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Landry Takes Field for Final OTA

As has been reported and tweeted this morning (and documented photographically by Matt Terl), safety LaRon Landry is indeed on the field at Redskins Park for the final organized team activity of the offseason.

Last Thursday, Coach Jim Zorn said he had been unable to reach the third-year player by either telephone or text message.

"I think it's disappointing to his teammates as well," Zorn told Barry Svrluga and reporters last week. "But he's going to be ready. I fully expect him to be ready in training camp and go hard and have a great year. I'm not as concerned about him missing as just being a part of what his teammates are doing and the kind of stuff we're trying to implement here. He's going to be set back a little bit because of maybe a new concept here or there, but he's a tremendous athlete, and I think he'll be a good teammate."

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 11, 2009; 11:11 AM ET
 
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Posted by: MGDMaster21 | June 11, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

good he came to work. he better be in shape. hey is just me or would vock be a good pick up. i mean he would get paid next to nothing i mean there was a rumor on yahoo but i think he be good.

Posted by: MGDMaster21 | June 11, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Is it realy wortwhile to show up for just one day? I'm sure he's just there so that he can say he didn't skip OTA's entirely.

Posted by: kaasmaster | June 11, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Everyone is cooked...

If Sean were still here...our defensive arsenal would be a three ring circus for the opposition.

Knock Cerrato all you want...but he struck gold with the Sean / Laron duo. The Jets game from two years ago provides evidence.

Posted by: jmicrodoc | June 11, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

bout damn time. for a guy who hasn't lived up to the hype yet, he needs to be at OTA's with everyone else. and stop smoking green in the offseason, that might help conditioning.

Posted by: saltine182 | June 11, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

show up for 1 practice? Seriously, why bother? There is more to this story and I suspect its not good.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 11, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

This will make John Thompson, former Georgetown coach, happy.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | June 11, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

OTAs are just for stooges like London Fletcher and Albert Haynesworth. Real ballers like Laron Landry would be wasting their time practicing with guys like that.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm telling you all: He didn't want to go to the team outing because he got shot in the Octagon w/a paintball. Bowling balls are a lot heavier than paintballs. Now that the team outing has passed, he's here. End of story.

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 11, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Technically, it may have been James Westfall or Dr. Kenneth Noisewater, but you can't blame him for missing Tuesday's bowl-a-rama.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | June 11, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Foxsports recently put out a top ten players under the age of 30. One was a 'Skin, albeit a free agent signing(Haynesworth), and two could very well have been. Hindsight is 20/20, I know. Would you rather have Laron or Adrian Peterson? Demarcus Ware or Carlos Rogers?

Coming from a Fox website, you know this list is unbiased.

Posted by: BigE44 | June 11, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

When Taylor got over his attitude problems and started taking his job seriously, then he suddenly got a lot better.


Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 11:17 AM

First of all, you are just a little too preoccupied with that Taylor quote. If I got a dollar for every time you've posted that here, I could retire.

Secondly, Taylor was going into his 4th year before he started getting this stuff together. Landry's going into Year 3. Give the kid some time.

And actually, you know, wait for him to do something stupid before you blast him. Missing OTAs is not one of those things.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 11, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

OK Talent! You see that? Laron is here! You can come down off the ledge now!

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 11, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Landry is there, now pierce needs to get his butt there too....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 11, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

TE you are so beyond wrong...

Taylor impacted the game game 1 on rookie season....enough psycho babble about maturity, daughters.....pulheeze....

in fact the season he "got it together" he was mostly hurt.

Laron has started from day 1, has impacted the game, and last season was asked to play in style that limited his highlight reel potential, but had greater scheme impact. He won a game with a 4th quarter int late in the season (philly i think).

has he reached hos potential, obviously no, b/c he is only entering his 3rd season...has he been a key contributer....hell yes!

man is this a dumb issue for you to take a stand on...

laron is part of the solution, not the problem.

Posted by: chrislarry | June 11, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, that's not enough.

