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Posted at 6:33 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Redskins fill roster spots

By Rick Maese

The Redskins had three job openings Tuesday and appear to have filled at least two of them, signing defensive back Macho Harris to the 53-man roster and adding running back Kestahn Moore to the practice squad.

The Redskins should have one more practice squad spot to fill, and according to 106.7 The Fan, that spot could go to offensive lineman Jacob Bender.

The team also made official the promotion of running back James Davis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, which Coach Mike Shanahan had disclosed on Monday.

Moore is a University of Florida product who originally signed as an undrafted free agent with Denver in 2009, but never made it to the Broncos' training camp. Kansas City added him to the Chiefs' practice squad late in the 2009 season, but the Chiefs released him after their training camp on Aug. 29, 2010. He appeared in two preseason games for Kansas City, rushing for six yards on two carries.

At Florida, Moore started 21 games and appeared in 32 others, including the team's national titles in 2006 and '08. He totaled 1,281 career rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 235 attempts at Florida.

The team did not confirm the addition of Bender to the practice squad. The DeMatha Catholic product was a sixth-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2007. He's bounced around as part of five other organizations, but has only played in two NFL games, both with the Jets in 2007.

Bender is listed at 6-foot-6, 315 pounds and most recently played with the UFL's Hartford Colonials, after spending parts of the 2010 season with the Giants and Saints.

After graduating from DeMatha, Bender played his college ball at Nicholls State.

By Rick Maese  | November 23, 2010; 6:33 PM ET
 
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A little more on Macho..

The Eagles drafted him in the 5th round of the 2009 draft, but he lost his job to Quintin Demps. He had 15 career interceptions at VA Tech having played initially as a corner. The Eagles of course drafted Nate Allen this year and Macho was released the first week of September this year. He's worked out with many teams including the Lions and Rams, but nothing came of that - likely because he is not practice squad eligible.

Macho Harris was playing football in the Fairfax, VA Flag Football League. So, you know he's ready to start this week.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 23, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey, why not bring back sweet Peet Kendall.

Posted by: CrimeScene | November 23, 2010 6:31 PM

Apparently he's OCD about moisturizing his hands which makes it difficult to hold defensive lineman and to hold on to the ball.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 23, 2010 6:40 PM |

Hey, don't laff. Jason Peeters made All-Pro by developing a holding technique that was invisible to the refs.

Posted by: CrimeScene | November 23, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Heck, bring in runyan. The guy has time between now and his swearing in to play a little football for us.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

ZEKE’S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES brought to you by the fine people at Yahoo!

An uneven win over an uneven team in an uneven season brought the Redskins record to an even 5-5. Perhaps the most noteworthy stat was the number of plays run: Skins 86, Tenn 51. Tennessee had ‘drives’ of 0 (PR for TD), 1 (fumble) and 2 (INT) plays.

By the end of our 4th possession, we’d run 33 offensive plays to the Titans 5. This advantage paid dividends over the course of the game. Even with our OL decimated by injuries (history repeats), we still had enough push and protection against a tired defense to move the ball and provide chances to score.

Both teams were greatly impacted by injuries, but the Titans also lost their cool and the subsequent penalties were critical to the Skins W.

All this is a way of saying, the win in Tennessee (what is an LP Field?) is NOT a blueprint for the Skins going forward.

I’ve decided to call the endgame vs DET and the opening quarter + 1 play vs philly: 20 Minutes of Chaos® -- we were outscored 53-0. The win in Tennessee felt like a different sort of chaos. Perhaps that is what to expect when its backups vs backups. McNabb continued his erratic play and our defense often seemed more lucky than good. I don’t see this win as a corner being turned. Instead, I see it as a step sideways. For the 5th time this year, the game was undecided when the clock hit 0:00 at the end of the 4th quarter. We’ve won 4 of those. Our 3 point “blowout” win vs Chi was settled with just under 2 minutes left.

This all leads me to a conclusion. We are unintentionally reliving the Gibbs 2.0 era. An era where the game strategy was to keep the game close -- and use character to win in the final quarter. But we’ve had 8 close games and only scored only 1 meaningful TD in the final 10 minutes of a game (vs Indy). We’ve won late, despite our offense’s play, not because of it.

