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Numbers To Consider

I think a few issues could well decide what I expect to be a tight and low scoring game Sunday. None of this is earth shattering stuff, I confess, but just some specific things I'll be watching.

38 - If I'm a Skins fan I'd like to see this team establish and maintain its identity on offense. Help Jason out, help the defense out, help Pete Kendall out, and run the dang ball. The closer to 40 rushes the Skins attempt the more I like their chances.
No matter how fit Portis is, they are likely to have 4 tailbacks plus Sellers available - no excuse not to pound it on the ground. Even if it's a whole bunch of 2-3 yard carries, stick with it. Neither team will have its full game legs yet, and they need to grind away at the Dolphins D. I'd run right at Joey Porter and run right Jason Taylor and let JC the QB manage the game and take 4-5 shots downfield when the time arises.

Plus-1 - If either teams turns the ball more than once I don't seem them having the offense to overcome it at this point. A big defensive play might win this thing and the Redskins need to win the turnover battles. I'd be going for the big shot on Miami QB Trent Green right away, given his health history and limited mobility, and it's time for Washington's defense to start getting to the passer and forcing takeaways.

40 percent - It was pretty simple to predict a Redskins loss last season - just check the third down conversion rate on both sides of the ball. I am going to assume that the defense just simply can't come close to being that horrible on third down again, just on the pure odds alone, and focus on the offense for now.

The Redskins converted 34 percent of their third down chances in their 11 losses last season (that's Cleveland territory), and they started the season an unfathomable 6-for-27 (22 percent) in the first two games. That can't happen again, obviously, and with a trip to Philly on a maniac Monday night looming, this is a game they can't let slip away.

Washington needs to be at least average on third downs as a rule, like with the number of carries, the closer to 40 the better on this percentage.

As for some other hunches, I think Shawn Springs has a heck of a day (that should make Lisa happy) and I will be interested to see how Frosty handles himself after letting his form slip in the final preseason game and shanking some balls.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 7, 2007; 11:51 AM ET
 
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Comments

8th!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

88,888th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Pen | September 7, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

panties

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I got here before 1st

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

My job here is done. Your welcome.

Posted by: TUPPERWARE | September 7, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Panties

Posted by: Sniff Em | September 7, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Jasno,
Nice post. The paragraph headings kind of pass for a bad dealer/littery numbering scheme.

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

MY welcome? No , YOUR . . .

Posted by: stevie in gp | September 7, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

No, it's "You're Welcome".

Posted by: Merriam | September 7, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Are we there yet?

Posted by: Pen's "Ultimate M" | September 7, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

It's time to Recycle Green and make lemonade out of Cleo!

Posted by: Area 51 | September 7, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Only losers stay on the last thread and try to defend themselves in solitude.

Posted by: Observant Pest | September 7, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Landry is going to drop TGreen like the ladies drop panties when SeanTay enters a room...oh sweet anticipation!

Posted by: Goose Bumps | September 7, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

everyone go to lunch already?

Posted by: daveb55 | September 7, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Jasno posts a new thread and nobody shows up - we must be in Maryland again.

Posted by: Rebel Yell | September 7, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Penultimatum Express just jumped off the tracks.

Posted by: Casey | September 7, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I think they have a fantastic shot at winning this first game. I think the D will carry them all season.

Really hoping to see some pass rush....

Posted by: Trevor Gartenhaus | September 7, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

to do my small part in the penultimatum I will segregate my two thoughts into 2 posts --- P Diddy, gracias for the advice, i just watched Colts Saints on internet it worke fine, so good news

Posted by: Skins in Sichuan | September 7, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame what RI has come to be this year.

Talk of underwear and sex...shame shame shame.

Last year there was a real class about RI. Jason responded daily...and had interesting things to say, as did the regular bloggers.

I used to look forward to reading RI...but no longer.

Ah well..this happens when "things" become too poopular. Rock-n-Roll used to be good too. And now...crapola.

As I will still root root root for the 'Skins...I'm out of here.

Good luck! Go 'Skins!

Posted by: bornafan | September 7, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see LaRon and SeanTay kill someone this Sunday. Chris Chambers better be ready for this.

Posted by: Big Murf | September 7, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

This could end badly for Trent Green - the way the Skins D is flying around he could end up with another concussion.

Posted by: David | September 7, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The D will wreak havoc.

