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Portis, Betts and practice, practice, practice

There may be a question about the health of Ladell Betts' ankle, but there's no doubt about one thing: there might not be a backup running back in the league who practices more with the first-team offense, offensive coordinator Sherman Smith tells The Post's Rick Maese.

Even before the concussion -- the second Portis has suffered as a player -- Portis has missed practices this season because of nagging injuries. In addition, for years he has believed that he plays better on Sundays when he rests his body during the week. That has often meant Betts, Portis's backup since 2004, has been given more repetitions with the first team in the days leading up to games.

"It helps," Smith said of that practice time. "That's what I was trying to tell Clinton, even when he didn't practice: The practice isn't just for him but for the offensive linemen. They need him out there. They need a feel for what he's doing. And the line has a feel for Ladell since he's been practicing most of the time."

And now Betts hasn't had a chance to practice this week because of a low ankle sprain.

"We get back to the situation we had when Clinton wasn't practicing. 'Man alive, if he doesn't practice, how effective can you be?' " asks Smith. "The reason why Ladell's been effective is because he's been practicing. Now he doesn't practice. There's a drop-off. Now the other two guys [Rock Cartwright and Quinton Ganther] are practicing. So you know, we can't win for losing in that case."

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By Cindy Boren  |  November 13, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
 
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Primero

Posted by: mattylight | November 13, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Slow day...

Posted by: gixxer998 | November 13, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Within the first weekend of free agency, the Washington Redskins gave $41 million in guaranteed money to one player, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, while the Broncos signed 12 free agent players _ Andre Goodman, Brian Dawkins, Renaldo Hill, Andra Davis, Jabar Gaffney, Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington, Chris Simms, LaMont Jordan, Darrell Reid, Ronnie Fields, and Lonie Paxton _ for a combined $36.62 million in guaranteed money."--ALL THINGS BRONCO blog


Un-huh, and tell me pal, just how many jerseys did Lonnie Paxton sell?

Posted by: TheCork | November 13, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"We get back to the situation we had when Clinton wasn't practicing. 'Man alive, if he doesn't practice, how effective can you be?' " asks Smith.--SHERMAN SMITH IN RI


The level of desperation at Redskin Park has risen to the level that even Silent Sherman Smith is speaking out.

I just hope someone is keeping very good notes. Because the book about this ongoing disaster will read like "The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization (with Blocking Dummies)"

Posted by: TheCork | November 13, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

re-post

Ladies and gentlemen, you too Peri, I present to you the new Jeff George:

Cutler's nonchalance should cause Chicagoans concern
Posted by Mike Florio on November 13, 2009 10:33 AM ET
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler long has been criticized for a demeanor that more often than not suggests that he isn't sufficiently invested emotionally in the results of his work product.

Last night, he seemed to take it to a new level.

Sure, he seemed to whine a little bit after one of his interceptions (the fourth, I think) looked possibly to have been the product of pass interference. But we'll never be able to shed the image of Cutler after one of his blunders removing his helmet and scratching his head with a look on his face projecting roughly the same level of concern that Jerry Seinfeld routinely expressed upon uttering, "That's a shame."

There's a fine line between cool and complacent. Cutler seemed to have been on the wrong side of it last night.

Even after the game, he didn't seem to care. Speaking with Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Cutler "nearly laughed" when he said the words "five interceptions."

"Fire away," Cutler told Silver before boarding the team bus. "Feel free to do your job and give me the public ripping I have coming."

Cool, or complacent?

We're not saying that Cutler should rant and/or rave or piss and/or moan like some of the other more demonstrative quarterbacks we've all seen over the years. But football is an emotional game, and the quarterback needs to at times seem like he gives a crap.

Cutler rarely if ever has done that.

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"That leadership thing, it's overrated."

Posted by: TWISI | November 13, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: TWISI | November 13, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

We scored 9 points against the f'ing Rams and that is a good game by JC. He sucks slightly less than Cutler. They are both terrible. Cutler would have fit in with this team perfectly. Delusional loser who thinks he is good.