It is not the approach I expected from Shanahan and I don’t think its what he expected. He looks befuddled by what is going on -- as if the master plan isn’t working and he’s not sure why. He doesn’t seem able to adapt, either. My guess is that he spent so many years seeing the world through the lens of the AFC West that he’s struggling to see it through the lens of the NFC East. We are 5-5, with a 3-win Minny team coming to town. A lot of folks will think a win will put us back in the playoff hunt. But don’t count me as a believer.

To me, this team is in chaos, and that falls on the management team. The HC, the team president, the real general manager. It is all Mike Shanahan. Even a gutty win this week hasn’t restored my confidence in Shanahan and his program. As much as I’d like to believe in this team, it isn’t happening for me. I just hope I get to eat my words -- soon.

To all, a very Happy Thanksgiving, including a dallas loss, from ZEKE’S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES and Yahoo!’s finest

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Scrubs
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | November 23, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

To me, this team is in chaos, and that falls on the management team. The HC, the team president, the real general manager. It is all Mike Shanahan. Posted by: zcezcest1

Did you really expect an immediate turn-around?

Do you see progress? Are we better off at this point in the season than we were last year?

Do you think it takes some time to build or did you expect immediate results?

Shanahan inherited an incredible mess- very few offensive weapons, a rag-tag O line at best, major gaps in the D, awful prior draft selections, bad draft situation due to the ignorance of prior people in charge, etc.,etc.

Give him a chance.

Get real. It won't happen overnight.

Posted by: RedskinsNow | November 23, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

To me, this team is in chaos, and that falls on the management team. The HC, the team president, the real general manager. It is all Mike Shanahan. Posted by: zcezcest1

Did you really expect an immediate turn-around?

Do you see progress? Are we better off at this point in the season than we were last year?

Do you think it takes some time to build or did you expect immediate results?

Shanahan inherited an incredible mess- very few offensive weapons, a rag-tag O line at best, major gaps in the D, awful prior draft selections, bad draft situation due to the ignorance of prior people in charge, etc.,etc.

Give him a chance.

Get real. It won't happen overnight.

Posted by: RedskinsNow | November 23, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

"This all leads me to a conclusion. We are unintentionally reliving the Gibbs 2.0 era. An era where the game strategy was to keep the game close -- and use character to win in the final quarter. But we’ve had 8 close games and only scored only 1 meaningful TD in the final 10 minutes of a game (vs Indy). We’ve won late, despite our offense’s play, not because of it. posted by zcezcest1"

Actually, I don't think you're allowed to use character to win games in the final quarter. You have to use a football. Correct me if I'm wrong here...

Let's be honest about one thing. Coming into the season, the Skins were no better than a .500 club. In practical terms, that translates to 9 wins with luck, 6 or 7 without. They're 5-5. We've entered the 'war of attrition' portion of the season, in which relative health is the big factor. The Skins are banged up. They managed to cover that up in Tennessee. Minnesota's another matter; that's a more talented club that's playing way below its capability, and has just received a might kick in the butt in the form of a head coaching change. They could pull a Jason Garrett here, and we may not be able to stop them.

But character? The Skins have already demonstrated more character than we saw last season. What they lack is more good players. More good HEALTHY players.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 23, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Come on man, you're attempting to introduce logic into the equation. We ain't havin' no logicin' goin' on 'round here.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Come on man, you're attempting to introduce logic into the equation. We ain't havin' no logicin' goin' on 'round here.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 7:55 PM

Not logical to expect a major turn-around in one season after many seasons of bad management and ongoing stupidity.

Posted by: RedskinsNow | November 23, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

This all leads me to a conclusion. We are unintentionally reliving the Gibbs 2.0 era.
- posted by zcezest

...oh really?

You mean giving up a 5th round pick for T.J. Duckett?

You mean giving Brandon Lloyd a contract when his old one wasn't up?

You mean playing Mark Brunell even when Gibbs knew he was hurt?

You mean having ARE return punts?

You mean having special practice rules for Clinton Portis?

You mean only drafting one O-lineman in his administration?

MAN...PLEASE!

