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Daniels Speaks

Phillip Daniels' season was ended by a torn anterior cruciate ligament yesterday, and he just spoke to the media. He is doing a little better than yesterday, when he shed many tears, but realizes the significance of this injury for him at 35. He trained as hard as he ever has, but is unsure if that will ever bear fruit for him.

"This was going to be my year," he said.

Daniels hoped for the best after being carted off the field early in the first practice of training camp Sunday morning. "I was hoping for good news," he said - and slept a bit during his MRI. As soon as he came out, "the look on the doctor's face told me a lot," and Daniels learned his season was over before it could begin.

"I broke down and cried a little bit, and got that out of the way," Daniels said.

Daniels will stay around the team during his rehab, hoping to coach-up his teammates. The fact that Washington could get Jason Taylor to replace him was "perfect," Daniels said, adding, "he can get us to the Super Bowl."

The looming question for Daniels is whether he will ever play again, given his history of injuries and his age. He said he still feels young and hopes to play once more, but also is not sure if there will be a market for him a year from now.

"Whether it be playing or coaching, I don't know, we'll see," Daniels said. "Hopefully I get another opportunity to come back and finish my career on a high note and not end it this way ...
"Do I want my career to end this way - I really don't, but if it does I've had a great career and I've done a lot of things. But I'm going to try hard to come back."

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 21, 2008; 1:17 PM ET
 
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The Truth posted first?

Posted by: The Truth | July 21, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

knutz

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Really is the most miserable part of this whole thing. The guy is a baller and, by all accounts, a great human. Hang tough, PD!

Posted by: dcsween | July 21, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Also, The Truth posted second. Finally, The Truth would like to wish Philly D the best! The Truth says good luck and that The Redskins will (should) always have a spot for him on their roster!

Posted by: The Truth | July 21, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Also, The Truth posted second."

The Truth lies!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse


Respect...


Posted by: Chia Pet | July 21, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse


To Phillip Daniels, that is.

Posted by: Chia Pet | July 21, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I picked the wrong weekend to go "off the grid".
Probably the end of the line for Daniels. Tough way to go out.

PLASH! (But in a good way). Can't hate on the trade...who was gonna start? Demetric Evans? Puh-leeze.
Yeah, certainly can hate on the whole "haven't addressed the D-line needs in recent draft history" thingy, but I'm trying to turn over a new leaf up here.

** Beer **
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
** End Beer **

Posted by: 4-12 | July 21, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR CONDITIONING THAT THIS HAPPENS EVERY YEAR???

Posted by: anonnona | July 21, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh Sh!t.

Posted by: Tony Romo | July 21, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Conditioning will do nothing for you when a 300 pound lineman rolls up on your leg.

Posted by: etrod | July 21, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that he will stick around the team and help the young guys. Much respect for PD

Posted by: jm220 | July 21, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Phillip Daniels is a class act that will be missed by all football fans.

Can he come back? The odds are against it considering his age and the type of injury he has.

But think about it:

IF he can make it back ...
AND J. Taylor plays in '09 ... wow!

The Skins go from having a weak spot at DE to being possibly the best in the league. Having three potential starters, platooning all year long to keep 'em fresh, and the Skins D will be taking control of their games by the third quarter and crushing people in the fourth.

Man, I really hope my Bolts don't have to play you guys next year - unless it's the Super Bowl of course.

Posted by: BoltsFan | July 21, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Liked Daniels and his raw strength. In Minn last year, he was a difference maker. As a DE, he didn't get much QB pressure, though he was tough to move. Lots of speculation that he'd play some at DT.

Daniels addressed the need for raw strength on the line. A useful a role player. Other the Griffin, not sure there is anyone with power on the D-line

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | July 21, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

In person? He hasn't even picked up his ballet slip..I mean cleats yet

Posted by: Cotkczar | July 21, 2008 1:33 PM

Your negativity about this baffles me Corkczar - if that was indeed you this time.

Is it that you feel the Skins overpaid? Is it that this team won't be competitive and therefore any difference he makes won't matter? Or is it that you really think he's already 'done' and just wants an extra payday?

Coming to DC will do nothing for his public profile, the man is already a God in Miami - which is more important to a TV career than being in DC, as I don't think he's yet been lined up to replace Tim Russert...

It's not about money, he would have been paid for two more years in Miami at exactly the same rate.

As a player he leaves everything on the field every week. He plays virtually every defensive down, and must be game-planned for - always.

If you don't think the team is competitive then maybe just say that.

I think he came to DC because he believes it gives him a chance to win something, nothing more, nothing less. He's actually taking a risk with his 'legacy' as he could have stayed in Miami and no-one would have blamed him if/when we suck again. If he comes to DC and stinks the place up he puts that HOF shoo-in at risk.