Laron needs to figure out how to go back in time and attend all the OTAs.

Only then can we know for certain that we are not trading him and that he takes his career seriously and that he is a good teammate.

Posted by: p1funk | June 11, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

San Antonio- How many fartball games can the nation of Texas take??

Posted by: frak | June 10, 2009 1:29 PM

7/yr. with adequate amounts of Gas-X available.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | June 11, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

laron is part of the solution, not the problem.

Posted by: chrislarry | June 11, 2009 12:20 PM

Laron playing is part of the solution. Laron skipping OTA's and blowing off the coaches is part of the problem.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

And actually, you know, wait for him to do something stupid before you blast him. Missing OTAs is not one of those things.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 11, 2009 11:52 AM

Missing OTAs is one of those things, and not returning coach Zorn's phone calls is another.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Laron Landry in the mutha#&*%in hizzie!

Better later than never, but it's OTAs, who cares?

I want to hear what he has to say.

I never ask or demnad what WaPo puts up for the topic, but I'm asking to today:

Can we get word on what Landry is thinking?

Why did he decide to train on his own and not be in DC with the team?

Is he really happy playing free safety?

Does he want to be in Washington?

Posted by: John_Cork_Madden | June 11, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I want to hear what he has to say.

Posted by: John_Cork_Madden | June 11, 2009 12:28 PM

JC-Madden, I want to hear what Fred Smoot has to say. Laron has never been very verbal.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Missing OTAs is one of those things, and not returning coach Zorn's phone calls is another.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 12:27 PM

Funny you should take this stand mere hours after giving me the "don't let facts get in the way" rant from yesterday. Looks like you're juking facts with brilliance today:

FACT: Sean Taylor missed OTAs left and right and still was a Pro Bowl perfomer.

FACT: Rod Woodson (a Hall of Fame CB/FS) said he has routinely skipped OTAs and...well, is a Hall of Famer.

FACT: Albert Haynesworth is a new player. OTAs mean a lot more to him than they do Landry.

OTAs only mean something to new players and rookies. And I would say it's important for EVERYONE only when it's a new coaching staff or new coordinator implementing a new system. Otherwise, it's the company picnic.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 11, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/9666292/Top-99-players-for-%2709:-No.-1-20

We had 3 guys on the list, Albert 14, Fletcher 71 and Portis 45

The jint, dal, philly had 4 each:

ware 6, eli 17(wtf?), osi and tuck (34 & 35), romo 28, mcnabb 23, barber 80, peters 78, jacobs 70, witten 96, westbrook 54 and samuel 50.

Some other notables who've been discussed up here:
Nnamdi 12, Big Ben 3 (another wtf?), Champ 32, Dawkins 66, TJ Housh 68, Boldin 44, Cutler 31

10 QBs on the list, 9 ranked in top 43 -- only 1 in the rest of the pack!

Of special note -- Merriman 19, Willis 21 and Mayo 39 (LBs picked at #10/11/12 overall -- could Orakpo, picked at #13 continue this?)

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 11, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Landry can do whatever he want to do!!! It's off season... folks need to relax. Landry is one of the best defense players we have on our team. As you can read Zorn not really making a big deal out of his absent. WHY?? Because he knows he's one of the best in the league.

Posted by: taylormade218 | June 11, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Landry and the Redskins apparently did not get the memo. That memo reads something like this:

Teams that want to be Super Bowl contenders, must have all there players/coaches show up for mandatory and nonmandatory workout's, meetings, and group excursions, unless specifically excused or some unforeseen emergency or event would prevent such participation.

Now, what part of that does Landry or the Redskins don't understand.

If they don't know they better ask somebody. Foolishness do not a champion make.

And as for:

Waiting For WR Picture To Come Into Focus.

My father used ta' always tell me, He'd say, "Son, iffin' ya' want ta' beat dem' boys wit' yo' passin' game, Jus' tellum' ta' go deep. Tellum' ta' go deep and ya' just throw the damn' ball. Any wide receiver worth his salt loves to hear the words, Jus' go deep and my son, 'Always throw the Damn' Ball.

