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Redskins release Mitchell, Alridge, Robinson, Hill, A. Montgomery

Updated at 12:47 a.m.

Last week the Redskins' roster grew, but this week it's shrinking -- and at least one name will surprise you.

The team released five players this morning, including receiver Marko Mitchell, who impressed during preseason last year but appears to be the odd man out following the team's recent veteran free agent signings.

Also released today: running backs Anthony Alridge and P.J. Hill, receiver James Robinson and defensive linemen Anthony Montgomery. But Mitchell's name will be the one that surprises most. A seventh-round draft pick out of Nevada in 2009, Mitchell appeared in 10 games last season and had only 32 yards on four catches. But Mitchell raised the hopes of many with a strong preseason last year, one in which he posted 113 yards on 11 receptions and had touchdown grabs in each of the final three games.

Last week, we asked you in a poll which of eight receivers do you most wanted to see on next year's roster. (In an interview with Comcast's Ivan Carter last week, he said "everything is business" in the NFL. Dan Steinberg has details at D.C. Sports Bog.)

More than 7,500 responded and Mitchell was easily the top vote-getter, garnering nearly 75 percent of the vote. Mitchell wasn't a special teams contributer, which could mean Mike Shanahan didn't see him doing enough things justify the roster spot, especially considering newly-drafted Terrence Austin can return punts and kickoffs. It also could mean the team might try to keep either Joey Galloway or Bobby Wade, both of whom signed with the team last week.

By releasing Mitchell and Robinson, the Redskins will likely enter Friday's minicamp with nine wide receivers. As for the other positions, Alridge has struggled to find a role in
Washington. Many thought because of his prior relationship with Shanahan in Denver, he could serve as a speed back for this team. But if the Redskins intend to start the season with Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker -- plus Ryan Torain, one of Shanahan's last draft picks in Denver -- there's not a lot of room for others.

Montgomery was the Redskins' fifth-round pick in the 2006 draft. He was a restricted free agent who signed a tender last month. But the Redskins brought in so many veteran defensive linemen since then that coaches likely didn't see a spot remaining for Montgomery. At 6-foot-6, 330 pounds, Montgomery might've had the body to play nose tackle, if not the skill-set. He was a regular starter on the line for the Redskins in 2007, but last year didn't crack the starting rotation once. He has appeared in 42 games for the Redskins in four seasons, playing a role in 78 tackles and registering three sacks.

The Redskins have added six veteran defensive linemen during the offseason: Darrion Scott, Adam Carriker, Howard Green, Anthony Bryant, Maake Kemoeatu and Greg Peterson.

By Rick Maese  |  May 3, 2010; 11:37 AM ET
 
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What? Marko never got a chance... and A. Mont could provide a lot more depth than these old coggers they are picking up left and right

Posted by: vtsquirm1 | May 3, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Marko Mithchell?!?.....very disappointing.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | May 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Marko must not have impressed Shanny (either one) in minicamp.

Posted by: manlius1 | May 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Damn, heads are a rollin'

Posted by: stevek20147 | May 3, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, rookies, you just put 5 guys outta a job.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Mitchell's inability to play special teams probably hurt him. Damn, I was really hoping he got a chance during training camp.

Posted by: TWISI | May 3, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Really? Cutting Marko Mitchell? Could he have been that bad in camp?

It's not like Malcolm Kelly plays special teams either; they should have at least let them battle it out for a spot.

First move I can say I unequivocally disagree with...

Posted by: psps23 | May 3, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Monty is another real disappointment. He has the potential to be a baller but not the work ethic.

Posted by: TWISI | May 3, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Marko's gone, but won't be forgotten as we get threads about him and his new team over the next several weeks.

That's suprising. Maybe it's more the triplets impressed so much that Shanny didn't see the need to keep him, less a poor Marko showing in minicamp.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | May 3, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen, i believe we have our latest "Leigh Torrence."

Let the laments for Marko Mitchell begin.

Posted by: TheCork | May 3, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

What? Marko never got a chance... and A. Mont could provide a lot more depth than these old coggers they are picking up left and right

Posted by: vtsquirm1 | May 3, 2010 11:41 AM

looks like there was a reason the codgers were brought on board for RB, WR, DL.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 3, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I really don't understand cutting Marko Mitchell, particularly at this point in the off-season. Frankly, he probably played better than any of their wide receivers in the exhibition season last year, and I think he deserved a chance to go to camp and try to make the roster. Instead they are keeping a couple of old, washed up receivers who clearly will not be with the team next year (and maybe not this year either). What was the rush? The couldn't be that tight on pre-season roster spots! I am confident that Mitchell will be picked up by another team and that he will be on an NFL roster this year and in future years--more than I can say for Galloway or Wade.

Posted by: nrjlh | May 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

These guys are second or thir stringers. The only question I have is on A. Montgomery. Looks like Shanny is going for experience over youth.... not thrilled but I have to give Shanny the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by: skinfannomore | May 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

(REPOST)

"...your list dropped off Mitchell. Not a big fan of his or does moving Davis over to WR just make the WR lineup too crowded?"


Mitchell, like Kelly, has yet to prove himself.

But with Kelly having been drafted high, he'll get an extensive shot to be the team's 'big' receiver.

Marko isn't a special teamer and wasn't drafted high, and even if Davis isn't moved to wr, he has a fight ahead of him this summer.

He'd have to have an outstanding training camp just to stay above the Bobby Wades and Joey Galloways of the world.

Such is the life of the NFL roster 'bubble' guys.


Posted by: MistaMoe | May 2, 2010 12:33 PM

Yes, they did cut Marko.

But such is the career of roster 'bubble guys' in the NFL.

Good luck, Marko.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

These guys are second or third stringers at best. The only question I have is on A. Montgomery. Looks like Shanny is going for experience over youth.... not thrilled but I have to give Shanny the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by: skinfannomore | May 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, rookies, you just put 5 guys outta a job.

Posted by: mattsoundworld

Rookies, Smookies, Matty. Shanahan wants to win NOW. Twas Galloway and Wade who put Marko on the market.

And, y'know, I guess the coaches just didn't read this blog enough to know he was the next Jerry Rice.

Posted by: TheCork | May 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

It's not like Malcolm Kelly plays special teams either; they should have at least let them battle it out for a spot.
First move I can say I unequivocally disagree with...
Posted by: psps23 | May 3, 2010 11:45 AM

I agree….very surprised that they would cut him right before another mini camp. The other guys I could care less about, but Mitchell could be a guy that gets picked up by an NFC east team and comes back to hurt us. Especially if everything we heard last summer was true in that nobody on the defense could cover the guy.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | May 3, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Montgomery is a slob, he should have been cut last year.

Michell had upside as a receiver, but he doesn't like to play teams and it showed.

If you are a non starter, trying to make the roster and/ or stay on the roster you have to play teams, and be good at it.

There is no more "free lunch" at Redskin park.

Posted by: dashriprock | May 3, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

looks like there was a reason the codgers were brought on board for RB, WR, DL.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 3, 2010 11:49 AM

Moo dat.

Posted by: stevek20147 | May 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

well, marko's release is surprising/disappointing. but, do we have FAITH in shanny? i do, for now. (but, if he starts inflicting kids w/cancer, my faith may waiver.... ;-)

many of us had marko making the team and even contributing. hopefully this was a case of "triplets" stepping up.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Plenty.

This defense may look good on paper but how many game winning drives did they allow ,when the offense gave them the lead late in the 4th quarter...Campbell didn't play defense...neither will McNabb.

Posted by: petebowling1 | May 3, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Let's look at the Panthers-Skins game as an example of how backwards this POV can be:

The Skins lost the game 20-17 after going into the 4th quarter with a 17-9 lead.

So the story of the game is that the Skins D "couldn't hold" the lead, highlighted by D.Hall's missed tackle on 3rd down that allwed Jake Delhomme to ice the game.

Right? WRONG!

The Skins D caused a turnover on the first play of the game, giving the offense the ball at the CAR 13yd line, leading to a Skins TD.

The Skins D stuffs Brad hoover at the 1 yard line, causing a turnover on a would be TD. However, on the ensuing play, CLinton Portis gets tackled in the end zone for a safety.

In the 2nd half D.Hall picks off J.Delhomme and returns it 44 yards to the CAR 1-yard line leading to the other Skins TD run.

On the ensuing kickoff, CAR returns the ball 55 yards setting up a short field for the D, leading to a CAR TD.

In the 4th quarter, another Redskins Special Teams gaffe on a punt gifts the ball to CAR on the Skins 12 yard line, leading to another short field and a CAR TD.

So, "on paper" it looks like the Skins D failed to hold a lead and cost them the game. In reality, the D was doing EVERYTHING that game. Creating turnovers, gifting the Skins short-field scoring opportunities. The Skins offense was TOTALLY inept (totaling 189 yards of offense), as was special teams and buried the team as a result.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I stopped reading after I saw MM, I didn't realize Montgomery and Alridge were released as well.

This doesn't really bother me all that much. It appears that the staff knows what they're looking for and are being decisive about who they're going to put energy into coaching up.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | May 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

So we hold onto the likes of Joey Galloway, Bobby wade, and Roydell Williams and send Marko Mitchell packing???

Booooooooooo!

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Haha the comments are gonna go BALLISTIC! I can't wait to hear how we can't possibly win without Marko Mitchell and Bruce Campbell (who will also make an appearance in this thread, I guarantee it)

Posted by: HenryStin | May 3, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

TheCork, you said,
"And, y'know, I guess the coaches just didn't read this blog enough to know he was the next Jerry Rice."

ha! that's funny! we all ('cept moe, apparently...) saw big things for marko.

in shanny we trust?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 3, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

It's not like Malcolm Kelly plays special teams either; they should have at least let them battle it out for a spot.
First move I can say I unequivocally disagree with...
Posted by: psps23 | May 3, 2010 11:45 AM

One other reason I can think is that this past camp supposedly the team through a lot of the playbook at the players. Maybe Marko struggled grasping the offense. I heard Marko on an interview where he said he was working on coming out of his break like the coaches wanted him to. But I agree, it seems a bit early for Marko to be cut.

Posted by: TWISI | May 3, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

So, the 'possible' wide receiver depth chart now is:

Moss

Thomas

Kelly

Austin

Wade ? (not Dwayne)

Galloway ?

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

professional management.... these guys are making wholesale changes and making them fast. I didn't expect this... I hope it all works out, because they certainly are acting like they know what their after.

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | May 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Especially if everything we heard last summer was true in that nobody on the defense could cover the guy.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | May 3, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse
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Who was the CB across from Carlos last year in pre-season? Might have had something to do with his performance.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Hit refresh. More info has been added.

Posted by: CindyBoren | May 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

This is sort of the opposite of what happened on my investment in Six Flags that 4thFloor said "You can't miss! Book it!"

I did. I booked $5843.50 for a thousand shares. Today? $5.

Can you take me with you next year to that party? I've got $5 that I need to book.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 11:37 AM

I never got my commission. You can mail me that $5 and I won't consider suing....

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

First move I can say I unequivocally disagree with...

Posted by: psps23


Co-sign. With every move they made and haven't made, I've backed it for the most part.

But I can't get behind this one at all. So cut a young WR that has shown promise but sign old bamas on their last legs like Joey Galloway? All this means is that he'll get scooped up by Philly or Dallas and kick the Redskins asses at least twice a year for the next 10 years.


Stupid!

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't trade him to Oakland for a conditional 2019 pick? Weak!