I'm with Shanahan/Allen (no disrepsect to Gibbs 1.0)

Posted by: rickyroge | November 23, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Come on man, you're attempting to introduce logic into the equation. We ain't havin' no logicin' goin' on 'round here.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 7:55 PM

Not logical to expect a major turn-around in one season after many seasons of bad management and ongoing stupidity.

Posted by: RedskinsNow | November 23, 2010 8:02 PM |

That's why I said what I said.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

It would be absolutely stupid at this point to spend our first round (potentially high) pick on a RB when Shanny has made otherwise "bad" RB's look good. ....

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | November 23, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren

Agree. Shanahan coached teams should be the last people to pick a back with a high pick.

Be nice mebbe to trade back a tad with the first rounder, for a second rounder--then pick up Pouncy (C-Fla), another OL, and the best defensive player available with the first three picks.

Fix the OLine and a lot of other stuff will fall in place.

Lots of need so if someone is better at a critical need position, go for it. Of course, how FA shakes out may have a lot to do with it, too.

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rickyroge | November 23, 2010 8:03 PM

RR, my friend. You've referenced the TJ Duckett trade a few times in the last week or so. It was a terrible trade and what makes it even worse is that it was for a 3rd RD pick and not a 5th.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 23, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

All things are possible. My otherr lost cause, the LA Clippers (1-13 yesterday) played the NO Hornets (11-1). And the Clips beat them.

I challenge anyone to find a better rookie class than the Clips have now.Blake Griffin is nearly God, for crying out loud--he'll be an all-ster AND ROY this year (He didn't play a minute last year due to injury), and could win the Slam Dunk contest. You doubt? Check out YouTube. The 6'8" terrorist El Farouq Aminu--this year's#1 pick-- is real good. Long arms, can dunk, and shoot the three. The PG from KY, Bledsoe is playing like a first rounder. He's raw but getting better every day. There fourth rook, Willie something gets PT and has potential.

I know, they're the Clips, they'll screw it up somehow, but right now they're the best 2-11 team in the NBA, and could well have two all-stars in Griffin and Eric Gordon. Gordon really benefitted by being coached by Duke's Mike K. this summer on the US team. NBA players who turned down that opportunity are the losers, on court and by the fact they don't have a Gold Medal.

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Diesel44...

To me...nothing Shanahan/Allen has done will ever equal the stupidity of that deal...I'm still hurt by that!

Posted by: rickyroge | November 23, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I know, they're the Clips, they'll screw it up somehow,
Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 8:25 PM

Does anyone really care about this on a Redskins blog?

Posted by: RedskinsNow | November 23, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

On other topics, that were a fine article by John Finestein on how bad ACC FB suckerates. VaTech losing to Div III Jim Madison. Christ on a crutch! The NCAA should cornsider decertifying the ACC and the Big Least and certifying the WAC and the Mountain West. They'd never do that though because cougars and prairie dogs don't watch TV and TV is the god that everyone bows down to.

Posted by: CrimeScene

Oh those shocking losses happen all the time. Ask Michigan, who lost to Little Sisters of the Poor last year. But you're right, they are certainly down years for those two conferences. The Big East particularly has been raided for coaches--which explains it somewhat.

The reason people dont' watch the west is the time diff. The PAC plays some pretty good ball.

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

rickyroge, I get what you're saying but zeke obviously meant the play on the field, and it does somewhat resemble Gibbs 2.0 with upgrade at QB but downgrade at nearly every other position that's had personnel turnover. Grinders.

As for those questioning Shanny's most recent draft (which is fair, but too soon to tell for sure):

Do you notice all the players we are picking up the last few weeks drafted in rounds 5,6, and 7 in the last three years, including Macho who was drafted by the Iggles last year?

No shame in letting drafted players go the minute you're sure the don't fit your scheme or can't do what you're asking them to do. Doesn't mean they can't play or catch on elsewhere.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 23, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Cork said something positive, down right ecstatic. About a rat ass 2-11 NBA team. Go figure.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins' personnel issues are a classis setup to pick the best player available in the draft...

We need EVERYTHING...and don't gimme this "Shanahan finds backs in the lower rounds crap"!!!

We need speed and talent...

