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MNF Halftime Junk

Hey there, sorry for the late check in. I'm crunching numbers for a story for Wed. paper and watching the game.
Megskin got me to thinking with some of the stats she dug up last week; I am taking them up a level. It ain't pretty.

Can't believe ESPN is actually broadcasting this halftime race thing during the game. That's beyond shameless. Steve Young won for those of you who had a pool. I had $50 on Kornheiser.
My only question: Where was Screamin' A Smith?

Okay, as for Ray Brown, he's supposed to be named a consultant tomorrow from what we expect. Was on the field during practice Monday. The players love him and he could be a very valuable go between for the coaches, especially at a time as touchy as this.

If you asked me to pick the brightest, most affable, funny, cogent, honest player I have covered on the Redskins, Ray gets my vote, and that's saying something because they've had some great guys here the last three years. He's what us media types would call a go-to guy, cause he's worth using as a sounding board for just about everything. Guys of all types gratitate to him. He is in the know and has great instincts about people and trends.

I'm taking Fudge-Ums in the first round of next year's Pilsbury Fantasy Draft. I like Winnipeg to take the Grey Cup. Put me down for the Pats in the Super Bowl, although I am under the influence of Tom Brady as I write this. What a first half.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 30, 2006; 10:18 PM ET
 
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My money was on Joey T. Whoever won had to eat an entire box of Wheat Thins. We figured watching the darn thing wasn't punishment enough.

What kind of tequila should I drink tonight?

Posted by: P Diddy | October 30, 2006 10:23 PM | Report abuse

BTW, good word usage: "cogent".

Posted by: P Diddy | October 30, 2006 10:27 PM | Report abuse

This just in: Tom Brady is damn good.

Posted by: CMoney | October 30, 2006 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I love Ray Brown as well....hope he has some ideas and can make a difference. Wonder if he will give up the Post Game Show.

Posted by: Lisa | October 30, 2006 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Brady is amazing. They were talking about him getting the ball to 8 different WR's. Hello, don't we have a ton of WR's. Can we see Brunell look at more than one guy.

Posted by: calebt17 | October 30, 2006 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm just mad at the world watching not only a successful, young, late round draft choice QB, but also a successful 37 year old QB who can still throw the ball 30+ yards.

The world sucks. Screw reality...

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | October 30, 2006 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Diddy - I would suggest drinking whatever taquilla is within arm's reach.
Bucktown - Brad is very solid, but threw a few killer picks early in this game that really turned it in the Pats' favor. Very un-Bradlike.
I would think that if Ray's is on the payroll and working with players and coaches it would be pretty tough for him to be as candid and honest as he could be on the post-game show. Not to mention the fact that I would assume he would be at most games now, at least the home ones.
I'm just glad I don't have to call him on his cell or bank on running into him at The Park every few weeks. He's just a great dude to be around.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | October 30, 2006 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Super Bowl, this year? Already seen it: Ravens over the Saints.

The Ravens with the "Mad Scientist" at the helm of that Rubik's cube of a defense and that brand-spanking new Offensive coordinator look pretty damn hard to beat.

Anybody picking the Broncos can't be serious--who in their right mind plays zone defense against Payton Manning and expects to win the game? Ohyeah, Grillams for one(we definately deserved that a$$-kicking in hindsight)--and Plummer is going to self-destruct in the playoffs, sorry.

Posted by: Megskin | October 30, 2006 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I like the Broncos uniforms.

I've settled on Herradura Silver. The night is about to get a lot more interesting. Well, as interesting as Seattle on a Monday night can be.

Posted by: P Diddy | October 30, 2006 11:19 PM | Report abuse

if anyone out there thinks the Broncos will seriously challenge the 2000 Ravens for fewest offensive TDs allowed, I would love for them to be willing to put some money behind it.
San Diego is going to put up points on them, and they've got Charger Power twice still. KC and SEA, if healhty by then, will too. Still have Cincy to face as well.

Okay, I'm going to stop working on this story and get to bed.

I'll post an entry tomorrow morning from The Park. Maybe get an exclusive with Ray Brown or something.
Cheers.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | October 30, 2006 11:40 PM | Report abuse

JLC and Cindy please explain this one to me. Posted last night by Lisa.

Gibbs was being interviewed by George Michael and Sonny tonight on the NBC. Sonny asked Gibbs what it would take for Jason to be able to play...how much more work does he need? Gibbs replied that Jason is "ready now" but that he does not feel like a QB change is the solution.

Posted by: jm220 | October 31, 2006 7:08 AM | Report abuse

What was this race thing about? Didn't watch the game last night, passed out at 8pm and slept all the way through til 6am. Some crucial sleep!
I like Ray Brown being back, but what exactly is he going to do? Maybe we could hire Tiki Barber next year to be a consultant as well. Good interview with Letterman the other night. Can you tell he went to UVa? Dropping big words Megskin style on America. I'm just scared that with him being gone, Brandon Jacobs is going to rupture someone's spleen. That guy was scary against our run D. Gulp.

