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Redskins Unrestricted: Saints Are Up Next

Jason Reid previews the Redskins' plans for the Week 2 matchup with New Orleans, at Fed Ex Field. Players are available at 11:30 today, so we'll get back to you with updates.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 8, 2008; 11:17 AM ET
 
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uno I win

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I have avoided participating since the game. Its week one, I seem to remember last years super bowl champs looked terrible the first two weeks and they wanted to run eli and tom out of town, now they are pretty popular. That said, JC definitely needs to improve, and quickly, our oline did a pretty good job protecting him (he ran into the only sack of the game by literally running in front of Heyer so he could be tackled, never seen that before) and he still held the ball too long and made a lot of questionable decisions. This franchise is in the state its in though because of our front office. If we had signed Hacket, or Muhammed, or Bryant Johnson, we could have used our 3 2nd round picks and our 3rd on our lines, where we have needed help for years. Instead we used 3 2nd's on guys who will be backups for a long time maybe forever. I can understand the pick of either kelly or thomas, not both, and the fred davis pick is just stupid when you have cooley on your team as evidenced by him being inactive. A healthy 2nd round pick is inactive, that's pitiful. Imagine this team if we had drafted 4 lineman. Then maybe we wouldn't have had to send a 2nd round pick for a two year rental that is weak against the run and we wouldn't be starting mediocre undrafted free agents. This team will never be better than middle of the pack with Cerrato and Snyder in charge. At some point Snyder has to get that he doesn't know what he's doing and Cerrato doesn't either, and get a real football guy in charge of personnel decisions, unfortunately, I think that point is still a long....long way off.

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 8, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Also, Enough Already to that idiot Colin Cowherd who just announced our season is OVER! Snyder should pull his show immediately.

Posted by: Lisa | September 8, 2008 11:03 AM

Lisa,

Snyder can not fire Cowpie or Dumb and Dumber.

When he made his deal with ESPN radio they were givin certain time slots for there radio guys.

Cowpie works for ESPN not Snyder.

I agree with you that he is awful and so are Dumb and Dumber AKA(Mike&Mike).

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 8, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

The jokes on you if you even list to Cowherd.....

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 8, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

HEEEEY GREEEEENIE and kmdp4. I'm the dumb one. Greeeenie isn't though his schtick is he is smart but uncoordinated and a metro-sexual. We happen to do very well with women 18-34 I'll have you know. Analysis, what is that? I just want to crack jokes.

Posted by: Golic | September 8, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

That picture of Campbell pretty much sums it up....

Posted by: trailblazer302 | September 8, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I got Corkczared ... posting before the new thread. I don't do reposts.

Also, its not kool-aid, but more like glass half full:

1. Jason Taylor did not re-injure his knee.

2. Springs will be back on the field this week.

3. Zorn might let Jason Campbell throw from the shotgun. [Doesn't seem like Zorn lets Campbell run ... that's one of Campbell's strengths! You can't tell that he runs a 4.4 40 because he's so tall, but he's fast. Saunders used to think of the QB running as an indication of failure. Last week, Tom Coughlin thought of it as a TD.]

Posted by: dcsween | September 8, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Slim, admiitedly,your Boys did look good, but Cleveland's D is horrible. Very overrated team.

Until Big D wins a playoff game, there shouldn't be a lot of talking.

Posted by: BB | September 8, 2008 11:21 AM

Until the Cowgirls win a playoff game there should be NO talking. We've won 2 playoff games in the same period in less trips. I don't care what they do in the regular season, it doesn't mean sh!t unless they win in the playoffs.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 8, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't know which I find to be a worse show, Mike and Mike or the Junkies on WJFK.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

DC thank you!!!

Why isnt Campbell running... When Auburn went undefeated I think Campbell rushed for over 500 yards that year... let the guy run out of the pocket to if necessary!!!

Posted by: trailblazer302 | September 8, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Earlier poster mentioned games that Campbell outright lost for the 'Skins last year - he's referring to, at least, the Tampa Bay and Dallas game at Dallas - where JC threw last minute interceptions in the red zone...

