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Rocky's Take

Jason Reid just caught up with Rocky and passed along some quotes from him (Jasno is heading out to do Comcast now, and he's writing the story for the paper). Obviously this is a huge longterm injury and Rocky might not be able to get on the field at all next season. Carlos Rogers might not be ready until the second half, and even then not at 100 percent explosivenss and Sean Taylor's tragic death will loom for a long, long time. You have to feel for the organization and coaches after finding three great young cogs to build the defense around, and then facing being without them next season.

Here's what Rocky had to say:

On being injured: "Just a couple games left and the team is trying to make a run to make the playoffs and I won't be a part of that. And other things that ... people are playing for other guys on this team and I just wanted to be a part of that. It was pretty crazy. It took the machine to tell me what really happened. It was kind of ... 1 out of 15 people ... an injury like this happens and you'll know about it and still walk and stuff like that. It's just disappointing. I just wanted to finish my first season up strong."
On how long he'll be out: "It all depends after the surgery how you respond to it. People respond differently. I don't expect it to be [a year]. Especially this day and age."
On being back by training camp: "I can't say that. Hopefully, I'll be back as soon as possible."
On the people filling in for him -- H.B. Blades, Randall Godfrey and Khary Campbell: "I feel good the people that we got. I wouldn't want anybody else to fill in for me. I got a great friendship with him [HB] and the rest of the guys and I know he's going to try hard and do the best he can."
On his performance this year: "I felt good. It could have been better. I wish I could have caught a couple of picks here and there. Just felt great to go out there and play and be out there with my teammates."
On the play on which he got hurt: "Just got trampled on. My foot got stuck. Nothing I could do about that."

By Cindy Boren  |  December 18, 2007; 2:40 PM ET
 
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Just 1 more reason why I love Dan Steinberg.

Fred Smoot's Media Boycott

I've tried not to mix Sean Taylor with humor, and I hope this doesn't go down that path, but I wanted to mention that Fred Smoot told me and a few others last week that he would temporarily not be talking to the media because of his frustration over the coverage of Taylor's death. As previously mentioned, I share some of his concerns, and while I see no reason to use the words of a few against the whole group, I think his goal has a certain nobility.

"I ain't in the mood," he said last week, after he had declined several interview requests and spent most of an open-locker room period sitting stone-faced near the showers. "I ain't been, right, period when it comes to talking since my boy passed and how that was handled. I just ain't felt up to it. I just didn't feel like that was handled right, and I don't never have no bad relations with the media. I'm just gonna keep it that way."

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

that should read: why I love Fred Smoot and Dan Steinberg.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Rocky has got a long, hard recovery ahead. Should we give LaVar another shot???

Posted by: jimwell | December 18, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I like the way Smoot gets in a dig at the media by forcing them to write a double-negative.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 18, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a triple negative to me.

Posted by: NCICURN | December 18, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Technically it should read: Why I love man-sex

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Up here, we'd call it a "Double-ended" negative.

Posted by: MNSkinsFan | December 18, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I cant blame smoot for not talking to the press, after how they treated the whole sean taylor tragedy. I hope the skins should look at who they talk to a little closer in the media.

Posted by: SAK2 | December 18, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

A negative that "faught its guts out."

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

are there any thoughts as to who they pick up to fill his roster spot ?

i noticed that anthony trucks was still on the steelers PS, and he looked good in the preseason and should remember the defense.

if they dont feel they need another LB, perhaps another TE with yoder being dinged.
or another o lineman?

i would have loved to see what alex buzbee, westbrook, or marcus mason could offer, but given the potential finality of the next 2 games, i suspect we wont be seeing any of those guys until camp next year..

Posted by: seltzer | December 18, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Narrator: "You see, sams3 and Barno didn't care for each other, no, not one bit. Little did they know that they soon would be thrust together in a battle to save all of humanity. This begrudged pairing would later be known in galactic history books as 'The Thing That Happened Right Before Humanity Got Wiped Out.'"

Posted by: freakzilla | December 18, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The loss of ST, and the injuries that the Redskins have suffered to their young players, is staggering.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 18, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh Fred Smoot such a master of the English language thats why we love him!

Posted by: trailblazer658 | December 18, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Why do you think I don't care for him, the man-sex comment????

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

A negative that "faught its guts out."

Is killing me the more I read.

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I was playing along, see. :)

Posted by: freakzilla | December 18, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

do we now make a play for Briggs after this season? did he only sign the one year tender or did he re-up long term with Chicago? i like how the D is scrappin.' Someone goes down and the next guy comes in and leaves it all on the field. Kudos to Grilliams and his staff. His ego wasn't too big to change what wasn't working. A Carter is making a game changing play regularly now. Landry is a beast. Still sad that we will never see what could have been the greatest, most fearsome safety tandem in league history.

Posted by: gregskins | December 18, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Why do you think I don't care for him, the man-sex comment????

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 03:30 PM

My guess is Barno's overall dikishness.

Posted by: mack1 | December 18, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

oh and love the commercial with the old lady making the game saving hit against the Philly receiver. wasn't that Landry in the Philly game up there? "NOT IN MY HOUSE!"

