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Jones appreciates 'golden opportunity'

Newly signed tackle Levi Jones practiced with the team Wednesday and is excited to be back in the league.

"It's a golden opportunity," Jones said. "I look at this team, and there's a lot of talent on this team. Lot of good players; got some good coaching. Hopefully, I can be a part of the turnaround and get this thing going."

The eight-year veteran, who spent his first seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, hopes to learn things quickly in an effort to contribute as soon as possible. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done," Jones said. "I need to learn Coach [Joe] Bugel's techniques. I need to learn the plays. There's a lot of stuff that goes into it. But if they call on me, I'll be ready."

By Jason Reid  |  October 21, 2009; 10:18 PM ET
 | Tags: Levi Jones, Offensive line  
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Welcome to the Circus Levi

Posted by: m_p_holmes | October 21, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

The Levi Jones era begins! 12-4 baby!

Posted by: biggerthanjesus | October 21, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

First to say we stink ... Sigh :-(

Posted by: sjw1 | October 21, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Or third. But the message is the same!

Posted by: sjw1 | October 21, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what the contract terms were?

Posted by: League-Source | October 21, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

BEST IDEA TONIGHT:

Letter writing campaign to ROGER GOODELL's office. I mean tens of thousands of them. Mine is in draft form right now. Anybody know GOODELL's/NFL's address

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 21, 2009 10:18 PM

And this is a good idea because...why?

Goodell works for Snyder. Snyder doesn't work for Goodell. This is about as clever as a letter-writing campaign to Jim Zorn. But, press on, and let us know how it works out.

Posted by: League-Source | October 21, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I am first

Posted by: rebuildredskins | October 21, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like somebody is pretty happy just to have a job again.

Posted by: edvar | October 21, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

And why is it that the terms of his deal have not been released yet?

Posted by: edvar | October 21, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how serious his injuries were last year?

The Skins seem to have a habit of signing broken, busted, washed up offensive lineman lately...hopefully Levi will prove me wrong.

Posted by: wizard5 | October 21, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

And why is it that the terms of his deal have not been released yet?


Posted by: edvar | October 21, 2009 10:31 PM |

Because Snyder doesn't want to be even more embarrased than he already is. He probably traded a pick away to Levi's mama for him.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 21, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I am kinda excited for Monday. The hilarity factor should be sky high. Its a cant lose right b/c

The further the Snyder is embaressed the closer he might be to fundamental change

or

We shock the world and heading into bye week we can feel good about ourselves

or

its a completely sucky game that we lose in a dumb way and Snyder cans Zorn and we can just turn the page on Corny Zorny.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 21, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

The biggest and most excited news here has become Who is first to comment

Posted by: rebuildredskins | October 21, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

BEST IDEA TONIGHT:

Letter writing campaign to ROGER GOODELL's office. I mean tens of thousands of them. Mine is in draft form right now. Anybody know GOODELL's/NFL's address

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 21, 2009 10:18 PM

And this is a good idea because...why?

Goodell works for Snyder. Snyder doesn't work for Goodell. This is about as clever as a letter-writing campaign to Jim Zorn. But, press on, and let us know how it works out.

Posted by: League-Source | October 21, 2009 10:26 PM |

See Goodell actually works for all the owners and part of his job is to help keep profits as high as possible. The Redskins are extremely profittable but Danny's actions have turned this team into a circus thus threatening to hurt profits. Any other stupid questions league-source?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 21, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Levi: Just line up outside Dockery and let him say which guy he is blocking. Then, you block the next guy to the outside. Try and keep your balance and keep the guy in front of you. On runs, just slam the dude in front of you and drive your legs. Stop at the whistle. Repeat, ohhh, 30-36 times. I figure 5 or 6 three and outs per half and you'll be done. Good luck.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 21, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

i noticed on one of Portis' carries last week a Chief went right past Dockery and Rabach to tackle CP for no gain and I thought, 'jezuz h christ if dock and bach aren't gonna block we're done"

dock and bach, block um k

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 21, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

This battle in the press between Z and the FO is getting narsty. After the salvo from Largent, the FO countered with taking Z out of the play call relay, which is a joke anyway b/c we all know that Sherm is going to be talking directly to Camp, fork that relay business. What will be the next humiliation that the FO will inflict on Z? Will he be able to return fire? Will the play call relay announcements reach point where it goes through the waterboy? Stay tuned. RI has it all covered for you.

Posted by: GLoad | October 21, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Here's the play, knock the dude in front of you on his a$$, every down, until we score.

Posted by: clark202 | October 21, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Next week the FO will make Zorn coach from the parking lot.

Posted by: clark202 | October 21, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

The following post is just priceless. And makes me think nothing is going to change anytime soon with this team, not even next year. And makes me want to throw up.