LFM

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

We must be close to the BU, are we within 1,000?

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

bornaloser - don't let the door hit you in the SJK.

Posted by: Alien Blogger | September 7, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

my alter ego "skins in sichuan" had a three month internship at Sportstalk 980 where he used to worship Ken Beatrice, until he realized that he was a complete fraud who lied all the time (true). Nevertheless, still a big Arbys's fan. try the Jamocha!
PS: cant wait to watch my shoddy 'net b-cast of the skinnies gainst the fish! HAIL

Posted by: Ken Beatrice | September 7, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Um ... it was my understanding there would be no math. Who watches the running percentages for third down conversions over the course of the game? I mean OTHER than that statistician in the box who hands notes to the network broadcast morons?

Still, good to see Jasno with his game-face on ... not glass half full ... not glass half empty ... just glass at half capacity, and here are the marks on the glass.

[I also worried a little about Frost's knee punt, but not yet ready to think it has become a trend. I figure he just needs to deck some return guy to keep his mojo on course.]

Posted by: dcsween | September 7, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

And if Frost doesn't work out, the Redskins could sign that guy that the Patriots cut who decked his father.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Here's a number to watch for: 21. It will be imprinted backwards on Trent Green's Chest.

Posted by: etrod | September 7, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The Post's ad sales department must have taken Miss Teen South Carolina to heart.

http://maps.ask.com/maps?qsrc=65&o=12528

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Get in bornafan, I'll keep you fresh.

Posted by: TUPPERWARE | September 7, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Jason, I have a question....off topic for this thread but something I've been wondering about. When the Skins cut players, who gives them the bad news? Is it Gibbs? Cerrato?

Posted by: Lisa | September 7, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Lol etrod.

Posted by: Skinz | September 7, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Lisa,

It's Louis Riddick, director of pro personel. Worst job in the world.

Posted by: etrod | September 7, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Nate must be boycotting this thread because Jasno didn't cite him.

Posted by: Nate's Nemesis | September 7, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Love it!!! Great entery!

Posted by: Chris Larry | September 7, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm so damn nervous. Good thing I'll be pounding beers in the parking lot beforehand. Seriuosly, this game gets me worried. We looked at Minnesota last year and assumed victory and we lost because of a dead leg. Man, I just hope nothing is taken for granted. I do not want to see a blitz by us then a 40+ yard screen pass that leads to a score. It shouldn't happen with the talent we have but you never know. First, Brad Johnson comes back, then Trent Green comes back. Coincidence...it F***in! better be!

Posted by: Burg w/ a U | September 7, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Jason, I have a question....off topic for this thread but something I've been wondering about. When the Skins cut players, who gives them the bad news? Is it Gibbs? Cerrato?

Posted by: Lisa | September 7, 2007 12:47 PM

Skins FO just sends them a picture of Sean Taylor and they know.

Posted by: Lando & The Reaper | September 7, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

entry...entery...

Nice touch CL

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Louis Riddick uses the standard "You're Fired!', a la Donald Trump. Probably not - sounds more like a Snyder move.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Skins FO just sends them a picture of Sean Taylor and they know.

Posted by: Lando & The Reaper | September 7, 2007 12:51 PM

LMGO!

Posted by: etrod | September 7, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry if someone already noticed this, but there is an article on the Skins' site dated yesterday that quotes Williams saying he expects Marcus Washington to start on Sunday.

http://www.redskins.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=28899

Posted by: dcsween | September 7, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Actually Lisa they call me up and have me break the news to cut players... it was a contractual stipulation in my severance package.

Posted by: Norv Turner | September 7, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"REPORT: TERRY GLENN OUT FOR SEASON by Michael David Smith

Yesterday the Dallas Cowboys' official web site had two conflicting reports about the health of wide receiver Terry Glenn. Today the report that owner/G.M. Jerry Jones said that Glenn would miss the entire season has been taken off the web site, while the report that Glenn's absence will be two weeks and possibly more is still there.

So does that mean the "out for the season" report was wrong and the "two weeks" report was right? Not according to Matt Mosley of the ESPN Hashmarks blog, who says Glenn will miss the year.

"Late Thursday night, a member of the organization told me Glenn was indeed finished for the season," Mosley writes, "but that the Cowboys decided (a little too late) to hold off on making the announcement."

