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Just Be Koz

Brian Kozlowski - the enternal H-back - is here today for a workout along with a few other guys. The Skins have no backup fullbacks after cutting Brian Bell from the practice squad, and with Mike Sellers missing practice with the back injury he suffered in Wed. practice, they might need a body this weekend.

Thrash would normally be a reserve H, but he's hurt too, obviously. Cooley does a lot of that stuff but he is obviously vital to the passing game - especially against a Cover-2 team - and they may need him and Yoder helping out the right side of the line with Wade ailing and Heyer also not practicing today (we'll get an update on that post-practice).

So they may need a lead blocker in the run game if Sellers can't go. Word is they aren't in a rush to signing anyone today, but if Sellers can't practice Friday it may prompt a move. Koz knows the system, is Cooley's best bud and has found a way to get back here pretty much every season since 2004, often brought back late in the year.

As for injuries, Wade and Kendall were back in uniform, as was Santana. Randle El was in sweats and appeared to be limited. Betts was back after being sick Wed.

Griffin missed practice again. Sean Taylor is still out.

Happy Turkey Day.
Gobble Gobble.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 22, 2007; 12:09 PM ET
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Happy Thanksgiving! Go Skins!

Posted by: kreitman4 | November 22, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Happy Turkey Day!!! Go Green Bay!!

HAIL Skins!!

Posted by: NCICURN | November 22, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Best to you and yours. Be thankful, there's no way we can lose today.

Posted by: Dorf | November 22, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Not true, Dorf.....we really need the Packers to win....and they are looking horrible today.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Posted by: Lisa | November 22, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

yay for turkey!

Posted by: nunzio768 | November 22, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I guess no more frankyfourfingers and now just my username...

Happy turkey day to everyone.

Posted by: bsohrabi | November 22, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Packers win! Good news for the Skins.

Posted by: js_edit | November 22, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I have wonderfully returned from practice with jersey signed by Jason Campbell. Allah be praised but he is a big man!

I had nice pciture taken with Mr. Campbell but battery die, so pfft goes photo.

I am now ready to eat turkey roll with Dolly Madison apple pie for later.

Posted by: Soups1 | November 22, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Green Bay always looks bad, but they manage to win. How closer were we to picking them off. Real close.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | November 23, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

We need to figure out a way for Dallas to lose.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | November 23, 2007 12:14 AM | Report abuse


"enternal H-back"

How do you have a job in writing anything when you can't even proofread the first sentence of a paragraph?

Your a professional, right?

Have some pride in your work!

I know it's just a blog, but it is also just a paragraph and your suppose to be a writer of some sort.

"enternal" is not even a word and spell check on every computer in the world points that out as soon as your done typing it!!!......That is what the little red line means under the word!!!!

Your like a chef with a dirty kitchen!
I think you need a visit from Gordon Ramsey!

Hey Gordon, we have a writer who CAN'T SPELL even with a computer that spells FOR HIM!!!!!

You can borrow my nephew's Phonics with Shaggy and Scooby if you need it......Zoink!

Posted by: filmchis | November 23, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

"enternal" is not even a word and spell check on every computer in the world points that out as soon as your done typing it!!!

You should start each sentence with a capital letter ("Enternal").

Your is a possessive pronoun. I think you mean "as soon as you're done typing it!"
You're is a contraction of you and are.

"You're done" is poor syntax, I think you mean "you're finished typing it."

One exclamation point will suffice, any more would be redundant.

It's Jason's blog; deal with it.

I'm thankful he finds the time to make a post on Thanksgiving.

Now THAT is taking it seriously!

Posted by: _Stumped_ | November 23, 2007 2:23 AM | Report abuse

and its Zoinks, with an s.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | November 23, 2007 3:22 AM | Report abuse


LOL - If I'm quoting the middle of his sentence, why would "enternal" be capitalized?!!!

you can make fun of and correct my spelling and grammar all day. I have no need to speel cheek, no need to weewhite, no need to kair.

I can't not even use double negatives irregardless what you aren't not thinking.

It's not my job and if I was anywhere near as sloppy with my work as your beloved JLC, I'd be fired at the drop of a hat.

I just think that it is HILARIOUSLY SAD when a journalist/sportswriter of any kind continuously turns in sloppy work.

It's the 21st century! There's no excuse!

I seriously don't know how JLC got through whatever school it is that he got through.

I'm still trying to figure out quotes like,

"Nobody boards a plan sans government issue ID like him."...or...
"Said me will try to practice Friday perhaps."....or....
"Wish we luck with traffic."....or...
"Mostly, just footwoork".

Sloppy, Sloppy, Sloppy.

Posted by: filmchis | November 23, 2007 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Just be Koz... very clever, Janso.

An inactive Sellers on Sunday would be devastating in my opinion. He is vital to the running game, unless they spread things out a little more and run out of a 1 back set.

Let's hope he go. If not, we may see JC throw the ball 50 times again.

Posted by: RickyBobby | November 23, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse


dude, it's a blog. who gives a flying fart about spelling mistakes?

Posted by: RickyBobby | November 23, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins will make the playoffs. I now have hope because I just realized that there are only two types of peoplein this world who don't have any hope.

1) People who are about to die.
2) Dallas Cowboy fans

Posted by: cmecyclist | November 23, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Stumped this is in response to your 12:14 post.As crazy as it sounds I WANT THE COWBOYS TO CONTINUE TO WIN.Here's why:I want the Boys to win next week to clinch home field,you know when they come to see us in December,we are going to need that game,they will not,so they will sit everybody and we will win(we would win if they played everybody anyway).We will get into the playoffs,win in the first round and then guess where we will get to go?The only thing better than beating the Cowboys is beating them in their house in the playoffs after a 15-1 or 14-2 regular season,and whether they admit it or not,ask the Cowboys and their fans to give you a shortlist of three NFC teams that they would like to come to Texas stadium and I bet you dollars to donuts that s HEALTHY Skins club will not be on that list.I'd love to see the Cowboys flags on these cars around here after that game.

Posted by: smittdiddy | November 23, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

From Jasno's article:

"Much has been made of the records of the teams the Redskins have lost to this season: Those clubs are a combined 42-10.

However, the five teams the Redskins have defeated are a combined 18-34, and Washington required overtime to defeat Miami and the New York Jets, teams with an aggregate 2-19 record."

I would say much has not been made by this particular writer about the 42-10.

Furthermore, you can't help who you play but only how you play who. So beat the teams you should beat and win a few you shouldn't have. The 'skins have beat who they should have - albeit, not so convincingly. However, they haven't yet beat the big dogs. If they continue to beat like competition (Tampa, Buffalo, Chicago, Minnesota)or win one game they shouldn't (NYG, Dallas), they will be in the playoffs once again.

Lastly, the Skins schedule thus far has been the second hardest (Buffalo) up to this point - including games against the woeful Dolphins and Jets. Their remaining schedule is the ninth toughest.

