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Zorn explains his thinking on FG attempt

Coach Jim Zorn has come under fire for so many things this season, it's sometimes hard to keep track of who's upset with him and about what.

During the long delay in the final seconds of the first half in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, I received a lot of email from fans who hoped Zorn would take a shot into the end zone when play resumed. The Redskins were leading, 3-0, and Zorn, with no timeouts remaining, played it safe after the break, attempting a 39-yard field goal that place kicker Shaun Suisham missed.

The email I received at halftime was complimentary toward Zorn compared with the stuff after the game. Fans were frustrated that Zorn would be so conservative in that situation. I mentioned what occurred in my game report but was not critical of the decision because I thought I understood Zorn's thinking.

Quarterback Jason Campbell probably had one of the best performances of his career while dealing with constant pressure. He made many impressive throws on the move, but the pressure was there. Zorn simply did not want to risk Campbell being sacked, which could have knocked the Redskins out of Suisham's range. And Suisham had made his first 13 attempts.

So considering the shaky pass protection and Suisham's accuracy until Sunday (he also missed a 50-yard attempt), I didn't have a problem with Zorn's decision. But it seems I'm in the minority on this one.

"I can explain it," Zorn said today during his news conference at Redskins Park. "With 21 seconds to go, we did take a shot and they had five guys back. I took a shot to the end zone with five different guys. Then with 15 seconds left, and no timeouts, I couldn't risk either getting sacked, I couldn't risk completing the ball inbounds and trying to get a last-second field goal.

"So I thought the smart thing to do was take the field goal right there, in field-goal range. We had the ball at the 26-yard line and, you know, it was missed. We just went in at halftime. We still had the lead. I think we were very excited about the possibilities at that particular time."

By Jason Reid  |  November 23, 2009; 2:52 PM ET
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Comments

So instead, you iced your own kicker?

Nice one.

Posted by: edvar | November 23, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

if its not there, don't take a sack, and throw the ball into the seats....

how hard is that?? JC in shot gun, mental clock in his head, and once he hits 4, or 5 seconds, just chuck it to the stands....

ufb...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"So I thought the smart thing to do was take the field goal right there..."
Zorn

===========================

The smart thing would have been to leave the playcalling to those who know what they're doing.

By going for the the field goal on THIRD DOWN with 15 seconds left you told your offense that you have no confidence in them.

Yes, I am sure they were excited about the possibilities.

Moron.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 23, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Simple really.. Zorn Ball is not a head coach.. Good coaches do not run scared.. How's that: "You play to win the (f'en)game."

Posted by: iubiquity | November 23, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Beantown is right - it shouldn't be hard to count and throw it away, but for JC I think it is pushing the limit.

Posted by: TBDog | November 23, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"The idea that I iced my kicker by having him stand around in the middle of the field for six minutes never occurred to me - in the six minutes we were all standing around. I was, you know, too busy jacking around with the refs to notice, and Danny Smith - who is a swell guy, forgot to point it out to me this time, so...you know, we're gonna improve on that."


NO, Jim, you're were just jacking off you doushe. Guilty of conspiracy of defrauding a NFL team with an attempt to impersonate a NFL head coach.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 23, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This is just the kind of playcalling typical of former head coaches.

Posted by: iubiquity | November 23, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

A 3-6 record and your afraid to let you offense snap the ball just outside the red zone speaks volumes about why we are now 3-7

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 23, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Zorn made the right call. You can't "trust the O" with that line and with JC back there, and he didn't "ice the kicker" -- kicker himself admits that he should have made it.

Zorn is not much of an HC, and he's a worse playcaller, but that loss yesterday was not his fault. That loss was on Suisham.

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Blast from the past:

Needing depth, the Redskins signed rookie guard Paul Fanaika off the Eagles' practice squad, a league source told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

Scooped again Mistah Mayor?

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeh, maybe that's why I was ok w/ the game (OBVIOUSLY prefer a win.. but with this team can you EXPECT that?!?)..

..we knocked the living daylights out of those receivers... The winning catch? That was his only catch all day and he was prevent/zone covered by a LINEBACKER!

Oh - and can somebody tell me WHY we were playing prevent at the end when we had them on the run all game?!?

....oh, that's right... we have leftover Grilliams' disease.

