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Mason's Grade, the Secondary and Favre Fever

Someone - I'm not naming names, but it rhymes with Mason Tra Bandora - left early this morning for Redskins Park, grabbing his pen, notebook and tape recorder as he scooted out the door. Sadly, he did not grab his laptop. So he had to beg for mercy from Saint Cindy (patron saint of all that is ridiculous), who mercifully agreed to take dictation:

The scene at Redskins Park this morning is chaotic. There's an Eastern Motors fan thing with players signing autographs and exotic cars revving all over the parking lot. Jim Zorn will talk to the media [schlubs] soon and he's going to have to shout to be heard.

As far as the game went, Marcus Mason continues to make the case that he belongs in the NFL. The Redskins are smart enough to realize that stashing him on the practice squad another year won't work. Someone will sign him.

Aside from his fumbled kickoff return, Mason had another A+ game and the Redskins might have to find a way to keep four RBs on the roster, assuming all are healthy. It'll be interesting to see where they get that spot from. Based on the first two games, they shouldn't look to skimp on the secondary. Those guys look like they'll need all the help they can get. Leigh Torrence, Justin Tryon and Byron Westbrook had some trouble at times Saturday and, with Carlos Rogers coming off major knee surgery, they need numbers there. They're also a little short at safety and the linebackers, who assume heavy coverage duties in certain packages with this defense, are stretched thin as well. It'll be an especially interesting numbers game come September.

I thought young center Justin Geisinger was the unsung hero Saturday night, keeping a novice second-string line together. No QB got maimed and Todd Collins told me before the game that Geisinger has a good grasp of the offense, makes sound calls and makes a good snap. Center is a position the Redskins didn't address in the offseason and developing Geisinger into a capable backup would be a big boost.

Randoms: Rookie tackle Chad Rinehart passed the test again Saturday. ... Shaun Suisham's confidence should be boosted by the long field goal, his first in a game since the regular-season finale last season. ... I'm still awaiting updates on injuries from the game, although they all appeared to be minor. ...

Just saw H.B. Blades leaving the building. I hadn't seen him since his surgery; he was moving and walking well. ... Spoke with Malcolm Kelly this morning as he was leaving the building to check out the cars. He's coming along well from knee surgery. ... Devin Thomas and LaRon Landry are scheduled to resume full practice this week; Stephon. Heyer and Todd Wade probably will not. ...

Otherwise, it's day 1 of Favre fever.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 10, 2008; 11:59 AM ET
 
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Comments

Just catching up -- the box score shows Colt Brennan at 4-8 for 37 yds and no TDs. That has to be an error, right? Or further proof of the anti-Colt conspiracy? Crazy stuff.

http://stats.washingtonpost.com/fb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=20080809028&home=28&vis=2

Hooray for The Todd. Looks like this was a Statement Game for him. And the statement was "Colt, get your damn hands off my clipboard!"

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | August 10, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm not goin' first, that's for sure.

Posted by: Redskin Willie | August 10, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

....Hoping that Landry makes his debut against Broadway Brett, reminding him why he felt like retiring at the end of last season....

Posted by: SCSkins | August 10, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

well, i saw brennan play. and i'm off his wagon and on ned Devine's. also regardless of what this post says i'm off marcus mason's bandwagon too. but i hope they can sign and trade him and get some value. i didn't see the starters play. i think there ought to be an alert service for the preseason games

Posted by: dealer | August 10, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Jets game is too soon to start stashing "not quite ready for prime time" players, who wouldn't last on the practice squad, on season ending injured reserve?

Wonder who the candidates might be? If Kareem Moore keeps getting dinged up, might be him. Or the LB Fincher, who shows promise. Maybe Anthony Mix? (Billy Mac should make the team at WR)

Right now it looks like the skins have a number of guys who are evenly matched at some key positions.

Wonder if "core Skins" like Rock, Thrash, Fox, Boschetti etc. are in danger?

