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Position Battles the Sequel: Linebacker

Over the past few seasons, the Redskins have bolstered their defense with signings and high draft picks, including the free agent acquisition of middle linebacker London Fletcher and the selection of Miami product Rocky McIntosh, both of whom enter this season slated as starters.

Entering this season, the linebacker corps could be a major strength, but also somewhat of a question mark, with injuries and inexperience placing the group in a "worth keeping an eye on" category...especially the strong side linebacker position.

LINEBACKER

If the season opened today the starters would be:
Rocky McIntosh, London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo, a unit that could be explosive and one of the strengths of a defense that finished ranked fourth in the NFL last season, but also has its concerns.

Since his arrival in Washington, London Fletcher has lived up to the expectations of being both a leader for the defense and a standout on the field. Fletcher finished with 128 and 133 tackles, respectively, in his first two seasons with the Redskins, leading the team and finishing sixth in the league both years. Many consider Fletcher to be among the best middle linebackers in the league, though he has been snubbed for the Pro Bowl, and his willingness to play through injury last season exemplifies his dedication.

Still, the 34-year old was slowed by injury late last season. His ability to stay healthy in his 12th season will be as critical as any other factor to the success of the defense.

Health is also the issue on the weak side, where Rocky McIntosh has had several procedures on his knees since being drafted. McIntosh, who was rehabbing a knee injury last offseason, wore down toward the end of the season, though he said it was more fatigue than anything related to his knees.

Despite that, he played in all 16 games and started 15, finishing second on the team with 88 tackles, and the fourth-year veteran switched agents this offseason, hiring Drew Rosenhaus in hopes of negotiating a contract extension.

McIntosh is in a contract year and is now more than a year and a half removed from major reconstructive knee surgery. Linebacker coach Kirk Olivadotti told Redskins blogger Matt Terl earlier this month that he has been pleased with McIntosh this offseason, saying, "Traditionally, everybody says, two years out of a major knee injury, you're always a little bit better. Rocky looks good right now, I'm pleased with where he's at."

This unit's question marks are on the strong side. For now, first-round draft pick Brian Orakpo looks to be the starter. He'll likely play linebacker on first and second downs, then move to his natural position, defensive end, on obvious passing downs. Orakpo is still learning, and Olivadotti said during training camp that it is a process for the talented pass rusher. Still, with few other candidates, Orakpo should line up here when the season starts.

Other options: Linebacker depth has been an area of need for the Redskins for the past few years, and they selected Cody Glenn and Robert Henson in the fifth and sixth rounds, respectively, of this past April's draft.

Glenn has little experience at linebacker, moving to the defensive side of the ball during his senior season at Nebraska. He suffered foot and ankle injuries during his college career, and was suspended late in his final season. After being drafted, Glenn told reporters the suspension was related to ticket scalping. Later, he admitted to the Associated Press that tickets had nothing to do with his suspension.

Despite all that, Glenn's athleticism makes him valuable for special teams, where he must contribute while he continues to grow on defense.

Henson, meanwhile, was a successful inside linebacker at TCU and, like Glenn, is expected to contribute on special teams immediately as he develops.

The Redskins also have some veteran depth, having signed Robert Thomas this offseason. A former first-round draft pick, Thomas has started 50 of 84 career games, though he played in just two games last season before suffering an injury and eventually being placed on injured reserve.

Having spent most of his career at weak side linebacker, Thomas is expected to compete immediately for playing time at the strong side, where he could step in when Orakpo moves to the defensive line on pass rushing downs. He also provides valuable depth across all three positions should anyone go down, and is familiarizing himself with all three linebacker positions.

H.B. Blades has proven to be a reliable backup, stepping in for injured starters at both strong side and inside linebacker during his time in Washington. Blades, too, is competing for playing time on the strong side. Drafted out of Pitt with the expectation that he could learn behind the similarly undersized Fletcher and perhaps develop into a starter, Blades likely will continue to serve as a dependable role player.

Alfred Fincher proved to be a strong special teams player last season for the Redskins and was re-signed this summer. Was eighth on the team with nine special teams tackles and will compete for a job in the same capacity this season, though he also is in the mix at the strong side spot.

One of the most interesting storylines involves another defensive end-turned-linebacker in Chris Wilson. Wilson has been a situational pass rusher during his time in Washington and was moved to linebacker this offseason.

Like Orakpo, there will be a transition period for Wilson as he learns the different responsibilities in coverage, but I spoke with one NFC talent evaluator familiar with the Redskins who said he could "definitely" see Wilson being a prime candidate for making such a move. Here's what I wrote about Wilson earlier this offseason.

The Redskins carried six linebackers on last season's roster, but let's say they keep seven this time. Do the draft picks get the nod over Wilson? Does Orakpo count as a DE in the final breakdown? Any guesses? How about Fletcher, McIntosh, Orakpo, Blades, Thomas, Henson, Glenn?

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 26, 2009; 4:05 PM ET
 
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Comments

first - rest in peace farrah and michael

Posted by: coparker5 | June 26, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

" McIntosh, who was rehabbing a knee injury last offseason, wore down toward the end of the season, though he said it was more fatigue than anything related to his knees."

OFFENSE, GET YOUR SORRY A** TOGETHER OR ELSE... Snyder and Co. have been cruisin' along on the backs of the defense FOR YEARS, no wonder guys like McIntosh get injured, OFFENSE IS NOT CARRYING ITS SHARE OF THE BURDEN AT ALL..Zorn doesn't produce, jettison cargo..

Posted by: frak | June 26, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

No way Orakpo starts as SLB right away. Offenses will target him on 1st and 2nd down with WR slants and flare passes to Portis and Betts. For some reason these NFL personnel guys stubbornly keep thinking these DE's can just step in and play a new position they've never done before. Most college DE's that switch to LB in the NFL (usually 3-4 defenses at that) take years to adapt, with few exceptions. Asking this guy to learn coverage responsibilities in a 4-3 is like telling the bedpan orderly he's now a doctor.

Posted by: sysadb420 | June 26, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Same story at LB as in past years: adequate starters but lack of depth.

Posted by: MrMerkin | June 26, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Yes rest in peace Farrah and not so high on a child molester resting in peace

Posted by: Tyler84101 | June 26, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the above post. Dave Chappelle said it best: I believe Michael Jackson is innocent, but I would never let my kids around him or spend the night at his house.

Posted by: rich20ssu | June 26, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

- "How about Fletcher, McIntosh, Orakpo, Blades, Thomas, Henson, Glenn?"

- Hopefully Glenn gets cut and signed to the Practice Squad (or not, whatever,) and Wilson makes the team instead...

