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Rankings Reflect Redskins' Rise

Well, we've reached the quarterpole, and the Skins are all over the NFL leaderboard. Oh, where to begin?

We covered the giveaway-takeaway stuff already. How about Jason Campbell? (Colt who?) He's fourth in the NFL with a 102.2 passer rating. He's completing a healthy 65 percent of his passes. He's tops in the NFL in interception percentage; of the 33 QBs listed in the league leaders, JC is the only one who has yet to throw a pick. He has a 121.3 rating in the fourth quarter, second-best in the NFC.

Clinton Portis is tied for fourth in the NFL with 369 rushing yards. He's averaging 4.3 per carry and his three rushing TDs put him two off the NFL lead.

Santana Moss is tied for third in the NFL with 27 catches. He's second in the NFL with 421 receiving yards, and his three TDs are two off the NFL lead.

Rookie Chris Horton is tied for the NFL lead with three interceptions.

Kicker Shaun Suisham's long kickoffs are putting the Redskins near the top of the league as well. Opposing teams have an average start at the 22.3 on kickoffs - fifth best in the NFL. Of Suisham's 21 kickoffs, 10 have gone into the end zone, and eight of those opposing drives have started inside the 20.

Overall, the Redskins rank ninth on offense and 14th on total defense.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 29, 2008; 4:15 PM ET
 
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And the Moss underthrow was actually kind of impressive considering JC was on one leg, running from the pressure that came from the 'Boys blitz and collapsed the pocket, he showed some very nice presence by stepping up and keeping his eyes downfield, and then the arm strength to heave it 45 yards in the air. Not bad in my opinion.

Posted by: craig2 | September 29, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

sorry but horton is tied for second in the NFL for picks. Courtland Finnegan of the titans has 4

Posted by: X--E | September 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

sorry but horton is tied for second in the NFL for picks. Courtland Finnegan of the titans has 4

Posted by: X--E | September 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

the skins are playing with the house's money this weekend in philly...what a great spot to be in.

Vote Jason Campbell in 2008.


HAIL!!!

Posted by: rambo2000 | September 29, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I have seen comments from others who were bashing Campbell, Like myself, after all we saw up until week 2.

But as I said a few threads ago....After seeing JC play at a very high level for 3 straight games. Going through adversity like the cowboys scored the TD and JC and his offense answered with a TD. I EAT CROW...Iwas wrong about JC and I'm soo glad I was. Playing at the high level he has against three good football teams...one going into Dallas and winning in a hard fought game.....You have to recant...He proved us wrong on the field. I sure hope it continues. Zorna nd JC has been fantastic. Zorns play calling has been just the best.

I also want to mention....The Front office appears to have done a great Job in the Hiring of Zorn....

But let's take a moment and not forget the man who turned this franchise around after the shambles it was in when Ol' ball coach left.

JOE GIBBS! He turned this ship around....He calmed down the owner....He bulit this team Zorn is coaching...He hand picked the QB...traded for Moss and Portis...drafted Cooley and the list goes on...Sure he made some mistakes....but we are finally seeing the pay off.

Bottom line...Gibbs bulit the car....Zorn it appears....jumped in the driver seat and knows how to drive the car in the modern age.

HAIL!

Posted by: leevi98 | September 29, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps if Campbell had been more of a leader in that situation, Rabach would have stayed home, and Campbell would have met my metric of 3 TDs.

Make sense?

Posted by: Sports_Guru | September 29, 2008 3:59

I am really disappointed in the veterans on this blog. This guy is the king of ITA. I promise you if you handed him a helmet he would not know how to put it on. His "edict" for three touchdowns, wow what a joke. I mean maybe if he was sick and dying in the hospital, but otherwise? I personally think he is trying to elicit a response thru irrational posts like this one. Unfortunately, now the worse thing that can happen. The race card just slapped him in the face. He would have been safer sticking to trying to RULE the world of warcraft. ITI!!!! Thats ignore the idiot...

