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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 02/20/2011

Olivadotti has no regrets about leaving Redskins

By Mike Jones

When reached last Wednesday for comment on his new gig as inside linebackers coach at the University of Georgia, Kirk Olivadotti declined comment because the school hadn't made the official announcement. The Bulldogs did make the announcement on Friday, giving Olivadotti the green light to comment on his decision to leave the Washington Redskins after 11 seasons.

Olivadotti was the longest-tenured coach on Washington's staff, having joined the team as a defensive quality control coach in 2000. He was well respected by both his fellow coaches and players, and enjoyed his job with the Redskins. But when Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham -- who had coached the Dallas Cowboys' defensive line for 11 seasons before joining Georgia in Jan. 2010 -- came calling, Olivadotti felt it was a move he had to make.

"These opportunities don't come around but every so often," Olivadotti said in a phone interview. "But I really got excited about it after talking to Todd, who I've known for years, and with him having been in Dallas, he has seen the results of my work and the players I've coached in the NFL. This was just a great opportunity to join him, and then in talking to coach Mark Richt, and to compete in the SEC, it was just great."

Olivadotti, who cleaned out his office at Redskins Park on Friday, said he comes away from his time in Ashburn having gained a wealth of knowledge and countless relationships that he will always treasure.

"There's not really one lesson or one experience," Olivadotti said. "It's just the day to day experiences at work and the relationships you forge with coaches and players over the years."

Olivadotti said the uncertainty of the NFL lockout, which could impact assistant coaches financially if negotiations drag on, had nothing to do with his decision to leave the Redskins. And he said there is no regret over dropping down from the professional to college ranks.

"Not at all," the coach said. "It's not bittersweet or anything like that at all. I'm full-speed ahead and excited about coaching at the University of Georgia."

Redskins linebacker/special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander was asked about Olivadotti and said, "I'll miss that guy more than you know," and also credited Olivadotti for helping him develop as a player.

"K.O. was awesome," Alexander said. "He was always a guy I could trust to give me an honest opinion about how I was playing and was very instrumental in every defensive and special teams position. He is a coach that knows a lot about every position. He has been here so long, working his way up the ranks, and I appreciate that. Those Georgia boys will definitely be happy."

By Mike Jones  | February 20, 2011; 12:52 PM ET
 
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Comments

Eleven years is a good run. Best wishes to Coach Olivadotti at UGA except when they play the Gamecocks.

Posted by: swowra | February 20, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse


good luck to coach olivadotti at uga

Posted by: hessone | February 20, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Mallett will be asked about drug use at Combine

Posted by Evan Silva on February 20, 2011, 1:51 PM EST
Allstate Sugar Bowl - Ohio State v Arkansas

In a Sunday blog post, CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang pinpoints the question marks Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett can expect to face heading into the February 24-March 1 Scouting Combine.

Posted by: TWISI
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What's the drug he allegedly used?

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | February 20, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Screw UGA.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 20, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

What's the drug he allegedly used?

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | February 20, 2011 3:24 PM

If this report is accurate then it's marijuana, and cocaine. If true, I wouldn't draft this guy.

http://nfldraftmonsters.com/news/character-concern-ryan-mallett/

Posted by: TWISI | February 20, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan must have told him to get out pronto, Tonto. Any guy would take a job at UGA is obviously out of good options. Might as well drive a delivery truck.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 20, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan must have told him to get out pronto, Tonto. Any guy would take a job at UGA is obviously out of good options. Might as well drive a delivery truck.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 20, 2011 3:47 PM

True that, scraping the underneath side of the barrell there.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 20, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse


Any guy would take a job at UGA is obviously out of good options. Might as well drive a delivery truck.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 20, 2011 3:47 PM |
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or duke, where you become a devil, hence, beep-beep

Posted by: hessone | February 20, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to you Olividotti, I'm sure you were a fine fellow but I gotta say I'm not sad to see you go. Purge another hold over from a losing tradition. He had to be part of the problem. Anyone that would actually choose to go to UGA has to be a loser.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 20, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I hate to see crap like the Mallett rumor hit the media. Not that it can't be true -- it can, of course -- but this has no business being out in public view. In the first place, it's unconfirmed. Second, the info is of real value only to NFL teams who might sign him. Third, do we seriously think that successful NFL players never use pot? Or coke, for that matter. I know we fans are naive, but that's just taking it to an extreme.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 20, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Third, do we seriously think that successful NFL players never use pot? Or coke, for that matter. I know we fans are naive, but that's just taking it to an extreme.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 20, 2011 4:43 PM |

eh hemmm, Dexter Manley.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 20, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure Mallett got busted for Red Bull ... the report didn't say it was illegal, just that it was a drug.