We need two guards and a center at the least, but we need some talent at the skills positions too!

Posted by: rickyroge | November 23, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Someone offered me 2 free tickets to the Clippers game Thursday night... I said no

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Someone offered me 2 free tickets to the Clippers game Thursday night... I said no

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 8:41 PM |

Next time please say yes and take Cork. I want a full report on that meet-up. I'll pay for the beer.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

In the end its still about their record in the division. The Eagles loss was all the more devastating because it occurred against a division rival as opposed to an AFC power. The division losses hurt a great deal more.

That said, the Vikings are more important than the Titans because they are in the conference. But not a lot more. Its all about getting healthy to face the "Gints" twice and the Cowboys one more time. Those are the three critical games that determine a playoff contender from a sub .500 rebuilding program.

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse


Someone offered me 2 free tickets to the Clippers game Thursday night... I said no

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 8:41 PM |

Next time please say yes and take Cork. I want a full report on that meet-up. I'll pay for the beer.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 8:46 PM |

Can you imagine

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Those are the three critical games that determine a playoff contender from a sub .500 rebuilding program.

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2010 8:46 PM

The Redskins are 5-5. They have to go 5-1 in their next six games to make the playoffs. Every one of the six games is critical, not the three that you're leaning on.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I know, they're the Clips, they'll screw it up somehow,
Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 8:25 PM

Does anyone really care about this on a Redskins blog?

Posted by: RedskinsNow | November 23, 2010 8:35 PM

Or on an NBA blog. I know TheCork is a left coaster but F him for putting the "lost cause" on both teams.

The Clippers are the worst franchise in all of pro sports while the Redskins are one of the Flag Ship franchises.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 23, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Next time please say yes and take Cork. I want a full report on that meet-up. I'll pay for the beer.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Are you sure you can afford that, beeps? After all, you did go to Duke.

Posted by: frediefritz | November 23, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Next time please say yes and take Cork. I want a full report on that meet-up. I'll pay for the beer.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Are you sure you can afford that, beeps? After all, you did go to Duke.

Posted by: frediefritz | November 23, 2010 9:21 PM |

Yea beep, Corky's gonna have to drink a LOOOOOOT of his little white wine spritzers to deal with me.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins are 5-5. They have to go 5-1 in their next six games to make the playoffs. Every one of the six games is critical, not the three that you're leaning on.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Which they will.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 23, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Glee was so-so tonight.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 23, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Glee was so-so tonight.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 23, 2010 9:25 PM

Uuuuhhhh....I'll refrain from commenting further

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Glee was so-so tonight.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 23, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

But this week's The Walking Dead was pretty F-ing good.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 23, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Glee was so-so tonight.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 23, 2010 9:25 PM

Sorry about that sunshine. Maybe there will a "classic" re-run of Sex in the City or an "epic" re-run of Will and Grace on later.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 23, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Are you sure you can afford that, beeps? After all, you did go to Duke.

Posted by: frediefritz | November 23, 2010 9:21 PM

I expect to have all my student loans paid off before Cork and Scamp actually agree to a date at the Clippers. I will have paid of my kids' student loans before that happens.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Glee was so-so tonight.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 23, 2010 9:25 PM

Sorry about that sunshine. Maybe there will a "classic" re-run of Sex in the City or an "epic" re-run of Will and Grace on later.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 23, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I hope so.

I'm just waiting for the new season of Idol.

From what I've read on Perez Hilton, J-Lo is acting like a diva b*tch.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 23, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I wish a Tales From the Crypt type show was on the air.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I know, they're the Clips, they'll screw it up somehow,
Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 8:25 PM

Does anyone really care about this on a Redskins blog?

Posted by: RedskinsNow

Maybe not THAT much, but I HADDA tell someone. And also, the Redskins and the Clippers have a number of things in common. Most notably, two of the VERY worst owners in sports.

If the CLIPS can turn it around, there's hope here.

And trust me, the Clippers are FAR from the weirdest or most inappropriate topic here. This Blog welcomes all comers, especially the insane.

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

This all leads me to a conclusion. We are unintentionally reliving the Gibbs 2.0 era.
- posted by zcezest

...oh really?

