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Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 12/ 4/2010

Jon Embree agrees to become Colorado's head coach

By Jason Reid

Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the University of Colorado, he said in a phone interview Saturday night.

"My agent is just trying to take care of a couple of things, but I'm planning to sign it [the contract] tonight," Embree said. "It's my dream job, and I'm really looking forward to getting to work and leading my alma mater."

Embree and his representative reached an agreement in principle with Colorado on Saturday night after a meeting with Colorado athletic officials. A press conference is tentatively scheduled for Monday on the Boulder, Colo., campus.

Embree will be with the Redskins for Sunday's game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium, and then will begin his duties with Colorado. Coach Mike Shanahan recently informed university officials that he would permit Embree to leave before the end of the season to assemble his coaching staff and recruit.

"Sunday will be my last day," Embree said. "I've had a great experience with Mike and coaching for the Redskins, and I'm appreciative for his support."

Among the nation's most successful programs in the 1990s, Colorado has struggled for several seasons. Embree, a standout tight end for the Buffaloes and an assistant coach there for 10 seasons, is determined to lead the program back to prominence.

"Definitely, I am," he said. "I feel like the guys that I have, that I'll be bringing, can really help the program.

"Recently, I don't think the program has been representative of what it can be. We've seen what was accomplished in the past, and we're looking forward to a bright future. That's what we'll be working to accomplish."

Embree said it would be difficult to leave the Redskins, particularly the tight ends he's coached since spring.

"Definitely, it was great working with those guys -- Chris [Cooley], Fred [Davis] and Logan" Paulsen, he said. "I was really looking forward to continuing working with those guys, to see them develop and grow. They're a great group."

By Jason Reid  | December 4, 2010; 11:55 PM ET
 
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Posted by: sprice80 | December 5, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations Jon.

Best of luck.

Posted by: edvar | December 5, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

You go, Buffaloes, just rip into the conference which is what?? Space-dimah, is it Left-Coast or Oil-Tex this week?? WHO GIVES A F***!!! Is that all the Skins is?? Jump-off points fer a pack a alien mercenarians?? F*** You , Jim Snyder, for selling our freekin' soul to thuh Devil, I'll expect to lose 50 to nuthin' from our kind-hearted NFC East brethrens here on out, can you be a bigger a**hole??...

Posted by: frak | December 5, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

f***, frak, you said all that?? MY MINDS OUTTA TIME,YEAH...Anyways, one of my favourite songas, yeah,

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

Posted by: frak | December 5, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

At last, someone has put their finger on the very core of the Redskins problems: Alien mercenaries. Dammit.

Posted by: daglaw | December 5, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

At last, someone has put their finger on the very core of the Redskins problems: Alien mercenaries. Dammit.

Posted by: daglaw | December 5, 2010 7:03 AM

The problem with this is that they're like double moves to Carlos Rogers: "Nothin you can do about 'em." Everyone else on the team you can fire, including the coaches and GM. But you can't fire the alien mercenaries. They're more entrenched than GS15's in the Homeland Security Agency. It's as bad as trying to get rid of the curse that the Native Americans laid on the Redskins after they let the Redskins win three Super Bowls.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 5, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Donovan McNabb and Redskins' offense suffer from a lack of playmakers heading into game vs. Giants


This is a headline from WaPo. This is news to them? Really?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 5, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

any news on who will be filling in for coach embree on an interim basis, and any leads on long term candidates?

Posted by: altarkenton | December 5, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

This is a headline from WaPo. This is news to them? Really?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 5, 2010 7:44 AM

No, this is not news. If it were news it would be on the front page. This is what they call a "feature." Tomorrow morning will be the news. The headline will be a "clever" variation on "Redskins Lose 31-10." It will be flanked by a column by Mike Wise blaming the loss on racism and a column by Sally Jenkins blaming the loss on Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato and Jim Zorn and Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen. They have already written these columns and are waiting to fill in some blanks with the actual score.

You can find real analysis of the game in the Examiner.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 5, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

It's as bad as trying to get rid of the curse that the Native Americans laid on the Redskins after they let the Redskins win three Super Bowls.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 5, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

They should have concentrated their powers on saving their land instead of on a football team.

Posted by: noluvdr | December 5, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

They should have concentrated their powers on saving their land instead of on a football team.