Posted by: bangkokben | November 23, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't panic if Sellers can't go. I'd start either a 2TE 2WR formation or three wide one TE formation. Now if they find themselves in goal line situations, that might be a cause for concern. I guess than Koz would have to line up at FB. But look at the positive, atleast we won't see that abysmal jumbo package in there.

Posted by: ga8085 | November 23, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

We need to let Lorenzo Alexander fill in at fullback. It's been widely reported that he's the strongest guy on the team. How much does it take to teach a guy which hole to go into and which guy to block? Even send him out into patterns occasionally so they can't key on the run when he's in there. Mix it up. get out of our rut.

Posted by: freedom0125 | November 23, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Brian Kozlowski is the new version of Ron Middleton...Vote Monk...HOF '08

Posted by: tdskinz | November 23, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

If you're going to be critical of Jasno, go after his articles. I'm okay with that. But if you want him to raise his standards on his blog, I think you should proof your comments very carefully too. Practice what you preach.

I don't want to speak for Jason, but the word is it was his initiative that started this blog (with an okay by the Post, not a directive). So in a sense, it really is his blog. I'm sure soon after he got it started, Jasno realized this thing really has a life of its own.

The gist of it is, fan's come here because they can't wait until the article is posted on the website or shows up in the print edition. So, typos (some are pretty funny) aren't really an issue with me, though in any other forum they might be.

Anyway...that's all I got.

As for the Pokes, I'm with you. I've said all along I want a strong rivalry again. With two strong teams. I think we're about one year behind Dallas in development. The strength of both teams will only make the victory sweeter.

(If I were betting, I'd pick Dallas over Green Bay, despite the mediocrity of the Dallas D)

I raise my leftover drumstick in your general direction(s).


Posted by: _Stumped_ | November 23, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Sure would be nice if this team had some depth on its roster. Wonder whose fault that is.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 23, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Again......I just think that it is HILARIOUSLY SAD when a journalist/sportswriter of any kind CONTINUOUSLY and CONSISTENTLY turns in sloppy work.

IF it's HIS blog than he should have more pride in it and show more professionalism.

It's the 21st century! There's no excuse!

As far as his articles, he just parrots information from others and lack any true knowledge of the game of football!

Posted by: filmchis | November 23, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Again......I just think that it is HILARIOUSLY SAD when a journalist/sportswriter of any kind CONTINUOUSLY and CONSISTENTLY turns in sloppy work.

IF it's HIS blog than he should have more pride in it and show more professionalism.

It's the 21st century! There's no excuse!

As far as his articles, he just parrots information from others and lack any true knowledge of the game of football!

Posted by: filmchis | November 23, 2007 02:11 PM
How 'bout you send The Post your resume and apply for the position of "Blog Editor"? Try that or either getting a life.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 23, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Farris meet Cris Crissy. Cris Crissey, Jimmy Farris.

Does anyone remember Cris Crissy? He was signed and cut like 8 times(!) in 1981.

Posted by: rawson69 | November 23, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

ummmmmmm FIRE GIBBS!!!!!!!!!!!!

seriously, i'm so sick of this dude! i was driving this afternoon and all of a sudden i started thinking about our beloved team's situation. the dude's had FOUR FCKING YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOUR!!! people, FOUR!!!

and for those who're saying he should move upstairs? his upstairs record is WAY WAY WA
Y worse than his coaching record.

FIRE HIM NOW!!!!!!!!ALL OF HIS TITLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE!!! I AM SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO DONE with this dude. it's OVAH!

btw, i hear leesburg outlet mall was open at midnight last night and people were standing in line in the freezing weather with their kids!??! WTF! and the longest lines were at COACH!!!!!!!!!!!!! double WTF?!

Posted by: dealer | November 23, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Fire Gibbs?

In four years we got one playoff birth, and possibly a second this year... which Redskins coach has done better since Gibbs 1.0?

Marty Schottenheimer was the only other coach who gave me hope the Skins would get better, but he only lasted a year.

How about we give stability a chance, and see how the players respond down the stretch.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 23, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

cindy, re: your response about why we should fire gibbs he's "5-4" and a good shot at playoffs.

it's not about any of that. we could chalk up a loosing record this year and blame it on injuries. easily. every fan would. but over the span of 4 years this dude has ruined this franchise. he's spent dan's money as if dan was allergic to it. he's avoided the draft as if IT was against his religion to draft.

his game management has been worse than a high school football coach, actually forget HS it is worse than a pop warner league coach.

the dude is just too old.

when the dude came back i was expecting him to say "i want 2 deep on every position on both the lines THRU THE DRAFT". the dude is picking players off the scrapheap in his 4th year here.

and for those on their high horses, gibbs apologists want to say "he's not doing it for the money!". baby, it's always about the money! $50 million is a LOT OF MONEY! gibbs aint that rich. he aint richer than oprah. to use chris rock's line if oprah woke up with gibbs money she'd jump out the window screaming. and look how hard oprah be pimpin thangs on her show for a mere million.

.........and i'm done! :)

Posted by: dealer | November 23, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Dealer, did you drink too much on TDay? You are way off usual.

Posted by: Lisa | November 23, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

alan4, i'm all for stability man. but all you're doing is making a greedy(so am i and everyone i've ever met except for one person) man rich.

you want stability? you hire a good gm, a YOUNG coach. i'm even okay with vinny being the GM. his 3rd round and below rounds record sucks but i'm not too greedy. just not gibbs. NO MORE GIBBS! just like no more W! 8 years of dubya (cuz he wannt messin with my free time) and 4 years of gibbs.

what gives you guys hope with gibbs? a 5 game winning streak? what has he done this time around that you can say "ohh that's hallmark gibbs right there! wow! he's just like his old self."? can you say that?

4 years is a long time. and THAT is stability in the NFL.

Posted by: dealer | November 23, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

sittdiddy & stumpr
You two morons talk the talk but unfortunately your suckass 500 avg team coached by a HOF imposter cant walk the walk which is why your the kool-aide drinking idiots you are smittydumdid the redskinettes have won one time out of last 12 in dallas and that was after 3 qtrs and 14 minutes they threw 2 HAILMARYS. not very impressive you whiners speak of health but you dont when you beat a team thats not healthy?? morons, both cowboys CBs havent started and didnt when we played!
All you have is lame excuses lots of IFs and way to much kool-aide sip sip guzzle guzzle sip burp burp farrrrrrtt sip BURRRPPPPPPPppppppppppp!And why dont you try waiting till your team can back your talk which now is crying wawawa and if you were as close to AMERICAS team as you claim you wouldnt be 5-5 and when gibby backed into playoffs in 2005 with a wildcard needing help to get last seed is HOF material?? YEA baby!!You morons need help again for that 6th seed with 6 games left ? WOOHOO sip sip guzzle guzzle sip sip farrrt fart burp sip BURPPPppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

Posted by: kool-aide4sale | November 23, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

lisa, if i'm way off base as usual then why would you suspect that i was drinking?

anyways...answer my questions. or you could ask me a question and i'd answer you. but you can't just say i'm wrong. i see no hope for this team as long as gibbs got his hand in this team. i don't see this guy as a savior of this team.

now do i think they'll win against tampa? i hope so. i want them to. and i'll watch it every second of it.

all i'm saying is i'm done with this experiment. say no to joe!

