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Reid on the Radio

In case any of you care, I'll be a guest today on Vinny Cerrato's radio show, "Inside the Red Zone," on ESPN 980.

This is the second time Cerrato has requested me as a guest, which means he couldn't find anyone better or just likes the fact I work at a great price (free). I'm not sure if we're going to take calls, but it sure would be fun, so call in and see what happens, if you like.

Cerrato is doing the show remotely from the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, because that's the site of the Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon. I'll be attending the luncheon as well and will post more stuff from there. With the Redskins scheduled to play host to the New England Patriots on Friday, there is no media availability at Redskins Park today. Later.

By Jason Reid  |  August 27, 2009; 8:53 AM ET
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Ahem.

Posted by: farstriker | August 27, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

first

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

..or not

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell = Mark Rypien

And I'll gladly take that.

JC's clearly the kind of quarterback who will help a solid team win. And he will struggle if asked to play beyond his limits.

Anybody pining for Cutler or next year's first-round QB darling is sprinkling the Snyder bad-mojo pixie dust, along the lines of two #1s for Chad Johnson. The great-QB hope is part of the whole bad Snyder approach to this team--one more star, one more superhero, damn the expense and long-term mortgaging of the future.

Now the one big question I have about this season is whether Zorn was the right coach for Jason. My philosophy is this: Align your strategic vision with your people. If you've already got the vision, get people who fit. If you've already got the people, find a vision that fits them. Our only critical position when we hired Zorn was QB: we supposedly had (have) our QB for the next 10 years.

Since we already had Jason, entering what should be the prime of his career, we should have made sure to hire a steward of the offense--which is obviously Zorn's preferred role--who fits with what JC is best at.

And I'm just not sure of that. Staying medium seems very in sync with Jason, but I'm not enough of a football maven to know whether Zorn's game-plans and favorite plays fit with JC's rhythm and skills.

Last year gives us two different stories--first half, a big yes; second half, a big no. JC himself--the up is few INTs, the down is few TDs.

So for now I'm staying medium.

And keeping a sidelong glance on Chase Daniel as third-string QB this year. Hey, maybe he can return kicks. Joe T did a few times.

Posted by: farstriker | August 27, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Now the one big question I have about this season is whether Zorn was the right coach for Jason. My philosophy is this: Align your strategic vision with your people. If you've already got the vision, get people who fit. If you've already got the people, find a vision that fits them. Our only critical position when we hired Zorn was QB: we supposedly had (have) our QB for the next 10 years

Posted by: farstriker | August 27, 2009 9:01 AM

Here's the thing with that, Vinny Cerrato is a west coast offense guy. See San Fran (I believe). He brought in Zorn because he is a West Coast guy. Jason Campbell was a Gibbs guy. He's going to go (Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez: West Coast types) So unless JC turns into a West Coast guy he will be gone eventually. They are giving him a chance to be a West Coast guy because one of the offenses he ran in coleege was similar to a West Coast offense. So what's happening is what you are alluding to. They have a vision and some of the people in place to pursue it, it just takes time to get them in ALL the positions. Just my take...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

tomorrow night is going to be a huge test for this team. The pats are widely considered to be in line for the SBowl, so it could be a good guage of where the Redskins are as a team how well we fare against them. Heyer versus Warren is one matchup to watch, Rabach versus Wilfork is another.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

So JaLaCa and Vinny went to war over that show.

JR and Vinny gonna make love over that show???

Posted by: alex35332 | August 27, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

The pats are widely considered to be in line for the SBowl,

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2009 9:09 AM

Bean, Will the Pats be able to play so soon after Senator Kennedy's death. I know he was pretty popular in Mass and this may be a big blow to the team...

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 27, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm not touching that one.....instead I'll have another chivas....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, they'll definetely miss Teddy making the crucial third and long calls with little time remaining...

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | August 27, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

non football

Great story by esp on flo jo. I remember watching her break the 100 record.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=090826/flojo

Posted by: jm220 | August 27, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

they'll definetely miss Teddy making the crucial third and long calls with little time remaining...

