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Samuels hasn't decided about retirement yet

Redskins offensive tackle Chris Samuels said Wednesday he still has not made a final decision about whether to retire because of neck problems that cost him all but five games of the 2009 season. Samuels said he would have another checkup in three or four weeks and make a decision shortly thereafter.

"I want to play," Samuels said at the retirement press conference for offensive line coach Joe Bugel. "I love to play the game. But at this point, my health is first, and I definitely got to go out and get this last checkup and just kind of pray about it and make a final decision. Either way it goes, I'll be fine."

Samuels will be 33 at the start of next season, which would be his 11th with the Redskins. But shortly after he went down with his neck injury early in the Oct. 11 loss at Carolina, Samuels began telling teammates that he intended to retire. He has dealt with spinal stenosis - a narrowing of the spinal canal - throughout his career, and he reiterated Wednesday that his health is his first priority, and that changes in the organization would have no bearing on his decision.

"I don't worry about that," Samuels said. "I been through some good years here and some bad years. I've been through it all. My decision-making will be about my health. If I'm okay to go out there and play and not have a big risk of getting permanently injured, then I'll definitely play."

Samuels has been named to six Pro Bowls and is currently the longest-tenured Redskin. He was also the last offensive lineman the team selected in the first round of the draft - third overall out of Alabama in 2000.

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 13, 2010; 3:14 PM ET
 
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Comments

A great run, but it's over for Chris.

Posted by: farstriker | January 13, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"No thanks on the 3-4 defense."

"Some creative type blitzes would be nice, but you don't have to run a 3-4 to do that."

The real issue related to the team experimenting with a hybrid 4-3 look is cornerback play.

Most teams that employ 'confusion' based looks also have excellent corners.

The jets have Revis, the stillers Ike Taylor, the ravens, D Foxwroth, and the packers C Woodson.

You need a corner who can control or shut down a dominate receiver to force the q-back to throw to where the pressure is forcing him to place the ball.

We know the team will need two big, fast 'backers to make this work.

Will the skins go after a big money FA corner or draft a guy like J Haden?

Or will either K Barnes or J Tyron prove himself worthy?

We'll see.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 13, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Linebackers will spend more time rushing and stopping the run in the 3-4. This isn't like the 4-3. All have a year under their belt. Let's see how they do second year out in coverage.
Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Guess what? If a team spreads out the Defense with empty backfields, 4 WR's, guess what? The LB's are going to do a whole heap of covering, cause if they rush, there's going to be WR's roaming free all day. You act like the 3-4 is unstoppable. Ask Green Bay how that worked out for them. Carter and Orakpo will have coverage responsibilities from time to time, and a good Coach will exploit that. And Fletcher and McIntosh aren't exactly great at covering either. Unless you get a Dansby in here, it ain't going to work like you're predicting.

Posted by: ga8085 | January 13, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

We'll see.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 13, 2010 3:24 PM

Moe - I think whatever we decide, we all can agree - It's going to backfire in our faces like Acme products on Wile E. Coyote.

Posted by: Rypien11 | January 13, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

What, Samuels might return. That can't happen, I already did a ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES tribute to him

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 13, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The jets have Revis, the stillers Ike Taylor, the ravens, D Foxwroth, and the packers C Woodson.

You need a corner who can control or shut down a dominate receiver to force the q-back to throw to where the pressure is forcing him to place the ball.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 13, 2010 3:22 PM

Well, between D.Hall and Carlos Rogers, where does that leave the Skins? I mean other than needing to now add not only two LBs and NT ... to the existing list of gaping needs at FS, OT, G, and RB ...

Posted by: dcsween | January 13, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Who will be the longest tenured Redskin after Samuels retires?

Posted by: dfbovey | January 13, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

listening to the Bugs Presser finally...

Posted by: alex35332 | January 13, 2010 3:27 PM

I stopped listening when he said "Eh, what's up Doc?"

Posted by: League-Source | January 13, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Mista Moe is right, but you really only need 1 shut down corner to do it, but they need to be shutdown. Case in point watch DRC this weekend against New Orleans and what the Cards can do defensively because of him, particularly at the safety position where he doesn't need help. Can Hall do that?

