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Derrick Dockery can still contribute, Mike Shanahan says

Although guard Derrick Dockery lost his starting job to a player who was out of football last season and was inactive for the first time in his career Sunday, he still could contribute in the 2010 season, Coach Mike Shanahan said during his Monday news conference at Redskins Park.

Despite being physically sound, Dockery was listed as inactive for the 16-13 victory in overtime over the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field. Dockery had never missed a game in his eight-year career.

Dockery still has a place on the Redskins, "without question," Shanahan said. "If not, he wouldn't be on our football team."

In the first two games, Dockery split time with Kory Lichtensteiger, 25, who was out of football during the 2009 season. Lichtensteiger has started at left guard since Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams, ending Dockery's string of 111 consecutive starts.

Dockery's role has continued to diminish since the Redskins played the Rams, but Shanahan said he has not given up on the former University of Texas standout.

"It's about competition," Shanahan said. "Just because a person doesn't start, doesn't mean they can't be on your football team. Dock's got a lot of playing experience. He's a winner. Dock has been nothing but supportive through this whole situation."

Washington's coaching staff determined in the preseason that Dockery, 30, is not an ideal fit for the team's zone blocking scheme, people familiar with the situation said. On Monday, Shanahan revealed that he spoke with Dockery before the Week 3 preseason game against the New York Jets and told him "'Hey, the competition is very, very close.'

"One thing I've always been able to do, especially with veteran players, who have played for a lot of years, I let them know when the competition's close, so they know they're in for a fight. It's based on practice. It's based on playing games. I just think it's the right thing to do.

"And Dockery, he's been nothing but first class. When we did make the decision, I'm sure he didn't like it. But at the same time, he was very supportive of Kory. He said, 'Mike, I'm going to make it very tough on you in practice to keep Kory at that starting left guard position, because I'm going to give it everything I have.' That's what you expect players to do, especially great competitors like Dock is."

By Jason Reid  | October 11, 2010; 4:44 PM ET
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Reason for watching MNF - there's going to be trailer for "Call of Duty: Black Ops" scheduled for release on 11/09. The anticipation is killing me.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Way to speed post, RI.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Belated happy triple 10 day - 10/10/10. Them triplets don't come around very arfton. It were nice that the Skins came up with a win to celebrate the day.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

There are a lot of posters here who can "contirube", just like Dockery!

Posted by: Alan4 | October 11, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Lichtensteiger may be a better fit for the scheme, but he got absolutely worked yesterday. You'd think against 3-4 fronts you'd want to play the stronger of the two, but Shanny is right about the numbers game. Most every player made a contribution yesterday.

Hail!

Posted by: saltine182 | October 11, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I remember a scout telling me the year Dockery attended the Combine that he had some of the shortest arms of any offensive linemen out there--and while he would be drafted, those short arms would limit his value in some offenses. I assume the zone blocking system is one of those....Oh, I'm toning down my Heyer criticism somewhat after yesterday; no penalties, no obvious whiffs to blitzes.

Posted by: iliwai34 | October 11, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"It's official. I'm a carolina panther!," Thomas wrote on his Twitter account.


"Gonna turn this piece into the e.e. cummings of pro football!," Thomas went on to tweet.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 11, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Rodgers was the last name on a long list of Green Bay casualties Sunday. Earlier in the game, Green Bay lost its top two tight ends, Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee, plus linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive tackle Ryan Pickett.

The Skins are extracting their pound of flesh, ain't they. When they left Philly the week before the battlefield was also littered with fallen warriors, the most prominent being Vick. The hours that LL, BO, DH, KM, etc. spend in the weight room are starting to pay off.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I bet you that Doc can definitely contribute to blocking up a toilet or 2.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Favre pulled a "Salisbury".