Posted by: SMACK1 | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Marko didn't play STs and he wasn't a starter....

He has been served a favor to be cut now so he can join another team.....

...Look for Slooow Willie Parker to get cut eventually as well because you can't have 3 RBs NOT play STs....

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I am confident that Mitchell will be picked up by another team and that he will be on an NFL roster this year and in future years....

Posted by: nrjlh | May 3, 2010 11:50 AM |

What I don't understand is why the Redskins just cut him. How stupid. Everyone knows this guy's gonna be a beast in the NFL so we should have been able to trade him for a third or fourth round pick in next year's draft. What are they thinking out at Redskins Park?

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I love Marko. I thought the kid had promise. So many special players are just discovered not always highly drafted. But, if you can't play special teams to stick around tell your time comes then the precentage is low to make it big. Galloway and Wade I believe can return punts if need be. Austin the rookie can, so Can Santana and Devin. Kelly was the bubble guy to me and he must be ahead of Marko this early into the mini's for them to cut Marko. But he may be brought back later if nobody else gets him and bodies start to go down in camp. Jason C. might put in a good word for him out in Oakland, and I can see him as an Al Davis type of player.

Posted by: Hackersk | May 3, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Hard to justify a roster spot for Mitchell as the #4 or #5 WR with no special teams... he would be an inactive every week probably.

Definitely no room for Anthony Aldridge, Ryan Torrain will be the #4 RB provided they keep Portis, Parker, & LJ.

Montgomery & Golston have never seemed to play like they did as rookies or they have never improved.

Posted by: tony325 | May 3, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Joey Galloway plays special teams? Skins messed up by passing on Santonio

Posted by: coparker5 | May 3, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I hate to prop the sky back up, but who was the last pre-season superstar that came back to bite us in the tookus?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Colt Brennan and Marko Mitchell we're going to be the next Manning/Harrison combo.

Guess it wasn't meant to be.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 3, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Colt Brennan and Marko Mitchell we're going to be the next Manning/Harrison combo.

Guess it wasn't meant to be.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 3, 2010 12:15 PM

Not here in DC, anyway. I look for Zorn to bring them both into Baltimore. This is like manna from heaven for the Ravings.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Colt Brennan and Marko Mitchell we're going to be the next Manning/Harrison combo.

Guess it wasn't meant to be.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 3, 2010 12:15 PM
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I know you are kidding me. Colt is the B. Favre type, but who is going to live with his mistakes, not this regime. marko ok sure but he got to play the S/T. Antonio Pierce was a stand out until he got his chance to play the middle. You have to do it if you are not highly drafted or picked by the current coaches as their project.

Posted by: Hackersk | May 3, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I think Joey Galloway has a bright future as a reciever in this league

Posted by: ocskins | May 3, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Joey Galloway plays special teams? Skins messed up by passing on Santonio

Posted by: coparker5 | May 3, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

___________________________

Strong veteran presence to assist the receivers on our team, which TO could of provided also, but they went the safe direction.

Posted by: tony325 | May 3, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

OMG Marko Mitchell could have very well been the second best receiver on the team! This is the second big mistake of this new regime! You'll regret this and so will we!

Posted by: iubiquity | May 3, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell is like Colt Brennan in that lots of fans dug them for displaying gumtion (gumption?) at times when the rest of the vets seemed to be half-SJKing it.

...especially during a time when NO leadership was being presented...

There's nothing other than those sparks to point to, but when there was literally nothing else to be 'up' about - that's what counted.

I wish Marko well & hope someone can use them guts.

Posted by: DikShuttle | May 3, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Alridge - never got this guy, theoretically ok but put ball on ground, 175 lb, done

P.J. Hill, receiver James Robinson, whatevers

defensive linemen Anthony Montgomery, this guy showed some stuff his first couple, then he couldn't get on the field last year. INSTEAD OF TELLING US WHY WE JUST HEARD CRITICISM HIGH PROFILE PLAYERS ?!?

Mitchell - I liked this guy. I didn't think he should pass anyone on the depth chart yet, but he deserved a shot.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | May 3, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I hate to prop the sky back up, but who was the last pre-season superstar that came back to bite us in the tookus?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 12:14 PM

agreed, but the chickens are still running around saying it's gonna fall.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 3, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I wish Marko well & hope someone can use them guts.

Posted by: DikShuttle | May 3, 2010 12:28 PM


wait... is this person's name "Dik Shuttle"?! THAT is the funniest I have EVER seen on here.

Posted by: ChrisWoody | May 3, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Marko didn't play STs and he wasn't a starter....

He has been served a favor to be cut now so he can join another team.....


Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse


Joey Galloway, Roydell Williams and Malcolm Kelly also don't do special teams and aren't starters.

Yeah, we did Marko a favor...along with whatever team picks him up.

After all, what use do we have for a young 6'4'' WR who runs sub-4.5, has great hands, and has mostly beasted out on the field in the few opportunities he's had???

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty much a guarantee that Mitchell will come back with some other team in a crucial game and kill us.

Posted by: bostskin | May 3, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I understand the reasoning behind releasing Marko, but I don't agree with this move.

So far Shanahan's moto is simple and loud:

WITH AS MANY HOLES AS I HAVE ON THIS HORRIBLE ROSTER THAT I'VE INHERITED, I DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF "DEVELOPING" DEPTH ON THE ROSTER.

Shanahan wants to win now. He doesn't want to dedicate the time or resources to teach and develop players, either at this stage of Shanahan's career, or at this stage of the team's development.

Look at all the guys that Shanahan's cut/traded thus far. They all are decent pros that have the ability, but they needed more development time. (Yes, Campbell is included in this group.)

So what does Shanhan do? He signs and resigns veteran talent. Guys that have been around the league. Guys that don't need to learn how to "come out of their routes better." WHY? There's no time to teach basic NFL fundamentals right now. There's barely enough time to learn the new offense to make this team effective THIS YEAR.

With that said, Marko could have (AND PROBABLY WILL BE) resigned to the practice squad. Which, in all honesty, is where he belongs at this point in his young career.

If all things go well for Marko, he could be a solid #2 in a few years. Shanahan knows this. Everyone knows this. But Shanahan also knows he doesn't have a few years to invest at this stage.

My $.2


Posted by: mikejrubin | May 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell's time to shine was last yrs regular season, but he never got the opportunity because of that retard, Jim Zorn. If he could of got on the field and made some plays, it would of been harder for Shanny to cut him so quickly. But then again, with Zorn's playcalling, chances are he wouldn't of had any chances to make plays anyway.

Posted by: ga8085 | May 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

You can only carry 80 players into training camp. So, some tough decisions had to be made. I will miss Marko, just met him at Draft Day and he seemed like a good guy. The rest of the crew is no surprise. A. Montgomery never lived up to his size. He seemed over matched a lot. Golston is a much better DT. He plays with better leverage. I like every move so far. I like Trent Williams. We have a shot at 8-8 or 10-6 with a few bounces!!!

Posted by: moon9778 | May 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

...Look for Slooow Willie Parker to get cut eventually as well because you can't have 3 RBs NOT play STs....

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM

Unless one of them is Marcus Mason and you're in San Diego.

Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Fine by me. This idea that the guys at the end of the bench are saviors is a joke. I am guessing the coaching staff didn't like what they saw, fine by me. This is a professional staff assembled here. Who you gonna believe Shanny/Shanny Jr and McCardell or p1funk and psp23?

This regime may still fail, no guarantees...but it will not be on the backs of cutting/keeping cats like Mitchell/AA or never was Monty.

Posted by: chrislarry | May 3, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

That's: "The AMAZING Dik Shuttle of the Fabulous ShuttleLOUNGE" to you, Woody!

Nice moniker, tho. :]

Posted by: DikShuttle | May 3, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

wait... is this person's name "Dik Shuttle"?! THAT is the funniest I have EVER seen on here.

Posted by: ChrisWoody | May 3, 2010 12:33 PM

Woody, meet Dik. Dik, this is Woody.

Posted by: stevek20147 | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Mitchell's inability to play special teams probably hurt him.

Posted by: TWISI | May 3, 2010 11:45 AM
***********************^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^*************8
EXACTLY!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I understand the reasoning behind releasing Marko, but I don't agree with this move.


Posted by: mikejrubin | May 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse


I don't understand his reasoning at all.

What's the reasoning behind keeping bums like Galloway and Roydell Williams on the roster?

WTH is Galloway supposed to teach these guys that Keenan McCardell can't as a veteran NFL receiver?

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Look for Mitchell on Baltimore's roster by Week One. Skins did him a favor letting him go early in the offseason. Ravens. Book it.©

Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Joey Galloway, Roydell Williams and Malcolm Kelly also don't do special teams and aren't starters.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:35 PM

Roydell can play special teams.

The Skins have a bunch of WRs under six feet tall. I guess all that about needing big WRs in the WCO was a bunch of whooha.

Posted by: TWISI | May 3, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry RI. By preseason game #3 there will be new 4th quarter exhibition heroes to root for. But damn Marko could have been the next Marcus Mason. Man is he tearing up the league....

Posted by: chrislarry | May 3, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Fine by me. This idea that the guys at the end of the bench are saviors is a joke. I am guessing the coaching staff didn't like what they saw, fine by me. This is a professional staff assembled here. Who you gonna believe Shanny/Shanny Jr and McCardell or p1funk and psp23?

This regime may still fail, no guarantees...but it will not be on the backs of cutting/keeping cats like Mitchell/AA or never was Monty.

Posted by: chrislarry | May 3, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for bring me back to reality, cl.

After all, I've been up here all day cutting my wrists talking about how the Skins are going to be a complete failure now that Mitchell got cut.

Errrr, not.

I'm just going to be pissed when/if a total has-been like Galloway makes this roster and brings nothing to the table, and/or Malcolm Kelly continues to not make any plays at all for this team, while Mitchell catches on with another team and beasts out.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I would rather have Marko Mitchell than 37 y/o Galloway. Galloway is one year and done, that's if he last the year. DUMB A$$ move.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | May 3, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

when aren't you pissed off?

Posted by: chrislarry | May 3, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM

I don't understand his reasoning at all.

What's the reasoning behind keeping bums like Galloway and Roydell Williams on the roster?

WTH is Galloway supposed to teach these guys that Keenan McCardell can't as a veteran NFL receiver?
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Really?

Did you finish reading my post or did you just stop after the first line?

Posted by: mikejrubin | May 3, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

So far Shanahan's motto is simple and loud:

WITH AS MANY HOLES AS I HAVE ON THIS HORRIBLE ROSTER THAT I'VE INHERITED, I DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF "DEVELOPING" DEPTH ON THE ROSTER.

Yes and no.

E Williams, W Montgomery, and some other cats are being given room to 'develop'.

Marko wasn't drafted high, the team already had some big receiver options, and decided to move on.

The NFL is a business and the skins made a business decision.

Folks are mad because a guy they saw promise in is being sent some place else to make their dreams come true.

But that doesn't mean some other guy--Austin?--can't deliver on a whole new set of promises.

Marko, Campbell, Rock and a bunch of other dudes have been sent packing from a bad team's roster.

And I guarantee some other fan fav will be sent out the door as camp approaches.

Get used to guys getting cut for what appears to be a dumb reason.

It happens all over the league every day.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 3, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Woody, meet Dik. Dik, this is Woody.

Posted by: stevek20147 | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM

Awesome.


Now, why, oh why is everyone so concerned with Marko Polo? It's not fun, and you always bump your head on the side of the pool?