Posted by: AcePhoenix77 | January 13, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

desean jax runs past our CB for a TD. manningham (I think it was him) avoids a tackle attempt by a CB on short pass and scores a TD. Turner runs over our FS on his way to a TD. Meacham runs right past our cover guys for a TD. Det converts a 3rd and 15, then throws a long TD pass. etc etc etc

How does a 3-4 change this?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 13, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Samuels hasn't decided about retirement yet"

It looks to me like Samuels body has decided for him. A great run. A fine team mate. A big hole to fill.

Posted by: amaranthpa | January 13, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

And for every Marcus Ware there's an Aaron Kampman. Dude was a beast as a 4-3 DE. He struggled when GB switched to a 3-4 before going down to an injury. I think the same fate would occur with Carter given the fact that he struggled in it before.

Posted by: ga8085 | January 13, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Guess what? If a team spreads out the Defense with empty backfields, 4 WR's, guess what?

Guess what? They bring in six defensive backs and take out linebackers ... you don't want linebackers covering people except in short zones. It makes no sense. Not with the speed in today's NFL. Just ask Terrel Suggs. He rushes the passer ... he doesn't drop into coverage very often.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"Samuels hasn't decided about retirement yet"

It looks to me like Samuels body has decided for him. A great run. A fine team mate. A big hole to fill.

Posted by: amaranthpa | January 13, 2010 3:34 PM

I think this means he's waiting to see whether there's an uncapped year and/or what his agent can negotiate for retiring or not. I don't think it means "I'm hoping I can play again next year."

Posted by: League-Source | January 13, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, between D.Hall and Carlos Rogers, where does that leave the Skins? I mean other than needing to now add not only two LBs and NT ... to the existing list of gaping needs at FS, OT, G, and RB ...

This is not going to happen in a single year. Hopefully, Shanahan (and Allen) have apprised Snyder of that ... sorry but its rebuilding time. Starting with the OL.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Samuels hasn't decided about retirement yet"

It looks to me like Samuels body has decided for him. A great run. A fine team mate. A big hole to fill.

Posted by: amaranthpa


Might he be able to play RT given his diminished abilities? Obviously with medical clearance obtained prior.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 13, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

peri

"This is not going to happen in a single year."

You are the most logical and reasonable blogga.

You're right, it's going to take a few more 'down years' before this all gets turned around.

I hope the fall of '11 is when things start that turn.

And we'll know the extent of the new faces involved in the new changes when Shanny and Bruce release the list of ex-redskins.

Again: it promises to be a very big day in this 'burg when that list is put out.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 13, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Moe it looks like they are going 3-4. Mostly to 'appease' Snyder given his poor choices for the DL in Orapko and Jarmon ... in the 3-4 they become top drawer choices. These guys never really fit in with Blache's schemes. Nor with Grilliams. And we have heard how Snyder did not agree and could not get along with Grilliams as his head coach ... its 3-4 dude. They need some shutdown corners to make it work ... I think they can put together a decent DL plus linebacking in that scheme. Yeah they really could use Sean Taylot too ... but first the OL something Shanny is purportedly an expert at ... we'll see. Again, Snyder made choices that did not fit in with what his coaches were trying to accomplish. We'll have to see whether that changes under Allen and Shanahan. Wilbon is already judging that nothing will change ... I prefer to wait and see.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Beeps...boys & Lisa

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 13, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How does a 3-4 change this?

it doesn't. Clearly, if defense were the priority Berry would likely be the top pick. Barnes, Hall, Smoot, and Rogers should trade bait for picks. (Yes, I know ... highly improbably) They need some new blood in the defensive backfield. But this year it has to be OL, OL, OL. Next year with Portoise salary off the books they can think about revamping things in the defensive backfield.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Paging Russell Okung... please pick up a white courtesy phone.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | January 13, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

The "hit" that knocked Samuels out for the season was NOTHING. How in God's name does he expect to keep playing when he was taken out this year by such an insigificant pop?

Posted by: Redskinrex | January 13, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

ummmm, Andre Carter is NOT a 3-4 Defensive End. In fact, NONE of our DEs are. Daniels could be, if he wasn't older than Moses. Lorenzo may have to move to DE, while Golston and Monte would become trade fodder.

Posted by: wewbank1 | January 13, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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