Posted by: Dorf | October 31, 2006 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Wow JLa, I must be channelling you. I woke up this morning in a depressed sports mood. I thought, "Can my sports world get much worse?" My Skins stink, Billy from Boston has a good team and could eclipse Gibbs this year in the SB total. The caps don't look that great and my Bullets have Etan Thomas starting at center.

So I turn on the TV and who's yelling at me? Screamin A. Smith. God I hate that idiot.


On another note. I didn't watch much football this weekend cause I needed a break but I did catch some of the Colts and MNF games.

I was watching the game last night and was amazed at how wide open all the Pats WR's are. The same thing happened with the Colts on Sunday and I started thinking, "Maybe it's not Brunell maybe our WR's just aren't good?" then it all occurred to me. What do the Colts and Pats have in common? Oh right, a qb who sees the field and spreads the ball around.

To borrow a line from James Carvel. It's the QB stupid!!! Pass that along to Gibbs for me please.

Posted by: Skinz | October 31, 2006 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Who is A.Smith?

Posted by: jm220 | October 31, 2006 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Just what we needed. Another coach.

Posted by: Rob | October 31, 2006 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Stephen A. Smith. Turn on any ESPN bball show. He will be the guy yelling his answers about everything. Think Boofer made for TV.

Here were his answers this morning

Stephen who will be the league MVP.

LEBRON JAMES!!!!!!!!!

Stephen, who will be most improved?

BELIEVE IT OR NOT LABRON JAMES BABY!!!!

Stephen, who will be the best player in the league not named Lebron James.

I REFUSE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION BASED ON THE FACT THAT IT"S IT'S LIKE MY BOY....LUDACRIS!!!!!!!

Posted by: Skinz | October 31, 2006 9:25 AM | Report abuse

"Wonder if he will give up the Post Game Show."

If there is a god in heaven, yes! Ray Brown adds nothing to the Comcast show and is such a homer without adding any useful insight to the discussion. Love 'em or hate 'em, BMitch, Czaban and Chick talk about the good, the bad and the ugly.

Posted by: Lester Burnham | October 31, 2006 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Skinz I have to disagree with you. I like Sthepen A Smith. Maybe because I talk loud as well when it discussion on something I love. (religion, politics, sports, Skins, Brunell)

Posted by: jm220 | October 31, 2006 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Skinz,

Please keep in mind that Etan is "starting" but Brandon will probably play just as many minutes. I am worried about the Wiz, though, since my Skins suck and the whole city may be jinxed.

Lester Burnham, I do not agree with you. Ray started out (the first few weeks) being a "homer" on the show but he has changed his tune lately. And he is so much closer to the game than any of the other analysts - knows the organization, players, etc. I listen to what he has to say on the show far more than that AWFUL Steve Czaban - who probably never played the game in his life.

This morning Czaban was naming some of the "ugliest" players in sports on SportsTalk 980 - I was thinking "have you ever looked in the mirror, ZABE???"

Posted by: Lisa | October 31, 2006 9:37 AM | Report abuse

This morning Czaban was naming some of the "ugliest" players in sports on SportsTalk 980 - I was thinking "have you ever looked in the mirror, ZABE???"

Lisa, that would require him to count himself as an actual player, rather than being a radio bigmou ... er, 'personality'.


Posted by: FlimFlam | October 31, 2006 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I just want someone to eplain ( Gibbs replied that Jason is "ready now") if he is ready why is he still the # 3 QB?

Posted by: jm220 | October 31, 2006 9:51 AM | Report abuse

jm,

good point. makes no sense whatsover. but did the duckett move? how about adding two #3 receivers to the tune of 30 mill each? how about paying AA and Carter 30 mill each? nothing has made sense this year.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | October 31, 2006 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I have a feeling a disgruntled Portis will request to be traded in the off-season. He just doesn't look like he's happy to be here anymore. That will cause a chain reaction with the other boys from the "U" and Taylor and S. Moss will start itching to get out of here too. The only thing that keeps them around is Danny Boys green backs.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Hey,

Check out this site. Hysterical.

www.vinnymustgo.com

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | October 31, 2006 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Max

Hell wouldn't you ask to get out? If you see an aging QB that can't get the job done and a Coach that doesn't want to sit him.

Posted by: jm220 | October 31, 2006 9:58 AM | Report abuse

JM220, I would definitely ask to get out if I were Portis. And I'm sure a winning team like Indy or Chicago would love to have him.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Lets be realistic, Portis is not going ANYWHERE. There is a better chance of catching Elvis in concert tonight, than him getting traded. Other than the HUGE, HUGE cap hit, we'd have to cut 5 players just to get under the cap. No way Portis leaves. Thats just not happening.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | October 31, 2006 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

I agree. Gibbs calls the cap the most overrated thing in sports. oooooooookay. Is that why we let Smoot and Pierce walk? How about not re-signing Clark?