Largent defends Zorn
October 21, 2009 8:04 PM
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

(PT. 1)

When times get tough in life, it's nice to be able to lean on a good friend -- especially if he's Hall of Fame wide receiver and former U.S. congressman Steve Largent. Appearing on a Seattle radio station Wednesday, Largent came racing to his old quarterback Jim Zorn's side in ripping Redskins owner Dan Snyder for the way he's treated Zorn following Sunday's 14-6 loss to the Chiefs.

NFC West blogger Mike Sando is based in the Seattle area and he alertly cranked out a news story for ESPN.com based on Largent's comments. Largent told KJR that he's been talking to Zorn on a daily basis, although he was quick to point out that his explosive opinions on the situation were his own. Largent echoed something I've been writing since Zorn's play-calling duties were stripped from him by Redskins executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato on Sunday:

"In my opinion, and this is just totally my opinion -- Jim has never said this, never implied this -- I think what Daniel Snyder was trying to do was to force Jim to resign so he was not liable for his contract any longer. And Jim is just not going to do that."
Bingo! And that's not a reference to the Skins' new playcaller Sherman Lewis, who was calling bingo at a senior citizens center in Detroit about three weeks ago. Just reading between the lines, I agree with Largent that Snyder and Cerrato probably expected that Zorn's pride would take such a hit that he would immediately resign, thus getting them off the hook for the third year of his contract. Zorn's under contract for five years, but only the first three were guaranteed.

Posted by: hithere1 | October 21, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Largent defends Zorn
October 21, 2009 8:04 PM
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

(PT. 2)

I have a hard time believing that a well-known orator such as Largent would simply go off the rails during a radio interview. Surely he let Zorn know that he was about to go after Snyder. I thought Largent saved some of his best lines for describing Lewis' hiring.

"To think that you can bring a guy in from a retirement center who is pulling out Ping-Pong balls in the bingo games -- and literally, that is what he was doing in Detroit -- bring him down here for two weeks and say, 'You are going to call the plays for the next game against the Philadelphia Eagles,' a division opponent, on 'Monday Night Football,' and think that is going to be successful, that is a joke."
OK, I'm actually starting to feel a little sorry for Lewis. The guy was probably down at the retirement center trying to do a good deed -- and we're now making him out to be a professional bingo caller. I don't think he was down there trying to make an extra buck or two.

Anyway, Largent's quotes are obviously very personal. He sees a close friend and former teammate going through a painful situation and wants to fight for him. And I don't blame the guy one bit. The part of the interview, though, that makes Snyder and Cerrato look the worst is where Largent indicates that one of them actually pulled out Zorn's contract to show him he had to go along with their foolish plan -- if he wanted to remain employed.

"They went to the point of pulling out his contract and saying, 'You have got to do whatever the owner tells you to do,'" Largent said of Redskins management.
I just cringe when I think of a scenario in which Cerrato was flipping through pages of Zorn's contract. You sort of wonder if Snyder keeps a copy of the contract on his person at all times. As I've said more than once, I wish Zorn could just walk away from this mess.

But for now, he's going to hang in there and let Snyder and Cerrato continue to get blasted by the critics. The more I think about it, that's not a bad strategy.

Posted by: hithere1 | October 21, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Next week the FO will make Zorn coach from the parking lot.

Not.
Far.
Enough.
Away.

Posted by: daggar | October 21, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

what cracks me up abut the Largent story ... Largent says he talks with Zorn nearly every day. Zorn was asked about Largent's comments and said he hadn't spoken with Largent 'in quite a while'

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 22, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Jones gets golden opportunity.

Zorn gets golden shower.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 22, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

what cracks me up abut the Largent story ... Largent says he talks with Zorn nearly every day. Zorn was asked about Largent's comments and said he hadn't spoken with Largent 'in quite a while'

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 22, 2009 12:00 AM


I'm sure Zorn just said that for purposes of plausible deniability.

I would have.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 22, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

To what do you attribute the sudden and unexpected return to the newspaper pages of John Kent Cooke? What do you read into that? Is Snyder on his last leg? Does Cooke think he could put together a group to buy the team back and convince Danny to sell?

Posted by: periculum | October 22, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Zorn coaching from the parking lot? Maybe? Perhaps they will just promote Lewis to chief asst. head coach and assign Zorn to "other duties"?

Posted by: periculum | October 22, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAtOW2AnAjM

watch this video of DAN SNYDER.....THE DAY THE REDSKINS DIED.....Literally !!!! we have to find a way to get rid of this guy as a owner !! its sad but after reading the story on Jack K Cook son and how he lost this team makes me want to be a Ravens fan, its hard for me to say that but damn...being a fan of a team being run by a prick like him makes it hard and I hate to support and give my time and $$$ to a prick like that

Posted by: digitaldelight | October 22, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Danny is feeling pressure from the NFL Commissioner's Office? One has to wonder ...