Posted by: dealer | November 23, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

ummmmmmmmmmm kool-aide for sale, is that the tony romo koolaide you're talking about???? cuz dude! if JC was a good QB and didn't make that one bad throw you're possibly looking at romo blowing another close game. let's face the dude doesn't do well in pressure. go look at the last 2 series of the game. he didn't do shti! when the game was on the line.

Posted by: dealer | November 23, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

dealer who you fooling baby you know chicken noodle sucks and you would luv to have Romo

Posted by: kool-aide4sale | November 23, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

you go from logic to when lisa doesnt agree to retarded when facts are not on your side about ROMOMANIA and its obvious you took the kool-aide i offered for free so you wouldnt talk logic sip sip guzzle guzzle sip sip fart dealer you stink man wipe your drawers

Posted by: kool-aide4sale | November 23, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Chicken noodles last 100 yds were given with allowing him to hit underneath passes and Wade knew he would make a mistake and if he didnt he knew your sucky D couldnt stop ROMO to OWENS with 1 pass and as for pressure you really dont know ROMO who is compared to Brady,Manning,Farve while chicken noodle is compared to ?? NOBODY sip sip guzzle guzzle sip sip burp burp fart

Posted by: kool-aide4sale | November 23, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Dealer, I absolutely do disagree with you. If Gibbs were not here, we would have been through at least 2 different coaches - player carousel as well. Stability does count for something. And if I'm correct, we have all our draft picks next year except for one. So that is progress. If not for our O line getting hurt (you can't blame that on Gibbs) and our secondary getting hurt (can't blame that on Gibbs) we probably would have won several more games this season. Not to mention without Gibbs we would not have drafted the Reaper, Rocky, Landry or Jason Campbell. Sellers would be gone - and I imagine Rock Cartwright.

We have good players....we just somehow need for them to play together and take it to the next level.

Posted by: Lisa | November 23, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

dealer where you hiding BOYYyy we were starting to like each other?
YOU said ROMO would be looking at blowing ANOTHER close game?? Hes 10-1 goober sip sip sip guzzle guzzle sip guzzle guzzle

If you want to stick to your we ALMOST beat Boys logic like other crybabys and disregard RIVALRY explanation for how close it was then YOUR Sorry Redskinettes who needed OT to beat winless Miami and 2-9 jets WHO AMERICAS team DESTROYED meens your logic is RETARDED kool-aide talk?? sip sip gulp gulp guzzle guzzle farrrt burp burp BURPPpppppppppppp

Posted by: kool-aide4sale | November 23, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I hate to tell you this because your one of my best customers but your redskinettes were 100% healthy and needed OT to beat who we now know is the WORST team in the NFL MIAMI Dolphins! which meens they were the worse team the 1st week. Now drink some more sip sip puff puff burp sip guzzlegulp sip FARrrTTtttt

Posted by: kool-aide4sale | November 23, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Gotta get back to koolaide factory ladies and gents but i will return before kickoff

Posted by: kool-aide4sale | November 23, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

kool-aide4sale, you are an idiot. We played the Dolphins the first game of the season. Both teams were 0-0.

Not to mention how stupid it is for a Cowboys fan to LIVE on a Skins blog. If you were a true Cowboys fan you would be on their blog celebrating with them. Instead you choose to hang out with us "losers." So that makes you an even bigger LOSER.

Posted by: Lisa | November 23, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Lisa I think 4sale clearly said "who we now know is worse team"So now we know theres no excuse except being an avg team going to OT and hes right and I will add that every game you claim we should have won I see 3 we shouldnt have Miami,Cards,Jets and you cant excuse almost losing to 1 arm Kurt warner and sorry teams dolphins & Jets.

Posted by: booredskinfanhoo | November 23, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Lisa a lot of people who think they know tried to claim how good Jets are after they beat steelers so they could justify going to OT with yet another sorry team and then the Boys destroy the jets so which is it now?

Posted by: booredskinfanhoo | November 23, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Anybody watching the LSU game?

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 23, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Game Over. 50-48.

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 23, 2007 7:06 PM | Report abuse

kool-aide, name one good QB from the 90's to now who was 5'9"? jerry got pressured into this deal by the press and idiotic fans like you. he knows he's just watching a lightning in a bottle.

what the boys do have is an owner who knows more football than the skins owner. that's it!!!

yes, romo has won regular season games given to him by other teams. JC isn't there yet. unlike others up here i'm not so sure if he will ever get there. but JC is also younger in NFL career years than romo.

i'm being objective here so put your jug down and re-watch those 2 last series where romo could've put the game away but he couldn't. he was SCARED. and i'm not the one who was rejoicing after a loss. i don't give a crap if it was a one point loss or 50 point loss. to me a loss is a loss. especially to the girls.

once in 12 seasons???? that's pathetic. lisa, you can't fire the owner if you could i would say fire snyder. but us, the masses call for a change. 4 years of being pathetic is a good enough reason to fire a head coach.

smack, i watched it. too bad for les miles. that color dude was horrible. he was talking like jason de this blog (as he does on this blog).

really...all of the local media is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo betting on this team's demise this year. it's gonna cost local media a lot of money if they actually do something this year.

Posted by: dealer | November 23, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

sorry i didn't mean to call you an idiot. punch-drunk in love with romo...

Posted by: dealer | November 23, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

lisa, we're thin on every position because of gibbs. so yes, i do blame the injuries on him. every team suffers injuries. jansen and samuels aren't spring chickens.

Posted by: dealer | November 23, 2007 8:08 PM | Report abuse

testing 1-2-3

Posted by: SMACK1 | November 24, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

wow deadsville....

Posted by: chrislarry | November 24, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

dealer broke the blog with that anti-Gibbs UNAMERICAN moonshine-aide.

F Loseable Type for 20+ hours of downtime!

Posted by: daggar | November 24, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

C'mon people, it's Bucs week. Where is the rage?

Posted by: SMACK1 | November 24, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Megskin? You got anything?

Posted by: SMACK1 | November 24, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

F the effin' Bucs, their stupid state (all due respect, cosmofla and Dik and you other Floridians), their miserable coach, their recent Super Bowl victory, their old uniforms, their current uniforms, and the pirate ship in their stadium. F 'em.

Man, that felt good.

I don't like this game one bit for the Skins. But we gotta have it. No doubt about that. We gotta get this one. Let's do it.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 24, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Well, I personally believe that all US Americans who drive cabs while blogging and would -- seriously -- I mean really seriously -- I mean you really need to believe me on this -- choose Spurrier over Gibbs [and then immediately change their blogging name to Chamique -- not that there's anything wrong with that!] have sabotaged Loseable Type to such an extent that normal conversation gets deleted.

