lastly: A kicker only needs to know how to do two things. Kick it straight and put a shoulder into the thigh of a kick returner. He doesn't need to read defenses, execute routes, study playbooks or film. If he can't hit 100% inside of 30 yards or keep kickoffs in bounds he needs to go. I'm sure he'll be around the rest of the year with only 4 games left but he won't be here next June.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | December 7, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"Vinny isn't picking--tho he's looking a lot less dumb these days as Thomas and Davis develop."

(INSERT plate of crow.)

I'm the kind of brother who admits when he's wrong.

And since no one has done so, I'll consume my plate 'o crow in full view.

Like most folks, I thought the young receivers were a waste.

That Justin Tyron wasn't all that.

I posted this multiple times.

I've posted that Mr. Cerrato was a moron for drafting them.

But now, they and Jason Campbell are getting on the same page were Sanatana Moss and Campbell haven't been.

It appears that I was wrong.

I apologize.

So I will eat my crow and crow about the other perceived failures besieging the team.

Hopefully, there are some other assessments about Mr. Cerrato's roster where I've been wrong.

Excuse me, I got bird to eat.

(INSERT salt shaker, knife fork, and glass of burgandy 'n gold kool.)

Posted by: MistaMoe

Put down the salt shaker ... its too early to eat crow.

First, the young WRs aren't the real deal yet. Second, we used 3 second round picks -- and you would expect some good players to come in round 2. The WR-TE-WR (copyright Nate) haven't shown that they equal to the expected value of 3 second round picks.

As for me, I liked getting 2 big WRs. I figured 1 of the 2 would pan out, and we needed WR help. I knew nothing of Kelly or Thomas since I don't follow college football, but I like big WRs.

I panned the Davis pick, figuring his upside would only occur if Cooley (who is under a long term contract) was injured. Well, Cooley is hurt, and Davis has looked good.

Still, come next year, we'll have two worthy TE, but no worthy RT.

So don't stuff yourself on crow ... at least not yet.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 7, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 7, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest...

I have never been as down on Cerrato as everyone else. The problem, to me, is that we have had TOO MUCH CHANGE!

We now seem to be coming together. Do we have a SB...far from it, but we finally have young talent to BUILD on, rather than over the hill, high priced free agents.

I think this is more of an indictment on Zorn for not playing them sooner rather than on Cerrato. Zorn only plays Davis cause Cooley can't play and Kelly can't stay on the field because of ARE.

Who knows how far off we are, but I am finally pleased to see we have some young blood. It can only help us in the future.

Posted by: rickyroge | December 7, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Geez-o-flippo, fine and dandy the Redskins are just so swell. You betcha they'll go all the way next year. ;-)

Posted by: atidwell | December 7, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

To those who are busy eating crow, spit it out now. One game, a lost one at that, does not mean that Vinnie got it right. So two players seemed to improve and have good days, so what? And Kareen Moore had a really bad day. What does that prove (well, just dont' give him the ball...).

Posted by: atidwell | December 7, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"Devin Thomas and Fred Davis matured enough to get into the game consistently"

Right....Davis giggles, and doesn't know the playbook, but somehow had 8 catches against philly when Cooley went down....

Yes, yes of course, they both just learned how to play 4 weeks ago.....

Please tell me you were kidding there 104.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1


Davis admits he "prepares differently" as a starter. Great players prepare as if they will start. I think a light has been turned on, tho.

DevinThomas's dad said this fall that it takes his kid a year to "get it," and has at al levels of sports. Looks like he gets it, too.

Zorn says it takes two years for the WCO to work.

Gee, he might be on to something. Sunday the Redskins offense looked more like Seattle did a few years ago when they were beating the 'skins, and less like the unimaginative crud the team has been running.

The offensive line is bigger and younger and Big Mike played very well Sunday,. Heyer looked better. Levi Jones is a find. Heck, even davis is blocking.

Of course Snyder will fire Zorn and that will be that.

Posted by: TheCork | December 7, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

As soon as Suisham misses the FG in Dallas - you know the final score, can see it etched in granite, and the day goes south.

As soon as Philly gets the 2pt conversion - the final score is practically tattooed on your forearm and you miss the exit and start fighting with your wife.

And when Suisam misses the chip shot FG (you swore you wouldn't pay attention this week) you know in your BONES they lose in overtime by 3 and turn off the computer.

Doughty said it right - if you're any good that doesn't happen to you. So stop defending the Kindergarden Scientologist.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 7, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Hold up. Hokie Gajon? hahaha. That CAN'T be real.

*****

Quinton Ganther sits right behind Samkon Gado and Hokie Gajan on the list of odd RB names.

Posted by: NateinthePDX

Posted by: brianearman | December 7, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

This is all due to the change at playcaller. These plays don't even look the same. We were all asking were are the crossing routes. Well we see them know. The stops and comebacks. The curls and flat routes. This is finally getting called like a true WCO playcaller.

There are alot of things in life that I want to do, that doesn't mean I am good enough to do them.

Posted by: jtrob_1 | December 8, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Shaun and the rest of you myopic homers>>>>> Even if Shuish man made the kick the redskins still would have figured out a way to lose like always..... Landry is always out of position giving up touchdowns, Sellers is always going to make a mistake like the fumble or missed block, Campbell is going to throw a critical pick, Hanesworth is going to lay down and the rest of this rag tag crew is going to play well enough but still lose.... Go figure, see you next summer for the free agent superbowl, as usual....

Posted by: matrixcl55 | December 8, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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