Be bnice is Buges had a year to work with Clark, Crummey and they already have Kerry Brown salted away for next year.

Thoughts?

Posted by: Corkczar | August 10, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

From the previous thread:

"Wondering if anyone has any advice for a redskin fan from north of the boarder. I am going to seattle on nov. 23 for the game wondering if there are area's where we skins fans bolster up against the 12th man.

Posted by: barks24 | August 10, 2008 11:41 AM"


barks24, there will definitely be some eventful events attended by blog peeps before the Seattle game. Stay tuned... I think our man "P Diddy," a Seattle resident, may be inclined to host some festivities, as he did before the playoff game in January.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | August 10, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Few comments from last night:

* Campbell has been on target and has put up good stats, but watching him in person last night, he seems late in a lot of his throws. I know that this is expected in a new offense, but I think he needs a lot more work in these games.

* Frost is awful, he has no hang-time on his punts.

* The CBs are looking pretty bad. I know I preaching to the choir, but maybe one of 3 2nd rounders could have been used for some depth?

* It took entirely too much time to get out of the stadium, considering the size of the crowd at the end of the game. The traffic cop on Arena Dr. should be fired. I have never experienced anything like that, not even after close Dallas MNF games.

Posted by: BT | August 10, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I will definitely be throwing a bash in Seattle for that game. I'll work out details as we get closer. We'll probably end up at the same bar as last year's playoff game bash, mostly because the owner and bartenders are very good friends of mine, and die-hard Seahawks fans. :-) I don't think we'll have quite the turnout of the playoff game, though I do hope lots of folks make the trek out. Last year's party was a fun night, despite the result of the game the next day.

Posted by: P Diddy | August 10, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Feeling good overall about the team so far, key concerns:

1) CB depth is suspect. Leigh Torrence got WORKED on that TD pass to Hardy and he represents our best nickle-back at the moment. Hoping that Jason-Taylor-boosted-pass-rush can make up for a thin looking secondary.

2) Todd Collins is fool's gold. The guy has zero arm strength. Take away the screen passes and the dinkers to the TE and he can't make many throws. In the playoffs last year the Seahawks exposed him by clogging the middle with coverage and forcing him to throw outs and deep balls. Half his outs got knocked down by CBs because he just lobs it to a spot. And he might as well be yelling "500" when he goes deep. Here's hoping Soup can stay healthy...

Posted by: p1funk | August 10, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Todd Collins' arm strength is deceiving.

Low blows about him holding clipboards (Nate) and basically suggesting he has a noodle arm will not be tolerated,

nor will any talk about pommel horses.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 10, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Where is my main gal, Cindy to back me up on this?

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 10, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Not for nothin', but doesn't the 3rd string QB carry the clipboard?

Posted by: Redskin Willie | August 10, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

When are the first roster cuts and what number do they need to get to at the cut?

Posted by: Roster cuts | August 10, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Spoke with Malcolm Kelly this morning as he was leaving the building to check out the cars.

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What about those cars?

Apparently you don't need any credit to qualify for a loan?

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 10, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I think Jasno's soft underbelly has been exposed by the improved food at Redskins Park. How can you get an A+ when you fumble the ball?

Posted by: Prodigal Son | August 10, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

* The CBs are looking pretty bad. I know I preaching to the choir, but maybe one of 3 2nd rounders could have been used for some depth?

Posted by: BT | August 10, 2008 1:03 PM

Not sure what denomination you're from -- Orthodox Knee Jerk? -- but our choir sings a different tune up here. Most of the time, we're all singing off different pages of the RI Hynmal.

A few of us are singing "A Mighty Fortress Should be our D Line." Many of us, like me, are singing "What a Friend We Have in Vinny." We think that we'd like to see the guys he drafted play, as well as the ones he didn't, before making any judgements about what he should have done.