Posted by: daggar | November 24, 2007 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't get this as a 'must' game. I'd much rather think of this as "TB or NYG". Important, yes, but the season does not end tomorrow, nor is the playoffs guaranteed with a win.
But it's a winnable game, even with the injuries. The D is playing pretty well still -- the big plays last week definitely exposed some miscommunication, and there's definitely a dropoff from Double Tap, but it's still a defense that should keep us in the game.
So, which offense will show up?

Posted by: daggar | November 24, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

:( It was mentioned tonight that the Skins have NEVER won against Garcia...not with any team he has played for.

All the sports "experts" are picking us to lose....said Campbell will not be able to pass the ball against the Bucs and that this game will be his biggest "test." Will test his toughness, accuracy, and patience. Hard to believe the Bucs are only 6-4 with all the PRAISE they are getting.

The "experts" are also saying this is a must win game for us but that we will not pull it off.

Posted by: Lisa | November 24, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

well so far the experts've been right about the skins sucking.

hey if calling for gibbs head makes me a dixie-chicksian than so be it! i'm proud of it! go dixie chicks! fire gibbs!

Posted by: dealer | November 24, 2007 10:35 PM | Report abuse

ARGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can't believe i used "than" instead of "then"!!!!!!!! see what you peeeple have done to me??????????!!!!

Posted by: dealer | November 24, 2007 10:36 PM | Report abuse

wow mizoo are killing kansas

Posted by: dealer | November 24, 2007 10:38 PM | Report abuse

That thing about the Skins never winning against Garcia is incorrect. Whoever started saying that on TV or radio needs a smack to the back of the damn head.

I read on another site and looked in the NFL stats just to confirm it for myself. The Skins beat the 49ers in 1999 (Week 16) when Garcia was their QB. You can see for yourself here:

Regarding tomorrow's game, if Campbell has an issue passing, they should be able to run the ball. Tampa is #18 in rushing defense. So, I'm looking for CP to be able to move the ball a bit tomorrow if the passing game stalls.

That said, I'm not certain there will be a problem passing the ball. In looking at who Tampa has played so far, it seems to me that their pass defense ranking might be skewed because they've played a lot of teams without a passing game (Saints in week 2 when Brees was playing horribly, the Rams in week 3 with Bulger badly banged up, Carolina, Tennessee, Atlanta, and the Cardinals, who have been pretty inconsistent). The teams they've played with any semblance of a passing game (Seattle, Indy, Detroit, and Jacksonville) have beaten them.

And, on offense, Tampa is hardly a juggernaut. The Skins average 20 points per game, and they average 19.5 ppg.

This game is a lot more even than the "experts" would have folks believe. If Tampa was as good as *they* say, the oddsmakers would favor them by more than the 3 points they spot teams just for being at home.

Posted by: JustMe | November 24, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

just keep the "Fire Gibbs! Hire Spurrier" bandwagon warmed up... you'll make good the Army slogan "An Army of One".
It'll be like driving a car with no one in the backseat.

Posted by: daggar | November 24, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Justme, it was actually Sonny Jurgensen who said that Garcia has won every game he has played against the Skins.

Now Brandon Lange (the bookie guy from Two for the Money) has predicted the Bucs will beat us by double digits.

Posted by: Lisa | November 24, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I heard that thing about Garcia on the radio on earlier in the week, too. I just can't remember who said it.

Brandon Lang has been down on the team since New England stomped a mudhole in them because he thought the Skins' D would be able to challenge the Pats' receivers.

I'm not sure where the double digits over our score is supposed to come from. They have next to no running game. And, what threats do they have on offense? Springs should be able to keep his head in this week's game a lot better and deal with Galloway. Their tight end isn't bad, but he's nothing our linebackers can't contain.

I just don't see a double digit loss. The Skins haven't lost to anyone by double digits this season but New England. Dallas was supposed to obliterate us, and they barely got the win. I don't see how Tampa will do what they couldn't do.

Posted by: JustMe | November 24, 2007 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Lisa who cares what these experts say?!?! Seems like all year we do the opposite of what they say (remember the 'skins might be only defense to test the Patriots' crappe)

The game is played on the feild. Turn off the NFL network and watch a movie. We will know tomorrow about 4:15...

And some bookie?!?!?! He is just trying to move the betting line, or drive up the over, and Two for the Money was a turkey move, F that guy!

Posted by: chrislarry | November 24, 2007 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor's going to hit Garcia so hard it'll leave him with a lisp.

At least that's what happened last time.

Posted by: daggar | November 24, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Daggar, where have you been? Sean Taylor has been injured the last few weeks and will not be playing tomorrow.

Posted by: Lisa | November 24, 2007 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs: 1 playoff berth in 3 years (shooting for a 2nd in 4 years)

Other Skins coaches: 1 playoff berth in 12 years.

Let the Cowpies get on the coaching carousel again, I'll take Gibbs stability.

Wait til the Pies get blasted from the playoffs in the 1st or 2nd round. They'll be calling for Phillips head.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 24, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

daggar, you sound just like pro-bush/war from 2001 to 2006. IN DENIAL! it's okay i aint hatin though. people like you keep me employed mighty nicely. go bush! keep electin/reelectin him baby. i love me america!

too bad i don't work for the washington media then i might say to keep gibbs around too. it's making idiots like steve czaban look like geniuses.

Posted by: dealer | November 25, 2007 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Only one article today. Crazy.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2007 8:02 AM | Report abuse

This Jason's a pretty scary character

Matthew Postins Nov 22, 2007

Jason Campbell made his first NFL start against Tampa Bay last year at this time. Now, Campbell leads the Redskins back to Tampa Bay as a more confident, efficient and mobile quarterback. You only had to watch his game last week against Dallas to see that.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell his initiation last year when he made his first NFL start at Raymond James Stadium.

It wasn't too bad, actually. He went 19-of-34 for 196 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-17 loss. But a green Campbell certainly made some mistakes.

When the Buccaneers (6-4) and Washington Redskins (5-5) square off on Sunday, they'll see a much different quarterback.

Campbell, who makes is 18th NFL start on Sunday, is a more confident, productive and elusive passer than the Buccaneers could have envisioned a year ago.

"I think the quarterback [Jason] Campbell has really grown up in Washington and you see them using a lot more of their offense," Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said.

Redskins offensive coordinator Al Samuels had to scale back his extensive playbook when Campbell took over for veteran Mark Brunell. He struggled at times during his first seven starts, completing only 53.1 percent of his passes and throwing 10 touchdowns against six interceptions.

Campbell entered this season as the starter and his comfort with the scheme and the weapons around him shows. His completion percentage is up in the 60 percent range, the baseline mark for an efficient NFL quarterback. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is similar to last year (he's thrown 11 touchdowns to 8 interceptions through 10 games). But his quarterback rating is up five points from last year and he's shown an ability to run, as he's gained 165 yards on 29 carries.

The third-year quarterback is growing into the player head coach Joe Gibbs envisioned when they dealt three draft picks to move up in 2005 to select the Auburn product 25th overall

"When we went after Jason in the draft we paid a big price because we saw in him in college and his background that he was the right kind of person," Gibbs said.

