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McCardell In The House

Spoke to some people in the building who said Keenan was here by 8 am. Everyone assuming a deal will get done, but no official confirmation yet.
I have not seen him since I've been here, but, given that we are pretty much restricted to one little cranny of the facility, that's not unusual.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 1, 2007; 10:32 AM ET
 
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Posted by: first | October 1, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: second | October 1, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: SeanTay77 | October 1, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Jasno, more important than the McCardell signing is the roster move to make space for him. In particular, what is the status of Moss? Can you determine the extent of his injury???

Posted by: Cindy's boy toy | October 1, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

From the last post;

But I've noticed that it really has more to do with how the pocket collapses rather than whether it collapses. Romo between this year and last, has learned the dynamics of his pocket collapse and buys crucial seconds to allow the 'sandlot' improvisation that Dallas now employs.

We have seen some of this in Soup as well. I don't think we're too far from the result provided 1) Our O-line develops consistency (not impreviousness as some have been asking for) and 2) Our receivers learn to think like Soup.

I hereby nominate the phrase:

"Think Like Soup"

Posted by: Dik | October 1, 2007 10:29 AM

Dik - Next time you watch the Cowgirls, notice how Romo cannot stand behind his line and complete a pass. The pocket collapse or him running outside of the pocket is the reason for his success. I've said it before and I've heard it from a few analyst on the sports networks. He is too small to see over his line and can only complete passes outside of the pocket. I watched the whole game yesterday and he completed 1 pass for 5-6 yards from behind the line. Every other time he tried to throw from behind the line it was incomplete.

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

That's right, Mr. LaCanfora. You are only 26 and don't deserve to step foot in my building until you are at least 30 and stop criticizing this well oiled machine we have down here in Ashburn.

What's that? 5-11 last year and a losing record since I've been here? I also treat the fans like crap and gouge them for their well-earned money?

Um, well, I'll need to address those questions during my next interview with George Michael in 2011, if he's not dead.

Posted by: Daniel Snyder | October 1, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

OK,OK

AM I 7th?

*hugs*

Posted by: SallieMae | October 1, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I got to work before McCardell did this morning... I'm already questioning his ethics. I bet he doesn't even BHGO on the job either.

Over/Under on the total points scored this weekend? I'm going with 45.

The whole state of Virginia did pretty well in college football this weekend. Hooray for the VA.

Posted by: Dorf | October 1, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

This move makes no difference the team will not win another game. The Lions will win by 14. Gibbs will retire in week 14 and the team will be all new next season wit Danny as the coach. Cheers!!!

Posted by: Skip in VA | October 1, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to get opinions on the idea of sending Betts to Tampa and activating Mason off of the practice squad.

TB needs a RB after yesterday and IMO letting go of Betts would give Portis more opportunities to make big plays. Betts is over rated and we could get more for him now than at the end of the season when other people start to realize this.

Just a thought....

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

cdubb-

Agreed on Reid. No freaking clue what he was doing with the offensive play calling; it was like he pre-scripted the entire game's calls and stuck to that script despite the fact it obviously wasn't working. Totally wasted another good/great effort by the D. Maybe family issues are (understandably) causing his coaching skills to slip.

Of course, it also doesn't help when your team commits a bazillion penalties to lop of its remaining foot.

Getting healthy over the bye week should help the Iggles a lot, but if the coaches aren't going to game plan/adjust to the team they've got, this season is history.

Posted by: EaglesFan | October 1, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm ok with the move as long as Gibbs doesn't start to reminiss and put Brunell out there with McCardell.

Posted by: ce1782 | October 1, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Good observation Bigfish!

It's amazing how Romo's team has that in mind when they play. Coaching to a player's strength (or to mask his weakness) is key.

"Think like Soup"

Posted by: Dik | October 1, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Bigfish,

I don't think we could take the Cap hit of trading Betts. He is in the first year of his deal.


Posted by: Skinz | October 1, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Bigfish, are you being serious? You want to trade Betts, and go with a guy who has never carried the ball in the NFL before?

Good move. I don't even think Vinny would do this deal.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | October 1, 2007 11:12 AM | Report abuse

cdubb,

Honestly, we couldn't even unload Betts in a trade because the cap hit would put us over.