K.O. shoulda been the fuul-on LB coach like last year. Shanahan (like Gibbs and Grilliams) knew he has a future as a solid coach didn't want to let him go ... but he wasn't pre-anointed as a cardinal in the Shanahan administration. He'll be a coordinator at UGA in a couple years or back to the pros as a position coach, then coordinator w/in five or six.

Posted by: dcsween | February 20, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Third, do we seriously think that successful NFL players never use pot? Or coke, for that matter. I know we fans are naive, but that's just taking it to an extreme.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 20, 2011 4:43 PM

It goes to leadership and decision making. I wouldn't want a habitual drug user leading the team. Does that mean Mallett can't become a great player? No. However, as a team I 'd hope that this wouldn't be the type of a player the team decides to build around for ten years. Now that being said, clearly BA doesn't shy away from a player who has a history of drug abuse because he chose Talib in the first round so well shall see.

Posted by: TWISI | February 20, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

He'll be a coordinator at UGA in a couple years or back to the pros as a position coach, then coordinator w/in five or six.

Posted by: dcsween | February 20, 2011 5:08 PM

Going from a position coach in the NFL to a position coach in college is a step backwards. Going to UGA is a tragedy. Can't believe he didn't have better options than this.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 20, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

clearly BA doesn't shy away from a player who has a history of drug abuse because he chose Talib in the first round so well shall see.

Posted by: TWISI | February 20, 2011 5:14 PM

No, big difference when it's your QB. Mallet won't go in the 1st.

They need to focus on OLB/DE. Half of the picks in the 1st RD will be either OLB or DE. Need to grab their man at 10 and then BPA in 2nd with QB/NT/OG in mind.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 20, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

chirp...chirp...chirp...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 20, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"It goes to leadership and decision making. I wouldn't want a habitual drug user leading the team. Does that mean Mallett can't become a great player? No. However, as a team I 'd hope that this wouldn't be the type of a player the team decides to build around for ten years."Posted by: TWISI

The inference being that Mallett is an habitual user?

It's probably good to get this gossip out in the open early. Last season at the NBA draft we saw the stock of Solomon Alabi drop all the way out of the first round based on a report of a serious medical problem. Turned out to be Hep B, which is everywhere in the part of Africa he comes from, and probably won't affect his career at all.

This way, at least clubs will have an opportunity to evaluate things for themselves.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 20, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

IMO the pot is one thing, cocaine is another. If the cocaine can be substantiated by someone who is willing to put their name to the allegation, then I'd say if you take him, then he needs mandatory drug counseling while he's at his NFL team and extra close monitoring (testing). Pot you could say everyone does, and in no way does it enhance your sports performance, whereas cocaine is a very dangerous PED.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | February 20, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Screw UGA.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 20, 2011 3:28 PM |

Go dawgs. Jackets suk cow clits.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | February 20, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 20, 2011 6:11 PM |

Vin dude - hear you and The Rock get it on Fast and Furious for the upcoming fifth install of that shlocky fran. Heh, heh.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | February 20, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Pot you could say everyone does, and in no way does it enhance your sports performance, whereas cocaine is a very dangerous PED.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | February 20, 2011 6:52 PM |

Freak babe - a drug is a drug for Crissakes.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | February 20, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Going to UGA is a tragedy. Can't believe he didn't have better options than this.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 20, 2011 5:21 PM |

You ought to know dude. I hear you have that "Would you like fries with that sir?" line down pat by now.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | February 20, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

@ FrancoBegbie,

All drugs and circumstances are certainly not equal. I'd rather him smoke an occasional joint with no performance benefits and little drawback than to get hooked on a prescription upper or downer. Coke is neither, but it's a grab-ya-by-the-balls drug and that'll affect the person's personality in many negative ways.