Last week, despite a 28-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Campbell showed signs of more progress. He threw for a career-high 348 yards passing in the loss, going 33-of-58 passing. Late in the game, as the Redskins attempted to mount a comeback, Campbell ran the two-minute drill effectively until he tried to force a pass on a bootleg late in the game and was intercepted by Dallas' Terrence Newman.

Gruden coached Campbell at the Senior Bowl in 2005 and learned that Campbell was a coach's son in Taylorsville, Miss. He said that has led Campbell to master some of the subtle aspects of the job that some quarterbacks struggle with.

"He has all the intangibles that you're looking for in terms of getting people around him to play for him," Gruden said. "He's a charismatic guy and for a big guy, he's very athletic, and he has a rifle for an arm and he's tough."

Also earning Gruden's respect was Campbell's decision as a rookie to wear No. 17 to honor former Bucs and Redskins quarterback Doug Williams.

Gibbs said when they selected Campbell that he had many of Williams' qualities. Now he believes he's watching a quarterback whose development grows by the day and whose ceiling appears high.

"It's going to be a matter of how much Jason continues to improve," Gibbs said.

Redskins primer

Three things to watch on Sunday

The running game

The Redskins are ranked No. 8 in rushing and Clinton Portis has two 100-yard games in his last three games.

The linebackers

London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh and Marcus Washington are playing as well as any group in the NFL right now.

The secondary

There are plenty of great names back there, but this group has also allowed 17 touchdown passes so far this season.

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Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2007 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Don't call it a rivalry

Matthew Postins Nov 21, 2007

The Bucs and Redskins will play each other for the sixth time in the last five years on Sunday, prompting talk of a rivarly. Both the Bucs and Redskins say that's not the case. Plus, find out what's changed with Bucs DE Greg White since the bye week.

It's not a rivalry per se. It just seems like it.

Sunday's meeting between Tampa Bay (6-4) and Washington (5-5) will be their sixth meeting since the 2003 season. During that span the Bucs are 3-2, with the Bucs taking last year's contest at Raymond James Stadium, 20-17.

The reason? A simple quirk of the NFL scheduling formula. The Bucs were scheduled to play the NFC East in 2003 and 2006 due to the NFC division rotation. They drew the Redskins in 2004, 2005 and this season based on their two NFC "intraconference games," in which the Bucs play a corresponding team from the other two non-rotation divisions based on their finish.

So a rivalry? Not really, but the Bucs are definitely familiar with the Redskins.

"It feels like we're in the NFC East," Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said."

And like those classic NFC East games, the Bucs and Redskins play close. Their last four meetings -- including the 2005 NFC Wild Card playoff game -- have been decided by seven points or less.

Plus, the past three meetings have been in Tampa, something that grates at Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs.

"I want to check with our athletic director as to why we keep playing down there every year," Gibbs said.

The results from the past four games:

Sept. 12, 2004: Washington 16, Tampa Bay 10 (at Washington)

Nov. 13, 2005: Tampa Bay 36, Washington 35 (at Tampa Bay)

Jan. 7, 2006: Washington 17, Tampa Bay 10 (at Tampa Bay -- Wild Card playoff game).

Nov. 19, 2006: Tampa Bay 20, Washington 17 (at Tampa Bay)

While one might see that kind of familiarity as an advantage, most of the Buccaneers didn't necessarily see it that way. Since most NFL teams change personnel from year to year -- and can change schemes from week to week -- relying on last year's experience isn't always a luxury.

"We have to study like we've never seen them before," Bucs center John Wade said.

Adding drama to the game is the fact that both teams are in the NFC playoff hunt. The Bucs have a two-game lead in the NFC South, while the Redskins -- losers of two straight -- are fighting for a Wild Card berth with several teams, including the New York Giants, the Detroit Lions, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals.

Most of the Bucs see Sunday's game as more intense for that reason alone.

"There are a lot of things we have to focus on besides a rivalry," Bucs defensive end Kevin Carter said.

HE CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW: Bucs DE Greg White had laser eye surgery during the bye week. In his first game since the bye, White notched two sacks and forced two fumbles.


"When I first went on the field after the surgery it looked different," White said. "It looked clear, like HD (TV)."

White used to wear glasses in the locker room during the week and contacts during games.

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Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2007 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Press Pass: Keenan McCardell

BucsBlitz staff report Nov 23, 2007

Former Buc Keenan McCardell returns this weekend to Tampa Bay with Washington. Find out his thoughts on his career, his candid comments on his holdout in Tampa Bay and why he still loves the Bay Area in his edition of "Press Pass."

Q: Keenan, tell me about the emotions going through your mind as you prepare to return to Tampa this week?

A: It's going to be fun to go back to Ray Jay. I'm looking forward to playing there. I went back there in the preseason (with Houston) and the fans were great. I just like playing in that stadium. There's something about that stadium that I like. So I'm looking forward to it. It's going to count now

Q: Still have a lot of friends here?

A: Yeah, I have a lot of friends there. Right now everyone's like, 'So, you're coming back home?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, but it's going to be fun.'

Q: Are you going to be able to keep your focus on the field and not allow your personal feelings toward the franchise to mess with that?

A: I am. I kind of closed that chapter in my football career a long time ago. I just let that be. After we had our grievance and the arbitration said what he said, I just had to close it. I was glad to close it. Sometimes that gets nagging and I'm not letting it nag me anymore.

Q: Keenan what were you doing before the Redskins picked you up?

A: I had some "Honey-Do's" I was doing, you know? I was working out and doing Honey-Do's. I was glad to get of that Honey-Do list.

Q: Did it go through your mind after everything you accomplished on the field that this might be it for you, you might not get picked up again?

A: Not really. I knew I could play. During preseason I wasn't healthy. So I just wanted to get healthy because I thought if I could do that I could help a team. I just wanted to come in and play. I'm blessed that I can play and I'm just glad to be back in the fold.

Q: I know you're not surprised watching the Bucs on tape that they're playing some defense again.

A: No doubt. That's what wins there. That defense is playing well and it's setting up a lot of things for that offense. Jeff (Garcia) is managing the game well for them on offense, and if it's not there they'll punt and play defense. They can flop the field that way. It's similar to the way we were playing in '02.

Q: Keenan, Joey Galloway was quick to remind us today that you are older than he is. But at the same time, what are the traits of guys like yourself, Garcia and Galloway. What is it that allows you to get to a certain age but you're still able to produce. What's the common denominator?

A: You guys all think that age is a thing. It's not really that. It's your passion and your love for the game. These guys love the game as much as I do, and when they don't love it they know when they need to walk away. Jon (Gruden) always used to say, 'Do you love football?' One time I was like, 'That's a little too much.' But I went home one night and thought about it and said, 'That's the truth. You have to love this game to play this game.' To play as long as we play, when you love it you can play as long as you want. You're going to keep yourself in shape and you're going to do the things you need to to win.

