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Brian Westbrook joining 49ers, not Redskins

Free agent running back Brian Westbrook will not be joining the Washington Redskins. The San Francisco 49ers announced Monday evening that they have signed the former Philadelphia Eagle running back to a one-year contract.

The deal was first reported by the Sacramento Bee.

Westbrook was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in March, and, over the past couple of months, Washington was considered a likely landing spot. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan made no secret that he coveted Westbrook, who would have given the team a solid option on third down. The team offered Westbrook a contract.

Westbrook's brother, Byron, is a Washington cornerback, and Brian Westbrook counts Redskins' quarterback Donovan McNabb among his good friends.

Without Westbrook in the fold, Redskins coaches will be paying close attention to both Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams during the next three preseason games to see who emerges as the best third-down option.

By Rick Maese  |  August 16, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
Categories:  Running backs  
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In othe news out of SF, Mike Singletary just chimed in on WAPO beat writers:

"Can't win with em.....Can't win with em. Can't do it. Wpn;t do it."

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | August 16, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Brian would have been a nice luxury to have, but I think the RB's can get it done on third downs.

Posted by: TWISI | August 16, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

"This fall, Brian Westbrook will be taking his talents to the Bay Area"

Posted by: AdamCr | August 16, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

we dont need him anyway

Posted by: dsd420 | August 16, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Makes sense with Glen Coffee abruptly retiring.

Posted by: skinswest | August 16, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is a fine 3rd down back. Great blocker; not horrible catching passes.

It's not like we're running Andy Reid's offense here anyways, so the notion of McNabb/Westrbook just picking up where they left off is more fantasy than reality, IMO.

Posted by: p1funk | August 16, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Too bad. Both the Westbrook brothers could have been sitting on the bench.

Posted by: ga8085 | August 16, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Bummer that Westbrook won't be coming here...but I gotta say that a depth chart that features Portis, LJ, and Torain is a fine consolation prize IMO...

pfunk, I don't think anyone expects "McNabb and Westbrook to pick up where they left off" per se...it would just be nice to have a reliable checkdown option for McNabb out of the backfield since he's still working with a clusterf*ck of mediocrity at the WR spot. All the better if he's already familiar with Westbrook. But it's all academic now that dude is a 49er...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 16, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?

If he really wanted to be here he already would have been.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 16, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"Brian Westbrook joining 49ers, not Redskins"


The niners have added Westbrook to F Gore, V Davis, T Ginn, a solid offensive line, and, er, some, kinda, well, so-so quarterback named Alex Smith.

Alex Smith is Jason Campbell.

The 49ers have turned themselves in the old Chicago Bears--all playmakers, no quarterback.

I guess Mike Singletary really is doing a great job out there.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

having three older guys on the squad is bad enough...a fourth would be overkill...you need a young guy on the sidelines preparing for the future...especially if all the guys in front of him are portis, johnson and parker. all past their prime. so imo it's not a loss, but an opportunity to see one of those younger guys grow into perhaps the next feature back.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | August 16, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

The Coffee retirement was the issue here. SF thought it had a 2nd string RB in Coffee. When he walked, they moved a guy up from #3 RB to #2 RB. That guy started the first preseason game for SF. On the very first play of the preseason, he loses a fumble.

Which is why SF moved to get westbrook.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 16, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

This is such sad news.

So sad that I just pooed my pants.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 16, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh well...his funeral.

I called it that he'd sign elsewhere. Next up (in a couple weeks)...Parker's release.

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | August 16, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Good.

As far as the depth chart, the last thread proves that is meaningless at this point.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse


The niners have added Westbrook to F Gore, V Davis, T Ginn, a solid offensive line, and, er, some, kinda, well, so-so quarterback named Alex Smith.

Alex Smith is Jason Campbell.

The 49ers have turned themselves in the old Chicago Bears--all playmakers, no quarterback.

I guess Mike Singletary really is doing a great job out there.

Posted by: MistaMoe

Best QB in the Bay Area is Jason Campbell -- and its not even that close. Alex Smith isn't very good. The SF OL is OK, they've got talent. But its injury prone and they are starting 2 rookies.