Posted by: harrypoopers | June 26, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

who will get the most sacks this year?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | June 26, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

nothing dies, its the bhagavad gita..

Posted by: frak | June 26, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frak | June 26, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

and so is this blog.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | June 26, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Most sacks this year?:

Between Carter and Landry.

Orapko from LB/DE and Haynesworth rushing on the TE side. Pick up the back. Meanwhile Carter and Landry come on the other side.

Posted by: periculum | June 26, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

If I were lining up against the Skins and saw Orakpo trying to play SLB, I'd throw at him all day until he proved he could stop it, or got replaced by an LB that could cover.

I hope he's as good as advertised.

Posted by: edvar | June 26, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

The Skins are extremely strong up the middle. Golston/Griff, Albert, Fletcher, Landry, Horton. Those are the guys the QB sees when he looks straight ahead. Bluntly put, opposing QBs will not enjoy that view.

So they'll look elsewhere. The corners are pretty good, nothing easy there.

Its the edges where the Skins are most vulnerable. The 2 OLBs and the 2 DEs. Instead of thinking about the LBs as a unit, I'd like to think about the 'edges' as a unit.

No one will run effectively between the tackles. No one will light up our CBs. Its the two OLBs and 2 DEs that will tell the story of our defense in 2009.

So how can a team attack the edges of our defense? Let's assume that unit is Rocky and Orakpo behind Daniels and Carter.

Daniels at DE is a run stopper with great strength and minimal speed. Carter isn't a great run stopper, a bit light. But he hustles and is faster than most DEs.

I think Blache ought to look at the DE and 'pair-up' the proper OLB behind him. My guess is that this could even change from game to game, based on the OT/DE matchups.

At this point, I'd put Orakpo, because he has speed, behind Daniels. And I'd put Rocky, because of his experience, behind Carter.

I also think there is a reasonable chance at an 'upside surprise' coming from the backup group. Though backup LBs don't get much PT except on special teams.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 26, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I wish they would ditch this farce of playing Orakpo at LB...this blog is gonna be on fire if he's getting cooked by TEs in coverage the first 3 weeks of the season. Dude is a force with his hand in the dirt and I'd like to see him get comfortable there before they get cute with him.

There's a decent enough mix of guys to fill the SLB spot, some who...you know...have played LB before. I hope one of them steps up to the point that they do play Orakpo at DE full time.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 26, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I wish they would ditch this farce of playing Orakpo at LB...this blog is gonna be on fire if he's getting cooked by TEs in coverage the first 3 weeks of the season. Dude is a force with his hand in the dirt and I'd like to see him get comfortable there before they get cute with him.

There's a decent enough mix of guys to fill the SLB spot, some who...you know...have played LB before. I hope one of them steps up to the point that they do play Orakpo at DE full time.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 26, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

just gonna disagree with you brownwood. See where Orakpo is best. Take all of 2009 to find out. But once we know, put him there and let him succeed.

I watched the highlight video of Orakpo, and while its slim info to go on, I wasn't impressed. It showed he can speed rush and that was about it.

But ... since he has speed, why not use that in the open field -- where speed really matters? Plus he can blitz from the LB spot.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 26, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

anybody get a good laugh the other night , The old beat reporter for RI was kicking with Mr. Irrelevant on NFL Total Access barefooted.

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | June 26, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I wish they would ditch this farce of playing Orakpo at LB...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 26, 2009 7:26 PM

Really? Have you seen him at LB? Does he really look bad?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 26, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

54 Blades, H.B. plays all 3 spots/ extremely valuable

51 Fincher, Alfred cut

59 Fletcher, London

57 Glenn, Cody practice squad/ comes down to special teams play

58 Henson, Robert practice squad/ comes down to special teams play

52 McIntosh, Rocky

55 Thomas, Robert long shot/ vetern w/ experience

53 Young, Darrel cut

98 Orakpo, Brian

95 Wilson, Chris comes down to special teams play

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | June 26, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

How many more years can Fletcher play? Maybe 1 or 2 in top form. Age has got to catch up to him sometime.

Is Blades ready to step up? Or are we drafting LB next year?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | June 26, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

This is just such a weird situation with the linebackers. They could be anywhere from great to downright awful. McIntosh has shaky knees, London Fletcher is getting old, and Orakpo is new to the position. I am going to go out on a limb and say they will be dominant. I think with an improved defensive line the linebackers will be able to attack the gaps aggresively. Blache is such a good coordinator, I think he'll find a way of covering Orakpo's liabilities in pass coverage.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | June 26, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Trivia question from the last post:

How many points did Deacon Jones score as a Redskin?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 26, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes rest in peace Farrah and not so high on a child molester resting in peace

Posted by: Tyler84101 | June 26, 2009 4:56 PM

If you don't have anything sensible to say, how about just shutting up. I guess, you've never sinned; that's between you and your creator.

Posted by: abxinc | June 26, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes rest in peace Farrah and not so high on a child molester resting in peace

Posted by: Tyler84101 | June 26, 2009 4:56 PM

If you don't have anything sensible to say, how about just shutting up. I guess, you've never sinned; that's between you and your creator.

Posted by: abxinc

I have absolutely no idea how the fact that people aren't perfect somehow equates to an acceptance of child rape and molestation.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 27, 2009 2:17 AM | Report abuse

If you don't have anything sensible to say, how about just shutting up. I guess, you've never sinned; that's between you and your creator.

Posted by: abxinc

As a retired RC, I can tell you you're forgetting that Catholics got to spill it to the guy in the booth, when he's not molesting Altar Boys. He's, like, the middle man between us and the Creator guy.

As far as MJ's guilt or innocense is concerned, we'll never know for certain because he bought off his accuser.

Posted by: TheCork | June 27, 2009 3:08 AM | Report abuse

"...I wish they would ditch this farce of playing Orakpo at LB..."


Orakpo as a slb a 'farce'?

C'mon, now, strongside linebacker was an obvious weak spot, and the team filled one of them with a kid who allows them some versitility: Orakpo.

He can play slb or defensive end.

How does the team lose?

(It loses if he doesn't have the athleticism to cover tight ends or play in space: if he's just a blitz-guy, then it's a wasted draft pick.)

And if he's to only play defensive end, what, you're going to sit A Carter to get him on the field or not give R Jackson a clear shot?

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 27, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

If I were lining up against the Skins and saw Orakpo trying to play SLB, I'd throw at him all day until he proved he could stop it, or got replaced by an LB that could cover.