Losing Glenn, who had surgery last month to have a cyst removed from his knee, would be a tough break for the Cowboys, who would likely move Patrick Crayton into the starting lineup across the field from Terrell Owens.

"

Posted by: 4th via PFT.com | September 7, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I just hope we make it through the first kickoff (and subsequent runback play) without a significant injury, like last year's first play debacle with Prioleau.

Posted by: Bill | September 7, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey have any of you checked out the youtube videos of L2? To say this guy can hit is an understatement. I mean this guy is insane. I'm really concerned is going to kill someone...seriously.

L2 definitely has a chip on his shoulder and/or is a bit loco. But let's don't forget this is the guy who as a kid jumped out of a moving car just because his brother dared him.

Posted by: Ramble_On | September 7, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@etrod

Wouldn't that be 12 then?

Posted by: Matt | September 7, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

bornafan's right, y'all: nothing ruins a blog quicker than talk of underwear and sex.

"Yeah, I have a response: Uhhh, what??"

Posted by: stevie in gp | September 7, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

4th,
*** Fantasy Post***

The Shoreditch Serpents will have to pick up another WR too.

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh, what??

Posted by: Panties! | September 7, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't that be 12 then?

Posted by: Matt | September 7, 2007 12:57 PM

No, because the hit will come from behind.

Posted by: etrod | September 7, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

anyone want to comment on an over under for number of concussions doled out by L2 and The Reaper this year?

My only worry is both of them going full steam to hit an offensive player and colliding head to head with each other instead

Posted by: Dante | September 7, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

wonder if Louis Riddick uses the standard "You're Fired!', a la Donald Trump. Probably not - sounds more like a Snyder move.

Posted by: | September 7, 2007 12:52 PM


Riddick is The Turk. All teams have one. All the Turk does is fetch the player and send him to the Principal's office--"and bring your playbook"

The HC delivers the actual bad news, which by then is no surprise.

Two good exampoles of how that goes down are in the old series in Ravens Camp, showing Biilick's spiel, and even better in "Bull Durham"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Chargers Turner 9th worst coach all time?
The publication Pro Football Prospectus, using a complicated formula that might puzzle Einstein and Fermi, claims: "Norv Turner grades out as the ninth-worst head coach of all time at holding fourth-quarter leads of any size," adding that, in NFL history, there have been 383 coaches who have held fourth-quarter leads (amazingly, 23 did not). And Turner ranks ninth from the bottom? -- San Diego Union-Tribune

Ofcourse, I knew this already by living through it.

Stumped - That's what you get for even picking him up :-)

Posted by: 4th | September 7, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of numbers....

Thought this might be interesting. These guys do alot of study for this:

Odds to win the 2008 Super Bowl XLII
Arizona Cardinals 40/1
Atlanta Falcons 50/1
Baltimore Ravens 15/1
Buffalo Bills 50/1
Carolina Panthers 20/1
Chicago Bears 10/1
Cincinnati Bengals 15/1
Cleveland Browns 100/1
Dallas Cowboys 15/1
Denver Broncos 15/1
Detroit Lions 100/1
Green Bay Packers 50/1
Houston Texans 100/1
Indianapolis Colts 8/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 28/1
Kansas City Chiefs 30/1
Miami Dolphins 40/1
Minnesota Vikings 70/1
New England Patriots 9/2
New Orleans Saints 18/1
New York Giants 20/1
New York Jets 30/1
Oakland Raiders 70/1
Philadelphia Eagles 18/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 15/1
San Diego Chargers 6/1
San Francisco 49ers 45/1
Seattle Seahawks 12/1
St.Louis Rams 50/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 70/1
Tennessee Titans 40/1
Washington Redskins 50/1

Posted by: Skinz | September 7, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Anon,

If your right and use Hard Knocks on HBO as a reference than how do you explain how with KC, as shown on Hard Knocks, that they have a guy will tells dudes there cut and why, and hands them their walking papels?

Posted by: Chris Larry | September 7, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Portis had NFL's biggest workload before 25
Considering his epic workload from 2002 to 2005, it's a wonder Clinton Portis still can be effective. Before he turned 25, he had seasons of 273, 290, 343 and 352 carries. The 1,258 attempts and 5,970 yards are more than any other current starting running back had before the age of 25. The only other two backs to carry a similar load are Edgerrin James (1,184 attempts), LaDainian Tomlinson (1,024) and Jamal Lewis (1,004). -- Washington Times

Posted by: 4th | September 7, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I can't beleive we have the same odds as the Falcons. I'd like to punch these guys right in the baby maker.

