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Skins' Key Stretch Just Might Be Weeks 2-4

I don't think I'm going to be breaking any new ground, but here's my first take on the Redskins' schedule:

Obviously, it's a tale of tough halves, and the Skins had better get off to another quick start because I think it's going to be tough sledding after the Nov. 1 bye. We already know how tough the division is, but to me the critical sequence of games will come in Weeks 2 through 4. I don't believe the Skins will win the division, so the games within the NFC, and often those outside it, can be crucial tiebreakers. Last year's loss to a lowly Rams team ended up being a backbreaker, with the loss in the season finale at San Francisco big as well.

Getting the rebuilding Rams and Lions and the transitioning Bucs at FedEx early is extremely important. The Skins could have a tough time winning the opener in East Rutherford and at Carolina in Week 5, but beating St. Louis, Detroit (could the Lions still be seeking their first victory since 2007 at that time?) and Tampa Bay in between would give them a good shot at making the second half of the season meaningful.

A lot can change from year to year in the NFL, but coming out of the bye with road games against Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia is pretty tough. Facing division teams in four of the final seven weeks is no easy task, either. Nor does the home game against New Orleans (and Gregg Williams) figure to be a gimme. Oakland and San Diego may not be coming off banner seasons, but going to the West Coast at the end of the season often favors the home team, and the Skins have been sloppy in those situations over recent years. (There were ugly wins at Arizona and San Francisco a few years back and the loss at San Fran last year.) Who knows whether the game will be meaningful for the Chargers at that point?

All three prime-time games are at home, so there can't be any bellyaching about that and two are against division teams in the final weeks of the season. Yes, there was the Pittsburgh debacle on "Monday Night Football" last year, and a pretty weak performance against the Cowboys in a night game as well, but the Skins have no excuses for another ugly home record in 2009.

Ultimately, this looks like a pretty balanced hand, with the bye right in the middle of the season. But the schedule ultimately doesn't matter as much as how a team plays. I have a hard time seeing this club being much better than it was a year ago and in this tough division finishing .500 might prove too tough to pull off.

What do you think?

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 14, 2009; 8:10 PM ET
 
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Skins and Cowboys at FedEx late in the season. Thats good football

Posted by: jrenn2114 | April 14, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jason have you ever tried being positive in you posting ever once and a while? Its getting old man real quick....

Posted by: skinsfan1313 | April 14, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Please Jim Zorn...if the skins start out strong, don't encourage them to stay "MEDIUM". Last year Medium led the team to become very mediocore; boring; playing scared; bland; lack of fire, etc. It appeared as if you were calling plays like you were afraid to win and you were coaching "Not to loose. So forget the term MEDIUM this year and attack, attack attack. Remember Herm Edwards said "You play to win the game". Let the mediocore teams stay Medium

Posted by: pennstate1 | April 14, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

please tell me why the sf game was big...we were already eliinated....

Posted by: JLaCanfora | April 14, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I have the Skins winning 10 to 12 games. They will be much better then last year. I think the receivers we drafted last year will be much better then people think. Here is my preditions.

at NY Giants – 50/50
St. Louis – W
at Detroit – W
Tampa Bay – W
at Carolina – L
Kansas City – W
Philadelphia – W
at Atlanta – L
Denver - W
at Dallas – L
at Philadelphia – L
New Orleans – W
at Oakland – W
NY Giants – W
Dallas – 50/50
at San Diego - W

Posted by: TheJury | April 14, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

7-9 at worse

9-7 at best

Posted by: tommycat | April 14, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

we didn't under estimate the Rams. It was a fluke play.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 14, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The fact that the Rams were close enough for a fluke play to make a difference says that we underestimated them. They should not have even been close.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Scamp--Agreed! That Rams game was pathetic. It looked like a team that had given up.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The key stretch is the one that saves you from mooning over your hammy.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | April 14, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Or swooning.

MAPS!
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | April 14, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Why are they sending us back to the Giants for our first game?

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 14, 2009 7:10 PM |

They're doing us a favor. They're giving us a do-over. This time we need to get it right.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I have the Skins winning 10 to 12 games. They will be much better then last year. I think the receivers we drafted last year will be much better then people think. Here is my predictions.

NO OL. NO OL. NO OL. Poor to average outside LB's. Third DB Smoot. 2 WR (unless the Kiper trio step up).

The Eagles have 12 draft picks, as do the Giants. The Eagles have 2 firsts. The Cowboys have 10 draft picks. The Redskins have 5.

So, as of now, unless they get a Curry, an Andre Smith, in other words a bonafide impact player in the 1st round this team will not be improved and probably will be less talented next year.

at NY Giants – L
St. Louis – L
at Detroit – W
Tampa Bay – W
at Carolina – L
Kansas City – W
Philadelphia – L

BYE

at Atlanta – L
Denver - W
at Dallas – L
at Philadelphia – L
New Orleans – L
at Oakland – W
NY Giants – L
Dallas – L
at San Diego - L

Posted by: TheJury | April 14, 2009

Dude you're in a fantasy football dreamworld.

I see 5 wins 11 losses.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention the third best and most single dimensional running back in the division.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Best case scenario: 6W-10L.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Dude you're in a fantasy football dreamworld.

I see 5 wins 11 losses.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 8:42 PM

periculum, are you serious??? You think we are worst then last year? We had a first year coach and the team learning new offense. Mark my word, we will win at least 10 games.

Posted by: TheJury | April 14, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse


6-10

Posted by: ItsOver1 | April 14, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I see some predictions starting to pop up. Put your money where your mouth is and join the RI wiki while your at it.

http://redskinsinsiders.wetpaint.com/page/2009+Predictions

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how all these tools up here are able to predict the season results without even knowing the roster. To me it depends a lot on whether they can add a credible RT in the draft. I would have an entirely different prediction if they draft Michael Oher than if they draft Mark Sanchez.

Tools -- What am I missing?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Damn,
We get the eagles at home on a night game. Fed Ex will be full of drunk phily fans starting trouble again.

Posted by: qballgeek | April 14, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

TE, it's early buddy, but you can predict anything. Look at Nostradamus. All you have to do is qualify it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how all these tools up here are able to predict the season results without even knowing the roster. To me it depends a lot on whether they can add a credible RT in the draft. I would have an entirely different prediction if they draft Michael Oher than if they draft Mark Sanchez.

I don't think Oher would be enough. Smith might be enough to overcome the limitations associated with seeing Portis every other offensive down.

Tools -- What am I missing?
TE, you believe this as much as anyone else here ... to whit: other than if they draft Mark Sanchez

We both know that's what Snidely will attempt to do even with strong resistance from within the organization. YOU KNOW IT AS WELL AND PROBABLY BETTER THAN any TOOL. ~smiles~.


Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Damn,
We get the eagles at home on a night game. Fed Ex will be full of drunk phily fans starting trouble again.

Posted by: qballgeek | April 14, 2009 8:52 PM

Price of beer goes up $2 that night. It gives Mr. Snyder the cash he needs to be a big playuh in free agency again next year.

This is the opposite of that Lerner tool who owns the Nats and keeps it all in his bank.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Predictions in April = Power Rankings

Posted by: Original_etrod | April 14, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

7-9. Ahem.

Posted by: Original_etrod | April 14, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

TE, it's early buddy, but you can predict anything. Look at Nostradamus. All you have to do is qualify it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 8:55 PM

I noticed, scamp, that you had the good sense to condition your own prediction on the draft.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

periculum, are you serious???

Posted by: TheJury | April 14, 2009

Dude are you serious? Basing your entire prediction on Devin "Showtime" Thomas showing up? On Rhinehart actually being active for games even as a substitute? On Malcolm Kelly coming off the IR for an extended period of time? On Fred Davis breaking in at TE somehow? On Kareem Moore, and Justin Tryon somehow replacing Shawn Springs? On Chris Wilson replacing Marcus Washington? On Clinton Portis suddenly learning how to catch passes because he isn't going to break off any long runs?

You are dreaming.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

It's all about the o-line TE. If it improves we will improve. To me, 1 player on defense is not enough to get us to the playoffs with this schedule. The Doc will help but we need more than just him. We also need those nomans from last year to become men.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Price of beer goes up $2 that night. It gives Mr. Snyder the cash he needs to be a big playuh in free agency again next year.

This is the opposite of that Lerner tool who owns the Nats and keeps it all in his bank.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009

At least we win the superbowl in offseason free agency!

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

It's all about the o-line TE. If it improves we will improve. To me, 1 player on defense is not enough to get us to the playoffs with this schedule. The Doc will help but we need more than just him. We also need those nomans from last year to become men.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:05 PM

This is what I've been trying to say in about 150 posts and you summarizated it in just four sentences! Woo! Let's go to the Varsity for a chili burger and some onion rings.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

It appears that mine are already posted on the RI blog ... ~smiles~

Damn it always seems as if my own personal luck fares the same as the Redskins wins and losses.

