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Thomas nudges Kelly from starting flanker spot

Wide receiver Devin Thomas has moved ahead of Malcolm Kelly on the depth chart and is the Redskins' new starting flanker, Coach Jim Zorn said.

"Right now that is a permanent move," Zorn said. "I wasn't getting enough out of Malcolm as I felt like we needed to. He knows where he's headed as far as his needs to improve. He's got a great attitude, [but] Devin kept getting better and better.

"He was putting the effort in all over the place and earned the right to be out and he got the starting nod. That move is permanent just like when I gave the starting job to Malcolm. I got to make a change, though, if the production is not there."

Thomas has impressed coaches and teammates recently with his improved work ethic. "He is concentrating," Zorn said. "The biggest improvement I have seen with him is the lack of errors on the field as we had last year with him getting into the swing of things.

"He knows much more about the offense. He's got more confidence. He had a great catch out of bounds last week and he gave the QB enough room, but it wasn't as good of a throw as we needed on that particular play."

By Jason Reid  |  October 23, 2009; 6:16 AM ET
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Posted by: Burrasta1 | October 23, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

now can he block, run routes, and catch?

Posted by: Burrasta1 | October 23, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Thomas over Kelly? Championship!

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 23, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse


Did you notice Orton had Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal getting open?

Posted by: dcwun | October 22, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Actually they were covered, but b/c Orton anticipated and threw the ball before the receiver made his break, the opposing corner was unable to make a play. *completed pass*

Ladies and Gentlemen can we please stop acting like CB's are more valuable than RB's? No one here would take Ashomunga or Bailey(arguably the best CB's in the game) over a top flight running back like Peterson or Williams.

If your team is weak at the CB position, you can devise a scheme to cover up that weakness. IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.


You adolescent, non-creative, media-rhetoric-repeating numbnuts jus hate Synder so much--and for an arbitrary reason--that any move he makes is the wrong one.

No one gives a sh!t about Cornerbacks and there is a cornucopia of evidence to support their lack of importance.

Posted by: Vicc | October 23, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Vicc | October 23, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, Zorn's definition of permanent lasts until halftime Monday night.
Then coach Gray becomes the Decider.

Posted by: daggar | October 23, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: jiza32 | October 23, 2009 7:52 AM | Report abuse

"He had a great catch out of bounds last week"

Good for him!

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | October 23, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: mtidball | October 23, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse


I feel ya, bro'.

Get the young'ns on the field!

If we're not winning without them, who's to say we'll lose with them playing?

Plus: how do we know if their failures--perceived or otherwise--are the result of Zorn's scheming and play design?

We all know Randle El is a goner.

But out of Mitchell, Kelly, Davis, and Thomas which guy is a keeper?

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 23, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

So you think it's funny for someone to come on here and make racial slurs, I wonder if you would think it was funny if the racial slur was at your heritage?

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 23, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Not even going there man. Just LOL'ed when I saw it. It might have been distasteful, but I didn't post it. Never expected to see that so early in the morning.

Posted by: FedorEm | October 23, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

I think Devin Thomas is ready for that breakout game. I believe Sherm Lewis will spread the ball around more and Devin Thomas could be a beneficiary of the whole Sherm Lewis thing.

One of the articles this week mentioned that Sherm Lewis was changing some of the receiver routes. I am hopeful this means they will throw past the marker on third down. I am so sick of seeing Campbell dump the ball off short of the third down marker.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 23, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

We have the slowest RB's in the league. Portis, Betts, Cartwright, and Sellers. This new guy won't even see the field. Any chances of taking one to the house left with Alridge. But he wasn't gonna see the field anyways. So enjoy our 2.9 yard, falling, tripping carries.

Posted by: FedorEm | October 23, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse


(yellow flag flying) (play clock expired)

National audience watching Zorn arguing with Lewis over the decision to use Kelly instead of Thomas. "But I made the decision YESTERDAY! Now, butt out!"

Posted by: RedCherokee | October 23, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

A new adventure in personnel mismanagement! We release mason AND Aldrige just as Portis' injuries are on the verge of bench time. Now might be a good time to see what those two, particularly AA could do. But now they're released, and we're forced to go with a known quantity or little quality. What a bummer.

Posted by: REXskins | October 23, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Apparently Cerrato just said Zorn would coach for the rest of the year.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | October 23, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

You guys should listen to Vinny on "Inside the Red Zone". High comedy indeed...

Posted by: Redcoat | October 23, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I was going to post something about how it doesn't matter who the starting wideouts are if you don't throw the ball to them, but I'll save that for another day....

I think based on who the Igg's have at LB, you have to throw to Cooley, the Raiders TE destroyed them, and now Jeremiah Trotts is the MLB, so gotta get him out in coverage....

Anyone catch the routes that Gates was running monday night?? I mean just simple stuff....doesn't have to be that complicated...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

The Bog has reported that VC announced Zorn will be coach for the rest of the year!

I for one am in favor of this. I just hope VC gets fired - the sooner the better.

Posted by: REXskins | October 23, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Apparently Cerrato just said Zorn would coach for the rest of the year.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who

Yes, I read that, too. Is that sincere or the kiss of death? Maybe Snyder fires Vinny, Zorn and even the team mascot next Tuesday...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 23, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

maybe, just maybe, and you guys know I'm a pie in the sky optimist, maybe either JZ, or Sherm, can now focus on game planning against the opponent. Instead of just putting a game plan out there, start putting a game plan out there that takes advantage of the opponents weakness.

crazy...I know....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Vinny keeps quoting the stats on your defense (to defend that you are "close" to making a run) without mentioning the records of the teams you've played thus far....