I'm pretty sure we're a half cent under right now.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | October 1, 2007 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Bigfish,

I don't think we could take the Cap hit of trading Betts. He is in the first year of his deal.


Posted by: Skinz | October 1, 2007 11:10 AM

Isn't there something the other team can do to help out in that situation. Kind of like what the Bears did to get Arch Deluxe?

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I actually like Betts just fine (not as much as my 'Cane bruther Portis) and if there's another cap hit involved, I don't want it.

But I do like the concept of trading a valued player for more pics. This team needs to get younger soon.

We already signed Cooley, so he's not tradeable now - but SeanTay is! Who else could garner early multiple pics for a trade on this squad? Samuels? He may be a little long in the tooth to get a bunch... who else?

Posted by: Dik | October 1, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Denver Post headline this morning: ROCKTOBER!

On a weekend of blah blah football games and no Skins, I spent most of my time watching a team of mostly no-named overachievers make a playoff push like no other. I know we're all completely immersed in fubbal right now, but if watching Brady to Moss gets tiring, check out the Rockies tonight.

Hail.

Posted by: mile high | October 1, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

During the bye week, I hosted a picnic for the boys. In attendance was the Team President and Head Coach, the Associate Head Coach-Offense, Assistant Offensive Coordinator, Second to the Associate but First to the Assistant Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs coach, Assistant to the Running Backs coach, Vinny Cerato, and George Michael. It was so much fun. At one point Buges' called and we had to convince him that it was 2007 and not World War II all over again.

We also discussed how effective we are at play calling and avoiding in-game confusion. Oh, and we also laughed at all of the delay of game penalties and goal line troubles other teams had yesterday because we don't have to deal with anything like that. Yep, our clock management and play calling has been top notch, and very agressive UP HERE (especially with the lead) since Mr. Gibbs returned.

Hail to the King of Second Half Adjustments.

P.S. Don't forget Bank of America when opening up your new checking accounts.

Posted by: Daniel Snyder | October 1, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Greg - Yes I'm serious. We have Portis as our premier back. It's only been 3 games but I don't see this whole "2 headed monster" thing working out with the injuries to the line that we have right now. Betts had a good season last year because the line was opening up holes that I could have run through. And there are plenty of 1st year backs that have good seasons.

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

bigfish,

If we didn't come within 3 pennies of the salary cap max each and every year, we'd have some leverage to make a deal. Not that I'm suggesting that I like the idea of trading Betts, but we don't even have that option.

can't wait for the 7-8 mill of dead money on Lloyd over the next 2 years. That should help out our cap situation for sure.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | October 1, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

This is really awful...only recommended to the most twisted of minds among you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0KmjqabDUU

Posted by: SMACK | October 1, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Message to Dorf:

The insult on the last thread was not me as you probably knew, even in insult it didnt show my usual voice...

You know I abide you...

Posted by: Chris Larry | October 1, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow, captain obvious really can offer some scintillating insight, eh?

ita.

Posted by: Dik | October 1, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh SMACK, that is the worst video ever.

Posted by: P Diddy | October 1, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I thought the other team could buy out his contract or something in a trade??? Not sure though.

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

It takes two to tango. Who wants a chronically underachieving locker room cancer?

Posted by: P Diddy | October 1, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Bigfish,

I think what happened with Delux is that he agreed to "give back" a bit of his signing bonus. I don't think teams can accept a cap hit.

Posted by: Skinz | October 1, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Diddy - We're talking about Betts not Lloyd.

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Watching a bit of the Dallas and Green Bay game yesterday something occurred to me:

Romo and Favre (the younger version) are accurate longball throwers with a cannon arm and good mobility. They aren't game managers. (I knoew Favre has calmed down a bit this year) Does that remind you of anyone?

Game Managers are accurate, smart QBs with medium strength arms. Are they actually inhibiting the growth and strengths of Cambell. I mean the kid shakes off Ints and stuff pretty easily. I hope they don't take away his edge by teaching him to be risk averse.

Posted by: Skinz | October 1, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

big fish,

the only way a team can get cap relief, in a trade or release, is if the player voluntarily agrees to give back some or all of their signing bonus. It really has nothing to do with the other team.

it happened to us with LaVar, Arch, Coles maybe (plasma???)

there is a 0% chance that happens here. I also heard that the NFLPA doesn't think too kindly of moves like the ones I mentioned above.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | October 1, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh, sorry...carry on :-)

(and no, I don't think they should trade Betts, but this looks like another 75 comment conversation that will end in "We agree to disagree", so I'll just stay out of it altogether...)