Posted by: Club320 | September 29, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Take that... haters

Posted by: Pleepleus | September 29, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

All this talk about JC not throwing any INTs (and being the only one left without one) is making me VERY nervous for Sunday. Just hope he doesn't pull a Shuler and throw 5!

Posted by: suzannepdc | September 29, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Cortland Finnegan has 4 interceptions...Horton would be 2nd.

Also, as always, no one pays attention to London Fletcher and he continues to dominate. 2nd in the NFL in tackles.

Posted by: ThisGuy | September 29, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff, I contend that they have more to give on the offensive side...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | September 29, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Sports_Guru- You are a punk a$$ bama*.

*Verbally stealing you in the mouth*

Signed,
so white. so very white.

Posted by: 4-12 | September 29, 2008 3:23 PM |

See, I would have never guessed.

The bad side of having registration....

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 29, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Finally a late draft pick of ours that actually shines

Posted by: mdboost | September 29, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line...Gibbs bulit the car....Zorn it appears....jumped in the driver seat and knows how to drive the car in the modern age.

Posted by: leevi98 | September 29, 2008 4:34 PM

What if Gibbs had hired Zorn two years ago instead of Al Saunders? I guess the question is whether Gibbs would have let Zorn be Zorn.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 29, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, I asked for 3 TDS. He would have had 3 if Rabach hadn't drifted a couple of yards downfield on that brilliant pitch, catch and run Touchdown.

However, it is the QBs job to make sure his offensive team maintains focus. Rabach's error is a direct result of Jason Campbell's weakness as a leader. He should have torn Rabach a new one in the huddle following his previous penalty that negated the Clinton Portis TD. Perhaps if Campbell had been more of a leader in that situation, Rabach would have stayed home, and Campbell would have met my metric of 3 TDs.

Make sense?

Posted by: Sports_Guru | September 29, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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Well, actually Sports_Guru, your "logic" makes NO sense.

While I concur with your statement that "it is the QBs job to make sure his offensive team maintains focus," I do note that Jason's supposed "weakness as a leader" is in fact wholeheartedly untrue. In the heat of a game, Jason Campbell -- scratch that, ANY legitimate QB -- DOES NOT "tear" his center "a new one" while attempting to score a TD. Jim Zorn is about tempo; the WCO is about tempo; and wasting precious seconds at a PIVOTAL MOMENT to lambast one's own teammate is not only COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE, but also clearly indicative of the (potentially) divisive and ultimately back-breaking mentality that threatens to doom the Dallas Cowboys. More to the point, if you've read David Halberstam's biography on Vince Lombardi, any biography of Lincoln, FDR, or, to take a more contemporary example, the one-and-only Joe Gibbs, QUIET forms of leadership are often just as successful as confrontational, Parcells-esque behavior.

As for Rabach, other than the San Diego game in which he had a holding penalty late in the 4th quarter, he has been everything the Skins could have hoped for when they signed him from Baltimore. I hardly think JC (or anyone else) is going to throw him under the bus so quickly.

(And as for Campbell, the fact that he bought time and still managed to throw another TD should be more than enough to demonstrate his "lack" of leadership.)

You're logic, Sports_Guru, is utterly flawed. And a) I am thankful you are not in position to lead a group of men like this. (And if you are, God bless them.)
And b) the fact that you have neither responded to nor refuted the previous posters' suggestion of racism re: Campbell seems to be the most damning evidence yet of your unfortunate (and unspoken) disdain for our QB. Shame on you, sir.

Posted by: ColumbiaUSkins | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

@leevi98

Your right about giving credit to Gibbs. In fact, I was in a conversation on Saturday with a rather drunk and pissed off Skins fan, and I pointed out to him that Gibbs may not have won many games (2 trips to the playoffs is pretty good though) but the biggest thing he did was not JUST TURN OVER THIS ROSTER, TEACH SNYDER AND CERRATO HOW TO PICK OUT PEOPLE, the RIGHT people. This roster is made up of Gibbs types players, and it seems that Snyder and Cerrato picked a new HC (Zorn) who these players also fit very well, his leadership style has been well received, and this team is playing TOGETHER VERY WELL.