Posted by: Redcoat | October 23, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse


(yellow flag flying) (play clock expired)

National audience watching Zorn listening in his cellphone, shaking his head slowly and calling in #15 to replace #17.

Posted by: RedCherokee | October 23, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Cerrato made the Zorn statement out of desparation.

He was simply trying to put this fire out.

He will sorely regret making this declaration as soon as the Skins lose the next 4 or 5 games.

And they will.

Ceerato has never sounded so strung-out, defensive, and agitated.

He's going thru hell and he deserves it.

Posted by: gdennie | October 23, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking Cerrato pleaded with Dan to give Zorn the season to turn things around.

Cerrato's fate could be tied with Zorn's.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | October 23, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

I think if Sherm Lewis is as smart as they say he is it probably took him all of thirty seconds of reviewing Philly game film to say, "How do we get Cooley the ball?" Cooley might be getting much better in his blocking, but until another receiver rises in this offense, they are going to have to throw often to Cooley. Keeping him in as a blocker all of the time is foolish. Make those linebackers back off the line of scrimmage and drop into coverage and then you won't have to worry about keeping a blocker in to stop them from blitzing.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 23, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

"If your team is weak at the RB position, YOU CAN'T COVER THAT WEAKNESS. AND THAT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME TOO."

Really? Because I've seen team after team put some nobody at RB behind an O-line that knows how to block, and suddenly this no-name kid like Choice, Sproles, take your pick, is lighting up teams for hundreds of yards at a time. RB is the easiest position to fit a player into and get good numbers if you have the support for it.

Posted by: Keiser | October 23, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

sweet we might win against the eagles on mnf now

Posted by: prescrunk | October 23, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

rsh, agreed. You get Jtrot running, and you run his backside into the ground, you wear his shti out...he ain't got his legs yet...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I love that: "He had a great catch out of bounds." Man, what a moron.

As for Vinny's statement that Zorn is the coach for the remainder of the year. It's clear to me that Snyderatto wanted Zorn to resign. When Zorn decided that he would accept the role of head chearleader, he called Snyderatto's bluff, thereby daring them to fire him. Zorn isn't going to walk away from millions of dollars.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | October 23, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

There is no substitute for speed.

Thomas has gotten behind DBs a couple times this season already. He's the only WR on this team who can make teams change the way they cover Tana and Cooley. I'm sure Mitchell could also do this if given half a chance but that's a whole nother can o' worms.

Hopefully the big stage and Fred Smoot's bye week boat cruise can motivate the youngsters to step it up.

Posted by: elfreako | October 23, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"Right now that is a permanent move"

Isn't that a contradiction in terms? Something permanent is a forever thing, not a right now thing. Yeah, it's permanent.... for now.

"That move is permanent just like when I gave the starting job to Malcolm."

What?!?!? If the move was permanent when he gave the job to Malcolm, then why is it changing?

But come to think of it, the two idiotic statements actually make sense in an odd way.

Devin's promotion is permanent like Malcolm's was. In other words, neither of the moves is permanent. I get it now.

Someone help me!!! I am starting to think like Zany Zorny!!!!

Posted by: Monk81_Green28 | October 23, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

With Thomas now starting, this is the time to put Kelly on the game day inactive list and see what Mitchell can do.

Posted by: djorl | October 23, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I agree with this move, Thomas does appear to be actually making an effort recently. Stark contrast to Kelly (Mr. Invisible). It's time to get Marko Mitchell involved on gameday, Kelly has been a total nonfactor. Time for a new look on offense.

Posted by: VegasJim | October 23, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Devin's route running still isn't there, as w/ Kelly 2, but he was open in the Chiefs game a lot downfield on hook and go routes. They need Kelly and Marko in the red zone; why everyone else but the Skins coaching staff realizes this (?)

But someone (Devin, Kelly, Marko)'s gotta beat man-to-man coverage; the safeties don't even respect the side opposite Santana and Cooley

Posted by: bernard_thompson | October 23, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Does it matter which one of those guys start?

James Thrash at 30-something could outplay both of bums right now if he could pass a physical

Posted by: DFelice7797 | October 23, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Marko should start over BOTH of them.

But he won't get the chance to play because it would be ANOTHER mark on Vinny's inability to choose talent. If a 7th rounder outplays 2 of his 3 'big fish', then it makes him look foolish. That's why he lashed out at Zorn's comments regarding the playcall switch. He threw the coach under the bus after the coach revealed that he STRONGLY SUGGESTED that he give up the duties. Vinny took offense because he saw it as taking additional duties off Zorn's plate in an attempt to HELP him.

Mighty funny he didn't help him by getting him a better O-Line. That would have been REAL help, not signing receivers that can't play and then passing over the OC for the 'extra set of eyes' who's only been in town 2 weeks to call plays.

Vinny is a clown, but $nyder is PT Barnum...and he KNOWS it and he knows that we won't boycott because we're suckers.

It's the same reason we still eat at McDonalds even though the food taste little like it did when we were younger; we're devoted to the 'Brand' and except mediocrity. It's our own fault...

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 23, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

This guys impress during the week I guess.
They sure don't do anything on Sundays.

Posted by: jmy999 | October 23, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: peterandmeredith | October 23, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

wow - awesome.

Maybe if this doesn't work out, we can draft another receiver next year or sign Michael Westbrook, Rod Gardner, or Taylor Jacobs.

Posted by: dcdash | October 23, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Burrasta1- can u cease the juvenile "First!" comments? Sheesh.

Posted by: Towards_Light | October 23, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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