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Redskins Unrestricted: J. Taylor Practices

Jason Reid's latest video update ...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  July 23, 2008; 11:30 AM ET
 
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really?

Posted by: 42nd? | July 23, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

isnt this a day old info?

Posted by: chris larry | July 23, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I miss Heath Shuler.

Posted by: svxcountry | July 23, 2008 11:15 AM

And Heath, in turn missed a lot of open receivers.

Posted by: cload & daggar | July 23, 2008 11:34 AM

Man,

Cload came out of nowhere...Gave the old Lee Harvey Oswald treatment to svxcountry

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 23, 2008 11:37 AM

LMAO!!!!!!! this is why i come up here! cload, cheyenne take a bow!

Posted by: dealer | July 23, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Hey, that's yesterday's news. Maybe "Redskins Unrestricted" should be renamed, "Day-Old Bread".

Posted by: Izzy Cohen | July 23, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, we were in our morning planning meeting. (That's too many ings....maybe ING could buy an ad...) I can't believe you're just up the street, Alex.

Posted by: Cindy | July 23, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

skinz, we's on the same page. i just don't think he's going to last a whole year (my prediction)...

would you guys consider this to be a bad draft by the skins if none of the 19 receivers they drafted become starters by week 1,2,4,5? i'm less forgiving cuz if they can't beat out thrash for the #3 slot by week 1?? c'mon!

Posted by: dealer | July 23, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe you're just up the street, Alex.

Posted by: Cindy | July 23, 2008 11:44 AM

Alex should take you out and buy you lunch at an expensive restaurant of your choosing. Also, Zeese, I'm out of town for the summer so maybe you can mail me some money and I'll take myself out to lunch at an expensive restaurant? Thanks in advance (as they say in the fund-raising biz).

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

chRIs LarRY, yes, CIA analysts have determined that indeed the video seems to be authentic and was probably recorded at some time on 7/22/08. So Jason Reid should still be considered a viable threat to post videos and articles and occasionally let fly with an opinion or two. Beat reporter threat level: orange/elevated.

LOVE the practice pix worked into the video, love it love it. Totally shifts the feeling away from the talking head/bunker thing in the 1.0 version of these vids.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 23, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

unrestricted nads

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Skins,

All-Pro is voted by the AP after the season, Pro-browls are voted by the fans and players during the season.

I also must call you out for this:

I think you're right on Soup getting another full year to prove himself. I have to believe this is the last year. He's not THAT young and the shelf life on this team has about 2 years left on it before the decline of the CB's, LBs, DL and OL.

Posted by: Skinz | July 23, 2008 10:43 AM

I agree about the LBs, but not the OL, DL or CBs - the replacement are in place for those units and then you "should" use all your resources to upgrade inadequate starters - ala trade picks shrewdly (Kendall, J. Taylor) Fletcher and possiblly Washington will need to be replaced in two years. O-line guys can play past they're 35 - barring chronic injury - NFL History is littered with old-time linemen. Kendall's replacement is on the roster, Jansens replacement is on the roster Samuels or Thomas' replacement is on the roster. Rabach is 30, Samuels is 31. Will need o-line top picks next year. I'd love to drop out the first and take two in the 2nd again. J. Taylor will need to be replaced and if Erasmus Jones heals this year who knows he may be the replacement. Griffin will need replacement maybe Monty's the guy and Golston can be a starter again. The window won't close on those units. IT NEED NOT CLOSE ON JASON CAMPBELL UNTIL MIDWAY THREW 2009! PATIENCE!

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 11:32 AM

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

dealer, I'll go one better: I'm predicting that one of the rookie WRs AND Fred Davis will each have a pass thrown to them in the opener.

Not that they'll be "starters," mind you, but that they'll be in packages and will have passes thrown their way. We have to establish them as real threats, to help open up the offense, is where I'm coming from.

I'm guessing Thrash shows the young pups how it's done all through camp, and that one of them emerges to start at wideout opposite Santana with ARE in the slot and Thrash as the fourth guy.

I dunno... just so glad camp is on...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 23, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Rationale on CB:

Shawn Springs and Fred Smoot should be able to hold down the fort for two years - one will be gone after, but Leigh Torrence should be able to fill in at nickle or one of the new guys and Rogers will be back by then. I know dcsween can never get enough CB but I don't see the priority in it. Definitely need Shawn Springs of 2007 back there until another #1 CB can be found or hopefully Rogers developes into. Springs is only 33 and fit should be good for two years.

Through not threw what a homophone

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"he's still learning the plays"?