Posted by: craig2 | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Club320, perhaps you missed my post on the subject:

Can we all just agree to ignore sports_false prophet? Not call on him after every good JC game? Than maybe this dude will just go bring his dark cloud somewhere else.

He is like Beetlejuice...if you say his name 3 times, you call him to you...

Posted by: chrislarry | September 29, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: chrislarry | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Leevi - Glad you can admit when you are wrong! Man, you got me so mad after that Giants game though! :) Just hope we can keep it up.

Posted by: suzannepdc | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

X-E, Polomalu (also three picks) is playing tonight ... against Flacco ... could be a new guy atop the leader board soon enough anyway.

Still, three picks in four games ... by one guy? Five total for the team (one for Rogers, one for Smoot) in four games?

What week did the Skins get their first pick last season?

I dunno ... picks make the game more interesting ... well, when the Skins make the pick anyway.

Posted by: dcsween | September 29, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The best team in the NFL according to USA today.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 29, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

leevi 98,

you are a MAN. been waitin' for some of the naysayers to come forward and give JC his props.

nobody's sending him to the SB or the Hall of Fame. yet. he's still got a lot of growing to do and a lot to learn. but the man's got heart, and he's got brains, and he's learning to read defenses and he's learning to read thru his progressions until he finds the open guy.

big, strong, intelligent, dedicated, and focused. huge talent. small ego.

i'm as excited about Soup as i've ever been about a Reddawg QB.

but, hey, i've only been a fan since the late '50's, so what the hell do i know?

once again, leevi, major props to you for eatin' your humble pie in public.

Posted by: RedskinWillie | September 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

To go along with JLCs entry:

Portis is 5th in the league in rushing yards with 369.

As JLC said, Santana is 2nd in the league with 421 receiving yards.

On defense, London Fletcher is 2nd in the league with 36 tackles.

As JLC pointed out, Horton is 4th in the league with 3 INTs.

No other team has this many players in top 5 across the board. They're really playing well as a team.

Posted by: -swb | September 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Sorry CL. Not sure about everyone else, but it still takes a while for me to load after I post a comment...

Posted by: Club320 | September 29, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

JC's supposed to be on Sirius NFL Radio later, but I'm not sure what time.

Posted by: craig2 | September 29, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

But he's just like Doug Williams. A strong armed, slow delivery QB who can't make quick decisions and can't possibly succeed in a West Coast Offense!

"Response from JLC's anonymous league sources"?

Anyone?

Anyone?

Posted by: jahs4fun | September 29, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The best team in the NFL according to USA Today.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 29, 2008 4:44 PM

USA Today ... the authority in all things requiring a short attention span.

I repeat, I love that we beat Dallas, but I hate this flavor of the week feeling. I don't ever want for the Skins to be "media darlings" like Dallas ... or Notre Dame ... or the pre-Spygate Patriots. I just want Zornball ... stay medium ... win games ... avoid the bulletin boards of opposing locker rooms.

Posted by: dcsween | September 29, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

no prob...yeah the blog is sloooooooooow

Posted by: chrislarry | September 29, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

First of all Sports_DuDu Rabach was blocking his man and drove him down the field, when the man he was guarding left Rabach to chase after JC, Which in turn left Rabach as an illegal man downfield because he did not take a knee. has nothing to do with leadership.

Posted by: GreatOne1 | September 29, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Hail Levii!

(I was just hoping we could play them close, shame on me for not believing)

Posted by: Stumped1 | September 29, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

F this!!!!! i'm staring my own version of the bandwagon! skinsTrain!!! ride it, ride it, choooooo chooooooooo ride it all all the way to the superbowl! wooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooooooo!!!

