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Mitchell finally gets to make his mark

In the preseason, rookie Marko Mitchell was the Redskins' leading receiver with 113 yards and three touchdowns in four games. But he'd been a non-factor in the regular season, inactive for five of the first seven games. Coaches told him Friday, though, that he'd see some playing time Sunday in Atlanta. He thought he'd be used primarily in the red zone but in the second half, the Redskins used him in a variety of situations.

On the team's first touchdown drive, Mitchell had an 11-yard catch on first down, which put Washington on the Atlanta 25-yard line. Then in the fourth, he had another 11-yard reception, this time coverting a third down.

"It felt real good," said Mitchell, a seventh-round pick out of Nevada. "It's been a long process, long time coming. So I felt good about the way things went."

Mitchell was targeted just twice, but that's the same number of times quarterbacks targeted starting receiver Devin Thomas, who didn't have a single reception Sunday.

"He's a big target, a big body," quarterback Jason Campbell said of Mitchell. "I'd say some guys are just gamers. He's just one of those guys who's just a gamer."

By Rick Maese  |  November 8, 2009; 7:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

Too bad our QB isn't "just a gamer"...

Posted by: theduck | November 8, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I was first and didn't mark my territory. I fail.

Posted by: theduck | November 8, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Too bad our QB has now been sacked 25 times. Were it not for his athleticism it probably would be more? I wonder how Brett Favre would handle those conditions?
Last year Favre had 30 sacks with 22 TDs and 22 interceptions He fumbled 10 times and lost 2. Hmmmm, maybe you idiots should stop blaming JC? He's gone you damned blithering fools!Just shut it will ya?

Posted by: periculum | November 8, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"Mitchell was targeted just twice, but that's the same number of times quarterbacks targeted starting receiver Devin Thomas, who didn't have a single reception Sunday."

Are you trying to stir up controversy?

Good.

Fear might be the thing that makes either Thomas see that when playing time is given, you make the most of it.

Dropping passes that hit you on the hands is the fastest way to the bench.

Did you hear that, Mr. Thomas.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 8, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Ah periculum, you can lead donkeys to water but you can't make 'em drink it.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | November 8, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Just another sign of how inept our coaching staff really is in the grand scheme of things... Why did it take 8 weeks for marko to get activated? Why does our QB know Marko is gamer but the coaching staff haven't been enlightened? Why didn't Jim Zorn light a fire under Landry's a$$ after that pathetic attempt of a tackle? Why didn't the coaches notice Betts and Rock have more of a burst than Portis? Why does Jim Zorn look like a cartoon character on the sidelines lol....why why why why.... all valid questions.

Sigh... When will this season end already!?

Posted by: Rashad8o4 | November 8, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Rashad, you said it all.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 8, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Hope Mitchell gets some serious time next week. We could use somebody who can catch balls over his shoulder, and stands taller than 5'10".

What's Atlanta now at home, 11-1 over the last couple seasons? For some reason Ryan doesn't play nearly as well outdoors. Weird when you think he spent four years in Boston.

About tackling Micheal Turner in the secondary: we really need to keep him from squirting through. He's too big for a DB to reliably bring down, once he's got a head of steam.

Thing that Riggo pointed out when he wasn't speculating on the color of Dan Snyder's heart -- that Micheal Turner looks like he's wearing no pads on hips, thighs, or knees. Just his game pants. Talk about asking for an injury....

Posted by: Samson151 | November 8, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

My simple observations from section 352 at the Dome:
1) More Marko Mitchell
2) Less Malcolm Kelly
3) Less #11 whoever he is
4) Start Betts or Rock

Posted by: mdflorals | November 8, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell was the best receiver in the preaseason.

It took 8 games and a shi t can season to finally get him active in a game.

No wonder this team is a pathetic joke and stupid as hell.

This pretty much sums it up.

Posted by: 72Redskins | November 8, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

None of the guys lined up with Doughty could see that he was lined up offsides? Not to excuse Doughty of being personally responsible not to line up a whole yard offside.

Posted by: coparker5 | November 8, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Marko Needs to start next week !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | November 8, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

This team needs a circular firing squad. I'll supply the bullets.