What's this about? We gave up a second rounder for this guy and he hasn't learned the plays yet? What did he do on the airplane flying up here? It was a two-hour flight and he still doesn't know the plays?

Come on, it's not ballroom dancing. Do like LaVar -- line up and hit someone.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

nate, dude...you live in PDX you don't have to deal with NYG heads...and plus i love what's his face. and i hate the fraud brothers.

but i do hope that one day the skins destroy a bellichick coached team. unfortunately first we have to find a QB for this team or a coach or a gm or an owner. whatever comes first.

Posted by: dealer | July 23, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

dealer, I'll go one better: I'm predicting that one of the rookie WRs AND Fred Davis will each have a pass thrown to them in the opener.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 23, 2008 11:54 AM

If we still had Heath Shuler back there he'd throw at all three of them, sort of, on the same play.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Nate,

I'm with Thrash until one of those young pups shows that they're better ala Jerry Rice being better than Fredie Solomon. ARE should be safe in the slot unless both of those young pups are good enough to move Santana to the slot. Imagine that as a problem.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of LaVar...

Does the guy having anything left in the tank besides a big ego? Seriously, look at our back-up LBs. Couldn't an old washed up LaVar have more to offer than those guys if he's humble enough to run down on kick-offs and has the fire enough to play. I didn't like seeing his big mug smugging it during the play-off run during my time in DC in December.

BTW, as a guy who get's NOTHING - not even jack or his kid's - from DC media, I appreciate the effort Jason Reid does up here on the top of this page.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

ESPN last night was discussing the three-way trade: Shockey to NO, Taylor to NY, and NO's 2nd and 5th to Miami. The glitch was that NY wanted to renegotiate Taylor's contract and Parcell's refused to let NY talk to Taylor's agent.

I don't get it. He turned down NO's 2nd and 5th in favor of Washington's 2nd and 6th (next year). Why'd he do this?

a. He hates New York?
b. He thinks DC will do worse than NO this year, so he wants DC's second, not NO's?
c. He's senile?
d. He assumed Taylor wouldn't renegotiate?
e. All of the above?
f. None of the above?

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was sentenced to two years in a drug rehabilitation program on Tuesday.

When did 28 days become two years? Ouch!

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Attention: Dealer -

Best new App for iPhone:

Star Wars Light Saber.

Posted by: George Lucas | July 23, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I think the Tuna didn't want to help the G-man in any way.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Does the guy having anything left in the tank besides a big ego?

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 12:04 PM

No. He's retired. After the new round of injuries in the motorcycle accident he said it was a relief to retire -- that he wasn't looking forward to getting into shape again after the last injuries. Forget him, except as a saloon owner.

http://www.pgchic.com/2008/02/02/lavar-arringtons-sideline-sports-bar-finally-open-in-largo-md-at-the-blvd/

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

At least Arrington can do the "LeVar Leap" over the bar now. Not all of his great moves have to be wasted.

Posted by: JoePa | July 23, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I recommend that Alex take Cindy to the Tabard Inn for donuts.

I'm sitting here trying to play airline gymnastics on Expedia to get out to the Meadowlands for the opener, then back to Seattle, on a float plane up to the San Juan Islands, and make it in time for a rehearsal lunch/dinner on the Friday after for one of my best friend's weddings. It's not looking too good at this point, and the bride is not being cooperative on the "It's the Redskins" argument. Of course, the groom is a Giants fan, so I may be able to take him with me and hold him hostage. They can't hold a rehearsal without the groom, right?

Posted by: P Diddy | July 23, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The Lightsaber App is only slightly better than the Flashlight App. Even with my significantly atrophied and limited software development skills, I could have written the Flashlight App.

Posted by: P Diddy | July 23, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

When did 28 days become two years? Ouch!

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 12:08 PM

It's like a night at a bad movie starring Hugh Grant.

Posted by: Cosmo | July 23, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

+++++Rationale on CB:

Shawn Springs and Fred Smoot should be able to hold down the fort for two years - one will be gone after, but Leigh Torrence should be able to fill in at nickle or one of the new guys and Rogers will be back by then....


Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 11:57 AM++++

You call this your "rationale on CBs." More like an IRRATIONALE on CBs.

The trouble with your thesis is Springs gets hurt very year, Smoot will miss a game or three and limpe thru a half dozen more due to injuries because he sells out every play. Rogers is trying to come back from an injury that most experts say is a two year recovery process. PLUS if he comes back at 100%, his 100% wasn't much to write home about inthe first place .Have we forgotten he's not anythign close to a Shut down Corner?