That said, after the Dallas game, JC said, he should have run instead of throwing the ball - which was true. I watched the first game of the season last year, against the 'Fins recently on NFL network, and Jason had at least two strong runs of over 15 yards to keep drives alive - I don't reacall him doing that again the whole year -

I really think that he was told to knock that off...but it's a strength and should be used...

Posted by: John D in Houston | September 8, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Lisa,

I recommend you change the dial. Putting money into Danny and Colin's pocket is not something i would do even if the show wasn't awful.

Cowherd plays the "controversial blowhard" in the mold of Jim Rome. The counter weight to Mike and Mike in the mornings programming.

Posted by: Skinz | September 8, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Agree with all that JC needs to run around, problem is that against teams like NY, he tried to move out of the pocket and got hit. I don't know if we have the right OL to have a running QB.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone catch Barack claiming that he was "Muslim" yesterday during my interview with him? He seemed flustered after that "slip of the tongue"....

Posted by: George Stephanopolis | September 8, 2008 9:18 AM

There was no slip up. You tried to correct him because you were too stupid to understand the context in which he was speaking. Sort of like misspelling your name.

Posted by: This country is going to hell in a handbasket because voter's are dumb | September 8, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, what a downgrade to go from Czabe's show to Meatball and Man-Girl in the Morning. I'm glad I'm not there to hear that crap...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 8, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Skins are 1.5 point FAVORITES over the Saints on Sunday,

Free Money!

Posted by: Jimmy the Greek | September 8, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Someone made a great point the other day about making adjustments within your "scheme" to make it fit with your players. I think letting Campbell throw from the SHotgun is a great idea... hell see if it helps it may not but we should be willing to do whatever it takes to win...

I am so sick of watching games where we are just trying to eek out a victory...

I dont care what offense we are running how about taking some shots downfield???

Posted by: trailblazer302 | September 8, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

How do you fit hell into a handbasket?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

The Gospel about last game according to Chris Cooley.

"Last Thursday's loss was a very tough one for me to deal with. After thinking about it and watching the film, I am ready to move on and start preparing for the Saints. I am confident that we will bounce back and come ready to play on Sunday against a great opponent that is 1-0. These next two home games can and will define this team. Becasue if we can come out and get a couple of wins before heading to Philly and Dallas, we will be in great shape. "

So it has been written and so must it be..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I think we got a slap in the face and we neeeded it. Every player after the preseaon finale loss said we would get it together, it was only preseason... blah blah blah.

I guess they were wrong. What excuse can they use this week? They were outplayed, out prepared and out coached..,.

Posted by: Zebra | September 8, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Cooley had better catch more than one pass against the Saints the guy is a playmaker they need to get the ball in his hands...

Correct me if I am wrong (and I know you will) b ut wasnt the our leading receiver last year!!??

Posted by: trailblazer302 | September 8, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I am a fan of shotgun as much as anyone. We did enough practicing of Draw plays in pre-season to keep it a little dangerous. Go for it. JC needs to be able to look at the whole filed and seems to have trouble doing that under center.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

anyone else get the feeling, and I dont have evidence but since going with gut is so american these days..., that Zorn doesn't like Cooley?

The cowboys feature Whitten...ditto SD, KC, Browns etc....

Seems like something is up here...

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 8, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Correct me if I am wrong (and I know you will) b ut wasnt the our leading receiver last year!!??

Posted by: trailblazer302 | September 8, 2008 11:48 AM

He had 5 more receptions and 4 more TDs, but Moss had more yards.

They're both gamers, and they both need to be given shots to make plays.

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Jason/Cindy/JR/JDN,
Skins going to wear their home unies for a change?

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Alex totally agreed while he drops back he is staring down his first option receiver... If that isnt there he panics as the pocket collapses around him

At least starting in the shotgun he can see if the option 1 receiver gets a good break on the DB off the line and still have time to look to option 2

Posted by: trailblazer302 | September 8, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I loathe Uni talk...but does anyone else hate the yellow tipped shoes the Skins are wearing...I get duped that its a flag like every play...

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 8, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I loathe Uni talk...but does anyone else hate the yellow tipped shoes the Skins are wearing...I get duped that its a flag like every play...

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 8, 2008 11:57 AM

YES! I know CP and 22 think it looks cool but every 3-5 plays it gets me.

