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Redskins honor those who inspire them

After Wednesday's practice, many of the Redskins headed to a tent alongside one of the practice fields that shielded a group of veterans from a persistent drizzle. The group -- which included Jason Campbell, Albert Haynesworth, London Fletcher, Andre Carter, Fred Smoot, Brian Orakpo, Santana Moss, Malcolm Kelly and many others -- spent part of Veterans Day talking to and signing autographs for the men and women from the District's Southeast Veterans Service Center.

"We get a misunderstanding," Carter said. "People in this game, they claim that we're soldiers. No. This is a whole different ballgame. We're fighting to win. Those are the men that fight to live, to live or die. The level of camaraderie that they had and the stories that you hear are very inspirational."

The two dozen men and women on hand included men and women from different armed services, as well as some who participated in different wars. Willie Young, who served in the Army in Vietnam, celebrated his 59th birthday by watching Redskins practice.

"The chance to meet the team, meet my team, it's the best birthday present I could have," Young said. "It's amazing. I never thought this day would come."

Cecil Beverly, who was in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam from 1966-67, had a football autographed for him and his grandson Eric.

"This is fantastic," Beverly said. "It just means so much to all of us that they take the time, and they appreciate us."

The meet-and-greet lasted about 10 minutes, with the players and soldiers packed into the tent to stay out of the rain.

"It's just an opportunity to say thank you to the men and women who serve our country, who have served our country," Fletcher said. "That's the ultimate sacrifice, the true heroes, them and firemen and policemen, where they put their lives on the line for us to have freedom and enjoy the quality of life that we have."

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 11, 2009; 6:04 PM ET
 
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I'm glad that its an inspiration, so why did it last all of 10 minutes? Jeez, if you are going to take some time, take some time!!!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 11, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I'd prefer the team take a linemen 1st, be OK with Spiller and I'd accept a QB not named Tebow. But if Taylor Mays is sitting there when we pick, I'd do f'ing back flips.

Not a need at all but that dude is gonna be the 2nd coming of Sean Taylor.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 11, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I'd prefer the team take a linemen 1st, be OK with Spiller and I'd accept a QB not named Tebow. But if Taylor Mays is sitting there when we pick, I'd do f'ing back flips.

Not a need at all but that dude is gonna be the 2nd coming of Sean Taylor.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 11, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

jeez your even criticizing this

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 11, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Campbell misses open receivers more than he should from what I've seen.

He also runs for his life half the time he goes back because the guys in front of him block like a bunch of matadors.

He may be damaged goods at this point, he may never have been any good anyways. With this line, it is hard to tell. Either way, I'd hang on to him for at least another year (if they can..probably not), while they shore up the line (lets hope they can at least figure that out this time around), and then draft a QB to compete in 2011.

What other true options are there anyways?

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 11, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 11, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Think I'm all done with the "U"...no thanks to Mays.

O Lineman in the first round. Period, no exceptions.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 11, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

But if Taylor Mays is sitting there when we pick, I'd do f'ing back flips.

If Taylor Mays were available, and he really was all that they say he can be, then yeah that would make sense as he truly would have immediate impact as an impact player as opposed to a quarterback. Especially on this defense. Clearly offensive linemen are not impact players but good-to-great ones are critical nonetheless.

Posted by: periculum | November 11, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Taylor Mays: if he's that good one must assume that grilliams will attempt to wrangle a way to get a holt of him.

Posted by: periculum | November 11, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

man we could have Sam Baker and Oher, and still have Davis or Kelly.....idiots?! I just hope there is a good LT coming out this year. Last year was stacked

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 11, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Taylor Mays? No thanks. That's a luxury we cannot afford. Trade down if possible, take the best available O-lineman and then the next best with the extra pick. Spiller is a stud but again, don't think it'll matter if we had Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers and Jim Brown rolled into one if we don't address the trenches first.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 11, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Shaun I'm with ya, can't tell about JC with this line, not to mention we don't even have a system. Not sure of another QB that could take this punishment. The team is so poorly managed they may be stuck with Zorn and Campbell whether they like it or not

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 11, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

JC and TC are NOT the long term answers, but TC got the ball out much quicker and the line looked serviceable. The QB can make the line look better or worse than it actually is. Smart football fans recognize this.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 11, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Really, Taylor Mays? The dude can hit but he can't cover himself with a blanket.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

we need the next samuels not the next Taylor. We need at least 3 new O line that can contribute immed.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 11, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

lol why does it seem like portis has his own injury categories? like he's always doubtful. sometimes he's less doubtful. sometimes he's very doubtful. apparently this week he is very VERY doubtful.