Posted by: noluvdr | December 5, 2010 8:06 AM

Better yet, they should have been developing vaccines in the early 1500's against all the diseases that the Europeans introduced into the Americas.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 5, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

TheCork is a brainwashed left wing monkey. He totes the party line and Obama's nut sack wherever he goes. That is all.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 5, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Scamp, if you put down your Glen Beck crack pipe (use of the term "brainwashed" is dead give away for a 'droid) and actually tried to lean about the real life Democratic Party, you'd understand that Obama isn't on it's left wing.

Posted by: Pepper5 | December 5, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I can't remember who talked about having a dream about the Redskins defeating the VaGiants, but I had just such a dream last night too. I found this strange because I can't recall ever having a football dream in the past.

Anyway, The key to victory was that the Skins defense was able to pressure Eli into making a lot of bad throws. Final score: Skins 14, Giants 9 in yet another low scoring nail-biter.

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 5, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

They should have concentrated their powers on saving their land instead of on a football team.

Posted by: noluvdr | December 5, 2010 8:06 AM

Didn't they have their hands full fighting the dinosaurs? Not sure of the exact dates and all, but maybe you could fill in the blanks? You know, since you're so stupid.

Posted by: mack1 | December 5, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

You can find real analysis of the game in the Examiner.

Posted by: beep-beep


Just wonder sometimes how these 'features' make the light of day? The criticisms of the writers, while valid, also must be directed towards the editors imho. RI is the only reason to even visit this website. Good for a few laughs.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 5, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Donovan McNabb and Redskins' offense suffer from a lack of playmakers heading into game vs. Giants


The lack of playmakers has been an issue for years.

Once, Brad Johnson, Stephen Davis, Albert Connell, Micheal Westbrook, and Stephan Alexander were feared.

Since then, a ton 'o unsatisfying guys have been given big contracts or drafted high (the failures of MK-DT-ARE-BLloyd really sting) to bring back the redskin offense--only to see it remain flat on its back during this ten year dry stretch.

Again: extending D McNabb means the FO must commit to getting some guys outside of Cooley-Moss-Armstrong-Davis who can make dynamic plays.

The FO must burn additional draft picks on offensive linemen this Spring to make McNabb has the time to get them the ball.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 5, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

There has been some discussion here about young players like Lichtensteiger, Torain, K. Williams, Armstrong, Will Montomery (age 27), Terence Austin, B. Banks.

None of these guys are starters on a playoff caliber NFL team. They are back-ups (Lichtensteiger, Robinson, or situational guys (Banks, Williams) or guys with question marks (Torain, T. Austin, Armstrong). We can't build a winner around this group so let's not pretend otherwise.

Banks is the hit of the season, until he's injured, which I view as inevitable given his size. Yes to Armstrong (age:27) as well but the drops suggest he's not the answer as a #2 WR.

The idea that this group as a whole would succeed but have been let down by those around them is delusional. Dudes like S. Moss, T. Williams, C. Rabach, Hicks, Sellers, T. Williams, C. Cooley aren't any worse (or much better sadly).

The truth is the Redskins don't have a lot of good players. The new regime has mostly flubbed adding new talent to the offense (and D but that's another post). The good news is they didn't bring in a bunch of high priced, no-account free agents so there's still hope.


Posted by: Pepper5 | December 5, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The key to victory was that the Skins defense was able to pressure Eli into making a lot of bad throws.


The issue is abit more complex than that.

The Giants like to feature Brandon Jacobs to get a defense locked in on him.

Then, they run a lot of play action and bootleg action off the running plays that featured Jacobs that causes safeties to get out of position.

They then attack the out of position safeties in the passing game.

It's avery simple and effective style of offense they play.

The key to beating the Giants, then, is stopping Jacobs early.

(I'd employ more 4-3 looks--but who am I?)

And given our issues with run defense (you can run right at Kedric Golston/Albert Hanyesworth at DE and get big yards), I don't see that happening.

Teams have run at the edges of our defense (their left side in particular) all year, to much success.

Our safety play without Landry is abysmal.

The prediction?:


Giants 28

Redskins 17


We're headed for a top 10 pick again.

Deal with it, people.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Really Moe... Albert Connell??? They feared he would steal their wallets out of their lockers, but on the field I don't think he inspired much fear.

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 5, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: beep-beep

You can find real (redskin) analysis...in the Examiner.