2 years wasted on Spurrier, 2 more now on Zorn. The jackasses like to f this team up in cycles.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | November 13, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you didn't even watch that game. Go read the drive charts on NFL.com before you go shooting your mouth off. JC drove the offense down the field into the red zone on 5 drives. As soon as we hit the red zone JZ took the ball out of his hands. On 4 drives we ran 16 times and got stuffed. We only threw 4 passes. 2 were dropped TDs, 1 there should have been a PI call on ARE and the other one JC did actually screw up. The 5th red zone drive that lead to no points was killed by a Santana Moss fumble. Why do you think that Jim Zorn is no longer calling plays? Campbell has some crappy games but the St. Louis Rams game was not one of them. Why not bust on him for his performance against the Giants or the first half of the Bucs game?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 13, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Campbell - 86.5 (2-6)
Cutler - 76 (4-5)
Sanchez - 67.6 (4-5)

DC has only led one game at halftime in 2009. Soups 1st half QB rating is 64.7 in 2009.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 13, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

DC has only led one game at halftime in 2009. Soups 1st half QB rating is 64.7 in 2009.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 13, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Imagine if we had a running game and could run the ball in the first half. That would be great.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 13, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Brother, can you spare a line(man)?

Posted by: dcsween | November 13, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh, for the guy that was talking about Alex Barron yesterday, I did a little digging. Apparently, he is an alcoholic and that's why he isn't playing. He was a top prospect and was expected to be good but he got into a lot of trouble. If he is indeed still on the practice squad and not the 53 man we need to pick this guy up and make sure he stays clean. He has good size for a tackle at 6-8 >300. He has skill too. I'm sure Danny could pay a guy just to make sure he doesn't get drunk and plow into a bus load of orphans somewhere.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 13, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

PA, we agree on the O line and Snyder. But Soup is part of the problem. DC deserves a QB that can consistently read the D and throw the ball on time that wins games. 4-12 in the last 16. He is not that guy.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 13, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

PA, we agree on the O line, Cerrato and Snyder.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 13, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

anyone catch the route they ran last night, 2 recievers on one side of the field, WR on the left runs a go route up the field, WR on the right, runs a slant underneath the area where first WR was, essentially picking the cb and catching a first down pass...

why can't we do stuff like this?? why can't we ever game plan for this....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 13, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I watch a lot of football. The thing is there are a lot of crappy QBs out there and there are a lot of crappy QBs coming up from college. JC is mediocre and in today's NFL that's actually good. There is a serious lack of talent in the QB position. I think a lot of it is due to the differences between the college and the pro game. We need to realize this and concentrate on building a good team instead of wasting more time searching for these franchise QBs that don't exists. I'm not saying we make JC our savior or anything. I'm just suggesting that we keep him, build a team, then take a young QB next year.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 13, 2009 10:49 AM
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As much as it pains me to say so, I can almost agree with you. I think it depends largely on the circumstances for next year. If the team is going to revert back to a more smash mouth, play-action passing game, I think re-signing Campbell would be the right thing to do. If, however, the team insists on doggedly moving to the WCO, then, I say let Campbell go. It would only hurt him. What the team cannot do is draft a QB without addressing the deficiencies in the offensive line. I don't think they have the draft picks to address both, so IMO, drafting a young QB would be a year after next pursuit. This certainly narrows their options for next year. What isn't discussed is WOULD Campbell re-sign with this team? I am betting he would not. I am betting he would rather be a backup on some other team rather than a starter for the Redskins next year - especially after Zorn gets the axe.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 13, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

anyone catch the route they ran last night, 2 recievers on one side of the field, WR on the left runs a go route up the field, WR on the right, runs a slant underneath the area where first WR was, essentially picking the cb and catching a first down pass...

why can't we do stuff like this?? why can't we ever game plan for this....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 13, 2009 11:22 AM

Sure did. The pass went to Crabtree. Who would of thought that you could run a play designed to go to a rookie WR.

