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Lincoln's Guest Blog

Got a long and detailed guest blog from another hardcore Skins fan and loyal blog reader, so wanted to post it this week. As always, anyone is free to email me a submission and as long as you don't write anything that will get me fired, I'll get it up on the blog.

Okay, Lincoln's going to take over now while I try to get Chloe to eat something resembling a vegetable. Will post some of my own stuff later.

Offseason Strategy - Stand Pat or Big Bills?
By Lincoln

After years of ineptitude in free agency - see Dion Sanders, Jeff George, Mark Carrier, Adam Archuleta...I could go on but I might punch my computer if I do - and a host of trades ranging from questionable (Mark Brunnell) to downright disturbing (a 3rd rounder for TJ Duckett?? 3rd and a 4th for Brandon Lloyd???...I think I need a drink), even the most diehard members of Redskins Nation have lost a little faith in the front office.

We have come to approach the offseason the way a recovering alcoholic regards an open bar - hands shaking, sweat beads forming on the brow; although we desperately want to, we know we should stay away. It's not if the front office will make a move, it's simply a matter of when, who, and how much we are going to overpay. Nonetheless, for all of the head-scratching moves of the past couple off-seasons, there are some indications that maybe, just maybe Dan Snyder and company are starting to get the picture - namely that championship teams are built primarily in the draft, not in free agency.

The Good: Despite the futility displayed over the better part of the last decade, there are signs that the front office might have finally learned from its past mistakes - as noted above, there are plenty to learn from. So far they have exhibited relative restraint this free agency season, with only 2 significant acquisitions - bringing back cornerback Fred Smoot (aka "Smoot Smack" or "The Mouth of the South") from the Vikings and the addition of stalwart middle linebacker London Fletcher from the Bills. Kudos to the Skins for refusing to overpay at the offensive guard position.

First, they allowed Derrick Dockery to bolt to Buffalo for a massive 7-year, $49 million contract; next, they refused to match the Cowboys $50 million contract offer to veteran OG Leonard Davis of erstwhile Cardinals employment. We should also give Coach Gibbs and Vinny Cerrato some credit for cutting their losses on Adam Archuleta, trading him to the Bears for a 6th round draft in March.

Additionally, the Skins refused to relinquish any draft picks this year, despite reports that the team was strongly considering trading up for either Calvin Johnson or Gaines Adams. Instead, standing pat at the 6th spot, the Skins may well have gotten the best defensive player in the draft in safety LaRon Landry from LSU.

The Bad: Let's not let the front office off the hook too easily; Snyder's and his cronies have made more than their share of screw-ups in the last past couple years, as noted above. Exhibit A: TJ Duckett. When Portis went down with a shoulder injury in the preseason, the team panicked, and thus overpaid by coughing up a 3rd round pick for a marginal talent in TJ Duckett; a mistake, and a move that didn't seem to make much sense given the promise shown by back-up Ladell Betts (who shares a birthday with my girlfriend - don't ask why I know Ladell's birthday; I've got issues), but one that I can understand.

Exhibit B: Brandon Lloyd. This move, however, made absolutely no sense - it didn't then, and it doesn't now. We already had one of the most explosive receivers in the league in Santana Moss just coming into his prime (he turned 27 last offseason) and on the heels of a Pro Bowl season. Furthermore, we had just inked Antwan Randle-El to a huge contract and already had one of the most talented and productive young tight ends under contract in Chris Cooley.

Maybe Lloyd needed a year to adjust to the new offense, change in quarterbacks mid-season, injury to Portis, etc. After all, he is just 25 years old. Nonetheless, I'm leaning towards calling the entire Brandon Lloyd experiment an "unmitigated disaster" to paraphrase the surreal Stephen A. Smith. What made our front office think that a guy with a career high of 48 catches, a guy who has never even sniffed a 1,000 yard season in his first three years and known for having an attitude problem, was worth two valuable early round draft picks and a $30 million dollar contract?? For that steep price we got 23 catches for 365 yards and not a single touchdown last year. Sweet.