It seems then that the Washington Examiner is appropriately named.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 5, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

@Posted by: MistaMoe | December 5, 2010 9:43 AM
RE: Posted by: kaasmaster | December 5, 2010 9:17 AM

It was a dream, Moe.


Posted by: kaasmaster | December 5, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

kaasmaster

Albert Connell??? They feared he would steal their wallets out of their lockers, but on the field I don't think he inspired much fear.


Son, my point is that overall offensive group was the last great redskin offense.

Johnson threw for 4,000 yards, Davis was a beast in the running game, and Alexander-Westbrook-Connell caught a ton of balls.

We haven't had that kind of production since Buck was a puppy.

And he's a grown dog now.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 5, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I long lamented the day that they let Stephen Davis get away.

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 5, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Anyway, The key to victory was that the Skins defense was able to pressure Eli into making a lot of bad throws. Final score: Skins 14, Giants 9 in yet another low scoring nail-biter.


Posted by: kaasmaster | December 5, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

That's quite a dream, kaas. Where did that pressure come from?

I'm still reliving nightmares, haven't had any good dreams, lately(15 years or so).

Posted by: frediefritz | December 5, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

RI is the only reason to even visit this website. Good for a few laughs.


I find my humor in reading the Opinions Section.

It is a reading place where the intellectually clueless have mated with the politically hopeless.

George Dionne and E.J. Will amuse me endlessly.

The conservatives all support ideology that has failed to produce any kind of economic big bang (8 years later we're in a money ditch, so the Bush tax cuts basically failed, didn't they? Why extend them then?).

The cautious liberals all have empty advice for a president who needs more spine than rhetorical cheerleading (the dude spends most of his time negotiating himself out of positions where he really should stand tough).

Change is indeed the operative word for Obama as consistency and steadfast both seem to be his philosophical antonyms.

And the people in the political middle?: we giggle at it all and flip to RI.

'Cuz in RI, we find out about what's really happening in the world.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 5, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I long lamented the day that they let Stephen Davis get away.


Posted by: kaasmaster | December 5, 2010 10:00 AM


Outside of sentimental reasons I'm not sure why...he had one big year in Carolina and then had a couple of unproductive, injury-riddled seasons after that. Everyone wants our organization to be the one that gets rid of players a year early instead of a year too late...in that instance, we did.

Moe is right on that Redskins offense of '99...the individual names didn't give you a mind boner, but those guys were productive. Johnson went for over 4,000 yards, Davis ran for over 1,400 (a franchise record at the time, by the way), and Westbrook and Connell racked up over 1,000 receiving yards apiece. Say what you will about Norv...dude knows how to put an offense on the field.

That's why I would have loved to see him get fired in SD last year and come back here as the OC under Russ Grimm. Probably a pipe dream on my part, but it would go a long ways toward getting this team back to respectability if we could get a head coach to focus on the role of head coach and have two really good Xs and Os-type coordinators. Maybe one day...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 5, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I had a really detailed dream last night about the this game. Buchanon picked off Eli with 26 seconds left, Skins down by 4, 26-30, on the 30 yard line. Next play was a crossing route to Banks for the score with .18 left on the clock.

I woke up thinking we scored too soon. Go figure.

Skins 33
Gints 30

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 4, 2010 8:33 AM

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 5, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

AH92 out of today's game due to an illness
of some sort? Probably another attitude
problem...

Posted by: DeployedFan | December 5, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

beeps---->

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 5, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

NOTE TO KASSMASTER ; thank's for the shout out for Davis, you've got the "ol ball coach"(Steve Spurrier) to thank for the Stephen Davis departure Spurrier was one of the worst coach's in Redskin history and for you dumb azz's that don't remember, Davis was one of the best back's this franchise has ever had, had it not been for Synder's stupidity (now that's a surprise!) in hiring Spurrier Davis might have finished his career here in DC.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 5, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

this doesn't even look like the same team that went toe to toe with the titans! Top ten pick here we come! Most these players are scrubs that will never play for another team! Hoping we get Andrew Luck and are able to make a trade sending away mcnabb n fat al to pick up one of the top wideouts in the draft, then go oline with 2nd and 5th rd picks! Hoping we bring in santonio holmes, champ bailey and some good gaurds and a nt in fa! HTTR THIS GAME IS AN EMBARASSMENT

Posted by: warriorking111285 | December 5, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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