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Golston Develops into Dependable Player

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is among the league's top players at his position, but defensive tackle Kedric Golston might have been the Redskins' most effective defensive lineman in the first four games.

In his fourth season, Golston is emerging as one of Washington's top players. He has performed his role well, occupying offensive linemen and often preventing them from reaching linebackers on running plays and applying consistent pressure from the interior when opponents pass.

"In the offseason, you saw the work he put in," middle linebacker London Fletcher said. "His pass rush has gotten a lot better. He's a guy you can depend on to get the job done. When we go to our five- and six-defensive linemen looks, he's not letting anybody get up to the linebackers. He's blowing centers up, knocking them back.

"He's a very good player for our team. Since I've been here, I've seen him grow each season. He's a guy that can be one of your building blocks for your defense, and a building block for a successful team for years to come. He's a young guy who's going to have a long career in this league because of all that he does."

Although Golston only has been credited with eight tackles and no sacks (he had a career-high two sacks last season), individual statistics alone often fail to reflect the performance of interior linemen (Haynesworth has nine tackles and one sack).

"Regardless of what people value in a good D lineman, as far as sacks and that type of stuff, which everybody wants, it's about doing your job," Golston said. "Like I told K.O. [linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti], 'When I hear London had another 18-tackle day, I say I had a part in that.' I just take pride in whatever my job is to do.

"I just don't want to be the guy who does something that messes up everybody else. I know what my role is on this defense. I just need to be where I need to be and let everything else work itself out."


I credited the wrong outlet with breaking the initial news nugget about the Mike Sellers-Clinton Portis verbal altercation. I've since learned that Chick Hernandez at Comcast SportsNet apparently had the first bit of news about an issue between the running backs that resulted in Monday's heated exchange and reported it Thursday evening while filling in for host Ivan Carter on "Washington Post Live."


Sally Jenkins assesses the state of the Redskins today. ... Upon seeing film of himself in his first NFL game, Brian Orakpo decided he "looked like a chicken with his head cut off." Now, after working with coach Kirk Olivadotti, he sees a "vast improvement." Rick Maese chronicles the growth of the Redskins' first-round draft pick. ... Doug Farrar of Football Outsiders breaks down Redskins-Panthers in our interactive preview.

By Jason Reid  |  October 10, 2009; 9:34 AM ET
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First! Go Skins!

Posted by: GWSkinFan | October 10, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Sherman Lewis goes back and tells Snyder that he has a good coach in Zorn and to have patience.

Posted by: Redskins001 | October 10, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Definately a bright spot in what could be one of the most dominant defensive lines in the league for years to come with Jarmon, Al, and Orakpo. It is important that we keep this guy when season end. Griffin is past his prime and is wasting valuable playing time.

And back to the RB's trying out, I think we should give Isaac Redman (Bowie State product that had a good preseason with the Steelers) a look. I mean you want to stay local so why not try him out...

Posted by: ATLredskin | October 10, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Congratulation to Sally, not really new information but well written and dead center on target. Now how do we get the information to the NFL that Danny is jeopardizing their product?

Posted by: Keyskonnection | October 10, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Golston and Montgomery are both good players, but Montgomery seems not to have recovered from his boo-boo lip over the Haynesworth signing.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 10, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Golston's a good guy -- appeared as the grand poobah for the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation last year. Not a scintillating speaker, but I appreciated the effort, and my kid was pretty impressed.

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

i love this team! it's sooooo entertaining. unfortunately only off the field.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 10, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

can't wapo afford a good beat writer? it can't be that hard to find a good writer. with all the newspapers going out of binness...

i miss lacanfora...i may've disagreed with him but never did i think he couldn't communicate effectively thru his writing...

Posted by: dealer1 | October 10, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

What's tripping you up dealer? The post reads pretty clear to me.

Posted by: mack1 | October 10, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I had a chance to look at JC's first interception last week. On the previous play (JC threw behind ARE), Kelly came across the middle at the first down marker on a slant, with Talib dragging behind him.
So they went back to that route on the next play, with Talib in the same position. The difference was that Barber was sitting in the middle at the first down stick, meaning that Kelly was double teamed.
It seems to me that the real problem on that play is that it was 4th down, so everyone had cheated toward the markers. 4th and 5 is not a real high-percentage down.

On the second pick, Kelly tried to make some sort of acrobatic catch in spite of the fact that the ball was underthrown. If he makes the catch, we'd be talking about it today. You probably want him to focus on breaking it up, though. In the end, the pass has to get over the WR, when you force him to slow down all sorts of bad things happen. This is the same problem that JC had on play #1 against the Rams -- the throw has to be made early, and over everyone. You're counting on the throw being made before the safety can react and come help over the top.

On the last pick, I think it was a bad choice by JC. Even if he threw the pass a bit deeper, the safety was covering deep and nearly decapitated Moss. Very little chance of a good outcome there. But I'll take the occasional bad choice -- his rating in the second half was still close to perfect.

Posted by: daggar | October 10, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Sally Jenkins, providing one example of the toxicity that leeches out from the Redskin's FO:

"For clues, all we have are Cerrato's public rationalizations, such as his attempt Friday to suggest that hiring Lewis was actually Zorn's idea."


In terms of attributes that comprise a person's character, I've heard the metaphor, "She's a good egg," or "He's a bad egg." Vinny Cerrato and Dan Snyder are both rotten eggs.

They trade in lies, manipulation, and deception, plus they're stoooooopid.

