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Plackemeier Brings Aussie Approach

Jason La Canfora reports:

Ryan Plackemeier is pretty pumped to be here after losing out in recent punting competitions in Minnesota and Green Bay. He battled injury in the preseason and was cut by Seattle after Week 1, but said he quickly began to look forward and had one of his best workouts Tuesday at Redskins Park.

"They thought they needed to make a change, and its a business," Plackemeier said. "No hard feelings."

He said the difference in nerves and intensty between punting in college and the pros is extreme. He has worked on pinning teams inside the 20 with more regularity, and has adopted some Aussie rules tactics with how he drops the ball when trying to pin teams inside the 20.

He drops the ball with the nose down and strikes it just above the nose - "it's great for backspin and gives it a kickoff look" - rather than strike the meaty part of the ball as he normally would.

The technique was first brought here by Australian punter Darren Bennett a year ago when he left Aussie rules football for the NFL and San Diego.

Plackemeier said the chance to be with so many former Seattle teammates is exciting.
"I feel extrenely lucky to be here, and I want to take advantage of this opportunity," he said.

By Cindy Boren  |  October 15, 2008; 12:45 PM ET
 
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I am willing to give Kelly time.....on IR to heal. We need the roster spot. Kelly get healthy, learn, study and come back next year like the playa we know you can be!

Posted by: chrislarry | October 15, 2008 12:36 PM

Tend to agree on the roster spot ... and wondering whether the waiver wires or free agency have a hungry punt returner out there for us up here.

Also, given that Hamilton DID make the roster (where he could steal paychecks ... steal them in the mouth), I'm wondering whether he doesn't get picked back up for the practice squad assuming he clears waivers ... maybe scooting out Richardson or LBW (Lil Bro Westbrook) ... [yes, I know, Hamilton is a safety and the other two are corners, but they are all DBs.]

Posted by: dcsween | October 15, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Good golly, we're getting lots of newsy stuff these days... keep it coming...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 15, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Repost:

"ARGGGGGH, so tired of trying to explain
things to kool-aid drinking party line swallowing fans."
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It's easy to try and dumb down people who oppose your views...I could just as easily say your completely in the tank regarding our front office being incompetent: to such an extent that despite a 4-2 start against a difficult schedule in a tough division, and a playoff appearance a year before, all you want to do is bash the front office for what you view to be a lousy draft when said draft was THIS YEAR, and any expert will tell you that you need years to properly assess players from a draft.

I guess I'm with Beantown on this. I just tire of all the "Vinnie sucks, Snyder sucks" talk in the face of early season success, built upon a playoff season a year before...DESPITE losing arguably our best defensive player to a tragic death the year before, DESPITE our coach abruptly quitting last year in the offseason, leaving the front office to scramble for a coach...DESPITE the current D coordinator's desire to retire last year (it was Snyder that convinced Greg to stay)...and DESPITE losing their starting DE, who is also a team leader, the first day of camp.

When they are losing, and nothing is working, the sharks understandably smell blood in the water. Right now though, you're REACHING for criticism, when you should be applauding the organizations efforts given we look like we have as much of a chance as anybody to win this thing. Given all that, whose really drinking the kool-aid?

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 15, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Colston, Boldin, Fitz, Plax, Marshall, Bowe, Harrison, Wayne

zj, how many of those guys STARTED right away??

I'd venture to guess that the MAJORITY of them did.

Posted by: BeantownGreg

Those guys were catching balls and making plays as rookies because they were good, and as a result of being good, they were starting.

They were not catching balls and making plays because they were starting, and as a result became good. It doesn't work that way.

Say what you want about potential for the future, that sure is still out there, but for right now our 2nd rounders are extremely underwhelming. That really can't be argued.