The guy wants to win - everything - is all.

Posted by: Redcoat | July 21, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

That man is a class act.

Posted by: Dik | July 21, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I like how Daniels said he would not mind continuing his career as a coach. Guys like him are my favorite type of Position Coaches. It seems there are too many 2-4 year players who do that stuff after a short playing career, and I would rather someone who was in the game for a decade teaching a young guy what to look for.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and good luck Philip Daniels. Realizing that your career may have gone out with a training camp 'whimper' rather than a 'bang' on the field of play must be pretty tough after all that hard work.

Good luck with whatever he decides to do next.

Posted by: Redcoat | July 21, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Talent, not to beat the draft thing to death, but we were not aging at WR or DB. Missing a big WR? Yes. Depth an issue in the DB? Yes But Springs, Landry, Doughty and Smoot is a good defensive backfield ... and pretty young.

Age is an issue at OL, DL and LB. Count the number of 30+ starters ... and it becomes clear. You draft not for what they give you in their rookie year, but for the years that follow. It creates chances to rotate the young guys in with the vets.

If you are thin, address it by acquiring thru trade or FA. Schweigert in the DB area is a good example.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | July 21, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Cindy | July 21, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,
My gf was begging me to see MammaMia with her, only reason I went.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 1:01 PM

Not only was it not the only reason, it isn't even the correct reason. The correct reason is similar to what the IRS requires your employee to do with a portion of your earnings ... except that its not your earnings that get "withheld."

AL Zeke, Schweigert was not FA or trade. He had been cut.

Posted by: dcsween | July 21, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Mad props PD. If everyone had your heart.

Posted by: Skinz | July 21, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Passsss the Bis-cuits

LMAO! Something is wrong with Smoot

Posted by: jm220 | July 21, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

From http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3497625:

"ESPN.com's John Clayton first reported Daniels' season-ending injury and the fact that the Redskins were pursuing Taylor."

That true? Clayton scooped you guys?

Posted by: WorstSeat | July 21, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from a trip. Did I miss anything?

(just kidding)

Posted by: Stumped | July 21, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

DC, if Scweigert was cut, then he was a FA.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | July 21, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Torn ACLs don't happen because of poor conditioning. It's a freak occurrence. It's not as though he failed to properly "stretch his ACL." Same thing with blowing an Achilles; it's just tough luck.

Posted by: Mike H. | July 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The man is all class.

Posted by: Cookie | July 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,
As I know he does not read down here no more. Let JayLa,(which I an nicknaming him) know that as a fanboy I think he did a sold job answering our silly fanboy questions.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Now we have a jazz pianist and Right DE and a salsa dancer Left DE. What i really want is for the two of them to meet simultaneously at the intersection of Tony and Romo Streets. After sacking Romo, they both get up and celebrate with those little signuatre rituals players love to use. Andre will simulate playing the piano and Jason will do a spicy little dance move--one on each side of the crumpled QB.

Posted by: Cookie | July 21, 2008 1:56 PM

Sorry, no more gang signs allowed.

Posted by: SMACK | July 21, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

From http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3497625:

"ESPN.com's John Clayton first reported Daniels' season-ending injury and the fact that the Redskins were pursuing Taylor."

That true? Clayton scooped you guys?

Posted by: WorstSeat | July 21, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

AL Zeke, I believe the word you were looking to end that response to me was "OWNED".

Also, I was lead to believe that the increase in tendon pulls (don't know about ligaments) was overly strengthened muscles ... that the muscle is strong enough to rip the tendon from the bone. When I learned about that happening to Buzbee by running backward, I was thinking "Props to Buzbee on his workout."

Posted by: dcsween | July 21, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Mike H. yes and no on the torn ACL. Things can be done in your program to reduce the chance of getting an ACL injury. To me it sounds like they're not doing them, and that's stupid. I mean they do so much stuff, why not add in drills that teach the players how to land properly so they don't have the same risk of injuring their ACL?

Posted by: Karen | July 21, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Those pictures from the last thread that Cindy posted from the Miami Herald had some SWEET looking sacks by Jason Taylor on Romo and Eli ... as well as a little reminder about how he picked off Tom Brady and returned it for a touchdown ... and how he lined up as a receiver in the red zone (ala Vrabel). And all of those were just last season.

Posted by: dcsween | July 21, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I needed to read you're coment twice to get it scween. What you say is also another way to put it.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I needed to read you're coment twice to get it scween.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 2:07 PM

Getting it (or not) was the whole point of Sween's comment Alex....

Posted by: Redcoat | July 21, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

On conditioning--if you think about it it is always (almost--not for thomas) legs with us. I do wonder if the leg strengh training and flexibility exercises are up to snuff here. Last year I observed that the hamstring problem was chronic way above what other teasm seem to be suffering. I know that every team is going to have leg injuries in this sport and some of ours have nothing to do with training (Carlos Rogers injury, for example) but i do wonder if we are getting the same focus on legs and upper body. Not that Daniels was noted again and again for his "upper body" strenght.