Posted by: edvar | June 26, 2009 6:54 PM |

You filling in for Captain Obvious while he's on vacation? Isn't this the way an OC plays against every guy on defense, including the other 351 starters who are not named Orakpo?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 27, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

As a retired RC, I can tell you you're forgetting that Catholics got to spill it to the guy in the booth, when he's not molesting Altar Boys.

Posted by: TheCork | June 27, 2009 3:08 AM

Nice work with the stereotypes Cork: All RC priests are child molesters. Why don't you spill out your hate for a few more religions? How about Rabbis? Ministers? Tell it like it is, Cork.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 27, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I don't think theres much doubt that Michael had short eyes, He and Macauley Caulkin were quite the item back in the day , and that boy is a three alarm flamer. Hey, it's Hollywoodie , it happens , how do you separate the men from the boys in greece?? Wid crowbars, right?? And while your dissing religious authority figures sexual exploitation of the young , don't forget all the yogis and wisemen in the East that do the same thing..Authority is abuse..

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

As a retired RC, I can tell you you're forgetting that Catholics got to spill it to the guy in the booth, when he's not molesting Altar Boys.

Posted by: TheCork | June 27, 2009 3:08 AM

And while your dissing religious authority figures sexual exploitation of the young , don't forget all the yogis and wisemen in the East that do the same thing.

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 10:18 AM


Birds of a feather...

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 27, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

So, we got this rodent, a guinea pig, and I set it out in its cage in the backyard, and immediately the crows started up, "CAW!!CAW!!CAW!!", meaning of course "LUNCH!! LUNCH!!LUNCH!!"

Skins LBs are fortunately pretty solid , with the possible exception of Marcus's old spot, but if we can sign him at a discount and use him sparingly like Shaq, they should be a top NFL unit, yep..

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

just like jail..

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Oh, haaaaaaaaaay! Let's lighten it up in here, shall we?

All this talk 'bout molestation makin' me queasy and I ain't even had breakfast yet.

Chchchchchchchcheck this out!

MUST SEE THIS:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/thelife/news/story?id=4280140

Posted by: Chia_Pet | June 27, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

So, we got this rodent, a guinea pig, and I set it out in its cage in the backyard, and immediately the crows started up, "CAW!!CAW!!CAW!!", meaning of course "LUNCH!! LUNCH!!LUNCH!!"

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 11:23 AM

You need to brush up on crow-speak. They're predominantly vegetarians and if they eat meat, they eat carrion (road kill) or invertibrates (worms). They're probably just welcoming Little Frak to the neighborhood.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 27, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

TE please post your list of approved stereotypes.You know, the true ones that you bandy about. That way Cork and the rest of us won't make the mistake again.

Posted by: mack1 | June 27, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

As a retired RC, I can tell you you're forgetting that Catholics got to spill it to the guy in the booth, when he's not molesting Altar Boys.

Posted by: TheCork | June 27, 2009 3:08 AM

Nice work with the stereotypes Cork: All RC priests are child molesters. Why don't you spill out your hate for a few more religions? How about Rabbis? Ministers? Tell it like it is, Cork.

Posted by: talent_evaluator

You're not a stupid man, T_E, despite your attempts to prove otherwise. But what you are, is deceitful. You have distorted what I said to fit your own petty prejudices, and to fire some more Dopamine into your cranium to help you feel "Good about Yourself."

You need a filter, a delay mechanism, because--like me--you spout off too often when a more reasoned approach would make more sense.

If I really thought you thought I believed ALL RC Priests were child molesters, I'd just put you in the cheap seats with clever rhetoric. It's because of your flaws--which I recognize in myself--I bother to respond more reasonably. I DO have the ameliorating quality of not taking myself as deadly seriously as you do your own pronuncimentoes. But then smart readers can determine that, starting with your self-important handle.

So, for the record, T_E. No, I do not believe ALL RC Priests (or Rabbis or Ministers) are child molesters. I know that for a fact as I was an Altar Boy myself and the Priest I worked with most frequently told me he only liked me as a friend.

But you know what ticks me off the most about the many Priests who were (and are) child molesters? The fact that those who knew about it, including Cardinals and Bishops, did nothing about it other than transfer them to other parishes, and assure them new victims.

Now if you had something thoughtful to comment on about that atrocity, I'd have a lot more respect for you. Perhaps with a little more time to think it over, you would have come to that conclusion.

Posted by: TheCork | June 27, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I know that for a fact as I was an Altar Boy myself and the Priest I worked with most frequently told me he only liked me as a friend.

Posted by: TheCork | June 27, 2009 12:43 PM

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Your priest told you he only liked you as a friend?

Wow.

Glad I'm Lutheran and that Martin Luther said I don't need no damn priest!


Posted by: Chia_Pet | June 27, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the feedback, Cork. I'll keep it in mind.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 27, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but, feel compelled..

http://www.infowars.com/dc-crash-kills-general-who-scrambled-jets-on-911/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci2OhID14Iw


The same General that ignored Cheney's standdown order, a TRUE American!! AND A HOMEY!!

They're picking off the list one by one..We exist in a state of slow-motion civil war , between the fascist PNAC Neocons and the forces of American liberty, I've seen it first hand, murderous fascist creep mercenaries killing poor people, drug addicts, prostitutes, these people are the same covert Nazis that killed JFK,MLK, RFK, they are the Phoenix boys from 'Nam that killed Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison,,Redding,Mama Cass, SID Vicious, Johnny Thunders, the Warmachine at its heart is Nazi and owns the Federal Reserve, hence can print up whatever money it needs for anything, including 9-11...

Sorry, but I'm P*SSED AND GOIN' VIRAL!!

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Anyway, London , even if he was 20-30 tackles off this year , he'd still be one of the top MLBs in the league..'Skins are fortunate to have him..

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

But you know what ticks me off the most about the many Priests who were (and are) child molesters? The fact that those who knew about it, including Cardinals and Bishops, did nothing about it other than transfer them to other parishes, and assure them new victims.

Posted by: TheCork | June 27, 2009 12:43 PM |

Completely agree Mr. Cork. Good post. The Catholic church, which many had looked to as a moral bulwark against the rampant materialism that engulfed modern life, instead became its worst, ugliest manifestation. There ain't nothing lower than a pedophile. How utterly awful.

Posted by: BankerVance | June 27, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, you can blame the Catholic Church, but it's a dark manifestation of the Elite Rich as well, as the Rich sack social services for young things across the country...Say WAA!?Say WAA??..Church being a Tool of Capital , anyway..