Posted by: nami322 | November 11, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Once again, I don't think it's prudent to pick an O-lineman with a high first round pick...

If this isn't a Vinny-esque quote, I don't know what is. This is the reason why our line is garbage. Vinny's belief that we can get dudes who haven't played in 4 years and journeyman to pass and run block is crazy.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 6:35 PM |

It is tempting to say why waste a valuable draft pick on OL which is not a skill position. The Falcs took Matt Ryan and they are rockin and the Cleves took Joe Thomas and they are fockin.

Posted by: PsyOps | November 11, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

JC and TC are NOT the long term answers, but TC got the ball out much quicker and the line looked serviceable. The QB can make the line look better or worse than it actually is. Smart football fans recognize this.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan

We've searched for the long term answer for years and haven't found it. No QB can look good when they are getting blasted before they complete a 3 step drop.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

smart fans also recognize that a bad line can make the whole team look bad. And skins fans especially knownyou don't need the best QB to win the bowl

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 11, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

dcwun,

review the last game and see when JC and TC deliver the ball quickly, the line looks better. Yes, if they are getting sacked before they get a step beyond the center, then of course that won't work. that happens to the best O-lines occasionally. Still, an honest appraisal shows TC got the ball out much more quickly and more accurately. It makes the D more honest and therefore less prone to blitz. I think a really good QB could work behind a crappy O-line, but a mediocre to less than average QB NEEDS a super O-line.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 11, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Ryan isn't around every year and that was pick 1, and he went to a team that was on top and then the QB got jailed and they tanked. That is a VERY unique scenario. Their next pick was a LT right?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 11, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

pabrian,

are you happy with the QB play, seriously?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 11, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

It is tempting to say why waste a valuable draft pick on OL which is not a skill position. The Falcs took Matt Ryan and they are rockin and the Cleves took Joe Thomas and they are fockin.

Posted by: PsyOps

The problem is we can't afford to miss with this pick. Do we have to run down the "skill position" bust versus the first round lineman bust drafted in the past few years? Do we not realize that 2 plus QBs are taken in the first round every year? How many actually work out? are I think everyone would agree that you build from the inside out on both sides of the ball.

Missing on a QB can devastate a franchise. Miss on a OT and you move him to guard.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

1) Mays is from USC, not the U.
2) He's fast enough to play center field and run sideline to sideline and he hits like a mack truck.

He's 6'2, 230 and runs a 4.28 40. Very Reaper-like.

I know this team has a lot of needs but Mays is the guy in this draft that will be a game changer and every team that passes on him will regret it.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 11, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

review the last game and see when JC and TC deliver the ball quickly, the line looks better. Yes, if they are getting sacked before they get a step beyond the center, then of course that won't work. that happens to the best O-lines occasionally. Still, an honest appraisal shows TC got the ball out much more quickly and more accurately. It makes the D more honest and therefore less prone to blitz. I think a really good QB could work behind a crappy O-line, but a mediocre to less than average QB NEEDS a super O-line.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan

It took a tirade by Buges at the half for this line to show some pride. Betts did nothing in the first half and played better in the second.

Campbell looked very good in the second half as well even with Moss dropping two key passes.

TC does get the ball out faster but he got blasted when JC got benched too. Was he holding on to the ball too long too?

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

it's not about the position of the next first round draft pick, it's about the PLAYER... whether or not he can be a great player at any position

if you think a QB on the board is the next John Elway, of course you have to take him. the thing that worries us fans is who's making the evaluation... Snyderatto or a real football man

Posted by: joek443 | November 11, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

anyone besides me think that Hunter Smith was the most crucial FA pick up in the history of sport?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 11, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm not the one saying JC is missing open WRs at a greater frequency than other QBs, but nice try. I'm saying as fans we shouldn't try an play coach or analyst

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 11, 2009 5:52 PM

I know we don't know, its fun to play coach or analyst.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 11, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I guess I can't watch with the savant style aptitude that you can oh omniscient one

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 11, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

It's worth saying again....God you're stupid. You may want to refrain--that means stop shtihead-- from using words or thoughts you neither understand nor can spell.