Point is and it's true, Iffin' you hit 2-3 deep passes per game you probably gonna score 2-3 touchdowns per game. Either on the plays themselves, or because you've gotten in the redzone where it should be easier to score.

You can hit 10-15/15-20 short medium range passes all day long, but if they ain't taking you to the Red Zone, you just might average one touchdown a game Redskins.

Teach them boys how to go deep and just throw the damn ball and the receiving corp will do jus' fine.

Throw the ball at least 20-yards ten times a game and 30 yards or more 5 times a game along with your running and short passing game strategy and your Offense just might become prolific.

Oh, Aww Hell, I forgot, thats not the West Coast Offense, no wonder we had no passing game last year, Redskins.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 11, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

On Landry missing the OTAs, he should be there because

1. the DBs are a young group, still learning. And they do function as a group.

2. leaders show up

And

3. Landry made it worse by not returning the coaches calls, and that's very weak

Showing up for the last day -- who knows -- but I can't imagine that many guys appreciate a cameo appearance when everyone else has worked to get better.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 11, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the bigger issue is whether Campbell will have time to throw the ball. Still can't believe the FO didn't draft a single OL. Mind numbing

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 10, 2009 4:39 PM

Or it could whether the dude can complete his checkdown afore we all get old and gray and retire. LMAO.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | June 11, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"Son, iffin' ya' want ta' beat dem' boys wit' yo' passin' game, Jus' tellum' ta' go deep. Tellum' ta' go deep and ya' just throw the damn' ball.

Of course, the question is how can Campbell throw 'em da ball from his azz.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 11, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

brownwood,

They didn't even have OTAs when Rod Woodson played. Of course he missed them.

You comparing Landry to Taylor and Haynesworth. What a joke. How many Pro Bowls has Landry been in?

Landry's been a Pro only two years and needs the OTAs more than Haynesworth does.

Every other player on the squad is at OTAs, including the players who have gone to Pro Bowls.

But your underlying fallacy is in believing that Taylor, Woodson were good BECAUSE they skipped OTAs. They weren't, and Taylor actually got better once he started taking them seriously. That's why I keep posting that quote for you because no matter how many times I put it up, you still can't understand it.

OTA's make you a better player and they make the team a better team. That's why the coaches hold them and that's why they expect the players to participate. And Landry needs to become a better player. Again, how many Pro Bowls has he gone to?

And what's with not returning the coach's phone calls? Does that make you a better player?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

It's still OFF SEASON FOLKS!!! It's not even July yet...RELAX!!! OTA are really for folks who are trying to make the team. How many times have we read that portis , Albert, Flecther, etc have sat out of OTA..

Landry a warrior, not to mention a "Angel" to our defense.

Posted by: taylormade218 | June 11, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Hot dog!

Posted by: jgr007 | June 11, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

OTA are really for folks who are trying to make the team.

Posted by: taylormade218 | June 11, 2009 12:58 PM

If that were right, then they would only invite people who are "trying to make the team." Hey, isn't everyone on the roster "trying to make the team"?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

ST21 was good from Day 1. He matured into a supperior athelete Year 4 his last year. That jump was a reult of all the off the field issues he dealt with and his daughter being born.

It doesn't matter if TE keeps repeating it, it still makes it true. Everyone, save for Wilbon and Cowturd said the same thing over and over and over again immediately after his death about his life changing after the birth of his daughter. He made the Pro Bowl both years after his daughter was born. And he stopped getting in trouble.

It all clicked in his head. Good for him. I don't know enough about Landry. He chills in the South and in AZ. We know he hasn't gotten in any trouble. We also know he was the only non-cooperative player out of 80. So, the verdict will come out in the fall. If we go far, all will be forgotten. If we go 4-12 (pun intended), then he will be ridiculed......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 11, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Also, Landry showed up today only because Cerrato phoned in his agent and told him LAndry better show up because the bloggers and Florio are conversing too much about him missing OTAs......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 11, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

bout damn time. for a guy who hasn't lived up to the hype yet, he needs to be at OTA's with everyone else. and stop smoking green in the offseason, that might help conditioning.