Exhibit C: You know what chaps my ass even more than the deal we made for Brandon the Brat? The one that we didn't make for Ryan Clark. Here's a guy that wasn't even draft, and he'll never be mistaken for Ronnie Lott. But he worked his tail off to make the team, ultimately earning a spot in the starting lineup. He had a very solid if unspectacular 2005 season, one which ended with a playoff win at Tampa before losing to eventual NFC champ Seattle Seahawks. The Skins had the 4th ranked defense that year. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? Well, so much for that - instead the Skins decided to pay $30 million for a guy that was arguably past his prime at 28 in Adam Archuleta, and who couldn't defend the pass. Nice.

Moreover, Ryan Clark was said to be Sean Taylor's best friend on the team, hung out with him off the field, and clearly kept Sean in line on the field - as much as anybody can...I mean, let's be honest, the guy is a human guillotine. He's the only guy I've ever seen try to knock a QB into retirement in the Pro Bowl. Taylor was apparently miffed - and rightfully so - at the Skins refusal to pay Clark the $2 million/yr he was seeking, instead opting to pay Archuleta - as in "Archu-Really Gonna-leta tight end burn you like toast every damn time?" - for twice that much.

Next Up: So...given this less than stellar track record in free agency over the past few years, what is the prudent approach this off-season? We've already dished out about $20 million in guaranteed money for London Fletcher and the return of Smoot Smack. These moves I can understand and even like. Shawn Springs is not getting any younger at 32, and Fletcher is a playmaker and will provide invaluable veteran leadership.

I say we stand pat but for one more big move - we have got to bring in an impact DE. Demetric Evans is a solid rotational guy, but is he an every-down pass rusher? That remains to be seen. Maybe Philip Daniels (34 yrs old) will surprise me and actually stay healthy for an entire season....and maybe Jerry Jones will stop getting plastic surgery and renounce all worldly possessions, but I highly doubt it.

So what do we do, Skins fans? More to the point, what to do Danny Boy? The guy to me that would make the most sense is Buffalo's Aaron Schoebel. Here's a guy that has averaged 11 sacks/season over the past 4 seasons, has a super high motor, and at 29 should have at least 2-3 productive seasons left.

He's also durable, having never missed a game in his 6-year career. Schoebel could draw double-teams, which would free up interior linemen Cornelius Griffin and upcoming talent Kedric Golston to wreak some havoc, and give fellow end Andre Carter many sack opportunities. " I say offer Buffalo Shawn Springs and 2nd or 3rd rounder and see what happens. Given their glaring need at cornerback with the recent departure of Nate Clemmons and the uncertain long-term status of Schoebel, I think this deal makes a great deal of sense for both teams.

Schoebel could be the perfect fit for a few years while the Skins develop a young defensive end - keep an eye on undrafted free agent Justin Hickman out of UCLA. First team All-American, knows the Redskins defensive scheme (his defensive coordinator at UCLA was former Skins secondary coach DeWayne Walker) and is said to be a very hard worker. Wouldn't it be a pleasant change if for all the draft picks we virtually giveaway, we were able to find a gem from the ranks of the undrafted? To paraphrase one of my favorite movie quotes: "Draft picks? We don't need no stinking draft picks!!" Yeah right, and I heard that Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump are engaged....

By Jason La Canfora  |  June 7, 2007; 6:00 AM ET
 
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Comments

Could i be???

Posted by: kost52 | June 7, 2007 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Second Baby !!!!

Posted by: Dork | June 7, 2007 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Don't really like the idea of trading Springs, I think that with all that's gone on this season, he's going to come out and have a 2004 type season, to prove everyone wrong.

Also I think Schobel would be a great fit, even though he is a tad small, (even smaller than A.Carter) he plays Right End and he is a consistent threat.

I'm just not sure if I'm willing to give up Springs, or next years picks to get him.

So I guess I'm sitting on the fence on this one!

Posted by: kost52 | June 7, 2007 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Well done sir. Lincoln I agree with all of this. Lets hope Landry can fill the safety void. I think you will be surprised how much a healthy Co-Grif and more mature Golston/Montgomery are going to free up ACs opps on the end.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 7, 2007 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, no on the Springs trade. Stand Point After Touchdown all the way. The D-line will surprise everyone this year!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 7, 2007 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Nice thoughts. I think it's time for Demetric Evans to step up.

Posted by: Alexander | June 7, 2007 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Nice thoughts. I think it's time for Demetric Evans to step up.