Posted by: psps23 | October 15, 2008 12:37 PM

Posted by: psps23 | October 15, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse
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Posted by: shaunsherman12

All this started because I defended JLC and in that defense I said he was right to criticize this franchise at times. I said look at his posts last week and see they were all very positive, and this week they aren't as positive because we lost at home to a winless team and that a draft pick out of what is looking like a disappointing draft played a big role in that loss. Beantown decided to jump on that and say this has been a good draft. I don't know if it is or isn't yet, but I do know it has to date been a major disappointment. The team however has not, I would have killed for 4-2 looking at our schedule early on, and I'm thrilled to be where we are. I'm not angry or upset, and I'm happy we are where we are, doesn't change my feeling on the draft and our need for some production from our draft picks, but I give Vinny all the credit in the world for the Zorn hire, if nothing else comes out of this year, that is enough.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 15, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 15, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm with Beantown on this. I just tire of all the "Vinnie sucks, Snyder sucks" talk in the face of early season success

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 15, 2008 12:50 PM

Agreed! I wish those guys would leave me alone.

Posted by: Dead_Horse | October 15, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Our new guy brings Aussie to DC. Their new guy brings Canadia to Dallas ...

"IRVING, Texas - The Cowboys on Monday designated punter Mat McBriar to the injured reserve, officially ending his season with the broken foot he suffered Sunday on the game's last play.

To replace him, the Cowboys signed former Oregon State punter Sam Paulescu, who spent training camp with the Cowboys in 2007, but was released before the season. Paulescu spent this summer's training camp with the Denver Broncos but was waived on Aug. 30 in favor of rookie Brett Kern.

Paulescu, 24, played the last game of the 2007 season for Denver, punting five times with an average of 44.2 yards. He had a long of 51 yards in the game and one punt downed inside the 20 yard line. He made his professional debut for the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2006, playing in two games.

In seven punts for the Broncos this preseason, Paulescu averaged 48.6 yards per kick, with a net average of 42.6 yards. His preseason long was 57 and three punts were downed inside the 20. Paulescu played under Cowboys special teams coach Bruce Read at Oregon State in 2004-05."

http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/news.cfm?id=FDCD6B3D-CBB5-EDA5-3A1A893A12F00A18

WARNING: This is a toxic (but non-viral) link ... you may need to wash your monitor out with soap.

Posted by: dcsween | October 15, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Ive heard of the Jetskins, but the Washington Seaskins?

Posted by: Stu27 | October 15, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Alexander said he is fully healthy for the first time since 2005 - "for the first time I finally got to heal all the way up," he said

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So, it took 3 years for Shaun to shake off those cobb webs of a LaVar Arrington hit?

Wow....Just Wow......

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 15, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

A spring game. What a waste that would be. The greedy owners will push for it so they can add the cost of yet another ticket to the season ticket holder's bills. The smart owners will be against it because they know the players union will fight it tooth and nail, and the starters wouldn't even see game time due to risk of injury. What a stupid idea. Pure greed.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 15, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I said look at his posts last week and see they were all very positive, and this week they aren't as positive because we lost at home to a winless team and that a draft pick out of what is looking like a disappointing draft played a big role in that loss.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 15, 2008 12:50 PM |

Do you see this as a good thing? I think that this is the problem that some people have with Jasno -- he flaps in whatever direction the wind is blowing. 20-20 hindsight and all that.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 15, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Sorry 4th, I can't let this pass, why shouldn't a sports journalist be an investigative journalist. That makes no sense. Their aren't issues/controversies/social significance/money related to sports that would require/demand the 4th estate/good/investigative journalism....huh? That mazes zero sense....
Dick Schapp just threw up in his mouth in his grave when you typed that....
Posted by: chrislarry | October 15, 2008 12:33 PM

Ok, I take that back and add that reporters now a days take investigative journalism too far for the sake them trying to create news when it need not apply.

Babe Ruth would have been considered the 1st Pac Man Jones if they had reporters doing what they do today back then. Better?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 15, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Those guys were catching balls and making plays as rookies because they were good, and as a result of being good, they were starting.

No, they were catching balls because they were starting because there was no one else to fill the starting spot.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 15, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

You gotta wonder what happened with Coach Meidt's guy ... Ole punter, Paul Fortman (my CAP inserted below):

"Special teams may be the best weapon that the 2007 team has. Paul Fortman (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.) was named all-conference in 2006 as the MIAC's top punter and kicker. HE LED THE NATION IN NET PUNTING (37.7 yards/punt), and had 12 of his 28 punts land inside the opponents 20-yardline while maintaining an MIAC-best 41.8 yard/punt average. He led the league, among kickers, in scoring with 63 points as he converted 91.3% of his extra points and was 7-for-9 on field goal attempts. He was named to the second team D3Football.com All-Region team."

http://fusion.stolaf.edu/athletics/index.cfm?fuseaction=NewsDetails&id=1386

Maybe getting Horace Gant on the practice squad was the only bone to be thrown.