Posted by: gregskins | December 18, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

No way do we go after Briggs. I just don't see that happening. I think Blades, or Campbell will be given every opportunity to win the job.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 18, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The Cowgirls have Jessica Simpson.

We have Katie Holmes:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movies/12/18/is.holmes/index.html?eref=yahoo

Posted by: freakzilla | December 18, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

We need Briggs baby! Lets get him!

Does anyone know If Rocky can't make it back for next year what happens to his salary? If he is put on the PUP list and never activated does he still get paid? Same for Rogers I suppose.

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of roster spots whats the continued fascination with buchetti or whatever his name really is ......on the roster but has been inactive for all but a couple of cameo's over the last 2 yrs.....

Posted by: Oldschool | December 18, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Oldschool he is mostly inactive because he is cheeks and not versitle. Evans plays DE and DT spots so he gets activated over a pure DT.

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

'We need Briggs baby! Lets get him!'


sams- Apparently Brittini already has Briggs' baby.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/700465,CST-NWS-briggs17.article

Posted by: 4-12 | December 18, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Boschetti, Old School. He's the lineman version of Mike "The Tantalizer" Espy. All promise, no actual game footage.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7136

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 18, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does it seem eerie when they show shots from behind the opposition's offense during the game. You see Landry out there sometimes as the single deep safety and it looks almost lonely (don't have a better word to explain it).

Posted by: BT23 | December 18, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"We have the technology. We can rebuild him."

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 18, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I think we should sign Jessica Simpson for the last game

Posted by: BT23 | December 18, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Also regarding the Briggs thing, Rocky will most likely be back in 08, or sooner. Briggs will be wanting top dollar, and the Redskins need to stay away from these type of guys. They've done a good job finding guys in the later rounds lately, Montgomery/Golston/Blades/Doughty, they need to find an outside linebacker.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 18, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I'd take Katie over Jessica but then I'm a fan of brunettes.

Posted by: david | December 18, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I support Lance in his fight to be a dead beat dad.

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Rocky will most likely be back in 08, or sooner

Methinks you mean Rocky will be back in 09, or sooner.

(Why am I talking like Thor?)

Posted by: freakzilla | December 18, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"We have the technology. We can rebuild him."

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 18, 2007 03:46 PM

Why did you write this?? Don't get me wrong, it's geeking me out hard, I just don't get why you did it.

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does it seem eerie when they show shots from behind the opposition's offense during the game. You see Landry out there sometimes as the single deep safety and it looks almost lonely (don't have a better word to explain it).

Posted by: BT23 | December 18, 2007 03:45 PM

He is young so he doesn't have the same presence taylor had...

He will one day, but when taylor was back there alone it looked like he had 10 people with him.

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

sams3, I was trying to think of WHY I bothered to raise my hand about the foregone conclusion stated on another thread, that Carlos and Rocky would miss the entire '08 season.

Rocky's take above about "this day and age" reminded me why.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 18, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The probowl is going to be all cowboys. It will be the cowboys vs the afc. They shouldn't allow fans to vote anymore.

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

He will one day, but when taylor was back there alone it looked like he had 10 people with him.

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 03:54 PM

I think they used to call that the "Coach Janky Spanky" formation...

Posted by: MNSkinsFan | December 18, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The six million dollar man thing killed me Nate.

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

It's official now. One year contract for LaVar in the offseason. The tension between LaVar and the team seems to have cooled down. He puts butts in the seats. He sells jerseys. He is a playmaker (though not what he was when he was younger). He has played in the system. Most importantly, Dale Lindsay is history.

Redskins 2008: THE RETURN OF 56

Posted by: LiberalMike | December 18, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

we need a corner and a backer who can make plays and this season should tell you all that depth is very important. i'd prefer not to have randall godfrey trying to play every down at his age or bring in a bunch of journeyman. i agree we don't need to overpay but we need guys we can depend on if rocky mack and los rogers aren't back in 08'. lb's and db's aren't as hard to find compared to other positions so i'm not that worried. just sad to see 2 players have to start over.

Posted by: gregskins | December 18, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Cooley/Samuels/Taylor all going to the pro-bowl. Congrats, and well deserved.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 18, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

It's official now. One year contract for LaVar in the offseason. The tension between LaVar and the team seems to have cooled down. He puts butts in the seats. He sells jerseys. He is a playmaker (though not what he was when he was younger). He has played in the system. Most importantly, Dale Lindsay is history.

Redskins 2008: THE RETURN OF 56

Posted by: LiberalMike | December 18, 2007 04:05 PM


IS this real?

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Lavar is not what he once was but (already said before) he does know the system and he probably has some desire to play and officially retire a redskin. Question is... is that desire so great that he would play for the vet minimum because and lets not forget this he has slowed down and correct me if I am wrong the Gints cut him? So giving him some ridiculous contract would not make sense...

Posted by: trailblazer658 | December 18, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"he is a playmaker" Despite wrecking his motorcycle, and suffering some serious injuries and not playing football this year, he's still a playmaker?

Where?

