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Smoot Steps in as Free Safety Backup

Top cornerback Shawn Springs occasionally worked at free safety last season to provide the team with quality depth behind starter LaRon Landry.

Springs left in free agency, so the Redskins are using veteran corner Fred Smoot in the backup role. Smoot opened at corner in place of injured starter Carlos Rogers and played safety in Thursday's 23-0 loss to the Ravens.

"Safety is different than corner," secondary coach Jerry Gray said. "Corner, you've got the sidelines, you can do whatever you want. When you're playing safety, you've got to be inside out, different angles all the time.

"And that's the thing. You've got to keep your feet moving, you've got to close, you've got to take baby steps to get close to the running back. You can't overextend. Safety is a totally different animal than corner."

By Jason Reid  |  August 15, 2009; 1:30 PM ET
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Smart move by Smoot to be open to this. If he can pull it off it should extend his playing time and career.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 15, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

What about Kareem Moore?

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | August 15, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"Smoot Steps in as Free Safety Backup"

So does this mean the team carries one less safety knowing Smoot is a twofer?

And who might this impact?: Doughty or Moore or there is none?

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Least it explains why Smoot bulked up this year. Seemed like he lost half a step last season, so why not gain some mass?

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 15, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

To me the jury is still out on Vinny, but you can't lay the blame solely at the feet of Cerrato or Snyder (or Gibbs).

Personally though, I still say Gibbs gets way too much of a pass.

Posted by: rickyroge | August 15, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse


OK, well I was challenging the assertion you made that Gibbs is the reason this team was set back.

When Gibbs was coach we went to the playoffs twice and even came away with a win. He had a plan and laid a foundation, and the FO very clearly went in a different direction.

Not sure how what we are seeing today can be traced to some kind of mediocrity on Gibbs' part.

Posted by: p1funk | August 15, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"People, the Mayor isn't here to facilitate your discussion forums, he's here to blog."

The constant threading interrupts the jibba-jabba that makes this blog readable even when the thread are stale and wack.

Some of the cats on here have a new style and get a nice back n forth chatta going on that's tight.

Nobody what's to revolt and overthrow the mayor, but RI Nation is about the people not the powerful (sorry, Mr. Gore).

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I vote for new threads whenever it suits you, JR. Much more value in the information you're putting up than in the drivel that we're adding to it.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 15, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

A team with precious little depth at corne (Tryon? Barnes?)uses their 3rd CB as a safety? Seems odd. I can see him as a slot guy, but safety?

Seems to me they have four pretty good safeties already....

From Maine,

The Cork
(No matter what the login says)

The Lobster, incidently, is FABULOUS in K-bunkport, as are the blueberries...

Too many Aging Yuppies cluttering the sidewalks, tho.

Posted by: Corkczar | August 15, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"Too many Aging Yuppies cluttering the sidewalks, tho.

Posted by: Corkczar | August 15, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse "

Than Corky you'd better leave b/c your currently adding to that aging yuppie count by 1.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 15, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Too many Aging Yuppies cluttering the sidewalks, tho.

Posted by: Corkczar | August 15, 2009 2:01 PM

Too many of them drawing social security, too. Not gonna leave anything for me. And fine that they're all in K'bunkport. Where else would you expect to find them?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 15, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Complaining that there are too many aging yuppies in Kennebunkport is like saying there are too many Catholics in the Vatican City, too many rifles in a gun show, or too many children at Disneyland.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 15, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Is Smoot physical enough to play safety? Even free safeties have to be hitters and I don't think that has ever been Smoot's strength. I will say, however, that I like where they are going with this. If they can find a decent coverage free safety - even if not the greatest hitter, then they can have Landry at strong safety prowling closer to the line of scrimmage. Remember, they had a similar plan for Shawn Springs until he missed so much time with injury. Of course, this means less playing time for the other safeties, but I think the mentality in Redskinsland is none of them are good enough in coverage to be a full time free safety, except possibly Kareem Moore. Smoot gives them some insurance in case Moore doesn't pan out, and keeping him as a safety frees up slots for more cornerbacks. All of this is probably moot if neither Barnes, Tryon or Westbrook can step up into the nickel back slot. From what I have seen so far, Smoot is still the best option at nickel back.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 15, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

There's one aging reptilian alien there that scares the livin' bejerzuz outta me- His Intergalactic Highness, George Sr...I'll not partake of the crustacean within 25 parsecs of that place..