So, clearly I am not at all happy having to admit that I think they are not going to be as good as we all wish next season.

I just don't see any way to improvement. Short of the miracle in which all five draft picks become contributing starters with at least one impact player.

Hope perhaps will glimmer some in the first seven games. But then the season will fall apart ...

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmm, the Varsity. That North Avenue grease factory that I love soooo much.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I agree. Give Campbell an O-line and one additional receiver. Zorn able to bench Portis when he isn't productive or when they are behind ... and maybe 9-7. If Wilson somehow becomes an impact player at LB, then holy crap, they might even field a top 4 defense again. Or if MWash somehow is cajoled into returning and stays healthy ...

So many, way too many ifs ... 'then a miracle happens' scenarios ...

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmm, the Varsity. That North Avenue grease factory that I love soooo much.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:13 PM

Right. Tonight the Varsity. Tomorrow the turkey squirts.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Periculum are you even a fan? I personally think it will probably be another 8-8 year but i'm not gonna dog the team. shaun springs and marcus were good but only played half the time. they are replaceable! And someone from last years draft will become a playmaker. and by the way you have to give recievers at least two years in the league before you throw them under the bus.

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmm, the Varsity. That North Avenue grease factory that I love soooo much.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009

Any playoff scenario involving the Skins has as much chance of succeeding as the Varsity Bar and Grill in College Park coming back for a return engagement with foosball and peanut shells all over the floor ... and the ubiquitous biker gangs of course. :)

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I think the Varsity shortened my life span by at least a couple of years.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

i say 10 and 6 and hopefully the last game against chargers they have nothing to play for except their coach but i wont be here to watch it i will be in iraq is anybody taping the game

Posted by: BINYAMHL | April 14, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

i say 10 and 6 and hopefully the last game against chargers they have nothing to play for except their coach but i wont be here to watch it i will be in iraq is anybody taping the game

Posted by: BINYAMHL | April 14, 2009 9:19 PM

Hopefully they'll have momentum to play for. I'm sure someone will be able to get you a copy. Are you a soldier?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm going with 10-6 - just like I hope just about every season!

Posted by: suzannepdc | April 14, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

If we draft oline i think we can fill lb spots with guys on the roster or a late round draft pick. What i'm worried about is our secondary if any of are starters get hurt we will be in trouble. We need to fnd a stop gag out there somewhere

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

.......
How can anyone know anything at this point?
.......

Posted by: Towards_Light | April 14, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

T_L, we really can't but there's no harm at an early educated guess is there?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

From the RI: " I have a hard time seeing this club being much better than it was a year ago and in this tough division finishing .500 might prove too tough to pull off." It is too early to know how things will be in 2009. There has been a lot of change since the end of 2008:
1. The Giants lost their DC, their main WR but gained on defense with Canty and the return of Umeniyora.
2. The Eagles lost a lot of experience on the OL an on defense. But they have a lot of draft picks and they could package to get a WR like Machlin which would make them tough to beat.
3. The Cowboys lost TO which has to hurt since Roy Williams is now their best WR. They also lost Canty.
The Skins gained AH and Dockery but who knows what changes will come with (a) the draft and (b) Zorn, JC, and the WRs in year 2? Anything between 10-6 and 6-10 seems equally possible at this point.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 14, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

shawn springs and marcus were good but only played half the time. they are replaceable! And someone from last years draft will become a playmaker. and by the way you have to give recievers at least two years in the league before you throw them under the bus.

Replace them with who exactly? With only five draft picks? Most in the lower rounds? One receiver is already an IR candidate. Fred Davis? Does he play in place of Cooley? He had better get good fast? Devin "Showtime" Thomas?

Shawn Springs is one of the top 3 shutdown cover corners in the league. To get better than a Marcus Washington you would need a Lance Briggs or a Terrel Suggs.

And the OL is still a shambles. Rhinehart right now looks to be released at the end of camp.

REMEMBER, the EAGLES have TWELVE PICKS 2 in the first round. THE GIANTS also have 12 and they had a better offseason FA period than the Skins. Dallas has 10 picks. That's 6 games out of 16.

Look at the schedule! No one, (including myself) could believe that Snyder would be crazy enough to go after Cutler. But it turned out to be true!! The guy has a screw loose. But then he always has since HS.

YES I BELIEVE he will do the unthinkable and draft Sanchez. YES HE WILL ALSO DICTATE THAT SANCHEZ START as he did with Jeff George. Then, they will fold like a house of cards.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Isiah Thomas - word up!

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 14, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Three primetime games against division opponents late in the year I sure hope our national TV record improves!

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

i say 10 and 6 and hopefully the last game against chargers they have nothing to play for except their coach but i wont be here to watch it i will be in iraq is anybody taping the game

Posted by: BINYAMHL

BIN -- here's hoping you win your in your arena. As much a I like the burgundy and gold, its the red white and blue first and always

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 14, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

T_L, we really can't but there's no harm at an early educated guess is there?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:25 PM |

scamp--I think his quibble, and mine, is with the adjective "educated." If you wrote "wild-ass" then you would be closer.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm predicting 1-0. I'll let you know my prediction for the W-L record as of Week 2 after Week 1.

Posted by: dcsween | April 14, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Snyder apologist, but I swear to god, I hope we win a Championship soon. The hate on this blog is unbeleiveable. It's amazing how "fans" automatically place us in the cellar of the NFC East in April!

Stay "medium" people!

Posted by: rickyroge | April 14, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Snidely's on the loose, Snidely's on the loose, Today's a gay holiday, let your predictions play ...
Snidely's on the loose, Snidely's on the loose,
His brain is squirming like a toad, he picks crappy FA's like road kill from the road.
if you give this man a say your team will surely pay ...
Snidely's on the loose.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please give some subtantial evidence as to how any of the teams in the NFC East are better than we are and presumably will win the East???

...and don't give me the 10 draft picks argument. We had ten last year too!

I'm waiting......

Posted by: rickyroge | April 14, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

scamp--I think his quibble, and mine, is with the adjective "educated." If you wrote "wild-ass" then you would be closer.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 14, 2009 9:32 PM

Okay, agreed. No problem with making some wild assed predictions at this point is there? Yea, that sounds better.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The last place I'd look on the innert00bz for an "educated guess" is right here on RI.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | April 14, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Replace them with who exactly? With only five draft picks? Most in the lower rounds? One receiver is already an IR candidate. Fred Davis? Does he play in place of Cooley? He had better get good fast? Devin "Showtime" Thomas?

Shawn Springs is one of the top 3 shutdown cover corners in the league. To get better than a Marcus Washington you would need a Lance Briggs or a Terrel Suggs.

First why cant you play a two tight end set seems to me like that could help are poor recieving core and our ofensive line.
second yes kelly will most likely be out of the league in a year or two but all we need from thomas is enough production to warrant putting are in the slot permanently which when playing opposite moss shouldn't be that hard.
Third I am big fan of springs and washington (who can still be resigned)however the miss alot of games a platoon of chris wilson and HB blades could get the job done for MW. As far as springs we still have to find someone to cover the big recievers but with to gone and plaxico gone if we get some depth at the position we will be ok.
I have no argument for the syder comment except hope for the best (sanchez to seattle). As far as other teams draft picks Philly has a lot of holes to fill so they better draft well and the giants were probably will be tough no matterwhat.

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I see I've already been beaten to the grain alcohol punch.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | April 14, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

ricky- the only argument I could give is for the Giants. They have a good O-line that allows there enormous RB to get a head of steam and a fairly decent QB that can make plays sometimes. Granted he can screw the pooch a good bit too. There D Line is one of the tops in the league. I think Dallas and Philly will be worse. Draft picks take time to really make an impact. 10-12 draft picks mean 1-2 impact players (maybe) for 2010.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Take a look at this...

The Giants' #1 receiver shoots himself in a nightclub and gets locked up for disorderly conduct.

The Eagles release one of the main leaders in the locker room in Brian Dawkins

The Cowboys haven't won a playoff game in 15 years, released their #1 receiver, and still have questions at QB and Head Coach.

The Skins are in the 2nd year of a new offense and HC, have holes on the O-line and at LB, but have key FA signings at LG and DT.

Explain why we're last in the NFC East.

Posted by: rickyroge | April 14, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please give some subtantial evidence as to how any of the teams in the NFC East are better than we are and presumably will win the East???

...and don't give me the 10 draft picks argument. We had ten last year too!

I'm waiting......

Posted by: rickyroge
I'm with you philly lost a lot of key veterans that can't be replaced quickly. Dallas is the most overhyped team in the league any team that smashes in the mouth can beat them. My only worry is the giants get some speedy weapons on offense or a big time reciever then they will be tough.