Still, it's all talk right now.

Posted by: bentoenail | February 20, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Go dawgs. Jackets suk cow clits.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | February 20, 2011 6:54 PM |

Oops. A bit of a slip-up there.

Jackitoffs suk cow clits.

There. That should fix it. Sorry.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | February 20, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm torn on the issue. What is labeled as 'abuse'? Has he tried pot and/or cocaine at a party or with a group of friends just a handful of times or does he have people lined up to regularly score him some more when he runs out? Does the former scenario automatically rule him out as a great player or leader? Not sure I'd agree with that at all. It's not like I'd encourage it, but it wouldn't be my measure of the man's heart and head for the game.

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | February 20, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

redskins should hire lavar ..This way we do not have to read his article or listen to his radio show..LOL

Posted by: mazbar | February 20, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter how much Mallet likes the sweet stinky weed or that he may challenge Vince Young for the lowest wonderlic ever. He's not a fit and isn't a 1st RD QB. He's not on Shanahan's board.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 20, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Side note: I'm wondering what the public impression is of the Rams releasing outright free safety Atogwe? The Colts releasing Sanders isn't as newsworty given his recent series of injuries, but I thought there would be more buzz about Atogwe.
Thoughts?

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | February 20, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | February 20, 2011 8:11 PM

Money move. He was due an 8mil roster bonus. The Rams are the fronter runner for his services again.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 20, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Go dawgs. Jackets suk cow clits.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | February 20, 2011 6:54 PM |

Oops. A bit of a slip-up there.

Jackitoffs suk cow clits.

There. That should fix it. Sorry.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | February 20, 2011 7:54 PM |

Here, this fixes it. Dogs (nice spelling by the way, perfect example of why) clean the bathrooms of the buildings Jackets own. Have fun with that mop.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 20, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

chirp...chirp...chirp...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 20, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse


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This one is going out to you RI bloggers...now yall get home safe.

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Posted by: monkeymayonaise | February 20, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

good move kirk! you got off of a sinking ship just in time.now your job is less stressfull and probably pays more.good luck! even if it doesnt pay more,the piece of mind is worth it.this just confirms that the shannys dont have a clue.

Posted by: billydee123 | February 21, 2011 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Why would he (Olivadotti) have any regrets so soon ?
He just left the Redskins five damn days ago.

Ask him the regrets question in a year or two from now.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | February 21, 2011 1:55 AM | Report abuse

"Olivadotti has no regrets about leaving Redskins"


Most former Redskins don't.

They usually go on to better situations while the Redskins remain mired in mediocrity. Plus in Olivadotti's case, he's dodging what could be a very sticky situation for assistant coaches all over the NFL since they appear to be the biggest losers of all in this labor dispute. With his resume, he can either work his way up to a HC gig in college or land on his feet in the NFL again once the labor issues blow over. Good move on his part...and I wish him nothing but the best.

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 5:42 AM | Report abuse

he's dodging what could be a very sticky situation for assistant coaches all over the NFL ....

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 5:42 AM

I seriously doubt that this has anything to do with it. If Shanahan wanted to keep Olivadotti, they would have taken care of his salary for a couple of months. Sounds to me more like he just didn't mesh with Shanahan. And, "with his resume" he should have been able to land a better job than position coach at UGa. Even if he didn't want to stick with the NFL, he could have been someone's DC.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Mallett is too stupid and too imobile to play QB effectively in the NFL.

The marching powder cost Pitt's favorite ever QB a bunch of draft spots... but it didn't seem to keep him from slinging the rock all the way to Canton.

But for Mallet... stupid, slow, and drugged is not how you do well come April.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | February 21, 2011 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Beep, what do you mean "taken care of his salary"? If there's no football, coaches don't get paid either. I'm pretty sure that doesn't vary by team.

Why else would you see some of the lesser-known NFL assistants passing on NFL jobs for college? They're going with the sure check instead of sticking around to see what happens to the NFL. Whether it's Olivadotti's main reason I doubt we'll know for sure, but you've got to think it at least factored into his decision.