Posted by: Cookie | July 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Skins fired the old Gibbs era conditioning coach and replaced hhim for this year?

Posted by: Redcoat | July 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Lets start simple with leg issues. Are the players wearing the right footware for the serfaces they practace on? Are they appropreatly changing shoes to go from the terf field to the grass, if I remember correctly Skins Park has both?

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

WFAN reporting shockey traded to saints

Posted by: connskins | July 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Still say the moving of Taylor from one side to the other is a VERY BIG DEAL. Maybe Cindy and Jasno can find other cases of premier pass rushers who flipped sides, other than Doleman.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | July 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Shockey to the Aints?! How did he get under Danny's radar?

Posted by: Wyatt Earp | July 21, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

we were not aging at WR or DB.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | July 21, 2008 1:51 PM

Fundamentally, Gibbs made us old, trading draft picks for veterans and trading picks to move up. We're aging everywhere. Who is young at WR (Mix) or DB (Landry, Doughty, Rodgers)?

I'm not going to look up the ages, but Springs and Smoot are both aging. Proileau was no spring chicken. On WR, Thrash is ancient and McCardell just retired. Moss is showing some age.

It's going to be a while before this team is as young everywhere as they just got at WR. But you got to start somewhere and WR was a good position to begin. Let's hope at least one of the guys they took is a baller.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 21, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if some talent would finally leave the division. It always seems to be coming in.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The Truth laughs at all these people talking about ACL injuries and says that it appears none of them ever played sports.

Posted by: The Truth | July 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

AL Zeke,

Are you arguing that J-Tay is not an ambi-turner?

Posted by: freakzilla | July 21, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The whole team had 5 weeks off, who know's what Buzbee and Daniels did in the five weeks but if you were going to get the "freak" injury like this it would be now and not a week from now. The ACL getting blown out of course could happen at any moment but the "freak" nature of it is these first couple of days.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Shockey to NO

Posted by: 4th | July 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey Truth -

Did you go to fan day?

Posted by: CBT | July 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Truth, I based my comments on ACL injuries based on a scientific study. Apparently you can one up that? What do you have - a God run study?

Posted by: Karen | July 21, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

We play the Saints in week two, right?

So we get the Shockey-free Jints (one less weapon for Elisha) in the opener, then we get ten days to game plan for Brees and Shockey and company, at our place. I'll take it.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Shockey has indeed been sent to the Saints. And a new post is coming, Jason Campbell evaluates his first 1 1/2 practices.

Posted by: Cindy | July 21, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

And if you hit shockey he gets hurt pretty easy, hes alway complaining about some kinda pain.

Posted by: SAK | July 21, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Nate - If you noticed last season.... The guy replacing Shockey is no sluch.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp | July 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

TE, Smoot is still in the middle of his career (turned 29 in April), clearly Springs is up there. I didn't count Rogers because I fear he will not make it all the way back. He was a marginal CB, and any loss of speed/agility from the knee blowout can't help him. We won't know until 2009. Maybe a nickel guy. Tough break.

We're not old at WR (Thrash is ... but he shouldn't be on the field much). Moss and ARE are still very much in the heart of their careers. The Skins are thin at WR, especially guys with size. I was OK with their drafting 2 big WRs. Clearly an area of need. I always like big WRs. We had a few really good ones along the way, like Charley Taylor and Art Monk. They did make a difference :)

The Skins know that from the OL, DL and LB position, that they will have roughly 8-10 new starters (I think 10 are now 30+) in those 12 positions in the next 3-4 years. Given that it takes 1-2 years for players to develop, seems like it would have been smart to have drafted more heavily in those areas.


Posted by: AL Zeke etc | July 21, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Hes not as fast as shockey though, but he can catch, probubly as good as shockey can. I think shockey is pretty over rated.

Posted by: SAK | July 21, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Mike Boss is pretty good, for a giant I mean.

It seems like we have bad luck with pre-season. Still five games to go. Tough to imagine what comes next.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

ESPN Article on the Shockey Trade:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3498795

Posted by: Da Kid 6945 | July 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

On the Trade.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/peter_king/07/20/mmqb/?cnn=yes


I am very bullish on this Jason Taylor trade, Miami dealing the unhappy defensive end to Washington for a 2009 second-round pick and a 2010 sixth. It's a better trade for Washington than Miami, but a good recovery-deal for Bill Parcells and the Dolphins.

The amazing thing is, while you were having Sunday brunch, the two sides hadn't even started discussing it yet.