Posted by: Alexander | June 7, 2007 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Wow, is it like mandatory to mention the Ryan Clark departure on this blog at least once a week?

ITS OVER.

The 'skins are in no postion to go for Schoebel - $5million over the cap, but have not signed any draft picks and are trying to lock up Cooley. So it ain't going to happen.

And btw, its funny that the poster criticizes the FO for making splashy free agent moves...then advocates for the FO to make another splashy free agent move. Nice.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 7, 2007 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Caution: THe message is a response to guest blog recap of the obvious & may cause snoring.

The problem with the Skins needs at D-line is that they whole league knows they have a need, including players agents. If they try to get anyone now they will almost certainly overpay. I do think they need someone at rush end, anybody to hedge against injuries.

The idea of Smoot, Macklin and Stone Hands Rogers as CB's 1,2 & 3 is Preposterous. Springs is going nowhere.

I have seen lots of analysis all off season about keys to this year, I think Rogers is a big key. If he plays horribly, it will be another wasted high first rounder and another glaring need in the offseason. I'd like to see a report on HIS OTA progress.

Posted by: Secondary concern | June 7, 2007 7:41 AM | Report abuse

4-12. Doesnt matter who they bring in. They have major coaching issues Greggy has major ego and control issues. And Joe is now wearing Depends and is over th hill. Come backs dont work! And they still have the little boy as team owner playing with the big boys and losing. Someone needs to smack Danny Boy in the back of the skull and say grow up and think with the big brain. Maybe his boy toy bottom Tomcat can whip some sense into him!

Posted by: vaherder | June 7, 2007 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Kost,

Do you sleep?

The bills won't take Springs and picks for Shoebel. I'm getting the idea that teams are taking a hard line with guys that are under contract but disgruntled, mainly to make the point that they don't have to.

Man, no hangover... Gotta love homebrews.

Posted by: Larry Bud | June 7, 2007 7:48 AM | Report abuse

4-12. Doesnt matter who they bring in. They have major coaching issues Greggy has major ego and control issues. And Joe is now wearing Depends and is over the hill. Come backs dont work! And they still have the little boy as team owner playing with the big boys and losing. Someone needs to smack Danny Boy in the back of the skull and say grow up and think with the big brain. Maybe his boy toy bottom Tomcat can whip some sense into him!

You homers need to read unbiased sources and lay off the Kool Aid!

Posted by: vaherder | June 7, 2007 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Buffalo Shawn Springs and 2nd or 3rd rounder

Springs and a draft pick for a guy you are going to use 2-3 years. Are you on the Dan payroll or something? HELL NO to that offer my friend.

Posted by: jm220 | June 7, 2007 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Chris Cooley on Radio, talking about his contract. Said he will not be an issue, and will just play. He obviously wants to get a new contract before the season.

Making a note of Dockery being a benefit of the salary cap increase. Not demeaning, just if that continues, he can see himself getting a nice contract.

He is saying the 2nd year is good under Saunders. Timing great, speed great, just said Jason Campbell is working his A@@ off. Been there everyday over the offseason and everyone is really impressed.

Yes or no portion of the show

1) Are you engaged = No
2) Did his girl move in = Yes, a year ago
3) Clinton POrtis, has he seen him since DOg Fighting = Yes
4) are guys joking about it? = Yeah, pretty much, Smoot joking about squirrel fights. FO telling everyone to shut it
5) When you saw it, did you think he was a dead man = Yep, exact words
6) About Vick, rumor says there are plenty of players in the NFL are concerned b/c a lot are involved in Dog Fighting? = He finds it hard to believe that there are. He never hears of it
7) Do you know Michael Vick? = Never met him. He has seen him on the field (funny)
8) Moss to Patriots, do you like? The team is stacked.. funny how they used to be the team who won with less players, lets see how they do with all these
9) Good moves offseason? = Adalius, Fletcher.
10) Is the player conduct rule a good thing? = It is embarrassing when players are going to jail.
11) Is Dale Jr your new best friend? = Yes, they have hung out. He is a cool guy. They have hung out after a race. DJ has a whole western town replica on his property.
12) What did you do, drink Bud? = Yes
13) Is there a line of women? = Last weekend there were no girls
14) How did they meet? = Dale is a big Skins fan. He said he wanted to meet Cooley. He was the only player he singled out.