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Why the hell would NBC bother to show Wimbledon after its already been airing live on ESPN all day, and now they're gonna show re-runs?? They'd be better off showing scantily clad Pro Womens Volleyball in these doldrums of summer. Put ME on the programming board, heh-heh..

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Budweiser moment, still some live daylight in London, tracking 1143 7256 9011 6734

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I like Redskins fans cuz they always have a wild sense of humor-who wuz it said drive-bys are the new sex?? zThats appropriate wild Skins fans humor..

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Why the hell would NBC bother to show Wimbledon after its already been airing live on ESPN all day, and now they're gonna show re-runs?
Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's a conspiracy?

Posted by: mack1 | June 27, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else put off by the Washington Post selling a "commemorative print edition" of their newspaper to "celebrate the life and legend of Michael Jackson?" They want $50 or $60 for a picture of the front page of the Post -- more if you want it framed.

Now, if you wanted to honor, or remember, Michael Jackson, why would you do it with a picture of the Washington Post? I must be missing something.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 27, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Dude, the brothers movin' product on the corner of Minnesota Ave. is a conspiracy, don't give me that bogus whitewash crap..World is a conspiracy...

ESPN's decade long Power rankings have Skins at 23rd:

"•The Redskins are another high-profile franchise, but only eight teams have a lower winning percentage during the decade. Washington owns two playoff appearances and one playoff victory during the decade."

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey , how about that Geico ad: " Hey, just one time, LET ME BE MYSELF!!" ..That song with the the London Philharmonic ,I want to see Roger Daltrey as the Caveman fly into the Sun, and then it turns out to be a Geico sign, and he comes crashing down in flames to the Earth..f*ckin' caveman..

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Or Robert Plant..

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

So Mike Williams is down to 365 pounds as of June 19th was off to the Arizona heat to work out to get down to his goal of 345 by the start of training camp.........

Posted by: hillb03 | June 27, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Im still pissed that Vinnie made this draft pick so quickly...he is such a freakin amateur. What will it take to get him fired and a real GM put in place? I just get sicker and sicker of Danny's idiot behavior. Im sure Orakpo could be great as a DE, but what if the skins could have gotten a lower 1st round pick this year and an additional 1st, 2nd and or 3rd next year for him? Or a legit starting tackle and high pcik for him? Looking at another 8-8 year, coaches on the hot seat and Vinnie with thumb up Dannie's ars. I wish it werent true, I would love to be on the bandwagon once again, but I just cant stomach any more of Vinne and Dannie...

Posted by: oddjob2 | June 27, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The left-wing propertyless punks live right across the street from the right-wing no-gov't libertarians..Somebody once called me a "Soviet punk", I told him there is no such thing, its a contradiction in terms..Just like "Soviet Union" is a contradiction in terms, there's no establishment of totalitarian councils in Heaven.."If someone asks for your cloak, give it.."

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

(God's words, not mine)

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, Gentlemen, having gone through one bottle of Bombay Saphire Dry Gin,, I thoroughly endorse the destruction of the current mindset which has led us to the current pressing dilemma of Being. Half a bottle of Evans Williams and a fighter formation of Budweisers left, the mission is within reach..Godspeed and may Steve have Mercy on your Soul, Proceed!!

Posted by: frak | June 27, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

"...Mike Williams is down to 365 pounds as of June 19th was off to the Arizona heat to work out to get down to his goal of 345 by the start of training camp..."


I got my fingers crossed on this one.

Could you imagine the mini-media storm if Mike Williams gets fit and winds up playing a little right tackle this season?

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 27, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Im still pissed that Vinnie made this draft pick so quickly...he is such a freakin amateur.

Posted by: oddjob2 | June 27, 2009 6:10 PM

I'd never thought about it that way: A bad GM is one who is decisive, knows what he wants, and doesn't waste time getting it. A good GM is one who never makes a decision until he has to, confers with everyone he can in 15 minutes, and only then makes a pick. That's an interesting way to think about it.

Dude, Vinny did all this work in the months leading up to the draft. He knew who would trade what, depending on who was left on the board.

There's plenty of reason to hate on Vinny, but picking Orakpo isn't one of them. Most of the Draft Gurus feel like he got a steal.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 27, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Could you imagine the mini-media storm if Mike Williams gets fit and winds up playing a little right tackle this season?

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 27, 2009 9:17 PM

A real set-up for Comeback Player of the Year. Of course, he's got a long way to go for that.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 27, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Most of the Draft Gurus feel like he got a steal.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 27, 2009 9:24 PM

He didn't just get a steal. He cleverly engineered it. He suckered the Jests into thinking that the Skins were going to trade up to get Cleveland's pick in order to corral Sanchez. The Jests bit and arranged their own deal with Cleveland in order to have Sanchez for themselves. Cleveland was going to use their pick on Orakpo but instead he slid to 13 where the Skins were more than happy to grab him. Brilliant behind the scenes maneuvering by Vinny. There ain't many GMs in the NFL who could do what he did.

Posted by: BangerVance | June 27, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

There ain't nothing lower than a pedophile.

Posted by: BankerVance | June 27, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

And all along I had cornvinced myself that there wasn't nothin lower than whale shti. I guess this means that they is equally low, whatever that means.

Posted by: BangerVance | June 27, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Happy frak day everyone! And I was "wowed" by peri...

Posted by: Curzon417 | June 27, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

WHILE Cork may officially be Ireland’s second city, don’t suggest that to one of its proud residents. The melodious reply — most likely delivered in a rich brogue sprinkled with gammin (Cork slang for Cork slang) — may contain playful swipes at that larger town over on the Irish Sea. But it’s this spark and warmth of Cork, a remnant of the city’s enduring rebel history, that captivate the visitor and — along with its picturesque setting along the River Lee and its dedication to the arts and good food and drink — make it a convincing rival to Dublin. On long summer days, Cork’s compact size makes it a perfect city to tour on foot, providing you’ve packed walking shoes and a bit of ambition for a few hilly climbs.

Posted by: BangerVance | June 27, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant behind the scenes maneuvering by Vinny. There ain't many GMs in the NFL who could do what he did.

Posted by: BangerVance | June 27, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse


Tread softly...there are several RI hamsters who consider your lingo, blog-heresy. They are not afraid to speak up..

That's quite an impression you have of the Cork; She's more transparent than I thought!

Posted by: Vicc | June 28, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Happy frak day everyone! And I was "wowed" by peri...

Posted by: Curzon417

Sorry, dude, I guess I'm a f*cked up 'Skins fan..You ever lived in Washington?? It's nuts, and crazy..peace

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Forget The Wildcat, The Spread’s Catching On
Posted by Mike Florio on June 27, 2009, 11:21 p.m.