Posted by: Skinz | September 7, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

4th,
No Girls on my team (U-bend blockers)!
Some Aussie's team.

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Dolphins Green: '98 was key year of career
Trent Green started only one season for the Washington Redskins, but nine years later the Miami Dolphins quarterback still knows how important it was to his career. "If I hadn't gotten in in '98, I had told my wife before I left for camp that I felt my career was over," said Green, who had thrown one pass in three seasons with the Redskins following stints with San Diego and in the Canadian Football League. "To think they [would bring] in a 29-year-old with no experience when they could go out and get a 22-, 23-year old and pay him quite a bit less money with the same experience level, I felt in '98 I would have to get a chance to play." Green got his chance in Week 1 when then coach Norv Turner benched Gus Frerotte. He started 14 games that season, finishing with 3,441 yards, 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. -- Washington Times

Posted by: 4th Floor | September 7, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

RE: Who does the firing.

It depends on the team as to who does the firing. On the KC version of Hard Knocks it was the Asst. Dir of Personell.

Posted by: Skinz | September 7, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Bornafan's problem is the result of linear thinking. One has to look at the blog as a real-life, three-dimensional chunk of time and space with multiple conversations occurring at once, similar to a cocktail party. (Talk to the people in front of you and ignore the rest.)

Jasno's lack of stream of consciousness responses this year may be due to: a) the defection of Howard Bryant and the subsequent increased workload for Jasno; and 12) the addition of a real second child to Jasno's household (as RI used to be child #2 but has since been pre-empted).

Posted by: TM | September 7, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

On being cut...
Jasno linked to this article that describes it all a few threads back.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/peter_king/09/02/tucker/

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

F the oddz and their makers...

Is "Numbers to Consider" this years "TCCL" awards as a Friday Feature....

Hamsters wanna know!

Posted by: Chris Larry | September 7, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Actually they don't call Riddick the Turk anymore. He is now referred to by the team as the "Islamic individual," or, in a hurry, "the Muslim."

Posted by: farstriker | September 7, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

TM, nice point, but you forgot one thing:


PANTIES!!!!

Posted by: farstriker | September 7, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

TM gets it with the space-time continuum.

Born...doesn't.

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

48 Hours and counting!!

OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH YEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!

Posted by: 4-12 | September 7, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey, 5 TCCLs to all of you--this was a riotous start to a post.

We appear to be in game form.

It saddens me that I must go teach and miss the next hour.

Posted by: farstriker | September 7, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

48 hours and POSTING!

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

My only worry is both of them going full steam to hit an offensive player and colliding head to head with each other instead

Posted by: Dante | September 7, 2007 01:02 PM

A helmet collision between The Reaper and L2 would result in total atomic reversal - the end of all existence as we know it.

Posted by: Noge | September 7, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

We need a count!
2879 minutes and counting...

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

20-10 Skins.

Skins generally do well versus defenses that have undersized edge rushers. Run it right at them and use the fake slant draw. Samuels might be a little out of shape, but the dude is a Pro Bowler in his own right. I don't expect Jason Taylor to go off.

Underestimate Portis all you want, but I see him busting out some big chunks in the second half. Cooley will see a lot of action on the under seams and quick outs to keep Zack Thomas from crowding the line.

The match-up for the Skins D couldn't be better. Their weakness (D-line) is not nearly as bad as the Fins' weakness (O-line), which is bad news for Trent -- an immobile QB who needs to stay clean to have any hope.

The Fins' D keeps it close in the first-half while the Skins' running game gets on track. But the Skins pull away in the second half.

The Fins' only hope is that one of the their big 3 on D has a flat-out ridiculous day. I just don't see the Fins' O scoring more than 1 TD.

Posted by: CMoney | September 7, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Divided by our year 1 average of about 1 post per 8 minutes....that's only 360 posts.

Of course we can do better than that...

Posted by: Stumped | September 7, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

JLaC made a reference to the Turk last week sometime, then it appears here today. That one is a pop culture reference I missed. Can someone fill me in? Where does it come from? The only stuff I can find on wikipedia* are references to some early automated chess robot and the guy from The Godfather who Sonny whacks with the gun from the toilet.