Which leaves 'em with Torrence and Shorty Tryon. Torrence is VERY fast, but weighs about 130 and Tryon is Mickey Ronney sized. Serviceable pros, no doubt, but they play in the NFC East where mad skilz are required.

Also, CBs will be forced to tackle a LOT more this season, what with the Redskins whippet-like DEs playing toreador to the off-tackle run game.

Posted by: Corkczar | July 23, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Ben, we're working on the answer to your question about international txt msgs. ..
As for Taylor, TE, you left out the option of playing for an owner with Hollywood interests...
And Alex, yes, them Tabard donuts is mighty mighty tasty.

Posted by: Cindy | July 23, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Big Steinz (Cheeseman, formerly Cheeseboy) has a primer on how to speak Zorn:

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/

Posted by: Cindy | July 23, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

As for Taylor, TE, you left out the option of playing for an owner with Hollywood interests...

Posted by: Cindy | July 23, 2008 12:19 PM

Right. Maybe part of the trade included a cameo appearance for Bill Parcells as the shark in a remake of Jaws.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Remember my wish from the earlier thread about wishing Brett Favre would just go do "Hamlet" in a southern Mississippi dinner theater? A coworker just came by and said, "Hark! Forsooth!" in a perfect Favre accent. I'm still giggling.

Posted by: Cindy | July 23, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

In Steinz thing Zorn speak, Ladell says something about how its all new words and you just have to know them ... which makes certain plays trickier to remember ... like the Power Extrinsic Fast Right.

Posted by: dcsween | July 23, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Also, I thought Weird Al did have SOME words. I remember Randel-El making fun of Campbell (in the YouTube called "Jason Campbell is Country") about a play called "Falcon" ... and ARE said Campbell called it "balco" or somthing ...

Posted by: dcsween | July 23, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all your WashPo co-workers are about as productive as we are sitting around hitting refresh on this page, huh? No wonder there's not enough balanced Nationals coverage. Hehe.

Posted by: P Diddy | July 23, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Ben,

I'd say all of your stuff is pretty optimistic. Not outlandish but best case scenario. All of those positions will need to be addressed.

Springs may retire after this year as was discussed. Double move had what 5 solid games last year then promptly got hurt. Two years ago he couldn't catch a cold naked in the snow and his cover skills were lacking. Smoot will be a nickel at that point and everyone else on the roster is an unknown commodity.

D-line 2 years from now will have Gold and Monty and an aging Carter may still be around but probably not an everydown guy.

O-line will probably have Samuels as a declining but still good left tackle. Hopefully Rhinehart at left guard then who? Maybe Rabach going on 33 as a serviceable center?

LB- Fletcher will be 35 and gone. Rocky's knees we'll see about. Washington will be 32 or 33? Blades may be the starting MLB by that time.

Anyway I've done my usual and gone off on a tangent but my guess is you'll need to replace 10-12 starters at minimum with 2 first rounders and 1 second in the next 2 years.

Posted by: Skinz | July 23, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I have a copy of the Patriots' Charlie Weis playbook sitting here. Weis ran the same system as Weird Al, St. Joe, Norv, etc. The old Sid Gillman offense.

There are definitely words there, but they denote motion, shifting, formations, blocking schemes, blitz pickups, etc. The numbers all refer to the traditional patterns on the passing tree. There are some exotic pass patterns here and there, all of which have words associated with them.

Posted by: P Diddy | July 23, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Corkczar,

You're such an ool. That's right and ool - one without a 't'. Like not the sharpest tool in the shed. You're still thinking the sky is falling that we now have an UPGRADE at defensive end that somehow Shawn Springs who missed how many plays last year? or were you still in 2006? will get hurt tackling Brandon Jacobs. Sack up and grow a pair.

Rogers will be ready when Springs is 35 - perhaps you've heard of Darrel Green who played at a high level until his 40's. S. Springs is no D. Green but need not be either. Maybe you rember last year's Detroit game when Rogers took it to the house just weeks before his injury. The guy was turning the corner but does have a ways back.

Perhaps you'll read through this before you respond with your fear and doubt - we shall see if iron sharpens iron here or not.

Leigh Torrence is already a decent enough 3rd CB, he could in two years be a decent #@ CB.

Like I said before, we may need a #1 CB in two years but that is not a whole unit and we may be set to then take the best availabe spare part we need or trade one of picks for the one piece we need. Heaven forbid actually using are resources to improve the team immediately.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

No wonder there's not enough balanced Nationals coverage. Hehe.