You mean giving up a 5th round pick for T.J. Duckett?

You mean giving Brandon Lloyd a contract when his old one wasn't up?

You mean playing Mark Brunell even when Gibbs knew he was hurt?

You mean having ARE return punts?

You mean having special practice rules for Clinton Portis?

You mean only drafting one O-lineman in his administration?

MAN...PLEASE!

I'm with Shanahan/Allen (no disrepsect to Gibbs 1.0)

Posted by: rickyroge | November 23, 2010 8:03 PM

ummmm, please read the whole paragraph and you'll see what I mean.

But if you really want to go there:

You mean playing Mark Brunell even when Gibbs knew he was hurt? ... You mean playing Portis this past week when he was still hurt?

You mean giving Brandon Lloyd a contract when his old one wasn't up? ... You mean signing Donovan to a new contract, then go out and have him throw 3 picks a few hours later?

You mean having ARE return punts? ... You mean having Kory Lichtensteiger play LG?

You mean having special practice rules for Clinton Portis? ... You mean having special rules for Albert Haynesworth?

I was only referring to the nature of how we were playing games ... but now that you mention it ... the are more similarities. And to be fair, ARE was really bad at PR under Zorn, not as bad under Gibbs.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Maybe not THAT much, but I HADDA tell someone. And also, the Redskins and the Clippers have a number of things in common. Most notably, two of the VERY worst owners in sports.


Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 9:52 PM


Not really Cork. One won't spend a dime to improve while the other tries to improve by over spending for most. If I had to pick, I'll take the latter any day.

Posted by: dcwun | November 23, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I was only referring to the nature of how we were playing games ... but now that you mention it ... the are more similarities.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2010

Get em' Zeke.....

The big difference is that St. Joe would've never went to the ole' cardiovascular/endurance card on McNabb when he pulled him.

Posted by: dcwun | November 23, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I expect to have all my student loans paid off before Cork and Scamp actually agree to a date at the Clippers. I will have paid of my kids' student loans before that happens.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 9:34 PM

Sh!t I'd go just to see what happens. It would probably be fun. The conversation alone would be worth it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I don't think you're allowed to use character to win games in the final quarter. You have to use a football. Correct me if I'm wrong here...


Posted by: Samson151 | November 23, 2010 7:53 PM

I'd correct you, but ...

Somewhere along the line, it occurred to me that Gibbs strategy really was playing 'not to lose'. It wasn't just that it felt that way. I was that way.

It was a very conscious decision. Play hard, slow football for 3 quarters and make no mistakes. You'll be in the game with a chance to win.

Come the 4th quarter, if you can stand up to the pressure better than the other guys, you do win. Playing in a lot of close games meant the team would be playing to win for all 60 minutes. In some respects, I really admire the psychology of it. Even if it did want it make me tear my hair out.

Underneath it all, I think Gibbs believed he didn't have the talent to compete in a fast paced game. Shortening the game was a way to minimize the talent differences and put greater emphasis on how guys react to pressure.

I also think he liked to shorten games (ie use a lot of play clock, not attempt to make big plays, but instead move the chains, keep the clock moving, etc) in order to keep his team fresher for later in the season. Just for comparison, the Skins defense this year had played over 10% more plays than the league average -- meaning they'd play 18 games worth of plays by year end. By slowing things down, Gibbs would save the team the equivalent of 1-2 games of wear and tear.

Play in a bunch of close games, with 'character' guys who do well under pressure -- that was Gibbs 2.0 formula. Mixed results, but I think that is what Gibbs decided he needed to do in order to win.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Sally J of NY via WaPo is picking the skins to beat Bret favreh and vikes to pulp this weekend.

Ugh! My crystal ball is clouded by my hate for #4 and my love for the b&g. I just want a good beating and retirement for the perve the favreh. That's all. Go AH and LA! And hopefully rakpo is feeling better. That boy is playing hurt and so is #5.

Posted by: dealer1 | November 23, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dealer1 | November 23, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Btw what's AP's stats look like outside on natural stuff?

Posted by: dealer1 | November 23, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Someone offered me 2 free tickets to the Clippers game Thursday night... I said no

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 23, 2010 8:41 PM |

Next time please say yes and take Cork. I want a full report on that meet-up. I'll pay for the beer.