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 23, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

JAson Reid is in the Tank for Jason Campbell and Jim Zorn. To the point he isn't analyzing the game correctlly. I wouldn't be surprised if those were his 2 main sources for info....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 23, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The title of this thread is funny in itself, " Zorn explains his thinking" yeah like he knows what's going on.


Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 23, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

At 39 yards, it was a gimme field goal. If the Redskins had a timeout, I could have seen them taking a shot to the end zone from the 20. The O-Line simply can't give Campbell the protection to attempt that type of throw without risk a sack. Suisham makes that chip shot field goal and everyone on this blog would have said what a smart move it was considering how our defense was playing.

Bottom line line is that the game came down to 3-4 plays we didn't make: McIntosh's dropped INT which would have been a pick six, Suisham's missed field goal, and Romo's TD when Orakpo looked like he would get a sack and push the Pokes even further back. Don't think we can blame this one on Coach Zorn given the opponent and the number of players we are missing on offense.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 23, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

No one seems to want to mention that 2 Redskins linebackers dropped easy as pie interceptions in the first half? Instead they all have to rail against Campbell. Sheesh ... whale sputum from blowholes.

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Needing depth, the Redskins signed rookie guard Paul Fanaika off the Eagles' practice squad, a league source told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

Scooped again Mistah Mayor?

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2009 3:21 PM


That was a different league source. And that one is from the Eagles front office.

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

how hard is that?? JC in shot gun, mental clock in his head, and once he hits 4, or 5 seconds, just chuck it to the stands....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 3:06 PM

Agree to agree on not leaving the bullet in the chamber. You're 3 and 6.
Take the shot.
But, "once he hits 4, or 5 seconds"....Beantown, c'mon. 4 or 5 seconds? JC would've been sacked, dragged his carcass off the turf, and sacked again in 4 or 5 seconds.

Posted by: 4-12 | November 23, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

repost

One good game from LL, and this is what he brings.

LaRon Landry calls Roy Williams scared
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on November 23, 2009 2:20 PM ET
Roy Williams short-armed so many passes against the Redskins Sunday, Fox actually ran a lowlights package of his afternoon. (That's more embarrassing than getting pantsed.)

Lurking in the foreground of Williams' weak efforts was Redskins safety LaRon Landry. Asked what he thought about Williams by the Redskins website, Landry said the Cowboys receiver looked "scared."

"Yeah. I know he was. Y'all can quote it, too," Landry said Monday. "Y'all can tell him right now, tell him I'm sayin' it. I can say it right now: yeah, he was scared, I think. I told him he was scared."

Williams' reaction to Landry wasn't shocking. He had none. He didn't have any catches in the game either. Cowboys offensive coordinator may not want to bother sending Williams over the middle any more.

"Certain routes he ran, you could tell he didn't want any part of it," Landry said.

Posted by: TWISI | November 23, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

peri, got any stats on that guy? How big, where he went to college??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Dallas review: Studs and duds
By: John Keim
Examiner Staff Writer
11/23/09 1:49 PM EST

Studs

QB Jason Campbell. OK, no touchdown passes and one trip inside the Dallas 20-yard line and that was only to the 19 and it resulted in lost yardage. But he made plays under duress and was terrific on third downs. He stood in against unblocked blitzers, as on the shallow cross to Santana Moss, in which Campbell knew he was going to get drilled yet still remained patient. On the last play, he tried to make a play but was forced to throw sidearm, had the pass deflected and it was intercepted. Overall, though, hard to argue with his effort behind the patchwork line.

WR Devin Thomas. Caught just three passes for 33 yards, but had a nice kick return for 38 yards -- I'd like to see more of him in this role -- and had a vicious block on Dallas' Bobby Carpenter.

S LaRon Landry. Had a strong game, both in coverage and in support. He did what he was supposed to do -- stop big plays downfield and he even seemed to intimidate WR Roy Williams with some big hits. Landry was good vs. the run, too, and his tackling was improved.

Posted by: TWISI | November 23, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

wizfan - NO. I was screaming for him to go for it and didn't understand why the FG team was still in there after we got our 5 yards back. And wondering why Danny Smith and Zorn didn't have the kicker trout off the field and stay warm........

The miss was the icing on Zorn's cake....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 23, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Big talk from the defeated.

Posted by: edvar | November 23, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Zorn sucks. I hope we get a coach with some NFL Headcoaching experience, not another first time guy.

Posted by: FedorEm | November 23, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

cont.