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

SmooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooT!

Posted by: Barno1 | August 15, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Smoooooot trying to exten his football carrer ala Rod Woodson minus the HOF....

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 15, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Zorn needs to grab his sack and toughen up, set the tone at the top. Soft is right - guess why?

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | August 15, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I think a lot of players try to extend the career via-position change. It just worked for only Woodson.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Beck has broken collarbone?
Posted by Mike Florio on August 15, 2009 2:19 PM ET
A league source tells us that Ravens quarterback John Beck has a broken collarbone, and that he's expected to miss the entire season.

Another source, however, says it's not broken.

While Beck's specific status isn't clear, Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports that Beck has left training camp.

Beck suffered an injury during Thursday night's preseason game against the Redskins. Initial tests focused on his shoulder.

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I didn't think anyone hit hard enough to break a guy's bones. He must have slipped in the shower after the game.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 15, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

And you don't do it by lamenting that play was soft with halting speech.

Could you see John Gruden or Bill Belichick up at a podium going on and on about effort? Would they have to?

This pitter patter Chritian softy BS has to go - Gibbs 2.0 was this way, Zorn is this way. And lose the hip hip horay crap - it's corney.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | August 15, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

This pitter patter Chritian softy BS has to go - Gibbs 2.0 was this way, Zorn is this way. And lose the hip hip horay crap - it's corney.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | August 15, 2009 3:53 PM

Gibbs 1.0 was this way too. Do you think there's only one way to motivate football players?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 15, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, Brooklyn. That West Coast/North Face wearin', soft spoken nice-guy-guidance-counselor-to-Seattle-runaway-children ain't gonna do it around here. How do you Lombardi-ize the milktoast in a man after 50?? The Coliseum Lions?? A stint on Death Row?? Surely there's a Zen monk with a big stick..

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

It shouldn't be Zorn's job to motivate the players. These guys are professionals. A high school coach has to motivate, even a college coach. When you're playing for pay in the NFL, you should be able to motivate yourself. Or, at least have a player to set the tone. Do you think the Ravens get motivated by their coach? I think Ray Lewis does that himself. What the Redskins need, and have always needed, was a Lewis type of player that fires everyone up with his energy and his play.

Posted by: jjd72079 | August 15, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"What the Redskins need, and have always needed, was a Lewis type of player that fires everyone up with his energy and his play."

Well, then man-agement needs to go pluck one off the Ray Lewis Tree...

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"What the Redskins need, and have always needed, was a Lewis type of player that fires everyone up with his energy and his play."

Well, then man-agement needs to go pluck one off the Ray Lewis Tree...

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2009 5:08 PM

They drafted one in the first round this year.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 15, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I got high hopes for Orakpo, too. Ray Lewis could fire up a depressed economy, who wouldn't want to have him.

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

evaluator,

Maybe you're right about Gibbs 1.0 although it seems like the first time around he had more of a no BS vigor about him.

Zorn doesn't have to be Belichick but soft play is partly the result of soft coaching.

The hokeyness and endless qualification (see any press conference) are irritating and I'm guessing it doesn't sit well with the younger guys on the team who are probably like who is this guy?

And I'm not detecting an NFC East sense of urgency with Zorn. Did you see the Eagles the other night? They looked like they are going to crap in the middle of two of my Sundays.

Sure, Zorn is picking it up on the fly but do you feel like he is adequately motivating the players and setting the right tone and so on or what's your impression?

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | August 15, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Is Smoot physical enough to play safety? Even free safeties have to be hitters and I don't think that has ever been Smoot's strength.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 15, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Don't you remember the hit stick? He claimed it at least once during smoot 1.0.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 15, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Smoot rules.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | August 15, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Smoot can smack..He just got "Time Disease" in his legs..happens to the best of 'em..