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Beep, what do you mean "taken care of his salary"? If there's no football, coaches don't get paid either. I'm pretty sure that doesn't vary by team.

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 6:57 AM

It varies from team to team and from coach to coach. It just depends on what they have in their contracts. Mike Jones wrote about it last week.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider/collective-bargaining-negotiat/salaries-for-washington-redski.html#more

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Some things never change...looks like PFT is still scooping the WaPo:

Atogwe visits the Redskins Monday
Posted by Mike Florio on February 21, 2011, 7:00 AM EST

Cut last week by the Rams and hopeful to return, safety O.J. Atogwe isn’t going to sit around and wait for an answer from his former team.

Howard Balzer of 101espn.com and The Sports Xchange reports that Atogwe will visit the Redskins on Monday.

In Washington, Atogwe would be reunited with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who spent three seasons with the Rams from 2006 through 2008.

“My agent has been talking to a few teams and we have discussed the possibility of going to different places,” Atogwe said. “I’ll meet with [the Redskins] and see what’s up.”

Balzer reports that the Bills also have an interest in Atogwe.

“This is an opportunity for me to explore other options,” Atogwe said. “It doesn’t mean the Rams aren’t still an option. A door has been opened so I can really see if this is where I’m supposed to continue to be or if I am supposed to go elsewhere. It gives me and my family more options to make a decision.

“At the end of the day, I’ll make the decision that I believe I’m led to make and be in the place where I’m supposed to be. That doesn’t count the Rams out and it doesn’t count any team out. It gives me an opportunity to evaluate my current situation while giving me the option to go where I believe I’m supposed to go.”

The Vikings could be a possibility, based simply on the fact that Atogwe will marry on May 21 the daughter of Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary.

“Largely, it will come down just to the best fit from a family standpoint, a city standpoint and, of course, football. Just where I believe in my heart will be the best fit for me to do what I’m blessed to do.”

Atogwe is a free agent, and he can sign with any team at any time. If a lockout commences on March 4, all business will cease.

Balzer points out that Atogwe’s skills are best suited to playing free safety, but that he has been required at times to play strong safety in St. Louis over the past two years.

In Minnesota, where safety has been a weakness of late, fans are likely salivating at the possibility of Atogwe and Bob Sanders taking over the last line of the team’s Tampa Two defense.

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 7:18 AM | Report abuse

he's dodging what could be a very sticky situation for assistant coaches all over the NFL ....

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 5:42 AM

I seriously doubt that this has anything to do with it. If Shanahan wanted to keep Olivadotti, they would have taken care of his salary for a couple of months. Sounds to me more like he just didn't mesh with Shanahan. And, "with his resume" he should have been able to land a better job than position coach at UGa. Even if he didn't want to stick with the NFL, he could have been someone's DC.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 6:38 AM
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It suggests that he wasn't all that great as a coach. I guess we'll see. If UGA starts tossing out first round draft picks at linebacker, we can feel miserable about it. I doubt that will happen. I wish the guy good luck in his next venture, but I don't think the Redskins will suffer too much in his absence.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | February 21, 2011 7:19 AM | Report abuse


Beep, what do you mean "taken care of his salary"? If there's no football, coaches don't get paid either. I'm pretty sure that doesn't vary by team.

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 6:57 AM

It varies from team to team and from coach to coach. It just depends on what they have in their contracts. Mike Jones wrote about it last week.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider/collective-bargaining-negotiat/salaries-for-washington-redski.html#more

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 7:02 AM
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I had read somewhere that most of the coaches are set for awhile but the support staffs are at risk. Owners won't see fit to keep paying people whose jobs are tied to players being in the house. I feel for those folks because they have absolutely no control over the situation.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | February 21, 2011 7:23 AM | Report abuse


Larry Kennan, executive director of the NFL Coaches Association.

"Of 32 teams," he added, "20, 21 really treat their coaches fair and with respect. There are about 10 or 12 that do not."