Posted by: P Diddy | July 23, 2008 12:33 PM

Did you say you wanted balanced news coverage?

Posted by: Mr. Murdoch | July 23, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

5-85 Bullet Lightning, if you will.

Corner is definitely the current weakest spot on the roster ... and it should be the free agency target next year (one plash per year only from now on please).

Also, Asomugha did not sign his franchise tender, so he doesn't have to show up till after camp (no fines for not showing up if you haven't accepted a contract) ... and the team he's showing up for will still be the Raiders ... so he's one my short list.

Also, corners tend to be the fastest guys, which means punt returner upgrade (not sure if Asomugha does returns, but I'm just sayin).

Posted by: dcsween | July 23, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted on FOX Sports http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8366366?MSNHPHMA

Dude has the Skins 10th in his power rankings.

10 -- Washington: Everyone's talking about Philly, New York and Dallas in the NFC East, but it's Washington that returns 21 starters from last year's NFC wild-card team. Add in six-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor from Miami, free agent Erasmus James from Minnesota and gritty safety Stuart Schweigert -- and a hit-or-miss defense from a year ago suddenly becomes one of the league's most dynamic. On offense, Jim Zorn brings a new offense and a new philosophy, and the bevy of new receiving options selected in April's draft give Jason Campbell some receivers above six feet to pass to. Want to talk sleeper NFC champion contenders? Look no further than the 202. Camp: Ashburn, Va.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

CBs are like the thoroughbreds of the team ... they run fast, but when the break, glue may result. I'm with Vinny on this one -- you can never have enough corners. I predict John "Angry Toe" Eubanks will be back on the roster before the season is over.

Posted by: dcsween, the other ool | July 23, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but this is what training camp coverage is about:

http://www.redskins.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=36962

Much more detailed and insightful without the fargin' whiny JLCBS! Not trying to hate but man this was much more interesting to read than anything that's come JLC in a looooooooooooooooong while!

Posted by: CommonCents | July 23, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

and ranks them as the 4th highest team in the NFC, ahead of Philly, Minnesota, and New Orleans

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

CommonCents, you didn't like the O-line article this morning?

Also, on that power ranking writeup ... it was exciting until the writer demonstrated his attention to detail (and thus his cred) ... Ashburn's area code is 703 ... or maybe 540 for a cell phone.

Posted by: dcsween | July 23, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Ben, but the mobile coordinator tells me we have nothing for you just yet...

Posted by: Cindy | July 23, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

We haven't talked about it much (and I'm about to leave for the day and not back till next Wednesday), but I'm thinking the second biggest loss from last season (closely related to the biggest, the late Sean Taylor, RIP), is going to be Gregg Williams. In the chat the other day, Jasno referred to the big question mark about LaRon's mental game and the differences between Grilliams and Blache. Grilliams was a SMART dude (like Billick smarts) and knew how to harness the power of the force (unlike Billick). I, for one, am just as concerned about what the game day difference is going to be going from Williams to Blache. Base defense, game planning, not so much. Game day? Little more concerned.

Posted by: dcsween | July 23, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

like i'm sure jasno even knows the area code for ashburn

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

sween, are u kidding me. blache was the DC in Chicago during some monster years.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Skinz,

You're tracking until the replacing 10-12 starters part. The worst case scenario was last year when you lost 3/5 of you're o-line, knock on wood, worser case scenario is losing another starting d-linemen. That kind of luck is built on Native American burial grounds and curses and such - probablly the real reason St. Joe had his britches in a bunch.

Harken to hope. Rabach doesn't have a replacement but could as soon as next year - Jasno's article has Geislinger being groomed for it - who know's if Buges can pull it off. Heyer could conceivablly become a starting right tackle, Rienhart a left guard or Tackle, the kid Crummey actually sounds promising as a Samuels replacement but that is even wishful for me. I say take two - a center and a guard in next year's draft and then get the best available left tackle available in FA when Samuels is actually done.

As for Carter, why won't he be an everydown guy at 31 when Daniels and Taylor are at 34?

Linebacker for sure will need reloading. If Mac is back good scenario - if not shcite it will be Napolean's big pockets searching for the next Lavar or Lance. I'd like to see H.B. Blades have the same success as London but then a GIGANTIC DT will be necessary.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Cyn, Thanks for staying on top of it. You continue to rock keeping this thing moving.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Bunch of whiners:

Actual NFC East Rushing YPG 2007
WAS 91.3
DAL 94.6
PHI 95.8
NYG 97.7

All this moaning about the run defense being awful last year is BS. What the Redskins were really missing was a pash rush. Lowest sacks in the division, not enough pressure on the passer to get off the field on 3rd down. Jason Taylor should make all of that better.