Posted by: periculum | October 22, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I dont think I've ever seen that many empty seats at a skins game.I for one will follow the example of the 40,000 Lions fans cheering for they're team despite losing 19 straight.real fans.

Posted by: mark65 | October 22, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I've figured out the angle for Snyder/Cerrato not properly addressing the O line depth/talent issue. Evidently, with an owner spending big money, you would not expect the skins to throw the games out right, but how about tweaking the games just enough to keep JC running for his life, by ignoring the same problem you have had since Gibbs 2.0, that being O line talent/depth. The skins have had one of the easiest schedules they have ever had through the first 6 games right? So you bet on the opponent and the point spread betting large amounts and you clean house with the bookies. Now there is always the argument that you have to have someone else in on it for a conspiracy theory to work, however as you can see all Snyderatto would simply have get some trusted individual place the bet.
Book em Dano! pun intended!

Posted by: jenksredskins | October 22, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

If Levi has already bought into the talent on this team, he and whoever is playing QB is doomed.

Posted by: The_Spear | October 22, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Tragically, one of the more interesting things about the Redskins happens to be the contract of its lame duck coach. The post did a stunning series or articles regarding fans being sued by the team for breach of contract. As some posters have previously pointed out, Jim Zorn’s contract is of interest because the clue to this mess are right there. Perhaps the next bit of investigative journalism might be examining that legal document. Pentagon papers . . . JZ’s contract, ya know important stuff.

................................................................................................................................................
................................................................................................................................................

It has only been obliquely referenced in an early Mike Wise column that Jim Zorn negotiated his own HC contract (without a lawyer) with Snyder. The thing that no reporter has delved into is, contractually, what is Zorn’s effective authority? . . . It would seem that his contract might be the indicator if JZ was ever actually the head coach of this outfit or just a figurehead of Vinny and Mr. S. Would you ever negotiate a contract with Dan Snyder without a hired professional to look it over?
Posted by: DailyOm | October 19, 2009 5:48 PM

This is the first time I've seen the Zorn is a sock-puppet theory so clearly stated. I must say if accepted the theory explains so much.
Posted by: _Stumped_ | October 19, 2009 6:38 PM

Um...he signed a contract, unless he resigns or signs some type of buy out, he's getting the contract he signed...
Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 21, 2009 3:32 PM

Largent also said Zorn's contract included a clause that the management/ownership could strip away the play-calling at any point. If Zorn objected, he could be fired with cause and therefore, not get paid the remaining 1 1/2 years of his guaranteed money.
Zorn is not commenting on his contract status.
Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 21, 2009 3:58 PM

An extract from the Largent interview ..
"Yes, he did consider it, and no, he did not want to give up those responsibilities," Largent told KJR, "but they went to the point of pulling out his contract and saying, 'You have got to do whatever the owner tells you to do.' ... Future coaches - take note.
Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | October 21, 2009 4:57 PM |


He should use the sick days he got in his contract before it's too late.
Posted by: GLoad | October 21, 2009 7:27 PM

"They went to the point of pulling out his contract and saying, 'You have got to do whatever the owner tells you to do,' " Largent said of Redskins management.
Posted by: michael_b_clegg | October 21, 2009 9:02 PM

Posted by: Hmauch | October 22, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Everyone who's said "circus" is so right...

I hope espn plays calliope music coming out of the commercial breaks Monday night. Or at least every time they cut to Snyder and Cerrato up in the box.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 22, 2009 1:49 AM | Report abuse

"It's a golden opportunity," Jones said. "I look at this team, and there's a lot of talent on this team. Lot of good players; got some good coaching. Hopefully, I can be a part of the turnaround and get this thing going." ----RI


Oh swell. They finally sign an offensive lineman and he's delusional.

Posted by: TheCork | October 22, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Two things: first of all, Levi Jones was the worst tackle playing regularly in all of football last year. This year, it might be hard to compete with Heyer, but give the kid a shot. Note how good the Bengals line has been this year, making Cedric Benson a useful player for the first time in his pro career.

Second: The horrible thing about this mess--which could not possibly result in motivated players next week of for the rest of the season. Yes, alluded to above--this makes us the Raiders. Firing a coach for cause? Embarrasing your "head" coach like this? Same difference. Either way, the only way you get someone to work for the Redskins at this point is a big payday to a has-been or never-was who is looking for a last paycheck before riding into the sunset. Now a never was could surprise like Gibbs, but after the Zorn affair, you think Snyder would dare hire an unknown? [Which means my best case scenario for the team next year is Ernie Accorsi and John Fox, both ex of the Giants. Second is Accorsi and Fassel. My longshot is if Jeff Fischer gets fired and here--but since he's probably privy to the real story here through friendship with Gregg Williams, I can't see him taking it.]