:-)

Posted by: P Diddy | October 1, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure about the details but didn't the Bears agree to pay $5 mil of his bonus money which was taken off of the cap hit for us?

Other than the contract details, would you be upset if they traded him? We could use a Guard or a Corner or some draft picks.

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Diddy,

Never worry, my friend. "WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER UP HERE", okay?

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | October 1, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

LMGO - Diddy. Just something to stir up some comments.

Thanks RB!

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

DRAFT PICKS?!
REDSKINS?!
DANNY BOY?!

lmgo

Posted by: SkinsRealist | October 1, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Skinz, I said the same thinng in my breakdown of the game Wed (?) morning. Then somebody (boofer) took umbrage with that.

Campbell looked great when allowed to throw multiple passes in a row, to drive down the field and win the game. He has always looked strongest when doing that.

If he is the franchise and the future, and Gibbs wont open it up, (we know gibbs isnt gonna be here for another 15 year stretch as we have already endured). I hate to say it, but it would mean time for bye bye Gibbs.

Posted by: Zebra | October 1, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Here's a conversational grenade for you:

Why not trade Portis?

I already know the answer to that question, but figured I'd add mine to the 75 comments before we "agree to disagree".

Posted by: Larry Bud | October 1, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

bigfish,

the bears may have given us "cash" or something like that, but it still wouldn't have any affect on our cap situation.

the only way we get cap relief is if the player himself agrees to give money back.

as far as Betts goes, I do not like the idea of trading him. If we were deciding between Portis/Betts, and you had to look at all of the current factors (contract, durability, system he's running in) I would keep Betts.

I still love CP, but that is the way I feel.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | October 1, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I'm following this.

Why is it you're going to start blowing up a 2-1 team coming out of the bye week again?

Posted by: Redcoat | October 1, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Portis actually has vision and can't break runs for TD's. I haven't seen that in Betts. And then there's the larger cap hit for Portis. But you already knew that.

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

This sort of reminds me of that whole mentality that says "you're only going to break my heart somehow here, so let's blow it up now and save ourselves the trouble of keeping our hopes up".

In other words, the yearly lot of the Miami Dolphins fan. Face it guys, you just became Miami supporters!!!

* suddenly, a small group of odd-looking people clad only in teal and orange robes appear and begin chanting in an ullulating tone *

"one of us, one of us, one of us..."

Posted by: Redcoat | October 1, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Redcoat,

No way do I want to break up the team. In fact, I think most are just throwing out some hypotheticals.

What are the Fins going to do at QB? How long did they sign Green for? 2 years? He may be in the running for the highest paid back-up QB in a couple of weeks. Oh nevermind, Brunell has him beat by 400 billion dollars.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | October 1, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I like the idea of keeping both of them but I just think that having Betts around is taking away valuable opportunities for Portis. Portis gets better results out of the same carries that Betts would have. Betts can't get past the LB's and especially the safeties like Portis can. Betts' trade value is fairly high right now. If they're going to keep both of them then I would like to see Portis get more carries. Portis is a gamebreaker. Betts is not. But that's just my opinion.

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

RC - It's just me throwing out something to blog about. No one's talking about blowing it up.

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, have to admit a lot of this sounds like loser talk. "Ah, let's give it up, we're done anyway." Boo on loser talk!

PeKing sez Detroit is 0-20 all time at Washington! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 1, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Not that I mind the hypotheticals, to a degree... but there's an undercurrent of negativity which I just can't abide. That's what I meant by loser talk.

HAIL!

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 1, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

LMsjkingGO, RedC!

Those fans were there on Sun, no? "one of us... ooooo - you have beeeen choooosen... theee claaawwww!" hahahaha.

As the two superbowls can attest, the plights of our great franchises seem inexorably linked!

Posted by: Dik | October 1, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

No one's giving up on anything.

***2005 Steelers***

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Ok, for kicks and giggles, what do you arm-chair GM's think that Tampa Bay is going to give us for Ladell. I'm guessing at LEAST a 2nd round pick right?

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | October 1, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Any chance the Redskins will change their name? How about throwing it back all together.

