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Moss Seeks Improvement

Today is Santana Moss's 30th birthday -- a benchmark in football that often indicates there are fewer years ahead of a player than behind him. Moss practiced during the day's organized team activity as part of the wide receivers corps that included the return of Malcolm Kelly from offseason surgery.

Moss exited the locker room after practices without the cornrows fans have become accustomed to seeing.

"The season went so bad the second half, I was like, 'Man, I'll do something different. I'll cut my hair to get all the bad funk off me,'" Moss said.

Hair aside, Moss is preparing for a pivotal ninth season in the league. He is the Redskins' most productive wide receiver after a year that was among the best in his career. Moss finished 2008 with 79 catches for 1,044 yards and six touchdowns. It was his third 1,000-yard season and his first since 2005 -- his first year in Washington.

"Every year I look forward. I don't need anything I look for," Moss said. "I just need to go out and do it. Every year I look to just get better. I don't settle for less. I never plan or set goals, because you got to have it in mind that you want to get better."

Moss's totals came during a season in which production from 2008 second-round picks Devin Thomas and Kelly was limited. Moss has mentored the younger wide receivers, although they seem to fit the mold for the Redskins' offense more than Moss.

Moss's experience will be critical. After the Redskins released tackle Jon Jansen on Friday, Moss is one of 16 players left on the Redskins roster with eight or more years in the NFL.

"You got to understand, we're all professionals. You have to be able to accept whatever," Moss said. "With that said, you never know when it's going to happen. You got to prepare yourself that what it does, you can understand what part of the game it is. Business is business."

By Zach Berman  |  June 1, 2009; 4:17 PM ET
 | Tags: Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, Santana Moss  
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okok ill bite. first. much better than JLC's stuff by the way Zach.

Posted by: CantwaittoseeJLCgo | June 1, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Insider...diverse columns from multiple sources. This could be nice...and could provide "balance".


Posted by: jmicrodoc | June 1, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I had to cut my hair last year to get the funk off of me

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 1, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Moss Seeks Improvement

By Zach Berman | June 1, 2009; 4:17 PM ET

So Moss is hearing footsteps. He's afraid of Thomas and Kelly taking his job. Competition is good.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

okok ill bite. first. much better than JLC's stuff by the way Zach.

Posted by: CantwaittoseeJLCgo | June 1, 2009 4:31 PM

You're overdue for a name change. And get rid of the negativity. We're over that up here.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I had to cut my hair last year to get the funk off of me

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 1, 2009 4:36 PM

Who would have known it was that easy? Most guys see a shrink, take anti-depressants, have an affair, buy a new ride. None of it works until they get a haircut.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Still a fan from his UM days. Behold the positivity.

Posted by: SMACK1 | June 1, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Skip thinks about all this turmoil. Can't be easy on him.

Posted by: SMACK1 | June 1, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

okok ill bite. first. much better than JLC's stuff by the way Zach.

Posted by: CantwaittoseeJLCgo | June 1, 2009 4:31 PM

Glad you approve, Vinny. Are you going to stop fighting with WaPo reporters now and give them some truthful information?

Posted by: Alan4 | June 1, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Color me a mite suspicious about the spate of postings up here today... fresh start, turning over a new leaf... rapid-fire dissemination of stuff that almost approximates 'news.' Huh. We'll see if this continues.

T-minus three months 'til meaningful fubbal games are being played, yes? We'll get there eventually.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 1, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Sources? We don't need no stinking sources.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | June 1, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Sources? We don't need no stinking sources.

Posted by: TheTruth11


Anonymous sources...that are familiar with the situation...who request anonymity...JLC knows the ones...Cindy, too.

Posted by: jmicrodoc | June 1, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually growing my hair because I am in a groove. Me and him are equal when it comes to karma and hair length......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 1, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Let me start by saying so long Jasno. It's been good to know you. You accepted a guest entry from me near the beginning, and I appreciate that (it's the one where I said that Snyder and Gibbs were salesmen, etc. for you newbies). Let me also say that I do know from reading the faithful's recent posts that this is strictly a Redskins discussion site and nothing else will do, yeah right.

So, I'm driving home and listening to ESPN radio and LeBron says in an interview that refusing to shake his opponents' hands after l-o-s-e-r-i-n-g in the NBA eastern finals is not poor sportsmanship. I want to be the first to congratulate LeBron for having the strength of mind to re-write the concept of sportmanship. LeBron, the difference between champ and chump is u.

Posted by: neilbourjaily | June 1, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

JLA moves out, and all of a sudden we have a consistent flow of Redskins news that is remarkably free from thinly-veiled spite toward the FO. Multiple reporters; lots of eyes/ears at Redskins Park; the blog is not held hostage to one pudgy person's bias; and the identity of the blog is defined not by the person feeding the info, but by the RI posters - dig it!