This trade happened, from idea-germination to finish, in five hours and 45 minutes. From Redskins executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato's first phone call to Parcells to getting the deal done took three hours and 10 minutes. That's how long it took for the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year and a guy we'll debate for the Hall of Fame someday to go from miserable on a bad team to hopeful on a playoff team.

Only in Washington. Only with Dan Snyder.

Now, I'd heard some interesting rumors in recent weeks about Taylor. I'd heard a good one last week about a three-way deal between the Giants, Dolphins and Saints, with Taylor going to the Giants to replace Michael Strahan at left end, Jeremy Shockey going to New Orleans to give Sean Payton the tight-end weapon he so desperately wants, and second- and fifth-round picks going from New Orleans to Miami. I don't think there was any meat to that, though it made an awful lot of sense for all three teams. [I still think, by the way, that the Shockey story is not over. If he's a turd at training camp, or a no-show, I still think there's a chance the Giants rekindle things with New Orleans.]

I have to hand it to Snyder and Cerrato. This was a very good trade for them. I've been hard on them, and rightfully so, for some of the dumb trades and free-agent signings (do we have to relive them?) of the past six or seven years. But this offseason was a smart time for Washington, because it was a time to get its financial house in order, not a time to go crazy over some barely above-average wide receiver......

Posted by: Stumped | July 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Now, I'm going to ITA Wyatt and those who still want to cry about not drafting a DE in April - I'm past it and contingency is actually an upgade. No disrespect to PD and his 3 sacks agains the 'boys three years ago but that was three years ago.

Future, future, future. WTF with the future? Next year's draft is in APRIL 2009, as far as I know there is 17 weeks of NFL football, the playoffs, the SB, then the beginning fo FA before the flipping draft. So this fixation of drafting a DE in round one of APRIL 2009 is like 9th grade - premature ejac...sorry folks, Let's focus on now?

With J. Taylor and Carter our starting ends, Buzbee can safely wait on IR and Chris Wilson will be the guy who comes in the fourth quarter to mop up the big wins because we no longer have that need for a 3rd down rush end, BUT we do have a need for 3rd down push from tackle.

Here's the roster; who makes the team? Don't be surprise if we bring in vet minimum guys that you have heard of to fill this void in later weekss.

DE Alex Buzbee, IR
DE Andre Carter, RE
DE

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Truth, I based my comments on ACL injuries based on a scientific study.

Posted by: Karen | July 21, 2008 2:36 PM

Was the study done by the ACLU?

Hello? Is this thing on?

Posted by: etrod | July 21, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The Giants and Saints have agreed to a trade in principle that will send tight end Jeremy Shockey to New Orleans for second- and fifth-round picks in 2009, reports NFL Network's Adam Schefter.

Posted by: jm220 | July 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I think Snyder and Cerrato understand a bit better what it takes to at least be competative. They have done fgood the past few months staying out of the trade market.

If they can pass on Favre, it will be a huge step in the right direction

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I liked having Shockey in New York. For the last few years he's chiefly been a Giant distraction. What a drama queen.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 21, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

deep beep

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I love how we're complaining about giving up a second and sixth for JT, when the saints just spent a 2nd and 5th on Schockey who's an overrated whiner. Really. Comparing the two deals, we by far got the better one.

As far as the study, I'll look it up when I have time (finishing exams and writing a paper) in the next couple days.

Posted by: Karen | July 21, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I got a little pre..

DE Alex Buzbee, IR
DE Andre Carter, RE
DE Phillip Daniels, IR
DE Demetric Evans, next in line
DE Kevin Huntley, cut soon
DE Rob Jackson, might actually make it
DE Erasmus James, PUP
DE Chris Wilson, in rotation
DT Lorenzo Alexander, always a place for him
DT Matthias Askew, cut soon
DT Ryan Boshcetti, stuck around this long
DT Kedric Golston, next in line
DT Cornelius Griffin, starter
DT Anthony Montgomery, strter
DE Jason Taylor, LE

There you go, a bunch of YOUNG guys except for the starters but one starter just got a year and half younger and has virtually no injury history despite always being labled a small end has been a solid end in both pass rushing and run stopping. Moving to the left shouldn't be difficult with M. Washington behind him but might when Mac is back there but something that should concer us little compared to vastly improved pass rush. Demetric Evans can play more in the one or two games where so team has the balls to attack Jason Taylor's ability to stop the run. Sheesh does anyone actually follow NFL and not just Redskins?

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I said on SportsCenter that Daniels wasn't a locker room leader. Ha. What a tool I am. It's actually shocking to me that I'm able to pick up a paycheck in this business, considering I'm completely out of touch with the local football team.

Posted by: Andy Pollin | July 21, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Love Daniels,

but I think he's done.

Posted by: sicwidit | July 21, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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