Where the Redskins really need to get better is the other side of the football. Hopefully Z's offense will be a lot better than Smilin' Al Saunder's.

BTW, for all you TC fans out there, he is a career backup for a reason, actually for several really good reasons. If you remember, he almost cost the Skins the MIN game, only a really, REALLY smart challenge by Coach Joe saved a turnover that would have doomed our beloved Burgundy and Gold. And his lack of mobility was dreadfully apparent during the SEA game. I forgive the guy that lollipop returned for a TD.

Todd Wade: maybe JT could teach this guy how to use his feet.

Posted by: DanPatrick | July 23, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Schrager actually seems to know his stuff this year. Thanks for putinng the radar on the 'skins - maroon and black.

Sween, I'm down with Asomuguh or whatever is coming off this keyboard. Dude is a baller but your obsession with corners is like maybe unhealthy.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The guy gave the Area Code for Washington, DC not Ashburn.

Last time I checked they are called the WASHINGTON Redskins not the Ashburn Redskins!!

The guy finally give the 'Skins some props and your going to try and call him out for being right! ROFL

Posted by: This is such a wretched hole of a blog sometimes | July 23, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

DanPatrick,

It's not the reality but the perception of losing what was consistent that had some of these bloggers thongs in a wad.

Sween,

I'm with you on gg. I'll miss him. Jax defense will prolly be the best in league but I don't think DC will be too far behind - as long as someone other than H.B. Blades as first off the bench. I'm fine with kid in pinch and playing but not as our next in line SAM, MIKE, or WILL. Okay, Sam - maybe. But lose Marcus or Fletch and it looks like S.0.S. for this team - one glaring weakness. The other perceived 'weaknesses' I'm not buying.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Ben,

I meant to mention Heyer as perhaps even a good contributor on the line. I guess maybe Carter at 32 could be everydown as he takes care of himself pretty well I don't know.

I was going by averages. All that assumes that both the Rookie WRs work out (even though it's the least successfully drafted position in the nfl), that Soup shows he's capable and that Portis after 8-9 years in the league doesn't break down.

If you ask me who I'm confidant will still be playing at a high level from these teams I come up with Samuels and Cooley.....stupid Indian curse.

Posted by: Skinz | July 23, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but this is what training camp coverage is about:

http://www.redskins.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=36962

Posted by: CommonCents | July 23, 2008 12:44 PM

Well this was a refreshing read. Everything is purrrfect at the parrrrkk. All the catches were made. All the blocks were blocked. All the tackles were made. Everything was all smiles.

Agreed that it would be nice to read more detail, but where's the balance in this?

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Yahoo sports is ranking the top 16 NFL owners, Dan Synder comes in at # 3 below is what they had to say about him:

3. Washington Redskins - Daniel Snyder: When most fans hear Snyder's name, they blurt out words to describe him that might not be suitable for network television. Here's the first one that comes to my mind: Awesome. Snyder generates revenue like a money-printing machine (his team ranks first in the NFL, at a reported $312 million, and is also atop the league in sponsorship dollars), happily spends it to improve his franchise and makes his players - you know, the ones who destroy their bodies on Sundays for the pleasure of the masses - feel pampered and appreciated. He is the closest thing to former 49ers boss Eddie DeBartolo, and eventually he'll get the rings to prove it.


What went down Sunday at Redskins Park tells you all you need to know about Snyder's ownership style. While attending the Skins' first practice of training camp, Snyder and executive vice president Vinny Cerrato winced as veteran defensive Phillip Daniels went down with a knee injury. On their way to lunch in the cafeteria, they learned that Daniels had suffered a season-ending torn ACL. After sitting down with coach Jim Zorn and defensive coordinator Greg Blache, they began discussing their options. "I want to win," Snyder told the group. "Let's do what we have to do to win." Concluding that disgruntled Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor was by far the best player they'd have a chance to acquire, Snyder gave the go-ahead to make a trade. Before finishing his meal Cerrato was on the phone with Parcells, Miami's executive vice president of football operations, discussing a trade for the 2006 NFL defensive player of the year. By that evening the deal was done, with Washington giving up second- and sixth-round draft picks, and Snyder agreeing to shell out $16 million over two years, the remaining money on Taylor's contract. Because of Snyder's aggressive approach, the 'Skins were able to acquire Taylor before their NFC East rivals, the Giants, could work out a three-way trade with the Dolphins and Saints that would have sent Taylor to New Orleans for second- and fifth-round picks, followed by a swap of Taylor for tight end Jeremy Shockey.