Gore and Davis are proven talents. The WR group is decent. Not a great player in the WR group, but they go about 4 players deep with guys that you're comfortable to put on the field.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 16, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

A golden blessing in disguise, as the RB Corps seems mightily stacked , anyways..

"Kaiju" looks pretty cool and right up my Tokyo Alley, on second thoughts, tolerance for personal derogatory pejoratives bristles the spines of my Mohawk, particularly after a few shots of Budweiser Golden Ammo..My apologiesa to the chef..

Posted by: frak | August 16, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Would have been niceto have Westbrook here, but whatever. He would have been a luxury, but certainly not a neccesity.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 16, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Me thinks Shanahan has 2 dpeth charts. His ... and the one he provides to the rest of the world. Guess which one matters ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 16, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

zceszcest1

"Best QB in the Bay Area is Jason Campbell...Alex Smith isn't very good. The SF OL is OK, they've got talent. But it's injury prone and they are starting 2 rookies."

I think the point I was making is that like with the redskins and Campbell, the niners will keep investing time in Alex Smith, and get regret and disappointment in return for all their investment.

But with all that being said, they have a rock solid defense, and could sneak off with the NFC West title as another team with offensive talent an questionable q-back play---the cards---tries to find itself.

I'd wager the NFC West might be the weakest division this season.

We skins fans should hope for a league re-alignment where we are facing the rams, niners, 'hawks, and cards all twice a year.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

"The 49ers have turned themselves in the old Chicago Bears--all playmakers, no quarterback."
- MistaMoe

And the Skins are trying to turn themselves into the old Philadelphia Eagles--with emphasis on old. I'm glad Westbrook went to the 49ers. Can we get some more young blood on this team?

Posted by: Alan4 | August 16, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

This will allow the younger, perhaps more "headstrong" players to develop, good..


The massive fires the Russians are experiencing (old people dropping dead in the smoke-filled street, perhaps tens of thousands will die) is exacerbated by the proximity of the fires to the Chernobyl Meltdown (have they extinguished that thing yet?? For years , all I heard was that all the fire-control robots they sent in had melted), and that the radiation spilled created a "depleted uranium" effect and made the whole area more volatile (the smoke must be radioactive, too), trees all ready to ignite...20 million Pakis homeless, US helicopters cant land in many flooded places...

Global Warming is REAL, folks, and coming to your town..

Posted by: frak | August 16, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"I think the point I was making is that like with the redskins and Campbell, the niners will keep investing time in Alex Smith, and get regret and disappointment in return for all their investment."


You don't "invest" in a QB by completely neglecting the O-line for years, replacing aging stars with guys who shouldn't be starting.

Shanny has invested in his QB by providing a young stud LT and pro-bowl RT. That's how you invest in a QB.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 16, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Anybody notice Frank Gore's carries are going down? He's never been a workhorse, but last season he tallied 14 starts and 229 carries (16.35 per game). His lowest since he was a backup in 2005. He's still amazingly effective in terms of yards per attempt and as a receiver, but a team that wants to run is going to need more backs than Frank to get through a season. A glance at their roster reveals that with Coffee's retirement, their next most productive RB had 3, count'em 3, carries last season.

Brian is going to see action.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 16, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Enough games, haynesworth kemoeatu position battle puh-leeeeeze. Roydell Williams puh leez, etc

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 16, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

alan4

"You don't "invest" in a QB by completely neglecting the O-line for years, replacing aging stars with guys who shouldn't be starting."

So who do you for that 'bad' investment?

The guy who drafted him: St Joe?

The personnel 'guru': Vinny Cerrato

The owner: Dan Snyder

The line coach: Joe Bugel


I'll await your response.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

"I think the point I was making is that like with the redskins and Campbell, the niners will keep investing time in Alex Smith, and get regret and disappointment in return for all their investment."


You don't "invest" in a QB by completely neglecting the O-line for years, replacing aging stars with guys who shouldn't be starting.

Shanny has invested in his QB by providing a young stud LT and pro-bowl RT. That's how you invest in a QB.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 16, 2010 8:17 PM

I'm with Alan4.

To answer your question... what I THINK you were trying to ask (the sentence has no verb):

You blame the owner for hiring a bum-idiot-loser QB coach to be Head Coach.