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I think Dallas and Philly will be worse. Draft picks take time to really make an impact. 10-12 draft picks mean 1-2 impact players (maybe) for 2010.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009

Philly needs a backup running back, another wide receiver and an offensive tackle. Unless Reid's picks go awry (which they could) they should be able to fill most all of their needs for next year's season.

The Giants have what many consider to be the best defensive line in the NFL. It has improved.

They also have 12 picks and are favored to pick up Braylon Edwards to replace Burress.

I agree with you on Dallas. There is a lot that Jerry Jones can do to further screw that team up ... much like the owner of the Redskins.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget philly has to replace dawkins the teams best defensive player and lito shepard

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

First why cant you play a two tight end set seems to me like that could help are poor recieving core and our ofensive line.

Davis has big hands and Kiper considered him a sure handed receiver at TE in college. If he can learn to block like Todd Yoder or preferably better, then you would see Cooley moved to possession receiver, some sort of h-back. A lot is predicated on blocking and learning the offense. So far that has not gone well. He's not the first TE Cerrato has picked in the 2nd round who ended up washing out.

Devin Thomas is not someone I would depend on.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Philly needs a backup running back, another wide receiver and an offensive tackle. Unless Reid's picks go awry (which they could) they should be able to fill most all of their needs for next year's season...

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

...a linebacker or 2 and a safety. Their quarterback is one year older and has one more injury in the books, not to mention he's becoming more of a whiny b!tch every year. They lost there defensive leader and there offensive line isn't great.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

rickyroge,

It all boils down to QB play and Jason Campbell has a lot to prove this year. This is make or break time for him. It's very telling about how Jason is perceived when the Broncos would rather take Kyle Orton over him.

Posted by: villaal | April 14, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget philly has to replace dawkins the teams best defensive player and lito shepard

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009

Philly still has Andy Reid, McNabb, and Westbrook. Plus 12 draft picks.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

It's all about the offensive line. If it holds up consistently to protect the QB and open holes for RBs, we'll have a good season.

Posted by: RedCherokee | April 14, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Westbrook had an injury to recover from as well (he's still a beast.) A Ried looked pretty inept at times last year. We beat 'em twice.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

...a linebacker or 2 and a safety. Their quarterback is one year older and has one more injury in the books, not to mention he's becoming more of a whiny b!tch every year. They lost there defensive leader and there offensive line isn't great.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009

You may be right. Perhaps Reid has decided to make this a rebuilding year for his team.

But, in the end we both know it all boils down to, not Campbell's play, but what Snyder decides to do with #13 in this year's draft.

If he gets a wild hair and goes off his rocker they will be dead last in the NFC East.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Philly still has Andy Reid, McNabb, and Westbrook. Plus 12 draft picks.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse
Alright so they need an OT, wr, FS, RB, and in my opinion runstopping DL and a number 2 corner. Even if they drafted with a 50 percent success rate (tough to do)what are the odds that all those guys would contribute at a succesful level in year one. Especially considering they lost two of there biggest leaders in runyan and Dawkins.

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

"The Giants have what many consider to be the best defensive line in the NFL. It has improved."

...and again this is why the Skins need to focus on O-line, O-line, O-line in the draft...

Posted by: chasgiffen | April 14, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying the Skins are the favorite to win the division, but I was just puzzled as to why some felt other teams are that much better than us.

I agree...it comes down to JC and the O-line and of course injuries. I just hope we're not taking the defense for granted.

Posted by: rickyroge | April 14, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

i say 10 and 6 and hopefully the last game against chargers they have nothing to play for except their coach but i wont be here to watch it i will be in iraq is anybody taping the game

Posted by: BINYAMHL | April 14, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

If you are a soldier, I will see what I can do. There is no reason why shouldn't be able to watch your team (even if it is delayed).

Posted by: moosepod | April 14, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Question for my RI brethren...

Why doesn't the offense take the same approach as the defense. The defense plays every player on the active roster. They seem to have a good rotation...even Tryon got some run on nickel packages, Mike Green contribuited as well as Kareem Moore.

Why can't the offense rotate lineman? Why can't Betts be brought in more for passing situations? So what if Devin Thomas is young and a bit wild, why can't we just let him go deep and throw it to him? Why does Portis have to have 30 carries a game if he's 5'10", 200LBS.?

I'm just askin'....

Posted by: rickyroge | April 14, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Davis has big hands and Kiper considered him a sure handed receiver at TE in college. If he can learn to block like Todd Yoder or preferably better, then you would see Cooley moved to possession receiver, some sort of h-back. A lot is predicated on blocking and learning the offense. So far that has not gone well. He's not the first TE Cerrato has picked in the 2nd round who ended up washing out.

Devin Thomas is not someone I would depend on.

Posted by: periculum |
Forget Kiper it matters more what Buge's could teach him. If a TE is matched up against DL thats always gnna be a mismatch but surly we can teach a guy his size to block a LB and how to help a tackle block one guy. And I'm not depending on thomas I am depending on Moss staying healthy and drawing double teams all year in that case theres no reason Dthomas can't catch 40- 50 balls in his second year which is all we need.

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Ricky its tough for olineman to rotate because of blitz schemes. On defense players can play a gap or a zone on offense when one side is overloaded Olineman have to know who the person next to them is gonna pick up without communicating which is hard to do if you constantly rotate them.

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Ricky, you and I are on the same page there brother. I always wondered why every position BUT the O-line rotate. Imagine fresh men on the O-line throughout the game. They've got to be able to build chemistry

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the offense rotate lineman? Why can't Betts be brought in more for passing situations?

Ask the owner. Apparently Portis has more pull than the coach.

So what if Devin Thomas is young and a bit wild, why can't we just let him go deep and throw it to him?

I think they tried. He was a lot like Lastings Millege. He apparently had problems remembering many of the patterns.

Why does Portis have to have 30 carries a game if he's 5'10", 200LBS.?

Again, ask the owner. I believe Zorn did try to do what you suggest.


I'm just askin'....

Posted by: rickyroge | April 14, 2009

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

So what if Devin Thomas is young and a bit wild, why can't we just let him go deep and throw it to him?
Why does Portis have to have 30 carries a game if he's 5'10", 200LBS.?

I think these problems are one in the same, if devin thomas cant run routes he becomes predictable, so in turn we can't spread the field the way some teams do, so in turn portis gets the rock 30 times.

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the offense rotate lineman?

I think they need to get into a rhythm. As running backs claim as well. If you rotate it could break the rhythm the develop during a drive. Now rotating between drives I think can be done.

In the Redskins case when they had backups who could have started for many of the teams in the NFL this was done to a limited extent.

Now, the backups are not suitable starters. You get diminishing returns in OL performance when they come in.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

There are some who think the draft is going to make a difference in how the Redskins do once the season starts. Get a grip. All of those draft picks last year and only one starter was found, and he is turning out to be more of a situational player. Vinny can't find talent and Zorn can't develop it. What might make the Skins better is a full year of Hall, Dockery and Haynesworth. I don't look for a miracle to be happening with Devin Thomas or "Bum Knee" Kelly. I see a team that might be more consistent than last year because they have replaced some injury prone players, but have they really upgraded any position other than defensive tackle? The draft won't help them, and I can't see where the coaching is going to suddenly make this team blossom. If they make it to 8-8, that would be admirable, but not admirable enough to keep Zorn's job.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | April 14, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Drafting a starting OL WILL make a difference. Instead of telling us to get a grip, how about you get a clue, oh and your screen name needs some help.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

rickyroge -- picking the Skins to go 8-8 doesn't mean picking them to be last in the East. As of now, all 4 teams are pretty even -- jints likely a bit more than a shade above the rest. I think its more of a case of the others coming back to us than our gaining on them.

Our biggest flaws from 2008 are much the same. An aging OL, mediocre WRs and depth in key places. So there is nothing to suggest we'll be substantially better. Get Curry and I'll go to 10-6 for my prediction ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 14, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget philly has to replace dawkins the teams best defensive player and lito shepard

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009

Philly still has Andy Reid, McNabb, and Westbrook. Plus 12 draft picks.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 9:58 PM |


I don't see why Philly having twelve draft picks should be so scary. That sounds like a lot of rookies on the field in big games. Two years from now it's pretty scary how good they will be, but by then McNabb might be gone and Westbrook washed up.

Nobody knows nuttin', that's all...

Posted by: edvar | April 14, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

'...I'm going with 10-6 - just like I hope just about every season!'

10-6...?

I'll be even more optimistic: 11-5

Why..?

Jason Campbell will rise above the hate that swirled around him this off season.

He will lead an efficient, workman-like team and make the right throws to the non-blogging Devin Thomas and healthy Malcolm Kelly.

He will throw more INTs and also, a few more touchdown passes as he decides to use his rocket arm to put the ball in a places that allow his receivers to make a play.

Am I optimistic that all this will happen?: well, yes.