Upon the trade's completion, Snyder sent his private jet to pick up Taylor's wife and children in the Dallas area; it then flew to South Florida to collect the newest Redskins player and transport him to training camp. That's the same jet that, last December, whisked quarterback Todd Collins up to Boston in time to join his wife (who'd been induced into emergency labor) before she gave birth to the couple's son. After Hurricane Katrina Snyder flew tight end Robert Royal to New Orleans to collect his family, who hopped aboard the jet and returned to Northern Virginia. And last December he chartered a 747 to fly the entire team to slain safety Sean Taylor's funeral in Miami. That move wasn't about winning; it was about doing the right thing. When Snyder finally hoists the Lombardi Trophy one of these years, it might be worth biting your tongue - at least in front of the kids.

Posted by: wstclair | July 23, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I didn't see your Prior post. My point wasn't that JC is getting to the end of his career only that he's had ample time to adjust to the NFL. His grace period is now just about over it's time to play like a big boy.

Posted by: M | July 23, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Yahoo sports is ranking the top 16 NFL owners, Dan Synder comes in at # 3 below is what they had to say about him:

Posted by: wstclair | July 23, 2008 1:16 PM

This wasn't Yahoo sports, but Mike Silver, their analyst. He had Snyder at #3 two years ago, and #5 last year. The last two years he was at Sports Illustrated. Ranking Snyder that high probably got him fired so now he's a Yahooligan.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

That was me to M not M's post.

Posted by: Skinz | July 23, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

This is what Randy Hill says about the 'skins.

Washington Redskins
Be happy: The arrival of head coach Jim Zorn should be a developmental boon to quarterback Jason Campbell.

Start worrying: Defense-budget spending has not created a unit that can stop anybody.

WTF? What is the guy talking about? Is this another hack (Banks SI) that somehow watched only "Patriot Games" last season? Jesus! Doesn't national media have editors the quality of Cindy Boren? How can they let their columnists miss a playoff team's entire season and not remind them that they forgot the medication and what they are taking is not medication but might land them in rehab for two years!

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

wstclair -- Right on bro. The Danny may rub some people the wrong way, but nobody can deny three things; that he wants to win, that he will spend money to do it, and that he does his best by his players.

I have a personal story here about another NFL owner. I hated Bob Irsay and if I knew where he was buried I'd spit on his grave. What he did to Baltimore I can't forgive.

And I passed the loathing down from faterh to son Jim, which was wrong. First because it was unfair.

Second, because it was unwarranted. When the Colts got to the Super Bowl, Jim Irsay arranged for every Colts employee to attend the game. Even the cafeteria ladies and the guys who clean the locker room. That was class, and my apologies to Mr. Irsay.

Posted by: DanPatrick | July 23, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The Danny may rub some people the wrong way, but nobody can deny three things; ....and that he does his best by his players.

Posted by: DanPatrick | July 23, 2008 1:29 PM

I can deny it.

Posted by: Laverneous Coles | July 23, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Agree with M. No more "he's a young QB" excuses for JC. This is the year he proves he can play with the big boys: make plays, avoid mistakes, stay healthy, and be the unequivocal leader of the team when the inevitable mid-season slump hits.

Posted by: P Diddy | July 23, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Coles also was wronged by Free Shoes University. It's very funny when he gives his High School on player intros instead of FSU. Makes you think he never really left.

I could add LaVar to the list of guys who might have a grievance.

Guess nobody is perfect... maybe The Danny TRIES to do his best by his players?

Posted by: DanPatrick | July 23, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The Danny may rub some people the wrong way, but nobody can deny three things; that he wants to win, that he will spend money to do it, and that he does his best by his players.

I have to agree with that

Posted by: jjm220 | July 23, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Well this was a refreshing read. Everything is purrrfect at the parrrrkk. All the catches were made. All the blocks were blocked. All the tackles were made. Everything was all smiles.

Agreed that it would be nice to read more detail, but where's the balance in this?

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 1:13 PM


Seriously, WTF are you talking about, TE?

It was straight details, good and bad. It doesn't get anymore balanced.

I definitely prefer this to one of the vindictive, delusional, conspiracy riddled rants we get from JLC.

If your looking for balance your in the wrong place, defend JLC all you want but he is FAR more BIASED than BALANCED.

Posted by: CommonCents | July 23, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Guess nobody is perfect... maybe The Danny TRIES to do his best by his players?