And then you blame his raquetball partner Vinnie for acting like the O Line was good... When it was REALLY REALLY obvious to everyone who has ever tossed a football around that it was NOT. At All.

Then you can go ahead and blame "The System" that Zorn brought in. It was pretty shtitty if you are running wide left on goal line situations behind a crap O Line.

Blame who you want, I left out our midget receivers... Doesn't matter. Invest in the QB, they did not do. Ever.

And it's a little early to be tooting horns for any QBs this year. McNabb, remember... Doesn't usually last the whole year.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 16, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

What Thinker said.

Ceratto gambled that his aging O-line would hold up, and one by one the house of cards fell down. First, the old stars on the O-line got hurt. Second, the backups weren't legit (I'm looking at you, Heyer--and Williams after he lost 100 lbs). Third, the #1 RB couldn't survive behind the crappy O-line--out for the season. The #1 TE (2nd best reciever on the team)--out for the season. The #2 RB (recently signed with the Saints, by the way) couldn't survive behind the crappy O-line--out for the season.

But sure, the only guy who took the punches and showed up for every game is the weakest link in some minds.

I don't mind a good mix of vets, but the team is still too old. No way McNabb lasts the season.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 16, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind a good mix of vets, but the team is still too old. No way McNabb lasts the season.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 16, 2010 8:51 PM

Only problem is you can't replace everyone in a year. I bet the line get's younger again next year...and the year after.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

alan4

"I don't mind a good mix of vets, but the team is still too old. No way McNabb lasts the season."

What will be interesting to watch is the manner used to transition the team to the youth we'd all like to see.

We've burned some future picks, so is there some plan in the works to re-acquire them by flipping players of value?

Will the team return to the tired and untrue road of Big Money Free Agency?

Or: will Shanallen continue mix-matching affordable vets and low-round picks to field a competitive, but not necessarily 'great' teams?

We'll see.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 16, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Eli Manning bloodied and battered...nice.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Put in Banks on 3rd down. He's no smaller than Dave Meggett.

Posted by: info42 | August 16, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Westbrook will get hard a couple times in the first couple games and will go out with another concussion which will end his season and this time his career. these guys with concussion syndrome never heal completely and each shot they take makes them more and more brittle, like eggshell head brittle. plus with all the current "worry" about head inj's I count BW's remaining career in months rather than years. so glad they didn't waste any $ or time on him here.

Posted by: greatteamdan | August 16, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Global Warming is REAL, folks, and coming to your town..

Posted by: frak | August 16, 2010 8:13 PM

Ummm, I hate to break it to ya frak, but we are closing in on the age of aquarius, crazy weather fronts, tornados, more jet streams.

It's called astrological cycle, buddy, not Global Warming. Funny that a politician jumps on this fact and claims it as his own idea, knowing a certain crowd will obediently follow, like Christianity.

Not trying to be condescending here but even the Mayans figured this sh!t out lightyears ago.

Posted by: Risa_L | August 16, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Back to the glorious nation's capital after 4 days on Lake Michigan. Missed the game but it was well worth it..just catching up on the analyses and recaps, thanks for all the thoughts. Anyone wanna share their sleepers, top performers and disappointments from the tilt? Thanks all, looking forward to Sat.

HTTR

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 16, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

....get hit hard... LOL

Posted by: greatteamdan | August 16, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo had surgery Monday to clean out loose particles in his right knee.

Jones said quarterback Tony Romo's playing time could be limited more than normal for the third preseason game if the Cowboys are forced to start an inexperienced right tackle.

"We'll look and see," Jones said." We'll make sure we keep Romo off his back as much as we can
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Cowgirls are looking kind of thin at the tackle postion

Posted by: kingpenn1 | August 16, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo had surgery Monday to clean out loose particles in his right knee.

Jones said quarterback Tony Romo's playing time could be limited more than normal for the third preseason game if the Cowboys are forced to start an inexperienced right tackle.

"We'll look and see," Jones said." We'll make sure we keep Romo off his back as much as we can
---------
Cowgirls are looking kind of thin at the tackle position

Posted by: kingpenn1 | August 16, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Makes sense with Glen Coffee abruptly retiring.