Posted by: dealer1 | September 29, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree Zorn's philosophy is great. But the USA thing was done by some computer processing.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 29, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

This really is getting fun now:
"... though they were beaten with a rubber hose by the Redskins this weekend at home, apparently TO is no longer pleased and is reverting back to old form. ..."

and

"
"Sometimes we just need to run the ball," Phillips said. "We need to run Marion Barber up in there. We can still run on an eight-man front, and if he breaks it through there, he makes a big play for us."

Phillips accepted blame for the ridiculous run-pass mix, but his failure was not putting his foot down with the league's highest-paid assistant coach. "

This was in response the being questioned about Garrett's play calling and Garrett's statement: "You have to aggressively take what the defense gives you."

I guess Phillips doesn't agree with Garrett. Who's the head coach there anyway?
People have ripped Snyder for having Blache(and Zorn) already hired before deciding on a head coach, how's it working our for us now?

Posted by: craig2 | September 29, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Dealer,
It's too early. After we beat the Iggles, I was thinking someone should call Tony and see where he left the keys.

Posted by: Stumped1 | September 29, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

First of all Sports_DuDu, that call had nothing to do with leardership. Rabach was doing his job. he was blocking his man and drove him all the way down the field, and when his man finally got free to chase after JC Rabach was to far down the field, he should have taken a knee and didnt because he thought he was still in the field of play.

Sports_DuDu knows nothing about football,

Posted by: GreatOne1 | September 29, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The blog is PIG SLOW Cindy, you guys have the filters cranked up super high or what?

Posted by: craig2 | September 29, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Not that I wouyld ever make fun of a Gint but...ha ha

GIANTS RUNNING BACK ARRESTED
Posted by Mike Florio on September 29, 2008, 4:54 p.m. EDT
Danny Ware, Georgia grad. Two strikes already! Can't blame him for drinking after the bama beatdown though!

Posted by: will_ga | September 29, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Former Broncos GM breaks down the game ...

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/09/29/ted-sundquists-week-four-game-reviews-redskins-at-cowboys/

My fave part ... the "ground chuck":

"... What was the difference? KEY #4 for me was Clinton Portis. I felt Clinton had too much talent and big-play ability to not be making a larger contribution. Portis took control of the ground game and pounded out 121 yards on 21 carries. I felt a key stat would be his ability to average over 4.0 yards per carry. He averaged 5.8 per. With Portis and Betts able to establish the run, Dallas could not put the pressure on Campbell that it was accustomed to. The Redskins had the Cowboys a bit off balance in the first half and were able to close out the second with a steady diet of “ground chuck” behind Samuels, Kendall, Rabach, Thomas, and Jansen. This was an impressive performance against an opponent that had held its previous 3 foes to 84 yards on the ground. Portis stepped up big in this big game. ..."

Posted by: dcsween | September 29, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

First of all Sports_DuDu, that call had nothing to do with leardership. Rabach was doing his job. he was blocking his man and drove him all the way down the field, and when his man finally got free to chase after JC Rabach was to far down the field, he should have taken a knee and didnt because he thought he was still in the field of play.

Sports_DuDu knows nothing about football,

Posted by: GreatOne1 | September 29, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

yeah...i know...part of me is like what if the injuries start to pile up...i think that's the only thing that's gonna keep this team from winning. cuz boy zorny has such a winning mindset. "never rest" and always trying to learn from his mistakes.

i know some of the out of towners don't get to see the pressers after the game but he has done this about 2 or 3 times now...he will answer a question partially or voluteer information partially about a play and then say "but i can't tell you the rest of the part" it's cute.

btw...the dude looks like he's in his 40's. he looks damn good for beign 50+...

Posted by: dealer1 | September 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of crow sandwiches and Alabama football, where is The Truth today?

Posted by: dcsween | September 29, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 29, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 29, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I never saw a legit hold on either Rabach penalty. The first one -- the defender slipped and it appeared like the center pushed him to the ground. What was wrong with the second play? There was absolutely nothing on the TV replay... It's just too bad the Skins couldn't score on three straight plays ;->

Posted by: siris | September 29, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Anyone notice how much better Portis did than Betts?