The worst part about the cap is that players like AA and Carter are only in the 1st year of their deals. We will be stuck with them for at least 3 years. IDIOTS

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | October 31, 2006 10:21 AM | Report abuse

...The players love him and he could be a very valuable go between for the coaches, especially at a time as touchy as this. ...
touchy?

what you talkin about la canfora???!!!

stop spreading rumors! everything and everyone's happy and getting along at the park. people like you in the media are to blame for causing shti! team wrecker!!!

btw, i saw ray brown with his 5-6 years old daughter at the mall last season. he is BIG!

and you know what was worse than that espn broadcasting that race? the way steve young was acting! puhlease jock!!!! you aint no betta! when you come up with a theory of relativity only then you can act like that. idiot punk! and i don't mind him as head that much neither...even tom jackson was game...

Posted by: dealer | October 31, 2006 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Portis could be traded and other teams may be willing to pick up part of our cap hit in order to land a player like portis. It's not as far fetched as you may think.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell will be starting Sunday.

Look for Brunell to get light work in practice this week and Campbell to be the gametime decision citing "health concerns."

Make no mistake though, this has already been decided.

Posted by: AnonymousSource | October 31, 2006 10:24 AM | Report abuse

People said the same thing about Lavar when he was disgruntled. They said the cap hit would just kill us. Well after he left we still had enough room to spend 30 mil on AA, ARE, and Andre Carter. So let's not pretend that the cap is impossible to get around.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:25 AM | Report abuse

If Ray Brown's being brought in to serve as a coach/player liason rather than as an offensive line consultant, I think it speaks a lot louder about what's going on in the locker room than I care to know. Is the coaching staff and the management that divorced from the reality on the player level? Is the issue of trust so bad that they need to bring in a recently retired player that had a rapport with the players to get the word right out of the horse's mouth?

Troubling.

Posted by: FlimFlam | October 31, 2006 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Max there is only one team in the NFL that would actually do that. (I'm not sure you actually can do that.) That team is us. It is far fetched. As Greg said, we'd have to cut half our roster to trade Portis. So why would we trade our best player to make our cap situation worse?

Source,

Once he's designated emergency qb he can't be a "game-time" decision. Tell your "source" he sucks.

Posted by: Skinz | October 31, 2006 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Max,

The reason we could make those moves is because of the new collective bargaining agreement. The cap went up like 13 million. We were like 9 mill under the cap.

As it stands now we are 1 mill under the cap without signing our rookies next year.

Posted by: Skinz | October 31, 2006 10:30 AM | Report abuse

With this many coaches and players it seems just about impossible to get everybody on the same page. How do we know the message Gibbs is sending makes its way down to each of the players. And it's clear by the way they play on the field that they are not all on the same page.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Skinz,

Believe me, there are multiple ways to create cap space, and that's the one thing the skins are pretty good at.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Skinz, he hasn't been designated the emergency qb yet, has he?

Posted by: WrongDog | October 31, 2006 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Skinz,

What rookies are we going to sign next year?? We only have one pick in the first 4 rounds of the draft.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:33 AM | Report abuse

skinz, i'm with la on the denver thing. i never really liked champ as a corner. sorry. and he's a big part of that defense so i'll take ray lewis, and the rest of the death row gang over the champ lead defense.

anonymous source, stop reading my comments. we don't need anymore delluded/wishful thinking folks on this blog like myself :)

Posted by: dealer | October 31, 2006 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Greg(Boston) no one wants to see him leave. But if Lavar can buy his way out. All we are saying is he could happen. Not that we want it to happen.

FlimFlam Ray Brown being brought in is telling me more players are just as unhappy with Brunell as we are. I could be wrong but that is just my take.

Posted by: jm220 | October 31, 2006 10:35 AM | Report abuse

When Brunell retires, we'll have approximately 7 mil of cap space.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:35 AM | Report abuse

flimflam, to quote my boy vinny "don't worry, we have a plan!"

Posted by: dealer | October 31, 2006 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Max,

I know that but if you operate on the "What's in it for me" principle then I can't figure out why the Skins would give up their best player to make their cap situation worse?

Wrongdog,

No they haven't designated him yet. I said "once" they do. It was reported that Joe said yesterday he was happy with the situation as Jason being 3rd. I guess he could be playing coy with media. I certainly hope so.

Posted by: Skinz | October 31, 2006 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Brunell should retire at the end of this season and redo his contract to become another coach on the Redskins staff.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It goes without saying that part of this planned scenario is to make Collins the #3 QB this week.

Posted by: AnonymousSource | October 31, 2006 10:39 AM | Report abuse

honestly, regarding the # of coaches situmation i think they should REALLY send some of the AARP folks off with some golden umbrellas/parachutes. way too many chefs. and fire dale lindsay while you at it.