(who cares, it was our 6th string WR last year, he obliviously doesn't look good in camp)

Posted by: ChrisWoody | May 3, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

So, the 'possible' wide receiver depth chart now is:

Moss

Thomas

Kelly

Austin

Wade ? (not Dwayne)

Galloway ?

POSTED BY: Mistamoe

I think it's "either/or" regarding Galloway & Wade. Also, it's likely Austin, unless he can return kickoffs, will be a developmental squad guy while he (hopefully) muscles up.

Someone whose name we do not know yet, perhaps a young vet cut by anothrr team, will make the team too, I predict.
Posted by: MistaMoe

Posted by: TheCork | May 3, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

What's the reasoning behind keeping bums like Galloway and Roydell Williams on the roster?

WTH is Galloway supposed to teach these guys that Keenan McCardell can't as a veteran NFL receiver?

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM

maybe... just maybe... Galloway was brought in because the coaches think he has a chance to play?

not saying it will happen, but never did buy into the idea that he was picked up just to hang around camp and be a mentor.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 3, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes when Marko beasts out for another team, is when Beep Beep sees a big dividend check for the 6 Flags stock...

Oh and can someone get me the link with the final 2011 regular season roster with Galloway on it? I didn't realize that had been released...

Posted by: chrislarry | May 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

What's the reasoning behind keeping bums like Galloway and Roydell Williams on the roster?

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM |

More developed, trained receivers better for challenging the guys in the secondary who also need to develop.

Secondary trained, then Galloway/Williams cut. In the end, only 53 guys make the roster.

... and I'm just making this up on the spot. Its not rocket surgery.

Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

If Denver wants a potential replacement for Brandon Marshall, now they have one for free...

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Really? I'd rather have Galloway for the short term... and that's obviously what they're building here. A short term run. "Get into the playoffs and who knows" seems to be the mantra.

And then they'll build in the drafts with their own players, not Vinny's Casualties.

btw - talking football while listening to Tegan and Sarah is creating a time vortex in my office!!

And @ CDub: SWORDFIGHT!! hahaha!

Posted by: DikShuttle | May 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I hate to see Marko go, and I hope he doesn't end up on a division rival's team where he'll spend the next decade coming back to haunt us twice a year....I'd have cut kelly before marko but coach knows best, at least in theory......

Posted by: gr8fullted | May 3, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

More developed, trained receivers better for challenging the guys in the secondary who also need to develop.

Secondary trained, then Galloway/Williams cut. In the end, only 53 guys make the roster.

... and I'm just making this up on the spot. Its not rocket surgery.

Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 12:52 PM |
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BINGO!

Someone that sees the light....

Posted by: mikejrubin | May 3, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand his reasoning at all.

What's the reasoning behind keeping bums like Galloway and Roydell Williams on the roster?

WTH is Galloway supposed to teach these guys that Keenan McCardell can't as a veteran NFL receiver?

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM

Route running. Before we go canonizing (see the tie in to the earlier blog discussion) Mitchell, perhaps being a good route runner is more important in Shanny's offense than pure vertical speed. Beyond that if Marko wasn't going to help as a WR because of his poor route running, then he'd have to help on teams, which he isn't good at. Perhaps he's just not a match in this offense at this time. Marko can play in the league IMO, especially on a team that likes to sling the rock deep. However at this time, he's raw in his routes (his words), and provides little value elsewhere.

Posted by: TWISI | May 3, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Mitchell...might be brought back for preseason... or end up a raven...

Alridge... some change of pace back... mr. fumbles is gone...

Robinson... who???

Hill... who???

A. Montgomery... go out played by a guy drafted after him with less talent and an undrafted free agent with less talent who has played every position and special teams... what a waste!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | May 3, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Guys, yall are forgetting about Terrance Austin. The Skins are probably going to keep 5 recievers. Santana, Devin, Malcom, Terrance Austin and the 5th reciever is wide open.

Austin can return both punts and kicks. He can also be a playmaker on offense. I prefer him over Marko. I also think Shanny likes Malcolm Kelly more than Mitchell. Belive or not, Malcolm has the best hands on the team. His problem is route running, and he has been working on that.

Devin Thomas has the potential to be a big playmaker also. I don't think Mitchell has that kind of potential. We have to stop falling in love with guys in the preseason. The guy was catching balls over short 3rd and 4th string corners.

Shanny knows what he is doing. He probably didn't like what he say in Mini Camp from Mitchell. He would have cut Mitchell when he cut all those other veterans, if he were basing this off of last season.

I think he likes what he sees from Kelly and Thomas. Those two guys can end up being our starters, with Santana/Austin in the slot. Then we have two good Tight ends who can also fill in at reciever.

Mitchell is good, but we have better talent, that has yet to be tapped.

Posted by: roccoskins | May 3, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

If Denver wants a potential replacement for Brandon Marshall, now they have one for free...

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:52 PM

I hate to see Marko go, and I hope he doesn't end up on a division rival's team where he'll spend the next decade coming back to haunt us twice a year....I'd have cut kelly before marko but coach knows best, at least in theory......

Posted by: gr8fullted | May 3, 2010 12:53 PM

Really?! He beat other teams 3rd strings in Pre-season games. So what?!

Posted by: ChrisWoody | May 3, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse


What's the reasoning behind keeping bums like Galloway and Roydell Williams on the roster?

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM |

More developed, trained receivers better for challenging the guys in the secondary who also need to develop.

Secondary trained, then Galloway/Williams cut. In the end, only 53 guys make the roster.

... and I'm just making this up on the spot. Its not rocket surgery.

Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse


Hmmmm,

And where did you get your rocket surgery degree??

We already had a WR that was killing our corners in camp/practices:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/08/clinton_portis_loves_marko_mit.html

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I can see the logic behind these moves. They have to make room for the draftees and free agents they are inviting in and these guys were long shots for the roster. Just amazed at how much activity there is at DL, RB, QB, and WR this off-season, when OL is still a concern, and with a clear switch to a 3-4 coming, LB is a major concern now as well. Also thought they may have more activity around Free Safety. Guessing they have something for that already, maybe the scheme takes pressure off somehow. Also, in the very beginning thought we were trying to go with a youth movement. Is starting to look more like the 70's.

Posted by: skins50 | May 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

And on first down, God said" run between tackles", and they gained 2 yards.

And on second down God said" run off tackle" and they gained 4 yards.

And on third down God said" run counter trey" and they gained 4 yards.

And God said " first down" and it was good after they measured.

And then God said " I hate the freagin Cowgirls! let's go deep on the next play"
and it was good for a 48 yard TD.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 3, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I love the ogling, starry-eyed fans of the new regime that vehemently agree with every move made no matter the circumstance. It has now become a crime to have an opinion on RI, except if that opinion fits directly in line with the moves made by the FO.

I guess the Marko Mitchell topic will soon enter the pantheon of taboo subjects up here, joining with Antonio Pierce (oh no, don't ever discuss a former player's success on another team on RI!), Champ Bailey (him too!), Leigh Torrence (actually, he's always welcome), Marcus Mason, and - of course - Jason Campbell.

Posted by: psps23 | May 3, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

We already had a WR that was killing our corners in camp/practices:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/08/clinton_portis_loves_marko_mit.html

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:57 PM

>>> "He killing him," Portis disagreed. "They keep trying to fight him. He ain't backing down. He done dogged Smoot, he dogged D Hall, now he making an example out of Carlos."

These responses write themselves. If Marko done dogged Smoot (who?) ... AND dogged CR22 (who?) ... and the fabled DeAngelo Hall ... you think maybe we might have a problem at corner?


Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Hoped Mitchell would've panned out but if your a 7th round pick and 4-5th WR you better play special teams.

Posted by: skinswest | May 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I love the ogling, starry-eyed fans of the new regime that vehemently agree with every move made no matter the circumstance. It has now become a crime to have an opinion on RI, except if that opinion fits directly in line with the moves made by the FO.

Posted by: psps23 | May 3, 2010 1:01 PM

Exaggerate much?

Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Adios Marko-

If you go to Phoenix take your papers. They don't know the difference between brown and black there amigo

Posted by: ElYeah | May 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

And then Daniel Snyder signed God to be the offensive coordinator for eternity, paying him $10 billion per year.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Marko was always a fan favortie because of a few meaningless pre season games. I am glad the mistaken fans now see that pre season means very little.

Posted by: sjp879 | May 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:52 PM

I hate to see Marko go, and I hope he doesn't end up on a division rival's team where he'll spend the next decade coming back to haunt us twice a year....I'd have cut kelly before marko but coach knows best, at least in theory......

Posted by: gr8fullted | May 3, 2010 12:53 PM

Really?! He beat other teams 3rd strings in Pre-season games. So what?!

Posted by: ChrisWoody | May 3, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse


So what?!

Who the heck has Malcom Kelly beat in the last 2 years?

Who has Joey Galloway beat since 2007?

When was the last time you saw Roydell Williams or Marques Hagans beat someone???

At the very least Mitchell IS beating 3rd stringers in preseason, which is more than can be said for some of the other bums that are being carried on this roster.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if they are looking at move of a 3-3 defense. With Landry or Doughty playing like the 4th linebacker, real close but free to ROAM. Could be fun.

Posted by: skins50 | May 3, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

At 4-12 nobody is safe..........I expect more heads to roll.

Posted by: washwizkids | May 3, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh no... we let Leigh Torrance go!!!

Oh, it's Marko Mitchell... Come on, he will never be the missing piece to anyone's championship... He was a 7th rounder, no one was going to give us anything for him at this time.

Hopefully, Terrence Austin will make you guys forget all about him.

Posted by: tony325 | May 3, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

These responses write themselves. If Marko done dogged Smoot (who?) ... AND dogged CR22 (who?) ... and the fabled DeAngelo Hall ... you think maybe we might have a problem at corner?


Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse


No.

I think Marko was killing them b/c he's a 6'4'' receiver who runs a sub-4.5 has great hands and can play.

Though I have to admit that I think Rogers is a bum...

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

And on the second year as offensive coordinator, God became careless and started to party too much.

And God said" go deep on every down" and teams sacked Mc Nabb, as if he were Jason Campbell.

And on the eve of the third year, Snyder fired God, who then signed with the Cowboys.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I love the ogling, starry-eyed fans of the new regime that vehemently agree with every move made no matter the circumstance. It has now become a crime to have an opinion on RI, except if that opinion fits directly in line with the moves made by the FO.

I guess the Marko Mitchell topic will soon enter the pantheon of taboo subjects up here, joining with Antonio Pierce (oh no, don't ever discuss a former player's success on another team on RI!), Champ Bailey (him too!), Leigh Torrence (actually, he's always welcome), Marcus Mason, and - of course - Jason Campbell.

Posted by: psps23 | May 3, 2010 1:01 PM

huh? that's not what I'm reading here. opinions are all over the place... and that's a good thing.

right now Mitchell is a way more interesting topic than any of the other former players you mentioned.

even more interesting is who we'll stick with going forward, since more cuts will be coming.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 3, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

psps23, they haven't lost any games yet, have they?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 3, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse


Joey Galloway, Roydell Williams and Malcolm Kelly also don't do special teams and aren't starters.

Yeah, we did Marko a favor...along with whatever team picks him up.

After all, what use do we have for a young 6'4'' WR who runs sub-4.5, has great hands, and has mostly beasted out on the field in the few opportunities he's had???