Betts had 32 yards on 11 carries for 2.9 per.
versus Portis for 5.76 per.

Not bashing Betts, just saying maybe we can drop the trade Portis nonsense.

Posted by: Stumped1 | September 29, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Cortland Finnegan has 4 interceptions...Horton would be 2nd.

Also, as always, no one pays attention to London Fletcher and he continues to dominate. 2nd in the NFL in tackles.

Posted by: ThisGuy | September 29, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse


GREAT CALL. London Fletcher is among the League MVPs at this point. Not just a good LB or a Pro Bowl LB, but an MVP level player.


Leevi -- liked the analogy of Gibbs building the car and Zorn driving it. Gibbs clearly did a great job returning respectability and character to this franchise, while struggling as a HC during the game. Zorn is doing a much better job as a game coach and winning with it.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 29, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

truth did check in...

Posted by: chrislarry | September 29, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

repeat, I love that we beat Dallas, but I hate this flavor of the week feeling. I don't ever want for the Skins to be "media darlings" like Dallas ... or Notre Dame ... or the pre-Spygate Patriots. I just want Zornball ... stay medium ... win games ... avoid the bulletin boards of opposing locker rooms.

Posted by: dcsween | September 29, 2008 4:54 PM

Sween, you can't be serious. The reason those teams are "media darlings" is because of their respective histories of success. "Lakers - Celtics - Yankees - Notre Dame - Redskins" sounds pretty SJK good to me.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 29, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs clearly did a great job returning respectability and character to this franchise, while struggling as a HC during the game. Zorn is doing a much better job as a game coach and winning with it.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 29, 2008 5:29 PM

I think the other thing Gibbs did was to educate and mature the owner. I can't imagine that Snyder would ever have picked Zorn for coach if he hadn't been schooled by Gibbs.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 29, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm another who doubted JC's potential. I didn't ever think I'd see this kind of progress after the preseason and the Giants game. I'm floored by his command of the Offense and his poise under pressure. Hope he keeps getting better.

F Dallas and all their excuses. We kicked their a$$es up and down the field.

What was up with that 2nd 1/2 kickoff? Was that a delayed onside kick? Bad call there.

Posted by: cosomfla | September 29, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd have loved to see Snyder give Cabanna Boy the boot and pay Gibbs $6-8 million/yr to stay on in the front office a la Parcells in Miami. Sadly, we all know that Vinny's got major blackmail material of Danny and will never fire the guy. I'd say while certain aspects of the game did seem to have passed him by, Gibbs still knows personnel and is an excellent executive. But he's apparently done with football. Last year must've just drained him, and understandably so. We do owe him a lot of gratitude, not just for the 3 Super Bowls but indeed being the architect of what looks to be a solid group of "core Redskins" - JC, Landry, Carlos, Rocky, Cooley - plus a few vets like CP, Santana, London that hold this team together. Well done, Coach. I know we're particularly giddy and optimisitc after yesterday but the present and immediate future really do look rather bright.

Over/under on weeks before a full T.O. core meltdown? If the Bengals could somehow beat them, it'll be next week. More realistically I say it's the following week in Arizona.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 29, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd have loved to see Snyder give Cabanna Boy the boot and pay Gibbs $6-8 million/yr to stay on in the front office a la Parcells in Miami. Sadly, we all know that Vinny's got major blackmail material of Danny and will never fire the guy.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 29, 2008 6:13 PM |

Rip van Winkle, wake up. You've slept through what's going on around here.

Gibbs traded away draft picks for Leveraunes Cole, Brandon Lloyd, T. J. Duckett, Mark Brunell.

Cerrato had a strong draft and he hired Jim Zorn. Who did Gibbs hire? Al Saunders.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 29, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jerry I need a loan , you told us you would give us a loan to bet againist the Cowboys

Posted by: chargeu2 | September 30, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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