Posted by: dealer | October 31, 2006 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs said, when asked about the qb situation/depth order that, "we have a plan there." I too thought that was a very interesting response....

Posted by: WrongDog | October 31, 2006 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I admit it's not a likely scenario but if the players become disgruntled with the orangization and losing, a lot of unexpected off-season drama might occur.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:40 AM | Report abuse

All I want is for Jason to ask Coach Joe if "Campbell is ready now" then why is he the # 3 QB? Put on some Bone Thugs with Tupac and just step out there JLC.

Posted by: jm220 | October 31, 2006 10:40 AM | Report abuse

skinz, he never said explicitly that jc is still the #3 or will be the #3. he said something like "we're happy with the arrangement we have at the position"

Posted by: dealer | October 31, 2006 10:41 AM | Report abuse

flimflam, to quote my boy vinny "don't worry, we have a plan!"

Yes, he does. In fact, I can hear him turning on his Xbox 360 right this very minute to do some more scouting....

Posted by: FlimFlam | October 31, 2006 10:41 AM | Report abuse

jm220,

I don't know if this really answers the question you're asking, but I've seen Coach Gibbs and Al Saunders say that when it is time for JC to play, he will go from the 3rd spot to the 1st spot. There won't be a pit stop in the #2 position.

Based on the way they have configured the quarterback position, it makes sense. Gibbs has his guy as the #1 quarterback. He also has the guy he has chosen to be the future quarterback for this franchise. But, Saunders brought his guy with him. So, as a concession to Saunders, you make his guy the #2 because of his knowledge of the offense. But, since he has no place in the future plans of the franchise, being in the #2 spot doesn't mean that he ascends to the #1 spot in any case other than temporarily, in the event of injury. Because he wouldn't be playing anyway until Brunell is benched for good, you make your future guy #3 until you're ready to finally pull the cord on Brunell.

As far as Brunell being benched for good, I really believe Coach Gibbs is doing everything he can to settle in his mind that Brunell is completely done. Last year, they thought the receivers were the problem. So, they went out and got new receivers. Now, they've brought in Ray Brown to help "correct" the Oline. When this, too, is ulimately determined to not be the problem, Coach Gibbs will be clear that the lack of production on offense is due, in large part, to Brunell's play. It's unfortunate that the process is so cumbersome in terms of time and effort, but it's probably the only way Gibbs won't be tempted to leave Brunell breathing down JC's back once JC finally makes it into a game.

As fans, we (myself included) want to rush the process because we're exhausted with Brunell, and we want to see if Campbell has "got the goods," so to speak. But, Gibbs knows what he has in Campbell. He's exhausting every possible avenue with Brunell (while simultaneously maximizing the time he has to get Campbell fully "ready" to play) so that once he sits Brunell, it's for good. Once Campbell enters, it will be with the confidence that HE is then THE GUY.

That's my long-winded take. LOL

Posted by: JustMe | October 31, 2006 10:42 AM | Report abuse

jm220,

I don't know if this really answers the question you're asking, but I've seen Coach Gibbs and Al Saunders say that when it is time for JC to play, he will go from the 3rd spot to the 1st spot. There won't be a pit stop in the #2 position.

Based on the way they have configured the quarterback position, it makes sense. Gibbs has his guy as the #1 quarterback. He also has the guy he has chosen to be the future quarterback for this franchise. But, Saunders brought his guy with him. So, as a concession to Saunders, you make his guy the #2 because of his knowledge of the offense. But, since he has no place in the future plans of the franchise, being in the #2 spot doesn't mean that he ascends to the #1 spot in any case other than temporarily, in the event of injury. Because he wouldn't be playing anyway until Brunell is benched for good, you make your future guy #3 until you're ready to finally pull the cord on Brunell.

As far as Brunell being benched for good, I really believe Coach Gibbs is doing everything he can to settle in his mind that Brunell is completely done. Last year, they thought the receivers were the problem. So, they went out and got new receivers. Now, they've brought in Ray Brown to help "correct" the Oline. When this, too, is ulimately determined to not be the problem, Coach Gibbs will be clear that the lack of production on offense is due, in large part, to Brunell's play. It's unfortunate that the process is so cumbersome in terms of time and effort, but it's probably the only way Gibbs won't be tempted to leave Brunell breathing down JC's back once JC finally makes it into a game.

As fans, we (myself included) want to rush the process because we're exhausted with Brunell, and we want to see if Campbell has "got the goods," so to speak. But, Gibbs knows what he has in Campbell. He's exhausting every possible avenue with Brunell (while simultaneously maximizing the time he has to get Campbell fully "ready" to play) so that once he sits Brunell, it's for good. Once Campbell enters, it will be with the confidence that HE is then THE GUY.

That's my long-winded take. LOL

Posted by: JustMe | October 31, 2006 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Please pardon the double post. Damn page didn't load the first time and I submitted again.