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | August 27, 2009 9:26 AM

I believe you've got the wrong Tedy. Tedy Bruschi's still playing, but he makes the defensive calls.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 27, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Quick stats question. Can anyone remember that stat they flashed on CPo in the game on Thursday that had him top 5 all time in some category? Was it carries?

lil' hep?

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 27, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

tedy bruschi is barely playing, its more a case of piling on seconds after the play is over...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

ds, ypg....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Here's the thing with that, Vinny Cerrato is a west coast offense guy.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse


If that's the guy setting the agenda, ugh. I thought Vinny was just Danny's bottle-washer. Really, our offense springs from Vinny? Double-ugh.

I thought the layout was, head coach sets the overall on-the-field vision, and GM gets the best players that fit, and worries about affording them, etc.

You know, Gibbs and Beathard.

Posted by: farstriker | August 27, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I thought the layout was, head coach sets the overall on-the-field vision, and GM gets the best players that fit, and worries about affording them, etc.
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No, Teh Owner makes splash, the racket ball partner fills in the rest, and the coach is their lackey.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | August 27, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Quick stats question. Can anyone remember that stat they flashed on CPo in the game on Thursday that had him top 5 all time in some category? Was it carries?

lil' hep?

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 27, 2009 9:33 AM |

Yards from scrimmage.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Here's the thing with that, Vinny Cerrato is a west coast offense guy.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse


If that's the guy setting the agenda, ugh. I thought Vinny was just Danny's bottle-washer. Really, our offense springs from Vinny? Double-ugh.

I thought the layout was, head coach sets the overall on-the-field vision, and GM gets the best players that fit, and worries about affording them, etc.

You know, Gibbs and Beathard.

Posted by: farstriker | August 27, 2009 9:38 AM

Yea, except we got Vinny first and he picked Zorn.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm not touching that one.....instead I'll have another chivas....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2009 9:26 AM

Go light on the Chivas or you're going to get your knuckles rapped again by the PC tsk-tsk'ers.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 27, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Cork,

If you are out there, I'm curious to know your feelings about the Mayor going on Vinny's show. Please, do share...

Posted by: p1funk | August 27, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

What a great gig you have Jason Reid. Luncheons, tweeting, getting paid for it. Momma told me to stay in school.

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Rushing YPG, Clinton is currently #5:

1. Jim Brown 104.3
2. Barry Sanders 99.8
3. Terrell Davis 97.5
4. LaDainian Tomlinson 92.6
5. Sheriff Gonna Getcha 92.0

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/rush_yds_per_g_career.htm

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 27, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I think I'm wrong on that.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Scamp,

Thought you were one of the many incarnations of the wacktard who spams da blog.

My bad, and hail.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 27, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I thought the layout was, head coach sets the overall on-the-field vision, and GM gets the best players that fit, and worries about affording them, etc.

Posted by: farstriker | August 27, 2009 9:38 AM

I thought that most organizations were like the Redskins. The owner and GM choose the coach that they think can realize their vision, then the GM gets the players to match.

Of course, with the Redskins the owner is somewhat more heavily involved and is not confined like most of us to play out his fantasies in a few FF leagues and on Madden.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 27, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Oh, good to see, Bean gets advice from the Arthur Miller of grave-dancing, t_e.

(Unapologetically PC tsk-tsk'er here, gents.)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 27, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Here is what you're looking for:

He’s also fifth all-time in scrimmage yards per game, for whatever that stat’s worth. It’s another impressive list, anyhow.

1 Jim Brown 125.5
2 L. Tomlinson 122.5
3 Barry Sanders 118.9
4 Walter Payton 111.9
5 Clinton Portis 111.1

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Scamp,

Thought you were one of the many incarnations of the wacktard who spams da blog.

My bad, and hail.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 27, 2009 9:51 AM

It's all good, I've been here a while. I don't hold a grudge.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Nate, you, of course, are correct too but the scrimmage yards per game is the one that was mentioned on the game the other night.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 27, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

(Unapologetically PC tsk-tsk'er here, gents.)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 27, 2009 9:53 AM

The blog wouldn't be the same without a few someones to set limits for us degenerates and remind us of the good manners our mamas couldn't teach us!