This is obviously just a recap, sorry for the spelling, did not get every question. And it probably is stuff we all already know.

Just from the horses mouth this time.

Posted by: Zebra | June 7, 2007 8:10 AM | Report abuse

From the horses mouth via the Zebra!

Posted by: Zebra | June 7, 2007 8:12 AM | Report abuse

nicely done, zebra!!! thanks!


why we need Robin Hood : "DJ has a whole western town replica on his property."

Posted by: dealer | June 7, 2007 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Zebra.

Now, on to Lincoln:

Enough, enough, enough about trading Springs!

And enough about Ryan Clark. I loved the guy, hated to see him go, am still angry about it but this topic has been rehashed to death. We must just move on....it's been almost two years.

Posted by: Lisa | June 7, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Redskins' 2007 Salary Cap Situation
Last updated: June 3, 2007

$6.688m under the Skins adj cap of $109.656m.

***

Washington Redskins Cap to Spend: 7,211,000 Redskins present cap space

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Somewhere around these numbers is the exact amount of cap space currently.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 7, 2007 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Lincoln, great work on the guest blog, and thanks for taking some of the pressure off Jasno. He rushed back to RI, and as happy as we are to see him up here posting his guts out, we don't want him to reaggravate the conditions which led him to take so much time off in the first place.

We'll never know what the FO would have done this offseason with real cap space, will we? Would they have matched the outlandish offer for Dockery? Would they have shown the same 'restraint' in free agency that we are almost unanimously lauding, or would it have been another smorgasbord? Would they have started working on extensions for Cooley and the Reaper straightaway? Would we still be holding six out of seven 2008 draft picks?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 7, 2007 9:07 AM | Report abuse

You get an A for effort but I am not too impressed with writings written in hindsight. The old, I-knew-it-all-along effect OR the tendency to see events that have occurred as more predictable than they actually were before they took place.

Sure the Archuletta signing was a mistake but that is NOT how most fans and media felt about it at the time. And now that we all know that it was a mistake, the ones that were opposed to the AA signing tend to remember their objections as having been much stronger than they actually were. Point me to some posts by you BEFORE the AA signing that shows the same strong objections and I will be impressed.

Ryan Clark. I love the guy like everyone else. He was a good player but he probably won't even start this year for the Steelers. The word coming out of Pittsburgh is that Anthony Smith will win the job. What should be noted was the chemistry that was lost when Ryan Clark departed. Everybody loved him just like everybody loves the mouth from the south.

Posted by: flea-diddley | June 7, 2007 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Zebra, did Cooley say anything on the radio about that DVD he was supposed to autograph for Barno?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 7, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Good comments especially about squandering draft picks.

Only things I disagree with is: to me getting Lloyd made sense at the time -- granted it didn't work out. But I don't recall ANY commentary about how the Skins didn't need a 2nd receiver to complement Santana or that having Randle El made Lloyd redundant. Yeah now it flows that way but I don't recall it flowing that way at the time.

The other thing is us trading up for Gaines Adams. I read everything I can get my hands on about the draft. Not only don't I recall any mention of them trading up for Adams but read in a few places that even if Adams fell to 6 they wouldn't take him

Posted by: mike | June 7, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Nate;

No DVD mention

Posted by: Zebra | June 7, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Dealer;

Another reason for Robin Hood;

Paris is released from Jail. No special treatment there huh?

Posted by: Zebra | June 7, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Cload, thanks for explaining the whole "Scott" thing for me.

Posted by: Redcoat | June 7, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Zebra.

Hey, I haven't been paying attention to the NHL for a while. How are the Caps doing?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 7, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

3 days out of 23 days out of 45 days.

Mr Method Man said it best.

C.R.E.A.M.

Cash rules everything around me.

Diversify your bonds, b@tches.

Posted by: Zebra | June 7, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Nate, good call on not rushing JLaC back onto the blog too quickly. I fear that he may have had an undiagnosed blog hernia. That can take a while to heal.

Lincoln, nice work. Gotta agree, however, with the naysayers saying nay about your assessment of the "bad." That was all old news, aka snooze. The effect of Clark's departure is all hindsight based on the Archuleta bust combined with the Prioleau injury. Clark is scrapping for his starting position this year and is in serious risk of losing it.