Posted by: saltine182 | June 11, 2009 11:32 AM


Landry came to DC with hype? Really? I don't remember that. He was brought to DC to compliment the best player on defense -- the late (pardon me y'all) the great Sean Taylor.

Do you have proof that Laron smokes in the offseason (weed)? Or are you just pulling assinine statements out of you ass? To say so is very slanderous... just kiddie b dot s that's all.

Posted by: John_Cork_Madden | June 11, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

talent: "OTA's make you a better player and they make the team a better team. That's why the coaches hold them and that's why they expect the players to participate."

It's like any form of athletic coaching -- 90% repetitive rigamarole. OTA's are a chance for coaches to get their respective units together and yammer at them. The impact is questionable; the players that need to pay the most attention pay the least, and the ones that already know how to play football stand around wondering why they have to put up with this BS in the first place.

If you played football at any level above college, you know this is true.

That's why players don't show up. They know you don't make the squad with your pads off and they're going to have to go through all this in August. They don't really get vacations anymore, now that NFL football has become a year-round professional endeavor.

Occasionally, one of them acts on this near-universal sentiment, knowing the wrath of the team and fans will inevitably follow.

You would call that a bad attitude, no doubt. But then, you work someplace where they give you 'vacation'.

Then again, you get vacations.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 11, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Also, Landry showed up today only because Cerrato phoned in his agent and told him LAndry better show up because the bloggers and Florio are conversing too much about him missing OTAs......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 11, 2009 1:08 PM

Can you imagine the posts that Jasno would have been putting up? "Landry's absence proves, once again, that the players have no respect for the 'Skins front office or for coach Zorn who was chosen in a flawed process only after 37 other coaches turned down Dan Snyder. League sources claim that Landry never wanted to be drafted by the Redskins and only signed with them for the money. By contrast, his brother, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, .... blah, blah, blah.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

On Landry missing the OTAs, he should be there because

1. the DBs are a young group, still learning. And they do function as a group.

2. leaders show up

And

3. Landry made it worse by not returning the coaches calls, and that's very weak

Showing up for the last day -- who knows -- but I can't imagine that many guys appreciate a cameo appearance when everyone else has worked to get better.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 11, 2009 12:47 PM


I agree with everything you posted except #2. Why does Landry have to be a leader? Is it becasue he was drafted high? Makes more money than most? Those things do not guantify leaders.

People must understand that everyone is not meant to lead. Again, sometimes, you are who you are.

Posted by: John_Cork_Madden | June 11, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

t_e, RE: La Canfora, so too true...

Posted by: John_Cork_Madden | June 11, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

He was brought to DC to compliment the best player on defense --

Posted by: John_Cork_Madden | June 11, 2009 1:11 PM

Subtle typo there, JCM, typing "compliment" instead of "complement." Compliment as in "Damn, Sean, that was a hell of a play you made! How'd you do that? I never seen anyone do it like that. You're the best."

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, most haven't read this....

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/11/redskins-welcome-halls-skills/

How OTAs are helping DHall:

"Hall's seven-week orientation to the Redskins last year is paying a dividend this year. Instead of having to grasp a new system, Hall is learning what the other defensive backs do on each snap and getting time covering the slot receiver, a role Springs held.

"He's learning new positions, and we're doing a lot of stuff to give him chances to be around the ball," secondary coach Jerry Gray said. "Right now, he doesn't have to think he's going through the crash course he did last year when it was all catch-up and reaction. I know who he is and what he can do."
"

ALSO:

""Just in these past OTAs, I've seen him get his hands on the ball, and those weren't easy interceptions," defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery said. "He's definitely going to help us out."