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 27, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

nate, not dancing on the mans grave...not by a long shot.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

OK - POLL - How many of you think Carlos will be ready and healthy for the season opener? Thoughts?

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The Arthur Miller of Grave Dancing?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | August 27, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell = Mark Rypien

Rypien was a waaaaaay more cerebral QB than Jason Campbell will ever be.

Agreed that JC has the tools to help this team win, but it seems like a science experiment, where all conditions in the lab have to perfect in order for the test subject to stand up from the gurney and walk around the room.

Victor Frankenstein does learn how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful.

Hopefully, Coach Zen will be equally successful in his bid to create a winning quarterback, and alas, a winning team.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 27, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

...not by a long shot.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2009 9:57 AM

Oops. Bad choice, Bean. Making fun of the guy's two brothers who, as dcsween so gracefully put it yesterday "took lead to the head."

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 27, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who don't know what Gibbs did 28 years ago. He came in with a rep for knowing the Air Coryell offense at San Diego. It did not take him long his first season after going 0-5 and finishing at 8-8 to realize that his talent on the Redskins was not Air Coryell, but three yards and a cloud of dust. And boy did the team take off with Riggins and by the way long bombs in the passing game. So the coach adjusted to his talent and did not force his system down the team. Is Zorn doing this with his nickel and dime offense? Maybe so and maybe he should open it up to a big play offense.

Posted by: getitritegov | August 27, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the stats backup, guys!!

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 27, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

OK - POLL - How many of you think Carlos will be ready and healthy for the season opener? Thoughts?

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 9:59 AM

This poll is only open to people who are (1) not qualified MD's and (2) who have not examined Carlos' leg. These are the only opinions that matter on RI.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 27, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

y'all aren't gonna make me break out the Leigh Torrence - JFK joke out, are you?!

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 27, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Did I request thee, Maker from my clay
To mould Me man? Did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?

John Milton, Paradise Lost (X.743–5)

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 27, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Rushing YPG, Clinton is currently #5:

1. Jim Brown 104.3
2. Barry Sanders 99.8
3. Terrell Davis 97.5
4. LaDainian Tomlinson 92.6
5. Sheriff Gonna Getcha 92.0

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/rush_yds_per_g_career.htm

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 27, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse
That is a very distinguished group for CP to be associated with.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 27, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

It was Prometheus who secretly took fire from heaven and gave it to man.

When Zeus discovered this, he eternally punished Prometheus by fixing him to a rock where each day a predatory bird came to devour his liver, only for the liver to regrow the next day; ready for the bird to come again, until Hercules releases him.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 27, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

amen Fritz.

With all the bad news we have had around here, it's easy to miss how great CP is.

And that's not all early stats either, his last two seasons have been very productive.

And he's 2 yrs younger than the next youngest in the current top 5 in Rush Yds per game.

Not that he necessarily needs more love, but I don't understand when folks knock Crisco. He's just damn good.

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 27, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

OK - POLL - How many of you think Carlos will be ready and healthy for the season opener? Thoughts?

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I think he will start the opener. The more significant question is... will he be able to start games regularly, or will this bother him like it did SS last year?

Posted by: frediefritz | August 27, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

If not Hercules, and no one by that name is on the Redskins' roster, who then shall release Jason Campbell from the rock?

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 27, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

OK - POLL - How many of you think Carlos will be ready and healthy for the season opener? Thoughts?

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 9:59 AM

This poll is only open to people who are (1) not qualified MD's and (2) who have not examined Carlos' leg. These are the only opinions that matter on RI.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 27, 2009 10:04 AM

Thanks for pointing that out for me TE...I'm asking for the opinions of know-it-alls in here like myself - I dont know how the rest of you feel about it but if we lose Carlos for any amount of time or Hall or Smoot or Haynesworth or fill in the blank...our potent defense is gonna be a waste of money. Not much depth other than on the line

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

And he's 2 yrs younger than the next youngest in the current top 5 in Rush Yds per game.