On the good news, I agree. I think the BEST move will prove to have been Fletcher, esp. b/c of his backstory. Tough youth, undrafted, then never missed a game, best tackle record over the past 4 years. The whole focus on the LB corps -- esp. to make up for past draft picks gone wrong (McCune, Newberry, Simon) -- will turn out to have been a good move. Hopefully, Blades does turn out to be Fletcher's heir, at least by NEXT season. One season seems like an awful short time to get there

The other good move was the focus on O-line depth. Starters were fine, but depth was killer last season. I think the quick re-signing of Pucillo, the eventual re-signing of Wade, the signing of Fabini, the non-signing of buffet-line Leonard. All fine moves, plus packing the roster with more O-lineman beyond that. I'm hoping that Lefotu is the one who gets that last spot.

The dish on Lloyd might be overstated. Brunell's trust issues -- esp., his lack of faith in his own (injured) shoulder), meaning at a minimum he only ever really believed in Santana -- essentially eliminated the Y receiver as a possibility. Lloyd and Randel-El were open deep many, many more times that anyone selectively remembers.

The bad news I think you missed is the failure of off-season "insurance" to cover for Cooley. If anything happens and he needs to be "insured" during the preseason or season, the Skins have to pay retail again. The other bad news is that we have not heard more about re-signing Sean Taylor. I'm not sure who's more important to get re-signed -- Cooley or Taylor -- but I still think Taylor needs to be re-signed before they sign Landry, or everything becomes MUCH more complicated.

Finally, I've come to accept that Schobel might be out of reach. Apparently, however, he is unhappy right now in Buffalo. Somebody else will come through at a value (KGB, McCray, Allen, etc.) who will add another guy to "compete" at DE. I'm thinking the Skins are thinking that next year's #1 is going to be a DE.

Thanks for playing. Johnny, tell Lincoln what he's won!

Posted by: dcsween | June 7, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Breaking News

Paris Hilton is out of jail!!!! courtesy of wapo raido...

Posted by: dealer | June 7, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Also, I think the smart "offseason" moves started during the season when they re-signed Betts well prior to the new CBA being done. Frankly, the smartness started, as did the offseason, when they pulled Brunell and got Jason Campbell some game-speed playing time. At a minimum, they knew they'd get some him some game film for teaching purposes.

Other smart offseason move was canning Dale Lindsay.

On the defensive end situation generally, I have to admit I am among the confused on this one, but I have to think they have some larger "plan." [I'm thinking that plan also relies heavily on Golston and Montgomery stepping good.]

Posted by: dcsween | June 7, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I forgot what Paris Hilton went to jail for in the first place. Maybe it was just for being Paris Hilton. One moment, I'd never heard of her. Next thing I know, she was a big celebrity. What for?? That show with whathisface's anorexic daughter? That's what it takes to be a celebrity? Btwn Paris, Lindsay Lohan, Britney, Tara Reid, there needs to be some punishment of someone -- preferably the paparazzi that makes these people seem relevant.

Rant status -- off again.

Posted by: dcsween | June 7, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

LaRon Landry for Aaron Schobel

Posted by: Anonymous | June 7, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Good job filling in Lincoln, but to me this is all hindsight type gibberish. Can we sit around and cry about Antonio Piece again? And how if we signed Pierce, we'd have drafted Merriman, and how had we done that we'd be in SUCH better shape. Blah, Blah, Blah, whine, whine, whine.

In Boston, sports talk radio hosts, refer to negative sox fans as the "fellowship of the miserable", which is exactly what some people on this blog are. If the team is in such dire straits, why bother having anything to do with them???

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | June 7, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

sween,

you're a cool guy, but we need to get you out of the house more.

whatshisface? Lionel Ritchie. I thought you grew up in the 80's like me.

Paris is Hilton as in the hotel chain.

And she's a celeb for posting a video of herself doing the ereeh-ereeh. Let's not kid ourselves.

So Cooooooely has seen CP at dog fights? Did I read that right?

Posted by: Larry Bud | June 7, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Flag on the play;

On everyone who is whining about the guest blogger whining.

I never really understood that. People are complaining that this guy is complaining.