Posted by: skinswest | August 16, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Outstanding...not sure if this is serious or sarcastic, but outstanding either way

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 16, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

....get hit hard... LOL

Posted by: greatteamdan | August 16, 2010 9:12 PM

I was wondering if you were gonna catch that. The original is much funnier.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

After the shameful way the Redskins treated Jason Campbell, they will rue the day they traded him.

MistaMoe, again, how is any quaterback supposed to perform with nothing but scrubs on the rest of the offense?

Posted by: Risa_L | August 16, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo had surgery Monday to clean out loose particles in his right knee.

Jones said quarterback Tony Romo's playing time could be limited more than normal for the third preseason game if the Cowboys are forced to start an inexperienced right tackle.

"We'll look and see," Jones said." We'll make sure we keep Romo off his back as much as we can
---------
Cowgirls are looking kind of thin at the tackle position

Posted by: kingpenn1 | August 16, 2010 9:14 PM |

Jones said huh? Why doesn't he just name himself head coach and get all the thinveils out of the way? Oh yeah, then he'll have to yell at himself when the Brokeback Ballsacks screw up.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

rachel

"The coaches are in love with Banks....I love him too, but he won't be able to give us anything at wide reciever."


I dunno.

I'd rather have B Banks get the occasional long return than progress as a receiver.

The skins need a 'field-flipper' like Banks.

Speed and dynamic play ability in the return game is essential in the modern NFL: who let's that slip onto the practice squad because a guy is not Jerry Rice, jr.?

Any guy who can shorten fields with returns or 'take it to the house' from time to time is equal, in may book, to a number 2-3 receiver who catches 55 passes.

Let's make space for T Austin (another blazer) and B Banks: we did for 3 years for 2 young'ns who've yet to show a return for their draft slots:

Devin Thomas

Malcolm Kelly

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

totally agree. IMO it seems like the disparity in terms of his ability as a "field flipper/game changer" > disparity in production from the candidates vying for the 3rd/4th WR spot. really hope we make room on the roster for this kid.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 16, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Banks is a good receiver. You just have to aim lower...A few adjustments on the sights at the shooting range, and he'll be good..

Posted by: frak | August 16, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Cowgirls are looking kind of thin at the tackle position

Posted by: kingpenn1 | August 16, 2010 9:14 PM

Let's give them Heyer and sink them for the season!

Posted by: edvar | August 16, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Eli Manning bloodied and battered...nice.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 9:00 PM

Great stuff. I only wish Stompy were there to finish him off.

Posted by: SMACK1 | August 16, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Cowgirls are looking kind of thin at the tackle position

Posted by: kingpenn1 | August 16, 2010 9:14 PM

Let's give them Heyer and sink them for the season!

Posted by: edvar | August 16, 2010 9:37 PM

Every silver lining has a cloud: The Cowboys will be competing with us for spare tackles when the cutdowns and trades begin in a week or two.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 16, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Brandon Banks = Bin Laden
Opposing Team = US Army

I'm glad this speedster is on our side. Tired of the size excuse people try and use, like that argument hasn't been proven wrong time and time again.

Shanny please keep this guy

Posted by: Risa_L | August 16, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse


Cowgirls are looking kind of thin at the tackle position

Posted by: kingpenn1 | August 16, 2010 9:14 PM

Let's give them Heyer and sink them for the season!

Posted by: edvar | August 16, 2010 9:37 PM

Every silver lining has a cloud: The Cowboys will be competing with us for spare tackles when the cutdowns and trades begin in a week or two.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 16, 2010 9:52 PM

But edvar's point is well-taken... are any of those spare tackles going to be worse than Heyer?

Posted by: Alan4 | August 16, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

are any of those spare tackles going to be worse than Heyer?

Posted by: Alan4 | August 16, 2010 10:00 PM

Some will be better, some will be worse. We will be competing with the Cowboys and a few others.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 16, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I thought you should know that Heyer played a whole half this past Friday, and he did struggle. However, his struggles did not seem to slow down the offense one bit.

Posted by: Risa_L | August 16, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Brian Westbrook will end up regreting he didn't come to Washington.