A)Washington Braves
B)Deep burgandy uniforms with spear on the helment, with a modernized look... and most important...

WINNING!

I suggest the name change because it is offensive and it may be some voodoo like curse on them. If not the Braves, than how about The Washington Powhatans? The Powhatans were settled in the mid-atlantic states. (VA, DC, MD, maybe some PA and NC)

PS- This isn't an ethics call or anything just a suggestion. We could have burgandy hats or black, with the letter B with the spear kind of going through the B. As far as uniforms the burgandy, gold, and white should stay the same, but an alternate uniform should be created with burgandy, gold and black.

Posted by: SkinsRealist | October 1, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

beep beep beep...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Greg - It would have to be a conditional deal like we did to get Duckett. Based on performance and whether or not they make it to the play-offs, etc. If we would have went to the play-offs last year and Denver didn't then we would owe them a 1st round pick right now.

Posted by: bigfish | October 1, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Bigfish, the question I have is why did you pick Tampa Bay as a trade partner? They don't need Ladell Betts. Both of TB's back up RBs have more yards than Betts on the same number of carries and the rookie Graham has three TDs.

Posted by: LH | October 1, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Portis has rushed 48 times for 227 yards -- a 4.7-yard average -- and has scored three touchdowns. Betts has just 82 yards on 30 carries -- a scant 2.7 average -- and no scores. Despite his slow start, there has been no running back controversy, only dashed hopes that the running game would pick up where it left off.

"It is different," Betts said. "It's a little bit of an adjustment period. I probably didn't realize how much of an adjustment period it would be. The biggest difference for me is coming off the bench as opposed to getting all the carries like I did at the end of the season. I don't have the same type of rhythm that I did when you run a play over and over and you start to figure out what somebody's doing. I'm coming in off the bench kind of cold sometimes, and it's a little bit different feel."

Running Backs need consistency... Bigfish, this says it all. You are correct.

Posted by: Zebra | October 1, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, aside from contradicting your moniker, skinsrealist... I like it! lol.

And I like the Braves, though that's almost as racist as the current name.

I like the Redskins name too, though, 'cause hopefully it does remind us of the Genocide our society committed (still committing?). I think once we loose the racist iconography, we'll forget the action and are closer to repeating it.

I think shining a light on a problem is better than keeping it hidden in the dark.

Posted by: Dik | October 1, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Given their injury history I wouldn't trade either Betts or Portis. I don't like the way they're being used though. I'd rather see one (CP) get the bulk of the carries and allowed to get in a rhythm with the other occasionally spelling them. Betts coming in fresh late in the third or fourth quarters when defenses are tired would be best.

What do you guys think of taking a flyer on Ricky Williams if he's reinstated? I'm not sure myself, I just think he fits the ideal Gibbs-type (Gibbs 1.0 at least) back. Granted he's a knucklehead and the Dolphins may not release him (if he's even reinstated) but if you could get him at the league minimum..... Just sayin...Tampa and Green Bay might be more desperate though.

Posted by: skinswest | October 1, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

RB, the best gut feel seems to be that the Fins keep Trent under center until we are mathematically eliminated from post-season - week 9 at latest :-) - and then Cleo "Pastel" Lemon gets "buggins' turn" until about week 14 when we turn John Beck loose to see if he's the future (yet) or not.

Trent's not playing that well, but ironically the offense has begun to show life. The run blocking has improved immeasurably and Ronnie Brown is now scampering around like we hoped he would (if you haven't seen it, watch him run OVER BJ Ward in his TD run yesterday). That said, Trent is throwing a lot of bad passes - he should have had 4 INTs yesterday, not 2 so he will have to go.

But our D has given up. In week 4. Anyone want to trade front 7? Anyone, anyone at all?

Posted by: Redcoat | October 1, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dik, lol.

The word Braves when referenced toward Native Americans is defined as warrior, a Native American Warrior. I understand they probably should just drop the whole Native American refernce, but the term Braves is not racially offensive, in my opinion.

PS- Skins not REDskins, lol.

Posted by: SkinsRealist | October 1, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Washington Braveskins

logo can be a picture of the indian with a spear in his arm

Posted by: compromise | October 1, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

SkinsRealist:
I don't get it. You want to substitute one offensive nickname for another?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The closest Native tribe to DC was the Piscataways.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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