Posted by: gogmu012 | November 8, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Rashad, excellent post. That's been my opinion for the last two years. There are two types of coaches: the librarian and the gym teacher. Jim Zorn is a librarian. That might be okay as a coordinator, but as a head coach, the most successful ones are the ones that have fire in their souls. Watching a Zorn press conference is like watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. The reason the team is bad? It's not because "Danny and Vinny blah blah blah...", it's because Zorn has allowed the team to become soft. During training camp, the team doesn't have to work hard. If Clinton Portis doesn't feel like working, well, he can just take the day off. Think Bill Parcells would let Portis get away with that? Remember when Stubblefield was here? He would sit in the corner of the weight room eating doughnuts instead of lifting weights. The team developed a soft personality. That soft personality is back. Zorn does not have the ability to push players to make them better. Why can't Kelly, Thomas and Davisbecome impact players? Because Zorn doesn't push them. He doesn't develop them. How would Mike Tomlin deal with Devin Thomas's inability to concentrate? He wouldn't get a pat on the head. He would probably get to run an extra 10 laps around the practice field. Where would Chad Rinehart be today under a Rex Ryan or an Andy Reid? Probably starting and opening up nice running lanes. Name one offensive player that has gotten better in the last two years. Moss? Randle El? Heyer? Any of the draft picks? None of them. Look at the defense. Blache has overseen the development of just about everybody because he demands their respect. With the exception of today, the defense has played above and beyond what they should be playing. The horrible offense leaves them on the field way too long, but they still manage to be #4 overall. Keep an eye on Landry next week. I bet he doesn't get burned again. Blache is going to ride him hard all week, as he should.
There is going to be a change next year. I think Snyder is going to find a "Gym teacher" to put some fight into these soft players. Cowher, Holmgren, Gruden, Shanahan? It doesn't matter which one comes here, you will see the sudden development of Kelly, Davis, and Thomas. You will see some fire coming off that offensive line. You will see that Cerrato has brought us good players and hopefully continue to do so.

Posted by: midniterc | November 8, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Giants, Saints, Vikes all have rookie WRs tearing it up, scoring long plays, in there consistently, and ours are total zeroes sitting on the bench or running wrong routes or dropping a rare pass when it does get thrown their way.

thanks Vinny, did you pick those stiffs from the Special Olympics draft? how much more obvious can it be? you suck and because of it Danny's toy team sucks.

great team Danny!

Posted by: greatteamdan | November 9, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Giants, Saints, Vikes all have rookie WRs tearing it up, scoring long plays, in there consistently, and ours are total zeroes sitting on the bench or running wrong routes or dropping a rare pass when it does get thrown their way.

thanks Vinny, did you pick those stiffs from the Special Olympics draft? how much more obvious can it be? you suck and because of it Danny's toy team sucks.

great team Danny!

Posted by: greatteamdan | November 9, 2009 12:32 AM

At some point its not all Vinny and Snyder to blame. Yes it was STUPID not to draft OL but we do have players who can play. What we don't have is coaches who LEAD and players who PLAY for the coaches. The problem with this team is the lack of backbone and leadership from Zorn and his staff. They don't take reps from the players who have been the best producers in the past, whether it be because they can't see that Portis isn't as productive as Betts or because they are AFRAID to challenge him by removing him from the line-up. Likewise, Marko caught both balls that came his way, the same number of crucial drops I saw Santana Moss make while i was watching. Will Santana get less passes thrown his way and marko get more?? What do YOU think??? The players lead this team and thats why they get away with being soft and avoid accountability...Until that changes we will never be a consistently good team.

Posted by: scottmando | November 9, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Why is Landry still playing? It's called TACKLE football...not "HURL YOURSELF AT THEIR LEGS AND HOPE YOU KNOCK THEM DOWN" football. I used to think he was playing out of position, now I just think he can't play.

Posted by: romoblows | November 9, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

recently i heard Dan Snyder make the comment that he wants to be an owner like Dan rooney or Bob Kraft now let take that to another level if snyder really wants to do that and he serious about getting that done he needs to change a lot of things his ego has to take a back seat so does his making money those two things need to come irrelevant for him and he also needs to get rid of Cerrato hire people who have backbones people who are going to disagree with him hire a GM and give him total control of the football operations just like Rooney and Kraft have until oyu accomplish that you are not gonna be compared to them simple reasoning when it comes to football their goals are to win superbowls not buy them this is something he also needs to learn.

Posted by: rmnkevorkian | November 9, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

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