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Redskins players elect London Fletcher to be union representative

Redskins players recently selected inside linebacker London Fletcher as their representative to the NFL Players Association.

Fletcher was among many players who expressed disappointment last week after Commissioner Roger Goodell's visit to Ashburn. Goodell, players say, seemed evasive in response to questions about the negotiations between owners and the players' union on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Goodell encouraged players to ask questions but offered little insight about the process. Fletcher is very concerned about where things could be headed for football fans.

"What we need to do, owners and players, is to come together and understand that the game is too important to the fans to have a work stoppage. A lockout," said Fletcher, who is entering his13th season in the league. "It's just too important to fans. It's too important to stadium workers, restaurant owners -- people whose everyday lives are impacted and affected by us and football not being played.

"That's the message that the league needs to have. That's the message that the players need to have. That's the message that everyone needs to understand."

Fletcher is in his first season as a player rep. After former rep James Thrash retired, the team elected Fletcher to the position.

"The position that you have as a player rep, you have to give your teammates a whole lot of information about everything that's going on within the union and the CBA negotiations," Fletcher said. "You have to talk about it and tell your players about the possibilities. Me, I'm an optimist.

"I'm always thinking that it's not going to happen. We can't allow this to happen on either side. But I also need to tell me teammates, let my teammates know, that they also need to prepare for the worst-case scenario. You have to make sure that if there is no football played that you have put yourselves in a good financial situation or position to where you can withstand it if there are games being missed."

By Jason Reid  |  August 8, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  London Fletcher , collective bargaining negotiations  
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Posted by: monkeymayonnaise | August 8, 2010 12:35 PM

My complaint is NOT about the multiple handles, but about the contents of the posts.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 8, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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SOOOOO SERIOUS!

cosign never liked monkeymayonaise myself.

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 8, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

2 non Hayney threads and counting. Now, let's get a linebacker update. How about cornerbacks.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 8, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I want a mcnabb update.....

I'm goin to the season opener n I don't wanna see him dirtball it.

He's our franchise qb for 4 to 5 yrs so let's start off with redemption for him n us against the cowomen

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I want a mcnabb update.....

I'm goin to the season opener n I don't wanna see him dirtball it.

He's our franchise qb for 4 to 5 yrs so let's start off with redemption for him n us against the cowomen

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 1:47 PM

Super SICK handle bakatchya dude.

cool no texting we'll catch up later MCNabb suxx anyway.

Posted by: rob_in_MD | August 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

haha who would u have preffered this yr?

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Goodell, players say, seemed evasive in response to questions about the negotiations between owners and the players' union on a new collective bargaining agreement."

I'm disappointed that the players don't see that Roger Goodell's job, from the league standpoint, is to maintain a wholesome image some many of them would quickly ruin with bad-boy behavior.

Their asking Roger about labor issues is like questioning a dumb blonde about why she hid the car she stole behind a chain link fence.

But let one player do something untoward in a strip club at 3 am on the other side of the country.

About that, Roger will know everything.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

In fact I prefer to speak in complete sentences with correct spelling.

Idiot.

Posted by: rob_in_MD | August 8, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Russ Grimm 2010 HOF, blurb from Wise's article.

"We're getting ready to ice the game," Joe Theismann remembered that day against Dallas at RFK Stadium, Jan. 22, 1983. "We're linin' up. And Russ and Randy White [the Cowboys' Hall of Fame defensive tackle] had been at it all day. I mean this is a war. This is a physical, UFC, battle royal.

"So all of a sudden I get in the huddle and I call '60 Outside.' And Russ looks at me and he says, 'No.' "
Which made Theismann do a double-take.
"I said, 'What do you mean no? Joe [Gibbs] wants to run 60 Outside.'
"He says, 'I want to run '50 Gut' right at Randy.'
"Well now I gotta make an executive decision, you know, I'm middle management."

They ran the play Grimm, not Gibbs, wanted. White was run over and the Redskins gained four yards. Theismann looked back toward Joe Gibbs, two weeks before he guided the franchise to their first of three Super Bowls. The coach wanted his play run.

"Joe signals in 60 Outside," Theismann said
"I step in the huddle. I go, 'Spread right, short motion, 60 Outside.'
"Russ goes: 'Didn't you hear me? No!'
"I said, 'Okay, fine.' We run 50 Gut again."
And White goes to the ground again. First down.