At a time when more and more NFL teams are implementing a version of the Wildcat offense, which Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey recently explained has been around for a while but has acquired a name only recently, there’s another new offensive approach that looks to be making its way to the highest level of the sport.

The spread.

Florida coach Urban Meyer says that multiple NFL teams will be using elements of the spread offense in 2009.

“Right now, we’ve been contacted by a minimum of three NFL teams who want to implement a spread element,” Meyer said recently, according to Chris Harry of the Orlando Sentinel. “They’re going to do it.”

For some, there’s no “going to.”

“It’s already here,” Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski said. “A lot of teams have it.”

There’s likely one team that will be using it extensively in 2010 — whoever it is that drafts Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

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The Colt era is here! Long live the Cult!

maps...

Posted by: Curzon417 | June 28, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

So, who says a SLB has to drop back in pass coverage at all? If I'm Greg Blache and I think the other team is going to pass, I have Orakpo with his hand in the dirt as an end, or blitzing from the SLB spot. They didn't draft this guy to have him go for the league record in interceptions. They drafted him to get after the QB and that is just what he'll be doing either at end or SLB.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | June 28, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Yo Brownwood,

You have some pipeline to the team who is sayin' Orakpo is an exclusive SLB for life?

No one else seems to have that bulletin...so chill.

Otherwise this Orakpo taking a few snaps each game at SLB is NO worse than LaVar taking reps at DE back in the day, or Champ getting reps at WR.

It is just a team making a smart move to take a gifted athlete and use him to shore up a spot at which there is not a lot of depth UNTIL they find a full time player who can make the spot their own.

So take a deep breath, go grab a Mojito or two and enjoy the summer, dude.

Posted by: ThinkingMan | June 28, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

redskinhead

"...who says a SLB has to drop back in pass coverage at all? They didn't draft this guy to have him go for the league record in interceptions. They drafted him to get after the QB and that is just what he'll be doing either at end or SLB."

A big amen, bro'.

Orakpo coming on hard from the left and Carter from the right with Haynesworth collapsing the middle is the thinking fan's image of how the redskin defense will work this season.

Two, there should be an increase in points scored by the defense as pressure creates turnovers or tipped passes.

And we have all fogotten the possible effect of Hunter Smith proving some quality punting.

Thing is, will the redskin offense take advantage of short fields and turnovers by scoring touchdowns and not just kicking field goals?

This last question will hang over the team all season.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 28, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Marcus hitting the wall is much alleviated by Blades performance..Blades plays all three positions and Khary also is a solid backup..Both solid on the Specials (pickitup!!pickitup!!pickitup!!)..The main thing we Am,ericans have to do is get rid of the privately-owned Fed..JFK tried, and it was one of the reasons he got ambushed in Dallas (that and not providing air support at the Bay of Pigs)..The offshore warprofiteering banks (no taxes in the Caymans) would kill us all, just so long as they had their lavish, beachfront castles and herd o' ho's..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Yo Brownwood,

You have some pipeline to the team who is sayin' Orakpo is an exclusive SLB for life?

No one else seems to have that bulletin...so chill.

Posted by: ThinkingMan | June 28, 2009 9:39 AM

The only pipeline the dud has access to is the one running up his arse.

Posted by: BiggerVance | June 28, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

WHILE Cork ... one of its proud residents ... it’s this spark and warmth of Cork ... enduring rebel history ... dedication to ... good food and drink

Posted by: BangerVance | June 27, 2009 11:51 PM |

What an honor it is to have some of the residents of Cork posting on this humble blog.

Posted by: BiggerVance | June 28, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

frak--If you're trying to sound like an incoherent raving babbler, congratulations -- you've got the voice down. If you're not trying to sound like that, you may want to get your medications adjusted.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

... the thinking fan's image of how the redskin defense will work this season.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 28, 2009 10:16 AM |

"thinking fan". Dude, how oxymoronic!

Posted by: BiggerVance | June 28, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

frak--If you're trying to sound like an incoherent raving babbler, congratulations -- you've got the voice down. If you're not trying to sound like that, you may want to get your medications adjusted.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 12:03 PM |

Hey, dude. His "incoherent raving babbler" is more interesting than any of the crapola you've been posting!

Posted by: BiggerVance | June 28, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey, dude. His "incoherent raving babbler" is more interesting than any of the crapola you've been posting!

Posted by: BiggerVance | June 28, 2009 12:15 PM |

Thanks for your feedback. I'll keep it in mind.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

What a week. Farrah, Michael, and now Billy Mays, the Michael Jackson of Pitchmen. Man carved himself a unique niche in TV history. Next week has to be better.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

MJ 50yo, Billy Mays 50yo , noonefromtampa 50yo

oh-oh

Posted by: noonefromtampa | June 28, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

MJ 50yo, Billy Mays 50yo , noonefromtampa 50yo

oh-oh

Posted by: noonefromtampa | June 28, 2009 12:56 PM

Find your Inner Farrah -- she made it to 62. Still got a lotta livin' in you, noone.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

NOT Billy Mayes!! Jeeziz, infomercials will never be the same..ZAPIT!!! probably did it..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

According to reports he was found with an open container of Oxi-Clean next to him and white powder under his nose, with a slider in his mouth... :)

He was the king of the pitchman and pretty nice guy who avoidning being a schmuck like the ShamWow guy

Posted by: noonefromtampa | June 28, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

from the local paper website

Billy Mays, the TV pitchman whose trademark voice helped sell everything from cleaning supplies to baking soda, was found dead this morning by his wife at his Tampa home. No cause of death has been reported and no foul play is suspected, according to Tampa police.

Mays, 50, was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m. at a Bowen Daniel Drive condo. His wife, Deborah Mays, found him unresponsive this morning. The Medical Examiner's Office will complete Mays' autopsy by tomorrow afternoon.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | June 28, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

(I love the way the Pest editor can screw up your message by double double posting words..yeah, real freedom of speech)..ZAPIT!! The first cleaning fluid with DEPLETED URANIUM!! For those NASTY stains..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Jasno was on NFL Total Access Friday. Videos of his segments are on NFL.com for those who are interested

Posted by: noonefromtampa | June 28, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Ka-Ka...

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I like Brazil's national anthem better because it sounds like Monty Python..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

USA GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 28, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey showed some savoir-faire on that one.

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Whole team looked good on that Donovan goal!!

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm consuming beers at a mad pace..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

remember its a marathon not a sprint

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 28, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Billy Carter ain't got nuthin' on me!!