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

All right guys, what's the story with the team? I was out of town and didn't get to see the preseason game so what's the real story? I've heard good and bad. I heard Rinehart looked good at Guard. Tryon was terrible again this year. Orakpo was nothing special. What's the deal?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 15, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

How did the 2nd round kids look? Anyone? Anyone?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 15, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Here's some smoot of old. He may not have the speed so much anymore, but he doesn't look too shy around 1:31.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk8u6vPnpYo

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 15, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

scamp, the bad news is we lost, and lost badly. The good news is the game doesn't count for anything. Oh, and that we didn't get anyone seriously injured.

The general consensus is that a) we need to panic, because the season is lost, and 2) the first preseason exhibition game is utterly meaningless.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 15, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

What about Kareem Moore?

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | August 15, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, he has been a bright spot so far and I think he needs to be groomed as the backup. That said I think it's smart to get Smoot so reps there, but don't want to discourage Moore or take away too much of his time.

HAIL

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 15, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

sorry scamp, I missed it too. Orakpo was actually the big positive people up here were talking about, as well as the OL merely looking competent as opposed to super porous; JC survived but didn't impress, Colt did a good job of ending any reasonable speculation that he deserves a shot at the title, and our running game might be in trouble. Sleepy fumbled twice, and Tryon did indeed suck. Not much from the twins, though Kelly made an appearance or two.

That about right, people?

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 15, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

And we apparently have good safety depth thanks to Moore.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 15, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Scamp:

Orakpo was beast. Jarmon looked good too. Kid n Play played and caught balls, so that is a start. Fred Davis is/was/will always be a wasted draft pic. Two catches, two fumbles, one lost.

Rhino is guard, just commit. Enough tackle crappe.

Haggans dropped everything.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 15, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Belichek is soft spoken , but any new soft-spoken coach has to model themselves on his intense effort and mindset- Zorn reminds me of Norv ,as well as Gibbs..Younger Gibbs was fire-ier than 2.0...But like Gibbs 1.0 would lose all his exhibition games, not yet to panic (though like witch doctors, we try to shape the world with our words, argh..)

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Gettin carried away with the youtube, but MAN I'm excited to see Landry play this year. Speakin of our safeties, there are some classic alligator arms at 1:46. Heh heh, Stinkston.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdU7gIwI_V4&feature=related

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 15, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

chrislarry, no one who's seen my wardrobe would ever accuse me of being an aging yuppie.

Aging, yes--yuppie? Never.

I'm a believer in signs and symbols and the fact the 'skins have no season-ending injuries to date, is a definite GOOD sign,

Healthy, this can be a very very good team.

Aye, there's the rub(down).

Posted by: Corkczar | August 15, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Having never seen your dress corky you may be right. It was just to easy a joke to pass up.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 15, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Belichek actually wins nearly all of his exhibition games (lately)..Then he just refers to his encyclopedic video library of play calls the Pats stole that the cryogenic computer at MIT sends to him..

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Just to address the last few posts:

--Smoot at corner is dumb. I can't believe the defensive coaches picked the smallest, worst tackling, and least physical of our corners and asked him to play a position that requires him to be the opposite of those things. The whole reason he's here and not still in Minnesota was because he couldn't play zone. He'll be playing a ton of zone as a safety. It's almost as if this coaching staff WANTS to be fired...

--The Pacman post has to be the most random thing I've ever seen on RI. For the first time in his career, Pacman is a non-story. I'd LOVE to keep it that way. If we need a corner, go get Chris McAllister. Pacman to DC would be worse than Vick to Philly, believe me.

--If Zorn is smart, he'll work the Wildcat into the offense. Right now nothing else is working and if you can get a few plays in per game that have great potential to get you points, you need to use them. The ice he's on is too thin to sit up there arrogantly turning his nose up at a formation that has worked for so many other teams.

--I for one hope that Colt IS banging Jessica Simpson. It's an easy way to get into Romo's head (which has been pretty easy to this point anyway) and the ultimate 'F you' to a division rival. Plus the Redskins are already cursed, so what's one more jinx?