"Next play, I don't even look at the sidelines anymore," Theismann said. "We ran like 11 consecutive 50 Guts. It was just Russ Grimm against Randy White and we were going to absolutely pummel him to the ground. When I think of Russ Grimm and all the memories, this was his moment."
"I always felt the huddle wasn't a democracy," Theismann added, "until that particular time."

Former Redskins tackle George Starke reminisced by telephone Thursday night as he awaited his storm-delayed flight from Washington to Canton. "Nine of those times we ran it right up Randy's [behind]," he said.

Before every play, Starke recalled, ornery center Jeff Bostic looked at White across the line. "He said, 'Randy, you better dig in, we're coming again right at you,' " Starke said of Bostic. "He had a nasty . . . attitude. I loved Jeff.

"Then after every play, Mark May would kick Randy White in the butt because he didn't like him," Starke recalled. "Randy would punch Russ, who would get angry. Then we'd do it all over again."

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

cool no texting we'll catch up later MCNabb suxx anyway.

That's ur incomplete sentence there smart guy....

I may be an idiot but that's the pot callin the kettle black....

Are you rob vinson??? Oh man if you are I wouldn't be suprised......

This guy thought he was tough because he was "korean"

Sorry rob_on_my_nuts don't hurt me

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 2:22 PM

Why did everyone stop responding to my posts?

Posted by: monkeymayonnaise | August 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 8, 2010 2:16 PM

Great post. Just awesome.

Gotta wonder if we have anybody on our O line today who can dominate like that. That attitude seems to be lacking around the ol' farm these days....

Posted by: edvar | August 8, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Because, like your parents we don't like you.

And plus nobody wants to play with monkey spooge

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully williams n brown will show signs of a good future for our o line.

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

What is up with the blog today? Everybody dogged on Colt Brennan and now he's in Oakland. We'll be sorry when Donovan goes down with an injury.

Posted by: shanahanman | August 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse


Redskins notes and analysis 8/8/10
By: John Keim
Examiner Staff Writer
08/08/10 1:11 PM EDT
1. Watched Albert Haynesworth hit the blocking sled Saturday. One reason he’s so effective is that he uses his entire body when exploding into the sled. Not all players do. He has a lot more natural strength than most, but it helps that his lower body is so involved.

2. Anthony Bryant, meanwhile, didn’t seem to be consistent with his hands and lunged too much when hitting the sled. Didn’t seem to use his whole body, at least not like Haynesworth or even Phillip Daniels.

3. The Redskins say Haynesworth is the No. 2 nose, but I can’t imagine he’ll play that spot all the time. On first and second down it makes sense to have Maake Kemoeatu as the nose and Haynesworth at right end (with Adam Carriker or Daniels on the other side). Kemoeatu will not get in the backfield, but he can anchor the middle.

4. Because I grew up in Cleveland – save the remarks – and my family still lives there, I pay attention to the Browns. They have a talented nose guard in Shaun Rogers; he could make plays in the backfield and, when motivated, is a Pro Bowl player. However, when he was hurt last year the Browns’ run defense actually improved. Why? Because the guy who replaced him, Ahtyba Rubin, simply tried to hold his ground and occupy blockers rather than make plays. With Rogers, teams would allow him to shoot a gap, create a big opening and then hit the other gap.

5. Doesn’t mean that will happen in Washington with Haynesworth. But, heck, you saw teams adopt that strategy with him on the field last year. That’s why the Redskins will move him around so much; keep the offense from doing that all the time. And my guess is the Redskins will provide so many looks with their linebackers that if offenses are so focused on Haynesworth, then they’ll lose sight of where the real pressure is coming from

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sports/blogs/redskins-confidential/Redskins-notes-and-analysis-8810-100221584.html#ixzz0w2f4XE9x

Posted by: frediefritz | August 8, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

cont.

6. The D-line, by the way, also do a drill in which they chop over bags on the ground, then sprint a couple steps from behind a ballcarrier and punch the ball away.

7. Jeremy Jarmon was too high even while chopping his feet in this drill. It was an issue with him Saturday. D-line coach Jacob Burney let him know, too.