CB DeAngelo Hall. The only passes he allowed were little comeback routes and, like the others in the secondary, nothing got behind him. He had a nice tackle on a run in which he caused Felix Jones to flip over. He also picked up a fumble caused by London Fletcher.

RB Rock Cartwright. Ran exceptionally hard and was more than effective. He posted a career-best 140 yards of offense. Loved that he constantly made the first defender miss, whether on arm tackles at the legs or with a cut leading to a whiff.

RG Edwin Williams. Was not fantastic by any means. But considering he had appeared in only one game he could have been much worse. The problems up front weren't not because of him. A couple times Williams got knocked back, but he was able to anchor. It's hard to imagine him being a capable starter -- especially if facing the overload blitzes by the Eagles -- but he did as well as could have been expected Sunday.

LB London Fletcher. Did not think he was all that good early on; engulfed by blockers, dropped an easy interception. He was not getting to the ballcarriers. But he also forced a fumble and later did pick off a pass. Plus he started doing a better job of eluding blockers or taking them on; at times he appeared to line up a little closer to the line -- about 5 yards -- and that helped him take on blockers at a better angle. He was in on more plays within three yards of the line when making his tackles. And he finished with a game-best 13 tackles.

Posted by: TWISI | November 23, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

cont

Duds

K Shaun Suisham. Had been perfect before Sunday, but his two misses were a huge factor in the loss, obviously.

RT Stephon Heyer. Just does not get a lot of movement on the ground game and at times he waits too long to engage the pass rusher, sometimes causing his hands to go too low and also to not get much push -- if any. Had two false starts. Overall not very effective. Anthony Spencer gave him problems.

DTs Cornelius Griffin/Kedric Golston (first half). The Cowboys rammed the ball down the middle of the field in the first half. It wasn't just the tackles. The linebackers were not getting off blocks -- the Dallas linemen to scrape and make tackles. This tandem was getting driven out and turned inside and Golston once got buried. They improved in the second half, holding their ground better. Griffin recorded a sack that was all strength and desire vs. Leonard Davis.

TE Fred Davis. Not his best game blocking. Whiffed a couple times and failed to hold the edge on other times. Dallas was able to control cutback lanes because the ends did not have as strong a game as the previous week. In fairness to them, the outside 'backers are terrific vs. the run and it showed.

Posted by: TWISI | November 23, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I didn't understand the FG call then and I don't get it now. Campbell has to know the play goes to the sidelines or end zone or he throws it away. The clock has to stop.

You roll Campbell out so he can throw it away without a penalty risk. If its complete for a 1st down, you may even have time for an end zone shot.

Did I hear Zorn's explanation? Yes. Does it make sense to me? No.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

cont

LT Levi Jones. The Redskins had to focus a lot of help his way with the backs when he was matched against DeMarcus Ware and it cost them the ability to pick up certain blitzes. Jones was not as stout in run blocking as the previous week. Ware only finished with four tackles and no sacks, but he controlled the rush at times, forcing matchup problems and protection issues. The interior of the line was not much better as the Dallas front three were able to spin off blocks to make plays. This was a tough front seven to face for a line that lacks rhythm.

DE Andre Carter. Not his best game. Got pinned inside a few times and driven out. In fairness, he faced more double teams than in the past with Albert Haynesworth sidelined. The Redskins used him a lot on the left side, even on early downs, to create a mismatch -- and also because Flozell Adams is about twice his size. But Carter did stay active into the second half and was able to make a couple plays because of it, including a backside tackle. Another time his quick hands got him around the tackle to help force a hurried pass. But, overall, Carter was unable to apply enough pressure and expectations for him have risen this season.

Posted by: TWISI | November 23, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Fanaika was a seventh round pick by the Iggles. He has had some issue with balance. He has the size but was on the ground too much in college. He is massive ala BMW. Probably a "snowplow". 6'5" 327 pounds from ASU.

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse


peri, got any stats on that guy? How big, where he went to college??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Here's the rotoworld link

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NFL&id=5424&line=160301&spln=1

They describe him as a:

A mauling 6'6/336-pounder out of Arizona State, Fanaika was the Birds' seventh-round pick in April. He only made honorable mention All-Pac Ten as a senior Sun Devil, however, and is unlikely to help the Skins this year

Haha, they say he won't help us this year. Have they seen our line?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 23, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Bean--Wikipedia already has him listed as on the Redskins. This is from the Eagles website, where they still think he's an Eagle:

Pick Analysis
Fanaika had some issues with balance. He has NFL size, but he was on the ground too much in college. He can sustain his block once he locks onto defenders. I'd like to see him get more flexibility.

