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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Reed Doughty to meet with concussion specialist

By Jason Reid

Safety Reed Doughty, who suffered a concussion last Sunday, said he's scheduled to meet with a specialist Thursday in hopes of being cleared to play this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"They don't take concussions lightly," Doughty said before practice Thursday at Redskins Park. "Again, it's not like I got knocked out, it was a mild concussion. But at the same time, they want to make sure you don't go back and get one right away again."

Injured early in the Redskins' 33-30 loss to Dallas, Doughty played the first half and sat out after halftime. With starting strong safety LaRon Landry and backup Chris Horton on season-ending injured reserve, the Redskins were extremely thin at safety against the Cowboys. Kareem Moore (knee) also did not practice Wednesday, which meant Victor "Macho" Harris was the team's lone healthy safety.

Even if Doughty is cleared to play, it will be interesting to see how coaches juggle their defensive backs. Second-year cornerback Kevin Barnes has had limited reps at safety but coaches were pleased with his effort at Dallas. If they're evaluating players for next season, coaches might allow Doughty to rest to get an extended look at Barnes in Jacksonville Sunday.

By Jason Reid  | December 23, 2010; 12:11 PM ET
 
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Outstanding analysis of the family dynamics of Team Shanahan from today's KidsPost writer Fred Bowen.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/22/AR2010122205089.html

Among the highlights:

"...the Redskins players must be wondering if Dad Shanahan is blaming all the team's offensive problems on McNabb because he doesn't want to point the finger at his son's offensive system."

Posted by: Vic1 | December 23, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

don't you usually see a concussion specialist after getting a concusion??? another outstanding report!!! jreid sux!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 23, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

twisi/4thfloor

That (Ryan Mallet) doesn't sound like a guy who is ready to start day 1, like Sam Bradford.

I'm not the sort of Madden GM who pays attention to scouting services.

I watch football.

Years ago, scouts said that Devin Hester would have no true role in the NFL, 'cept special teams.

Memba when scouts said Andre Smith would be just as good as Michael Oher.

They also felt Jerry Rice was slow and came from too small a program to excel in the NFL.

Last year, scouts said Colt McCoy wasn't as good as Jimmy Claussen.

They once told use that Vince Young and Matt Leinhart were sure fire starters--not the Vandy kid Cutler.

Scouts are professional fault finders.

For the short list of positives on a potential player, they have a longer list of reasons why he shouldn't be drafted.

Before the '10 draft, they worried that Sam Bradford's shoulder injury showed him to be a fragile player.

They once had they same issue with Adrian Petersen.

How have those fears worked out?

Stop reading what scouts write to make your decisions.

Watch football.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 23, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead and IR Reed Doughty. We know what he is capable of already. Play the young guys so we know if they should come back next year.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | December 23, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Reed Doughty to meet with concussion specialist

Concussions are a serious matter.

Doctor: Young man, I'm going to ask you a question to see if your brain is okay.

What state are we in?

Moe: Confusion.

Or is it altered?

I can't remember which.

And why do I have on this football uniform?

It's Halloween.

Isn't it?

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 23, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Knoll retired 12 years after his last Super Bowl, going 2-4 in the playoffs during that span.

Shanahan is now 12 years past his last Super Bowl, with a 1-3 playoff record during that span.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 23, 2010 12:09 PM


Wow...so ONE playoff win is what slants Shanny in the crapper and Knoll in the penthouse? At least you're consistent...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 23, 2010 12:32 PM


Actually, my argument was that a dozen solid years of mediocrity with few significant playoff victories suggests either Norv Turner, or a one-time top coach has probably passed their prime.

Knoll knew this and retired.

Not sure how you misinterpreted that.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 23, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

He's nothing like Vince Young. He's a great liar and handles pressure well, just like Shanny (See keeps winning games despite accusations of pay for play and immeniant ineligibility).

Shanny Jr wants the QB to look deep 1st, than check down as last choice. Cam will get it there. Mallet has too many questions and only has 2 real years under his belt under a coach who didn't even last a year in the Pros.

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 23, 2010 11:25 AM

He's a great liar? Never thought about that, must have been why Shuler was such a bust.

Everybody loves breaking down the draft but 4thFloor would be the Vinny of RI.

1. Calling Suh a non-playmaking DT.

2. Wanting to draft Spiller @ #4

3. Mallett has more questions than Newton?

Screw it, let's find a way to trade up for Luck.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 23, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Q: How many fingers am I holding up?

A: Pizza.

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 23, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

We don't need no stinkin safeties.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 23, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Shanny Jr wants the QB to look deep 1st, than check down as last choice. Cam will get it there. Mallet has too many questions and only has 2 real years under his belt under a coach who didn't even last a year in the Pros.

Posted by: Diesel44

Interesting comment that you grabbed. I think it was Bradford (might be wrong on the QB) who observed Brees and said he noticed that Brees looked short, then medium, then long. Same with Brady.

I get the idea of a progression.

In general, the optimal play is the one that provides the highest probability of resulting in a first down -- that may be 8 yards on 1st and 10 -- which provides a high % chance you get the 1st down on a latter play.

There are game situations where that isn't true, but its probably true 80-90% of the time, it is. Which supports the "look short" first approach.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

He's nothing like Vince Young. He's a great liar and handles pressure well, just like Shanny (See keeps winning games despite accusations of pay for play and immeniant ineligibility).

Shanny Jr wants the QB to look deep 1st, than check down as last choice. Cam will get it there. Mallet has too many questions and only has 2 real years under his belt under a coach who didn't even last a year in the Pros.

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 23, 2010 11:25 AM

He's a great liar? Never thought about that, must have been why Shuler was such a bust.

Everybody loves breaking down the draft but 4thFloor would be the Vinny of RI.

1. Calling Suh a non-playmaking DT.

2. Wanting to draft Spiller @ #4

3. Mallett has more questions than Newton?

Screw it, let's find a way to trade up for Luck.

Posted by: Diesel44

Saw Luck play 1 series. Not much to base anything on. Still, on that series, Tom Brady couldn't have done any better. Luck was jaw dropping good.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Zeke- those are 4th's comments ...

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 23, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: frediefritz | December 23, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

1. Calling Suh a non-playmaking DT.

2. Wanting to draft Spiller @ #4

3. Mallett has more questions than Newton?

Screw it, let's find a way to trade up for Luck.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 23, 2010 12:54 PM

In some analysis done that was posted on PFT, the analysis showed that up until the point he went on IR, that McCoy did better than Suh.

The knock, still on Suh is that he gets pushed out of the play many times....in the NFL. But he always makes the highlight reel.

I wanted Spiller in my earlier versions of my Mock. But in my final Mock, I correctly picked Trent Williams, which I stood by roughly a week before the draft.

I think Mallet and Newton both have a fair amount of questions. But I believe Cam has the intagibles to set him apart. And he is a good liar and was able to maintain composure while racking up wins on the way to the Heisman and NAtional Championship.

And also note that I want the Skins to pick Newton, but I don't believe they will, at this point.

@Moe - Response in previous post. Cam Newton does it on the Football Field.

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 23, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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