I understand everyones point that it is hindsight. But It smells a bit hypocritical to call out a guy for whining, but continually whine about this fact yourself.

Not trying to start anything, just maybe trying to enlighten.

Posted by: Zebra | June 7, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

LB, I knew it started with an L, but got Luther Vandross stuck in my head (and we ran out of CAFFEINATED coffee at home, so I was stuck). I totally need to get out of the house more though (baby #3 due some time btwn this past Tuesday and two weeks from this past Tuesday). I think the line was that Cooley has seen Portis SINCE the dog fight quotes, not AT dog fights.

Zebra, good call. Let's see if Lincoln accepts or declines the penalty. Completely agree that guest bloggers at LEAST should get the Rice-A-Roni and Speigel gift certificate, esp. b/c of the time and energy to sit down and write out a typo-free (wink wink JLaC) blog.

Posted by: dcsween | June 7, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Wow, i went MIA on y'all... haven't even read the posts in a few weeks. Liked the interview recap Zebra. I would love to chill with Dale Jr and Cooley. I'll be back in the fall, I just can't be up here while there's so much amazing stuff going on "out there". Beautiful weather, last day of school was yesterday. No 8th graders for 2 1/2 months. I know you care about my personal life.

I cannot wait for Redskins football this fall. HAIL TO EM.

The Dorf Abides Sporadically, at Best.

Posted by: Dorf | June 7, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Wow, i went MIA on y'all... haven't even read the posts in a few weeks. Liked the interview recap Zebra. I would love to chill with Dale Jr and Cooley. I'll be back in the fall, I just can't be up here while there's so much amazing stuff going on "out there". Beautiful weather, last day of school was yesterday. No 8th graders for 2 1/2 months. I know you care about my personal life.

I cannot wait for Redskins football this fall. HAIL TO EM.

The Dorf Abides Sporadically, at Best.

Posted by: Dorf | June 7, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Wow, and I went double post move on y'all as well. Sloppy work. I'll need to lock it up come fall.

Posted by: Dorf | June 7, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Flag on the play

On dorf for not 'locking it up'! :)

Posted by: Zebra | June 7, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Dorf! Must be movie time, eh? Got some good Bill Nye stuff going?

I've got the Vincent Price version of Fall of The House of Ursher going. It took me five minute to explain to my "special" kids that Ludicris has nothing to do with this flick. They're liking it, though.

Since, At... I hate prepositions!

Posted by: Larry Bud | June 7, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

That thing about ending a clause with a preposition, that is a rule up with which I will not put.

Posted by: dcsween | June 7, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I try to follow that one with my kids, but I always end up sounding like Yoda.

Posted by: Larry Bud | June 7, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Trade Andre Carter and a late pick or two for Shobel. (Throw in Brunell) Is the ereeh ereeh video still on a website? Finally, are there no DE Div. I, II or III free agents out there?

Posted by: EJ | June 7, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

i love mr. tony et all but he can be in idiot. he's upset over an article paul farhi wrote...

what was so "slamming" about this article? if anything he was generous to tony.

but cindy, PLEASE no glenn beck! i LOVE the current format. "indepth" reporting on current stories on the radio! c'mon!

give this thing a chance. please!

Posted by: dealer | June 7, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Maybe, just maybe, the team is understanding that football is a TEAM sport. I liked the story about Renaldo Wynn, especially the focus on lockeroom and community work. The relative lack of movement in the off-season seems to support team building. The players stating that the Saunders offense is starting to click is further indication that players can focus on their OWN jobs because everybody else is focused on his job.
I may be a homer, but this team is going to score a lot of points and the defense will be playing teams that have a lot of catching up to do. players will have career seasons because they will work in a system that they comprehend and execute. A TEAM doesn't have to have an entire roster of stars, though it needs a few. A team needs people who are comfortable doing their own jobs because they're comfortable that everyone else is doing his job.
And thank you to Lincoln for the blog start.

Posted by: Neil in Durango | June 7, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

What makes me nervous is we've seen this pattern before. In 2005 they took a low key approach to the offseason, only to go hog wild a year later in 2006. If next year at this time we're talking about the 2nd year in a row in which the Skins took a low key, calculated approach to the offseason, then I'll say this front office has learned it's lesson.