Posted by: JustMe | October 31, 2006 10:44 AM | Report abuse

the way the MEDIA is speculating even redskins.com about the qb situmation....so...we'll find out on wednesday if marky mark practices...

Posted by: dealer | October 31, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Max --

Another team can't just "pick up" part of a cap hit when a player is traded. That's not how it works. When a player is traded, the remaining prorated portion of his signing bonus is accelerated and counts against the team's cap the next year. The only way to lessen the cap hit of a cut or traded player is for the player to return a portion of the bonus money -- that is what LaVar did.

A trade of Portis would accelerate about $8.1M of "dead money" to the 2007 cap (LaVar's was about $7.7M). Portis' current 2007 cap number is $7M (3.5 salary, 3.5 bonus).

Posted by: CMoney | October 31, 2006 10:46 AM | Report abuse

So out of curiosity I googled "redskins consultant" and some glorious personalities from the past popped up:

Foge Fazio
Ernie Zampese
Joe Bugel
Charley Taylor (according to his bio on wikipedia)
John Philbin -- who?(http://www.fitlinxx.com/Article.htm?id=647)

The list goes on and on....

The Danny's net worth (according to a 2004 Forbes article but it may be more now) is supposedly around $500 million. I'm thinking we have room for another 100 or so consultants.

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 10:47 AM | Report abuse

JustMe thanks for information.

Since my Jedi mind trick didn't work. I am getting a Brunell Voodoo doll for Sunday.

Posted by: jm220 | October 31, 2006 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Max --

If Brunell retires this offseason, his remaining bonus money would accelerate ($4.2M total) but that is less than his current 2007 cap number, $6.6M. So it would be a savings, but only of $2.4M.

Posted by: CMoney | October 31, 2006 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I just hope Gibbs sticks with Campbell for several games once he's in there. I don't want to see campbell play one half and then get pulled for Brunell like he did with Ramsey. We've gotta give the kid several starts and realize that things will probably be a little rocky for him at first, but it's necessary for his development.

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget me.

Posted by: Pepper Rogers | October 31, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

JM220,

He'll need more than 'first o da month' and 'how do ya want it' to gain the testo for that question. I'm thinking a lil bit of Quiet Storm followed by some What's Beef?, and then roll into the presser with Merriman, V. Davis, and Suge Knight as his posse. But what should JLC wear to this presser of all pressers? Perhaps some Cross Colors Overalls and a yellow KK floppy (no shirt under the overalls, of course)? Or maybe the old skool adidas jogging suit with a Zach Morris phone and hair slicked back?

Tough call either way. I'm reconciled to the fact #8 will be starting on Sunday. It's this little world I wake up to everyday called HARSH ReAliTY...

Big game for the Wiz 2-morrow though. Cavs to open, after they walked, traveled, and carried there way to the 2nd round last year. Bums. I

PG

Posted by: Pub Golf | October 31, 2006 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Tea all over my desk. Pub Golf now that was funny.

Posted by: jm220 | October 31, 2006 10:56 AM | Report abuse

JLC - is it possible, considering the amount of contract and level/ability of the player, that the archuleta signing is the worst free agent signing in recent NFL history?

Posted by: tmac | October 31, 2006 10:56 AM | Report abuse

CMoney - I guess I don't understand it then. When we traded Bailey for Portis I thought each team took on the cap hit of the player they obtained in the trade. Did we have dead cap money in that trade to deal with too?

Posted by: Max | October 31, 2006 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and Ali, Philbin was a big exercise guru in the 90's in MoCo at the least, had a bunch of gyms and what not, I used to use the one in Germantown in like...'97 maybe? He handled the physical training for the skins if I recall right.

PG

Posted by: Pub Golf | October 31, 2006 10:58 AM | Report abuse

We should let Philbin call the plays. He sounds qualified.

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Bailey was about to enter the final year of his rookie contract and therefore wasn't a hit against the 'Skins cap, and Portis, as a second round pick, wasn't that big of a hit against the Denver cap to begin with (which is probably why he was disgruntled there).

I think that's right, and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

The salary cap next year should be higher than this year, and the cap this year was quite high. The 'Skins should have no problem maneuvering under it.

What I'd love to see is an end to this practice squad and inactive player nonsense. Just go with 55-60 player rosters. Yeesh. The League always has to over-complicate things.

Posted by: P Diddy | October 31, 2006 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The writing was on the wall with Lavar, him not playing, his injury, the contract dispute. Portis has had NONE of that drama going on. He endured a 6-10 season in 2004, and we didn't hear a peep from him. But now, because we're struggling he's going to want out? Makes no sense, and isn't even worth speculating about.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | October 31, 2006 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Regis Philbin? He'd be awesome. Alex Trebek, too. Our coaching staff could be Pat Sajak, Chuck Woolery, Wink Martindale, and Nipsy Russell. Bob Barker would be our special consultant.