Posted by: MistaMoe | April 14, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest1 dude you really love curry i see you post about him everyday did you go to wake or is he paying you for pre draft hype. just kidding we could use him but i just don't see it happening unless snyder as a secret love affair.

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Am I optimistic that all this will happen?: well, yes.

Posted by: MistaMoe
Finaly an optimistic attitude between the hate for jc, our ol,snider and jala i thought hope might be dead in skin fans

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

And who says Philly's FO is any good?

That team is always 10 million under the cap with lots of draft picks YET they have NEVER been able to put two good WR's on the field at the same time to help McNabb with their one dimensional offense - get the ball to Westbrook.

If they had a brain in their heads, they would have had three awesome receivers years ago. Then they would have Superbowl trophies instead of bitter NFC Championship losses as their legacy.

Hehehe...

Posted by: edvar | April 14, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

'...Westbrook had an injury to recover from as well (he's still a beast.) A Ried looked pretty inept at times last year. We beat 'em twice....'


The biggest fear: the iggles draft a stud running back. Then, they add another dynamic wideout to complement DeSean Jackson.

The next biggest fear: the jints give the browns some picks for B. Edwards and he turns out to be better for them than Plax ever was.

The other big fear: the cowchumps' offense prospers from the absence of T.O. and becomes a balanced run-pass attack. Romo actually grows up.

The final fear factor: the second half of the 2008 redskins' season is how the 2009 season opens as the lack of youth and athleticism on the offensive line again hinders the team's overall improvement.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 14, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Am I optimistic that all this will happen?: well, yes.


Posted by: MistaMoe | April 14, 2009

NO OL, if its Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp blocking for Campbell ...

then MistaMoe dreams get dashed on the rocks below.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

The schedule release is exciting and all, but does anybody know where I can score two cheap hookers and a Mexican?

Posted by: toohoes | April 14, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The final fear factor: the second half of the 2008 redskins' season is how the 2009 season opens as the lack of youth and athleticism on the offensive line again hinders the team's overall improvement.

NO OL means NO "O". Especially with Mr. One Dimensional starting at feature back.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

The schedule release is exciting and all, but does anybody know where I can score two cheap hookers and a Mexican?

Posted by: toohoes | April 14, 2009 10:58 PM |

TJ.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

The schedule release is exciting and all, but does anybody know where I can score two cheap hookers and a Mexican?

Posted by: toohoes | April 14, 2009,

Marin County CA, the new "Tender Loin". Look in County Newspaper under Wicken, New Age Sex Therapist. There should be at least 100 ads.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, but they might not be "cheap". :)

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

toohoes

'...The schedule release is exciting and all, but does anybody know where I can score two cheap hookers and a Mexican?'

Sir, I want you to know this is a highly inflammatory post.

And I might add, if you do find the women and the Mexican gentleman, well, have him drop them off at my house after they leave yours.

And I want you to know I don't mind going second in any event I participant in, so go 'head and enjoy yourself.

Tell them I'll be waiting with money for the girls and yard work for the Mexican.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 14, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Drafting a starting OL WILL make a difference. Instead of telling us to get a grip, how about you get a clue, oh and your screen name needs some help.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009

Plus at least one center/guard or tackle/guard later in the draft. Suspect we may see Jansen backing up Rabach at center in 2009.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Tell them I'll be waiting with money for the girls and yard work for the Mexican.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 14, 2009

Pendulums, runes, tarot cards, and the knowledge of how to use them would be cheaper and better. It also helps to claim that you are an "Indigo" or "Crystal" and can see the future. Also, tell make sure to tell them that the "Grid" is just another archetype and the Internet is its actualization or realization.

Great sex all night long ...

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

A cool thing about the schedule is that other than the Falcon, Chargers, Panthers, we don't play any monster teams from the AFC Central or East.

That's why I'm so optimistic.

(Toohoes: I'm sitting by the phone. Call when you're done. My grass is really high, so I want this all to work out for me.)


ciao..........

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 14, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

If Samuels is healthy then the left side of our line will dominate. the big question is if Thomas or Jansen(if he starts)can. If Thomas plays 12 healthy games I predict 10 plus wins for our squad because ou rd should still be top ten. So if between all o line man theres 80 games whats the over under on getting 65 from them. If were over skins make the playoffs!! in my opinion.

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

While I definitely don't think we'll be a 5 win team, I also don't think we're a 12 win team either.....so far we are thinner at corner, drastically weaker at LB, still waiting on our first three picks from last year and still weak at C, RG, RT, and DE. I see another 8-8 with a two game potential swing either way depending on the progression of the redshirt rookies. If they show up we're a 10 win team, if they no show again we're 7-9 or even 6-10. And I also truly believe, if we don't go to the playoffs, Zorn, JC, and Vinny are all gone. Snyder didn't spend 140 million to miss the playoffs and with the big name coaches that will be available next year, its playoffs or bust for those guys.

Posted by: zjfr2 | April 14, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

If Samuels is healthy then the left side of our line will dominate. the big question is if Thomas or Jansen(if he starts)can.

Jansen is no longer a starter. He can run block but his pass blocking skills are almost nil due to immobility. Thomas had his worst year yet. Heyer is not a good run blocker and his pass blocking was questionable last year. Dockery gave up more sacks than any other guard last year. Last year saw another in a series of serious injuries for Samuels and second time on IR.

Thus 2-6 in the 2nd half. Actually, the aged one Pete Kendall had the better year after Samuels, when he was healthy.

You can't go with that line next year and expect to win.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I think they can make it with the DE's they have. Plus the LB if the Wilson experiment works ... if it doesn't I suspect you will see Washington back with apologies from the Redskins management. The defensive backfield will have to learn to adapt and live with Smoot.

The OL seems only fixable through the draft. It is the fly in the ointment. It can drag the rest of the team down.

Posted by: periculum | April 14, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Drafting a starting OL WILL make a difference....

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009

Plus at least one center/guard or tackle/guard later in the draft....

Posted by: periculum

If he's available Snyder will draft Oher. Write it down in ink.

Here's why.

Snyder is a marketing genius. The team that hasn't gotten a sniff of the Super Bowl in his reign has made a fortune for him.

When Jason Taylor signed, when Haynesworth signed, the first thing the Redskins did was put up ads selling their Jerseys.

Second, Snyder is trying to get his snout under the Big Boy tent in Hollywood. Oher will help.

Why, because there's a book about him? Naaah.

Because now it will be made into a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.

The project has a director and stars attached, financing and has been greenlighted.

The movie will star Sandra Bullock and Billy Ray Cyrus.

And a 6'8" 360 pound unknown to play Oher.

If Oher is gone by #13 maybe they should draft the actor....


Posted by: TheCork | April 14, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Read Moe about Michael Oher in Patrick Goldstein column in The L.A. Times

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-bigpicture14-2009apr14,0,4384191.story

Posted by: TheCork | April 14, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Oher's story is definately a good one. He's got character that any team should be salivating after.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 14, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

My prediction, well - If they get a solid OT to replace Jansen in the draft and at least one WR from last year's draft emerges: 10-6. If they blow the draft and last year's WR are a bust = 7-9.

Posted by: conesa | April 14, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

While I definitely don't think we'll be a 5 win team, I also don't think we're a 12 win team either.....so far we are thinner at corner, drastically weaker at LB, still waiting on our first three picks from last year and still weak at C, RG, RT, and DE. I see another 8-8 with a two game potential swing either way depending on the progression of the redshirt rookies. If they show up we're a 10 win team, if they no show again we're 7-9 or even 6-10. And I also truly believe, if we don't go to the playoffs, Zorn, JC, and Vinny are all gone. Snyder didn't spend 140 million to miss the playoffs and with the big name coaches that will be available next year, its playoffs or bust for those guys.

Posted by: zjfr2

Very Very Well said.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 14, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

**Non-Football Post**

"dwight howard over lbj????get off of dwights shorts...no one, and I mean no one, will make that arguement except dwights mom, and his girlfriend....kobe, chris paul, dwade, all come up ahead of dwight howard...

just the fact that great perimeter player can close out a game, is reason alone where you arguement faces a major fallacy...

Posted by: jasonma1 | April 14, 2009 4:31 PM"

There isn't a single basketball mind in the world that will say a closer is more important than a big man. Not one.

When those championship Spurs teams were running things in the NBA, who was their closer? Nope, not Timmy D. It was Tony Parker most recently, Manu Ginobili before him, and "Big Shot" Rob before him (that's Robert Horry for those bored enough to keep up with the argument). Even now, Roger Mason is the closer of choice for the Spurs.

When those Shaqtastic Lakers were triple-crowning, who was their closer? Nope, not the Shaqtus. That would belong to Kobe Bryant, or Derek Fisher, or, you guessed it, "Big Shot" Rob.