Posted by: p1funk | June 1, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

LeBron for having the strength of mind to re-write the concept of sportmanship. LeBron, the difference between champ and chump is u.

Posted by: neilbourjaily | June 1, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse


I read LeBrat's comments. I wish one of the reporters present had the stones to ask LeBoohoo straight up: "So what exactly is your definition of 'poor sport'?"

Posted by: p1funk | June 1, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I will say that I love my job, love my University of Maryland education, and love my six figure W-2 from 2008.

Posted by: jmicrodoc | June 1, 2009 11:08 AM |

Man, we've got that in common! I had a six-figure W-2 in 2008. My six figures were $7965.47. What were yours?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

lmao..classic


And some people wonder why we kept coming to this blog inspite of jlc's negativity

Posted by: jumbo5383 | June 1, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Lebran has basically confirmed what I hae known for years. He is nothing but a Prince Charles vs. Louis XIII......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 1, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

He is nothing but a Prince Charles vs. Louis XIII......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 1, 2009 5:31 PM

Remind me -- did they square off in boxing or squash?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

much better than JLC's stuff by the way Zach.

Posted by: CantwaittoseeJLCgo

Yes, by all means. It's just the finest kind journalism imaginable to learn from that Moss has cut off his cornrows, that his "experience is critical" and he "got all the bad funk" off himself.

Next time please ask if those without corn rows but with bad funk should grow them. Thnx.

None of those pesky JLC or Reid-like questions about, oh, I dont' know, how his Hamstring is doing.

Keep it up Wapo. You're not quite up to the high standards of Redskins,Com with today's updates.

Redsk


Posted by: TheCork | June 1, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

JLA moves out, and all of a sudden we have a consistent flow of Redskins news that is remarkably free from thinly-veiled spite toward the FO. Multiple reporters; lots of eyes/ears at Redskins Park; the blog is not held hostage to one pudgy person's bias; and the identity of the blog is defined not by the person feeding the info, but by the RI posters - dig it!

Posted by: p1funk

You're a little unclear on the concept. See, Redskins.Com and thee Redskins PR staff prints the stuff you crave, all positivity and light. No conflict. No bad thoughts. No tough questions. And by so doing, it assure a great season.

Then the Post comes along and prints negative stuff. Wonders aloud why the team under Snyder, despite his spending continues to be mediocre.

It's the negativism that causes the losing record.

It's the silly free press doing its job that makes it so difficult for the Redskins, they have to send their minions over here to attack a free press, journalism, and those who practice it.

The "RI Posters" identity has already been well defined--by a fella named Dante.

Posted by: TheCork | June 1, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Cork,

We give up. We're convinced. Now you can stop beating the dead straw horse that's taken possession of your soul. Next!

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Does Santana Moss make ANY sense at all?

"I don't set goals because I'm too busy getting better at whatever comes, no matter what it is, I'm ready for it... Because you have to be, you never know what it is, so how do you know? I'm looking forward always, that's why I don't look back and don't know what's what and what I'm talking about"

He's a great receiver. Stop talking to him.

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | June 1, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

You're overdue for a name change. And get rid of the negativity. We're over that up here.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

You'll need to get over yourself Captain Soapbox before you get over the negativity.

To another posters point, yes youre right, we could use more meat here, but it is clearly devoid of the negative spin usually associated with RI. The piece on Moss' thoughts on Jansen, as Moss is a leader and Jansen was THE vet, is an interesting blurb.

Posted by: CantwaittoseeJLCgo | June 1, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

The most despicable, shameless, irresponsible reporter ["Barno's" opinion] this side of Jayson Blair, Jason La Canfora has earned a reputation over the last several years as the most dishonest reporter in the D.C. metro area. Even his fellow colleagues at the Post could not stand him personally nor professionally. Trust me on that one. [No, I'll trust my colleagues IN THE BIZ who know him over trusting you, "Barno"]

Sure, I have a personal reason to dislike him, considering he did hold the contest on this blog's early days that I ended up winning... and he named the prize, and then never delivered on it despite countless assurances that he eventually would. [*sniff sniff*] Sure, all of that is true. But that has absolutely nothing to do with why I think [good...making sure we know it's your opinion] he's the biggest joke of a reporter in D.C. in my lifetime.