Who was the dude from "Press Your Luck"? NO WHAMMY! He'd be a great special teams coach.

Posted by: P Diddy | October 31, 2006 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Max --

In the Bailey/Portis trade, Denver took a small cap hit for the 2 years of signing bonus money left on Portis' rookie contract, and the Skins took NO cap hit because Bailey's contract was expiring in a week (so there was no remaining bonus money to accelerate). Both players signed new contracts with their new teams. So, to answer your question, neither team took on the other team's cap hit -- that is not possible under the CBA.

Posted by: CMoney | October 31, 2006 11:09 AM | Report abuse

We forgot Richard Dawson, he was great in Running Man.

Press Your Luck host -- Peter Tomarken.

Rod Roddy could be the PA announcer.

Forget Alex Trebek -- he screwed Cliff Claven over.

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 11:20 AM | Report abuse

What was the line Will Farrell used in the Jeopardy skit on SNL?

"SUCK IT TREBEK!!!"

If we're looking for celebrity coaches, don't you have to go with ex-politicians vs actors? Kim Jong would make a pretty bad @ss D-coordinator, no? Maybe Arnold as Public Relations? Screaming "GET TO THE CHOPPA!!!" after every loss? Just a thought.

PG

Posted by: Pub Golf | October 31, 2006 11:20 AM | Report abuse

That would be Peter Tomarken. WHAMMY!!!

Posted by: Dorf | October 31, 2006 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Ok, now I know here in DC, people are pretty laid back. Mostly. That's fine.

I also know that, for the most part, people are accepting of all manner of things, the weirder the better. Like the pink dude who walks around Capital Hill with a pink umbrella and pink lace tutu practically every day. Good for him.

You, stinky hippy dude, while I don't mind that you smell of sandalwood (sometimes) and pot (most of the time), I do mind that you smelled, this Monday, like a porta potty left out in the sun for a month. Guarded by a wet dog.

Why?

I understand that you don't buy clothes because it's "supporting the capitalistic system of exploitation and mind-mind manipulation," fine fine.

I also understand that you don't use regular soap because it's "cruelty to the environment and it pollutes the rain forests, dude" (explain how my soap gets directly into the rainforests, please).

I further understand that you've the need to be "closer to Mother Earth" by refusing to wear shoes (why why why why why why WHY did you cross your legs in the chair next to me, during a 3 hour lecture, hippy dude? With your feet sticking out, dirty-soles towards those seated left and right of you... WHY? I didn't need to see your toes encrusted with all manner of "Mother Earth's blessings". I didn't need to see the calluses on your feet, so thick that there was dirt caught in the crags...).

You're a vegan. That's fine - You're gentle on the environment. Good good.

But, please. You're not gentle on the rest of us bi-pedal mammals... not on our eyes, not on our ears (you're tone deaf, you do know that right?) and most importantly of all... not on our noses. Respect this bi-pedal critter... Take a bath. Or, it's been raining lately, go stand out in it, with your feet in a puddle, and splash around a bit. Get naked and embrace the showers of Mother Sky. Spray yourself with some sandalwood oil and try, at least, to pick the bits of leaf debris and dead bugs (I saw one, he didn't look too happy) out of your dreadlocks (dreads on a white dude. Need I comment?)

So hippy dude, while it's cool that you're full of fire and passion about everything on this great oasis in a seemingly endless sea of oblivion... Pay attention to the little bits of it. Like your toes. And your beard (well I suppose it's a beard, it could be a dead hamster that got stuck to your chin).

Go swim in a lake, I'm sure all the bits that would float off of you would like to be re-united with Mother Earth. They miss their home.

Oh, and brush your teeth. That twig thing you chew on all the time looks disgusting. Stop sticking it behind your ear.

Posted by: SallyMae | October 31, 2006 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Boofer's in DC?

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and PG...The smart a$$ receptionist is out of the pool this week. Took the Steelers. HA!

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 11:29 AM | Report abuse

SallyMae has done a fine, fine job of describing the dating pool in Seattle. Now you know why I refuse to live here in the winter. Or the fall. Or the spring.

Posted by: P Diddy | October 31, 2006 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I still can't believe she talked smack to you. Unreal.

This young lady here, with team name "MY HUMPS", let her fantasy team be drafted automatically by the computer...and is now 7-1. Shoot me. Do you know how much time I put into my draft, and I'm 4-4??? I mean, if I dedicated the same amount of effort to my career, it would be a 23 year old brunette typing this for me right now!

PG

Posted by: Pub Golf | October 31, 2006 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, getting Richard Dawson would require an Act of God. Is Nipsy Russell still alive? I loved that dude. I think I remember seeing him on an episode of "CHiPs".

Posted by: P Diddy | October 31, 2006 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Good point. Forgot Richard had left us. I'm still waiting to see if St. Joe has the powers of reincarnation -- doesn't appear to be the case so far this season.