Are you attempting to tell me that any one of those players was more important or more valuable to their teams than either Shaq or Duncan, two men that have won 8 out of the last 10 NBA titles, simply because they were the closers? You must be outside your mind.

We live in a world of short attention spans, where 48 minute games are summarized in 60 second clips on SportsCenter with supplemental generic statistics. It's only natural for the average fan to believe the guy with the flashiest highlights and the most gaudy statistics is the most valuable player. This is only highlighted by your elimination criteria being based on a single moment that occurs once in collection of games as opposed to the thousands of other minutes that occur on the court. But those of us that attempt to look beyond the surface for true assessment can see where the true value lies. And Dwight Howard is it.

Come check me in about 5 years and see who is more valuable then. When Howard has been running the East, I'll be interested in seeing where your criticisms lie (that is with the exception of the Wizards 2nd and 3rd NBA titles that are upcoming, of course).

Posted by: psps23 | April 14, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Weak lines on both sides, weak linebackers, the usual spate of injuries to key starters and our absurd front office and owner: 7-9 at best.

Posted by: Redskinrex | April 14, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Ya closers are more important but none of those teams would have made it to the finals without their big men. If Howard can increase his free throw percentage from 50 to 70 hi ppg will go from 20 to 28. If he can develop any kind of jumper he will average over thirty points. If he could do those things I'd take howard but otherwise give me LBJ

Posted by: DG28 | April 14, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Jason, why do you hate the Redskins so much? we are going to be VASTLY improved over last year and could easily (relatively speaking) win the division. Maybe you should start to report to the Dallas Insider? I'm sure they have room for Redskin haters.

Posted by: skins83 | April 15, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

10-6, wild card. Hail to 'em.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 15, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

zjfr2 do you really think snyder will get rid of vinny thats his boy. I agree with zorn and JC Snyder has no patience for average performance from high profile positions despite the fact that O and D lines are what really win championships.

Posted by: DG28 | April 15, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

"I see another 8-8 with a two game potential swing either way depending on the progression of the redshirt rookies. If they show up we're a 10 win team, if they no show again we're 7-9 or even 6-10."

I'll see your 2-game '08 rookie swing, and raise you a 2-game health swing. Give me a healthy Chris Samuels, Santana Moss, and Clinton Portis, and this team goes at least 4-4 down the stretch last season.

Add to that a 2-game swing for developmental improvement from JC and Jim Zorn/Schwartz. Give me a fully playbook-immersed Campbell, and I'll give you a 1-game swing. Give me a freshly innovative Zorn, like during his 4-game early season streak, and I'll give you another 1-game swing.

That's right, I can see a 14-2 season, provided the chips all fall in the right place. I can also see a 6-10 season, provided everything collapses at once.

Of course, that's not counting the offseason transactions. Here they are:

DB: Lost Springs (9 games last season), add Hall full-time this season (7 games last season). Net gain/loss = 0. We lose no games played from this transaction. Hall equally as effective as Springs, only in a different manner.

LB: Lost Marcus Washington and Khary Campbell. Add Robert Thomas. Net gain/loss = moderate loss. Washington was a quality starter, but only played sparingly. Robert Thomas cancels Campbell out.

DL: Lost Jason Taylor and Demetric Evans. Added Albert Haynesworth, Phillip Daniels, and Renaldo Wynn. Net gain/loss = moderate gain. Haynesworth provides a massive upgrade over both Taylor and Evans combined, and Daniels effectively replaces Evans' output on the end. We lost Taylor's versatility/unpredictability.

OL: Lost Kendall, added Dockery. Net gain/loss: moderate gain. Kendall was the most consistent linemen, but hardly elite. Dockery has shown to be elite at times, but struggles with consistency. Youth puts Dock ahead here.

Overall, minimal improvement personnel-wise, with draft picks to come. It's the other factors -- development, health -- that will determine this season.

Posted by: psps23 | April 15, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

15-1.

You heard it hear 1st.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 15, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

4th -

Who are we losing to?

Posted by: edvar | April 15, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

1st Game. NYG. We have been cursed since the death of the original Mara...

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 15, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedCherokee | April 15, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

11-5 or 10-6, but in my heart I see 12-4....go 'skins

Posted by: forbesv | April 15, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

4th -

Who are we losing to?

Posted by: edvar | April 15, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

1st Game. NYG. We have been cursed since the death of the original Mara...

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 15, 2009 12:24 AM


Those bastards....

Posted by: edvar | April 15, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Snyder didn't spend 140 million to miss the playoffs and with the big name coaches that will be available next year, its playoffs or bust for those guys.

Posted by: zjfr2 | April 14, 2009 11:13 PM

Big name coaches? Hey, Snyder has tried three - Schot, Spur, Gibbs - and none of them worked out. Why woud he want to try a fourth? After three big name coaches it was almost like he had developed a delayed case of the hives and he went and did the most opposite thing you could think of - he hired an obscure position coach to be HC. He likes Zorn. Zorn lets him make all the personnel decisions. The thing that is holding back the Skins is their offense and if someone has to walk the plank for that it will be Cerrato.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 15, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Sir, I want you to know this is a highly inflammatory post.

And I might add, if you do find the women and the Mexican gentleman, well, have him drop them off at my house after they leave yours.

And I want you to know I don't mind going second in any event I participant in, so go 'head and enjoy yourself.

Tell them I'll be waiting with money for the girls and yard work for the Mexican.

Freaking Funny Funny post..I laughed out loud, Im married to a Mexican woman, and I really do make her work the yard!

Posted by: Tyler84101 | April 15, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Anton -- I'm sure Snyder would have hired another big name in 2008 -- they did call Cowher -- but no one wanted to work for Danny.

In case you're wondering if that's true, look at Spagnulo. He likely had the job here if he wanted it. Passed it up to stay in ny with the jints. This year, he leaves the jints to go to the Rams.

Tell me, what do the Rams have to offer Spags that Danny didn't?
Better talent? No
Better pay ? No
Better quality coaches on boards? No

It comes down to Danny and who would work for him. In 2008, none of the big names or 'hot' coaches were willing to leave what they had for Danny, even with his $$.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 15, 2009 2:03 AM | Report abuse

9-6 heading here to SD for a win-and-in finale for both teams.

HTTR!

Posted by: SoCal_SkinsFan | April 15, 2009 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Jason, sports writers are the most inaccurate people in a profession I have ever witnessed. You guys always get it wrong. Too many deadlines to beat I guess kills your accuracy. I agree the skins failed pretty bad in the second half last year but look how we dominated in the first half. If any teams dynamics have dramatically changed its the Giants. We beat them in the opening game and our momentum is out of control. No one else expects anything from us which is just the way I like it. Sucks to be Romo!!!!

Posted by: nvirishmic4 | April 15, 2009 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Jason, you are so negative in every single post. Will you ever give the Skins one positive post? Nobody knows how good we will be but we did upgrade our defense. We shall see.

Posted by: tjzukoski | April 15, 2009 3:10 AM | Report abuse

... It comes down to Danny and who would work for him. In 2008, none of the big names or 'hot' coaches were willing to leave what they had for Danny, even with his $$.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 15, 2009 2:03 AM

You have a point. But what scared off Spagnuolo wasn't so much having to deal with Snyder's meddlesome habits as having all his assistants already in place before he took the job. It's hard to be a HC under those conditions, even if the alternative is the woe begotten Rams and Richie Incognito.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 15, 2009 3:12 AM | Report abuse

The skins have done very little to shore up their old and battered OL. Signing back Dockery will yield little results. The DL might fair a bit better, but I don't think they can stop teams from scoring 21+ plus a game. Couple that with what looks like another terrible offensive scoring year and it’s a recipe for another 500 season or worse. Don't forget that the skins re-signed Shaun Sweeson (SP?) who was ranked the 30 best kicker out of 32 teams last year with a kick off average on the 12 yard line. Oh well, maybe next season, 2010, we might get a quality quarterback.

Posted by: jammer881 | April 15, 2009 4:27 AM | Report abuse

another take on the OTs in this draft by a former OL coach, now HC, with a pick ahead of us. Note the Andre Smith comments

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/14/SP011721R1.DTL


And Anton, as for why Spagnuolo didn't come this way, I'd say its pretty hard to 'know' the exact answer, but he clearly took a tougher job for what is almost certainly less money in StL.

You'd have to think not wanting to work for Danny had a lot to do with that. A lot. Because getting a HC job is never a guarantee (ask GG what happened to his shot)

As for the assistants being in place, I doubt that was the overriding issue. There may have been an issue over control of the staff -- but that is about the owner and control issues, not about having a staff in place.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 15, 2009 4:33 AM | Report abuse


thejury: "I have the Skins winning 10 to 12 games."
"I see 5 wins 11 losses.Posted by: periculum"

So, which of these dudes is the furthest off target?

Posted by: Samson151 | April 15, 2009 6:06 AM | Report abuse

I see 8-8. I really think they are 8-8 pergatory. The ownership and front office is a joke.