His reporting had gone from one-sided to controversial to bitter and then eventually to vicious non stop attacks on the team he was assigned to objectively cover. [getting the feeling you don't care much for him as a reporter] He was almost never objective, almost always one-sided. [yep, you don't like his reporting]

We don't need a Redskins cheerleader writing the articles, [aside to Cindy...make this happen! With pictures] I for one would like a critical eye covering the team. But it would be nice if at least the person who covers the team did not have the blatant agenda [yep, stick with fox news for agenda-free reporting, right "Barno"?!] Canfora displayed time and time again. That all he cared about was stirring up controversy and making a name for himself at the expense of fairness to the team and truthfulness to his readers was a disgrace. [man, my eyes hurt] He loved being a part of the story. But often went over the line in creating stories where they did not exist. [I'm going to take a break from the manifesto and get a snack]

Everyone [Nope. Don't speak for me] who read La Canfora's columns and blog over the years has had doubts at one point or another about the legitimacy of some of his anonymous quotes. In some instances, he has been publicly criticized by his own colleagues [In the great RI tradition...link please!] at the Post for his questionable use of anonymous quotes--and their legitimacy.

So let's be clear [in "Barno's" opinion, again]: Jason La Canfora is the most classless writer this town has seen in a long, long time. He has shamed the Post [Cindy, does your paper feel this shame?] and he will not be missed [Wow do I miss that Jasno fella already].

But if he considers the NFL network a step up in his career [That's the nature of our ever changing biz these days] over working for the Washington Post covering the Redskins, then congrats buddy and get the hell [sjk] out of here before NFL Network changes their mind!

Yours truly,

The Original Barno

Posted by: Barno1 | June 1, 2009 4:18 PM

Pithy rulz.
Nutso-crazy-kookoo-bananas-pontificating droolz.

Posted by: 4-12 | June 1, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"That leadership stuff is overrated."

Hopefull Moss can get some more production from the other WRs and really open up the passing game.

Any word on all the MIAs from today

Posted by: CheyenneWY | June 1, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

You're overdue for a name change. And get rid of the negativity. We're over that up here.

Posted by: CantwaittoseeJLCgo | June 1, 2009 6:11 PM |

How many times do we need to explain this to you? Chop, chop!

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

How many times do we need to explain this to you? Chop, chop!

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Is that how JLa talks to you when you go fetc his virgin pina coladas?

Good boy...

Posted by: CantwaittoseeJLCgo | June 1, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, all you whiney, if it ain't all positive all the time posters, I thought that this blog was (past tense, I know) JLC's blog with his own opinions and insights, etc. In a small way, I hope that none of the other WaPo's writers step up to take over the blog. Then who will you blame? What rag will you blow your snotty noses into? Grow up and read the fine print carefully, infants.

Posted by: neilbourjaily | June 1, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Pithy rulz.
Nutso-crazy-kookoo-bananas-pontificating droolz.

Posted by: 4-12 | June 1, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Likes this.

Posted by: SMACK1 | June 1, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

You're a little unclear on the concept. See, Redskins.Com and thee Redskins PR staff prints the stuff you crave, all positivity and light. No conflict. No bad thoughts. No tough questions. And by so doing, it assure a great season.

Then the Post comes along and prints negative stuff. Wonders aloud why the team under Snyder, despite his spending continues to be mediocre.

It's the negativism that causes the losing record.

It's the silly free press doing its job that makes it so difficult for the Redskins, they have to send their minions over here to attack a free press, journalism, and those who practice it.

The "RI Posters" identity has already been well defined--by a fella named Dante.

Posted by: TheCork | June 1, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

No Cork, you are a little unclear on the concepts.

I don't need the Post to print "negative stuff". I don't need the Post to "wonder aloud" why the team is mediocre, because having been a life-long fan and ex-season ticket holder I'm perfectly able to see the mediocrity with my own eyes when I watch the games.

Nor do I "crave" rah-rah positivity. I'm perfectly able to generate my own good feelings about the team when I see them succeed.

Not being a hater is not the same thing as being a Kool-Aid-drinking cheerleader.

What I crave is legitimate behind the scenes information on the team. Facts, thoughts and opinions from people ON THE INSIDE. Perhaps it was too much for me to expect JLA to do his job and, well, be a Redskins Insider and provide this.

Instead, since he continued to alienate himself from the Skins organization, there was a big gaping hole left in his body of information. What a normal "insider" would fill with actual info from inside access, JLA started to fill with shoot-from-the-hip opinions and snarky axe-to-grind assessments of the FO that shut him out.

This has nothing to do with "free press". Save your sad pontificating for the keynote speeches that you will never make and only rehearse in your head.

It has to do with expressing a sense of relief that the folks now getting us "inside" info on the Redskins are, hopefully, not going to devolve into out-and-out haters with a personal beef.