Posted by: artsnsportz | August 16, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Perfect. Now we can finally give Ryan Torrain a shot. Still think Willie Parker is cut unless he gets fast again.

Posted by: MadeRED | August 16, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

How we look against the Ravens and Jets is what matters because the Bills aren't very good and they are also banged up.

Posted by: artsnsportz | August 16, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

How we look against the Ravens and Jets is what matters because the Bills aren't very good and they are also banged up.

Posted by: artsnsportz | August 16, 2010 10:29 PM |

Tne Ravens ain't exactly the picture of health either.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

not heart broken about this....and "F" the Ravens, who cares...

Posted by: arioch666 | August 16, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

NFC East teams are starting to rack up some injuries. Chase Blackburn just went down for the 'Ginas.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Great. At least one RB with too many miles isn't on the Redskins roster.

Posted by: jburnetti | August 16, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it cuz Lord knows how much I hate the 'ginas but their backup receivers look great. Might wanna look at a few of them when they get cut.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

If you didn't see it, or if you want to see it over and over and over (like me) here you go.

Jacobs hits him, he's already looking out the earhole, and boom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=degVgTouSwI

Posted by: SMACK1 | August 16, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Season semi starts and the late night hamsters disappears. What the hell?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Watching J Reid on WaPo live and boy does he look stoned.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

fwiw, if I'm on a team that is considering releasing a OT late in the preseason, I'm shopping him first. Maybe get a 6th or 7th round pick for a guy I'd cut anyway.

Some one will pony up a pick to make sure they get him.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 16, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

JReid says he believes that Banks makes the team because Shanny told him he has been making plays all training camp as a receiver and now the punt return.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank you 49ers. I give him 5 games tops before he's out with another concussion.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | August 16, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Global Warming is REAL, folks, and coming to your town..

Posted by: frak

Well you're right Frak, but the Moscow smog disaster doesn't need Chernobyl to get the job done.

Wasn't that many decades ago that Smog killed 500 people in London one year, before they cleaned up their act.

By the way, a big chunk Of Greenland's ice broke off recently, and could become a menace to shipping.

Pakistan flooding, record cold and heat on the US East coast, "super" Hurricanes and Cyclones are all part of Global Climate change. Don't get me started on Permafrost melt.

But you know what? 'Skins looked great against the Bills. So, does it really matter?

Posted by: TheCork | August 16, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Ugh...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

I need to see more of Banks before I am 100% sold, but the thought of him on the roster is intriguing. A return man who can create a big difference in field position is a boon to any team. I think he could be a game changer at WR while only being used sparingly in that role. Especially late in the halfs when the seconary might be a little worn out. I'd bet he'd also be dangerous on a reverse. Physical CBs could make it difficult for him to get off the line quickly and cleanly though.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 16, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Physical CBs could make it difficult for him to get off the line quickly and cleanly though.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 16, 2010 11:51 PM |

Hopefully he's quick enough to avoid the problem.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bcarothers | August 17, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

RIP to Richie Hayward, Little Feat drummer we lost today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2O884hcPos

Posted by: SMACK1 | August 17, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully he's quick enough to avoid the problem.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 11:55 PM

Putting him in motion could also reduce a defense's opportunities to bump him at the line.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 17, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully he's quick enough to avoid the problem.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 16, 2010 11:55 PM

Putting him in motion could also reduce a defense's opportunities to bump him at the line.


Posted by: kaasmaster | August 17, 2010 12:02 AM |

Or 3rd downs out of the backfield.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 17, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Beating dead horses is highly underrated. I find it therapeutic:
When his final series got rolling, the top nickel unit came back for a fourth-and-1 and Campbell's pass sailed way over his target, tight end Zach Miller.
Campbell finished 7 of 13 for 49 yards. He converted only one third down out of six. He was sacked only once and didn't have a turnover. He indoctrinated himself as a Raiders QB by throwing deep twice, once down each sideline; the first was broken up by a rookie free agent, the other was caught out of bounds.