Posted by: ridgely1 | April 15, 2009 6:48 AM | Report abuse

You have a point. But what scared off Spagnuolo wasn't so much having to deal with Snyder's meddlesome habits as having all his assistants already in place before he took the job. It's hard to be a HC under those conditions, even if the alternative is the woe begotten Rams and Richie Incognito.


Posted by: AntonChigurh ********

How do you know that? I think working for DS would be pure hell.

Posted by: lsskinsfan | April 15, 2009 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Repeat after me: this team is no better than 8-8. The quicker you youngsters get that through your heads the better off we'll be as fans. Don't get your hopes up and you can't be disappointed. As long as Snyder and Vinny run the show, we'll always be between that 10-6 to 5-11 area. They haven't improved anything, so why would we be any better? If anything, we'll be worse than 8-8.

Quit hating on JLC. He's doing the best he can with the wall that Snyder has put up around Redskin Park.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | April 15, 2009 7:05 AM | Report abuse

NYG-L
STL-W
DET-W
TB-W
CAR-L
KC-W
PHI-W
BYE
ATL-W
DEN-W
DAL-L
PHI-L
NO-W
OAK-W
NYG-L
DAL-W
SD-L

10-6 with a 2-4 NFC EAST Record. 7 Conference wins. Should be enough to get into the playoffs. Time for a little football.

Posted by: FedorEm | April 15, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

put you early season predictions right here:

http://redskinsinsiders.wetpaint.com/page/2009+Predictions

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

nvirish:"Thanks Jason, sports writers are the most inaccurate people in a profession I have ever witnessed. You guys always get it wrong."

What about people who write comments on sports blogs? We have to be the wrongest ever. Oh, wait, we're not getting paid. Our innacuracy is purely amateur.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 15, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Ah, but Samson. With so much wild speculation in every direction by us amateurs, some of us have to get it right.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

"With so much wild speculation in every direction by us amateurs, some of us have to get it right.Posted by: scampbell1975"

The old infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters model, eh?

Posted by: Samson151 | April 15, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

5-11
Old offense and defense lines.
Weak linebackers
suspect secondary
Weak play calling coach
Of course Haynesworth will be hurt by 3 game
Weak back up players
Greedy Owner
SNYDER SELL THE TEAM
PLEASEEEEEEEEE

Posted by: shamken | April 15, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

'...Read Moe about Michael Oher in Patrick Goldstein column in The L.A. Times...'

Will do.

I remember reading about the guy a couple of years ago in a New York Times Magazine feature.

The kid is impressive both on and off the field.

There will be no argument from me should he wind up at Redskins' Park at dinner time on draft day.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 15, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

12 and 4!
No, wait....., let me pull my head out of my rear.
7 and 9.
Now thats much better!

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | April 15, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

For Jason Campbell I'm hoping for at least 10-6, but it's looking like 8-8 again. That the Eagles released Dawkins for draft picks shows the long-term vision and astuteness of their front office vs. the circus run by Snyderrato. This team does not have the talent where it needs it, specifically the offensive line, and refuses to employ the running back depth it has so as to appease Clinton Portis.
Instead of wanting Snyder to sell the team, there needs to be a deep-pocketed group of earnest, committed football people willing to make Snyder an offer he couldn't resist. Boycotts of Snyder's businesses are difficult because they affect working/middle class folks worse than him, but that short term pain may be what's necessary to force this tiny emperor's hand.
Maybe we need to change the name so as to escape this curse that's befallen this once-great franchise?

Posted by: pdfordiii | April 15, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

How Do I Get This Job?

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett threw at Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu and received a six game suspension.

So how do I get a job where I can miss six days of work for throwing an object at 90 mph at someone I find annoying?

There are a lot of people I'd throw a baseball at 90 mph at.

Here's at short list:

the Sham-Wow guy

Stat Boy

Wilbon

Curt Schilling

A-Rod

rich celebrities who want to adopt kids from broke-a$$ed African countries

Obama's dog

whoever the Jonas Brothers are

the greedy slobs one Wall Street who've jacked up my 401k retirement account


any guy who'd turn down a chance to be the object of interest on 'Rock of Love' or 'For the Luv of...' shows

people who actually follow American Idol

the dudes on Flight of the Conchords

yo' momma

Rush "The Addict in Recovery" Limbaugh

Stedman for not macking and shutting up Oprah the way a real playa would

Soulja Boy and anyone who can do the 'Stanky Leg' dance

and finally, self-posters like Moe who submit things to RI for his own entertainment: ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 15, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

gooooooooo skins.

Posted by: rls1041 | April 15, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

wow, too much negativity up here, and too much periculum, man that cat is certifiable....I don't get it...if the team causes you so much anguish, so much pain, and makes you so bitter, why follow them??

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 15, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

"Last year's loss to a lowly Rams team ended up being a backbreaker, with the loss in the season finale at San Francisco big as well."


the loss to San Francisco meant absolutely nothing. We actually are better off for losing that we would have been for winning. That makes no sense.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 15, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Open on road against Giants;
Rams come to FedEx;
Game in Detroit;
New Orleans at FedEx...

...did they just reprint last year's schedule?

Posted by: p1funk | April 15, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

19-0
Super Bowl.
Put it on the board.....Chaaaaaampionship!

Posted by: dlhaze1 | April 15, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Hope springs eternal in April, but my predictions have variables...

Skins draft Andre Smith: 11-5
Skins draft Brian Cushing: 7-9
Skins draft Michael Oher: 9-7
Skins draft Rey Maualuga: 8-8
Skins draft Mark Sanchez: 2-14
Skins draft Javorski Lane: 16-0

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 15, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

"REMEMBER, the EAGLES have TWELVE PICKS 2 in the first round. THE GIANTS also have 12 and they had a better offseason FA period than the Skins. Dallas has 10 picks. That's 6 games out of 16."


so you think the Eagles and Giants are gonna draft 12 starting players this year or what? If I had to guess now, I'd say they'd maybe find 1 starter, 2 at the most, out of all those picks.

Same with Dallas.


Quality over quantity.


That said, we do neither quality or quantity, but we do it in style!!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 15, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

"rich celebrities who want to adopt kids from broke-a$$ed African countries"


am I the only one that doesn't understand why people get so mad about this? Please save this poor kid from growing up a millionaire!!!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 15, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

'...am I the only one that doesn't understand why people get so mad about this?'

Not to be a xenophobe, but there are kids right here in the good ol' USA who'd make fine little millionaires, too.

In fact, if anyone knows of an attractive, rich female celebrity who'd like to have a pretty mixed race child to raise, please submit her email address so I, mistamoe, can do my part to connect with her and resolve her guilt issues about wealth.

After all, it's the best a brotha can do.....

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 15, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

TheTruth


How did the Bravos v. Fish situation work out last night?

I was watching Burnett carve up the Rays (in fact, Matt Garza was dealing, too--very good baseball game all around.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 15, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Based on the NFL schedules, I'm thinking I'm going to pick Cutler and Forte pretty high in Fantasy Football this year.

Posted by: TWISI | April 15, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Deadskins 2-14. O line has it really gooten any better. What incentive does Campbell have to make any sacrifices for the woner and the team? The receivers suck and Cooley can't even do a good job of getting a new puppy. Stupid breed for a player whose IQ doesn't equal his jersey number. Zorn is gone by the second game of the season after going 0-4 in the preseason and losing the first two games and only scoring 17 points total in thse six games.

Have a great day Deadskin fans.

Posted by: sheepherder | April 15, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"Not to be a xenophobe, but there are kids right here in the good ol' USA who'd make fine little millionaires, too.

In fact, if anyone knows of an attractive, rich female celebrity who'd like to have a pretty mixed race child to raise, please submit her email address so I, mistamoe, can do my part to connect with her and resolve her guilt issues about wealth.

After all, it's the best a brotha can do.....

Posted by: MistaMoe"


maybe we should get over ourselves as a country. Those poor kids in America, by the definition America has given itself, will have the opportunity.

Those poor kids in Africa, by the definition America has given Africa, will not have that opportunity.


To me, it doesn't matter where they're from. They are all human beings.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 15, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

"What incentive does Campbell have to make any sacrifices for the woner and the team?"


uhh how about a multi-million dollar contract when he becomes a free agent.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 15, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Danny. The Woner.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | April 15, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' everybody,

Ok - On first glance I was agreeing w/ the 8-8 I've been seeing.

But when I did the widget, I actually came out at 10-6 which is equally as familiar as the 8-8, just more optimistic.

I do have us beating the CowPatties twice, but I'm thinking that's actually probable given their condition. We split w/ Igglz & Gints (again, optimism is key...), loose to Tampa, Hotlanta, 'Lina and Da Raydaz.