--I finally saw the game from Thursday...when I saw Campbell overthrow an open man on the sideline on 3rd down I was done. I'm a JC fan, but it's hard to back a guy who can't make that play. Hopefully it's just preseason rust but that wasn't gonna inspire anyone in the organization or in the stands.

It's gonna be a looong season...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 15, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I meant Smoot at SAFETY is dumb...but maybe a freudian slip as lately he hasn't been too great at corner either.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 15, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

It's gonna be a looong season...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 15, 2009 7:57 PM

You say this like it's a bad thing. I would love a long football season. I wish it would never end.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 15, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

The reason it's going to be a looong season is that ever throw JC misses is going to be over analyzed on RI. JC has thrown 6 passes this season and from that it can be deducted that the season is lost.

Posted by: TWISI | August 15, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

TWISI--Well a season is 16 games in 17 weeks. So a looooong season should be what? 18 games? 20 games? Bring it on! But, yeah, there is the monotony factor that you mentioned.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 15, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

from redskins.com

"... Jason Campbell looked sharp..."

It would be nice if these reports were about a game and not practice.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of safeties, I see that Adam Archuleta was released by the Raiders during the offseason (they were moving him to LB) and is now playing (sorta') for the Las Vegas something or others in the USFL.

What happened to him? Arguably one of the top 5 biggest busts in free agent history. He just could not play. Period.

Posted by: SteveMG | August 15, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

"What happened to him? Arguably one of the top 5 biggest busts in free agent history. He just could not play. Period."

Steroids Cinderella..Brian Bosworth, remember him??

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The Bills looked good tonight- Trent Edwards 10/10 , scramble for 1st down..If the Skins don't win the Super Bowl, you gotta go for Buffalo 66, THERE'S NO NEED TO FEAR, UNDERDOG IS HERE!!

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone for the updates. Sounds like there are at least a few things that are positives. I just hope the negatives can be somewhat fixed before the start of the regular season.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 15, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

AP WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marcus Smith will undergo season-ending right knee surgery after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament in Thursday's game against the Washington Redskins. A fourth-round draft pick last season, Smith was vying for playing time behind...

Didn't somewhat crack a collar bone too? Doesn't sound like the defense was too soft. Except maybe for that waste of a pick Tryon.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 15, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Good Nite All!

Posted by: Spanglerg | August 16, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I am considering investing in a line of bumper stickers, tshirts, and pins and buttons supporting Vick. I believe I could make a KILLING with these kinds of messages on shirts and cars:

"I support Mike Vick"

"Thank you Philly for giving Mike a second chance"

"If you don't watch football, don't talk about Vick"


"White males for Mike Vick"

"Hispanics for Vick"

"Jews for Vick"

"If Vick was killing deer, you wouldn't care"

"Don't be mad just because Vick makes more money than you"

"Honk if you're forgiven Vick"

"Let's go Vick! (Even though I hate the Eagles)"

"Up with Vick. Down with people who think animals are more important than people"

"PETA stands for Pathetic Extra Terrestrial Animal-worshipers"

"I love animals...they're delicious" (though that bumper sticker already exists and is great)

Posted by: Barno1 | August 16, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Here's some more:

Republicans for Vick

Democrats for Vick

Republicans AND Democrats for Vick

Posted by: Barno1 | August 16, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

I have lone for you Barno and it has nothing to do with Vick but could piss off PETA: If God didn't want us to eat animals then why did he make them so delicious?

Yes, it's already out there but I love it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

I hope Vick kills some birds.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Vick was a young idiot. As I am sure his new "life coach" informed him.

Too much of a pass for Gibbs and Gibbs 2.0? Maybe, but I still believe that waaaaay too much blame is laid at the feet of Cerrato. The guy isn't brilliant, that is true, but I think its his boss, the real general manager that is mainly responsible for bolixing things up both now and in Gibbs 2.0. He's on an Ego-trek in which he believes he is smarter than peers Bill Gates and Warren Buffet combined, when the truth is big daddy Ted Lerner is far richer and smarter than Snidely will ever be when it comes to money.

So, no, Danny you cannot learn to be a GM of an NFL football team ... you just don't have the background ... even after more than 10 years of trying. It ain't happening. Give it up.