Overview
A former walk-on, Fanaika has used his unique combination of size, surprising foot quickness and determination to develop into one of the better, more underrated interior linemen in the country. Fanaika has intriguing upside for the next level -- if scouts can find a place for him. Despite starting three years at right guard for the Sun Devils, Fanaika's struggles with leverage could pose problems against shorter, powerful defensive tackles. There are some who believe Fanaika's future lies at right tackle, where his size and arm length could be beneficial, but with questionable lateral quickness and no experience outside, it is a projection likely only worthy of a late-round pick. Had an arm span of 35 inches and a hand span of 10 7/8 inches at the combine.

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Fanaika was a seventh round pick by the Iggles. He has had some issue with balance. He has the size but was on the ground too much in college. He is massive ala BMW. Probably a "snowplow". 6'5" 327 pounds from ASU.

Posted by: periculum

Yes! A MAULER! Get him right with his balance and foot work and he may be a keeper.

Or not.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 23, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Here is an example of Zorn answering post game questions:

Media: What were you thinking on that kick before halftime

Zorn: Well I was thinking that we had an awsome opportunity to get some points there, I didnt want to pass up on any points, and our kicker had been pretty awesome up until that kick.

Media: what were you thinking as Suisham kicked the ball

Zorn: honestly I was just looking at the kick thinking to myself, man that is a beautiful kick, look at the way it keeps going end over end. I mean I know he missed it but the kick in itself was awesome.

Media: so what do you think happened on the kick

Zorn: just one of those things but I dont want you guys to think for one moment that he wanted to miss that kick, I talk to him after the game and he said that he had every intention of making that kick when he went on the field, and that pretty much is all I worry about. if he said his intention was to make then I am happy with it because he meant to do good.

Media: what about the timeouts in the second half

Zorn: Yeah I called it, did you like the way I called timeout

Media: What

Zorn: I called that timeout with confidence, I know I could have saved it for later but It felt good to call it right then, (mumbles under breath, they can take the play calling but they cant take my timeout calling).

Media: Sorry coach didnt catch that last part

Zorn: Oh nothing

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 23, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Paul Fanaika G Washington Redskins.

ASU: Huge offensive lineman who was one of ASU's most consistent offensive performers the last two years...played in 48 games while at ASU...started the final 35 games of his career...twice earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors...former walk-on was awarded the Levi Jones Scholarship in 2006.

2008: Started all 12 games at right guard, the second consecutive season he has started every game at that spot...one of three ASU offensive linemen to start every game at the same position on the line during the season...was the lone senior and most experienced player among the Sun Devils' offensive linemen...was a PhilSteele.com third-team All-Pac-10 selection...helped protect quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who started every game during the season...was named the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman at the year-end banquet.


PERSONAL: Earned his degree (B.I.S., interdisciplinary studies) in December of 2008...parents are Sunia and Tina Fanaika of Milbrae, Calif....full name is Pauliasi Fanaika.

Fanaika's Career Statistics
Year G/GS
2005 11/0
2006 12/10
2007 13/13
2008 12/12
Career 48/35

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Buges gets another "project".

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

thanks...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Zorn: Oh nothing

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 23, 2009 3:34 PM

YO! WTF!?!?!?!?!

Jim Zorn is certainly no Vince Lombardi!! HE is the stupidest man in the room!

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 23, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to make a wildly idiotic prediction. But I'm a fan of this wildly idiotic team so why not.

I think we may have a tiny shot against NO. If they beat NE next week which would be AWESOME then I think they'll rest some guys against us and hey then we have a tiny shot. It would be like us in '91.

Posted by: sfskin | November 23, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Spoken like a true idiot who (rightfully) has no confidence in his quarterback. I mean, only a play before, JC17 couldn't figure out whether to step out of bounds or throw it away -- leading to a lengthy delay and review. Talk about the blind leading the blind! Both of these losers gotta go, and the sooner the better!

Posted by: Vic1 | November 23, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"Fanaika had some issues with balance."

If he can just stand there and force the d-linemen to go around him instead of running over his grill, he'll fit right in. That's a good 2 seconds JC will have to go through his reads.