Not sure about Nipsey, but I was listening to Paul Mooney on satellite radio yesterday saying he was going to be at a "Nipsey Russell Tribute".

That usually doesn't bode well for the Tributee.

And PG -- I did the same thing with fantasy. Built macros in excel to predict this year's performance for all my potential players based on the point system in my league, bought the preseason guides, tivo'ed the first quarter of nearly all preseason games....my result so far, 5-3 with a current two game losing streak.

My Neverland Ranch Camp Counselors are two games behind Uncle Rico's Rangers and the prognosis is about the same as it is for Nipsey Russell.

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Heh, as far as getting celebrity coaches is concerned.... If you thought Gibbs was bad enough in his pressers over the last few weeks, wouldn't Woody Allen be even more acorn-shrivelingly, hair-tuggingly pathetic?

Posted by: FlimFlam | October 31, 2006 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Call me crazy but for some strange reason I'm scared of moths. I dont know why I'm scared of moths, they dont bite, they dont sting, they dont spin webs and creep up in your shorts during the middle of the night, I'm just scared of them. Last night I'm in my room minding my own business when this big freaking moth comes charging through my bedroom window like he's some CEO of a big corporation...

So I'm watching this idiot fly around my room and he's just totally out of control. The idiot has no flying skills what so ever. He's head butting the ceiling, flying face first into the walls, bouncing off the furniture, I mean he's clearly under the influence of something...

"Just give me my space," I tell him. But sure enough, like most moths, they gotta fly all up in your business. Why? Because moths seem to think they are top of the food chain. You see that's the thing. Most creatures, insects, animals, etc. are intelligent enough to keep their distance from the average human being. You know, because they understand humans are large creatures who will mess them up something fierce. Not moths. At least, not this moth. The second this moth came barging through my bedroom window it was clear he had a beef with me. I mean how else can you explain his actions?

So I jump up off my chair and now it's on. This idiot couldn't leave well enough alone, he started flying into my air space and my air space is off limits to the average winged creature. Kinda like the White House. I grab my Washington Post, roll it into a giant swat format and start methodically and strategically trying to knock this punk into the middle of next week. I mean I'm taking some serious whacks at him. I'm like Bonds in the batting cage. After swinging and missing several times, I realized that connecting was going to be alot more difficult than I imagined and frustration started setting in. The more I swung and missed, the faster and more agressive the moth became. Plus, he was busting out some serious Top Gun manuevers in mid air. By no means was he trying to avoid my giant Washington Post paper roll. He was flying right through fire to get at me.

All of a sudden I start realizing that he's flying in a designed pattern. Probably learned that stuff in the Air Force, that's when I decide to out smart him with some old fashioned anticipation. I firmly grip my Washington Post and proceed and take a large swing at a location and not the target. Brilliant move except when I swung and missed, the giant moth somehow made a run for it and barricaded himself up my nostril hole. I'm serious...

I drop my Washington Post and frantically bolt out of my room screaming for help. "SOMEBODY HELP ME! CALL 911!!" My roommate comes running out of her room wondering what is going on and at this point I could feel the moth just embedding himself deeper and deeper up my beak. I mean he's clearly setting up camp in there.

"What's wrong? Whats wrong?" says my roommate.

"What's wrong? A freaking moth just flew up my nose you idiot!"

Posted by: SallyMae | October 31, 2006 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Nipsey Russell

Born September 15, 1918
Died October 2, 2005

RIP

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 11:41 AM | Report abuse

what is it that makes danny boy year in & year out spend millions of dollars on overrated talent & coaches that produce heartache for fans who pay highest prices in nfl?its been clear for years on numerous fa additions that whoever is advising him sucks!but he fires nobody?WHY CAN ANYONE FIGURE THAT OUT!!!

Posted by: JUST A THOUGHT | October 31, 2006 11:44 AM | Report abuse

We are digressing:

Here are the most overrated players in the NFL according to 361 NFL Players.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/players/10/24/poll.1024/

Terrell Owens, Cowboys.....10%
Brian Urlacher, Bears.....8%
Ray Lewis, Ravens.....7%
Michael Vick, Falcons.....7%
Eli Manning, Giants.....4%
Keyshawn Johnson, Panthers.....4%
Peyton Manning, Colts.....4%
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers.....3%
Charles Woodson, Packers.....3%
Warren Sapp, Raiders.....3%

Posted by: Skinz | October 31, 2006 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Is the moth a FA? The skins need a fearless player on D who can get in opponents' business.

Posted by: skinswest | October 31, 2006 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Terrell Owens, Cowboys.....10%

I can understand people flinging stuff on TO, everyone loves to bring their hate where he's concerned, but right now, other than Marvin Harrison there aren't that many WRs that could be considered at his level. I'm sure people will start screaming about their favorite player and no doubt they are good, but just because he's a drama queen doesn't make him any less the player.