Posted by: periculum | August 16, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

On Jessica Simpson: Colt knows he can do far better than that. The kid is not an idiot.

Posted by: periculum | August 16, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

OOooooooh I got one!

"If Vick had a cockfight in a forest with no one around to hear it, does PETA make a sound"

Posted by: Barno1 | August 16, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Cork: probably an aging "izod lacoste" wearer.

Posted by: periculum | August 16, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Some of the cats on here have a new style and get a nice back n forth chatta going on that's tight.

Tony Plush beanie toy: delivery to mr. m moe.

Posted by: periculum | August 16, 2009 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Rhino a guard? Sure, but if he can't play tackle why not see if he is smart enough to play center. They need more of those.

Posted by: periculum | August 16, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

When are the first cuts.

Posted by: periculum | August 16, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I hope Smoot picks up the safety spot, there have been some really good corners that turned into good safeties (Lott, Woodson, Barrett). If Darrell Green did it, he might have played up to Gibbs 2.0 first season. But I think for now Smoot should stay in the nickel spot and in emergency situations play safety. You have to cover a lot of ground and if you miss your angles, that's all she wrote. Looking at the Ravens game again, this morning, I see Tryon just as a nickel back. I believe he has the speed to be a man up corner, just not the confidence. Corner is just as mental as it is physical.

Years ago in QB camp they used to tell us to look for guys like Tryon in the secondary. "Read the guy that gives the deep cushion and looks more for help (Safety), than he does at his own ability." When the defense plays man and a guy like Tryon is still on the field...Bad Things Man! Queue up the Jason LaConfora fan appreciation club for Leigh Torrence.

Posted by: clark202 | August 16, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

"If Vick was killing deer, you wouldn't care"

Posted by: Barno1
_________________________________

To be even slightly relevant to the Vick conversation (not that we should waste any time discussing this idiot here), this one of your absolutely brilliant bumper stickers would have to say "If Vick was drowning, hanging and electrocuting deer, you wouldn't care".

And that is, of course, so true.

Posted by: chasgiffen | August 16, 2009 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Lets get down to the facts. Shawn Springs got cut. He refused to take less money three times when the skins wanted to move him to safety, where he would have been effective for the next few seasons. I'm a huge SS fan, he's a local boy who was my favorite player last year for his grit and moxy, but his time at corner left with his degenerative hamstring injury.
Fred Smoot is being moved to safety because he won't make the roster as a cornerback. too slow, too old, too dumb to play corner. That guy makes 5 mil a year? For what?!? how many pro bowls? wish Silver Springs had stayed for 3-4 mil.

Posted by: bobnowell | August 16, 2009 3:58 AM | Report abuse

Complaining that there are too many aging yuppies in Kennebunkport is like saying there are too many Catholics in the Vatican City, too many rifles in a gun show, or too many children at Disneyland.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 15, 2009 3:01 PM

Or too many bloggers in RI.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 16, 2009 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Can someone send a memo to Comcast SportsDay to not lead off with Vick running the Eagles scout team offense because WE DONT GIVE A FCUK!!!

Posted by: smittdiddy | August 16, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Or too many bloggers in RI.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 16, 2009 6:13 AM

No, too many IDIOTS on RI.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 16, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Smoot stinks, the only thing he's got that's fast is his mouth. Only corners not up to the challenge such as Justin Tryon, are capable to making Smoot look good by comparison. We have a pair of very good strong safeties in Horton and Doughtey. Why can't the faster of the two practice as a free safety as well as a strong safety?

Posted by: tkoho | August 16, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Smoot stinks, the only thing he's got that's fast is his mouth. Only corners not up to the challenge such as Justin Tryon, are capable to making Smoot look good by comparison. We have a pair of very good strong safeties in Horton and Doughtey. Why can't the faster of the two practice as a free safety as well as a strong safety?

Posted by: tkoho | August 16, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Redundancy. train all your backups on the 53-man roster to play as many positions as possible. Then if 1st & 2nd team players are hurt, someone else can step in and finish the game.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 16, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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