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:35 PM


MK12 >>>>> MM

The starters don't have to play STs necessarily. MK12 saw more PT than MM. And MK12 has the better progressive future. And we have a bigger investment.

All sums up to MM getting cut, which was really inevitable at the end of the day....He's still raw and we have no room....

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

wait... is this person's name "Dik Shuttle"?! THAT is the funniest I have EVER seen on here.

Posted by: ChrisWoody | May 3, 2010 12:33 PM

Really funny names, but you guys must have some really cool parents if they let you have these dirty names.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Eagles quickly scoop up Mitchell
Michael David Smith
May 3, 2010, 1:15

Having been dumped by the Washington Redskins, former 7th round draft pick Marko Mitchell was quickly scooped up by the Philadelphia Eagles today. When asked why he was let go, Mitchell was seen shrugging his shoulders, and stating that he, "was an Eagle now", and wasn't worried about his former team.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 3, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

psps23, is right. A lot of you here will vouch, co-sign, and lap up whatever Shanahan and them will feed you.

Since when did it become NOT cool to be free thinking? Since when did brainwashing become cool?

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

MK12 >>>>> MM

The starters don't have to play STs necessarily. MK12 saw more PT than MM. And MK12 has the better progressive future. And we have a bigger investment.

All sums up to MM getting cut, which was really inevitable at the end of the day....He's still raw and we have no room....

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse


What is so "refined" about Malcolm Kelly's game??

He got a starting role and saw PT by default because he was a high draft pick, none of our other guys were any good, and after a busted first year the coaches/FO were under pressure to get some production out of MK and/or DT.

As the season progressed, he disappointed and lost that spot.


Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Totally mad at this Marko cut. This guy was the "only" receiver to show anything last year and they cut him. Did Shanny look at any film of this guy. We pick up two old bums who can't run anymore because they have ties to Allen and Shanny and we give away the futire again. I am going sour on the staff already. As things change some things stay the same. Can you say Vinny Cerrato?

Posted by: stephenwilson2003@yahoo.com | May 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

At the very least Mitchell IS beating 3rd stringers in preseason, which is more than can be said for some of the other bums that are being carried on this roster.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse
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Presumably every roster will have about half of its 3rd stringers beating the other half... right?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell will get picked up and go on to have a career like Marcus Colston.

Posted by: AsstGM | May 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Joey Galloway, Roydell Williams and Malcolm Kelly also don't do special teams and aren't starters.

Yeah, we did Marko a favor...along with whatever team picks him up.

After all, what use do we have for a young 6'4'' WR who runs sub-4.5, has great hands, and has mostly beasted out on the field in the few opportunities he's had???

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:35 PM
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1 reason roydell has stuck around in the nfl is the fact that he DOES play special teams... he was on the titans cover teams...

wade has played special teams his entire career...

i'm sure IF galloway makes the team that he would return a kick or punt if that's what it takes to make it... other than that jeoy g is another coach at practice...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | May 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Totally mad at this Marko cut.

Posted by: stephenwilson2003@yahoo.com | May 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse


Careful saying stuff like that around here.

The Shanny Gestapo Troopers are out in force.

You are going to get screamed down if you question any decision that he makes.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Someone explain to me why a younger faster Marko Mitchell gets cut and an older slower Joey Galloway stays. I'm not saying that Mitchell is a polished receiver but c'mon.

Posted by: joeboggs | May 3, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Deja Vu...

We released Keenan McCardell too... 12th rounder.... look what happened to him....

Not too impressed with the FO action so far.

Still - this is second in stupididty to signing Rex Grossman.

.

Posted by: oldnova | May 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Since when did brainwashing become cool?

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:16 PM |

Since they started drinking Kool-Aid.

Posted by: TheAnimalFarm | May 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Since when did brainwashing become cool?

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:16 PM

That's part of the brainwashing. They teach us that only the cool guys get to be brainwashed. You got a problem with that? You're not cool like most of us.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

LOL at p1funk citing Clinton Portis' comments.

This defense of MM might be sadder than anything posted up here by JC's biggest supporters.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | May 3, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

MK12 >>>>> MM

Posted by: 4thFloor


Hilarious. Funny thing is you and others knock people for wanting Marko Mitchell to stick here -- for him being "their guy"...


Then you turn around and make the bold "greater than" equation -- that Kelly is better than Malcolm.

I guess it was when Kelly was benched last season.


Or the fact that Mitchell caught more passes during his rookie season than Kelly.

I know Kelly is your boy and all, 4th. But you have no base for saying that Kelly will be better than Mitchell.


None.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Joey Galloway, Roydell Williams and Malcolm Kelly also don't do special teams and aren't starters.

Yeah, we did Marko a favor...along with whatever team picks him up.

After all, what use do we have for a young 6'4'' WR who runs sub-4.5, has great hands, and has mostly beasted out on the field in the few opportunities he's had???

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:35 PM
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1 reason roydell has stuck around in the nfl is the fact that he DOES play special teams... he was on the titans cover teams...

wade has played special teams his entire career...

i'm sure IF galloway makes the team that he would return a kick or punt if that'swhat it takes to make it... other than that jeoy g is another coach at practice...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | May 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse


To everyone pointing out to me that Roydell Williams plays special teams - I stand corrected.

I repent in ashes and sackcloth, OK?

Unfortunately, special teams seems to be the ONLY reason Roydell sticks around in the league. I would still take a flyer on a guy like Mitchell who looks like he can actuall play wide receiver instead of simply be special teams fodder.

There is nothing about Bobby Wade - who has spent his entire career getting cut/released by teams - or Joey Galloway - who has been standing on sidelines since 2007 - that inspires much confidence.

I'd rather take the 2nd year guy who has the makings of being a beast.

I know that my opinion defies the decision of the Almighty Shanny, and I will be persecuted by his zealous defenders as a result...but, hey, you've got to stand for something in life...

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

We released Keenan McCardell too... 12th rounder.... look what happened to him....

Posted by: oldnova | May 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse
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A 12th round pick on injured reserve his entire first season of a Super Bowl winning team. Not even in the same solar system of analogies.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What's the reasoning behind keeping bums like Galloway and Roydell Williams on the roster?

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 12:42 PM |

More developed, trained receivers better for challenging the guys in the secondary who also need to develop.

Secondary trained, then Galloway/Williams cut. In the end, only 53 guys make the roster.

... and I'm just making this up on the spot. Its not rocket surgery.

Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Ok i get that, but why keep Marques Haggins?

Posted by: Stu27 | May 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What is so "refined" about Malcolm Kelly's game??

He got a starting role and saw PT by default because he was a high draft pick, none of our other guys were any good, and after a busted first year the coaches/FO were under pressure to get some production out of MK and/or DT.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:18 PM |

The current regime doesn't have any skin in the MK sweeps. He'll get a chance and if he comes up short which he probably will, then he will be sent packing. But he does have more priors than MM.

Posted by: TheAnimalFarm | May 3, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I hope Marko has the career of another Redskins WR cut too soon

Keenan McCardell

he should do so well!

Posted by: noonefromtampa | May 3, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

This is the SECOND BAD MOVE.

1. Passing over Bruce Campbell for a non-need at linebacker.

2. Releasing Marko Mitchell and Lorenzo Alexander.

Can we say "Deja Vu... ALL OVER AGAIN"!!!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | May 3, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Since when did it become NOT cool to be free thinking? Since when did brainwashing become cool?

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:16 PM


"Brainwash?! Don't talk about Brainwash?!
Are you kidding me? Brainwash?! I'm just hoping we can win a game!" Jim Mora

"I mean listen, we talking about Marko" "not London, not London, Marko. Not London, Not the player who plays every game, every game like its his last. We talkin bout Marko mane." Allen Iverson

Posted by: ChrisWoody | May 3, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

LOL at p1funk citing Clinton Portis' comments.

This defense of MM might be sadder than anything posted up here by JC's biggest supporters.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | May 3, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse


Yeah.

It was really stupid of me to find some comments of someone watching Marko Mitchell firsthand in practice in order to support the notion that Marko Mitchell was beating guys in practice.

What was I thinking?

LOL-ing at myself!!!

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

wow, you think we just cut Jerry Rice or something.......

Marko is a big slow possession guy that doesn't play special teams they are a dime a dozen and very easily replaced. And for those questioning the "timing" it because we had 88 players on our roster and the most you can take to camp with you is 80. There's going to be at least 3 more cuts before July and probably a couple more than that if we sign a veteran right tackle or a safety like Darren Sharper (plz plz plz). We had 11 receivers on the roster, somebody had to go, Marko obviously didn't impress and I highly doubt 5 years from now we'll be lamenting cutting Marko Mitchell.

Posted by: zjfr2 | May 3, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:18 PM |

The current regime doesn't have any skin in the MK sweeps. He'll get a chance and if he comes up short which he probably will, then he will be sent packing. But he does have more priors than MM.

Posted by: TheAnimalFarm | May 3, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse


Yeah, I guess that's it.

He's had more shots than MM.

Of course, he's shooting blanks, but hey, at least he's shooting, right??

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves, the rough count of the number of folks on the roster the other day was something like 88... so dropping these five means the Redskins only have to cut 30 MORE to reach the 53 man roster limit for the regular season... that is, presuming they don't pick up anyone else along the way... which they undoubtedly will. Going into this weekend's training sessions the message is loud and clear -- let the competitions begin!

Posted by: Vic1 | May 3, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm just trying to figure out what's the problem in wanting to see long-shots that you see potential in making the team.

So what should I use to gauge a players talent or potential at the NFL level.... oh I see, I should just believe ANYTHING and WHATEVER Coach Shanahan says too, because he won a super bowl, and super bowl winning coaches aren't EVER wrong! Sh*t, they bat 1.000.


No, I should look at their Madden ratings.

I could just watch what some dude on TV tells me who the best players are.

Some of you might want to tighten your bibs up around the neck. You're getting some ShanAllen ball juice on your shirts.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Ok i get that, but why keep Marques Haggins?

Posted by: Stu27 | May 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse
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Emergency QB.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

MK12 >>>>> MM

Posted by: 4thFloor

If this greater then less then is comparing the probability of a devastating knee injury to occur then i fully agree.

Posted by: Stu27 | May 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Mitchell cut and Stefon Heyer is still on the team. Now we all have seen film on this guy Heyer who can't run block or pass block. Doe he have nude photos of Snyder, Vinny and Shanny or something. Tjis if F'd up.

Posted by: stephenwilson2003@yahoo.com | May 3, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Forget last year's preseason. Actually high production in the preseason is sometimes a negative as the guy is getting playing time and touches because the team's deciding if they want to keep him or not. 32 yards on 4 receptions and no contribution on special teams? See ya.

Posted by: randysbailin | May 3, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I know I'm late to the discussion but... Sure Marko Mitchell looked good against 3rd stringers in pre-season. But he very obviously did not impress last season's coaches enough to get on the field. So why would anyone be surprised he got cut?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 3, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Some of you might want to tighten your bibs up around the neck. You're getting some ShanAllen ball juice on your shirts.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:33 PM

Exactly! If ShanAllen make a bad move, we should let them know about it.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | May 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Yeah.

It was really stupid of me to find some comments of someone watching Marko Mitchell firsthand in practice in order to support the notion that Marko Mitchell was beating guys in practice.

What was I thinking?

LOL-ing at myself!!!