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Socrates, that punk, was famous not just for his logician, but he could drink all the other soldiers under the table..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Billy Mays update

Mays was a passenger on the US Airways 737 aircraft that took a hard landing at Tampa International Airport on Saturday, an airport spokesperson has confirmed.

Tampa Bay On Demand
On Friday, Tampa Bay On Demand sat down with Billy Mays' son to chat about life as the child of a celebrity. Watch the two men talk on the phone
Watch the rest of the interview on Tampa Bay On Demand under Channel 340.
Luggage had fallen on Mays' head during the incident, and his family said he was not feeling well when he went to bed later that night, said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

Officials have not said if his death is connected to that incident. They said it is all speculation at this point.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | June 28, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

i know this might be kind of sad to think about... but anyone ever wonder how nasty our D would be if we still had S Taylor with us. Especially now that we got Albert up front.. ugghh, so sad...

Posted by: MrTiger | June 28, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Goal Brazil stupid ref

Posted by: noonefromtampa | June 28, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Rubio entertaining offers from Turkey and Spain, will meet with Timberwolves, according to ESPN..Looks like Ernie scored a goal (unlike Wilbon)..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"i know this might be kind of sad to think about... but anyone ever wonder how nasty our D would be if we still had S Taylor with us. Especially now that we got Albert up front.. ugghh, so sad..."

Posted by: MrTiger

Dude, Sean was just TOO FIERCE for the new NFL, you can't even build playgrounds anymore because the insurance policy is too prohibitive, everyone wants to have their cake, and eat it ,too...

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else put off by the Washington Post selling a "commemorative print edition" of their newspaper to "celebrate the life and legend of Michael Jackson?" They want $50 or $60 for a picture of the front page of the Post -- more if you want it framed.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 27, 2009 4:25 PM |

What are the odds that the Post honors Billy Mays in a similar fashion?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

? How about Fletcher, McIntosh, Orakpo, Blades, Thomas, Henson, Glenn?
By Paul Tenorio

I have a hard time believing Thomas, Henson, AND Glenn are better than Fincher. If they are we're SET @ LB.

I can't wait to see 'shallaque'PO (i said it first) and 'pain'SWORTH!!!

Posted by: pabrian2003 | June 28, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Ernie scored a goal (unlike Wilbon)..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 3:54 PM |

Not only that, he sold the first pick in the second round for $2.5 million, so he scored a goal and won the lottery in the same night. Why don't the Redskins sell their picks, too?

I'm looking forward to the new look 4-guard offense. What a putz.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

i know this might be kind of sad to think about... but anyone ever wonder how nasty our D would be if we still had S Taylor with us. Especially now that we got Albert up front.. ugghh, so sad...

Posted by: MrTiger

yeah i do think about it, we would have had the BEST D in the NFL last season with 21, playing the ed reed role. Glad he is a skin forever!

Posted by: pabrian2003 | June 28, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Dunno much about soccer, but after watching today's match between USA and Brasil I learned something new...

In Futbol, as well as Football, the Prevent Defense doesn't work.

Still, huzzahs to the men in white, who made my annual Soccer game watching a good one.

Also, if I was Kaka, I'd change my name.

Posted by: TheCork | June 28, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Also, if I was Kaka, I'd change my name.

Posted by: TheCork | June 28, 2009 4:28 PM

He already changed it once. It used to be Cork, but he thought Kaka sounded better.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyway, not a loss considering USA has not been at this level before, future looks bright, played JUST ONE GOAL DOWN against perrenial champion Brazil..Good Future..

"I'm looking forward to the new look 4-guard offense. What a putz."

Posted by: talent_evaluator

No reason to swim in the Ugly..Definitely another trade or signing in the works, sorry you lack the imagination to foresee the inevitable...Well, between climbing up on land and swimming down at the bottom of the ocean, there's always a few that prefer to swim in the ugly slime at the bottom..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Definitely another trade or signing in the works,

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 4:53 PM

That's the theory, isn't it? No one could be so stupid as to start the season with this roster.

So what do you think the trade will be? I'm expecting they'll trade next year's first round pick for $7.5 million in hard cash. Knowing what a shrewd GM Ernie is, maybe they can get $10 million. Or, considering how high the pick will be, $12 million isn't out of the picture.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

frak

"...Khary also is a solid backup..."


Khary Campbell is no longer with the team.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 28, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Khary Campbell is no longer with the team.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 28, 2009 5:30 PM |

The most solid backup. He's backing up every LB on every roster in the NFL. Very versatile. He could get a call at any moment.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"...we would have had the BEST D in the NFL last season with 21, playing the ed reed role. Glad he is a skin forever!"

I have no complaints about any of this.

But please remember that in today's NFL, the rules are slanted towards passing and thus scoring: and the inability to do both in a timely fashion is what cramps the desire for a 'monstah' defense.

We want a stellar defense and an offense that can score when presented with short fields and turnovers.

A running team?: no, let's go three wide and set up the run with play action.

What's the point of a defense that shuts down another team for 3 quarters only to see the entire game lost 13-9?

I'd rather win 32-21 with a few deep passes counted as touchdowns: tough defensive wins are nice, but the occasional 30+ point scoring win is way more satisfying.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 28, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"frak

"...Khary also is a solid backup..."


Khary Campbell is no longer with the team.

Posted by: MistaMoe

Did you ever hear that song by Tom Waits(he owes me money, for makin' CDs off my name, who cares, mo'money , mo' problems), where he's singing about "WHYYYY ARE PEOPLE ALWAYS CHAAAAAANGING THINGS??"

Anyway, hard to keep up, especially with something like backup linebacker or special teams, my brainfart..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"So what do you think the trade will be? I'm expecting they'll trade next year's first round pick for $7.5 million in hard cash. Knowing what a shrewd GM Ernie is, maybe they can get $10 million. Or, considering how high the pick will be, $12 million isn't out of the picture."

Posted by: talent_evaluator

I feel your snide, I've got nothing but snide somedays, but I think with the bloated number of guards , and the blatant need for a quality Big, the trade of 2nd for 2.5, all roads lead to "Big Man Upgrade" in the not too distant..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

frak--Let's hope so. Ernie has probably earned the benefit of the doubt, but sheesh.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 28, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

So like, the Bushies buy 10'000 acres in Honduras and ..""We thought that the long night of military dictatorships in Central America was over," said Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who sat beside Zelaya at a news conference." ..Sh*t happens on a small planet, like Honduras's Prez gets vacuumed up like a spek, cuz he's a leftie livin' right beside the Bush, might as well be David Koresh and the Branch Davidians living in the same neighborhood as BARBARA, you can't infect Royal Holy Space with such arrogance, it's FLAMETHROWER time, what part of the Monroe Doctrine and Eminent Domain don't you understand , son??..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

OK, Paraguay...(Central America is like the suburban sprawl between DC and Philly..not far apart.)..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

If I tried to sue Tom Waits, it'd be like suin' my own family, and just as ugly..I love Tom...Money ain't nothin' compared to the source of creation, know what I'm sayin', T- Bird?..