Epic.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | October 10, 2010 8:11 PM |

Since when a dude is injured his mouth goes on IR, someone needs to pull a "Clintonic":

"I don't see nothing wrong with no dude sending a foxy lady a pic of his package"

Another reason to watch MNF: package pic updates.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

its probably best to close comments on Hamilton's article since she can't add or count sacks

Posted by: Black706 | October 11, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I bet you that Doc can definitely contribute to blocking up a toilet or 2.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 5:09 PM |

Hey, mebbe the dude can but he ain't needed. Haynie has all them bases covered. He even took an unauthorized break from his 1st conditioning test to make sure there was a backup in place.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Just catching up on the last couple threads and this quote from Shanahan jumped out at me:

"This profession we're in is not based on talent, it's based on people working extremely hard."

Well said. If that doesn't sum up why DT is no longer a Redskin, I don't know what does.

And before the DT apologists whip out the "he must be good because Carolina jumped on him so fast", bear in mind that Carolina has NOTHING at WR outside of Steve Smith. No TE, no WR...NOTHING. If he can't make that team, his next stop is the UFL...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 11, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

DT sucks and was cut, he's now a Panther. Move on...
to the next post (BEEP BEEP) about Doc.
Posted by: Diesel44

Just one more, I promise. (At least until he catches his first td with the Panthers.)

Did anyone happen to keep an eye on R. Williams yesterday? Not only does he give you nothing at wide, his blocking blows and his teams play is even worse. But hey, he is a true professional.

I'm not a DT defender, he seems like a clueless nitwit, but If it's a numbers game like Shanny said, why did we get rid of a good teams player and keep a nothing?

Posted by: NYPDee | October 11, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Since the Redskins don't have to pay DT's salary anymore will ticket prices fall?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | October 11, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

From Coach's press conference today:


• On punt returner Brandon Banks: "He's got great quickness, and he plays with a lot of confidence." When he went in to return a punt in overtime, he told Shanahan, "Coach, this game's over."

Fantastic!

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 11, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Washington's coaching staff may have determined that Dockery, 30, is not an ideal fit for the team's zone blocking scheme, but Green Bay pass rushers determined that Kory Lichtensteiger isn't either.

Posted by: rgm34 | October 11, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I remember a scout telling me the year Dockery attended the Combine that he had some of the shortest arms of any offensive linemen out there

Posted by: iliwai34

I didn't know he had alligator arms. Pretty much the opposite of what you want in an OL. They will probably keep Dock around for needed depth this year, but he will most likely get traded for a pick in the offseason.

Posted by: NYPDee | October 11, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, the Carolina Panthers believe wide receiver Devin Thomas may be able to help them. They claimed Thomas, the Redskins' top pick in the 2008 draft, off waivers Monday.

Just to cheese peeps off I thought I would post that the other WR the Skins kicked out without a tear, BL, ain't doing too bad hisself. Leads the NFL in receiving yds and is averaging almost 20 yds per catch. Tana is doin good at #10 with over 400 yds.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Steve Smith and D Thomas can now compare full body tattoos - on a tattoo-tolerant team, now watch Devin take off..

"Reason for watching MNF - there's going to be trailer for "Call of Duty: Black Ops" scheduled for release on 11/09. The anticipation is killing me.

Posted by: PsyOps"

Team Clancy still stuck in "1981 Cold War" mode, fightin' the Russkies..Wait'll the sly Canucks invade Alaska..

Posted by: frak | October 11, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

... (At least until he catches his first td with the Panthers.)

Posted by: NYPDee | October 11, 2010 5:24 PM |

Charlotte wide open. Remember Carruth? It also wide open as to which he catch first: a td or a std.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Greetings, happy sports fans, from the other side.

Posted by: SMACK1 | October 11, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

DT sucks and was cut, he's now a Panther. Move on...
to the next post (BEEP BEEP) about Doc.
Posted by: Diesel44

Just one more, I promise. (At least until he catches his first td with the Panthers.)

Did anyone happen to keep an eye on R. Williams yesterday? Not only does he give you nothing at wide, his blocking blows and his teams play is even worse. But hey, he is a true professional.

I'm not a DT defender, he seems like a clueless nitwit, but If it's a numbers game like Shanny said, why did we get rid of a good teams player and keep a nothing?