*unofficial blog encyclopedia

Posted by: dcsween | September 7, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

TM-

My guess is that JLC is bored of this joint as well, particularly readings rants by homers like me and talent evaluator about his writing.

Everything gets old...

Posted by: SCSkinsFan | September 7, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

farstriker

Lay off the Muslim jokes.

Posted by: jm220 | September 7, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Last season, JLaC's posts would draw about 20-30 comments per thread. Since the offseason began (and Jason's overlord ... er ... overlady began cheering on the blogcount), the average number of comments per thread has to be over 300-400. If I don't keep up over a weekend, I lose about 4 hours on Monday morning just trying to catch up ... and that's with skipping the negative stuff and jibba jabba that I don't understand.

Posted by: dcsween | September 7, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

My idea for the blog (outside of my normal pics/vids/links rant) is that New School Jason contribute as well....

Blogs are always better when they have multiple contributers and it could inject some top-down energy. We would basically have three authors...counting Cyn Cindy. I think we can all agree that the blog to a quality leap when Cyn became more active...

Posted by: Chris Larry | September 7, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

20-10 Skins.

Samuels might be a little out of shape, but the dude is a Pro Bowler in his own right. I don't expect Jason Taylor to go off.

Posted by: CMoney | September 7, 2007 01:15 PM

Only a true homer says an unfit pro-bowler beats a fit all-pro defensive MVP. Utter garbage.

However, most of the rest was a bang on assessment, so maybe you're right but for the wrong reasons. :(

The homer in me says we (Dolphins) win , just. But it's probably going to be a real nail-biter either way.

Posted by: Redcoat | September 7, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Should Trent Green find himself caught in the middle of a simultaneous collision betweeen Sean Taylor and Laron Landry, he could find himself thrust into an alternate dimension where he would encounter various dinosaurs, a tribe of hairy natives called the Pakuni and treacherous Sleestaks.

Or he could become a vegetable.

Posted by: etrod | September 7, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

From that "Kissing Suzy Kolber" blog: "When Ade Jimoh gets cut an angel gets its wings."

Loved that.

Posted by: P Diddy | September 7, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

LMGO etrod. I have to wonder though, what play is it that has those 3 in the same part of the field at the same time? Does Green spot the soft coverage and throw across the middle to himself?

Your literally,
RedcoAt

Posted by: Redcoat | September 7, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Sleestaks! Oh my God, the memories, the memories...

Posted by: P Diddy | September 7, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Where would we be without YouTube?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6LZzVCpYDY

Posted by: P Diddy | September 7, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Please ask the coaches at the presser to start the team on Gatorade TODAY! Every year it's the same thing - players getting cramps in the first game because they are not hydrated properly.

Posted by: Attention Jasno!!! | September 7, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Two words for you regarding any player who dares to enter Area 51:

ruptured spleen.

Posted by: SCSkinsFan | September 7, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Diddy, it was just like i remembered. Glorious.

Did you notice William Laimbeer in the opening credits? That was THE Bill Laimbeer! He played a Sleestak! Unreal.

Posted by: etrod | September 7, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I have to wonder though, what play is it that has those 3 in the same part of the field at the same time? Does Green spot the soft coverage and throw across the middle to himself?

Your literally,
RedcoAt

Posted by: Redcoat | September 7, 2007 01:31 PM

That would be the Area 51 Special - two safeties closing on a rambling scrambling QB, past the line of scrimmage.

Posted by: Secondary Coach | September 7, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Chris (San Diego): Have the Skins shored up their weaknesses on D enough to challenge for the wildcard this year?

Matt Williamson: (11:59 AM ET ) Maybe. There is a blog that I just wrote about the Skins going up later on today. I really like the Skins. Well, I really like their starters. The depth on that entire team is a nightmare. The DL is still questionable, but Griffin should be healthy and the pass rush almost has to be better. I love the back 7, but worry about the big boys on D. Enough pass rush? Questionable.

Posted by: SCSkinsFan | September 7, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Its a 13-A....

Jack Portland Oregon: What is the perspective around the NFL on the Joe Gibbs Redskins? Bad coaches, bad talent evaluators? bad luck?

Matt Williamson: (12:14 PM ET ) Bad philosophy. Spend all their resources on big name free agents. Ignore the draft. Bad way of doing business in this league.