Posted by: Moose33 | November 23, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What amazed me was the number of times the Skins faced a 'long' situation in down and distance. So I went back and checked. By my quick count, there were 35 offensive plays the Skins ran that weren't 1st and 10. 8 of those plays came where the offense needed MORE than 10 yards to go to get a 1st down. Twice more, a penalty took a situation where there were already more than 10 yards to go and made it 5 yards worse.

Roughly 1/4 of the plays came with the team needing to go more than 10 yards to get a 1st down. I counted another 13 plays where it was 8-10 yards to go on either 2nd or 3rd down.

On only 14 plays during the entire game, did the Redskins offense have 7 or fewer 'yards to go' for the first down.

Tough to put together consistent drives when you are facing these 'long' situations.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 23, 2009 3:34 PM = Awesome

Posted by: RedDMV | November 23, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Tough to put together consistent drives when you are facing these 'long' situations.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2009 3:43 PM

Which seems to me to be the exact opposite to the Denver game where the Skins seemed to be in third and medium or better all day.

Posted by: TWISI | November 23, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

If we had gotten the field goal at the end of the half, we would have won the game and Coach Zorn would be seen as making the right call. We missed and that adds to the frustration.
Zorn is a much better coach than he is given credit for being. He was not my first choice to coach the Redskins. But I have grown to like him much, much more than the morons who occupy the team's front office.

Posted by: royhobbs56 | November 23, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The smart thing to do would have been to get 7 or 8 more yards on an out route to make a 39 yarder a 30 yarder. Just max out the percentages a little JZ.

Turns out the Skins kinda needed those 3 points you big dummy.

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Turns out the Skins kinda needed those 3 points you big dummy.

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 3:48 PM

This message for Suisham, right?

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Zorn and Suisham but mostly Zorn.

It's never good for a kicker to be standing on the field for more than 3 mintues. They've all got athlete's ADD - too much stimuli makes the lil guys wound up.

Message to all kickers:

Just chill on the sidelines until we need you.

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

repost

One good game from LL, and this is what he brings.

LaRon Landry calls Roy Williams scared
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on November 23, 2009 2:20 PM ET

Posted by: TWISI | November 23, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse


It took 10 games, but LL finally showed up for a game. Maybe if he plays like that from here on out, we won't have to find a different starting FS.

Posted by: p1funk | November 23, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't have a problem with him kicking on 3rd down in the 1st half - Suisham needs to make pressure kicks.

The real tradgedy was the play call on 3rd down right before the 50 yard field goal attempt. Dallas blitzes all game long up the middle - what does Washington run - a run up the middle - 2 yard loss. As Herm Edwards says, "You play to win the game" don't play to not lose.

Posted by: wnbicher | November 23, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Message to all kickers:

Just chill on the sidelines until we need you.

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 3:53 PM

Message to elfreako:

Suisham's a pro. He knows how to handle these situations. He went to the sideline and kicked balls into the net.

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

They didn't post all of Zorn's comments regarding that end of half decision.

Here's the rest of the transcript.

"After Jason (Campbell) almost stepped out of bounds before getting rid of the ball on the previous play, I realized that I can't really trust that dolt to do basic things. I mean seriously, it's like he remembered at the last moment that he should get rid of the ball instead of eat 6 yards for no reason. So with the pressure on and everything, you know what Jason probably would have done if I called another passing play? Yup, he would have checked the pass down for a 4 yard gain and the clock would have run out. So I went for the FG, and Suishy missed. Can't trust a Canadian when it really counts, I guess."

Posted by: p1funk | November 23, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Would somebody please pass on this information to Daniel $nyder and Vinny Cerrato for me:
Jason Campbell - Rank 16 - Rating 86.1
Jay Cutler - Rank 24 - Rating 74.5
Mark Sanchez - Rank 31 - Rating 61.1

Posted by: MrMerkin | November 23, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

A pro at what?

Kicking the ball out of bounds twice in a game?

Shanking a chip shot in a dome stadium with no weather issues?

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Alex's 10 step process in re-building the team.

1. Higher a team president. Preferably a ex-player or coach a football mind who is a LOYAL Skin. During hiring process come up with a basic philosophy that we want embodying every aspect of the team, for me that philosophy would be called "forward thinking smash mouth football".