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

No what's funny is that you are using a guy who's never assembled any kind of team to prove that a guy who's won 2 SB rings is wrong.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | May 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I think many of us are surprised to see Montgomery's name on this list. Perhaps "That Haze-lit fella" didn't like him.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | May 3, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Route running. Before we go canonizing (see the tie in to the earlier blog discussion) Mitchell, perhaps being a good route runner is more important in Shanny's offense than pure vertical speed. Beyond that if Marko wasn't going to help as a WR because of his poor route running, then he'd have to help on teams, which he isn't good at. Perhaps he's just not a match in this offense at this time. Marko can play in the league IMO, especially on a team that likes to sling the rock deep. However at this time, he's raw in his routes (his words), and provides little value elsewhere.

Posted by: TWISI | May 3, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse


Marko is a big slow possession guy that doesn't play special teams they are a dime a dozen and very easily replaced. And for those questioning the "timing" it because we had 88 players on our roster and the most you can take to camp with you is 80. There's going to be at least 3 more cuts before July and probably a couple more than that if we sign a veteran right tackle or a safety like Darren Sharper (plz plz plz). We had 11 receivers on the roster, somebody had to go, Marko obviously didn't impress and I highly doubt 5 years from now we'll be lamenting cutting Marko Mitchell.

Posted by: zjfr2 | May 3, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse


Nice.

Between TWISI killing Marko Mitchell for simply being a deep vertical threat and zjfr killing Marko Mitchell for simply being a big possession receiver, we can't even seem to line up the proper reasoning for cutting this guy.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

shannahan puts the fans opn notice, you like a guy you see potential... well then he's cut

everyone's on notice

ooh

Posted by: pabrian2003 | May 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

A very stupid move. Anyone who has actually watched Mitchell knows he has terrific hands, runs his routes well and is very fast. He was dazzling last seaon in the few opportunities he had. I dont think he dropped a single pass all year. Someone should pick him up. This guy is way too talented not play. He has some of the best hands I have ever seen. I don't think I'm over-stating it, I think Marko Mitchell could be another Jerry Rice.

Posted by: physicianexec | May 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

A very stupid move. Anyone who has actually watched Mitchell knows he has terrific hands, runs his routes well and is very fast. He was dazzling last seaon in the few opportunities he had. I dont think he dropped a single pass all year. Someone should pick him up. This guy is way too talented not play. He has some of the best hands I have ever seen. I don't think I'm over-stating it, I think Marko Mitchell could be another Jerry Rice.

Posted by: physicianexec | May 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

LMAO at all of you that were clamoring for a big year from Marko Mitchell...

The guy isn't even deserving of a roster spot in Shanahan's eyes. He obviously showed the coaching staff he was incapable during the OTA's. It's Malcolm Kelly time this year, folks.

Think Rod Smith.

Posted by: hender_22 | May 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow let me be a pompous condescending jackass and accuse people of putting Marko Mitchell with Jerry Rice.... Or suggest that Mitchell will be an all-pro or win us games.

Great, want a long-shot to make the team and get accused for trying to make him out to be Jerry Rice when he gets cut...


Only up this motherfu_ker man, I tell ya...


Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Some of you might want to tighten your bibs up around the neck. You're getting some ShanAllen ball juice on your shirts.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:33 PM |

Likewise you might want to loosen up your grip on MM's nutsack so the dud can head on out of town.

Posted by: TheAnimalFarm | May 3, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Whaaaa? You didn't see MK12 snatch those off target throws JC8 (His new Oakland #) was throwing in Preseason???? WTF?

He makes incomplete passes complete....

Yeah...that's my boy...but that's my boy for a reason.....No need to hate cuz MM could do is run fade routes in the end zone....He would have been good with some development....but as you can see, there wouldn't have been space for him....The made room for Austin or anotha Speed receiver to make the roster....

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

New York News Service is reporting that the Giants are talking to Marko Mitchell!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | May 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

No what's funny is that you are using a guy who's never assembled any kind of team to prove that a guy who's won 2 SB rings is wrong.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | May 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse


No.

What I was doing was responding to a specific point about having wide receivers that can challenge our DBs in camp.

Someone made the specific point that Galloway and Williams would be a good challenge to help train our DBs in camp.

My point was that Marko Mitchell was already doing that, and by citing Clinton Portis's comments I was providing something called "evidence" to back up my point.

I know it's complicated, but follow along and read all the posts...

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Montgomery & Golston have never seemed to play like they did as rookies or they have never improved.

Posted by: tony325 | May 3, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Got to disagree with you here, tony. Golston has played extremely well, AMont never had the engine to play consistently. I'm not surprised that he got cut. But don't include Golston in that thought.

Posted by: frediefritz | May 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Not gonna get too upset over this, though I do wonder how Shanahan sees value in cutting young players with potential and signing old vets whose best days were like 5 years ago. Shanny can't coach up the new guys? Is that what he's saying?

Right now I feel like if we time-traveled back to 2004, we'd be awesome...

Posted by: mattylight | May 3, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

LMAO at all of you that were clamoring for a big year from Marko Mitchell...

The guy isn't even deserving of a roster spot in Shanahan's eyes. He obviously showed the coaching staff he was incapable during the OTA's. It's Malcolm Kelly time this year, folks.

Think Rod Smith.

Posted by: hender_22 | May 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse


???

Rod Smith was an overlooked undrafted FA who played big...kind of like Marko Mitchell could have been (except he was a 7th round pick).

Malcolm Kelly is a 2nd round disappointment who has had plenty of opportunities to play big, but has failed so far.

LMAO at your backasswards upside-down point.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

mitchell ran a 4.48 at the combine, not exactly a blazing vertical threat....

Posted by: zjfr2 | May 3, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

New York News Service is reporting that the Giants are talking to Marko Mitchell!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | May 3, 2010 1:42 PM

This is a perfect fit for the G-Men. Fills a need, and gives Eli another Plaxico type receiver in the red zone and for possesion catches.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | May 3, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Here’s what I am LOL-ing at. In typical RI fashion, this thread already has 2 clear cut sides, with no in-betweens as some folks seem to see it:

“I hoped MM would make the team” = You thought this guy is Jerry Rice and are saying that the skins are doomed now

And

“Probably a smart move, didn’t play teams, etc” = I bow to the altar of Shanny and Allen and won’t ever question anything they do.

It’s either one or the other up here, there is no in between. Period. So choose your sides well and remember that come week 6 of the season, we can call out the “Marko Mitchell defense union” (aren’t those guys stupid!) when he still sucks, or we can laugh at the Shanallen worshippers (Morons!) when Mitchell catches 2 TD’s against us for the Giants/Cowboys/Eagles. HA!

Posted by: dlhaze1 | May 3, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Damn, Jerry f-ing Rice. Come on people your better then that...

Posted by: Stu27 | May 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

No what's funny is that you are using a guy who's never assembled any kind of team to prove that a guy who's won 2 SB rings is wrong.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8


Right, because the fact that Joe Gibbs drafted Jason Campbell in the first round was a stroke of genius....

There are plenty of coaches who won the super bowl and have made some dumb ass decisions. Those two rings he has gives him leeway and benefit of doubt, it doesn't make him a 100% sure thing on EVERYTHING EVERYTIME.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Cutting Marko Mitchell is a mistake - the same mistake the Redskins made in 1991.

This will haunt them.

In 1991, the Redskins drafted a 6'-1", 191 lb WR out of UNLV in the 12th round. In fact, considering the rest of that draft class, he was the best pick. Like Marko Mitchell, he showed promise his rookie season with 22 receptions for 256 yards and a TD. He went on to appear in two Pro Bowl games and is currently a coach for the Redskins staff - so he should have known better than to cut Marko Mitchell.

Remember Kennan McCardell anyone?

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | May 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Nice.

Between TWISI killing Marko Mitchell for simply being a deep vertical threat and zjfr killing Marko Mitchell for simply being a big possession receiver, we can't even seem to line up the proper reasoning for cutting this guy.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:38 PM

Please note that I'm not killing Marko. I think he can play, just not in this offense/team at this time. It's not a surprise he's released because of his poor route running, inability to help on teams, and his lower draft status. Life sucks, but them's the facts. Also, has anyone considered that he was cut after the first minicamp. Maybe Marko was catching onto the offense as quickly as he needed. I'm sure a team like the Raiders could find good use for Mr. Mitchell. I wish him well.

Posted by: TWISI | May 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen, i believe we have our latest "Leigh Torrence."

Let the laments for Marko Mitchell begin.

Posted by: TheCork | May 3, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse
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Hey Cork, now I'm not saying that Mitchell is the next Jerry Rice, and he may very well be closer to Leigh Torrence than he is to Rice in his talent level. However you have to admit, with his youth, I didn't see the harm in at least letting him last through training camp as opposed to Galloway. Galloway's best days as receiver have long past him...3 years ago.

Posted by: clark202 | May 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

This is a perfect fit for the G-Men. Fills a need, and gives Eli another Plaxico type receiver in the red zone and for possesion catches.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | May 3, 2010 1:47 PM

Eli doesn't play in the fourth quarter of preseason games.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dlhaze1 | May 3, 2010 1:47 PM |

Good post...I was initially in the middle...but then peeps want to bring out comparrisons....That's where i get pulled in....

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | May 3, 2010 1:49 PM

Too bad there's no Jimmy Smith here to draw attention away from Marko Mitchell.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 3, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Signing Joey Galloway screams of desperation. Guy couldn't catch on in NE with a guy named Tom Brady. Oh, and the Pats seem like they throw it about 45 times per game. If Joey G. couldn't do well there, I don't see it here. Dude's washed up...

Posted by: mattylight | May 3, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't comparing their paths to the league, I was comparing what they have shown to the coaches through tape and practice time so far.

I hate to burst your bubble, but its obvious Marko Mitchell didn't impress.

Posted by: hender_22 | May 3, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Got to disagree with you here, tony. Golston has played extremely well, AMont never had the engine to play consistently. I'm not surprised that he got cut. But don't include Golston in that thought.

Posted by: frediefritz | May 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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Maybe your right on Golston... but then again, hard to judge guys when they played in that sorry DL scheme of Blache. I just never understood why we didn't run more stunts to attempt to free up our lineman instead of using them to take up space & let the LB's make all the plays. Good against run game but terrible at getting pressure on the QB.

Posted by: tony325 | May 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

TheAnimalFarm, I will loosen my grip as soon as your w_ore b*tch mom stops using my dick as an instrument to clean her gums.

B*tch got gums like a horse, son...


Your wife just looks like one. Maybe it's because it comes from all those years being on the farm and fu_king all the farm animals, you fu_king zoophilist.


Go masturbate to the cows grazing or something, fu_k boy...


Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it was he didn't impress, it's just pure #s.

He is subject to the waiver wire. So any news of him today is as Faux as you can get.....

I am more disappointend in A Montgomery...I was holding out hope for this former High School QB.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

mitchell ran a 4.48 at the combine, not exactly a blazing vertical threat....

Posted by: zjfr2 | May 3, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse


Marko Mitchell is 6'4'' and runs a 4.48 40 time.

Larry Fitzgerald is 6'3'' and ran a 4.53 40 time.

Brandon Marshall is 6'4'' and ran a 4.57 40 time.

...I'll just let the numbers hang out there...

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Like Marko Mitchell, he showed promise his rookie season with 22 receptions for 256 yards and a TD. He went on to appear in two Pro Bowl games and is currently a coach for the Redskins staff - so he should have known better than to cut Marko Mitchell.

Remember Kennan McCardell anyone?