Posted by: dcsween | October 15, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I'm wary of Alexander's ability at this point. I guess the bright side is he won't be counted on for the bulk of the production...

As far as the rookie class, if Colt Brennan works out, it's a good draft.

I remember many analysts commenting that we overrated the receivers we picked & now that's looking possible.

Here's a question, though. Which rookies from THIS draft, picked AFTER our guys, would you rather have?

...see this is why I don't play coach mode on madden.. lol.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 15, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

History shows that you should not draft a WR in expecting him to contribute immediately. There are a few exceptions but generally WR's take 2-3 years to develop.

Posted by: Original_etrod

I'll go ahead and argue this. History actually shows that you should not expect much from any WR drafted -- ever. There are some guys that contribute immediately (like Anquan Boldin, Dwayne Bowe, Roy Williams, Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Marques Colston, Eddie Royal, DeSean Jackson, etc), and there are some guys that bloom a little later (like Houshmandzadeh, Braylon Edwards, TO, Roddy White, Santana Moss, etc.). But the majority of guys simply don't cut it. David Terrell, Rod Gardner, Peter Warrick, Charles Rogers, Mike Williams, Matt Jones, Reggie Williams, Michael Jenkins, Michael Clayton, Reche Caldwell, Taylor Jacobs, the list goes on and on.

Bottom line, it's obviously not the end of the road that our 2nd round picks aren't producing, but it is NOT a good sign that they haven't made positive strides so far this season.

Posted by: psps23 | October 15, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The 'Skins are winning without any contributions from the 3 second rounders. Imagine how much better the team might still become when/if those 3 get @)healthy; D)learn the pro game; Z)wake up; L)maps.

Posted by: 4-12 | October 15, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Back to OUR punter, can he hold for field goals and extra points. Suisham has been solid in those departments and getting a new holder may impact what he's already done.

Posted by: stwasm | October 15, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

definitely maps.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 15, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I've been reading the back and forth comments as far as the 2nd rounders are concerned. I thought it was a bad idea at the time and nothing has changed now. You DONT draft a pass catching TE so high when you have several other needs. And instead of resigning Caldwell and drafting ONE receiver in the 2nd round, you go with two rookies and totally ignore the fact that you have major depth issues at DE? Then to cover up for those mistakes you give up a future 2nd rounder for a player who up to this point hasn't had much impact? I don't think that's bashing Cerrato, it's just goo old fashion undisputable evidence. And kudos for drafting Horton, but other than that, this draft has had no impact on the 2008 Redskins.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 15, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

No, they were catching balls because they were starting because there was no one else to fill the starting spot.

Posted by: BeantownGreg

Well our starting veteran receiver last year had a career year catching 51 balls for 728 yards and 1 TD in 15 games. As much as I love ARE, he's not exactly an irreplaceable piece of the starting lineup if he had a true quality player breathing down his neck.

Posted by: psps23 | October 15, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"Plackemeier Brings Aussie Approach"

Drink Beer. Repeat process.

Posted by: 4-12 | October 15, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Do you see this as a good thing? I think that this is the problem that some people have with Jasno -- he flaps in whatever direction the wind is blowing. 20-20 hindsight and all that.

Amen to that!!

Posted by: Lacantwrite | October 15, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Stop making sense, stwasm - Beaner doesn't want to hear that! lol.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 15, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

beep beep, such as

Posted by: dcsween | October 15, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Ive heard of the Jetskins, but the Washington Seaskins?

Posted by: Stu27 | October 15, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the Ramskins back in the original hip hip...days!

Posted by: will_ga | October 15, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Aussie Rules, the jets cut Ben Graham, the former Aussie Rules star. Maybe the 'Skins should have looked at him. Sav Rocca of the Eagles is also a former Aussie Rules player. His brother Anthony still plays down under.

Posted by: sirbobalew | October 15, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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