And I only bring it up because its better than the ___sux commentary.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 8, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

CL I said the same about the flag on Friday, I freaked out everytime Rogers was involved in the play I saw the "flag" on the ground.

Regarding Cooley I don't know. Don't think the WCO is particularly friendly to the TE although I could be wrong, there are examples of TE's doing well in it but he was like Whitten to Romo. Cooley was always JC's security blanket and I don't think he has that now.

It brings up all the issues I've had with the WCO all along. I don't think it fits JC's skill set. The personnel here. The inclement weather in the NFC East. Oh well let's hope my 0.0 football IQ is continues to be wrong.

Posted by: Skinz | September 8, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Agreed on the yellow shoes - every time - I think there's a flag...Jason, speak to someone about this

Posted by: John D in Houston | September 8, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Good QBs identify the defense during the snap count. Once the ball his snapped, good QBs already know whether the primary receiver is an option and quickly move through their progressions. JC hasn't demonstrated that he has that skill. He could be in the Shotgun, bazooka, or howitzer and it still won't matter. He'll still be patting the ball like an OB/GYN after a delivery.

Posted by: LH | September 8, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Cooley is the most consistent threat in this offense and has been for a long time. I don't understand why he isn't used more by Zorn. He was rarely targeted in the preseason and an afterthought against the Giants. Right know he should be our 3rd wide receiver, who wants to bet that if it was Cooley instead of Thrash on that bomb that catch is made!

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 8, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Cooley I don't know. Don't think the WCO is particularly friendly to the TE although I could be wrong, there are examples of TE's doing well in it but he was like Whitten to Romo. Cooley was always JC's security blanket and I don't think he has that now.

It brings up all the issues I've had with the WCO all along. I don't think it fits JC's skill set. The personnel here. The inclement weather in the NFC East. Oh well let's hope my 0.0 football IQ is continues to be wrong.

Posted by: Skinz | September 8, 2008 12:00 PM

It could have more to do with defenses finally keying in on Cooley as a main threat, rather than the WCO not fitting Cooley in. There weren't a lot of times where we could say "Cooley was open" and JC just didn't throw it to him. I think Moss has a big year with Cooley being subdued, provided that Zorn actually calls downfield shots during the game.

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Then maybe we wouldn't have had to send a 2nd round pick for a two year rental that is weak against the run and we wouldn't be starting mediocre undrafted free agents. This team will never be better than middle of the pack with Cerrato and Snyder in charge. At some point Snyder has to get that he doesn't know what he's doing and Cerrato doesn't either, and get a real football guy in charge of personnel decisions, unfortunately, I think that point is still a long....long way off.

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 8, 2008 11:24 AM

Until now, I never suspected Mom gave away my twin. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by: Corkczar | September 8, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

It seemed like Cooley and Yoder were helping block a fair amount. Don't know how real that is -- it's that weird tautology of "everytime you see him in the backfield, he's blocking". But one pass for seven yards is not very good.

Posted by: cload & daggar | September 8, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Cork, how many balls did Eddie Royal catch again??

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

It could also be the fact that in WCO the field is shortened. Instead of have Moss and ARE 25 yards down field they are all packed in the 5-15 yards down field that Cooley alone operated in. He was always praised for finding the "open space" and now there is less of that. He's expected to be right where he is told.


PSP,

Could be that as well. I'm going less off one game and more on my limited knowledge of the WCO. TE's are treated like WRs.

Posted by: Skinz | September 8, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Also, Enough Already to that idiot Colin Cowherd who just announced our season is OVER! Snyder should pull his show immediately.

Posted by: Lisa | September 8, 2008 11:03 AM

Cowherd is a blowhard but he was (or his boss was) smart enough to hire Trent Dilfer as his Monday Morning QB.

Dilfer made a great point about how a QB, once he gets a rep as a guy who gets rid of he ball quick, is rushed differently. Defenses no longer try to bullrush him and knock him down consistently, they just try to contain.

Match that with an effective pass-blocking OLINE and he can spend all day back there picking teams apart.

Current example. Romo and Dallas's massive Oline.

Gee, I remember the Hogs...BEFORE they wore silver and blue.