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | May 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse
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Where you getting these stats? NFL.com says he had 1 catch and 8 yards through 2 seasons.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

John Elway CARRIED three Broncos teams to SBs (albeit losses) without a decent defense or a great RB. Seriously, who else did those teams have? The 3 amigos? Shanahan won two SBs with a the Peyton Manning of his era and a great defense and a HOF RB. Not sure that this constitutes Shanahan being a genius; that said he has been successful.

I think as a rule, Shanny will favor vets over low draft picks and UFAs. Not sold on this hiring until we see results on the field. If the track he is taking is win now, then he better start winning out of the gate.

We will see Marko Mitchell again; the fact that they let him go this early means that it won't be on the skin's practice squad.

Maybe he did master the double move and Carlos Rogers was biting all day in practice. I agree with those that think its a shame for him, but likely won't have a huge impact on the success or failure of the team as a whole.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | May 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

What I don't understand is why the Redskins just cut him. How stupid. Everyone knows this guy's gonna be a beast in the NFL so we should have been able to trade him for a third or fourth round pick in next year's draft. What are they thinking out at Redskins Park?

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM

That has to be the most idiotic comment I have ever heard in my life. Multi-year pro-bowler McNabb fetchs a 2nd plus a 3rd/4th. Campbell was a 3 year starter and only fetched a 4th. So you expect a non-starter, 7th round pick that barely made the roster to fetch ANYTHING, not counting a 3rd or 4th round pick? You must be living in la-la land or be about 12 years old.

Posted by: PriorKnowledge | May 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I want to be supportive, I really do.
I'm not a chronic complainer / whiner regarding the Skins.

Yet, I must inquire,
a. Do Shanny and Bruce Allen KNOW Joey Galloway has more left in his tank than they can develop in Marko Mitchell's tank?

b. Galloway won't be playing special teams

c. Additionally, having lost speed, he is a much smaller target than Mitchell as well.

So why not drive Mitchell in a training camp, and see what you get?

If someone wants to persuade me differently, I welcome your response.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | May 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is that Shanahan doesn't want to have anything to do with the players Vinny Cerrato drafted or aquired.

Besides all redskins nation should want to forget about Cerrato too and his one dimensional players, or busts.

Trust Shanahan's judgement, he just doesn't look for one dimensional players,he knows a football player when he see's one.

I won't be surprised if he releses Kelly. I hope not.

Posted by: slvtruco21 | May 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | May 3, 2010 2:01 PM

Co-sign

Posted by: dlhaze1 | May 3, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

What I don't understand is why the Redskins just cut him. How stupid. Everyone knows this guy's gonna be a beast in the NFL so we should have been able to trade him for a third or fourth round pick in next year's draft. What are they thinking out at Redskins Park?

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM

Everyone knows this guy's gonna be a beast in the NFL? Everyone except the Coach and GM I guess.

Posted by: hender_22 | May 3, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell is 6'4'' and runs a 4.48 40 time.

Larry Fitzgerald is 6'3'' and ran a 4.53 40 time.

Brandon Marshall is 6'4'' and ran a 4.57 40 time.

...I'll just let the numbers hang out there...

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Fitz and Marshall aren't great receivers because of speed, they are because of incredible hands, toughness, body control, and route running. Saying he's faster then them as if that proves something is missing the point of what makes them great. And don't forget which coach discovered Brandon Marshall and developed him into a great receiver, you think Shanny would cut Marko if he thought he was of similar ability, come off, a fringe NFL guy/last man on the depth chart just got cut, let it go, we are not any worse off today than yesterday and the success of the Shanny/Allen regime is going to have a lot more to do with the development of Trent Williams, Selvish Capers, the zone blocking scheme, McNabb, the new D scheme, the over the hill trio in the backfield, the utilization of our two talented tight ends, the continued growth of Kelly and Thomas, and the higher quality of gameday coaching than it will the cutting of a 7th rounder nobody had ever heard of until he caught a couple of fade routes from Chase Daniels against arena league midget corners.

Posted by: zjfr2 | May 3, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I want to be supportive, I really do.
I'm not a chronic complainer / whiner regarding the Skins.

Yet, I must inquire,
a. Do Shanny and Bruce Allen KNOW Joey Galloway has more left in his tank than they can develop in Marko Mitchell's tank?

b. Galloway won't be playing special teams

c. Additionally, having lost speed, he is a much smaller target than Mitchell as well.

So why not drive Mitchell in a training camp, and see what you get?

If someone wants to persuade me differently, I welcome your response.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | May 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

we still have 9 or 10 receivers on the roster, why don't we wait to see what the corps looks like in training camp and the preseason and see who makes the final cut before we lament the keeping of Joey Galloway over Marko.....Joey is far from guaranteed a roster spot.

Posted by: zjfr2 | May 3, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

If someone wants to persuade me differently, I welcome your response.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | May 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse
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For all we know, Marko may have asked or volunteered for this, hoping to catch on somewhere else before the season starts. Heck, maybe the Raiders...

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"What I don't understand is why the Redskins just cut him?"


They cut him because according to their roster assessment they already had two 'big' receivers in MK and DT.

Plus, they wanted the roster spot in order to assess the viability of one of the million and a half defensive linemen they brought in.

Guys get cut day in and day out in the NFL.

Get over it, Mitchell is gone.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

So we hold onto the likes of Joey Galloway, Bobby wade, and Roydell Williams and send Marko Mitchell packing???

Booooooooooo!

Posted by: p1funk

Agreed

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Everyone knows this guy's gonna be a beast in the NFL? Everyone except the Coach and GM I guess.

Posted by: hender_22 | May 3, 2010 2:07 PM

And now you've pinpointed the problem! Vinny and Zorn never would have cut this guy.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Neither is Malcolm Kelly...

Posted by: Stu27 | May 3, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

... we can't even seem to line up the proper reasoning for cutting this guy.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:38 PM

... because he had the audacity to show up to mini-camp with the same initials as Marcus Mason?

Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

...I'll just let the numbers hang out there...

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:59 PM

Did you just really do this? You're comparing a Mitchell to two guys who have been killing it since they stepped in the league. Talent cannot be denied. If Mitchell looked like Fitz and Marshall (or a reasonable facsimile) in practice, do you really believe he would not have been able to see action over last year's crop of receiver?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 3, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm just trying to figure out what's the problem in wanting to see long-shots that you see potential in making the team.

So what should I use to gauge a players talent or potential at the NFL level.... oh I see, I should just believe ANYTHING and WHATEVER Coach Shanahan says too, because he won a super bowl, and super bowl winning coaches aren't EVER wrong! Sh*t, they bat 1.000.


No, I should look at their Madden ratings.


I could just watch what some dude on TV tells me who the best players are.

Some of you might want to tighten your bibs up around the neck. You're getting some ShanAllen ball juice on your shirts.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 1:33 PM

I agree with this post. I think we would be much better off trusting RedDMV as he blogs from his moms basement. Thats a sure bet talent evaluation.

Posted by: the_shocker1 | May 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

we still have 9 or 10 receivers on the roster, why don't we wait to see what the corps looks like in training camp and the preseason and see who makes the final cut before we lament the keeping of Joey Galloway over Marko.....Joey is far from guaranteed a roster spot.
Posted by: zjfr2 | May 3, 2010 2:12 PM
That’s what we are saying we wished had happened with MM (“why don't we wait to see what the corps looks like in training camp and the preseason”) ……not saying that he should be guaranteed a spot, but should be given more of a chance. Very weird that they cut him right before a mini-camp. We all seem to be happy about “open competition” and how great it is that none of the starting positions are entitled to anyone. This move heading into a mini camp when there are not any cut downs due seems to limit the competition. I know you don’t want too many bodies in camp, but it seems like he was not given a shot when he showed us a lot of promise.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | May 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | May 3, 2010 2:01 PM

Because he's not going to make the team. And neither is Joey Galloway.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a chronic complainer / whiner regarding the Skins.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | May 3, 2010 2:01 PM

I used to be (about The Owner and his former EVP anyway), but it was beaten out of me ... or at least indifferenced out of me.

Which part of "Honeymoon Season" for Shanahanallen aren't peeps getting? Those guys get a free pass ... till about Week Three anyway.

Posted by: dcsween | May 3, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

What I don't understand is why the Redskins just cut him. How stupid. Everyone knows this guy's gonna be a beast in the NFL so we should have been able to trade him for a third or fourth round pick in next year's draft. What are they thinking out at Redskins Park?

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM

That has to be the most idiotic comment I have ever heard in my life. Multi-year pro-bowler McNabb fetchs a 2nd plus a 3rd/4th. Campbell was a 3 year starter and only fetched a 4th. So you expect a non-starter, 7th round pick that barely made the roster to fetch ANYTHING, not counting a 3rd or 4th round pick? You must be living in la-la land or be about 12 years old.

Posted by: PriorKnowledge | May 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse
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Or he could be exercising his sarcasm muscle. But don't let me interrupt your sphincter flexing session.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zjfr2 | May 3, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Nice try.

To argue that Larry Fitzgerald is not a vertical threat receiver would be supremely asinine.

B.Marshall runs all sorts of routes, including the deep ones effectively.

Your notion that Marko Mitchell is just a "big slow possession reciever" was off base.

He's got plenty of speed for a 6'4'' guy and showed he could beat people deep when he was on the field.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Talent cannot be denied. If Mitchell looked like Fitz and Marshall (or a reasonable facsimile) in practice, do you really believe he would not have been able to see action over last year's crop of receiver?

Posted by: learnedhand1


I guess it's completely out the realm of possibility for a guy with talent to get released during the offseason.

It's never happened.

Guys get cut day in and day out in the NFL.

Get over it, Mitchell is gone.

Posted by: MistaMoe

So let me get this straight: It's not cool to voice concern of the release of one of the more popular players on the team -- one with potential -- but it's cool when people try take this bullsh*t "tough love" approach and tell people to "get over it"....


If anyone needs to "get over it" it's all the wannabe stoic fans that suggest that people get over it.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Did you just really do this? You're comparing a Mitchell to two guys who have been killing it since they stepped in the league. Talent cannot be denied. If Mitchell looked like Fitz and Marshall (or a reasonable facsimile) in practice, do you really believe he would not have been able to see action over last year's crop of receiver?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 3, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse
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You took that post way out of context. Go back and read the thread.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

...I'll just let the numbers hang out there...

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

not to pile on, but the whole infatuation with 40 times over the last week leaves me perplexed.

speed matters. but if it were that important, the Usain Bolts of the world would have taken over the NFL long ago.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 3, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

can't believe he signed with the IGGLES!!!!DANGIT!!!!

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 3, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

This move heading into a mini camp when there are not any cut downs due seems to limit the competition. I know you don’t want too many bodies in camp, but it seems like he was not given a shot when he showed us a lot of promise.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | May 3, 2010 2:18 PM

Are you kidding us? 93 guys on the roster -- 9 or 10 at WR -- and you're worried that they're "limiting" competition?

He was given a shot. They have tape on the guy. He was in 10 games last year. Plus there's all that stunning pre-season fourth quarter tape. And he's been out at the park and participated in one mini-camp.

Look, they "gave him a shot" and decided that he missed their target. Let him have a shot with another team and let the Redskins work with the receivers they want.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hope that cutting Marko doesn't come back to haunt us but our CB's can't cover anyone anyway. No surprise that he was open in practice, all it takes is a double move on Carlos, D Hall, and the departed Smootie.

Posted by: hogwash1 | May 3, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

You can defend Shanahan and Allen all you wan't. Mitchell was giving our veteran corners fits last year. He is faster, just as tall and has more body control than Kelly. Not taking him to camp is mostly about ego ... not wanting the late round gem to be a holdover from the Cerrato era.