Working Hall in the slot on passing downs in particular could help the Redskins out. Springs excelled in playing a variety of styles to limit routes down the middle of the field. Hall has never covered the slot position.

"The type of person he is, he's always up for the challenge," Gray said. "He wants to see if he can do those types of things."

......

The benefit of OTAs is to experiment with players at different positions on the field without having to worry about a game plan, and Hall can gamble on certain plays without having to worry about the result.
"

-------------------------------------------

And DHAll is a 2 time Pro Bowler.

Also, Landry is the biggest name in the NFL with an unexcused abscence (Outside of player looking for new contracts).......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 11, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"But then, you work someplace where they give you 'vacation'."

Not that there's anything wrong with that, I hasten to add. Nothing sissified at all.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 11, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

You would call that a bad attitude, no doubt. But then, you work someplace where they give you 'vacation'.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 11, 2009 1:11 PM

What a joke, Samson. This dog don't hunt.

I get four weeks. How many weeks does an NFL player get? There are 17 weeks in the season. A few more for the teams who do playoffs. Six weeks of camp. What's that leave? 28 weeks? And it's too much to come to OTA's because you need 'vacation'?

The ones who are strapped are the coaches, not the players. They've also got draft, free agency, scouting, planning, etc. If they can make it to OTA's it's hard to understand why a few prima donna nobodys can't make it.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Jeeziz, the new Yankees stadium has a BUTCHER'S SHOP, fer chrissake...Today's Special- The Hadley's, from Wisconsin..

Posted by: frak | June 11, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Landry came to DC with hype? Really? I don't remember that. He was brought to DC to compliment the best player on defense -- the late (pardon me y'all) the great Sean Taylor.


Posted by: John_Cork_Madden

If you're picked #6 overall, you are expected to be very very good.

Of course, that doesn't mean it always works out. The #6 overall picks from 2003 to 2008:

Vernon Gholston, La Ron, Vernon Davis, pacman, Winslow and Jonathan Sullivan (who played only 3 seasons)

pretty ugly group at #6 overall ... especially considering the group of #12 overall picks includes Ngata, Merriman, Suggs, Lynch and Clady

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 11, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

One day of OTA's? What kind of message does this send? Sounds like his heart just isn't in it.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | June 11, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Real Madrid just bought Kaka and C.Ronaldo for over $230 million. Keep in mind that's not their salaries, that's just what they paid to acquire those two (they'll likely get a contract for around $10 million per year on top). And people talk about Snyder attempting to buy championships...

Posted by: psps23 | June 11, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

JCM -- on Landry and leadership. Right now, the Skins 'D' has a clear leader, who also happens to be getting up there in years. Typically, the leader of the defense is either the FS or the MLB (or ILB). The one who calls the plays, makes the adjustments, etc.

Landry is the natural replacement for Fletcher in that role. Think brian dawkins in philly. I want (hope?) LaRon to become that guy -- he has that level of talent.

But his actions around this OTA stuff tell me he's not. Which isn't good for this team.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 11, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

As long as Landry as well as his teammates those who have been to OTAs and those who have not are ready to kick the Giants Azz on Sept 13th none of this matters.

Again This team especially our offense should be salivating waiting for this game. Offensively we were clueless but we hung in there for a respectable loss.

Year 2 in Zorn's system we will see remarkable change and results. Danny's way of changing coaches who in turn change schemes, nuances etc does not work. Its all about continuity and consistency

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | June 11, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

As long as Landry as well as his teammates those who have been to OTAs and those who have not are ready to kick the Giants Azz on Sept 13th none of this matters.

Again This team especially our offense should be salivating waiting for this game. Offensively we were clueless but we hung in there for a respectable loss.

Year 2 in Zorn's system we will see remarkable change and results. Danny's way of changing coaches who in turn change schemes, nuances etc does not work. Its all about continuity and consistency

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | June 11, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

As long as Landry as well as his teammates those who have been to OTAs and those who have not are ready to kick the Giants Azz on Sept 13th none of this matters.