The correct reaction to this snippet is:
(a) po - TAY - to, po - TAH - to
(b) it's that he's learning a new offense
(c) I couldn't see that one coming
(d) all of the above

Posted by: daggar | August 17, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

The correct reaction to this snippet is:
(a) po - TAY - to, po - TAH - to
(b) it's that he's learning a new offense
(c) I couldn't see that one coming
(d) all of the above

Posted by: daggar | August 17, 2010 12:16 AM |

(e) this post makes my balls ache. Like I've just been kicked.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 17, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

"Best QB in the Bay Area is Jason Campbell...Alex Smith isn't very good..."


The QB "Battle in the Bay" I am seeing people post about which seeks to answer the question: "Who will be better this year: Alex Smith, or Jason Campbell?" is really not that important to me given that Campbell is an ex-Redskin.

Honestly, I don't care who is a better QB, I just hope that Jason Campbell breaks his leg.

The JC lovers are going to have to just admit that Campbell doesn't have the temperament or mental ability (not necessarily IQ) to be a starting QB. He won't ever catch on, and we will have wasted hundreds of hours talking about a mediocre back-up like Todd Collins or Jason Garrett. I don't want to tell people what to talk about, it's just so irritating; deliberate on thing that might matter.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 17, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse


The QB "Battle in the Bay" I am seeing people post about which seeks to answer the question: "Who will be better this year: Alex Smith, or Jason Campbell?" is really not that important to me given that Campbell is an ex-Redskin.

Honestly, I don't care who is a better QB, I just hope that Jason Campbell breaks his leg.

The JC lovers are going to have to just admit that Campbell doesn't have the temperament or mental ability (not necessarily IQ) to be a starting QB. He won't ever catch on, and we will have wasted hundreds of hours talking about a mediocre back-up like Todd Collins or Jason Garrett. I don't want to tell people what to talk about, it's just so irritating; deliberate on thing that might matter.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise

Wishing a guy to break his leg? Aside from being sick, we do get a good draft pick if Campbell does well. Thing is, for JC, the new team is a lot like the old team. Bad OL, even worse WRs, a good TE, unreliable RBs and a questionable HC.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 17, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

And yes, RIP, another member of Little Feat.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 17, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm glad I'm not on here overnight...Brandon Banks compared to Bin Laden and some idiot trying to revive the JC debate. Sleep continues to be the right plan...

Personally, I wanted Westbrook...dude would bring a skill set that not only would help in this offense, but it differs from the other guys on the roster. But we'll be just fine with Portis, LJ, and Torain (so long as Portis stays healthy--LJ's awful blocking will get McNabb killed).

Damn, I can't wait for the games that actually count...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 17, 2010 5:28 AM | Report abuse

Boy, yesterday was active for former Redskins:

-Ladell Betts signs with the Saints

-Todd Collins looks to get a call from the Bears

Not to mention, PFT says that Antonio Bryant may be the odd man out in Cincy now that they've got TO and a host of young receivers. I don't want him here, but it'll be interesting to see if Allen kicks his tires if DT doesn't make a move up the depth chart...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 17, 2010 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Keim's Studs and Duds:

Studs

TE Fred Davis. More consistent than Sunday when he dropped three balls but grabbed several passes. I love the play in which he runs across the field, away from where the QB is rolling; QB stops and throws back to a wide-open Davis. Love the misdirection. And, yes, he caught a ball on that play today. Ran right past Chris Draft down the middle for another catch; just speed.

DE Vonnie Holliday. To say he owned Edwin Williams today was putting it mildly. Holliday still looks like he has something left, though he’s mostly worked vs. backups. Still, he has a good first step and it shows. On consecutive plays, he got Williams to lunge once and then off-balance on the second, leaving his head down and Holliday at the quarterback.

DL Darrion Scott. To say he owned Selvish Capers is putting it mildly. Scott got into his pads and then slowed up so he wouldn’t kill the quarterback. On the next play, he got the edge vs. Capers and would have had a sack. Later, he showed Chad Rinehart back and followed that up by beating Capers again.

LB London Fetcher. Sometimes, it’s just fun to watch the guy. Not because he’s the best ever, but because he plays hard all the time and even in practice has a hunger to make a tackle. Saw that on a play in which he scraped along the line, but was stumbling a little because he’d been hit. Still, he kept going, never lost balance and lunged at Willie Parker. The hit caused a fumble. And his coverage has been good; had Chris Cooley covered on one route down the middle, forcing an errant pass.