How quickly people forget: his last year with the Eagles he was on his way to a 107 catches, 1700 yards season. Pure locker room poison though.

Brian Urlacher, Bears.....8%
Ray Lewis, Ravens.....7%

These two being overrated? That's just plain silly.

Posted by: Megskin | October 31, 2006 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm rooting for the moth.

Posted by: WrongDog | October 31, 2006 12:12 PM | Report abuse

What I would like to know is...why are you all speculating about a Portis trade??? That has never been mentioned until you guys brought it up! We have enough DRAMA already with the team in dire straits without drudging up something with no substance.

Posted by: Lisa | October 31, 2006 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I can see Ray Lewis on there mainly because he's on the downside of his career, although he's playing better this year than last now that he's got a big DT in front of him. But Urlacher? He destroyed the Cardinals last week and is the heart and soul of the best D in the NFL.

Posted by: skinswest | October 31, 2006 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing Archubingus doesn't have the quality publicist he needs to crack the top ten on that list.

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone should had took a few days vacation from the skins. I feel much refreshed and am totally confident in the redskins this week.

JOe Gibbs said on Saturday night that Jason Campbell was still going to be #3. I don't think the plan will change until they are statistically out of the playoffs. And we are very much in it...........

Hail!

Posted by: 4th Floor | October 31, 2006 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Same article rates the most underrated.


voters picked
Falcons RB Warrick Dunn (2.7%)
Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander, Chiefs QB Trent Green, Colts WR Marvin Harrison and Steelers WR Hines Ward (2.4% each).


TO is overexposed but I'd agree not overrated.

Urlacher, through out his career has been overrated. This year he's playing extremely well though. He does play on a team with two great tackles though.


Dunn is a great player and great person. For my money Harrison wins this walking away.

Posted by: Skinz | October 31, 2006 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the plan will change until they are statistically out of the playoffs. And we are very much in it...........

4th floor what are you smoking over there? What have seen that makes you think we are anywhere clost to a playoff team?

Skinz I disagree. Eli walks away with it hands down. Take Taki out of that offense and see what Eli can do. Nothing!!

Posted by: jm220 | October 31, 2006 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I think that hippy was my old roommate one year in college. At least he had the consideration to burn incense to mask his nasty odors. Stinkin hippies. Oh well, I'm going to a hippy establishment tonight for dinner. If you're ever in Harrisonburg, Va for dinner on a Tuesday night and you don't feel like Bdubs $0.35 wing night, I highly recommend the Little Grill. You will get a hippy waiter, but the food is great and its all you can eat. (if you eat more than 2 plates your hippy waiter will judge you for being a gluttonous, waistful capitalistic consumer, but screw him, I'll eat as many as I want and tip him 10%.)

Posted by: Dorf | October 31, 2006 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Whoever dropped the random Nipsy Russell reference, kudos. I loved that dude.
I think it's crazy to talk about the Skins cap situation in November, cause they are excellent at moving money around, getting guys to restructre, etc.
They will find a way to have room to add a few bigger free agents I am sure. Could look more like 2005 class than 2006, but I'm guessing few would complain about that at this point.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | October 31, 2006 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I'll have some of what 4th Floors havin

Posted by: skinswest | October 31, 2006 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Ali Haji Shank-
Archibingus is NOT overrated. Everyone knows he sucks. Overrated would imply that someone still thinks he's good.

Posted by: BooferSux | October 31, 2006 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmmm, Little Grill. That place is the best.

Posted by: WrongDog | October 31, 2006 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't write off the season until it's over........

Posted by: 4th Floor | October 31, 2006 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Our front office and personnel people didn't think Archubingus.gov sucked. Wouldn't you think it's safe to say they thought he was overrated?

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe a better way to make my point would be:

Skins management thought Archubingus.edu was good enough to pay what they did for him. Assessing his value through the prism of his current performance would lead one to state he may have been overrated, right?

So therefore someone didn't think he sucked.

But we all now are clear that he sucks. Unfortunately he's under contract to our football team.

Bottom line: His agent/publicist got him a fat contract, his feet are perpetually mired in some strange invisible concrete-like substance, and my liver is beginning to look like downtown Baghdad because this team and Archubingus.co.uk all have underperformed.

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Ali-
Points well taken. My only point was that the SI poll was for the most overrated in the NFL--i.e. people say these guys are good, but they actually suck (or are not as good as advertised). Back in March, Archibingus.org may have had a shot to crack this list. In fact, you are right--he was highly overrated by the Skins. However, now, in light of the fact that he is being replaced on several downs by Old Man Vincent, I think even the Skins no longer overrate him. Thus, he is not, at present, overrated. He is rated at the Bingus level, where he belongs.

Posted by: BooferSux | October 31, 2006 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Got it now. I misunderstood what you were saying.

He sucks.

Posted by: Ali Haji Shank | October 31, 2006 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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