Q: What do you see for the future for Jason Cambpell? I imagine you've seen him develop in the short time you've been there.

A: He's got a big future ahead of him. He's going to go out and do the things he needs to do to help this team win and be a successful franchise for a long time.

Q: Keenan, how long did it take you to get over the dispute with the Bucs?

A: There was some bitterness up until I had to write a check. Once I wrote the check back to them, it was over honestly. I wrote that check and my agent said, 'Are you sure that you want to write it now?' I said, 'Yes, I want to get this bitter taste out of my mouth and show (them) no ill will.' You can't hate anybody for things that went on. It's all business. I just moved on. Once I wrote the check, it was over.

Q: Keenan I asked Gruden about an hour ago to describe you as a player and he said how big a part of that championship team you were as a captain. He said they wouldn't have won it without you. When you look back at your career, all the coaches you've been through, what strikes you about Gruden?

A: He's a helluva coach, to be honest with you. He's probably the best offensive coach I've been around. He's a guy that believes in matchups. He's finding a defense's weaknesses and he's going to exploit it. I understood a lot of football before I got there. But once I got there I understood how much matchups really play a role in this game. He just points it out. If you're a football player that doesn't have a high football I.Q. he's going to blow your mind. If you sit there and listen to him and study, you'll become a high I.Q. football player. So he has probably the best football I.Q. that I've ever seen.

Q: Keenan what do you remember about 1991, way back when the Redskins drafted you?

A: How fun was that? We won a Super Bowl there, too. I learned how to be a professional and how to play this game. I had to learn to go out and take my time and understand this game and learn how to play at this level. Right now I'm back here and it's almost like I never left. Some of the guys that were here in 1991 are here now and it's good to show them what they taught me back then and that I can play football.

Q: If you were to walk away from the game in a couple of years and say you're at a podium. What hat would you put on? Jaguars? Bucs?

A: You know what? Let's wait until that time comes. I'm not even thinking about that time, stepping up to a podium right now. It's one of those things where I'm playing well right now and feeling good. I think people forget that I started last year. It's not like I didn't start and was a third guy. I started the majority of the year last year, so I still have that starter's blood in my mouth. So I feel I can make the plays and last week showed that I just need opportunities. When the time comes for me to walk to that podium, I don't know. I might have four hats on. But I'm not thinking about it right now.

Q: Keenan, despite everything that went on with the Bucs, talk about your time here and your thoughts on Tampa Bay?

A: You know what? I had great teammates there, probably the best chemistry of teams that I've had except for Jacksonville. We had great teams in Jacksonville, we just never could get over the hump. In Tampa we had guys that when it came crunch time we could look in each other's eyes and ask a lot of each other. I need this from you and we delivered for each other. I have a whole bunch of friends that live in Tampa when I was on that team. We all bought into the whole thing. We knew we had a good team and we knew we weren't going to do anything to mess it up. I enjoy being in Tampa.

Q: Keenan, how do you rectify in your mind how Jon (Gruden) one hand would treat you like a brother, and then on the other hand Bruce (Bucs GM Allen) would play hardball with you over money you thought you deserved after you helped them win a championship?

A: It's business. I can't even lie to you. It was about business both ways. It was business for them and it was business for me. So I felt like I needed something and they felt like they didn't want to give it to me. So I had to stand my course and they stood their course. They stood their ground and I stood mine. In the end, they got some draft picks, I got a new deal in San Diego. I had a good time in San Diego. I wish it had been better. It was just business. Sometimes you have to stand up for principle and that's what I did.

Q: Keenan, in retrospect would you advise anyone else to go up against Bruce Allen in a similar situation or do you think it's probably not a winning gamble?

A: He's going to do everything in his power under the CBA to enforce every rule. As a player the only way you can get what you want if you think you need it is to hold out. So it is what it is. If you feel like doing that, that's you. You have to know who you're dealing with when you go into the situation. You have to know they're going to stand their ground. I knew Bruce. My agent knew Bruce. They were good friends. He (my agent) told me, 'He's not going to back down.' So I said, 'Well, you know me too, so I'm not going to back down.' (Laughter in background)

Q: Very good. Thanks Keenan. We'll see you on Sunday.

A: Who was that laughing back there?

Q: Chris Harry from the Orlando Sentinel.

A: Hey, Chris knows I wasn't backing down. He thought I was going to fold my tent. He was the only one who was folding my tent. (more laughter). You should have asked (CBSSportsline's) Pete Prisco. He would have told you guys.

Q: Bruce is back here laughing too, Keenan (Allen was not in the room).

A: Tell Bruce I said hello.

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Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2007 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Observation Deck: Bucs-Redskins preview

Matthew Postins Nov 24, 2007

From the "Observation Deck," here's my view of Sunday's game between Tampa Bay. Get insider analysis, breakdowns, key matchups and predictions for the game, and then check back on Monday to see whether I'm right or wrong. It's a premium service from

I can't think of a free agent signing that has been more important to Tampa Bay this season than retaining cornerback Phillip Buchanon.

Ask yourself this -- can you imagine this secondary without him? I posed that question to defensive backs coach Raheem Morris.

"You never want to be without a guy like Phillip," Morris said. "You need those types of guys."

Buchanon is one of the team's reclamation projects, something they've become pretty good at lately. The former first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders appeared to be lost after the Raiders traded him in 2005 to Houston, and then the Texans released him in 2006.

The Bucs signed him shortly after his release because they needed a cornerback to replace the injured Brian Kelly. But the Bucs have gotten so much more than a veteran backup. They've found a player that could be a starter in this Cover 2 for years to come.

Buchanon looks comfortable in Monte Kiffin's scheme. The Cover 2 seems to suit him. And, for the first time in his career, Buchanon said, he's not perceived as being "Superman."

"Coach Kiffin told me, 'Don't worry about making mistakes because you're going to make them,'" Buchanon said.

Buchanon plays with more freedom in Tampa Bay than he did in Oakland or Houston because they perceived him as "Superman." Certainly Buchanon had talent. But his 11 career interceptions before he arrived here were well below the expectations.

Buchanon said the environments in Oakland and Houston didn't help his progress.

"It was a totally different message," Buchanon said. "Everyone wanted me to be Superman. Don't get me wrong -- I kind of wanted to be Superman too. But they harped on me a lot and we just weren't winning. When you're not winning everything's bad."

Buchanon isn't front and center in Tampa Bay. Certainly he could be. But that's not the system. Everyone fits in, even a four-time Pro Bowler like Ronde Barber. Everyone plays the system. Everyone plays the run (Buchanon is a better tackler than most critics give him credit for).

Is it the scheme? Maybe, but Morris has another idea.

"I don't know if it's the scheme," Morris said. "I think when you have a guy as talented as that guy, your scheme should fit him or find a way to make it fit him. The tackling thing is all about want to. He's asked to that here and he does it. I don't know what other teams asked him to do."

Those other teams asked him to be Superman. The Bucs only needed him to be a savior when Kelly's persistent groin problems began after the season opener. Buchanon took his spot in the lineup in Week 2. He hasn't given it back.