That being said, this is either a huge vote of confidence for Terrence Austin, letting go of Aldrige (return) Mitchel (5th/6th WR) or simply blind faith.

Posted by: hakimallen | May 3, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedDMV | May 3, 2010 2:23 PM

Mourn as long as you need to. But "one of the more popular players on the team"? With who? RIers? I never saw the guy play one down that meant something or make a play in any game that counted. So forgive me for not being busted up that he got cut. If he's really a player then he'll go somewhere else and prove management wrong. God bless him.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 3, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed in the Alridge move. He came from Denver. Was he one of Shanny's "late-round gems" in his last draft there? They just released the only true speed back we had on our roster.
Seems that signing people like Joey Galloway and Bobby Wade then turning around and cutting a young talent like Marko is just more of the same ole Skins in the off season. Give away young talent and keep around crusty garbage that the rest of the league has tossed out.

Posted by: INIOWA | May 3, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

That being said, this is either a huge vote of confidence for Terrence Austin, letting go of Aldrige (return) Mitchel (5th/6th WR) or simply blind faith.

Posted by: hakimallen | May 3, 2010 2:26 PM

I'm going with the other option: none of the above. They don't think the guy can make the team and they don't want to waste his time and theirs. They've picked out several receivers they'd rather have than him. It's not a vote of confidence for anyone -- the others are still competing for a job.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

First Cartright, now Mitchell. Who's left to be our lovable underdog ... Colt?

Posted by: shanks1 | May 3, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

* beep beep *

new post...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 3, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

That being said, this is either a huge vote of confidence for Terrence Austin, letting go of Aldrige (return) Mitchel (5th/6th WR) or simply blind faith.

Posted by: hakimallen | May 3, 2010 2:26 PM

Could it be the this battle for roster position at this time came down to MM beating out either DK, MK, SM since MM can't help on teams. If he didn't flash the ability to beat these guys out then it's to his benefit to be let go sooner than later. I believe the Bills or Raiders are looking for a #3 WR.

Posted by: TWISI | May 3, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

They cut our beloved Marko? Well, crap. Now they'll cut Colt Brennan, and there won't be anybody to cheer for during the 4th quarter of the preseason games.

Posted by: 4-12 | May 3, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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You must be living in la-la land or be about 12 years old.

Posted by: PriorKnowledge | May 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse
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Or he could be exercising his sarcasm muscle. But don't let me interrupt your sphincter flexing session.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

hmmm. did i misinterpret a sarcastic comment? maybe... but i was in hurry for the bathroom at the time.

Posted by: PriorKnowledge | May 3, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

speed matters. but if it were that important, the Usain Bolts of the world would have taken over the NFL long ago.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 3, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse
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Bolt can be bigger than the NFL, though. He's a once in a lifetime freak of physical nature, yet he seems to have that Ali gamesmanship gene, too. I hope the guy can capitalize on his gifts.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The 4-12 team cuts its 5th-string wide receiver and RI lights up like a pinball machine. I do appreciate the passion, folks.

Posted by: closer44 | May 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Funk, maybe you should forward Shanny and son those 40 times, the Portis quote and any 2009 preseason footage you've got.

Posted by: mack1 | May 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Sween, exaggeration is the key to any discussion on RI. See CL intimating that 'funk and I are pimping Marko Mitchell as the next undiscovered Randy Moss.

Nate, 'tis true, they have not lost a game yet. I'm highly supportive of the FO and agree with most of what they've done so far, but if I see a move I disagree with, my respect for Shanahan & co. won't preclude me from speaking my opinion.

Red, you know what's up.

Posted by: psps23 | May 3, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Its all about talent, if Shanahan doesn't see that I respect his judgment! if he can't run the routes? or can't follow directions? you will get cut! simple.

Posted by: slvtruco21 | May 3, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse


Remember, Shanny isn't the astute personnel guy everyone gives him credit for. When he essentially signed the entire Cleveland Browns defense, something was askew.

Mitchell isn't Rice nor is Aldridge W. Payton, but one guy had promise while the other had speed. Galloway is a 15 YEAR vet and the trifecta of running backs is like marrying a 40 year old stripper; sure she was once hot, but look at her now!

Posted by: duh2mag | May 3, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

If MARKO MITCHELL isn't picked up and become a starter in this league, I'll eat my hat. This is KEENAN McCARDELL II. Numbers game spelled his demise as a REDSKIN also. I swear, the REDSKINS couldn't evaluate talent if it jumped up and bit them in the azz.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 3, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Morons that justify this based upon "not following directions" or "can't run routes," need to shut their mouths until they receive fact #1 to back up their BS.

This, THIS is why I didn't like signing Galloway's old, washed up ass. WASTE of a roster spot.

Now, I'll tell you what, Marko Mitchell adjusted to the ball WAAAAY better than Kelley did. Repeatedly. Mitchell has instincts. Kelly reminds me of a Michael Westbrook: Great on paper, not a very coordinated body.

Redskins will regret this stupid decision. Morons. Complete BS. Galloway over Marko Mitchell? Bad enough we've gotten stuck with Kelly over him, but now a 38 year old bum?

BAD. If you like this, you're a moron. Even if you are from El Salvador and are 21.

Galloway just screwed us up. And whoever brought his ancient ass in should be sent home for a week without pay to watch Marko Mitchell's 3 TDs from last year until they pass out.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 3, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

And on first down, God said" run between tackles", and they gained 2 yards.

And on second down God said" run off tackle" and they gained 4 yards.

And on third down God said" run counter trey" and they gained 4 yards.

And God said " first down" and it was good after they measured.

And then God said " let's go deep on the next down" and it was good for a 48 yard TD

And then Dan snyder hired God as offensive coordinator for, like, $10 billion a year.

And then God became sloppy and started to pass on every down. And it was good for sending McNabb to hospital.

And the following season, Dan Snyder fired God, who promptly signed wit the Cowboys.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 3, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

And on first down, God said" run between tackles", and they gained 2 yards.

And on second down God said" run off tackle" and they gained 4 yards.

And on third down God said" run counter trey" and they gained 4 yards.

And God said " first down" and it was good after they measured.

And then God said " let's go deep on the next down" and it was good for a 48 yard TD

And then Dan snyder hired God as offensive coordinator for, like, $10 billion a year.

And then God became sloppy and started to pass on every down. And it was good for sending McNabb to hospital.

And the following season, Dan Snyder fired God, who promptly signed wit the Cowboys.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 3, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

2010 Leigh Torrence Award Winner

Dateline Washington, D.C.

The world famous Leigh Torrence Award for Redskin Player Cut Before His Time has been awarded this year to a clear front runner, Marko Mitchell.

Nominees were A. Montgomery and A. Alridge.

"This award means so much to me and I am honored to have it named after me," said Torrence who was canned by the Redskins and became a folk hero in the Redskin Nation chatrooms and message boards.

Said Mitchell, "I never had a chance. We kept changing our offense and our quarterback was like a giant sequoia who wouldn't move around. I could have played Special Teams if I was asked. This whole situation is just plain ate up. I'll be a Raider. Marko my words!"

In other Redskin news, Clinton Portis has new diamond earrings that he says will give him better street cred with the homeboys. Plus he says, "It makes me look purty."

Posted by: laserwizard | May 3, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

What is Galloway 60 years old now? Bobby Wade? give me a break! He couldn't make it on several teams. I really think Shanny is proving himself all over again like he did in Denver. He cut guys and they went on to great performances on other teams. He doesn't listen to his scouts and goes by tape. He brings in low character guys and turns his teams into a roster of felons. He did it in Denver and the Raiders. More of the same....
GIVE MARKO A CHANCE IN TRAINING CAMP!!!!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | May 3, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Funk, maybe you should forward Shanny and son those 40 times, the Portis quote and any 2009 preseason footage you've got.

Posted by: mack1 | May 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse


Naahh.

I'm probably better off just goose-stepping and throwing up the "Hail!" hand anytime he makes a decision.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

No, he says, "it MAKE me look purty."

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 3, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Mitchell isn't Rice nor is Aldridge W. Payton, but one guy had promise while the other had speed. Galloway is a 15 YEAR vet and the trifecta of running backs is like marrying a 40 year old stripper; sure she was once hot, but look at her now!

Posted by: duh2mag | May 3, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse
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Do you mean a 40 year old "retired" stripper or a 40 year old "active stripper? I am not going to categorically downgrade a stripper based on age. If she is still collecting significant tips, she may not be out of commission yet. You have to trust the market forces.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 3, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"Mitchell wasn't a special teams contributer, which could mean Mike Shanahan didn't see him doing enough things justify the roster spot"

Cant wait to see Ol Joey Galloway running down as our gunner on punt coverage.

Bad move, morons.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 3, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Nation in full swing!!

With the relaese of Marko Mitchell, Redskins record drops from 12-4 to 4-12. The second coming of Art Monk and Jerry Rice combined, who passed on by the entire NFL until the bottom o' draft degrades Redskins offense from No. 1 to No.29.

Shame-on-Shanny!!!

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Tinkle, I mean Tinker, how are we going to survive without MM's 32 yards/season?

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Do we really have to get upset by cutting a receiver who had 4 catches? A DT that has gotten worse each year since he had a good year. Come on now.

Posted by: ryan_conaway | May 3, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Bolt can be bigger than the NFL, though. He's a once in a lifetime freak of physical nature, yet he seems to have that Ali gamesmanship gene, too. I hope the guy can capitalize on his gifts.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | May 3, 2010 2:36 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Gault

Posted by: RedCherokee | May 3, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I saw the catches Marko made and he was underthrown to. He never had a chance with the lousy QB play!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | May 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Same old, same old. I guess Mitchell's biggest problem was not that he didn't play special teams (as if big bust, Kelly does) but that he didn't get drafted high enough and earn a signing bonus the Skins could have thrown away only to lament later. Mitchell has shown to be the lanky receiver with good hands the Skins so desire but of course in bizarro Redskin land they'll stick with the receivers they still hope will find their way after stinking up the joint the last few years or hope another acquired aging veteran is up to the task. Coaches may come and coaches may go, but Danny boy's ridiculous meddling will always suffocate this team's progress. And if he wasn't involved for a change, then shame on Shanihan. Your #2 draft pick needs some decent wide outs, Mike, and so far this stable is abominable. Big booooo to this move.

Posted by: mikeh3 | May 3, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

As long as the Skins are brining in washed up old guys they might as well sign James Thrash. He'll play special teams and should be able to play as many games as Galloway.

Posted by: coparker5 | May 3, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Hope Marko Mitchell hooks on with a team that appreciates his talents and has a blow out year. Same for Anthony Montgomery.

Posted by: jgllo | May 3, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I love the way Marko Mitchell catches balls in the end zone, but this team seems to be going in a direction where the goal of developing talent needs to be balanced with on-field production today. 7th round draft choices have to show an eagerness to do whatever coaches ask them in order to stick around -- including playing head-hunter on special teams. If the coaches threw the playbook at him at mini-camp and he struggled, then his lack of special teams excellence must have been fatal. My question is, how much time were receivers given to master the playbook? Maybe he didn't or couldn't study the playbook on his own. With everybody learning the playbook at the same time, maybe he was seen as slowing everybody else down?