I came to "Redskins Insider" hoping that I might get some of that. L

Posted by: p1funk | June 1, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Given the way info is managed by the NFL these days, you could escape a lot of criticism by renaming the blog. Redskins Besider.

Posted by: SMACK1 | June 1, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow...JLC is gone for 5 minutes and there's 5 new threads in one day. I like where this is going...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 1, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Jeremy Bridges’ Assault Case Dismissed
Posted by Aaron Wilson on June 1, 2009, 6:40 p.m.

Washington Redskins offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges no longer has to worry about criminal charges hanging over his helmet.

According to the Associated Press, Bridges’ two counts of simple assault and one count of making a threat were dismissed today by North Carolina prosecutors.

Per the report, this development should allow Bridges to avoid discipline from the league under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.

The charges, which followed an arrest last December when Bridges was playing for the Carolina Panthers, resulted from Bridges allegedly spraying champagne on customers at a Charlotte restaurant as well as a previous altercation with a restaurant staff member.

This wasn’t Bridges’ first brush with the law.

In 2007, Bridges was arrested for assault at a strip club and was ultimately convicted of reportedly pointing a gun at a woman. He was required to perform community service, was given a two-month suspended jail sentence and was suspended for two games by the Panthers.

Cut by the Panthers after the season, Bridges signed by the Redskins last month.

Posted by: Curzon417 | June 1, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Tana is going to be... well, Tana. On an earlier post, you guys let Malcolm-that's- the-way-the-knee-breaks- Kelly off the hook.

I'm usually more optimistic than most, but does anybody else see the obvious here-i.e., M. Kelly is a huge bust? This guy won't catch more than 50 passes in the league. When your 'developing' 2nd round draft choice WR is "just glad to feel the ball hit my hands", you've have to be concerned. You can hear the lack of confidence in his statements. This dude is a dud – and I’ll bet my next paycheck on it. (I make a lot of money.)

Posted by: all_star_0013 | June 1, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Moss doesn't need to get better. He needs to stay healthy all year. His hammy is the only thing that separates this team from Antwaan Randle El being our #1 WR.

The OL was the biggest part of our problems in the 2nd half of last year. I think Santana's tweaked hammy (which came in game 8) was a also a significant factor -- that flew under the radar.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 1, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

While I respect JLac and wish any person well as they ascend in their profession, but I won't miss him.

It was obvious that he had an ax to grind and his reporting was more than uneven. He used his "sources" to confirm his negative feelings about the team.

I think team has suffered due to poor management and personnel decisions...too many to be a consistent winner...it just seemed as if JLac took pride in snubbing the FO.

Posted by: rickyroge | June 1, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

T-minus three months 'til meaningful fubbal games are being played, yes?
Posted by: NateinthePDX

Nate, how many ODA's (organized drinkin' activities) ya figure that gives us?
Stumped, you have a number that works?
I want to make sure my calendar is clear for those special evenin's.


Posted by: RedskinWillie | June 1, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Not being a hater is not the same thing as being a Kool-Aid-drinking cheerleader.

Posted by: p1funk | June 1, 2009 7:22 PM

Kool post, dood!

Posted by: AntonChigurh | June 1, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Not being a hater is not the same thing as being a Kool-Aid-drinking cheerleader.

Posted by: p1funk | June 1, 2009 7:22 PM

Kool post, dood!

Posted by: AntonChigurh | June 1, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

"....He's (Santana Moss) afraid of Thomas and Kelly taking his job. Competition is good..."


This is an actual quote.

No fiction here.

Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly are threats to Santana Moss: at least someone believes so.

Stop laughing.

I'm serious.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 1, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow...JLC is gone for 5 minutes and there's 5 new threads in one day. I like where this is going...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 1, 2009 7:42 PM

And the reason for this is:
1) Jasno left, and he was worthless?
2) A bunch of pretenders are auditioning for his job?
3) The start of a new fiscal quarter and everyone has performance goals?
4) The first day of OTA's and there's actually something happening?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

RI: - "I'll cut my hair to get all the bad funk off me,'" Moss said."

Do that include "Hammy Funk"?

Posted by: AntonChigurh | June 1, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

"After the Redskins released tackle Jon Jansen on Friday, Moss is one of 16 players left on the Redskins roster with eight or more years in the NFL."


Marcus Washington--gone....

Jon Jansen--gone....

Demetric Evans--gone....


Select the next candidate to be gone:


Casey Rabach

Randy Thomas

Renaldo Wynn

Philip Daniels

Chris Samuels

Flounder 21 (whatever happened to that guy?)

Mike Sellers

James Thrash

London Fletcher

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 1, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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