Now the skins have a slow armed QB with a featherweight, aging OLINE trying to protect him, and three high draft pick receivers sitting on the bench.

Posted by: Corkczar | September 8, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

beeps...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 8, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Fire Zorn Bench Campbell Snyder should sell Ryan Clark Antonio Pierce I hate Jasno Colt should start why draft Davis Pop Tarts need a real GM Fantasy football should've kept Marty this team will never win with this front office blah blah blah.

Posted by: The blog since Thursday | September 8, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Anybody ever heard of a guy named Brent Jones?

Posted by: LH | September 8, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Cork, how many balls did Eddie Royal catch again??

Posted by: Greg | September 8, 2008 12:12 PM

According to the box summary in the LA Times, six.

Posted by: Corkczar | September 8, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Football is such a simple yet complex game.. control the line of scrimage...we didn't thursday night.... then and only then can you evaluate the coach/QB combo essential to win in the league....it maybe a long year, but we have sometime to get on track...i agree with most of the points especially about our talent evatuation/er.... need better third wr option than thrash.....

Posted by: Old School | September 8, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Football is such a simple yet complex game.. control the line of scrimage...we didn't thursday night.... then and only then can you evaluate the coach/QB combo essential to win in the league....it maybe a long year, but we have sometime to get on track...i agree with most of the points especially about our talent evatuation/er.... need better third wr option than thrash.....

Posted by: Old School | September 8, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone remember Bethard trading 2 first rounders in '89 for old george rogers, i mean gerald riggs because Joe wanted another "big back", then leaving the skins? five years later, he had S.D. in the super bowl w/ our boy stan the man humphries, who should've started over Rypien but Gibbs like's vet's over younger players at the QB spot. Remember how gibbs wanted /blew a first round pick on desmond howard? From Bobby to stupid Casserly to mongoloid snyderatto. Two roads diverged in the woods in 1989 and we took the one that ends with a wall. and that has made all the difference....

Posted by: Realness | September 8, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

WCO or not, JC or CB, I don't care. Just tell me that JZ the supposed BMOC has been practicing with the offense and the 2 minute drill this week so that at least in a loss, the Skins LOOK like they know what they're doing out there. And not like a bunch of amateurs not ready for the NFL.

Posted by: Loosen Up Sandy, Baby | September 8, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Anyone remember Bethard trading 2 first rounders in '89 for old George Rogers, I mean Gerald Riggs, because Joe wanted another "big back"; then leaving the Skins? Five years later, he had S.D. in the super bowl w/ our boy Stan "the man" Humphries, who should've started over Rypien but Gibbs like's vet's over younger players at the QB spot. Remember how Gibbs wanted /blew a first round pick on desmond howard? I think Chester Mcglockton and Dale Carter (two pro bowlers) were available later in the first. Bobby would've traded down and picked up at least one of them. From Bobby to stupid Casserly to mongoloid snyderatto. Two roads diverged in the burgundy and gold woods in 1989 and DC sadly took the one that turns into quicksand. And that has made all the difference....

Posted by: Realness | September 8, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

What the hell are you talking about dcsween???? Campbell runs a 4.69 40. You are on crack you dumbass.

_________

DCSWEEN posted:

"I got Corkczared ... posting before the new thread. I don't do reposts.

Also, its not kool-aid, but more like glass half full:

1. Jason Taylor did not re-injure his knee.

2. Springs will be back on the field this week.

3. Zorn might let Jason Campbell throw from the shotgun. [Doesn't seem like Zorn lets Campbell run ... that's one of Campbell's strengths! You can't tell that he runs a 4.4 40 because he's so tall, but he's fast. Saunders used to think of the QB running as an indication of failure. Last week, Tom Coughlin thought of it as a TD.]

Posted by: Portis | September 8, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Doesnt cambell have a losing record as a starter, he sucks!!! The foreskins are only favored over the saints because they are at home and the home team usually gives 3 so the fact that they are only giving 1 has odds makers saying even though the skins are home that doesnt mean they are much of a favorite to win. But then again 1 win to skins fans means they are super bowl champs. This just in, the giants suck too and you couldnt beat them so the skins suck as well.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

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