LB H.B. Blades: His most active practice. Forced a Willie Parker fumble with one hit, stripped Fred Davis after a catch and then filled the hole nicely on a Larry Johnson run for a stop.

C Casey Rabach: Handled himself well vs. Maake Kemoeatu and steered him where he wanted to go; sometimes it was right into a double team. Rabach helped create a couple nice openings, including one for Johnson.

DE Phillip Daniels. Going against second-teamers, Daniels showed his strength. He seems to have a second gear for power. Once, the QB rolled away from Daniels so he held his ground. The minute the QB started working his way back to that side, Daniels simply overpowered Stephon Heyer. This came a play or two after he had powered Heyer back followed by the same thing of Will Montgomery. Daniels and Adam Carriker are suited for this defense.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 17, 2010 6:01 AM | Report abuse

Duds

NG Maake Kemoeatu. Got moved around a bit too much today. For a big guy, he doesn’t always seem to play with as much power as some other linemen. But his job is more or less to eat space and he does that fine. Still, the O-line moved him out of some holes and it resulted in good runs.

LT Selvish Capers. Well, if you read the studs part first you know why he’s on this list. Not a good day by the rookie. Allowed Holliday to get into his pads a bit too much and he did not set quick enough, either.

G Edwin Williams. Was a bit off; lunged a couple times and dropped his head on at least one pass protection, leading to more troubles. Williams played well vs. Buffalo, but he was not impressive this morning.

RB Keiland Williams. His problem at LSU? Fumbles. What did he do this morning when hit by H.B. Blades? Fumble.

WR Brandon Banks. Beat Ramzee Robinson on a go-route, but had Richard Bartel’s pass slip through his arms. Looked like he could have caught the ball. Earlier, attempting to block Justin Tryon, he was thrown to the ground. I’ll have a little more on him in my notes/analysis.

PR Terrence Austin. He dropped two punts in a row, both times he had to move a little bit to catch them. He’s shown good hands during training camp, but this was a rough day.

RG Chad Rinehart. Seeing too many guys muscle him back, whether it was Phillip Daniels or Jeremy Jarmon or, really anyone. Jarmon stunted once to his hole and moved him back far enough that Richard Bartel could not step up and to throw. It resulted in a weak pass that Robert Henson knocked down.

LB Chris Draft: Just doesn’t look as fluid in coverage and does not move as athletically as the other linebackers. His strength is special teams, but he still needs to show he could possibly help at LB. Today, he was beaten right off the line by Davis, who never attempted a fake. He just ran past him.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 17, 2010 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Thank God he signed with the 49ers. I would hate to see one of my favorite Eagles in those Racist Uniforms. Oh Yeah, forgot, Little Danny says it honors Native Americans. His tall Blonde Girlfriend loves that kind of talk.

Posted by: Dog-1 | August 17, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

When I saw that Coffee was going to become a man of the cloth, and Betts had signed with the Saints, I had a feeling that either Westbrook was headed west or Parker would be traded west if Westbrook wanted to be a Redskin.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | August 17, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Keep both Ryan and Williams. Parker has a history of getting hurt and missing a lot of games. He did the Steelers little good sitting on the bench.
Westbrook..here..it was a joke! We have a ton of backs old and new...he has had multiple concussions, and is old for a running back to boot..one more C, and he should be finished.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | August 17, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

westbrook chose a young team on the rise over this hot mess of over 30 club run by comittee. hey, philly fleeced the skins over mcchicken, believe me, these guys know something and if they live through the first few series against Balt, and don't get pimp clubbed by the jets 1st teamers in the regular season warm up, i will reverse my feelings. as of now, this is bum street straight up.

Posted by: doyouktt | August 17, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Whew! Thankyou, Mr. Westbrook! We needed another old, injury ridden, castoff, like a hole in the head? I loved how you were struttin around the media like the football world was at your feet.

You will be a backup who is one concussion away from serious brain issues later in life. You were a great player so why can't you walk away while you still have some dignity and health?

Posted by: sbf845 | August 17, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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