If I were Jim Zen, a truly good man who is simply in over his head, lacking the components to assemble a winning product on the field from day one, and who has now been subjected to what amounts to a public emasculation, I offer this suggestion:

Submit your letter of resignation and walk away.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 10, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Only one point of confusion as far as Jim Zen:

Why is he going along with this charade?

When asked about the Portis-Sellers locker room incident, he was dismissive, saying it came down to a "You didn't say hi to me" type of row between the two men, who are actually BFFs and madly in love each other.

We all know this isn't the truth, unless we believe the evil media is just making things up.

Why try to cover it up???

Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 10, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Let's bring Roy Lubit to Redskin Park for a fresh set of eyes because Mr. Dan and his functionary have struggled. Nice column Sally.

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

Note to Jim Zen:

You placate the owner and his Lieutenant, and dutifully comply with their request to whistle dixie while they strike the match that sets the flame to burn the fort to the ground.

Run for the hills.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 10, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

From the previous thread:

I have to laugh at the double standard here. If Brett Favre or Payton Manning went to the coaches and said a WR was running the wrong routes or a G wasn't executing his assignments and said to get him out of the game he would be praised as a tremendously competitive leader. Clinton Portis does it and he's a cancer, bad guy, etc etc.

Posted by: 6-2StackMonster | October 9, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

It's not a "double-standard" when you compare Manning and Favre to Portis -- it's laughable. Those QBs have won Super Bowls, routinely win games almost by themselves, and make the playoffs every year. Let's be clear: by any objective 'standard', Portis should not be mentioned in the same breath as Manning, or (puke) Favre.

To the poster who said Portis is averaging 4.5 yards a carry for his career? Why don't you look at his ypc average PER YEAR, and look at whether that average is going up or down. How about looking at the number runs over 10 yards he has per year, and whether that number has gone up or down. Or his total number of TDs per year, and whether it is rising or falling. He made the Pro Bowl? That's a popularity contest, and the NFC is decidedly lacking in one-back systems these days.

He's young? The way to judge a RB is the number of career CARRIES (and carries per year) -- not their calendar age. If someone argued that Jenna Jameson was a bit past her prime as an actress, wouldn't it sound pretty dumb to respond that she is "only" 35 years old?

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

To clarify further: I loved Portis as an on-field player. I drafted him in the first round of 2 fantasy drafts in back-to-back years once. But his production has significantly declined. One of the reasons The Redskins get so hamstrung by their personnel is that they keep certain guys way too long with ridiculous contract extensions, and let other guys go as they are peaking. Smart teams do the opposite.

Portis peaked about 3 years ago. Leading the league in carries for a few years eventually takes its toll. He is no longer a threat to take it to the house. He can't break tackles in the open field very often. Insted of shoving the pile forward, he now often runs into it and falls down. He used to be a great short yardage back who could get a first down on 4th and one -- even if someone hit him in the backfield. He obviously can't do that anymore. This is evident to anyone who actually watches the games, rather than citing statistics that ultimately don't mean much.

Earnest Byner was a great back. When he started to fade, the Redskins let him go. Emmitt Smith is one of the best backs of all time, statistically speaking. When he started to fade, he was let go by the 'Boys. Yet some people here think Portis can be productive for several more years? Maybe as part of a platoon, but not as a go-to guy. By your standards, Fred Taylor would still be starting for the Jags, and Eddie George would never have been let go by the Titans.

I'm not saying Portis is the only problem this team has, but his temper tantrums, skipping practices and removing himself from games whenever he wants is no longer worth puting up with given his decreased on-field productions. RBs aren't like QBs: they don't ever improve with wear and age. They are also relatively easy to replace...if a team has a front office capable of uncovering gems instead of settling for leftovers.

Posted by: jcabana | October 10, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis and Dan Snyder are pals, correct?

Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 10, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

More play action. More play action. More play action.

Posted by: kingtutts | October 10, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

F Sally Jenkins.

Posted by: saltine182 | October 10, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Are we going to become the first NFL team to start the first six weeks against opponents with 0 win?

We played Giants when they were 0-0.
Rams were 0-1.
Detroit were 0-2.
Bucs were 0-3.
Carolina is 0-4.
KC will of course be 0-5.

Posted by: DesiHungama | October 10, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Golston's a good guy -- appeared as the grand poobah for the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation last year. Not a scintillating speaker, but I appreciated the effort, and my kid was pretty impressed.

Posted by: daggar

Thanks daggar. Nice to see a human face on the men behind the masks. I admire a guy who ISN'T a smooth talker for getting up and saying a few words on behalf of kids.

Posted by: TheCork | October 10, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I have to laugh at the double standard here. If Brett Favre or Payton Manning went to the coaches and said a WR was running the wrong routes or a G wasn't executing his assignments and said to get him out of the game he would be praised as a tremendously competitive leader. Clinton Portis does it and he's a cancer, bad guy, etc etc.

Posted by: 6-2StackMonster |

I think the key issue here is whether or not the complainer first went to the guy not living up to his satisfaction. Once he's done that, if there is no improvement in effort or accomplishment, he is entitled, perhaps obligated to go to the coaches and ask for a change.

And to borrow a cliche about the reaction to Portis, it aint' Clinton's first Rodeo.

His arrogant bus throw of his headcoach last year was fair warning that when things don't go Clinton's way, Clinton causes a ruckus.

Posted by: TheCork | October 10, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"F Sally Jenkins.

Posted by: saltine182 | October 10, 2009 12:24 PM"

not even with YOUR D, buddy..not even with your D...

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

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