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I'd say with $nyder in charge, the redskins are 1 of the 10 or 12 teams that do not.

take the money and run


Posted by: hessone | February 21, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Let's all just hope a CBA is reached, so come March 4th we can either eat crow or say I told you so.

Hopefully the "I told you so's" are Ryan Harris, Kalil and OJ Atogwe.

Posted by: iH8dallas | February 21, 2011 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Larry Kennan, executive director of the NFL Coaches Association.

"Of 32 teams," he added, "20, 21 really treat their coaches fair and with respect. There are about 10 or 12 that do not."

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I'd say with $nyder in charge, the redskins are 1 of the 10 or 12 teams that do not.

take the money and run

Posted by: hessone | February 21, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins may humiliate, but they compensate well.

Posted by: iH8dallas | February 21, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

It suggests that he wasn't all that great as a coach.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | February 21, 2011 7:19 AM

Maybe that's right. Samuels taking a high school job suggested that he hadn't developed much as a coach. With Olivadotti, I think the timing is really odd. If he were leaving I would have thought he would take a DC job in college a month ago. All those jobs are gone now and he ends up as a position coach, probably at a much lower salary than he's been getting in the NFL. It's like he had a fight with Shanahan last Monday and he had to get out of town fast and took the first offer.

At least Samuels can be proud, but if you're at the UGa, you're the absolute bottom of the bottom barrel -- the dregs of the dregs.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Beep, I'm not sure why you're so down on Olivadotti...nobody up here is suggesting he's Lombardi 2.0 or anything, but the fact that he stuck on during multiple coaching changes here shows that he's not a bum. He's an assistant coach, so there's really no tangible way to determine whether he's good at his job from the outside looking in...to me, he's a good but not great coach that took a more steady gig at a lower level. I don't know the reason and frankly don't care...I just wish him the best and look forward to moving on.

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 8:02 AM | Report abuse


Beep, I'm not sure why you're so down on Olivadotti...

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011

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and sameuls

Posted by: hessone | February 21, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Beep, I'm not sure why you're so down on Olivadotti...

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 8:02 AM

The reason you're not sure is because I'm not "down on him." I have no independent opinion of his coaching -- he may be great, he may be horrible. I don't know.

I'm simply puzzled by the circumstances surrounding his departure. I see this as a step backwards, not a step forward in the guy's career. The guy he is replacing was hired by the Carolina Panthers two weeks ago. That's my idea of a promotion. And I feel sorry for a guy who has to take a job at UGa.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 8:15 AM | Report abuse

the only thing he should regret is NOT leaving this tard farm and the fans 10 years ago. some of these posts fy the sons of palin get old. we are the worst team, in any sport, on any continent, including antarctica. We are Detroit east so let the guy wash cars and it would be a step up from this dumpster.

Posted by: doyouktt | February 21, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Beep, sounds like your college rooting interests are driving your comments...but whatever floats your boat, dude.

Olivadotti doesn't rank high enough in the coaching hierarchy for me to care one way or another ins and outs of why he left. Dude might be from Georgia. Maybe his old man had ties there. Who cares?

All I wanna know is who his replacement is and will the labor situation affect the status of any more of our assistant coaches. Otherwise, good luck at UGA and vaya con dios.

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I`ll tell you what is stupid...
ALL THOSE POSTS ABOUT DRUGS AND RYAN MALLET, AND OTHER THINGS UNRELATED TO THIS ARTICLE.

COACH O..WAS GREAT FOR THE TEAM..AND WILL BE MISSED. I HOPE YOU ARE NOT TAKING A PAY CUT...
GOOD LUCK!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | February 21, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm simply puzzled by the circumstances surrounding his departure. I see this as a step backwards, not a step forward in the guy's career. The guy he is replacing was hired by the Carolina Panthers two weeks ago. That's my idea of a promotion. And I feel sorry for a guy who has to take a job at UGa.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 8:15 AM | Report abuse


It's all relative.

Maybe UGa is offering him more $$. Maybe he's taking less $$ but he's getting back a quality of life in terms of family-time/work environment that you can't get in the pros - working for the Skins for 11 years has got to be one of the most unstable schizo work environments ever, with AIG coming in at a close second.