Posted by: k_square | November 11, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

dc,

not trying to say the line is good, but you must go with what you have. The fact is TC gets the ball out faster and tends to be more accurate. On the occasion JC does the same, the same truth holds for him. I agree Betts looked much quicker than CP and what does that say about CP? Betts isn't fast.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 11, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

1) Mays is from USC, not the U
----

Right, my mistake. Guess I got caught up in all of the Sean Taylor talk.

Still not interested, though. I'd love to have another prodigy safety - who wouldn't? - but this team has one position that is in such dire need it would be criminal not to address it in the first round.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 11, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

not trying to say the line is good, but you must go with what you have. The fact is TC gets the ball out faster and tends to be more accurate. On the occasion JC does the same, the same truth holds for him. I agree Betts looked much quicker than CP and what does that say about CP? Betts isn't fast.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan

CP is fine with me. I just said that the line showed some heart in the 2nd half. That's why Betts looked better than he did in the first.

Getting the ball out faster also requires the WRs to separate quicker from the DBs too.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

1965,

In agreement that the QB play hasn't been very good.

Still: which do you think has more impact on the other:

A QB on the play of his O-line, or an O-line on the play of its QB?

I'll go with the latter, everytime.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 11, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, O-line is definitely the smart way to go.

I'm just saying that Mays is the one non-essential-need player that I'd be OK with taking.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 11, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

1) Mays is from USC, not the U.
2) He's fast enough to play center field and run sideline to sideline and he hits like a mack truck.

He's 6'2, 230 and runs a 4.28 40. Very Reaper-like.

I know this team has a lot of needs but Mays is the guy in this draft that will be a game changer and every team that passes on him will regret it.

Posted by: Original_etrod

Mays is closer to Laron Landry than he his ST21.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

1) Mays is from USC, not the U.
2) He's fast enough to play center field and run sideline to sideline and he hits like a mack truck.

He's 6'2, 230 and runs a 4.28 40. Very Reaper-like.

I know this team has a lot of needs but Mays is the guy in this draft that will be a game changer and every team that passes on him will regret it.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 11, 2009 6:52 PM |

Mays might be worth picking. Clearly Landry has been a flop. A waste of a 1st rounder, for sure. Could he bulk up and play LB?

Posted by: PsyOps | November 11, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Mays might be worth picking. Clearly Landry has been a flop. A waste of a 1st rounder, for sure. Could he bulk up and play LB?

Posted by: PsyOps

I expected more of LL at this point to, but to call him a flop is a stretch.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Missing on a QB can devastate a franchise. Miss on a OT and you move him to guard.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 6:50 PM |

Hey, you have to bite the bullet on QBs cause you aren't going to get them via trade or FA. On the other hand you can get OL that way.

Posted by: PsyOps | November 11, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Still: which do you think has more impact on the other:

A QB on the play of his O-line, or an O-line on the play of its QB?

I'll go with the latter, everytime.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 11, 2009 7:06 PM |

You can win SBs with a good QB and WRs and serviceable OL - the Steelers did. Don't know of any team that has won with serviceable QB and WRs and good OL.

Posted by: PsyOps | November 11, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I expected more of LL at this point to, but to call him a flop is a stretch.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 7:44 PM |

I agree. I meant it in the sense that it was a fairly high 1st round pick - #6 I believe. You expect starage from that. Overall I would say that the Skins with the $$$ they put into AH and DH and the high pick on LL, they have not gotten value. Reasonage - the Skins rank at the bottom in D takeaways, a key stat.

Posted by: PsyOps | November 11, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey, you have to bite the bullet on QBs cause you aren't going to get them via trade or FA. On the other hand you can get OL that way.

Posted by: PsyOps

Really? Where can you get a franchise tackle from? Definately not free agency. No more Heath Schulers please.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Really? Where can you get a franchise tackle from? Definately not free agency. No more Heath Schulers please.

Posted by: dcwun | November 11, 2009 8:13 PM |

The Eagles got Petey in a trade with Buff. I did say FA or trade.

Posted by: PsyOps | November 11, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

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