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 18, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

SAK2, the bad press about Sean Taylor did not come from "media that the Skins talk to" rather from Wilbon and Shapiro who do not even cover the Skins. At least Wilbon does not - I don't believe Shapiro does either. Wilbon even admitted he did not know Sean or really anything about him but still made that asinine comment "Sean Taylor embraced the thug life...ran with it." Now I'm angry all over again. Just cannot get over how moronic that Wilbon comment was and that he NEVER APOLOGIZED.

Posted by: Lisa | December 18, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

They haven't signed him yet. It's coming though.

Posted by: LiberalMike | December 18, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

When LaVar was on the field, he made plays. Has a knack for being in the right spot at the right time. Not saying he's what he was in his prime.

Posted by: LiberalMike | December 18, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, Wilbon is a hack. Karma is gonna pay him a visit. He'll get his.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 18, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

A negative that "faught its guts out."

Is killing me the more I read.

Posted by: sams3 | December 18, 2007 03:32 PM

Of course it is...nobody laughs harder at the own jokes than you Sammy boy.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree Lisa, I cant even watch PTI anymore after that wilbon crap.
On another note 11 girls made the probowl, even though roy williams won the fan vote hes a reserve.

Posted by: SAK2 | December 18, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor made starter on the Pro Bowl team.

Posted by: calebburnison | December 18, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

NFC Pro Bowl coach has GOT to send ten men out for the first defensive play.

One last memorial moment to cap off the season. And maybe one reason to watch the Pro Bowl.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 18, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

LaVar will definitely play for the Redskins next year! They just haven't announced it yet!

He traded in his motorcycle for a winged unicorn and rode it right on out to the Park to sign the secret deal.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 18, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Get over LaVar. LaVar is retired. Diddy posted a link to the article in the Sunday New York Times.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 18, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Arrington's knee was done even before his accident. I also don't think it was only the linebackers coach that didn't like him. He was in a few peoples doghouse.

Posted by: dlhaze | December 18, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I really didn't follow what happened to Lavar in NY so I could be completely talking out of my ass here but the reason he left here was because he didn't like the role he was being assigned on defense? Of course I know he is not who he was but leadership and knowing the system help a lot even if only to provide some depth call me crazy (and some of you may) but I don't think it's a bad idea... Especially if we can get him REAL cheap

Posted by: trailblazer658 | December 18, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor made starter on the Pro Bowl team.

This is a beautiful thing. Hats off to everyone who voted to make this happen.


Here's something I've been wondering for a while, since I was pretty sure he'd be in: Do you suppose NFL Shop will sell his Pro Bowl jersey? It would be pretty special to own a replica of Sean's final jersey, commemorating his highest individual honor in the game he loved.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 18, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

trailblazer--LaVar left New York because they cut him. When the cut him, he was injured, and he gave up football. He's a restaurant owner now. He doesn't play football anymore. Get over LaVar.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 18, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

talent evaluator

Done

Posted by: trailblazer658 | December 18, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Neal Olkewicz has a better chance or returning to the Skins than LaVar does.

Posted by: gregskins | December 18, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Yea I agree about Lavar, he is done playing, his body is beat up he hasent seen a field in over a year and he didnt fit into gregs system which is why he paid is way out of his contract so he could be released.

Posted by: SAK2 | December 18, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

trailblazer--

Really? Wow, that was quick. I wish I'd gotten over my first wife that easily!

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 18, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

freakzilla - I hope they don't sell it. It will just end up on eBay.

Posted by: BT23 | December 18, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

According to a NY TV News Soure the Skins will be well represented well in Hawaii:

- Chris Cooley, back up for Witten
- C. Samuels, third tackle
- Sean Taylor (post humouous - leading vote getter for Safeties)

http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S288840.shtml?cat=300

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | December 18, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if Wilbur Marshall has a son?

Posted by: freakzilla | December 18, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Here's the article from the New York Times -- Reinventing a Life Beyond Football --

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/16/sports/football/16arrington.html

Here's the key phrases:

He expected to play in 2007 until the Giants intervened. While some players like to retire on their own terms, Arrington appreciated the nudge. "When that happened, I was like, Phew. I'm not a quitter. I can move on," Arrington said.

..."When they released me, it was kind of like a million pounds of weight off my shoulders," Arrington said. "They did me a favor."

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 18, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, there're two things we agree on and that is our love for our beloved skins and them always doing well and pure hatred towards wilbon's words and his ridiculous act that followed those...words.

and i'm with whomever said it. don't even click on his columns and don't watch pti and don't watch that second rate MNF (other than the game) puts out.

i don't want his stinking apology i just want him to get out of washington. his name-dropping(junior's a name dropper too but 1000 times better writer than wilbon), talenentless butt out of wash back to chitown.

can't wait whomever the editor of the post is to retire so they can can his butt.

when i say editor (i don't mean cindy). i mean wapo editor.

Posted by: dealer | December 18, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

nate, if the skins ever make it to the superbowl they should do the 10 men thing on the field as well.

Posted by: dealer | December 18, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Dealer,

We best write it down for Joe now so that he knows it is happening.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 18, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope Rocky has a swift recovery. If we can't land Briggs, we should go after another U of Arizona superstar LB, Spencer Larsen.

Posted by: brailey_patty | December 18, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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