TheBeatDontStop

THANK U!!

Posted by: taylormade218 | June 11, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I know Landry skipped OTA so that TE's panties could bunch!

Posted by: chrislarry | June 11, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I know Landry skipped OTA so that TE's panties could bunch!

Posted by: chrislarry | June 11, 2009 1:49 PM

I'm hoping it was because he had some new hottie in Arizona that he wasn't ready to leave. That, to me, is the only acceptable excuse. Oh, one other: I forgot to set the alarm clock.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

cl, if thats true, sounds like mission accomplished........

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 11, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, I for one have NEVER liked this LaRon Landry.

I have never let his unique first name distract me from the surname he shares with the greatest coach our arch-rivals ever had. I knew it was trouble from the start.

Just like that no-good Dallas Sartz.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 11, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I am with nate. Get the pitchforks.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 11, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Robert McCune....wait...no...no forget it...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 11, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

cl, if thats true, sounds like mission accomplished........

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 11, 2009 1:57 PM |

Laron Landry : talent_evaluator :: Antonio Pierce : BeantownGreg1

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I like to be corrected. It makes me feel that you care...

Please for the sake of extending my knowlwedge, learn me.

Posted by: John_Cork_Madden | June 11, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

(And if any of you contrarians want to throw Jimmy Johnson out as the greatest coach the Cowboys ever had, I'll let you know that you are simply wrong.)

F Dallas.
F Dallas Sartz.
F Tom Landry, his anachronistic hat, and that stupid up-down thing he made his offensive linemen do when they went into their stances.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 11, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

learn me.

Posted by: John_Cork_Madden | June 11, 2009 2:10 PM |

that should be "learn me up".

Sorry. I hate to comment on typos, but that one caught my fancy. It's been a really slow day on RI. The only thing else I've had to do was to defend myself against brownwood and CL who were attacking me with...what?...paper airplanes? dry sponges?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

http://blogs.usatoday.com/gameon/2009/06/according-to-this-press-release-from-the-prison-disgraced-nba-referee-tim-donaghy-was-roughed-up-while-in-prisondonaghy-who.html


According to this press release, disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy was roughed up while in prison.

Donaghy, who will be released on June 17, was serving a 15-month sentence for betting on the NBA.

From the release:

Donaghy was injured during an assault in November of 2008. During the assault, another inmate claiming ties to the New York mob beat Donaghy with a heavy object. Donaghy suffered severe knee and leg injuries that will require surgery.

Donaghy will complete his prison term at a halfway house in Tampa Florida. His future plans include re-uniting with his four daughters, obtaining employment, participating in treatment for his addiction to gambling, and finishing a memoir of his 13 years in the NBA.

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 11, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If you're picked #6 overall, you are expected to be very very good.

Of course, that doesn't mean it always works out. The #6 overall picks from 2003 to 2008:

Vernon Gholston, La Ron, Vernon Davis, pacman, Winslow and Jonathan Sullivan (who played only 3 seasons)

pretty ugly group at #6 overall ... especially considering the group of #12 overall picks includes Ngata, Merriman, Suggs, Lynch and Clady

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 11, 2009 1:29 PM

I am confused about the overall "pretty ugly group" term logic; let's see:

v.gholston: young player, familiar with his name and may or not be a bust.
v.davis: fine, talented player, one overblown media issue with the head coach
pacman jones: great talent with Titans, appropriately not effective with cowgirls, no "on the field issues" period!
k.winslow: great talent, overblown media soundbites. bet he has a great yr in tampa.
j.sullivan: I confess, I have no clue who he is and am not interested in finding out.
l.landry:great talent & wtf about some OTA.

I say that is 4 positives and will concede 2 possible negatives which does not qualify an overall ugly! btw, I could not give a rats azz about negative overblown media soundbites and agenda based sports reporters opinions.

Posted by: jenksredskins | June 11, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

It's been a really slow day on RI.

Well, what with the global pandemic and all, who has time for this?