2. Higher a GM, I have a hand full of candidates I would like to see interviewed, but I would not tell my President to pick that person. I would like to see Morocco Brown interviewed internally, as a young up and comer in league.

3. Have GM/President and other FO types pick the new coach and staff and re-build the franchise on the bases of agreed upon new philosophy & draft.

4. Build a new practice facility/ specifically one with an option of an indoor facility with top notch conditioning facilities.

5. Show dedication to the fans by announcing publicly that we will be making every effort to move the team back to DC when all contracts on the old stadium are expired.

6. Upgrade FedEx with a new scoreboard or two and research a way to put a bubble dome on the roof for a super bowl game.

7. Remove new tailgate policy or the other polices that are anti-fan-fun, and implement more pro-fan-fun programs and projects.

8. Arrange with National Park Service or the city to have the team play one practice scrimmage/fan day a year on the national mall. (do this by paying for the repair/development of some of the fields on the mall to be suitable for a practice field.

9. Allow fans to have more a say in some aspects of the team, like picking a retro/alternate uniform every 2 years for a prime time game. Do it via fan vote on the web. Also do a public chat open form at the open and close of each season with the fans coaches and other leaders.

10. Trust your GM/President to make all other football decisions.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 23, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

So I'm guessing Paul Fainaka and Will Montgomery will compete for the starting RG spot.

Unless Montgomery also gets injured, in that case the start will go to Edwin Williams.

Unless Levi Jones also gets injured and Heyer has to move to LT, in that case they reactivate BMW for the RG spot.

Posted by: p1funk | November 23, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

A pro at what?

Kicking the ball out of bounds twice in a game?

Shanking a chip shot in a dome stadium with no weather issues?

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 4:04 PM

Dude, try reading my post more carefully. He's a pro. He kicks balls into the net. Do I need to draw you a picture? Want a link to Youtube?

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

bip bip

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

always take your FGs. Decision made for all eternity. Take your FGs. You'll know when to do otherwise grashopper

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 23, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Yep....those kind of QB stats just add gas to the raging fire of inepitude that is the Redskins front office. Dumb and Dumber thaought they were both the answer to our offenseive problems. Not that the line and wore out RB that can't produce any more should be replaced..

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 23, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

OchoCinco can kick a ball in the net.

Why not have a kicker make clutch kicks and be among the league leaders in touchbacks?

Put down the pom-poms League Source and see #6 for what he is:

A mediocre kicker who doesn't have what it takes to be a Pro Bowler.

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Get a f-ing pair.

Have you considered factors such as momentum, the fact that this season is for crap - nothing can come out of it. YOu are 3 - 6 - it's the Cowboys.,' weg


God damn it.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | November 23, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

no faith in his bad quarterback who will cost him his job.

Posted by: cavalieri10 | November 23, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

As I stood in the bar - because I decided to skip the Direct TV NFL package - I screamed...what are you doing? Go for it!

You are 3-6 and have lost every divisional game thus far...have 1 decent week out of your offensive line, your star RB is out, your back up RB is out, your star offensive line is decimated, you've been neutered to only making the big decisions...no more play calling (because that was suspect) ...

and you go to the kicker (who apparently by his performance didn't have any faith in your decision either).

If this were second grade, you'd be the kid who had his lunch money stolen, books thrown in the trash can, butt kicked daily, stuffed in a locker getting plugged in the ribs by the other kids. If you don't come out of that locker swinging at everyone and everything, you are gonna suffer beat downs until you leave for college.

And you went to the kicker. The second grade equivalent of joining the math team.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | November 23, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

All these people are saying the Redskins should have gone for it are missing the point. It was 3rd down with 15 seconds left, therefor there was nothing ``to go for''. In any other NFL, College or High School team, that is an automatic and its just another play.
It doesnt even take guts to call a regular play in that position. All you have to do is roll the qb out and tell him not to get sacked. If you cant trust him to do that, get another freeking qb in there.
Its not hard. In fact, its completely demoralizing. Here we are beating Dallas at Halftime and I have never been more salty at the team.
I gaurantee you, this has NEVER happened in the past 20 years in the NFL. A team has never kicked a field goal on third down in the first half with more than 10 seconds remaining. Not too mention 15. Jason Reid, I think your a good reporter, but this is one thing you can defend.
And I am not even talking about going for a td, get 5 yards closer (since thats about as far as we can throw it) and that Suishim kick goes in

Posted by: WheresRickySanders | November 24, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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