Posted by: DanPatrick | July 23, 2008 1:38 PM

Not by coaches though....want some vanilla ice cream? I have 6 gallons in the fridge.

Posted by: Mike Nolan | July 23, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The Danny may rub some people the wrong way, but nobody can deny three things; ....and that he does his best by his players.

Posted by: DanPatrick | July 23, 2008 1:29 PM

I can deny it.

Posted by: Laverneous Coles | July 23, 2008 1:32 PM

Actually, when Pete Kendall was traded to Washington Coles had nothing but good things to say about Dan Snyder and how Kendall would like the new team and the way they treat players. He was quoted in two different papers -- the New York Times and one of the tabloids -- saying that Mr. Snyder was a "player's owner."

Coles' problems with the Redskins weren't with Dan Snyder.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

This wasn't Yahoo sports, but Mike Silver, their analyst:

Talent Evaluator last time I checked Michael Silver writes for Yahoo sports? Isn't that why the piece is on Yahoo sports page?

Posted by: wstclair | July 23, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

JC's the one to lead the team. In judging his performance last year, remember he was under Saunder's crazy offense. On the one hand, Collins seemed to shine in this system, but he'd been with Saunders forever. The message might be that you have to be long time buds with Saunders to really get the offense.

One thing about JC that worries me is that he doesn't seem spontaneous or like he acts on instinct - which is a big part of Zorn's offense, I don't see him stepping back throwing the ball w/o looking. I'm sure JC will pick it up eventually, he seems dedicated enough. At the very least, our offense has a lot of speed up front, and Portis has good experience in the West Coast. I think at the least we should be able to have success with short tosses and good YAC with our RB/FB's and TE's. It'll take some time to get down longer passes, but whenever it happens, JC has the arm for it.

Posted by: Josh | July 23, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't national media have editors the quality of Cindy Boren?

Posted by: bangkokben | July 23, 2008 1:22 PM

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Brown noser...but I do love me some CB as well; props indeed.

Posted by: Chia Pet | July 23, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

We hate Danny Snyder also.

Posted by: Trees | July 23, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who's noticed that JT is wearing Chris Hanburger's 55?

Is he going to start clotheslining now?

Posted by: DanPatrick | July 23, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

And Alex, yes, them Tabard donuts is mighty mighty tasty.

cindy, are you off the wagon? like seinfeld i still don't know wether it means you're eating sugar(is the enemy) again or not...i mean that you're eating sugar again? you were looking fly lately...speaking of fly...where's lisa?

also...thanks for the lightsaber tip...got it and the flashlight. seriously brilliant stuff. also you will hate me for wasting your time but you have to download an app called world "world 9"...search for "world" it's by audible realities...it's so silly but the applications of it in real life, a great icebreaker, are endless like when you're jogging next to a hot chick...etc..or having sex...

what are we talking about here? i forget the subject...ohhh the WR's. we play bbm in pre-operner and lbm in the opener? yuck! not a good start to the season...

Posted by: dealer | July 23, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

Thanks for backing me. Let me know your email address and I will only raise your season tickets by 10% and send you a coupon "Buy one hotdog at it's regular price of $12 and you get your second hotdog 1/2 off."

Posted by: Daniel Snyder | July 23, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Mwahs to you, Ben and Chia.
And ... beep beep.

Posted by: Cindy | July 23, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

This wasn't Yahoo sports, but Mike Silver, their analyst:

Talent Evaluator last time I checked Michael Silver writes for Yahoo sports? Isn't that why the piece is on Yahoo sports page?

Posted by: wstclair | July 23, 2008 1:45 PM

Just as the Washington Post has four or five guys writing about the Redskins, Yahoo sports has a bundle writing about pro football teams. And just as the Post guys have different views, so do the columnists on Yahoo. When Jasno writes something, it's not "The Post said..." And when Mike Silver writes something, it's not "Yahoo sports thinks that..."

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'd also like to commend JLa on the moxy he's demonstrated lately, although I do wonder if his motivation is extrinsic.

Props to Jason Reid as well for taking the early abuse about Redskins Unrestricted and sticking to it; starting to yield some dividends.

Posted by: Chia Pet | July 23, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

With the lack of depth at LB as JLA talked about yesterday. How come we haven't looked at Takeo Spikes? He is a vet, good player, cheap. It just saw that he was visiting the lions but seems like someone we could use as a back up etc.. Any thoughts?