Posted by: daggar | June 11, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

k.winslow: great talent, overblown media soundbites. bet he has a great yr in tampa.

Posted by: jenksredskins | June 11, 2009 2:33 PM

Right. It's the media's fault. They're the ones that made up that story about him violating his contract and wrecking his knee on a motorcycle.

Great year in Tampa? Finally he has a great year after five years in the league.

Jenkins? It's the media's fault? He's really put up the effort and the numbers, hasn't he. I'll bet the media paid off his coach to send him to the locker room.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Good news on LL. Now let's see if he has anything to say to the media after practice. As overblown as this whole thing was, it'd still be nice to hear a decent explanation.

He'll be fine.

Posted by: McMetal | June 11, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

From Redskins.com

http://www.redskins.com/gen/articles/Landry_Rejoins_Redskins_For_Last_Off_season_Practice_40980.jsp

JZ on not being in contact w/ LL

"Zorn said he was not able to contact Landry the last few weeks because he had a wrong cell phone number."

JZ on where LL is mentally & physically

Said Zorn: “He has been working out and he has gotten himself ready to play. He has done all of his [preparation] away from the team. Being with the team and participating, it would have been better. But he is working his plan.”

LL on where's he at physically & mentally

“I was staying in shape,” he said. “I came out [Thursday] and realized I have a couple things to catch up on in the playbook. But as far as my ability and endurance, it’s all there.”

LL play in the 90 min. OTA

1 int.

His missing OTAs in the grand view a non-issue.

Posted by: TWISI | June 11, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Donaghy was injured during an assault in November of 2008. During the assault, another inmate claiming ties to the New York mob beat Donaghy with a heavy object. Donaghy suffered severe knee and leg injuries that will require surgery.

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 11, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Donaghy didn't deliver. They broke his knee.

Sounds like standard operating procedure to me.

Posted by: p1funk | June 11, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Donaghy will complete his prison term at a halfway house in Tampa Florida. His future plans include re-uniting with his four daughters, obtaining employment, participating in treatment for his addiction to gambling, and finishing a memoir of his 13 years in the NBA.
Posted by: 4thFloor | June 11, 2009 2:24 PM

I hate to say it because I wouldn’t want to put any money in a “bad guy’s” pockets, but I would probably be interested in reading his book if it ever gets printed……

Posted by: dlhaze1 | June 11, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

LL play in the 90 min. OTA

1 int.

His missing OTAs in the grand view a non-issue.

Posted by: TWISI | June 11, 2009 2:48 PM

The sky is falling! If he'd actually participated he would have had three INTs. Reduced his effectiveness by 66%. He probably won't be able to start for the first four weeks of the season as he catches up with the rest of the team.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"real Madrid just bought Kaka.. for 131 million.."

See, Dan's not the only one.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 11, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Kaka.. for 131 million.."

See, Dan's not the only one.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 11, 2009 3:00 PM

And Dan's a bargain shopper. He won't pay more than $20 million for caca.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Donaghy was injured during an assault in November of 2008. During the assault, another inmate claiming ties to the New York mob beat Donaghy with a heavy object. Donaghy suffered severe knee and leg injuries that will require surgery.

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 11, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Donaghy didn't deliver. They broke his knee.

Sounds like standard operating procedure to me.

Posted by: p1funk | June 11, 2009 2:49 PM

LMAO - S.O.P. indeed.

Posted by: John_Cork_Madden | June 11, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: CheyenneWY | June 11, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

k.winslow: great talent, overblown media soundbites. bet he has a great yr in tampa.

Posted by: jenksredskins | June 11, 2009 2:33 PM

Right. It's the media's fault. They're the ones that made up that story about him violating his contract and wrecking his knee on a motorcycle.

Great year in Tampa? Finally he has a great year after five years in the league.

Jenkins? It's the media's fault? He's really put up the effort and the numbers, hasn't he. I'll bet the media paid off his coach to send him to the locker room.


Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 11, 2009 2:41 PM |

talent eval, I was actually talking about the "I am a soldier" comment that was said in the context of I am a warrior and played by the media as disrespectful to our military. since you want to go there, if the f'd up browns organization did not have a problem with it, why should you, and were you so riled up when Big Ben did the same thing with a two wheeler. different, classy steeler organization vs son of a HOF, and hope you get my point.I must admit you surprised me by not going after the easier target; PACMAN JONES. anyway, good discussion guys and I'm out like DICK CHENEY!

Posted by: jenksredskins | June 11, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Laron Landry" is Cajun for "not as good as Sean Taylor".

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | June 11, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Vernon Gholston, La Ron, Vernon Davis, pacman, Winslow and Jonathan Sullivan (who played only 3 seasons)

Gholston, not a great first year, but too early. Vernon Davis hasn't delivered much in SF and Singletary tossed him out of a game last year. Winslow injured himself on a motorcycle, lost a year and is already onto another city. Sullivan (who I never heard of) didn't last. pacman has gotten himself into plenty of trouble along the way as well.

I'd say the #6 overall group has been hugely underachieving. To date, LaRon is the best of these guys.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 11, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

t_e, it's all good. See unlike the other RI porfessor who corrected my spelling, I know it's all..., no, not that saying - I'll use 1/3 of my namesake favorite line aka, your BFF, TheCork: "We kid because we love".
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Oh and BTW, Cork. You don't have to fall back from posting 'cause I'm using your moniker. Well, a third of it. Tomorrow is the last day.
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Besides, I know I can act like an ass from time to time.

Me acting like an ass on the blog = correcting spelling on a blog

t_e let's make a deal, let me do me, and you can correct my post whenever you like.

I hope you copied all that.

Posted by: John_Cork_Madden | June 11, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

valentalavulator: "what a joke, Samson..."

It was. But since you didn't get it...

"I get four weeks."

Wow -- four weeks. Do you actually get to take all that? Or is it one of those things where you store it up for when the Bosses lay you off two days before Xmas? But non, perhaps you are French (night security deputy at the Louvre?) Or you are the sort of lazy unarmed vegetarian socialist of whom Sarah Palin is so rightfully contemptuous in her most eloquent 'discours du stump'?

"How many weeks does an NFL player get? There are 17 weeks in the season. A few more for the teams who do playoffs. Six weeks of camp. What's that leave? 28 weeks? And it's too much to come to OTA's because you need 'vacation'?"

Now you are ze one who muzt be joking, n'est pas? You left out the voluntary workouts at the team's training facility, the weightlifting sessions, the physical therapy, the rehab, and most of all, the hangovers from all those exhausting evenings at le bars teetee... if you're so brave, YOU hold up a handful of $100s when Fifi and Angelique are on the prowl!!

"The ones who are strapped are the coaches...They've also got draft, free agency, scouting, planning, etc."

And boozing. You forgot boozing. Plus eating. Remember Richie Petitbon? Why do you think Joe Gibbs lost 60 pounds when he quit coaching? It was hard keeping that weight on, believe me. And don't forget feeding quotes to the media. That's got to be at least an hour a week.

Of course, there's a lot less of the physical therapy involved...

"If they can make it to OTA's it's hard to understand why a few prima donna nobodys can't make it."

This is how the second assistant key grip must feel about that lazy Kevin Costner.

Nah, I'm just funnin' ya. Using up some of my annual leave, which extends from nine this morning til, oh, fourteen minutes from now...

Posted by: Samson151 | June 11, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

let's stop this p-u-ss-y stuff over OTA's. Do you really think it's off season conditioning programs why Jason Taylor is not here. How have OTA's worked for or against Portis? Sean Taylor never showed and you saw what talent he was. these OTA are just seessions for coaches to whine and lay the ground work for later whining and b!tching. Landry is going to be just fine. I thought he was coming on near the end of last season while he was adjusting to the new position.

Posted by: oknow1 | June 11, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

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