Posted by: MarquisSmith | October 22, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

No way Fisher comes here. And after the manning jersey brouhaha, he's locked in for any pregame or in game analyst gig he wants.


Snyder will have to a) have his moment of clarity, admit his problem to himself and commit to real change for the good of his beloved team and b) prostrate himself before a self assured front line GM type to convince him he will truly give him the keys to the football castle.

I'm hopeful, yet doubtful.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 22, 2009 3:16 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if the Largent story is true, that Vinny whipped out Zorn's contract and showed him who was boss.

But, it doesn't matter. Why?

Because sometimes perception is enough. It seems believable that this happened. This came from a credible person who is closely tied to Zorn.

Zorn will deny it. Of course, he'll be paid plenty to leave and its much easier to say kind things with an extra $3million in your pocket.

But every potential Redskin coaching prospect will know this story. They'll look at how the HC stint for Snyder set back the careers of Zorn, Turner, Marty and Spurrier.

Which means many good HC prospect will look at the job and not want it.

It will go to someone strong enough to force out Vinny or to someone who needs a last paycheck before retirement.

No one will take this job on a handshake. It will be lawyers and more lawyers, making sure every term is secure and every possible exit is parachuted.

The move to force Zorn out of play calling is correct. The manner in which it was done isn't.

What this front office has bought is a lack of respect and a lack of goodwill. It will show up in what promises to be an entertaining and problematic search for the next head coach.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 22, 2009 3:25 AM | Report abuse

fwiw, Levi Jones gave up 5.5 sacks in 11 games. That rate, 1 sack every 2 games, placed him about 24th among starting LT in 2008 in sacks per game.

Rabach was 31st, Kendall 17th, Randy Thomas 19th, Jansen 30th, Samuels 10th and the new kid, Dockery 32nd

http://boards.ign.com/football/b5105/175970470/p1/

note the rankings are in sacks, but since it also gives the number of starts, you can get a sacks/game number.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 22, 2009 4:09 AM | Report abuse

Goodell actually works for all the owners and part of his job is to help keep profits as high as possible. The Redskins are extremely profittable but Danny's actions have turned this team into a circus thus threatening to hurt profits. Any other stupid questions league-source?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 21, 2009 10:42 PM


Perhaps Danny is feeling pressure from the NFL Commissioner's Office? One has to wonder ...

Posted by: periculum | October 22, 2009 12:28 AM

Now, scamp, they taught you at Georgia Tech, "there are no stupid questions only stupid answers." And your answer is, at least, in line with periculum's thinking.

Posted by: League-Source | October 22, 2009 5:37 AM | Report abuse

Next week the FO will make Zorn coach from the parking lot.

Posted by: clark202 | October 21, 2009 11:18 PM

It will be a warm-up for the following week when there will be fans and players in the stadium, after next week's bye.

Posted by: League-Source | October 22, 2009 5:43 AM | Report abuse

I've watched and listened to this mess from the side lines and not said anything but I can't remain silent anymore. Relieve Cerrato from his position and get a GM period! Zorn did what he could with what Cerrato gave him.

Posted by: skinsfan0524 | October 22, 2009 6:08 AM | Report abuse

I think Vinny brought Sherm Lewis in to call more plays for M. Kelly & D. Thomas, because Vinny's fate really hinges on the development of that draft class.

Posted by: Salinas1 | October 22, 2009 6:46 AM | Report abuse

I think Vinny brought Sherm Lewis in to call more plays for M. Kelly & D. Thomas, because Vinny's fate really hinges on the development of that draft class.

Posted by: Salinas1 | October 22, 2009 6:46 AM

Then Vinny ought to bring in a QB who will throw the ball to them.

Posted by: League-Source | October 22, 2009 7:12 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: League-Source | October 22, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Next week the FO will make Zorn coach from the parking lot.

Not.
Far.
Enough.
Away.

Posted by: daggar | October 21, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

LOL, either that or they will have Zorn coach while serving hotdogs and beer from the Fed Ex Field concession stand. If he still doesn't resign, you will see Jim cutting the grass at Redskins Park.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | October 22, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Room for thought --- how about replacing vinny with sonny jurgesen. Ever listen to him on the radio while the game is being played. He has more insight of the game and organization then many others.

Posted by: gjfnlf1 | October 23, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Being a Cowboys fan I really hate that Levi ended up with the deadskins. He is a great OT. I wish Dallas would have picked him up and got rid of the penalty king,F.Adams. Admittingly Levi didn't have the greatest season last year but pretty sure he was hurt most of the season. He came in the league and dominated early and often. He still got a few years in him. It's to bad such a bad team and poor fans can't see what they just picked up and appreciate it. screw Washington come to big "D" we could use you.

Posted by: DcwbyFanatic | October 26, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

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