Posted by: beep-beep

Well Thursday IS thanksgiving so he was probably stuffing his bird instead.

I'd pay to see Griffin play.

They don't serve beer at Staples. they serve Bud Light or Miller Light or some other Pondwater.

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

To me, this team is in chaos, and that falls on the management team. The HC, the team president, the real general manager. It is all Mike Shanahan. Posted by: zcezcest1

Did you really expect an immediate turn-around?

Do you see progress? Are we better off at this point in the season than we were last year?

Do you think it takes some time to build or did you expect immediate results?

Shanahan inherited an incredible mess- very few offensive weapons, a rag-tag O line at best, major gaps in the D, awful prior draft selections, bad draft situation due to the ignorance of prior people in charge, etc.,etc.

Give him a chance.

Get real. It won't happen overnight.

Posted by: RedskinsNow

In the DET game and in the philly game, we played 20 consecutive minutes of meaningful football ... and were outscored 53-0. I doubt that has EVER occurred in pro football history. 20 Minutes of Chaos® is a perhaps too kind a title for something that putrid.

This week, we were hit with a rash of injuries, but Tenn committed a bunch of crucial penalties (holding when they had 1st and goal at the 3, offensive pass interference resulting in a TD pass getting called back) and had their third string QB in during the 3rd and 4th quarters and OT -- and still almost won.

Heck, on the final drive, they handed us 35 yards in penalties, their defense had been on the field over 80 plays and we still barely made it into FG range.

fwiw, I had higher expectations for Shanahan as a HC -- I thought Shanahan alone was 4 wins better than Zorn, who was a terrible HC. Though I'm not a fan of Shanny as a GM.

But these last 3 games, even though we beat Tenn, I feel like we are regressing. Did I expect better than 5-5 at this point? Not really. But I didn't expect to nearly lose to Tenn led by Rusty Smith -- or to DET again -- or to look that horrid vs philly. Did I expect us to play the worst 20 minute stretch of football ever?

and fwiw, I did put forward my own version of what I'd have done differently on the GM side ... which put more emphasis on the OL and on getting younger.

But hey, you can buy into Shanny all you want. Got no problem with a difference of opinion. Its my observations thru my eyes. I'm a good bit more skeptical than I thought I'd be at this point.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

The Panthers signed S Gerald Alexander(notes) on Tuesday and waived WR Devin Thomas(notes). They also added QB Keith Null(notes) to their practice squad.

Thomas has been a huge disappointment this season. He played in only one game with the Panthers since being cut by the Redskins. The 'Skins were hoping for big things from Thomas, who had three touchdowns last season.

Wow!!!! I guess our HC was right about him all along lol

Posted by: dcskins08 | November 23, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

The Panthers signed S Gerald Alexander(notes) on Tuesday and waived WR Devin Thomas(notes). They also added QB Keith Null(notes) to their practice squad.

Thomas has been a huge disappointment this season. He played in only one game with the Panthers since being cut by the Redskins. The 'Skins were hoping for big things from Thomas, who had three touchdowns last season.

Posted by: dcskins08 | November 23, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

AP has yet to break a 100 this season on the natural stuff: @pats, @jets, @pack. Here's hoping for some fumbles too. Gobble gobble erryone!

Posted by: dealer1 | November 23, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

You can take it to the bank AP goes for more then a 100. Add anonther 50 in rec yards. New coach will give orders that he is to touch the ball a min of 30 times. Its a shame Chilly couldnt last another week!

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 23, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

You can take it to the bank AP goes for more then a 100. Add anonther 50 in rec yards. New coach will give orders that he is to touch the ball a min of 30 times. Its a shame Chilly couldnt last another week!

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 23, 2010 11:55 PM

Yea, I think you're right there. Especially since it seems we can be run on. He'll take the ball out of Favre's hand and put it on Adrian. It would be the smart move.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 24, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

You can take it to the bank AP goes for more then a 100. Add anonther 50 in rec yards. New coach will give orders that he is to touch the ball a min of 30 times. Its a shame Chilly couldnt last another week!