Again, imagine this pass defense without Buchanon there to take Kelly's place during the Bucs' injury-riddled October.

Now you get it. Now let's get to it.


Earlier this week I told WHBO's Scot Brantley that the Buccaneers had to run the ball well this week in order to win. By nature, I'm a big proponent of a good running game. I think it just creates so many more options offensively.

And the way Earnest Graham has rushed the football since he became the starter, one would believe that another big game from Graham is in order. He's averaging 4.2 yards per carry and is coming off back-to-back 100-yard games.

But that may not be the case this Sunday. The Redskins are 10th against the run, allowing 97.1 yards per game. They held the Dallas Cowboys -- one of the better running teams in the league -- to less than 100 rushing yards last week. Their linebackers, led by London Fletcher, are playing outstanding against the run right now.

For the Bucs, RB Michael Pittman is likely to be out of the game, which means Michael Bennett would be active and that would force head coach Jon Gruden to strip down the playbook a bit. That would also mean that Graham would have to assume a load similar to what he did against Detroit and Arizona, where he had more than 30 touches in each game. Plus, there's a chance that starting FB B.J. Askew could be out of the game, which would mean rookie FB Byron Storer would be Graham's lead blocker. Askew is questionable and that seems unlikely.

All of that uncertainty, to me, adds up to a lackluster game on the ground and puts the onus on QB Jeff Garcia on Sunday.

The Redskins have a name-brand secondary -- that's how owner Daniel Snyder likes it. You're never going to find D.S. buying the Diet Dr. Thunder at the local Wal-Mart. Most of the secondary is filled with guys you're heard of -- Sean Taylor, Fred Smoot, Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers among them. Rogers, however is out for the season. Plus, Taylor, the team's top safety, won't play on Sunday.

Now factor in the numbers. The Redskins are 23rd against the pass this year. They've allowed 17 touchdown passes this year. Only four NFL teams have given up more TD passes than the Redskins. With that much talent back there, how is that possible?

If you watched the Dallas-Washington game last week, you know that Terrell Owens caught four touchdown passes. The Cowboys were able to get behind the Redskins' coverage and pass on them nearly at will. Now, I'm not sure that Garcia and Joey Galloway can be as prolific. But, if Taylor doesn't play, the middle will be open for Ike Hilliard, Alex Smith and Maurice Stovall. If they produce, that will suck in coverage and open up the deep routes for Galloway.

One final point to ponder. The Redskins secondary has allowed at least three touchdown passes in four of their last five games. During that time, they've only managed seven of their 23 sacks this season. The Bucs need to protect Garcia and let it fly.


1,000-YARD CLUB: Graham is averaging 55.6 yards per game rushing, if you look at the entire season. He's averaging 81.8 yards per game rushing since he became the full-time starter five games ago. Take his starting average and figure it for the season's final six games and Graham would finish with 1,046 yards rushing. It's not out of the realm of possibility when you consider the Bucs' soft remaining schedule.

THE KEY BLOCKERS: Expect Bucs LT Donald Penn and RG Davin Joseph to get workouts on Sunday. Penn will square up with Redskins RE Andre Carter. Now, Carter is no John Abraham, but he has seven sacks and 44 tackles this year. He's not considered an effective run stopper and Penn could take advantage of that. Joseph will have to tangle with DT Cornelius Griffin, who is quick and a solid one-gap penetrator. Joseph will have to keep him out of the backfield.

HANG ON TO THE BALL: I thought when Pittman gave up that early fumble last Sunday the Bucs were on their way to blowing the game. But they got it together and didn't commit another turnover. The turnover ratio is so crucial for this team, especially when they haven't won a game with an equal or negative turnover ratio all season. Garcia and the offense cannot make mistakes on Sunday. Good news is, you can still count his mistakes this season with both hands and have fingers to spare.


BUCS RB EARNEST GRAHAM VS. REDSKINS MLB LONDON FLETCHER: Fletcher is a savvy vet that some Bucs say is one of the smartest linebackers around. Graham has to find a way to be semi-effective against Fletcher when they meet up one-on-one.

BUCS WR JOEY GALLOWAY VS. WHATEVER REDSKIN IS COVERING HIM: It could be Fred Smoot or Shawn Springs. Both have the speed to keep up with Galloway. What those corners must guard against are those savvy, subtle moves Galloway can make, such as the cut he made on Falcons CB DeAngelo Hall last week to score a deep touchdown.

BUCS HC JON GRUDEN VS. REDSKINS DEF. COORD. GREGG WILLIAMS: Former Bucs WR Keenan McCardell told me earlier this week that no head coach he's been around exploits matchups better than Gruden. If Taylor can't play, Gruden will see an opportunity and Williams will have to find a way to counter, most likely with a youngish Reed Doughty at safety. That's a matchup Gruden probably thinks he can win.


I make five offensive predictions each week. Check back on Monday to see if I'm right.

1. Earnest Graham will have less than 70 yards rushing. But that may be enough on this day.

2. Jeff Garcia will throw at least two touchdown passes. I'd say three, but there's a lot of talent back there, and Fletcher is good in coverage. He has three interceptions in the middle.

3. Donald Penn will take care of Andre Carter. I'm not sure why I believe this, but I do.

4. Michael Clayton will go without a catch again. And he'll continue to simmer about it the following week.

5. Maurice Stovall will catch one of Garcia's two TD passes. It's about time a fourth target started to emerge.


Jason Campbell is a far different quarterback than he was at this time last year. He's more accurate, most mobile and better able to move the ball downfield. He's even better at the two-minute drill, as evidenced by his play last week.

But the Redskins don't want Campbell throwing 54 passes in a game, such as he did last week. Sure, his numbers were the best of the season, but the Redskins lost. That's because the Cowboys defense shut down the Redskins running game.

Clinton Portis had just 36 yards rushing. Ladell Betts, who in my opinion is one of the best No. 2 backs in the NFL, had 8 yards. The Cowboys noticed that Portis had rushed for at least 100 yards in the previous two games and made a concerted effort to slow him down. Portis racked up those games against the Jets and the Eagles, which have terrible run defenses. Before that spate of success, his rushing yards had declined each game for four straight weeks. Portis is not the back he once was, but if you don't focus on stopping him he will hurt you. He has two 100-yard games in three meetings with the Bucs (he sat out last year's game on injured reserve).

If Portis is successful, the Redskins always have a chance. That's why the Bucs -- still ranked only No. 18 against the run -- must do to Portis what they did to Atlanta's Warrick Dunn last week. They must shut him down and put the game in Campbell's hands.

The Bucs' secondary is their strength right now, and this new Cover 4 defense they're using is really hurting opposing quarterbacks. It looks like their Cover 2, but it divides the field into fourths for the secondary and employs man and zone principles. The Bucs have had some real success with it in recent weeks, and the defense needs to put Campbell in situations where he has to work hard to make reads.