Posted by: TWISI | November 13, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I think DC will do better w/ a Collins/Colt/Woodson QB battle next summer. O-line 2010, maybe a late flyer on a QB; Locker in 2011.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 13, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

PA, we agree on the O line and Snyder. But Soup is part of the problem. DC deserves a QB that can consistently read the D and throw the ball on time that wins games. 4-12 in the last 16. He is not that guy.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 13, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I think we do deserve a better QB. My defense of Campbell may be a little misrepresented. It may appear that I want Campbell to be our guy for the next 10 years. That is incorrect. What I want is Campbell for 3 years. I believe he is the best free agent QB out there this year and I believe that we need o-line and a RB more than we need a new QB. I want to take a QB next year. I do believe that we should take a QB every few years. We should always be developing a young QB. The big argument to me is what are we doing in the draft this year. That's why I'm defending Campbell. I don't want to take a QB this year. I want one next year after the line is fixed. I should also mention that there is a small chance that Campbell could be good with a good supporting cast. In that case we don't have to burn next year's first rounder on a QB. That would be great. If we get rid of him just to get rid of him then we are adding QB to the list of needs for THIS year and that list is already quite lengthy. We need a LT, RT, C, RG, RB, and QB in that order. We can get a LT and RT and possibly a C this year. Then we can move BMW to guard. That would leave RB and QB as needs for next year. I want to start with the worst need first. You fix terrible before you fix mediocre.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 13, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

BeantownGreg1,
The Redskins run picks. MK picks the wrong route, DT picks the wrong guy to block, and FD picks the wrong time to cause an interception. All picks. They've got a boatload of them...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 13, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I don't care how good Crabtree is, there is no way that he has learned the 49ers playbook in the short time since he signed. Yet somehow the 9ers are finding ways to get him the ball.

Then you listen/read the comments JZ made about Davis and it becomes clear. The 9ers sacrifice perfection for development and design plays that their young WR can run.

To quote greg, ufb!

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 13, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

From the Times

Betts, Heyer practicing

By David Elfin on Nov. 13, 2009 into Redskins 360

Running back Ladell Betts and offensive tackle Stephon Heyer, both out on Thursday, are practicing in the rain today.

That's good news for coach Jim Zorn, who was otherwise looking at giving running back Rock Cartwright his first start since 2003 and D'Anthony Batiste his first at tackle.

Not a great day for punting, but I'll have an update on Hunter Smith's health/status for Sunday's game with Denver and the news on Betts and Heyer after practice when Zorn and the players are available to the media.

-- David Elfin

Posted by: TWISI | November 13, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh, for the guy that was talking about Alex Barron yesterday, I did a little digging. Apparently, he is an alcoholic and that's why he isn't playing. He was a top prospect and was expected to be good but he got into a lot of trouble. If he is indeed still on the practice squad and not the 53 man we need to pick this guy up and make sure he stays clean. He has good size for a tackle at 6-8 >300. He has skill too. I'm sure Danny could pay a guy just to make sure he doesn't get drunk and plow into a bus load of orphans somewhere.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 13, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I was talking about Alex Boone on the 49ers practice squad, the rookie out of Ohio State, not Alex Barron, I don't want him at all.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 13, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

not Alex Barron, I don't want him at all.

he shut down jaren allen a few weeks back...I'd take him in a quick minute stick him at RT....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 13, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins site continues to put up these "4 keys to the game" postings which is just laughable. The team can only dream that are just 4 holes in the dike... so, I submit my own, more realistic "4 keys to the game":

1. The Bronco's team must all come down with the flu. Not the sniffly achey kind, but the kind where you have to glue your butt to the toilet seat and put your feet in stirups.

2. The Redskin must replace their traditional Gatorade cooler with a mixture of Red Bull, that stuff that Bane takes in the Batman comics and Mad Dog 20/20.

3. Jason Campbell needs to be packing a tranquilizer gun and needs to put down Elvis Dumervil early. If he gets a clear shot at Champ Bailey, he should take it, but who are we kidding? Campbell can't hit them deep.

4. At half time the Redskins must be visted by the ghost of Vince Lombardi who will give the team a rousing speech on what it means to not stay medium in which he will state, "Winning isn't everything, - oh, what would you know?"

Those are my four keys to winning on Sunday.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 13, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

beeb beeb

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 13, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"You can't get frustrated," Cartwright said. "You know Clinton's the man, he's the big money guy, so he's going to play. When your opportunity comes, you just got to be ready."

Interesting comment. Confirms what arm chair peeps say/think: money often decides who plays...

Posted by: nojunk4me | November 13, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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