Perhaps my biggest stretch is beating San Diego on the left coast - but check this out. They will have just been out there a few weeks before, so they'll be used to the travel. They'll be vying for some sort of advantage in the playoffs (home field for a game at least...). And SD still has the choking albatross of post-seasondom around their necks. I think it could yield a win.

So while I fully concede the possible folly of my choices, I'm stll optimistic at 10-6!

Hail!

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 15, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

And I don't think anyone is against having some or any impoverished child get a 'better life'. I think the problem lies more in who/how it's being approached.

$$>

That is to say 'money don't equal love'.

It just seems downright creepy.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 15, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

assuming we have Campbell and Continuity with us:

@Giants - '08 loss 16-7 Jacobs & Burress hurt us. '09 is a chance to score that extra TD and finally see Jacobs get shallaqued by one of our guys...Haynesworth.
W - 14-10

Rams - Home Opener. Spags is a rival and will have a chance to look like a contender as the Skins just squeaked by the Giants. Seems like Spags would take a premiere defender in the draft, but it's not enough and too early for this team. The game we wanted to see last year.
W - 24-13

@ Lions - Sure to be a tougher battle than we would like. Mr. Stafford I would like to introduce you to Mr. Haynesworth. Oh, him running by you that's DeAngelo Hall.
W - 31-17

Bucs - A recent rival. Struggling, questioning the new head coach. We're getting excited @ 3-0. This 1 slips away.
L - 17-13

@ Panthers - Too tough on the road here
L - 24-20

Cheifs - Back on track.
W - 20-14

Eagles - Beating them 3 times in a row is tough to envision.
L - 24-21

4-3 @ BYE

@Falcons - Don't think our guys will be comfortable here.
L - 24-10

Broncos - We stay in the mix.
W - 37-23

@ Cowboys - Haynesworth is RomoCop in this game.
W - 17 - 14

@ Eagles - Our turn.
W - 10 - 3

Saints - Still no D.
W - 36 - 24

@ Raiders - We're hot.
W - 21-20

Giants - Their turn
L - 17-14

Cowboys - they sucks to me
W - 27 - 20

@ Chargers* - this team seems to play well late in the season. *Depending on playoff implications
L - 34-27

10-6


Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 15, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Jason La CanHater predicts the Skins will finish at .500? Gee, what a shocker!

Posted by: dcwun | April 15, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Jason, why do you hate the Redskins so much? we are going to be VASTLY improved over last year and could easily (relatively speaking) win the division. Maybe you should start to report to the Dallas Insider? I'm sure they have room for Redskin haters.

Posted by: skins83

Nothing personal, you're jst one of many who say that Jason or other "hate" the redskins. No where is the mentality of insecurity better shown than when one assigns false reasons to the person(s) presenting an argument against yours.

It goes like this:

You claim the team will be better.

Those who disagree can't be disagreeing for rational, logical reasons, you claim, but because they HATE the team.

Because you can't argue on a rational basis you show you have little faith in your own argument, and are distracting attention from the weakness of it.

Once again, people. Those who see the weaknesses in ownership, the front office, and the coaches and team they've assembled don't hate the Redskins. Those who blindly think the team's myriad issues will go away if you just blindly stay the course and support current management in everything they do without criticism hate the Redskins.

Posted by: TheCork | April 15, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

COWBOYS and INDIANS on TURKEY DAY - priceless.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 15, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

No worries mate. We have the last place schedule, we have a second year coach, we are assuming the players have a clue as to what offense will be run this year, we have ALBERT MONEYSWORTH and a #1 draft pick. Life is good.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 15, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Those who blindly think the team's myriad issues will go away if you just blindly stay the course and support current management in everything they do without criticism hate the Redskins.

Posted by: TheCork | April 15, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I followed your argument until the last line about turning the table and calling the JLaC haters the real haters of the Skins. Skins83 is complaining about JLaC's reporting, and that may be somewhat over-the-top. But it does not make skin83 a Skins-hater. He is being perhaps overly-protective, and wants to hear more positive things said about his favorite football team. That doesn't make him a hater.

Posted by: frediefritz | April 15, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Here's a prediction: there will be five teams in the playoffs this season that weren't there last year.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 15, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Here's a prediction: there will be five teams in the playoffs this season that weren't there last year.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 15, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse
Which ones, oh prognosticater?

Posted by: frediefritz | April 15, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: frediefritz | April 15, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I hate the fact that we have 2 home Monday night games. The traffic is freakin' unbearable getting there. Oh well, they are late in the season and if things are not going well by then, I can always unload the tickets.

Posted by: VaBroker | April 15, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Tell me, what do the Rams have to offer Spags that Danny didn't?
Better talent? No
Better pay ? No
Better quality coaches on boards?

How about hte chance to coach in the weak ass nfc west instead of the best division in football

Posted by: jumbo5383 | April 15, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I had to stop reading the comments. I know the schedule looks tough, but the team will have to MAN UP!..They're gonna have to start practicing hard, and play hard in every single game. I certainly don't like the West Coast offense because Campbell is too tall for those 3 step drops and throw. The O-line has been beat up for the last 2 years to keep pressure off Campbell. They're gonna have to give him time to set up and deliver the ball down the field.

Dallas, and the Giants will be using a 3 back system, and I think the Skins need to do something to insure they have legs strong enough at the end of the season. Clinton manages to get yards, but they costly, especially when you're using Sellers and Portis is on the sideline.

THE RECEIVERS NEED TO SHOW UP THIS YEAR!!!!
Moss and Cooley can't do it all by themselves, and the RECEIVER COACH needs to get these guys ready for Sunday. Randle El shouldn't be the 2nd receiver. He's at his best when he comes off the bench. Maybe he'll have the legs to return a few more punts.

Kelly, Thomas, and Davis all need to get on the same page, and start learning the playbook.

London needs help at the other Linebacker position. Thanks Marcus for all the hard play, but he was hurt for the last 2 season, along with Springs. Rogers needs to learn how to catch the damn ball when it comes his way. If he got traded tomorrow, I wouldn't miss him. Vinny, and Danny Boy should have never let Clark get away.

Lastly, Zorn has to be aggressive with the play calling. He faded, and looked more like Newt Gingrich at a Democratic convention. Way too CONSERVATIVE! Don't wait until 4 minutes in the 4th to start playing the game. Your QB deserves better play calling.

Can anyone tell me how many times Campbell has thrown the LONG BALL. What a waste of an arm!

I'm on my way to Iraq for my second deployment. Already got my Redskins hats, jerseys, blanket, and flag packed in my duffle bags, and they're be the first things I'll unpack when I get to Basra. Let's all support the team as best we can, and could you all have a few beers for me because there's no alcohol in Iraq.

Hail to the Redskins!...Hail Victory!!!

Posted by: WARPATH85 | April 15, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

8-8 written all over it.

Posted by: AyresGoober | April 15, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins coach is unproven and in my mind lost the team at points during the last 8 games.

The quarterback is inconsistent and seemingly better suited to an offense that the team is no longer going to run now that Joe Gibbs has departed.

If the Redskins wanted to improve fast they would have signed Jeff Garcia to start in 2009 and then invested the #13 pick in Mark Sanchez or another quarterback later on whose skills translate better to the WCO for the future.

Posted by: leopard09 | April 15, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

This is too easy - we've seen this movie before and know how it all ends.

Snyder and Vinny the Pasta Boy get giddy and sell out to draft Sanchez. I'd say that tears the team culture apart, but there's nothing there anymore. The other teams in the division continue to build with their draft picks and improve, while the Skins cannot even maintain their competitive position and the team erodes. Zorn and Campbell get jettisoned at the end of another season collapse and Snyder and Vinny the Pasta Boy salivate over the prospect of hiring Shanahan to coach Sanchez and revive the franchise.....yet again.

Posted by: i155133 | April 15, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

WARPATH85:

Thanks for your service and my prayers will be with you for a safe deployment and return home to your loved ones.

I have all my team gear ready to go - it's just so hard to watch this era of ownership run the team into the ground when my memories take me back to much better times.

Posted by: i155133 | April 15, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

We will kill the Giants week 1!! Mark my words

Posted by: jiza32 | April 15, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

10-6 or better if the Football Gods, who are all fair and wise, bestow on JC the blocking and receivers to complement his strong arm and throw TDs unlike ever before. Then and only then will he quiet his detractors and haters.

10-6 if we draft O-line help (who can contribute in the second half of the season), which is badly needed after our starters are hurt or run out of gas.

10-6 if Kid n’ Play and Prop 48 contribute any type of semblance to receivers – collectively. We did not use them last year because the QB did not have time to throw down field during the second half of the season. We went strictly to the Zorn version of WC offense – 4 and out, 5 and curl – whether we needed 8 yards or not. We did not run long patterns, JZ did not feel the line could give JC time for long patterns (he was right). Everything revolves around the line (O and D).