Posted by: RedskinsWarpath.com | June 7, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The Front Office is the same front office. If Joe runs the offense, it will be fine. The defense has to perform.

I can't swallow the anti-Arch garbage. Arch is going to flourish under Lovie Smith, so be prepared to hear about what a stupid move that was by the Skins. I have to believe there was a personality conflict and not a performance issue on that one.

The ability to evaluate talent hasn't changed and the outcome won't either. Add new ingredients prepared by the same cook and expecting different results is stupidity. They needed to bring in new blood to evaluate talent and they failed to do so. It may have been the best opportunity to shed light on the ongoing issues in hopes of facing them, but with the same staff in place, the same blind spots remain.

I remain unconvinced.

Posted by: Unconvinced | June 7, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The articles all say that Paris was released for crying. Crying. CRYING. CRYING!! Just sitting and shaking my head in dis-belief.
I guess jail isn't baseball.

Posted by: Neil in durango | June 7, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The Brunell move made sense. That was Gibbs. The problem was Ramsay. Ask yourself is he still with the Jets? Couldn't even unseat a starter coming off of a serous injury. Other than Ramsay they did not have any other reasonable quarterback. Spurrier had a penchant for collecting his old QBs from Florida remember? And they are better than Brunell? NOT. Plus you need a veteran. Ramsay was just in his 3rd year. Ramsay's best move was to shut up. Work hard and learn. He complained, wanted to be traded and had terrible preseasons.

Loyd was a Snyder move. I can't believe Gibbs would ever go for that guy. He had character issues in San Francisco. Everyone knew about the guy except for Snyder. C'mon compare Brunell's
character to Loyd? Do you really believe Gibbs could like this guy?

Archuleta was a Grilliams move. The guy is not good at selecting personnel.

This has been a long struggle for Joe Gibbs. Convincing Snyder to leave football decisions in the hands of expert football heads. Snyder and Vinnie are their own worst enemies. This year HAS BEEN better. Believe me. Better football minds have prevailed. Improvement will be seen.

Pray, Pray, Pray, that Snyder is smart enough to give Gibbs a piece of the team to keep him here to run the show ... even when he isn't the coach. Just like SF where Walsh is now the prez.

Posted by: periculum | June 7, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I like all of this, Lincoln, except the proposed trade fro Schoebel. Springs and a 2nd or 3rd is too much to give up. I'd say no more than a 3rd. But the rest of your blog is right on the money.

Posted by: Chris | June 7, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I generally like this guest blog but think the Ryan Clark move is way overstated. As a number of other folks have noted, Clark is not even going to start this year in Pittsburgh. Yeah, he was a great chemistry guy and an overachiever, etc . . but that all looked a lot better at the league minimum salary. He looks overpaid at $2 million per year and may find himself cut pretty soon.

Yes, the Archuletta experiment did not work and the Prioleau injury did not help. But had the Redskins kept Clark at whatever salary, I suspect they would still be trying to upgrade right now.

Also, the Redskins had the 9th (not 4th) ranked defense in 2005 in both yards and points.

Posted by: JamesTuthill | June 7, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

the worst move every was the portis for bailey trade. bailey, a hall of famer and a number 2 pick for portis-a charming guy and talented, but won't be remebered as a top 10 at his position for his generation.
plus, betts already on the roster.
the combination of inept evaluation of personel, plus the "grass is greener" mentality that undervalues your own players is staggering.
but clearly snyder is not primarily in the football business but the money making business, and at that he's fabulous.
i'm giving up this year-it's not worth the hearache to follow this team. snyder's priority is clear and he's successful. the team is depressing.

Posted by: Iquitontheteam | June 7, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

if we sign Schoebel, then he will want a big time contract. So then that leaves out resigning of Cooley and Taylor. And we loose another draft pick. So we could actually loose 3 players for one. Not "super smart" IMO.....

Posted by: LUVSmeSUMme | June 7, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, yet another misinformed guest blogger. Can you believe that some people still believe that Dan Snyder makes all decisions? One of the conditions Gibbs had for coming back to Washington was that he be in charge of all personnel. The Lloyd move was Gibbs'. The Duckett move was Gibbs'. The McIntosh deal was Gibbs'. If you want to criticize the front office, at least have the guts to name Gibbs. He's the kingpin.
Now, you are goading the front office to do just what they've been constantly criticized for: Paying out huge money for a sexy player. Daniels (when healthy) is a key figure in a Williams-run defense. He is the big strongside DE that is supposed to tie up the TE and OT so that the LB or SS can rush the passer. Now you want to get rid of the prototype Grilliams DE and replace him with a player that probably won't carry out those duties so well, and pay him mega bucks for doing less?