Posted by: NYPDee | October 11, 2010 5:24 PM

I'm expecting Williams to be cut this week and for Austin to be added to the 53. Austin is too small to play teams but Williams had a terrible penalty on a return.

Carolina has the worst O in the league so at least DT will be familiar with that after his first 2 years here.


Posted by: Diesel44 | October 11, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Team Clancy still stuck in "1981 Cold War" mode, fightin' the Russkies..Wait'll the sly Canucks invade Alaska..

Posted by: frak | October 11, 2010 5:36 PM |

Dude - you need to get out more. Don't you know about how we used Vulcan mind tricks to talk the Sunnis out being insurgents?

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Dockery still has a place on the Redskins, "without question," Shanahan said. "If not, he wouldn't be on our football team."

*********

Bet he made the same comment about Devin Thomas a week ago.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 11, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Bet he made the same comment about Devin Thomas a week ago.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 11, 2010 5:50 PM |

Don't think the Shannies ever said anything very + about the dude.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse


Rodgers was the last name on a long list of Green Bay casualties Sunday. Earlier in the game, Green Bay lost its top two tight ends, Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee, plus linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive tackle Ryan Pickett.

The Skins are extracting their pound of flesh, ain't they. When they left Philly the week before the battlefield was also littered with fallen warriors, the most prominent being Vick. The hours that LL, BO, DH, KM, etc. spend in the weight room are starting to pay off.

Posted by: PsyOps

*************

I've had a hypothesis that there are some teams that are so physical that its harder to win the next game. In the same sort of way that playing a road game on Monday night reduces the win % for the following Sunday.

Never actually went after data on that. For the record, 'pukes played us and lost the following game. Texans played us and lost their next game. But the Rams and philly played us and each won the following game.

It doesn't happen, but these Skins would be very tough if they played a best 2 out 3 in consecutive weeks.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 11, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

how is derrick dockery a "winner"?

Posted by: BMACattack | October 11, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"Derrick Dockery can still contribute, Mike Shanahan says...just not here."

Fixed it for you Jason.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 11, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"This profession we're in is not based on talent, it's based on people working extremely hard."

Well said. If that doesn't sum up why DT is no longer a Redskin, I don't know what does.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 11, 2010 5:22 PM |

So how does one splain pre-2010 Clintonic, Socrates?

Posted by: PsyOps | October 11, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

how is derrick dockery a "winner"?

Posted by: BMACattack | October 11, 2010 6:00 PM |

He has a "winning" attitude. MS has praised his positive approach to the competetion for a job that he's had for 111 straight games. Even after losing his job, he hasn't pouted, been a distraction, or called into the Lavar and fat d0uche show.

Posted by: Diesel44 | October 11, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

At least DT will be close to Fantasia in Charlotte. Seriously, a new start in a new place may work to his advantage.

I wish the young man well.

Posted by: 72Redskins | October 11, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Word of advise to Dockery....Don't start pumping your chest in practice or question the coach about why you are not playing. I hate to see you get "Shanatized" (that means-released by Shanahan's EGO.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | October 11, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I Hate Football On ESPN:

Chris Berman: I'm livin' on a prayer 'cuz mah pappa was a rollin' stone who got by with a little help from his friends.

Let's cue up them cowboys' loss highlights.

Tom Jackson: C'mon, man.

I look like a gorilla's mascot.

I'm the ugliest sports announcer in all of North America.

Mike Ditka: Lemme tell ya' something.

My Ricky Williams trade to the dolphins laid the foundation of the great Saints team you see now.

Keyshawn Johnson: Screw the ball.

Just throw me the damn attention.

I want to be as popular as Moe.


Posted by: MistaMoe | October 11, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else see Kory fall down diving after he misplayed a D-line stunt 3-4 times?? Are you kidding me??? he could have been called for holding 3-4 times also!! There is a reason why D-Mac is a little inaccurate!! Kory and Heyer on his blind side!! He must have really peaved them off!! This guy is a speed bump! I don't know what they are looking at..

Posted by: fullbagg | October 13, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

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