10-6 if Zorn stays innovative and not predictable.

10-6 if we are able to stop the run at the end of games, whether to hold on to a lead or get the ball back to make a late game comeback. Again, it is the lines. Stop the run, force three and outs and get the ball back and thus, enable your team to run out the clock on offense with time consuming drives. During our glory days, this formula served us well. Our Super Bowl winning QBs did not throw for 300 and 400 yard games often. Those big throwing games were a rarity. That is not how you win games in December. You run, run, and then pass or run for the first down. You have to get 4 or more yards on each run play in order for that to work. You have to have a pro-bowl type line on offense and defense – not a franchise QB, to win in the NFC East and the NFC.

6-10 or worse if none of the above happens.

Posted by: SPUD2 | April 15, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I see 14-2
We are a year wiser and a team that is capable of beating everyone in our division.

Posted by: RedskinMan531 | April 15, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I see 14-2
We are a year wiser and a team that is capable of beating everyone in our division.

Posted by: RedskinMan531 | April 15, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather end strong and make the playoffs...but I think our offense is going to tank. The QB position and play calling is going to kill us. And the lack of commitment to the rookies last year will hurt this year as well. I hope I'm wrong!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | April 15, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

7-9 or 9-7 depending on whether they choke or not.

Posted by: muktech | April 15, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins will finish with a 4-12 record.

Too bad, Danny Snyder.

PS - Get rid of Vincent Cerrato

Posted by: hclark1 | April 15, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm really mad that all three home games against NFC East teams, the ones I want to see the most, are in prime time. I don't live in the area and it's impossible to make it to those games without taking the next morning off work. I won't be surprised if all three of those games are repeats of the fiasco that was the Steelers game on Monday night last season since a lot of people will want to avoid the rush-hour traffic on the beltway and the drunken crowds and just put their tickets on ebay for highest bidder.

Posted by: rjmorton42 | April 15, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

14-2? As good as that sounds, it's not happening.
JC will have a good season, and spurn the Redskins for another team this offseason to pay danny boy for his mancrush on Jay Cutler
Haynesworth will have a solid season but mr. 100 mill can't make every sack and tackle
We will have one of the highest sacks allowed numbers in the L
our recievers will not do anything. Moss will do ok until they cover him with 4 guys and El, Dthomas will do squat. Mkelly will not make it through the season.
Cooley will again put up impressive numbers, but will be hampered but double teams
Portis will not play all the games, and will me MIA mentally for some of them.
Carlos Rogers will be beaten. often
D-Hall will be beaten. often.
Laron Landry will get burned being over-aggressive to make up for the lack of talent around him
Chris Horton is a band-aid solution
Rocky plays hard but by seasons end his knees will fail him
London has father time chasing him
Blades is too small for OLB
Andre Carter is our best end...YIKES
our Kicker was among the worst % wise
our punter? its his 5th team
Jansen,Thomas= Old! maybe one more season left
Rabach...is decent
Samuels...age, injuries cropping up. cant play 16 games anymore
Long story short??.....14-2 will be way above this teams capability. it looks more like an 8-8 with a major overhaul looming and it starts with our fantasy owner, Lame duck VP.
Dan Snyder's Redskins will always be chasing their tail.
Teams like the Steelers, Giants, Pats will always be in the Hunt because their orgs are run so well. This offseason has been an embarrassment. This Team is NOTHING like the team I grew up with. not getting my hopes up anymore

Posted by: fullonfully | April 15, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Here are my predictions with Jason Campbell as the starting QB (8-8)...

Redskins 7 at New York Giants 42
Redskins 10 vs. St. Louis Rams 17
Redskins 9 at Detroit Lions 6
Redskins 14 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24
Redskins 12 at Carolina Panthers 56
Redskins 13 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 9
Redskins 21 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 20
Redskins 21 at Atlanta Falcons 44
Redskins 23 vs. Denver Broncos 10
Redskins 16 at Dallas Cowboys 28
Redskins 9 at Philadelphia Eagles 30
Redskins 14 vs. New Orleans Saints 13
Redskins 26 at Oakland Raiders 17
Redskins 14 vs. New York Giants 28
Redskins 24 vs. Dallas Cowboys 21
Redskins 24 at San Diego Chargers 21

Here are my predictions with ANY mobile QB beside Campbell that doesn't panic and has field leadership skills and serves as a complement to the defense versus a thorn in the side (e.g., Mark Sanchez, Colt Brennan, etc.)... 14-2...under new QB, the line no longer seems inept because they don't need to hold defensive pass rushers for 7 seconds in order for the QB to find wide open receivers. Defense doesn't tire by the end of the 3rd quarter. Skins get on a roll and become a juggernaut after Week 5. In press conferences, new QB notes how easy it was for him to pick up West Coast offense versus Campbell's perpetual excuse of having to learn a new system. It's freakin football, not rocket science.

Redskins 21 at New York Giants 24
Redskins 24 vs. St. Louis Rams 17
Redskins 35 at Detroit Lions 3
Redskins 24 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
Redskins 27 at Carolina Panthers 34
Redskins 33 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 6
Redskins 27 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 20
Redskins 35 at Atlanta Falcons 28
Redskins 36 vs. Denver Broncos 7
Redskins 29 at Dallas Cowboys 14
Redskins 24 at Philadelphia Eagles 23
Redskins 28 vs. New Orleans Saints 10
Redskins 36 at Oakland Raiders 13
Redskins 23 vs. New York Giants 22
Redskins 24 vs. Dallas Cowboys 21
Redskins 34 at San Diego Chargers 16

Posted by: mikpol | April 15, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Comment about mikpol's 8-8 swing with Cambell to 14-2 with Brennan.

Dude... I totally agree with you! Everyone talks about how ineffective and/or old our OL was last year. Well, when you have a QB that stands there when the "going gets tough", that spells trouble. I am a firm believer that Brennan could be the perfect QB for this system, and for us. He's not just smart, he's a brilliant kid... and very well versed in the West Coast Offense. I think he would blossum under Zorn. Yes, Cambell has a stronger arm... but he also has a stronger arm then Joe Montana. Does that mean you have preferred JC over Montana!?!?!? No way! If given a chance, I think Brennan will impress a lot of people in preseason. Unfortunately, it's going to take an injury to get him in there. Because this is Cambell's last year in his contract and because the Skins have put so much time/effort into bringing him along... they are not going to fold their hand that easily!?!!?!?

Unless Cambell gets hurt or absolutely crumbles, expect to see him struggle all year long.

Posted by: bussman24 | April 16, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Brennen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Be careful what you ask for. Although he played only in the preseason games, it was against defenses that were taking a look at other players hoping to make the teams. I don't believe Colt would have had any success against the Steelers, or the Ravens. Also, he has that funky sideways throwing motion, which could lead to alot of interceptions. Overall, I think we're better off than the other teams when it comes to backups. I think Carr is the backup to Manning. Aside from that, Bugle got to get those younger lineman coached up to come in and play.

OUR TE's play will be KEY this year. I'm not going to say what their record will be this year. I just want them to take care of the games at home, and maybe win 5 on the road. I hate the fact that they have to go on the road again this year to close out the season.

Whoever makes the schedule out has something against Snyder....

Still don't trust Vinny the Used Car salesman!!!

Posted by: WARPATH85 | April 16, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"Also, he has that funky sideways throwing motion, which could lead to alot of interceptions."

What the heck does throwing sideways have to do with interceptions??? Whether the ball travels over your head or next to your shoulder.... doesn't really matter!?!?!?!

In his THREE years of college... he threw 131 TD's. His lowest season total was 35. That's double Cambells season high in the NFL... and he plays 4 more games per year. Yes, the talent is different, but even at 50% of his "college" stats and he's statistically heads and shoulders above Cambell. Heck, in 06, Brennan had 5500 yards, 58 TD's, 12 picks, and a passer rating of 185 (in only 13 games)!!!! All this in a West Coast Offense very similiar to what Zorn runs in DC. Imagine half these stats as a QB for the Skins (and I would say the end result would probably be more like 60% of his college ability)... but even at half, that's 3000 yards, 28 TD's, and 6 picks with a rating of 90!!!!! That's pro bowl....

Give him a chance!!!!! There was a reason Zorn drafted him out of Hawaii....

He didn't trust Cambell....

Posted by: bussman24 | April 16, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Nobody knew who Tom Brady was until Bledsoe got hurt. 4 Superbowls, 3 Rings later,,,, know everybody forgets he was a 6th round QB drafted to be a perrenial backup in NE!!!!!

Posted by: bussman24 | April 16, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I think what most of you are missing is that a dominant defense will win you games. The addition of haynesworth will make us one of the top defenses, and if our OL gets a little better and JC picks up the offense a little more and a receiver steps up and takes a little pressure off of moss and cooley we have a chance against any team out there.

Posted by: crl22191 | April 16, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

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