Posted by: frak | June 28, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Shocker...B-Mitch complaining:

Brian Mitchell Says He Lost Radio Job For Criticizing ‘Skins
Posted by Mike Florio on June 29, 2009, 12:45 a.m. EDT
Former Redskins running back Brian Mitchell had put together a nice post-football career for himself, working in the D.C. area as radio analyst.

But Mitchell recently was fired by Red Zebra Radio, one of the various companies owned by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

Per USA Today, Mitchell claims he was canned because he criticized the team; the company claims that the move was “100% driven by the economy.”

Last September, Mitchell and Redskins running back Clinton Portis got into a heated argument during a mutual appearance on The John Thompson Show.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 6:03 AM | Report abuse

I might lend B-Mitch the benefit of the doubt on this one...the only other guy more critical of the Skins at 980 was Smokin' Al Koken and he got the boot too.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 6:10 AM | Report abuse

I might lend B-Mitch the benefit of the doubt on this one...the only other guy more critical of the Skins at 980 was Smokin' Al Koken and he got the boot too.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 6:10 AM

I think the test would be whether they hire someone else to replace b/mitch. If not, then he's a whiner. If so, then he's a whiner who has a point. But, I can't believe that radio station is generating enough revenue to pay even their electric bills much less real human beings.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 29, 2009 6:34 AM | Report abuse

T_E, I would think they do pretty well over there, especially now that they're once again the only game in town. But then again, I haven't been over there since the economy belly flopped and the entire radio industry is hurting BAD. As long as they don't touch Andy and Czabe, I'm OK.

Besides, B-Mitch wasn't that good anyway...just a guy who you tune in to because he could pop off at any minute.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

T_E, I would think they do pretty well over there, especially now that they're once again the only game in town.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 7:07 AM |

Six Flags is also the only game in town and it just went bankrupt. It will be re-incarnated as about Three Flags. Let's see how BMitch gets re-incarnated.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 29, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Six Flags is also the only game in town and it just went bankrupt. It will be re-incarnated as about Three Flags. Let's see how BMitch gets re-incarnated.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 29, 2009 7:28 AM

I see your point, but there's a difference between losing money because Joe Average doesn't have $150 to plunk down for a day at the glorified Adventure World and corporations that have budgets for advertising on the most listened to sports talk station in D.C. Even at their best, 980 isn't one of the top 10 listened to stations in D.C., but they are a lock to reach the coveted 25-50 male demographic.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

"No way Orakpo starts as SLB right away. Offenses will target him on 1st and 2nd down with WR slants and flare passes to Portis and Betts. "


so opposing teams are gonna pass to Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts against the Redskins' defense? Wha?

Posted by: TheTruth11 | June 29, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back Truth!

And way to spot it...yeh. That didn't make any sense to me either...

I don't want VelosOrakpo at linebacker either, though. Maybe on a few plays to mix things up, but not as a regular occurrance.... but I do trust Blache to a strong degree... hmmm.

And if Kaka was my name, I'd change my drawers... alot!

Posted by: DikShuttle | June 29, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Really? Have you seen him at LB? Does he really look bad?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 26, 2009 8:12 PM

Wasn't around over the weekend, so I'll address the question now...I've heard that he looks stiff in pass coverage, which is typical of a guy who has spent his career with his hand in the dirt and not in a two point stance. I'm no expert, but it just seems to me that if a guy's strength is rushing the passer and has no experience playing pass coverage, you wouldn't put him in a position to do that. The Skins' need for a steady pass rush FAR exceeds any need to replace Marcus Washington at SLB.

If Orakpo was a 240 pound guy, I could understand the move. But at 260 pounds, he's plenty big enough to play the D-line full time. I just think they maximize his potential to be a big contributor right away if they play it that way. I just see trying to fill two holes with one guy as having a huge chance to backfire.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't around over the weekend...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 8:23 AM |

Not many were around and that's a good thing. Mostly just me, frak, noonefromtampa.

My excuse is that when you work as a consultant you work when people need you. In my line of work, folks realize late Friday afternoon that they can't complete the work that they'd promised for Monday, so they hire a consultant so that they tell their boss "It was the consultant's fault." For what they're paying, I'll take the fall.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 29, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

A little steam release can be a good thing..Watch out for that stuff, they'll make you their tool!!

Posted by: frak | June 29, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't around over the weekend...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 8:23 AM |

Here's hoping you ain't around for the upcoming week too. Head still stuck in your pipeline?

Posted by: MrPink | June 29, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Wood,
I think they are banking on Daniels coming back at near 100% so he becomes the runstop on the DE.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

My excuse is that when you work as a consultant you work when people need you. In my line of work, folks realize late Friday afternoon that they can't complete the work that they'd promised for Monday, so they hire a consultant so that they tell their boss "It was the consultant's fault." For what they're paying, I'll take the fall.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 29, 2009 8:37 AM |

Maybe it really was the dud's fault. especially if he was spending all his time posting on this blog and not doing any work, like some are prone to do.

Posted by: MrPink | June 29, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

How you feeling about your tips there MrPink

Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Wood,
I think they are banking on Daniels coming back at near 100% so he becomes the runstop on the DE.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 9:14 AM

And therein lies the problem. Counting on a 36 year-old DE coming off a serious knee injury (which is widely believed to take 2 years to fully recover) isn't necessary if you play Orakpo at DE full time. If Daniels is a fill-in player, I feel good about it. Counting on him to start and play most of the snaps for 16 games is a problem.

And this whole "play him at LB 1st and 2nd down" thing is flawed. It's not like teams are Gibbs 2.0 where they're gonna run on 1st and 2nd down all the time and only throw on 3rd down. If Orakpo is getting owned by TEs and RBs, there won't be many 3rd downs for him play DE for.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"Counting on him to start and play most of the snaps for 16 games is a problem"

I'm not sure that they're doing what you've suggested above, I think they're gonna throw some Daniels, some Wynn, some Orakpo, some Jackson, at the spot, and not plan on on player exclusively.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 29, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Wood,
For the record I agree with you, we needed to get a OLB with our 2nd pick, not a corner. I am not gonna pretend to know how we are gonna use Orakpo, not until I see the games. I am assuming Blanch is not gonna take a rigid mentality like always a LB a 1st and 2nd.