Besides, UGa seems like a stable legit football program - it's not like he's going to one of those joke wannabe programs like Georgia Tech...

Posted by: p1funk | February 21, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

doyouktt, if the Skins are such an abhorent eyesore, there's the door. Nobody's holding a gun to your head to make you stay...just sayin'...

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

doyouktt, if the Skins are such an abhorent eyesore, there's the door. Nobody's holding a gun to your head to make you stay...just sayin'...

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 8:35 AM

ktt = Know The Truth, an evangelical Christian broadcasting network based on the premise that "you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." -- John 8:32

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Atogwe, wooooo hoooooo!

Posted by: dcsween | February 21, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I'd say with $nyder in charge, the redskins are 1 of the 10 or 12 teams that do not.

take the money and run

Posted by: hessone | February 21, 2011 7:25 AM |

Nice to see hessone still hating what a joke, maybe if you could read you would have seen this in the story.

"The Redskins, Kennan says, are among those teams that treat their coaches well. Kennan said he believed the Redskins' assistant coaches will receive their full salaries for up to six months, and if the lockout continues, from that point on, will receive 50 percent of their usual pay."

"Dan [Snyder] has always treated his coaches fairly," Kennan said.

Keep up the good work D-Bag!!!!!!!

Posted by: Flounder21 | February 21, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

boom, roasted.....nice work flound, how you been??

hated the race yesterday...the gotta take the restrictor plates off and just let guys race.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | February 21, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see hessone still hating what a joke, maybe if you could read you would have seen this in the story.

Posted by: Flounder21 | February 21, 2011 8:39 AM

hesscerrato lives in his own universe: fact-free and logic-free. His universe has only three principles: SAVE THE WHALES!!!!, draft d-linemen with all your high picks, and Boycott $nyder.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

C'mon Flound...you're up here enough to know that Hess is always looking for an excuse to use his patented "$nyder" complaints...facts be damned, everything that's gone wrong over the last 12 years has SOMETHING to do with "$nyder"...

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Atogwe, wooooo hoooooo!

Posted by: dcsween | February 21, 2011 8:39 AM

Don't get too excited. It's probably the same strategy several FA used the Skins for last year to get the contract they want from their former team.

Posted by: TWISI | February 21, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Atogwe visits the Redskins Monday

I'm not feelin' this, sorry.

The FS slot should be Kevin Barnes' to lose.

Adding a vet FS might mean an able, younger player sits--and that's not good if you're rebuilding.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | February 21, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

boom, roasted.....nice work flound, how you been??

hated the race yesterday...the gotta take the restrictor plates off and just let guys race.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | February 21, 2011 8:45 AM

Too complicated for you this way Bean?

Posted by: mack1 | February 21, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Atogwe visits the Redskins Monday

I'm not feelin' this, sorry.

The FS slot should be Kevin Barnes' to lose.

Adding a vet FS might mean an able, younger player sits--and that's not good if you're rebuilding.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | February 21, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse


That's what I'm saying, Moe.

Our 30+ FA list should be 2 players long:

Santana Moss - obvious reasons

Robert Gallery - following his old line coach over here to play LG for us if our losers from last year can't hack it again

Posted by: p1funk | February 21, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I hate to see crap like the Mallett rumor hit the media.


Dan Marino, Warren Sapp, and a few other players had similar rumors about them drop just before the draft?

How'd they turn out?

(Not to say Mallett will be D Marino, just sayin'.)

I'm not going to be a hypocrite about drug use.

Ever.

But if the report is true about Mallett, then, you have to hope the kid has the emotional strenght to let it all go--the football thing is just that when a person's life is in question.

And besides, the primary reason for not drafting Mallett would be his overall athleticism: he is a statue quarterback about to enter an NFL world where throwing while on the move is important.

The reason why Cam, Locker, Gabbert, Ponder, etc. are better choices than Mallett--despite his electric arm--is that are guys who can make throws while avoiding pressure.


Posted by: gimmesummoe | February 21, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Time for the wayback machine!

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"CP has bounce back season next year, with the Skins...book it."
Posted by: chrislarry | February 3, 2010 9:54 AM
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Indeed, CP bounced right back to the IR after a couple of slightly above average games.