Posted by: SCSkinsFan | September 7, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I suspect this blog is getting more traffic now because of the indirect link through the Redskins page (that's how I discovered it), which used to not be there. I used to have to go all over the place to find this page, but its relatively easy now.

JMHO, but it seems like the Post has much less skins coverage so far this season. So folks are hungry for more info and turning to these blogs.

Posted by: RambleOn | September 7, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

5 TCCLs for Man Boobs losing so much weight in the offseason. Hopefully he avoids the pizza and Snickers bars during the grind.

5 TCCLs for L2 signing, making the team, and becoming an immediate starter. An unprecedented move in the history of the Man Boobs regime.

5 TCCLs for London Fletcher. Killer pre-season, can't wait to see him smack people during the regular season.

5 TCCLs for Rocky McIntosh and JC, off-season film and prep warriors ready to reinvigorate the franchise.

Anyone else?

Posted by: P Diddy | September 7, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Now this is the play I have to see on Sunday. Reagan Mauia (Miami rookie fullback) running straight at L2 with Ronnie Brown trucking along behind him.

If you want to know why Mauia beat out a 10-year vet to start in his rookie season...

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

Here's Maimai's rookie center, Satele. LFB may have his hands full too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwFITnpJ56I&mode=related&search=

God bless YouTube!

Posted by: Redcoat | September 7, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Agreed that the new Jason should start writing for the blog, but first he absolutely has to read the archives, start to finish.

There will be a quiz.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 7, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, don't forget that "Mr." Snyder and St. Joe made very few splashy off-season moves. To most of us, that's a good sign. To the layman, that probably represents "more of the same this year". I suspect there's not much news reported because there's actually not much news to report.

That will change Sunday, of course.

Posted by: P Diddy | September 7, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Matt Who?

Posted by: Panty Pundit | September 7, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The two players to watch on the Skins ... Griffin on D and Jason on offemse. Any game where they both play well means the Skins will win ... or be competitive vs the best teams.

Posted by: AL | September 7, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh, Redcoat, most of us could run through drywall. Running through L2? Not exactly the same.

:-)

Posted by: P Diddy | September 7, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: new post | September 7, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat,

That's weak. He "busted" through 1/2 inch of drywall. It's not like it was cement or even plaster. It was freaking sheetrock.

Lame.

Posted by: etrod | September 7, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Matt Williamson works for Scouts, Inc. and they are holding a live chat about the NFC East and other divisions over at ESPN.

The above quotes were from Matt re: the 'Skins. He picks the 'Skins third because of lack of depth. Picked the CowPokes first; really likes their D.

F Matt Williamson

Posted by: SCSkinsFan | September 7, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat,

Even I could bust through a 1/2" sheet of drywall.

Posted by: Lisa | September 7, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Not to keep alive a dying thread, but after living in Hawaii for most of the last 7 years, I have to say that Mauia probably would have gone through something -- anything -- thicker, had it been available.

Posted by: stevie in gp | September 7, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow, great grammar, Ty . . .

What I meant was, I got to see these guys play a lot since I lived Aloha -- most of them are batSJK insane.

Posted by: stevie in gp | September 7, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow, scary video. Does he break balsa wood too?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat --

re: Samuels, all I said was that I don't see Taylor going off, which means a multi-sack, multi-pressure game. Sure, he'll get his licks in, but so will Samuels.

But the real difference in this game is an inexperienced (and perhaps under-talented) Dolphins O-line versus a fast, pressure D. If we had your O-line I'd be very very worried.

Posted by: CMoney | September 7, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Jason,

You are an idiot!

I don't care how much of a Redskins fan you are you never want to see somebody get hurt especially somebody with concussion problems.

Posted by: Rick | September 7, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

That was not me who posted to Redcoat above....

Posted by: Lisa | September 7, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Did you see all the holes in the wall. It heard Sean Taylor was coming to town and it (wall) started to crumble.

Posted by: Hot for Lisa | September 7, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Didn't 'sound' like you Lisa

Posted by: Redcoat | September 7, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

underalls

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

This game worries me a bit, because I haven't seen much of the first team offense much. To be honest, I'm concerned about Red Zone points and false start penalties.

Posted by: sicwidit | September 7, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Jason,

I think that you have it wrong. This looks like a Redskins runaway game. The skin's offense will score 24 to 31 points and the fins won't get more than 10 points, and they may get shutout.

Time will tell.

Posted by: True Fan | September 7, 2007 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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