But, it's RI, so feel free to sing what pleases you. Maybe a few others of your denomination will join in.

Posted by: Mull It | August 10, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Orthodox Knee Jerk?

Fargin hillarious...

In all seriousness, has Tryon reached puberty yet? Can we expect him to grow another inch or two, or what?

Also, when are Colt's balls gonna drop? Will he shave the chin strap beard when this does happen?

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 10, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

First.

Posted by: Jeff R. | August 10, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

This is the song our choir sings up here:

Hail to the Blog!
Down with Anonymity!
Bloggers on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Rant, or jib, or jab -- we want a lot more!
Cut 'em, Paste 'em,
Beep Beep! -- Let the comments soar!
Fight on, fight on 'Til you have won
Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!

Hail to the Blog!
Down with Anonymity!
Bloggers on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 10, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Nice work, Chia! You drinkin' already? Did they pour beer into your reservoir instead of water?

Posted by: Mull It | August 10, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Otherwise, it's day 1 of Favre fever.

By Cindy Boren | August 10, 2008; 11:59 AM ET

Favre fever? Who exactly has "Favre fever" other than the young lady who put this post up? And shouldn't that be Favre fevre?

Posted by: Mull It | August 10, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Sill too early to be drinkin beer out here on the left coast, Mull It; sippin on a coffee.

Favre fevre sounds dangerously infectious.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 10, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Cindy | August 10, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I think Jasno's soft underbelly has been exposed by the improved food at Redskins Park. How can you get an A+ when you fumble the ball?

Posted by: Prodigal Son | August 10, 2008 1:55 PM

This post was left by a pure football fan who never played the sport so I will help him with how football players are graded on their performance on the field.....
1) You are graded by what you did by your position...ie.. missed assignments, blocks, runs, throws, reads, tackles, INT's, Defended passes, ETC....... So in Marcus case he ran hard, hit the holes, picked up his blocking assignments, ran the correct plays..... So he received an A for his work at his position
2) Special Teams is graded different and not linked to your position. Marcus played several special teams positions last night and yes he fumbled the ball ( which happens to every ball carrier who ever played football but he is not known for fumbles )

So I can see why the team is high on him from a player stand point because the kid can flat out run the football. He runs hard and hit the holes without dancing which says alot about about his ability to play football. The front office know this about the kid which is why they kept him the whole year on the Practice Squad to help develop his ability. And I agree with Jasno about not being able to hide this kid for another year because he has the ability to play NOW in this league. Name me a team that would NOT like to have a running back that runs down hill, plays hard, reads well with his eyes when hittin the holes, and plays within the game plan and will take the five yards every time....If you can name that team then that team is not looking to win for any reason....

The number game is and will play it self out at that position so Marcus maybe the odd man out because of Experience but lack of talent will not be reason. The Skins have a hard choice to make because injuries are part of the game and running backs are most effected by this and if they cut Marcus and they lose a player during the year everyone on this blog will be asking why did we cut Marcus because now he is helping another ball club win after the time and effort the skins trained him and made him NFL ready.....

I say keep him or trade him for value. Cutting him for nothing would be stupid...

Football Fan

Posted by: Football Fan | August 10, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I say keep him or trade him for value. Cutting him for nothing would be stupid...

Football Fan

Posted by: Football Fan | August 10, 2008 4:02 PM


Great post one of the best I have read on this hurrting cut and paste blog

Posted by: jonthefisherman | August 10, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Jasno-

Can you speak to Chemistry that may have developed so far this year? It seems these cats seemed much more jazzed this year. Yes, last year was a very hard time, but it seems these guys are really starting to jell in a way i havent seen before. The 1st string folks cheering on the sidelines, zorn seemingly showing no rookie shakes, and the team playing penalty free.

Posted by: zap | August 10, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to Marcus Mason's inclusion to the roster. Few players display such potential and none are local. RETAIN MASON!!

Posted by: masu | August 11, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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