Posted by: DikShuttle

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Amazing really that CP is what, 27 years old?

Thought he was much older...

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 27, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

mmmmmmhhh. liiiver.

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 27, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell = Mark Rypien

Rypien was a waaaaaay more cerebral QB than Jason Campbell will ever be.

Agreed that JC has the tools to help this team win, but it seems like a science experiment, where all conditions in the lab have to perfect in order for the test subject to stand up from the gurney and walk around the room.

Victor Frankenstein does learn how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful.

Hopefully, Coach Zen will be equally successful in his bid to create a winning quarterback, and alas, a winning team.


Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 27, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Ryp was more cerebral, but JC is a much better athlete, can scramble much better.

I also think that Ryp had much better receivers, but I'm cautiously optimistic that MKelly and MMitchell will really step up this year. DThomas, the jury is still out on him.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 27, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Chia, I think that's 'cause he was a bada$$ from the git-go. We've been hearing about (and FROM) him for so long, we think he should be older.

Stephen Jackson is only 25!!

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 27, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

...our potent defense is gonna be a waste of money. Not much depth other than on the line

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 10:16 AM

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True.

Our defense is "potent" in theory alone.

My greatest fear (and I have many) is that the D has been over-hyped, and will not live up to the high expectations that have been built up around it.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 27, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I think you're right, Chia.

They definitely have the target on their backs.

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 27, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Victor Frankenstein does learn how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 27, 2009 10:01 AM

"and he would have an enormous schwanstugel Herr Doctor"

Posted by: noonefromtampa | August 27, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Not much depth other than on the line

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 10:16 AM

This is about the same as every other team in the league. It's not like all the others have Pro-Bowlers on the bench waiting for their chance. And the ones that do are trying to trade them to shore up some other weak spot.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 27, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: noonefromtampa | August 27, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

JC may be a better athlete than Ryp was..not even close actually, but, Ryp could throw the ball downfield as accurate and beautiful as anybody and that kept the defense honest and off the line of scrimmage. Yeah his receivers had better stats but were they really better receivers than what we have now or was it because we had the best pass protection in the game and Ryp took advantage of it?? For what my two cents are worth, I'd say that Jason is compunding his own problems of protection by holding the ball too long and taking too many sacks. his timing is off and I could care less how athletic he is, he's not back there to run around, he's back there to advance the ball thru the air to his receivers...so far he hasn't done that too well. So was Ryp better?? He's had more success thats for sure. Bad haircut and all

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

JC may be a better athlete than Ryp was..not even close actually, but, Ryp could throw the ball downfield as accurate and beautiful as anybody and that kept the defense honest and off the line of scrimmage. Yeah his receivers had better stats but were they really better receivers than what we have now or was it because we had the best pass protection in the game and Ryp took advantage of it?? For what my two cents are worth, I'd say that Jason is compounding his own problems of protection by holding the ball too long and taking too many sacks. his timing is off and I could care less how athletic he is, he's not back there to run around, he's back there to advance the ball thru the air to his receivers...so far he hasn't done that too well. So was Ryp better?? He's had more success thats for sure. Bad haircut and all

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Fair enough TE. You're right. My point is simply that as good as we expect our defense to be this year, we are thisclose to an injury screwwing the whole thing up. And Carlos not healthy when he's in a contract year tells me its not good and he's not just being lazy and thast concerns me.. so I asked for thoughts..Or we could just continue talking about the fat drunk dead senator who chased women and got away with manslaughter and is now being remembered as such a great man who served the people his whole life

Posted by: scottmando | August 27, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Is it wise for JR to appear on Redskins radio? His soft writing suggest he is worried about being on the outside like JaLaC...too bad about that.

Posted by: MPNangle | August 27, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Why for free? WaPo requirement? Personal ethics?

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 27, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Log rolling - the Mayor and Ratso Rizzo

Posted by: ElYeah | August 27, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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