Posted by: midniterc | June 7, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Enough about the Bailey-for-Portis trade. For the last time, Bailey soured on the team and would not have re-signed. He has ripped on the Redskins obliquely numerous times since he left, talking about how good it is to be in a "professional" environment (keep in mind, Bailey left as Gibbs arrived, so Bailey had every right to be miffed back then). He was about to hit free agency. There were two choices: trade him, or watch him walk away and get nothing in return. So they went out and got Portis for him. The stupid part was throwing in the 2nd-round pick.

In my opinion, Bailey-for-Portis straight up isn't a bad deal. That second round pick became Tatum Bell, I think. He's decent, but no Portis. The Redskins then went out and used that money to get Springs *and* Marcus Washington.

They should have stuck by the mantra that CBs like Bailey are harder to find than franchise RBs, and just made the trade player-for-player. Otherwise, it's hard to argue with getting rid of a shutdown CB who wouldn't re-sign with the team that drafted him.

Posted by: jcabana | June 7, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Another sign Springs may be a gonner.

http://www.redskins.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=26581

Posted by: Anonymous | June 7, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Lincoln,
You could be a great (and rich) psychic if only you could invent a time machine.

Posted by: Miss Cleo | June 7, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

You make sense except about spending any more money on the d-line!The defense didn't lack talent as much as it did leadership.Players need to play together on the same page all game every game!When that happens superstars or not the Redskins will win alot more games!

Posted by: casey | June 7, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Springs is still their best shutdown corner when healthy. It would be a mistake to dispense with his services as they did with Walt Harris.

Posted by: periculum | June 7, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

In case the name didn't give it away, guest blogger here. THanks for all your comments. And for my rebuttal....look, I'm not in any way saying that I call all the FO's moves correctly, but I DID cringe at those that I expressly mentioned - I mean raise your hand if you thought that a totally unproven WR with known attitude issues was worth two high draft picks? Or that TJ "All You Can Eat" Duckett was worth a 3rd rounder when Ladell has always produced? I won't even get into Archuleta.

Yeah, I'm over Ryan Clark leaving. It was a mistake, we all know it, and now we have arguably the best safety tandem in the league. Nice. However, I do not find it inconsistent as one poster suggested to criticize the front office for their flashy ways (Danny, Danny, Danny can't you see? Sometimes your moves just mystify me...sorry, couldn't resist even though I just desecrated Biggy Smalls...let's move on), while advocating for Schoebel. We would actually SAVE money- Springs' cap # this year is around $7 million. And Schoebel - the most underrated, unknown guy to average double-digit sacks over the last 4 years - is anything but a "splashy" signing IMHO. That said, I agree that Springs/2nd rounder is pushing it but Springs/3rd rounder I think would be a good deal for both sides.

Muchas gracias to Jason for posting me, and I appreciate all the feedback ladies and gents - where do I claim my free chicken dinner?? GO SKINS!!!!

-The Notorious LMG (I need help)

Posted by: Lincoln aka Master Oracle-Cry Baby | June 7, 2007 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Linc,

Good work. I especially like your nickname for the DB whose name I don't mention, "Archu-Really Gonna-leta tight end burn you like toast every damn time?"

Now, I must agree with the critics. Trading Springs would be disasterous! It doesn't matter how many Smoots, Macklins, or Butlers you bring in, you can't play with 13 on defense. Ask the Zebra. Each one of those guys aren't half the corner Springs is when injured - let alone healthy.

Posted by: bangkokben | June 8, 2007 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Can't trade Springs! He is a shutdown corner when healthy (keep your fingers crossed)! Especially offering a Second/Third rounder with him... That's too much. Does anyone remember how often Carlos Rogers got burned last year? Let's hope he steps up big this year considering he was #9 overall a year ago...

Let's Stand Pat...

Posted by: E in VB | June 8, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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