CP is done. "Book it."

Posted by: hithere1 | February 21, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

CP is done. "Book it."

He is done if the idea is to use him as a 20-30 carry per game back.

But is he done if his job is to carry 10 times a game in tandem with Ryan Torain?

I wonder.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | February 21, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

But is he done if his job is to carry 10 times a game in tandem with Ryan Torain?

I wonder.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | February 21, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse


If that is his job, and he expects to make $6-8 million a year (or whatever it is) doing it here...then he is done.

Posted by: p1funk | February 21, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

"Mallett...is a statue quarterback about to enter an NFL world where throwing while on the move is important."

Yep, that's what they call a football problem. Not so much his lack of mobility (Ben Roethlisberger is pretty statuesque back there) as his difficulty handling pressure up the middle -- that's something a defense could exploit.

For QBs, this is one of those 'warts' drafts. You've got a bunch with some stellar abilities -- Mallett throwing deep, Locker throwing on the run, Gabbert a combo type -- and some that are just plain hard to scout, like Cam Newton. But not one that looks like he could walk in to a situation like Bradford did and start. Of course Carolina is a better team than St Louis was, and that makes a difference.

Whoever you pick, looks like you have to wait a year or two (at least) for him.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 21, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

pfunk, not necessarily disagreeing with you, but why are you beating the drum on Gallery? He's a failed LT moved to LG where I've never heard of him being more than serviceable at best. Also, does he even fit the zone blocking scheme? I thought a lack of athleticism was part of the reason they moved him from LT to LG...

I'm honestly asking...I'm not well versed in the Raiders' roster (although I feel like I should be since the JC debate rages on from time to time).

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Of course Carolina is a better team than St Louis was, and that makes a difference.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 21, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

??

St. Louis had a perennial All-Pro running back to ease the load for a rookie QB.

What exactly does Carolina have?

Whoever goes in there is going to get slaughtered - which leads me to a point of discussion that I brought up a couple months back...

Say Carolina takes one of the QBs at the top, and Jimmy Clausen suddenly becomes available for next year's 4th round pick, do we take him?

His contract has 3 years left on it, about $2.5 mill in guarantees and tops out at about 6mill if he hits all the escalators.


Posted by: p1funk | February 21, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Whoever you pick, looks like you have to wait a year or two (at least) for him.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 21, 2011 9:10 AM |

Didn't people say the same thing last year about Bradford? And the year before about Sanchez? You never know how long it will take these guys to develop.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Adding a vet FS might mean an able, younger player sits--and that's not good if you're rebuilding.

gimmesummoe | February 21, 2011 8:50 AM

Which is why I have a problem with Burress and any other 30+ year old retread.

If you are rebuilding with a view to long term contention in two to three years, why bring in anyone at all to 'fill a gap' that is not likely to be contributing or productive in two-three years?

All that risks doing is hurt the development of any young players we have or pick up.

If you are rebuilding, what does it matter if you 'have gaps' - surely a proper rebuild is designed to find long term answers not short term expedients.


Posted by: craig81 | February 21, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Say Carolina takes one of the QBs at the top...

Posted by: p1funk | February 21, 2011 9:19 AM

This could happen, but probably only if Carolina trades down a few spots. But Clausen won't become available that cheap. They'll hang onto him as a backup and see if he develops.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 21, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

pfunk, not necessarily disagreeing with you, but why are you beating the drum on Gallery? He's a failed LT moved to LG where I've never heard of him being more than serviceable at best. Also, does he even fit the zone blocking scheme? I thought a lack of athleticism was part of the reason they moved him from LT to LG...

I'm honestly asking...I'm not well versed in the Raiders' roster (although I feel like I should be since the JC debate rages on from time to time).

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse


The Raiders implemented zone blocking in 2007 when Tom Cable brought it to Oakland. They've had mixed results with it over the years, but this past year their run-game was dominant and Gallery was their starting LG.

He was considered a pretty solid RT for a couple years before moving to guard.

The big knock on Gallery is that he was a "bust" at LT, but who cares now? We didn't spend a pick on him and we don;t need a LT. He's shown he can play other line positions.