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 23, 2010 11:55 PM

Yea, I think you're right there. Especially since it seems we can be run on. He'll take the ball out of Favre's hand and put it on Adrian. It would be the smart move.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 24, 2010 12:06 AM

In the quiet words of the Virgin Mary... come again?

No you both are right, he easily goes for 150+ in total YDs...BUT he fumbles twice and we win the TO battle and McNabb finally plays his best game since the Texans and we WIN...........

17-14

Remember we don't win when we score over 20.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 24, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I still think we win but AP goes yard... Favre will try to relive his glory years at some point and throws up a couple picks.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 24, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins will have more rushing yards than the Vikings.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 24, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Only on RI would a thread announcing the signing of Macho Harris be dominated by talk of Devin f-ing Thomas. We could all be so lucky to get such unconditional love for ZERO production and unfulfilled promise...

LOVE the Macho signing...kid looked good early in his Eagles tenure, not sure what happened there or why he was still available at this late stage of the year but I'm sure he'll be able to help us out quite a bit this year and perhaps beyond that.

Diesel, you're exactly right...we're 5-1 when we score under 20 points and 0-4 when we go over 20. Quirky stat that belies the importance of us keeping the score down and playing keep away from AP. Here's hoping your 17-14 score comes to fruition...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 24, 2010 5:18 AM | Report abuse

Like the Macho signing...Kid looked good coming out of collage and had hoped we could have picked him up in the draft. Oh well better late than never and I hope he works out long term.
We should have a lock on all VT players anyway.
Still beating the drum...Hoped the Receiver corp would have been altered...Just think DM5 needs another/ better weapon. I cringed when SM89 went to the sidelines hurt last Sunday.
Good for Davis. Speed kills and when CP26 is out we have none. Need more speed at the running back position.

Posted by: fat_back | November 24, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Keim's Studs and Duds:

Studs

Offensive line. Here’s the deal: individually, they really weren’t all that impressive. Will Montgomery was shoved back a bit too often; Kory Lichtensteiger had one bad block for every good one. Stephon Heyer had some issues at guard. But, cripes, there’s no way they deserve to be anywhere but on this list because collectively they saved the game. Their communication appeared excellent; didn’t see anyone confused by a stunt. The Titans helped out by sometimes using such a narrow split by the interior three that the Redskins could easily pass guys off to one another. A couple times Lichtensteiger was able to bump a guy off stride while partially engaged with another defender. In fact, on the winning drive in overtime, Lichtensteiger reached out enough to slow a blitzing defensive back. And that gave Donovan McNabb enough time to complete a 10-yard pass to Santana Moss rather than get drilled for a sack. Heyer played a new spot on the fly and, really, did he look any worse than he has at tackle? Not one bit. The tackles did a fairly good job; there were some issues in space with Jammal Brown and Trent Williams allowed some pressure. There were a number of times when the tight ends would handle the ends, who weren’t very good, allowing the tackles to help inside. The Titans could not spread the interior very well and create gaps; the Redskins blocking schemes also helped take care of this. But overall? Gutsy effort.

OC Kyle Shanahan. Considering who went down on the offense, Shanahan could have shied away from his game plan. Actually, his game plan was well-suited for what happened. The Redskins used a lot of short drops for McNabb; he often threw within two or three seconds of dropping back. Shanahan appeared to know where the blitzes were coming from and would have plays called for that side – as on some of the screens. Being able to convert third downs enabled Shanahan to use more of the playbook; hence the screens to Fred Davis and the shovel pass to Moss. Ten different Redskins caught passes. Even Joey Galloway!

more...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 24, 2010 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Jacob Bender to the Redskins
Finally bringing some blue collar work horses to our offensive line
A local boy with a ton of heart.
Go Jake
Go skins

Posted by: Jeremyclarkbiomet | November 24, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Of course, after the Monday night beat down and all the injuries, this by PFT's Rosenthal...I’m picking the Vikings because it’s just wrong for this Redskins team to hit 6-5 and Washington is more banged up than ever.

Rosenthal’s pick: Vikings 22, Redskins 16.

In other words...we're garbage even without the injuries...Hmm

Posted by: azskinsfn | November 24, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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