8. Trent Williams is doing a terrific job, but like other rookies he has a tendency to tip off where he’s going to block. He admits it and knows he has to correct it; guessing it’s hard not to look a certain way when you know you’re facing Brian Orakpo.

9. Artis Hicks talked the other day about having long arms for a guard. It can be an issue when you’re facing defenders who get into your body quicker. At tackle, long arms are terrific; at guard, it can be a little bit of an obstacle.

10. Poor Lendy Holmes. Had terrific coverage and made a good read on a pass to Shay Hodge at the goal-line Saturday. He broke in front of Hodge, went to intercept the ball – and watched it bounce off his fingertips and into Hodge’s arms for a touchdown.

11. Is it time to be worried about Donovan McNabb? Doubt it, though one Eagles insider said he typically looked better in camp with Philadelphia. The thing to keep in mind, though – as anyone who has watched him knows; and has been pointed out to me by the insider and even an Eagle fan via email -- is that McNabb’s best trait is keeping plays alive after they break down. In practices, there is less improvisation; in games, there will be plenty

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sports/blogs/redskins-confidential/Redskins-notes-and-analysis-8810-100221584.html#ixzz0w2fL8DNY

Posted by: frediefritz | August 8, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frediefritz | August 8, 2010 2:51 PM

Great post.

Posted by: SportsWriter | August 8, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frediefritz | August 8, 2010 2:53 PM

Great post.

Posted by: SportsWriter | August 8, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse


What is up with the blog today? Everybody dogged on Colt Brennan and now he's in Oakland. We'll be sorry when Donovan goes down with an injury.

Posted by: shanahanman | August 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Here is John Keim's thoughts on Colt:

Good for Colt Brennan for getting picked up by Oakland. Always liked him, though always thought his opinion of his game did not always match reality. Worse ways to be, I suppose. Great to be confident, but I didn't always think he realized exactly how far he had to go to become a quality backup. But he was a pleasure to talk to; loved his insight and he broke down plays as well as anyone. In his future, he'll be a terrific analyst.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sports/blogs/redskins-confidential/Redskins-notes-and-analysis-8810-100221584.html#ixzz0w2g6Zk5i
I respect his opinion of Colt a whole lot more than your's.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 8, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Because, like your parents we don't like you.

And plus nobody wants to play with monkey spooge

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 2:31 PM

BRANDON: dude itz kool why you hatin on monkee n me? monkeez juz wanna have phun!

ROB: Why are you picking a fight with anyone? We are all rooting for the same team.

Posted by: rob_in_MD | August 8, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frediefritz | August 8, 2010 2:57 PM

Good points fredie. Would really like to see some of your own analysis here. Unique users like you bring so much to the discussion!

Posted by: SportsWriter | August 8, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I read that in the paper this morning, and got a little choked up...seriously...

I wonder if the game will ever be like that again - when you have a whole team of guys who truly care wholeheartedly about demoralizing the guys lining up across from you because it is your city's rival...

Posted by: p1funk | August 8, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Guys and Gals,

My high level take aways from Saturday's practice:

-I'm digging Shay Hodge and Brandon Banks. Hodge beat his man fairly consistently in one-on-one routes and had some nice grabs; Banks is as quick and shifty as advertised and seemed to handle both punts and passes pretty well. Would love to see him seize the PR/KR role and maybe develop into a nice slot option in years to come.

-CBs did not look too good aside from Hall. Pains me to knock a Terp but Kevin Barnes did not look sharp in coverage drills, Rogers got burnt with regularity, and Tryon was OK at best. Didn't get much of a look at Buchanon but hope he steps up.

-Fred Davis was all over the place. I'm really expecting big things from him this year- K. Shanahan should be able to exploit mismatches with him and Cooley, I see 60 catches/750 yards and 6-8 TDs as very attainable.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 8, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Is F Davis running solo with the 1s(and 2's) or are he and Cooley both on the field together? DO you see Fred Davis overtaking Cooley as the starter, or is he primarily in a 2 TE set mode?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 8, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey, was Grimm's mention of burgandy and gold a backhand-slap to Zorn's 'maroon, black, and yellow' ?

Posted by: bigbassdrum | August 9, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

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