At 325lbs he's alot more solid then twinkies like Kory LIchtensteiger

Since the Skins have hired the Oline coach from Oakland as an assistant, I'm figuring that he'll understand the strengths/weaknesses of Gallery.

Having played all over the line makes him a valuable utility swingman. If guys like Erik Cook or Will Montgomery don;t really pan out at guard, it'll be nice to have a solid guy fill in for a couple years while we develop our offense.

Posted by: p1funk | February 21, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

beep-beep

Didn't people say the same thing last year about Bradford?...You never know how long it will take these guys to develop.

That's why the draft is such a gamble.

There is no 'sure fire' method of gauging when a 22-24 year old kid is ready to lead something as complex as an NFL offense.

But what's worse is the fear of drafting him because some dude back in the day failed to live up to whatever dreams you had for him.

Fear says do nothing, hope says, try again.

The colts bombed with drafting J Elway and J George, but still took the gamble on P Manning.

No matter the fail, they kept reaching until they drafted an elite quarterback.

Redskin fans still cite H Shuler and P Ramsey as reasons not to draft a quarterback high.

And when you bring in the Curious Case of Jason Campbell, they all morph into little old babies and die crying.

And we need to die trying.

We need a quarterback to be drafted at 10 or in the second round.

And hopefully, we find a true player.

And we can't say how he'll do, but we will say if we're lucky, we might be thanking god we did something.

As opposed to nothing.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | February 21, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Brown,

A couple excerpts on RObert Gallery from a 2009 article:


"The key to the success of a player is the proper system and coaching. Robert Gallery is a sterling example of a player who was on the fast track to bustville, but was able to turn it around and become one of the better players in the league at his position once he received proper coaching. In 2008 he had only two penalties and one sack allowed at left guard, and in true lineman form, his name was largely uncalled. That is the best show of success for a lineman, not to mention most of the Raiders best running plays went to the left side and right behind his blocks.

Prior to fining his home at left guard, Gallery was moved around from right guard to right then left tackle. During all this motion, he had more offensive line coaches than he had years of service...It was Tom Cable's arrival in 07 when Gallery was moved to left guard and put in one system with one coach where he was able to step up his game."

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Oakland Raiders: A question of talent? - Oakland Oakland Raiders | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/oakland-raiders-in-oakland/oakland-raiders-a-question-of-talent#ixzz1EbXVm5ER

Posted by: p1funk | February 21, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"At 325lbs he's alot more solid then twinkies like Kory LIchtensteiger"

I'm sure that's true, but how many times have we read that Shanahan is more interested in quick, athletic blockers than big ones?

Has he done or said anything to make us think this has changed? Look at who he had starting at season's end. And supposedly he liked the results in the running game.


Posted by: Samson151 | February 21, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Thanks pfunk...still not excited about Gallery (or any 6'7" guard, for that matter), but I wouldn't necessarily be pissed if we got him on the cheap...especially if it moves Lich to either center or the bench. I just hope we can luck into Pouncey or another top-shelf G late in the draft...

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 21, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"At 325lbs he's alot more solid then twinkies like Kory LIchtensteiger"

I'm sure that's true, but how many times have we read that Shanahan is more interested in quick, athletic blockers than big ones?

Has he done or said anything to make us think this has changed? Look at who he had starting at season's end. And supposedly he liked the results in the running game.


Posted by: Samson151 | February 21, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

You don't need to be twinky-lite to be quick/athletic enough to play in a zone-blocking scheme.

The reason Gallery was drafted so high is b/c scouts saw his athleticism and figured he could be an elite tackle at 325.

That didn't quite pan out, but he's aparently found a home at LG in the scheme (see my post w/ exceprt).

Posted by: p1funk | February 21, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

i've had the chance to meet kirk olivadotti on may occasions... great guy... did a great job in his many roles with the skins... maybe one he returns as the skins dc...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | February 21, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

we are set at guard with big mike williams

Posted by: coparker5 | February 21, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Another disgruntled employee bashing the Skins on the way out. You never mentioned these issues when you were getting paid, right Kirk?

Posted by: getjiggly2 | February 21, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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