Posted by: no one | July 23, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

This wasn't Yahoo sports, but Mike Silver, their analyst:

Talent Evaluator last time I checked Michael Silver writes for Yahoo sports? Isn't that why the piece is on Yahoo sports page?

Posted by: wstclair | July 23, 2008 1:45 PM

Just as the Washington Post has four or five guys writing about the Redskins, Yahoo sports has a bundle writing about pro football teams. And just as the Post guys have different views, so do the columnists on Yahoo. When Jasno writes something, it's not "The Post said..." And when Mike Silver writes something, it's not "Yahoo sports thinks that..."

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 23, 2008 1:51 PM

Keep back-peddling, TE!

You love to say stupid things and then NOT back it up!

ya fargin' loser.

Posted by: Purple Haze | July 23, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad all the speculation about what number Taylor will pick is over. Check out this video of him talking about his number choice:

http://comcastsportsnet.tv/common/global_flash/player/spe.swf?flv=vidcast_1320&sid=102&d=comcastsportsnet.tv" quality="high" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="320" height="280"

Posted by: dcsportsfan | July 23, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Corkczar,

You're such an ool. That's right and ool - one without a 't'.

SPEAKING OG "OOL"S. DIDN'T YOUMEAN "AN OOL" NOT "AND OOL"? IF YOU'RE GONNA DO SPELLING INSULTS, GOOD RULE OF THUMB, MAKE THAT ULE OF HUMB, IS GET THE FREAKING SPEKKLIGN RIGHT!

Like not the sharpest tool in the shed.

AND YOU JUST BROUGHT A PLASTIC SPORK TO A MACHINE GUN FIGHT. THAT'S YOUR OPENING DIG? LET ME GO URBAN MEYER ON YOUR NARROW AZZ AND SAY "THATS' THE WORST OPENING RIP I'VE EVER ENCOUNTERED ON RI. IF I'M AN OOL, YOU'RE A UFOON, A DIOT AND A ORON..

You're still thinking the sky is falling that we now have an UPGRADE at defensive end that somehow Shawn Springs who missed how many plays last year? or were you still in 2006? will get hurt tackling Brandon Jacobs. Sack up and grow a pair.

BRANDON JACOBS GOES 270. EASY FOR YOU TO SAY HE CAN'T HURT SPRINGS. YOU'RE LIKE A CUT MAN IN A BOXING MATCH TELLING HIS BATTERED FIGHTER "WE HAVE TO GET OUT THERE AND TAKE THE FIGHT TO HIM."

Rogers will be ready when Springs is 35 - perhaps you've heard of Darrel Green who played at a high level until his 40's.

YES, POLYANNA, I'VE HEARD OF DARREL GREEN WHO PLAYED INTO HIS FORTIES. NAME SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAS.

S. Springs is no D. Green but need not be either. Maybe you rember last year's Detroit game when Rogers took it to the house just weeks before his injury. The guy was turning the corner but does have a ways back.

OH MAN, I GUESS I WAS A REAL "OOL" THEN. I PLUM FORGOT ROGERS "TOOK IT TO THE HOUSE" AGAINST THAT DREADED POWERHOUSE, THE ETROIT IONS. IF YOU CALL THAT "TURNING THE CORNER?" YOU'RE AS QUALIFIED AT JUDGING GOOD CORNER TURNING AS BOB NOVAK'S DRIVING INSTRUCTOR.

Perhaps you'll read through this before you respond with your fear and doubt - we shall see if iron sharpens iron here or not.

WHAT ARE YOU, A GEOLOGY MAJOR?

Leigh Torrence is already a decent enough 3rd CB, he could in two years be a decent #@ CB.

DECENT DON'T GET IT DONE IN THE NFC EAST. BUT I THINK TORRENCE HAS GOOD POTENTIAL, TOO.

Like I said before, we may need a #1 CB in two years but that is not a whole unit and we may be set to then take the best availabe spare part we need or trade one of picks for the one piece we need. Heaven forbid actually using are resources to improve the team immediately.

OKAY, I KNOW YOU MEAN "OUR" RESOURCES, NOT "ARE RESOURCES, UNLESS YOU'RE REFERRING TO ANTWAAN.

CHECK AND SEE JUST HOW WELL "USING OUR RESOURCES" HAS WORKED INTHE PAST. OR ARE YOU OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER DEION, BRUCE SMITH, BRUNELL, DUCKETT, ARCH, AND THE LAST ENTERTAINMENT SPECIALIST BRANDON LLOYD.

THANKS FOR THE BLAST. RTIPPING BACK CLEARS MY SINUSES.

Posted by: Corkczar | July 23, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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