I assume most the time time the team is in Nickel/Dime or whatever we are gonna put Orakpo at End. But I trust our DC to switch up his packages like we were with our DB's last year.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Greg,
I hope that you are right. That's what I would like them to do.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

al, I think that was kind of the reasoning behind the signing of both Wynn, and Daniels.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 29, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Wish I had your type of faith, Alex. After the 2006 collapse, I don't assume ANYTHING with this team.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

RIP:
Ed McMahon
Farrah Fawcett
Michael Jackson
Billy Mays

None of these folks were perfect all of them had failings and Michael Jackson was never PROVEN to have actually molested children. Yes one was paid off but he says he did it to avoid the process. He revolutionized the music industry and was a once in a WORLD time, not lifetime entertainer. You can talk about the drugs,debts,scandals etc. but 750,000 people bought tickets for his planned concerts, that says it all right there. Irregardless of that he was a son, a father, and a brother, and is due the common courtesy and decency that you, your father, brother, or son would deserve.

Posted by: 72Redskins | June 29, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

RIP:
Ed McMahon
Farrah Fawcett
Michael Jackson
Billy Mays

None of these folks were perfect all of them had failings and Michael Jackson was never PROVEN to have actually molested children. Yes one was paid off but he says he did it to avoid the process. He revolutionized the music industry and was a once in a WORLD time, not lifetime entertainer. You can talk about the drugs,debts,scandals etc. but 750,000 people bought tickets for his planned concerts, that says it all right there. Irregardless of that he was a son, a father, and a brother, and is due the common courtesy and decency that you, your father, brother, or son would deserve.

Posted by: 72Redskins | June 29, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The best part about not believing in a religion is that you can believe in football :)

Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"but 750,000 people bought tickets for his planned concerts, that says it all right there"

wow.....ufb........

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 29, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

We all talk about how tragic it is, these stars passing. But over 200 people died horrific and violent in Iraq last week.

I dunno. It just seems like that needs to be brought up.

Posted by: DikShuttle | June 29, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

And Honduras is in the midst of a military coup that will surly result in the deaths of hundreds if not thousands.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I might lend B-Mitch the benefit of the doubt on this one...the only other guy more critical of the Skins at 980 was Smokin' Al Koken and he got the boot too.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 6:10 AM


Al Koken was a hater just to be a hater. HE was birthed a REdskin HAter, irregardless of the subject.....

BMitch brought nothing outside of Redkins insight. He didn't 'bring' in any new listeners. HE wasn't a good radio dude outside of analyizing the Skins. But this is a sports talk show and I saw no advancement since he started a few years back. Who knows. And at the end who cares....... (I don't really).......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 29, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

We all talk about how tragic it is, these stars passing. But over 200 people died horrific and violent in Iraq last week.

I dunno. It just seems like that needs to be brought up.

Posted by: DikShuttle | June 29, 2009 10:14 AM |

It does. IT is pretty tragic. But then, I would like to bring up Palenstine's plight of being (permanantly) housed in refugee camp's for over 40 years.

Or how my step brother lost a good friend to a roadside bomb a couple of weeks ago and is hurting off of it. Or how I worry he could be the next victim in a bombing. Or how that little girl died at the pool and where the F was the camp counselors when this SJK happened?

So, in conclusion, I say this because it is hard talking about some stuff and easier talking about other stuff. There's too much going on in the world and hanging out on a redskins' blog won't help. We are just here to pass time and get away from most of that other stuff. Talking about stars we don't know to me is one of those get-a-ways if relevant. If we want to start a movement, we'd have to take this offline......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 29, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Best case scenario LB 2009 - 2010:

SLB - Brian Roberts (NBC News)
MLB - Joe Strummer (London is Calling)
WLB- Stallone

Posted by: ElYeah | June 29, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Al Koken was a hater just to be a hater. HE was birthed a REdskin HAter, irregardless of the subject.....

BMitch brought nothing outside of Redkins insight. He didn't 'bring' in any new listeners. HE wasn't a good radio dude outside of analyizing the Skins. But this is a sports talk show and I saw no advancement since he started a few years back. Who knows. And at the end who cares....... (I don't really).......

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 29, 2009 10:27 AM

Koken was called "The Judge" for just that reason. He pretty much hated everything...

I still care about 980 even though I don't listen anymore (moved out of the area)because I used to work there and still keep in touch with some of the guys there. So I always hope for them to put the best possible stuff on the air, and ever since B-Mitch was added I had questions as to whether he could do anything outside of Redskin stuff and he really couldn't. I haven't listed to him regularly in a couple years, but from what I've heard he hasn't been any better.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Actually, 4th, I'm glad you brought all that up. And I'm very sorry for all that strife. I believe the more we share this, the more empathy we can have and maybe rise above. It's a dream I have and a prayer I keep.

But I do hear your point. Hail jibba jabba!

Posted by: DikShuttle | June 29, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

But I do hear your point. Hail jibba jabba!

Posted by: DikShuttle | June 29, 2009 11:12 AM

I can appreciate that. And listening to all these old Mike Jack songs has me being more appreciative. This one song I haven't heard in over a decade:

'
Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me
'

I wish we could live in a perfect world where all that matter was family and football and there were no poverty and no wars, but sadly, it isn't.........

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 29, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

madoff got 150 years.

somehow that still seems too lenient for all the family's he's destroyed.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 29, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

yeah, true, Greg, but isn't he like 62 years old or something? So 150 years is effectively a life sentence

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | June 29, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Good stuff, Alex. Not sure I totally buy Campbell's whole deal about black QBs, but he does seem to have a point.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 29, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

BeantownGreg1
I agree, I am overly lenient on regular day to day crime, but I personally feel like a guy like that; take away any money he has, any money his wife has and any money he has given any friend or family member in the past 20 years.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

somehow that still seems too lenient for all the family's he's destroyed.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 29, 2009 11:42 AM |

Not sure what you think would have been just. 250 years? Execution?

The justice in this case will come only when they start going after the rest of his family, his accomplices, and others who profited. So far, the Government hasn't shown much determination in taking them down.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 29, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

john, agreed, but it still doesn't fix the giant hole that he's created in hundreds of people's lives, the families he's left penniless, the generations that have to start from scratch, because of him. This was a multi-generaltional crime, the end result of which wont soon be fixed for many generations to come.

al, everything this guy, his wife, his kids, everything should be liquidated and the monies used to pay the people he ripped off back...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 29, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 29, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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