An improving pass rush for the Bucs should help, so long as they can apply that rush against an always tough Redskins offensive line. This group seems to have recovered from the loss of T Jon Jansen after the season opener. Otherwise, there's been plenty of continuity. LT Chris Samuels and LG Pete Kendall form a formidable left side. Campbell has only been sacked 15 times this season. The Bucs probably won't get many sacks this week, but they need to get pressure. Campbell has the ability to pick apart a defense, but he made most of his mistakes last week with a Cowboys defender in his face.

As for the wide receivers, they don't scare me. Chris Cooley is their best receiver, but the guys out wide haven't done much to help Campbell this season, and the way the Bucs secondary has played this season they stand a great chance of shutting them down on Sunday.


WATCH MOSS: It's probably no coincidence that Campbell had his best game of the year when Santana Moss had his best game of the year. Moss caught 9 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown last week. He's still one of the best speed receivers in the league. But he's been hurt all season and has a heel issue entering Sunday's game, which may limit him.

INTERCEPTIONS HAPPEN: Campbell has thrown nearly one interception per game this year. He's tossed an interception in five of his last six games.

TIME MANAGEMENT For whatever reason, Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs is having a hard time managing the clock in his second incarnation as a head coach. He was roundly criticized for his clock management against Philadelphia on Nov. 11.That could be a factor on Sunday.


REDSKINS TE CHRIS COOLEY VS. BUCS MLB BARRETT RUUD: Cooley is Campbell's favorite target and Ruud is going to be held responsible for defending him on seam routes, where Cooley does the most damage.

REDSKINS LG PETE KENDALL VS. BUCS DT JOVAN HAYE: Haye is starting to show signs that he's becoming a more dominant inside defender. Kendall has been around the block a couple of times and won't make the same mistakes the Falcons made last week.

REDSKINS WR KEENAN MCCARDELL VS. BUCS CBS RONDE BARBER AND PHILLIP BUCHANON: With Moss limited, I think McCardell will step up to try and have a big game against his former team. McCardell will be in the slot quite a bit.


1. Keenan McCardell will have a solid day. I see six catches and potentially 100 yards receiving for the former Buc, who will be plenty motivated to play in a stadium he likes.

2. Clinton Portis will rush for 60 yards or less. I think his career is on the downhill slide. Plus the Bucs are going to focus on making him a non-factor. He's hurt them before.

3. Chris Cooley will hurt the Bucs for a touchdown. He's coming off an 8-catch, 89-yard, 1-TD game against Dallas.

4. Jason Campbell will hurt the Redskins twice. He's still young. The Bucs will employ some blitzes early to keep him on edge. Campbell will likely throw at least one interception and lose a fumble.

5. Cato June will bring it. After his DUI arrest, June will be especially motivated to play well. Plus, he's coming off a nine-tackle game against Atlanta. A double-digit tackle game and an interception aren't out of the question.


This game is a hard one to figure. On the surface, the Bucs have won two straight and the Redskins have lost two straight. So the Bucs are the pick. But the Redskins are a fine team that is struggling because they're playing good teams. At one point this week, I took the Redskins because I just felt the Bucs were due a loss. The last four meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less, and that won't change on Sunday. What will change is the Bucs' formula for winning. They'll go to the air more and try to take advantage of a vulnerable secondary. Defensively, they'll try and take Clinton Portis away and make Jason Campbell win the game, which he's capable of doing. Something tells me the breaks will go Tampa Bay's way on Sunday. I'll take the Bucs to win, but it will be tight. Bucs 23, Redskins 20.

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Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2007 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Alan4 is that your age or IQ? The cowpies will win the Div which is far greater then anything the new skins Gibbs team has & will do. You sound so stupid saying which rd of playoffs they will lose?New skins might not even make it & as of right now they are out!

Lisa if our Defense succeeds or fails based on wheather Taylor plays?? Then the So-Called great D minded G Williams is overpayed & needs to be fired.You & other blog sissys were whining all last week that if Taylor played we would have won. News for you sweetheart WE wouldnt have won & 5-5 is reality.

dealer your posts about that Romo kid are either Complete blindness or just down right stupid? He is For Real and Above For Real and thats why all the former QBs recognize it. Simms,Jaws,Collinsworth,Marino,Young, Eisison & Take note that none played for the Cowboys & some were enemys!

The rest of you New Gibbs skins sound like a bunch of crybabys who cant see that these skins & its the majority of this team couldnt start on any of the true Contenders!Not the teams that are Pretenders which we are! WAKE UP

You idiots who like to attack fans of other teams, Who come to talk trash need to shut up & Quit making the True Redskin Nation Fans look like you idiots! WE know when its time to make Changes & if you went to games you would here & Know it!!

You can hate your Rivals Its encouraged But learn to also Respect them and the game! And stop trying to say how we are better then teams like the Cowboys?? Because we Almost beat them, or if we had this player or that player?? That is whiny crybaby & even False crap!! Just dont say anything if you cant compliment your opponent who beats you!!

Perfect example is how all you cry about how Monk gets passed over for the HOF and nobody who votes recognize how good he was on the field? Then you whiners turn around and do the same thing to fans of other teams instead of complimenting or just saying nothing & I think that makes you Hypocrites?

Gibbs needs to go and a True Rebuilding needs to begin while JC grows with a young team around him!!

Posted by: oldskinsrulenewsuk | November 25, 2007 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Wait, you start a ten-paragraph screed about respect with "Alan4 is that your age or IQ?"

FWIW, Lisa was responding to my joke about Sean Taylor. We like the Sean Taylor jokes Up Here because I constantly have to choose between humor and analysis, and we know the analysis is useless. [The humor is probably as well, but like Mark Brunell and a 25-yard "bomb" it occasionally works]

So does that mean I can still call them the CowPies?

Posted by: daggar | November 25, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

F TB, F Brandon Lange(that guy is a complete dbag and not that great at picking games as far as I can tell), F this half dead blog and F Cowboy fans that keep coming here to preach about how great they and Romo are. No Redskin fans care about your opinion.

Skins 24
Bucs 17

Posted by: cdubb | November 25, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Surfing around this early a.m. and found this blog. Did some reading of the posts. Coach is having a hard time finding believers this time around. Well, like players, coaches get old too. Can't catch lightning in a bottle twice.

We had some times, though, first trip around the horn. Never forget that. 4 trips to the show, 3 wins. Not bad at all. Keep the faith; it'll work the way it's supposed to....

Posted by: CDidier | November 25, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

PreGame Guy: "How does the defense have to improve?"
Sam Huff: "Well, they have to play better defense!"

Try humor, Sam.

Posted by: daggar | November 25, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

If this team has any character, they will find a way to win this week. We MUST win this game if we want to be a factor in the NFC. We do have character. I thus have to conclude that we will wint today. Portis will run OK - maybe 20 carries for 90 yds and 1 TD - and Campbell will continue his improvement - I'm looking to go deep early and get him out of the pocket where he can hurt a Cover 4 def. 250 yds and 2 TD's, 1 INT. Skins 24 Tampa 16. HAIL

Posted by: lmgaffney | November 25, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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