Judging by the flashes he has shown on the kind of routes he's good at, I would think that somebody will pick him up. Cutting him early gives him a chance to be signed by another team. It may not seem like it now, but Coach Shanahan did him a favor.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | May 3, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Keeping an old WR like Galloway or Wade (I know — not as old) over a promising young guy like Mitchell is a mistake, especially when the young guy is 6-6, has long arms and can jump out of the stadium. Those are tools that can't be replicated through hard work or creative coaching. I agree with "psps23" — let him battle it out with Kelly, who is shorter, maybe slower, has bad knees and isn't exactly known as a hard worker.

How poetic would it be to see Mitchell land in Oakland, where he and Campbell both might get more of a fair shake? Campbell haters don't like to hear it, but if the Raiders give him an actual offensive line, he's going to surprise some people. The man has talent.

I also agree that it's a shame about Montgomery. Always expected more.

At least they're replacing him after he didn't start last year. Dallas just re-signed Montrae Holland to a two-year contract, and he was INACTIVE for all 16 games last year.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | May 3, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Releasing Mitchell is stupid just cause he was drafted in the 7th round.

Talent-wise he never looks worst than the 2nd best receiver on the team.

Posted by: mac2j | May 3, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell...another training camp favorite like Colt Brennan...

Unfortunately....you gotta perform when you get your reps in practice.

While Mitchell making the team would have been a feel good story....the fact is....There is better talent this year and a better coach.

Just like Jimmy Farris looked great in preseason.....so did Mitchell but that doesn't translate to making an NFL Roster.

Posted by: GoonieGooGoo | May 3, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I am not too surprised by these moves, really. Mitchell has had some flashes. But he obviously didn't impress Zorn's staff, or he'd have played more. So, if he didn't impress Shanahan's staff either, then that's on Mitchell, not the coaches. The writing was on the wall for Montgomery when they brought in Scott, Carriker, Green, Bryant, Kemoeatu and Peterson. They obviously weren't too impressed by the DT's, or saw that Montgomery wouldn't be flexible enough as they switch back and forth between the 4-3 and 3-4 alignments.

Posted by: OintheSierras | May 3, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mithchell will catch on with another team. Wished they had not cut him.

Posted by: jmy999 | May 3, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Marko.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 3, 2010 11:50 AM

And greetings to your brothers, Harpo and Groucho.

Posted by: skinfanman | May 3, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

This is the most BS of BS moves in this 'new' regime. Still trying to justify Kelly at 2 and don't want Marko at 7 to outplay him. Didn't give this guy a shot at all...Instead of Same Shytt Different Day, it's just Same ol Shytt...

Posted by: kahlua87 | May 3, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

m. mitchell has some talent not certain he will turn into the next j.rice but he should be picked up by another team maybe the raiders. montgormery maybe no worse or better than the other DT'S signed this year other than kemoeatu who before an injury last year was recognized as a good NT. don't see what galloway brings he is just too old now and the other newly signed receivers never heard of them,if veteran receivers are needed sign t. owens 1 year deal.

Posted by: wathu19 | May 3, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Darren Sharper resigned with NO...confirmed by 2 sources.

Shoot. Hope we'll be ok at FS.

Thoughts?

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | May 3, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan has obviously decided he'd rather work to develop the 6 other recievers with less than 3 years experience than Mitchell. By the way before they brought in Wade and Galloway, Moss was the only experienced reciever on the roster. Even if these guys don't make the team, they hopefully will show these younger guys how to be a pro.

Posted by: kerrdawg | May 3, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

And for the people speculating that Shanahan kept Kelly over Mitchell because of where they were drafted, you are just nuts. Shanahan always plays "the best player" regardless of draft status or salary. He won Superbowls with Rod Smith(undrafted) and Ed Mcaffrey(castoff), while jettising highly drafted players. He sent Ashley Lelie and Javon Walker packing. Sent Clinton Portis packing too.

Posted by: kerrdawg | May 3, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Was planning to purchase tickets to a game this year but I think I'll hold off. Hate to waste money until I see a full year's product on the field. A lot of these old farts will be worn out at mid-season so I'll watch from home.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | May 3, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping Marko would make it to training camp, but let's be realistic. The Shanahan's have all the film that anyone here has ever seen of Mitchell and have actually had the chance to work with him and observe his training habits.

Mike Shanahan has a lot of experience of working with some very good wide receivers. I don't think Mitchell got cut because he doesn't play special teams, despite being one of the most talented receivers on the team. He got cut because he doesn't play special teams and the highly experienced, offensive minded head coach didn't think his talent made him one of the nine best receivers on the squad.

He couldn't make it onto the field last year, on a team that was desperate for play-makers. He has just been cut at the beginning of May. He obviously doesn't look quite so impressive to professional football coaches as he does to us fans. He is big, fast and from the limited pre-season action we saw seemed to have decent hands but obviously coaches are seeing something rather less promising in practice where they could compare him directly with the other receivers on the roster.

Sure, mis-evaluations happen all the time and some players take a long time to realise their potential, just look at James Harrison. However, no one gets cut if they're are "a beast" everytime they were given an opportunity.

Bobby Wade obviously isn't going to be an NFL superstar but he has already made it on to the active game day rosters of four franchises. He's made it on to rosters without doing so as draft pick of the that management. He and Galloway provide useful benchmarks. The coaches obviously don't think Marko has reached that level.

Posted by: WeNeedLinemen | May 3, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I said it before, I am underwhelmed by the Shanny personnel moves. We are shaping up to be the second coming of the Over the Hill Gang. There is nobody on this roster that scares you. We will likely be picked to finish last in the NFC East again. Maybe 7 or 8 wins tops.

Posted by: jfoster13 | May 3, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I am Now Pissed, WTF, why would you cut Marko,what a bunch of morons, who every is lucky enough to pick him will be getting a future pro bowler. My best guess is he will be snatched up by NE very soon. Somebody F'd UP big time !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | May 3, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

To read some of these comments, you'd think the Skins just released Jerry Rice in his prime. This guy had 32 yards on 4 catches last season. Obviously the comedy team of Zorn/Sherm Smith and Sherm Lewis weren't falling over each other trying to get him the ball. Shanahan had a chance to evaluate him and wasn't impressed. I predict he's never heard from again.

Posted by: randysbailin | May 3, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I concur with jfoster13, yet from a different angle. Snyder may appiear not involved, but his mandate is obvious: win now, the future be damned, get people to buy tickets and make money RIGHT NOW not 2-3 years from now. These personnel moves are completely consistent with Snyder's business approach, which shows little concern for long-term, sustainable success. Drafting Sanchez last year, or Bradford this year would have been a disaster, for Sanchez or Bradford.

What is Shannahan's record for developing quarterbacks? Griese (average), Plummer (disaster), Cutler (let him go after Shanny was gone). He obviously wanted an Elway-type, 'win right now' guy vs. some like JC with potential yet not a record of superlative success. Do the 'Skins have a core of mid-to-young studs that are the nucleus of the team for the next 5-7 years, a group of guys who define the team the way that famous 1981 Redskins' draft did? This team is 9-7 if they're fortunately healthy, but reality says at best 8-8 or 7-9. If this team doesn't contend for a SB in 2011-2012,which I doubt, Snyder blew it, again.

Posted by: pdfordiii | May 3, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

What I don't understand is why the Redskins just cut him. How stupid. Everyone knows this guy's gonna be a beast in the NFL so we should have been able to trade him for a third or fourth round pick in next year's draft. What are they thinking out at Redskins Park?

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM

Why in the world would a team give up a draft pick for someone who has only proven himself in the preseason against 3rd and 4th stringers. Everyone clamors for change and new leadership. When we get it everyone still complains. Come on people make up your mind, either we want change or we don't. It's about time someone brought some discipline and leadership back to this team!

Posted by: thediesel44 | May 3, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

What I don't understand is why the Redskins just cut him. How stupid. Everyone knows this guy's gonna be a beast in the NFL so we should have been able to trade him for a third or fourth round pick in next year's draft. What are they thinking out at Redskins Park?

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM

Why in the world would a team give up a draft pick for someone who has only proven himself in the preseason against 3rd and 4th stringers. Everyone clamors for change and new leadership. When we get it everyone still complains. Come on people make up your mind, either we want change or we don't. It's about time someone brought some discipline and leadership back to this team!

Posted by: thediesel44 | May 3, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

in shanny i trust but with a over the hill gang @ rb and wr minus unproven kelly and thomas mcnabb doesn't have the weapons he needs to lead us to the playoffs. we need to stockpile draftpicks for next year in my humble opinion. Landry is a major whiff in coverage. Rogers couldnt catch a vd in tijuana going bearback much less a football. too many holes on the o line with the exception of rabach. thinking we go 7-9 @ best this year. we have to build through the draft!!

Posted by: davetoobs146 | May 3, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

To read some of these comments, you'd think the Skins just released Jerry Rice in his prime. This guy had 32 yards on 4 catches last season. Obviously the comedy team of Zorn/Sherm Smith and Sherm Lewis weren't falling over each other trying to get him the ball. Shanahan had a chance to evaluate him and wasn't impressed. I predict he's never heard from again.

Posted by: randysbailin | May 3, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse
your no talent evaluator, based on last years performance, Fred Davis would still be a bust if Cooley was not injured. Zorn would'nt have played a talented person all year if could get away with it. He wanted to Lose. He handcuffed talented guys like Marko you Moron !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | May 3, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell was released. So what. So he made some catches in preseason games against the other teams 2nd or 3rd string. Big deal. Have any of you actually seen him run the correct route, and run it right? Have any of you seen him block correctly on a running play? If he doesn't do these things correctly, it doesn't matter how much natural ability he has. Would you expect a lineman that has great physical ability, but lacks the proper technique, and footwork, and fails to improve in these areas, to actually start??

Posted by: Ireland2 | May 4, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

How does Terrell Owens fit in now?

Posted by: garyolney | May 4, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

How does Terrell Owens fit in now?

Posted by: garyolney | May 4, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell ... You gotta be kiddin me ???

Okay, this is the first real mistake we have seen Shanny make. Surprised !!!! Letting a talent like Marko get away from us to make room for aging guys who really ought to be coaching by now, makes no sense !!!
I have not disagreed with anything that has been done up until now and in fact praised every move, but this is hard to take !!! I hope I am proovin wrong, maybe there is a problem with Mitchell that we just haven't seen ??? My guess is this one will come back to haunt us !!! As much as we want Kelly and Thomas to pan out, they haven't done squat so far and Mitchell in the little chance he had, he shined !!! Bad MOJO man, Bad MOJO !!!

Posted by: EFitz1000aolcom | May 4, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell ... You gotta be kiddin me ???

Okay, this is the first real mistake we have seen Shanny make. Surprised !!!! Letting a talent like Marko get away from us to make room for aging guys who really ought to be coaching by now, makes no sense !!!
I have not disagreed with anything that has been done up until now and in fact praised every move, but this is hard to take !!! I hope I am proovin wrong, maybe there is a problem with Mitchell that we just haven't seen ??? My guess is this one will come back to haunt us !!! As much as we want Kelly and Thomas to pan out, they haven't done squat so far and Mitchell in the little chance he had, he shined !!! Bad MOJO man, Bad MOJO !!!

Posted by: EFitz1000aolcom | May 4, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that saw M.Mitchell drop a catch against san diego's 2nd string Cbs and finish with 0 catches?? Preseason is one thing but producing in regular season is another ala D.Thompson Preseason pro-probowler and regular season dud for Spurrier Inc

Posted by: Istudydrugs | May 5, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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